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by Valerie-Jean Miller - Jun 30, 2019

Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles is a very unique and valuable, strong and powerful Dance Company. They offered up two fantastic evenings of Dance, Song, Music and a Q&A, last weekend at Club Fais Do Do, and this past weekend at the Skirball Center, in conjunction with a Fashion Exhibit of Rudy Gernreich's '60s fashions that tied in perfectly with the 2nd dance piece presented that evening. The costumes used in 'Inscape,' were originally created by Rudi Gernreich at the same time the piece was set, in 1976. 'Choose Your Identity' June 16, 2019 The evening began with singer Tawny Ellis and her band, performing several selections from her new upcoming album release 'Love Life.' Dressed in a beautiful, flowing, lacy white dress, she looked like an angel and sang like one, playing her matching white Lap Steel and omni chord instruments with a passionate, down-to-earth country sound that was soothingly sultry, with lyrics that commanded your attention. She and her talented band played selections from her upcoming release; one of them being 'Pretend Love,' which was accompanied by a beautiful dance, choreographed by the Artistic Director, Judith FLEX Helle, performed by the incredible Kelly Vittetoe, an extraordinary soloist, en pointe, accompanied by David Tai Kim and Cory Goel. The strongest ballerina I have ever seen, (Ms. Vittetoe) that up-close; performing magnificently, with one of the most beautiful bodies, face and feet, ever. She is exquisite, and her two partners were also equally impressive. The exactness of technique performed by all three dancers was just heavenly. Up close and personal. What a treat!

by Stephi Wild - May 9, 2019

In association with its new exhibition Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich, the Skirball Cultural Center presents excerpts of choreographer Bella Lewitzky's seminal 1971 work Inscape. Wearing iconic costumes originally designed by fashion pioneer Rudi Gernreich and now newly reconstructed by Diana MacNeil, dancers from Luminario Ballet worked with John Pennington of Pennington Dance Group to recreate elements of this masterwork. As described by the New York Times in 1979, [Inscape] still has the fascination of Rudi Gernreich's decor and stretch fabric costumes, which are totally integrated into the design and intent of Miss Lewitzky's choreography.

Andrew Garfield, Fortitude International Team to Produce UNTITLED ADIDAS / PUMA PROJECT
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 6, 2016

The film, which Fortitude will finance, will be produced by Andrew Garfield, Rupert Fowler and Fortitude's Nadine de Barros, was written by Fowler and is currently in development.

9 Filmmakers Selected for Film Independent 2016 Producing Lab Film Independent Awards
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 25, 2016

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and LA Film Festival, announced the producers selected for its 16 th annual Producing Lab.

Rupert Friend to Star and Direct BARTON & CHARLIE & CHECCO & BILL, Emily Blunt to Co-Star?
by Sally Henry Fuller - Nov 8, 2014

Rupert Friend will make his feature directorial debut and star in BARTON & CHARLIE & CHECCO & BILL, which will be co-financed by Bron Studios and Fortitude International in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance, it was announced today.

Emile Hirsch & Zoe Kravitz to Star in Crime Drama VINCENT-N-ROXXY
by Tyler Peterson - Oct 29, 2014

It was announced today that Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild,” “Lone Survivor,” “Milk”) and Zoë Kravitz (“X-Men: First Class,” “Divergent,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) have signed on to star in the action-crime drama “Vincent-N-Roxxy,” which was developed and produced by Keith Kjarval's Unified Pictures. Gary Michael Schultz wrote the screenplay and will also direct the film.

Ned Tony Emeni Releases THE LAST DICTATOR
by Christina Mancuso - Mar 20, 2014

Don Cheadle to Star as Miles Davis in KILL THE TRUMPET PLAYER
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 13, 2013

Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, and Zoe Saldana will star in BiFrost Pictures' KILL THE TRUMPET PLAYER, it was announced today.

'The O.C.'s Ben McKenzie to Star in THE SWIMMER
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 9, 2013

Daniel Wagner's BiFrost Pictures has announced today that the company will finance and produce the feature THE SWIMMER, starring Ben McKenzie

BiFrost Pictures Backs THE SWIMMER, Starring Ben McKenzie
by Movies News Desk - Sep 7, 2013

Daniel Wagner's BiFrost Pictures has announced today that the company will finance and produce the feature THE SWIMMER, starring Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”) and to be directed by Richard L. Fox. The film, written by Bard Ivar Engelsas, is an official selection of the U.S.- Norway Film Development Project founded in 2011 by Lisa G. Black of Garnet Girl, LLC and Brandi Savitt of Senza Pictures, in collaboration with the regional film funds of Norway.

Daniel Wagner Releases THE FLOODGATES
by Christina Mancuso - Jun 14, 2013

Since childhood, author Daniel Wagner has been fascinated by the dams along the Columbia River. “I am a child of the Pacific Northwest and grew up with the Bonneville Power Administration, Grand Coulee Dam and in one way or the other have shared my life with characters I have elaborated on,” says Wagner. His new novel, “The Floodgates” (published by AuthorHouse), combines his love for the dams and an exciting story together to create a riveting new read.

BWW Reviews: Houston Ballet's 2013 SPRING SHOWCASE Introduces Ballet's Next Superstars
by David Clarke - Apr 27, 2013

This weekend, the Houston Ballet Academy and Houston Ballet II performed their 2013 Spring Showcase in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center, showcasing why this program is globally recognized as one of the preeminent dance training programs.

AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE Allows Fans to Choose Favorite Teams for Charity
by Tyler Peterson - Apr 17, 2013

It's time to play favorites on THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE! GSN announced today the launch of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE FAN FAVORITE. From Thursday, April 18th through Sunday, May 19th, fans of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE can go to to vote for their favorite team who can potentially win $10,000 for the team's charity. THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE airs Thursdays at 9:00pm ET/PT on GSN.

GSN Reveals Competitors for GREAT AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE Season 2
by Tyler Peterson - Feb 11, 2013

GSN today announced the lineup of competitors for the second season of its hugely successful original series THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE. Jeff Foxworthy hosts this one-hour game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Season 2 of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, produced by RelativityREAL, will premiere Thursday, March 21 at 9 pm ET/PT on GSN.

AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, Starring Rooney Mara, Begins Production
by Movies News Desk - Jul 23, 2012

Evolution Independent, Lagniappe and Paradox Entertainment announce today that principal photography has begun on the new dramatic thriller AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, which was written and is being directed by David Lowery ("Pioneer") and stars Academy Award-nominees Rooney Mara ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") and Casey Affleck ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"), and multiple award-winner Ben Foster ("3:10 To Yuma"). The film tells the story of Bob Muldoon (Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Mara), two young outlaws who are brought down by the law in the hills of Texas.

'Stars Of Magic' For One Night Only
by Beau Higgins - May 20, 2009

STARS OF MAGIC is an evening of illusions, magic and death-defying comedy, featuring master magician, Jack Maxwell; illusionist with a twist, Jimmy Rook; and nationally acclaimed variety artist, comedian and fire manipulator, Joel Newlon, known to fans nationwide as 'The Wonderfool.' The show introduces special guest Daniel Wagner, who is billed as a 'teen juggling sensation' skilled in the art of acrobalance and juggling.