Hollywood Producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis helps veterans in Portland, OR…



Concert and Career and Benefits Fair

Friday March 9 – Saturday March 10, 2012
Written by: Cory Grogan
Oregon Military Department Public Affairs’

Salem, Ore. — All service members, veterans and their families, as well as media, are invited to attend a Career and Benefits Fair event sponsored by the Oregon National Guard’s Joint Transition Assistance Program, Saturday March 10, at Cascade Hall on the Salem Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is also a free concert at the Salem Armory, Friday March 9, with an on-site donation of a non-perishable food item (canned or boxed) to the Marion County Food Bank, or a $5 donation to the food bank. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert is scheduled to include performances by eight popular performers including the bands “Amerakin Overdose” and “Billy the Kid.”

Suzanne DeLaurentiis, Hollywood producer and president of Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions, is the guest speaker at both events. She is a previous recipient of the Oregon National Guard Commendation Medal who has supported service members and their families through philanthropy, and by raising awareness of their sacrifices through film and other outlets.

“It has always been my passion to help these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep our country free. It’s important that we take care of them when they come home,” DeLaurentiis said.

Suzanne said she was inspired after she played the film “This is War: Memories of Iraq” at one of her film festivals. The film documents the deployment to the Oregon National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry Regiment.

“This is an opportunity to thank vets and stock the food shelves,” said concert organizer Shaun Bell who is a former Marine, and owner of 3 Boyz Records. The concert will honor disabled veterans and promote the career and benefits fair the next day. The career and benefits fair will include major employers, local businesses, trade schools, community colleges, universities, benefits information providers, career counseling, internship programs, apprenticeships and more.

Cory E. Grogan
Oregon Military Department Public Affairs
Cell: 503-856-5757
Email: corygrogan@msn.com

Suzanne DeLaurentiis
Press/Media/Booking:
Extreme Public Relations
Direct: (323) 570-1328
Email: mistyepr@gmail.com

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“A Sweet Trunk Show”…

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Cupcake Wars Winner, Annette Starbuck of Goodie Girls teams up with Home Baked Beanies to create “A Sweet Trunk Show” to benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting…
January 17, 2012, (Los Angeles, CA) Goodie Girls are preparing to host their second benefit with Home Baked Beanies, most popular for their “Scented Cupcake Beanie”. This event will take place on Thursday January 19, 2012 from 1-4pm at Goodie Girls (415 E. Broadway #100, Glendale, CA) and will benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting. Guests can expect to be treated to cupcake samples, discounted cupcakes and Home Baked Beanies.

Annette Starbuck, the multi-Award Winning Founder of GOODIE GIRLS exuberates a joyous passion for creating a variety of baked delights through her valiant curiosity and enchanting talent. Even more remarkable, aside from countless independent Instructional Culinary Sessions, Annette has never actually enrolled into any institutional Culinary Programs or attended Culinary School, but she’s achieved acclaimed success only through her seasoned personal experience and pure creative determination. “Baking is a passion of mine and I create every cupcake with all my heart and soul. Whether for a small occasion of getting together with Friends, BBQ’s, Showers or a big event for Charities, Weddings, or Banquets I craft each batch as I was feeding my own family – it’s who I am at the core. I am lucky to have my whole family with me on this adventure including my rock star husband Anthony, my amazing father Doug and last but definitely the most influential, my step mom Stephanie. Together we Rock the Cupcake World!”

HOME BAKED BEANIES are the first smelly hat company. The owner and creator of this new sweet idea is Tracey Scott, as well as the whole family that contributes to the designs. Smelly or not, the styles are totally unique like their cupcakes hats that smell like cupcakes as well as the hand tie rag hats, vintage shabby chic, every color, every style, and every size. They invite everyone to stop and “smell the hats“. Fans of these unique beanies can find their own Home Baked Beanie to match their personality/style at several locations including: Big Bear, CA, San Diego, CA, Los Angeles (Select boutiques), Trunk shows, holiday events and red carpet events.

READING, WRITING, IT’S EXCITING (RWE) is a nonprofit literacy program designed to improve the reading and writing skills of at-risk children. They do this by providing one-to-one writing mentors throughout the school year for kids who are chosen by their teachers to participate. The reason for RWE’s program is that research shows that if children aren’t writing and reading at their grade level by the end of second grade, they almost never catch up. Further research has also shown that as many as 80% of those kids eventually drop out of high school, are unemployed, are in prison or join gangs. And how accurate are those numbers? Several states actually base their future prison building plans on them! There are over 45,000 second grade students in L.A., and only 41% of them are proficient in writing and reading. Their goal is to help all of them… For more information about RWE, please visit: www.rweprogram.org

For Press/Media/Booking:
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Direct: (323) 570-1328
Email: mistyepr@gmail.com
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Cupcake Wars Winner, Annette Starbuck of Goodie Girls teams up with Home Baked Beanies to create “A Sweet Trunk Show” to benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cupcake Wars Winner, Annette Starbuck of Goodie Girls teams up with Home Baked Beanies to create “A Sweet Trunk Show” to benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting…

January 10, 2012, (Los Angeles, CA) Goodie Girls are preparing to host their second benefit with Home Baked Beanies, most popular for their “Scented Cupcake Beanie”. This event will take place on Thursday January 19, 2012 from 1-4pm at Goodie Girls (415 E. Broadway #100, Glendale, CA) and will benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting. Guests can expect to be treated to cupcake samples, discounted cupcakes and Home Baked Beanies all to benefit Reading, Writing, It’s Exciting.

Annette Starbuck, the multi-Award Winning Founder of GOODIE GIRLS exuberates a joyous passion for creating a variety of baked delights through her valiant curiosity and enchanting talent. Even more remarkable, aside from countless independent Instructional Culinary Sessions, Annette has never actually enrolled into any institutional Culinary Programs or attended Culinary School, but she’s achieved acclaimed success only through her seasoned personal experience and pure creative determination. “Baking is a passion of mine and I create every cupcake with all my heart and soul. Whether for a small occasion of getting together with Friends, BBQ’s, Showers or a big event for Charities, Weddings, or Banquets I craft each batch as I was feeding my own family – it’s who I am at the core. I am lucky to have my whole family with me on this adventure including my rock star husband Anthony, my amazing father Doug and last but definitely the most influential, my step mom Stephanie. Together we Rock the Cupcake World!”

HOME BAKED BEANIES are the first smelly hat company. The owner and creator of this new sweet idea is Tracey Scott, as well as the whole family that contributes to the designs. Smelly or not, the styles are totally unique like their cupcakes hats that smell like cupcakes as well as the hand tie rag hats, vintage shabby chic, every color, every style, and every size. They invite everyone to stop and “smell the hats“. Fans of these unique beanies can find their own Home Baked Beanie to match their personality/style at several locations including: Big Bear, CA, San Diego, CA, Los Angeles (Select boutiques), Trunk shows, holiday events and red carpet events.

READING, WRITING, IT’S EXCITING (RWE) is a nonprofit literacy program designed to improve the reading and writing skills of at-risk children. They do this by providing one-to-one writing mentors throughout the school year for kids who are chosen by their teachers to participate. The reason for RWE’s program is that research shows that if children aren’t writing and reading at their grade level by the end of second grade, they almost never catch up. Further research has also shown that as many as 80% of those kids eventually drop out of high school, are unemployed, are in prison or join gangs. And how accurate are those numbers? Several states actually base their future prison building plans on them! There are over 45,000 second grade students in L.A., and only 41% of them are proficient in writing and reading. Their goal is to help all of them… For more information about RWE, please visit: www.rweprogram.org.


For Press/Media/Booking:
Extreme Public Relations
Direct: (323) 570-1328
Email: mistyepr@gmail.com
http://www.ExtremePR.wordpress.com

From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ To ‘New Year’s Eve,’ With DeNiro, Amber Bela Muse’s Exclusive Highlight Hollywood Interview….


Official Movie Website: www.newyearsevemovie.warnerbros.com/index.html

Beautiful actress Amber Bela Muse has caught the attention of fans and Hollywood executives in 2011. From the moment she landed on the set of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” she knew that moving to Hollywood was the best decision she ever made. She then landed a role in the exciting film “New Year’s Eve” starring some of the biggest and most famous people in the world, including DeNiro, Pfeifer and Ashton Kutcher. Born in the U.S., but raised around the globe, this American/British actress is extraordinary. She has been a professional actress since age 11 appearing in popular kid shows and TV commercials. As a teenager Bela Muse became a successful recording artist in London and headlined with musicians like Ani Difranco and Amy Winehouse.

Now Muse headlines with silver screen icons, and 2012 is set to be her most successful year ever. I met Amber through famed Hollywood publicist Misty Schwartz, who runs Extreme Public Relations. I’ve worked with Misty for years, and whenever she promotes someone as hard as she has done for Amber, I know that they must be incredible, and after seeing the actress star on “Grey’s Anatomy” and also on “Gossip Girl,” I know she’s headed for greatness. Highlight Hollywood got to speak with the talented and gorgeous actress exclusively over the Christmas holiday. Here is Amber’s first interview with us.


Q-How long have you been an actress?

A-“I started out at 8-years-old doing commercials, kid TV shows and regional theatre. I took a break during my teen years to pursue music as a singer/songwriter and then around 23 I decided to go back to college and study acting which led me to now… So Its hard to say but all together 10 years, I think!”

Q-You guest starred on ABC’s hit medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” How exciting was it to land a guest-starring role on the hottest show on ABC?

A-“It was very unexpected and shocking because it was my first L.A. audition! I had only been here for under a month. So I went into the audition just hoping for a call-back and then to hear, I booked it, it was crazy! I loved being at ABC studios everyday for nearly three weeks. It was the best welcome to Hollywood I could have ever dreamed of.”

Q-You also guest-starred on NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Gossip Girl.” What type of roles were they?

A-” only had a bit part on ‘30 Rock’ I think you can see me for all of two seconds but I got to work with Steve Buscemi, so I will never forget it! “Gossip Girl” was a big deal because it was my first guest-starring role with an arch which meant that I was a key character with a pivotal story and a last name! Not just Girl number one.”

Q-You have an extensive stage background as well. Which genre do you prefer, stage, film or TV?

A-“Honestly, I love them all! I would ideally be bouncing back and forth between all genres. I think with theatre you have more freedom to explore and develop a character… Each performance night changes with the next and you can reinvent your intention to get a different reaction from the audience or your partner. But in film and especially television (where time is serious money) you have to think fast and make choices that will stick because sometimes you only get one or two takes and once its recorded and broadcasted there is no going back.”

Q-You attended Yale University and other very prominent schools. Did your parents instill in you the need for education?

A-“Education is a very big deal for my parents but they were also firm believers that the “road of life” was real education too. Which is why I started college a bit later than the average… I had to travel first.”

Q-Wow, you got a role in the film “New Year’s Eve,” what was that like? Robert DeNiro, baby!

A-Laughing, Amber responded, “Yes, I wont lie. Seeing my name on the same credits of DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer and so many classic actors made me feel proud. It was unforgettable.”

Q-You traveled around the world growing up, what was that experience like?

A-“It made me very adaptable! I love that I can call many places home.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photograph Courtesy: Extreme Public Relations
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Actor Scott L. Schwartz Joined Happy Hats For Kids On Friday, Highlight Hollywood Exclusive


Scott L. Schwartz joined Happy Hats for Kids and helped crown every child at Shriners Hospital for Children with a whimsical Christmas Happy Hat. Some of the sponsors included: Shriners Board, Shriners Clown & Staff, Vons, and the volunteers that donate their time to make the “Happy Hats.” Actor Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including, “Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Spiderman,” “Fun With Dick And Jane,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Star Trek Voyager,” among other feature films.


Most fans don’t know this “Ultimate Nice Guy” has actually been visiting children’s hospitals (CHOC, Shriners, etc…) worldwide for the past 12 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. Scott recently agreed to work directly with Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals to assist them with bringing cheer to children in hospitals and while wearing their “Happy Hats”…


Here is an exclusive look at my friend Scott, who went to a local Children’s hospital here in L.A. on Friday morning instead of having brunch with me as well as others. Scott and his beautiful wife Misty always put their charity work before pleasure. They are the toast of Tinseltown, and Scott’s the nicest guy on the planet! Hear this; he’s my brother-in-law, and if you pick on me, he’ll come visit you after the holidays! All joking aside, thanks Scott for all you do!

Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization goes to Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles to uplift the spirits and bring fun to the children and their families with unique whimsical Christmas Happy Hats decked out with jingle bells, gifts and entertainment. The Happy Hats bring immediate smiles to the precious faces of these suffering kids, their families and caring staff. On five holidays each year the organization gives each hospitalized child as well as their siblings a creative soft felt Holiday themed Happy Hat.

Laughter is healing and what better way than to include everyone in the festivities. Shriners Hospitals for Children are changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Their 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

For more information on Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals please visit: www.HappyHatsForKids.org

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Extreme PR
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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) More at IMDbPro »

In the 4th installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, but several spectacular action sequences later, they might still be too late to stop a disaster. Written by shreesha bhat

Cast
(in credits order)

Tom Cruise … Ethan Hunt

Jeremy Renner … Brandt

Simon Pegg … Benji

Paula Patton … Jane

Michael Nyqvist … Hendricks

Vladimir Mashkov … Sidorov

Samuli Edelmann … Wistrom
Ivan Shvedoff … Leonid Lisenker

Anil Kapoor … Brij Nath

Léa Seydoux … Sabine Moreau

Josh Holloway … Hanaway
Pavel Kris … Marek Stefanski

Miraj Grbic … Bogdan

Ilia Volok … The Fog
Goran Navojec … Burly Russian Prisoner
Pavel Bezdek … Prison Guard
Ladislav Beran … Control Room Guard
Jan Pavel Filipensky … Control Room Guard (as Jan Filipensky)
Jiri Kraus … Control Room Guard
Ales Putik … Control Room Guard
Tomás Valík … Control Room Guard
Pavel Cajzl … Prisoner
Randy Hall … Prisoner
Vitaly Kravchenko … Scraggy Tooth
Andrej Bestcastnyj … Kremlin Senate Building Desk Guard (as Andrey Bestchastney)
Michael Dopud … Kremlin Subcellar Hallway Guard
Martin Hub … Kremlin Gate Security Guard

Ivo Novák … Russian Agent
Anastasiya Novikova … Russian Hospital Nurse
Marek Dobes … Russian News Anchor
Claudia Vaseková … Claudia Vasekova

Brian Caspe … British News Anchor
Petra Lustigova … Anna Lisenker

April Stewart … Swedish Translator
Gina Hirsch … IMF Operator
Ghaleb El Saadi … Dock Worker (as Ghalib Al Saady)
Andreas Wisniewski … The Fog’s Contact
Michael Rys … Russian Sub Captain
Dmitry Chepovetsky … Russian Sub Ensign

Dawn Chubai … San Francisco News Anchor

Nicola Anderson … Julia’s Friend
Keith Dallas … Julia’s Friend (as Keith Blackman Dallas)

Tammy Hui … Julia’s Friend

David Stuart … Julia’s Friend

Sabrina Morris … Julia’s Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michelle Monaghan … Julia (uncredited)

Ving Rhames … Luther Stickell (uncredited)

Tom Wilkinson … IMF Secretary (uncredited)