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Marci’s Hollywood Hotline                          By Marci Weiner

Jewish Film Festival

     The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is a week of events celebrating the diversity of the Jewish experience in film.  They feature flicks that highlight Jewish culture, traditions and challenges.

 The Opening night Gala was the premiere of Jump, written and directed by Joshua Sinclair, and a special tribute to Patrick Swayze, who portrays a Jewish lawyer in the film.  Swayze, who is gravely ill with cancer, was unable to attend, but his presence was felt by all those in attendance – particularly Sinclair, who is a personal friend of the ailing actor.  Sinclair, is a medical doctor, specializing in tropical diseases, and has worked with Mother Teresa in India, and various parts of Africa.  He also is a best selling novelist and a film and TV actor, producer, and director.
He is best known as the creator and writer of the Shaka Zula Trilogy, and his work against Apartheid, for which he was honored by the  the U.S. Government.

Some of those attending the star-studded premiere, included Producer Lilly Berger, who wore an original dirndl dress from Austria (where the film was shot), Award winning actress Sally Kirkland, and veteran Casting Director Marvin Paige, who escorted another Academy Award nominated actress, Patty Mc McCormack  (The Bad Seed.)

Coincidently, a few weeks later, we attended the premiere of the international stage hit, Dirty Dancing at the Pantages Theatre – which Swayze was the original star.  When Josef Brown, who portrays John Castle in the stage version, jumped enthusiastically on stage – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  His style and dancing skill were reminiscent of Swayze, who made his first big hit in the film.  Never to be forgotten.    

Patrick Swayze in scene from Jump - the last film Swayze starred in.


     The newly decorated Hollywood Palladium was the perfect venue for a “Night in Hollywood” sponsored by the Hollywood Arts Council.  The dramatic décor of the historic landmark was mind-boggling. A most welcome addition to the revitalization of Tinseltown. 

  Nyla Arslanian, President of the Council stated, “we are very pleased with the turnout and support we have received,” and announced that the proceeds from the gala will benefit SOAR (students overcoming all risks.  Their much lauded after school art program serves 1,500 kids each year. 

The Charlie Awards (in honor of Charles Chaplin, of course) are presented for outstanding contributions to Hollywood’s art and culture, and among the recipients were the Upright Citizens Brigade (Comedic Arts Award); Live Nation & NCA Green (Music Arts Award) and Independent Shakespeare Company, who received the prestigious Theatre Arts award.  Some of the celebrated presenters included David Carradine, Sally Kellerman, Horatio Sanz (former alumni of Saturday Night Live, who recently lost over pounds) and actress Helen Slater, who created the role of Supergirl, when she was teenager.

Other Award Recipients and VIPs in attendance included Council member Tom LaBonge, Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, Oscar Arslanian (publisher of Discover Hollywood magazine), and George Pennacchio, Entertainment Reporter for ABC-TV.

Kudos to Co-chairs of the evening, Nancy J. Brown (CEO Bethany Towers) and Harvey Schwartz (President, 20th Century Props) for helping preserve the grace and glory of historic Hollywood.

George Pennacchio (Emcee) with comedian Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live)
Producer Tony Lewis with Columnist, Marci Weiner


    Despite her recent bout with Breast Cancer surgery, Christina Applegate has not let any grass grown between her feet.  She graced the cover of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People, and that wasn’t easy running against such forerunners as Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama!  And speaking of running, she also just won a gold medal for finishing the 16th annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women.  The star of the top rated  TV series, Samantha Who, hosted the run benefiting women’s cancer research, with her Mother, Nancy Priddy, who also is a cancer survivor.

Christina recently was honored at the Women’s Guild of Cedars Sinai Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, for setting an example for young women to take a proactive role in their health care.  She feels it is her mission to go public, and encourage them to talk about appropriate screening, and has founded Right Action for Women – which helps pay for the expensive MRI testing she feels saved her own life.

Some of her friends on hand to honor Applegate, and enjoy the vintage fashion show presented by Decades, included Emile De Ravin, star of the TV series, Lost, and actor Tim Russ, best known for his role as Geordi LaForge in ten different seasons of Star Trek.  Also enjoyed dishing the current hit film, Valentino, The Last Emperor, with famed designer James Galanos.  Sadly, there aren’t enough of these class acts around today.


Lou is synonymous with THE INCREDIBLE HULK, but his talents run much deeper.  Lou was only 21 when he worn his first MR. UNIVERSE title.  More incredible, at age 22, he won again and is the only person to win consecutive titles.  Lou is a trainer of course, but he’s an author, nutritionist and a dedicated family man.  Lou is an honorary member of the Los Angeles Sheriff Dept. and enjoys working with disadvantaged youth.  He is a mentor and role model to them all.
Producer Lilly Berger with Actress Sybil Danning, at premiere of Jump
Actress Patty McCormack, Writer/Director Joshua Sinclair and Actress Sally Kellerman
Poster for Jump
Oscar Arslanian, David Carradine, Sally Kellerman, Harvey Schwartz and Nyla Arslanian, President of the Hollywood Arts Council
Christine Applegate with her mom, Nancy Priddy
Larry Bruce (CEO - SAKS) with Emilie de Ravin ("Lost")
Actor Tim Russ with Christina Applegate
Luncheon Co-Chairs Lorette Gross and Wendy Goldberg, Christina Applegate, Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild President, Judy Briskin






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