|Posted by Gwendolyn on June 18, 2011 at 8:03 PM||comments (0)|
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 6, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday May 26 at "Station" located inside the W Hollywood Hotel, Paula Labaredas of Lucky Tiger Films hosted the official "The Critic" Wrap Party for the Cast, crew, friends and a charity benefit for Children of the Night. Paula expanded her career title as a co-producer wearing multiple hats and starring in the film. This is Paula's first movie that she is producing under her production company, "Lucky Tiger Films", directed by Gregory Hatanak . Paula Labaredas is most recognized from her work in Bachelor Party II, Cattle Call, and Showgirls. Throughout the party guests were entertained by a slideshow containing behind the scenes pictures from the production. On their way out, each member of the cast and crew received an exclusive gift bag that included gifts from Blue Ice Vodka, Food Should Taste Good, Monster Energy Drinks, Godiva Chocolates, and Eleanor Jean Boutique. Most of the cast members were in attendance as well as support from other celebrities including Shanna Moakler, Electra Avellan, Kim Lee ("The Hangover part II"), Rick Mora (Twilight), Vanessa Evigan, Keith Lewis, MMPA President Jarvee Hutcherson, Torrance Coombs. Also in attendance was Miss Arizona 2010 Brittany Bell, Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton , Model Nicole Williams, Miss Wyoming 2010 Claire Schreiner , Miss California USA 2008 Raquel Beezley, Miss California USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella and Miss California Teen 2011 Alexis Swanstrom
"The Critic", a Cinema Epoch Film, is a movie about a film critic whose life is on a fast track to destruction, and takes down all those who cross his path. Robert is a film critic who falls into an insane, immoral world that turns his life upside down. He goes down a road involving excess sex, drugs, and alcohol, leaving behind a hoard of murdered girls.
Children of the Night were onsite to pass out literature and raise awareness about their cause. Children of the Night is a private organization founded in 1979 who are dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitution as a means to live and find shelter. Children of the Night have continued its pledge to keep rescuing girls and boys from prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps. In addition, they provide all programs with the support of private donations.
Lucky Tiger Films was founded by Paula Labaredas, an actor and producer with over ten years' experience in the film industry. Its mission is to create high concept, high quality, thought provoking, innovative, and entertaining films that will succeed both commercially and critically. Our goal is not just about making a movie, but to leave a mark and change people's lives for the better through filmmaking. They strive to make films that fully express what it is to be human, exploring both the dark and the light side of human nature. Lucky Tiger Films works in all stages of development: From treatment and concept to projects that are "packaged" and ready to begin production. Their goal is to move quality based concepts from genesis to completion, resulting in a product that is a top grossing box office hit with the potential to become a classic.
|Posted by Gwendolyn on June 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM||comments (0)|
I was bored and lookin at Chaske pics so my mind wondered away from me when I got it back I found this inside.
Brown eyes watching my curves
Soft lips kissing my neck
Big hands around my waist
The thought of you near me
Sends me mind running wild
To have you here with me
Is sending me in over drive
Your breath against my skin
Sends chills down my spine
A slow lick between my breast
As you pull my gown down
A kiss here another there
For my pleasure or his
A gentle gesture to lay me down
Removing the remainder of my cloths
Slowly you slide my underwear off
Unhook my bra finishing the job
You motion for me to lay still
As you remove your cloths
And I watch you with a smile
You raise my left leg
And kiss my big toe
Never removing your eyes from mine
You rub your hands
Slowly, up my body
Only inches before each kiss
You reach my belly button
And you lick around it
Then slowly licks up
Surrounding your lips
Around my right nipple
You suck and gently nibble
Before moving over
To my left breast
To do the same as you did before
Your body pressed against mine
As a sudden kiss
Of passion comes between us
You kiss back down
Your hands still rubbing
Every inch of me
You reach my waist
And wrapped your arms
Around my legs
You look up at me
And surround your lips
Around my lips
I arch my back slightly
Feeling the warmth
Of your touch
"Oh Chaske" I cry out
Its your tongue
Rubbing smoothly against my
My my Chaske
You sure do know your stuff
Raisng your hands up to caress my breast
A gasp of pleasure escapse my lips
You take your time with me
You warned me you didnt wanna rush
Each minute is precious
Every second is extasy
As every day after
Would be memoriable
You come back up slowly
With me all over your lips
You enter me slowly and well...
Its really slippery when wet
Once you are inside
You let out a sweet groan
We kiss each other
Passionatley with me
Still on those lips
Open my legs wider
And lift them up higher
Switch me from side to side
I climb on top
And oh how you LOVE
The reverse cowgirl
To save the best for last
You turn me around
And bend me over
Give my lower lips
One more quick
Ten minute kiss
Before entering me again
And doing your thing
I love this position
You know its my favorite
Kiss my back and rub my shoulders
Pound me harder I just want more of it
Right before you climax you turn me on my back
You love to gaze into my eyes
Any time you have the chance
You always knew my eyes couldnt lie
So at the right moment
We became one
Reaching the peak of our pleasure
In only a few hours time
I wrap myself into you
As you hold tight saying
"I'll never let you go"
|Posted by Gwendolyn on June 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM||comments (0)|
Yes the end is coming THANK FUCKING GOD!!!
Chemotherapy is almost over and I really can't wait to hear those words "Cancer Free". I've been through so much in the last six months and I DON'T wanna go through it any more!! Friday the 17th is my last day for chemo and then a follow up on Monday the 20 th. And hopefully within weeks after that day I will be getting some good news, you know those words.... Cancer Free!!
|Posted by Gwendolyn on June 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by Gwendolyn on June 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM||comments (0)|
Here is the ‘Wolf Pack’ from the upcoming sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Unlike cold-blooded neck biters, these poster guys for animal magnetism are hot. So hot that their temperature runs a steady 108 degrees, as anyone who has read Stephenie Meyer’s series of gothic romances knows.
Four actors — Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Bronson Pelletier, all with Native American heritage — join Taylor Lautner, 17, who returns as a hairier, scarier Jacob Black. The plotline finds Jacob growing closer to a distraught Bella (Kristen Stewart) after her vampire beau, Edward, runs off.
You know that these guys being shirtless throughout the movie will raise squeals from the teenage girls. The producers of this film obviously know their audience. But wait, I thought werewolves were hairy!
|Posted by Gwendolyn on May 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM||comments (0)|
NATIVE BRIEF: Keshena, Wisconsin - Actor Chaske Spencer (Assiniboine/Sioux), who gained fame for his role, as Sam Uley, in the “Twilight” movie series, will be on hand to help launch “Let’s Move! in Indian Country” on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:00 am at the Menominee Indian Tribe.
Actor Chaske Spencer-Assiniboine/Sioux
Spencer will be joined by several officials from Washington, including Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk. The two will be joined by Menominee Tribal Chairman Randal Chevalier, Office of the First Lady, Executive Director of Let’s Move! Initiative Robin Schepper, USDA Deputy Administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Lisa Pino, and Indian Health Services (HIS) Director for Improving Patient Care Program Lyle A. Ignace M.D., M.P.H. to launch Let’s Move! in Indian Country.
“I’m very pleased to see the Office of the First Lady and all of the government agencies involved in this event, along with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin come together to launch this important initiative,” said Echo Hawk. “We all realize how important healthy minds and bodies are to our country and our communities. Let’s Move! in Indian Country is a great start that involves both children and adults in addressing some of the important health issues that confront Indian Country and the nation.”
“Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and it is especially acute in Indian country. This not only affects their health but their academic performance and their ability to succeed in the future,” said Robin Schepper. “The good news is we can do something about it. Let’s Move! in Indian Country is an effort where everyone has a role to play in creating a healthy future for our children. Federal agencies, tribal governments, schools, private companies, non-profits, community leaders, and families can lead by example and make commitments to ensure that Native children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day and access to healthy, nutritional meals. We are excited for everyone to get involved and support this critical effort.”
The Let’s Move! in Indian Country has four main goals:
1) Create a healthy start on life for children;
2) Create healthier learning communities;
3) Ensure families access to healthy, affordable, traditional food; and,
4) Increase opportunities for physical activity.
In addition to being a federal interagency initiative, Let’s Move! in Indian Country outlines ways for tribal governments, schools, the private sector and non-profits to engage in this effort. Let’s Move! in Indian Country sets the framework for each of these sectors to come together and contribute to the common goal of ending obesity within a generation.
WHO: Randal Chevalier, Menominee Tribal Chairman
Chaske Spencer, Actor, Enrolled Member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana
Sam McCracken, Nike N7 Representative, Enrolled Member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana
Ernie Stevens Jr., Nike N7 Fund Board of Directors and National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) President
Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior
Robin Schepper, Office of the First Lady, Executive Director, Let’s Move! Initiative
Lisa Pino, USDA, Deputy Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Lyle A. Ignace, MD, MPH, Indian Health Service, Director Improving Patient Care Program
Charlie Galbraith, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House
WHAT: Let’s Move! in Indian Country Launch with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:00 am to 12:30 pm cdt
WHERE: Menominee Nation
Woodland Bowl Amphitheater
Keshena, Wisconsin 54135
Keshena Primary School gym
N530 STH 47/55
Keshena, WI 54135
|Posted by Gwendolyn on May 19, 2011 at 3:57 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Gwendolyn on May 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM||comments (0)|
Hollywood gets credit for a lot of things, both good and bad, and rightly so. It's undeniable that films influence the way the world views history and other cultures. I have heard many of my Elders say that Hollywood's portrayals of American Indians are responsible for the shallow perception most folks have of their people.
It's hard to not see their point when you consider that in early films, American Indians were depicted as nothing more than bronze, half-clothed savages, sporting the stereotypical double braids, screaming Ayyyyaaaayayaaaaa as they got shot off their horses by the white heroes. It's almost comical now, but that is the only Hollywood image of American Indians I recall from growing up, until the mid- to late-1970s; and that is the image we exported to the entire world.
In early Hollywood Westerns, most of the background Indians were real Navajo people. There was a colony of Navajo Indians, living traditionally in a camp in Malibu, who were on studio pay. When Indians of any tribe were needed for a western, a bus would pull up and load up for their background work. That is why in all those films, most of the time the language you hear spoken is "Dine," one of the Athapascan dialects of the Navajo and Apache people. The major speaking roles for American Indians would still go to non-Native actors like Burt Lancaster and Charles Bronson; but thankfully, progress has been made since those days and filmmakers and audiences have become more educated.
Progress has been gradual, but somewhat steady. Jay Silverheels -- a native of the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve near Ontario, Canada -- was perhaps the first legitimate Native American television star. From 1949 to 1957, he entertained TV audiences as Tonto, the Lone Ranger's dependable -- albeit stereotypical -- Indian sidekick. The real Silverheels, though, was not limited by the stereotype. He recognized that fellow Native American actors needed to truly be masters of their craft in order to compete in the unforgiving film industry, so he founded the American Indian Actors Workshop in Echo Park, Calif., as a place where they could do that.
In 1956, John Ford's film, The Searchers, earned praise for its more balanced depiction of American Indians. But "balanced" had a different meaning back then. The Navajos in Monument Valley who worked on The Searchers -- as extras, consultants or other staff -- were payed less than their white counterparts. At that time, too, they were not even allowed to leave the reservation without written permission from the government; so the fact that they were happy to have the work must be viewed in that light. But Ford's efforts were progressive for his day and laid the groundwork for some of the more truly balanced movies to come.
It was in the 1970s that we really started seeing Indians portrayed more authentically and more prominently in film story lines. I remember seeing Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman and noticing how director Arthur Penn showed the Cheyenne people actually laughing and crying, like real human beings rather than the predictably stoic and unemotional Indians we'd seen in Hollywood features. The Indians in his film were just like any other people -- some good, some not so good. They were not demonized just because they were Indian, as Hollywood custom had been before. Chief Dan George was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, making him the first Native American to receive the honor.
In 1975, Will Sampson delivered an uncanny performance as Chief Bromden, one of the most pivotal characters in One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest. But instead of crediting Sampson's acting skill and talent for his indelible depiction of the character (whom he made absolutely unforgettable while having almost no lines!), Hollywood press diminished his skill and talent to simply "acting Indian." Explaining why Will Sampson was overlooked for an Academy Award nomination, one director was even quoted as saying, "Why should an Indian receive an award for playing an Indian?"
That is how, in the eyes of many directors, Sampson's performance became a pattern for the big silent Indian. Sampson was typecast and did not have access to a wider range of roles that would have let us enjoy even more of his talent... a great loss for us. But Will Sampson was determined to make change, one way or another. He went on to be one of the founders of the American Indian Film Institute, producers of the American Indian Film Festival.
There were other noteworthy films in the 1970s, like A Man Called Horse. But then we had to wait until the early 1990s for Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves, that had a modern take on American Indian people and how the Lakhota people of the plains might have lived. Some claim Kevin's story showed the Indians as too uniformly benevolent and white folks as simply evil. After all, though in real life Indian nations suffered much ill treatment at the hands of the government, not all real white people were bad and not all real Indians were angelic. But the overall message of the movie was a good one. Graham Greene, with his brilliant performance as Kicking Bird, joined the ranks of Oscar nominees with a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Hollywood also had Iron Eyes Cody. His ancestry became the center of some controversy when it became known that he was actually Italian by birth. But he did not just work as an Indian in Hollywood in the 1950s and '60s; he truly lived his life as an Indian. He can be credited as the most famous Indian in the world during that time. Even though he was not born an Indian, we should
not forget that Iron Eyes Cody raised awareness for the American Indian people and also of the importance of environmentalism (Keep America Beautiful Public Service ad campaign) in a way that no one else was able to do at that time.
Nowadays, most producers do their best to hire actors that are from American Indian descent, or at least to some degree. But the issue is still a sensitive one. There is much bickering and infighting about who should get the available roles in Hollywood A-list films.
There have been mixed reactions to Johnny Depp playing the lead role of Tonto in the upcoming Lone Ranger movie; some people insist they must know, does he have Indian blood, and is it enough? The beautiful Q'Orianka Kilcher landed the lead role of Pocahontas in Terrence Malick's The New World, but some in the Native community were not pleased that she was of Peruvian and German descent. Rudy Youngblood, aka Gonzales, endured the same intense scrutiny when he got the lead role in Mel Gibson's film Apacalypto. But we don't hear much fuss about Jake Gyllynhall playing the Prince of Persia, Mel Gibson playing a Scot in Brave Heart or Anthony Quinn playing Zobra the Greek when In fact he was one hundred percent Mexican.
So if a Native from Canada can play an American Indian why can't a Mexican Indian get the same shot? Why do we insist on drawing lines between who is or is not allowed to play these roles according to boundaries on a map? Add to this the irony that these boundaries are for the most part established by European settlers or modern day governments, and the dispute becomes even more ridiculous.
These sorts of jealous conflicts between ethnic or national groups can happen anywhere. The city of Beijing banned the film Memoirs of a Geisha when both the Chinese and Japanese were offended by Chinese actresses playing traditional Japanese geishas. The actresses, Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi, were called traitors by both Japanese and Chinese people. I somehow think this reaction had little to do with the quality of their performances.
At some point, when the fight begins to be political and not creative, maybe we have to step back from interfering with the artists -- the writers, directors and actors -- and allow them to make their art according to their vision. After all, it's called acting for a reason. Actors are supposed to become other people in their roles.
The most important thing is that we do not let our American Indian stories become lost in the debate. If instead we concentrate our efforts on making sure these too long ignored stories make it to the screen, there will be more opportunities for great American Indian actors like Graham Greene, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Raoul Trujillo and many more, to shine. And as audiences become more discerning about authenticity, there will naturally be more chances for young Native actors to get a foot in the door.
A great step in that direction is that today, more American Indian film makers are finding ways to tell their stories from their unique perspectives. A superb forum for these films is The American Indian Film Festival, headed by the tireless and talented Michael Smith, which has been running for almost 40 years. It's the oldest and largest festival of it's kind in the world.
Another encouraging change is that some of our greatest non-Indian film makers are giving us a more authentic look at American Indian characters. From first hand experience I know that Anthony Minghella, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Spike Jonze are a few who put a high priority on portraying American Indians with historical accuracy and as interesting people we can relate to. For weeks before filming began, Ron Howard had the leads in his film The Missing study the Chiricahua dialect of Apache language. This is the sort of character development we need to see more of.
Film and television are in the business of make believe, but at the end of the day we actors must be realistic. We only harm ourselves if we do not give credit to the producers and directors who take risks to broaden the cultural spectrum of modern film making, even if they don't always get it exactly right. And acting jobs will always be very limited, so we actors will survive only by accepting good roles when they happen to come along.
To stay in business, Hollywood must cast stars based mostly on their ability look the part, play the character, and generate box office dollars. After all, mere ancestry or DNA percentage does not always produce the best performance. But this is not all bad from the perspective of an American Indian actor. Won't so many more roles be opened up to us if we're also allowed to play other races if we can look authentic and pull it off?
Personally, it is what I bank on. I am a man of mixed blood and I have been extraordinarily blessed to be able portray many people from all over the world in my films. This is why I love what I do... I get to walk a thousand paths.
(All photos by permission as noted. All rights reserved. From top to bottom:
-Jay Tavare as Swimmer in Cold Mountain, © Stephan Berkman 2002
-Chief Dan George http://www.firstnations.de/img/06-0-1-george.jpg
-Will Sampson, publicity photo 1971
-Iron Eyes Cody, © Keep America Beautiful PSA campaign
-Graham Greene and Jay Tavare at The Missing movie premier, © Paul Greenstone 2003
-Wes Studi and Jay Tavare in Street Fighter, courtesy Jay Tavare
-Ron Howard, Jay Tavare, Simon Baker and Tommy Lee Jones on the set of The Missing, courtesy Jay Tavare
-Jay Tavare as Jay Tavare, © Josh Michael Shelton 2011
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|Posted by Gwendolyn on May 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM||comments (0)|
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