Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Unleashed: Celebrities to the Rescue

I attended this wonderful event along with many other celebrities to support two amazing charities. Not only did the money go to a good cause, but we met so many celebrities who believe in these charities, and so many entertainers who performed and made it an exciting evening. Pink-E-Swear were an amazingly talented group of young singers and dancers, and Bad Fathers played some really loud punk rock.

In this photo: Brett Stimley, Titan, Laurie Landry and Greg Travis

Ed Begely Jr. (Gary Unmarried, Six Feet Under), Dave Shelton (Award Winning Writer), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean), Wendy Schaal (voice of Francine on American Dad), Richard Schaal (Trapper John, M.D.), Ken Davitian (Get Smart, Borat, Meet he Spartans), Ben Morrison (Punk'd, CSI), Pascal Mouawad (Celebrity Jewelry Designer), Lex Larson and Louie Rubio (Dr. Hollywood: We Run La), Tracy Costello (The Westwing, Charmed, ER), Jenny Mollen (aka Jenny Biggs, Crash), Rick 'Smalls" Strickland (Immortal Cycle, Blades of Glory), Tionne Williams (Grammy Nominated, Universal Music Recording Artist/Actor), Kristy & Lindsey Landers (Official Hot Mess), Mason Reese (The Howard Stern Show), Rodney Allen Rippy (Blazing Saddles, The Odd Couple), Arlene Golonka (A Family Affair, King Of Queens), Greg Travis (Halloween II, Watchmen), Alana Curry (Terminator 3), Anna Wilding (Carpe Diem Films), Nigel Gibbs (Breaking Bad on AMC), Brooke Scher (Singer, Actress), Chane't Johnson (Life, Monk), Kelli Maroney (Fast Times at Ridgement High), Kathy Garver (Family Affair, Ten Commandments), Ernest Thomas (Everybody Hates Chris, What's Happening?), Saige Ryan Campbell (Pink E. Swear, House M.D.), Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters), Wedil David (Valentines Day), Danielle Spencer (What's Happening), Irwin Keyes (CSI, Black Dynamite, The Flintstones), Laurie Landry (Criminal Minds, Bad Teacher), Judy Tenuta (American Comedy Award winner), Krista Allen (The Final Destination), Mams Taylor (Brittish Rapper, Music Producer, MMA Fighter), Laura Freas (KUSC DJ), David Sutcliffe (Private Practice, Gilmore Girls), Marc McClure (Back To The Future, Superman, That Thing You Do), Sarah Carter (Skinwalkers, Shark), Courtney Hope (CSI Miami, Grey's Anatomy), Kallie Flynn Childress (Cougar Town), Zach Cumer (Smokin Aces, iCarly), Cherrelle Noyd (The Shield, Everyone Hates Chris), Quinton Lopez (The Closer), Scotty Noyd (House MD, Hanna Montana), Sara Fletcher (My Secret Girlfriend), and many more.

In this photo: Laurie Landry and Debra Wilson (Mad TV)

Laurie would like to thank Alex Munoz and Insider5 for hosting this wonderful event at The Highlands Hollywood.


Monday, June 21, 2010

I'm Recording You: commercial for Record My Calls video project

I was just involved in a shoot for a commercial project called RECORD MY CALLS. It's a service that allows you to record your phone calls for later playback (a really cool thing: Bannock has used Google Voice's ability to do something similar to record interviews with musicians, like this one with Jeff Loomis of the heavy metal band NEVERMORE).

My good friend Tim Swaan contacted me to do the commercial, and it was a very small cast and crew. What was weird was how much footage we shot and how little of that gets used. As Tim said: "30 seconds is surprisingly short!"

Here's the video! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Written by: Elan Bentov and Amanda Jean Nowak
Production/Post Production by: Timothy Swaan and Elan Bentov


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 4 "The Rejected"

Mad Men
Season 4, Episode 4 "The Rejected"
Air Date: August 18th

Went for a fitting the week before - They wanted to cut my hair but I was only working one day for minimum wage, it was just not worth it. I talked them into not cutting my hair. They said as long as I put it in tight, small hot rollers for set. Can do!

I show up for set in my hot rollers that took and hour and a half to put in and the hairstylist brushed out my curls and complained that my hair was too long! The girl next to me had much longer hair and she got a cool updo (as did most of the other girls on set). Nope not me, I got a frizzy comb-over

Some of the dresses the girls wore were so awesome! I looked like a 50 year old!

Needless to say, they really didn't use me much in the scenes and the hair lady complained every time I went near her that she wanted to cut my hair.

For the second scene, someone said "Get that thing up" - referring to my bush of hair. I got a half assed updo that made me look even more terrible. I think I was the only girl that didn't get to wear a hat. I was really hoping for some good photos from this but...

I had a hard time chatting with people on set and there was a lot of fake cigarette smoke that was making me choke. The shoes didn't fit and I looked ugly but it was still neat to see how they film a period piece.

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Entourage - Season 7 Ep. 3 : Dramedy - airdate July 18th

Entourage: Season 7 Episode 3 "Dramedy" to Air on July 18, 2010

First off - I'm pretty sure I won't be seen in this episode of Entourage. Me and this other girl were directed to go up the ramp and into the cafe and the waiter was supposed to bring us out to sit outside on the deck (where all the action was) but instead these other girls just took our seats. So, we just walked quickly by the camera and went inside and stayed there for the rest of the time. It was nice to sit down and chat with someone though. It was also great because it was a really short day - well, short for background work anyway.

I got to touch elbows with Adrian Grenier. Adrien got a haircut that I'm not all that impressed with. Check out some photos of Adrian here. In the scene we shot, Adrian was to ride a motorcycle up on the curb in front of the cafe. he stalled it a few times which was funny. I think he felt silly though. I enjoyed it. I think I saw all of the main actors except for Jeremy Piven. Kevin Dillon was awesome, he joked around and chatted us up inside the cafe during his quick break. Very nice guy, would love to work with him again.

The Entourage Girls were... um... well, let's just say, they were a bit older than me and weren't wearing much clothing and they all looked alike. Fake breasts, bleach blond hair, fake tans, tons of makeup. But I guess that's the look they were going for.

There was a family there (mom, dad and daughter) that won a day on set. They flew in from New York on their own dime just to be on set. They were nice and were asking me a lot of questions about what they should know and do on set etc...


Red carpet premier at Grauman's Chinese Theater and then Jane's House


May 27th was a busy night: two red carpets and a whole lot of walking!!
Dinner in between where I had a terrible margarita.
Didn't think to bring a change of clothes for the second red carpet so I improvised and stole Tim's vest. Thanks Tim.

Cielito Lindo premier @ Grauman's Chinese Theater
Official Website of "Cielito Lindo"
Red carpet event held at the prestigious Grauman's Chinese Theater, which happens to be very beautiful!

Official Trailer for "Cielito Lindo" -

Vendicatore - A Sicilian Tragedy red carpet event @ Jane's House in Hollywood
Official Website for "Vendicatore"
Facebook Fan Page for "Vendicatore"
Red carpet event held at Jane's House in Hollywood...which really does look like a house. A house with a lot of doors.

Photo by Nelson Shen


Series of short films premier for the Summer at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

On June 7th, Diegodiego, Blanca Blanco and I headed to the Egyptian Theater for the premier of four short films (actually a trailer and 3 short films).

They were:
All of them were great, but Skip Listening in particular had a very powerful message that they got through with lots of comedy and lots of emotion, all in one very short package. The character Thor Ramsey plays at the beginning -- a distracted, self-important radio personality -- was really awesome. Gave me some ideas for a future project...

Interview with MingleMedia TV Network

Met actor Courtney Gains (@ IMDB) who is going to be appearing in the upcoming movies "Faster" and "Go Straight to Hell." He was super-nice, and spoke with Tim about publicists, current projects, and other stuff, which was great.

Q&A with the actors and production teams, including Miro Gladovic (former FIFA agent, creator "American Footy Star"), Amit Handa (producer "American Footy Star"), Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl (writer and star "Conversations with Lucifer"), Gary Klavans (writer and star "Diamond Confidential"), Thor Ramsey and Lexi Marman (stars "Skip Listening")

Missed the after party at the Pig N Whistle Pub next door because it was getting late and we needed to get back home for Ollie!


"Diamond Confidential" (

The film brings back the remembrance of the film-noir style with visionary luminosity and a classic 21th Century touch. The contents are a mystery. The reward is high. The risk is death. Winner of 2010 Honolulu Film Festival 'The Silver Lei Award'.
Directed and Produced by Graeme Finlayson.

Starring and Written by Gary Klavans.
Also Starring - Danielle De Luca, Maggie Vandenberghe, Damon Standifer,
P.J. Marshall, with Michael Dempsey and David St. James


"Conversation with Lucifer" (

Darby Quinn is a 23-year old recovering drug addict navigating her way through early sobriety. Though resolved to stay clean in a twelve step program, she is incapable of being fundamentally honest with herself and others about the root of her addiction. This is a very real cinematic portrait of one woman's struggle to overcome her demons and rebuild. Told with all of the irony and acerbic wit so true of life, Conversations With Lucifer reminds us that hope finds us in the most unexpected of places and the most unlikely of ways.
Produced by Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl ,Kerry Finlayson, Daemon Hillin, Gordon Vasquez
Written by Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl.

Director – Cody Boesen

Principal Cast – Shevaun Cavanaugh Kastl, Spencer Garrett, Dikla Marshall, Brandon Karrer, Kim Kendall

"Skip Listening" (

"Skip Listening" is an 11-minute comedy short film that was shot and edited in 7 days (a 168 Hour Film Project), was runner Up for best film at the 168 International Film Festival, and is about obnoxious and narcissistic radio DJ Skip Stonewall (Thor Ramsey), who is so self-involved that he doesn't even notice one of his co-workers (Lexi Marman) is Deaf. What is the difference between Skip Stonewall and a room full of deaf people? The deaf people can hear better! However, a providential mishap forces him to hear like never before.

Directed by Christopher Shawn Shaw.
Produced by Christopher Shawn Shaw, Josh B. Jacobs, and Colleen Bennett.
Starring Thor Ramsey, Lexi Marman, Robert G. Lee, Josh B. Jacobs and Kristen McCoy.

American Footy Star "Trailer" (

American Footy Star Reality TV Show - Upcoming TV Show trailer for a U.S. based athletic talent competition in search of the next Australian Football League (AFL) star. One lucky American athlete will be selected from the American Footy Combines (to take place summer 2010), and will win a trip to Australia and have the opportunity to be mentored by the AFL celebrity judges and be invited to the AFL “2010 Rookie Draft Camp. Celebrity judges include retired Australian Football League superstar players Jason McCartney and Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico. Mentors will include Jimmy Bartel (Brownlow Medalist) and AFL Champ’s Geelong Cats Assistant Coach Brenton Sanderson.

Created, Produced and Starring Miro Gladovic.
Produced by Amit Handa.


Photography: Nelson Shen
Press/Media: Yvette Morales for YM & Associates

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