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Nicole Scherzinger, Jericho Rosales, Jada Pinkett Smith photos at CAST Fundraiser


International filipino actor Jericho Rosales and fil-am Nicole Scherzinger (honorary event co-hosts) attended the fundraiser for 15th Annual From Slavery to Freedom Event. Among them are Jada Pinkett Smith (honorary event host), Sara Rue (honorary event co-host and emcee), Russell Simmons and Mira Sorvino (honorary event co-hosts) and Lisa Ling (Community Impact Award presenter).

CAST stands for Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking.

CAST Mission Statement: To assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.

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Photo: Brittni Moten
Source: Quantum Leap Entertainment

Jericho Rosales joins Jada Pinkett-Smith, Lisa Ling, Russel Simmons…in the Fight to End Human-Trafficking



Jericho Rosales joins Jada Pinkett-Smith, Lisa Ling, Sara Rue, Russell
Simmons, Nicole Scherzinger, and Mira Sorvino in the Fight to End Human-Trafficking at The CAST
15thFreedom From Slavery, Beverly Hills, May 9, 2013

Proceeds raised benefit Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

Beverly Hills, CA (May 7, 2013) – International Actor, Producer, and
Recording Artist, Jericho Rosales, is set to take part in The CAST’s 15thFreedom From Slavery Event at the Sofitel Los Angeles on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, CA.

Rosales to join Host, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Co-Host/ Emcee, Sara Rue, and Community Impact Award Presenter, Lisa Ling, in an evening of celebration and awareness with human-trafficking survivors and CAST’s contributors. Other celebrities scheduled to attend are *Russell Simmons, Nicole Scherzinger, Mira Sorvino, among others.

Jericho recently talked about being mindful and making a change.

“I have a heart for helping children…” expressed Jericho. “It’s important to be aware of this real and serious problem. I hope my film project “Breakaway” can inspire many to take action.”

“Breakaway” (Original Title: Alagwa) is Jericho Rosales’ first co-produced film, directed by Ian Lorenos, which highlights a single father and son relationship torn by the abduction of his son by human-traffickers. It has received multiple awards and nominations throughout Asia and the USA, including a recent win of “Outstanding Achievement in Acting” for Rosales at Newport Beach Film Festival last week.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking CEO, Kay Buck, says, “Celebrating our 15th year of service to the community of Los Angeles, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) provides direct services to survivors of modern-day slavery from 58 countries around the world. We are thrilled to be working with Jericho Rosales for his outstanding performance in his new film about child trafficking in the Philippines. Victims from the Philippines who are trafficked to Los Angeles currently represent nearly 20% of all of our cases, so we are looking forward to Jericho’s participation at our From Slavery to Freedom event on May 9th and beyond.”

CAST has been internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of trafficking survivors, the mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and the provision of direct services for victims.

All proceeds raised from the event will help fund CAST programs and services that provide human trafficking survivors with 24-hour access to safety and comprehensive, trauma-informed care that helps them rebuild their lives and become thriving members of the community.

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Jo Koy show dates Irvine, Pittsburgh, San Jose…

Jo Koy coming to a city near you.

May 2-4, 9-11 Irvine, CA • Improv
Irvine Improv

May 16-18 Pittsburgh, PA • Improv
Pittspurgh Improv

May 30-Jun 1, 6-8 San Jose, CA • Improv
San Jose Improv

June 14 Atlantic City, NJ • Borgata Resorts – The Music Box
The Music Box

Jun 15 Mashantucket, CT • Foxwoods Casino
Foxwoods Casino

Jun 20-22, 27-29 Ontario, CA • Improv
Ontario Improv

July 13 Ontario, CA ImprovOntario Improv

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Actor Alec Mapa to be a coach on AMC’s Showville

Alec Mapa Showville

”  AMC announced today the lineup of eight towns across the country where talent will be scouted for its newest unscripted series, Showville (formerly titled Road Show). Created and executive produced by Laurie Girion (Cheerleader Nation, Welcome to Sweetie Pies) and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television, the series organizes competitions in each town, featuring local talent who get the chance of a lifetime to be in the spotlight. Actor Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante were named as the series’ performance coaches, working with the show’s finalists each week to prep them for their performance in front of a live, local audience. Showville consists of eight one-hour episodes and premieres this spring.  ”

”  Mapa got his big show business break when he was cast as the opera diva, Song Liling, in Broadway’s M. Butterfly. He went on to direct the critically acclaimed one-man shows, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy and I Remember Mapa and is also a renowned director in the comedy circuit. In addition, Mapa has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Marley & Me Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Seinfeld, and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan.  ”

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Hailee Steinfeld doing a lot in 2013

Hailee Steinfeld has received so many awards and award nominations for the movie True Grit and has many more projects in 2013.


2010 True Grit Mattie Ross Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress[18]
Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress[19]
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Breakout Female
Nominated—Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Capulet Post-Production
2013 Ender’s Game Petra Arkanian Post-Production
2013 Can a Song Save Your Life? Violet Post-Production
2013 Hateship, Friendship Post-Production[20]
2013 Three Days To Kill Post-Production
2013 The Homesman Tabitha Hutchinson Filming
TBA Why We Broke Up Min Green Announced
TBA Forgotten[21] London Lane[22] Announced

Film: Graceland with Director’s Statement

graceland film

We had the opportunity to watch this tense movie. Warning: the first 5 minutes of the movie made me gasps and turn my head away. Intended for a mature audience,  definitely not for kids. Twist and turns towards the end of the movie.


Written and Directed by Ron Morales

Starring: Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, Dido de la Paz, Leon Miguel, Ella Guevara, Marife Necesito and Patricia Ona Gayod


In this unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller, family man Marlon Villar — a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango — is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he is ambushed while driving both his boss’s and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon’s daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events spin wildly out of control, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.​


I stumbled onto the beginnings of Graceland while doing research in the Philippines for another script. My original intent was to tell a story about a community of Filipino Shamans living in the country’s Middle Islands. During my time researching and interviewing subjects in the field, I repeatedly came across stories of kidnapping, child prostitution, and organ trafficking that hinted at a dark and ubiquitous underworld community, operating with widespread impunity throughout much of the country. I interviewed a number of people – especially young people – who had had their voices taken away from them through the tributaries of poverty, organized crime, and sexual exploitation. The inability of these people to represent their daily struggles resonated strongly with me. I felt that theirs’ was the story about my homeland that I wanted to tell.

The real life experience I encountered in researching this world engendered my desire to assemble a cast of flawed and dualistic characters. The world I set out to explore was rife with powerful and corrupting forces, and I wanted to show how these forces were enacted equally on everyone who experiences them. I felt I witnessed a very tangible elision in the boundaries between those characters that one might traditionally associate as ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys.’

My understanding of the space in which the story unfolds was inspired strongly by a Tagalog cockfighting term: wala. Translated literally wala means ‘have not.’ Essentially, ‘underdog.’ In the pervasive world of organized crime of the Philippines, the conventional division between ‘good’ and ‘bad,’ as commonly understood it in the Western society, seems to be replaced by a less philosophical but more practical division between the have or have not. Those who ‘have’ also have the opportunity to make choices, even in a moral sense. Those who ‘have not’ are powerless against the whims of those who have. GRACELAND is a story about one underdog who decides he wants to take something for himself, and what happens to him as a result.

Because the film emerged so directly from my research, I wanted the subject matter to follow the threads of something that is sociological, even behavioral – but I also felt strongly that I wanted to make a narrative film. The task I set out on was not to make a documentary. My aim was to trace trajectories – of both the socially scientific and the narrative – to the point where they intersect. I wanted to make something that was substantial, but at the same time naturalistic.

— Ron Morales