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Netflix Plans Awards Magazine Before Emmys

Netflix Plans Awards Magazine Before Emmys

The awards-oriented publication, tentatively named Wide, will reportedly promote the streaming giant’s shows and stars ahead of the Emmys. The 100-plus page first issue will include interviews, essays and features about those who work on Netflix series.

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April: Events Calendar

April: Events Calendar

Below is a list of March events, screenings, classes, and more!

 

EVENTS:

April 5

Let’s Connect! Entertainment Industry Mixer – Los Angeles, CA

First and Third Fridays are upon us! Let’s Connect strong and exchange with other film, music and entertainment movers and shakers over happy hour cocktails and laid back environment. The Parlor on Melrose is one of the most welcoming, laid-back venues with a touch of sophistication- Much like us! Bring your business card and enter to win a complimentary cocktail or appetizer. See you soon!

FREE! 21+, No Item minimum, street parking (metered)

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Film & Her: A Female Filmmaker Showcase – Erie, PA

Film & Her is committed to showcasing emerging female talent within the filmmaking community and creating an atmosphere of unity. Film & Her believes that emerging women in film deserve to be celebrated and encouraged to continue creating. Our showcase is simply that, a showcase of the creative talent from talented women. By bringing these talents across the east coast, Film & Her hopes to show that female filmmakers are everywhere and there is a community that surrounds them-wherever that may be.

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CLASSES / WORKSHOPS:

April 1

Conversations: Veep – New York, NY

Screening to be followed by a Q&A with Anna Chlumsky

The new season of VEEP finds Selina Meyer trying to gain traction in early primary states, wooing uber-wealthy donors while navigating threats from primary challengers, including aide-turned-congressman Jonah Ryan. Selina’s band of misfits is also back, except for Mike, who’s been banished from her orbit and is now covering the presidential campaign, having been replaced by his ongoing nemesis in the press, reporter Leon West.

Meanwhile, Amy is figuring out how she feels about her pregnancy vis-a-vis Dan, who seems unwilling to give up his playboy ways for fatherhood. Rounding out the team are ever-faithful bagman Gary, cantankerous Ben, numbers-obsessed Kent and staffer Richard.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:15 PM)

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April 2

Casting Access: Leigh Ann Smith – Los Angeles, CA

This class will include a Q&A and a prepared reading session with an experienced casting professional.

Leigh Ann has worn many hats in the entertainment industry. She pursued acting and singing bi-coastaly for almost 20 years, worked briefly as a talent agent, served as managing director for two premiere acting schools in NYC, and coached actors on audition technique—all before landing her dream career in casting (where she plans to stay!). After working in feature film casting at Warner Bros. for three years under Lora Kennedy and Kristy Carlson, Leigh Ann is currently a Casting Assistant at Telsey + Co, where she works on a variety of television shows, films, and musicals.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:45 PM)

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April 3

Conduct on Set: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – New York, NY

Have you encountered a serial bully, hugger, joker, kisser, or groper? Join us for an evening of interactive training, in which improv actors will demonstrate the all too common scenarios encountered in the entertainment business and what constitutes proper conduct. We will guide individuals in identifying behaviors that create or contribute to unlawful bullying, harassment, discrimination and retaliation by offering information on how to assist in preventing and responding to incidents in the workplace.

Participants will have the opportunity to raise issues and learn how to work through them in real time. The evening will outline standards of conduct for the Producing Team and Independent Production Companies in order to create a top-down climate of conduct for all. You will learn how to handle situations that may occur during a production period, through demonstrated realistic scenes similar to those on set and in the office.

Ivy Kagan Bierman, an entertainment industry expert on workplace cultural issues, will conduct the training, which will include situational performances by the People’s Improv Theater based on the scenarios important to the audience at-large.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:15 PM)

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April 4

Casting Access: Jason Stamey – Los Angeles, CA

This class will include a Q&A and a prepared reading session with an experienced casting professional.

Jason B. Stamey is an Associate Casting Director at the Sarah Finn Company and works primarily on Marvel Studios features such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. Some of his other notable credits are Jon Favreau’s Chef, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys and the animated feature The Little Prince.

6:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 5:45 PM)

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April 15

Casting Access: Rose Bochner – Los Angeles, CA

This class will include a Q&A and a prepared reading session with an experienced casting professional.

Your sides will be sent to you the day of class. Once scenes have been sent out, we will update the event page.

Rose Bochner is an LA-based NY-transplant. She is a theatre director and writer and co-founder of the theatre company Shakespeare in the Square. She has studied at the American Shakespeare Center and has her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing. She has worked for Theatre for a New Audience, Disney Theatrical Group, and many others. Rose is a Casting Associate at Telsey+Co Casting, working on various television shows, films, and plays.

8:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 7:45 PM)

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April 25

Small Group Sessions: Resumes – New York, NY

Resumes are so much more than a statement of an actor’s work history. They can also reflect an actor’s personality, understanding of the industry, and their future potential roles. This session will provide a greater understanding of the role of the resume and how an actor can best use it as one of their marketing tools.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)

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FILM FESTIVALS:

March 27 – April 7

Cleveland International Film Festival – Cleveland, OH

The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.

www.clevelandfilm.org

April 4 – 14

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival – Phoenix, AZ

Now in its 15th year, the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival happens in conjunction with the yearly Phoenix Film Festival with a dedicated theatre all opening weekend and screenings all week long.

This year’s Festival takes place April 2019 Attendees can catch premieres of short and feature horror and sci-fi films from all over the world, along with eclectic programming of older films, special guests and cult classics. Plus, you can enjoy all the great parties and entertainment the Phoenix Film Festival is known for.

www.horrorscifi.com

April 8 – 16

Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival – Pittsburg, PA

The Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival intends to provide a stage for all film makers to display their work.

www.filmfreeway.com/PittsburghHorrorFilmFestival

April 16 – 27

Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival – Pittsburg, PA

The Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival intends to provide a stage for all film makers to display their work.

www.tribecafilm.com/festival

April 25 – May 2

Tribeca Film Festival – New York, NY

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & Craig Hatkoff to foster cultural and economic revitalization of Lower Manhattan after the tragedy of September 11, 2011. Though the Festival is headquartered in Tribeca, numerous events take place in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, including film screenings, concerts, a family street fair, panel discussions, and other special events.

www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

April 30

BlueCat Short Film Festival – Los Angeles, CA

The second annual BlueCat Short Film Festival is coming up! 5-10 finalists will have their films screened at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles on April 30th, 2019. The BSFF was created by filmmaker and founder of BlueCat Screenplay Competition, Gordy Hoffman.

www.filmfreeway.com/BlueCatShortfilmfestival

 

BOOK PUBLISHING:

Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! by Chelsea Handler

The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery—featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles.

Publishing April 9

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Behind the Laughter: A Comedian’s Tale of Tragedy and Hope by Anthony Griffin and Dr. Brigitte Travis-Griffin

“I was living every comic’s dream…with a nightmare attached.”

Anthony Griffith, a stand-up comic from Chicago’s South Side, has lived on the borderline of comedy and tragedy. At the very time his career as a stand-up comedian was taking off, and he had finally achieved his dream of appearing on The Tonight Show, he was also enduring an unimaginable personal nightmare: his two-year-old daughter, Brittany Nicole, was dying from cancer. While Anthony performed under bright lights, he struggled not to succumb to the darkness of losing a child.

Behind the Laughter asks, When your world is falling apart, how do you keep going? It’s the story of how Anthony and his wife, Brigitte, learned to endure the most painful of times and emerge on the other side of the “zombie years.”

With humor and deep insights into the human spirit, Behind the Laughter explores the bonds of not only parent and child but also husband and wife. While Anthony and Brigitte’s story is uniquely theirs, it elicits powerful, relatable emotions and lessons that are universal and inspiring.

Publishing April 9

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Out of My Father’s Shadow: Sinatra of the Seine, My Dad Eddie Constantine by Tanya Constantine

With candor, humor, and warmth, legendary musician, actress, activist, and icon Olivia Newton-John reveals her life story—from her unforgettable rise to fame in the classic musical Grease to her passionate advocacy for health and wellness in light of her battles with cancer. Perfect for fans of Tina Turner’s My Love Story and Sally Field’s In Pieces, this international bestseller is an extraordinary can’t-miss memoir.

Publishing April 16

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS:

DEATH & CO. 810 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA

Notable New York City cocktail bar Death & Co. will land along Wurstkuche, Inko Nito, Manuela on an already busy stretch of the Arts District. Widely considered to be one of America’s greatest cocktail bars, the original Death & Co. in the East Village is renowned for its attention to detail and its craft approach to everything from bartop setups to ingredients. A tight menu of bar bites, similar to the New York City menu, will also be available.

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BLUE GIANT 1300 Magazine Street, Lower Garden District, LA

Bill Jones, a former Cochon and Cochon Butcher chef is opening a “straightforward” Chinese-American restaurant in the Lower Garden District in partnership with Richard Horner, who previously cooked at Garden District favorite Coquette.

Horner will run the bar and dining room while Jones will run the kitchen, with plans for a menu that includes peking duck, fried rice, egg foo young, shrimp wontons, blue crab rangoon, and dan dan noodles. You can get a sneak peek of the food at Blue Oak BBQ later this month on March 18, when Jones and Horner will take over the kitchen.

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5 Actors to Watch at SXSW

5 Actors to Watch at SXSW

The annual South by Southwest (better known as SXSW) Conference and Film Festival runs in Austin, Texas from March 8 – March 17th.  It’s annually considered one of the top three or four festivals for discovering great acting talent. In between all of the partying, some careers will leap from complete or partial obscurity onto the fast-track.  That’s the real excitement of these events – to watch stars develop before our eyes.

While trying to pick who the breakouts will be is an exercise typically fraught with unreliability, let’s nonetheless take a look at five who are already being singled out as SXSW departs the starting gate:

 

Camilla Morrone

Camila Morrone – “Mickey and the Bear”

Morrone drew attention her way with a scene-stealing supporting turn in the Bruce Willis-starring reboot of “Death Wish” last year – this, after a turn as a runway model. In Mickey and the Bear, she travels far from the world of glamor, starring as Mickey, a headstrong Montana teenager forced to care for her opioid-addicted, grief-stricken, military veteran father (James Badge Dale). Mickey dreams of bagging it all and heading off to college on the West Coast and living the life she wants, particularly when her dad’s condition worsens. Morrone’s tour de force performance spotlights the ties that bind and the wrenching gap between obligation and independence. It’s Morrone’s second premiere at SXSW following last year’s Never Goin’ Back.

 

Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista – “Stuber”

Bautista has been around for a while and achieved plenty of fame and fortune in the WWE pro wrestling world – as well as portraying Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War flicks. Yet he’s still searching for a role that will break him out of being a mere living cartoon and start him down the road to emulating Dwayne Johnson. Stuber could well be it, pairing Bautista with Kumail Nanjiani of The Big Sick fame in this action comedy. It charts the madcap mixups when a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Nanjiani) picks up Vic (Bautista), a passenger who turns out to be a cop tracking a brutal killer. Can Stu hang onto his life…and his five-star rating? It’s Bautista’s time to shine, as the early buzz on his performance tells us.

 

Beanie Feldstein

Beanie Feldstein – “Booksmart”

After her small but memorable role in the 2017 indie sensation Lady Bird, Feldstein co-stars with Kaitlyn Dever in one of the buzziest films premiering at SXSW. Booksmart represents actress Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut and is already being hyped as the toast of the festival. It casts Feldstein and Dever as high school best friends Molly and Amy, respectively. They realize too late that they have wasted their prime adolescent years as buckle-down studiers and plot to make up for it in a single night of madcap partying. Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis help fill out the cast of a film that promises to be Beanie’s own coming-out party after a few years of bubbling on the cusp of notoriety.       

         

Zack Gottsagen

Zack Gottsagen – “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

Gottsagen, who is himself afflicted with Down syndrome in real life, heads a phenomenal cast in a film that promises to take SXSW by storm – and has magic written all over it. In The Peanut Butter Falcon, Gottsagen portrays Zak, a 22-year-old man with Down syndrome who escapes his nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attend a school run by a man who calls himself The Salt Water Redneck (none other than Thomas Haden Church). He’s taken under the wing of small-time hood Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), who becomes Zak’s coach and toxic influence. Think of it as the second coming of Rain Man. Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern costar.

 

Kaley Wheless

Kaley Wheless – “Frances Ferguson”

Wheless may be the only actress with two films premiering at South by Southwest this year – certainly the only one whom you’ve never heard of. But that anonymity figures to change rather rapidly. She stars in Frances Ferguson as the eponymous title character in the quirky, deviant comedy from director Bob Byington and narrated by Nick Offerman. Based on actual events, it tells the story of a wildly dysfunctional woman who so shames herself in her small town that she’s forced to adopt a new identity. Besides Frances Ferguson, Wheless has a cameo in The Highwaymen, starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as the cops who came out of retirement to nab Bonnie & Clyde.

March: Events Calendar

March: Events Calendar

Below is a list of March events, screenings, classes, and more!

 

EVENTS:

March 23

Kids’ Choice Awards – Hollywood, CA

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (also known as the KCAs or Kids’ Choice) is an annual American children’s awards ceremony show that is produced by Nickelodeon. Usually held on a Saturday night in late March or early April, the show honors the year’s biggest television, movie, and music acts as voted by viewers worldwide of Nickelodeon networks.

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CLASSES / WORKSHOPS:

March 5

Voiceover Lab: Character Development for Cartoons – New York, NY

Get to the true sound of weird characters by using the visuals provided. How do you voice a ladybug? What kind of laugh would a rainbow kitten have? Can I accurately portray a villainous toothbrush?

Finding the character is like detective work, and we will use all the clues available to get it right!

Come out and work with your VO community members in this constructive, supportive, and fun workout with VOL engineer and experienced animation pro, Theresa Buchheister! All levels welcome!

3:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 2:50 PM)

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March 6

Computer Lan: Intro to Screenwriting – New York, NY

This class is designed for members interested in developing and writing their own screenplay. Over the first hour, members will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, including development of new ideas, dramatic structure, and character development, among other concepts. During the second hour, members will learn screenplay formatting by using various software options, including Final Draft, Movie Magic and Celtx.

11:00 AM (Check-in begins at: 10:45 AM)

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Conversations: I’m Not Here – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by Q&A with writer/director Michelle Schumacher and J.K.Simmons

Steve is haunted by his past as every object in his home, every sound he hears reminds him of a specific event in his life. Steve connects the events of his life to discover how he ended up alone and broken. As he relives each significant memory, he understands the generational issues that have held him captive like his father before him. Can he move past the pain and forgive his trespassers, and more importantly, forgive himself?

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:30 PM)

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March 7

Small Group Sessions: Actor Career Focus – Los Angeles, CA

There are many areas an actor can pursue within the entertainment industry. By taking the time to narrow down what an actor really wants to focus on it can free them up to deepen their pursuit of job opportunities. In this session, we will examine the different ways an actor can focus their career goals and discuss how one can create a system by which to effectively target the industry professionals within that area.

Please bring pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)

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March 12

Casting Access: Donna Mckenna – New York, NY

This workshop will include a Q&A and a cold reading session with an experienced casting professional.  We will use the camera in class, but will not be recording.

Donna McKenna has been in the business of casting for over 18 years, bringing her unique skill set to projects around the world. An award winning casting director and producer she has cast independent features, short films, scripted television pilots and web series. Her ensemble casts consists of critically acclaimed actors from film, television and Broadway as well new and upcoming talent. Her work has screened at prestigious festivals such as, Tribeca Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, Berlin International Film Festival and the Milan Film Festival. In 2015 she was awarded the Casting Award of Merit at the IndieFest Film Festival for casting the film Leaves of the Tree which stars Eric Roberts, Sean Young, Federico Castelluccio, Armand Assante and 4 rising stars she discovered while she was teaching various workshops.

6:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 5:45 PM)

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March 13

Computer Lab: Casting Online Basics – New York, NY

Members will learn important skills needed to submit themselves for online casting, specifically, how to compress their videos, make basic edits, upload to dropbox, send large files via wetransfer and how to setup accounts and submit themselves on various casting web sites like Actors Access and Casting Networks. No materials are required.

11:00 AM (Check-in begins at: 10:45 AM)

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Small Group Sessions: Representation – Los Angeles, CA

Building one’s team is an important component to an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team.

Please bring pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)

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March 18

Business of Acting: The Inside Scoop on Casting – New York, NY

Join us for a two-part informative, interactive panel discussion and workshop on the acting industry taught by casting directors, professional actors and other industry experts. With a focus on issues important to Native American actors, the panel-workshop is open to all ethnicities.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Estimated program end time: 10:00 PM

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:15 PM)

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March 28

Small Group Sessions: Budgeting Your Time – Los Angeles, CA

Time is a finite resource. If you do not plan how to best use your time, days, weeks, months or years could go by without you feeling like your goals have been achieved. In this small group session we will examine where you can adjust past habits to best use your time in relation to your acting pursuits. You will come out of this session with some techniques to budget your time more effectively.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)

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FILM FESTIVALS:

March 1 – 11

Miami Film Festival – Miami, FL

Miami Film Festival is a celebration of thought-provoking international cinema for a diverse audience of movie lovers.

www.2019.miamifilmfestival.com/

March 8 – 16

SXSW Film Festival – Austin, TX

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

www.sxsw.com/festivals/film/

March 19 – 23

Canadian Film Festival – Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian Film Fest is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent. Film-loving audiences come to enjoy a diverse selection of 100% Canadian film screenings (features & shorts) and filmmakers flock to the CFF’s various industry events to take advantage of essential networking opportunities. CFF’s mission is to celebrate the art of cinematic storytelling by showcasing Canadian films and filmmakers.

www.canfilmfest.ca

March 21 – 24

Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival – Los Angeles, CA

Celebrating the cinematic achievements of women from the around the world, The Los Angeles Women’s International Film festival produced by Alliance of Women Filmmakers will take place March 21-24 at LA Live Regal Cinemas.

Now in its 15th year, the festival serves as a platform for women filmmakers worldwide to share their unique stories and cultural experiences with Los Angeles’ diverse audience. The 2019 festival will feature films from around the world including; Austria, Italy, India and Japan to name a few. The festival’s programming also reflects Alliance of Women Filmmakers’ mission to educate and inform audiences of social, political, and health issues impacting women globally.

www.lawomensfest.com/

March 27 – April 7

Cleveland International Film Festival – Cleveland, OH

The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.

www.clevelandfilm.org

March 29 – 31

Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown, MD

During four weekends in February and March, the Festival welcomes over 25,000 young people, parents, and movie-lovers to explore the world without leaving NYC. Presenting the best new animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film from across the globe, we invite you to watch, laugh, create, and explore with us.

Since 1997, 38 Festival films have been recognized with Academy Awards® and nominations, and in 2011 New York International Children’s Film Festival became an Oscar®-qualifying event. As such, winners of our juried prizes are eligible for Academy consideration in the Best Live Action and Best Animated Short Film categories.

www.filmfreeway.com/MarylandInternationalFilmFestival

 

BOOK PUBLISHING:

Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob by Gianni Russo

The over-the-top memoir of a real-life mobster-turned-actor who helped make The Godfather a reality, and his story of life on the edge between danger and glamour.

Gianni Russo was a handsome 25-year-old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history. He played Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, who set her brother Sonny – played by James Caan – up for a hit. Russo didn’t have to act – he knew the mob inside and out: from his childhood in Little Italy, where Mafia legend Frank Costello took him under his wing, to acting as a messenger for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello during the Kennedy assassination, to having to go on the lam after shooting and killing a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas club.

Along the way, Russo befriended Frank Sinatra, who became his son’s godfather, and Marlon Brando, who mentored his career as an actor after trying to get Francis Ford Coppola to fire him from The Godfather. Russo had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, and scores of other celebrities. He went on to star in The Godfather: Parts I and II, Seabiscuit, Any Given Sunday, and Rush Hour 2, among many other films, and also acted as producer on several. Hollywood Godfather is his no-holds-barred account of a life lived on the edge. It is a story filled with violence, glamour, sex – and fun.

Publishing March 12

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Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood) by Andrew Rannells

From the star of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon and HBO’s Girls, the heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions, bad relationships, and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City

In Too Much Is Not Enough, Rannells takes us on the journey of a twentysomething hungry to experience everything New York has to offer: new friends, wild nights, great art, standing ovations. At the heart of his hunger lies a powerful drive to reconcile the boy he was when he left Omaha with the man he desperately wants to be.

Honest and hilarious, Too Much Is Not Enough is an unforgettable look at love, loss, and the powerful forces that determine who we become.

Publishing March 12

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Don’t Stop Believin’ by Olivia Newton-John

With candor, humor, and warmth, legendary musician, actress, activist, and icon Olivia Newton-John reveals her life story—from her unforgettable rise to fame in the classic musical Grease to her passionate advocacy for health and wellness in light of her battles with cancer. Perfect for fans of Tina Turner’s My Love Story and Sally Field’s In Pieces, this international bestseller is an extraordinary can’t-miss memoir.

Publishing March 12

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This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz

An inspirational book about life and its lessons from the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated star of NBC’s This Is Us.

In This is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave readers both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy’s This is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments, and leaves the reader feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.

Publishing March 19

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Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan

A deeply textured and compelling biography of comedy giant Mel Brooks, covering his rags-to-riches life and triumphant career in television, films, and theater, from Patrick McGilligan, the acclaimed author of Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane and Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light.

Publishing March 19

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Unsuccessful Thug: One Comedian’s Journey from Naptown to Tinseltown by Mike Epps

Now in paperback—the legendary stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps finally tells all in this outrageous, hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir.

Heading first to New York, then all over the country, and finally to Hollywood, Mike Epps carved out a unique place in American comedy, combining hysterical tales of his family and friends with a mordant take on life in the Naptowns of America. Comedy saved Mike Epps, and here he reveals exactly how he finally grew up and got out, barely. And when describing how he survived when so many of his friends didn’t, Epps makes clear what he’s thankful for and sorry about. Unsuccessful Thug is about growing up black in America, facing down racism in Hollywood, and ultimately how it feels to fail at thugdom, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, and end up selling out arenas and starring in movies across the country.

Publishing March 26

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS:

MARISCOS EL PARADERO 9251 Alondra Blvd., Bellflower, CA

Mariscos El Paradero brings incredible seafood towers, fresh fish straight from Mexico, and a chef’s touch on ceviche. When business partners Jorge Angulo, and Alex Sanchez met with Carlos Castro of Alhuey, Sinaloa’s MariscosEl Paradero (a double meaning equivalent to the effects of an aphrodisiac) in September 2017, they picked the perfect time to capitalize on the flashy, new style of northern Sinaloan ceviche that has developed in the last three years.

When Mariscos El Paradero opens on March 15, it will start at the top of the heap in a robust field of Sinaloa-style seafood restaurants, and trucks, for an ever-growing customer base of Sinaloenses who can’t get enough seafood, with fresh crab, tuna, shrimp, pen shell clams (callo de hacha), and more imported from Bahía de Santa María — just 10 minutes away from Alhuey. All great seafood restaurants begin with the finest product, and Castro’s Bellflower branch is second to none.

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SMALL TOWN 2764 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Silver Lake’s closed Wolfdown space is getting new life as an approachable neighborhood restaurant, and it’ll carry an apt new name as well: Small Town.

Forage owners Jason and Chrissy Kim are still in charge of the Rowena Avenue space and say they won’t be functionally changing its look much. But that’s about where the similarities to the past will end. Instead of Wolfdown’s Korean-leaning dinner menu, Small Town will hew towards slightly upturned everyday basics across dinner and brunch, to start. That means soft scrambled eggs with trout roe, or coconut black rice and roasted sweet potato. There will still be beer and wine, with Chrissy Kim focusing on plenty of natural and biodynamic options.

There’s no complete menu ready just yet, but the Kims tell Eater that they’re hoping to open on Tuesday, March 5, at least for walk-in diners. From there, expect hours from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night (closed Mondays), with a happy hour from opening until 7 p.m. Weekend brunches will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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