Security was tight at Disney Concert Hall when Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performed Beethoven's Lenore Overture with great verve. The Orchestra's American Tour, which included performances in New York's Carnegie Hall, was part of their 70th anniversary celebration, and they were awarded a standing ovation by such diverse music lovers as Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, George Segal and Sherry Lansing.
|Director Zubin Mehta (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) with Smokey Robinson|
Sitting front row and center were actress Maggie Gyllenhall and her significant other Peter Saragaard (Jarhead), who later joined Mehta for a midnight supper. They were delighted to be spending an evening alone together, without their new born baby, Ramona. And you thought that only old fogies enjoyed classical music!
|Actor Peter Saragaard enjoying an evening with Maggie Gyllenhall at Disney Hall|
While in a classical mood, we also attended the Los Angeles Master Chorale's West Coast Premiere of Steve Reich's Daniel Variations, also at the Disney Hall. This work was written in memory of murdered Wall Street Journalist Daniel Pearl. Judea and Ruth Pearl, parents of the deceased reporter, are excited about the new film A Mighty Heart, The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Danny Pearl, based on the book written by his widow, Marianne. The film, produced by Brad Pitt, stars Angelina Jolie as Marianne, and Dan Futterman, who wrote the screenplay for last year's Capote, portrays Daniel Pearl.
|Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) with his family, and ten year old actress Ryan Newman (Monster House)|
And speaking of Disney - and who doesn't - We were invited to a Tea Party celebrating the release of Cinderella III, "A Twist in Time"...which poses the question, "What if the shoe didn't fit?". The event, benefiting St. Jude's Children's Hospital, was held at the Bel Age Hotel, and brought out scads of Hollywood's proud parents, and their beautiful broods. Among these were Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) and his three kiddies, Rachel Griffiths (TV's Brothers & Sisters) with her young son, Banjo; Rob Morrow (TV's Numbers), and Debi Mazar , (TV's Entourage) who brought along her adorable five year old daughter Evangelina.
|Debi Mazar (Entourage) with her five year old daughter, Evangelina|
There was even a little pink carpet where such kiddy stars as 11 year old Rachel Fox (Desperate Housewives), posed with the more than 300 costumed cuties, including my God Daughter, Mollie. The youngsters had their hair styled, and mini makeup applied by professional artists, and witnessed a dance demonstration by Cinderella and her handsome Prince Charming. We all viewed the DVD on huge TV screens, and I heartedly recommend this delightful tale to the little girl in all of us.
|Cinderella and Prince Charming at premiere of Disney's Cinderella III, "A Twist in Time"|
Keep February 23rd open for the exclusive 14th annual Multicultural Motion Picture Association Luncheon at the Peninsula Hotel. Playing host previously to some of the hottest Academy award nominees like Robert DeNiro and Halle Berry, the afternoon is always festive, and coveted for its intimacy among stars, and the students to whom they present scholarships. Young filmmakers are rewarded with financial assistance and opportunities to network in the motion picture industry. For further information, please contact the MMPA office at 320-458-8300. Hope to see you there on the Hollywood Beat.