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.
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.
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.