The second annual Los Angeles, Italia Film Festival, celebrating Italian cinema, art and fashion in America, featured 40 films and hosted over 12,000 audience members in just seven days. The fest was in honor of renowned film music composer Ennio Morricone, who received the 2007 Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Also honored was Milena Canonero, who won an Oscar for Best Costume Design, and whose costumes from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette were on exhibit.

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Monica & Penelope Cruz at Italia Film Festival

Penelope Cruz who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Volver, came out to support her sister Monica's acting debut in the World Premiere of The Inquiry, being released by Twentieth Century Fox in April. Monica, known primarily as a Spanish dancer, is fortunate to resemble her stunning sibling, and The Inquiry, which is the story about the death and resurrection of Christ, is sure to bring her international attention.

If you love meatballs and Vegas, I have an offer you can't refuse. You are invited to attend a True Vintage Vegas Evening honoring the Ronald McDonald House on April 22nd at The Imperial Palace Hotel. The Third Annual Meatball Award showcases the earlier days of entertainment in Vegas and honors outstanding members of the food industry, news and business media. Some of those who will be in attendance include George Wallace, Clint Holms, and Mayor Oscar Goodman, to name a few. The best part is the after-party, where a variety of specially prepared meatballs will be offered for the audience's consumption. For ticket info, please call 707-732-3311.

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Orlando Bloom & Stevie Wonder at Mentor Awards

Reminder to budding screenwriters, final deadline for Scriptapalooza (9th Annual Screenplay competition) is April 13th. The winner receives a $10,000 grand prize. Perhaps more important, submissions receive access to dozens of production companies, managers, agents and literary representatives, including Paramount Pictures, and the William Morris Agency. The entry fee is only $45. For further info, go to

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Gilda & Bob Marx at Board of Governors of City of Hope

Last week we were honored to attend the annual dinner dance for the Board of Governors of the City of Hope at the Beverly Hills Hotel. We were the guests of Gilda and Bob Marx (Son of Gummo) - which is also the title of his book, about his experiences growing up on the Westside, as the son of a celebrity. Gilda, of course, is noted for her career in the fitness industry. Did you know that she taught Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons how to keep in shape? Flexatard, her line of high fashion exercise apparel, revolutionized the industry, and she and Bob are very involved launching an offensive against cancer's defense.

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Laura Guzik and Gregg Marx

Seems that the entire family is in the biz, as handsome son Gregg Marx, who won an Emmy for his role in As the World Turns ,sang a song to honor his father, and lovely daughter, Laura Guzik, who is working on wardrobe for the hit series Heroes, was pleased to be there to support the cause.

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Tom Cruise and Katie at Mentor Awards

And last, but not least, Tom Cruise was honored by Mentor LA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing schools and neighborhoods in L.A. Over $1.8 million was raised at Fox studios in Century City, thanks to the efforts of such supporters as Stevie Wonder, Paula Wagner, and Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher, who can't seem to keep their hands off each other! Nice to see that May/December romances work both ways. Brava to mature women on the Hollywood Beat.

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