Friday, June 20, 2008

Covenant News- The Latest Industry & Social News From the Entertainment & Media Capital of the Universe, HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles.CA. Fri 20 June 2008


Some pop music critics got spoiled in the years when record companies were awash in profits and album launches were lavish affairs.

So there was grumbling Tuesday night when Tommy Mottola threw a listening party for "Lunada," the new album by his wife, Thalia.

***An L.A. hotel is suing Phil Spector, his wife Rachelle and his agent, claiming they walked out on their more than $100k hotel bill during his murder trial.
In the suit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites says they reserved rooms for the music producer's lawyers and expert witnesses during the trial.
After seven months of trial, the hotel alleges, Spector had racked up a bill to the tune of more than $104,000.
***Britney Spears' 17-year-old sister Jamie Lynn, star of Nickelodeon's popular TV show "Zoey 101," has given birth to a baby girl, People magazine reported on Thursday.
***The estate of Mario Puzo -- repped by the Don of Hollywood lawyers, Bert Fields -- is making Paramount Pictures an offer it might or might not refuse, asking for some of the coin from the "Godfather" video game.
They want more than a million bucks, saying it was Puzo that made the game huge.

*** Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.
*** DiVinci invented the parachute in 1515.
*** There are 86,400 seconds in day.
*** The earth is approx 6,588,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

Creative Director of M. Romen Designs Merrilyn Romen, is currently reading

by Frank Schaeffer


What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
Sigmund Freud

Bishop of Seventh

When Chachi Prasad and his wife Karam Kim launched their premium denim line, they named it Bishop of Seventh, in honor of the place their cut their teeth in the fashion industry—New York’s Seventh Avenue.

Then they packed their bags for L.A.

“We wanted to be around all the big boys in Los Angeles,” says Prasad,
referring to major denim brands—J Brand,
Seven for all Mankind,
Rock and Republic,
Paige Premium and others—which are mainly based in L.A., America’s denim capital.

Prasad and his wife had spent their careers on Seventh Avenue, working as designers for high-fashion brands like Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan and Michael Kors.
Overnight, they found themselves in the wash houses and denim mills of Downtown L.A.
coming up with their own, innovative denim treatments in an already competitive jeans market.
“We weren’t really denim people before we started out, so it helped that there was a bunch of chemical engineers in my family,” says Prasad.
“That gave me some cool ideas.”

They experimented, putting golf balls and pennies in dryers, and coming up with ways to soften their fabrics with minimal use of chemicals.
This was around 2005, at the peak of the premium denim game.
Prasad went against the grain, favoring raw, tailored denims and clean rinses rather than the embellished, super-distressed looks that were en vogue at the time.
“I felt like we were ahead of our time,’ said Prasad, and he’s right—look around today and it’s all about raw denim, tailoring and minimalism.

Sensing that the premium denim explosion was about to plateau, Bishop decided to expand its focus and throw trousers into the mix (Seven For All Mankind, Joe’s Jeans and Paige Premium Denim have since all launched trouser lines).

BofS trousers are engineered, with a twisted seam to elongate the leg and a rayon yarn that “wraps around a woman’s body really well,” says Prasad (He sent me a pair and yes, they do add an inch or two to my tiny frame).

“Our trousers have a great price point too," points out Prasad,
"especially compared with an Armani trouser for example."

Bishop of Seventh donates a portion of all profits to the charity Earth Rights International, which watches over human rights and environmental abuse by major corporations.
(Earth Rights is currently pursuing Chevron for apparently hiring paramilitaries in Burma to oust people from their villages to make way for a pipeline).

And for maximum feel-good factor, their 35th Street Jean was actually blessed by a monk at a Tibetan Temple in Long Beach (where Prasad and his wife were married).

“He performed a ceremony that was 30 minutes long, blessing the jeans for health, happiness and prosperity.
Then he told us that we have a good, long journey ahead of us with this company.
And so we keep going forward.”

Bishop of Seventh is gifting one Stylephile reader a pair of its 7th Ave jeans in Carbon Grey, plus a Christopher trouser in Black Gabardine (with a combined retail value of around $420).

To win, visit The Stylephile.


***Televised news can't hold a candle to newspapers, according to Tom Wolfe.
"As newspapers are declining rapidly . . . I would just point out, all news today comes from newspapers.
All of it," the "Bonfire of the Vanities" author told Charlie Rose the other night.
"Television has never initiated a successful story in its life.
When they have a big story, it's always wrong."
He cited as an example Dan Rather's bogus story about George W. Bush's National Guard service and declared, "Idiots!"
***OK! magazine's deputy editor, former power flack Rob Shuter, was just promoted to executive editor


Phoenix Digs for Clues on Mars...

Sacha "Bruno" Cohen
***Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno" is ready for summer heat.

Universal will release the film on May 15, 2009.
So far, there are no other R-rated comedies near that date.

Like Borat, the title character of the 2006 box office hit, Bruno is one of a trio of characters created and played by Cohen in TV skein "Da Ali G Show."

***Tom Hanks, who has a collection of at least 100 old manual typewriters, bought four more at Gramercy Office Equipment in NYC.

***One of the first gay Californians to get his marriage license on?

None other than "Star Trek's" George Takei.

The 71-year-old thesp (really, he's 71?) got his license to wed from the City of West Hollywood with longtime partner Brad Altman, People reports.

"We are first and foremost beyond delighted," says Takei.

"It's a landmark day."

***The only king without a moustache in a deck of cards is the king of hearts.
***The revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined.
***The search engine Google got its name from the word √ęgoogol√≠, which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it.
***The U.S. army packs Tabasco pepper sauce in every ration kit that they give to soldiers.

Chairman & CEO of Spivak Management Inc.Kenin M. Spivak is reading David Baldacci's "Simple Genius".

On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

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