Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fantastic Beasts is Not the Only Prequel to Harry Potter

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new anticipated adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. And opens in the year 1926, 70 years before Harry Potter as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. However, Fantastic Beasts is not the only story that pre-dates the Harry Potter world. The real phenomenon on every Harry Potter fans' minds is the release of hidden true life story of kid that attended the only real credited school of magic, which occurred 25 years ago.

"Was Hayashi the REAL Harry?" is a YouTube series that documents the real true life story of Ken Hayashi, who discovered that he is a Wizard, whose parents were both an illusionist and magician; and enrolls into the only real credited school of magic and wizardry in the year 1990. All events that pre-dates Harry Potter story by 7 years.

Along the journey, Hayashi (Ken Hayashi) actually encounters the real Ron (Solomon Chang) and the real Hermione (Denise Windscheffel)  as he goes on the adventure at the real Hogwarts (aka The Academy of Magical Arts Junior Program). From being selected as a first year student to showcase his skills of the Magical Golden Spheres, (aka Quidditch) at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. And eventually surpassing the most powerful wizard in the world, David Copperfield by being selected to open the 1992 Emmy Awards with Harry Houdini's famous illusion, Metamorphosis.

Then 7 years later in 1997, J.K. Rowling publishes a book called Harry Potter, about a story about a kid that discovers he is a wizard, with parents that were wizards. Attends Hogwarts, with Ron and Hermione, becomes well known for Quidditch (Magic Golden Sphere) and eventually beats out Voldemort. A story striking similar to Hayashi's real life.

The Harry Potter brand worth is in excess of $25 billion. However, what if the story wasn't a fictional story at all and was actually inspired by a real person? Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? is Hayashi's true story growing up in the world of magic, that Hayashi himself had kept a secret for nearly 25 years. "I never wanted to talk about my past. Thinking people thought I just made up the whole story. Or thrown in the category as a crackpot who claimed to have seen a UFO a few decades ago.", says Hayashi. However, now with YouTube, Hayashi is able to transfer and upload many of his VHS tapes that documents and proves, he really was who he says he was and the similarities to the Harry Potter character and story.

In, Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? YouTube channel Hayashi demonstrates with 10 evidence videos, photos, newspaper clippings and documentations, how much the Harry Potter series mirrors Hayashi's actual life story. For example, J.K. Rowling claims she came up with the idea for Harry Potter in the summer of 1990, which happens to be the date that Hayashi actually attended the real school of magic. Also included in Hayashi's video series will be, what it was like having magician as parents, what it was like taking classes at the real Hogwarts, meeting the real Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Malfoy, the twins and even the school the Hayashi ends up attending after high school happens to be Oxford University, where the Harry Potter series was filmed. The odds of everything lining up with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter story to Hayashi's Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? story is either 10 ten coincidences or Rowling had simply won the Lottery two times in a row.

You can find Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? on YouTube Channel

Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? Part 1

Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? Part 2

Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? Part 3

Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? Part 4

Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? Part 5

Was Hayashi the REAL Harry? Part 6

Monday, December 5, 2016

Detroit actor relishes role, respects his character in 'Wild Faith'

 Born and raised in the Motor City, the Southfield Lathrup High School and Eastern Michigan University alum, also takes the responsibility of playing 'John,' an African-American fighting in the Civil War with the 102nd Michigan (later U.S.) Colored Troops, very seriously. And with proud reverence.

    "I am so honored to be part of a film and storyline that has been so carefully sculpted," enthused Martez, who was a late starter in fulfilling his love for acting.

    "I've had the passion (for acting-improv-writing) since an early age, but just didn't act on it (pun intended) until college, where I studied improv and was encouraged by my professors to see where performance would take me," he added.

    Perseverance and studying his craft at the Redbud Theater in Ann Arbor has paid off for Martez. While methodically moving his career forward, step-by-step, Martez earned a featured extra role in an episode of Detroit 1-8-7 (with Michael Imperioli of Sopranos fame), as well as a powerful turn in the short film 'Perspective' (as a muslim Iman, 'Akbar').

     For now, the imposing, but gentle 6-foot-3 actor, who earned the role of 'John' in 'Wild Faith' over several others who auditioned, continues his pursuit in winning new roles in Michigan productions. Making the Collective Development Inc. film (billed as an interracial 'Little House On the Prairie'), that much more special considering the location and subject matter.

     'John' is a 1st Sgt. in the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops (formerly known as the 1st Michigan Colored Infantry and whose ranks were filled with many fugitive slaves who were ferried back from Canada, where they fled, to serve the Union).

    The 1st Michigan Colored Infantry was formed in Detroit and mobilized for service in Feb., 1864. While not as well known as the 54thMassachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment as depicted in the 1989 movie 'Glory,' the Michigan unit was every bit as battle-tested.

    Said Geoff Blair, treasurer of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops (Re-enactors group) based in Michigan, who will be in the flashback battle scenes in the movie, "During its entire military service, the 102nd never lost an engagement against the enemy and they never retreated or ran from the field, which was a major misconception of the day concerning how black soldiers would perform under fire."

    He added, "From all historical accounts, the 102nd performed admirably."

    "I've played drug dealers (getting killed in Detroit 1-8-7) and other 'stereotypical roles' for African-Americans, so this is a huge opportunity for me to grow as an actor,'" explained Martez. "John is a husband (to fellow Detroit actress Lisa Lauren Smith as 'Haddie'), a father (to Xylia Jenkins as 'Grace') and friend to fellow soldier and Michigander, 'Emmett' (Shane Hagadorn), a white 1st Lieutenant in the 102nd (colored units were strictly commanded by white officers).

    "John is a strong, proud man, but one whose spirit represents everything it means to be an American, despite the color of a person's skin, and despite the darkness of this period in our history. I haven't been this excited over a role, in such a touching story of humanity, in a while," smiled Martez.

    Principal photography on 'Wild Faith' was completed last month at several locales in Michigan - including Hastings, Coldwater, Dowling, Woodland and Grand Ledge.

    Joining these flashback Civil War battle scenes, and opposing the Federals in an intense skirmish/firefight, is a large contingent of the 12th South Carolina/4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry (re-enactor group), based in Lansing, but with members covering the entire state and beyond.

     "Our various members have participated in the filming of 'Glory,' 'Gettysburg,' 'Gods and Generals,' as well as smaller documentaries for the History Channel," said Ben Cwayna (Captain/Commanding Officer of the military company of the 12th South Carolina/4th Michigan).

    Considered one the best Civil War Confederate re-enactor groups in the country by their peers, Cwayna summed up the unit's feeling on the film quite succinctly.

    "We're pumped! Not only is it a wonderful film and opportunity, it's being shot in our own backyard!"

    'Wild Faith' is written by DJ Perry and directed by Jesse Low.

    It will be released in fall 2017.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Life in Color: New Horror-Drama Short Film Gives a Harrowing Glimpse into Life with Alzheimer's

Life in Color: New Horror-Drama Short Film Gives a Harrowing Glimpse into Life with Alzheimer's

Los Angeles, CA – On (insert date here), Director and Co-Writer Bishal Dutta, and Producers Edward Mkhitaryan and Yulia Safonova launched a Kickstarter campaign for Life in Color, a film about a closeted gay man in the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease. The team working on this project plans to give the world a view of Alzheimer's with a rawness and brutality with which it has rarely been presented before.

"Before the early 1900s, they didn't even have a name for Alzheimer's. They simply called it "old age." Now, we know that's not true. We know that this silent epidemic grows within our minds for decades before it emerges. So, how can we stay silent about it?

Only in 1983 did President Reagan declare November as Alzheimer's Awareness Month. It is not enough to wait until you or I am facing the disease head-on to become informed. It must start now. Please help us make our film.?"

In Life in Color, Harold, a closeted gay man in the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease, desperately tries to preserve the memory of his estranged lover by revisiting the place of their final meeting. Harold has held on to his secret for decades to avoid persecution in a prejudiced society, but now, finding the memories slipping due to his disease, Harold desperately tries to conjure them again. Beth, Harold's newly married and pregnant daughter, is his caregiver and a symbol of many caregivers who try to help but often harm their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's due to a lack of education and understanding.

After a lot of hard work and preparation, the team is turning to the Kickstarter community for the help they need to complete this short film. Life in Color is personal to the whole cast and crew; everyone involved has loved and studied filmmaking all their lives, and has worked on countless productions, gaining experience and creative confidence. Now they are working together, at the height of their passion, on something they believe in completely. Producer, Yulia Safonova frequently works on powerful, socially conscious short films that incite meaningful action. Some of the films she has produced are "Ask Questions Later" about the Black Lives Matter movement, and "Black Flag", a film dealing with radical terrorists' manipulation of the Islamic religion.

"Not only are we dealing with Alzheimer's, we are also telling the story of a repressed and closeted gay man. This is one of the essential truths of the disease: it does not matter who you are, nor what hopes and dreams you have," says the team, "Every day, there are people like our protagonist, Harold, desperately holding on to their identities. And every day, there is fear, miscommunication and misunderstanding about the disease. Our mission with this film is education. This is not an issue we can collectively ignore for much longer."

In exchange for pledging to the project, backers can gain access to a variety of rewards including the original soundtrack, a digital copy of Life in Color, and more. Backers can also pledge  for a physical copy of the Special Edition Director's Cut or  for two tickets to the Premier Event of Life in Color in Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit the Kickstarter page

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kevin James newest film True Memoirs of an International Assassin Featuring Cheyanna Lavon Zubas

True Memoirs of an International Assassin is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and written by Jeff Morris.
The film stars Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club), Andy Garcia (Kill the Messenger), Maurice Compte (Netflix's Narcos),
Kelen Coleman (CBS The McCarthy's), Andrew Howard (Taken 3), Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street), Leonard Earl Howze (TNT's Memphis Beat),
Yul Vasquez (Lifetime Networks The Lottery) Kim Coates (FX Networks Sons of Anarchy). and features Cheyanna Lavon Zubas (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2) as Andrew Howard's blonde girlfriend.

True Memoirs of an International Assassin is slated to be released on November 11, 2016 on Netflix.
The film is based around a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story.
The book is a huge success and he is suddenly kidnapped and taken to Venezuela and forced into an assassination plot.

Cheyanna Lavon Zubas is an accomplished actress, model, and singer based in Atlanta, Georgia with ample acting experience including
True Memoirs of an International Asassin starring Kevin James, and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
Cheyanna Lavon Zubas is represented by Bryce Hall at bHEDGE Sports and Entertainment Agency.

More information is on

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Vladar Company and BodyPower announce Generation Iron 2

The wait is over for the fans of "Generation Iron" and bodybuilding. The original docudrama was produced by the Vladar Company and grossed over 1 million dollars in the US domestic box office and became one of the highest grossing docs of 2013. It's a significant achievement for a documentary and a testament to the strong bodybuilding fan base.

The Vladar Company in association with Generation Iron Fitness Network® is pleased to announce that they forged a partnership with BodyPower to co-produce and release Generation Iron 2.

Generation Iron topped domestic home video charts (including iTunes and Amazon), played across premier platforms such as Netflix and ESPN and was released globally, becoming the first film to commercially cover the world of bodybuilding since Pumping Iron (1977).

The new film focuses on the next generation of bodybuilders and fitness personalities as they push their physiques to the "next" level, while generating mass appeal around the world. Official cast and details are soon to be announced.

BodyPower will serve as a co-production and exhibition partner to release the film globally in over 15 countries. The production will take place through fall and winter of 2016 and is scheduled to premiere first in the UK in May 2017.

The original production team from Generation Iron is creating the picture, Vlad Yudin will direct and Edwin Mejia is producing. Nick Orton and Ollie Upton of BodyPower will serve as Executive Producers.

"The bodybuilding and fitness industry has continued to evolve dramatically in the last few years. New personalities and stars emerge in the sport. We waited to make the sequel to Generation Iron until we found the right moment and the right characters, especially when you take into account 'Generation Iron' played a significant role in people's lives and we in no way wanted to repeat the same story twice and call it part 2 ... Now it's time!" said Vlad Yudin.

"I am enthusiastic to be collaborating with Vlad Yudin and his team. I look forward to bringing fans unique behind the scenes insight into the world of modern bodybuilding. Including the role social media is playing in driving a wider fan base. I personally know many body builders and fitness stars. I want the public to see them as I do. Get to know them beyond their public image of YouTube Videos, stage performances and glossy magazine covers."

"What excited me about Generation Iron 2 is that we're looking at the transition of bodybuilding into popular culture and the mainstream. That change has been driven by the personalities that we will feature in our cast. The sport no longer lives in dark corners of society and I'm immensely proud to have been part of growth and development of the fitness culture through BodyPower," stated CEO of BodyPower Nick Orton.

"The world premiere of 'Generation Iron 2' will be at BodyPower Expo in the UK in May of 2017, a very exciting development that I am delighted to be part of."

For more information about production and release, please visit and

About The Vladar Company:

The Vladar Company is a media and entertainment company which focuses on developing, financing, and packaging a library of intellectual properties with its producing partners at leading Hollywood and international production studios. The company is becoming a leading producer of many genres and multiple mediums in US and international markets, while also expanding into acquiring and distributing high quality content. Recent releases include The Hurt Business (with Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre) and Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer (with Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora).

About BodyPower:

BodyPower is a global fitness media business which has developed a portfolio of successful exhibitions in the UK and India attracting over 130,000 visitors, international brands and the best fitness stars annually. With over 3,000 active ambassadors covering four continents and an expanding portfolio that includes live events, clothing, merchandise and a Dedicated by BodyPower Eau de Toilette, BodyPower is one of the world's leading fitness brands.

Generation Iron Fitness Network is the first digital network broadcasting original video content for all things bodybuilding and MMA. The network covers premier contest coverage, news and cutting edge original shows - the network's vision is to deliver all aspects of bodybuilding and MMA instantly to fans across the globe. No limitations. No missed opportunities. Just pure groundbreaking Bodybuilding, Fitness and MMA.