EDITOR’S LETTER, MOVIES, MUSIC, AND MOVING INTO A NEW SEASON

By Sandy Rodriguez


Wrapping up a busy summer! Heart Of Hollywood Magazine was honored to be a part of the Broadway International Film Festival, and you’ll find the details in this issue. Emilio Vega, BIFFLA Executive Director, kindly invited our CEO and Publisher Giovanna Salas to be one of the MCs.


The festival was held at the Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts (CCCM), a venue within the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles. Follow @cccmla_ to read about events, courses, and activities offered here—there are many throughout the year, including contests open to actors and artists.


Sandy Rodriguez Heart Of Hollywood Magazine Editor, Javier Oxilia Vera Consul from the Republic of Paraguay, Halas Wilbourn Heart Of Hollywood Cover Model, Giovanna Salas Heart Of Hollywood Magazine Founder and Angela Nunez Choose To Prevail Executive Producer


But I digress. After the first evening’s films, the Heart Of Hollywood team members that attended the festival went for a drink at The Grand. This is a two-building complex in Downtown L.A. designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, also responsible for the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall and international landmarks such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.



Whenever you’re in Los Angeles, definitely stop by the Conrad, the newest luxury hotel in the area, which is inside The Grand. Enjoy the Conrad’s bars and restaurants, featuring menus created in partnership with celebrity chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, not to mention spectacular views of the city.




If you’re interested in entertainment gossip, drive around the general area to check out the nearby Eastern Columbia, where Johnny Depp lived with Amber Heard during their short-lived marriage.


Film and TV projects, much like marriages, can come to an abrupt end, as was evidenced by the recent Warner Brothers decision to scrap the $70 million Batgirl, which was to feature Leslie Grace alongside actors such as Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser. Luckily, some shows I enjoy and recommend are still going strong—season 5 of Cobra Kai, for instance, returns to Netflix this month. This is a multigenerational show that appeals to such an incredibly broad cross-section of viewers. Part of the appeal, to me at least, are the badass eighties jams.





I had a fantastic time rocking out to this type of music recently at a Motley Crue/Poison/Def Leppard/Joan Jett show at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The electrifying tour is set to finish on September 9th in Las Vegas.


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National Hispanic Heritage Month in United States runs from September 15th to October 15th. It’s the perfect time to read my book, Choose to Prevail, which received a Gold Medal in the Best Health and Wellness Category at the International Latino Book Awards. It’s meant to increase confidence and self-acceptance—something quite useful for people in the industry. Get your personalized, signed copy here

https://www.heartofhollywoodmagazine.com/product-page/choose-to-prevail-signed-copy-by-sandy-rodriguez-papeback .


While you’re at it, follow me on Instagram at @choosetoprevail for book recommendations, lifestyle posts, entertainment news, and occasional giveaways.


On a more serious note, writer and video editor Alex Erwin tragically passed away. This wonderful man was involved with many, many Heart Of Hollywood Magazine projects, given that he was a good friend to our CEO and was also her constant collaborator. During several years, he helped execute the company vision. Rest in peace, Al.


Much love to all our readers.

  • Sandy



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