Gold Coast Bentley/Lamborghini was the place to be Thursday night for the sneak peek of the psychological thriller, “Royal Kill.” Close to 200 beautiful people showed up to mix and mingle. Hazel Barr and I co-hosted with local creative director Joey Majumdar who introduced the film to Chicago. “Royal Kill” is an independent action-thriller and is inspired by true historical events in Nepal. Supposedly, there was even an incident involving an unknown supporter of the Nepalese royal family during the screening in L.A who attacked an expert on Nepalese history criticizing the films political views. Director/writer Babar Ahmed said, “The political issues in Nepal need velvet gloves to be solved. As a filmmaker, it is my duty to point out the problems occurring in the world. It is important to exchange points of view. We should, however, never rely on violence as a solution.” Amen to that! “Royal Kill” stars Academy Award nominees Eric Roberts and the late Pat Morita (this was his last film) along with professional wrestler, Gail Kim, in her debut role. Even though we only saw a sneak peek, the story line revolves around a high school girl who is unaware of her status as the last living heir to a kingdom in the Himalayas. A fierce assassin arrives intent on her destruction at the same time the king’s bodyguard also arrives to protect her. As the battle for the princess’s life intensifies, the line between good and evil begins to blur with a finale that defies all expectations. Based on true events, this movie was written and directed by up and coming award-winning Ahmed who arrived at the party in an enormous black limousine and introduced the film clip himself! He seemed to be a kind, gentle and soft-spoken man but clearly this movie, his second, is his passion. The movie opened this weekend in Washington, D.C., L.A. and Chicago. Chic guests included Ann Wallace, Alison and Ed Howlett, Josh Walters, Amanda Hunt, Brooke Skinner, Missy Vitale, Cindy Burns, Mary Pat Burns, Sharyl Mackey, Toni and Rick Canada, Greg Hyder, Jim Smith, John Regas, Charley Jordan, Nicole Jacobs, Caitlin and Connie Saville, Wally Brewster, Bob Satawake, Corinne, Mary Ann and Helen Melchior, Amelia Silva, Margie Habermann, Craig Hogan, Lori and Don Shroud, Felicia and Kurt Winiecki, Sara Albrecht, Greg Zgnona, Myra and John Reilly, Jon Wool, Sven Asmus, Margaret O’Connor, Julie Darling, Jolanta Rouge, Leticia Herrera, Rhonda Sanderson, Simona Groza, Susan Ellefson and Bryan, Terrence Chappell, JaDon Mendenhall, Tessa Gillenwater, Tracey Tarantino, Eddie Tom, Jr., Veronica Ludwig, Amanda Wurzbach, Jeffrey Ward, Jim Brewster, Jr., Sheryl Dyer, Jenna Wade and her mom Beverly, Tony Hardy, Brooke and Patrick Eisenmenger, Elizabeth Bertucci, Erica Lynette Edwards, Jennifer Kiefer, Manny B., Karen Williams, Lynn McMahan, Jenny Sepulveda, Vicky Tesmer, Susan Grimm, Patrick Plante and Veronica Zepeda among many more. Photos from top right: Royal Kill writer/director Babar Ahmed and event co-chair Joey Majumdar; event co-host Hazel Barr and John Regas; Lindsay and Kristina Burn; Helen Melchior and me with dancers Temur Suluashvili, Victoria Jaiani, Mauro Villanueva, April Daley and David Gombert; viewing Royal Kill; Cindy Burns, Mary Pat Burns and Sharyl Mackey; Margie Habermann, Amelia Silva and Karen Williams; Saints of Society Chuck and Warren Barr; dancers Megan Quiroz, me, April Daley, Erica Lynette Edwards and Alexis Polito; Beatriz Gomez, Joey Majumdar and Dolores Barbary; Bryan Herb and Joel Cabrera; Rick and Tony Canada; Terrence Chappell and Nekesha Josey; Charley Jordan and Nicole Jacobs; Craig Hogan, Bob Satawake, me, Jenny Sepulveda and Wally Brewster; Sara Albrecht and Gregg Zgonena; Jolanta Ruege and JaDon Mendenhall; Tracey Tarantino, Sheryl Dyer and Leticia Herrera. For more photos from this event, click here (Thanks to Caitlin Saville for many of these images)!
The Joffrey Ballet was also out in force for this fun event and were represented by April Daley, Victoria Jaiani, Fabrice Calmels, Mauro Villanueva, David Gombert, Temur Suluashvili, Alexis Polito, Megan Quiroz, Erica Lynette Edwards, John Mark Giragosian and Brian McSween. Beautiful chanteuse Celeste Van Dahm played a soulful saxophone tribute to the late Pat Morita; there was also a DJ but sadly, there was no dancing! SOOOOO from there, we journeyed to Billy Dec’s Underground for CS's 2009 Men of Style party!!!! Billy hosted the party along with CS and was their handsome cover model and when we arrived with six gorgeous dancers, the gates parted and we were whisked to the best table in the house with Billy himself greeting the dancers and offering them all his card. We danced, laughed, ate and drank champagne and then it was time to turn back into a pumpkin. The place was packed and I want to congratulate all of the Men of Style. If you haven’t seen the magazine (which means you’re living in a cave!) then here are the deserving men: David Barnett, Danny Wirtz, Jeff Mills, PJ Loughran, Nicholas Scimeca, Jeremy Bustos, DJ Rock City, Fernando Beteta and Greg Hyder. I’m very happy for ALL of these smartly dressed males but one of them stands out in the crowd: Greg Hyder. If you don’t know Greg – and I highly doubt that since he’s the most sociable man you’ll ever meet – then I want to tell you about him. Not only is he a dear friend but he is so popular in Chi-town that he could literally run for office! He grew up in Tennessee and moved to Chicago in 1980. After college, he went to South Africa to work with children in a mission as a teacher. He’s worked in the hotel business from the East Coast to the West Coast beginning with the Ritz Hotels before moving back to Chicago in 2000 to open the Peninsula Hotel. The rest, as they say, is history! Greg is a true philanthropist, having chaired many galas including Howard Brown, Center on Halsted, Cystic Fibrosis, Grand Chef’s, Lupus Foundation, Orchid Ball and the Gift of Sight Gala but fashion and music have always been his great loves: In college, Greg was a music major, as was his supportive partner of nine years, Jim Smith. He is a caring man and a loyal friend and I’m very proud and happy for him garnering this much deserved honor! Woooo Hoooo Greg! :) Photos from top left: Celeste Van Dahm playing a tribute to the late Pat Morita; dancers at the Underground; Fabrice Calmels; Melissa Schumacher and Patrick Smith; a sexy Underground server; Sheryl Dyer, Greg Hyder, Leticia Herrera and Lynn McMahan; Greg surrounded by his admirers; Michael Lapenski, Rod Kaup, Patrick Sheehan and Greg; Jim Smith admiring Greg's photo; Greg and Missy Vitale; Greg, Leticia Herrera and Simona Groza. Click here for more photos from The Underground and for more photos of Greg, follow this link.
Make sure you save Thursday, April 30th, for another fun party when CS style editor Graham Kostic hosts a party to honor the spotlighted VIPs from “Glossed and Found!” This spring cocktail party will be held at Galleria Unico (44 E. Superior St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. to honor Harold Zimmerman, Lisa Trunda, Jessa Brinkmeyer, Toni Canada and yours truly! :) I want to thank Graham for spotlighting me this month on his fabulous website!! If you aren’t signed up to receive this fun, up-to-the-minute site, what are you waiting for?! Upcoming videos include an interview with Isaac Mizrahi, Trish McEvoy, Mary Poppins, a burlesque show and much, much more! Thanks so much Graham and CS…I can’t wait!! To RSVP to this event, email Rachel@glossedandfound.com. Photos from top right: Glossed and Found logo; Graham Kostic.
Terri Lee Ryan’s new book is out and her first book signing will be at David Yurman (40 E. Oak St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 29th. Entitled “Life is One Big To-Do List: A Woman’s Life After 40,” this charming and funny book is written with refreshing candor and self-deprecating humor. CS will be covering the event and a percentage of sales (Yurman and Ryan’s) will be donated to Gilda’s Club. Jon Wool’s Finesse Catering will be providing tasty hors d’oeuvres so we know it will be a great party!! For more party and book info, please contact Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo: Ray Drymalski with Terri Lee and Pat Ryan.
Hope everyone had a Happy Easter and Passover! Hope you enjoy this video. It just goes to show you never to judge a book by its cover….:-)