Monday, January 28, 2008

Sundance 2008

Sundance!!  The time of the year when all of Hollywood and their Blackberry's invade a peaceful little mountain town all in the name of independent film, networking and undiscovered new talent... and, let's be honest, the occasional late night party, shwag bag and half day of skiing!  I arrived early last Saturday to a gorgeous snow covered Main Street and after checking into a great lodge in Deer Valley, immediately jumped right in the bustle of the fest. 
I met up with the cast and director Tom Hines of "Chronic Town" for the premiere at The Library.  The traffic was so bad on the little 2-lane road that I almost missed it!  It's a gorgeous dark comedy about substance abuse in Alaska.  Light stuff huh? Had some interviews to do and then hit a few fun parties that even
ing with my publicist Cheryl and best friend Amy in tow. 
Sunday was a big day as I had lots of press to do for "The Hottie
 and the Nottie" which began in the morning at the Queer Brunch.  All my gays were there sipping mimosas and I was thoroughly
 excited to meet- yes- Todd, last seasons Survivor winner.  Loved it!  
That night Regent hosted a gorgeous dinner for us at the Riverhorse restaurant prepared for us by none other Iron Chef Cat Cora.  It was beyond delicious and after some press and photo ops with my co-stars Paris and Johann, we jetted off up the street to see Velvet Revolver- front row! 
Being that I was a HUGE Guns n' Roses fan growing up, getting to have Slash play so close he practically sweated on me was one for my 4th grade bucket list.  
Luckily one of my best friends, Rebecca (the pretty redhead from the Atlanta girls posting) let me borrow her husband Sebastian, who was still in town on business and he proved to be a fantastic bodyguard, cab wrangler, sometimes purse holder, et al.  
Not really sure how he ended up holding my purse but pictures do not lie!!  Jolly good English chap he is!  We headed off to the Heineken karaoke lounge where Paris got me up on stage for some good old fashioned Madonna covers.  

I'm fairly certain after all the screaming for Slash I sounded like 
a strangled chicken by that point, but we had a blast and ended the night with a little tube sledding right outside.  A good time had by all!
The next few days were filled with some more interviews, pictures and the like but I did manage to squeeze in a film at the 
Eccles theater called "Anywhere USA" and a fantastic sushi
dinner back at the Heineken lounge.  And finally, I managed to jump into some skis for a few hours and test all the fresh powder on the mountain- talk about my vision of a perfect day! With everyone still sleeping from the festival's late nights, the slopes were practically all mine. Totally, totally awesome.....

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Atlanta Friends take over LA!

They arrived by plane.  The packed for style.  They hit the hotspots and took no prisoners!  They are Rebecca, Ryan, Missy and Janet Ann.  And of course the LA transplant Rochelle!  A fun time was had by all reminicing on our high school days, eating some delicious meals, toasting a wine glass or two and dancing the night away! It's hard to believe 3 of these gals are mommies already. They bravely left their little ones in the capable hands (?) of their husbands and enjoyed a night out for dinner Il Sole and afterwards at Les Deux.  Hot tub after hours ensued with much chatting and laughing into the wee hours.  
We had a blast touring Disney Studios the next morning and having a delicious lunch in the Rotunda thanks to Andy Fickman.  Not to mention a personal phone call from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson himself... after which there were a few blushing faces in the room... (or was I the only one? :)  Love you gals!!  Can't wait for the next time!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

My Official Website!

Yo Lakin!

I finally redesigned my website (with the help of my trusty web designer Joseph!) and it's up and running.  New pictures, new layout, new info... it's like a breath of fresh air.  Ahhhh.. now doesn't that feel good?  

Check it out!  It's Fancy!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy New Year 2008

Yo Lakin!
It's 2008 and I've resolved to become more active in the ways of the web!  Check out my blog here for more recent and personal updates into what's going on in the world of Lakin.  Currently I'm sitting in my kitchen in LA while it pours rain outside, reminiscing about sitting on the beach in Cancun just a few short days ago.  What a great trip- went horseback riding, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, speedboating and sea treking, which is this ridiculous underwater helmet you put on and walk on the bottom of the ocean and pet sting rays.  Lots of tanning, reading, napping and margaritas.  Good times.  I'm rested and ready to see what 2008 will offer.  The writer's strike has been a pretty big downer for many people here in Hollywood and it's my hope parties involved can resolve it quickly before more people begin to suffer financially.  The business of showbusiness is hard enough to navigate and make a living at.  My movie, "The Hottie and The Nottie" comes out Feb 8th and we have a bunch of press stuff lined up for this month including one my favorite film festivals, Sundance.  

Coincidentally I have another film scheduled to screen there called "Chronic Town".  It a dark little comedy and I'm excited to stick around a few days and be there for that... and maybe get a day in skiing while Im at it!  
Should be a lot of fun stuff happening in the next few months, check back here often.  I'll try not to completely bore ya.