A Passion for Melville

I think your first film should be made with your own blood.

Jean-Pierre Melville





CodeName Melville

Active member of the French resistance and soldier during World War II, the young Jean-Pierre Grumbach adopted the codename “Melville” as a tribute to his favorite American novelist, Herman Melville. Once war was over, General de Gaulle, himself, decorated him for ‘acts of war’. Upon his return to civilian life, faithful to the path he had followed since childhood, Jean-Pierre became Melville, a filmmaker about to usher in a new style to French cinema.

Jean-Pierre Melville’s work was deeply rooted in the American cinema of the 30’s and 40’s that strongly impacted his youth. Melville influenced a whole generation of European, American and Asian filmmakers, inspired by his body of work and his sense of aesthetics, that they eagerly and still reference. Melville’s cinema was and remains more than ever a source of inspiration for generations of aspiring filmmakers around the world.

Known as the “Father of the Nouvelle Vague”, the man considered “the most American of French filmmakers” reinvented the film noir genre, adding his very own control of time management and extended silences on the screen. Melville created a powerful universe of men, friendship, loyalty, and treason; a cinema in which love and women could only attempt to step into.

An adept of the night, jazz, cats, and a certain Paris… quite secretive in his own way, a unique storyteller, Jean-Pierre Melville aspired to be a witness of his times.

Melville was one of the three french film makers, after Méliès and Pagnol to build his own studio.



The Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation

In the scope of Jean-Pierre Melville’s centennial anniversary, at a time when his international appeal remains unequivocal, Laurent Grousset and Remy Grumbach, his nephews and guardians of his legacy, launched the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation for the preservation of genre cinema.

An American foundation of French initiative with international aspirations, the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California. It is currently awaiting its 501(c)(3) for contributions to be tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

For more: The Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation









EYES ON LA experiences Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions and Beyond!

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.41.55 AM  French, passions, glamour and glitz… who else than the one and only Jackie Watson – The French Reporter to cover this event in exclusivity! More to come on Passions TV.    



Christina Milian – Follow your dreams & have a passion for life… 

Christina Milian shares her secret for success with Passions TV host Jackie Watson.


Singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, and model Christina Milian moved to Los Angeles, California, at age 13 to pursue an acting career. She collaborated with artists such as Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000s and eventually had success with her own R&B albums. In 2001, she released her self-titled debut album, which became a hit abroad but met with moderate success at home.

Milian’s first hit in the United States came in 2004 with the release of her second album, It’s About Time. Its highlight track, “Dip It Low,” reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2006, she released her third album, So Amazin’.

Milian also garnered a steady stream of acting roles, starring in the 2007 TV movie Snowglobe alongside Lorraine Bracco. In 2009, she shared the screen with Matthew McConaughey in the comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and showed off her cheerleading skills in Bring It On: Fight to the Finish. In 2013, Milian appeared as one of the contestants on Dancing with the Stars. That same year, she also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for The Voice. Christina is also featured in the new Lil Wayne single “Start A Fire.



The Passions in Ming-Na Wen’s Eyes

Ming-Na Wen is a Macau-born American actress, who is known for voicing Fa Mulan in the Mulan films and the video game Kingdom Hearts II, and as Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen on the medical drama series ER.


She was a member of the cast of the show Inconceivable, a medical drama that was aired on NBC, one of the few American television shows with an Asian American series lead. As of 2013, she stars as Melinda May in the ABC action drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Besides television, she is notable for starring in the films The Joy Luck Club, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and Mulan.

Ming-Na Wen talks about her passions with Jackie Watson, The French Reporter.



When cameras aren’t rolling, Ian Anthony Dale dedicates his time to his unusual passion 


The charming Ian Anthony Dale is an American actor of Japanese, French and English descent, who had his first television break on a 2002 episode of Fastlane. Since then he has appeared in episodes of Angel, JAG, Las Vegas, Charmed, 24, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, Dollhouse and Cold Case.

Ian Anthony Dale currently stars as Lieutenant Jim Koto on TNT’s “Murder In The First” from creator Steven Bochco. Additionally, Dale continues to be a fan favorite on the hit CBS show “Hawaii Five-0” where he plays Adam Noshimuri, a reformed Yakuza and love interest of Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park).

Ian, a son of an Olympic hockey player, once dreamed of a career in sports, which is now one of his favorite hobbies. He also loves to work with his hands. When cameras aren’t rolling, Ian is either hiking, surfing, exploring the world, or dedicating his time to his unusual passion… which he reveals to Passions TV host, Jackie Watson, The French Reporter.


Grammy-winning recording artist Tia Carrere opens up about her Passions 


Tia Carrere is an accomplished actress in motion pictures and television as well as a Grammy award-winning musical artist. A woman of passions, she opens up with Jackie Watson, The French Reporter on the Red Carpet.

Recently, Tia has appeared as a guest star on a number of television shows, including Back to You, Nip/Tuck, and Warehouse 13. She has also appeared in several episodes of season 6 of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Richard Lewis’s girlfriend.

Tia and her long-time friend, artist/producer Daniel Ho have been nominated for a Grammy each of the last three years and won music’s highest honor in 2009. The acclaimed CDs consist of all original Hawaiian language compositions. With ‘Hawaiiana’, they reached #10 on Billboard’s World Music Chart. Prior to this, Tia performed on the double- platinum movie soundtrack for “Wayne’s World”, had the end title song on “Batman:Mask of the Phantasm” as well releasing her own Warner Bros. record “Dream.”



Apl.De.Ap, member of The Black Eyed Peas shares his Passion with Passions TV 

Apl.De.Ap — the Filipino-American rapper, record producer, and occasional drummer who is best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas — shared his passions with Jackie Watson, The French Reporter.


His passion about music led him to open his independent record label, BMBX Entertainment, this year. Its name refers to ‘boombox’. The label aims to sign South East Asian artists and give them a Western-style production by collaborating with musicians in Los Angeles. The label sources its talent from the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. Its current rooster includes Slapshock, Kevin Lester and The Voice Philippines season 1 semi-finalist Jessica Reynoso.

Apl.De.Ap told Passions TV host Jackie Watson, that he is coming up with a new album… filled with passions, of course!



Jennifer Sanderson: Passions and Dedication!  


Jennifer Sanderson is leaving her role as the Executive Director of The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE).
Jennifer has been recognized for her leadership and dedication to advancing diversity. As CAPE’s Executive Director, she has partnered with every major studio and network to create programming and networking opportunities to develop executives, actors, writers, directors, and producers for key leadership roles in entertainment. She has dedicated her time to create opportunities for APIAs in the entertainment industry through networking and education. Jennifer is also a filmmaker, and has enjoyed various production roles with the Annual Academy Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Larry King show and in the story department at Magical Elves.

Passions TV’s Jackie Watson, The French Reporter, discovers that Jennifer Sanderson is above all a woman of many passions!


There are no ordinary Joe’s… but a passionate artist: Joe Piscopo                                

JoePiscopo    Passions TV’s host, Jackie Watson The French Reporter talks to Joe Piscopo, the artist best known for his work on Saturday Night Live where he played a variety of recurring characters.  For over 25 years, Joe has proven to be one of show business- brightest lights. He has recently finished a movie called Spring Break ’83.



When Passion is just about being grateful for life! 

Host Jackie Watson’s encounter with Derrick Hall, Dr. Inderbir Gill, and Luke and Lisa Zamperini.                             Zamperini


Derrick Hall, President of the Arizona Diamondbacks – Diagnosed with prostate cancer and now in remission, Derrick Hall has a mission in life: to drive awareness, and spread the word about prostate cancer. Passions TV’s host Jackie Watson discovered that he is also a man full of passions…

So is Dr. Inderbir Gill, the Chairman and Professor of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology, and Founding Executive Director of the USC Institute of Urology and Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation. Dr. Gill is a distinguished researcher and prolific scholar. He has been listed among the “Best Doctors in America” for several years. He was also elected to the prestigious American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons in 2003 and was selected as European Urology’s first North American editor. For his outstanding work, Dr. Gill has received numerous prestigious awards.

Jackie Watson, The French Reporter, also questioned Luke & Lisa Zamperini about their passions – Luke Zamperini, the son of Louis Zamperini, has been in the spotlight lately with the release of Angelina Jolie’s feature film Unbroken.

His father Louis Zamperini is one of World War II’s most well-known prisoners of war and hero of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Actor/Director Angelina Jolie has called Louis a “true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage.” She really fought for the opportunity to direct Louis Zamperini’s life story. Sadly, Louis passed away on July 2, 2014 before the movie was released.

Louis Zamperini’s accounts of struggle fighting for his life were Luke’s bedtime stories growing up. Luke now has the opportunity to watch these stories of bravery and survival influence the lives of others. The life of Luke’s father has shaped and molded his own character, compelling him into a life of service and passion, carrying the torch of his Fathers’ legacy.

Luke also has a passion for music and golf, and he is a Bible teacher.


A 30-year old passion for Beau Bridges & a much longer one for Tatum O’Neal! 

“Beau” Bridges is an Emmy/Golden Globe/Grammy Award winner, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. He was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.

Lately, Beau has starred in two different TV series, Masters of Sex and The Millers, and his last feature film, Underdog Kids, is coming out in January 2015.

Beau and his wife, Wendy, have been married for thirty years and have three children. BeauBridges

Some of Beau’s other passions include guitar playing and collecting Native American percussion instruments. He also loves the ocean, including swimming and surfing, and is active in environmental causes and handgun control.


Jackie Watson, The French Reporter, also asked actress Tatum O’Neal about her passion. 

Tatum O’Neal is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award, which she won at age 10 for her performance in Paper Moon opposite her father, Ryan O’Neal. Recently, Tatum was in two feature films, She’s Funny That Way and Sweet Lorraine, not yet released.






What is Nicole Murphy’s passion?



Nicole Murphy, better known for her work on Hollywood Exes, Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan, and Live with Kelly and Michael, looked really stunning as she revealed her passion to Jackie Watson for Passions TV.




For AnnaLynne McCord, life is all about Passions!

The gorgeous AnnaLynne McCord — best known for her role as Naomi Clark in the 90210 TV series — is one of the strongest young female philanthropists standing up in Hollywood, and a very passionate one as well! McCord is beautiful inside and out, and a strong believer in working with charitable organizations and giving back. She recently joined the cast of the TNT series Dallas for its third season, in the recurring role of Heather, and has just finished a TV movie called Killer Photo.





Dr. Lawrence D. Piro: Doctor to the Stars and a man of Passions!


Dr. Lawrence D. Piro is the President and CEO of The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute and he has achieved worldwide recognition for developing new cancer drugs and global fame for his unique brand of intellect, charm and disarming honesty with health issues.  His hip take on health, TV-ready appearance and ease in front of the camera have made Dr. Piro a frequent guest on television shows such as Barbara Walters, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, the hit CBS show “The Doctors”, The Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” and “Marie Osmond Show” and many others.


Jackie Watson – The French Reporter on the Red Carpet with Nicky Whelan


Discover Nicky Whelan‘s passion! The Australian actress and model is best known for her role as Pepper Steiger in the Australian soap opera Neighboursand for TV series such as Chosen or Matador. Nicky has just completed 3 movies: Do It YourselfThe Wedding Ringer, and Knight of Cups. She is currently in pre-production with Diamonds Down Under and Extortion.



Jackie Watson, The French Reporter, sharing a secret with Jay Leno…





Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival on Chinese CCTV



Tahiti Romantic Film Festival created by Passions Productions

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The Venetian Ball in Beverly Hills 




Before there was Vegas there was New Orleans’ red-light district; a place where money, secrets, fantasies and lies were plentiful!                    

Storyville, better known to the locals of the time as “The District”, was a legislative endeavor to appease reformists by attempting to “quarantine” prostitution and other vices into a single area of the city consisting of several blocks of adult-only entertainment; saloons, gambling halls and brothels to name a few. Power plays, backroom deals and anything else imaginable to make a fortune, often times at the expense of the vulnerable, flourished out of this tenderloin district! Accounts of The District’s “sex-capades” stretched throughout the country drawing thousands upon thousands of carnal thrill seekers. This red-light district created an atmosphere where a new form of music called “jazz” was born. Out of its birth came a movement that manifested into a form of its own and morphed into an embodiment known as the Big Easy! Most of the better establishments in Storyville solicited the talents of a piano player or small bands. Some of these piano and brass horn players were the likes of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe “King” Oliver and many, many more. They composed their music based on the unforgiving environment and day-to-day life in Storyville! Although Storyville didn’t survive, the legacy of Storyville is alive and well to this day!

STORYVILLE takes viewers back to the risqué, something-for-everyone, 1915 red-light district of New Orleans.

STORYVILLE – Written by Jeff Corbin & Tony Maddox



This fictional story is based on actual events and real people.


October 3rd 2001. Three weeks after New York City is hit on 9-11, President George W. Bush gives the green light for operation ‘Jawbreaker’. Go time for some major league, ass kicking American payback.
A CIA direct action team led by former SEAL John ‘Jock’ Nicholson, covertly lands in northern Afghanistan with ten million dollars in cash. His mission, buy the loyalty of corrupt Afghan Northern Alliance Warlord Abdullah Mossoud, in their fight against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
What could possibly go wrong?

HE WHO DARES – Written by Hugh Daly & Ross Daly


Genre: SCI-FI

H just arrived in Hong Kong on business. His life suddenly takes a dark turn when a stranger furtively slips a mysterious object in his pocket and dies in his arms.
The businessman will later learn from Ylvie – a young woman as sexy as she is dangerous – that the mysterious object called ‘S.O.L.I.I.D’ is a terrible threat to humanity.
H and Ylvie have to find a way to destroy the S.O.L.I.I.D.
GOD made the world in 7 days; they have 7 hours to save it!

SOLIID – Written by F. Manga




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