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It’s the 4th Annual Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 Comedy Radiothon at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on June 29th
“K-Earth 101, the Laugh Factory, and all of these talented and incredible comedians continue to pull out all of the stops to make this annual event an amazing experience,” said Bob Hope USO Executive Director Bob Kurkjian. “We look forward to the laughs and we ask that Southern California will tune in to K-Earth 101 on June 29th and do their part to support the troops and their families.”
Some of the biggest names in comedy are giving back to the troops this Thursday at the Hollywood Laugh Factory
Conan O’Brien, Bob Saget, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz, Thom Tran, Steve Hofstetter, Robert Wuhl, Finesse Mitchell And Others to Entertain America’s Troops
The Bob Hope USO Comedy Radiothon event is airing live on Gary Bryan’s K-Earth 101 morning show on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is the fourth year of the event and the show will feature star-studded acts for over 200 members of all branches of the military and their families to raise funds for Bob Hope USO.
Bob Hope USO is bringing hundreds of our nation’s troops to the Laugh Factory for this annual event as part of their long tradition of entertaining and lifting the spirits of the men and women in active service.
“K-Earth 101, the Laugh Factory, and all of these talented and incredible comedians continue to pull out all of the stops to make this
Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 and Hollywood’s Laugh Factory Entertain the Troops 6/29 with A-List Comedians
Bob Hope USO is bringing hundreds of our nation’s troops to the Laugh Factory for this annual event as part of their long tradition of entertaining and lifting the spirits of the men and women in active service.
USO programs and entertainment are all provided for free to military service members and their families. Several companies will be present to support Bob Hope USO at the event as well, including Keyes Automotive, Delta Airlines, Stater Bros., and Northrop Grumman.
As a non-profit organization, Bob Hope USO relies on private, tax-deductible contributions from individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support its programs and services.
K-Earth listeners that wish to support Bob Hope USO during the radiothon can do so at www.BobHopeUSO.org.
ABOUT BOB HOPE USO
Bob Hope USO provides USO services and programming to members of the military and their families across 50,000 square miles of Southern and Central California. Bob Hope USO is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating under a charter from USO, Inc., providing morale and recreational services to over 200,000 members of the U.S. Military and their families. Although Congressionally chartered, Bob Hope USO is not a government agency and relies entirely on contributions from patriotic Americans and philanthropic corporations and organizations.
Posted in Comedy, Los Angeles Tagged with: Bob Hope USO, Bob Saget, charity, Conan O’Brien, Finesse Mitchel, Hollywood Laugh Factory, Jon Lovitz, K-Earth 101, Radiothon, Rob Schneider, Robert Wuhl, Steve Hofstetter, support the troops, Thom Tran
Are you ready to spend your sunday with Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo and a all new hour long episode tonight, Sunday, June 18th. It’s called ‘When Worlds Collide’ and if you missed it this morning catch it on demand.
The TMNT team has an old enemy back in NYC and he’s more powerful than ever! The Newtralizer is ready to take a bite out of the big apple with his powerful ally Mona Lisa (Zelda Williams) the Salamandrian warrior.
Share it: @Nickelodeon @TMNT
Fans can visit the Nick App, Nick.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are currently available on the Nick App, available for download on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, Android, and Android TV, Nick.com, and Nick On Demand.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Cartoons, donatello, GeekTV, Leonardo, michelangelo, Newtralizer, Nickelodeon, Raphael, Salamandrian warrior, The Legend of Korea, TMNT, Zelda Williams
Everything you need to know on how to get tickets for the Book of Mormon with a lottery ticket at the Pantages Theatre
The nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, which played a record breaking 12-week run in 2014, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which began on May 30 at Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles and plays a limited 6-week engagement through July 9. In Los Angeles, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece; cash or credit card acceptable. This lottery will be held prior to every performance. At some performances 800 people have entered for the golden ticket and the producers of the Book of Mormon are offering this opportunity for every city on the national tour. If you are not lucky enough to win a ticket don’t forget you can buy them as well <ticket info>.
Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each; cash or credit card acceptable. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.
The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com
Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter & Facebook.
Posted in Los Angeles, Theatre Tagged with: Book of Mormon, Broadway, Lottery Ticket, National Tour
It’s hard to believe that The Book of Mormon burst on to the stage in 2011 from the team behind South Park! It still feels wickedly fresh and raunchy at the Pantages Theatre until July 9, 2017.
I found the show to be a light hearted skewering of the mystical ‘mambo jumbo’ of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, youthful fervor and Africa. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s musical has catch tunes, pushes the boundries of good taste and is very thought provoking look at religion.
The Book of Mormon is a coming of age story of two young and extrememely cute Mormons on their first mission to spread the word of the Mormon’s version of the lord to Africa. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham (Gabe Gibbs & Conner Pierson) are opposites of the same coin of religious fervor. One is the embodiment of what is expected ‘smart, handsome, dedicated’ of a Mormon missionary and the other is well Elder Cunningham is the opposite! He’s bumbling, nerd goofball, a square peg in a round hole, chunky and desperate to feel respected and liked. The two are paired off and while Elder Price wants to go back to Orlando ‘God’s Heaven on Earth’ they are instead sent to Uganda . Elder Price feels as if God has forsaken him first stuck with rolly polly and now AFRICA!
The show is a journey of the two elders finding God through mysteries ways but also meeting Mafala (Sterling Jarvis), Nabulungi (Leanne Robinson), Doctor (Johnny Brantley III) and the General (Oge Agulué) who are not the ignorant savages hungering for the words of the Mormon God as they would believe.
Co-Creator Robert Lopez, Parker and Stone have made a funny show that is has a Broadway show going Southpark and I liked it! All of the ball jokes, sexual innuendo, toe topping songs ‘But Mostly Me’ is my FAVORITE had me singing on the way home.
It’s not like any musical I’ve ever seen but it works from the stage that evoked movement. To the causal jokes of the casual racism of the founder and religion that FINALLY desegregated in 1978 ‘officially’ (but are still working on it), to touching on the too real horror of magical belief on how to cure AIDs (sex with virgins DOESN’T work) and just general all around fun the show works. This is the return of the show to the Pantages and it’s worth seeing again or for the first time in Hollywood.
I give this a major thumbs up and say get ready for a missionary to knock on your door and tell you about the Mormon Church .. with laughter!
“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
Heaven on Broadway! A celebration of the privilege
of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Posted in Los Angeles, Theatre Tagged with: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Conner Pierson, Gabe Gibbs, Hollywood, Johnny Brantley III, Leanne Robinson, Matt Stone, Missionaries, Musical, Pantages theatre, Review, Robert Lopez, SouthPark, Sterling Jarvis, the Book of Mormon, Theatre, Trey Parker
DEFENDERS OF LIFE AT GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL VENICE, CALIFORNIA ON SUNDAY, MAY 21 AT 7:45PM
The sixth annual Garifuna International Indegenous Film Festival is six days of films from May 12 – 27th. I learned of the festival because of the upcoming screening of ‘Defenders of Life’ from director/writer Dana Ziyasheva and Igor Darbo (Producer) that is set in the Indigenous community of Costa Rica and filmed on location.
I am very interested to learn of the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival and am excited to add this to my list of ‘Festivals to Attend’. I love seeing films representing diverse voices and stories that expose me to lives and people. The festival is during the weekend so am hoping to attend a film or two to see from another person’s eye how they see the world around them.
The film will be screened on Sunday, May 21 at 7:45pm at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291with Dana Ziyasheva & Igor Darbo scheduled to attend. If you are unable to attend it is available exclusively on FlixPremiere at https://flixpremiere.com/film/defenders-of-life.
“I am very honored of this selection and excited about the opportunity to present
‘Defenders of Life’ at the Garifuna Film Festival,” said Ziyasheva, a journalist by training and former communications expert with the United Nations. “It is particularly important to me to show the film in the framework of an indigenous art event and next to other films by or about indigenous realities,” added Ziyasheva.
“Defenders of Life” 7:45pm, Sunday, May 21
$15.00 +$1.74 Students $20.00 + $1.99 General Admission
The festival’s mission to preserve and promote Garifuna culture is close to the filmmaker’s heart. “During my career with the United Nations, I worked on the promotion of Garifuna culture in Central America and had the honor of meeting with distinguished representatives of the Garifuna people in the government of Honduras and Nicaragua. I am very much looking forward to discovering the festival’s film selection and meeting with fellow filmmakers,” she added.
Every year, the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival connects the Garifuna diaspora from all over the world as well as indigenous communities from across the globe via one of the most powerful art forms: film. Celebrating its sixth annual edition in 2017, GIIFF will kick off May 12th and run through May 27th
. “Defenders of Life” is among more than 27 films selected by the festival, including features and shorts from the U.S., Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Iran, and African and other countries.
Garifuna is a unique culture descended from the only black Africans who fought and succeeded against being enslaved in the American Continent, and who also intermarried with Carib and Arawak people of the Caribbean. They speak their own language, Garifuna, as well as Spanish, Belizean Kriol and English. Garifuna gave the world the gift of the beautiful music and dance called “punta” and have significant populations in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States.
The film festival also welcomes works by, about and for indigenous people from all the continents. “The Garifuna people share so much with indigenous communities from all over the world, so much wisdom, so many stories,” says festival director Freda Sideroff. “We share common stories; we are more alike than we are different.”
Director Ziyasheva agrees. Her film is set among in an indigenous community of Costa Rica and was inspired by people she served as a U.N. worker. “‘Defenders of Life’ was born out of the real-life friendship between Carmen, a Ngäbe matriarch, and myself, a United Nations civil servant from Kazakhstan,” she said.
“When staying at her house, we spent a lot of time talking about her life and her hopes/fears for her daughters and granddaughters. We both wanted to give voice to the voiceless, leaving a proud testimony of her ancient civilization under threat and show the place and challenges of women in this culture. We both wanted it to be aesthetic and allegorical,” said Ziyasheva.
While Carmen is also an actress in the drama, she did more than acting, according to the director. “(She) was more than an actress, she was my collaborator on the film,” said Ziyasheva. “She helped me to direct actors, scout and pick locations and prepare dialogues. I discussed every scene with her. We also involved the entire community and its leaders; on occasion, more than 100 extras took part in the filming.”
Limited with a four-man crew, Ziyasheva had to be resourceful in the making of “Defenders of Life.” “I was not only my own assistant but also production designer, wardrobe, makeup, and driver,” she stated. “This was because of the budget constraints, but mainly because it would not have been feasible otherwise. We were outsiders granted unique access to this closed society.”
The project relied totally on the trust her team built with the community. “We could not disrupt the balance of their lives with a large crew, gear trucks, etc.,” she said. “That was one condition of theirs for allowing us to make the film, along with having all their dialogue spoken in the Ngäbe native language, rather than Spanish. They knew and accepted each one of us into their private spaces and homes, and we lived on site the entire time of the shoot,” she added.
This year’s festival theme is “Remembering the Garifuna Holocaust” to pay tribute to the early Garifuna warriors that died for their people’s freedom 220 years ago, according to festival director Freda Sideroff. The Garifuna people are descendants of the only black Africans in the American continent who successfully fought against being enslaved, “paying the ultimate price, the death of many, and the relocation of resilient survivors,” said Sideroff.
“We are a resilient, proud people that have survived atrocities,” stated Sideroff, a Garifuna immigrant from Belize. “Like many indigenous communities all over the world, today we still face many challenges and find our culture and way of life under threat. But our ancestors inspire and guide us with their example and wisdom.”
She added, “We must remember their sacrifice and treasure our priceless Garifuna language, culture and history.”
WHAT: Garifuna International Film Festival 2017
WHEN: Begins Friday, May 12th. Runs through Saturday, May 27th
WHERE: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
WHY: Established by Freda Sideroff, an indigene of the Garifuna, GIIFF started in 2012 with a mission to preserve the values and aspirations of Garifuna and all indigenous people and cultures through films about indigenous cultures, their values and struggles.
Posted in festival, Film, Los Angeles, Movie Tagged with: Dana Ziyasheva, Defenders of Life, Garifuna International Film Festival, GIFF, Independent Film, Indie Film, Venice California
“We love doing this event every year because proceeds from Pink Pump’s Gala provide free summer camp for hundreds of children with disabilities and their siblings living in Southern California. Our amazing honorees and hundreds of guests gather for a great cause and we have lots of fun too!”, SNN founder Areva Martin
@Patharveynews is serving as the “Mistress of Ceremonies”
Areva Martin and the Special Needs Network 9th Annual Pink Pump Affair is the gala fundraiser, fashion who and Women of Distinction Awards Presentation to benefit Children and Families affected by Autism and Related Developmental Disorders.
‘The Power of Women’ will celebrate the diversity of women making a difference in Hollywood and offices across this Sunday, May 21st at the Four Seasons Los Angeles Hotel (Beverly Hills). Pink Pump’s 2017 honorees are Actress Jamie Brewer of the award-winning FX drama series “ American Horror Story ”, Beauty entrepreneur Rea Ann Silva ; creator and CEO of Beauty Blender, the honorable Betty Yee ; California State Comptroller and Dr. Roslyn Blake ; Founder of MB Ellison, Inc., a leading healthcare insurance company. This year’s honorary chairpersons are Senator Kamala Harris and Actress/Comedienne Kym Whitley . Pat Harvey , CBS News Emmy-Award winning news anchor will serve as the event’s emcee. Attendees will include philanthropist Tina Knowles, actor Richard Lawson, plus sized model & beauty advocate Rosie Mercado, GRAMMY Award-winning singer Keyshia Cole, reality TV star Tami Roman, celebrity fitness trainer Corey Calliet and TV/radio personality Wendell James to name a few! They will all be at the Four Seasons to help families affected by Autism and Related Developmental Disorders the opportunity for kids to have summer camp fun! Buy Tickets
@birenco @SamSchacher generous donation to the #PinkPump silent auction!
ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK
Founded in 2005, Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) grew out of the struggles of Areva D. Martin, Esq. after her son Marty was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Martin combined her legal skills and entrepreneurial talents to create the parent-centered non-profit organization whose mission is to raise public awareness about developmental disabilities and to impact public policy. The overarching goal of SNN is to provide education and resources to families, children and adults living with autism and related developmental disorders by advocating on their behalf to insure that issues specific to these communities are addressed. For more information about the Special Needs Network, visit www.snnla.org and follow SNN on Twitter at #PinkPump2017.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Areva Martin, Autism, Beauty Blender, Betty Yee, Corey Caliet, Disabilities, Dr. Roslyn Blake, Keyshia Cole, Kym Whitley, MbElllison Inc., Pat Harvey, PinkPump, PinkPump2017, Power of Women, Rea Ann Silva, Related Developmental Disorders, Richard Lawson, Rosie Mercado, Senator Kamala Harris, SNN, SoCal, Summer Camp, Tami Roman, The Special Needs Network Inc., Tina Knowles, Wendell James
Well I’d love to pitch an idea of mobile grocery stores for disadvantaged neighborhoods. Take 2 or 3 buses that can be stocked with healthy food at a reasonable price and that would be able to take SNAP. So instead of people have to pay overpriced amount of money for food and staples instead the trucks would have scheduled stops. My other idea is to have a voter education and registration program. So many people don’t seem to understand the basics of the three branch of the Federal Government, how local elected officials directly effect their lives and comprehending all of the ballot propositions.
The deadline was extended to 5/10/2017 read below for details. What would you like to pitch leave your ideas below ….
Deadline extended to Wednesday, May 10 at 5pm!
In 2015, design east of La Brea was honored to receive its second ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for our Making LA series. The first phase of Making LA explored the Los Angeles issues of Transportation, Water, Density and Community through a series of public programs, culminating in the Making LA conference in fall of 2014.
In early 2016 we launched the second phase—Making LA: Connect, Flourish, Thrive, Prosper—with the plan to build upon our successful programming series at a design charrette to craft proposals for real-world solutions to issues facing LA.
Then we had a presidential election.
As a proposed budget seeks to completely eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, we realized that charrettes and proposals would not be enough. The de LaB community is made up of designers, architects, and artists who are out in the city working hard on real-world solutions today. We want to amplify your efforts and bring four projects—your projects—to life.
We want to show the powerful impact that the NEA has on our cities by empowering four projects that help LA connect, flourish, thrive, and prosper.
On Saturday, June 10, Making LA Together will feature teams pitching projects in front of a live audience that address issues of Transportation, Water, Density, and Community in Los Angeles. A panel of experts will ask questions and offer commentary about the projects, and the audience will vote for the best project in each of the four areas. We’ll work to make the winning ideas happen with a project fee of $2500 and the help of volunteers from the de LaB community. In addition to workshops and volunteer days, de LaB will also host four programs to introduce the public to each of the four completed projects.
Making LA Together will be held on the evening of Saturday, June 10 at City Market South, a brand-new creative space located in one of LA’s oldest produce markets, as part of the Los Angeles Design Festival. Here are more details about the event.
How to apply
Deadline extended to Wednesday, May 10 at 5pm! Fill out this brief form telling us about your project, including a 200-word description and which area your project addresses (Transportation, Water, Density, or Community).
When you submit your form, email *one* image of your project (can be a rendering, photo, drawing, sketch) to hello @ designeastoflabrea.org
Finalists selected to present at Making LA Together will be announced by Friday, May 12 and asked to prepare a 5-minute, fast-pitch presentation with visuals onstage at the Making LA Together event. (Think Project Runway meets Shark Tank).
What kind of projects are you looking for?
Show us how NEA’s funding can solve a problem and create real-world change for an LA community east of La Brea. The only real qualification is that the project must address one of the challenge areas (Transportation, Water, Density, or Community) and be easily replicable elsewhere in the city.
Some examples of projects might be: A wayfinding system (Transportation); a parkway stormwater garden (Water); a creative adaptation of a parking space (Density); a neighborhood mural (Community).
How many people can be on a team?
As few or as many as you like, although only two people can be onstage to present.
Can I submit multiple projects?
Team members can only work on one project.
Can it be something I’m already working on?
Definitely. We are particularly interested in projects that have already been tested elsewhere in LA and can easily be rolled out in multiple locations.
Does the project absolutely have to happen somewhere east of La Brea?
Yes—we will only look at projects that will happen east of La Brea. South of Century Boulevard that’s east of Hawthorne. North of Franklin Avenue that’s east of Vineland. Even if part of your project is east of these boundaries, we’ll accept it.
Who decides which projects are selected?
Finalists will be selected to present by de LaB’s hosts and board members. The winners in each area will be decided by a live vote from the audience at the event.
If you have a question we should answer here, send us an email at hello @ designeastoflabrea.org
Posted in art, Good Cause, Los Angeles, Made in America Tagged with: Artworks Grant, Community, deLabs, Density, do good, Fast Pitch, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Design Festival, Making LA Together, National Endowment for Arts, NEA, Shark Tank, Transportation, Water
It’s Deborah Cox’s world and we are just living in it! I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first U.S. National tour of The Bodyguard at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. I expected a few iconic Whitney Houston and a reenactment of the 1992 Oscar nominated film by Lawrence Kasdan but this is a London West End musical show and WHAT a show!
I got more than I expected from the shocking opening moment that got my heart pounding with gunfire and a video montage of the work famous Rachel Marron played by Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox and Judson Mill as Frank Farmer the bodyguard who steals her heart.
This is a departure from the film that sprinkles movie magic but weaves Deborah’s voice throughout. She’s not playing Whitney Houston but instead makes the role her own. I don’t want to give anything away but the show has a great fast pace with a supporting cast that surrounds Deborah as they twinkle on the stage.
Don’t worry the classic scene where Frank sweeps Rachel into his arms was played out with talented background dancers that gave a frantic feel necessary to make the scene chaotic and exciting. The strobing lights, the music, the movement and feints had me wondering how it would look and I for one <gasped> it was DAMNED sexy and really looked good on the stage.
I really enjoyed having my musical with a little suspense and lots of great singing by Jasmin Richardson (Nicki Marron) and Kevelin B. Jones III (Fletcher) as well as the supporting cast. I really enjoyed the change in the sister relathinshiop between Rachel & Nicki with deep abiding love at war with jealous rivalry. The father son vibe between Frank and Fletcher was sweet and would appeal to anyone who wants a family of their own.
If you’re a huge fan of the film and think this hits all the same dots be ready for a surprise because they changed some major plot points to keep the pace of the show fast as well as create emotional connection with the audience. I’d like to say that I’m a Rachel but am more like a Nicki!
I’m very excited to have seen the show and really recommend it to fans of musicals, Deborah Cox and (of course) Whitney Houston! Watching the Bodyguard was like watching a an album with the music keeping the story on pace and the voices of the cast soaring to the heavens with music that had me tapping my feet all night long. Make sure you stay till the lights come on because the cast has a special treat that will have everyone dancing out onto the street!
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.
PERFORMANCE INFORMATION: Tickets are available at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787, as well as at theHollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd) and all Ticketmaster Outlets. The
performance schedule for THE BODYGUARD is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening Night is Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 8pm. Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the matinee performances. recommended for ages 13 and up. (Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.) Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission. Tickets start at $35.
Posted in concert, Los Angeles, Theatre Tagged with: A Class Act, Alejandra Matos, Alex Corrado, Benjamin Rivera, Bill Devaney, Black & White, Bradford Rahmlow, Brendon Chan, Charles Gray, Chris Egan, Deborah Cox, DeQuina Moore, Douglas Baldeo, Dreamgirls, Duncan McLean, FBI agent Ray Court, gotham, Hannibal, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, I Will Always Love You, Idlewild Music Festival, Jaquez André Sims, Jarid Faubel, Jasmin Richardson, Jersey Boys, Jonathan Hadley, Jorge Paniagua, Karen Bruce, Kevelin B. Jones III, Kinky Boots, Lauren Tanner, Maria Cristina Slye, Mark Henderson, Matthew Schmidt, Matthew Smedal, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Memphis, Mike Dixon, Motown, Naomi C. Walley, Nicki Marron, Nicole Spencer, One Moment in Time, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Regional: The Full Monty, Richard Beadle, Richard Brooker, Run to You, Saving All My Love, Sean Rozanski, So Emotional, Stalker, Sy Spector, The BodyGuard, The Color Purple, The Pantages, Thea Sharrock, Tim Hatley, Tony Scibelli, Tour: The Lion King, Whitney Houston, Willie Dee, X-Men: First Class
So excited to attend the Opening Night Gala with a special screening of Justin Lin’s ‘Better Luck Tomorrow‘ Thursday, April 27th at 7PM at the Egyptian Theatre
Karin Anna Cheung
Better Luck Tomorrow (BLT): Never underestimate an over achiever. To his classmates and teachers, high-schooler Ben Manibag (Perry Shen) appears to be the “model” student: a perfectionist and overachiever, destined for nothing less than graduating at the top of his class and then attending a prestigious college. But underneath this persona is a darker side – Ben and his bored high-school buddies lead double lives, flying high in a world of petty crime and material excess in order to ease the pressures of “being perfect.” It’s a free-wheeling lifestyle that soon takes a downward spiral, leading to an unexpected end. An Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival, Better Luck Tomorrow is a gripping, edgy and provocative film that rips the tranquil, well-manicured facade off of middle-class suburbia and cultural stereotypes.
Buy tickets to see the opening night film with JUSTIN LIN, SUNG KANG, JUSTIN CHON, KARIN ANNA CHEUNG, RODGER FAN, MATTHEW KNOWLES, AARON TAKAHASHI and more supporting diversity in film with the 2017 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. The Gala is presenting the 15 year anniversary of Justin Lin’s ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ in the original 35mm film that premiered at Sundance after Sept 11th and not the life affirming film that everyone expected. The story and cast is not what people expected from the Asian stars/director.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: AARON TAKAHASHI, Better Luck Tomorrow, BLT, Diversity in film, Fast and the Furious, Film festival, Hollywood, Indie Film, Justin Chon, JUSTIN LIN, KARIN ANNA CHEUNG, LAAPFF, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, MATTHEW KNOWLES, RODGER FAN, SUNG KANG
Sean Cameron Michael is a South African actor and writer. You probably know him best as Richard Guthrie in the Emmy-winning pirate adventure series Black Sails. You might have also seen him in the Emmy-winning miniseries, The Triangle, as well as Fox’s multi-Emmy and Golden Globe nominated feature 24: Redemption.
You will soon see him as the lead in the 2017 indie film, Last Broken Darkness, directed by Christopher-Lee Dos Santos. This film follows a man named Sam (Sean Cameron Michael) who is facing the end of the world and dealing with the death of his son. He is forced to survive underground after a massive meteor shower hits earth. He tries to do so with his good friend Troy (Brandon Auret) and a young woman Rose (Suraya Santos). However, they face many challenges including heavily armed rangers, bandits, mutated creatures, cannibals and so much more. It’s a thrilling journey that reveals the strength of friendships in the face of death.
Below is an exclusive interview with Sean Cameron Michael about the making of this film:
Q: What attracted you to Last Broken Darkness?
SCM: I’ve known Christopher-Lee Dos Santos for years and I’ve previously worked with him on a short film a few years ago. When he emailed the script to me,, I read it and noticed that the story started off as a drama about a single father who’s an alcoholic and dealing with the death of his wife and child. But then meteor showers start to happen, turning the story into a sci-fi one with lots of action as Sam tries to get to safety. It’s not just a post-apocalyptic film but a film that blends multiple genres, which made it so much more appealing.
Q: How did you get into the mindset of your character, Sam?
SCM: When I first read the script, I was worried about playing such a challenging role especially because the character isn’t so likable. After being forced to survive underground without his family, Sam is of course a sad and morbid character. It was a challenging role but I do consider myself a method actor. I would prepare a few months before shooting the film to understand Sam psychologically. As an actor, you always want to strive for authenticity and honesty.
Q: How did Sam’s relationship with Brandon Auret’s character, Troy, affect him?
SCM: Brandon and I been friends for a long time. I think it really shows in our chemistry on screen too. I think his character, Troy, actually made Sam more of a likable character. Troy added some comedic relief and it would lighten my character up.
Q: Since you consider yourself a method actor, how did you separate yourself from the character you were playing?
SCM: After I’m done filming, I like to wash the character off. I would jump into the shower and literally wash him off. After months of being in his headspace, it’s a symbolic way of leaving the character behind.
Q:What do you think will make the film so appealing to an American audience?
SCM: You know, I asked Chris for the final cut of the film just so I can watch it as if I were a third party. I sat down and watched the film with a notepad on me but by the end of it, I had written no notes. The film is truly in a league of its own. It’s not your standard horror movie but it also pays great homage to the post-apocalyptic genre. I believe that when you watch the film, you will see what I see: that a lot of passion and a lot of love was put into making it. It’s not just about zombies; it’s about friendship and sacrifices. It’s also beautifully scored and edited. For lack of a better term, it’s a strange film but in a good way. It’s just different. The audience will want to understand the characters’ mindsets and root for them to survive.
Q: If the world were to end like it did in the film, how would you as Sean Cameron Michael try to survive?
SCM: That’s a great question. Of course, one would be depressed and confused at first. But I think I would just remain the same and try to make the most of it. I would try to make friends and make the best possible life in that situation. I also think this film allows the audience to ask themselves the same question: “What would I do?” Throughout the film, there are a lot of elements that make you question the characters’ actions. In a world that’s ending, it begs the question: “Would you take the risk and go above ground or would you rather live in safety but underground for the rest of your life?”
Last Broken Darkness is set to premiere in Florida at the popular 12th annual Sunscreen Festival on April 29th, 2017 and will be released later this year. You can check out the Director’s Sneak Peek Reel here:
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