Like subtle raindrops on frozen glass, Penumbra Theatre’s newest production, “I Wish You Love,” bleeds a solid tear on a subject far more ample than its doe-eyed cover.
Straight from the fingertips and carefully crafted thoughts of writer Dominic Taylor, “I Wish you Love,” directed by Lou Bellamy, definitely exceeds its backdrop of jazz music and love-laced soliloquies, as they are intertwined with the life of Nat King Cole during the period in which he hosted his own television variety show.
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. Newly joined by Dwayne Johnson, they take the series that hooked the world on adrenaline and amp up the action and spectacle on a global scale.
In Fast Five, former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) in a very unfamiliar place: the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Elsa Pataky joins Johnson and returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderón and Don Omar in an ultimate high-stakes heist.
Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom
“You may have heard of me, Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, as having been a professional prizefighter. That, along with having been a wrongly convicted person who had to spend twenty years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, is a fact... I am not angry or bitter about my past or present circumstances. I do not worry about money or about not being able to pay my bills... I KNOW that I will be all right because I am connected to the source from which all life arises... Whatever is taken from you by those who abandon principle, you will ultimately win back through your priceless understanding that life has meaning. You will understand that nothing is more valuable than the love of the Spirit, and that each individual possesses that Spirit.” (Excerpts from the Introduction. pgs. 1, 22 & 23)
Deval Laurdine Patrick was born on July 31, 1956 in Chicago where he and his elder sister, Rhonda, were raised by their mother, Emily “Mae” Wintersmith, in the home of their maternal grandparents after she was abandoned by her husband. Their absentee father, the late Pat Patrick, was a legendary jazz saxophonist who recorded and performed with everybody from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis to Thelonious Monk to Sun Ra.
Deval exhibited enough promise in junior high to land a scholarship to Milton Academy, a prestigious boarding school located in Massachusetts outside Boston. From there, he went on to earn both undergraduate and law degrees at Harvard University.
Legendary actress Pam Grier’s, artistic wick has never flickered through the changing of seasons. Today she is still as hot a star as she was when her career began in the late 1960s.
When Grier began her journey to become one of the most well known African American actresses in the world, seeing brown faces on the small and big screens, truly meant you had to be a distinguished talent; integrating color in entertainment was still a slow moving bullet.
Casting Call for Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man based on the Bestseller Begins
Think you've got what it takes to be part of the new Screen Gems' film based on the NYT best-seller, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man? The book provides no-nonsense advice about men and love from the comedian, author and syndicated talk-show host Steve Harvey.
If you're a fan of Steve Harvey or the book, and can play an age between 18 and 50, you just might be considered for a walk-on part in the upcoming movie through Sony Pictures Entertainment's Face of the Fan® program, which has launched a casting call for the film. The film will be produced by Rainforest Films' Will Packer, who also collaborated with Screen Gems on such hits as Stomp the Yard, This Christmas, and Takers.
A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life
Book Review - by Kam Williams
“My life is often described as ‘improbable’ because I grew up in a broken home and in poverty… Of course, I acknowledge the unlikelihood of my good fortune. I also recognize the hard work and discipline that have made it possible.
But above all, I cherish and celebrate the many people who have taken moments to enlighten me, to renew my ideals, and to spur me to action. There have been teachers and preachers, supervisors and colleagues, friends and family… who through their words or deeds have delivered transcendent messages about life, faith and friendship… They have made all the difference. This book is a tribute to them.” (Excerpts from the Preface, pgs. 3-4)