Laurence Fisburne followed in the massive foot steps of James Earl Jones, in his majestic portrayal of Troy Maxson, the troubled patriarch in August Wilson's Fences at the Pasadena Playhouse. Teaming up with his co-star, Angela Bassett (What's Love Got to Do With it?) Fishburne gives life to this powerful, but flawed character riddled with contradictions. Did you know that Bassett's husband, Courtney B. Vance, also portrayed Troy on Broadway? She and Vance recently wrote a book entitle, Friends A love Story to be released in January 2007.
|Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse, Sheldon Epps with Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, stars of "Fences"|
A great expression of his love was a surprise birthday party he threw for her at Colors on Bedford, Beverly Hills newest bistro . Vance told Barbara Lockhart, renowned interior designer and owner of the elegant eatery, that Angela believed he was just taking her and her Mom out to dinner. She was surprised by 17 close friends and family who dined on wood oven braised short ribs, filet mignon and crunchy Ahi tuna.
|Angela Bassett with her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance|
A few nights later at Colors, Feedback Magazine threw The Last Party of the Summer hosted by gorgeous Alex Parlar, founder of the exciting new glossy publication. Eva La Rue, their July/August cover girl greeted such guests as film critic Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight's Cheryl Woodcock, and her fellow CSI: Miami co-star Rex Linn. The glamorous guests guzzled pinky vodka martinis and dined on an assortment of hors d'ouevres that pleased everyone's palate.
|Dee Wallace Stone and Robert A. Guthrie, stars of "Expiration Date"|
Speaking of fine dining, you are invited to attend the Eighth Annual Praise Brunch, Saturday, September 16th at the Beverly Hills Hotel. About 300 media related guest will be on hand to hear keynote speaker, Ron Deshay, Producer on American Idol, and see Al Kasha, two times Academy Award winner, receive the Ambassador Award . Billy Davis Jr. & Marilyn McCoo (Fifth Dimension) will entertain, as well as Philip Webb, a Metropolitan Opera Tenor. Further information can be obtained at www.mediafellowship.org.
|Barbara Lockhart, owner of Colors, with Eva La Rue (CSI: Miami)|
Another event of interest is the premiere of Expiration Date on September 14th at the historical Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This independent film by Rick Stevenson, tells the tale of Charlie Silver Cloud III, a young man who carries a terrible curse on his shoulders. His grandfather and dad, both were killed on their 25th Birthday by fast moving milk trucks. Since this flick concentrates on his upcoming demise, how appropriate to hold the premiere at the cemetery of choice for Hollywood Legends. . Current residents include Cecil B.DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks.
|Alex Parlar, Publisher of Feedback Magazine|
If you would like to attend this unique screening, and meet and greet the stars of the film, Robert A. Guthrie and Dee Wallace Stone, check out their website www.expirationdatethemovie.com. Tickets are only $10 per person. Who says you need deep pockets to live life on the Hollywood Beat?