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.

Movie PictureArtistic 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 {5}, 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.
Movie PictureAngela 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 {6}, founder of the exciting new glossy publication. {7}, their July/August cover girl greeted such guests as film critic {8}, Entertainment Tonight's {9}, and her fellow CSI: Miami co-star {10}. The glamorous guests guzzled pinky vodka martinis and dined on an assortment of hors d'ouevres that pleased everyone's palate.
Movie PictureDee 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, {11}, Producer on American Idol, and see {12}, two times Academy Award winner, receive the Ambassador Award . {13} & {14} (Fifth Dimension) will entertain, as well as {15}, a Metropolitan Opera Tenor. Further information can be obtained at {16}.
Movie PictureBarbara 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 {17}, 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 {18} and {19}.
Movie PictureAlex Parlar, Publisher of Feedback Magazine If you would like to attend this unique screening, and meet and greet the stars of the film, {20} and {21}, check out their website {22}. Tickets are only $10 per person. Who says you need deep pockets to live life on the Hollywood Beat?