Celebrate Black History Month with Ntozake Shange’s historic play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, February 21 through 27, at the Orange Stage at 1050 N. Orange Drive in Hollywood. Whether you liked the film adaptation not, you will love this soulful, uplifting work returning to LA. professional stage for the first time in over 30 years. Experience all 22 poems with original music and an all-star cast including Carrie Cain Sparks (Rumble In the Bronx with Jackie Chan, The Man with Sam Jackson), Shauntay Hinton (iCarly, Miss USA 2002), ButtaCup Reese (Hype Underground, this year’s Miss America’s Ms. High Desert), Niketa Calame (young Nala in Disney’s The Lion King), with Constance Lopez, Monique Wilson, Ebony Perry and choreography by Tanya Alexander. Purchase your tickets to day and see why this powerful work has transformed millions. Don’t miss out – this one week engagement is selling out so get your tickets today. Get information and purchase tickets online at visartsociety.org or call 310-595-8696.
Director John Woo Honored In Venice With Lifetime Achievement Award. Chinese film director and producer John Woo was awarded a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Friday. This is Woo’s second significant film honor of the summer after he received an award in his native Hong Kong in July for his contributions to the movie industry, receiving the Silver Bauhinia Star. His previous film credits include working as a director for “Face/Off,” “Hard Target,” “Broken Arrow,” and “Mission: Impossible 2.” After accepting his latest award on Friday, Woo, 64, told the press, “I would like to be a bridge between the good things of the West and the East, so we can further our mutual knowledge and build a strong friendship.” His next films will include a future edition of “Mighty Mouse” in either animation or live-action with CGI, and a remake of “Papillon.”
Will Smith has contacted the original ‘Karate Kid’ for advice on his remake of the iconic film. The 40-year-old star – whose 10-year-old son Jayden is set to star in the film – is a producer on the venture, and was keen to get some tips from Ralph Macchio. Ralph, who played Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film, said: “It was very cool. He called and said, ‘Would you mind getting on the phone with my son?’ I felt like Yoda speaking to a young Luke Skywalker, you know, from the ‘Star Wars’ movies.” The 47-year-old actor was only too happy to impart his martial arts wisdom to the young star. He told TV show ‘E! News’: “Jayden was adorable and completely respectful and excited. I just told him to have fun. That was my advice.” Ralph admits he overreacted when he first heard the cult film was being remade. In January, he said he’d had nothing to do with the new movie and was not convinced Jackie Chan was the right choice to star as karate teacher Mr. Miyagi, who was originally played by the late Pat Morita. Ralph admitted: “I spoke too candidly about that at first. Look, I will look at anything that crosses the desk on it. But I really think for the sake of the connection to those films and certainly the original film, I think that they’re going to want to create their own version of it that is its own thing.”