Susan Kelechi Watson Remembers Oxford Summer And Praises Phylicia Rashad

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This Is Us actors Susan Kelechi Watson and Sterling K. Brown are absolutely believable as Beth and Randall Pearson. Part of that believability may come from the foundation that both actors built over the years. For Watson, a pivotal summer for her was during a trip abroad to study the craft (with an emphasis on Shakespeare) at BADA. Check out the video below as Watson explains how Phylicia Rashad and Denzel Washington helped sponsor her educational experience.

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FYS Spotlight: Canoga Park’s “Next Chapter Books” Is Worth Reading Into

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It’s a great idea to support your local, independently owned bookstore, and that notion turned into a reality several weeks ago. Thanks to my brother-in-law’s  Angels in Seven reading, I actually left the house for a bit of socialization and fresh air. The gathering took place at Next Chapter Books, and I was immediately hooked.

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‘Flipping the Script’ on ‘Storks’

Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply underappreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!

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Jon Seda Shares Love For Boxing And Its “Sweet Science”

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Take out the money, hype, and the big names and boxing is a sport that also resonates on so many levels. For some, it’s the symbolic nature of the underdog story rendered in cinema (Rocky) that makes it a constant draw. In the video below, Jon Seda (Chicago P.D., Treme) discusses his lifelong passion for boxing.

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Parisa Fitz-Henley’s Passion For Reading Led To Acting Path

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There’s a ton of acting advice one can grab onto but Midnight, Texas actress Parisa Fitz-Henley has a very keep it simple approach when it comes to her own journey. In the video below, Fitz-Henley talks about how reading eventually forged a path into acting.

 

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Movie Pick: ‘Le Trou’ Is Classic Filmmaking From Jacques Becker

Le Trou
A new 4K restoration of Le Trou, director Jacques Becker’s final (and some would call best) film, is having a week long exclusive run at Laeemble’s Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. If you love prison break dramas with a refreshing amount of neorealism, Le Trou is a perfect movie choice.

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RMPConcerts Hits Hollywood’s The Hudson Theatres August 19

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If you’re in the mood for some live music (who wouldn’t want to hear a sax and harp played during a La-La Land evening?), RMPConcerts (Rising Monarch Production Concerts) is holding a live performance this Saturday at The Hudson Theatres.

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Lalo Schifrin Birthday Concert Hits Alex Theatre In October

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Six-time Oscar nominated composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Dirty Harry) will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert that spotlights and honors his music. The October 7 event, which will be held at the Alex Theatre (Glendale, Ca), is being presented by Musicians at Play Foundation and AFM Local 47’s Music Fund of Los Angeles in association with Varese Sarabande. Further details below!

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Flip Rodriguez Talks Mental Toughness And Will Smith’s Influence

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Flip Rodriguez’s decision to open up about his experiences with sexual abuse took a ton of guts, and his mental toughness as well as being an inspiration for other people has made him one of American Ninja Warrior’s shining stars. Let’s face it, all these ninjas are awesome in their own right, and during an interview with Flip I asked him how, even in the face of tragedy, he refused to give up. Video of Rodriguez is available below!

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Firenza Pizza Debuts At Downtown LA’s California Plaza

Firenza Pizza

 

The Bunker Hill section of Downtown Los Angeles holds a special place in my heart, and for years I’ve always wondered how they would utilize a huge, tucked away space at California Plaza. As of Tuesday, August 1, Firenza Pizza is now open for business in my old stomping grounds, and I’m glad to report the pizza (and service) is definitely on point.

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