A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to eat at The Poké Shack in West Hollywood. If you're not familiar with Poké , it's fresh raw fish salad originating in Hawaii. The space at The Poké Shack is really cute and is located in the perfect location for a tasty lunch after thrifting on Melrose. I had a colorful bowl filled with fresh shrimp (I'm a punk bit of a raw fish wuss) beautiful vegetables and brown rice. Although there were many flavors and ingredients in my bowl- cucumbers, cilantro, pineapple, watermelon radish, seaweed and sesame oil to name a few, they complimented each other well and tasted amazing. I ordered the "Lil daddy" which was acutally quite large and satisfying. If you have more of an appetite you can go for "Big Daddy" hehe. Other notable features of the Poké shack include a patio with a cool place to take pics for instagram and fresh coconuts filled with water. All of the juices also come from Hawaii. The Poké shack also offers Acai bowls and fruit smoothies. If you're in Weho and want a healthy but delicious meal as well as a a little taste of Hawaii stop by The Poké shack. The staff is friendly and will welcome you with open arms!
Recently I got to spend some time with actor Anthony Kelley of The Gambler. He's super cool, down to earth & a lot of fun–his jump shot is pretty good too! Check out the interview below!
How did you go about getting this role and what was audition process like?
My uncle told me about an open casting call, they were looking for real basketball players to portray Lamar . I drove down to Watts- straight from class. At first, I didn't really want to do it- because I'm camera shy..I don't really like the whole camera thing. I worked with Sheila Jaffe for like 2 months, twice a week and ended up getting the role.
What was it like seeing yourself on screen for the first time?
When I went to the premiere it was my first time I was kinda overwhelmed. I didn't want to see anyone else's parts I just wanted to see my parts, I was really concentrating on that. I wondered if anybody really believed what was going on (laughs). I would ask my dad..Did you believe that part? The second time around, I was really able to enjoy the movie- it was cool.
What was it like working with A- List celebs?
This was my first time acting ever! At first it was overwhelming, but everybody was so down to earth, so chill. It was really cool. I can call Mark (Wahlberg) whenever I want pretty much. I probably bug him a little too much. (laughs)
Do you have any other projects you're working on?
I actually have 3 films on the table. Just waiting for the contracts, and some other things. One is a very controversial topic going on today about a man that's been in solitary confinement for 43 years, and that's all I can say.
So are just into acting now? What about basketball?
I still hoop everyday, as if I'm going to the NBA. (Laughs). I take it seriously, I rally up all my boys. Right now it's just taking a back seat. I don't know if the Lakers need help..(laughs)
Did any of the actors give you advice?
Micheal K. (Williams) told me to be patient & stick with it, and if I ever need advice to give him a call. Mark told me to let it flow– don't oversell it, dig deep. Just react- how you normally would.
How did you prepare?
Reading lines while driving..broke out in scenes with my friends at dinner, haha. The casting director, told me to play basketball while reciting lines- which was very hard.
What was the first day on set like?
Overwhelming. My favorite part was the food though-I had the breads, fish, I was grubbin. I almost took a nap. (Laughs)
What 3 actors would you love to work with?
Mark, again. Denzel would be cool & definitely Will Smith. Will Smith has broken barriers for African Americans & minorities in this industry.
Are you a big gambler?
Oh Man, No! I'm not good at rolling the dice. At all. Every now and then I'll probably bet my friends on basketball, shots–something I can really dictate. I don't do blackjack, don't even know how to play it. Maybe play some speed or I declare War- lol.
Do you think you're on the right path?
Yeah, now I do. I fell in love with it. At first, I was kinda against the whole acting thing. I've seen my friends struggle with acting- waiting on the next big thing. Basketball was something I could more dictate…my future, I was trying to go overseas. but I was at a crossroads with basketball. Got this role, and decided to keep going. We'll see what happens.
The Gambler DVD is set to be released April 28th! Be sure to check it out!
Robin Williams was found dead yesterday by his personal assstant who became concerned when he did not answer several knocks on the door. It has been confirmed that he hung himself with a belt. According to NBCNEWS, Williams wife had seen him alive the previous night around 10:30pm when she went to bed. Willimas had gone to a different room and was found clothed with a belt tied around his neck. The belt was wedged between the closet door frame and Williams was in a seated position suspended off the ground. It is has not yet been revealed if he left a note, but he was found with superficial stab wounds on his wrist, and a pocket knife on his body. Robin Williams was the father of 3.
SecurityPleeze remembers Robin Williams: A scene from Mrs. Doubtfire, one of my favorite movies.
The hilarious film Haunted House 2 hits stores Tuesday August 12! We are giving away 3 FREE copies! For your chance to win, email us using the contact form, and we'll choose 3 winners at random. Good Luck!
Nicki Minaj's romantic comedy The Other Woman will be released on DVD July 29th! Nicki Minaj is definitely a trendsetter! Check out the gallery and watch her transformation from the Pink Friday Album, to her flirty looks as her character Lydia in The Other Woman.
The highly anticipated summer blockbuster Hercules starring Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson is set to hit theaters on July 25! "The Rock" has truly transformed to become the Mythological God Hercules. Check out photos of the "The Rock" through the years!
With less than 2 weeks til it's debut, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set to smash the box office with a predicted opening of $68 million dollars according to boxoffice.com. The film is generating buzz with favorable reviews and is the follow up to the 2011 film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I'm a huge fan of The Planet of the Apes films, and can't wait to go see it! Will you be seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Check out the trailer below!
Writer/Producer Lena Waithe is all set to ink a deal with BET to write a pilot based on her youtube series Twenties. Talk about hustle! For more info on Lena Waithe check out our interview HERE. Twenties focuses on the experiences of a few twentysomething black women trying to find their voice and place in society. Lena's goal is to write a show with longevity. She hopes to have people watching it 20 years from now. Lena is producer of the film Dear White People set to debut in theaters Oct. 17 and a writer for the hit show Bones.