Jan 26, 2017

He Will Not Divide Us

Actors Shia LaBeouf, Jaden Smith Lead 'He Will Not Divide Us' Protest at Queens Museum

(by Erica Byfield nbcnewyork.com 1-20-17)

On Inauguration Day, actor Shia LaBeouf led a group of teenagers with the chant: "He will not divide us."

Looking into a camera placed on a wall outside the Museum of the Moving Image in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, a diverse group of teenagers - some wearing backpacks - chanted the words on the day Donald Trump was named president in Washington, D.C.
Actor Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, was also in the crowd and recited the five-word chant. At one point a man held a sign that read: "Abort Trump."

Luigi Vassallo of Astoria told NBC 4 New York, "He won't divide us as long as we do it this way." 
"We don't want to see people be divided by their race or gender or religious background," said Ben Potts of Yonkers. "There is an entire generation of people that don't feel that way."

The camera has been in place since 9 a.m. EST on Friday. A website for the movement says the camera will be available and will livestream for the next four years - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
My take
Instead of chanting, "He will not divide us.", he should be chanting, "I will not make another Karate Kid movie, I will not make another Karate Kid movie, I will not make another Karate Kid movie."

Jan 13, 2017

Jaden Smith threatens to quit LA after failing driving test

(bangshowbiz 1-13-17)

Jaden Smith has said he wants to quit Los Angeles after failing his driving test.

The 18-year-old actor-and-rapper - the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - decided to share his disappointing news in a Instagram Live video in which he began ranting about wanting to move out of the 'City of Angels' because there are too many "bad things" there.

In the video - which Jaden made in the parking lot of the Department of Motor Vehicles - he said: "It's going to be so funny to tell my dad that I've failed straight up. I'm about to move out of LA. There's a lot of bad things here. Create the life that you want for yourself."

He then cryptically added: "Everybody follow your heart, you know what I'm saying? Do exactly what you want to do, be who you want to be. Don't try to be somebody else. It's hard these days to really create the life you want for yourself because there's nobody really here that's like supporting the youth or the youths' creativity."

Jaden - whose 16-year-old sister Willow has a successful pop and acting career - also teased that he has got some major things happening at the end of 2017 which are "beyond" his usual music and fashion pursuits.

The 'Karate Kid' star - who has his own clothing and lifestyle brand MSFTSrep - said: "At the end of 2017, I'm gonna do some dope - some really, really dope, inspirational stuff that's beyond just music and clothes. Nothing about this life makes any sense. Why aren't we Instagramming Live about people saving lives?"



Jan 5, 2017

NY Islanders 'Karate Kid' bobblehead has crane kick feature

(by Josh Cooper yahoo.com 10-25-16)

A New York Islanders game will have a bobblehead night featuring team celebrity fan Ralph Macchio.
The contest will be played on Dec. 23 against the Buffalo Sabres and the bobblehead is in the pose of Macchio doing the crane kick – from his iconic film “The Karate Kid” while wearing an Islanders jersey. Macchio’s leg has the capability to swing back and forth in the below photo. The bobblehead idea was done by Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which manages the business operations of the Islanders including ticket sales, sponsorship sales and marketing.
The 54-year-old actor, who also was in two “Karate Kid” sequels along with the comedy “My Cousin Vinny” unveiled the bobblehead on the Boomer and Carton radio show in New York.
“I’m more impressed with the Krazy Glue job,” he said about the doll.
Macchio also said his daughter will sing the national anthem that night. He added “at least 10,000” dolls will be made for the evening’s game.  The doll will wear No. 4 in honor of Macchio’s wife and two children.
In a 2015 interview with NHL.com, Macchio explained his love of the Islanders and the impact they had on the Long Island community.
Macchio grew up in Dix Hills, N.Y., where he resides today, and his bond with the Islanders remains stronger than a bull. Hockey was actually on the periphery of Macchio’s interest level during childhood, but he became hooked when he learned that the experience of a professional sporting event was 25 minutes away and witnessed the bond that existed between the Islanders and the community.

“They were the Islanders. We were Islanders,” Macchio said. “It wasn’t the city’s team. It wasn’t a corporate franchise team. It was the people’s team.”

In a 2012 interview with ESPN, Macchio said he has hockey sticks signed by Islanders legends Bryan Trottier, Billy Smith and Denis Potvin. He added he was at Nassau Coliseum when the Islanders won their first Stanley Cup.

Overall, this is a fun idea to try to incorporate one of the team’s more famous fans into the game entertainment.
This just adds to the solid year for hockey bobbleheads. The Florida Panthers’ Jaromir Jagr bobblehead accurately portrayed the legend’s re-grown mullet. The Milwaukee Admirals’ Presidential election bobbleheads also struck a nerve with fans.