The actor who is filming the third “Bad Boys” film posted an invitation for fans “to come hang with ME…in MIAMI…on the set of “Bad Boys For Life.”
Smith called the invite “a Bucket List experience in the making” which is being organized through online fundraising site omaze.com to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
When fans make a donation to the nonprofit through Omaze, they will be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to be flown to Miami and stay in a four-star hotel. They will also get behind the scenes access of the movie and spend a day on the set with Smith. Filming was expected to start in April; scenes will be shot at PortMiami, nearby causeways and in various parts of Miami Beach.
The deadline to enter is March 29. You have to be at least 21-years-old and able to travel on or around April 9.
Production for the third installment of the Smith and Martin Lawrence action comedy movie began shooting in Atlanta in January.
Lawrence and Smith are reprising their roles as Miami narcotic detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. In the new film, the characters reunite “when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus,’’ according to IMBD.com
Fans of the franchise may recall that the first film “Bad Boys” in 1995 and its 2003 sequel with Gabrielle Union were also filmed in South Florida.
Area art aficionados and the just plain curious will have the chance to visit with an eclectic mix of Lake County artists and watch them create art during the last leg of the ninth annual Off the Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour this weekend.
The free self-guided tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 21 professional studios in the Golden Triangle, Leesburg, Umatilla and Weirsdale areas, with stops at area cultural venues, including museums and art centers, too.
In February, the annual region-wide event took art lovers to studios across east and west Volusia County, for visits with 54 artists in 40 studios during two separate dates.In Lake, 29 artists will give demonstrations at their studios and “talk shop,” during the tour. They include watercolor, acrylic, and oil painters; artists who work with clay, metal, paper, wood and mixed media; and jewelers, potters and sculptors.
“Visitors can see what’s going on, how we create our art and the atmosphere of the studio,” said Eustis artist Kace Montgomery, who’s known for her work in clay. “Artists will talk your ear off, if you let them.”
Patrons can also purchase artwork from the artists at any of the stops.
A grassroots effort founded in Lake County in 2011 by painter Brenda Heim, metalsmith Doug Hays and Montgomery, who works in several media, the tour began with a vision to take the mystery out of the artists’ studio and build rapport with the public.
The inaugural tour featured 13 Lake County artists, with Volusia County joining in a few years later.
“Artist studios have been a sanctum for many years and this was a way to get people in and allow artists to share their methods and inspiration with them,” said Montgomery, who works alongside fellow artist Kate Esplen at their Shared Lines Studio, a tour stop at 129 N. Grove St., Eustis. Wild Ibis Art Studios and Gallery, in the same building at 133 N. Grove, features eight artists on the tour.
Leesburg sculptor Kimberly Miller, who creates mind-boggling totemic clay sculptures in her 800-square foot studio at 8200 Treasure Island Road, has participated in the tour for several years and enjoys the interaction with art lovers.
“People are always happy to see my space and how I work,” said Miller, an artist since 16, when she discovered a potter’s wheel in her school’s art room. “They are surprised to walk in and see the setting. There’s a lot of windows and it’s beautiful.”
Last year, nearly 50 people on the tour visited Miller, with one art lover purchasing a $2,000 sculpture.
“It doesn’t really sound like a lot of people, but it is when your studio really is off the beaten path,” she said.
John Kellum, a potter who specializes in Raku firing, will be a guest artist at Miller’s studio, giving demonstrations on the technique at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Besides Montgomery and Esplen, other participating Eustis artists include Nora Thomas, Tim Dardis, Lois Stover, Barbara Lange, Jennifer Harper; and at Wild Ibis, Jackii Molsick, Lou Buigas, Dodi Truenow, Emily Lewis, Kelley Batson, Krysta Smith, Cathy Caine and Liz Wincup.
In Mount Dora, artists on the tour include Barb Batson, Elisabeth Ferber and Corinne A. Garrett, with Heim and Hays showcasing their talents in Umatilla. Also, Michele Pasternak, Reid Pasternak, Cynthia Powell-Allen and Denise Kirsop at the Wekiva River Art Studio in Sorrento, owned by Michele Pasternack.
In Leesburg, artist Kelly Cornell will be on the tour, and in Weirsdale, potters Steve Lytle and Jenny Murin will be the last stop on the tour.
For studio maps, guides and additional details about the artists and venues on the tour, go to floridaartstour.com.
A great man once said to never tell him the odds, but we’re sorry to inform you that the odds of winning the Powerball are 1 in 292,201,338.00, and nobody beat them this time around.
The Powerball numbers announced during Saturday night’s drawing were 24, 25, 52, 60, 66, and 05. With no winning grand prize ticket, the pot for the multistate lottery is now at $750 million, swollen with the hopes and dreams of millions who purchase tickets for the biweekly drawings. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the biggest Powerball total so far this year.
While a player must match all six winning numbers to win the grand prize, some Saturday drawing winners matched enough to earn a mere $2 million or $1 million dollar prize.
In December, David Johnson of Brooklyn bought the winner Powerball ticket for a $298.3 million.
Last year, a secretive Mega Millions player won a jackpot worth $1.5 billion, and kept everyone in suspense as they waited until the last minute to come forward. The person received a one-time payout of $878 million, the largest ever awarded to a single lottery player.
The lottery overlords know that these giant jackpots lure ticket buyers, and have tweaked their games in recent years to lower the odds and help the grand prize climbs to tantalizing heights. Hoping to be the next lucky exception, scores will purchase tickets for the next Powerball drawing, which occurs on March 27.