The Pulse of Entertainment: Marvel's
Spider Man: Far From Home is Simply Delightful and The 28th NAACP Theatre Awards Continues to Honor
Spider Man, an Avenger protégée, is left too soon by the death of
mentor Tony Stark (Iron Man). Played by Tom Holland, Spider Man finds his place in the
world again when Nick Furry hires Talos, played by Academy Award nominated Samuel L. Jackson
(Iron Man, The Avengers), to impersonator him to seek Spider Man's for assistance. The
Sony Picture presentation of Spider Man: Far From Home, arriving in theatres July 2, 2019,
is simply delightful. There is comedy; romance and so much action you may need to watch it at home again
and again so you can slow it all down to see the awesomeness of the shots.
Spider Man: Far From Home has Peter Parker ducking Nick Fury, former
director of S.H.I.E.L.D who is calling for him to active duty, so that he can attend a
class trip to Europe. He plans to tell classmate MJ, played by Zendaya (Disney's "Shake
It Up"), how he feels about her. However, trouble follows Peter because it's his destiny to be a hero. While in
Italy he witnesses a water monster defeated by Quentin Beck, played by Academy Award nominated
Jake Gyllenhaall (End of Watch). Nicknamed Mysterio by Peter, Beck is not who he seems
to be and in fact nothing is what it seems to be.
Nick follows Peter to
Italy and gives him a gift from Tony Stark, a pair of Artificial Intelligence (AI) sunglasses called E.D.I.T.H.
Still not accepting he has super-hero responsibilities Peter gives the glasses over to Mysterio,
whom he believes would be a better hero. That turns out to be a big mistake and the result
is the climax and the unstoppable action in the film.
Rated PG-13 Spider Man: Far From Home is directed by Jon Watts (Spider Man: Homecoming) and produced by Academy Award nominated
Kevin Feige (Black Panther) and Amy Pascal (Sony Pictures Group). The Marvel film is shown
in 3D and IMAX and is a Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures and Pascal Pictures production.
Based on Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's character Spider-Man, Spider Man: Far From Home also
stars J. B. Smoove ("The Millers"); Jacob Batalon (Avengers: Endgame) as Ned Leeds - Peter
Parkers' best friend; Martin Starr (Spider Man: Homecoming); Academy Award winning Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin
Vinny") as Aunt May Parker, and Jon Favreau (Iron Man) as Happy Hogan, head of Stark
security and the love interest to Peter Parkers' Aunt May, played by Tomei. www.SpiderManFarFromHome.movie
Loni Love ("The Real") hosted the 28th NAACP Theatre Awards, held recently at the Millennium Biltmore
Hotel, where artistic creativity was honored with a red carpeted event. Aside from awarding
actors, actresses, directors, costumes designers, choreographers, producers, lighting
technicians, stage designers, sound engineers and playwrights of the theatrical arena
the NAACP Theatre Awards gave special honors to Academy Award winner Viola Davis (The Help), Lillias White
(Hercules), Condola Rashad ("Sex in the City") and Los Angeles City Council President Herb
Presenters of the 28th NAACP Theatre Awards included Primetime Emmy Award winner Loretta Devine
("Boston Public"), Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit), James Pickens, Jr. ("Greys
Anatomy"), Raven-Symone (College Road Trip), Golden Globe Award nominated Richard
Roundtree (Shaft) and Julius Tennon (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice). Nominees included Choreographers
Sergio Trujillo for "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" and Joyce Guy for "Les Blancs;"
Music Directors Jaret Landon for "Born for This" and Giovanni Adams for "Love
is a Dirty Word;" Lead Female Actresses Phylicia Rashad for "Head of Passes"
and Kacie Rogers for "An Accident;" Lead Actors Arthur Richardson for "Driving
Miss Daisy" and Joshua Wolf Coleman for "Transitions" and Directors Luis Valdez for "Zoot
Suit" and Gina Belafonte for "Lyrics from Lockdown."
"It's a Hip-Hop
Spoken Word musical about mass incarceration and mistaken identity," said Gina Belafonte
about her nomination for directing "Lyrics from Lockdown."
When I asked Kacie Rogers about the role she was nominated for in "An Accident" she said, "I was playing a
woman who was paralyzed so I was in the bed most of it. I was only able to move in her
mental state. So really studying what's that's like and the feelings of anxiety trapped
in your own body, that was a really challenging because I wanted to do it justice."
The challenges of choreography in the theatre were the topic of my talk with Joyce Guy (Lorraine
Hansberry's "Les Blancs"), she said, "How do I incorporate dancers from Ghana, Mali and
Songhai - all the places I had to dance into the choreography. It's like it's something
fresh and something new that their village would be doing. So that was a challenge but
also we had a cast of like 20 actors and it was like putting movement into all those actors. So
I enjoyed working on this movie so much." (NAACP Theatre Awards Photo: Top: Gina Belfonte and Kacie Rogers)
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice
Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse
of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management
Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The
Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: "Uplifting Minds II," a Free Entertainment Conference held annually in Baltimore (Saturday
April 20, 2019), in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times
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Business panel and a talent showcase and competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting)
with over $15,000 valued in prizes for each category. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.