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The Pulse of Entertainment - 2013

Texas-Chainsaw-3D.jpgLionsgate's Texas Chainsaw 3D is a thriller with a surprising twist, arrives in theaters January 4, 2013
(January 4, 2013) -   "Don't go in the basement," that's what I was saying to the screen while reviewing the Lionsgate presentation of Texas Chainsaw 3D - which arrives in theaters January 4, 2013. The Chainsaw franchise continues offering a thriller with a surprising twist. A Millennium Film production, Texas Chainsaw 3D stars Alexandra Daddario (Hall Pass), Tremaine "Trey Songz" Neverson (Preacher's Kid), Scott Eastwood (Invictus), Dan Yeager, Tania Raymond (300), and Marilyn Burns (Helter Skelter).
   All eyes will be on Trey Songz as the Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter makes another film appearance as one of four buddies caught in the way of Leatherface (Yeager).
   "I think this movie is a lot more about Leatherface," said Dan Yeager about his character in the 3D presentation of the Texas Chainsaw saga. "I told him (the original Leatherface played by Gunnar Hansen who made a special appearance as Boss Sawyer) that I studied him and reaped him off."
   "How would he (Leatherface) evolve," said Director John Luessenhop about the ‘twist" to the plot of the franchise script. "He had emotions as in the first film...protected the house. He made a decision. Leatherface kind of operates in a sense of fear."
   "The scene in the van was shot in three days," said Tania Raymonde who plays Nikki, one of the four traveling buddies that find herself in Leatherface's house. "After 13 hours of screaming you actually feel scared." Of her scenes with Trey Songz she said, "He's an awesome actor, a great acting partner... I have a couple of his songs on my iPod before I knew he was in the movie...I told a friend...she freaked out."
   "Everyone had a certain sense of professionalism," pointed out Songz, who plays traveling buddy Ryan, about the atmosphere during the filming of the movie. "We did joke...but when they were called upon, they did what they had to do."
   "It's not what they will expect...but it's fun and scary," said Alexandra Daddario ("Parenthood") who plays Heather Miller, a dislocated Sawyer family member who inherits the family home (with Leatherface still there).
   Also a Main Line Picture production Texas Chainsaw 3D also stars Shawn Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, Richard Riehle, and Bill Moseley. The Rated R film's screenplay is written by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms.
   To watch the trailer to Texas Chainsaw 3D log onto its website at
www.TexasChainsaw3D.com.

The Pulse of Entertainment 2012 look back, filled with a year of movie reviews
ThePulseofEntertainment_2012_highlights.jpg   The year 2012 closed for The Pulse of Entertainment with my calendar filled with movie reviews. Each year I marvel at what opportunities are presented to me and this year by far it was the chance to review wonderful film projects. Though music is my love and I had many humbling interviews for music reviews, but 2012 was dominated with movie screenings. Another highlight in 2012 for my syndicated column is a new weekly guest appearance at a Stellar Award nominated station for a "The Pulse of Entertainment Weekly Update" segment on the "Lady Charmaine Live" show at Praise 98FM (
www.Praise98FM.com).  
   My year started with opportunities to interview legends Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton (Joyful Noise). I went on to interviewed twice both Kirk Whalum ("Romance Language", Long Beach Jazz Festival performance) and Kim Fields ("A Cross to Bear," "Holiday Love: Re-Imagined"). Other interviews I'd like to note are the superstars in the making - Jacob Latimore and Luke James (who I also interviewed twice in 2012), and those who are currently making their legendary mark on history - Ledisi and Leela James (who I also interviewed twice).
   The Pulse of Entertainment covered many events that include the BET Awards; NAACP Image Awards; UNCF Evening of Stars tapping; Tye Tribbett's "Greater Than" tapping, and events for BMI, ASCAP, ABC Disney, and CBS. Concerts that were so impressive I still think of them today include Ledisi's tour with Eric Benet; Kirk Franklin's tour, and the outstanding performances at the UNCF tapping (to air January 26 & 27, 2013).
   There are so many movie reviews that were highlights because they were either ground breaking or provided me with an opportunity to interview some of my favorite actors, such as the three hour history-breaking SkyFall (007 sequel) which has made a billion in sales as I type this; Hotel Transylvania because of a pleasant, but quick, interview I had with Selena Gomez (my grandson adores her); The Dark Shadow because of the opportunity to briefly question Johnny Depp; The Lucky One because of the Zac Efron interview; Looper because of the Joseph Gordon-Levitt interview opportunity, and most recently Texas Chainsaw 3D for the chance to talk briefly to BET Award winning singer/songwriter Trey Songz.
   There are so many more highlights, but in closing I must mention my brief interviews with Sheryl Ladd ("Charlie's Angels") for Disney's Snow Paws2; Cedric the Entertainer at the 1st Ladies High Tea event; LisaRaye ("Single Ladies") at an Emmy Gifting event; multi-platinum selling Brandy on her role on BET's "The Game;" Grammy Award winning Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) on her signing with Light Records; Niecy Nash ("The Soul Man") on her role as a preacher's wife in Cedric's TV Land sitcom; Common on his starring role in the film LUV (releases to theaters on January 18, 2013), and Anthony Hamilton at a Grammy event.
   I am excited about new opportunities in 2013 and you can follow The Pulse of Entertainment in 2013 at
www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.EURweb.com (Columns), www.BaltimoreTimes-Online.com (Pulse of Entertainment) and at www.Youtube.com/FreelanceAssociates for video coverage.   

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years -
www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)  

January 11, 2013

zerodark30_jessicachastain.jpgColumbia/Universal's Zero Dark Thirty, front row to the hunt for America's most wanted, arrives in theaters January 11, 2013

   "I had the privilege to get invited to the party," said actor Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum) who stars in the Columbia/Universal Pictures presentation of Zero Dark Thirty, the hunt and killing of Osama bin Laden by Navy Seal Team Six, a Special-Ops team. "I met Kathryn Bigelow in the fall, 2010. We discussed doing another movie together. Then the death of Osama bin Laden took place...she decided to do something and she wanted me to play Larry, he is the one who took the famous Osama picture."
   The historical action/drama will give you a front row seat to the hunt for America's most wanted and an in depth look into what our military service men and women go through to keep America safe from foreign threats. Ramirez (Clash of the Titans), a Latino, stars alongside Jessica Chastain, who plays Maya the lead investigator that passionately stayed on the bin Laden trail when everyone else was giving up. Eventually, her persistence did pay off, she got her man. Zero Dark Thirty also stars Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler and Mark Strong. Jessica has already garnered a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actress" and the film nominated for three Golden Globe awards.
   The acting was so impressive the film, at times, seemed more like a documentary. Directed and produced by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Zero Dark Thirty will have you on the edge of your seats eager to learn what will happen next. Have you wondering how in-the-world did they find him. Kathryn's business partner Mark Boal, and Megan Ellison, share producing duties on the film.
   "I really admire my character (Larry from Ground Branch). The willingness of the character to become invisible, erase yourself and become someone else," Edgar points out about his character going under-cover.
   Rated R, Zero Dark Thirty is an Annapurna Pictures, First Light production and will be released to theaters on January 11, 2013.
Warner Bros.' Gangster Squad is explosive when officers of the peace meet corruption, arrives in theaters January 11, 2013
gangstersquad_emmastone.jpg   There comes a time in life when you are put to the test, give in to fear or defend peace even if you have to die trying. Well Warner Bros' presentation of Gangster Squad is a look at what just six people can do to defeat fear. The Rated R drama is explosive when officers of the peace meet corruption - with Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling (LAPD) leading the squad and Sean Penn (Mickey Cohen) as the gangster. Gangster Squad arrives in theaters January 11, 2013.
   The action-packed project also stars Oscar nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior), Michael Pena (End of Watch), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Emma Stone (The Help). Gangster Squad is based on tales from the "Gangster Squad" book by Paul Lieberman.
   Gangster Mickey Cohen is determined to take over Los Angeles and anyone in his way is died - it's that simple. Los Angeles Police Chief "Whiskey Bill" Parker says not-on-my-watch and he comes up with a way to stop him in his tracks by enlisting a head-strong honest cop Sgt. John O'Mara, played by Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3). O'Mara assembles a small team who must secretly shut Mickey Cohen. With the help of his pregnant wife Connie, played by Mireille Enos, he picks Sgt. Jerry Wooters, played by Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson); switchblade expert Detective Coleman Harris (Mackie); electronic/military equipment expert Detective Conwell Keeler (Ribisi); over-zealous Detective Navidad Ramirez (Pena), side-kick of Detective Max Kennard, also chosen.
   Without a plan they hit Cohens' businesses one by one until they corner him in an empty hotel surrounded by all his henchmen. That doesn't stop the Gangster Squad, who did so much damage they have only one more day before the Chief has to take their badges and resign. With the help of Mickeys "moll" Grace Faraday (Stone) - who fell in love with Officer Wooters - she agrees to testify about witnessing Mickey Cohen murder a friend who was trying to protect her from him. Re-energized by the offer the Gangster Squad changes their weapons to machine guns and the real action begins.
   A Village Roadshow Picture production Gangster Squad is produced by Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes), Kevin McCormick (The Lucky One) and Michael Tadross (Arthur). Executive producers are Ruben Fleischer, Paul Lieberman and Bruce Berman. Gangster Squad arrives at theaters January 11, 2013. Log onto 
www.GangsterSquad.WarnerBros.com for more information or to see the movie trailer.

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)   

January 18, 2013

LUV_common_charlessdutton.jpgSheldon Candis' heart-breaking reality of LUV, starring Common, arrives in theaters January 18, 2013
By Eunice Moseley


   The Sheldon Candis' directed heart-breaking reality of LUV, starring Common (American Gangster) and Michael Rainey, Jr., arrives in theaters January 18, 2013. The Rated PG Urban drama also stars Charles S. Dutton ("Fame"), Dennis Haysbert ("24"), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Meagan Good (Stomp the Yard), Michael Kenneth Williams ("The Wire"), and Lonette McKee (Malcolm X).
   "I've actually been around someone near death," said rapper/actor Common about a death scene he portrays in the film LUV where he plays a troubled Uncle just out of prison who for a day mentors his nephew about "Urban life." "When I get into a character I allow what comes out, to come out...when I'm done I am drained. I give myself to the role."
   Common gave his everything to this role of Vincent, the Uncle to 11 year-old Woody Watson (Rainey, Jr.) determined to teach him how to be a man in the streets of Baltimore, my home-town. Common give an award winning performance of a black man surviving on the streets of Baltimore, one of the most crime filled cities in the country. Young Woody is like a sponge, soaking it all up and it helps to save his life in the end.
   Lonette McKee plays Woody's grandmother forced to care for him, whose mother is in rehab and father is out of the picture. Uncle Vincent - fresh from doing eight years in prison - wants desperately to go straight by opening up a business, but the ‘streets' just won't let him. LUV is a powerful Urban drama that left me in tears because of its brutal truth.
   Haysbert plays Mr. Fish the Baltimore crime boss that says Vincent can go straight only after one more drug deal. Danny Glover plays the crime boss' brother Arthur. This ‘situation' forces young Woody to make a very mature decision - follow his mentor or not.
   The Indomina Releasing presentation, LUV, arrives at AMC theaters January 18, 2013. LUV is produced by Datari Turner, Jason Michael Berman, W. Michael Jenson, Gordon Bijelonic, Joel Newton, James R. Rosenthal, Common and Derek Dudley. Written by Candis and Justin Wilson, LUV's trailer can be seen at www.LUVTheFilm.com.

Derrick Pearson and New Covenant's ‘You and Me Time' is a two-disk life changer
DerrickPearson_NewConvenant.jpg   Winners of the 2012 EnSound Music Award for best music video ("If This Was Real Love"), Derrick Pearson and New Covenant offers a two-disk life changer with their new project "You and Me Time." You get Praise & Worship wrapped-up in the flavor of R&B and Jazz.
   When listing my favorite cuts on the project I started to stop and just say the whole offering is a masterpiece, but I had to list some of the outstanding ones.
"Originally the motivation for ‘You and Me Time' was what I was seeing," said Pearson. "A lot of our leaders (in the body of Christ) were falling...not taking the time to find out where we are. It is to encourage us to spend more time in the body of Christ. It will change us and get us back on track."
   I felt like I was in church listening to the project, with its lyrics it spoke so much of the truth in an offering of 16 musical selections on each disk - a total of 32 "love offerings." Distributed by Central South/Infinity "You and Me Time" has vocals by Al Johnson, Minister Kathy Horry, Charlita Claiborne, Minister Shakina Dunbar, and New Covenant members Adrian Gause, Tahesha Jones, Dennis Jenkins, Shari Pearson, Rita Hollins and Chip Austin.
   My favorites include "I Do Believe," a sweet love song which brought tears to my eyes and also I loved the lead guitar support; "My Trust" for its Caribbean feel - a marching to glory song; "I Was Glad" because I loved the harmonica support and it's a great Praise & Worship song; "If This Were Really Love," a great Contemporary Gospel song about waiting for marriage to be intimate - with some very sweet vocals; "Please Don't Cry" is a heartfelt promise to God and I also love the vocals on this one too; "True Love Waits," a sweet plea; "Calvary" is a hot number with awesome lead guitar support - love that old-school R&B feel too; "Nevertheless," a nice selection about haters delivered on a smooth Jazz plate - love the harmonica support here too and it end with a little country flavor - vocals are tight on this one too; "Empty" for its old-school feel, and "Trust in the Word" because it is reminiscent of The Whispers' trademark sound, which Pearson had a hand in.
   For more on Derrick Pearson and New Covenant's "You and Me Time" two-disk project log onto 
www.IAmMusic.com.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)   

January 25, 2013

melaniefiona_UNCF2013.jpgBET set to air UNCF Evening of Stars, an explosive night of performances
By Eunice Moseley


   Multi-NAACP Image Award nominee Anthony Hamilton (NBC's "Guys with Kids") does a wonderful job hosting this year's "UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Evening of Stars" televised scholarship fundraiser to air on BET Network January 26 and 27, 2013. Taped previously in December, 2012 in Pasadena California, you will experience an explosive night of performances.
   BET partnered this year to produce the event for UNCF, the country's largest and most effective minority education organization, supporting the education of over 60,000 students each year. Hamilton expertly carries us through the powerful presentations while reminding us why we are privy to such a red carpeted treat, the funding of minority students "adult" education.
   First there were the red carpet arrivals. I got there a bit late but I did get to video tape Keyshia Cole, Anthony Hamilton, Shaun Robinson and Sheryl Underwood going in to take their seats, and I talked briefly with Keenen Ivory Wayans and Melanie Fiona.
   "Donate, donate, donate," said multi-Grammy Award winning Melanie Fiona,while on the red carpet. "A mind is a terrible thing to waste and a wonderful thing to invest in."
Fiona took my breath away, literally, with her version of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" during the event. It seemed that no one was playing around with their performances, everyone performed my favorite songs so powerfully, felt like it was to be their last performance ever.
   What a treat it was for me when Tyrese performing his Grammy Award nominated current single "Best of Me" twice! I thought I was in heaven when he came back on stage to repeat it. Then legendary Faith Evans sang one of her current singles "Tears of Joy," another favorite, I felt I was in church.
   The night didn't end there this continued with every performance, which included Eric Benet, Charlie Wilson (the crowd went so crazy I couldn't hear a word he was singing); Anthony Hamilton (rocking it his way with his dancing backup singers); Keyshia Cole (looking stunning); Trey Songz, Yolanda Adams (singing masterfully my favorite, "The Battle is Not Yours"), and it ended with an unbelievable performance by ‘forever young" Chaka Khan (with dancers in monogram T-shirts, elaborate stage set and all). I can still hear Chaka's last song's lyrics "it's not over yet," ending the event with a beautiful array of falling gold and blue balloons.
   "It's important. We have to keep our schools going," said Keenen, a UNCF Scholarship presenter about the importance of donating to UNCF. "It provides education for people like myself from the inner city...I'm part of the legacy and we want the legacy to continue."
   Other presenters were multi-Billboard Music Award winning Usher, Keke Palmer, Kim Coles, Loretta Devine, Terrence J and so many more. UNCF's largest scholarship program is the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. It has a 90% graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students. BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, is the nation's leading provider of cable programming for the African-American audience - reaching more than 90 million households.
   For more information or to donate log onto 
www.UNCF.org.  

ABC's 2013 winter line-up has ‘Zero Hour,' ‘Scandal,' ‘Red Widow' and ‘Shark Tank' taking the spotlight
shark_tank_sharks.jpg   I attended the TCA for Disney ABC's announcements for their 2013 winter programming line-up that included new series and recurring. The new series "Zero Hour" and "Red Widow,'' and recurring series "Scandal" and "Shark Tank" took the spotlight. The line-up of exciting programming didn't stop there with my favorites, but it also includes a long list of other outstanding series.
   "One thing I learned from ‘Prison Break'...stories need to end," said Paul Scheuring co-executive producer of the upcoming new ABC American conspiracy series "Zero Hour," which has Charles S. Dutton co-starring as a priest. "The entire Nazi conspiracy will end in episode 13."
Another intriguing new series is "Red Widow," about a Northern Californian housewife who escaped organized crime, but is drawn back in to protect her children - when her husband is killed.
   "She is very human," said Radha Mitchell who plays the ‘red widow.' "But she finds the strength."
ABC's "Scandal" is back for a second season. I consider myself an excellent crisis manager and Shonda Rhimes does an excellent job portraying the ‘think process.' The series is based on the life of former George Bush administration press aide Judy Smith.
   Expect to see "Bunheads" and "Pretty Little Liars" return to ABC Family, and "The Middle," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "Shark Tank" are to return to ABC.
   "I received help from Samsung because I had ½ million in sales. It didn't work out, but I'm here because it was a great deal," said Daymond John when asked if there was a ‘shark' that helped him. Daymond is one of six millionaires who invest in other people's dreams on the ABC reality show executive produced by Clay Newbill.
   On the "Shark Tank" panel with John, who has an international clothing ‘empire' are Robert Herjavec, who has a ‘fortune' of over $200 million, Lori Griener, who has created over 400 products and holds 112 U.S. and international patents and Kevin O'Leary, a founder of the first software company.
   Seems to be an exciting season for ABC and you can see the complete winter line-up of programming by logging onto 
www.DisneyABCTV.com.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)   

February 1, 2013

Betty-and-Coretta_maryjblige_angelabassett.jpgThe inspiring life of Betty & Coretta, starring Mary J Blige and Angela Bassett airs on Lifetime February 2, 2013
   "She was the one...who tried being - through all the trails - she tried to be positive and happy when bad things happened...Betty was like that," said nine-time Grammy Award winning Mary J. Blige, who stars in the Lifetime Original Movie presentation of "Betty & Coretta" as Dr. Betty Shabazz. Angela Bassett plays Coretta Scott King in the "based on a true story" film that airs on Lifetime Television Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
   Mary J. and her husband Kendu Isaacs are co-executive producers on the project along with Larry Sanitsky, Jaha Johnson and Polly Anthony. Yves Simoneau serves as director on the story by Ron Hutchinson and Shem Bitterman.
   "We didn't come in wanting to be producers," Blige said. "We were blown away by the script. It made us think about being a part of something so important."
Malik Yoba is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in this tragic but inspiring film of two women whose very public husbands were assassinated leaving them single mothers faced with the task of providing solely for their families.
   They are also faced with continuing a civil rights legacy their husbands started that help change the American way of life. Blige said Betty found herself also witnessing a change in her husband after an overseas trip - just before he was killed - that had a man once on the opposite sides of the Civil Rights movement now working alongside Martin Luther King, Jr.'s non-violence strategy.
   The result is a bond between the two women like no other that spans over 30 years.
   "When he came back he began to work with Martin Luther King, Jr," Mary pointed out about Betty's husband Malcolm X played by Lindsay Owens Pierre. "That was very significant and very important."
   Mary J. Blige said what she learned about Betty Shabazz is that her main focus was education and the education of her children. Watch the amazing story of "Betty & Coretta," a Lifetime Original Movie presentation, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Lincoln and '30 Rock' led in wins at the 19th Annual SAG Awards
SAGAwards2013_TinyFey.jpg   The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, presented by SAG-AFTRA, was recently held at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition, and aired live on both TNT and TBS. The awards show honored outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2012.
   "No, I didn't," said Rico Rodriguez - who plays Manny Delgado in the ABC series "Modern Family" - about the show's SAG Award win for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series." "It was so cool to be able to roll out the red carpet then come out here today and them calling our names!"
   Also present were the other actors of the series, which included Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily Tucker-Pritchett), Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), who also rolled out the red carpet with Rico the day before; Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Ed O'Neill (Jay Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Sofia Vergara (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett), and Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy). PBS' "Downton Abby" won for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" and the Warner Bros.' film ARGO won for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."
   Tounchstone Pictures' Lincoln, with NBC's "30 Rock," led with the most wins. Lincoln won twice in the Theatrical Motion Pictures category with Daniel Day-Lewis for his role as Abraham Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones for his role as Thaddeus Stevens. "30 Rock" won twice when Alec Baldwin took home a SAG Actor statuette for his role as Jack Donaghy and Tina Fey won for her role as Liz Lemon.
   In the category of "Outstanding Stunt Ensemble" winners included Columbia Pictures' Skyfall in Motion Pictures and HBO's "Game of Thrones" in Television Series categories. The legendary Dick Van Dyke received the SAG 49th Annual Life Achievement Award.
   Other winners in the Primetime Television category included Kevin Costner in History's "Hatfields & McCoys" for his role as "Devil Anse" Hatfield; Julianne Moore in HBO's "Game Change" for her role as Sarah Plain; Bryan Cranston for his role as Walter White in AMC's "Breaking Bad," and Claire Danes for her role as Carrie Mathison in Showtime's "Homeland."
   In the category for Theatrical Motion Pictures additional winners included Jennifer Lawrence for her role as Tiffany in The Weinstein Company presentation of Silver Linings Playbook and Anne Hathaway for her role as Fantine in the Universal Picture presentation Les Miserables.
   For more information log onto 
www.SAG.org or www.SAGAwards.org.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)  

February 8, 2013

Salli_Richardson_Whitfield.jpgThe Prodigal Son returns, but is female in Rhonda Baraka's Pastor Brown starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield
   "He (Rockmond Dunbar) was looking for something to direct," said screenwriter/producer Rhonda Freeman-Baraka of her film Pastor Brown starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Emmy Award winning Keith David, Ernie Hudson, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Nicole Ari Parker, Tisha Smith and Michael B. Jordan - which airs on Lifetime February 16, 2013. "So I sent him the script. He called in 2007...said he wanted to do it. Roc had a clear idea of what he wanted (cast). Once you give it to the director it's his...but everyone he considered he called me."
   According to Rhonda she was pleasantly surprised by the performance of Salli Richard-Whitfield ("Eureka") in her role as Jessica "Jesse" Brown the wayward preacher's daughter who returns home for the first time in decades after her father, Pastor Brown (David), falls terminally ill.
"He had a lot of faith in her (Salli)." Baraka said about her concern to Dunbar of whether she could carry the role. "I started paying attention to her and he was right. She put so much into the role, I was so impressed."
   Upon her return home her father, head of Mount Olive Church, asked her to take over his ministry, which has her family members taking sides.
"I use to want to be a preacher," said Keith about his role as the pastor. "I played a preacher in the theater and in Death at a Funeral. It's the story of how you can turn your life around."
   The request of her father has Jesse in constant battle with her sister (Parker) and leadership members of the church who are aware of her "sordid" past. In her journey after accept her father's request she reconnects with her family and estranged teenage son (Jordan), and she finds self-love. Dunbar also stars in the dramatic film as Amir Rahim; Tisha plays Amanda Carlton; Ernie plays Deacon Harold Todd; Tasha is Angelique Todd, and Michael Beach is Rev. Avery Callaghan.
   "A preacher is just a man," points out David. "...A man with a calling. There is diffidently an emotional pull to the movie."
Pastor Brown is produced by Rock Capital Films with Shaun Livington (Next Day Air), Dunbar and Carol Ann Shine (Jumping the Broom). The Rhonda Baraka scripted film will premiere Saturday, February 16, 2013 on Lifetime Television Network at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

‘Young and the Restless' actor Max Ehrich turning heads in tinsel-town
MaxEhrich.jpg   Heads in Hollywood are turning because of multi-talent Max Ehrich (High School Musical 3) who stars in CBS' "Young and the Restless" as Fenmore Baldwin. The Emmy Award winning soap opera series airs weekdays at 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET.
   "It's an intense character, very emotional," said Max about playing the angst-driven teenage son of Lauren and Michael Baldwin (Tracey Bergman and Christian Leblanc). 
"Never really played an evil character before. You have no idea what happens week to week."
   Aside from being an actor Ehrich is a singer in a band called Social Networkk. A Pop/R&B/Soul five member group, Social Networkk band members are from five different ‘walks' of life and they met - as per their name - on the social network.
   On "Young and the Restless" it's the first time in its history that it has focused on teens and their obstacles that come with arriving at adulthood. It tackles love, parent relations and cyber bullying.
   Max first recurring acting role was in ABC's "Ugly Betty" as Randy a homophobic bully. He was also in the Disney stage play "Newsies," made television appearances on "iCarly," "No Ordinary Family," "Shake It Up!", "Parenthood" and "Working Class." Ehrich also starred in the Lifetime movie "The Pregnancy Pact" and High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

The 44th NAACP Image Awards offered an amazing night of talent on NBC
NAACPImageAwards_scandal_cast.jpg   What a night the 44th NAACP Image Awards offered when it aired live on NBC recently with Steve Harvey as host. Honoring the achievements of actors in television and film the two-hour special, at the Los Angeles historic Shrine Auditorium, has certainly become the Oscars for actors of color.
   Jamie Foxx received the Entertainer of the Year award and there were performances by Gladys Knight, Common and Wyclef. It was certainly Kerry Washington's night as the "Scandal" actress walked away with three honors (Scandal and DJango Unchained) - one being an NAACP Image Awards Special Honor. Harry Belafonte and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard received Special Honors as well.
   Presenters included Keke Palmer, Tyler James-Williams, Terrence Jenkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Wanda Sykes, Wayne Brady, Niecy Nash, LL Cool J, Meagon Good, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Common, Cedric the Entertainer, Archie Panjabi, Tony Goldwyn, and Laz Alonso. Other participants included David Oyelowo, Dwight Henry, Eddie Cibrian, Garcelle Beauvais, Quvenzhane' Willis and James Remar. Dennis Haysbert was the in-show announcer.
   For the complete list of winners log onto 
www.NAACPImageAwards.net.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)  

February 15, 2013

keithsweat_makeitlast_2_cov.jpgKeith Sweat publishes relationship book, tour arrives in Maryland February 22, 2013
   "Me being in a relationship and me writing love songs my entire life," said American Music Award winning Keith Sweat about what he based his information offered in his book "Make It Last Forever: The Dos and Don'ts" (Strebor/Simon and Schuster). "My first album was about a relationship I was in. The album was like therapy. I put everything into that album."
   When I read the book I couldn't put it down because at my age I've experienced it all, which includes a 15 year marriage, and he was so on point in every aspect. "Make It Last Forever..." takes you step by step in a relationship from beginning through all the stages a relationship takes you through. He clears up myths and outlines what a ‘healthy' relationship should be.
   "All of my big hit records came from writing songs with passion," Keith said about writing songs about life experiences. "I like to be in situations that are intense but a good intense."
   Sweat's relationship book is presented by famed romance writer Zane through her Strebor Books International imprint on Simon and Schuster. His book tour launched in Los Angeles and arrives in New York February 20, 2013; Philadelphia February 21st; Baltimore February 22nd at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime, and Hyattsville and Laurel, Maryland February 23rd at Sam's Club.
   Also a syndicated radio show host of "The Sweat Hotel, Keith points out that communication is key in relationships.
   "I'm not like some people to test the waters to see if someone cares," he points out about those who have a habit of initiating tension in the relationships. "I don't like sidetracks. Don't divert."
   The thing I like about Keith Sweat's "Make It Last Forever: The Dos and Don'ts" is that in each chapter he gives you a summary of what he talked about. For those who haven't experience a successful relationship or are in an unhealthy one, what Keith is saying maybe hard to understand, but his summary makes it quit easy to. Bravo!
   Log onto 
www.SimonandSchuster.com/StreborBooks  for more information on Keith Sweats' book release "Make It Last Forever: The Dos and Don'ts."

Film producer/director Vlad Yudin making big moves in Hollywood
VladYudin.jpg   Russian-born film writer, director and producer Vlad Yudin is building a media conglomerate with The Vladar Company. Vladar is a media and entertainment production company he co-founded along with his production partner Edwin Mejia in 2008.
   "My passion for art and film started a vision. Different projects grew into a business I'm proud of," said Vlad Yudin about his company. "We started working with record labels. They were looking for ways to promote their catalog so we got into the documentary world."
   The documentary venture includes a bodybuilding docudrama Generation Iron. In addition they have a graphic novel, "Head Smash" relweased jointly with Arcana Comics (a company headed by Sean O'Reilly), and a sci-fi horror thriller Catskill Park.
   "It took quite a while, there was lots of content," said Yudin on his body building docudrama. "They trained over the summer and fall and they lived in different places...Body building itself is an art form."
   The Vladar Company recently obtained the rights to the popular C.C. Humphreys historical fiction novel "The French Executioner" and is producing the upcoming feature film Police State. (Photo Credit: Bobby Quillard.)

The 5th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge and Party offered an exquisite atmosphere
DorisBergman_OscarStyleLoungeParty_2013_NicholasGuess_wife_Anne-MarieJohnson.jpg   Public relations guru Doris Bergman put together another exquisite event with the 5th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party at Café La Boheme in West Hollywood. The event honored the movie industry's Oscar nominated actors, former winners, nominee, presenters and Hollywood VIPs in an invitation only red carpeted event that catered to their every desire from tuxedos to delectable sweets.
   Outside a parade of actors check in at the red carpet arrivals before going inside to a crowd of vendors offering everything imaginable. Servers walked around all day with delicious drinks and delicatessens.
   While there I spoke with David Steen who appears in the hit Quentin Tarantino film DJango Unchained as Mr. Stonesipher; Dee Wallace, Diedre Hall ("Days of Our Lives"); Kevin Eubanks ("The Tonight Show"); Martin Landau ("Ed Wood"); Meagan Tandy ("Jane by Design"), and Nicholas Guest ("Sons of Anarchy").

Cle Bennett completes theatrical run in London's ‘Kim's Convenience,' played four character roles
clebennett_couch.jpg   Two time Gemini Award winner Cle Bennett recently completed a run in the stage play "Kim's Convenience" at Main Stage Series in London where he played four characters roles.
   "I was sent the script...I read it and fell in love with it," said Cle Bennett on why he would do four roles in one production. "I just loved all four parts. The play was made for one person to place four parts. The writer felt it would be best for one person to play them."
Cle said the cast was mostly Korean and his four characters were black: Rich, Mr. Lee, Like and Alex. The play is set in a Regent Park Convenience store.
   "I like to play roles that are real people," Cle points out. "It makes people want to learn more about that person. Denzel in Malcolm X inspired me to learn more about Malcolm X."
   Cle Bennett recently appeared in Break Out Kings, The Line, Shattered and Flash point.

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - 
www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)  

February 22, 2013

snitch_benjaminbratt.jpgThe Rock risks it all for his son in SNITCH, arrives in theaters February 22, 2013

   "The core dilemma at the heart of the film, at what length do you go to save your child," said Benjamin Bratt ("Law & Order") about the theme of the Summit film SNITCH, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Johnson is also producer on the "based on a true story" Exclusive Media production - which arrives in theaters February 22, 2013. Bratt (pictured) plays Juan Carlos the "end of the drug chain" Mexican Drug Cartel Lord that Rock's character John Matthews has to take down to save his son from a 10 year federal prison sentence.
   Oscar winning Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) plays the U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan with the power to make it happen. Also starring in the dramatic action film are Michael Kenneth Williams ("The Wire"), the ruthless drug leader Malik that Matthews befriend first - which led them to Carlos; Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan), Jon Bernthal (The Ghost Writer) an employee Matthews compromises for the ‘hook up" with the drug dealer;- Nadine Valazquez (Flight), Rafi Gavron (Breaking and Entering), Melina Kenakaredes ("CSI: NY"), and David Harbour (End of Watch).
   Ric Roman Waugh (Felon) directed the Participant Media presentation in association with Imagination Abu Dhabi and Front Street Productions. Sharing production credits with Dwayne are Nigel Sinclair, Matt Jackson, Jonathan King, Dany Garcia, Alex Brunner and Tobin Armbrust.
   "He elevates the material to make it compelling to a film ‘goer ‘beyond people who simply love action," Benjamin Bratt said about the director Ric Roman Waugh - who cast him in the role of the Mexican drug dealer.
   SNITCH, inspired by the "Frontline" documentary "Snitch," is Rated PG and arrives in theater February 22, 2013.

WEtv's ‘Braxton Family Values' airs its third season March 14, 2013
braxton-family-traci.jpg   Has life become a reality show, there are so many, but the Braxton's reality show must be a good one because WEtv is about to air its third season March 14, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. "Braxton Family Values" is based on the lives of Toni, Trina Towanda and Traci Braxton. I spoke briefly with Traci about her experiences this far on the show and what resonated was that they want to show their family is no different from our own.
   "I expected the show was to reach out to our fans and show them that this is a normal family...we love as hard as we fight," Traci Braxton said about what she wanted the audience/fans to get from the show.
   The third season WEtv has the girls bringing the "Braxton Family Values" ‘drama' to Italy.
   "I was in a different career before the show. I was on my way to becoming a housewife, but before that I worked at a mental institution...as a counselor for 15 years," Traci pointed out. "...And on the side I was singing. In season three...I talk to youth."
   Learn more about the reality series, "Braxton Family Values, by visiting 
www.WEtv.com.

Actor Sharif Atkins gives the gift of smile in new venture with Operation Smile
sharif-atkins.jpg   "Independently, on my own, I've been giving small amounts over three years," said actor Sharif Atkins about how his venture into becoming the official Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile began. "What I seen on television...pulled me in and I decided to start giving. I am doing what I can..."
   The organization's global efforts are to provide free surgeries for children born with facial deformities. The money raised by the organization, with Atkins help, will provide life-changing surgery for children around the world who are suffering from clefts.
   As the Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile Sharif made a trip to experience this free life-changing operation for himself. He said the operations are no longer than four hours.
   "I came away feeling Operation Smile was an extension of the hand of God," he said sincerely. "I was able to witness three of the four surgeries (during the trip)."
Atkins is currently seen in "White Collar" which airs on USA Network and began its fourth season last month. It airs on Tuesdays at 10/9c. Sharif began his career in Chicago theatre and landed a five year run as Michael Gallant on "ER." He had many appears on projects such as "The Good Wife," "CSI: Miami," "Criminal Minds," "Cold case," "Raising the Bar," and "Num3ers."
   Learn more about Operation Smile at 
www.OperationSmile.org  and about Sharif Atkins in USA's "White Collar" log onto www.USANetwork.com/series/whitecollar.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.) 

March 1, 2013

charlie_wilson2.jpgSix-time Grammy winning Charlie Wilson offers love in abundance on new album, ‘Love, Charlie'


   "I approached the recorded with a lot of love...to celebrate women and what this means to the male population," said six-time Grammy Award winning Charlie Wilson about his newest album release, "Love, Charlie," on RCA Records. Managed by P Music Group, Charlie has been single handedly - almost - proving that age "ain't nothing but a number" in his performances that provide vocals to match that of those artists that are much younger. "I was on the road...I just told my manager I just want to cut this record. I started turning people down for shows."
   "I promised all my (song) writers it would be a single," Charlie laughs a little at the thought of giving the songwriters that extra push to make the songs great, and it worked.
   Wilson, who is winning the battle on prostate cancer and has raised 380 million for its research, began his career as the lead vocalist of the legendary Gap Band. Aside from six Grammys Charlie has also garnered BMI and Soul Train Awards.
   "I believe in something greater than myself and I want to put it first, put God first," Charlie pointed out when I mentioned one of my favorite songs on the "Love, Charlie" album include the first track "If I Believe." That number made me cry through the whole song to the last note. "I put it first because the whole world is in need of love...a pick me up. People need faith and hope."
   Well, if you ever need your spirits ‘picked up" just play Charlie Wilsons' latest project "Love, Charlie" and you will be just fine. Other cuts off the album that are my favorites include "I Still Have You," "Say" because it's beautiful in its entity, "Turn off the Lights," and "My Baby" because, though a love song, it's a hot dancer number.
Find out more on Charlie Wilson and upcoming shows at www.CharlieWilsonMusic.com.  

Keith Washington is Marvin Gaye in the stage-play ‘My Brother Marvin,' arrives in Baltimore/DC area this weekend
Keith_Washington_Head_Shot.jpg   Inspired by and told from the vantage point of Marvin Gaye's sister Zeola Gaye, Angela Barrow Dunlap theatrical drama ‘My Brother Marvin" stars Emmy winning Lynn Whitfield (Josephine Baker Story) who plays Marvin's mother Alberta; Clifton Powell as Marvin Gaye, Sr.; Tony Grant as a young Marvin Gaye, and Keith Washington as an older Marvin Gaye.
   "I watched his videos and his sister has a book about Marvin," Keith Washington said about preparing for his role as Marvin Gaye in the stage-play that began touring in mid-February and arrives in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area this week (Baltimore Lyric Feb. 28, 2013 - March 3rd and DC's Warner Theater March 5th - 10th). "As a method actor you do your research...on his mannerisms and the way he spoke. His body language when he singing, his soft spoken words and the way he delivers to someone. He was the prince of Motown! Friends and Martha Reeves say I remind them of him. I'm somewhat of a soft spoken person."
   "My Brother Marvin" is a gripping dramatic account of the life of the man who transformed and revolutionized Soul music. It outlines the story and life that ended in tragedy. It focuses on Marvin's relationship with his mother, father and siblings. It will include elements of the private memoirs of their mother and letters of their father.
Angela Barrow-Dunlap is one of the most acclaimed theatrical writers, director and producers of urban stage-plays.
   "We're on tour for 4 or 5 months. I also have a single out, ‘Thinking Bout You,' on iTunes," Washington added. "I love Marvin so much; people told me I should do it. Marvin suffered from voices in his head...loving his mom to the core and dealing with his father."
  "My Brother Marvin" takes the cast to Cleveland and St. Louis in March and in April Columbia, SC, Atlanta, New York, Rockford, IL, Chicago, Louisville, KY and Newark, NJ. For more information on the "My Brother Marvin" tour log onto 
www.DetroitTouringCo.com.  

 

Jazz/Soul vocalist Gregory Porter receives another Grammy nomination for ‘Real Good Hands'
gregoryporter.jpg   "The theater was the first place where I could make money," said multi-Grammy Award nominee Gregory Porter about his career as a Jazz/Soul vocalist. "Wherever I perform it makes money. I would say at age 24 is when I started to get out there, right after college. I have made significant gains in the last 8 years when I decided to focus on music (full time).
   I had the pleasure some months ago to see him perform at The Mint in Los Angeles and the lines to see him started forming hours before he even arrived. The crowd stood by the stage almost star-struck waiting another hour for him and when he hit the stage they transformed into a hungry Gregory Porter-crowd. They knew every word to every one of his songs and his musicians were the finniest I've ever heard.
   He is much deserving of the most recent Grammy Award nomination for his album "Good Hands" single "Real Good Hands" in the Best Traditional R&B Performances category and his single "Be Good" was iTunes.com's 2012 Best Jazz Album.
   "I'm writing for my next project," Gregory informed me about what he is doing now. "For me that's experiencing life and experiencing people, both the bitter and the sweet. I take all of it in."
   For more on Gregory Porter, his latest and upcoming projects log onto 
www.GregoryPorter.com.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - 
www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.) 

March 8, 2013

HouseArrest_StaceyDash_TheGame.jpgStacey Dash and The Game give stellar performances in House Arrest, on DVD March 26, 2013
By Eunice Moseley

   Josiah Films LLC, in association with Rhythm Pictures LLC presents House Arrest starring Stacey Dash and The Game who deliver stellar performances as a couple torn apart by lies and the crime. The Lionsgate Home Entertainment Andrea Weathersby film, House Arrest, follows the life of the beautiful Stacey Dash (Dysfunction Friends) who plays Chanel Willows, a high maintenance woman pampered by boyfriend DeAndre (The Game).
   Without knowing it she has been pulled into the computer chip schemes of her boyfriend and is now under house arrest. Although she is innocent her boyfriend wants her to take the fall because for him it would be three-strikes with the law. She is torn on what to do because of her love for him until she learns he has been unfaithful.
   While forced to stay home Chanel faces the fact that her high-powered lifestyle has made her neglect her family and young daughter. Overseen by a ruthless patrol officer played by Rolonda Watts, Chanel goes through an evolution. Comedian Red Grant does an outstanding job as her best male ‘gay' friend.
   Also starring in House Arrest are BeBe Drake, Shelli Boone, Roy Fegan, Chico Benymon, Corey Blevins, Jesse Garcia, Oliver Brown, Jonathan "Lil J" McDaniel and Kiera Washington. Rated R House Arrest is directed by William Washington and produced by Miriam Holder-Jacobs. Written and executive produced by Andrea Weathersby and Cassius V. Weathersby, House Arrest arrives on DVD March 26, 2013.

Vesta Williams feels completion with ‘Seven,' her last album to be released March 26, 2013
 VestaSeven.jpg  "We didn't have a name at the time,' said Devon Collins owner of Stimuli Films which is releasing the seventh album of the deceased vocal legend. "This goes back a long time. We been friends for years and she asked to do a record in 1995...we stayed in touch. I was in L. A. talking about starting a record label...and Vesta's name came up and while we were there Vesta called me."
   As I listened to the story behind the last recorded music of Vesta Williams, told by Devon and the album's producer Tony Nicholas, it became clear to me she - if even subconsciously - knew her days here were coming to a completion.
   "She still had that voice...to put out a good record," he pointed out. "We had just completed it and I asked her several times (about the title) and she kept saying, ‘Seven represents completion.' She really wanted that ‘home' feel. It was really an important album to her."
   Edwin Nicholas, Devon Collins and Kahlil I. Pedizisai produced the "Seven" project for Vesta who began singing as backup for Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Stephanie Mills and Anita Baker. She released her own album in 1989 titled "Vesta 4U." Her third album "Special" garnered a #2 R&B Chart topper for the single of the same name. Other hits that came out of her previous six recorded album releases include "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and "Sweet, Sweet, Love."
   "She knew something. A lot of the things she said only now make sense," Tony said about Vesta. "She really wanted to give back. We brainstormed a social campaign around...young women."
   "I kept asking her, completion of what?" Devon added. "She was adamant that in seven months she wanted it to come out."
Vesta Williams "Seven" just released its first single "Better Days," a powerful and uplifting farewell gift.

Caribbean-American Opera singer Bridgette Cooper releases an album of ‘Great American Art Songs'
bridgettecooper.jpg   Well known Caribbean-American opera singer Bridgette "Bri" Cooper releases new album of a collection of independent composers in "Great American Art Songs." Also an actress Bridgette has appeared on "The Wire" and seems very excited to introduce to main stream her genre of music.
   "These are less known composers of our time," Bri pointed out. "I'm excited to educate the audience."
   When we talked about the opportunities a woman of color can received in the classical genre Bri said, "I wanted to perform at Carnegie Hall and I got a chance to do that, I wanted to go to Europe and I had that opportunity... to study in Australia. I want to perform with the Metropolitan Opera. I'm getting closer to it."
Her acting role on The Wire to Bri was a learning experience.
   "At first I was not going to do the extra role...but later they said they had another part," Cooper emphasized about the benefit of extra roles. "The days are long and you have to be on time. When I do opera that's it...we have to rehearse and there is no learning while you are doing it."
   Bri said she is working on an Opera Hip-Hop merger project. Find out more about Bridgette Cooper and her "Great American Art Songs" at 
www.BridgetteCooper.wix.com.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.) 

 

 

 

March 15, 2013

mulan.jpgThe Bancroft brothers are excited about three-disk combo release of Mulan and Mulan II
By Eunice Moseley

    "I'm an artist and did a majority of Mulan," said Tom Bancroft (Aladdin) supervisor of animation on Mulan. "(The challenge) Eddie Murphy's dialect... just getting his mouth to open and close very fast."
   Eddie Murphy (Tower Heist) is the voice of Mushu in Mulan. Mulan is the tale of honor and courage, when a princess, Mulan, disguises herself as her father to save him from serving in the Imperial Army. She is accompanied by her pet dragon Mushu.
   Mulan is set in China and based on a Chinese legend. The digitally mastered film is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the release of Mulan and Mulan II in a three-disk Blu-ray combo pack.
   In Mulan II, Mulan and Shang (Donny Osmond) journey to a distant city to save their empire.
   "We have control over everything," said Tony Brancroft (Beauty and the Beast) about his job on Mulan's director. "I was very blessed to have Barry Cook (Mulan)...you need two directors (in animation). My co-director was a believer (in Christianity) and I found that to be a benefit. Buddhism was and is the main belief system in China, so it had to have some element of that for her journey."
   Brothers Tom and Tony Bancroft wear their Christianity on their sleeves and includes it also in their projects and choices of projects. Darrell Rooney and Lynn Southerland directed Mulan II. The Rated G animation by Disney was the company's 36th animation and grossed - at release in 1998 - over $300 million.

‘Big Time Rush' Challen Cates ready for another season as Mrs. Knight
challencates.jpg   In April, 2013 Nickelodeon's #1 live-action musical-comedy "Big Time Rush" returns for a fourth season. Challen Cates, who plays Mrs. Knight the mother to hockey-playing boy band member Kendall (and younger sister Katie), spoke with me briefly about her role and the show.
   "We do a table read on Wednesday or Thursday before we shoot," said Challen about her day on the set of Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush." "It's the first time we see the script... its fun to see what we're going to do."
   When asked if they get to adlib Cates said, "It's funny...if it makes the director laugh he keeps it in."
   The series focuses on the misadventures of the four hockey players from Minnesota who discover themselves in Hollywood as a hot boy band. Challen's character Mrs. Knight is affectionately referred to as Momma Knight; she is fun but always there to instill moral values to their crazy shenanigans.
   "I lived in Atlanta...it wasn't that hard to get work...in Los Angeles the pool was enormous," she pointed out about her acting journey. "I went from booking every other week to it being really hard. That was before the internet. I still hope it gets bigger and better for me."
   Challen Cates has had a recurring role on NBC's daytime drama "Passion," has acted in "Desperate Housewives," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: New York," "Monk" and "Missing."

Smooth Jazz sax man Mekiel Reuben gives good vibes on new project, ‘If You Were Here Tonight'
mekielreuben2.jpg   "When I first started this project I had a lot of songs in the can," said saxophonist Mekiel Reuben about his latest album release "If You Were Here Tonight." "David (Vasquez) created the vibe," Reuben said of the title track. "I give David a lot of credit for creating the songs. This is my third time working with David."
   Mekiel said in preparation for his songs he learn from people and he listens to them.
   "If it's something I can use (I listen) and if it's not I throw it away," he said about his "process."
   This is his seventh recording project and it features the lovely vocals of Nigerian singer Mary Akpa. It also featured David on keyboards and Reuben plays the alto, tenor and soprano sax.
   My favorite cuts from the "If You Were Here Tonight" include "Moondance," because of the lead vocals of featured singer Mary Akpa; "At Seventeen," which brought back my memories at that age; "Another Sunday," a Smooth Jazz selection that's great for a lazy Sunday morning; the cover of "Lovely Day," because I love the bass which made it a funky cut; "Summer Breezin,'" another smooth selection that had the sax crying, and "I Just Wanna Be With You."
   "The project delivered what I wanted it to," Mekiel said in closing.
   Find out more about Reuben and his new project at 
www.MekielReuben.com.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.) 

March 22, 2013

brandy4.jpgBrandy and Kyla Pratt are back for a new season of BET's ‘The Game' and ‘Let's Stay Together,' premiering March 26, 2013
By Eunice Moseley

   BET Network has two hits series "Let's Stay Together" and "The Game" which are returning for a new season Tuesday, March 26, 2013 premiering at 10pm and 11pmET/PT.
   Its talented stellar cast is what I feel the attraction is, though the store lines are well written (by and true to life, the talented cast - I'm sure - is what keeps us tuned in. You have the bubbly Wendy Raquel Robinson, the talented Hosea Chanchez and Coby Bell, and multi-platinum selling Brandy leading the way at "The Game." Erica Hubbard and Kyla Pratt is shinning the light on "Let's Stay Together" cast. Then they throw in the guest appearances but John Singleton, Ciara and Rockmond Dunbar ("Sons of Anarchy") on "The Game," and Christine Keyes (Note to Self) and Jackee' Harry ("The First Family") guest starring on "Let's Stay Together."
   "I was really impressed with the show," said multi-platinum selling Brandy about her role on "The Game." "They offered me the role of Chardonnay. It was more about the character...I love Chardonnay...little do people know, that's who I am. This is a coming out role."
   This new season "The Game" is seen through the eyes of new comers Lauren London who plays Keira Michelle Whitake and Jay Ellis who plays Bryce "Blue" Westbrook an NFL draft pick.
   "A couple of the writers on the show use to work on ‘One on One,' a show I did a couple years ago and they contacted me and asked did I wanted to be in the show," said the talented Kyla Pratt (Dr. Dolittle, The Proud Family) about her role on "Let's Stay Together." "I said, ‘Of course.' ...It's a guest starring role."
   The third season of "Let's Stay Together" continues to address keeping relationships together with a main focus on Nadine Ellis who plays Stacy and Bert Belasco who plays Charles fighting to stay together after a "perceived" indiscretion by Charles seen by Stacy.
   Also appearing on "Let's Stay Together" are Joyful Drake, Ronreaco Lee, Jackie Long, T'Keyah Crystal and Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs. On "The Game" there are also appearances by Barry Floyd, Rick Fox, Navid Negahban, Bumper Robinson, Tae Heckard, Greg Jennings and LaMonica Garrett.

Mankind steps out of the dark cave in Dreamworks' The Croods 3D, arrives in theaters March 22, 2013
thecroods_2.jpg   Dreamworks Animation, March 22, 2013, will release an adventure/comedy 3D animation, The Croods. The Croods is a family of cavemen (and women) who are on the brink of discover as they leave the darken caves for the light of the outdoors to only find out their world - as they know it - is about to be changed drastically. Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman and Emma Stone lead the cast of voices. Distributed by 20th Century Fox The Croods also stars the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, and Clark Duke.
   So many life lessons are in this delightful tale of adventure and comedy, as well as the beautiful 3D images presented in the different forms of creatures that may or may not have lived during that time.
   The over protective father Grug (Cage), afraid of change - which means leaving the dark cave - meets a stranger named Guy (Reynolds) who has befriended his daughter Eep (Stone). Guy has all these strange new ideas and one of which is fire. Not only do the ideas of the stranger save them more times than once, but his freestyle way of coming up with them has influenced dad to come up with his own to save his life, and he does right in the nick-of-time.
   The uplifting and funny Rated PG film is written Chris Sanders, directed by Kirk De Micco and Sanders, and produced by Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell.

Bravo TV's newest reality show ‘Married to Medicine' to premiere March 24, 2013
MariahHuq.jpg   "I wrote it five years ago," said Mariah Huq, co-creator and producer of the new Bravo TV reality show "Married to Medicine." "I received too many no(s) to count, but anything worth having is worth working for. I was a public affairs news host...and I pitched it until I was blue in the face. Then I met the executive producers of Housewives of Atlanta and New Jersey."
   As they say the rest is history because on March 24, 2013 after five years of pitching her reality show about the medical world of physicians Mariah Huq has found a home on Bravo TV. "Married to Medicine" is about Mariah and five of her friends who are either in the medical field or married to someone in that field.
   Mariah is married to Dr. Aydin Huq, a native of Bangladesh, and it follows her life as a doctors' wife as she juggles two children, her husband, her business, her friends, her non-profit organization and helping her family build a hospital in Bangladesh in memory of her father-in-law.
   "I thought people needed to see the other side of that field," she said. "...The sacrifices that are made ...Doctors' kids are sick but they still have to go to work with other people's kids that are sick."
   Before the reality show Mariah explains, "When I left Tennessee for Atlanta, I went into medical sales. I just wanted to make money. My husband had to do two residencies. I held down the fort."
   Huq launched Mariah Media Group and this reality show is its first project. "Married to Medicine" premieres Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 9/8c on Bravo TV.

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)   

March 29, 2013

Chante_Moore_2.jpgChante' Moore signs new record deal prepares to release ‘Moore is More' in April, 2013
By Eunice Moseley

   "I'm better than ever, I've grown vocally," said Chante' Moore about her upcoming studio release, "Moore is More," on her new label Shanachie Entertainment. "The album comes out in April and the single probably before that. I want the single to be ‘Doctor, Doctor,' but I think it's going to be ‘Misunderstood'."
   Chante' Moore was born and raised in Gospel, but is noted to have Jazz influences by such artists as George Duke. The former model was ‘discovered' by Louil Silas at MCA Records and soon after married NAACP Image Award winning Kadeem Hardison - which a daughter Sophia was born. She is currently married to Kenny Lattimore and they have a son.
   "It's called ‘Moore is More' and I think it's going to be more of what people expect and more of the unexpected," she pointed out about the new project. "This album is a reflection of where I am at this time. A lot of things I haven't or won't talk about, but I put it in songs."
   Her relationship with her first husband she put in a song called "Chante' Got a Man," which earned her a Soul Train Award nomination and a Billboard listing that peaked at #2. Another familiar Chante' hit is "Love's Taken Over." She also has some famous collaborations, such as "Your Home is My Heart" with Boyz II Men and "Contagious" with the Isley Brothers. This hit appeared on the soundtrack of the film "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."
   Moore wasn't too eager to sign a recording contract and explains the signing with Shanachie, "They called a few years ago. When they called I was not interested in signing with anybody. I was working consistently. I even started recording and so when they called (again), it was perfect timing. I was just making music because I was just in the mood."
   Chante' has not only been busy performing consistently but appearing in theatrical projects, touring on the "Soulful Sistas" with Regina Belle, Kelly Price and Shirley Murdock, but she is going to be appearing on the "R&B Divas" Los Angeles spin-off of the show with Kelly Price and Blu Cantrell.
   Learn more about Chante' Moore's "Moore is More" Shanachie release at 
www.Shanachie.com.   

Blues singer Gay Marshall riding on the success of album release of Blues covers
 gaymarchall.jpg  A Cleveland native, Gay Marshall started in the industry with her New Orleans style band called the Basin Street Elite and today she is riding the wave of success as a stand-out solo Blues/Jazz force in the industry. She released a new project, "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night," a collection of Blues/jazz cover songs.
   "The songs are real feel-good...real emotional songs," said Gay Marshall about her latest album release that she produced and arranged herself. "I was always into theater. I always wanted to sing and dance, though I couldn't because I didn't get a lot of encouragement. My parents said no to the arts...My parents they love it, absolutely love it (now)."
   The album includes 15 covers songs from such artists as Ethel Waters ("Sweet Man"), Jimmy Cox ("Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"), and Tin Pan Alley.
   "There are all kinds of others I'd like to record and musicians I'd like to work with," Gay added out. "I just met a young composer who wrote a musical...he called me to do a concert and he is writing songs for me now."
   Her statement is a prime example of how important contacts are in the music industry to your success. Marshall, trained at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic School in England, has also performed as an actress on Broadway in such legendary shows as "A Chorus Line" and "La Cage Aux Folles.
   To learn more about Gay Marshall and her latest album release "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Might" log onto 
www.GayMarshall.com.  

 

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

April 5, 2013

vanessabellcalloway3.jpgVanessa Bell Calloway's a quadruple threat with GMC, TV One, Showtime and NBC appearances
By Eunice Moseley

Multi-NAACP Image Award nominee veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is a quadruple threat with starring roles in GMC, TV One, Showtime and NBC projects. The Cleveland native stars in the NBC series "Go On" with Matthew Perry and Tyler James (Thursdays 9:30pm/8:30c); Showtime's "Shameless" (Sundays 9:00pm ET/PT); the TV One presentation of Russ Parr's The Undershepherd with Isaiah Washington, Elise Neal, Keith David and Clifton Powell (premiered March 30, look for re-runs), and the GMC movie presentation of Between Sisters with Terri J. Vaughn (premiered March 23rd, look for re-runs).
"My character (Between Sisters) is a mother of four. Two she had before she was saved, but unfortunately her life didn't accommodate her raising children," Vanessa bell Calloway said about her role in the GMC film. "She has two with her husband and through a series of events one daughter meets another and they guest that they are sisters."
"Love trumps all," she said about the theme of Between Sisters. "It's a big story of forgiveness...we have to forgive and continue to love."
In Showtime's "Shameless" finale, Vanessa says, "It's ...quit a shocker. People will love it."
Bell started in the business as a dancer that was trained by Alvin Ailey. As a dancer she performed in the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls." She went on to acting, appearing in the daytime series "All My Children" in 1982. She starred opposite Eddie Murphy in Coming to America; opposite Angela Bassett in What's Love Got to Do with It; opposite Denzel Washington in Crimson Tide, and with Samuel Jackson in Lakeview Terrace.
You can hear Vanessa on her Internet radio-blog every Sunday at 3:00pm PT/ET.
"I have to stay busy," Bell pointed out as to why she started the online blog. "Yolanda Watts suggested it because I have a lot to offer and it's a great way to develop social media contacts."

Multi-Platinum selling Dawn Richard's debut release is creating her own niche'
dawnrichard.jpgIn preparation for my interview with the multi-platinum selling Dawn Richard, most notable as a member of Diddy's Danity Kane and Diddy's Dirt, I was highly impressed with the music videos ("Bombs," "Wild ‘n Faith") for the already released singles from her debut album "Goldenheart," which debut at #1 on iTunes.
The music video themes and use of what nature already has to offer, in a cutting edge way is what impressed me. That cutting edge way included her and her dancers customs, as well as the dance steps delivered in a way that I am certain is going to place her apart from others and create her own niche' in the music industry.
"I am a dancer," Dawn Richard pointed out. "I tried out to sing the National Anthem (for an NBA game)...My girls told me to try out (for Diddy's reality show). I just wanted to sing."
In talking about her cutting edge videos Dawn said, "I love visuals. I grew up watching Michael Jackson and Missy Elliott videos."
Richard also made it to the Guinness Book of Records with the group Dante; they are the first female group to get two #1 hits in a row in 2009. I believe Dawn is looking to be unique in everything she does and she is succeeding.

Baltimore celebrity DJ B-Hen joins 3rd season of VH1's ‘Master of the Mix,' airs on Mondays at 10pm
DJBHen.jpg"(Corporate job) I gave it away. I quit," said celebrity DJ Brian "DJ B-Hen" Henry about his career as a DJ. "It wasn't for filling, it wasn't making me happy."
So the Morehouse College graduate became a disc-jockey for celebrities such as Kelly Rowland and Queen Latifah, and for such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and the Essence Music Festival. On April 1, 2013 he premiered along with a number of DJs across the country in the third season of a reality show competition of VH1, "Master of the Mix," which airs on Mondays at 10:00pm ET/PT. The winner will receive $250,000 in cash. The competition is in partnership with Smirnoff Vodka
"DJing places you on a platform to do amazing things," DJ B-Hen pointed out. "I had many jobs but none spoke to me. You have to find out who you are and your mission."
Currently residing in the Los Angeles area DJ B-Hen believes it's his choice of music that has made him a celebrity DJ hit in just three short years.
"I love music for the feeling," he said. "Music is a language that speaks to everyone. Music transcends. I carry my personal (selections) from New Jack Swing to Swedish Mafia... it varies across the board. You can't put people in a box."
For "Master of the Mix" DJ B-Hen said he auditioned like everyone else.
"I think what they saw is my showmanship," B-Hen said when asked how he was able to get on such a high-profile reality show to get a chance to win ¼ million dollars. "I'm in it to have a good time...as well as my passion."
"Master of the Mix" is produced by GTM, a 360 marketing and content development agency and Electus, who in partnership with Diageo and VH1 are the show's Executive Producers. Electus international retains all global rights for the format.
Find out more on celebrity DJ B-Hen at 
www.DJBHen.com.

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.) 

April 12, 2013

Brian Helgeland's Warner Bros. presentation of 42 is an epic accounting of a baseball legend, arrives in theaters April 12, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 
 42_chadwickboseman_as_jackierobinson.jpg 
   Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland wrote and directed the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation of 42: The True Story of an American Legend, a bio-film based on the life of the legendary Major League baseball player Jackie Robinson. A somewhat dramatic film, 42, tells an epic accounting of how Jackie Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman (The Express), broke the race barrier in Major League Baseball. Rated-13, 42 arrives in theaters April 12, 2013.
   It's also a romantic love story between Robinson and his wife Rachel Robinson played by Nicole Beharie. In addition, it is a story of two men - Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, played by Oscar nominated Harrison Ford (Witness) - who together changes the game of baseball forever when they spark sports' integration with Jackie's hiring in 1946.
   The acting provided by Boserman as Jackie Robinson was so epic it made me wonder if he came from a background in baseball. Beharie's portrayal of Jackie's widow Rachel was stellar and Harrison Ford's portrayal of Branch is worthy of the highest accolade.
   The brutal truth of life as a black America in that era is still shocking to me, having to confront how easy it can be to suppress a person or group of people with hate, yet have your spirits soar as the story of Jackie Robinson ends in triumph over hate with the use of patience and love. To watch how that "patience and love" spread to his team and onward is amazing to watch. This film, 42, will leave the viewer with a since of pride and a fever to prevail all suppression.
   April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day, commemorating the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater and Ryan Merriman also star in 42. The film is produced by Thomas Tull, with Dick Cook, Jon Jashni and Jason Clark serving as executive producers, and Darryl Pryor and Jillian Zaks co-producing.
   Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures present 42, a Legendary Pictures Production. Visit www.42Movie.com for more information.

Dimension Films presents Scary Movie 5 with Katt Williams, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow and Lindsey Lohan appearing, arrives in theaters April 12, 2013
scarymovie5_kattwilliams.jpg   "I got something to prove," said comedian/actor Katt Williams about his approach to his character, that of a priest, in the Dimension Films presentation of Scary Movie 5. "When I got the casting list I was #13 of the pickings."
   The Malcolm Lee directed Scary Movie 5 has a long list of cameo appearances by a list of A-listers such as Snoop Dogg, Shane "Bow Wow" Moss, Terry Crews, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and Mike Tyson. Executive produced by Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Matthew Signer and Brian Bell Scary Movie 5 is the latest in the Scary Movie franchise that spoofs Paranormal Activities, Mama, Sinister, The Evil Dead, Inception and Black Swan. Others who star in the film are Ashley Tisdale, Molly Shannon, Simon Rex, Jerry O'Connell, Sarah Hyland, Katrina Bowden, Terry Posey, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear and Mac Miller.
   "It was so fast paced," Katt (Norbit), who can also be seen in The Obama Effect, recalled about shooting the film. "Malcolm Lee is director so we knew good hands were on the wheel."
   Katt gave a very pleasant interview, though he is known for his negative press, but he seems to take it as part of the business he happens to be in, "I've had the benefit of doing it for so long I see both sides of it. I understood, ‘don't let them take your joy,' but I never understood how they can do it. So I make everyday fresh as possible - the best of life, the best in laughter. Every time I go to sleep and wake up it's a brand new day."
Lee, on Scary Movie 5, worked alongside comedic director David Zucker (Airplane, The Naked Gun franchise), who wrote and director Scary Movie 3 and 4, and co-wrote Scary Movie 5. The Rated - R film arrives in theaters April 12, 2013.

Britain's Swing Out Sister releases CD/DVD set, ‘Private View'
swingoutsister2.jpg   Known for their "swing out" style the British natives Swing Out Sister releases their latest project, a CD and DVD set, "Private View" on Shanachie Entertainment. Swing Out Sister consists of Andy Connell and Corinne Drewery. The duo has been contributing to music history's archives for so long they've carved their own style genre, "swing out."
   "I suppose we developed the sound," Corinne said about their "genre." "Originally it was three of us, now we are down to two. I love Pop music - Motown in particular."
   When discusses the longevity of Swing Out Sister Drewery credits their ability to accept each other's differences, "We didn't start out smooth. We were always contradicting each other, especially on the first album. We had to smooth it out to make it work."
   "The fact that we are two different people (help define their sound)," she added. "We are musical people. We just kept on developing...the stuff that inspired us...music inspires us. I think a lot of our inspirations - like most British artists - come from American music."
   The "Private View" double set has a fresh sound that I enjoyed and my favorites on the project include "Now You're Not Here," "Breakout" and the cover selection "La La Means I Love You" because they define that "swing out" sound.
   For more about Swing Out Sister and their latest release, "Private View," log onto 
www.Shanachie.com.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)  

April 19, 2013

BET_UpfrontPresentation_JayEllis.jpgBET unveils its new and recurring programming at their annual Upfront Presentation
By Eunice Moseley
   Bet Networks, a Viacom company, the nation's leading cable provider for African-Americans unveiled its new and recurring programming for 2013's third and fourth quarter, and the first quarter of 2014. The BET Network unveiling included programming for Centric, a 24 hour entertainment channel for multi-cultural adult viewers.
   Held in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles BET's Upfront Presentation attracted some of the casts of the shows to support the network attempting to impress its potential advertisers and other needed supporters. In covering the Los Angeles presentation I was overjoyed with a performance by one my all time favorite female singers Chaka Khan. Then another favorite singer Gladys Knight spoke on her role on the BET series "First Family."
   "First Family" was renewed along with "Real Husbands of Hollywood," the #1 sitcom on television for ages 18-49; "106 & Park," with four hosts lead by the prince of Hip-Hop Bow Wow; "Let's Stay Together," "The Game," with superstar Brandy still in leading role as Chardonnay, and "Bobby Jones Gospel."
   "I played a little football in middle school and high school," said Jay Ellis who stars in the new season of "The Game" opposite Lauren London - his love interest - as a new NFL draft pick. On what we can expect in the new season of ‘The Game" Ellis said, "You get to see Blue move to San Diego and figure out what it's like to be an athletic...and you get to see him meet his team mates for the first time and maybe fall in love."
   New programs include the original movie Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union, Omari Hardwick, Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery and Lisa Vidal. The unscripted reality show "Burns BBQ" about a long-standing family barbecue business, "Comic View," and "T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul" are also new programs on BET.
   Other familiar programming you can expect is "Apollo Live," "Sunday Best," and "The Sheards." It was announced that their specials will return: BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, Black Girls Rock," "Celebration of Gospel" and "The BET Honors."
   Centrics' programming included "First family," "Centric Certified" an emerging artist showcase, and "Centric Comedy All-Stars" featuring today's hottest comedians. Its returning specials include Soul Train Awards and Centric Soul Weekend.

Sean Riggs' demands attention in Cinemax's ‘The Jump Off' premiering March 29, 2013, and Into the Wood - now on DVD
   Sean_riggs.jpgCinemax After Dark series of Zane's, "The Jump Off," is premiering March 29, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. starring Sean Riggs (Stomp the Yard) as Ernest Bishop one of five professional men the series follows as they deal with the women in their lives. Riggs will also appear in the horror made-for-DVD film Into the Woods as David.
   "Its part of a real story in Hollywood when people were disappearing and their body parts were found in the woods," Sean Riggs pointed out about the film. "I play a playboy type...comic relief, that's what he is."
   Sean said people know him most for his dramatic roles but he began his career in entertainment as a comedian, which he says can be seen in shorts on his YouTube channel SlapSillyTV.
   "We'd open up for Step Shows and Talent Shows," said the Chicago native about his crew, TDK, of comedians that traveled during and after his college days.
   About the series based on Zane's novel "The Jump Off" Riggs says, "It's not baby mamma drama. We're not depicted as just that, there's an alternative level when money exist."
   "I've worked with Zane before in ‘Sex Chronicles'," he added. "But I didn't meet her until ‘The Jump Off'. I love the depth of the character. I said, ‘Wow.' There is a lot of masculinity and what we go through. They are rich men...sometimes we don't get a chance to be portrayed."
   Sean Riggs can also be seen in the recent made-for-DVD film Back Then starring Malinda Williams and the web-series "Borderline Coyotes" about three brothers working for the Mob in Los Angeles.
You can follow Sean on Twitter at @ChicagoRiggs.

Wendell James is ‘Raising Whitley' in new reality show on OWN starring Kym Whitley, premieres April 20, 2013
wendelljames_raisingwhitley.jpg    "People that know me know I been called her ‘Hollywood Husband' in real life," said Wendell James - actor, clothes designer, producer and former radio show host - about his appearance in the OWN Network docu-series. Wendell is part of a group of friends of the Emmy nominated comedian/actress, Kym Whitley, who adopts and is raising her new son Joshua Whitley. "Raising Whitley" premieres April 20, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.PT/9C.
   "She has a core of people around her she calls her ‘village,' " James added. "I really play daddy to Joshua, I tell her who she should start dating...I was there for the adoption. He is now two years-old."
   Wendell James met Kym in 2004 when she was hired to host his new shirt line launch - Wendell's Designs. The relationship grew until he was labeled her "Hollywood husband." He produced and hosted his own radio show "Talking with Wendell;" acted in the Off-Broadway play "Sex, Relationships and Sometimes Love;" 35 & Ticking, Dirty Laundry, and producer of a multi-awarding winning documentary "Gang Girl."
   "I'd like to host a talk show about males, a male focus," Wendell informed me when asked what he'd like to do that he hasn't done yet. "Male fashion shows, same as ‘The View' only flip it for males."
   You can watch a trailer to the docu-series, "Raising Whitley," at 
www.OWN.com.

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.) 

 

April 26, 2013

PainandGain_theRock_AnthonyMackie_markWahlberg.jpgParamount Pictures' Pain & Gain is hilarious but powerful, based on a true story it arrives in theaters April 26, 2013
By Eunice Moseley

"It was all Michael Bay," said Anthony Mackie who stars, along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, in the Paramount Pictures release of Pain & Gain - a true story of kidnapping, extortion and attempted murder. "I met him at a pre Oscar party chilling and he said, ‘You're really funny.'...so (for this movie) he called me."
Mackie stars as Adrian Doorbal who, along with Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) and recently released criminal Paul Doyle (The Rock), conspired to extort money from patrons of the fitness club - Sun Gym. Lugo and Doorbal worked there, Lugo was the manager. Tired of being with limited funds together they conspired to steal the wealth of a rich, but spoiled, businessman - a member of the club.
The film comes off very hilarious, but in fact those very funny moments are all true. Victor Kershaw, played by Tony Shalhoub, is the spoiled successful accountant who was kidnapped, tortured and almost murder by the fumbling criminals. Their mindless decisions made the film a comedy - the truth of the story made it dark. Knowing the actions caused by the three body builders were true brought seriousness to the project, a very powerful genuineness.
"He had more hair," Anthony laughed when I commented that he looked a little like the real Adrian Doorbal. "I did as much as I could (getting to know the character) by reading ever word written about him. I didn't want to meet him...a guy on death row. I heard in court they were waiting on him and he was in the bathroom having sex with a Para-legal."
They were eventually caught by private investigator Ed DuBois, played by Ed Harris, who was hired by Victor after the police department refused to investigate, because they didn't believe his tale of kidnapping, extortion and attempted murder - so he went looking for private help.
Lugo and Doorbal both received death sentences. They kidnapped and held Tony for a month until he signed over all his money and everything he owned. So with no money and no home Shalhoub hired Private Investigator Ed DuBois, who brought "The Sun Gym Gang" to justice.
"This is my first time working on a comedy," said Anthony Mackie who starts shooting Captain America 2 this week. "But the movie was so ridiculous. The film diffidently really shows us the demise of the American dream. People...worked to achieve more, but today people work less to achieve more." Mackie is also about to star in a film project he co-wrote titled Scout, about two scouts in Iraq with post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Pain & Gain is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely based on the book, Pain & Gain by Pete Collins. Produced by Michael Bay, Ian Bryce and Donald De Line, the De Line Picture, Platinum Dunes Production is Rated-R and will arrive in theaters April 26, 2013.

Lynn Whitfield stars in the stirring dramatic film King's Faith, arrives in theaters April 26, 2013
kingsfaith_jamesmcdaniel_lynnwhitfield.jpgFaith Street Film Partners and Waking Giants Entertainment Group's film project King's Faith is due for theatrical release April 26, 2013 and stars Emmy Award winning Lynn Whitfield (Josephine Baker Story), Kayla Compton ("Entourage"), Crawford Wilson ("Judging Amy"), and James McDaniel (Malcolm X). King's Faith is about Brendan King, played by Wilson, who tries to leave a gang life but his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family and future.
"They invited me...sent me a script and offer," said Whitfield about her involvement in the film that allows the audience to decide where the movie opens by accessing www.KingsFaith.com. About her character Lynn said, "I read the story and it had a lot of heart. I saw the emotional conflict and thought it was an interesting emotional character."
The film, based on a very personal true-to-life story, will touch the lives of the audience and have them asking, "How can I stand firm in my faith when life's challenges put me to the test?" and "Can someone find true forgiveness from their wrong choices?"
Lynn Whitfield said she picks her roles based on whether she has something to contribute to make the story better.
"If I can make it a personal experience," she added.
You can also see Lynn in the stage hit "My Brother Marvin," and the film The Last Letter with Omari Hardwick and Sharon Leal.
King's Faith is directed by Nicholas DiBella, and written by DiBella and Paul Root, with Pastor Kirk Dueker as executive producer. Rated-PG13 King's Faith arrives in selected theaters April 26, 2013.

Producer Carlos King is making big moves in the Hollywood reality show business
CarlosKing.jpg"I finished... ‘Behind the Scenes' show for OWN," said producer Carlos King about his reality show projects. "(Just wrapped) ‘Tyler Perry Comes to OWN' which premiers May 26, 2013."
On what we can expect from the Tyler Perry reality show King said, "He's a mogul and wears many hats. A lot of people don't know his process. They will be astounded at how he works out to clear his thoughts, does two shows, movie projects and a million other things."
Carlos is currently the most sought after producer in reality television programming. After college Carlos King interned on ABC's "The View" and "Primetime Live." He now has seven years experience as producer with such projects as VH1's "Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta," "Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes," and Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Real Housewives of New Jersey," and "Married to Medicine" which premiered March 24th. In four years he rose from associate producer to executive producer.
"I started my career at BET ("BET Style"), an entertainment news magazine show," he informed me. He went on to work on "Real Housewives of Atlanta." "I said I can understand women. In high school they came to me (with their issues), so I was able to use that. It's the trust factor with the women, they trust me. Women mature faster than men. A woman truly never changes. Men are unable to express our feelings and what we go through. Women will analyze."
Recently Carlos launched his own company Kingdom Reign Entertainment, a production company. His plan is to continue to produce shows for the female demographics.

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.) 

May 3, 2013

druhill_ramshead_april26_2013_9.jpgDru Hill gives platinum performance at Rams Head Live, B.A.D. rock the roof off

   I went to review the performances of my hometown legends Dru Hill (Jazz, SisQo, Tao and Nokio), along with Nokio's Rock band Black Angel Down (B.A.D.) at Rams Head Live in Baltimore with much excitement. I was excited because they tend to shut the venue down when they finish performing. Nokio's band's lead guitarist is one of the finest in the world, I believe, so I was hyped up with excitement
   What surprised me, but maybe frustrated a couple, were the opening acts. It was time consuming yes, but I loved the variety and the level of talent. You had a Rock/Folk type band called Patch and a young R&B artist, DBoi, who had some awesome Michael Jackson dance moves, nice vocals and a couple of hot songs. There were also some Hip-Hop acts that impressed me too.
   Nokio dressed in black angel wings and a halo took us on a personal journey of his love for Rock. I do so love Rock - even played a lead guitar until my adult years - and can tell you this band will become legends, B.A.D., remember their name.
   The pressure was on with the ladies as Dru Hill's time finally came when the member who has sold more albums with his first solo release than some of today's top artists have sold in three-four releases, SisQo, looking like an angel dressed in white was followed by his brothers Nokio, new member Tao and later Jazz with his impeccable vocals. I've had the pleasure to see Dru perform three times (rehearse once) and I will tell you this show - with live band, dance steps on point, everyone dressed to a "T" - tells me Dru Hill is Vegas worthy.
   They sang some of their greatest hits while doing their famous dance steps - "Beauty," "5 Steps," and "How Deep is Your Love" - and from their current release "InDRUpendence" a single titled "Away." The legends also covered hits from artists such as Prince completely filling the built-up hunger of the Dru Hill crowd.
You can follow Dru Hill on Facebook and Twitter at @DruHill4Ever.

Grammy Award winning producer Keith Harris talks Black Eye Peas and Ceelo Green projects
keith-harris.jpg   Drummer/songwriter/music director Keith Harris was working as a drummer/music director when the opportunity to work for the Black Eyed Peas on tour came to him, fore filling a life long dream. From that job Keith had the opportunity to work on the projects of Fergie, Will.I.Am, Chrisette Michele ("Be Okay") and Estelle ("American Boy").
   "A lot of my collaborations happen while with the Black Eyed Peas," Harris pointed out. "Before that I'd worked on two Gospel CDs in Boston and produced a live album."
   "I have to reinvent myself every three years...it's crazy cause you can hear the evolution of my music. You should not be afraid of changing," he advised me when talking about his growth and successes.
   His successes also include working with Michael Jackson on "Thriller 25"; Mary J Blige ("Break Through"), Mariah Carey ("E=MC2), Chris Brown ("Exclusive"), John Legend, Kelis ("Kelis Was Here"), Busta Rhymes ("The Big Bang"), Macy Gray, Ginuwine ("Back II Basics"), Pussy Cat Dolls, Madonna and Sergio Mendes.
   His last project was as music director for Ceelo Green's run in Las Vegas.
   "I'm doing now what I dreamed of doing," he said about working with Ceelo Green in Vegas. "It's more of a musical. Now I want to get into films, more into television."
Keith Harris has contribution to the Black Eyed Peas include 10 singles of Grammy Award wins as producer/songwriter/music director. Learn more about this Berklee graduate at 
www.HPMusic.net.

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - 
www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

May 10, 2013

gatsby_leonardodecaprio.jpgBaz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is a classic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, arrives in theaters May 10, 2013

   I was prepared to be bored in reviewing the Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Picture presentation of The Great Gatsby, based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it was an enchanting and wonder-filled experience. The Baz Luhrmann director project shown in 3D and 2D in selected theaters May 10, 2013 is sure to be a classic. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire who both gave performances worthy of accolades.
   The screenplay was written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce and offered a realistic look in to the roaring ‘20s era from the dirt poor neighborhoods to the lavishly rich. The film showed the realistic look into the era when morals went wild, when Jazz was the major influence (with a Cab Calloway look-a-like), and when the wealthy were either those born-into-money or those who made it rich by bootlegging, gambling and stock investments - all in pursuit of the American dream.
   The Great Gatsby is told and seen through the eyes of Bond handler Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who dreams of being a writer and is encouraged to do so by a psychologist helping him with his drinking and drug addiction. The focus is his relationship with his neighbor, the mystery and very rich Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio).
   A tragic love story between Gatsby and a lost love Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Nick's cousin, who Gatsby left because he felt he was too poor. Daisy marries a philandering born-to-money suitor Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Gatsby life for the next five years was to make his fortune and come back to claim her.
   The soundtrack of The Great Gatsby brings the film to the modern era, some may not agree that it's suited for the film, but I feel it says to the audience this can happen to you too. The soundtrack included original music by Jay-Z (executive producer), Beyonce' and Alicia Keys singing her famed "New York," the backdrop of the film.
   Barrie M. Osborne and Bruce Berman are also executive producers on The Great Gatsby which also stars Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, and Amitabh Bachchan. The Great Gatsby is Rated PG-13 and arrives in theaters May 10, 2013. Log onto www.TheGreatGatsby.WarnerBros.com to watch the trailer.

Tangi Miller's burning the candle on both ends as actress and producer, releases The Good Wifey on DVD 
tangimiller2.jpg   "I have a producer/writer I work with and she had a script a little bit different," said actress/producer Tangi Miller (Madea's Family Reunion) about her recently released film project The Good Wifey. "I've been known for romantic comedy...this is a dramatic thriller. It's a bit more work as an actress because she is dealing with all these issues...she is fragile because of her past."
   Miller, who has at least 10 movie projects she has produced/written and starred in, made sure to point out this film is also at Redbox for only 99 cents. The Good Wifey also stars Persia White, Chico Benymon and David Ramsey.
   "David Ramsey is an incredible actor," Tangi added when questioned about her co-stars. "I didn't know who he was...but I was blown away by his work."
   "I just helped produce The Good Life. We shot it in Chicago," Miller informed me about her other projects. "Christopher Nolen directed it. It's about the journey of what to do in your life. There's another (film), Hollywood Chaos, about a woman who wants to be an anchor but has to rat out her friends - get their secrets."
   Tangi confessed it's hard to produce and act at the same time but in order for her to keep working she had to.
"I had to create my own opportunities and my own niche," she said honestly. "I'm about to shoot Diva's Diary about a woman who lives in Los Angeles making it happen."
   Tangi Miller, also a dancer, is making it happen too. Aside from her own films she has starred in such projects as "Felicity," Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood, Love and Other 4 Letter Words, "Half & Half," "Cold case" and "The District."
Learn more about this fascinating woman and her projects at 
www.TangiMiller.com.  

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

May 17, 2013

bluey.jpgIncognito's Bluey takes a ‘Leap of Faith' with his first solo album release on Shanachie

   "It was more like a lightening bolt," said Bluey, founding member of the internationally known band Incognito about his solo release "Leap of Faith" on the Shanachie imprint. "I hadn't done a solo album...I've thought about it. I always have great musicians and singers around me...so it's not something that would easily come to me."
    Bluey's pioneering UK blend of Jazz/Soul/Funk created by his band Incognito help give birth to a new genre of music called Neo-Soul. You get that feel on this album as he also offers his vocal masteries. I love the selection "Sky" for its Spanish flavor. I also liked the title track "Leap of Faith," which included a perfect blend of spoken word courtesy The Floacist - with a very inspiring message. Another favorite is "If You Really Wanna" and then there is "Live like a Millionaire," because I loved the electric guitar support, Bluey's tenor style and the ending.
    "I said to myself...no Incognito for a month. Just turn out some songs," the UK native said about the process of creating his solo project. "The idea was to write a song a day. I didn't stop and 27 days later I was finished."
    Bluey enlisted the help of Richard Bull, who is also on electric guitar on the album, to co-write/produce it.
    "When I'd wake up I would have a course made, by mid-day it's written and by the end of the day it's finished," he pointed out as I became fascinated with how he could complete a song in a day.
    I was also impressed with his ability to hold his own vocally, so much so that I would love to hear more solo material from Bluey in the years to come.

BET is about to show ‘Anything Can Happen' with its BET Awards '13 and BET Experience at L.A. Live June 28 - 30, 2013
  bet2013_announcements_stephenhill.jpg    BET Network "must have had a good year" the media crowd whispered at the recent BET Awards '13 Nominees Announcement held at the ICON Ultra Lounge in Los Angeles. The awards show with its theme of "Anything Can Happen," will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/PT Sunday, June 30, 2013 on BET.
    I felt like an Egyptian Princess with the setting, the abundance of food and the over-flowing bar of tropical looking fruit drinks as we waited for the announcements to begin. Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, was the host and he introduced Chris Tucker (the BET Award '13 host), Chris Brown (nominee, performer), Charlie Wilson (nominee, Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Awards recipient), and Kendrick Lamar (nominee) and Tamar Braxton (nominee) who both announced the nominees.
    Hill opened it up to the media for questions then ended the event with photo opportunities and more questions on a red carpeted exit area. While leaving I saw Chris Brown leaving in a burgundy/cherry colored convertible car. Brown is the first confirmed artist to perform on June 30th, along with R. Kelly who was announced to be closing the show.
    The three days of entertainment, called the BET Experience at L.A. Live, is almost guaranteed to make history as it's their first time taking ownership of the many events planned the weekend of their own event. Their line-up of events will include concerts, comedy shows, film festival, a fan festival and seminars from June 28-30, 2013.
    First time also this year, it was announced, there will be 10 nominees in the Video of the Year Award category, double the normal. Drake led the BET Awards nominations with an outstanding 10; Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz tied with eight; A$AP Rocky with five, and Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel with four.
    For the full list of nominees and special award recipients to the June 30th BET Awards '13 event log onto 
www.BET.com/BETAwards.  

May 24, 2013

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    "I connect with Linda in a lot of ways," said Kendra C. Johnson ("Phat Girlz") about her role in the Tyler Perry produced comedy series "Love Thy Neighbor" to air on OWN as one of its first scripted programs to air Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "I auditioned...I did a film with Mr. Perry and...the casting director told me."
    The day before "Love Thy Neighbor" airs, OWN will also air its first scripted drama, "The Haves and the Gave Nots," on May 28th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
    "It's quit fun playing a bad girl," said Tika Sumpter, who plays an estranged daughter in the primetime drama also executive produced by Tyler and Ozzie Areu. "I'm excited to work with Tyler and Oprah...this is his baby."
    The drama follows the lives of a powerful family and their hired help set in a mansion in Savannah, Georgia. Though successful and rich behind the scenes of their life is a dysfunctional family. John Schneider plays the patriarch of this family in "The Haves and the Have Nots" who is a powerful judge living a double life which includes a continuous flow of affairs that threatens his family and political ambitions. His wife, played by Renee Lawless, is the loving and dutiful partner willing to do anything to protect the family "status." Aaron O'Connell plays their son forever in and out of rehab and Jaclyn Betham plays his sister a struggling law student.
    Crystal Fox plays the family maid who treasures another kind of wealth such as her dutiful son played by Tyler Lepley. Her only dark secret is an estranged daughter played by Sumpter a manipulative woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Eva Tamargo, Angela Robinson, Peter Parros and Gavin Houston also star in the drama-series.
    "This ("The Haves and The Have Nots") is based on his play," said Sumpter pointed out.
    The comedy, "Love Thy Neighbor," follows the day-to-day happenings in a family run restaurant where food is served with a side order of life lessons and laughs. Patrice Lovely plays the matriarch of the family which includes her daughter (Kendra) who is dealing with a cheating husband and college graduate son played by Andre Hall. Her son shares an apartment with his best friend played by Jonathan Chase who has brought distractions to their lives in the form of two beautiful co-workers played by Zulay Henao and Darmirra Brunson. There is also an uncle that just won't go away played by Palmer Williams ("House of Payne")

Gospel's Javen releases new album, ‘Worship In the Now,' creating a ministry movement
   javen3.jpg   Gospel singer/actor/author and television host Javen releases his newest album "Worship in the Now," after the successful release of the project's first single "Worshipper in Me." The man of many talents, which also includes being a spokesperson for World Vision, a Christian Humanitarian organization dedicated to children, families and communities worldwide, was also a worship leader at a mega-church.
    "I enjoy music and singing. I love the opportunity to participate in acting also," Javen said about his many accomplishments. As an actor he was lead in a theatrical production of "A Raisin in the Sun" and in an Off-Broadway production of "The Rock and the Rabbi." He appeared in feature films One Night with the King starring Omar Sharif, Abandoned starring Britney Murphy and Preacher's Kid starring Clifton Powell and LaToya Lockett. "I did musicals first and then moved to L.A. 10 years ago."
    Javen was also a co-host of the "Paula White Show" on BET for about a year while still frequenting as a guest performer.
    "It was a change of seasons in my life," Javen explained about leaving the television host job for that of a recording artist. "It was while working for Paula as a worshipper that I released my first record. I didn't move for the movies, I moved here (Los Angeles) to live."
    "Worship in the Now," his seventh project, is a live recording inspired by a suggestion from his friend Israel Houghton.
"Live records are the most challenging," Javen pointed out to me when I mentioned how I love listening to live albums. "It's a little more expensive. A studio CD you can take your time, a live CD everything has to be ready at once. I had a vision to have difference artists on stage at the same time...to make it about God."
    Javen said his latest album has become a movement because of the inspirations from God he has received to expand it into a workshop type-ministry to reach the masses, which he calls Worship in the Now Ministry Conferences. The conferences are two-days of seminars, guest speakers and more which has toured to San Diego, Atlanta, GA and Tampa, Fl. He has also released a short book "100 Things You Need to Know in Life."
    "We've touched about 3,000 people at the conferences," he concluded. "But people couldn't wait until the next conference so God said do Bible Study (online)."
    You can learn more about the ministry movement at www.WorshipintheNow.com and more on the live album, "Worship in the Now," at 
www.JavenOnline.com.  

(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" FREE one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com.  Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)   

May 31, 2013

Boney-James-copyright-Astor.jpgPlatinum selling Boney James makes #1 on Billboard Jazz Chart with ‘The Beat' album release

   "I just played Nokia...I have another Jazz Festival in July. Just got off a two week tour selling out," Sax-man Boney James said. The multi-platinum selling three-time Grammy Award nominee recently released "The Beat" featuring The Floacist and Raheem DeVaugh. "I will be on the road June, July and August."
    Boney James shares the credit for taking sax playing to the contemporary world with his style and sound. A cutting edge Jazz saxophonist Boney James has worked with, on his album, an impressive list of contemporary artists such as Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Heather Headley, Letoya Lockett, Eric Benet, and on "The Beat" The Floacist and Raheem DeVaugh.
    "I wrote an Urban crossover that needed a vocalist ...I knew a list of singers but I thought of Raheem DeVaugh," Boney said about his choice of vocalist of his 14th album release, which reached #1 on Billboard's Jazz Charts - for the 19th time. "I had just come to a show in DC, his hometown. He started me on twitter. I wrote in a direct message I have a song (for you) and he said, ‘Is this really you!"
    The song Raheem is featured on is titled "Maker of Love". The Floacist is featured on "The Midas," one of my favorites on the project for its silky smooth feel and the ease which The Floacist's spoken word fits right in. I also like "Mari's Song" for taking my mind on a sailing boat; "You Can Count on Me," "Powerhouse" for its funky feel; Acalento (Lullaby) is so sweet sounding it made me cry, and the title song "Batucada (The Beat)," for its horn support by the talented Rick Braun.
    To find out about tour dates, "The Beat" release or more on Boney James log onto 
www.BoneyJames.com.  

Gospel's Grammy nominee Troy Sneed launches tour June 24, 2013
  TroySneed1.jpg    Gospel music's Troy Sneed's latest hit single, "My Heart Says Yes," reached #2 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs Chart. His newest album of the same name has been out for a while but still carrying momentum from its success.
"I've always received great radio," Troy Sneed, a multi-Stellar nominee, pointed out to me. "I think It's the favor of God. God has put me in a place as an independent artist."
    His "My Heart Says Yes" was released on his own label Emtro Gospel Records.
    "I grew up listening to Gospel as well as other music," he explains when asked about his style and support from radio. "Some sing complex so people can't relate. I sing simple and clear with a clear message about what people go through today."
Sneed was seen in the choir in the film The Preacher's Wife and as part of the Georgia Mass Choir for films soundtrack for Whitney Houston's song. His independent label has produced many hits that reached the Billboard Gospel Charts such as "Work It Out," "The Struggle Is Over" (which reached #1 for 12 weeks) and "Hallelujah."
    Troy starts another tour June 24, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida and ends August 26th in Richmond, VA.
    "We're hitting secondary markets," Sneed explained about his strategy that could have also helped him with radio support. "Some artists won't go because it's not a major city, but we go to the secondary markets."
    Troy said singing Gospel wasn't actually what he dreamed of doing.
    "I wanted to play football in the NFL," he said. "I had a knee injury and (too many) surgeries. God sit me down and said I had a gift in music. I joined the Georgia Mass Choir after graduating. (Later) My wife and I started a label - I produced then (one day) I stepped to the forefront."
With Billboard chart toppers and Grammy Award nominations we know he made the right choice. To find out more information on Troy Sneed or for a complete list of tour dates for this summer log onto 
www.TroySneed.net.  

(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" FREE one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)

June 14, 2013

Niecy4.jpg.jpgNiecy Nash talks on ‘The Soul Man' debut airing June 19, 2013 and her new book release

   "'The Soul Man,' we're taking the show in a different direction," said Los Angeles born actress/author Niecy Nash about the June 19, 2013 premiere of the TV Land comedy series "The Soul Man" starring and executively produced by Cedric the Entertainer. "This season...it's better to see a sermon lived than to hear it...it's about life lessons."
    "The Soul Man" was created by Cedric and Suzanne Martin ("Ellen"), a spin-off from TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" series guest starring role by Cedric. "The Soul Man" series also stars Wesley Jonathan, Jazz Raycole and John Beasley. Cedric is Rev. Boyce "The Voice" Ballantine a former Las Vegas singer who returns home to St. Louis to preach in his father's church. Niecy is his wife Lolli who has to get use to the humble living.
    The second season finds Yvette Lee Bowser replacing Phoef Sutton as the show-runner. "The Soul Man" takes a lighthearted look at issues surrounding Christianity. In her recent book release titled "It's Hard to Fight Naked." Niecy Nash, who was once married to a pastor and have recently remarried, address issues of marriage in the book.
    "It's literally and figuratively," Niecy said when asked about the ‘naked" reference in the book's title. "The figurative application is when you expose yourself (information wise), you become venerable and it's difficult to fight. In the literal sense when you are naked there is not going to be a lot of time for fighting."
    The common sense of her book has everyone reading it.
    "Love is the area we struggle in the most and yet it's what we're here for," she simply states. "I feel blessed to have found love ...and we just moved into a new house."
    Niecy is always busy with one project or another. Her career is rolling and there seems to be no stopping her.
    "I recently finished a job, an HBO movie ‘Getting On,' a very dark comedy," Niecy pointed out when asked about new projects. "It comes from a British series of the same name. In this role I have no hair, no make up and no nails. I play a very small role; she is not over the top and sassy."
    Niecy Nash's experience has landed her on Comedy Central's "Reno 911," Fox's "Do Not Disturb" and "The Bernie Mac Show." Her dancing skills had her on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and she recently wrapped up filming "Nurse 3D," a dark film about murder. Her identifiable voice can be heard on the animation "Kid Notorious," the Cartoon Network's "The Boondocks," the ABC Family animation "Slacker Cats," and an animated feature film "Horton Hears A Who," with Jim Carey and Steve Carrell.

Christian Keyes stars in the UP Network original stage play ‘Love Will Find A Way' re-airing June 15, 2013
  christiankeyes.jpg    Actor/Producer/Writer and singer Christian Keyes stars on the UP Network (Uplifting Entertainment - formerly GMC) original stage play "Love Will Find A Way," which re-airs June 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET. The love story of a fitness trainer premiered June 1st. It is a sequel to the networks' original world premiere of the stage play "What Would You Do For Love" which aired on May 11th. "Love Will Find A Way" will also air on ASPiRE.
    The romantic film also stars Jason Weaver, Vanessa Simmons, Gabrielle Dennis, Carl Payne and Suveria Mota.
    "Swirl Films reached out to me. I read the script, saw the cast and jumped on it," Christian Keyes said about acquiring the role of Reggie Brooks. "I've worked with Jason and Carl before. I was excited to work with them again and to work with Vanessa Simmons."
    UP's "Love Will Find A Way" is produced by Swirl Film's Eric Tomosunas who has produced and taped a number of stage plays and feature films for television and DVD which include 35 & Ticking, Love for Sale, A Mother's Prayer, and There's A Stranger in My House, Love Will Find A Way" is the network's 15th original stage play in its World Premiere Stage Play Series.
    Detroit born Keyes is a hard working and driven actor who also has a recurring role in the BET series "Let's Stay Together" and has over 40 stage productions that has taken him all over the country, which include Tyler Perry's "What's Done in the Dark" and "Madea Goes To Jail," which were released on DVD.
As a singer he has released three independent albums and has appeared on the covers of such national publications as "GQ," "Elle," and "Vogue."
    "Hands down acting comes first," Christian pointed out when asked which talent he loves the most. "I actually get to sing in musicals and theater. I'd like to play characters that aren't as safe as the ones that I have been doing. A burglar, bank robber - somebody shady...a bad guy"
    Keyes also has his own project coming out "Ladies Night" starring Kevin Broderick, Lamman Ricker, Wesley Jonathan, Wendy Raquel-Robinson and Marcus Patrick.
    "Ladies Night is the black version of Magic Mike," Keyes pointed out about his new project. "It's a film I wrote a year and half ago starring Wesley ("The Soul Man") and Wendy ("The Game")...still casting, we start shooting at the end of the month. I just finished filming Black Coffee...it's a romantic comedy."
    You can follow Christian Keyes on twitter at @ChristianKeyes and learn more about the Siddeeqah "Sid" Powell screenplay "Love Will Find A Way" by logging onto 
www.WatchGMCTV.com.  

(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" FREE one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)

June 21, 2013

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World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, is action packed and arrives in theaters June 21, 2013

   Co-produced by Brad Pitt, the Paramount presentation of World War Z (3D, IMAX) is action packed from beginning to end and arrives at theaters June 21, 2013. Brad leads the cast of the Paramount distributed horror film that finds him as Gerry Lane, a retired United Nations family man, pulled into the search for a way to stop a zombie pandemic that could destroy the world.
    The cast include Stephen Mckeown, Mireille Enos - as Karen Lane his wife trying to protect their two children played by Abigail Hargrove and Sterling Jerins; James Badge Dale who plays Captain Speke, U.S. special forces; Matthew Fox is a U.S. Navy Seal operative; David Morse, Ludi Boeken, Fana Mokoena, David Andrews, Elyes Gabel, Julie Levy-Boeken, Moritz Beibtreu, Ruth Negga, Pierfrancesco Favino and Peter Capaldi fill the cast.
    Brad Pitts' powerful dedication to this role carries his signature style that makes him the icon that he is. His character Gerry travels the world looking for the original host of a virus that's covering the world at an alarming rate, while successfully staying in contact with his wife and kids.
    Directed by Marc Forster, World War Z had the audience jumping from the gruesomeness that the 3D images brought out in the horror film, laughed at the comic-relief zombie moments and felt relief at the end when the films hero saved the day. Rated PG-13 the World War Z is based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks and a trailer can be found at 
www.WorldWarZMovie.com.  

WE tv's ‘House of Curves' brings the drama on Thursdays with Kenyatta Jones
kenyatta-jones.jpg  "Two of my employees, I wanted them to work together on something and it turned into rivalry," said Kenyatta Jones, a full size clothes designer whose business, "House of Curves," is the subject of the new WE tv reality series airing on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "You know there is always drama with women."
    Jones said the idea of finding another plate-form to show that there is a need for full figure designers is also a motivating force behind why she wanted this, "I got laid off...after working in corporate America all my career it came to a point, life changed."
    So she took a leap of faith into designing clothes and it snow balled into what she has today.
    "You are differently going to see fashion," said Jones. "But the main thing I want you to see is fashion in plus size, to love what you see. We had lots of doors closed in our faces."
    Some of those employees featured on "House of Curves" include Kendra, creative director for Belle Rene' and seamstress Sherlyndia. You will also see celebrities styled on the show, such as LeToya Luckett (Preacher's Kid).
    "We try to use higher end fabric," Kenyatta pointed out about her plus size designs. "We try to imitate what we see and put it in our size - no smaller than a size 10. Plus size bodies you don't know how the weight is proportioned."
    Jones hopes to one day have her fashions in the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week event, but for now you can see them every Thursday at 9 p.m. on WE tv.

Mike Peele brings dance to the community with Hip Hop Fit
Michael_Peele_HS_1_thumb-1.jpg   Choreographer, actor and dancer Mike Peel is bringing his superb dance steps to the community with his Hip Hop Fit dance classes in Los Angeles. You can see his dance skills in Stomp The Yard, Step Up 3D, Michael Jackson's "This Is It," and he has performed with Rihanna on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and on such shows as BET Hip-Hop Awards.
    "I've taught in New York, Atlanta and now in Los Angeles," said Mike Peele, a very talented dancer and choreographer. "We have people of different sizes and ages. I have been blessed to have all types of people - housewives - people you'd never thought danced."
If you check out the videos of his class routines on Youtube you can clearly see how not only his skills as a dancer but also as a choreographer.
    "I grew up watching Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Debbie Allen...I am able to give the most feminine moves and make it feel comfortable. There's nothing better than to see a dude being a dude," he pointed out when I mentioned that I love the fact that he made feminine moves manly. 
"Sometimes I say. ‘nothing from anybody else...but for this project I need you to butch it up.'"
    Peele currently has a DVD out, "Dance Hip Hop Now," that showcases his talents. His choreographer skills can be seen in the 2011 film PAPA, an international Korean blockbuster. Mike has danced on stage with such superstars as Madonna, Rihanna, Nicki Maniji and Livvi Frac.
    "I like dancing on the beat," he pointed out. "The rest is the lyrics. I like dancing on the beat and then the lyrics. Sometimes, like in L.A., you can get too technical."
    Find more information about this unbelievably talented dancer and choreographer by visiting his website at 
www.MikePeele.com.  

(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" FREE one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com.  Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

June 28, 2013

WHITEHOUSEDOWN_tatum-jamie.jpgWhite House Down, exquisitely combines action thriller and comedy, arrives in theaters June 28, 2013

   Once the action started there was no stopping it in Columbia Pictures' White House Down starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. The action thriller directed by Roland Emmerich arrives in theaters June 28, 2013.
    Jamie Foxx is the president of the United States, James Sawyer, on the brink of arranging peace in the Middle East when a group of paramilitary terrorists lead by Emil Stenz, played by Jason Clarke, takes over the White House. The audience will be surprised twice discovering who is pulling the strings.
    John Cale (Tatum) just happens to be there on a job interview with White House secret service when the take-over happens. He is pulled into the fight when his daughter Emily Cale becomes a hostage.
    Jamie Foxx successfully brings those presidential characteristics to the role while also delivering his signature comedy spin. Channing surprisingly had great comedic timing, but also delivered an award winning action hero performance.
    Maggie Gyllendaal is Carol Finnerty a high level Secret Service head and Garcelle Beauvals is Allison Sawyer, the First Lady of the United States.
    White House Down is written by James Vanderbilt, who is also a producer along with director Roland Emmerich, Breadley J. Discher, Larry Franco and Laeta Kalogridis.
    Rated PG-13 White House Down reaches theaters June 28th and its movie trailer can be found at 
www.WhiteHouseDown.com.  

Codeblack Films' Jeff Clanagan has three films at ABFF, Kevin Hart's Let Me Explain is one
  Jeff_Clanagan2.jpg    "The theatrical release of Kevin Hart's Let Me Explain is July 3rd," said the CEO of Codeblack/Lionsgate Films Jeff Clanagan. "I picked up The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. I knew about the film but it was at Sundance when I decided to acquire it. I saw that it was a different movie. Part of our growth and expansion...it's a coming of age. Different from the type we normally do."
    Clanagan screened three films at the American Black Film Festival - Hart's Let Me Explain, the Alicia Keys co-executive produced The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (October release) and Charles Murray's Things Never Said.
    Jeff acquired Mister & Peter just three weeks ago and Things Never Said last year. His Codeblack Enterprises, located in Universal City, CA, is mostly known for its DVD and digital film distribution and for opening the first black owned film studio. Its films can also be found On-Demand.
    Aside from Codeblack Films with Lionsgate, Clanagan has a partnership with Hulu to deliver Urban content for their CBTV channel. He has a deal with 20th Century Fox via Fox Faith to provide family focused projects. There are also distribution partnerships with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Vision Films. Last, but I am sure not least, he just finished a deal with Google for a Hip-Hop Digital Channel.
    "We have a much broader slate," Jeff said about the difference in his deal with Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox. "We might acquire Hispanic, comedy, thriller...."
    With his deal with Lionsgate comes a position at the company as President of Codeblack Films, which makes him the first African-American at Lionsgate with a presidential title, and power to acquire and green-light projects. He has produced two Kevin Hart live comedy shows, and his theatrical release of projects Laugh at My Pain (2011) and the current "Let Me Explain (July 3, 2013).
    If all that is not enough Jeff Clanagan runs Shaquille O'Neal's entertainment company, Shaq Entertainment. You can learn more about this outstanding business mogul by logging onto 
www.Codeblack.com .

The Broadway musical ‘The Scottsboro Boys' is skillfully entertaining, runs at the Ahmanson until June 30, 2013
TheScottsboroBoys.jpg   The seriousness of the story behind "The Scottsboro Boys" in the Broadway musical - that has come to Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater until June 30, 2013 - is masked by skillfully entertaining cast members delivering stellar performances and oh so sharp vocals.
    The play takes the audience through the activities that resulted in nine young teens being falsely accused of raping a white girl. Pointing out how being at the wrong place at the wrong time can cost you your life. Though serious in content the productions' comedic relief, music and vocals made it worthy of its garnered 12 Tony Award nominations.
    In attendance on opening night was Angela Bassett, Kym Whitley (OWN ‘Raising Whitley) and Dawnn Lewis (Disney's "Let It Shine"). "The Scottsboro Boys" was created by the creators of Broadway musicals "Chicago" and "Cabaret." It was directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.
    Visit 
www.CenterTheatreGroup.org for more information.

(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" FREE one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

July 5, 2013

margaret-avery.jpgBET's ‘Being Mary Jane' pilot scores four million on premiere, stars Gabrielle Union and Margaret Avery, debuts January, 2014

   "She's a mom with Lupus," said Academy Award nominated Margaret Avery who co-stars in BET's new series "Being Mary Jane" with Gabrielle Union. The series' pilot premiered July 2, 2013 and scored their highest for any cable television show that day at 4 million for ages 18-49. "Being Mary Jane" - which will debut January, 2014 on BET - also scored the highest rating on television behind NBC's "America's Got Talent." "She had a thriving career but no longer because of the Lupus. She's older but still has it going on," she continued as she described her character.
   Her daughter, Mary Jane Paul, is played by Union. She is a self-sufficient powerhouse of a woman who works as a successful TV news anchor juggling her life, relationships, work and family. Her family doesn't share her motivation and drive, which creates drama. Richard Roundtree, Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal and Richard Brooks also star in the new BET series.
    "BET is trying to introduce a different kind of programming," Avery pointed out about the Network's new season. "I never worked with him (Richard Roundtree) before. Richard and I talked and said we didn't have these types of scripts..."
    "Being Mary Jane" is produced by the team (Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil) who produced the award winning, record-breaking BET comedy "The Game" and "Girlfriends."
    "I am really thrilled to be a part of the show," Margaret said about her experience.
    Before this role Avery's credits included The Color Purple, which garnered an Academy nomination, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins with Martin Lawrence and The Jacksons': An American Dream, where she played Katherine Jackson's mother.
Find out more about BET's new series "Being Mary Jane" at 
www.bet.com/shows/being-mary-jane.

Celebrity hair stylist Shirley Gordon tours with Wella's North American Trend Vision Awards
  shirleygordon.jpg    Celebrity hair stylist Shirley Gordon is currently on tour with Wella's North American Trend Vision Awards. The Wella Trend Vision Award winner has 22 years experience as a stylist in her salon, Strands Hair Studio, located in Wheaton, Maryland.
    "I have 22 years at my salon," Shirley Gordon said about the first every salon in Wheaton. "I plan to make it the best ever. Grow that and move to a new location. I would love to do Beyonce' hair - she does the wigs."
    Encouraged by her father at a young age Shirley attended the Rockville Beauty Academy, worked six years in a hair salon before opening her own - Strands Hair Studio - at age 25. Her celebrity clientele include Diana Ross, Nicole Ari Parker, and Venus and Serena Williams.
    "I would love to do a beauty make-over show," Gordon added when talking about the future. "My passion for hair comes from just knowledge...it's a gift God gave me. I use to do my sister's hair, it came natural."
   Her reputation is for cutting-edge hair styles. The trailblazer's amazing talent has kept her ahead of the hair stylist game which is why Wella awarded her and has her on tour.
    To find out more about Shirley Gordon, the Wella North American Trend Vision Awards tour or her Strands Hair Studio log onto 
www.StrandsStudio.com.  

(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" FREE one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com - www.UpliftingMinds2.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

July 12, 2013

RBDivasLA.jpgTV One's ‘R&B Divas LA' premieres with powerhouse cast, airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
By Eunice Moseley 

   "Faith Evans called me, she had this wonderful idea," said Phil Thornton, co-executive producer of TV One's new reality series "R&B Divas L.A.," while on the red carpet of the premiere event in Hollywood. "R&B Divas LA" premiered July 10, 2013 and will air weekly on Wednesday at 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central. "This is my fifth television show," said Phil who is vice president of marketing and new business development at eOne Music (Erica Campbell, Michelle Williams) in Nashville.
   The cast of the new reality show includes Hollywood powerhouse vocalists Gospel's Kelly Price, R & B's Chante' Moore, Dawn Robinson and Claudette Ortiz (City High), and Hip-Hop's Michel'le and Lil' Mo. A new chapter in the "R&B Divas" franchise, which Thornton also executive produces the Atlanta series, the Los Angeles version is all about singing.
   "People hold grudges, people can't disagree," pointed out radio personality and Hip-Hop vocalist Lil' Mo about her initial thoughts on joining a reality show. "You want people to want to watch you..." On her cast members Lil' Mo said, "I know them all - we are cool. I know Kelly the most. We respect each other's talent."
   "I thought it was going to be cat-fights, silliness for no reason," said seven-time Grammy Award winning Dawn Robinson (EnVogue) about her initial thoughts on joining the cast. "We required that it not get negative...be adult, talk things out...we raise our kids not to fight."
   "I was surprised I let come out what did," said R&B princess Chante Moore, who just released a new CD "Moore is More," about her experience on the reality show.    "I didn't know I'd become comfortable enough to show certain things. It's addictive. You get in the habit of talking. It's important to me too really get to be ourselves...the good and the ugly. I did enjoy myself. When they called me I was amazed, flattered and honored. It's based on music...to make another genre of entertainment. The women on the show are amazing and I'm a big fan.
   "I always said I wouldn't be on a reality show...they nice to watch... but I didn't want to expose my children...so at first I said I don't think so. Then I thought about it...I was at a place in my life where it was an opportunity...so I researched the show and it seemed positive," said R&B's Claudette Ortiz, from the group City High now a model, actress (ABC's "My Wife and Kids") and working on a solo project featuring Mase, Wyclef Jean and the production work of Pharrell and Will.i.am. Ortiz first single from her debut is out now titled "Can't Get Enough." "The way they approached us was not to try and create any drama on the show. I'm glad I did it so far..."
"R&B Divas LA" is also available on VOD (Videos on Demand). TV One, launched in 2002, currently has 57.3 million households tuning in and in 2008 it launched TV One High Def which serves 14 million households. It is owned by Radio One and Comcast.
Log onto 
www.TVOneOnline.com/shows/R-B-divas-la for more information on the "R&B Divas LA" TV One reality show.

TNT's ‘The Hero,' with mentor The Rock, changing lives and airs on Thursdays 8 p.m.
dwayne_therock_johnson_pattyoneil.jpg   "He makes me in awe," said Patty ONeil, one of nine cast members of the new TNT reality show competition "The Hero," which airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central. "He's unbelievable. I have never been a hero. I'm part of an ecliptic group of women - I'm a mom and wife. That's a hero, every woman is a hero."
   This reality show is a competition to see who amongst the nine contestants have the characteristics of what they feel is the makings of a hero. So they will be tested physically, mentally and morally with film's action hero and wrestling star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as their mentor.
   "Being a wife and mother I've never done anything brave until this show," laughed ONeil, also a realtor, salon assistant and a holiday worker at Macy's. "It changed my life for sure and it came from Dwayne and the show."
   At the end America will be asked to make the call as to who is the real hero on the show. The other contestants include Shaun, Marty, Darnell, Dr. Dave, Rachel, Athena, Lydia and Charles.
   "I diffidently had to look at myself," Patty added about her experience on the show. "I wore a size 10...it made me look at nutrition and health. When the show is over I will go back to my three jobs with a big smile."
   TNT's ‘The Hero" airs each Thursday at 8/7c. Find out more by logging onto 
www.TNTDrama.com/series/the-hero.

(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" FREE one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com  - www.UpliftingMinds2.com.  Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)   

July 19, 2013

Turbo_dreamworks.jpgDreamWorks' Turbo, an inspiring tale of the underdog achieving the impossible, in theaters now
By Eunice Moseley 
 
   An impossible win at the Indy 500 for an underdog snail named Turbo is the tale told in DreamWorks' newest animated 3D movie release, Turbo, starring the voices of Ryan Reynolds (Turbo) and his fellow ‘racing' snails Snopp Dogg as Smoove Move; Samuel L. Jackson as Whiplash; Maya Randolph as Burn, and Ben Schwartz as White Shadow. Turbo, the inspiring and colorful animated story of striving for the impossible, is in theaters now.
   Michael Pena is Tito the one true believer in Turbo's impossible dream who works with his brother in a family taco business. He finds Turbo just as he was looking for a way to draw the clientele into the business. Paul Giamatti is Turbo's doubting brother Chet who, along with Turbo, are captured by Tito and introduced to the world of snail racing.
   The family animated film will have you on a ride of laughter and have you inspired to do the impossible. Created by the makers of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and The Croods, Turbo is directed by David Soren, also co-screenwriter with Robert Siegel and Daren Lemke. Rated PG Turbo is distributed by 20th Century Fox. Lisa Stewart and Susan Slagle Roger are producers with music by Henry Jackman.
   Jackman's assembly of great artists and songs on the soundtrack had me dancing in my seat. Of course snail racer Smoove Move Snoop Dogg showed his skills on "Let the Bass Go" - his current single release. Snoop also appears with Pharrell Williams on "Drop It Like It's Hot" and Henry's use of the Jackson 5's "Going Back to Indiana" was so on time. And on point
   Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong and Michelle Rodriguez also star in the film. Turbo will have you go from dancing in your seats to sitting on the edge of your seats by the end. Log onto 
www.TurboMovie.com for more information or to see the movie trailer.

A Band Called Death, three brothers that brought the world Punk Rock release docu-film, in theaters now
Death_band.jpg   "We grew up in an era where you call anyone a punk you get a bloody nose," laughed Bobby Hackney, Sr. when asked about his band Death's historically noted credit for creating what we now know as Punk music. In reality Death considered themselves a Rock band with a Detroit influence. Alice Cooper even appears in their docu-film A Band Called Death in theaters now.
   "We didn't know our music was an influence," said Dannis Hackney. "We had no manager. We did everything in a crude way."
Death brothers are Bobby Hackney, Sr., Dannis Hackney and Bobbie Duncan. A Band Called Death is written by Draft House Films and directed by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Houlette.
   "We would raise the garage door," Dannis said about the early performance days. "We had 50 - 70 people in the alley. The Sisters in the neighborhood would get on us hard cause of the Rock music...but now they approve."
   The films birth came when one of the brothers' son went to a nite-club and heard his father's voice on a record, a record from his father's group Death. That interest in Death's songs became so club-hot the 45 copies of the singles became collective items. So 32 years after their garage band days the group found themselves in demand constantly.
   A Band Called Death documents their popularity and the honors given to them for being the Punk Rock sound fathers.

Lana Parrilla host Gracie Awards and Jim Brickman, Shaun Robinson attend
gracieawards_2013_chandrawilson.jpg   ABC's hit series "Once Upon a Time" actress Lana Parrilla served as host at the 38th Annual Gracie Awards before a star-studded crowd that included platinum selling pianist Jim Brickman, "Access Hollywood" host Shaun Robinson; Grey's Anatomy" actress Chandra Wilson (pictured); "Rizzolu & Isles" actress Angie Harmon; "Army Wives" actress Catherine Bell and E! News' Ashlan Gorse.
   Guiliana Rancic received the "Caring Is Sexy" Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the presenters of the Gracie Awards. Rancic is co-anchor at E! News with Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos.
   Multi-Grammy Award winning Melissa Etheridge was on hand to perform at the black-tie event. The Gracie Awards honor the talented women in the industry of media, which include radio, television, cable and new media. It seeks to encourage the realistic and multi-faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.
   Amy Pochler of "Parks & Recreation"; Hannah Storm of ESPN Sports Center; Brooke Anderson of "Entertainment Tonight"; Ina Jaffe of NPR and Deb Carson of Fox Sports Radio were also in attendance. Learn more about the Alliance for Women in Media by logging onto 
www.Allwomeninmedia.org.  

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com  - www.UpliftingMinds2.com  or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com.  Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

July 26, 2013

fruitvalstation_michaelbjordan.jpgFruitvale Station, a dramatic account of the murder of Oscar Grant, released nationwide July 26, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 
 
   Weinstein Company's presentation of Fruitvale Station is the dramatic true account of the murder of Oscar Grant by BART subway police in Oakland, California. Michael B. Jordan plays Oscar a 22 year-old black male struggling to make it in Oakland who decided to take the subway with friends one New Years Eve to see the fireworks. Octavia Spencer is Grant's mother who suggested that he not drive but take the subway.
   Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station debuted at Sundance Films Festival and won the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Films, before being picked up by Weinstein for distribution. Jordan does an award-winning worthy performance as an inner youth striving to make a better life for him, his girl and child. Melonie Diaz plays the girlfriend of Oscar Grant and mother of his child.
   The ever so common story of senseless killing of young black males in America came to a head that night with overzealous, power driven and head strong subway police took their job to the extreme and it resulted in the tragic killing of Oscar. The BART police claimed he thought the "gun" was a stun-gun and received just a year for the death.
   Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi is producer on the project that was screened at the BET Experience Film Festival. Fruitvale Stations has been appearing in selected theaters since July 12th but opens national wide July 26, 2013. Log onto 
www.FruuitvalFilm.com to see the movie trailer or for more information.

Deitrick Hadden releases new single, ‘Have Your Way,' in preparation to new album ‘R.E.D.'
deitrickhaddon.jpg   "I think great art is the story behind ever piece of art,' said Contemporary Gospel/R&B entertainment mogul Deitrick Haddon about his new project "R.E.D.: Restoring Everything Damaged." "I was in a place when Jesus had to help me find my way. I couldn't find my way. He refreshes. Sometimes you tale...He likes to shake you up for a new testimony."
   Haddon's new single "Have Your Way" is a passionate, honest and Praise & Worship worthy song that is an excellent lead into the release f this new "R.E.D" September 3, 2013. Deitrick plans an eight city promotional tour to launch this summer.
   "The track was powerful...it was like a heart beat...those lyrics flowed," said the Gospel trailblazer who is also a film producer with the release of his first film project Blessed and Cursed in 2010, which he starred it. He went on to produce A Beautiful Soul which he released in partnership with AMC, which is now on DVD. He is currently working on a sequel to the first film project Blessed & Cursed. He will be co-starring in a faith-based docu-series Pastors of LA which will chronicle the lives of six Los Angeles based ministries to premiere on Oxygen Network in the Fall.
   "Right now I use the films as my pulpit," Deitrick pointed out. "I feel I can reach more people there on the big screen."
   To hear Deitrick Haddon's new single or to learn more about the ground-breaking Gospel artist log onto 
www.DeitrickHaddon.com.  

Next teen Pop sensation ReMix, releases new single, prepares for debut album
ReMix.jpg 
  A multi-cultural teen Pop/R&B group, ReMix, releases new single "Drop it Low" produced by PK (Chris Brown, ‘Fine China') and mixed by Dave Pensado. It's hard to believe this well-polished act, ages 15-16, only been together a little over a year.
   "It's been all our dream," said Victoria Walker (16 years-old) about how they got together. "We knew each other. We are all friends and thought it be a good idea to do it (professionally). It's been about a year as us."
   Michael Martin (15) and Anna Harley (15) complete the group.
   "We all have our own different things we do," said Victoria (Caucasian). "We all like different types of music. Me...I like Pop."
   "I'm R&B, Soul," said Michael (African-American)) who brings he R&B/Soul to the group. "I like Michael Jackson and Usher."
   "I like J-Lo cause she is Hispanic," said Anna (Mexican-America). "...And I like Beyonce'."
   ReMix said their sudden fame had changed their lives and inspired kids like them.
   "It's been a busy year," Victoria confessed. "I've had a niece and nephew born this year. It's so different for my family...but been a great year."
   The new single is a Pop/R&B flavored song produced by G'harah "PK" Degeddingseze who has produced hits for Chris Brown and 2 Chainz ("Countdown"). Listen to their new single or learn more about ReMix on Facebook @WeAreReMix1 and on twitter @WeAreReMix.

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II" one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com - www.UpliftingMinds2.com  or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)   

August 2, 2013

tenillehouston.jpg Tenille Houston co-stars in Bret Ellis' The Canyons, in theaters August 2, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 

   An uploaded audition resulted in actress Tenille Houston (She Wants Me) co-starring with Lindsay Lohan in Bret Easton Ellis' (American Psycho) psycho-erotic-dramatic-thriller, The Canyons, to hit theaters August 2, 2013. Ellis is the screenwriter and Paul Schrader (American Gigolo) is the director.
   "I took the role because the script is brilliant and it's an amazing set of people," said Sacramental native Tenille Houston about her role as Cynthia in The Canyon. "I love dark gritty psycho films and I love Bret's work."
   Houston's other co-star is porn star James Deen, her love interest. It's the normal drama of entangled love, lust and affairs set in the hills of Hollywood, with the famous Bret Ellis psycho twists and turns. In working with Lindsay Lohan, Tenille explains, "I didn't know what to expect from the cast. I heard rumors that Lindsay was hard to work with, but everything turned out better than I expected. Everyone was professional."
   Tenille Houston also stars in a Yahoo! web-series "The Flip Side." Her credits also include co-starring with Hilary Duff in the Charlie Sheen produced indie film She Wants Me, ABC's Kristen Chenoweth series "GCB," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Desperate Housewives."
   The Canyon is a Bret Easton Ellis Film, IFC Films Distributed. Braxton Pope is producer and Gus Van Saint, Nolan Gerard Funk and Amanda Brooks complete the cast.

Marques Houston is back with vocals better than ever, releases single ‘Give Your Love A Try'
Marques-Houston-Tripple-Threat-2013.jpg 
  "I think inspiration for the album is my fans," said multi-platinum selling Marques Houston (IMx/Immature) about his newest solo album release "Famous" and its second single "Give Your Love A Try." "I took a break to get into my acting...executive side. My fans kept saying you got to put more music out. The album is full of live instrumentals, a sexy Soul sound...something different."
   Going by the single we will hear a very much more matured Houston showing also a high vocal range that he does effortlessly. I have always been a fan of his vocals but if the album sounds anything like the vocals on this single and its first single release "Speechless," it will certainly be an award winning project.
   "The industry is so full of ‘He said, she said,' we forgot about the music," said the artist formerly known as Batman. "I made it about the music. I want to make a classic album...soulful music."
   On the single "Give Your Love A Try" it features rapper Problem whose skills I truly admire.
   "I'm a big fan of Problem and so I reached out and made it happen," said Marques when asked about the collaboration.
   Aside from his upcoming "Famous" album Houston says he has a movie with Jackee' Harry coming out titled The Love Letter.
   Houston started out in the entertainment business at a very young age in 1999 in a group he co-founded called Immature (later named IMx) with manager Chris Stokes. The other group members are Romeo (Jerome Jones) and LDB (Kelton Kessie). Marques Houston is a singer, songwriter, actor, producer and rapper. He received an MTV Movie Award nomination for his film You Got Served and a Teen Choice Award nomination for his television comedy-series "Cuts."
   Marques' 3rd album "Veteran" debuted at #5 on Billboard 200 Chart and #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Charts. His 5th solo release "Naked" reached #5 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Charts. "Famous" will be his 6th solo album release.
   Houston, known for his role as Roger on the ABC series "Sister, Sister," is currently on tour with an all female band. Learn more by logging onto www.MarquesHoustonOnline.com.  

Sirius XM Radio's Cayman Kelly, claiming the crown for voice-over work in Hollywood
caymankelly.jpg   It's always been a passion of mine to do more than just radio," said Sirius XM's "Heart and Soul Channel" radio personality Cayman Kelly about his career moves in voice-over and acting. "I got comfortable...I got use to it (radio)...I had to survive. When you get comfortable you don't force your hand. I was forced."
   Based in Washington, DC Kelly is family oriented with a rich vocal tone that radio loves. The national radio show gives Cayman the opportunity to meet and interview the entertainment industry's greatest artists such as Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Janet Jackson.
   "My interviews are diffidently sit-down conversations," pointed out Kelly about his style. "I enjoy radio...my escape was through music, but some things I don't like. The philosophy on how they approach (the audience)...find a different way to reach people."
   As an actor Cayman's credits include "West Wing" and voice-over hosting for "Live from LA" for the BET Network. Learn more about Cayman Kelly by logging onto www.Cayman-Kelly.com.

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Ovation International magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com - www.UpliftingMinds2.com or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)  

August 9, 2013

elysium_.jpgTriStar's Elysium brilliantly addresses today's social and political issues, arrives in theaters August 9, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 

   The year is 2154 and there are two earths "the haves and the have nots" in TriStar Pictures' new sci-fi action film Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodi Foster and Sharlto Copley. Elysium is the first big budget TriStar film since their 1998 release of The Mask of Zorro. Neill Blomkamp brilliantly addresses today's social and political issues - such as immigration - as the writer, director and co-producer.
   Matt Damon is Max DeCosta who had a toxic accident at work and as a result developed a cancer-virus - he now has five days to find a cure. The cure is in a machine that offers instant cures location in a part of earth called Elysium, a space-earth located not far from above the earth - a hovering paradise populated by the rich. Elysium has high tech everything and is governed by President Patel (played by Faran Tahir) and Jody Foster is his Secretary of Defense assisted by a violent police force led by Agent Krugs (played by Sharlto Copley). DeCosta, due to anti-immigration laws, can't go to Elysium to get the cure because he lives on the planet-earth, called District 9 - which is ravaged with the poor, over populated, disease ridden and ruined.
   Fighting for his life, as the clock ticks, the journey begins as Max travels from Los Angeles to Elysium to find the cure. The journey is full of high-tech action and drama that will leave you on the edge of your seats.
   Bill Block and Simon Kinberg co-produce the film with Neill, which will be shown August 9, 2013 in IMAX Theaters. Elysium is also co-produced by Media Rights Capital and Tri-Star Pictures.

Tristan Wilds is Mack Wilds in Hip-Hop/R&B, his debut single ‘Own It' is spreading like a wildfire
mackwilds.jpg   "I think with music it's a lot more personal," said Mack Wilds known as outstanding actor Tristan Wilds (George Lucas' Red Tails, CW's ‘90210,' Lee Daniels' ‘The Wire') about comparing his passion for acting with singing. "I'm going to give the people the real me...who my family call Mack...right now I'm focused on the music."
   Mack is right it is maximizing those Hip-Hop/R&B vocals heard on this first single to his debut titled "Own It." The single, surely a club-banger and spreading like wildfire on radio, is produced by Ne-Yo and Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Jazmine Sullivan).
   "It (stars) aligned at the right moment...me and Salaam met two or three years ago or longer really. We connected...both missed New York, both living in L.A.," Mack added to the story of how the album came to be.
   His debut album is titled "New York: A Love Story" (Red Music) and has a release date of September 17, 2013.
"The album will diffidently have some featured artists and producers - Methodman, Raekwon, Pete Rock, DJ Premiere, Havoc and Mobb Deep," Wilds concluded.
   To learn more about Tristan "Mack" Wilds debut "New York: A Love Story" or his single "Own It" log onto 
www.RedMusic.com/Mack.

Ford Motor Company honors with Ford Freedom Unsung Awards, Keke Palmer is Ambassador, Kevin Frazier host
kevin_frazier.jpg   Out of 130 nominees in the areas of education, military, youth, communities and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the community the Ford Motor Company Fund recently honored 20 of those nominees at their Ford Freedom Unsung Awards held at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. The event was hosted by Kevin Frazier ("The Insider"), attended by Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee, "True Jackson VP") who is the programs' youth ambassador and entertainment was provided by Sheryl Lee Ralphs (Dreamgirls, "Moesha").
   There were people of all walks of life that decided to dedicate their life to giving back. From a homeless veteran who started an organization to assist vets with housing support - such as rent - that has become one of the largest VA housing assistant programs in the Los Angeles area is now housed on the grounds of the VA health facilities in Los Angeles. That organization was represented by its President and CEO Gregory C. Scott.
   There was a lady who couldn't cut the addiction cycle that involved jail time until she started her organization to help others like herself not only get off of the drug addiction path but set them up in housing and provide job assistant.
   The stories continued as each was more outstanding and inspiriting than the next.

ASCAP honoring of Usher and Kendrick Lamar brings out the top producers and songwriting in the country
mclyte.jpg   Though I am not a songwriter or producer I still get goose-bumps when in the company of some of the greatest producers and songwriters in the world. When I attend ASCAP's events I get a chance to do just that. At their 26th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel the top producers and songwriters in the country were honored, and multi-platinum selling Usher and trend setting Kendrick Lamar received top honors.
Multi Grammy, AMA and ASCAP winning Usher was honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. He now shares the title with past honorees Pharrell Williams, Jermaine Dupri, Jay Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J - just to name a few.
   Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar was honored with ASCAP's Vanguard Award presented to those whose impact on music help shape the future of American music. He shares that honor with the Beastie Boys, Taio Cruz, Diplo, Janelle Monee' and Santigold. His latest release "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" reached platinum status in less than a years' time.
   While there I had a chance to talk to and witness the arrival of some of the many ASCAP R&S winners (past and present) and supporters of both Usher and Lamar arrive: 2 Chainz (winner), Eric Bellinger (winner), Lonny Bereal (winner), Kirko Bangz, Bridget Kelly (winner), Mary Mary (winner), Michelle Williams, Mateo, William McDowell (winner), Ne-Yo (winner,) McLyte (pictured), Malik Yusef (winner), 40, Shaka Zulu and Elle Varner - to name just a few.
   ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is a professional membership organization catering to all genres of music with a mission to license and promote their music, to obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute royalties. ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of the music of hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use its members' music to add value to their business (bars, restaurants, retail, radio, TV, cable, Internet, mobile, etc...).

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Ovation International magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com - www.UpliftingMinds2.com or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

August 16, 2013

kevinliles_mountianhigh.jpgKevin Liles returns home to make life better with Make It Happen and For A Better Baltimore community projects
By Eunice Moseley 

   "I have two initiatives...Make It Happen is one," said Kevin Liles, entertainment and media mogul (Def Jam/Island Def Jam/Warner Music) about his two foundations, Make It Happen and For A Better Baltimore. "Make It Happen is based on my book. I wanted it to have a Foundation to support it."
   A Baltimore native Kevin's Make It Happen Foundation just offered its Summer Business Academy held at Morgan State University. Twelve disadvantage college-eligible students were taught business principals using the respected youth education nonprofit LEAD's Triad Model.
   "I started at Morgan because I wanted to support my Alma Mater," said Liles about the programs location - Morgan coincidently is my Alma Mater as well. "It's been to three different schools. We're going international."
   Kevin Liles went from working as an intern at Def Jam Records to serving as its president and CEO for nine years. He also served as the executive vice president of its parent company Island Def Jam Music Group, and now serves as executive vice president of Warner Music Group.
"Send some songs my way," he said to me when I mentioned my, "Uplifting Minds II" entertainment conference's national talent competition's artists' success. "We're always looking for songs."
   What he said about his goals for the young students aided through his Foundation's affords is, "I want them to not go through school thinking they can't be innovators."
   Liles stressed that he wants to intertwine technology into their lives. He has a goal to get them use to using Google and to own a Samsung or Apple.
   "These kids... with Apple (products)...it could help them communicate with their families," he pointed out. "I want them inspirekevinliles_headshot.jpgd...to want to be successful. We need to focus on education and entrepreneurship. I started as an engineer and ended in entertainment engineering my way through. I want kids to get the light shinned on them and take that light and shine it on a business...to not come out high school and not know what they want to do."
   On August 28, 2013 Kevin Liles' For A Better Baltimore Foundation will host their annual Back to School Festival.
   "We've given away 2,000 back-packs and thanks to the Food Bank we expect 5,000 this year with a Healthy Living theme," he concluded.
Liles, who is also a motivational speaker, has helped launch the careers of so many of today's legendary artists that include LL Cool J, DMX, Ludacris, JaRule, Musiq and Ashanti. His book, "Make It Happen," is a best-seller and it's the Hip-Hop generations' guide to success.
   His career has led to a street in Baltimore being named after him - its located at cross street Popular Grove. Kevin was instrumental in the 2008 Right To Vote Campaign with Jay Z, Beyonce', P. Diddy, Russell Simmons and Mary J Blige. He also orchestrated the partnership with that launched Rockstar Game, founded by Jamie King and Gary Foreman. Their first game release was Def Jam Rapstar in 2010. He serves on the board of many companies such as advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather's Diversity Board, The SEED School of Maryland, Harbor Bank of Maryland and Health Corp. - to name a few.
   Learn more about Kevin Liles at 
www.KevinLiles.com.  

Grant Show takes on a leading role in Lifetimes' ‘Devious Maids,' airs on Sundays
grant-show.jpg   Known as Jake Hanson in the series "Melrose Place," Grant Show is now the leading man in Lifetime's new primetime soap opera series "Devious Maids" airing on Sundays. The series is produced by Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") and Marc Cherry ("Arrested Development").
   "Marc Cherry has his own style," Grant Show said about working with the producers on the "Devious Maids" project. "It's dramatic but there is lots of comedy."
Show plays Spence Westmore in this primetime soap opera where murder and mayhem is the theme.
   "The last 10 years I've played bad guys, arrogant and full of themselves," he pointed out. "Spence is a sweet, sweet guy trying to do right by the kids, but his wife is not a sweet person so he goes to the maids."
   The maids are working in a world of much wealth and the contrast in their own lives breeds desperation and desperate people do desperate things - so that breeds the drama.
   Grant Show's "hunk" role in "Melrose Place," the "90201" spin-off, had him before more than 10 million devoted viewers each week. He also appeared in "Private Practice," "Six Feet Under," and the 2012 box office hit The Possession with Kyra Sedgwick.

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Ovation International magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by 
www.EURweb.com - www.UpliftingMinds2.com  or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com.  Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)  

August 23, 2013

marqueshouston_elbow2.jpgMarques Houston shows his platinum selling skills at Jam Session for new album ‘Famous,' available August 27, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 

   In the heart of L.A. Live inside The Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/actor/producer Marques Houston (IMx/Immature) blew an intimate full house audience away with his performance of songs from his upcoming new album release, "Famous," on the Silent Partner/Shanachie imprint. Houston was dressed to impress with a five piece band, three background singers and one single fly-girl stylishly dancing on at least three of the songs.
    Several times I had to give the MTV Movie Award nominee a standing ovation, especially when he performed the first single off the album "Give Your Love A Try" - which features rapper Problem on the album - and stood back-up again when fellow IMx/Immature member Jerome aka Romeo did his rap assist with Romeo-perfection.
    Marques' performance of cover songs of hits from Prince and Morris Day and The Time had the theater on their feet dancing as well. The audience was also treated to a CD sampler of six of the songs on the album. According to the performances I think "Only You," "Speechless," "The Way Love Is" and the single, "Give Your Love A Try," are going to be my favorites.
    Marques Houston surely is a veteran performer who knows how to can get the audience to their feet, as well as a master vocalist with skills to win over new fans. I am so excited to see the Teen Choice nominee return to his music roots to offer us such a romantic and classical album.
    You can see Houston in the new UP TV movie The Love Letter with Jackee' Harry, which premiered this month and you can hear more of "Famous," to be released August 27, 2013, by logging onto 
www.MarquesHoustonOnline.com.  

Harry Lennix takes on FBI co-starring role in NBC's The Blacklist, premieres September 23, 2013
  harrylennix_theblacklist.jpg   "I thought it was intriguing. The elements were great, the cat and mouse," said actor Harry Lennix (Warner Bros.' Man of Steel) about his newest role in NBC's new drama series The Blacklist - which premiers September 23, 2013. "I was interested intellectually, to be captive and still have freedom."
    Lennix stars as FBI Assistant Director Harry Cooper.
    "He is Assistant Director of counter terrorism for the FBI," said Lennix, known also for his roles in The Five Heartbeats and Dollhouse, about his character in the NBC/Sony Television produced action-thriller. "It's dealing with terrorism, stopping them on American soil. The FBI deals with domestic terrorism and the CIA deals with international terrorism. It deals with a hot-bed of important issues."
    Harry said he has many friends who are FBI agents and he has played FBI characters in the past so taking on FBI Agent Harry Cooper wasn't a stretch for him.
    Chicago native Lennix can also be seen in the dramatic film Mr. Sophistication where he plays veteran/comedian/actor Ron Waters, a washed up comedian who has been given a second chance.
    "It tells the story of Ron Waters, a comedian inspired by Richard Pryor...who lives their lives artistically on stage...which turns into satire," pointed out Harry. "He blows his career and gets a second chance. It (his performances) revealed things about himself that is compelling."
    You can learn more about Harry Lennix by logging onto 
www.HarryLennix.com.  

New York Met's Todd Dulaney goes Gospel in a powerful way, releases video to debut's titled single ‘Pulling Me Through'
  todddelaney.jpg    Five year professional New York Met's baseball player Todd Dulaney's transition into the Gospel world with the release of his debut album's title single "Pulling Me Through," along with a music video - a live performance, is impacting the Gospel industry in a powerful way.
    "I followed the voice of Christ," said Todd about his move from professional baseball to that of a Gospel singer and Worship Leader at Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Il. "It was my relationship with Christ...I never had one...and I got one and everything took a back seat."
    Dulaney graduated from a Lutheran High School in Maywood, Il and his athletic skills insured him a career in professional baseball - where he played for the New York Mets.
    "I made a decision. I walked away from baseball," said Todd about the big transition in his life. "Men and women of God said I was crazy to leave $330,000 a year."
    But as those of us who followed God's voice in spite of how crazy we seem to the world know, it will paid off. It paid off for Dulaney because he is much happier spreading the Gospel of Christ by entertaining us with song than he was entertaining us with the sport of baseball. If you listen and watch the music video to his single "Pulling Me Through" you will see why. Not only is he at ease onstage, but his vocals are superb and brings a fresh new sound to the Gospel music industry.
    "The album is out now. I've seen the manifestation of everything God said," Dulaney pointed out. "I've seen the fruit of everything God said...I'm being booked all over the world, my first album received a Stellar Award nomination, I'm married, have two kids and a home."
    Todd said he is totally disconnected from the game of baseball except when friends play or go to the game together for fun.
"Part of me miss it...the competition...the hand to hand contact," he confessed.
Todd Dulaney has shared the stage with Gospel's greatest Contemporary artists such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Michele Williams, Donnie McClurkin, Dr. Bobby Jones and Tye Tribett. Learn more about Dulaney or watch his music video to the "Pulling Me Through" album at www.ToddDulaney.com. 

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Carib Press news magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com  - www.UpliftingMinds2.com   or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)    

August 30, 2013

cedric_who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire.jpgCedric The Entertainer wants to make you a millionaire as the new host of ABC's ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire,' premiers September 2, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 

   On September 2, 2013 the new season of ABC's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" premiers in syndication with funny man Cedric The Entertainer as its new host. This is the 12th season for the game show where viewers can and have walked away with a million dollars.
    "Steve Harvey has taken ‘The Family Freud'...I had the opportunity to host ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire,'" comedian/actor Cedric The Entertainer said about his new job at ABC as host of the long running game show. "Others have done it...Wayne Brady...they all have motivated me."
    Cedric is executive producer of the hit comedy series "The Soul Man," in its third season at TV Land, starring comedienne/actress Niecy Nash. On "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," as its host, Cedric said he will focus on keeping the energy high. I am sure, with Cedric as the host, contestants will laugh their way through as they try to win a millionaire dollars by guessing the correct answer to trivia questions. How the funny man delivers those questions will undoubtedly be a comedy show of its own.
    Adding to how he plans to host Cedric said he just wants to, "have fun and keep the show energetic."
    The game is divided into two rounds. The first has 10 trivia questions with each correct answer giving a monetary reward that ranges from $100 to $25,000. The second round has four questions with correct answered valued at $100,000, $250,000, $500,000 and one million. The questions get harder as the value increases.
    "I have been writing questions in a comedic style since I took over," said executive producer Rich Sirop about the skills Cedric The Entertainer will bring to the show as host. "Cedric is going to play well with the material. One of the things that's exciting about Cedric is he is so relatable, funny and the best part is he's a (television) producer. He's a producer that's going to make the show better."
    "People walk away with a million dollars," Cedric reminded us.

Phil Heath tries for win three at Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas September 27-28, 2013, releases Generation Iron documentary September 20th
  phil-heath.jpg    "I'm in a very privilege position," said Phil Heath, who was once a college basketball player (University of Denver), about his major achievements in the body building world as the winner of two Mr. Olympia strongman titles. "I feel that it's a dream come true."
    Phil, known as "The Gift", will compete against the world's top contenders in Las Vegas at Mr. Olympia September 27-28, 2013. Body building is a sport that was given the Hollywood spotlight in a 1977 documentary titled "Pumping Iron" - which made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name.
    Phil Heath is the star of a new body building documentary titled Generation Iron which arrives in theaters September 20th. The documentary has appearances by Lou Ferigno, Mickey Rourke and Schwarzenegger, and it will show Heath winning the title from four-time winner Jay Cutler in 2011 and his second win struggles in 2012.
    "I believe being a professional body builder is good character building...organization, competence, intelligence, willingness to learn and it drives you to be the best you can be. It teaches you how to manage your health...it teaches you to never give up."
    The Gift has appeared on more than nine covers of award winning "Flex" magazine, as well as on the covers of "Muscle Development" and "Iron Man."
    "Yes, I diffidently feel like I'm going to get #3," Phil confidently stated to me when asked. "It's difficult. My job is to make it hard for the competition."
    Heath said he is now a member of only 13 Mr. Olympians in the world and he takes his responsibilities as a holder of that title very seriously.

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Carib Press news magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com - www.UpliftingMinds2.com or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com.  Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)    

September 9, 2013

arseniohall_cap.jpg‘The Arsenio Hall Show' premieres September 9, 2013 with guests to include Ice Cube, Chris Tucker and Nas
By Eunice Moseley 

   "The lines are more blurred now," said Arsenio Hall about the line-up for the come-back of "The Arsenio Hall Show," his new late-night syndicated talk show, which he is executive producer. "Jay Z and Eminem...would have been more my line-up. It will be a night of surprises...really fun, party (atmosphere). I can't return with no big surprises! When you come back...you have to have surprises."
    Arsenio Halls' Eye Productions produces the show in association with Arsenio Hall Communications LTD and Octagon Entertainment Productions, and it is distributed by CBS Television. He shares executive duties with John Ferriter and Neal Kendall.
    The Cleveland native says his show will be about comedy, music and celebrity guests.
    "The entire first week is booked," Hall informed me. "The surprises...I'm keeping under-wraps."
    What I can tell you is that Chris Tucker, Mark Harmon, Ice Cube, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, George Lopez and Angela Bassett will be guests on his couch. Musical guests include Nas, Earth, Wind & Fire and Emblem3. Also Kendrick Lamar, Nick Cannon, Dr. Phil and Country music's The Band Perry will be guests.
    Arsenio Hall is also an actor whose credits include The Real Ghost Busters, "Celebrity Apprentice," Coming to America and "The Proud Family" movie.
    "It's a lot less BS," Arsenio said about being executive producer on the show this time around. "The business has changed a lot; it's a lot more business. Hollywood really didn't... and now they are. I'm paying people out of my pocket."
Hall said, "if it doesn't make money, it doesn't make sense,"
    "Salaries for actors have changed," he added. "The fats been trimmed."
    On premiere night, Monday, September 9, 2013 the star guest will be Christ Tucker; September 10th guests is Ice Cube, Lisa Kudrow ("Scandel") and rapper Mac Miller; September 11th guests include Magic Johnson, George Lopez and Nas; September 12th Mark Harmon ("NCIS"), Penn & Teller and Earth, Wind & Fire, and on September 13th guests include Angela Bassett and Simon Cowell's group Emblem3.

Things Never Said, starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton, opens to theaters September 6, 2013
  thingsnevrsaid_poster.jpg    Screenwriter and director Charles Murray ("Castle," "Sons of Anarchy," Third Watch, NYPD Blue) brings to life Things Never Said a film based on the life of his mother which stars Shanola Hampton ("Shameless," "Criminal Minds"), Omari Hardwick (The A-Team, Kick Ass), Elimu Nelson ("House of Lies"), Tamala Jones ("Castle"), Dorian Missick (Six Degrees), Tom Wright ("Modern Family," "Rizzoli & Isles"), Charlayne Woodard ("Bones," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") and Michael Beach (Third Watch, "Southland"). The romantic drama is scheduled for release September 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, with national release to follow.
    Kalindra (Hampton) is a spoken word poetess saddled with a non-supporting and angry husband, Ronnie (Nelson). Kal is seeking an outlet when she meets the supporting and handsome Curtis Jackson (Hardwick) - also a spoken word artist with a scarred past. As Kal helps Curtis with his relationship with his estranged daughter he helps her dig deeper and discover her voice.
    "This role gives her (Shanola) an opportunity to be simple," said Omari about Shanola's character Kal "She teases me with the belief I can be love...tables are turned."
    Things Never Said is executively produced by Nicole Elliott, Geofrey Hildrew, Steven LaBroi and Charles Murray. Rated R it is produced by Brian "Skinny B" Lewis. The film centers around Kal being haunted by dreams deferred, a dangerous marriage and a yearning to leave Los Angeles to perform in New York.
    "The idea that beauty is not necessarily a black girl with dreadlocks," Shanola said is what she hopes the audience takes away from the movie. "I really had to tap into myself as an actor...get rawer. This is a real story of domestic violence. Even though the cast is all black, it wasn't a black film. Everyone can relate to it. It's a universal story."
    To see the trailer or learn more about Things Never Said log onto 
www.ThingsNeverSaid.com.  

Jazz singer Carol Duboc offers music therapy with a ‘Smile,' her latest album release
   carolduboc.jpg   "I wrote ‘Smile' the last of the songs I wrote for the album with Jeff. I knew that song was the glue that held things together," said Jazz vocalist Carol Duboc about the title song's release as the first single for her newest album release "Smile." The new release is co-produced by keyboardist Jeff Lorber.
    "Smile" is released on the Gold Note Music imprint and features the assistance of Grammy Award nominated Brian Bromberg on acoustic bass; Jimmy Haslip on electric bass; three-time Grammy Award nominee Hubert Laws on flute; Vinnie Colaiuta on drums; Michael Thompson on guitar, Luis Conte on percussion and Tim Carmon on piano.
    Jeff, who also plays guitar on the album, and Carol have a history of writing songs together that spans over a decade. Carol's debut as a Jazz vocalist was in 2001 with "With All That I Am" featuring Lorber, Gerald Albright and Patrice Rushen - it garnered five top radio adds.
    As a songwriter she has penned songs for Patti LaBelle, Chante Moore, and Stephanie Mills.
    "He and I have similar taste, we love Jazz fusion," said Carol about her music partner Jeff. "It's been some nice surprises (with the album release). I have distribution for my independent...its top 10 on Amazon MP3 sales."
    I found myself enjoying her "Unpredictable," for its "smokey Jazz night-club" feel and I love the guitar support; "Atmosphere," a beautiful and sweet love song; "Parachute," a great Jazz number and I love the flute support by Hubert Laws; "Behind the Kiss, "Nobody Knows," another sweet love song, and "Mythological," a snap your finger type Jazz selection.
    To learn more about Carol Duboc and her latest album release "Smile" log onto 
www.CarolDuboc.com.  

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Carib Press news magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by 
www.EURweb.com  - www.UpliftingMinds2.com  or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com.  Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  
www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.

September 13, 2013 

Sheryl-Lee-Ralph.jpgTV One’s ‘Life After’ premieres highlighting Sheryl Lee Ralph, LeVar Burton and more By Eunice Moseley

“I’m very honored and excited about it,” said Tony Award nominated Sheryl Lee Ralph about the episode highlighting her life, along with a list of other entertainment notables, which premieres Thursday, September 11, 2013. “It turned out much better than I thought.”

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Connecticut born and Jamaica/Long Island, NY raised, is an actress (“Moesha”), singer (Dreamgirls) and activist (Simply Divas Singing, an AIDS fundraiser) who is married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes. Sheryl Lee has a daughter and a son from a previous marriage and is very active in the Hollywood community encouraging everyone she meets with uplifting words.

She received a Tony Award nomination because of her performance in the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” where she played Deena. Ralph even released an album, “In The Evening,” which peaked at #6 on Billboard Charts.

“I didn’t realize the importance of it,” Sheryl Lee said about her AIDS fundraising work. “To me it’s my passion. I lost my dad to prostate cancer and he said, ‘Continue…health is wealth.’.”

Sheryl Lee Ralph’s  half hour “Life After” episode airs premiere night September 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET. TV One’s fifth season of “Life After” also highlights the lives of Shirley Murdock, Adina Howard, Clifton Davis, Jimmie Walker, Sheree Whitfield, Maia Campbell and LaVar Burton.

Ralph, who can be seen in an episode of the new Showtime series Ray Donovan and stars in the new comedy series “Instant Mom” to air September 29th, gives advice before we ended our interview to, “Don’t waste time on tiny dreams, dream big. Take education seriously. You are important, your goal is important, your education is important and your happiness is important. No matter what we are, we are all dependent upon each other. Read my book, ‘Redefining Divas,’ and follow me on Twitter!”

You can learn more on TV One’s docu-series “Life After” at www.TVOne.tv and follow Sheryl Lee on twitter @theSherylRalph.

Tequan Richmond is Lee Boyd Malvo, the DC sniper, in Blue Caprice arriving in theaters September 13, 2013

tequanrichmond.jpgHailed as the new young heartthrob actor, Tequan Richmond is known for his role on “Everybody Hates Chris” as Drew, the young Ray Charles Jr. with Jamie Foxx in Ray, and as TJ Ashford in the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.” He now takes on a leading role in the new Sundance film Blue Caprice based on the true story of the 2002 DC beltway sniper attacks – Tequan plays young Lee Boyd Malvo. Blue Caprice arrives in theaters September 13, 2013.

“I was offered my first lead before this one,” Tequan pointed out to me when asked about whether the lead role was his first. “The director (of Blue Caprice) sent me a Skype conversation and I booked it on Skype.”

Richmond said the hardest part about playing this role was reading all the books about the character.

“I had to read everything,” he said about his research on the role. “Lots of people don’t know he was abandoned from the start.”

Tequan said he had nothing in common with his character so his research into who he was, was very important to his delivery of the role. In this film Richmond has to also narrate, it’s a narrative feature film – a psych-thriller.

Alexandre Moors directors the crime-drama distributed by Sundance Selects in the U.S. The SimonSays Entertainment, Stephen Tedeschi Production, Intrinsic Value Films, Aikon Film is Rated R.

Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”) plays the father, John Allen Muhammad, in Blue Caprice.

“I’m on ‘General Hospital’. The first year I was presented with a nomination for an Emmy,” he proudly added. “I’m also in House Party 5, as a lead, its on DVD on shelves now.”

Richmond as accomplished a lot as an actor especially when it wasn’t his passion.

“It was one of those things, it wasn’t a dream…it was more a hobby,” he said about his career as an actor. “My career just took off.”

Tequan credits his mother, also an actress, who in 1999 – when he was nine – signed him with her talent agent as a actor.

“Her work ethics diffidently got me where I am,” Richmond stated.

To learn more about Sundance’s Blue Caprice, in theaters September 13, 2013, log onto www.BlueCapriceFilm.com.

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II,” presented by Carib Press news magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com – www.UpliftingMinds2.com or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

September 20, 2013

queen_Latifah_eyesup.jpgSony's ‘The Queen Latifah Show' scores highest daytime premiere since 2009 on CBS
By Eunice Moseley 

   "It's been so much fun," said Oscar/Golden Globe nominated, Grammy winning Queen Latifah about working out her guests list for the first premiere week. "It is not difficult. We're a new show so people come on just that strength. There is a flow in the world of talk shows...but it's been great booking the show."
    "The Queen Latifah Show" premiered Monday, September 16, 2013 garnering the highest day-time TV premiere ratings of the year for CBS since 2009 with 1.7 households tuned in - it airs week days at 2:00 p.m. The first week her guests were Will Smith (who executive produces the show along with wife Jada) Golden Globe winning John Travolta, Golden Globe/Grammy winning Jamie Foxx and Oscar nominated Jake Gyllenhaal. Musical guests include Willow Smith and Nas.
    "I literally was on vacation in London when my partner Sha (Shakim Compere) called me," Queen said when asked how the concept of her own talk show came to be. "He said Miguel (Melendez, president of Will & Jada's Overbrook Entertainment), Will and Jada want you to think about doing a talk show. For me it wasn't the idea, it was the right people made the phone call. I wasn't interested in being the next Oprah I want to be the next Queen."
    The Renaissance woman who is a rapper, comedienne, actress, singer, songwriter, and television and record producer said her show will include "cool" interviews with celebrities and surprise guests that show a different side that is of good value to her viewers. It will also offer skits; Queen Latifah styled comedy and musical guests.
"The thought of partnering and working with Jada, she's a friend," said Latifah as another deciding factor on doing the talk show. "What I said was if my mom moved to L.A. I'll think about it. She said, ‘I think you'd be great.' Once she agreed it was a go. It even worked out business wise. It's been such an exciting journey. I know Jada and how hard she goes....in that booth is a lot of female empowerment."
    I think the show will be like fresh air to the day-time talk show line-up across the board. Queen Latifah's experiences in the entertainment business are so wide, diverse and multi-cultural that I see it appealing to a wider range of audiences.
    Queen Latifah's talk show is produced by her company Flavor Unit co-owned with Shakim (credits: Paramount's The Perfect Holiday, Disney's Bringing Down the House, MGM's Beauty Shop), Overbrook Entertainment co-owned with James Lassiter (credits: Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, The Secret Life of Bees, The Karate Kid) headed by president Miguel Melendez, and Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. For more information about Sony's new day-time talk show, "The Queen Latifah Show," on CBS airing at 2:00 p.m. daily log onto 
www.QueenLatifah.com.  

Michael Jae White leading man in TBS' ‘For Better or Worst,' airing third season on OWN   
  michael-jai-white.jpg    Best known for his roles on Universal Soldier: The Return with Jean-Claude Van Damme and as Mike Tyson in HBO's Tyson, Michael Jae White is now a leading man in high demand. This week the third season of TBS' "For Better or Worst" aired with Michael Jae White in the leading role with Tasha Smith as his leading lady on OWN.
    "I did the two movies he (Tyler Perry) decided to make a television series based on those characters. It was a wonderful opportunity," White said about the spin-off of the Tyler Perry film Why Did I Get Married? and the sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? "It's the character I did before."
    "For Better or Worst," a comedy-drama, premiered on TBS in 2011 but wasn't renewed for a third season when it was picked up by OWN.
Michael's credits also includes Mortal Kombat: Legend as Jax Briggs; Kill Bill Vol. 2, animation "Black Dynamite" in 2012; Arrow in 2013 as marine Ben Turner the Bronze Tiger; The Dark Knight, and he directs and stars in Never Back Down 2: The Beat Down.
    "I have a cartoon ‘Black Dynamite' in its second season, ‘Arrow' (MTV), and an action movie Favela," White added when asked about other projects.
Learn more about Michael Jae White by logging onto 
www.MichaelJaeWhite.com.  

Jodi Long takes her comedic styles to TBS' ‘Sullivan & Son'
  jodi-long.jpg    "I think I'm as taught as Cha Sullivan," said Japanese-American Jodi Long about her character in the TBS comedy series "Sullivan & Son." "I'm from New York and I'm Asian and that gives me a bit of an edge. I've done some Korean mother roles and have the accent down."
Long, Manhattan born and Queens, NY raised, in "Sullivan & Son" plays the lead character Steve Sullivan's (played by Steve Byme who is also the co-creator and co-executive producer) head-strong Korean mother.
    "We just got picked up for a third season an hour ago," Jodi added when she informed me that the second season was about to end. "I'm actually in rehearsal to remount my one woman show in West Hollywood about my journey through my imprint in life...emotional...fun show."
    Jodi Long is best known for her lesbian role as Patty in the HBO hit series "Sex & the City." "Sullivan & Son" is about a corporate lawyer, Steve, who decides to instead help run his family's business in Pittsburgh.
    Long's credits include Patty Hearst, RoboCop 3, Striking Distance, Desperate Housewives and The Hot Chick. For more information on Jodi Long or the TBS series "Sullivan & Son" log onto 
www.TBS.com.  

Baltimore actor Johnathon Schaech co-stars in Showtimes' ‘Ray Donovan'
  JohnathonSchaech.jpg    "The first season of ‘Ray Donovan' is coming to an end," said Baltimore native Johnathon Schaech about the dramatic series he co-stars in with Jon Voight and Live Schreiber as a troubled A-list actor Sean Walker whose life becomes threatened by his past. The series airs every Sunday at 10:00 p.m. on Showtime. A second season has been picked up to air in 2014.
    "I play the role of Sean Walker. He's a big time movie star," Johnathon pointed out. "They brought me in, said, ‘Johnathon is perfect for this role.' I felt the role as more like Brad Pitt...but they wanted him to be more over the top...like Tom Cruise."
    Schaech said the only thing that relates him to this character is that he has a little baby and Johnathon, and his wife, are having a baby boy.
"I'm in Hercules 3D it's in the form of 300," Johnathon added about other projects. "It's about a young Hercules. I play this bad guy, an Egyptian mercenary."
    He also has a role in the new "Star Cross" series on CBS, a sci-fi. His character in Hercules 3D is Tarak and it also stars Kellan Lutz (Twilight) - due out March, 2014. His credits also include the role of Jimmy Mattingly in the hit That Thing You Do with Tom Hanks.
    For more information about Showtimes' "Ray Donovan" log onto www.sho.com or 
www.sho.com/RayDonovan.  

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Carib Press news magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com  - www.UpliftingMinds2.com  or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com.  Showcase judges include celebrity choreographer Mike Peele (Stomp the Yard, MJ's This is It), EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey and international guitarist and label owner Vernon Neilly. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

September 27, 2013 

Cloudy 2, a deliciously delightful treat from Sony Pictures, in theaters September 27, 2013
By Eunice Moseley
 


cloudy-2-cast_postr.jpg   "We're really happy to be back with these characters," said Kris Pearn director of the Rated PG Sony Pictures Animation presentation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball 2, in 3D, starring the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Benjamin Bratt, Andy Samberg and Terry Crews. "Took three years...I was on the story for 4 ½ years."
"There was a year of development," Cody Cameron added. Cody shares directorial duties with Kris. "We storyboard on this one. The characters are the most important...I hope people are entertained... laugh."
    "What's so neat about the directors ...they are really in touch with their inner child," said Benjamin Bratt ("Law & Order") who voices the cameraman Manny. "The challenge (of voice over) is that the performance is different...it's a totally different process. On this it's just you and the director."
    The theater was full of laughing faces as foods of all kinds come to life in Cloudy 2, due to an invention of Flint Lockwood (Hader) the guy with the big ideas and big inventions. He enlist the help of Sam Sparks (Faris) the weather girl; reluctantly enlist his father Tim (James Caan); Brent (Andy Samberg), a chicken suit wearing foam board arrow worker friend; Earl Devereaux (Crews) a former police now a coffee house worker, and his best friend Steve the Monkey (Neil Patrick Harris) to help him find and destroy his invention to stop the living food creations from taking over the world.
    "It was hard. I was taking over for the iconic Mr. T," said Terry Crews about replacing Mr. T as the voice of Earl. "Oh man, how do you do that? But they said, ‘No we want Terry Crews. The best you can be.'"
    He did an excellent job because I walked away remembering the lines of his character and the Monkey. It is certainly worth taking the whole family to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2; it will surely be a time of much laughter.
    Kristan Schall and Will Forte are also voices in Cloudy 2. For more information or to see the movie trailer log unto 
www.Cloudy-Movie.com.  

Hilarious self-discovery film, Baggage Claim, arrives in theaters September 27, 2013
  BaggageClaim_PaulaPatton.jpg    Film creator David E. Talbert does it again with the release of his second feature film Baggage Claim, a hilarious self-discovery film starring Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Jenifer Lewis, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou, LaLa Anthony and Tia Mowry. Baggage Claim is a Fox Searchlight Pictures presentation Rated PG and arriving in theaters September 27, 2013.
    Baggage Claim is based on Talbert's novel of the same name and is directed, produced and written by him - a native of my home town of Baltimore so I guess its fitting the backdrop of the film is in Baltimore. Steven J. Wolfe is co-producer. The romantic comedy has Montana "Mo" Moore (Patton); looking for a man she can marry in time to announce it at her youngest sister's wedding engagement party. She has 30 days and 30,000 air miles she can use to make it happen.
    "I added four characters...TSA workers," David E. Talbert said about the large cast of popular actors. "It's more fun working with people I'm a fan of. I'm a fan of everybody."
    "For me this is a huge elevation as a film maker. This is my signature movie," Talbert sincerely pointed out. "It has the most heart and soul in it. You have to let it live. The novel had its magic, the screenplay had its magic and the movie...had to let it have its magic. I step back and let the novel and screenplay is the spring-board.
    David's first feature film was First Sunday in 2008 which starred Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams. He has won 24 Image Awards, one for "Best Playwright," for his 13 legendary stage-plays.
    Aside from making me laugh - hard - the whole time, Baggage Claim has some excellent acting thanks to lead lady Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol); Jill Scott, who was so funny and so good I had to look twice to make sure it was her; Trey Songz, smooth as always, had great comedic timing which I enjoyed, along with the comedic timing of Adam Brody (Mr. & Mrs. Smith).
    The story line and script on this film is surely the signature style of David E. Talbert's productions. This is one of those movies I'd ‘pay' to see again and again just so I can laugh the whole time. Bravo!
    "I'm doing a couple more films with Fox Searchlight," David confessed. "I'm taking off theatrical for a little while and doing the film game..."
Baggage Claim is a 260 Degrees/Sneak Preview Entertainment production that also stars Rickey Smiley, Thomas Miles, Terrence J, Affion Crockett, Christina Milian, Lauren London, Ned Beatty, and Tremaine Neverson. You can find more information on the romantic comedy Baggage Claim or see the movie trailer by logging onto 
www.FoxSearchlight.com/BaggageClaim.  

Ricky Skaggs' rocking Bluegrass with new album ‘Cluck Ol' Hen'
   rickyskaggs2.jpg   The man that holds 14 Grammy Award wins and eight Country Music Awards releases his newest album project, "Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby Live: Cluck Ol' Hen," independently on Fontana. The album is rocking Bluegrass and Country so hard my hand became tired just listening to Ricky pluck those strings.
    "I'm not having trouble with my hands," Ricky Skaggs told me when I commented that I would be because of how hard he works his mandolin.  "Working with Bruce you're going to get a little bit of everything," he added when I mentioned the diversity in styles of country on the album. "He plays every kind of music out there."
    The album was recorded live at performances in Omaha and Nebraska, and offers 11 selections (and eight introductions).
    "Just being able to shape them into Blue Grass (was a challenge), but for this project that's what I wanted to do. He brought his piano into our play ground," Skaggs chuckled as he explains how they mixed Bruce's wide range of styles with his pure Bluegrass signature style. "I love the different elements, but it's a Bluegrass record."
    Currently on tour Ricky Skaggs and his band will be at UCLA October 18, 2013, then off to Nashville and other places. Skaggs is also promoting a book release "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music" about his over 50 years in the Country and Bluegrass music business.
    On the "Cluck Ol' Hen" CD release I have a lot of favorites that include "How Mountain Girls Can Love," because it had me rocking hard - I love to dance; "Bluegrass Breakdown," because of its crazy Bluegrass flavored delivery; "Darling Corey," because the vocals are a bit funky and Bruce's piano solo is awesome; "The Way It Is" is a funky cover song and I really love Ricky on the mandolin on this one; "Golf of Mexico," because I can envision myself on a fishing boat listening to some nice Bluegrass, I love Andy Leftwich's fiddle support too, as well as Bruce on the piano - which is almost Jazz influenced, but yet the fiddle made it plain old Country.
    For more on Ricky Skaggs' newest album release you can log onto 
www.SkaggsFamilyRecords.com  and for more on his book release log onto www.KentuckyTravelerBook.com.  

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Carib Press news magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com  - www.UpliftingMinds2.com  or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com.  Showcase judges include celebrity choreographer Mike Peele (Stomp the Yard, MJ's This is It), EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey and international guitarist and label owner Vernon Neilly. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)  

October 4, 2013

‘Preachers of LA' get real on Oxygen, premiering October 9, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 

preachersofla.jpg   "People will see how imperfect we are," said Los Angeles mega-Pastor and Billboard Chart topping Deitrick Haddon about the reality show he and five other L.A. mega-preachers are on in the new Oxygen reality series "Preachers in LA." "It's a perfect way to re-introduce the Kingdom."
   "Preachers of LA" premieres Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 10:0 p.m. ET/PT. Haddon joins Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Bishop Noel Jones as the network follows their every move day to day.
    The audience will watch different levels of preaching, see different ways of winning souls, discover their different lifestyles and get a glimpse into their communities and people they serve.
    "It will show everybody...that men of God and women of God are people," Bishop Noel said about the reality show.
    "Preachers of LA" is produced by Lemuel Plummer and Holly Carter.

Grammy winning Donald Lawrence releases ‘Best for Last' celebrating 20 years in Gospel music
  donaldlawrence2.jpg    Grammy Award winning Gospel singer, songwriter and producer Donald Lawrence releases his newest album titled "Vol. I: Best for Last" in celebration of 20 years in the Gospel music industry on the Quiet Water/Entertainment One Music imprint.
    "A lot of them have great stories," Donald Lawrence said about the collection of songs you will hear in his project - which has guest appearances by Lalah Hathaway, Natalie Grant, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Yolanda Adams, Coko (SWV), Ted & Sheri, Tri-City Singers, Tobbi White Darks and Rudy Currence. "Some (guests) were friends, they knew my work. I lot of them I'm a fan. I said, ‘Hey I'm going to do this song.' And I've always had great singers."
    Lawrence just finished the "Best for Last" tour which started September 19, 2013 and he is currently on the Verizon "How Sweet The Sound" tour until November. On Saturday Oct. 5th they will be in Chicago, Oct. 6th in Detroit, Oct. 8th in Atlanta, and on it ends Nov. 2nd in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
"Best for Last" is co-produced by Lawrence, Daniel Weatherspoon and Percy Bady.
     "I was actually music director for Stephanie Mills and I had a lot of songs," he said when asked about the start of his solo career, which has lasted 20 years. "I just wanted to record the songs. Then a choir recorded one...it just evolved."
    My favorite cuts on the album include "The Gift" - love that lead guitar support - and the title track "Best for Last" featuring Yolanda Adams because it's a great inspirational song - both also reached Gospel's Top 5 Charts upon release as singles. I also like "Mighty God" featuring Coko (SWV) - loved how that choir rocked the background vocals, and "Instrument" featuring Rudy Currence, is a favorite because his vocals on this are very impressive.
    Visit Donald Lawrence's website at 
www.DonaldLawrence.com  for more information on the "Best for Last" album or the "Best for Last" tour.

Terry Crews, the voice of former cop Earl in Cloudy 2, is in high demand
  terrycrews.jpg    "Soul food verses man," Terry Crews laughed when we talked about maybe a sequel to Cloudy 2, a "Cloudy 3: In the Hood." This was his comment at a recent news conference to promote the recent Columbia Pictures Animation Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball 2. "And It will have to have macaroni and cheese."
    Crews is the voice of Earl Devereaux, voiced in the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Mr. T, a former police office currently working at a coffee house. He becomes the protector of the main characters as they try to save the world from an invention that turned water into food, but has malfunctioned and now the food comes out alive and ready to attack.
    "I took my whole family to the studio, but we didn't see the whole film yet," he pointed out before the September 27, 2013 release of the film. "We're excited. We're going to the premiere, it will give me a chance to weigh-in."
    When I told him his character was one of the casts of animated characters that I walked away, after screening the film for review, remembering his lines - such as his "not on my watch" - he said, "I learned a long time ago when you have 30 seconds, just bring it. Be your best. I am so happy to be a part of this. I love being around comedy, we can't take ourselves seriously."
    Crews said he has a project with Tyler Perry coming out called Single Mom's Club. It's slated to hits theaters May 9, 2014 and also stars Perry and Nia Long.
    The former NFL player's credits include starring roles in "Everybody Hates Chris;" The Expendables, "Are We There Yet?" on TBS; his reality show on BET "The Family Crews; The Longest Yard, with Adam Sandler; Old Spice commercials, "Arrested Development," "The Newsroom," Friday After Next, White Chicks and Bridesmaids.
    You can find out more about Terry Crews, the leading-man-in-high-demand, at his website 
www.TerryCews.com.  

The 4th Annual Style Lounge & Party by Bergman PR was exquisite at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood
Doris_EmmyStyleevent_GlebSavchenko_dancingwiththestars.jpg    I was invited to cover the 4th Annual Style Lounge & Party again this year by Doris Bergman of Bergman PR which hosted the event. The event is to support the current and past Emmy Award nominated and winning actors.
    The first person I saw, walking out the door with bags of items supplied by a list of businesses, was legendary actor Robert Wagner ("NCIS," "The League"). The location was different this year, held at the world-renowned Fig & Olive in West Hollywood and from what I could see they provided a great staff and atmosphere.
    In the garden area of the restaurant there were many upscale companies and designers of all kinds showcasing, and providing free samplings to the celebrity fill exquisitely orchestrated event.
    Emmy winners, nominees and celebrity supporters came by all day to take part of not only free merchandise, but free drinks and delicious items to eat. During my brief stay I had a chance to talk to Alicia Lagano of Lifetime's "The Client List", Chelsie Hightower ("Dancing With The Stars"), and Gleb Savchenko, there representing the Emmy nominated seasons of "Dancing With The Stars."
    "It was great how far we got...we went through five," said choreographer Gleb Savchenko about his run of seasons with Dancing With The Stars as mentor to celebrities - that are not necessarily dancers. "Dealing with a person who never danced before...its such a long process, but I try to always be open minded. But it's really difficult and really challenging."
    Presenters of this year's event were Nature Flavors and Whitening Lighting. Some of the merchants there included Nitro Cream, Honest Tea, Bon*Bon, Whirl A-Style, M.B. New York, LusciousS, Purple Girl Clothing, and Ollin Arm Candy.

(Event: Free admission on Saturday Oct 19th for the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Carib Press news magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com  - www.UpliftingMinds2.com  or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com. Showcase judges include celebrity choreographer Mike Peele (Stomp the Yard, MJ's This is It), EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey and international guitarist and label owner Vernon Neilly. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

October 11, 2013

Columbia Pictures' Captain Phillips is riveting, arrives in theaters October 11, 2013
By 
Eunice Moseley 

captain-phillips.jpg   "I was taken-back with the professionalism, expertise and training...and they are so young," two-time Oscar winning Tom Hanks said about his experience with the U.S. Navy during the process of making the Columbia Pictures' action-thriller presentation of Captain Phillips, based on the abduction and rescue of the captain of the US Maersk Alabama cargo ship in the 2009 hijacked by Somali pirates. "What they do is hard...right down to the cooks - with four meals a day, cooking all day (for 256 people). The Navy and the crew...getting to know this very very impressive group of young people."
    The goal of the team on the US Maersk, at the time of the hijacking, was to survive until help came. Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips and Barkhad Abdi is Muse the Somali pirate captain - now serving over 30 years in the Federal prison - in the Scott Rudin/Michael De Luca/Trigger Street production.
    The film is based on the book, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea" by Captain Richard Phillips, with Stephan Talty. The screenplay was written by Billy Ray and executive producers are Gregory Goodman, Eli Bush and Kevin Spacey. Peter Greengrass is the director of the Rated PG film.
    "(The US Navy) helped us make the film," said director Peter Greengrass about his experiences with our armed forces. "The experience of making the film was different...very clear difference...the scale of the problem of the haves and the have nots...it's an emerging police problem."
    "I have some friends in the Navy," said Barkhad about his experience with the US military. "It gave me a visual...how different...and nice the people are. They came to me and we had talks."
    Others starring in the cast of Captain Phillips include Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez and David Warshofsky.
    Columbia Pictures' Captain Phillips arrives in theaters October 11, 2013.

Codeblack's tear-jerking presentation of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete arrives in theaters October 11, 2013
   theinevitabledefeatofmisterandpete_scene.jpg   The Codeblack/Lionsgate Film presentation of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a tear-jerking take on inner-city reality for a lot of "babies." This is a tale of two abandoned kids trying to survive in an all too real city life that never sleeps and where you can get killed. Sylan Brooks exquisitely plays Mister and Ethan Dizon gives a dazzling performance as Pete.
    Written by George Tillman, Jr., The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete also stars Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Hudson, Jordan Sparks, Academy Award winning Jeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
    The Rated-R drama is executive produced by Alicia Keys and arrives in theaters October 11, 2013. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is an iDeal Partners/State Street production in association with Floren Shieh/Archer Gray/Cherry Sky Films/AKW Productions.

Award winning journalist Roland S. Martin premieres daily news show ‘News One Now' on TV One
  rolandSmartin_headshot.jpg    "It's about forcing our audience to think differently about these subjects," said multi-Image Award winning journalist Roland S. Martin about his new daily news show "News One Now," premiering on TV One (cable, radio and online) October 11, 2013.
    Martin is also host of TV One's Sunday morning one-hour weekly news show "Washington Watch with Roland Martin." The new daily news show,    "News One Now," begins each day as a three-hour radio talk show on Radio One ending with the TV One live presentation of that conversation on "News One Now" - streamed also online.
    Roland is the author of three books and his syndicated column - with Creators Syndicate and as senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show - has him reaching 8 million people daily.

Disney awards the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, with the Disney Legends Award
  JodiBenson_voiceofAriel_LilMermaid.jpg    "I tried to connect with the character," Jodi Benson said about the audition that changed the course of her life as the voice of Ariel for Walt Disney. "They removed our names so I was incredibly thrilled. At that point I was really happy with where my life was - two kids being home schooled. Being the voice of Ariel and Barbie certainly wasn't in the plan."
    Jodi said her world changed and now its 28 years later and Disney still uses her. Recently they honored her with The Disney Legends Award for having almost 30 years as the voice of the Disney character Ariel.
    Ariel is found in the Academy Award winning Walt Disney Picture project The Little Mermaid. Benson is also the voice of Barbie in the Disney/Pixar Golden Globe winning Toy Story 2 and Academy Award winning Toy Story 3. She is also the voice of Weebo in the Disney live action Flubber, starring Robin Williams. Jodi created the character voice in Thumbelina, a Don Bluth animated feature film and she appears as Patrick Dempsey's assistant Sam in Disney's live-action feature film Enchanted - as a real person with "legs."
    The Little Mermaid has been released this month in a three-disk Blu-ray Combo Pack - Rated G - in celebration of the Disney honor given to Jodi Benson - the voice of Ariel. For more information about The Little Mermaid three-Disk Blu-ray release log onto www.Movies.Disney.com/The-Little-Mermaid.

(Event: Free admission on Saturday Oct 19th for the Los Angeles "Uplifting Minds II," presented by Carib Press, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood (off Bronson). Offers seminar panel discussion and national talent showcase. Judges include celebrity choreographer Mike Peele (Stomp the Yard, MJ's This is It), www.EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey and international guitarist and label owner Vernon Neilly. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant - www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.) 

October 18, 2013

Fox Searchlight presents the shocking reality of 12 Years A Slave to theaters October 18, 2013
By 
Eunice Moseley 

12yearsAslave_chiwetelEjiofor.jpg   A whole two hours and 14 minutes long, the Fox Searchlight presentation of 12 Years A Slave shocks you with the reality of the true story, so much so, it doesn't seem that long. Twelve Years A Slave is the story of one free-man's journey from slavery to freedom. Rated-R, 12 Years A Slave is based on the autobiographical book (released in1853) by pre-Civil War upstate New York born-free black man Solomon Northup (1807 - unknown), played excellently by Chiwetel Ejiofor. It tells of his abducted (in 1841) during a trip to Washington, DC and being sold into slavery as Platt Hamilton.
    The true story has Michael Fassbender as the crazed slave owner, Mr. Epps, whose cruelty will have you literally in tears and closing you eyes from the horror. Brad Pitt, the films producer, has a small but pivotal role as a Canadian temporarily working on the plantation. As Solomon assist Pitts' character he builds up the courage to persuade the Canadian to do something unheard of. He asks him to take a message back home to New York to end his 12 years of struggles - trying to survive as a slave.
    Steve McQueen (Hunger) is the director and John Ridley (Red Tails) is the screenwriter. Pitt (Money Ball) shares production duties on this project with Dede Gardner , Jeremy Kleiner (World War Z), Bill Pohland, Arnon Milchen, Anthony Katagas and McQueen. Executive producers are Tessa Ross (Slumdog Millionaire) and John Ridley.
    Chiwetel and Michael are joined by Alfre Woodward (as Mrs. Shaw, a freed-slave married to a white slave-owner), Benedict Cumberbatch (William Ford, the gentle initial slave owner), Paul Dano (Looper), Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scott McNairy, Lupita Nyong'o (as slave-Mistress to Mr. Epps), Adepero Oduye, Sartah Paulson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam and Bill Camp.
    Be prepared to be shock, sadden and overwhelmed with joy in Fox Searchlights' 12 Years A Slave. Regency Enterprises and River Road Entertainment present the River Road, Plan B and New Regency Production in association with Film4. Twelve Years A Slave is a Steve McQueen film.

TV One focuses on actress Maia Campbell on ‘Life After' series, ‘Owning It All,' airs on Wednesdays
  maia_campbell.jpg    "I had some wild times like all girls in Hip-Hop," said actress Maia Campbell, best known in her role as Tiffany Warren on the sitcom "In The House," about TV One's "Life After" series coverage of her life, an episode titled "Owning It All." "I was young, popular and lived my life on the edge. I'm excited to see the growth. I have a daughter now. I have to teach by example, so I live a different kind of life."
    TV One's Maia Campbell episode aired last Wednesday, but catch the reruns to see her life as it unfolds with its ups and downs. Maia, a Maryland native, is the daughter of New York Best-selling author and Image Award winner Bebe Moore Campbell. Her acting career started at an early age and her credits include "Moesha" and "Thea" with Brandy, "Beverly Hills 90201," "Sister Sister" with the Mowry twins and Marques Houston; Fox's "South Central" with Larenzo Tate, and the John Singleton film Poetic Justice starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur - where she played Tupac's cousin Lucky.
    "I was so excited to have been chosen for that platform," Campbell said about the TV One episode. "I started young...was in Poetic Justice with Tupac Shakur, that was monumental at the time... he was a very big icon."
    The TV One commercial on her episode, according to Maia, says she was "crazy", she takes it in stride by writing it-off as sensationalism.
"I still like to have a good time," she pointed out. "I learned not to live on the edge."
    Maia says she hopes the coverage help to propel her mothers' last novel (written before she past-away), titled "72 Hour Hold," is picked-up for a movie by Tyler Perry - or someone capable she says.
    "My mother got me to all my auditions, kept me in my education. I went to Spellman and UCLA," Maia adds. "She got me involved in NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness). My mother died of brain cancer but before she died she wrote a novel, '72 Hour Hold". It's an excellent novel about different types of relationships. It's a good piece - go to Amazon.com."
    Campbell, who says she is currently working on a play, joins a list of others highlighted by TV One in "Life After" which includes Jimmy Walker, Sheryl Lee Ralph, LeVar Burton and Clifton Powell. "Life After" airs on Wednesdays 8/7c.

TV One's ‘Verses and Flow' mid-way through its 3rd season has appearances by Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Mary Mary and is hosted by Omari Hardwick
  verses_and_flow_JillScott.jpg    Went to a premiere event for TV One's "Verses and Flow" and learned that the show was created by Lexus executives. It combines spoken word and song. I was very surprised to see who has the spoken-word skills, such as host actor Omari Hardwick (Kick Ass). You will see that and more on TV One's "Verses and Flow" 3rd season.
    The Lexus "Verses and Flow" 30 minute variety-style show airs on Wednesday nights. Others to appear on the series include Bell Biv DeVoe, Clint Smith, Edwin Bodney, Kenny Lattimore, Mary Mary, Faith Evans, Anthony Hamilton, Bridget Kelly, RaVaughn, Tony Rich, Avant and Raheem DeVaughn - just to name a few. The music is awesome thanks to musical director Adam Blackstone and the "Verses and Flow" house band.
    Directed by Andrew Logan, TV One's "Verses and Flow" is a NAACP Image Award nominated series which gained four additional episodes this season resulting in a total of 12 and over 35 poets will take the stage in season three.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment - she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com,   www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.UpliftingMinds2.com).   

October 25, 2013

ABC's ‘Trophy Wife' draws over 4 million premiere viewers, three more scripts ordered
By 
Eunice Moseley 

TrophyWife__malinakerman.jpg    "It's the complete opposite of a ‘trophy wife," laughs Malin Akerman, who plays Kate the "trophy wife" on ABC's new comedy series "Trophy Wife," with Bradley Whitford (her husband) and Michaela Watkins. "I'm part of a family that is mixed with steps - sister, brother, mom - my husband has been married several times."
    The premiere last month attracted 4.2 million, according to TheDisneyBlog.com, with CinemaBlend.com reporting 4.3 million. Last week the network reported the new series is still bringing in 4.3 million viewers and has ordered three new scripts (without guarantee of pickup) at this point. That is a good sign for the comedy series executive produced by Emily Halpen, Sarah Haskins and Lee Eisenberg.
    "She is 20 years younger than her husband," said Lee about "Trophy Wife". "The title is meant to be ironic...it's been the most fun ... to make her fall on her face and not look like it."
    "Trophy Wife" is a creation of Sarah and Emily that is loosely based on Sarah's life.
    "This show seems to fit well with ABC...I feel it's the right home for it," said Emily about the series.
    "Trophy Wife" also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Bailee Madison, Ryan Scott Lee, Natalie Morales and Albert Tsai. ABC's "Trophy Wife" airs on Tuesdays at 9:30pmET.

Bounce TV rolls out the red carpet for Bentley Kyle Evans' two new comedy series
  MyCrazyRoommate_cast.jpg    I was invited to an "exclusive sneak peek" at Bounce TV's two new original programming creations of Bentley Kyle Evans. Evans is the creator and producer of such hit comedic series as "Martin Lawrence," "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "Love That Girl." His Bounce TV creations premiered on Bounce TV last week - "BRKDWN" and "My Crazy Roommate."
    During a sit-down interview with the cast of "My Crazy Roommate" I realized that each of their personalities fit perfect with their characters. The "My Crazy Roommate" cast included Laila Odom as roommate Brooke and Brittany Richards as roommate Chloe. Gregg Wayans is Sloan and Hari Williams is Future, friends of the polar opposite roommates.
    "It's loosely based on my life," said Bentley. "I would be a little bit of both."
    Sloane's character is a friend of the roommates with a sought of attraction for one of them which never really ‘seem' to develop. Future is a friend, with spoken-word skills, that works with one of the roommates.
    Executive VP of Programming at Bounce TV, Billy Hall, was there to support the launch of the series promising to not let it die in the rating war but to nurture it. The premiere of Bounce TV's "My Crazy Roommate", according to BWWTVWorld.com, gave the two year old network's highest viewing audience in its history.
    Bounce TV's "My Crazy Roommate" airs on Tuesdays at 10:00 pm.

Vicki Yohe wants you to know worshipping is free with new album release
Vicki-Yohe.jpg    Such an emotional and on fire singer Vicki Yohe is a powerful vocalist in the Gospel industry. In talking with her about her newest album release "Free Worshipper: A Praise and Worship Experience" (Shanachie) she was so in love with the power (and high) that you get when you give God the burdens.
This album is a testament of that power that makes you feel uplifted to the utmost. The first single "I Know a Name" is a sweet song of appreciation for that love and it's one of my favorite selections on the album. Yohe even broke out and started singing the single to me with as much passion as if she was on stage before 1,000s.
    "Free Worshipper" was record live at Faithworld Church in Orlando, Florida with a five-piece band and produced by Kendall Duffie and Ayron Lewis.
Vicki's first label was Giant Records in 1994 where she released three projects: "The Mercy Seat," "Under the Blood," "Something About My Praise". In 2002 she signed to CeCe Winan's Puresprings Gospel and her project's single, "Because of Who You Are," garnered a Dove Award and her 2005 release "He's Been Faithful" was nominated for a Stellar Award. Vicki released two albums on Aluminum Records - "Christmas Present" and "Beyond the Stone".
    Currently on Shanachie Entertainment Yohe released a live project in 2009, "Reveal Your Glory," "I'm At Peace" in 2011 and this year her current release "Free Worshipper."
    Also a minister, who at age 19 was music director at her family church in Baton Rouge, LA, Vicki Yohe's voice will keep you in "glass ½ full" status. My favorites, aside from the single, is "Four Words," featuring the vocals of Clint Brown, for its powerful and emotional appreciation the love and sacrifice Jesus gave; "God is Good," a great Contemporary Gospel heart-felt testimony; "Waves of Glory," a powerful Praise & Worship song with an awesome choir as the backdrop, with a sweet lead guitar support at the beginning, and "God Loves the Broken," a masterpiece which belongs on the soundtrack to a dramatic film, I also love the violin support.
    Learn more about Vicki Yohe and her latest Shanachie release "Free Worshipper" at www.Shanachie.com or www.VickiYohe.com.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment - she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com,  www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.UpliftingMinds2.com). 

November 1, 2013

Judith Hill and her band performs at Ram's Head Live in Annapolis November 4, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 


JudithHill3.jpg    "I had a lot of fun," said Judith Hill, Michael Jackson backup singer and protégé' ("This Is It") about her experience as a contestant on the fourth season of NBC's "The Voice". "It was a great experience. I was able to explore my artistry week after week. You discover who you are...and I met a lot of people."
    Judith Hill most known for her duet with Michael Jackson on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," which she performed with him on stage for his final performance seen on "This Is It." On Monday, November 4, 2013 Judith will bring her amazing voice and her band to Ram's Head Live in Annapolis Maryland.
    "I'm bringing my band, their sound is awesome," she pointed out about her upcoming show. "I will be performing original music...ballads and inspirationals. It's going to be fun."
    Hill said her songs' lyrics are about never giving up and to look at the beautiful things around us. That she wants to encourage people, "especially around this time of the year," she said.
    A Los Angeles native, Judith Hill appears in the film 20 Feet From Stardom, about backup singers that are seen behind some of the greatest musicians in the 21st century. She also is featured on Christina Aguilera's single "What a Girl Wants" and scored Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer film's soundtrack.

Ernie Hudson co-stars in Warner Bros presentation of Doonby, with John Schneider, arrives in theaters and VOD November 1, 2013
  Ernie_Hudson_chair.jpg    Ernie Hudson, best known for his characters in Ghostbusters and Congo, co-stars in an independent spellbinding thriller Doonby starring John Schneider (Smallville, Dukes of Hazzard) as Sam Doonby a detached stranger who seems to always be around to prevent disaster. Hudson plays the owner of Leroy's Country and Blues Bar, where Doonby is the local celebrity.
    "Doonby is an intriguing story and takes a couple of unexpected turns," said Ernie Hudson about the Rated PG film. "There's something about him (Doonby), so I give him a job. My character came up during the 70's met a girl and didn't want to travel any more so he settled down and opened a night club...he loves his wife too."
    The Riverhouse Entertainment production also stars Will Wallace (Tree of Life), Robert Davi (Die Hard) and Jenn Gotzon (Hulk). The film is written and directed by Irish filmmaker Peter Mackenzie. Jennifer O'Neill, Joe Estervez and Mark Joseph also appear in the film.
Ernie is a veteran actor whose credits go back as far as the early ‘80s when he co-starred in Penitentiary II, "The Dukes of Hazzard," "The A-Team", "Fantasy Island," and recent credits include Miss Congeniality, Heros, The Crow, HBO's Oz, "Stargate SG-1," Transformers: Primal, The Ron Clark Story, "Law & Order," and "Modern Family."
    You can watch the trailer or get more information about the Warner Bros presentation Doonby by logging onto 
www.DoonbyTheMovie.com

Alexandra Dilworth is Bravo's ‘The New Atlanta,' airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
  alexandra_dilworth.jpg    "Since I was a little girl people would say Alex you are such a character you should be on television. So when this opportunity came I jumped on it," said Alexandra Dilworth star of the new Bravo reality show "The New Atlanta," which also stars Emily Lipman Dish.
The show follows single upcoming entrepreneurs in Atlanta who are doing big things.
    "We are young upcoming. There are not many people in their early 20s that you hear about doing big things. My business is the hipster clothing line called Generation E - E stands for three different things: electric with the glow, epic with the rave and exclusive the custom made."
    Her clothing line also offers accessories such as gloves. Dilworth holds a Bachelor in Psychology and an Associate degree in Health. The online boutique identifies its line as electronic dance music (EDM) and hipster lifestyle designs.
The Bravo reality show, "The New Atlanta," is the brainchild of Mona-Scott Young CEO of Monami Entertainment the home of Grammy Award winning artist Missy Elliott and VH1's "Love & Hip-Hop." Its premiere in September, 2013 attracted over a million views.
"I want to speak out about ‘trophy wives'," Alex added at the end of the interview. "I want to speak up for women who want the traditional roles."
Check Alex Dilworth out on Bravo's "The New Atlanta" and get to know her yourself or log onto 
www.Bravo.com/The-New-Atlanta for more information.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment - she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com,  www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.UpliftingMinds2.com). 

November 8, 2013 

Hill Harper releases new book, ‘Letters to an Incarcerated Brother,' stars on ‘Covert Affairs,' finale' airs November 21, 2013
By Eunice Moseley 


hill-harper.jpg   "I get all of these letters from men and women going through the system. I felt I had to step in and try to help," said Harvard JD graduate, best-selling author and actor Hill Harper about his newest book release "Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones" on November 5, 2013. "Real struggles... Publishers didn't support the book because, of course, people would have to buy it and give it to those incarcerated."
    The book provides advice and inspiration to restore a sense of self-worth. Through his nonprofit, Manifest Your Destiny, he has witnessed at-risk teen's transformation because of mentorship.
    "I discovered there aren't very many resources directed toward this population," Harper pointed out. "The material takes a top down approach about the justice system, not down top."
    As an actor Hill's credits started in the late ‘90s which led to his currently co-starring role in "CSI: NY" and most recently on USA Network's "Covert Affairs" where he plays a bad guy. The finale' of "Covert Affairs" airs November 21st.
    "Set your DVRs...it still counts...cause it's on the same time as ‘Scandal'," Harper laughed as informed me about the finale' for "Covert Affairs" airing Thursday November 21st at 10/9C. Hill acquired a recurring role on "Covert Affairs" as Calder Michaels an ambitious CIA station chief based in Latin America. "I'm a bad guy on this show, but you don't know if I am good or bad. (My agent) He knew I wanted to play more bad guys...It's been so much fun."
    Hill Harper's book "Letters to a Young Brother" was named "Best Book for Young Adults" by the American Library Association and garnered him two NAACP Image Awards.
    His acting credits include his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkins, the reclusive coroner in "CSI: NY," starring role in HBO's Lackawanna, The Handler, Soul Food, and "The Sopranos."
    Find more information about his "Letters to an Incarcerated Brother..." log onto 
www.HillHarper.com and to learn more about the "Covert Affairs" finale' log onto www.USANetwork.com/CovertAffairs.  

Steve Cole's newest album, ‘Pulse,' offers the passions of Jazz
  SteveCole.jpg    "It's my seventh release...it's another step," said saxophonist Steve Cole about the concept for the new release, "Pulse," co-produced with fellow sax-man David Mann. ‘This one was less about a concept, and more about writing and not thinking."
It offers 10 varied styles of Jazz - R&B, Contemporary, Gospel, Blues and Pop. Mann plays the horn section saxes, keyboards, flute, synth-bass and programming on "Pulse" (Artistry Music).
    "We tried something different...we let it become," he said. "The title track features Nicholas Cole who I enjoyed working with. He produced and co-wrote it. I think he is a great young artist."
    My favorite selections on the "Pulse" include the title track "Pulse," featuring 19 year old keyboardist/producer Nicholas, for its nice funky beat; "With You All The Way" because it offers so much passion; "Going in Circles," a sweet Jazz cover of the original late ‘60s song of The Friends of Distinction, and "Minty Fresh" (inspired by Mint Condition) another funky Jazz cut from the "Pulse."
    Also featured on the album are Nicki Richards (vocalist), guitarists Bernd Schoenhart and Rico McFarland, and organist Ricky Peterson. Cole is current touring Europe and the states so for upcoming performance dates you can log onto www.SteveCole.net.

Showtime at the Apollo's KiKi Shepard's 10th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge receives overwhelming support
  100_0845.JPG    The face of Showtime at the Apollo, KiKi Shepard, recently hosted her The K.I.S. Foundation's 10th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge at the PINZ Entertainment Center in Studio City. I stopped by for a while to support the red carpet arrivals of the fundraiser to benefit her foundation which purpose is to bring awareness to Sickle Cell Disease. The K.I.S. Foundation is committed to improving the social health and quality of life for children, adults and families living with the disease.
    The bowling event included 32 teams of celebrities so the list and red carpet arrivals were long. I stayed long enough to greet on arrival KiKi Shepard herself, Alimi Ballard (Fox "Dark Angel"); Rocky Carroll (CBS "NCIS"); Yvette Nicole Brown (Nickelodeon "Drake & Josh"); Salli Richardson Whitfield (I Am Legend) and husband Dondre; Dorian Missick (The Manchurian Candidate); Glynn Turnman (Showtime "House of Lies"); Omar J. Dorsey (Django Unchained); Vanessa Bell Calloway (The Temptations); Aldis Hodges (TNT "Leverage"); Eugene Byrd (Anacondas), and Dondre Whitfield (ABC "All My Children") and wife Salli - to name a few.
    KiKi is a graduate of Howard University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is best known as the co-host of "Showtime at the Apollo" with the fashionable dresses. You can find out more information on KiKi Shepard and The K.I.S. Foundation by logging onto 
www.TheKISFoundation.com.  

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment - she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com,  www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.UpliftingMinds2.com).  

November 15, 2013

CBS' ‘The Queen Latifah Show' grabs #1 new talk show honor By Eunice Moseley 
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   "It's fantastic," said Emmy/Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah about her talk show on CBS, "The Queen Latifah Show," grabbing the #1 new day-time talk show in America honor. "It's a testament to the need in day-time television. It's...fun, informative, there's craziness..."
   "The Queen Latifah Show" is a variety talk show that showcase' her unbelievable range of talents as an entertainment legend who raps, sings, produces (record, television), acts, and models. The show is executive produced by five-time Emmy Award winner Corin Nelson ("Chelsea Lately," "Rosie O'Donnell Show") and produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit, headed by her partner Shakim Compere (Beauty Shop, Brotherly Love); Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment (I Am Legend) headed by Miguel Melendez (president) and co-owned with Ken Stovitz and James Lassiter - Lassiter manages Jada Pickett-Smith's Rock band Witched Wisdom with Melendez, and Sony Pictures Television. "The Queen Latifah Show" is syndicated and airs on CBS at 9am and on other networks across the country.
This month "The Queen Latifah Show" debuts its set designed by four-time Grammy winning Rock legend and designer Lenny Kravitz called "Big Sexy." Guests this month include LL Cool J, Kerry Washington, Vince Vaughn, Taye Diggs, Johnny Knoxville, Ray Romano, Whoopi Goldberg, James Blunt, Jewell and many more.
   "He's been able to bring a mutual sense of style that I love, modern architecture," said Queen about Lenny's set design. "It's one of the most gorgeous sets on television. It's not your typical colors or styles. Its modern furniture...like my home...it's similar to my home. I've been a fan of his for many years and I'm honored to be his first set design for television."
   Queen will also announce this month the million-dollar winner of the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.
   In Latifah's career she has garnered a Golden Globe Award; two Screen Actors Guild Awards; two NAACP Image Awards, and six Grammy nominations. Her company, Flavor Unit's credits include Joyful Noise starring Queen and Dolly Parton, and Ice Age, also starring Latifah.

Baltimore native, Bresha Webb, lands starring role in TV One's ‘Love That Girl'
Bresha-Webb_TVONe_LoveThatGirl_Imunique.jpg   Since the age of four her father said she kept saying she wanted to be on television and now Baltimore native Bresha Webb is starring in TV One's Martin Lawrence and Bentley Kyle Evans' ("Martin," "Jamie Foxx Show") created and executive produced sitcom "Love That Girl." Into its fourth season "Love That Girl" airs on Fridays at 8pm.
   "I auditioned like everyone else," said Bresha Webb when asked how she landed this major role. "Martin Lawrence wasn't there but his voice was there. I knew they wanted a Sheneneh character. I didn't look like her in real life...until I started talking. Martin is one of the creators of the ("Martin") show - he created Sheneneh."
   "Love That Girl" was launched in 2010 with Tatyana Ali ("Fresh Prince of Bel Air") in the starring role as Tyana Jones, but due to scheduling conflicts Bresha was able to take the helm. TV One's fourth season of "Love That Girl" was launched October 11, 2013 and also stars Phil Morris, Reagan Gomez, Alphonso McAulley, Mark Adair-Rios, Peter Oldring, and Huggy Lowdown as himself.
   Webb feels as though the audience will relate to her character Imunique because she is well rounded, unlike Sheneneh in "Martin". She believes the viewers will get to see the humanity part of the character.
   "She's not just a crazy person," Bresha said about Imunique. "I went in (shooting) for the funny...hitting the punch lines. Now... I'm able to develop her as an actress, give her different levels. It was one way coming in...it changed...I changed too, became well rounded as an actress."
   Webb inspires to be an Academy Award winner and with her image on Billboards on Sunset Blvd. already for starring in this TV One sit-com, I see nothing stopping her.
   Bresha Webb's credits also include "Private Practice," "ER" and "Lincoln Heights." Learn more about her and the show at www.TVOne.tv/Love-That-Girl.  

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment - she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com,  www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.UpliftingMinds2.com). 

November 22, 2013

Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ a spellbinding journey to love, arrives in theaters November 22, 2013  By Eunice Moseley 
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   The sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is a spellbinding journey to love set in a similar but alternative world where the rich use the poor for sport and games. Academy Award winning Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen winner of the 74th Annual Hunger Games when she was only 16. She will embark on a “Victors’ Tour,” that ends with an unplanned 75th Annual Hunger Games consisting of the last 75 years of winners. Fellow winner Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson, is on the “tour” with her. Lionsgate’s presentation of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brings to life the second book in the best-selling trilogy by Suzanne Collins; it arrives in theaters November 22, 2013.

   Also starring in the sequel is Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne; Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson as the unstable victor Haymitch Abernathy; Elizabeth Banks as the flamboyant Effie Trinket the hostess of the games; David Sutherland as President Snow, and Grammy Award winning Lenny Kravitz as Cinna the stylist for Katniss.

   “I have a design company,” said American Music Award winning Rock legend Lenny Kravitz when asked if he really had skills as a stylist. “I started the company 13 years ago…I’ve designed condominiums, furniture, wall paper... I just designed the set of ‘The Queen Latifah Show.’”

   Katniss’ reading off Effie’s cue-card at the ceremonies sparks a small rebellion that grows. President Snow has plans to stop the rebellion with a 75th Hunger Games reunion of all winners, a game that would have no victors. Cinna, the stylist, even rebels by designing a dress with a surprise. During the game a deep bond is formed between Katniss and fellow games partner Peeta, as well as a sacrificial friendship between the other victors.

   Surprises are in store in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which also stars Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright; Tony Award winner Amanda Plummer; Jena Malone, and veteran actress Lynn Cohen.

   The Color Force/Lionsgate production is executive produced by Nina Jacobson, directed by Francis Lawrence, screenplay written by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn, and produced by Jacobson and Jon Kilik. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is Rated-PG-13

Fox Searchlight’s Black Nativity has a stellar cast offering performances of a lifetime, arrives in theaters November 27, 2013

blacknativity_scene.jpg   “I was honored,” said three time Grammy Award nominee Tyrese Gibson about his role as the estranged father of the lead character, Langston, in the Fox Searchlight presentation of Black Nativity. Black Nativity is based on the Langston Hughes play of the same name. “I was on the set of Fast and Furious in London. She (Kasi Lemmons) wrote it for me. I got the script and it had Tyrese… This role is my answer to a prayer. I want the audience to be inspired…it’s the Spirit of God through music.”

   Black Nativity is a contemporary musical starring Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, NAS (Nasir Jones) and Mary J. Blige.  The outstanding music is executive produced by Raphael Saadiq.

   “Raphael was there to provide me with coaching, that was helpful,” said Golden Globe winning Angela Bassett about her singing performance in the film. “It goes back to the story, the message you’re trying to convey. It’s such a beautiful song… you just imagine what the situation is.”

   Directed and written by Kasi Lemmons Black Nativity is a holiday musical drama that follows young Langston, played by Jacob Latimore, a streetwise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother. He has to journey to his mother’s parents’ house for the holiday. The grand-parents are Rev. Cornell, played by Forest Whitaker, and his wife Aretha, played by Angeles Bassett. They live in New York City. Langston is frustrated because he has never met them and wants to be with his mother during her crisis - eviction.

   “I started studying different preachers,” said Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker about preparation for his role as a Reverend. “I talked with Rev. Butts of one of the oldest churches in Harlem. This preacher is a little bit of Southern Baptist preachers and just a touch of Pentecostal. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church and I tried to incorporate that. I looked at scriptures to see what I was preaching about and slowly he started to form.”

   Rev. Cornell has a secret that neither he nor his daughter, played by Jennifer Hudson, will talk about. Langston is to his wits end and wants to know the truth, why is this the first time seeing his mother’s parents. This frustration is blinding him and he is making bad decisions. In steps an angel, Platinum, played by nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige to save him and inspire.

   “I read the script and said yes,” said multi-platinum selling Hip-Hop legend Mary J. Blige about the role as Platinum the angel. “Me playing Platinum…Just her being an angel is what draw me to the role. Helping someone, you know, that’s the story of my career. Not me, but through my music, how I help people get through their lives. So I needed to play that role, that character, for a little while.”

   Black Nativity is executively produced by Bishop T.D. Jakes and opens in theaters November 27, 2013.

Walt Disney’s Frozen is inspiring, funny and musically a masterpiece, arrives in theaters November 22, 2013

frozen_disney.jpg   Director Chris Buck does an outstanding job on Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen (3D), an inspiring, funny and musical masterpiece that follows two sisters, Anna and Elsa, princesses of Arendelle as they discover who they are, make peace with it and use it to inspire their kingdom. Kristen Bell is the bubbly, fearless and optimistic princess Anna who is struggling with being shut out by her eldest sister Elsa, played by Idina Menzel. Elsa is a pessimistic fearful sister, soon to be Queen, who has a secret in her hands - the power to control the weather.

   Elsa takes off her protective gloves just for a minute at her carnation and things start to freeze in her kingdom. Afraid of the stares and pointing fingers from those at the carnation, she runs away, builds a snow palace and locks herself in. Frozen follows Ana as she searches for her sister so that she can return the kingdom back to summer time.

   Before her journey Anna falls in love with prince Hans, played by Santino Fontana, from a far off land come to see the carnation. Unbeknownst to Anna he has evil intensions that she is unaware of, but she leaves him in charge during her journey to find her sister. There is also the arrogant wing wearing Duke from Weselton, played by Alan Tudyk. He seizes the opportunity of the sisters’ absence to try and turn everyone against them. Anna meets a mountain man Kristoff played by Jonathan Groff and a live snowman Olaf played by Josh Gael, who helps her reclaim her sister and the kingdom.

   “(Past characters) have not quit fell apart like Olaf,” laughed Mark Henn when asked how he dealt with the snowman melting and falling apart all the time. Henn is the lead animator at Walt Disney Animations and is animation consultant on Frozen for the character Olaf. “He is made of snow, branches, a carrot and coal. He is the most magical of the characters. We had to be able to take advantage of his material like I did with Winnie the Pooh, every time he bent down he’d come apart at the seems.”

   As always with Walt Disney the animation was breathtaking and cutting edge. The realistic snow storms; Elsa’s all white hair and her beautifully flowing blue gown as the Snow Queen; the white streak in Anna’s hair gave just the right mixture with her natural red hair, reminding me of my silver streak; the blue crystal which Anna turns into when she can’t find true love fast enough, and the dance scenes were all memorable to me. The music, by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and vocals were so outstanding the audience gasped. The script was full of jokes and cute funny punch lines which left the audience, and myself, laughing so hard from the beginning of the film until the end.

   Jennifer Lee co-directed the Rated PG animation, Peter Del Vecho and John Lesseter produced the 3D movie, and the story line was written by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Shane Morris. Frozen, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, premiers November 22, 2013 at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles and worldwide Tuesday, November 27, 2013.

 

 (Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment – she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.comwww.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.UpliftingMinds2.com).

 

November 29, 2013

Idris Elba gives powerful performance in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom  By Eunice Moseley 
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The Weinstein Company’s presentation of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will have a limited release in New York and Los Angeles November 29, 2013, and nationwide January 3, 2014. British actor Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) gives a powerful performance as Mandela in the Rated PG-13 dramatic take on the South African President’s autobiography, of which I had the pleasure of reading. Naomie Harris (Skyfall) plays Winnie Mandela and Justin Chadwick (The First Grader) directed the film co-produced by South Africa’s Anant Singh (Sarafina!), who received the right to film Mandela’s life while he was still in jail.

The film follows Mandela during his coming of age years, his meeting and marrying Winnie, his introduction to the Apartheid struggle, his 27 years in prison for fighting against racial segregation, and his release and his election as President of South Africa. Elba seemed to transform himself into Mandela, his walk and talk.

The film shows how he evolved from a man of hate and vengeance to a man of peace – when everyone else said no to peace. It shows how he earned the respect of the prison warden and ultimately the South African government who came to him for answered as to how they could stay in power.

William Nicholson (Shawdowlander) is screenwriter. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, an Anant Singh/Weinstein Company presentation, also stars Riaad Moosa, Jamie Martlett, Lindiwi Matshikiza, Tony Kgoroge, Terry Pheto, and Deon Lotz. It was filmed in association with Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures and Pathe. It is a Videovision Entertainment Production and a Justin Chadwick Film.

Saxophonist Jessy J’s album, ‘Second Chances,’ is a jazzy heartfelt project featuring Norman Brown and Jeff Lorber

Jessy-J-music.jpg“I was originally a pianist,” said female Contemporary saxophonist Jessy J. “Classical. Then in third grade the band had no piano and they asked me to play the sax. I felt it had character. I started listening to Jazz…Bebop. Paul Brown produced my first album at 16.”

Today Jessy J is an accomplished Jazz saxophonist with albums released. Her fourth project, “Second Chance,” is off the Shanachie Entertainment imprint and features Norman Brown, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip and Johnny Britt. The Portland, Oregon native is Mexican-American and has had request to performed on many television shows such as “American Idol” Finale’ with Neil Diamond; “American Idol” with Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez; “The Voice,” CNN Espanol, “Good Morning UK” with Seal, PBS Special with Michael Bolton, and “Good Morning America” with Jessica Simpson.

Through out I tried to focus on the melody,” Jessy J said when asked about writing musicals, as oppose to songs with lyrics. “To me the songs have a meaning. They all have a story.”

My favorite cuts on the “Second Chance” album include the title track “Second Chance” featuring Norman Brown, a nice smooth number; “Tango For Two”; “Feel Like Making Love” cover for its smooth accompanying vocals and love the guitar support and “Twice for its nice funky sound.

Learn more about Jessy J and her newest release “Second Chances” at www.JessyJ.com.

 (Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment – she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.comwww.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.UpliftingMinds2.com). 

 

December 13, 2013 

anchorman2_channel4.jpgWill Ferrell is back as Ron Burgundy in Paramount Picture's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  By Eunice Moseley 
 

   “This time we’re dealing with race,” said Adam McKay director of the Paramount Pictures’ release of the sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, of the 2004 original film (acquired from DreamWorks). Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, a very popular 1970’s news anchor in San Diego’s on Channel 4. “Meagan Good is manager of the whole network. She’s an ass kicker, brilliant graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She’s over qualified. She’s a minority but kick’s their asses. She’s beautiful and a great addition to the cast.”

   This sequel is written by McKay and Ferrell. The Rated PG comedy follows the anchor and his crew as they get back together to return to television as the new news crew for Channel 4, run by Linda Jackson (Meagan Good). His crew consists of Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues also stars Harrison Ford, Vince Vaughn, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, and Luke Wilson.

   Produced by Ferrell, McKay and Judd Apatow the hilarious project has a long list of cameos that include Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Tina Frey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Smith, Drake, Kanye West and Green Day.

   The Apatow and Gary Sanchez production arrives at theaters December 18, 2013.

Jonathan Butler gives his soul vocally on new holiday project, ‘Merry Christmas To You’

JonathanButler_MerryChristmasToYou.jpg   “The songs are familiar and classics, and I wanted to do it a little different, more personal…more soulful,” said two-time Grammy Award nominated R&B/Jazz Fusion guitarist Jonathan Butler about his singing that dominated this his new holiday project, “Merry Christmas To You.” “My voice has always been there…it’s just that on this record it’s more exposed and not overly produced.”

   Released on Artistry Music, Butler’s album offers 10 selections. After listening I was left wondering why he is not considered one of the great vocalists. “Merry Christmas to You” is produced by Jonathan with music support from Rick Braun, Dave Kos and Paul “Shilts” Weimer.

   My favorites on the album, though every single song is perfection, includes the classic “This Christmas” because his vocals really shine out; his original and title track “Merry Christmas To You”; “Happy Holidays,” another Butler original; “Little Drummer Boy” because he starts talking in his native South African dialect and the drum beats were very impressive; “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for the beautiful vocal acrobats he offers; “O Holy Night,” a sweet and powerful love song, and “The First Noel” which offers another vocal masterpiece.

   Jonathan Butler is currently on the “Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour” with Oleta Adams and Kieko Matsui. The tour started the day after thanksgiving and will end December 22, 2013 in San Francisco. Learn more about the “Merry Christmas To You” album release and his appearances at www.JonathanButler.com.

Louis Lombardi joins cast of TNT’s ‘Mob City’

Louis_Lombardi.jpg   Best known for his role in Fox’s Emmy Award winning series “24” as the unconventional hero Edgar Stiles, Louis Lombardi joins the cast of Frank Darabont’s new TNT drama series “Mob City” as Stucky one of the mobsters men. Set in the 1940’s the drama also stars Jeremy Luke as the Mobster Mickey, and Milo Ventimiglia and Ed Burns.

   “I was fortunate to get this role,” said Louis whose career started when Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone saw him in a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominated film Amongst Friends - directed by Ron Weiss. He cast Lombardi in Natural Born Killers along side Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., Tommy Lee Jones and Juliette Lewis.

   “It was my first big role,” Lombardi said about the Oliver Stone 1993 casting. When asked how he prepared for his role, Louis added, “I always look up stuff about the role and try to be as original as I can.”

   That style has Louis busy having just finished filming Clint Eastwood’s highly anticipated new version of Jersey Boys in a role written just for him as “Louis.” It arrives in theaters in 2014. Lombardi also starred in the Academy Award winning film The Usual Suspects with Kevin Spacey; Spiderman 2, Suicide Kings with Christopher Walker and Brad Garrett, and The Animal with Rob Schneider. He has also starred in “The Sopranos” as agent Skip Lipan; “Hero’s,” “CSI,” “Entourage,” “Fantasy Island,” “Ugly Betty” and “NYPD Blue.”

   TNT’s new drama “Mob City” two-hour premiere aired December 4, 2013 garnering over 2.3 million viewers. “Mob City” airs each Wednesday at 9/8c.

   Lombardi also has launched his own gourmet Italian food line “Lombardi Gourmet” (www.LombardiGourmet.com) that includes authentic pastas, sauces, and olive oils imported from Italy.

 

 (Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment – she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. Her Next Event: Baltimore "Uplifting Minds II" one day national entertainment conference (seminar panel & talent competition) at Security Square Mall Sat. April 19, 2014www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.comwww.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.UpliftingMinds2.com).

 

December 20, 2013

TankardFamily_BloodIsThickerThanWater.jpgGrammy nominated Ben Tankard's reality show, ‘Thicker Than Water,' makes Bravo ratings history
  
By Eunice Moseley 
 

    "My parents and siblings, we all have a past," said Cyrene, youngest daughter to three-time Grammy Award and 11-time Dove Award nominee, and 12-time Stellar Award winning Gospel/Jazz musician Ben Tankard, about what the audience will discover about the Tankard blended family on the hit Bravo TV reality show, "Thicker Than Water." "My parents are over protective," she pointed out." Cyrene was referring to the past episodes where she broke up with her prom date and boyfriend at the insistence of her parents. "I wasn't equipped, wasn't strong enough. My parents said, ‘Let it go.' I think it was the best decision they ever made for me. I'm happier and spending more time on me."
   The debut season of "Thicker Than Water" premiered on November 10, 2013 making Bravo TV history rating at 1.56 million viewers. It rated even higher the following episode. The show follows Ben and his wife Jewel Tankard, non-salaried pastors at Destiny Center Church in Tennessee, and their blended family of six kids, that also include Brooklyn, Britney, Benj, Diamond and Shanira.
   "I'm like Ben I was excited," said Jewel about doing a reality show. "But I didn't realize how much work physically and emotionally it would be."
Cyrene adds in on that point, "It's so much more work than I thought it would be, it's not always fun."
   "We're a blended family," said Ben Tankard, also a multi-platinum selling musician (keyboard, tuba and guitar). "Blended families make up 70% of the population. Everybody had something going on before."
   Ben is known for discovering Yolanda Adams and has six platinum and 15 certified gold records through his own label Tribute (Ben Jamin') on Universal and Verity/Sony Music. He made history this year garnering three Dove Award nominees, making it the first time a musician received three nominations in one year. He has also collaborated with Kelly Price, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, and Take 6.
"I believe we ought to aim our kids like arrows," pointed out Pastor Tankard, also a former basketball player.
The audience will see a very wealthy black family. They are so well off to the point that they can own a plane, yet they will seem humble and as normal as you and I - they just happen to live in a three story mansion. "Thicker Than Water" airs on Bravo every Sunday 9/8c. You can also log onto www.BenTankard.org, 
www.DestineDome.com or www.BravoTV.com/Thicker_Than_Water.  

12 Years A Slave, ‘Breaking Bad,' and HBO led in SAG Award nominations, ceremony is simulcast live January 18, 2014 on TNT and TBS
SAGAwards_announcementsHosts_ClarkGreeg_SashaAlexander.jpg   At the live TNT airing of the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards' nominations a crowd of international press gathered. There was an announcement of the SAG Awards' Stunt Ensemble Honors nominees by Executive Producers Kathy Connell and Jeff Margolis before they introduced the president of SAG-AFTRA Ken Howard ("30 Roc," "The Closer"). After Ken's greeting he introduced Clark Gregg (ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") and Sasha Alexander (TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles") who made the nominee announcements. The announcements of the nominees aired live on TNT and was webcasted live on 
www.TNTDrama.com and www.TBS.com.
   The 20th Annual SAG Awards will be simulcasting live Saturday, January 18, 2014 on TNT and TBS at 8:00 p.m. ET and 5:00 p.m. PT.
   My predictions, because either I reviewed the project, read the reviews or they happen to be my favorites , include Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) in "Male Actor in a Leading Role" category; Sandra Bullock (Gravity) in "Female Actor in a Leading Role"; Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in "Male Actor in a Supporting Role"; Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) in "Female Actor in a Supporting Role"; 12 Years A Slave in "Cast in a Motion Picture"; Matt Damon ("Behind The Candelabra") in "Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries"; Angela Bassett ("Betty & Coretta") in "Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries"; Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") in "Male Actor in a Drama Series"; Claire Danes ("Homeland") in "Female Actor in a Drama Series"; Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") in "Male Actor in a Comedy Series"; Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") in "Female Actor in a Comedy Series"; "Homeland" in "Ensemble in a Drama Series"; "The Big Bang Theory" in "Ensemble in a Comedy Series," and in the Stunt Honors nominations Fast & Furious 6 (Universal Pictures) in "Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture" and "Homeland" (Showtime) in "Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series."
   To read the full list of the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees log onto 
www.SAGAwards.org. (Photo Credit: Eunice Moseley) 

Peggy Duquesnel's Jazzy finger-snapping holiday release, ‘All I Ask for Christmas,' features Grammy nominated Rick Braun
peggyduquesnel_alliaskforchristmas.jpg   "I equally love the instrumental and the vocal," said jazz pianist Peggy Duquesnel about what she is offering with her holiday release of "All I Ask For Christmas," (JoySpring Music) a two-disk pack - one instrumental and one with vocals. "I think people want to hear one thing at a time. In the recording studio I had a list of songs, 14 songs, and said to my band...I wanted two versions. I ended up doubling up a few songs and they really do sound fresh on both sides."
I agree Peggy changed up the vocal version of "Mary Did You Know," "Light of Christmas," "Under The Christmas Tree," "I Wonder As I Wander," and "Christmas is Here" from the instrumental version.
   The "All I Ask For Christmas" two-CD project features Rick Braun on flughorn, and vocal support from Bill Cantos and Emma Werderman. Her band consisted of Grammy Award nominated Brian Bromberg on bass; Joe La Barbra (Tony Bennett) on drums; Brian Kilgore (Barbra Streisand) on percussion, and Jay Leech (Gladys Knight) on guitar.
   My favorite cuts on the "All I Ask For Christmas" project include (on the instrumental) "Mary Did You Know" because I love how her fingers glide over the keys like an angel dancing for Christ; "What Child Is This," a finger popping selection; "Silent Night" because the way her fingers work on the piano; "O Christmas Tree" because of how she transitions from a slow version into a Jazz/Funk flavored number, and on her vocal disk I like her vocals on "Mary Did You Know" and the title track "All I Ask For Christmas," which features Bill Cantos' vocal assist, for its pure Jazz feel - you will also find Peggy scatting expertly.
When I ask Peggy to give upcoming musicians and singers advice she said to tell them, "Follow their hearts. Be versatile. See where your heart is and the more diverse the better."
   Learn more about Peggy Duquesnel by logging onto 
www.PeggyDuquesnel.com.  

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment - she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. Her Next Event: Baltimore "Uplifting Minds II" one day national entertainment conference (seminar panel & talent competition) at Security Square Mall Sat. April 19, 2014. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.comwww.ThePulseofEntertainment.comwww.UpliftingMinds2.com). 

 

December 27, 2013

thewolfonwallstreet_ship.jpgThe Scorsese directed ‘The Wolf of Wall Street' is hilarious, DiCaprio delivers stellar performance 
  
By Eunice Moseley 

They said the bio-film The Wolf of Wall Street, presented by Paramount Pictures and directed by Martin Scorsese, was almost three hours long when I went to screen it for review. My thoughts were on "should I get popcorn now or later," but the comedy/crime/drama was so off-the-top and hilarious by the time I looked up it was ending. Bravo to nine-time Golden Globe Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained, Titanic) who stars in the Red Granite/Appian Way/Sikelia/Emjag Production for his stellar performance.
   The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the autobiographical book by Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) about his life as a former New York stockbroker. It follows him as he achieves the American dream in the late ‘80s using stock trading corruption. Before the FBI caught up with him Belfort was spending millions daily on sex, drugs and power. He was also laundering millions of dollars to off-shore bank accounts. Belfort built a team he called his "wolf pack," that consisted of modest but hunger driven people equipped with only his fail-proof selling pitch.
   His partner in crime, Donnie Azoff, was played by Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill (Money Ball) his first ‘wolf pack' member. The Rated R biographical drama is produced by Leonardo, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland and Emma Kuskoff. Terence Winter is the screenwriter.
   The Wolf of Wall Street also stars Margot Robbie as Naomi his wife, a model; Jon Favreau as Manny Riskin a "wolf pack" member; Emmy Award winner Rob Reiner as Max Belfort his father; Matthew McConaughey (Amistad) as Mark Hanna his Wall Street mentor and his first employer; Jean Dujardin as Jean-Jacques Saurel the Swiss Banker; Emmy Award winner Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty) as FBI Agent Patrick Denham; Crestin Mileoti ("Soprano") as Teresa Petrillo his first girlfriend; Christine Ebersole as Leah Belfort his mother; Joanna Lumley as Aunt Emma; Kenneth Choe ("Sons of Anarchy") as a "wolf pack" member Chester Ming; and P.J. Byrne ("The Game") as Nicky Kuskoff also a "wolf pack" member.
   Jordan Belfort served time in a federal prison for his crimes and is currently a producer, writer and motivational speaker. His credits include Hulk Hogan, Assault of Dome 4, Blood Money and Skeletons. The Wolf of Wall Street bio-film has already been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Log onto www.TheWolfofWallStreetMovie.co.uk for more information.

Contemporary Gospel's Dana Hemphill takes the limelight with debut ‘I Will Declare'
danahemphill.jpg   "We attempted to do it in 2006. We had the money but things didn't work out with the producer," said new Contemporary Gospel artist Dana Hemphill about her debut album "I Will Declare." "Here we are six years later. I totally believe this was exalted...when it was to come out."
   Dana says the delay gave her a "fresh wind." Executive produced by Lewis H. and Dana Hemphill, Jr. from their The Link Entertainment company, the 10 song album is full of impressive Contemporary Gospel selections. Producers on this project include Myron Butler, Michael Weatherspoon and Daniel Weatherspoon. It also features vocal assistance from guests George Huff ("American Idol") and Myron Butler.
   "The single speaks the sentiment of my heart," said Hemphill about the choice of the debut album, "I Will Declare," first single "My Offering." "When I heard it I was thinking it speaks the loudest."
   For this project Dana said she reached out to songwriters, but had already written five over during the years she was waiting.
"To make sure I could minister it, I wanted to believe," she pointed out.
   Dana's R&B flavored vocal style has given her the privilege to perform on the same stage as Tye Tribbett and Marvin Sapp. She has also opened up for such Gospel legends as John P. Kee, Kim Burrell, Vickie Winans, Fred Hammond, Dr. Rance Allen, and Dorinda Clark-Cole.
   The New Year brings a world-wind of performance for Dana Hemphill starting with a guest performance December 29, 2013 for Kirk Franklin at the House of Blues Dallas for his "Official Kirk Franklin Gospel Brunch." She will also perform at the Gospel Music Stellar Awards on January 16th at the Urban Soul Café' event titled "Homecoming: The Black Out Edition".
   My favorite cuts on the "I Will Declare" debut album include "Running" featuring George Huff; "Blessed Be The Name," a powerful song that will have you rocking for the Most High; "Isaiah 6 Praise," a great Praise & Worship selection, and "Thou Art".
   Learn more about Dana Hemphill by logging onto www.DanaHemphill.com.  

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment - she is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Event: Baltimore "Uplifting Minds II" one day national entertainment conference (seminar panel & talent competition) at Security Square Mall Sat. April 19, 2014. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.comwww.ThePulseofEntertainment.com,  www.UpliftingMinds2.com). 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 



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