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blended.jpgWarner Bros.' Blended, full of laughs and sentimental moments, arrives in theaters May 23, 2014

By Eunice Moseley 

Full of laughs and sentimental moments is the reward given to movie attendees of Warner Bros' presentation of Blended. Blended stars Adam Sandler (The Water Boy) and Drew Barrymore, and arrives in theaters May 23, 2014. The message is that a family is more than blood, first loves and first spouses - family is who loves you.

Most of the film's backdrop is in Africa with hilarious moments and heart warming conclusions. Blended co-stars include Terry Crews (The Expendables 2), Shaquille O'Neal (Grown Ups 2), Joel McHale (NBC's "Community"), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Kevin Nealon ("Weeds"), Jessica Lowe ("RobotDown"), Bella Thorne (Disney's "Shake It Up"), Dan Patrick (ESPN's "SportsCenter"), Emma Fuhrmann (Fox's "Link The Good Guys"), Alyvia Alyn Lynd ("Dark Skies"), Kyle Red Silverstein ("Grey's Anatomy"), and Braxton Beckham ("iCarly"). Directed by Frank Coraci, and screenplay by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera Blended is the third time Sandler and Barrymore has starred in a comedy together, which included 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer.

Both, in Blended, find themselves single parents. Adam plays Jim and Drew is Lauren who after a blind date gone bad finds themselves sharing a suite with their kids in an Africa safari for "blended" families.

Sandler produces the family friendly film along with Mike Karz and Jack Giarraputo, and executive producers are Barry Bernardi, Josie Rosen, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert and Steven Koren. View the trailer at www.BlendedMovie.com.  

Maurice Hines gives an outstanding performance in ‘Tappin' Thru Life' at The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, runs until May 24, 2014
mauricehines2.jpgTap dancing legend and brother of the late Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines stars in "Tappin' Thru Life" currently held at The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. Backed by an all female orchestra, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Hines takes the audience from his birth to current day using visuals, songs and a very entertaining and funny narrative.

He had two amazing young tap dancing guest acts, Washington, DC brothers John and Leo Manzari, and 10 year-old Luke Spring, that had the audience on their feet. Music Director Dr. Sherrie Maricle also gives an impression solo drum performance.

With several suit changes Maurice not only gave us his life story, but the history of the great American performers such as Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and Leno Horn. Those were major stars that gave him and his brother Gregory the breaks in entertainment that lead to them becoming legendary tap dancing performers. Hines is also a choreographer whose credits include Hairspray, Uptown...It's Hot! and Harlem Suite. He starred in Broadway musicals that included Eubie!, Bring Back Birdie and Sophisticated Ladies. He starred in the national tour Jelly's Last Stand. His film credits include Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club. Maurice Hines is the first African-American director of Radio City Music Hall.

"Tappin' Thru Life" is directed by Tony Award nominated Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's Newsies) and is a co-production of the Arena Stage, Alliance Theater and Cleveland Play House. "Tappin' Thru Life" includes 19 performances that run is from May 9 - 24th. The show covers 40 years of his career.

Hines expertly sings such classic hits as "Luck Be a Lady Tonight," "Over The Rainbow," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Smile," "Stormy Weather," and "A Tisket, A Tasket" - to name a few.

Rising R&B/Pop prince Trueful racks in the fans at Boardners in Hollywood recently, returns June 22, 2014
Trueful_Boardners_April27_2014.JPGI maybe a little prejudice because this rising R&B/Pop prince, Trueful, has been a client of mine (as a Public Relations Strategist) since he was 14, he is now 27 years-old, but a recent performance by him and his French Royalty Dancers at Boardners night-club in Hollywood only proved to me again that he is a performer the entertainment industry should watch out for. Currently working on his fourth album (French Royalty Entertainment) - his second project qualified him for a Grammy Award nomination - Trueful will be returning to Boardners on June 22, 2014 to perform yet again.

I must have looked like I belonged to his large entourage because after he performed four of his singles, a young lady came to me and said he just won her as a fan for life. I received the same response during his performance at his album release concert for his last project, when he brought my hometown platinum selling legends Dru Hill to Los Angeles, along with H-Town.

During his performance at Boardners night-club Trueful performed his hit singles "Beast," "My Baby," and "Letter." Another recent performance was at Urban Network on the same stage with Tony, Toni, Tone. He will be a special guest performer on July 5th at the Rising Star Award ceremony in Hollywood.

(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 consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

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