*Screen Gems presents Death at a Funeral, an American film version of the British release, to hit theaters April 16, 2010. The film, spearheaded by Chris Rock, stars Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan , Zoe’ Saldana ,Columbus Short, Danny Glover, Loretta Devine, James Marsden, Luke Wilson and Regina Hall. Death at a Funeral is hilarious, with shocking moments that will leave the audience unable to stop laughing way after the scene has gone.
“Comedy is comedy,” Chris Rock said. “Something said ‘this is a Pop movie.’ I thought the jokes would work in America.”
Thanks to the support of the comedic talents of Tracy Morgan you will be laughing constantly.
“These are my champions,” Morgan said about Rock and Lawrence. “This is the dream team.”
Chris plays Aaron whose father dies. He wants to give the eulogy, but everyone wants his “baby” brother Ryan (Martin Lawrence) – the writer – to give it.
A mysterious stranger, Frank, played by Peter Dinklage of the British version, comes blackmailing the family bearing compromising pictures of the father. Before they can figure out what to do, something goes terribly wrong.
Loretta Devine plays Cynthia the widower; Aaron’s wife Michelle is played by Regina Hall; Zoe’ Saldana plays Cousin Elaine; James Marsden plays Oscar, fiancé’ of Elaine; Columbus Short plays Jeff, Elaine’s brother, and Luke Wilson plays Derek, who is after the affection of Elaine.
“I just knew it was going to be an amazing experience,” Zoe’ Saldana said about why she took on the project.
“My man Chris Rock gave me a call personally. At first I said no, can’t do that,” Martin Lawrence laughed about how he was approached to do the role. “He sent the British version and I thought it was funny!”
“I was excited to do the movie, I never worked with any one of them,” Regina Hall said about getting a role in Death at a Funeral. “They are giving and generous.”
Columbus Short who also stars in the upcoming film The Losers said, “This movie prepared me so much to do that movie – watching Martin’s comedic timing.”
Death at a Funeral is directed by Neil LaBute (Lakeview Terrace); written and co-executive produced by Dean Craig; co- executive produced by Jim Tauber, Glenn Gainor and Bruce Toll, and produced by Sidney Kimmel, Chris Rock, Williams Horberg, Share Stallings and Laurence Malkin. This Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/Wonderful Films and Parabolic Pictures/Stable Way Entertainment Production is sure to be a hit.
For more information on Death at a Funeral log onto http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/deathatafuneral, for pictures from the movie premiere held at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood log onto http://thepulseofentertainment.com/deathatafuneral.html and for video clips of the premiere arrivalal log onto www.youtube.com/freelanceassociates.
Grammy Award winning PJ Morton’s ‘Walk Alone’ climbing the charts on Urban AC Radio
*Grammy Award winning musician PJ Morton is still flying high from the success of his latest CD project “Walk Alone” on the Songs of Solomon Music/Tehillah/InieBlu imprint – in distribution with E1 Music. The single, “The One,” is co-produce by Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary).
“I go were the music calls me,” PJ Morton said about this album. “I answer to it. It speaks to my whole journey. I have been at the music thing for a while. People fall off…fans grow, you see who is loyal.”
Well PJ is certainly loyal to his music, this performer has never performed to a track, and in fact he prides himself on being a “musician.” Also a Stellar and Dove Award winner, Morton is currently on the “Walk Alone Tour,” which ends at the end of April.
“I grew up as a preachers’ son,” Morton pointed out.
On the “Walk Alone” CD PJ has a selection titled “Son of a Preacher” where he addresses his life dilemma, growing up as a preacher’s son with a desire to play secular music.
“I want to take it to the next level,” he frankly said.
This New Orleans native and Atlanta resident, recently added author to his title by publishing his first book “Why Can’t I Sing About Love? The Truth About the ‘Church’ Against ‘Secular’ Music” where he explores religion and relationship. His fifth project, PJ’s “Walk Alone” offers ten selections all written and produced by Morton. The CD features singer Tweet and producer Warryn Campbell, who also co-produced “She’s Gone.”
My favorite cuts on the “Walk Alone” project include the title track for its great storytelling, it is truly a masterpiece; “She’s Gone” a nice R&B/Pop song; “Love you More,” featuring Tweet is a Reggae influence love song; “Mountain and Mole Hills” is such a sweet deep testimony with a traditional Gospel sound, and “Son of a Preacher” where he uses spoken-word style delivery his story as the son of a preacher. On this selection he speaks on why his ministry is the same as his fathers’.