The cast of 'The Losers'

*Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Dark Castle Entertainment, presents the Weed Road Pictures production of The Losers in theaters April 23, 2010. This rated PG-13 film is full of action, comedy, romance, intrigue and fantasy – all the makings of a movie franchise.

Based on the DC Comics/Vertigo comic book series by Andy Diggle, with illustrations by Jock, The Losers star Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Clay; Zoe’ Saldana (Avatar, Death at a Funeral) as Aisha; Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) as Jensen; Idris Elba (Obsessed) as Roque; Columbus Short (Quarantine, Death at a Funeral) as Pooch; Oscar Jaenada as Cougar; Holt McCallany (Vantage Point) as Wade, and Jason Patric (My Sisters Keeper) as Max.

“That love scene was hard. I said can we take one more, she didn’t flip her hair right,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan laughed when talking about his love scene with his lovely co-star Zoe Saldana.

The Losers is about an elite group of Special Forces agents fighting betrayal from outside and within, in an attempt to clear their names so they can return home. The team – Clay, Hensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar – all have their own specialty skills in the fight against the enemy only known as Max. They all have their weakness too such as Pooch’s growing family and the leader Clay’s feelings for the lovely and mysterious Aisha.

“I first saw Zoe’ in Haven (2004) and was just waiting for a chance to work with her,” said the films’ director Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) about casting Saldana. “I was able to get my first choice for each character. The movie is…conspiracy…hard hitting action with…humor…you’re watching a comic book.”

I loved the futuristic technology that the film presents and yes, I like the comic books feel it gives. All the actors carried their characters to the point that I am sure each will have their own followings (and maybe spin-off films).

“I got to beat up Jeffrey (Clay),” Idris Elba laughed, “It was a wicked opportunity… to play an interesting arch (to the character). All our characters have layers so when it ends its believable.”

Executive produced by Steve Richards, Andrew Rona and Sarah Besser, The Losers is also co-produced by Richard Mirisch, and produced by Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster. The screenplay was written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt.

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Multi-Grammy Award winning Jon Secada releases CD of ‘Classics’ on Big 3 Records

Jon Secada

*A CD of classic songs from a very classy vocalist is the recent gift from Big 3 Records as it releases its newest project from Multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Jon Secada. The CD titled “Classics/Classicos” is full of English and Spanish speaking selections that returns Jon to his roots and yet also returns the listener to moments in times past that brought greatest joy.

“(The songs are) Known in both languages,” said Jon Secada about his choice of songs. “I wanted to do a remake like this, songs I grew up with…songs everybody knows in English and Spanish.”

Recorded with a full orchestra in Nashville, TN and produced by James Stroud – with Bill Edwards as executive producer – “Classics” features classic standards such as my favorites Santana’s “Evil Ways,” there is some crazy guitar support on this one; Englebert Humperdinck’s “Cuando Cuando” because Jon goes vocally crazy hitting an unbelievable high note; Frank Sinatra’s “Besame Mucho (Kiss me a Lot)” which took me – mentally – to another place; Dinah Washington’s “What a Difference a Day Make” was so sweet, it brought tears to my eyes, and I love the horn support too; the old classic ”Vaya Con Dios (God be with you)”; “Spanish Eyes” because Jon put so much passion into this one and I love the guitar support, and “LaBama” because it is in Spanish and I love the Latin culture, again the guitar support was unbelievable, and made me what to get up and party!

“I wanted to make the orchestra simple,” Secada explained when I commented on how he stayed with the way the classics originally sounded, but yet made them his. “I wanted them to recognize the standards.”

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