*The man of a thousand funny faces Jim Carrey brings summertime in with loads of laughter in the 20th Century Fox Film Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Carrey leads the cast that also includes Angela Lansbury and Carla Guigino. Mr. Popper’s Penguins reaches theaters June 17, 2011.

Jim plays a divorcee father of two, Tommy Popper, a highly successful real estate developer in Manhattan whose life suddenly changes when he inherits six penguins from his world-traveling father. His kids fall in love with the Arctic animals and Popper tries to maintain life with the penguins while closing a business deal just to connect with his kids.

Carla Guigino plays Mr. Popper’s ex-wife Amanda and Angela Lansbury plays Mrs. Van Gundy the client Mr. Popper seeks to make a business deal with while joggling six penguins. Lansbury, who has been performing more in Broadway musicals, said taking the part in Mr. Popper’s Penguins was an “unexpected adventure in my life. It coincided with my career (break from Broadway)… It’s been 6 years since my last movie.”

Mr. Popper’s Penguins is based on a novel published in 1938 which producer John Davis fell in love with. Davis enlisted Mark Waters to director the family oriented movie.

Jim Carrey said he really enjoyed working with the penguins, though some scenes used CG (electronic) penguins most of the time, he inform me that real penguins were used.

When I asked what would the cast (director and producer also) do if they inherited six penguins Jim Carrey was the first to speak out saying, “I’d eat them,” but of course laughter rang out and mine was the loudest because I wasn’t expecting that reply!

“I’d make a sequel,” producer John Davis quickly added seriously.

Director Mark Waters followed up with a smile, “I’d sign them up… for merchandising rights!”

I think John and Mark are thinking big and Jim may have been a little hungry, but what is for sure is that Mr. Popper’s Penguins will bring big summertime laughter, big family fun and big emphasis on the theme of the movie, discovering the importance of family.

Carrey talked of his own family when discussing where his talent came from, such as his funny faces. “My face has a life of its own,” Jim laughed. Also a painter, Carrey credits his father for having a major influence on his comedic talents he boasted that his father is even funnier than he is.

Mr., Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey is sure to be a summertime favorite movie to see with the entire family. Rated PG, Mr. Popper’s Penguins hits theaters June 17th.

High-powered broadcasting network executive Wonya Lucas takes the helm at TV One as president and CEO on August 8, 2011

“First and foremost I am a branding strategist,” said Wonya Lucas the new president and CEO of the TV One network as of August 8, 2011. “I will bring that quickly,” was the reply when asked about her extensive background as a strategist at the Turner Broadcasting Network and The Weather, Discovery and Science Channels.

On July 31, 2011 current president and CEO Johnathan Rodgers will retire from the seven year-old network that is currently serving 53 million households. Lucas, who was named in 2010 one of 75 most powerful women in business by Black Enterprise Magazine, is high qualified to replace him and I could tell she was very eager to get started.

“Know your audience,” Wonya said when asked want the first step would be. “What happens is people try to lump African-Americans together. How do we differentiate our audience…speak to them in their voice. Blacks are more complex.”

Being a PR strategist myself I was so into and in agreement with what she was saying and I have no doubt she will get TV One in a position to be “the” largest broadcasting service of African-Americans going into the 21 Century. Just Wonya focusing on finding out what the “audience” wants lets me know she is on the right track. Filling a need in the market is the first step to ultimate becoming successful at any business.

Wonya Lucas served as Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer at Discovery and the Science Channels where her job was strategic operations and research and marketing; she worked also at The Weather Channel as VP of Corporate Strategies and Development for their network, website and radio station; Lucas worked at Turner Broadcasting as Senior VP of Strategic Marketing for CNN Domestic Networks, as well as TNT, TBS and TCM, and she served as Brand Manager at Coca-Cola and Clorox.

“No matter what your brand…it’s pretty much consistent,” Wonya pointed out when asked to give advice to companies on branding strategies. “Know your audience and delivery the promise.”

Stay up-to-date on TV One and its programming by logging onto www.TVOneOnline.com.

Screenwriter and director La Monte Edwards joins the Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference’s panel Sunday, June 19, 2011

Screenwriter and director La Monte Edwards, known for his commercial production work on “MTV Party to Go,” “DJ Mix” and “Trek Bicycles,” will join the Sunday, June 19, 2011 “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference’s judging panel for its national talent competition showcase. The conference is to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall-511) from 1 – 7 p.m. – the talent showcase competition is from 5 – 7pm. – admission is free.

“La Monte is looking forward to this!” said Edwards’ publicist Amy Sisoyev (Bridge & Tunnel Communications) about his appearance at the event.

La Monte is a graduated from New York University in Film and has worked with the video commissioner on projects for Naughty By Nature, Coolio and De La Soul. Edwards started his own production company where he worked for Jive and MCA Records directing, editing and producing music videos for artists such as Average White Band, 740 Boyz, Sugar Bear and Heather B. Edwards’ latest project he wrote/directed, “King of Paper Chasin,’” which is set to premiere on The Movie Channel (TMC) on July 1, 2011 at 8:00P p.m.

The ‘Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference is sponsored by all who are participating, as well as www.EURweb.com, Gico Music, and KDAY 93.5fm. The 12 year-old ULMII conference’s national talent competition showcase will be hosted by Stellar Award nominee Doresa Harvey (Heaven 600) with KDAY’s DJ Surreal on the turntable.

For more information on the “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference, log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com.