*“We used the technology of today to re-imagine it,” producer Don Hahn said about the re-release of the Walt Disney classic animated movie The Lion King 3D on September 16, 2011. “We began it by starting in levels.”
Levels that will have you flying along side the birds in the sky or feeling trapped under the huffs of a herd of stampeding animals in the Disney film that broke box-office records during its initial release in 1994. That success resulted in the long-running Broadway musical, “The Lion King.”
On September 16th The Lion King is back in 3D for a limited two weeks with its original voice-over actors and Oscar winning music.
“We searched for a sound in the voice and accent we thought would work,” said actor Robert Guillaume, who is the voice Rafiki – the wise old baboon. “That was a two week process. I’m amazed at the strength and long legs of the piece – that it can keep going. I still think its one of the great stories.”
The Lion King is a love story between a father and son that centers on the concept that there is a “circle of life.” It follows the life of Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) as he is manipulated by Uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons), while a cub, to go into exile. Wanting to sit on Simba’s father’s throne, his Uncle, forces young Simba to leave his mother and his best girl pal Nala (Niketa Calame).
While in exile be befriends a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warthog pal Pumbaa. A chance meeting of Nala all grown-up ends with Simba determined to return home and reclaim his place left by the death of his father King Mufasa (James Earl Jones). But first he has to get through Uncle Scars and his henchmen hyenas Shenzi (Whoopi Goldberg), Banzai (Cheech Marin) and Ed (Jim Cummings).
“I always wanted to do voice-over,” said actor Jim Cummings (The Princess and the frog) about his work. “I remember Jack Benny he said he does ‘the voice.’ I was thinking his mom not hollering at him maybe I’ll go that way too.”
On October 4th The Lion King is released on HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. For more information on the Disney animated film you can log onto www.disney.com/thelionking.
Dorinda Clark Cole debuts at #3 on Billboard with new album, ‘I Survived’
*A three-time Grammy Award winner, Contemporary Gospel artist Dorinda Clark Cole celebrates the release of her 4th album, “I Survived” (Light Records), as it debuts at #3 on Billboard Gospel Chart and #13 on Billboard Top 200 Chart.
“I have really good people around me,” Dorinda Clark Cole said about how she could manage all the things that she does (syndicated radio/television host, evangelist, entrepreneur, spokes-model, actress, clothing line designer and conference producer). “My schedule is hectic, but a good hectic.”
With all that is on her plate, Dorinda still found the time to record a powerful project.
“I had no idea, vocally, I would be as strong as I was,” Dorinda pointed out when I mention the “power” and “vocal creativity” she shows on the CD. “I asked God to ‘put your oil on this project so people can hear and feel what I’m feeling’…to know that God can do the same for them.”
“I Survived” was recorded live before a Nashville audience and its produces are Warren Campbell and Asaph Ward. It offers 11 selections where Dorinda Clark Cole fans can expect to hear a wide range of Contemporary Gospel sounds.
The whole CD is a powerful Praise & Worship project, but my favorites cuts include “He Brought Me,” which will surely give you the “Holy ghost”; “We Believe,” because of the vocal aerobics Dorinda does on this heart-felt number; “Back To You,” an Urban flavored selection – with a funky beat, and “For My Good,” a foot tapping gift.
You can see Dorinda Clark Cole host the 27th Annual Stellar Awards on January 14, 2012 with Marvin Sapp and on the Bobby Jones Gospel Hour October 23, 2011 on BET.
For more information about Dorinda and her “I Survived” album log onto www.DorindaClarkCole.,net.
Seven-time Grammy nominee Joe Thomas to release new album, ‘The Good, The Bad, The Sexy,’ September 27, 2011
*Kedar Entertainment to release the 9th studio album of seven-time Grammy Award nominee Joe Thomas titled “The Good, The Bad, The Sexy” on September 27, 2011. The album has released a music video for the cut “Losing” and its current single, “Dear Joe,” was the #1 most added song on R&R this week.
“It’s a good collection of music,” Joe said about the new project. “…Another good album.”
Joe’s music is best known for his signature songs “All The Things Your Man Won’t Do” and “Don’t Wanna Be A Player,” specially the remix that features Big Punisher. This new project offers 11 cuts with such producers as Osinachi Nwaneri, Brandon “BAM” Alexander, Gerald ‘Nasty Twin” Isaac & Brennan “Epic” Gragston, Anthony L. Saunders and The Ambassadorz.
“It didn’t take long,” Thomas said when asked the time it took to record the project. “I was working with new producers…young producers that are hungry and eager.”
Going by the current music “Losing” (http://youtu.be/UqVq8LYq6So) and the current radio single “Dear Joe” he chose some ‘hot’ producers.
“It’s about growing and experiences of life,” Joe pointed out about what the album offers. “Without challenges, you can’t grow.”
Old and new fans can grow with Joe as he releases his newest project “The Good, The Bad, The Sexy” on September 27th.
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)