*The intensely dramatic film Machine Gun Preacher, starring Gerard Butler (300), is the true story of Sam Childers – an ex drug-using/dealing biker – hits theaters nationwide September 23, 2011. The ex-biker went to help rebuilt homes destroyed by the civil war in the Sudan and was spiritually inspired to build an orphanage there, Angels of East Africa.
The orphanage is located in the area of East Africa strongly affected by the war. The organization is dedicated to saving the, purposely, orphaned children of the Sudan war who are now being focused to become soldiers of the renegade militants, Lord’s Resistance Arm (LRA).
Gerard Butler does a remarkable job portraying how the ex-biker, Sam Childers, brought his street-wise survival skills to the battle fields of the East African region in an attempt to save the children of the Sudan. To know this man still travels from his home (and church) in the United States to his orphanage located in the heart of the civil conflict is hard to believe. Let us not forget that Sam is still fighting – literally – to protect the orphans to this day.
The action-packed film also stars Michelle Monaghan as Sam Childers wife Lynn; Kathy Baker as his mother Daisy; Madeline Carroll as his daughter Paige; Michael Shannon as his best friend Donnie and Souleymane Sy Savane as the ‘freedom fighter’ aiding Childers save the Sudanese children. Machine Gun Preacher is directed by Golden Globe Award nominee Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball).
For more information on the Virgin/Apparatus film log onto the website, www.MachineGunPreacher.org.
The 2nd Primetime Emmy Suite event at Gonpachi of Beverly Hills was a delightful success
I was invited to cover the goings-and-comings of the 2nd Annual Endless Summer Primetime Emmy Suite & Party at Gonpachi of Beverly Hills and to say I was awestruck would be correct. The day long event started early as a continuous flow of Emmy Award winners and nominees came to partake of the free food, drinks and merchandise.
The delightfully successful event was produced by Doris Bergman (Bergman PR) and Kathy Duliakas. As I drank the refreshments provided by the many sponsors, such as Neuro, I greeted the visitors such as William Shatner (“Boston Legal,” “Psych”), Carla Gugino (Spy Kids), Jackee’ Harry (“Nurse Jackee’”), Kevin Farley (White Knight”), Tyron Davis (“Survivor”), and brothers Kyle Massey (“Cory in the House”) and Chris Massey (“Zoey”).
Some of the other sponsors of the Emmy Suite event included Hollywood Million Denim, LisaBerck, Joya, Royce Ware, iStick, Bootights, Vermeer, Becca, Blue Angel Vodka – just to name a few. Presented by Oliver Sweeney and Gonpachi of Beverly Hills, the event offered an array of fine jewelry, body and skin care products, footwear, swimwear, handbags, and lingerie.
LaShun Pace’s new live project, ‘Reborn,’ is a foot-stomping Praise & Worship album
“The entire project was recorded live,” said LaShun Pace, a Soul Train Lady Soul Award winner, about her new album, “Reborn,” on Shananchie. “My dad always wanted me to record at the church. (With) Live you get such an adrenaline from the audience, it makes a major difference.”
The 13 song project showcases the versatile vocals of the Gospel singer who offers everything from ole’- time Gospel to today’s Urban/Contemporary Gospel sound. LaShun came to the lime-light as a member of the Anointed Pace Sisters. She later went solo and garnered radio hit singles “He Keeps Doing Great Thongs For Me,” “There’s A Leak In This Old Building,” “My Times,” “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder” and her signature song “I Know I’ve Been Changed.”
LaShun is an author, publishing “For My Good But For His Glory” through Xulon Press in 2003, and has appeared in two film projects The Fighting Temptations (Paramount Pictures/2003) and Leap of Faith (Paramount Pictures/1992).
“My songs come during my prayer time,” Pace said when asked about her song writing process for the “Reborn” album. “They’re about things I’ve gone through. Sometimes the lyrics come first, and sometimes the lyrics and the music come at the same time.”
The three-time Stellar Award nominee’s “Reborn” CD offers a list of great Gospel selections, but my favorite cuts include “God,” a sweet love song; “It’s Me Oh Lord,” sung a capella, for its ole’-time Gospel flavor, and “He’s Able,” featuring Aarion Rhodes, for its fresh funky sound. The harmony through-out the album was also very impressive.
When asked what she wanted her listeners to get from the “Reborn” project LaShun said, “To see that in spite of difficulties in life there is a new outcome every time…stay with the Lord…you will survive.”
For more information on the Atlanta native, LaShun Pace, or her “Reborn” album log onto her website at www.SingLaShun.com.
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)