*“I worked with a vocal coach,” said Oscar winning comedian/actor Robin Williams when asked about the voice he used in the Warner Bros’ movie Happy Feet Two, to be released to theaters November 18, 2011. Williams said he has two voices in the 3D animation – Lovelace and Ramon. “One of the two (Lovelace)…is Scandinavian, which was new for me. So we worked to make it authentic.”
Academy Award winning director/screenwriter George Miller’s magic touch is on this sequel to his first creation – Happy Feet – and it left my heart happy because if its storyline (s) and the excellent voice casting. Returning for Happy Feet Two are Robin Williams, Elijah Wood returning as a much older Mumble and Hugo Weaving as Noah, the head elder. Added voices in the rated PG Kennedy Miller Mitchell production will include Hank Azaria as Sven, the flying “penguin”; Alecia “Pink” Moore as Mumble’s mate Gloria; Brad Pitt as Will, the krill; Matt Damon as Bill, Will the krill’s traveling partner; Sofia Vergara as Carmen – the love interest of Ramon (the hopelessly romantic Latin penguin); rapper Common as Seymour, the hip penguin; Richard Carter as the Beachmaster, a massive elephant seal; Magda Szubanski as Ms. Viola, the school teacher, and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores, Jr. as Atticus, Mumble’s son Erik’s best friend and son the of Seymour, played by Common. Ava Acres voices Erik.
“I play Atticus, he likes to rap a lot and eat a lot,” laughs eight year-old rapper/actor Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores, Jr., who will be appearing on Ice Cube’s “Are We There Yet” on TBS, about his character in the movie. “I used my own voice. It was awesome. I recorded it by myself but the kids (who voiced the other baby penguins) where there. “
“I stayed myself,” Elijah Wood said about his characters’ voice. “But my register was lower since he’s older.”
Rapper/actor Common used his own voice as well, but added that his 14 year-old daughter reminded him of how great other artists’ voiceovers were, so he said she “kept me sharp and on point.”
Happy Feet Two follows Mumble’s son Erik who has run away because he can’t tap his feet like the other penguins. Through his adventures he rekindles a once stained father-son relationship into a bond stronger than even my heart couldn’t take when seeing the film.
For more information on the Warner Bros 3D animation, Happy Feet Two, log onto www.HappyFeetTwo.com.
TV One highlights the life after ‘Living Single’ for Kim Coles in ‘Life After,’ airs November 23, 2011
*TV One is airing 11 episodes of “Life After” which highlights the life of popular American artists and actors after that break-out period. On Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 10:00 p.m. ET “Life After” will examine the life of Kim Coles after her major success on the sitcom “Living Single.”
“At first I was scared, then I said yes, then I was scared again and then I said yes,” said comedienne/actress Kim Coles about her decision to go ahead with the TV One project. “It’s a lot of work to look for pictures and clips…To ask friends to speak. I knew it was a big deal. It was emotional. I’m so glad I did it, it was important I did… telling your story in your own words.”
The half-hour series will share the joy and happiness, pain and loss of those highlighted. It is part biography, part confession and all of them a celebration of the human spirit. The “Life After” series will follow Kim Coles as ”In Living Color” ended and she worried about whether she would ever work again, to her casting as Synclaire in “Living Single,” through two decades of work in television that followed, and hear her “life-lessons learned.”
“I think God gets happy when you do what he sent you to do, “ Kim said seriously when discussing some of those lessons she learned in life. “We all have our challenges and that connects us. It’s always inspiring to see someone’s story in Hollywood…and come away inspired.”
Just my conversation with Kim verifies to me that I will be inspired when I watch TV One’s “Life After” with Kim Coles. For more on Kim Coles, her current roles, any comedy stage appearances and her involvement in the community log onto www.KimColeInc.com.
‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’ starring Robin Givens is worthy of Broadway, runs until November 27, 2011
*Director Sheldon Epps takes the audience back to Harlem, summer of 1930, in the Pasadena Playhouse production of “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” starring Robin Givens as nightclub singer Angel Allen. Entrenched in American history “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” which runs until November 27, 2011, also stars Image Award winner Kadeem Hardison as Sam Thomas the neighborhood doctor; Kevin T. Carroll as Guy Jacobs the aspiring fashion designer; NAACP Theatre Award nominee Robert Ray Manning, Jr. as Leland Cunningham (love interest of Angel), and Image Award nominee Tessa Thompson as Guy’s neighbor Delia Patterson (the love interest of Sam).
“You have to be brave,” artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse said about the portraying the characters in the play by Pearl Cleage. “…To dive yourself totally into (the time period).”
The time period Epps speaks of was during the depression when most blacks inHarlemwere homeless and hungry, and where racism (and sexism) was overt.
“All of us are playing characters far from who we are,” added Kadeem Hardison about the play.
“I sing a little bit,” Robin informed when asked what to expect of her since she plays a blues singer. But when I saw the play Givens sang almost an entire song and I think she did an outstanding job.
“Blues for an Alabama Sky” is the age-old story of “dream chasers” played against an unbelievable backdrop, thanks to Emmy Award winning scenic designer John Lacovelli. The costumes insured you that you arrived inHarlemin the 1930s – Costume Designer thanks to Karen Perry.
“I think it’s a fantastic place,” Givens said about Harlemin the 1930s and you will when for yourself in the Pasadena Playhouse production of “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” is worthy of Broadway.
For more information on the play, “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” Director Sheldon Epps or The Pasadena Playhouse log onto www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)