*“Who is this person…that lived inNew Yorkfor 30 years and not really seen much of it,” said Michelle Pfeiffer about her character Ingrid in the New Line Cinema presentation, New Year’s Eve. The comedic, yet sentimental film had me laughing one minute and crying the next, a great start for the New Year to know you should never give up hope.
The Wayne Rice/Karz Entertainment Production is directed and produced by the legendary Garry Marshall. New Year’s Eve follows the lives of a wide cast of people such as Michelle’s character Ingrid as they count down the minutes to that, supposedly, life changing moment, New Year’s Day.
Ingrid has a New Year’s list of things she wants to do, assisted by a guy half her age named Paul, played by Zac Efron (17 Again).
“I got to push all her buttons,” Zac laughed when he talked about working with Michelle in the film.
“And I am the envy of every girl on the planet,” Pfeiffer pointed out about working with him.
The rest of the stellar cast includes Hilary Swank, who plays Claire the entrusted Vice President that has the task of making sure the ball drops at midnight inTimes Square.
The always funny Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman) was Kominsky whose job it is to fix the brokenTimes Squareball in time.HalleBerryis Nurse Aimee whose patient is a dying man, Stan – played by Robert De Niro, whose dying New Year’s Eve wish is to see his daughter Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker).
The rest of the cast includes Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Lea Michele (“Glee”), Seth Myers (“Saturday Night Live”), Josh Duhamel (Transformer 3), Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Til Schweiger, Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up) and Sofia Vergara.
“The message was hope,” said the screenwriter Katherine Fugate about New Year’s Eve. “I hope this pie of people can bring us to that message.”
For more on the New Line Cinema film, New Year’s Eve, log onto www.NewYearsEve-Movie.com.
Wills and Schmidt capture the essence of a legend in ‘Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis’
*Photographic preservationist and curator David Wills, with contributions from Stephen Schmidt, managed to present the essence of who the legendary “movie star” Marylyn Monroe really was in their recently released photo-book “Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis” (ItBooks/Harper Collins Publishers).
“I always wanted to do a book on Marilyn,” David Wills said about the project. “I really wanted to do a photo-book showing the unique way she had with the cameras, the way she evolved…in that 20 year period.”
More than a photo-book, “Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis,” gives you visual look into Marilyn from her days as the brunette haired girl next door, Norma Jeane, to the iconic “Hollywoodmovie-star.” The book also offers you quotes from those who knew her best herself, such as her first husband Jim Dougherty, Darryl Zanuck (20th Century-Fox) and film director Samuel Fuller.
“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren’t,” Marilyn is quoted in the book, which has an outstanding collection of high resolute pictures and high quality black and whites stiles, as saying.
During the period whenMonroeheld super-stardom she is quoted in the book saying, “I feel as though it’s all happening to someone right next to me. I’m close, I can feel it, I can hear it, but it isn’t really me.”
The large hardback book offers almost 300 pages of glossy enlarge prints that are historic, as well as, breath-taking in color and clarity.
“Most are from my collection,” Wills pointed out about the photographs used. “The thing I’m proud of is the quality of the photographs. We went back to the negatives. My favorites are her poses at public events by news photographers.”
“Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis” is certainly a collectable item. For more information on the photo-book, “Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis” log onto www.YourItList.com, www.BlowUpArchive.com or www.Duuplex.com.
Film director Ben Lee Foster’s Peep Game revolutionary Hip-Hop film screens at AAMF
*Young director Ben Lee Foster’s revolutionary Hip-Hop film, Peep Game, screened at the 2011 African-American Minority Film Showcase (AAMF) inHollywood. The Ben Foster Film presentation stars Terrell Mackey, Paige Hurd, Al B Sure, Lil’ JJ and Vincent Ward.
Peep Game revolutionizes Hip-Hop by offering a cleaner version of the culture by following the life of a typical black youth determined to succeed as the next singing/songwriting sensation, despite the non-believers.
“Mackie had a similar story,” director Ben Lee Foster said about the film’s star and storyline. “This project was more a learning experience. I wrote the script in 2007 and began shooting in 2009. We really didn’t have the budget.”
Fosters’ ability to complete a full-length feature film with little to no budget while incorporate signature filming techniques that will ensure to be identified as his. Peep Game showcases his many creative filing styles, such as incorporating ‘music videos’ throughout the film and other creative touches that I’ve never seen before.
“I see a lot of potential,” Foster said about his film. “I’m still trying to push it.”
The music used throughout the film is certainly platinum material, and along with the awesome dance moves and ‘BBo’y dance-offs scenes, it’s sure to be a winner. Peep Game had me laughing one minute and crying the next, due solely to the excellent acting skills by all involved.
Peep Game will certainly be to Ben Lee Foster what She’s Gotta Have It became to Spike Lee, his catalyst to becoming the next black Hollywood film director/producer.
“God and life inspires me. I can be inspired by the smallest things in life,” said Ben, also a rapper, when asked about his inspiration for his films’ story-lines.
Io learn more on film director/producer Ben Lee Foster and his first feature film Peep Game log onto www.BenFosterFilms.com.
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)