The inspiring life of Betty & Coretta, starring Mary J Blige and Angela Bassett, airs on Lifetime February 2, 2013
*She was the one…who tried being – through all the trails – she tried to be positive and happy when bad things happened…Betty was like that,” said nine-time Grammy Award winning Mary J. Blige, who stars in the Lifetime Original Movie presentation of “Betty & Coretta” as Dr. Betty Shabazz. Angela Bassett plays Coretta Scott King in the “based on a true story” film that airs on Lifetime Television Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Mary J. and her husband Kendu Isaacs are co-executive producers on the project along with Larry Sanitsky, Jaha Johnson and Polly Anthony. Yves Simoneau serves as director on the story by Ron Hutchinson and Shem Bitterman.
“We didn’t come in wanting to be producers,” Blige said. “We were blown away by the script. It made us think about being a part of something so important.”
Malik Yoba is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in this tragic but inspiring film of two women whose very public husbands were assassinated leaving them single mothers faced with the task of providing solely for their families.
They are also faced with continuing a civil rights legacy their husbands started that help change the American way of life. Blige said Betty found herself also witnessing a change in her husband after an overseas trip – just before he was killed – that had a man once on the opposite sides of the Civil Rights movement now working alongside Martin Luther King, Jr.’s non-violence strategy.
The result is a bond between the two women like no other that spans over 30 years.
“When he came back he began to work with Martin Luther King, Jr,” Mary pointed out about Betty’s husband Malcolm X played by Lindsay Owens Pierre. “That was very significant and very important.”
Mary J. Blige said what she learned about Betty Shabazz is that her main focus was education and the education of her children. Watch the amazing story of “Betty & Coretta,” a Lifetime Original Movie presentation, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Lincoln and ’30 Rock’ led in wins at the 19th Annual SAG Awards
*The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, presented by SAG-AFTRA, was recently held at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition, and aired live on both TNT and TBS. The awards show honored outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2012.
“No, I didn’t,” said Rico Rodriguez – who plays Manny Delgado in the ABC series “Modern Family” – about the show’s SAG Award win for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.” “It was so cool to be able to roll out the red carpet then come out here today and them calling our names!”
Also present were the other actors of the series, which included Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily Tucker-Pritchett), Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), who also rolled out the red carpet with Rico the day before; Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Ed O’Neill (Jay Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Sofia Vergara (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett), and Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy). PBS’ “Downton Abby” won for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” and the Warner Bros.’ film ARGO won for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.”
Tounchstone Pictures’ Lincoln, with NBC’s “30 Rock,” led with the most wins. Lincoln won twice in the Theatrical Motion Pictures category with Daniel Day-Lewis for his role as Abraham Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones for his role as Thaddeus Stevens. “30 Rock” won twice when Alec Baldwin took home a SAG Actor statuette for his role as Jack Donaghy and Tina Fey won for her role as Liz Lemon.
In the category of “Outstanding Stunt Ensemble” winners included Columbia Pictures’ Skyfall in Motion Pictures and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in Television Series categories. The legendary Dick Van Dyke received the SAG 49th Annual Life Achievement Award.
Other winners in the Primetime Television category included Kevin Costner in History’s “Hatfields & McCoys” for his role as “Devil Anse” Hatfield; Julianne Moore in HBO’s “Game Change” for her role as Sarah Plain; Bryan Cranston for his role as Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” and Claire Danes for her role as Carrie Mathison in Showtime’s “Homeland.”
In the category for Theatrical Motion Pictures additional winners included Jennifer Lawrence for her role as Tiffany in The Weinstein Company presentation of Silver Linings Playbook and Anne Hathaway for her role as Fantine in the Universal Picture presentation Les Miserables.
(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)