Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D is a thriller with a surprising twist, arrives in theaters January 4, 2013

Alexandra Daddario and Dan Yeager (Leatherface) in a scene from the Lionsgate presentation of Texas Chainsaw 3D.

*“Don’t go in the basement,” that’s what I was saying to the screen while reviewing the Lionsgate presentation of Texas Chainsaw 3D – which arrives in theaters January 4, 2013.

The Chainsaw franchise continues offering a thriller with a surprising twist. A Millennium Film production, Texas Chainsaw 3D stars Alexandra Daddario (Hall Pass), Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson (Preacher’s Kid), Scott Eastwood (Invictus), Dan Yeager, Tania Raymond (300), and Marilyn Burns (Helter Skelter).

All eyes will be on Trey Songz as the Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter makes another film appearance as one of four buddies caught in the way of Leatherface (Yeager).

“I think this movie is a lot more about Leatherface,” said Dan Yeager about his character in the 3D presentation of the Texas Chainsaw saga. “I told him (the original Leatherface played by Gunnar Hansen who made a special appearance as Boss Sawyer) that I studied him and reaped him off.”

“How would he (Leatherface) evolve,” said Director John Luessenhop about the ‘twist” to the plot of the franchise script. “He had emotions as in the first film…protected the house. He made a decision. Leatherface kind of operates in a sense of fear.”

“The scene in the van was shot in three days,” said Tania Raymonde who plays Nikki, one of the four traveling buddies that find herself in Leatherface’s house. “After 13 hours of screaming you actually feel scared.” Of her scenes with Trey Songz she said, “He’s an awesome actor, a great acting partner… I have a couple of his songs on my iPod before I knew he was in the movie…I told a friend…she freaked out.”

“Everyone had a certain sense of professionalism,” pointed out Songz, who plays traveling buddy Ryan, about the atmosphere during the filming of the movie. “We did joke…but when they were called upon, they did what they had to do.”

“It’s not what they will expect…but it’s fun and scary,” said Alexandra Daddario (“Parenthood”) who plays Heather Miller, a dislocated Sawyer family member who inherits the family home (with Leatherface still there).

Also a Main Line Picture production Texas Chainsaw 3D also stars Shawn Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, Richard Riehle, and Bill Moseley. The Rated R film’s screenplay is written by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms.

To watch the trailer to Texas Chainsaw 3D log onto its website at www.TexasChainsaw3D.com.

The Pulse of Entertainment 2012 look back, filled with a year of movie reviews

The Pulse of Entertainment 2012 Highlights.

*The year 2012 closed for The Pulse of Entertainment with my calendar filled with movie reviews. Each year I marvel at what opportunities are presented to me and this year by far it was the chance to review wonderful film projects. Though music is my love and I had many humbling interviews for music reviews, but 2012 was dominated with movie screenings. Another highlight in 2012 for my syndicated column is a new weekly guest appearance at a Stellar Award nominated station for a “The Pulse of Entertainment Weekly Update” segment on the “Lady Charmaine Live” show at Praise 98FM (www.Praise98FM.com).

My year started with opportunities to interview legends Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton (Joyful Noise). I went on to interviewed twice both Kirk Whalum (“Romance Language”, Long Beach Jazz Festival performance) and Kim Fields (“A Cross to Bear,” “Holiday Love: Re-Imagined”).  Other interviews I’d like to note are the superstars in the making – Jacob Latimore and Luke James (who I also interviewed twice in 2012), and those who are currently making their legendary mark on history – Ledisi and Leela James (who I also interviewed twice).

The Pulse of Entertainment covered many events that include the BET Awards; NAACP Image Awards; UNCF Evening of Stars tapping; Tye Tribbett’s “Greater Than” tapping, and events for BMI, ASCAP, ABC Disney, and CBS. Concerts that were so impressive I still think of them today include Ledisi’s tour with Eric Benet; Kirk Franklin’s tour, and the outstanding performances at the UNCF tapping (to air January 26 & 27, 2013).

There are so many movie reviews that were highlights because they were either ground breaking or provided me with an opportunity to interview some of my favorite actors, such as the three hour history-breaking SkyFall (007 sequel) which has made a billion in sales as I type this; Hotel Transylvania because of a pleasant, but quick, interview I had with Selena Gomez (my grandson adores her); The Dark Shadow because of the opportunity to briefly question Johnny Depp; The Lucky One because of the Zac Efron interview; Looper because of the Joseph Gordon-Levitt interview opportunity, and most recently Texas Chainsaw 3D for the chance to talk briefly to BET Award winning singer/songwriter Trey Songz.

There are so many more highlights, but in closing I must mention my brief interviews with Sheryl Ladd (“Charlie’s Angels”) for Disney’s Snow Paws2; Cedric the Entertainer at the 1st Ladies High Tea event; LisaRaye (“Single Ladies”) at an Emmy Gifting event; multi-platinum selling Brandy on her role on BET’s “The Game;” Grammy Award winning Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) on her signing with Light Records; Niecy Nash (“The Soul Man”) on her role as a preacher’s wife in Cedric’s TV Land sitcom; Common on his starring role in the film LUV   (releases to theaters on January 18, 2013), and Anthony Hamilton at a Grammy event.

I am excited about new opportunities in 2013 and you can follow The Pulse of Entertainment in 2013 at www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.EURweb.com (Columns), www.BaltimoreTimes-Online.com (Pulse of Entertainment) and at www.Youtube.com/FreelanceAssociates for video coverage.

(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)