TriStar’s Elysium brilliantly addresses today’s social and political issues, arrives in theaters August 9, 2013

Matt Damon stars in TriStar Pictures Elysium.

Matt Damon stars in TriStar Pictures Elysium.

*The year is 2154 and there are two earths “the haves and the have nots” in TriStar Pictures’ new sci-fi action film Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodi Foster and Sharlto Copley.

Elysium is the first big budget TriStar film since their 1998 release of The Mask of Zorro. Neill Blomkamp brilliantly addresses today’s social and political issues – such as immigration – as the writer, director and co-producer.

Matt Damon is Max DeCosta who had a toxic accident at work and as a result developed a cancer-virus – he now has five days to find a cure. The cure is in a machine that offers instant cures location in a part of earth called Elysium, a space-earth located not far from above the earth – a hovering paradise populated by the rich. Elysium has high tech everything and is governed by President Patel (played by Faran Tahir) and Jody Foster is his Secretary of Defense assisted by a violent police force led by Agent Krugs (played by Sharlto Copley). DeCosta, due to anti-immigration laws, can’t go to Elysium to get the cure because he lives on the planet-earth, called District 9 – which is ravaged with the poor, over populated, disease ridden and ruined.

Fighting for his life, as the clock ticks, the journey begins as Max travels from Los Angeles to Elysium to find the cure. The journey is full of high-tech action and drama that will leave you on the edge of your seats.

Bill Block and Simon Kinberg co-produce the film with Neill, which will be shown August 9, 2013 in IMAX Theaters. Elysium is also co-produced by Media Rights Capital and Tri-Star Pictures.

Tristan Wilds is Mack Wilds in Hip-Hop/R&B, his debut single ‘Own It’ is spreading like a wildfire

Hip-Hop/R&B's Mack Wilds aka Tristan Wilds releases single "Own It" as he prepares to release debut "New York: A Love Story."

Hip-Hop/R&B’s Mack Wilds aka Tristan Wilds releases single “Own It” as he prepares to release debut “New York: A Love Story.”

*“I think with music it’s a lot more personal,” said Mack Wilds known as outstanding actor Tristan Wilds (George Lucas’ Red Tails, CW’s ‘90210,’ Lee Daniels’ ‘The Wire’) about comparing his passion for acting with singing. “I’m going to give the people the real me…who my family call Mack…right now I’m focused on the music.”

Mack is right it is maximizing those Hip-Hop/R&B vocals heard on this first single to his debut titled “Own It.”  The single, surely a club-banger and spreading like wildfire on radio, is produced by Ne-Yo and Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Jazmine Sullivan).

“It (stars) aligned at the right moment…me and Salaam met two or three years ago or longer really. We connected…both missed New York, both living in L.A.,” Mack added to the story of how the album came to be.

His debut album is titled “New York: A Love Story” (Red Music) and has a release date of September 17, 2013.

“The album will diffidently have some featured artists and producers – Methodman, Raekwon, Pete Rock, DJ Premiere, Havoc and Mobb Deep,” Wilds concluded.

To learn more about Tristan “Mack” Wilds debut “New York: A Love Story” or his single “Own It” log onto www.RedMusic.com/Mack.

Ford Motor Company honors with Ford Freedom Unsung Awards, Keke Palmer is Ambassador, Kevin Frazier host

Kevin Frazier ("The Insider") host the 2013 Ford Freedom Unsung Awards.

Kevin Frazier (“The Insider”) host the 2013 Ford Freedom Unsung Awards.

*Out of 130 nominees in the areas of education, military, youth, communities and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the community the Ford Motor Company Fund recently honored 20 of those nominees at their Ford Freedom Unsung Awards held at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. The event was hosted by Kevin Frazier (“The Insider”), attended by Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee, “True Jackson VP”) who is the programs’ youth ambassador and entertainment was provided by Sheryl Lee Ralphs (Dreamgirls, “Moesha”).

There were people of all walks of life that decided to dedicate their life to giving back. From a homeless veteran who started an organization to assist vets with housing support – such as rent – that has become one of the largest VA housing assistant programs in the Los Angeles area is now housed on the grounds of the VA health facilities in Los Angeles. That organization was represented by its President and CEO Gregory C. Scott.

There was a lady who couldn’t cut the addiction cycle that involved jail time until she started her organization to help others like herself not only get off of the drug addiction path but set them up in housing and provide job assistant.

The stories continued as each was more outstanding and inspiriting than the next.

ASCAP honoring of Usher and Kendrick Lamar brings out the top producers and songwriting in the country

MC Lyte on the red carpet of the arrivals for the 2013 ASCAP R&S Awards.

MC Lyte on the red carpet of the arrivals for the 2013 ASCAP R&S Awards.

*Though I am not a songwriter or producer I still get goose-bumps when in the company of some of the greatest producers and songwriters in the world. When I attend ASCAP’s events I get a chance to do just that. At their 26th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel the top producers and songwriters in the country were honored, and multi-platinum selling Usher and trend setting Kendrick Lamar received top honors.

Multi Grammy, AMA and ASCAP winning Usher was honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. He now shares the title with past honorees Pharrell Williams, Jermaine Dupri, Jay Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J – just to name a few.

Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar was honored with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award presented to those whose impact on music help shape the future of American music. He shares that honor with the Beastie Boys, Taio Cruz, Diplo, Janelle Monee’ and Santigold. His latest release “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” reached platinum status in less than a years’ time.

While there I had a chance to talk to and witness the arrival of some of the many ASCAP R&S winners (past and present) and supporters of both Usher and Lamar arrive: 2 Chainz (winner), Eric Bellinger (winner), Lonny Bereal (winner), Kirko Bangz, Bridget Kelly (winner), Mary Mary (winner), Michelle Williams, Mateo, William McDowell (winner), Ne-Yo (winner,) McLyte, Malik Yusef (winner), 40, Shaka Zulu and Elle Varner – to name just a few.

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is a professional membership organization catering to all genres of music with a mission to license and promote their music, to obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute royalties. ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of the music of hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use its members’ music to add value to their business (bars, restaurants, retail, radio, TV, cable, Internet, mobile, etc…).

(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II,” presented by Ovation International magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.comwww.UpliftingMinds2.com or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)