Universal’s Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson is action packed, in theaters February 28, 2014
Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson stars in the Universal Pictures presentation of Non-Stop.
* The newest Universal Pictures release, “Non-Stop,” starring Academy/Golden Globe Award nominee Liam Neeson (“Darkman”) is action packed as the entire film takes place on an international flight from New York to London.
Neeson is Bill Marks a US Federal Air Marshall trying to stop a hijacking from an unknown source on the plane using text messages – the ransom is $150 million.
Non-Stop is in theaters February 28 and is Rated PG – 13.
*Producer David Gest is teaming with Michael Jackson’s siblings Tito and Rebbie, as well as others close to the star for a singing and spoken-word tribute tour to the late King of Pop.
“A Jackson Named Michael: Remembering a Legend,” kicks off in the United Kingdom in March 2012, and follows another tribute set for October in Wales that has caused some controversy among fans of the “Thriller” singer, reports Reuters.
Gest announced Monday that his show will feature Tito, Rebbie and friend Deniece Williams singing tunes and telling tales about Jackson’s life and career. Plans also call for a question-and-answer session with audience members.
“The majority of the show will be reminiscences and stories about Michael that the public has never heard,” Gest said in a statement.
The tour also follows the October U.K. release of Gest’s documentary film, ‘Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon,” which Jackson’s mother and family matriarch Katherine Jackson called “a tremendous achievement.”
“This is not my story, but the story of many of Michael’s friends’ recollections,” she said in a statement.
Katherine Jackson is just one of the family’s members who has backed a one-night tribute planned for October 8 in Cardiff, Wales. But that tribute has caused some fans to cry foul over the singers who were invited, the charities benefiting from ticket sales and its timing during Murray’s trial.
Jeffrey Osborne, Angela Bassett, Stephanie Mills, Deniece Williams, California Assemblyman Mike Davis
*On Saturday February 26, 2011 renowned actress Angela Bassett, and recording legends Stephanie Mills, Jeffrey Osborne, and founding members of the O’Jays, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams Sr., were the honorees and recipients of the 2011 Living Legends Awards held at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.
Hosted by California Assemblyman Mike Davis, the ceremony was well attended by many public figures including the Honorable Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and the Honorable Judge Craig T. Strong of Detroit Michigan.
What a night it was as Waters expressed her deepest appreciation for the contributions the honorees made to our culture, and the stellar tribute performances by Kenny Latimore, Deniece Williams, Side Effect, and many others. The honorees themselves gave outstanding performances to the audience’s delight – including Bassett who gave an awe-inspiring recital.
A statement from Davis’ office said in part: “The theme this year is ‘African Americans and the Civil War’. The African American experience is an example to all Americans of what can be accomplished through hope, faith, determination and hard work.” It went on to say, “African Americans have helped shape and define today’s entertainment culture as a result of strong spirituality and profound rhythm inherited from African ancestry.”
The O’Jays are best known for their blockbuster hit “Love Train”; Mills for her Grammy award winning pop ballad “Never Knew Love Like This”; Bassett for her performance in the Ike & Tina Turner story “What’s Love Got To Do With It”; and Osborne for “On The Wings Of Love”. In his acceptance speech Levert said, “To be a role model…to do something that has a purpose and has an ending that’s positive…this is what we’re about, this is what I do, and this is what I will be doing until the day I’m gone.”
Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub.) www.amazon.com. Visit the author at www.editorialbylarry.com.
The O'Jays' Eddie Levert and Judge Craig T. Strong
*TV One will return this spring and fall with 12 new episodes of its acclaimed bio series “Unsung,”
Among the artists lined up are The Spinners, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle, Deniece Williams, Big Daddy Kane, The Ohio Players with Sugarfoot, and Evelyn “Champagne” King.
This series of one-hour biography specials celebrates the lives and careers of successful artists or groups who, despite great talent, over the years have been under-recognized or under-appreciated.
“Unsung” reveals the multiple factors that have kept these artists from achieving the iconic commercial status they deserved. And, in the process, these specials sing the praises and celebrate the artistry that has kept fellow artists and fans talking about them for years.
*”She was not a spiritual human being, but a spirit having a human experience.”
Dressed in white hundreds of close friends and family gathered at Forest Lawn today to say goodbye to R&B superstar, Teena Marie, at an afternoon memorial service. The singer, producer, died December 26, in her Pasadena home, but no signs of trauma were found according to investigators. She was 54.
In attendance were music legends, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson, Berry Gordy, and R&B greats Johnny Gill, George Duke, Deniece Williams, Shanice Wilson, and Norwood Young. Near the start of the service, an emotional Wilson shared a special moment when Marie became her unofficial “auntie”. After the story she delivered a beautiful performance of “Ave Maria.”
Later, a medley of Marie’s hits were performed by a group, as baby pictures and photos with friends and family, including Rick James, were displayed on a large screen.
The performance was a musical reminder to celebrate Teena Marie’s life and talents, not just mourn the loss of it. When songs “Square Biz” and “I Need Your Lovin” were sung many attendees bobbed their heads to the beat, while soulful ballads “Dear Lover” and “Portuguese Love” moved some to sway to the music.
Monica and her fiance' Shannon Brown of the LA Lakers
*It was a wild scene: high class and hip-hop urban entertainment meshed together Sunday night at Philippe Chow on Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. They honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bullets for Peace while they partied for singer, Monica’s 30th Birthday.
It was an awesome scene to witness. Think varying levels of self mastery, fine living and passion for just about everything; spread out on one pink carpet.
Several LA Lakers including Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom were there. Also, Deniece Williams, Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Golden Brooks, Khloe Kardashian, Raven-Symone, Kenny Lattimore; need I say more. Oh no, it didn’t stop there; Black Hollywood debutantes, athletes, hip hoppers, and cultural tastemakers were on the scene for the cause.
Urban entertainment’s elite swarmed in one after the other wearing pink ribbons and draped with silver bullets, all in support of Monica’s Still Standing Foundation and its programs, and of course they came to party.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
The host, Monica, whose temperament was elegant and poised, showed with her fiancé, Lakers guard Shannon Brown, and they moved, coupled-up, down the pink carpet posing for the cameras. Oh yes, and the love seemed to be clear.
It should be mentioned that Monica appears one snazzy lady; celebrity looks good on her. And EURweb happens to know (from an earlier interview) that Monica’s class and strong head on her shoulders is the result of good home training and was handed down by the strong and loving women of her family.
“Reach for the stars and not look down on others, but look down to help others,” Monica said in a statement for the press.
In keeping with an urban/southern sophistication and desire to give back Monica asked her family and celebrity friends to donate money in the name of her Still Standing Foundation to the Susan Komen Foundation – Susan G. Komen for the Cure – the global leader of the breast cancer movement.
EURweb’s Billie Jordan was on the scene and spoke to some of Monica’s most exciting celebrity guest. Here’s her (video) *Red Carpet Report:
Monica and her gentleman fiance' Shannon Brown
By the way, the birthday girl arrived in a Porsche Panamera with her fiancé, who opened the door for his soon-to-be wife and shielded her with an umbrella. Inside, the happy couple’s family and friends nibbled on the Asian cuisine, cupcakes, and candy as Jermaine Dupri worked the ones and twos.
“Because God has given me more than I could have ever imagined, I won’t even make a wish,” the mother of two told partygoers before blowing out the candles on her purse-shaped cake. “I’ll just say to everybody in here, we’re all blessed.”
*Monica Turns 30 Red Carpet Report: Produced, filmed and edited by Billie Jordan for EURweb