The show, which catches up with past guests of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” highlights where celebrities and newsmakers are at now as well as the ups and downs of following up early success and sustaining big show business careers once the phone stops ringing.
*Sony announced today that it will re-release its Tom Hanks film “Captain Phillips” on Wednesday, Jan. 15 — which happens to be the day before Academy Award nominations are announced in Beverly Hills.
The film’s DVD/Blu-ray release will follow on Jan. 21, but the studio hopes its theater boost six days prior will put the film fresh in the’ minds of Oscar voters before final ballots are due Feb. 25. And despite a strong performance from Hanks, who plays the captain of a ship seized by Somali pirates, most of the Oscar buzz from this film has surrounded the head pirate – played by Barkhad Abdi.
The 28-year-old from Mogadishu, Somalia was literally plucked out of obscurity in his adopted home of Minneapolis after auditioning to play Abduwali Muse, the young Somali pirate forced into a mission way beyond his ability in this true story.
Director Paul Greengrass said it was a huge gamble to cast Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali and Barkhad Abdirahman as the main pirates. Although nary one of them had previous screen experience, the four were chosen from a Minneapolis casting call of about 700 hopefuls.
“Obviously when you’re making the film, you’re making a strong bet on the ability of four young men to who have not acted professionally before, but I believed in them and I believed in what authenticity they could bring to our film as young Somalis with a knowledge of the country and the people.”
Below, Barkhad says he relied on his big time co-star to show him the ropes on set.
According to Deadline.com, Sony hopes to rerelease the film in 1,000 theaters nationwide. It’s currently winding down its initial run in just 640 locations since opening on Oct. 11.
Watch the trailer below.
*Apparently, Will Smith can add “life coach” to his packed resume.
In an extensive cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter released Wednesday (Nov. 20), Bieber dished on multiple aspects of his life, revealing that he receives a weekly call for counsel from the actor, that Eminem and Tom Hanks have reached out to do the same thing and that he doesn’t care much about negative attention because publications are “just worried about money.”
According to the THR interview, Smith visited Bieber’s house while the singer was having a particularly rough time this past May, having just returned from his world tour. The visit had a positive affect on Bieber, and now the two engage in a weekly phone call to make sure all in the young singer’s life is going well.
“He’s telling me: ‘Justin’s got to go through it. You can’t stop him from going through it,” Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, said the actor told him. “That’s youth in itself. He’s a young man who’s growing up, and that’s what makes him interesting and relatable. Otherwise, he’d be some kind of weird robot.”
Bieber also had choice words for the media, which he believes has been fairly cutthroat in its negative coverage of the singer in recent memory.
“When people see a negative thing about me on a magazine, they’re gonna buy it,” he explained. “Every time some site writes something bad, all my followers go on there, and it brings them more traffic. Now they have all the Beliebers on their site, which gives them money from advertisers. They’re just worried about money. They don’t care about ruining someone’s name.”
Elsewhere, he reiterated that he isn’t concerned about what people are writing or saying. “I don’t give a f—,” he said. “Not ‘I don’t give a f—’ to just be reckless and do whatever, but ‘I don’t give a f— what they say.’ … I know who I am and what I’m doing in my life and what I’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being. I’m happy with the man I’m becoming.”
Columbia Pictures’ Captain Phillips is riveting, arrives in theaters October 11, 2013
*“I was taken-back with the professionalism, expertise and training…and they are so young,” two-time Oscar winning Tom Hanks said about his experience with the U.S. Navy during the process of making the Columbia Pictures’ action-thriller presentation of Captain Phillips, based on the abduction and rescue of the captain of the US Maersk Alabama cargo ship in the 2009 hijacked by Somali pirates. “What they do is hard…right down to the cooks – with four meals a day, cooking all day (for 256 people). The Navy and the crew…getting to know this very very impressive group of young people.”
The goal of the team on the US Maersk, at the time of the hijacking, was to survive until help came. Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips and Barkhad Abdi is Muse the Somali pirate captain – now serving over 30 years in the Federal prison – in the Scott Rudin/Michael De Luca/Trigger Street production.
The film is based on the book, “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Captain Richard Phillips, with Stephan Talty. The screenplay was written by Billy Ray and executive producers are Gregory Goodman, Eli Bush and Kevin Spacey. Peter Greengrass is the director of the Rated PG film.
“(The US Navy) helped us make the film,” said director Peter Greengrass about his experiences with our armed forces. “The experience of making the film was different…very clear difference…the scale of the problem of the haves and the have nots…it’s an emerging police problem.”
“I have some friends in the Navy,” said Barkhad about his experience with the US military. “It gave me a visual…how different…and nice the people are. They came to me and we had talks.”
Others starring in the cast of Captain Phillips include Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez and David Warshofsky.
Columbia Pictures’ Captain Phillips arrives in theaters October 11, 2013.
Codeblack’s tear-jerking presentation of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete arrives in theaters October 11, 2013
*The Codeblack/Lionsgate Film presentation of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a tear-jerking take on inner-city reality for a lot of “babies.” This is a tale of two abandoned kids trying to survive in an all too real city life that never sleeps and where you can get killed. Sylan Brooks exquisitely plays Mister and Ethan Dizon gives a dazzling performance as Pete.
Written by George Tillman, Jr., The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete also stars Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Hudson, Jordan Sparks, Academy Award winning Jeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
The Rated-R drama is executive produced by Alicia Keys and arrives in theaters October 11, 2013. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is an iDeal Partners/State Street production in association with Floren Shieh/Archer Gray/Cherry Sky Films/AKW Productions.
Award winning journalist Roland S. Martin premieres daily news show ‘News One Now’ on TV One
*“It’s about forcing our audience to think differently about these subjects,” said multi-Image Award winning journalist Roland S. Martin about his new daily news show “News One Now,” premiering on TV One (cable, radio and online) October 11, 2013.
Martin is also host of TV One’s Sunday morning one-hour weekly news show “Washington Watch with Roland Martin.” The new daily news show, “News One Now,” begins each day as a three-hour radio talk show on Radio One ending with the TV One live presentation of that conversation on “News One Now” – streamed also online.
Roland is the author of three books and his syndicated column – with Creators Syndicate and as senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show – has him reaching 8 million people daily.
Disney awards the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, with the Disney Legends Award
*“I tried to connect with the character,” Jodi Benson said about the audition that changed the course of her life as the voice of Ariel for Walt Disney. “They removed our names so I was incredibly thrilled. At that point I was really happy with where my life was – two kids being home schooled. Being the voice of Ariel and Barbie certainly wasn’t in the plan.”
Jodi said her world changed and now its 28 years later and Disney still uses her. Recently they honored her with The Disney Legends Award for having almost 30 years as the voice of the Disney character Ariel.
Ariel is found in the Academy Award winning Walt Disney Picture project The Little Mermaid. Benson is also the voice of Barbie in the Disney/Pixar Golden Globe winning Toy Story 2 and Academy Award winning Toy Story 3. She is also the voice of Weebo in the Disney live action Flubber, starring Robin Williams. Jodi created the character voice in Thumbelina, a Don Bluth animated feature film and she appears as Patrick Dempsey’s assistant Sam in Disney’s live-action feature film Enchanted – as a real person with “legs.”
The Little Mermaid has been released this month in a three-disk Blu-ray Combo Pack – Rated G – in celebration of the Disney honor given to Jodi Benson – the voice of Ariel. For more information about The Little Mermaid three-Disk Blu-ray release log onto www.Movies.Disney.com/The-Little-Mermaid.
(Event: Free admission on Saturday Oct 19th for the Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II,” presented by Carib Press news magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com – www.UpliftingMinds2.com or FreeAssocInc3@aol.com. Showcase judges include celebrity choreographer Mike Peele (Stomp the Yard, MJ’s This is It), EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey and international guitarist and label owner Vernon Neilly. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)
*Sony Pictures will try to feed off of its standing ovation for “Captain Phillips” at the New York Film Festival by sneaking the film into theaters a week early in select locations.
The true story dramatizes the hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama by a group of Somali pirates. Tom Hanks plays its courageous captain, Richard Phillips. The film is set to open nationwide on Oct. 11, but the studio will put it on 800 screens this Saturday (Oct. 5).
A Hollywood Reporter reviewer who saw the film at NYFF said director Paul Greengrass’ “hyperkinetic shooting style conveys the desperation of the pirates and the horror felt by the unarmed crew and a captain who ends up alone with the gunman in a tiny lifeboat while awaiting help from a Navy SEAL Team.”
In May, Hanks told us via Skype that filming the scene where the pirates storm the ship was “petrifying,” because the actors were so believable.
In a press conference held last week, the Oscar winner gave even more props to his Somali co-stars – particularly Barkhad Abdi, who is already earning Oscar buzz for his role as the pirate leader, Muse. Below, Hanks explains how Abdi and Somali actors Mahat M. Ali (pictured at the top) and Faysal Ahmed reached a level of acting that few are open enough to access.
“Captain Phillips” opens nationwide on Oct. 11, and in select cities this weekend (Oct. 5). Watch the trailer below.
*The April 2009 hijacking of container ship MV Maersk Alabama by four Somali pirates has been made into a film starring Tom Hanks as the vessel’s kidnapped captain Richard Phillips.
Due this fall, Columbia’s “Captain Phillips” will detail how the Massachusetts native and his crew of 20 became the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years, and how Phillips ended up on a lifeboat with three of the gunmen when he was rescued by US Navy Seals – who shot all three pirates dead during a standoff.
“It’s a very particular skill set that Richard Phillips has,” Hanks told us during a Skyped press conference with reporters. “It’s a world unknown to all of us because we just assume that containers full of goods easily make it from one place to another as part of regular commerce. But the juggling act that a guy like Captain Phillips has to do in the course of getting from Abu Dhabi to Djibouti, down to Mombasa is actually a very impressive amount of work.”
Below, Hanks explains how director Paul Greengrass took steps to ensure that his actors truly experienced every emotion that ran through Phillips and his crew as they watched the Somali pirates close in on the ship.
Columbia Pictures will release “Captain Phillips” on Oct. 11, 2013. View the trailer below.