By RYCH McCAIN
Happy Birthday congrats are in order for teen actors Kyle Massey (Disney’s “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House”), who turned 18 on Aug. 28 and foxy Rhyon Brown (ABC-Family Network’s “Lincoln Heights”), who turned 17 on Sept. 4. Of course, both are members of Rych McCain’s Child/Teen Media Family.
I will send a free DVD of the new movie Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, starring Christina Milian and I’ll throw in a bonus DVD of the latest Fast & Furious flick to the first five readers who ask for them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“First In” is a compelling new series premiering on BET on September 30 that chronicles the likes of emergency team members at the Compton and Los Angeles Fire Departments. Drama and emotions run off the scale as these men and women place their lives at risk to save others in an area where there are some 75 gangs operating. The show is executively produced and narrated by singer/actor and Compton native, Tyrese Gibson.
THE PARTY SCENE:
L.A. party events promoter Joe Jones, CEO of Versatile Productions, is sponsoring his “End of Summer Pool Side Splash, Comedy & Concert Explosion,” on Sunday, September 20 at the swank Sheraton Gateway Hotel near the LAX airport for L.A.’s “grown & sexy” crowd.
Hit songstress Miki Howard will headline along with comics Melanie Comarcho and Martin Lawrence’s “1st Amendment Stand Up” host Doug Williams.
Actor Jackie Long will host the red carpet opening celebration of Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” in Tampa, Florida this Friday, Sept 11. The affair is sponsored by “The Standard,” Tampa’s premiere events promoters.
Speaking of Tyler Perry, he has inked a deal with Lionsgate Films for the big screen version of the landmark play, “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf!” Perry will write the script, produce and direct. This will be the first project for his 34th Street Films banner.
Chariot; Starring De’Garryan Andres, Cassandra Braden, Nadjah Dabney, Gayle LaRone, Hardia Madden, Jr., RonNell Weaver and Cai Handley. Written by Steven Lee. Directed by Cary Thompson. Produced by Steven Lee and Cassandra Flood.
This play is about a dysfunctional Black middle class valley family in Los Angeles. Some very sensitive buttons are pushed pertaining to child molestation, incest, homosexuality and being too Black.
Gayle La Rone as the grandmother was very strong in her scenes with Jules (played by De’Garryan Andres), who held his own as well. Hardia Madden as Frank, the father who crossed the line sexually with his children, added plenty of shock value to his role. Cassandra Braden as Angela was the glue that held it all together where she could. This play is a powerhouse!
Ponyo; Walt Disney Pictures presents a Studio Ghibli Film featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Kurt Knutsson, Betty White, Liam Neeson, Jennessa Rose, Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman. Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Produced by Toshio Suzuki.
This is an animated story about a little fish who became a little human girl. The story line is easy to follow and children of all ages should like this one.
Extract: Miramaz Films; Ternion Pictures in association with F+A Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner, Clifton Collins Jr., Gene Simmons and Ben Affleck. Written and directed by Mike Judge, produced by Michael Rotenberg and John Altschuler.
Joel Reynold (Bateman) owns a small factory that makes a flavour extract for food. His employees are lifers who are an odd cast of losers, loners and misfits. Several situations hit Reynold at once and the sparks fly. This movie is OK for late night viewing but probably won’t fare as well on the big screen.
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