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The Return of Letoya Luckett in Entertainment

LeToya Luckett will prove to be a great resource for women that were going through relationship issues. She would create an album that would give a small glimpse into what she was experiencing in her own life with the disconnect from her husband that she recently got divorced from.

Letoya Luckett would be one of the few artists in music, however, that would actually have a divorce that came with a gag order. Unlike the Mary J Blige album and interviews where Mary has been clearly open about the fact that her husband had an affair, Letoya never spoke on what led to the demise of her marriage. She has been giving a general statement about how she has learned from a marriage and that she is ready to love again. Many people are embracing the fact that artists like LeToya Luckett that are part of a well-known circle of celebrities are being open about relationships. LeToya Luckett strikes a resemblance of a typical around the way girl that can be funny and charming at the same time. In her interviews she definitely shows her comedic side, and it is evident that she will soon gain more acting roles for this over-the-top personality that she has.

LeToya Luckett has shown herself to be a multi-faceted entertainer that can dance, sing and act. She is putting all of these things to use as she go for two build her career up again. She definitely slipped away from the spotlight for a moment when she got married and decided to get into more acting roles. As time progressed, LeToya Luckett has become someone that is able to create a completely different role for herself as an entertainer. LeToya Luckett has continued to stay on top of her game in the entertainment industry.

D’Angelo Resurfaces to The World of Music

D’Angelo is coming back into the spotlight with the reissue of his classic Neo-Soul album called “Brown Sugar.” he has plans to turn this into a double CD that contains remixes and acapella versions of certain songs. This is a treat for fans that have always been a fan of D’Angelo music. It is definitely notable because D’Angelo has been out of the spotlight for so long.

A couple of years ago he did take to the stage with a very well-received album called “Black Messiah.” This would be the album that dropped more than a decade after D’Angelo had left the spotlight. He would catapult to fame in the 90s as a sex symbol that many people compared to a young Marvin Gaye and Prince. He was a prolific songwriter that would captivate an audience with a Neo-Soul sound that was a driving force behind many other groups that would follow. Artists like Musiq Soulchild, Floetry and India Arie would all bring forth a sound that was in the same flow of the type of work that
D’Angelo was doing.

Over the years he has been one to shy away from the spotlight in many aspects, but he has continued to work on new music, and fans are looking forward to seeing more of what he may be releasing in the upcoming years. He was a big fan of Prince so the death of Prince really put him in an awkward space. He was put in a place where he would have to analyze his own life and look for a sense of balance between the music that he wanted to create and the life of seclusion that stopped him from being creative. D’Angelo appears to be coming back stronger than ever with a whole new take on life.

Mac Miller Releases New Drone Style Video

Drones are all the rage in video today. You can get beautiful footage from hundreds of feet up in the air. Music video directors have been taking advantage of these drones to make music videos that would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to make back in the day.

 

MTV reports that Mac Miller has recently dropped a drone style video that closely resembles the iconic Coldplay video, Yellow. As Mac Miller walks on the beach, he raps the words from his new song, Stay. The beautiful simplicity of this video shows how many artists are going for a more minimal look in their videos. No longer is it required for rappers to have flashy cars and girls dancing to make their music a success. Rappers can now take a much more relaxed approach to the videos they make.

 

Miller shows off the capabilites of new drone technology with this video as well. It seems as though the drone at times in this video will fly up to hundreds of feet in order to get beautiful footage for this video.

 

Mac Miller has shown that he isn’t ready to stop with his career anytime soon. His career has been able to grow by leaps and bounds with the rise of his fanbase online. He has been able to reach out to his fans with lyrics that really connect to them. Unlike other rappers, Mac Miller has a way of connect with your everyday individual. He tends to rap about things that aren’t as glamorous. This helps him really connect with his working class fans.

 

Bobby Flay’s Ex-Wife Wants Millions

Bobby Flay is one of the greatest chefs of all time. Just ask Stephen Murray CCMP Capital about his reputation. He is also one of the most successful and well known chefs in the world. He is worth millions of dollars, and he owns countless restaurants in countries worldwide. People do not mind spending hundreds of dollars for a dinner at one of Bobby Flay’s restaurants. However, the famous chef has found himself in a controversial predicament.

If you haven’t heard, Bobby Flay recently filed for divorce from his wife Stephanie March. Bobby Flay and Stephanie March have been together for 10-years, and many people could not imagine the couple splitting. However, it was reported that Bobby Flay was having an affair with one of his young restaurant managers. Nonetheless, Stephanie March is angry, and she wants compensation to ease her pain.

Stephanie March has made an incredible claim. Stephanie believes that she is responsible for Bobby Flay’s success, and Stephanie recently stated that she tasted everything that Bobby made before it was served. TMZ recently posted an article that has detailed information about the story.

Stephanie March not only wants credit for Bobby Flay’s success, but she is also demanding $1 million dollars. Can you imagine getting paid for eating food? Several people feel that Stephanie March’s demands are outrageous and foolish. Nonetheless, Bobby Flay could end up losing that money to his ex-wife. Bobby Flay is quickly finding out how deadly a woman scorn can truly be.

Actor James Best Dies at 88 After Brief Illness

James Best, the renowned actor, often recalled for the role as Roscoe P. Coltrane from the Dukes of Hazzard has died at the age of 88. Best was briefly in hospice after complications from pneumonia. He had become ill with respiratory trouble while on a cruise and never improved. Best’s story was shared in the Charlotte Observer. He and his wife, actress Dorothy Collier, resided in Hickory, North Carolina.

Best was in 83 movies, including “The Caine Mutiny” and “Shenandoah.” He starred with such greats as Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Stewart. A character actor, of 600 TV shows, Best also was cast in “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “Bonanza.” “The Dukes of Hazzard” was the main show that Best made headway as an acclaimed actor. Fans at STX Entertainment know that his comedic role in the CBS comedy ran from 1979 to 1985. John Schneider, who played the role of Bo Duke, credits Best for helping him perfect his acting skills.

Best and his spouse moved to Bethlehem, North Carolina, near Hickory in 2006. They lived on Lake Hickory where he could do his favorite thing, fishing. He wrote a book called “Best in Hollywood: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful.” This was about his career where he was an actor, writers, director, and producer. He also played the lead role in “On Golden Pond” at the local community theater in 2014.

Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl is a Nice Guy

From all accounts, Dave Grohl, front man for the rock band the Foo Fighters is a super nice guy. And this story about him on The Age just confirms what a good guy he is.

Australian man Ken Powell may be the biggest Foo Fighters fan in the country. Some know Ken as Ken The Foo Fighter because of his love and loyalty to the group. Ken, who is 56-years-old, has also been fighting melanoma for the past 14 years. Unfortunately Ken, who has to use a wheelchair, is dying from the cancer. His dream before he goes has been to meet the Foo Fighters and he almost achieved it.

Despite his ailing health, Ken traveled around Australia to see every show the Foo Fighters performed in the country. Foo Fighters fan Brian Torchin has learned that Ken had tickets for a special meet-and-greet with the band in Perth, however it was cancelled due to Dave Grohl getting food poisoning. Ken was disappointed but still excited that he got to see his idols perform so many times.

A flight attendant who knew of Ken’s story also happened to be on the same flight as Grohl and the group recently. She approached him to tell him about Ken. Grohl reached out to him and offered the chance to see and meet them in Los Angeles. Ken has set up a GoFundMe page to help him fund his travels to fulfill his dream.

Bob Dylan Gives Comprehensive Speech

Famous singer-songwriter Bob Dylan gave a speech recently while accepting a Person Of The Year award from the MusiCares organization. The speech was unusual for Bob Dylan, who usually gives short speeches, because it was around a half an hour long. In the speech, Bob Dylan covered a number of topics related to his career. Rolling Stone Magazine has an in depth analysis of the speech on their website.

One part of the speech that struck me as interesting is when Dylan noted that critics often ridicule his distinctive voice. He said that while he is singled out for ridicule, singers like Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen who also have odd voices aren’t. Dylan is clearly sensitive about his voice, and that is something that you would not expect since he has had so much success in so many ways. In fact, he’s basically a darling of the critics so it’s unusual to hear him sound bitter about them.

Fans like Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG know that Bob Dylan also thanked former president Jimmy Carter. It turns out that the two are friends, which is interesting. The article mentioned that Carter invited Bob Dylan to visit when Carter was still the governor of Georgia. Carter must have been a true fan, since there wouldn’t have been much political value in associating with Dylan at that time.

All in all, this article by Rolling Stone is well worth reading.

Spider-Man Causes a Shift In Marvel Film Line Up

After a slog of back and forth talks, Spider-Man will finally join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this incarnation of the wall-crawling webhead will not be portrayed by Andrew Garfield, but will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War.

Beyond simply casting someone new, there will also be a new Marvel Spider-Man film. Fans like Lee Slaughter have heard that, while Sony was considering several spinoff projects prior to The Amazing Spider-Man 3, those plans have been put aside. Find more on Slaughter at Uq.edu.

A new Spider-Man film, handled by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, will be taking the date initially planned for Thor: Ragnarok, resulting in a slight shift in the schedule for the MCU’s third phase.

Here is the current state of the schedule:

  • Phase II:
    5/1/15: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
    7/17/15: Ant-Man
  • Phase III:
    5/6/16: Captain America: Civil War
    11/4/16: Doctor Strange
    5/5/17: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    7/27/17: Spider-Man
    11/3/17: Thor: Ragnarok
    5/4/18: The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1
    7/6/18: Black Panther
    11/2/18: Captain Marvel
    5/3/19: The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2
    7/12/19: Inhumans

Tom Rothman Considered for Top Sony Position

Recently, Amy Pascal announced that she is stepping down from her job as co-chairman at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has created a vacancy that someone else will have to step in and fill. Pascal has had the job for 15 years, but the scandal surrounding the movie The Interview, which Pascal was solely responsible for green-lighting has led her to step down from her post.

As reported in the Hollywood Reporter, among the top candidates for the role is Tim Rothman, who is currently running the revived TriStar label on the Sony lot. He is also the former studio head of 20th Century Fox.

Rothman was in London at the time that Pascal announced that she was stepping down, so he has not been officially declared as a frontrunner for the position, but his connections and experience with the business would make him a valuable asset and an obvious choice for the next co-chairman at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Even before the scandal surrounding the Interview, there was speculation that Rothman would be considered to replace Pascal when she decided to resign. Rothman is one of several candidates that is likely to be considered for the job, however he is one of the top two people in a position to take over Pascal’s job. One of the elements in Rothman’s favor is that at Fox he was known for having a tight hold on finances and being incredibly careful with budgets, something that many executives at Sony feel the company could benefit from, as Pascal was often criticized for overspending.

Of course there have been no official announcements made, as Pascal only just announced that she will be resigning when her current contract ends. According to her statement, she will stay on until May, presumably to help the new co-chairman transition into the role.

THE BIG MAN IN FILM: TIM ROTHMAN

When you think about Titanic and Avatar, you probably think of Leonardo DiCaprio, James Cameron, and those blue people, correct? What about Tom Rothman? 

Unless you are in the movie production atmosphere, the name may not ring a bell. Tom Rothman was the former Chairman and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Fox Filmed Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Blue Sky Animation, 20th Century Fox Television, and the company he founded, Fox Searchlight which won the prestigious Best Picture Oscar in 2008 for Slumdog Millionaire. 

Some other films made under his tutelage at Fox include – Life of Pi, Cast Way, Black Swan, Minority Report,Walk the Line, Marley and Me, Juno, The Crucible, and the two aforementioned films that became the two highest grossing films ever, thus far. 

He was also the President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company before moving on to Fox. Henry V, Truly Madly Deeply, and Wild at Heart are a few of the films he brought to the screen while at Samuel Goldwyn Company. 

His credentials so far should tell you that he is a very big man on campus — well actually — in film. When it comes to movie making, not just the actors and directors are responsible for bringing movies to the big screen.

He was recently (2013) named the Chairman of Tristar Pictures with Sony Pictures Entertainment distributing its productions worldwide. He is currently producing Steven Spielberg’s movie, Robopocalypse.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Brown University, and a two time John Kent Scholar (highest academic honor) recipient from Columbia Law School, Tom Rothman has also been an English teacher, a soccer and lacrosse coach, and a law clerk before hopping into the world of film and television. 

Rothman was nominated by President Obama for a position on the National Council on the Arts in 2013. The NCA is responsible for grants, funding and recommendations for the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Including:

Board of Directors 
The Sundance Institute – New York’s Art Therapy Outreach Center

Board of Trustees
California Institute of the Arts

Fundraising
Jewish Home for the Aging – National Multiple Sclerosis Society – American Jewish Committee