“Sugar Daddy”A Romantic Thriller about Dating.

 

 

   Sugar Daddy

Neal Lander Jr. Is a new writer from Ohio.  He has put together a story that will keep you turning the pages until the end. If you are looking for something exciting and new, check out this romantic thriller “Sugar Daddy” it may give you second thoughts about dating, actually staying in your own age group maybe the best thing to do.

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“GRIMEY”, from Billboard chart-topping singer-songwriter, PORCELAN.

“GRIMEY”, from Billboard chart-topping singer-songwriter, PORCELAN. “GRIMEY” is lifted from PORCELAN’s upcoming debut album, “MOOD RING” to be released on September 25th, 2020, via the Made In Memphis Entertainment/Beat Root label imprint.  “GRIMEY” is available on all streaming and download platforms now. The single was written by Porcelan, Denarious Holmes and Brandon Christian and produced by Topski. “I really wanted to speak about some of the ugly moments of being in a relationship and when you give that special person chance after chance to make things right and they simply continue to turn around and disappoint you,” mentions Porcelan. “But then there is that one day that you say enough is enough and you call them out on their “grimey-ness” and see that they were never good for you, so they have to go,” she adds.

  Jamie Fox Stars in Project Power Coming Soon tNetflix

Jamie Fox as Art

On the streets of New Orleans, word begins to spread about a mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user. The catch: You don’t know what will happen until you take it. While some develop bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength, others exhibit a deadlier reaction. But when the pill escalates crime within the city to dangerous levels, a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) to fight power with power and risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it. Starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Rodrigo Santoro, Colson Baker, Allen Maldonado, with Amy Landecker, and Courtney B. Vance

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT as FRANK in PROJECT POWER Cr. SKIP BOLEN/NETFLIX © 2020

 

Quibi Presents: The Fugitive A Highly Exciting Thriller that makes you say Yikes!

Starring Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland and Boyd Holbrook star in this edge-of-your-seat crime thriller from the creator of Most Dangerous Game and co-executive producer of Prison Break in which an innocent man on the run, desperate to clear his name, is chased through Los Angeles by the cop who will not rest until he is captured. This action packed thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. Directed By Stephen Hopkins.

Nia Long and Omar Epps star in Netflix Original Thriller Fatal Affair

 

FATAL AFFAIR: (L-R) OMAR EPPS as DAVID, NIA LONG as ELLIE. Cr. BETH DUBBER/NETFLIX © 2020

 

Another Netflix original is coming to your living room on July 16th called Fatal Affair. The film uses the tried and true formula of an obsessed yet attractive stranger swooping in and attempting to break up a happy couple. Can Nia long take a page from Jada’s book and survive this entanglement? Here’s the scoop via Netflix’s press release.

“Ellie (Nia Long) tries to mend her marriage with her husband Marcus (Stephen Bishop) after a brief encounter with an old friend, David (Omar Epps), only to find that David is more dangerous and unstable than she’d realized. Fatal Affair is directed by Peter Sullivan.”

SNL’s Michael Che Stars in New HBO Max Comedy Series

 

LOS ANGELES – July 14, 2020 – HBO Max announced today a six-episode order for Untitled Michael Che Project (wt), an original sketch comedy series starring Michael Che (Saturday Night Live, Michael Che Matters). Each episode follows a theme or incident, (police brutality, unemployment, falling in love, etc.), and uses sketches and vignettes to illustrate what it feels like to experience this from a black vantage point. It’s less about being “right” and more about being honest, even at the risk of being controversial.

“Michael brings a distinct comedic perspective as he illustrates the uncomfortable truths across multiple topics” said Suzanna Makkos, Executive Vice President of Original Comedy and Animation for HBO Max. “We look forward to sharing his unique vision and necessary point of view with our audiences.”

Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer HBO Max and President TNT, TBS, and TruTV  added “Che is an amazing talent and comic voice and,of course, another opportunity to collaborate with Broadway Video and my friend Lorne is an added benefit.”

“I’m really excited to be working on this show with HBO Max” said Che. “It’s a project I’ve been thinking about for a while and we have a lot of sketches we want to shoot so please wear your masks so that we can go into production.”
 
Untitled Michael Che Project is produced by Universal TV, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Broadway Video, with Che, Lorne Michaels, and Erin Doyle serving as executive producers.

Kevin Hart film “Die Hart” Coming Soon to Quibi

Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart is the next household name to lend their star-power to the new streaming service Quibi. The company is a mobile based entertainment app that plays short form films and tv shows. Actors like Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Dwayne Johnson, Lebron James, Chrissy Teigen and more are leading their own projects on the platform with more to come.

While Quibi confused many consumers as a relatively new style of watching content, the short duration, celebrity talent and unique stories are garnering buzz for the company.

In DIE HART, Kevin Hart plays a fictionalized version of himself who’s tired of being the comedic sidekick. He gets his wish when a famous director offers him his dream – to be a leading man action star – but there’s a catch: Kevin must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, run by a lunatic. Pushed to his limits by this action school coach and a tough-minded rival student (Nathalie Emmanuel) Kevin must survive a series of hilarious, over-the-top action sequences and face his fears if he wants to achieve his dream and land the role of a lifetime.

Die Hart launches on Quibi July 20th.

Dayton’s Human Race Theater Releases 2021 Schedule

Dayton Ohio’s Human Race Theater releases their Theatrical Lineup for 2021, having to rearrange their schedules like so many due to COVID-19. Check out the letter from the Executive Director of the Human Race Theater.

The Human Race Theatre Company Announces Changes to 34th Season Schedule

A letter from Kappy Kilburn and Kevin Moore

The Human Race Theatre Company would like to thank our artists, audiences and community for their support and commitment to our work during this troublesome time. We could not continue to do what we do without that support. Since March, when the pandemic forced us to close our season, we have worked with state and local officials, union representatives and other producers around the country to strategize reopening our theatre. We have listened to our audiences’ concerns about group gatherings and desires for a safe and celebratory return to LIVE theatre on our stage. After much thoughtful contemplation, we have decided to move forward with a new time frame for our full “Dayton Premieres” season. In order to provide the safest experience for our audience and our artists, we are moving the entire season into the 2021 calendar year and will reopen The Loft in February, 2021. Below is the new schedule. Additional information on each production can be found at www.humanracetheater.org

Charlize Theron stars in Netflix’s Summer Flick The Old Guard

THE OLD GUARD (2020) – (L to R) Marwan Kenzari as Joe, Matthias Schoenaerts as Booker, Charlize Theron as Andy, Luca Marinelli as Nicky, Kiki Layne as Nile.
Photo Credit: AIMEE SPINKS/NETFLIX ©2020

With Summer Blockbuster season essentially canceled due to COVID-19, Netflix and other streaming services have dominated the entertainment landscape. The Old Guard is Netflix’s at-home summer action blockbuster for all the audiences that can’t make it to the theater.

The Netlfix original is Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (love & Basketball, Shots Fired) and stars Oscar Award winning actress Charlize Theron who also serves as a producer on the project. The crew in front of and behind the camera seems diverse and perfect for the current times.

 Cr. AMY SPINKS/NETFLIX © 2020

 

The Old Guard follows a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), and a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die who have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (KiKi Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka, The Old Guard is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.

Check out the trailer here.

 

 

Brian McKnight’s New Album Exodus Now Available

R&B legend Brian McKnight is back with 20th studio album Exodus. This marks the award winning sing-songwriters 20th album. According to McKnight this will be his final release of original material. If McKnight keeps his word, he will have left his fans and the wider music-world an incredible legacy of hit singles and albums. We all look forward to the day Brian returns to the road to perform his songs for sold-out crowds all over the world, but until that day arrives you can purchase, stream, download, “Exodus” today!

Exodus is globally available on all streaming and download today, check here EXODUS by BRIAN MCKNIGHT.

Nobody is the 1st single off the album and Brian McKnight brings the touching and emotional visuals he’s know for. The video even has footage from his actual wedding ceremony!

Check out the visualizer for another hot song off the album, called Bad

Exodus encompasses 13 tunes with signature Brian love songs, a poignant emotional tribute and a surprise cover-song performed as only Brian McKnight could.

EXODUS TRACKLIST:
1. Unbelievable
2. Neva Get Enuf Of U
3. ’42 (Grown Up Tipsy)
4. Nobody
5. Bad
6. Stay On UR Mind
7. My Baby
8. Hula Girl (Leilani)
9. Sexy
10. When I’m Gone
11. Good Ol’ Fashioned Love
12. Can’t Say Goodbye
13. Fragile

Via Press Release

TENET Starring John David Washington in theaters July 17th

John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” The son of Denzel Washington is starring in one of the first films to release in what is hopefully post COVID-19, in theaters July 17th.

Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Not time travel.  Inversion.

The international cast of “Tenet” also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

Nolan wrote and directed the film, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.  “Tenet” is produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan.  Thomas Hayslip served as executive producer.

Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson, and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher.  The score is composed by Ludwig Göransson.

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Via Press Release

1 Angry Black Man: Film releases on VOD June 5th

 

Independent drama 1 Angry Black Man hits Video on Demand June 5th. A film of this genre and subject matter is unfortunately all too relevant today. Two recent tragedies involved the murder of George Floyd by a group of police officers and the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery while he was jogging. These incidents keep occurring in the real world and the film tackles the journey of black men in this country through the perspectives of an eclectic college class and a young man who was wrongfully arrested.

 

1 Angry Black Man on tells the story of Mike Anderson, a senior at a New England liberal arts college. After an erroneous arrest for a crime he did not commit, Mike’s story transitions to a day on his college campus, where as he heads to his African-American literature class, he continues to grapple with his unconscionable arrest. Mike’s emotions threaten to boil over during a class discussion that scrutinizes several prolific authors and activists, from James Baldwin to Zora Neale Hurston. The film becomes an existential conversation among college intellectuals about gender dynamics, racism, and class, as well as an empirical study of the works of four iconic Black writers. It reveals boundary-pushing conversations college students are having today.  The filmfeatures Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. (“Life”), Amanda Jane Stern (“Amish Witches: The True Story of Holmes County”), Tim Moriarty (“Manifest”), Ramon Nuñez (“New Amsterdam,” “Bull”), Daphne Danielle (upcoming “God The Worm”) and introduces Keith Stone as Mike

Disney’s Artemis Fowl is the next Stay-at-Home family favorite

Popular book series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is gearing up to be Disney+ next streaming hit, whether they like it or not. The film was initially set to release in theaters May 29th but due to COVID-19 has been moved to Disney+ burgeoning streaming platform with a release date of June 12th.  The family adventure film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw as the titular criminal prodigy.

The film follows Artemis Fowl, a 12-year-old genius and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds. He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance. Check out this special look showing just how clever Artemis and his father really are as he deciphers a coded message.

Disney+ has been successful so far in the streaming war, capitalizing on young audiences and nostalgia for their long list of content, but has struggled in gaining wider audiences like Netflix. New live action films may be just the thing to give Disney the edge. Check out the vast and creative world of Artemis Fowl as you shelter in place June 12.

Bruce Willis Film among first premieres amid COVID-19

 

The gritty action thriller Survive the Night is among the brave new film releases hitting theaters this month. With a May 22nd release date, the Bruce Willis film hits select theaters. With the country slowly moving towards reopening film studios are testing the waters, if cautiously. The action flick is still set to release On Demand at the same time as no film would dare miss out on the lifeline of at-home entertainment during quarantine. A quick, snappy Bruce Willis action film could be just what we need. With a smaller budget and a big name Survive the Night is a low risk release. But will people turn out to watch?

 

Hollywood Legend Bruce Willis(Die Hard franchise) drives the action in this gripping home-invasion thriller. After his brother Mathias (Tyler Jon Olson) is mortally wounded in a robbery gone bad, Jamie (Shea Buckner) stalks trauma doctor Rich (Chad Michael Murray, “One Tree Hill”) from the hospital to his home. While holding Rich’s wife and daughter hostage, the unhinged murderer forces Rich to operate on Mathias. But in order for him and his family to survive the night, Rich must team up with his estranged tough-as-nails father, retired sheriff Frank (Willis), in order to gain the upper hand and turn the tables on the criminals.

Check out the trailer below!

 

 

Mary J. Blige – Bodycam

 

 

Mary J. Blige plays a cop in this mystery thriller BODYCAM when a routine traffic stop results in an unexplained grisly death of her colleague,  Mary J. Blige  realizes footage of an incident will play for her eyes only. Can you imagine the excitement and passion soulful singer Blige will bring to the role. Streaming on May 19 push play and take a look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV ONE’s ‘Girlfriends Getaway 2’ Releases August 29

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Girlfriends Getaway 2

 

Get all the info. on the upcoming sequel from cast quotes to clips of the upcoming flick below!

Via TV ONE:  This second installment reunites the leading ladies Garcelle Beauvais (White House Down), Malinda Williams (Soul Food), Terri J. Vaughn (Daddy’s Little Girls), and Essence Atkins (A Haunted House) with an end-of-summer premiere on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Directed and produced by Roger M. Bobb (Why Did I Get Married?, Madea Goes to Jail), GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2 is about four girlfriends who travel to Puerto Rico for a destination wedding, only to face chaos when a simple affair turns into extravagant, expensive nuptials.

“While Cas Sigers Beedles and I were shooting the first GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY in Trinidad last year, we knew then that a sequel was going to happen,” said Vaughn, who, along with Sigers Beedles, is also one of the film’s producers. “We had something special that needed to continue – the chemistry, genuine camaraderie, overall talent of the cast, and how we jelled – prompted us to start thinking about the storyline for GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2. Of course, the story changed about 1000 times during the process, but every great story does.”

 

Following last month’s crowd-pleasing American Black Film Festival Alumni screening, TV One’s original movie GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2 features Beauvais as Vicki, a 40-something successful real-estate agent who is one week away from marrying her handsome, yet conservative high school teacher fiancé, Garrett, (Stephen Bishop, Being Mary Jane, Moneyball). The low-key wedding turns into a disaster as best friend Camille, a freelance blogger played by Williams, loses sight of the true meaning of marriage and encourages her to kick-it up a notch for a four-page magazine spread.
“Camille is much more driven in the sequel than she was in the first film,” said Williams. “Whereas she used to be the life of the party, she is now focused on her career, so much that she forgets the importance of her relationships. In GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY 2, we see my character grow and evolve in her pursuit to find work-life balance.”
Joined by Camille (Williams) and fellow best friends Sophie (Vaughn) and Lauren (Atkins) five days before her wedding, Vicki’s (Beauvais) intimate affair goes off-the-rails with the support of wedding coordinator Marie Nunez (Xiona R. Nieves-Vargas, En Busca de la Nueva Diva)as she upgrades everything – the food, venue, and even her dress – without consulting her fiancé. “The adventures continue for Vicki Holmes,” said Beauvais when asked how her character evolves in the sequel. “She is newly engaged and really trying to figure out how to fit a man into her life. Thank goodness for her friends, who’ve got her back.”
But the problems in Puerto Rico aren’t just Vicki’s (Beauvais) as Sophie (Vaughn), a fiery second-time mom, is on a mission to shed the baby weight, and manage her marriage to Kyle (Khalil Kain, Girlfriends). “Sophie is still learning to trust her instincts when it comes to love, the good and the bad of it,” said Vaughn about her character’s evolution. “She comes to take responsibility for the choices she makes and to embrace what those choices bring. The beautiful thing about this group of friends is that they all realize they are all works in progress and will probably always be. They learn to be good with that.”
And Lauren (Atkins), a Zen-loving, free-spirited yogi attempts celibacy after a year-long self-realization journey, but finds it difficult when she meets Antonio (Eli Cay, The Preppie Connection). “Lauren continues to search for feeling complete and satiated without compromising all that she’s learned,” said Atkins. “She’s anxious NOT to repeat unhealthy cycles and to help her friends keep from doing the same.”
GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY 2 is complete with laugh-out-loud antics and “a-ha” moments as the fearless foursome come together to not only save the day, but to also save themselves. It is a story that captures the true meaning of friendship as writer Cas Sigers Beedles can attest: “There is nothing like genuine love between friends, but love between good girlfriends is invaluable. I enjoyed every moment of writing, producing, and experiencing this project. When audiences sit and watch this film, I hope it will make them laugh and share true moments that only good friends can understand.”

Runaway Island Premieres Tonight on TV ONE at 8

Runaway Island Premiers tonight at 8pm on TV ONE!

If you’ve missed out on the buzz of this upcoming flick written by Christopher Brandt and directed by Dianne Houston, then click here for the trailer,cast and images.

And now that you’re up to date check out these teasers while you wait for the big release! Click here to see a pool scene clip featuring Mr. Thomas Q. Jones, a.k.a. Mr. Runaway Island stud.

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TV ONE’s Newest Start Studded Film Runaway Island is Releasing Saturday, Don’t Miss It!

 

What happens when five people from different walks of life, come together on an island? That’s one question that is answered on TV One’s new original movie “Runaway Island,” a new two hour television movie written by Christopher Brandt; the 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner.

 

With a great ensemble cast this movie takes you to a lush tropical island off the beaten path. A refuge called Isle du Soleil, a secluded 1700s Gullah Sea Island. As the story progresses everyone examines their relationships, lives and futures. This back drop of lush beauty makes you feel that life is not all that bad, and all your problems can be worked out on the Isle du Soleil.

TV ONE's Runaway Island

TV ONE’s Runaway Island

The wonderful cast is made up of newcomers and actors that you have seen in other great shows and movies. The director of this wonderful movie is Dianne Houston, an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action). Get a sneak peak at the film with the trailer below!

Lorraine Toussiant (Naomi Holloway) “Orange is the New Black

Thomas Q. Jones (Raphael Burrows) “Being Mary Jane”

Aisha Hinds (Lara Cook-Nordholm) “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Branton Box (Erick Nordholm) “The Purge:Anarchy”

Leon Thomas (Evan Thomas) “Victorious”

A. Russell Andrews (Reverend Clinton) “Grey’s Anatomy, House of Payne”

Erica Tazel (Vonda Hines; Clinton’s wife) “Justified”

Melanie Liburd (Kira Geoffries) “CSI, Stalker”

Tom Wright (Raymond Tepper) “All My Children, Barbershop”

Herizen Guardiola (Freya Nordholm) “Has a starring role in the upcoming Baz Luhmann a Netflix drama The Get Down.”

 

On Saturday July 25 at 8:00pm, get your popcorn and other goodies together. Watch the World Premiere of “Runaway Island” on TV One; tell all your family and friends.

 

Look for interviews from the director Dianna Houston “Take the Lead” and Thomas Q. Jones “Being Mary Jane” in the upcoming issue of JO Magazine.

 

By: Yvonne L Lander

 

Tina Campbell Talks New Album, Book and Mary Mary Backstage

Tina Campbell backstage a the I Hear Music In the Air Conference

Tina Campbell backstage at the I Hear Music In the Air Conference

JO caught up with the iconic Tina Campbell backstage after her performance at the I Hear Music in the Air Conference over the weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. From music off of her new album to her own self-image and struggles, Campbell explains it all.

“I think too much of myself to let somebody’s thoughts of me become my thoughts of me.”

Despite her recent marital problems and disagreements with her sister on their popular reality show Mary Mary Campbell was buzzing with positive energy backstage as she spoke with us about her newly released book and even gave us a taste of a new song from her upcoming album. Check out the full interview here.

Sorry for the low quality audio, but we figured you would want the scoop on the gospel superstar.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Adds Music Legends at 2015 Ceremony

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The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame invited music superstars to join their legacy this past April, and HBO presented the special event over the weekend. The show made for a heartfelt and exciting ceremony. A surprising duet from Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Bill Withers performing hits like “Use Me” and “Lean On Me”, was just a part of a show packed with great performances.

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18:  Ringo Starr performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 18: Ringo Starr performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

 

 

Check out the full list of Inductees,details, images and clips below  from HBO.

 

The HBO special features some of the biggest names in music and celebratory reunions, moving tributes and heartfelt speeches from both presenters and inductees. Celebrating its 30th year, the ceremony took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s legendary Public Auditorium and welcomed its newest inductees:

– Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

– The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

– Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

– Green Day

– The “5” Royales

– Lou Reed

– Bill Withers

– Ringo Starr

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18:  Joan Jett and Tommy James perform onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 18: Joan Jett and Tommy James perform onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

This year’s ceremony featured an exciting array of guests, including Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus, Zac Brown, Tom Morello, John Mayer, Jimmie Vaughan, Karen O, Nick Zinner, Beck, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

Other HBO playdates: June 3 (8:00 p.m.), 11 (6:00 p.m., 2:55 a.m.), 13 (4:30 p.m.), 16 (3:00 p.m.), 19 (9:00 a.m.), 24 (2:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m.) and 28 (11:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 1 (11:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m.), 5 (8:00 p.m.), 9 (4:30 p.m.), 15 (1:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.), 21 (11:30 a.m.) and 27 (12:45 a.m.)

The 30th annual induction ceremony took place April 18 at Cleveland’s legendary Public Auditorium, the venue for many historic performers, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. The HBO special features some of the biggest names in music in celebratory reunions, moving tributes and heartfelt speeches from both presenters and inductees.

The HBO special features:

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Induction: Miley Cyrus

Performance: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform “Bad Reputation.” Dave Grohl then joins to perform “Cherry Bomb.” Tommy James with Miley Cyrus then join to perform “Crimson and Clover.”

 

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Induction: Peter Wolf

Performance: Zac Brown and Tom Morello perform “Born in Chicago.”

 

Bill Withers

Induction: Stevie Wonder

Performance: Stevie Wonder performs “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and is joined by John Legend for “Use Me.” Bill Withers then joins to perform “Lean on Me.”

 

Green Day

Induction: Fall Out Boy

Performance: Green Day performs “American Idiot,” “When I Come Around,” and “Basket Case.”

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18:  Billie Joe Armstrong performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 18: Billie Joe Armstrong performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

 

The “5” Royales

Induction: Steve Cropper

 

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Induction: John Mayer

Performance: Jimmie Vaughan and Double Trouble are joined by John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr. and Doyle Bramhall II for “Pride and Joy” and “Texas Flood.”

Lou Reed

Induction: Patti Smith

Performance: Karen O and Nick Zinner perform “Vicious,” and Beck performs “Satellite of Love.”

 

Ringo Starr

Induction: Paul McCartney

Performance: Ringo Starr performs “Boys.” Joe Walsh steps in to perform “It Don’t Come Easy.” Paul McCartney returns with Joan Jett, Miley Cyrus, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, Zac Brown, Gary Clark Jr., Leon Bridges, Green Day, Karen O, Beck, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Bill Withers to perform “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

 

Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra served as backup band for several of the night’s performances.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established by legendary record executive Ahmet Ertegun and a group of music business executives to honor the artists who have defined rock and roll and have inspired and continue to inspire a generation. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum designed by I.M. Pei in Cleveland, Ohio that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as educational programs. For further information, visit rockhall.com.

This year’s special marks the fourth year HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and is the first year in a recently announced three-year deal to present the ceremony. The network also presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary special in 2009 and a concert spectacular celebrating the opening of the museum in Cleveland in 1995.

2015 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY is produced by Playtone and Line By Line Productions; executive producers, Jann Wenner, Joel Peresman, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman; supervising producer, Frank Garritano; co-producer, Barbra Dannov; producer and director, Alex Coletti.

Fantasti Four: New Trailer Gives an In-Depth Look and Reveals Dr. Doom

The first full length trailer for Fantastic Four not only reveals the new story behind the origin of this super group, but also gives us our first glimpse of Dr. Doom. Which, honestly looks like other versions of the villain but with an updated mask. What is front and center in the clip are the heroes powers and personalities. We get to see who the characters are and their differences from the last franchise. I’m happy to see the added element of Sue and Johnny Storm’s father in the film played by Reg E. Cathey as his children are mutated and experimented on. The closer we get to August 7th, the more excited we are for the new Fantastic Four. 

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HBO Releases Bessie Trailer

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HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming TV Movie Bessie, starring Queen Latifah. Debuting May 16th, the trailer is our first glimpse into the fast, wild, and sexy world of the 20’s and the life of Bessie Smith. We get a sneak peak of almost all of the players in the clip, especially Smith’s love interests Jack Gee and Ma Rainey (played by Michael Kenneth Williams and Mo’Nique), and maybe even a few others. Check out our last piece with cast details here.

Queen Latifah was surely born to play this part, and it’s evident from the first image of the trailer where she peels off a fake eyelash, stripping away the façade in a move very similar to that complex attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) from How to Get Away With Murder. It looks like we’re in for heaps of drama, parties, backstabbing and music. Personally, I just can’t wait to hear that music. It seems like HBO’s got another hit on their hands, but you be the judge and tell us what you think after the jump.

Stay with us for all the latest updates on Bessie, the big night is almost here!

Queen Latifah stars in upcoming Bessie Smith Biopic on HBO

 

Queen Latifah is heading back to the Roaring 20’s as Bessie Smith “The Empress of Blues”. After an Oscar nomination for 2002’s Chicago Queen Latifah should feel at home as she brings the story of the legendary blues singer to HBO.

Michael Kenneth Williams as Jack Gee

Michael Kenneth Williams as Jack Gee

Bessie is about the journey of the young singer Bessie Smith, and her struggle to become a successful blues artist. Audiences will see her personal trials as she transforms into an enduring blues icon, responsible for chart-toppers like: “Downhearted Blues” and “The St. Louis Blues”. Latifah is working behind the scenes as well, executive producing with Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel, with Ron Schmidt producing. The Biopic is directed by Dee Rees of the critically acclaimed Pariah and written by Rees, Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gilois.

Latifah is also joined by an A-List cast to make this film even more exciting. Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire) plays Bessie’s husband in an increasingly complicated marriage. Tory Kittles (True Detective), who has graced the pages of Jo in the past plays Bessie’s older brother, Clarence. Mike Epps plays Richard, romantic interest and bootlegger. Tika Sumpter, a performer and romantic interest, a point that’s sure to draw some buzz. Oliver Platt also stars as famous photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten. With such an exciting roster of actors we’re excited for the upcoming film releasing May 16 at 8 p.m. on HBO, and will bring you all of the updates until the big night.

All photos credited to Frank Masi/HBO

 

Ohio’s Victoria Theatre Association Announces 2015-2016 Line-Up

 

 

New Tony Award®-Winning Broadway Shows Attract Attention

-Via Press Release

 

(Dayton, OH) Feb. 24, 2015– Victoria Theatre Association announced the 2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series, Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, the Victoria Theatre Family Series and The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series tonight at a special event for Season Ticket Holders, donors, sponsors and friends of Victoria Theatre Association.

“I am really excited about the new shows on this year’s Premier Health Broadway Series,” said Victoria Theatre Association and Arts Center Foundation CEO & President Ken Neufeld. “Each Tony Award®-winning production will give our audiences a unique and rich theatrical experience.  In addition to five new-to-Dayton titles, Disney’s THE LION KING returns to the Premier Health Broadway Series for a four-week engagement that is sure to be a terrific event for Dayton audiences, not to mention the economic impact it will have on our downtown region. The 2015-2016 Season brings the Southwest Ohio premieres of the Tony Award®-winning revival of PIPPIN and the Tony®-nominated BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. The rest of the season includes more new-to-Dayton shows including:  ONCE and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA…Each one a multi-Tony Award® winner!”

 

Mr. Neufeld was the emcee for the evening, which included desserts and cocktails. More than 500 people attended the event, which was held in the Kettering Wintergarden of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Local community and business leaders such as City of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton Development Coalition’s Quin Kline, Premier Health’s Julie Liss Katz and Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge assisted Mr. Neufeld in announcing the 2015-2016 Season. Entertainment was provided by Wright State University Musical Theatre students Sean Jones, Lauren Schorr, Keaton Eckhoff and Emma Jorday, with professor Jaime Cordes and accompanist Amy Gray.

 

Season Tickets for the 2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series are on sale now via Ticket Center Stage

2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series

 

PIPPIN

Oct. 6-11, 2015 – Schuster Center

PIPPIN is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

 

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

Nov. 3-8, 2015 – Schuster Center

Hailed by Time Magazine as “Musical Theatre Gold,” BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the hilarious new musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. Written by Woody Allen, with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, and based upon the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend. Don’t miss what The New Yorker exclaims as, “a fun machine from start to finish!” Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the ‘20s roar, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is bringing musical comedy back with a bang.

 

ONCE

Jan. 19-24, 2016 – Schuster Center

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actors/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

 

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

Feb. 9-14, 2016 – Schuster Center

The world’s most famous makeover story just got a makeover! Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

 

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

March 15-20, 2016 – Schuster Center

 One of the most romantic stories ever written, this irresistible, two time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that the Daily News hails as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.” With a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) and direction by Tony® winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

 

Disney’s THE LION KING

June 7- July 3, 2016 – Schuster Center

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can, too, when Dayton’s best-loved musical returns to the Schuster Center. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

 

                                    2015-2016 Projects Unlimited Star Attractions

Projects Unlimited Star Attractions appeal to a broad variety of audiences and may include blockbuster Broadway hits, cutting-edge off-Broadway theatre, family-friendly shows and concerts. More Star Attractions will be announced as the 2015-2016 season approaches.

 

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON

Book of Mormon slide

Aug. 18-23, 2015- Schuster Center

 

Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From “South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.”

 Contains explicit language.

Recommended for 17 and up.

On Sale to general public June 22, 2015.

 

 

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL

Evil Dead

Nov. 5-7, 2015 – Victoria Theatre

 

All the elements of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films combined in one crazy theatrical experience! “BLOODY HILARIOUS!” cheers The Toronto Star. This may be the only musical where you can choose to sit in the “Splatter Zone” and get drenched from the mayhem, or watch from a safe (and dry) distance.

Theatrical gore, adult language and situations. Recommended for 17 and up.

 

 

 

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

Mannheim Steamroller

Dec. 2, 2015 – Schuster Center

Experience the magic! MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!

 

THREE LITTLE BIRDS

Three Little Birds

By Cedella Marley & Gerald Hausman

Music & Lyrics by Bob Marley Jan. 30, 2016 – Victoria Theatre

A show for kids with songs by music icon Bob Marley? Sure! Bob Marley’s songs are known the world over for their powerful message of love, peace, and harmony. Now a whole new generation can discover his most joyous songs. Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt from a children’s book by Cedella Marley (Bob’s daughter) and directed by Nick Olcott, THREE LITTLE BIRDS tells a tale of triumph over anxiety – quite a common problem among children today! Ziggy is so terrified of hurricanes, mongooses and other things in his native Jamaica that he is afraid to leave the house. Adding to his apprehension is the lurking presence of a bogeyman named Duppy, who sneaks up on people and steals their hair (now that is frightening!). This fresh musical production is drenched in upbeat tunes, bright colors and Caribbean flavor!

“With a jammin’ score… and buoyant design to match, the show flaunts such jubilant, tropical candy tones that the outside world looks drab in comparison.” – The Washington Post

“Bob Marley’s music and songs are performed in a way that is lively and fun, with the universal message of love, joy and celebration.” – DCMetro Theatre Art

 

TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS

Tim and the Space Cadet

Feb. 20, 2016 ─ Victoria Theatre
Brooklyn-based TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS play songs about the important things in life: pizza parties, snow days, and summer vacations. Songwriters Tim Kubart and Matt Puckett weave their own childhood memories through textured pop tunes, rockers, and lullabies, including their XMKiDS chart-topping single “Superhero.” Their new album, Anthems for Adventure, aims to inspire everyone to turn off their TVs and computers, and get outside and play. It celebrates adventures as grand as riding a cardboard rocketship to space and as small as giving up an old pair of sneakers for new ones. The band takes on familiar and iconic childhood experiences with indie flair, distorted guitars, and lyrics that bridge the gap between innocence and wisdom in a way for listeners of all ages to appreciate and understand, bravely exploring the full spectrum of childhood emotion. TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS are veterans of renowned festivals like Lollapalooza’s Kidzapalooza, and venues like Symphony Space, The Smithsonian Museum, and New York City’s South Street Seaport. Tim’s energy is infectious, and a Space Cadets set is engaging and interactive – a true indie rock experience for families and fans, full of strong musicianship, and a tap dancing sidekick.

“I like to say TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS isn’t music for kids, it’s music about being a kid, so kids can relate and everyone else can relive those memories.” – Tim

 

ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S WE ARE IN A PLAY!

photo by Teresa Wood

photo by Teresa Wood

From the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences

March 12, 2016 ─ Victoria Theatre

 Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in WE ARE IN A PLAY! a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense – facing fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? How can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!

“A fun experience, and a great way to introduce your child to theater. BroadwayWorld.com

“Families will be clapping, singing, and dancing along at this unforgettable, lively show.” – Northern Virginia Magazine

 “Gerald and Piggie are special characters with a friendship that translates to all types and ages.” – MD Theater Guide

 

POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER

Popovich

April 16, 2016 ─ Victoria Theatre

 

Get ready for an afternoon of fun as you watch pets jumping, dancing, flying through the air, or balancing in ways you’ve never seen before! This unique and hilarious show features amazing cats, dogs, birds and mice – many who have been rescued from animal shelters – performing a variety of stunts and skits! The ring-leader is Moscow Circus superstar and master juggler Gregory Popovich, winner of many international circus competitions. He and his furry friends have been featured in People magazine and The New York Times Sunday Magazine and have captivated audiences in Las Vegas and around the world! Gregory has made guest appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” a Penn and Teller special, “Extreme Variety,” “Thirty Seconds to Fame,” and Animal Planet. Enjoy this extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets.

“Five stars… Very entertaining show. If you like magic, juggling, and pet tricks, this is your show… Funny, funny and funny. The fact that the animals were all rescues made it even better.” viator.com, Las Vegas Travel Review Site

For more information about the 2015-2016 Season and the remainder of the 2014-2015 Season, please visit www.victoriatheatre.com

 

Live Long and Prosper

That was the line made famous by Leonard Nimoy in his role as Mr. Spock on the show “Star Trek”.  Mr Nimoy died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. After a week in the hospital due to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. It is a great loss and sadness to much more than just those he is survived by, his wife; Susan Bay Nimoy, his children Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck. As well as many grandchildren. Mr Nimoy was more than just Mr. Spock. He was a director, writer. a musician a poet and so much more. His life has inspired many with his capacity to love and give of himself.  He will be missed.

In Memory Of – Mr. Robin Williams

A moment of Silence is offered as well for Mr. Robin Williams

Comedic legend Robin Williams passed away Monday, August 11th, 2014
He was last seen alive at home about 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the Marin County coroner’s office. Shortly before noon, the Sheriff’s Department received an emergency call from the home, where the star of “Good Will Hunting,” ”Mrs. Doubtfire,” ”Good Morning, Vietnam” and dozens of other films was pronounced dead.

Susan Schneider, the actor’s wife, released the following statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff:

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

The White House is reported to have released the following statement:

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

He will be missed the world over and the staff of JO Magazine sends their sympathies to the family and friends of this dynamic and amazing man.