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WEST SIDE STORY – A ‘Behind-The-Scenes Sneak Peek’ into Steven Spielberg’s 2021 Movie”

October 4, 2020 in MOVIES & FILM, NEWS

Go behind the scenes of this re-imagining of the beloved musical WEST SIDE STORY is set to be released on December 10, 2021. The new film is Directed by Steven Spielberg, and we recently got a little ‘sneak-peak’ behind the scenes and on-set of the making of the film. It looks really exciting and the film will hopefully give birth to many new Hollywood stars including: Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); and Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); We must note that returning legendary actress Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her 1961 West Side Story movie portrayal of Anita returns to this version in dual roles. This time around Spielberg brought her on as Executive Producer and actress. as she gives life to an all new character created for her (Valentina), who owns the corner store in which Tony works.

The new Spielberg film is a direct adaptation of the original Broadway musical but is shot on actual “film” instead of digital. “My mom was a classical pianist,” said Spielberg, in his recent one-shot interview with Vanity Fair. “Our entire home was festooned with classical musical albums, and I grew up surrounded by classical music. West Side Story was actually the first piece of popular music our family ever allowed into the home. I absconded with it—this was the cast album from the 1957 Broadway musical—and just fell completely in love with it as a kid. West Side Story has been that one haunting temptation that I have finally given in to.”

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Tony Kushner, who also served as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and Grammy Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia), who arranged the score, Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Thoroughly Modern Millie), who supervised the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), who serves as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum.

Written By: DeAlan Wilson
Images Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

“ENTRE NOS: SPOT ON” HBO

April 2, 2019 in COMEDY CLUBS, NEWS, TV/INTERNET

HBO Latino® continues to bring the laughs with their latest English-language stand-up comedy special Entre Nos: Spot On, premiering Friday, April 26that 9:00pm ET/PT. Entre Nos: Spot On will air across all of the channel’s platforms including HBO NOW®, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand® and partners’ streaming platforms.

This exclusive, hour-long continuation of HBO Latino’s Entre Nos comedy specials features four of the most exciting, young Latino comedians working today. Join Crystian Ramirez, Vanessa Gonzalez, Rojo Perez, and Erik Rivera as they each take a turn at the mic to share their hilarious, universal stories of life, love and being Latino.

(l to r.) Crystian Ramirez, Vanessa Gonzalez, Rojo Perez, and Erik Rivera.

Recorded before a live audience at The Alex Theater in California, Entre Nos: Spot On is an evening of sure-fire entertainment, with comics sharing anecdotes both hilarious and deeply personal. Comedian Crystian Ramirez talks about growing up in Coney Island and how he is shamed by fellow Latino men for having only one girlfriend; Vanessa Gonzalez brings us from adult dirty talk to grade-school name-calling and back; Rojo Perez pokes fun at e-cigarettes, Florida, and himself when he visits family in Puerto Rico; and Erik Rivera discusses getting the seal of approval from his father on his now-wife…who is not Latina. With a uniquely Latinx perspective, Entre Nos: Spot On is much more than a night of antics from some of the funniest folks in comedy: it spotlights people who get the Latino experience… spot on.

Stars of the Show:

Crystian Ramirez

Crystian Ramirez is set to give the world a laugh on his new HBO special.
Image Courtesy: Crystian Ramirez

Crystian Ramirez was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His auto-biographical style allows for comedy audiences to connect with him immediately, whether he is being self deprecating or talking about his roots as a young man growing up on the streets of New York City. Crystian has performed all over the country and can be seen regularly in New York city comedy clubs. He was a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and also appeared on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party.

Vanessa Gonzalez

SXSW Star Vanessa Gonzalez takes comedy to new levels.
Image: Vanessa Gonzalez

Vanessa Gonzalez, a native Texan, was voted “Best Stand-up Comic” by the Austin Chronicle. She was one of the New Faces of the 2017 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and subsequently, created and starred in her own web-series “Ms. Vanessa” for Mas Mejor, a digital platform that is part of Lorne Michael’s company Broadway Video. She has performed at a variety of comedy festivals including SXSW, High Plains, Moontower, and Big Sky Comedy Festival, and has toured the country with her critically acclaimed one-woman sketch shows.

Rojo Perez

Rojo Perez brings a little “Puerto Rico – “…In the House!” to HBO,
Image Courtesy: Rojo Perez

Originally from Puerto Rico, Rojo Perez made his late night stand up debut on TBS “Conan” in August 2017. Since moving to New York City he has been a cast member on MTV’s Decoded, Rojo was featured on Comedy Central’s Funny ’Cause It’s True, Time Out New York, TruTV’s Comedy Knockout and Univision’s FLAMA. He has also performed at top-tier comedy clubs across the country, such as the Comedy Studio in Boston, the Comedy Club on State in Madison, Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, ACME Comedy Company in Minneapolis, and Go Bananas Comedy Club in Cincinnati. In 2016 he was selected as a Standup NBC finalist and has been a part of the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Moontower Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, LA Riot Comedy Festival and Akumal Comedy Festival in Mexico.

Erik Rivera

Erik Rivera sets it off on HBO Special Entre Nos
Image Courtesy Erik Rivera

Since his Late Night debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Erik Rivera was invited to perform at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network, and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Rivera has also recorded his debut one hour comedy special, “I’m No Expert,” and starred alongside Brandon T. Jackson and DeRay Davis in Oxygen’s docu-series “Living With Funny” — a look at life off stage for the touring comedians. Recently he co-starred in CBS’s most talked about episode of Superior Donuts, where they tackled the current state of immigration in the United States.

Catch up on Entre Nos: Part 1–4 and Entre Nos: A Stand-Up Comedy Special, available now on HBO platforms.

Courtesy: HBO.com

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TV’s 1st Black Super Hero

April 2, 2017 in ANIMATION, NEWS, TV/INTERNET

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Warner Brothers has just released the first look images of Cress Williams in his BLACK LIGHTNING super hero gear.  The new series which will air on the CW Network  went into production  three days ago  in Atlanta.  Everyone, including us at ComedyE.com,  are very excited about this groundbreaking venture as forward thinking networks like CW cast minority and African American actors  in roles of diverse character types as well as support directors and production companies that do so.

Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Never Been Kissed,The Doom Generation) will star in the series as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning.  Salim Akil (Sparkle, The Game, Jumping the Broom) is directing the pilot episode for the series from a script he wrote.  New costumes are being designed for the character by Laura Jean Shannon (Iron Man, Blade: Trinity, The Jungle Book).

Salim Akil on set, Directing Sparkle (Aug 16, 2012)
Image Courtesy:
Sony Pictures Entertainment.

 

Black Lightning was the first African-American DC Comics Super Hero to have his own stand-alone comic title, and is based on the character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden 40 years ago in 1977.

The plot of the character’s life goes a little something like this…  Jefferson Pierce made his choice years ago and hung up the suit and his secret identity.  But now with one daughter hell-bent on justice and the other daughter, a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC Comics legend—Black Lightning.


Black Lightning was originally a comic book created in 1977
Image Courtesy: DC Comics.

Executive producer/writer & director Salim Akil said, “I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness… Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when Black Lightning was created.  Finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives.”

Akil hopes that bringing BLACK LIGHTNING  to the television masses at this time in history will prove to be a breath of fresh air that everyone can relate to no matter what  race.   “Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking,” Akil continues, “Black Lightning will be that hope. And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own Super Heroes.”

Written By: DeAlan Wilson
Images Courtesy: DC Comics/Warner Bros/SonyPictures
Video: Premiere Date (Youtube.com)


Little Big Town on SESAME STREET

March 31, 2017 in ANIMATION, NEWS, TV/INTERNET

SESAME STREET – Hit musical group Little Big Town will appear on the show in April as the show’s producers have great things in store for us all starting with the April 1, 2017 show, “Get Ready for Today” in which Elmo and Abby help Crystal the Ball come up with a morning routine so that she can be ready to go out and play.

An then as the show continues its 47th Season with Episode 14: “Painting with Cookie Monster” , airing on Saturday, April 8th, Cookie Monster learns how to control himself from eating his own paintings.  This will be  followed up by the Monday, April 10th show entitled “Meet Julia” where Big Bird finds Elmo and Abby playing with Julia, a new friend on Sesame Street.

In this groundbreaking episode, Big Bird notices that Julia plays a little bit differently than the others and Alan (Alan Muraoka – Day of Independence) helps him understand that Julia has autism. Big Bird learns that kids with autism sometimes do things in a different way, but they share many things in common with all kids – like wanting to have fun and be loved. Julia and the Sesame friends invent a new game called “boing tag,” and then all come together to dance and sing, celebrating the amazing in all kids.

And on April 22nd in  “Make Your Garden Grow”, Elmo has made sure his apple tree has good soil, water and sunshine, but he still needs to learn how to be patient and wait for it to grow.

Finally, on Saturday, April 29th at 9:00am- 9:30am(est) Sesame Street will air “Bike Show with a Beat” and we find Nina and her friends turning bike parts into musical instruments to help them make music and attract customers to her new bike shop. Guest star on this show will be Little Big Town.

SESAME STREET is available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Written By: HBO Publicity
Edited & Additional Text By: DeAlan Wilson – www.ComedyE.com
Images Courtesy: HBO/Sesame Street Productions/Little Big Town-Universal Music Group

Video: HBO/Youtube

POWER RANGERS Set GO! March 24

March 15, 2017 in ANIMATION, MOVIES & FILM, NEWS

POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.  Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet.  But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Set to release first, in the Philippines on March 22, with the US release on March 24,  by Lionsgate  this new Power Rangers film is directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac , Acholiland) the movie stars Dacre Montgomery (Jason-Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (Kimberly-Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (Billy-Blue Ranger), Ludi Lin (Zack-Black Ranger), and Becky G. (Trini-Yellow Ranger).

Filmed on location mostly in British Columbia, Canada, this new Rangers adventure is another venture of Saban Entertainment and is estimated to bring in over $120,000,000 should it reach the expectations of the producers and film company. But for that, we’ll all have to wait for the box-office totals to start rolling in.

Written by: Lionsgate
Additional Text: DeAlan Wilson

Images Courtesy: Lionsgate Pictures