Monday, October 29, 2012

Kelly Reilly - Movie

Kelly Reilly - Movie

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Kelly Reilly

Delivers A Soul Searching Performance In “Flight”

Photos Per Paramount Pictures 

Kelly Reilly
     She is a rising British actress and is not well known on this side of the pond but in due time this will definitely change. Kelly Reilly stars in the new Paramount Pictures movie “Fight,” opposite Denzel Washington.

   She plays Nicole Maggen, a down-on-her-luck photographer struggling with heroin addition. She O.D.’s  and ends up in the hospital where she meets airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) one night in the stairwell. He is a patient there too as a result of a plane crash where he made a miraculous crash landing that few pilots could do. 

Denzell Washington
Whitaker was lauded by the press as a hero because he saved 96 of the 102 lives on board an otherwise death-doomed plane. Unfortunately, Whitaker is a coke snorting alcoholic and this comes into play with the plane crash. In the meantime, their hospital meeting turns into a romantic relationship at a low point in both of their lives.

     Even though Reilly has an impressive acting resume along with her share of acting honors in the U. K., she may best be know in the U.S. as Mary Morstan and Mary Watson in “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and June Law. For “Flight” she was prepped for her role as a drug addict by an Atlanta street artist who was real life former heroin addict. He coached her on the techniques and physical sensations inherent to shooting up heroin and familiarized Reilly with drug paraphernalia such as syringes, spoons etc. and was on set to monitor the action during filming. 

Nicole (Reilly) packs and leaves Whip
      Reilly explains, “He helped me understand the life of a heroin addict as much as one can to that extent. And he really, really did open up his story to me. He taught me how to inject heroin without me actually doing it of course. I wanted to honor the truth of that situation.”

   Reilly does bring a total since of reality to this role and on top of it she is paired with an incredible script, an Oscar® winning director (Robert Zemeckis, “Forrest Gump”) and an a Two time Oscar® winning actor (Washington). How did she handle the butterflies for this high stakes situation? Reilly muses, “This is the first film I’ve made in America. I’m knocked out to work with Denzel and Robert; it’s beyond privilege.

Washington and Reilly
 Working with Denzel was like being a boxer in a ring with a heavyweight champion. He’s so intense, brilliant and heartbreaking. In nearly every scene he moved me tremendously with the truth of where he goes with his character. It’s really humbling to watch somebody be that truthful to a character going on quite an ugly kind of journey.”

     While taking an In-debt look at her character Reilly describes Nicole as alone and broken before she meets Whip. She adds, “This story is also about the people you sometimes need at certain times in your life and how they can change you. Whip saves her in a way. He takes her out of the world that she’s in a gives her a place where she can try to heal herself. And then she also becomes very much part of AA, a program that helps people recover once they’re ready to ask for some help. But she wouldn’t have done that on her own” The idea here is that once Nicole survives her O.D., she realizes how beautiful life is and she doesn’t want to be a slave to this drug.

     In terms of her wanting to do this role especially with the caliber of people involved, Reilly says it was a no brainer. She actually was on vacation when she heard about the part. She made a tape of herself and sent it to the film’s casting director. They liked it along with the director and producers and the rest as they say is history.

**** Excellent! (Ride Up Front, First Class)!

© 2012 Rych McCain Media/Syndication
(You DID Hear It From Me!) 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Karyn White - Music

Karyn White - Music

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Karyn White Enterprises TM

Karyn White

This Sultry Siren Of Soul Is Back!

Photos Courtesy of KWE

Karen White's new album Carpe Diem

     Making it to the top of the game in the music business and then hopping off of that mountain to fall completely off of the radar can be a nebulous position from which to make a comeback after an eighteen year absence. But when you are sultry songbird Karyn White; returning to the forefront of the music world is a very realistic prospect. 

White and her gold & platinum
   After all, white’s extensive background as a backup singer and songwriter for several hit artists; a Soul Train Award and two Grammy Awards nominee; as well as a solo career that spawned a double platinum self titled debut album (Karyn White) with the mega-smash hit “Superwoman” which became a classic anthem and a gold follow-up album “Ritual Of Love” which included another smash single “Romantic” that hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart has established a lasting fan base which she can surely spring from. While out of the music biz, White firmly established herself as an interior design expert as well as a real estate professional and currently runs successful companies in both areas.

White's smash new single "Seize The Day"

     White has a new album “Carpe Diem” on her own KWE (Karyn White Enterprises) label distributed via Lightyear/EMI, which dropped this week featuring the hit single “Seize The Day.” She hasn’t lost a beat. Her vocal pipes are better than ever while her looks are still eye candy stunning. White’s biggest change without question is her mental maturity and the vast treasure of wisdom she has gained from lessons in all facets of her life experience. To sit down and seriously talk with White is an advance course in the music business, relationships and dealing with the head games that result. This lady tells it like it is and is quick to come clean about her flaws and mistakes. Her new music is a blend of that wisdom and the direction she is now going. White’s new album “Carpe Diem” has a mature edge with the correct mixture of R&B, Funk, hip-hop and smooth jazz. It the kind of music that grows on you, the more you listen to it.

White and former husband Terry Lewis

          While she was at the pentacle of her career in 1992, White married super record producer Terry Lewis of the famed Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam production duo. They had a daughter the following year and were living fabulously in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To the outside world she had it all i.e., the mansion, the man, the fame, the platinum and gold. White and Lewis divorced seven years later in 1999. Having gone through the experience of being a power couple in the music biz, what is white’s opinion or advice on being married to someone in the same biz as you? She surprisingly responds, “It’s a blessing. First of all we represent only one percent who are doing it. It is really hard and it takes a lot of hard work and deduction. I think it takes one to know one so I believe for me it was strength. I wasn’t mature enough. Terry Lewis was an incredible husband, father, businessman, producer, writer, everything. I wasn’t mature enough to understand really what I had. It takes an understanding because your husband has to support what you do. A lot of men would probably be insecure saying I don’t want my woman away and not understand but Terry did. Yes, I would advise it”

White at home enjoying her poochie

    What did White learn most about herself during her time off? “God had me. Wow, I felt like I was in the wilderness because at a young age I was very faithful and I knew I had a calling. I knew I was very driven. I was very successful at being able to make my dreams become a reality through God opening doors and being in the right place at the right time and hard work. But my personality and my character and the pains of just growing up as a woman suffered. My mother really put focus on the fact of me being an entertainer but you have to be the whole woman. She was like Martha Stewart. She could cook and do all of that and I wish she would have given that to me but it was like she wanted me to kind of be like what she wasn’t. So the focus was on me being an entertainer since I was a little girl and this is what I wanted to do.”

White's book Carpe Diem
     White also has a new book of positive affirmations and thoughts also titled "Carpe Diem" which means "Seize The Day." She recently made an appearance on the TV One Network Show "Life After."

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Cruzmatik - Music

Cruzmatik - Music

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Spin Rich Records TM

Dynamite Duo Making Their Mark

Photos by Tim Cattera

Crusmatik (L)  JWillz  (R) FMZ
     Two life long friends came together to forge a musical duo that has created a fresh new sound and the music world has begun to take note. “Cruzmatik” is a new duo created by two music veterans. The first member is rapper/producer Reggie Stephens who also goes by the name Famouz or FMZ. Stephens is a former player for the NFL New York Giants and the Arena Football League’s Nashville Kats.

Reggie Stephens aka FMZ

 FMZ gained notoriety for being the first person to legally sample a Jon Bon Jovi song on a hip-hop track (“Bad Name,” and get clearance for David Bowies (“FAME “) from his debut album, Ghetto Passport).  In addition to Bon Jovi, FMZ has worked with the likes of E-40, Bun B, DJ Unk, and Rankin Scroo.

Jason Williams aka JWillz
     The second member is singer/songwriter Jason Williams aka JWillz. Williams was been the lead singer for the group Ribsy’s Nickel for 12 years.  Growing up in one of California's premiere surf towns (Santa Cruz), JWillz and Ribsy’s have been playing their catchy surf/reggae/rock music up and down the California coast for close to 12 years, sharing the stage with bands like Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, The Expendables, Fishbone, Travis Larson Band and The Chop Tops. After having done their separate things, the two friends decided to join forces and go into the studio. Their first single “Not Gone Wur Bout It,” was the result and it started to catch on big time via them performing it on live shows. The duo has a new album that will drop soon.

JWillz & FMZ  Cruzmatik
     So what is the concept of the cruzmatik sound? FMZ explains, “We’re going for the main stream market basically. As you get more into our music, we are all about positive energy and good vibes. We aren’t trying to bring no negativity to the situation. So that’s kind of like where we stand. Our whole thing is having fun. If you ever watch both of our videos it’s like having a good time and having fun with friends and family. So that’s the direction we’re going, on a positive note, that’s what we’re trying to do.”

         There is an abundance of negativity and self hate surrounding hip hop that is being marketed and pushed to our youth. Does Cruzmatik find a tug and pull with their audience because of this? JWillz responds, “Sometimes it is like that and the negativity does come from all angles when you’re doing this music. Even though we are a positive group it still affects us because there is a lot of negative out there that people try to bring you down or whatever. The main thing with me, FMZ and this group its always been like you can’t pay attention to it. When people try to get personal with you, you really can’t take it that personal. I don’t know a lot of people that are on Twitter. I don’t try to get caught up with it. I’m trying to stay in a positive way. If you really stay focused and don’t get caught up in all of this negative energy it’s not going to affect you and its  been working every since we started this group. Since we began in the bay area and our success started to grow more, a lot of people have been throwing that negative hate around and it doesn’t affect us. Why should it affect us? We know where we want to go so we block it out and that’s a good thing to do.”

FMZ    JWillz       Cruzmatik

   Cruzmatik has taken off like a wildfire without the usual methodology associated with promoting a group. What have been the key elements to their rapid rise? FMZ elaborates, “Everything that we’ve gained has been organic. We have no radio play, we’ve worked the social media like crazy and people see what we’re doing. We work with a charity called “Grind Out Hunger” where we help feed kids who don’t have any food. Everything that we do is positive. People are looking for something different to tell you the truth. They're looking for something different from the same old stuff that these artists have been doing. You see these videos and all you see is jewelry etc., and I don’t hate on that or dislike that. They do what they do but where the times are with the economy and everything that is going on, people want to be happy when they look at stuff. They don’t want to be looking at the same thing, going down that same road. So that’s how we look at it and I think that’s where the fan base and the support comes from especially in the bay area. Check out the Curzmatik videos:

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