Every now and then we're lucky enough to get a really great feel-good show in our part of the country. Mark your calendar for Nov. 17 and plan to be at the Landers Center for the 4th Annual Pre Thanksgiving Music Fest, featuring Frankie Beverly & Maze, Chris Tucker, The Bar-Kays and Heads of State, with Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill.
For movies opening Nov. 2, 2012
"Flight" (R for drug and alcohol abuse, nudity, sexuality and an intense action sequence) Denzel Washington stars in this legal thriller about a hero pilot who tries to hide his alcohol addiction with the help of a defense attorney (Don Cheadle) after miraculously crash-landing a crippled commercial airliner by flying the plane upside-down. With John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Kelly Reilly.
Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey, who has not appeared in a film since the 1998 release "Beloved," will return to the big screen in Lee Daniels' "The Butler," a star-studded feature film inspired by a former White House butler.
Currently in production in New Orleans, "The Butler," starring Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, is based on a screenplay by Danny Strong and Daniels. It is inspired by Wil Haygood's Washington Post article about Cecil Gaines (Eugene Allen in real life), an African-American man who served as a butler to eight presidents in the White House for over 30 years.
Bobby Rush, known for electrifying stage performances accented by rump-shaking women, showed that he's top-notch entertainer without the eye candy on Saturday (Oct. 19).
The occasion – Rush's 2012 Red, White & Blues Concert at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park – called for a different kind of setting. Rush, who performed with the support of a lone keyboard player, delivered, wowing the crowd that featured about 500 veterans and their families.
Remember when Whitney Houston was "at her worst." She was also at her most entertaining, wasn't she? We laughed. We joked. And although we knew she had a problem, we always looked forward to seeing what she did next.
And she always delivered. The next thing we knew she was no longer with us. All of a sudden, it wasn't so funny anymore.
For movies opening Oct. 26, 2012
"Chasing Mavericks" (PG for mature themes and perilous action sequences) Overcoming-the-odds sports saga recounting the real-life adventures of an aspiring teen surfer (Jonny Weston) who enlists the assistance of a local legend (Gerard Butler) to train for one of the biggest waves on the face of the Earth. With Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer and Scott Eastwood (son of Clint).
We're getting down to the wire in this year's race for the White House. In our digital world of sometimes dizzying 24/7 information overload, both political camps are relying heavily on media in its plethora of forms to reach you and influence your vote. As we draw closer to Election Day, you are correct if you think the intensity of the political ads has increased.