A fresh-faced, bright-eyed, Southern beauty, 14-year-old, Hollywood Records recording artist Coco Jones will grace television sets across the world on June 15th when she stars in the Disney Channel original movie "Let It Shine" opposite Tyler James Williams and Trevor Jackson. Coco plays the role of "Roxie," a teenage singing sensation whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club.
"Cyrus DeBarge" (Williams) writes a contest-winning song about his love for Roxie but, when he's too shy to claim it as his own, his best friend, "Kris McDuffy" (Jackson) takes the credit. Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Let It Shine" relates a tale of young love with an underlying message about summoning self-confidence.
For movies opening June 8, 2012
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (PG for mild action and rude humor) Latest adventure in the animated franchise finds the anthropomorphic menagerie joining the circus in Monte Carlo to evade capture by a mean, animal control officer (Frances McDormand). Voice cast includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Cedric the Entertainer.
"Prometheus" (R for intense violence and brief profanity) Ridley Scott directed this sci-fi thriller, set in the late 21st Century,
Remember Dennis Rodman, the colorful, flamboyant character who once played professional basketball? Once upon a time, this guy seemed to be on top of the world, an NBA star as well a very popular figure off the court as well. It seemed like everywhere you looked, you saw Dennis Rodman. The guy was exciting.
Now it seems as if his life has become an E True Hollywood Story, you know the ones that don't have a happy ending.
For movies opening June 1, 2012
"Battlefield America" (PG-13 for profanity, drug use and mature themes) Overcoming-the-odds drama, set in L.A., about a charismatic businessman (Marques Houston) who hires a choreographer to help a rag-tag team of inner-city kids prepare for an underground, hip-hop dance competition. With Lynn Whitfield, Valarie Pettiford and Mekia Cox.
by Dwight Brown
NNPA Film Critic
'Men In Black 3' (Two of four stars)
It's been ten years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned their black suits, cool sunglasses and glib hipness to play Agent J and Agent K – the good guys who try to save the world from weird looking aliens. Should they have left well enough alone? Have they harmed their legacy? Yes and maybe.
Disco-era R&B singer Donna Summer succumbed to her battle with cancer on May 17.
"Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith," said a statement from Universal Music, Summer's record label. "While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.
Have you been watching Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice?" If so, you've noticed that Arsenio Hall has been making some major noise. Well, as a result, three major networks have expressed interest in bringing Arsenio back to TV. No word on whether it would be a daytime or nighttime show. However, wouldn't it be great to have Arsenio back on TV?