Monday, June 25, 2007

OUT 213--EVENTZ PICZ(CAFE SOUL 1st year party/got lyrics June 20, 2007) EVENT VIEW, EVENTZ-BITZ AND MORE





HERE ARE PICS FROM CAFE SOUL'S 1st ANNIVERSAY CELEBRATION AT LUCAS HOUSE ON JUNE 20, 2007( PHOTOS BY MAATOLOGY)




PICS: HOSTS COCO SOUL AND DOUG JAMES AND THE DUELING SOUL DIVAS: COCO SOUL AND SILKY SOUL DOIN THEIR THING ON THE MIKE.






























Dj Enoch on the 1s and 2s gettin into the feelin (He was spinnin Prince's "Erotic City" at the time)









RIGHT:Doug James and Platinum Group's Jacque Land doin it old school for the Roll Call segment.









Doug James with a memebr of the crowd during Roll call segment












Silky Soul in her element

















RIGHT: Terese Janee







LEFT: The bassist of the Crew












RIGHT: Singer Sharitha did her thang on Whitney's "I Belive In You And Me"













Aliica Renee, who performed first, wowed the crowd with a Beyonce version of the song "Fever."
















Singer Buddy singin a tune for the ladies (What was up with that sweat handkercheif, though? LOL)
















Sharice sang Tweet's "Beautiful" (the song had socialte Glynnis OConnor almost shouting up in the place!)


















STL actress/singer Sophia Stephens 9I wasnt mad at you wearin those STYLE-ttoes) and YOURS TRULY during intermission of Cafe Soul




















Cafe Soul creators Coco Soul and Nichol Stevenson
















Former Freeman Bosley Junior Show personality Nicci Roach (with a new do) and ST. Louis American's Kenya Vaughn tryin to hide.




















STL socialites Sonia Branscomb and Monica Tyson cheese it up for the camera (They were my play dates for the evening. LOL)



















Realtor David Carroll and Jacque Land talkin ish during Happy Hour






















RE Publicist Pam Raymond and the ST Louis Post's Debra BAss takin a moment for a pic during Happy Hour.




















Some of Daniel Hodges' art work that was on sale at the event


























People gettin to the event (the second person in line is STL videographer Dana Christian)


























Some onlookers at the vending
























Daniel Hodges painting on the spot.
































One of Daniel Hodges' paintings, Piece of Peace






















Patrons in the lobby with the Cafe Soul logo on the projected screen that also doubled as the camera to the stage whereteh artists performed. .
































Patrons in the lobby





























The crowd outside at Cafe Soul



























PICS FROM GOT LYRICS


Poet Robert Dillard and Shawna Frazier performing

































So Diverse's Diedria B and..........LIA!


































Mocha Latte on the pole (Move over Diamond. LOL)









































Mocha clownin on the pole!






EVENT-VIEWZ. The only big event I checked out since last week was the 1st Anniversary of Café Soul, the popular open mike for singers and poets who celebrated its feat at the Lucas House on Allen Ave last Wednesday. It was definitely a festive occasion and a reunion on many levels,. The event had 12 of the popular artist who performed at the monthly event as well as a reunion of the patrons who have supported them. I got there about 7 or so in order to catch some of the Happy Hour that was taking place at outside next to Lucas House at a gated area that looked like a resort with the tables and chairs and umbrella roofs. I chatted with those who I knew (Platinum Groups’ Jacque Land was one) especially SIUE Alumni Pam Greer (No not the actress) who I talkd with briefly about life outside of SIUE. She was trying to get me to start a Black Alumni Chapter at SIUE but I gave her the Hollywood treatment and said that I would look into it…NOT. ….They had food and drinks for sale as well.








Inside, in the lobby area they had a small expo of a couple of vendors selling their wares including Soul Diva Trading and artist Daniel Hodges (who does the commemorative paintings for the St. Louis Americans; Salute to Excellence in Education banquets) who was painitng libe on the spot….The show started around 9 ish. As we waited, DJ Nappy needles spun some old school 80-s jams (Herbie Hancock’s Rockit, “Cheryl Lynn’s “Encore) that had us all in the mood to get some roller skates….






Hosted by Coco Soul (who was looking very beautiful in a colorful dress) and her co-host former Troy’s on The Park emcee Doug James (who quickly is becoming the Sonny and Cher of hosting in the Lou). The artists who were invited to perform included Alicia Renee (who did a sultry version of the classic song, “Fever”—more like the Beyonce’s version from Fighting Temptations ), Buddy (who did his best john Legend ), Lamon Cook (who did spoken word, a poem calld Cafe Soul) Sharice (who did a greta job of Tweet’s album cut, “Beautiful”), Terese Janee, Sharitha (who clowned on Whitney’s “I Believe In You And Me), and a local band called The Crew that had a sista ion the bass and white boy on keys who sounded so much like Bob Marley, it was sick!








But the highlight of the first half (I left after the second half cause it was gettin close to 11ish ) was local singer Silky Soul (who for those who attended the Brian McKnight concert a few months ago got on stage with McKnight and was gettin spanked by him during his song, “What’s My Name”—come to find out she knows him, so the antic was staged after all. ) who did background vocals for Coco Soul during her version of “Ain’t Nobody,” then when it was time for Silky, it became the Silky Soul Show. Sister girl performed, Jill Scott’s “A Long Walk” She sang the song true enough, then she started doin the Betty Wright thing—talkin to the crowd about how tryin to find a good man stuff. She went from the guy had to have a big magic stick to he has to believe in God. She was definitely off the chain on this one (She even said while on the mike, “Those who are still outside, get your ass inhere, cause I’m about to perform”) She did admit that she had a little to drink—I say, don’t excuse booze for the attitude. LOL.








In the second half, I heard that singer Deandre Perryman and Mo Tre performed and actress Sophia Stephens (who can be currently seen in the Black Rep’s version of Guys and Dolls) performed but I had to step to get to Mocha Latte’s Got Lyrics at the Loft.

Another highlight was when they did a tribute to the late Dr Jockenstein with Roll Call (which will be a mainstay in the subsequent shows ) . They had one sista who was Ok, but the mike went up 10 levels when Jacque Land got on the mike and did a full free style rap. The crowd went wild. He became Melle Mel in an instant! (Too bad his buddy who tried to follow up Jacque and left on a wimper). City 10 was in the house interviewing people about the show and SPITFLIX’s Dana Christian was taping the show.

Anyway, the event was a success (DJ Enoch also took over the 1s and 2s after Needles during the intermission) and they had two big cakes in celebration . Some of those in the house consisted the who’s who in the Lou including hairstylist Evertte Johnson, rapper Black Tyde, fashion stylist Wynette Jones, Nicci Roach (who was sportin cornrolls), St. Louis American’s Kenya Vaughn, Vanita Applebum, Terry Stevenson, Rashad and Eddie of SYGU, Harry Colbert, Damon Green, Monica Tyson, Sonia Brascomb (Keep ya head up!) , National Association of Black Accountants’ Sam Gradford (Is it me or he is a bit on the odd side?) , David Carroll, KSDK’s Jeff Small,Courtney Wade, Jamie Spencer, X-jam, Majic 104.9’s Garth Adams and Arrika Parr, St. Louis Posts’ Kevin Johnson (Saw you on stage with your wife and mistress LOL !) , Miss Erika (Blonde hair and eyebrows!), Oneness, Glynnis OConnor, Selena J and Lamar Harris.
ODD MOMENT: As I was fellowshipping with the crowd during intermission, this brotha shook my hand as I was walking through the crowd. I lookD at him to see if I knew him. I didnt. I must have had that look of "who are you?" cause he said. "Oh, I don't know you, I just wanted to shake yoru hand." OH-K. I guess.

I left out around 11:30 or so to try and get the tail end of Mocha Latte’s Got LYRICS at the Loft and I’m so glad I did. When I got therre, they had their usual poets (King Izreal and Floyd Boykin had already been on the mic as the featured poets) and as regular Robert Dillard and his guitar accompanist Shawna Frazier got on the mike to perform “Drop it Like its Hot,” Mocha used the pole that was next to the staging area and pretended to be Diamond from Playa’s Club. This had to have been the funniest thing I have ever saw in my life! It was for comedic effect and Mocha was so spontaneous in the moment. You had to have been there to have seen it! Too much playin.

FYI--I also got some FLICK-BITZ happenings. I posted two other posts following this post. One is the previewz for "Tranformers" (OUT 212) and the other is the Los Angeles premiere of the Don Cheadle flick, "Talk To Me" that premiered last week at the Los Angeles Film Festival which also stars STL comedian Cedric The Entertainer and direcetd by STL native Kasi Lemmons (OUT 211).


STL-TIDBITZ….Sounds like the radio airwaves were buzzin in many ways this week. I caught the tail end of it, but on Hypeman Dwight Stone’s show on 100.3The Beat on Monday, Ali of the St. Lunatics was on the show to promote stuff he and Gipp were doing but then he started talking about his disdain and the trash talk from local rappers and groupies who have beef on Nelly who think he don't support local acts in the Lou, he don't do PRO BONO stuff when it came to being on their remixes and his not coming to support local events. Did anyone else hear this? It was quite interesting .................. …Also buzzin was the latest controversy involving popular socialite Styles and the rumor of his spreading HIV to his sexual partners unbeknownst to them and his dispelling the rumors (See STL-TIDBITZ 210). But apparently the public cis not buying what he is saying. So he got on 100.3 the Beat to talk with radio personality KIki The 1st Lady’s show Saturday to talk about the rumors. In a nutshell, Kiki (who said on air that her celly had been ringing off the hook in regards to the rumors) challenged him to get a HIV test during the HIV Awareness day (which is June 27)over the following weekend at Fairground Park. He obliged to do as such and said that the rumors about him were bogus (He was quite jokey in his demeanor as well) . As of today, there hasn’t been any reports of his going to the park to take the test. I’m sure this will get even more heated as the weeks progress............... On early Tuesday morning, I don’t know what was going on with the radio signals. Every station (mainly 95, 100.3. 104.1. 104.9 and 107.7) were running the Emergency broadcast System tone on and off for about 10 minutes in between 7:30 and 8:30 am. I don’t know what was goin on there???….You get a lot of scoop when you least expect. While I was in the gym on Monday, a reliable source(as well as SOHH.com) said while in conversation with some of their gym partners that STL rapper Chingy is returning to Ludacris’ DTP label. This is interesting cause it was speculated that Chingy, who got his start with Ludacris, never did sign with DTP but was more of a “handshake” deal. Yet, Chingy’s debut CD,. 2002’s “Jackpot” was a smash ($4 million copies in the U.S. alone). But it was reported that Chingy left DTP soon after his debut because of monetary issues (Chingy’s subsequent albums with Capitol 2004’s Powerballin and last year’s Hoodstar never reached the multiplatinum success of his debut….hmmmmm). Now with his coming back to DTP, I wonder if it had to do with the fact that Ludacris’ other protégé;s projects (Shawna, Shareefa, Field Mob, Bobby Valentino ) have not reached the success of Chingys; debut CD? ….Speaking of STL rappers, I also heard from that same gym convo that better Family Life’s James Clark’s son and his boys are trekking to the ATL in a few weeks to hit the big time with their rap group Show Me City Guys….I heard that singer T-Pain’s concert at Club Society last Thursday was not all that. From my sources, T-Pain got on stage around 1 in the morning (which is standard for concerts at Society) and he did snippets of his hits (with the exception of his latest hit “Buy You A Drank” which he played all the way through). I also hear that the club was charging 50 and 60 bones for those who didn’t get tickets in advance . Now that is just too much playin! FYI, did you know that T-Pain (whose real name is Faheem Najm was born Muslim ?) (I wonder how the rival concert Ne-Yo at Dante’s squared off . from the pics I saw from stlonfire.com, it was an intimate crowd)….Last Sunday near Tower Grove Park was where the annual Pride festival was going on. I hear that it was success with STL dignitaries such as Mayor Francis Slay, Board of Alderman Prez Lewis Clark and Fire Chief Sherman George was therre in support (Sorry that my buddy Gary’s two convertibles’ seats got soaked from the rain L) …Speaking of Gary, is it me or did anyone realize that Gary’s Fine Dining Restaurant on Grand next to the Fox Theatre had closed down like two weeks ago? …. St. Louis native and fashionista Kimora Lee Simmons will debut her reality show on Aug. 5, called 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lab.' It will make its debut on The Style Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Cameras will go behind-the-scenes of the high-octane life of the ghetto fabulous fashion model, hip-hop mogul and beloved mother. Viewers will follow the soon to be former Mrs. Russell Simmons as she runs her multi-million dollar Baby Phat fashion empire and will also get a sneak-peek into Kimora's private life, including her most important job as mother of two precocious young daughters two daughters, seven year-old Ming Lee and four year-old Aoki Lee. I wonder if they will give viewers a sneak peak of her playing kissy face with her reported new love, actor Djimon Honsou?.Say it ain’t so, but Nicci Roach of the Freeman Bosley Junior Show has left the popular radio show. Last Sunday was her last day but the cast is giving her 30 days to do what she has to do for her to return. After speaking with her recently, it doesn’t seem likely. She said she had to take care of personal things in her life and career. I wonder of this has anything to do with, INKOSI’s Kevin Bryant. Can we say, “I do?” Just speculating. I wonder who will replace her and her popular Nicc and Nine segment? This reminds me when Marc Clark left Majic 108 a few years back to get married and move to Philly and the Breakfast Crew had temp replacements to fill the job (lo and behold Jessie Taylor). Well, if the Bosley Show is reading this, I have a great replacement for you—socialite/poet and event host, Mocha Latte!....I ran up on this new local entertainment website that is on fire—literally. It is called www.stlonfire.com. It’s like an entertainment journal of the happenings in hip-hop on a national and local scale along with events to go to and a photo gallery of the events of the past. They also got a segment called Ask Drew (kind of like Dear Abby). I see that photographer Kevin Jordan is a regular snapper for them. If you get a chance check it out! …For the MIA file, where is Q of Spin City Recordz?


WHYZ AT THE BET AWARDS...Why were the B-list/newbie entertainers (Ne-Yo, UNK, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd) gettin geeked up for winning golden boxing gloves at the Pre-Show?....Why did Yung Joc seem uncomfortable after Rosci of 106 and Park askD him if he had date to the awards and then shouted out, "What's Up Alex?" Why was therre a guy screaming as loud as the females to shake Lloyd's hand when he came out to greet his fans at the Pre-Show?Why did Robin Thicke look so out of place when he was with 50 Cent's enterouge during the pre-Show? And why was his performance reminiscent of an act from the old Lawrence Welk show?
Why did it seem like Ne-Yo was channeling Michael Jackson during his performance? Why did Chris brown wear thsoe nerdy black shades (looking like Mr Peabody)? Why was T-Pain sounding liek a school nerd when he presented an award?Why was Kelly Rowland sounding off key during her performance? And why was she trying to dance like Beyonce (Did y'all also check out Ms. Kelly sitting on the legs of the white chick ? What's really goin on?)? Why were Nelly and Cedric The Enteratiner trying to hold back tears during the Gerald Levert tribute? Why didnt Gerald Levert's daughter come up to the stage after Monique acknowldged her? (Come to find out she had to leave after the tribute to compose herself from crying )? Why did Monique tried to dance along with Beyonce duing the latter's performance of Get Me Bodied? Why are we not sick and tired of Beyonce?Why was Ciara poppin her ass in front of Bow Wow in the aisle? Why was LL Cool J look like he was scared to take off Monique's high heel shoe? Why did 50 Cent' try to lip synch and it backfired (The antigravity girls swirling above him were on point though and more memorable)? Why was he the only one who cursed during his performance (Diana Rsos checked him during her tribute speech. LOL)? Why did Toccora act like she didnt know she was about to have a wardrobe malfunction and Joe Clair had to rescue her from it after the crowd responded? Why was Diddy lip-synching? Why did the whole Diddy/Lil Kim and Keyshia Cole performance looked unrehearsed? Why did Yolanda Adams stop singing after Patti Labelle came out to perform with Gladys Knight and Eddie Levert during the Gerald Levert tribute? Why didnt Chaka Khan know the words to Diana Ross song, "Im Coming Out" during the Diana Ross tribute? Why did a audience member shout out from the balcony, "I Love that Red" to Tracee Ellis Ross (about her dress) as she was beginning her tribute to Diana Ross? Why was Monique screaming throughout the show? Why did Lil Wayne and baby bring their chi'ren all up on stage? Why didn't Berry Gordy walk on stage with Diana Ross during the Diana Ross tribute?And why, beside the tributes, did the show seem a bit slow and not exciting?
BLIND ITEMZ. Which one of the stars that I mentioned above was not bale to get into one of the exclusive BET after party at teh Roosevelt Hotel and was p-d off about it? (Hint: It's a guy). And from Myra Panache's report, two rappers were trying to book the same high priced "hip-hop call girl," . She is booked solid (due to the hip-hop stars coming out for the BET awards) and could only make room for one rapper. A bidding war ensued which doubled her rate. Meanwhile, the rapper who lost the bidding war had harsh words with the other rapper. And, despite some of the rappers bringing their girlfriends/wives to the BET Awards, they still made time to sneak off with this particular call girl.
EVENT-TIDBITZ. CERTIFIED WEDNESDAYS feat. DJ’s Charlie Chan and Stan da Man, Wednesday at R Bar 4054 Chouteau, just west of Vandeventer, ladies free before 11 p.m., fellas 5 dollars. Dress relaexed; For mor einfo, go to www.sygugroup.com or its www.myspace.com/sygu4
7th Annual Hollis Thomas Charitable Weekend, June 27th-30th 2007. It includes Wine Down Wednesdays, June 27, 2007, 7-11pm @ Bricke-Mortor & Clay Realtors, 3224 Locust Ave, Suite 101, St. Louis, MO. RSVP @ winedownwednesday@yahoo.com or 314.496.1475.
Thursday, June 28 Glam fashion/Hair show , 7 p.m. 3rd Degree Glass factory, 5200 Delmar;
Friday June 29-6 p.m. Greeks v Geeks B-Ball Charity tourney, Harris Stowe, 3026 Laclede;
10 p.m. Comedy Show at Studio Hitz at 8927 Riverview
Saturday, June 30 Football/cheerleading camp, 9 a.m. Health and Eduation Symposim at Harrois Stowe University; After Party feat. Buckeye of Flava of Love, 8 p.m. at Studio Hitz.
For more information call 314.276.8676 or go to http://www.hollisthomasfoundation.org/
STYLISHLY HOT VOL. IV - FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH @ MIKE SHANNON'S (620 MARKET ST. - DOWNTOWN) The long awaited and highly anticipated STYLISHLY HOT returns Friday, June 29th at Mike Shannon's Outfield (620 Market St. - Downtown). Valet parking and bottle service available. ADMISSION: Ladies $5 til 10:30. MUSIC: DJ Reminise spinning hip-hop and R&B.
ATTIRE: Upscale & Trendsetting
STRESS FREE FRIDAYS. Friday, June 29, 2007 > 5pm> > Urban (www.myspace.com/urbanloungestl)> 3216 South Grand Avenue--between Wyoming and> Humphrey> St. Louis, Missouri 63118> 314-772-3308> Grand Business District> > **EARLY ARRIVAL IS HIGHLY SUGGESTED!
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SHAREE GALVIN'S CORNER

Fat Tuesdays with comedian Darius BraddfordGOT LYRICS. hot new poetry event at the Loft hosted by Mocha Latte Wednesdays. Contact
sgalvin26@yahoo.com for showtimes and ticket info.
Absolut Sundays at Club 609 on Eastgate, with DJ Nappy needles and other special guest dee-jays, Doors at 7 p.m. netwroking at 99:30 p.m.Ladies free all night. Fellaz $5 after 9:30 p.m.

The Absolut Dime Piece Party, July 3 at the Loft, 9 p.m. hosted by Staci Static , Soundz on the 1s and 2s, ladies free, Guys $5 before midnite. For more info call 314. 225. 2505

SLO DOWN presents Flirtatious Fridays at Club 314, Hwy 270 and St. Charles Rock Road (in the Econo Hotel Lodge behind Ryan’s. Ladies free til 10;30 p.m. For Vip and b-day party info call 314. 479.6283Big Tah presents Summer in the City, a female swimsuit contest, June 14 at the Loft, , 9p.m. for more info go to
www.myspace.com/swimsuitmodelsearch
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SRD & Wright Performing Art Ministries, Inc. presents "Unpleasant Excitement" premiers Saturday, June 30, 2007, 1:00 & 6:00 PM, Harris Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede-Main Auditorium-112 Dr. Henry Givens - Admin Bldg. St. Louis, MO 63103Tickets are on Sale NOW! $15 (advance) - $20 (door)CALL 618.234.3383 (for Illinois) 618.795.0714 (for Missouri)
Black Artists Group (Bag) presents Expres Yourself With US, calling all artists and poets and singers, blow, paint, whatver, come join BAG at Scott Joplin’;s “The Rosebud Café” 2658 Delmar, Sat. June 30, 6 p.m. FREE. For more info or to sign up call 314.249.0363 or Bag_blackartistsgroup@yahoo.com
DARNELL LEVINE LIVE Featuring DJ Enoch, June 30, 7:00pm Doors open
8:00pm Show starts, The Lucas School House, Allen @ Gravois in Historic Soulard
St. Louis, MO COST: $10 For more info contact Vanita Thompson of VanitaApplebum Ent. Svcs. at 314-517-8987 UPDATE--Darnell Levine has been postponed. He will perform July 22nd
SWAGGER - TUESDAY, JULY 3RD @ NECTAR (2001 LOCUST)Doors at 10 pm Party til 3 am First 50 Ladies Only $5 Hip-Hop R&B Soul by DJ Reminise Bring in the 4th of July holiday with style & SWAGGER at downtown's sexiest nightspot, Nectar. Experience an exclusive evening of music and cocktails in an unmatched atmosphere. Early arrival is suggested. Attire: Style & Swagger$2.00 off Jack Daniel’s cocktails all night! For booth & bottle reservations, please email info@koncepts-stl.com.


Fred and Harry Inc. presnets a Holiday Luanch Party, 9 p.m., July 3, at the Red Moon Restaurant and Lounge, 15th and St. Charles St. FREE admission. FREE AMBIANCE. FREE ADMISSION.. HERRADURA PREMIUM MARGARITA SPECIALS
HIPHOP, R&B, SOUL CLASSICS + LOUNGE = SUPER LOUNGE.
SEXYCASUAL ATTIRE...LIMITED CAPACITY...EARLY ARRIVAL SUGGESTED!!!
DIRECTIONS: Washington to 15th St. to St. Charles St. For more info go to
http://www.venuestl.com/emailers/red_moon.html


Sygu Group presnets, “Its Free”, July 4 atteh Lucas Hpuse, 1220 Allen Ave, at Grovois, 9 p.m., upscale event. For mor einfo, go to
www.sygugroup.com or its www.myspace.com/sygu4

ONGOING BITZ. Its Your Birthday Fridays at the Dime Slot Hosted by Bishop V-Luv. Get in free every week in the month of your birthday http://www.dimeslotstl.com/ http://www.allstarstl.com/ for more info.
Femme Fridays present Rappers Delight, feat. local artists, Club 747, 1624 Delmar, 10 p.m. for more info email JMPRODUCTIONSLLC@aol.com
Fat Cat, Model House and Bodacious ENT present Thick Thursdays, at Studio Hitz 8927 Riverview(at the corner fo Riverview and Broadway) , $10 Adnmission (free food, drink specials). Thick girl contest starts at 11 p.m.
If you want to get on Vanita Applebum's hot new entertainment newsletter, email her at www.myspace/vanitaapplebum

Mingle and Mix Mondays , Mingle 4p.m. (Bring Ya Laptods and Biz Cards) Drink Specials, $1 off Appetizers and Mix with DJ Sir Thurl (8p.m. -1 a.m.) FREE before 9 p.m. $3-$5 Cover after 9 p.m. at the ST. Louis Happy Hour Bar and Grill inside PArkler Plaza, 12948 Halls Ferry at Parker Rd.
Check out local comedian Brie Johnson's website podcast.Make sure to logon to http://www.riverfrontradio.com/and listen to the new morning radio talk show called "The Grey Area"!!! Every Monday morning from 10am to 12noon CST. Chat online with us, or call in to talk live on the air.
Check out blog http://www.sistersnineties.blogspot.com/for local literary group Sister’s Nineties Afrocentric literary activities for the family and youngsters
Check out Lachrisa Crenshaw’s spa products at http://www.warmspirit.org/esuite/home/chriscspirit,or call her at (314)401-0710
For body painting, makeup, face painting wigs and other special effects, contact Jessica Dana at http://www.jessicadana.com/or go to www.myspace.com/jessicadada13
For all of your STL club event plans, AD SPACE and pics,go to http://www.stlouis-online.com/.
KDHX Radio’s Chuck Lavazzi has a hot new podcast calledSTAGE LEFT which he talks about CD reviews, news and the world of stage, screen, cabaret and related places.Go to it directly at http://tinyurl.com/zrqd7
Check out STLdee-jay Enoch online with his own radio playlist.The Flow: Music Lounge. Peep it out at http://www.flowink.com/player-popup.htmor go to his myspace page www.myspace/enochisreal.
For all your STL hip-hop info needs, go to http://www.stlhiphop.com/!
STL videographer Dana Christian has a hot website where people can send their professional music videos films to get exposed. Itis http://www.spitflix.com/.
Popular DJ Enoch has just posted a new episode on his podcast. the title is Knocturnal Sunshine Episode: Knocturnal Sunshine #214. You can hear it at http://knocradio.podOmatic.com/
Peep out veteran radio personality Edie Bee with her weekly jazz series Jazz on the Bee Side"Sundays from 1-3pmOn Soul Classics 1490 WESL AM
BIG TAH Presents...2 FlyTuesdays, The Main Ingredient, 3860 Chouteau. Play Spades- Dominoes-Shoot Pool- Throw Darts- Listen To Good Music- & Mingle. Come On Out Each & Every Tuesday- Make 2 Fly Tuesday's Your Tuesday Night Spot! 8p- 1a; 2-1 Drink Specials All Night; Ladies Free Unitl 10:30 ; $5 cover. For more info. contact Big Tah at bigtah06@hotmail.com

Well that be it for this week. Hit me up on the email for comments of peepin out ish at maatspear@yahoo.com














OUT 212-FLICK-BITZ-TRANSFORMERS




FANS SINCE CHILDHOOD: Tyrese Gibson and Anthony Anderson excited to co-star in transformers

In Transformers Tyrese Gibson stars as Sergeant Epps, who discovers that he is one of the first present-day humans to come up against robotic powerful aliens, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. The earth is caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between the two races of alien robots. Anthony Anderson portrays Glen, a hacker who strategizes with the military group to come up with a plan of attack to save the world from the battling Transformers. Also starring as part of the battling military team are Josh Duhamel, Rachael Taylor, Michael O’Neill, John Turturro and Jon Voight.
Paramount Pictures will release Transformers nationwide on Tuesday, July 3th.



Army Captain Lennox (Duhamel) is in charge of a small brigade of Special Forces Rangers, who find themselves the sole survivors of a bizarre attack on their base in Qatar . When Lennox’s squad is surreptitiously transferred back to the U.S. , they know they have seen and experienced something earth shattering, literally. They are part of a select group that includes the United States Secretary of Defense (Voight), members of a top secret military unit called Sector 7 (Turturro and O’Neill), along with a beautiful computer analyst (Taylor) and her associate, a smart but uptight hacker (Anderson).


Half way around the world an average teenager, Sam (Shia LaBeouf) ask his father to match funds toward his first car, Sam’s excitement quickly turns to disappointment with the purchase of a beat-up 1973 Chevy Camaro from a shady used car salesman, played by funnyman Bernie Mac. Sam awakens one morning by a distinctive roar and screeching tires. He thinks someone has stolen his car, but the car appears to have a mind of its’ own. In a valiant effort to pursue the thief, he chases the Camaro only to find himself overpowered by a police cruiser that shockingly transforms into a menacing 20-foot robot. In the days ahead, he and his girlfriend (Megan Fox) are befriended by the robots and they learn that the aliens that have come to Earth in a desperate search for their life-source, the Allspark. As the forces of evil seek the key to ultimate power, mankind’s last chance for survival rests in the hands of young Sam.


Like every other boy his age, Gibson was a fan of Transformers action figures and a huge devotee of the television series. “I used to watch the cartoon every day when I got home from school,” he says. “Who would have thought a cartoon you loved as a kid would end up being such a milestone in your life as a grown man? It’s crazy how things happen.”


When Anderson was asked if he was familiar with Transformers action figures, he immediately broke into song, “Transformers, more than meets the eye, Transformers, robots in disguise!”
Anderson says proudly, “I can sing more of the song. I actually owned Optimus Prime and Megatron when I was growing up. I liked Optimus Prime the best. I played with that guy until he fell apart.


“That’s my era, I grew up watching the cartoon. When I heard there was a possibility of playing a character in the film, I was excited it, as well as meeting Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.”
Gibson plays a Combat Controller, one of the most highly trained personnel in the Air Force. As a member of a Special Tactics Team that includes Captain Lennox and other several elite Army Rangers, he is responsible for leading those men into uncharted hostile territory, for reconnaissance, for establishing attack zones, and to call in fire power should the need arise, along with a host of other duties to numerous to list. But most important, he and his fellow soldiers are the first line of defense when it comes to defending his country, her people and her allies.


To prepare for the role, Gibson spent time with an actual Combat Controller who was on leave after a tour in Iraq . In the Air Force for over 20 years, Captain Ray Bollinger is a respected an expert in his field and gave Gibson much of his technical dialogue for the desert sequences shot at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico .


“I communicate with all aircraft,” says Gibson who can still recite his team’s site coordinates in his sleep, “The Blackhawks, stealth bombers, F22’s, they’re all on my wire. And it was a matter of running my lines with Ray because he knows the way it’s supposed to sound; he knows the speed of it, the cadence. The English can sound like Chinese when you’re speaking so fast, but once I became more comfortable in my character and understood what I was saying, it helped. I couldn’t have rehearsed my lines with anyone but Ray.”

For Gibson, putting on the military garb helped him get into character. “Carrying the gun, wearing the heavy packs with all the equipment, the ammunition, you can barely breathe, but when I put it on, I become a chameleon, I am the character.”


Anderson describes his character as a “computer genius-geek-nerd who is accidentally pulled into the government’s search for whatever is devouring all their secret system files and documents. My partner in crime, Maggie Madsen, brings in Glen to help her decipher an electronic computer language that the Decepticons are speaking; she needs help, so she comes to the smart guy,” he says coyly.


“Glen’s nervous at first,” explains Anderson , “because he’s got a little addiction problem with hacking into highly classified systems like the Pentagon’s, which he’s done more than a few times. He can’t help himself, he’s drawn to it; he loves the excitement. He’s just never been caught before. But this time, he really doesn’t want to be in the mix with angry alien robots.”
Despite his initial reluctance Glen cannot help but be spellbound as he begins tapping into the alien’s communications, breaking their code. “Glen knows their innermost secrets,” the actor says, “but it’s frightening and disturbing. I mean, it’s Defcon 38. Talk about heightened security levels; we’re at fuchsia, man, “I like the bad guys now,” he says.

DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures present, in association with Hasbro, a di Bonaventura Pictures Production, a Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production of a Michael Bay Film, Transformers, directed by Michael Bay from a story by John Rogers and Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman and a screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, the film is based on Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERSTM Action Figures.



The producers are Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce and the executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay , Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. The director of photography is Mitchell Amundsen. The production designer is Jeff Mann. The film is edited by Paul Rubell, A.C.E. and Glen Scantlebury. The costume designer is Deborah L. Scott. The music is by Steve Jablonsky. The music is Dave Jordan. The special visual effects are by Industrial Light & Magic.


Information provided by http://www.rozstevensonpr.com/
UPDATE: The shape-shifting robots of “Transformers” have taken on a new form: Huge piles of cash. The sci-fi saga “Transformers,” DreamWorks and Paramount’s big-screen take on the Hasbro toys, debuted with $67.6 million in ticket sales in its first weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That gave it $152.5 million since opening with preview screenings Monday night.

If the weekend figures hold when final numbers are released Monday, that would give “Transformers” the biggest first week revenues ever for a non-sequel, surpassing the $151.6 million of 2002’s “Spider-Man.” But factoring in today’s higher ticket prices, “Spider-Man” drew more people in its first week, about 26.1 million, compared to 22.5 million for “Transformers.”

OUT 211--SPECIAL EVENTZ--"TALK TO ME" PREMIERE AT LAFF FEAT. ST. LOUIS' DIRECTOR KASI LEMMONS AND COMEDIAN CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER JUNE 21, 2007

UPCOMING FILM TALK TO ME STARRING ST. LOUIS COMEDIAN CEDRIC THE ENTERATINER OPENED THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL LAST WEEK (PHOTOS BY STEVEN WILLIAMS OF WWW.ROZSTEVENSONPR.COM)












LEFT: The stars and director of Talk to Me attend the opening night screening of the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival, (l. to r.) Emmy nominee Chiwetel Ejifor, Elle Down, Vondie Curtis Hall, director Kasi Lemmons, Oscar nominee adn Emmy winner Don Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson and Cedric the Entertainer....Lemmons and her husband Hall at the film festival.
The upcoming film, "Talk to Me" opened the Los Anegels Film Festival whcih began last Thursday and runs until July 1.


According to an article on U-Entertainment's website written by Jenny Peters, film fans filled the cavernous Mann Village theater, gleefully cheering on the assembled stars — Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Sheen, Taraji Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Vondie Curtis-Hall — and (St. Louis born ) director Kasi Lemmons even before the picture unspooled.


Host Andy Garcia led the pack of fans, which included Steve Buscemi, Sharon Lawrence, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Radha Mitchell, Seymour Cassell and Victoria Rowell. An ovation followed the film, too, which tells the story of Petey Greene, the ex-con turned influential disc jockey and protest leader during the turbulent '60s.


Once everyone crossed the street to the huge outdoor block party, talk naturally turned to Don Cheadle's incredible performance as the outspoken, self-destructive Greene.
"I am always amazed by Don's performances, because he embodies each and every character that he portrays," said Taraji Henson, whose own turn as Greene's sexy main squeeze is a highlight of the movie (opening in limited release on July 13).

"You don't see Don Cheadle, he disappears just like he's checked out, until they yell cut and then crazy Don comes back! It was just incredible to watch."

Incredible to watch, too, were the hordes of people standing in huge lines, desperate to grab a bite to eat at the late night after-party; the cheers were definitely over at that point of the evening!



Pictures provided by Steven Williams of http://www.rozstevensonpr.com/



Tuesday, June 19, 2007

OUT 210--EVENT HEADLINEZ, TIDBITZ AND MORE











HELLO ALL, THIS IS THE NO. 1 BLOGGER OF THE STL, MA'ATOLOGY
THIS WEEK I TALK ABOUT THE ABOVE STUFF THAT WENT DOWN THIS WEEK INCLUDING MY FAM's CELBRATION OF JUNETEENTH (ON THIS POST), FLICK PREVIEWZ OF THE NEW FLICK, "EVAN ALMIGHTY" (OUT 209), THE CELEBRATION OF MY POP's B-DAY AND FATHERS DAY (OUT 208)





FREE TIME'S MONTHLY COMEDY PARTY AT LAUGHS ON THE LANDING (OUT 207), STRESS FREE FRIDAY AND RELAX AND BREATHE AT 609 (OUT 206) AND LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER DEMOND MEEK'S (PICTURED ABOVE) PHOTOSHOOT AND A HOT NEW STUDIO IN MIDTOWN (OUT 205)
SO TO GET A SNAPSHOT AND SOME VIEWZ OF THESE EVENTS GO TO THE RESPECTIVE OUT POST NUMBERS AFTER YOU CHECK OUT THE EVENTZ AND MORE.



STL-TIDBITZ--I see that Craig Blac is back on the airwaves on the STL on 100.3 The Beat after being let go on WHHL 104.1. a few months ago...On Monday, legendary dancer the late Katherine Dunham was honored Monday, with the official dedication of the Katherine Dunham Post Office that took place at the Post Office located on Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis. President Bush signed that honor into law back in October. Dunham was a pioneering choreographer and leader in the African American community who adopted East St. Louis as her hometown. She died in May of 2006 at the age of 96.....Kudos also go outto East St. Lousi native filmmaker Warrington Hudlin who will be honored at this year's National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, NC . He will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award July 30...And speaking of the festival, The St. Louis Black Rep will be perforimng the August Wilson's play, "Gem of the Ocean." For more info on when it is performing go to its website (http://www.nbtf.org).... Looks like St. Louis is in the runnings of having a possible winner in this season's "Last Comic Standing." Those auditioning were Lavelle Crawford (who will be seen this week on the show) and St. Louisans Lavell Crawford and Amy Schumer (who advanced to the next round ).... Theres a serious rumor goin on about a popular socilaite in the STL area who allegedly has been charged for infecting women and men with the HIV virus. Again, this is just rumor, but, according to sources, it is true (and unfortunate) LATEST--Checkout www.stlamerican.com to get the real skinny on this from the Man himself ("Styles Interview"). who dipelled this rumor....Kudos to adopted St. Louisian and former Fashion editor of the St. Louis American Keith Underwood who has launched his own public relations firm in Los Angeles called, UMA Worldwide. To peep out his site go to http://www.umaworldwide.com ....Former East St. Louis cop John D. Boyd I hear is doin his thing as an actor these days. He is currently touring with the Los Angeles African American Rep's WEBEIME....Have you heard StL jazz artist Lamar Harris' new CD, Groove Theory" yet? For more info log onto www.jowilliemusic.com!.... Miss Millicent are you gettin nervous with your upcoming nuptials June 30? ...Oh, and I am soon going to to be celebrating two things early next month-- My B-day (Jul 6) and the 2nd year anniversary of my blog (July 8).


EDUCATION VIEWZ:


I hope you all were aware or at least conscious that June 19 was the 140 anniversary of Juneteenth, the annual celebration of Black freedom.For those unaware, Juneteeth dealt with the Emancipation Proclamation. Although it declared the official end of slavery on January 1, 1863, most enslaved Africans in America did not find out until much later. Among the last to find out were slaves in Galveston, Texas who did not learn of their freedom until Union soldiers marched into town on June 19, 1865.Upon hearing the news, Black people celebrated by laughing, crying, praying, and dancing in the streets for days. Although Juneteenth is only officially recognized as a holiday in the state of Texas, people throughout the country use the day to honor the Black freedom struggle.


Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future.


Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.


JUST LIKE KWANZAA AND MLK DAY, ITS GOING TO TAKE A MINUTE FOR A BLACK HOLIDAY TO MAKE ITS RESONANCE IN MAINSTREAM. SO, LETS HOPE THE SAME GOE SFOR JUNETEENTH--AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DAY TO DO FIREWORKS!




EVENT-TIDBITZ.The monthly open mic for singers, CAFE SOUL is celebrating its 1 year anniversary for Cafe Soul. Its theme is "the Very Best of Cafe Soul." The group will have the top 10-12 artist that have performed at Cafe Soul over the last year! They will also open the mic afterwards. The event will be on Wednesday, June 20th at Lucas School House at 1220 Allen @ Gravois. Platinum Group will be hosting the happy hour from 5:30PM to 7PM and their hosts for the evening will be Coco Soul and newcomer Doug James. The show will start at 8PM. For more info on tickets, go to cafesoulstl@hotmail.com or go to http://venuestl.c.topica.com/maagrcEabywaxaCcPfJeaeQAoN/
STRESS FREE FRIDAYS,>> Friday, June 22, 2007 5pm Reggie's Backstage (website under construction)> 522 North Grand Avenue--across from the Fox Theater> St. Louis, Missouri 63103> 314-535-5577
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SHAREE GALVIN'S CORNER
GOT LYRICS. hot new poetry event at the Loft hosted by
Mocha Latte Wednesdays. Contact sgalvin26@yahoo.com for showtimes and ticket info.

"MPAC" PRESENTS THE NBA EDITION of (JUNE) EYE CANDy PARTY WITH LARRY HUGHES,. Friday, June 29, FREE admission and Belvedere for the ladies. Registration fo rteh Eye Candy comepoition ends at 11 p.m. For mro einfo call 314-226-5777
June 29 at Club Society.
Absolut Sundays at Club 609 on Eastgate, with DJ Nappy needles and other special guest dee-jays, Doors at 7 p.m. netwroking at 99:30 p.m.Ladies free all night. Fellaz $5 after 9:30 p.m.
SLO DOWN presents Flirtatious Fridays at Club 314, Hwy 270 and St. Charles Rock Road (in the Econo Hotel Lodge behind Ryan’s. Ladies free til 10;30 p.m. For Vip and b-day party info call 314. 479.6283
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Velvet Entertainment Presents "Up Close and Perosnal with Ne-Yo" June 21 at Dante's 3221 Olive Blvd., 9 p.m.Admission $25 Gen, $40 VIP. For more info call 314.503.1242 or velvetent@yahoo.com

The 80’s babies presnts the 80s baby Skate Party, Skate king, 6100 Natural bridge, 11p.m. June 23. For more info go to www.myspace.com/80sbabyskateparty
EVENT SPOTLIGHT


7th Annual Hollis Thomas Charitable Weekend, June 27th-30th 2007. It includes Wine Down Wednesdays, June 27, 2007, 7-11pm @ Bricke-Mortor & Clay Realtors, 3224 Locust Ave, Suite 101, St. Louis, MO. RSVP @
winedownwednesday@yahoo.com
or 314.496.1475. Thursday, June 28 Glam fashion/Hair Show , 3rd Degree Glass factory, 5200 Delmar; Friday. June 29 Greeks v Geeks B-Ball Charity tourney, Harris Stowe, 3026 Laclede; 10 p.m. Comedy Show at Studio Hitz at 8927 Riverview; Saturday, June 30 Football/cheerleading camp, 9 a.m. Health and Eduation Symposim at Harrois Stowe University; After Party feat. Buckeye of Flava of Love, 8 p.m. at Studio Hitz. For more information call 314.276.8676 or go to http://www.hollisthomasfoundation.org/
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JPEK CREATIVE WORKS PRESENTS - ARTS & WINE WEEKEND! This month they will be featuring the movie "Ruzzian Roulette - Starring none other than Joel P.E. King and D.J. Enoch
Also featuring the Art of another St. Louis Artistic Favorite.....And the wine of the Month to be announced & The sweet sinful JPEK Dip! Ya'll know what I'm talkin' about!
Dates: Thursday June 28, Friday June 29th & Saturday June 30
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM nightly.
Cost: $5.00
Location: THE SPACE322 VANDERVENTER, St. Louis, MO
Phone: 618-537-0257
STYLISHLY HOT VOL. IV - FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH @MIKE SHANNON'S (620 MARKET ST. - DOWNTOWN) The long awaited and highly anticipated STYLISHLY HOT returns Friday, June 29th at Mike Shannon's Outfield (620 Market St. - Downtown). Valet parking and bottle service available. ADMISSION: Ladies $5 til 10:30. Gents $10. MUSIC: DJ Reminise spinning hip-hop and R&B. ATTIRE: Upscale & Trendsetting
SoDiverse Inc. Presents B-Day Party for Deidria B. at Posh, 408 N. Euclid. Friday, June 29, 9 p.m. FREE ADMISSION, FREE FOOD and FREE DRINKS. Hosted by Jameelah E. and Deidria B. For more information contact (314) 495-0922 or email: sodiverse@yahoo.com check them out at www.myspace.com/jameelahe


SRD & Wright Performing Art Ministries, Inc. presents "Unpleasant Excitement" premiers Saturday, June 30, 2007, 1:00 & 6:00 PM, Harris Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede-Main Auditorium-112 Dr. Henry Givens - Admin Bldg. St. Louis, MO 63103Tickets are on Sale NOW! $15 (advance) - $20 (door)CALL 618.234.3383 (for Illinois) 618.795.0714 (for Missouri) If you have NOT had the chance to witness one of our excerpts from this exciting new play, you have 1 more chance to see it before the actual showing of the production. Come see it at Cicero's located at 6691 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO on Sunday, June 24, 2007 / 7:00P (poetry jam).



Black Artists Group (Bag) presents "Expres Yourself With US," calling all artists and poets and singers, blow, paint, whatver, come join BAG at Scott Joplin’;s “The Rosebud Café” 2658 Delmar, Sat. June 30, 6 p.m. FREE. For more info or to sign up call 314.249.0363 or
Bag_blackartistsgroup@yahoo.com

SWAGGER - TUESDAY, JULY 3RD @ NECTAR (2001 LOCUST)Doors at 10 pm Party til 3 am First 50 Ladies Only $5 Hip-Hop R&B Soul by DJ Reminise Bring in the 4th of July holiday with style & SWAGGER at downtown's sexiest nightspot, Nectar. Experience an exclusive evening of music and cocktails in an unmatched atmosphere. Early arrival is suggested. Attire: Style & Swagger$2.00 off Jack Danielâs cocktails all night! For booth & bottle reservations, please email info@koncepts-stl.com.
Fred and Harry Inc.(of 1st Fridays-St. Louis) present a Holiday Launch Party, 9 p.m., July 3, at the Red Moon Restaurant and Lounge, 15th and St. Charles St. FREE admission. FREE AMBIANCE. FREE ADMISSION...HERRADURA PREMIUM MARGARITA SPECIALS HIPHOP, R&B, SOUL CLASSICS + LOUNGE = SUPER LOUNGE. SEXYCASUAL ATTIRE...
LIMITED CAPACITY...EARLY ARRIVAL SUGGESTED!!!DIRECTIONS: Washington to 15th St. to St. Charles St. For more info go to
http://www.venuestl.com/emailers/red_moon.html

Sygu Group presnets, “Its Free”, July 4 at the Lucas Hpuse, 1220 Allen Ave, at Gravois, 9 p.m., upscale event. For more info, go to http://www.sygugroup.com/ or its www.myspace.com/sygu4
ONGOING EVENTZ WILL RETURN WEEK (AND I PROMISE TO GIVE YOU THE SKINNY TO MY FASHION SHOW TESTOSCOUTURE IN WEEKS TO COME!)
Well thats the ish for this week. Be sure to go to the aforemntioned posts to get the pics and viewz of the eventz I attended this past week. And if ya got anything for me to pub or any scoop for me to blind item, hit me up at maatspear@yahoo.com

Monday, June 18, 2007

OUT 209--FLICK PREVIWEZ (EVAN ALMIGHTY)



STEVE CARELL THANKS GOD FOR THE STARRING ROLE IN EVAN ALMIGHTY
He Talks About Co-Stars Morgan Freeman and Wanda Sykes

Starring in Evan Almighty has been a miraculous experience for comedian Steve Carell. He had a small role in the Bruce Almighty and never expected to star in the sequel. “When director Tom Shadyac told me Jim Carrey was not interested in starring in the new film and they wanted me, I said ‘I’m in.’ He said, ‘Don’t you need to discuss it with you agent?’ and I said, ‘No, I’m in’ and here I am.” Just like that, Carell’s life was forever changed. Universal Pictures will release Evan Almighty nationwide on June 22nd.






Carell stars with Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman and comedian Wanda Sykes, in Evan Almighty, a comedy for the whole family. He plays Evan Baxter, newly elected to Congress, who leaves Buffalo behind and shepherds his family to suburban northern Virginia . Once there, his life gets turned upside-down when God (Freeman) appears and mysteriously commands him to build an ark.



Sykes plays Evan’s administrated assistant, who confronts his unorthodox transformation to a Holy man, which has befuddled his family, who just can't decide whether Evan is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis or is truly onto something of Biblical proportions.



Freeman brings his unique brand of sly comedy and quiet wisdom—also returns to the franchise as God, coming to intercede in the life of the Baxters with a command for the husband and father that will shake the very foundation upon which Evan stands.


Regarding Freeman, Carell says, “Morgan has a presence. He is iconic and I hold him in high regard. People have a reverence for him. He is such a superb actor who makes everyone working with him better.”


His experience with comedian Sykes was another unique experience. “Wanda is beyond funny. She has that biting, sarcastic type of humor that literally messed me up when we were filming. 90% of her lines were ad libs, so when she would spout out her lines, I would burst out laughing,” Carell admits.



Carell has emerged as one of the most sought after comedic actors in Hollywood . First gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy Award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carell has successfully segued into primetime television and above-the-title status in the film world with equal aplomb.



Carell opened his first lead feature, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow, at number one, a spot it remained in for two straight weekends. The surprise hit of 2005 went on to gross more than $175 million worldwide and had number one openings in 12 countries. Carell currently stars in the Americanized adaptation of the acclaimed British television series The Office.



Freeman extensive feature film credits include Brubaker, Eyewitness, Harry & Son, Teachers, Marie, That Was Then…This Is Now, Street Smart (for which he won the Los Angeles, New York and National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor of 1987, and was nominated for both Golden Globe and Academy Awards®), Clean and Sober, Johnny Handsome, Glory, Driving Miss Daisy (for which Freeman earned his second Academy Award® nomination as well as a Golden Globe Award and Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival in re-creating the role that he created on stage), Chain Reaction and Paramount’s adventure Hard Rain.




In 1993, Freeman made his feature directorial debut with Bopha!, starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard and soon thereafter formed Revelations Entertainment, a production company developing entertainment product in all existing and emerging media that “enlightens, inspires and glorifies the human experience.”



The Shawshank Redemption, based on a Stephen King novella, brought Freeman his third Academy Award® nomination. He also starred as abolitionist Theodore Joadson in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad; as the President of the United States in the box-office hit Deep Impact; and opposite Ashley Judd in the highly successful thriller Kiss the Girls. Neil LaBute’s Nurse Betty, which saw Freeman performing with Chris Rock and Renée Zellweger, was released to critical acclaim in 2000.



Freeman then reprised his Kiss the Girls role as Alex Cross in Along Came a Spider, which was a box-office smash in the spring of 2001. Freeman again starred with Ashley Judd in Carl Franklin’s High Crimes; performed opposite Ben Affleck in the hit action thriller The Sum of All Fears, based on the Tom Clancy novel; starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst and Holly Hunter in the independent film Levity, which was selected to open the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; performed in Dreamcatcher, also based on a work by Stephen King; and The Big Bounce, a thriller based on a novel by Elmore Leonard. Freeman co-starred in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award and an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor.



Other recent credits include Luc Besson’s Unleashed, opposite Jet Li; An Unfinished Life, opposite Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez; Batman Begins; and the Academy Award®-nominated March of the Penguins, which he narrated. Freeman most recently starred in Lucky Number Slevin, with Bruce Willis and Josh Hartnett; 10 Items or Less, with Paz Vega; and The Contract, with John Cusack. Recently, he finished production on Rob Reiner’s The Bucket List, co-starring Jack Nicholson.



Currently, Freeman is filming the fantasy-thriller Wanted for Universal Pictures, with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy; and will reprise his role as Lucius Fox in the next installment of the Batman series for Warner Bros., The Dark Knight.



Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America . Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career in many different areas.



She was last seen co-starring with Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman in the romantic comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend and in the New Line feature Monster-in-Law, opposite Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, and was recently heard in the animated features Over the Hedge, for DreamWorks, and Barnyard, for Paramount Pictures. She also recently guest starred on The New Adventures of Old Christine and on NBC’s Will & Grace. She was seen on Comedy Central’s Wanda Does It, where she tried various non-showbiz jobs. Her first book, titled “Yeah, I Said It” and published by Simon & Schuster, hit bookstores in September 2004. “Yeah, I Said It” is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and current events.



In fall 2003 she was seen on Fox’s Wanda at Large, which she wrote and produced and in which she starred. She also starred in a one-hour Comedy Central special titled Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied. In addition, she was recently seen on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and heard on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers as the voice of Gladys Murphy.




Sykes was born in Portsmouth , Virginia , and raised in Maryland . She graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Hampton University . Her stand-up career began at a Coors Light super talent showcase in Washington , D.C. , where she performed for the first time in front of a live audience.



She spent five years as part of HBO’s critically acclaimed The Chris Rock Show. As a performer and writer on the show, she was nominated for three Primetime Emmys and, in 1999, won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand-Up Comic. She won two more Emmys—one in 2002 and one in 2004—for her work on Inside the NFL. In 2003, Sykes earned a Comedy Central Commie Award for Funniest TV Actress. Other writing credits include the MTV 1999 Music Video Awards, the MTV Movie Awards, the 74th Annual Academy Awards®, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show and Wanda at Large.



She has also appeared in the feature films Clerks II, Pootie Tang, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and Down to Earth.



Evan Almighty’s cast also includes Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Bad Santa), John Goodman

(The Big Lebowski, Roseanne), John Higgins (The Break-Up, Fun With Dick and Jane), Jonah Hill (Accepted, Knocked Up), Johnny Simmons (My Ambition), Graham Phillips (The Ten Commandments: The Musical) and Jimmy Bennett (Firewall). Tom Shadyac produces Evan Almighty with production partner Michael Bostick (Bruce Almighty, Accepted) for Shady Acres Entertainment. Gary Barber (The Pacifier, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Roger Birnbaum (Shanghai Knights, Rush Hour 3) produce for Spyglass Entertainment, along with Neal H. Moritz (Click, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift).



Ilona Herzberg, Dave Phillips, Matt Luber, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman serve as executive producers.






UPDATE: As of June 24, the film, in its first weekend, was No. 1 at the Box Office taking in $32 million.


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