Actor Vic Rogers Wins Best Actor Award at Filmstock Film Festival

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Vic Rogers (l) and Jai Raja (r) pose after winning awards

Filmstock began in 2009 to screen local short films in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, and for the next three years continued to grow into an event that curated not only Southwestern films, but films from around the world.

In 2013, Filmstock continued its mission by connecting filmmakers with audience members from the American Southwest, and expanded to all of the Four Corners states.

In 2014, Filmstock had its biggest year yet, with more films than ever pouring in, and more eager film fans looking forward to watching them and meeting their filmmakers! This is also the year the festival relocated to the scenic Mill Avenue during the Tempe Festival of the Arts, giving its festival-goers a much richer experience.

In 2015, Filmstock returned to beautiful downtown Tempe for its sixth annual year. Actor Vic Rogers won Best Actor Award. Vic Rogers is signed to RKD Talent Management and is slated for some big projects starting in 2016.

The winners for the Actor’s Showcase are:

Best Actor: Vic Rogers
Best Actress: Jane Fendelman
Best Abstract: Timothy Valdisera
Best Comedic: Kamy Renee Johnson
Best Dramatic: J Lyle
Best Partnership: Cody Goulder & Melody Knudson
Best Redirect: Cisco Saavedra

Tom Joyner Being Forced Out of Own Radio Show; Russ Parr to Take Over

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Tom Joyner, 65, is reportedly being pushed out of his own syndicated radio show to make room for younger talent.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the radio legend will be forced into early retirement next year so that Radio One – which owns a majority stake in Reach Media’s The Tom Joyner Morning Show – can move its other syndicated host Russ Parr, 56, into Joyner’s chair.

Also, Joyner’s forced departure is reportedly timed to coincide with the end of Barack Obama’s presidency in 2016. According to the Daily Mail, a “quiet plan” to phase Joyner out took root in 2014 “to lineup with the culmination of the Presidential election and President Obama’s departure from the White House.”

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A source explained: “Tom’s show has always been about community activism, education and social justice and he played a major part in helping President Obama get elected. They felt that the end of Obama’s term would be the ideal time for him to also leave.”

Reach Media has responded to Daily Mail Online’s story, saying: “Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with Reach Media until the end of 2017. We expect that Reach will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions and there may be some in the future; but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose. Reach is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future.”

Ironically, a source told Daily Mail Online that the plan to dump Joyner was masterminded by his best friend and former business associate David Kantor, “the man who actually launched Tom into syndication originally.”

Quick backstory on Kantor:

Joyner launched “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” in 1994 with ABC Radio Networks, where Kantor was an executive. It was Kantor’s idea to launch Joyner into national syndication – and the program quickly became the number one syndicated urban morning show, with more than 15 million listeners daily in over 120 markets at its peak. In 2003, Joyner launched Reach Media with Kantor, who left ABC Radio Networks to run Joyner’s Texas-based media company. In November 2004, Radio One acquired a 53% stake in Reach Media for $56.1 million in cash and stock, which gave the company ownership rights of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Joyner’s website BlackAmericaWeb.com. In 2012, Kantor encouraged Joyner to sell more stakes in Reach Media to Radio One, a source tells the Daily Mail. In December of that year, Radio One increased its stake to 80% and that decision, according to Daily Mail, “was something that Joyner would live to regret.”

Keith Douglas Talks Maturity and New Book Artificial Intelligence

‘BLACKBIRD’ Film Limited Release Theaters Announced Cities Include: Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco & Washington, D.C.

FILM STARS ACADEMY AWARD WINNER MO’NIQUE & ISAIAH WASHINGTON

In Select Theaters April 24

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SELECT THEATERS

 

NEW YORK CITY

AMC Empire 25 – 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY

AMC Village 7 – 66 3rd Avenue, New York, NY

ATLANTA

AMC Phipps Plaza – 3500 Peachtree Rd, N.E., Atlanta, GA

AMC Southlake Pavilion – 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow, GA

WASHINGTON, DC

City Cinemas Angelika Pop Up – 550 Penn Street, NE, Washington, DC

ArcLight Bethesda – 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD

LOS ANGELES, CA

Cinemark 18 – 6081 Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA

TCL Chinese Theatre – 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

AMC Town Center 8 – 201 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA

SAN FRANCISCO

 AMC Metreon – 135 4th St Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA

Cinemark Century 25 – 32100 Union Landing Blvd, Union City, CA

Cinemark 20 Great Mall – 1010 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas, CA

Film Trailer: https://youtu.be/rHe0ukjp0-M

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he’s the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle and denial of his true self. It’s not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.

 Starring: Mo’nique, Isaiah Washington, Kevin Allesee, Gary L. Gray, Nikki Jane, Torrey Laamar, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods & introducing Julian Walker

Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Miguel and More Confirmed to Perform During the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE JUNE 25-28

kevinPR – New York, NY — For three consecutive years, BET Networks and AEG partner to bring the heat to Los Angeles when BET Experience takes over L.A.LIVE June 25 – 28, 2015. A four day event, there’s something for everyone as attendees will have the opportunity to experience a plethora of music and comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the FREE Fan Festival, “106 & PARK” tapings, seminars and various social events and celebrity appearances. The roster is already making waves as the headliners at STAPLES Center include Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube and Snoop. Keeping things hot are new additions to the STAPLES Center show lineup – Kendrick Lamar, who will be headlining with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, and Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. The music keeps playing during the late night concerts at Club Nokia, headlined by Bell Biv DeVoe, Miguel and The Roots. There’s nobody better to get a party started than Doug E. Fresh, who is also set to take the Club Nokia stage.

 

Tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE are on sale now. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $59.50 while 3-day STAPLESCenter concert ticket packages start at $169.50. For fans looking to roll like a VIP throughout the biggest summer weekend in entertainment – the VIP packages are the only way to purchase “BET AWARDS” tickets, get great seats to the STAPLES Center shows, and exclusive access your friends will envy. Quantities are limited, so order now here!

 

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015
STAPLES Center – 8pm: Kevin Hart
Club Nokia – 11pm: Bell Biv DeVoe and Doug E. Fresh

 

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015
STAPLES Center – 7pm: Nicki Minaj
Club Nokia – 11pm: Miguel

SATURDAY, June 27, 2015
STAPLES Center – 7pm: Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg with Jay Rock and Ab-Soul
Club Nokia – 11pm: The Roots and Friends
LA Convention Center: FREE Fan Fest

 

SUNDAY, June 28, 2015
LA Convention Center: FREE Fan Fest
“BET AWARDS”
* All times PST

The 2014 American Music Awards® Celebrate Music’s Top Recording Artists, November 23 on CTV

Toronto — /CNW/ – The biggest chart-topping artists from across the globe hit the stage to celebrate the best in the music industry as CTV presents the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®. Broadcasting live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), the multi-talented powerhouse Pitbull hosts the award show for the second time and will also perform a song from his forthcoming new album Globalization.

Announced as performers at this year’s music awards are global superstars and AMA winners Taylor Swift, One Direction, Mary J. Blige, and Fergie, along with Selena Gomez and Garth Brooks. Plus newcomers Iggy Azalea, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Imagine Dragons, and the host of the evening, Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull. Plus, a mix of film, music and television stars including Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Aloe Blacc, Jamie Foxx, Julianne Hough, Jessie J, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Heidi Klum, Olivia Munn, Emmy Rossum and Taylor Schilling are set to present at the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming days.

As previously announced, Iggy Azalea leads the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS® with six nominations, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams follow with five nominations each, while Lorde earns four nominations. Additionally, Beyoncé, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, and One Direction are nominated for three awards. This year, The Artist of the Year category increased from 5 to 10 nominees that include Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams. For a full list of this year’s nominees and categories for the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, please click here.

ETALK’s L.A. correspondent Jessi Cruickshank will be reporting from the red carpet and backstage with all the winners and performers.  Watch for ETALK’s exclusive AMAs coverage on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS® is part of CTV’s extensive roster of the most-watched awards broadcasted in Canada, delivering the biggest names in film, television, and music. In addition to THE 66th PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS that aired in August, CTV is set to broadcast THE 72nd GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS®, THE 87th ACADEMY AWARDS ®, THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS, and THE 2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS.