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

Keith Douglas Talks Maturity and New Book Artificial Intelligence

Flex & Shanice Return to OWN TV with New Reality Show November 1st

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Many of you know 90s pop sensation Shanice for her Grammy –nominated hit song “I love Your Smile” and Actor Flex Alexander from his hit tv show “One on One”. They are a powerful duo who has achieved what most have in a lifetime but have also overcome challenges and are still standing after 14 years of marriage. They are the stars of the new Reality Show “Flex & Shanice” which premiers on OWN TV November 1st 10/9 central. You want to tune in.

“Bobby Jones Gospel,” Returns for its 34th Season

composeKirk Franklin co-hosts the premiere episode of “Bobby Jones Gospel” Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 A.M.*

New York, NY –The longest running original series on cable television, “BOBBY JONES GOSPEL,” premieres its 34th season on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.  Gospel star Kirk Franklin will participate as co-host alongside Dr. Bobby Jones in the premiere episode.
The season premiere episode will showcase organist Dove and Stellar Award nominee Vicki Yohe, organist Moses Tyson and Twinkie Clark pianist and member of GRAMMY® Award winning group The Clark sisters, Dr. J & NSC featuring family quartet The Walls Group and previous “Sunday Best” winner Tasha Page Lockhart.

Tune in every Sunday morning for joyous performances and riveting interviews from gospel music’s most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and others.  Guests include Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, LeAndria Johnson, Byron Cage, Dorinda Clark Cole, Donald Lawrence, Tamela Mann, James Fortune & FIYA, the Howard University Gospel Choir just to name a few.  New episodes air every Sunday at 9 A.M. on BET.

For video sneak peeks and first looks of “BOBBY JONES GOSPEL” visit BET.com/bobbyjonesgospel. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/BETgospel. Join the conversation by following the show on Twitter @BETGospel.

“Preachers of Detroit” Cast Revealed

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Oxygen is expanding the network’s popular franchise and heading to Motown for “Preachers of Detroit,” set to premiere winter 2015.  The series will also focus on powerful themes of faith, family, and friendship as these seven men and women of the cloth share their lives, transformations and triumphs in and out of the pulpit in Detroit, Michigan

The prominent pastors include:
Bishop Charles Ellis
Pastor David Bullock
Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole
Pastor Don Shelby
Bishop Corletta Vaughn
Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston
Pastor Tim Alden

And ladies and gentlemen we are off to the races! There are still Houston and New York casts to be determined.  It should be noted “Preachers of L.A.” Season one was the most watched freshman series in network history among P25-54, averaging over one million total viewers. The series delivered digital success as well with more full episode streams per week in season than any other Oxygen original series and was a Top 10 most social cable reality program in October and November 2013. On VOD, “Preachers of L.A.” earned over two million transactions.

Produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment with Lemuel Plummer, Holly Carter and Chris Costine serving as Executive Producers.

VH1 Partners with Actor-Writer-Producer Nick Cannon for Original Movie ‘Drumline: A New Beat”

nickcannonVH1: Los Angeles, CA — Building on the ratings success of last year’s “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” VH1 has green lit its next scripted movie, “Drumline: A New Beat” (tentative title). Entertainer and producer Nick Cannon joins movie producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson and Dallas Austin, producers of the original Drumline feature film from Fox 2000, as executive producers on the project. Cannon also will appear in the movie, which is being penned by Regina Hicks and Karin Gist. Principal photography will begin in the spring, targeting a Fall 2014 premiere. The movie is produced by VH1 in partnership with Fox Television Studios.

“Drumline: A New Beat” will eschew a sequel format, instead focusing on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans university. The story follows Danielle (Dani) Bolton, an upper class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Louisiana so she can join – and revitalize – their once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree), her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, Jayven, and the school’s crosstown rivals.

“DRUMLINE was not just a successful film; it was a cultural happening,” says Nick Cannon. “Even though it was released over a decade ago, I am constantly approached by people on the street who tell me how much of an impact it made on them. As a producer, my thought was, ‘How do we create an updated version that would translate to today’s audience and still feel fresh and original?’ Adding a female lead character really makes sense and VH1 is the perfect network to partner with on this modernized take on what is considered a unique and classic film experience. ”
“’Drumline’ has become one of those beloved cornerstone films for a generation, always generating high ratings when we air it on VH1,” said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Production, VH1. “We’re beyond excited to revisit that ‘Drumline’ magic with Nick Cannon, Wendy Finerman, Dallas Austin and Jody Gerson to create a film that features a strong, relatable storyline, great music and a little nostalgia — all of which viewers have come to expect from a VH1 original movie.”

“Drumline: A New Beat” is the latest project fueling VH1’s successful momentum into the scripted arena. VH1 delivered the highest-rated original cable movie of 2013 among adults 18-49 with “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” 4.5 million total viewers tuned in for its October 21 premiere, which earned a 2.9 rating in the A18-49 demo and scored as the most-tweeted TV topic that day, generating over 2 million tweets. VH1 also had the highest-rated new scripted cable series last summer in the adult 18-49 demo with its freshman series “Hit The Floor.” VH1 has carried that ratings success into 2014 with the third season premiere of “Single Ladies,” which ranked first in its time period among non-sports cable networks with adults 18-49, women 18-49 and women 18-34.

In addition to Nick Cannon, Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson, and Dallas Austin, “Drumline: A New Beat,” will be executive produced by Maggie Malina and Michael Goldman. Susan Levison and Jill Holmes will executive produce for VH1.

Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy leaving ‘The View’

Two hosts of ABC’s The View are out the door: Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are not expected to return to the daytime chat show this fall, sources confirm.

Between the duo leaving and Barbara Walters retiring from the show, that leaves only Whoopi Goldberg as presumably the last woman standing. “The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next year and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively,” the network said in a statement. Sources say that “exciting new direction” just might possibly include a male co-host or two.

Shepherd joined the talk show as a guest co-host in 2006. McCarthy joined The View last year. Walters will return to the show as a guest host on Friday. The development comes as CBS’ rival The Talk has seen its demos grow with its stable hosting panel.

“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on,” Shepherd said in a statement to The Wrap.

“I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity,”  “I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey