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Forest Whitaker is synonymous with versatility. For more than three decades, the 6’2”, 250-pound actor has been playing characters that ranged from jocks to jazz icons, cops to psychopathic bandits. But in each case, he’s brought a mix of strength and delicacy to the role that would be nearly impossible to come by in any other performer. Oh, and add appreciative of his colleague’s support to that list. “She invited me to dinner when I was doing The Last King of Scotland,” he tells us of Oprah Winfrey, his co-star in Lee Daniel’s The Butler. “I got to know her from there slowly. But working with her on the film, she was so committed. She helped bring our relationship closer together because she’d be right by my side. She’d be holding my hand and rub my back when I was getting ready in the trailer. She said she trusted me as an artist. And the work she was doing was so strong.”
On the latest episode of Conversations, Oscar and Black Reel Award-winning actor, director and producer, Forest Whitaker will be our special guest to discuss his role in the historical drama, Lee Daniels' The Butler. Whitaker discusses his preparation, his professional relationship with Oprah Winfrey and the reaction to his current producing effort, Fruitvale Station all on Episode 19 of Conversations.
Join the conversation with Marcus Big Spence Spencer, producer, actor and first time film director and Danny Tisdale on The Danny Tisdale Show as they talk about his new film at the Harlem Film Festival, growing up in Oakland, Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Harlem's Danny Glover, Forest Whitaker and his favorite place in Harlem.
Listen to the show here which was recorded at 3 pm, Monday, September 15th, EST.
Check out his website www.bigspence.net.
Recently, I had the opportunity to watch the movie, "Repentance", starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, and Sanaa Lathan. This psychological thriller was originally titled "Vipaka", which is a Buddhist term for karma -- the idea that we reap what we sow and the need for repentance to make things right.
In the film, Thomas Carter (played by Anthony Mackie) is a life coach and a jack-leg psychologist who became popular from a bestselling book that he wrote after his experience in a car wreck five years before. A man, Angel Sanchez (played by Forest Whitaker), is deeply troubled by the "untimely,” strange death of his mother which, unbeknownst to us at the beginning of the film, Thomas and his brother, Ben (played by Mike Epps), have something to do with. Angel goes to Thomas for counseling to help him come to terms with the death of his mother.
Somehow, Angel becomes convinced that Thomas has something to do with the death of his mother.
One day, Thomas visits Angel’s home to tell him that he was going to leave for a while and that he needed to seek counseling from someone else. Angel reacts negatively, ties Thomas up, and kidnaps Thomas' wife and his brother, Ben. Angel begins torturing Thomas to get him to confess the sins of his past, sometimes comically using Thomas' own teachings from his book against him. Angel, of course, is waiting for Thomas to confess his involvement in his mother's death. Thomas begins confessing every sin that he can think of until he gets to the one that apparently relieves Angel's burden.
The lesson of this film reminds us of a Biblical truth -- "be sure your sin will find you out." Every wrong thing that we do, no matter how well we think we may have hidden it, will eventually be brought out into the open...
This is our post-match show of Fulham vs. Nottingham Forest.
This week, Mark Whitaker talks about his biography of Bill Cosby; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; Jeff Hobbs discusses “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace”; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news. Pamela Paul is the host.
Co Hosts, Paul Thomas & Bobby Moon. LA musicians who formed a musical partnership "Spellbound" and have been performing and producing an expanding catalog of critically-acclaimed CDs for over 20 years. Spellbound is very concerned with what is happening in our atmosphere these days and have began researching this topic. They have also written a song "Poison in our Skies" to help raise awareness.
Special guest: Dane Wigington has an extensive background in solar energy. He is a former employee of Bechtel Power Corp. and was a licensed contractor in California and Arizona. His personal residence was featured in a cover article on the world’s largest renewable energy magazine, Home Power. He owns a 1,600-acre “wildlife preserve” next to Lake Shasta in northern California.
Dane focused his efforts and energy on the geo-engineering issue when he began to lose very significant amounts of solar uptake due to what ever-increasing “solar obscuration” caused from the aircraft spraying. He also noted significant decline in forest health and began testing and research into the geo-engineering issue about a decade ago.
Dane is the lead researcher for http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org and has investigated all levels of geo engineering from chemtrails to HAARP. He assisted Michael Murphy with his production of “What in the World are They Spraying” and has appeared on an extensive number of interviews to explain the environmental dangers we face on a global level. He lives in Mt. Shasta, California.
At an early age, Richard Sirgiovanni knew he wanted to be a cartoonist. "I think I needed an escape and fell heavily into this magical world of imagination and cartoons. I was a big comic book reader and began drawing and copying my favorite super heroes. I went on to starting to create my own characters at an early age and started creating my own comic strips. I continued through grammar and high school as the cartoonist for the school newspaper. In my teens I started having my own comic strips published in local newspapers. I went on to college at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and studied cartooning with Harvey Kurtzman who is the creator of Mad Magazine. From there I have continued freelancing in newspapers, book covers and advertisements."
He is also a musician. "I started playing drums and singing at fourteen. Like most, I played in bands as a teen at high school dances and parties. Later I was in a original band playing in the NYC club circuit. At one point, we were playing the circuit that Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Bon Jovi were as they were all coming up."
Most recently, Richard has created an animated show called The Grimps. "I started developing the thought about making the story something magical and fun for kids. I came up with the idea about these minstrels that lived 500 years ago. They were wonderful musicians and local celebrities. The evil wizard (Spectar) was jealous of them and cursed and banished them for eternity in the Forest of Dingle. Until 500 years later, their friend and wizard, who was also cursed, named magic Alex finds a reverse spell that turns them back to humans. But only from sunset to sunrise. So now they can resurface as this pop rock group called The Grimps. The other part of the inspiration was to be able to present The Grimps to the public as a legitimate rock n roll band by creating original music."
David Schütz II, former Shakespearean actor, screenwriter, producer of independent projects, & Horror Fiction author. Published in several anthologies: “Satan’s Holiday,” “Welcome to Your Nightmare,” “Blessings from the Darkness”, “Temporary Skeletons”, “Shadows and Light Magazine” Issues 1 & 2, and the soon to be released “Cellar Door III: Animals” and “Bones III” from James Ward Kirk Publishing. His work has been featured on Hellnotes.com’s “Horror in a Hundred” series (http://hellnotes.com/horror-in-a-hundred-logan-street-by-david-schutz-ii). David portrays “The Conductor,” and narrates James Ward Kirk Publishing’s “Terror Train” podcast, presenting every story and poem in the anthology, “Terror Train”. http://terrortrain.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DavidSchutzIIAuthor
Rick Powell lives in Oak Forest, Illinois with his son, Brad. He is a lover of horror and dark fiction and his poetry and stories have appeared in Radical Dislocations, Wah Lum’s Library, Satan’s Holiday, Welcome To Your Nightmare, Blessings from the Darkness, The Nightmare Engine, Dark Eclipse Magazine, Shadows & Light Magazine, Twisted Dreams Magazine, Cthulhu Haiku II, Temporary Skeletons, and Infernal Ink Magazine. He has just recently released his own book of poetry, My Soul Stained, My Seed Sour. https://www.facebook.com/tenebraerick
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