• 01:01

    R&B Singer Brooke Valentine

    in Entertainment

    Tune in to a special edition of That's Entertainment as I interview R&B singer and songwriter, Brooke Valentine.   Brooke first arrived on the scene in 2005 when her hit song, "Girlfight," feat. Lil Jon and Big Boi from Outkast, helped propel album sales of her debut album, "Chain Letter" to 2.5 million copies worldwide.  After a 7 yr break from her second album, "Physical Education," Brooke decided to come back to the music scene in full force.  Her latest singles, "Rub It In" is currently on her new CD, "Forever" which will be release in June 2013 and "Don't Wanna Be In Love" from her mixed-tape "Love Letter," a collection of beautiful ballads on her website which she release for her fans on Valentine's Day, to say thank you for their appreciation and support.  Join me on Wednesday, April 17 at 1pm ET as I talk with the talented Brooke Valentine.      

  • 03:03

    B.W.D With: Brooke Valentine + Meelah (702) + The 8thGraders

    in Music

     
    In 2005, fans and critics alike were enthralled by music sensation Brooke Valentine. It was her dynamic single, “Girlfight,” featuring Lil Jon and Big Boi, taken from her debut full-length project, Chain Letter (Virgin Records), that helped propel album sales to 300,000 copies worldwide. Now, she is back —with a new focus, a higher sense of purpose, and most of all, exciting new music!
     
    Brooke Valentine is ecstatic about the release of her long-awaited album Forever (Subliminal Ent/Universal) and its upbeat title track single, called "Forever"—her first collection of all-new material in four years. The album is a celebration of life, family, and Valentine’s new-found freedom. She does not completely shed her sexy and fun-girl image, but the tragic loss of a family member, a complicated pregnancy, raising a special needs son, and a long battle to be released from Virgin Records certainly have affected her perspective.
     
    “A lot of fans have been asking where I have been,” she says, referring to her extended hiatus from the music business. “You know, I’ve been singing since I was 12 years-old; so by the time songs like ‘Girlfight’ and the Chain Letter album hit, I’d been doing this for quite a while. In this world, you just can’t have all career and no balance.  I gave birth to my son London, who I love and adore. He requires a bit more attention than what the average parent has to give to a child. I’d been fighting to be released from the deal with Virgin Records. I was no longer in love with the industry and with the politics that go with it. I needed a break. I needed to live life. But I want my fans to know, though, that I never fell out of love with mus

  • 01:29

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with 1st AD Curtis Smith Pt 4

    in Film

    Curtis A. Smith, 1st AD Pt 4  landed an internship on the feature film Marriage Material, directed by Jody Poldolsky. The film starred Leslie Ann Warren, James Rebhorn, Alanna Ubach & Michael Silver. Curtis was offered a paid Set Production Assistant position on Out of Sight, directed by Stephen Soderberg, starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez & Ving Rhames. Then came Cherry, starring Shalom Harlow & Jake Webber.  In 2000, Curtis worked on Girlfight, the Sundance winner produced by Jonathan Sayles and starring Michelle Rodiguez. He went on to work on Pootie Tang directed by Louis CK and featuring Chris Rock, XX/XY which starred Mark Ruffalo and Robot Stories by award-winning director Greg Pak. The Orphan King with Chris Evans and Bill Pullman. The Tripper, which was actor David Arquette’s directing debut, which also starred Thomas Jane, Paul Ruebens and Lukas Haas. Curtis also teamed up recording artist Fred Durst for his award-winning film The Education of Charlie Banks. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his film directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating. Starring Himself. Dustin Lance Black for his directorial debut as well What’s Wrong With Virginia. Starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:28

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with 1st AD Curtis Smith Pt 3

    in Film

     
    Curtis A. Smith, 1st AD Pt3  landed an internship on the feature film Marriage Material, directed by Jody Poldolsky. The film starred Leslie Ann Warren, James Rebhorn, Alanna Ubach & Michael Silver. Curtis was offered a paid Set Production Assistant position on Out of Sight, directed by Stephen Soderberg, starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez & Ving Rhames. Then came Cherry, starring Shalom Harlow & Jake Webber.  In 2000, Curtis worked on Girlfight, the Sundance winner produced by Jonathan Sayles and starring Michelle Rodiguez. He went on to work on Pootie Tang directed by Louis CK and featuring Chris Rock, XX/XY which starred Mark Ruffalo and Robot Stories by award-winning director Greg Pak. The Orphan King with Chris Evans and Bill Pullman. The Tripper, which was actor David Arquette’s directing debut, which also starred Thomas Jane, Paul Ruebens and Lukas Haas. Curtis also teamed up recording artist Fred Durst for his award-winning film The Education of Charlie Banks. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his film directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating. Starring Himself. Dustin Lance Black for his directorial debut as well What’s Wrong With Virginia. Starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:19

    Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with director Robert Smithline

    in Film

     
    Robert Smitline writer director, is a graduate of Hofstra University in 2001, Robert majored in Film Studies and Production, and minored in Creative Writing. In 2001, he won the “First Runner-Up” and “Editing Award” for his film, Get the Hell Out of Heaven. In 2002, the film eventually went on to premiere at the Back East Picture Showin Hoboken and was also screened at the “Long Island International Film Expo” film festival. Robert also wrote a one-act play called “Trust Us”, for which he won the coveted“ Harold and Marilyn Cohen Award." After graduating, Robert spent time working as a production assistant on various productions in New York City, such as Girlfight 2000, Never Again 2001, Robot Stories 2001, and Knots 2002. He has also worked on various commercials with Ridley Scott’s Associates, RSA NY. Robert then devoted his attention to writing and directing his own independent 23-minute short film, Escape from the Night. It premiered at the Cape May Film Festival in 2003 and was also screened at the Long Island Film Festival in 2004. Later that year, Escape from the Night was the co-winner of the “Best Short Film” at the Telluride Indiefest, which played alongside the prestigious Telluride Film Festival. Robert’s most recent project is Trust Us. Based on his award-winning one-act play, Robert has adapted it into a feature-length screenplay that is currently in development. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com

  • 00:22

    Kimberly Cole

    in Entertainment

    A rising star on the pop/dance music scene, Kimberly Cole is releasing her first ever DJ collaboration with international DJ/producer/remixer, Eddie Amador titled, “Arrow Through My Heart” on August 2, 2011.  This anthemic tune is pure dance pop with a hint of dubstep and also features up and coming artist, Garza.   Having opened for acts like Katy Perry, LMFAO and Shiny Toy Guns, Cole is beginning to make her mark as a headliner.
     
    Kimberly Cole is still making waves with her single “Smack You,” which Seventeen Magazine calls an “incredibly addictive dance-pop tune.”  The title track off her debut album, Bad Girls Club (Oxygen Media/iTunes), “Smack You” is a girlfight-themed song about standing up for yourself, which Cole dedicates to “anyone who has ever been a victim of bullying.”  The edgy, upbeat song is getting Top 40 radio and mix show adds across the U.S. and broke the Top 5 on the Billboard Dance Chart.  The video has a Tarantino-inspired Kill Bill-style fight club theme.  “Smack You” was featured on the fifth and sixth season of the Oxygen reality show “The Bad Girls Club,” a collaboration which led the network to support the release of her first full-length album.

  • 01:00

    Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with 1st Assistant Director Curtis Smith PT 2

    in Film

    Curtis A. Smith, 1st AD. PT 2 grew up Oak Park, Michigan enrolled in Specs Howard's School of Broadcasting Arts. After graduation 1997, he landed an internship on the feature film Marriage Material, directed by Jody Poldolsky. The film starred Leslie Ann Warren, James Rebhorn, Alanna Ubach & Michael Silver. Curtis was offered a paid Set Production Assistant position on Out of Sight, directed by Stephen Soderberg, starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez & Ving Rhames. He then worked on Cherry, starring Shalom Harlow & Jake Webber. As 1st Assistant Director, Curtis is responsible for overseeing the majority of the preproduction & production phases of a film. While scheduling the entire photography of the film, Curtis works very closely with directors, assuring their creative vision is adhered to. He also works with producers to insure a film has what it needs to be a quality project, as well as finish on budget and on time. Curtis has worked very close with experienced professionals of the independent film world. In 2000, Curtis worked on Girlfight, the Sundance winner produced by Jonathan Sayles and starring Michelle Rodiguez. He went on to work on Pootie Tang directed by Louis CK and featuring Chris Rock, XX/XY which starred Mark Ruffalo and Robot Stories by award-winning director Greg Pak. The Orphan King with Chris Evans and Bill Pullman. The Tripper, which was actor David Arquette’s directing debut, which also starred Thomas Jane, Paul Ruebens and Lukas Haas. Curtis also teamed up recording artist Fred Durst for his award-winning film The Education of Charlie Banks. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his film directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating. Starring Himself. Dustin Lance Black for his directorial debut as well What’s Wrong With Virginia. Starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:00

    Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with 1st Assistant Director Curtis Smith

    in Film

    Curtis A. Smith, 1st AD. grew up Oak Park, Michigan enrolled in Specs Howard's School of Broadcasting Arts. After graduation 1997, he landed an internship on the feature film Marriage Material, directed by Jody Poldolsky. The film starred Leslie Ann Warren, James Rebhorn, Alanna Ubach & Michael Silver.

    Curtis was offered a paid Set Production Assistant position on Out of Sight, directed by Stephen Soderberg, starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez & Ving Rhames. He then worked on Cherry, starring Shalom Harlow & Jake Webber.

    As 1st Assistant Director, Curtis is responsible for overseeing the majority of the preproduction & production phases of a film. While scheduling the entire photography of the film, Curtis works very closely with directors, assuring their creative vision is adhered to. He also works with producers to insure a film has what it needs to be a quality project, as well as finish on budget and on time.

    Curtis has worked very close with experienced professionals of the independent film world. In 2000, Curtis worked on Girlfight, the Sundance winner produced by Jonathan Sayles and starring Michelle Rodiguez. He went on to work on Pootie Tang directed by Louis CK and featuring Chris Rock, XX/XY which starred Mark Ruffalo and Robot Stories by award-winning director Greg Pak.

    The Orphan King with Chris Evans and Bill Pullman. The Tripper, which was actor David Arquette’s directing debut, which also starred Thomas Jane, Paul Ruebens and Lukas Haas.

    Curtis also teamed up recording artist Fred Durst for his award-winning film The Education of Charlie Banks. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his film directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating. Starring Himself. Dustin Lance Black for his directorial debut as well What’s Wrong With Virginia. Starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris.

    Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

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