The Pulse of Entertainment - February 28, 2014

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Eunice Moseley
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Universal’s Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson is action packed, in theaters February 28, 2014

By Eunice Moseley 


 The newest Universal Pictures release, Non-Stop, starring Academy/Golden Globe Award nominee Liam Neeson (Darkman) is action packed as the entire film takes place on an international flight from New York to London. Neeson is Bill Marks a US Federal Air Marshall trying to stop a hijacking from an unknown source on the plane using text messages - the ransom is $150 million. Non-Stop is in theaters February 28, 2014 and is Rated PG – 13.

The mystery/thriller doesn’t disappoint for it is full of action and keeps the audience guessing as to whom on the plane is demanding ransom. The money is to be transferred into an account in Marks’ name and as a result TSA – and the media - has labeled him the hijacker. It is a race against time for if the ransom demand is not met someone is killed every 20 minutes. That is not the worst; later on he finds a bomb on the plane so the tasks become minimizing the blast and/or land the plane.

Assisting him in the investigation is his seating partner Jen Summers, played by Academy Award nominee/Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore (Game Change) and a stewardess Nancy, played by Golden Globe/Emmy Award nominated Michelle Dockery.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and produced by Joel Silver, Alex Heineman, Steve Richards and Andrew Rona, Non-Stop also stars Academy/Golden Globe nominee Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), Nate Parker, Corey Stoll, Omar Metwally, Scoot McNairy, Linus Roache, Shea Whigham, Anson Mount, Jason Butler Harner, Frank Deal, Bar Paly, Quinn McColgan and Corey Hawkins. The screenplay is written by John W. Richardson, Ryan Engle and Christopher Roach. 

Rock of Ages returns to the Warner Theatre March 2, 2014 for one night only, co-starring DC native Ashley McManus

ashleymcmanus.jpg“I auditioned twice,” said Ashley McManus (Dreamgirls, Hairspray) part of the cast of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages arriving at the Warner Theatre March 2, 2014 for one night (two shows) in her hometown of Washington, DC. “The first time I was contracted and on tour with Dreamgirls.”

The musical is produced by Phoenix Entertainment an international theatrical production and Management Company (The Color Purple, Gypsy). Ashley plays one of the main waitresses in the musical set in 1987 on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip. The play is about a small-town girl Sherry Christian, with big dreams that falls in love with a legendary Rock star, Drew Boley, while working at a Rock club. Rock of Ages is funny and has tons of feel-good music of hit songs by rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake.

“She is a waitress in the bar and best friends with Sherry,” said Ashley about her role. “I enjoyed this role a lot more. In Dreamgirls I was not on stage a lot… I was back up.”

Rock of Ages is directed by Tony Award nominee Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine. It is based on the book by Chris D’Arienzo with original arrangements by David Gibbs and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. Rock of Ages is the 31st longest running Broadway musical that features 28 classic Rock tunes that include some of my favorites “Don’t Stop Believing,” “We Built This City,” “Harden My Heart,” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

You can log onto for more information about the one-night only Rock of Ages musical show. 

Grammy winning Deniece Williams joins Dr. Beverly Crawford’s women empowerment team March 6 – 8, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach

deniecewilliams_chair.jpgGospel’s Dr. Beverly Crawford’s three-day Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference arrives at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California March 6 – 8, 2014 with Grammy Award winning Deniece Williams as part of the empowerment team there to uplift and empower woman. The founder of Potter House, Crawford Ministries, the Enrichment Fellowship International Church in Inglewood and The Company International Dr. Crawford’s conference is in its third year.

“Deniece and I go back as friends and share a platform all the time,” said Dr. Crawford about how she arranged for the legendary singer to be on her empowerment panel. “We saw each other at a Tea event and I mentioned the conference. Deniece has such a powerful voice as a woman and her experiences through life.”

“It’s my first time at the women’s conference,” said Williams. “I’m going to sing, you can’t expect me to come and not sing. I hope the Lord gives me words of encouragement for the women. We need to be respectful and honor women.”

Beverly’s Company International is an organization that connects and supports women of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. This year’s theme at the conference is “Tree of Life.”

Deniece, known for her hits such as “I Surrender All,” “Silly,” and “Let’s Hear It For The Boys,” said she would like to encourage young women that lack the knowledge to be ladies, to show then how to be a lady.

Aside from Deniece Williams others on the 3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference include Minister Jackie Gouche, best-selling author Victoria Christopher-Murray; Olympic Gold Medalist Pamela McGee; actress Alley Mills, Darlyn Turner, Zumba instructor Scheli Jones, Pastor Marguerite Reeves, herbalist Nina Collins, nutritionist Jayme Hirashiki and mental health advocate Dr. Lynn Goodloe.  

Bergman’s exclusive 6th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party was overwhelmingly successful

LouisGossettJr.jpgThe Bergman Public Relations group held its 6th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party at the world-renowned restaurant Fig & Oliver in West Hollywood with overwhelming success as Academy Award winner Gossett, Jr. surprised her with a visit. The exclusive event is to honor present/former Oscar nominees and winners, Oscar presenters and iconic Hollywood personalities with VIP treatment, meals, drinks and tons of gifts from the event’s sponsors.

The red carpet arrivals were practically all day long. While there I had a chance to see floating around Courtney B. Vance (TNT’s “The Closer”) and wife Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (The Rosa Parks Story”); Eva La Rue (“CSI: Miami”); Bianca Santos (ABC’s “The Fosters”); Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Eric Roberts (“Runaway Train”); Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”); Kate Flannery (“The Office”); Lou Ferrigno, Melanie Specht (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”); Richard Greico (“21 & 22 Jump Street”), Kevin Farley, Tommy Lee Davidson, and Williams Shatner (“Boston Legal”).

The annual event leads up to the 86th Academy Awards that airs Sunday, March 2, 2014 on ABC hosted by Ellen De Generes at 7 p.m. Some of the 6th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party sponsors included Whitening Lightning, Nature’s Flavors, Natural Sodas, Ooh La Bra, Handmake Hearts by Hillel, Dr, Ava Cadell, the “Love Doctor,” Baron Hats, Waraire Boswell Executive Men’s Clothiers, Platinum Image, Services, MiA Bath & Body, “Serenade” by Virtusoso Violinist, Daniel D., Art by Dano, Slash Salon, La Curcio Skin Care Collection, GUESS, Twisted Silver, Perch, Honest Tea, Single Dress, Tequila Azula Imperial and Veved Ice Vodka.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment – she is also a Public Relations/Business consultant and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Event: Baltimore "Uplifting Minds II" one day national entertainment conference (seminar panel & talent competition) at Security Square Mall Sat. April 19, 2014.,,

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