January 02, 2014

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Production continues this week near Toronto, Canada on the UP Original Movie “Apple Mortgage Cake,” starring Kimberly Elise in the true story of Angela Logan who when faced with foreclosure, set a goal to bake 100 cakes in 10 days to save her home.

A five-year-old Angela Logan (Millie Davis) is in her grandmother Nellie’s (Darlene Cooke) kitchen in New Jersey learning how to make apple cake and discovering the joys of baking. Nellie tells Angela: “Cake makes people happy. One bowl, one mixer, and the right company, and you’re set free for life.”

Thirty-five years later, Angela ( Elise) is a single, working mom with three teenage boys, Marcus (A.J. Saudin), William, (Stephan James) and Nicolas (Lamar Johnson). She juggles various jobs and helps with employment counseling at the local Mission. While thrilled to be in the family home where she learned to bake, the house is falling apart, with sections deemed uninhabitable by inspectors after storm and flood damage.

Plus, the car just decided not to start – and the boys all still need shoes, books and food. She has always made due until now – when her lender calls in the mortgage loan and puts her into foreclosure. Angela has 10 days to come up with $4000 or she loses her home.

This is the true story of a woman who decides to bake 100 apple cakes and sell them at $40 each in order to save her home – and how this idea completely changes her and her family.

As word of her “bake sale” ripples out through neighbors, friends, her church and even old flames, such as Melvin (Kevin Hanchard), the story soon spreads to the news, locally, nationally and internationally. Orders fly in from all over the world. Angela is taken off guard by the overwhelming support. But soon, this fiercely independent woman learns to depend on the kindness and love of others that comes her way, particularly when the community and local businesses rally around Angela to help her finish and ship the initial stacks of orders.

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January 02, 2014

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R Kelly’s ex-wife turned reality star Andrea Kelly had no qualms about her 11-year marriage with the singer being kept a secret.

“I think that the secretive part of our lives was good and bad in the sense that, going out, I could take my kids to the zoo. I’m not bombarded by paparazzi.

If I don’t want to wear makeup, I don’t have to. I can go to the grocery story. I can go to the movie—ain’t nobody chasing you,” she told Sister 2 Sister.

But like with most things, the mums the word relationship came with some negative aspects as well.

“When you’re going to events and you’re like, ‘No, this is Mrs. Kelly,’ and people go, ‘No, it’s not; he’s not even married.’ So then people are giving you a hard time,” she said.

Andrea worked as R. Kelly’s choreographer for three years and things eventually went from a brother-and-sister vibe to full-on relationship and later, marriage.

“I would travel with him to the studio because we would always work hand in hand in developing the show. I would go in and I was learning the music, because I’m that type of choreographer,” Andrea Kelly explained. “It just evolved. When I was with him, during that period of our life, it was more like I got to see Robert and the rest of the world got to see R. Kelly.”

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December 26, 2013


AP Television Writer


Netflix, which didn’t exist as an original television programming source until last year, snagged six Golden Globe nominations on Thursday _ more than stalwarts ABC, CBS and NBC.

HBO led all TV networks with nine nominations. Starz and Showtime joined Netflix with six each while CBS and NBC each had five and ABC had four.

Netflix’s political series “House of Cards” earned a nomination for best TV drama, while Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright were nominated for their acting in the series. With the release of its inaugural season in February, “House of Cards” represented Netflix's first major foray into TV programming. It also earned an Emmy nomination earlier this year, but Netflix is still searching for its first award.

Another Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black,” earned Taylor Schilling a nomination for best drama actress. Finally, Jason Bateman earned a comedy nomination for the Netflix remake of “Arrested Development.” (The first Netflix original series, “Lily­ham­mer,” debuted in 2012.)

Starting with HBO a decade ago and continuing with AMC and now non-network programming services, the industry is learning that reputations can be built quickly on the basis of one or two strong shows, said David Bianculli, a former TV critic and professor of television at New Jersey’s Rowan University.

“Everyone thinks they can get in the game now,” Bianculli said. “Everyone thinks they can win the World Series of Poker.”

The true measure for Netflix will be if they can sustain the initial success with additional programs and also if they can show what kind of impact their shows have had beyond critics; you can’t find out how many people watched “House of Cards” like you can know how many people see ``Scandal'' each week, for example, he said.

The Golden Globes set up a potential victory lap for the well-regarded final season of “Breaking Bad,” which was nominated for best drama series and earned Bryan Cranston a nod for best actor. After sweeping the drama awards earlier this year, Showtime’s “Homeland” was shut out for the major awards.

High-profile actors in HBO movies about music figures earned some notice from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were both nominated for best TV movie actor for their roles in “Behind the Candelabra,” and Rob Lowe had a supporting actor nod. Al Pacino earned an acting nomination for playing music producer Phil Spector in an HBO film.

Starz often finds its original programming overlooked, but broke through this year with its films “Dancing on the Edge” and “White Queen.” The Sundance Channel got two nominations for “Top of the Lake.”

Don Cheadle of “House of Lies” will try for a second straight Golden Globe as a TV comedy actor, competing with Bateman, Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” and Andy Samberg of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Senti­mental favorite Michael J. Fox, whose NBC show hasn’t been doing well in the ratings, earned an acting nomination for his work.

The best showing for the commercial broadcast networks, which were completely shut out of the awards given out earlier this year, came in the best comedy category. There, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” ABC’s “Modern Family,” NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will compete with last year’s winner, HBO’s “Girls.”

Zooey Deschanel of Fox’s “New Girl” was nominated for best actress in a comedy, along with last year’s winner, Lena Dunham of “Girls.” Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep” were also nominated, along with Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation,” who is co-hosting the Golden Globes with Tina Fey.

Louis-Dreyfus actually earned two nominations – one for “Veep” and one for best actress in a movie comedy for “Enough Said.”

“Does this mean I need two dresses?” the actress quipped.

Sofia Vergara earned her fourth straight Golden Globe nomination for her supporting role in “Modern Family.” She is hoping for her first win.

PBS’ “Downton Abbey” joins “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards” as best drama nominees, along with CBS’ “The Good Wife” and Showtime’s new “Masters of Sex.”

Cranston and Spacey will compete for best drama actor with James Spader, whose NBC series “The Blacklist” has been a hit in its rookie season. Michael Sheen of “Masters of Sex” and Liev Schreiber of “Ray Donovan” also earned acting nods.

The best drama actress category sets up a competition between two big network shows – Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife” and Kerry Washington of “Scandal” – with the Netflix stars Schilling and Wright, and Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black.”

“Downton Abbey” creator, writer and producer Julian Fellowes was already looking forward to the Jan. 12 Globes ceremony.

“The Globes are pretty lively because everyone is sitting at tables and having a fairly convivial time of it. Actually, the whole thing is a really jolly evening. I wouldn’t change anything because I think these kinds of award evenings, America does better than anyone,” he said. “They’re just so much jollier than they are back at home.”

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December 26, 2013



You're full of extra enthusiasm and even some great new ideas as the week kicks off -- just be aware that one or two of the little things could escape you now. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, home is where your heart is. Get your digs in order and settle in; you'll deeply enjoy being mellow, whether it's solo-style or with family or friends. Different, hotter energy comes your way late Thursday and extends through most of what just might be an extremely romantic weekend. Are you ready for some amazing adventure on your love path?



You're just not as practical as usual as the week begins. Avoid making any major financial moves or career decisions now, and any planning should be of the short-term variety. Then, from sometime Tuesday through Thursday, the energy's ideal for sharing your feelings; you'll recognize the right moment instead of kicking yourself later. Go on, say it! Someone you interact with on Friday or this weekend may be every bit as bullheaded as you. It's annoying, yet also intriguing. Imagine what you can accomplish if you join forces instead of butting heads!



The stars are highlighting everything that's amazing about you as the week begins. You've got a way with words that's extremely winning, and everyone's loving you. Make some moves in all areas of life! Around Wednesday and Thursday, however, it's time to stop and reassess. Get yourself to sit down and make a list of career goals, romantic ideals or just plain old errands. From Friday through most of the weekend, you've got massive can-do energy, incredible intelligence and quite the sense of adventure. You'll want to be all ready for action!



Doing something a bit out of character can be extremely liberating at the beginning of the week, though you may want to do it outside of the context of work (or at least make sure your boss isn't around!). Take a bold, positive step, and then watch the stars push you further and faster from sometime Tuesday through Thursday. Is romance on your mind? You're very good at it right now! If you're thinking about a major expenditure (financial or even emotional) around Friday or this weekend, be sure you've considered the long-term impact.



Friends are in your personal stars as the week kicks off. Workplace camaraderie feels great, and a new off-the-clock connection can truly blossom beautifully. Looks like you're in a mellow mood from sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday -- could it be that you're sorting something out? Perhaps something deep? Don't forget to let your instincts weigh in; they're excellent now. You're feeling excellent yourself starting late Thursday and through most of the weekend. Everything that's wonderful, generous, lovable and creative about you is highlighted. The world's truly your oyster!



While your mind's working splendidly as the week gets started, the brain-to-mouth connection could be a little problematic. Don't turn off that internal editor, because how you say it is just as important as what you say. Somebody, or maybe a whole crew of somebodies, is ready to lend you a hand around Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. These people could be from work, in your family or even perfect strangers. From Friday through the weekend, your challenge is to maintain flexibility, both of body and mind. Do some yoga, then change your plans at the last minute. It'll feel great.



Your mind's sharp and your instincts are good as the week gets going, and it's an excellent time to share what's in your heart. Anything (or even anyone) new is favored for you now. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, however, it's best to chill out and stick with what's working. Finish up a current project instead of kicking off a fresh one, and save any major romantic stuff for later. Sometime around Friday, you'll have a more accurate big-picture view of your personal scene -- and through the weekend, the view looks better and better. Enjoy!



Handle all work-related stuff with extra care and your boss with kid gloves as the week begins. Resist the urge to do something risky. You'll be glad you did. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, though, your intuition's spot-on. Oddly, getting what you want may just be a matter of letting your original plan go. Around Friday and even this weekend, stressing out is one way to react to the situation; it's up to you to find a better one. To preempt freaking out, get proper exercise and rest, and talk about what's up with you now.



Life looks busy at the beginning of the week, but don't forget to consciously choose your path. You're the captain of your destiny, and your actions speak at least as loud as your words. Relationships of all varieties figure prominently from sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday. Put the people factor first, and be ready to negotiate and compromise, rather than ignore an issue or walk away. Life looks fabulous starting later on Thursday and lasting through most of the weekend. Let your sense of fun (and some amazing luck!) be your guide.



Thinking clearly is key as the week gets under way. Figure out what makes you feel centered, grounded and high-functioning, then do it and take on the world. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, you may be having that 'grass is greener' sensation. Take your desire for something different into serious consideration, but make any major changes slowly, in increments. Then take special care with work and projects on Friday and Saturday. Have a backup plan (and maybe a fire extinguisher!). Reach out on Sunday; your touch is wanted.



Get online, on the phone or in touch in any and every way as the week kicks off, especially if you have a romantic connection. You're on it when it comes to communication now. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, however, it's internal talk that may occupy you. Find ways to tune into your inner voice among the busy day-to-day. That voice has something major to say! Then it's your creative powers that figure prominently from late Thursday and through the weekend. Exercise that imagination ... learn, love and live fully. On Sunday, though, don't lose track of something important.



You're much more likely to give an indirect answer than a simple yes or no as the week begins, and hey, it's your choice. Maybe you just need a little more time to think, because from sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, you're ready for action. Romance can really heat up, and your greatness is appreciated in all areas of your life now. Take advantage of the energy to start something new. Another hint: Take particularly good care of your health from Friday through the weekend. It may be a bit delicate, so be smart and keep in balance.

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December 26, 2013

By Troy Tieuel

LAWT Contributing Writer


Very few things can breach more barrios and cross more divided lines than music, and at the First Church of God, Center of Hope’s 3rd Annual Gospel Jazz Fest, artists from lands spanning the globe came together in musical unity in remembrance of a man who, like music, crossed boarders and changed history, Nelson Mandela.

Started by the late Reverend Geremy Dixon Sr., and continued by his son, current Senior Pastor of First Church of God, Center of Hope, Geremy Dixon Jr. the concert featured musicians who play with a gospel inspiration. 

“Several years ago, Sister Cathy Gill, who runs our young adult ministry [Warriors of Judah],” explained Pastor Dixon, “had the idea to have a jazz festival.  She was able to put together a dynamic event.   We really had no idea how it was going to take off, what type of talent was going to be involved.  That year it was fantastic, we brought it back again the next year. This is our third year doing it, and year after year, it gets better and better.”

Pastor Dixon accredits much of the success to the efforts of the Warriors of Judah and the youth ministers that comprise its ranks.  “That young adult ministry is made up of dynamic people, who, and I’m pleased to say, are passionate about the Lord, passionate about people, and passionate about putting on presentations that honor God in their excellence.”  

Ushered and hosted by the Warriors of Judah, City of Hope’s youth ministry, the four hour long jazz celebration entertained all with a selection of local and international jazz musicians and singers.

For more information go to www.firstchurchofgod.com/.

Pictured: The Rembert James ensemble "Bone Voyage" performing at the concert.  L-R Joey Navarro - piano, Richard Grant - trumpet, James - trombone, Leon Mobley - percussions, Emile Borde- steel drums. Not pictured: Marcus Miller - drums, Keith Jones- bass.

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