#TBT Boys On The Side

Boys_on_the_Side_posterHow many times have I expressed my adoration for non other than Whoopi Goldberg!  Whenever she was announced or attached to a film, I was always the first to see it and Boys On The Side was no different.  I also adore Drew Barrymore and knew about Mary Louise-Parker waaaaay before WEEDS came along...lol These three women under ordinary circumstances would have no reason to be friends, but become bonded for life on a ride-shared trip to California.  They all have challenges...Jane a lesbian, Robin suffering with AIDS, Holly running from her past, seeking one-night stands and a good man.  It all results in girls on the road, reaching understanding, respect, and care for each other.

Featuring a young Matthew McConaughey and pre-Dextar James Remar...Let's roll on down the road with girls looking for Boys on the Side...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr7YfmdIDjU

 

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

TOP FIVE

TOP FIVE

Ever meet someone who seemed perfect, but the timing was a little off?  Ever wonder what got your career and life so off-track that you no longer recognize neither one?  Ever been a comedian who tried his best to make it as a serious actor...only to not be taken seriously at all?

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

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Mentor...A word usually associated with an individual who has a profound impact in one's life.  A person who is generous enough to guide one on their way to whatever path or road they are choosing to take.  A person whose advice you heed and who you look up to and admire.

Everyone has a mentor in one shape or another.  I have had several mentors in my lifetime through my various stages of creativity.  Whoopi Goldberg had one...Mike Nichols.

Had it not been for Mike Nichols, it s very possible that we may have never know the comic genius of Whoopi Goldberg.  witnessed film debut of Calista Flockhart in The Birdcage, witnessed the explosive relationship of Burton and Taylor played out onscreen in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf or listened to Dustin Hoffman utter those famous words in The Graduate, "Mrs. Robinson...are you trying to seduce me?"

Mike Nichols, one of only 12 people (including Whoopi Goldberg) to have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award (affectionately known as EGOT), was a celebrated director for over 60 years.

Arriving in 1931 America at 7 years old speaking little English, German born Nichols came to the US when his family escaped Nazi Germany.   His legacy as a director is left in such Broadway and the silver screen hits – from "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple" to "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate." He earned the best director Oscar for "The Graduate."

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He started his show business career with comedian Elaine May.  Their three comedy albums reached the Billboard Top 40 between 1959 and 1962 and garnered them a Grammy.

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He earned his eighth Tony two years ago for the revival of "Death of a Salesman and recently been working with HBO to adapt "Master Class ( “Wit” and “Angels in America” were also Emmy winning successes for Nichols and HBO)," Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play about opera legend Maria Callas. The project would have reunited him with frequent collaborator Meryl Streep.

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“An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man,” said Meryl Streep, who worked with Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Heartburn” and the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”

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Nichols was married to ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer and I can only imagine how this massive loss must be impacting her today...or his kids and many grandchildren.

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I , for one, will miss the twist on reality in his films that made us wince, look twice and laugh at ourselves just a little bit harder under the most dire of circumstances.  Whoopi Goldberg said it best...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozj9pjPh-h8

RIP...Hope you and Anne Bancroft are having the reunion of a lifetime...

 

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

RIP Joan Rivers

joan-rivers-obit-dead As I am posting this obituary...I am still in disbelief.  Joan Rivers was the last  standing guard of pioneer female comedians.  If it were not for her, Moms Mabley, Totie Fields, Lily Tomlin, Phyliss Diller and countless others who are no longer with us. We may not have been able to enjoy the comedy of Rosanne, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Mo'Nique, Sommore, Sheryl Underwood and the list goes on and on and on.

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Rivers, known for her catchphrase “Can we talk?,” was a pioneering confessional,self-depricating comedian known for joking about her personal life, marriage and plastic surgery on TV and in clubs for more than five decades.

Whatever gig Rivers was doing whether it was as a permanent replacement host on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” co-host of “Fashion Police,” her syndicated talk shows, Vegas engagements, bestselling books, commentating on awards’ show arrivals along with daughter Melissa or as a QVC saleswoman — Rivers was never too far out of the spotlight.

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Her ability to ad-lib effortlessly in any situation endeared her to generations of television viewers, but at the time gained her many a critic.   Joan Rivers was never afraid of sounding politically incorrect and repeatedly stirred up controversy by doing so. This summer alone, she first ruffled feathers when she called First Lady Michelle Obama “transgender”, implied that President Barack Obama is gay and who can forget walking out on CNN anchor Fredericka Whitfield, but not without proclaiming that Whitfield "was not the person to interview anyone about comedy."

Her life was also marked by the tragedy of her husband and manager Edgar Rosenberg’s  suicide, which was played out in the media, especially since her relationship with Rosenberg had been so much a part of her comedy routine.

She wrote, directed and appeared in “Rabbit Test,” a film about a man (Billy Crystal) who becomes pregnant. Although Rabbit Test wasn't blockbuster River would later make appearances in films such as “Spaceballs” and “Serial Mom” and did voice-over work in film such as  “Look Who’s Talking” and “Shrek 2.” She cameo’d in 2011’s “The Smurfs.”

In 2008, “Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress,”, played the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London’s Leicester Square Theater, but critical response in London sunk the show’s prospects for Broadway.

Her many books include the autobiographical  “Enter Talking,” “Still Talking,” “Bouncing Back” and “Don’t Count the Candles: Just Keep the Fire Lit!” and her most recent book "Diary of A Mad Diva".

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a grandson, Cooper. Her sister Barbara died in 2013 at 82.

Joan Rivers was one of a kind.  She never apologized for ANYTHING, which made her (in my opinion) refreshing in a world where people are apologizing every two seconds for who they are and/or what they supposedly stand for.

I owe Joan Rivers a huge debt.  My career in commercials started largely in part to her.  You see, the very first commercial I ever did was for The Joan Rivers Talk Show with Joan in the late 80's.  That day I witnessed a Joan Rivers that was kind, funny and a lovely human being.

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RIP Joan...Hope you, Johnny and Edgar are able to catch up and have a few more laughs...

Here is the trailer from a documentary chronicling the life of this groundbreaking woman called a A Piece of Work.  It can be seen on NETFLIX.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

RIP...Robin Williams

images-1 Just a few weeks ago, I watch  "The Birdcage" with my Mom.  That film starred Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.  I remember telling my Mom how hard I laughed at a scene where he was explaining the dance styles to one of his nightclub dancers.  It was absolutely hysterical and would make me howl each time I watched it!!

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So, when I saw a report of his passing from The Hollywood Reporter, I thought it was some type of sick hoax.  Alas, it was true.  THE funniest man on the planet was gone...but will NEVER be forgotten.

Mork and Mindy, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire are just a handful of films in which the comedic comet we knew as Robin Williams made us smile and look at life just a little bit brighter if only for the few hours we shared with him in a movie theater or television set.

I remember well watching him Guest Star as  "Mork" on the hit ABC comedy "Happy Days".  His star power was undeniable and resulted in "Mork" being spun off into his own show on ABC.  Williams' comedic timing was so brilliant and his quips were strewn out at lightening speed, which made it almost impossible for others to keep up let alone duplicate.

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His unique take on characters made me laugh so hard that my stomach would be in knots. It's ironic that someone that brought so much laughter and happiness was so incredibly troubled.

Julliard trained, often times pages of script would be left blank in various projects he starred in as his improv skills were ridiculous.

With all my heart, I hope that Robin and his spirit are at peace. Like so many around the world...my heart is broken and my spirit saddened that he is no longer in the physical realm.  However, there is comfort in knowing if I need to chuckle deep down in the heart of my belly, I can always pop in one of his many films or comedy albums and be reminded how Robin Williams was the master at harnessing the power of laughter ...in everyone.  RIP Robin...your comedy genius lives on in our hearts.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Ten Years Ago: The Lion King and Speed

MV5BMjEyMzgwNTUzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTMxMzM3Ng@@._V1_SY317_CR15,0,214,317_AL_In 1994, I was in La Jolla, Ca rehearsing the pre-Broadway tryout of  the revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying starring Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally.  The cast organized an outing to support Matthew and fellow cast member Ernie Sabella by going to a screening of The Lion King.  You see Matthew was the voice of Simba and Ernie voiced Poomba.  Little did they or any of us know that The Lion King would go on to be one of Disney's most successful animated films and broke ALL box office records.  Five years later, I would  be cast in the role of Shenzi in the Original Los Angeles Production playing at the Pantages in Hollywood.  I would also receive my first acting nomination from the NAACP for Best Featured Performance by an Actress in a Musical.  The award was given to my idol Charlayne Woodard for her one-woman show, but I was excited to be nominated, walk my first red-carpet and rub elbows with many industry professionals I had admired over the years. The musical debuted July 8, 1997 and was an instant success before premiering on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997 in previews and opening on November 13, 1997. On June 13, 2006, the Broadway production moved to the Minskoff Theatre, where it is still running after more than 6,700 performances.  It is Broadway's fourth longest-running show in history and the highest grossing Broadway production of all time, having grossed more than $1 billion.  Check out the clips from the film and the hit Broadway musical below...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeX5csY389U

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MV5BNzczNDQyMTc2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjI2NzQxMTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Being a huge fan of Keanu Reeves I was first in line to go see his latest film - SPEED.  Little did I know that in that film would also have an actress who I admire and follow to this day - Oscar winner  Sandra Bullock.  SPEED was one of the most successful summer action-adventure flicks in 1994 winning two Oscars and MTV/Kids Choice Awards for its stars...Check out the trailer below

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!