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Words from the Editor.……………………………………….3 New on DVD………………………………………………………………...4 Iron Man 2 Interview……………………………………………………...5 Single of the Week………………………………………………………….7 Book of the Week……………………………………………………….….8 Oscars—and the winner is………………………………………………...9
Words from the Editor Hi, this is Shelia Goss. I’m the managing editor of the eSpot Entertainment News website and now I’m happy to announce that Espot Entertainment News is going electronic. I’ve been wanting to do an e-magazine for quite awhile now. I hope to bring you a publication on a regular basis – at least twice a month. So please let me know how you like the new look by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t be shy. In between time, I’ll be sending out updates via facebook and twitter. You can go to www.espot.wordpress.com to see live twitter feeds. Some of the information in the e-magazine will also be posted on the blog. I hope this new direction eSpot is going in will expand our readership as I continue to spread the love for the world of entertainment—whether It be music, books or film. If you would like your client to be featured in an upcoming issue of Espot Entertainment News, be sure to email me at email@example.com.
Best Regards, Shelia Goss
SINBAD WHERE U
That’s the question many of Sinbad’s fans have been asking. Well after a 13 year absence, he’s back in this Comedy Central stand-up special. Sinbad, one of the most renowned comedians on the scene, returns to the stage after a 13-year absence from his last stand-up special and kills it in “Sinbad: Where U Been?” In it, the exuberant performer discusses America’s new black president, the lighter side of the economic recession, the pitfalls of love and marriage and, of course, gives everyone the low down of where he’s been. The special was filmed at the Club Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. His special edition DVD is packed with over 45 minutes of material that did not air on COMEDY CENTRAL. It’s a must-own for any true comedy/funk music fan and also includes a behind-the-scenes special feature with Sinbad. The DVD is available at varies online retailers. There’s also a contest going on at http://sheliagoss.com/2010/03/04/contest-towin-sinbad-where-u-been-dvd/ where you can enter to win a copy of the DVD. Contest ends on March 28, 2010.
Anya Monzikova The Iron Man 2 Interview
Anya Monzikova is starring in the blockbuster movie Iron Man 2, also starring Robert Downey, Don Cheadle, and Scarlett Johansson Directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man 2 is one of Film Reviews 2 Go’s “must see” movies this spring.
This is a Film Reviews 2 Go/Espot Entertainment Official interview with Anya Monzikova. Shelia Goss: Deal or No Deal is my favorite game show. I thought I recognized you when I saw your photo. Anya Monzikova: LOL, Thank you! Shelia: Did you set out to model first or act? Anya: Definitely act. I studied theater in high school and film production in college. My goal has always been to act and modeling was just a way to keep more money in my pocket.
Shelia: When you got the call to be part of Bruce Willis’ movie The Surrogates, where were you and what was your first reaction? Anya: Well, I first went in to casting for the role of Bridget (she was Bruce Willis’s characters wife’s best friend). I got a call back for her and met with the director, then a couple weeks later got a call to audition AGAIN for another role by the name of Lisa. A few months passed and I though that the role must have went to someone else… then I get a call saying I booked a part in the film! I started jumping up and down… super excited but when I got to set, the director says something like, thanks for flying out to Boston, even though you didn’t book the part of Bridget or Lisa, we wanted you in the film and I was written into the role of Beautiful Woman…Which was fine with me! Since my part was also the opening of the trailer. Shelia: You’ve also guest starred on some of my favorite shows such as CSI and CSI Miami. How did you prepare for your guest appearances on the shows? Anya: Well CSI was really fun! I had to get fitted for contacts to make my eyes look dead for one of the scenes. I also got to use some on my stunt training when they had me shoot a pyrotechnic gun and I had squibs in my shirt too so that when i was shot, blood explodes from my shirt. All really fun and exciting for me because I love action films and I got to do a little bit of action myself! Shelia: Were you nervous auditioning for Jon Favreau for Iron Man 2? How was it working with him? Anya: No, I wasn’t really nervous. Just because Jon is such an approachable guy and everyone on set made me feel really comfortable; including Robert Downey Jr. He was a really giving actor that gave you room to improv. So working with Jon and the rest of the cast was an amazing experience. Shelia: Tell us a little about the character you play in Iron Man 2. Anya: All I can tell you really is that my characters name is Rebekah, its a small part in the film…but in a really fun scene… I don’t think I’m really allowed to give too much away. Sorry! Shelia: Your ability to speak Russian also landed you another position on the Iron Man movie set. How was it working with Scarlett Johansson? Anya: Well Jon asked me to translate a few lines on set for Scarlett in Russian and that was really cool!! After she shot her takes, Jon asked which takes sounded good for dialect and that was a surreal moment … To have the director ask my opinion! Shelia: What prompted your interest in Wushu and how long did you train? Anya: I trained for about 3 1/2 years…My initial interest was in wire work, but when I went to the training center they got me interested in the martial art so that i knew what to do when I got on the wires. Now its become a love of mine! Shelia: Do you feel you’ve been typecast because of your beauty? Anya: Yes and no, i feel sometimes there is a typecast for blondes in this industry… that if you are a blonde you can only play one type of person (the ditsy girl). But I feel that I have also broken that stereo type with my skills in martial arts and kicking ass! I take it as a compliment. Shelia: What movie projects do you have coming up? Anya: Right now is pilot season, so I have been working on that… I also am working with my fiance on a few short film projects… so hopefully they will be hitting the film festival circuit next year. Shelia: Do you plan on producing your own film one day? Anya: I would love to! I have taken each project as a learning experience and hope that one day I will have enough knowledge to produce, direct and act in my own films.
Be sure to watch Anya Monzikova in Iron Man 2 – set to hit theaters on May 7, 2010.
Interview by Shelia M Goss, entertainment writer and national best selling author of Hollywood Deception, Double Platinum, His Invisible Wife, etc. Visit her website for more information: www.sheliagoss.com. Be sure to check out film reviews at www.filmreviews2go.com.
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
R & B single Fallin' by K.Michelle is rising on the Billboard Top Rap/R & B charts. It’s this week’s single of the week. www.kmichellemusic.com www.twitter.com/kmichellemusic www.myspace.com/kmichellemusic
BOOK OF THE WEEK
ABOUT DUTCH II HE IS THE MASTER OF THE GAME. HE’S BUILT THE ULTIMATE EMPIRE. BUT HIS STORY IS ONLY BEGINNING. NOW NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR TERI WOODS BRINGS YOU THE SECOND IN THE SENSATIONAL DUTCH TRILOGY, WHERE ONE WOMAN WILL RULE DUTCH’S STREETS . . . OR DESTROY THEM. DUTCH II: ANGEL’S REVENGE She is the most merciless of his lieutenants, with style and skills that even the hardest hustlers fear . . . and none survive. And with Dutch gone, Angel is fueled by a shattering vendetta and methodically eliminating every successor, wannabe, and mobster trying to lead Dutch’s madly profitable organization. ABOUT TERI WOODS Teri Woods was born in Delare and later moved to Philadelphia, PA where she worked as a legal secretary/paralegal for eight years in a Philadelphia law firm. She began writing True to the Game in 1993 and began to submit her work to publishers. After being turned down, the book sat dormant in a closet for two years. In 1998, she began selling handmade copies of the book out of the trunk of her car. With the success of the handmade books, she started her own publishing and production company, Meow Meow Productions.
For an opportunity to win this book, visit http://sheliagoss.com/2010/03/04/contest-towin-dutch-ii-angels-revenge-by-teri-woods Contest ends on March 28, 2010.
And the winner is... (Espot Picks are highlighted in Red. What are your picks?)
Performance by an actor in a leading role Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight) George Clooney in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Colin Firth in "A Single Man" (The Weinstein Company) Morgan Freeman in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.) Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)
Performance by an actor in a supporting role Matt Damon in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.) Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Christopher Plummer in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics) Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones" (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount) Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)
Performance by an actress in a leading role Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.) Helen Mirren in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics) Carey Mulligan in "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics) Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Performance by an actress in a supporting role PenĂŠlope Cruz in "Nine" (The Weinstein Company) Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight) Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
Best motion picture of the year Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious A Serious Man Up Up in the Air
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