Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Pulse of Entertainment: Chris Pine in ‘Outlaw King’ is Inspiring/Legends Honored in Hollywood

Chris Pine is ‘Outlaw King’ on Netflix and Radio One Atlanta’s Dave ‘Hurricane’ Smith receives ‘Living Legend Award.’ (Dave Smith photo credit: Malachi Carter)

*Born King but drafted by his country’s English oppressor, then written off as dead and have his estate seized, Robert the Bruce King of Scotland becomes the “Outlaw King” determined to liberate his country. Chris Pine (Star Trek) is inspiring as Robert the Bruce in the Netflix presentation of “Outlaw King” premiering on Netflix and in selected theatres November 9, 2018.

The historical action drama begins with the end of a war where England, lead by King Edward I is excepting the unconditional surrender from all of the Kings of Scotland. This is followed by the Kings being drafted into the King of England’s army and in Robert’s case the seizure of his estate by a country focused on world domination.

To save the Scottish people, which includes his wife Elizabeth de Burgh (Florence Pugh); from the English occupation Robert the Bruce must leave her alone and with a hand full of Scottish citizens systematically seize back each kingdom from the English oppressors. This is where the action and drama begins as he is led by his will to reclaim his country and free its people. His wife is seized along with his property giving him the inspiration to make true the quote “one man can make a difference.” In his travels he picks up those who are inspired by this King turned outlaw and with 540 men in-tow and a mind full of unconventional ideas on how to use the land as his weapon Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, makes history by liberating Scotland from English occupation.

Directed by David Mackenzie the “Outlaw King” is a Sigma Films and Anonymous Content production that also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as James Douglas the Lord of Douglas; Billy Howle as Edward II Prince of Wales; Tony Curran as Angus MacDonald; Stephen Dillane as Edward I King of England; James Cosmo as Robert the Brus – 6th Lord of Annandale, and Sam Spruell as Aymer de Valence 2nd Earl of Pembroke.

The Living Legend Foundation held its 27th annual “Living Legends Awards Gala” recently in Hollywood where an array of entertainment industry “living legends” was honored. There was also an impressive turn out to support these living legends.

I covered the red carpet arrivals and saw Grammy nominated Kenny Lattimore, Lenny Williams (formerly of Tower of Power) and Take 6 members. I had a chance to talk to Grammy nominated Eddie Lavert (O’Jays), there to support the honorees.

When I asked him about his longevity in this business he said, “Everybody’s someone. That’s the way you have to approach this business. Remember you didn’t get there by yourself. It was people like Sylvia Rhone, it was people like yourself, people like the press who have brought records and told people about them. That’s what this is about. That’s why I’m here with these people.”

The people he referred to were those being honored such as Cynthia Johnson (Columbia Records’ Senior Vice President of Promotions) with the “Music Label Executive Award”; Eddie Sims and Belinda Wilson (Moonridge Entertainment International) with the “Entrepreneur Award”; Denise Brown Henderson, Esq. with the “Mike Bernardo Executive Award”; Pat Shields (Black Dot, LLC) with the “A. D. Washington Chairman’s Award”; Photographer/Author Bruce W. Talamon with a “Special Recognition”; Michael Mauldin (Mauldin Brand, Inc.) with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”, and Dave “Hurricane” Smith (Radio One Atlanta Vice President of Programming and Operations) with the “Jerry Boulding Radio Executive Award”.

“I’ve been doing radio since I was a sophomore in high school,” said Dave Smith, known on air as Hurricane, about how he became a living legend. “It’s been over 40 years. I fell into it when I was in high school. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I got pushed in that direction. I don’t believe in mistakes I believe God nudged me. I fell into it and fell in love with it and 40 some years later I am still doing it.”

Some of the Living Legends Foundation board members were there such as its Event Chairperson Azim Rashid (RocNation Senior Vice President of Promotions) and its Honorary Chairperson Sylvia Rhone (President of Epic Records).

“The commonality (in living legends) is…their talent #1, their work ethics #2 and their ability to really engage with their fan base and succeed. You just interviewed Eddie Lavert who is the example that you need,” said Sylvia.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. EVENT“Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference annually in Baltimore (April 21, 2019 in Security Square Mall) and Los Angeles (October/TBD). Offering Entertainment Business panel and a talent showcase and competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes.

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