“It’s Just Like Returning to Home”   Sitting Down with Music’s Own Marc Nelson

 

 

One of the most influential music groups of the past decades was the legendary group out of Philly, “Boys 2 Men.”  Their mellow sounds and hit songs like “I’ll Make Love to You” and “Song for Mama” made the group one of the most popular of the era of the boy bands. Surprisingly enough, one of the co founders of the supergroup , Marc Nelson didn’t stick around for the ride. He chose to work with the iconic  music producer, Kenneth “Babyface.” Edmonds and is responsible for such hits as “Count on Me” 15 Minutes” and a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” . Recently, I had the chance to sit and chat with Marc about his incredible journey through show business and his expectations for the future.

“I don’t consider myself an actor.” Marc explained. This is how he views himself as an actor compared to people like Denzel Washington and Idris Elba. He seems to like theatre very well and fits in very comfortably as a dramatic actor. Currently he is in rehearsal for “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” which opens on September 9 in Indiana. With his musical background , he has two dream roles. He wants to play Jean Val Jean in “Les Miserables.” He also said that he has always loved the music from “West Side Story” and would love to play Tony. “I have always wanted to sing , “Tonight.” on stage. With his experiences on stage and film, he wouldn’t mind trying television next. “I definitely wouldn’t  turn down a role on Empire.” he laughed.

We also discussed Marc’s music as well. His musical influences include Babyface and the group New Edition.  He considers Babyface his mentor and greatest influence. “He taught me how to write a song and put together an album. One of the greatest honors of my life was when he asked me  to write a song for him. I remember calling my mom on the phone and screaming it to her. It was one of the most exciting days of my life.” After leaving Boys2 Men,  Marc continued his music with the group Az Yet. He has also just dropped his newest single, “Wishing You the Worst.”  “It’s about a man who lets a woman go to another man and has the hope that she is treated rotten. If she is treated rotten, then she will come back to him.” Marc has also returned to his original creation , Boys 2 Men for the purpose of touring.  He considers his return to the group,”surreal,”a healing experience” and a series of blessings.”

In the future, Marc plans to be the host of a show called  the “Nineties R and B Experience.” It plans to spotlight great groups of the nineties. He also will be hosting an open mike night where the winner will get the honor of performing with one of those groups. When he isn’t performing , Marc likes to just do housework and cook. That includes his favorite type of food, soul food!  But Marc also enjoys reading and learning . “Right now I am learning French.” For this super talented performer, the sky is truly the limit.

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Martin Landau – Hollywood Treasure Gone at 89

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 Today Hollywood lost a real treasure . Martin Landau died of complications after a short hospital stay. Landau was a Hollywood icon whose career was celebrated with both television and movie roles. Most notably, he will be remembered for his Oscar winning role as Bela Lugosi in the cult film, “Ed Wood.” Landau will also be remembered for his role on the 60’s classic that inspired the movie , “Mission Inpossible.” His career also included the claim of being the boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe. His career includes a lot of roles that he put his heart and soul into as an actor.

Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 , the son of Selma and Morris. With Jewish roots, he was proud of his father who rescued their relatives from the Nazis.  Landau began his life as a cartoonist where he worked for five years alongside Gus Edson . Together they produced the comic strip , “The Gumps” for the New York Daily News. When Landau became 22, he quit to concentrate on his acting career. Auditioning for the famous Actors Studio , one of his classmates was Steve McQueen.He also studied with such acting gods as Lee Strasberg. They were so impressed with Landau that they asked him to teach with Mark Rydell and Sydney Pollack. His best friend was the late James Dean.  Landau made his first big hit on television on “Mission Impossible” as master of disguise artist, Rollin Hand. He appeared on the show with his then wife, Barbara Bain. The role gained him praise as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination.

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 Here is Landau as Rollin Hand with his former wife, Barbara Bain and Peter Graves in a “Mission Impossible ” cast photo.

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Here are Bain and Landau in the 70’s sci -fi classic, “Space 1999”

 

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Landau studied 25 films of the late horror star when he played Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood.” It paid off with Landau getting his third Oscar nom and his first win.

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In 1994, Landau won an Oscar for his role in “Ed Wood.”

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He also appeared in the Hitchcock classic , “North by Northwest.”

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Landau had played many tv guest roles including this one on “Without a Trace.”  Landau played Jack’s father with Alzheimer’s and was nominated for an Emmy for the role. Here he is with Anthony LaPaglia.

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Here is Landau as wrestling coach , Sal Bandini , as he trains Jimmy  (Oliver Platt of “Chicago Med” ) in “Ready to Rumble.”

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Here is Landau when he was a Hollywood big shot on “Entourage” trying to relive his glory days. He is walking with Kevin Connolly and Chicago’s own, Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold.

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One of his last roles was in the Lifetime movie , “Outlaw Prophet. ” Landau played a Mormon patriarch with 50 some wives . Here he is having a talk with his son, “Scandal’s ” own POTUS , Tony Goldwyn.

He is survived by his two daughters , Susan and Juliet from his former wife, Bain. Chitownstarconnections gives our sympathy as we remember this actor’s actor.

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Why These Scandal Cast Members Should Be Nominated for an Emmy

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 Well it’s that time of year again and now we have a real game changer. At the ABC Upfronts Shonda Rhimes announced that this would be the last year of “Scandal.” As members of the National Academy ofTelevision  Arts and Sciences are voting , me and the other fans would like them to remember a few names when they are casting their ballots. Joe Morton and Dan Bucatinsky have already  been acknowledged with the Emmy and Bellamy was acknowledged with a Critics Choice Award, but there are other members that should be standing proudly with their own award.

 

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope…. Olivia has went on quite a journey in seven seasons. She has finally realized that the man she loves is Fitz. Jake is no longer in the picture. Her relationship with her parents is healed and she will be the Chief of Staff to Madam President Grant. She has the power that she wants and will be also running the evil organization that ruined her father. There is only one thing that is left for Livvy and that is happiness. We all want her to tell Mellie to take this job and shove it. She belongs in a big house in Vermont with her ex Presidential boyfriend. Kerry has had the nomination before , but never the big prize. So after you won the Oscar, Viola, can’t you let your girl take it home in her final year?

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Tony Goldwyn as Former President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the Third- Fitz has went through enough that any normal man could tolerate , let alone someone who is the leader of the free world. With three Veeps and three Chiefs of Staff, it is enough to drive anyone crazy. Adding to it , an assassination attempt , a son murdered, the first President divorced in office and the woman he loves kidnapped and tortured. Spacey can win the nominations and awards , but his Underwood doesn’t have half the heart that Grant does. Fitz is the ultimate romantic hero. President who will do anything for the woman he loves, including letting her go. It remains to be seen whether “Olitz” will get to be together, but we are hoping they will as we come to the end. So Academy members, nominate Tony Goldwyn for playing a man who knows how to love and has grown . (Plus he looks great without a shirt)

 

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Bellamy Young as President Melody Margaret Grant- Mellie started her journey as the bitch who wanted Olivia to service her husband so she wouldn’t have to do it. But then jealousy reared it’s ugly head and she wanted her gone. She called Olivia every dirty name in the book, whore, homewrecker, can’t keep her legs together and christened her America’s Mistress. But then tragedy struck and Mellie and Fitz lost their  son. Bellamy has hit it our of the park with her story lines. We wondered what made her so bitter, and we got out answer when Mellie revealed she was raped by none other than her own father in law. It was no wonder she didn’t want to be touched by her husband and forced herself to conceive a child to save his Presidency. Everything she did, she did for him. Finally, Mellie steps up and becomes the woman to run the White House. People may think that this fictional couple mirrors the real life Clintons, but let it be known that Claire and Frank Underwood don’t have the same hootzpah as this Washington power couple. Can’t wait to see her in action with Liv as her COS.

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Jeff Perry as Vice President Cyrus Beene- Perry is one of the founders of one of the most prestigious theatre companies in the country, the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Along with Terry Kinney, Gary Sinise, their theatre has nurtured such talent as John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, (his ex wife) , Gary Cole, and numerous others. Jeff has been on the scene for years, but people didn’t take notice until he took the role of the power hungry , homosexual Cyrus Rutherford Beene. Cyrus finally managed to hitch his wagon to rising star Grant to take him to the White House. He rigged an election, kept two people apart to save his place in the West Wing. Ultimately he found love and it looked like he was going to have his happy ending. But then tragedy struck and someone murdered the love of his life. Ever since, he did anything to keep his place in the White House. It looks like he has come full circle and he has been through hell. His prison scenes were the best he had done in seven seasons. These gritty scenes proved that he is one of the best actors on television. It is definitely time for this extraordinary actor to win the same award that so many of his own ensemble has also won.

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Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan- Abby has went the same route that Olivia has, she has gone from OPA to the White House and back again. She has forsaken love for power and been the only woman who has been immune to the charms of one Fitzgerald Grant. Well its because she knew deep down, that there would only be one for the President. She even accommodated his whims after Liv dumped him. Her lust for power almost cost her friend, Huck his life. She is also the one who contacted Steven when Liv had been kidnapped. Her biggest cheerleader proved to be Cyrus, and her best friend was Fitz. Now that the FTG 111  adminstration is out of the White House, she is back at OPA and ready to gladiate.

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Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak – Dan has already won an Emmy for this role, but considering the fact that his role as “Andy” is history he should be compensated by winning another one. James was the only deceased character that had made an appearance in the 100th. His character made such an impact on the AU storyline because Cyrus was in the closet but still wanted the power. His solution was to marry the ex Mrs Grant and then still see James. But he realized that he still loved James and couldn’t deny it. Alas Mellie Grant and him married for power and her ex, Fitz married for love. It proved one thing, Dan is still loved by the fans and respected by the cast and crew. Hmm, “24 Legacy ” is gone , maybe its time to resurrect him. Are you listening , Shonda?

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Zoe Perry as “Samantha” Mystery Woman” or “Ponytail Bitch” -For someone with such a royal pedigree as Zoe, she definitely made her mark on the show. Her character was enough to bring down the royal evil character on this show and that is “Rowan” . She also managed to manipulate Abby to betray her friends.  She convinced the naive David Rosen to fall in love with her, yet he asked Abby if they could poke her head with chopsticks.  Like so many other characters before her, she was brought to her death by the formiddable Rowan.  She has definitely owned her place to accept the Emmy for best guest appearance.

 

 

 

 

Disney Wins the Race with Cars 3

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Disney has another winner with the third movie in the “Cars 3” trilogy. It looks like Lightning McQueen has finally hit the end of the road.  Actor Owen Wilson (“Zoolander” Marley and Me” “Wedding Crashers” has resumed his role as the hero of the Disney classic. After crashing in the big race, everyone has basically said that the old racing car is done. The new game in town is Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer) . He is everyone’s new star. And who gives the stats for the racers ? Only the lady who knows her stats and that is Natalie Certain. Natalie is voiced by none other than beauty icon and Washington fixer, Kerry Washington. Kerry has said in interview after interview that she is excited about being in her first animated cartoon, especially for Disney.  But Kerry isn’t the only ABC star that is in the Pixair movie.  “Goldberg’s star Jeff Garlin, “Blackish” star Jennifer Lewis and former “Castle” star , Nathan Fillion as the dashing Sterling called in to rescue Lightning ‘s career.  Sterling has a team of experts including , trainer Cruz Rasmirez. Cruz is voiced by Cristela Alonzo, who was the star of the short lived ABC series by the same name. Cruz is a tough trainer, but she has higher aspirations then just being a trainer. She has worshipped McQueen and dreamed of the day she raced. But people have taught her she can’t race and must settle. Hmmm sounds like a message movie to me. Women have been taught to settle. McQueen has one last chance to prove himself and he and Cruz work together to prepare. Does he win the race? You will have to see the movie to find out. Disney favorites Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, and Bonnie Hunt also voice characters.

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ABC’s own “Scandal” star, Kerry Washington voices Natalie , the car that knows the stats.

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Nathan Fillion , who was last on the late great ABC show , “Castle” , is the fan that gives McQueen a second chance, Sterling.

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Can Cruz help Lightning win the big race? You will have to see the movie to find out. What a great movie to take DAD to and the whole family will enjoy. Browncoats and Gladiators will also enjoy the movie with its awesome cast.

Pop Icon Enters Immortality- Adam West Succumbs to Leukemia

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Tonight in the sky,  it’s the Batsignal. No, its not the signal for the Caped Crusader. It shines in sadness. Last night , the actor who played sixties icon Batman, Adam West died of complications from leukemia. Forever pigeonholed by his portrayal of Bob Kane’s legendary superhero, Batman, West made a career by appearing at Comic Cons and endearing himself to millions of fans. Today, social media was filled with tributes of fans and former cast mates like Burt Ward and “Family Guy” creator, Seth Mcfarlane. In later years , West would voice the befuddled Mayor West on “Family Guy.” This would endear him to a whole new generation.

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Adam was born William West Anderson in Walla Walla Washington in 1928. His father was a wheat farmer and his mother was an opera singer. Adam started to work in radio when he was in high school. He ran the station when he was a grad student at Stanford. Later on, West was a contract player for Warner Brothers where he would appear on such shows as “Maverick”, “77 Sunset Strip” and “Cheyenne.” In early 1966 , West would read the script that would change his life forever. West would return from Europe to read 20 pages of the script and then sign with producer , William Dozier. He also approved Burt Ward as Robin/ Dick Grayson with no acting experience but a brown belt in karate.  The show exploded on ABC on two consecutive nights with the one night ending with the Dynamic Duo in a dire situation to be resolved on the following night. “Batman” was the height of camp with its fight scenes punctuated with words like POW and SPLAT! . It became the coolest show on tv and being cast as a super villain was one of the most envied parts on television. Color television was coming into being and “Batman” was perfect for the new media. It also proved to be escapist television in the midst of a country that showed war on the nightly news. But just as the show exploded, with in two years it fizzled. The show had done its damage to West’s career , forever typecasting him as the Caped Crusader. He did episodic tv like “Alice” and recently appeared as himself on the mega hit , “The Big Bang Theory.” For the most part, his latter career consisted of himself or voicing Batman for various animated series.

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Here is Adam as he appeared on the CBS hit, “The Big Bang Theory” on the 200th episode “The Celebration Experimentation” He is pictured with series stars Kunal Nayar, Kaley Kuoco, Simon Helberg, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, and Jim Parsons. Also pictured is “Star Trek Next Generation” icon Will Wheaton.

West was survived by his second wife, Marcella. and his children and grandchildren. We at chitownstarconnections give our sympathy to the West family.

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Goodbye Old Chum!  Adam West 1928-2017… here he is in the iconic role that he made famous Bruce Wayne / Batman and his partner, Dick Grayson/ Robin played by Burt Ward.

 

Television’s BFF’s ….Happy Best Friends Day

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 We all have besties . They are the ones who are with you through thick and thin. Sometimes you want to kill them , but you know you are nothing without them. Television shows present and old school is full of them. So on this bff day, we at Chitownstarconnections are saluting our favorite best buds….

Jen had to salute her favorite show and that is the late great “Castle.” What would the writer detective be without his partners? Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, and Jon Huertas

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These two are as close as best friends can be , without being related. They were part of the “MAGIC” that was “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dr. Cristina Yang and Dr. Meredith Grey….”The Twisted Sisters.” Here are stars TR Knight, Katherine Heigl and the Twisted Sisters … Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh.

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What is really great is that in real life “Empire’s” Becky and Jamal are really best friends. Gabourney Sidibe and Jussie Smollett are bffs.

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They have known each other for twenty years in real life , but they also play best buds on tv. Together they ran the country for most of seven years on “Scandal”, They are Jeff Perry and Tony Goldwyn or Cyrus Beene and Fitzgerald Grant.

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They were raised together like brothers, but they had remained best buds all during med school. They shared everything, including Addison. Mark eventually ended up in Seattle and had also slept with all of Derek’s sisters. “Grey’s Anatomy” couldn’t had closer buds then the late Dr. Mark Sloane (Eric Dane) and the late Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)

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 There was never a better group of friends than the four sexy gals from NYC… Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, and Carrie…. “Sex and the City”

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There isn’t two more perfect and drunk bff’s in all of Britain than those lovable addicts Patsy and Edwina (Jennifer Saunders and JoAnna Lumley) of “Ab Fab”

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They are all geniuses with women problems. But they can count on each other, no matter what. They are Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayaar)

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 They are total opposites , the one was raised in poverty and the other in the lap of luxury, but poverty brought Max and Caroline together. Now they are just “Two Broke Girls” (Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings)

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 That’s what friends are for … like the fun foursome who return to NBC this fall on “Will and Grace” … Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullahy, and Sean Hayes…

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They may have been cousins, but they are the best of buds in ritzy Bel Air… Carlton and Will of the “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

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 They are four women from Atlanta with a lot of class and style…Mary Jo (Annie Potts) Charlene (Jean Smart) Julia (the late great Dixie Carter) and Suzanne (Delta Burke) “Designing Women”

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There is no better group of friends than the sexy sextet from the series that is named “Friends” … Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. true classics …

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They are gbbf’s in real life and have played lovers on the screen… they are “Huckleberry Quinn” or Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz of “Scandal”

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Two women who were forced to be together when their ex husbands decided to come out are the hilarious stars of Netflix “Grace and Frankie” Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda

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 There seems to be a lot of reboots on tv and one of the most popular on Netflix is the reboot of “Full House” called “Fuller House” Dave Coulier , Bob Saget , and John Stamos have reprised their roles as much of the cast has… DJ and Kimmy have grown up and have kids of their own

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They were the cast with the show about ‘nothing” best of buds…. on “Seinfeld” Jerry, George, Elaine, and the inevitable Kramer..

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The wisdom that they spot is pure gold… they are the old ladies who know what’s what.Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and of course Sophia..”The Golden Girls”

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They are the girls  who live a singles life in a 90’s kind of world … she’s glad she’s got her girls… Maxx, Regine, Kadejah, and Sinclair… Living Single…

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Finally we end with two buds on the hit CMT show “Nashville” , both are looking for that neon rainbow and chasin that honky tonk dream… Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack

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Did we include your favorite tv buds ? If not write and tell us about them… here is my bff picture… it’s Jen….15589834_10157834996700577_8153654855180318187_n Happy besties day!!!