Entertainer’s Circle

Spotlights and features about entertainers, performers and celebrities along the Coastal Carolinas.

Howard Cosell, North Carolinian: Like Him or Lump Him

Howard Cosell, North Carolinian: Like Him or Lump Him

RALEIGH, NC March 25, 2014 – On March 25, 1918, television sportscaster Howard Cosell was born Howard William Cohen in Winston-Salem. Before Cosell turned three, his family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he later changed his surname from Cohen to Cossell to reflect his Polish roots. Cosell studied law at New York University, passed the state bar in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. After the war, Cosell practiced law in Manhattan and hosted a Saturday-morning ABC radio show featuring Little Leaguers interviewing major leaguers. He became a full-time ABC sportscaster in 1956, first gaining fame as a boxing announcer.  He went on to co-anchor Monday Night Football, for which he is now best known. […]

14th Annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival Announces Award Honoring Female Directors

14th Annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival Announces Award Honoring Female Directors

WILMINGTON, NC Feb. 8, 2014 – In an effort to honor excellence in cinema, the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival is proud to announce a new category honoring Female Filmmakers.  The award committee for this film is being headed up by Karen Labbe, former winner of Best Local Film for her short “When Nicole Meets Oliver”. “It’s no secret that men are in majority in the film industry.” says Labbe. “But I know there are women out there working hard too and I wanted to direct the spotlight on them and applause their tenacity, audaciousness and creativity.” Labbe is among a number of filmmakers lending their talents to this year’s festival after having their work previously featured.  “It says a […]

Famous Award Winning Movies Filmed in the Carolinas
By February 3, 2014 Read More →

Famous Award Winning Movies Filmed in the Carolinas

By: Elizabeth Eckhart February 3, 2014 – Anyone who is a fan of humor has heard of Johnny Knoxville and his motley crew of pranksters. What may surprise some fans, though, is that his latest film, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa — which features Knoxville participating in decidedly un-grandfatherly behavior while outfitted as an elderly man — was recently nominated for an Oscar. Granted, that potential Oscar is for hair and makeup, but still, we think it might have something to do with the Carolina setting. Bad Grandpa follows Knoxville and his “grandson” on a road trip from Nebraska to North Carolina, and is one of many films that has taken advantage of the Carolinas’ vast variety of scenery. Below you’ll […]

Randy Travis – Influence Vol. 1 Review
By September 30, 2013 Read More →

Randy Travis – Influence Vol. 1 Review

  There is no doubt about it – Randy Travis is back! Nashville, TN – Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning Randy Travis is releasing his 21st studio album, Influence Vol. 1. It is a winner with every song. Soulful. Reflective. Fun. It’s good to know he is back and doing what he does best – making music; because that really is Travis’ niche. This new album is proof of that. Travis’ band members especially carry each melody noticeably well and really shine through the entire the album. As the first song begins, his voice brings about a level of intensity, a rendition more passionate than anything else he’s ever done. He performs, Someday We’ll Look Back, with a richer, more […]

Vicki Lawrence – Comedic Genius and Emerald City Extraordinaire
By September 27, 2013 Read More →

Vicki Lawrence – Comedic Genius and Emerald City Extraordinaire

  What would you do if a stranger came up to you and handed you a magic key? Let’s suppose it didn’t unlock a city, but had the power to take you on a fabulous journey; an excursion that carried you through some of the best exhilarating twists and turns you could ever imagine, becoming the most magnificent ride of your life. Now let’s pretend, in this enchanted domain, you find a little bit more than skipping munchkins, a yellow brick road, and a spying wizard, but the end result being something bigger than you could have ever pictured for yourself.  Such is the story of one of the most iconic comedians in television history. “I call it the Emerald […]

The Road to Angel’s Perch – Before Memories Fade
By August 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

The Road to Angel’s Perch – Before Memories Fade

There’s something about a far-off, bellowing train whistle that swiftly lures a dreamer to chase its twisting steel tracks and smoky black billows into the most obscure whereabouts; all for the sake of a new adventure. The clanging of the bell with a shout, “All aboard!” sets one’s mind to thinking about its distant past and wondering if the train’s old coal-eating belly is hungry enough to churn the wheels, squealing and moaning, all the way to the top of Bald Knob, a long eleven and one-half mile push upwards from a town called Cass, West Virginia. Summer break was just starting as J.T. Arbogast hurried out of his grandmother’s house, the screen door slamming behind him with a sharp […]

Country Music’s Sarah Darling Gets Beachy With “Little Umbrellas”
By August 13, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Country Music’s Sarah Darling Gets Beachy With “Little Umbrellas”

    Suitcase packed. Screen door close. Footsteps race.  Handle lifts. Door slams. Engine starts. Gravel flies. Cell phone crush.  He’s gone. Hello palm trees. Cruise the boulevard. Sun grows brighter. Convertibalize it. Turn music up. Tap out rhythm.  White sand. Blue water. Kick back. Pour some happiness. Ah, finally … Those little umbrellas … Apply smile. Good riddance.   Nashville, TN – Country music’s Sarah Darling has a new hit called, “Little Umbrellas,” that’s being heard on beaches everywhere, especially here in the southeast.  It’s the first song she has written with a “Margaritaville” twist. “Little Umbrellas is a very different song for me,” says Sarah. “I had never written one of those fun, beachy songs before. It reminds […]

Living Water Films – Family Entertainment Without Fear
By August 9, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Living Water Films – Family Entertainment Without Fear

Drag racer Joseph Jenkins stands with both feet planted flat beneath him, staring down the long black strip of asphalt. He can smell the smoky wood burning from a distant fireplace. He feels the morning’s heavy, damp coolness in the air as he listens to the roar of invisible charging engines in his head. It’s like he is standing in the middle of a very vivid dream; except one that, within a few anxious-filled hours, will accelerate him into a deeper reality, taking him much, much further than this single, fleeting moment in time. “I can win this,” he tells himself.  “Just stay calm and cool. Let the engine do the work, and keep the wheel steady on the strip. […]

Music Hopeful Taylor Long – Young Talent, Big Dreams
By August 8, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Music Hopeful Taylor Long – Young Talent, Big Dreams

Wilmington, NC – One after another, vehicles full of fans make their way across the dirt parking lot. The stadium lights have just been turned on and shine bright with anticipation. Every fan holding a ticket has been trying to get to the ball field tonight for the playoffs. Quickly the bleachers begin to fill as an announcer calls their attention to the middle of the stadium. A rippling hush comes over the noisy crowd. Every eye is on the mound as a petite blonde makes her way to center field. This is her turn to shine. Her song. Her fans. Even if it is just this one moment in time. A soft breeze tussles her hair across her face. […]

Living Waters Drag Racing Film “Adrenaline” Turns to Kickstarter for Finish
By July 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Living Waters Drag Racing Film “Adrenaline” Turns to Kickstarter for Finish

Wilmington, NC – Why do you think we love movies so much? Quite often we are reminded the next (hopeful) new blockbuster is coming soon with its intent to impede on a few precious hours and our hard-earned money, all in an amicable exchange for giving us a timeout in our head and short interval of escape.  Most of the time, we want to be entertained by an enticing story line that shows the characters weaving in and out of love, danger, or thrills. We want a break from our own problems, at least long enough to eat through that barrel of salty, buttered popcorn. Although we may not admit it, we like those stories a little bit more that […]

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