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Michelle Pfeiffer can be seen in Mother with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.

Here you go! A scene where Michelle Pfeiffer subtly “wreaks havoc” on Jennifer Lawrence in the dark cult horror thriller, “Mother!”, which is in theaters now.  The clip can be viewed below.

The press uses all sorts of adjectives such as Michelle Pfeiffer…”Tantalizes”, “Terrifies”, “Pressures”, “Confronts”, “Lectures”, “Harasses”, “Taunts”….Jennifer Lawrence.  All that from a 1 minute clip.  She’s that good once she steps in front of the camera.

Having worked with Michelle on numerous films she’s always in and out super fast nailing takes on 1 or 2 tries typically, then we move on.  I’ve never had to work late on days she’s there because she doesn’t f*ck around. She’s always prepared and ready to go on the dot. Other actors opposite her have to be just as ready.

Actress, Jennifer Lawrence recently admitted that it took her a couple of days during rehearsals for “Mother” before she could gain the courage to just say, “Hi”, to Michelle, since she was that intimidated by her beauty and presence.  I can confirm this to be true. Having known Michelle for over 20 years now, it’s always like that with her in person. Whenever she’s around, people that don’t know her tend to go completely deafening silent.

 

It only grows more ominous from here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrC0uQgzlZM

Michelle Pfeiffer has been on another long hiatus absence, but has a slate of films to hit theaters in the coming year.  “Mother” being one of them, followed by “Murder on the Orient Express”, a mystery thriller with Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Judy Dench in November 2017, and a blockbuster super hero film, “The Ant Man and the Wasp 2” with Paul Rudd, which opens Independence Day weekend 2018, for fanboys around the world looking to see Michelle invoke another Catwoman turn.  She was recently nominated for her first Emmy for her performance in the HBO Bernie Madoff story, “The Wizard of Lies”.

 

Michelle Pfeiffer mother Clip


Empowerment, inspirational and self-help books by Kevin Hunter
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From Drug and Alcohol Addiction to Health Conscious Spiritual Teacher

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In my early 20’s, I used to do cocaine regularly among other things, but I would also drink carrot juice along with it too. Not only was I mixing the two, but at the house of the drug lords, the drug empress, the dealers, the convicts, the prostitutes, and hustlers, I would make them all drink it whenever I was there. You can imagine the looks on some of their faces as my arm would reach around them and tap their chest with a glass of orange stuff, “Drink it.” And they would, because I am a numerology #1 born, and those people are aggressive, strong, determined, and unwavering regardless if it’s something dangerous or promising. People naturally fall in line and do it.

Surprisingly, I’ve also never paid for drugs in my life, but I’m sure being involved romantically with a top dealer might have helped, but even long after I ended it due to the violence, the generosity of the drugs continued. I’ve been a lifelong addict responsible for getting hundreds of people to try drugs and alcohol, but spent six months quitting and detoxing when I received the [Michelle Pfeiffer] lucky break job offer at the ripe age of 23. I knew that was no accident and blowing that was not in the cards, especially since it opened the door to endless opportunities. Today, I get thousands of people to follow the path of Spirit instead of toxins.

Bestselling author Doreen Virtue had written in her Angel Detox book, “Kevin Hunter, a former addict whose coffee detox story appeared earlier in this chapter, believes that most people who are abusing drugs and alcohol are running from something. Usually it involves some kind of emotional trauma or unresolved emotional pain. They use drugs because they don’t like how they feel when they ‘aren’t’ using. When he wasn’t using drugs, he was drinking excessive amounts of alcohol until he blacked out. He adds that when you black out from alcohol, the angels say you’re more open to negative entities attaching themselves to you. Today, Kevin is extremely health conscious and fit. He exercises regularly, is strong and independent, and has a clear mind.”

 

 


Empowerment, inspirational and self-help books by Kevin Hunter
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Michelle Pfeiffer and Sarah Jessica Parker interview each other. Roles for empowering women discussed.

Michelle Pfeiffer asks Sarah Jessica Parker about “Sex and the City” and was it their goal to create an empowering show with female characters.  Having worked for Michelle at her boutique company for many years until she closed it, one of the things she asked me to look at with incoming scripts for her were empowering strong women.  No victims!   It’s nice to see many calling her the ‘legendary Michelle Pfeiffer’ after this interview was released.   Michelle was one of the last batch of greats during the Movie Star era which no longer exists.  There are celebrities in movies, but the ‘movie star’ label started to dwindle when technology rose up in the 2000’s where everyone is considered a star.

Sarah Jessica Parker fan gushes all over Michelle Pfeiffer throughout while counter interviewing Michelle’s process as an actor and how to balance it with her extremely private personal life.  Sarah reveals one of her favorite Michelle movies in this candid interview for Actors on Actors for Variety, and it’s not one that would immediately come to mind for the general public below.

Watch the 30 minute episode below to find out more.


Empowerment, inspirational and self-help books by Kevin Hunter
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Michelle Pfeiffer Heals me with an Eagle’s Feather.

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In the Summer of 2009, I picked up my phone and noticed a slew of missed calls, some of them from Michelle. I couldn’t talk to her. I couldn’t talk to anybody. I was so miserable. So distraught.

Another half hour passed and Michelle’s number was blinking on my screen as she relentlessly called again, so I picked it up this time. We spoke about the intimate romantic split that left me in pieces when she then convinced me to pack my bags and let her pilot fly me up to her abode for the weekend.

She had lost her father years before that due to Cancer and I remember being amazed at how strong she was and how she just took over for the family. It was the same way I would be when my father would pass away a year later.

Recently she said, “You’re the strongest most calm person I know. I’ve never seen you crumble…..except when you split from {name removed}.” I added, “Oh God, remember that?” She said, “Yeah! That was narly man.”

Michelle and David (husband) live in this massive $25 million dollar ranch estate in what is considered one of the richest areas in America in Northern California. Being around them is like being dropped into the epicenter of unwavering love and serenity that swallows you up whole.

I boarded the small private plane that entailed myself and the pilot for about an hour. It would take me longer just to drive out of L.A.! Gazing out my window of the awesome scenery below while my body bled from the inside out. It was an implacable stinging pain as if a thousand knives were lunging in and out of every part of my body, but on the outside I was composed like the Rock of Gibraltar. No one could detect that anything was wrong. Usually no one can as they periodically say, “You always seem so strong and together even when you’re not.”

The weekend in Northern Cali ended up being a bigger defining moment that snapped me out of the pain or at least alleviated the pressure. I would never allow it to get that bad again. And it never did. It’s just not allowed anymore.

It felt good leaving the city I was living in if even for a long weekend. I needed to get away, run away, hide away. I had enormous trepidation before making the trip, but once I was on my way, this feeling of relief overcame me that I hadn’t felt since the split happened.

When the plane landed, Michelle was already there waiting to pick me up in her dark jet black Land Rover, since she’s never late to anything. She climbed out and her presence at the airport created a bit of a buzz since she is pretty well known in Hollywood films.

In the car she said something that stuck, “Whoever you end up with will have to be realllly nice to you.” I said, “Yeah, but being nice to anyone in general should be a given, don’t you think?”

Later, I wandered the estate clearing my mind or not being able to get out of my mind I should say. That was until Michelle came out to find me and boldly insisted, “Come with me, there’s someone I want you to meet.”

I grumbled, “I feel like a zombie and not really in the mood to meet anybody.”

She added assurance, “Trust me, you’ll like this. This Shaman is very spiritual.”

I perked up slightly, “Shaman?” Like me, she’s always been into all sorts of spiritual type things.

She brought me into one of the rooms in the house to meet this man who was a Native American Indian there with his wife. He had the most gentlest profound eyes I’d ever seen. It gave me a glimpse into this incredible doorway that led to many lives past.

As he opened this huge bag he had with him, I asked, “What is he going to do?”

“Do a healing prayer I think.” Michelle replied. The guy smiled nodding in agreement.

He had me lay down and then proceeded to walk around me while touching me with the most beautiful Eagles feather my eyes had ever gazed upon.

“It’s very spiritual.” Michelle chimed in.

I’m being healed by a feather, I thought. This is kind of like Reiki.
At this point nothing seemed real and this was beginning to actually feel normal and calming to me. The guy and his wife started letting out Native American Indian chants when all of a sudden I felt this enormous powerful lift from inside my body as if some darker presence was being yanked out of it. It was like there was a demon stuck in there. I couldn’t help but wonder that he really did something to help. We took a break before he would work on my back next.

Out in the hall I asked Michelle, “So what just happened back there? Did you notice it?”

She leaned in and said, “Oh, well, you see, he is very powerful.”

After that weekend, I morphed into a cocoon only to emerge a year and a half later at the end of 2010 more powerful than anyone had ever imagined. I decided to come out of the spiritual closet in a big way and begin talking about the “light” and the “others” in my work regularly. I gradually realized that it was also helping others. No one would ever be able to get me to shut up about it from that point on.


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Entertainment stories to distract you from obsessing over gossip and drama

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Entertainment story snippets. Be a voyeur for a minute of one of the many versions of my life. You need a fun lighthearted distraction to pull you away from negatively obsessing over ridiculous pointless drama again. Some of you need to be slapped away from that space.

Brought a friend with me to the Troubadour nightclub because he is a big fan of the singer Tori Amos. I intended to introduce them since I know her and she said she was going to the club to support one of her indie bands she was promoting. In the VIP room near the bar, I was talking to my friend when his eyes suddenly widened at the same time I felt someone come up close behind me and gently squeeze the sides of my hips with their hands and then plant a kiss on my shoulder, “Hi sweetie.” It was Tori Amos. I turned and gave her a hug hello and then said to my friend, “Here you go.”

Director Christopher Columbus walks into his offices on the Warner Brothers lot to find no one there except me sitting on the couch alone with rock singer/composer Danny Elfman discussing our gadgets. No not that. Technical gadgets. Danny was going to be meeting with Chris again as he was set to compose the score for Harry Potter, but he popped by earlier so he and I could have lunch and hang out.

I was sitting Indian style facing him when Chris walks in as if we’re up to no good, “Well, well, well.” I smirked, “Uh-oh”, then I looked back at Danny, “Now it looks like we’re having an affair.” Just another day at the office. Chris has Directed many popular Hollywood films and Danny was the lead singer for the band Oingo Boingo in the 80’s before becoming an award nominated film composer for endless movies including many of Tim Burton’s films.

During my Michelle (Pfeiffer) working days, a realtor stopped by her production company to give me the keys to a beautiful Beverly Hills Mansion that we were renting for actress Jessica Lange while she stayed in L.A. during our film shoot for “A Thousand Acres”. I went to the mansion to do a quick walk thru with Pfeiffer’s producing partner, the location manager, two location assistants, and the transportation coordinator. I opened the door flanked by these guys with camera’s around their necks. We walked into the foyer and there stood Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley in their bathrobes like deer in headlights.

I said, “I’m sorry we didn’t think anyone would be here.” They seemed to be panicked for a second. I had forgot they are well known and thought we were paparazzi. I put them at ease, “We’re not press. If I want to get on a movie set, then I’m going to get on a movie set.” I explained who we were and they relaxed and apologized. I said, “We just need a few quick minutes. You don’t have to leave and then we’ll be out of here.” Elizabeth explained they were dragging it on getting out of there. I said they can stay the day, there’s no rush, Jessica isn’t flying into L.A. for a few more days.

It is odd that my entire life has strangely been surrounded by well known talent, even though other than that aspect there is nothing Hollywood about me at all. I don’t care for premieres, screenings, parties, or any of that even on the rare occasion I do go. I prefer to be on the beach or in nature somewhere making love, connecting, or writing.

I do however love creative offbeat types and many popular talent fit that description. Since I’m super unusual to begin with as it is, many of them gravitate to me as well, and also because I treat everyone exactly the same whether you’re the garbage man or a movie star. It shows and they all know it.

When you’ve spent 43 years constantly bumping into them, working with them, meeting them, hanging out with them, you don’t see them the way the world does, but just regular people who just happen to be well known and good at their jobs. It is true I often forget who I’m talking to when you’ve known them awhile or it’s a regular occurrence.


Empowerment, inspirational and self-help books by Kevin Hunter
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Michelle Pfeiffer is back in four films in 2017

Michelle Pfeiffer, who I’ve known for over 20 years and worked with at her production company in the late mid to late 1990’s, has been busy all year filming four back to back projects.  All of that stuff will be coming out in 2017 and it could garner her some award attention.   First up is a little independent film called “Where is Kyra?”, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017.

Sundance who chose the picture for the festival says, “Michelle Pfeiffer plays a very different character with her, gritty, down and dirty, something you never seen her doing before, and it’s beautifully cinematic.”


The movie surrounds, “Mild-mannered, sheltered Kyra, played with intensity by Michelle Pfeiffer, begins to spiral after the death of her mother. Long out of work, the deep-in-debt Kyra struggles to support herself.  As she becomes increasingly desperate and isolated, longing for her mother, she launches a cryptic, last-ditch scheme to keep from being evicted. She also finds solace in another lonely soul, Doug (Kiefer Sutherland), from whom she initially tries to hide her plight, but Kyra slowly ropes him into her deception.” 

 

Robert DeNiro with Michelle Pfeiffer

 

Michelle transforms physically in a piece she filmed with Robert DeNiro for HBO called, “Wizard of Lies”.  It’s based on the true story of Bernard and Ruth Madoff.  Bernie Madoff is considered the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.   Alessandro Nivola, who I worked with on the Julia Stiles picture “Carolina”, plays their son Mark Madoff.   This is the fourth time Michelle has worked with Robert DeNiro, as they both starred in “Stardust”, “New Year’s Eve”, and “The Family”.  It will likely be aired around May 2017, just as we kick off the Summer.

“Wizard of Lies” for HBO

She has also wrapped up a bigger film called, “Mother”, for Paramount Studios with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem for Director Darren Aronofsky who gave us “Requiem for a Dream”, “The Wrestler”, “Black Swan”, “Noah”, and “The Fighter.”  The film is a thriller surrounding a couple who seems to have the perfect relationship until unexpected guests arrive shifting everything.  The release date is looking to be December 29, 2017.

And that’s not all!

Michelle is currently filming, “Murder on the Orient Express”, with Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench.   She stepped in as the understudy for Angelina Jolie who dropped out of the Murder film during pre-production due to the rough personal time she’s going through with the dissolve of her marriage.   Ironically, Angelina had stepped in for Michelle for “Original Sin” a film I worked on back in 2000, which was produced by Michelle Pfeiffer’s company and originally called, “Dancing in the Dark”, based on the novel of the same name, “Waltz Into Darkness”.

“Dark Shadows”

This is the second time Michelle has worked with Johnny Depp.  They both starred in Tim Burton’s, “Dark Shadows” in 2012.   Although “Murder on the Orient Express” is currently filming, the release date is aimed for November 22, 2017.

 


Empowerment, inspirational and self-help books by Kevin Hunter
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Entertainment Industry Story: Tim Burton

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Director Tim Burton was one of the guys I wanted to work with as I’m a huge lifelong fan. The opportunity presented itself twice during my Film Production days. Actor, Mark Wahlberg had recommended me to the Tim Burton people for “Planet of the Apes”. I had spent the previous year working 12 hour days with Mark on “The Perfect Storm” for Warner Bros.

I received a call from the Tim Burton people about the glowing recommendation and that they wanted to hire me. It was a Saturday and I was in Las Vegas and not in work mode. I said I would let them know Monday.

Come to find out they hired someone else before then. I more or less said, “Your loss.” I didn’t mean it unkindly. It’s your movie, but who you hired is a mistake. Cocky? Maybe. I don’t care.

Two weeks later I get another call from the Tim Burton people saying the person they hired was fired. Film Productions move way too fast and many can’t pull through. The producers more or less begged me this time and offered more money and whatever it would take to get me.

At this point I was prepping for “Original Sin” with Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas, a film that Michelle Pfeiffer produced and had originally been attached to star in, but opted out of starring in at the time as she was in temporary semi-retirement due to wanting to spend more time with her family.

The other movie the Tim Burton people offered me was “Big Fish” with Ewan McGregor and Jessica Lange, who I had also worked with years before on “A Thousand Acres”. The shoot was going to be six day weeks in Alabama, which means an obscene amount of money.

I never did movies for the money and would get offered quite a bit whenever I’d turn something down. They’d keep coming back and giving me a figure, “How’s this?” I’d explain, “Well it’s not about the money.” Of course I am aware of having the luxury of not having to take a job just for the money.

During that time one of my love relationships had ended tragically and I wasn’t in a position to do anything. I declined the offer to do “Big Fish” as I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I need to be 110% present or I’m not doing it.

Over the course of several weeks, the Tim Burton people came back around two additional times asking me repeatedly if I would please consider. They offered me even more money to say yes. My answer was the same each time. “No, I’m sorry.”

Just goes to show you that no matter how much of a fan I might be, I know what I’m getting myself into. If I’m not mentally or emotionally prepared to give something my all, then I’m not going to do it. I need to feel whatever I’m doing in my life passionately, or it’s not going to happen.


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Acting, Writing, and Creative Self-Expression.

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Sometimes I reenact acting scenes for friends, but I always sometimes pick the most dramatic scenes possible to do. Whenever I’d do a scene, I’d take a minute to fall into the character as if it’s happening real time. A few friends are sitting there next to one another all eyes on me for fifteen minutes of raw intensity.

When I’m done and come to I’m standing up in front of them gliding my eyes across them like a camera from left to right. They are all visibly shaken some with tears streaming down their cheeks looking from side to side at one another, then one would say, “I need a cigarette.” And another upset with head shaking, “I need a drink.” It would take a half hour for them to gain composure. All throughout my life, others around me would say, “You should be an actor.” or “You should be a comedian.”

It’s writing that has always interested me since I need to control what is on the page and what others see, but I love all forms of self expression.

Sometime during the first year I was working with Michelle (actress Pfeiffer), I was still a young ingenue at twenty-three, we were hanging out in her office just being friendly during some down time. We hadn’t officially become close or friends yet as both of us are not easy to penetrate so it was a gradual process. She sat back in her chair looking extremely cold, dark, serious, and matter of fact, “You can do what I do.” I shook my head from side to side with a thin smile and a strong NO. She emphasized even firmer with that stoic conceited Southern Californian chilliness, “You could.” I took a deep breath and said, “You have to really want this. You have to be willing to eat dog food and I don’t want it that bad. I’m a writer. I need to write.”

The world needs more creativity, sensitivity, and understanding what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes. I wrote about the creative gene in my book, “Awaken Your Creative Spirit“.


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My 20 year anniversary in the Entertainment Business

My life changed drastically 20 years ago this week when I had what some call the big break in the film business. This was a huge turning point in my life and a big deal in many ways. It was the beginning of endless doors being karate kicked open instead of me knocking lightly with no answer.

It was six weeks after my 23rd birthday and I was sitting in an unmarked office five blocks from the beach on my first day at work facing actress, Michelle Pfeiffer. All great things came down from that point and have ever since.

There is a chapter or two in my book, “Reaching for the Warrior Within”, that discusses how I got into the business and stayed in. I later realized the impact those chapters had when I found out that up and comers struggling to get into the entertainment business were trying to get their hands on my book……for free!

I didn’t understand it since the book isn’t about that, but it does reveal some key strokes I made that had an impact and got me noticed and the trajectory it took me down. Getting in was probably pure luck, but staying in was drive, determination, knowledge, persistence and charisma. The Producer that obtained the rights to all Harry Potter films and books had said, “No one can do what you can do. You’re tough and razor sharp, but you mix that with this great compassion.”

Cut to today, I’ve written 15 books in the last 5 years, and I’m being generous here since there are four additional books that were written before that which I don’t count. I’ve never heard anyone say, “You never do anything.” On the contrary, instead I hear, “You need to take a break.”

By the time I reached the highest of heights where every major studio or talent was contacting me to offer me a job, I wanted out and was turning huge gigs down that others would kill for. Soon the recommendations I was hearing were, “You’d be lucky if you can get him. He’s the best.” Years after that, I’d have some of them ask me, “Do you think you will ever come back?”

As I moved into semi-retirement from that in order to focus on my work as an author, Hollywood producers and agents were contacting me trying to get their hands on my phone book which had everyone’s personal number from Angelina Jolie to Steven Spielberg. I locked that book up in a box and have NEVER given up the information. You’ll have to pry it from my dead fingers.

When well known people give you their personal contact number and address, it’s because they trust you. When you’re well known, you don’t have much trust in those you come across, but with me they feel instant trust. This is also part of the reason I remained close with some of them and developed long running connections. The other part was that I am great at my job.

More to come…

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Filming a scene in “The Deep End of the Ocean” with Michelle Pfeiffer

For those aspiring actors out there who love the process, here’s a brief glimpse into filming a scene.  In 1997, we shot “The Deep End of the Ocean” on several of the Universal Studios sound stages and on location throughout Los Angeles for six months.  The exterior of the house that actor Michelle Pfeiffer’s character lives in was shot in the Valley in Los Angeles.  I’ve known Michelle for almost twenty years.  Worked with her on and off for about seven of those years.

Actor, Treat Williams, played her husband and was in the driveway of the house hanging by the “picture car” organizing the luggage in the trunk.  A picture car is the characters car in a film.  Treat, the crew, and the cameras were set up outside in front of the house and on the street waiting for Michelle to emerge.

Michelle was in the house and stood by the door in the corner with her head down in a quick meditation.  She lifted her head and then paced back and forth abruptly moving her arms to get her adrenaline going.   An Assistant Director gave the instructions to roll sound and to cue the background.

Michelle came charging out of the house in a fast run to sneak up behind Treat and jumped up onto his back playfully.  He spun around smiling and held her up.  She was getting comfortable with him as if he were her real Husband.  The Director then yelled, “Action.”  Michelle smoothly slid off Treat’s back and right into character wrapping her arm around him.  They began the dialogue from the script and walked arm in arm down the driveway until the Director yelled, “Cut!”

The interior of the house was on one of the sound stages at Universal Studios.  The Studios tour tram would drive past the Production office that was in front of one of our stages.  Whenever the next tram would drive by, you would hear the tour guide say on the speaker, “It’s called, “the Deep End of the Ocean” with Michelle Pfeiffer and Whoopi Goldberg.”  You would hear the crowd on the tour cry out with excitement and then the flashes of their cameras would be popping.  It didn’t matter that they couldn’t see Michelle and Whoopi, they were just thrilled to be close enough to the action.

~  Kevin Hunter

www.kevin-hunter.com

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