On Saturday, January 11, 2014 elegance united at the GA World Congress Center for the Second Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala. The event shines the spotlight on talented individuals working in the state of Georgia’s entertainment industry. The Black Tie event included a raging 20s theme, red carpet, and an awards ceremony. Many were honored for their outstanding work in film, television and the music industry. Guests were treated to live entertainment and complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and more.
What is the Georgia Entertainment Gala? Who’s benefiting from the proceeds? Well, according to their website…
The Georgia Entertainment Gala has garnered the support of a number of community leaders, brands, and organizations thus providing a unique opportunity for sponsors to take part in an unparalleled celebration. With an explosive year under our belt this highly anticipated event will continue to embrace and celebrate the Georgia entertainment industry of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Benefiting the Art program of Bethune Elementary School and Corporate Code Atlanta. Bethune Elementary is a Title-One school located in “Vine City,” a community in Atlanta’s down town area. It is a predominately African-American school, which encourages students to strive for academic excellence. The Art Program uses a Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) that enriches student’s learning by connecting art concepts to core subjects that incorporate history, aesthetics, art criticism and production. Corporate Code is a nonprofit program designed to assist displaced men reentering the work force by providing them with interview appropriate attire and career counseling. With the growing number of men in need of assistance in transitioning from unemployed to gainfully employment, Corporate Code provides the a much needed Code to a Second Chance!
The Georgia Entertainment Gala brought out industry executives, talent, and a host of other notables in film, television, and music. Celebrity guests included Ramona Debreaux (V-103), Carl Payne (“For Better or Worse”), Bryan Michael-Cox (producer), Demetria McKinney (“Meet The Browns”), Rashan Ali (Streetz 94.5), Ebony Steele (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Jacob Lattimore (“Black Nativity”), Erica Mena (“Love & Hip Hop NY”), and many more.
Take a look at a few photos from the red carpet:
Shout out to Grand Hustle’s Trae Tha Truth is having an outstanding year. After making new srides with T.I. and his Grand Hustle camp, the Houston-born MC has been on a world wind of greatness. One of those great things he’s been able to capitalize on is his digital animated series, “Trae“.
“Trae” has been going for a couple years now. But, the cartoon series has picked up a lot of steam and viewership in the last year or so. It’s not only a fan favorite but also celeb favorite as well. Most recently, actor Omar Epps introduced the series to comedian/actor Marlon Wayans.
Marlon Wayans is the co-founder of What The Funny Studios. Epps believed that “Trae” brought the type of humor that could easily jive with the type of projects produced by WTF Studios.
“Trae Tha Truth’s animated series has the brand of humor which is a perfect fit for Marlon Wayans’ WhatTheFunny digital network. With Trae’s core demographic being die hard fans, I’m excited for him to expand his audience through WhatTheFunny’s expansive platform.”
Omar Epps is also executive producing the animated series.
As part of the deal, Trae Tha Truth and his partner Sugarman will produce ten exclusive episodes for WhatTheFunny.com. This will be WTF’s first deal with an animated series.
In case you have no idea what this animated series is about, here’s a synopsis:
‘Trae’ will follow the hilarious life misadventures of its namesake, Trae Tha Truth, as he traverses the country with his trusty band of miscreants, Grey-D, JayTon , Boss, Purpa and Birdfeed, on the road to stardom. Much like its wildly popular predecessor, ‘The Adventures’ of Trae Tha Truth’, which launched in 2008, surprise celebrity guests are also likely. Past cameos have included MTV’s Sway Calloway, Power 105.1’s Angela Yee and New Orleans rap legend, Mystikal.
Watch an episode of “Trae” below:
Congratulations to singer/actress, Jennifer Hudson, on her induction to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Today, she received her Hollywood star alongside many legendary entertainers. The 32-year old singer looked stunningly beautiful in a short white dress and white pumps and recently funky crop hairdo. Her husband and son were in attendance along with Raphael Saddiq and her mentor Clive Davis. Clive Davis presented Jennifer with her star and acknowledged her fast rise to fame and undeniable talent.
“I didn’t sign her to a recording contract at the very beginning,” he recalled. “But when I saw her, I saw her screen test for Dreamgirls, I knew that she was truly a unique, original artist whose career would be nothing short of spectacular so I did sign her, then…I was stunned by her acting range, she was the real deal…and that voice. I had been privileged over the years to work with two of the greatest voices of all time: Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I never thought I’d hear another voice to compare and yet staring me in the face was a new voice that did compare. It literally sent shivers up my spine.”
In Jennifer’s acceptance speech she shed a few tears as she spoke about her mom that passed away.
“I knew I would get emotional and I’m sure my mom is in heaven like ‘Jenny stop crying’ but now’s the time to cry mama, it is,” she said with a smile, looking up to the sky. “This is an amazing honor as we all know and I did not see this coming. I’m so honored to be here with so many that I love and I feel as though we’re all a family.”
Take a look at a few pics from the event:
The heartfelt speech showcased Jennifer’s sincerity and sense of gratitude. However, many people wonder why she was awarded a star over so many other great African-American entertainers who’s talent speaks for itself, but also has been in the game for much longer than her. For instance, the “Queen B” Beyonce has yet to receive her own personal star on the famous Walk of Fame. The Houston-born singer did receive one with her group Destiny’s Child. Also, her hubby Jay-Z hasn’t received his own star as well. Considering the two have became moguls in music and business, has won numerous awards, and are two of the richest entertainers in the business, you would think they’d have stars by now.
So what’s really going on in Hollywood?? Well, apparently, there are certain criteria an entertainer mus meet in order to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In case you don’t know what those requirements are, STACKS Magazine did a little research and we’ve found them. Check out the full list of requirements below:
Symbols on the Stars
Each star has a different brass symbol representing the category in which the celebrity received his or her star. The symbols are:
1. Movie Camera – for contributions to the motion picture industry
2. Record – for contributions to the recording industry
3. Microphone – for contributions to the radio broadcast industry
4. Television – for contributions to the television broadcast industry
5. Theater Masks – for contributions to theater
Criteria for Getting a Star on the Walk of Fame
The criteria for getting a star on the Walk of Fame are fairly simple. For consideration, a nominee must:
1. Have a record of professional achievement within the nominated field.
2. Have worked in the entertainment industry for a minimum of five years.
3. Have made contributions to the community, typically through charitable activities.
The recipient must also agree to attend the dedication ceremony. In addition, a sponsorship fee of $25,000 must be paid. Non-human and fictional characters are also eligible for stars on the Walk of Fame. Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie all have stars.
Process for Getting a Star on the Walk of Fame
Nominations for getting a star on the Walk of Fame are announced in the entertainment trades. The nominations must be submitted by May 31 to the Walk of Fame Committee, which is division of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Although the deadline is May 31, applications are accepted year round.
Sponsors of the nominees must fill out a very simple nomination form listing the nominee’s qualifications for inclusion in the Walk of Fame. Chances are your very first job application was more complicated than this form, which you can download in PDF format HERE. Sponsors can also submit non-returnable samples of the nominee’s work.
The committee receives a few hundred nominations a year and out of these typically chooses a couple dozen inductees. Once the Walk of Fame Committee has selected a nominee, the celebrity must be approved by the Board of Directors for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles City Board of Public Works and finally the Los Angeles City Council.
The induction ceremony is presided over by honorary Hollywood mayor, Johnny Grant, and is open to the public.
HISTORICAL FACTS: The Walk of Fame began as a beautification project for the city of Hollywood in 1958. It was created by artist, Oliver Weismuller as a tribute to honor celebrities in the fields of motion pictures, television, radio, theater and music. The Walk of Fame originated with 2,500 blank stars made of pink and charcoal terrazzo. As stars were inducted into the Walk of Fame, the blank stars are removed and replaced with a star bearing the celebrities name and area of show business. The stars run down Hollywood Boulevard between Gower Street and LaBrea Avenue. They also run up Vine Street between Sunset Boulevard and Yucca Street.
DO YOU THINK JENNIFER HUDSON DESERVED A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME? WHO ELSE IN THE INDUSTRY IS LONG OVERDUE FOR ONE?
Winsome Sinclair, 25yr Casting Director, Launches New ATL Office, Talks The Film Business & Gives Valuable Advice to Young Actors [Exclusive]
On Tuesday, October 29th, Winsome Sinclair, an established and well-respected casting director from New York, held an exclusive launch party and personal birthday celebration at Bar One Tapas Lounge. The event was to kick-off the new office placement for Winsome Sinclair & Associates here in the Atlanta area. Many of her industry friends came out to celebrate this special occasion. There were plenty of drinks flowing, dancing, and networking among Atlanta’s entertainment insiders and industry veterans from the East Coast and other parts of the U.S.
Partaking in the festivities were Debra Atney (Mizay Entertainment), Nicci Gilbert (Singer/”R&B Divas”), Yung Joc (rapper), Ramona Debreaux (V-103FM), Peter Thomas (Owner of Bar One/”Real Housewives of Atlanta”), and many other industry movers-and-shakers.
Winsome Sinclair is part of a recent wave of film and television business owners that are moving into the Southern market. With Georgia’s fast growing film production industry, many job and tax-incentive opportunities have opened up that will help keep the economy strong. As such, Winsome Sinclair & Associates will join the directory of other companies that will create jobs for the African-American and Latino communities. Sinclair and her associates already have a list of planned events for the Atlanta area that will promote excellence and business know-how. One in particular is the The Blueprint Series.
The Blueprint Series is business acumen. We bring in accountants. We bring in people to talk about doing taxes, investing, wealth, because we don’t want to see them make that mistake. You may have great fame. But, if you can’t sustain yourself, then you still have an issue and it will affect your work. So, we teach them the business of doing business better because it’s 10% show and 90% business. And, we ride that home.
It’s a family thing that we do. My brother is a CPA and an attorney. So he comes in and teaches that course and helps them be prepared for where they are going. We will launch the Blueprint Series in Atlanta in January.
As a 25-year film and television veteran, Sinclair definitely has the knowledge on how to create an opportunity in the film industry. While many young adults choose to use a 4-year institution as a gateway into the entertainment field, others make the right connections and hop right on in – many times as interns. Because college courses and opportunities for minorities were rarely offered back when Sinclair started, she was lucky enough to join Spike Lee’s camp. Through experience gained while working with one of the best in the business, Sinclair began to pay-it-forward to other young interns.
I will definitely suggest a Business course. As far as being a casting director, this is my 25th year going into the industry, so there was no course when I was in school. What I have done though, for the 25 years I’ve been doing this, I make sure every job that I’m on I take on an intern. So I can train somebody else to do this because no one is teaching “our” people to do this. Coming up in Spike Lee’s camp, that’s one thing that Spike stressed, he wanted the department heads ALL look like him. So, he took good care of us in that way. And I pay it forward in the same way. Actually, in 2009, we launched a production company called Legacy Media Group (LMG). LMG is composed of myself and the people who interned with me over the years. We got together and started to things for ourselves. So, I’m really proud of that.
To be a casting director, you have to have an eye for great talent. Sinclair has proven that she is one of the best and has a long list of film, television, and video credits to show for it. In the past 25 years, she has collaborated with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and John Singleton, casting principals and extras for the films Amistad, Malcolm X, Waiting to Exhale, She Hate Me, Inside Man, Too Fast Too Furious, Black Snake Moan, Cadillac Records and Precious, among others. Her most recent projects include For Colored Girls, Violet & Daisy, and the recently released remake of the classic Sparkle, starring the late Whitney Houston.
Her repertoire is quite impressive. But, with it she shares her knowledge so others too can excel in this business. One thing that she is most fond of is helping actors and actresses reach their full potential. As a casting director, she sees first hand where improvements can be made. Therefore, Sinclair stresses the importance of being confident as an actor. Sometimes she says “confidence” is the very thing that hinders people from doing their best in the audition room.
I love smart actors. You need to have your lines and have your lines memorized if possible. But, you always got to come with a headshot, a resume so we know what you’ve done – what kind of work you’re used to. And just…I teach another course called “Start Owning Your Audition Room”, and that’s how to give actors confidence – because you have to walk into that room like you already own it. If you walk in apologetically or not strong, it will hinder your performance. As a casting director, I try to teach actors that I’m on your side. If you look good, I look good. So, I want you to be the best you can be because then my director will hire me again. [laughs]
It’s that simple.
Sinclair also gives hope for future actors or newbies that are found off the street. She credited Spike Lee as being someone who made it his duty to find actors with less experience (or none at all). It is raw talent that can captivate the audience in ways a well-trained actor or actress can’t do. But, although she love working with smart actors, she also loves to discover new talent.
Winsome Sinclair understands her job is to make others dreams come true. She’s been committed to that for 25 years and has no plans on stopping. With this new location in Atlanta, the sky’s the limit for her and her team.
For more information on Winsome Sinclair and/or Winsome Sinclair & Associates, visit www.WSACasting.com or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her firm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @WSACasting.
Special thanks to Raychelle LeBlanc, of SheNotes for the invite!
This morning, the founding member of the group TLC visited the Ryan Cameron Morning Show (V103FM-Atlanta) to share her side of “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story”.
As shown in the movie, which premiered on Vh1 last night, Crystal Jones was apart of the original group which was to make up TLC. During an audition for Pebbles, Crystal was asked to sing while Left Eye and T-Boz did harmony in the back. When everyone realized Crystal could not sing a lick, that is when Pebbles decided to replace her. Eventually, Pebbles found Chilli and put her in the group.
During her radio interview this morning, Crystal’s stated that her portrayal in the biopic was not 100% accurate. Her manager at that time, Ian Burke, was also in the studio to clear up some of the falsehoods about the film. Both insisted that they actually thought of the idea about creating a female 3-member group. The group was to be reminiscent of the male group B.B.D. (Bell Biv Devoe). So, it was not Pebbles creation at all as she claims. Pebbles only gained ownership of the group and its name after the girls were signed to PebbiTone.
Several more interesting tidbits were revealed by Crystal and Ian that answers some of the “unknowns” many of us fans were wondering about.
- Ian claimed at first he did not want to put Lisa in the group. He initially rejected Lisa from the group because she wore a dress to the audition. Ian was looking for a girl in baggy clothes. But once he made Lisa rap for him, he was sold. Also, Lisa didn’t like the dress either. She told him she normally wears baggy clothes. That sealed the deal.
- Ian knew T-Boz was the one for the group after visiting her home at 2am. She had missed the auditions. So, he went to see her in person at her home. When she opened the front door, he immediately know she was “the one”.
- Ian says one pivotal part in TLC’s journey that the movie didn’t capture was Jermaine Dupri’s involvement. JD was actually the person who had T-Boz sing in her lower register. Her tone eventually became TLC’s signature sound.
- Ian expressed that TLC was actually SWV’s name. Since TLC hit scene first, SWV could no longer use it.
- TLC was never supposed to be a singing group; instead a girl power “movement” of some sort.
- Crystal says yes she has an issue with how she was portrayed during the audition scene. She insists that she can sing (but she didn’t take the opportunity on Ryan Cameron’s show to prove it to the world). *side eye*
- Crystal claims Pebbles indeed gave her a contract as well. However, she didn’t sign it because she wanted her mother to look over it first.
This interview with Crystal and Ian did bring up a good point. The producers should have allotted more time to (or a 2-night premiere) include other pivotal moments in TLC’s career. They says that a lot more things occurred surrounding T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli’s career.
It wasn’t mentioned on the radio exactly what Crystal is doing these days as a profession. But she did say that she was preparing a memoir about her life. The book will not be full of TLC bashing. But, we can expect a couple paragraphs about her short lived days in TLC. She’s since moved on and believes that everything happens for a reason.
In November 2012, several key television and film industry professionals hosted a pitch summit in Atlanta. [READ HERE] The summit allowed aspiring television producers to their ideas and gain instant feedback. Well, this year the group that is spearheading this event is taking things digital.
The Atlanta Pitch Summit 2013 will be conducted via online through a web-based program. The webinar will live and include professionals in production, networks, studios, and agencies. If you have started a project or finished a script, this webinar is a must. The only requirement is that you MUST have a treatment, script, or video and is ready to shop your project to various outlets.
If memory serves us, the show “The New Atlanta” (formerly called “Taking Atlanta”) was a pitch idea that came out of the 2012 summit. As you can see, Mona Scott-Young took a liking to the idea and turned into a reality show on Bravo. So, you never know what may happen with your project.
For more information, go to http://www.areyoupitchreadytvandfilm.eventbrite.com or www.tyjohnston.tv.
via press release…
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Warner Cable, in partnership with HBO, will present the Season 4 Red Carpet Premiere of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” on Tuesday September 3rd in New York City. Time Warner Cable will provide Boardwalk Empire fans with exclusive access to all the red carpet activity with a live-stream event beginning September 3rd at 6:00 p.m. eastern time. Customers can tune into the live-stream on Time Warner Cable’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/twc) or YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/twc) for the one-hour event.
Among the cast members expected to attend the season premiere event are: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol, Shea Whigham, Jack Huston, Paul Sparks, Anthony Laciura, Ron Livingston and Patricia Arquette. The series Creator and Executive Producer, Terence Winter, and Executive Producers Timothy Van Patten, Stephen Levinson, and Howard Korder, are also expected to attend.
In addition to the red carpet live-stream, Time Warner Cable will host a “Boardwalk Empire” Twitter giveaway. Twitter followers who re-tweet and follow @twc (https://twitter.com/TWC) with the hashtag #WelcomeBackBWE from September 3 – September 8, will be selected at random to receive a Boardwalk Empire-themed prize pack. Prize packs include a “Boardwalk Empire: Season 3” DVD and other Boardwalk Empire paraphernalia. A total of 25 prizes will be distributed. Customers can visit www.twc.com/events for sweepstakes rules and requirements.
The season premiere of “Boardwalk Empire” will air on HBO September 8 at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. Time Warner Cable customers can visit www.twc.com for local listings.
For information and to learn more about Time Warner Cable exclusive extras and updates, customers can follow TWC on Twitter (@TWC) and Facebook (/TWC).”
On September 10, 2 Chainz will release his second studio album, Me Time. To give fans more insight on his thinking process and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in his world, he’s uses a mini-documentary/series to do so.
Take a look at his recent video “Sacrificing My Life” Part II and checkout 2 Chainz’s basketball skills and learn what motivates him to want more:
What’s Goin On TV and Tronzai Media is taking the videography game one step higher. The team is now diving into the documentary world with a new project that explores the life of Atlanta strippers and the clubs they work for. This first 8-minute clip features two exotic dancers from the Blue Flame Lounge. Blue Flame, as many call it, is one of Atlanta’s first strip clubs. The club came into existence over 30 years ago and remains one of the premiere spots for exotic dancing.
‘The Naked Hustle’ documentary is probably one of the first films to dive deep into this alternative lifestyle. People who frequent these clubs will enjoy seeing things from a different angle, while those who oppose these establishments will get to see and hear first hand the “true” experience the owners and the dancers go through.
Watch Part 1 below:
It’s been almost 15 years since we got one of our best black romantic comedy films to date. Maybe not everybody, but I’m almost sure that the majority felt like the 1999 movie “The Best Man” was the bomb and can be deemed a classic.
Well now the sequel to it all is on the way and with all the transpired back then, it’ll definitely be interesting to see where the college gang that is Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall are at in life now. The upcoming sequel, “Best Man Holiday”, is going to tell it all when the friends reunite over the holidays.
Along with the original cast, Malcolm D. Lee will once again direct the crew. “Best Man Holiday” will hit theaters November 15, 2013. Check out the teaser trailer below.
The first official trailer for the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed film “The Butler” is here.
In case you’re not familiar with the film, it’s the one that follows the life of Eugene Allen, who served under eight presidents during his time as a White House butler from 1952-1986. Not to mention it’s the film that stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard. Oh and let me not forget the remainder of the all-star cast which includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey and Jesse Williams.
“The Butler” is scheduled to hit the big screen on October 18, 2013. Check out the trailer below.
It looks like the production for VH1’s TLC biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story is moving right along. The network has released the first set of promo pics for the film. From the looks of things the network along with Chili and T-Boz who serve as consultants and executive producers for the biopic, the portrayal of the three ladies they chose to play the group are on point.
Check out Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, KeKe Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Lil’ Mama as the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes below.
Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story chronicles the group’s journey from the beginning leading up to their ultimate rise to fame. VH1 plans to air the biopic later this year.
After the success of his stand-up comedy film “Laugh At My Pain”, comedian Kevin Hart is about to try it again. This time with his upcoming film, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” which is set to be released in theaters on July 3rd.
The film follows Hart on his 2013 “Let Me Explain” comedy tour. Check out the trailer below.
In a documentary the sisters and sometimes rivals’ lives will be chronicled with primary focus on their rise to holding rank in the professional world of tennis.
The documentary entitled “Venus and Serena” was directed and produced by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. Of course the dynamic duo will be featured in the film along with their father, Richard Williams. Interview clips from Bill Clinton, John McEnroe, and Billie Jean King will also be included.
“Venus and Serena” will make its way to iTunes on April 4th and open in theaters on May 10th. Check out the trailer below.
Icons. Rivals. Champions. Sisters.
One thing I love about T.I. is that, despite adversity, he keeps pushing on. The hustle is definitely in his blood.
As such, T.I. continues his push of his latest release Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head with the next single off the project. “Addresses”, the track that many speculate was a Gucci Mane diss, will soon hit the net as a short film. The film is directed by Clifton Bell and stars his fellow Grand Hustle cohorts in a action packed, adrenaline-filled story line. From the looks of it, this will be a hot film.
Check out the trailer below…
In case you haven’t purchased it, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head is in stores and iTunes now!
Fresh off the heels of making his directorial debut with his film “The Man with the Iron Fists”, rapper RZA is about to add more acting to the film and tv portion of his career. The Wu-Tang Clan member was recently casted in an upcoming Fox drama pilot entitled “Gang Related.”
Here’s the synopsis for the show…
Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Charlie’s Angels’ Ramon Rodriguez), a gang member sent to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks. He must balance his obligations to his crime family — the gang from his old neighborhood — with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family,” the SFPD’s Gang Task Force.
RZA will play Cassius, Ryan’s partner and best friend on the Gang Task Force. He decided to become a cop after the object of his affection was gunned down. The community’s ambivalence toward her death drives him to seek justice in a world that seems to have stopped caring. [Source]
Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious) will write the script while Allen Hughes (Menace II Society; Dead Presidents) will serve as director. Other cast members include Jay Hernandez, Sung Kang and Inbar Lavi.
Sounds like this one may have staying power. In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted on any new information released about the show.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards also referred to as the Oscars went down this past Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Celebrities from all facets of entertainment came from near and far to be honored, support others and/or just to enjoy the festivities.
Getting all dolled up and GQ’ed out for the special night, check out a few of the red carpet goers and this year’s full list of winners.
Oscars Red Carpet Style…
Full List of Oscar Winners…
Best Picture: Argo
Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Animated Feature Film: Brave
Cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Costume Design: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Documentary Short: Inocente
Film Editing: Argo
Foreign-Language Film: Amour (Austria)
Makeup & Hairstyling: Les Misérables
Music (Original Score): Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Music (Original Song): “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth; Skyfall
Short Film (Animated): Paperman
Production Design: Lincoln
Short Film (Live-Action): Curfew
Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall
Sound Mixing: Les Misérables
Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Argo, Chris Terrio
Writing (Original Screenplay): Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Ever since Kendrick Lamar dropped his debut album, he has been going strong and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Up next for Kendrick is the video for his single “Poetic Justice” featuring Young Money’s Drake.
In the video Kendrick pays homage to the 1993 classic of the same name by reenacting a scene from the film. Check out the visuals for “Poetic Justice” below.
Italian fashion line, Miu Miu, debuted a cool short film which featured two dynamic African-American actresses. The film, directed by Ava DuVernay, uses a beautiful scenery and creative camera angles to showcase the high end clothing line. “The Door” surprisingly features the lovely Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard. As the supporting cast, the 9-minute film co-stars Goapele, Adepero Oduye, and Emayatzy Corinealdi.
“The Door” is one of several short films in Miu Miu’s The Women’s Tales series. The series was a project started by the fashion house two years with the purpose of showcasing the artistic visions of female film directors nationally and internationally. Each director is given the job of incorporating various Miu Miu’s garments while visually capturing the essence of the brand.
Take a look at “The Door” below…
It was announced last year that VH1 would be featuring the yet untitled biopic chronicling the journey of beloved 90’s girl group TLC. With that announcement came the biggest question of just who will be chosen to play the trio. Now while casting for the project started late last year, things have been pretty mum as to who will play TLC’s members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
Well it looks like we have one down. It was recently announced that rapper Lil Mama whose career itself has been quite mummed has been casted to play Left Eye. This is definitely a good thing for Lil Mama considering the difficulty her career has faced over the last couple of years. We’ll just have to wait and see if she can pull it off. But I have to say her chances have to be good considering that both Chilli and T-Boz are signed on as consultants and executive producers of the movie.
We’ll keep you posted on when the TLC biopic will premiere. In the meantime let us know in the comments what you think about Lil Mama as Left Eye and who you think could pull of playing Chilli and T-Boz.
The 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards went down this past weekend at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Several celebrities were in the house to support and/or to see if they would be deemed a winner.
The night’s biggest winner was Kerry Washington for her roles in the hit television series Scandal and the controversial film “Django Unchained”. Other winners included Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson, Loretta Devine, Usher and Elle Varner.
Check out the full list of winners of the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards below!
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis – “Won’t Back Down” (20th Century Fox)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Samuel L. Jackson – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding International Motion Picture
“The Intouchables” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)
“On the Shoulders of Giants – The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of” (Showtime)
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Game” (BET)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Don Cheadle – “House Of Lies” (Showtime)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Cassi Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Lance Gross – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Omar Epps – “House M.D.” (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Marc Wilmore – “The Simpsons” – The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX)
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – God’s Work (TNT)
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Elizabeth Hunter – “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Paris Barclay – “Smash” (NBC)
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)
“Unsung” (TV One)
Outstanding Talk Series
“The View” (ABC)
Outstanding Reality Series
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)
Outstanding Variety Series or Special
“Black Girls Rock” (BET)
Outstanding Children’s Program
“Kasha and the Zulu King” (BET)
Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)
Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior block on Disney Channel)
Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)
”On the Shoulders of Giants – The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of” (Showtime)
Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
Usher (RCA Records)
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
Duo, Group or Collaboration
Mary Mary (Columbia)
”The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection” – The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy)
Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
”Go Get It” – Mary Mary (Columbia)
World Music Album
”Wonderful Life” – Estelle (Atlantic)
”Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
”I Look To You” – Whitney Houston and R. Kelly (RCA Records)
“I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston” – Whitney Houston (RCA Records)
Literary Work – Fiction
*WINNER “The Reverend’s Wife” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central’s Wife)
Literary Work – Non-Fiction
”The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court ” – Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday)
Literary Work – Debut Author
”Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words” – Darryl L. Lacy (Darryl L. Lacy (iUniverse))
Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography
”Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change” – John Lewis (Hyperion)
Literary Work – Instructional
”Health First: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide” – Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard (SmileyBooks)
Literary Work – Poetry
”Speak Water” – Truth Thomas (Cherry Castle Publishing)
Literary Work – Children
”What Color is My World?” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymons Obstfeld (Author), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)
Literary Work – Youth/Teens
”Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders” – Gregory Reed (Amber Books)
Writing in a Comedy Series
Marc Wilmore – “The Simpsons” – The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX)
Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – God’s Work (TNT)
Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Elizabeth Hunter – “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
Just a few days away from the release of his film, “The Man with the Iron Fists” in which he’ll make his directorial debut, RZA is giving up the goods on how he made his way to the director’s chair. Previously being well known for his membership in the legendary hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan, RZA says it’s always been a dream of his to direct his own film. This of course is a different lane for him to travel in considering he’s been in the producer seat for quite some time. However, where there is a will there is a way and here’s what RZA told The Boombox was his way when he decided to make his transition from hip-hop to Hollywood.
1. Be Prepared
“You must prepare yourself for anything, of course. Many people go along the path but they stumble because they’re not prepared. But for this particular endeavor, preparation is the key element because they call “on the day.” It’s a film term meaning the time to shoot. There’s no chance for error because it costs so much money per day to do what you’re doing that if you lose a day, you basically losing twice the amount of money. So preparation is key.”
2. Have a Vision
“The same way a lyricist should have vision in his lyrics to tell a story, you gotta have vision as a director, as well on how you want to tell a story through these characters or through a scene or through a moment. Vision is imperative because if you don’t have vision you won’t be able to translate yourself to your crew or your cast. Even if you have a script. It’s useless if you don’t have a vision.”
3. Possess Presidential Qualities
“This is not a job for the weak. I felt like I understood what Obama was going through because you’re controlling so many people, money. On an average we probably had 300 to 400 people a day. Somebody said they counted 700 one day. So it’s a lot of people and you gotta feed ‘em. And I remember having cold lunch or making lunch cold because I kept pushing the shot. But perseverance of the director is important. His health, his stamina, is very important.”
4. Love Your Crew
“You must have compassion because you do have all these people working for you and if you’re compassionate about what you’re doing, then that compassion will resonate with them and then it could become synergized teamwork. You hear some stories of directors who yell. They get things done. And you know that we yell at somebody and chastise them they’ll go do it. But they’re not going to do it with that same compassion. I said I had took my crew past lunchtime. Three days in a row they had cold lunch. Nobody didn’t tell me though, because they didn’t want to disturb my groove because the director is the captain. But on the fourth day somebody came over and was like, ‘Yo, it’s lunch break.’ I said, ‘We’ll have our lunch break after the shot.’ They were like, ‘We had lunch three days in a row cold.’ I said, ‘Why ain’t nobody tell me?’ Then I said, ‘Lunch break!’ So yeah compassion is important.”
5. Rely on Originality
“You have to bring something original to the table. The old cookie cutter formulas that work sometimes in Hollywood, it works more for established directors. But for somebody who’s new tryna enter the business, you better have something original.”
6. Do Homework
“How are you going to do something unless you know how it’s done? How it continues to be done? There are six basic angles of filmmaking that you should know. If you know at least five of the major lenses they use — meaning from the frame, from 17 up to 100 as they say — at least know the five major lenses. So knowledge is the key to any craft.
7. Understand Time Is Money
“Execution leads to efficiency. And execution is an efficiency. The one thing that the man told me and he challenged me because he knew me from the past and shit and he was like, ‘RZA, do you know how movies are made?’ I said, ‘Yeah, determination, focus, good crew, imagination.’ He said, ‘No, on schedule.’ Basically, time is money, kid.”
8. Gain an Actor’s Trust
“I’ll never forget, Russell did an interview on Charlie Rose where he said out of his mouth, ‘I’m about to do something crazy.’ And Rose said, ‘What?’ [Russell] then said, ‘Well, my buddy has a Kung Fu movie. His name is RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. He has a Kung Fu movie he wants me to do. And a lot of my peers say it’s something I shouldn’t do because it doesn’t match to my serious side of acting.’ And Charlie Rose asked him, ‘Well, why do you want to do it?’ And he said, ‘Well, I trust him.’ And when he came there I knew he put his trust in my hand and so I had to deliver on that trust. And at the same time, when it got to a problem… I also had to trust him back. There was one scene where I was like, ‘Yo, I want you to put these kids to bed.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, my character wouldn’t put the kids to bed.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute! Everybody got love for children, even in this movie, even the most evilest man will have love for a child.’ And it was other scenes we did, one of the characters who’s like the most vicious guy, he walks in and plays with the kids. I asked him to do the same thing and he says, ‘Alright, Bobby, if you say so.’ So it’s a big trust that must be shared.”
9. Listen to the Talent’s Opinion
“[Lucy Liu] knows what she wants and she knows the kinds of things she wants to do. But at the same time she trusted me. I’ll tell you a little story about her. When she first arrived in China, she came in when we were already about five weeks in. So everybody was already up to speed and here comes the new talent coming in. And she got there and she didn’t want to see the producers or nobody and I told her, ‘You need to have dinner with me.’ And so we had dinner just to reconnect our energy and she was just like, ‘What are we doing here?’ So we went upstairs to the room that I had five weeks of footage, and we had edited down to about two minutes to show the crew and I hit play on it and when she saw the two minutes she was like, ‘Oh my God, you’re fucking making an epic here,’ and it kind of let loose some of her phobias because she seen what we shot already. She was adamant that her character herself represented a woman of strength and she had a few books and she said, ‘You can keep this.’ And I had just got into an argument with my ex woman who said that God was a woman and I said, ‘Whelp maybe it was [laughs].’ But it’s important for yin and yang to be balanced and I think she helped me with that.”
10. Collect Wisdom
“[Pam Grier] was like a jewel for me. Somebody that was experienced in movies for many years. I watched and admired her and she was so nice and so sharing of her wisdom and experience. Actually, for her, I would just sit there and listen. After lunch I’d just sit there and listen to all the stories. She told me one funny story though that really made feel really proud. Warrington Hudlin is Reginald Hudlin’s brother. These guys did movies like ‘House Party,’ ‘Boomerang.’ Well, Warrington thrives himself on being a martial artist. Me and Warrington met before and when we met, he said his seafood could beat my seafood. After a scene was over, we looked at the monitor and Pam Grier saw it, and she said, ‘RZA, Warrington is going to be so jealous. I’m going to text him right now.’ And that kind of felt cool because we had this little thing and shit, she kind of put me up in that one. I won that battle.”
Well there you have it!!!
Not only is RZA making a major power move with his directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists, but he’s going all in with the soundtrack for the film as well.
Pulling together an array of talent on both the lyrical and production side for the soundtrack, RZA says, “It’s very diverse. You have music from Black Keys, music from Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, My Chemical Romance, rock and roll guys, as well as Sally Yeh, who does John Woo movies, a famous Chinese singer. And then we’ve got my buddy Howard Drossin, he’s a trained musician, trained composer and we wrote a lot of different cues.”
In addition to the people he’s bringing on board, Sony granted RZA the pleasure of using the Wu-Tang Clan masters for the film. As for the masters, RZA said he re-orchestrated some of them along with some other recordings given to him by Stax Recordings. Overall, RZA said, “You’re going to have a great time listening to this movie as a soundtrack.”
Check out the soundtrack’s tracklist and production credits for RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists…
1. The Black Keys/RZA – The Baddest Man Alive [produced by The Black Keys and The RZA]
2. Ghostface Killah/M.O.P./Pharoahe Monch – Black Out [produced by Fizzy Womack]
3. Kanye West – White Dress [produced by Kanye West and The RZA]
4. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams – I Forgot To Be Your Lover [produced by Bob Perry]
5. Idol Warship [Talib Kweli/RES] – Get Your Way [produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood]
6. The Wu-Tang Clan/Kool G Rap – Rivers of Blood [produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood]
7. Method Man/Freddie Gibbs/Street Life – Built For This [produced by Frank Dukes]
8. Killa Sin – The Archer [produced by Frank Dukes]
9. RZA/Flatbush Zombies – Just Blowin’ In The Wind [produced by The RZA]
10. Pusha T/Raekwon/Joell Ortiz – Tick, Tock [produced by Frank Dukes and S-1]
11. Corrine Bailey Rae – Chains [produced by Steven James Brown and Corrine Bailey Rae]
12. Francis Yip – Green Is The Mountain
13. The Wu-Tang Clan – Six Directions of Boxing [produced by Frank Dukes]
14. Mable John – Your Good Thing (Is About To Come To An End) [produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter]
15. Wiz Khalifa/Ghostface Killah/Boy Jones – I Go Hard [produced by The RZA]
Just when you thought it all ended with part three, it has been made known that the hit film series Rush Hour featuring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan will make a comeback. The film’s producer Arthur Sarkissian recently let the cat out of the bag during the Television Critics Association press tour when talking about his future movie projects. During the interview Sarkissian said,
“I am working on Rush Hour 4 right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. I personally was not happy with the third one.” I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit. It’s not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that or a sequel to it by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don’t want that. I want something new.”
As for the direction Rush Hour 4 will take, Sarkissian threw around a few ideas. “Maybe Chris is now married, maybe Jackie is married to Octavia Spencer, I don’t know. Married to Chris’s cousin, they live in Shanghai, Chris goes out to visit them. I don’t know, I want something energetic.” Sarkissian said.
Well when it comes to Chris and Jackie the energetic factor is guaranteed. We’ll just have to wait and see how the rest of it pans out.
What do you think?????
In addition to promos for the highly anticipated remake of the 1976 classic film, Sparkle, info in regards to who and what songs will be included on the soundtrack has been released. Among the songs is the late Whitney Houston’s last recorded song, “Celebrate”, which also features Jordin Sparks and was produced by R. Kelly. The Sparkle soundtrack will be available for purchase on July 31st. Check out the tracklist and listen to “Celebrate” below…
Sparkle: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1. “I’m A Man” – CeeLo Green
2. “Yes I Do” – Carmen Ejogo
3. “Running” – Goapele
4. “Jump” – Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter & Jordin Sparks
5. “Hooked” – On Your Love Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter & Jordin Sparks
6. “Something He Can Feel” – Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter & Jordin Sparks
7. “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” – Whitney Houston
8. “Look Into Your Heart” – Jordin Sparks
9. “One Wing” – Jordin Sparks
10. “Love Will” – Jordin Sparks
11. “Celebrate” – Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks
Tyler Perry and good ole Madea is back at it again! Coming soon is Perry’s upcoming film Madea’s Witness Protection which like the rest of his movies we’re sure will be full of laughs and classic moments. In addition to Mr. Perry of course, the cast includes Romeo, Denise Richards, Eugene Levy, Danielle Campbell, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold and old-school acting favorites John Amos and Marla Gibbs. The film will hit the big screen June 29.
Check out the synopsis and trailer below…
For years, George Needleman, the gentle CFO of a Wall Street investment bank, has been living with his head in the clouds. His frustrated second wife, Kate, has reached her limit taking care of his senile mother, Barbara. His teenage daughter, Cindy, is spoiled beyond hope and his seven-year-old son, Howie, wishes his father were around more. But George is finally forced to wake up when he learns that his firm, Lockwise Industries, has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme — and that he’s been set up as the fall guy.
Facing criminal charges and death threats from the mob, George and his entire family are put under witness protection in the safest place that Brian, a federal prosecutor from Atlanta, can think of… His Aunt Madea’s house down South.
We see you Tyler, branching further out into the realm of actors and actresses…can you say power move…Stacks on Stacks on Stacks!
Just because we haven’t seen much of him on the music scene, don’t think Andre 3000 is somewhere sitting still contemplating his next career move because rumor has it that he’s about to make it. If he hasn’t already, 3000 will soon be jet-setting to Ireland to start filming his star role in the highly anticipated and long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic, “All Is by My Side”. The film which was written and will be directed by John Ridley (Three Kings, U Turn) will chronicle Hendrix’s early career and explore the makings of his classic debut album, “Are You Experienced”.
Now while things seem to be a go, it’s being reported that the family-owned company that manages the late Hendrix’s music and publishing, Experience Hendrix LLC, has released a statement saying that the don’t have a hand in the projection. In the statement it was made clear that such a project cannot go forth with the inclusion of Hendrix’s original music or copyrights without their participation.
All we can and will say for now is that if both of the tidbits mentioned above are true then there’s a script full of drama within itself! But only time will tell so we’ll just have to wait and see how this all pans out!
Over the years hip-hop has taken its twists and turns, but no matter which way the path leads something from back in the day is brought along. In a new upcoming film directed actor/rapper Ice-T, the journey of hip-hop will be explored and chronicled from the minds of artists who have made and left their mark in music. Here’s what “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” is all about…
Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music. This performance documentary goes beyond the stardom and the bling to explore what goes on inside the minds, and erupts from the lips, of the grandmasters of rap. Recognized as the godfather of Gangsta rap, Ice-T is granted unparalleled access to the personal lives of the masters of this artform that he credits for saving his life. Interspersed with the performers’ insightful, touching, and often funny revelations are classic raps, freestyle rhymes, and never before heard a cappellas straight from the mouths of the creators. What emerges is a better understanding of, and a tribute to, an original American art form that brought poetry to a new generation.
“Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” will feature interviews from artists such as Big Daddy Kane, Bun B, Nas, Chuck D, Kanye West, Dana Dane,Ice Cube, Doug E. Fresh, Krs-One, Eminem, Dr. Dre and many more. The film is set to hit theaters June 15. Check out the trailer below.
After making his rounds on the hit show House, actor Omar Epps plans on hanging around and is about to make some major power moves. What does he have brewing you ask?
Well first up, via his production company Brooklyn Works Films, Epps is gearing up to produce and star in his screenplay Between Us. The project is joint effort with Tracey Edmonds’ of Our Stories Film and will be financed by none other than the Williams brothers better known as Baby and Slim, CEOs of the YMCMB record label. On how the deal came about with YMCMB, Epps says, “They loved the concept and in a perfect world, we’ll be shooting late summer or early fall.”
In addition to developing his screenplay, Epps is also working on several television projects and recently produced and financed a musical and film.
Finally, here’s the first real sneak peek at the highly anticipated remake of the movie Sparkle starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. The film which was written by Mara Brick Akil and Howard Rosenman and directed by Salim Akil will hit theaters August 17. The film’s all-star cast includes Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Cee-Lo Green and Derek Luke. Check out the trailer below…
We can’t wait!!!!