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!!!!
Check out the new music video for the song Think Like A Man, from the soundtrack for the upcoming film of the same name. The song is performed by Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo with a feature from Rick Ross. Think Like A Man hits theaters April 20th.
Check out the video below as actor Idris Elba chats it up with Jimmy Fallon about his Golden Globe win and his new movie with Nicolas Cage, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengenance.
After taking the film industry by storm and doing it like only him and Madea can, media mogul Tyler Perry opens up and share his secrets for success. Check out the video below as Perry answers the question “How did you make it?”
We’re sure you’ve heard all the buzz about the upcoming film, Think Like a Man that’s based on Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. But in the case that you’ve been in hiding…the film revolves around four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey’s relationship advice against them. The cast includes Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Meagan Good and of course Steve Harvey. Think Like a Man hits the big screen April 6, 2012
Check out the first trailer…
A true professor of acting, a legend in his own right and already having set an iconic trail, actor Morgan Freeman is set to be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards.
Freeman who jumpstarted his career back in 1965 as an extra in “The Pawnbroker” has now worked his way to being a five-time Oscar nominee, an Oscar winner, a Screen Actors Guild awardee and a Golden Globe great for best actor. Over the years, his magnitude of talent has landed him in box office hits galore such as Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Glory, Seven, The Bucket List, Unforgiven, Invictus, and Million Dollar Baby.
Being honored with this award puts Freeman among the likes of other industry greats such as Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Barbara Streisand and Stephen Spielberg.
Actor Idris Elba seems to broadening his horizons when it comes to the roles he plays on the big screen. Up next for the actor, whose career seems to be propelling upward, is a leading role in the sci-fi film Pacific Rim.
Elba will play the character “Sensi” and co-star alongside Son of Anarchy’s star Charlie Hunnam. While very few details about the film itself has been released, we do know that the storyline revolves around an alien attack on Earth in which giant robots operated by humans are used to fight them off. Pacific Rim will be directed by Guillermo del Toro and is scheduled to be released in 2013.
We can’t wait to see how Elba does in this role. This role seems to be on the other side of the spectrum in regards to what we’ve seen from him in Daddy’s Little Girls, Obsessed and Takers.
Producers Idris Elba and Debbie Allen and Brown Paper Dolls Productions have come together to shine a new light on African-American women. The television series, Milk + Honey, was created to show diverse images of women of color and to give more acting opportunities to people of color. The pilot is currently being shopped to several networks in hopes of being picked up by a major network. Brown Paper Dolls is hoping to reach no less than 1 million views of the trailer. They are asking everyone to check out the trailer at www.milkandhoneyseries.com.
From the look of the trailer, this series will be a refreshing twist to the current reality show craze. So check it out and let us know what you think.
Will Milk+Honey make it on television?
ABC aired the movie to an audience of over 12 million viewers this past February. The all-star cast included Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Audra McDonald, Sean Patrick Thomas and Sanaa Lathan.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, who played Walter Lee Younger, says…“I really didn’t think it could get any better,” Combs told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “First, an Emmy nomination and now a Golden Globe…this is an incredible honor. A dream come true.”
The film also received an Emmy nomination for Best Motion Picture and Phylicia Rashad earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance as Lena.
The 2008 Golden Globes will air January 11, 2009 at 8Pm on NBC.
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is on a mission, a real 007 mission, to become the next James Bond. With the release of his recent “I AM KING” commercial movie for his fragrance line, it was evident that the video was inspired by the 007 series. It was on a “black Bond type tip”, says Mr. Combs.
“I know in [MI6] they have some black agents,” Diddy said at New York’s London Hotel, where he was promoting his I Am King men’s fragrance. “I know there’s some black people that can save the world. White people aren’t the only people that can save the world. My variation, I would come from the New York agency. I would actually be working with James Bond. And he would get kidnapped, and I would have to come get him and save the day. It’s a natural thing. It’s organic. I think it would be a tragedy for the next James Bond not to be black, and I think the next Superman should be black. We are like the coolest creatures on the face of the Earth.”
Not only does Mr. Combs believe he should be the next James Bond, but he also want to be the first black Superman.
Check out his explanation to MTV!
I guess anything you set your mind to, you can achieve.