The 86th Academy Awards went underway last night. Hosted by comedian, Ellen Degeneres, the Oscars brought out the brightest stars as the Academy honored those who did an outstanding job in film. What was deemed as a precedented evening, the movie 12 Years A Slave took home two top honors. Its director/producer, Steve McQueen became the first Black director and producer to win Best Picture. Also, the films shining young starlet Lupita Nyong’o became the 7th Black actress EVER to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role (12 Years A Slave).
Special congratulations to McQueen and Nyongo on their wins.
Here are the remaining winners for the evening:
Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Animated Feature – Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
Best Cinematography – Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)
Best Directing – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Best Documentary Feature – 20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers)
Best Documentary Short – The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)
Best Film Editing – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
Best Foreign Language Film – The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
Best Original Score – Gravity (Steven Price)
Best Original Song – Let It Go – Frozen
Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
Best Animated Short Film – Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
Best Live Action Short Film – Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Best Sound Editing – Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
Best Sound Mixing – Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
Best Visual Effects – Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
Best Adapted Screenplay – 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
Best Original Screenplay – Her (Spike Jonze)
The city of Atlanta was in full go-mode this weekend with the Bronners Brother’s Hair Show and various other events. Many celebrities embarked on the city to capitalize on the crowd by promoting their new projects. One of those individuals was actor/comedian/film writer and producer, Marlon Wayans. Besides attending the hair show for autograph signings and meet-n-greet, the comedic genius hit the city to promote his upcoming film A Haunted House 2.
On Monday night (Feb. 24), Wayans hosted a exclusive press reception for over 80 journalists. The journalists and bloggers got the opportunity to ask questions about everything from his family’s legacy to the Oscars.
Here are a few pictures from the reception:
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Photo Credits: James Hogan, Joi Pearson
Special thanks to Saptosa Foster, of the 135th Street Agency.
The Gabby Douglas Story was the perfect way to end the weekend, an awesome way to begin Black History Month and an amazing way to begin the work week.
The movie debuted on Lifetime on February 1. Gabrielle Douglas “the first woman of color and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics as well as being the only American All-Around Champion to win multiple gold medals, thus far.” She did all of that two years ago, when she was only 16-years old. Imani Hakim, most known as the little sister on “Everybody Hates Chris”, portrayed Miss Douglas (14-16 yrs) perfectly on screen – a young, positive, uplifting teen positively influencing other young Black, White, Hispanic and Asian kid’s teens her age.
The film shows people, no matter their age, not to give up on their dream. And if they keep practicing and working hard, that dream will be their reality. This was a turn from the movies involving rape, incest, murder, and other violent themes we usually see on Lifetime. Not to say these movies aren’t just as good, but this [The Gabby Douglas Story] is just one that has a more positive aspect.
Side Note: The Gabby Douglas Story’s debut reeled in over 3.8 million viewers. In case you missed the film, you can watch it in its entirety HERE.
By: LaQuesha Williams, contributing intern for STACKS Magazine
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar award winning actor, was found dead in his New York apartment over the weekend. The actor was found on Sunday, laying unconscious and with a needle stuck in his arms. Police officials believes the highly respected actor died of an apparent drug overdose.
The 46 year old actor’s peers regard him as one of the best to ever do it, due to his ability to play a wide range of characters.
Hoffman – with his doughy, every man physique, his often-disheveled look and his limp, receding blond hair – was a character actor of such range and lack of vanity that he could seemingly handle roles of any size, on the stage and in movies that played in art houses or multiplexes.
He could play comic or dramatic, loathsome or sympathetic, trembling or diabolical, dissipated or tightly controlled, slovenly or fastidious.
The stage-trained actor’s rumpled naturalism brought him four Academy Award nominations – for “Capote,” `’The Master,” `’Doubt” and “Charlie Wilson’s War” – and three Tony nominations for his work on Broadway, including his portrayal of the beaten and weary Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman.”
Most recently, Hoffman revealed that he had re-entered rehad for drug treatment. He has struggled with drug addiction for awhile, but lived drug-free for the last 23 years. Unfortunately, in an interview in 2013, he admitted to have fell off the wagon and begun using heroin.
For more on Hoffman’s story, read HERE.
Actor, Mykelti Williamson, Talks His Upbringing, Acting Career & Expanding His Brand with ‘Bubba Style Seasoning ‘ [EXCLUSIVE]
In 1994, the world fell head-over-heels for a supporting character whose strong southern dialect and love for shrimp warmed hearts as he established an unique bond with Forrest Gump, who was played by Tom Hanks. Forrests’ best bud was Benjamin Buford (Bubba) Blue, formally known as Michael T “Mykelti” Williamson. Even after Williamson’s breakthrough role, he continues to inspire others through acting, while keeping a small piece of “Bubba’s” spirit within.
For over 35 years, Williamson has entertained thousands of film enthusiasts with his acting abilities. He has starred in numerous films such as Wildcats (1986), Free Willy (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Heat (1995), Waiting to Exhale (1995), The Final Destination (2009), Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), ATL (2006) and many others. Television roles has included “Miami Vice”, “Hill Street Blues”, “Starsky & Hutch”, “Boomtown”, “CSI: NY”, “24″, and “Justified”.
Nowadays, 56 year old Williamson is reaching new heights. He’s currently has a lead role in the upcoming film, Convergence, and continues to perform on television in “Chicago PD” and “The Wild Blue”. Another passion has emerged into a new business venture for Williamson. Thanks to his longtime reputation of being a great cook, the actor now sells his very own line of seasonings called Bubba Style Seasonings.
No matter the industry, film or food, Williamson make sure he gives it all he’s got. This is a testament as to why he’s outlasted a lot of his peers and has many more years left in him. Check out our interview with Williamson. He talks about how he entered into the business, current projects, and his new line of spices.
How did you get your start in acting? What made you pursue a career in film?
I grew as most people of color and most of Americans, I grew up in the church. A lot of singers get their start in the church with their singing, like the Whitney Houstons and a lot of the amazing singers. It was no different for me. I used to watch television with my grandparents when I was a kid, I was the youngest at the time. I stay home from school, I wasn’t school aged yet I would watch public people on television. I thought because I could see them they could see us; my family explained to me that it wasn’t realistic and explained to me what television was. I decided I wanted to be on that thing, I started acting in church. My mom told me to pray about it. I told my mom I want an agent. Sometime went by and my parents moved to California after she told me to pray about it. That was the first piece that fell into place and I didn’t realize it. I continued to pray about it and then one day in a car wash a man walked up to me. We were talking and he said “Hi, you not in school today?” I told him I was out early and was with my mom. We started joking around, this man and I. I was laughing at his car because it was entering the car wash about to get eaten up by this machine. I was like, ”Oh My God, it was over. Your car is crushed and it’s done.” He was laughing and I was just clowning. My mom turned the corner and said, “Boy sit down” and I was like “Oh God, I’m in trouble.” The man and my mom had a conversation and it turns out his girlfriend was an agent. He told my mom, “That young man has quite a imagination, if he is interested in doing movies and television” and I jumped up and said, “Yes Sir I am.” She said, “Sit your butt down” I sat down and he said “If you call this number this is my fiancé, she is a agent and tell her I want her to represent your son.” That’s how I got my first agent. It just came from God. One thing led to another. Started working. Started training. Started studying. Started auditioning and here it is 40 years later, I’m still in the game.
Outside of your character “Bubba” in Forrest Gump, has there been any other pivotal moments that helped change your career?
I would say Heat with Al Pacino, directed by Michael Mann. To me, that was more of the important roles I have done. Forrest Gump was more of the popular project. That actually enhanced my career more than Forrest Gump did. Forrest Gump didn’t really help me. It damned near destroyed my career. People didn’t realize that was an “actor” doing their role. They thought they found a guy with a big lip somewhere on a farm and stuck him in a movie. All the money I earned in Forrest Gump I had to spend campaigning and putting myself in magazines so people can see that it was a actor. It kinda pissed me off. You know as a person of color. Only a person of color would have to jump through hoops like that. It actually pissed me off. I was able to savage my career and now people think I’m brilliant…go figure (ironic).
On FOX new show “The Wild Blue” and NBC’s “Chicago”, what are your roles? How do those characters differ in comparison?
On “Chicago PD”, I play an assistant chief of police and he is a social climber. Then, in the “Wild Blue” the character Donald Bowman is a master chief and the highest ranking enlisted man on the ship. It’s about the US Navy and he is the highest ranking enlisted man in the Navy. Between the enlisted men and the officers upstairs, he is a great a negotiator and a great manipulator. One of those guys, the police chief is not always a nice guy. Donald Bowman does the best he can to be a good guy. But, he is not to be played with. So, I think those are the differences.
So, you have a leading role in a new feature film “Convergence”. How did that come about? What was interesting about the character that made you want to audition for it?
Convergence is about a group of team of police officers and emergency workers show up to investigate an explosion. Once they get inside the building, the real big explosion is triggered, the booby trap is triggered and it goes off. All of their sprits, because they lose they lives in the building. All of their spirits are running around in limbo trying to figure out, where they belong based off how they lived their lives. For me, it was an amazing opportunity and the script was great. It was a project I had to make work as busy as my schedule is. We were able to consolidate my days, so that I can do the project and I’m very happy about it and very pleased.
When will Convergence hit theaters?
I am not sure, its in the hands of the Director/Writer, Drew Hall. He is so smart, such a good guy, and he can easily be another Stephen Spielberg. This guy got so much talent. It’s amazing. Drew Hall is cutting the film right now and it may hit the film festival circuit first, before it goes to theaters. So they are sort of testing it and brainstorming to figure out the best way to move it forward.
If you could name one role in your career, which was most memorable?
On television there is a series called “Boomtown”, created by Graham Yost who wrote “Speed”. The character name was Fearless Bobby Smith, that was my favorite television character. He was so mystical and philosophical. He was kind and he was dangerous. In film, there was a independent film called “Truth or Consequences New Mexico” and directed by Kiefer Sutherland. I played an undercover – a guy who was not who he said he was named Marcus. For me, in film that is my favorite character, even over Forrest Gump. My favorite character I ever done in film. On stage I had the privilege of playing Denzel [Washington] brother on Broadway, in a play called “Fences”. The role I did in “Fences” was my favorite role I ever done on stage.
If you could play someone in a biopic, who would it be?
Donnie Hathaway and Stepin Fetchit. Donnie Hathaway, since he was misunderstood and probably one of the most gracious, sensitive and talented man, who had to wrestle against a lot of internal struggles. And talented most gracious men to ever walk the face of the Earth. Stepin Fetchit, he was the first black movie star, but he was misunderstood and hated by his peers. He struggled to be loved by his peers. I just think that actor’s life to me is most fascinating. Even today if someone called is Stepin Fetchit, it’s meant as an insult. He was our first black movie star. It’s ironic to me people of color are taught to hate their own pioneers. He was the first person to break through a color barrier and people often times hate. Those , to me, are the two dream roles I would love to play.
How long has your Bubba Style Seasoning been around for?
That’s a passion project for me, my Bubba Style Seasoning. I have an online store called www.BubbaStyle.net. I launched the online store with my wife, brother and I about a year and half ago. People can just go online and order the spices. These spices are my own recipes that I grew up learning how to blend. My parents taught me how to blend. My mom taught me how to cook over the telephone while she was at work raising us a single parent. She would call us after school and tell us what to do. How low or how high to turn the fire and call us back and tell us what to add next. And to do our homework in the kitchen, so you can watch the pot so it won’t burn or boil over. That’s how I learned to cook, over the phone while my mom was at work. These spices are a lifelong passion and the very same spices I been making for my friends and other entertainment professionals that I have known over the years – who always asked me to put together some spices, hook up some ketchup or bar-b-que sauces for them – these are the spices. For about a year and a half it’s been available at BubbaStyle.net. We hope to get it in stores nationwide very soon, but it’s all about striking the right deal.
What inspired you to sell seasonings?
I don’t really like salty food. I like tasty food. I like all kinds of cultures from Indian, Mexican, Southern Italian, French, and Asian. I like it all. The reason I started making my own seasoning, I got tired of everybody food tasting the same. They would go to the store and buy the same seasoning and everybody food pretty similar. People would come to our house say “Man what you guys put on this.” That’s a testament to the fact that it doesn’t taste like things they can get down the street. So that’s what inspired me to start using my own seasoning, to get away from the salts and chemicals which we use very little salt. We used herbs and spices, it taste like it has as much salt as you like in it, but its herbs and spices blended a certain way. That’s what inspired me to not wanting to get the stuff off the shelf and put in my body.
Which flavors are available to buy?
Right now there is three. What we called Good Ol’ seasoning, which is a sort of a smoke brown sugar seasoning. Then we got a Spicy Ol’ seasoning, which is a mild spice but it’s a smoke brown seasoning. When I say smoke brown sugar, it doesn’t have enough sugar in it to even register on the label. The way the spices are blended it’s going to taste a little bit sweet to you. Then, I have something that we use instead of using Lawry’s, which I grew up using and I think people like that, that’s cool. We have one that doesn’t have as much salt and it’s called Fry Bubba Fry. You can use it for frying and it’s like a all-purpose seasoning. So, it’s Good Ol’ seasoning, Spicy Ol’ seasoning and Fry Bubba Fry.
What’s the key to seasoning meat perfectly?
Not overpower the meat with salt. Salt should be the absolute final ingredient added when you cooking your meat. Some people put salt early in and that’s just not the right way to do it. Use all your other herbs and spices and use salt last. I think you will enjoy and be happy with your final product.
If any of you are LMN fans, like myself, then you were just as anxious as I was to see the long awaiting film, Flowers in the Attic. The film, which is based off a V.C Andrews novel, titled the same, promotes abuse, incest, murder and deceit.
It’s seems as if the Dollanganger family has it all, that is, until the father of the family unexpectedly dies and the family is forced move in with Mrs. Dollanganger’s parent’s in their mansion in Virginia. That’s when the saying, “what’s done in the dark, always come to light,” is applicable. The children quickly learn their father was also their great uncle and their mother is also their cousin. Confusing, right? The point of them going to the home of their grandparents (whom they never knew existed) was to wait on their grandfather to die. Therefore their mother could claim what was in the will and allow them to live happily and wealthy ever after.
The entire mood of the film is a bit annoying, most viewers were most likely expecting to the mother fighting for her children and well-being. Then again, what mother would bring her children to place knowing they’ll have to suffer, it’ll be a lot healthier and easier for her to get a job and care for her family.
Then there is the fact that the children were pretty much naive and nonchalant from the beginning of the film all the way up until the last five minutes of the movie. I thought their mother had the best intentions for them after she was beat, but once she changed her actions and let the money make her, I knew it’d only go downhill from there.
This movie lacks reality, usually in film we’d something that can be relatable to the mass majority of Americans, but I’m afraid only a small percentage, if that can relate to this film. There were too many issues, and it made the entire film to be morally wrong. Maybe in the sequel Petals on the Wind, they can attempt to win their audience back.
Bitter, angry, scarred; these are just a few of the many terms used to describe African American women. These stereotypical terminologies has defaced and defamed Black women for well over 100 years. The problem with this stereotype is it came from the media. The media is telling us that Black women are angry and every other stereotype whether good or positive about different persons race, sex and culture. Some directors such as Tyler Perry and Dudley Murphy use these stereotypes in their films. Their films features black, angry and bitter women protagonists who are sometimes strong, but it can also be the contrary.
The 1929 film St. Louis Blues, starring Blues singer Bessie Smith playing herself is a short about a woman who is being used by her supposedly boyfriend. Smith is a depressed and broken black woman who spends over half the film singing the blues because she was hurt and done wrong by a black man. This is how many films were during this time, women putting their words in the blues, describing their feelings.
During the Blaxploitation era of film; several of these films also features angry black women. Pam Grier stars in the 1973 film Coffy, she is beyond angry in this film. Why? Her younger sister is strung out on ‘smack’ so she goes on a rampage killing several drug dealers and beating anyone up who gets in her way. But not only is her sister strung out, her boyfriend was also beaten to death right in front of her. So, shouldn’t she have a reason to be angry considering her circumstances? According to the media, no. She’s just another black woman bitter and angry, blaming it on society.
Tyler Perry is the man who most think of today when they think of the depiction of an angry black woman. He has countless films in which black women are distorted, stereotyped against and put down. Diary of A Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married (Too), I Can Do Bad All By Myself, these are just to name a few. Each of these films features one or more angry, black female protagonist. The only things that’s unblemished is that these women are angry and that’s all most audience members remembers from these film; they don’t exactly remember why she’s angry and who or what made her that way. It’s just another angry black woman acting a fool for no reason.
The fact that black women are often seen as angry is not completely these directors fault, after all they’re only mocking what directors and media personnel’s before them did. The myth of an angry black woman really dates back to women such as Margaret Garner, Ann Arnold, and even Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks. Black women who had the experiences of being a pet to the white man and being treated like something less than an animal. Slavery in American began in the mid-1770s; when America was discovered of course. Therefore for nearly 240 years black women has been seen as angry. If you were beaten, forced to work in fields, raped, pulled away from your family, watch many of your loved ones die, wouldn’t you be angry too?
The problem with media and black women is they’re continuing to make black women angry because that’s all they know about them. They know little to nothing positive about a black woman, because they’re still feeding into the stereotypes that supposedly describes them. These stereotypical flaws are centuries old. They also almost always find something else to add to the list as to why black women are angry such as; they husbands and/or boyfriends left them, they’re broke and raising a child alone or maybe just their life isn’t going as planned. Is it only black women who face these everyday events? No, but somehow they are the main women of any other ethnicity derided by the media.
By: LaQuesha Williams, contributing Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The second installment to the The Hobbit trilogy will soon hit theatres. But this time around, it will premiere at a cost.
Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros apparently believe that movie goers will spend $40 on a ticket to see “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. The super-tickets, which will be sold in the U.S. and Canada, will provide a grander experience to individuals and/or families who chooses to see the film. For $40, you will receive “VIP” seating in plush chairs, an online copy for home or mobile viewing, and an free online copy of the first installment “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”.
Regal Entertainment Group and Cineplex Inc are the two major theater chains that will partner up with Warner Bros on the ticket inflation. The purpose of the ticket inflation is to see if this will increase revenue (since people are not going out to theaters as much nowadays). Warner Bros will not reap all the benefit, however, Regal and Cineplex will both obtain a share of the monies earned. It is only befitting if they also earn a percentage considering that a lot of theaters are now equipped with larger screens, reserved seating, and better surround sound.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is expected to earn approximately $280 million total at the box office.
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ATLANTA, GA (Dec. 6, 2013) — Celebrity music producer and musician Drumma Boy reveals his latest project – a striking original film score for the indie Blood First (NaRa Films). The official trailer for the highly anticipated film was released today, giving viewers a sneak peek at the gripping story of two brothers coming of age in what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has called “America’s most dangerous neighborhood.” Blood First features jaw-dropping portrayals of the unspeakable violence and crime that occurs every day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, brought to life by actors Edwin Lee Gibson, Aki Jamal, and Carter Redwood.
“We were very fortunate to get the opportunity to work with multi-platinum music producer Drumma Boy. What people don’t understand is that he is a real musician and artist who worked hard to create a musical soundscape for this film that supported the story and heightened the emotions. He is the ‘real deal,’ very humble and extremely talented. We can’t wait to work with him again in the future!” says Najaa Young, President and CEO of NaRa Films. The film’s gritty title song “Blood First,” produced by Drumma Boy, features Project Pat and Turk (formally of Hot Boyz).
Drumma Boy, one of the industry’s most sought after music producers, is no stranger to taking the creative music helm of a motion picture. Blood First is the third film he’s scored, following Holla 2 and Chapters. The talented musician also made his acting debut and placed records in the new movie She’s With Me, currently available at Redboxes nationwide.
A man of many talents, Drumma Boy is currently the new brand ambassador for luxury sparkling wine brand Moreno BHLV and recently launched his new clothing line “Fresh Phamily.” He continues to produce exceptional music, working with the best in the business including new songs for R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Angie Stone, Wiz Khalifa, and August Alsina. Drumma Boy notably released the highly successful mixtape “Clash of the Titans” with DJ Paul and is now in the studio working on his upcoming “Welcome II My City 3” mixtape, expected to drop in early 2014. Follow Drumma Boy online at www.drumsquad.com and www.twitter.com/DrummaBoyFRESH.
Watch trailer for “Blood First” – original score by Drumma Boy:
Source: Moses A. Hill, Echoing Soundz
Paul Walker, actor and star of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, died in a car explosion over the weekend in California. The details of the accident concluded that he was the passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a tree then pole after riding at an excessive speed. The driver was Walker’s close friend and business partner, Rodger Rodas.
Walker was on a brief break from filming the seventh installment of the ‘Fast and Furious’ series. He was in California for his charity event which raised funds for the victims of the devastating typhoon (Haiyan) that recently hit the Philippines. His charity was called Reach Out Worldwide and it focused on helping those who are struck by natural disasters. The organization was founded in 2010.
The unfortunate and timely death of Paul Walker stunned the film community and his peers. Vin Deisel, Tyrese, Ludacris, and countless other celebrities shared their words of sentiment on social media (i.e. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). Also, Walker’s Universal Pictures family were devastated by the news.
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which has released the “Fast & Furious” franchise, said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the `Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”
The fans especially took Walker’s death hard. Because of his likability, the actor seemed like one of “us”…just a regular guy who’s down-to-earth and very approachable, unlike many celebrities we come to know of.
Walker’s background may come as a surprise to some. Although he’s not the biggest name in Hollywood, he’s been in the film industry for quite a while. Here are some fun facts about Paul Walker you may not have known:
1. He’s the oldest of 5 kids, and son of a model and sewer contractor.
2. He became a child model at the age of 2.
3. He grew up as a Mormon.
4. His first jobs as an actor were small parts on the 80′s hit TV shows,”Charles In Charge” and “Who’s The Boss”.
5. His first movie role was in the 1998 comedy “Meet The Deedles”.
6. After starring in the 2000 film “The Skulls”, Neal H. Moritz discovered him and cast him as an undercover police officer in the first “The Fast and the Furious”. Walker didn’t become a lead in the film until the second installment.
Paul Walker’s legacy will live on through the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise and its cast members. He was gorgeous young man with so much more to accomplish in life. But, his presence was felt in a short amount of time and his friends and family are grateful for that.
Walker is survived by his 15 year old daughter.
Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Nas, & More Attend ‘Black Nativity’ Movie Premiere + Official Trailer
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is the time of year when family and friends get together to fellowship, feast, get their shopping on, and catch a few new flicks. And as such, Maven Pictures are releasing a contemporary version of an old theater classic that has warmed the hearts of many who has seen it.
On November 27, “Black Nativity” will hit theaters with an all-star cast containing many of our favorite entertainers. The film is an adaption of the Langston Hughes’ play, which follows a street-wise youngster from Baltimore. He takes viewers on a journey of being raised in a single-parent household in B-more to spending family time in New York with relatives he hasn’t seen in a long time. During his stay, he gets frustrated by the house rules imposed by the Reverend. It is then that the young man finds inspiration and a set of new friends – while he discovers what it is meant by “having faith”.
In the movie, the role of young Langston is play by singer/actor Jacob Latimore. Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs are played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. Langston’s mother, Naima, is played by Jennifer Hudson. Other talented individuals featured in the film are Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson, Nas, and more.
The New York premiere of “Black Nativity” took place on Monday evening at the famous Apollo Theater. The red carpet was covered with many of entertainment industries most notable celebrities. Take a look at a few photos below:
In case you haven’t seen the trailer, watch it now below:
The TLC biopic “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story” which aired on Vh1 last night was nothing less than superb. If you missed the premiere, check the VH1 website for a listing of air times/dates. The journey of three Black girls becoming one of the largest girl groups in the world was a historical moment we all could finally see unfold.
The 2 1/2 hour movie was worth every minute that I watched. The life story of how the three women (Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas) all became known as the group “TLC” was one that had to be told as some point. With the live wire of the group, Left Eye, no longer living it was only right that T-Boz and Chili tell their stories while still alive and well. In my opinion, the depiction of each member was damn near worthy of an Academy award. KeKe Palmer (“Chilli”), Drew Sidora (“T-Boz”), and Lil Mama (as Left Eye) all three performed their butts off in this movie. From the mannerisms to the diction, these ladies really engulfed the each group members spirit.
Pebbles and L.A. Reid‘s characters played by Rochelle Aytes and Carl Payne, too played their parts well. The real Pebble Reid, however, was highly disturbed by her portrayal in the film. She’s noted to have went on Twitter insisting that she plans to sue T-Boz, Chilli, and the movie producers for tarnishing her name. But, the girls insists that the stories told are truthful. It has been mentioned as well that the movie actually did Pebbles some justice. Word is that she was a lot more sinister acting than that. Regardless, the business dealings of Pebbles were skeptical. Yes, TLC was created by Pebbles. Yes, Pebbles gave them their first shot at a music career. But, to knowingly take advantage of young women was disgusting. Just as a woman, Pebbles should have been a bit more empathetic. Unfortunately, her character was just plain ole ruthless.
Last night, millions of fans on were raving about how good the movie was. One thing that stood out was the lessons taught in the movie. The musical journey of TLC is one that all up-n-coming artists can learn from. The girls experienced financial issues which cast a dark cloud over the group for many years. It was good to see how the group dealt with it though. The viewers got the chance to finally see what caused it, and what they had to do to get out of those bad contracts and regain their financial stability. If any lesson was learned from “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story”, it was that before signing ANY contract, educate yourself and hire a reputable lawyer to help you understand what percentages and stipulations are contained within. As with many other artists in the music industry, TLC learned the hard way. But, their ordeal doesn’t mean it will or can happen to you. So, please learn the business first before signing your life away.
Throughout the movie, however, there were a couple questions that wasn’t quite answered.
1. Where actually was their parents when they decided to sign Pebble’s contract? We know they were over 18 and legally able to sign off themselves. But, you would think that anything concerning money would still be overlooked by their parents. The minute she told me I was only making $25 a week, I would have push the brakes right there. It’s funny how Left Eye was always questioning why they were not being paid. Sometimes the “crazy” one actually be the “smart” one.
2. What was Pebbles underlying issue with Chilli? Was she jealous of Chilli for being beautiful? Did Chilli really sleep with L.A. Reid to get in the group (as rumors speculate)? Hmmm. There had to be a good reason why Pebbles always hated on Chilli. I mean, she kept getting pregnant “allegedly”. But, is that really a reason to kick someone out the group.
3. How did T-Boz and Mack 10 relationship play out? The movie stayed away from revealing their relationship. I wonder why. That would have been a good piece of knowledge to share. But oh well…
4. Why did they refer to Suge Knight as “Master P”? During those times, Left Eye was connected to Suge Knight as a lover (or maybe as a potential manager). Knight’s people must’ve put a gag order on the film, thus producers decided to use Master P’s name (since he was another big time CEO during those years).
5. Who was the mystery woman in the green dress (and curly hair) on the red carpet? T-Boz and Chilli was about to tear a hole in ole girl for calling their sister Left Eye crazy. All of #BlackTwitter were wondering who was the chick. That particular awards show was the VMA’s…maybe 2002 or 2003. The only female artist who wore green dresses (or green hues) was Jennifer Lopez, Kelis, and Beyonce. #BlackTwitter speculated that the girl was Blu Cantrell or Lil Kim. She could have been just a random lady on the red carpet. Who knows. But ifI had to take a wild guess…maybe it was Kelis. She’s the only singer I can think of who wore big curly blonde hair back then. See the pic below and tell me what ya’ll think.
Anyway, the movie overall was fantastic. Everyone did a good job playing their roles. Many people hated on Lil Mama assuming that she wouldn’t being able to pull it off. Instead, she went over and beyond as Left Eye. She truly embodied the rapper dialect, feisty behavior, and raw talent. Lil Mama was definitely the break out star on this project.
TLC still remains to be America’s #1 Top Selling Female Group of all time (and #2 Top Selling in the world). Their music is timeless and their story is rich in love and lessons. Kudos to the cast and T-Boz and Chilli on a job well done!
One of the most anticipated movies of 2013, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”, lands the number one spot at the box office. The film hit theatres on Friday up against some tough competition (i.e. “We’re The Millers”, “Elysium”, “Kick Ass 2″). Movie buffs and critics point the finger at Oprah Winfrey as the movie success generator. “The Butler” marked Oprah’s returned to screen since being on hiatus from acting since 1998. In the movie, Oprah played the alcoholic wife of the White Houses’ long-serving butler (played by Forest Whitaker).
“The Butler” was produced by the Weinstein Co. and directed by the famed Lee Daniels. As you recall in previous posts, Weinstein Co. were battling another movie house for the use of the word “The Butler” as the official movie title. But, it was finally decided a few months ago (for copyrights sake) that Weinstein Co. had to revise the title before they could roll out their final marketing/promo initiatives. Hence, the final official title of the film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”.
Other films who racked in millions over the weekend were “We’re The Millers” ($17.8 million), “Elysium” ($13.6 million), and “Kick Ass 2″ ($13.6 million), and “Planes” ($13.1 million).
Did you go see “The Butler” this weekend? What is your opinion about the film?
Christian Bale (Irvin Rosenfeld), Bradley Cooper (Richie DiMaso), Amy Adams (Sidney Prosser), Jeremy Renner (Carmine Polito), and Jennifer Lawrence (as Rosalyn) will star in an upcoming 70′s hustler flick called American Hustle. If you enjoyed Casino, Blow, or any other movie which showcases masses of money and crooks, this will be the flick for you. The movie will be released via Sony Pictures and will debut on December 13, 2013.
Brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning British partner and lover Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild, unhinged FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Carmen Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator is caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
Here’s the official trailer:
2 Guns & Smurfs 2 Go Head-to-Head At The Box Office; The Conjuring Brings The Scary Grossing $108M To-Date
Although many believe families are preferring to watch movies in the comfort of their own home, the box office sales shows there are a few of us that still enjoy a night out at the movies.
This past week, the top two movies in the box office were 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2. As different in subject content as these two films were, they both drew in decent crowds that left movie-goers with fair criticism. 2 Guns, which stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, is about two undercover agents who distrust one another more than the criminals they are trying to capture.
For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.
When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.
The movie was release by Universal Pictures and grossed $27,361,124 over the weekend.
The Smurfs 2 is the sequel to one of America’s most beloved cartoons.
The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants – and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs – Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and takes her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexi and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
The Smurfs 2 was released on Sony Pictures and grossed $27,761,000 this weekend.
Other notable releases were The Wolverine ($95M -week 2), Despicable Me 2 ($326.7M – week 5), and a movie that many claim is as scary as older classics like The Omen. The Conjuring has grossed $108.6M as of week 3.
Based on a true story, this horrifying tale follows world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
LOL! Jennifer Aniston & Jason Sudeikis Stars In New Drug-Trafficking Comedy “We’re The Millers” [Trailer]
If you combine one of the 1980 Griswalds family vacations and Showtime’s original series ”Weeds”, you can pretty much imagine what will happen in this upcoming flick, “We’re The Millers.”
According to a press release:
From New Line Cinema comes the action comedy “We’re The Millers,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids—after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order to wipe the slate clean—and maintain a clean bill of health—David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted, streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.
Thurber directs “We’re The Millers” from a screenplay by Bob Fisher & Steve Faber and Sean Anders & John Morris, story by Bob Fisher & Steve Faber. The film also stars Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter and Ed Helms. Vincent Newman, Tucker Tooley, Happy Walters and Chris Bender are the producers, with David Heyman, J.C. Spink, Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brenner and David Neustadter serving as executive producers.
New Line Cinema’s “We’re The Millers” opens nationwide on August 7, 2013, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Watch the official trailer below:
On Sunday, July 28, a select group of movie-goers had the opportunity to attend a private screening of The Dark Party at The Plaza Theatre. ‘The Dark Party’ stars A Different World’s collegiate-funny guy Kadeem Hardison, in which the film marked his official directorial debut. In conjunction with a nationwide roll-out of the film, Atlanta was one of the few selected cities to host a private screening. Having received good reviews during the American Black Film Festival, the independent film will soon become available via DVD for all film lovers to support and watch.
The film is the story of Mike and Jeff, two friends who want to find true love. The two come to the conclusion that what you can’t see can hurt you as they look for love in all the wrong faces. With the aid of a talk radio psychologist Theo Radcliffe (aka DJ Dr. Love) they throw the ultimate blind date party that soon becomes a serious social experiment. Amid all the fun and games lurks a killer who’s dead set on eliminating one of the players.
In addition to Kadeem Hardison, the film stars Marcus Patrick, Eric Payne, Iva La’Shawn, Tiffany Hines, Daryl M. Bell (“A Different World”) and many others. The film is executive produced by Salenta Baisden and produced by William Wells and Terry Wilkerson. Also, producer Deji LaRay and Alex Lehmann, director of photography, were responsible for creating the digitally mastered film that features a musical underscore by Edward Baisden, Jr. and Asi Friedman with songs written and performed by Niles Rivers.
Check out the photos from the red carpet event:
For more information about the film, go to www.darkpartythemovie.com.
Idris Elba is starring in what many may consider the most important role of his life. Can he pull it off? Not sure, but we soon shall see.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is a movie about the life of the renowned South Africa leader Nelson Mandela. Idris Elba will star as Mandela and take viewers on a journey through very important political and personal moments of the leader’s life. The film is directed by Justin Chadwick and produced by The Weinstein Co.
Recently, the Weinstein Co. previewed the trailer during the Nelson Mandela International Day celebration. The private screening was for the United Nations General Assembly. Several notable political figures in attendance were U.N. General Assembly President, John William Ashe; U.S. former president Bill Clinton, actor/activist Harry Belafonte; Reverend Jesse Jackson; Secretary General of the U.N., Ban ki-moon, and many others.
The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 29. Check out the trailer below:
Nelson Mandela, although hospitalized for serious health issues, celebrated his 95th birthday on Thursday, July 18.
World’s number one female talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, and Golden Globe Award winner Forest Whitaker stars in the new film “The Butler” hitting theaters Aug 16. Winfrey and Whitaker play husband and wife as Mr. & Mrs. Gaines who are attempting to teach their son about respect, breaking down barriers and legendary actor Mr. Sidney Poitier. Whitaker character Mr. Gaines served as butler for several U.S presidents across decades.
The movie is unofficially said to already be a prospect for nominations for several awards, however, the movie title has caused a law dispute between Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company.
The original movie title “The Butler” is a short film in the Warner Bros. library produced in 1916. Although similar movie titles are not uncommon in the movie industry, it is report that this isn’t the first title battle between the two companies. A judge recently found in favor of Warner Bros. for the name “The Butler.” Whatever The Weinstein Company decides to name the movie it is set to be a “hit” of epic historic proportion.
Written by Dameon Daniels, content writer for STACKS Magazine
Fresh off the mega success of The Great Gastby, Leonardo DiCaprio will be back to the screen as a well-to-do stockbroker. The film “Wolf of Wallstreet” a memoir that has been adapted for film and directed by the famous Martin Scorsese. The memoir was written by John Belfort, who spent two years behind bars for crimes which involved stock market manipulation. Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, and Jean Dujardin will also star in the film.
Check out the trailer below…
Kevin Hart is pumping up marketing efforts for his new film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain by incorporating a message for guys too. In a new partnership with Coca Cola’s Coke Zero™ imprint, the comedian/actor will go on a nationwide promotional tour champing the idea that as a man “It’s Not Your Fault…Enjoy Everything.”
“‘Let Me Explain’ builds on the current Coke Zero marketing platform, called ‘It’s Not Your Fault…Enjoy Everything,” said Lauventria Robinson, Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, Coca-Cola North America Group. “We have teamed up with Kevin to take a lighthearted and satirical perspective on the stereotypical things that men do, while cheering guy moments of bonding and camaraderie. Coke Zero has given men the excuse that it’s okay to be who you are; ‘it’s not your fault.’ Kevin has their back with the opening line, ‘let me explain.’ It’s a perfect partnership for a brand that celebrates men.”
“I’m excited about releasing Let Me Explain and working with Coca-Cola Zero to bring it to the masses,” said Hart. “The movie and Coke Zero share a similar view on not making excuses for a man being a man. We have reasons why we do what we do and most start with, we’re men. So it’s okay to play video games all night, talk junk with your boys or pretend you’ve worked out harder than you have – that’s what men do. Coke Zero says that’s cool and so do I.”
The tour will stop at selected cities across the U.S. and allow consumers to enjoy a private screening of the film. As consumers attend the screening at local Regal Cinema theaters, they will get the opportunity to walk the black carpet and may also receive a special guest appearance of Kevin Hart himself.
Chicago – 6/12
New York City – 6/19
Atlanta – 6/21
Los Angeles – 6/27
Additional promo efforts will include a TV spot called “Theater Seats” which will air on BET and TBS and posted online. Hart’s company HartBeat Productions will produce the TV spot and three digital vignettes that will be released on social media outlets this fall.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain hit theaters on July 3.
The very talented and handsome Will Smith recently spent time back in his home town Philadelphia. To our surprise, he was straight chilling with rapper Gillie Da Kid and a few other local cats at BatCave Studios. Video footage was captured of Will just vibing to some of Gillie’s tracks. Could this be a sign that the Hollywood actor will step to the mic real soon? It’s been whispers that he plans to release some music. If so, the homeboy Gillie may be the right artist to link up with or gain inspiration from. Gillie Da Kid hasn’t quite been given the props he’s do. But, he is known as once Lil Wayne’s right hand man when it came to rap bars. So, he’s nice.
Check out this exclusive footage of Will cooling it with the fellas and pumping a few iron below…
It’s refreshing to see celebrities still connect to their roots. Will looks like he had a great time!
Thanks to Moses @ Echoing Soundz for sending the link!
Starring in numerous films together are the dynamic comedy duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the new flick “The Internship.” If you are fans of the two, you’ll get a kick out of this new film that opened in theaters June 7.
According to the Daily Motion, the film chronicles the lives of two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they compete with a group of young geniuses for a shot at employment.
Check out the trailer below:
As much as Lisa Raye vowed that she’d never play the exotic dancer role again, she’s eating her words now. According to several news outlets, Lisa Raye along with Stacy Dash, Carmen Elecktra, and Lynn Whitfield will star in an upcoming film called Lapdance. The film will appear at the ABFF Film Festival in Miami, Florida this summer.
Lapdance is based on a story by Datari Turner and director Greg Carter, it revolves around an aspiring actress who makes a pact with her fiance’ to take a job as an exotic dancer to care for her cancer stricken father. According to Carlton Jordan, who posted the trailer to his Youtube channel, “once the pact the couple made is broken, there lives are changed forever.”
Peep the trailer:
Okay. So, how many times will the “stripper” story be told? From the trailer, it doesn’t look like the storyline will captivate audiences whatsoever. I guess that’s what the half naked women is there to do. But I digress. The real question though is who really wants to see middle-age women on the pole and lap dancing? When is it too old to strip? I’ve been to some seedy spots before and have noticed women in their mid/late 30s dancing. Although their bodies were still somewhat intact, I still couldn’t help but wonder why they chose this as their full-time profession. Do you know any women that are middle-age and are strippers? If so, hit us up and tell us their story. This would make interesting conversation.
Awwweeee, the fans had high hopes for the third installment of the Hangover film. Although the original cast (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis) returned, The Hangover III didn’t bomb in a good way at the box office. Most critics reported that the film lacked the same excitement and humor than that of the original one. Also, the cast seemed to have lost its mojo.
Check out in detail what some of the critics had to say…
“These superannuated party animals try vainly to stir up some enthusiasm during a return visit to Las Vegas, the site of the first Hangover movie. But their heart isn’t in it,” wrote Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who called it a “dull, lazy walkthrough” that has “a claim to be the year’s worst star-driven movie.”
“The good news is that The Hangover Part III isn’t a rerun like the second episode. The bad news is everything else. For all the promise of mayhem and WTF moments, the final episode hits you with all the force of a warm can of O’Doul’s,” opined Kyle Smith of the New York Post.
“As a Sin City romp, it’s too tame. And as a ‘very special’ ode to Alan’s journey to responsibility, it’s a miscalculation of what fans want from a series featuring a smoking monkey,” critiqued Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly, who gave it a B-.
But who ever listens to a critic. Hangover is an all-time favorite comedy. Heck, maybe part 3 is actually pretty good. Go check it out for yourself and let us know your opinion of the film.
With the assistance of Kendrick Lamar and Tamar Braxton, BET revealed who’s in the running for this year’s BET Awards. Kendrick and Tamar tag teamed on announcing this year’s nominees in Los Angeles earlier this week.
Leading the way with nominations, to no surprise considering his success thus far, is none other than Drizzy Drake with 12 nominations. In addition to being up for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, he has five nods for Video of the Year and 4 spots in the Best Collaboration category. Drake is also up for the Viewer’s Choice Award and Best Male Look/Award Winning Look.
Following closely behind Drake with eight nominations each are 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar with Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake pulling up the rear with four nominations apiece. The legend that is Charlie Wilson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as perform. Other confirmed performers so far include R. Kelly and Chris Brown.
The 2013 BET Awards which will be hosted by comedian-actor Chris Tucker who has deemed the show’s theme as “anything can happy”, will air live on Sunday, June 30th at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. Check out the full list of nominees below.
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)
2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne – “HYFR”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Artist
Taraji P. Henson
Samuel L. Jackson
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Think Like A Man
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Robert Griffin III
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Fantasia – “Lose To Win”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Nas – “Daughters”
Charlie Wilson – “My Love Is All I Have”
Best International Act: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
Toya Delazy (South Africa)
Donald (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)
Best International Act: UK
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.
Now that everything is easily accessible on the internet, simple experiences like going to the movies few and far between. Who doesn’t prefer to sit in the comfort of their own home to watch a movie? Also, homes are now equipped with their very own “movie rooms”. These rooms are decked out with leather recliners, big projector screens, dimmed lights, etc. If families prefer to stay home rather than spend over $100 at the local theater, what can cinema companies do to keep us patronizing their businesses?
Well, Regal Cinemas has got the message and is implementing new luxury amenities at their facilities. With luxury theaters in California and Colorado, the city of Alpharetta (GA) will be next up to receive a new theater.
The new theater will be located near GA 400, on the outskirts of Atlanta. The Regal Avalon Stadium 12 x RPX wil feature leather recliners and dining tables, a restaurant-style menu along with standard movie snacks, and an intimate lounge style lobby/entry area. Wall-to-wall screens will feature the lastest in digital technology.
The Alpharetta location will open in 2014. In addition, Atlanta will also get theater renovations in the Atlantic Station location. This is probably because Atlanta’s hosts several major movie red carpet premieres at that particular facility. So, it’s only right to upgrade the theater accordingly and give the “stars” a high-end feel to the movie-going experience.
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.
Next to hit the big screen for Perry is the upcoming comedy film, Peeples. The film stars Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. Others starring in the film includes David Alan Grier, Diahann Carroll, Melvin Van Peebles, S. Epatha Merkerson and Tyler Williams.
Perry co-produced the Lionsgate film which was written and directed by Tina Gordan Chism. Here’s the gist of what Peeples is all about according to the film’s website…
Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish-out-of-water among this seemingly perfect East Coast clan, but he’s not about to let himself flounder. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is about to discover there’s more room for all kinds of Peeples in this family, no matter their differences. Writer and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism (writer of DRUMLINE) joins forces with Tyler Perry to present a laugh-out-loud look at the family ties that freak us out…but bind us together with love.
Check out the trailer below…
Peeples hits theaters Friday, May 10, 2013.