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.
Hey parents! After sifting through the worldwide web for youth-related content, here are two cost savvy treats that’ll be great for your kids.
First off, “National Free Comic Book Day” will be celebrated on May 4th. At participating comic book stores across the globe, 4.6 million comic books will be given away free to customers. In case you are wondering if only certain series of books will be free, don’t worry because ALL of your favorite books are included (i.e. Star Wars, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Walking Dead, and Superman). The free books will appeal to a broad audience who’s known to appreciate horror, sci-fi, action-packed, or kid-friendly content. So, YES, this means that the adults will have an opportunity to catch the savings too.
In addition, comic shops will offer other great deals and exclusive items. Don’t be surprised if you see a few super-heroes onsite. If you would like to see the full list of free titles, go to www.freecomicbookday.com. While on the site, check the Locator to see which stores in your area will be participating.
For the kids who’d prefer to see their favorite super-hero or cartoon character on film, you’re in luck! This summer, Regal Entertainment Group (Regal Cinemas) launch their “Summer Movie Express 2013″ festival. The festival will run for nine weeks offering movie-goers the chance to watch G and PG rated movies. Movies will be show on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10AM. Admission will only cost $1 dollar with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
Over 300 Regal Cinemas locations will be participating and the movies selected are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. The Three Stooges, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Rio, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Yogi Bear, Happy Feet Two and many other films are on the list of scheduled movies.
To find the complete list and show dates, go to www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express .
We love it when Andre 3000 mysteriously pops up with new music. This time around, he lends his creative juices to a remake of the late Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black”.
Along for the ride, however, is Mrs. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The two very talented artists add a different spin to the track, which will be visually heard on the remake of the Great Gatsby movie. “Back to Black” will also be featured on the movie soundtrack as well. Although this is just a snippet, you can tell is going to be a fan favorite.
In addition, Beyoncé’s hubby Jay-Z pens the song 100$ Bill on the soundtrack. Will.I.AM. Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, and many others were all called on to bless the movies’ soundscape.
Listen to the full snippet review below:
Tracey Edmonds is one the most prominent female producers in television and film. As CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc, her projects have included Soul Food, Hav Plenty, Light It Up, Good Luck Chuck, Jumping the Broom, and various other films and television shows. With numerous awards and honors achieved for her many contributions to the entertainment and philanthropic arenas, Edmonds has secured her spot in production history.
Well, it seems as though, Ms. Edmonds is moving into the digital world with the creation of a new Youtube Channel. She recently sat down with Essence.com to discuss the new network (“Alright TV”) and what its content will contain.
ESSENCE.com: Congrats on the launch of Alright TV. What was your motivation in creating this channel?
Tracey Edmonds: A year and a half ago I started tweeting something inspirational every morning to keep people going. I got so many tweets back and had no idea how much it helped others. I realized people were really hungry to be uplifted and inspired. I had been working on a business plan for a cable network of inspirational programming and YouTube was the perfect partnership. We offer high entertainment value alongside a message, without beating people over the head.
ESSENCE.com: And you definitely are bringing the entertainment with Issa Rae and more on the network.
Tracey Edmonds: I love Issa Rae! We are doing a choir series with her to take a fun look at everything that happens in a church choir including relationships and choir competitions. Ever Sunday we also live stream church services from Bishop T.D. Jakes and many others. This network is more modern and progressive than traditional gospel networks. We may surprise people. We have a dating web series for singles. Ms. Right stars DeRay Davis and pokes fun at the prototypes men deal with when dating. Mr. Right features Kali Hawk, as a woman searching for love. Our message is whatever you are going through, you are not alone. If you haven’t met Mr. Right yet, that’s ok. Stay optimistic because one day you will.
Despite her hectic schedule, Edmonds is able to balance work and personal time all while being in the spotlight. This is evident through her past marriages to Babyface and Eddie Murphy. Now, her personal life is in the forefront of the media, again, due to her association with former NFL star Deion Sanders. The two are now a couple. Some wonder if Sanders’ career in television helped spawn Edmonds interest in the sports legend. Edmonds must see his on-film star quality because he’ll be involved with a new show project titled “Sports Dad.”
ESSENCE.com: We also see Deion Sanders, who you are dating, has a few shows on your network. How is it working with him and also being in a relationship?
Tracey Edmonds: He’s been wonderful. He’s one of the most positive people I know. On the network, Deion hosts Sports Dad where he comes to the rescue of sports-obsessed dads who are pushing their kids too hard. He’s also doing an inspirational blog. I met Deion through business and had a chance to see the wonderful man he is.
Congratulations to Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders on their new endeavours!
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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.
Well, well, well…Tyler Perry is continuing to surprise Hollywood with great box office numbers. His recent release ‘Temptation’ opened in theaters on Friday, March 29. The current estimated weekend box office sales are approximately $22 million. Even though the story line isn’t new when it comes to love and infidelity, the community didn’t mind. These are good numbers and shows that all African-American casts are still appreciated by movie goers.
To show his appreciation, Tyler Perry even took to his blog to express his love to all of those who went out to see the film. He wrote…
Hey Happy Easter,
Well, where can I start? I just want to say thank you for going to see Temptation at the movie theaters. You have no idea what this means to me. After 14 movies you are still coming, and many more people have joined in to support what I do. I say this often but you need to know it’s true, I never assume that you are going to show up, but thank you for doing so. Because you went to the movies to see this film all of my employees are very happy at Tyler Perry Studios…LOL. Just know I’m grateful.
I’ve been hanging out all weekend on my message board and on Facebook to see what you thought and wow! Some of the most powerful things I have ever read are on my message board. Thank you for opening up your lives and sharing your stories – stories of betrayal and of your own temptation, but most of all thank you for letting me know that this movie gave you hope or a new outlook, which is what it’s all about for me. There were several testimonials of how this movie has spoken to marriages. One person wrote, “Thank you for this film, now I have closure.” Several of you said that I must have been peeking in your window because this movie was too close to home. Another lady said that she left feeling hopeful, and another couple went home talking about how this movie stopped both of them from making the wrong decision. You have no idea how this moves me.
Again, thank you.
KUDOS to Mr. Tyler Perry on another great movie!
Tyler Perry’s new film ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’ hits theatres next week. The film, written and directed by Mr. Perry, is said to be full of scandal, lust, and infidelity. Sounds like all the right ingredients for the makings of a great film, right? But, will the story line be enough to bring the people out to see the film? We’ll see.
In the meantime, here’s the full synopsis and the official trailer.
Judith is an Ivy League educated relationship expert who gives marital advice for a living, yet can’t seem to follow that advice in her own marriage to Bryce. Bored with her life, she breaks her professional code and begins an affair with a smooth talking client. After the initial excitement of their torrid relationship wears off, Judith realizes that she’s made a grave mistake. It will take every ounce of courage and forgiveness for Judith to escape the dangerous situation she finds herself in.
The cast includes Jurnee Smolett-Bell (Judith), Lance Gross (Bryce), Kim Kardashian, Vanessa L. Williams, and others. The film debuts on Friday, March 29.
The Hangover Part III will hit theaters on Memorial Day weekend, returning one last time with hilarity and plenty of adventure. The crew, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifinakis, and Ed Helms, is not celebrating an all-guys weekend in Thailand this time around. Instead, the Wolfpak head back to where it all started, Las Vegas.
What will this new adventure entail? No one knows. But, we hope this final installment of the trilogy will be half as (or better) funny than the first.
Check out the official trailer:
Comedian Kevin Hart will star in an upcoming romantic-comedy that will surely get couples rolling in laughter. Slated to hit theaters in 2014, ‘About Last Night’ is a remake of the original movie (under the same name) which debuted in 1986. This time around producers have chosen to use an all-black cast which includes Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Joy Bryant. According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie synopsis is this…
“…the title of which ended with an ellipsis that’s been nixed for the new version — starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins as four singles in Chicago who became two couples in Chicago. In the 2014 version, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall step in for Belushi and Perkins, while Michael Early and Joy Bryant take the places of Lowe and Moore. The trailer’s been approved for mature audiences only, but on the whole, it’s pretty tame — give or take one swear word and an ill-advised bathroom hookup.”
Peep the trailer below:
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