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.
Do horror films have the capabilities to make people pay off their debt? A free educational program called SALT seems to think so.
To help college kids understand the importance of paying off their student loan debt, SALT enlisted the assistance from the SS+K ad agency. SS+K was solicited to create a multimedia campaign that would empower young adults with the know-how to manage their debt. One project that is included in this campaign is a horror flick entitled “The Red”.
“The Red” features a 20-something girl who becomes terrorized by red smoke. The smoke follows her at every turn, mirroring the financial strain of a post-college world. No matter how hard she tries, she realizes that there is no avoiding The Red. The only option is the face it. The smoke is supposed to represent “bad debt” or debt that is “in the red.” The film was directed by Borderline Films (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond) and premiered in Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.. These cities held the largest student population and highest percentages of students with student loan debt.
Watch the film below:
To find out more about the film, go to www.FaceTheRed.com.
The first official trailer for the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed film “The Butler” is here.
In case you’re not familiar with the film, it’s the one that follows the life of Eugene Allen, who served under eight presidents during his time as a White House butler from 1952-1986. Not to mention it’s the film that stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard. Oh and let me not forget the remainder of the all-star cast which includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey and Jesse Williams.
“The Butler” is scheduled to hit the big screen on October 18, 2013. Check out the trailer below.
It looks like the production for VH1’s TLC biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story is moving right along. The network has released the first set of promo pics for the film. From the looks of things the network along with Chili and T-Boz who serve as consultants and executive producers for the biopic, the portrayal of the three ladies they chose to play the group are on point.
Check out Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, KeKe Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Lil’ Mama as the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes below.
Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story chronicles the group’s journey from the beginning leading up to their ultimate rise to fame. VH1 plans to air the biopic later this year.
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:
Jennifer Hudson continues her pursuit as a highly recognized actress in a upcoming Lifetime film. She will star as “Maggie” in “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” where she plays a woman suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. As a female veteran returning home from the military, Jennifer’s family (her son and father, Ernie Hudson) faces difficulties dealing with her illness.
“Call Me Crazy” is a second installment in the Five franchise, which launched in 2011. It consists of five short films all of which will deal with mental illness issues of five characters: Maggie, Lucy, Eddie, Allison, and Grace.
In the “Lucy” short, Academy award winner Octavia Spencer will play a psychotherapist name “Dr. Nance”. Dr. Nance will assist a schizophrenic name Lucy (played by Deirdre O’Connor) during her stay in a mental institution. Also, the film “Eddie” will focus on the depression-filled life of a comedian who becomes overwhelmed with sadness. “Eddie” will be played by actor James Avery.
“Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” airs Saturday, April 20 at 8pm on Lifetime.
Check out the extended trailer below:
After the success of his stand-up comedy film “Laugh At My Pain”, comedian Kevin Hart is about to try it again. This time with his upcoming film, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” which is set to be released in theaters on July 3rd.
The film follows Hart on his 2013 “Let Me Explain” comedy tour. Check out the trailer below.
In a documentary the sisters and sometimes rivals’ lives will be chronicled with primary focus on their rise to holding rank in the professional world of tennis.
The documentary entitled “Venus and Serena” was directed and produced by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. Of course the dynamic duo will be featured in the film along with their father, Richard Williams. Interview clips from Bill Clinton, John McEnroe, and Billie Jean King will also be included.
“Venus and Serena” will make its way to iTunes on April 4th and open in theaters on May 10th. Check out the trailer below.
Icons. Rivals. Champions. Sisters.
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:
At the head of this year’s class of nominations is Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted.” Both films got seven nominations a piece including Movie of the Year. “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Dark Knight Rises” followed closely behind with six and five nods, respectively.
After making her way to the Oscar nominations, 9-year-old actress Quvenzhane Wallis also earned a nomination with MTV in the Best Breakthrough Performance category for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Denzel Washington are nominees as well.
The MTV Movie Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, April 14th at 9pm [EST]. You can place your vote online here.
Check out the full list of nominations below…
MOVIE OF THE YEAR
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Anne Hathaway — “Les Misérables”
Mila Kunis — “Ted”
Jennifer Lawrence — “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emma Watson — “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Rebel Wilson — “Pitch Perfect”
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Ben Affleck — “Argo”
Bradley Cooper — “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis — “Lincoln”
Jamie Foxx — “Django Unchained”
Channing Tatum — “Magic Mike”
Ezra Miller — “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Eddie Redmayne — “Les Misérables”
Suraj Sharma — “Life of Pi”
Quvenzhané Wallis — “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Rebel Wilson — “Pitch Perfect”
BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE
Jessica Chastain — “Zero Dark Thirty”
Alexandra Daddario — “Texas Chainsaw 3D”
Martin Freeman — “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Jennifer Lawrence — “House at the End of the Street”
Suraj Sharma — “Life of Pi”
BEST ON-SCREEN DUO
Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson — “Django Unchained”
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence — “Silver Linings Playbook”
Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane as Ted — “Ted”
Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo — “The Avengers”
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis — “The Campaign”
BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE
Christian Bale — “The Dark Knight Rises”
Daniel Craig — “Skyfall”
Taylor Lautner — “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″
Seth MacFarlane as Ted — “Ted”
Channing Tatum — “Magic Mike”
Jamie Foxx vs. Candieland Henchmen — “Django Unchained”
Daniel Craig vs. Ola Rapace — “Skyfall”
Mark Wahlberg vs. Seth MacFarlane as Ted — “Ted”
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston — “The Avengers”
Christian Bale vs. Tom Hardy — “The Dark Knight Rises”
Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx — “Django Unchained”
Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman — “Moonrise Kingdom”
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper — “Silver Linings Playbook”
Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg — “Ted”
Emma Watson and Logan Lerman — “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
BEST WTF MOMENT
Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson — “Candieland Gets Smoked” in “Django Unchained”
Denzel Washington — “Final Descent” in Flight”
Anna Camp — “Hack-Appella” in Pitch Perfect”
Javier Bardem — “Oops… There Goes His Face” in Skyfall”
Seth MacFarlane as Ted — “Ted Gets Saucy” in Ted”
Javier Bardem — “Skyfall”
Leonardo DiCaprio — “Django Unchained”
Marion Cotillard — “The Dark Knight Rises”
Tom Hardy — “The Dark Knight Rises”
Tom Hiddleston — “The Avengers
BEST MUSICAL MOMENT
Anne Hathaway — “Les Misérables”
Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez — “Magic Mike”
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee — “Pitch Perfect”
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence — “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller — “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
One thing I love about T.I. is that, despite adversity, he keeps pushing on. The hustle is definitely in his blood.
As such, T.I. continues his push of his latest release Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head with the next single off the project. “Addresses”, the track that many speculate was a Gucci Mane diss, will soon hit the net as a short film. The film is directed by Clifton Bell and stars his fellow Grand Hustle cohorts in a action packed, adrenaline-filled story line. From the looks of it, this will be a hot film.
Check out the trailer below…
In case you haven’t purchased it, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head is in stores and iTunes now!
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:
In what was deemed her most in-depth and personal look yet, Beyonce Knowles-Carter premiered her documentary on HBO this Saturday. ‘Life Is But A Dream’ captured never-before-seen footage of her continued highs and lows of life, career, media, love, family, and motherhood. With a startling kick-off confession of her feelings about her father Matthew Knowles, the sincere moment was definitely a great segway into the rest of the film.
From sharing her personal thoughts on taking control of her career to experiencing a painful miscarriage, Beyonce fulfilled her purpose of giving the world a closer look into her life. Did she reveal enough? That verdict is still out. But, if some of us didn’t get quite what we expected, we did get the chance to see the beautiful Blue Ivy Carter.
In case you missed it, check out the full documentary below…
After viewing the documentary, as did many blog sites and viewers, there were a few questionable aspects of the film. Here’s my opinion…
Beyonce’s documentary was directed by her. First and foremost, major kudos go out to her for boss’n up and taking ALL control of how and when her image is seen. I’m down with the female empowerment movement. So, I appreciate that she’s taking an Oprah-like approach to her brand. However, I think having control of edits and what footage wa seen, I believe took away from the authenticity of the film. It seemed at certain points in the film, the scenes were staged. Even if cameras were following her day in and day out, using someone else to direct would have allowed viewers to see an unbias view of the megastar.
Honestly, I’ve seen most of Beyonce’s performances on television and DVD. Even though I have yet to attend one of her live concerts, it feels like I am seeing the exact same footage over and over…and over…and over. Maybe it’s because I’m hearing her sing the same ole songs which is making the choreography and stage sets seem repeditive. I don’t know. But, I do believe that a lot of the actual concert footage could have been left out of the film. Personally, I would have preferred more behind-the-scenes footage during pre-production. The scene, with the head dance guy going off on the girl for complaining about not knowing how to sew a hat on her head, was very entertaining. I tend to like a little ratchetness from time to time.
Also, I hated that Jay-Z wasn’t seen more in the film. I love their relationship. She is clearly head over heels for the Brooklyn rapper/entrepreneur. When he was singing the Coldplay song to her, that was a priceless moment. It was very nice to see a man act so vunerable and sweet. It made me look at Jay in another light. Lastly, I’m sure it was all part of Beyonce’s plan to only reveal so much. Will we get more footage and personal thoughts in a future film project? Or in a biography? I’m sure we’ll find out in due time her reason for only giving the fans just a little bit.
Nonetheless, I wish Beyonce continued sucess in her career, marriage, and motherhood. No one can deny that the little girl from Houston is a bonafied superstar! Not even I…
Rapper Gucci Mane will soon showcase his acting skills alongside some of Hollywood’s young “it” actors. The movie, Spring Breakers, will debut in late March, just in time for actual college kids to take a break from class and hit the road to their favorite spring break spot. The film stars the Atlanta rapper, James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and others.
Here’s the synopsis and official trailer via MTV’s website…
Four college coeds find their Florida spring break taking an unexpectedly violent turn after falling in with a local gangster in this surreal black comedy from Harmony Korine (Mister Lonely, Trash Humpers). Left broke and alone on campus as their classmates head to Florida for some fun in the sun, coeds Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) steal a car, rob a local diner with plastic guns, and head south with their devoutly religious girlfriend Faith (Selena Gomez) in tow. But when the girls are thrown in jail following a police raid on a beachfront apartment, it looks like the party is over until wild-eyed drug dealer Alien (James Franco) inexplicably posts their bail. Sensing danger, Faith boards a bus bound for school as her three friends fall into a dangerous cycle of drugs and debauchery. Later, a scary run-in with Alien’s bitter rival prompts yet another of the girls to hightail it back to campus, leaving the remaining two to embrace their dangerous new lifestyle with reckless abandon.
On February 2, the Lifetime network will air the courageous story about the wives of civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X. In “Betty & Coretta” , Coretta Scott King will be played by actress Angela Bassett and Betty Shabazz will be played by singer/actress Mary J Blige.
According to Lifetime…
When their husbands were tragically assassinated, these two women not only inherited the mantle of the civil rights movement in America, each also found herself to be a single mother who had to find a way to raise and support her children with no husband or father, resulting in a relationship like no other that spanned more than three decades.
“Betty & Coretta” is executive produced by Larry Sanitsky (Lifetime’s “America”), Mary J. Blige, Kendu Isaacs, Jaha Johnson and Polly Anthony (“Archie’s Final Project”). Yves Simoneau (“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”) directed from a teleplay by Shem Bitterman (“Halloween 5″) and Ron Hutchinson (“The Josephine Baker Story”). Story by Ron Hutchinson and Shem Bitterman.
The movie will also star a well-known supporting cast which includes Malik Yoba, Lindsay Owen Pierre, and Ruby Dee. Tune in Lifetime on February 2 at 8/7 C!
Rick Ross continues to make major moves with his Maybach Music Group empire. After securing a gold-certified album with “God Forgives, I Don’t”, he’s been the studio lately working on his next album. He’s been hinting for the past month that he would be releasing the official name of the album. Well, he did. “Mastermind” will be his next studio album set to be released sometime this year.
As he’s known to do, Rick Ross released an official trailer for “Mastermind”. In case you are expecting something different from the Boss visually, sorry to dissappoint you. The video maintains the beautiful beach house scenery, a sexy companion, fashion and jewels type forte that only a boss of his stature can pull off. Peep the trailer below:
In other Rick Ross news, the Miami-bred rapper will do an on-screen appearance in season 2 of Starz original series “Magic City”. Rick Ross will play a character name The Bolita Boss. Season 1 was pretty dope. So, the second season will surely be just as exciting. In case you’re wondering what “Magic City” is all about, here’s the official synopsis from the Starz website:
Miami Beach, 1959.
As Ike Evans rings in the New Year at his luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, Havana falls to Castro’s rebels. It’s a turbulent time in Miami, but it’s THE place to be. The Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court here. And Ike, he’s the star of his hotel.
But everything comes at a price.
To finance his dream, he sold his soul to mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Ike’s wife Vera, a former showgirl, and his three kids think he’s an honorable man, but he can’t break his pact with the devil. His life is a façade.
In fact, nothing at the Miramar Playa is what it seems. By day, it’s diving clowns and cha-cha lessons. By night, escorts have secret liaisons with husbands in the family cabanas, while Miami’s seedier residents and the law drift together to hear legendary singers, musicians and comics.
As Ike’s world threatens to implode, he fights for his family, and the Miramar Playa, in Magic City.
Magic City Season 2 trailer:
Jay-Z is currently in the working stages on a new film. Not as an actor, but instead providing his musical expertise by scoring the adaptation of The Great Gasby. Although the unofficial news came from the Twitter page of Jeymes Samuels of the Bullitts, it seems as though Jay was handpicked to lend his talents.
“Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!”
During the making of the film, word on the street is that the director Baz Luhrmann played Jay-Z’s music on the set. Also, the film’s trailer incorporates Jay and Kanye’s “No Church in the Wild” during the first few scenes. Take a peep at the trailer below:
The Great Gasby was published in 1925 by author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story takes place in 1922 during the Roaring Twenties, the post World War 1 prosperous time in the United States. The novel has been adapted several times over the years.
The Great Gasby is set to premier in theatres sometime in 2013.
While the yay-sayers and the nay-sayers are busy having their say about Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained, when it comes to the business of topping the box office, it looks as if the film will speak for itself.
No matter what was said about the film leading up to it opening on Christmas Day, nothing seemed to curve the curiosity of moviegoers considering the film stacked a whopping 15.5 million on that day alone.
With heavyweights Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington starring in the film and a storyline that follows a black slave’s journey to save his love continuing to spark interest, it’ll be interesting to see what the film grosses by the end of its opening weekend.
In case you were wondering when Will Smith would be returning to screen, stop wondering. Will will star in a new science fiction film, which will also star his son Jaden Smith. The film “After Earth”, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is about a father and son who survives a horrific ship crash only to end up in a pre-historic land. The two will face dangerous obstacles as they unwillingly reside in this strange world.
Check out the trailer below:
The Smith’s know they stay working! Get it!
Roland Powell aka Lil Duval has come a long way from his earlier days as a stand-up comedian. Lately, the Jacksonville, Florida native has been making major moves into the mainstream via movies and television shows. Despite his urban roots, he’s becoming one of the most sought after comedians with regular roles on MTV’s Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares. This past weekend, he co-hosted the MTV European Music Awards alongside Guy Code co-star Andrew Schulz. Via his Twitter account (@LilDuval), you could tell he was gloating in the moment. This was his first time hosting an event of this magnitude. The opportuntity definitely broaden Duval’s appeal amongst mainstream America and internationally. Good look Lil Duval!
In case you missed the show, check out all the red carpet photos and video performances at mtv.com.
Additionally, Lil Duval continues to enhance his acting skills. He’ll star in a new straight-to-dvd film, Highway, alongside rapper Devin the Dude. Set to be released in stores on tomorrow November 13, the hilarious story line revolves around two friends taking a road trip to find, and hopefully confiscate, large amounts of marijuana.
Two marijuana-loving brothers, Earl and Ray Ray, embark on a journey in search of a mythical highway in Kentucky, which they believe will lead them to “marijuana nirvana”. After encountering several obstacles they find the crop and with a strategic plan in place Earl and Ray Ray attempt to trespass and steal the crop. Leaving a path of destruction behind them these two can’t seem to get out of Kentucky fast enough.
Check out the official trailer below:
Actor Boris Kodjoe has snagged a leading role in the upcoming film ‘Addicted’. By way of Lionsgate, the film will be based on best-selling author Zane’s book of the same name. The storyline revolves around a successful African-American businesswoman who has to endure the ups and downs of her sex addiction.
Here’s the synopsis…
For Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets, to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment – and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her ‘fatal attraction’ – as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman’s mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage and her life.
Sharon Leal and William Levy have been added to the cast as well. No word yet on who’ll be starring as Zoe. As for a release date, there’s no word on that yet either considering production was supposed to begin this summer but didn’t. But we’ll keep you posted as details emerge.
Ten years later, actor Nick Cannon has decided to bring back one of his most successful ventures to date. After starring in the hit film, Drumline, back in 2002, Cannon has decided to produce a Drumline 2 film in addition to a TV show.
While Drumline was airing on television a few days ago, Cannon was busy tweeting his plans for the upcoming project. Here’s what he tweeted…
“Shout out to everyone watching Drumline right now. EXCLUSIVE NEWS: I’m producing Drumline 2 and the TV show for VH1. Stay tuned!!”
“SPOILER ALERT: I’m not the main character. I’m too damn old! New class! I’m getting my behind the camera on! But I will be in the movie.”
Considering Nick won’t be starring in it and with regards to how things have changed when it comes to bands, it’ll be interesting to see the spin Cannon puts on this one.
Ever since he hit the scene, comedian Mike Epps has been on a constant grind to pave his way in the entertainment industry and seems to be moving it right along. While being mostly known for his role in the last two Friday films, Epps will switch gears a bit and take on the role of legendary comedian Richard Pryor in the upcoming Nina Simone biopic entitled “Nina”.
“Nina” follows Simone’s rise to stardom as well as her relationship with her manager. Epps’ Richard Pryor role will entail him and Simone’s friendship during the early part of their careers. Zoe Saldan will star as Nina.
This seems to be a good fit for Epps who also recently finished filming for his roles in the upcoming comedy film Hangover Part III and the thriller film Vipaka.
Thursday night, VH1 premiered Ice T’s Something To Nothing: The Art of Rap documentary. In what was originally released in theaters, the directorial-debut for Ice T took a turn to cable television…which was probably the best way to go anyway.
Something To Nothing: The Art of Rap explored the rap culture giving lyrical enthusiaists knowledge on how to rap. Throwing words together and making the rhyme does not show skill. However, there is a technique that most masters of the craft has successfully accomplished. On hand were Nas, Kanye West, Dr Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dougie Fresh, Redman, and a host of other emcees. Each spoke of the culture and how their environment helped stir their love of hip hop and decisions to rap as a career.
In case you missed the documentary, please watch it below in its entirety.
Just when you thought it all ended with part three, it has been made known that the hit film series Rush Hour featuring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan will make a comeback. The film’s producer Arthur Sarkissian recently let the cat out of the bag during the Television Critics Association press tour when talking about his future movie projects. During the interview Sarkissian said,
“I am working on Rush Hour 4 right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. I personally was not happy with the third one.” I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit. It’s not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that or a sequel to it by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don’t want that. I want something new.”
As for the direction Rush Hour 4 will take, Sarkissian threw around a few ideas. “Maybe Chris is now married, maybe Jackie is married to Octavia Spencer, I don’t know. Married to Chris’s cousin, they live in Shanghai, Chris goes out to visit them. I don’t know, I want something energetic.” Sarkissian said.
Well when it comes to Chris and Jackie the energetic factor is guaranteed. We’ll just have to wait and see how the rest of it pans out.
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Many people in America have misconceptions about African Americans and tattoos. Some look at our body art as odd or eccentric. Others see all of the emcees becoming more “tatted up” as a popularity thing. This is partially true. However, many of us aren’t aware of the historical value of Africa Americans and their place in tattoo art. Color Outside The Lines has become the essential visual to promote the wealth of knowledge and culture behind African Americans and tattoos.
Much of the racial dividing lines had to become blurred in order for African American tattooing to even become commonplace. The documentary makes reference to Jacci Gresham, the premiere female African American tattoo artist that pretty much is the queen of the culture. Also, reference to Julia, the original owner of West End tattoo, is shown to give understanding of the tattoo culture in Atlanta. Julia is responsible for the inspiration and training of many African American artists in Atlanta. The polarizing issue with her is that she is Caucasian. This kept her stuck in the middle: one side said she was a traitor while the other thought she was an outcast. Thus, in order for the culture to flourish, many racial barriers had to become evaporated.
Before flourishing, though, many African Americans had to destroy stereotypes. Many white people thought that African Americans couldn’t do any dynamic designs. In fact, African American tattoo artists are a dynamic bunch that finds their influences from tribal symbols to pop art to even the love of nature. In addition, many white tattoo artists had to realize that African American skin deserved special techniques to make them vibrant and lively. Stereotypically speaking, African Americans and Caucasians had to toss away mentalities that held the body art back.
One thing that is universal is the lack of professionalism that much of the artwork is being received. Many artists shun the idea of “tattoo parties” and “scratchers” promoting their cheap and dangerous work. Instead of making sure they are professional, they “hustle” people by doing tattoos in their houses and such. Yet, many feel this is the natural path that artists take. But artists are trained on a serious level before they ever touch a tattoo gun. In short, this documentary unleashes information to help customers and artists alike to be aware of how it should be done.
In conclusion, Color Outside The Lines is a documentary that deserves worldwide praise and historical reference. Many people across this planet of ours need to bear witness to the greatness that is African American tattoo art. They need to understand that this artwork’s greatness is as permanent as the art itself. Historically, this should disprove any notions that African Americans are not responsible for great pieces of artwork, whether the canvas is made from paper or body parts. Essentially, this movie should prove to be the motivation to mitigate the minute mentalities promoting stereotypes against the importance of African American tattooing.
Check out the trailer below: