Within the last few years, rapper 2 Chainz has been critiqued and/or congratulated for his fashion choices. Not to be just another artist with a Versace shirt and leather pants, however, 2 Chainz always take style a step further. What inspires his swag? Has he always been this flashy? Some of us need answers.
Well, he’s released a short film that gives a little more insight on what he believes style is. In the video, you get a chance to see him in various outfits worn while out on tour. Even Harlem’s fashionisto A$AP Rocky makes a cameo appearance. During a moment backstage, Rocky he gives Chainz’s props on a black jacket with tassels. Also, 2 Chainz is a feeling a bit like Rick James. He strike a few poses reminiscent of James’ iconic player stance in the 70′s.
If you’re wondering where his love for fashion all started, watch “Too Damn Rick James” below:
via press release…
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
Higher Learning: Life of Pioneer Black Filmmaker Revealed In New Book ‘Oscar Micheaux: A Self Made Man’
For years, Hollywood has been known to keep the accomplishments of African-American low on the radar. Besides not awarding deserving actors and actresses for their outstanding performances in various big budget films, Hollywood has also shied away from pointing out the African-Americans who have made great strides in the film industry behind-the-scenes. One person in particular is Oscar Micheaux.
Oscar Micheaux is one of the first black filmmakers. Born of former sharecroppers, he made over 40 films outside of Hollywood that were tailored to black audiences. He scouted for and created his own stars, which produced Paul Robeson and Robert Earl Jones (the father of James Earl Jones) among his discovery. Micheaux forty films were produced in a 30 year time span. His story of struggle and resilience is the reason why Jeremy Geltzer believes this story is a powerful one to tell.
Geltzer is a writer and entertainment lawyer. Micheaux has been non-existent any Hollywood’s film history. Many published books has overlooked the filmmakers contributions to the industry and the African-American film community. Therefore, Geltzer has written this biography for kids of ages 9 to 13. Micheaux’s story serves as an outline for young people who has dreams but may face obstacles along the way.
Parents and teachers, if you think this would be a great book for your kids, Oscar Micheaux: A Self Made Man can be purchased on Amazon.com for $6.99 and via Apple’s bookstore for $3.99.
In November 2012, several key television and film industry professionals hosted a pitch summit in Atlanta. [READ HERE] The summit allowed aspiring television producers to their ideas and gain instant feedback. Well, this year the group that is spearheading this event is taking things digital.
The Atlanta Pitch Summit 2013 will be conducted via online through a web-based program. The webinar will live and include professionals in production, networks, studios, and agencies. If you have started a project or finished a script, this webinar is a must. The only requirement is that you MUST have a treatment, script, or video and is ready to shop your project to various outlets.
If memory serves us, the show “The New Atlanta” (formerly called “Taking Atlanta”) was a pitch idea that came out of the 2012 summit. As you can see, Mona Scott-Young took a liking to the idea and turned into a reality show on Bravo. So, you never know what may happen with your project.
For more information, go to http://www.areyoupitchreadytvandfilm.eventbrite.com or www.tyjohnston.tv.
Eminem is finally venturing into the film world. Recently, he announced that his Shady Records was expanding to include a film division, Shady Films.
Shady Records is happy to announce an overall deal for content development and production with Ben Silverman’s LOUD channel in partnership parent company Electus. Through the deal, Shady Films will continue to produce the hit web series Burn Rubber as well as Elliott Wilson’s CRWN interview series, along with new programs that are already in development with Slaughterhouse and others. Come back to Shadyrecords.com throughout the coming months for further announcements, programs and the debut of Season 2 of Burn Rubber.
Is it us or does it seem like Em should’ve branched off into film making early on. With his vivid imagination and writing talents, you would think that he’d been writing scripts, directing, and producing them.
BTW, Eminem’s next project is his upcoming release of “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”.
Last night, all of Hollywood came out in style to the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. This year marked the 65th season of the prestigious awards ceremony. With each year, more and more attention is paid to the infamous red carpet. And well this year…things weren’t any different.
Our favorite “Scandal” sister, Kerry Washington, hit the red carpet in a elegant Marchesa free flowing chiffon gown. The delicate flower details really made Kerry look very angelic and light (which is a stark contrast to most fabrics we normally see walking on the red carpet). Another woman who made a nice red carpet debut is former 106th & Park host Rocsi Diaz.
Not sure who the designer is at this time, but Rocsi rocked the hell out of that electric blue dress. Werk girl!
More of our female celebrity favorites also brought the fabulousness to the carpet: Heidi Klum, Tina Fey, Carrie Underwood , and Shawn Robinson. Check out what these ladies strutted their stuff in last night:
Of course, there are plenty more actresses/entertainers we left out. To see the full gallery, go to www.emmys.com.
So, who do you think rocked it best?
As for the winners for the evening, several of your highly popular shows and actors/actresses came out on top. Check out the full list of Emmy Award winners below:
- Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC.
- Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom,” HBO.
- Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.
- Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.
- Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.
- Directing, Drama Series: David Fincher, “House of Cards,” Netflix.
- Writing, Drama Series: Henry Bromell, “Homeland,” Showtime.
- Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.
- Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.
- Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.
- Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.
- Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime.
- Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family,” ABC.
- Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, “30 Rock,” NBC.
- Miniseries or Movie: “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.
- Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.
- Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter,” Showtime.
- Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX Networks.
- Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals,” USA.
- Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.
- Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, “The Hour,” BBC America.
- Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice,” NBC.
- Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.
- Writing, Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.
- Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.
- Choreography: Derek Hough, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC.
The Budweiser corporation teams up with Rihanna for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into her life on the road. Filmed during her Diamonds World Tour, the short-form digital documentary’s purpose is to bridge the gap between the fan and the artist.
“Half of Me” is an extension of Budweiser’s “Made for Music” global initiative, a platform to showcase artists who have made a undeniable impact on pop culture. Rihanna’s road to success has been a testament to her drive. Her driven nature, style, authenticity, etc has been an inspiration to many of her fans worldwide. Thus, “Half of Me” explores the relationship between Rihanna and the fans and how her music merges their two world together.
“The Budweiser Half of Me documentary is a true picture of behind the scenes of my Diamonds World Tour. It not only tells the story from my eyes but also in the eyes of my fans,” says Rihanna. “One of my favorite parts of traveling is being able to communicate with my amazing fans directly. I am totally connected with my navy; it doesn’t matter where in the world they are.”
Watch the an 11-minute version of the documentary below:
To watch “Half of Me” in its entirety, go to www.BudweiserMusic.com .
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?
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.
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.
For several years now, STACKS Magazine has provided coverage of the annual hip hop festival held here in Atlanta. Mostly known for giving underground artists a platform to showcase their talents, A3C’s music festival garners the patronage of thousands of hip hop heads and lovers of the culture. Last year, the people over at A3C decided to stretch their creative juices to include a coinciding film festival. Well, in 2013, they will continue the mission by selecting several short-films to be premiered during the festival.
The mission of the A3C Film Festival is to use film to unite artists and fans of Hip Hop, Youth, Street and Urban Culture, transform the way audiences see the world, and support the vision of independent artists.
In case you are a independent filmmaker and want to the opportunity to have your short-film viewed by thousands of culture lovers, A3C is now accepting film submissions. There will be five categories in which you can submit. Each category has a required time frame and general rules to abide by. ALL submissions must encompass various aspects of Hip Hop, Youth, Street and Urban Culture – in relation to Style, Music, Politics, Education, Family, and/or Religion.
Narrative Feature – 60 minutes and over
Documentary Feature – 60 minutes and over
Narrative Short – under 60 minutes
Documentary Short – under 60 minutes
Music Video – under 20 minutes
The A3C Film Festival will jump off October 2 – 6 at 7 Stages in Little 5 Points. Final film submissions are due by September 6. To find the general rules and link to submit your film projects, click on this link – -> A3C Film Festival.
Wow…talk about innovative. The things you can do nowadays with cell phones and notebooks are amazing.
Indie filmmaker, Aaron Mento, recently saved thousands of dollars on a crew and production equipment when he geniusly thought of using his iPad 2 to create a movie. In conjunction with Ocular Migraine Productions, Mento shot the first feature length film on an iPad 2. The film is called “Standard of Living”.
An unpredictable hybrid of horror, comedy and science fiction, “Standards of Living” follows struggling stand-up comedian Peter Sayer, who is desperately unfunny and desperate to change that. One night, Mr. Randall witnesses Peter’s routine. A mysterious man who conducts teleporting experiments, Mr. Randall claims he can cause cargo to “improve” during the journey back—including Peter. Hoping the mission will make him funnier, Peter agrees to be teleported. The result is no laughing matter.
“Standard of Living” is not within industry standards, but turned out to be pretty good considering no rig, tripod, or lens were used. The iPad 2 also cut production costs way down which was great for a young indie filmmaker.
“When you’re low-budget, needing high-end equipment and an operating team can keep you from getting your story out into the world. I saw my iPad 2 one day and thought, ‘Why can’t I make my movie using that?’ ” Mento said.
For all of you indie film lovers, the movie will be released today via live stream at www.standardsoflivingmovie.com. Go check it out and let us know what you think.
As a part of Pepsi’s “Live For Now” global campaign, Beyonce as a part of her $50 million deal with the beverage brand, has a new Pepsi commercial.
In the commercial King Bey is in a dance studio surrounded by mirrors in which images of her during her career appear and ensue in a dance battle of sorts. But of course being just as fierce she shatters them all and ends the commercial stating “Embrace your past, but live for now.”
Beyonce’s new song, which happens to be a Timbaland-produced track titled “Grown Woman” serves as the music for the commercial.
About making the commercial, Beyonce said, “I had so much fun collaborating on this campaign with Pepsi. I got to relive some of my favorite past characters and looks. It was the first time I saw those costumes in years and it was very emotional. I’m proud of those moments and they all connect in some way and have helped me evolve into who I am today.”
Take a look at the commercial below.
Film director Antoine Fuqua will soon bring the infamous Suge Knight story to television.
Tentatively set to air on the Showtime network sometime in April or May, “Suge Knight” will give viewers an “real” inside look into the life and mindset of Death Row Records co-founder . After years of being portrayed as a notorious music label executive, Mr. Knight will finally get the opportunity to tell his story, the Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Notorious B.I.G” Walker beef, his dealings in the music business, and life outside of music.
Recently, Fuqua told EURweb, “The point of making the documentary was – and I spoke to Suge about it – I said ‘it is your responsibility, especially being Black. I think you have a lot of young people who constantly want to get into the music business and there’s a lot of pitfalls and we lost great artists. Tupac. Biggie. A lot of guys went to jail. A lot of guys lost their lives. A lot of people made a lot of money.’”
Also, the film project will use the opportunity to help young kids who aspire to be in the music business.
“I said ‘you know, I have children. You have children, Suge and we gotta stop letting everybody else tell our stories. Even if it’s bad, at least tell the story and give some advice and some sense of how it happened so that maybe the next young cat that comes along and wants to become a mogul in that business or any business may not make that mistake,’” the filmmaker stated. “I said ‘put a face on yourself just as a human being because you’re looked on as a monster and let’s talk about the things that nobody else wants to talk about. Let’s talk about Tupac’s death. Let’s talk about how you did what you did, what’s true and what’s not true…You never know if either one of us will be here in the morning but here’s an opportunity for you to tell your own story and let the people judge for themselves. At least let the young people hear what happened.”
This should be very interesting.
In related news, Antoine Fuqua’s next film project ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ will hit theaters today (March 22). The film is about a Korean terrorist plan to take over the White House. STACKS Magazine had the pleasure to attend the private screening held here in Atlanta. Take our word, the film is a definite must-see!
There’s no doubt about it, between Atlanta and Miami, the strip club scene is a unarguably the top form of late night entertainment. With club owners and exotic dancers making stacks (on top of stacks) of dough, the strip club business is indeed very lucrative. It is no wonder we see many of our young girls entering this industry that’s looked down upon by Bible toting Christians and people who simply don’t care for the art form. Well, for those that are not privy to this lifestyle and underworld, Urban Clout is bringing this multi-million business to the forefront via reality television.
Strip Club Queens of Atlanta is the first installment of an online-based reality tv show. Although the creator Delmond Newton originally sought out Washington, DC as the headlining city, apparently their plot just wasn’t thick enough for his vision. As such, Atlanta became the next stop and deciding choice to start off the franchise. According the show’s synopsis on WorldstarHipHop.com, the series is the first of a multi-city franchise that will feature six strippers whom will give viewers access to their lives in and out the club. The ladies that are featured in the Atlanta franchise are Ferrari, Sina, Kat, BeBe, Ginger, and Boy Toy.
Peep the trailer below…
One things for sure, there’s plenty drama involved which is no different than any other well-watched reality show. But, is it taking reality tv too far? In my opinion, I don’t think it is. It is no different than watching music videos that always seem to have half-naked dancers included. I’ll even go out on the limb and say that the same people that watch those videos (or even go to the clubs) are the same contradicting individuals that sit around and throw shade. The one cool thing about this show, however, is the fact that it viewed only through subscriptions via UrbanClout’s website. Since this is considered X-rated, it is good that the show can only be seen if you pay $0.99 per episode. This should weed out our young kids from seeing this (despite still having access to the over-sexualized music videos I mentioned earlier).
What do you think? Does the general public even need a show like Strip Club Queens? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
As filming for the VH1’s biopic, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story, starts to take form, more and more information is coming to the table as to who the cast will include.
It’s already been confirmed as to who will play the three ladies of the group which include Lil Mama as the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, KeKe Palmer as Rozanda “Chili” Thomas and Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.
Well now the word is in that Evan Ross, son of the legendary Diana Ross, has been casted to play Dallas Austin. Austin was TLC’s longtime producer as well as the ex-boyfriend of Chili and father to her son.
While there is a gap in age between to the two fellas, Ross is no stranger to Austin and vice versa being that the two worked together during the production of the movie ATL. In addition to Ross actor-model Donny Boaz has been picked to play Bill Diggins, the trio’s longtime manager.
via press release…
In 2012 Moe Money and DJ Big Stew shocked the hip hop world with their movie producing debut of “Somebody Got To Die”. The film was an instant success and was listed as the #1 underground film by Don Diva Magazine.
In April, of 2013 they will be releasing their newest feature film, “East Side Story”. The movie stars rapper “Moe Money” who is most commonly known for his smash hits with artists like The Lox and Mase. And is directed by DJ Big Stew who also has a successful past in hip hop, his New York TV show “Fat Cat and Big Stew” was notorious for interviewing top artists such as the Ying Yang Twins, Fat Joe, and Snoop Lion.
East Side Story takes place in Harlem where there’s a mix of ball players, hustlers, and even those who dream of making a difference. But deep in the midst of this community, lies a thriving drug world and one man named Moe who wants to own it all.
With the help of his crew and the approval of local thugs Moe eventually finds himself on top of Harlem’s toughest drug scene but when things start to get real Moe’s faced with a choice, either change his life or sell his soul.
There is already a big underground buzz for this movie release, and it’s projected to increase over the next few months. When asked for his thoughts on the increasing anticipation, Big Stew had this to say, “This film is different than anything I’ve ever done. I put everything I had into it and I think that everyone that watches this movie will be able to relate to its characters.”
The movie will be available on DVD and online streaming and DJ Big Stew will also be producing a mixtape to precede the movie this February. The first single “Set It Off” has already been released.
Check out the official teaser below…
While things have been in slow motion for rap artist Kid Cudi, he seems to be full speed ahead in another lane of the entertainment industry.
It was recently announced that Kid Cudi has been added to the cast of Dreamworks’ upcoming film ‘Need for Speed’ which is based off the video game series of the same name. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Last House on the Left) will play lead in the film and more than likely Cudi will be one of his crew members.
If you’re wondering if the movie will be as intense as the game, check out how the press release for the film reads,
“The film adaptation will be a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise. In Need for Speed, the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat.”
The Scott Waugh directed film is scheduled for release February 7, 2014.
Quentin Taratino is known for his obession with slightly strange (but undeniably good) films that star ethnic actors/actresses. His recent film, Django Unchained, is no different. The film, starring Jamie Foxx, dives into the lives of black slaves in a very raw and uncut kind of way. A story line that has apparently captured his attention and fueled the desire to do more on the topic.
“We all intellectually ‘know’ the brutality and inhumanity of slavery… but after you do the research it’s no longer intellectual any more, no longer just historical record – you feel it in your bones. It makes you angry, and want to do something … I’m here to tell you, that however bad things get in the movie, a lot worse sh*t actually happened,” Tarentino said in an interview with The Guardian.
Therefore going forward, Taratino plans to create more films based on the subject. As a white director, does he have the know-how to justifiably develop enslavement stories? Very interesting….
What do you think? Does Quentin Taratino get a pass because he’s a film director?
The popular 24-hour breakfast spot, the Waffle House, set the stage today for Tyler Perry and his production crew. Spotted off of East College Avenue location, in Dekalb County, Georgia, production crew members begin filming in the early morning hours. The film, Single Mom’s Club, will be filmed in various locations around the Atlanta.
The film stars Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) and Zulay Henao. It is said that there will be a fourth “mom” but no word yet on who this person will be. As far as the premise of the film, four distinctly different single mothers will cross paths after a situation at their kids’ school. By the end of the movie, the mothers will unite and support each other through life’s ups and downs.
‘Single Mom’s Club’ is written, produced, and directed by Perry (who will also have a small role in the film). Movie goers will have to wait until Summer 2014 to this film.
Two of Hollywood’s favorite men, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, are currently filming the upcoming movie Ride Along. With Atlanta fastly becoming the “Hollywood” of the South, it’s not strange to see production crews on the streets at least once a month. Therefore, it wasn’t strange that word has spread that Ride Along has begun filming in various locations around the city.
Although Ride Along was originallly owned by New Line, Universal Studios purchased the rights to the script and is in full production mode. In the film, Kevin Hart plays the role of an elementary school teacher who is to be married soon. But, his fiance’s cop brother (played by Ice Cube) trys his best to scare Kevin off by dragging him along for a very fearful ride in his patrol car.
Ride Along is expected to be released during MLK Day weekend in 2014.
If you are interested in being an extra in the film, send a headshot or photo to firstname.lastname@example.org!
The highly anticipated film starring America’s favorite Denzel Washington, “Flight” landed in the number two spot from this weekend’s box office totals. The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is about a pilot with a substance abuse problem who has to mariculously land a faulty airplane. Although the plot doesn’t sound to exciting, it is apparent that the Denzel fans definitely came out to support. According to Sunday nights estimates, “Flight” brought in $25 Million in ticket sales.
In case you didn’t check out the film this weekend, here is the trailer:
Also… RZA’s directorial debut “The Man with the Iron Fists” took the number four spot at the box office. The Quinton Tarantino kung-fu action pack film brought in an estimated $8.2 Million. The film features actors Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu, and RZA.
Just a few days away from the release of his film, “The Man with the Iron Fists” in which he’ll make his directorial debut, RZA is giving up the goods on how he made his way to the director’s chair. Previously being well known for his membership in the legendary hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan, RZA says it’s always been a dream of his to direct his own film. This of course is a different lane for him to travel in considering he’s been in the producer seat for quite some time. However, where there is a will there is a way and here’s what RZA told The Boombox was his way when he decided to make his transition from hip-hop to Hollywood.
1. Be Prepared
“You must prepare yourself for anything, of course. Many people go along the path but they stumble because they’re not prepared. But for this particular endeavor, preparation is the key element because they call “on the day.” It’s a film term meaning the time to shoot. There’s no chance for error because it costs so much money per day to do what you’re doing that if you lose a day, you basically losing twice the amount of money. So preparation is key.”
2. Have a Vision
“The same way a lyricist should have vision in his lyrics to tell a story, you gotta have vision as a director, as well on how you want to tell a story through these characters or through a scene or through a moment. Vision is imperative because if you don’t have vision you won’t be able to translate yourself to your crew or your cast. Even if you have a script. It’s useless if you don’t have a vision.”
3. Possess Presidential Qualities
“This is not a job for the weak. I felt like I understood what Obama was going through because you’re controlling so many people, money. On an average we probably had 300 to 400 people a day. Somebody said they counted 700 one day. So it’s a lot of people and you gotta feed ‘em. And I remember having cold lunch or making lunch cold because I kept pushing the shot. But perseverance of the director is important. His health, his stamina, is very important.”
4. Love Your Crew
“You must have compassion because you do have all these people working for you and if you’re compassionate about what you’re doing, then that compassion will resonate with them and then it could become synergized teamwork. You hear some stories of directors who yell. They get things done. And you know that we yell at somebody and chastise them they’ll go do it. But they’re not going to do it with that same compassion. I said I had took my crew past lunchtime. Three days in a row they had cold lunch. Nobody didn’t tell me though, because they didn’t want to disturb my groove because the director is the captain. But on the fourth day somebody came over and was like, ‘Yo, it’s lunch break.’ I said, ‘We’ll have our lunch break after the shot.’ They were like, ‘We had lunch three days in a row cold.’ I said, ‘Why ain’t nobody tell me?’ Then I said, ‘Lunch break!’ So yeah compassion is important.”
5. Rely on Originality
“You have to bring something original to the table. The old cookie cutter formulas that work sometimes in Hollywood, it works more for established directors. But for somebody who’s new tryna enter the business, you better have something original.”
6. Do Homework
“How are you going to do something unless you know how it’s done? How it continues to be done? There are six basic angles of filmmaking that you should know. If you know at least five of the major lenses they use — meaning from the frame, from 17 up to 100 as they say — at least know the five major lenses. So knowledge is the key to any craft.
7. Understand Time Is Money
“Execution leads to efficiency. And execution is an efficiency. The one thing that the man told me and he challenged me because he knew me from the past and shit and he was like, ‘RZA, do you know how movies are made?’ I said, ‘Yeah, determination, focus, good crew, imagination.’ He said, ‘No, on schedule.’ Basically, time is money, kid.”
8. Gain an Actor’s Trust
“I’ll never forget, Russell did an interview on Charlie Rose where he said out of his mouth, ‘I’m about to do something crazy.’ And Rose said, ‘What?’ [Russell] then said, ‘Well, my buddy has a Kung Fu movie. His name is RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. He has a Kung Fu movie he wants me to do. And a lot of my peers say it’s something I shouldn’t do because it doesn’t match to my serious side of acting.’ And Charlie Rose asked him, ‘Well, why do you want to do it?’ And he said, ‘Well, I trust him.’ And when he came there I knew he put his trust in my hand and so I had to deliver on that trust. And at the same time, when it got to a problem… I also had to trust him back. There was one scene where I was like, ‘Yo, I want you to put these kids to bed.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, my character wouldn’t put the kids to bed.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute! Everybody got love for children, even in this movie, even the most evilest man will have love for a child.’ And it was other scenes we did, one of the characters who’s like the most vicious guy, he walks in and plays with the kids. I asked him to do the same thing and he says, ‘Alright, Bobby, if you say so.’ So it’s a big trust that must be shared.”
9. Listen to the Talent’s Opinion
“[Lucy Liu] knows what she wants and she knows the kinds of things she wants to do. But at the same time she trusted me. I’ll tell you a little story about her. When she first arrived in China, she came in when we were already about five weeks in. So everybody was already up to speed and here comes the new talent coming in. And she got there and she didn’t want to see the producers or nobody and I told her, ‘You need to have dinner with me.’ And so we had dinner just to reconnect our energy and she was just like, ‘What are we doing here?’ So we went upstairs to the room that I had five weeks of footage, and we had edited down to about two minutes to show the crew and I hit play on it and when she saw the two minutes she was like, ‘Oh my God, you’re fucking making an epic here,’ and it kind of let loose some of her phobias because she seen what we shot already. She was adamant that her character herself represented a woman of strength and she had a few books and she said, ‘You can keep this.’ And I had just got into an argument with my ex woman who said that God was a woman and I said, ‘Whelp maybe it was [laughs].’ But it’s important for yin and yang to be balanced and I think she helped me with that.”
10. Collect Wisdom
“[Pam Grier] was like a jewel for me. Somebody that was experienced in movies for many years. I watched and admired her and she was so nice and so sharing of her wisdom and experience. Actually, for her, I would just sit there and listen. After lunch I’d just sit there and listen to all the stories. She told me one funny story though that really made feel really proud. Warrington Hudlin is Reginald Hudlin’s brother. These guys did movies like ‘House Party,’ ‘Boomerang.’ Well, Warrington thrives himself on being a martial artist. Me and Warrington met before and when we met, he said his seafood could beat my seafood. After a scene was over, we looked at the monitor and Pam Grier saw it, and she said, ‘RZA, Warrington is going to be so jealous. I’m going to text him right now.’ And that kind of felt cool because we had this little thing and shit, she kind of put me up in that one. I won that battle.”
Well there you have it!!!
NeNe Leakes recently expressed her thoughts on departing from the “Real Housewives of Atlanta“. After becoming the star of the very popular reality series, NeNe made a few major moves into television (starring on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” and now “Glee” and “The New Normal”). In deed, she’s made advancements to add some credibility into her passion for acting. We here, at STACKS Magazine, support any woman making strides in business.
But, are her plans to move on from RHOA a little premature? NeNe doesn’t think so. During an interview with the New York Post, she said…
“Just the thought of me being a ‘Housewife,’ [TV execs] would probably say, ‘Hmmm. We may not want to use her.’ Jus the whole persona of being a housewife: the cattiness and the bitchiness and the fighting, people see you as that is who you are,” she reasoned. “I can’t continue to be a housewife. At some point, I have to back out.”
Understandable. I mean, Joseline of Love & Hip Hop ATL couldn’t stay being a stripper forever (who ironically chose the same career choice as Mrs. Leakes in her younger days). So, although she has not said exactly when she’ll leave the show, my suggestion is that she stay long enough to cash a few more “trump checks”. Always keep your pockets diverse. Smart people make know how to get money from various sources. If she has the time and energy, I say continue to do RHOA for at least two more seasons. This will give NeNe ample time to truly solidify her place as a star in the entertainment game.
Give it up for NeNe though. The chick got her hustle on quick!
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:
Back in 2009, STACKS Magazine featured a young actor/director/producer on our website name Deji LaRay ( Spotlight: Deji LaRay of Guerilla Film Junkies). As part of our focus on gaining more insight on the film and television industry, we had the pleasure to get the inside scoop on film production from Deji. His interview was engulfed with knowledge and gave hope to many young adults who aspire to work in this field.
Recently, we were informed of some new and exciting things that Deji has been involved in. For instance, he’s continued to use his talents in film editing by working on several music projects. Deji has edited videos for Flo-Rida’s “Whistle”, The Cataracs feat. Waka Flocka, and American Idol’s Stefano video “I’m On A Roll”.
Check out Deji’s editing skills in “Whistle”:
In addition to video editing, Deji produced a film that will be apart of the American Black Film Festival this month. The film “The Dark Party” was directed by Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) and features actors Marcus Patrick, Eric Payne, Iva La’Shawn, Tiffany Hines, Michael Chinyamurindi, and Kadeem himself.
The Dark Party comes from the imagination of two best friends, Jeff and Mike, who want to find love without playing games with the women in their lives. They decide to throw the ultimate blind date party with the aid of a talk radio psychologist, who turns the fun and games into a serious social experiment. In the midst of all their fun lurks a killer whose dead set on eliminating one of the players.
If you are attending the festival in Miami, be sure to check this film out.
Shout out to Will, of GFJ Productions.
The Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, is being revived on Broadway. The 65-year-old play is being produced for the first time on Broadway with an all non-white main cast. Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker star as Stanley and Blanche. The play also co-stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wood Harris.
The production’s creative team was granted permission from the Williams estate to drop the last name of Kowalski, so that Stanley’s heritage is now African-American rather than Polish.
On the colorblind casting, Underwood tells EW: “Tennessee Williams was very connected to the racial diversity of the French Quarter. It’s even in the opening of the script, ‘Two women, one white and one colored, are taking the air on the steps of the building… for New Orleans is a cosmopolitan city where there is a relatively warm and easy intermingling of the races in the old part of town.’ Williams lived there and understood it.”
The revival opened Sunday, April 22, at the Broadhurst Theatre and is scheduled to play a limited run through July 22.
See clip below…
Although “Hunger Games” has been cashing in each weekend, grossing over $357 million in sales, an unexpected turn came this weekend. “Think Like A Man” knocked out “Hunger Games” from their number one spot. The African-American all-star cast generated enough buzz to have moviegoers come out in drobes. Enough so, that the films’ opening weekend sales brought in $33 million.
“Think Like a Man” — adapted from Steve Harvey’s best-selling advice book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” — gets bragging rights to being the film to topple Liongate’s blockbuster The Hunger Games, which has now grossed $357 million domestically.
The film, whose cast includes Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart, is about four men whose love lives are disrupted when their partners begin using advice from Harvey’s book and received an A CinemaScore.
Think Like a Man, made for a modest $12 million to $13 million, follows the success of Screen Gems’ The Vow and Underworld Awakening earlier this year.
In terms of African-American themed films, Think Like a Man exceeded many of Tyler Perry’s recent films. Perry’s Good Deeds debuted to $15.6 million earlier this year, while last year’s Madea’s Big Happy Family opened to $25.1 million last year.
Did you see “Think Like A Man”? What were your thoughts?
Hey there Trekkies (or Trekkers)!!! Get your Xbox 360’s, Xbox Live’s, and PlayStation 3’s ready. The new Star Trek video game is set to come out early next year and boasts lots of bells and whistles:
And by the look of it, the game boldly goes where no other Trek game has gone before, as it plays out in 3-D like the upcoming sequel. And like the sequel, it stars Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.
It also features plenty of the kind of action-packed adventure that was a signature of the director’s 2009′s big-screen reboot, including epic free falls and phaser battles that make good on Abrams’ apparent aim to make Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi series as hip and cool as rival franchise Star Wars once was.
Check out the trailer below…
According to TMZ, legendary producer and playwright Kenny Leon has been developing a theater production inspired by the music of the late Tupac Shakur. The play, which is not based on the rapper’s life, is about two childhood friends in the Midwest and their extended families. The musical titled “Holler If You Hear Me” was recently previewed by Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur.
Good news is that Afeni loved the rough draft and approved Leon to move forward with the project.
No set date on when the play will hit broadway, but casting will soon start.
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