Jaden Smith Lands New “Slave” Role in Novel turned Film Adaptation


Jaden Smith (Karate Kid, Pursuit of Happiness) has landed a new role starring along side Liev Schrieber (The Butler) in a film adaptation of The Good Lord Book, based on the 2013 novel written by James McBride.

The Good Lord Book tells the story of a young slave Henry “onion” Shackelford (Smith) who connects with an abolitionist John Brown (Schrieber) who travels the country with 1867 Kansas motley crew.

Schrieber will also serve as producer along side Brian Taylor.

The Good Lord Bird   is a 2013 National Book Award winner by James McBride

This will be an interesting and new  for Jaden Smith. Smith who is known for his roles in Karate Kid,  Pursuit of Happiness, and recently After Earth where he did an amazing job.



Source: Deadline.com


Tommy Davidson, Mike Tyson, and More Speak with The Urban Film Stage at CUN’s Oscar Party

Originally posted on The Urban Film Stage:

The Urban Film Stage had the pleasure of attending the 14th annual Children’s Uniting Nations Viewing party this year, and our guest CorrespondentJaneisha Johnson attended the red carpet and interviewed celebrity guests.

Photos Courtesy of Myesha Coleman

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Review: The “Biblical” Twist of Noah and What People REALLY Said About the Film


Whether you are “religious” or not. Most of us can agree that when it comes to turning a historical story into a film, staying true to the essence of the story is vital for an audience to remotely enjoy it.

There have been tremendous mixed reviews about Darren Aronofsky‘s “Noah” starring Russel Crowe. When you first think of the name “Noah” immediately your mind goes to the Biblical version, and rightfully so. The greatest historical story ever told about a man named “Noah” is found in the Bible (book of Genesis) whether you read it for “entertainment” pleasure or as a moral guide for your faith, you can appreciate the message in the story.

After watching many Vlog reviews and reading reviews from “mainstream” Hollywood critics, so many mixed messages about the film were found that it would make one apprehensive about seeing the film (if you have not already).

If you have seen some of the claims by Paramount and read the articles you are convinced that this film stays true to the essence of the biblical story right? Well, apparently not. Nevermind Paramounts claim of ” We believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for many people worldwide, the story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis”.

So two things we can agree on based on that statement. 1. They were clearly “inspired” by the BIBLICAL version of Noah (what other historical figure existed by the name of Noah?) and 2. According to the statement that Aronofsky’s version is “true to the essence and values of the story of Noah”. Here is the catch, this version was depicted by a self-proclaimed atheist!  If that alone does not question the potential deception of the film I don’t know what else does.

Based on in depth research and actually reading the story for yourself before seeing the film (which I recommend you do) you can find it in that little dusty book you have shelved in your bottom drawer or book case. You will find that Aronofsky’s version is actually opposite of the story and “demonizes” the character of the Real Noah in the bible. I mean did anyone ever question why we saw in the previews Noah charging at the “unrighteous” people with a sword? Last time I checked, Noah was just responsible for building the ark, the flood was responsible for washing away the people who refused to board the ark. That was red flag number two.

Here is a general list as to why Aronofsky’s Noah is a crock of (expletive) and why it should only be taken as pure entertainment and a remake of the atheist version of Noah and has nothing to do with the actual biblical version and should NOT be a deciding factor of whether you believe in God or not after seeing this film. But don’t take my word for it take a look at reviews and the biblical findings backing up the fact that Aronofsky was a bit off base.

1. Darren Aronofsky is an Atheist (why would an atheist stay true to a God believing story)

2. In the film (according to GoodFight.org) Noah had a “spiritual” advisor aka “witch doctor” who guides Noah. (Nowhere in the Noah story does he have a spiritual advisor, the only advisement he is receiving is directly from God).

3. In a slashfilm.com interview Aronofsky says “I don’t think it’s a very religious story…I think it’s a great fable (fiction) that’s part of many different religions and spiritual practices”. The only “religion” it comes from is Christianity and Noah’s story is not used as a spiritual “practice”. It is a historical witnessing sort of speak.

4.  In The Hollywood Reporter article “Daren Aronofsky opens on the bibilical battle to WOO Christians and everyone else”. A study found on faithdrivenconsumer.com that more than 5,000 responses found that 98% are not “statisfied with a biblically themed movie-designed to appeal to you-which REPLACES the Bible’s core message with one created by Hollywood. Paramount was concerned about losing their investment to particularly Christian audiences (the audience most inclined to see the film just based on the name) so stating false claims that the film was true to the scripture of the actual story was just a way for them to “fill in the seats” and the rest with “everyone else). Bottom line MONEY. Aronofsky’s response to that “anything you’re expecting, you’re F**ing Wrong.”-Huffingtonpost.com March 11th 2014 and  “Noah is the least biblical biblical film ever made.” Digitalspy.com March 11, 2014

5. Russell Crowe who plays Noah, states in his own words you know the funny thing with people is that they consider Noah to be this benevolent figure, you know, because he looked out for the animals, aww Noah, Noah and the animals. It’s like, are you kidding me?) This is a guy who stood by and watched the population of the planet perish, he’s not benevolent.” (Entertainment Tonight June 2013). While it may be easy to assume that. according to the biblical version scripture states that Noah was a RIGHTEOUS man who had favor in the eyes of God, (Genesis 6:8-9). I highly doubt God would appoint Noah to build an ark and save all animals and people who chose to go in the ark with him to a man who was “evil” or a murderer. Think about it if Noah was a callus, unloving guy, he would have only looked out for his family and totally disregard the people who were willing to take a leap of faith join him in the ark along with the animals. In addition in the book of Peter it states that Noah was a “Preacher of the Righteous”, what do preachers do? Um, last time I checked they “preach” or report the word of God. Noah was clearly instructed on what to do and give warning about the flood. Clearly a selfish and uncaring person would have stood by and said, “Thanks, but no thanks God I will keep the information to myself and build an ark big enough for myself, forget everyone else.”

Still don’t believe me? Take a look at some video blog reviews

What are your thoughts on the film and what the people are saying?

Exclusive: Check out Paul Walker “Stuntin” in new Action Thriller “Brick Mansions”


Relativity Media has released new stunt scenes with the late Paul Walker, RZA. and David Belle in Brick Mansions.

Check out photos and footage from the film set to release in theaters  April 25th 2014.


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In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city.  Undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) is determined to bring his father’s killer, Tremaine (RZA) to justice and every day is a battle against corruption.  For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when Tremaine kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of this physical training discipline),Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre.


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Exclusive First Look: Jerrod Carmichael and Zac Efron in New Restricted Movie Trailer “Neighbors”



Universal Pictures has just released a new restricted movie trailer for “NeighborsStarring Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and an appearance by Jerrod Carmichael (Lucas Bros. Moving Company).

About the Film:

A comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth  of their newborn baby. Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek).

Battle of the “Neighbors” begins May 9th! #NeighborsMovie


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What is so “Unauthorized” about Jay-Z’s A Genius Leaves The Hood?

In case you are wondering what is so “Unauthorized” about this documentary on such a world-wide conspicuous influential artist. Here are the “probable” causes.

The film is distributed by Moguldom Studios a production company creating independent documentary films that are branded as “Docutainment”.

The film “Divulges” Jay-Z’s quick witty attempt (yet accomplished) business tactics.

Attempts to “uncover” his alleged association with the infamous secret society Illuminati.

And his estranged relationship with Roca Fella Records.

From the looks of it, there doesn’t seem to be anything “unauthorized” about the film. I mean let’s face it, Jay-Z’s influence and money is so “powerful” I doubt he and his camp would allow anything to go “unauthorized” and into the public if he did not want certain information about him and his business “ethics” to be widely broadcasted.

A documentary film that dives deep into personal and business aspects of the undoubtedly successful hip-hop mogul (sorry P-Diddy). This highly “internet publicized” film is definitely worth taking a look at, even if you are not such a Jay-Z fan. At least from a business savvy perspective you can possibly call him a “genius”.


About The Film

A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z  uncovers the price Mr. Carter paid for his success through recent controversies including the racial debate of the Barneys deal, feud with Harry Belafonte and clashes with community activists over the construction of the Barclay Center. The film also explores rumors of association with the Illuminati, a highly publicized separation from the Roc-A-Fella crew, his estranged relationship with rapping mentor Jaz-O and break up with business partner Damon Dash.

Through in-depth interviews with friends, former business partners, music industry executives, authors and journalists, this exploratory biopic gives the novice, the fan, the critic and the non-believer an uncensored look at Jay Z’s journey from Marcy Projects to Madison Avenue and beyond. As a drug dealer, turned rapper, turned CEO, turned author, turned sports agent, viewers will discover what drove Jay Z to seek unlimited wealth, how he positioned himself to achieve this wealth and whether criticism is warranted for someone who successfully pursued the American dream.

How do you really feel about a Documentary on Jay-Z?


No Longer Singled Out: LeToya Luckett Returns to T.V. in a UP Original Movie


The “Single Ladies” star and R&B Singer LeToya Luckett is showing no signs of slowing down since the cancellation of VH1′s “Single Ladies produced by Queen Latifah.

Luckett will feature in UP’s Entertainment Original Movie Match Made in Heaven.An uplifting romantic comedy about the life  of a “would be” perfect for Reverend Casey Hart played by Saimaire Armstrong (The O.C.). Luckett plays the best friend of Armstrong who helps her regain her confidence as a female reverend.

Production began last week in Chilliwack, which is just outside of Vancouver, Canada.

Executive produced by Michael M. Scott and Libby Beers. Scott (UP’s Far From Home, UP’s upcoming Apple Mortgage Cake) also directs the film from an adapted script by Cara J. Russell. The film is based on Beth Pattillo’s acclaimed novel, “Heavens to Betsy.” Match Made In Heaven will premiere later this year on UP.

UP Entertainment is a family friendly network that produces positive T.V. viewing for it’s audiences, it is known as your “feel good” T.V. viewing experience.







Hip Hop Theater: Versa-Style’s “Furious Beauty” at the Nate Holden Theater This Saturday!


Looking for a break from the movie theaters this weekend and something different?

Dance@The Holden presents Versa-Style’s: “Furious Beauty” a hip-hop theater play. Enjoy an evening of vibrant, eloquent hip-hop dance entertainment for the whole family.

The play will take place this Saturday April 5th at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Theater in Los Angeles California. Showtime is at 8pm

Don’t miss these talented dancers as they express their emotions through dance!

Tickets are on sale now $15 Advance $20 at the door.

Don’t Miss Halle Berry and Her Multiple Personalities in “Frankie & Alice” in Theaters Tomorrow



The long anticipated movie “Frankie & Alice” will hit theaters tomorrow!




A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

This film is long over due, considering it was finished back in 2010! Hopefully this will mark Berry’s comeback and the long anticipated wait will (hopefully) be worth it

This looks like it might be good!

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