A Day Late and A Dollar Short TV Movie Review

A Day Late and A Dollar Short based on the novel by best-selling author Terry McMillan, tells the story of a seemingly “picture perfect” family who in reality, don’t have it all together.

The LMN movie premiered this past weekend with an all-star cast starring  Whoopi Goldberg (Viola), Ving Rhames (Cecil), Tichina Arnold (Patricia), Mekhi Phifer (Lewis), Anika Noni Ross (Paris), Kimberly Elise (Janelle) and Lyriq Bent (Randall).

After discovering her soon to be ex husband Cecil’s conspicuous relationship with another women and the worsening condition of her asthma condition, Viola is struggling to put the pieces back together between her family of four adult children who are struggling with all kinds of “drama” including Drug abuse, anger issues, and teen deviancy.

 

Goldberg returns to the screen with a lovely performance as Viola a dedicated mother who genuinely wants to “get it right”, joined with her cast mate Ving Rhames who plays a man who loves his family and wife dearly, both play a genuine heartfelt presence.

We also see a return of Tichina Arnold who (not surprisingly) plays the angry unhappily married children of two who can’t seem to keep her cheating husband happy and is so consumed with work has no idea what is going on in her immediate family.

while the drama with a touch of appropriate laughs to the movie displayed relatable issues worth watching, it contained one too many cliché’s that  many of us are getting a little tired of.

What did you think? and How do you feel about the film adaptation of Terry McMillan’s novel?

Keep it Real: Lupita Nyongo’s “Fairytale” is over before it’s beginning

 

It is no secret that academy award winner Lupita Nyongo’s over night success has taken off by storm. Her impeccable performance as Patsey in 12 years a Slave brought her recognizable success in the blink of an eye.

The overnight “Cinderella” has made headlines not only for her talent but also her bitter-sweet skin complexion. While most would rather focus on her talent and not the “hoped to be irrelevance” of her skin tone. The fact of the matter is the “Lupita Train” maybe heading to its final destination sooner than later (but we hope not).

The unfortunate fact aside from there not being enough roles given to women of color, women of “darker hues ” has it much more difficult. It’s a continuum of not only “colorism” in mainstream Hollywood, but an even more unfortunate fact in “Black Hollywood.” Why is this such an issue? Maybe we can go as far back as the “Willie Lynch” days, but truth is it just is an “issue”, and until Americans (especially Black Americans) could finally stand up and take more notice and stop throwing it under the rug, we can see more “Lupita Nyongo’s” of the world given the same amount of recognition as any other talented actress in Hollywood.

Since her win in 12 Years A Slave. Nyong’o appeared in the Liam Neeson action thriller “Non-Stop” as a flight attendant (which is an awesome movie), so far since her win that is the only movie she has played in post 12 Years A Slave. However, when the hype dies down (as it is already) when do you think the next woman of color will be recognized for her acting talents (without having to be a slave, and without having to sleep with a Caucasian man) to be recognized?

I hate to say it and as much as we all love Nyong’o for her talents but also  her “humanness”, no one will be talking about her in the next 6 months to a year, not unless a huge box office hit movie director places her in a vital role that is not as a slave or some type of “help” but a role of power, elegance and grace.

 

What do you think? Are we just experiencing another “Black Woman’s” moment?

 

 

 

 

New “Muse”: Kobe Bryant’s New Original Film Documentary

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A new original documentary  film on the star athlete Kobe Bryant has been set to air on Showtime (official date has yet to be released).

The film “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” takes an in-depth look into the famous athletes life and chronicles the challenges and inspirations he faces as an athlete.

Kobe Bryant’s Muse is executive produced by Bryant himself, and Gotham Chopra in association with Mamba Media. This will be Kobe Bryant’s second documentary. If you recall his first documentary back in 2009 “Kobe Doin’ Work”  directed by Spike Lee, documented his 2007-08 Laker Season which Bryant allowed cameras to take a glimpse into his life for one day.

Kobe Bryant will be making his comeback return to the Lakers next season after an injury that forced him to be “benched” all last season.

This will be a good PR move leading up to his return.

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

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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”

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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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Synopsis: 

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”

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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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