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First Look: Melissa McCarthy as Tammy (trailer)

February 14, 2014
courtesy of Warner Brothers

courtesy of Warner Brothers

Need a laugh? I did. And the folks at Warner Brothers were kind enough to hook me up as they released the trailer for the sure-to-be-summer-blockbuster from red-hot funny lady Melissa McCarthy. The movie, Tammy, was written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone. He directs. Smart couple. Keep the money in the family.

Susan Sarandon co-stars. As does Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. I could give you plot details, but you already know what’s important. Melissa McCarthy is set loose and laughs will ensue. That’s enough to get my butt in a seat on July 2, when it is released. Is McCarthy the new Will Smith? Maybe she’ll own 4th of July weekend for the next few years.

Oh, and you know Coolio is dusting off his dancing shoes. He’s going out tonight.

 

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First Look: Mo’Nique & Patrik-Ian Polk Team Up for Blackbird

February 14, 2014
Tall Skinny Black Boy Productions

Tall Skinny Black Boy Productions

Patrik-Ian Polk has come a long way as a filmmaker. I was apprehensive about watching The Skinny, his last feature, but I did and was pleasantly surprised. It was really, quite good. And dead-on. I know those people. So I was extremely excited to hear that his fifth feature film will be Mo’Nique‘s first role of any significance since winning the Oscar for Precious. Throw in Isaiah Washington and I’m a happy man. The film, Blackbird, will close the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, which runs through February 17.

The official description of the movie:

Blackbird tells the story of 17-year-old Randy Rousseau, a devout high school choir boy struggling to come of age in the small religiously conservative Mississippi town he calls home. Randy juggles his role as star of the church choir with facing the everyday trials of life as a high school misfit- a misfit plagued by eerie visions and premonitions. Complicating matters, his little sister has gone missing and his parents have subsequently split up, leaving him to care for his heartbroken mother, Claire. When Claire discovers a shocking secret her son has been hiding, she blames him for the disappearance of his sister. Randy’s father, Lance, who has been keeping a watchful eye on his broken family, steps in to give his son a hand as he struggles to make the difficult transition into manhood.

Randy is being played by Julian Walker. Washington and Mo’Nique play his estranged parents.

 

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AMC Renews Hell on Wheels For Extended Season 4

November 15, 2013

Thurday afternoon AMC finally announced that they are renewing the Anson Mount/Common Western, Hell on Wheels, for an elongated fourth season. Let’s discuss why that’s not only good news, but great news.

1. Hell on Wheels is niche programming at its best. How many Westerns are currently airing on TV? That being said, the Western has played well in movie theaters in recent years; there is interest. By airing it after a full day of old-school Westerns, it is scheduled at what would be considered “prime time,” immediately following.

2. Hell on Wheels proves that  programming on a Saturday night works. Why do you think people stayed home and watched The Love Boat and Golden Girls back in the day (both of which aired on Saturday nights)? Yes, an older demographic was watching, but they also were watching. And yes, despite concerns to the contrary, they do spend money. As do people who like Westerns. Maybe other networks will be less scared and start using that real estate instead of skipping over it like it’s Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues on a Monopoly board.

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3. Anson Mount and Common play the best same-sex, purely platonic couple this side of Grey’s Anatomy‘s twisted sisters themselves, Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo (Christina  and Meredith). We love their friendship, even if it is sometimes peppered with small doses of animosity.

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4. Hell on Wheels might be the most beautiful show currently airing on television. Let’s think… maybe something on Travel Channel? Hawaii Five-O? No? Okay… Hell on Wheels is the most beautiful show currently airing on television. Look at the images below. We rest our case.

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5. From turning a whore into a housewife to exploring race relations (Black/white, White/Indian, Black/Indian) to the study of religion to the study of corrupt politicians to the exploration of a 19th century serial killer, Hell on Wheels isn’t afraid of telling provocative stories. This isn’t Little House on the Prairie. In fact, if you haven’t seen the show before, we’re issuing you a challenge: try it out. The first two seasons were good, but after a major cast shakeup and a streamlining of storytelling, the third season seemed to jell and give us the direction the show will continue to go.

Last season, when Hell on Wheels was scheduled on Saturday nights, many expected that to be the end. Instead, ratings were actually up over the previous season. According to AMC president Charlier Collier, “AMC has served passionate Western fans for three decades, so it is particularly gratifying to see these viewers capping off their Saturdays with an original Western on what has historically been a tough night of the week for television.” He went on to say, ”Our commitment to the genre is unwavering and we look forward to continuing to super-serve this audience with an expanded fourth season of Hell on Wheels.”

 To Anson Mount, to Common, to the entire cast and crew: Congratulations!

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Scandal Goes For Gold in Casting Olivia’s Mom

November 5, 2013

Well that was fast. And unexpected. And the best news of the week!

Khandi Alexander, currently on TREME.

Khandi Alexander, currently on TREME.

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After last week’s reveal that Olivia Pope’s mother was  a passenger on the plane crash that may or may not have been caused by a pre-politics President Fitzgerald Grant, comes news tonight that Mama Pope will appear in flashbacks (for the time being – by season’s end, she could be resurrected and dating Fitz herself; this is Scandal, after all) starting this Thursday night. And, the woman cast in the role? None other than the phenomenal Khandi Alexander, a woman who can say more with a slightly raised eyebrow than most actors will accomplish in their entire careers.

Most viewers will recognize her from her work on CSI: Miami when she was slumming it to make some cash. No hard feelings there, Khandi. You more than made up for it in your brilliant turns in The Corner, ER and Treme.

Alexander’s role as Maya Lewis is recurring for the time being. Shonda, figure out a way to keep her around. Thanks.

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Ohio State Marching Band Moonwalks for Michael (video)

October 22, 2013

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You might not know this, but I was a member of my high school marching band. In fact, I was the president of my high school marching band. I remember those devastatingly hot, humid days during the end of summer, when we would gather at the back of the school and start going over drill formations and hitting the right notes. My senior year, we did a tribute to The Beatles. I didn’t know those songs, but I played along; it seemed everyone else did. We ended the set with “Hey Jude,” literally singing our way off the field. Some people hated it, some loved it. What I was focused on was the ridiculously hard moves that somehow ended up falling in my lap. I remember very clearly a move that had me shifting from the 40 yard line to the opposing 35 yard line in, like, 16 beats or something. I was practically running to get there. And trying to blow air through a trumpet and make it sound pretty at the same time. LOL… those were the days…

Which makes this feat all the more impressive to me. Just this past Saturday, the Ohio State marching band took the field and left an indelible mark. Already considered one of the most impressive marching bands in the country, they tackled a tribute to Michael Jackson‘s Bad to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark album. In quick succession, they showcase the Bad logo, show Michael, with his favorite glove, Moonwalk and have him do the splits. Yes, it’s that detailed. And clearly a winner. The video went viral and has racked up more than 4 million his since it was posted that afternoon. Watch for yourself and enjoy.

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First Listen: Childish Gambino Releases First Single off “Internet”

October 22, 2013

Well, here it is. The first single off actor/comedian/writer/rapper Donald Glover’s sophomore album. Glover, who raps under the name Childish Gambino, announced that the second album will be out on December 10. It’s title is Because the Internet.

This first single is called “3005,” and definitely has a Timbaland-esque futuristic vibe. Lots of bass. Where are my Gambino fans? What do you think? Does “3005″ live up to previous classics like “Bonfire” or “Freaks & Geeks?”

 

 

 

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Season 7 to End HBO’s True Blood

September 3, 2013
Photo courtesy of HBO.

Photo courtesy of HBO.

In shocking, but not-so-shocking news, HBO announced today that the upcoming seventh season of True Blood will be its last. Once red-hot, the show dipped in rating during its sixth season. Interestingly enough, the fifth season was the least-exciting creatively. The sixth seemed to recapture a lot of the fun of the original season.

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,”  said HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo in a statement. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”

True Blood‘s 10-episode farewell season will premiere in summer 2014.

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