4 items from 2015
Queen Latifah delivers a fierce performance in “Bessie,” the upcoming HBO biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith. The character is prone to sudden outbursts of violence — slapping and smacking and turning over tables — that are startling to see from a woman, even one of such physical stature, and even when they come in self-defense.
There is also a ferocity in the way the camera artfully captures the character’s intimidating, in-your-face aspect that makes it hard to believe that “Bessie,” which premieres May 16 on the premium cabler, is the work of a director with only one previous feature-length narrative film under her belt. But there’s more than a little of Bessie Smith’s determination in writer-director Dee Rees.
“Bessie doesn’t go around things; she goes straight through. She’s always coming right at the camera,” Rees explains. “I used a lot of Steadicam to (add) that dynamic movement to the character. »
- Cynthia Littleton
As a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, Tyson was picked on because he was a shy, pudgy kid who spoke with a lisp. To survive, he not only had to fight off bullies, but also poverty and hunger.
News: Mike Tyson's Best Quotes
"It was crazy in there," [link »
Like Bet, I'm encouraged by the original programming push TV One is seemingly invested in. Nothing great is built overnight, so I'm looking forward to seeing where all this investment leads. I also really appreciate the exploration of other genres, like horror in this specific case. Robin Givens, Columbus Short and Lynn Whitfield headline TV One’s next installment of its horror anthology, "Fear Files" (formerly "Fright Night Files") with 3 new terrifying tales of love, revenge and murder, on Friday, March 13 at 8Pm/Et. The new trilogy picks up where the first airing left off, by revisiting "For the Love of Lockwood," with its »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Short film is part of network’s “Fright Night Files” anthology
“Fright Night Files,” which first aired as part of TV One’s Halloween movie offering last year, returns in March with three new short films that will offer “tales of horror, betrayal and love gone wrong,” according to the network. »
- Tim Kenneally
4 items from 2015
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