13 items from 2015
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
Day of the Mother: Stone’s Flighty Revenge Thriller Favors Laughs
There’s a certain degree of entertainment to be gleaned from director Charles Stone III’s latest feature, Lila & Eve, from first time screenwriter Pat Gilfallan, though unfortunately in the form of unintentional comedy. Derided as a camp after its late premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it’s Stone’s first directorial feature in over a decade (he’s been working in television since the 2004 Bernie Mac headlined Mr 3000, including the widely discussed TLC Lifetime film CrazySexyCool), and most likely won’t garner much favorable attention. Bearing the familiar turns we’ve become accustomed to in the limited subgenre of female driven revenge films, Gilfallan peppers his scenario with bits of illogical instances and eventually neuters the shock value of his big twist well before the third act begins. And even though this robs the film of its sleazy, »
- Nicholas Bell
Urban Movie Channel will acquire over 40 hours of Starz Digital content, including productions starring Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and Cuba Gooding Jr., the company announced on Tuesday. The acquisitions include “Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment Standup,” “Phunny Business” featuring Dave Chappelle and Bernie Mac and “Lies and Illusions” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Slater. Umc is a subscription-based video streaming service exclusive to Rlj Entertainment created by Robert L. Johnson last November. “We are excited to have acquired an array of titles from Starz Digital that will bolster our Umc content library,” said Angela Northington, Rlj Entertainment’s Svp »
- Reid Nakamura
The channel, a digital multicast network that targets African American audiences, acquired all five seasons of Fox’s family sitcom loosely based on the late comedian’s life.
“Bernie Mac” joins several other previously acquired sitcoms in Bounce TV’s early evening lineup, including “The Hughleys” and “The Parent ‘Hood.”
Beginning June 1, Bounce TV will air two back-to-back episodes of “Bernie Mac” in the 8 p.m. Et time slot.
- Seth Kelley
Bounce TV - the nation's first and only broadcast television network designed for African American audiences - has announced that it has licensed the broadcast television rights to all five (5) seasons and 104 episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show," in a multi-year agreement with Twentieth Television. Bounce TV will air the "The Bernie Mac Show" Monday-Friday, with back-to-back episodes from 8 to 9pm (Et) beginning June 1st. The sitcom joins "The Hughleys" (7-8pm) and "The Parent 'Hood" (6-7pm) in Bounce TV's early evening line-up. In the series, the late Bernie Mac (he died August 9, 2008) stars as a famous »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bounce TV - the nation's first and only broadcast television network designed for African American audiences - has announced that it has licensed the broadcast television rights to all five (5) seasons and 104 episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show," in a multi-year agreement with Twentieth Television. Bounce TV will air the "The Bernie Mac Show" Monday-Friday, with back-to-back episodes from 8 to 9pm (Et) beginning June 1st. The sitcom joins "The Hughleys" (7-8pm) and "The Parent 'Hood" (6-7pm) in Bounce TV's early evening line-up. In the series, the late Bernie Mac (he died August 9, 2008) stars as a famous stand-up comedian living large in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Wanda (Kellita Smith). However, their world changes when they suddenly must take custody of his sister's three children when she is ordered into rehab. The critically-acclaimed show, loosely based on Mac's stand-up comedy act,...
- Tambay A. Obenson
A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
To mark the 20th anniversary of the April 1995 release of “Friday,” the cult classic about a day in the life of unemployed slackers Craig and Smokey, is returning to theaters on Monday, April 20. In case you were wondering why it’s playing on a Monday instead of Friday, 4/20 is national weed day. It’s a fitting tribute to the stoner flick starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Paula Jai Parker, Angela Means and the late Bernie Mac. Fathom Events is showing F. Gary Gray‘s Director’s Cut in select theaters around the country at 7:30 p. »
- Anita Bennett and Lia Haberman
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
Wesley Snipes is poised to tackle his first series regular TV role in 25 years, having boarded the NBC thriller pilot Endgame.
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Penned by Leverage‘s John Rogers and from the producers of The Blacklist, Endgame is set in the high stakes world of Las Vegas, where a former sniper turned security expert (played by Strike Back‘s Philip Winchester) is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives.
Snipes will play Johnson, »
Bathed in fluorescent lights, the telemarketing office where Evan (Fran Kranz of The Cabin in the Woods) works seems to be sucking the life out of his soul, but he’ll have to worry about the same thing happening to his lifeblood when a vampire takes his sought-after promotion. Such is the horror-comedy setup in Bloodsucking Bastards, a recent Slamdance screening that Shout! Factory just picked up:
Press Release - “Los Angeles / New York / Park City (January 29, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive »
- Derek Anderson
Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.
The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.
While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late, »
13 items from 2015
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