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14 items from 2017


Brendan Fraser: the lost movie star?

11 June 2017 2:16 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

Brendan Fraser seemed on the verge of being a major movie star in the late 1990s. But it never came to be. We look at why…

I remember going in to watch 1994’s Airheads at the cinema, at the time tempted to do so more by the name of Michael Lehmann on the end credits than Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser above the title. Steve Buscemi’s presence helped too, of course. But Lehmann had, after all, come to the project off the back of the unfairly maligned Hudson Hawk, and also, this is the man who gave the world Heathers. Can’t grumble with that.

I’d not seen Brendan Fraser on the big screen before, although even by this stage, he’d earned some currency. Encino Man – California Man in the UK – had overcome savage reviews to prove a decent hit. School Ties, that I »

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Being Mary Jane: Raney Branch to Guest on Bet Series

24 March 2017 7:43 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Raney Branch (pictured, left) is headed to Bet. Deadline reports the Originals star has joined season four of Being Mary Jane.The drama revolves around the life of a successful TV news anchor from Atlanta, Mary Jane Paul (Gabrielle Union). The cast also includes Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, Aaron D. Spears, Richard Brooks, Bj Britt Jr., Raven Goodwin, Richard Roundtree, Valarie Pettiford, Chike Okonkwo, and Michael Ealy.Read More… »

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Being Mary Jane: Season Four of Bet Series Resumes This Summer

21 March 2017 2:39 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Although it has not been posted to the Bet press site, Deadline reports the second half of Being Mary Jane, season four, will premiere on July 18, 2017. The drama stars Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, Aaron D. Spears, Richard Brooks, B.J. Britt, Raven Goodwin, Richard Roundtree, Valarie Pettiford, Chike Okonkwo, and Michael Ealy.The mid-season finale of Being Mary Jane, "Getting It," airs tonight, on Bet at 10:00pm. In it, Mary Jane (Union) teams with Justin (Ealy) to put into action a plan which could oust Ronda (Pettiford) from the anchor chair. Meanwhile, Kara (Vidal) gets caught in the crossfire.Read More… »

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Blu-ray Review – Willie Dynamite (1974)

6 February 2017 5:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Willie Dynamite, 1974.

Directed by Gilbert Moses.

Starring Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmas Rasulala, Joyce Walker, George Murdock, and Juanita Brown.

Synopsis :

Willie Dynamite is the flashiest pimp in New York with all the glitz and glamour that the high life can offer. But can a tough social worker help change his mercenary ways?

Less well known than Blaxploitation big hitters such as Shaft and Superfly, Willie Dynamite is nevertheless well worth checking out for anyone looking for some classic 70’s pimp action street level cinema. With all the garish and wild gangster outfits, sweet funk and soul sounds and deadpan humour associated with the genre, this is an entertaining romp through urban grit laced with a jewel encrusted edge.

Following the titular lead as he prowls around the city dressed in the finest threads that prostitution can buy, the film is an interesting mix of social commentary and crime action. »

- Robert W Monk

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Blu-ray Review – Willie Dynamite (1974)

6 February 2017 1:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Willie Dynamite, 1974.

Directed by Gilbert Moses.

Starring Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala, Joyce Walker, George Murdock, and Albert Hall.

Synopsis:

Willie Dynamite is the number two pimp in the city who is desperate to be number one, and a prostitute-turned-social worker is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Michael Jai White’s 2009 comedy Black Dynamite is a brilliant spoof on the whole blaxploitation genre, taking in the bling, the street dialect, copious amounts of totally gratuitous (but extremely welcome nonetheless) nudity, over-the-top characters, a kung-fu fight with Richard Nixon and intrusive boom mics galore, all presented with a knowing wink from everyone involved. If you haven’t seen it then it is highly recommended that you do, if only to marvel at a 21st century comedy that doesn’t rely on being gross for laughs. With that in mind, you would hope that Willie Dynamite – a 1974 blaxploitation »

- Amie Cranswick

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Giveaway – Win Willie Dynamite on Dual Format

3 February 2017 12:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Willie Dynamite – out Dual Format 6th Feb. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

He’S Tight, Together, And Mean.

“The hands-down winner of the all-out best blaxploitation movie of the seventies,” declares author and artist Darius James in That’s Blaxploitation! Willie Dynamite may not be as well-known as John Shaft, Sweet Sweetback or Super Fly’s Youngblood Priest, but he certainly deserves to be.

Who is Willie Dynamite? He’s the flashiest pimp in New York – he drives a personalised purple-and-gold Cadillac and wears some of the most eye-catching outfits ever seen on a cinema screen. He wants to be number one, but with the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail, can a man as arrogant and amoral as Willie D avoid a downfall?

Willie Dynamite competes with the best of blaxploitation on all levels. »

- Gary Collinson

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Competition: Win ‘Willie Dynamite’ from Arrow Video

1 February 2017 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of Willie Dynamite – out Dual Format 6th Feb. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

He’S Tight, Together, And Mean. “The hands-down winner of the all-out best blaxploitation movie of the seventies,” declares author and artist Darius James in That’s Blaxploitation! Willie Dynamite may not be as well-known as John Shaft, Sweet Sweetback or Super Fly’s Youngblood Priest, but he certainly deserves to be.

Who is Willie Dynamite? He’s the flashiest pimp in New York – he drives a personalised purple-and-gold Cadillac and wears some of the most eye-catching outfits ever seen on a cinema screen. He wants to be number one, but with the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail, can a man as arrogant and amoral as Willie D avoid a downfall?

Willie Dynamite competes with the best of blaxploitation on all levels. »

- Phil Wheat

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Shaft reboot lands Ride Along director

22 January 2017 9:49 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 23, 2017

The latest movie reboot of 1971’s Shaft has taken some steps forward, with the reveal that Tim Story has been hired to direct the new film.

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Story sprung to prominence when he directed the two Fantastic Four movies in the 2000s, before enjoying more box office joys with Ride Along and Ride Along 2. A third Ride Along movie is also said to be in development.

However, Story now has to juggle Shaft on his docket somewhere, with the new film rumoured to be a complete reboot, severing any ties to the Richard Roundtree-headlined original films, or John Singleton’s 2000 continuation, that starred Samuel L Jackson.

There’s no word yet on when the new Shaft will land, but »

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Tim Story to direct the Shaft reboot

22 January 2017 6:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Ride Along) has signed on to direct New Line Cinema’s Shaft reboot, which has been scripted by Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and Alex Barnow (The Goldbergs).

Although plot details are being kept under wraps, it is said that “the idea is to reinvigorate the franchise with a focus on the son of the cool private eye who always finds himself navigating the gray terrain between the law and organized crime in New York City.”

The original Shaft was released in 1971 and starred Richard Roundtree as private eye John Shaft. Roundtree returned for two sequels – Shaft’s Big Score and Shaft in Africa – along with a shortlived CBS TV series; he also reprised the role in 2000’s Shaft, which saw Samuel L. Jackson taking the lead as his nephew. »

- Gary Collinson

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Shaft Reboot Gets Fantastic Four Director Tim Story

20 January 2017 3:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in February 2015, New Line Cinema announced they were developing a Shaft remake, with John Davis producing through his Davis Entertainment company. At the time, no writer or director had been attached to the project, but that has all changed. Today a new report claims that Tim Story is in negotiations to direct, from a script by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. This report also confirms that the project will follow another relative of Richard Roundtree's original title character.

Deadline reports that New Line plans to "reinvigorate" the franchise by focusing this reboot on the son of John Shaft, who is navigating the murky area between law enforcement and organized crime in New York City. No specific plot details were revealed, but this format could potentially allow Richard Roundtree to return as John Shaft, and Samuel L. Jackson to also come back as his nephew, also named John Shaft. »

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Tim Story to Direct ‘Shaft’ Reboot

20 January 2017 11:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ride Along” director Tim Story has come on board to direct the latest reboot of “Shaft.”

The film is being produced by John Davis, Ira Napoliello, and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who wrote the script with Alex Barnow.

The original 1971 version starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who is hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Barry White, went on to win an Oscar.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role and John Singleton writing and directing.

New Line has since acquired the rights to the pic and revved up development after Barris pitched a new idea that excited execs. No meetings have taken place on who would play the titular role.

Story most recently directed »

- Justin Kroll

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New Line’s Shaft Reboot Taps Tim Story To Direct

20 January 2017 9:58 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline is reporting that filmmaker Tim Story, whose credits include Ride Along 2 and Kevin Hart: What Now?, has been elected director on New Line’s Shaft reboot.

Truth be told, it’s the first tangible sign of progress on the studio’s long-gestating redo in quite some time – more than a year ago, New Line brass stressed their desire to reinvent the story of Richard Roundtree’s iconic private eye, favoring drama over comedy and high-octane action – though there’s still no mention of an actor to take on the title role. Gordon Parks first brought the character to the silver screen back in 1971, before Samuel L. Jackson toed the line between cop and criminal in the John Singleton-directed 2000 remake.

Fast forward almost 20 years and Shaft is back in vogue once again. New Line is keeping plot details firmly under lock and key, but we understand the »

- Michael Briers

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Tim Story To Direct New Version Of ‘Shaft’ For New Line

20 January 2017 9:29 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: New Line has set Tim Story to direct its reboot of Shaft, continuing the lore of the iconic private eye John Shaft originated by Richard Roundtree in the 1971 Gordon Parks-directed film. Samuel L. Jackson played his nephew in the John Singleton-directed 2000 remake. The new film has a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, and John Davis, Ira Napoliello and Barris are producing. New Line is keeping the plot under the cone, but I’ve heard the idea is to… »

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Being Mary Jane: Meet the Cast of Season Four

2 January 2017 8:32 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Some new faces are joining Being Mary Jane. Today, Bet released a new preview introducing the cast of the series' upcoming fourth season.The scripted drama centers on Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union), a successful Atlanta-based TV news anchor. The cast also includes Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery, Richard Brooks, Bj Britt, Jr., and Raven Goodwin.Read More… »

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