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Thoughts on Bet's Original Movie 'Gun Hill' (Starring Larenz Tate, Emayatzy Corinealdi) After Last Night's Debut?

Last night, Wednesday, July 2, at 9pm Et/Pt, Bet Networks premiered the original movie, "Gun Hill," staring Larenz Tate, and directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood ("Biker Boyz"). In the film, Tate portrayed twin brothers, Trane and Bird, on opposite sides of the law: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night in New York City, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and begins his own search for redemption.  The film also featured Emayatzy CorinealdiMichael AronovPhyllis Yvonne StickneyTawny Cypress and Aisha Hinds. Consider it a backdoor...
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Watch Larenz Tate & Emayatzy Corinealdi In 1st Trailer For Bet Original Film 'Gun Hill'

Gun Hill is part of Bet network's line-up of new original programming, which we've been following since the initial announcement last year. Now here's your first look. Directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood (Biker Boyz), Gun Hill stars Larenz Tate portraying twin brothers, Trane and Bird, on opposite sides of the law. The film also stars Emayatzy CorinealdiMichael Aronov, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Night, Haitian Nights), Tawny Cypress (Heroes, Rescue Me) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood, Hawthorne). Here's the full synopsis: For the adults who go to the movies mostly on premiere weekends, this original film with beloved leading man Larenz...
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'Talkin' Dirty After Dark'

'Talkin' Dirty After Dark'
A likably, though strenuously, vulgar comedy, ''Talkin' Dirty After Dark'' features a large (though distressingly anonymous) cast of mostly young black comedians and comic actors giving a workout to their bawdy material. Clearly aimed at a young black audience, the film may end up displaying a wider ranging appeal on video shelves.

Martin Lawrence stars as Terry Lombard, an aspiring comic who has become a regular performer at Dukie's, a comedy club in a black Los Angeles neighborhood. Dukie (John Witherspoon) tends to ignore his male lineup in favor of Aretha Phyllis Yvonne Stickney), a sharp-tongued and wickedly self-assured comedienne, so Terry has taken to gingerly sidling up to Dukie's aggressive and bulky wife Ruby.

Meanwhile, the rest of the club's comics mix it up with each other and the customers during a rambling, backstage storyline that mostly unwinds over the course of a single, rambunctious night.

Production values for this independent production are fairly low, though writer-director Topper Carew manages to make the most of the jury-rigged nightclub's neon-lit performance room, filthy kitchen, and crowded dressing rooms.

Unfortunately for the half-dozen or so comic talents -- who apparently perform their own black-and-blue routines -- on display, they not only perform behind character names, but the credits roll by in such a stepped-up rush that few filmgoers will be able to identify them.

Like Dukie's nightclub, ''Talkin' Dirty After Dark'' may provide a showcase for the young performers, but it exploits their talent far more than they gain from its opportunity.

TALKIN' DIRTY AFTER DARK

New Line

Producer Patricia A. Stallone

Writer-director Topper Carew

Editor Claudia Finkle

Executive producer Kevin Moreton

Color/Dolby

Cast:

Terry Martin Lawrence

Dukie John Witherspoon

Aretha Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

Running time -- 85 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

(c) The Hollywood Reporter

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