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Rae Dawn Chong Compares ‘Soul Man’ Backlash to ‘Birth of a Nation’

20 October 2016 5:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Even though the 1986 film “Soul Man” is a lighthearted comedy, actress Rae Dawn Chong sees its similarities to this year’s slavery drama, “Birth of a Nation.” Mainly because both films opened under a cloud of controversy, and both also drew picketers — albeit for different reasons. “Soul Man” was labeled “racist” by the NAACP as its white star C. Thomas Howell donned dark makeup to appear black as part of his character’s ruse to win an African American scholarship at Harvard Law School. “We find the Al Jolson-like portrayal of the main character offensive and trivializing,” the group said when the. »

- Meriah Doty

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‘Curly Sue’ at 25: Alisan Porter Recalls Card Tricks, ‘Plagiarized’ Lines and Being a ‘Total Wuss’

20 October 2016 4:48 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alisan Porter became famous all over again when she won season 10 of “The Voice” in May. A former child actor, Porter starred in commercials as a toddler, became the youngest winner on “Star Search” and soon after graduated to films and TV shows. Her biggest job came at age 9, starring as a young street-savvy vagrant who follows in the footsteps of her surrogate father (Jim Belushi) in John Hughes‘ 1991 family comedy “Curly Sue.” Also Read: Rae Dawn Chong Blames Spike Lee for 'Soul Man' Racial Stigma 30 Years Later The movie is chock full of adorable moments from the spirited. »

- Meriah Doty

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Rae Dawn Chong Blames Spike Lee for ‘Soul Man’ Racial Stigma 30 Years Later

19 October 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“This is the Eighties! It’s the Cosby decade — America loves black people!” exclaims Mark Watson (C. Thomas Howell) in the 1986 comedy “Soul Man.” The film opened 30 years ago to mixed reviews and some highly publicized controversy. Centered on a white Harvard Law School student who poses as a young black man in order to qualify for a scholarship, “Soul Man” ruffled feathers within the black community. The NAACP publicly denounced the movie as “racist,” and some screenings were picketed. Also Read: 'The Departed' 10th Anniversary: Martin Scorsese Had 'Zero Expectations' for Oscars But Rae Dawn Chong, who »

- Meriah Doty

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Is Channing Tatum in a fish tail the feminist dream realised? The jury’s out

3 September 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The current passion for 1980s films reflects what we lack today: films back then were made for adults, not just teenage boys

When do you think Hollywood will remake the 1986 movie Soul Man? I’m thinking Christmas would be a good time, because nothing says “warm, fuzzy, festive feeling” better than a movie in which the white lead blacks up because he’s pretending to be African-American in order to bagsie a scholarship to Harvard. Ok, sure, it might seem a little perverse reviving a film whose attitude towards race was so bad that it sparked protests 30 years ago. But still: it was made in the 1980s, the decade the American movie industry is currently desperately, mindlessly cannibalising, so the kids are going to love it.

After this summer’s reboot of Ghostbusters, Hollywood studios have decided that reviving 30-plus-year-old movies is very much the way to go. Preferably movies »

- Hadley Freeman

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These 30-Year-Old Movies Are Desperately in Need of a Remake

10 May 2016 9:31 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

What was allowed in 1986 is cringeworthy today

Two movies I loved as a child celebrated their 30th anniversaries recently, and when I looked back upon them nostalgically, as one does, I saw products of their time that mostly hold up — save for one horribly dated, unforgivable element each. The kind of offense that makes it hard to still appreciate the movie when that one inexcusable part dominates your mind.

Both “Crocodile” Dundee and Short Circuit have decent scripts. The former was even nominated for an Oscar. The latter remains quotable. Their main characters are major figures of 1980s pop culture. Not on the level of Arnold Schwarzenegger and E.T., but higher up than Yakov Smirnoff and The Noid. But I can no longer enjoy these movies. Not as they are, anyway.

Their respective crimes are things that shouldn’t have even been tolerated at the time. In Dundee it’s a scene where Paul Hogan’s titular »

- Christopher Campbell

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Saturday Night Live Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hosts

17 April 2016 12:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Our host for tonight is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her work on Seinfeld and Veep and for being something of an all-around comedy goddess. She held her own tonight in an episode that was a bit hit-or-miss, with pre-taped segments outshining weaker live sketches, but overall containing several memorably funny moments. Let’s dig in!   Cold Open: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton go toe to toe in the latest democratic debate, in which they are faced with audience questions from New Yorkers Elaine Benes and Rachel Green. I’m ready for the primaries to be over not just because they’ve been so exhausting, but also because I want SNL to have some new material to play with in their cold opens. Right now, it’s pretty much Donald Trump isracist and repulsive, Ted Cruz is evil and repulsive, Bernie Sanders is poor and kooky, Hillary Clinton wants it real bad, »

- Emilie Sowers

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Night Of The Creeps

27 February 2016 10:33 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s very exciting to see ambition in the world of horror. Yes, pleasure can and always will be derived from one more well formed slice of the blade or swing of the axe. However, occasionally a filmmaker comes on the scene overflowing with imagination and verve, a need to spew forth fresh ideas, or at the very least, a new take on a haggard trope. And then you have Fred Dekker, who decided for his first feature to include everything he loved about exploitation, horror and sci-fi, into one glorious, hearty stew that bafflingly flew under the radar at the time of its release. And like a good stew, the more it simmers, the sweeter the taste. 30 years later, Night of the Creeps (1986) will fill you up and have you begging for more.

Released by Tri-Star Pictures in late August, Creeps pulled in under $600,000 on a $5,000,000 Us budget. The »

- Scott Drebit

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