7 items from 2012
On August 27, 1992, Martin aired its very first episode on Fox, on its way to a 5-season run, finally closing down on May 1, 1997. Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, Thomas Mikal Ford, Carl Anthony Payne II, and Garrett Morris made up the series starring cast for most of its 5 seasons - a series that was one of Fox's highest-rated shows during its entire run. It was during a period in the early to mid-1990s when Fox attracted many African American eyeballs, with a lineup that included (in addition to Martin), Living Single, In Living Color, and New York Undercover - shows that were »
On August 27, 1992, Martin aired its very first episode on Fox, on its way to a 5-season run, finally closing down on May 1, 1997. Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, Thomas Mikal Ford, Carl Anthony Payne II, and Garrett Morris made up the series starring cast for most of its 5 seasons - a series that was one of Fox's highest-rated shows during its entire run. It was during a period in the early to mid-1990s when Fox attracted many African American eyeballs, with a lineup that included (in addition to Martin), Living Single, In Living Color, and New York Undercover - shows that were some of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
We were introduced Malik Yoba as a Jamaican with a dream in the 1993 film, Cool Runnings and his roles have always challenged the norm, diversifying the face of television, like his ground-breaking role, J.C. Williams on New York Undercover (1994-1998). Yoba says, “We can’t keep talking about the opportunities we don’t have if we don’t work really hard to create our own luck,” and for the past 20 years he’s been carving his own path, as an actor, director and singer. Yoba has followed the excellent advice given to him by his father,”Build your own generator so when they turn off the power you still have light.”
Most recently, we’ve been watching Yoba in Syfy’s Alphas as Bill Harken, a former FBI agent turned Department of Defense field leader with hyper-adrenal powers. Last season Harken spent much of the season butting heads with Dr. »
- Ernie Estrella
Stephen Gaghan is the Oscar-winning screenwriter responsible for penning Steven Soderbergh’s Drug War drama Traffic, as well as the true story-inspired oil industry drama-thriller Syrianna (which he also directed). Gaghan developed the pilot for an La crime series titled S.I.L.A. last year, but his next major undertaking looks to be the feature-length crime-thriller, Candy Store.
The filmmaker began his career squeezing new life out of pulpy material, with his writing work on the television series New York Undercover and American Gothic, as well as the Katie Holmes thriller Abandon (Gaghan also directed the latter). Candy Store reads as a marriage between Gaghan’s crime genre exercises and his more recent politically-charged efforts, judging by insider descriptions.
Lionsgate is planning to back Candy Store, but the project is only in the preliminary stages of development right now. ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Burn Notice returned to the USA network for its sixth season this month after an offseason full of guest star announcements, and it isn’t stopping now! The latest player to attempt to pit themselves against Michael, Fiona, and Sam later this season will be Jose Zuniga, who arrives on Burn Notice as a Cocaine dealer/smuggler, but not a petty street cat, a full blown Panamanian drug lord.
Zuniga is no stranger to crime tv, having a resume that includes appearances on 24, Prison Break, Law & Order, NCIS, CSI, Bones, Lie to Me, Dexter, Person of Interest, and New York Undercover. According to Tvline he, going by “Vasquez,” has to deal with a shipment that’s gone missing and isn’t shying away from violence to find it.
Zuniga will appear in the season’s 11th episode, which unless »
- Jay Tomio
We announced this Bet original film back in September of last year. Gun Hill is part of the network's line-up of original programming that we've been posting about recently, and 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 Michael 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 Tate is sure to satisfy their fresh tastes. From the executive producers of New York Undercover, this high-powered cop drama is about identical twins on opposite sides of life: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night, »
- Vanessa Martinez
New York -- Mekhi Phifer is not used to being shouted at, but it's part of his Broadway debut.
The 37-year-old actor, best known for the TV series "ER" and the film "8 Mile," is discovering that audiences aren't silent while watching him in "Stick Fly," Lydia R. Diamond's complex drama about a black family.
"People are spirited when they see this play," he says, laughing.
Both white and black audience members in the Cort Theatre are known to burst out with spontaneous advice for the actors or to otherwise clearly telegraph their reaction to dramatic situations. "I had to get used to that," he says. "It's not very typical for Broadway – at least the Broadway plays that I've seen."
Phifer plays Flip LeVay, a successful plastic surgeon and ladies' man who attended Exeter and Harvard. Sparks fly when he and his younger brother bring their respective girlfriends – one black, one »
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