15 items from 2010
Malcolm Lee, the director of many pop culture films such as The Best Man, Roll Bounce, Soul Man and Undercover Brother, recently spoke with students and alumni at Regent University about his career as a filmmaker.
In his discussion, he shared his feelings on being a cousin to Spike Lee saying “It was a plus and a minus. People had expectations about what I could do and why I was there.” He went further explaining “Successful filmmaking requires more than directing skills or good relationships. You need to be able to write screen plays. They’re about structure, not dialogue or interesting characters.”
One revealing tidbit…The film he dreams of making is an historical piece on the trial of Emmit Till. “I have this script,” he said, “But it’s a difficult movie to get made.” More serious films are harder to make because, Lee explained, the perception is that, »
Believe it or not, the last time Chris Tucker made a movie without Jackie Chan was Jackie Brown. Variety says that Tucker, who has only made the three Rush Hour movies since 1998, may star in The Rabbit, an upcoming action flick about a Vegas magician hired by the CIA to find a Russian counterfeit artist. Keeping away from more obscene movies (like the Friday sequels) after becoming a born-again Christian in the late ’90s, Tucker’s previously been in talks to make Agent Double-o Soul (basically an Undercover Brother before Undercover Brother) in the late ’90s, and a movie about Frank Sinatra’s valet in 2007. But aside from appearing in Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World” video, Tucker’s only role has been Det. James Carter of the Lapd. We’d love to see him play Ruby Rhod again, though—any market for The Sixth Element?
Between his charity »
- Anthony Miccio
Believe it or not, the last time Chris Tucker made a movie without Jackie Chan was Jackie Brown. Variety says that Tucker, who has only made the three Rush Hour movies since 1998, may star in The Rabbit, an upcoming action flick about a Vegas magician hired by the CIA to find a Russian counterfeit artist. Keeping away from more obscene movies (like the Friday sequels) after becoming a born-again Christian in the late ’90s, Tucker’s previously been in talks to make Agent Double-o Soul (basically an Undercover Brother before Undercover Brother) in the late ’90s, and a movie about Frank Sinatra’s valet in 2007. But aside from appearing in Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World” video, Tucker’s only role has been Det. James Carter of the Lapd. We’d love to see him play Ruby Rhod again, though—any market for The Sixth Element? Between his charity »
- Anthony Miccio
In 2002, most of us had no idea that Neil Patrick Harris was a comic genius. It had been five long years since the former Doogie Howser had surprised audiences with his creepy-clever turn in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers -- five years in which Harris had taken guest appearances in made-for-tv movies and sitcoms, done one season in a little-seen comedy of his own opposite Tony Shalhoub (Stark Raving Mad, from producer Steven Levitan, creator of Modern Family), voiced cartoon characters, and made a name for himself on Broadway in productions of Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Proof and Cabaret.
While most people can recall Harris playing a deranged, drugged-up version of himself in 2004's Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, they may have well missed him in an earlier, equally surprising role in Undercover Brother. It would be another three years before How I Met Your Mother made him an A-list TV star, »
- Dawn Taylor
It's funny, skilful and charming, but this affectionate hymn to 1970s violence and narcissism may help to sustain harmful attitudes
Anne Billson isn't alone in finding Black Dynamite pointless. Nonetheless, many have found it enthralling. So, on one level or another it must be delivering something. What might that be?
The film is a brilliantly executed parody of one strand of the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Still, you could make a spoof of anything. To succeed as a parodist, you've got to pick a subject that holds some significance for your audience. A decades-old movie sub-genre wouldn't in itself be a sure-fire target. Interest in this one surely depends on a feature of its subject matter that remains of enduring fascination – the potency of the black male.
Blaxploitation hymned violence, sexual incontinence and narcissistic posturing as the black man's route to self-realisation. In the 1970s this may have been »
- David Cox
Pratt plays Scott Hatteberg, the late 90's backup catcher for the Red Sox whose career was stalled by elbow surgery.
Guns, Girls and Gambling
Chris Kattan ("Undercover Brother") and Helena Mattsson ("Surrogates") have joined the cast of Michael Winnick's indie crime thriller "Guns, Girls and Gambling" for Freefall Films reports Heat Vision.
Kattan plays Gay Elvis, one of a slew of Presley impersonators. Mattsson will play a tall, blond female assassin.
- Garth Franklin
Shrek Forever After debuted far, far below the mighty starts of some of its predecessors, grossing $70.8 million on approximately 9,500 screens at 4,359 locations, which was the broadest launch ever for an animated movie. Shrek the Third still holds the record for highest-grossing animated opening with $121.6 million, followed by Shrek 2 at $108 million and The Simpsons Movie at $74 million. Shrek Forever After ranks fourth on that list, although, in terms of estimated attendance, it would barely make the Top 20. Audience erosion was to be expected for Shrek Forever After, given the historic difficulty in maintaining attention for a blockbuster franchise over time combined with the mixed reception for Shrek the Third. However, opening 41 percent lower than the last movie despite the 3D ticket price boost was alarmingly severe. In terms of attendance, the slip was even more extreme: down 59 percent. Shrek Forever After played at a record number of 3D sites (2,373), which accounted for 61 percent of business. »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
This weekend, the fourth and presumably final Shrek lumbers into 4,359 theaters, surpassing Shrek 2 as the broadest release ever for an animated movie. Included in that sum are 2,373 3D sites, topping Alice in Wonderland (2010) as the biggest release yet for the format. Also opening is Saturday Night Live-based action comedy MacGruber at 2,551 theaters. Shrek is one of the few franchises to gross over $1 billion, and it did it with only three movies. Shrek Forever After follows the series' pattern of opening on the weekend before Memorial Day and arriving three years after the last movie. Whether it continues the series' tradition of breaking the animation opening weekend record with each release is another matter, but it will have an uphill battle following audiences' mixed reaction to Shrek the Third and Box Office Mojo reader polling that indicates far less interest than Shrek the Third had. In the "When will you see it? »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The juror panel at the Tribeca Film Festival is going to look like the red carpet at a major Hollywood premiere.
Several celebrities, including Jessica Alba, Whoopi Goldberg, Aaron Eckhart and Brooke Shields, were asked to serve on the six competitive festival categories. They will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in their respective categories at the Tff Awards Night Party, which will be held on April 29. The 2010 Tribeca Festival runs from April 21 to May 2 in New York City.
“This year’s jury features the same impressive range and depth as our films playing in competition. They are distinctive and accomplished storytellers, artists and entrepreneurs from the worlds of film, theater, culture, fashion, television and new media – all of whom share a passion for film, a thirst for discovery and a spirit of independence,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Here’s a list of all »
- Sean O'Connell
The Tribeca Film Festival announced Tuesday morning the 35 jurors for its six competition categories.
Filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, journalists and media figures such as Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Cheryl Hines, America Ferrera, Alicia Keys, Zach Braff, Hope Davis, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will participate on the juries.
"This year's jury features the same impressive range and depth as our films playing in competition," fest co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. "They are distinctive and accomplished storytellers, artists and entrepreneurs from the worlds of film, theater, culture, fashion, television and new media -- all of whom share a passion for film, a thirst for discovery and a spirit of independence."
Winners in the world narrative, world documentary, New York narrative, New York documentary, narrative short and documentary and student short film categories will be announced at the awards night party April 29. Together, the six juries will award $130,000 in cash and prizes, »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
The story follows five guys who sign-up to the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp in Las Vegas to live out their ultimate sports fantasy. They end up dragging superstar athlete James (who plays himself) into their own various life problems.
- Garth Franklin
Malcolm D. Lee ( Soul Men , Undercover Brother ) is set to direct Fantasy Basketball Camp , starring LeBron James. Peter Steinfeld ( 21 , Be Cool ) is writing a new draft of Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz's original script. From Universal Pictures and Imagine, the story centers on five men who come to Las Vegas to live out their fantasy by attending the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp only to end up dragging James into their various life issues. Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and Kim Roth are serving as executive producers alongside James and Maverick Carter of LeBron Inc. »
The movie titled Fantasy Basketball Camp, is described as a sports comedy which the superstar athlete is attached as an actor, with Lee set to direct, and super-producer Brian Grazer producing. Universal will finance and distribute the film.
The story centers on 5 men who come to Las Vegas to live out their fantasy by attending the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp only to end up dragging James into their various life issues.
Don’t know what to make of this, but usually, Brian Grazer’s name attached to any project is a good sign, so I guess we’ll wait and see.
LeBron James is one step closer to a Hollywood career.
"Fantasy Basketball Camp," the Universal-Imagine sports comedy to which the superstar athlete is attached as an actor, has gained a director in Malcolm D. Lee. Also, Peter Steinfeld has come aboard to pen a new draft.
Both moves give the Brian Grazer-produced project drive to the hoop.
Originally written by Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz, the story centers on five men who come to Las Vegas to live out their fantasy by attending the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp only to end up dragging James into their various life issues.
Universal's Peter Cramer and Franklin Leonard will oversee the project for the studio.
Lee, repped by CAA, worked with Universal and Imagine on 2002's "Undercover Brother." He last directed the »
- By Borys Kit
Opens: February 12th 2010
Director: Jacques Audiard
Summary: Sent to prison, Malik El Djebena falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins their confidence but uses his intelligence to discreetly develop his own network.
Analysis: Finally scoring a limited release in the Us in February, Jacques Audiard's violent and hard-edged prison drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes, scored Best Film at the London Film Festival, and is already the hotly tipped favourite to take the Oscar for Best Foreign Film late next month.
Reviews have been stellar around the world for the film which quickly became the most universally admired entry in the often hotly contentious first week of Cannes back in May. From a breakout performance by Tahar Rahim, »
- Garth Franklin
15 items from 2010
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