19 items from 2012
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have some unfinished business ... they owe more than $37 Grand to the State of California ... this according to official docs obtained by TMZ. The CA Franchise Tax Board just hit the former couple with a $37,712.71 lien for unpaid income tax from 2004 -- the same year they tied the knot. Fyi -- Britney made a Ton of cash in '04 from a concert tour and a very successful greatest hits album ... while »
- TMZ Staff
Liam Neeson has had an indisputably amazing year.
Though the quality of the actor’s movies remains up for debate (We’re looking at you, Battleship. Well, you too, Wrath of the Titans. Oh gosh, The Grey as well. And, as much as I hate to say it, perhaps even The Dark Knight Rises… don’t stone me!), the fact that the 60-year-old Neeson is at the peak of his career, recognized as an almost mythic Chuck Norris-esque figure and opening a new action tentpole every couple of months, is nothing short of remarkable.
And now Neeson has another chart-topper to add to his already impressive resume: Taken 2, which debuted to an astounding $50 million from 3,661 theaters this weekend, good for a sizzling $13,657 per theater average. Taken 2′s debut is the third best ever in the month of October, behind 2011′s Paranormal Activity 3, which started with $52.6 million, and 2010′s Jackass 3D, which started with $50.4 million.
The revenge sequel also earned more than twice as much as the original Taken did in its opening weekend — that film surprised Hollywood when it bowed with $24.7 million in 2009, and it also served as the catalyst for Neeson’s career jumpstart. Thanks to great word-of-mouth, Taken chugged all the way to $145 million total. »
- Grady Smith
From the team behind You Got Served comes a young Hip-Hop battle movie for a new generation of dance. Battlefield America takes a steady look at the underbelly of the youth battle dance culture in Long Beach, California. Sean Lewis (Marques Houston), a young, charismatic, successful businessman finds himself in the mix with a bunch of disheveled misfits Bad Boys, who have virtually no dance talent. Realizing his dilemma, Sean brings aboard a professional dance instructor to ease his responsibilities to these kids. Meanwhile, he finds himself falling for Sara (Mekia Cox), who runs the community center where the kids hangout and practice their moves. With Sean motivating them, The Bad Boys find the confidence to be contenders.
After a theatrical run that began in June, Battlefield America is now heading to home video - DVD, Blu-ray, VOD - via Arc Entertainment. First, you should know that it's been on VOD since late last week; and second, if you prefer, it'll become available on DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow, September 18th. So you have some options available to you to watch the film. Written and directed by Christopher B. Stokes, the film stars Marques Houston, Mekia Cox, Christopher Michael Jones and Lynn Whitfield, in a project from the team that brought you the 2004 $48 million (world wide gross) hit, You Got Served. The story: Battlefield America takes a steady look at »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It opened in theaters on June 1, and grossed $172,000 at the box office, and now it's heading to home video - DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. Details below: Arc Entertainment will release Battlefield America on VOD on September 13th and on DVD/Blu-Ray on September 18th. Arc Entertainment Presents Battlefield America Written and directed by Christopher B. Stokes Starring Marques Houston, Mekia Cox, Christopher Michael Jones and Lynn Whitfield From the team that brought you "You Got Served" comes a young Hip-Hop dance battle movie for a new generation of dance. Battlefield America takes a steady look at the underbelly of the youth battle dance culture in Long Beach, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Last weekend, a dark cloud hung over the box office after the tragedy in Aurora, Colo. rocked the country.
The Dark Knight Rises still managed a stunning $160.9 million opening weekend — the third best of all time — but most believe it could have finished with substantially more money had audiences not been avoiding the theater.
There’s definitely still some tension in the air this frame, but movie going is expected to return at least somewhat back to normal. Two new openers are hitting theaters — sci-fi comedy The Watch and dance sequel Step Up Revolution — but they won’t be any »
- Grady Smith
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that the helpers of “The Helpers” aren’t actually helpful. I could be wrong, of course, but I’m willing to risk it. The more important point is that “The Helpers” is, from what I can tell, a Found Footage slasher movie directed by Chris Stokes, the genius who gave us “You Got Served” and the sure-to-be American classic, “Battlefield America”, which is “You Got Served” with tykes. Leave it to the mastermind behind “You Got Served” to take advantage of the cheapo Found Footage genre and put his own spin on it. And of course by “spin” I mean . If the killers don’t start “battling” with funky dance moves, I’m gonna be real disappointed. Seven friends on a road trip to Las Vegas break down near a rest-stop motel, where they encounter a seemingly helpful group of people. »
There are dance movies. And then there's Freak Dance, the movie to end all dance movies, finally putting the genre back in its rightful place. Arriving on DVD this Tuesday, June 10th, Matt Besser and Neil Mahoney direct this whirlwind of flying feet and dance fights under the Upright Citizens Brigade banner, and it's a raucous musical comedy that will have you looking at Footloose and You Got Served in a whole new light.
Taking the clichéd construct held within such classics as Lambada and Step Up, the Ucb create their own indelible homage that is as timeless as Honey, and dare we say, funnier than Honey 2. It is sure to become a cult favorite amongst midnight movie freaks and Frank Sinatra fans alike.
We have an exclusive clip from this upcoming release, followed by an interview with Matt Besser. »
New in theaters this weekend... Well, it's not really new, but for those of you in Denver, it will be. Affrm continues its Restless City national push, opening the film in Denver today, June 1, at Denver Film Center/Colfax, for a 1-week run. So if you're in that city, and you're at all interested in seeing Andrew Dosunmu's enchanting acclaimed feature film debut, here's your chance! Remember, you've got only 1 week and then, poof, just like that, it's gone! Opening wider today (188 screens) is Battlefield America, from the team that brought you You Got Served. Marques Houston, Mekia Cox, Christopher Michael »
The big finale of "American Idol"'s 11th season is finally upon us this week, and we noticed that this year's two finalists look as cut out for the camera as they do for the stage (hello Phillip Phillips!).
It certainly doesn't hurt that so many "Idol" alums before them have successfully launched from the show's giant platform into the world of film.
In fact, there have been a lot of reality stars in general who've made a name in the movie scene. Here are our top 15.
Credits: "Soul Surfer"
For "Idol" Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, five Grammys, dozens of other accolades, four successful albums, and pretty hair just wasn't enough. She first gave her thespian itch a scratch on the small screen in 2010 with guest stints on "Sesame Street" and "How I Met Your Mother" before going full-blown Hollywood for 2011's "Soul Surfer, »
- Amanda Bell
Twenty years before Twilight there was another teen movie built around a love triangle involving a vampire and a non-vampire fighting over a naive virgin. It was called Once Bitten and starred a newcomer named Jim Carrey. Unlike Twilight it was a comedy on purpose.
A young pre-Ace Ventura, pre-“In Living Color” Jim Carrey starred as a teenage virgin pursued by an aging vamp played by Lauren Hutton who desperately needs to the suck the blood from the inner thigh of a male virgin in order to maintain her eternal youth. This doesn’t sit well with his chaste girlfriend (Karen Kopins).
Given how popular tweener vampire tales are and how the notion of “cougars” has become a part of the pop culture lexicon, it really is kind of amazing that a remake of Once Bitten hasn’t already come to fruition.
Maria Vidal was something of a one-hit wonder back in the 80’s, »
Here’s the trailer for a new dance-off movie entitled Battlefield America, from the producers of You Got Served (more like, You Got So Many Different Ideas To Serve Us With!). It is literally the exact same movie as You Got Served, only with little kids instead of older kids and also this time Dance Is War (in the last movie, Dance was an Undeclared Police Action). Also, the tagline “Kids Rule” was completely stolen from Supreme Court Justin. You just got served, this trailer: Cool! The same dance movie again, only Youngified! I’m looking forward to the next installment much more: (via Videogum) »
- Dan Hopper
In the future, kids won’t just go into “battle” for street cred and respect and possibly a lollipop, but they’ll also actually do their chores and whatever their parents tell them to. But until that glorious day finally comes, you’ll just have to settle with 19 (yes, 19) posters, a new trailer, and a 3-minute “battle” clip from “You Got Served” director Chris Stokes’ latest, “Battlefield America”, the film that dares to answer the question, “What if you replaced the entire cast of ‘You Got Served’ with kids?” Damn right. The only thing missing on these kids? Tattoos. Now that would be righteous. By the way, it’s not just me who gets chills when Evil White Guy with Spikey Hair replies, “It’s not a battle, it’s a war!”, right? From the team that brought you “You Got Served” comes a young Hip-Hop dance battle movie for a new generation of dance. »
From Chris Stokes and Marques Houston, director/writer and star of You Got Served, comes a new dance film that sees the dance-contest film genre that have surged in recent years moving down the ages to star a host of young kids.
A new trailer for Battlefield America has landed, courtesy of Yahoo Movies, and whilst it’s not my personal cup of tea, I’m sure there are plenty of fans of Stokes’ earlier film who’ll want to see what he’s bringing to the big screen next.
“The Bad Boys are a youth hip-hop dance crew struggling to compete in the battle dance culture in Long Beach, California. Sean Lewis, a young, charismatic, successful businessman finds himself in the mix with the disheveled misfits, who have virtually no dance talent. Realizing his dilemma, Sean brings aboard a professional dance instructor to ease his responsibilities to these kids. »
- Kenji Lloyd
No, "Battlefield America" isn't the first of probably many "Hunger Games" rip-offs. Nor is it the larger-scale sequel to last year's sci-fi shoot-'em-up, "Battle: Los Angeles."
"Battlefield" is basically "You Got Served" for the elementary school set as it follows a group of misfit pre-teens preparing for an underground dancing competition. Don't think that the fact that they have to be in bed by 8 means this dance-off doesn't have high stakes, though — no, in this world, even the little ones have to "Battle for Honor," according to the trailer. You've got to grow up fast in dancing!
Is this a put-on? Maybe, kind of? No matter how seriously we're supposed or not supposed to take "Battlefield America" (awesome title, by the way), the trailer's a lot of fun, especially in the first half where brief bursts of furious dance sequences are interrupted by flashes of inner-city pathos, where the kids »
- Bryan Enk
Chris Stokes (aka mega-successful entrepreneur Christopher B. Stokes, according to his IMDb.com profile), is my hero. The man was ahead of his time, and in 2004 gave us the awesome “You Got Served”, a film that is so rewatchable, I’ve seen it at least 20 times, and each time I watch it, it’s more ridiculous than the last time I saw it, and I though it was pretty damn ridiculous all those other times, too. Honestly, folks, if you’ve never seen “You Got Served”, you have not lived. I have never come across such an absurd piece of cinema in my entire life, and I’ve seen a lot of really, really bad movies. But to stumble across a movie that is so cluelessly absurd like Stokes’ “You Got Served”? Bingo! Stokes’ latest is “Battlefield America”, a film that finally dares to answer the age-old question, “What if »
Marques Houston, Mekia Cox, Christopher Michael Jones, and Lynn Whitfield star in this junior You Got Served product from director C. Brian, which is expected in theaters on June 1. Titled Battlefield America (sounds epic) and from the team that brough you You Got Served, the film's synopsis reads: Battlefield America takes a steady look at the underbelly of the youth battle dance culture in Long Beach, California. Sean Lewis, a young, charismatic, successful businessman finds himself in the mix with a bunch of disheveled misfits Bad Boys, who have virtually no dance talent. Realizing his dilemma, Sean brings aboard a professional dance instructor to ease his responsibilities to these kids. Meanwhile, he finds himself falling for Sara, who runs the community center where the kids hangout and practice their moves. With Sean motivating them, The Bad Boys find the confidence to be contenders... Watch the trailer below: »
Chris Stokes' ('You Got Served') new torture horror flick 'The Helpers' certainly appears to be quite the mixing pot of horror films and themes past and present. The new teaser trailer for the movie has showed up and does feature what seems to be quite the heavily influenced style. Still it may just be cut of the trailer, we shall see when it sees its release. The film stars the gorgeous Kristen Quintrall (below) along with Denyce Lawton, Christopher Jones, JoJo Wright, Rachel Sterling, Black Thomas, Dustin Harnish, Cameron Diskin and Braxton Davis. If you're fans of overly long and way too detailed plot synopses then you're going to love this one below! The trailer can be viewed below also. »
Is the world ready for a torture porn movie from the director of You Got Served? No, it’s not called You Got Sawed. The title is The Helpers. Sadly, it’s not about African-American maids in Mississippi in the 1960’s getting revenge against their racist white employers by going all Jigsaw on them.
Kristen Quintrall (Wolvezbayne), Denyce Lawton (“House of Payne”), Christopher Jones (You Got Served, JoJo Wright (Bring it On: All or Nothing, and former “The Man Show” juggy dancer Rachel Sterling star in Chris Stokes' (You Got Served, House Party 4) upcoming The Helpers.
Here’s a plot synopsis that by the third paragraph goes from merely summarizing the story to spoiling major plot twists. Read at your own peril.
Seven friends, three couples (Claire, Todd, Jordan, Brandy, Ryan, and Anna) and their tag-along buddy Phil from Sacramento, California, all decide to go on a trip to Las Vegas. »
19 items from 2012
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