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Getting under the skin of Anaconda

23 October 2014 2:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nineties giant snake movie Anaconda comes under James's microscope. Could it be more than just another scaly B-movie?

"You don't know shit about the shit we're in here!" Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson) in Anaconda. That sentence pretty accurately sums up most people's appreciation of both the movie Anaconda, life in general and the state of the Universe. When you've finished reading this article, you will know some shit.

Do you remember Anaconda? The 1997 killer snake film starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Jon Voight? It had the tagline "When you can't breathe you can't scream"? It got nominated for six Razzies but, in spite of such ignominy, went on to become a cult hit and spawned three sequels?

Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't remember Anaconda because I'd never seen it. Somehow this pleasure had passed me by, and it existed as a sizeable hole in my pop »

- ryanlambie

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Gail Simone, Mike Tyson, and More Highlights from Nycc - Saturday

21 October 2014 7:19 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Saturday at New York Comic Con is traditionally the biggest day as far as events, special guests, and crowds, and 2014 was no different. The stars of FX’s hit comedy The League including Paul Scheer, Mark Duplass, and Nick Kroll screened a new episode and answered questions from the fans. Meanwhile on the other side of the Javits Center, writers Gail Simone, Paul Tobin, and Brian Wood talked about the challenges of adapting beloved video games to comic books, and the stars of Black Dynamite, The Heart, She Holler, and Mike Tyson Mysteries talked about this year’s new Adult Swim programming. Read on for a full rundown of Saturday’s highlights, including The League, Bee & Puppycat, Dark Horse, and Adult Swim!

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- Rachel Kolb

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'Black Dynamite' Crew Talk Trilogy of Blaxploitation Films (Next Could Be Horror) + Reveal More Guest Stars for Season 2

21 October 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I enjoyed this New York Comic-Con panel for "Black Dynamite" which took place about a week ago. The cast and crew were present, clearly enjoying themselves, and they made it fun to watch! They dropped a few nuggets, including expected guest stars for this new season, including the Godfather himself, Melvin Van Peebles, as well as Samuel L. Jackson. They also shared that the intention has always been to do 3 different kinds of Blaxploitation movies, with "Black Dynamite" being the first. The next one in the trilogy just might be a 1970's set horror film, which star Michael Jai White said they were developing. He also compared the "Black Dynamite" posse to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Review: 'Black Dynamite' Season 2 Scissor Kicks the Envelope

20 October 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

From its humble beginnings to the cult mini-phenomenon it’s become, the trajectory of “Black Dynamite” as an intellectual property is hardly what anyone could’ve predicted. What started as a two minute passion project trailer shot on studio lots by actors Michael Jai White and Byron Minns and director Scott Sanders eventually grew into an 80 minute thesis on the art of blaxploitation filmmaking that both celebrated and lampooned the subgenre. It probably would’ve been just as funny if Jai White, Minns, Sanders, and company merely cracked jokes at the genre’s expense, but a genuine understanding and awareness of the mechanics (read: limitations) of exploitation filmmaking in general and »

- Dylan Green

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Trailer Debut: 'Black Dynamite' Season 2 Arrives

17 October 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

"Black Dynamite" returns for a second season on Adult Swim, tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th at 10:30Pm. Season Two further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew. Under the inspired direction of Executive Producer Carl Jones ("The Boondocks"), the series features the voice talents of Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley and Byron Minns, all of whom starred in the original film. This season will feature guest appearances by Bob Marley, Mister Rogers, Bill Cosby, Richard Nixon, Jaws, Arnold and Willis from "Different Strokes," and many more! Black Dynamite, the animated series, is produced by Ars Nova, N-bomb Squad and Cartoon »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Michael Jai White on Returning to Black Dynamite After 2 Years Away

17 October 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Michael Jai White is a familiar face to those who know him from his brief part in 2008’s The Dark Knight, playing a mob boss murdered by Heath Ledger’s Joker, or bigger roles in multiple Tyler Perry–produced movies and TV series — he’s in his fifth season on Tyler Perry’s for Better or for Worse. But it’s his star turns as the title characters in 1997’s Spawn, where he was the first African-American actor to play a superhero lead onscreen; and 2009’s Blaxploitation homage Black Dynamite (which he also co-wrote) that define White for action fans. White continued to play Black Dynamite — a 1970s martial artist, Vietnam War veteran, and former CIA officer — after the cult film, voicing the character in the Black Dynamite animated series on Adult Swim in 2012. White sat down with Vulture during New York Comic-Con to discuss the series, whose long-in-the-works second »

- Ivan Cohen

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'Black Dynamite' Returns for Season 2 w/ Guests Bob Marley, Mister Rogers, Bill Cosby, Arnold & Willis, More

17 October 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

"Black Dynamite" returns for a second season on Adult Swim, tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th at 10:30Pm. Season Two further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew. Under the inspired direction of Executive Producer Carl Jones ("The Boondocks"), the series features the voice talents of Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley and Byron Minns, all of whom starred in the original film. This season will feature guest appearances by Bob Marley, Mister Rogers, Bill Cosby, Richard Nixon, Jaws, Arnold and Willis from "Different Strokes," and many more! Black Dynamite, the animated series, is produced by Ars Nova, N-bomb Squad and »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Indie Spotlight: ‘Talking Marriage’ Is The Best, Worst Show Ever

12 September 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Having marital trouble? Look no further than Ryan Bailey. The Los Angeles-based actor is the man behind Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey, a web series that takes place inside a worthless talk show about the trials of marriage. Bailey takes the leading role as a host who is qualified to talk about marriage; after all, he has been married himself for five whole years. That joke explains the gist of Talking Marriage. It is a deadpan portrayal of the worst talk show in the world, with all sorts of little touches that add to the incompetence. Bailey spends most of the show bantering with his producer, ugly titles (in Comic Sans, of course) flash across the screen every few seconds, and the boom operator repeatedly lowers his microphone into the shot. Fans of intentionally bad comedies like Black Dynamite will appreciate the similar style on display here. Bailey also manages »

- Sam Gutelle

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Charlie Murphy on the Black Jesus Controversy and 10 Years of Hearing About Rick James

22 August 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

For any Chappelle’s Show fan, the name Charlie Murphy requires some kind of trigger warning, as it immediately calls up the “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” sketch that brought “I’m Rick James, bitch!” into the world. But there’s a lot more to the writer-actor-comedian than reminiscences of youthful debauchery as a member of younger brother Eddie’s entourage. In addition to his busy touring schedule, Murphy has made memorable voice-acting appearances on The Boondocks and Black Dynamite, and is now one of the stars of Black Jesus. The live-action Adult Swim series co-created by Aaron McGruder is unsurprisingly controversial, as it depicts what might happen were the Son of God to return to present-day Compton and build a community garden where he and his disciples can be comfortably “smokin’, drinkin’, and chillin’.” Murphy plays Vic, a local landlord whose difficulty in accepting that the weed-happy guy »

- Ivan Cohen

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The birth, death and regeneration of the Universal Soldier movies

20 August 2014 4:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Universal Soldier began in 1992 before suffering from some tawdry sequels. Then John Hyams revived the franchise in spectacular fashion...

The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.

It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »

- ryanlambie

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New to Blu-ray: Under The Skin, Rio 2, Scanners Criterion, and More

15 July 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a very different kind of Scarlett Johansson sci-fi film, a David Cronenberg addition to the Criterion Collection, an animated sequel, the second season of a beloved BBC America sci-fi series, and more.  Briefly: Under the Skin [Blu-ray] - $17.49 (30% off) Scanners (Blu-ray + DVD) (Criterion Collection) - $33.96 (15% off) Rio 2 (3D Blu-ray) - $22.99 (54% off) Road to Paloma Blu-Ray - $17.96 (40% off) Open Grave [Blu-ray]- $17.98 (28% off) Orphan Black: Season 2 (Blu-ray) - $19.99 (43% off) Hell on Wheels: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off) Black Dynamite: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $35.99 (10% off)

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- Adam Chitwood

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Black Dynamite creators talk new movie, ‘Arrow’ and racial challenges in TV & Film

15 July 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Recently, we spoke with the creative team behind Black Dynamite: Carl Jones (The Boondocks), Michael Jai White (voice of Black Dynamite) and Byron Minns (voice of Bullhorn).

We cover a lot of topics in this interview, from the upcoming Black Dynamite sequel and season 2 of the animated series to the challenges black actors face in TV and Film.

Here are some of the highlights:

0:30: Life in the writer’s room of Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite

3:56: Michel Jai White on Bronze Tiger vs Oliver Queen showdown

5:50: New Black Dynamite movie in the works

7:07: White discusses the challenges black characters face in TV and film

9:07: Jones’ speaks on the problems of “slavery” as the new genre

12:47: Celebrity appearances and guest-stars in Black Dynamite Season 2

Big thank you to Jones, White and Minns for their honest and thoughtful insight into the industry. »

- Bags Hooper

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Under the Skin,' 'Rio 2'

15 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Under the Skin"

What's It About? That's a very good question. Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman who drives around the Scottish countryside looking for male hitchhikers. To reveal more would be a disservice to the movie... and difficult, since this atmospheric science-fiction film is open to interpretation.

Why We're In: Director Jonathan Glazer's very, very loose adaptation of the Michel Faber novel is disturbing and sexy. Plus, they used hidden cameras to film Johansson luring clueless hitchhikers into her big white van.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Scanners" (Criterion)

What's It About? "Scanners" are humans with special telepathic gifts, and the giant corporation ConSec wants to use them for their own nefarious purposes. It becomes a gruesome war of the scanners when one gang decides to go rogue.

Why We're In: David Cronenberg's most famous head-popping horror movie finally gets the Criterion treatment. »

- Jenni Miller

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‘Under the Skin,’ ‘Black Dynamite: Season One’ and ‘The Last Days’ Are the Best New Blu-ray/DVD Releases of the Week

15 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Last Days Marc is living in the office building he used to call his place of employment, and he’s not alone. Humanity worldwide has fallen victim to a deadly form of agoraphobia. Walk outside, and you’re dead within seconds from fear. Three months into the epidemic Mark and another survivor manage to set out via the sewers in search of Marc’s pregnant girlfriend, but their journey reveals a species on the brink of extinction. This Spanish production tackles a familiar subject — the post apocalyptic world — and imbues it not only with a fresh premise but also with real heart and character. It looks good too as special effects and production design come together to create a believably devastated world, and all of it is enhanced with a script that manages to »

- Rob Hunter

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'Black Dynamite' Creator Carl Jones Defends Blaxploitation Films -€. And Maybe Pimping

26 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Carl Jones, who created the animated version of Black Dynamite and The Boondocks, not only defends the controversial Blaxploitation film genre of the 70s – but also humorously the role of the black pimp.

Carl Jones On Blaxploitation, Pimps

Jones is of the mindset that something is better than nothing; a pimp for a black male hero is better than no black hero at all. “There are so many great things that came out of [Blaxploitation] films and that era. It was maybe the first time that we saw black heroes on screen,” Jones told uInterview exclusively. “In a lot of ways if you look at it under the right scope, you’ll see pimps were probably the first iteration of black men in America. They were businessmen. They were entrepreneurs. You’ll see that they took a bad situation and turned it into good. Morally, you can argue or debate what’s right or wrong. »

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Rant: 'Black Dynamite' Creator Carl Jones Defends Blaxploitation Films - And Pimping!

23 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Carl Jones, creator of the animated version of Black Dynamite and The Boondocks, thinks that blaxploitation, the film genre that was popularized in the 1970s, should be celebrated not maligned. Most of the main protagonists in the films were actually pimps, which inspired the concept of Black Dynamite. “In a lot of ways if you look at it under the right scope, you’ll see pimps were probably the first iteration of black men—in America,” Jones told uInterview. Byron Minns, who voices the character Bullhorn on Dynamite, jokes that Jones is “glorifying pimping.”

Michael Jai White, who voices Black Dynamite on the show, recalls how blaxploitation films, such as Superfly (1972), in which pimps were the predominate on-screen representation of a black male, were just the norm when he was growing up. "That made me think about, how twisted of a childhood that we had these—but that was the »

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Rant: 'Black Dynamite' Creator Carl Jones Defends Blaxploitation Films – And Pimping!

23 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Carl Jones, creator of the animated version of Black Dynamite and The Boondocks, thinks that blaxploitation, the film genre that was popularized in the 1970s, should be celebrated not maligned. Most of the main protagonists in the films were actually pimps, which inspired the concept of Black Dynamite. “In a lot of ways if you look at it under the right scope, you’ll see pimps were probably the first iteration of black men—in America,” Jones told uInterview. Byron Minns, who voices the character Bullhorn on Dynamite, jokes that Jones is “glorifying pimping.”

Michael Jai White, who voices Black Dynamite on the show, observes that blaxploitation films, such as Superfly (1972), in which pimps were the predominate on-screen representation of a black male at the time, were just the norm when he was growing up. “That's just twisted,” he laughs.

The Black Dynamite, Season One DVD/BlueRay, will be released »

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Exploitation Alley: Three The Hard Way (1974)

12 June 2014 1:16 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I suppose I can blame this week’s Exploitation Alley on my best friend (and wife of Icons’ editor Jerry) for sending me a picture of a very shirtless, and very hot Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite. For some reason, ok…for many reasons I thought of the 1974 Blaxploitation classic Three The Hard Way. This film has everything our little Blaxploitation loving hearts desire. It stars Jim Kelly, Jim Brown, and Fred Williamson, has quite a few groovy tunes, explosions that appear out of nowhere, and an interesting sound effect that kind of just happens throughout the movie. It almost sounds like a really intense, yet very sad drop of water. Why? I have no idea. But weird drop of water sound effect aside, Three The Hard Way  is one hell of a great film, cheese and all.

The film starts off pretty action packed, and thankfully remains that »

- Natty

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Black Dynamite Makes His Explosive Blu-Ray & DVD Debut In All-New Adult Swim Release

28 May 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I actually thought this was already on Blu-ray & DVD, but it actually is not.But it will be, in July (July 15 specifically) - all ten 30-minute episodes of the first season, with a few extra features too of course, at a suggested retail price of $39.99 for the Blu-ray, and $29.98 for the DVD set.Full details via press release from Adult Swim below, including a look at the box art:This July, bust out your best polyester pants suit because Black Dynamite and his crew are about to explode onto the scene in all-new Blu-ray and DVD release, Black Dynamite Season One. The inaugural home entertainment release from the top-rated Adult Swim series will be available to own »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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"Chocolate City" Is A 'Black Magic Mike'

21 May 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Indie filmmaker Jean-Claude Lamarre ("Gang of Roses," "Color of the Cross") is planning "Chocolate City," a project that is best described as an African-American take on the male stripper film "Magic Mike".

Michael Jai White ("Black Dynamite") and model-turned-actor Tyson Beckford are in negotiations to star in the tale of Devin, a young college student struggling to make ends meet who is convinced to give amateur night at a male strip club a whirl.

White will play the owner of the club who does the job of convincing Devin to give it a try. Beckford will play the club's former star attraction whose popularity is fading. There's also a subplot of Devin's religious upbringing and how it clashes with his newfound career.

Lamarre penned, will direct and is also slated to produce alongside Gabriel Casseus, Robert Aaronson and Rozina Negusei. The filmmaker says: "I researched the male exotic club scene »

- Garth Franklin

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