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Why Jordan Peele and Candyman are a perfect match

Tom Jolliffe looks at the recent rumours about Jordan Peele producing a Candyman remake…

Jordan Peele has come a long way in the last 18 months. Predominantly known for his work in comedy, particularly in unison with Keegan-Michael Key, there’s always been an element of social commentary and historical context in whatever Peele has creatively overseen.

Get Out, one of the sleeper hits of last year, took everyone by surprise. On the surface a horror sprinkled liberally with doses of comedy, but beneath that, bitingly satirical, prescient and intelligent. I re-watched Get Out again just days ago and it’s gone up even further in my estimation from when I first saw it. A great mix of racial and cultural dissection, with wonderfully skilled delivery of genre thrills. In addition, it looks utterly fantastic. It’s exquisitely shot and visually engaging. For all that Peele, even with tongue slightly within cheek,
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Foxy Brown Allegedly Skips Out on Concert But Pockets the Money

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Foxy Brown Allegedly Skips Out on Concert But Pockets the Money
Foxy Brown took thousands of dollars to perform at an event, showed up hours late, grabbed a check out of the organizer's hand and skipped out ... so claims a furious promoter who is now on the verge of suing.  Foxy agreed to perform 2 songs at the Laquan Smith party Sunday night during New York Fashion Week. In return, she was going to pull in $10k ... $5k in advance and the balance at the party. We're
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Viola Davis Knows What’s Wrong With Hollywood… and How to Fix It

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Viola Davis Knows What’s Wrong With Hollywood… and How to Fix It
It was a familiar dilemma for Viola Davis. What to do with her hair?

The star of the upcoming film “Widows” needed to know what kind of wig or extensions she should wear to play Veronica Rawlins, the leader of an unlikely band of robbers scrambling to pull off a dangerous heist. Director Steve McQueen’s answer shocked the Emmy-, Tony- and Oscar-winning actress.

“I said, ‘Your own hair is beautiful — just wear it that way,’” recalls McQueen. “Veronica is a wash-and-go kind of girl.”

For Davis, the decision to appear on-screen in close-cropped, curly hair was liberating and represented an important social statement.

“You’re always taught as a person of color to not like your hair,” she says. “The kinkier it is, the so-called nappier it is, the uglier it is.”

McQueen stressed that he was interested in reflecting reality. More women looked like her, he told the actress,
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Review: Nicki Minaj Protects Her Crown on ‘Queen’

Review: Nicki Minaj Protects Her Crown on ‘Queen’
On her first album in three and a half years, Nicki Minaj comes out swinging. “Unlike a lot of these hoes, whether wack or lit/At least I can say I wrote every rap I spit,” she charges on “Ganja Burns.” Queen is littered with subliminal disses, and though she doesn’t name names, it’s not a leap to imagine Cardi B, Remy Ma, Lil Kim and sundry frenemies as her targets. Only ‘90s heroine Foxy Brown is allowed to stand beside her on the chiming bells and ragga rhythm of “Coco Chanel.
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Album Review: Nicki Minaj’s ‘Queen’

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Album Review: Nicki Minaj’s ‘Queen’
Delays. Date changes. Dick jokes. Diss tracks that she insists aren’t really diss tracks. And a last-minute release-date-change announced on her new Apple Beats 1 radio show, followed by fantastically weird commentary. We’d expect nothing less from Nicki Minaj and the album she’s titled “Queen,” an epic 19-track collection that stands as her best and boldest recorded work to date.

Minaj’s fourth album is powered by more-focused-than-usual melodies (showing the influence of Trinidadian/Jamaican reggae and Middle Eastern musicality), infectious samples and her trademark mix of foul-mouthed, cocksure rap attacks and sonorous but equally ribald vocals. There’s less quirk than quake to the production, which has an oddly direct, elevated uniformity of tone, despite collaborators ranging from Boi-1da and Supa Dups to J. Reid and Mike Will Made It. And while there are cameos from Eminem, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Future and Foxy Brown, Minaj is always the focus,
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Will Cardi B make Vma history as the first female rapper to win Best New Artist?

Will Cardi B make Vma history as the first female rapper to win Best New Artist?
Hundreds of Gold Derby users are predicting the winners of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, and the consensus is that Cardi B is the overwhelming favorite to win Best New Artist. She’s the most nominated artist of the year with 10 bids for her own work as well as contributions to other artists’ songs and videos. But a victory for her would be historic. Not only would she be the first solo female winner since Lady Gaga (2009), she’d be the first female rapper ever to prevail.

The last female rapper to earn a bid was Young M.A just last year, though she lost to teenage R&B breakout Khalid. Before that Iggy Azalea earned a bid for her video “Work” in 2013, but that award went to Austin Mahone for “What About Love.” Kreayshawn (“Gucci Gucci”) earned a bid in 2011, but fans picked a male rapper that year,
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New Albums to Stream Now: Jake Shears, Nicki Minaj and More Rolling Stone Editors’ Picks

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New Albums to Stream Now: Jake Shears, Nicki Minaj and More Rolling Stone Editors’ Picks
Editors’ Pick: Jake Shears, Jake Shears

For his first solo album, the Scissor Sisters frontman “moved to New Orleans, wrote himself out of a cataclysmic breakup, and then recorded in Louisville, Kentucky,” writes Barry Walters. “The result overflows with the opulence of orchestral Seventies pop – as if Elo and the Bee Gees got together to make a Muppet fantasia of Cajun rock.”

Read Our Review: Jake Shears’ Self-Titled Album Overflows With Opulence

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Nicki Minaj, Queen

The brashly insouciant rapper’s fourth album
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Nicki Minaj Drops Album ‘Queen,’ Featuring Eminem and The Weeknd, a Week Early

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Nicki Minaj Drops Album ‘Queen,’ Featuring Eminem and The Weeknd, a Week Early
After multiple delays and one fake-out, Nicki Minaj has finally dropped her fourth studio album, “Queen” — a week earlier than the Aug. 17 release date she announced last week. Minaj broke the news last night on the first episode of her Beats 1 radio show, and said she’d just finished mixing the album three hours earlier.

The album features guest spots from Eminem, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Ariana Grande and a key Minaj influence, veteran rapper Foxy Brown.

The release date of “Queen” had been bumped at least twice, and earlier this month when she knocked it back another week from Aug. 10 to the 17 th due to a sample-clearance issue — setting her up for a battle with labelmate and collaborator Ariana Grande, whose new album drops on the same day. But that particular standoff has been averted.

“Queen” is Minaj’s first album release since “The Pinkprint” in 2014, which received praise
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Nicki Minaj Releases New Album ‘Queen’

Nicki Minaj Releases New Album ‘Queen’
Nicki Minaj ended the protracted promotional cycle behind Queen by releasing her long-awaited fourth album on Friday, August 10th.

The rapper confirmed the timing Thursday on her Apple Music radio show, Queen Radio, noting that she planned to stream the full LP for fans but “someone fucked up,” adding, “It’s a lot of corporate drama in here.”

Queen‘s arrival ends a streak of confusing release date changes. The album was originally slated for June 15th but switched to August 10th; then, roughly one week before that date, the
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‘Proud Mary’ Review

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Neal McDonough | Written by John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal, Steven Antin | Directed by Babak Najafi

Lethal, professional hit-woman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) works for the most notorious crime family in town, headed by Benny (Danny Glover). When Mary shoots a protected mobster in order to save a young boy, she must take on a rogues’ gallery of crime figures, from the Russian Mafia to those closest to her, including her former lover. Armed with her wits – and a closet full of guns – Mary must do whatever it takes to be the last woman standing…

Billed as akin to the classic Blaxploitation films of the 70s, I was Really looking forward to seeing Proud Mary, however that excitement was tempered somewhat by the delay in between the Us release and the film finally debuting in the UK… That’s usually not a good sign.
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Hail Mary! Six of The Best Taraji P. Henson Films

Taraji P. Henson’s star is in the ascendant – ‘P’ for Penda, for the curious among you. An increasingly familiar face in hit TV shows like Boston Legal, Person of Interest and Eli Stone, Henson has quietly been chiseling away at a Hollywood career for over a decade. It has been an unshowy rise: comfortable in ensemble pieces, she often selflessly lets other more gregarious actors take the limelight away from her.

Not that she hasn’t gone unnoticed by those in the critical know. She’s a multi-award-winner and as executive producer and star of Proud Mary, she is finally an above-the-title name. The action thriller from director Babk Najafi has Henson leading a cast which includes Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Danny Glover, Billy Brown , Xander Berkeley, and Margaret Avery. Henson brings her trademark charisma and presence to the screen as a hardworking hitwoman whose life derails when a
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11 Most ‘Hair-Raising’ Movie Moments, From ‘There’s Something About Mary’ to ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (Photos)

11 Most ‘Hair-Raising’ Movie Moments, From ‘There’s Something About Mary’ to ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (Photos)
Some of the most iconic hair fashion statements of all time are movie hair. Cher Horowitz in “Clueless.” Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” David Bowie’s hair in “Labyrinth.” The list goes on. And then there’s the not so good hair moments in the movies. Arguably the most famous of those is having its 20th anniversary this week, the infamous “hair gel” scene from “There’s Something About Mary.” In honor of that classic and unfortunate hair gag, we decided to look at some of the other times that things in movies got a little hairy.

“There’s Something About Mary”

Why does this scene work as well as it does? The gag isn’t especially plausible, but it taps into that crippling fear that the world somehow knows the dirty deed you’ve just done in the privacy of your own bathroom. And Cameron Diaz’s hair,
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Movie Review – Blackenstein (1973)

Blackenstein, 1973.

Directed by William A. Levey.

Starring John Hart, Ivory Stone, Andrea King, Roosevelt Jackson, and Joe Du Sue.

Synopsis:

After being wounded in Vietnam, Eddie is given a second chance at life by a DNA scientist who manages to reconstruct the wounded soldiers lost limbs. However, the results soon turn monstrous when a crazed lab assistant gives the resurrected veteran the wrong formula, causing havoc in the process.

One of the great things about Blaxploitation is that it could be mixed in with various other genres to create some wonderful blends. Mix it with a detective/cop film and you get Shaft. Mix it with a revenge action thriller you get Coffy or Foxy Brown. Mix it with spy flick you get…uh…Live and Let Die? My point is you can mix Blaxploitation with anything and you’re almost bound to get something interesting at the end of it,
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Superfly review – a sleek, swaggering blaxploitation remake

Director X’s take on the 1972 crime drama is a brutal, visually indulgent saga of extravagance and racial tensions

The new remake of blaxploitation staple Superfly starts to feel like a pornographic film somewhere around the shower-set threesome, the steamiest sex scene that a major American studio has allowed in years. But even before that refreshingly indelicate display, Director X adopts pornography’s absolute commitment to the pleasure principle in his fixation on the spectacle of luxury. The first 20 minutes drag the viewer through a neon-lit vortex of raining money, unfathomably expensive cars, zaftig strippers, golden guns and narcotic bricks. This high-gloss take on Gordon Parks Jr’s funky vision of the hustle goes so far into sheer, unabashed rap-video excess that calling it gratuitous would miss the point.

Related: The return of blaxploitation: why the time is right to bring back Shaft and Foxy Brown
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iZombie Round Table: Madame Mayor Peyton Charles!

Liv was on rapper brain, and all of New Seattle was on lockdown during iZombie Season 4 Episode 9.

TV Fanatics Stacy Glanzman, Lizzy Buczak, and Yana Grebenyuk discuss Isobel and Ravi's potential cure, Fillmore Graves potentially turning on Chase and much more.

Don't forget to join the discussion below!

What would you rate this episode and why?

Stacy: I'd give it a B. It was funny, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I enjoyed Liv on rapper brain and the D&D game, but I'm just mostly sick of Blaine, and Major is not my favorite person right now.

Lizzy: I'd give it a C+. I was excited to see Liv on rapper brain, but unfortunately, the brain didn't kick like the others have. They could have done so much more with her "gangster" persona.

Yana: I would give it a C because almost none of it felt necessary besides
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Cardi B ‘Invasion of Privacy’ reviews: She could make history for female rappers by invading the Grammys

Rapper Cardi B broke through in 2017 with her single “Bodak Yellow,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and earned her Grammy nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. She has also had three other top-10 singles: “MotorSport” with Migos and Nicki Minaj, “Finesse” with Bruno Mars, and “No Limit” with G-Eazy and A$AP Rocky. But it’s only just now that she has released her debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” which dropped on April 6. Will she score more Grammy nominations in 2019? She could make history as the first solo woman ever to win Best Rap Album.

To date the only female artist who has won Best Rap Album was Lauryn Hill as a member of the hip-hop trio The Fugees. They won in 1997 for “The Score.” No woman has won since, not even Missy Elliott, who became the first and only female rap artist nominated
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Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record

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Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record
With more than 100 million streams worldwide in just a week, Cardi B’s new album “Invasion of Privacy” has shattered Apple Music’s record for most-streamed album by a female artist in its first week. By mid-week, streams for “Invasion of Privacy” had already more than doubled those of the previous record-holder, Taylor Swift’s “Reputation.”

“Invasion of Privacy” currently holds the #5 spot on Apple Music’s worldwide chart of most streamed albums ever, topping Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” and The Weeknd’s “Starboy.”

The album looks like a shoo-in for the No. 1 spot on next week’s albums chart, which would make Cardi just the fifth female rapper to top the Billboard 200, along with Nicki Minaj (twice), Eve, Foxy Brown and of course Lauryn Hill.

Cardi, who confirmed that she’s pregnant with a reveal on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend (Migos rapper Offset is her fiance), will perform
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Make These Comics Into Movies (Podcast)

Make These Comics Into Movies (Podcast)
From “Black Panther” to “Deadpool” to “Wonder Woman,” comic-book movies reign supreme. But as Hollywood exhausts the most obvious superheroes (and even the ones who never seemed likely to be film stars) we’re hoping the industry might finally tell some of the stranger, quirkier comic-book stories we’ve always dreamed of seeing onscreen. On the latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, we’re joined by TheWrap’s comic-book authority Umberto Gonzales to talk about our dream comic-book movies. Mine is basically “X-Men” meets “Boogie Nights,” Umberto’s is a ninjafied face-off between James Bond and Foxy Brown types, and my co-host, Matt Donnelly, asks why...
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Black Superheroes Matter: Why a 'Black Panther' Movie Is Revolutionary

Standing in the bay of a speeding Wakandan jet, a member of the African nation's special forces unit – the Dora Milaje – advises their king, T'Challa: "Don't freeze." Calmly, the leader replies "I never freeze." He's assured, regal, radiating a near subzero-temperature sense of cool. And then, donning the mask of the legendary superhero known as the Black Panther, he torpedo-drops from the sky. A car explodes beneath him. He effortlessly somersaults through the air, lands sideways on a building in a neon-lit metropolis, races along the building's wall and sails right onto the speeding car.
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NYC Weekend Watch: Women Filmmakers, Scorsese Restorations, Erotic Thrillers, Black Superheroes & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

“Tell Me: Women’s Filmmakers, Women’s Stories” shines a necessary light, with the likes of Varda and Akerman screening.

King Hu’s Legend of the Mountain has been restored, and is complemented by an outstanding weekend of martial-art films.

Demy’s Lola will play on Sunday.

Museum of Modern Art

Scorsese-backed restorations, “To Save and Project,
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