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Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Sparkle’ (1976)

Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Sparkle’ (1976)
Aretha Franklin, who died on August 16th at age 76, recorded more than 40 full-length albums in her six-decade career. It’s a deep catalog, crowded with indisputable classics and hidden gems. Rolling Stone’s music staff is paying its R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the Queen with tributes to our favorite Aretha LPs. Next up: Mosi Reeves on the creative sparks that flew when Aretha met Curtis Mayfield.

When Aretha Franklin’s revelatory Southern soul collaborations with producer Jerry Wexler cooled in the early ’70s, she spent
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Francis Ford Coppola: Why He Spent $500K to Restore His Most Troubled Film, ‘The Cotton Club’

Francis Ford Coppola: Why He Spent $500K to Restore His Most Troubled Film, ‘The Cotton Club’
Francis Ford Coppola never meant to make “The Cotton Club” — yet he was dragged back, like Al Pacino in “The Godfather 3,” into making another big-budget movie. Now, 33 years later, he’s spent another $500,000 (of his own money) to restore the film and create “The Cotton Club Encore,” a longer cut that premieres today at the Telluride Film Festival.

Producer Robert Evans had hoped to direct “The Cotton Club,” a valentine to the legendary Harlem nightclub where Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson made their names. He raised $8 million in foreign pre-sales at Cannes, but he couldn’t solve the script. According to the gory details in his autobiography “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” the whole production was a chaotic, coked-up nightmare. He turned to Coppola for help, paying him to write several drafts and finally direct, which became a battle in its own right.

At the end,
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Francis Ford Coppola: Why He Spent $500K to Restore His Most Troubled Film, ‘The Cotton Club’

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Francis Ford Coppola: Why He Spent $500K to Restore His Most Troubled Film, ‘The Cotton Club’
Francis Ford Coppola never meant to make “The Cotton Club” — yet he was dragged back, like Al Pacino in “The Godfather 3,” into making another big-budget movie. Now, 33 years later, he’s spent another $500,000 (of his own money) to restore the film and create “The Cotton Club Encore,” a longer cut that premieres today at the Telluride Film Festival.

Producer Robert Evans had hoped to direct “The Cotton Club,” a valentine to the legendary Harlem nightclub where Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson made their names. He raised $8 million in foreign pre-sales at Cannes, but he couldn’t solve the script. According to the gory details in his autobiography “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” the whole production was a chaotic, coked-up nightmare. He turned to Coppola for help, paying him to write several drafts and finally direct, which became a battle in its own right.

At the end,
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Smackdown '84: Glenn Close, Dame Peggy, Lahti, Crouse, and Page

Presenting the Supporting Actress Class of '84. The Academy looked way back in time for this vintage collecting characters from the 1920s through the 1940s: a British senior on an excursion to see "the real" India, a Depression era beautician, the ex-girl of a ballplayer, and a former singer working in a factory during World War II. The sole contemporary character was a chain-smoking furious mother from Greenwich Village...

Glenn Close and Geraldine Page were the regulars... about to lose again!

1984 

Supporting Actress Smackdown  

The Nominees: The 1984 Supporting Actress list skewed more mature than usual. Lindsay Crouse, surely buoyed by the love for Best Picture player Places in the Heart, and the promising new star Christine Lahti who was the least familiar face to moviegoers at the time, were the youngest, both in their mid 30s. Glenn Close, on her third consecutive nomination in the category, and Geraldine Page with
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Review: Julie Dash's 'Illusions' (Digitally Remastered Version Released on DVD This Week)

Editor's Note: This week, Women Make Movies, a leading distributor of movies made by and about women, announced a special re-release of the digitally remastered "Illusions," Julie Dash’s acclaimed portrait of race and identity in 1940s Hollywood. The film centers on Mignon Duprée (Lonette McKee), a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter (Rosanne Katon), a Black woman who dubs the singing voice for a white Hollywood star. The drama follows Mignon's dilemma, Ester's struggle and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality. Called "one of the most brilliant achievements in style...
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New on DVD: Digitally Remastered Version of Julie Dash's 'Illusions' Starring Lonette McKee (On Race and Identity in 1940s Hollywood)

Women Make Movies, a leading distributor of movies made by and about women, has announced a special re-release of the digitally remastered "Illusions," Julie Dash’s acclaimed portrait of race and identity in 1940s Hollywood. The film centers on Mignon Duprée (Lonette McKee), a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter (Rosanne Katon), a Black woman who dubs the singing voice for a white Hollywood star. The drama follows Mignon's dilemma, Ester's struggle and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality. Called "one of the most brilliant achievements in style and concept in recent...
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Atl 'La Rebellion' Retrospective Review: 'Illusions,' 'Fragrance,' & 'Rain'

Editor's Note: The La Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema film series tour continues its travels, making its final stop in Atlanta (Ga), running October 25 through November 24, 2013. The Atl installment of the series is sponsored by Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies, liquid blackness, for Georgia State University’s Department of Communication, and the Atlanta Film Festival, in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive. In Julie Dash’s film Illusions, Mignon Dupree, played by Lonette Mckee says, “People make films about themselves.” Though she is referring to the exclusionary...
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DVD, VOD, Digital Release: Luv

DVD, VOD and Digital Release Date: April 2, 2013

Price: DVD $19.97

Studio: Indomina/Vivendi

Common (r.) gives his nephew some life lessons in Luv.

Common (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Danny Glover (Death at a Funeral) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) star in the 2012 coming-of-age drama Luv.

In the film, Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee, The Cotton Club) and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has just returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life. One morning, instead of dropping Woody off at school, Vincent decides to give the boy a tutorial on how a man gets things done. Woody jumps at the chance to join his father figure for the day. Their time together changes from optimistic to desperate as Vincent’s plan to open a restaurant is crushed and his past
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16 Must-See Black Lgbt Films

16 Must-See Black Lgbt Films
In 1989, Donna Deitch directed the made for TV movie "The Women of Brewster Place" starring and produced by Oprah Winfrey, which was based on Gloria Naylor’s 1982 novel of the same name.

The film featured an all-star cast and included two lesbian characters played by Lonette McKee (Lorraine) and Paula Kelly (Theresa). The couple flees their middle-class suburban neighborhood due to their sexuality and makes Brewster Place their new home. However, they soon find they're facing the same issues that they faced while living in their previous residence.

Though McKee and Kelly’s characters were not lead roles, their story was groundbreaking at the time. Over 20 years later, African American lesbian director Dee Rees released her film "Pariah," which tells the coming-out and coming-of-age story of a young black lesbian and garnered Rees many accolades.

In between that 20-year span a handful of black lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (Lgbt
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Review: What 'Luv' Says About Manhood, or the Lack Thereof... (Opens Today)

Writer/director Sheldon Candis’ first feature is a gutsy Baltimore drama centered on 11-year-old Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.), a fatherless youth who gets a lesson in the hard-knock life from his hustler Uncle Vincent (Common). At the outset, Woody is living with his grandmother (Lonette McKee), longing to reunite with his estranged mother (Tracey Heggins), and is enamored with his Uncle Vincent, who’s just been released from an eight-year stretch in prison. Woody happily accepts a ride to school from Vincent one morning, only to be taken for an even wilder ride when his uncle decides Woody should instead spend the day on the streets with him. Vincent is trying to go straight...
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Film Review: Common Delivers Best Work to Date in Problematic ‘Luv’

Chicago – Assigned the role of World’s Worst Father Figure, Common delivers a performance so compelling that it nearly makes Sheldon Candis’ blood-soaked odyssey worth the trip. Nearly, however, is the key word. For all of it merits, this picture derails into a ditch of heavy-handed implausibility at the precise moment when it should be soaring.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

One of the recurring images in “Luv,” which is memorably etched in its poster art, is the back of a child’s head as it looks off into a blurred universe that it can’t fully comprehend. Much of the tangled, murky plot is viewed from the perspective of this 11-year-old boy, Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.), who shares the audience’s confusion at the mounting danger that threatens to engulf him entirely. Candis’ vision of Baltimore is intensely claustrophobic, with houses uneasily wedged against one another, confining the desperate protagonists like rats in a maze.
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Nsfw Featurette for Luv with Common – ‘Betrayal and Distrust’

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Sheldon CandisLuv debuted at Sundance last year, featuring a career-defining performance from Common as the adult lead in this tense dramatic thriller.

The film spent last year on the festival circuit, coming to the UK for Sundance London – you can read our review here – which is where I saw it, and thought it was brilliant.

It’s finally about to arrive in theatres in the Us, screening exclusively at AMC Theatres from next Friday. And with its release so close, the theatre chain have debuted a new, not-suitable-for-work featurette, giving us a look at the themes of betrayal and distrust that run through Luv.

“With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison,
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L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Reviews: "Illusions," "Fragrance," and "Rain"

Editor's Note: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. Over the next few weeks, we'll be revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles a year ago... here's another. In Julie Dash’s film Illusions, Mignon Dupree, played by Lonette Mckee says, “People make films about themselves.” Though she is referring to the exclusionary practices of the Hollywood studio system, her statement also applies to the films screened this weekend as part of UCLA’s La Rebellion Film Series. There was a unique “self” in each film; a...
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sparkle

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 30, 2012

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony

When Jordin Met Whitney: Ms. Sparks (l.) and Ms. Houston star in Sparkle.

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard) star in the musical drama film Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 cult favorite starring Irene Cara (Fame) and Lonette McKee (The Cotton Club).

Sparks stars as Sparkle (appropriately enough!), a young woman whose big dreams of stardom seem almost impossible. She’s been warned against the pitfalls of the music industry by her protective mother (Houston), yet encouraged by the handsome and ambitious Stix (Derek Luke), Sparkle forms a trio with her sisters (Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo). Together, they perform the soul-stirring songs that Sparkle pens. But as their fame grows, so do the risks of jealousy, self-doubt and temptation.

Directed by Salim Akil from a story by Joel Schumacher (Tigerland), the movie also
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Gunplay Is Child's Play in 'Luv' Trailer

Now here's an argument for never skipping school if there ever was one.

Michael Rainey Jr. and Common star in "Luv," an intense-looking coming-of-age crime drama about an 11-year-old boy and the shady uncle he idolizes. A seemingly innocent day of playing hooky turns into something much more sinister when the kid discovers just exactly what his hero does for a living.

Despite the fact that the trailer reveals the second-act turn of events (someone gets shot) and quite a generous amount of third-act follow-up (things just get worse from there), "Luv," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, looks like quite a powerful piece of work. Both Rainey Jr. and Common look to deliver top-notch work, and you can't beat a supporting cast that includes Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Kenneth Williams, Meagan Good and Lonette McKee.

Check out the trailer below or in HD at iTunes Movie Trailers.
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Common Searches For ‘Luv’ In First Trailer For His Sundance Drama

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After finding success in the hip-hop landscape, Common has dabbled in Hollywood with films like Smokin’ Aces, Terminator Salvation, American Gangster and Date Night, but now he’s finally been handed a promising leading role. The actor debuted the drama Luv at Sundance earlier this year and now we’ve get a trailer ahead of its fall release.

Directed by Sheldon Candis, the drama follows a young boy Michael Rainey Jr. and his uncle, played by Common, as they have what looks to be a dangerous afternoon filled with gunplay and car rides. It actually looks like a pretty tense coming-of-age film and along with The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams, 24‘s Dennis Haysbert and Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, Meagan Good and Lonette McKee, we’ve got a great cast. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Synopsis:

An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means
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Images from Sheldon Candis' Luv drama, starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover

After just adding the trailer for the film, we now have a gallery of images from Sheldon Candis' Luv drama, starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover. Candis scripts and helms this film which follows an 11-year-old boy who gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in Luv, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison
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Images from Sheldon Candis' Luv drama, starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover

After just adding the trailer for the film, we now have a gallery of images from Sheldon Candis' Luv drama, starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover. Candis scripts and helms this film which follows an 11-year-old boy who gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in Luv, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison
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Luv Trailer starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr. and Dennis Haysbert

Watch the trailer for Sheldon Candis Luv which opens on November 9th from Indomina Releasing. Common, Michael Rainey, Jr. and Dennis Haysbert star as well as Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good, Lonette McKee, Michael Kenneth Williams. Candis directs and writes the film produced by Datari Turner, Joel Newton, W. Michael Jenson, Derek Dudle and Jason Michael Berman. An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in Luv, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten
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