*We’d like to wish dads all over the world a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! We know, however, that being a dad to someone does not stop at the paternal. Therefore, this Father’s Day greeting is extended to all men who have shown ‘fatherly’ kindness, courage, empathy to a child.
We thought it would be fun to hear what the father’s we all recognize in the entertainment industry think of their role of fatherhood. What they’ve shared as their greatest joy being a dad and how they hope their role as such will affect their child through adulthood.
First up, Mr. John Legend (with Luna) and mom, Chrissy.
“You just have this little human that’s a product of you and your partner’s love. And I think tat’s really incredible to see ourselves reflected in our little child that we get to raise and teach and nurture and I’m excited to do that. SourceContinue reading →
*(LOS ANGELES, CA) – June 5, 2017 – The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWEST) will host its exciting and highly anticipated 11th annual “Day of Black Docs” on Saturday, June 24th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Three rousing and sensational feature length award-winning documentaries and a short documentary will be screened.
“WHOSE STREETS?” – The Sundance Film Festival Winner and feature film debut of writer-director Sabaah Folayan and co-director Damon Davis is about the Ferguson uprising.
When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis county. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the national guard descends on Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new wave of resistance. For this generation, the battle is not for civil rights, but for the right to live.
*I’ve been waiting for this week’s premiere of the new Wonder Woman feature for years. Hell, decades. Ever since Lynda Carter twirled her way into my little 12 year old heart back in the 70s, I’ve waited for Hollywood to give the Amazonian princess the big budget treatment.
I was intrigued when I read about a Texas movie theatre that was selling out tickets to women-only screenings of the new film. I smiled when I read about the man who gloated about successfully purchasing a ticket to one of the screenings, and the vitriol that he faced online about his purchase. And I’d planned to get you all up to speed about that.
Carl Weathers was famous first as an NFL player with the Oakland Raiders, then as an actor for his iconic movie roles (Apollo Creed, Action Jackson), and his roles as a regular on several TV series (Chicago Justice, Brothers, In the Heat of the Night, Street Justice), and as a television director (Always Night, For the People, Sheena, Strong Medicine, Silk Stalkings). He is set to direct John Patrick Shanley’s unlikely romance Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in The Rainbow Theatre Company production at Edgemar Center.
The story: The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the animal,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. Continue reading →
“This is…one of my biggest pet peeves,” Vezmar said. “It was kind of a first date from hell.”
Vezmar claims that the woman “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.” He also claims that his date ignored his requests to stop texting during the show.
“I said, ‘Listen, your texting is driving me a little nuts’ and she said ‘I can’t not text my friend'” he said. “I said ‘maybe you can take it outside to the lobby, I’ve seen people get kicked out movies for this.'”
Vezmar says the woman left the theatre and never came back, leaving him stranded as they’d driven to the theatre in her car.
So Vezmar is suing his date, for the $17.31 price of his 3D movie ticket.Continue reading →
*The element of surprise has been a hallmark of superstar Janet Jackson’s 30+ year career.
If you’re too young to remember, Jackson’s landmark 1986 Controlalbum, with its defiant distancing from her famous family, surprised even her most ardent fans.
I was one of them; I’ve loved that girl since she was little Penny on Good Times. I still can’t look at a clothes iron without experiencing a little anxiety, and I still have an emotional reaction whenever I see actress Chip Fields!
As I think about it, the launch of Jackson’s recording career was a complete surprise, with her having spent the first years of her career focused on acting instead of trying to compete with her incomparable older brother, Michael. Beginning with her eponymous album, the youngest Jackson delivered passable pop with an urban edge that suggested there was something more to come.
At the age of 19, Jackson fired her father (he’d been her manager) and shocked the entertainment world as she emerged from Michael’s enormous shadow via a series of huge hit records, courtesy of wünderkinds Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Continue reading →
*Last year, we saw Superman face off against Batman on the big screen, and Wonder Woman’s up this summer, but soon you’ll get to see a battle between the Man of Steel and the Ku Klux Klan at your neighborhood multiplex!
(NEW YORK) For the past week, National Geographic has toured several cities across the country screening the new documentary “LA 92” and driving conversations around the provocative film ahead of its broadcast premiere on Sunday, April 30 at 9/8c.
Audiences filled theaters at screenings in Baltimore, Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago and New York (the final stop – St. Louis – is tomorrow) and took to social media to share passionate reactions to LA 92’s rare and intense look at the Los Angeles Riots that took place 25 years ago following the Rodney King verdict.
The tour kicked off in Baltimore, three days shy of the two-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray. University of Baltimore associate professor Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan welcomed attendees to the Baltimore screening on campus in the H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, where the post-screening Q&A took place with “LA 92” directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin and moderator Jamal Simmons (on-air political analyst).