Category Archives: Film & TV

The ‘Real Life People’ Behind The Famous Faces on TV Commercials


*I’ve always wondered about the real people behind the face on some of the most famous TV commercials. Honestly, I really wondered if they were millionaires now? I mean, we know people like Jared Fogel — who made millions as the face of Subway for decades after losing a massive amount of weight — has now been revealed as a pedophile, and his legacy is now revised as he serves a sizeable amount of time in prison.  But what about ‘Lily’ from AT&, ‘Flo’ from Progressive Insurance, and the ‘can you hear me now guy’ from Verizon?

And then there’s that lady who does all of those ‘Thrive’ voiceovers for Kaiser Permanente.

You may be shocked to find out who she is.

These folks are now like our relatives, we’ve become so accustomed to seeing them on TV or hearing them on the radio, We know their faces or voice so well.

The some of these commercial campaigns have updated or upgraded, you may want to meet some of the real people behind the faces and voices that became imprinted in our psyche.

I do.

So I did a little digging.  Continue reading

Let’s Lynch [a] Nigger…For Good


*Niggers are all over the place these days.

Yes, I said “nigger,” not “the N word” or “nigga” or “n****r” or some other version of the word that the overwhelming majority of media outlets routinely use in lieu of THE word. I say if we’re going to use the word, let’s use it.

Or more aptly…let’s not. Ever. In any form.

I remember when only Richard Pryor could get away with regularly using the word “nigger.” He even named one of his standup albums Supernigger and sold millions of albums in the process. My mother didn’t allow that album or any of Pryor’s others in our home, but when Mom was at work Dad howled with laughter to his contraband Pryor cassettes and 8 tracks.


When George Jefferson said “nigger” on the classic sitcom The Jeffersons, millions of viewers laughed while advertisers threatened to drop the show.  Then, in the mid-1980s, Eddie Murphy picked up in feature films and standup specials where Pryor had left off, and the word’s use started to creep. Continue reading

Witness ‘Reel Black Men’ at Raleigh Studios This Saturday!


*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presents REEL BLACK MEN a Short Film Showcase and Discussion on October 1, 2016 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038 and will screen 8 short films written, directed and/or produced by Black Filmmakers.  Screening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a Q&A with the directors, writers and cast immediately following.  Reel Black Men Film Festival screening and dialogue is an opportunity for emerging African American male filmmakers to showcase their skills, talent and vision through film screenings, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process.  Reel Black Men will screen the following films:

1.    Showtime by Charles Little II

2.    Joy by Solomon Onita Jr.

3.    Sistah Did What? by Michael Blackman

4.     Injustice by Keith Offutt

5.     This Is How I Want To Remember H.E.R. by Kali Baker-Johnson

6.     Protect and Serve by Aaron Andrews & Lauren Bogholtz

7.     Blackface by Malcolm Baity (Director/Writer)

8.     Oops! by Andre Campbell  Continue reading

Clinton Wins Monday’s Presidential Debate While Trump Earns a Timeout


*The biggest political nightmare of Hillary Clinton’s lifetime could have occurred last night.  During the first of three scheduled presidential debates, a different Donald Trump could have showed up:  measured, informed, poised, articulate, and ready for the Oval Office.


I joined an estimated 100 million people to view what is projected to have been the most watched presidential debate ever.  And its spectacle rivaled Ringling Bros.

Trump managed to hold it together for about 10 of the 90 minute, uninterrupted broadcast, although he gave viewers a hint of the misogyny he’d bring to the White House.  After referring to Hillary as “Secretary Clinton,” he condescendingly said “Is that OK?  I want you to be happy.  It’s very important to me.”

Trump started by trying to attract voters in states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania who are frustrated by the loss of manufacturing jobs.  He sounded almost semi-literate, but he quickly devolved into…Donald Trump. Continue reading

House Used as Harry Potter’s Home in Film Series up for Sale


*Attention Harry Potter fans!  You’ll want to move quickly if you want to own a piece of film history.  The house used as the exterior in the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film is for sale!

The current asking price is a cool $616,000 — but that may change soon.

“The original plan was to take this property to market without using any reference to Harry Potter,” real estate agent Paul Bosanko said.  But since news of the property’s connection to the movie got out, interest has increased sharply, “and that may or may not influence the final price that we achieve at this property,” he said.

Translation:  the price is going up quick and in a hurry.  

The three-bedroom house is in Bracknell, a town about 30 miles west of London.  While the home was used in the original movie, a studio set based on the house was built for later installments of the eight-film series.

Real estate agency Chancellors says the house “has recently undergone complete renovation to an extremely high standard.”  But yes — as I know you’re wondering just as much as I am — THE HOUSE STILL HAS A CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS! Continue reading

Isaac Hayes’ Son Tells THR Dad Didn’t Quit South Park, ‘Someone Quit It, For Him’ (Video)

Isaac Hayes III
Isaac Hayes III

*I miss Isaac Hayes, don’t you? Do you recall that his role as the Chef on the adult animated series, ‘South Park,’ was suddenly killed off? Now in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the late icon’s son opens up to share what really happened.

Rumors spread like wildfire saying that Hayes had quit the show in protest in 2006, after an episode showed Scientology, the religion to which he was devoted, in a disparaging light.

But now, after all these years, Isaac Hayes III tells THR that’s bull!

“Isaac Hayes did not quit South Park; someone quit South Park for him.”

Sidebar: I wonder what brought this on? Continue reading

Batman’s Bike Is For Sale


*I’ve always been on #TeamSuperman, but ever since Adam West jumped in the 1960s-era Batmobile and said “Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed!” followed by Burt Ward’s “Roger!  Ready to move out!” I’ve wanted one of Batman’s vehicles.

Hell, I won’t front:  I’d have jumped on Batgirl’s cycle if given half a chance.  

Now I can have one of those Bat-toys!  

The Batpod was the only thing left from the destroyed Batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and one of the bikes used in that flick and the follow-up The Dark Knight Rises is up for auction.  

The bike features fiberglass body panels, a custom-made chassis, 31-inch Hoosier tires, and a Honda 750 engine.  It also features a laser-targeting unit and (sadly) non-functioning cannons. Continue reading

‘Queen of Katwe’ Special Engagement & Audience Surprises at Hollywood’s El Capitan Starts September 23rd

Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga star in the triumphant true story QUEEN OF KATWE, directed by Mira Nair. Photo Credit:  © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga star in the triumphant true story QUEEN OF KATWE, directed by Mira Nair. Photo Courtesy © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 1, 2016) – Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” September 23 – October 6, 2016.  Over opening weekend (September 23-25), 20 year old Grand Master Chess Player Daniel Naroditsky of San Mateo, CA, ranked #7 in the nation, will take on two audience members in simultaneous chess matches with El Capitan guests prior to each movie.

“The audience will be able to cheer on as they view the games projected onto the big screen.  Naroditsky will also share tips and tricks about chess. “’Queen of Katwe’ is based on the true story of a girl from Uganda whose world changes when she starts playing chess, and the El Capitan Theatre is the perfect place to experience this heartwarming new film from Disney,” said Ed Collins, General Manager of The El Capitan Theatre. “Before the movie Grand Master Chess Player Daniel Naroditsky will be prepared to take challenges from El Capitan guests on stage, and then, following the film, he will answer any  questions they may have in our lower lounge.”

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” opens in U.S. Theatres, including the El Capitan Theatre, in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016.

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes and dates are subject to change.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday at  10 a.m. during the run of “Queen of Katwe.”  During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

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