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Today it has been revealed that Angela Bassett and Gattlin Griffith have joined the cast of Martin Campbell‘s big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ Green Lantern.

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Notorious Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Fox Searchlight’s Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious is exactly what you would expect. A lot of fast cuts to the old school music Biggie. Is there any chance this film might be good? Leave your comments below.

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Official Plot Synopsis
: Notorious tells the story of the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.  The film stars multiple award winner Angela Bassett as Christopher’s mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and introducing Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G.  After the overwhelming response to a year long aggressive and active worldwide search, Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn native, was selected to portray the infamous rapper.  Notorious is directed by George Tillman Jr.

In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time.  B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility.  His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

Notorious hits theaters on January 16th 2009.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns Movie Trailer

Meet the Browns

I am waiting for the moment when someone in “the city” says something with complete seriousness like, “Yeah, we were going to go to the Yeasayer show, but we ended up seeing the new Tyler Perry.” You know Tyler Perry’s movies are cultural Ebola when white early adopters can’t find a way to post-ironically early adopt them. It’s sort of like when you put a dog’s toy into an umbrella holder slightly too tall for him to consider retrieving it, if the umbrellas were black or something.

Perry’s latest opus, Meet the Browns, opens in March. He’s had worse trailers, I would imagine. The flick stars Angela Bassett as a lady who loses her job and has to go make nice with the titular distant fam. Of course, the distant fam is more Vegas Vacation than National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, not to mention a far quantum leap from Curb Your Enthusiam‘s The Blacks. And then there’s former L.A. Laker Rick Fox! In a major lady’s man role! I hope someone chimes in with, “Hey, he was great on Ugly Betty!” There has to be an impossibly tiny mesh of /Film reader + Rick Fox (as actor) fans. Here’s your chance to be loud and proud.

But what really catches your attention is the absence of the cross-dressing, oh-so-lucrative Madea. Will she/he or will she/he not make an appearance herein? Unless you watch the trailer, the (/Film) world may never know…

Check out the movie trailer after the jump.

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