Days ago a release date for Spike Lee‘s newest film, Chi-Raq, was announced. Shortly after, a wild trailer for the picture was released, promising a passionate, energetic, and satirical story. The film deals with the overwhelming gun violence in Chicago in recent years, so some were taken aback by the somewhat humorous tone of the footage. As a response, a more serious trailer for Chi-Raq has been released.
Watch the new Chi-Raq trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Spike Lee has been very, very busy. It was only about six months ago (a few months after he released his last film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) that we learned he was working on Chi-Raq, a retelling of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata set in a modern-day Chicago torn apart by gang violence, and today the first trailer is already here. The film is slated to be Amazon’s first full-length feature film, and from here, their foray into that realm seems to be off to a promising start. Watch the Chi-Raq trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
Not to be outdone by Netflix, Amazon is also jumping into the original features game. Their first foray into that realm will be Chi-Raq, Spike Lee‘s contemporary retelling of the classical Greek play Lysistrata.
The company’s latest statement on the project reveals some new details, including a full cast list that includes Teyonah Parris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Get all the details on the Amazon Chi-Raq project after the jump. Read More »
Twelve years has passed since a young, cocky freshman named Devon Miles showed up at fictional Atlanta A&T University to be part of their marching band. That’s the set up of 2002’s cult hit Drumline, which starred Nick Cannon as the main character. Now, in real time both on screen and off, the character and actor are back for Drumline: A New Beat. Cannon is a producer and has a small role in the TV sequel, which follows the Atlanta A&T bands latest crop of students, now lead by star of the first film, Leonard Roberts.
We’ve seen a few clips from the film, but with the premiere coming up in less than a week, a full trailer is now out. Check out the full Drumline 2 trailer below. Read More »
Here’s a secret about me: If Drumline is ever on TV, I can’t turn it off. It’s an unabashedly light, funny, college movie that mixes music, partying and the charisma of young Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana. It wasn’t a huge box office hit when it was released in 2002, but subsequent DVD and cable availability has given it a large cult following. And while over a decade has passed since the original, which suggests Cannon’s character would be way past graduation at this point, that doesn’t mean the story can’t continue.
That’s exactly what’s going to happen. Cannon himself is producing and will co-star in Drumline: A New Beat, which will air exclusively on VH1. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
“Everyone wants to do sequels,” says Chris Tucker. Indeed. After the jump:
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets a plot summary, will shoot in March
- Keith Richards may return to the Pirates of the Caribbean series
- Chris Tucker is interested in Rush Hour 4, not so much Friday 4
- Nick Cannon talks up his plans for a Drumline sequel and TV series
- Isla Fisher signs on for the kinda-sorta Jackie Brown sequel Switch
- Transformers 4 explores Bangkok as a potential shooting location
- The Last Exorcism Part II gets picked up by CBS Films; see a new image
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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans New Moon, that offer proof. Weekend Weirdness cocks its disoriented, nappy head to examine such flicks, whether it’s a new trailer for a provocative indie, a review, or news of an excavated cult classic. The works discussed herein tend to make cinema a little more interesting, and in the best and worst cases do the same for life. In this installment: Final Flesh is a real life Videodrome with porn actors from the co-creator of Wonder Showzen; Dirty is the forthcoming, surprisingly solid doc on the late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard; [adult swim]’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force plops out a spicy Meatwad of a Xmas album, and more, G. The “G” is courtesy Nic Cage’s bad lieutenant.
Nearly a decade after he worked as a writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the career of Vernon Chatman continues its fascinating flush-parade down and around comedy’s perverse bowels. With a new film, Final Flesh, he subverts the acting prowess of real life porno D-listers to match the success of his respected twists on tween teevee (MTV’s Wonder Showzen) and low-rent, fantasy animation (Xavier: Renegade Angel). The irony is that even though the DVD for Final Flesh arrived at my door with a tie-in golden condom packet filled with antibacterial lotion, Chatman ostensibly kept his hands clean of the filth. Flesh is what resulted after he commissioned four online companies that produce adult movies from scripts submitted by paying customers. Instead of sending the companies various scenarios too obscene for Roller Girl, Chatman’s screenplays mostly ditch sex in favor of a murky end days subplot complete with an Atomic Bomb.
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The Killing Room is part SAW (without the torture porn), part Cube (minus the sci-fi), but with a more psychological edge. The film tells the story of four volunteers who sign up for what initially appears to be a typical paid research study, only to discover that they’ve unwittingly become involved with a classified government program that was said to have been terminated nearly two decades ago. The super classified government program to test the nature and limits of the human psyche. Starring Nick Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Peter Stormare, Chloe Segivny, Shea Whigam and Clea DuVall.
I got a chance to see this film at Sundance this year, and horror director Jonathan Liebesman crafted a nice little minimalist thriller. You can watch an early trailer for the film embedded after the jump. The video quality isn’t perfect (seems like some interlacing issues) but it is very watchable.
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