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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

This N' That

Okay, I wanted to leave you with something better than my bitterness over HRC and a tired Saphyri/"Lip Chap" video (that girl is seriously touched).

I'll start off with reader emails....the first is from Sergio, tho darkbrotha posted it on his blog. It is the alternate original ending of "I Am Legend"...darkbrotha prefers this version, while I much, much prefer the theatre version. To me it made more sense with the tone of the film. If I recall, it is also faithful to the book it was based on.

For those of you that have seen it, I'd like to know which one you like better:

Legend from DB on Vimeo.

Next is an email I received from the sweet Tayo at alltayo. I love Robert Downey Junior, but he better step carefully after the Shirley Q. Liquor fiascoes:

In "Tropic Thunder," one of three summer films featuring
Robert Downey Jr., the actor appears on screen as a black man.

Downey Jr. plays overly committed actor Kirk Lazarus, a white man cast to
play a black soldier in a satire of the performing profession. The film
also stars Jack Black and Ben Stiller, who co-wrote, directed and produced

"If it's done right, it could be the type of role you called Peter Sellers
to do 35 years ago," Downey told Entertainment Weekly magazine. "If you
don't do it right, we're going to hell."

Stiller said he was "trying to push it as far as you can within reality,"
with the intent of satirizing over-the-top actors, not African-Americans.

"I had no idea how people would respond to it," Stiller told the magazine.
But at a recent screening, black viewers liked the film, he said.

Downey explained that he kept the character from becoming a caricature
because he "dove in with both feet."

"If I didn't feel it was morally sound," he said, "or that it would be
easily misinterpreted that I'm just C. Thomas Howell in ("Soul Man"), I
would've stayed home."

Paramount is set to release "Tropic Thunder" Aug. 15.

From IW: Veeerrry thin ice, RDJ. You said you remember this dude, so take it slow. I think it ruined what little career he had, and what was left of Rae Dawn Chong's:

C. Thomas Howell in "Soul Man"

Speaking of the blackface, check out my blogging sisters' viewpoint on Ms. Shirley Q. Liquor:

Bohemian Hippie Chick from Bohemian Abstractions

Bria from You Better Recognize

Ms. Marvelous from Opinionated Black Woman

To sign the protest, click HERE. It is very easy and takes like 2 minutes. It is from

I know I haven't written about the Pan African Film Festival, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why I drop the ball about it either. But until I do write about it, Slaus from OHN sent me this link:

Black Film Festivals Showcasing the Diaspora

News & Notes , February 28, 2008 · Each year, more than 20 black film festivals across the country highlight cinematic achievement — many of them with a global focus. Two of the biggest are in New York and Los Angeles.

Farai Chideya discusses the global popularity of these festivals with Asantewa Olatunji — program director of the Los Angeles Pan African Film and Arts Festival — and Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, cofounder of New York's African Diaspora Film Festival.

From IW: Here is the link to listen:

I almost forgot...Rita Marley wants Lauren Hill to play her in her biopic "No Woman No Cry".

Hmmm...this might have been a good choice 5-8 years ago. Now? Not so much.

For some reason there has been an outbreak of bloggers going on hiatus. I know that I am not helping, but I'll be back in a couple of blessed!

UPDATE: Sergio sent over this pic of Robert Downey Jr. (middle) in that movie...hmmmmm.


Lovebabz said...

I am so glad I found your blog. I came over from the Black Snob. I love films too and in your profile I see you like some of the same films as I do. Ain't Nothing but a Man with Abbey Lincoln...Shoot!

I know this totally not about your current post, but I just wanted to say, you are so cool and I will so be back...ALL THE TIME!

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't have guessed that was RDJ. Entertainment Weekly has a closeup:,,20182058,00.html?iid=top25-20080306-First+Look%3A+Stiller%27s+new+movie

It's strange that the Jack Black character in that movie has just finished a multi-character farce along the lines of the Eddie Murphy films.

Ma'at said...

I was just about to drop you a note about the Robert D. Jr. thing... please blog about this I need some opinions lol (link to the article),,20182058,00.html?iid=top25-20080306-First+Look%3A+Stiller%27s+new+movie.

I'm most disturbed by the well my black people liked it thing he says here.

Invisible Woman said...

Welcome lovebabz! I hope I'll be seeing lots of you around...

btw, your Blogger profile is completely fascinating...keep it movin' girl! :-)

@anonymous and ma'at: thanks for that link--don't know what to make of it yet--I need to see/know more.

Mike Belgrove said...

One of the other writers on Highbrid Nation wrote about Robert Downy playing a black man. He worries that Al Sharpton might have something to say about it, lol. Honestly as a black person I think it's kinda cool that movie make-up has gotten to the point where you can make someone look like another race and if the pics I've seen of Robert Downy in costume are accurate than they did a really good job! Plus Robert is a very capable actor so I'm sure he wont come across as stereo typical or offensive. I could be wrong though.

janice said...

Ok serious am i the only one who liked soul man?

Invisible Woman said...

Thanks for that link Mike--glad to see you here :-) I promise to start visiting your spot more often

@janice: yes


Anonymous said...

Both ending seemed flawed. The Theatrical ending under-sells the main characters catharsis with the clumsy sacrifice resolution but gets right the whole "I Am Legend" part. The un-used ending gives us the pay-off of the main character casting off his ignorance but kind of blows the whole "I Am Legend" part with his survival.

Ultimately, the theatrical ending gets the slight edge because the un-used ending ignores the fact the the monster people are still somewhat devolved humans that actively hunt the remaining humans for food. Should the main character really be apologizing for what he did? The monster people may still be semi-self aware but they are still sick, and not entirely sane. Out of respect for their partial humanity, we should conceed the planet to them and not try to cure them? It's a revealatory moment that also doesn't make much sense.