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Monday, April 28, 2008

Random Movie News....

Sorry for the light posting as of late--be patient with me....I've been on an extended stay in the South, and am going back home to Cali and have business to tie up for a minute. Let me put it this way, after experiencing life as a Southerner, I never want to be out of arm's reach of a Chambord martini (or beach) or the possibility of one ever again! No liquor on Sunday? GTFOH!
Some things have been piling up; of course Sergio has been sending me Black Cinema news, being the sweetie pie he is. I'll share a few of the film tips he sent over...first up, hopefully Isaiah Washington can recoup his film career (I felt he was too big for TV anyway). From The H'wood Reporter:

Isaiah Washington has booked his first major feature film role since exiting "Grey's Anatomy" in June.Washington will star opposite Forest Whitaker in "Patriots," the Dimension's sports drama being directed by Tim Story. Also joining the cast are Taraji P. Henson, Robbie Jones, Jackie Long, Eric Hill, Bow Wow, Lil' Wayne, Irma Hall, Jarod Einsohn, J.B. Smoove and Chyna McClain.

"Patriots," based on a true story, is set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, La., assembled a team of players who previously attended five different schools and led them on the path to the state championships.

Washington will play an assistant coach at John Ehret High who helps lead the squad.

Robert Eisele ("The Great Debaters") and Greg Allen Howard ("Remember the Titans") wrote the script. Raymond Brothers and Scott Glassgold of IAM Entertainment and Stephanie Allain and Michael Beugg are producing. Shooting begins this week in New Orleans.

From IW: Not really my flavor, but good to see Isaiah working. And me love Jackie Long.

Next up for all of you aspiring filmmakers; here is an interesting way to gain some exposure;--it is also telling about how new media will be working in the millennium. From AOL:

Always the innovative filmmaker, Spike Lee's next project is somewhat unique in its own way.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Spike Lee has linked up with Nokia to direct a movie made with cell phone footage from everyday people in what he calls the democratization of film.

The film by Nokia Productions will consist of three acts. An 'assignment' for each act will be announced online and people will then have four weeks to produce their submission.

'You are seeing first hand the democratization of film," Lee said in a statement on Thursday. "Aspiring filmmakers no longer have to go to film school to make great work. With a simple mobile phone, almost anyone can now become a filmmaker.'

The film's theme will evolve around the way music tells the story of humanity, and people can submit text, music, video or images at certain times between now and August 21.

Nokia will choose 25 submissions, then people can vote online for their favorite for a top 10 from which Spike Lee will then choose the winning submission from each act.

Lee will direct the film through the Web site.

The final film with the three winning submissions and other contributed content will premiere later this year in Los Angeles.

From IW: And finally, a heartfelt thank you to Ms. Marvelous at "Opinionated Black Woman". She graced me with the Red Rose Award and this mini-poem:

A single Red Rose is a wonderful gift

It shows the heart

and gives the spirit a lift

I feel the same about her blog 100%. She puts her pure thoughts and feelings out there, no holds barred, and it is very brave. Kudos to her for making us all know life is universal, whether we care to admit it or hide it. Love ya, MM!

Update: Hey Atlanta fam! There is a free screening tonight of "Neo Ned" with Gabrielle Union that some folks say is very similar to the film that Halle is to star in about a woman with multiple personalities, one a racist. Here is the info:

Event Name: Urban Film Review
DATE: Tonight, Monday, April, 28th
TIME: 7:00pm
LOCATION: Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

MORE: FREE! Arrive early, limited seating.

Click here to RSVP


Yobachi said...

Man, you best to get off the South, you know this is the place to be.

We just know to stock up on our liquor before Sunday, or if we forget; we go see the moon shine man.

And that's only for the store bought where that applies anyway. All kinds of resturants are open sell liquor on Sunday, unless you're in some small hicktown that has it's own rules on that.

clnmike said...

For real every one in atlanta know your supposed to stock up on saturday or dry out on sunday. For emergency purposes I keep a list of numbers of bootleggers from Bankhead to Morland Avenue to Redan rd just in case I run out on Sunday.

Neo Ned is looking like some low budget Something New I'll pass.

Yobachi said...

I just went to the IMDB and Neo Ned is a love story between a Black woman and a Neo Nazi. I want to throw up all over my desk; but since I have offical paper work on it, I'm going to contain myself.

If another movie about another love story isn't bad enough; I'm supposed to want to watch some white guy fulfill his black girl fantasy through some racist nazi delusion.

Think I'll pass.

clnmike said...

"I just went to the IMDB and Neo Ned is a love story between a Black woman and a Neo Nazi."

LMAO, you got to be shittin me?

Whew!! Chick movies are really reaching for the sky.

Invisible Woman said...

@Yobachi and clnmike: regarding the liquor: you guys are hilarious, but a) I can't live somewhere that you can only buy liquor in a state run store, and not every corner or grocery store b) the ABC stores are miles away c) I wasn't introduced to any moonshiners, and even if I were, I'm sure they don't know how to make Grey Goose! haha

About Neo Ned: Thanks for letting me know about this film. Admittedly, I didn't know anything about it, and I can't figure out why folks are saying it sounds like Halle's multi-personality movie, where one personality is a Black woman and one is a racist. They don't seem alike at all.

Yobachi said...

clnmike, I only wish I were shitting you.

Eye Dub, were you in Alabama; I know they have the ABC stores since I used to live there. That's not typical of the south. Here in Tennessee we have private liquor stores.

There's plenty enough of them, but I'm glad they're not on every corner.

JJ said...

There are plenty of beaches in the South. u just gotta be i the right part of the South and yeah all good Southerners know you stock up on the you keep a bottle of wine (and some goose) at the crib at ALL times.

There's no such thing as drying out. lol.

Eb the Celeb said...

thx for the heads up on these... I have been a lurker here for a while... adding you to my blog roll

Invisible Woman said...

@yobachi: I was in North Carolina...I agree, I don't want them on every corner, but a negress doesn't want to travel 5 miles to get a decent drink!

@jj: hi there...being a Cali girl I had no idea. If I ever stay in those parts of the south, I am going to but Grey Goose by the case!

@eb: I'm so glad you are commenting---I'll add you too this weekend, and keep lurking!