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Monday, September 1, 2008

Random Movie News....

I guess it's time to have some actual Black Cinema news, considering that was why I created this blog. Unfortunately, not much has been going on (what a surprise) but here are some tidbits (scroll down for my other new posts and answers to your comments):

Brazilian helmer Jose Padilha will direct the drama "Marching Powder," a passion project that Don Cheadle has long wanted to star in and produce. The film is based on "Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine and South America's Strangest Jail," a memoir Thomas McFadden wrote with Rusty Young.

Cheadle intends to play McFadden, a British man convicted of drugs trafficking in Bolivia and sent to La Paz's San Pedro prison for six years, where he worked as a prison tour guide in a corrupt prison that was subject to so much bribery that it had its own capitalist system. Brad Pitt's Plan B will also produce.

From IW: Is The Cheadle stuck on the accent thing? While it's admirable that Don and Brad are obviously not interested in doing trash, it would be nice if they would their invest time and energy on films that people actually want to see. Time will tell how this one works out.

In some semi-disturbing news:

Oscar nominee and Emmy and Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne will join the cast of the CBS Paramount Network Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television series, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, on the CBS Television Network. His character will debut in this season's ninth episode.

From IW: What tha???

The next item is old news, but I still wanted to comment on it:

Percy Miller (formerly Master P) has announced the launch of Better Black Television (BBTV) which is being touted as "a family friendly network that will provide positive content for a black and brown culture that will appeal to all races with a goal to bring people of color a choice when turning on their television." Taking his fast-paced and growing brand to Wall Street, Miller, BBTV's Chairman & CEO, makes history as the first hip-hop entrepreneur to own a television network. Five years in the making, BBTV is the brainchild and passion of some of the most diverse, powerful, celebrated entertainers, influentials and trendsetters from the television, film, professional sports, corporate America and music industries.

From IW: Okay. I have to say that Percy has the mark of a true businessman, changing like a chameleon when necessary and excelling, so maybe it will work. On the other hand, didn't they try this ish with the "Black Family Channel" (which imploded last year)? Robert Townsend, Evander Holyfield, and Randy Jackson (not the rich one) all invested in the channel with the same premise, and came up with nathan, nada. Hopefully this new venture will be better executed and nowhere near as low budget. (pic of percy from "Dancing With The Stars")

And finally, some news that made me sigh in disgust more than once:

Vin Diesel, star of Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, promises two more Richard B. Riddick movies.

"David Twowy right now is writing the scripts. The only question is whether we take a page from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ guys and try to shoot the two chapters at the same time. There are two more in mind,” he said of Riddick, the Furyan warrior first introduced in the 2000 film “Pitch Black.” “‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ was presented as a three part trilogy that would answer ‘Pitch Black’ in the same way that ‘Lord of the Rings’ answered ‘The Hobbit.’”

Diesel told MTV News that in spite of the poor reception, the time between the sequels is only about getting it right, not about trying to find support.

From IW: Whatev! This coupled with the news that Vin will be in yet another "Fast and Furious" movie has me absolutely convinced that Hollywood has one thumb stuck in their mouths, and the other one stuck up their other words, completely and totally flatlined!


Wonder Man said...

What is Vin doing? He's losing it.

clnmike said...

I'll skip Vin but I want to see Don's movies he doesnt disappoint.

Have you seen Traitor yet?

sdg1844 said...

What happened to Vin's career? He did some good supporting work in "Bolier Room" and it's been downhill all the way. I can't believe he's continuing this Riddick and F/F crap. Nice knowing you Vin.

Kelliann said...

Off topic, but I can't wait to see Tyler Perry's The Family that Preys!!!


Invisible Woman said...

@wonderman--I think that happened a while ago...

@clnmike: haven't seen Traitor, tho I really like the Cheadle. It's one that I think I might have to rent....I'm just not feeling seeing it the theatre, and no one has given me an advanced copy.

@sdg1844: truth be told, he didn't have much to do in Boiler could he lose? haha

@kelliann: hey there. i am going to see a preview--i'll let ya'll know what i thought.

d.funkt said...

vin diesel looks great in a wifebeater but for christs sake stop it! the don cheadle movie sounds good, though. i think we'll be surprised by how many people go see it. it might turn out to be a lot like catch a fire or blood diamond.

d.funkt said...

*a lot like those movies in terms of popularity

madame z said...

Umm Vin...Vin Diesel, holla at your girl. Chronicles of Riddick sucked MAJOR bootay. You think there's still support out there for the saga? I was a fan of the character, but that second movie sucked A**. So stupid but it could've been so great :)

And Vinnie baby, why in the f*ck would you do ANOTHER Fast and the Furious??? Oh yeah, you need the cash and your popularity re-energized. Personally, I liked the second one, thought the third was incredibly stupid...but for you to come back with the fourth, still racing cars, looting and pillaging and conning and gambling with a shady lawman (Walker)...ummm, arrested development much? GROW UP.

Laurence Fishburne...CSI? Why?

Don Cheadle...sounds interesting

aulelia said...

it is jarring when these films say 'british' when they are invariably talking about standard london accents.

cheadle's project sounds vague.

Invisible Woman said... know, I can't name 2 people who saw Blood Diamond or Catch A Fire? :-(

@madame z: I think Mr. Vin has just said the classic "F*ck it" and is all abou the luchini.

Brenna Leo Cougar said...

Vin Diesel, .....don't listen to these ediots, who are they to judge untill your work comes out, I know you probably have something good coming out even though its being play by played, NOT!, as if!. As long as it Doesn'T make you look like a fag, like them ediots. No, all positive on the future, if technology and creativity gets better each year then go for it, you are part of this generation! Your my hero Mr.Vin. You go do whatever the heck you want! there are millions of supporters out there for you, there just not stuck on the computer waiting for you to do something like these geeks, real people have lives , LOOOOSERS! N-E-Who I just happen to go to google to look at your pic. and when I read these commets it reminded me of the kind of people I would hear this from, NOBODIES!, I happen to met a few. So forget these wana-b somebody, your too good for them! Tooooo good!

get out the way BITCHES!!! Rawr...meow...

Invisible Woman said...

@ brenna leo cougar: well I guess it's safe to say that Vin has at least one fan out there! lol

Brenna Bastet Leo Cougar said...

Don't hate...Appreciate, wait let me rephrase that... ehem....Its o.k. We need haters in this world to tell from the BEST! Aaaand you ain't one of them....Let me guess, your not good looking, you hate pretty girls or what have you, then you get together in your little groups of...not so attractive people, then your start shit talking. Well I don't need you to respond that with an answer, but just between you and me, the only thing we should be criticizing is the education in this generation and control to the border of Mexico, seriously, the point about being an American is loosing its meaning. Too many freak'n Mexicans and LOSERS apparently. And the sad part about it, is that they receive the education for nothing, they go home and learn to be rude, no support, & parents come from a life of crimes. The minority learn good manners, the majority is killing it and taking our jobs away. The economy will go to shit and its about time we really seal the border and leave there problems to there president. The only thing we want to do is to better this country. So about being a critic for movies, sorry let me rephrase that, an actor or "artist" hater, find something else to brain drill on that has a meaning or with purpose to it. Are you getting payed doing this?

Invisible Woman said...

alrighty then...

DNAcinema said...

ciao! ha aperto i battenti il nuovo portale di cinema direttamente dagli studios di Cinecittà. News, recensioni, anteprime, foto, video e tanto altro ancora; e se vuoi collaborare con noi scrivendo recensioni scrivici @ P.S. Complimenti per il blog, ottimo lavoro! (saresti daccordo per un'affiliazione? ci terrei particolarmente...) A presto! Lorenzo