Finally, some substantial happenings...
First up, one of my favorite Black directors F. Gary Grey is slated for a new movie. From Variety (thanks Sergio):
Millennium Films is plotting a remake of 2004 French heist drama "Le Convoyeur," and the studio is negotiating with Eric Bana to star and F. Gary Gray to direct.
Scripted by David Ayer and Andrew Kevin Walker, the drama has been retitled "Armored" and relocated to Michigan. Story follows a man who takes a job for an armored car company and ingratiates himself with his co-workers, who trust him enough to make him part of their heist plans. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, the man had his own motives for taking the job.
From IW: Could be good, tho I find Eric Bana pretty bland as an actor.
Many of you expressed strong feelings about the Forest Whitaker's "too black and ugly" debacle. I must admit, I'd rather look at his mug than all of these endless, nondescript, vanilla faces in film and TV as of late. I'm so very glad my man keeps it moving by producing and directing his own sh*t, eff that Hollywood Jim Crow:
Award-winning actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker will direct and star in jazz great Louis Armstrong's biopic "What a Wonderful World" for Paris-based Legende, the company behind La Vie En Rose. "Armstrong left a monumental mark on our lives and our culture," Whitaker told Variety.com. "He lived an amazing life and, through his art, shifted the way music was played and would be heard after him, not just here in the United States but all over the world."
From IW: Good for him. I just hope it's better than "Bird", where he played jazz legend Charlie Parker. I'm sorry but I thought that movie was disastrous, not to mention boring as hayell.
File this one under *sigh*. I know a lot of you are fans of so-called "nigglature" and I try to stay away from that subject. However, when I see more McDonald's-like mess being brought to the screen, I must speak up. From Black Talent News:
Arthur Wylie, the Atlanta-based investor and self-made millionaire, has acquired the film rights of New York Times Best-selling author Omar Tyree's work. Wylie's company, Arthur Wylie Productions, not only holds the film rights to the current novels, but to any future literary works as well.
From IW: OK, I must confess, I don't know anything about this Wylie dude, and I'll google him later (his pic above). But what I want to know more is...isn't there an author out there just a little more worthy of your investment? Octavia Butler just to name one out of say...maybe 100, I'm just saying. I read about 2 chapters of one of Tyree's books, and my eyeballs went into cardiac arrest....more junk food for the masses.
Tyler Perry opened his new studio, and everybody and their mama showed up--you know our folkses love some free scrimps! Here's to hoping he does some positive and progressive things with this massive opportunity.
Holly Robinson Peete and her undercover bitch-on-wheels mama, Dolores Robinson, at the opening.
"The Express" opens today, starring Rob Brown, which is the story of Ernie Davis, the first Black Heisman trophy winner. Is anyone checking for this movie? Let me know....
Got this in my email from reelblack, a group of folks that I absolutely adore-show them some love y'all, they are always doing great things related to Black Cinema:
Mike D's latest short film, THE 13TH AMENDMENT is currently part of CNN's IREPORT ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL. We Need your vote.
The 5 minute film concerns Helen Dennis, a 90-year old great-grandmother and her trek to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary election. It's the first time she's had the chance to vote for someone of her race for the office of President. The film has screened successfully at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, The Reel Soul Festival in Charlotte and will make it's television premiere on BET-J later this month.
But the CNN IReport Festival is perhaps the most important screening opportunity we have for the film. There will be a jury award and an audience award. The winners will be flown to Washington, DC to attend the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2009.
It would be awesome for Mrs. Dennis to witness firsthand what promises to be a history-making event. So we are asking that you view the film online at http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-90261 and give it a 5 star rating and leave a brief comment.
Please spread the word. We are already one of the top 5 highest rated clips. With your support we can be #1.
And finally for those of you that were outdone with the Jennifer Hudson/Punk union, feast your eyes on this:
Friday, October 10, 2008
Finally, some substantial happenings...