On January 12th, 1966 the television series Batman debuted on ABC with the episode, "Hi Diddle Riddle." Each half hour episode contained either part one or part two of Batman and Robin's fight against the criminal of the week.
On January 12th, 1966 the television series Batman debuted on ABC with the episode, "Hi Diddle Riddle." Each half hour episode contained either part one or part two of Batman and Robin's fight against the criminal of the week.
On December 15th, 2006 Dreamgirls is released in select USA theaters, before its wide release a week later.
FUN FACT: On December 4th, 2006 my ex-girlfriend and I attended the film's superstar-studded premiere at New York's Ziegfeld Theater. It was my first time seeing my alt-reality baby momma Beyoncé in person.
I’m all about interviewing the most interesting artists (shameless #FrendyOriginals plug), so it’s always a treat to indulge in a new episode of Vogue’s 73 Questions series.
This time around, the prestigious fashion and lifestyle magazine chopped it up real quick with rising Hollywood leading man Michael B. Jordan. During the unconventional inquiry session, Michael talks about his workout routine, celebrity crush, role in the upcoming Black Panther movie, and many more interesting facts we might not know about him.
It's really inspiring to witness Jordan's acting career take off from the free throw line. I remember watching him on ABC 's All My Children back in the day, and it was honestly my very first time seeing a young, braided up black kid in any type of soap opera. You could imagine how I felt when I (also with braids at the time) landed several appearances on One Life To Live, not too long after his contract ended with AMC. All is possible!
Check out the latest installment of 73 Questions below:
On November 10th, 1969 Sesame Street premiered on PBS TV. The trailblazing show went on to teach generations of kids around the world the alphabet and how to count.
When a fashion line receives a trailer for its forthcoming collaboration, you already know the hype is real! American label Rag & Bone has recently unveiled a fascinating clip detailing their stylish joint venture with Disney that coincides with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The teaser displays R&B’s CEO and creative genius Marcus Wrainwright articulating his passion for the George Lucas brainchild and the inner workings behind the designs. “I have always been a huge fan of Star Wars and it has been awesome to create a collection which coincides not only with the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but also with the 40th anniversary of the franchise, “ states Wrainwright. “We wanted the pieces to feel like something that referenced Star Wars but also fitted that Rag & Bone aesthetic—like a modern Jedi.”
What Marcus was basically saying is that the sci-fi capsule collection ain’t a regular movie merch ting! It consists of intricate apparel and accessories for men and women, ranged from $95 all the way up to $1,295.
Only 100 of each product was produced so be sure to head over to select Rag & Bone locations, their official website and even shopdisney.com to pick up your limited piece, as they release on December 1st. That way you'll be able to watch the movie in celestial steez in theaters on December 15th.
Drake’s infatuation with UK culture is further expressed with his latest stunt, as he’ll be receiving producing credits for the revival of the British cult series, Top Boy.
Now, let me ask this question: Do you even know what a “Top Boy” actually is? Well, I didn’t either until I did some research, but it apparently means the leader of a particular clique or gang. The show itself, based in Hackney, London, is a crime drama that chronicles the life of main characters Sully, Dushane and Ra’nell’s dealings with the drug underworld.
The highly respected episodic ran for only 2 seasons, but thanks to the 6 God and some very powerful friends, it’ll be resurrected after a six-year absence on Netflix in 2019.
Watch Top Boy 's first two seasons on the streaming network now!
On October 27th, 1954 Walt Disney's first TV show, "Disneyland," premieres on ABC.
Hosted by Walt himself, the program featured cartoons and other material from the Disney library, in addition to Disney movies edited down to one hour or broken out over two one-hour episodes. The show was quite the Nielsen success, ranking 6th and 4th in its first two seasons on the air, drawing over 12 million viewers.
Prince Akeem is officially coming back to the big screen!
That's right, last week The Hollywood Reporter announced that a sequel to the 1988 classic comedy film, Coming To America, is in the works. It was also stated that Paramount Pictures has snatched Jonathan Levine (who ironically shot Snatched, The Night Before, Warm Bodies and The Wackness) to direct the movie, while Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is appointed to rewrite its script.
Fortunately, Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as the loveable Prince of Zamunda - I mean, it would be a great travesty if another actor was casted. According to Murphy's publicist, there isn't a settled "deal" in place, but I'm sure the money will talk.
Netflix has made life so much easier for couch potatoes (I mean that in the nicest way possible) around the world to lounge with their vast library of television shows and films. Now, the American entertainment company is enhancing the enjoyment of your “Netflix and chill” session with a little bit of a smoke. * Cues that Drake song *
Last weekend the popular streaming company debuted its own line of cannabis strains—aptly dubbed “The Netflix Collection”—during a promotional event for their marijuana-inspired comedy series, “Disjointed,” held at the Alternative Herbal Health Services dispensary based in West Hollywood.
The strains are marketing gems, as their names are inspired by the company’s favored shows: Banana Stand Kush (Arrested Development), Poussey Riot (Orange is the New Black), Moon 13 (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Prickly Muffin (Bojack Horseman), Camp Firewood (Wet Hot American Summer: 10 years later), and many more.
Weed remains illegal under federal law so Netflix is certainly not profiting from sales. Cannabis, under current California law, can be purchased only by those 21 or over with a medical marijuana recommendation from a California-licensed doctor.
When Doniella Davy met with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA he told her he wanted skin that would glisten. “It’s in Miami,” He said. “In the rain, in the sun, in the moonlight, on the beach, at night. I want them to glisten.”
The strength of Donni’s work is in its artistry and authenticity, so she assured him of two things; she would get real gold grills that wouldn’t look cheap or yellow, and she could make skin that would glisten.
Being a film makeup artist is a job that requires long hours and gets little recognition. But the visual art of makeup played no small role in the aesthetic that Moonlight received so much praise for; characters with incandescent skin, gold grills, and a drug-addicted mother shown to age over decades.
Donni left the New York art world to become a makeup artist in 2012 and got her start in LA taking small gigs on craigslist to build her portfolio. A former artist who studied photography at Pratt, she left her role at a high profile NY art gallery, after becoming disillusioned by the art scene, setting up fancy dinners for top names in the art world for openings attended by celebrities. She describes the downtown manhattan art scene as more of a cool contest than a platform for talented people to have their art discovered. “I started thinking, WTF is this dog and pony show?” she said.
So Donni switched coasts to pursue a career as a film makeup artist. After an apprenticeship with an established movie makeup artist, a small film on craigslist lead her to her first feature film. Her artistry got her noticed by another producer, who recommended her to Jenkins.
At the start no one knew that Moonlight would have its own place in the history of cinema. Donni loved the script from the minute she read it. It was a script about being black and gay and poor all in one movie. It was a script written with a sincerity that kept her up at night.
In Miami, Donni arrived with customized blends of oils to make each actors skin glisten in just the right way. “Barry noticed the difference between everything – things I didn’t even notice, like this one is a tiny bit brighter, this one gives a more diffused reflection, this one is sharper,” she states.
They didn’t want the characters to look like they had all been dipped in the same product, factory style.
She used everything from rosehip oil, to grape seed oil to achieve different effects for different actors. “For the kids, I used baby oil and they loved it, but if I were to put that on adults, they’d be like, are you putting Johnson and Johnson on my face?” admits Donni.
When it came to the grills, Donni tracked down Dr. Kelly Gold Grillz in Miami, a hole in the wall in an open aired plaza. While waiting in what looked like a dentist office, three loud and boisterous dudes rolled in. One of them grabbed her phone out of her hand, put his number in it, and told her, “Here’s my number in case you wanna get into some trouble tonight—Or in case you get into trouble and need your ass saved.”
When they opened their mouths, they all had grills. She knew she was in the right place.
Donni had to ship a mold to actor Trevante Rhodes in New York, where he molded his teeth, and mailed it back to her. Donni was instructed by Dr. Kelly to bring the completed mold back to a man named Jesus. At $700, the grill took up more than half the makeup budget for the entire film.
“Jesus told me, ‘The price is the price. You can get cheaper gold but it will look more yellow’ And I thought— no way. If this character is drug dealing and doing good – he’s going to get gold.”
Refusing to sacrifice authenticity, Donni met Jesus off the Miami highway at exit 17a to pick up the completed grill.
Undoubtedly one of the most amazing feats Donni accomplished was aging the character Paula, Chiron’s mom (Naomie Harris), who is progressively getting into drugs— without giving her a theatrical look. In the duration of the film she ages 10 years, and then 10 more.
Donni used teeth stains made from watercolor gels. She created subtle changes that weren’t drastic or overly dramatic. In the second decade of deterioration from drug abuse, Harris looks similar to how she looked in earlier scenes, but when the camera zooms in, the changes become apparent. Harris’ character, Paula, was based on Jenkins’ mom. Donni wondered if the real Paula would be watching the film one day.
“It’s not like you see this scary thing when the camera hits her – it’s all about realism. I wanted to be empathetic,” Donni said.
She didn’t want her to look too scary, or be covered in scabs.
“At the end of the day, I’m portraying a mother— not a monster.”
Harris’ entire role was filmed in three days during her break from the Bond movie press tour. After knowing Donni for only 30 seconds, Harris sat down and told her “You can do whatever you have planned. I completely trust in you.”
With that level of trust, Donni was able take risks, make mistakes and fix them. That is the kind of collaborative experience that Donni loves in the work that she does. And as a result, the visual effect speaks for itself.
The job Donni does is not easy. Unlike many celebrity makeup artists who pave stealthy careers for themselves staying close to the red carpet, avoiding rough terrain and faraway journeys, Donni chose to become a makeup artist because she wanted to tell powerful stories.
During the fight scene, the crew barely blinked or breathed as they watched the blood spill from Chiron’s mouth. Barry cut the scene and started again. After the second punch, Chiron (Ashton Sanders) swooped down and met Donni outside the frame, where she reloaded his mouth with watery blood.
Donnie explored the set medic’s kit and used butterfly band-aids and a tiny ball of gauze. This created the look of a last minute first aid treatment, such as an unprepared high school principal might do. As Chiron was interrogated by the principal his silence turned to mumbles and stifled sobs, and the tiny ball of gauze began to slide further and further out of his nostril.
Donni loves these moments, when the makeup takes on a life of its own. Other makeup artists might have made sure the cotton stayed in place, but Donni let it become a part of the story, as it slowly slid all the way out. The crew was dead silent watching the scene on the monitor. Some were looking down and some had watery eyes.
“This is live-storytelling,” says Donni, “Moments like that are what I keep showing up for.”
Written by: Elle Silver
Tom Hardy absolutely smashed his role as "Bane," in Christopher Nolan's eerie Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Fortunately, we'll get to experience his villainous ways once more, this time around as Spiderman's arch nemisis "Eddie Brock," better known as, Venom!
Venom, the much-anticipated Spiderman spinoff presented by Sony's Marvel Universe, will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing Zombieland. As far as the script, Jeff Pinkner (Jumangi) and Scott Rosenberg (Stephen King's The Dark Tower) has their hands all over it.
Look out for the film's release in theaters on October 5, 2018.
The Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me, is scheduled to release later this summer, but there is already a huge buzz surrounding a project that will provide an alternative look at the life of the west coast legend.
It has just been announced that Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen is tapped to direct an authorized documentary about, my fellow bald-headed brother, Tupac. Here's what Steve had to say about being selected: "I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended New York University film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac's through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man."
Steve's authorization to shoot the doc, simply means that he is supported by Interscope Records, the label that released most of Shakur's catalogue, and Universal Music Publishing Group. Furthermore, McQueen has the full backing of the Tupac Estate.
Looking forward to see this gem about the man who empowered a generation!
After an excrutiating year and a half wait, comic Aziz Ansari and writer Alan Yang are scheduled to finally unleash the second season of Master of None, on May 12th!
The Netflix-original comedy has kept me sane during the early period of my departure from BAPE, where I worked at forever (haha). Dev's (Ansari's character) struggle to identify what he really wanted out of life resonated with me, as I was figuring out my own concrete path into the career that I loved. I'm sure season 2 is packed with even more comical, real life-mirroring situations.
While we patiently wait for the show's deuxieme season premiere, check out the visual of Aziz answering 73 insightful questions from VOGUE below:
The official trailer of the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me has finally been unleashed!
Directed by celebrated music video director Benny Boom, the film depicts the life and legacy of Tupac, including his rise to fame as a hip hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records.
This particular trailer provides a two-minute and 24 seconds summary of Pac's life, from the Black Panther influences around him as a kid all the way up to his tragic death in Las Vegas.
The flick is scheduled to hit theaters on June 16th. For now, check out the clip below:
Netflix is scheduled to launch a powerful new original movie on March 10th titled "Burning Sands," which chronicles the life of a promising pledgee who has a critical decision to make between honoring a code of silence or boldly standing up against the gruesome hazing methods of frat members.
Shout out to Trevor Jackson for landing the lead role in Gerard McMurray's directorial debut. He is truly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the acting world. Heck, he might just have to quit singing to focus on his close ups!
Check out the trailer below:
I was informed about the making of Bad Boys 3, 3 years ago while working at Nigo's former shop. Obviously, the masses had no clue the movie was in the works so my excitement was contained. Will Smith himself casually liberated the news almost 2 years ago during an interview overseas, but unfortunately no release date for the film has yet to be confirmed.
To add on to the confusion, the action-comedy's film director Joe Carnahan (who was also writing the script), called it quits according to The Hollywood Reporter. At this point, I just hope everyone gets their act together because the culture NEEDS this flick!
Let's see what happens next...
Thanks to his involvement in the inspirational film Hidden Figures, Pharrell Williams has finally broke his Breakfast Club studio cherry!
The megastar musician recently visited Charlamagne da God and Angela Yee (DJ Envy was unable to make it) at their humble workplace to discuss the star-studded NASA drama, his secret anti-aging secrets, politics, and even the "slave master" mentality of the music business.
Check out the informative sit-down in it's entirety below:
On December 4th, Netflix announced the renewal of it's third Marvel Comics series, Luke Cage.
This awesome news comes as no surprise because the show is that damn good! It would of been a tragedy if the online media streaming company did not approve it for a second season. Besides, all of the other Marvel episodics (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) were given the green light for a deuxième go-around, why not Luke? (because he's black?! haha.)
Netflix's announcement was ironically made on Jay-Z's birthday. Just goes to show you that the Universe recognizes real heros!
Donald Glover can virtually take on any given task in the entertainment industry, which is why its no surprise that he landed a coveted role in Disney's upcoming untitled "Star Wars" spinnof about the young Hans Solo.
The 33-year-old multi-talented thespian was recently casted to portray a young Lando Calrissian, which was iconized by legendary african- american actor Billy Dee Williams. The only other publicized cast member of the forthcoming Lucasfilm picture is rising star Alden Ehrenreich, who will play Solo himself.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, mostly known for The Lego Movie and the two revamped 21 Jumpstreeet films, will be directing the much anticipated sci-fi flick. They are both extremely excited about Glover's addition to the movie stating, "these are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
Give your lightsabers a rest because the film won't be coming out until 2018!
All of the old pictures of President Barack Obama truly displays that he always had an effortless, cooler-than-thou swag.
Our fascination with his intriguing past has prompted Netflix to create an original movie depicting the life of a young Barack, then known to his friends as "Barry." Produced by Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media, the film will premiere on the popular movie streaming service on December 16th.
Check out the feature's charming trailer below:
"Go Go Power Rangers!" the nine year old me is going insane right now due to the fact that a brand new Power Rangers movie will be released!
I really didn't have much close friends when I first came into this country, but shows like the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers kept me sane and actually gave me something to relate to with my young peers. For those way too young to remember, the action-packed episodic followed five ordinary high school kids that must obtain super powers in order to protect the world from an Alien threat.
While we patiently wait for the film to come out on March 24th, 2017, check out it's dramatic trailer below:
When it comes to Solange, don't even mention the obvious.
The ethereally soulful crooner has caught the ears of listeners worldwide with her new album, A Seat At The Table. Not only does it celebrate blackness, Solange's celestial body of work caresses on the subjects of self-love, depression and even the unavoidable racial tension in America.
Check out the insightful documentary titled A Seat at the Table, Beginning Stages, which candidly displays the happenings leading up to the album below:
The world has been going crazy over Netflix's power-punching new series Luke Cage. As a matter of fact, the show literally broke the popular streaming site for two hours on Saturday, just one day after it's premiere!
On September 30th, my fellow bald headed brother and Luke Cage star, Mike Colter, visited The Breakfast Club to speak on the "Black Actors Matter" episodic and even dropped some gems for individuals like myself who are basically doing anything they can (on their own) to prosper in the media/entertainment industry.
Check it out below:
French luxury fashion house Kenzo has just unleashed a new film titled, The Realest Real, which deals with our obsession with social media and celebrities.
Written and Directed by Carrie Brownstein, the six-minute campaign for the brand's 2016 Fall/Winter collection features a young lady named Abby (played by the gorgeous Laura Harrier), who seems like she's going to have the most intense job interview. Instead of being bombarded with questions about her skill set, Abby is chosen by the Public-Private Relations Minister of The Institute of The Real and Really Real (Mahershala Ali) to live a new life based on her social-media fandom! I could tell you what happens next, but that'll ruin all the fun, innit?
The clip also stars Rowan Blanchard and Orange Is The New Black's Natasha Lyonne as Abby's alt-reality "MOM."
Check out the aesthetically pleasing and comical madness below:
Last Sunday, I was invited to the private screening of an incredible film directed by Christian Nolan Jones titled, Print Shop.
The event took place at the new LES location of SoHo House, and although there were technical difficulties at the door, I still managed to enjoy the evening alongside fellow independent creatives.
Print Shop, is a narrative short that depicts the life of budding fashion designer, Ishmael Morris (played by David Lawrence Glover), as he grinds tirelessly to rise above from merely selling screen printed RIP T-shirts. The film takes place in Philadelphia, which serves as the perfect backdrop for it's close to home story of achieving success despite insurmountable odds.
Kudos to whoever casted the remarkable actors for the flick. They embodied their characters so well, I thought the movie was a real life documentary of cats trying to make it out the hood!
As of now, there isn't an official movie trailer released for the public, but definitely keep your eyes peeled for more screenings in NYC. Be sure to follow @PrintShopFilm on Twitter.
Multi-talented thespian Donald Glover is taking his talents to Atlanta.
That's right, the man known as Childish Gambino has payed homage to his place of origin by executive producing a new show on FX that bears the same name. Donald will also be starring in the episodic as "Earl," a loner who returns to his hometown of ATL, where he gets caught up in the local rap scene when his cousin, "Alfred Miles" (Brian Tyee Henry), becomes the next big thing.
From the looks of the things, the show will be a perfect blend of comedy and drama. After all, thats what Mr. Glover is all about!
Check out the trailer below and look out for it's premiere on September 6th:
Luke Cage is giving a black, fit, balded headed brother like myself a run for my money.
The Marvel superhero, also known as Power Man, played such a major role on Netflix's Jessica Jones, that he is getting his own series! The spinoff will document the ex-con's life on the concrete jungle as he beats the sh*t out of ruthless thugs.
Check out the show's action-packed official trailer below:
It never gets old seeing your homies grow up to become a factor in the entertainment industry.
Not only have I known the Fool's Gold darling, Leaf, since my early BAPE days, I am very well aquainted with the director of her latest vid, Matthew Cohen, better known in the Youtube realm as ItsBongoboy.
The young creatives combined their talents to conjure up a stimulating visual for Leaf's "Nada" single, which features Lil' Yachty. The clip rightfully takes place in NYC and features an array of beauties who are proud members of the 21 year old female rapper's MBM (Magnetic Bitch Movement) crew.
Check out the cinematic vibes below:
The first trailer for "The Get Down," was presented back in January without any information indicating it's official release date. I was beginning to lose hope on the promising Baz Luhrmann directed episodic, but after a whopping 7 months, sources have finally revealed that the show will premiere August 12th on Netflix.
Nas is executive producing the 1970s hip hop coming of age story, while thriving Oakland Rapper and Actor Daveed Diggs (currently on the broadway play 'Hamilton') will serve as the musical drama's narrator.
Peep their latest trailer below:
We all have been inspired by success stories of the entertainment industry's brightest stars but Dwayne Johnson's epic rise to superstardom is unparalleled.
From banging bodies on the wrestling mats to becoming an illustrious actor, The Rock's career change is as elegant as the famous Michael Jordan play, where he gracefully switched from a dunking motion in mid-air to effortlessly lay the ball in the hoop with his off hand, tounge out and all.
For 15 years Dwayne has been dominating the box office charts, and it all has finally accumulated to him being named 2016's highest-paid actor (male or female) in the world! Additionally, The Central Intelligence star was ranked at number 19 on FORBES' Celebrity 100 list, with total earnings of $64.9 million over the past year.
Other noteworthy names on the coveted list are: Kevin Hart who ranked in at number 6, and of course Pop darling Taylor Swift who topped all celebs as she cashed in on a whopping $170 million over the past 12 months.
Wallow in D.J's motivational Instagram caption after realizing his astonishing feat below:
"The wolf is always scratchin' at the door" was the first thing I said when we found out from @forbes I was officially the world's highest paid actor. Well, actually the first thing I said was "Aw shit!", then I said the wolf part. Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder. We not only want to "embrace the grind", but take the grind to new levels. I learned a few invaluable lessons a long time ago that can help all of you guys out there succeed at whatever it is you're doing. Greatness is never achieved alone. Surround yourself with hungry, brilliant individuals who not only buy into your philosophy, but who are all willing to work just as hard as you. Power of teamwork. And don't ever forget where you came from. I was evicted at 14yrs old and completely broke by 23. Every day I wake up as if that eviction notice is right around the corner waiting for me.. which is why I always say, "the wolf is always scratchin' at the door". He's scratchin' cause he's hungry and never satisfied. We embrace and respect our past (even if it was f*cked up), but we never let it define our future. Let's stay hungry and chase that greatness. I will now jump in my pick up truck, go to work and figure out whether or not I need psychiatric therapy for this damn wolf that's become my best friend.
HBO 's Game of Thrones is arguably one of the best TV shows on the planet, if not the greatest ever. What makes the medieval/sci-fi series so intriguing is it's ability to capture breathtaking-imagery, fantasy, and real life drama all in one action packed hour.
The David Benioff and D.B. Weiss created spectacle's latest episode was truly one for the ages! If you weren't able to indulge in it, I suggest you stop reading this article right NOW and go do so. Dubbed, "The Battle of the Bastards," features the most epic battle between the heroic Jon Snow and sinister villain Ramsay Bolton.
Since there are so many key layers to the unwordly fight scene, HBO decided to release a mini documentary discussing all of it's intricateness.
Check it out below:
Seth Rogen continues his hilarious antics in the new movie Sausage Party.
Last night, the Pinneaple Express funnyman visited Jimmy Kimmel Live to converse about his Rated-R animated film, which depicts a humorous yet gory view on the consumption of food that actually has feelings. You surely wouldn't want to take your kids to see this type of delectable massacre!
Check out the clip below for more info:
There's no better way to celebrate the 45th birthday of deceased Rap legend, Tupac Shakur, than by watching the trailer of his much awaited biopic All Eyez On Me.
The Benny Boom directed film will depict Pac's humble beginnings all the way down to his infamous drive by murder in 1996. Fresh-faced actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. will portray the fallen genius, while NOTORIOUS star Jamal Woolard will revive his role as Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G.
Other notable actors in the movie are: Kat Graham who plays Jada Pinkett, Stefon Washington takes on Puff Daddy, and Dominic L. Santana as the menacing Suge Knight.
Look out for its release on November 11th, which falls not too far from the 20th anniversary of Tupac's devastating assasination. For now, peep the eye-opening teaser below:
Recently, comedic rockstar Kevin Hart stopped by legendary radio and tv personality Sway Calloway's morning show to promote his forthcoming movie, Central Intelligence, co-starring Dwayne Johnson.
Not only discussing the comedic film's underlying message of self-empowerment, Kev briefly spoke on his favorite comedians and social media revenge. Furthermore, the midget-sized funny man dropped some meteoric bars!
Check out the hilariousness below:
Multi-talented director Jordan Tipping's feature film debut, KICKS, received high praises at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. I could see why just from viewing it's captivating teaser!
Don't be fooled by the picture's title-- not only does the plot revolve around a pair of stolen sneakers, Tipping's visual effort carries a deep message about the nonsense violence of inner city life and tackles society's notions of masculinity.
The "Will Smith's son looking" main character of the film is portrayed by 15 year old breakout star, Jahking Guillory. Also featured are Mahershala Ali (the other main black dude besides Lenny Kravitz in The Hunger Games), Kofi Siriboe, Christopher Meyer, and Christopher Wallace Jr. (yup, Biggie's son).
I'm really looking forward to KICKS ' September 9th release (Virgos stand up). For now, indulge in the trailer below:
As I was scrolling down Instagram's explorer page, I stumbled upon Kwame Boateng's trailer for his forthcoming series The Plug.
To keep it a buck, I really didn't know much about Kwame except that he was a good humored Hollywood socialite, but that alone persuaded me to dive a bit more into his eventful world. As expected, the clip was awesome!
The teaser included cameos from all of Boateng's superstar friends including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Drake and more.
I'm looking forward to the series premiere. For now, check out the visual below:
Now I'm not going to sit here and act like I'm not uber excited over the fact that a live action Beauty and The Beast movie is in the making!
As a kid, I remember constantly watching the Disney animated musical film and falling in love with it's subconscious message of unconditional acceptance. I'm glad the new generation of youngins can experience the story in an even grander fashion.
The romantic fantasy flick will star Emma Watson as Bella and rising British actor Dan Stevens as the intimidating Beast.
Peep the movie's teaser trailer below and look out for it's official release during March of 2017:
The multifaceted Justin Timberlake has made a much needed sonic comeback by releasing a vibrant new tune in the form of "Can't Stop The Feeling ", from the 3D computer-animated musical comedy film Trolls.
The song was originally released in early May and made it all the way to the Billboard Top 100 chart. Now, we're finally blessed with it's visual counterpart which was definitely inspired by Pharrell Williams' "Happy " clip. The two megastars are basically brothers who have made incredible music together, so it shouldn't be a surprise that their individual offerings may share the same aesthetics. Don't hate!
Indulge in the groovy Mark Romanek directed video below:
"He Went From Being America's Sweetheart To Public Enemy Number One." This brow-raising statement is the tagline for Chris Brown's forthcoming official documentary.
Yesterday, the "Run It" crooner unveiled the Andrew Sandler directed project's poster via Instagram, leaving fans across the world feening for more info. Breezy has surely endured a wild roller coaster ride of a career, so it'll be epic to get a closer look inside of his personal life undernearth the drama.
The film's release date is no where to be found but make sure to follow Chris on the gram for more details.
Well Hello Tinashe!
The boobyliscious crooner has taken over this Tuesday by unveiling her Complex Magazine cover and debuting a new banging single produced by the most consistent producer in the game Metro Boomin.
You can read the thirst-quenching editorial in it's entirety HERE and indulge in the booming single below:
While social media timelines worldwide are blazing about Kanye & Wiz's calculated "twitter beef", it seems that rap's most lyrical duo are planning to release a single tonight.
According to @MixedByDani's tweet, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar supposedly have a song together that's dropping at midnight. Most likely, this is totally bogus but at least it gave me something to laugh about apart from the hilarious feud (haha).
All we can do is hope for the best!
There are no words to fully describe the euphoric feeling of witnessing one of your own living out their dreams.
I’ve known Aaron Jakubenko, the brother of my friend JOSH JAKQ, for about 6 years and his progression as an actor is truly one to behold. In fact, Aaron and I started our pursuit of acting around the same time. While working at BAPE and going to auditions, the Australian thespian was taking acting courses.
After garnering a few commercial gigs and appearances on ABC' s award-winning soap opera One Life To Live, my acting run decreased due to the unbelievable AFTRA/SAG Union strikes. During such tragic time of no casting calls, I took power into my own hands and accented my gift of writing. Thankfully, my talent enabled me to gain recognition from people all over the world. I was even featured on Forbes! Aaron on the other hand, has skyrocketed to become a television legend -– landing guest role appearances on Australia’s longest-running drama series Neighbours, Starz’ Spartacus and now MTV ’s latest blockbuster sci-fi series The Shannara Chronicles.
Aaron isn't just any character on the Terry Brooks inspired television show, he landed the coveted role of Ander Elessedil, the uncle of Amberle Elessedil. She is the only person that can save a magical tree that protects the mystical world of the Four Lands from demon entities. I could go on a rant about the story's plot but I'll leave it up to you to do more research. Just know *DJ Khaled voice* that Aaron is a key player in the epic tale.
My Aussie brother is definitely the next superstar from the land down under. Those Hemsworth fellas better watch out!
I think this is the project lil broski Luka Sabbat was talking about when he tweeted that he wasn't casted for a particular role because Jaden Smith won it.
In any case, Netflix is set to unleash a monumental new original series titled The Get Down curated by notable Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. Besides Will Smith's heir, the show will star DOPE's leading man Shameik Moore, fellow Brooklyn College attendee Jimmy Smits (damn, where he been?), Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, T.J Brown JR, Giancarlo Esposito and Mamoudo Athie as Grandmaster Flash.
The Get Down takes places in the South Bronx during the 1970s and documents a crew of teenagers fiding their way as Hip Hop, Punk and Disco emerge. By the look of the enticing trailer, the series will be jam-packed with action, comedy and a whole lot of dancing!
Look out for it's debut online sometime this year, for now check out the clip below:
This summer, the media was in a frenzy when it was revealed that Marcc Rose won the coveted role of Tupac in the NWA inspired film Straight out of Compton. Now it seems that the ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ legend received a make over in his very own biopic.
Say hello to newbie Actor Demetrius Shipp, JR who will be portraying Pac in the forthcoming Benny Boom directed movie All Eyez On Me. There have been so many setbacks on actually making the Tupac motion picture that I honestly thought it was never going to happen. Guess I should of kept my head up (hope y’all got that one).
Mr. Boom is known for curating iconic music videos for the likes of Sean Paul, Nas, P. Diddy, Ciara, etc. but many are afraid that his current task may be too much for him to handle. I got faith in Benny, hopefully it won’t be water downed as the Biggie Smalls joint.
In the entertainment industry, noise is everywhere and it's really hard to decipher truth from the fabricated. One thing that's certain though is Nicki Minaj's forthcoming show on ABC Family !
Yesterday, the fantasstic (yes, I meant to write that) female lyricist announced on Instagram the name of her much anticipated sitcom and even unveiled the hand-picked cast members. The show, rightfully titled Nicki, will showcase the life of Minaj as a youngin' growing up in Queens.
Fruitvale Station's Ariana Neal won the coveted role of Nicki, while City Guys' (one of my favorite tv shows) Wesley Jonathan and Victoria's Secret's Model/Runaway star Selita Ebanks will portray her parents. Furthermore, it was stated that Whoopi Goldberg will make a special guest appearance as the Minaj's Neighbor.
Man, the show already sounds like its going to be a huge hit! No clue when it will be released but I'll keep y'all updated for sure.
With Star Wars' latest instillation "The Force Awakens" releasing in theaters this Friday, my former boss NIGO took the time to discuss his unwordly collection of the intergalactic movie's memorabilia with Hypebeast TV.
The former BAPE general collaborated once more with innovative global art business Sotheby's to sell his beloved Star Wars collectibles, which are valued at over a whopping $500,000! The auction started on December 11th, but if you feel lucky head over to Sotheby's official website and see if there's any exclusive items left.
Check out the clip below:
It's no doubt that Rihanna has solidified herself as one of the greatest Pop artists to ever live, could she be gunning to become the silver screen's most notorious leading lady as well?
Earlier today, film director Luc Besson went on Instagram to make a bold announcement that RiRi will be a part of his forthcoming Sci-Fi flick Valerian, And The City of A Thousand Planets. What made the news even more popcorn grabbing is him stating that the Barbados bred siren will have a "big" part. The movie will also include model-newly-turned-actress Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Golden Globe recipient Clive Owen.
The big budget thriller derives from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres' graphic novel which takes place in the 28th century where humans discover time travel. The main character Valerian, is a time traveling agent who is sent to investigate a galactic empire, alongside his partner Laureline.
No clue on when this baby will release in theaters but it will begin shooting January of 2016 in Besson’s mega-studio housed at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris.
Looking forward to it!
Mr. "last year I ain't have no address, this year I got 5" has finally unleashed the video counterpart to his international smash hit "My Way".
To be honest, Fetty really didn't have to put out a visual for the song because it organically rose to ethereal heights. The 6 God even decided to chime in a verse and you already what sort of miracles can occur after such cosign.
Look out for the faux dreadlocked superstar's much anticipated self-titled debut album's release this Friday. For now, indulge in the clip featuring fellow Remy Boyz player Monty below:
My inner child just did about 3 backflips after hearing that a live action Jungle Book movie is set to release next spring!
As a seven year old, imagination was my only friend due to my move to the states starting a whole new life. I really had no immediate friends to converse with, so fictional tales like the boy who was raised by wild animals kept my spirits afloat.
Disney's CGI adaptation of The Jungle Book consists of an all star cast which includes Scarlette Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Giancarlo Esposito. Furthermore, the world is introduced to the fresh faced Neel Sethi who plays the iconic Mowgli.
Indulge in the film's first official trailer below:
The dramatic online series Pieces is back with it's much anticipated second episode. For those who aren't aware, the internet episodic is based on the fictional life of a young Brooklynite named Hope who's life drastically changes due to her endeavors in the credit card scamming business.
The first episode had me on my heels! Lets see what transpires this time around:
It is my pleasure to present an intriguing Youtube series called Pieces, that sheds light on the treacherous underworld of credit card scamming in Brooklyn.
My dude Vlad Calixte, better known as his alter-ego Haitian V, posted about the episodic's debut earlier today on Instagram and there was no other choice but to check it out. Furthermore, my fellow Haitian bro stated that he made a rather comical cameo so I was sold.
It's extremely entertaining to witness art mimic life. I can't wait for episode 2 already! For now, indulge in the dramatic clip below:
Man listen, the boy Michael B. Jordan is on his way to become the next Denzel Washington. Not only appearing as a black superhero in the forthcoming Josh Trank directed Fantastic 4 film, the former braided up All My Children thespian is flexing his muscles in a new movie titled Creed.
In the Rocky franchise flick, Jordan portrays Adonis Johnson, the son of heavy weight champion Apollo Creed. Adonis never knew his father because he died in the ring prior to his birth. With the boxing blood in him, the promising fighter travels all the way to Philadelphia to train with the legendary Rocky Balboa.
Creed hits the silver screen November 25th. For now indulge in its preview below:
On the recent birthday of Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube announced on twitter that a Pac scene was being shot for the N.W.A biopic Straight out of Compton. No one in the world knew who was given the incredible honor to portray the legendary lyricist until now!
According to Entertainment Weekly, a Universal spokesperson declared that actor Marcc Rose is playing the coveted role.
As you can see, the resemblance is uncanny! Hopefully Marcc’s acting will mirror the un-earthly swagger of Mr. Shakur.
Last night, I was invited to the star-studded screening of Mass Appeal and CNN FILMS collaborative effort Fresh Dressed. The project is directed by fellow Haitian-American, multi talented Journalist Sacha Jenkins and provides an in-depth look on the influence of urban fashion in Hip Hop and the entire world.
It was extremely motivating to be under one roof (SVA Theater in NYC) with a lot of the major players who bridged the gap between rap and fabric. I’m talking ‘bout the infamous Dapper Dan, Lo Lifes co-founder Thirstin Howl III, FUBU co-founder Daymond John, Pusha T, Nas and many more. The only individuals that seemed to be missing were style titans Yeezus and Skateboard P who had cameos in the presentation.
The movie will be released June 26th on Vimeo’s Video on Demand. Furthermore, pre-orders are available now via ITunes. Until then, check out the clips below:
The Entourage movie is less than a week away from theaters so it’s only right that Scott gets a chance to tell the world about his latest role as Ari Gold’s new assistant. If you weren’t aware, Lloyd has moved up in ranks at the Miller Gold talent agency. This leaves an open slot for a new victim *clears throat* candidate to tackle all of Ari’s demands and insults.
I’m very interested in seeing how Cudi portrays this character. Hopefully his neurotic yet superstar agent boss in the film doesn’t turn him in to a "maniac":
Check out Cudder's thoughts below:
Man, it’s truly a blessing to see people of color advancing in the movie industry. Many key roles that were meant to be portrayed by the “melanin less” are now being swept away by the equally talented minorities of Hollywood. Unfortunately, with change there is always a stench of disapproval that lingers.
Michael B. Jordan began his promising acting career humbly in HBO’s dramatic hit series The Wire and since then has never looked back. The 28-year-old Santa Ana born thespian appeared in a slew of national television shows and movies, which include Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station (2013) where he was highly praised for his depiction of Oscar Grant III. Now Michael has transformed into a real life superhero landing the coveted role of Johnny Storm A.K.A The Human Torch in Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four.
As all of you know, Johnny in the original comics was described as a White male but Director Josh Trank took a different approach and casted a young, prominent black actor. Critics and online hacklers are having a field day bashing the decision (to no surprise). Here’s what Michael had to say about all of the hoopla surrounding his scorching acquisition:
“You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”
It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?
Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.
This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.
Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.
To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.”
I couldn’t of said it better myself.
Aww man, I don't think the world is ready to wallow in this battle of epic proportions! Talks about the Batman V Superman movie has been circulating for years and now it's official trailer has been finally unleashed. I really don't want to ruin the storyline for you guys (like some blogs, smh) but its obvious that the Man of Steel and and Bruce Wayne will clash. The outcome though will be a bit....let's just say pleasantly surprising.
The film (releasing on March 26th, 2016) is directed by Zack Snyder with Hans Zimmer serving as it's musical maestro. The inner geek in me cannot wait for this to come out! For now, Indulge in the trailer below: