March 13, 2016 |
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to "Off the Wall. " The title of Spike Lee's MJ doc doesn't trip off the tongue, but with the help of talking heads - including Quincy Jones, Questlove, Kobe Bryant, and, yes, David Byrne - and a trove of fabulous performance footage, it digs most satisfyingly into the former child star's pre-Thriller coming-of-age period. On DVD and Showtime On Demand. Mary Lattimore. First, Philadelphia's own indie-rock harpist hosts a DJ night with the inspired name "Hey Stupid, I Quit.
January 20, 2016 |
Kylo Ren was no match for Kevin Hart . "Ride Along 2," also starring Ice Cube , topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in North America with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The box office-topping performance of "Ride Along 2" lent a timely reminder to Hollywood of the power of diversity at the multiplex, even when there's no diversity at the Oscars. In second was "The Revenant," which earned $39 million over four days, capitalizing on its leading 12 Oscar nominations Thursday.
December 17, 2015 |
When Teyonah Parris stopped in Philadelphia recently to talk about her role in Spike Lee 's "Chi-Raq," she also talked about best bud Tessa Thompson . "I just texted her! She's amazing. So pretty, so smart and so talented," said Parris, speaking of the "Creed" star, using words that many would apply to Parris. Parris hit town the same week the Hollywood Reporter published a cover story on female Oscar contenders. Parris wondered why an actress like Thompson (they starred together in "Dear White People")
December 5, 2015 |
There's a lot of sermonizing going on in Spike Lee's Chi-Raq , although only about five minutes' worth of it comes from the pulpit. There, John Cusack in the role of a Chicago preacher, the only white man in his parish (it's explained), rails against gun violence and a system rigged against the black, poor, and disenfranchised. Adapted from the trusty Greek satire Lysistrata , by Aristophanes, about women withholding sex from men until they stop killing one another, Chi-Raq couldn't be more relevant right now: Chicago, gang killings, kids caught in the cross fire, cops viewed warily by the community they're supposed to serve.
December 4, 2015
TEYONAH Parris descends like an angel from Quote Heaven to discuss her starring role in Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq. " Asked to describe her favorite scene, Parris says: "I got really excited about the sex match. " There really is such a thing in "Chi-Raq," adapted by Lee from the Greek play "Lysistrata," about a woman who stages a sex strike to end the Peloponnesian war. Lee applies the strike to present-day Chicago (the name, borrowed from Chicago rappers, conflates Chicago and Iraq)
June 4, 2015 |
TEN YEARS ago, if you'd told Jeremy Piven that one day his "Masterpiece Theater" gig would cost him a role in a Spike Lee movie, he'd have had you committed. But that's his hectic life today - living and filming his own PBS series in London, trying to squeeze in Hollywood jobs and talking about his life-changing role in "Entourage," the HBO series now hitting the big screen. "Entourage" is known for its loutish bro-comedy trappings, but beneath the surface is a persuasive look at the serendipity and chaos that is Hollywood.
March 21, 2015 |
Mo'ne Davis is getting into movies. After becoming a successful shoe designer and author , the pride of the Taney Dragons will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title is Throw Like Mo. Davis will consult on the film from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase. "There are so many great things happening to me right now and it's a very exciting time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can't wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true," Davis said in a statement.
March 20, 2015
CHARLIE SHEEN spent his time as a TV sitcom star organizing Bible readings and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Not!!! According to the forthcoming autobiography by Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" co-star Jon Cryer , Sheen's offscreen life was the nonstop swirl of sexcapades, substance abuse and onset tension we all figured it was. The March 27 Hollywood Reporter contains an excerpt from So That Happened , which American...
October 29, 2014 |
THE DIMWITS at the NCAA take a lot of flak, so when they get something right, it's worth mentioning. In this case it's a ruling that Mo'ne Davis - Philly's most popular ballplayer - will keep her amateur status even though she was paid for her role in a TV commercial. The 13-year-old Davis appeared in a spot for Chevy - directed by Spike Lee - that aired during Tuesday night's World Series opener. And thanks to a change in NCAA rules she'll still be able to pursue her dream of playing basketball for Geno Auriemma at the University of Connecticut.
October 7, 2014 |
M O'NE DAVIS ' biggest fan? Spike Lee . "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" director Lee was in Philly this weekend, hanging out with the Taney Dragons phenom and the rest of the team. Why? I hear it's because he's making a documentary about the Philly ballers who made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series this year, capturing the hearts of our fickle town. A tipster told me that a film crew was spotted shooting at Marian Anderson Rec Center, at 18th and Fitzwater streets.