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Will Smith promises Bad Boys 3 is good; wishes he could neuralyze Mib sequel

  • JoBlo
While Men In Black actor Will Smith unboubtedly makes the official uniform of the franchise's secret government agency look good, it's recently been revealed that the Fresh Pince who played Agent Jay for the first three films in the series wishes that he could erase the Mib sequel from your memory. Appearing on Thursday’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Smith clued viewers…
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Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Rap About Actor's Transition from 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' to Movie Star

Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Rap About Actor's Transition from 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' to Movie Star
Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon performed a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-inspired rap about the actor's career on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show.

The track opened with Smith and Fallon rapping about Smith's life before he was cast on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. "Let's teach them all something about Will Smith," rapped the actor before mentioning his hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. He continued, "You can call him jazz/ You can call me dapper."

"I was rappin’ just to make bus fare/ Then I moved in with ...
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A Diversity Record: Almost Half of Sundance 2020 Competition Films Have Black Leads

  • Indiewire
A Diversity Record: Almost Half of Sundance 2020 Competition Films Have Black Leads
The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has broken a record weeks before it begins: Of the 16 films in Dramatic Competition, seven tell stories primarily about the lives of black characters: “The 40-Year-Old Version,” “Charm City Kings,” “Farewell Amor,” “Miss Juneteenth,” “Nine Days,” “Sylvie’s Love” and “Zola.”

Surveying the last 30 years of Sundance, there’s usually been at least one in-competition film with black leads. In 1992 and 1989, there was one black film in competition, while 1993 had two. But prior to 2020, there had never been more than five.

Black filmmakers saw a renaissance in the late ’80s and early ’90s, a period that introduced Spike Lee, Wendell B. Harris Jr, Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Julie Dash, Matty Rich, the Hudlin Brothers, Leslie Harris, and others. Some of their films premiered and competed at Sundance, but even then they never composed a significant presence.

Between 1989 and 1993, a total of 10 films with black leads
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Gucci Mane Plots New Album ‘Woptober 2’

Gucci Mane Plots New Album ‘Woptober 2’
Gucci Mane will release his new album, Woptober 2, on October 17th, the rapper announced on social media Monday.

On Twitter, Gucci Mane revealed the release date with what seemed to be the album art: A characteristically bonkers photo of the Mc grinning and talking into a green phone while getting a massage as a butler stands at the ready. The caption reads: “Get ready for #Woptober2 coming 10/17 !!! #Woptober2.”

Get ready for #Woptober2 coming 10/17 !!! #Woptober2 pic.twitter.com/K5SOTeobxn

— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) September 30, 2019

Gucci Mane has yet to share any other details about the album,
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Discovery to Launch Food Network Kitchen Subscription-Streaming Service, With Amazon’s Assistance

  • Variety
Discovery has whipped up its most ambitious U.S. subscription-streaming concoction to date — Food Network Kitchen, which the company promises will be as useful to home cooks as it is entertaining.

Set to launch in October, Food Network Kitchen will offer a lineup of 25 weekly live, interactive cooking shows — including some led by celeb chefs Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis and Guy Fieri — as well as over 800 on-demand instructional videos, 80,000 recipes, culinary-related original programming and select shows from Food Network’s library.

The service, to be priced starting at $6.99 per month, is built for utility: It will let subscribers order ingredients for specific recipes from online-grocery services (and eventually cooking supplies) and in 2020 will add a 24-hour culinary helpline for subscribers to get tips and tricks from live experts.

In addition, Discovery inked a three-year pact to integrate Food Network Kitchen with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, to
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Ex-Pats Boost German Film Industry

Ex-Pats Boost German Film Industry
Germany’s dynamic film industry is luring international directors who are finding a wealth of opportunities while contributing to the sector’s increasing diversity.

A number of filmmakers from around the globe have managed to launch or boost their careers in Germany, in some cases far easier than they could have in their native countries.

Well-established in Brazil and Germany, Karim Ainouz will be in Un Certain Regard with “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão,” which being sold by Germany’s The Match Factory.

The film follows two women in Rio de Janeiro from the 1940s to the 1970s and is produced by Rt Features and Germany’s Pola Pandora.

Ainouz has made Berlin his home for the past decade while moving between Germany and Brazil, where he also teaches in Fortaleza.

Uruguayan filmmaker Carlos Morelli, who likewise teaches scriptwriting, came to Germany with an artist-in-residence program in 2008.

Morelli’s latest feature film,
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Rotten Tomatoes Makes Big Changes Following Captain Marvel Review Bombing

Rotten Tomatoes is making some big changes in order to combat trolls. Rotten Tomatoes has, for better or for worse, become an increasingly important tool for consumers who are trying to make decisions on what movies to see and what not to see. In recent years, certain users have been targeting movies such as The Last Jedi, Black Panther and, more recently, Captain Marvel, with negative reviews and comments. Now, the review aggregator is fighting back.

Previously, users were able to express their interest in seeing a movie, such as Captain Marvel, and that would generate a number that indicated the percentage of people interested in seeing that movie. That feature has now been disabled, as this number was particularly vulnerable to negative review bombing. As Rotten Tomatoes explains, there was some confusion between that number and the Audience Score, which is only revealed via user reviews once the movie has actually been released.
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‘System Crasher’ Producers Set Slate With Emerging Filmmakers, Eye for Social Issues

  • Variety
For Jakob and Jonas Weydemann, “Systemsprenger” (“System Crasher”), a social drama about a troubled young girl caught in the revolving door of Germany’s child welfare services, is exactly the kind of film the sibling producer duo is keen to make.

Nora Fingscheidt’s feature film debut, which screens in competition in Berlin, explores the difficult and timely social issue of children who fall through the system while at the same telling a human story about a little girl seeking only to be with her mother.

Since launching their company, Weydemann Bros., in 2012, the team has striven to make films that are socially relevant. While their works often deal with societal issues, they are not necessarily front and center.

Sarah Winkenstette’s forthcoming “Zu weit weg,” for example, is a children’s film about the friendship between a German boy who has to leave his village because it’s being
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Fortnite Is Reportedly Getting Sued Again By Two More Celebrities

  • OnTheFlix
Happy Wednesday, "Fortnite" fans. Unfortunately, we've got some more bad, legal news for your favorite video game today. It turns out that another two celebrities have step up to the plate with a lawsuit against Fortnite for selling their dance moves on their platform! We previously told you guys that rapper 2 Milly filed his lawsuit for Fortnite selling his "Milly Rock" dance aka "Swipe It" without his consent. Now, according to a new report from the folks over at USA Today, former "Fresh Prince Of Bel Air" Carlton Banks star Alfonso Ribeiro and Russell Horning who is known as The Backpack Kid are jumping in the mix with their lawsuits. We'll start with the Alfonso Ribeiro's lawsuit first. Alfonso is suing Epic Games for selling his dance moves on Fortnite. His dance emote is called, "Fresh" in the game. They're using a dance that he made popular on the "Fresh
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Alfonso Ribeiro Sues ‘Fortnite’ Video Game for Stealing ‘Fresh Prince’ Carlton Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro Sues ‘Fortnite’ Video Game for Stealing ‘Fresh Prince’ Carlton Dance
Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for playing Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” is suing the creators of the blockbuster video game “Fortnite” over claims they stole his famous Carlton dance moves without permission. The actor alleges the “Fresh emote” dance performed by characters in the Fortnite video game is a direct rip off of his “Fresh Prince” dance moves.

A lawyer for Ribeiro has filed the lawsuit against “Fortnite” company Epic Games, claiming the dance moves are the actor’s “intellectual property.” Attorney David Hecht told NBC in a statement, “Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh.’ Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”

According to CNN, the lawsuit states, “Twenty-seven years later, The Dance remains distinctive, immediately recognizable, and
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‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Says Fortnite, NBA 2K Makers Ripped off His Carlton Dance in New Lawsuits

  • The Wrap
‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Says Fortnite, NBA 2K Makers Ripped off His Carlton Dance in New Lawsuits
Alfonso Ribeiro is taking his fancy footwork to the courtroom.

Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has filed lawsuits against the companies behind the video games Fortnite Battle Royale and the NBA 2K games, accusing them of lifting the dance, often referred to as the Carlton Dance, that he popularized on the series.

In a lawsuit filed against Epic Games in federal court in California on Monday, Ribeiro contends, “Through its unauthorized use of Ribeiro’s highly popular signature dance (‘The Dance’ or ‘Dance’) in its smash-hit, violent video game, Fortnite Battle Royale (‘Fortnite’), Epic has unfairly profited from exploiting Ribeiro’s protected creative expression and likeness and celebrity without his consent or authorization.”

Also Read: Original 'Fresh Prince' Aunt Viv Blasts 'Media Hoe' Alfonso Ribeiro Over Reunion Snub

According to the suit, Ribeiro created the dance in 1991 and first performed it in
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Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Fortnite and NBA 2K Creators for Stealing His Carlton Dance

  • TMZ
2:45 Pm Pt -- 2 Milly has also sued 2K Games for putting his dance in NBA 2K. 12:35 Pm Pt -- Ribeiro just filed an identical suit against 2K Games -- the company that makes NBA 2K.Alfonso Ribeiro is the latest celeb who's got beef with Fortnite's pop culture-influenced dances -- and now he's suing the creators of the game for jacking his own. The former 'Fresh Prince' star just filed suit against
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Film Review: ‘Boarding School’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Boarding School’
“Boarding School” is the kind of enterprise whose problems you might normally suspect as being the result of a mismatch between helmer and scenarist — except in this case both are Boaz Yakin, whose diverse prior films include “Fresh,” “A Price Above Rubies,” “Remember the Titans” and “Max.” His first directorial foray into anything approaching horror terrain is a contemporary Gothic melodrama in which (just like current release “Down a Dark Hall”) “problem” children are herded off to an isolated, creepy academy where members of the skeleton staff have a sinister agenda.

Boarding School” includes an odd mix of narrative elements within a classically Grimm child-endangerment scenario that would work best played as a modern fairy tale. Yet Yakin chooses to pace the film more slowly as a serious drama, which keeps the suspense from building real momentum and exacerbates the script’s implausibilities. A more magical-realist treatment might have have
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Kevin Spacey's New Movie Opens to an Abysmal $618 at the Box Office

Kevin Spacey's New Movie Opens to an Abysmal $618 at the Box Office
You probably didn't notice, but a new Kevin Spacey movie opened in theaters over the weekend. And it opened with a painful thud. Billionaire Boys Club quietly snuck its way into several theaters over the weekend and earned just $618 for the entirety of the Friday to Sunday frame. That makes it far and away the lowest opening of the disgraced actor's career, who was not long ago considered to be a unique and tremendous talent in the industry. How the mighty have fallen.

Billionaire Boys Club was never going to be a big hit. It was released on VOD by Vertical Entertainment prior to making its way to theaters. VOD releases that also do a limited theatrical run are never big earners at the box office. But this is particularly terrible. The movie rolled out in eleven theaters across the U.S. in San Francisco Bay, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis, St.
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Exclusive Interview – Samantha Mathis on her new film Boarding School

david j. moore chats with Boarding School star Samantha Mathis

With an impressive list of on-screen credits that got kick-started with the teen films Pump Up the Volume and the period-set coming of age drama This is My Life from Nora Ephron, making her filmmaking debut, actress Samantha Mathis has been a steady presence in features and on television shows for three decades. With notable performances in Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women, Jocelyn Moorehouse’s How to Make an American Quilt, Mary Haron’s American Psycho, and John Woo’s Broken Arrow, Mathis has had a versatile fluidity through memorable performances in all sorts of different genres. Recently, her recurring role in the post-apocalyptic FX show The Strain allowed her to explore her strongest role to date, and now she’s back in a complex performance in the horror / thriller Boarding School, from writer / director Boaz Yakin. In Boarding School,
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Exclusive Interview – Director Boaz Yakin on his new film Boarding School

david j. moore chats with filmmaker Boaz Yakin

Writer / director Boaz Yakin’s filmography shows that he’s a true journeyman of genres, with the urban coming of age drama Fresh (1994), the inspirational sports film Remember the Titans (2000), the comedy Uptown Girls (2003), the gritty Jason Statham action picture Safe (2012), and scripts for the Dolph Lundgren take on The Punisher (1989), the sword and sorcery adventure Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), and the switcheroo caper Now You See Me (2013).

His latest expands his craft with the dark horror / mystery / coming of age film Boarding School, starring young newcomer Luke Prael, who plays a pre-teen lad named Jacob, who with his behavioral problems is sent to a boarding school, where he discovers some shocking truths about his bloodline, as well as the instructors running the place. In this interview, Yakin discusses the film’s young actors, as well as the mature themes presented in the film.
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‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Scores 15 Percent From Critics on Rotten Tomatoes: ‘Utterly Convoluted’

  • The Wrap
Netflix gambled big by announcing the third movie in the “Cloverfield” franchise during Super Bowl Lii, and then immediately making it available on the streaming service. Despite all the Super Bowl hype, though, critics aren’t big fans of “The Cloverfield Paradox.” Sitting at 15 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing, “The Cloverfield Paradox” is getting pretty roundly panned. The J.J. Abrams-produced film has just six “Fresh,” or positive, reviews on the review aggregation service — compared to 35 “Rotten,” or negative ones. Critics aren’t fans of the movie’s convoluted plot or the fact that it can’t seem to stick...
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018

Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018
Emmy winners Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) head up the new Hulu original series “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama Bin-Laden. Also featured in this docudrama about the inter-agency rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the first part of this century are Golden Globe nominees Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. The first of the 10 episodes starts streaming on Hulu on Feb. 28.

Before then, Hulu viewers will get a chance to see another acclaimed docudrama, the film “Detroit” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). She reteamed with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” for this acclaimed film. “Detroit” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967 after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died
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Marvel Don't Miss Declares Infinity War Star Chris Evans

Marvel Don't Miss Declares Infinity War Star Chris Evans
Chris Evans has taken the hype for Infinity War up a notch while appearing at Ace Comic-Con in Arizona over the weekend. The actor declared that Marvel "doesn't miss" when they put out a new project, which is for the most part, true. Out of the 17 interconnected movies that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only 2 have come in with some mediocre reviews, including The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World. Even then, all of Marvel's movies have had Fresh ratings on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Chris Evans appeared at Ace Comic-Con with Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier) and Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) to discuss all things Marvel over the weekend, which led to talk of the upcoming movies Infinity War and Avengers 4, which have fans super hyped up, but also cautiously optimistic. There's a lot of pressure to deliver something to the fans that have
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 6)

1975: Another World expanded to an hour full-time.

1983: Felicia Gallant arrived in Another World's Bay City.

1986: General Hospital's Monica was at odds with Alan.

1997: Aaron Spelling's Sunset Beach premiered on NBC."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Peyton Place, Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) visited Allison Mackenzie (Mia Farrow) at Doctors Hospital. She had told Rodney she loved him on the day of his arraignment but she no longer remembered her feelings for him. The episode was written by Sonya Roberts and Rita Lakin. Lakin went on to become head writer of daytime soap opera The Doctors.
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