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John Carpenter's '80s: "The Fog" and "Escape From New York"

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John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) is playing from September 9 - October 8 and Escape from New York (1981) from September 10 - October 9, 2017 in the United States as part of the series John Carpenter's '80s.A golden pocket watch hangs on the right side of the movie’s frame like a broken pendulum, or maybe a man from the gallows. It sways gently, showing five minutes before midnight. With laconic eyes and the careful accentuation of a raconteur, Mr. Michen (John Houseman) recounts to a gaggle of kids the moribund story of the Elizabeth Dane, a clipper ship captained by a wealthy man named Blake who had leprosy, and who wanted to set up a leper colony in Northern California. The ship, beset by a sudden fog bank, sailed towards a campfire mistaken for a lighthouse and crashed into the rocks. None survived. The story, which has been passed down from grandfathers to fathers to sons,
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'Borg/McEnroe': Film Review | Tiff 2017

'Borg/McEnroe': Film Review | Tiff 2017
It was "the IceBorg versus the SuperBrat," in the eyes of the world: the 1980 Wimbledon final pitting Björn Borg, a four-time champion who never lost his cool in a game, against John McEnroe, who seemingly couldn't keep his cool in a walk-in freezer with Isaac Hayes on his headphones. Janus Metz's Borg/McEnroe paints a very different picture, diving into both men's psyches to find them all but identical, differing only in their outward manifestations of relentless pressure. An acting-forward sports film capable of engaging viewers who don't know their 30-loves from their birdies or hat tricks, it has mainstream...
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Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel

Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel
After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.

Sources tell Variety that Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to reprise his role of the titular character with “Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie T. Usher in talks to play Jackson’s son in the film.

Tim Story is directing a script from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role, and
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‘South Park’ Member Berries: Trey Parker & Matt Stone Talk TV Debut and Befriending George Clooney

‘South Park’ Member Berries: Trey Parker & Matt Stone Talk TV Debut and Befriending George Clooney
It’s been 20 years since TV was changed forever by four boys and their Ma-tv language in a quiiiiiet mounnnntain townnnn. While indulging in a few member berries, Et is looking back at South Park and the day creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone started satirizing everything we hold dear on August 13, 1997.

Immediately following the animated series’ Comedy Central debut, Et sat down with Parker and Stone to discuss the real South Park, the Colorado town in which the show takes place, what made their TV debut nerve-wracking and how they ended up at the premiere of Batman & Robin.

“[South Park] is actually an area right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and it's strange, because it's almost a perfectly circular valley,” Parker said, with Stone adding: “South Park is like if you were flying a UFO over Colorado, you would want to land in South Park. It looks like a nice place to land.”

Growing up in a
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Can You Dig It? Shaft Screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

Shaft (1971) screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 21st and 2nd) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.

“Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks?”

Shaft was not the first Blaxploitation film but it is the most influential and one of the most memorable. A workaday script was launched into cultural orbit by the charismatic performance of Richard Roundtree and the unforgettable theme song by the late Isaac Hayes. The importance of this movie is not that it was hugely successful (although it was), but that it was among the first produced and performed by a crew and cast that was predominantly black. It proved that there was a significant audience for movies that represented black culture on its own terms and treated the audience with respect. Importantly, Shaft isn’t a
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Here’s How to Cook Some of the Most Popular Foods from South Park

In what’s become easily one of my top five favorite Youtube channels “Binging with Babish” is back with another hearty food lesson. This time Andrew Rea created a special called “The Foods of South Park.” South Park is home to a surprising number of tempting foodstuffs. Granted, they’re all subtly gross in one way or another, but that doesn’t make Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls sound any less appealing. Especially when it’s being sung at you by Isaac Hayes. And isn’t just the chef’s foods either. Don’t forget about Cartman’s Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman chili. I just wish they would have

Here’s How to Cook Some of the Most Popular Foods from South Park
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South Park’s “Chef” Isaac Hayes Never Really Quit the Show: Scientologists Did on His Behalf

I don’t know about you guys but Chef was one of my favorite all-time South Park characters and I don’t think I’m alone on this one. Played by the legendary Isaac Hayes, Chef will always be in our memories as one hell of a singer, mentor, and guy that just said whatever the hell he wanted on that show. Unfortunately Isaac Hayes is no longer with us, but something came to light today that I never even realized. While many were under the impression that when Isaac Hayes quit the show South Park that he simply quit in that it

South Park’s “ChefIsaac Hayes Never Really Quit the Show: Scientologists Did on His Behalf
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There’s Reason to Be Excited About The ‘Escape from New York’ Remake

With Robert Rodriguez behind the camera, at least.

Everyone hates remakes. As film-critic people, we are obligated to hate remakes and reboots ever more. Remember Ben-Hur with Morgan Freeman? Remember Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001)? But I’m can’t help but get excited about the remake of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (1981) that 20th Century Fox is starting to get the ball actually rolling on. For one, Carpenter remains on hand as executive producer, which kind of makes the director and now-prolific rock star look like a father watching kid’s play with his old toys. Carpenter hasn’t done anything, movie-wise, in almost decade so it’s nice to see that he’ll be somewhere behind a camera sometime soon. Last year, he announced that he’d be also be on hand to help helm currently-hip Blumhouse Production’s first take on the ninth Halloween movie. So
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Robert Rodriguez to Helm Escape From New York Remake?

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We haven't heard much about the Escape from New York remake since Fox picked up the rights to reboot the franchise back in early 2015, but now it's being reported that Robert Rodriguez is in talks to take the directing reins on the project.

According to THR, Rodriguez (Planet Terror, From Dusk Till Dawn) is in discussions to direct the Escape from New York remake for 20th Century Fox, with John Carpenter—the director of the original film and its 1996 sequel (Escape from L.A.)—on board as an executive producer with considerable creative input on the project (he's also doing something similar in the Michael Myers franchise by executive producing the new Halloween movie). On Facebook, Carpenter shared his excitement for Rodriguez's potential involvement, writing, "I am thrilled. He is a great director."

The remake will also be produced by Picture Co.'s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, and it's believed
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‘Baby Driver’ Review: Edgar Wright’s Brilliant Car Chase Musical Casts Ansel Elgort As an Outlaw Fred Astaire — SXSW 2017

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‘Baby Driver’ Review: Edgar Wright’s Brilliant Car Chase Musical Casts Ansel Elgort As an Outlaw Fred Astaire — SXSW 2017
Like every Edgar Wright movie since “Shaun of the Dead,” the director’s fifth feature, “Baby Driver,” takes a ludicrous concept and turns it into a brilliant exercise in high style and a rush of big ideas. The director’s most ambitious work to date is a wildly successful romantic heist comedy, propelled from scene to scene with a lively soundtrack that elevates its slick chase scenes into a realm that develops its own satisfying beat.

If Busby Berkeley made “Grand Theft Auto,” it might look something like this exuberant comic caper, in which young getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) speeds through highways and back alleys seemingly impervious to police advances so long as he has a smooth beat to guide his maneuvers. Operating under the employ of robbery maestro Doc (a stern Kevin Spacey), Baby quietly works off a debt to his boss by hauling two-bit criminals out of harm’s way,
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For William Bell, a Grammy Is a Lifetime in the Making

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For William Bell, a Grammy Is a Lifetime in the Making
2017 is William Bell’s 60th year in the music industry. He’s 77 years old. Cream, the Byrds and Linda Ronstadt have recorded his songs. And this year, he’s up for his first Grammys.

Strangely, they’re in what could be considered opposing categories — American and traditional R&B — but it makes sense for Bell, who never quite fit into easy categories. Performer, songwriter, producer — Bell has done it all.

Born William Henry Yarborough in Memphis on July 16, 1939, Bell, like a lot of soul singers from his era, first started singing in church when he was just 8 years old. He
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Blu-ray Review – Willie Dynamite (1974)

Willie Dynamite, 1974.

Directed by Gilbert Moses.

Starring Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmas Rasulala, Joyce Walker, George Murdock, and Juanita Brown.

Synopsis :

Willie Dynamite is the flashiest pimp in New York with all the glitz and glamour that the high life can offer. But can a tough social worker help change his mercenary ways?

Less well known than Blaxploitation big hitters such as Shaft and Superfly, Willie Dynamite is nevertheless well worth checking out for anyone looking for some classic 70’s pimp action street level cinema. With all the garish and wild gangster outfits, sweet funk and soul sounds and deadpan humour associated with the genre, this is an entertaining romp through urban grit laced with a jewel encrusted edge.

Following the titular lead as he prowls around the city dressed in the finest threads that prostitution can buy, the film is an interesting mix of social commentary and crime action.
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Blu-ray Review – Willie Dynamite (1974)

Willie Dynamite, 1974.

Directed by Gilbert Moses.

Starring Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala, Joyce Walker, George Murdock, and Albert Hall.

Synopsis:

Willie Dynamite is the number two pimp in the city who is desperate to be number one, and a prostitute-turned-social worker is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Michael Jai White’s 2009 comedy Black Dynamite is a brilliant spoof on the whole blaxploitation genre, taking in the bling, the street dialect, copious amounts of totally gratuitous (but extremely welcome nonetheless) nudity, over-the-top characters, a kung-fu fight with Richard Nixon and intrusive boom mics galore, all presented with a knowing wink from everyone involved. If you haven’t seen it then it is highly recommended that you do, if only to marvel at a 21st century comedy that doesn’t rely on being gross for laughs. With that in mind, you would hope that Willie Dynamite – a 1974 blaxploitation
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Giveaway – Win Willie Dynamite on Dual Format

To celebrate the release of Willie Dynamite – out Dual Format 6th Feb. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

He’S Tight, Together, And Mean.

“The hands-down winner of the all-out best blaxploitation movie of the seventies,” declares author and artist Darius James in That’s Blaxploitation! Willie Dynamite may not be as well-known as John Shaft, Sweet Sweetback or Super Fly’s Youngblood Priest, but he certainly deserves to be.

Who is Willie Dynamite? He’s the flashiest pimp in New York – he drives a personalised purple-and-gold Cadillac and wears some of the most eye-catching outfits ever seen on a cinema screen. He wants to be number one, but with the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail, can a man as arrogant and amoral as Willie D avoid a downfall?

Willie Dynamite competes with the best of blaxploitation on all levels.
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‘Girls Trip’ Trailer: Four Lifelong Friends Make a Pilgrimage to the Essence Music Festival

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‘Girls Trip’ Trailer: Four Lifelong Friends Make a Pilgrimage to the Essence Music Festival
Since 1994, New Orleans has hosted the Essence Music Festival, the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States, featuring prominent artists and entertainers every year. The new film “Girls Trip” prominently features the Essence Festival as a destination spot and a symbol of unity. The film follows four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans to explore their respective wild sides and also rekindle their friendships. It stars Queen Latifah (“Chicago”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Magic Mike Xxl”), Regina Hall (“Scary Movie”) and Tiffany Haddish (“Keanu”). Watch a sneak peak trailer for the film below.

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The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee, cousin of filmmaker Spike Lee. He previously directed the 1999 film “The Best Man” as well as its sequel “The Best Man Holiday.” He also directed the Eddie Griffin vehicle “Undercover Brother,
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Competition: Win ‘Willie Dynamite’ from Arrow Video

To celebrate the release of Willie Dynamite – out Dual Format 6th Feb. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

He’S Tight, Together, And Mean. “The hands-down winner of the all-out best blaxploitation movie of the seventies,” declares author and artist Darius James in That’s Blaxploitation! Willie Dynamite may not be as well-known as John Shaft, Sweet Sweetback or Super Fly’s Youngblood Priest, but he certainly deserves to be.

Who is Willie Dynamite? He’s the flashiest pimp in New York – he drives a personalised purple-and-gold Cadillac and wears some of the most eye-catching outfits ever seen on a cinema screen. He wants to be number one, but with the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail, can a man as arrogant and amoral as Willie D avoid a downfall?

Willie Dynamite competes with the best of blaxploitation on all levels.
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Shaft Reboot Gets Fantastic Four Director Tim Story

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Shaft Reboot Gets Fantastic Four Director Tim Story
Back in February 2015, New Line Cinema announced they were developing a Shaft remake, with John Davis producing through his Davis Entertainment company. At the time, no writer or director had been attached to the project, but that has all changed. Today a new report claims that Tim Story is in negotiations to direct, from a script by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. This report also confirms that the project will follow another relative of Richard Roundtree's original title character.

Deadline reports that New Line plans to "reinvigorate" the franchise by focusing this reboot on the son of John Shaft, who is navigating the murky area between law enforcement and organized crime in New York City. No specific plot details were revealed, but this format could potentially allow Richard Roundtree to return as John Shaft, and Samuel L. Jackson to also come back as his nephew, also named John Shaft.
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Escape from New York Remake Will Be Very Different from Original

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Escape from New York Remake Will Be Very Different from Original
Hollywood is very remake happy at the moment and the results in recent years have been a mixed bag of triumphs and failures. One of the more seemingly risky remakes currently in development is the John Carpenter classic Escape From New York, which originally starred Kurt Russell as the hero, Snake Plissken. 20th Century Fox won the rights to remake the movie a while back, and we have just learned a ton of details about this new version of Escape from New York. It will be quite a bit different from the original. There are potential spoilers ahead for the movie, so if you don't want to know anything about it, turn away now.

The Wrap is reporting several major details about the movie. Fox reportedly wants to go "Planet of the Apes" style with it. That would make sense, given that Fox's current Apes franchise has been crushing it
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Brown Sugar, a New Streaming Service Specializing in African American and Blaxploitation Cinema, Launches

Bounce TV has unveiled plans for Brown Sugar, a subscription-video-on-demand streaming service with a large collection of African-American movies. The service, which launched Thursday, features an extensive library of iconic black cinema, unedited and commercial free, such as “The Mack,” “Foxy Brown,” “Shaft,” “Dolemite” and much, much more.

Read More: Blu-ray Exclusive: Pam Grier’s Got Company In Clip From Blaxploitation Action Film ‘Sheba, Baby’

Brown Sugar curates its extensive library into a series of fun themes for the enjoyment of its consumers, such as “War in Harlem,” “Foxy Mamas,” “Jive Ass Turkeys” and “Good Cop, Bad Cop.” The films in question also feature many actors that were emblematic of the era, including Jim Brown, Richard Pyror, Billy Dee Williams, Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, and more.

Actors Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Pam Grier, as well as rapper and producer Rick Ross, act as the official ambassadors of the service and tout its bona fides.
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Brown Sugar, a New Streaming Service Specializing in African American and Blaxploitation Cinema, Launches

  • Indiewire
Bounce TV has unveiled plans for Brown Sugar, a subscription-video-on-demand streaming service with a large collection of African-American movies. The service, which launched Thursday, features an extensive library of iconic black cinema, unedited and commercial free, such as “The Mack,” “Foxy Brown,” “Shaft,” “Dolemite” and much, much more.

Read More: Blu-ray Exclusive: Pam Grier’s Got Company In Clip From Blaxploitation Action Film ‘Sheba, Baby’

Brown Sugar curates its extensive library into a series of fun themes for the enjoyment of its consumers, such as “War in Harlem,” “Foxy Mamas,” “Jive Ass Turkeys” and “Good Cop, Bad Cop.” The films in question also feature many actors that were emblematic of the era, including Jim Brown, Richard Pyror, Billy Dee Williams, Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, and more.

Actors Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Pam Grier, as well as rapper and producer Rick Ross, act as the official ambassadors of the service and tout its bona fides.
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