May 17, 2013
Cinema Convo, Comedy, Romance
Harold Perrineau, Melissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, The Best Man
After nearly a decade of me-too gangster films seeking to out-depress audiences with tales of misery and despair from life on the streets or some California hood, black filmmakers decided in the late 1990s to lighten up and start showing a black cast that wasn’t getting gunned down or complaining about life in the hood with a string of romantic comedies featuring ensemble casts typically drawing from the same pool of 15 young, attractive actors.
One of the most popular of the group was 1999′s “The Best Man,” which launched several careers and left fans demanding a sequel. With a $34.1 million gross, the film wasn’t a runaway success (the original “American Pie” grossed $102 million earlier that year), but it was the second highest grossing black film of its time, trailing only “Soul Food‘s” impressive $43.7 million total. Still, it was better than comedies like “The Bachelor,” which despite starring popular actors Chris O’Donnell and Renee Zellweger, only managed $21 million.
“The Best Man” cast in October 2011.
The cast met in October 2011 for a 12-year reunion sparking rumors that a sequel was in the works. Earlier this year that was confirmed and the first trailer was just released.
And just like any good reunion, I thought it’d be fun to look back at the cast and see what they’ve been up to since 1999…
May 14, 2013
Comedy, Romance, Trailers
Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday
From the “better late than never” department, here’s our first look at the highly anticipated sequel to “The Best Man.”
If absolutely nothing else this should finally convince Universal Studios to release the 1999 original on Blu-Ray. I’m too far in with the format to have to keep certain DVDs until they get upgraded.
March 8, 2013
Action/Adventure, Drama, Movie Reviews, Thriller
Colin Farrell, Dead Man Down, Dominic Cooper, Leon the Professional, Niels Arden Oplev, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, WWE Studios
“Dead Man Down” is a revenge thriller that aspires to be more than your average revenge thriller and surprisingly succeeds. More
March 8, 2013
Dead Man Down, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard
I feel like if “Django Unchained” was set in modern times, he would be wearing some outlandish attire like Terrence Howard at the “Dead Man Down” premiere.
All that’s missing to complete the ensemble is a hat.
Howard looks kinda cool in that “only a movie star can get away with this,” but I’m figuring random dude at the club gets heckled outta there if he tried to wear that and hang at the bar.
February 25, 2013
gwyneth paltrow, Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, The Dark Knight, Tony Stark
It always benefits big franchises to have great supporting characters who audiences can expect to see in each new film of the series. It’s the main reason I don’t understand how Terrence Howard allowed himself to get removed from the “Iron Man” franchise.
Anyhow, in this latest character poster we see Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts holding a heavily-damaged Iron Man armor helmet. More
April 28, 2012
Action/Adventure, Comic Book, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews
Gwenyth Paltrow, Iron Man, Jon Favreau, Marvel Comics, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard, The Avengers
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tries out his armor’s repulsor rays in “Iron Man.”
It’s amazing how imaginative and fun a comic book movie can be when the restraints of making it easier to relate to and more real-world are lifted.
Then the directors and screenwriters can make a film faithful to its source.
Such is the case of ‘‘Iron Man,” arguably the purest comic book-to-film translation ever made. [2012 Flash Forward: Yep. Still pretty comfortable with that statement] And the result is a movie that hardcore comic book geeks and non-fans alike will enjoy and want to see again and again. [2012 Flash Forward: True story. I'm probably at my 10th viewing of it now.] More
January 28, 2012
Action/Adventure, War Epics
Anthony Hemingway, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, George Lucas, Laurence Fishburne, Nate Parker, Ne-Yo, Red Tails, Star Wars, Terrence Howard, Tuskegee Airmen
Full disclosure time – I love World War II movies. From the epic to the just alright, I’m pretty much all in if it’s dealing with the Allied forces clashing with the Axis.
Outside of a cable movie starring Laurence Fishburne, Hollywood hasn’t been as eager to explore the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of African-American pilots who battled both the Nazis and segregation in showing their worth.
George Lucas (“Star Wars”) agreed and put his considerable clout and financial backing behind “Red Tails,” a more action-oriented take on the pioneers from Tuskegee. More