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‘Think Like A Man Too’ Tops ‘Jersey Boys’ With $30M

Originally posted on News One:

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Las Vegas ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man Too” topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood’s new Four Seasons musical “Jersey Boys.”

The Kevin Hart sequel “Think Like a Man Too” narrowly edged out “22 Jump Street,” which earned $29 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The DreamWorks animated film “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ slid to third with $25.3 million.

The top three films are all sequels that moved into the big box-office summer season following surprise hit originals released in the springtime.

Moving into summer’s bigger competition actually diminished Sony Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man Too.” The first film, also directed by Tim Story and starring mostly the same ensemble led by Hart, opened with $33.6 million in April 2012.

Warner…

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Box Office Update: ‘Think Like A Man Too’ on audience’s brains with a $12.2 million Friday

Originally posted on Inside Movies:

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The box office continues to bow down to Kevin Hart. The comedian, already the cock of the walk with his Ride Along victory just five months ago, has another hit on his hands with Think Like a Man Too. The sequel to Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship opus cruised to the #1 spot on Friday with a $12.2 million haul. (Take that, 23% score on Rotten Tomatoes!) The Tim Story-directed laffer, which also stars Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Meagan Good, follows the gang to Las Vegas for a wedding weekend. Think Like A Man Too played in 2,225 theaters and is on track to bring in opening weekend numbers comparable to the original’s $33.6 million bow in 2012.

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Idris Elba Invades Taraji P Henson’s Home In ‘No Good Deed’

Originally posted on 93.9 WKYS:

If you like to keep up on your movies, then you definitely should be on the lookout for this new fall movie, No Good Deed, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson. I don’t want to spoil it, so just check out the trailer.

“No Good Deed” is set to bow Sept. 12.

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Quentin Tarantino Will Not Direct Western ‘Hateful Eight’ as His Next Film

Originally posted on Variety:

After the script to his latest pic “The Hateful Eight” leaked early, Quentin Tarantino has decided to not make his next directing assignment.

Deadline Hollywood broke the news in an interview with Tarantino and the report says the filmmaker already has an idea for his next script.

In the Deadline report, Tarantino says, ““I’m very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”

Tarantino is considering meeting with publishers in order to have the script turned into a novel.

“I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now,” Tarantino said. “I give it out to six people and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move…

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“Ride Along” A Huge Hit at the Box Office!

Originally posted on 93.1 WZAK:

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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s buddy cop comedy Ride Along did big things at the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the film debuted at number one with $41.2 million.

The Tim Story-directed project earned the biggest debut for a movie released during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, and according to The Hollywood Reporter it’s expected to hit $48 million or more for the four-days.

The funny flick, which cost a modest $25 million to make, also earned an A CinemaScore.

Kevin, who is officially a movie star now, saluted producer Will Packer on his Instagram account for the major accomplishment.

I gotta take the time to thank my brother-friend-Partner in crime @willpowerpacker ….We started out with “Think Like A Man” & went on to do “Ride Along” “About Last Night” “Think Like A Man Too” & “Wedding Ringer” ….Thank you for believing in my…

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Italian Distributor Apologizes For Using Brad Pitt’s Giant Face To Advertise ’12 Years a Slave’

Originally posted on The DL Hughley Show:

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An Italian distributor for awards-season favorite 12 Years a Slave had a lot of explaining to do after releasing posters focused on Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender – as opposed to the film’s real star, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

According to Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate, the racially-amended ads were not authorized or approved by the movie’s producers and licensors. In a statement, the companies said they are “investigating and taking immediate action to stop the distribution of any unauthorized posters and to have those posters currently in the marketplace recalled.”

MUST READ: 2013 Golden Globe Nominations: Kerry Washington & ’12 Years A Slave’ Lead The Pack

In light of the controversy, BIM Distribuzione issued an apology and admitted the ads were “inconsistent” with the film’s approved materials.

“We apologize for creating and releasing unauthorized posters for 12 Years A Slave in Italy featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in a manner…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Salute To “Krush Groove,” One Of The Greatest Movies Of All Time (LIST)

Originally posted on Global Grind:

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If you go in your dictionary and look up hip-hop movies, you’ll see Wild Style. The 1983 classic, which documented the graffiti culture of the early ’80s, was the first and best hip-hop movie.

However, it gets interesting when trying to decide what the number two hip-hop movie is: there are many contenders, from modern day classics like 8 Mile and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, to oldie classics like Beat Street and Breakin’.

And then there’s Krush Groove, the 1985 classic that came out 28 years ago today. The movie, which was produced by Russell Simmons and directed by Michael Schultz, tells the story of how Def Jam was started.

It’s a movie that, if you watch today, you’ll see absolutely holds up: it’s funny and it documents hip-hop in the ’80s well.

We know there’s lots of young folks who haven’t seen Krush Groove. So, for…

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Keke Palmer: “I Used To Pray To Have Light Skin”

Originally posted on Old School 95.5:

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Keke Palmer is Black Hollywood’s sweetheart.  Making her big screen debut in 2006′s  ”Akeelah and The Bee” the lovely actress has grown up before our eyes,  but even with her success, Palmer has struggled with the same issues of self-esteem not uncommon to  young Black women.

READ:  Keke Palmer Breaks the Ice On 50 Shades Of Grey And Growing Up On Screen [EXCLUSIVE]

At a recent Hollywood Confidential panel, Palmer revealed that she didn’t feel that her brown skin was beautiful:

“When I was like 5 years old I used to pray to have light skin because I would always hear how pretty that little light skin girl was, or I would hear I was pretty ‘to be dark skinned.’ It wasn’t until I was 13 that I really learned to appreciate my skin color and know that I was beautiful.”

READ: I See Black People!  2013 Fall TV…

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Barry Levy’s 10 Tips for Screenwriters

Originally posted on Riding Bitch:

Besides the occasional celebrity sighting (last week, Kiefer Sutherland), one of the perks of living/working where I do is the access to industry professionals. Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in an intimate roundtable discussion with Barry Levy, screenwriter of VANTAGE POINT (2008) and the upcoming PARANOIA (2013). Barry shared some valuable insight on the realities of professional screenwriting.

He began by explaining how he got started in the business, as the assistant to the head of Nelvana, an animation company, and quickly rose through the ranks to development executive. His first scripts, mostly low-budget horror films, were all unsuccessful. The ones he managed to sell were produced direct-to-video, so never made it theaters. His early career included highs like being flown first class to London to meet a prospective director for one of his scripts, and lows like having to sue a producer to get paid for a film. His first nine writing credits totaled less than $21,000.

Frustrated with writing for others, he…

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Julie’s Review Room: ‘The Family’

Originally posted on 103.7 KVIL:


“The Family,” stars Robert De Niro & Michelle Pfieffer as members of a notorious mafia clan. They lead up the Manzoni family, who is relocated to Normandy as part of a witness protection program. They bring along their high school aged son & daughter and things get awkward as their Brooklyn ways are integrated into the French surroundings.

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfieffer have made some terrifically bad movies, like last Spring’s “Dark Shadows” and “The Big Wedding.” They are really in their element in “The Family” though. De Niro is SO in his element that his character even references one of his earlier Mafioso movies! These characters are horrible & sadistic but they’re played by such lovable actors, you don’t just forgive them. You actually cheer them on. (Yeah, hit him with the bat again!) “The Family” has some ridiculous moments and it makes…

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