MAY 2000 BLAST OFF
During the months of January, February, March and April, blackfilm.com was
busy trying to usher you into theaters to view some of the top products from
New Line Cinema, Artisan Entertainment and Sony Pictures. We certainly have
enjoyed working with you on Next Friday, Ghost Dog, Black & White and
definitely Love & Basketball. In March, we introduced you to our
weekly e-mail newsletters from which we have received many responses and
reaction to our views and news. We really appreciated the responses we
received to our Oscar Commentary. In the coming months as the Summer
Blockbusters come rolling in, we will be working even harder to bring you
information about the stars, and films as well as a few advanced screening
opportunities. We would like to thank the studios for allowing us to be a
part of their efforts in delivering quality motion pictures to the world.
Stay tuned for Scene II!
IN THEIR OWN WORDS|
- JOHN AMOS - BEFORE COSBY, JAMES EVANS WAS THE FIRST DAD OF BLACK LIFE.
"When I would pose arguments about J.J.'s role
being too stereotypical, I was..."
By Margretta Browne
- PIERCE IS FIERCE
- I moved to NY to study at The Juilliard School. While
living with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, I studied at school
during the day and went to the jazz clubs at night. I learned to act
from Jazz musicians because they understood how…
By Shelby Jones
- REGGIE ROCK BYTHEWOOD - BEING HONEST AND ALL ABOUT THE ART
After writing and directing his own plays, and completing the
prestigious Disney Writers Fellowship, his first job as a television writer was
on the highly praised A Different World. This experience was rewarding to him because...
by Nasser Metcalfe
- THE GHETTO MATRIX
- Like the Matrix in the movie, the ghetto matrix was
developed to protect, maintain and enrich itself. It has evolved to be
self-perpetuating, requiring little upkeep to stay functioning. It is not
in the creators interest for the people to escape. The inhabitants are
discouraged from leaving both physically and mentally
By James Richards
- When Gwyneth Paltro said, 'And the Oscar
goes to Kevin Spacey,'my hopes sank like
by Shelby Jones
- BLOWING A SPOT FILM FESTIVAL: NO ORDINARY FESTIVAL
- Nearly 400 people attended Cinema Shorts:A Woman's Perspective 2000,
a three day film and video festival which highlighted the work of emerging women
directors with a special emphasis on Latin American and African American
by Latrice Dixon
DID YOU KNOW?|
That quirky movie, U-Turn was based
on a novel written by an African- American?
John Ridley, an African American writer who
got his start as a stand up comic in NYC, has
written for several sitcoms including Martin,
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The John
Larroquette Show. Oliver Stone directed the
film version of Ridley's first novel, Stray Dogs under
the title U-Turn. Ridley is also the author of
Love is a Racket and Everyone Smokes in Hell. He
is definitely a talent to keep your eyes on.
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- LOVE AND BASKETBALL SCORES BIG TIME!
- Basketball films have been entertaining us for years.
There was Hoosiers, He Got Game, Above The Rim
and many more, but rarely have we seen a film that investigates
the lives of African-American teenagers from the burbs who've
got game just like the kids from the streets.
By Shelby Jones
- GLADIATOR - Honor & Strength
- Gladiator captures Rome in its glory days
and shows us how they handled things before
the days of boxing gloves and the WWF.
By Max Sin
FROM THE VIDEO VAULT|
- Cornbread, Earl, and Me
- With the Police brutality issue being thrust into the national spotlight once
again, and the recent acquittal of the four New York City Police officers who
gunned down unarmed African immigrant,
Amadou Diallo, this film is still quite pertinent today.
By Nasser Metcalfe
- LOVING JEZEBEL
- Hill Harper stars in a story of love depicting the great
romances of a young man's life... yet this man is cursed
with always falling for someone else's girl. As we watch
our hero Theodorus (Hill Harper) mature, will he ever find
true love? Or will he remain the dupe of Jezebels, constantly
loving women who are unavailable and unfaithful?
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- HELD UP
- Any Given Sunday certainly gave Jamie Foxx
a brighter star in HWOOD. The talented Foxx now appears
opposite Nia Long in Held Up.
- BATTLEFIELD EARTH
- John Travolta is back looking like a crazy-ass Rasta on
digital hormones. Travolta plays the leader of alien
invaders called Psychlos. Also appearing in this summer
thriller is big-man Forest Whitaker.
- LOVE AND BASKETBALL
- blackfilm.com's favorite film of the year!
This film is not just about basketball. It
deals with first loves, family strife,
family love, hopes, dreams and the
it's all packaged with a hoops background.