42: 2006 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS
PRESS PAUSE & READ ON...ISSUE # 42
OVERSEEN & OVERHEARD
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT...After a sold-out show last year, Dave Chappelle is returning to The Comedy Festival on November 16th at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Also on the bill is Bill Maher, Dane Cook, Sarah Silverman, Don Rickles, Kathy Griffin, Mario Cantone, Bob Saget and “Oh, Oh, Oh . . . The Tom Joyner Comedy Show” featuring Mike Epps, Mo’Nique, Damon Wayans, and Katt Williams. Presented by HBO and AEG Live, the fest takes place November 14-18. For info, visit www.thecomedyfestival.com. After hitting the road and getting back his standup chops, we hop Chappelle is ready to return to either the big or small screen.
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MOBILE STREAMS GETS FunkySexyCool
Mobile Streams has just announced that it has launched the popular youth community "FunkySexyCool" on mobile operators Vodafone Germany, Mobilkom (A1) Austria and Sunrise Switzerland. First launched in Australia, FunkySexyCool is is distributed by Mobile Streams in Europe and following an agreement with MTV Networks Central (Europe) to share cross promotional activities, the social network has been launched in Germany, Switzerland and Austria as "MTV FunkySexyCool." Dubbed "the largest party on your mobile phone," MTV FunkySexyCool enables subscribers to participate in the mobile social networking community revolution. To join, users upload photos and videos to their profiles to allow them to contribute in live chat, messaging and other standard "social networking functions." Christoph Reisner, Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Mobile Streams said: "We are pleased to have successfully launched MTV FunkySexyCool with operators in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and look forward to opening the social networking community to mobile users throughout Europe". FunkySexyCool is the world's first community positioned as a "mobile club," providing a mobile and web social network for the 16-24 youth demographic to discover, connect, express and gain recognition amongst their peers. This online community enables members to contact and vote for other people in their space who share similar interests. Each month there is a major promotion with prizes available for the top voted members. FunkySexyCool is the number 1 mobile youth community in Australia--live on Three, Optus and Telstra (i-mode) portals. The site has over 130,000 active profiles and more than 3,000 page views per user a month with an amazing 30 minute average session duration with an equal usage split between the girls and guys. In 2006 deals have been put in place with carriers across Germany, Switzerland and Austria and the United Kingdom. FunkySexyCool is now in the planning stages of the launch into the United States, Canada and Latin America, with advanced discussions taking place with a number of strategic, youth orientated, entertainment and media brands.
TEARS, TRIBUTES, TRIUMPHS AT 2006 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS, L.A.
On Sunday Oct. 15th, the red carpet was rolled out for the Who's Who list in Black movies and cinema. The 2006 Black Movie Awards, produced by Film Life, was held in L.A. at the Wiltern Theater. This Black star-studded event, hosted by Tyler Perry, celebrated the achievement by those of African descent in feature-length motion pictures. Akeelah & the Bee walked away with four top awards and its young star, Keke Palmer, received the award for Outstanding Actress, beating out veterans Halle Berry (X-Men: The Last Stand) and Sanaa Lathan (Something New). Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett (right) were both were honored for their supporting roles in the film. So deeply touched, Fisburne actully teared up during his tribute. Presley Chweneyagae took the Best Actor prize for his starring role in the South African film Tsotsi. And, Spike Lee left with two awards--the Ossie Davis Humanitarian Award for his work on the HBO documentary When the Levees Broke and a Best Director win for the bank heist caper Inside Man.
We can't wait for next year, as this event just seems to grow and grow and gain more star power every year. Robinson can't wait either. She says: "I left the Wiltern emotionally drained, yet triumphant. Now what on earth will we do next year?" The awards show was aired on the TNT network October 18th. --Photos and words by Anthony Davis
Any aspiring filmmaker can shoot on video; have a choice of really good movie making/editing software for their PC; along with friends and family with acting aspirations and a willingness to help out behind the scenes; some others donate space – these short cuts go a long way in helping a filmmaker get his vision out there and it’s excellent for the creative, but is it a winning situation for the viewer?
When I go to see a studio film, Indie or wide release, I really don’t think about the fact that I’m watching a movie. When I see one of these “independent” films, I tend to think about it a lot…
John Paxton, Jr.’s directorial debut, Rebecca's Window, was recently screened at the International House in Philadelphia.
The story takes place on the gritty streets of Atlantic City. The lead Josh (DwVaughn Browne) is young black hustler who works for a white, two-bit, gangsta wannabe, Hal (Franz Keller). Not sure why, but Josh thinks Hal is “The Man” and is doggedly trying to be his #1 guy. Hal takes Josh with him to teach another employee whose gotten out of line a lesson. Josh thinks they’re gonna rough him up, but Hal kills this kid & his girlfriend. This sets in motion an investigation, lead by Det. Trevis (Mike Tolbert) Trevis and Hal have prior history, personally and professionally. Trevis has been waiting for Hal to slip up so he can nail him and shut down his operation. Rebecca (Chelsea Crowe) is a run away from an upper middle-class white family. Arriving in AC, she runs into trouble at the bus station. She’s in AC to get a singing audition at a small jazz spot, but immediately gets marked as fresh meat for prostitution, until Josh steps in. This sets in motion Josh’s downfall.
Paxton describes the film as an edgy look into a world of broken dreams, dashed hopes, and nightmarish results. I’d say it hits this target fairly well. The dialog is plausible and realistic. Although, most of the acting… to describe the actors as amateurs is being nice. Although, Crowe does have a lovely voice and Giraard Rudasill, who plays a crazy pimp, has some good moments.
The device of telling the story as a flashback is fine, however, what we think we’re seeing as present tense before the flashback starts is really misleading. Not in a good, clever, didn’t see that coming way. But deliberately different from what happens at the end, without any explanation. I do like the fact that the films sets up a lot of interracial relationships (romantic, antagonistic, loyalty, disloyalty), but race really doesn’t play a factor in the plot or outcome. This is refreshing.
The A-List review rating: C: See it if you’ve got a free ticket or borrow a friend's DVD. --Le Anne Lindsay
SHOUT OUT TO CONTRIBUTORS GIL ROBERTSON IV, ANTHONY DAVIS, & LE ANNE LINDSAY--HOLDING IT DOWN ALL OVER THE WORLD!