1974 Blaxploitation Classic Willie Dynamite Available on Blu-ray January 8th From Arrow Video

The 1974 Blaxploitation Classic Willie Dynamite will be available on Blu-ray January 8th from Arrow Video

”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 personalized 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. Roscoe Orman dominates with his central performance a star turn
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Best of ’88: Biz Markie on the ‘Dead Real’ Stories of ‘Vapors’

Best of ’88: Biz Markie on the ‘Dead Real’ Stories of ‘Vapors’
30 years later, 1988 still stands as rap’s greatest year. The lyrical molotovs of ‘Nation of Millions’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton, the post-modern (and pre-lawsuit) free-for-all of sampling, the national spotlight of a new show called ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ and much more. To celebrate 30 years, Rolling Stone’s Best of ’88 explores the 10 greatest songs from those explosive 12 months. See our previous entries on Rob Base and D.J. E-z Rock, Epmd, Run-dmc, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Slick Rick and Mc Lyte.

In only his third year of hip-hop fame, Marcel “Biz Markie” Hall
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Bafta reveals new members for 2018

Bafta reveals new members for 2018
Among new members are Maren Ade, Hugh Grant and Hayley Squires.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has revealed its 2018 intake of new members drawn from the film, TV and games industry.

Among the 386 new members are actors Hugh Grant, Willem Dafoe and Hayley Squires, directors Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), Daniel Kokotajlo (Apostasy) and Michael Pearce (Beast), film execs Shana Eddy-Grouf (Studiocanal) and Katie Goodson-Thomas (Fox Searchlight), and La La Land producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger.

Former UK and Ireland Screen Stars of Tomorrow in the new intake include producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and actor Jessie Barden.
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‘Sicko Mode’ Is the ‘Citizen Kane’ of Travis Scott Music Videos

Citizen Kane. Casablanca. The Godfather. Sicko Mode.

Not many music videos can reduce the chaos, hedonism and beauty of modern life into an undeniable banger. Directed by Dave Meyers and Travis Scott, the “Sicko Mode” visual is a monument to Texas, but more importantly the eclectic mind of Astroworld‘s primary citizen.

In five minutes and 22 seconds, the video manages to transform Travis Scott from a James Brown-like singer into a professor, while Drake goes back to high school before taking a Xan to another dimension. Between those moments,
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Phony Ppl: Rise of a Progressive Soul Force

“I was in trouble,” singer-rapper Elbee Thrie says, recalling the day that his band — the Brooklyn progressive-r&B quintet Phony Ppl — was born in 2008. It was Thrie’s 16th birthday, and he was grounded, stuck at home. So Thrie invited over some teenage friends from his Crown Heights neighborhood — all musicians.

“I knew something was gonna be good about that day,” insists the singer, whose real name is Robert Booker. “I called my friends to come over, and we started playing. It wasn’t even a matter of ‘Oh, what are we going to do?
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Best of ’88: Run-dmc’s ‘Beats to the Rhyme’ Was the Throwback the World Wasn’t Ready For

Best of ’88: Run-dmc’s ‘Beats to the Rhyme’ Was the Throwback the World Wasn’t Ready For
30 years later, 1988 still stands as rap’s greatest year. The lyrical molotovs of ‘Nation of Millions’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton, the post-modern (and pre-lawsuit) free-for-all of sampling, the national spotlight of a new show called ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ and much more. To celebrate 30 years, Rolling Stone’s Best of ’88 explores the 10 greatest songs from those explosive 12 months. See our previous entries on Rob Base and D.J. E-z Rock and Epmd.

In the four years leading up to 1988, multi-platinum, arena-rocking, Rolling Stone cover stars Run-dmc were the uncontested Kings of Rock,
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Hip-Hop Legend Jermaine Dupri To DJ City of Hope Gala After Party

Grammy-winning rapper, producer, Songwriters Hall-of-Famer, and So So Def label owner Jermaine Dupri will lead City of Hope's first-ever after-party at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica following next week’s eagerly anticipated gala at the same location.

Dupri was recently honored with his own exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Downtown Los Angeles. The four-month So So Def exhibit is dedicated to his work in shaping hip-hop culture. This will be Dupri’s last event before he hits the road for the Cultural Curren$y Tour – a celebration of his Atlanta-based label’s 25th anniversary.

The Oct. 11 celebration supporting the acclaimed nonprofit will see Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, honored with the organization’s prestigious Spirit of Life award. Beyoncé will perform at the gala, which will be hosted by Pharrell Williams, with Jay-z presenting the award to Platt.

Mary Mary, the four-time Grammy winning gospel duo,
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Harvey Weinstein: Examining 6 Upcoming Projects Inspired by His Downfall, From De Palma, Mamet, and More

Harvey Weinstein: Examining 6 Upcoming Projects Inspired by His Downfall, From De Palma, Mamet, and More
As Harvey Weinstein faces accusations from more than 100 women and a rape trial that could send him to prison for 25 years, directors, writers, and producers jockey for position: Who will be the first to prepare adaptations of his demise? He sparked an episode of “Law & Order: Svu” that aired earlier this year, but that only scratches the surface.

Of course, news headlines spur plenty of quickly announced films that never get made. Revolution Studios touted “Fan Interference” the week Steve Bartman’s foul ball catch kept the Cubs from the 2003 World Series, while Spike Lee pledged to direct a James Brown biopic for Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment just one day after the soul legend’s death in 2006. However, a couple of these Weinstein undertakings are very much in the works, with one only months away.

Here, we assess the prospective Weinstein-inspired projects to date, from most to least likely.
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How I Met Madonna, by Seymour Stein, the Man Who Signed Her

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How I Met Madonna, by Seymour Stein, the Man Who Signed Her
Seymour Stein is indisputably one of the greatest A&R men in music-business history: As chief of Sire Records, which he cofounded with Richard Gottehrer in 1966, he presided over a label that for decades had not only massive hits — from Madonna, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Seal and others — but also acts that may not have had multiplatinum sales but shaped the sound of the last quarter of the 20th century: the Ramones, Lou Reed, the Pretenders, the Smiths, the Cure, the Replacements, Aphex Twin and so many more. A well-curated mixtape of Sire releases from the ‘80s and ‘90s is like the soundtrack to an era.

Yet Stein’s career stretches back to the 1950s: He began at Billboard and soon moved over to Syd Nathan’s King Records — home of James Brown — and several other gigs before cofounding Sire. And he’s still at it: He remains Sire’s
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Concert Review: U2 Mesmerize With Intimate Show at Harlem’s Apollo Theater

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When a stadium-sized artist does a “club show,” they usually play an acoustic-ish set or a scaled-down (i.e. intimate but incomplete) version of their usual headlining concert. Sometimes, they do something special.

For their concert at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater on Monday night — presented by and broadcast on SiriusXMU2 truly did something special, delivering a unique, carefully curated show, mixing classics and new songs with several deep cuts, including an encore set with the 13-piece Sun Ra Arkestra that featured three rarely played, Harlem-centric songs from their 1988 album “Rattle and Hum.” There were none of the dazzling special effects that have become a hallmark of their big-room shows; just lights, a stage, and one of the greatest live rock bands in history at full throttle, roaring through 20 songs from their nearly 40-year catalog.

The show promised to be a special one even before the band took the stage.
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‘American Idol’ spoilers: Which 26 men made the Top 50 on season 16, what songs did they sing and who made it through?

‘American Idol’ spoilers: Which 26 men made the Top 50 on season 16, what songs did they sing and who made it through?
American Idol” may be on a new network (ABC) but has the same host (Ryan Seacrest) and is following the same format that worked so well for 15 seasons on Fox. After five episodes devoted to the auditions, the show shifted to Hollywood where 169 hopefuls had to sing once again for the three judges: Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

The first of the Hollywood week episodes, in which the contestants sang in groups of 10 and solo, aired on March 26 and April 1. Only 50 of these contestants were given the chance to be showcased in solo performances that determined the top 24. Those Top 50 took to the stage at the Exchange club in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 8.

The episode featuring these performances will air on April 2. If you can’t wait for the results, scroll down to see the roster of 26 men who performed, the songs they sung and their eventual
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‘Disgraceland’: True Crime Podcast Digs Into Dangerous Side Of Rock N’ Roll & Eyes TV Future

‘Disgraceland’: True Crime Podcast Digs Into Dangerous Side Of Rock N’ Roll & Eyes TV Future
Did Jerry Lee Lewis kill his wife and get away with murder? Was the Church of Scientology involved in the death of Jeremy Blake, the artist who produced the cover of Beck’s Sea Change album and how did Sam Cooke and Sid Vicious really die? These are all stories from the first season of Disgraceland, a true crime podcast that looks at the deviant side of rock ‘n’ roll.

The podcast, which launched last month, was created by Boston musician Jake Brennan. Here, he talks to Deadline about its origins, the challenges of creating compelling audio stories and plans to turn the project into a bigger, possibly scripted, play.

Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, Sid Vicious and the tale of satanic ritualism within the Norwegian black metal scene make up the first four episodes of Disgraceland with future episodes revolving around Van Morrison, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the Rolling Stones and James Brown.
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American Idol Recap: Audition Fatigue

American Idol Recap: Audition Fatigue
Sunday’s American Idol marked the fifth and sixth hour of Season 16 auditions — and I’ve never been more ready to move on from anything in my life.

Sure, I enjoyed Katy Perry subtly shading Taylor Swift, and I’m glad she refrained from kissing any more contestants against their will — but tonight’s painfully tedious episode went down like Nyquil. A few more auditions and I might have fallen off my chair, Lionel Richie-style.

On that uplifting note, let’s hash out nine of the most memorable (for better or worse) auditions from Episode 3:

Crystal Alicea, 20 | The
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Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman to Host SNL, With Musical Guest Cardi B

Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman to Host SNL, With Musical Guest Cardi B
April showers bring May flowers… and Chadwick Boseman to Studio 8H.

The Black Panther star will make his Saturday Night Live hosting debut on April 7. The announcement was made during Saturday’s Bill Hader-led broadcast.

In addition, NBC has confirmed that Cardi B will serve as first-time musical guest.

Don't miss #SNL on April 7, with @chadwickboseman and @iamcardib! pic.twitter.com/jUGjA06mL1

Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) March 18, 2018

Boseman is currently promoting the aforementioned Marvel blockbuster. His previous credits include Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and the James Brown film Get On Up.

Are you looking forward to Boseman’s hosting stint?
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‘Black Panther’: Marvel Cinematic Universe breakthrough at Oscars?

After breaking numerous box office records since its debut, triumphing at the Oscars is the only industry achievement that Marvel Studios cannot crack. But that could all change in one year’s time. The studio’s new release, “Black Panther,” is the first Oscar contender of 2018.

Black Panther” marks the first time a black superhero has lead a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Chadwick Boseman brilliantly captures T’Challa, the newly minted king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Could Boseman strike a chord with the academy after failing to register for his acclaimed portrayal of James Brown in “Get on Up?”

Acting nominations have been hard to come by for superhero movies. Heath Ledger is the only person to reap a nomination (and win) for his turn as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” But the celebrated cast of “Black Panther” should help the film be taken seriously with Oscar voters.
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Kevin Feige Discusses Bringing Black Panther To The Big Screen and Hopes Ryan Coogler Comes Back For the Sequel

Black Panther has officially been released in theaters and if you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check it out sometime this weekend. In a recent interview with Variety, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talks about bringing Black Panther to the big screen.

One of the first questions that Feige was asked in the interview is why it took so long to get Black Panther made and he says:

"I don’t know. This is the 10-year anniversary of Marvel Studios, starting with “Iron Man.” I’ll speak starting in 2008. For us, we were building the Avengers. That took up the first five years. And as audiences continued to come, we got to tell more of these stories and we got to a point where we were developing 'Captain America: Civil War.' We had an opportunity to introduce a character that had no allegiance to either Iron
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Black Panther – Review

What’s all the commotion rolling out of the hallways down at the multiplex? Could it be a celebration? Well definitely, since it’s the first new Marvel Studios release of this year, a much earlier release than ever, just a touch over six weeks into the new year (a long way from the first weekend of May, usually considered the start of the Summer movie season). That’s sure to bring a smile to theater owners, who know that this is the start of Marvel Studios’ tenth year. In 2008 Iron Man blasted out of that old white and red logo to usher in a new age of superhero spectaculars. And which one of their beloved characters is leading the big 2018 parade? Those trumpet blasts can only mean one thing: royalty. Not content to repeat themselves (although Marvel’s the new leader in tent pole franchises), they’re branching into different genres and settings.
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Chadwick Boseman was the only choice for Black Panther according to Marvel’s Kevin Feige

Kevin Feige has revealed that Marvel knew right away that Chadwick Boseman was the perfect person to play Black Panther.

Black Panther is starting to make its presence known on the world stage, releasing in various markets across the world. The film is expected to do tremendous business for Marvel, and Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, has revealed to Variety the casting process behind the film, and how star Chadwick Boseman came onboard.

Speaking with reference to the character’s introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Feige said:

“We were working on the story and we needed another character. Our executive producer suggested T’Challa. The minute we started talking about Black Panther, we brought up Chadwick. He really was the only actor we discussed. We had seen the Jackie Robinson role [in 42] and Get On Up was coming up. We were very impressed by how different James Brown and Jackie Robinson are,
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Chadwick Boseman talks becoming the new king of Marvel in Black Panther

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Chadwick Boseman talks becoming the new king of Marvel in Black PantherChadwick Boseman talks becoming the new king of Marvel in Black PantherIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine2/14/2018 10:28:00 Am

If you read Marvel comics during the 1950s until the mid-1960s you knew two things: almost all the superheroes featured were white men — that was a given — and New York City served as their home base.

Headquartered in the Big Apple, Marvel’s staff of writers and artists created characters that lived and worked in the streets they knew so well. Iron Man/Tony Stark grew up in a Manhattan mansion, Captain America/Steve Rogers is a Brooklyn boy, Spider-Man/Peter Parker hails from Queens and the Fantastic Four work out of the fictional Baxter Building, a Manhattan skyscraper located near the United Nations.

However, in July 1966, in issue #52 of The Fantastic Four, writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby
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This is Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill Dancing as James Brown

Even being dressed up as Winston Churchill couldn’t stop Gary Oldman from getting down to some James Brown. I can’t imagine it was too comfortable trying to move like that in the suit he had to wear but he was making it look good at least, or as good as he could. The suit of course is the one he’s wearing for The Darkest Hour, the movie that has been getting a lot of buzz since he’s gone over the top in recreating the look and feel of Winston Churchill and has done what many have called a fine job

This is Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill Dancing as James Brown
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