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In Theaters: “The Campaign”

Published by Marcus Reeves on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10:00 am.

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Will Ferrell returns to his tried-and-true occupational comedy format, this time lampooning politics with the much-anticipated and well-timed film The Campaign.

Ferrell is long-term congressman Cam Brady who goes unchallenged until two CEOs seize an opportunity, putting up a rival candidate. Their guy? He is the naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), who is the director of the local Tourism Center.

Brady and Huggins hit the campaign trail like too super-duper Americans and the fun begins.  That it coincides with the upcoming presidential election makes this comedy all the worth checking out.

Look at the video below and see for yourself.

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This Day in Film: “Mo’ Better Blues”

Published by Marcus Reeves on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:30 am.

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On this date, 22 years ago, Spike Lee released his fourth feature film, Mo’ Better Blues. The sultry, jazz-centered story was a drastic turn for the confrontational director who, just the year before, unleashed the racially-explosive film Do the Right Thing, which some critics predicted would start riots in the hot summer of 1989.

For Mo’ Better Blues, Lee used his penchant for creating cinematic tension to tell the tale of star jazz musician Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) who, along with leading a star-studded band, juggles two girlfriends (played by Cynda Williams and Spike’s sister Joie Lee).  Moreover, within his band, he must temper the ambitions of his hotheaded virtuoso sax player Shadow Henderson, played by Wesley Snipes. The cast also included Dick Anthony Williams, John Turturro, Robin Harris and Samuel L. Jackson.

While the film wasn’t as big a hit as Lee’s first three projects, Mo’ Better can be credited for turning both Denzel and Wesley into Hollywood leading men and sex symbols.  Who could forget Shadow’s steamy balcony scene?

Yes, Mo’ Better Blues marked Lee departure from focusing on the provocative issue on race. But, in true Spike fashion, the film did manage to rub one group — Jews — the wrong way. Several Jewish organizations, including the Anti Defamation League, complained about the director’s depiction of two Jewish jazz club owners, saying they were stereotypical.

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In Theaters: “Cabin in the Woods”

Published by Marcus Reeves on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:00 am.

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The forest-vacation-turned-deadly horror film gets a much-needed twist with the release of Cabin In The Woods.

Jesse Williams and Brian White star in this zombie flick about five friends who, for a vacation, drive out to a remote cabin in the woods. While the cabin and the woods seem peaceful, the friends begin to feel uneasy after sensing there is something wrong. Part of the problem? Scientists in the underground bunker have sealed them inside the area with a force field. Afterward, they begin to manipulate the occupants’ emotions and actions by spraying chemicals and hormones across the area. But when the supernatural begins to overpower science, survival becomes a concern for everyone.

Check out the video below. Maybe this is a horror ride for you.

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Eddie Murphy Still Wants to Host the Oscars… Some Day

Published by Marcus Reeves on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:00 am.

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Seems Eddie Murphy’s desire to host the Oscars has miraculously returned…

The iconic comedic actor expressed to Access Hollywood that the job is still on his bucket list. “It’s still something that I would like to do one day,” he said, “because all the best comics have done it. It’s one of the few things I haven’t done in my 35 years in this business, so I would like to have that be part of my resume as well.”

Funny how that wish wasn’t the motivating factor when the Academy initially expressed an interest in him hosting, and he refused only to finally accept when director Brett Ratner (who directed his last film Tower Heist) was scheduled to helm the Academy Awards. But when Ratner was forced to resign, following his homophobic hiccup before the press, Murphy abruptly resigned from hosting as well, a decision which lead some to believe Murphy, deep down, wasn’t really going to go through with the job because he couldn’t handle the pressure. Thus the conundrum of would Murphy ever host the Oscars—the answer being NO—was solved (especially with him sounding so nonchalant about the matter).

But now—probably amped from watching Billy Crystal host—Murphy wants to discuss the plans he and Ratner had for the ceremony. “The other award shows—the Grammys and the American Music Awards—all those music shows, they pop,” he commented to Access Hollywood. “So there’s no reason why the Oscars can’t pop too. You’ve got 10 songs that are up for Song of the Year, so you should have killer musical performances and so the show should be moving and Brett had all these ideas about it. He was really gonna direct the Oscars … When he finished telling me about it, (I) was like, ‘Yeah! Let’s do it!’ And that’s what I got excited about doing — like a hipper, faster, choppier version of the show.”

Whether Murphy will ever get that chance again is up to the folks at the Academy. But with all of his recent talk about still wanting to get that chance, Eddie needs to finally make a solid decision, for once, and follow through.

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