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This Day in Film: “You So Crazy”

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 8:50 am.

Seventeen years ago today, Martin Lawrence’s stand-up comedy film, You So Crazy, debuted in theaters nationwide.  If you were over 18 or could at least sneak into a movie theater in 1994, you saw Lawrence’s You So Crazy.  He was already a phenomenon, but his raunchy stand-up caught on celluloid made him into a Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy of the mid 90’s.  Rocking an all-leather suit, channeling Eddie Murphy’s attire from his stand-up days, Lawrence delivered some classic material.

Filmed at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, Martin tackled everything from relationships to sex to racism.  Directed by Thomas Schlamme (Ally McBeal, Spin City), You So Crazy grossed over 10 million at the box office and gave us some legendary quotes like, “Your job is to check coats — check ‘em b**ch!”  “Craa-azy, dee-raaanged.”

What is your favorite quote from You So Crazy?

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Ten Things We Want to See in Film

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Now that awards season is over, we are hoping for a more diverse and interesting 2011 in the year of film. 2010 didn’t give us much, but we have high hopes for this year. Check out 10 things we want to see in film for 2011.

10. The Aaliyah Movie
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah’s passing. So, where is the Aaliyah movie? Last we heard, the director of Dreamgirls, Bill Condon, was set to direct and Canadian actress Keisha Chante would play Aaliyah. Hopefully, we at least get a release date in 2011.

9. No More Horror Movie Remakes
I’d love to go through a year without these horrible horror movie remakes that consistently bomb (Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, etc.). Freddy and Jason need to stay in the ’80s and ’90s. They had their run—let someone else think of a new horror movie plot.

8. Imitation of Life Remake
Now, if someone wants to remake a movie, they should take on Imitation of Life, the classic story about a light-skinned Black girl who tries to pass for white. With a solid cast, this could be award-worthy.

7. A Lady Gaga Movie
Considering her epic music videos, I would love to see Lady Gaga on screen. Not in some silly romantic comedy but more of a Quentin Tarantino/Lee Daniels/Rocky Horror Picture Show–type experience. Bring Gaga to the big screen!

6. I Will Follow by Ava DuVernay
We raved about this film last year, and it was selected as the best movie of 2010 by BET.com.  The film deals with family, loss, love and life. It’s a tour de force of emotions. The film is getting a release in select cities this Friday. It’s a must-see for 2011!

5. Nicki Minaj Movie
Nicki Minaj went to a New York arts school for theater. So, we would be interested to see what her acting chops are like on the big screen. Maybe a small, supporting role just to get her feet wet, but Minaj in movies is a good look for 2011.

4. Juice DVD Re-Release?
2Pac’s classic, Juice is a masterpiece of minimalism on DVD. No special features, no commentary, just an extreme disappointment. Can we get a re-release with deleted scenes, cast interviews, and commentary? Paramount needs to make it happen!

3. More Viola Davis!
I need more Viola Davis! We are looking forward to The Help, her first starring role about a Black maid in the ’60s. According to IMDB.com: “Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, [the fiml is about] a Southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns the town upside-down when she interviews the Black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent Southern families. Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up—to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit Black community.”

2. Wanda and Sheneneh in Skank Robbers
Jamie Foxx and Martin Lawrence need to halt all production on all other projects and get this film off the ground. Last we heard, Halle Berry and George Lopez signed on and it got the green light. Oh—and let’s hope they don’t forget Tichina Arnold as Pam—she needs a cameo or a full role. We need a release date for Skank Robbers in 2011!

1. Wesley Snipes Out Of Jail
I’m still confused on why Snipes was jailed for three years on misdemeanor charges, especially after a juror admitted that two other jurors said they thought he was guilty when they “looked” at him. Free Wesley, because I think it’s about time for a Jungle Fever sequel—and Keeping Up With the Kardashians don’t count!

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Video: Exclusive ‘Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son’ Clip

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 12:00 am.

The third installment of the Big Momma’s House franchise, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, starring Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson is in theaters Friday, February 18th. This time around, Malcom Turner’s (Martin Lawrence) son, played by Brandon T. Jackson, is forced to go undercover as Big Momma’s niece, Charmaine Daisy Pierce (what a name!). Classic Big Momma chaos takes place!  The cast also includes Faizon Love and Sherri Shepherd.

BET.com nabbed an exclusive clip of the upcoming film, showcasing Brandon T. Jackson as Charmaine.

Check it out!

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Halle Berry Signed On For ‘Skank Robbers’

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 9:35 am.

Any news about Skank Robbers is like a ray of sunshine! In case you didn’t know, Skank Robbers is the Sheneneh and Wanda film that was inspired by a 2009 BET Awards skit. The movie is a go and supposedly the script is in the works.

Jamie Foxx revealed on 106 & Park that Oscar winner Halle Berry has officially joined the cast. Halle doesn’t have much experience in comedies. Her last comedic film was 1997’s B.A.P.S., which some loved or absolutely hated.

Foxx also revealed a bit more of the plot. Sheneneh and Wanda will be robbing banks from Northern to Southern California.

Glad to hear this — but I need Pam, played by  Tichina Arnold, to return. This is a must! Check out the clip from Skank Robbers!

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Sherri Shepherd in ‘Big Mama’ and Meagan Fox is No ‘Transformer’

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 12:00 am.

sherrishepherdBlack Voices is reporting that co-host of The View, Sherri Shepherd, is joining the cast of Martin Lawrence’s Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, which is the third installment of the Big Mama franchise.  Malcolm (Lawrence) and his 17 year-old nephew will go undercover at an all girls school after a murder.  Shepherd plays the house mother who is kicked out and Big Mama because the new house mother — chaos in drag ensues.  While this sounds like a funny movie — I really need Lawrence and Jamie Foxx to get  it started on the Sheneneh and Wanda movie.  We are all waiting for that.

Transformers 3 has already started filming and the female lead, Megan Fox, has been axed from the project.  The Hollywood Reporter claims there was strife between the director, Michael Bay and Fox.  Not tp be openly dissed, Fox’s rep released a statement to People saying, “It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.”

Who knows if Fox got fired or if she is doing damage control but back in July 2009 she basically told Entertainment Weekly that she wasn’t a huge fan of the movie, “I mean, I can’t s— on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s a–. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting.”  Wow!  Pretty bold move — but I have to agree with Fox, Transformers was one of the worst action movies of the year and I hope Michael Bay avoids the jive talkin’ robots in the third version.

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Chris Rock’s ‘Death at a Funeral’ Trailer

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 12:00 am.

deathatafuneralNext Friday, Chris Rock returns with his first non-documentary film since 2007’s I Think I Love My Wife. The flick has an all-star cast that includes Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Danny Glover, Columbus Short, Loretta DevineMartin Lawrence and of course Chris Rock.  The Screen Gems film is directed by Neil LaBute, who is known for films like Lakeview Terrace and produced by Mr. Rock.

Death at a Funeral is about a chaotic funeral service that reveals secrets, scandals and full blown comedic drama. Funeral is sure to be a huge hit.  Check out this web site http://dielaughingnow.com/ and watch the trailer below.

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Big Momma’s House Returns For a Third

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 9:24 am.

bigmomma4Martin Lawrence’s big hit Big Momma’s House is coming back to the big screen for a third installment.  Previous casts of Big Momma’s House have included Nia Long, Tichina Arnold, Cedric the Entertainer and Terrence Howard. There is no word of Nia Long or anyone from the original cast will return.  However, up and coming Brandon T. Jackson has signed on.  According to Variety.com:

Martin Lawrence is returning to his signature comedy franchise “Big Momma’s House,” and will be joined by Brandon T. Jackson, who is fresh off his role in Fox’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”

Regency is fully financing and producing the untitled third installment, which studio partner 20th Century Fox will distribute. John Whitesell, who directed “Big Momma’s House 2,” will helm the threequel.

David T. Friendly returns to produce via his Friendly Films shingle. Friendly produced the first two films.

Whitesell is set to begin lensing in April in Atlanta from a script by Matthew Fogel. Randi Mayem Singer (“Tooth Fairy,” “Mrs. Doubtfire”) did a later pass on the script.

In the latest adventure, FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his 17-year-old nephew, Trent, go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them.

Are you looking forward to a third version of Big Mama’s House?

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Sheneneh and Wanda Movie A Go!

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 12:00 am.

wandashenenhIt all started right here at BET! One of the funniest moments at this year’s BET Awards had to be the Sheneneh and Wanda skit “Skank Robbers” with Jamie Foxx and Martin Lawrence.  Well, the fans spoke and the film is a go.  According to Variety.com:

Foxx will write the script, which he and Martin will produce through Foxx’s FoxxKing and Lawrence’s Runteldat production banners.

The project originated as a parody of a movie trailer for a film called “Skank Robbers,” which Foxx and Lawrence made for the BET Awards. The reaction was strong enough that the duo decided to turn the concept into a real film.

In case you forgot, Sheneneh Jenkins was a character from the 90s sitcom Martin.  She lived across the hall from Martin and consistently harassed his wife, Gina, and Gina’s best friend, Pam.

Wanda was from In Living Color, always on the hunt for a man with her “naturally” blond hair and outlandish outfits.  Her catch phrases like, “I’m reat’ to go!” and “I’m gonna rock your world!” made her one of the show’s most popular characters.

Congrats to Foxx and Lawrence on sealing the deal.  No word on a release date but let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long.  I wonder if Madea will make a cameo?

Check out the clip that started it all!

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Pam Wants One More Round with Sheneneh!

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 12:00 am.

shenenehpamAs you know, I am praying that this Sheneneh and Wanda movie actually happens. Jamie Foxx said something is in the works but we don’t know what. Now, in an interview right here at BET.com Tichina Arnold, who played Pam in Martin, says she would love to reprise the role.

Speaking of TV shows, Jamie Foxx mentioned that there was going to be a Shenehneh and Wanda movie. Would you consider reprising your role as Pam?
You know I would! Pam was a lot of fun to play because she was close to who I was and I just brought elements of different friends that I had. I loved playing that role because we had a lot of moments and developed the characters as we went along.

Yes! I need to see one more scuffle between the two — maybe this time Pam actually knocks Sheneneh out! I hope the appropiatye people are making the right calls — I need this out by summer of 2010.

Click here for the full interview with Tichina Arnold!

Check out one of my favorite Pam and Sheneneh moments below!

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‘Bad Boys 3′?

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 12:00 am.

will-smith-picture-1.jpgThe bad boys are back, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, for the third installment of the popular franchise that was a hit in 1995 and 2003. The movies have grossed over $400 million worldwide and have included Gabrielle Union and Theresa Randle.  According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Columbia Pictures is developing a third installment of the high-octane “Bad Boys” franchise, tapping Peter Craig to pen the screenplay.

The hope is to have a script that would reunite director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. At this point, with the project in the early stages, none has a deal to return.

As of now, there is just a “hope,” but I can’t imagine Bad Boys without Will Smith or Martin Lawrence.  I am sure those will be some harder salaries to match.  I just hope Martin doesn’t forget the Wanda and Sheneneh movie!

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