The cast for Universal Pictures’ caper comedy Identity Thief (can you guess what it’s about?) is getting more interesting. Morris Chestnut just signed on for the film, about a woman (Melissa McCarthy) who steals a rich guy’s (Jason Bateman) identity. Havoc ensues, naturally.
Chestnut and T.I. are on the right side of the law, as a Boston cop and bounty hunter, respectively, hired to chase down the culprits.
McCarthy is a hot property after earning an Oscar nod for her breakout role in Bridesmaids last year, while Bateman is…just Bateman. King of quirky-indie-comedies. The film will be directed by Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon.
Published by Clay Cane on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 11:38 am.
Eleven years ago today, The Best Man opened in theaters nationwide. The film starred Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard and Sanaa Lathan, and was directed by Spike Lee’s cousin, Malcom Lee with Spike as a producer. The Best Man was the last of the classic Black films of the ’90s, solidifying Nia Long and Morris Chestnut (who starred in 1991’sBoyz N The Hood) as forces in Hollywood.
The film follows the story of Harper, whose autobiographical book is about to be released. He is the best man to Lance, but the book reveals that he slept with Lance’s bride-to-be. Drama ensues with commentary on relationships and friendships.
With only a $9 million budget, The Best Man grossed over $34 million. At the 2000 NAACP Image Awards, Nia Long and Terrence Howard won awards. The film nabbed Outstanding Motion Picture. Of course this was the time when every film needed a killer soundtrack, and The Best Man soundtrack had songs from Beyonce, Faith Evans and Maxwell.
Check out the video for “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley, which was the first single from the soundtrack.
Published by Clay Cane on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm.
Summary: A struggling married couple is faced with challenges of love, relationships, jealousy and family.
Review: “Not Easily Broken” is being promoted as a love story from a man’s point of view, which it certainly is. But, in its stride to be a reversal of gender roles, it sometimes comes across as demonizing women for their successes. If only women weren’t this independent… if only women would listen to their man more… if only women could be Donna Reed. Just like chick flicks are fantasies for women, “Not Easily Broken” is a fantasy for men.
Even though “Not Easily Broken” gets the side eye from an emotional perspective, the story is told well. Yes, the flick is not too original and the terribly trite dialogue is sometimes painful, but the movie works and only excels because of the cast. Taraji P. Henson, back in her first role since “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” is passionate with a comical edge as the independent wife. There is not a line that feels forced, even if the writing is not stellar. Read the rest of this entry »