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Top Five Black Holiday Movies

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 11:15 am.

Now that Halloween is gone, holiday movies are already on heavy rotation.  It’s easy to remember holiday classics like Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol.  However, if you want to check out holiday movies with a lil’ color, this list is for you.

5. Last Holiday (2006)

There have been a string of Black holiday films (Perfect Holiday, This Christmas) in the past five years, but one could argue the success of Queen Latifah’s Last Holiday rejuvenated the trend.  The film is a remake from 1955 with Latifah playing a woman who finds out she only has weeks to live.  She spends her last holiday doing all the things she never had a chance to do.  Latifah’s presence carries the film and her co-star, LL Cool J, adds some flavor.

4.  A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)

A fun, light-hearted film — and any excuse to see Vanessa Williams on camera is a plus.  Before Williams was a diva on Desperate Wives she played Ebony Scrooge (Ebenezer Scrooge – get it?) in the 2000 VH1 production, A Diva’s Christmas Carol, a modern and divalicious remake of Charles DickensA Christmas CarolA Diva’s Christmas Carol is an amusing watch and includes appearances from Brian McKnight and Chilli of TLC.

3.  Holiday Heart (2000)

Ving Rhames in drag is more like a horror flick during Halloween; however,  for better or worse, Holiday Heart is a classic.  Rhames is a drag queen named Holiday who is a staunch Christian.  Wanda (Alfre Woodard) is trying to care for her daughter while battling drugs.  Rhames becomes a parental figure with the story’s climax hitting on Christmas Eve.

2. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

The Preacher’s Wife would be Whitney Houston’s last big screen film appearance and probably her best acting to date.  The Preacher’s Wife starred Oscar winner Denzel Washington and was a story about a preacher who prays for help with his struggling church.  His prayers are answered with the help of an angel (Denzel Washington) who falls for the preacher’s wife — Whitney Houston’s character.  A great holiday film for the entire family.  Plus, Nippy belts out her hit “I Believe in You and Me.”

1.  The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)

A made-for-television movie that was produced by Eddie Murphy Productions and starred Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Della Resse, and marks Sammy Davis Jr.’s last film appearance.  The Kid Who Loved Christmas is a touching story about a child whose only wish is to be with his father for Christmas.  While not well known, one would think with all its star power that the movie would at some point make it to DVD.

Happy Holidays!

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From Horror to Hollywood

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 11:47 am.

As you run to the movies this weekend to watch a horror film for Halloween, keep in mind you might be watching the next Hollywood superstar. Check out just a few actors who got their start in the camp of horror and went on to be respected actors.

Kasi Lemmons in Silence of the Lambs
You may not think you know Kasi Lemmons, but she is the critically acclaimed director behind Eve’s Bayou and Talk To Me. In 1991, she was Jodie Foster’s friend in Silence of the Lambs. Although she was in a few roles before, Silence of the Lambs put her in one of the most famous films of all time.

Laurence Fishburne in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Morpheus had been working for years before he sliced it up with Freddy Krueger. But in 1987, a 26-year-old Fishburne had a small role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. By the ’90s, Fishburne would be an Oscar nominee.

Ving Rhames in People Under The Stairs
Ving’s resume goes back to the mid-’80s, but you can’t forget him in his small role in People Under The Stairs back in 1991. The horror classic was a huge success. Only three years later, Rhames was in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Eva Mendes in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror
Before Eva Mendes was in movies with Denzel Washington and Will Smith, one of her very first roles was in the straight-to-video Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror by 1998. By all accounts, the flick was pretty awful, but by 2001, Eva Mendes was playing opposite Oscar winner Denzel Washington in Training Day.

Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street
Decades before Johnny Depp was a serious, soft-spoken actor, he was in one of the most iconic horror films ever made — the original A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Only two years later, Depp landed a part in the critically acclaimed Platoon. Now, he has three Oscar nominations and is considered Hollywood royalty.

Usher in The Faculty
Usher was already a bona fide star when 1998’s The Faculty was released, but the alien horror flick was his first movie role. The “OMG” hit maker didn’t exactly conquer Hollywood, but he sure has made some good music on the ride to the movie theater!

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Taraji and Ving Rhames Reunite For ‘Rough’

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm.

Of course we all know Taraji P. Henson and Ving Rhames were in John Singleton’s Babyboy. They will reunite on screen for Henson’s upcoming film From the Rough. The film will also include NYPD Blue star Henry Simmons (also, Eva Marcille’s ex). According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Pierre Bagley is producing and directing the project, which stars Taraji P. Henson as Cassandra Turner, a women’s swim coach at an African American university who gets a shot at rebuilding the men’s golf team. The real-life story is inspired by Dr. Catana Starks, the first female head coach of an NCAA Division I men’s team, as the golf coach at Tennessee State University.

Simmons will play the upper-class director of the school’s athletic department that bumps up against Turner’s blue-collar approach. Rhames will play Roger, a veteran maintenance man at the college who knows everything about everyone on campus. And Felton, who is an avid golfer in real life, will play Edward, a British golf hustler whom Turner recruits for the team.

Taraji truly has her hustle on.  In the past few years she’s had an Oscar nod, starred in the blockbuster The Karate Kid and now a lead in her own film.  Congrats!

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‘Phantom Punch’ Trailer

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, March 16, 2009 at 12:19 am.

punchPhantom Punch is the story of Sonny Liston, an underrated boxer who was once the heavyweight champion of the world — before the reign of Muhammad Ali. It was Ali who snatched the title from Liston in a fight that goes down in sports history.

The story of the film is almost as interesting as the movie. Starring Ving Rhames and Stacey Dash, the movie finished production over a year ago and still has not found distribution. Nonetheless, the official trailer has hit the web. Unfortunately, there is no word on a release date on film or DVD.



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