Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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AFTER EARTH

Hollywood’s royal African American family of Will Smith and his wife Jada will feature their son Jaden in After Earth, which is released June 7 nationwide.

The film’s is based on a time period of one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth; Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier likes his father and finally, he gets his chance.

Already a sequel to the film is already being considered, likely depending on how well the first film does globally because expectations have been luke warm in the U.S., but we are talking about Will Smith here and there just hasn’t been anything that he’s touched that has not turned to gold, or in bottom line terms green.

TYLER PERRY

Dynamic filmmaker Tyler Perry openly castigated his critics and the perceived lack of opportunities for Black actresses in Hollywood during an interview with Oprah Winfrey last Sunday on OWN.

Perry explained the criticism of his movies being malt liquor to the masses, as one critic put it, and he also quelled the notion of a conspiracy against Black women for roles in major motion pictures and television.

“I don’t think it’s that as much as I think it is the stories that are being told, and the writers that are telling the stories,” he told Oprah. “You’re telling stories from your own experiences and your own life. You write about what you know.”

Perry added, “I don’t know if there is a conspiracy. I just feel like the storytellers are telling stories that don’t include a lot of us. We need more storytellers and more people in power to give the strength to those storytellers to tell those stories.”

Perry also fired back at his detractors,

“I get it. I understand it. But why would I be upset at people who don’t get it?” I have these messages by the millions at how my movies and work have spoken to them and their families. So the ones who don’t get it are not as important to me as the ones who do.”

He continued, “With some of the critics I look for truth. If I can find truth in it, then I’m okay with it. But if it’s just vicious. If it’s just hating for hating’s sake. If it’s just about them getting hits on their blogs, I have no interest in reading that. But if someone is genuine enough to give a real and true critique to help me grow, then I’m open to that.”

Perry is doing his part to make movies that keep African Americans relevant in an industry that has always has been unfair to Blacks.

CHRIS ROCK

BET Awards|13 host Chris Rock is giving one fan the chance to play a bit part in his upcoming film “Finally Famous,” which also stars Rosario Dawson and Gabrielle Union.

The winning bidder will be invited to bring a friend for a meet-and-greet with Rock, and they will be treated to an exclusive tour of the set.

Rock’s auction on CharityBuzz.com ends on June 4. The prize is expected to raise $15,000 for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

MORGAN FREEMAN

After video of Morgan Freeman dozing off during an interview went viral on last week, the actor has come to say that he was not, in fact, sleeping.

During an interview with FOX affiliate Q13 in Seattle, to promote his new movie “Now You See Me,” the actor had his eyes closed much of the time while his co-star Michael Caine was talking. At one point, his head even drooped down, then jerked back up.

“I wasn’t actually sleeping,” Freeman jokingly tells People.com. “I’m a beta tester for Google Eyelids. I was merely updating my Facebook page.”

About halfway through the interview, Freeman shuts his eyes before clips from the movie are shown. When the camera returns to Freeman, his head is down and his eyes are shut, prompting the station to later note on its website, “Maybe he was up too late partying.”

“Now You See Me” – which also stars Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson – hits theaters May 31.

MIKE EPPS

Popular Mike Epps has stepped up his Hollywood game by signing with major talent agency CAA.

The standup comedian and actor can be seen in this weekend’s “The Hangover Part III,” in which he reprises his role of drug dealer Black Doug seen in the first “Hangover” movie.

Other recent credits include Screen Gems’ “Sparkle,” in which he starred with Whitney Houston and “Jumping the Broom” with Angela Bassett and Paula Patton.

He has also appeared in movies ranging from the Dwayne Johnson actioner “Faster” to Will Smith’s “Hancock.”

Epps, who was previously at ICM, remains managed by Niles Kirchner and repped by Todd Rubenstein at Morris Yorn.

 
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