Tag Archives: Film

Jason Mitchell Caught Up In #MeToo Scandal, But Is Race A Factor In His Dismissal?

When actress Tiffany Boone complained about Jason Mitchell being inappropriate to her during the filming of their hit show, The Chi on the Showtime network, people listened to her. But they did not react. Her fiancé Marque Richardson reacted. He came to the set to “set” the tone and to make his lady feel safer, but no action from powers that be moved to protect her from what she considered harassment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she had expressed her concerns and that she no longer wanted to work with him to producers at Fox 21.  Yet that was not enough to have him removed from his central role as Brandon Johnson on the popular show.

READ MORE: Jason Mitchell aka ‘Eazy E’ Dropped From ‘The Chi’ and Other Projects

But then other women complained…. from a different show… produced by other folk… and the golden child was dismissed on Monday, May 20th. These multiple misconduct allegations surfaced and the Straight Outta Compton actor who has endeared himself to the Hip-Hop community found himself in disgraced, not only being dropped from The Chi and Netflix‘s upcoming movie Desperados. Moving swiftly, Netflix already cast Lamorne Morris to replace, Mitchell.

While it is unclear who took the lead in taking these allegation seriously, the media has been told that once producers received “specific information which was investigated immediately and thoroughly and dealt with as quickly as possible.” Concrete explanations are not available since  Netflix and Lionsgate’s Good Universe declined to issue a statement.

Reports do say this: Desperados co-stars Nasim Pedrad, Robbie Amell and Anna Camp complained about Mitchell and their complaints were taken seriously.

This leads us to one question: Why was action so swift when these three non-Black actors complained, and not when Boone and beautiful Black woman posed issue with his behavior?

 

It is unfortunate that still, Black women’s bodies and safety are not as valued in Hollywood as others. Boone has not made a comment yet on Mitchell’s dismissal.

Black women have taken to Twitter to voice their outrage and disgust. #BlackHollywood We have to do better.

 

 

 

The post Jason Mitchell Caught Up In #MeToo Scandal, But Is Race A Factor In His Dismissal? appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Jason Mitchell aka ‘Eazy E’ Dropped From ‘The Chi’ and Other Projects

Jason Mitchell is being dropped from his starring role on Showtime’s hit series, The Chi and upcoming projects.

It has been confirmed that the up and coming actor will not return for The Chi’s already announced third season.  Mitchell will also no longer be starring in the Netflix film Desperados, in which he was set to star opposite Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp, and Robbie Amell. Furthermore, Mitchell is no longer repped by UTA or Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

None involved would comment on the reason for severing ties with Mitchell. Reportedly, he was involved in an off-set incident during production on Desperados, leading to his dismissal from that project and subsequently from The Chi.

Mitchell has been on the rise since his breakout role in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, where he played NWA member Eazy-E. Since then, Mitchell has starred in films such as Mudbound, Kong: Skull Island, and Detroit. He plays a leading role on The Chi, which was created by Lena Waithe. Waithe praised Mitchell at last year’s Television Critics Association winter press tour ahead of the Season 1 premiere, calling him “The Black Tom Hanks.”

On The Chi, Mitchell plays a young man striving to do better for himself, his girlfriend and his family. He dreams of opening his own restaurant one day and owns and operates a food truck. Brandon’s goals take flight after the death of his younger brother, Coogie, who is shot and killed on the streets of Chicago.

A rep at Good Universe confirmed his departure from the Netflix film, Deadline reported. They declined to comment further, however.

Deadline reported that Mitchell was also dropped by his management team at Authentic. UTA and Authentic both also confirmed that he was removed, but did not release statements.

Currently, no information about the misconduct has been revealed. Deadline reported that it happened away from the set. According to the outlet, Mitchell had previously been involved in inappropriate behavior on the set of The Chi, but the situation was resolved and production moved forward with him.

The post Jason Mitchell aka ‘Eazy E’ Dropped From ‘The Chi’ and Other Projects appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Will Smith and Queen Latifah Join Forces to Produce Hip Hop ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for Netflix

Will Smith and Queen Latifah are reportedly teaming up to produce a Hip Hop Romeo and Juliet for Netflix.

The Hollywood Reporter says the movie is described as a twist to the William Shakespeare classic set against “the urban rhythms of New York.” The story follows “a young waitress from the streets of Brooklyn and an aspiring musician from a wealthy family whose unconventional romance forces them to confront their life choices.”

This Netflix flick will reunite the the two rappers turned actors. Queen credits Will for giving her “my first job on TV” when she guest starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

She also co-starred with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith in 1996’s Set It Off, and then 21 years later on Girls Trip.

Will Smith on the other hand has been real busy these days. He stars in Aladdin, Gemini Man, and did some voiceover work in Spies in Disguise. And we can’t forget the highly-anticipated Bad Boys for Life is slated for a January 17, 2020 release.

The post Will Smith and Queen Latifah Join Forces to Produce Hip Hop ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for Netflix appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Exclusive: The Cast of Netflix’s ‘See You Yesterday’ Break Down How They Intertwined Black Culture Into a Sci-Fi Flick

Spike Lee has another joint for us, and this one takes us into the world of sci-fi with a cast of strong Black leads and a setting that takes place in the heart of Brooklyn. Starting today, we urge you all to expand your minds, explore the impossible and get into Netflix’s newest time traveling epic that is See You Yesterday.



Directed by rising filmmaker Stefon Bristol and starring Eden Duncan-Smith, Danté Crichlow and rapper Stro — all four of them young and ready to take Hollywood by storm — See You Yesterday centers around a plot that’ll make you laugh, cry and probably want to go study quantum physics. The film takes us into the lives of two Black teens from Brooklyn that discover time travel and use it to reverse the outcome of police brutality stemming from the death of a family member. However, they soon find out that going back in time to change the past can cause some serious problems in present time, which creates an even bigger dilemma overall. The entire story arc is told with great detail that proves this film wasn’t pulled off overnight; actually, it originally started as a short film released in 2017 before Spike linked with Stefon to give it a big-budget makeover under his legendary production company 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. Outside of a charming cast, great storytelling and even a meta cameo by Back To The Future star Michael J. Fox, the film tackles many issues that affect the Black community on all levels.

We wanted to dig deeper to get a breakdown of how it all comes together straight from the stars themselves, and thankfully The Source got to see an early screening of See You Yesterday during Tribeca Film Festival in New York City earlier this month. We spoke with Stefon, Eden, Danté and Stro to see how each of them viewed the topics and themes depicted in the film.

Keep scrolling to see what the stars of See You Yesterday had to say about making a sci-fi film that puts Black culture at the forefront of the future on multiple levels:


“I love Black people — that’s all I can say honestly [Laughs]. When I was working on making the film, I’d never seen young Black kids do STEM [Education] before onscreen. It’s funny, because I was trying to figure out how to do the time travel — should they go through a portal? Should someone else build the machine for them? — and it happened to where it just made sense for them to be the ones who invented it; you’ve never seen brilliant kids like this before. Often in movies Black children are always [depicted as] in a gang, selling drugs, being rappers or being ball players, and I felt there was more to us than that. I needed to see that onscreen, but I didn’t know there was such a need when writing [See You Yesterday]. I was seeing comments like, “This is a need!” and “I’m so glad this came out!” [The absence] was very bothersome, so I was happy to make it.

[Making See You Yesterday] required a lot of tone balance plus trial and error. I really needed to create a story about a family, and people love this family so much that you hope to see them win. When the inevitable happens, you just want to feel sorry for them and love them. Often when we see Black people being killed by police, the media will try to find blemishes in the wrongful killing with stuff like, “He was smoking weed in his apartment” or “He robbed a store before” to warrant his or her death. I made sure there weren’t any blemishes on these kids besides their own flaws in personality. That’s a very strong component in screenwriting — Make sure your characters have flaws, please! [Laughs] I wanted to make sure that when the inevitable happens, you ultimately love them for them.”

— Stefon Bristol, director



“When we started the short in 2015, I think the most important thing was to show police brutality in a very upfront way. I think the film does a really great job at showing the spectrum of police brutality, from harassing kids on the street who are just talking to their little sisters to literally killing them in cold blood. I think that’s a very important aspect of the movie that people should take from it. Other than that, there’s the aspect of Black teenage scientists. It’s something you don’t see often. The teenagers in this film go to The Bronx High School of Science, which is a crazy hard school to get into [Laughs]! People like Neil deGrasse Tyson went there, and it’s just a really great school. It’s so important to show Black teens doing really great things like inventing time travel. I think it’s definitely time to show these two aspects in the same light so we can see the fullness of Black life. We see a lot of movies of Black life at home or just socially, but we’re showing how we have to handle ourselves around the police and also us doing more than music, sports or any of the occupations apposed on us daily. We strip away at those stereotypes and it’s just important to be showing that, especially now at this time in life.

I think Stefon’s goal with [my character] CJ was that not all female Black nerds are quiet; they can be outspoken and bold. From the colors she was wearing down to the braids, it was very important to show Black culture in that way. It’s not just curly hair or a weave, because we have so many different hairstyles that we go in and out of on a daily basis. Even the variations of the way I wore my braids in the film was conscious as well. With how loud she might be or even “rough” as Eduardo’s grandmother puts it [Laughs], CJ is still very smart. It’s never a question of whether or not she is, and I hope I brought that to the character of CJ. I hope people take away that you can be big and bold yet very focused on the things you want to do in life.”

— Eden Duncan-Smith, Claudette ‘CJ’ Walker



“For this movie in general, we were trying to tackle stereotypes of African Americans in our society and the way they’re perceived due to the lifestyles they live. Having [the lead characters] be teenagers at a predominately scientific institution, being STEM students, and being sophomores in high school wasn’t a mistake; that was intentional. It was so important to have representation for younger kids to look at this movie and feel like they could aspire to be that. For adults who have been living this life already, they now have something to relate to. For me, what I wanted to bring to [my character] Sebastian was this sense of being three-dimensional in a human sense. He’s not just a Black scientist; he’s a human being trying to get into college, he’s someone who gets frustrated with his best friend and he’s just someone trying to stop bad things from happening. I wanted all those different dynamics to be there so that when you look at Sebastian Thomas, you don’t just look at him as a Black face or a number on a screen. You ultimately see him as a human being.

[Working on set] honestly felt like I was working from home [Laughs]! The first scene that has the police encounter with Calvin, his friend, CJ and Sebastian, and the guy walks by and he’s like, “Bun a fyah! BUN A FYAH!” is so accurate! I feel like I see that everyday [Laughs]. I thought those little instances and moments that aren’t necessarily dialogue are what make Stefon a genius as a director. For me, one aspect was loving feeling at home on set and the other was being part of a great piece of art. While this has aspects of police brutality, keeping the childlike relationship between CJ and Sebastian was so important. We really wanted to show that these are children and teenagers going through something they shouldn’t have to. They’re just trying to live their lives and get into college, yet there’s something in society that isn’t allowing that. Regardless of if it’s sci-fi, fantasy or fan fiction, keeping that element of reality in there shows their drive to keep pushing back. That undertone message of keep pushing back, no matter how hard the fight gets, is integral to this movie.”

— Danté Crichlow, Sebastian J. Thomas



“Making this film was surreal for me because I’m from East Flatbush. Just watching it from an outside perspective was dope because it felt like I was home onscreen. We don’t see a lot of films being shot in those parts of Brooklyn either, especially right now. They’d prefer to go to the parts everybody frequents, or just go for the brownstone aesthetic. For Stefon to take East Flatbush and show the humanity and the everyday vibe was amazing to me. As far as what we’re trying to achieve with [See You Yesterday], we wanted to spark the conversation around police brutality and the idea of a Black sci-fi film. Someone said they hadn’t seen something like this in their generation, and to be part of this is a blessing and very special to me.

My family is West Indian, so growing up in East Flatbush you see a lot of the stuff depicted in this film. It has a very homely vibe too, because even the guy with the cart in the alley gives off a vibe like that’s his spot. There’s a lot of that in Flatbush — those characters really exist there and will not be moved. Seeing it onscreen was dope, but I witnessed that regularly in real-life growing up. That’s what you get when you go over there; that whole area is just Jamaicans [Laughs].”

When I first tried acting, the role I read for I got on my first shot. That was a blessing because I never took acting classes. I’ve sat down with an acting coach maybe once or twice, but other than that it’s been me going over roles with my management, building in the living room for the most part and sending in my audition tape. People would say things like, “You have a natural, real vibe onscreen,” and I just continued to tap into that. It was never my goal to be an actor, but after seeing this film I will say that it makes me feel like I want to pursue it further. After everyone telling me they liked what I did in this film and me watching it myself, I can see why they would say the positive things. It’s making me appreciate the art of acting way more. The difference between the film world and the music industry is a matter of weird versus fake. In Hollywood, you hear stories and it’s just like, “That’s what they do; they weird!” The music industry has a lot of people smiling but it’s hard to know who’s genuine. I’m not a big actor, but I believe that whoever sees this film will open doors up for not just me, but also for Eden and Dante. The talent always comes first.”

— Stro, Calvin Walker


You can watch See You Yesterday right now by streaming it on Netflix.

Images: Netflix

The post Exclusive: The Cast of Netflix’s ‘See You Yesterday’ Break Down How They Intertwined Black Culture Into a Sci-Fi Flick appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

The Shaft Soundtrack to be Re-released as a Deluxe Issue

Craft Recordings has announced a new deluxe reissue of Isaac Hayes’ Grammy Award-winning album Shaft.

Set for a June 14th street date and limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, the two-CD collection will offer the newly remastered, classic soundtrack—originally released in 1971—plus all of the original music from the film, which did not appear on the best-selling LP. In-depth liner notes from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson round out the set. A single-disc version consisting of only the remastered soundtrack will also be available.

In the liner notes of the deluxe reissue, Roots co-founder  Questlove writes that the film “was the Big Bang of African American movies…It was Year Zero for the Blaxploitation movement. It was the blast center.” While Shaft was a game-changer, Isaac Hayes’ compositions for the film helped set the stage for countless scores to follow. Questlove elaborates, “Shaft did many things. What it did, most of all, was cement the relationship between African American movies and African American music. Every Blaxploitation film that followed, whether it was a straight crime story, a feminist rewrite, a comedy, or even a horror movie, had an accompanying soundtrack by an artist trying to put the black experience on wax.”

Both a commercial and critical success, Shaft—Music From The Soundtrack remains Isaac Hayes’ best-known and best-selling album. The groundbreaking title—which, upon its release, was already setting a record as the very first double album of original studio material from an R&B artist—became an instant success. Shaft spent 60 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at Number One, while “Theme From Shaft” went to Number One on the Hot 100 singles chart. Hayes took home three Grammy Awards for the album and its songs in 1972, and an Academy Award® for “Best Original Song” for “Theme From Shaft,” becoming the first African American to win an Oscar in a non-acting category. The classic track has been sampled by N.W.A., Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z and many more. In 2014, Shaft—Music From The Soundtrack was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

 

The post The Shaft Soundtrack to be Re-released as a Deluxe Issue appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Method Man Explains Why he Chose Dave East to Play Him

Wu-Tang: An American Saga is a 10-episode drama that will follow the rise of the legendary rap group, Wu-Tang Clan. In March, news broke that Dave East will be playing Method Man.

Along with East, Julian Elijah Martinez and Sopranos’s star Vinnie Pastore will appear in the project. Meth appeared on GQ’s “Actually Me,” and explained why he chose the Harlem rapper to portray him in the forthcoming docu-series.

“See, this has come up a lot,” Method Man said. “I cannot play myself as young myself, it wouldn’t even look right.”

The Staten Island rapper noted that this role is opportunity to usher in a new generation of talent to bridge the gap between Hip Hop and Hollywood, which he has done throughout his career.

“I saw it as an opportunity for someone like myself when I first got into it, ’cause there weren’t a lot of people giving you a chance to show that you can do it,” he said. “So when I seen Dave’s name in the pot I was like, ‘yeah he’s just like me. He wants to be an actor, fuck it, give him a shot.’ The question has no validity as far as I go.”

The post Method Man Explains Why he Chose Dave East to Play Him appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

DJ Khaled to Release Father of Asahd: The Album Experience’ Documentary

DJ Khaled has been relentlessly teasing his upcoming album, Father of Asahd. He claims it’s his best body of work to date and it’s only a matter of time before it’s the moment of truth.

Leading up to the collection’s release, Khaled is partnering with TIDAL to release an exclusive documentary, Father of Asahd: The Album Experience, showcasing the making-of the album on May 17th.

After the album drops, TIDAL users will have the opportunity to live stream DJ Khaled’s CRWN interview with Elliott Wilson on May 21st. Members of the streaming service can sign up for a chance to attend both the screening of the documentary and the interview.

Father of Asahd is a highly-anticipated body of work and so far the only thing we know about it is there’s a collaboration with Nipsey Hussle and John Legend somewhere on there. Get your tissue box ready!

The post DJ Khaled to Release Father of Asahd: The Album Experience’ Documentary appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Chadwick Boseman to Play African Samurai ‘Yasuke’

Fresh off back to back blockbusters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame, Chadwick Boseman is set to play Yasuke, the first African samurai gain prominence in Japan. The Get On Up star will also produce the film that’s set in 16th century Japan.

Co-creator of the Netflix hit Narcos, Doug Miro is writing the script, which centers on an African man who arrived in Japan in 1579 in the service of an Italian Jesuit and served under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga. He was captured in a battle in 1582. According to legend, Yasuke is the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai.

“The legend of Yasuke is one of history’s best kept secrets, the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai,” Boseman said. “That’s not just an action movie, that’s a cultural event, an exchange, and I am excited to be part of it.”

As Deadline describes the project: “Yasuke was a native of Portuguese Mozambique who was brought to Japan as a slave to Jesuit missionaries. The first black man to set foot on Japanese soil, Yasuke’s arrival aroused the interest of Nobunaga, a ruthless warlord seeking to unite the fractured country under his banner. A complex relationship developed between the two men as Yasuke earned Nobunaga’s friendship, respect — and ultimately, the honor, swords and title of samurai.”

According to the biography “African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan,” by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard, Yasuke was originally taken from his village near the Nile by slavers and eventually sent to India to serve the Portuguese.

Boseman has made a name for himself by playing roles of legendary figures such as Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.

The post Chadwick Boseman to Play African Samurai ‘Yasuke’ appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Tribeca Film Festival to Host Screening of ‘Boyz n the Hood’ to Celebrate John Singleton

The film industry is reeling after the death of John Singleton. In what will be one of many ways to tribute the legendary filmmaker, Tribeca Film Festival will host a free screening of Boyz n the Hood on Friday, May 3.

Boyz n the Hood was Singleton’s directorial debut and the success of the 1991 film landed the then 24-year-old director his first Academy Award-nomination. The film and Singleton were nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

 “John Singleton accomplished what all creators strive to. He entertained, but also inspired a generation of audiences. As the first African-American director as well as the youngest director to be nominated for an Academy Award at the age of 24, he allowed so many to envision themselves as changemakers,” said Jane Rosenthal of the Tribeca Film Festival. “We want to celebrate him as we consider the legacy that he has left behind and so the Festival is adding a free screening of Boyz n the Hood on Friday May 3 for the community to come together, see his pivotal film, and honor John.”

The tickets for the Boyz n the Hood screening are free and can be acquired by signing up here. The screening will be Friday, May 3 at SVA.

The post Tribeca Film Festival to Host Screening of ‘Boyz n the Hood’ to Celebrate John Singleton appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Jamie Foxx Announces Plans for New Comedy Tour

In the entertainment industry, they are very few who can claim to be more talented than Golden Globe, Oscar, and Grammy award-winner Jamie Foxx. He is now coming full circle by returning to his first love of stand-up comedy. Foxx recently announced plans to hit the comedy stage and he will release a brand-new comedy special entitled Kill the Comedian. This will be the first time Foxx had dropped a stand-up comedy his last special, Jamie Foxx Unleashed: Lost, Stolen and Leaked!, in 2002.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Sometimes you gotta turn up on a Tuesday…blame it on the bartender! #LiveVictoriously ✌🏾@greygoose #GreyGoosePartner

A post shared by Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) on

Foxx said he was inspired to make a comeback after spending time at Eddie Murphy’s house where he was joined by other legendary comedians.

“I was over in Texas. I was at Eddie Murphy’s house. It was Eddie Murphy, Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle…and we were all at Eddie Murphy’s house, crazy,” he said in awe of his own memory. “So…I mean, every comedian; everybody was at his house.”

“And we were just talking about how [if you want to be] a comedian, you have to not be successful,” Foxx said, setting up the joke. “Even when I was looking at Eddie’s house, I was like, ‘Damn, Eddie’—because Eddie was talking about getting back out [on the road]—I said, ‘But your house is too clean. It’s too perfect.’ Even his game room; all his games worked. You know, you gotta have one game out of order. At least Ms. Pacman gotta be out of order.”

Foxx made the announcement during GREY GOOSE® vodka’s Live Vicariously event in New York City. Foxx surprised the excited crowd by playing bartender, an ode to his hit song, “Blame It.”  Then he proceeded to grab the mic to turn up with the crowd and made the unexpected grabbing announcement the he’ll preparing to jump back on the road for his next comedy tour, Kill the Comedian. Though he didn’t share exact dates, he will be coming to a city near you in the very near future.

The post Jamie Foxx Announces Plans for New Comedy Tour appeared first on The Source.

Click Here to Discuss in the Forums

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •