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Film Review: Annie

Written by Christine Eccelston
15.12.14

[Warning: Movie Spoilers]

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A Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, James Lassiter and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith production with a modern re-telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards.

Directed by: Will Gluck
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From the 1977 broadway production to two adapted movie productions, 2014 introduces the new Annie. This adorable new star Quevenzhane Wallis, who made her debut in 2012 movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, plays the modernised 10 year old Annie. This movie is packed with energy and will have you crying tears of joy but still maintaining elements of compassion, as Annie continues her journey to find her biological parents. Her heart melting voice in songs like “Maybe” and “The City’s Yours” (with Jamie Foxx) really tugs on our heart strings reaching out to both members of the younger and older audience. You can only feel anything but sympathy towards her with the hope that she will find her real parents.

It’s truly a hard knock life for Annie, but it doesn’t take long for things to turn around.

“My maiden name’s Ms Hannigan, but I’m not married to it; if you know what I mean?”

Meanwhile, she’s stuck in a foster home with none other than Cameron Diaz (Ms Hannigan), a washed up performer- turned- alcoholic; struggling to understand how she managed to hit rock Cameron-Diaz_anniebottom with the baggage of 5 kids in her apartment. I mean it’s obvious the only reason she tolerates them is because she receives over $300 from the state per week. But now it’s all starting to set in… that she has to look after a bunch of poor kids! So her resentment for the job often drives her to take the anger of her failed career out on them.

Despite this horrible character, the modern day adaptation of “Little Girls” along with the contemporary choreography twist, we really see Cameron Diaz in a different light. I mean, who knew she could sing, or dance for that matter? It was really fun to see Cameron this way, breaking out in song and dance every so often. I will say, I don’t think she’s the best singer, but she can still carry a tune.

“God has a path for us all; your path should be away from my car”

Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) is a billionaire, mayoral campaigner who is also running a phone battery company. He’s conceited germa-phobe behaviour along with his smug tone of voice is very hard to love in the beginning. His hot shot advisor Guy (Bobby Cannavale) pretty much says anything Mr Stacks wants to hear. After all that is what he’s being paid for, right! We also have his assistant Annie_foxx_wallisGrace Farrell (Rose Byrne), who is somewhat afraid of Mr Stacks but with that being said we can see she has a very attractive feminine charm which does have an inevitable effect on Mr Stacks. Finally we have the driver/ bodyguard Nash (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). All of whom attempt to clean up Mr Stacks public image, but his general dislike for people alienates him from potential voters.

But when Annie is rescued by Mr Stacks from being hit by a car, a video of the heroic act goes viral and boosts Mr Stacks votes. He then arranges many public outings with her, for his image of course, but assistant Grace and Driver Nash soon grow to love the charismatic little girl. When Mr Stacks adopts Annie it brings them all that little bit closer. Except for Guy of course. Not realising that Mr Stacks actually cares for this child and his pursuit to adopt her was not just for publicity; Guy arranges a stunt and hires two adults to pretend to be Annie’s parents. Of course with the help of Ms Hannigan, who seizes any opportunity to make extra money, the plan is in action.

“Woah, my hair is gigantic”
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With intense scenes and the inevitable emotional outcome Director Will Glucks remake of the classic Annie Movie is utterly awesome! As far as I am concerned, so there!

With all the sequences of singing, dancing, romance and drama, how could you not love this movie? With the present day reality of today’s society mixed with comedy, even if you haven’t seen the original Annie, this 2014 version is definitely an entertaining film that you can take the family to watch; and like they say, you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

This movie will have you smiling all the way through!

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Film Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Written by: Christine Eccelston
22.11.14

 

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They’re back!
In 2011 audiences everywhere fell in love with Nick, Dale and Kurt, the victims of “Horrible Bosses,” who struggled under the power of out of control supervisors which made their lives a living hell. So instead of following through with their plan to murder their monstrous bosses, they decided it was time to reinvent themselves, reconsidering their career paths completely.
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“Maybe it’s about not having to work for anyone else ever again. I say we bet on ourselves”

In Horrible Bosses 2 Nick, Kurt and Dale did exactly that, coming up with an original invention and another go at the American Dream. They develop a product (The Shower Buddy) which they think they can make; market and sell. From that point onwards, it doesn’t take very long for things to go wrong. The new venture takes the three into unmapped territory and with that they encounter new enemies. But with their classic chemistry and energy, not to mention their optimistic enthusiasm, the guys decide to take matters into their own hands…again.

This time it’s their ambitious dreams of independence that are crushed when investor Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) steals their invention and every penny they have. Now it’s pretty obvious that not everyone who gets the short end of a business deal kidnaps the investors grown son, Rex (Chris Pine) only to hold him ransom until they receive their fair share of the deal. But isn’t that what makes Horrible-bosses-2-filmcharacters Nick Dale and Kurt so funny and loveable? Given that their last attempt to murder their bosses failed epically, kidnapping seems like the perfect plan! However it wouldn’t be much of a movie if everything went to plan for these guys now would it?

With that being said, we have Dale (Charlie Day), I’d safely say the dumbest of the three who always manages to expose a little too much in circumstances where keeping your mouth shut is ideal. Next we have Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) whose mind is constantly in the gutter and similarly to Dale lacks basic common sense. Finally we have Nick (Jason Bateman) a man who you could say is the voice of reason to an extent. He maintains composure throughout, even when his immature business partners are driving him crazy. If we put them all together and we have the stealthiest criminals to date! OK not quite, but you can’t blame them for trying.

“You wanna perpetrate a kidnapping? …You better start acting like criminals”
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Amongst the cast we have comedian and award winning musician Jamie Foxx as a freelance crime advisor and the world’s worst negotiator, Dean “MF” Jones. Racist, confused and insulting are just a few words to describe this character but that’s what gained some of the best reactions from the audience. Not to mention his badass, hard exterior along with his later discovered obsession with kittens. Furthermore, the gorgeous Jennifer Aniston takes her role of the sex addicted dentist Julia Harris to the extreme. She really is up for anything! Her outrageous dialogue took flirting to a whole new level; it was really exciting watching her character in action.

So with the guys attempting a kidnapping, Ms Aniston trying to rehabilitate her sex addiction and Jamie Foxx still the judgemental, racially confused character we all know and love, we now have thehorrible bosses 2_trailer main cast of Horrible Bosses 2. It’s clear that Director Sean Anders knew exactly what he wanted the sequel to offer. He wanted it to have its own story as opposed to three new bosses and three new ways to kill them. He wanted to bring back the characters we have all bonded with dropping them in a completely new situation and seeing how they get on with it. I think the most striking thing about this sequel is that the boys really haven’t learnt anything and that’s what makes this movie one to watch!

Watch the kushfilms.com ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ trailer here:

Turmoil as Michael B Jordan Given Role of Johnny Blaze in Fantastic Four Reboot

Written by Lamar Fergus-Palmer
03.03.14


Michael B Jordan is Johnny Blaze in Fantastic Four Reboot.

MICHAEL-B-JORDAN_HUMAN-TORCH_JOHNNY-STORM_FANTASTIC-FOUR_It’s a story that has continued to rumble on since it was announced, and one that has caused uproar among die-hard comic book, superhero movie fanatics.

The news that has caused controversy is that Michael B Jordan, previously known for his roles as Wallace on The Wire, Alex in Parenthood and Steve Montgomery in the 2012 supernatural movie Chronicles has been handed the role of Johnny Blaze (aka the Human Torch) in the Fantastic Four reboot, which is due to be released in 2015.Fantastic-Four-marvel-comics-5205641-1280-960-650x400

But what has caused the uproar? Is it that because up until this point Michael B Jordan hasn’t had many film roles? Is it that he’s only 27? No, what’s causing an issue among die hard comic book fans is that Michael B Jordon is African-American, and Johnny Blaze (The Human Torch) has always been played by white actors he is also white in the comic books.

So with the above in mind, is an African-American actor cast into a role that was previously seen as a Caucasian role, good news or bad news for the fans of the comic books?

Should the race of the Human Torch matter at all? White, Black, Asian, Hispanic; well I don’t think it should matter at all, after all isn’t this all fiction – in the world of fiction anything can happen cant it?

What’s the real issue for fans?

Die-hard fans of the F4 series are arguing the following:

·         The Human Torch has always been a white character, so why change now?

·         Audiences might be confused by the change.

·         But the ‘main’ point that is being argued; is that with a black Johnny Blaze, you cannot have a fantastic-FF-18R_fwhite Sue Storm (who has already been cast as Kate Mara in the new reboot, a white actress) as the two are historically brother and sister.

Of course, the counter-argument to all the above points is:

·         Many films have made the same change without any issues. For instance, Heimdall, the fictional character, based on the Norse god Heimdallr has been portrayed stoically excellently by Idris Elba in the Thor movies.

·         Furthermore, the family argument makes it sound like there isn’t a mixed-race family in existence? There has never been white & black twins born to the same mother, it’s just impossible by any means. Even more so when you take into account that the film is about four people who go into space and gain superhuman abilities, isn’t everything possible!

Therefore, when logic is applied to the arguments, the change should cause no issues at all. However, that would be far too simple for some.

On the other side of the coin…black super hero fans have finally seen….

The rise of black characters as superheroes and the transformation of original black comic book heroes onto the big screen in recent years.

There have been a number of previously white roles cast to black superheroes over the past few years.

Samuel L Jackson portrays Nick Fury brilliantly.
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Don Cheadle has a lead role in Ironman. In fact, for a short time in Ironman 2, he wore the suit and engaged in the action. Anthony Mackie is soon to be seen as Falcon, the sidekick to Captain America in the new Winter Soldier movie due for release on 28th March 2014. Perry White is played brilliantly by Laurence Fishburne in the Superman reboot.

Last but not least, Jamie Foxx spider-man-2-electrowill be Max Dillon/Electro in the new Spiderman 2 reboot, which is due to be released in April 2014.

Even with the above characters and several others, many comic book and superhero film fans are arguing that there are still; not enough black characters in superhero/comic book adaptations on the big screen.

Ultimately, with any movie role, not just in this genre, colour shouldn’t be a controlling factor. Still we understand that black superhero fans may not be too happy to see the Black Panther cast as a Caucasian superhero, but with all the recent changes could black comic-book fans still complain – probably!

As with any film role it should always be that the man or woman cast into a role; should be the person best suited to play that role as chosen by casting, regardless of their race.

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This is why there is no doubt in our minds (at Kush Films) that Michael B Jordan will make a fantastic Human Torch, and hopefully he will spur on a new generation of black superhero movie characters for the future.

We here they are looking at making a movie version of the Black Panther, which has been discussed for a number of years and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.

 

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Renaissance 2014 Black Movie Preview

 

By ReBecca Theodore-Vachon
Dec 27, 2013

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2013 was a win-win for Black cinema with both critically acclaimed movies (“12 Years A Slave,” “Fruitvale Station”) and in the box office (“Best Man Holiday,” “The Butler”).  Now that Hollywood has gotten the message that movies with casts of color are indeed profitable, 2014 promises more dramas, romantic comedies and action thrillers for Black moviegoers.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our most anticipated projects for 2014:

“Ride Along” Starring- Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter

UK Release Date: 07/03/2014

Fast-talking security guard Ben (Kevin Hart)  joins his cop brother-in-law James (Ice Cube)  on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela (Tika Sumpter), James’ sister.

 

“About Last Night”  Starring- Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart

UK Release Date: 21/03/14

New love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

 

“Repentance” Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps

US Release Date: 02/28/2014

An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, (Forest Whitaker) who delves into Thomas’ teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma – action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins.

 

“The Single Moms Club” Starring: Nia Long, Tyler Perry, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terry Crews, Cocoa Brown

US Release Date: 03/14/2014

Brought together by a vandalism incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life.

 

“A Haunted House 2″ Starring: Marlon Wayans, Liana Mendoza, Dave Sheridan, Iva La’Shawn

US Release Date: 03/28/2014

Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans)  is starting fresh with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

 

“Belle” Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Susan Brown, Tom Coulston

UK Release Date: 13/06/2014

An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

 

“Think Like A Man Too” Starring: Gabrielle Union, Megan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Kevin Hart

Release Date: 19/09/2014

All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

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“Get On Up” Starring:  Chad Boseman, Tika Sumpter, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Jill Scott

US Release Date: 08/01/2014

A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

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“Addicted” Starring: Sharon Leal, Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, William Levy, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford

US Release Date: 09/05/2014

Based on Zane’s bestseller, a woman’s sex addiction threatens to ruin her family life.

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“No Good Deed” Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson

US Release Date: 09/12/2014

A wife and mother of two (Taraji P. Henson), lives an ideal life that takes a turn when her family is threatened by a stranger who talks his way into her house, claiming car trouble. The unexpected invitation leaves her terrorized and fighting for survival.

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“The Equalizer”
Starring – Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas

US Release Date: 09/26/2014

Denzel Washington and “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua reunite for their second feature. Washington plays a covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts a classified advertisement in the paper that reads simply: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer”

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“Annie” Starring: Quevanzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Dorian Missick, Cameron Diaz, Tracie Thoms, Rose Byrne

US Release Date: December 19, 2014

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Source: http://theurbandaily.com/2013/12/27/2014-black-movie-preview/
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Spiderman 2 features an electric Jamie Foxx plus will there be a Black Spiderman?

 

 

 

‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’ Coming May 2014
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Your friendly Spider-Man suits up once more in “Amazing Spider-Man 2.”   Andrew Garfield is back as science nerd/superhero Peter Parker, who will face new and dangerous villains threatening the safety of his city. Jamie Foxx will play Spidey’s nemesis, Electro.

WATCH:  Andrew Garfield Sees Nothing Wrong With A Black Spider-Man [EXCLUSIVE]

In a behind-the-scenes commentary for the trailer, director Marc Webb shared:

“The big prominent villain in this film is Electro, but there are many adversaries that Spider-Man’s spider-man-2-electrogonna have to face. But the evil empire — the consistent thing between them all — is the evil empire known as OsCorp, or what’s becoming this evil empire. That’s something that may inform people’s viewing of the trailer.”

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Dane DeHaan will play Harry Osborn, an old childhood friend of Peters who harbors a dark family secret.  Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy and Sally Field also reprises her role as  Aunt May.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” opens in US, May 2, 2014.