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Kam’s Kapsules: Opening This Week

Kam’s Kapsules: Opening This Week


For movies opening Dec. 6, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Inside Llewyn Davis" (R for profanity and some sexual references) Oscar Issac plays the title character in this Coen Bros musical dramedy, set in Greenwich Village in 1961, chronicling a week in the life of a struggling folk singer. With Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Max Casella.

"Out of the Furnace" (R for profanity, drug use and graphic violence) Vigilante crime thriller revolving around a just-paroled ex-con (Christian Bale) who ventures from the Rust Belt to the Northeast to rescue a younger brother (Case Affleck) who's gotten mixed up with mobsters. Ensemble cast includes Forest Whitaker, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.

 

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Is Kanye West losing it?

Is Kanye West losing it?

The colossally egocentric self-proclaimed genius who subjects concertgoers to his "visionary stream of consciousness" rants during his performances may be wearing his audience thin.

On Tuesday, Kanye West's roadside attraction of a hip-hop concert played to fewer than 4,500 people at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, a venue that holds 19,000. It's a paltry attendance number for the man who compares himself to Walt Disney and Steve Jobs, the Kansas City Star reports.

The low numbers are just one in myriad problems on the Yeezus tour. West was forced to cancel several shows on the tour because a truck carrying lighting equipment was involved in an accident that damaged "all of the lights."

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

‘Black Nativity,’ ‘Best Man Holiday,’ Madea and parties galore

‘Black Nativity,’ ‘Best Man Holiday,’ Madea and parties galore

In the midst of what is turning out to be a very busy holiday season, I have somehow found time to catch a couple of movies! As far as the African-American moviegoer is concerned, this holiday season has been very nice. We have at least three major films that are geared toward "us" that will be in theatres by Christmas day.

Of course, the first was "Best Man Holiday," which was a great film that I'd go see again and you should see at least once. Then there was "Black Nativity," which opened this past weekend and stars Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese, Angela Bassett and Forrest Whitaker. Not quite the blockbuster that I hoped for, however, it still was a really good film.

"Black Nativity" had a lot of good moments, most of which came with music. If you watched the trailers, it should have come as no surprise that this film was actually a musical. If you get to check it out, be sure to pay close attention to Mary J. Blige's scene where she sings. That had to have been the most soulful Christmas music I have heard in a long time. I'm not sure if this was actually lip-synced, but both Bassett and Whitaker's characters sang as well. If it wasn't actually them, it was at least great acting.

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Porsche Carrera GT: 5 reasons the car Paul Walker died in is different

Porsche Carrera GT: 5 reasons the car Paul Walker died in is different

It has three times the horsepower of the average car. It's notoriously difficult to handle, even for professional drivers. And now, it's known as the car actor Paul Walker was riding in when he died.

Both Walker and his driving team partner, who was behind the wheel, died after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were in slammed into a pole and burst into flames. Los Angeles County authorities say speed was a factor in the crash and are investigating how fast the exotic car was going.

So why is the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT so different from other street cars? Here are five reasons:

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  • Written by Holly Yan and Martin Savidge/CNN

Kasi on call

Kasi on call

A proven talent as an actress, writer and director, Kasi Lemmons continues to tantalize creatively with her thought provoking body of work. Her work as an actress includes roles in :Silence of the Lambs" opposite Jodie Foster, and Spike Lee's "School Daze," as well as "Hard Target," "Fear of a Black Hat," "Candyman" and "Vampire's Kiss."

Kasi's magical directorial debut, "Eve's Bayou," was the highest-grossing independent film of 1997. The film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and received seven NAACP Image Award nominations, including Best Picture.

Her sophomore offering, "The Caveman's Valentine," opened the 2002 Sundance Film Festival to audience and critical acclaim. And, in 2008, she received an NAACP Image Award for directing "Talk to Me."

 

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Making music in Memphis

Soul balladeer Jaheim had the ladies mesmerized as he sang all of his hits at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis on Saturday night (Nov. 30).

The opening act was Chrisette Michelle and she was – in a word – sensational.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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