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Boycott ‘Flight’ – Really?

I haven't gotten a chance to see the Denzel Washington movie "Flight" just yet. So maybe I don't get the reason why the movie is being boycotted by a fellow blogger by the name of Dr. Watkins.

Still, I can't help but ask, "WHY?" Watkins has called for a boycott of the Oscars because he feels that the Academy rewards black actors only when they portray troubled characters.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 11/08/2012

For movies opening Nov. 9, 2012


"Lincoln" (PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, gruesome images and brief profanity) Daniel Day-Lewis stars in the title role of this historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg focusing on Abraham Lincoln's clashes with his cabinet over the question of emancipation during the final months of his presidency. Ensemble cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn and James Spader.


CELEBS IN BRIEF: Room for Chris Brown on Rihanna’s new album

It wouldn't be a Rihanna album if it didn't get everyone talking.

After collaborating with Chris Brown on two remixes earlier this year – and rekindling a friendship with him following the dissolution of their relationship in 2009 – RiRi's also revealed that fans will hear him on her new album.


‘Skyfall’-ing for the new ‘Bond Girl’

bondgirl-1Naomie Harris was born on Sept. 6, 1976 in London, where she was raised as an only child by Lisselle Kayla, a single-mom and TV scriptwriter of Jamaican extraction. The accomplished young actress has already made a name for herself in film, television and theatre, and just completed production on "A Long Walk to Freedom," a biopic in which she portrayed Nelson Mandela's wife Winnie. Here, she talks about her latest outing as a Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig as 007 in "Skyfall."


Kung fu dreaming: The evolution of RZA

RZAWhen it comes to the worlds of hip-hop and Kung fu movies, there's a shared creative real estate. Just ask Wu-Tang Clan's mastermind, RZA. But he's come a long way since producing those albums. His résumé has included movie scores, acting, technical film work, and now his directorial debut with the film "The Man With the Iron Fists."


‘Flight’ stars Denzel Washington as a hero pilot in legal thriller

Flight-movieCo-pilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty) is at the helm of SouthJet Flight 227 from Orlando to Atlanta only because the plane's captain, Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), has passed out after a night of debauchery devoted to drinking booze and snorting coke while carousing with one of his stewardesses (Nadine Velazquez). But when the commercial airliner unexpectedly encounters severe turbulence and starts losing altitude, the concerned rookie immediately rouses the senior officer out of a deep sleep for assistance.


Feel-good show to deliver love and laughter

Every now and then we're lucky enough to get a really great feel-good show in our part of the country. Mark your calendar for Nov. 17 and plan to be at the Landers Center for the 4th Annual Pre Thanksgiving Music Fest, featuring Frankie Beverly & Maze, Chris Tucker, The Bar-Kays and Heads of State, with Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 11/01/2012

For movies opening Nov. 2, 2012


"Flight" (R for drug and alcohol abuse, nudity, sexuality and an intense action sequence) Denzel Washington stars in this legal thriller about a hero pilot who tries to hide his alcohol addiction with the help of a defense attorney (Don Cheadle) after miraculously crash-landing a crippled commercial airliner by flying the plane upside-down. With John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Kelly Reilly.


Oprah returns to big screen in ‘The Butler’

Oprah-butlerAcademy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey, who has not appeared in a film since the 1998 release "Beloved," will return to the big screen in Lee Daniels' "The Butler," a star-studded feature film inspired by a former White House butler.

Currently in production in New Orleans, "The Butler," starring Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, is based on a screenplay by Danny Strong and Daniels. It is inspired by Wil Haygood's Washington Post article about Cecil Gaines (Eugene Allen in real life), an African-American man who served as a butler to eight presidents in the White House for over 30 years.


Rush rocks at veterans’ salute

Redwhiteblues-BRushBobby Rush, known for electrifying stage performances accented by rump-shaking women, showed that he's top-notch entertainer without the eye candy on Saturday (Oct. 19).

The occasion – Rush's 2012 Red, White & Blues Concert at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park – called for a different kind of setting. Rush, who performed with the support of a lone keyboard player, delivered, wowing the crowd that featured about 500 veterans and their families.


Flavor Flav ain’t funny no more

Remember when Whitney Houston was "at her worst." She was also at her most entertaining, wasn't she? We laughed. We joked. And although we knew she had a problem, we always looked forward to seeing what she did next.

And she always delivered. The next thing we knew she was no longer with us. All of a sudden, it wasn't so funny anymore.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/25/2012

CloudAtlas-1For movies opening Oct. 26, 2012


"Chasing Mavericks" (PG for mature themes and perilous action sequences) Overcoming-the-odds sports saga recounting the real-life adventures of an aspiring teen surfer (Jonny Weston) who enlists the assistance of a local legend (Gerard Butler) to train for one of the biggest waves on the face of the Earth. With Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer and Scott Eastwood (son of Clint).


You matter, now more than ever!

RestoreOurFuture-1We're getting down to the wire in this year's race for the White House. In our digital world of sometimes dizzying 24/7 information overload, both political camps are relying heavily on media in its plethora of forms to reach you and influence your vote. As we draw closer to Election Day, you are correct if you think the intensity of the political ads has increased.