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‘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.

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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.

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

For movies opening Nov. 2, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

CloudAtlas-1For movies opening Oct. 26, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"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).

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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.

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You gotta catch Denzel in ‘Flight’

Next weekend, "Flight" starring Denzel Washington hits theatres and it will more than likely be another box office hit to add to his resume. Washington plays a pilot who becomes a hero after he crash-lands his plane and saves nearly everyone on board only to see his life take a down turn after it was discovered that he had alcohol in his system.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/18/2012

Alex Cross Tyler PerryFor movies opening Oct. 19, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Alex Cross" (PG-13 for violence, nudity, sexuality, drug references and disturbing images) Tyler Perry plays the title character in this cat-and-mouse thriller based on the James Patterson best seller about a revenge-minded police psychologist hell-bent on apprehending a sadistic serial killer (Matthew Fox). Ensemble cast includes Edward Burns, Carmen Ejogo, Cicely Tyson, Jean Reno and Giancarlo Esposito.

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Film probes world of ‘Soul Food Junkies’

SoulFoodJunkiesFilmmaker Byron Hurt did not have to journey far to find the inspiration for his newest project – "Soul Food Junkies" – which premieres on PBS Jan. 14.

Inspired by his own family's complex relationship with "soul food" – fried chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler and the whole panoply of down-home foods made with grease, sugar and love – Hurt asks whether this diet is nurturing or destroying the African-American community.

With humor and heart, Hurt questions the effects of "soul food" on the health of not only African-Americans but all who guiltily consume this most comforting of American comfort foods.

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Alex Cross: Tyler Perry’s evolution

I never thought I would ever say these words, but I actually can't wait until next week for the opening of the new Tyler Perry movie. Really!

Although I have long admired Perry and his work, I've never been a big fan of "Madea," the stage play or the movie version.

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Viola Davis: The ‘Won’t Back Down’ interview

WBD-Viola DavisViola Davis was born on Aug. 11, 1965 on her grandmother's farm in St. Matthews, S. Car., but raised by her parents in Central Falls, R.I. After earning a degree in theater from Rhode Island College in 1988, she did post-graduate work at the prestigious Juilliard School prior to embarking on a critically-acclaimed professional career. Here, she talks about her new film, "Won't Back Down," a female empowerment saga, where she plays Nona Alberts, a jaded teacher who joins forces with a frustrated single-mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) to turn around an underperforming public school.

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