This week TSD had an opportunity to sit down with the visionary producers of the upcoming April 20th Designs and Punchlines (D/P) Comedy and Fashion Show. Comedian Eugene “Spankie” Broyls (ESB) and entrepreneur and event promoter extraordinaire, Niki Smith-Brown (NSB) have teamed up to bring a unique concept in entertainment to the Memphis community. This week they shared the background and a few inside thoughts about D/P with the New Tri-State Defender.
TSD: So how did Designs and Punchlines (D/P) come to be? Whose vision was it?
Ken Burns has been making films for more than 30 years, with 10 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations to his credit. Here he talks about his latest film, "The Central Park Five," which premiered on PBS on Tuesday.
Kam Williams: Children's book author Irene Smalls asks: "What interested you in this story? Was there a personal connection?"
Ken Burns: The personal connection, simply, was my daughter, Sarah. She was too young to have heard about the actual crime, but learned about it in the summer of 2003. She then just began obsessing about the case to the point that she had to write a book about it. And she had two people around her, her husband, David, and her father who were saying, "Hey, it's also a film." And that's how it got made.
For movies opening April 19, 2013
"Oblivion" (PG-13 for violence, nudity, sexuality and brief profanity) Post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about an ex-Marine (Tom Cruise) with the fate of humanity in his hands in the wake of a war with extraterrestrials which devastated the planet. Cast includes Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Melissa Leo.
"Ain't in It for My Health" (Unrated) Reverential rockumentary about Levon Helm, the late drummer, lead singer and founding member of The Band. Featuring appearances by Billy Bob Thornton, Libby Titus and Larry Campbell.
I have a friend who looks similar to Tyrese. He has the same complexion and chiseled features, and a fondness for wearing plaid shirts, which Ty wore in a pivotal scene as Jody in John Singleton's "Baby Boy."
Last year, that friend and I were standing backstage at a music festival when a group of "mature" black women approached us to ask my friend for an autograph. He laughed, explained that he was not Tyrese and apologized for the confusion. One woman responded, "We should have known it wasn't him as soon as you were polite. Tyrese is an a--hole."
I wondered, "So why did you want his autograph, then?" But I didn't say that, of course, because who in their younger right mind talks slick to a "mature" black woman?
WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON!: Doesn't it seem that the most popular entertainers have been in some type of trouble with the law at some point in their careers? Whether it's tax trouble, driving while under the influence or just plain ole silly shenanigans, it seems that somebody famous is always getting caught by the long arm of the law.
Well, the latest celebrity is funnyman Kevin Hart, who just a few days ago was arrested for drunken driving/DUI and resisting arrest. The California Highway Patrol reportedly observed Hart speeding down the freeway doing about 90 miles an hour in his black Mercedes, weaving across lanes and nearly hitting a gas tanker truck. He was booked and held on a $5,000 bond.
After he was released, he posted a statement on Twitter saying that being busted early Sunday in Los Angeles was "a wake-up call" and that he needs "to be smarter." And that is very true in his case. He has a lot going for himself these days and it doesn't take much to make it all go away.
CBS Television Distribution issued a press release at the end of March announcing that the "Judge Joe Brown" court reality program was being terminated because of a salary dispute with the show's namesake and star, former Memphis attorney and judge, Joe Brown.
"Judge Joe Brown" has been the consistent No. 2 program in the syndication market for more than a decade, with "Judge Judy" the top-slot holder.
According to CBS, the ratings for "Judge Joe Brown" began to dip last year, down 17 percent over the previous year, and dipping 15 percent in the key 25-54 female demographic.