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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/20/2012

For movies opening Sept. 21, 2012


"Dredd 3-D" (R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and graphic violence) Karl Urban assumes the title role originally played by Sly Stallone in this reboot of the futuristic, sci-fi franchise which finds America an irradiated wasteland patrolled by a formidable judge/jury/executioner committed to cleansing the country of undesirables with the help of an attractive rookie sidekick (Olivia Thirlby). Supporting cast includes Lena Headey, Wood Harris and Jason Cope.


R. Kelly is coming!

Ladies and gentlemen...Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R-uh, Kellz, Mr. Entertainment, R. Kelly or whatever you'd like to call him, is bringing the "Single Ladies Tour" to Memphis at the Orpheum on Oct. 23.

There is no telling how long this concert will be because this guy has hits for days, including "Honey Love," "Trapped in the Closet," "Bump N' Grind," "I Believe I Can Fly," "Step in the Name of Love" and "Down Low."


Tony Draper: Unplugged!

Tony-DraperI remember back in the early '90's when Eight Ball & MJG worked at a burger joint with my best friend, little Barry. We were teenagers, I worked at McDonald's and he worked at Central Park Burgers. He would always tell me how these two guys were rapping out the frame; burning fries, flipping burgers and skillfully rapping the whole time.

I took his word on it and the first chance I got to go see them perform I took it. It was at The Crystal Palace Skating Rink over on Third Street. The crowd was thick inside and out, much like the Craig Brewer movie "Hustle and Flow" depicts. Eight Ball & MJG did not disappoint.


Disney’s ice princess has Nashville roots

Disney on Ice has thrilled audiences since its inception in 1981. Queens and princesses, villains and rascals, fairies, elves and all things magical have graced the ice on skates in the most beloved fairy tales.

Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23, the currently touring production will be staged at the FedExForum. "Dare to Dream" is a variety show featuring color, comedy and pageantry that promises not to disappoint.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/13/2012

For movies opening Sept. 14, 2012


"Finding Nemo" (G) 3-D rerelease of the much-beloved animated adventure about a timid clownfish (Albert Brooks) who summons up the courage to embark on a perilous transoceanic trek to rescue a son (Alexander Gould) left trapped in a bowl in a dentist's office after being netted by fishermen near the Great Barrier Reef. Voice cast includes Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney and Geoffrey Rush.


‘Big Mike’ left us real big memories

MichaelClarkeDuncanI really don't like doing entertainment-based columns like these, yet I know that they are inevitable. I prefer happy topics such as actors receiving Academy Award nominations, making great movies that touch our hearts or talking about how they traveled a long hard road before making it to the top.

No, I don't like to talk about them becoming ill or passing away. I like to focus on their accomplishments and the way they inspire us. So instead of making this column about Michael Clarke Duncan passing away, I'll talk a little bit about his accomplishments and a few other things about him that you may not have known.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/06/2012

For movies opening Sept. 7, 2012


"Bait 3-D" (R for profanity, graphic violence and grisly images) Disaster flick about a group of residents of a beachfront community who find themselves surrounded by a swarm of great white sharks after a tsunami leaves them trapped inside a submerged grocery store. Cast includes Xavier Samuel, Julian McMahon and Phoebe Tonkin.


Teen author pens eye-opener for ‘rare adult’

angel ray parentsby Nona N. Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

I have always prided myself on my ability to relate to young people. I am the one they come to when they can't talk to their parents. I understand young people. I am the rare adult who actually gets it!

That was my self-proclaimed status.

When I sat down with teen author Angel Ray and five other teens, I found out that I couldn't have been further from the truth.


‘Beverly Hills Cop’ to TV? Please, arrest that idea!

Not too long ago I read a report where Eddie Murphy was considering doing another installment of "Beverly Hills Cop." Yes, "Beverly Hills Cop 4." I remember thinking to myself, "NO!"

I really enjoyed the first "Beverly Hills Cop." I actually enjoyed "Beverly Hills Cop 2". When it came to "Beverly Hills Cop 3," however, I was just a little disappointed. It seemed as if they ran completely out of ideas.


Music makes the world go around

by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
NNPA News Service

When you and I talk about technological leaps and bounds, frequently we're focused on the way we communicate with each other. And, I write here a lot about what we watch and how we watch it. But, let me ask you this: What are you listening to today, and perhaps, even more interestingly – how are you listening to it?

My assumption that you are indeed very likely to listen to music today is an educated one, as results from new Nielsen Entertainment and Nielsen 360 studies show that music is an everyday activity for most people in this country.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/30/2012

For movies opening Aug. 31, 2012


"Lawless" (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and graphic violence) Prohibition Era crime saga revisiting the real-life exploits of the bootlegging Bondurant brothers (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke), a ruthless gang who ran a thriving moonshine operation in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia where they crossed paths with a crooked Deputy Sheriff (Guy Pearce) demanding a cut of the take. With Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska.


‘Sparkle’: A movie for every woman

Sparkle-3by Stephanie Gatewood
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Resilience, domestic violence, shattered dreams and the reality of life are all elements from the movie "Sparkle," starring Whitney Houston and co-starring Jordin Sparks. And as the film enjoys its run on the big screen, many communities are dealing daily with those elements in real life and real time.

The character Sparkle, played by Jordin Sparks, is insecure, talented and badly wants to gain the approval of her single parent mother, Emma Anderson (Whitney Houston).


TV One sets ratings record with ‘R&B Divas’ premiere

TV One is pumped up over the announcement that its newest reality series "R&B Divas" delivered the most watched original premiere in the history of the network.

The series, airing Monday nights at 9 p.m. CT, tells the real-life story of five multi-talented, beautiful R&B stars – Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt looking to reclaim their place in the musical spotlight.