A few weeks ago in a passing conversation, an acquaintance noted that comedian Kevin Hart has no less than four movies on the docket in 2014. In response, I questioned aloud whether Hart – an undoubtedly funny performer whose screen presence belies his diminutive (5'2" to be exact) – had the requisite chops to draw audiences to four of his movies in one calendar year.
"He's funny and all, but I'm not sure anyone's going to pay to see him four times in one year," I said.
I stand corrected.
Hot on the heels of his runaway January release "Ride Along," the Philadelphia-born comedian emerged as the box office runner-up of the extended President's Day holiday weekend. "About Last Night" solidified the funny man's status as an emerging big screen powerhouse. At a minimum, Hart's double-barreled hit builds momentum for his two remaining feature films this year, and vaults him into a rarefied air of a black comedian enjoying crossover cultural appeal.
Clear Channel's WDIA-V101 "We Love You Valentine Concert" held at Harrah's Casino Event Center in Tunica was funktastic and just what old school enthusiasts like myself needed.
Here's my snapshot review of the Saturday night show.
The Jones Girls were the opening act, treating the packed house with songs such "Runaway Love," "Nights Over Egypt," and "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else." Lead singer Brenda Elaine Jones Williams is the only original member still in the group. Still, this group of "Jones Girls" set a good tone for the rest of the night.
In 1999, Angelo B. Henderson became the only African-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize for the "Wall Street Journal."
The following year, he was honored by Columbia University as one of the nation's best reporters on race and ethnicity in America, the "Detroit News" reports.
He was beloved by members of the National Association of Black Journalists because the singular leadership skills he demonstrated during his 24 years in print and broadcast.
Top Ten DVD list for Feb. 18, 2014
"Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season"
"Silver Screen Romances" (8 Movie Collection)
"For the Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots"
"The Ellen Show: The Complete Series"
If you're planning to do anything for Valentine's Day you should at least make plans to check out "About Last Night," which opens in theatres this Friday (Feb. 14th).
"About Last Night" is somewhat of a remake of the 1986 film, which starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore and was a film version of the 1974 off-Broadway play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." This particular adaptation stars Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy...and yes, it's a great film.
Ealy was in Memphis this past weekend promoting the film at a second sneak screening at the Malco Paradiso. The Red Carpet premiere was set to take place last week before the weather in Atlanta caused all of the flights to be cancelled and his appearance to be postponed.
BIG BUDGET FILMS
"About Last Night" (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and brief drug use) A modern reimagining of the 1986 romantic comedy based on "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," the David Mamet play following two couples (Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, and Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant) whose relationships are put to the test as they venture from the bar to the bedroom. With Paula Patton, Christopher McDonald and Terrell Owens.
"Endless Love" (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, partying and partial nudity) Remake of the romance drama about the star-crossed love affair between teens (Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer) from opposite sides of the tracks. With Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Emma Rigby and Dayo Okeniyi.
"RoboCop" (PG-13 for sensuality, drug use, brief profanity and pervasive intense violence) Sci-fi remake, set in Detroit in 2028, about a police officer (Joel Kinnaman) who is turned into a bionic crime-fighting killing machine equipped with state-of-the-art gadgetry after being critically-injured by a car bomb. Talented cast includes Oscar-nominees Samuel L. Jackson (for "Pulp Fiction"), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (for "Secrets & Lies"), Gary Oldman (for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"), Jackie Earle Haley (for "Little Children"), along with Michael Keaton and Jay Baruchel.
The What's Happening Myron Book Club welcomes syndicated radio personality and author Florence "Flo" Anthony to Memphis on Saturday (Feb. 15th).
Anthony's new book, "Deadly Stuff Players," was released in November and published by Strebor Books, which is owned by writer Zane. In addition to her newly published book, you can also catch her on TV One's series, "Life After."
The first African-American woman to work in the sports and entertainment departments at the New York Post, Anthony is also the first African-American woman in the nation to work on the Post's gossip page, "Page Six."