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"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.


Diverse ways of viewing diversity

seinfield 600Comedian Jerry Seinfeld made some comments last week about not caring about "diversity" in Hollywood, especially in the area of comedy, and set off some very heated conversations across the country.

Seinfeld was on "CBS This Morning" being interviewed about his Internet-based show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Seinfeld has been criticized in the past, as he is now, for having no minorities on his hit TV show "Seinfeld."

When asked about this by the reporter from CBS, Seinfeld said, "People think it's the census or something? This has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You're funny, I'm interested. You're not funny, I'm not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that...It's more about PC nonsense than are you making us laugh or not?"

  • Written by Raynard Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

About Regina and Kevin!

AboutLastNight 600Regina Hall and Kevin Hart discuss their new film, "About Last Night," a remake of the classic romantic comedy released back in 1986.

Kam Williams: Hi, Kevin and Regina, thanks for the interview. I'm grateful for the opportunity to speak with you. ...What interested you two in "About Last Night?"
Kevin Hart: What interested you, baby?
Regina Hall: Well, I loved the script. I'm always thrilled whenever I see a good script. And of course, when I then heard that Kevin was going to be my co-star... that sealed the deal. Need I say anything more? How about you, Kev?
Kevin: Like you, the script, first of all. I also liked that this was a different type of role for me, and that the original movie was so amazing!
Regina: A classic!

Memphis rolls out red carpet for “About Last Night” star Michael Ealy

michaelealy 600With the new movie "About Last Night" set for a Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th) release, one of the stars – Michael Ealy – strolled the red carpet at the Malco Paradiso in East Memphis on Sunday.

DSC 0391Ealy, co-star of the television series "Almost Human," stars in "About Last Night" with Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant.

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The ‘introduction’ of Kameron Whalum

kamwhalum 600Memphis' Kameron Whalum – fresh off of a critically acclaimed performance alongside Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl 48 halftime show – kept that momentum rolling at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street Friday night.

With his signature trombone ever-ready and his backup role to Mars giving way to front-man status, Whalum stepped right into what he earlier acknowledge would be "my first show."

In an interview with the TSD's Kelvin Cowans prior to the Super Bowl performance, Whalum had said, "I just want to introduce myself to people that may just know me from Bruno Mars or the church." He is the youngest son of Sheila Whalum and the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., the pastor and first lady of The New Olivet Baptist Church.

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Ledisi headed to Memphis with ‘The Truth’

ledisi 600Grammy-nominated powerhouse Ledisi will be at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis on April 18th – two days after she kicks off a 30-city tour titled after her upcoming new album, "The Truth," which is in stores March 11.

The tour, which has partnered with ESSENCE as a media partner, will stop in major markets across the US and Canada starting in Jacksonville, Fla. on April 16th and concluding in Sacramento, Calif. on May 25th.

Opening up for Ledisi will be The Robert Glasper Experience. For every pair of tickets purchased, fans will receive free download of the album to redeem on release day. Those who purchase tickets also will receive a one-year subscription to ESSENCE.

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Super Bowl halftime, a Hooligan and hardwork

kwhalum 600When Bruno Mars performs live at the Super Bowl halftime before 100-plus million television viewers on Sunday, Kameron T. Whalum, a super-talented trombone player with deep Memphis roots, will be in his familiar spot amid Mar's onstage backers, aka the Hooligans.

I'll be in front of a television – super-proud of the man who grew out of the youngster that I once made the starting point guard and captain of the basketball team that I coached and mentored at New Olivet Baptist Church, where Kameron's dad, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., is pastor. Kameron made all the difference in the season we had that summer, as we blew some teams out by halftime. When the games were tight, rather than going off – as I sometimes have – I'd leave the locker room (after knocking over some paper cups) and allowed Kameron to motivate them.

I detected leadership in Kameron; he carried an aura of winning, an essential trait shared by many successful people. He absolutely had it as a child, not at all surprising considering the ample supply of role models in the Whalum family tree. With the big game looming, Kameron and I shared this conversation.

  • Written by Kelvin Cowans/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

E-BRIEFS: MJG at Stax, All-Star Jazz-A-F!RE Benefit Concert, Unique Steppers, & ‘RISE’

MJG 600MJG to share the real deal at Stax Fresh Trax

Record Deal or Record Steal? Super Star or Mega Scar? The wheels, deals and power appeal of the music industry are as attractive as ever, Everybody wants to be down! In an era of beats, rhymes, auto-tuned vocalists and music makin' machines...what's a "real" artist to do?

On Feb. 5th, MJG of the world-famous rap duo 8-Ball & MJG will stop by Stax Fresh Trax and spill the beans at the Stax Museum of American Soul at 926 East McLemore. Listen to MJG's journey and learn how to develop your own career path.

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom