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This week’s DVD releases - October, 8, 2013

Resolution-2012-movie-250Top Ten DVD List for Oct. 8, 2013


“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”

“Psych: The Complete Seventh Season”

“La Cage aux Folles [Criterion Collection]”

“The Purge”



Fall, fur & fashion

Fur-4-600Models – including various Memphis notables – styled in wraps from The Fur Vault at Macy's during the 2013 Fall Fur Fashions for Women of Distinction red-carpet event last Sunday (Sept. 29).

The invitation-only affair was held at the Macy's Oak Court store on Poplar Ave.

Approximately 300 women from the Mid-South area previewed the new line-up of 2014 fur coats from around the globe.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/04/2013

RunnerRunner poster-400For movies opening Oct. 4, 2013


"Gravity" (PG-13 for intense peril, disturbing images and brief strong profanity) Sci-fi survival thriller about a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) and a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first mission who find themselves in a race against time when they're left suspended in space with limited oxygen after satellite debris destroys their rocket ship during a spacewalk. With Ed Harris, Amy Warren, Basher Savage and Paul Sharma.

"Runner, Runner" (R for profanity and sexuality) Crime drama about a Princeton grad student (Justin Timberlake) who travels to Costa Rica to confront the owner of an online poker website (Ben Affleck) after being cheated out of his tuition money, only to become the corrupt mobster's right hand man. Support cast includes Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie and Michael Asper.


TaKeOver for five hours of fun

Myron-Mays-160WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON The TaKeOver returns Saturday (Oct. 5th) at the Prohibition Lounge at 94 South Front Street in Downtown Memphis. It starts at 2 p.m. and continues through 7 p.m. If you haven't been to one of these, you're missing out on five hours of fun. There will be food and drink specials the whole time, with music provided by DJ Suave and Bother John.

After you leave the TaKeOver, you can unwind and enjoy Boney James and Raheem Devaughn at the Cannon Center for a night of sexy jazz and Neo Soul. Tickets are still available at the Cannon Center Box Office.


‘Scandal’ is back, daddy issues and all!

Kerry Washington-600Well, you don't have to wait any longer! The time has finally arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, "Scandal" is about to return!

No longer do you have to relive the reruns of last season. No longer do you have to opt for catching "The Voice" on NBC just to have something new to watch.

Will the fans be treated fairly in the first episode of season 3? I mean, last season left us with a ton of cliffhangers. We learned who the mole was, but everyone wants to know the answer to the BIG question: Who leaked word of Olivia's affair with the President?" Who snitched?


Kerry Washington in conversation with Cicely Tyson

kerrywashington-400There are legends, and there are stars. The former can be used to describe Cicely Tyson, who recently won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play A "Trip to Bountiful," the latter, Kerry Washington, the Emmy-nominated actress who is headed into her third season as Olivia Pope, the complex heroine in the hit television drama "Scandal" on ABC.

The star and the legend met for brunch, along with Philip Galanes, a reporter from the New York Times, to discuss, among many things, life as black actresses in Hollywood. It was, as one would suspect, Washington in awe of Tyson, and Tyson passing down jewels. But Washington also had some moments where she, too, was teaching.

PG: One of the most intriguing things about "Scandal," in which you play Olivia Pope, the fastest-talking alpha woman on TV, is that the show barely mentions race, even though you're the first woman of color to lead a network drama in 40 years. Is that progress?


Are all males destined to become grumpy old men?

grumpy-old-manweb-400The short answer to the question, "Are all men destined to become grumpy as they age?" is no – no man has to become a "grumpy old man."

Growing up, do you remember that old man at the end of the block just waiting for some unsuspecting kid to step on his lawn? "Get off my lawn!" he'd bellow.

Just put one toe on that man's grass and you'd hear it for blocks: "Get off my lawn!"

You'd think that kid was walking across a white carpet with muddy feet. "Why was this old man so darned ornery?" I often wondered.


This week’s DVD releases - October, 1, 2013

Brancas-Pitch-DVD-400Top Ten DVD List for Oct. 1, 2013

"This Is the End"

"Branca's Pitch"

"The Croods"

"Laurence Anyways"

"The Little Mermaid [Diamond Edition]"

"Tupac 2-Pack: Tupac Conspiracy and Tupac Aftermath"


Ladies & Gentlemen ... Mr. John Gary Williams!

jgw-portrait-600One of the truest living embodiments of why Memphis soul music is Memphis soul music will take the stage at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park on Saturday (Sept. 28) night.

The evening's concert has the elements that are present when the full power and reason of music spring to life. Consider the featured performers: the Bo Keys, Percy Wiggins, and the supporting ensemble Opus 1 (comprised Memphis Symphony Orchestra members), and a rejuvenated version of the Mad Lads.

The frontman for the new-look Mad Lads will be original lead singer John Gary Williams. And in that name lies a history we all share.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/26/2013

Baggage claims-poster-400tFor movies opening Sept. 27, 2013


"Baggage Claim" (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Paula Patton stars in this romantic comedy about a marriage-minded flight-attendant's frantic search to find Mr. Right before her younger sister's (Lauren London) impending wedding. Ensemble cast includes Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Christina Milian, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Adam Brody, Boris Kodjoe, Jenifer Lewis and Trey Songz.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" (PG for mild rude humor) Eco-conscious, animated sequel finds Flint (Bill Hader) and friends forced to vacate Swallow Falls by an evil corporation with a diabolical plan to repopulate their idyllic island with a motley menagerie of anthropomorphic food monsters. Voice cast includes Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Terry Crews, Will Forte and Benjamin Bratt.


Gucci Mane admits addiction on Twitter

guwop-400Rapper Gucci Mane went AWOL on Twitter a few days after a very bizarre rant in which he claimed to have had sex with basically every woman in the music industry. He recently returned to Twitter to apologize to his fans, and to admit an addiction to "lean," a drink made with promethazine and codeine.

"I've been drinking lean for 10 plus years & I must admit it has destroyed me," Gucci Mane tweeted. "I'm addicted to lean and that (s—t) ain't no joke."

He apologized to everyone at whom he took shots during his Twitter tirade, saying, "I just wanna man up right now & take this time to apologize to my family, friends, the industry and most of all my fans."


Steve McQueen: The ‘12 Years a Slave’ interview

12 years a slaveArtist and filmmaker Steven Rodney McQueen talks about his latest film, "12 Years a Slave," which recently won the People's Choice Awards for Best Film and Best Director at the Toronto Film Festival.

Kam Williams: I've loved all three of your feature films, this new one, and "Hunger" and "Shame" as well. They are so different from each other and yet quite remarkable and memorable, each in their own way.

Steve McQueen: Thank you. Well, I do my best. I'm just happy that people are responding to the films as positively as they are. To be honest with you, it's one of those things where we're just happy to get them made. When you get to make something, you always hope people will go and see it. And we're very, very pleased by the response to "12 Years a Slave." It's kind of humbling and remarkable.


Jay-Z, Beyoncé top celebrity couples earning list – again

beyonce jay-z-300Forbes has released its list of this year's highest-earning celebrity couples and that Jay Z and Beyonce have once again come out at the top of the heap.

Between June 2012 and June 2013 (the time frame established for the rankings), the hip-hop power-couple took in a combined $95 Million. The couple also topped Forbes' celebrity couples list last year.

Beyonce is said to have earned $11 million more than her husband did this year, thanks in large part to her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, with average grosses of $2 million per night.