Tune in this week to REEL TIMES on Community College TV. Hosted by assistant professor of English, Alex Bove, this new program is focused primarily on Philadelphia based independent film makers and their films. Each week the show features a full length film along with an illuminating interview with the director. This week’s guest is Reelblack founder Michael Dennis (aka Mike D.) who will screen two of his works, PHILLY BOY: A MOVIE ABOUT MC BREEZE (2002) and THE STORY OF BREAKOUT (2004) starring John Canada Terrell.
The show airs at 10 p.m. every day. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a work by one of Philadelphia’s contemporary artists.
CCPTV is cablecast on Comcast 53 and Verizon FIOS 21.
“Engaged Status” promo video #2 for Exit Strategy, a feature un-romantic comedy about a guy who has a hard time breaking up with his crazy girlfriend. Synopsis, cast, credits, and more available on the official site: http://www.ExitStrategy-TheMovie.com. Opens February 10 at AMC Cherry Hill and AMC Franklin Mills.
Thanks to everyone who made our Red Tails Weekend our most successful events since we started using Meetup for field trips. Over 80 African-American movie lovers participated. And remember you can still send in your Red Tails ticket stub for a chance to win the Tuskeegee Airmen Blu-ray.
Red Tails cruised in to second place with a very respectable $19.1 million. That’s above comparable fighter pilot movies Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow ($15.6 million), Stealth ($13.3 million), and Flyboys ($6 million), though it was about even with Sky Captain in estimated attendance. The audience breakdown was 51 percent male and 66 percent 25 years and older. The movie received an “A” CinemaScore, which improved to a fantastic “A+” score for those below 18 and above 50. Also of note: Red Tails marks distributor 20th Century Fox’s best opening for a non-franchise title since last April’s Rio. –Boxofficemojo.com
Q Deezy shares his best relationship exit strategy, inspired by the new movie EXIT STRATEGY opening on February 10, 2012–at AMC Theatres Philadelphia and other cities soon after! Check out www.weshouldbreakup.com.
GMC TV, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, presents the World Television Premiere of the original gospel play “Sugar Mommas,” starring Daytime Emmy© nominee Vanessa Williams (”Lincoln Heights,” “Soul Food”) and NAACP Image Award© winner Terri J. Vaughn (”Meet the Browns,” Daddy’s Little Girls). “Sugar Mommas”premieres on GMC Saturday, January 21ST at 7:00 p.m. ET with encore broadcasts at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET.
“Sugar Mommas” features a stellar cast including Daytime Emmy nominee Vanessa Williams (”Lincoln Heights,” “Soul Food”), NAACP Image Award winner Terri J. Vaughn (”Meet the Browns,” Daddy’s Little Girls), Rachel True (”Half & Half”), Lamman Rucker (”Meet the Browns,” Why Did I Get Married Too?), Tommy Ford (”Martin”) and the Grammy-nominated Gospel music sensation VaShawn Mitchell. “Sugar Mommas” is directed by Roger Melvin (”The Love You Save,” “She’s Still Not Our Sister”), and written by Cas Sigers (A Cross To Bear).
Inspiring, heart-warming and hilarious, “Sugar Mommas” centers on three 40-something women who start a bakery together to fulfill their own sweet desires to be independent women after motherhood, failed marriages and the loss of loved ones have left indelible marks on their lives. Together, their story is a celebration of womanhood, the good and the bad, as each learns new lessons about maturing, love and romance, and opportunity.
“Sugar Mommas” follows sisters Sheila (Vaughn) and Lynn (Williams), who have lived very different lives. Sheila is widowed and Lynn recently divorced with a daughter in college. With time on their hands and longing for something different, they decide to start a business together and, having always loved sweets, a bakery seems a natural choice for them. When they invite close friend Tommi (Rachel True) to join them as their specialty pie maker, their recipe for success is complete. But these three women’s personalities are as distinct as the cupcake flavors they invent: Lynn is sassy and bold; Sheila is sweet and enduring, often to her own detriment; and Tommi is extremely practical, and the day to day at “Sugar Mommas” becomes an often spicy mix. As old challenges, new loves and opportunities surface, these women embark on a journey of self-awareness, affirmation, and hope as they write the next chapter in their sweet lives.
CONTEST HAS ENDED. Congratulations to Stephanie Renee of Washington, DC for her winning entry.
To celebrate this month’s screening of SAVE THE CHILDREN, Reelblack and Music Video Distributors have teamed to give away two copies of the 2010 release O’JAY’S LIVE IN CONCERT on DVD.
The legends of R&B perform all their hits, celebrating 50 years in music at the Bergen Performing Arts Center.
Two chances to win.
1. Attend tonight’s screening of SAVE THE CHILDREN/ DONNY HATHAWAY & ROBERTA FLACK at the Point of Destination Café, 6460 Greene Street. We will randomly give away a copy of the DVD to one lucky attendee.
2. Enter online by sending an email with your FULL NAME in the body of the message and the phrase “OJAYS DVD” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. One winner will be randomly selected on 1/30/2012.
CONTEST HAS ENDED. Congratulations to Cynthia Johnson of Marlton, NJ for her winning entry.
To celebrate the release of RED TAILS, Reelblack is giving away 4 copies of the just released blu-ray edition of the classic HBO movie THE TUSKEEGEE AIRMEN. Starring Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding, Jr, this deluxe edition includes a 32 page book featuring behind-the-scenes photos of the cast and historical photos of the real Tuskeegee Airmen. It makes a great addition to any home theater library.
Four chances to win.
1. Attend one of the Meetups this weekend in support of RED TAILS. Support Red Tails in Theaters by attending the 3:40pm show this Saturday 1/21 at the Pearl Theater or the Sunday 1:40pm show at the UA Riverview Theater. After each screening, we will gather in the lobby, take pictures and randomly give away a copy of the Blu-ray to one lucky attendee.
2. Send in your ticket stub from Red Tails opening weekend to TUSKEEGEE AIRMEN CONTEST c/o Reelblack PO Box 12302 Philadelphia, PA 19119. One winner will be randomly chosen on 1/30/2012.
3. Enter online by sending an email with your FULL NAME in the body of the message and the phrase “TUSKEEGEE AIRMEN BLU-RAY” in the subject line to email@example.com. One winner will be randomly selected on 1/30/2012.
What: Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema Presents SAVE THE CHILDREN and ROBERTA FLACK AND DONNY HATHAWAY, two “lost” Soul Music Concert films from the 1970s.
Where: The POD Café, 6460 Greeane Street (At the Upsal R8 Train Station) Philadelphia, PA 19119 * 215-849-7771.
When: Friday January 20, 2012 | 7 pm - 9:30pm (doors open at 6:30)
Cost: Admission is Free with the purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($12.00 and up).
On Friday January 20, Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema will present a double feature of “lost” concert films from the 1970s: ROBERTA FLACK AND DONNY HATHAWAY: DOUBLE EXPOSURE (originally broadcast in 1976) is a half hour performance film filmed in 1972. SAVE THE CHILDREN, (1973) was directed by Philly native Stan Lathan. Similar to the more widely seen WATTSTAX, it documents the concert performances that coincided with Chicago’s Operation PUSH’s Black Expo. It features an all-star lineup of that era’s most popular artists, including Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Sammy Davis Jr., Isaac Hayes, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, Curtis Mayfield, The O’Jays and many more. Coincidentally, Double Exposure is being screened exactly one week after the 33rd anniversary of the death of singer Donny Hathaway, who died at the age of 33 on January 13, 1979.
Both films have not been screened publicly in Philadelphia since their original release and are not available on DVD. Admission is Free with the purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($12.00 and up). Please arrive early as seating is limited. For more information, call the POD Café at 215-849-7771 or visit www.reelblack.com.