WIN A COPY OF THE RUSH HOUR TRILOGY BLU-RAY

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away one copy of THE RUSH HOUR TRILOGY on Blu-Ray, courtesy of Warner Home Video.  The five disc set will be released on Digital HD and Blu-Ray on 11/8.  It can be pre-ordered here.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “RUSH HOUR” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced on 11/7.

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The action-packed martial arts comedy series involving two very different international policemen who collide with each other on calamitous criminal investigations pulled in a combined theatrical box-office gross of nearly a billion dollars worldwide.

The Rush Hour Trilogy, which will be available for $24.98 SRP, will feature new custom artwork from the popular limited edition artist group Mondo, available exclusively for this release.

ABOUT THE FILMS:

Rush Hour (1998)

The fastest hands in the East meet the biggest mouth in the West when legendary martial arts daredevil Jackie Chan teams with comedic powerhouse Chris Tucker.

When Hong Kong police detective inspector Lee’s (Chan) favorite pupil is kidnapped in America, the dedicated cop and martial arts genius travels to the United States to find her. Unhappy to have a meddling outsider, the FBI assigns reckless, arrogant and infuriating LAPD detective James Carter (Tucker) to baby-sit Lee, and keep him away from the investigation. But these two very different cops will stop at nothing to find the missing girl.

Brett Ratner directs the cast which features Tom Wilkinson, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Rolston, and Tzi Ma.

Special Features:

  • A Piece of the Action: Behind the Scenes of Rush Hour
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Dru Hill “How Deep Is Your Love?”
  • Heavy D & The Boyz “Nuttin’ But Love”
  • What Ever Happened to Mason Reece
  • Trailer
  • Commentary
  • Music Only Track

Rush Hour 2 (2001)

Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan and wisecracking comedian Chris Tucker are back in action.

While vacationing together in Hong Kong, fast-talking LAPD detective Carter (Tucker) and Hong Kong Police inspector Lee (Chan) investigate a bomb explosion at the American embassy, killing two secret agents on the trail of a ring of smugglers.

Brett Ratner again directs the cast which this time features John Lone, Zhang Ziyi, Roselyn Sanchez, Harris Yulin, and Alan King.

Special Features: ·

  • Commentary with Director Brett Ratner and Writer Jeff Nathan
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Attaining International Stardom
  • Culture Clash: West Meets East
  • Evolution of a Scene - Chicken Chop
  • Evolution of a Scene - Slide for Life
  • Evolution of a Scene - The Bomb
  • Fashion of Rush Hour 2
  • Introduction by Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Lingenfelse
  • Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong - Introduction
  • Kung Fu Choreography
  • Lady Luck With Commentary By Brett Ratner
  • Language Barrier
  • Making Magic Out of Mire
  • Visual Effects Deconstruction
  • Trailers

Rush Hour 3 (2006)

The third time’s a charm as Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan return to their respective roles as LAPD detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee. Set in Paris, Rush Hour 3 finds Tucker and Chan’s misfit partners from West and East battling a wing of the Chinese organized crime family of the Triads — with their trademark mix of great action and big laughs. From dazzling Parisian nightclubs to the city’s high-fashion runways, Rush Hour 3 promises more action, more comedy and more hilarious adventure than ever!

Max von Sydow and Roman Polanski also appear in this pop culture classic.

Special Features:

  • Outtakes Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making Rush Hour 3
  • Visual Effects Reel
  • “Le Rush Hour Trois”: Production Diaries

Bonus Disc:

  • NEW. Brett & Jackie: A Look Back at Rush Hour - The director of Rush Hour reflects on his favorite scenes, lines, and moments from the film. (25 min)

TEDDY PENDERGRASS FOUNDATION EXHIBITION & FUNDRAISER 10/29 & 30

You are cordially invited to attend I Am Who I Am, The Life and Legacy of Teddy Pendergrass: Entertainer and Advocate,
a traveling exhibition presented by The Teddy and Joan Pendergrass Foundation at the African American Museum, 701 Arch
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
“I Am Who I Am” gives visitors a one-of-a-kind look at the life and career of musical giant, Teddy Pendergrass, one of the
most successful American R&B singers of all time.
The opening Reception, will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:00 9:00 PM. Tickets are $100 with a portion of the
funds being donated to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
On Saturday October 29, 2016 at 2PM we will have a special film screening, of the Teddy Pendergrass “Close the Door”
Live Concert selected and moderated by Michael Dennis, Host/Curator ReelBlack Presents. A discussion and reflections on
the life and career of Teddy Pendergrass will follow. Admission to the screening is $10.00.

WIN A COPY OF MR. CHURCH ON DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away five copies of MR. CHURCH on DVD, courtesy of Codeblack/Lionsgate.  The movie will be released onDigital HD and On Demand on 10/21 and DVD and Blu-Ray October 25. It can be pre-ordered here.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “MR. CHURCH” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced on 10/25.

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Academy Award® nominee Eddie Murphy (Best Supporting Actor, Dreamgirls, 2006) and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) star in the heart-warming film Mr. Church, arriving on Digital HD and On Demand October 21and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) October 25 from Codeblack Films and Lionsgate. Currently in theaters, the film was produced by Cinelou Films and Envision Media Arts. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Bruce Beresford (Director, Tender Mercies, 1983) and written by Susan McMartin (TV’s “Mom”), Mr. Church challenges the notions of family and unconditional love. The “touching account of an unlikely friendship marked by love and respect” (The Hollywood Reporter), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and also stars Xavier Samuel (Love & Friendship), Lucy Fry (TV’s “11.22.63″), and Natascha McElhone (TV’s “Californication”).
Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six-month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.
The Mr. Church home entertainment release bonus material includes interviews with the cast, a “Food on Film” featurette, and a look at the true story the film is based on. Mr. Church will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) for $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Britt Robertson Interview
  • “Eddie Murphy: Doing a Drama” Featurette
  • “Food on Film” Featurette
  • “Based on a True Friendship” Featurette

www.mrchurchmovie.com

Reelblack Season 14 Kickoff Party 10/14 in W. Philly

Get your tix now at http://reelblack14.eventbrite.com

On Friday October 14, Reelblack kicks off its 14th Season with a special celebration and screening at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in W. Philly.  From 6-8pm, join us in fellowship with a special indoor/outdoor party featuring all-you-can-eat chicken, franks, burgers and veggies catered by SIDE OF THE ROAD JERK CHICKEN.  At 8pm, we will host the Philadelphia Premiere of HONEYTRAP, the latest release from ARRAY–the film distribution company founded by Ava DuVernay.

We will also debut new designs/colors of Reelblack T-Shirts and you can pick up your membership buttons.

Admission to this special event is $20 Season 14 members/ $25 nonmembers.  Memberships can be purchased at the event or in advance at http://reelblack.com/wordpress/?page_id=11

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HONEYTRAP is the harrowing rite-of-passage drama inspired by a 2009 real-life crime of love, betrayal and murder.  Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Jessica Sula (Skins, ABC Family’s Recovery Road) Lucien Laviscount (Fox’s Scream Queens), Naomi Ryan (GUARDIANSOF THE GALAXY) and Ntonga Mwanza (LEAVE TO REMAIN).

Girlhood and gang culture collide in HONEYTRAP as 15-year old Layla (Sula) contends with bullying at a new school by transforming herself inside and out. The teen’s compulsive journey for love and acceptance soon becomes fatal in this cautionary tale based on headline news adapted by writer/director Rebecca Johnson.

REELBLACK PICKS FOR PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL 2016

The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full film line-up of the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 20 - October 30 on four theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

Opening on October 20th with Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and closing on October 30th with Arrival, the 11-day Festival will showcase over 110 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee who chooses each selection from multiple international festivals throughout the year.
“We are thrilled to celebrate a milestone year for the Philadelphia Film Festival and to have the opportunity to showcase some of the best films of the year right here in Philly.” said Executive Director, J. Andrew Greenblatt.  “From our Opening Night screening, La La Land, which was the talk of the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, to the Closing Night screening of Arrival, this year’s prodigious line-up fully embodies what the Philadelphia Film Festival truly is: a community filled with film lovers brought together to experience today’s most thought-provoking and innovative films!”
“As we celebrate 25 years of Philadelphia Film Festival, we are extremely proud to announce that it’s once our best lineups. With over 110 works from world renowned directors, including tons of surprises, our lineup includes something for everyone to enjoy,” said Michael Lerman, Artistic Director.  “We’ve had pretty incredible success rate. Four out of the last 5 Best Picture winners made their Philadelphia debut at our Festival, so this is the chance to see it first!”
The Philadelphia Film Society is honored to have Damien Chazelle, recipient of the Academy Award nomination for best writing and adapted screenplay for Whiplash¸ and director of the Opening Night film, La La Land join us for the #PFF25 opening night.

The full Festival schedule and digital Festival Program Guide is available now on www.filmadelphia.org/festival

Of interest are
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO - James Baldwin doc from Raoul PEck 10/22 and 10/29
OJ MADE IN AMERICA 10/23
MOONLIGHT, directed by Barry Jenkins (Medicine For Melancholy) on 10/24
HUNTER/GATHERER starring Andre Royo 10/24 and 10/25
ARRIVAL, photographed by Bradford Young (Selma) on 10/28
DUECES written and directed by JAMAL HILL and starring LARENZ TATE and MEGAN GOOD (grab these fast–only one screening– it will sell out) 10/29
I CALLED HIM MORGAN - Lee Morgan doc 10/28 and 10/30

ARTHUR JAFA AT SCRIBE 10/18

Arthur Jafa is a filmmaker, visual artist and cultural theorist best known for his cinematographic work on films such as Spike Lee’s Crooklyn and Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust. Jafa will discuss the ways that light and sound, fram rates and sensor resolution can create a uniquely Black form of expression in film.

Tuesday October 18 7-9pm $20, $15 for PIFVA & Reelblack members, $10 for Scribe members

Reserve your space now at http://www.scribe.org/events/master-class-arthur-jafa-towards-black-aesthetic

BLACK BALLERINA ON REELBLACK RADIO TODAY AT 11AM

Tune in today at 11am ET to WURD-AM. Reelblack founder Mike D. and Mojo host Stephanie Renee will chat with filmmaker Frances McElro, whose movie Black Ballerina premiers 10/17 at International House; PFS Executive Director J. ANDREW GREENBLATT calls in to talk about the upcoming Philadelphia Film Festival and Mike shares his thoughts on WHAT NOW and THE ACCOUNTANT.  Listen live at www.900amwurd.com

BLACK BALLERINA PREMIERE 10/17

Philadelphia Premiere | FREE
Get tix HERE
Monday, October 17, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
International House 3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

of BLACK BALLERINABLACK BALLERINA tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson faced racism in pursuit of careers in classical dance. Today, young dancers of color continue to face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Moving back and forth in time, this lyrical, character driven film shows how far we still have to go and stimulates a fresh discussion about race, inclusion and opportunity across all sectors of American society.

6:00pm   Reception
7:00pm   Screening
8:00pm   Q & A with Filmmakers  and Participants

RBTV ON THE RED CARPET WITH KEVIN HART


RBTV’s MIKE D. on the red carpet for the Philly fan screening of KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? which opens today in theaters nationwide.

Conspiracy Brother Exposes The Connection Between Nat Turner and Madea

CONSPIRACY OR COINCIDENCE? Conspiracy Brother checks in with Reelblack podcast’s Mike D. to expose the tricknology behind the release of Nate Parker’s THE BIRTH OF A NATION and the insiduous connection between Chris Rock and Tyler Perry.  A Reelblack exclusive.  The numbers don’t lie. Do the math then share your thoughts in the comments section below. Listen to our podcast at www.soundcloud.com/reelblack

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