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LL Cool J - Spike hosts a For Your Consideration Event for the members of the Television Academy with a screening of 'Lip Sync Battle' at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 14th June 2016

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LL Cool J - Apollo Theater's 11th Annual Spring Gala hosted by LL Cool J - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 13th June 2016

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LL Cool J - The 58th Annual Grammy Awards Arrivals at Grammy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th February 2016

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Simone Smith , LL Cool J - 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 15th February 2016

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LL Cool J - Clive Davis 2016 Pre-Grammy Gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at Grammy, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 14th February 2016

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LL Cool J - Los Angeles World Premiere of 'The Night Before' at The Theatre at The ACE Hotel - Arrivals at The ACE Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 18th November 2015

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LL Cool J , aka James Todd Smith - Los Angeles World Premiere of 'The Night Before' at The Theatre at The ACE Hotel - Arrivals at The Theatre at ACE Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 18th November 2015

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LL Cool J - Celebrities at the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' studios at JImmy Kimmel studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 1st October 2015

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LL Cool J - CBS, CW And Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center - Arrivals at Pacific Design Center - West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015

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LL Cool J , Renee Felice Smith - Celebrities attend the CBS, The CW, and Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center. at Pacific Design Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015

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LL Cool J , aka James Todd Smith - CBS TCA Summer 2015 Party at Pacific Design Center - West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015

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LL Cool J - Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios - Arrivals at Sony Pictures Studios - Culver City, California, United States - Saturday 6th June 2015

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Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Ll Cool J
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Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Ll Cool J and Guest

Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J - CBS Summer Soiree at London Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 18th May 2015

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Miguel Ferrer, Ll Cool J, Chris O'donnell, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa, Renee Felice Smith and Daniela Ruah
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Miguel Ferrer, Ll Cool J, Chris O'donnell, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa, Renee Felice Smith and Daniela Ruah

LL Cool J - Celebrities attend the 3rd Annual CBS Television Studios Rooftop Summer Soiree at The London Hotel. at The London Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 19th May 2015

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Miguel Ferrer, Ll Cool J, Chris O'donnell, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa, Renée Felice Smith and Daniela Ruah
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Miguel Ferrer, Ll Cool J, Chris O'donnell, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa, Renée Felice Smith and Daniela Ruah

LL Cool J - The John Varvatos 12th Annual Stuart House Benefit with Honorary Chair Chris Pine. Live performance by Ziggy Marley, guest DJ performance by Nick Simmons and Wade Crescent - Arrivals at John Varvatos Boutique West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th April 2015

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LL Cool J - 12th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit at John Varvatos - Red Carpet Arrivals at John Varvatos Boutique West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th April 2015

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Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and James Todd Smith - Chris O'Donnell is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 5th March 2015

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George Lopez, Regina Belle and LL Cool J - Thurgood Marshall College Fund's 26th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Hilton - Arrivals - Washington DC, District Of Columbia, United States - Wednesday 12th November 2014

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LL Cool J - Celebrities appear on 'Extra' at Universal City Walk - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 11th September 2014

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Is Brad Paisley And LL Cool J's 'Accidental Racist' Accidentally The Most Racist Song Ever?


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Can the circle be unbroken? Who knows? Is the Accidental Racist racist? Who knows? We’ve listened to that song more times than we care to talk about now and frankly, it’s been reduced to little more than a terrible country song with some MOR rapping laid on top; one of the worst musical unions we have heard in a very long time, there, from Brad Paisley and LL Cool J. They were an unlikely studio pairing and we’re going to go so far as to say that it was probably an ‘unwanted’ one, too, for the most part.

If you think about Accidental Racist too hard, it will blow your mind. It’s a song about racism, it’s a song that is criticising racism, dissecting the cultural context that leads people to accidentally be a bit racist, without really realising it. Yet, somehow, Accidental Racist is… accidentally racist. It’s literally The Most Ironic Song EVER. Hands Down. It’s such a mind-blowing concept that you’d be better off trying to understand what happened before the big bang.

Thankfully, the world’s celebrities and comedians were on hand to provide a little light relief from the intense pressures of thinking too hard about Accidental Racist. Al Yankovic posted a tweet which, somewhat hilariously read “I WOULD do ‘Accidental Nazi’ but I'm not sure I could get Mel Brooks to do the rapping part” (Brooks has bad form in the world of anti-Semitism, in case you weren’t aware). Meanwhile, Patton Oswalt tweeted “I can't wait for Brad Paisley & LL Cool J's next single: ‘Whoopsy Daisy, Holocaust, My Bad.’ That song was a tragedy. We’re just grateful that others have been able to get a few laughs out of it, because we’re still weeping over here. 

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A Week In Celebrity News: Lohan Gives As Good As She Gets, Tom Hanks Wows Onstage, LL Cool J Defends 'Accidental Racist' And Much More!


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Don't Mess With The Lohan: Though David Letterman probed and probed, Lindsay Lohan gave an assured performance on the Late Show this week, following her sentencing to three months in locked down rehabilitation. A healthy looking Lindsay spoke about what she's looking to get out of the experience and even had room for a few quips.

Accidental Racist: LL Cool J and Brad Paisley have joined forces on a country-hip-hop hybrid. Now, whether that appeals or sounds like you're worst nightmare, you've probably heard that it's caused quite a stir for its treatment of race relations in the lyrics. LL is standing by the "bold statement."

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"I'm Really Proud Of It" - LL Cool J Defends Brad Paisley Collaboration 'Accidental Racist'


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LL Cool J will no doubt be aware of the controversy caused by his collaboration with country singer Brad Paisley but the rapper is standing by the song and has even said that he’s proud of it.

The track, ‘Accidental Racist,’ hit the internet on Monday (April 8, 2013) and many reacted strongly to the song’s lyrics, in which Paisley explains the “red flag” on his chest and describes himself as a “proud rebel son with an old can of worms, looking like I got a lot to learn, but I’m just a white man, coming to you from a South land… I’m proud of where I’m from but I’m not proud of everything we’ve done.”

In the song, LL Cool J responds to Paisley’s assertion that he’s caught between “Southern pride and Southern blame” by saying “dear Mr White Man, I wish you understood, what is like, living in the ‘hood… just because my pants are sagging doesn’t mean I’m up to no good.” Of course, it’s hard to condense the complexities of America’s race relations into a 6-minute country rap song. Perhaps we should applaud them for trying. But some things should just stay in the recording studio, you know? 

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Grammys Host LL Cool J Excited For 2013 Event After Whitney Houston Debut Tragedy


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LL Cool JJ isn’t a heartless man by any stretch, but even he’s admitted that presenting the 2013 Grammy Awards is going to be much more enjoyable than it was for him last year.

The rapper earned plaudits for presenting the Grammys in 2012, but his task had changed drastically on the eve of the show, after it was discovered that Whitney Houston had died in her hotel room. The show was hastily changed, turning into a much more somber tribute to the fallen star. "It made the event bittersweet, and there was a whole cloud of sorrow on it," 45-year-old – whose real name is James Todd Smith – said to USA Today. "But at the same time, I was glad it went the way it went. We were able to pay respect to Whitney and her family, and at the same time give all of those deserving artists an opportunity to shine."

This year promises to be far more upbeat, though not everyone’s looking forward to the event this coming Sunday (February 10, 2013). There are the usual rumblings that hip-hop has been under-represented once again across the categories. It’s something LL Cool J understands, but he also pointed out "Every person in every genre is always going to want their genre to be represented. That's the nature of the beast. I'd like to see more hip-hop, but you could make an argument for more of everything. The Grammys have made a huge statement by taking a hip-hop icon and making him their host. So I think they're embracing hip-hop culture." The man himself speaks as a rap star who successfully managed to win a Grammy of course. Twice in fact.

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Weighty Line-Up Announced For The Grammys; Rihanna, Taylor Swift And Fun Set To Play


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To say that the Grammys have attracted a star-studded line-up is a bit like saying there might be a couple of handy actors knocking around the Oscars next month. However, once again it is the crème de la crème of mainstream music that will be attending the annual music ceremony, with the first batch of performers being announced for the event on February 10, 2013.

Many of the nominees for this year’s 55th Grammy Awards are set to put in a turn performing. MTV reports that leading the list are six time nominees and the only act honored in each of the so-called Big Four categories, Record and Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist, Fun. British folk duds Mumford & Sons will also perform – the group are also up for six categories this year - while five-time nominees the Black Keys and three-time nominees Rihanna and Taylor Swift will also be taking a turn each. Studded with stars as you can see.

LL Cool J’s been doing a pretty bang up job of hosting the huge event in recent years, and it’ll be he who once again guides everyone through the evening, with plenty more stars still to be confirmed to perform. Hopefully this will be a year where the event won’t be befallen by tragedy, as it did on the eve of last year’s when Whitney Houston passed away in her hotel room.

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Only A Few Hours Until The Grammy Nominations Concert: Let's Preview.


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The Grammy nominations concert does more than just tell us who's in line for an award come 2013, it's a chance to catch the hottest acts performing on stage. It's more than just a nominations show; it's a warm up.

LL Cool J and Taylor Swift will be hosting affairs. An unlikely match you might say, but they've proved their on stage chemistry by working well together in an ad for the Grammys earlier on in the year. All eyes will be on One Direction, as their name being called out will mean more than a Grammy, but a public coming together of Harry Styles and Swift, who have been rumoured to be dating recently. Depending on how the next few months go, it could be explosive, awkward or both - either way it'll make for great television. Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and The Who will all be performing, and can boast Grammy pedigree in their ranks, with nominations, wins and past live shows amongst the pack.

Ne-Yo spoke with MTV News last weekend, saying that he might use the event to bring up some album-title drama with Swift. "I can honestly say that even though I don't believe in accident or coincidence, it is completely coincidental that we keep winding up in the same places, even that our album titles are similar," he said about his album named R.E.D. and hers named Red. "It's completely coincidental, but like I said, I don't believe in coincidence, so it's got to mean something." Tune in to CBS at 10 p.m. ET/PT to see what goes down.

Taylor Swift To Co-Host The Grammy Nominations


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Taylor Swift can put no foot wrong it seems, as her album sells outrageously quickly, and now she has been picked to host the Grammy nominations, from her home town, Nashville, which is also the hometown of country music. 

She will join LL Cool J in the announcements, as well as Maroon 5 and Luke Bryan who will both be performing at the show, and plenty of more performers will be announced a later date. Swift and LL Cool J will release the nominations in the main categories on December 5th, ahead of the main show that will be aired in February 2013. Swift's participation helps mark the Grammys' own celebration of her predominant genre of country music, according to Reuters. 

Taylor Swift is already the recipient of 6 Grammys, a number which may be increased next year. She's currently on a massive promotional tour in aid of her latest album 'Red'. As part of her promotions, the Mirror reports that she has been getting closer and closer to Ed Sheeran who will be touring with her in next year's mammoth 58 day tour of the US. If these rumours are true, that may be the quickest relationship turnaround in history, as she has only just broken up with her most recent boyfriend, 18-year-old Connor Kennedy.

BET Hip-Hop Awards Descends Into Farce After Rick Ross, Young Jeezy Scuffle


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The BET Hip-Hop Awards attracted all the wrong kinds of attention at the weekend, as the event held in Atlanta, Georgia descended into farce when police were called in to break up a spat that took place at the ceremony.

Already suffering from bad press with the news that Kanye West wouldn't be attending the awards despite leading the way on nominations with 17 nods, the event was plunged into further disrepute when police confirmed to the Press Association that they'd been forced to respond to a scuffle that took place at around 7:30pm on Saturday evening (September 29th). No names were disclosed regarding who was involved in the scuffle, but it was revealed that the fight took place during a tribute performance to the late hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, who committed suicide just last month. Gossip website TMZ.com say Rick Ross and Young Jeezy were the main offenders.

Leading the tribute performance were rappers Q-Tip, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent; LL Cool J paid homage to him with some words beforehand. Away from the fights and the tributes, Rakim was given the "I Am Hip-Hop Icon" honour by fellow wordsmith T.I, with Kendrick Lamar coming away with lyricist of the year. The recording of the event will air on BET on October 9th, it's unknown whether the scuffle will be included, though officials said it did not interrupt the running of the awards.


LL Cool J - Tuesday 24th June 2008 at Bet Awards Los Angeles, California

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Deliver Us From Eva Review


Bad
Red flags of caution should shoot up any time the strongest actor in an ensemble comedy is a former rap star with a Halloween sequel and the critically-panned remake of Rollerball on his resume. Still, LL Cool J stands apart in the relationship farce Deliver Us from Eva, and his chemistry with love interest Gabrielle Union lifts this dreadful dud out of the doldrums but can't keep it afloat.

Headstrong Eva (Union) repeatedly interferes in her three sisters' romantic relationships. Hoping to get her off their collective cases, three frustrated friends hire ladies man James (LL Cool J) to seduce the manipulative minx. But James and Eva fall in love despite their obvious differences, and everyone comes to discover that a satisfied Eva causes more problems than an irritated one.

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Last Holiday Review


Good
Queen Latifah and LL Cool J often do great work in bad movies - she elevates unnecessary Barbershop spin-offs; he convincingly flexes his acting muscles in action-centered junk like S.W.A.T. and Mindhunters.

Wayne Wang's Last Holiday might be the first film to allow both bright spots to shine in support of a good feature. Essentially a remake of a 1950s Alec Guinness comedy, Holiday casts Latifah as Georgia Bird, a kind-hearted department store sales clerk who is too shy to ask out her dream man, Sean (Cool J), and too timid to pursue her dream career as a chef. After receiving a brutal bump on the head at work, Georgia is diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and told she has three weeks to live. This shocking truth jolts the homebody out of her mundane existence. She drains her bank account, books a flight to Prague, and proceeds to splurge on life's finer points before her time runs out.

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Rollerball (2002) Review


Terrible
Seeing a movie remake inevitably leads viewers to make comparisons, matching up new casting choices, storylines, and updated themes. It happens all the time, as moviegoers may catch Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos) or the original Thomas Crown Affair on video so they can compare, contrast, discuss. Well, it won't happen with Rollerball, a remake of the 1975 futuristic sports thriller, because the John McTiernan-directed update is so thoroughly bad, so outrageously uninteresting, and so poorly presented that it demands no comparison, perhaps not even to other terrible movies.

In line with the James Caan version, Jonathan Cross (the horrid Chris Klein) is a young hotshot athlete playing the dangerous, thrill-seeking game of Rollerball, a roller derby-style sport that pits armor-clad combatants on skates and motorcycles against one another, hoping to slam a metal ball into a goal.

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Any Given Sunday Review


Very Good
Football is as engrained in our society's mores as deeply as war, family values, and politics -- at least that's what Oliver Stone would like you to believe. To back up this statement, Any Given Sunday analyzes the effects of a culture that elevates professional athletes and coaches to a plateau where they are immortalized as heroes of the common man. Stone's football fairytale is a culmination of every anecdote, highlight, or soundbite you've ever seen associated with the pigskin, wrapped up in an aesthetically pleasing Christmas package, and sealed with a kiss from team owner Cameron Diaz. Stone aims to please, and he doesn't miss a single cliché of the revered and scrutinized American athlete.

At its core, Any Given Sunday is the story of Miami Sharks coach Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino - The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon) and his two quarterbacks, Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx - The Great White Hype, Booty Call) and Cap Rooney (Dennis Quaid - The Big Easy, Innerspace). The quarterback is the most vital position in the game. He is the team spokesperson and field chief, and he serves as a crucial link between coaches, administration, and players. When legendary two-time Pantheon Cup (aka: Super Bowl) champion Cap Bowman ruptures a disk after a bone crushing hit, coach Tony is left with Willie Beamen (Foxx), an athletic, yet untested QB. His team has lost four straight and appears to be plummeting in a downward spiral with the playoffs right around the corner. He's got delusional team owner Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) and sports analyst Jack Rose (John McGinley, doing his best Jim Rome impersonation) breathing down his neck because of his outdated coaching style, and a team of players he's losing control of.

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Deliver Us From Eva Review


Bad
Red flags of caution should shoot up any time the strongest actor in an ensemble comedy is a former rap star with a Halloween sequel and the critically-panned remake of Rollerball on his resume. Still, LL Cool J stands apart in the relationship farce Deliver Us from Eva, and his chemistry with love interest Gabrielle Union lifts this dreadful dud out of the doldrums but can't keep it afloat.

Headstrong Eva (Union) repeatedly interferes in her three sisters' romantic relationships. Hoping to get her off their collective cases, three frustrated friends hire ladies man James (LL Cool J) to seduce the manipulative minx. But James and Eva fall in love despite their obvious differences, and everyone comes to discover that a satisfied Eva causes more problems than an irritated one.

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Rugrats Go Wild! Review


Bad
You would have figured that with a show and movie series as delightfully cynical as Rugrats would have had the foresight to see that naming a movie with "Go Wild" in the title is just asking for insult. The similarities between the "Wild" movies go beyond the titles. Both take place in exotic getaway spots (a deserted island / a deserted alley outside a cheap New Orleans bar in Mardi Gras). Both involve a large cast of characters whose names you don't remember and whose voice you can barely make out through the sucking, slurping, or slurring of something or another. Oh yeah, and both are an utter waste of time unless your mind can't discern between binki-ness and kinkiness.

As if your kid will care, Rugrats Go Wild! is a cross between the shows Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys, in which a Rugrats family vacation leads to being stranded on a deserted island. The only other inhabitants are the Thornberrys, a dysfunctional set of explorers with a souped-up RV that makes the new Lexus SUVs look like bumper cars. The adults get the idea to start going Lord of the Flies. The babies get the idea to start going exploring, and I get the idea to leave the theatre before dealing with an extra hour and a half of wasted time.

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Kingdom Come Review


Good
When LL Cool J stars in a movie with a title like Kingdom Come, you expect to see car chases, stuff getting blown up, that sort of thing. Instead, we get a fairly average, seen-it-before, family comedy that has its moments as well as its problems -- just like the clan in the movie.

When the Slocumb family patriarch -- evidently an ornery sonofabitch -- keels over in front of wife Whoopi Goldberg, it sets off a Slocumb pilgrimage back to the tiny town of Lula for a weekend of last respects. But, like most extended families, there is friction, conflict, and the occasional secret.

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Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later Review


Bad
Stillborn and not even remotely scary, this update of the Halloween series (which rewrites the series as if the third through sixth films never happened) is just another excuse to make some bucks with Curtis screaming her head off. Zzzzzzz.

Woo Review


Weak
It's about time the You Go Girl crowd got a movie to call its own besides Waiting to Exhale. Too bad it sucks eggs by virtue of being completely stupid and asinine, by virtually all counts. Woo is the inexplicable story of a girl inexplicably named Woo (Pinkett) who is set up on an inexplicable date with a loser (Davidson) and whom spend an inexplicable night together, inexplicably falling in love. Woo is big and brassy -- you know, like her name. "You go, Woo!" Or not. Woo is so boring and obnoxious you'll wish Woo went away. Fortunately, the extra-inexplicable moments like Parker playing "the chicken ho" are extra fun and make up for having to watch the rest of this dreck.

Deep Blue Sea Review


Very Good
It's been a few years since a good shark movie, and while Lake Placid played games with the monster movie genre, Deep Blue Sea aims to please with an old-fashioned thriller where, once again, the beasts are much smarter than the prey (the people).

The story is familiar - genetic tampering makes sharks brilliantly intelligent - and they want nothing more than to eat people. Along the food chain are Samuel Jackson, Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, and Michael Rapaport. But most notable is rapper LL Cool J as a cook/preacher who provides much-needed comic relief to the proceedings.

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Kingdom Come Review


Good

Director Doug McHenry strikes an impressively deft balance between slapstick and subtlety, satire and sincerity in the dysfunctional family funeral comedy "Kingdom Come."

Combining earnestly conflicted devotion with over-the-top raillery in much the same way "All In the Family" once did, the story concerns a clan called the Slocumbs gathering in their rural home town to say goodbye to an irascible patriarch. Daddy Bud, as he was known, was so universally disliked that his wife (Whoopi Goldberg) actually wants his headstone engraved with the eulogy "mean and surly."

The dead man's eldest son Ray Bud (LL Cool J) was probably closest to him, but his most vivid memory is of Daddy Bud ridiculing him over his drinking problem -- a problem he licked some time ago, although the stress of the funeral may cause a relapse.

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In Too Deep Review


OK

Not a bad idea, making a ghetto gangland rehash of "Donnie Brasco," that surprisingly powerful Johnny Depp-Al Pacino picture from 1997 about an FBI man deep undercover in the mob.

A story about a cop losing himself in the ambitious, low-level mafioso character he creates as his cover, that flick followed its hero's discovery of the gray areas between right and wrong, and watched his loyalty split between duty and friendship as he immersed himself in mob life.

"In Too Deep" is a strikingly similar yarn, set within a powerful Cincinnati street gang run by a bad-ass cocaine kingpin who calls himself God (LL Cool J). The cop, played here by Omar Epps ("The Mod Squad"), is plucked straight out of the academy for this infiltration assignment, based on his background as a street tough and the fact that he's new to Cinci, so there's no one to blow his cover.

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S.W.A.T. Review


Terrible

When even the dynamic, charismatic, scenery-chomping Samuel L. Jackson seems so bored that he might as well be phoning in his performance, you know your action movie is a lifeless failure.

For the first hour of "S.W.A.T.," an assemble-the-team super-cop movie long on testosterone clichés and short on everything else, there isn't even a plot -- just shopworn stock scenes recycled from 100 other cop movies. Shaky, pseudo-gritty "Cops"-style footage shows fearless tactical teams taking down violent bank robbers in a massive shoot-out! Order-disobeying heroes are chewed out and busted down to menial posts by WASPy, career-minded higher-ups who just don't know what it's like on the streets! Training montages set to grinding, angry-white-boy rap soundtracks that provide zero insight into what S.W.A.T. teams really do! Tons of laughably conspicuous soft-drink and fast-food product placement!

The movie's only capacity for holding one's interest in its first 90 minutes seems to be counting its stupid gaffes in common sense. Why, for example, do police sharpshooters at the robbery fire at a getaway driver through a car's windshield but don't even bother taking aim at a masked gunman standing in the open and firing at bystanders?

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Mindhunters Review


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IN THE MEANTIME...

Here's the plot (from the studio):

Hiding inside a group of eight young FBI profilers learning to hunt serial killers is a killer attempting to hunt them. As one by one the agents begin to disappear, none can be trusted. Each one is under suspicion. And they are all in mortal danger until, in the ultimate test of their crime-solving skills, they uncover the mysterious predator lurking in their midst. MINDHUNTERS turns the serial killer thriller inside out by concealing the ultimate evil deep within the ranks of the good guys. The film stars Val Kilmer, Christian Slater, LL Cool J, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathryn Morris, Clifton Collins Jr., Will Kemp, Patricia Velasquez and Eion Bailey as the agents both under suspicion and imminent threat.

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14th January, 1968

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Musician

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Grudge Match Movie Review

Grudge Match Movie Review

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Slow Burn, Trailer Trailer

Slow Burn, Trailer Trailer

Slow BurnTrailerSlow Burn's a sexy, stylish, thriller, featuring an all-star cast including Ray Liotta, LL...

Deliver Us From Eva Movie Review

Deliver Us From Eva Movie Review

Red flags of caution should shoot up any time the strongest actor in an ensemble...

Last Holiday Movie Review

Last Holiday Movie Review

Queen Latifah and LL Cool J often do great work in bad movies - she...

Rollerball (2002) Movie Review

Rollerball (2002) Movie Review

Seeing a movie remake inevitably leads viewers to make comparisons, matching up new casting choices,...

Any Given Sunday Movie Review

Any Given Sunday Movie Review

Football is as engrained in our society's mores as deeply as war, family values, and...

S.W.A.T. Movie Review

S.W.A.T. Movie Review

Is it that Samuel L. Jackson's character is nicknamed "Hondo"? Could it be the sequence...

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Deliver Us From Eva Movie Review

Deliver Us From Eva Movie Review

Red flags of caution should shoot up any time the strongest actor in an ensemble...

Rugrats Go Wild! Movie Review

Rugrats Go Wild! Movie Review

You would have figured that with a show and movie series as delightfully cynical as...

Kingdom Come Movie Review

Kingdom Come Movie Review

When LL Cool J stars in a movie with a title like Kingdom Come, you...

Mindhunters Movie Review

Mindhunters Movie Review

In Mindhunters, a serial killer uses broken watches to reveal the time he's going to...

Deep Blue Sea Movie Review

Deep Blue Sea Movie Review

It's been a few years since a good shark movie, and while Lake Placid played...

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