Nia Long - Nia Long showed off her First Lady of Fabulous reusable shopping bag at the Studio City Farmers Market. The Mighty Michelle Obama shopping bag is made from 95% recycled woven polypropylene with reinforced stitching and nylon handles. The First Lady of the United States bag sells for $19.95 through the White House Gifts website. - Studio City, California, United States - Sunday 14th September 2014
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The Best Man, directed and written by Malcom Lee, is a prime example of an exhilarating love story that will certainly charm its audience. Well written and fabulously acted, this film hopefully will put some fresh new faces onto the Hollywood scene.
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The upside to this way of thinking is that when you get a film that combines great visuals with a decent plot then you can have an extremely entertaining product along the lines of an Event Horizon or The Matrix. Luckily for us, Stigmata, directed by Rupert Wainwright (The Sadness of Sex, Blank Check) is one of those films that successfully molds story line with powerful visuals to make for an entertaining and eerie adventure. It's like watching a two-hour music video on MTV. An exciting fusion of neo-punk culture combined with ancient religious rites.
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Boiler Room is the story of Seth (Ribisi), a 19-year-old college dropout obsessed with the American dream of easy money. After concluding rather quickly that college isn't necessarily the fast track to a quick buck, he opens up an underground casino out of his house in Queens, providing a popular service for the local city college kids. After his disapproving father (Rifkin) finds out about the casino, Seth, feeling a repressed need to gain his father's approval, looks into an opportunity to become a stockbroker at the small firm of J.T. Marlin.
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"Baadassss!" is Mario Van Peebles' fond commemoration of his cantankerous father's bull-headed cinematic audacity. An unblinking, if slightly golden-toned, account of the making of Melvin Van Peebles' violent, dark, gritty and groundbreaking "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song," it's a clear labor of love, and so much the better for it.
"Sweetback" -- a "ghetto Western" about a slick, taciturn pimp who becomes a hunted man for killing a couple thug cops who beat a black militant -- scared the hell out of Hollywood, yet its success ($15 million in limited release in 1971) gave rise to scores of shallower imitators that became the blaxploitation genre of "Coffy" and "Shaft."
Getting the divisive, patently anti-establishment film made was a nightmare of financing and bounced checks ("Baadasssss!" implies that drug money was to be used before Bill Cosby stepped in), of casting (writer-director Melvin played the lead when he couldn't find the right actor), of union problems (the industry guilds were practically all-white at the time -- and expensive), of controversy (an X rating), and of distribution (only two privately-owned theaters would touch it at first).
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For a gay movie that purports to be about real people -- as opposed to melodramatic stereotypes or comedy caricatures -- "The Broken Hearts Club" comes across pretty contrived.
Not only do the ensemble players include such stock West Hollywood denizens as the bimbo hunk and the queeny cry baby with a jones for redecorating, but these clichés are also introduced immediately following a coffee shop gripe session scene about how gays in the movies are always sex maniacs, confidants to lovelorn women, AIDS victims or friends of AIDS victims.
Writer-director Greg Berlanti (a producer on "Dawson's Creek") doesn't seem to realize he's contributing to this very problem. And he's far too green a filmmaker to be passing judgment anyway. This is his first film and it's riddled with nagging script deficiencies (most of these "real people" don't seem to have jobs) and bad technical calls, like the gratuitous, intrusive and annoying overuse of hand-held cameras.
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An ensemble reunion comedy revolving around an approaching wedding, "The Best Man" is a slightly klutzy charmer about friendship and sex-related secrets within a group of former college buddies.
The lethally handsome Taye Diggs stars in the title role, as a soon-to-be-published author whose new novel contains a barely-disguised passage about a clandestine liaison between himself and a character in his story that rather closely resembles the bride.
The plot: Keep the advanced copy of the book -- entitled "Unfinished Business" and now making its way around the clique gathering for the wedding -- from falling into the groom's hands until after his nuptials, because when he reads what's in there he might change his mind.
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Stranded at a desert convenience store by his angry girlfriend (Nia Long) who has just discovered he spent their nest egg on a vintage Studebaker, Jamie Foxx is in the wrong place at the wrong time in "Held Up," becoming the most loud-mouthed of a handful of comically diverse hostages when a clumsy virgin hold-up man bungles a robbery at the store.
In its first 10 minutes -- when the movie still looks like it might be about Foxx trying to get his girlfriend back -- the movie shows a pinch of promise. Foxx and Long are both entertaining actors that could carry off a capricious black Bickersons comedy in their sleep.
But any semblance of structure or potential for good laughs exits the movie with Long in the first reel and the balance is spent on shopworn random sketch comedy episodes that the players seem to be making up on the spot while giving each other "just play along!" sideways glances.
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Much better than Meet the Fockers," this family-friendly film uses virtually the same batch of vomit jokes, pee jokes, slapstick, chases and exploding cars. But this time we have Ice Cube, who possesses a remarkable screen presence and star power, plus an ability to effortlessly switch from cuddly comedy to fearsome drama. Cube flows with the material instead of against it, immersing himself in it, no matter how embarrassed he might be.
He plays Nick Persons, a sports collectibles dealer who volunteers to bring two kids from Oregon to Vancouver to impress a girl, the children's mother (Nia Long). The flimsy plot arranges vague excuses to avoid planes and trains and get the trio into an automobile, so that the rebellious children can wreck Nick's fancy new ride. None of the film's major events are very funny or interesting, but Cube manages a few delightfully funny and charming small moments in-between the big plot turns.
Tracy Morgan provides the voice for a Satchel Paige bobblehead that advises Nick from time to time. Jay Mohr co-stars, and Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura from "Star Trek") makes a "special appearance."
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A goth-lite rehashing of "The Exorcist" -- by way of "The Crow," with a pinch of Madonna's "Like A Prayer" video tossed in for flavor -- "Stigmata" has terminal case of style over substance.
From the movie's very first frame, the story -- about a generically funky Pittsburgh hairdresser (Patricia Arquette) who becomes possessed and inflicted with the wounds of Christ -- takes a back seat to moody, underexposed photography, a never-ending rainstorm allusion and rave-spastic editing set to a soundtrack by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins and Elia Cmiral ("Ronin").
Arquette plays Frankie Paige, a non-believer who starts channeling a dead priest after being given his stolen rosary as a gift. When she begins exhibiting signs of stigmata, an ordained investigator (Gabriel Byrne) --with faith issues of his own, natch -- is sent to debunk her case by a crooked, cover-up-happy Vatican cardinal with delusions of grandeur (Jonathan Pryce). But Byrne becomes a believer and tries to protect the girl from his superiors.
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There are two jokes in "Big Momma's House," Martin Lawrence's flimsy stab at "Mrs. Doubtfire"-style costume comedy:
1) Lawrence made up in a wig and a fat lady rubber suit.
2) Lawrence made up in a wig and a fat lady rubber suit, staring lustfully at Nia Long's backside and shrieking "Damn!" in a bad falsetto.
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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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