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It's that time of year again - the January doldrums, which means slow news days like today. There just isn't much going on in the world of cinema - specifically "black cinema;" so, there's not much worthwhile to report.

Glad to say that I'm starting feel better than I did over the last 4 days. Bouts of sneezing, blowing, sniffling and coughing have dwindled to just bouts of coughing. So, I'm almost there!

So what's new, you ask? Not much...

Director F. Gary Gray's return to the big screen is starting to take shape as four more actors have joined Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler in the vigilante thriller, Law Abiding Citizen.

The Hollywood Reporter states that among the new additions are Michael
Gambon, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney and Theresa Randle.

Citizen is set in motion when a district attorney orchestrates a plea bargain that sets free the killers of another man's family. The aggrieved victim then seeks personal justice from the D.A. Not sure who's playing who. I'll guess that Jamie Foxx plays the said "aggrieved victim" and Randle plays his wife?

Randle, whose film credits include Spike Lee's Girl 6 and Sugar Hill, was last seen on the big screen in 2003 with Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys II.

The film will start shooting this month in Philadelphia.


Here's a pic of Terrence Howard on the set of his next outing titled, Fighting, which stars Channing Tatum, also pictured with Howard.

The synopsis: “Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership. As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.”

And lastly...

3. Prince is planning to release three new albums in 2009 without the assistance of a record label, according to an interview with the Los Angeles Times. A "major retailer" is in talks with the artist to release the music physically, while a new Prince Web site will sell it in digital form.

The two new Prince albums are the tentatively titled "MPLSOUND" and "Lotus Flower." He was also heavily involved in a third album titled "Elixir" from his protege, Bria Valente. "We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," he said of that project.

As for "MPLSOUND," recorded at Prince's Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis, the Times describes at "electro-flavored" and full of "trippy, experimental pop songs." Q-Tip guests on one track.

"Lotus Flower" is more guitar-driven, an approach Prince says he came to after touring as the guitarist in singer Tamar Davis' band in 2006. Tracks include "Dreamer," a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson & Clover," "Colonized Mind" and "Wall of Berlin."

Like I said... a slow news day...

Cheers mateys!



  1. Jaceeel said...

    wow, Randle glad to see her acting again and in something high profile.

    ps. uh, it looks like prince can really see me.

  2. The Obenson Report said...

    She's been M.I.A. for awhile, hasn't she? Hopefully her role is actually worthwhile, and not just another thankless "wifey" part.

    Ha-ha on Prince! Can't believe he's 50.

  3. Jaceel said...

    Prince being 50 makes me feel old. But living through the 82-86 prince era was fun.

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