*Geez, do we have the makings of another beef between two brothers?
Spike Lee may have provided early exposure to Anthony Mackie in two of his movies, but the filmmaker’s view of gentrification in Brooklyn has exposed a rift in the way the two see the issue.
Mackie questioned Lee’s concern over the issue in a recent interview as he noted that Lee currently doesn’t live in his beloved borough. The “Pain & Gain” star further noted that Lee’s move to Manhattan’s Upper East Side is a form of “reverse gentrification” and ”as your tax brackets changes, I guess your zip code changes.”
Mackie’s comments come days after Lee appeared as a guest lecturer for an African American History Month event at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Continue reading
Psychological Thriller Traces Grief-Stricken Man’s Slow Descent into Insanity
In “Repentance,” therapist Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has just published a popular self-help book about the near death experience which helped him turn his life around.
He is proud of the fact that after almost perishing in a horrific, alcohol-related car crash in his teens, he eventually not only earned graduate degrees in World Religion and Clinical Psychology but went on to wed his soul mate, Maggie (Sanaa Lathan).
*Comedian, film producer, writer and rapper Mike Epps is back on the big screen.
The actor stars alongside Forest Whitaker in new psychological thriller, “Repentance.”
Epps spoke with EURweb’s Lee Bailey, about his new dramatic role.
*”In the movie, I do go over the edge a little bit! There’s one moment where even I think … when did I do that!”
Oscar winner Forest Whitaker stars in the new psychological thriller, “Repentance.”
EURweb’s Lee Bailey, sat down with the thespian to talk about the film and Whitaker’s firsthand experience with the mentally ill.
Lee Bailey: Is your character crazy?
Forest Whitaker: “I don’t think he is crazy. Think he is struggling with his own pain and issue. He has been trying to keep his life together. He lost his mom and he doesn’t understand why and as a result he’s taking medication; that doesn’t make you crazy.”
What attracted you to this role?
FW: “The movie is a lot about dealing with your past pains and having to deal with past issues and address them and look at them to see about moving forward and this character has all those things. He’s a very complicated character in a lot of ways with mental challenges. To play all these things while seeking the truth was an interesting ground to walk.”
LB: How did you prepare for this role? What was it like playing this kind of character?
FW: “I did research. One of the first jobs I had in college was at a half way house for the mentally disturbed. Personally and internally it wasn’t fun to play this kind of role. The experience with the cast was fun.”
In the film, a successful author and spiritual advisor (Anthony Mackie) takes on a troubled man (Whitaker) as a client, completely unaware that the man’s fixation on his mother’s death will soon put his life in jeopardy.
“Repentance” is the first major film production of CodeBlack Films since its merger with Lions Gate Entertainment.
The thriller hits theaters this Friday, February 28.
Watch the multi-award winner talk about his new role here.
*She wasn’t too sure about one of her popular films gaining a sequel and she wasn’t too sure about another either.
Sanaa Lathan admitted she didn’t know there was more to “The Best Man” story, but was convinced otherwise.
And she feels the same way about a potential “Love & Basketball” sequel.