*”About Last Night” grossed almost $30 million during its opening weekend.
The films comedic stars Kevin Hart and Regina Hall sat down with The Russ Parr Morning Show and explained why the romantic comedy is not just for black people.
“It’s all about what men say and what women think,” Hart shows her comical side, in her recurring Bounce TV hit show “BRKDWN.”
“I could’ve handled this in about five minutes,” says the comedic actress.
Have you ever wanted to meet a slave? Or their descendants?
Well, now you can.
A new video for the film “12 Years a Slave” has been released online.
“The Faces of Solomon” featurette includes photos and clips of the real life Solomon Northup‘s great grandchildren.
“This is a very special project to us: we worked with the direct descendants of Solomon Northup. We created this web site in their honor. It’s absolutely inspiring to see such a rich legacy,” the video creators say.
Click here to watch the featurette.
“Slave” is based on the 1854 memoir by Northup – a free black man from New York abducted and sold into slavery – who is fighting for his freedom and survival.
“This is no fiction, no exaggeration. If I have failed in anything, it has been in presenting to the reader too prominently the bright side of the picture. I doubt not hundreds have been as unfortunate as myself; that hundreds of free citizens have been kidnapped and sold into slavery, and are at this moment wearing out their lives on plantations,” Northup says in his memoir.
The Steve McQueen directed film ties with “American Hustle,” both earning 13 nominations at the 2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and seven nods at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards. The film is also the most recognized at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), with four nominations.
“Slave” has been named the Best Picture of 2013 by the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC). And won the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival.
This year’s Hollywood Film Awards ceremony featured a good handful of black winners in a variety of categories. We’s a comin’ up.
“12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen received the Hollywood Breakout Director Award, presented to him by Kanye West—who also popped the question to girlfriend Kim Kardashian that night.
“I’ve always admired Steve’s work,” said West.
McQueen was elated when he accepted what critics anticipate was the first of many awards to come.
“I’ve arrived!” he said, adding that he made 12 Years in hopes of helping reach a “reconciliation with the past in order to get a brighter future.”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” stars Forest Whitaker, and Jane Fonda presented Daniels with the Hollywood Director Award. Daniels said he found it ironic that the word “Hollywood” was in the award name because his film was made without the support of a studio (sour grapes?).
Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo were recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Award for their work in “Fruitvale Station” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” respectively.
Lastly, Angela Bassett honored breakout star Lupita Nyong’o with the New Hollywood Award for her performance in “12 Years a Slave.” Bassett showered the budding actress with praise for her work on screen calling it a “breakthrough performance that you will not soon forget.”
With tears in her eyes, Nyong’o thanked her mother, her fellow actors in the drama and director McQueen.
“Steve, I will never forget this opportunity you gave to me,” she said.
Might there be a “blackout” during the upcoming Academy Awards show? Only time will tell.
Earlier this year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center commemorated her 45-year career.
In a special screening entitled “Foxy: The Complete Pam Grier,” the actress’s most memorable moments in film was shared with an audience of Pam Grier/Foxy Brown lovers.
During an interview with Essence.com, Pam reminisced on her career, discussing how she shared herself on screen.
ESSENCE.com: How did the retrospective come about?
PAM GRIER: They called me and said they wanted to do it. They had a wonderful explanation of why they wanted to do it. My career spans 45 years. It’s older than you, and most people. And the fact that my grandfather was the first feminist in my life. He wanted me to hunt and fish, not be a victim, and be independent. I brought that to the films I made, which shocked and startled, but women embraced and some men embraced in the closet.
ESSENCE.com: Are you saying some of the roles you took, like Coffey and Foxy Brown, had you inherently in them?
GRIER: Yes — I brought my inner life to the characters and to the story. I was very comfortable with guns. I knew that women had a different way of solving crime. I didn’t want to sweep our problems under the rug like many of the films with Black male leads before me. There were a dozen films with more violence and sex in them until I stepped in the shoes as the lead, and then it became Blaxploitation. Back in the day, my aunts and grandmother chopped wood. They drove a horse and carriage. They drove when they weren’t supposed to drive. So, I wanted to show that women weren’t monolithic.
Check out the full interview here at Essence.