August 14, 2011
SUNDAY This is how the end begins: A seemingly harmless special like "i.am FIRST: Science Is Rock and Roll" spotlights a science-and-robotics competition for K-12 students, which inspires the creation of more robots, who then take over the world. The Black Eyed Peas and Willow Smith – who may or may not be robots – perform. (7 p.m. ABC) Before he was an Oscar and Grammy winner, Jaime Foxx helped spoof pop-culture on the hit 1990s series "In Living Color. " Now the A-lister is exec-producing the similarly styled sketch-comedy show "In the Flow With Affion Crockett.
November 7, 2008 |
The funniest bit in the crude but diverting "Soul Men" really makes you miss Bernie Mac, who died in August, a few months after completing the picture. Mac plays one half of the Real Deal, the Pips-like backup duo for a charismatic singer (John Legend) who eventually goes solo, leaving his former partners to languish. We're prepped by a brisk prologue and then, present day: Mac's character, Floyd, is being put out to suburban, manicured pasture by his nephew-manager, while Samuel L.
October 7, 2007 |
The year 2007 has been a vibrant one at the intersection of the black popular sphere and mainstream morals. First came the Imus affair, in which an old white man was lambasted for his use of a derogatory word for women, which he attributed to hip-hop culture. Then, in response to that situation, rap executives were corralled by Oprah Winfrey to defend themselves in an uncomfortable display of cultural class warfare.
September 2, 2010
The star of "The Cove," an Oscar-winning documentary about a Japanese dolphin hunt, is back in Japan to protest the slaughter but had to cancel his trip to the village at the center of the controversy because of threats from an ultranationalist group. Instead, Ric O'Barry, the former dolphin-trainer for the 1960s "Flipper" TV show, played host to a reception Wednesday for some 100 animal-lovers at a Tokyo hotel. On Thursday, he will take a petition signed by 1.7 million people from 155 nations demanding the end of the dolphin hunt to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, escorted by police security.
May 3, 2009
May 8 Adoration A student imagines a class news assignment is based on his life as the unborn child of a woman whose terrorist boyfriend plants a bomb in her airline luggage. With Devon Bostick, Arsinee Khanjian, Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Noam Jenkins. Written and directed by Atom Egoyan. Sony Pictures Classics Julia A manipulative alcoholic jumps at the chance to make a substantial amount of money when an opportunity arises and commits a desperate act. With Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould.
January 11, 2009
Action Avatar An Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. Written and directed by James Cameron. Also in Imax 3-D. 20th Century Fox, Dec. 18. Chocolate An autistic girl learns martial arts from watching Tony Jaa and Bruce Lee films so as to exact revenge on those who bankrupted her mother.