April 6, 2012 |
Writer-director Mario Van Peebles' hectic version of a coming-of-age romp, the L.A.-set "We the Party" depicts a multi-ethnic group of friends and acquaintances at a fictional Baldwin Hills high school, who have sex, grades and an uncertain future on their minds. Van Peebles' son Mandela stars as Hendrix, a smart charmer with an eye for studious babe Cheyenne (Simone Battle) but a disdain for education that worries his hectoring dad (director Van Peebles), a teacher at his school.
September 16, 2004 |
Man on Fire Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning Fox, $30 Two-time Oscar winner Washington continues to grow and push himself as an actor; witness his exceptional performances this year as men on the edge, in "The Manchurian Candidate" and in this dark, often violent story set in Mexico City. Washington plays an alcoholic former special-ops assassin who finds redemption in the form of an endearing young girl (a winning Fanning) whom he is hired to guard.
June 4, 2004 |
Few people pay $1 million for therapy in their lifetime. Mario Van Peebles spent that in one fell swoop while making his film "Baadasssss!," an affectionate but unsentimental portrait of his father, director Melvin Van Peebles. "There's been some real healing," said Mario Van Peebles earlier this week as he continued a promotional tour for "Baadasssss!
May 28, 2004 |
Back in 1971 Melvin Van Peebles, already one of the first black directors to have had a film in general release with "Watermelon Man" the year before, scorched screens across America with "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," a surreal odyssey in which Van Peebles played a pimp on the lam after becoming involved in the killing of a brutal cop. The film's seeming incoherence, intended or otherwise, became expressive of Sweetback's predicament and induced identification with him.
January 24, 2003 |
Long after Bob Dylan's moody antics at his movie premiere and Beck's equally studied midnight acoustic set at Harry O's, a throng of sweaty dancers -- among them Chloe Sevigny and Kieran Culkin -- swarmed as one young festival-goer rhythmically shed her sweater to the throbbing dance beat. "Oh, my God!" said one of the party's hosts, "Party Monster" co-director Randy Barbato. "We're in Utah! Can you believe it! There's flesh! It's so hot people are taking off their clothes!"
January 3, 2002 |
* The actor and director plays Malcolm X in the movie "Ali." Dancing Man: My two connections right now are Alex and Fez. Fez knows the celebrity L.A. scene, what's hot, what's not. Alex happens to know the whole salsa scene, which I've been getting into lately. Alex de Silva, he's my salsa aficionado, and my teacher. So Friday night, I go down and get my little class at the Mayan, and maybe stay there or go to the Conga Room. Saturday, there's a class during the day at the Edge Dance Studio.