CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2010 |
Vonetta McGee, an actress whose big-screen heyday during the blaxploitation era of the 1970s included leading roles in "Blacula" and "Shaft in Africa," has died. She was 65. McGee died Friday at a hospital in Berkeley after experiencing cardiac arrest and being on life support for two days, said family spokeswoman Kelley Nayo. Although McGee had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 17, Nayo said, her death was not related to the disease. McGee was described as "one of the busiest and most beautiful black actresses" by Times movie reviewer Kevin Thomas in 1972, the year she appeared opposite Fred Williamson in the black action movie "Hammer," and had starring roles in the crime-drama "Melinda" and the horror film "Blacula."
February 12, 2004 |
A few months ago, Michael Campus, the director of the classic 1973 blaxploitation film "The Mack," was having dinner with Snoop Dogg when the lanky rapper started acting out scenes from the movie. "He did everybody's dialogue," Campus says. Def Jam's Russell Simmons offered "The Mack" star Max Julien $10,000 for the flamboyant coat he wore in the film. "Ten- and 11-year-old kids right now know the lines from 'The Mack,' " Julien says.
August 8, 1997 |
"Def Jam's How to Be a Player" is a rambling, shambling, good-natured comedy that tries to have fun with unbridled male sexual prowess while making sure its hero gets an obligatory comeuppance at the very last moment. However, by then we have every reason to be confident that Bill Bellamy's fast-talking sexual superman Dray Jackson will manage to handle his trusting steady girlfriend, Lisa (Lark Voorhies), when she at last catches him with another woman.
June 9, 2000 |
"American Pimp" is as effective for what it doesn't say as for what it does, inviting the audience to draw its own conclusions.
July 22, 2005 |
"Hustle & Flow" abounds with all the ingredients of a terrific popular entertainment. Writer-director Craig Brewer first of all cares deeply for his characters, with the result that each one emerges as a distinctive, involving individual, and this care extends from the film's casting down to such details as the gold teeth sported by one of its stars.
June 30, 1997 |
"The Mack"--the 1973 blaxploitation classic--may be back. If producers Doug McHenry and George Jackson have their way, Goldie the pimp will go before the cameras in '90s garb--perhaps by the end of the year. Eyeing a hip-hop culture heavily influenced by that imagery and tremendous African American want-to-see, the duo--like a host of others in Hollywood's creative community--is drawing inspiration from the genre.