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March 12, 1996 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The photographer was not trying to mess with Richard Roundtree, the Man Best Known as Shaft. Really. He was just trying to get the right shot, positioning the actor against a pillar outside the Walt Disney Studios so that a shadow would fall across his face. "You know, so we can get this shaft of light hitting your eyes just right," the photographer said. Roundtree and the cameraman realized the unintentional quip at the same moment.
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October 11, 2009 | Lewis Beale
Michael Jai White remembers the first time he saw people onscreen who looked like they came from his 'hood. This was in an otherwise forgettable 1976 blaxploitation flick called "The Monkey Hustle" starring Yaphet Kotto and Rudy Ray Moore as street-smart con men trying to stop the Man from demolishing their neighborhood for a freeway project. It may not have been high art, but in its own sneaky way, "The Monkey Hustle" was truly glorious. "It was just brash, unlike anything I'd ever seen," says White, the co-screenwriter and star of "Black Dynamite," a spoof of '70s-era black action pictures that opens Friday.
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January 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Richard Roundtree, best known for the "Shaft" movies, will join the cast of NBC's daytime drama, "Generations," as a doctor. The announcement was made today by Brandon Tartikoff, president of NBC Entertainment, at the network's semi-annual press gathering in Los Angeles. Roundtree will star as Daniel Reubens, a doctor forced to live in hiding for the past 15 years after being blamed for a murder he did not commit. He will make his first on-air appearance Jan. 22.
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March 12, 1996 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The photographer was not trying to mess with Richard Roundtree, the Man Best Known as Shaft. Really. He was just trying to get the right shot, positioning the actor against a pillar outside the Walt Disney Studios so that a shadow would fall across his face. "You know, so we can get this shaft of light hitting your eyes just right," the photographer said. Roundtree and the cameraman realized the unintentional quip at the same moment.
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October 11, 2009 | Lewis Beale
Michael Jai White remembers the first time he saw people onscreen who looked like they came from his 'hood. This was in an otherwise forgettable 1976 blaxploitation flick called "The Monkey Hustle" starring Yaphet Kotto and Rudy Ray Moore as street-smart con men trying to stop the Man from demolishing their neighborhood for a freeway project. It may not have been high art, but in its own sneaky way, "The Monkey Hustle" was truly glorious. "It was just brash, unlike anything I'd ever seen," says White, the co-screenwriter and star of "Black Dynamite," a spoof of '70s-era black action pictures that opens Friday.
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March 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Brandon Tartikoff, president of NBC entertainment, marked the first anniversary of the daytime soap "Generations" Tuesday by establishing a $10,000 college scholarship to benefit minority students seeking a career in the dramatic arts. "Generations"--which stars Taurean Blacque, Debbi Morgan, Jonelle Allen, Joan Pringle and Richard Roundtree--is the first daytime drama to feature a black family among its core characters.
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January 18, 2013
Using a gravy-smothered, horn-heavy approach to original songs, this Brooklyn-based collective conjures up images of movies starring Fred Williamson and Richard Roundtree, gold chains inside open-necked collars and gigantic '73 Cadillacs with a mix of vintage funk and Afrobeat. But Budos Band is unquestionably part of the present, with the 2010 album "The Budos Band III" flexing an irresistible, crowd-moving edge. The Echoplex, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Sun., 8:30 p.m. $20-$23. http://www.attheecho.com .
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August 31, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
This 1996 release rounds up the stars of those "blaxploitation" pictures of the early '70s--Jim Brown (pictured), Ron O'Neal, Richard Roundtree, Pam Grier and Fred Williamson--and drops them down in the derelict steel-mill town of Gary, Ind. Aubrey Rattan's script focuses on a grocer (Oscar Brown Jr.) who calls in his son (Fred Williamson) and his pal (Jim Brown) to deal with gang that has turned lethal (Showtime early Monday at 1:45 a.m. and Thursday at 8 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1997
Count Robbie Robertson among those who like the sound of U2's "Pop" album. He's working with several U.K. dance producers on a new album, including "Pop" participant Howie B. Others involved include Nellee Hooper (who has also worked with U2) and Bomb the Bass' Tim Drummond. . . . Paul Westerberg is expected to finish his first album for Capitol Records next month. Don Was is producing the set, which is due in the spring. . . .
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July 15, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
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."
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January 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Richard Roundtree, best known for the "Shaft" movies, will join the cast of NBC's daytime drama, "Generations," as a doctor. The announcement was made today by Brandon Tartikoff, president of NBC Entertainment, at the network's semi-annual press gathering in Los Angeles. Roundtree will star as Daniel Reubens, a doctor forced to live in hiding for the past 15 years after being blamed for a murder he did not commit. He will make his first on-air appearance Jan. 22.
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April 8, 1990 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
Thanks to credits like "The Hunt for Red October" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," screenwriter Larry Ferguson's planning to saddle up and make his directorial debut--with a "true to the genre" Western, which he has scripted. "Gunfighter's Moon" will be exec produced by John McTiernan (director of "Red October") for Pathe. No casting or start date yet for the story of the "world's fastest gun" who's summoned to rescue the 17-year-old daughter he didn't know he had.
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