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Eye candy overload!
I’m sure this upcoming episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” is about to be everything, because I couldn’t keep from grinning like a Cheshire Cat for the 30-second trailer!
According to Shadow and Act, “the stars of some of the most buzz-worthy films,” Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan that is, will sit down with Oprah (not together) to talk about the year in film for black actors and stories. Not only that, but they’ll also chat about their swagger (seriously, Oprah said “swagger” you guys), and one of the men allegedly never having a girlfriend before–but you’ll have to check out the preview trailer to get that tidbit.
All three men have been garnering major early Oscar buzz and are predicted to have their faces everywhere during the awards season for their roles in the critically acclaimed projects, 12 Years a Slave (Ejiofor), Fruitvale Station (Jordan) and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Elba). Ejiofor and Jordan have already garnered Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominations and are everywhere right now.
Check out the men (looking like money!) and their interviews with Oprah this Sunday at 9/8c. Check out the trailer below to see all the lusciousness that is to come.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting for the upcoming Tupac Biopic is set to begin in the spring of 2014. But while the long-delayed film now has a shooting date, producers, and financial backers, one thing it’s still missing is the lead actor. We want to see this biopic made just as much as the next Pac fan and that’s why we’ve come up with our own list of actors who could play the lead role. As a disclaimer, we’ll let you know off the bat the pickings were slim, but we’re still pretty satisfied with the names we came up with to play the lead in the Tupac Biopic.
And if you want to see a list of actors who should absolutely not ever in this life or the next play Tupac, head over to HipHopWired.
Awards season is here and before you know it we will be watching the grand dame of all awards shows, the Oscars. (They’ll be broadcast on March 2, 2014.) Predictions for the best of the best have already started streaming in from many media outlets and for some of our favorites in Hollywood, history just might be made on this illustrious night. Here is our list of Black actors, actresses, directors and films that we believe you should run out to see in movie theaters before (or after) they become 2014 Oscar nominees.
I don’t want to upset you ladies, but the woman in the pic above, perfectly planted on our favorite actor’s lap, is indeed Michael B. Jordan’s girlfriend. Yes, this gorgeous man is taken.
While some have loved this 26-year-old Cali native since his days on “The Wire,” seeing this man all grown up as Oscar Grant in the Oscar buzzworthy movie “Fruitvale Station” this past summer has reignited a whole new interest in this fine specimen — and not just acting skills if you catch my drift. But low and behold, he’s off the market, and we’ve actually known that for a little while now.
A few months ago while doing his media rounds, Michael had to explain why his hand was in a cast and the story behind the injury was that he’d broken his hand while breaking his girlfriend’s fall while they were strolling through the streets of New York. He told Access Hollywood her heel got caught in a street grate, he broke her fall, and consequently his hand.
At the time, there were no details as to who the mystery woman was, as all Michael would let on was that she was an old friend from LA and the relationship was new. But this weekend, the pair was scene noticeably comfy at Lupus LA’s 5th annual “Get Lucky for Lupus” celebrity poker tournament at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Looks like she’s going to stay a while!
Entertainment Weekly recently released their “New Hollywood: Entertainers of the Rise” issue and we’ve got to admit that we’re pretty pleased by all of the young Black talent who made the list this year. Topping the list at number two is Fruitvale Station actor, Michael B. Jordan, who admits that action movie auditions are a rather awkward experience.
”Action auditions are the worst. You’ve got maybe two lines: ‘What’s up, dude? Die! Die! Die!’ and you act like you’re shooting somebody, and you’ve got a rolled-up script as a gun. It’s the most awkward thing ever,” said Jordan.
Coming in at number five is 34-year-old funny man, Kevin Hart. In the issue, he confessed that his 2013 highlight was hosting Saturday Night Live.
”Hosting SNL was definitely monumental. As a comedian, that’s what we do it for. We do it to get that stamp, that confirmation that Saturday Night Live accepted you. And for me, when they asked me to host, that was it. You can’t get any bigger or better.”
9-year-old Academy Award nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis, snagged the number nine spot on the list and The Trip to Bountiful actress, Condola Rashad, followed up closely behind at number 17.
27-year-old Fruitvale Station director, Ryan Coogler, also made the list. In the issue, he revealed that despite his success, he wishes to stay true to the blue-collar values that were instilled in him by his parents.
”I don’t want to fail, and I want to stay true to myself, but I also really just hope to continue to work. My parents woke up every day of their lives and went to work in blue-collar jobs. I love to approach filmmaking with that same principle: Always be moving forward,” Ryan said.
Our beloved Kerry Washington made the list as well.
”I know that I am like the luckiest woman in show biz, and I think staying in a place of gratitude has really been what keeps me most sane…I just think when I’m in a place of gratitude then everything’s good. Or if not, it will be soon,” she told EW.
30-year-old stand-up comic Hannibal Buress, 26-year-old producer Hit-Boy, singer/songwriter Ester Dean and director/writer/producer Ava DuVernay also landed spots on this year’s list, too.
Michael B Jordan’s name is receiving quite the buzz these days for his role in Fruitvale Station. But if you watched HBO’s “The Wire,” you know it was only a matter of time before Jordan got the shine his talent deserved. He was phenomenal in that role. A part of this new wave of fame, Jordan is bagging a few magazine covers. First, there was Jet, San Francisco Magazine and Backstage and now Rolling Out. In the issue, Jordan talked about what many, including Spike Lee, are calling the best/most important movie of the summer, Trayvon Martin and when he first fell in love with acting.
When he fell in love with acting
“I first fell in love with acting when I did ‘The Wire.’ ” Jordan reveals. “When I played the character [Wallace], it was the first time I really lost myself in a character and I fell in love with it. It’s a feeling of euphoria. And from then on, you try to find roles and moments where you can do that again. I learned that it’s important to continue to listen and learn from people who have done it before. It’s always important to pick up the little things such as the writing and the character development. I want to explore, take risks and experiment. That’s the fun part of acting.”
It Could Have Been Me
“It could have been me,” Jordan says of the untimely deaths of Grant and Martin. “Around the time I read the [Fruitvale] script, Trayvon Martin’s shooting had just happened a week or two before. I remember when Oscar Grant died in 2009 and how frustrating it was during that time. And then the Trayvon murder occurred, it was like all of this was happening again. I’m from New Jersey and Oscar is from Oakland, but the same things are occurring. When I was younger, I always hung out with my boys. So we could’ve experienced a situation that was similar to Oscar Grant’s. Being from the inner city, you have to do the best with what you have — even when the odds are stacked against you. People from outside your community may judge you because you may look different, walk a little different, or talk a little different. But, dealing on a more personal level, after I got a chance to get to know Oscar’s story, I saw a lot of similarities between Oscar and I. With the film, I really wanted to give him a voice. It’s kind of fun for me to dive into those characters as well.”
“We hope that we will create something that can stand the test of time,” Jordan says. “As far as opening numbers are concerned, it doesn’t really affect the project. Hopefully, this movie will cause people to make a change on how we look at each other when it comes to violence. I hope it has a positive impact. I hope it’s a project that will be talked about for years and years to come.”
Unsurprisingly, The Wolverine was the big weekend winner. Raking in about $50 million, the movie is a hit, if not as big a hit as experts had expected. But perhaps the bigger box office story is the movie that has us buzzing, Fruitvale Station. Its first weekend in wide release, the film cracked the top 10 for all movies nationwide, taking in $4.7 million. That movie is now in 1,064 theaters and brought in $1.45 million on Friday alone.
“With $3.13 million going into Saturday, it no longer becomes a question of ‘Will it pass $5 million?’ but rather ‘Will it pass $15 million and beyond?’” says Forbes. In a summer where the usual special effects-laden popcorn movies aren’t doing as well as expected, The Wolverine was unable to surpass previous X-Men movies on its opening weekend and a small movie like The Conjuring was able to hang on with far higher totals than expected.
BET notes that Fruitvale Station was the only non-studio film to make it into the top 10 for the week, Helped by lots of positive buzz from both the media and fans both inside and outside of the industry. (Spike Lee called it his favorite movie of the year, says BET.) The article says the audience was predominantly made up of adults and African Americans.
The success of the film has onlookers (including us) looking forward to Michael B. Jordan’s next film, Creed, which will be an extension of the Rocky franchise. It, too, will be directed by Ryan Coogler.
Have you seen Fruitvale yet?
With a stellar name like Michael B. Jordan, it would be shame for the tall-glass-of-caramel-goodness to not live up to his name-mate, wouldn’t it? With constant chatter and buzz surrounding Fruitvale Station, the actor might be just our next super-fine African-American acting legend. But will his upcoming projects send his career spiraling upward or downward?
I was first exposed to Jordan’s good looks and acting ability in Chronicle which follows high school seniors with telekinetic powers that wreak havoc in town. Many others may have been acquainted with Jordan before this film in Friday Night Lights.
But it wasn’t until Michael B. Jordan played the starring role in the true life story of Oscar Grant — a young black man killed by a cop in the Bay Area on New Years’ Eve — that his career set off like wildfire. Fruitvale Station might just be the most uttered two words I’ve heard all year.
“Fruitvale Station is basically about the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant’s life,” Jordan told CELEBScom. “We really wanted to kind of give him some of his humanity back.” Many viewers of the film would agree that his outstanding portrayal of Grant did in fact restore some humanity for the fatally shot 22-year-old.
“Michael B. Jordan is superbly multi-dimensional as Grant,” says a USA Today review, “Jordan, who brings to mind a young Denzel Washington, nimbly taps into Grant’s inherent decency, as well as his weaknesses.” Uh-oh, you better watch your back Mr.Washington. Jordan might be knocking you off your pedestal soon.
But the question is: Will Jordan’s upcoming films help or harm his trajectory into legendary status? He’ll be playing the grandson of Apollo Creed in a spin-off from the Rocky films called Creed. There are also rumors about Jordan playing the fiery Human Torch in the next Fantastic Four.
I’m a little concerned that the Rocky franchise may only attract a niche audience that consistently watches sequels. As for Fantastic Four, well, one critic called the 2005 movie “proudly dumb, loud, and inconsequential.” Another one adds, “There’s nothing terribly fantastic about this ho-hum futuristic foray.” With the film leaving a poor taste in our mouths, would people be willing to risk sitting through another possible comic-book flop again? On the other hand, the Batman franchise made a comeback with Christian Bale and The Dark Knight films. If ever there was a dark knight who could revive the Fantastic Four franchise, Jordan may be it.
Personally, I have much more faith in Michael B. Jordan’s career gains from Creed, in which Sylvester Stallone will be reprising the role as Rocky Balboa, than the comic book fluff called Fantastic Four. Did we ever see Denzel Washington aimlessly flying around town on fire as some silly comic book hero? No. Washington was more selective in his film choices to avoid damage to his acting credibility. If Jordan wants to continue branding himself as a serious actor, movies similar to Remember the Titans, Man on Fire, Flight, films that evoke thought-provoking discussion, should be Jordan’s stepping stone to greatness.
Dear Michael B. Jordan, please wait until you have reached Will Smith’s success to pull a Hancock move on us. Fruitvale Station is an outstanding film. Be sure to choose films that truly show your brilliance as an actor.
P.S.: Call me!
In the most ironic of movie opening weekends, Ryan Coogler’s film, “Fruitvale Station,” made its box office debut against the backdrop of the George Zimmerman verdict decision this weekend and it was a major win at theaters. According to Deadline, the film grossed $377,285 overall, for an impressive average of $53,898 per the seven movie theaters it was shown in during its limited theater release.
“Fruitvale Station,” which stars Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, tells the story of slain 22-year-old Oscar Grant who was killed by a BART police officer on the platform of an Oakland, California, subway station on New Year’s Day in 2009. The irony of this movie debuting the same weekend George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin was not lost on many, including The Weinstein Company’s President of Theatrical Distribution, Erik Lomi, although he said the quality of the film is what ultimately drew people to theaters:
“It’s a counter-programmer to the summer popcorn fare. It’s a movie that really makes you think and makes you look inside. It has a great message about a tragic situation and we’re proud of the film and the talent. These numbers speak for themselves.”
Regarding the relation to the George Zimmerman case, he said:
“It’s a similar issue and in the public sphere — we didn’t plan that of course. I think our picture has a very important message and we want as many people to see it as possible.”
Director Ryan Coogler also addressed the slaying of Trayvon Martin at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Thursday evening, saying:
“There’s a million Americans that don’t see Trayvon’s potential, they look at him as a thug that got what he deserved, even though he’s a seventeen yeas old boy that couldn’t even vote yet, that had never been arrested never had a criminal record. And my question is why is that? Why do people look at him and see that. We look at him and see something else. We look at him and see us.”
So far, Fruitvale’s opening weekend numbers ranks it as the third-best average of the year in terms of how many tickets were sold per screening. Next weekend, the flick will open in an additional six cities before its nationwide opening the weekend of July 26. Let’s make sure we keep supporting this movie.
It’s been one of the most talked about movies of the year and finally, Fruitvale Station is headed to a theater near you.
Fruitvale tells the story of Oscar Grant, played by actor Michael B. Jordan, who was fatally shot by Bay Area transit cop Johannes Mehserle who said he thought he was reaching for his taser and, instead, pulled his gun. Mehserle served 11 months in prison.
The director, Ryan Coogler, details the hours leading up to Grant’s death by showing his relationship with his mom, his girlfriend (who isn’t happy with him because he’s a cheater) and how he deals with being fired from the one job he’s been able to maintain with his sketchy past.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which is a leader in all things Hollywood, there is a strong chance Fruitvale Station could be the breakout film of the year. Michael B. Jordan, they say, steals the entire movie (especially since he’s in just about every scene) with his portrayal of Grant. In fact, they say his performance is so riveting that he could be in the running for an Oscar nomination.
Jordan (no relation to the basketball player) has come a long way since his role as “Wallace” in HBO’s The Wire. In a recent interview with Just Jared, Jordan talked about how he learned about Oscar Grant’s story and what it meant to be involved:
“I knew as much as everybody else. I remember exactly when it happened. I was on my computer on Facebook and somebody posted on my wall and I remember just watching it over and over and over again, just trying to find a reasoning to the whole thing and I just couldn’t find one. You know, feeling upset and pissed off and frustrated and helpless and wanted to do something about it. Like, I’m an actor, what can I do? Get on my soapbox and start protesting? I just felt like I couldn’t do anything that really mattered, you know? And then four years later, I get this opportunity to shoot this project and play Oscar. It was just like, I’m down. I can express myself through my work. Let’s do it.” And it worked out.”
The film also stars Octavia Butler and Melonie Diaz as Grant’s mother and girlfriend, respectively.
Fruitvale Station is in select theaters now in select in New York City and across California. It opens everywhere July 26th.
Will you be checking it out?