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Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Crooklyn”

November 12th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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In 1994, after the release of the expensive, time consuming and controversial Malcolm X, Spike Lee toned it down a bit for his next film Crooklyn. With a young girl playing the protagonist, Troy, the movie would go on to become one of two Spike Lee joints that received a PG 13 rating. And though it was a bit lighter in subject matter, the movie went on to become number 3 in the box office the week it was released.  You know the lines and the comical, tragic and touching plot but we bet you don’t know about these secrets. Check them out.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “House Party”

August 13th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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*Smiles Profusely* I don’t know about you but just the mention of House Party is guaranteed to put a huge grin on my face. At a time when movies like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off were making a killing at the movie theaters, the black community was waiting for that same type of good-natured flick. You know, the type of movie where we could see young black kids having fun, where the only real threat to their lives was catching a butt whooping instead of a bullet. That’s what House Party did for us. It showed us the fun side and honestly made us feel lucky to be young and black.  We needed this movie and we needed it to be well done. Luckily, with the combination of a talented cast, hilarious one liners, great music and a little bit of romance, we got just that.

The music gets you hype, you still do the dance with your homegirl and the DVD is on the shelf right now, but you probably don’t know these the behind the scene secrets. Check them out.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Coming to America”

June 18th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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You quote the lines. (“Sexual Chocolate!”) You love the story. And you have to admit that the costumes from the trashy club wear to that gorgeous, pink wedding dress are to die for. Coming to America was another hit in a string of Eddie Murphy blockbusters in the late eighties and early nineties. Grossing over $128 million dollars domestically, it eventually became the 3rd highest grossing film of 1988. We know you love it but did you know some of the secrets behind this comedic classic?


The Dance

There’s a bit of discrepancy circulating around the internet about how the choreography of this dance came together. Some claim that a significant portion of the moves come from “Thriller,” which was choreographed by Michael Peters. (They say it’s just really sped up.) But in reality, former Laker Girl and “American Idol” judge, Paula Abdul is the mastermind behind this scene. The only commonality between Thriller and this dance is that John Landis directed both the music video and the film. We have to give Paula her props on this one. If you don’t remember how brilliant it was, check out the video below and refresh your memory.

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