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Netflix is truly the gift that keeps on giving. We all love a good Netflix binge-watching marathon. With thousands of hours of entertainment to choose from, it can be daunting to figure out what to watch next. We have some premium selections that you may love, including some new projects as well as some oldies (but goodies). Check out these 15 must-see Netflix movies and shows.
Beyond the Lights
One of the best independent movies to come out in 2014, Beyond the Lights was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the talented woman who brought us Love & Basketball. It tells the story of a young pop star who must navigate the murky waters of fame, tragedy, and circumstance. It’s a must-see film with a great love story, awesome acting, strong direction, and a bangin’ soundtrack.
Have you been going to the movies a lot more? Been watching a lot more TV? There’s a good reason. Recently, women-centered movies have taken over the box office. And with groups of girlfriends filling more and more theater seats and increasing the ratings of popular shows, movie and network execs have finally figured out what women want to watch. Did you see these films and watch these shows?
Blockbusters are the best part of summer, but these customers are the worst part of the movies. From the chatty Cathys to the seat kickers, it’s hard to tell who’s more annoying.
As superhero movies keep rolling out, so do the opportunities for Black actors to take on starring role. Ava DuVernay directing? Beyoncé starring? Check out the Black actors and power players we may see in upcoming superhero movies.
With the 2015 BET Awards going down this weekend, we decided to take a look at some of the best tributes, reunions, performances, and hilarious moments from the award show over the years. What’s your favorite moment?
Ike and Tina Turner were the subjects of one of the greatest Black biopics of all time: What’s Love Got to Do With It. Turner’s story revealed the trials and tribulations that she endured on her road to becoming one of the biggest names in music. And while we love that movie, we also feel that there are still so many people who need to be immortalized in film. Take a look at 15 stars who deserve a biopic.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has partnered with the buzzed-about upcoming film Dope for an opening night premiere at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). And in keeping with the spirit of the movie, the showing will be followed by a throwback, old-school 90s party.
The June 11 opening night showing will be the New York premiere of the movie. (The Los Angeles premiere will take place two days prior.) The MPAA will sponsor the event. The ABFF will run through the 17th. Directed and written by Rick Famuyiwa, the movie tells the story of Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore) and his efforts to survive “The Bottoms” section of LA and college admissions during the 90s with a little help from his two friends and the vibrant hip-hop music of the time.
While the MPAA has been supporting film festivals for decades, its efforts to reach a more diverse audience have ramped up more recently. In 2012, MPAA CEO and chairman Chris Dodd (a former US Senator) launched the Diversity and Multicultural Outreach program. Last year, for the first time, Dodd went to the ABFF in Los Angeles.
Also in 2014, according to John Gibson, the advisor for the MPAA’s diversity group, the movie industry’s “Big Six” studios (Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Walt Disney) also made a debut appearance at the ABFF.
This year, the festival has moved to New York and the MPAA’s presence will be prominently felt again.
MPAA activities include movie screenings, lobbying, anti-piracy and education. While it’s not involved with funding or greenlighting films, Gibson assured MadameNoire in a phone interview that the studios have gotten the message loud and clear that diversity is a consumer mandate. That’s a conclusion they came to after the incredible success of Furious 7. That movie made hundreds of millions in its opening weeks. And had an audience as diverse as its cast.
“Lots of people are paying attention to Universal and Furious 7,” said Gibson, noting that Universal is one of the few studios with a multicultural department. Gibson says the film industry is also taking cues from television. “When something is successful, people want to replicate it.”
This explains the formula for having a Black lead in the Star Wars films (started with the casting of Billy Dee Williams) and the deluge of remakes, reboots and sequels that we always see at the theaters. When the money is flowing in, the movie studios will support it.
Which brings Gibson to the other important point he wants to make about diversity in the movies: the damage that bootlegging does. The MPAA has a site, WhereToWatch.com, that spreads information about where you can legally see all sorts of entertainment.
“Especially for our community where so many filmmakers are self-financing, it’s important that their content does not get stolen,” Gibson said. “That’s why opening weekends are so important.” San Andreas’ monster opening was critical to that movie, he adds. And Furious 8 is already in the works.
For indie movies, this can be the difference between success and failure. And it’s critical if you’d like to see original content.
“Studios are putting effort behind making a difference,” said Gibson. “We must start supporting the next generation of content.”
For those who can’t make it to the ABFF next week, Dope opens in theaters on June 19.
For the love of all that’s good, please stop remaking movies.
Hollywood generates billions of dollars a year. Is there really a need to remake movies? Perhaps they should call in Shonda Rhimes or some up-and-coming talent to fill the void of creative ideas.
I love The Rock as much as the next woman (that man is some serious eye candy). Worth an estimated $52 million, he has successfully transitioned from the realm of professional wrestling to the big screen. With box office hits like The Game Plan, Furious 7 and now San Andreas under his belt, it’s no wonder why Hollywood keeps knocking at his door. It’s estimated his movies earn an average of $92.8 million in theaters, which is pretty amazing.
That doesn’t mean I need to see him as Jack Burton or whoever he plans to play in the upcoming remake of Big Trouble in Little China though. It’s okay if you’ve never seen it. It’s an ’80s flick that starred Kurt Russell as a witty truck driver who gets caught up in a Chinese street gang battle with mystical elements. In many ways, it was a bit cheesy, but it’s still considered a cult favorite in many circles.
This is not a diss to The Rock. Heck, if someone decided to pay me millions to play make-believe, I might jump on the opportunity as well. My frustration is more with Hollywood and their failure — or unwillingness — to give us moviegoers something new and exciting to see. I guess originality goes out the window when you can regurgitate a previous story line.
Sure, there’s probably no such thing as reinventing the wheel; many blockbusters have been based on a book, comic or mythology. Those of us who love cinema can, in fact, enjoy movies here and there based on an adaptation, but would also like to see a different approach on film.
One of the most recent remakes that comes to mind is Poltergeist. It tanked at the box office. Debuting in the number four spot, it has since grossed $38.5 million, which is a far cry from being successful in Tinseltown. Another remake that premiered in May was Mad Max: Fury Road. Sure, it generated some buzz over the whole “feminism” controversy, but filmmakers should be very thankful for foreign markets considering it barely made back its investment in the U.S. (It had a $150 million budget with $116.4 million in ticket sales). And who can forget Robocop, the random reboot that came out last year? That poor movie had a $100 million budget and only grossed $58.6 million. The list can go on and on with other reboots like Godzilla (2014) and Carrie (2013) that received so-so reviews and box office sales.
On the flip side of the coin, certain reboots delivered a fresh perspective. Many Christopher Nolan fans still thank him today for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. It’s a far cry from the “Boom!” “Pow!” of the TV show and ’90s versions. Some also enjoyed the 2014 film About Last Night starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Michael Ealy that grossed $48.6 million at the box office (it had a $12.5 million budget).
And let’s talk about Annie. This was one of the most controversial reboots considering America’s beloved orphan was portrayed by a person of color (Quvenzhane Wallis). That, however, did not stop moviegoers from supporting the film. It grossed $85.9 million — and scored Wallis a Golden Globe nomination.
With more reboots on the way (Fantastic Four and reportedly a Jumanji remake), time will tell whether or not folks will grow tired of supporting reboots. After all, is it wrong to want something new if you’re going to pay a small fortune to see it? Perhaps this is where independent films can step in and gain more eyeballs and award recognition.
Then again, Hollywood is pretty notorious for sequels given there are tons in the Fast & Furious franchise, another Terminator coming out, and Jurassic World that will make its debut later this month.
At the end of the day, you’ll pay to see what you want. It’s just interesting how many remakes are coming to a theater near you.
Remember these movie dance scenes? How many did you try to learn the moves to (and how many can you do right now)?
With sequels for Bad Boys, Independence Day, Barbershop, and The Best Man coming soon, we started thinking about other movies that could use a sequel or a remake. Let’s take a look at 15 movies that Hollywood needs to bring back!