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Black Films That Did Better At The Box Office Than Critics Expected

July 31st, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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When it comes to the big screen and accolades, many black films do not get the same attention as the competition. This can happen for many reasons that range from lack of funding to the simple fact that some people (both moviegoers and industry higher-ups) are turned off at the idea of a “black film.”

This is why it’s so important that we support the progress of screenwriters, directors, producers and actors who try to put out memorable films. This year has a ton of promise with great pictures in the queue to make their box office debut (“Put Your Money in the Box Office: Upcoming Black Films You Need to See“). Let’s take a look at black movies that did better than anticipated at the box office.

We’ve Got Jungle Fever: The Best On-Screen Interracial Romances

July 15th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Remember when interracial relationships were taboo? Now Meagan Good is booed up with Will Ferrell and the president is booed up with a black woman. Hollywood has come a long way. And these characters helped pave the way. Let’s take a look at some of the on-screen interracial relationships that we remember most — and some that slipped under our radar.

I’m Gone Marry Him! Teen Crushes We All Had

July 11th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Remember being young and boy crazy? We do too. So we collected all of our favorite celebrity boy crushes from the ’90s. These boys made our hearts throb, filled our walls on posters, and were our favorite obsessions. Check out the list of guys every girl went crazy over back in the day. Did we miss anyone?

15 Stars Who Surprisingly Flopped At The Box Office

July 9th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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Success is not always guaranteed – even to high-priced actors and actresses who command their own attention at the box office. Sure they may dazzle us with their talents to make us shell out serious bucks at the movie theaters, but what happens when they don’t deliver?

Sometimes what you think will do awesome on the big screen is merely a fantasy. One shouldn’t really be surprised that certain films flop at the box office. Then again there are some that can make us say “Hmmm” due to the caliber of stars featured. Here are 15 stars whose films may (or may not) have shocked you by doing so poorly.

Fight For The Film Title: Lee Daniels May Have To Change The Name Of His New Movie “The Butler”

July 6th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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I’m sure that most of you have seen a preview, still photos or at the very least, heard about Lee Daniels’ new movie, The Butler.

But by the time it is actually released, there’s a chance that the movie will have a different name.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPPA) Title Registration Bureau ruled that the film’s production company, The Weinstein Company, could not use the title for the movie, primarily due to violations on how titles are approved.

This all stems from Warner Bros. filing a claim against TWC saying that they have a movie of the same title, released in 1916, which has been designated as a permanent original release since May 2010 – before TWC every started promoting the Lee Daniels film.

Warner Bros. lawyer, John Spiegel, stated that TWC started promoting their version of The Butler in September 2010 – before they ever got the title registered. When their request was denied by MPAA (presumable because there’s already a title of the same name), Spiegel says TWC waited four months before reaching out to Warner Bros. for a waiver. In the film industry, plenty of movies have the same name; the process, however, is that the film company that would like to use the title must first get permission and a signed waiver from the original owner of the title in order to use it.  Warner Bros. denied TWC from using it (they feel that TWC thinks they’re exempt from all the rules) but they continued anyway.

Lee Daniels has since written a personal letter to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara asking him to allow them to use the title; Tsujihara responded in a private letter and although it wasn’t published, most believe the answer was “no.”

In their version of the story, The Weinstein Company says they continued to use the title because an executive at Warner Bros. told them they didn’t forsee any problems with them using the name. Apparently, that wasn’t true.

Warner Bros. says they told executives that they could still use the word ‘butler’ but slightly change the name; in fact, they say, TWC could have used the title Lee Daniels’ The Butler and they would not have contested it. Instead, they say, TWC used illegal practices and now they want to shut it down completely.

The final ruling from MPAA came down July 2nd and The Weinstein Company will face a $25,000 per day fine for continuing to use the title.

The Butler, or whatever it will eventually be called, opens in theaters on August 16th.

We All Eatin’ Now: Movies That Starred E’rybody And Their Mama And Daddy

July 3rd, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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When a movie poster starts to look like a jigsaw puzzle, you know some serious checks were cut to not just get two or three big names involved, but five or six or seven. In recent years, movie studios seem to passing up on the idea of letting one blockbuster actor or actress carry a film, opting for a “the more the merrier” approach and throwing in some of everybody and the kitchen sink. We’re not mad at it, just trying to figure out how they afford it. Here are some movies with the biggest casts we’ve ever seen.

The Cost of Loyalty: Save More On Your Subscription Services

June 26th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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What is your monthly or yearly guilty pleasure? Is it your favorite women’s magazine, a great movie or television series on Netflix or becoming a wine aficionado as a wine club member? Although subscription services like cable, Hulu, magazines and newspapers could save you more money as a subscriber, it is also possible to save even more cash.

With the typical subscription service for your favorite magazine or streaming membership costing between $7.99 a month up to $80, you could find yourself paying too much for services you don’t need or consume on a regular basis (take your barely-used gym membership or cable movie bundle, for example).

There are plenty ways to save more on these types of services, giving you the most for your money. Here are just a few money-saving tips to wring back a few dollars from your subscription and membership services.

Serious Question: Am I The Only One Who Thinks Leonardo DiCaprio Is A Cinematic Genius?

June 25th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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This morning when I merely overheard the name “Leo” in my coworker’s discussion and lit up, I knew I had to admit something to myself: My Leonardo DiCaprio thirst is so real.

What amuses me most about this realization is the fact that I’m about 15 years late on the whole “Leo craze” — you know back in ’96 and ’97 when he was the blonde-haired, blue-eyed substance of every teen girl’s dreams. I wasn’t checking for him during that Romeo + Juliet/Titanic period, although I love me some Jack Dawson, but nowadays, I seem to have made it my personal mission to see any and everything Mr. DiCaprio is in.

It all started around 2008 when Revolutionary Road came out. Despite the bleak nature of the movie, the emotion Leo brought to the character of Frank Wheeler was eerily real and two years later when I saw the actor in Shutter Island and Inception I was sold. In between those two flicks, I also caught his depiction of manic film producer and business man Howard Hughes in The Aviator, and follow those films with J. EdgarDjango Unchained, and The Great Gatsby, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Leonardo can do no wrong on the big screen.

When I look over Leonardo’s body of work, there seems to be no role he can’t play. He has a knack for character types and imitation which makes his cinematic portrayals of J. Edgar Hoover and Howard Hughes appear as though he really lived with and knew those men. And the charisma he displays on the big screen is so great he can almost make a a plantation owner like  Calvin J. Candie in Django likable. And don’t get me started on the first time we see him as Gatsby in this year’s movie. I won’t lie, I was smitten.

On an off day, Leo is your average, scruffy white boy who just wants to ride his bike in Toms and a newsboy hat and date blonde models. But on screen he is, in one word, captivating. That’s why it saddens me that the 38-year-old is going on a long break to “fly around the world doing good for the environment” once The Wolf of Wall Street comes out later this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for going green too but my movie-going life will be so sad without the presence of Leonardo on the big screen, which is why I need a definition of what “long break” so I can prepare myself for the absence of his cinematic genius for a little while. I also need to know why the Academy refuses to give this man a much-deserved Oscar, but we’ve know for years that organization likes to play games when it comes to acknowledging real talent so I won’t dwell on that much. I’ll just spend my time catching up on some early films of  Leo’s I’ve yet to see in their entirety and hope he doesn’t make us wait for his return to the big screen for too long. That should tide my thirst over for a little while, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Black Filmmakers Will Make A Splash During The Second Half Of This Year

June 3rd, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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The cast of ‘Fruitvale Station’ at Cannes.

After Earth may have had issues this weekend, but there are a number of films — starring and made by African Americans — that are promising to shine at the theaters throughout the second half of the year. The New York Times highlighted the coming attractions in a front page story over the weekend that named, among the movies we can expect, Fruitvale Station, which got lots of Sundance attention for itself and its star Michael B. JordanThe Butler, from Lee Daniels, the director behind Precious, and starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey; and Baggage Claima romance starring Paula Patton, Djimon Hounsou, and Taye Diggs.

“Black filmmakers say the wave of 2013 releases was built in large part on the creativity that has flourished on the independent-film circuit, which has become a laboratory of sorts for more prominent African-American-themed productions. Writers and directors have been sharpening their skills on indie films the last several years while waiting for big distributors to regain interest,” the Times writes.

That “regain interest” part is pretty important. This wouldn’t be the first time that we’ve heard that there’s change a-comin’ to Hollywood movies, such that there will be greater diversity both in front and behind the camera. Movies like Boyz In The HoodPrecious, and the ongoing success of actors like Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, and Don Cheadle have all set off a lot of talk about how much diversity is growing in Hollywood. And soon after, things seem to go back to the status quo.

For women in general, criticism persists about the lack of female directors, the few roles for women who are a little older, and the undeveloped parts women play in a lot of movies that are dominated by strong male characters.

But for this article, directors like David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and Ava DuVernay (last year’s Middle of Nowhere) talk powerfully about the indie scene and the comraderie between black filmmakers now. Moreover, you have films coming out that are from all over the spectrum, from another Tyler Perry/Madea movie to Steve McQueen’s upcoming Twelve Years A Slave, that stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and others that are part of the blockbuster rather than indie set.

Which movie are you most excited about?

Blockbuster Hotness: Must-Watch Summer Movies

May 31st, 2013 - By M A
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Summer is fast approaching so you all know what that means: Summer movie season is upon us. But what flicks should you drop your hard-earned cash on? From Kevin Hart acting a fool to one crazy zombie romp with Brad Pitt, there’s a little something for everyone this year. To make your movie search a little easier, MadameNoire presents its picks for 14 must-see, can’t-miss, will-asolutely-love summer movies.