Tuesday, March 21, 2017

'Get Out' Oscar Chances

by Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter
March 20, 2017
Get OutJordan Peele's satire on 21st century race relations that had a sneak screening at Sundance in January, opened on Oscars weekend, topping the domestic box office with a $33.4 million haul. (It's now at $133 million domestically.) More importantly, it has a 99 percent favorable rating on RottenTomatoes.com — the best of the year so far, by far — and it would be at 100 percent had notorious contrarian Armond White of The National Review not dumped on it.
Indeed, the film has sparked media commentary of a quantity and quality similar to recent Oscar contenders that also dealt with race — including, of course, last month's surprise best picture winner Moonlight — with The New York Times' columnist Frank Bruni calling it "a movie for the age of Trump — perhaps the movie for the age of Trump" and his colleagues, Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris and Jenna Worthamdevoting an episode of their "Still Processing" podcast to a conversation with Peele.
With the backing of producer Jason Blum (a best picture nominee for 2014's Whiplash) and Universal (a major studio which hasn't landed a best picture nomination since 2012's Les Miserables), you can bet that a lot of people will be working very hard to maintain interest in Get Out over the nine months before Oscar voters next get to fill out ballots — although nobody associated with the film would comment for this story.
For a movie this outside-the-box that has gone over this well, one cannot rule out a best picture nomination (although one usually eludes even more optimally timed genre films, excepting March 2014'sThe Grand Budapest Hotel, March 1996's Fargo and February 1991's eventual winner The Silence of the Lambs), and a best original screenplay nom certainly seems attainable. That may have something to do with why Academy members on both coasts received invitations this week to screenings of the pic.
Almost all major films, and quite a few minor ones, are screened by the Academy for Los Angeles-based Oscar voters at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills or Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood — except for those, like Get Out, that are released during the year's first two months, when the organization uses its screens to show its members the animated, documentary, foreign-language and short films that are vying for Oscars. But, in an unusually early show on confidence in Get Out's prospects, Universal has gone ahead and independently rented out the Linwood Dunn for a screening on Wednesday night, to which it has invited L.A.-based Academy members, and a screening on Friday night, to which it has invited L.A.-based BAFTA members. Additionally, the film will have an official Academy screening for New York-based Academy members on Tuesday night at the Museum of Modern Art.

Get Out Box Office
Forbes, March 19, 2017

"the overseas numbers for Get Out. The Jordan Peele "social thriller" began its overseas rollout this weekend, snagging $2.9 million in the first round of international debuts. In North America, the film again displayed amazing staying power, earning $13.24m in its fourth weekend falling just 36% even as it started shedding a few theaters here and there. That gives the $5m Blumhouse and Universal/Comcast Corp. release an obscene $133.1m domestic total. It's going to pass Split ($136.8m) as Blumhouse's biggest domestic hit and it will surely end up among the very biggest R-rated horror movies ever in North America, even adjusted for inflation."

From Forbes, Top 10 for the weekend of March 17, 2017, CLICK for bigger view

Get Out Review
At our parent blog, 'Nother Brother Entertainment blog I wrote a review of the film. Read the review HERE

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dave Chappelle Talks New Netflix Deal and More [VIDEO]

Dave Chappelle has been making people laugh for 30 years. His career exploded after two hilarious seasons of "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central, but he suddenly abandoned it at the height of his success.

Now, he's back with a three-part stand-up comedy special on Netflix. Chappelle often shies away from interviews, but he sat down with Gayle King for an in-depth conversation on "CBS This Morning."

As Dave says in the video, he walked away from $50 Million and this new Netflix deal is worth $60 Million so BOOM!

WATCH the interview below

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Marvel's Luke Cage is the most popular digital series in the US

By Natan Edelsburg, The Drum
11 October 2016

Marvel's Luke Cage and has already been picked up for two more seasons as it takes over as the most popular digital series. Here are the full insights from Parrot Analytics.
"Parrot Analytics tracks viewership data for Netflix properties since the streaming service does not release such information. Parrot calculates these ratings by looking at a variety of data that includes actual streaming numbers and even social media chatter — but that which is only positive." Screenrant
For September 29th -October 5th, 2016 - Top 5 Digital Original Series in the US and Average Demand Expressions™:
  1. Marvel's Luke Cage, Netflix: 50,287,303
  2. Stranger Things, Netflix: 16,742,770
  3. Narcos, Netflix: 8,691,420
  4. Longmire, Netflix: 7,784,738
  5. Marvel's Jessica Jones, Netflix: 6,589,368
Insights from Parrot:
  • After its premiere on September 30th, Marvel's latest series Luke Cage overtook Stranger Things to become the most popular digital original series, with more than 3 times the average demand of the former champion.
  • Though it premiered on September 23rd, Netflix's latest season of Longmire has slightly less demand than the still-popular Narcos, which was released at the beginning of the month.
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones rose into the top five for the first time in several months, likely boosted by the popularity of its sister show Luke Cage.
infographic - click for bigger view

Parrot Analytics is a data science company that empowers media companies, brands and agencies to understand global audience demand for television content. Wielding the world’s largest audience behavior data sets, the company has developed the world’s only global cross-platform, country-specific audience demand measurement system. For more insights visit the Parrot Analytics website. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The New Edition Story - Ratings and Review

#TheNewEditionStory/#NewEditionBET REVIEW: I was going to watch this #miniseries regardless, but the promos DID NOT enthuse me. They looked aiight, but it was no "The Temptations" it seemed. BOY was I wrong.🤐The lesson there boys and girls—watch it for yourself before you form your full conclusion.☝🏾 From the beginning the "young New Edition" were terrific—like really terrific.🙌🏾They could act and most importantly they could sing and dance—or at least look like they could sing. The singing is not as important as the dancing. You can "fake" the singing, the dancing🕺🏾🕺🏾🕺🏾🕺🏾🕺🏾you cannot. These kids completely had you invested and by the time they switched to the "young adult New Edition" 🕐🕑🕒you were like "Hey!"😠 Well the young adult cast that would carry the rest of the series were terrific as well. I'll keep it real, I thought they were mostly dancing and singing like the real NE—which they had down, but that last hour after the disastrous Home Again Tour these fellas really kicked in the dramatic chops and had you like whoa 😮. From the singing and dancing to the acting, they were really great! Making it all look great was the director of the miniseries #ChrisRobinson.👏🏽The performance scenes from the young NE to the older NE looked fantastic like really FANTASTIC! Each song can be released as a really great music video. He also recreated great moments like the 'If It Isn't Love' video to great affect.🎬 Congratulations to the network, BET, the whole cast and crew who put this miniseries together, including ALL SIX members of #NewEdition who were aboard as producers, y'all really put together something great, for your legacy, for your fans, #ForTheCulture ✊🏾 #DanksReview
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BET’S ‘The New Edition Story’ was a Ratings, Social & Musical Phenomenon Attracting 29m Total Viewers (The Numbers) - Shadow & Act

From Shadow & Act 
BET’s buzzy 3-part biopic, “The New Edition Story”, is a bona fide phenomenon, attracting 29 Million Total Viewers to the miniseries during premiere week (including premiere telecasts and encores, across BET and Centric). On BET alone, the miniseries drew 15.7MM viewers 18-49 and 28.4MM total viewers P2+ in its full premiere week (Live + Same Day viewing). 
On Twitter, BET and “The New Edition Story” drove the top 20 trending topics each night, including #Betamax, #BobbyBrown, #CandyGirl, #MikeBivins, and #LukeJames. Over the weekend, “The New Edition Story” continued to trend as BET aired a marathon of the special. Parts Two, One and Three ranked as numbers 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the Nielsen Social top five cable and broadcast programs this past Saturday, January 28th (excluding sports).
Read the whole breakdown at Shadow & Act here

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Luke Cage Season One Review with *Live Tweets*

I posted the full review on Instagram, but I'll repost the full review below (hence the hashtags) with a Storify of the live tweets I did while watching the series with the other diverse folk on Twitter as well. Check it all out below.

In separate interviews #showrunner #CheoHodariCoker describes the show as "the Wu Tang-ification of the Marvel universe”, as having "a '90s hip-hop vibe." and ""The Wire of Marvel television" I can say all statements are absolutely TRUE! 

I'll throw in a badass #blaxpoitation vibe too! Lots of time when Cage takes a "Step in the Arena" (the #Gangstarr inspired title of episode 4) you can hear Cage's #leitmotif (theme song) and you know some ass-kicking is coming! 

This show not only OOZES in #BlackCulture and #BlackHistory it's also #UnapologeticallyBlack ✊🏾The characters talk how black people talk and act like black people act. The nuances of black culture and black life are EVERYWHERE in this show. The literary 📚references/discussions📚 alone are rooted in black history/culture. 

#MikeColter is a great solid Luke Cage. He plays Cage as the strong, silent type. He's strong and silent, but can definitely be smooth when it comes to the ladies.👌🏾He really just wants to lay low, but the love of his people, his community forces him into action. For those that don't know Luke Cage has unbreakable skin and super strength so yeah he does some superhero type shit, but it's all grounded in reality—a black reality—in a black Harlem. 

I joked that this show could be called "Harlem featuring Luke Cage" because that's how much of a character Harlem is. As @djolder said on Twitter "one thing #LukeCage did in the span of a single episode that neither DareDevil nor Jessica Jones managed was create a sense of community" Harlem and its residents are a real vibrant part of the series and remains so the entire season. Most of the villains on the show love Harlem first and foremost. 

Speaking of villains, like the other Marvel/Netflix shows, the villains are about the best thing on the show, from #MariahDillard to #Cottonmouth to #Shades, they all BRING IT! Their portrayers #AlfreWoodard, #MahershalaAli and #TheoRossi consistently kill it! 

 #ClaireTemple re-emerges in this series and has A LOT to do and #RosarioDawson continues to do it well! #MistyKnight (played by the fantastic #SimoneMissick) who spawned the #MistySoLit hashtag before the show even premiered is a HUGE part of the show. Shit, the show could also be called "Luke Cage & Misty Knight" LOL. She's definitely the standout she was predicted to be. Actually the show has SEVERAL female characters that make an impact, not just hanging around. They affect the story. 

I think this season is gonna become a hood pop culture classic, in other words—a hit in these streets. That's the true way to reach the culture. Much like 'Scarface' (1983) some of the characters in Luke Cage are energetic, bombastic and audacious—which also make them great and memorable. As #PopCulture critic JOHN POWERS said "If there's any quality that makes a piece of pop culture last, it's energy." All I kept thinking watching Luke Cage was "the streets gonna love❤️this!" And with all the Black History drops that's exactly how it's supposed to be. Marvel/Netflix has another distinct hit on their hands and this time it's also #ForTheCulture 👊🏾###

I also •LIVE•TWEETED• the season @notherbrother on Twitter. The tweet thread is currently pinned to the top of the feed @ www.Twitter.com/NotherBrother👌🏾

The biography wirtten by Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker 
Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G. - Cool Black Review

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Usher Uncensored Interview August 2016 [AUDIO]

August 22nd Usher appeared on the Howard Stern Show where he talked about being at "Puffy Flavor Camp" where music executive L.A. Reid sent him to hang out with Sean "Puffy" Combs to learn the music business, training for his movie Hands of  Stone, and being a mentor to Justin Bieber.

Monday, August 22, 2016

O.J. Made In America - Live Tweets and Review

"O.J.: Made in America" is a 2016 American five-part documentary miniseries directed and produced by Ezra Edelman for ESPN Films and their 30 for 30 series.

As I watched this mini-series I live tweeted it. The last tweet is my review of the show which you can jump to here. See all the tweets below. Warning: Explicit Language