Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jaden Smith is The Karate Kid

Release Date: June 11, 2010

Starring: Jaden Smith (Pictured left), Taraji P. Henson as his mother and...wait for it...wait for it...Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi

Plot Summary: Set in an exotic Asian locale, the new film will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth (Smith) learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor (Chan).

Cool Black's Mad Commentary: I...I just don't have anything to say

Jaden Smith Stars in Dad's Overbrook Entertainment Film
By Monique D. Love - Black Talent News
July 14, 2009

Jaden Smith stars opposite Jackie Chan in "Kung Fu Kid," the spinoff of the 1984 hit film "The Karate Kid." Dad, Will Smith's production shingle, Overbrook Entertainment, is producing. In the film Chan mentors a bullied boy, Smith, to become an accomplished fighter.

Ken Stovitz from Overbrook Entertainment said "Kung Fu Kid" will be set in modern-day Beijing with a three month window for shooting

Production began last week, with a traditional Chinese Ceremony. Harald Zwart directs the film from Overbrook Entertertainment, Columbia Pictures, and China Film Group.

"Kung Fu Kid" is slated for an early June 2010 release.

Cool Black's Mad Commentary: A spin-off actually sounds worst than a remake (o_O)


Cool Black's Mad Commentary 2:  I saw this film when it was released (June 2010) under the title 'The Karate Kid' and it was TERRIFIC! Definitely wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

OWN-Oprah Winfrey Network: Update

Jamila Hunter Tapped to Head Programming at OWN
by Black Talent News

Former NBC programming exec Jamila Hunter (pictured left) has joined The Oprah Winfrey Network as head of programming. Hunter, who officially starts June 10, fills the void left by the departure earlier this year of Robin Schwart had been overseeing programming at the channel. A joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications, OWN is set to launch next year in more than 70 million homes on what is currently Discovery Health.

"Jamila shares my passion for programming that breaks new ground and speaks to audiences in new ways," OWN chief executive Christina Norman said in a statement. “She has the perfect blend of experience to lead the development and creation of unique and innovative non-fiction programming worthy of our aspirations.”

Hunter was previously senior vice president of alternative and digital programming at NBC, where she worked on Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming "The Marriage Ref," this summer's "Great American Road Trip" and the adaptation of the BBC's "Have I Got News for You." She also worked on the "Fear Factor" and "The Apprentice" and helped relaunch Bravo after NBC acquired it. Before that, she was VP of comedy development ar 20th Century Fox TV.