After its successful run on the small screen, the hit Caribbean TV series from Barbados “Keeping Up With The Joneses” (KUWTJ) has now moved to the big screen in the UK.
“KUWTJ: The Movie” is centred around the fictional Jones family (father Irving, mother Angela, daughter Tracy and son Nathan) who became famous after starring in a TV reality show. Life is going well but when the Joneses are kidnapped at a beach picnic, all seems to be lost. But hope is at hand when Angela’s brother and three of his friends from a local institution go on a mission to save them.
KUWTJ will premier at the following venues:
London – Stratford Picturehouse Cinema - 6pm Thurs 27 March 2014 (Click here to purchase tickets).
Birmingham - Drum Arts Centre - 7pm Thurs 20th March 2014 (Details on tickets to come soon).
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Bishop (Shakur), Q (Epps), Raheem (Kain) and Steel (Hopkins), who refer to themselves as “The Wrecking Crew,” are four friends growing up in Harlem. They regularly skip school, instead spending their days hanging out at Steel’s apartment, a neighborhood arcade and also a record store where they steal LPs for Q’s local DJ interests. Generally, they are harassed daily by the police or a Puerto Rican gang led by a gangster named Radames. After witnessing a robbery at the local bar, an aggravated Bishop becomes enthralled at the “juice” and the audacity of crime life. He boasts on, about tiring of the harassment by police, gangs and a local bodega owner and decides that the group must scheme on a plan to win respect. Q, however, is unsure if he wants to become involved in a life of crime, stating respect is earned. One Saturday night, under Bishop’s persistence, the friends decide to rob a local bodega to teach the owner, Fernando Quiles, a lesson. Q is hesitant to go through with the crime, unsure whether it will be a success; he also fears it will affect his chances of participating in a DJ competition in which he has yearned to compete for years. After being pressured by fellow crew members he decides to join them. During the heist, for no apparent reason, Bishop shoots the owner in the head killing him…..
WARNING: SOME PROFANITY
I remember watching Juice on pirate when it was released in 1992 because it was never released in UK cinemas (no surprise…)
I still love it.
What in film HELL is this ??????
WARNING: SOME PROFANITY
[Thanks Brown Eyez]
The film will be released on October 19
The screening of the independent full-length feature The Naked Poet took place in London at BAFTA headquarters last night and is written and directed by actor Jason Barrett. Barrett also stars in the film alongside Aml Ameen, Michelle Gayle, Mohammed George, Michael Harvey, Kelle Bryan, Petra Letang, Kyla Frye and Fabrisio Santino.
The film centres on the naked poet Lazarus (Jason Barrett) and explores the relationships between his friends, family, lovers, dubious acquaintances and his fight to overcome past demons.
It also poses the following questions,
-Can a man be in love with more than one woman?
-Do the sins of the father visit the next generation?
-Do men and women really process love and sex differently?
All these issues and more are explored in this surprisingly good debut by Barrett. The Naked Poet is sharp, witty, sexy, deep and quite emotional at times. The audience can also really relate to the situations faced by the lead characters throughout the film (especially us ladies), and it was refreshing to see black males being depicted on screen doing something other than running around imposing/grim council estates engaging in negativity and generally acting like a pack of wild dogs.
My only issue with the The Naked Poet is that it seemed to drag on a bit at times and perhaps some scenes could have been shorter. For example a scene when Lazarus (who was brought up in the Christian faith but has now converted to Islam) enters a church, sits down and finds comfort and peace while listening to choir members practice a rousing hymn. This is an important scene but the long lingering shots of a visibly over emotional Lazarus and then of the choir members and then back to Lazarus again in my opinion did not need to be so long and drawn out to make an impact.
But other than that the cast each gave really strong performances and Barrett’s first ever film project is pretty impressive.
Well done to everyone involved!
The hope is to get The Naked Poet released in cinemas nationwide by the end of the year.
For more information about The Naked Poet visit: www.thenakedpoetfilm.com
Also check out Black Cinema Is Under Threat: www.thenakedpoetfilm.com/bcinema.htm
Check out the official trailer for the up and coming flick Think Like A Man.
The film is adapted from comedian/talk host Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, and stars Michael Ealy, Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Terrence J, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart.
US Release: March 9th 2012
UK Release: UNKNOWN
I loved the TV show and cannot wait to see the film. I just hope it lives up to my expectations.
UK blogger Michelle Owusu at SceneTV recently caught up with Brown Paper Dolls, an LA-based production company made up of three ambitious and talented ladies, who aim to show and tell more diverse stories and perspectives through TV and film.
The ladies from Brown Paper Dolls have also released a trailer for their production Milk + Honey, which is executive produced by British actor Idris Elba.
Check out Michelle’s interview below.
Who are ‘Brown Paper Dolls’? Who is involved and how and why was it created?
Brown Paper Dolls is made up of three ladies, Dana Gills, Asha Kamali May and Jeanette McDuffie. We are a production company, all Chicago, IL natives now living in Los Angeles, that began to work together three years ago on our first project, Milk + Honey. Our goal is to tell and celebrate untold universal stories from unique perspectives. We were all at a point where we were seeking opportunities in our individual careers and felt that it was time to do what we wanted to do individually and tell the stories that we, and our audiences, wanted to see.
Can you tell us a little bit about your projects such as the Milk + Honey series? Any exclusive information on what’s next?
We are working on a number of projects. Milk + Honey is our tent-pole project–it is a scripted series we have created for TV & the web. We envision it as content that will live on multiple platforms. As you might know, to take projects from page to screen is a process and we are currently in talks with distribution companies to bring Milk + Honey to screen soon! Brown Paper Dolls has a slate of upcoming projects, including documentaries, films and web series.
How did the UK’s very own Idris Elba get involved in the project?
As producers, we’ve thought intensely about who we wanted to partner with. Idris Elba has always been at the top of the list, as we are big fans of his work, his brand and his talent. His brand and audience lines up with our creative direction for Milk + Honey and as our executive producer, he brings a unique, global perspective that allows a great synergy between us. Continue reading…….
A year in the life of CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder. The film follows one of soul music’s most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between.
Featuring: Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Phonte, Sha Money XL, Young Guru, The Alchemist & more.
Actor/writer/director Noel Clarke has started filming his new feature film called The Knot. From what I’ve heard so far, The Knot is a romantic comedy.
Seeing as this is a Noel Clarke project I already expect to see the usual suspects starring in this film. But I won’t say anymore until I see the full cast list.
I do however hope that Clarke has cast a fresh breed of acting talent in The Knot and not a bunch of “Team UK” randoms who have no business acting much less appearing on the silver screen.
Cast information so far…
- Jason Maza – He seems to be in everything these days.
- Kojo The Comedian (cameo role). He will play an “aggressive African delivery man”.
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