Wassup in Hollyhood

By RYCH McCAIN

MUSIC:

Actor/Vocalist Philip Bell is packing the house via sold out shows with his current stand at The Film Actors Shop in L.A. titled “Tha Intimate Phil.” The production features original music from Phil’s new Fresh Records CD and is hosted by special guest comedienne, Roz Browne.

Rapper Chamillionaire is NOT retiring so disregard the false rumours.

BLACK FILM FESTIVAL:

Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway announced this year’s winners for the 10th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) at an invitation only awards brunch held at LIFE on Wilshire in Los Angeles.

Director Lucky Ejim’s feature film, The Tenant, won the audience award. Blue, directed by Ryan Miningham, took top honours in the narrative film category.

The short film winner was (Mis) Leading Man, written and directed by Marocco Omari. The best documentary went to Llewellyn Smith’s Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness. The student film category was won by writer Andrew Chang and director Ralph Jefferey Elmont for their film, The Second Half. The HBFF storyteller competition was won by Cassie Henderson for her script, Good Mother.

HAPPY B-DAY:

Birthday wishes go out to stand up comic “Breez” who celebrated B-Day #34 with a host of comedic friends at the Water Front Restaurant in swank Marina Del Ray, California.

MOVIES:

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3; Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures in association with Relativity Media, a Scott-Free/Escape Artists Production. Starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzmán, Michael Rispoli and James Gandolfini. Directed by Tony Scott. Screenplay by Brian Helgeland based on the novel by John Godey. Produced by Todd Black, Tony Scott, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch.

This one is definitely a heart-stopping thriller from front to end. Travolta as a crazed, former Wall Street wizard turned subway train hijacker named Ryder gives one of the best performances of his career.

Washington matches Travolta’s intensity with one of the best portrayals of his career as Walter Garber, a meek and humble subway train dispatcher. Garber gets caught up in a nail biting back and forth head game with Ryder until the very end.

The events were pretty realistic in how they are portrayed so no super hero theatrics were used, which adds to the authenticity of the movie and makes it enjoyable. This one comes highly recommended.

Irene In Time; Rainbow Releasing; starring Tanna Marie Frederick, Kim Kolarich, Kelly De Sorla, Victoria Tennant, Karen Black and Andrea Marcovicci. Directed and Written by Henry Jaglom. Produced by Rosemary Marks-Carr.

The central idea of this film explores the relationship that Irene Jensen (Frederick) had with her father and how that affected her relationships with men in later life. This is an art- flavoured movie and is pretty slow until the drama heats up (too late) towards the end.

This is better suited for late night or cable viewing. The saving grace of the film is the glorious music by singer songwriter Harriet Schock which adds a soothing, enjoyable air to the film.

Hit me up at: feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net.

So da aiki

(Love and work)

Rych

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