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If you haven't seen the movie 'DRUMLINE' you've never truly experienced life!
The story concerns Devon Miles (Nick Cannon), a teen who has just graduated from high school in New York City. Upon graduating, Devon heads to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Atlanta A&T University, a historically black college that takes enormous pride in its marching band. Devon was personally invited to attend on full scholarship by Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones), head of the band, for his prodigious talents. The A&T band separates itself from its competitors by requiring all members to read music, by focusing on various styles of music rather than what music is currently popular on the radio, and by dedication to the teamwork emphasized "one band, one sound" concept. The band has a preseason that is similar to an athletic team's induction in that it is very physically and mentally difficult. It challenges all recruits to push themselves past what they previously thought were their limits. At the end of preseason, the musicians audition for spots on the field, and Devon is the only freshman to make P1, the highest level player. While going through his rigorous process, Devon also finds time to romance an upperclassman dancer, Laila (Zoe Saldana).
College life starts well for Devon, as he has the girl and a spot on the field. Things begin to sour when Sean, Devon's percussion leader, begins to grow weary of Devon's cocky attitude. Sean later challenges Devon to take a solo in his first game, believing the freshman will panic and be embarrassed in front of everyone. Sean is shocked when Devon takes the solo and is subsequently humiliated. This sets up some tension in the drumline which is exacerbated when Dr. Lee is told by President Wagner (Afemo Omilami), the school's president, to change his focus from music to entertainment or lose his funding. Lee does not want to give Devon more playing time because he feels Devon's attitude and respect are lacking. The situation further deteriorates when it is revealed that Devon cannot read music. Devon is demoted to P4 by Dr. Lee until he learns, then later put back on P1 when Wagner pressures Dr. Lee to do so. However, after inflaming a melee with a visiting band at A&T's homecoming game after Devon plays on a opposing band member's drum (a serious insult in drumline mythos), Devon is finally kicked out of the band by Dr. Lee. The fight also harms his relationship with Laila as she is embarrassed to introduce him to her parents, who attended the game.
Devon contacts A&T's rival school Morris Brown College, to discuss playing for their band next season. Mr. Wade (J. Anthony Brown), Brown's band leader, says that Devon does not need to know how to read music and will likely get a full scholarship and a good position on the drumline. When Wade wants to know what Dr. Lee is planning for the BET Big Southern Classic (a large competition of college bands), Devon realizes that his heart and honor are still with the A&T band. He rejects the scholarship offer from the rival band and returns to A&T.
Though Devon is still not playing for the band, he cannot give up his drumming. He is sent cassette tapes from his estranged father and gets some ideas for new drum arrangements. He and Sean have a final confrontation that clears the air and they begin to work together. The two present their idea for an entrance cadence to Dr. Lee who decides they will be used during the Classic. Devon helps the drumline prepare and patches up his relationship with Laila.
At the Classic, the bands are shown performing a mixture of popular songs. Morris Brown's band even gets rapper Petey Pablo to perform during their routine. A&T is not fazed by this and performs their mix of retro and current sounds. A tie results and the Morris Brown and A&T drumlines face off. Dr. Lee tells Devon he can play for this face-off, showing his faith in Devon's improved character and in thanks for all the hard work he has done in getting the band ready for the Classic. Morris Brown goes first and A&T responds. Morris Brown's second cadence includes their snares moving forward and playing on the A&T drums (the same move that incited the fight at A&T's homecoming game), then throwing down their sticks. The A&T line manages to hold their composure in the face of the insult. They play their cadence and in the middle throw down their sticks, mimicking the Morris Brown actions, but then the entire line pulls out another set of sticks and continues playing. They end their routine in the faces of the Morris Brown drumline, but instead of playing on their drums, the line all drop their sticks onto the other drumline's drums. The judges award the win to A&T.
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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys For Life earned an estimated $68.1 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend, including a whopping $59.175 million over the Fri-Sun frame. Bad Boys II opened with $46 million in July of 2003, which would be around $70 million adjusted for inflation. That means Bad Boys 3 sold about as many tickets over its first four days of release as Bad Boys II sold in its first three days. Yes, I’d imagine anyone who will see Bad Boys For Life on Monday otherwise would have seen it over the traditional Fri-Sun weekend. Moreover, considering the usual “fewer folks go to the movies due to streaming, social media and related distractions” variables, this is a remarkable hold for a revived franchise.
For reference, this is the second-biggest January debut of all time, behind the wide release expansion of American Sniper ($89 million Fri-Sun/$107 million Fri-Mon on this same weekend in 2015). So, yes, this is the biggest opening ever for a “new” January movie and now has a shot at being the biggest-grossing “new” January release of all time.
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If you were hoping that an Eminem album released in 2020 would be less offensive, violent, or controversial, this album isn’t for you. It’s called Music to Be Murdered By, after all—a title borrowed from a creepy 1958 music compilation presented by Alfred Hitchcock. In one interlude, Hitchcock’s voice can be heard explaining the premise: “This was meant for your listening pleasure—while you are being done in.” This surprise drop, in which we’re reacquainted with Eminem’s chainsaw-wielding alter ego Slim Shady, is as cold and uncompromising as it sounds. The snarling beats—produced by Dr. Dre, The Alchemist, and Eminem himself, among others—heave beneath wordplay as impressive and elaborate as it is aggressive, sinister, and, occasionally, unacceptable.
Unlike his last two releases, this album is neither pop-leaning (with exception of one Ed Sheeran feature) nor a straight-up diss record. For better or worse, most of Music to Be Murdered By is simply Eminem doing what he does best: gratuitously savage, antagonistic rhymes for the pure, juvenile sake of it. Longtime stans will rejoice to find three (!) collaborations with Royce da 5’9”, particularly the frenetic “Yah Yah,” also featuring Q-Tip and Denaun. The beats on “Stepdad” and “Lock It Up” are second to none, while “Little Engine” and “Farewell” wouldn’t feel out of place on albums released two decades ago.
But the world has changed in two decades. The divide between Eminem, lyrical savant and god of rap, and Slim Shady, a trigger-happy psychopath, has always been difficult to bridge. It’s harder to hear shock-value sucker punches about domestic violence and disability—least of all because they risk discrediting the genuinely powerful moments that Eminem is so uniquely capable of. The song worthy of the most discussion (and controversy), “Darkness,” is one such moment: What begins as a tender, personal tale soon reveals itself to be the disturbing account of a man committing mass murder from a Las Vegas hotel room, before ending with a series of breaking-news voiceovers reporting on real-life mass murders throughout America. For all the wrath and bloodshed on Music to Be Murdered By, its most provocative song is its least fictional.
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It’s officially going to be a year before FX delivers more episodes of Donald Glover’s “Atlanta.”
During the cabler’s Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, John Landgraf, chairman, FX Networks and FX Prods., announced that the next two installments of the Emmy-winning comedy series would not be ready until 2021.
Calling Seasons 3 and 4 “Part 1 and 2” of a new chapter in the series’ life, Landgraf said that the first 10 episodes should return in January 2021, with the next batch, which as of now will consist of eight episodes, following in the fall of that year.
These 18 episodes will be shot in sequence, with some of filming taking place in the titular city, but much of it also “shooting outside the U.S.,” he noted.
Season 2 of “Atlanta” aired on FX between March and May 2018. Part of the reason for the long wait between seasons is simply how busy Glover has become. From his film work in “The Lion King” to his Amazon Prime Video special “Guava Island” and his music career as Childish Gambino, he continues to be in high-demand. That demand includes FX, though: While there was no official Season 5 renewal announced, Landgraf expressed interest in continuing the series.
“As long as Donald wants to make more ‘Atlanta,’ I’m down for that. But it’s his choice,” he said.
Glover created the series and stars alongside Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz and Lakeith Stanfield. The series is executive produced by Glover and his brother, Stephen Glover, along with Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle, and Hiro Murai. FX Prods. produces.
First single 'My All' from her three-part EP series entitled 'Start 2 End' due to release on Valentine's Day 2020
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Hello, I'm BMI Recording Artist Samantha Ann. I have a passion for positivity in good music. I am a singer-songwriter from South Texas. Music is all around us, for some it courses through our veins. My first sentence, I sang and my first few paragraphs became a song. My message is one of hope and positivity.
I am blessed with Epilepsy. Although having epilepsy is very hard on me, music rescues me. Even when my dreams seem so limited. By writing and performing my own music I connect with my listeners on a personal level. Maybe they are going through something I went through and my words touch them in a way that only music could. Not only is it a message for my listeners but for myself as well. I need to prove to myself that I had exactly what I thought in me and just because someone says you can't do something, doesn't mean you shouldn't try. If you see it and you believe it, then you'll achieve it. In this I'm a firm believer.
Because of my success with the first four songs, I walked the red carpets at the Country Music Awards and attended the after party with the Stars of Country Music. I was so frightened by the flashing lights and my epilepsy, I stepped back from the mic for a few years and developed manic depression. Part of my goal in reaching an audience who cares about other people is to start support groups for people who suffer any type of mental illness. 73% of musicians suffer from some sort of mental health issue related to music. I want to be there for those people by spreading love and empowering music. Something someone could not only relate to but thrive through.
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While most people today know Daymond John as the creator of the clothing brand FUBU and an investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” in the early 2000s, John worked closely with the Kardashian family.
In the first few seasons of E!’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” which premiered in 2007, John was responsible for integrating product placement on the show, he explained in a 2016 interview with 1010Wins that he recently tweeted. That meant finding brands for the Kardashian family to wear or talk about on the show, in order to give the brands exposure.
This was a difficult task at the time, because the Kardashians were just beginning their careers as fashion moguls and entrepreneurs, John explained on “The Wendy Williams Show” in April 2017. “Nobody would do it; they didn’t believe in these girls,” he said. He often paid to have his own brands, such as FUBU or Coogi, featured on the show.
As part of John’s role, he had promised to appear on a few episodes of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Then, “Shark Tank” came along.
John was approached to join ABC’s “Shark Tank” as an investor around 2008, but he initially turned it down “when I found out we were going to spend our own money,” he joked in the 2016 interview. In fact, John thought the show was going to be a failure, he said at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in 2017.
But, amid a recession, John realized it was the right time to diversify his business portfolio.
“I had 10 clothing companies, eight of them weren’t doing well because nobody’s buying clothing; they can’t pay the mortgage,” John said in 2016. “So, I said to myself, ‘I’m only getting pitched clothing companies. I need to get pitched other things.’”
Suddenly, joining “Shark Tank” seemed more appealing, but there was a catch: John couldn’t take the job because he was involved with “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” which appeared on a different network. “ABC said, ‘You can’t do any other show but ours,’” he said in 2016.
When Khloe Kardashian heard about the conflict, “she basically fired me from the show” so he could pursue “Shark Tank,” John said in 2016. “She said she would never get in my way.”
Before officially joining “Shark Tank,” John negotiated on one more term: the opportunity to meet with television producer Mark Burnett. “I said, ‘OK, I will go out there and shoot the show, but I need to be able to pitch Mark Burnett three of my ground-breaking television ideas if I do,’” John said at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit.
In the end, this “firing” from the Kardashians’ show had a fortuitous ending; John has been on more than 180 episodes of “Shark Tank,” and currently appears on the show’s 11th season. Affectionately nicknamed “The People’s Shark,” many of the companies he’s invested in have gone on to have great success.
For example, the sock brand Bombas now brings in $100 million a year, as of April 2019. And one of John’s largest “Shark Tank” investments ($300,000 for a 30% share) was the barbecue company Bubba Q’s, which was doing $16 million in sales as of 2017.
And despite going their separate ways, John and the Kardashians remain on good terms.
“You always had the respect from me and you always had the ability to see things others couldn’t!” Khloe Kardashian tweeted in response to John sharing the story of their working relationship. “Now... everyone sees keep on shining only love over here.”
“Say what you want about the Kardashians, but they are a force to be reckoned with and care deeply for the people they love,” John tweeted on Jan. 5.
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2020 lineup. As promised, Rage Against the Machine are headlining, and so are Frank Ocean and Travis Scott. See the full lineup below. Coachella 2020 takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California across two weekends: April 10-12 and 17-19.
Thom Yorke, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, FKA twigs, DaBaby, Run the Jewels, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X, City Girls, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Charli XCX, 21 Savage, Disclosure, Big Sean, Carly Rae Jepsen, Yaeji, Snail Mail, Swae Lee, Noname, Caribou (and Daphni), DJ Koze, Calvin Harris, Denzel Curry, Danny Elfman, Cuco, 100 gecs, and Fatboy Slim are among the artists on this year’s lineup. Duck Sauce—the A-Trak and Armand van Helden project—is on the lineup after being inactive since 2014. Japanese digital pop star Hatsune Miku will also perform. The recently reunited My Chemical Romance were rumored to appear at the festival, but they’re not on the lineup.
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Scientists have finally solved the mysterious cold case of the missing pilot's plane. In 1937 the famous Amelia Earhart dissapeared over the bermuda, and has only now been found.
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When Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared off the face off the earth in in 1937, it became one of the greatest mysteries of the modern era. As a pioneer of aviation and a symbol of women's empowerment, it caused international headlines when she simply vanished from the sky. For decades, the world thought that Amelia perished into the ocean, and while plenty of theories circled - including being an international spy, being captured by the Japanese, and even the idea that she actually made it out alive - we never knew for sure. Thanks to new technology, that’s all changed. Now, scientists have been able to re-analyse old evidence, solving the incredible mystery once and for all.
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Barack Obama just announced his favorite movies of the year, and it looks like he's a mild fan of the studio he and his wife have partnered with to make cinematic magic.
The former Prez released a list of his top movies of 2019, and they include a ton of indie flicks ... most of which were not produced or distributed by Netflix. That's not to say the company was excluded completely -- four of their movies made it in, including his own.
Of the Netflix titles that were mentioned ... "Marriage Story," "The Irishman," "Atlantics" and the mister and missus's High Ground Productions documentary, "American Factory."
It's one of the first projects Barack and Michelle have produced under their recently announced multi-year deal with Netflix, and it's already gotten tons of praise. The doc's about a shuttered GM plant in Ohio that gets resurrected by a Chinese company, which integrates their own factory workers with Americans in what proves to be a culture clash.
Interestingly, there's more independent movies released under different studios Obama seems to have liked more this year ... like "The Farewell," "The Souvenir," "Ford v Ferrari," "Just Mercy," "'Little Women," "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," "Birds of Passage" and others.
He also released some TV shows he was into, and Netflix made the cut there as well with "Unbelievable." From a bird's-eye view, it looks like 44's got pretty sophisticated taste.
Makes ya wonder what DT's watching these days ... 🤔
They'll join Cardi B at a new music festival 'VIEWTOPIA' during Super Bowl week in Miami.
DaBaby performs "Sugar" at the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles. DaBaby, Guns N' Roses, Maroon 5 and DJ Khaled will also perform at the second annual Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, to take place Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Others slated to perform during the two-day event include Megan Thee Stallion, Davido, Gunna and Shenseea. More performers will be announced.
The Super Bowl will be Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez will headline the halftime show.
Lady Gaga, Guns N’ Roses, Maroon 5, DJ Khaled and the Chainsmokers are some of the artists who have announced they will hold concerts in Miami days before the big game.
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There were—I kid you not—871 movies and 495 scripted television series released in America in 2018. These were both records, with the movie-release total increasing by 120 over the previous year, and are sure to be eclipsed by this year’s overwhelming output. If that weren’t enough, only one truly original film, Jordan Peele’s Us, has managed to crack the top 10 at the North American box office this year. The rest were either superhero movies or sequels.
So yes, there’s a reason why Martin Scorsese’s so damn upset with the state of the movie industry, and why, with such an oversaturated marketplace, you probably missed many of this year’s finest entries—mostly smaller, indie-minded films that failed to carve out a niche amid the dizzying number of studio tentpoles.
And it’s a damn shame, because there were so many great little movies that flew under the radar this year, from Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss’ terrifying portrait of a self-destructive punk rocker to Antonio Banderas’ towering turn as a filmmaker reflecting on his past, present and future.
Here are the most overlooked movies of 2019.
APOLLO 11 (March 1)
Filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller, with the help of NASA and the National Archives, hit the jackpot: uncovering a treasure trove of never-before-seen 70 mm footage from the Apollo 11 mission. And it looks stunning, capturing the anxiety, thrill and wonder of the history-making moon-landing voyage. First Man pales in comparison.
ASH IS PUREST WHITE (March 15)
Zhao Qiao (Zhao Tao) is jailed, abandoned, and harassed, yet keeps finding herself under the sway of her former crime boss/lover. Under the guise of a gangster epic, filmmaker Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin) has crafted a razor-sharp study of alienation and the corrosiveness of the patriarchy in contemporary China. And Tao is a revelation.
HIGH LIFE (April 5)
Every film by French master Claire Denis is a cultural event, and this, her English-language debut, is a demented, deeply engrossing sci-fi saga centered on a group of death-row prisoners who’ve been sent on a space mission to find energy in a black hole—only instead, they’re being sexually experimented on by Dr. Dibs (Juliette Binoche), who is hell-bent on conceiving a child. Monte (Robert Pattinson), one of the more attractive convicts on board, has no idea what he’s in for.
HER SMELL (April 12)
The most agonizing movie sequence of the year features Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss), the volatile frontwoman of punk act Something She, snatching her baby in a backstage rage and barreling down the hallway, crashing into walls and disappearing from view. Elisabeth Moss is a force of nature in Alex Ross Perry’s riotous five-act drama. If there were any justice in the world she’d be an Oscar lock.
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (June 7)
In true Superbad fashion, this film was first drawn up when filmmaker Joe Talbot and star Jimmie Fails were teenagers, and is based (in part) on how, after Fails’ grandfather died, his Victorian home in San Francisco’s Fillmore district was foreclosed on, forcing the young Fails to spend his early years in foster care. As it stands, this indie drama is a haunting and elegiac ode to San Francisco’s storied past, in-flux present, and uncertain future.
HONEYLAND (July 26)
Though last year was a bit of a mixed bag, with the mesmerizing Three Identical Strangers mixed in with busts like Assassination Nation, distributor Neon really broke through in 2019, blessing us with not only Parasite but three of the best docs of the year—Apollo 11, Amazing Grace, and this striking, fly-on-the-wall (sorry) study of a female beekeeper in a tiny Macedonian village whose way of life is under attack. What begins as a quaint, vérité portrait evolves into something far greater: a monument to the human spirit.
MONOS (Sept. 13)
A twisted mash-up of Lord of the Flies, Heart of Darkness, and City of God, filmmaker Alejandro Landes’ tale of a squad of ruthless youth soldiers in Colombia is not just the most visually arresting feature of the year, but a thought-provoking commentary on the country’s guerrilla warfare-plagued history.
PAIN AND GLORY (Oct. 4)
Outside of maybe Scorsese and De Niro, there is no current director-actor relationship richer than that of Almodovar and Banderas, and this, their eighth collaboration, is their most achingly personal work yet. It’s the story of a renowned filmmaker (Banderas-as-Almodovar) whose struggles with pain and creative ennui trigger remembrances of his past, one filled with regret. Banderas has never been more tender—and beautiful.
I LOST MY BODY (Nov. 15)
In a year that brought us a Lego Movie sequel, a Lion King adaptation featuring Beyoncé, and a new Toy Story, the most awe-inspiring animated film to come along this year involves a severed hand escaping a lab and fighting its way back to its owner. But more than that, Jérémy Clapin’s latest is a heartrending meditation on immigration, childhood trauma, and the struggle to connect—enhanced by visuals that will leave you speechless.
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