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Jul 22nd

Stallone Assembles Cast of Fight Icons for Mother of All Buddy Flicks

Stallone Assembles Cast of Fight Icons for Mother of All Buddy Flicks The Expendables

As kids, my friends and I periodically engaged in debates about which of our favorite comic book superheroes was the mightiest. Could Batman beat Superman? Who would prevail in a battle between Spiderman and Wolverine? Or between Flash and the Hulk? And how would a clash of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men turn out? The possible permutations were endless, but the winners were always a matter of pure speculation, since no issue was ever published portraying all of these characters.

The Expendables is the closest cinema has come to staging such a fantasy showdown, though featuring famous Hollywood icons instead of beloved comic book characters. To his credit, writer/director Sylvester Stallone somehow signed a cast containing many of the greatest legends of the action genre. Consequently, this high-impact adventure is worth the investment just to see that assemblage of matinee idols sharing the same screen.
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Divorcee Embarks on Spiritual Sojourn in Pat Adaptation of Best-Selling Memoir

Divorcee Embarks on Spiritual Sojourn in Pat Adaptation of Best-Selling MemoirEat, Pray, Love

Whenever possible, I studiously avoid reading any book upon which an upcoming movie is being based. This practice has added immeasurably to my enjoyment of screen adaptations, for it frees me to judge a film merely on its own merits instead of having to compare it to its invariably-superior source material. Thus, this positive assessment of Eat, Pray, Love comes from a critic who entered the theater blissfully-unaware of the contents of Elizabeth Gilbert’s globetrotting memoir.

I did know, however, that Ms. Gilbert was a successful writer whose GQ article about her brief stint as a bar dancer at Coyote Ugly, a freewheeling saloon in NYC, had provided the inspiration for the motion picture of the same name. And I was also a little skeptical about the supposedly-spiritual sojourn recounted in her runaway best-seller given that she had landed a six-figure advance from her publisher prior to departing.
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Ms. Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success

Ms. Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success “If you can’t seem to figure out why you are always having problems with the men you’re dating, consider the possibility that you’ve been mistyped… When you have been mistyped, every man you date seems like Mr. Wrong. He’s married, he’s got a girlfriend, he’s a workaholic, he’s a deadbeat, he’s a player, he’s a mama’s boy. You keep running into the same type of man… over and over because you’ve taken on a counterproductive dating personality that attracts that type…

If you know in your heart that you’re one type of woman, but you somehow feel stuck acting like the wrong type of woman, I am here to help… This book provides the tools you need to transform yourself into the type of woman you want to be, and therefore discover your true personality.
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 3-5)
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Crews on Call

Crews on Call Terry Crews - “The Expendables” Interview

Hailing from Flint, MI, Terry Crews has not only one of the most recognizable faces around, but maybe one of the most recognizable physiques as well. The handsome hunk is currently one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, having a trio of flicks released in August alone, namely, The Expendables, Lottery Ticket and Middle Men. He’s also starring in “Are We There Yet,” the hit, new TV sitcom airing on the TBS Network.

Prior to entering showbiz, Crews attended Western Michigan University where he blossomed into a football phenom as a walk-on. Senior year, he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, and then went on to enjoy a six-year career in the NFL.
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DVD Chronicles Competition for Admission to Harlem Charter School

DVD Chronicles Competition for Admission to Harlem Charter School  The Lottery

For most young folks from the ‘hod, getting a good education has a lot to do with whether or not they ever make it in life. That’s why a kid’s name has to be picked out of a hat in order to gain entry to Harlem Success Academy, a charter school whose students are beating the odds. So many parents in the community have become painfully aware that their offspring’s prospects are likely to improve dramatically upon admission to this college-oriented institution that 5,000 of them pack a local armory annually to see who wins the lottery allocating the coveted spots opening up for the coming year.

The elementary school was founded by Dr. Eva Moskowitz on the guiding principle that “children are capable of achieving an incredible amount.” And those high expectations have paid off with 90% of her pupils performing at or above their grade level, as compared to the 35% average in the district, consequently the universal desire to matriculate there.
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Sisters Make Most of Opportunity to Reflect on Relationships in Latest Documentary from Janks Morton

Sisters Make Most of Opportunity to Reflect on Relationships in Latest Documentary from Janks MortonWe Need to Talk

Janks Morton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker known for poignant, tough-love documentaries about African-American males like What Black Men Think and Men to Boys. Now, as the father of an 11 year-old girl poised on the brink of blossoming into a beautiful, but possibly vulnerable young woman, he was inspired to make sisters the subject of his latest offering. So, this go-round, he traveled to the Southside of Chicago where he interviewed ten female survivors of the battle-of-the-sexes about their relationships with their dads during their formative years and also with their boyfriends when they first started dating.

Exhibiting an uncanny knack for both eliciting emotional responses and capturing African-American pulchritude on camera, Janks posed a series of probing questions in his trademark fashion. The telling, and frequently tearful responses of each, whether Kenisha Byrd, Stephanie Brewer, Anika Jackson, Trudy Martin, Carla O’Neil, Conchita Jamison, Jaime Gill, Soneika O’Neil, Rhonda Benson or Donna Watkins, generally revealed a wounded soul profoundly affected by a dysfunctional, early family life, often the product of an absentee father.
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Innaviews: Hip-hop theater featuring international hip-hop icons Rokafella and Kwikstep


 Innaviews: Hip-hop theater featuring international hip-hop icons Rokafella and Kwikstep
New York-bred hip-hop pioneers Rokafella and Kwikstep are celebrated for their high-impact dance style, signature bravura, and mentoring skills as educators and community leaders. In the early 90's, Rokafella and Kwikstep started investigating hip-hop as a proscenium performance art form. On Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29; 8:00 PM at Intermedia Arts, they are bringing their acclaimed hip-hop theater piece, Innaviews, from New York to Minneapolis as part of Intermedia Arts' annual B-Girl Be Festival.

Created by Intermedia Arts in 2005, B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop was the first international female-focused hip-hop summit in history. Since its inception, this wildly successful multidisciplinary summit has brought over 200 international, national and local girls and women in hip-hop together in Minneapolis for dialogues, art-making, screenings, performances, workshops and networking opportunities.

For more information: http://intermediaarts.org/innaviews1
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