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Hudlin TV / Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:37:39 pm »
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

As part of HBO's documentary series, 'Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley' directed by Whoopi Goldberg is a collection of television clips  and conversations by legendary performers Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers, Jerry Stiller and friends.  Many of them comment on what kind of impression the woman comedian[Mabley] had on their lives, their work and the entertainment world.

Unabashed & funny social commentary of the Civil Rights Movement (she personally knew Martin Luther King Jr.),  her visit to the White House when LBJ was President of the United States and what she experienced in the 1960s through the 1970s is contained in the exploration.

Did you know that Moms Mabley was also the inspiration to Mama Odie from Disney's 'The Princess & The Frog'?  (voiced by Jennifer Lewis).

The television clip that stood out to me was Ms. Mabley's appearance on the Merv Griffin Show. Merv asks her how was her trip to the South. She tells him that the people there loved her.  In fact, they loved her so much that they named her after Roy Roger's horse, Trigger.

"Here, Trigger!" 

"Hey, Trigger!"

...or least that's what she thinks they said. 

« on: September 16, 2013, 08:15:57 am »
What was supposed to happen 250 years ago...

...continues tonight!

Hudlin TV / Hell On Wheels
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:22:53 am »
Anyone checking out "Hell On Wheels" on AMC?  The U.S. Government is trying to get the Trans-Continental Railroad on the right track in a post-Civil War setting but there are obstacles, stalls and just plain ol' hard work to get the trains up & running in the wild, wild West.   I don't know why the construction on the railroad is such a problem when Hell On Wheels...
...just makes Common sense.

I know this promotional image is long overdue but I really, really like it and yes...  the show is historically, a great drama. The look & feel of the show kinda reminds me of DJANGO UNCHAINED...

Keanu Reeves: the future of cinema

Why I made a documentary about the differences - and affinities - between digital and celluloid


An excerpt:

"For some film-makers picking digital is an aesthetic, as well as a practical, choice. Directors such as Robert Rodriguez and Steven Soderbergh told me they had an ambition for a certain look and realised that only digital cameras could achieve it. Digital has also democratised the film-making process. The availability of cheap, high-quality video has helped increase the quality of low budget film-making (this is certainly true of the expansion in documentary film-making, where digital has enabled people to hit the streets with an affordable means of filming). Where we watch our films is also part of the digital story. Movies are now streamed from the cloud, watched on iPads. They're no longer always shown on the big screen."

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Feel The Funk / Fontella Bass has passed...
« on: December 27, 2012, 12:25:46 pm »
Fontella Bass
1940 - 2012

Whenever I hear the 1965 R&B hit  song, "Rescue Me", I think of  classic Gospel Pop singers like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Etta James. 

Even if you've never heard of Ms. Bass,  chances are, that you've heard her  record on the radio,  Hollywood movies, and television shows...   even today. :)

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Books / Erica Kennedy has passed away
« on: June 16, 2012, 10:12:54 pm »
Writer Erica Kennedy Has Passed Away
1970 - 2012

According to all of the relevant online sources, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University, Erica Kennedy was a novelist, screenwriter and social media strategist. She resided in Miami Beach, Florida and was 42 years old at the time of her death, according to a family member.  Additional details on the circumstances are not available yet.

The former fashion publicist began her writing career as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News women's section then went on to write about fashion and entertainment for magazines such as Vibe, In Style, PAPER and Elle UK.

In 2004 she published a satire on the high stakes world of hip-hop with her debut novel Bling, which went on to become a New York Times best-seller. Five years later she released her second novel, Feminista, a story about smart, modern women. She appeared on PAPER's 140 Characters twitter list in May 2010 and was named by film critic Roger Ebert as one of his top 5 "favorite twits."

Although, I didn't know who this individual was before this unfortunate incident,  I'm always interested in reading about things that I may have overlooked in the past.  Maybe you should, too.

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In The News / Gruesome Threesome
« on: June 16, 2012, 06:47:56 am »
Dude came and went at the same time!
Cop dies during 3-way sex; widow wins $3M lawsuit
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY

Hotlanta, GA - A jury has awarded a Georgia woman $3 million over her husband's heart attack, finding that his doctor should have warned the Atlanta cop against strenuous activity like the three-way sex he was having at the time he died, WXIA-TV reports.

William Martinez, a 31-year-old Atlanta police officer, collapsed and died while he and a male friend were having sex with a woman who was not his wife at an Atlanta airport motel in 2009.

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Hard Choices / Jeep Grand Wagoneer or The Flintsones?
« on: June 14, 2012, 02:04:30 pm »
2014 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

--- or ---

5,000,000 B.C. Bouldermobile

Hey, I'm all for nostalgia and everything but does anyone believe this is taking the concept a little too far?  
I saw the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer posted on Yahoo! Autos as one of "8 SUVs worth waiting for". In this day and age, why would an automaker think that using side wood-paneling on the exterior of a metal vechicle a novel idea to revisit?  
It was a dumb idea in the 70s at that time, why would anyone want to bring this _______ back now??

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« on: June 11, 2012, 11:40:56 pm »

In the beginning, there was... Howard the Duck, MARVEL's first comicbook movie which 25 years ago, was considered by many to be one of the worst movies ever, however, I've always loved the character from the actual comicbook because of its brilliant social commentary of American pop culture, politics and people.  I'm not certain that this announcement from GeekTyrant dot com is just an elaborate April Fool's joke but I pity the fool who doesn't believe that Howard the Duck doesn't deserve a second chance to shine on the big screen.

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Hudlin TV / THE 2012 AVN AWARDS
« on: May 27, 2012, 08:25:52 pm »
The AVN Awards is the only time where every year one can see the real movers & shakers of the 'other Hollywood' strut thier stuff with pride on ShowTime.

Skin Diamond Forever

Broadcast from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, this year's sextravaganza features nominess and distinguished guests Ron Jeremy, Dave Attell (From Dave's Old Porn), Riley Steele, CEO Steven Hirsh from Vivid Entertainment, a performance by rapper Too Short,  pretty ladies, handsome men in the adult entertainment business, and vampires (no, seriously, real vampires).


Feel The Funk / Donald "Duck" Dunn has passed
« on: May 14, 2012, 01:24:23 pm »

Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies at 70; soul music bassist
Donald Dunn is the guy with the hat

Associated Press - The session musician helped created the gritty Memphis sound in the 1960s and played with the Blues Brothers, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. He contributed to such songs as 'In the Midnight Hour' and 'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.'

Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. and the MGs and contributed to such classics as "In the Midnight Hour," "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," died Sunday. He was 70.

Dunn, whose legacy as one of the most respected session musicians in the business also included work with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers as well as with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, died while on tour in Tokyo.

News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.

Dunn was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1941, and according to the biography on his official website, was nicknamed for the cartoon character by his father. His father, a candy maker, did not want him to be a musician.

"He thought I would become a drug addict and die. Most parents in those days thought music was a pastime, something you did as a hobby, not a profession," Dunn said.

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Producing / 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:03:52 pm »
45+ Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
By Matt Rigney
Brent Mustangburger from CARS 2
Apr 20, 2009

The 45th anniversary Ford Mustang celebration has come to an end with the legacy of the Mustang stronger than ever.  The Mustang legacy has always been strong carried on in several different ways with one being through the movies as it has done since it's first appearance in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger".  Since 1964 the Ford Mustang has appeared in over 500 movies and hundreds more television programs.  Probably the most memorable film the Ford Mustang appeared in is Bullitt.  Steve McQueen starred in the movie as Lt. Frank Bullitt driving his highland green 1968 Mustang GT 390.  His nine- minute plus unscripted chase scene through the streets of San Francisco has long been revered as the best chase ever in a movie.

Other memorable movie roles the Ford Mustang has to it's credit include the original Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974) with it's 40-minute chase scene where they destroy 93 cars.  The remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds stars Nicolas Cage trying to steal 50 cars in two-days with the unicorn car being 'Eleanor", a silver and black 1968 Shelby GT500.
More recent movies include Hollywood Homicide where Harrison Ford and Josh Harnett drove around in a 2003 Saleen S281, War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise and his 1966 Shelby GT 350, Reno 911 with the police cars being 2006 Mustangs and the latest being I Am Legend starring Will Smith who drives a red 2007 Shelby GT500 during the opening scene through the deserted streets of New York City.

Below you will find several movies the Mustang has been in with a small description for each.   Enjoy...

45+ Years of the Mustang in Movies:

From the time of its introduction at the World’s Fair in New York four and a half decades ago, the iconic pony car has appeared in more than 500 movies and hundreds of television programs.

Ever since 1964 when the Mustang appeared in the Bond film Goldfinger, filmmakers have often used the Mustang to symbolize the quintessential American cool. In the 1968 film Bullitt, Steve McQueen played a hardened police detective chasing down killers in a 1968 Mustang GT390.

But the Mustang can also be aspirational. In the 2007 film The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Freeman’s character is dying and lists “Drive a Shelby Mustang” as one of the things he longs to do before he kicks the proverbial bucket.

Here are just a few of the Mustang’s memorable moments on the silver screen:

Goldfinger (1964) – This Bond film gets high Mustang marks for being the first movie to show off Ford’s new sporty car, a white 1964˝ convertible driven by a beautiful woman assassin. After a brief chase in the Swiss Alps, Sean Connery in his Aston Marin DB5 borrows a trick from a chariot racer in Ben Hur to shred the Mustang’s tires and its rocker panel.

Bullitt (1968) – Steve McQueen is the hardened police detective who drives a 1968 Mustang GT390 in a nine-minute, 42-second car chase against killers in a black Dodge charger through the hilly streets in and around San Francisco.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – As James Bond, Sean Connery eludes police pursuit in a red 1971 Mustang Mach I fastback on two wheels to squeeze down a narrow alley in downtown Las Vegas. The car tilts up on the passenger side wheels entering the alley and exits the alley on the driver’s side wheels, a pretty neat trick.

Bull Durham (1988) – Kevin Costner is the fading ballplayer in this sports comedy love triangle with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Since Costner’s character once tasted glory for a brief time in the major league’s “show,” it’s only fitting that he picked up a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 convertible along the way.

True Crime (1999) – Clint Eastwood plays a reporter with a messy personal life who gets one more chance to get it right after something doesn’t add up in the case of a Death Row inmate facing imminent execution. His car matches the man – a 1983 Mustang convertible with more than a few miles on it.

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) – In this remake of the earlier film, retired car thief Nicolas Cage has to boost 50 cars in 24 hours to save his kid brother from killers. The ultimate prize is Eleanor, a silver and black 1967 Shelby GT500 styled by car builder Chip Foose. Grossed $101 Million at the box office.

The Princess Diaries (2001) – Anne Hathaway stars as Mia, an awkward 15-year-old who learns that she’s actually a princess by her royal grandmother, played by Julie Andrews. Initially, all Mia wants to do is stay unnoticed at school and get her 1966 Mustang fixed up in time for her 16th birthday.

Hollywood Homicide (2002) – Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford star as detectives in this action “dramedy.” Their car of choice? A 2003 silver Saleen S281 supercharged Mustang.

Cinderella Story (2004) – An unpopular girl, played by Hillary Duff, is exploited by her wicked stepmother. She loses her cell phone instead of a glass slipper at the ball, but she gains a prince. Her car of choice: a sky blue 1965 Mustang convertible.

I Am Legend (2007) – Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City, played by Will Smith, struggles valiantly to find a cure. Smith’s co-star in the movie? A red and white 2007 Shelby Mustang. Grossed over $256 Million at the box office.

Other movies include The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 Shelby GT350 convertible) , Transformers (2007 Mustang police car),  High School Musical 2 (Pink Mustang), Fear (red 1966 Mustang convertible), Fastlane (Bullitt Replica), Death Race (Battle-Ready Mustang GT), Back to the Future II (futuristic 2015 Mustang, fox-body)and 2 Fast 2 Furious along with Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift.


“Mustang has had the most roles of any Ford vehicle, and there are no competing cars that come close. From a product placement perspective, Mustang is the gift that keeps giving and giving.” - Bob Witter, of Ford Global Brand Entertainment (FGBE)

“The Mustang set off a revolution almost to the level of the Model T in terms of making a cool sports car affordable to the average person. When you were driving a Mustang, you were special. You were noticed. You stood out. And today the Mustang delivers the same attributes.” - Bob Witter, of Ford Global Brand Entertainment (FGBE)

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Hard Choices / SCANDAL or VEEP?
« on: April 29, 2012, 07:00:36 am »


Is this really a hard choice??
I know, I know, one is a drama and the other is a comedy but there are some striking resemblances between the two. SCANDAL sometimes appear as a comedy show when it is really a drama and VEEP sometimes appear as a drama when it is really a comedy.
Both television shows have a main female character in power positions, sometimes in politics, sometimes between thier peers but which TV show is more preferable?

Latest Flicks / SPARKLE
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:18:12 am »
Ladies & gentlemen of HEF...

The latest trailer from the movie,  SPARKLE.

Cast: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Cee-Lo Green
Director: Salim Akil
Writer: Mara Brock Akil

« on: March 18, 2012, 02:41:09 am »
ShowTime has another comedy show called LIP SERVICE, A Night Of Sexy Comedy, hosted by Niecy Nash starring 4 lovely ladies doing stand-up comedy:

Vanessa Graddick, the ex-social worker...

Shawn Pelofsky a.k.a. The broke Barbera Streisand...

the woman who will make you laugh and tired, Christian Shirm

and the Lioness, Michelle Buteau...

EDIT: Corrected the line-up. That's what I get for posting over-night... sorry. :-[

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