Monthly Archives: September 2012

42 – Jackie Robinson

This is the first trailer and poster for writer/director Brian Helgeland’s 42 (Jackie Robinson) that opens April 12, 2013

Starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Brad Beyer, Toby Huss and T.R. Knight, the film features Ford as innovative Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed baseball great Jackie Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues.

It also features the music of Jay-Z

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan , a Oscar nominee for “The Green Mile” died today while being hospitalized following a July heart attack.

Publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Clarke’s fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, saying the 54-year-old actor died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment following the July 13 heart attack.

The 6-foot-5, 300 pound Duncan appeared in dozens of films, including such box office hits as “Armageddon,” ”Planet of the Apes” and “Kung Fu Panda,”

Duncan had a handful of minor roles before “The Green Mile” brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.

RIP Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Jackson

Spike Lee premiered his Michael Jackson documentary, Bad 25, this August at the 2012 Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy which begins on August 29.

“I’m more than just a huge fan of Michael Jackson,” Lee said in a press statement. “Having the chance to actually know him and work with him, I deeply care about his legacy.”

Bad 25 was collaboratively created by Lee, as well as both the Jackson Estate and Sony Music, and is said to focus entirely on Jackson’s iconic album and the world tour that accompanied it.

The documentary is a familiar mix of talking heads – choreographers, producers and stars – and film of concerts, rehearsals and music videos.

He continued, “With this Bad project, I was able to uncover just what made this such a huge, important coming of age in his career and unearth compelling stories surrounding the making of the album, the long awaited follow-up to Thriller – the best selling album of all time – the short films and the tour that may have never seen the light of day.”

Spike Lee’s documentary comes just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Bad album, “which will also be celebrated with the September 18th release of Bad 25, a deluxe package featuring three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first-ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking “Bad” tour,” as reported by IndieWire.

Check out a clip of the documentary below:

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