Watching the news or reading a magazine, it's easy to forget about the person behind the camera - that critical eye that pulls you emotionally into the story or conflict being reported. Hundreds of photojournalist put themselves in harm's way to expand the story beyond the typed or read word. During the month of November, HBO shares the photographer's story in a four-part docu-series titled Witness.
"The amazing thing is we don't know many of them," explains Witness director and executive producer, David Frankham to an audience at the premiere of South Sudan at the Bronze Lens Film Festival earlier this month. "They have affected the way we see the world, how we think about conflicts all over and we don't know many by name."
While I don't know what to say about the matter, apparently Georgia's own superhero, Captain Black does. Captain Black is a member of the Real Life Superhero (RLSH) community or "Reals" as they're often referred - often costumed civilians noted for doing neighborhood watches or community service work in the spirit of the comic book ethos that inspired them. "Cap" as he's known in his city of operations Savannah posted a rally cry for heroes to rise up and answer to call.
Members of what media calls ” the real life superhero ( RLSH ) ” now have a golden opportunity to put aside petty squabbles in the face of a masked assault embodying the worst villainy of fact and fiction. Their use of superhero imagery can assume new seriousness in wake of this tragedy.
Throughout the month of July the Huffington Post channel Black Voices is giving its readers a perspective on the people, places and unique Southern charm of the ATL.
The month-long special section entitled, "Atlanta Spotlight" features one-on-one interviews and profiles of Atlanta notables and nationally known celebrities that have grown roots in Atlanta. Encompassing the various facets of the Black community here in the city, the stories span the gamut from political exposition to hairstyles and and everything between.
“Atlanta has become a world-class city with the power to influence the nation in business, politics and social trends," says project producer Gil Robertson IV. Robertson moved to the city over ten years ago and is proud to call Atlanta home.
So far, the special section, part of Black Voices' Sunday Magazine has included “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey on what it’s like living in Atlanta; actress Terri Vaughn on her favorite hotspots in Buckhead; and actress Jasmine Guy on the places she frequented growing up in southwest Atlanta. The series has also profiled a new generation of leaders carrying on their families’ legacies in Atlanta’s African American community, including Andrea Young, daughter of Mayor Andrew Young, and Brooke Jackson Edmond, daughter of Mayor Maynard H. Jackson.
Sunday Magazine publishes weekly on Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com/news/bv-sunday)
Still Standing premieres on Thursday, May 3, with a screening at the Landmark Midtown Arts Cinemas at 7:00 PM (931 Monroe Dr NE # C212).
CL Why did you feel it was important to make this vein of film?
Lamar: We just saw a tremendous need. It came out of the website and we really just wanted to something we were passionate about, something we'd want to do five years from now we'd still want to do it and that was relationships - more specifically, the idea of marriage and how it was received in general culture, which are always negative. You know in TV shows and movies, the situations are always negative, especially towards men. So we said, lets promote a positive image about marriage specifically in the African American community because we know there are other happily married couples out there and no one is telling their stories. So we put the site up and immediately it took off. People were just hungry for this kind of information.
How do you find your couples - the subjects in your films?
Lamar: Well its because of the website and the kind of things that we do. We've been able to connect with marriage professionals; psychologist and people in the healthy marriage community which we didn't even know existed before we started the site [blackandmarriedwithkids.com] but they've pretty much embraced us so their healthy marriage initiatives, their marriage ministries we've been able to come in contact with those people. So when we're looking for couples we start with the people we know and they recommend couples which we like.
CL Oh, why is that?
Ronnie: We try to keep it within one degree of separation, because we want someone to be held accountable for the stuff they're saying. It's something you don't have to worry about in a regular film because we have a Facebook page with over 100,000 people so we can easily put out a call saying "hey we are looking for great stories for this movie" but we don't want a couple on there talking about how much they love each other and we get an email with pictures of them not being who they said they were. You never know what goes on behind closed doors in someone's marriage but we try to make sure somebody can say "I know this couple and I know their story."
The New Mutants is spin-off series from the X-Men comic books. The New Mutants made their debut in Marvel Graphic Novel #4 in 1982 and launched their own series in 1983. Charles Xavier (Professor X) decides its time to start a new class of students at his 'School for Gifted Youth' in upstate New York. His search takes him around the globe to find his special class of teenagers with incredible abilities. The original New Mutants included Sam Guthrie (AKA Cannonball), a coal miner who generates a blast field that allows him fly, Xi'an Coy Manh (Karma), a Vietnamese girl whose ability allows her to possess a person's body, Roberto DiCosta (Sunspot) from Brazil who converts solar energy into raw strength, Danielle Moonstar (Mirage) a Cheyenne indian that can project realistic illusions into your mind, and Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane) the young Scott who can turn into a wolf. Since the original class, there's been several new additions and versions of the team. The first series ran from 1983 - 1991. The series was restarted by Marvel in 2003 with a whole new set of students.
Rothman doesn't mention any particulars about the New Mutant film during the interview. Fox already has plans for another X-Men First Class film and a Wolverine sequel are still in the works.
You can read classic and current New Mutant comics on Marvel's website.
I think I rekindled my crush on Gabrielle Union watching her stroll down the carpet. There may be a disproportionate number of pics in the gallery, just saying.
Think Like A Man opens in wide release April 20, 2012.
'Think Like A Man' Premiere Red Carpet
Celebrities walked the red carpet for the premiere of "Think Like A Man" at Regal Atlantic Station.
George Takei, Sulu from the original 'Star Trek' series made the following announcement on Facebook today:
Friends, I'm thrilled to share this news with you today. As announced at Emerald City Comicon, where I'm appearing this weekend, Paramount Pictures has green-lit a new Star Trek Movie entitled "Excelsior" in which I will play the captain. This announcement is part of Paramount Studio's 100th-year anniversary campaign. The studio has acknowledged the fan enthusiasm for this concept ever since I appeared in command of the vessel in "The Undiscovered Country." J.J. Abrams will direct, with Robert Orci again writing the screenplay.
My co-star in Allegiance, Paulo Montalban, has been cast opposite me to play the mercurial "Agha," the grandson of Khan (played by Ricardo Montalban in the Second Star Trek Movie). Also featured are Gilbert Gottfried (playing a wily Ferengi First Officer) and Lisa Lampanelli (as a Bajoran security officer).
More to come on this breaking story soon. Thanks again for the years of support, and I'll see you on the Bridge of "Excelsior."
The original Star Trek series only ran three years, but developed its cult following after it was syndicated in 1969.
The Hunger Games is the first book in a series penned by Suzanne Collins. The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in former North America now known as Panem and follows a young tribute named Katniss Everdeen as she volunteers as her district's tribute to save her younger sister from the games. The hunger games refers to an annual tournament where young adults from various districts aged 12-18 battle to the death for favor from the overruling nation known as Capitol.
The Hunger Games opens in theaters March 23, 2012.
Hunger Games Mall Tour
Actors from the upcoming film The Hunger Games greeted eager fans at Lenox Mall on Tuesday, March 6th.
Sean "Diddy" Combs teased the announcement on Twitter today, linking to a post on PitchEngine featuring his big news in a YouTube video. Diddy's network REVOLT will be a news and music channel. Later today He tweeted the network is coming in 2013.
Combs explains, “REVOLT is the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. REVOLT will be live, like all great moments in television history. REVOLT will also be immediate, like today’s social networks. We know it was a highly competitive process and we want to thank Comcast for this opportunity to truly change television with REVOLT.”
Magic Johnson network Aspire is a partnership with Gospel Music Channel (GMC TV) that will offer "uplifting" portrays of African-American television shows and movies.
"Aspire will be a network that encourages and challenges African-Americans to reach for their dreams and will appeal to all generations. Aspire will celebrate our heritage, our groundbreaking achievements and the fearless talent that has shaped American culture," says Johnson.
The four new channels are part of a 10 channel public interest initiative offered through their transaction with NBCUniversal. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal which includes NBC, USA, SyFy and among other well-known networks.
In the original series, the Thundercats were a band of nobles: Panthro, Tygra, Cheetara, and WilyKit and WilyKat - assigned to protect a then cub Lion-O and the Sword of Omens as they escape the destruction of their home world, Thundera. Fleeing the Mutants invasion, Jaga, Lion-O's mentor, navigated their ship to a new planet, Third Earth while the others were placed in suspended animation to survive the long journey. The ship crash lands on Third Earth and upon awakening, they learn Lion-O's suspension capsule was damaged and he's grown to an adult. This sets up the premise of the various trials and moral lessons Lion-O learns along the way as the Thundercats set up their new home on the planet. During the '80's, the FCC required children's programming to be informational or have an educational component per episode. For the ThunderCats series, this involved a 30-second, moral recap at the end of each episode.
Those days are long gone and today's looser regulations for children's programming affords Cartoon Network to add new depth to the Thundercat mythos.