Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Speakeasy with ... Lamar and Ronnie Tyler

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler present Still Standing a film promoting healty African-American marriage. Creative Loafing Atlantas Ed Loves Bacon with Edward Adams.
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Since 2007 husband and wife duo Lamar and Ronnie Tyler have been on a mission to put a positive spin on marriage. Starting with their website Black and Married with Kids, the two have gained the respect of the healthy marriage community and offer a haven for couples to discuss their relationships and seek help in times of distress. The success of their website provided the unique opportunity to leapfrog into uncharted territory by producing their first video. Focusing on documentary first person narratives, the Tyler's allow their subjects to tell their own stories of marriage success through trail, tribulation, joys and pains. Recently the couple released their fourth film, Still Standing on DVD and held sold-out screenings across the country to their unique niche audience. During a recent press tour, Lamar and Ronnie shared their insights on film making, the healthy marriage community and the need for positive African American Images over lunch at Park 75 at the Four Seasons in Atlanta.

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 [] 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."

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Friday, April 27, 2012

New Mutants movie slated for Fox

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

In a recent interview with, Fox CEO Tom Rothman suggests plans to extend the X-Men universe with a New Mutants feature film that may be in the works.

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.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Red carpet at 'Think Like a Man' Premiere at Regal Atlantic Station

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Romany Malco Terrence Jenkins and Michael Ealy on red carpet at Think Like A Man premiere at Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta Georgia

The media swarmed the red carpet for the premiere of Think Like a Man at Regal Atlantic Station on Tuesday. Early walkers on the rug included Mayor Kasim Reed, V-103's Wanda Smith and Frank Ski, Judge Brenda Hatchett. But it wasn't long before cast and producers of the film arrived.

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.

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Celebrities walked the red carpet for the premiere of "Think Like A Man" at Regal Atlantic Station.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Hunger Games Red Carpet Mall Tour at Lenox Mall

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Amidst a sunny, yet chilly day in Atlanta, hundreds of 'Tributes' waiting patiently for see the cast of the upcoming film The Hunger Games. Actors Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Leven Rambin (Glimmer), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), Jack Quaid (Marvel) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne) spoke with press and greeted their eager fans answering questions during a brief Q&A session.

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.

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Actors from the upcoming film The Hunger Games greeted eager fans at Lenox Mall on Tuesday, March 6th.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Captain America saves Atlanta from "the boot"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 12:14 PM

If you happened to be in Midtown this weekend, you may have noticed a brightly dressed, star-spangled, shield-wielding character walking around town, fucking with parking meters. Fear not, he wasn't part of a snatch-and-grab scheme but just the opposite. As part of a Paramount Pictures nationwide promotion, Captain America (no, not actor Chris Evans) added quarters to meters - giving people an additional 5 minutes of parking time.

In the film, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a frail and awkward patriot is subjected to a secret super serum that transforms him from a mousy soldier to the ultimate weapon. The serum gives Rogers enhanced speed, strength and agility. Armed with a red, white and blue armor and his iconic shield, Captain America joins the front lines to fight the evil axis fueled by Johann Schmidt aka the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

This cheesy, but funny stunt is just one of a slew of marketing tie-ins for Paramount/Marvel's upcoming release, Captain America: The First Avenger. Already, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robins have cashed in on the patriotic hero staple.

Captain America: The First Avenger opens nationwide, July 22.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Soul Vegetarian II wins 'Madea's Restaurant Wars' contest

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Madeas Big Happy Family
  • Madea's Big Happy Family
It was a slam dunk for the alternative soul food restaurant Soul Vegetarian winning the Atlanta leg of Madea's Restaurant Wars contest. The promtional competition held around the country invited Madea fans to vote for their favorite restaurants - their home away from home, where they with friends family. Four Atlanta restaurants participated in the contest including Busy Bee Cafe, Gladys Knight & Ron Winan's Chicken and Waffles, Kenley's Restaurant and Catering and Soul Vegetarian II. In the end, Soul Vegetarian II amassed a whopping 38 percent of the votes with Gladys Chicken and Waffles a close second at 31 percent.

The contest was part of a promotion for Tyler Perry's latest film, "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" which opened in theaters Friday, April 22. The competition was held in 23 different cities, including other CL cities including Tampa, Charlotte, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

List of Winner's Nationwide
Atlanta - Soul Vegetarian II
Baltimore - Roost Lake Trout
Birmingham - Eagles Restaurant
Charlotte - Chicken Box Café
Chicago - Maxine's Jamaican Cuisine
Cleveland - Beckham's B&M BBQ
Dallas - Ernie's Barbeque & Soul Food
Detroit - Rono's Caribbean Family Dining
Houston - This Is It Soul Food
Los Angeles - Uncle Darrow's
Memphis - Four Way Restaurant
Miami - Arline's Seafood
New Orleans - The Praline Connection
New York - Burgandy's Café
Orlando - Seawind II Restaurant
Philadelphia - Philly Platinum Grill
Raleigh - Larry's Southern Kitchen
Richmond - Croakers Spot
St. Louis - Sweetie Pie's
Tampa - Urban Culinary Cuisine
Washington DC - Oohhs n Aahhs Soul Food

Soul Vegetarian II is located on 652 N Highland Ave NE in Atlanta.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Los Aliens - 'The Battle of Los Angeles' 76th anniversary

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Copy of Los Angeles Times Article on Battle over Los Angeles
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Earlier this week, after reading a press release about the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Los Angeles, I thought it was a hoax. A clever made-up PR campaign to peddle Columbia Picture's new alien invasion film, Battle: Los Angeles. I'm no historian, but I know enough about World War II and its battles - and Los Angeles was never a topic discussed in that vein anyway. Well imagine my surprise to find out that its true - there was a Battle of Los Angeles that took place on this day. But let's set the record straight - there was no real skirmish over the City of Angels.

According to Wikipedia, the Navy let loose a barrage at what they thought was another Japanese attack force but the object(s) they fired upon were never determined. The assault created a panic in the city as the media tried to capture another potential attack on U.S. soil. Later the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox declared it a false alarm and bad case of "war nerves." After all, this was a mere two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After further investigation from the Air Force, they declared it was probably an errant weather balloon.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

First Look: The Green Hornet's Black Beauty

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 5:29 PM


On Tuesday, folks milling around Atlantic Station spied a shiny black monster of a car sporting kelly green headlights and a cache of weapons on his hood and between the front grill. A closer examination of the vehicle reveals the signature logo of the everyman hero of the '60s - The Green Hornet.

Unless you've been living in a (bat) cave, The Green Hornet, is the next hero film to hit the theaters. Based off the original series, The Green Hornet chronicles the crime-fighting adventures of a dashing newspaper publisher Britt Reit (Seth Rogen) as he dons his alter ego, the Green Hornet alongside his martial arts expert sidekick, Kato (Jay Chou). The dynamic duo uses wit, a wealth of resources and Kato's kick-butt fighting skills along with their custom muscle car: The Black Beauty to bring the bad guys to justice

The Black Beauty, a customized 1965 Chrysler Imperial sports an impressive arsenal of weapons including two 30-caliber machines guns mounted on the hood, a flame thrower and two shotguns with bean bags rounds in its grill and eight sidewinder missiles mounted within the front fender and four additional missiles mounted in the rear fender. In the production of the film the studio created 29 versions of the vehicle, to handle all high speed chases featured in the film.

The car visit is part of a nation-wide promotional tour from Columbia Pictures and Hardee's restaurants. The Green Hornet arrives in theaters on January 14, 2011.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Interview Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
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It took a couple of weeks amidst the bustle of the holiday movie season but I've finally had a chance to see Faster, the new action-filled drama starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The title Faster, inspired more by the intensity of movement than the speed it implies is your average rough and tumble guy name Driver (Johnson) whose brother is gunned down in a double-cross during a heist. Years later, he sets out seeking retribution for his brother's murder by systematically eliminating all parties responsible for his death. As simple a plot as a vendetta film seems, Faster takes on a different hue as each of its pivotal characters adds heart and depth to each scene that blurs the line between the good and bad guys.

Set against Driver is a member of the group who felled his brother, Evangelist (Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who years later has taken the high road and found religion. The roles as nemesis gets jostled as Evangelist reaches out to minster Driver and lead him away from his vengeful path.

Agbaje's Evangelist is just another character on his impressive resume. Most recently known for his character Mr. Eko on the series Lost, he made people stand and take notice as the powerful, controlling Simon Adebesi on the HBO series Oz.

Recently Agbaje stopped through Atlanta to discuss Faster, his philosophy on the subject matter of the film and some of his previous and upcoming acting projects.

Faster is currently in wide release in area theaters.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hatchet II is a scream - seriously

Posted By on Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 1:03 AM

HATCHET JOB: Victor Crowley and his creator, Director Adam Green
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Move over Jason, there's a new horror franchise on the horizon. In the original film Hatchet, a group of tourist take a bayou ghost tour through the swamps of Louisiana only to wind up in the back yard of the infamous Victor Crowley. According to the legend, Crowley, a tumor-covered simpleton was accidentally killed with a hatchet blow to the head by his father haunts the woods to vent his anger on anyone who strays in his path. Needless to say the tour group is whittled down quickly as they discover the mythical homicidal maniac legend is true. Picking up just minutes after the original slasher horror ends, Hatchet 2 takes us (and a couple of non-believing victims) back into the murky backwater of the Louisiana swamp stomping grounds of the legendary killer.

Recently I spoke with the creator of the Crowley legacy, Director Adam Green on Hatchet 2, the anatomy of horror and why this film is being released unrated in theaters.

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