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  • Malcolm X - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010

    Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter X. When the film's narrative begins moments later, it jumps back to World War II-era Boston, where Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is making his living as a hustler. The son of a Baptist preacher who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, Little was raised by foster parents after his mother was deemed clinically insane; as an adult, he turned to a life of crime, which leads to his imprisonment on burglary charges. In jail, Little receives epiphany in the form of an introduction to Islam; he is especially taken with the lessons of Elijah Mohammed, who comes to him in a vision. Adopting the name 'Malcolm X' as a rejection of the 'Little' surname (given his family by white slave owners), he meets the real Elijah Mohammed (Al Freeman, Jr.) upon exiting prison, and begins work as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Marriage to a Muslim nurse named Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) follows, after which X spearheads a well-attended march on a Harlem hospital housing a Muslim recovering from an episode of police brutality. The march's success helps elevate X to the position of Islam's national spokesperson. There is dissension in the ranks, however, and soon X is targeted for assassination by other Nation leaders; even Elijah Mohammed fears Malcolm's growing influence. After getting wind of the murder plot, X leaves the Nation of Islam, embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca that proves revelatory; renouncing his separatist beliefs, his oratories begin embracing all races and cultures. During a 1965 speech, Malcolm X is shot and killed, reportedly by Nation of Islam members. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide
  • The Craft - Blu-ray Disc

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009

    After killing her mother in childbirth, growing up in San Francisco with her father and stepmother, attempting suicide, and moving to Los Angeles, Sarah (Robin Tunney) makes a brief stab at popularity at her new Catholic high school. Ostracized due to the untrue kiss-and-tell tales of football player Chris (Skeet Ulrich), Sarah reluctantly befriends a trio of self-styled outsiders: the horribly scarred Bonnie (Neve Campbell), the trailer-trash Nancy (Fairuza Balk), and Rochelle (Rachel True), a frequent victim of anti-black prejudice at the hands of Laura Lizzie (former Marcia Brady and future Mrs. Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor). After exhibiting latent telekenitic powers in front of Bonnie, Sarah learns that her three new friends have chosen her as their "fourth corner," the final member of their supernatural coven. Using tools stolen from a local incense-and-candle-filled boutique for practitioners of magic, the quartet summons the power of Manon, a primitive deity, to exact revenge on their tormentors and transform their lives. Drunk with power, they watch their spells get out of control, and the new coven soon realizes that with magic, "whatever you give comes back three-fold." This mid-'90s horror flick scored first place at the box office its opening weekend despite its then-unknown cast and modest budget. TV star Neve Campbell, who didn't even receive top billing, would go on to become the '90s answer to '70s horror queen Jamie Lee Curtis in the Scream franchise. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide
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    The Craft - Blu-ray Disc

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009

    They've discovered The Craft, and they are going to use it
  • Adult Swim orders 'Black Jesus,' a live-action comedy from 'Boondocks' creator

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Mar 10, 2014

    Adult Swim orders 'Black Jesus,' a live-action comedy from 'Boondocks' creator Jimmy Kimmel sees no booking war with Fallon, says he’d take over for Letterman if Dave asked Louis Gossett Jr. joins CBS’ “Extant” as Halle Berry’s dad
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    Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney, Bjork and Tom Petty headlining 2013 Bonnaroo

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013

    R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, the National, Kendrick Lamar and more headed to Tennessee fest
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    Biggest Movie, TV and Music flops of 2012

    Type: Gallery | Date: Monday, Dec 24, 2012

    U.S. Box Office: $73 million Worldwide Box Office: $282 million Est. Budget...
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    'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' dominate Writers Guild TV nominations

    Type: Article | Date: Thursday, Dec 6, 2012

    'Girls' cracks both the Comedy and New Series fields
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    Review: 'Hitchcock' fails on almost every level as drama and biography

    Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Nov 24, 2012

    Only someone who hates the filmmaker would endorse this mess
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    Scarlett Johansson to play Janet Leigh in 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho'

    Type: Article | Date: Friday, Mar 2, 2012

    James D'Arcy nabs the role of Anthony Perkins
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    2011 Music Festival Rundown: Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo

    Type: Gallery | Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    Some major music festivals have already come and gone -- like Coachella, NoLa...
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