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Kobe Bryant Explains How The Warriors Work To Weaken Opponents’ Defenses (Video)

Communication is key. The confusion the Warriors create by their play confounds opponents attempts to communicate with each other as they attempt to keep up. Out of touch, out of step, opponents end up out of the playoffs. Ask San Antonio.

And there it is. A lot to take in, right? Well, the Mamba might be able to break it down. He’s pretty good at breaking things down (like defenses). Watch above.

In the next episode of Canvas, Kobe Bryant looks at the Warriors’ rare style and how it breaks down their opponents.
– ESPN

Liking ESPN’s ’70s stylized documentary presentation for this episode. The Golden Democracy. Cool.

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10 Actors Who Quit The Business (Video)

It happens. Every now and then, you get to thinking about a man or woman who played some memorable role in a movie or TV series… Often you know or find out that they are still around; maybe they moved on to the next thing (like Patrick Stewart, doing Captain Picard going from Star Trek: The Next Generation to the Professor X of the X-Men franchise) or they are still riding the hell out of their lane (Hugh Jackman does other stuff, but he IS Wolverine). But what about those one-and-done actors. Some have left this mortal life (RIP Michael Clarke Duncan from The Green Mile), but others just quit. Why?

For these 10, here’s why. Some are VERY interesting (like the two young’ns from the Star Wars franchise). Watch.

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Famous Impersonator Navi Takes On The Role He Was Meant For In ‘Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland’ (Teaser Trailer)

So Lifetime is gonna do The King Of Pop’s biopic. Interesting. Wonder if it will be more something for the fans, or really go into the never-talk-about parts of the ruler of Neverland.

Based on the best-selling book, Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days, and told through the eyes of Jackson’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. The movie will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.
– Movie Trailers HD

Seeing that they got the guy who played Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Looks like some good work by Jackson impersonator Navi in there, too. Looking forward to this movie. Check out the teaser above.

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (Final Trailer)

Hey. You heard Caesar. He did not start the war, but he will damn sure finish it! And this trailer being the last before the July theatrical release, it feels like the start of the ending… of mankind’s reign over the planet. About to be ‘War’… About to be ‘The Planet Of The Apes!’

In War For The Planet Of The Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. In Theaters July 14, 2017.
– 20th Century FOX

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Marvel Presents ‘The Gifted’ (Series Trailer)

Okay! So FOX is trying to eat off ‘superhero TV’ now. FX is on board for a second season of “Legion” – a show that leans on the door of the X-Men mutant universe. Now the big network of the FOX TV family is kicking that door in and sitting at the grownups’ table this Fall. They even have Bryan Singer at the storytelling helm. He’s the one who brought us those first Patrick Stewart x Hugh Jackman x Halle Berry X-Men! Here’s the series synopsis…

What tore them apart is what will bring them together. From Director Bryan Singer, and in association with Marvel Television, comes the all-new FOX series, “The Gifted.”

Action-adventure family drama “The Gifted,” from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
– FOX

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Maya Angelou: ‘And Still I Rise’ (Trailer)

Miss Calypso? Really?! Wow…Had no idea. And it’s a good bet there will be much more stuff many of us did not know about the late great Dr. Maya Angelou in the forthcoming “And Still I Rise” feature. Watch the trailer above.

Dr. Maya Angelou’s legendary writings including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Phenomenal Woman and On the Pulse of Morning are merely a few examples of how words can truly change the world. Although she is most well-noted for her poetry, Maya Angelou and Still I Rise celebrates her multiple talents including singing, dancing, filmmaking, academia and civil rights activism, how she inspired generations, pushed boundaries and never ceased in her long fight for freedom for all. Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack’s extraordinary film seamlessly weaves the key messages of her poetry into the narrative of her life with rare archival footage, interviews and of course, recitals of her original works. Powerful, proud and prolific, Angelou’s story is one of true courage and creativity of a woman who fought for her beliefs and lived life to the fullest.
– HumanRightsFest

For more information, and the full program, go to www.hraff.org.au.


Dr. Dre + Jimmy Iovine Are ‘The Defiant Ones’ (HBO Trailer)

That music. Isn’t that on the movie soundtrack for “The Untouchables?” Because that’d be kind of dope.

The Defiant Ones is a four-part documentary series that tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.
– HBO

Debuting July 9th. Another related film coming to the small screen in the ‘Aftermath’ (get it?) of the “Straight Outta Compton” movie.

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LA 92 (Full Documentary)

Maybe some of you are too young to really remember the actual Rodney King police brutality case, the trial that ended with the cops who beat him found not guilty, and Los Angeles exploding – throngs of people realizing [again] that Black live did NOT matter. Well, National Geographic condensed those tragic events and the essence and lessons into a near two-hour documentary. That entire program is embedded and ready for watching above.

Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, LA 92 immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage. Produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day.
– National Geographic

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J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only (A Dreamville Film) [Video]

So real, it’s surreal.

That’s a Mos Def quote but it works for this documentary. J. Cole’s (and Scott Lazer’s) documentary – bearing the name of Coleworld’s latest LP – originally aired on HBO on April 15, 2017. Cool move allowing this to run online for FREE.99 for everyone who might want to see this but do not have HBO.

Watched it on [not just] TV… about to watch it again here. Join us! Linked the LP again below for you for later, too.

J. COLE – 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY (ALBUM)

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The Dark Tower (Trailer)

Watching this trailer had us like, “Interesting,” until Elba’s character loaded his gun barrels by snatching falling bullets out of the air into the chambers… Then it was like, “F**K THAT! WE’RE IN!”

In a world full of superheroes, there’s only one Gunslinger. From the epic best-selling novels by Stephen King comes The Dark Tower.

There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man In Black.

In Theaters August 4.

– Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Saving An Ancient Language Using Pop Music (Video)

Something very Hip-Hop about this story. We (Hip-Hop Nation, Black people, all people) know about griots who tell stories they were told, preserving history through generations, how slaves communicated stories (and plans) through song, and how Hip-Hop built on those traditions, speaking to and through the Culture… Well, Renata is doing that at the essence; not just speaking stories, but attempting to save the mode of speech (her language) itself using songs.

Renata Flores is a 16-year-old singer from Peru who is using her voice to save an ancient language. Though Quechua is the second-most spoken language in Peru, native speakers have suffered from discrimination and social stigma for generations, and today, many young people aren’t learning the language at all. But with her powerful vocals to covers of pop songs by Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys in her native tongue, Flores is sparking a renewed celebration of Quechuan language and culture.
– Great Big Story

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More Than A Movie Prop: The EV2 Ripsaw Is A Luxury ‘Super Tank’ (Video)

The tank in ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ is real??? Whaaaaat!!??!!

The unstoppable tank in ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ is actually real. The EV2 Ripsaw Tank is a luxury super tank originally built for the military. It is the fastest dual tracked vehicle ever.

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‘Close Range’ With Ray Allen (Documentary)

Very interesting tidbit from Ray’s wife in there: What do the ultimate competitors do when they retire? That fire has to go into something. Fortunately for the NBA ultimate shooter, Ray Allen is a golfer… with some competitive pro-athlete retirees that golf. GQ covers that and much more in such a short docu-series episode.

Ray Allen is a living legend. He’s a ten-time NBA All-Star who has won two championships, in 2008 with the Boston Celtics and 2013 with the Miami Heat. He holds the NBA’s record for most three-pointers made, with 2,973 buckets. Since his retirement in 2016, Ray has shifted his focus – to fatherhood, golf, and an organic fast-food restaurant. Take a look into the life of a champion, and his obsession with greatness.

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The Making Of “Strength Of A Woman” (VH1 Trailer)

Watching the trailer for “The Making Of: Strength Of A Woman” (debuting on VH1, May 2nd at 11pm EST) you get a sense that Mary J. Blige is laying it all on the line in a few ways. First, she mentions a couple of times that this “Strength Of A Woman” project she is dropping is about healing herself; sharing her struggles, not prescribing or preaching for anyone else. That more than infers a second; Mary putting her business all the way out there (which she has done before, but that “that’s my Becky With The Good Hair” line implies some SCANDALOUS storytelling is in store). Third, The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul declares that this LP is the ‘real Mary‘… almost like a love-it-or-leave-it decision point will be laid out for the fans who cop. Risky, but hey, it’s Mary J; so folks will likely love it.

Now, we’d be pound foolish not to mention the coup of leveraging Mary’s brand in pushing an ‘album documentary’ timed around the release of “Strength Of A Woman” on VH1 where her target audiences (longtime fans of hers AND longtime fans of reality show level DRAMA) will be watching. Plus, peep all the contributors’ cameos, from Diddy to DJ Khaled.

There’s a reason the Queen is the most powerful attacking piece on the board. The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul is on the move, starting with tomorrow’s release of “Strength Of A Woman” followed by this tell-everything documentary on May 2nd.

MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN (PRE-ORDER)

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La Granja (Trailer) [NSFW]

Breaking Glass Pictures got the rights to this Puerto Rican indie drama and is planning to put it on some U.S. screens; in theaters, then making video-on-demand and DVDs available in June. Check out the trailer for “La Granja” (Not Safe For Work) above.

Damn. All that… from a random horse-in-a-park sighting. If this movie is anything like the trailer teases, it is WORTHY!

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American Assassin (Trailer)

Oh ho hooooo sh!t!!! Sometimes a kill-people-that-need-to-be-killed movie is the way to start a kick-azz weekend. Sometimes most of the time. In September… it’ll be one (or more) of those weekends! But today, you can start your weekend with this trailer.

AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
– CBS Films

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Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock (Extended Trailer)

The fight is still on, just not on your TV any more. Like most relevant revolutions… not televised. So what are the Sioux still beefing about over there? Pipelines for certain. But “Awake” goes deeper; telling the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, the environment and the future of the planet. You know, ‘trivial’ pursuits like that.

Guess this is not worth the mainstream (or those who say they are not mainstream) media’s air time, huh? Good thing for this documentary.

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Beatriz At Dinner (Trailer)

Whoa! That part at the end. Where Salma (sexy as HELL even dressed ‘all the way down’) told that chick, “You don’t know me.” That was too real. Like just the other day almost-said-to-coworker real!

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire real estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

And wowwww… Don’t know Lithgow as a person, but playing THAT much of an azzhole in this movie HAD to take WORK (one hopes, even though there are some mega-anuses out here in ‘real life’ – real talk).

“Beatriz At Dinner” hits the theater screens June 9th. Watch the trailer above.

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Detroit (Trailer)

That’s John Boyega, dude from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ No light sabers in this one, but no less compelling a story… Plus, it’s real.

From the Academy Award winning director of THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, DETROIT tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ‘67.

Check out the trailer for “Detroit” (in theaters August 4th).

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Rodney King (Netflix Trailer)

Spike Lee with another Joint. Can you believe it has been 25 years since the uprising over the “Rodney King” verdict (that exonerated the LAPD cops that beat the F**K out of him)? Given recent events, you likely think: ‘Damn. It has been 25 years since we thought the police beatdowns should have been over… and they STILL aren’t over.’ Watch this trailer and get ready for another hot-blooded summer, courtesy of Netflix and Spike Lee.

His story shook the world and lit LA on fire. Now it comes to life in a powerful one-man show.

Compelling presentation & performance by Roger Guenveur Smith.

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