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Pee Wee Kirkland Left The Court To Become A Kingpin In The Drug Game (Video)

Surely you know something about the dual life lived by hood icon Pee Wee Kirkland. At least you’ve heard that rap line “Legend in two games [like] Pee Wee Kirkland.” Basketball was one game. VICE will give us the real deep scoop on Pee Wee’s second.

Richard “Pee Wee” Kirkland began playing basketball in the streets of Harlem when he was 9-years-old. By age 13, he split his time between playing ball and committing robberies to help finance a growing drug empire.

In college, Kirkland was the 1968 MVP for Norfolk State, turning down an offer from UCLA to play alongside Kareem Abdul Jabaar. Kirkland was then drafted by the Chicago Bulls but turned down their offer when he realized he could make more money in the drug game than the basketball game. With law enforcement on his tail, Kirkland found himself behind bars twice between 1971 and 1988. From there, he made a change, becoming a motivational speaker and inspiring young, inner-city athletes to take a different path out than he did.

Presented by Ryot.

– VICE Sports

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Watch This Teaser For This Fanmade Live Action Short Based On The CW’s “Static Shock” Cartoon (Trailer)

Wowwww! That ‘Static Shock’ cartoon from a while back… they did a MOVIE short with that?? Dope!

As his dad runs for city mayor, Virgil Hawkins struggles with finding his place in the world and his newfound superpowers. Everything is put on the line when it’s discovered some of the city’s gang activities are directly connected to those in power. Change is NEVER easy and the young hero is already in for the fight of his life.
David Kirkman

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Due Out Next Year: “See You Yesterday” (Trailer)

DOPE! Blerds (Black Nerds) rejoice! Spike Lee is getting in on the sci-fi superhero genre and adding some color to the fracas. Taking a short submitted for an HBO film competition and blowing it up into a Netflix project. Spike’s protege, Stefon Bristol, who helped script the short, will direct. Co-stars from the short, Eden Duncan-Smith and Danté Crichlow, will star in the “See You Yesterday” reboot. Adding onto the cast will be Astro Bradley, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Wavvy Jones.

Watch the original short’s trailer above to get an idea of what you’ll be getting in 2019 on Netflix…

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Dick Cheney Had A ‘Different Understanding’ Of The Vice Presidency (Trailer)

Is somebody risking too much for real behind this? I mean… we know Cheney was the Veep to joke on… but you might find more ‘realness’ in this real funny trailer for “Vice.” Maybe a bit too real for the ‘shadow president.’ Check it.

(Don’t @ me haters, and Secret Service don’t come at me. Just a blogger blogging on a blog over here.)

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The ‘Endgame’ Is Near: Check Out This “Avengers 4” Teaser (Trailer)

Wait. WAIT! But what about Captain Marvel?? And why is Ant-Man not still shrunk the hell out of our realm of existence… who brought him back? Too many questions…

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American Dream/American Nightmare: “Training Day” Director Antoine Fuqua Relates The Real Life Drama Of Tha Row (Trailer)

Good looking trailer indeed. Hope this Showtime flick boldly goes where ‘Compton’ had not gone before (yeah, Star Trek talk is gangsta… ha!).

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The 25 Best Films of 2018 (Video)

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2018: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN from david ehrlich on Vimeo.

Pretty dope and a good list to boot. Not trying to put this up as ‘the’ end all list, but a good one. Slick presentation.

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Taraji P. Henson Stars In “What Men Want” (Red Band Trailer)

What’s dope about this is Taraji. And that it was filmed in our town, Atlanta. AND that Taraji’s sexy self was in Atlanta… getting the theme?

Even better (in a way) than all that. Erykah Badu, aaaaallll the feature appearances, and that ‘Welcome To Wakanda’ line in this trailer. BAHAHAAAA!!

Check out the official What Men Want trailer starring Taraji P. Henson! Let us know what you think in the comments below.
– Movieclips Trailers

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Steve Carell Stars In An Imaginative Holiday Film, “Welcome To Marwen” (Trailer)

Looks like some good watching. Should hit viewers in the feels. And I trust Zemeckis as a filmmaker. He’s gonna take Carell into that Tom Hanks film space with this one, I’m betting. That is some rarefied air.

This holiday season, Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis—the groundbreaking filmmaker behind Forrest Gump, Flight and Cast Away—directs Steve Carell in the most original movie of the year. Welcome To Marwen tells the miraculous true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.
– Universal Pictures

Interesting. A documentary directed by [executive producer] Jeff Malmberg inspired the film. In Theaters December 21st.

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Watch The Final “Aquaman” Teaser Before The Film Debuts December 21st In Theaters (Video)

DC is betting the movie franchise on its next installment, “Aquaman.” The protector of Atlantis, of the seas… will become the savior of the world (and continue the DC comeback in theaters; if it proves itself a successful follow-up to Wonder Woman and “Justice League”).

Fingers crossed.

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Karl Malone: From North Louisiana To The NBA Hall Of Fame And Back Home To Do Good In His Hood (Documentary)

Wow. What a great success story! Since retiring from the NBA, the Mailman has been handling business… all kinds of business… for reals!

Karl Malone: raw and uncensored, like you’ve never seen him before. For the first time since retiring from the NBA, the Hall of Famer lets you inside his life as an outdoorsman, businessman and family man back home in Ruston, Louisiana—only on CloseUp360.
– CU360

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You’ve Seen The Trailer. Now, Enter The “36 Chambers” Documentary (Video)

Great short film! The Wu fam gets to tell their story; their words with their music as the backdrop. And the commentary from rap contemporaries and modern tastemakers like Gary Vaynerchuk… so dope!!

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For The Children: 25 Years of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) [Trailer]

Good look for the Wu and all their fans. The Hip-Hop Nation in fact. Outlooks and insights from Wu-Tang Clan members, peers, and ‘descendants’ (new school artists) should make for a dope documentary on the Golden Era greats who are still repping real Hip-Hop today!

Certified Classics celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with the release of For The Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), a short film featuring members of Wu-Tang, family, and friends discussing the impact of the iconic album.

Taking viewers on a tour through 36 Chambers, this film explores each song via untold stories from Wu-Tang Clan members, alongside personal reflections from artists like A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Joey Bada$$ and more.

– Certified

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Final “Robin Hood” Teaser Before It Hits Theaters Later This Month (Trailer)

Yep, the dude from the “Kingsman” franchise (Taron Egerton) is going low-tech with the action in retelling a classic tale. Old school. Medieval. With Jamie Foxx teaching him how to rob from the rich, give to the poor, with style, rocking a sweet throwback hoodie joint. Haha!

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Amber Stevens West Brings Her ‘African’ Fiancée Home To Meet Her Family (Trailer)

Looks like another one of those is-it-worth-going-through-all-that romantic comedies. The crazy thing is I hate these until I sit down and watch them. Then I end up liking about half of them (not bad). But I don’t want to like them. They just win me over; starting with getting me to even watch in the first place.

And how do they get me to watch? Well, “Love Jacked” obviously knows the secret… cast a super-cute lead like Amber Stevens West (wowzers)! “Love Jacked” debuts in theaters October 26, 2018.

(Full disclosure: I actually like the supporting cast for this one, too.)

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Andre 3000 Coming Back To The Big Screen In A Sci-Fi Thriller Called “High Life” (Trailer)

Well. This looks… ominous.

Okay, so don’t try to figure out everything that is going on in this trailer. There is enough meat in what is plain to see: Andre 3000 is back on the big screen (November 7 in France, in 2019 in the U.S.) with a box office hitter like Robert Pattinson (dude from the “Twilight” movies), in a sci-fi thriller that includes a space trip to a black hole.

Yeah, we good. See you next year 3 Stacks.

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Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson ‘Science the SH!T’ Out Of 3 Movies (Video)

Neil already dropped science on Hollywood in a post we shared on here (on “Interstellar”). Now, watch Dr. Tyson do it to the fullest on three more flicks.

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This Animé “MFKZ” Has Some Of Everybody Doing Everything R-Rated In It (Trailer)

Rated R? That all?? Looks like it could be ‘stronger’ with the warning. Bloody violence, check! Foul language, check! And sexual content, aaaand check! Yep… checks all the boxes for some dope, slick, sick anime that fans like; just like they like it!!

The film [“MFKZ”] centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinz, who live in a seedy tenement in an LA-inspired dystopian metropolis – a burnt-out, gang and cockroach-ridden neo-urban hell. Following a scooter accident, Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.
– Pitchfork

Check for this [very] limited engagement anime film in theaters October 11th and 16th.

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“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Hits Theaters Valentine’s Day 2019 (Trailer)

Surely comic book version purists were miffed at when the X-Men movie franchise messed with several storylines in the first trilogy (esp. in ‘The Last Stand’… Cain Marko aka Juggernaut is NOT a mutant). But this “Dark Phoenix” might, just might, try to steer in the direction of comic canon.

See, in ‘The Last Stand’ Jean Grey did all she could (with Professor X’s …um …help) to control the Dark Phoenix within. But we had no idea where the Phoenix came from. It was like Jean had a super-powered schizophrenic evil alter ego; one that was just there, that Xavier wouldn’t dare let Jean let out. Which likely left longtime ‘X-men’ readers yelling at the screen: HELLO! Phoenix is a COSMIC entity! Where’s the outer space part of the story!???!

Well, fingers crossed, the trailer above could be letting us know that they are going there. FINALLY! Saw a little bit of a space trip in there, but look and see if you see it, too.

(Plus, the teaser text after the jump. Really promising the good goods!)

So far, the ‘prequel’ and ‘alternate’ storyline movies (‘First Class,’ ‘Days Of Future Past,’ and ‘Apocalypse’) of the franchise have scaled up well as far as ‘popcorn effect’ goes… complex story arcs, conflicted characters, BIG explosions and massive destruction scenes from torn down cityscapes to ripped up ocean floors. And a plethora of X-Men are in play (most everyone but Wolverine, unless you count quick cameos). So whatever they choose to do with them and this story we can trust it’ll be epic, well worth the price of admission.

Of course, we will know that for sure by February of next year!

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Watch The Latest Teaser For “Creed II” (Trailer)

You already know the ‘Rocky’ legacy came back STRONG with Michael B. Jordan as Apollo’s son in “Creed.” And the sequel has been getting some hype and heating to a bubble. Now, the sequel, pitting Son of Drago against Son of Creed for the ultimate avenge-my-father’s-death flick!

The latest trailer for that is embedded above.

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