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For The NYC Title, Brooklyn Tech’s Team Will Step In The Arena (Documentary)

If you cannot wrap your head around ‘step team’ as a sports/athletic activity, look at this and reconsider. Just saying. They go in as hard as any team on the court (or anywhere else).

You won’t find the most successful team at Brooklyn Technical High School on the basketball court or on the football field. You’ll find them stepping in the cafeteria – sweating, laughing and striving to keep their crown as NYC’s regional champions. In this VICE Sports exclusive, we met up with the all-female Lady Dragons step team to see their pressure-packed final days of preparation for NYC regionals.
– VICE SPORTS

Great story, regardless of what you ‘decide’ about the nature of the competition.

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Changing The Game: Lacrosse Comes To Harlem (Video)

Up top, it’s all about the blacktop. The lyric, “Basketball is my favorite sport,” not lacrosse… right? Well, these kids are into it AND it’s helping them level up to a better shot in life.

Basketball courts may still dominate north of 125th Street in New York City, but more kids than ever are taking up lacrosse as their sport of choice. We followed Javon to hear what his friends think about lacrosse and how he plans to make his mark on the game.
– VICE SPORTS

Watch. Might have to change that lyric.

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Lifestyle: You’re In Los Angeles. You’re High. What Do You Do Next? (Video)

A weed travel show. Excellent idea! And an appropriately laid-back episode to boot.

On VICE’s weed travel show ‘BLUNT REVIEWS,’ we trek to places where weed is legal to review things a cannabis-consuming tourist can do while they’re stoned. On this episode, VICE’s Darlene Demorizi spent a day getting blazed in Los Angeles, where she cured her munchies at Pink’s Hot Dogs, a historic restaurant that tops franks with guacamole and nacho cheese. Then she unwound at Lit Yoga, a THC-friendly studio, and stopped by Puff Pass & Paint to make a little art over a glass of CBD-infused wine.
– BLUNT REVIEWS

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SlamBall, Born In The USA, Has Been Reborn In China (Documentary)

Just to review, or introduce… SlamBall is a bouncy-bouncy version of basketball played on floors with embedded trampolines to facilitate super-high leaps and bounds. As described in the above doc vid, the game is pretty ‘video gamish’ and due to business and sports culture trending downfalls, SlamBall got ‘slammed’ in the U.S. However, it has found life in China.

“We never left, we just needed to take the best path for us,” says SlamBall’s creator Mason Gordon. After years with little exposure other than showcases and bar conversations between nostalgic fans, Slamball is now experiencing a resurgence in China. With a focus on bringing programs to universities before securing any TV rights, the sport is finding a foothold in a basketball-obsessed nation. VICE Sports traveled to China to check out the nation’s first facility and take in the scene.
– VICE SPORTS

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Antoine Fuqua And Denzel Washington Promote ‘Equalizer 2’ And Hint At The Possibility Of A ‘Scarface’ Remake (Video)

Keep nudging Antoine. A ‘Scarface’ remake starring Denzel Washington has all kinds of cool opportunities for reshaping the iconic image of Tony Montana, as portrayed by Al Pacino in the original.

The Equalizer 2 Interview Antoine Fuqua suggest Denzel Washington for Scarface Remake.
– BlackTree TV

Just think of the memorable moments Washington and Fuqua could squeeze from the classic flick… Just think of that ‘King Kong ain’t got sh!t ON MEEE!’ power poured into the Scarface ‘Okaaaay, I’M RELOADED!!’ scene. Nice!

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Uptown Butterfly: The Life & Career Of Na’Tee (Documentary)

You may know a li’l something about Na’Tee. This should fill in the blanks. Something that will become apparent from jump, something you should know and always remember, she is soooo New Orleans and always will be. Check out her documentary project above.

At the end of 2016, I partnered with WAV, a new media company founded in Korea, to become one of their artist ambassadors. Soon after, we filmed this 6 part documentary-series about my life and career as an independent artist in New Orleans, Louisiana. Check it out and tell me what you think in the comments below.

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The Director Of “Moonlight” Helms The Making Of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Trailer)

Filmmaking genius meets literary genius at the theater screen this fall, and the event is destined for critical acclaim. The one who brought us “Moonlight” (director Barry Jenkins) is bringing a James Baldwin classic novel, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” to life.

With a cast of stars no less. Powerful trailer, teasing a powerful movie to come. Watch and get the gist of what it’s all about.

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Jamie Foxx Is Front-And-Center In A Different Retelling Of ‘Robin Hood’ (Trailer)

So the Jamie Foxx character trained up the Kingsmen dude to be the Robin Hood with Spiderman skills? Okay, you have my attention.

Robin Hood – In theaters November 21, 2018. Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin, and Jamie Dornan.
– Lionsgate Movies

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Super-Violent. Super-Gory. But Not A Superhero. “Venom” Debuts In Theaters 10.5.18 (Trailer)

Uh oh. He found something… ‘real bad’ (ya think?!)!

When you think of Marvel’s Comic Universe, think of “Venom.” This trailer will show you why, come October, you will never forget that.

The world has enough superheroes. Watch the new #Venom trailer now.

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

– Sony Pictures Entertainment

Daaaayum… Venom is gonna leave him limbless, rolling down the street, LIKE A TURD though. Nasty! So’s this trailer. Peep.

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Jonah Hill Presents His “mid90s” Movie (Trailer)

Everything to love about the grunge-meets-backpacker-meets-spitkicker-kick-pusher slice of time… right there in the “mid90s”… and Jonah Hill is about to bring it to us. Well, soon enough.

No real way a description can do full justice to the trailer. Just watch.

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The M.I.A. Documentary Comes To The U.S. September 28, 2018 (Trailer)

No one on the Billboard has a story like this. Wow! Just looking at the teaser will let you know this movie will cover some profound ground in the life of pop artist M.I.A. First of all, she is the daughter of a revolutionary. That gunshot sample at the start of “Swagger Like Us” has a different feel considering that tidbit, right?

Check out the trailer.

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Watch The Teaser For The Latest RZA Film, “Cut Throat City” (Trailer)

It’s cool that RZA can go Hollywood and not go ‘Hollywood’… Like his “The Man With The Iron Fists” this movie he has coming looks like something he would watch. Something we want to watch, too.

CUT THROAT CITY is the story of four boyhood friends in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to find their homes decimated, no jobs, and no help from FEMA. Reluctantly turning to a local gangster for work, the friends are hired to pull off a daring heist in the heart of the city. But the job goes bad and they find themselves on the run, hunted by two idealistic detectives and a neighborhood warlord who thinks the friends stole the heist money. With their only way out to buy their way back, the friends decide to get what they need by turning the tables on the casinos that have taken from their city for years… by doing a little taking of their own.
– Well Go USA Entertainment

No way to miss the social commentary in this film. Check out the trailer.

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Protesters ‘Makes Some Noise’ For Social Justice At “The Public” Library (Trailer)

Look up ‘moral dilemma’ in the dictionary. It’d probably reference something like this movie’s plotline in the definition. Hmmm… “The Public” library is a good place to find a good dictionary… and shelter from deadly cold winter weather. Watch the trailer above.

In The Public, an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience comes to a standoff with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.
– Consequence of Sound

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“Widows” Must Risk A Life Of Crime To Pay A Debt Or Join Their Husbands In Death (Trailer)

This thriller “Widows” looks like it’s gonna go hella hard when it hits screens this November. Fine by us!

From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.
– 20th Century Fox

Looks like it has the cast that can deliver the goods. And score another win for the cast members of “Atlanta” on Fx: Brian Tyree Henry (aka ‘Paper Boi’ on the series) is in this. In theaters November 16, 2018.

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From “Luke Cage” Villain Back To Big Screen Bad Guy: Mahershala Ali Features In “Alita: Battle Angel” (Trailer)

You didn’t think Mahershala Ali was done when Alfre Woodard’s character deaded ‘Copperhead’ in season 1 of Netflix’s Marvel series “Luke Cage”, did you? Nah man, Robert Rodriguez still has work for the brother; work that will debut in theaters December 21, 2018.

From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
– 20th Century Fox

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Long Live The “King Of The Monsters”… Godzilla! (Trailer)

Whoa! Looks like the modern movie-making era is finally getting it. Need to ramp up the hype to MONSTER levels WAY in ADVANCE for a potentially planet-wrecking monster movie. Godzilla, being the king of Kaiju monsters worldwide, deserves that respect and box office build-up.

Following the global success of “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, an epic action-adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
– Warner Bros. Pictures

“Kong: Skull Island” was righteous. Here’s to hoping that this new “Godzilla” chapter even tops that. We’ll see NEXT summer!

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“Shazam!” Will Tell The Origin Story Of DC’s Captain Marvel On The Big Screen (Trailer)

Wonder if they will work Captain Marvel (DC’s Captain Marvel, not the one over in the MCU; she’s a woman) into the Justice League… the story and the hero team… like they did in the animated “Justice League Unlimited” series on Cartoon Network back a few years ago.

New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
– Warner Bros. Pictures

Seems like they are really leaning in on the middle-school kid in a grown-up superhero’s body. Nothing wrong with that. Hope it works out to be a good origin storytelling experience. We will see April 2019.

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The Latest DC Universe Film, “Aquaman,” Coming To Theaters December 21, 2018 (Trailer)

Alright! Go Team DC. With the new badass “Aquaman” movie coming out. Check out the trailer that touches on memories of a school-age Arthur Curry, family intrigue, battling his arch-nemesis Black Manta, and more.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
– Warner Bros. Pictures

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How Producer Scott Storch Made Millions Of Dollars And Squandered His Fortune (Documentary)

Nothing like a morning jaunt, and a joint, with the dogs. Ahhhh, the life of Scott Storch… now. It hasn’t always been sunshine and roses for the super-producer. Yep, this half-hour Vevo documentary covers a lot of that life. And what a life it has been thus far!

There are few music careers like that of Scott Storch. The esteemed producer-songwriter made his initial mark in Philly as a key member of The Roots. A great start, but just the beginning of a wild ride to the top. Storch’s way with crafting hooks and shaping melodies, as well as his knack of being in the right place at the right time, brought him to Cali, where the inspired keyboardist began shaping the sound of pop, Hip-Hop, and R&B, working with an array of artists that stretch from Dr. Dre and Beyoncé to 50 Cent to Christina Aguilera. The hits rolled in, the money stacked up, and creativity exploded. A big chunk of the 2000’s best music has Storch’s name on it. Then, through a string of drug troubles and monetary woes, he dropped out of sight for a decade. It was the music’s loss. Now he’s back in action, and our intimate profile ‘Still Storch’ paints a portrait of a man who’s seen it all and is still cranking out great tracks. These days his studio hosts artists such as French Montana, Chris Brown, A$AP Ferg as well as talented newcomers like Kyle and Thutmose. A victory come-back. For Hip-Hop fans, ‘Still, Storch’ is a must-see mini-doc, an extended look at talent, addiction, and an unyielding passion for artistry.
– Vevo

Maaaan, just hearing him play bits from all the mega-hit beats he did… whew!

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Snoop Dogg Presents New Show ‘Clout Chasers’ (Video)

Boom! Snoop is ramping up the must-see TV content on Westfest TV for certain with this one. This ‘Clout Chasers’ is going to be crrrrazy!

‘Clout Chasers’ Episode 1 coming soon. The series investigates the tangled dark truth of Clout Chasers – individuals trying to get famous off other people’s names and efforts by utilizing social media to create fake realities.

Hosted by Snoop Dogg, the “docu-reality” looks to detangle the motivation and psychology behind this world, through real stories and real scenarios. With the platform of social media, a whole new group of extortionists has emerged.

– Westfest TV

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