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It (Teaser Trailer)

Now if you’re gonna mess with a Stephen King classic, you better redo it right… MESS with it, and make sure it’s scary enough to make you MESS your drawers!

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
– Warner Bros. Pictures

Watching the trailer. Thinking the remakers are on to something. Might have a shot. Not with us though. Never scared! And we always watch horror movie trailers in the middle of the day with all the lights on around here. Doesn’t mean this trailer is scary at all.

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (Teaser Trailer)

So waaay into the future, some things change; but some things remain the same… and go a bit more insane.

Time-traveling agent Valerian (Dane DeHaan), along with his partner Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are charged with maintaining order throughout the universe for the government of the human territories. In this story, their commander (Clive Owen) sends the duo on a mission to Alpha, an intergalactic city where diverse species share their technology and resources for the betterment of all. Cool, right? However, the booming metropolis is also home to sinister forces that jeopardize the future of all mankind!

(Still actually hella cool… for us movie goers.)

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Sleight (Trailer)

Have you seen “Get Out” yet? Well, hurry the f**k up maaaan… the producers are coming out with another flick that’s about to make that sh!t the OLD sh!t. Don’t get left behind! This is the trailer for “Sleight” – and it looks like about three movies’ worth of dopeness distilled into one incredible dramatic piece. Watching will have you thinking one thing from the start, feeling that way then changing that up, then ending up in a whole other reality!

(Hmmm… WWE, the ‘rasslin folks, is on board for marketing. And Dulé Hill from Ballers is in there.)

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Justice League (Trailer #2)

Haaa! Batman threw out that line from “Kick Ass” on him: His power is that he is ‘rich as sh!t.’

Hey, in pulling together a band of superheroes to defend the Earth against an alien threat, that has gotta help, though. Because… better snacks and stuff, right? But, of course, this coming “Justice League” movie is the next all-in gamble for DC to balance some huge L’s (Green Lantern, and lackluster Batman vs. Superman, looking at y’all). So an epic trailer that hints at a more epic movie-watching experience is a must.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash – it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
– KinoCheck International

Okay. This will do. Enjoy the trailer. Salivate while you wait on the November big screen debut.

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The Gang From ‘The Warriors’ Reunite For One Last Ride (Video)

Decades ago, “The Warriors”… came out to plaaaaay, and the fans went wild. Obviously still going wild today! Nice piece by Rolling Stone magazine.

Most of the cast members that made up the titular street gang in the 1979 cult classic The Warriors reunited on the Q Train on September 13th to take one last ride together to Coney Island, where hundreds waited at a fan-organized event celebrating the Walter Hill-directed film. “These subways are different than they were in 1978,” actor Michael Beck, who played the head-Warrior-in-charge Swan in the film, told Rolling Stone on the voyage to the Boardwalk.

And the video. Dope! Updating the movie watch list. Gotta find & cue up “The Warriors” and press plaaaaay. Ha!

MORE: ‘THE WARRIORS’ RECREATE THEIR LAST SUBWAY RIDE HOME (ROLLING STONE)

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J’ouvert: Brooklyn’s Dirty Masquerade (Documentary)

Yup. You probably know Carnival. You MIGHT know J’ouvert. Whether you do or don’t, here comes a VICE documentary on it… meaning we are about to get deep enough in depth about it so all who watch are in the know. Was kind of hoping the Carnival newbie Wilbert L. Cooper was gonna get a ‘real’ demonstration from Kat (or one of the other sistas) at the barber shop *wink*

J’ouvert is a wild, pre-dawn street masquerade that marks the beginning of Caribbean Carnival. It’s a tradition that represents rebellion and freedom from slavery for West Indian communities around the world. New York City’s J’ouvert is one of the most famous, bringing out more than 250,000 revelers every year who party through the night dressed in elaborate costumes or smothered in paint and powder.

While J’ouvert is a cultural cornerstone for the city, it’s become a subject of controversy. Over the past decade, more than 20 people have been shot and killed in and around the festival, leading many to associate the event with violence.
– VICE

Wow. A lot to take in. Press play and get started.

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New York Graffiti Experience (Documentary)

What do you know about that old school Hip-Hop cinema maaaan? Have you seen “Wildstyle” yet? If so, congratulations. But that was ’83. And we mean old school – before the 1980s. How about this mini-documentary that came out in 1976, the “New York Graffiti Experience” above? #Graffiti #HipHop #Elements

Enjoy. You’re welcome!

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO Trailer)

I’m from Tuskegee y’all. I swear to you this trailer give me the feels like this movie will have elements of the infamous Syphilis Study that took place there. Injustice, incredulity, and infighting (though apparently not enough) left those Black men with no care and no hope; even when they had no real knowledge of their plight… until it was too late. I am really hoping for a happier ending here.

Science took her cells. Her family reclaimed her story.

Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of the critically-acclaimed book. HBO Films presents The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Saturday, April 22 at 8pm on HBO.
– HBO

Either way, it looks incredibly compelling. I will be watching. Join me #HeLaCells

@ojones1

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Message From The King (Teaser)

From Cape Town, Jacob King arrived in Los Angeles in search of his missing sister. With a return ticket to South Africa seven days later, and $600 in his pocket. After 24 hours, he discovers that his sister died under strange circumstances…

Uh ohhhh. Yup! That’s what’s up Hollywood. Ya gaaaddaaamn right Chadwick Boseman is in town, and you have NO IDEA what he’s capable of…

Well, yeah you do. Don’t front. You saw him as Black Panther, giving several Avengers the business on the big screen, in the big Universe, and said to yourself, “Self, he needs to star in “Message from the King.” And kick some MORE azz.

Yeah. That’s exactly how casting gets done. Enjoy that teaser above by the way.

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Naked (Netflix Trailer)

Mm mm mm. Why not have sexy azz Regina Hall waking up in the raw on the elevator though… because equal rights!! We’re here for you, Regina. WE support your right to bare(ness), even if Hollywood doesn’t (haaaa)! For seriously though, this trailer is like that Bill Murray “Groundhog’s Day” movie mashed into everyone’s worst wake up at school in your draws (or less) nightmare. What is it with that dream anyway?

When Rob Anderson (Marlon Wayans), a charming man-child, arrives in Charleston the night before he is about to marry the woman of every man’s dreams, Megan Swope (Regina Hall), he hasn’t written his vows, learned the steps for the first dance, or even remembered to bring the ring. Instead of taking care of his responsibilities, Rob goes out for a night on the town with his best man (Jonathan Todd Jackson). Then something unexpected happens… Rob wakes up naked in an elevator with no idea how he got there. When the elevator doors open Rob is shocked to find that it’s late in the morning and he has only one hour to get to the church or miss his own wedding. He tries desperately to get to the chapel, streaking through a city marathon, stealing clothes, avoiding capture by local police, a near death confrontation with a vicious motorcycle gang, and many other obstacles only to find himself waking up in the elevator again and again. Some unknown force has conspired to make Rob live this hour repeatedly until he finally grows up and becomes the man that his amazing fiancée deserves to marry. On Netflix August 11.
– Netflix

Netflix is winning. Ought to be hilarious!

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Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (Trailer)

You watched the ‘Roots’ redux that came on TV last year, right? That part when Kunta Kinte and other enslaved Africans were rebelling on the ship on the way over, then trying to set off another uprising when they reached the American shore… Even knowing the outcome, with a history of centuries of slavery to come, in your heart of hearts, didn’t you yearn, with an aching heart, for those warriors to win the fight for freedom?? Alas, it was not to be in America, but…

That sh!t happened in Jamaica! Our brethren stood up against their British oppressors, scrapped with ’em and scuffed ’em up! And they WON their freedom!! What’s more, they got it done decades before our struggles in the States. Watch the trailer of a film about that war and its leaders, esp. “Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess.”

Official trailer of ‘Queen Nanny, Legendary Maroon Chieftainess,’ a one-hour feature documentary “that unearths and examines the mysterious figure that is Nanny of the Maroons – one of the most celebrated, but least recognized heroines in the resistance history of the New World. The film also sheds light on the incredible resistance movement of the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable 18th century military genius, Nanny of the Maroons. A spiritual leader, skilled in the use of herbs and guerilla warfare tactics, from her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the majestic Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the vaunted British firepower. Following on the heels of Akwantu: the Journey (2012), Anderson’s award-winning film on the history of the Jamaican Maroons, Queen Nanny expands on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom fighters by shedding light on to one of the leading figures in that struggle.”

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Raise Up: The World is Our Gym (Trailer)

You know the crazy pull-ups and push-ups, frontwards and reversed, with acrobatics and flair thrown in there, that you’ve seen them on movie screens and Internet spots? Well, those are street calisthenics… and they have become a movement and a movie. Check it.

An underground urban fitness movement risks losing its identity as a social tool as it rapidly becomes a new international sport.
Rain Bennett

What you should take away: Parallels to Hip-Hop. Something else comes up from the streets, lives around the way, gets blown up and goes worldwide (good) and commercial (not so good in some ways); and the culture is worried that its true and best self (e.g. its essence) will be lost.

Watch the trailer.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Teaser Trailer #1)

Haa! Looks like some fun for the family, esp. if you have young’uns in your movie viewing audience. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is set to hit theaters right as kids are getting set to hit the schoolhouse doors for the summer. Trailer #1 in the tagline implies that there will be a Trailer #2… hopefully meaning the movie is so loaded with zaniness that the funny is not poured just into snips in the teasers.

Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday as a cover for what he really wants: to attend a nearby gamer convention. Unsurprisingly, things do not go according to plan and Heffley family antics ensue.
– Movieclips Trailers

Interesting note for folks in Metro Atlanta, esp. on the east side. The moviemakers filmed all around Stone Mountain. Peep and see if you recognize some spots in the trailer spot above.

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Geostorm (Official Teaser)

A couple of things… Star Trek: The Next Generation included planetary control tech in several episodes (read: we control weather in the future), and megabucks Bill Gates, aka The Nerd King, filed a patent for weather control tech way back in 2009 (read: the future is now). So, the geeks are already into this game deep. Now, all Hollywood has gotta do is not f*ck up a story we’ve been so ready for for so long.

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong — the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.
– Warner Bros. Pictures

In the movie “Geostorm,” Gerard Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max (played by Jim Sturgess), is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Lots of world-getting-f*cked-the-f*ck-up action in the trailer. Good start for the promo run.

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Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys Of Brazil (Trailer)

Damn. Too bad Magneto could not stop off in Brazil on his way to Argentina to deal with the Nazi bastards who did this, too. But this isn’t X-Men: First Class, this was real life. This was shameful. Powerful movie trailer about “The Forgotten Boys of Brazil” above; where the Nazis pushed their supremacist agenda and made slaves of Black people outside of Germany.

Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil (Menino 23: Infâncias Perdidas no Brasil )(2016, 80 min), by Belisario Franca – Bricks, with the Nazi swastika, found in rural Brazil reveal the horrible true story of orphaned children who were enslaved in Brazil during the 1930’s – victims of a criminal project of eugenics. (In Portuguese with English subtitles).

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Deadpool 2 (Teaser Trailer)

Ryan Reynolds Tweeting and YouTubing about the “Deadpool” sequel is everything. But a Stan Lee cameo… in the trailer… EVERYTHING! “Shut up, Stan Lee!” Hahaa! But wait, see the billboard for the old theater across from the phone booth? “Logan” is playing (talk about timing). And Deadpool cracking a joke shot at Hugh Jackman near the end, while resting on a dead victim (talk about comedic timing).

Hold up. Back up. Dead victim? Wait what??

Yeah, watch this oh-so-wrong-but-just-right “Deadpool 2” teaser… several times for all the ‘Easter eggs’ in it (besides the ones we have already mentioned).

#NoGoodDeed

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (Latest Trailer)

Alright. That’s it! “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” is gonna be that heat to take us into summer. Easy bet. Unless they smoked all the plot pot doing this trailer. Not hardly, but just saying. Hell, the dots and dashes handheld football game from back in the day in there was enough. Done. Haaaha!

Big action sci-fi fantasy with big guns and blasts. Alien eye candy. Comedic timing. Everything you need for a space epic in the Marvel Universe. Watch and enjoy!

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War Machine (Netflix Teaser Trailer)

Dude. Getting that Netflix account (or ‘borrowing’ that sub from someone who loves you) is gonna be the MOVE! Box office beast Will Smith is already doing something for the bingers. Now, monster movie star Brad Pitt with this “War Machine” trailer comes to Netflix?

An absurdist war story for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an exploration of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.
– Netflix US & Canada

Ha! Feels like some “Ocean’s Eleven” meets “Inglorious Bastards” energy in the trailer above. Just replace any goriness with snarkiness and you’ll get it. Better yet, play the trailer and wait for May like the rest of us.

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Watch The First 2 Hours Of PBS’ Documentary Series “Africa’s Great Civilizations” (Video)

Yes indeed. PBS’ 6-hour documentary series “Africa’s Great Civilizations” (hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) hit the airwaves as advertised, February 27th through March 1st; shedding light on the stories, kingdoms and cultures of Africa. Groundbreaking and enriching. Fertile soil for fruitful discussions.

Got the first two hours for you here; hour one embedded above, with hour two after the jump. Take it as seed to build with your bretheren, your family… your human family. Africa’s history is WORLD history. Enjoy!

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Alien: Covenant (Trailer #2)

The path to paradise begins in hell.

Wow! “Alien: Covenant” is trying to come with it. Definitely doing so in the new trailer that just came out. Hope they are saving something for May 19, 2017.

That line about “You hear that… nothing” though? Whew! Gotta know sh!t was about to get really hectic right after that!

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