Whats the word folks? Its that time again, so I wont dwell too much.
Thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost someone and those
searching for people still missing in that tragic bridge collapse in
Minneapolis, as well as those who got injured. Shout outs to Eddie Murphy
and Tracey Edmonds for getting engaged, Nicole Richie and Good
Charlotte frontman Joel Madden on their pending arrival, and those who
attended and participated in this years Comic-Con. Although I like to
get the inside scoop, I want to be blown away by all the action my
favorite comic book character gets into when the movie comes to theaters. Guess Im old fashioned like that.
Last but definitely not least, I gotta send a shout to one third of my
sounding boards. My man Lee, who is celebrating his birthday and
wedding anniversary this weekend, and my buddy Ant (a.k.a. Fearless
Leader) for the 11th hour critique.And now....The Last Word for the week ending Aug. 3, 2007.
1. R. Kelly Trial Date Set...Finally!
After five years and various hit records since he was charged with 14
counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having
sex with an underage girl, R. Kelly is finally getting his day in a
The Chicago Tribune reports that things will get rolling for the
crooners trial when jury selection begins Sept. 17. If convicted,
Kelly, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, could face up to 15
years in prison.
Now that trial is about to get underway, you can be sure that bets will
be placed to see whether the singer gets a captive audience behind bars
or walks away and lives to sing and creep another day. No doubt, it
will turn into a first-class media circus as everyone from MTV to your
cousin, and a couple of mine, will be on hand to give the latest
developments and sell the standard, "I was at the R. Kelly Trial.
Where Were You?" t-shirts.
I wonder what would happen if Kellz ends up with a female judge? Would he still be a flirt? Just a thought.2. John Singleton To Helm Black Panther and Luke Cage FilmsWith films like Boyz In the Hood and a producer credit on Terrance
Howards Hustle and Flow, John Singleton has become a man known for
bringing engaging hood drama to the big screen. Now the
director is joining the ranks of Sam Raimi, Christopher Nolan, and Bryan
Singer as he puts his stamp on two comic book heroes. Blackfilm.com
reports that Singleton is cornering the Black superhero market, as he
takes the reigns for movie adaptations of Marvel Comics heroes Luke
Cage and the Black Panther. The question is which film will he do first?"I really
wanted to do both of those pictures," Singleton told Blackfilm.com.
"I've always been a fan of Marvel comics, so it depends. I can do Cage or Black Panther." For those not in the know, Black
Panther was created by Marvel icon Stan Lee in 1966. The character,
whos given name is T'Challa, is considered to be the first modern Black
superhero. Luke Cage, the first African-American superhero to have an
eponymous comic book series, was created by writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita, Sr.While Black Panther is the newest feature on Singletons plate,
the directors name has been attached to Luke Cage for a good minute.
Singer/actor/rapper Tyrese Gibsons name has been mentioned as a
leading contender, despite the fact that no other stars have been
confirmed for the lead role. With this in mind, it could be said that Luke Cage would be the
first film to come out, but Singleton seems to be caught up in
Hollywood red tape in terms of getting the project off the ground. "If
you put a Black face on it, they think it's a Black thing; but yet we
have all these movies that have come up, and whenever they put any Black
people in it, they make all this money," the filmmaker said. "That's
the thing that's holding Luke Cage up. They think it's a small
superhero movie." Lets hope one of these heroes makes it to
the theater. If the wait gets too long, we may have to settle for the
eagerly-awaited feature debut of the Brown Hornet. 3. Timbaland Gets Down With Celine DionTimbaland
has made no secret of his boredom with the current state of urban
music. In order to liven things up, hes been keeping company with
Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, as well as hitting the studio with
80s fixtures Duran Duran and Madonna for their upcoming albums.
Now, Mr. Mosely
is adding adult contemporary chart topper Celine Dion to his growing
list of musical clients. The pair is currently working on Dions new album, which is slated to hit stores in the Fall. According
to CTV.ca, the Canadian diva will mesh her powerful vocals with Hip-Hop, R&B,and rock songs penned by R. Kelly, Ne-Yo and other artists. While
he has a knack for reinventing a singers sound, it will be interesting
to see if Timbaland can do for Dion what he did with the late great
Aaliyah and Timberlake. More importantly, will Celines faithful take a liking to her new musical direction?"Celine's
fans definitely aren't into Hip-Hop and R&B, so I don't know how
they will receive this new album," Justin Dumont, music director of
Flow 93.5 FM in Toronto, told CTV.ca. "We could all be shocked. It's a
really big stretch for her, and it could completely backfire. But she
and Timbaland are such incredible professionals. I couldn't imagine them releasing something that was bad." No
matter what happens, it will be interesting to hear the results. Maybe
well even get a couple of remixes out of this with Missy Elliott or
Jay-Z. Now how would that sound? Jigga hooking up with Dion? Dont be
surprised if she ends up being R&Bs new golden girl. Think about it.4. Gary Colemans Disorderly Conduct Attracts the Law
Gary Coleman catch a break? It seems every time you hear about the
former Diffrent Strokes star, hes getting into a "Whatchu talkin
bout?" moment that attracts attention from the law.
Case in point, Coleman was recently busted in Utah for disorderly
conduct, after two women saw him in a heated argument with a woman in a
According to Capt. Cliff Argyle, the 39-year-old celebrity and the
unidentified woman were in his car discussing their relationship when
two people saw him hit the steering wheel with his hands. "Mr. Coleman was very excited and loud. At one point he exited
his vehicle, waving his arms, yelling and screaming," Argyle told the
Associated Press. "Vehicles were unable to exit the parking lot because
of Mr. Coleman's actions."
Despite Colemans disposition, Argyle said the actor did cooperate with
officers who were called to the scene. The disorderly conduct citation
is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $750
fine, the AP reports.
Looks like another
case of "When Former Child Stars Go Wild." Between this and the time he
pleaded no contest in 1999 to disturbing the peace after punching an
autograph-seeker, Coleman could use a few anger management sessions. Or
at least turn his aggression into a brief career in rap. Hes got enough legal history to have some street cred, so why not throw him in there with all the other so-called "gangstas."
5. El Cantante Director Eyes Wesley Snipes for Thelonius Monk Movie Role
Wesley Snipes may have Mo Betta Blues from all the IRS drama hes been
having lately, but at least one person feels the actor could make a
strong comeback with the right movie role.
EURweb.com reports that film director Leon Ichaso is eyeing Snipes for
the lead role in his planned biopic of jazz legend Thelonious Monk.
According to the filmmaker, the actor shares similar qualities with
"Wesley Snipes is aware of the project. I think he's kept the same
innocence that Thelonious had and something very specific about the
face. He looks like him," Ichaso said at a recent press junket.
"Thelonious has almost like an ebony-etched kind of a face and an
innocence, and I think that would be a fit for Wesley."
If Snipes decides to go out for the role, it would mark the first the
actor has played a jazz musician on the big screen since his Mo Betta Blues
days with Denzel Washington. Snipes could definitely use the break
since he hasnt been seen on the big screen since Blade: Trinity. As
talented as the brother is, he could very well take the Jamie Foxx
route and parlay the role into an Oscar.
Now is a good time to come back, Wesley. Get that money right so you
can make more money. But it wouldnt be an official comeback without
Snipes "signature" love scene. In the meantime, you can check out
Ichasos current film, El Cantante. The biopic, which stars Marc
Anthony as salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe and Jennifer Lopez as Lavoes
wife, is in theaters now.