After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall reprise their career-launching roles in the next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.
The Best Man Holiday hits theaters on Nov. 15, 2013
The 3rd and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
A silent movie made as an experiment due to the lack of an external mic. Lemonade from Lemons sort of thing. I think it turned out quite nice with an exceptional musical piece from a great up and coming local composer by the name of Courtney Chapman. Without her musical direction, the visuals would have been in a state of comatose. She added the well needed life to it.
The piece is a very simple, but complex idea that we all deal with on a day to day basis and hopefully the concept resonates.
Victor Gruen was maybe the most influential architect of the twentieth century: He is regarded as the father of the shopping mall. How fundamentally his concept would change the world was something that not even this immigrant from Vienna, who was noted for thinking big, could have foreseen. In the nineteen fifties, Gruen built large-scale “shopping towns” in the suburban sprawl of the United States. Based on the model of European city centers they were not only to facilitate shopping but also to strengthen social ties in the isolated suburbia with a mix of commercial and social spaces. However, in the context of an increasingly consumption- and speculation-driven economy the polyfunctional shopping center turned into a gigantic sales machine, which had a formative impact on the development of cities all around the globe. Thus, in architecture, the Gruen Effect describes the maelstrom introduced by seductively designed sales spaces that makes us give up purposeful shopping and get lost in the shopping experience. Since the principles of the shopping mall have little by little been transferred to downtown areas, today this phenomenon produces the city as the place of commercialism, the staging of lifestyle, distinction and event; it outlines the creation of a type of downtown, which serves the gods of consumer culture and defines consumption as the prime principle of urban planning.
UML has always been focused on bringing you the best that the Mogul spirit has to offer. And what screams Urban Mogul louder than someone who hustles to turn their dreams and ideas into realities? Independent movies and short films were on our radar from the very beginning, but just never seemed to make it to the page as much as I or Danny P. would’ve liked. I’ve developed a growing list of films from scouring the web, browsing YouTube, and even a few submissions that will be showcased here at UML.
Today’s featured short film is This Time. A Narrative Short directed by Matthew Cherry, and starring and written by Reagan Gomez. ”This Time” is the story of Kevin (Michael Moss), a recently returned Iraqi War Veteran, and his quest to win back his one true love, Cheyenne (Reagan Gomez). His first night back in town he meets up with his friends and finds out that she is engaged to a successful business man, Daniel (Sinorice Moss), and is to be married the very next day. Kevin runs into Cheyenne and her sister, Janet (Terri J. Vaughn), and confronts her about her decision; forcing her to make a choice. It’s only about 15 minutes, so kick back for a minute and treat yourself to a little popped corn or somethin’. It’s a couple of years old, but most of these flicks are extremely under exposed anyway. If you like it, there’s more information available at the official This Time Movie Blog. Enjoy!
Nike Italy is bringing the heat today, with a brand new ad sure to impress worldwide. For lack of a better phrase, we’ll call this the Kobe Bryant 1970′s Italian Exploitation film. Featuring Enzo G. Castellari, noted director of Italian exploitation films and spaghetti westerns, this short film/long ad tells the tale of the Black Mamba, who helps level the playing field in the battle between good and evil. Absolutely perfect.
MANIAC is a short film inspired by the song. It is not a music video and it has no reference to the song content. It will be scored by Dot and I as a film with all new music. Directed By Shia LaBeouf for Grassy Slope and Ragin4Dayz Productions.
Props to North Carolina Producer 9th Wonder for allowing us to spend some time with him last week as he spoke to students at Columbia College in Chicago. This guy has so much knowledge in music, clearly he has become one of the most influential artists in Hip Hop. He spoke on a variety of topics ranging from his dream emcee to work with to his upcoming documentary The Wonder Year. – The Conscious Tip