Category: Film

FILMS BASED ON BOOKS: Trick Baby by Iceberg Slim

Iceberg Slim, the charismatic pimp turned author brought the gritty streets to the world of literature.

One of his most famous books, ‘Trick Baby’, tells the story of “White Folks,” a blue-eyed, light-haired, con-artist whose pale skin allows him to pass in the streets as a white man. Folks is tormented early in life, rejected by other children and branded a “Trick Baby,” the child conceived between a hooker and her trick. Refusing to abandon his life in the ghetto and a chance at revenge, Folks is taken under the wing of an older mentor, Blue.

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In 1972 Trick Baby was brought to the screen as a Blaxploitation-style film; directed by Larry Yust and starring Kiel Martin and Mel Stewart.

The movie was produced with a $600,000 budget and was produced independently.

Universal Pictures bought the film for 1 million dollars and the movie grossed 11 million dollars at the US box office.
The cast was not well known before the movie’s release.

 

FILMS BASED ON BOOKS: I, Tina: What’s Love Got to Do with It? by Tina Turner

Ike and Tina Turner were one of the rock sensations of the Sixties. Then Tina made a solo comeback and is now one of the top female performers on the pop scene.

This book tells the story that lies behind her success, from her first taste of stardom and the brutality which forced her to leave Ike and the “act”, through the years of obscurity to her return to prominence with her bestselling, award-winning album, “Private Dancer”.

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The screenplay was adapted by Kate Lanier. Both Ike and Tina Turner assigned rights to Lanier for their lives to be dramatized in the film.

In the United States, the film grossed almost $40 million and around $20 million in rentals. In the UK it grossed nearly £10 million.

 

RAISING DION – NEW NETFLIX SERIES FEATURES AFRICAN-AMERICAN BOY WITH SUPERPOWERS

I’ve been following the ‘Raising Dion’ project for quite some time now and I am thrilled to see that Netflix have picked it up!

The series is based on commercial and music video director Dennis Liu’s short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities and will also be starring Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan!

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For those who are interested in reading the comic book version you can download a free digital version via Indy Planet  – http://www.indyplanet.us/comics/128905/

 

Denzel Washington Paid for Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman to Study Acting Classes at Oxford University

Chadwick Boseman has recently revealed  — on the Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show – that Denzel Washington assisted him with acting class tuition fees.
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Boseman kept the story to himself for years, wanting to tell Denzel Washington how much it meant to him if they ever met.

“I’ve basically been holding this secret my whole career. When I came back, I got a beneficiary letter and it said Denzel Washington paid for you,” Boseman said.