Happy New Year Everybody! I am so glad to see the start of another year, and feel even more blessed that I can do what I love, and I absolutely love blogging about movies and music. So, it goes without saying that I am thrilled about the upcoming award show season and with several upcoming tv and film projects. First, I am soooo ready to see Red Tails, the action-adventure movie opening January 20th that depicts the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, an all Black aviator regiment that fought in WWII. Executive producer George Lucas invested 93 million (58 for budget and 35 for distribution) to make sure this movie was made; despite and because of the long-held Hollywood belief that an action movie featuring an African-American cast would not fare well. The cast includes such heavyweights as Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard, and also co-stars singer/actor Ne-Yo, Method Man and Tristan Wilds. Let’s spread the word and support this film people (see link below to view the trailer).
Now I must admit I am not necessarily going to rush out to this next film, but since it stars two divas, one a country music legend and the other hip-hop royalty, I simply cannot overlook! Yes, I am referring to Joyful Noise, which stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, as well as KeKe Palmer and Jeremy Jordan. The trailer shows a lot of singing, comedic tussling between Dolly and Latifah, and what seems to be a mix of inspirational and pop songs thrown in for good measure. It also opens this month on the 13th, and is rated PG-13 (some adult language).
Okay and this has nothing to do with movies or music, except for the fact that songstress Brandy will be guest starring this season, but Game On!!!! Yes, I am very much a follower of The Game series on BET, which has its 5th season opener this Tuesday January 10th.
Lastly, here is a list of upcoming award ceremonies: Golden Globes (Sunday January 15th), Screen Actors Guild Awards (Sunday January 29th), 54th Annual Grammys (Sunday February 12th), 2012 BET Honors (February 13th), and the 84th Annual Academy Awards (Sunday February 26th).
PS – A HUGE SHOUT OUT to the person responsible for Gil Scott-Heron being posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammy ceremony. The incomparable Diana Ross (see my personal photo above from her 2010 concert) will also receive a Lifetime achievement statue, and Steve Jobs will be posthumously honored with a Grammy Trustees statue.
Alright people, that’s it for this posting. Keep checking in for regular film and music news. Better yet click the follow tab (for most viewers will be top left, but also appears in bottom right with some browsers) to receive notifications for new postings. What films are you looking forward to seeing this year? What award shows will you watch. Talk to me in the comments section. 🙂
Until next thought, Thomasena
Red Tails official trailer (Lucasfilm, 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpA6TC0T_Lw
How cool! Love the photo of Diana, so glad she is getting this acknowledgement…so miss seeing her. Forever The Boss.
Yeah not ready to knock over an liquor stores to see the new film Joyful Noise, not excited about the blend of actors/actresses. I like them all, just not sure I want to see them together in a 2012 Sister Act. I think it’s time for Kee to do something a little more grown up. I love how super clean she is, but she’s talented enough to break open the box.
Until the next Thomasena Thought…Chau!
Good post especially giving much needed attention to “Red Tails”. I hope our folks come out & support this movie. Not every successful “black” film should be about our lows instead of our highs.