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Film Review: Hip-Hop Gets Personal in ‘Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’

A Tribe Called Quest

CHICAGO – Fueling his passion for hip-hop, director Michael Rapaport premieres his new documentary, “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest”. Proving that show biz never changes despite the category, this is a backstage look at the triumphs, misunderstandings, fall and rise again of the rap group “A Tribe Called Quest.”

DVD Round Up, Sept. 29, 2009: ‘Deadgirl,’ ‘Nightwatching,’ ‘Next Day Air’

Deadgirl

CHICAGO – Horror, action, drama, and comedy - HollywoodChicago.com’s DVD Round-Up has it all. Where else can you read about the latest from internationally acclaimed auteur Peter Greenaway and the newest Mos Def comedy in one column?

Slideshow: 20-Image Gallery From ‘Next Day Air’ With Mos Def, Donald Faison

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Donald Faison stars in the comedy Next Day Air.

CHICAGO – This 20-image slideshow contains the official press images for “Next Day Air” starring Mos Def, Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Wood Harris, Omari Hardwick, Emilio Rivera, Darius McCrary, Cisco Reyes, Yasmin Deliz, Lauren London, and Debbie Allen. The film, written by Blair Cobb and directed by Benny Boom, opens on May 8th, 2009.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Cadillac Records’ With Beyonce Knowles a Greatest Hits Album of Blues Legends

Cadillac Records
HollywoodChicago.com Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

CHICAGO – There’s a lot to like about the individual parts of “Cadillac Records,” now on Blu-Ray, but they never come together to form a cohesive sum. A frustratingly episodic film, “Records” crams too many stories into one movie, ending up more like a greatest hits album than a creative vision of its very own.

Movie Trailer: New Comedy ‘Next Day Air’ With Mike Epps, Mos Def, Donald Faison

Next Day Air poster with Mike Epps and Mos Def

CHICAGO – The trailer for the new comedy “Next Day Air,” which stars Mike Epps, Mos Def and Donald Faison (from “[scrubs]”), can be watched below. “Next Day Air” is distributed by Summit Entertainment. Summit Entertainment is also the distributor for the smash hit “Twilight” and its “New Moon” sequel “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon”.

Gondry’s Cinematic Breakthrough ‘Be Kind Rewind’ Proves Again He’s an Artistic Goliath

CHICAGO – Michel Gondry’s latest cinematic breakthrough “Be Kind Rewind” grants passage into his magical imagination and proves yet again he’s one of today’s artistic giants.

Jack Black Drops Biblical ‘Year One’ Bomb in ‘Be Kind Rewind’ Interview

CHICAGO – Though actors aren’t supposed to chat it up about their other films when they’re being interviewed specifically for one, every now and then they do and the focus of the interview changes entirely. When Collider.com on Saturday published an interview with Jack Black about his Feb. 22 film “Be Kind Rewind,” details willingly slipped about his upcoming film “Year One”.

‘Be Kind Rewind’ Trailer For ‘Rush Hour’ Parody Surfaces Online

Starring Jack Black and Mos Def, the trailer for the “Rush Hour” parody has surfaced from within the Michel Gondry film “Be Kind Rewind,” which is slated to open on Jan. 25, 2008.

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