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Reel Talk April 18
By Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor
Published April 18, 2013


‘Holla II’

With just the right amount of creepy, a touch of campy, and a comedic plot to kills coeds in gruesome, over the top fashion, H. M. Coakley’sHolla II” set to hit theaters April 19th is sure to scare up interest among African American moviegoers, and being the first Black horror film in 13 years certainly helps.

True Vision Media Group in conjunction with Rockstone Releasing, through a partnership with AMCi will open Holla II in Atlanta, New York, Houston, Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit on April 19th in AMC Theaters with a wider release in coming weeks.  The first scary movie since “Bones” (2000) to open in theaters, “Holla II” is also a first foray into the horror genre for the film’s stars Vanessa Bell Calloway (Showtime’s “Shameless”, “HawthoRNe”) and Kiely Williams (Disney’s “Cheetah Girls).  For Calloway, best known for iconic roles in films like “Coming To America” and “What’s Love Go To Do With It”, “Holla II” is an opportunity to showcase a different skill set on screen and offer fans a different aspect of her acting ability.

“‘Holla’ was a very different movie for me and I was at the point in my career that I just wanted to have some fun,” said Calloway about her first horror film. “It felt good to lose myself in a character and to see if I could surprise people with my choices. Not to give my character away, but let’s just say I killed to have this part,” Calloway added. 

“Holla II” is a sequel to the film by the same name (“Holla”) that gained ground swell support online, and via word-of-mouth among African American fans of the horror genre.  Picking up where the original left off, in “Holla II” Monica (Williams) and her mother (Calloway) decide relocate to the south for a fresh start, following a series of violent murders.  Once there, Monica finds love but on the eve of her wedding, at a plantation house rumored to be haunted, death and mayhem finds her – once again!

Visionary Memphis-bred producer Christopher Gholson a.k.a. Drumma Boy signed on to score an original soundtrack “Holla II” soundtrack.  In his late 20’s, the multi-platinum musical prodigy, whose impressive roster of hip hop clientele include: Young Jeezy, T.I., Kanye West, Nelly, Waka Flocka, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross and Wale, will add his unique blend of thick and textured tones to the soundtrack.

“I jumped at the opportunity to score and create original music for ‘Holla II,'” said Drumma Boy.  “I’m a huge fan of the great film composers and with my background in orchestra compositions; I look forward to giving the world a different aspect of my true abilities as a composer.”   

“Holla II” also stars Greg Cipes (“True Blood”), Teairra Mari (“Lottery Ticket”) and Omar Gooding (“The Gospel”).  “Holla II” is written and directed by H. M. Coakley and produced by Camille Irons Coakley, Monica Floyd, Drumma Boy and executive produced by Chasity Clark, Floyd and Lanre Idowoo. 


The Kill Hole

The Kill Hole an African American made film that involves a black ex-military sniper who targets associates of a military contracting organization and hides out in the wilderness. It stars ‘Sons Of Anarchy‘s’ Tory Kittles as an ex-Marine with a vendetta and ‘42‘s’ Chadwick Boseman as the Iraq veteran tasked with bringing him down. It opened theatrically in New York in March via RBC Films. Kittles is seen firing a gun in public and wielding a rifle, clad in camo, in heavily wooded terrain.

The RBC Film Group and Alternate Ending Studios co-production was written and directed by cab driver-turned-filmmaker Webley, who tapped non-actor war veterans to fill out the cast. Billy Zane and Peter Green also star in the pic, which screened to rave reviews at the 2013 Pan African Film Festival this week in Los Angeles. Zach Hagen and Jason Krawczyk produced for Alternate Ending Studios and Brian Shafton, Ben Grossi and Mike Regen executive produced for RBC Film Group. Robert Lieberman of Fischbach, Perlstein, Lieberman & Almond and Evan Krauss of Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP struck the deal for RBC and Alternate Ending, respectively, with sales rep Brandon Baker of Baker Productions & Representation.

Boseman previously starred on ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights and NBC’s Persons Unknown.

If you think he is something in the biopic of Jackie Robinson then you have to see him in this flick. I promise that you will never look at a homeless man the same again.


Katt Williams

In recent months, actor/comedian Katt Williams has been in the headlines more so for his erratic behavior than acting skills. All of that is about to change because the man known as “Money Mike” is back and better than ever in “Scary Movie 5.” Williams returns to the big screen as a man who is both a psychic and a magician lacking the skills to hold either title.

Williams was excited to participate in the spoof franchise because he was already a fan of the others, but never saw himself getting a role in one. he’s especially proud of this character because despite it being a horror spoof, it’s usually expected the black person will die first. However, as he put it, Katt Williams laughed in the face of that notion and survives to the end.

Make sure you head to your nearest theater to check out “Scary Movie 5.” It’s out in theaters now.



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