“Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp”
Rapper turned actor Ice-T is making more moves in the world of film production. After tasting some success with his documentary “The Art of Rap,” he’s gearing up to release a documentary on the father of street literature Iceberg Slim.
The film, titled “Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp,” takes a hard look at the troubled life of the pimp turned author. Iceberg Slim was born Robert Lee Maupin and fought his way from a rough life in the streets to become an author who inspired plenty of rappers. Some pay homage to him with their rap monikers such as Ice -T and Ice Cube. Other rappers have spun some of his gutter street tales intro their rhymes and therefore given themselves street cred.
The documentary features commentary from the likes of Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Quincy Jones, and Ice-T and is directed by Jorge Hinojosa. It will be released in theaters on July 9th and will its way to on Demand by July 12th.
Last weekend, Sony Corp.’s film studio was dealt its second box-office blow of the summer in the form of action film “White House Down” spiraled in the same direction as “After Earth” starring Will and Jaden Smith.
The movie, starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, opened to a disappointing $25.7 million domestically after costing at least $150 million to produce, excluding a $150 million-plus marketing spend. It ranked fourth after “Monsters University” at No. 1 with $46.2 million, “The Heat” at No. 2 with $40 million and “World War Z” at No. 3 with $29.8 million.
Meanwhile, sci-fi epic “After Earth” has all but ended its North American theatrical run after four weekends, topping out at only $58 million. Overseas, the Sony film, which was critically panned, has earned only $130.9 million, with its release in China still coming up.
Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.
Marilyn Dishman, Kelly’s ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego.
Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic. His later films included “Three the Hard Way,” ”Black Belt Jones” and “Black Samurai.”
During a 2010 interview with salon.com, Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate. He said he set his sights on becoming an actor after winning karate tournaments. He also played college football.
The role in the Bruce Lee film was his second. He had about a dozen film roles in the 1970s before his acting work tapered off. In recent years, he drew lines of autograph seekers at comic book conventions.
“It was one of the best experiences in my life,” he told salon.com of working on “Enter the Dragon.” ”Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him. I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I’d ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist. It was very good.”
African Oscars -NAFCA Winners
African Oscars -NAFCA Winners will be announced Live on September 14th at a red-carpet event at the legendary Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. The prestigious African Oscars -NAFCA are presented by Nollywood & African Film Critics USA. This year’s award promises to the biggest ever and will be graced by over 200 actors and filmmakers. In attendance will be African dignitaries, diplomats and business leaders. Please visit www.AfricanOscar.com for tickets, donations and sponsorship information.
The NAFCA Special Honors was established in 2011 by the Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards to grace the lives and achievements of African luminaries. These honorary awards are awarded to recognize contributions over the whole of a career, rather than or in addition to single contributions of an individual. The NAFCA Special Honors also recognize outstanding community leaders whose professional careers have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments. The NAFCA Special Honors were presented for the first time in 2011 to President Nelson Mandela. Recipients of this award in subsequent years include President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia.
Presentations of The NAFCA Special Honors are made yearly during the second weekend in September at the Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards also known as the African Oscars.