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Charlie Murphy, Comedian and 'Chappelle's Show' Star, Dead at 57

Charlie Murphy, Comedian and 'Chappelle's Show' Star, Dead at 57
Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, a Chappelle's Show star and an accomplished comedian in his own right, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 57. Murphy's publicist confirmed the comedian's death to Rolling Stone, adding that the cause of death was leukemia.

"Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie," the Murphy family said in a statement. "Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed.
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LeSean Thomas (‘Boondocks,’ ‘Black Dynamite: The Animated Series’) Teams w/ Streamer Crunchyroll on New Series, ‘Children of Ether’

We’ve previously featured the work of TV animation producer and director LeSean Thomas, best known for his work on “The Boondocks,” “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series,” “The Legend of Korra,” and, most recently, “Cannon Busters: The Animated Series,” whose crowdfunding… Continue Reading →
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Cannon Busters: Check Out This Great Concept Art (And A Teaser!)

It is already a year ago that a Kickstarter campaign was started for funding a pilot for a Cannon Busters television series. That one brought in well over its limit of $120,000, and an ongoing funding campaign added to that as well. So, where are things now? Well, pretty damn far. As a recap, this is what we wrote last year: Writer-director LeSean Thomas is primarily known for his work on famed animated series The Boondocks (which he co-directed), as well as working on Legend of Korra and Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Now, he wants to make an animated series based on his own graphic novel Cannon Busters, described as "What happened if The Wizard of Oz met The Hidden Fortress with influences...

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Movie Review – The Ninja Immovable Heart (2014)

The Ninja Immovable Heart, 2014.

Directed by Rob Baard and John Balazs.

Starring Danny Glover, Rob Baard, Roger Neave, John Balazs, Cassandra Gava.

Synopsis:

Reeve is a member of an elite covert group thought not to exist anymore, he is captured, beaten and brutally tortured, by the very Governments he used to work for. With the help of his old mentor John Carpenter, Reeve must strip away, and rid himself of the emerging demons of his past, so that he may understand the core essence of Ninjutsu, the Ninja’s Immovable heart, in order to remember how and why he was captured, and what he is meant to do, before time runs out and his captors discover why he is really here.

The humble ninja film. It’s long been a B movie staple. From the most dirt cheap, to big budget, the screen theatrics of the ninja has provided plenty of entertainment.
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Shaft Reboot Movie In The Works

John Davis has set up a new Shaft movie at New Line. A lot of the tropes of 70s blaxploitation movies are quite embarrassing, and more risible than ever after films like Black Dynamite, Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and Hollywood Shuffle, but there’s no reason for a new Shaft to keep any kitsch trappings.

In their story, The Wrap are calling the new picture a reboot rather than a remake, which is fair enough as the last sort-of remake of Shaft was actually a sequel: Samuel L. Jackson’s Shaft was the nephew of Richard Roundtree’s original. That might be the case this time, or maybe not. Heck, they might even be planning a period movie for all we know.

Here’s a bit of trivia: not only has Quentin Tarantino crossed over Django Unchained with Zorro for some comics,
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Crowdfund This: A Pilot For A Cannon Busters Animated Series

Writer-director LeSean Thomas is primarily known for his work on famed animated series The Boondocks (which he co-directed), as well as working on Legend of Korra and Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Now, he wants to make an animated series based on his own graphic novel Cannon Busters, described as "What happened if The Wizard of Oz met The Hidden Fortress with influences derived from Escaflowne, hip-hop, and classic RPGs". Taking the official story synopsis: Follow the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who's joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M's best friend, the heir to a...

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Kickstart This: LeSean Thomas ('Boondocks,' 'Black Dynamite') Mounts 'Cannon Busters: The Animated Series'

Television animation producer and director LeSean Thomas, best known for his work on "The Boondocks," "Black Dynamite: The Animated Series," and "The Legend of Korra," has taken to Kickstarter to fund his newest project, a television pilot for "Cannon Busters: The Animated Series." Written and directed by Thomas, the series is based on his first and only comic book and is described as "an animated adventure about the value of friendship and just how far one is willing to go to maintain it. If 'The Wizard of Oz' met the 'Hidden Fortress' with influences derived from 'Escaflowne,' hip-hop, and classic RPGs -- you get...
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Black Dynamite Makes His Explosive Blu-Ray & DVD Debut In All-New Adult Swim Release Today!

Out on Blu-ray and DVD today for the first time, all ten 30-minute episodes of the first season of "Black Dynamite," the animated series, with a few extra features too of course, at a suggested retail price of $39.99 for the Blu-ray, and $29.98 for the DVD set. So bust out your best polyester pants suit and head over to your local (online or offline) video store to pick up a your copy.  The inaugural home entertainment release from the top-rated Adult Swim series features contains a host of bonus content including the original pilot, a behind-the-scenes featurette and video commentaries with series creator Carl Jones ("The Boondocks") and cast...
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Nick Offerman, brain-eating dinosaurs, and the wild world of Fox's late-night animation

Nick Offerman, brain-eating dinosaurs, and the wild world of Fox's late-night animation
Not many TV shows were specifically designed for the way many of us watch television today—namely, by watching for ten minutes on our iBrains, making GIFs of the best scenes, then flipping to the next show while we fight about the last one on Twitter. But Fox’s new Animation Domination High Def lineup, a late-night block of cartoons that premieres Saturday night, couldn’t be more suited to this kind of short-attention-span theater: the acronym spells out Adhd for a reason. The first two shows in the series, Axe Cop and High School USA!, are flat-screen-ready in all their two-dimensional glory,
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This Week in Black Television - Summer Highlights and Fall Previews

Well, the summer TV season is practically officially over and there weren’t really many good shows for the Black TV audience but there were some bright moments as we prepare for the upcoming Fall TV season, including some previews of upcoming shows. Starting positively, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series was the best thing to come out of a slow summer. Somewhat picking up from Scott Sanders and Michael Jai White’s 2009 movie version and still starring the voices of White as the titular Black Dynamite, co-creator and star Byron Minns as the Dolomite-ish character Bullhorn, and actors Tommy Davidson as wannabe-player/informant Cream Corn and Kym Whitley as Honeybee, it...
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Black Dynamite Roundtable Interviews with Director Carl Jones & Stars Michael Jai White, Orlando Jones, Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley

This past Sunday, Adult Swim debuted its latest animated series, "Black Dynamite", which is based on the characters and world co-created by Michael Jai White, who plays the titular character in both versions.

For the new animated series, which is being directed by Carl Jones ("The Boondocks") and has White reuniting with his fellow Black Dynamite feature film co-stars Tommy Davidson, Byron Minns, Cedric Yarbrough, and Kym Whitley as well as working alongside "Black Dynamite" newcomer Orlando Jones, we find the titular character facing down a lot more enemies than "The Man", including the likes of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Amazon Moon Bitches and so much more.

Check out the highlights from our roundtable interviews with director Jones and "Black Dynamite: The Animated Series" stars White, Davidson, Jones and Whitley below, and make sure to catch the show when it airs on Adult Swim on Sunday nights at 11:30 pm Et/Pt.
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Check Out Another Wacky Clip from Black Dynamite: The Animated Series

If you love the live-action “Black Dynamite”, I can’t see you not loving every second of the “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series”, well, animated series that just debuted on Cartoon Network as part of their Adult Swim block last Sunday. It looks like 30 seconds of constant Tomfoolery, ninja interrogations, and Cream Corn hilarity. Check out a clip from the show, check it outers. “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series” features the voices of Michael Jai White, who played the character in the live-action version. Tommy Davidson, Byron Minns, Corey Burton and Liz Benoit also lend their voices. Currently airing very, very late at night on Cartoon Network
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'Black Dynamite' Cast, Creators Talk To S&A On What To Expect From Animated Series (Debuts July 15)

In anticipation of the upcoming premiere of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series on Adult Swim, I had a chance to talk with actors Michael Jai White, Byron Minns and Kym Whitley, as well as executive producer Carl Jones. Based on the 2009 cult film of the same name, the half-hour series revives its title character, an ex-cia agent-turned-crusader for justice who fights against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps, and “the man.” Unlike the movie, the series doesn’t mock or mimic the shoddy production values of 70s Blaxploitation films, opting instead for a sleeker animated look and feel. Still, it features a lot of the same elements, including racy imagery and...
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Black Dynamite: The Animated Series TV Show Trailer, Poster

Black Dynamite The Animated Series Trailer. The Black Dynamite: The Animated Series tv show trailer stars Michael Jai White, J.B. Smoove, Kym Whitley, Clifton Powell, and Tommy Davidson. Black Dynamite: The Animated Series‘ plot synopsis: “Black Dynamite is a 30-minute animated series that tells all-new tales of Black Dynamite (voiced by Michael Jai White) as [...]

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New Explosive Trailer for the Very Adult Black Dynamite TV Series

Yeah, need I say this? Cartoon Network’s “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series” is most definitely Not for kids, but in case you were thinking otherwise, this latest new trailer just released by the network will confirm this statement. The show premieres on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block on Sunday, July 15th, 2012, so be there or Black Dynamite is liable to hunt you down and totally mess up yo face, fool. The show’s been in the works for a while and was originally scheduled to air in mid-2011. But hey, better late than never, right? (If you’ve seen an earlier trailer, it looks like they’ve also taken time to tweak the animation somewhat. Or at least, to me this trailer looks way better than the one from last year.) Michael Jai White, the star of the “Black Dynamite” movie (and upcoming sequel), returns to voice the titular badass hero,
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Black Dynamite 2 May Start Shooting This Year Says Michael Jai White

Black Dynamite 2 May Start Shooting This Year Says Michael Jai White
While the action-comedy Black Dynamite didn't exactly set the box office on fire when it was released in 2009, the blaxploitation parody has developed a cult following. Star Michael Jai White revealed at the Tribeca Film Festival that plans are in the works for Black Dynamite 2, which could go before cameras sooner rather than later. Here's what the actor had to say about this sequel.

"We hope to shoot Black Dynamite 2 at the end of the year."

Michael Jai White starred as the title character, and also co-wrote the screenplay with Byron Minns and director Scott Sanders. It isn't known if there is a script in place, or if Scott Sanders will return to the helm.

No plot specifics were given, although the actor-writer is toying with the idea of setting this sequel in the 1980s. The actor-writer is also developing Black Dynamite: The Animated Series for Adult Swim.

Black Dynamite was released October 16th,
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Nycc: Photos from ‘Black Dynamite: The Animated Series’ Panel

The cast of Adult Swim’s new cartoon series, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series, appeared this weekend at New York Comic Con (Nycc). The series is adapted from the 2009 blaxploitation-movie. Talent included: Michael Jai White (as Black Dynamite), Byron Minns (as Bullhorn), Kym Whitley (as Honeybee), Carl Jones (executive producer), and Scott Sanders. The series also stars J.B. Smoove, who has appeared in the last three seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Check out the photos below:

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"Black Dynamite" Goes Animated

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Cinema Retro has received this press release from the producers of Black Dynamite, the recent hit retro Blaxploitation movie:

All you suckas gather 'round because the 11-minute pilot for Adult Swim's Black Dynamite: The Animated Series will premiere on AdultSwim.com on Monday, August 8.

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‘Black Dynamite: The Animated Series’ – First Trailer

Back in October it was announced that a Black Dynamite animated series was going in to production and would further chronicle the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew, then in April Adult Swim officially announced they had picked up the series. And now comes the first trailer, courtesy of Twitch:

Black Dynamite: The Animated Series is executive produced by Carl Jones (The Boondocks, Freaknik: The Musical) and features the voice talents of Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley, Byron Minns, Clifton Powell and Jb Smoove. The series airs on Adult Swim in the Us from August 8th.
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Comic-Con 2011: Black Dynamite Animated Series Pilot Review

Black Dynamite is one of the strangest and most enjoyable movies of the last few years and in spite of featuring Dtv luminary Michael Jai-White as its biggest star, the blaxploition homage/spoof has caught on with mainstream audiences well enough to warrant a comic book series, an upcoming live action sequel and an Adult Swim Cartoon. Today, White, Carl Jones, Scott Sanders and Kym Whitely presented a panel on the upcoming cartoon and showed the audience the pilot. It was every bit as raucous and un-pc as you would hope. Read on for a review of the show. Black Dynamite: The Animated Series is almost too good to be true. Stuff like this really shouldn’t exist. With beautiful and detailed animation, stylish character design and a pair of slickly produced musical numbers, you would never guess that it was based upon a very niche film that never saw wide theatrical distribution.
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