Director Spike Lee‘s update of Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata set in the violent streets of modern-day Chicago titled Chi-Raq is opening in theaters today. Set primarily in Chicago’s Southside, the film utilizes modern gang violence to tell Aristophanes’ tale of a group of women who decide to keep sex from their male counterparts in order to encourage them to stop the street violence that is destroying their homes and families. Lee adapted the screenplay with writer Kevin Willmott (The Battle for Bunker Hill, Jayhawkers), which features actors Nick Cannon (Bobby, Day of the Dead), Teyonah Parris (How Do You Know, They Came Together), Wesley Snipes (Blade, Demolition Man), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Unbreakable), John Cusack (The Raven, Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Lullaby). For Hudson, the film carries a unique weight: she has lost three family members to the gun-violence dividing the streets of Chicago. Comedy veteran Dave Chappelle (The Chappelle Show, The Nutty Professor) is also expected to make an appearance. The trailer is here on MADE; check it out in theaters today.
If you are a fan of the original Halloween series from writer/director John Carpenter, this should be some exciting news. The entire series, beginning with the original in 1978 that featured Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, and ending with the most recent reboot sequel from director Rob Zombie, will be available as part of a Blu-Ray box set this September. The set features all of the films in a re-mastered format and is composite of 15 discs that include bonus materials with never-before-seen interviews and documentary footage, as well as the infamous Producer’s Cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Curse was the sixth film in the series and the last to star veteran actor Donald Pleasence in the role of Dr. Sam Loomis. Although Pleasence completed the film, many of his scenes ended up being replaced by last-minute re-shoots in the editing room, and much to the disappointment from the cast and crew, director Joe Chappelle’s final product was almost completely different from the original script that Pleasence agreed to make. The alternate (original) version of the film was never released to the public and has only been available over the years via online bootlegs and poor quality video streaming, even though many fans who have come across it consider it to be the superior version to its theatrical counterpart. But now, despite the near 20-year wait that fans have endured, the Producer’s Cut will finally be available in proper format. So fans, rejoice! You can expect to find the box set in stores September 23rd.
Location: 701 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Nov 11th-14th
Dave Chappelle will be holding 2 a day performances next week at Minneapolis’ legendary club First Avenue. The comedian is noted for having good times in Minneapolis so I’m sure those in attendance can expect good shows. Most of the shows are very close to selling out if not already, so if you’re interested in seeing the man, the myth; head on over to First Ave and grab your tix.
The good guys over at Funny or Die have orchestrated a pretty dope comedy tour that will be making it’s rounds around the nation later this fall. The myth, the man, the legend Dave Chappelle will be headlining the festival and he’ll be joined on stage by Flight of The Concords and Demetri Martin among others. It’s been awhile since Dave Chappelle has graced us with his presence so we’re definitely excited to get a chance to see him. The Illinois stop will be on August 31st in Tinley Park but it seems that the guys at Funny or Die have decided to skip Minneapolis for some reason. Check out the tour dates below to see if they’ll be stopping through your town and make sure to stay tuned for more as the tour gets underway.
Tour Dates: Aug 23 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater Aug 24 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Aug. 25 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion Aug. 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion Aug. 31 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater Sept. 1 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre Sept. 6 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center Sept. 7 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center Sept. 8 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center Sept. 13 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre Sept.15 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Sept. 20 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre Sept. 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky Pavilion
Later this year Dave Chappelle will be headlining the Odd Ball Comedy Tour, which is slated to make a stop in Tinley Park, IL August 31st. In honor of Chappelle, i decided to post this video; lol check it out.