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.
Dwynell Roland (The Rotation) took to Twitter last night to drop a track titled “Snipes.” After throwing down at this year’s SXSW, one can only wonder what’s next for Dwynell and The Rotation. Produced by Travis Gorman, “Snipes” finds Roland well within his comfort zone, the instrumental fitting his style well. With the summer sitting right around the corner, you can expect a lot more from Dwynell Roland and The Rotation; consider “Snipes” as something to hold you over. Peep the song below and be on the look out for more.
The kid Dwynell Roland took to Twitter earlier today to release a new video titled, “Snipes.” Produced by Travis Gorman and filmed by Neo Film Movement, the video embodies those cold nights in the city of Minneapolis. Dwynell’s flow feels comfortable over Gorman’s relaxing production, with each release he continues to impress. Simple, but effective, “Snipes” is another step in the right direction. Check out the video above and keep an eye out for more from Dwynell Roland.
Since his release from prison for tax evasion in April 2013, Wesley Snipes has been keeping a low profile on the Hollywood scene. Snipes had passively expressed interest in revamping his breakthrough vampire role, Blade, after the disappointment of Blade: Trinity (2004), but it hasn’t seemed like it’s something that he is really pushing. Just recently, however, the New York Daily News reported that Snipes is definitely set to appear in Blade 4 and that he will receive a $3 million paycheck, plus a certain percentage of the gross. While this is exciting news, the chances of it being true are relatively slim. The problem with making another Blade movie is that the rights to the films are still held by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, while the rights to the character have gone to Marvel (in the wake of the new comic-book era of film), which is owned by Disney. And the last time Walt Disney Pictures released a movie that had an R-rating attached to it was….oh yeah, never! I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be cool to see another Blade movie with Snipes reprising the role, but I also can’t imagine Disney selling the character rights in a time when comic-book movies with Marvel characters are the biggest money-makers in the industry. But we’ll wait and see. Maybe there is a chance that it will happen, but I’d also like to know the source the NY Daily News is quoting as well. Stay tuned.