“The Color Purple” opens on Broadway tomorrow night! Starring Jennifer Hudson as “Shug Avery,” the all around female entertainer performed a segment of the show, on “The Late Show” after taking the couch with Stephen Colbert on Monday night.
As I was prepping the blog that will follow this one, it occurred to me that I had yet to create this list. Although I’ve done items on a few of them, as this outlet and website continues to grow, I wanted to pay homage to those that have shaped, inspired and influenced my view and love for film.
Chris Rock is presently shooting his new film “Finally Famous.” Starring Kevin Hart, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union and Rock, it’s said to be an edgy showbiz-themed comedy with romance. Given the Hart/ Rock combo, in addition to the talents of J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Romany Malco and rising starlet Haley Marie Norman, I anticipate lots of laughs. “Finally Famous” is Rock’s third direction, following his features “Head of State” and “I Think I Love My Wife.”
When I first saw a poster for Stephen King’s new book “Joyland” in the subways of New York, I said, ‘Is that a new movie?,’ because of how bold the colors were and the way it’s advertised. One quickly realizes it’s a poster for his new book at second glance, but it immediately made me wonder — will it be a movie? A reader of his works and one who’s enjoyed most of the films adapted from his books, I had to investigate.
Movies adapted from the writings of Philip Kindred Dick are always depicted through fantasy, steeped in conspiracy. It’s the art of film encompassing what we love most about movies and why we rely on them for momentary escapism. So far, 10 major motion pictures have been brought to life based on the writings of Philip K. Dick. Eleven and 12 are on the way; 13 and 14 are in the wings; and other writings by the author have been sold.
Born in 1937, actor Morgan Freeman has been featured in more films and appeared on more television shows, than the years he’s been alive. His first acting job in film was as an extra in “The Pawnbroker” released in 1964. The actor has taken on 101 acting gigs thus far.
It’s hard to fathom that The Color Purple is 30 years old already. I read the book in my Black literature class in college. I have watched the movie so many times that I can recite all of the lines by heart…like many Black women can and do every time. I saw the broadway play three times. I can’t think of another piece of work that has made me cry, over and over again, across multiple formats. Here are some comments from Alice Walker on the 30th anniversary of The Color Purple.