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BET Announces World Television Premiere Of Sheldon Candis' 'LUV'

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 29, 2013 5:41 PM
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On the heels of the successful debut of BET Premiere Cinema's original movie, Being Mary Jane, the Network has announced the world television broadcast premiere of Sheldon Candis' LUV, which stars Common and introducing Michael Rainey Jr.  

Exclusively sponsored by the 2013 Toyota Avalon, LUV debuts on BET on August 7th at 9PM ET/PT with limited commercial interruption.

Candis' feature film debut, which made its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the dramatic competition section, was acquired by Indomina Entertainment, and saw a limited theatrically in the USA earlier this year.

The film's official synopsis reads:

An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day in the streets of Baltimore. 

Dennis HaysbertDanny GloverMichael K. WilliamsMeagan Good and Charles S. Dutton also co-star.

During the film's TV broadcasr, viewers can join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtag: #LUV.

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  • Dawn Nelson | August 8, 2013 12:03 PMReply

    BET movie LUV....mediocre at best, really not good considering all of the talented actors in the film. I am just about fed up with BET all together. I agree with the comment, the movie was far fetched particularly with the little boy making the monumental leap from being afraid to talk to girls to being semi that is quite a noble accomplishment (NOT!) and all in an amazing and interesting 24 period. I have been very disappointed with BET and the continued array of Black Exploitation Television or the other wave of programming that is characterized by Booty Entertainment Television. I wish there were many more shows and programming that focuses on positive images of our people. How about a live story about our awesome first family, President and Mrs. Obama, can we please see more of them and people like them on BET, now that would inspire and entertain me. So tired of my options on BET revolving around thugs, buffoons, and skanky females. Glorifying violence, disrespect and promiscuity is wrong and as a parent raising a young black man child, I wish there were more and more positive stories to be told by BET.......just my opinion, I know, but we have so much more to offer the world than weak programming such as this.

  • Monique A Williams | August 2, 2013 12:28 PMReply

    Common was the weak link in this film. Everything else worked. Sadly, he had too big a role for it not to affect it. #thumbsdown

  • CareyCarey | August 2, 2013 1:11 PM

    I wholeheartedly disagree.

    Although some are quick to champion the little kid, his role was totally unbelievable. I can suspend belief (I have no problem with that) but the transformation of a sheltered little kid who's afraid of girls, to a mini-drug dealing gangster in less than 24 hours, is going a bit too far. Oh, and lets not forget his new found ability to drive a car. Geeeeez...

    ...and that's not the only problem I had with this movie. The other stars (Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, and Charles S. Dutton were way out of their element. Dennis Haysbert is a great pitchman for All-State insurance, but he's not convincing as a neighborhood drug kingpin. Charles Dutton was great in Spike Lee's "Get On The Bus" and The Obama Effect (I even liked him in Honeydripper), that's his groove zone, but again, he didn't fit the role of a drug conspirator. And Danny Glover was great as Mel Gibson's buddy in Lethal Weapon, but not so much as Dennis Haysbert's do boy.

    Don't get me wrong, the movie was okay... but there were way to many "missteps" (the least of which had nothing to do with Common's performance) for me to classify it as anything other than mediocre. In fact, without Common's convincing performance, the movie would have been pure junk food.

  • Franke | July 30, 2013 7:59 PMReply

    Lmao BET trying to win back adults ... Yawn I watched it on Netflix(Luv) never watched Mary Jane... They still got work to do. TVOne in its new state has better stuff.

  • Franke | July 30, 2013 8:00 PM

    Not Yawn at LUV I actually like it besides the shaky handed camera dude... The Plot was good lil boy was awesome Common good too..

  • Nicole | July 30, 2013 12:02 AMReply

    Being Mary Jane is a tv show...not a movie. Just sayin. I odd BET fashion it's not coming back until 2014...but it's a tv show nonetheless, and I'm addicted to it.

  • Dawn | July 29, 2013 7:17 PMReply

    I luv'ed this film :)

  • Amari | July 29, 2013 6:18 PMReply

    It seems competition is starting to make BET get their stuff in gear.

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