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Join Us Today! S&A Livecast Season 2, Ep 16 (Special Guest Melee Entertainment)

by Cynthia Reid
July 27, 2011 7:15 AM
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Today's S&A live podcast will be our last before we go on a brief summer break and return in September. If you haven't joined us before, you should check us out today and mix it up with the S&A Crew. You never know what you'll discover...last week Sergio did the podcast in the nude! (That's what he said) As usual, we're going to talk about hot cinema topics and take your calls. Scheduled for today:

-Zoe Saldana recently stated she doesn't want to play another victim or girlfriend role. Is that realistic? How do men factor in the advancement of female leads?
-We promote indie films on this blog but are you really an indie film lover?
-What films should absolutely get the remake treatment?

In addition, we also have a special guest from Melee Entertainment joining us. Melee is the company behind films like Next Day Air, Friday and You Got Served. Bryan Turner, founder and president, will be giving us some background info as well as discussing The Undershepherd and other upcoming films in the works.

To round out the show, we want to get your movie and tv recommendations. Tell us what you're watching. You don't want to miss it!

Make sure to join the us at 8pm/est and call in at (347) 215-8777. We've added an additional 30 minutes so we can hear and read your feedback. Check us out HERE. See ya then!

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  • JMac | July 28, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    Really good show guys! Though I have to add to the conversation (I know, again - really slow day here) about the action woman running around half naked roles. Someone mentioned Sigourney Weaver in Alien but even in the first film she had some eye candy scenes. Didn't she spend the last 30 to 45 minutes alone running around in a skimpy tank top and much too low waisted, teeny tiny panties? I saw Aliens and Gorillas in the Mist before Alien so when I finally watched it, it completely threw me off she was put in that position and that she actually did it. That role was supposed to be for a guy but they certainly took advantage of the gender change. Thank goodness the later Alien movies cast her in a better, stronger ass-kicking light.

    Is being the eye-candy action figure a necessary step for an actress to play a "male action character" role? Seems sad if the answer is still yes 30 years later.

    Don't worry about Carey. He'll be back. Probably a lot of stuff going on right now. He could use a little break.

  • Kia | July 28, 2011 1:23 AMReply

    Sorry for some of the errors, was rushing before my wifi went dead on me :)

    Meant to say Zoe may be able to have her acting wishes come true!

  • Kia | July 28, 2011 1:20 AMReply

    So sorry I missing this one live, especially since this comment section was heating up before the podcast even began.

    I'll add what I would have loved to call in and say about Zoe's recent declaration. I support her decision and I completely understand why, but the real question is, how realistic can this be when it's an almost automatic to make a female character in need of "saving" or as the genuine nurturer. All we can do is pray that Columbiana is a hit, then Zoe may just be able to

    @ Tamara
    I absolutely love female villainous characters, but I'd like to see one who is a subtle, but deadly ass kicker. How about a female Michael Corleone, minus the gangsta element. Meet Pamela French, a char I created.

    Indie films?
    I love indie films which don't try to hard to be "indie". You know... slooooow, all the characters are fulled with unnecessary angst, usually ensemble as opposed to a more structured plot, etc . My definition of indie usually revolves around the budget, new talent and production quality (which of course budget effects). With that stated, I can enjoy any "indie" film that accomplishes what I appreciate in ALL films: character driven stories, witty, smart dialogue, phenomenal acting, engaging plot that's not too predictable (attempts a new spin on something familiar) and cool score/soundtrack. I want to walk away with the movie or character implanted on my brain.

    Have a great podcast!

  • JMac | July 27, 2011 9:17 AMReply

    Sounds much better now. May pop in and listen for a few.

  • Mecca | July 27, 2011 8:20 AMReply

    I co-sign w/ Tamara 100%

    I love indie films but I cannot support every single indie film that arrives in theaters. I enjoy watching suspenseful thrillers, heartfelt dramas, coming of age dramas, mystery and sci-fi films.

    Oh, The remake treatment is a bad idea. Classics should stay as classics. I don't mind seeing period pieces like Shakespeare works getting recycled over and over again. I just really dislike the fact that great films always get tampered by Hollywood studios and people who don't have a sense of creativity to create their own masterpiece.

    *cough* Akil's remaking Sparkle

  • Tamara | July 27, 2011 7:37 AMReply

    -Zoe Saldana recently stated she doesn’t want to play another victim or girlfriend role. Is that realistic? How do men factor in the advancement of female leads?

    It's realistic NOW for ZOE. she's the bees knees. the go-to girl (soon to be more than in the past) for kick-butt female roles. she said she won't go there again and i believe as long as her films from here on out are successful she won't have to.

    men or directors? i think of james cameron, with all his kick-arse female leads. then i think of george lucas with his seeming (stars wars) female kick-butt leads and how they're only allowed/given/exhibit a certain level of 'independent' fierceness. Usually with Leia either Han or Luke were attached. I don't thin she ever fully held her on. And with Padme "oh Annie" Amidala, she, too, couldn't even give birf without calling on the spirit of Anakin who'd pimped-slapped her, choked her out and tossed her (literally) to the curb. The cartoons redeem her somewhat. Other females in Lucasverse (by way of star wars) stand on their own and need their stories told *cough* ASAJJ VENTRESS *cough* talk about a female action star...a female action VILLAIN who laid waste to jedi-aplenty! *gets on knees* dear lordt and movie magykal peoples, please send me an Asajj Ventress feature (or miniseries, live-action or animated, i don't care) so I can see her lay waste again to jillions of jedi and sith masters. amen. *crosses self* may the force be with me *cabbage patch*

    -We promote indie films on this blog but are you really an indie film lover?

    yes, an indie lover though lately i've slacked off. only particular films, those that interest me. i don't watch all indie features for the sake of supporting the 'genre'. it'd be too many and i might go a little coo-coo seeing as how a lot (usually those i like) are mind-benders, psychodramas, twisted, surreal, "artsy-fartsy" ha :)

    -What films should absolutely get the remake treatment?

    *blinks* excuse my blinking while i think. *more blinking* absolutely get the remake treatment? ABSOLUTELY? lol oh, i've got one! (or three)

    the STAR WARS PREQUELS. and make 'em Rated R and none of that PG-13 bizness. at least the last one, Revenge of the Sith.

    *harlem shuffles to the the right, rinse and repeat*

    Great question! Befuddling though seeing as how I'm against remakes for the most part... Still...

    don't know if i'll be available for the podcast. and i had my balloons and party hat and glitter and disco ball all ready for the celebrations!

    still, can't wait to hear the discussion (at a later time, of course).

    Carey, don't go away! Come back! :-) Take care y'all.

  • CareyCarey | July 27, 2011 4:13 AMReply

    @ Tambay,

    Shakin' it over here boss. I, I, Captian. I's be giving it a fuckin' rest. Your wish is my command. **BIG ASS SMILE**

    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy" ~ MLK

    **Carey is seen picking up his litter and bowing out. It was good while it lastest. He had a year of fun and met some good people and pissed off hundreds**

    Much success

  • bohemian_princess | July 27, 2011 3:44 AMReply

    I like it best when you feature the interviews as a separate podcast like the Tracy Edmonds interview. I much rather hear you all speak but that's just my two cents.

  • tambay | July 27, 2011 2:38 AMReply

    @ Carey - give it a fucking rest already!

    Your retorts (both the direct and indirect, whether posted as yourself or anonymously, on this site, or sent via email) regarding the podcasts are just plain old and tired.

    If you don't like what you hear, here's a tip: don't listen! Keep it moving as they say. Nothing's going to change just because Carey requests that it should. Follow JMac's lead and "skip this one," if you'd like; skip them all even if you have to.

    But stop littering the comments section.

  • CareyCarey | July 27, 2011 2:18 AMReply

    Respect? The question were valid and respectful. What did you read, Richard? One person said they would skip this podcast (which is their right), It's obvious that their past offerings were not her cup of tea, and therefore, she wasn't interested in what they had to say. And the other comment was simply suggesting a line of questions

    However, the following defense might have some people STH's and asking..... AND???....

    You said: "Let’s also not forget that there are so few roles for African Americans in this industry and at least Melee is helping people find jobs"

    There are jobs at Mc Donalds and the hoe stroll... and...

    And yeah, lets see what they have to say, I wouldn't miss it for the world. I mean, I've listened to them all so why stop now. It's a party baby, and everyone is invited. So BYOB and pass it around. But be respectful *smile*.

    "when you laugh the world laughs with you, when you cry you cry alone - we all laugh and we all cry but we laugh with are friends and we cry on are own"

    Seriously, how do you spell respect. I know you have to give some to get some.

  • Richard | July 26, 2011 12:49 PMReply

    Let's show some respect, these guys have not even spoke yet and the haters are out. I also know they are doing a drama called "The Undershepherd" which I hear is an important film for our community. Let's also not forget that there are so few roles for African Americans in this industry and at least Melee is helping people find jobs.

  • James Madison | July 26, 2011 12:00 PMReply

    The last show until Sept. Zoinks!!!!

    I'll be tuning in!

  • Anonymous-ly is me. | July 26, 2011 9:59 AMReply

    @ Cynthia,

    There's an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think, and, on top of that. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

  • Cynthia | July 26, 2011 6:59 AMReply

    Well Anonymous-ly aka "Carey"...I guess you have to listen to find out.

    Btw, "Friday" is a cult classic loved by many, including myself, and "You Got Served" was a popular teen hit film I've watched with my niece at least five times. Don't really get the shade but I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

  • Anonymous-ly | July 26, 2011 6:40 AMReply

    The readers of S & A has spent countless hours debating and arguing the merits/rewards, or lack there of, on movies such as The Help, Django Unchained, white savior movies, Tyler Perry products, and movies with black “positive” characters, and now you bring us special guests from Melee Entertainment, the company behind films like Next Day Air, Friday and You Got Served. Things that make you go Hmmmm

    I wonder if this will be a love fest, or an ego stroking event, or a way to pimp the readers of S & A? Will some of the inquiries directed to your guest contain hard hitting and pointed questions on their “obligations” to black audiences. Or will your special guest receive a special pass to promote their special products? Will the tone of the cast consist of “Sally Go Round The Roses... roses they can’t hurt you” or that of Rev Al Sharpton.... “lets talk the real turkey“, b/c enquiring minds want to know how they spell "success" and their definition of “quality”.

    If the latter is not true, hitch hike, hitch hike baby.

  • JMac | July 26, 2011 4:25 AMReply

    Next Day Air...
    You Got Served...

    Methinks I'll skip this one.

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