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Producer Datari Turner Says Audiences Will Be 'Pleasantly Surprised' By 'Lap Dance' + New Clip

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 26, 2013 1:48 PM
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"I think people would agree that I have pretty good taste and a strong track record in recent years with the indie films I've chosen to make. I believe "Lap Dance" is the greatest film ever made about the life of a stripper. People will be very entertained and pleasantly surprised."

Words from producer Datari Turner about one of a few upcoming films on his slate - Lap Dance.

As I recall, when Vanessa posted a first clip from the film, in the spring of this year, your reactions were mostly negative, and I'd say that Datari's comment above were to address your concerns - as well as those on any other site that shared the clip.

Recapping Vanessa's post... described as a modern-day Indecent ProposalLap Dance revolves around Monica (Ali Cobrin), an aspiring actress who "makes a pact with her fiance to take a job as an exotic dancer to care for her cancer-stricken father.

The film, which screened this summer at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, is directed by Gregory Carter, from a script by both Carter and Datari Turner, who also produced via his Datari Turner Productions, along with Gordon Bijelonic-Datari Turner Films and Imprint Entertainment.


The film's ensemble cast list includes: Mariel HemingwayJames RemarLynn WhitfieldOmari HardwickCarmen ElectraLisa RayeRobert HoffmanBriana EviganNia PeoplesDatari TurnerOmar GoodingKeith RobinsonLew TempleStacey DashObba BabatundeQuinton AaronK.D. AubertChristian KeyesWesley JonathanTerrell "T.O." Owens, Ron Jeremy, and Dennis White.

By the way, also on Turner's upcoming slate is a Garcelle Beauvais-starrer titled Loose - described as a coming-of-age drama, that Ty Hodges is directing, with Meagan Good also producing, and Dan Garcia exec producing.

Loose follows Grace, a young girl from a small town trying to figure out her purpose in life.

Beauvais plays Grace's single, and not-so-good mother, Lisa, who's described as an alcoholic, who repeatedly puts herself in abusive relationships, making them a priority over her own daughter.

The script for Loose was penned by Jacquin De Leon, with principal photography set to begin this fall.

Datari has released another clip from Lap Dance, which is embedded below (it's NSFW though):

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51 Comments

  • Dewayne Wayne | September 11, 2013 2:42 PMReply

    @ Nicole Williams,

    Yea I agree with your comment. Strippers have become the new music video girls

  • Nicole Williams | September 10, 2013 10:06 PMReply

    America is obsessed with Strippers

  • Ced | September 8, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    Can't Wait (Bart Scott Voice) lol

  • Iyanla Vanzant | September 7, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    Speak your mind when necessary, but do it with respect and in love

  • Quincy | September 7, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    Because he said it is the greatest movie ever made about the lives of strippers I want to see it

  • Allure | September 7, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Can't wait to see this one

  • Bradley | September 6, 2013 6:07 PMReply

    Hot!!!

  • Neyo Soul | September 5, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    Fresh

  • Eve | September 4, 2013 4:50 AMReply

    Love the trailer! Don't get why this is such a hot button topic. It's just entertainment everyone. Lol. This Nashoba character takes herself way to serious smh. It may not be for you boo and that should be okay without 50 different comments from you bashing. God Bless

  • Concerned | September 2, 2013 2:03 PMReply

    @Nashoba. I got your back. These clowns have no idea what good cinema is. Black cinema needs to do better, and stop playing that one note they've been playing for 20 years. There are more stories besides those from the hood, or shaking our booty, or clownin' it up. Doesn't have to be 'The Butler', but there's def room for something better the same degrading images of our people. And I get it, it may very well be uplifting at the end, but these same retreaded images are cliche and far too common representations of us.

  • CareyCarey | September 7, 2013 8:43 PM

    "If a person disagrees (POLITELY) with me, I ALWAYS ask myself: Is there any basis in truth to what they said? Perhaps you should step back and ask yourself that question on the things that you didn't agree with."

    Hello Mr. Nashoba,

    It matters not if a person is polite to me, I try to focus on the merits of their argument because over time I've learned, and thus I KNOW, my emotions will mislead me. Now, of course you make perfect sense...and I agree with most of what you've said.

    Starting with BET, I believe I am "slightly" *big smile* older than you, so I've also seen their "evolution". And, I agree, some of their productions were not, and are not, my cup of tea. However, my disagreement with your original comment is that it lacked of balance. You championed their alleged negative programing without championing the good they done for the black community, black artists in general and all the great memories they've given us. Just think, without BET there wouldn't be the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and The Godfather Of Soul, James Brown, on the same stage during the BET Awards. And who can forget Luther tearing down the house as he sung a tribute to Diane Warwick? And, other than Oprah, through their varied programming; movies, award shows, tributes, specials, diverse programs, etc, who highlights more black artists than BET? Granted, as the saying goes, different strokes for different folks, but BET has been there for many of us.

    All that to say, it's not wise to complain about the sour, without mentioning the sweet.
    So I guess I am also addressing my discontent with Marie and Concerned. As you pointed out, their concerns were valid, but as I said, they threw much of what the overwhelming majority of black folks find entertaining... under the bus, which I thought was not cool. That reminds me, you spoke of being fed up with the status quo as it concerns black people in entertainment... and some writers penchant for "low hanging fruit".

    Well, like my admiration for your writing and critical thinking skills, there are other S&A visitor who I copy and paste into what I call my wisdom file. The following is one that I will use as my response to your displeasure with today's status quo and that low hanging fruit.


    "Yeah I think I like Tyler Perry's life narrative much more than I actually like him (his public persona) and his art (film-making at least, his plays I dig shamelessly). I also take the side of Laura on the notion of calling his work "coonery." Quite honestly, I've never understood how that term ever applies to describing black humor for a predominantly BLACK audience. I think this concept of shame and humor has quite the complicated history in black entertainment on both the production and reception side of the equation. Many are ASHAMED of what we as black folk find funny because its so "VULGAR" and "LOW BROW." Eff that. I quite admire fanatical TP followers whose logic about why they like him steers far away from the intellectual pontification that "critical" film watchers give to describe and defend their film choices (i.e. present a case that shows that their tastes are "better than" and less shame-inducing than the taste of others). It's called taste for a reason--my flavor ain't always your flavor--and I'm not about to sit up here and defend why I like salty and not sweet." ~ Traci R.

  • Nashoba | September 4, 2013 9:12 PM

    @CareyCarey,

    I appreciate your compliments and your measured response, for as you can already attest...they are few and far between. As I explained in an earlier response below that you might have missed...I'm a guy, though I am aware of the connotations of my name and the thought-process it provokes.

    It sounds and looks African, and is possessed of a feminine aura...but it is the Chatha(Choctaw) Indian word for "wolf." I am black and Chahta, as well as Seminole...but culturally, I have always identified as black. Though it often causes confusion, I think it perfectly encapsulates the complexities of my ethnicity.

    I'm also glad to hear that you value "Eve's Bayou" as much as I...but I would like to clarify a few things in your post. As for my comments about BET, you are correct...I do not hold them in high regard, but, as with most things, there is more to the story. I remember when they started, how they were the antidote to the exclusionary practices of MTV.

    The videos that MTV would never deign to play, they often found a home on BET. In turn, this gave way to those same individuals making live appearances...often on "Video Soul" with Donnie Simpson. This was fine for a while, but BET realized that they needed to capture a more diverse and younger demographic just to stay afloat...so they came up with shows that appealed to several of those groups, such as "Caribbean Rhythms, " "Teen Summit," "Rap City,"and "BET Nightly News" to name a few.

    When those efforts were still rendering them a distant second to MTV, they were all jettisoned in favor of going all-out to appeal to an even younger demographic...which lead to the network embracing Hip-Hop almost completely, which led to the Hip-Hop Awards, "106th & Park"...and the infamous late-night uncensored rap videos which, ironically, led right into gospel programming.

    This period rendered them a pariah within the industry as a whole...the network's nadir, if you will--and even they seemed to acknowledge this by announcing a major overhaul in their lineup, which started with the removal of that controversial block of videos. Even after this announcement, little more was done but render them the black version of MTV...copying many of their reality shows, and rendering music all but invisible, save for an hour or two here and there, which appeals to only one demographic...even to this day.

    To provide further clarity to my overall point, search for a TJ Holmes article on Huffington Post about BET.

    If you go to their website right now, it looks like a giant advertisement for "The Game"...which is completely understandable--because it's not like there's anything more important going on within the black entertainment community other than a fictionalized dramedy about the lives of professional athletes. I mean, what black person would be interested in knowing that a BLACK FILM(The Butler) has been number 1 at the box office for a third straight week...which is unprecedented, given that it's not a comedy or action movie. "The Color Purple" didn't even achieve this feat...and it had Spielberg behind the camera.

    For a network that refers to itself as black entertainment television, you'd think they'd want to be the first to deliver such news...instead of Beyonce's birthday, Hampton University saying no to twerking, and Justin Bieber's denial of using the N-word. As for my gripe against today's music--I was merely bemoaning the fact that it appears to be squarely aimed at the 13-25 demographic, which apparently only listens to what passes for Hip-Hop these days(2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Chief Keef...REALLY?!)...or artists that are directly influenced by it.

    "Lap Dance" might as well be the new name for R&B as we know it today...because many of the songs in the genre are overwhelmingly about sexual escapades--Body Party...Kisses Down Low...How Many Drinks?, etc. The charts are dominated with artists performing such songs, while the artists who sing passionately about meaningful relationships and interests outside the bedroom practically require a SEANCE to find them.

    And while I can't speak entirely for Marie and Concerned, I think you do them a disservice in not looking at the larger narrative present in their comments--they are fed up with the status quo as it concerns black people in entertainment. As an example of what I mean, everyone knows about "Think Like A Man" and Tyler Perry films...but how many know about "Medicine For Melancholy," or the works of Steve McQueen and Ava DuVernay?

    Let's look at the quixotic career of Persia White. Black people know her from her stint on "Girlfriends"...but how many know that she's also a musician with a very good Alternative album, and that her ex-husband, Saul Williams, is also an acclaimed actor, musician, and perhaps the greatest spoken-word artist of all-time(See his "Ohm" performance on YouTube)?

    For every Rihanna, there's an Emeli Sandé; for every Chris Brown, there's an Aloe Blacc; for every Miguel, there's a Toro y Moi--and so it goes. These black/biracial artists get NO PLAY on Urban radio stations, few mentions on Urban websites...and no play on BET. The irony is, all of the artists I just named can fill moderate to massive venues with their fans...but those fans will not look like them--and that is the argument at the heart of what Marie and Concerned were speaking of: we need to step outside of our comfort zone.

    I am still young enough to have an understanding of what drives today's youth culture, but I have also seen enough winters to know that it is comprised primarily of low-hanging fruit. By understanding the nuances of a film like "Eve's Bayou," you clearly understand that black people are not some monolithic entity. But in the same respect, it is perplexing that you would chide individuals for pointing out the rather obsequious nature of what passes for entertainment in our community these days.

    If a person disagrees(POLITELY) with me, I ALWAYS ask myself: Is there any basis in truth to what they said? Perhaps you should step back and ask yourself that question on the things that you didn't agree with.

  • CareyCarey | September 4, 2013 11:04 AM

    I don't have a dog in this fight so I was sitting enjoying the entertainment. Nashoba did draw my attention because of her excellent writing skills, quick-wit and funny responses, however some of her responses made me pause. On the other hand, her "challengers" were a little too ghetto for me. Don't get me wrong, I was born and raised in the brier patch... some of my best memories are from the hood, but, you know, there's a season for every reason and this discussion was not the place for that ghetto pace.

    Again, I was in Nashoba's corner (one of my favorite movies of all time is also Eva's Bayou) but when see implied BET was the scourge of black entertainment, I had to fall back. I mean, who can argue against the fact that over the years BET have presented some of the best black programming on TV? So it's unfair and mighty short-sighted to throw the negative blanket over them.

    Anyway, I was still riding with Nashoba's position until Marie and Concerned showed up. How could I take that group seriously when they disparge "today's music" (whatever that means) --> "And don't get me started on today's music!" says Nashoba. " yeah girl, I don't listen to hip-hop" says Maria. And then, to make matters worse, they dropped the trite and untrue argument that puts black cinema in one tight box. Check it out, how many times have we heard this silly argument ----> " Black cinema needs to do better, and stop playing that one note they've been playing for 20 years. There are more stories besides those from the hood, or shaking our booty, or clownin' it up".



    Anyway, I'm lost, who's behind those Foster Grants, they don't listen to music, don't do TV and are offended by the bodies of naked women? And lord forgive them if they ever bow to temptation and watch "42" or Red Tails or crime cinema or The Butler or a Tyler Perry film.

    Speaking of negative blankets, the following caught my eye --> "Bottom line: we can't take someone seriously when they compare Hitchcock to...urban cinema"

    Excuse me, Hitchcock's films were packed with murder, gun play and scandalous women. So Datari is justified in drawing strength and inspiration from his works.

    Oh well, such are the ways of S&A.

  • Nashoba | September 4, 2013 2:30 AM

    @Concerned,

    Thanks for being another brave soul who decided to wade into some rather murky waters here. It's likely the same Uncle Tom Ruckus posting all of these "sponsor-supported" responses, but if it isn't...our problems have just increased exponentially.

    Given their zeal at defending Datari's unfortunate oeuvre, perhaps this individual(s) is starring in his next "blockbuster"..."Lap Dog." Here's what we're up against: If you or I happened across a bag of coke and a gun...we'd turn it over to the police. The individuals posting all the negative remarks here would look upon those items as employment opportunities--or the genesis for a new BET-movie-of-the-week.

  • BluTopaz | September 2, 2013 3:48 PM

    Bottom line: we can't take someone seriously when they compare Hitchcock to...urban cinema.

  • Amerie | August 29, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    Sexy!!!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 28, 2013 9:52 AMReply

    "You can see her dance inside!" -- Diamond

  • Lane Kiffin | August 28, 2013 2:17 AMReply

    I'm lovin it (McDonald's Commercial Voice)

  • Son of Noah | August 27, 2013 9:54 PMReply

    Nice Teaser when is this coming out?

  • Stone Cold Steve Austin | August 27, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    Is that Briana Evigan from Step Up. Didn't know she was working with all that back there geez

  • Paula S | August 27, 2013 7:05 AMReply

    Fine Azz Girls

  • I Rock Tom Ford | August 27, 2013 5:07 AMReply

    Now that is a sexy azz teaser!!! Whoa

  • Um No | August 27, 2013 3:57 AMReply

    I see those (or one person with many monikers) connected with the film are here to defend this 10 pounds of shit in a five pound bag.

    That's really a new tactic on this blog. Wow, we never seen that before. lol

  • Nashoba | August 27, 2013 8:02 PM

    LOL!! Okay?!?! We truly will support anything these days...as long as it comes with, or promises, a big ol' azz. Truly pathetic. And when you try to get them to appreciate a black film that doesn't take place in the hood, isn't about "the struggle", has NO rap music in the soundtrack, and no drug dealers--"it's just some ol' borin' ass shit, man!"

  • floyd S | August 26, 2013 10:30 PMReply

    Making me want to go to a strip club loool K.O.D

  • Roy the pizza guy | August 26, 2013 10:28 PMReply

    Anyone who says this doesn't look extremely sexy is a hater foreal.

  • Debo the great | August 26, 2013 10:24 PMReply

    It not about what the critics say its all about popular culture. Magic Mike grossed over a 100 mill at the box office. This will probably make a lot of $$$ I'm just being honest. It looks very intriguing I must say

  • Debo the great | August 26, 2013 10:24 PMReply

    It not about what the critics say its all about popular culture. Magic Mike grossed over a 100 mill at the box office. This will probably make a lot of $$$ I'm just being honest. It looks very intriguing I must say

  • Kobe Dean | August 26, 2013 10:17 PMReply

    I want to see this!

  • Kelly Ro | August 26, 2013 9:43 PMReply

    Very Sexy

  • Miles Ellison | August 26, 2013 9:41 PMReply

    "The greatest film made about the life of a stripper?" Really? This needs a different title. Indecent PropHOsal comes to mind.

  • sandra | August 26, 2013 9:19 PMReply

    I'm not amused. Sad to say it, but this makes TP movies seem like masterpiece theatre.

  • Nashoba | August 26, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    "I think people would agree that I have pretty good taste..."

    Says the guy who brought us The Ultimate Hustler, I Married A Baller, LisaRaye: The Real McCoy, the cringe-worthy Dysfunctional Friends, and the how-to-guide-to-eventually-become-a-stripper film, Video Girl...starring everyone's favorite Christian actress/wanna-be stripper, Meagan Good.

    This guy always talks with such reverence about Hitchcock, Spielberg, Scorsese, Jerry Bruckheimer, and his desire to provide black actors and audiences with that level of talent... which is absolutely commendable. But...how exactly does that suddenly mutate into films like Video Girl and Lap Dance, whose titles alone are laughable--and contain some of the worst acting performances by the "iconic" black actors he chooses to hire?

    How does one watch Vertigo...and then you sit down and write Video Girl? How do you model yourself after the most iconic names in Hollywood history, but your releases go straight to DVD--or worse, BET? To borrow a title from one of my favorite Prince songs...Something In The Water(Does Not Compute).

  • Ghost Rider | August 29, 2013 5:45 AM

    Nashoba you somebodies n*gga cause you wearing that n*gga tie.

    You using all these big words and I don't know what they mean so Ima take'em as disrespect!
    Watcha mouth and help me with the sale!! (Kevin Hart Voice)

  • Like WAAAT | August 29, 2013 5:40 AM

    @Nashoba,

    So your favorite movie is Eve's Bayou yet you talk sh*t about Meagan Good who was actually in that film and was incredible in it. You have an hour worth of time every night to write full novels on here critiquing other peoples work and you "Claim" your a screenwriter yet have no work of your own. Btw and fyi fancying yourself as a film snob aka bootleg film critic writing on blogs every night is not screenwriting. Your what's wrong with the country. All talk. No doing. I totally agree with a comment made about you below. Your the true definition of a Monday Morning Quarterback. If you don't know what that means look it up. Have several seats because your a clown!

  • Nashoba | August 29, 2013 1:29 AM

    @Marie,

    Thank you for being a mighty tree in a seemingly barren wasteland. There was a time when our people imagined the sky not being beyond their reach to curtail their aspirations--now, it seems the space beneath our feet is the glass ceiling...and we are hellbent on hurtling through it.

    Given the significance of the anniversary of Dr. King's speech, it is rather ironic that he spoke longingly about Progressivism...and when you look at us today, 50 years later...we are the most regressive race in the country. I've never seen such vigor with being a bottom-dweller. It reminds me of the criticism leveled at the "Cosby Show" at it's inception...that having a doctor, a lawyer, and well-adjusted, articulate children in a family wasn't "realistic"...only this time, it's even more hyper-realized.

    I've NEVER seen a Tyler Perry film, I'm one of the very few who has never seen "The Wire" or "The Game"; I had little interest in seeing "Red Tails," "42," or "The Butler"...especially after begrudgingly seeing "The Help"...and I tend to stay FAR away from most TV shows or movies with a predominately black cast, unless my research has shown it merits my attention. And don't get me started on today's music!

    I don't frequent any of the above for the same reason--they wallow in their warped perception of blackness...wearing it like a shield of armor. One of my favorite movies of all-time, and definitely my favorite black film, is "Eve's Bayou." I champion it because it boldly decided to do what seemed IMPOSSIBLE, especially today: it was an entirely black cast on a film set during the tumultuous 60's in Louisiana...and NEVER uttered a single thing about racism--nothing. They were not a black family...just a family that happened to be black. The parts could have been played by any race...and that was the beauty of it.

    We act as if science fiction, horror, and other genres are beyond our reasoning when it comes to making a film...yet we pay exorbitant amounts of money to watch others do it. I will NEVER understand how black directors and producers see this, and when it comes time to completely finance, direct, and shoot their own movies...we get "Lap Dance," "Madea," the SAME church movie ad nauseum...and the ever-popular "hood" comedies and dramas. I just don't get it...and I'm glad to meet someone else who's just as perplexed.

  • Marie | August 28, 2013 10:09 AM

    Totally with you, Nashoba. Racial loyalty had its place. We as a people have come a long way since then and now it's time we stepped up our game. I've always found it curious that we expect our athletes to be the best and to perform at a consistently high level. Why don't we demand the same of our entertainers? What in the world is this black people (male?) fascination with STRIPPERS?! Is that the best we can do? I adamantly refuse to support any black person in any way whose values and aesthetic are not aligned with mine. I don't listen to hip-hop, I don't go to Tyler Perry movies in the theater, I don't watch Oprah's tv shows and I'm not watching anything that has to do with strippers. Despite being "black," they simply don't appeal to me and my sensibility so they don't get my time and money. I'll save that for the black artists who are actually putting in the creative sweat to provide me with a transcendent experience. Everything else is a waste of time.

  • Princess Leah | August 28, 2013 6:39 AM

    Nashoba you my friend are a clown

  • We Want Eazy! | August 28, 2013 5:48 AM

    @Nashoba
    Oh you the smarty art ninja huh... you the smarty art ninja... Let me ask ya this... Let me ask ya this... Can ya kick my azz???

    Keep on using all them big words. This ninja trying so hard to sound educated but sound like he just got out of jail. LMFAO

  • Lady of Rage | August 28, 2013 4:24 AM

    @Nashoba

    Just wrote a full novel worth of comments about someone who's actually doing it instead of talking about it. Girl Bye

  • Def Jam Fo Life | August 28, 2013 2:15 AM

    @Nashoba

    Sound like a monday morning quarterback loool. Over hear trying to play quarterback from the sideline I can't LOL. Screenwriter huh??? What movie have you written that has been made? Since you have the most repeat comments on here please share with the class... We're waiting to here... No movie made = your not really a screenwriter. Waiter or Waitress perhaps? Don't be mad UPS is hiring (Biggie Voice)

  • NASHOBA | August 27, 2013 11:05 PM

    @Ill Will,

    I'm a GUY, black, Choctaw and Seminole Indian...and my name means "Wolf" in the Chahta(Choctaw) language. You accuse the black community of tearing down its own, but your post CLEARLY exhibits that you've yet to grasp the paradoxical nature of those words--seeing as you're stepping up to defend a film about a strip club...run by black people, with several black employees...and co-produced by a black man.

    Clearly, a film such as this, despite a PANOPLY of different subjects to choose from, is certainly meant to uplift the race, right? Surely, the sight of a naked black woman on film spreading her ass while her "brothas" "make it rain" on her will instantly dispel centuries of black women being labeled as over-sexed and under-educated, right?

    And your post is like a Master's thesis in typical internet responses:

    "You're a hater." Check.
    "Where's your ____? ;What have you done...? Check.
    "Always tryna bring a brotha down!" Check.
    "God don't like ugly!" Check.

    So, by your astute logic...because you share a bit of melanin with someone...that precludes you from ever criticizing them about something you don't like? Maybe I should mention that to white people...because we certainly share quite a bit of their complexions. Maybe that'll stop the republicans from labeling black people as "takers."
    And I'd REALLY like to know...how does one speak confidently of what rewards God hands down--on a post titled "Lap Dance?" LOL!! Man...ya'll love ya'll some Jesus at some STRANGE damn times! You must be one of those Meagan Good Christians. LOL!!

    In all seriousness, I happen to be a writer/screenwriter...and when I give a cursory list of my idols(J.D. Salinger, Shakespeare, Vladimir Nabokov, Malcolm X, etc.,), their influence tends to show up rather fervently in my works--unlike those championed by Mr. Turner.
    Much like Kendrick Lamar just did with his "Control" verse, challenging rappers to raise the bar...that is what I expect from black producers, writers, and directors--every time, without exception.
    You can't lower the bar much more than wasting talent and resources on films named "Lap Dance" and "Video Girl." In case you haven't ascertained this by now, I have a DEEP appreciation for the cerebral--and Datari's black projects are primarily the antithesis of that.

    As for your little aside about Hitchcock...it was pretty laughable. Nobody appreciated him, huh? Guess that's why he had a little TV show that ran for TEN YEARS...as long as "Friends" and "Seinfeld," and has, arguably, the most famous intro in TV history. Nice try, though

    As for your last line: " I've never seen a hater actually doing well in life hilarious but true"

    Spend a lot of time videoing yourself in the mirror, do you? A self-fulfilling prophecy, indeed.

  • Ill Will | August 27, 2013 5:00 AM

    @Nashoba,

    Damn ma you going real hard on dude. The Black community loves to tear down it's own I swear. At least the young dude is making movies. I actually like that show I Married a Baller. It was a positive show about a REAL a athlete wife Taj George married to a REAL Athlete Eddie George lol. Not ratchet at all like basketball wives where no one is even married smh. I remember the dude saying the network wouldn't even bring the show back because it was positive and had no drama. I guess no good deed goes unpunished. Someone will obviously always hate on you. Where are your movies at? What films have you made? Ask yourself what are you doing with your life? It's real easy to sit behind a computer and be a hater and tear a man or woman down especially one with the same color skin as yours assuming your Black by the name and your love for BET. Did this dude not read your script or not hire you or something??? Lmao. He's not even 35 years old yet. All the people you named most hadn't even made one film by the time they were 35. And nobody even appreciated Hitchcock while he was alive. He died depressed (I'm sure he's glad he didn't live in the internet age) Vertigo flopped at the boxoffice and was panned by critics when it came out. 50 years later now its a classic. The guy keeps getting the opportunity to make movies so obviously he's doing something right. Your stupid if you think you only make money in hollywood by boxoffice gross. He probably makes films for 1 million and sells them for 5 million who knows. Just stop the hate. Especially on people who are doing a lot better then you are loool. Always remember God doesn't bless haters. I've never seen a hater actually doing well in life hilarious but true

  • Nashoba | August 27, 2013 3:49 AM

    @Chase The Critic,

    Interesting moniker...considering the paint job you're trying to give to all the LEMONS you just listed, which ALL have low scores on IMDb...and COLLECTIVELY, they didn't even amass ONE MILLION DOLLARS at the box office. I don't need more people, Chase...but his movies certainly do. LOL!!

    And yes, Video Girl did indeed have a great message...if you're fed up with wearing painted-on clothes, doing truckloads of coke, and surviving rape attempts, by all means...get thee to Jesus. Unfortunately, it occurred in the last 3 minutes of the film...which meant you had to inhale the laughing gas that choked you for the first 92 minutes before you could exhale.

    And could you try to be a little less disingenuous with the words "acclaimed", "award-winning", and especially "producer"...seeing that there are LITERALLY 20 or more "producers" on nearly all of his films. And seeing that all of them are generally WELL UNDER $5 million to produce, a contribution of a couple hundred bucks gets you a producer credit too.

    And "About Cherry" was nothing more than a clumsy derivative ripoff of the far superior "This Girl's Life." You boast that there is a veritable FEAST of awards and big stars...but the box office receipts and viewer ratings CLEARLY say FAMINE.

  • Chase the Critic | August 26, 2013 10:15 PM

    Datari also produced the Sundance Award Winning Film "Another Happy Day" staring Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin Ellen Burstyn. The Sundance Film "LUV" staring Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, The Award winning indie "It's a Disaster" staring Julia Stiles and America Ferrera. "About Cherry" staring James Franco and list of other acclaimed indie films with big stars. As the great Jay-Z would say. Do you listen to the lyrics or do u just skim through it. You need way more people Nashoba. And Video Girl had a great message by the way.

  • Man-Over-Board | August 26, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    "Greatest film ever made about the life of a stripper"? This look like it might actually be the worst film ever made!

  • Zachary | August 27, 2013 12:34 AM

    As long as all the listed ensemble show their tits at some point, then it's the "Greatest film ever made about the life of a stripper" in my book. Surprised to see Briana Evigan among the cast. It would be nice to see titty action from her. Great dancer. Always thought she would be perfect in a movie like this : )

  • CareyCarey | August 26, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    GOOD GOLLY Miss Molly... gurrrrrl, you sho know what to do with that thang!

    Who said Oprah didn't have competition? I know, I know, Terrence Howard praised Oprah's big ol' titties and I'm inclined to agree with him, but Datari sho nuff has Oscar bait on his hands. I wonder if Sergio has plans to screen this silent film at BHC, Chicago?

  • sergio | August 26, 2013 2:18 PMReply

    After watching the trailer now all of a sudden now I'm really interested in seeing it.


    I can't figure out why

  • Darkan | August 26, 2013 2:13 PMReply

    It looks like a porno. Lynn!!! Why? You're one of our best. You're better than this. Lisa Raye I get but damn. Wow is definitely the word Don P.

  • Don P TV | August 26, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    All I have to say is WOW

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