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Watch Episode 1 Of New Web Series "Eighty-Six" (Exposing The Dark Side Of Entertainment Industry Success)

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 12, 2011 5:47 PM
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It's been a little while since I gave you folks a new web series to watch, think about and comment on.

Well, get ready, 'cause I'll be unloading a few more all this week... starting with this one...

From Outside the Block Entertainment comes a dramatic web/television series titled Eighty-Six, starring Francesca J. Gailes, Coley Mustafa Speaks, and Adam Starks.

The backstory:

When singing sensation TWEETY-LA (Cherub Moore) is found dead on the eve of signing a contract with a new label, ALEXANDER MAC (Starks), MAXINE CASEY (Gailes), and JAXON CASEY (Speaks) - the three-headed monstrosity forming Casey.Mac Entertainment - are suspected of her murder. As lies beget more lies, the empire of Casey.Mac begins to buckle under the pressure of the investigation and their own personal vices - jeopardizing everything they have worked for. The series also stars Blair Sharné as L.A.P.D. DETECTIVE MICHELLE FOURNIER who wants nothing more than to find the killer (or does she?) and David Hunter Jr. as Casey.Mac Entertainment’s main rival, ROMAN P. JONES.

Writers/producers Gailes and Starks describe Eighty-Six as a "high concept drama exposing the underbelly of success within the entertainment industry." 

Here's episode 1, directed by J. L. Walters:

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  • bondgirl | December 15, 2011 12:50 PMReply

    I love this series! Unless I have missed others, I would say this is the best production of a web series this year in terms of story, sound, visuals, and acting. Didn't appreciate the post-prod graphics when Tweety was on the phone; it took away from the realism. From what I can see, the only ripoff is from the film The Player (not to be confused with How to be a Player). If they did what they're being accused of, take them to court and make 'em bleed. If they didn't, I hope you can be honest enough to come back on this site and atone. To a group of screenwriters, the only thing hated more than a plagarist is a gutless, unapologetic libelist.

  • CareyCarey | December 16, 2011 1:24 PM

    I'm Ms. Tony Montana! You fuck with me, you fuckin' with the best! You wanna fuck with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!

  • CareyCarey | December 16, 2011 1:13 PM

    Carey said: OH NO Miss TONY MONTANA! Why you wanna go and do something like that?!!! Miss Montana in "Scarface voice": "Cus you all a bunch of fuckin' assholes. You know why? You don't have the guts to be what you wanna be? You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin' fingers and say, "That's the bad guy." So... what that make you? Good? You're not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie" *smirk*

  • bondgirl | December 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    Carey, I'm reloading!*Scarface voice* LOL

  • CareyCarey | December 15, 2011 1:18 PM

    BONDGIRL!!! You've come back from exile! :-) I'll tell you something right now, YOU'VE BEEN MISSED. Listen, NObody -- Dain't nobody -- do it like you. And, although this series didn't instantly grab me, I agree with your overall assessment, i.e, "story, sound, visuals, and acting. Didn't appreciate the post-prod graphics when Tweety was on the phone". Yelp, that *Mute* thang was "odd".

  • Xi | December 15, 2011 10:23 AMReply

    This was a great effort. Sure there were a few aspects that threw me (mainly some of the acting), but overall, I was genuinely entertained. I love that the blocking is very intentional, and I really enjoyed the soundtrack and the post additions that helped move the story along. And honestly, the acting isn't terrible; I'm actually excited to see the actors grow as the series moves forward. Can't wait to see the next installment!

  • WEIGHING IN.. | December 13, 2011 10:01 PMReply

    Can someone at least tell me who killed that fine lady? I think it was Max. But that's just me.

  • B.C. | December 13, 2011 10:35 PM

    I don't think she's dead. I think they're trying to throw us off.

  • B.C. | December 13, 2011 9:56 PMReply

    Let's just wait. Because I work in academia, I'm hypersensitive to words like "plagiarize" and "ripp off" so I don't take the usage of those words lightly. For everyone's sake, I sincerely hope this isn't the case.

  • WEIGHING IN.. | December 13, 2011 10:22 PM

    Wait a second...I though you said it was a script being shopped around, not an actual filmed pilot. So are you saying they saw the pilot you filmed? Do they work for a network or agency or something? Who are these kids? How come I haven't heard of them before?

  • MARVIN SMITH | December 13, 2011 10:13 PM

    Our attorneys don't take "plagiarize" lightly either, B.C. Actually, it was the director of the pilot who noticed it first. All of the project's principals are now aware. We're all watching from both coasts.

  • MARVIN SMITH | December 13, 2011 9:33 PMReply

    No, B.C. that would provide them with enough time to make changes. We've been damaged enough. If you like I can email the script to you while their second episode airs if we notice any additional similarities.

  • D Johnson | January 31, 2012 12:57 PM

    Good morning, Mr. Smith. My name is Dannon i was the DP on the web series eighty-six. i was reading reviews on the show around the web and i came across your comments. i am concerned about your observations and would like to see the comparisons in the two projects. . . i know you posted this over a month ago but if you would be so kind to guide me to or forward me something of which i can compare the two. This young brother and sister are really good writers i think and I'm under the impression they are pretty honest. anyway, sir if there is a chance we can corespond on this matter i think a tremendous cloud would be lifted. . . our writing, our creations come from our hearts which is our souls. . . stealing that from anyone in any way is not just illegal its immoral. Thanks for your time. . .

  • CareyCarey | December 13, 2011 10:08 PM

    LAWYERS!!! PLAGIARISM??!! Drama with a capitol "D". I guess any publicity is good publicity - huh? I mean Marvin, I don't know how much money your have for lawyers to handle a plagiarism case, nor your goal, but I can safely assume that you can't get water from a rock. How much money do you believe is in the coffers of this production team? I don't know either, however, I can safely assume the producers personal money is not tied to their production company, so what rewards are you looking for? And tell me, tell me that you just happened to drop by S & A and noticed that this web-series was JUST LIKE YOURS? I'll tell ya, something smells a little rotten in the old wood shed - to me. Game game game I say. Things that make you go Uuuuum???

  • MARVIN SMITH | December 13, 2011 8:58 PMReply

    Tell you what . . . just for the sake of argument I'll wait for the next episode. If there's any further similarities I'll gladly email any of you a PDF of the entire script so you can see for yourselves. By the way, the lawyers will be watching, too. They also have copies.

  • B.C. | December 13, 2011 9:18 PM

    Fair enough; we'll wait and see. But, could you at least give us a little spoiler? I'm actually interested in seeing where the story goes.

  • Marvin Smith | December 13, 2011 8:26 PMReply

    I've got the script right in front of me. Way too many similarities for a coincidence.

  • B.C. | December 13, 2011 9:01 PM

    Oh, so is this YOUR script you're referring to? If not, "Weighing In" may have a point. Perhaps you were sent this by someone they gave the script to. Otherwise, how can both of you have identical scripts? Again, how can you say it was ripped off when we've only seen the first 5 minutes? At least tell us what happens next and then we can compare it to their upcoming episodes.

  • Marvin Smith | December 13, 2011 7:31 PMReply

    This is plagiarized rip off of an existing pilot script circulated to various agencies early this year. Completely shameful.

  • WEIGHING IN.. | December 13, 2011 8:16 PM

    Wow, I just wanted to check back up on this to see what others were saying. Marvin...that is pretty messed up. Looking at the show, I don't think they have the money to risk plagiarizing anyone. Don't be a crab in the bucket if you're mad at someone or maybe a rival (should there even be rivals for a webseries?). They must be doing something right if people are already screaming plagiarism. B.C. has a point can you tell anything after 5 minutes? And since B.C. challenged you, I think we would all like to know your response. I wonder if the writers shopped the idea around before they decided to film it. Could that be what you're talking about?

  • B.C. | December 13, 2011 7:55 PM

    Marvin, I think you're jumping the gun a bit. How can you say it's a ripoff when you've only seen the first 5 minutes?? You don't even know where the story is headed! Also, you shouldn't throw around words like "plagiarized" if you've only gotten a snippet of what the show is about. And if you do know where the story is headed, I challenge you to enlighten us. I actually thought it was pretty good. It doesn't portray African Americans in the typical ways mainstream media does. As a working professional who is desperate to find something interesting to watch on television, I can really appreciate that. I'm very interested in seeing more. I wish these young people much success.

  • R. Wallace | December 13, 2011 5:51 PMReply

    Interesting. There are some minor things that missed the mark, BUT, isn't that like most shows or movies? No show will ever make everyone happy, but like Akimbo said, at least it's not another sappy girlfriends romantic drama rip off. It's too early to tell where the show is going, but the type of drama they seem to be selling is something the black community should get behind. Why? Because it's different. It's not a knee slapper or ghetto-rific or church-ified or Tyler-fied (yes...I said it) or anything else black actors (except for a chosen few) get stuck in.

    If I were the producers and cast, I would look at this as a learning experience and build on it. If they do, they have an audience.

    I also agree with Traci...I hope they bring Tweety (funny name because she is hi back.

  • Traci R. | December 13, 2011 4:30 PMReply

    Oh snaps they killed off the best actor of the group! I hope this show is told in flashbacks and we get to see her again. I agree with Artbizzy...thanking de Lawd for the indepedent online mediamaking industry!

  • CareyCarey | December 13, 2011 4:24 PMReply

    First, the good: The actors Starks (Alexander) and Cherub Moore (Tweety-LA). Now, the actor that I believe was over the top was Francesca Gailes, who's also one of the writers, which could cause concerns in the future. However, I believe the writing was cool. The actor who needs loads of work is Mr Speaks (JAXON). I mean, I don't know if he was suppose exude campiness, nevertheless he appeared simply as an actor who was trying too hard to "act". All in all I would give the production a strong "B". But listen, I know this is a web series, however, I think the producers have to understand that with any form of entertainment, I believe one of the first goals should be related to GRABBING THE VIEWER! Give me something that's going to make me WANT to set my alarm clock and put a check mark on my calender. Look, there's a load of people, places and thangs that are honking, buying, stroking and begging for my time, so the begging question is "why YOU, what's so special and different about YOUR product and what are you offering that's going to compel me stop my day and turn my head"?

  • M. Rice | December 13, 2011 3:31 PMReply

    The production value was really poor and the acting was bad. Also the entire episode had no substance, not sure I'd want to see that again... but nice effort.

  • Kia | December 13, 2011 10:29 AMReply

    I like the soundtrack.

  • Nia | December 13, 2011 9:45 AMReply

    It was a bit overacted at times, but got the point across nicely. I think it's well shot. I would love to see more. I hope you post updates.

  • Akimbo | December 13, 2011 1:02 AMReply

    I liked it, was intrigued, and was glad someone killed that ungrateful-assed Tweety-la! Will watch again. Always glad to see people step outside of the Sex and the City/Girlfriends/relationship drama mold when it comes to web series.

  • artbizzy | December 12, 2011 10:35 PMReply

    Very interesting. Suspenseful and campy in a good way (the wayI like thrillers to be) though it has a nice polish. My first thought when I saw the heading for this was "oh no not another web series about the entertainment industry" but I like the thriller spin you put on it. I will definitely look out for more of these. Can I just take a moment to say, Thank you, God for web series in general. They restore my faith in independent TV and cinema and I loooove seeing more black people onscreen.

  • J. Jones | December 12, 2011 9:10 PMReply

    Like what I see. Will definitely add to my must watch list.

  • picky picky | December 12, 2011 6:13 PMReply

    eeerrrrrg! sound!

  • Pierre | December 14, 2011 5:49 PM

    What does five minutes have to do with it even a 30 or 60 second clip can be a rip off, I say leave it to the lawers to deal with and say no more to the audience,enough said.

  • Weighing in.. | December 12, 2011 7:47 PM

    Nice visuals. The sound...actually...not bad for a webseries. Definitely have heard worst. Good start to what could be a promising series.

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