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Review: Personality & Buoyant Child Performances Sustain Flawed 'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 22, 2013 8:08 PM
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“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” opens with a compression of plight so packed it might set a record. When we first meet Mister (Skylan Brooks), a 14-year-old boy living with his drug-addled mother (Jennifer Hudson) in a squalid apartment, he's flunked out of eight grade, been denied groceries on his mom's welfare card, and had to confront her desperate prostitution done in order to pay for their next meal. These events unfold back-to-back with a convincing depiction of their clichéd truths; but what “Notorious” director George Tillman Jr. and screenwriter Michael Starrbury paint as compelling context for their ensuing tale of two ambitious kids — stranded in New York over a scorching summer — reads instead as a meandering emotional barrage of hardship, however deepened by a pair of lively performances at its core.

Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks & Jennifer Husdon To Discover 'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2012 5:22 PM
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It's been seven years since Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright rubbed elbows in "The Manchurian Candidate" remake, and any reason to bring these fave actors of ours back together is something we'll pay attention to. And lo and behold, an indie film has started shooting today pairing them up, along with a couple of rising singers-turned-actresses.

'Sparkle' Soundtrack Features Cee Lo, Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2012 1:50 PM
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Led by "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks with an the ensemble cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and the late Whitney Houston in a music heavy remake of the 1976 film of the same name, you can bet the filmmakers behind this are hoping the same audience that turned "Think Like A Man" into a sleeper hit show up for this next month. And it certainly won't hurt having a start studded soundtrack.

Watch: Full Trailer For 'Sparkle' Remake Featuring The Late Whitney Houston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2012 1:28 PM
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As they things tend to go, Whitney Houston's tragic death earlier this year has given the otherwise under-the-radar "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 movie, an extra bit of shine. Following a brief preview this morning on "Today" followed by a brainshattering discussion about it with Kathie Lee Gifford and Pat O'Brien, the whole thing has now landed at Yahoo.

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