Let’s start with the debut of the Season Six trailer of Racialicious fave, True Blood. There are times when I can’t remember whether or not I actually genuinely like this show anymore, but this does a pretty good job of getting me hyped for the new season (and the new roundtable) which airs on HBO, June 16th.
And In Other HBO News…The Rock and Mark Wahlberg must have had an awesome time filming Pain and Gain, because they’re headed back to Miami for HBO. Wahlberg will produce, and Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Rundown, Hancock) and The Rock will star in (and produce) a pilot about the lives of retired athletes living in Miami. Wahlberg’s found success on HBO in the past with Boardwalk Empire and Entourage, Berg’s Friday Night Lights was a critical darling on NBC, and he and The Rock have worked together successfully before. On paper this has all the makings of an entertaining project.
Fantastic Four Reboot…We got two F4 reboot rumors this week, and it turns out it does get worse than Jessica Alba. Allison Williams (whose acting merits I’m judging solely on performances in Girls and a lone Proactive commercial) is supposedly in talks to play what I can only imagine will be the blandest version possible of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman. Meanwhile Michael B. Jordan is rumoured to be playing her brother, Johnny Storm the Human Torch. Let’s take a wild guess as to which one I’m more excited about.
For the Jordan casting naysayers, now would be a good time to revisit Donald Glover’s (NSFW) thoughts on casting a Black Spider-Man:
And Over On Kickstarter… When I reviewed the documentary The Prep School Negro for The R back in October the director watouring the country with the film. The only way to see it was–and for the most part still is-to attend a workshop at one of the many independent schools the director Andre Robert Lee visits. Now he’s looking for help to mount a theatrical release. From the film’s Kickstarter page:
We are here to raise $70,000 for the Do It Yourself release of The Prep School Negro. All funds will go towards these efforts: We will complete our partnership with two theaters, one in NYC and the other in Los Angeles, that will allow us to release the extended version of The Prep School Negro this summer. We will also make the shorter institutional version of the video available as a DVD with the long anticipated Prep School Negro curriculum. We plan to create an amazing DVD that will include interviews with the original students featured in the film. They were high school students when we first filmed them. Just wait until you hear their stories today. All of your funds will go towards the preparation of the film for theatrical release, implementing the marketing campaign, and creating the DVD for the release.
So far Lee’s raised a little under $4,000 of the June 16th $70,000 goal. To put this in perspective, Zach Braff raised over $2,000,000 in less than a week for a followup to a mediocre movie about white suburban melancholia.
Also worth checking out is the children’s book project, “My Beautiful Brown Boy” by Karen Starks. It was written after her son said to her, “I don’t want to be brown.” Starks is looking to raise $20,000 by May 31 so that she can publish the illustrated book, but has just over $100 funded. Rob Thomas, on the other hand, has over $5,000,000 for a Veronica Mars movie.
Send us some more of your favorite Kickstarter projects, and we’ll see what we can do about helping the ones not funded by millionaires.