Vivica A. Fox's Role in Home Run Involved the Lord Putting Her in "the Right Place at the Right Time"

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Miami's Holly Hunt is one of the gnarliest sludge bands of all time. However, the local duo's name derives from an extravagantly high-priced furniture store in Miami's Design District. Wouldn't you rather brand your rock group with the name of a more provocative woman? How about, Vivica A. Fox? "Dude, I play guitar for Vivica Fox." Can you hear the crowd chanting, "VIVICA FOX!!!" while holding their cell phones in the air? 

When you win those Grammy Awards, and Gwen Stefani asks why you named your band Vivica A. Fox, the answers are simple: "Number one: The sensational fight scene in Kill Bill Volume 1. Number 2: She dated 50 Cent." How about this, "Vivica Fox's hair collection has generated over $20 million in sales, and we've already sold 20 million copies of our debut album."   

But wait, there's more. Much more! Vivica Fox co-starred in the most ingenious portrayal of the rock and roll lifestyle ever: Curb Your Enthusiasm. On that TV series, the father of rock and roll comedy Larry David, ends up in a relationship with Fox's character, Loretta Black. 

That all being said, your bashful blogger recently attended a screening for an independent film (which hits theaters this Friday April 19), Home Run, starring the woman who we are going to name our band after. 

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Roger Ebert, the Screenwriter Turned Critic and Philosopher, Lives on in Us All

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"You will drink the black sperm of my vengeance." -- Ronnie Barzell in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

That line of dialogue, by itself, would have been enough to get a flick one of film critic Roger Ebert's notorious thumbs down.

Ebert, who died of cancer on April 4, is as responsible for anyone for the democratization of film criticism. His 1980's TV series Sneak Previews and At The Movies with fellow Chicago newspaper film critic, Gene Siskel, simplified opinions to three words, two thumbs up, two thumbs down, or occasionally the six worded one thumb up one thumb down. You could give Ebert partial credit for making it look like the 140 characters you get on Twitter is more than sufficient space to criticize a film.

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Top Five Documentaries About Obscure Musicians

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It was a triumphant moment for music when Searching for Sugar Man won the Academy Award for best documentary last month. Yes, it was nice that after decades of anonymity, the subject of the movie, singer/songwriter Rodriguez got his day in the sun. But the award also validated what has, over the last decade, become the most consistently great genre in the world of film, the documentary about obscure musicians.

The story of the Beatles as told in The Beatles Anthology is crafted so well that you realize if the Beatles didn't exist, someone would have had to make them up. But everyone knows the Beatles did in fact exist. The genius of the documentary about the obscure musician is we are not entirely sure if it's made up or not.

If the goal of every movie is to give audiences a suspension of disbelief, the following five (supposedly true) movies are smash successes.

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Nicki Minaj Has a Comic Book?! Ten Better Musician Superhero Suggestions

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Bluewater Comics recently released the series Fame: Nicki Minaj -- and, no, we've never heard of Bluewater Comics either.

Apparently, the independent company produces three lines of biography comics: Female Force, Political Power, and Fame. The latest addition to the Fame series, Nicki Minaj, promises to explore the life and times of the young starlet. But why stop there, Bluewater Comics?

Comic books have long been the primary medium for telling larger-than-life stories. We say, give the girl some real freakish superpowers! Have her fight crime with a league of multiplatinum recording artists. Make the villains from other dimensions or time-jumpers from the ancient past. C'mon, Bluewater, you're selling the audience short if there isn't at least one skimpy superhero outfit with spandex and capes.

For your reading pleasure, we offer you ten real-life recording artists turned comic book protagonists, the way it's supposed to be done.

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Quentin Tarantino Is to Film What Nineties Hip-Hop Was to Music

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Django Unchained is being praised for bringing the forgotten genres of westerns and Blaxploitation back to the theater. But previously, the major criticism dished out at director Quentin Tarantino's movies was that he blurred the line between paying homage toward his influences and stealing their work.

Tarantino got major heat for his first movie Reservoir Dogs, taking plot points and visual motifs wholesale from the Hong Kong flick City On Fire.

The director came of age in the early nineties when similar attacks were being thrown around in the music industry. Rock, funk, and soul acts got their panties in a bunch that hip-hop groups sampled their music without giving them credit and paying royalties. Tarantino was nothing more than the film world's nineties hip-hop. They both wore their influences on their sleeves and made others' work their own. He was a cinematic DJ, not merely mixing in songs, but also splattering old images into something new. 
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Bosh Film Festival Responds to Chris Bosh's Threats: "I Really Don't Think Bosh Is Going to Sue"

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The great minds over at the Bosh Film Festival (organized by the Borscht Film Festival) received a very funny letter on the subject of a very famous person yesterday. Well, it was more from his lawyers than from the man himself. It was a cease-and-desist notice about using the name of the inspiration for their celebration, Miami Heat player Chris Bosh.

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- Bosh Film Festival's Ronnie Rivera Shares Chris Bosh's Email and Talks Wes Borland
- Bosh Film Festival on Chris Bosh's Injury, a Heat Win, and New Discosoma Records Song for James Jones
- Bleeding Palm Responds to Chris Bosh Letter With Animated GIF: "Our Whole Universe is in Danger"


We spoke with Ronnie Rivera, creator of the event's flagship film, Adventures of Chris Bosh in the Multiverse, yesterday, and he told us Chris Bosh got in touch with him to create the film in the first place. WTF, Chris?! Well, wait, apparently, it was a fake Chris Bosh. How many Chris Boshes are there out there, and who would do such a thing? 

Rivera responded to Miami New Times' questions on the topic earlier today. We caught up with the Bosh Film Festivals' minister of Jurassic arts, Chris Quinn, for more grilling since we wondered if they're worried about being sued by the big-time b-ball player.

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Bosh Film Festival's Ronnie Rivera Shares Chris Bosh's Email and Talks Wes Borland

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We recently had the chance to chat with our friend Ronnie Rivera, AKA Bleeding Palm, the creative mastermind behind the upcoming documentary Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse. The film will be one of many screened at the Bosh Film Festival -- an offshoot of the Borscht Film Festival -- centered around the one and only Miami Heat enigma Chris Bosh. The screening takes place at the Miami Art Museum on December 14. 

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In our conversation, we discussed the whereabouts of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, Rivera's upcoming projects, and Chris Bosh's actual email.


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Johnny Cash's Confidant Saul Holiff Revealed in My Father and the Man in Black Documentary

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By Alan Scherstuhl
 
It's a weird miracle that Johnny Cash and his primitive twosome banged out music that still feels so full and vital today. And it's a weird miracle that My Father and the Man in Black--an extraordinary documentary that hits New York this week without a distribution deal-- is itself full and vital, despite throwing off all sorts of vanity-project warning signs: It's directed by a first-timer with a personal stake in the story. It tells much of that story through green-screened reenactments in which actors play the father of that director and no one less a personage than Cash himself, that hopped-up oak of a man. It even opens with a reel-to-reel playing back a conversation between the director, age seven, and his father. But, as Cash might say, it has the heart, and it has the blood, and by the time childhood chatter is played back again, feeling is soaked through it like the sweat in Cash's guitar strap.


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John Waters' Five Best Musical Tales From His Fort Lauderdale Version of This Filthy World

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When living in New York briefly in 2006, unsurprisingly, something very "New York" happened to me. I somehow received an email from a friend's friend inviting me to attend the taping of John Waters' This Filthy World. Though they locked us in a theater and told us we couldn't leave till it was over, I, a serious claustrophobe, sucked it up. It was truly a wet, trashy, comedic dream come true. 

I was raised on Waters movies. Two years ago, when the filmmaker and author came to the Miami Book Fair International, my blog at the time, the Heat Lightning, hosted a John Waters week in which we told Watersian tales. People sketched images of the man himself; Lolo, the owner of Sweat Records, shared her embroidered bookmark with a Waters quote on it; and my mother wrote about her second date with my father. It was to see Pink Flamingos.

John Waters is a fucking American hero, and if you don't think so, you can go comment on my Jon Bon Jovi review. Waters performed a very updated version of This Filthy World at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday after the audience got warmed up on Polyester. Considering this is a music blog, I compiled a list of stories the King of Trash told at the affair between deliciously terrible jokes about abortion and dick magnets (I think I alone laughed at those). Get ready for some Bieber 'stache and beatin' Ike Turner.

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Does The Hunger Games Deserve the Harry Potter and Twilight Treatment?

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Recently, Hollywood filmmakers are splitting up book-based movies faster than Scientology is splitting up marriages. Just yesterday, it was announced that Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, is going to be made into two separate films. Our response: Holy Twilight-copying-Harry-Potter hell!

It's no small wonder that Lionsgate has decided to do the ol' part-one and part-two deal with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. This is an easy way to double profits just when the cash cow is about to go dry. Just look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts one and two. They made more than $2 billion worldwide. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 made about $705,058,657 worldwide, and part two is expected to exceed that.

But that's just the money. No movie franchise is ever successful without the heart (the Star Wars prequels don't count; they had leftover heart from episodes IV, V, and VI to drive fans to theaters). So the real question is: What do the fans think?

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