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Helmed by up-and-coming filmmaking talent A.V. Rockwell (Alina Victoria) - whom we last profiled on this blog when Rockwell was raising funds for her Open City Mixtape shorts series - the young filmmaker’s newest short project Open City: B.L.B has been released tonight. Watch the film in it’s entirety above.

It’s another gritty New York City tale - running just over 12 minutes - with plenty of cutting edge style and originality (the score features Ludwig Van Beethoven). B.L.B follows a young boy from the Bronx who begins roaming the New York City transit looking for an opportunity to find money and goods - not necessarily obtained by honest means. 

Isaiah Rashad – R.I.P. Kevin Miller

His TDE debut project #Cilvia is coming soon.

Listen up. After Harvard gave Nas his fellowship, Ammunition now takes us on campus to explore the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship. Don’t be late.


10 Highest-Grossing Films of 2013 by Women Directors

1. Frozen - Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee - $263.1 million

2. Carrie - Directed by Kimberly Peirce - $35.3 million

3. Enough Said - Directed by Nicole Holofcener - $17.5 million

4. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples - Directed by Tina Gordon Chism - $9.2 million

5. Black Nativity - Directed by Kasi Lemmons - $7 million

6. The Bling Ring - Directed by Sofia Coppola - $5.8 million

7. The To-Do List - Directed by Maggie Carey - $3.5 million

8. In a World… - Directed by Lake Bell - $3 million

9. Austenland - Directed by Jerusha Hess - $2.2 million

10. Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite - $2.1 million

The Golden Globes — voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — do not reflect the direction of the Oscar race. But they can give valuable momentum for the winners who get nominated this coming Thursday.

Here’s a recap of how it played out. 

Drama: “12 Years a Slave”

Musical or Comedy: “American Hustle”

Actor in a Drama: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actress in a Drama: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her”

Original Score: Alex Ebert, “All Is Lost”

Original Song: “Ordinary Love” by U2 and Danger Mouse (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”)

Animated Film: “Frozen”

Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty

Method Man Announces ‘Meth Lab’ Mixtape

While we await the long-awaited and overdue Wu record, A Better Tomorrow, Meth is showing no signs of slowing down. Recently, he announced on Facebook of a new mixtape titled Meth Lab which will be out in March. No other details have been revealed so far.

Watch: The Trailer for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4

Season Four Promises ‘There Is Only One Hell — The One We Live In Now’ Here it is, the first trailer for the highly anticipated fourth season of HBO’s fantasy hit “Game of Thrones.” Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is evil, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is regal, Melisandre (Carice van Houten) is scary, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is wry, Cersei (Lena Headey) is ferocious and all the rest (who didn’t die) are back as well. The new season premieres on April 6 — take a look at the trailer above.

Kendrick Lamar Performs at BeatsByDre CES Party in Las Vegas

BeatsByDre hosted the biggest party of the year at LIGHT Nightclub in Las Vegas featuring Kendrick Lamar, Axwell, Stellar, and JAYCEEOO. Jay Photo captured the great energy and vibes that were in the building.

Bridget Kelly has released her debut EP called “Cut To…Bridget Kelly” to hold her fans over until the release of her debut full-length album “Something Different” slated to be release sometime in 2014. The EP features six tracks including her debut single “Special Delivery”

"I want to show my fans that sometimes it’s okay to love even if it means to suffer through heartache and pain." -Bridget Kelly

Purchase “Cut To…Bridget Kelly” here.

Funk is not dead

Six-year-old B-Girl Terra holds it down. I have been totally smitten (and slightly obsessed) with this sultry, groovy and soulful funk-rock extravaganza. This girl got flavor. 

Song credit: Platoon by JUNGLE

First Look at Chadwick Boseman in James Brown’s Biopic ‘Get on Up’

Here’s your first look (pictured above) at Chadwick Boseman incarnating James Brown for the upcoming Universal Pictures’ biopic titled Get on Up, directed by The Help’s Tate Taylor and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger.

Universal has moved up the release date of its James Brown biopic to August 1, 2014, taking over the slot previously reserved for its 50 Shades Of Grey film adaptation. Get On Up will compete with Disney’s wide release of its adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy on that August release weekend.

Get on Up, which promises a “warts and all” telling of Brown’s life story on film, boasts an impressive cast which includes Jill Scott (one of Brown’s wives), Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis (Brown’s mom), Octavia Spencer (Brown’s aunt),  Lennie James (Brown’s father), Nelsan Ellis (Bobby Byrd), Tikka Sumpter (Yvonne Fair) and Keith Robinson.

Quentin Tarantino’s next film will be a western, the title: The Hateful Eight

Deadline reports Tarantino has apparently finished a first draft and is handing it off to actors he’d like to appear in the film. Those actors apparently include Tarantino’s current muse Christoph Waltz, who starred in “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” (and won Oscar supporting awards for both), and “Nebraska” star Bruce Dern.

"I had so much fun doing Django, and I love Westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing,’ 

"Not All Who Wander Are Lost" is a short film created to inspire travel. Zach Luster produced this film during is voyages across the globe. He creates the film to give the people who want to travel - but are afraid to travel due to social constructs - a glimpse of the beautiful world we live in. Zach traveled by himself with a backpack through  mountains, deserts, and deep forests. The Other Side: A Documented Journey detailing Zach’s journey is being produced by Access Granted Entertainment.

View Zachary’s recent film we posted about a week ago "Imagine" 

For more information visit

Cynthia Packard new show “A Generous Spirit” is now up at Boston’s Chase Young Gallery. The show features 23 painting and drawings.

"My current paintings and drawings are collaborations between my model, Jen Bradley, and myself. The work reveals what I have never seen before, and uncovering of female vitality, discovered in the doing - an encounter between the beautiful and the ugly, the compassionate struggle between love and hate, and the union between grief and acceptance." - Cynthia Packard

To view the complete collection visit Chase Young Gallery

Tim Noble and Sue Webster are renowned British artists; partners in both life and art. Real Life is Rubbish consists of two separate piles of general household rubbish onto which a light is projected, creating a shadow self-portrait of Noble and Webster. Though resting with backs to each other and shoulders hunched, the axe and hammer in their hands indicate that there is work to be done. The contrast between the intricate rubbish assemblage of the foreground and the silent contemplative shadow builders of the background reminds us that artwork always involves a physical transformation, from rubbish to real life and back again.

Chcek out more here