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Big Daddy Kane Says 'New Jack City' Play Will Host Mario Van Peebles

Big Daddy Kane is starring in a theater production of 'New Jack City' -- which he says is touring now ... and which is going to be hosting the director of the cult classic in due time. We got the rap legend in New York this week ... where our...
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Whoopi Goldberg, Cedric The Entertainer, Edward James Olmos & More Join Quiver Western ‘Outlaws’ Directed By & Starring Mario Van Peebles

EXCLUSIVE: Mario Van Peebles (Power Book III: Raising Kanan) has wrapped production in Montana on Outlaws, a new Western that he wrote, directed and stars in for Quiver. Others joining Van Peebles in major roles include Whoopi Goldberg (Till), Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood), Edward James Olmos (Mayans M.C.), John Carroll Lynch (Big Sky), William Mapother (Son of Monarchs) and M. Emmet Walsh (The Immaculate Room).
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Mario Van Peebles "Murder at Yellowstone City" Los Angeles Special Screening Red Carpet

Mario Van Peebles "Murder at Yellowstone City" Los Angeles Special Screening Red Carpet. Broll footage: Mario Van Peebles on the red carpet at the 'Murder at Yellowstone City' premiere held at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles, California USA on Thursday June 23rd, 2022. “This video is available in HQ for editorial use only - Broadcast TV, online and worldwide use” ©MaximoTV.
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Mario Van Peebles Reflects on the Legacy of ‘New Jack City’ for American Cinematheque’s 1990s Black Film Series

Click here to read the full article. On March 8, 1991, Mario Van Peebles’ feature directorial debut “New Jack City” premiered at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood. On Saturday, a little more than 30 years later, Van Peebles walked the red carpet outside the very same cinema — now renamed the Regency Village Theatre — for a special screening of his classic crime thriller, hosted by the American Cinematheque. Van Peebles was joined for the special event by “New Jack City” star Vanessa Estelle Williams, plus his children — Mandela and Makaylo, who joined their dad onstage to record his...

Reclaiming Reality: Mario Van Peebles on Reimagining a City and an Industry in “New Jack City”

When Mario Van Peebles returned to the the Westwood Village Theater in Los Angeles this past weekend, 31 years after his directorial debut “New Jack City” first premiered there, he recalled a conversation he had with Michael Mann about what an audience will accept as far as creating a convincing reality while bringing an artistry to it that could reveal another kind of truth.

Mario Van Peebles says ‘New Jack City’ got people off crack

It’s hard for Generation Xers to believe that it’s been 30 years since direector Mario Van Peebles made the era-defining, culture-shifting film New Jack City. While the classic turned Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock and rapper Ice-T into household names overnight, the impact that Peebles is most proud of is how the dark, grimy and gritty scenes of rampant drug use and distribution “deglamorized” crack.

Billy Bob Thorton and Mario Van Peebles To Be Guests at RIFF 2021

In its 18th year, RIFF 2021 returns from the limits of a virtual year with a long list of quality films, a star-studded guest lineup, and after-parties that keep the proverbial red carpet rolling into the night. As the schedule of films settles into place, RIFF has announced marquee film...

A Million Little Things: Ryan Hansen, Azie Tesfai and Mario Van Peebles to Guest-Star in Season 4

The Friends of Jon are getting a few new recruits. Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), Azie Tesfai (Supergirl) and Mario Van Peebles (Damages) will recur on A Million Little Things this season, TVLine has learned exclusively. Hansen and Tesfai will debut in the Oct. 27 episode. He’ll play Camden, who is described as “a handsome and charming professional hockey player.” She’ll portray Cassandra, a very good publicist helping Rome with his documentary. Elsewhere in that episode, per the official synopsis: “Gary’s attempt to make things right for Sophie comes with unexpected repercussions. Eddie realizes Nicole needs help in her own ways, and Maggie connects more...

‘Beautiful exit’: Mario Van Peebles reflects on his iconic father’s film and civil rights legacy

The worlds of cinema, theater, and civil rights are mourning the death and celebrating the life of Melvin Van Peebles, who died this week at the age of 89. Peebles paved the way for today’s forays into more diverse storytelling and casting decades before the mainstream commercial success of films like “Black Panther” and “Selma.” His son, Mario Van Peebles, joins MSNBC’s Ari Melber to reflect on his legacy.Sept. 24, 2021.

RIP Melvin Van Peebles: Mario Van Peebles, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins & More Remember The Iconic Filmmaker

As you probably already know, it was announced yesterday that the influential filmmaker, Melvin Van Peebles, passed away. And as with the passing of any sort of filmmaking royalty, folks from the industry went to social media to share kind words. (In a sadly timely release, one of this month’s Criterion releases is a new box set of Van Peebles’ early films, including “The Story of A Three-Day Pass,” “Watermelon Man,” “Don’t Play Us Cheap,” and “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.”)
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Melvin Van Peebles Remembered by Son Mario: “A Pioneer, a Maverick and One Cool Cat”. Melvin Van Peebles, a trailblazing Black filmmaker best known for 1971’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Here, one of his sons, Mario Van Peebles, a noted…

Mario Van Peebles & Lauren Grace Media Developing Docuseries About Actor-Director And His Family

EXCLUSIVE: The personal story of multi-hyphenate Mario Van Peebles will come to TV. The actor, writer and director, known for New Jack City and Heartbreak Ridge, has teamed with Dorothy Toran and Leslie D. Farrell’s Lauren Grace Media to develop a docuseries about Van Peebles and his family. The series will focus on the close relationship the Superstition, All My Children and Rude Awakening actor shares with his four adult children: Maya, Mandela, Makaylo and Morgana. Mario Van Peebles’ acting credits include Ali, Bloodline and Baadasssss!. His directing credits include episodes of Empire, Superstition and 21 Jump Street. He has both directed and acted in Salt-N-Pepa,...