Archive for April, 2010

Incognito Comic Headed to the Big Screen (Fused Film)

April 30, 2010

The critically-acclaimed six-issue comic series Incognito is now in development as a motion picture at Fox.  Fox has hired Pulitzer-Prize winning author Robert Schenkkan to pen the screenplay. 

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Incognito Comic Headed to the Big Screen

My First Standup Experience

April 28, 2010

Guess what I did for the first time last night? No, not  that. Ya’ll got some nasty minds.   Okay, better question. Who did stand up comedy for the first time last night? This guy.

That’s right!! It was me, snitches!! My good friend and fellow up-and-coming comic Mario Latilleon said that my act was like the Spider-Man movies. Decent start (Spider-Man 1), awesome middle (Spider-Man 2), Poorly executed ending (Spider-Man tres).  I was disappointed, but that’s kind of the point of Open Mic.  You bomb.  You get up.  You try again.  As usual, slight failure has motivated me.  I will get the hang of this.  I’m Markus Seaberry, dammit!!  Whenever there’s a stage, I must own it.  It can be acting, it can be karaoke, or standup.  The stage must be rocked, and the stage must be mastered.  I’ll be be back.  I did a few jokes about the latest Free Willy movie (straight to DVD) with Bindi Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter’s daughter.  Then, I riffed on Jamie Lee Curtis and those damn Activia commercials. You know, the yogurt that makes you poop.  Then, I launched into a bit that I won’t even describe because I died a slow, excruciating death on stage last night. But, it didn’t kill me!! Like acting, when standup is going well, it’s awesome!! But when it sucks, it’s like passing three kidney stones at once. But I’m still here!! I’m still standing!!  Okay, enough of my impression of Derek Luke from Antwone Fisher.  It seems like people have forgotten that I am an artist.  I am not just a writer or blogger, although I have been blessed in those areas. I am an actor, occasional poet, fledgling standup comedian, and, on a good day, I’m a decent freestyle rapper.  I am an artist.  I will not stop until I do all these things well.  I have new challenges now.  I will win.  The Creative Mercenary is back!! Be easy, readers.

Album Review: Black Rock Revival-Keep It Together (Live From Memphis)

April 27, 2010

Little Richard. Chuck Berry. Ike Turner. Fishbone. Living Colour. African-Americans have always played an influential part in the progression of rock and roll. However, in recent memory, black rockers have been overlooked by the masses in favor of other urban genres such as R&B and hip-hop.  What can be done to remind people that “Black Rock” is an equally important genre? It is time for a Black Rock Revival.

 

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Album Review: Black Rock Revival-Keep It Together

Movies, Hip-Hop, and Poetry: The Weekend (And Monday) Wrap-Up

April 27, 2010

 

Friday:

I saw the Bollywood Film Dhoom 2 at the On Location:Memphis Film Fest.  It was a fun, but long, movie.  Bollywood films tend to have the characters break out into song and dance numbers at random intervals.  Also, the Indian community in Memphis was out in full force. They had grade-school girls dancing, then the high-school girls, then an adult woman.  She was a pretty good dancer. And yeah, she was beautiful.  I want to see more Bollywood films. I’ve always been a sucker for a cool random dance sequence.

Saturday:

I went back to the On Location:Memphis Film Fest and saw a documentary about the Rock-AFire Explosion, the animatronic band tha used to perform at Showbiz Pizza back in the day.  The film talked to fans of the group, and to two men who bought full sets of the band on ebay from their creator.  It also traces the rise and fall of the band and their creator, Aaron Fechter.  Mr. Fechter was there, and I thanked him for creating the band.  I remember seeing the big gorilla (Fats Geronimo) perform “Wishing Well” by Terrence Trent D’Arby when I was 12. Good times.  Mr. Fechter was also in town to finalize a deal regarding this:

That’s right, boys and girls. Memphis’ own “party rapper” Muck Sticky and his band are scheduled to team up with the Rock-AFire Explosion for a tour.  I told Muck that they will be too much awesome on one stage, and that the arena might spontaneously combust.  I also told him that I felt like a bad friend because I had not seen him perform since the 2006 concert that was recorded for Jon Spark’s documentary Memphis Muck (I’m in a crowd shot).  I will definitely be at the Memphis date of this tour.

Later that day, I saw the film that took home the top prize at the On Location:Memphis film festival, Blue Bus.  In the film, these two gentlemen (August and Joseph) travel in a blue bus from California to New Orleans to fulfill the last request of one of August’s close friends. It’s a scripted film, but it felt like a documentary. I told the African-American gentleman that played August (Ron Recasner) that they had now eclipsed Kick-Ass as my favorite film of 2010. I also informed him that they had to survive the summer and that Iron Man 2 would be tough competition.  This film rocks!! If it comes to your town, see it!! I need this on DVD like yesterday.

I also attended a VIP Celebration Saturday night where I was treated to a performance from the Black Rock Revival.  These guys rocked!! They were joined by some twin rappers. My apologies, but I didn’t catch their name. These guys are awesome.  Buy their CD on cdbaby.com.  Also, be on the lookout for my review of that CD real soon.

I also went to a hip-hop show at the Full Moon Club Saturday night. This is a picture of Jason “Da Hater” Harrs from the Iron Mic Coalition rocking on stage while I am in a b-boy stance in the corner. Peace to Knowledge Nick, Queen Nilaja, and the rest of the Iron Mic Coalition.  Hip-Hop is alive and well in the ol’ M-Town.

Sunday:

I saw Date Night. While I was on a date!! Aren’t I clever? I ain’t going into details about the date (this ain’t no soap opera blog), but I will say that it was cool and the lady was nice.  I had not been on a date in YEARS, and it was pretty cool.  And to all my friends who doubted me, no, it did not take Hell freezing over for me to go on a date again.  Who’s laughing now? I AM. Haters!!

Monday:

I attended The Word, an open mic night at Safari World Tapas Bar. It was awesome!! Shout out to Tonya Dyson, and extra special shout out to Artistik Approach. These young artists could sing and rap and they were awesome!! Look for a review of one of their CDs real soon as well. Also, shout out to me because I read a poem aloud for the first time in 5 years.  It felt good. I must get my confidence in that arena back. Also, shoutout to Rodney Lomax, my brother’s good friend and my friend as well.

It’s been a crazy four days.  Tonight might also be crazy, too.  I don’t want to say what I plan on doing because I might chicken out. However, if I don’t, you’ll get a blog about it.  Is that cryptic enough for you? Be easy, readers!!!

Comic Review: Funrama Presents: The Mutant Punks #1 (Geeks of Doom)

April 26, 2010

 

Funrama Presents: The Mutant Punks #1
Written and drawn by Ryan Kelly
Published by Ryan Kelly
Price: $3.00
Release Date: April 12, 2010

Do not call the anarchists. Anarchists are peace-loving hippies. Do not call them terrorists. Terrorists have ideals. Terrorists have a perception of right and wrong. Do not call them pirates. They eat pirates for breakfast. They are one thing and one thing only… The Mutant Punks!

This description is taken from Funrama Presents: The Mutant Punks #1, and I feel that it describes the wall-to-wall, crazy action in this book far better than I ever could.

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Comic Review: Funrama Presents: The Mutant Punks #1

Album Review: Infinito-Divided Souls:Africans in America

April 26, 2010

Marcellous Lovelace aka Infinito 2017, is a rapper, artist, filmmaker, and magazine publisher. A Chicago native who is preparing to end his second stint in Memphis, Infinito may well be one of the most prolific emcees to ever reside in the Bluff City. He releases several albums a year with several labels, many of which are available on different internet hip-hop sites. Divided Souls: African in America was released last year, but definitely merits a closer look.

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Album Review: Infinito-Divided Soul: Africans in America

Batman Touring Show in the Works (Fused Film)

April 26, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog has received word of  plans for a Batman-themed touring show currently titled Batman LiveBatman Live is being developed with Nick Grace Management and Water Lane Prods. These two groups also produced the Walking With Dinosaurs and Mamma Mia! touring shows.

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Batman Touring Show In the Works

Potential at On Location: Memphis (Live From Memphis)

April 23, 2010

Do you follow your friends or do you follow the path that could get you more money and more fame? That’s the question posed by the film Potential, Gord More’s documentary about Vaughn Stokes, the lead singer/guitarist/primary songwriter, drummer Shawn, and bassist Steven Taddei, otherwise known as The Object War, a garage band from British Columbia with rock star dreams. 

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Potential at On Location: Memphis Film Fest

Marvel Plans To Release Lower Budget Movies With B-List Characters (Geeks of Doom)

April 22, 2010

In addition to their franchise and tentpole films such as Spider-Man, Avengers, and Iron Man, Marvel is looking to develop some of their lesser-known characters for movies with lower budgets in the $20-$40 million range. Currently, Marvel is taking meetings with directors regarding B-list characters such as Luke Cage, Dazzler, Ka-Zar, Doctor Strange, and Power Pack.

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Marvel Plans to Release Lower Budget Movies With B-List Characters

Mixtape Review: Gyyft-Now They Do (Live From Memphis)

April 19, 2010

Memphis-born rapper Gyft has been making noise on a nationwide basis since winning the “Next Big Thing” contest on local hip-hop/r&B station K-97 with his single “They Just Don’t Know”. He has been touring the country and appearing on shows like BET’s 106 & Park. Now, Gyft has released the mixtape Now They Do. With a mixture of new and original beats, this release finds Gyft showcasing his skills and giving those who loved his first single another dose of his lyrical talents.

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Mixtape Review: Gyft-Now They Do