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Review: Red Tails

Sure, a January release is never a good sign, but how can you have low expectations for a film about the feats of WWII’s Tuskegee Airmen? Plus, you’d think a script based on such a stirring true story would have enough of a head start not to fall into too many holes. Maybe I don’t know as much as I think about screenwriting, but I know enough to say that Red Tails has a downright terrible script and it’s that bad apple that poisoned the rest of what could have been a really exciting and moving film.

Red Tails tells the story of the pilots in the Tuskegee training program in World War II, specifically Martin “Easy” Julian (Nate Parker), Joe “Lightning” Little (David Oyelowo), Ray “Ray Gun” Gannon (Tristan Wilds) and Samuel “Joker” George (Elijah Kelley). The foursome makes for an excellent team, but thanks to segregation, they’re stuck shooting ground bound targets like trains and trucks while the white pilots fight off the enemy during bomber escorts.

However, their big day finally comes and thanks to some negotiating on behalf of Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard), Easy, Lightning and the rest of the Tuskegee Airmen get to take to the sky and guard the bombers from German attack. While the guys are thrilled with the success of their mission and the opportunity for more chances to fight, the pressure increases as they come to the realization that they really can die out there.

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Interview: Red Tails’ Elijah Kelley

Elijah Kelley made quite the splash as Seaweed in 2007’s Hairspray, but the triple threat opted to put two of his talents aside for the sake of history.

Kelley stars as Samuel ‘Joker’ George in the upcoming film Red Tails. Inspired by true events, the film focuses on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots segregated to their own airbase during WWII. Despite Joker and his buddies’ ability in the air, the army refuses to let them act as bomber escorts, assigning them to merely pick off ground targets. However, when Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) steps up on their behalf, the boys get their opportunity to fight and they certainly don’t take it for granted.

Red Tails was quite the undertaking for Kelley on a number of fronts. Having grown up in a town right near Tuskegee, the story really hit home for Kelley and he was absolutely determined to get a role in the film. Even though the actor claims to have bombed his audition, fate intervened and he got the part. However, that was only the beginning. From there it was off to boot camp training and then to the set to bring the Airmen’s story back to life.

Check out what Kelley had to say about the experience in the video interview below and catch Red Tails when it hits theaters on January 20th.

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Interview: Red Tails’ Tristan Wilds

90210 keeps Tristan Wilds pretty busy, but there’s no way the actor would pass up a chance to appear on the big screen as one of the iconic Tuskegee Airmen.

Wilds plays Red Tails‘ Ray ‘Ray Gun’ Gannon, one of the first African American aviators in the US Army during World War II. Along with his co-Airmen, specifically Easy (Nate Parker), Lightning (David Oyelowo) and Joker (Elijah Kelley), Ray is stuck shooting ground targets like trains and trucks while the white pilots are honored with the mission of defending US bombers from the Germans. However, when the guys finally get their chance to fly and fight for their country, they go above and beyond the call of duty proving they’re capable of everything the other fighter pilots can do and more.

And that’s exactly what Wilds wanted to do with his role, go above and beyond so to keep the Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy alive. It took an immense amount of research, a rigorous boot camp and then, of course, the actual shoot, but the time has finally come and the Airmen are back in Red Tails. Check out everything Wilds had to say about working on the film as well as his other projects including his brand new EP in the video interview below.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘The Hungers Games’ and ‘Red Tails’ Make You Feel Part of the Production

Merry Christmas! Okay, that’s certainly a bit premature, but based on the new promotional material that popped up over the past week, it’s certainly starting to feel like that wonderful time of year again. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas not only got a series of festival character posters, but some downright hilarious ones, too. While the ones for Harold, Kumar and Neil Patrick Harris work off the excitement for series’ return, if you catch some of the other like perhaps a super happy Santa holding a candy cane colored pipe, there’s no way you can walk by without doing a double take. While the international trailer for Arthur Christmas will also keep the holiday spirit alive, it’ll give you than warm and fuzzy feeling rather that the Harold & Kumar dazed and confused one.

In non-Christmas news, but perhaps still a bit on the warm and fuzzy side, we’ve got three new character posters for The Muppets all of which are oozing with nostalgia. The Adventures of Tintin takes a step in the right direction delivering an international trailer that finally shows off the details behind the Unicorn as well as some impressive action-packed animation. On a far more serious note, we’ve got a new trailer for War Horse, too, this one ditching the artsy and vague approach and divulging a bit more about the story as well as its tear jerking potential.

On an exceptionally non-holiday and non-heartwarming note, we’ve got two new clips for The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) via NYTimes.com and Shock Till You Drop. While neither will do a thing for anyone who had zero interest in catching the first film or were just incredibly put off by it, if the intrigue for more Centipede is there, these will certainly help hold you over until the 7th.

So far, so good, but we’ve still got the best of the best to explore and, of course, the worst of the worst, too. Here we go; your promotions and demotions of the past week …

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: From ‘The Darkest Hour’ to ‘Dark Horse’

It’s tough to make a movie for everyone. Even those four quadrant films don’t really appeal to every demographic. The same goes for promotional material, but, in the case of Best/Worst Movies Promos of the Week, selling power must always beat out my own personal preferences.

Speaking of which, despite my disdain for the Alvin and the Chipmunks series, clearly the Fox formula works, so there’s no use in changing a good thing, even if the actual content is pure garbage. Clearly the studio has the same thought in mind, as Chipwrecked’s new trailer is packed with goofy faces courtesy of Jason Lee, cheesy dialogue and pop tune singing Chipmunks. Similarly, as someone with no taste for karate combat, even though the trailer hints at some heart, Shaolin looks as though it won’t do it for me.

As for material more my speed, Shark Night 3D gets credit for delivering a short and sweet clip with a killer conclusion. Tower Heist also makes an impact with its very first trailer. Sure, some of the jokes fall flat, but in general the piece looks like a fun version of Oceans 11, but with some less experienced and tactless thieves. The Justin Timberlake starrer In Time also dropped a new trailer, which successfully lays out the details of the film’s intriguing premise and features tons of ticking clocks and pretty 25-year-olds.

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