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POP INTERVIEW: “Sister, Sister” Series Creator Kim Bass Makes a Western!

Kim Bass is most famous for creating hit children’s programming: the animated Men in Black, Nickelodeon’s Kenan & Kel and Sister, Sister. He also wrote the screenplay for A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and some TV show you may have watched in the 1990’s called In Living Color. His upcoming film The UnBroken is set to shoot this fall.

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Kim Bass Kim Bass is most famous for creating hit children’s programming: the animated Men in Black, Nickelodeon’s Kenan & Kel, which starred future SNL cast member Kenan Thompson, and Sister, Sister. He also wrote the screenplay for A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and some TV show you may have watched in the 1990’s called In Living Color. In 2007, he created Bass Entertainment to produce his own films. Up next is a western. Perhaps Hollywood is a town big enough for the two of us to talk about it. The UnBroken is set to film this fall.

 For “The UnBroken,” what made you want to shift into westerns?
I have always wanted to do a western since I was a young boy. My father was a cowboy and I grew up riding horses and even competing in a few horse shows. So, it’s not so much a shift to the western genre as it is going back to my roots.

Filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino look to the past to head to the future for their work. Did you study any old 1950’s or 1960’s western films? What about the style he used for “Django Unchained” called spaghetti westerns?
I really enjoyed Django. I think that Tarantino’s use of his talent and that of his actor’s coupled with a unique take on the genre struck just the right cord. The film was thoroughly entertaining on multiple levels.

What do you plan to do with filming the action sequences? Those are terribly hard to write and especially seem hard to direct.
We are scheduled to begin shooting in September of this year but I intend to handle the action sequences like the rest of the picture. Drama with words and drama with action can be just as deep and just as revealing when it comes to communicating the story and character arcs to the audience. The main thing is to make people feel something.

Do you plan to use any unexpected film editing or directing techniques?
Again, we haven’t begun filming yet. But I expect to utilize whatever techniques enhance the story without getting in the way of the story.

Avoiding any spoilers, how does this script bring on drama that is really necessary in order to have an excellent western? Nobody cares about the action unless you absolutely hate the bad guys, right?
The script, by its very nature is dramatic. The characters all need and desire love and happiness and to know that they mean something in the world, which are not easy things to achieve or attain in a hard land with even harder in habitants trying to tame the land. I don’t know if hate is the right word… To me, I think understanding the “bad guy” to be what he is and rejecting his philosophies and actions based upon his philosophies makes it more fun to root against him. A well conceived bad guy should ultimately be a mirror in which the audience and the hero can see something of themselves. Yin and Yang if you will.

This probably shows my age, and I’m kind of half ashamed to say this, but I’ll say this how I feel on paper in all caps. I WATCHED “KENAN AND KEL” AND “SISTER SISTER” LIKE, OMG, LIKE NONSTOP ON NICKELODEON AND DISNEY WAY BACK WHEN(!). I’m not saying this in TV show style false flattery. I really remember how I loved the episode where Kel and Kenan stain the girl’s sweater with orange soda. What I absolutely loved about both of these shows is although they starred African-American kids and represented black life in America well, they bridged across to kids of every color. And I know I wasn’t the only one who thought so, because the networks aired them nonstop for years. Being able to pull that off is incredible for anyone. How are you trying to make that widespread love among every race part of your current and future work? *sorry for gushing*
Well, first of all, thanks for being such a fan. Those shows were fun. Sister, Sister was actually inspired by my twin sisters and Kenan & Kel was somewhat modeled by the exploits of mine and my best friend when growing up. As far as race is concerned, I tend to populate my stories with characters from various ethnic backgrounds. That is the real world and I like stories to reflect the real world even if they are fictional in nature.

After “The Unbroken,” what do you have in mind for producing/directing? Do you ever want to step back into comedy, animation or family genres?
After The UnBroken, I intend to make an of beat comedy followed by a tear-jerker, family drama. I have worked in animation and would love to make a film from a story that my 8 year-old son and I are developing together. As far as getting back into television, I am always open to telling interesting stories on whatever screen suits the story best.

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Hold Onto Your Bucket, You Can Visit Colonel Sanders on KFC Island In ‘Animal Crossing’

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Kentucky. Fried. Crossing.

If I told you to live in a tent for a few days, pull a bunch of weeds from the lawn and chop down a few trees for lumber that you will then have to turn into tools with your own two hands all while trying to pay off a ridiculous debt that you unwittingly acquired you might think I’m into corporal punishment. Yet, it’s all those things that make Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch so damn addictive.

The life simulation video game has grown unbelievably popular over these last few months and it’s probably because the game provides a great creative outlet that can keep players entertained for hours while remaining home during quarantine. Even some celebrities have jumped on the virtual bandwagon with Elijah Wood, T-Pain, Chrissy Tiegen and more all sharing their obsession on social media. Well scoot over movie stars, big time singers and supermodels because the biggest household name just changed the game (not literally as I’m sure the game has some sort of coding that prevents actual changes to be made but metaphorically the pun works). That’s right, Colonel Sanders has an avatar and an island and is ready to serve up some chicken.

Credit: KFC Philippines Twitter

Earlier this week, the KFC Philippines Twitter account revealed the news that “KFC Island” would be opening for lucky visitors. To get to the island you have to message their Facebook account with the #KFCVirtualStore for a chance at getting a Dodo Code. Because I am one of the many who have fallen in love with this game I know that a Dodo Code is a unique code which can be shared with select visitors to grant them access to your island. I feel like such a gamer. On the Kentucky fried island there is a restaurant that is replicated to look like the real thing! There’s booths, a kitchen and even promotional posters. Oh and as if this wasn’t exciting enough, if you find the Colonel hiding somewhere on the island you could win an 8-piece chicken bucket from KFC…in real life! (The promotion is only valid for players in the Philippines.)

Credit: KFC Philippines Twitter

Visits to the island are only available until June 20th, so be sure to hop on this finger lickin’ experience while you can!

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Stan Lee Said The Only Way To Combat A Racist Is To ‘Expose Them’ In A Periodical From Over Fifty Years Ago

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A man truly ahead of his time.

The concept of finding strength within a community has never been more pressing than it is right now. Our country is divided in so many ways but amongst the fractures you can see groups joining together in an effort to show that unity is always stronger than division. If anyone can attest to that belief it was the ingenius comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer Stan Lee.

The man responsible for the Marvel universe we know and love today was behind a number of comic books which featured outcasts who looked beyond their differences in order to unify and protect the greater good. A concept our world might need reminding of. In the back of the comics Lee wrote for was a section entitled “Stan’s Soapbox,” where the wordsmith would write short articles expressing some things that were on his mind. One soapbox article from 1968 has resurfaced and gone viral because of how eerily fitting it is for today.

In the article Lee calls bigotry and racism “the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today.” But unlike a super villain from one of his comics, racism and bigotry cannot be defeated by a “punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun,” he says, rather “the only way to destroy them is to expose them – reveal them for the insidious evils they really are.” The comic book creator suggests the only way for our world to continue peacefully is to “judge each other on our merits” and to “fill our hearts with tolerance.”

Along with the soapbox article, a clip from an interview with Larry King has gone viral with Lee once again wishing to see more tolerance in the world. When asked what the one thing he would change about the world Lee responded “I’d make people not hate each other because of their religion, because of their nationality, because of any stupid reason. If we can abolish hatred, we live on this gorgeous planet.”

Why couldn’t he be the celebrity that ran for president!? Hopefully the villains Lee warned us about over fifty years ago will soon seem like a thing in the past and that beautiful, tolerant world he dreamed of will become a reality.

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Lizzo’s Performance Of ‘Pomp And Circumstance’ Will Make Any Graduate Feel Good As Hell

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She really is a hoot with a flute.

Ah graduation, that special moment that every student dreams about where they get dressed up in an unbreathable gown and an unflattering cap and sit outside for hours somewhere on a great lawn in the middle of a heat wave just to receive that special piece of paper that says they have completed a super long chapter in their lives. While the ceremonies are not always the most exciting time ever, to be denied the chance to walk across a stage and turn the tassel on your cap due to the pandemic guidelines does seem like a real bummer. To help remedy the graduation blues of 2020, YouTube Originals live-streamed an event called Dear Class Of 2020 which featured some huge stars offering their support. One of those stars happened to be Lizzo who put her own spin on the classic graduation march “Pomp and Circumstance.”

In her performance, Lizzo played the iconic two-minute section of the song that is most widely associated with graduations. After about 40-seconds, the “Juice” singer shares her congratulations to the graduating class and then lets them know it’s time to “turn it up.” With that, Lizzo is virtually accompanied by the New York Phil Harmonic as they jam out (is it still called jamming out when it’s classical music?) to create a truly memorable performance. The performance is visually stunning showcasing some cool digital effects but what truly stands out in the video are the images of black graduates wearing their caps and gowns as they participate in Black Lives Matter protests that are happening throughout the nation. The entire video suddenly becomes much more hopeful as it becomes clear that the future of our nation rests in the hands of these courageous, intelligent and strong young people.

The video ends with a photo of Deveonte Joseph taken by photographer Nathan Aguirre, which went viral when first posted. In the photo, Joseph is wearing his graduation cap and gown on a street in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the lights of a police set up glowing behind him.

Check out the entire inspirational video below!

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