When Tony Todd shows up in a piece, audiences have been conditioned to expect trouble. The 6 foot, 5 inch classically trained actor has made a career out of playing characters with an edge in films such as “Platoon,” the “Final Destination” franchise, and as the star of the “Candyman” horror trilogy.
He is back on the big screen in “The Final Wish,” a sinister spectacle with genre fan favorite Lin Shaye (“Insidious,” “The Grudge”) that arrives in cinemas for a one-night event on Jan. 24 via FathomEvents.com.
“The key to my longevity is I do a lot of repeat work with people,” said Todd of “Final Destination” creator Jeffrey Reddick, who wrote the story and produced this film. “I stopped cussing people out a few years ago and got repeat business. My friend Jeffrey is one of those guys. It’s a great story and my character is a surprise.”
The Washington, D.C. native sidesteps mediums and has appeared actively on television, the stage, as well as doing voice work like baddies on “The Flash” and in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
He will next be heard as the biggest villain in the DC Universe, Darkseid in the upcoming animated sequel “Reign of the Supermen” to be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack Jan. 29.
“I did him a couple of time in the Lego films and they asked me to do it,” Todd said. “He wasn’t in the original comic, but they wanted more. I was an only kid so comic books were my Bible. I read obscure stuff like the Atom and Blue Beetle. So I had a vivid imagination. Darkseid is a cunning intellectual while being the most powerful being in the galaxy. He’s very hypnotic.”
When not working, Todd has a variety of interests from rescuing cats and collecting stamps to magic and cooking which has been abetted lately by Carla Hall’s new cookbook.
“I just love the way she celebrates food,” he said. “A meal should be a celebration. Eat well, live well. It’s a toast to life.”
When asked who he’d like to portray in a biopic, Todd said, “Sam Cooke has been one of my spirit animals. I can’t play him anymore. They were talking about it a few years ago. Now I’m older and sliding into producing and music. We’ve lost a lot of musical giants before the age of 35 like Sam and Otis Redding. [From Sam], the lesson is with fame comes temptation. If you have a gift, you have to be ready.”
“Life,” according to the Sagittarian who has completed filming season three of “Scream” with Mary J. Blige and Keke Palmer, “is always Christmas. I live my life staying open and wake up most days with an opportunity. I like that excitement of having something great other the sun hitting the eye.”
MOVIE WATCH: The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 7–18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza) announced that it will celebrate its 27th annual Opening Night with a screening of Aretha Franklin’s cherished “Amazing Grace” concert documentary at the Directors Guild of America.
The film, originally directed by Sydney Pollack in 1972 at L.A.’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, has not been seen before now due to technical and rights issues.
CLIPPETTES: Hip hop superstar Drake has signed a $10 million deal for a residency at Las Vegas’ XS Nightclub over the next few years …
Tower of Power comes to play the Saban Theatre Jan. 18 …
Alicia Keys was announced as the host the 61st annual Grammy Awards to air live on CBS Feb. 10 from Staples Center …
The fourth RNB Rewind Fest with host Katt Williams, TLC, Bell Biv Devoe, Mya, Ginuwine, 112, Dru Hill, and Next hits the Microsoft Theater Jan. 19. Also that evening, the Stanley Clarke Band is in concert at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage …
The long rumored sequel “Coming To America 2” is finally coming to fruition with Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones and John Amos expected to return. Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow” “Empire”) will direct a script written by Kenya Barris (“black-ish”) …
“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play” is staged at the Dolby Theatre Jan. 23–26.
TASTY QUIP: “Dear @CBS News, I am encouraged by the diversity you DID include. But when it comes time to discuss the inevitable role that race and racism will play in the election, who will you turn to for a perspective with nuanced & personal understanding of the African-American experience?” – KERRY WASHINGTON on Twitter regarding the network’s lack of black representation in their announced 2020 presidential campaign reporting corps.
TC ON TV: Jan. 18 – “Carmen Sandiego” (Netflix): This fresh take presents Gina Rodriquez as the voice of the super thief who travels the world. “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” (Netflix): A documentary on the luxury island music festival created by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule that became an umitigated disaster. “IO” (Netflix): Anthony Mackie stars in this post-apocalypse movie.” “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike” (Netflix): “This show is if an anarchist determined the status quo,” says the host who is half of the Run The Jewels rap duo.
Jan. 19 – “MSNBC Live” (MSNBC): Veteran broadcaster Kendis Gibson begins a run as the new weekend afternoon anchor. He previously manned the chair at ABC News, Fox and CNN, where he co-hosted this columnist’s periodic Tasty Clips segment a decade ago. “Just Eats With Chef JJ” (Cleo): NYC’s hottest culinary star and author, as previously profiled here, cooks and chats with friends in the show launching this new aspirational lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color.
Jan. 20 – “Black Monday” (Showtime): This new comedy series fictionalizing 1987’s record stock market crash stars and is executive produced by Don Cheadle with Regina Hall and Andrew Rannells. “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Cynthia Bailey, RuPaul “WTF Baron Davis” (Fuse): Features the retired two-time NBA All-Star as he takes BDot (real-life Instagram star Brandon Armstrong) under his wing in an unorthodox mentorship program.
Jan. 21 – “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” (World): The season opens with new host Danielle Brooks (“Orange Is the New Black”) and the documentary “Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba!,” looking at the life and work of the legendary South African singer and activist. “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS): Tamar Braxton, singer and reality star Kandi Burruss (who may lose her “Real Housewives of Atlanta” gig for signing on), Olympian Lolo Jones and former NFL running back Ricky Williams are among the houseguests.
Jan. 22 – “black-ish” (ABC): Quvenzhané Wallis joins the cast as a cousin who comes to stay at the Johnson house. Michael Strahan guest stars in this episode as June Bug.
Jan. 24 – “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount): It’s Jermaine Dupri vs. Darren Criss in this tribute to the music of Mariah Carey.
TASTY QUIP: “I would never, ever condone or justify anything that he’s been accused of doing. But locking [R Kelly] up in jail is not the answer. … He’s sick. … Just like the people he allegedly committed these acts with – they’re sick. This needs to be massive healing — them, him all of them.” – IYANLA VANZANT to ABC News
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