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'Best Man Holiday' director Malcolm D. Lee talks making the sequel his way, diversity in pop culture

For director Malcolm D. Lee, The Best Man Holiday is not just the sequel to his 1999 African-American romantic-dramedy The Best Man, but a means to unite different audiences and help them understand our universal problems.

Reprising their roles in the new movie are Taye Diggs (Harper), Sanaa Lathan (Robin), Terrence Howard (Quentin), Nia Long (Jordan), Morris Chestnut (Lance), Monica Calhoun (Mia), Harold Perrineau (Julian), Regina Hall (Candy) and Melissa De Sousa (Shelby). Lee brings the group of affluent African-American friends finding their way in the worlds of romance and adulthood together again for a weekend. This time, they’re more mature, but there’s still plenty of scandal, drama, and exuberant personalities.

The Best Man, which debuted in October 1999, was a box-office hit and helped catapult the careers of Howard and Diggs. Lee’s mission to defy the stereotypical African-American characters in media through his first film proved a success.

“Getting any movie made is a challenge, but I wrote the [original] script in my mind that was partially an answer to Waiting to Exhale,” Lee told Entertainment Weekly. “The archetypal images of black men represented in that movie, that … was not my reality. They weren’t [people] who I went to school with or who I was. I wanted to create a film that I can relate to. There was a small representation of films and TV shows that showed complex African-American characters, like Love Jones or The Cosby Show.  What was gratifying about creating The Best Man the first time was the ability to create characters who were not marginalized — they had layers, dimensions, faults, things that make them tick and subtext.”
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Casting Net: Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson, together again...maybe. Plus: a 'Best Man' sequel, Reese Witherspoon

Joaquin Phoenix is currently in talks to join Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, a classic Los Angeles noir set around the time of the Manson family arrest and trial. Robert Downey, Jr.’s name had been floating around the project for a little while, but we’ll be thrilled if Inherent Vice brings The Master duo together again. [Variety]

Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star in a film about the Lost Boys of Sudan – the name given to the over 20,000 boys who were displaced after the devastating Second Sudanese Civil War. Reportedly titled The Good LieMargaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) wrote the screenplay, and Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) is set to direct. Witherspoon has not had a theatrical release since This Means War, but she can be seen in Jeff Nichols’ (Take ShelterMud, opening in theaters on April 26. [The Wrap]

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