REGINALD HUDLIN (Director)
has an impressive list of film credits. He made his directorial debut with the
popular comedy "House Party," which is based on a short film he
directed while he was a student at Harvard University. The 1990 feature won the
prestigious Filmmakers Trophy and the Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance
Film Festival and was awarded the Clarence Muse Youth Award and a New Visions,
New Voices Award from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Grossing over $27
million in domestic box office alone, the critically acclaimed "House
Party" has since become a profitable franchise, inspiring three sequels. a
Saturday morning animated series and a comic book.
Hudlin's next film,
the romantic comedy "Boomerang," was also a big success. Starring
Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Halle Berry and Chris Rock, the film earned $120
million dollars worldwide and produced a double-platinum soundtrack by LA Reid
and Babyface. The soundtrack featured Boyz II Men's "End of The
Road." one of the longest charting #1 singles in BillboardĀ® history, and
the debut appearance of the multi-platinum songstress Toni Braxton.
In 1992, Hudlin's
"Bebe's Kids," the first African American animated feature film,
came out. Written and executive
produced by Hudlin, the film is based on the comic routines of the late Robin
Harris, who played Pop in "house
Party." In 1995, Hudlin created and co-executive produced "Comic
Slop," a hip "Twilight
Zone"-type anthology special for HBO, which won two CableAce Awards for the
"Space Traders" episode, which
Hudlin directed, and for Paula Jai Parker's performance in "Tang."
One year later,
Hudlin's popular comedy "The Great White Hype," written by Ron Shelton
and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldhlum, Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx and Jon
Lovitz, was another box office success. The soundtrack from the film also marked
the first release on the Hudlin Bros/Epic Soundtrax record label, which featured
the once in a lifetime pairing of Lou Rawls and Biz Markie performing "I've
Got You Under My Skin."
In 2001, Hudlin
directed Saturday Night Live Comedian Tim Meadows as the popular SNL character
Leon Phelps, the world's greatest lover, in Paramount's "The Ladies
Hudlin has partnered
with Aaron McGruder, the creator of the controversial comic strip The
Boondocks, to develop an animated series of the strip. Hudlin is also
currently developing another comedy for Mandalay Pictures.
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