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There have been many major film productions in Memphis, "Hustle & Flow" being the latest. Memphis has become a major championship boxing city, with more fights planned in the near future. The Hustle & Flow world premiere is here along with all of the hype tonight (7/6/05). The entertainment industry seems to be doing pretty well here lately.

Check out these links: http://www.wreg.com/Global/story.asp?S=3564014

http://www.hustleandflow.com

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There have been many major film productions in Memphis, "Hustle & Flow" being the latest.  Memphis has become a major championship boxing city, with more fights planned in the near future.  The Hustle & Flow world premiere is here along with all of the hype tonight (7/6/05).  The entertainment industry seems to be doing pretty well here lately. 

Check out these links:  http://www.wreg.com/Global/story.asp?S=3564014

http://www.hustleandflow.com

Any comments?

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while i'm not sure how well the movie is going to help the image of memphis, it will call more attention to it. i honestly love the rap scene out of memphis (i can't even count how many three 6 mafia cds i have anymore :D ) and want to see it. while i appreciate movies like this, i'm just afraid it might turn some off to memphis.

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Its good to know that I'm not the only rap fan on this forum! For years though, Memphis has been known for its shady underworld. This goes all the way back to the days of Beale Street (the real Beale St.) with the pawn shops, pimps, prostitutes and grifters. I'm too young to know about any of this, but my grandparents share great stories of the past. Although every city has an underworld, the underworld here seems to get a lot of national attention. While everyone has different perceptions of the city, most negative perceptions turn positive once people actually visit. I have college buddies from around the country that are simply amazed with the atmosphere and energy of Memphis. Before they visited though, this was a place that many of them wouldn't think to have a family vacation and now it has become a yearly thing. Comments?

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while i'm not sure how well the movie is going to help the image of memphis, it will call more attention to it. i honestly love the rap scene out of memphis (i can't even count how many three 6 mafia cds i have anymore  :D ) and want to see it. while i appreciate movies like this, i'm just afraid it might turn some off to memphis.

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All the Grisham movies filmed there featured affluent Germantown lawyers and well-to-do East Memphis women.

But, my 14 yr old son thinks all that ghetto stuff is cool as can be, way cooler than the other affluent stuff. So, go figure.

The cultural gatekeepers on the East and West coasts will make big over the city's street cred/southern authenticity, etc. Southern film-makers of course know how to manipulate that.

But I think the point is that Memphis has been an up and coming film venue for location shoots for awhile now. "40 Grams" was shot there not too long ago, as well as the upcoming Johnny Cash flick.

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Its good to know that I'm not the only rap fan on this forum!

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Craig Brewer's next film is also set to begin shooting early next.  As a person who spent a few childhood years in the "hood," cool is not the word for it.  Although I experienced a marvelous childhood, it could have been better if I hadn't had to work so hard at underfunded inner city schools, etc.  It seems as though Memphis is breeding this "underworld" that I'm speaking of.  Every city knows that a better education leads to citizens living better lives (except Memphis).

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Oh, I certainly don't agree with my son, or popular culture which idealizes that stuff. I'm just saying that--for better or worse--since that sort of thing nowadays is thought of as cool, I doubt it will hurt Memphis' reputation.

That's reason number one I left New Orleans. I taught in the public schools there, so I know whereof I speak.

As far as education goes, I would disagree with you that Memphis is somehow unique. Memphis does no worse than most other large urban school districts nationwide. And--hard to believe--I taught with a teacher in New Orleans who had taught in Memphis at Colonial Jr. High. She held up Memphis as a model. Shows how bad New Orleans was. Unfortunately.

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All the Grisham movies filmed there featured affluent Germantown lawyers and well-to-do East Memphis women.

But,  my 14 yr old son thinks all that ghetto stuff is cool as can be, way cooler than the other affluent stuff.  So, go figure.

The cultural gatekeepers on the East and West coasts will make big over the city's street cred/southern authenticity, etc.  Southern film-makers of course know how to manipulate that.

But I think the point is that Memphis has been an up and coming film venue for location shoots for awhile now.  "40 Grams" was shot there not too long ago, as well as the upcoming Johnny Cash flick.

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oh i agree, memphis has been a hotspot for movies. john grisham has really helped with that. nashville has always been really jealous that ya'll get all the movies in tn :D . i think part of that reason is because ya'll have a lot of great screenwriters in memphis. the bluff city really is an interesting place to tell a story, the mix of cultures there is an excellent backdrop.

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What about the boxing scene? Prize Fight Boxing, which puts on many of the events in Memphis was actually a Nashville company started by Brian Young. The first Tyson-Lewis fight bypassed Nashville and came to Memphis because of its proximity to Tunica casionos. Boxing has always been popular down here. SOme of the best fights take place Tuesdays at the New Daisy on Beale Street. How far will championship title bouts go in Memphis? Memphis has done a lot in the past 5-10 years courting the affection of the world through entertainment (2 new sports arenas, etc.). Given our budget woes (education, services, etc.), are we placing our efforts in the wrong places? Comments?

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What about the boxing scene?  Prize Fight Boxing, which puts on many of the events in Memphis was actually a Nashville company started by Brian Young.  The first Tyson-Lewis fight bypassed Nashville and came to Memphis because of its proximity to Tunica casionos.  Boxing has always been popular down here.  SOme of the best fights take place Tuesdays at the New Daisy on Beale Street.  How far will championship title bouts go in Memphis?  Memphis has done a lot in the past 5-10 years courting the affection of the world through entertainment (2 new sports arenas, etc.).  Given our budget woes (education, services, etc.), are we placing our efforts in the wrong places?  Comments?

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All cities are hurting budget-wise because the federal government has squeezed the states which in turn squeezes the cities. And it can certainly be argued that sports venues are misplaced priorities, although the FedEx Forum didn't--thus far--cost the taxpayers a dime.

Anyway, a pic of the New Daisy Theater on Beale:

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It's great Memphis is in movies. I'm hoping someday it will have as much of a reputation for rap and hip hop as Atlanta does.

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What about the boxing scene?  Prize Fight Boxing, which puts on many of the events in Memphis was actually a Nashville company started by Brian Young.  The first Tyson-Lewis fight bypassed Nashville and came to Memphis because of its proximity to Tunica casionos.  Boxing has always been popular down here.  SOme of the best fights take place Tuesdays at the New Daisy on Beale Street.  How far will championship title bouts go in Memphis?  Memphis has done a lot in the past 5-10 years courting the affection of the world through entertainment (2 new sports arenas, etc.).  Given our budget woes (education, services, etc.), are we placing our efforts in the wrong places?  Comments?

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actually nashville used to have the 2nd most sanctioned boxing matches in the country (behind vegas) until people found out that most of those matches were homeless guys getting paid to fight in clubs. memphis however has always had the bigger and more well known fights . they have always been able to pull off better fights than we have. i wanna know ya'lls secret! :P

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actually nashville used to have the 2nd most sanctioned boxing matches in the country (behind vegas) until people found out that most of those matches were homeless guys getting paid to fight in clubs. memphis however has always had the bigger and more well known fights . they have always been able to pull off better fights than we have. i wanna know ya'lls secret!

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Well, having a mayor who's a former Golden Gloves champ probably helps Memphis.  He's asked council members on occasion if they want to "take it outside." lol

The big advantage is the casinos who sponsor a lot of the fights and where the boxers set up camp.

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lol :D oh yeah, i kind of forgot about that. haha.

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I offer my personal take on this. Nashville gets more than its share of publicity, and I'd really prefer that with the exception of some events, that the boxing culture stays in the weststate.

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I offer my personal take on this. Nashville gets more than its share of publicity, and I'd really prefer that with the exception of some events, that the boxing culture stays in the weststate.

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Why do you prefer boxing to stay in West Tennessee?

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I think we'd be more than happy to monopolize pro-boxing on our end of the state. ;)

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^ True.

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Well, as Uncle Dave alluded to, Nashville has received much publicity as a result of the country and western music industry.

Some of the Nashville establishment decided that image wasn't "right". IMHO, that was a mistake.

I don't think either a C&W image or a boxing culture image are bad at all, or one is better or worse than the other. I think on a "national image meter" both are looked on unfavorably, unfortunately.

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Well, as Uncle Dave alluded to, Nashville has received much publicity as a result of the country and western music industry. 

Some of the Nashville establishment decided that image wasn't "right".  IMHO, that was a mistake.

I don't think either a C&W image or a boxing culture image are bad at all, or one is better or worse than the other.  I think on a "national image meter" both are looked on unfavorably, unfortunately.

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well let's combine boxing with country and western and give the nation a big middle finger :D it's time for nashville and memphis to unite and take over.

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I checked out "Hustle & Flow" this weekend. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Pretty good film considering the small production budget.

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I checked out "Hustle & Flow" this weekend.  It wasn't as bad as I thought.  Pretty good film considering the small production budget.

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i've heard it's gotten really good reviews. i really want to go see it. plus i'm a big fan of the memphis rap scene.

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