August 3, 2015
Alchemy is proud to announce the home entertainment release of THE DEMPSEY SISTERS. Emmy Award winner Lynn Whitfield (ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder”, The Josephine Baker Story, Madea’s Family Reunion), Denyce Lawton (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne), Teairra Mari (Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock”), Cymphonique Miller (Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock”), Antwon Tanner (Coach Carter, “One Tree Hill”, Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus”), Clifton Powell, Valarie Pettiford (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), and hip hop artist MC Lyte (Half & Half) round out the superb cast. THE DEMPSEY SISTERS is directed by Roger Melvin and written by Sid Powell (What Would You Do for Love). THE DEMPSEY SISTERS is available on DVD, VOD and Early EST on September 8, 2015.
Deena, Sheena and Tina are sisters who have always shared everything, including their love for music. Now that they’re all grown up, they make a joint decision that getting back to their musical roots and putting their family band back together is what they truly want. When their brother Luke and his wife fall on hard times and show up at their doorstep unexpectedly, they convince him to be their manager. Through their gift of song, the sisters and Luke find that believing in a dream and the strength of a family bond can get you through anything.
THE DEMPSEY SISTERS will be available on DVD, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, and Cinema Now on September 8, 2015.
August 3, 2015
20th Century Fox has released a trailer to the trailer to the comic book film, Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds as the title character and hitting theaters on February 12, 2016.
Directed by Tim Miller from a screenplay written by Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese, the film also stars T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Morena Baccarin as his love interest Vanessa Carlysle (aka Copycat) and Ed Skrein as Ajax.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “Deadpool” tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
SDCC 2015 Panel
Trailer before Official Trailer]]>
Release Date: August 21, 2015
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Aleksander Bach
Rating: R (for sequences of strong violence, and some language)
Screenwriters: Skip Woods, Michael Finch
Cast: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann
“Hitman: Agent 47″ centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.
TV Spot – You Won’t Know What Hit You
Featurette – Creating Katia Van Dees
Featurette – Ultimate Hitman
Clip – Reveal
August 1, 2015
Musician-actor Andre Benjamin has been cast in season 2 of ABC’s American Crime, reuniting with series creator John Ridley.
He’ll play architect Michael Lacroix, opposite returning star Regina King, who will play his wife, Terri. A true power couple, they have both the financial means, as well as the acumen needed to fiercely defend their son when he becomes entangled in a scandal at an elite private school.
Andre, a.k.a Andre 3000 and is one-half of Outkast, starred on creator John Ridley on 2013’s Jimi Hendrix film Jimi: All Is By My Side.
Ridley stated “Personally, I couldn’t be more excited than to work again with Andre. He is an amazing individual, a true artist, and All is by my Side is one of the reasons I was given the reins on American Crime. Folks at ABC were absolutely moved by Andre’s performance in the film, and by the overall language of cinema we used in telling the story. It’s fair to say American Crime might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration.”
In addition to King, other cast members from Season 1 returning are Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor, Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral. All of whom will be playing new characters in a new setting. Besides Benjamin, other newcomers include Angelique Rivera, Connor Jessup and Joey Pollari.
Season 2 is filming in Austin. Ridley executive produces American Crime with Michael J. McDonald for ABC Studios.
July 31, 2015
Actress Erika Alexander has booked a role on the Amazon Original Series and cop drama Bosch for its second season, reports Deadline.
The one-hour drama series is based on Michael Connelly‘s best-selling Harry Bosch book series.
Season 2 will be based on Connelly’s bestselling novels “Trunk Music” and “The Drop,” with series stars Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector as his partner Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets, Lance Reddick as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, and Sarah Clarke as Eleanor Wish, all returning.
Alexander will have a recurring role, playing Connie Irving, a college professor and Deputy Chief Irving’s (Lance Reddick) wife who is concerned about furthering her husband’s career and keeping her police officer son safe.
In the second season of “Bosch,” the relentless LAPD detective will investigate the murder of a Hollywood producer who laundered money for the mob. He will also pursue serial killer Chilton Hardy and the investigations take Bosch from the Hollywood Hills down through the gritty back streets of L.A. and Las Vegas, threatening those closest to him – his teenage daughter and ex-wife.
Erika Alexander is an award-winning actress, best known for her portrayal of Cousin Pam on The Cosby Show and Max on Living Single. She has starred recently on the critically-acclaimed AMC series Low Winter Sun and on ABC’s Last Man Standing. Her notable film credits include Love Liza with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Elsa & Fred opposite Oscar-winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Alexander was also featured opposite Denzel Washington in Tony Scott’s sci-fi thriller DejaVu. Along with her husband Tony Puryear, they are the creators of the comic book Concrete Park from Dark Horse Presents.
“Bosch” was developed for television by Eric Overmyer (“Treme,” “The Wire,” “Homicide: Life on the Streets”) and is Executive Produced by Overmyer.
July 31, 2015
A new poster and clip (through Indiewire) has been posted online from UNSULLIED, the feature film directorial debut of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end and NFL Superbowl champion Simeon Rice.
The film will theaters, through Lambert Releasing, nationwide on August 28, 2015.
Directed by Rice and co-written by Rice and John Nodilo, UNSULLIED is a suspense thriller that follows Reagan, a track star, who is kidnapped by a pair of sociopaths after her car breaks down on a deserted road. Trapped and afraid, Reagan soon realizes her captors love the thrill of “the hunt,” and she is the hunted. Reagan must use her wits and physical prowess to escape her tormentors and find her way to freedom, while putting together the pieces of a horrifying puzzle. UNSULLIED stars Murray Gray, in her feature film debut, Rusty Joiner (BEHAVING BADLY, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION), and James Gaudioso.
UNSULLIED is a Dreamline Picures production. The film is produced by Michelle Gracie, Ghana Cooper and John Nodilo, with Rice serving as executive producer.
July 31, 2015
Today we celebrate Franklin’s first appearance in the world of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts. July 31 is #FranklinDay!
This year, Schulz’s iconic strip “Peanuts” is celebrating its 65th Anniversary as part of the fabric of our culture. On July 31st, 1968 Charles Schulz introduced Franklin, the first African American character, to appear alongside Charlie Brown and his friends.
Mar Mar voices Frankin, Charlie Brown’s good friend and confidant, and the only one who never has an unkind word about our hapless hero, or anyone else for that matter, Mar Mar has worked on the TV series Austin & Alley (on the Disney Channel), Guys with Kids, Bubble Guppies and Good Luck Charlie.
20th Century Fox and Blue Sky will release The Peanuts Movie in theaters in 3D on November 6, 2015. Produced by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks) and directed by Steve Martino, the animated film will feature the voices of Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, AJ Tecce, Noah Johnston, Venus Schultheis, Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Mar Mar, Mariel Sheets and Rebecca Bloom.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.
Happy Franklin Day
The thing about watching Tom Cruise come back as Ethan Hunt for the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series is that he’s always going to give you his everything when it comes to death-defying action scenes. From car chases to fight scenes and now dangling from an airplane, Ethan Hunt is certainly the hardest man to kill. With Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Cruise is joined, not only by his trusted allies (the always reliable wingman Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg) but with a newcomer (Rebecca Ferguson), who could very much lead this franchise if producers ever choose to go in a different direction. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Rogue Nation delivers first rate entertainment from beginning to end. Certainly a non-stop joyride that will continue the franchise should audiences choose to accept whimsical disbelief.
As with most of the plots of the franchise, either the IMF agency is in danger of being disbanded or they have to stop a dangerous individual from unleashing worldwide destruction. In this film, Hunt is on the trail to stop The Syndicate, a group of former agents believed to be dead. Without knowing their ulterior motive and with no one to believe his story, Hunt is on his own, yet again, that is until he brings his go-to wingman and tech savvy Luther (Rhames), and analyst Benji (Pegg) in aiding him. Holding the fort back home in front of the Senate oversight committee is Brandt (Renner), trying to stop CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) from dismantling the IMF.
In pursuing Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), The Syndicate’s leader, Hunt comes across Ilsa (Ferguson), another spy whose allegiance is puzzling from the start. One minute she’s saving his life and the next she’s trying to kill him. From the car chase scenes, fighting above an opera house, swimming with little oxygen time, and preventing an assassination, Hunt is hands full in completing his unauthorized mission.
From the start, Cruise aims to please and he delivers. For a guy over the age of 50, he’s certainly does these films with a Peter Pan attitude. He can hang on airplane door while in air, drive a motorcycle at blazing speed and perform stunts without gasping for air. Granted, it may be a stunt double doing the heavy work, but Cruise does a great job at faking it. Just when you thought it was all action, the plot starts to make sense. With most of these films, one tends to forget the plot because there stunt scenes usually blows your mind, but Christopher McQuarrie, who’s worked with Cruise on other projects, and Drew Pearce really put together a script that one can actually remember.
The scene stealer is Ferguson. Unless you saw her on television in BBC’s The White Queen, this newcomer, at least on the big screen, makes one hell of a Hollywood entrance. With the last film, Ghost Protocol, we had Paula Patton and Léa Seydoux go toe-to-toe, but Ferguson does more on her own and stands as an equal to Cruise. It’s good to see Rhames back in the fold considering he only appeared in one scene in the last film. Sean Harris is okay as the baddie, but he’s no Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Mission: Impossible III), who will forever be the best villain in the franchise.
Overall, this is a solid, enjoyable summer film that will please everyone.
July 31, 2015
HBO has released a set of pics from Season 2 of The Leftovers during its panel discussion at the their portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour. Included in the images are returning cast members Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, and Margaret Qualley along with newcomers Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo, and Jasmin Savoy Brown.
The Leftover Season 2 debuts on HBO on October 4th at 9 p.m. EST.
Here’s the synopsis for Season 2.
After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, season two of THE LEFTOVERS finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. With him is Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who’s discovered new purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep and welcomes leaving behind Mapleton and the incredible tragedy she suffered there. Equally eager to leave the town she grew up in and the friends she made there is Kevin’s daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley).
Upon their arrival in Jarden, Texas, the newly formed Garvey family meet their neighbors, the Murphys: John (Kevin Carroll) and Erika (Regina King) and their teenage twins, Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Michael (Jovan Adepo). Erika is also a doctor who runs the local urgent care in the town. Attracted to this special town and hoping for miracles for his whole family, Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) has moved with his wife, Mary (Janel Moloney), who still suffers from consequences of the terrible car accident on October 14.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s ex-wife, Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), has left the Guilty Remnant and reunited with her son, Tom (Chris Zylka), who may have finally discovered a cause to help replace the pain in his heart. And while Meg (Liv Tyler) remains in the Guilty Remnant, it may not be the same cult she originally joined.
A TV and film veteran with nearly 30 years of credits, King was just nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in John Ridley’s ABC drama anthology series American Crime. She also directed an episode of BET’s Being Mary Jane and ABC’s Scandal this year.
July 31, 2015
Sony TriStar has released some clips for the upcoming comedy drama Ricki and the Flash, starring Academy Award Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield, Ben Platt, Hayse Jack, Luke Webb, and Charlotte Rae.
Directed by the Academy Award winning Jonathan Demme and scripted by fellow Oscar winner Diablo Cody, and featuring live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom.
Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, as well as Rick Springfield, who portrays a Flash member in love with Ricki, Kevin Kline, who stars as Ricki’s ex-husband, and Audra McDonald, who plays Kline’s new wife.
Ricki and the Flash is produced by Cody, Marc Platt, Mason Novick and Gary Goetzman and executive produced by Ron Bozman, Adam Siegel, Lorene Scafaria and Ben Waisbren.
Ricki and the Flash hits theaters on August 7.
Clip – Cold One
Featurette – Redemption
Clip – Drift Away
Audio – Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield sing Drift Away