May 3, 2016
Fox TV has released some clips from the fifteenth episode of season 2 of its hits TV series, ‘Empire,’ which airs on Wednesday, May 4th at 9:00pm ET/PT.
In the all-new “The Lyon Who Cried Wolf” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, a wrench is thrown into Lucious’ deeply personal music video about his mother, when Andre discovers a dark secret. Meanwhile, Hakeem and Jamal are compromised after pursuing secretive affairs. Then, Rhonda starts to suspect who her attacker was..
Cast includes: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Gealey as Anika Gibbons, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, and Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha.
Recurring cast include Andre Royo as Thirsty Rawlings, Jamila Velazquez as Laura Calleros, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Annie Ilonzeh as Harper Scott, Tasha Smith as Carol Hardaway, and Vivica A. Fox as Candace.
Guest stars include Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Francisco Posada as Trap, Morocco Omari as Tariq, Tobias Truvillion as Derek Major, Jessica Klaas as Sonja, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, and Marcell Johnson as Marcel.
From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, “Empire” was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo
“The Lyon Who Cried Wolf” Promo
May 3, 2016
FilmRise has announced that it will release the drama “Five Nights in Maine,” starring David Oyelowo, Two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest (“Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Bullets Over Broadway”) and Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez (“Fearless”) this summer on August 5.
The film, which also features Teyonah Parris, Hani Furstenberg, and Bill Raymond, will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles and other cities in the late summer along with going day-and-date on digital and VOD platforms.
Written & directed by Maris Curran, the film made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
The last voicemail Sherwin Owens (Oyelowo) received from his beloved wife, Fiona (Furstenberg), before she died in a car accident implored him: “meet her, before it’s too late.” The “her” in question is Fiona’s mother Lucinda (Wiest), whom Fiona had just visited after many years of estrangement. After spending several solitary days blunting his grief with alcohol, Sherwin makes the long drive to Lucinda’s home in rural Maine. Lucinda lives up to her reputation as ornery, bullying, and cruel, but she is dying from cancer. As Sherwin endeavours to bridge a divide widened by age and race, there ensues an unspoken competition as to who bears the greater loss.]]>
May 3, 2016
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the sequel to the 2014 hit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Set for release on June 3, 2016, the film is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman and is directed by David Green.
Returning for the sequel are Megan Fox as as April O’Neil and Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick as well as William Fichtner as Eric Sacks. Newcomers include Tyler Perry as scientist Baxter Stockman, Laura Linney as Chief Rebecca Vincent. WWE Star Sheamus as Rocksteady, Gary Anthony Williams as Bebop, Brittany Ishibashi as Karai, Stephen Amell as the sports-themed vigilante Casey Jones and Brian Tee as Shredder.
Reprising their roles as the Turtles are Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Pete Ploszek at Leonardo, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello.
Michael Bay returns to produce alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick also producing..
Super Bowl TV Spot
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May 3, 2016
Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards were announced today and as expected Hamilton dominated the field with a record 16 nominations.
As expected, creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda and co-star Leslie Odom Jr. took spots in the best actor in a musical category, while Phillipa Soo nabbed a lead actress nod and Renee Elise Goldsberry took a featured actress slot. In the featured musical actor race, three of the five spots are filled with “Hamilton” actors: Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson.
“The Book of Mormon” alums Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells announced the nominees for the Tony Awards on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. ET live from the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in New York City.
Also doing well was “Shuffle Along,” the George C. Wolfe musical that opened last week, with 10 nominations. Surprisingly, its leading lady Audra Mcdonald failed to land a nomination.
Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed landed six nominations, including one for Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o for Best Actress. Co-stars Pascale Armand and Saycon Sengbloh will compete against each other for Best Actress in a Featured Role.
All in all, history was made as 12 Blacks received nominations in the acting categories, surpassing the previous high of 9 from 2013.
Emceed by Tony Award winner and “The Late Late Show” host James Corden, the Tonys will air June 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS
Eclipsed Author: Danai Gurira
The Father Author: Florian Zeller
The Humans Author: Stephen Karam
King Charles III Author: Mike Bartlett
School of Rock-The Musical
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Best Book of a Musical
Bright Star – Steve Martin
Hamilton – Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock-The Musical – Julian Fellowes
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followe – George C. Wolfe
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Bright Star – Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Lyrics: Edie Brickell
Hamilton – Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock-The Musical – Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Waitress – Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock-The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin
Christopher Oram, Hughie
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
David Zinn, The Humans
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho
David Korins, Hamilton
Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
David Rockwell, She Loves Me
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Michael Krass, Noises Off
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed
Tom Scutt, King Charles III
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Justin Townsend, The Humans
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Hamilton
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend, American Psycho
Best Direction of a Play
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Marshall W. Mason
Special Tony Award
National Endowment for the Arts
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Paper Mill Playhouse – Millburn, NJ
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Sally Ann Parsons
Tony Nominations by Production
Hamilton – 16
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – 10
She Loves Me – 8
Long Day’s Journey Into Night – 7
Eclipsed – 6
The Humans – 6
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge – 5
Bright Star – 5
King Charles III – 5
Noises Off – 5
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible – 4
The Color Purple – 4
School of Rock-The Musical – 4
Waitress – 4
Blackbird – 3
Fiddler on the Roof – 3
Spring Awakening – 3
American Psycho – 2
The Father – 2
Dames at Sea – 1
Disaster! – 1
Hughie – 1
Misery – 1
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan – 1
Thérèse Raquin – 1
Tuck Everlasting – 1
May 2, 2016
Actress Terri J. Vaughn (*Girlfriends’ Getaway* franchise, “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns”) makes her directorial debut in a guaranteed classic #DigitalLivesMatter, starring social media giants DC Young Fly and Emmanuel Hudson.
The web film will premiere at American Black Film Festival June 2016 and also simultaneously be available for streaming via www.digitallivesmatter.com
DC Young Fly is on top of the world with over 3 million Instagram followers, and his fame is growing with every post. However, when this social media influencer crosses the wrong computer geek, all hell breaks
loose and DC wakes up to find all his followers are gone! This catastrophe couldn’t happen on a worse day! DC has a career-changing audition, and he actually needs at least a million followers to even get in the door. DC has one day to find his followers, get them back, and make it to his audition.
Immediately, DC enlists the help of his best friend Theo (Emmanuel Hudson), and the neighborhood tech genius to help him get his followers back. Throughout the day, DC receives DMs from a mysterious Simon who sends him on a variety of comical tasks to do favors for his followers. With every hilarious occurrence, DC realizes his social media influence and that those who follow him are real people. By the end of the day, DC learns that Digital Lives Matter!
The film is written, directed and produced by Nina Holiday Entertainment (NHE). For over a decade, Terri J. Vaughn, Cas Sigers Beedles and Rikki Hughes have produced nine (9) television projects with each reaching over 2 million viewers. Girlfriends’ Getaway was a major success for NHE and TV One, which led to the successful sequel. Their film, Sugar Mommas, received a 44th NAACP Image Award nomination in the “Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special” category.]]>
May 2, 2016
STX Entertainment has released a poster and both green and red band trailers to ‘Bad Moms,’ starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo.
In this new comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Written and directed by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, Bad Moms will hit theaters on July 29, 2016.
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May 2, 2016
HISTORY has released several photos for “Roots,” which airs on Memorial Day 2016 over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30.
The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. “Roots” will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY.
The stellar cast includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”) and Anna Paquin (“Nancy Holt”); Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Laurence Fishburne (“Alex Haley”); Golden Globe Award winning and Emmy Award nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Tom Lea”); Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (“Kizzy”); Grammy Award winner Tip “T.I.” Harris (“Cyrus”); Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Belle”); Matthew Goode (“Dr. William Waller”); Mekhi Phifer (“Jerusalem”); James Purefoy (“John Waller”) and introduces Regé-Jean Page (“Chicken George”) and Malachi Kirby (“Kunta Kinte”).
“’Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both incredibly inspiring and tremendously entertaining,” said Buccieri. “We are proud that HISTORY will be able to bring new life to this incredible story that remains as important today as it did when the original ‘Roots’ first premiered.”
“Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever.”
“Roots” is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original “Roots.” Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Barry Jossen serve as executive producers. LeVar Burton and Korin D. Huggins are co-executive producers. Questlove is executive music producer. “Roots” is directed by Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford. Arturo Interian and Michael Stiller serve as Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY. A+E Networks handles international distribution for “Roots.”
A New Vision For A New Generation
Know His Name
May 2, 2016
Justin Lin, best known for directing four of the seven “Fast and Furious” films, is in talks to direct “Space Jam 2,” starring NBA player LeBron James, for Warner Bros.
The original 1996 film, a live action/animation comedy that earned $230.4 million worldwide, starred former NBL player and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and a collection of Looney Tunes cartoon characters who teamed up to play a basketball game against aliens threatening their freedom.
Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are writing the script for the film, which Charlie Ebersol is producing.
James made his acting debut opposite Amy Schumer in the Judd Apatow comedy “Trainwreck,” where he played himself.
Lin’s next film is “Star Trek Beyond,” which comes out this summer.
Here’s the trailer to the 1996 film.]]>
May 2, 2016
HBO Films has announced that Oprah Winfrey will star in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which is based on Rebecca Skloot’s best-seller.
George C. Wolfe will write the screenplay and direct the film. HBO picked up the rights to the film back in 2010.
Winfrey will also serve as an exec producer on the film, along with Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher. Skloot will serve as a co-exec producer.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, played by Winfrey, the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
Henrietta Lacks’ sons Zakariyya Rahman and David Lacks, Jr. and granddaughter Jeri Lacksare will serve as consultants on the HBO project.
The Root interviewed Skloot about the book in 2010. Said Skloot, “I first learned about Henrietta when I was 16. My biology teacher mentioned “HeLa” cells, saying they were one of the most important tools in medicine, then almost as an aside, she said, “They came from a woman named Henrietta Lacks, and she was black.” That was the moment I became obsessed with Henrietta. I asked whether her family knew about the cells and what her race had to do with them being alive, but my teacher said no one knew anything else about her.”
Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Ball’s Your Face Goes Here Entertainment and Pilcher’s Cine Mosaic will produce.
Since leaving her daytime talk show, Winfrey has acted in Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, and will appear in a supporting role to the series, Greenleaf, airing on her network, OWN.
Filming begins this summer, and no premiere date has been announced.]]>
May 2, 2016
Learn to believe in love again with the hilarious romantic comedy The Perfect Match arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand July 19 from Lionsgate. From director Bille Woodruff (Addicted) comes a film that will have audiences seeing their relationships in a whole new light. The delightfully entertaining film stars Terrence J (TV’s “106 & Park”), Cassie Ventura (Step Up 2: The Streets), Donald Faison (TV’s “Scrubs”), Dascha Polanco (Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”), Robert Christopher Riley (TV’s “Hit the Floor”), Lauren London (TV’s “The Game”), with Joe Pantoliano (The Fugitive), and Paula Patton (About Last Night).
Charlie (Terrence J) is a bachelor who’s convinced that relationships are dead despite attempts by his therapist sister (Paula Patton) and his friends to tell him otherwise. On a bet, he decides to stay with one woman for one month to prove that he is immune to love. Soon, he meets the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Cassie Ventura) and coaxes her into a casual affair. But as Charlie spends more time with Eva, he begins to question whether he may actually want more than just a one-night-stand.
The Perfect Match home entertainment release comes loaded with hilarious special features, including audio commentary with the cast and crew, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a compilation of footage too fun to leave out. The Perfect Match will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Based on the screenplay by Dana Verde. Screenplay by Brandon Broussard and Gary Hardwick. Directed by Bille Woodruff. From Lionsgate and Codeblack Films in association with Jorva Entertainment Productions and Flavor Unit Entertainment.
BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*
· “Making The Perfect Match” Featurette
· “What’s Love Without Comedy” Featurette
· “Nobody’s Perfect” Featurette
· Chillin’ with the Perfect Cast — Cast & Director Commentary