March 27, 2015
Paramount Pictures has released a new TV spot for the upcoming Terminator Genisys that features recent Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. The film will hit theaters on July 1, 2015.
Directed by Thor: The Dark World‘s Alan Taylor from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, Terminator Genisys stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Byung Hun Lee and Matt Smith.
Terminator Genisys is poised to play with the continuity of the entire “Terminator” franchise by recreating scenes from the first two films in the series and also revealing Sarah Connor was raised by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, whom she calls “Pops.” The film will also feature a man-machine hybrid as its primary antagonist which the filmmakers describe as a “visual game changer.”
Big Game Spot
March 27, 2015
Gillian Flynn, who adapted the screenplay Gone Girl from her novel, has been brought on by Oscar nominated director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) to co-write a heist thriller that will feature four female leads.
Based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows that was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante, McQueen will co-produce and direct the feature. The story is about four armed robbers who get killed in a botched heist attempt and their widows teaming up to finish the job.
Film 4 will co-finance the film with New Regency and it will license free TV rights in the UK. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films will produce the film with McQueen.
Flynn will be re-teaming with Gone Girl helmer David Fincher on the HBO series Utopia, an adaptation of the British series.
March 27, 2015
Source: Eminem’s YouTube page
Through Eminem’s YouTube page, the first trailer to the boxing film Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal has been released online.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter, Southpaw is a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption.
Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting… one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral.
His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy’s fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick (Forest Whitaker) agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it. Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself.
Rachel McAdams plays his wife, with Oona Laurence as his kid, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as a boxing promoter. Beau Knapp plays Jon Jon, the fighter’s lifelong best friend who came up with him through foster care and is on the payroll. Naomie Harris plays Angela, a social worker who works with Gyllenhaal’s character and his daughter. Singer Rita Ora plays a drug addict.
The Weinstein Company will release the film on July 31, 2015.
March 26, 2015
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Get Hard – In theaters March 27, 2015
Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson
Director: Etan Cohen
Writers: Screenplay By Jay Martel & Ian Roberts and Etan Cohen, story by Adam McKay
and Jay Martel & Ian Roberts
Producers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy
Executive Producers: Ravi Mehta, Kevin Messick and Jessica Elbaum
Comedy. When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.
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March 26, 2015
Open Road has released the official trailer to Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope, which premiered at Sundance and will be released in theaters on June 12.
Produced by Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi (“Fruitvale Station”), the film is a coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a, only in Los Angeles, gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he’ll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
Making appearances in the film are Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons,, Kimberly Elise, Rick Fox, Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, along with rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga.
Famuyiwa’s previous films include “The Wood,” “Brown Sugar,” “Our Family Wedding”.
March 26, 2015
It’s been announced that Taraji P. Henson will make host ‘Saturday Night Live‘ on Saturday, April 11.
It will the first time for Oscar nominated actress and the musical guest on the show that evening will be Mumford & Sons, which is their second time on the long-running sketch series.
Henson has been enjoying a good string of events lately with her turn as Cookie on the hottest series on television Empire, which just ended its first season on a high note, averaging 16.5 million viewers. Henson will also be the Celebrity Ambassador for 2015 American Black Film Festival this June.
Celebrating 40 years this year, Henson will be tenth black woman to host. Scandal star Kerry Washington hosted the show in November 2013. Former SNL member Maya Rudolph was the host in February 2012 and before that Gabourey Sidibe hosted in early 2010. Rosario Dawson did it in 2009 while Halle Berry hosted back in 2003. Janet Jackson was in 2004 and Queen Latifah has done it twice, first in 2003 and served as host/musical guest in 2004. Cicely Tyson was the fisrt back in 1979, followed by Oprah Winfrey in 1986.
March 26, 2015
From Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29, BAMcinématek presents New Voices in Black Cinema, the fifth festival presented with the Fort Greene-based ActNow Foundation. Reflecting the wide spectrum of views and themes within African and diasporan communities in Brooklyn and beyond, the series features four New York premieres, one world premiere, and one US premiere. Home to a variety of ActNow programs since 2009, BAMcinématek continues this partnership which provides a showcase for new and established voices in black independent cinema.
Martin Majeske, managing director for ActNow Foundation, says of New Voices in Black Cinema: “ActNow is honored to continue highlighting and supporting a diverse group of artists through this festival. In our fifth year, we are even more thrilled to bring unique programming from around the world to this eclectic borough that we call home.”
Opening the festival on Thursday, March 26 is the world premiere of Ben Bowman’s Knucklehead, a hard-hitting Brooklyn drama starring Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire) as a dysfunctional mother-son pair. When mentally disabled Langston realizes he must break free from his mother’s toxic grip, he seeks out a celebrity health hack he believes has the key to his independence. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Bowman and Akinnagbe.
The fifth year of New Voices in Black Cinema offers an array of strong narrative features, including the New York premiere of C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi’s edgy throwback zombie film Ojuju (2014—Mar 27), in which a group of friends must dodge ravenous reanimated corpses in a cramped Nigerian slum. Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s South African monochrome thriller Of Good Report (2013—Mar 26) follows a schoolteacher (Mothusi Magano) who conducts a wild affair with his 16-year-old student. Originally banned in its home country, this Lolita-esque noir shocks with a strong performance by Magano, who recalls “Jack Nance in Eraserhead or Anthony Perkins in Psycho” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).
Also screening are the US premiere of Rob Brown’s Sixteen (2013—Mar 29), which recounts a former DR Congo child soldier’s struggles to reconcile his traumatic past with his new life in London, and Nefertite Nguvu’s atmospheric Brooklyn ensemble piece In the Morning(2014—Mar 28). Nguvu will appear in person for a Q&A following the screening.
This year’s festival also includes an extraordinary selection of documentaries charting the political climate across the globe. Among them is acclaimed cinematographer Arthur Jafa’s (Crooklyn, New Voices selection In the Morning) feature-length directorial debut Dreams Are Colder Than Death(2014—Mar 27), which screened at last year’s New York Film Festival and contemplates the black experience in America via interviews with Charles Burnett, Kara Walker, and others;
Joanna Lipper’sThe Supreme Price (2014—Mar 28), an ambitious look at Nigeria’s political evolution through the eyes of feminist Hafsat Abiola and “one of ten films all human rights activists should see” (The Huffington Post); and Life’s Essentials With Ruby Dee (2014—Mar 28), a tender
documentary directed by Muta’Ali Muhammad about his grandmother, the cherished actor and iconic activist. Also screening is the New York premiere of Rachel Perkins’ Black Panther Woman (2014—Mar 29), a portrait of one woman’s experience in the Australian Black Panther movement.
Other highlights include the New York premiere of Andrew Adkins and George Potter’s An American Ascent (2014—Mar 27), a documentary about the first group of all African-American mountaineers to climb Mount Denali; Kiara Jones’ charming family drama Christmas Wedding Baby (2014—Mar 27); the New York premiere of Destiny Ekaragha’s Gone Too Far (2013—Mar 28), a side-splitting comedy about the new relationship between a British teenager and his Nigerian brother; and a Shorts Program (Mar 29) made up of a biting new satire by BAMcinemaFest alum Shaka King (Newlyweeds), a documentary on a machete master in Haiti, and more. Christmas Wedding Babydirector Kiara Jones and producer Ralph Scott will appear in person for a Q&A.
Of Good Report
In The Morning
The Supreme Price
Black Panther Woman
Life’s Essentials With Ruby Dee
March 25, 2015
Variety is reporting that Idris Elba is in talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3, which J.J. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison.
Justin Lin is directing the pic with Pegg and Doug Jung writing the script. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin are set to reprise their roles.
The site, going off rumors, suggests that Klingons would be the main villains in this movie, as they have not had a full presence in previous installments, but sources would not confirm if that was the case. Paramount and Skydance had no comment.
Elba, who’s currently on screen in “The Gunman,” recently play the villain opposite Taraji P. Henson in “No Good Deed.” He will next be seen in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” followed by Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which Netflix recently acquired for distribution.
He recently finished “Bastille Day” opposite “Cinderella” star Richard Madden and has Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and the indie “A Hundred Streets” set to bow in the near future. It was also announced yesterday that he will replace Jamie Foxx in Harmony Kormine’s “The Trap.”
March 25, 2015
EW has release the first pic of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor from Warner Bros.’ “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which opens on March 25, 2016.
“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” director Zack Snyder tells the magazine. “Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course….Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”
The highly anticipated action adventure stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.
Update: (Sept. 13): Snyder posted a pic on Twitter last night from the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice showing the Batmobile and the Gotham City Police Department.
Footage from 2014 SDCC
Update: (Sept. 17) Video of the Batmobile – courtesy of “Shiva_Honey.”
March 25, 2015
Paramount Pictures has plans to develop a feature film titled Substitute Teacher, which is based on the sketch character from Comedy Central’s show “Key & Peele.”
The original “Substitute Teacher” sketch stars Keegan-Michael Key as Mr. Garvey, an inner-city substitute who doesn’t quite fit in when he’s assigned to teach a room full of middle-class white students.
With a script written by Alex Rubens and Rich Talarico, the site reports that Jordan Peele will take on the role of a rival teacher.
Key was last seen on the big screen in Let’s Be Cops and Horrible Bosses 2 while Peele will appear in the upcoming Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” Both actors also starred together on the first season of FX’s“Fargo.”
Key and Peele will both also produce Substitute Teacher through 21 Laps alongside Dan Levine and Shawn Levy. Principato Young Entertainment’s Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak will also produce with Will Rack overseeing for 21 Laps.