October 8, 2014
Relativity Media has released selected songs from the soundtrack to Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s upcoming film, “Beyond the Lights” will hit theaters on November 14, 2014.
The album features the original song Grateful written by Academy Award-nominated songwriter Dianne Warren and performed by Rita Ora. Also included are the other songs from the film by such artists as Mavado feat. Nicki Minaj, Noni feat. Kid Culprit, Birdy, Yuna, India Jean-Jacques, Stacy Barthe & more. The soundtrack will be released on November 10, 2014 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon
Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the lead role, the film also features Nate Parker, Danny Glover, Minnie Driver, Aisha Hinds, Aml Ameen, and rapper Machine Gun Kelly, making his film debut.
Beyond The Lights is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new artist who has just won a Grammy and is primed for stardom. But the pressures of success compel her to nearly end her life until she is saved by a young police officer. They fall hard for each other, despite the protests of their parents who want each to focus on their own career ambitions. But he might be the missing piece to unlock her artistic potential.
Here’s the album track list:
1. Blackbird – India Jean-Jacques 2. Masterpiece – Noni [feat. Kid Culrpit] 3. Extraordinary Love (Fall Version) – Stacy Barthe 4. Lights And Camera – Yuna 5. Give It All To Me (Edited Version) – Mavado [feat. Nicki Minaj] 6. C’mon Boy – Mavado [feat. Nicki Minaj] 7. Fly Before You Fall – Cynthia Erivo 8. Just Girly Things – Dawin 9. Private Property – Noni [feat. Kid Culprit] 10. Shelter – Birdy 11. Worthy – Jacob Banks 12. Blackbird – Noni 13. Grateful – Rita Ora
Noni ft. Kid Culprit – Masterpiece (Beyond The Lights Soundtrack)
Rita Ora – Grateful (Beyond The Lights Soundtrack)
India Jean-Jacques – Blackbird (Beyond The Lights Soundtrack)
Stacy Barthe – Extraordinary Love (Beyond The Lights Soundtrack)
Yuna – Lights And Camera (Beyond The Lights Soundtrack)
Mavado ft. Nicki Minaj – Give It All To Me (Beyond The Lights Soundtrack)
October 31, 2014
Source: Yaya Alafia, Shadow and Act
According to her Instagram account, Yaya DaCosta Alafia has been added to the cast of “The Nice Guys,” joining Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, Angourie Rice, Beau Knapp, Keith David and Margaret Qualley.
Directed by Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Iron Man 3″), “The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
While her role hasn’t been described as of yet, Alafia posted a photo from the set with her chair next to Crowe and Gosling. Qualley has the lead female role, playing the daughter of a corrupt chief justice who figures in the scandal.
Black directs from an original screenplay he wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi. Silver is producing under his Silver Pictures banner, with Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment, Hal Sadoff, and Michael Malone serving as executive producers. Waypoint is co-financing, and Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s BLOOM is handling international sales.
Alafia will next be seen playing Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic “Whitney Houston,” with Angela Bassett making her directorial debut. She was last seen opposite David Oyelowo in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
“The Nice Guys,” set for release on June 17, 2016, will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Release Date: December 5, 2014 (NY, LA; expands Jan. 16)
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Executive Producers: Marie Savare, Christine Vachon, Maria Shriver, Emilie Georges, Nicholas Shumaker, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler
Screenwriter: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference)
Synopsis: The art of losing isn’t hard to master. — Elizabeth Bishop
Renowned linguistics professor Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) knows the truth of Bishop’s poetic insight as well as anyone. Diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, Alice learns the art of losing every day.
At first, Alzheimer’s means losing her way around the streets of Manhattan, but soon — far too soon for her husband and three grown children — it’s much more. But even as it puts her marriage to the test, Alice’s new condition does provide the opportunity to reconnect with her youngest daughter, Lydia (Kristen Stewart), with whom she’s never seen eye-to-eye. The fact that Alice is a lifelong student of language and communication proves a powerful resource in her fight against mental decline, but it also means that she has a uniquely troubling understanding of what’s to come.
October 30, 2014
A24 has released a new poster for writer/director J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks.
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS) and Jessica Chastain (ZERO DARK THIRTY), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay.
Also included in the film are David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, Christopher Abbott, and Ashley Williams.
J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and – above all – his own unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path. With A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, Chandor journeys in a bold new direction, toward the place where best intentions yield to raw instinct, and where we are most vulnerable to compromise what we know to be right
A Most Violent Year hits theaters on December 31.
October 29, 2014
Lionsgate released 8 Insurgent 3D posters for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which hits theaters in 3D and 2D on March 20, 2015.
The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Suki Waterhouse, Octavia Spencer, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Jonny Weston, Emjay Anthony, Rosa Salazar, Ben Lamb, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Jason Lee Erickson.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
The posters included are
Shailene Woodley as Tris.
Theo James as Four
Zoe Kravitz as Christina
Miles Teller as Peter
Mekhi Phifer as Max
Ansel Elgort as Caleb
Maggie Q as Tori
Keiynan Lonsdale as Uriah
October 29, 2014
Lionsgate has released the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
The worldwide phenomenon of “The Hunger Games” continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21 and will be followed next year by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 on November 20, 2015.
Trailer #2 (Oct.15)
TV Spot – Choice
“Peeta” Official TV Spot
October 29, 2014
Released online is the poster to Jean-Claude LaMarre‘s male stripper film, ‘Chocolate City,’ starring Robert Ri’chard, Michael Jai White, Tyson Beckford, Vivica A. Fox, DeRay Davis, Eurika Pratts, Imani Hakim, Carmen Electra, Darrin DeWitt Henson, and Ginuwine.
The story follows a young man’s immersion in the world of the exotic male dancer. His star quickly rises and he becomes the main attraction of the club – Chocolate City. The film is being seen as the urban version of “Magic Mike.”
Robert Ri’chard, who replaced Romeo Miller, will play Devin, a young college student who’s lured into the world of male exotic dancing to pay the bills. White will play owner of a male strip club who convinces Devin to give amateur night a whirl, while Beckford plays Adrian, the club’s former star attraction who finds his popularity fading as the new kid starts to steal the spotlight. Pratts is Carmen, Devin’s girlfriend who has issues with his new career.
Fox plays Devin’s mom, struggling with the bills at home, while Davis plays his older brother and set the comedic tone for the movie. Carmen Electra plays the resident DJ at the club. Genuine plays one of the featured dancers at the club who gives the manager an ultumatum -” pay me more or I’ll dance at another club.” Dewitt Henson plays another dancer who is reshuffled in the roster, to make room for a new young star, played by Ri’chard.
La Marre will produce the film through his Nulite production company along with actor Gabriel Casseus, Robert Aaronson, and Rozina Negusei of Zanar Entertainment.
Here are a few set photos that some of the cast have posted on their instagram accounts.
October 29, 2014
Marvel Studios aired a new clip from Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on the recent episode from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the May 2015 release, when Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, Paul Bettany and Stellan Skarsgard.
October 29, 2014
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is joining Will Smith in the studio’s untitled NFL drama about the concussions that occurs with players and the effects that it has on them after their playing days are over.
With Peter Landesman (“Parkland”) on board to write and direct, the film will be based on Jeanne Marie Laskas‘ 2009 GQ article “Game Brain.” Smith will play Dr. Bennet Omalu, a real-world forensic neuropathologist whose research has helped bring attention to the issue.
Also cast in the film are Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch, and Albert Brooks.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play real-life NFL safety Dave Duerson, a three-time Pro Bowl pick who died in 2011 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. At his request, Duerson’s brain was sent to researchers, who determined that the athlete had suffered from the debilitating symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) caused by his football injuries.
He recently starred in disaster period pic Pompeii and will be seen in the upcoming Annie remake for Sony. On the small screen, he just signed on to appear in Season 5 of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and soon will return to NBC’s Odyssey as series regular.
Giannina Facio, Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer will produce for Scott Free while David Wolthoff and Larry Shuman will produce for the Shuman Company.
October 28, 2014
Last night, Blackfilm.com attended a NY screening of Lee Daniels‘ upcoming TV series,‘Empire,’ produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television.
The series will premiere on January 7, 2015 on Fox TV.
From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Precious”) and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Game Change”), comes EMPIRE, a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.
LUCIOUS LYON (Terrence Howard) is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family. Lucious’ favorite is his youngest son, HAKEEM (newcomer Bryshere Gray), a gifted musician and a spoiled playboy who values fame over hard work. The middle son, JAMAL (Jussie Smollett), is a sensitive soul and a musical prodigy who, unlike Hakeem, shies away from the spotlight. Jamal also happens to be gay, which infuriates and embarrasses his father. ANDRE (Trai Byers), the eldest son, is CFO of Empire Entertainment. Wharton-educated with a brilliant business mind, Andre lacks the charisma that Lucious believes is crucial to running the company.
But in his quest for power, Andre is assisted by his manipulative and like-minded wife, RHONDA (Kaitlin Doubleday). As Lucious prompts his sons to vie for the empire, his plans are thrown into chaos when his ex-wife, COOKIE (Taraji P. Henson), mysteriously emerges seven years early from prison, where she’s been for almost two decades. Brash and fearless, she sees herself as the sacrificial lamb who built this empire with Lucious and then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious’ early career.
For now, Lucious remains firmly in control of Empire Entertainment. He is attended to by his hard-working assistant, BECKY (guest star Gabourey Sidibe), and relies on longtime friend and Chairman of the Board VERNON TURNER (Malik Yoba) for advice and support. He relies on a whole lot more from ANIKA GIBBONS (newcomer Grace Gealey), the head of A&R for Empire, and his current girlfriend. As the Lyons slug it out, an emotional chess game begins that will either cause the family’s destruction or redemption. Lives and loves will be lost as the complicated family will come together and fall apart over the elusive throne, all set to an original soundtrack written and produced by legendary hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland.
Will the family unite and learn to love each other before it’s too late? Love, war, family, sacrifice, money and music: this is the story of the Lyons’ EMPIRE.
Naomi Campbell also joins the cast as Camilla, an alluring woman involved in a steamy affair with the much-younger Hakeem.
The series is created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The pilot is written by Daniels and Strong. The series is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer (“24,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Francie Calfo (“Those Who Kill,” GANG RELATED). Daniels directed the pilot.