April 24, 2015
Today Barbie® is honoring six Sheroes, female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. These women are being honored by Barbie at the Variety Power of Women Luncheon in New York City with a one-of-a-kind doll created in their likeness.
For more than five decades, Barbie has encouraged girls to dream and imagine themselves as everything from a mermaid to a movie star, a fairy to a fashionista and a princess to a president. Embodying the empowerment message the brand stands behind, Barbie is honoring these Sheroes who, like Barbie, have broken boundaries, challenged gender norms and proven girls can be anything they want to be.
These female heroes will be honored in a way that is unique to the Barbie brand, with a one-of-a-kind doll in their likeness. The Barbie 2015 Sheroes are:
Following the awards ceremony, each Shero will auction off their doll to benefit a charity of her choice.
“Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this Spring we are proud to honor six Sheroes who through their trade and philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to girls,” said Evelyn Mazzocco, General Manager Barbie. “Started by a female entrepreneur and mother, this brand has a responsibility to continue to honor and encourage powerful female role models who are leaving a legacy for the next generation of glass ceiling breakers.”
The Shero celebration is a continuation of Barbie taking on a super hero role both literally and figuratively. Barbie set out to find what kind of Superheroes girls wanted and delivered a character uniquely for them in the Barbie™ in Princess Power property.
The Shero celebration will culminate on National #Shero Day, Monday, April 27, where fans will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the Shero who has empowered them using #Shero #BeSuper and tagging @Barbie via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
In Jamal Hill’s coming-of-age urban drama, Brotherly Love, themes of love, family, and trust are executed in a well-mannered way that could have easily been dismissed as a hodgepodge of melodrama storylines.
With a cast that includes familiar faces and newcomers from Cory Hardrict, Keke Palmer, Eric D. Hill Jr., Julito McCullum, Romeo Miller, Logan Browning, Quincy Brown, Faizon Love, Macy Gray, Justin Martin, Marc John Jefferies, Little JJ, Teyana Taylor and Malik Yoba, this ensemble film brings in enough elements from comedy to drama that it becomes a moving, enjoyable treat highlighted by surprising performances.
Set in West Philadelphia, there are two sides of the streets, “The Top” and “The Bottom.” Over at the Bottom, we’re introduced to the Taylor family, where big brother June (Hardrict) has been providing for the family, since the loss of their father, through illegal gains so that his younger brother and basketball star Sergio (Hill Jr.) can be the one that gets out the hood and be the star he was meant to be. Not only does he have to stay loyal to his brother, but he’s also facing pressure with from boys at school, on and off the court.
There’s also younger Jackie (Palmer) who’s going through that teenage adolescence when she meets up with Chris Collins (Brown), who’s has the looks and a car, and is the son of a record executive. He’s seems like the perfect guy, especially when he can arrange to help out with her music career, but there’s one issue. He’s from The Top, where he’s from a wealthy family and where’s there already beef with June and his crew from The Bottom after Chris’s cousin and his friends were murdered recently and suspicions fall on someone from The Bottom.
With an alcoholic mom (Macy Gray) who may or may not be conscious half the time, Sergio has to find a way to survive in a community littered by pressure from him succeed, drugs and violence. When an ongoing situation reaches a boiling point, it’s a question of whether of the right or wrong choices will be made.
What’s good about this indie film is that it gives a chance for Hardrict and Palmer to be leads. Palmer has been growing up before our eyes since Akelah and the Bee, and with this film, she’s still maturing with her performance. While he’s appeared in Hollywood films such as Battle LA and most recently Clint Eastwood’s Oscar nominated film, American Sniper, this film finally gives Hardrict a role which showcases his different range as an actor, going from a menacing gangster to caring brother, especially one emotional scene with Macy Gray. Solid from start to finish, hopefully others will give him better roles in other projects.
As for the newcomers, Eric D. Hill Jr. is also captivating as one of the leads. A new face on the screen, he held his own, even doing his own basketball scenes. Although he comes across as the pretty boy in the film that will have females oozing over him, there’s more to Quincy Brown outside the beauty. Beauty can get him in the door, but substance will keep him in, and he shows promise.
Produced and starring an African American cast and crew, Brotherly Love brings in similar themes that folks can relate to but at the same time has a universal appeal that many will appreciate.]]>
April 24, 2015
A24 has released the official trailer to its upcoming action comedy Barely Lethal, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson, and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner.
Written and directed by Kyle Newman (Fanboys) and produced by produced by Main Street Films, Hopscotch Pictures and RatPac Entertainment, Steinfeld plays Megan, a young international assassin who yearns for a normal adolescence, prompting her to fake her own death and enroll in a suburban high school. Alba plays Victoria, Megan’s former handler and current nemesis, who enlists Heather (Turner) to go undercover at the high school and reacquire the runaway. Jackson portrays Megan’s mentor, Hardman.
Barely Lethal will be available on DirecTV starting April 30th and hits theaters and VOD on May 29th.
April 25, 2015
HBO Films has released the trailer to the single-character drama NIGHTINGALE, starring Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (“Selma”),
Debuting on Friday, MAY 29, and directed by Elliott Lester from a screenplay by Frederick Mensch, NIGHTINGALE is a provocative drama that probes the darkest corners of a disturbed mind, as a war veteran begins to unravel thread by thread. This searing story of solitude and isolation offers a poignant look at how life has failed one man.
NIGHTINGALE is a Cinderella story for first-time writer Frederick Mensch, whose screenplay was submitted on The Blacklist.com and caught the eye of executive producer Josh Weinstock, who brought it to the attention of director Elliott Lester. The two took the material to Katrina Wolfe of BN Films, which came on board to produce and finance the film.
With a production design by Richard Lassalle and lensing by Pieter Vermeer, Lester uses vivid and imaginative imagery to explore the character’s traumatized psyche.
NIGHTINGALE is an HBO Films presentation in association with Plan B Entertainment; a BN Films production in association with Sea Smoke Entertainment and Yoruba Saxon Productions. Directed by Elliott Lester from a screenplay by Frederick Mensch, it is executive produced by Josh Weinstock, Katrina Wolfe and Elliott Lester, as well as Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. David Oyelowo also serves as executive producer. Co-executive producers are BN’s Lucas Akoskin and Jonathan Gray, in addition to Alex Garcia of BN/AG Studios.
April 24, 2015
Paramount Pictures has released the trailer to Jean-Claude LaMarre‘s male stripper film, ‘Chocolate City,’ which will hit theaters and On Demand on May 22.
The film stars 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. Hakim 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 produced the film through his Nulite production company along with actor Gabriel Casseus
Behind The Scenes video with “The Insider With Yahoo” correspondent Nina Parker
Here are a few set photos that some of the cast have posted on their instagram accounts.
April 23, 2015
Coming out this week in limited theaters in Brotherly Love, which was written and directed by Jamal Hill and starring Keke Palmer , Cory Hardrict and newcomer Eric D. Hill Jr.
The film also features Julito McCullum, Romeo Miller, Logan Browning, Quincy Brown, Faizon Love, Macy Gray, Justin Martin, Marc John Jefferies, Little JJ, Teyana Taylor and Malik Yoba.
In West Philadelphia, born-and-raised basketball star Sergio Taylor (Eric D. Hill Jr.) deals with the early pressures of fame. Alongside older brother June (Cory Hardrict), who lost his own hoop dreams to the streets to provide for the family after their father’s death, and sister Jackie (Keke Palmer), whose own musical ambitions are sidetracked by love, Sergio faces life-altering decisions on the streets of Philly known as “The Top” and “The Bottom.”
For Eric D. Hill Jr., who plays Sergio, the role is a breakout for the Bronx native. Best known for his role in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black, Eric is ready to make his mark on the film scene. Having done episodic work on Law and Order and HBO’s How To Make It In America, Hill Jr. is out to showcase his talents one project at a time.
Blackfilm.com recently spoke with Hill Jr. about his role in Brotherly Love.
How would you describe the character that you’re playing, Sergio?
Eric D. Hill Jr.: Sergio is ultimately trying to do what’s right for his family. He’s working really hard to accomplish the goal that his family set up, which is to complete high school without any academic hitches and also trying to stay out of trouble. He’s trying to do all of this to alleviate the pressure that his brother, played by Cory Hardrict, has, which forces him into a life of crime in order to provide for his family financially.
What attracted you to the project?
Eric D. Hill Jr.: As I do with all the projects I’ve done, I had an awesome team that sent me over to the audition. The moment that I read the script, I loved it. When I initially auditioned for the role of Sergio, I had a mustache and casting director Kim Harding goes, “You should shave the mustache. You look a little order with it.” After I read my sides, I realized there are so many different layers to this film and that’s what made me super excited to go into the audition. When I finally booked the role, I was more excited.
How would you relate to Sergio?
Eric D. Hill Jr.: Sergio like myself has his entire neighborhood behind him. I grew up with a mother who really believes in me as Cory’s character June believes in Sergio. As I stumbled along the way, people around me have picked me back up. Even when I tried to hold myself down and without giving away of the film, Sergio has similar influential people around him. So that’s how I connected with him on that level.
Can you talk about working with the cast and learning from Jamal Hill?
Eric D. Hill Jr.: Starting with Jamal, when you are shooting a film that finishes in 21 days with a very short period for pre-production, that sets the foundation for chaos, and amidst all of that, Jamal maintained a level head. Every single person that’s attached to this film feels that Jamal paid attention to them. When you have that person of person handling everything that is happening, it’s very to fall in line with the culture that he presents in front of you, which is to stay focus, stay calm, and complete the task. When that trickles down to a whole bunch of actors who are naturally selfless, it creates the perfect environment for creativity which results what you see on-screen in Brotherly Love. It’s the perfect place for that to exist and to develop and to find its way into every single person that’s attached to it, whether it be one of the lead actors, one of the grips, or one of the extras. I don’t think there is anyone who can walk away from this film who was a part of it and say that they didn’t grow from the experience.
What did you learn from being on Orange is the New Black to this film?
Eric D. Hill Jr.: Working along Danielle Brooks and Lorraine Toussaint, they are so great at what they do, that it looks effortless. What people don’t realize is that when Lorraine Toussaint is in a space, one of the key things that actors have to be aware of is blocking and movement, and she’s meticulous when it comes to understanding what she wants to do. The same thing with Danielle. They just understand what’s required of them in order to work with everyone who’s trying to capture their movement. That may be the director, the DP as well as the script supervisor who keeps them on the task. Watching them and working with them, I brought all of that experience to this set. As an actor, who’s trying to do this professionally on film and television the way that I am, you spend way more time in a classroom than you do on set. I know that there are learning curves but that experience on Orange is the New Black, having filmed in the summer, and booking the role again for another set of episodes, is what I brought to Brotherly Love.
Sergio is a high school basketball player. How good are your skills or was that someone else shooting and dunking?
Eric D. Hill Jr.: I grew up in New York City and here’s what I say. I’m good enough not to get picked last in New York City. That’s how good I am. In shooting the scenes, the entire crowd was like, “Holy crap! This guy can play basketball!” I actually made those shots I took. I don’t understand why they edited the shot. I guess they wanted to create a dramatic effect for time purposes. But what’s funny is that I shoot 40% from the free throw line when it’s game time. When I had to make two straight free throws, it took me like 10 times to make it happen. When it came time to shoot a jumper, that was one shot. I just suck when it comes time for the simple stuff.
Who is the audience for this film?
Eric D. Hill Jr.: This is a film for everyone. The thing that I love about it is that. There are so many times where I see depictions of Black culture from the perspectives of people who are not in the culture. Sometimes, it’s done accurately and I can appreciate it and sometimes it’s inaccurate, and I have stuff to say. This is a film about the hood in Philly and written and directed by a brother, who’s from the hood in Philly. It’s produced by people who are from the hood and it’s a majority black cast and the producer and people behind the scene are all black. Is this a film that black people can relate to? Definitely. It’s about a culture that we are familiar with. There’s also a love story that exists. There’s a story about family and responsibility that exists. There’s a story about trust and loyalty. These are stories that exists and are prevalent in every single culture regardless where you ate social economically or the language you speak. That’s why I’m excited for the world to see this. It’s a project where I’m glad it will live forever. Although it’s a limited release, people will be able to see it on Netflix, and other areas down the road, using what language they can hear it in.
Exclusive Clip – June and Serg
April 23, 2015
Universal Pictures has released a new clip for JURASSIC WORLD, which hits theaters in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on June 12, 2015.
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Andy Buckley, Jurassic World is a sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
The story picks up 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, and is set in a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, called Jurassic World. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires.
Super Bowl TV Spot
TV Spot (as of march 29)
Run! An asset is out of containment in this new clip from #JurassicWorld! https://t.co/5mK9qzC520
— #JurassicWorld (@JurassicPark) April 23, 2015
April 23, 2015
Variety is reporting that producer-director-actor Tyler Perry is joining the cast of Paramount and Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” where he will play scientist Baxter Stockman.
With David Green directing, Perry will be joined by “Arrow” star Stephen Amell, along with Megan Fox and Will Arnett, who will reprise their roles
Plot details and other returning cast members have yet to be confirmed.
According to the site, Stockman was responsible for the creation of the Mousers, machines meant to seek out and destroy sewer rats. The villainous Shredder learns of this invention and hires Stockman as his own scientist with the intent of using the Mousers to destroy Splinter, mentor to the Turtles. In previous iterations of the franchise, he is forced into an alternate form (cyborg, fly mutant) that causes his sanity to erode even further.
Michael Bay is producing along with his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are penning the script. Production is set to start next month.
The 2013 film earned $191 million domestically.
Best known for his “Tyler Perry Presents” films where the multi-hyphenate acts as writer, producer, director and sometimes star, Perry has recently branched out to dramatic roles in other projects, and was last seen playing Ben Affleck’s lawyer in Fox’s “Gone Girl.”]]>
April 23, 2015
STX Entertainment has released two new images featuring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey in the epic action-drama “The Free State of Jones.”
Directed by Gary Ross, the film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, House of Cards’ Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell
Based on a true story, McConaughey will play Newton Knight, a soldier who flees the battlefields after being disillusioned by the horrors that touched his own family. On the run, he rallies the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven.
Mbatha-Raw will play a slave named Rachel who has a relationship with McConaughey’s Newton Knight. Russell will play Serena Knight, the wife of McConaughey’s character. Ali, meanwhile, will play an escaped slave named Moses Washington. Washington becomes an ally of Knight and plays a key role in Knight’s secession plans.
The movie is being produced by Ross with Scott Stuber and John Kilik for STX Entertainment, co-financing the $65 million movie with IM Global and splitting distribution.
The film hits theaters on March 11, 2016.
April 23, 2015
Last night, Blackfilm.com attended the world premiere of Tim Blake Nelson’s latest directorial film, Anesthesia at BMCC Tribeca.
The ensemble film stars Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Gretchen Mol, Michael K. Williams, K. Todd Freeman, J. Bernard Calloway, Tim Blake Nelson, Jessica Hecht, Ben Konigsberg, Hannah Marks, Yul Vazquez, Mickey Sumner, Rob Morgan and Gloria Reuben.
In actor-director Tim Blake Nelson’s drama, a well-loved Columbia University professor of philosophy, Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston), is violently mugged on the doorsteps of an apartment building. Nelson delves into the chain of events that precipitates the attack, and the lives of the characters the incident brings together: his son (Tim Blake Nelson), daugher-in-law (Jessica Hecht), a troubled student (Kristen Stewart); a philandering husband (Corey Stoll), and a man fighting drug addiction (K. Todd Freeman). Glenn Close, Gretchen Mol, and Michael Kenneth Williams round out a stellar cast in this meditation of city life that examines the inextricable and unforeseen forces that bring a group of disparate individuals together in a world where many people are, as Professor Zarrow lectures, “beautifully, achingly alone.” — Brian Gordon
Here’s a clip from the film with Sam Waterson and Glenn Close
Following the screening, the cast, with the exception of Stewart, Williams and Stoll came on stage to do a Q & A.