Paramount Pictures has released several pics and clips featuring 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. Reprising their roles as the Turtles are Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Pete Ploszek at Leonardo, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello.
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.
Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongsideApril O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
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
TV Spot 2
Featurette – Stephen Amell
Featurette – Megan Fox
Clip – Casey Jones take down the foot clan
Clip – Take Out The Trash
Clip – Initiating Mutation
Clip – Melo
Clip – Manhole Covers and Nunchucks
Clip – Airplane Jump
May 27, 2016
Two years on Broadway since its debut in 2014, Disney’s Aladdin is still packing the theaters with huge audiences, earning nearly 100% of its potential gross. Based on the based on the 1992 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, the musical is timeless and while the cast changes periodically, the show remains intact with stellar performances and a treat for all.
The story follows the familiar tale of how a poor young man discovers a genie in a lamp and uses his wishes to marry the princess that he loves and to thwart the Sultan’s evil Grand Vizier. The show was nominated for five Tony Awards, winning one for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie.
Blackfilm.com recently caught up with Inglehart, and Adam Jacobs, who plays Aladdin, and both talked about their roles in the current production.
James Monroe Iglehart: I do enjoy that folks really get into it because I enjoy getting it. I love it where you just get to go nuts. Ninety percent of what you hear, he wrote. There’s ten percent that he let me play around with in the studio and actually put in the script if it was funny enough.
What do you do to bring the same energy for every performance?
Adam Jacobs: What fuels me is that there are a lot of people coming to Broadway and to the show for the first time. Lots of kids and lots of adults and it’s usually the kids were it’s a special moment for them. I remember the first time I saw a Broadway show and how excited I was. That really fuels me and for some, it’s the first time they have seen Aladdin. They may not have seen the film. And also, the cast. We all work together to pump each other up. Before the show, we give each other a pound on the back, like a sports team.
James Monroe Iglehart: There are people out there who pay their hard earned money to see a good show and people who work 9 to 5 and they saved their money and they want to see the best show possible. And also, folks live in a regular world, so when they come to our show, we want to take that away from them for a little bit. Just give them two hours to make up for the train that didn’t come on time or the terrible news you get from TV. When they come to our show, I want them to forget about that for a little while and enjoy the moment. That’s what I want to give them. I loved performing since I was a little kid. I want them to know that when they Adam and I and Courtney and Jonathan, that we gave our best even if this show is not their cup of tea.
After winning the Tony, there was talk that you would leave.
James Monroe Iglehart: People think that, but what they don’t understand is that we actually enjoy what we are doing. This wonderful company that I work for has allowed me to do other things while I’m doing this. I got to do two guest appearances on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and I’m a big Batman fan and got to be on the series Gotham. I’ve gotten to do concerts because of this show. There are other things that this show has allowed us to do. Adam was able to do album.
Can you talk about the album?
Adam Jacobs: I did an album and they allowed me to sell it at the show. I also did a Disney cruise line gig. I always wanted to make an album and it was an idea that came to me when we first started working on Aladdin. I always loved Alan Menken songs and wanted my first album to be a tribute to him and his work. I always loved his music. Alan Menken took me to his studio and we went through his trunks of songs and put together an album of stuff that people and stuff that people don’t know. I’m very proud with the way it came out. I had no idea what it would be like to do an album and that process was grueling and tedious but it was very rewarding. I would do it again if I had the chance.
How did you go about from making a Genie funny than obedient and boring?
James Monroe Iglehart: They are servants but one of the great things about this genie is that when Robin Williams created him, and they created this after him, they were allowed to go crazy and when they had to go find someone to play the role live, they had to find someone who was nutty enough to go in different directions. I remembered getting the script for the auditions, I had asked someone there if improvs were allowed, and he said everyone is sticking to the script. I said to myself that they are either going to love me or hate me. I was crossing out lines and throwing in my own lines. I went into the room and started doing things. They were like, “This boy is nuts! We should keep him.” That’s how it all came about.
Do you have to maintain the weight for the role?
James Monroe Iglehart: Yes. I do. I have to maintain the weight. This is the second show that I have done where I am not allowed to technically lose any weight. I’m supposed to be big. It’s impressive to see someone of my size. When you see big people, they expect them to wobble or something. The whole feeling of bigger people in this country is so negative. This works for me. When I was skinny, I didn’t get work. When I came out of college, I didn’t get work until the Iglehart gene kicked in. Most of my family are large and that’s when it started happening. My acrobats moves stayed with me.
What’s different from the film and show?
Adam Jacobs: They flushed out the character and dropped back in some of the songs from the film that were cut. I get to sing a great song called “Proud of your boy” which was by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman and they were so hurt when it had to be cut from the film. They were not happy. For the sake of the film, they had to streamline everything. That song in particular, I sing towards the beginning of the show, and what it does is show his wants and needs at the beginning and what’s motivating him and carry it throughout the show. It gives him layers and dimensions. He’s a well rounded character and it’s great.
What does the show do for you?
Adam Jacobs: We all have a passion to perform and a lot of us trained to do this and there’s a certain gratification from knowing that you did your best work and knowing that you are at the level that you are at. You can check that box off. You want to make your parents proud for the tuition they paid at NYU.
James Monroe Iglehart: I love performing. There is an ego in me that loves to be in front of people. I love to make people laugh and love to make people smile. The first time I performed and heard the applause, that was the sound that I wanted to hear for the rest of my life.
A Whole New World
Adam Jacobs sings Proud of Your Boy]]>
May 27, 2016
20th Century Fox has released a clip featuring Brent Spiner for Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster.
Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward.
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt, James A.Woods and Nicolas Wright, Independence Day: Resurgence will hit theaters on June 24, 2016.
Q & A With Cast
War of 1996
Super Bowl TV Spot
New TV spot
A special Public Service Announcement from Earth Space Defense Director David Levinson
United We Stand
Clip – Why Are They Screaming?]]>
May 26, 2016
Broad Green Pictures announces the cast of its upcoming dance comedy Step Sisters (previously titled Ain’t No Half Steppin), written by Chuck Hayward (“Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” “One Big Happy,” “Bent”).
The ensemble cast includes star Megalyn Echikunwoke (“90210,”“House of Lies”), Eden Sher (“The Middle”), Lyndon Smith (Secret in Their Eyes, “Parenthood”), Gage Golightly (“Red Oaks,”“Teen Wolf”), Nia Jervier (Dear White People), Alessandra Torresani (“The Big Bang Theory”), Marque Richardson (Dear White People, All the Way), Naturi Naughton (“Power”, Notorious) and Matt McGorry (“Orange Is the New Black,” “How to Get Away with Murder”).
The upbeat comedy is being directed by Charles Stone (Drumline) and produced by Matt Alvarez (Straight Outta Compton, the Ride Along franchise), Lena Waithe (“Masters of None” series regular, Dear White People, Showtime’s “The Chicago Project”) and Benjamin Cory Jones (Hand of God). Broad Green Pictures’ Josh Reinhold is an executive producer.
Principal photography begins in Atlanta on June 1; the film is expected to hit theatres in 2017.
Step Sisters centers on an ambitious black sorority girl (Echikunwoke) who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross cultural lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of wild, party-obsessed white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.
Echikunwoke is represented by UTA, Smith and McGorry by Gersh, Golightly by ICM Partners, Jervier by Glick Agency, Naughton by Innovative Artists, Sher by Paradigm, Torresani by Don Buchwald & Associates and Richardson by LINK Entertainment.
The Director of Photography is Christopher Baffa, ASC (“Glee,” Next Friday), the Production Designer is Jeffrey Pratt Gordon (Wedding Crashers, National Treasure: Book of Secrets), the Casting Director is Victoria Thomas (The Hateful Eight, Straight Outta Compton), the Choreographer is Aakomon “AJ” Jones (Pitch Perfect franchise, How to Be Single), the Costume Designer is Lorraine Coppin (“Greenleaf,” Madea’s Witness Protection).]]>
May 26, 2016
With almost 20 years on Broadway since its debut in 1997, Disney’s The Lion King is still packing the theaters with huge audiences, earning nearly 100% of its potential gross. Based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, the musical is timeless and while the cast changes periodically, the show remains intact with stellar performances and a treat for all.
Blackfilm.com recently caught up with Jelani Remy, who plays the role of Simba, and Chantel Riley, who plays Nala, and both talked about their roles in the current production.
From being in the Las Vegas production to being on Broadway, can you talk about the transition?
Jelani Remy: It was stepping into another great home and another family, but the people all offer something different and magical and special. It’s nice to leave one family and come into another. I have some of those familiar faces here now because over the years the show has created opportunities for many. This is my 3rd company with the production and this is Chantel’s 2nd and sometimes familiar faces travel with you. As long as the heart of the story stays the same, it adds new people.
What do you do to bring in the same energy for each performance?
Chantel Riley: I try to stay as active as possible and going to the gym daily builds my stamina for the show. Right now, I’m currently taking martial arts and kung fu and incorporate that into the show. I try to do things differently like stand in a position different from the night before. That small adjustment makes the show brand new.
Why do you think the show still has a growing appeal that it’s packing the theater nearly 20 years later?
Jelani Remy: God is good.
Chantel Riley: We’re blessed.
JR: The show has such soul and heart that everybody can find something to relate to in it whether it be the costumes, the lights, this beautiful creature here [he looks at Riley], the music, the orchestra. There’s something for everyone in the show young, and old. And as the show gets older and odder, the heart still remains the same. You find people to infuse new energy and new life and continue to tell the legacy that is this wonderful story.
CH: Yes, it’s very relatable. I think every character in this story can relate with anyone in the audience, whether you’re an uncle Scar, and you’re just mean and or Simba who is just trying to find his way and know who he is. I think that everyone has been every character at some point in his or her life. So that’s why it’s been able to run for almost 20 years now. We turn 20 next year, which is huge, we just beat “Cats” and now we’re the third longest running show on Broadway.
What would you say is the greatest lesson you have learned from playing your character?
JR: Stay true and be open be honesty. Honesty is a very hard thing to do. And stillness as well because you’re enough, and it’s the hardest thing to compute in an actor’s mind, just being, trusting and believing.
CR: To be very bold, courageous, and very confident. She knows who she is and those are all the things I never had when I grew up. And this not to say I didn’t have a great upbringing but it was just something that I knew I needed to find in myself. Being able to study Nala her and spend time with her I found that over the past five years my confidence level has grown. It’s definitely a life lesson I will take with me forever and everywhere I go.
What else would you like to do once you leave the show?
JR: I just want to continue to create. I love direction and I love choreography as well. I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities to do cabarets and my own little projects. I would love to do some producing eventually in film and TV. Disney is an impressive family. These people have seen me grow up and it’s such a joy to be able to come to work and see the amazing people and to know that if there’s anything I need, there’s someone to call. So that’s really important.
CH: There’s a lot of opportunities within the Disney family. I mean, ABC is Disney as well. So not only do we have ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King,’ but we have shows like ‘Scandal’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ which is putting people of color on TV screens as well; a lot more than other TV outlets, which is really great. It’s such a a blessing and an honor to be a part of the Disney family and to know that there are opportunities for people like us. Disney is just always giving, which is always great.]]>
May 26, 2016
20th Century Fox has released a clip to Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, starring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, and Aubrey Plaza.
Directed by Jake Szymanski from a script by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, the film also features Stephen Root, Sugar Lyn Beard, and Wendy Williams.
Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates hits theaters everywhere July 8, 2016!
Red Band Trailer
Clip – School Teachers and Hedge Funds]]>
May 25, 2016
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the poster for The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow.
In the dramatic thriller, Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
Directed by Gavin O’Connor from a script by Bill Dubuque, The Accountant hits theaters on October 14
The film was produced by Mark Williams, Lynette Howell; executive producers Gavin O’Connor, Jamie Patricof, and Marty Ewing.]]>
May 25, 2016
HBO has released pics from episode 6 of Season 6 of its hit series, Game of Thrones, which will air 0n May 8, 2016. The episode, written by Bryan Cogman; and directed by Jack Bender, is titled “Blood of My Blood” and described as follows:
An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly (Hannah Murray) meets Sam’s (John Bradley) family. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a difficult choice. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) faces off against the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce).
Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, the hit Emmy-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. The ensemble cast for the fifth season included Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield are the executive producers. The co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.
Episode 7 will be titled “The Broken Man,” and will air June 5th.
The official synopsis: The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded.
The episode is written by Bryan Cogman and directed by Mark Mylod.
Here are some pics from Episode 6
May 25, 2016
In speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Starz Network CEO Chris Albrech announced that the network will be moving its entire original programming slate from Saturday to Sunday nights
Those shows include Power, which comes back for a third season 0n July 17 at 9pm, followed by Survivor’s Remorse, which airs a week later.
‘Power’ stars Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, Joseph Sikora, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Andy Bean, Jerry Ferrara . Lucy Walters, Adam Huss, Luis Antonio Ramos, La La Anthony, J.R. Ramirez, Debbi Morgan, Shane Johnson, and Enrique Murciano.
Survivor’s Remorse stars Jessie T. Usher, Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold, Ronreaco Lee, Teyonah Parris and Erica Ash.
“We see opportunity,” says Albrecht to THR. “Saturdays have worked so well that we feel our shows are going to be able to stand up on the most watched night of the week. Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays. So it made sense to move.”
It’s worth noting that the current season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” will be over by then.
May 25, 2016
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have released new character posters for Karl Urban‘s Bones and newcomer Sofia Boutella’s Jaylah to to Star Trek Beyond, which will hit theaters and IMAX on July 22, 2016
With Justin Lin directing from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, returning to the franchise for a third time following Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho.
Newcomers include Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella and Joe Taslim. J.J Abrams, who directed the last two films, is producing the third film.
In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.