February 28, 2015
Most recently, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, director Neill Blomkamp, and Sharlto Copley participated in a press conference in New York City for Sony Pictures’ Chappie, which hits theaters on the March 6, 2015.
Directed by Blomkamp, the film also features Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and Jose Pablo Cantillo
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.
Press Conference with Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, director Neill Blomkamp, and Sharlto Copley.
February 27, 2015
To celebrate the release of Run All Night Prize Pack Sweepstakes in cinemas, Warner Bros. Pictures and Blackfilm.com offer you the chance to win some cool prizes.
Run All Night - In theaters March 13, 2015
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: Brad Ingelsby
Producers: Roy Lee, Brooklyn Weaver, and Michael Tadross
Executive Producer: John Powers Middleton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ed Harris, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany, and Common
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past-as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
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1 – RUN ALL NIGHT Black T-Shirt
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1 – Movie Poster
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February 27, 2015
Flavor Unit Entertainment, a production company owned and operated by Queen Latifah and her partner Shakim Compere, along with Jacavi Films and Electric Republic have released the trailer to Brotherly Love, which was written and directed by Jamal Hill and starring Keke Palmer and Cory Hardrict.
Set for an April 24 release date, the film also features newcomer Eric D. Hill Jr., Julito McCullum, Romeo Miller, Logan Browning, Eric Hill, Quincy Brown, Faizon Love, Macy Gray, and Malik Yoba.
“Shakim and I have always paved our own lane in business. We are excited to release this incredible film with talent we really believe in. Flavor Unit is constantly looking for projects, new talent, writers and directors that we can create opportunities with and grow with. This movie is an important step for our company and a journey we’re ready for,” states Flavor Unit partner, Queen Latifah.
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.”
February 26, 2014
Sony Playstation Network has released a new trailer for its latest series, Powers.
The show stars Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward (The Following) in the lead roles of Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim. Also featured in the series are Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl, Adam Godley as Captain Cross, Max Fowler as Krispin Stockley, Eddie Izzard as “Big Bad” Wolfe, Logan Browning as Zora, Noah Taylor as Johnny Royalle and Olesya Rulin as Calista.
“Powers,” written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Michael Avon Oeming, follows two detectives as they investigate superhero-related homicides. The series launched in 2004 through Image Comics and is now published by Marvel’s Icon imprint.
Deena Pilgrim begins the series as a rookie – a lowly police officer on the streets of Chicago, under a corrupt captain named Adlard (who worked for Mama Joon, a powerful crime boss). Adlard was murdered 7 years prior, just before Deena’s transfer request to work with Walker as part of the Powers Homicide department. Little else is known of her past, though she reveals in the comic that her brother was a Power called “Hoodwink”. Deena’s character is further described as attractive, rambunctious, funny, agile, smart, a pro with various combat weapons and fighting styles. – via Shadow and Act
Launch on the PlayStation Network this December, Charlie Huston wrote the first episode as David Slade (30 Days of Night and Hannibal) directed the first two episodes of the series. Bendis, Oeming and Michael Dinner will executive produce ”Powers” with Huston and Remi Aubuchon, along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as show runners.
February 26, 2015
Now available on VOD in the U.S. is director Susanne Bier’s Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (their third pairing following David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle)
Magnolia will release the film on March 27th for a limited theatrical release. The film also features Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans.
Newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. And when she starts to suspect that George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.
Clip #2 – Equal To Any Man
Clip #4 – We Should Be Married
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Featurette – A Strong Woman – Jennifer Lawrence
Featurette – The Story
February 26, 2015
Warners Bros. has released the official synopsis for MGM’s Rocky franchise spinoff Creed, which hits theaters on November 25. Directed by Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler, the film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, and Phylicia Rashad.
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
Rashad is playing the widow of Apollo Creed and grandmother to Michael B. Jordan’s character.
Balboa was Creed’s father’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985′s Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating. The elder Creed, played by Carl Weathers, appeared in the first four Rocky films.
Also featured in film are champion boxers Andre Ward and Tony Bellew with Bellew to play a fighter named “Pretty Ricky Porter,” Michael B. Jordan’s main opponent in the ring.
Coogler wrote the script alongside Aaron Covington. Stallone will also produce, alongside Robert Chartoff, Kevin King and Irwin Winkler.
February 26, 2015
20th Century Fox, via Empire, has release some pics for the upcoming Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank, and starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.
Fantastic Four features a screenplay by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), from an origin story said to be inspired largely by the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics (the first arc of which was written by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar with Joe Kubert illustrating).
Fantastic Four offers a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
“Marvel’s First Family” will include Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing). Toby Kebbell will also star as Doctor Doom alongside Reg E. Cathey as as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man.
Fantastic Four will hit the big screen August 7.
February 25, 2015
Lakeith Stanfield, who was recently seen playing Jimmy Lee Jackson in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar nominated film, “Selma,” has been added to the cast of “Snowden,” Oliver Stone’s movie about the notorious NSA leaker, Edward Snowden.
Open Road will release the film on December 25.
Stanfield, who had a breakout in the indie film ‘Short Term 12,’ joins Joe Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant.
Stanfield will play a National Security Administration co-worker and close friend to Joe Gordon-Levitt’s Edward Snowden.
He appeared in last year’s The Purge: Anarchy and in the Sundance pic Dope. His upcoming film include playing Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton, and in the biopic Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle as jazz genius Miles Davis.
February 25, 2015
Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company, has selected Effie Brown to produce the feature film adaptation of the acclaimed Flyy Girl book trilogy written by New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree. Brown and her company Duly Noted Inc. will oversee development and the recruitment of the creative team on the project alongside Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell.
Brown is known for 2002’s “Real Women Have Curves”, 2007’s “Rocket Science”, and 2014’s Sundance Film festival darling, “Dear White People.” Brown also recently joined the cast of HBO’s “Project Greenlight” reboot assuming the role of producer and mentor to the winner of the filmmaking competition. Industry veteran Christina Sibul is also part of the development team.
“I’m so excited to be working with Codeblack Films and Lionsgate on releasing the film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s culturally iconic Flyy Girl trilogy,” said Brown. “These books were a rite of passage for readers worldwide and will prove to be the foundation for an exciting cinematic release.”
With Nicole Jefferson-Asher on board to write the script, the story explores the journey of Tracey Ellison, a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness. In the midst of her life journey, Ellison is forced to reinvent herself and rethink her relationships, her career and her definition of success. The second book in the series, “For the Love of Money,” won an NAACP Image Award (2001, Outstanding Book, Fiction).
Tyree’s books have been read by over 8 million people worldwide and have grossed more than $30 million for publishing giant Simon & Schuster. His brand is one of the most talked about in the urban community, and his products can be found in 12 countries.
“Effie Brown comes to us with a wealth of experience, and we are elated to have her on our team to produce this much anticipated film,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “She has a track record of excellence, and we’re confident that she will bring her magic touch to this project as well.”
Codeblack Films’ EVP & General Manager Quincy Newell and Robert Melnik, Lionsgate’s EVP Business & Legal Affairs, handled the deals. Attorney Vince L. Ravine handled legal duties for Brown. Gersh’s Frank Wuliger represents Jefferson-Asher.]]>
February 25, 2015
Coming out this week is Warner Bros.’ upcoming “comedy-caper-love story” ‘Focus,’ starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.
Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie from Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.
Also featured in the film are Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong, Adrian Martinez and Gerald McRaney.
For Martinez, who has appeared in countless films and TV series, this is actually the biggest exposure he’s had to date on the big screen. While he’s played Ben Stiller’s sidekick in Stiller’s Fox remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and Will Ferrell’s sidekick in Lionsgate’s “Casa de mi Padre,” to play opposite Will Smith, one of the biggest stars in the world, is no small feat and Martinez is eternally grateful for the opportunity.
Blackfilm.com recently spoke with Martinez exclusively on his role in “Focus,” working with Smith and what the exposure will hopefully do for his career.
How would you describe your character?
Adrian Martinez: I play Farar, who is sort of the best friend of Nicky, played by Will Smith, and I see him as his spiritual brother. He’s the guy who’s done these cons all over the world with. He’s the guy Nicky can count on, especially if has anything to do with computers. He’s a geek but he’s also the guy Nicky trusts. It’s a great privilege to be a part of this.
Having done a lot of work on film and TV, is this your biggest project to date?
AM: In terms of studio features, yes. It’s been a wonderful thrill ride. I’m really proud if it and it came at a good time in my life. I really needed a boost and Warners Bros. Has been great. I’m working with these fine people. I have no complaints.
How was working with Will Smith and establishing a relationship?
AM: With Will, you can’t help but respond to his energy. He’s a life force. He walks in and he’s sunlight. He’s just open, generous, cool people. I’m not just saying that. He really is. You just can’t help but feed off of that. When you’re playing someone that loves him and had his back, it’s easy. No matter what, you want to be there for this guy because he’s been so good to you. As for Margot, she’s easily one of the most beautiful women in the world. Just rare talent and a combination of intelligence, beauty and heart that you’ll never find. The sky is the limit for her and I just felt that no matter what I threw at her, she was there. She was receptive and willing to improvise anywhere I went.
Are you in the film for the comedy or is it a straight role?
AM: I just figured that all of it is straight. If the circumstances are funny then it’s one thing, but as an actor, I can’t play funny. If you play funny, you’re just dead in the water. I just try to approach as, “This is the moment we’re in, and who is this person walking in? I’ve never seen them before.” You just try to approach it from the real circumstances of the scene and take it from there.
How would you describe the film? Is it a romantic drama or a heist film?
AM: I think it’s a love story with a lot of fun stuff going on. Emotionally, this is a love story. On top of that, there’s this gamesmanship going on. There’s the con and other things that leaves the audience asking the question, “What is going on? I thought I figured it out, but no I didn’t.” That’s what makes the movie special. It’s grounded with this love story and then you add on some incredible fireworks that have to deal with talent who are really at the top of their game.
Did you learn anything from this film that you can take to your next project?
AM: It’s the simplest thing, gratitude. Will Smith is the guy who has been doing this for a while and I remember him from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and he’s still doing selfies with the audiences after screenings. He still stops and does the autograph signings. He’s still humble with the public. He told me that he loves it and appreciates the opportunities he’s been given. It’s so easy to go down the dark road and complain about what you don’t have, but working with Will reminded me about gratitude and being thankful that we are a part of this business.
What do you think the exposure will do for your career?
AM: We’ll see. I’m excited. No matter what I’m going to keep self-generating work. I’m going to keep auditioning for projects that speak to me. I’m in this for the long haul. This is who I am as a person. I’m an artist. Thus is what I want to do with my life as long as I am here.
AM: I’m in “Sisters” with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. That’s the big one coming out. We’re going up against Star Wars and I think we’re going to kick their ass.