October 2, 2015
According to Deadline, Laurence Fishburne will star as Nelson Mandela in “Madiba,” a miniseries to air BET Networks and executive produced the late South African hero’s grandson Kweku Mandela.
Based on two Mandela books, “Conversations With Myself” and “Nelson Mandela by Himself,” the six-hour mini will be directed by Kevin Hooks.
The site states “Named after Madiba, the Thembu clan to which Nelson Mandela belonged, the project tells the story of a younger Nelson Mandela during the early-60s as he deals with the political unrest engulfing South Africa.”
Madiba will be produced and financed by Toronto-based Blue Ice Pictures and also produced by UK-based Left Bank Pictures and South Africa’s Out of Africa Entertainment in association with Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Productions. Blue Ice Pictures president Lance Samuels executive produces alongside Kweku Mandela of Out of Africa and Daniel Iron, Neil Tabatznik, Steven Silver, Andy Harries, Marigo Kehoe and Loretha Jones.
“Nelson Mandela’s journey of political activism and leadership is deeply inspirational and we are proud to have the talented and award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne join Madiba to tell this triumphant story” said Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks.
Pre-production will begin later this year, with production slated for early 2016 in South Africa.
Currently starring on the ABC comedy series Black-ish, Fisburne will be seen next summer in Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice. He’s set to play author Alex Haley in the A&E remake of Roots and is in production on Sony’s romantic sci-fi drama Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.
Other actors who have played Mandela on television and film include Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier, Idris Elba, Dennis Haysbert, Terrence Howard and Danny Glover.]]>
October 2, 2015
The Weinstein Company has released more from Director John Well’s comedy Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper. The film hits theaters on October 23.
Chef Adam Jones (Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller).
Written by Steven Knight, Burnt also stars Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Jamie Dornan, Alicia Vikander, Uma Thurman, Omar Sy and Lily James.
Clip – He’s A Chef
Clip – Yes, Chef!
Clip – Regrets
October 2, 2015
EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony Pictures Entertainment have released the final trailer for the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, which hits theaters and IMAX on November 6, 2015.
Focusing on the action sequences in the film, the vlog features comments from director Sam Mendes, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, 2nd unit director Alexander Witt, and first assistant director Michael Lerman.
Sam Mendes said, “The tradition for Bond is always real stunts, real action, real explosions…” Chris Corbould added, “It’s going to be a real rollercoaster ride.”
Directed by the Academy Award winning Sam Mendes and written by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Spectre stars Daniel Craig, Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Rory Kinne.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
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October 1, 2015
Here are the first pics of Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), who’s making her New York stage debut at The Public in the New York premiere of ECLIPSED, the stunning, deeply moving play by award-winning Zimbabwean-American Playwright/Actress, Danai Gurira (co-author of In the Continuum and Michonne on AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead”).
Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy, the cast also includes Pascale Armand (Bessie), Akosua Busia (Rita), Zainab Jah (Maima), Lupita Nyong’o (Girl), and Saycon Sengbloh (Helena).
Previews began at The Public Theater Tuesday, September 29 and will run through Sunday, November 15 with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 14.
Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, ECLIPSED reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making. South African born Liesl Tommy (Appropriate and The Public’s The Good Negro) directs this magnificent story of survival and resilience.
ECLIPSED features scenic and costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jen Schriever, original music and sound design by Broken Chord, and voice and dialect by Beth McGuire.
Public Theater Member and single tickets, starting at $90, can be accessed now by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe’s Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city.
October 1, 2015
The series that won’t die! The procedural drama “Unforgettable” is set to return for Season 4 On Friday, November 13 with back-to-back episodes at 8 PM and 9 PM, but this time on a new network, A & E.
Having premiered back in 2011, the series was cancelled twice by CBS. Poppy Montgomery stars as Detective Carrie Wells, a female police detective with an unusually detailed and photographic memory.
Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, who plays Carrie’s ex-partner and lover Al Burns, and James Hiroyuki Liao as Major Crimes team member Jay Lee are the only returning cast members. As Deadline pointed out, options had expired on the supporting cast when the series was cancelled a second time by CBS.
In the premiere episode on A & E, NYPD Detective Carrie Wells (Montgomery) is on a career high, making headlines as New York’s most decorated cop. But her recent success will probe to be short-lived as she faces some of the most challenging cases of her career.
Newcomers this season include Alani “La La” Anthony (Power) as flashy medical examiner Delina Michaels, Kathy Najimy (Veep) as Captain Sandra Russo, the team’s new boss and E.J. Bonilla (Revenge) as young, wisecracking Detective “Denny” Padilla who has a penchant for Carrie, much to the dismay of Al. Additional players include Skeet Ulrich (Law and Order: LA) as Carrie’s mysterious long lost husband Eddie Martin and comedienne Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) as Rosie Webb, the patience-testing star witness in a high-profile securities fraud case whom Carrie and Al are tasked with safely delivering to Miami. Grammy-winner Ashanti (Army Wives) is Stella, a gorgeous jazz singer caught up in the underbelly of NYC’s music scene, who catches the eye of Al.
Unforgettable is produced by Timberman-Beverly Productions and Jones Agee Productions in association with Sony Pictures TV. Executive Producers include creators Ed Redlich and John Bellucci as well as Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Bill Chais and Poppy Montgomery.]]>
September 30, 2015
A+E Networks, home of “The Critics’ Choice Television Awards” and “The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” for the past year, will combine the two shows into one star-studded three-hour event. Together, the network and its continued partnership with the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) and the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) will showcase the achievements of some of the biggest names in television and film today. The announcement was made jointly today by Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President of Programming for A&E, and Joey Berlin, BFCA/BTJA President. “The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” will air live on A&E, Lifetime and LMN on Sunday, January 17 at 8PM ET/PT immediately following a live Red Carpet show at 7PM ET/PT.
Last year’s movie and television award shows were hosted by Michael Strahan and Cat Deeley respectively, joined by the industry’s biggest stars. The host for this year’s combined award show will be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled to bring the two Critics’ Choice Awards shows into one super-show,” said Berlin. “At a time when there are so many great movies and television shows to choose from – and so many spectacular performances – it is logical, appropriate and useful for America’s leading film and television critics and reporters to collectively honor the best of the best at the start of the new year. Bringing all these stars together in one room is going to create an incredible night of entertainment.”
“Combining the television and film communities within one telecast of‘The Critics’ Choice Awards’ even further elevates this star-studded gala event,” said Frontain Bryant. “We’re thrilled to be able to give viewers an up close look at so much talent together under one roof with this unique and enhanced awards show.”
“The Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, “The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.
“The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. BFCA/BTJA were represented by WME and Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig on this deal.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the Broadcast Film Critics Association. BTJA includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com]]>
September 30, 2015
Blackfilm.com has been provided an exclusive look at Darius McCrary’s character in HBO’s The Leftovers Season 2, which debuts on October 4th at 9 p.m. EST.
Created by Damon Lindelof (LOST) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Little Children), the series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television. Lindelof serves as showrunner.
Season 1 series regulars returning for the new season include Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Carrie Coon, Liv Tyler and Christopher Eccleston. New additions to the show include Emmy Award winner Regina King, Kevin Carroll, and Jovan Adepo.
Here’s the synopsis for Season 2.
After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, season two of THE LEFTOVERS finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. With him is Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who’s discovered new purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep and welcomes leaving behind Mapleton and the incredible tragedy she suffered there. Equally eager to leave the town she grew up in and the friends she made there is Kevin’s daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley).
Upon their arrival in Jarden, Texas, the newly formed Garvey family meet their neighbors, the Murphys: John (Kevin Carroll) and Erika (Regina King) and their teenage twins, Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Michael (Jovan Adepo). Erika is also a doctor who runs the local urgent care in the town. Attracted to this special town and hoping for miracles for his whole family, Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) has moved with his wife, Mary (Janel Moloney), who still suffers from consequences of the terrible car accident on October 14.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s ex-wife, Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), has left the Guilty Remnant and reunited with her son, Tom (Chris Zylka), who may have finally discovered a cause to help replace the pain in his heart. And while Meg (Liv Tyler) remains in the Guilty Remnant, it may not be the same cult she originally joined.
McCrary, who is best known for his role as Eddie Winslow on the ABC sitcom “Family Matters,” will be recurring as Isaac Rainey, a local palm reader and childhood friend of John’s.
“The Leftovers” is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television; created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta; executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; co-executive producers, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. Damon Lindelof serves as showrunner.
Meet The Murphys
September 30, 2015
Lionsgate has released the final poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which hits theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX3D on November 20, 2015.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong and features a cast including Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The lineup is joined by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 co-stars Academy Award-winner Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross.
September 30, 2015
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that the football drama Concussion, starring Will Smith will be the Centerpiece Gala of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. The honored event will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Tuesday, November 10.
The film is based on the David vs. Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth behind the devastating malady, Omalu’s quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports but also by people who challenge the status quo as it exposes the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of sports.
Concussion also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paul Reiser, David Morse and Albert Brooks.
“AFI Fest is the perfect stage to unveil ‘Concussion’ and we are privileged to have been chosen as the Centerpiece Gala,” Ridley Scott and Giannina Scott said. “‘Concussion’ is a powerful and uncompromising film about an issue that was ignored for far too long and continues to play out today.”
“‘Concussion’ is a great American immigrant story,” Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, said. “An outsider, whose greatest aspiration is to belong, takes on an American corporate Goliath at incredible personal risk. His only weapon is the knowledge that he is right and his belief that in America, truth will prevail.”
Written and directed by Peter Landesman, the film is based in part on the GQ article “Game Brain,” written by Jeanne Marie Laskas. The producers include Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon with David Crockett and Michael Schaefer executive producing.
Concussion hits theaters on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.]]>
September 30, 2015
The Weinstein Company has some more posters for Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard.
From the producers of THE KING’S SPEECH comes the story of a fearless Scottish General, Macbeth (Michael Fassbender), whose ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means to gain power of the throne. A thrilling interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, MACBETH is a dramatic reimagining of the realities of war-torn times and a tale of all-consuming passion and ambition.
Macbeth co-stars David Thewlis, Elizabeth Debicki, Jack Reynor, Sean Harris and Paddy Considine. The Weinstein Company will release the film in the UK on October 7 and the U.S. on December 4.
Clip – Battle
Clip – Coronation
Clip – The Witches