Jennifer Aniston: More Than Friends

 

 

Legacy Distribution is proud to present “Jennifer Aniston: More Than Friends”

Sitcom star. Producer. Businesswoman. Philanthropist. There are multiple levels to global superstar actress Jennifer Aniston. Fans have long been enticed by more than the silky ‘Rachel’ hairstyle she introduced on the 10-season ‘Friends’ hit TV series back in the nineties. Her starring role in Friends would yield 16 Golden Globe, S.A.G. and Emmy nominations with three wins. Follow her career transition to film in ‘Bruce Almighty’ (2003), ‘The Break-Up’ (2006), ‘Marley and Me’ (2008), ‘Just Go With It’ (2011), ‘Horrible Bosses’ (2011) and ‘We’re the Millers’ (2013), each with over $200 million in box office receipts. Critics joined fans with rave reviews for ‘Office Space’ (1999), ‘The Good Girl’ (2002), ‘Friends With Money’ (2006), ‘Cake’ (2014), ‘Dumplin’’ ( 2018) and Netflix’s runaway hit “Murder Mystery”. Life came full circle with a return to television in 2019 on Apple TV+’s ‘The Morning Show’ where she earned Golden Globe and Primetime EMMY nominations and won the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.

Yet, the road to success did not come without its challenges.

Learn about her four failed TV series that preceded ‘Friends.’ Explore her inner struggle to find lasting love with facing very public divorces from Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux.

Aniston radiates a vulnerable warmth both on and off screen that keeps her audience loyal.

Watch it now!

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A2IM Honors Top Independent Albums Chart-Toppers

 

 

(Brandy pictured with her A2IM Independent #1 Award)

A2IM Honors Top Independent Albums Chart-Toppers with A2IM Independent #1 Award

Bad Bunny, Brandy, Eslabon Armado, Morgan Wallen, and Young Dolph Among First Artists to Receive Award

In June of 2020, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) partnered with Billboard to expand the parameters for the Top Independent Albums chart, allowing more independently-owned labels to appear on the ranking. Now A2IM is congratulating some of the first independent artists and labels to top the chart, honoring them with the A2IM Independent #1 Award.

Recipients of the A2IM Independent #1 Award include Bad Bunny (YHLQMDLG; Rimas), Brandy (b7; Brand Nu Ent./eOne), Eslabon Armado (Vibras de Noche; Del Records), Morgan Wallen (If I Know Me; Big Loud Records), and Young Dolph (Rich Slave; Paper Route EMPIRE).

Starting with the Billboard chart dated July 18, all independently-owned labels that control their masters, including those that are distributed through a major label group (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, or Warner Music Group), are eligible to chart on the Top Independent Albums chart. This was a shift from previous chart parameters which only allowed labels distributed independently or through the indie arm of a major record group to be eligible.

The partnership between A2IM and Billboard for the Top Independent Albums chart brought together the top independent music organization with the world’s leading entertainment media brand. The A2IM Independent #1 Award recognizes independent artists and labels whose creativity and hard work has lifted them to the pinnacle of the chart.

Produced by A2IM, the Independent #1 Award is now available to honor all past and future Top Independent Albums chart-toppers. The Award is a solid acrylic block which honors the history of recorded sound with an embedded gold foil representation of the waveform that Edison claimed was the first recording that could be played back: Edison himself performing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

“Putting together and working with an independent team to market and release my album has proven to be successful in so many ways, even in this climate of uncertainty,” said Brandy of receiving the award. “I’m proud to be an independent artist!”

Award recipients Armado and Young Dolph also expressed their thoughts at topping the chart.

“We feel blessed for all the opportunities,” said Armado, “and we’re thankful to our fans and our record label, Del Records, for believing in our project.”

“With hard work anything is possible,” said Young Dolph. “Never say never. I couldn’t do none of it without my team.”

About A2IM:

A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

The organization’s board of directors comprises: Madeline Nelson – Heads Music, Marie Clausen – Ninja Tune, Steven Hill, Warp Records, Louis Posen – Hopeless Records, Laura Ballance – Merge Records, Tony Kiewel – Sub Pop Records, Rosie Lopez – Tommy Boy, Martin Mills – Beggars Group, Darius Van Arman – Secretly Group, Zena White – Partisan Records, Lisa Levy – Robbins Entertainment.

 

$tars Fell On Alabama

 

 

The romantic comedy STARS FELL ON ALABAMA, from distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films, will be released on-demand and digital on January 8, 2021. The film follows a successful Hollywood agent, Bryce, and a Hollywood actress, Madison, on the verge of becoming a true star, if she can just land the right role. Bryce moved from Alabama to California 15 years ago for college and to pursue his dreams, leaving his past behind. He does, however, keep up with a small circle of his best friends from high school. As Bryce prepares to return home for his 15 year high school reunion and realizes his high school classmates are judging him poorly because he isn’t married with children, he stretches the truth and tells them that Madison is his girlfriend, convincing her to pretend to be his girlfriend to escape questions from his friends.

Synopsis:
Successful Hollywood agent Bryce Dixon is returning to Alabama for the first time in 15 years for his high school reunion. When he learns he’s the only one of his friends who isn’t married with children, he convinces his client, starlet Madison Belle, to pretend to be his girlfriend.  But he soon learns that success has different meanings, and romance may be closer than he thinks.

Release Date:                       On VOD/digital on January 8, 2021
Directed by:                         VW Scheich
Cast:                                       James Maslow, Ciara Hanna, Mike Bash, Lesa Wilson, Johnnie Mack and                                                                                                              Justin Clark
Genre:                                     Romantic comedy
Specs:                                      87 min
Distributor:                        Samuel Goldwyn Films

 

Red Carpet looks for the 2020 American Music Awards

2020 AMA Red Carpet and Performances

 

52nd NAACP Image Awards

 

 

LOS ANGELES – Today, the NAACP announced 21 new submission categories, along with changes to submission guidelines for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards. Recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African-American perspective, the NAACP Image Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts and those who promote social justice through their creative work.

Entries can be submitted now through Friday, December 18th at www.naacpimageawards.net in the categories of motion picture, television + streaming, recording, and literature. New submission categories include:

·     Television + Streaming: Outstanding Animated Series; Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television); Outstanding Short-Form Series – Comedy or Drama; Outstanding Performance in a Short-Form Series; Outstanding Short-Form Series – Variety; Outstanding Short-Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction; and Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television)

·     Recording: Outstanding International Song; Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental Outstanding Jazz Album–Vocal; Outstanding Soul/R&B Song; Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Song; Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional); Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary); and Outstanding Producer of the Year

·     Motion Picture: Outstanding International Motion Picture; Outstanding Animated Motion Picture; Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Motion Picture); Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action); Outstanding Short-Form (Animated); and Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the entertainment industry, the NAACP Image Awards has also made several rules and guideline changes to ensure that the process has taken into account current conditions. The eligibility period for all projects is January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

The performance or project cannot be used from a previously released project that would have qualified in a previous year (i.e. a rebroadcast performance, a performance in a released film being rebroadcast, or a remix of a song or album from a previous year or reprint of a released book). Legacy projects that are rebroadcasted or rereleased do not qualify.

“While we are living in unprecedented times, we are excited to continue the rich tradition of recognizing the excellence and achievement of people of color in the arts,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “Uplifting and celebrating diverse content, narratives and representation have the power to shape perceptions and change communities—which is needed now more than ever.”

Following are key calendar dates for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards:

·     Friday, December 18 – Online submissions closes

·     Monday, December 28 – Nominating committee voting begins

·     Friday, January 15 – Nominating committee voting closes

·     Wednesday, January 20 – Nominations announced and online voting opens

·     Friday, February 5 – Online voting closes

Only submitted work will be reviewed for consideration. All entries are evaluated and narrowed to the top five in each category by members of the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committees which are comprised of individuals within the entertainment industry (studio/network executives, actors, artists, managers, agents, publicists, journalists, literary agents, and others) and NAACP Board members, NAACP Foundation Trustees, staff, partners and others.

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards will be nationally telecast live in February.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.

American Music Awards on ABC Nov. 22, 2020 8pm et

This year’s American Music Awards is being hosted by the talented and lovely Taraji P Henson(Cookie) .  Here a just a few of the performers on this year’s show: Bell Biv DeVoe, Machine Gun Kelly, Lewis Campbell, and Maluma.  This is going to be something to behold this year as 2020 comes to an end, sure to put a little pep in your step.  Watch on Sunday November 22, 2020 at 8pm et on ABC

Obama Dream

 

 

 

1844 Entertainment’s New Documentary
Obama Dream


Now Available On Amazon Prime VideoA road trip through the United States that voted the first
African-American President into the White House

In 2008, Francesco Paravati, a freelance journalist from Italy, followed Barack Obama during his historic and victorious presidential campaign in the United States. The journey starts in Denver and continues through all the swing states covering the most important events–witnessing the hopes, dreams and expectations of his supporters and his opponents–until November 4th, election night in Chicago when Barack Obama becomes the first African-American President of the United States. Paravati’s extraordinary adventure is now an 80min documentary capturing the more than 20,000 miles through 14 States into the heart of some of the most remote places in America. It is a journey centered around a belief in change for a better world, as expressed in Obama’s political message.

It’s been 12 years since that personal and journalistic adventure that captured an unforgettable moment, and is the memory of the new millennium, the election of the first Black president, and a time when politics was seen as a service to the community. An era that soon gave way to the fleeting glory of social media approval, the new and unexpected protagonist of current elections.

This documentary is even more relevant today, after the most recent heated election campaign of Trump vs. Biden, which saw the victory of the Democratic candidate rekindling great emotional and political participation, not without controversy, for US citizens and a renewed enthusiasm for the US in the rest of the world.

About the filmmaker:

In 2013, Francesco Paravati – author and director of the documentary – edited the collection of Barack Obama’s first presidential term speeches entitled The Best is Yet to Come, for Donzelli Editors, and is author the book Traveling with Obama

OBAMA DREAM DIGITAL RELEASE
Available on Amazon Prime
from 1844 Entertainment.

PRODUCED by Francesco Paravati and Fabio Badolato
RUNNING TIME: 80 Minutes
DIRECTED by Francesco Paravati

 

ABOUT 1844 DISTRIBUTION:
1844 is an independent distribution and production company specializing in film and television. Our team of experts in project development, production, structured finance, distribution, sales and marketing has the ability to create and add value to the content it produces and distributes. www. 1844entertainment.com

Adam Sandler: Funny Guy

 

Get Inside Adam Sandler’s Comedy Magic in First Trailer for 

“Adam Sandler: Funny Guy”

Critics may not always love Adam Sandler, but fans sure do. The boy from Brooklyn did not need showbiz connections to become a global superstar. Sandler has left his comedic mark on three decades of stage, screen, and song.

Adam’s lasting appeal has earned more than $2 billion at the box office. TV audiences got to know him as a writer and performer on SNL during the early ‘90s. Forty-four films include Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), The Waterboy (1998), The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), Mr. Deeds (2002), 50 First Dates (2004), The Longest Yard (2005), Click (2006), Grown Ups (2010), Just Go With It (2011), Grown Ups II (2013), Blended (2014) and Murder Mystery (2019), that achieved the biggest opening weekend for a film in the company’s history (source: Netflix).

Adam Sandler remains a consistent favorite among fans who are comforted that they will always have a good time. Get the inside story on this fascinating actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, husband, father, and forever FUNNY GUY.

The feature-length biography ‘Adam Sandler: Funny Guy’ is now available on Amazon Prime.  https://amzn.to/2IS9xcX

Directed by Danielle Winter, produced by Dana Webber, ‘Adam Sandler: Funny Guy’ is distributed by Legacy Distribution.

 

 

Dutch

 

 

It is the urban-lit cult classic from the Teri Woods series Dutch that breaks all the rules. It introduces a player who will use any means necessary to dominate the streets and beyond. There isn’t an angle he can’t work or a
woman he can’t seduce and it’s taken Bernard James, Jr. aka Dutch, no time at all to turn an African drug lord’s stolen heroin business into the East Coast’s most feared drug empire. And there’s no shortage of enemies vowing to take him down, including a vengeful Mafia heir, an ambitious DA, and a conscience-stricken former friend. But none of his enemies can stop what they can’t see. With his life on the line and the face of the enemy in everyone he sees, Dutch plays the game and scores a winning hand in the face of all that betrayed him. But, there is one woman Dutch just can’t resist who will shake his ice-cold control to its core. And it will be the one betrayal that he never sees coming that will put more than he ever imagined at risk.
PRODUCERS: Manny Halley, Rodney Turner II, and Yolanda Halley
KEY CAST: Lance Gross, Jeremy Meeks, Macy Gray, Gunna, Natasha Marc, Tyrin Turner, Melissa
Williams, Malcolm Kelly and Kyle Massey

The Mark of the Bell Witch

 

 

The Mark of the Bell Witch Haunts the Holidays

New Docudrama Comes 200 Years After the Death of John Bell in Tennessee

Dramatized Retelling of the Bell Witch’s Reign of Terror Lands December 15 on Digital HD

 

Wadsworth, OH — Small Town Monsters has announced the Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD release of their latest investigative docudrama, The Mark of the Bell Witch. Noted urban legend documentarian Seth Breedlove (The Mothman Legacy) describes the film as a dramatized retelling of the entire sordid tale of the merciless spirit who tormented the Bell family from 1817 to 1821 in Adams, Tennessee. The Mark of the Bell Witch arrives just ahead of the 200th anniversary of John Bell’s death, whose mysterious passing in December 1820 cemented the legend of the Bell Witch in American folklore. The Mark of the Bell Witch will be available to rent or own on Amazon Instant Video, Vimeo OnDemand, DVD and VIDI Space starting December 15th. Blu-ray and DVD copies will be available exclusively from the STM Shop.

The Mark of the Bell Witch is the first attempted documentary of the famed piece of Appalachian folklore. The story of the Bell family who encountered mysterious sounds in their home, eventually becoming a full-blown apparition who terrorized them for almost five years, is still taught in Tennessee schools today. Considered to be one of the only known cases of murder committed by a “ghost” in American history, the story of John Bell’s poisoning at the hands of the witch has been the subject of numerous television shows, books, songs, and even a horror film.

 

 

However, previous filmed interpretations of the events left out large portions of the legend, or simply adapted the events to their needs. In the hands of Small Town Monsters, there will be a historically minded approach to the telling of the case, as well as a dive into how the haunting has affected the local culture of Adams, Tennessee.

The Mark of the Bell Witch is directed by Seth Breedlove and produced by Adrienne Breedlove. Narration is covered by genre actress Lauren Ashley Carter (Darlin’, Pod), with Zac Palmisano in the role of director of photography. Santino Vitale and SRV Films supplied VFX and Brandon Dalo (The Mothman Legacy) provided an original score. Amy Davies and Thomas Koosed headline the film in the lead roles of Elizabeth Bell and John Bell Sr, accompanied by Aaron Gascon, Sue Matzke, Grayden Nance and Mark Matzke. Adrienne Breedlove appears as the Bell Witch.

 

The Mark of the Bell Witch tells the terrifying, true story of the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee. A family who, for nearly five years, were haunted by an apparition bent on destroying their lives, and murdering the patriarch of the family, John Bell. Beginning in 1817 as a disembodied voice before eventually manifesting into numerous entities and showing her power through horrifying encounters, the Bell Witch has since become a folk legend.

Now, for the first time, learn the truth behind what actually took place during one of the most famous hauntings in American history.

 

 

 

Preorder The Mark of the Bell Witch on Vimeo

Preorder The Mark of the Bell Witch on Blu-ray & DVD

 

The Mark of the Bell Witch: English / USA / 85 min

 

 

Alive

 

 

Director Jimmy Olsson’s ALIVE highlights the basic human need of intimacy. This topical live-action short film premiered at Cleveland International Film Festival and went on to win the Best Short Film award at Huesca, the Best Actress Award at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and many more.

Stuck in a wheelchair and suffering from brain damage, Victoria yearns for intimacy. Her caregiver, Ida, tries to help by creating her a Tinder profile but finds the outcome both frightening and unpredictable.

After attending film school director Jimmy Olsson began his career in 2005, he then worked for several years in the commercial industry and released his first professional short film Repressed (Förträngd) in 2011, which won several awards at high profile international film festivals. His recent film 2nd Class highlighting the topic of racism traveled all over the world claiming numerous awards. In the future, Jimmy would like to tell heartwarming moving stories and create art house films for a broader audience. His filmography includes Alive, Whatever Happened to Ms Longstocking, 2nd Class, Palmegruppen tar långlunch, Void, Cesar, In Your Interest and Repressed.

Eva Johansson stars as Victoria, her work includes starring in films such as The Greatest and June, directed by Fijona Jonuzi for Plattform Produktion, Swedish Candy, Some Violence and a Bit if Cat, directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark for Garagefilm and Hot Chicks, directed by Ninja Thyberg for Silverosa Film.

Just some of the high profile international festivals  ALIVE has been selected for include Göteborg International Film Festival, Brooklyn film festival, Edmonton international film festival, San Jose International Short Film Festival, San Jose International Short Film Festival and Göteborg International Film Festival.

Alive will be screening at Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival (November 11th-22nd), POFF Shorts (November 17th-25th) and Bogo Shorts (December 8th-15th).

Modern Persuasion

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the new romantic comedy MODERN PERSUASION, from distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films, starring Alicia Witt (I CARE A LOT, “Orange Is The New Black”, TWO WEEKS NOTICE) on-demand and digital on December 18, 2020. The film is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1817 novel “Persuasion”, directed by Alex Appel and Jonathan Lisecki from a script by Lisecki and Barbara Radecki. The film also stars Shane McRae (THE HELP, STILL ALICE, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU) and Bebe Neuwirth (JUMANJI franchise, HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS), as well as Liza Lapira and Daniela Pineda.

Synopsis:
A modern telling of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.” Wren Cosgrove is a happy, single, and self-confessed workaholic who, after rising to the top of the corporate ladder, finds herself coming home every night to her cat. When her firm is hired by Owen Jasper, “the man who got away,” long-lost feelings are stirred, giving Wren a second chance at true love.

Release Date:                         On VOD/digital December 18, 2020
Directed by:                            Alex Appel & Jonathan Lisecki
Cast:                                       Alicia Witt, Bebe Neuwirth, Daniella Pineda, Liza Lapira, Mark Moses, Li                                                        Jun Li, Dominic Rains, and Shane McRae

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvkqlWCgcck

One Night in Miami

(L-R) Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Aldis Hodge star in ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Amazon Studios Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by: Regina King Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson with Beau Bridges & Lance Reddick Music by: Terence Blanchard Executive Producers: Regina King, Kemp Powers, Paul O. Davis, Chris Harding Producers: Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein Screenplay by:

Kemp Powers Based on the Stage Play “One Night In Miami…” by Kemp Powers

On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), defeats heavyweight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Based on the award-winning play of the same name, and directed by Regina King, One Night In Miami… is a fictional account inspired by the historic night these four formidable figures spent together. It looks at the struggles these men faced and the vital role they each played in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. More than 40 years later, their conversations on racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility still resonate. A Happy Accident and An Obsession The idea for the play which evolved into the movie One Night In Miami…came to Kemp Powers, who wrote the script for both the play and the movie, by accident and maybe by fate. “I stumbled across the idea while reading a book about the intersection of sports and the civil rights movement. It mentioned that following his first defeat of Sonny Liston, Cassius Clay, who would one day become Muhammad Ali, went back to the Hampton House Hotel in Overtown, Florida near Miami where he spent a quiet evening in conversation with friends Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown,” says Powers. “This was just a little paragraph in a book that kind of blew my mind at the time. I read that paragraph once, then I had to go back and read it a few more times and go, wait a minute.” That accident became an obsession. “I couldn’t get that paragraph out of my mind. After all, these were four of my heroes. I became very obsessed about this idea of discovering how these men met and why they were hanging out with one another,” explains Powers. “I read every biography I could on each of the four men. I dug up every interview that I could find. The more I learned about them, the more that it seemed natural that they would have been drawn to one another. They were unapologetic in their art. They were unapologetic in their political beliefs. And in the early 1960s to be a free, unapologetic Black man was quite a rarity.” Part of the reason Powers penned the play is the generational relevance of the conversation that took place in the Hampton House Hotel still has today. “I wrote the play because the lives of all four of these men speak to me. The debate and conversation they engage in during the stage play is actually the same debate that I would have in my dormitory with my friends when I was attending Howard University,” explains the writer. “It’s this question of what are the social responsibilities of an artist of color? Should I want to have social responsibilities? Can I just be an athlete? Can I just be a singer? Can I just be an

artist? Why do I always have to be a Black artist? And the question is, should you embrace that? Should you try to go away from it? And that was the discussion that I was having in the 1990s in my dormitory, and I’m sure that there’s a group of teenagers and young adults of color having that debate right now in their dormitory.” One Night in Miami, the play which is an imagining of what may have transpired that night, premiered at the Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles in June of 2013. The play’s premiere production garnered

 

three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards and four NAACP Theatre awards. Powers was awarded the Ted Schmitt Award for outstanding world premiere of a new play. After seeing one of those performances, Jody Klein became such a fan that he wanted to get involved with the play and became a producer of both the play and the film. “I met with Kemp and we hit it off right from the start and we decided to work together,” explains Klein. Film Producer Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment along with his producing partner and wife, Jess Wu Calder, also saw One Night In Miami during its run at the Rogue Machine Theatre. “I first heard about the play from a friend of mine, who said it is amazing and it is right up mine and Jess’ alley. He knew we were already huge fans of Sam Cooke. We caught one of the last performances in its first run and we were just really blown away,” says Keith Calder. “The story of the friendship between Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay was electrifying. We knew immediately it could be a wonderful movie. We tracked down Kemp Powers to pitch him on the idea of doing it as a movie. Kemp and Jody Klein were both excited about the idea of doing the play as a movie. Jess and I convinced them we were the right partners for the project.” The Calders went on to see the play again in Miami and London. “We saw the power in what we saw on stage. It touched our hearts and it touched our souls,” says Jess Wu Calder. “We felt compelled to translate that power to the screen to reach an even wider audience and perhaps mobilize them to action with the hope of creating a better world for future generations.” Regina King’s Feature Film Directorial Debut Once the producers decided to move forward, they were next tasked with finding a director. During that time Regina King won her Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. She later won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the same film. “While we were trying to decide who the right director was for One Night In Miami…, Regina won her Golden Globe and started talking about what she wanted to do as a director and we were just blown away by her speech,” says Keith Calder. “We started reading more about Regina as a television director. We quickly realized that she was the dream pick.” Producers reached out to King’s agent and were told that for her feature film directorial debut she was actually looking for a project that was based on historical figures, that had an important message and could have strong performances. “Regina was already embodying everything the movie is trying to say. Luckily, she was passionate about Kemp’s script,” says Jess Wu Calder. “We knew from that initial meeting with her this would be a very special film if we could make it together.” “I knew I wanted to do the film because we don’t get the opportunity to see Black men celebrated in such a complex way that often in film and TV,” explains King. “Normally when we see Black men in film or on TV, we are not able to see them be vulnerable and strong at the same time. That is something I felt Kemp captured so amazingly well. I became a part of the project because I was so inspired by the script which gives the opportunity to explore and respect these men in a moment and truly see who they were as men beyond and behind their iconic images.” “Regina King came to us from up above – simple as that,” says Klein.

 

 

 

 

 

Jingle-Jangle A Christmas Journey

 

 

Jingle- Jangle

Starring

 

FOREST WHITAKER

KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY

HUGH BONNEVILLE

ANIKA NONI ROSE

Introducing MADALEN MILLS as Journey with PHYLICIA RASHAD and RICKY MARTIN, JUSTIN CORNWELL SHARON ROSE LISA DAVINA PHILLIP KIERON DYER

 

A holiday musical event over 20 years in the making, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a timeless yet unprecedented tale of magic, second chances, and the power of love to conquer all obstacles. Written and directed by David E. Talbert (Almost Christmas), the film stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Emmy Award winner Keegan-Michael Key (Dolemite Is My Name), Tony Award® winners Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and Phylicia Rashad (the Creed films), Golden Globe® nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Grammy® winner Ricky Martin (American Crime Story), and newcomer Madalen Mills as the denizens of the fictional town of Cobbleton,

A place where anything is possible. Interspersed with whimsical stop-motion animation, show-stopping choreography, and original music by eight-time Grammy Award-winner Philip Lawrence (Bruno Mars’s primary songwriter), Davy Nathan, Michael Diskint, and EGOT winner John Legend, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of imagination and redefines what a classic musical fantasy can be for a new generation of dreamers. While Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey may be Talbert’s fifth feature film, the prolific playwright and stage director’s career in musical theater spans 30 years with over 14 top-grossing national tours under his belt. To say he’s familiar with the ways music inherently supports a narrative is an understatement. But the earliest inspiration for the film didn’t come in the form of a song; rather it started as a poem that Talbert wrote which ruminated on the healing power of love and the magic it possesses.

“It was something that weighed heavily on my mind as I got older, the concept of time. How do you recapture it? How do you recapture your magic?” says Talbert. “It’s love that makes everything work again. And that’s really the spirit of this story.” Together with his producing partner and wife Lyn Sisson-Talbert — who has produced all of Talbert’s plays and films — David set about turning the idea into a musical that was initially intended for the stage. He started writing the first iterations of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey in 1998, taking inspiration from works like Dreamgirls and The Wiz. He continued to tinker with the story as the years went by, but itwasn’t until the birth of their son, Elias, now 7, that it became apparent that the story was not only better suited for film, but one that the medium desperately needed.

“All the greatest memories I had as a child came from the magic and wonder in the movies I saw. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and the original Doctor Doolittle with Rex Harrison were ones I rewatched. But as I’m sitting down with my son, watching these films, there was no representation or any diversity in any of them. So I wanted to revisit the joy, the magic, the wonder of my childhood, but then infuse it with people who look like me,” says Talbert. The key that unlocked everything was accessibility. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is as universal as a story gets, it just happens to feature people of color in nearly every role. Every show-stopping moment — from its grand opening, to its heroic Indiana Jones-like set pieces, to its emotional final act — is populated by people who are given costumes, hairstyles, choreography, and musical numbers (not to mention aspirations, intellect, and skill sets) that weren’t typically afforded them in the films of yesteryear. “As an artist and creator, I want to make a film that inspires and entertains. I just want to have it be more representative of the world. Something that says people of color can exist in a magical world.” Soon after Netflix had acquired the film, Get Lifted, the celebrated production company founded by Emmy and Tony Award-winning Producer Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and EGOT recipient John Legend, came on board after they heard about the project from Executive Music Producer Harvey Mason Jr. “Harvey called me to see if I’d be interested in doing a holiday musical and I said absolutely,” says Jackson. “But after reading the script and realizing it was focused on a Black family, I knew it was a major opportunity to be a part of storytelling in a way we’ve never seen before. Obviously, we’ve seen Black families in holiday films, but nothing of this size and scope with the music, the CGI, and the animation. It just felt like it was going to be spectacular — and it is.” With hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar and the Oscar®-winning La La Land in their repertoire, Get Lifted was the perfect company to help shepherd Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey through the production process. “The film hits on a lot of touchstones that are important to our company, so to support David and Lyn in producing this idea they birthed into existence 20 years ago was really special,” says Jackson.

 

Jenna Torres New Single ‘All Heart’

 

Jenna Torres Bares Her Soul in New Single, ‘All Heart’

Singer-songwriter Jenna Torres is back with “All Heart,” the stirring new title track to her long-awaited upcoming album. The single showcases Torres’ innate skill at digging deep to beautifully express the optimism, pain, and exhilaration that comes with loving, losing, and everything that makes life worth living.

The stripped-down ballad has Torres laying it all bare in an ode to the raw vulnerability of new love. Produced by Stephen Leiweke and featuring Torres’ soulful vocals, the song is a fitting title track to the singer-songwriter’s third album. The “All Heart” video, shot in Nashville by Duende Vision, creates an intimate ambience that finds Torres pouring her passion into her guitar in a performance that is truly “All Heart.”

“So often when I am writing, I can see pictures of what I am trying to say,” Torres said. “This song came with an unshakable image: when I am at my most open and most vulnerable, it feels as though my heart is not inside me — I am inside my heart.”

Throughout her career, Torres has written songs for Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell Music, including songs for Martha Wash of the Weather Girls as well as a Top 10 Billboard hit for the band For King & Country with her co-writer Ben Glover. She received wide critical acclaim for her two previous albums, A Woman’s Touch and Wild Sugar, the latter of which featured the single “Heart On Wheels.”

Her songwriting has carried her through life’s ups and downs. In New York City just after 9/11, Torres wrote songs amidst the surreal surroundings of Ground Zero, turning to her music as a way of finding peace. Now, back in New York making music amidst the coronavirus pandemic, she finds herself once more using songs to heal — both herself and a world that has found itself recently turned upside down.

“I believe in the power of song,” she said. “Words set to music have the ability to touch us in a way that words alone often can’t. The coolest thing about being a songwriter is that somehow in the process of trying to heal myself, I am making something that might just touch somebody else

 

BET’S Let’s Stay Together Star Bert Belasco Passes away

Our friend in entertainment Bert Belasco from BET’S Let’s Stay Together has passed away at age 38  according to TMZ. Bert’s father say’s his son’s body was found Sunday inside a hotel room in Richmond VA. Belasco was about to start on a project for a new movie role. Bert Sr. says he was required to quarantine at the hotel before he could come to set.  Bert’s girlfriend couldn’t get a hold of him and eventually asked hotel staff to check on him. TMZ was told when he was discovered there was blood on the sheets His father tells TMZ he believes his son suffered a fatal aneurysm. The family is awaiting for the autopsy results. Belasco appeared on several episodes of Pitch, “I’m Dying Up Here” and 52 episodes of “Lets stay together” on BET.

If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry.
The love that’s deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You’ll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.

RIP

Between The World and Me

HBO’s BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
Debuts November 21.

HBO’s BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME, a gripping adaption of the New York Times #1 bestselling book
by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Apollo stage performance of the same name, debuts SATURDAY,
NOVEMBER 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Originally adapted and staged by the Apollo Theater in 2018, this
urgent story of hope and resilience combines elements of that production, including powerful
readings from Coates’ book, and is directed by award-winning director and Apollo Theater Executive
Producer Kamilah Forbes.
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
Coates’ book, which is now recognized as a classic of the Black Lives Matter era, has been reimagined
during a global pandemic against the backdrop of the killing of Breonna Taylor and global protests for
Black lives. Anchored by an ensemble performance, including Mahershala Ali, Angela Bassett, Yara
Shahidi, Oprah Winfrey and others, this special embodies Coates’ letter to his 15-year-old son on
coming of age in Black America. From Jharrell Jerome delivering the pains of growing up in Baltimore’s
inner city, to Susan Kelechi Watson evoking the HBCU experience, to the musical collaboration of Tariq
“Black Thought” Trotter and Ledisi, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME explores Coates’ vision of a race
built beneath white supremacy, and a people built despite it. The special is as breathtaking,
heartbreaking and layered as the Black experience in America.

 

The Signing by Renee Cox

 

 

‘The Signing’ by Renee Cox dazzles audiences at its museum premiere.  With this piece it is a re-imagine of the U. S. Constitution with Modern-Day Women and Men of Color in Place of the Founding Fathers. The museum premiere of ‘The Signing’ is on view now at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. It is on Special loan from the artist until September of 2021.

The Croods: A New Age

In 2013, the world was introduced to the first family of the prehistoric era, The Croods. The Academy Award®-nominated comedy about a clan dealing with their changing world captivated global audiences, reminding us of the timeless importance of family…and just how little we’ve evolved.

DreamWorks Animation invites you on an all-new adventure back in time with The Croods 2. Returning stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke welcome Leslie Mann and Peter Dinklage to the film’s cast as The Croods face their biggest threat since leaving the cave: another family.

Genres Animated Comedy
Starring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage

The new movie will be in theaters on November 25, 2020. Just in time for Turkey Day!!!!

Rance Allen

Gospel artist around the world will never forget the legendary Rance Allen. He ministered through his music to all. You couldn’t help but get excited when you hear his vocal ability and his awesome runs. “For sure Rance Allen had that thing!” At the last Gospel Superfest in Dayton OH in 2019, Allen had everyone up on there feet praising God with his hit song “Something About The Name Jesus” Rance Allen will truly be missed.

News Of The World Starring Tom Hanks, & Helena Zengel

NEWS OF THE WORLD                                                                      DECEMBER 25, 2020

Genre:                             Drama

Cast:                               Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel

Director:                           Paul Greengrass

Screenplay By:                  Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies,

based upon the novel by Paulette Jiles

Producers:                        Gary Goetzman, Gail Mutrux, Gregory Goodman

Executive Producers:          Steven Shareshian, Tore Schmidt

This Christmas, Universal Pictures is proud to present Tom Hanks starring in News of the World, a moving story written and directed by Paul Greengrass, reuniting for the first time with his star from their 2013 Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips.

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe.

In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel, System Crasher), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will.

Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home.

News of the World is directed by Greengrass (the Bourne films, United 93) from his screenplay with Luke Davies (Lion), based on the National Book Award finalist and best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles. The film is produced by Gary Goetzman (Mamma Mia! franchise, Greyhound), Gail Mutrux (The Danish Girl, Donnie Brasco) and Gregory Goodman (22 July, 8 Mile). The executive producers are Steven Shareshian and Tore Schmidt. The film’s music is by eight-time Academy Award® nominee James Newton Howard.

True to the Game

TRUE    TO       THE     GAME II, picks up a year after  the first     installment  of  True  to the Game, following the the lives  of the    characters affected by Quadir’s murder.  Separating  herself from Philly’s  dangerous  scene while   still  mourning  from the death  of       Quadir,  Gena   has reinvented     herself as a journalist, living   and   working in  NYC.  At a crossroads in  her career, Gena comes across an opportunity to go to LA , and decides to use the time to find herself.  Although Gena is far from home, her life in Philly   seems to   always make an appearance.  Someone with ties to Quadir has      hijacked Jerrell’s  shipment causing him to hit the streets on     a          crusade to find out who. Jerrell  is determined to get  paid  by any      means necessary and he’ll start with Gena.

GENERE:   Thriller/Crime  KEY CAST: Vivica  A. Fox,  Andra Fuller, Jeremy Meeks, Erica Peeples, Columbus Short, Lil Mama, Tamar Braxton, Tyana Halley

TERRITORIES: Universe  PRODUCTION COMPANY: 

 A  Manny Halley Production

RIGHTS: All Rights

RELEASE  DATE:  11.06.2020

DIRECTOR:  Jamal  Hill

WRITER:   Preston Whitmore

EXECUTIVE     PRODUCER:   Manny Halley

PRODUCERS: Manny Halley,  Rodney Turner II and  Yolanda Halley

 

Searching for Anna May Wong

New Documentary “Searching for Anna May Wong” Highlights the Life and Career of the Pioneering Asian American Actress

The Film will Have its World Premiere Run from November 20-26 at the Laemmle Theatres in NoHo for Academy Award Commercial Qualification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Los Angeles, CA) October 28, 2020 – The world premiere of “Searching for Anna May Wong” will be making its premiere debut at the Laemmle’s NoHo 7 Theatre from November 20-26, 2020 for an official Academy Awards qualifying commercial run. On November 12, 2020 from 10:00am-11:00am PST, we are inviting members of the press to join our digital press conference ahead of the film’s premiere to chat with the creators and stars of the film. Online registration to attend and participate can be made at https://tinyurl.com/S4AMWpc.

 

The half hour documentary features commentary and interviews from boundary-breaking luminaries as well as rising Asian talent including Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh, the legendary James Hong, Tzi Ma, Amy Hill, the late Elizabeth Sung, Jake Choi, Ludi Lin, Anna Wong (Anna May Wong’s grandniece), and other exciting talent sharing their thoughts about their place in the industry and the challenges Asian talent still face in a slowly evolving cinema landscape.

 

“Searching for Anna May Wong” chronicles the journey of aspiring actress Natasha Tina Liu exploring the question, if trailblazing actor Anna May Wong were still alive today, would she still face the same racism and challenges she experienced during her time in Old Hollywood? The actress famously lost the lead role as an Asian character to Luise Rainer when MGM refused to give the lead role to Anna May Wong. They instead offered a bit part in the film which Anna refused. Rainer ended up winning an Oscar for that role in which she donned yellowface to portray the character that should have gone to Anna.

 

The arduous journey of Anna May Wong and Asian actors in Hollywood mirrors the production of the documentary which began with filmmakers Z. Eric Yang and Quentin Lee in 2017. Due to creative differences, Z. Eric Yang left the project and 40 hours of footage to producer Quentin Lee who then enlisted editor Denise Chan to finish the documentary.

 

“For the past three years, ”Searching for Anna May Wong” has been a challenging journey to say the least. Because most of the talent involved came on board as a favor to me, this previously unfinished project has been weighing on me. To not let my friends’ efforts go in vain, I had no choice but to finish the film by crook or by hook. I’m most grateful to Denise for coming on board as an editor and co-director and Natasha for helping us finish the film”, said producer Quentin Lee.

 

Following its theatrical release, starting November 27th “Searching for Anna May Wong” will stream exclusively on AsianAmericanMovies.com and will be available for free viewing to members of the Academy (AMPAS), PGA, DGA, WGA and SAG on its official website: http://searchingforannamaywong.com. The film will also be available on TVOD on Amazon on November 27th, 2020.

 

A member of Producer’s Guild of America, Quentin Lee has directed and produced over a dozen of features and two television series. In 2020, Quentin has made Kim McVicar’s Please Notice Me, Brash Boys Club and Candy and Smiley, three comedy specials for Comedy Dynamics. He has also co-directed, co-wrote and produced an acclaimed sci-fi comedy feature titled Comisery during the pandemic. In addition, he’s currently shooting Boy Luck Club, the first “gaysian” comedy TV series.

 

New Documentary “Searching for Anna May Wong” Highlights the Life and Career of the Pioneering Asian American Actress

The Film will Have its World Premiere Run from November 20-26 at the Laemmle Theatres in NoHo for Academy Award Commercial Qualification

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Los Angeles, CA) October 28, 2020 – The world premiere of “Searching for Anna May Wong” will be making its premiere debut at the Laemmle’s NoHo 7 Theatre from November 20-26, 2020 for an official Academy Awards qualifying commercial run. On November 12, 2020 from 10:00am-11:00am PST, we are inviting members of the press to join our digital press conference ahead of the film’s premiere to chat with the creators and stars of the film. Online registration to attend and participate can be made at https://tinyurl.com/S4AMWpc.

 

The half hour documentary features commentary and interviews from boundary-breaking luminaries as well as rising Asian talent including Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh, the legendary James Hong, Tzi Ma, Amy Hill, the late Elizabeth Sung, Jake Choi, Ludi Lin, Anna Wong (Anna May Wong’s grandniece), and other exciting talent sharing their thoughts about their place in the industry and the challenges Asian talent still face in a slowly evolving cinema landscape.

 

“Searching for Anna May Wong” chronicles the journey of aspiring actress Natasha Tina Liu exploring the question, if trailblazing actor Anna May Wong were still alive today, would she still face the same racism and challenges she experienced during her time in Old Hollywood? The actress famously lost the lead role as an Asian character to Luise Rainer when MGM refused to give the lead role to Anna May Wong. They instead offered a bit part in the film which Anna refused. Rainer ended up winning an Oscar for that role in which she donned yellowface to portray the character that should have gone to Anna.

 

The arduous journey of Anna May Wong and Asian actors in Hollywood mirrors the production of the documentary which began with filmmakers Z. Eric Yang and Quentin Lee in 2017. Due to creative differences, Z. Eric Yang left the project and 40 hours of footage to producer Quentin Lee who then enlisted editor Denise Chan to finish the documentary.

 

“For the past three years, ”Searching for Anna May Wong” has been a challenging journey to say the least. Because most of the talent involved came on board as a favor to me, this previously unfinished project has been weighing on me. To not let my friends’ efforts go in vain, I had no choice but to finish the film by crook or by hook. I’m most grateful to Denise for coming on board as an editor and co-director and Natasha for helping us finish the film”, said producer Quentin Lee.

 

Following its theatrical release, starting November 27th “Searching for Anna May Wong” will stream exclusively on AsianAmericanMovies.com and will be available for free viewing to members of the Academy (AMPAS), PGA, DGA, WGA and SAG on its official website: http://searchingforannamaywong.com. The film will also be available on TVOD on Amazon on November 27th, 2020.

 

A member of Producer’s Guild of America, Quentin Lee has directed and produced over a dozen of features and two television series. In 2020, Quentin has made Kim McVicar’s Please Notice Me, Brash Boys Club and Candy and Smiley, three comedy specials for Comedy Dynamics. He has also co-directed, co-wrote and produced an acclaimed sci-fi comedy feature titled Comisery during the pandemic. In addition, he’s currently shooting Boy Luck Club, the first “gaysian” comedy TV series.

A Holly Dolly Christmas

 

  International icon and Grammy Award-winning artist Dolly Parton has released her new Christmas album on October 2.  Featuring the song, “Mary, Did You Know?”

Dolly is quoted saying “‘Mary Did You Know?’ is one of the greatest, sweetest, well-written songs that I’ve ever had the chance to sing on.  She continues with, “When I was recording it, I got very emotional. It is to me what Christmas is about and I’m proud to be able to sing it for my upcoming album.”

A Holly Dolly Christmas Track Listing:

1. Holly Jolly Christmas-Dolly Parton

2. Christmas Is- feat.(Miley Cyrus) Dolly Parton

3. Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas-Dolly                                                           Parton with Michael Buble

4. Christmas On The Square-Dolly Parton

5. Circle of Love-Dolly Parton

6. All I Want For Christmas Is-feat.( Jimmy                                                        Fallon) Dolly Parton

This is a partial list of the titles on the album, go to all outlets to purchase and sing along with Dolly Parton to bring in the 2020 Holiday Season.

 

Photo Credit: Stacie Huckebs

Courtesy of Butterfly Records, LLC

Christmas in Carolina

 

Family Matters‘ stars ignite romantic holiday spirit in  ‘CHRISTMAS IN CAROLINA

After losing her parents in a car accident, Elle (Joslyn Y. Hall of Atlanta), a career-driven investment banker has given up on love and Christmas until she meets Wesley (David L. Rowell of Com-pli-cat-ed), a former NBA player and CEO of a small marketing firm. Impetuously, Wesley invites Elle home for Christmas in South Carolina, with his parents (Kellie Shanygne Williams and Darius McCrary of ‘Family Matters’). With hesitation, Elle accepts and is given a much bigger present than she could ever have imagined!

Christmas in Carolina’ is widely available On-Digital and On-Demand, November 1, 2020.

Lensed on location in South Carolina, the film was directed by Peggy Williams working from a script by Stacie Davis, and stars Joslyn Y. Hall (Atlanta) and David L. Rowell (Com-pli-cat-ed) alongside Kellie Shanygne Williams and Darius McCrary of Family Matters who reprise their roles as siblings.

 

 

Movie Review: Charm City Kings from Urban World Film Festival

          Charm City Kings is a great coming of age movie made for this time and generation.  If you like to feel the rush of seeing the stunts and riding of dirt bikes in the city of Baltimore this movie is for you.  It’s a movie about friendship, loyalty, and responsibility all rolled into a summer in the city of Baltimore. Three young black men who have to make decisions that will affect their lives forever. This movie is a must see, if you have any teenagers sit down and watch this movie together.  Coming to HBO Max on October 8,2020.

 

Here are a few of the players in this must see movie:

Angel Manuel Soto: Director

Will Catlett: Plays ‘Rivers’

Chino Braxton: Plays ‘Jamal’

Caleeb Pinkett: Producer

Jahi Di’allo Winston: Plays ‘Mouse’