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’

Once Upon a River

Based on the best-selling novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Once Upon A River is the story of Native American teenager Margo Crane (Kenadi DelaCerna) in 1970s rural Michigan who after enduring a series of traumas and tragedies, sets out on an odyssey on the Stark River in search of her estranged mother. On the water, Margo encounters friends, foes, wonders, and dangers; navigating life on her own, she comes to understand her potential, all while healing the wounds of her past.

OPENING ON 10/2 VIA VIRTUAL CINEMA

FROM FILM MOVEMENT

 Written & Directed by:

Haroula Rose (“Lost & Found”)

Based on the Novel “Once Upon a River” by: Bonnie Jo Campbell

Starring up and coming Kenadi DelaCerna in her first feature film,

John Ashton (Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run, Gone Baby Gone),

Tatanka Means (The Son, Saints & Strangers, Tiger Eyes), Ajuawak Kapashesit (Indian Horse, Caleb, “Outlander”), Sam Straley (Hala, “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.”), Coburn Goss (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, What Women Want), Lindsay Pulsipher (“True Blood,” “Justified,” “Hatfields & McCoys”), Kenn E. Head (“ER,” Brat 2, “Chicago Fire”)

The Black Emperor

The Black Emperor of Broadway

is widely available, tomorrow, September 15, 2020. iTunes (Drama, Bio-Pic)

A century ago, in 1920, Charles Gilpin was the first Black leading man of Broadway. At a time when white men performed in blackface, a burgeoning playwright, Eugene O’Neill, defied the establishment and cast Gilpin as his leading man in an ‘edgy’ new play, “The Emperor Jones.”

The collaboration was a certified success. Audiences were thrilled. Both skyrocketed – O’Neill to power and Gilpin to the pinnacle of stardom.

The New York Tribune observed that “Gilpin is great. It is a performance of heroic stature” (4 Nov. 1920)

But something didn’t sit right with Gilpin. The words his character, Brutus Jones, spoke become more than words on a page, they were a misrepresentation.

He demanded change. He held his ground. He lost everything.

Though this champion has been lost to history, Charles Gilpin changed the course of American theatre.

As Broadway’s first Black leading man: Why is Charles Gilpin lost to the pages of history? Why are his achievements and his name not celebrated?

The Sit-In

 

 

THE SIT IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW, a new documentary from Peacock, premieres today on the streaming network. Part of its origin story begins with Nation national-affairs correspondent Joan Walsh’s 2017 coverline story for The Nation, “When Harry Met Late Night.”

From executive producer and MSNBC host Joy Reid and director Yoruba Richen, THE SIT-IN chronicles the seminal event and almost-forgotten moment in American history during which legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte hosted the iconic “Tonight Show” in place of Johnny Carson for an entire week. Watch the trailer her

Walsh, who coproduced the film, is available for select interviews from New York City to discuss how she uncovered the history-making week in February 1968 during which an African American hosted a late-night television show for the first time ever.

“When the old folks say television used to be different from the profit-driven, ratings-obsessed, news-as-entertainment industry of today, they don’t always have good counterexamples,” wrote Walsh in 2017. “But a few years back, I came across a perfect one: the week in February 1968 when, at the height of the Vietnam War’s Tet offensive, as riots were wracking major American cities and the Democratic Party was coming apart, Johnny Carson handed The Tonight Show over to the legendary Harry Belafonte, who proceeded to use the platform to introduce white America to his world of art and activism.”

Then, as now, our country was on a precipice, roiled by internal turmoil and a palpably unstable future. The story of America in the late ’60s offers a framework to explore the nature of change and progress, hope, activism, and reactionary forces.

Belafonte created a radical, amazing high-low, black-white mix of pop culture and politics. Searing, in-depth interviews with Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.—mere months before both men were assassinated—are paired with a young Bill Cosby, the blacklisted African-American singer Leon Bibb, and actor Paul Newman, who played his trombone.

“All of these people came with a social point of view,” Belafonte recalled to Walsh. “That was my goal: to articulate a particular point of view. We were at the peak of social and political struggle in the country. America was awakened. The viewership was astounding.”

Shattering racial barriers and norms, 15 of 25 guests that week were African American. But for many Americans, the breakthrough is lost history; and by fate or coincidence, the only two interviews to survive are the tapes of Kennedy and King—which we’ll be publishing on TheNation.com.

Walsh continued: “Today, watching King and Kennedy come alive, in flickering black and white, conversing with the gentle but probing Belafonte, reminds us of our great loss. It hurts. Yet the intimate conversations just months before their awful murders shows that they didn’t have all the answers, either. I’ve always felt that in 1968 we’d lost the heroes who’d have magically led us into the new country we were struggling to become; yet they looked as lost as we are…. This is not to minimize the tragedy of their assassinations. It is just to say the country was headed for a reckoning, with racism, with poverty, and with the limits of America’s global role, that King and Kennedy might not have been able to make that any less painful.”

ABOUT: Joan Walsh, a national affairs correspondent for The Nation, is the author of What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America. She is a co-producer of the new documentary film, THE SIT IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW.

THE SIT-IN is a production of Big Beach and is directed by Yoruba Richen and executive produced by Joy Reid. Valerie Thomas and Joan Walsh serve as producers. Leah Holzer and Peter Saraf also executive produce. Belafonte appears in the film, along with Questlove and Whoopi Goldberg who recount the historic moment.

Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation (@thenation) has chronicled the breadth and depth of political and cultural life from the debut of the telegraph to the rise of Twitter, serving as a critical, independent, and progressive voice in American journalism.

 

 

Urban Film Festival 2020

 

5th Annual Urban Film Festival Partners with Black-Owned platform Urban Streaming Network; Announces Festival Dates | Sept. 4 -Sept. 14, 2020

MIAMI, FL. – Urban Film Festival (UFF) has announced a budding partnership with Urban Streaming Network (USN), a Black-owned streaming platform, for their upcoming 2020 festival. The partnership will allow them to virtually screen over 140 films, educational workshops, and live call-ins with industry professionals for free this Labor Day Weekend until Sept. 14th on the streaming platform.

In addition to the aforementioned, the highly anticipated festival will provide access to panel discussions, networking opportunities, and masterclasses by industry professionals sharing gems on the process of filmmaking from start to finish. The annual event typically takes place during Labor Day weekend in Miami’s Historic Overtown, however, due to COVID-19, Urban Film Festival has decided to include a new digital streaming component to this year’s programming.

Notable celebrities, influencers and participants include: Festival ambassadors Percy “Master P” Miller, Romeo Miller, Allen Maldonado, Philly Fly Boy, MariCarmen Lopez, John Gibson and many more.

Master P, Romeo and Urban Film Festival share a common passion of inspiring, encouraging, and supporting the growth of the up and coming film community through exposure and education.

“We are committed to pushing the culture forward one film at a time by providing filmmakers the tools and skills they need to thrive in this ever-changing industry,” said Marco (Mall) Molinet, co-founder of Florida Film House.

Content will stream continuously from 10 am to 10 pm on the Urban Film Festival website, where attendees will also be able to access the Urban Streaming Network. Festival-goers will be able to gain unlimited, free access to curated filmmaker’s content along with educational tools that can be screened until September 14, 2020.

The festival is possible with support from the City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, The Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, The City of Miami, Simkins Family Foundation, The Greater Miami Convention Visitors Bureau, Miami Dade County Arts, World Wide Urban Distribution, Franc Village Studios, Overtown Children’s Youth Coalition, 1st Take Youth Film Program and Florida Film House.

For more information and to register, please visit www.urbanfilmfestival.com

About Florida Film House
Florida Film House is a team of young, passionate filmmakers working together to tell the stories of their communities to their generation. We have filmed over 1,000 productions together as a team, while vertically integrating our business allowing us to underwrite the majority of expenses, positioning us the ability to develop content and films efficiently.

About Urban Streaming Network
USN is an OTT platform that streams live and curated content via multiple devices maximizing the exposure of the content and the advertising revenue capabilities. While allowing consumers options of how they would like to screen the content. AVOD with ads or SVOD with no ads with a monthly fee. Some content will also be TVOD depending on the content creators.

A Storybook Ending

A new short film that was shown at the 2020 ABFF, by Writer/Director Lanre Olabisi. Look for the full interview in a upcoming issue of JO Magazine; while your waiting take a look at his other movies. ‘Somewhere in the Middle’ and ‘August the First.

Synopsis of ‘A Storybook Ending’:

When a black man accidentally kills a white cop in self-defense he tries to cover up the crime only to set off a chain reaction of deceit, blackmail, and murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Action Thriller- Anonymous Killers

 

 

Horror Thriller
ANONYMOUS KILLERS
premieres October 6

Five Captives. One deadly trial. Beyond judgement lies the truth. 

ANONYMOUS KILLERS was conceived by writer and director A.R. Hilton as an indictment of society for its hypocrisies – from its jury system to the death penalty to the American Dream – from the perspective of someone who’s been persecuted by the system.

In the film, four seasoned killers and one hapless professor awake in chains to discover they are part of a demented experiment orchestrated by a maniacal, mysterious captor. To decide their fate, they must share the motives behind their crimes as they face the judgement of their peers. The rules are non-negotiable and the outcome is clear: live or die. The moral compass spins frantically as all fight to justify their lives before the final vote is cast.

This new horror thriller premieres October 6, with a limited “Theater At Home” experience and a wider streaming release later in the month. In addition to featuring a talented and diverse ensemble cast, KILLERS moves beyond typical slash-and-kill horror movie plots to reveal social justice story arcs for each character. Those stories, combined with its surprising finale, will prompt viewers to contemplate and examine their own prejudices.

Instead of digital, Hilton chose to shoot on 35mm film to give KILLERS a more natural, grainy look than using filters applied to digital film would result in. This artistic choice also made Hilton eligible for the Panavision First Time Filmmaker Grant, which rewards first time filmmakers with up to a million dollars in Panavision cameras and gear. Panavision loved the script, and stuck with the crew through the entire four years it took to complete.

ANONYMOUS KILLERS
Directed & Written by: A.R. Hilton
Starring: Dominic Pace, Gabriela Lopez, Kevin Glikman,
Natasha Halabi, Nathanyael Gray, and Patrick Caberty
Running time: 100 minutes

The Power of the Female Vote

 

AMAZON STUDIOS PRESENTS:

THE POWER OF THE FEMALE VOTE

The Power of the Female Vote’ will be a LIVE discussion with panelists Stacey Abrams (Fair Fight Action Founder), All In: The Fight For Democracy co-directors Lisa Cortés and Liz Garbus, philanthropist Tina Knowles-Lawson, and actresses/activists Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) and Kelly McCreary (Grey’s Anatomy). Media personality Nina Parker will moderate this educational conversation of unique social and civic voices as they dive into the impact and importance of engaging women of all races on voting issues and initiatives. Tune in to watch these dynamic women discuss the history of voting rights, activism, and give a spotlight to the threats to U.S. civil rights; all issues highlighted in the new documentary.

Join Us Thursday, August 27 at 8 PM ET/5PM PT

Appearing at the 2020 ABFF

KENYA BARRIS, MARY J. BLIGE, CURTIS ‘50 CENT’ JACKSON, BARRY JENKINS, GABRIELLE UNION, LENA WAITHE AND MORE TOPLINE PROGRAMMING SLATE FOR 2020 AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Ten Day Virtual Fest Available to Global Audience August 21-30

Features Mix of Live and On Demand Content

The first virtual edition of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), now in its 24th year, will feature a robust slate of speakers including Stacey Abrams, Kenya Barris, Mary J. Blige, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Gabrielle Union and Lena Waithe, as well as panels ranging from the business of Hollywood to spotlights on new films and television series. The festival will offer a mix of live and on demand content from August 21st to 30th at abff.com.

Opening night will feature the HBO Short Film Competition, a platform which has been responsible for showcasing the early work of such industry notables as Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Ben Watkins (Hand of God) and Stephen Caple Jr. (Creed II) followed by a virtual version of ABFF’s legendary “White Party.” It will close with “The Best of American Black Film Festival Awards” Ceremony, hosted by Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker and simulcast on IMDb.com, followed by a post awards celebration. Presenters include: Lee Daniels (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Laz Alonso (The Boys), Bevy Smith (BEVELATIONS) Logan Browning (Dear White People) and Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods).

Jemele Hill will host a Cadillac sponsored one-on-one conversation with Blige, who is this year’s festival ambassador. In addition to “Conversations With” Blige and Abrams, Angela Rye will moderate a discussion with Barris. Evening programming will also include “Comics on Comedy” hosted by Yvonne Orji (Insecure) featuring Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), a screening of Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, presented by HBO, a first look at the highly anticipated Universal Pictures film, Candyman with director/co-writer Nia DaCosta, and a panel on the new animated series Woke from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Additional highlights include a conversation with directors Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard), Christine Swanson (The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel) and Jacqueline Olive (Always in Season). Amazon Studios presents a Hot at Amazon panel featuring Barry Jenkins, Lena Waithe and Tracy Oliver; a Garrett Bradley Time conversation as well as a discussion with Stacy Abrams. STARZ presents Power Book II: Ghost panel with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige and Cliff “Method Man” Smith. Netflix brings a discussion with The 40-Year-Old Version writer/director Radha Blank.

There will be opportunities to meet the filmmakers from the competitive categories, panel discussions on “The Hollywood Executive Experience Through The Black Lens,“ ”Navigating the Network and Studio Process,” and ”Black Female Perspectives on Directing and Storytelling” among others. The 90 films featured during the program will be available on demand for the duration of the festival. The schedule is available here.

“We are gratified by the outpouring of industry support for this year’s ABFF, creating an opportunity for us to reach a global audience with a broad range of compelling content both live and on demand,” said Jeff Friday, founder and CEO ABFF Ventures. “Although we plan to be back in Miami for 2021, this year’s virtual festival enables us to engage with an audience that might never be able to attend a destination event. Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who participated, we are able to deliver provocative conversation and compelling entertainment when our community most needs it.”

Sponsors to date include WarnerMedia, HBO® (Founding), Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (Presenting Sponsors); Comcast NBCUniversal, Amazon Studios (Premier Sponsors); Cadillac, Sony Pictures Entertainment, IMDb, Netflix, Motion Picture Association (MPA), Jeff Friday Media, Prudential Financial, Starz, a Lionsgate company UMC, Verizon Media (Official Sponsors); AspireTV, Facebook, Morgan Stanley, and Universal Production Music (Supporting Sponsors); Blackfilm.com, Film Independent, and Variety (Marketing Partners).

For more information on ABFF and up-to-date news, go to abff.com and follow @ABFF on Twitter and @AmericanBlackFilmFestival on Instagram and Facebook. Join in on the conversation by using #ABFF20 and #ABFF.

New Indie Horror Officially Selected at Screamfest 2020

 

 

 

Studio 660 Productions and Seraphic Productions are thrilled to announce their second collaboration, ‘Sclera Absentia’ is an official selection of Screamfest LA 2020

This marks the second collaboration of writer/director James Furlong and producer Elizabeth Lloyd. After the success of their first short ‘An Unpleasant Surprise’ picking up a handful of awards in 2019 the pair decided to go big with ‘Sclera Absentia.’

“We are beyond thrilled with this selection, its an honor to be selected for such a huge genre festival”

We need a Uplifting flick right now. The Secret: Dare to Dream

 

Dreaming is a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. We often dream while we are sleeping. It looks like Holmes is awake  but will encounter many different scenario’s  throughout the film. The secret to life will be discovered in homes everywhere with this uplifting and hope-filled film. The feel-good romantic drama starring Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, and Jerry O’Connell explores hope and gratitude in one’s darkest days, and reminds us that it’s never too late to believe again. The Secret: Dare to Dream is now available on Premium Video on Demand.

 

Ghostbusters Drive-In Suprise amid remake’s pushback

 

 

Culver City, CA – August 16, 2020 – Jason Reitman introduces a screening of the original Ghostbusters at the Sony Pictures drive-in on the historic Sony Pictures lot.

 

Screenings of the original Ghostbusters film continued at drive-ins across the country due the global pandemic, yet at one special screening in Culver City, LA audiences got a special treat. The director of the upcoming new Ghostbusters film, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Jason Reitman introduced the film with the original ghostbusters mobile, the Ecto. Reitman making the speech at the historic Sony Lot was a special moment as the reboot Ghostbusters: Afterlife was set to release this summer. More details and the movie trailer below.

 

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan. The cast includes: Carrie Coon Finn Wolfhard Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd.

 

Culver City, CA – August 16, 2020 – Screening of the original GHOSTBUSTERS, at the Sony Pictures drive-in on the historic Sony Pictures lot.

 

“Sugar Daddy”A Romantic Thriller about Dating.

 

 

   Sugar Daddy

Neal Lander Jr. Is a new writer from Ohio.  He has put together a story that will keep you turning the pages until the end. If you are looking for something exciting and new, check out this romantic thriller “Sugar Daddy” it may give you second thoughts about dating, actually staying in your own age group maybe the best thing to do.

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“GRIMEY”, from Billboard chart-topping singer-songwriter, PORCELAN.

“GRIMEY”, from Billboard chart-topping singer-songwriter, PORCELAN. “GRIMEY” is lifted from PORCELAN’s upcoming debut album, “MOOD RING” to be released on September 25th, 2020, via the Made In Memphis Entertainment/Beat Root label imprint.  “GRIMEY” is available on all streaming and download platforms now. The single was written by Porcelan, Denarious Holmes and Brandon Christian and produced by Topski. “I really wanted to speak about some of the ugly moments of being in a relationship and when you give that special person chance after chance to make things right and they simply continue to turn around and disappoint you,” mentions Porcelan. “But then there is that one day that you say enough is enough and you call them out on their “grimey-ness” and see that they were never good for you, so they have to go,” she adds.

  Jamie Fox Stars in Project Power Coming Soon tNetflix

Jamie Fox as Art

On the streets of New Orleans, word begins to spread about a mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user. The catch: You don’t know what will happen until you take it. While some develop bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength, others exhibit a deadlier reaction. But when the pill escalates crime within the city to dangerous levels, a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) to fight power with power and risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it. Starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Rodrigo Santoro, Colson Baker, Allen Maldonado, with Amy Landecker, and Courtney B. Vance

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT as FRANK in PROJECT POWER Cr. SKIP BOLEN/NETFLIX © 2020

 

Quibi Presents: The Fugitive A Highly Exciting Thriller that makes you say Yikes!

Starring Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland and Boyd Holbrook star in this edge-of-your-seat crime thriller from the creator of Most Dangerous Game and co-executive producer of Prison Break in which an innocent man on the run, desperate to clear his name, is chased through Los Angeles by the cop who will not rest until he is captured. This action packed thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. Directed By Stephen Hopkins.

Nia Long and Omar Epps star in Netflix Original Thriller Fatal Affair

 

FATAL AFFAIR: (L-R) OMAR EPPS as DAVID, NIA LONG as ELLIE. Cr. BETH DUBBER/NETFLIX © 2020

 

Another Netflix original is coming to your living room on July 16th called Fatal Affair. The film uses the tried and true formula of an obsessed yet attractive stranger swooping in and attempting to break up a happy couple. Can Nia long take a page from Jada’s book and survive this entanglement? Here’s the scoop via Netflix’s press release.

“Ellie (Nia Long) tries to mend her marriage with her husband Marcus (Stephen Bishop) after a brief encounter with an old friend, David (Omar Epps), only to find that David is more dangerous and unstable than she’d realized. Fatal Affair is directed by Peter Sullivan.”

SNL’s Michael Che Stars in New HBO Max Comedy Series

 

LOS ANGELES – July 14, 2020 – HBO Max announced today a six-episode order for Untitled Michael Che Project (wt), an original sketch comedy series starring Michael Che (Saturday Night Live, Michael Che Matters). Each episode follows a theme or incident, (police brutality, unemployment, falling in love, etc.), and uses sketches and vignettes to illustrate what it feels like to experience this from a black vantage point. It’s less about being “right” and more about being honest, even at the risk of being controversial.

“Michael brings a distinct comedic perspective as he illustrates the uncomfortable truths across multiple topics” said Suzanna Makkos, Executive Vice President of Original Comedy and Animation for HBO Max. “We look forward to sharing his unique vision and necessary point of view with our audiences.”

Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer HBO Max and President TNT, TBS, and TruTV  added “Che is an amazing talent and comic voice and,of course, another opportunity to collaborate with Broadway Video and my friend Lorne is an added benefit.”

“I’m really excited to be working on this show with HBO Max” said Che. “It’s a project I’ve been thinking about for a while and we have a lot of sketches we want to shoot so please wear your masks so that we can go into production.”
 
Untitled Michael Che Project is produced by Universal TV, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Broadway Video, with Che, Lorne Michaels, and Erin Doyle serving as executive producers.

Kevin Hart film “Die Hart” Coming Soon to Quibi

Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart is the next household name to lend their star-power to the new streaming service Quibi. The company is a mobile based entertainment app that plays short form films and tv shows. Actors like Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Dwayne Johnson, Lebron James, Chrissy Teigen and more are leading their own projects on the platform with more to come.

While Quibi confused many consumers as a relatively new style of watching content, the short duration, celebrity talent and unique stories are garnering buzz for the company.

In DIE HART, Kevin Hart plays a fictionalized version of himself who’s tired of being the comedic sidekick. He gets his wish when a famous director offers him his dream – to be a leading man action star – but there’s a catch: Kevin must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, run by a lunatic. Pushed to his limits by this action school coach and a tough-minded rival student (Nathalie Emmanuel) Kevin must survive a series of hilarious, over-the-top action sequences and face his fears if he wants to achieve his dream and land the role of a lifetime.

Die Hart launches on Quibi July 20th.

Dayton’s Human Race Theater Releases 2021 Schedule

Dayton Ohio’s Human Race Theater releases their Theatrical Lineup for 2021, having to rearrange their schedules like so many due to COVID-19. Check out the letter from the Executive Director of the Human Race Theater.

The Human Race Theatre Company Announces Changes to 34th Season Schedule

A letter from Kappy Kilburn and Kevin Moore

The Human Race Theatre Company would like to thank our artists, audiences and community for their support and commitment to our work during this troublesome time. We could not continue to do what we do without that support. Since March, when the pandemic forced us to close our season, we have worked with state and local officials, union representatives and other producers around the country to strategize reopening our theatre. We have listened to our audiences’ concerns about group gatherings and desires for a safe and celebratory return to LIVE theatre on our stage. After much thoughtful contemplation, we have decided to move forward with a new time frame for our full “Dayton Premieres” season. In order to provide the safest experience for our audience and our artists, we are moving the entire season into the 2021 calendar year and will reopen The Loft in February, 2021. Below is the new schedule. Additional information on each production can be found at www.humanracetheater.org

Charlize Theron stars in Netflix’s Summer Flick The Old Guard

THE OLD GUARD (2020) – (L to R) Marwan Kenzari as Joe, Matthias Schoenaerts as Booker, Charlize Theron as Andy, Luca Marinelli as Nicky, Kiki Layne as Nile.
Photo Credit: AIMEE SPINKS/NETFLIX ©2020

With Summer Blockbuster season essentially canceled due to COVID-19, Netflix and other streaming services have dominated the entertainment landscape. The Old Guard is Netflix’s at-home summer action blockbuster for all the audiences that can’t make it to the theater.

The Netlfix original is Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (love & Basketball, Shots Fired) and stars Oscar Award winning actress Charlize Theron who also serves as a producer on the project. The crew in front of and behind the camera seems diverse and perfect for the current times.

 Cr. AMY SPINKS/NETFLIX © 2020

 

The Old Guard follows a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), and a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die who have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (KiKi Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka, The Old Guard is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.

Check out the trailer here.

 

 

Brian McKnight’s New Album Exodus Now Available

R&B legend Brian McKnight is back with 20th studio album Exodus. This marks the award winning sing-songwriters 20th album. According to McKnight this will be his final release of original material. If McKnight keeps his word, he will have left his fans and the wider music-world an incredible legacy of hit singles and albums. We all look forward to the day Brian returns to the road to perform his songs for sold-out crowds all over the world, but until that day arrives you can purchase, stream, download, “Exodus” today!

Exodus is globally available on all streaming and download today, check here EXODUS by BRIAN MCKNIGHT.

Nobody is the 1st single off the album and Brian McKnight brings the touching and emotional visuals he’s know for. The video even has footage from his actual wedding ceremony!

Check out the visualizer for another hot song off the album, called Bad

Exodus encompasses 13 tunes with signature Brian love songs, a poignant emotional tribute and a surprise cover-song performed as only Brian McKnight could.

EXODUS TRACKLIST:
1. Unbelievable
2. Neva Get Enuf Of U
3. ’42 (Grown Up Tipsy)
4. Nobody
5. Bad
6. Stay On UR Mind
7. My Baby
8. Hula Girl (Leilani)
9. Sexy
10. When I’m Gone
11. Good Ol’ Fashioned Love
12. Can’t Say Goodbye
13. Fragile

Via Press Release

TENET Starring John David Washington in theaters July 17th

John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” The son of Denzel Washington is starring in one of the first films to release in what is hopefully post COVID-19, in theaters July 17th.

Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Not time travel.  Inversion.

The international cast of “Tenet” also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

Nolan wrote and directed the film, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.  “Tenet” is produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan.  Thomas Hayslip served as executive producer.

Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson, and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher.  The score is composed by Ludwig Göransson.

www.Tenetfilm.com

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Disney’s Artemis Fowl is the next Stay-at-Home family favorite

Popular book series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is gearing up to be Disney+ next streaming hit, whether they like it or not. The film was initially set to release in theaters May 29th but due to COVID-19 has been moved to Disney+ burgeoning streaming platform with a release date of June 12th.  The family adventure film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw as the titular criminal prodigy.

The film follows Artemis Fowl, a 12-year-old genius and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds. He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance. Check out this special look showing just how clever Artemis and his father really are as he deciphers a coded message.

Disney+ has been successful so far in the streaming war, capitalizing on young audiences and nostalgia for their long list of content, but has struggled in gaining wider audiences like Netflix. New live action films may be just the thing to give Disney the edge. Check out the vast and creative world of Artemis Fowl as you shelter in place June 12.