Maggie Q is ‘The Protege’

 

 

 

 

Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival – is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves even tighter.
Directed by Martin Campbell and written by Richard Wenk, the film is produced by Arthur Sarkissian, Moshe Diamant, Rob Van Norden, Yariv Lerner, and Chris Milburn.

Lionsgate and Millennium Media present, a Millennium Media / Fourteen Films / I Road production, in association with Campbell Grobman Films / Ingenious Media.

Genres Action, Thriller
Rating R for strong and bloody violence, language, some sexual references and brief nudity
Starring Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, and Samuel L. Jackson, with Robert Patrick
Directed By Martin Campbell
Produced By Arthur Sarkissian, Rob Van Norden, Yariv Lerner, Chris Milburn, Moshe Diamant
Executive Produced By Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Boaz Davidson, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Luke Daniels, Kyle Stroud, Balan Melarkode, Euzebio Munhoz Junior, Claiton R. Fernandes, Vladimir D. Fernandes, Simon Williams, Daniel Negret, Bruno Wu, Gareth West, Andrei Boncea, and Dragos Buliga

Kate

After she’s poisoned, a ruthless criminal operative has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and in the process forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.

Meticulous and preternaturally skilled, Kate is the perfect specimen of a finely tuned assassin at the height of her game. But when she uncharacteristically blows an assignment targeting a member of the yakuza in Tokyo, she quickly discovers she’s been poisoned, a brutally slow execution that gives her less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her killers. As her body swiftly deteriorates, Kate forms an unlikely bond with the teenage daughter of one of her past victims. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau, and Woody Harrelson, and directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Kate follows a burned assassin’s furious pursuit of one last self-appointed job.

 

 

Pink Opaque

A uniquely LA story of love, family, and the hardships of life in Hollywood, Pink Opaque entered on enigmatic film student “Travis Wolfe,” portrayed by Elijah Boothe (best known from Luke Cage), who struggles to complete his thesis documentary while navigating a dangerous romance with up and coming fashion designer, “Kristen Lee,” portrayed by talented newcomer Ruby Park (right, PlayStation Girl), Travis must also reconnect with his estranged uncle leading to an unfamiliar look at his family history and renewed uncertainty of his future. It’s a story of achieving one’s dreams while juggling multiple priorities, discovering family secrets that endanger a dedicated mission toward desired success, and struggling to hold it all together long enough to figure out the path to a bright future.

Los Angeles is a city of contrast. Palm trees and pavement. Luxury homes shadow the homeless. The famous and the nameless. These inherent contradictions created the friction that sparked Pink Opaque  reflecting the individuals and compelling texture that make Los Angeles a distinctive city rocketing this gem of an independent film to the apex of 2020-21 festival achievement with 1091 Pictures winning a bidding war certain to launch breakout talent.

 

 

Congratulations Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac

Burbank, CA (August 16, 2021) – Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) have set an exclusive, multiyear cross-studio overall deal with Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer Wyatt Cenac.

 

Under his deal, Cenac will develop and produce original animated programming at both WBA and CNS intended for a variety of audiences including preschool, kids, adult and family/co-viewing across all WarnerMedia platforms, as well as external outlets and services. Currently, Cenac has two projects in active development at the studios – an animated longform movie and adult animated series – in addition to assisting on other various series development. Cenac joins Looney Tunes Cartoons executive producer and showrunner Pete Browngardt as the second overall cross-studio deal at WBA and CNS which allows for maximum creative flexibility to develop original material and access to the extensive character and franchise libraries at each studio. As a producer, this marks a return to the medium for Cenac who began his career in animation writing for four seasons on King of the Hill beginning in 2002.

 

Marlon Wayans “YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS”

Actor, writer, producer and comedian Marlon Wayans explores his greatest fears in his latest comedy
special, MARLON WAYANS: YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS, debuting THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 on HBO Max.
What is Marlon’s life-long fear? Exactly what you would expect: people with outie belly buttons. Marlon
digs deeper to explore other fears as well, such as raising a daughter, dealing with a rebellious teenage
son, and probably his greatest fear, the realization that his bad decisions are what tore his family
apart. Marlon’s journey towards self-awareness can be encapsulated in the simple phrase… “You
know what it is.”
MARLON WAYANS: YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS produced by Ugly Baby Productions and Dakota Pictures.
Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Troy Miller, Michael Rotenberg, and Steve Harris serve as executive
producers. This marks the first project to debut through Wayans overall deal with HBO Max.

 

 

 

Cayman Kelly The National Voice of ESPN Honored for Excellence in Voiceover Artistry

Best-selling author and radio personality Cayman Kelly has been included on this year’s Benztown list of the top 50 Imaging Voices in the U.S. and Canada.

Best-selling author and radio personality Cayman Kelly proudly announced he had been included on this year’s Benztown list of the top 50 Imaging Voices in the U.S. and Canada. Each year Benztown partners with P1 Media Group to compile the list from over 300 surveyed U.S. and Canadian broadcast groups, based on voice talent recognition, station count, station information, and overall audience reach. Kelly is a two-time recipient of the award, while also announcing he had been selected as the imaging voice for K104: Hip Hop and R&B and the new throwback station, KZCE 101.1: The Bounce

Making the Benztown list is a big honor for a variety of reasons,” said Kelly. “First of all, it’s industry acknowledgement of all the hard work that voiceover artists do – day-in and day-out – to keep radio and voiceover art alive and thriving. There’s also a deeply personal and humbling sense of satisfaction for me, appearing on this list with so many other amazing artists and performers. Each of our journeys have been uniquely different and inspiring – but we’re all a family of sorts. And I’m deeply grateful to be where I am today.”

 

K104, Dallas/Ft. Worth: A Leading Station for Over Four Decades

“Cayman is one of the premiere voices in media and culture today,” said Service Broadcasting Group’s Head of Content, George “Geo” Cook. “He and I have been looking for ways to collaborate for a while now. Thankfully, Cayman’s agent Robin Steinfeld at Don Buchwald & Associates, and my Head of Production Jerry Vigil made it happen. All of us at K104, DeDe in the Morning, and the SBG Content Factory are elated to have Cayman join our meta-team and add his distinctive voice and creative talent to our content.”

“Geo and I have a long history, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with him,” said Kelly. “I first walked into K104’s studios as a young man on a promo tour for a calendar that I was in, 21 years ago, long before I became a radio imaging voice. I remember thinking, I would love to work at this radio station! And here I am now, full circle. Life has a funny way of working out.”

The Voice of Cayman Kelly at KZCE, Phoenix

“Cayman Kelly is top shelf,” said radio veteran and KZCE founder, John Candelaria. “When we developed the unique sound of KZCE, we wanted to create more than a big voice growling at female listeners; we wanted someone who can actually have fun with scripts and connect with the target. Cayman is that signature voice. He can turn it up, turn it down, and his range is limitless. He actually makes my copy come alive. He is easy to work with and his turnaround is fast and always correct. I have not received one error with any of his reads. I am very meticulous when it comes to casting a new station and grateful that Cayman is more than a voice person. He is a true partner that collaborates with me to help build the brand.”

For up-to-the-minute news on Kelly’s voice appearances, ESPN show announcements, and other projects, go online. Or follow Cayman Kelly on social media: FacebookInstagramTwitter.

About Cayman Kelly: The National Voice of Monday Night Football

Cayman Kelly is the widely recognized imaging voice for multiple radio stations, including POWER 105.1 in New York, the voice of “The Breakfast Club,” and a popular national show on SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul. Recently, Kelly was chosen as the new voice for ESPN and NFL Monday Night Football – the first African American to achieve that position. Learn more about his life and work at: www.CaymanKelly.com

Eric Andre’& Lil Rel Howery in Bad Trip

If you don’t know Eric Andre’ He is best known as the creator, host, and co-writer of the Adult Swim comedy series The Eric Andre Show. He also played Mike on the FXX series Man Seeking Woman and voiced Azizi in the live-action remake of The Lion King.  Lil Rel, is best known for playing Robert Carmichael from “The Carmichael Show” and the TA Officer in “Get Out” They come together and make a good mix of comedy in Bad Trip.

 

 

 

SING 2

 

On Independence Day weekend 2021, Buster, Meena, Rosita, Gunter, Johnny and Ash prepare for a bigger stage and a brighter spotlight as they leave the Moon Theater for the big city in SING 2. Returning Director  Garth Jennings and an all-star cast Academy Award Winners.

Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll and Tori Kelly. Sing 2 is produced by Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime producing partner Janet Healy.

 

Michael B Jordan is Without Remorse, catch this flick April 30th on Amazon Prime

Without Remorse

An elite Navy SEAL uncovers an international conspiracy while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife in Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, the explosive origin story of action hero John Clark – one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe. When a squad of Russian soldiers kills his family in retaliation for his role in a top-secret op, Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) pursues the assassins at all costs. Joining forces with a fellow SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and a shadowy CIA agent (Jamie Bell), Kelly’s mission unwittingly exposes a covert plot that threatens to engulf the U.S. and Russia in an all-out war. Torn between personal honor and loyalty to his country, Kelly must fight his enemies without remorse if he hopes to avert disaster and reveal the powerful figures behind the conspiracy.

Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lauren London, Brett Gelman, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Colman Domingo, and Guy Pearce
Directed By Stefano Sollima
Produced By Akiva Goldsman, Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec and Michael B. Jordan
Executive Produced By Denis Stewart, Alana Mayo, Greg Lessans, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger

BOOGIE, the coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom

 

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(l-r.) Actor Pop Smoke, director Eddie Huang and actor Taylor Takahashi on the set of their film BOOGIE, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Nicole Rivelli / Focus Features

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Pop Smoke stars as Monk in Eddie Huang’s BOOGIE, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Nicole Rivelli / Focus FeaturesFrom acclaimed writer, producer, and restauranteur Eddie Huang come to his directorial debut BOOGIE, the coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals, and the burden of expectation.
Starring
Taylor Takahashi, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Mike Moh, Dave East, Perry Yung, Alexa Mareka, Pop Smoke, and Taylour Paige
Directed By
Eddie Huang
Produced By
Josh Bratman, Michael Tadross, Josh McLaughlin

 

“Go-Big Show” is the most extreme talent show ever.

9/9/20 TBS Go Big Show Snoop Dogg, Cody Rhodes, Jennifer Nettles, Rosario Dawson, Bert Kreischer Day 9“Go-Big Show” is the most extreme talent show ever that will bring you to the edge of your seat. With jaw-dropping acts so big only a coliseum could hold them, the series spotlights everything from giant ramp jumpers, horse trick riders, and incredible feats of strength to alligator and rattlesnake wrestlers, stunt archers, and world-record holders. The series is a celebration of the most daring acts as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale’s ultimate $100,000 prize or go home. Bert Kreischer hosts “Go-Big Show” with celebrity judges Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, and AEW’s Cody Rhodes. In consultation with local authorities, the unions, and medical experts, the series was produced at the Macon Coliseum, where contenders and staff operated under strict Covid-19 safety protocols and isolated together for the duration of production. “Go-Big Show” will air on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 7 on TBS.  

 

 

 

 

IN TREATMENT, Starring Uzo Aduba,

HBO Drama Series IN TREATMENT, Starring Uzo Aduba, Returns This May

The Emmy®-winning drama series IN TREATMENT returns for its fourth season this May on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba (“Mrs. America,” “Orange is the New Black”) will play the lead role of the therapist at the center of the season,

Buried by the Bernards

Buried by the Bernards 

In 2017, Ryan Bernard opened the doors to R Bernard Funeral Services, offering complete, yet affordable funeral packages to help his community deal with exponentially high funeral costs. With family dra-medy at the center, the family-owned and operated business provides their community top tier care, service and comfort with a side of laughter in the toughest of times. In this line of work, the Bernards can’t neglect supporting each other and have their own special recipe for preserving their relationships – it’s one part understanding, a pinch of sarcasm, and a heaping spoonful of blatant honesty. This unorthodox funeral home is only outmatched by the unconventional Bernard family themselves.

Check trailer out here.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v7bv7zuxs3q1pae/EN-US_BBB1_MainTrailer_1920x1080_H264_2CH_POST_BUG.mp4?dl=0

 

 

(L-R) Ryan Bernard and Deja Bernard in episode in episode 8 “Who’s the Boss? of Buried by the Bernards S1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

(L-R) Deja Bernard and Reagan in episode 7 “Can’t Hardly Date” of Buried by the Bernards S1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

(L-R) Uncle Kevin, Ryan Bernard, Debbie Bernard, Reagan Bernard and Deja Bernard in Buried by the Bernards S1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

 

 

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.

 

TV ONE’s ‘Girlfriends Getaway 2’ Releases August 29

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Girlfriends Getaway 2

 

Get all the info. on the upcoming sequel from cast quotes to clips of the upcoming flick below!

Via TV ONE:  This second installment reunites the leading ladies Garcelle Beauvais (White House Down), Malinda Williams (Soul Food), Terri J. Vaughn (Daddy’s Little Girls), and Essence Atkins (A Haunted House) with an end-of-summer premiere on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Directed and produced by Roger M. Bobb (Why Did I Get Married?, Madea Goes to Jail), GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2 is about four girlfriends who travel to Puerto Rico for a destination wedding, only to face chaos when a simple affair turns into extravagant, expensive nuptials.

“While Cas Sigers Beedles and I were shooting the first GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY in Trinidad last year, we knew then that a sequel was going to happen,” said Vaughn, who, along with Sigers Beedles, is also one of the film’s producers. “We had something special that needed to continue – the chemistry, genuine camaraderie, overall talent of the cast, and how we jelled – prompted us to start thinking about the storyline for GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2. Of course, the story changed about 1000 times during the process, but every great story does.”

 

Following last month’s crowd-pleasing American Black Film Festival Alumni screening, TV One’s original movie GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2 features Beauvais as Vicki, a 40-something successful real-estate agent who is one week away from marrying her handsome, yet conservative high school teacher fiancé, Garrett, (Stephen Bishop, Being Mary Jane, Moneyball). The low-key wedding turns into a disaster as best friend Camille, a freelance blogger played by Williams, loses sight of the true meaning of marriage and encourages her to kick-it up a notch for a four-page magazine spread.
“Camille is much more driven in the sequel than she was in the first film,” said Williams. “Whereas she used to be the life of the party, she is now focused on her career, so much that she forgets the importance of her relationships. In GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY 2, we see my character grow and evolve in her pursuit to find work-life balance.”
Joined by Camille (Williams) and fellow best friends Sophie (Vaughn) and Lauren (Atkins) five days before her wedding, Vicki’s (Beauvais) intimate affair goes off-the-rails with the support of wedding coordinator Marie Nunez (Xiona R. Nieves-Vargas, En Busca de la Nueva Diva)as she upgrades everything – the food, venue, and even her dress – without consulting her fiancé. “The adventures continue for Vicki Holmes,” said Beauvais when asked how her character evolves in the sequel. “She is newly engaged and really trying to figure out how to fit a man into her life. Thank goodness for her friends, who’ve got her back.”
But the problems in Puerto Rico aren’t just Vicki’s (Beauvais) as Sophie (Vaughn), a fiery second-time mom, is on a mission to shed the baby weight, and manage her marriage to Kyle (Khalil Kain, Girlfriends). “Sophie is still learning to trust her instincts when it comes to love, the good and the bad of it,” said Vaughn about her character’s evolution. “She comes to take responsibility for the choices she makes and to embrace what those choices bring. The beautiful thing about this group of friends is that they all realize they are all works in progress and will probably always be. They learn to be good with that.”
And Lauren (Atkins), a Zen-loving, free-spirited yogi attempts celibacy after a year-long self-realization journey, but finds it difficult when she meets Antonio (Eli Cay, The Preppie Connection). “Lauren continues to search for feeling complete and satiated without compromising all that she’s learned,” said Atkins. “She’s anxious NOT to repeat unhealthy cycles and to help her friends keep from doing the same.”
GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY 2 is complete with laugh-out-loud antics and “a-ha” moments as the fearless foursome come together to not only save the day, but to also save themselves. It is a story that captures the true meaning of friendship as writer Cas Sigers Beedles can attest: “There is nothing like genuine love between friends, but love between good girlfriends is invaluable. I enjoyed every moment of writing, producing, and experiencing this project. When audiences sit and watch this film, I hope it will make them laugh and share true moments that only good friends can understand.”

Runaway Island Premieres Tonight on TV ONE at 8

Runaway Island Premiers tonight at 8pm on TV ONE!

If you’ve missed out on the buzz of this upcoming flick written by Christopher Brandt and directed by Dianne Houston, then click here for the trailer,cast and images.

And now that you’re up to date check out these teasers while you wait for the big release! Click here to see a pool scene clip featuring Mr. Thomas Q. Jones, a.k.a. Mr. Runaway Island stud.

Courtesy of TV ONE.

Dash of Pepper On The Tube

TV ONE’s Newest Start Studded Film Runaway Island is Releasing Saturday, Don’t Miss It!

 

What happens when five people from different walks of life, come together on an island? That’s one question that is answered on TV One’s new original movie “Runaway Island,” a new two hour television movie written by Christopher Brandt; the 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner.

 

With a great ensemble cast this movie takes you to a lush tropical island off the beaten path. A refuge called Isle du Soleil, a secluded 1700s Gullah Sea Island. As the story progresses everyone examines their relationships, lives and futures. This back drop of lush beauty makes you feel that life is not all that bad, and all your problems can be worked out on the Isle du Soleil.

TV ONE's Runaway Island

TV ONE’s Runaway Island

The wonderful cast is made up of newcomers and actors that you have seen in other great shows and movies. The director of this wonderful movie is Dianne Houston, an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action). Get a sneak peak at the film with the trailer below!

Lorraine Toussiant (Naomi Holloway) “Orange is the New Black

Thomas Q. Jones (Raphael Burrows) “Being Mary Jane”

Aisha Hinds (Lara Cook-Nordholm) “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Branton Box (Erick Nordholm) “The Purge:Anarchy”

Leon Thomas (Evan Thomas) “Victorious”

A. Russell Andrews (Reverend Clinton) “Grey’s Anatomy, House of Payne”

Erica Tazel (Vonda Hines; Clinton’s wife) “Justified”

Melanie Liburd (Kira Geoffries) “CSI, Stalker”

Tom Wright (Raymond Tepper) “All My Children, Barbershop”

Herizen Guardiola (Freya Nordholm) “Has a starring role in the upcoming Baz Luhmann a Netflix drama The Get Down.”

 

On Saturday July 25 at 8:00pm, get your popcorn and other goodies together. Watch the World Premiere of “Runaway Island” on TV One; tell all your family and friends.

 

Look for interviews from the director Dianna Houston “Take the Lead” and Thomas Q. Jones “Being Mary Jane” in the upcoming issue of JO Magazine.

 

By: Yvonne L Lander

 

Issue 11 – Dash of Pepper on the Tube

By: Yvonne L. Lander

Its a new year and television goes on offering new and exciting shows. As this year begins, what new shows will make the cut for the whole new season. Looking at Black Entertainment Television (BET), this time around as new shows are hitting the tube.

The Real Husbands of Hollywood staring Kevin Hart brings the skits from The BET Awards to television. With Kevin Hart as the main man in this series its sure to keep you laughing each and every episodes. With Husbands of Hollywood this is a show that kind of spoofs all the Housewives reality shows. With an all-star male cast: Kevin Hart, Robin Thicke, Duane Martin, Boris Kodjoe, J.B. Smoove and Nick Cannon. It sure is appealing to the eyes of woman watching everywhere. This show is sure to please and keep you rolling in your chair or while your laying in the bed. Tune in and watch on BET Tuesdays at 10p/9c.