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Posted on Nov 26 2013

Spirit Awards 2014: Michael B. Jordan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, and Yolanda Ross nominated

Awards season kicked off this morning when the 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced. Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave earned a record number of nominations, which includes Chiwetel Ejiofor scoring a best male lead nom for his powerful role as a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, and Lupita Nyong’o for a best female supporting nom... Read More »
Posted on Nov 26 2013

‘A Haunted House 2’ Trailer: Marlon Wayans returns in found footage comedy sequel

Here’s the brand new trailer for A Haunted House 2, the follow up to this this year’s found-footage spoof A Haunted House. Starring Marlon Wayans, Jaimie Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Essence Atkins, and Cedric the Entertainer, the film follows Malcolm (Wayans) as he tries to make a fresh start in life after having to exorcise demons out of his ex... Read More »
Posted on Nov 25 2013

‘Making A Scene’: Oprah Winfrey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan Star in Short Film Series (VIDEO)

The New York Times Magazine has recruited some of this year’s best big-screen performers for a short film series to promote their annual movie issue. Starring Oprah Winfrey (The Butler), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Forest Whitaker (The Butler/Black Nativity), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), the films are original works that consist of one-line scripts from noted... Read More »
Posted on Nov 19 2013

‘The Best Man Holiday’: What moviegoers are saying

With Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, and, of course, Taye Diggs rounding out an A-list ensemble cast, seeing The Best Man Holiday may seem like a no-brainer if you’re a fan of holiday themed films with colorful casts. But who are we to decide? Your fellow moviegoers have plenty to say about the highly anticipated sequel, which picks up 14... Read More »
Posted on Nov 13 2013

Don Cheadle to Play Miles Davis in Biopic

It’s been a long time coming, but Don Cheadle‘s Miles Davis biopic is officially happening. The Hotel Rwanda star will play the jazz pioneer in Kill the Trumpet Player, a biopic the actor has been trying to put together for years now. The film is being produced by BitFrost Productions in collaboration with Davis’ family. Cheadle will also make... Read More »
Posted on Nov 13 2013

Jennifer Hudson receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (VIDEO)

Jennifer Hudson, who won an Academy Award for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls, has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Winnie Mandela star was joined by her industry friends Clive Davis and Raphael Sadiq, along with her Black Nativity co-star Jacob Latimore. “I knew I would get emotional and I’m sure my mom... Read More »
Posted on Nov 12 2013

Idris Elba to Star in Terrorist Thriller ‘Bastille Day’

Idris Elba, who is recieving Oscar buzz for his starring role in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is set to star in the Anonymous Content and Vendome terrorist thriller Bastille Day. According to Variety, the film will center on a “U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy ‘disappear’ in order to avoid... Read More »
Posted on Nov 07 2013

‘Go for Sisters’ Trailer: LisaGay Hamilton and Yolanda Ross head to Mexico in new crime drama

Variance Film has released the first official trailer for John Sayles‘ Go for Sisters. The film stars LisaGay Hamilton and Yolanda Ross as two friends on the opposite sides of the law. Bernice (Hamilton) and Fontayne (Ross) grew up the closest of friends, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a... Read More »
Posted on Nov 04 2013

Jill Scott to play James Brown’s wife in ‘Get on Up’

Rising star Jill Scott has landed a film role in the upcoming James Brown biopic Get on Up. The film, directed by The Help‘s Tate Taylor, will follow the iconic singer’s rise to fame and chronicle his subsequent drug addiction and domestic violence issues. Starring opposite Chadwick Boseman, Scott will play one of Brown’s wives, a role that was... Read More »
Posted on Oct 28 2013

Octavia Spencer cast as lead in ‘Murder, She Wrote’ reboot

Television staple ‘Murder, She Wrote’ is getting a reboot by NBC  with a black lead. Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for her role in last year’s The Help, will star as an amateur detective, a role made famous by Golden Globe winner Angela Lansberry. According to NBC, the reboot will star Spencer as a “hospital administrator and amateur... Read More »
Posted on Oct 21 2013

Blair Underwood’s ‘Ironside’ Series Cancelled!

Bad news for Blair Underwood fans. The star’s new NBC cop drama, “Ironside,” was cancelled  on Friday after just three episodes. Underwood played a wheelchair-bound NYPD detective leading a team of highly skilled specialists who take on some of the city’s toughest crimes. The series failed to impress network executives with it’s mediocre ratings over the past three weeks... Read More »
Posted on Oct 15 2013

Gugu Mbatha-Raw breaks barriers in ‘Belle’ Trailer

The first trailer for black director Amma Asante‘s critically acclaimed period drama, Belle, was released online today and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. Based on a true story, the film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Elizabeth Belle, the bi-racial child of a white British admiral and a black Caribbean slave. When the admiral returns to sea, his family... Read More »
Posted on Sep 25 2013

National Theatre’s ‘Othello,’ Starring Adrian Lester, Brings Live Broadcast to US audiences (VIDEO)

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed production of “Othello,” directed by Nicholas Hytner with Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (“Henry V,” BBC’s Hustle) in the title role and Rory Kinnear (“Hamlet,” James Bond: Skyfall) as the duplicitous Iago, will broadcast live to select venues across the country on Thursday, September 26 with repeat screenings on varying dates nationally.... Read More »
Posted on Sep 20 2013

First Look at Jesse Martin as Marvin Gaye in ‘Sexual Healing’ (VIDEO)

The first footage from the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing has arrived online. The film, directed by Brit filmmaker Julien Temple, stars Jesse L. Martin as the legendary Motown soul singer in a story about the final years of his life, when a downward spiral into drug and alcohol addiction led him to Europe where he recorded his... Read More »
Posted on Sep 19 2013

First Look at Michael B Jordan in ‘That Awkward Moment’

‘ Here’s the first official images from FilmDistrict’s upcoming dating comedy That Awkward Moment, starring Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron, and Miles Teller. Fresh off his Oscar-worthy performance in the Oscar Grant story Fruitvale Station, Jordan plays a character named Mikey, a Manhattan bachelor who makes a pact with friends to have as much fun as possible while remaining... Read More »
Posted on Sep 12 2013

Azie Mira Dungey Stars in ‘Ask A Slave’ Web Series

Azie Mira Dungey is one of many black actresses turning to the web to launch an acting career, making her debut in a smart new web series entitled “Ask a Slave.” The series, directed by Jordan Black, is based on Dungey’s experience working as a living historical character re-enactor at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in which she has... Read More »
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