First Time Filmmaker Makes Powerful Debut Film
It was such a pleasure to interview an amazing film director. His name is Ryan Culver, and he amazingly put together a profound piece of social art on film.
Gabrielle Union & Jessica Alba New Crime-Drama
Bad Boys spinoff L.A.’s Finest will be the first series available from Spectrum Originals, a new on-demand service offered to Charter Communications customers.
The show focuses on Union’s character, Sydney “Syd” Burnett, who was introduced taking down a drug cartel in Bad Boys 2, and her partner, working mom Nancy McKenna (Alba).
L.A.’s Finest premieres May 13 on Spectrum Originals.
Empire Ends After Season 6
The hit Fox series “Empire” directed by Lee Daniels will be coming to an end after its sixth season next year, according to multiple reports.
The news was announced during Fox Networks conference call. It was said, “We are turning the final season into a large TV event — we are trying to go out guns a-blazing,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said on the call. “One of the great benefits of announcing a final season is to allow the fans to lean in and to have the ending they deserve, and that’s everything we’re trying to do with this iconic series. Six years is a pretty remarkable run for a drama series and we feel good about it.”
WILL SMITH GETS LEAD ROLE IN TENNIS BIOPIC.
According to Deadline Will Smith was the center of Twitter backlash after it was announced on March 5 that he may be playing the role of tennis star Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, in the forthcoming biopic, King Richard. Although a lot of fans seemed happy that Williams’ triumphant story could potentially be making its way to the big screen, BUT the reported casting of Will Smith as Richard Williams was met with accusations of colorism from some on social media.
Celine Dion Biopic Ready For Production
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there is two Celine Dion biopics underway. First Cèline Before Celine, a feature by Quebec director Marc-Andre Lavoie which will tell the story about the iconic singer’s family upbringing and life before global stardom, is set for a 2020 production.
The second biopic of the Grammy Award Winning legend, titled The Power of Love, is slated for a release in 2020.
Emily Blunt To Star In “The Quiet Place 2”
Paramount pictures are bringing back one of Hollywood’s favorite artistic pairing John Krasinski and Emily Blunt for the sequel to A Quiet Place.
The studio also in talks with kid stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe to reprise their roles of the family fighting to survive a world crawling with noise-targeting creatures.
Hopfully production will get underway sometime later this year.
Legendary Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfield DEAD
A tremendous loss in the world of fashion Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous line Karl Lagerfeld, has died at 85.
There is no confirmed cause of death.
In a statement, Chanel announced: “It is with deep sadness that the House of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the Chanel Fashion House since 1983.”
Childish Gambino High Rated Series Delayed
Donald Glover’s hit FX series “Atlanta” has been delayed until at least 2020.
FX CEO John Landgraf and PR boss John Solberg confirmed the delay at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“I don’t know whether we’ll have Atlanta or not,” Landgraf said.
“personal things” affecting the multi-faceted artist’s ability to work on the series as planned.
“As you might imagine, Donald Glover is sort of the king of all media, and he just has had an incredibly complicated life,” Landgraf said. “He’s had personal things he’s had to deal with, from injuries to other things I’d rather not say publicly that just have to do not with his personal life but his extended family.”
My Top Pick For 2019’s Must-See Movies
Will 2019 topped the record-breaking box office year of 2018.
Check out the top releases scheduled to come out this year.
What Men Want is an upcoming American fantasy comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. A remake of the 2000 film What Women Want, the plot follows a woman who, after getting passed over for a promotion at her work, gains the ability to hear men’s inner thoughts. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, and Tracy Morgan. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 8, 2019, by Paramount Pictures.
Isn’t It Romantic is an upcoming 2019 American-Australian fantasy comedy film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and written by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, and Katie Silberman. The film stars Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra, and follows a woman who, after getting hit on the head, wakes up in a world where everything around her plays out like a romantic comedy film. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 14, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures and in the United Kingdom on Netflix
Blake Lively is out for revenge against those responsible for a plane crash that killed her family in this spy thriller. Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown also star in the film. February 22, 2019
The Rhythm section is an international spy thriller that follows the story of Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family. Patrick was also meant to be on the flight. After she discovers that the crash was not accidental, she embarks on a mission to track down those responsible by assuming the identity of an assassin.
Gloria Bell is a Chilean-American film written and directed by Sebastián Lelio. It is a reimagining of Lelio’s 2013 film Gloria. The film stars Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera, Caren Pistorius, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rita Wilson, Sean Astin, and Holland Taylor.
It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on March 8, 2019.
Jordan Peele teamed up with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum for his follow-up to Get Out, which stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker. March 15, 2019
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their children to their beach house, hoping to spend time with friends. Their serenity soon turns to tension and chaos when a group of “strangers” arrives.
Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill and Snoop Dogg all star in The Beach Bum, a comedy that follows McConaughey’s stoner character, Moondog. It is scheduled to be released on March 22, 2019
The Best of Enemies is an upcoming American drama film directed and written by Robin Bissell. It is based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., and Nick Searcy. It is scheduled to be released on April 5, 2019.
A true story, The Best of Enemies pits Sam Rockwell, a KKK leader, and Taraji P. Henson, a civil rights activist, against each other in the debate surrounding the desegregation of schools in North Carolina.
John Wick 3: Parabellum (also known as John Wick: Chapter 3) is an upcoming American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, Chris Collins & Marc Abrams, and Shay Hatten. It is the third installment in the John Wick film series following John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Boban Marjanović and Laurence Fishburne. It is scheduled to be released on May 17, 2019.
The Sun Is Also a Star is an upcoming American drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young. The film is based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Nicola Yoon, and stars Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton.
May 17, 2019
Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) and Charles Melton (Riverdale) star in this adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s best-seller about a college-bound romantic named Daniel and a Jamaica-born pragmatist named Natasha who meet and fall for each other over one magical day amid the fervor and flurry of New York City. But time is running out for the two as Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation.
Aladdin is an upcoming American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, from the screenplay co-written with John August and Vanessa Taylor, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name, which is in turn based on the Arabic folktale of the same name from One Thousand and One Nights and the French interpretation by Antoine Galland. The film stars Mena Massoud as the title character alongside Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar. Aladdin is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 24, 2019.
Rocketman is an upcoming biographical musical film based on the life of musician Elton John. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall. It stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard also starring. The film follows John’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Musicup to his eventual musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. The film gets its title from John’s 1972 song of the same name. May 31, 2019
Men in Black: International (stylized as MIB: International) is an upcoming American science fiction action comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The film is a spin-off of the Men in Black film series, which is loosely based on the Malibu/Marvel comics of the same name by Lowell Cunningham. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Liam Neeson, with Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, and Emma Thompson appearing in supporting roles. June 14, 2019
Son of Shaft is an upcoming American action crime film directed by Tim Story and written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. The film stars Jessie Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, and Richard Roundtree. It will be released on June 14, 2019.
John Shaft Jr. (Jessie Usher) is an FBI agent and a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT. After his best friend died due to suspicious circumstances, he turns to his estranged father – the legendary John Shaft II (Samuel Jackson) – to uncover the truth. Father and son must navigate the Harlem underworld to solve the crime. Along the way, they team up with the first generation John Shaft.
Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker Files For Divorce
57-year-old Award Winning movie star submitted the paperwork to bring an end to his 22-year marriage to Keisha Nash. Court documents cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.
They married on May 4, 1996. They share two daughters together: Sonnet and True.
The Funeral Of Kim Porter
The Life of The Supermodel whose death shocked Hollywood.
Kim Porter is from Columbus, Georgia. She started out a blushing model from the small town area. After her graduation from Columbus High School in 1988, she moved to Atlanta to pursue a bigger dream. She was in a relationship with singer Al B. Sure! and in 1991, they had a son Quincy Brown who was named after Al B. Sure’s mentor, musician Quincy Jones. In 1994 she began a relationship with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. He adopted and raised Quincy and the couple also has a son, Christian Casey Combs, and twin daughters D’Lila Star and Jessie James Combs.
Kim at 47. She had complained she was fighting the flu, went to bed on November 14 and the next morning family members tried to wake her … to no avail. Her official cause of death is still unknown.
Kim’s golden casket’s front and center topped with a bouquet of beautiful flowers, along with a black and white photo of her. We’re told a band and church choir are providing music. Mary J. Blige, Dallas Austin, her son Quincy Brown and Diddy are among the speakers at the service. Quincy broke down while speaking.
Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade Welcome Baby VIA Surrogate
On Instagram to share a photo of her husband carefully bottle-feeding their newborn. “Daddy’s Girl,” she captioned the touching image.
Wade posted a photo of himself serenely cradling their daughter, fast asleep while sitting at home.
LGBTQ: Welcomes The Celebrities That Opened Up About Their Sexuality This Year
Courtesy Of Billboard.com
Speculation regarding Mraz’s sexuality rose when he ended the poem he wrote for Billboard‘s pride month series saying “I am bi your side.” Since then, he confirmed with Billboard that he indeed has “had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became [his] wife” (Christina Carano).
Janelle Monáe has never actively hid her queerness from the world, sporting genderless red carpet looks and releasing suggestive tracks like “Q.U.E.E.N.” while she explored her own identity, as she told Rolling Stonewhen she came out in their cover story in April.
Comedic Actress Tiffany Haddish Honored As A Trailblazer
She received a standing ovation at the Saban Theater and received the Trailblazer Award for her achievements in comedy from The Hollywood Confidential.
The funny Haddish has made a rapid ascent from struggling stand-up to A-list Hollywood superstar over the past year, and she shared with the audience how she picks projects when she is constantly being offered new roles.
“Honestly, when I read scripts I always think about 16-year-old Tiffany,” she told the crowd. “Would 16-year-old Tiffany want to see this? Would 16-year-old Tiffany want to tell her friends, ‘Oh, oh, oh, guess what I’m about to go see at the movies? Let’s see if we can get a fake ID and sneak in.’ … If it made me feel like the young me would be excited to see it, then that’s what I’m going to do.”
Netflix Coming For The Top Spot
So apparently Netflix & chilling is paying off in a very big way. Reportedly now the streaming service is now worth more than Comcast, and soon will be surpassing Disney. Netflix’s market value was at a cap of $149 billion. Comcast has fallen 2% recently, as their value is now at $147 billion.
The company’s stock has rose up to 70% since January. Netflix have exceeded above their expectations for earnings Disney’s market cap was $153 billion. At this rate if Netflix continues to have a year like this, it’s expecting to grow right past the mark that Disney has reached.
Famous Roles That Almost Went To Another Actor
Selma Blair almost had the role that made Katie Holmes famous.
Katie Holmes became a household name as Joey Potter, the moody tomboy everyone rooted for, on Dawson’s Creek. creator Kevin Williamson revealed in Entertainment Weekly.