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Brandy Returns as Cinderella for ‘Descendants’ Prequel ‘The Pocketwatch’

The Descendants franchise was a trilogy of musicals on the Disney Channel.

The trilogy follows kids as they reject the villainous ways of their parents in order to take a new path for themselves.

“The Pocketwatch” will focus on new characters as a new threat emerges.

The spin-off will follow Red, the daughter of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and Chloe, the daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming, as they use a magic pocket watch to travel back in time.

In the movie, Brandy will be playing Cinderella. This will see the Grammy Award Winner reprising her role from the 1997’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Release Date For The Project As Yet To Be Announced.

2023 FILM RELEASES 

 

Friday, January 6, 2023

M3GAN – – Allison Williams, Kimberley Crossman

Friday, January 13, 2023

House Party – Jacob Latimore, Allen Maldonado

True Haunting –  – Jamie Campbell Bower, Erin Moriarty

Friday, January 20, 2023

Fear –  – Joseph Sikora, T.I.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Distant – Anthony Ramos, Naomi Scott

Shotgun Wedding – Amazon Prime Release – Rated R –  Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel

Friday, February 3, 2023

80 for Brady –  – Tom Brady, Lily Tomlin

Knock at the Cabin –  – Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff

Friday, February 10, 2023

It’s All Coming Back to Me – Sam Heughan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

What About Love – – Sharon Stone, Andy Garcia

Friday, February 17, 2023

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania –  – Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly

Friday, February 24, 2023

Cocaine Bear – Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Jesus Revolution – – Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kelsey Grammer

Missing –  – Storm Reid, Nia Long

Friday, March 10, 2023

65 – Rating TBD – Ariana Greenblatt, Adam Driver

Scream 6 –  – Courtney Cox, Jenna Ortega

Friday, March 17, 2023

Shazam! Fury of the Gods – – Zachary Levi, Asher Angel

Friday, March 24, 2023

A Good Person –  – Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman

Champions –  – Woody Harrelson, Ernie Hudson

John Wick: Chapter 4 –  – Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne

Friday, March 31, 2023

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – – Chris Pine, Justice Smith

Heart of a Lion –  – Forest Whitaker, Matthew Glave

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

On a Wing and a Prayer – Dennis Quaid, Heather Graham

Friday, April 7, 2023

The Pope’s Exorcist – Russell Crowe

The Super Mario Bros. Movie – Rating TBD – Chris Pratt, Charlie Day

Friday, April 14, 2023

Renfield – Nicolas Cage, Ben Schwartz

Friday, April 21, 2023

Evil Dead Rise – Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan

Next Goal Wins – Michael Fassbender, David Kightley

Friday, April 28, 2023

Are You Their God? It’s Me, Margaret – Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams

Friday, May 5, 2023

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

Friday, May 12, 2023

Book Club 2: The Next Chapter – Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda

Friday, May 19, 2023

Fast X – Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

   

Friday, May 26, 2023

The Little Mermaid – Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy

Friday, June 2, 2023

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

Friday, June 9, 2023

Strays – – Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts –  – Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback

Friday, June 16, 2023

No Hard Feelings –  – Jennifer Lawrence

Friday, June 23, 2023

The Flash – – Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton

Friday, June 30, 2023

Harold and the Purple Crayon – – Zachary Levi, Zooey Deschanel

Indiana Jones 5 – Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Friday, July 7, 2023

Insidious 5 – Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne

Friday, July 14, 2023

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson

Friday, July 21, 2023

Barbie – Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling

Friday, July 28, 2023

The Marvels – Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris

Friday, August 4, 2023

Meg 2: The Trench – Jason Statham, Sienna Guillory

Friday, August 11, 2023

Challengers – Zendaya, Josh O’Connor

Haunted Mansion – Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson

Last Voyage of the Demeter – David Dastmalchian, Nikolai Nikolaeff

Friday, September 1, 2023

The Equalizer 3 – Denzel Washington

Friday, September 8, 2023

The Nun 2 – Bonnie Aarons

Friday, September 22, 2023

The Expendables 4 – Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham

Friday, October 6, 2023

Kraven the Hunter – Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Russell Crowe

True Love – Gemma Chan, Allison Janney

Friday, October 13, 2023

The Exorcist – Ellen Burstyn, Leslie Odom Jr.

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie – Dax Shepard, Taraji P. Henson

Friday, November 3, 2023

Dune: Part Two – Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya

Friday, November 10, 2023

Blade – Mahershala Ali

Friday, November 17, 2023

Garfield – Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth

Trolls 3 – Anna Kendrick

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Wish – Ariana DeBose, Alan Tudyk

Friday, December 15, 2023

Wonka –  – Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The Color Purple – Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey

Monday, December 25, 2023

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – Jason Momoa, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

2023 – STILL Date TO BE DETERMINED 

Films that were set for a specific date in 2023, but have been pushed to the following year, or even later.

American Metal – – John Travolta, Ashley Benson

A Quiet Place Part III –

Bed Rest – Melissa Barrera, Guy Burnet

Black Canary –  – Jurnee Smollett

Emancipation – Apple TV+ Release – Will Smith, Ben Foster

Here – Tom Hanks, Robin Wright

Killers of the Flower Moon – Theatrical and Apple TV+ Release – Jesse Plemons, Leonardo DiCaprio

Legally Blonde 3 – Reese Witherspoon, Alanna Ubach

Monkey Man – Netflix Release – Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley

Napoleon – Apple TV+ Release – Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby

Red One – Amazon Prime Release — Dwayne Johnson, Chris Evans

Salem’s Lot – Spencer Treat Clark, Alfre Woodard

Sharper – Apple TV+ Release –  Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan

They Cloned Tyrone – Netflix Release – Rated R – Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris

White Bird: A Wonder Story – Bryce Gheisar, Orlando Schwerdt

Madame Web – Rating TBD – Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney (Moved to February 16, 2024)

 

Alec Baldwin returns to work after fatal shooting on the set of “Rust”.

Reports from a affidavit from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, the assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin the prop gun did not know that it contained actual live rounds.

The police discovered  200-300 live rounds on set following a search warrant, renewing conversations about workplace safety and the use of firearms on set.

The tragedy occurred just hours after half a dozen camera crew workers walked off set to protest unsafe working conditions, including the accidental firing of two rounds after a prop gun was deemed cold. 

The award winning actor has agreed to return back to set four months after the fatal shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set of the western film.
 

 

 

 

Michael Jackson biopic in the works takes a big step forward

The working title for the Michael Jackson biopic is simply titled “Michael”.

Lionsgate announced that it has landed worldwide distribution rights to the film, which hails from Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for the success of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody Graham King and screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator).

The film will be very open and honest about the King Of Pops troubled and triumphant life. Also giving audiences an in-depth portrayal of the complicated man.  According to a news release, “It will bring to life Jackson’s most iconic performances as it gives an informed insight into the entertainer’s artistic process and personal life.”

New Black History Month docs, programs and specials arrivals now available for streaming. 

Your Attention Please

On Hulu 

Craig Robinson hosts this series, which takes a look at the lives of various Black innovators.

The season has four episodes featuring celebrity dog groomer Ashley Ann, ice cream scientist Dr. Maya Warren, NASCAR pit crew member Brehanna Daniels, and more. 

 Soul of a Nation Presents: Screen Queens Rising

 

Streaming on ABC 

Featuring conversations with Tessa Thompson, Halle Berry, Debbie Allen, Jackée Harry, Marla Gibbs and Regina Hall, this primetime special takes a look at milestones for Black actresses in Hollywood, their obstacles, triumphs and more. 

Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video 

Created by Guy Torry, this three-part docuseries tells the story of an all-Black comedy night at The Comedy Store from 1995-2005 and features Anthony Anderson, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Harvey, Regina King, Nick Cannon and more. 

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

Courtesy of PBS 

This documentary explores the life of opera singer Marian Anderson, the opera singer who set the stage for Black performers in classical music. 

Just a Mortal Man: The Jerry Lawson Story

Courtesy of PBS (check local listings)

This documentary spotlights the “King of acapella,” Jerry Lawson, who founded and fronted The Persuasions.  

 Everything’s gonna be all white

On Showtime

From filmmaker Sacha Jenkins, this three-part docuseries explores the history of race in America and features insights from a variety of cultural commentators, activists, actors, historians and more including Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, Jemele Hill, Amanda Seales, Favianna Rodriguez, Tamika Mallory, Styles P, Margaret Cho and Dr. Nick Estes. 


Pass the Mic

Streaming on Tubi 

This two-hour documentary celebrates the careers of artists including Lil Nas X, Lizzo, and Kendrick Lamar. 

Attica

Streaming for free on Showtime

This documentary — which made the Oscars shortlist — from Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till) and co-director Traci A. Curry recounts the five-day 1971 prison rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. The rebellion was the deadliest single day of violence Americans inflicted on each other since the Civil War.

 

Bob Saget’s Autopsy Revealed

According to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report states that the legendary actor/comedian suffered multiple skull fractures and abrasions to his scalp stemming from what is being reported as “an unwitnessed fall backwards” and striking “the posterior aspect of his head.”

Also in the report was startling information that he had discoloration in the upper and lower eyelids — the result of the skull fracture — as well as subdural hematoma and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

The official cause of death is listed as “blunt head trauma.”

Adrien Brody’s Thriller ‘Clean’ Lands at IFC Films

The Paul Solet crime drama hails from Brody’s production company, Fable House.

The film stars Brody as Clean, a man who grapples with the tragic loss of his daughter and is haunted by nightmares from his own criminal past. Clean cares for his community as a sanitation worker and as a mentor to his young neighbor. But when local gang violence puts his neighbor’s life in danger, Clean returns to the violence and darkness that he struggled to put behind him, and possibly achieves salvation in the process.

 

IFC Films will release the project in 2022. 

 

Vanessa Williams Opened To “The Hollywood Reporter” on How ‘Candyman’ Reframes the Original

The Hollywood Reporter: What was it like to return to this character — which I’m sure you’re regularly recognized for — after so many years? Did you receive a direct offer to return? 

Vanessa Williams: I’m so grateful and filled with gratitude to be in a number of iconic films and I count this one, the one in ’92 and certainly this one as an instant classic. Ian Cooper was on the set with us — he’s the creative director of Monkeypaw [Productions] — and he talked about he and Jordan watching the original as teens in Jordan’s bedroom. It felt so marvelous to be a part of this wonderful creative imagination. There’s nothing tired about it. I’m just really, really grateful and honored that the work that I do has staying power and the work that I do has such a great impact.

And listen, actors live for the offer-only status. You want to feel like you’ve treaded and pounded enough pavement, and done enough things that you’d never have to audition again. Actors, we always have to be proven — tap dancing out there like, “Pick me! Pick me!” So it’s nice to have a break from that. To have an offer is to say you’re already proven. We love you. Come on in and play with us. It’s the ideal way to work and the way I always want to work. And to have Monkeypaw and Jordan Peele and Nia trust me to re-create that — I just think it was a marvelous testament, and I’m here for all the offers so yes, it was an offer, thank you very much. (Laughs.) Finally, I have arrived.

Vanessa Williams (right) and DeJuan Guy in Candyman (1992).

 

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. 

He honestly discusses the tedious process of making his first film.

Synopsis: After his brother is killed by a cop, Kenny is forced to confront the one thing black people have feared for over 400 years.
 
The cast features a talented list of new actors. 
Kendrix Lamaz Brown (Kenny Tate)
Alisa Murray (J.J.)
Michael Marinaccio (Detective Mark Ryan)
 
They all give amazing performances. 
 

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.

Production was put on hold due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

The second biopic of the Grammy Award Winning legend, titled The Power of Love,  released date is unknown at this time. 

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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.