Archive for July 4, 2012
Ever-busy, fan-fave, Samuel L. Jackson made his Broadway debut last year when he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop, opposite fellow Oscar-nominee Angela Bassett (last seen in This Means War). The pair has entered talks to reunite for Black Nativity, Kasi Lemmons’ adaptation of the celebrated stage musical written by iconic African-American poet/playwright/novelist/activist Langston Hughes.
Black Nativity would mark the third collaboration between Jackson and Lemmons, following the well-received Eve’s Bayou and the (not-so) well-received Caveman’s Valentine. New reports also reveal that Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) is likewise circling the project.
Hughes’ original Black Nativity musical premiered on Broadway in December 1961; performances have since become an annual tradition across the U.S. Here’s how Variety describes the show:
Story follows a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his ...
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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode forty five of the Screen Rant Underground.
Join host Ben Kendrick as well as fellow SR editors Anthony Ocasio, Kofi Outlaw, and special guest Roth Cornet as we review Magic Mike, offer our opinions on Ted, as well as discuss pre-Comic-Con panel news including Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and the American Godzilla reboot.
Screen Rant Underground is available in the iTunes Music Store (where you can subscribe as well as download individual episodes) but if you’re not near your home computer, check out our forty-fifth episode in the player below.
Also, Screen Rant Underground is an EXPLICIT podcast. We don’t go out of our way to say controversial things or use explicit language but it does happen – so use discretion when playing the podcast at work and around young, ...
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2011 was a mixed year for Social Network and Zombieland alum Jesse Eisenberg, between the box office success of Rio and the lackluster critical/financial returns for 30 Minutes or Less. The Oscar-nominee is bouncing back this summer with two indie efforts: Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love (currently in limited release), and Why Stop Now, which is writing/directing duo Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s feature-length adaptation of their 2008 short film, “Predisposed.”
As you can see from the trailer, Why Stop Now once again finds Eisenberg in over his head and racing against time (similar to 30 Minutes or Less). This time around, though, the proceedings have a distinctly low-budget look; similarly, the film’s off-kilter blend of comedy and drama falls more in line with the standards of indie cinema (for better or worse).
Why Stop Now ...
Click to continue reading ‘Why Stop Now’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg Needs to Get His Mom High
USA is keeping a top creator very busy with the network’s newest acquisition, Graceland. The drama hails from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin, and concerns members of separate branches of law enforcement – FBI, DEA and U.S. Customs – who will almost certainly engage in all sorts of interdepartmental tomfoolery after they are required to live undercover in the same Southern California beach house.
The plot may sound like the latest scorn-seeking reality series from MTV, but it is, in actuality, an honest-to-goodness hour-long drama headed to USA Network sometime next year. One of the more interesting aspects about Graceland, though, is the fact that USA picked it up away from the network’s normal acquisition schedule, so that Eastin would be able to actively run White Collar and Graceland without them interfering with one another. At ...
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J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot was a hit on nearly every level – critically, financially, you name it. It is, in fact, Abrams’ most well-received film to date. And yet, for various reasons (Super 8 being one of them), it will have been four very long years by the time Star Trek 2 finally hits theaters.
While promoting their new film, People Like Us, Chris Pine and Alex Kurtzman – the star (Captain Kirk) and co-writer, respectively, of the upcoming Star Trek sequel – talked about returning to the Enterprise set, the “relentless” and “much better” story, how the film’s antagonist (played by Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock fame) will make Kirk the man he needs to be, ...
Click to continue reading Chris Pine & Alex Kurtzman Talk ‘Star Trek 2′ Story & Villain