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In the realm of inspirational sports movies, Home Run doesn’t quite fit in. It doesn’t hinge on the underdog team winning a trophy but instead focuses on one disgraced sportsman overcoming addiction. It’s meant to be an uplifting and spiritual film (which it is), yet it does so without completely descending into Christian propaganda that makes similarly-minded films so heavy-handed (like October Baby).
Baseball super star Cory Brand (Scott Elrod) is a belligerent alcoholic. After getting mightily aggressive on the field, going so far as to minorly assault the batboy, he’s suspended from the team. His sassy manager Helene (Vivica A. Fox) does some damage control and sends him to a rehab program in his hometown and forces him to coach a little league team. One of the boys on that team, Tyler (Charles Henry Wyson), turns out to be his son via Cory’s high »
- John Keith
A hard-hitting drama about Latino immigrants and gang members in Los Angeles without legal papers, Greencard Warriors recently won a Best Director award at the 16th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. The film stars Manny Perez and Vivica A. Fox.
The film was partly inspired by an article on non-us citizens serving in the Us army in a bid to build a brighter future for their families. The film follows Angel, an undocumented 14 year-old Latino boy struggling to stay out of trouble after his father joins the military.
Greencard Warriors was made with support from an unlikely quarter - the La-set movie received backing from the Netherlands Film Fund.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Back in September, we reported that Will Smith has entered negotiations to star in Independence Day 2, although it seems that his deal is far from being finalized. In fact, director Roland Emmerich revealed that there are actually two versions of the screenplay, one with Will Smith's character and one without.
Here's what he had to say about the struggles he's faced with the sequel so far.
"A daily battle... The budget, the schedules, the actors."
Still, the director remains optimistic that Will Smith will sign on.
"It's looking good."
The filmmaker confirmed that writer James Vanderbilt, who also wrote the script for the director's summer action-thriller White House Down, has completed work on both versions of the Independence Day 2 screenplay.
He also said that their initial plan to split the sequel into two movies has been discarded.
"I thought about spending four years of my life on one movie »
It's still unknown whether or not Will Smith is planning on reprising his Independence Day role as Captain Steven Hiller in Roland Emmerich's upcoming big screen sequel but, as Emmerich tells Indiewire today, two scripts have been made ready so that the production can proceed with or without Smith's involvement. "It's looking good," Emmerich acknowledges, however, regarding the star's participation. Little is known about the film's plot or cast, especially who else might return for the sequel. Emmerich confirmed that a number of the original film's characters appear in the script(s) by Dean Devlin and himself. The 1996 original also starred Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Brent Spiner, James Duval and Vivica A. Fox. Independence »
Four childhood friends, bound by a shared secret, grow up to find themselves on opposite sides of the law in the low-budget Texas indie “Mission Park.” Playing in limited release since Sept. 13, this feature directing debut for Bryan Anthony Ramirez (who has since made the Malcolm McDowell-Lou Diamond Phillips thriller “Sanitarium”) certainly doesn’t lack ambition as it mixes and matches bits of “Mean Streets,” “Sleepers” and “Scarface,” but lays everything on far too thick — tragic backstories, uncanny coincidences, double and triple crosses — and stretches credibility well past the breaking point. Still, there are flashes of talent here, and as calling-card indies go, this one is worth filing away under “just might be somebody someday.”
- Scott Foundas
Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan has reportedly met with director Roland Emmerich for a major role in Independence Day 2. However, there is no offer out to the actor, nor is one expected to be issued, since the filmmaker is still meeting with other actors.
No details have been revealed in regards to what role Michael B. Jordan may be in contention for. However, it's possible that he may be playing Dylan Dubrow, the son of Vivica A. Fox's Jasmine Dubrow, originally played by Ross Bagley in the original 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. We reported in March that the sequel will take place 20 years after the original, which would make the 26-year-old actor just about the right age to play this character.
In The Power Of Love, director Tyler Maddox Simms takes the stories of multiple characters who have struggled with relationships and tells those stories against the backdrop of a radio talk show taking calls. Unfortunately, instead of series of deep, funny, or moving tales, the film opts to focus on a group of stories where almost nothing happens at all. And that is not a good plan for success, especially when the stories are mostly told to us through bland dialogue instead of being brought to life with quality acting.
The story is brought on by self-help author Pj Payton’s (Vivica Fox) recent book by the same name. She comes on the radio to talk about it, and the DJ takes calls from people who want to share their own experiences. The first caller (Malik Barnhardt) used to have a girlfriend, but now that he’s found religion, he »
- Alexander Lowe
A little over a decade ago, VH1 premiered one of its many mediocre television biopics, Hendrix. Playing well against type, Wood Harris starred as the iconic guitarist, alongside Vivica A. Fox (as girlfriend/groupie Faye Pridgeon), and Billy Zane. A general overview of Hendrix’s life, the film chronicled his time playing with black artists like Little Richard, his period as a recording artist in London, his breakthrough performance at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and his untimely death at the age of 27. It had all the hallmarks of most rock ‘n roll biopics: the tough childhood, the discovery of genius, the hit single, the hard partying, the groupies, the hangers-on, the drug »
- Zeba Blay
The festival season is in full swing which means you'll be beat about the head with movies bringing with them heavy themes, weighty ideas and possibly lengthy running times. And while that's generally right up our alley, sometimes you just need a taut little crime drama to take the edge off. Nothing flashy, but just delivering what's expected, and "Mission Park" could be the answer for those looking for just that. Written and directed by Bryan Anthony Ramirez and starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Jesse Borrego, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Walter Perez, Fernanda Romero, Joseph Julian Soria, Will Rothhaar, Vivica A. Fox and Will Estes, the film follows four childhood friends — a pair who are rookie FBI agents, the two others part of an criminal organization — who find their past catching up with them, when the agents have to go undercover to bring down their pals. And in this exclusive clip, the plan is put into motion. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In Mission Park, the ambitions of four childhood friends land them on opposite sides of the law. Rookie FBI agents Bobby (Valdez) and Julian (Rothhaar) must go undercover and face their hidden pasts in an attempt to bring down their best friends' (Perez, Soria) criminal organization. This new poster joins the trailer and first poster we added recently for the film featuring Sean Patrick Flanety, Will Estes, Vivica A. Fox alongside stars Jeremy Ray Valdez, Will Rothhaar , Fernanda Romero, Walter Perez, Joseph Julian Soria and Jesse Borrego. »
It is widely known that sex sells. Nude women in particular seem to be the best selling attraction. This is what the makers behind the semi-softcore porn program Femme Fatales strongly believe in and in a very unsubtle way. Cinemax, or one should say “Skinemax”, has put together a show that features beautiful women, lots of softcore sex and truly idiotic storylines and dialogue so one can argue whether this is porn or not.
The show has been promoted as a sort of hybrid of classic film-noir and science fiction. It is an anthology series with varying storylines featuring strong women in the lead. The plots vary from love triangles and affairs to time travel and murder. It is an eclectic mix of storytelling but one thing is consistent here and it is the naked women, and there are lots of them. The makers of the show also through in »
- Randall Unger
Check out the new teaser trailer and poster for the upcoming award-winning indie action-thriller Mission Park starring Jeremy Ray Valdez, Will Rothhaar, Walter Perez, Joseph Julian Soria, Vivica A. Fox and Sean Patrick Flanery.
In Mission Park, the ambitions of four childhood friends land them on opposite sides of the law. Rookie FBI agents Bobby (Valdez) and Julian (Rothhaar) must go undercover and face their hidden pasts in an attempt to bring down their best friends’ (Perez, Soria) criminal organization.
The film was written and directed by Bryan Ramirez, produced by Independent Spirit Award nominee Douglas Spain (Star Maps, HBO’s Band of Brothers), co-produced by David J. Phillips (Life Happens, Green Guys), and executive produced by national real estate mogul and former star of A&E’s ‘Flip This House’ Armando Montelongo. Spain and Phillips both have featured acting roles in the film as well. Mission Park is the »
- Michelle McCue
We have the new trailer as well as the poster for Mission Park starring Jeremy Ray Valdez. Directed by Bryan Anthony Ramirez, the film from Armando Montelongo Productions opens in theaters on September 6th, 2013 and also includes Walter Perez, Fernanda Romero, Joseph Julian Soria, and Will Rothhaar, and features Vivica A. Fox, Will Estes, Sean Patrick Flanery and Jesse Borrego. In Mission Park, the ambitions of four childhood friends land them on opposite sides of the law. Rookie FBI agents Bobby (Valdez) and Julian (Rothhaar) must go undercover and face their hidden pasts in an attempt to bring down their best friends' (Perez, Soria) criminal organization. »
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Via new film site The Dissolve, Matt Singer’s Read On: Friday’s Noteworthy Film Writing pointed me in the direction of Jon Negroni’s theory connecting all the Pixar films together...
“I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call “The Pixar Theory,” a working narrative that ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme. This theory covers every Pixar production since Toy Story… "
Read the full article here.
Expanded Universes are the core to cinema franchises in the 2010s. Whether it is Fast & Furious, Quentin Tarantino’s “Universe” or an inevitable spin-off to Despicable Me in Minions, we are moving away from films that are connected like a ladder – one following on top of one another – instead, film series are much more complicated. I can appreciate the frivolous nature of Negroni’s »
- Flickering Myth
In 1996, Will Smith took on some realllly destructive aliens in "Independence Day" -- and what better day to check in with the cast than today, the Fourth of July!Co-starring Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Harry Connick Jr., Randy Quaid and Harvey Fierstein, "Independence Day" boasted a pretty wild cast -- and they've all been up to some really different things since the movie hit theaters 16 years ago.Will continued to ward off aliens in the "Men In Black" films, Randy had a string of arrests through 2009-2010 (see one his mug shots above!) and the First Daughter grew up to star on "Parenthood."But here's some great news for all you "Independence Day" fans -- Director Roland Emmerich told Entertainment Weekly that two follow-ups to "Independence Day" are planned, tentatively titled "ID Forever Part 1" and "ID Forever Part 2"! The flicks will take place 20 years after the original film, »
- tooFab Staff
NeNe walked down the aisle, looking fabulous in a white and gold strapless Barracci gown, topped off with a glamorous headpiece. Her second look for the night was a $20,000 off-white Pnina Tornai gown, sprinkled with Swarovski Crystals to sport for her reception.
“It was more romantic this time than the first,” NeNe shared with Life&Style Magazine. “Gregg and I are real adults, so it was better. Both of us want this, so it will definitely work this time. I know exactly what I’m getting myself into.”
NeNe and Gregg’s wedding took place at »
- HL Intern
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98
Studio: Entertainment One
Inspired by and styled in the tradition of pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels, Femme Fatales: Season 2 is a sexy Cinemax “After Dark” mystery-thriller anthology television series about powerful, sexy and dangerous women.
Broadcast in 2012, the half-hour program from creators Mark Altman (TV’s Castle) and Steve Kriozere (TV’s NCIS) features stories inspired by such noir classics as Double Indemnity classic thriller TV series like The Twilight Zone. In each of the 12 stand-alone episodes, women find extraordinary ways of coping with their problems, channeling their survival instincts and bringing out their inner guile. Every episode is introduced by a mysterious and sultry host Lilith (Tanit Phoenix, Death Race 2), and features different casts and storylines, some of which are intertwined as part of the series’ overall mythology. »
Just because "Independence Day 2" is coming to theaters in two years doesn't mean that Will Smith is coming with it. Director Roland Emmerich has revealed that the star of the 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day" will not be returning two decades later for its sequel.
"Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name," Emmerich tells the New York Daily News. "It would be too much."
He adds, "We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film [in the script] and the other half people who are new."
"The Amazing Spider-Man" scribe James Vanderbilt is currently polishing Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin's initial script. It remains to be seen whether "Independence Day" actors like Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch or Adam Baldwin will be back for more. Bill Pullman has previously implied there's a role for him. »
Looks like Will Smith won't be saving the world from an alien invasion after all. Following news that an Independence Day sequel will be hitting theaters in 2015, moviegoers might be disappointed to hear that the first film's protagonist will not be returning.
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As for whether we can expect the other original stars to return for Independence Day 2, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Harry Connick, Jr., Emmerich revealed, "We're not doing a total reboot, we're doing something that's totally unusual. I think some aliens will be back."
Will you see Independence Day 2, hitting theaters July 3, 2015, if Smith isn't starring in the sequel? Let us know, below. »
Following word this week of an official July 3, 2015 release date for 20th Century Fox's Independence Day 2 , director Roland Emmerich has dropped a few hints about what to expect from the much-anticipated sequel. "Will Smith cannot come back because he's too expensive," Emmerich told NY Daily News while promoting his latest, White House Down , "but he'd also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much." The 1996 original also starred talent like Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Brent Spiner, James Duval and Vivica A. Fox. Although it's not specified as to exactly who might return for the sequel, Emmerich confirms that a number of the original film's characters appear in the script by Dean Devlin and himself. »
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