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Tessa Thompson to Star as Doris Payne in Jewelry Heist Movie (Exclusive)

Tessa Thompson to Star as Doris Payne in Jewelry Heist Movie (Exclusive)
Tessa Thompson has signed on to portray Doris Payne, a woman who gained notoriety for her luxury jewelry heists from stores around the world.

Thompson, whose credits include “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Creed,” and “Westworld,” will also produce the currently untitled film with Codeblack FilmsJeff Clanagan. Codeblack is launching the project after having obtained Payne’s life rights.

The film is conceived as a high-concept action-drama in the vein of “Catch Me if You Can” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Codeblack Films’ Candice Wilson will oversee the project.

In her six-decade long career, Payne, who is now 87, would enter jewelry stores posing as a well-to-do woman looking for a diamond ring and ask to see an assortment of items. Using her charm, she would eventually cause the clerk to forget how many pieces were outside the cases and leave with one or two pieces.

Payne’s criminal record dates back to the 1950s. She was arrested
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Traffik (2018) Movie Trailer: Omar Epps & Paula Patton Contend With a Biker Gang

Traffik Trailer Deon Taylor‘s Traffik (2018) movie trailer stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Roselyn Sanchez, William Fichtner, and Laz Alonso. Traffik‘s plot synopsis: “In the action-packed thriller, Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote [...]

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Poster and trailer for thriller Traffik starring Paula Patton and Omar Epps

A poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming thriller Traffik. Written and directed by Deon Taylor, the film stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Roselyn Sanchez, and Laz Alonso; check them out here…

Brea, a journalist and her boyfriend John are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. On their way up the coast they stop in a small town and are accosted a group of men on motorcycles. Barely avoiding a fight, Brea and John continue on their trip, unaware that they have inadvertently come into possession of a mobile phone… A mobile phone that the bikers are desperate to retrieve.

Now, alone in the mountains in an isolated rental home, Brea and John must defend themselves against a group of conspirators, who will stop at nothing to get the phone, destroy the evidence it holds and kill anyone who would tell their secrets.

Traffik is set for release on April 27th.
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Official Trailer for Mountain Retreat Thriller 'Traffik' with Paula Patton

"Let's get away from the city... It's miles away from everything." Lionsgate has released the official trailer for a thriller titled Traffik, the latest from writer/director Deon Taylor. The film stars Paula Patton and Omar Epps as a couple who set off for a retreat in the mountains, but are accosted by a biker gang, who then go after them once they reach their isolated vacation rental home. The full cast includes Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Luke Goss, Dawn Olivieri, Claude Duhamel, and Lorin McCraley. It looks like your standard angry-white-people-home-invasion thriller, where the nice people have to fight back to save themselves. I'd rather go see Breaking In, which looks like a much better twist on this concept. Have a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ official poster) for Deon Taylor's Traffik, direct from YouTube: A couple (Paula Patton, Omar Epps) off for a romantic weekend in
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The Actors Fund Celebrates The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards In Hollywood

The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead Program, which helps professional young performers and their families address the unique challenges of working in the entertainment industry, celebrated the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards with a star-studded gala on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA.

The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who continue to inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.

The fourth annual gala was hosted by Corbin Bleu and featured special performances by Ashley Argota (singing “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”) and The Dream Talent Management Dancers.

Holly Robinson-Peete honored her mother, Dolores Robinson, with the Judy and Hilary Swank Award for parenting.

Activist Kenya T. Parham presented the Looking Ahead Award for Community Service to the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film "Detroit (Laz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones,
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Holly Robinson-Peete To Honor Her Mother At The Actors Fund's 2017 Looking Ahead Awards

The Actors Fund announced today that actress Holly Robinson-Peete will honor her mother, Dolores Robinson, with the Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parenting at the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at 6pm at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

As previously announced, The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards will also honor Kellie Martin (The Looking Ahead Award For Education), Charlotte Rae (The Shirley Temple Award); the youth cast of NBC’s This Is Us (The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness) and the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s film Detroit (The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service).

Hosted by Corbin Bleu, the fourth annual gala raises awareness and financial support for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program while shining the spotlight on performers who inspire the world by living the program’s five core values: education, community service, mentorship, social awareness and healthy parenting.
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‘Detroit’ Stars On The “Eye-Opening” Experience Of Participating In Haunting Historic Drama

‘Detroit’ Stars On The “Eye-Opening” Experience Of Participating In Haunting Historic Drama
“It was eye-opening to find out about a time in history that, for one reason or another, we were never taught [about] in school,” Laz Alonso says of his experience with Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow’s latest historic drama about the Algiers Motel incident during a tragic period of racially-motivated police brutality in the Michigan city. “The fact that, throughout all of our lives, this isn’t required learning—that in a city like Detroit, of all places, that economically and…
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The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead Awards To Honor "Detroit," "This Is Us," Kellie Martin And Charlotte Rae

The Actors Fund announced today that the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film Detroit will be honored with the Looking Ahead Award for Community Service at the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at 6pm at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

The award, honoring an ensemble cast who exemplifies giving back to the community, will be presented to a number of the film’s stars: Laz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones, Nathan Davis Jr., Austin Hebert, Malcolm David Kelley, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Leon Thomas III, Samira Wiley and Tyler James Williams.

The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards will also honor actresses Kellie Martin (The Looking Ahead Award For Education) and Charlotte Rae (The Shirley Temple Award); and, as previously announced, the youth cast of NBC’s This Is Us (The Looking Ahead Award for Social Awareness).

Hosted by Corbin Bleu,
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New Awards Season Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Released

"You can shoot me with your words... But just like life, I rise." Annapurna has debuted an extra trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, which already opened in theaters in August just a few months ago. The young studio is planning a re-release and strong awards season push, which is why this trailer is arriving now. The film will be back in theaters in 10 cities starting on December 1st. In the meantime, this trailer shows us another side of Detroit that wasn't in the first batch of trailers. The huge cast includes John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole, Hannah Murray, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Joseph David-Jones, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, plus Laz Alonso. The film received great reviews at release, and it's definitely worth catching (if you haven't already seen it). Here's the newest "Still I Rise" trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, direct
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Stars Honored At 11th Annual Adcolor Awards

In a night that celebrated the achievements of those working to champion diversity in the advertising, marketing, PR, media and entertainment industries, Adcolor recognized some of the best and brightest at their 11th annual Adcolor Awards ceremony.

Jesse Williams and Ellen Pompeo

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The event, hosted by actress, comedian, and activist Aisha Tyler, honored actor and producer Jesse Williams, Teen Vogue Editor-In-Chief Elaine Welteroth, star of “13 Reasons Why” and “Star Trek: DiscoveryWilson Cruz, among others. Additional attendees included presenters such as “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, “Masters of None” actress and Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe, actor Laz Alonso, author Janet Mock, along with Adcolor Founder & President Tiffany R. Warren. Later, guests toasted the winners at the official after party presented by Apple Music and Bet Networks.

Each year, the Adcolor Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of
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Aisha Tyler To Host 11th Annual Adcolor Awards

Adcolor, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, will return to Los Angeles with their 11th Annual Adcolor Awards at The Loews Hotel Hollywood Hotel on Tuesday, September 19.

The event will be hosted by Aisha Tyler, honorees include All-Star Award recipient Jesse Williams (Actor & Activist), Advocate Award recipient Wilson Cruz (“13 Reasons Why” Star and Activist), Catalyst Award recipient Elaine Welteroth (Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue), presenters include Lena Waithe (Actress, "Master of None), Laz Alonso (Actor, “The Mysteries of Laura”), Janet Mock (Author, “Surpassing Certainty”), with Adcolor Founder & President Tiffany R. Warren, and more.

The Adcolor Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists are chosen by the individual’s representation of Adcolor’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also
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Paula Patton, Omar Epps Thriller ‘Traffik’ Lands at Lionsgate

Paula Patton, Omar Epps Thriller ‘Traffik’ Lands at Lionsgate
Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films has acquired producer/director/writer Deon Taylor’s thriller “Traffik.”

The movie will be released by Codeblack and Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label on April 27, 2018.

Traffik” stars Paula Patton and Omar Epps as a young couple who travels on a romantic getaway to the mountains only to be terrorized by a vicious group of sex traffickers with whom they become locked in a desperate struggle for survival. The film’s cast includes Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Luke Goss, Missi Pyle, and William Fichtner.

Traffik” is produced by Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group, with producing partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith, along with Patton’s Third Eye Productions. The movie is executive produced by Mark Burg of Primary Wave Entertainment.

Deon Taylor is an iconic storyteller and master of the thriller genre whose films fit right in the sweet spot of the original, exciting, and premium quality entertainment with which we are
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Lionsgate-Codeblack Acquires Paula Patton-Omar Epps Thriller ‘Traffik’

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Lionsgate-Codeblack Acquires Paula Patton-Omar Epps Thriller ‘Traffik’
Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films, which released this summer’s Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me,” has acquired writer-director Deon Taylor’s thriller “Traffik.” The movie, starring Paula Patton and Omar Epps as a couple on a romantic mountain getaway who are terrorized by a sex-trafficking gang, is scheduled for an April 27, 2018 release by Codeblack and Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment. The movie also features Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Luke Goss, Missi Pyle and William Fichtner. Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group produced “Traffik” with partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith, along with Paula Patton’s Third Eye Productions. Mark Burg
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Deon Taylor’s Thriller ‘Traffik’ Acquired By Lionsgate/Codeblack Films

Deon Taylor’s Thriller ‘Traffik’ Acquired By Lionsgate/Codeblack Films
Lionsgate's Codeblack Films has acquired filmmaker Deon Taylor's thriller Traffik for an April 27, 2018 wide release. Written and directed by Taylor, the film is about a young couple who travel on a romantic getaway to the mountains only to be terrorized by a vicious group of sex traffickers with whom they become locked in a desperate struggle for survival. It stars Paula Patton (Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Omar Epps along with Laz Alonso (Detroit), Roselyn…
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Lionsgate changes Release Dates for Several Films Including the Robin Hood Origins Movie

Lionsgate is changing things up and has announced several release date changes. At the top of that list is the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Robin Hood, the origin film will now be pushed back to September 21, 2018 in IMAX, Originally it was slated to hit theaters on March 23 of next year.

In addition Deadline Hollywood reports that Summit Entertainment/Codeblack Films’ Traffik directed by Deon Taylor stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Roselyn Sanchez, Laz Alonso will open on April 27.

And just a few weeks before Halloween next year, Hellfest will open on Oct. 12. Hellfest is directed by Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension). Its a slasher movie set inside a seasonal horror theme park on Halloween night.
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Bigelow's Detroit Review Pt. 2: Marketable Thriller Instead of Real-Life Tragedy

Bigelow's Detroit Review Pt. 2: Marketable Thriller Instead of Real-Life Tragedy
'Still-living history' See previous post: “'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow 1967 Riots Depiction 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'.” But I'm a Black American from the 1960s, who knows this history as a history of the lives of my people in this nation. From uprisings in Philly and Harlem, to those in Watts and Ferguson (where I lived for years), these stories have been lived and told from generation to generation with the specific intention of keeping me and black boys like me alive. The idea that the police could and did kill black folks anywhere, at anytime, for any reason – or no reason at all – has been a baseline of understanding in black communities for 400 years, give or take a week or two during Reconstruction and Bill Clinton's first election. For Black Americans, the events of Detroit '67 are not the events of a “dramatic thriller.” They are the events of a tragedy and still-living history we
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One Final Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Intense Look Back at 'Detroit'

"What is going on here?!" "It's not that simple..." Annapurna Pictures has revealed one more hard-hitting trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, about the Detroit Riots in 1967, which hits theaters starting this week. The film features an ensemble cast of characters to tell the story of why so many citizens decided to rise up, and how the riot expanded so quickly to become so massive that the President had to send in federal troops to get things under control. The huge cast includes John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole, Hannah Murray, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Joseph David-Jones, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Jeremy Strong, and Laz Alonso. The film has been getting great reviews, and it's apparently an intense experience that starts strong and never lets up. Here's the third & final trailer (+ poster) for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, direct from Annapurna's YouTube: You can still
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Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’
At their best, liberal film dramas that tackle the monumental issue of race in America have offered humanity and insight. It’s safe to say, though, that when Hollywood gives us a portrait of racial tragedy and injustice, it’s probably a tale of hope and uplift as well, a parable of moral darkness leading nobly into the light. But when you watch “Detroit,” Kathryn Bigelow’s sweeping, scalding drama about the Detroit riots that took place 50 years ago, in July 1967, you’re entering a zone where the usual feel-good pieties don’t apply. For this is no comforting drama of social protest. It’s closer to a hair-trigger historical nightmare, one you can’t tear yourself away from. Bigelow, working from a script by her regular collaborator Mark Boal (it’s their first film since “Zero Dark Thirty”), has created a turbulent, live-wire panorama of race in America that feels like it’s all unfolding in
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Bet Awards: Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky and Maxwell Among Latest Performers

With just five days to go, this year's Bet Awards is adding more names to its performer lineup.

The latest additions include Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Maxwell, Swae Lee, Sza, Xscape, Khalid, El DeBarge and Kamasi Washington. They join such previously announced hitmakers as Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Migos, Future and Tamar Braxton.

Concurrently, Remy Ma, Irv Gotti and the cast of the forthcoming movie Detroit (Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, Laz Alonso and Jacob Latimore) have signed on as presenters. They will be sharing those duties with Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Jada Pinkett Smith,...
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Impressive Second Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Riots Movie

"It's a war zone out there. They're destroying the city." Annapurna has debuted a second trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's next film titled Detroit, about the Detroit Riots in 1967. The film features an ensemble cast of characters to tell the story of why so many citizens decided to rise up, and how the riot expanded so quickly to become so massive that the President had to send in federal troops to get things under control. The huge cast includes John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole, Hannah Murray, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Joseph David-Jones, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Jeremy Strong, and Laz Alonso. This trailer focuses on Boyega's character, who got mixed up in all the chaos. I like the appearance at the end by the real guy. This is looking better and better. Here's the second official trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, direct
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