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Relativity Media has released the first trailer for the stirring new drama Black or White from writer and director Mike Binder. Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer team up to tackle some of the race issues facing our country right now. A hot bed issue, this first look is a timely expose on some of the emotions being expressed on the nightly news these past two weeks.
Black or White tells the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl's paternal grandmother (Academy Award nominee Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white. »
Kevin Costner plays an attorney named Elliot, who has been raising his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise with his wife, after their daughter died during child birth. When the lawyer's wife passes away, Elliot is dragged into a custody battle with Eloise's African-American grandmother (Octavia Spencer), who believes the child should be raised by his biological father, who is also a drug addict.
Anthony Mackie, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle,Andre Holland and Bill Burr co-star in the drama, which debuted at this year's Toronto Film Festival. Relativity is planning on an awards push for the film, although it isn't known exactly when it may be released. Open Road Films had been negotiating to pick up the rights, but a deal was never made.
Kevin Costner produced »
Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films is closing in on a deal to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan action-thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam. The film had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Saban Films is emerging as an aggressive buyer in Toronto, acquiring the U.S. rights to John Travolta's The Forger and the action-thriller Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment.
"We were eager to see American Heist coming into Toronto and the film lived up to our expectations. It's just the type of commercial talent driven film we are looking for at Saban."
3 items from 2014
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