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The romantic comedy centers on three single friends who vow to find Mr. Right within a year, after attending their best friend’s wedding without dates. It co-stars Grammy Award winners Jill Scott (“Get on Up” ), rapper-turned-actress Eve Jeffers Cooper (“Whip It”), Brooklyn Sudano »
- Anita Bennett
For several years now, Black women have had to contend with the media fueled stereotype of being perpetually single and unwed. (Apparently new statistics show that 50% of Black women will never get married.) Lifetime’s "With This Ring" tells the story of a group of girlfriends who make a pack to defy this label, and vow to get married (or engaged) in one year’s time. Not unlike David E. Talbert’s "Baggage Claim" (2013), "With This Ring" centers around three thirty-plus girlfriends who want their happily-ever-after at any cost. However, they soon discover that what they thought they wanted may not actually be worth having after all. Trista (Regina Hall) »
- Aramide A Tinubu
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Regina Hall, Jill Scott, and Eve Jeffers Cooper star as 3 single friends who vow to get married within a year after attending their best friend's wedding, in the Lifetime Original Movie "With This Ring," which the network has now set a premiere for on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 8pm Et/Pt. Brooklyn Sudano, Deion Sanders, Stephen Bishop, Jason George and Brian White round out the key cast. Written and directed by Nzingha Stewart, the romantic comedy is based on the best seller, "The Vow," by Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray and Mitzi Miller, which tells the story of Trista (Hall), a career-driven talent agent, Viviane (Scott), a successful gossip columnist, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Perez, who signed on with the panel of the ABC daytime talk show in September 2014, is expected to depart the program, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Wednesday.
According to the insider, the network has reached the conclusion that it has steered the panel too old. ABC now wants to look at replacements for Perez who appeal to young viewers. “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox and “Glee” alum Naya Rivera »
- Tim Kenneally, Jethro Nededog and Tony Maglio
The actress has been booked as a guest host on the ABC daytime show for Tuesday, Jan. 20, TheWrap has learned. The appearance comes as Hall embarks on a promotional tour for her new Lifetime original movie, “With This Ring.”
See photos: 26 Daytime Talk Show Personalities Ranked by Popularity
Hall is the latest in a string of recent re-occurring guest hosts including “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox, comedienne Rachel Feinstein and “Sex and the City” alum Mario Cantone, who’s served »
- Anita Bennett
Exclusive: Visit Films has filled out its Sundance sales slate, adding international rights to People, Places, Things and The Strongest Man as well as world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Sam Klemke’s Time Machine.
New York-based president Ryan Kampe and his team will represent the films in Park City next week where all three will receive their world premiere prior to market premieres at the Efm in Berlin.
Jim Strouse’s comedy People, Places, Things plays in the World Dramatic Competition and stars Jemaine Clement from Flight Of The Conchords as a graphic artist who must grapple with single fatherhood after he walks in on his girlfriend in bed with another man.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.
It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.
The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After a seven season run as Juice Ortiz on Sons of Anarchy, Theo Rossi is heading to the features. EW has confirmed that Rossi will be joining the cast of Screen Gem's psychological thriller, When the Bough Breaks. Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, and Jaz Sinclair also star in the film, which follows a professional couple using a blue-collar surrogate, who becomes violently obsessive with the husband. According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Rossi will play Mike Mitchell, the surrogate's fiance. Rossi has also signed onto Universal Pictures and Blumhouse's Untitled Lowriders movie starring Demian Bichir. »
- Teresa Jue
Exclusive: After closing out the final season of FX’s acclaimed Sons of Anarchy, Theo Rossi is diving into his next film. He’s joined the cast of psychological thriller When The Bough Breaks opposite Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, and Jaz Sinclair, which 24‘s Jon Cassar is helming for Screen Gems.
Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are producing the film about a professional couple unable to conceive their own child who hire a blue collar woman to act as their surrogate (Sinclair). Unfortunately for the hopeful parents, she develops a violent fixation on the husband before the baby is even born.
This is Rossi’s second post-soa film after signing on for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s Untitled Lowriders Movie, starring Demian »
- Jen Yamato
Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") will star with Chloe Grace Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's teen thriller "November Criminals" at Lotus Entertainment. Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel.
The story follows two teenagers who venture into the seedy underbelly of Washington D.C. to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time. Catherine Keener also stars. [Source: Deadline]
Free State of Jones
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle," "Beyond the Lights") will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gary Ross' $65 million Civil War movie "Free State of Jones" for Stx Entertainment. Scott Stuber and Jon Kilik are producing.
Based on a true story, McConaughey plays Newton Knight and Mbatha-Raw is Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his life and in his armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. [Source: The Wrap]
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- Garth Franklin
11 items from 2015
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