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Wednesday night saw the New York premiere of “Addicted,” director Bille Woodruff’s adaptation of the popular erotic novel and ubiquitous subway reading material. Written by the prolific novelist Zane (aka Kristina Roberts), “Addicted” is the story of Zoe, a happily married woman battling a compulsive sexual disorder that drives her to continually seek out men who are not her husband for all sorts of carnal encounters.
The selling point here, of course, is that the sex scenes are graphic and plentiful. So it was a little awkward for star Boris Kodjoe to watch the film with his wife.
“It’s tough. We talked about it, she read the script, she’s an amazing actress, she’s been with Denzel (Washington), Eddie Murphy, she knows what it’s about. But still, it’s awkward,” he told Variety at the premiere’s afterparty at the Jade Hotel.
Kodjoe’s wife is actress Nicole Ari Parker, »
- Michael Tedder
TNT has renewed their Murder in the First TV show for a second season of 10 episodes. The first season averaged 2.84 million viewers with a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, the first season of Murder in the First follows a pair of San Francisco homicide detectives -- Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) -- as they investigate murders that are connected to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt (Tom Felton). Others in the cast include Mimi Kirkland, Raphael Sbarge, Ian Anthony Dale, Bess Rous, Nicole Ari Parker, and Steven Weber.
Here are the renewal details:
TNT Books Second Season of "Murder in the First"
Powerful Crime-Drama Ranked as One of Basic Cable's Top 10 Summer Series
TNT has ordered a second season of its powerful »
TNT has had mixed results with their crime dramas. How will Murder in the First do in the ratings? Will this new show be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned to find out.
Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, Murder in the First follows a pair of San Francisco homicide detectives -- Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) -- as they investigate murders that are connected to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt (Tom Felton). Others in the cast include Mimi Kirkland, Raphael Sbarge, Ian Anthony Dale, Bess Rous, Nicole Ari Parker, and Steven Weber.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available. »
Psychological thriller "Repentance" stars Forest Whitaker as a mentally unstable man whose delusions target his spiritual advisor. Co-starring Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps, the film opened to a limited theatrical release in Spring and as of today, is available on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. The full synopsis reads: Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a »
- Jai Tiggett
Forest Whitaker is feeling ‘Repentance’ as the horror thriller is now available on Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View. The film is also set to be released on DVD and Digital UltraViolet on June 24 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. The DVD, which will retail for $26.98, includes a “Making Of” featurette. ‘Repentance’ was directed by Philippe Caland, and written by Shintaro Shimosawa. The thriller also stars ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Anthony Mackie, as well as Mike Epps, Nicole Ari Parker and Sanaa Lathan. Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films have released the following synopsis for ‘Repentance’: Years after a drunken car crash that almost took [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: June 9, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, this crime series follows a pair of San Francisco homicide detectives. Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) is a single mother to inquisitive six-year-old Louise (Mimi Kirkland). In addition to work, Terry English (Taye Diggs) struggles to take care of his terminally ill wife.
English and Mulligan work with District Attorney Sonia Perez (Nicole Ari Parker), Inspector David Molk (Raphael Sbarge), and Lieutenant Jim Koto (Ian Anthony Dale), the squad's no-nonsense supervisor.
The series begins as English and Mulligan are »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting announcements on multiple films, including Recovery, The App, and Dark, details on The Wobbling Dead, Repentance, and the 2014 TromaDance Film Festival, a review of Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, a Q&A with Lindsey McKeon from Supernatural, and more:
Casting News for Recovery: “Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno, Project X) and Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) have been cast in the upcoming thriller “Recovery”, starting production this summer. The film follows Blanton’s character on the night of her high school graduation after her iPhone is stolen and tracked down with a “find my iPhone” app to a house where the demented tenants plan on kidnapping her and making her part of the family. Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and James Landry Hébert (Two Step, Gangster Squad) are also on board to star. »
- Tamika Jones
The thriller Repentance boasts a strong cast of big name stars, led by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker; yet, even that didn't help it get a theatrical release. Don't worry, though; we'll all be able to dig it from the comforts of our own home soon enough!
From the Press Release
Buried secrets are painfully revealed in the disturbing thriller Repentance, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) on June 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. The film will be available two weeks earlier on Digital HD, Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View on June 10.
Oscar® winner Forest Whitaker (Best Actor, The Last King of Scotland, 2006) leads an all-star cast as a mentally unstable man whose delusions target his spiritual advisor. The film also stars Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker), Mike Epps (The Hangover Part III, upcoming Nina), Nicole Ari Parker (TV's "Revolution," TV's "Real Husbands of Hollywood »
- Steve Barton
On March 31, New York’s McC Theater held its raucous Miscast gala, an annual fundraiser honoring one veteran theater artist — this year, the fearless Allison Janney — with a concert program line-up that features Broadway stars performing songs typically sung by the opposite gender. Last year, you might remember Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff stopping the show with Smash’s “Let Me Be Your Star.” This year was no different, but we’ll get to that. First, Janney.
“I believe that any actor worth their salt has to have done theater,” says Janney, whose history with the stage stretches far back »
- Marc Snetiker
Last time Drew Fellman and David Douglas teamed with Morgan Freeman in 2011, they had the Oscar-winning actor narrate “Born to Be Wild,” their IMAX 3D documentary about orphaned animals. So it was only natural when Fellman returned as writer-director for another documentary about wildlife in peril, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” they brought back both Freeman and Douglas, who stepped in as director after serving as director of photography on “Wild.”
“Once again, it’s a story about courageous individuals engaged in acts of heroism to save some magnificent creatures,” said Freeman at Warner Bros.’ world premiere for “Lemurs” Saturday afternoon at Los Angeles’ California Science Center. “It made sense to turn to this same group of people to tell this kind of story.”
This time the hero of the story is primatologist Patricia Wright, who fights to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lemurs, who have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. »
- Andrew Wallenstein
An addendum to Sergio's box office post... The psychological thriller, Repentance (previously titled Vipaka), which stars Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps, opened in a limited theatrical release over the weekend, and managed to earn a respectable $530,000, playing on 152 screens, for an average of $3,487 per screen. The per-screen average is typically more indicative of box office strength, especially for opening weekend, when per-screen averages are expected to be strongest. Expanding to even more theaters, as should be expected during the second week of release, will probably dilute earnings »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Check out 4 clips from Codeblack Films' "Repentance" which hits theaters on February 28th, 2014. Starring in the Phillippe Caland film are Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan and Nicole Ari Parker. Caland also produces "Repentance" with Whitaker. Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez »
Mike Epps is a comedian at heart and one of the funniest comic actors to emerge into the Hollywood scene, but in his latest film, Repentance, he undertakes a serious role as Ben, the loyal brother of Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie), a spiritual therapist whose successful book attracts the attention of a profoundly disturbed man (Forest Whitaker). Opening in select theaters on February 28th, the horror-thriller directed by Philippe Caland also stars Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, and Ariana Neal. I recently landed an exclusive interview with Epps who talked about how the project came together, what drew him to the role, why the spiritual undertone of the film appealed to him, the easy directing process with Caland, how he stepped up his acting game opposite Mackie, what it was like shooting on location in New Orleans, and how he escapes boredom by pursuing a multi-faceted career. He also discussed his upcoming live comedy show, »
- Sheila Roberts
Forest Whitaker plays a profoundly troubled man struggling to hold onto his sanity and do the right thing in director Philippe Caland’s intriguing horror-thriller, Repentance. Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist and spiritual advisor. His successful book release draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Whitaker) who convinces Carter to take him on as a personal client. Opening February 28th, the film also stars Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Ariana Neal. We recently landed an exclusive interview with Whitaker who revealed how the project grew out of a small film Caland had previously made, what it was like acting opposite Mackie in some very intense scenes, why he loves shooting on location in New Orleans, what he looks for in a project, how he stays true to his acting roots, why it »
- Sheila Roberts
Set for a limited theatrical release on February 28, the thriller Repentance boasts a strong cast of big name stars, led by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. All of their familiar faces are shown off on the new poster art for the flick, which we've snagged for ya today. Check it out!
Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He's parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the "untimely" death of his mother.
When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother, »
- John Squires
15 items from 2014
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