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Athena Film Fest: 'Beyond the Lights' Writer/Director Gina Prince-Bythewood Among 2015 Honorees

9 December 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Athena Film Festival Awards annually honor directors, producers and other members of the film industry for their leadership and creative accomplishments. This year’s awardees include Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, Gina Prince-Bythewood, director, writer and producer behind films such as "Love & Basketball," "The Secret Life of Bees" and this year's indie sleeper "Beyond the Lights," and Cathy Schulman, Academy Award-winning producer, President of Mandalay Pictures, and President of Women in Film, known for films including "Crash," "The Illusionist," "Darfur Now" and "Bernie."  This year's Athena Film Festival will return to Barnard in Morningside Heights, running February 5 to 8, 2015. The fest showcases female-driven films with screenings, master classes, Q & As and more. Regina K. Scully, the Phoebe Snow Foundation and the Artemis Rising »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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The-Dream on Writing Songs for Beyond the Lights and Being a Musical Therapist

30 November 2014 5:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

One of fall's best movies is the romantic drama Beyond the Lights. (Vulture's Bilge Ebiri loved the movie, and rightly so!) Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood's first film since 2008’s The Secret Life of Bees (she also directed 2000's beloved Love & Basketball) is the story of a pop star's rise, fall, and ultimate redemption. The movie feels real — both emotionally and in terms of how it portrays the many sides of the music industry. Some of that is thanks to singer-songwriter-producer Terius Nash, better known as The-Dream. His songs, performed by the film's main character Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), do dual service — they are legit hits in their own right, but they also perform a significant amount of story work. Vulture spoke with The-Dream about the parents of pop stars and how he elicits truth from artists he writes for.One of the reasons I saw Beyond the Lights was because I »

- Lindsey Weber

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Dumb and Dumber To Takes First Place at Box Office with $38 Million

16 November 2014 6:46 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

"Dumb and Dumber To," starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, took first place at the domestic box office with $38 million, making it Carrey's biggest live-action debut since "Bruce Almighty" ($70 million) more than a decade ago, as well as Daniels' biggest ever. Twenty years ago, the original film opened to $16 million and went on to earn almost $250 million worldwide on a budget of only $17 million. The sequel cost $40 million and has a good chance of becoming a big hit. It has a 27% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Marvel's animated "Big Hero 6" settled for second place with $36 million, bringing its worldwide total to $148 million, which is still short of the $165 million budget. Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" took third place with $29.2 million. Its total is now $322 million, almost double its $165 million budget. The other new wide release of the weekend was "Beyond the Lights" romance drama, which landed in fourth place with $6.5 million. »

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Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Beyond the Lights, Creating Great Chemistry, and Shooting Love Scenes

16 November 2014 5:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The romantic drama Beyond the Lights represents the overdue return of director Gina Prince-Bythewood to our movie screens, six years after her last film, The Secret Life of Bees, and 14 years since her feature debut, the seminal Love & Basketball. What’s taken her so long? In part, it was the dream-project nature of her new film. As Bythewood herself notes, she felt she had to make this movie no matter what, and she wouldn’t take no for an answer — despite getting lots of nos along the way. Part of it might also be that, despite her films’ initial success, sometimes it takes time for the culture at large to realize how unique they are: Love & Basketball is the rare romantic drama that doesn’t try to sensationalize its story, methodically detailing the lives over the years of two upper-middle-class African-American characters (played as adults by Sanaa Lathan and »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Weekend Report: 'Dumb' Sequel Takes First Ahead of 'Big Hero 6,' 'Interstellar'

16 November 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Nearly 20 years after moviegoers were first introduced to Harry and Lloyd, the pair of morons once again ruled the box office this weekend.Long-awaited sequel Dumb and Dumber To opened to $36.1 million, which was enough to take first place away from strong holdover Big Hero 6.The Top 12 earned $129.6 million this weekend, which is up nine percent from the same weekend last year. Dumb and Dumber To's $36.1 million is the biggest live-action debut for Jim Carrey since 2003's Bruce Almighty, and is also the best opening ever for the Farrelly Brothers. Among recent comparable titles, it's a bit lower than the five-day openings for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($39.5 million) and We're the Millers ($37.9 million), and is a step above recent road trip comedies Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa ($32.1 million) and Identity Thief ($32.1 million).The original Dumb and Dumber was a massive box office hit back in 1994, and developed legions »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Watch: Gina Prince-Bythewood on Gotham Nominee 'Beyond the Lights' (Exclusive Video)

15 November 2014 11:27 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There are many talented women directors working--if not often enough--in Hollywood today. One of them is writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who broke out of UCLA winning prizes, writing and directing shorts and television (HBO's "Disappearing Acts"), and delivering a well-reviewed Sundance hit for New Line Cinema, "Love & Basketball" (2000), starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, which scored Prince-Bythewood an Indie Spirit award and a Humanitas prize and grossed $27.4 million domestic. After producing 2003's "Biker Boyz," Prince-Bythewood followed up with Fox Searchlight's 2008 literary adaptation "The Secret Life of Bees," starring Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah, which played better for audiences ($37.7 million domestic) than critics.  It's been another long stretch until "Beyond the Lights" (November 14), which played to raves in Toronto and Urbanworld, and just earned a Gotham Best »

- Anne Thompson

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Gina Prince-Bythewood Wants to Eliminate the Term "Black Film"

15 November 2014 6:40 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

When you think of director Gina Prince-Bythewood, you probably immediately think of the "black films" she's made. But, if she had her way, she would get rid the term “black film” altogether. In an interview yesterday on NPR, Ms. Prince-Bythewood said that the term “marginalizes” a film, in effect giving it, we could say, second class status. She wishes, instead, for all films, regardless of genre, to have people of color in them. But what we have here, is what is called a slippery slope. It begs the question, what does she consider her previous films, such as "Love and Basketball," "The Secret Life of Bees," and "Disappearing Acts" »

- Sergio

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'Beyond the Lights' Director on the "Maddening" Challenges of Getting the Movie Made

14 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Gina Prince-Bythewood hasn’t made a film since 2008’s The Secret Life of Bees. That’s because the Love and Basketball helmer has been focused on getting a passion project made, a film she was working on before Secret Life came along. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but Beyond the Lights, a drama following a famous young singer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who is rescued from a suicide attempt by a cop (Nate Parker), will hit the big screen on Nov. 14. Prince-Bythewood

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- Rebecca Ford

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The Magnificent Beyond the Lights Reminds Us What a Great Romantic Drama Looks Like

14 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Do we even make romantic dramas anymore? We make romantic comedies, and we make romantic melodramas — over-the-top, Sparksian wallows in tragedy, sure. But how often do we see movies in which plausible people fall plausibly in love and face plausible challenges? And yes, I am about to use the word plausible to describe Gina Prince-Bythewood’s magnificent Beyond the Lights, which on its surface seems to be a candy-colored pop fantasy about the love between a beautiful hip-hop superstar and a hunky cop. To be fair, it’s not not that. But how bracing today to have a film that’s at once fun, patient, romantic, and real. This is Prince-Bythewood’s first film since 2008’s underrated The Secret Life of Bees. As the ads remind us, she also gave us 2000’s unforgettable Love & Basketball — another rare romantic drama released in a sea of rom-coms and melodramas. Watching Beyond the Lights, »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Forecast (cont.): 'Beyond the Lights,' 'Saving Christmas,' 'Rosewater,' 'Foxcatcher'

13 November 2014 2:48 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Forecast: Moviegoers to Get 'Dumber' Again This WeekendOpening at 1,789 theaters, Beyond the Lights should take fourth place this weekend with around $10 million. The movie stars up-and-comer Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a pop star struggling with the pressures of fame, while Nate Parker stars as a cop who she becomes involved with romantically. The movie has received very positive reviews*as of Thursday afternoon, it was at 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes*and will likely appeal mostly to older women.This is the third movie from director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who previously directed Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees. Those movies opened to $8.1 million and $10.5 million, respectively; a debut in that range seems likely for Beyond the Lights.Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas opens at 410 locations this weekend. As the title suggests, the movie attempts to save the Christmas holiday from our consumerist society; the trailer ends with the line "together, let's put Christ back in Christmas. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Interview: Nate Parker Talks 'Beyond The Lights' (Opens Fri) + Integrity in Hollywood

13 November 2014 12:43 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In "Beyond The Lights," Nate Parker stars opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Kaz Nicol, a police officer whose plans for public office fall into jeopardy when he falls for troubled pop star Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw). At the recent junket for the film, we spoke with Parker about working on the project with director Gina Prince-Bythewood, his outlook on the industry and directing plans, including his long-in-development biopic on Nat Turner. Jai Tiggett: You've had romantic roles in "The Great Debaters" and "The Secret Life of Bees," but you're the leading man in "Beyond The Lights." Is this a role you were looking to play? Nate Parker: »

- Jai Tiggett

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The cast of Beyond the Lights talks love in the spotlight

13 November 2014 8:41 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The chemistry between Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) and Nate Parker (Non-Stop) is off the charts in director Gina Prince-Bythewood's romance, Beyond the Lights.

Falling in line with Prince-Bythewood’s other well-written, female-led melodramas -- her 2008 film, The Secret Life of Bees, and 2000’s Love & Basketball -- Beyond the Lights introduces us to Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw), a young pop singer struggling on the brink of stardom.

Crippled by the pressures of the industry, Noni attempts to end her life, but is saved by a police officer (Parker) at the last moment. Though the two quickly fall in love, everyone from their friends and family, including Minnie Driverand Danny Glover, to the tabloids has reservations about their relationship.

Will they put their romance ahead of their career ambitions? Probably (if only for a moment)! But we’ll have to wait until the film hits theatres on Friday to know if it works out for these two lovebirds. »

- Sasha James

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Interview: Gina Prince-Bythewood on Empowering Girls & Women in Charge w/'Beyond The Lights' (Opens Fri)

12 November 2014 1:33 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

"Beyond the Lights" opens theatrically this Friday, November 14, 2014. Here's our interview with the filmmaker, Gina Prince Bythewood... In her first feature film since 2008's "The Secret Life of Bees," acclaimed writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood tells the story of troubled pop star Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her relationship with Kaz (Nate Parker), the police officer who saves her life. In her recent press tour for the film, we spoke about the movie and the long road to getting it made, as well as the philosophy that's driven her career. Jai Tiggett: The story for "Beyond The Lights" is influenced by some of your own »

- Jai Tiggett

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Beyond the Lights | Review

12 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Why you wanna fly, Blackbird?: Mbatha-Raw Vibrantly Imbues Prince-Blythewood’s Showbiz Melodrama

A systematically underrated director, Gina Prince-Bythewood returns with her third feature film, Beyond the Lights, a showbiz romantic melodrama that could have maintained an all-too familiar narrative and tone if it weren’t for the freshness of its perspective and a vibrant performance from lead Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Originally titled Blackbird, so named for the Nina Simone track that figures heavily into the protagonist’s story, Prince-Bythewood’s less spectacular title change due to several other films in development with the same title (including the latest from David Mamet and now a Rooney Mara vehicle as well) lends the film a rather truncated, less artistic aura than it deserves. While not completely absent of a bit of schmaltz and customized fantasy, Prince-Bythewood achieves rare moments of actual, believable chemistry between her leads, and, most importantly, maintains an air »

- Nicholas Bell

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Interview: Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Directed ‘Beyond the Lights’

12 November 2014 9:26 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The show business life is ripe for drama, and the new film “Beyond the Lights” explores the difficulties of the the superstar reaches of the music business, through a Beyoncé-type singer. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Noni, and the film’s director is Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”).

Minnie Driver and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘Beyond the Lights

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is making a name for herself, with two major releases this year, “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights.” The English actress is probably best remembered as the quirky student friend of Tom Hanks in “Larry Crowne.” Director Gina Prince-Bythewood is back in the spotlight after the well-received “Love & Basketball” in 2000. Since that time, she has directed HBO’s “Disappearing Acts” (2000) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008).

HollywoodChicago.com sat down to speak with both women during the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, where “Beyond the Lights” was the highlighted »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive Video Interview With Gugu Mbatha-Raw And Nate Parker On Beyond The Lights

1 November 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been several years since we saw her last film, The Secret Life of Bees, but writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood is finally back with the romantic drama, Beyond the Lights.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Noni Jean, a singer on the brink of stardom. It doesn’t take long though for the pressures of fame to come down on her and she soon finds herself hanging off the balcony of a hotel room.

Coming to her rescue is Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker), a police officer and aspiring politician who sees her in a way no one else dares to and finds the good in her. From there, they find themselves drawn to each other and it is through their relationship that they discover what they really want most out of life.

The recent press day for Beyond the Lights in Los Angeles gave me the opportunity to speak with both Gugu and Nate, »

- Ben Kenber

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Intervew: Gina Prince-Bythewood on Being a Fighter, Empowering Girls, and Women in Charge w/'Beyond The Lights'

30 October 2014 3:29 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In her first feature film since 2008's "The Secret Life of Bees," acclaimed writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood tells the story of troubled pop star Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her relationship with Kaz (Nate Parker), the police officer who saves her life. In her recent press tour for the film, we spoke about the movie and the long road to getting it made, as well as the philosophy that's driven her career. Jai Tiggett: The story for "Beyond The Lights" is influenced by some of your own experiences with being an adopted child. Can you tell me about sharing such a personal story, and what the writing process was like? Gina Prince-bythewood: »

- Jai Tiggett

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Interview: Nate Parker Talks "Beyond The Lights," Nat Turner Biopic, and Integrity in Hollywood

27 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In "Beyond The Lights," Nate Parker stars opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Kaz Nicol, a police officer whose plans for public office fall into jeopardy when he falls for troubled pop star Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw). At the recent junket for the film, we spoke with Parker about working on the project with director Gina Prince-Bythewood, his outlook on the industry and directing plans, including his long-in-development biopic on Nat Turner. Jai Tiggett: You've had romantic roles in "The Great Debaters" and "The Secret Life of Bees," but you're the leading man in "Beyond The Lights." Is this a role you were looking to play? Nate Parker: »

- Jai Tiggett

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Why Aren’t There More Movies Like Love & Basketball?

22 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Love & Basketball came out 14 years ago, and it’s never really disappeared. Just this past September, rumors swirled about a sequel after a (fake) movie poster hit the internet, compelling the film’s male lead, Omar Epps, and writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood to officially debunk the story on Twitter. That same month Roxane Gay hosted a Love & Basketball screening and discussion with its auteur. In an October interview with Lena Dunham, the two writers geeked out over the movie, and in November, Prince-Bythewood will release Beyond the Lights, her first film since 2008’s The Secret Life of Bees, which is sure to inspire more fond reminiscing about her breakthrough. To understand why this particular bildungsroman still lingers, it helps to look a little deeper into the film’s story of Monica and Quincy, two young athletes and best friends growing up in L.A., as well as the cultural landscape of its time. »

- Anupa Mistry

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2014 Hollywood Film Awards Announces Host – Queen Latifah

17 October 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Hollywood Film Awards to be Broadcast Live from the Hollywood Palladium, Friday, Nov. 14 on CBS The “Hollywood Film Awards” today announced that multi-talented Academy and Emmy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning musician and talk show host Queen Latifah, will host the inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards, live from the Hollywood Palladium Friday, November 14, 2014 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. The “Hollywood Film Awards” have recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. They are considered the official launch of the awards season. “I’m honored to be a part of such a legendary award show,” stated Latifah. “The Hollywood Film Awards have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I’m excited to be the first host to bring them to television!” “Queen Latifah is the real deal. »

- HollywoodNews.com

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