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‘White Dave’ Comedy From David Talbert, LeBron James & Gabrielle Union Set At ABC

‘White Dave’ Comedy From David Talbert, LeBron James & Gabrielle Union Set At ABC
ABC has put in development White Dave, a single-camera comedy from filmmaker David E. Talbert (First Sunday, Almost Christmas), LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment (Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, NBC’s The Wall) and actress Gabrielle Union (BET’s Being Mary Jane). Written by Talpert based on his real-life experiences, White Dave is about a young African-American teenager, who has grown up in an all-white suburb, suddenly moves to an all-black…
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Almost Christmas Review

It seems like every year some studio releases a harmless yet predictable holiday comedy centering on an ensemble cast of recognizable actors (usually as disparate members of a family) in an effort to capitalize on the “most wonderful time of the year.” Films like last year’s Love the Coopers and Christmas with the Kranks are smart investments for production companies because of their broad appeal and moderate budgets. So, naturally, 2016 isn’t without its own edition of this reliable trend. Fans of those films should then be quite pleased with this year’s model: Almost Christmas.

The movie – written and directed by David E. Talbert (First Sunday) – centers on Walter Meyers (Danny Glover), the patriarch of a dysfunctional family. Just days before the first Christmas after his wife’s death, Walter attempts to reunite his children for the holidays. Busy with their own lives and still processing the grief of their mother’s passing,
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Film Review: Almost Christmas

  • LRM Online
It’s almost Christmas so, fittingly, family holiday films trim our multiplexes and fill our stockings. First out of the gate this year is the creatively titled dramedy Almost Christmas, a well-intentioned but at times lackluster foray into five days in the life of a particularly effusive family.

Danny Glover’s Wayne Meyers is the patriarch at the center of the story, and he is surrounded by four children and some of their spouses, and the array of rivalries, dreams, and regrets that they bring to the dinner table. The family losses the mother figure at the open, and she casts a pall across them—in ways good and sad—throughout the movie and the Holiday season.

There is tenderness in the premise, which carries through symbolically as the family has misplaced the absent mother’s cooking recipes and is figuratively and literally lost without them. Along the journey, which
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Christmas 2016: the major movies heading to cinemas

Rob Leane Oct 28, 2016

Looking ahead to the movies heading to cinemas in time for Christmas...

The festive season is a great time to go to the pictures. There’s nothing quite like taking solace when it’s cold outside by cramming in with some like-minded folk to see a (hopefully) great movie.

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood studios have cottoned on to this. Year on year, there seems to more and more choice at the cinema come Christmas time. It’s almost like a second summer season, in terms of the sheer volume of major movies on offer. This isn’t likely to change any time soon, especially when you look at the cash banked by Star Wars: The Force Awakens last Christmas. And that's not to mention the festive season's nearness to the Oscar race, which means that the major movies keep coming well into January.

There are many movies rocking around the multiplex during this Yuletide,
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The Broad Green Layoffs: Why Good Movies Aren’t Enough to Avoid The Startup Curse

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.

The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the
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The Broad Green Layoffs: Why Good Movies Aren’t Enough to Avoid The Startup Curse

  • Indiewire
When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.

The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the
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Career Moves: Matt Alvarez Goes to Broad Green, MTV Hires Two Execs and More

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Career Moves: Matt Alvarez Goes to Broad Green, MTV Hires Two Execs and More
Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out last week's Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why. - Broad Green Pictures has named Matt Alvarez its president of production. Alvarez will be responsible for identifying new projects and overseeing Broad Green’s slate of films, managing the process from development to final delivery. He will continue his role as producer on films he has in active development at the studio. Alvarez's producing career includes box office winners like the "Friday," "Barbershop," "Are We There Yet?" and "Ride Along" franchises, as well as "Straight Outta Compton," "All About the Benjamins" and "First Sunday. Alvarez's career...
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Comedian Katt Williams Arrested in Georgia for Battery: Report

  • PEOPLE.com
Comedian Katt Williams Arrested in Georgia for Battery: Report
Katt Williams was arrested in Georgia on Monday after a store clerk accused the comedian of allegedly punching him in the middle of an argument, according to reports. Gainesville police responded to the incident, which happened around 11:30 in the morning at a pool supply store, the Associated Press reports. Sgt. Kevin Holbrook told AP that when officers arrived, Williams, 42, was "lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though her was ready to go to jail." The report adds that a store employee told police after the two started arguing, Williams allegedly threw
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Comedian Katt Williams Arrested in Georgia for Battery: Report

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Comedian Katt Williams Arrested in Georgia for Battery: Report
Katt Williams (né Micah Williams) was arrested in Georgia on Monday after a store clerk accused the comedian of allegedly punching him in the middle of an argument, according to reports. Gainesville police responded to the incident, which happened around 11:30 in the morning at a pool supply store, the Associated Press reports. Sgt. Kevin Holbrook told AP that when officers arrived, Williams, 42, was "lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though her was ready to go to jail." The report adds that a store employee told police after the two started arguing, Williams allegedly threw
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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Producer Matt Alvarez Joins Broad Green

Broad Green Pictures has signed “Straight Outta Compton” producer Matt Alvarez to join its development and production team in an exclusive pact.

Alvarez will serve as an in-house producer for two-year-old Broad Green, which has been seeking to broaden its slate and move into mainstream wide-release projects.

An informed source said Alvarez has resigned from his post at Relativity Studios, where he was named last year as exec VP of production and president its multicultural division, and that Relativity is seeking a replacement.

Straight Outta Compton” has been an outsized hit for Universal with $161 million in U.S. grosses. Alvarez has also produced the “Friday,” “Barbershop,” “Are We There Yet?” and “Ride Along” series, as well as “All About the Benjamins” and “First Sunday.”

“We have long admired Matt’s movies and incredible eye for material, and we are thrilled to partner with him,” said Gabriel Hammond, CEO of Broad Green Pictures,
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Matt Alvarez Resigns From Relativity, Joins Broad Green as In-House Producer

  • The Wrap
Broad Green Pictures announced today that Matt Alvarez, producer of the breakout hit “Straight Outta Compton,” has joined the company’s development and production team in an exclusive pact. In this unique production deal, Alvarez will serve as an in-house producer. As part of his producing history, Alvarez has guided the “Friday,” “Barbershop,” “Are We There Yet?” and “Ride Along” franchises, as well as “All About the Benjamins” and “First Sunday.” Alvarez’s theatrical worldwide box office revenues total more than $1 billion. “We have long admired Matt’s movies and incredible eye for material, and we are thrilled to partner with him,
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Tracy Morgan Joins Ice Cube in Comedy ‘Fist Fight’

Tracy Morgan Joins Ice Cube in Comedy ‘Fist Fight’
Tracy Morgan is returning to acting 14 months after the tragic car accident that left his friend and comedian, James McNair, dead.

Morgan will join Ice Cube and Charlie Day in the comedy “Fist Fight.”

Jillian Bell and “Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris round out the cast for the film, which Richie Keen is directing.

The film follows two teachers (Cube and Day) who work in a broken-down school system and wind up in a fist fight with each other. The script was written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. Morgan will play a coach at the high school.

Shawn Levy is producing with Max Greenfield and John Rickard, while Day is executive producing with Dan Cohen, Marty Ewing and Billy Rosenberg. Production starts this month in Atlanta.

Morgan, who best known for his role on NBC’s “30 Rock,” last appeared on screen opposite Chris Rock in Paramount’s “Top Five.
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Friday Dad Reynaldo Rey Dies at 75

Friday Dad Reynaldo Rey Dies at 75
Reynaldo Rey was born to make people laugh. The veteran entertainer, who spent years opening for Redd Foxx and then became best known for playing the father of one of Ice Cube's bumbling pals in Friday, died Thursday morning, EW.com reports. He was 75. Per TMZ, which was first with the sad news, Rey passed away at a Los Angeles hospital where he was being treated for complications of a stroke he suffered last year. Rey stole his scenes as the nameless dad of DJ Pooh's Red ("Red's father" was the part) in the hit 1995 comedy Friday and he would reunite with Ice Cube later in 2008's First Sunday. The Oklahoma-born comedian's big-screen credits also included White Men...
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Suge Knight & Katt Williams Arrested, Charged with Robbery in Alleged Camera Theft

  • PEOPLE.com
Suge Knight & Katt Williams Arrested, Charged with Robbery in Alleged Camera Theft
Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera last month. Prosecutors say Williams and Knight, who founded Death Row Records, were arrested Wednesday. Knight has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. The men are accused of taking a paparazzo's camera in Beverly Hills on Sept. 5. The incident remains under investigation by Beverly Hills police, who did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. Williams, who was arrested at a Los Angeles-area
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Suge Knight & Katt Williams Arrested, Charged with Robbery

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Suge Knight & Katt Williams Arrested, Charged with Robbery
Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera last month. Prosecutors say Williams and Knight, who founded Death Row Records, were arrested Wednesday. Knight has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. The men are accused of taking a paparazzo's camera in Beverly Hills on Sept. 5. The incident remains under investigation by Beverly Hills police, who did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. Williams, who was arrested at a Los Angeles-area
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Interview: Think Like A Man Too’s Regina Hall & Terrence J

Director Tim Story’s Think Like A Man Too opens in theaters next Friday on June 20. The film is the follow-up to the hit ensemble comedy Think Like A Man, which Story also directed and earned over $96 million at the worldwide box office.

In the sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Screen GemsThink Like A Man Too reunites the original cast, including Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Terrence J and Taraji P. Henson.

As part of a lively roundtable discussion, Wamg sat down with two of the film’s stars, Regina Hall and Terrence J to talk about the sequel.
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'Baggage Claim' Interview with Jenifer Lewis and David E. Talbert | Exclusive

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'Baggage Claim' Interview with Jenifer Lewis and David E. Talbert | Exclusive
While novel adaptations are nothing new in this day and age, it's still rare to find a novelist who has made the transition from author to filmmaker. David E. Talbert (First Sunday) is one of the few exceptions, as he both wrote the screenplay adaptation for his own novel and directed the new comedy Baggage Claim, which was released earlier this month on Blu-ray and DVD. Paula Patton stars as flight attendant Montana Moore, who goes on a whirlwind journey over 30 days to find the perfect fiancee before her younger sister gets married. I recently had the chance to chat with writer-director David E. Talbert and actress Jenifer Lewis, who plays Montana's mother Catherine, about the logistical challenges of the production, how the filmmaker adapted his own work, and what made the actress sign on to join this all-star cast. Take a look at our exclusive interview with Jenifer Lewis
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Lego Movie edifice growing for third week, with Non-Stop static at No 2

Oscars buzz boosts UK box office and whether growling on a plane or voicing an animation, it's Liam Neeson's moment

• Review of The Lego Movie

• Review of Non-Stop

• More on the UK box office

The winner

Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).

Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children.
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Box Office Predictions: 'Jack Ryan', 'Ride Along', 'Devil's Due' and 'Nut Job' Battle Oscar Nominees

I'm a little pressed for time this morning so today's write-up will be a little abbreviated, so let's quickly take a look at the weekend's new releases. Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube is my pick at number one as I'm going with a flat $20 million for the three-day weekend, with First Sunday as my comparison. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit isn't very good, but it's being advertised everywhere and I know more than one person that told me they wanted to see it. $18 million is my number, though I could end up being high. The Nut Job is one of the worst animated films in ages, truly awful, but that won't keep everyone away. I'm giving it $9.6 million based on being a family film alone, those poor kids. Lastly, the unscreened horror, Devil's Due. This is the time of year for horror to scoop up, but Devil's Due is barely on anyone's radar,
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‘Baggage Claim’s’ David E. Talbert Tries on ‘Necklace’ for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)

‘Baggage Claim’s’ David E. Talbert Tries on ‘Necklace’ for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)
Fox Searchlight is trying on “The Necklace,” reteaming with “Baggage Claim” director David Talbert to adapt the 2008 Cheryl Jarvis tome of the same name.

Talbert is not yet on board to direct the project.

The book follows a California woman, Jonell McLain, who bought a diamond necklace with a dozen other women with the goal of sharing it — leading to the jewelry’s transformation from a symbol of exclusivity to one of inclusiveness.

Talbert directed the Paula Patton starrer “Baggage Claim” for Searchlight, which was released Sept. 27 and grossed $11 million in its first week. He also wrote and directed 2008′s “First Sunday” for Sony, has written numerous plays and also produced and starred in reality show “Stage Black” for TV One.

Talbert won the NAACP Trailblazer Award last year for his work “The Fabric of a Man” and a New York Literary Award for his musical “Love in the Nick of Tyme.
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