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Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment and Codeblack Films are partnering to co-produce and co-finance a slate of films, starting with an adaptation of La La Anthony’s “The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness.”
“The Love Playbook” was published in 2014 and became a New York Times bestseller. Anthony channeled her life and love lessons into a personal playbook, offering no-nonsense advice on dating, love and marriage — advising women on how to take control of their relationships, rise above adversity and live their lives by their rules.
Anthony will also executive produce for the project through her Lala Land company.
Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate, »
- Dave McNary
Marvin Peart, co-founder of Marro Media Co., is executive producer of the 2013 Weinstein Co. release “Escape from Planet Earth” and TV shows including “Mob Wives.” In a guest column for Variety, he calls for people of color in the entertainment business to join forces to create their own content and studios.
A color-free Academy Awards is indeed a strange anomaly, in an America more enriched every day by its people of color. But the problem is one that those less experienced in the art of filmmaking — and the art of the film business — might not recognize.
So I think we should put a magnifying glass on the larger problem — the offices of the studios where projects and budgets are approved.
Minority performers are being watched closely by fellow African-Americans and other communities of color for two reasons: first, they’re in a business they want to join; and second, they most resemble them physically. »
- Variety Staff
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