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Jaden Smith To Star In Slavery Drama 'The Good Lord Bird'

16 April 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, let's say you've optioned the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-winning novel "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Now you're on the tough path of development, hoping to find somebody to finance, produce and distribute the slavery-era drama, and you want to put together an attractive package to lure deep pocket investors. And now, let's pretend you cast Jaden Smith. Curiously, it's McBride himself who is producing the film (he's also the screenwriter of "Miracle At St. Anna" and "Red Hook Summer," Fyi) so we'll give him the benefit here of seeing something in Smith that we clearly, do not. Liev Schreiber is also on board for this tale of a young slave and an abolitionist who team up and travel the country, trying to survive. Here's the Amazon synopsis:  Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Liev Schreiber And Jaden Smith Will Topline Slavery Pic The Good Lord Bird

16 April 2014 5:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The darkest chapter in American history has always been ripe for the Hollywood treatment, but after Steve McQueen’s searing 12 Years A Slave took Best Picture at the Oscars earlier this year, it seems clearer than ever that there’s still a large appetite for movies about slavery. Luckily, the next star-studded movie about the subject won’t be quite as painful to watch as 12 Years A Slave. Deadline is reporting that Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith have signed on to star in an adaptation of James McBride’s satirical slavery novel The Good Lord Bird.

McBride’s novel, which won him the 2013 National Book Award, centers on a cross-dressing slave named Little Onion (Smith), a young boy mistaken for a girl when rescued from his master by famed abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber). Together, they set out on a journey across the country, encountering individuals like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith join slavery film The Good Lord Bird

16 April 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Jaden Smith received a lot of criticism for his performance in last year's bomb After Earth, but maybe the young actor will fair a little better in his newest project. Deadline is reporting Smith will star in The Good Lord Bird with Liev Schreiber. The film is an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winning James McBride novel of the same name, and McBride will produce the movie as well. James McBride also wrote the books The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna, and »

- Jesse Giroux

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Jaden Smith and Liev Schrieber Team for 'The Good Lord Bird'

15 April 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber have signed on to star in the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird, an adaptation of James McBride's book of the same name.

The story centers on a young slave named Henry "Onion" Shackleford (Jaden Smith), who skips town with abolitionist John Brown (Liev Schreiber). Onion travels the nation with Brown, who believes the slave is actually a girl, and his crew of freedom fighters, meeting historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas on the way to the brutal Harper's Ferry raid that helped set the stage for the Civil War. The book was published last year and was a New York Times Best-Seller, en route to winning a National Book Award. The story is told from a satirical point of view, drawing comparison's to Mark Twain's classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Author James McBride, whose book Miracle at St. Anna »

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Jaden Smith & Liev Schreiber Set To Star In Adaptation Of James McBride's Slavery Era Novel 'Good Lord Bird'

15 April 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In November, when it was announced that the slavery-era novel won the prestigious National Book Award For Fiction last year, I joked that, given the then interest in slave-themed films and TV series on both the big and small screens, this had a very good chance of being adapted to film as well.  But I was only teasing, as I said. I never really expected it to actually become a reality. Well, it is. On Wednesday night in November 2013, author and screenwriter James McBride (Red Hook SummerMiracle at St. Anna) was declared fiction category winner at the 2013 National Book Awards ceremony in New York, for his novel The Good Lord Bird - the memoir of a »

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The Rock Has His Own HBO Show -- Miami Comedy 'Ballers'

14 February 2014 6:46 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO has given a series greenlight to "Ballers," a half-hour comedy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, reports Deadline. The series, which was ordered to pilot back in May of last year, will be the actor's first lead role in a scripted series (or not, depending on how you want to categorize professional wrestling). "Ballers," which was written by Stephen Levinson ("Entourage"), is set in Miami and is about a group of current and former football players. Johnson is playing retired athlete Spencer Strasmore. Omar Benson Miller ("Miracle at St. Anna") is Charles, a former pro athlete looking for what's next, and John David Washington (son of Denzel) is Ricky, a competitive, spiritual pro. Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Donovan Carter, Jazmyn Simon, Taylor Cole and LeToya Luckett also star. "Ballers" is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, who starred with Johnson in "Pain & Gain" and who currently produces "Boardwalk Empire" for HBO. »

- Alison Willmore

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The Rock Has His Own HBO Show -- Miami Comedy 'Ballers'

14 February 2014 6:46 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO has given a series greenlight to "Ballers," a half-hour comedy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, reports Deadline. The series, which was ordered to pilot back in May of last year, will be the actor's first lead role in a scripted series (or not, depending on how you want to categorize professional wrestling). "Ballers," which was written by Stephen Levinson ("Entourage"), is set in Miami and is about a group of current and former football players. Johnson is playing retired athlete Spencer Strasmore. Omar Benson Miller ("Miracle at St. Anna") is Charles, a former pro athlete looking for what's next, and John David Washington (son of Denzel) is Ricky, a competitive, spiritual pro. Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Donovan Carter, Jazmyn Simon, Taylor Cole and LeToya Luckett also star. "Ballers" is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, who starred with Johnson in "Pain & Gain" and who currently produces "Boardwalk Empire" for HBO. »

- Alison Willmore

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RoboCop review: I will notify a cinema crisis center

10 February 2014 11:46 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

No black humor. No satire. No point. But hey, check out the 1987 catchphrases dropped in at random! I’m “biast” (pro): love the original…

I’m “biast” (con): …but saw little point in remaking it

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I was not feeling optimistic about any reboot or remake of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, which is still brutally relevant 27 years on. Could anyone find a good reason to update this flick when the original still has the power to shock us today? And then this new RoboCop opens in “sunny Tehran,” where “random patrols” by Ed-209s, unmanned walking tactical tanks, and Em-208s, android soldiers, keep the peace as part of the U.S.’s “Operation Freedom Tehran,” which makes the good people of the city feel safe and secure, we’re informed by a blowhard conservative TV host gleefully sharing this »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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