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Every other year there's usually one big Hollywood musical that hits the big screen. This year we've got Les Miserables coming in December (it's on our list of 20 films you can still look forward to in 2012), and now another one is going into development. Variety has word that we'll be getting a rare gospel musical in the form of Black Nativity, adapting Langston Hughes' Broadway musical of the same name which first arrived in 1961.In addition, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, who both shared the stage on Broadway in The Mountaintop, will sing on the big screen in the musical adaptation with Jennifer Hudson. Read on! Kasi Lemmons, who directed Talk to Me (a sorely underrated film starring Don Cheadle) and The Caveman's Valentine (which starred Jackson). The story follows a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his single mother to Harlem to spend Christmas »
- Ethan Anderton
Christmas movies, don’t you just love ‘em? Last year we got the child-friendly “Arthur Christmas” and the not so child-friendly “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” but it looks like we should expect to see something very earnest at one of the next few Christmases. Fox Searchlight are prepping “Black Nativity,” a film based on Langston Hughes’ gospel musical, which first played on Broadway back in 1961. According to Variety, the story follows “a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his single mother to Harlem to spend Christmas with the grandparents he’s never met. Through his grandfather’s Christmas Eve sermon and a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story, he learns the importance of faith and family.” Now who’s best to deliver a powerful and inspirational religious sermon? How about that chap who recited Ezekiel 25:17 in “Pulp Fiction”? Yes, »
- Joe Cunningham
First Christmas: A trio of stars could propel Black Nativity into an awards contender. Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett are in negotiations to star, and Jennifer Hudson is in talks to join them. Based on a 1961 play by Langston Hughes, the gospel musical depicts the Nativity story in an extended dream sequence, as recounted to a young teen in modern-day Harlem; Kasi Lemmons, who directed Jackson in Eve’s Bayou and The Caveman’s Valentine (above), is set to write the screenplay and direct. [Showblitz] Bayou Killer: In a similar, if more genre-oriented vein, the cast for indie drama Motel, now in production, certainly sounds intriguing, led by John Cusack as a hit man and Robert De Niro as a crime boss who hires him. Now the always unpredictable Crispin Glover has...
- Peter Martin
Ever-busy, fan-fave, Samuel L. Jackson made his Broadway debut last year when he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop, opposite fellow Oscar-nominee Angela Bassett (last seen in This Means War). The pair has entered talks to reunite for Black Nativity, Kasi Lemmons’ adaptation of the celebrated stage musical written by iconic African-American poet/playwright/novelist/activist Langston Hughes.
Black Nativity would mark the third collaboration between Jackson and Lemmons, following the well-received Eve’s Bayou and the (not-so) well-received Caveman’s Valentine. New reports also reveal that Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) is likewise circling the project.
Hughes’ original Black Nativity musical premiered on Broadway in December 1961; performances have since become an annual tradition across the U.S. Here’s how Variety describes the show:
Story follows a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his ...
- Sandy Schaefer
I don’t care if many of his movies are terrible: Samuel L. Jackson equals instant (if, admittedly, often mild) interest. But when you throw a respected, credible name such as Langston Hughes into the mix, I think we’ve got something cooking.
According to Variety, the perpetually-working thespian will team with Angela Bassett — with whom he co-starred in the Broadway production The Mountain — and Jennifer Hudson on Black Nativity, an adaptation of the aforementioned author’s gospel-infused musical; Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, the Jackson-led Eve’s Bayou) has written and will direct the film.
Nativity centers on a young boy whose mother ships him off to Harlem for the Christmas season, spending the holiday with his grandparents, Rev. Clarence (Jackson) and Aretha Cobbs (Bassett). His lack of experience with them notwithstanding, the grandfather’s speech and “a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story” – Jackson is being »
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The Hour of the Lynx
Original Danish "The Killing" star Sofie Grabol has joined the cast of Søren Kragh-Jacobsen's $3.7 million psychological thriller "The Hour of the Lynx" from "Submarino" scribe Tobias Lindholm. Shooting kicks off late September.
Swedish author Per Olov Enquist penned the original story in which Grabol plays a vicar at a locked institution, helping violent, traumatised inmates by giving them the responsibility for pet animals. [Source: Screen Daily]
Crispin Glover and Martin Klebba ("Project X") have joined the cast of David Grovic's thriller "Motel" at Red Granite International. John Cusack plays a hitman hired by a famous mob boss (Robert De Niro).
The killer has to fight his way through a cadre of other dangerous people who were also hired by the mobster to convene at a shady motel, and then teams up with a woman to plan his escape. [Source: Heat Vision]
Sharon Stone has joined the »
- Garth Franklin
Samuel L Jackson has entered talks for Black Nativity. Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson are also in negotiations to star in the gospel musical, reports Variety. Director Kasi Lemmons has been working on the adaptation of Langston Hughes's 1961 Broadway production, which centres around a black teenager from Baltimore who is sent by his mother to stay with his grandparents in Harlem, having never met them before. The boy experiences stylised dream (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson are in negotiations for Black Nativity, the Kasi Lemons-directed-and-scripted film based on Langston Hughes' gospel musical, reports Variety. The musical first performed on Broadway in 1961 and tells of a young black Baltimore teenager who's sent to Harlem by his single mom in order to spend time during Christmas with his grandparents, who he's never met. He's set for a lesson on the importance of family when listening via his grandfather's Christmas Eve sermon, and a retelling of the Nativity story. The star of Black Nativity still has to be cast, but apparently Bassett and Jackson would be the grandparents called Aretha and Rev. Clarence Cobbs. Hudson's negotiation for the deal of the mother role. »
Writer/director Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me) is developing a feature adaptation of the Broadway musical Black Nativity at Fox Searchlight. If all goes according to plan, Lemmons will do so with a trio of Oscar-nominated talents. Variety reports Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson are in talks to join the project. The gospel musical follows a young black teen who spends Christmas with the grandparents he's never met: "Through his grandfather's Christmas Eve sermon and a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story, he learns about the importance of faith and family." Jackson and Bassett would play the grandparents, and Variety suggests Jackson will "likely play multiple characters during the Nativity sequence." Hudson is making a deal for the role of the single mother who sends the boy to the grandparents. Hit the jump for a clip from a recent performance of the Langston Hughes musical. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett are in negotiations to reunite for Fox Seachlight's Black Nativity, based on Langston Hughes' Broadway gospel musical. Jennifer Hudson is also in negotiations to join Jackson and Bassett, who were last seen in the Katori Hall/Kenny Leon acclaimed broadway production The Mountaintop. If you recall, Black Nativity, written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, has been in the works and in limbo since 2009. The story centers on a young black teen from Baltimore, who is sent to Harlem by his mother to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. The boy then learns the real meaning of faith and family when his grandfather delivers a »
- Vanessa Martinez
We admit it: when we heard that Samuel L Jackson was in negotiations to take one of the prime roles in Kasi Lemmons’ Black Nativity, visions danced in our heads of him playing the Angel Gabriel as a cross between heavenly host and Jules from Pulp Fiction. Alas, that’s probably not what he’ll be up to, but he will be sharing the screen with Angela Bassett and, assuming she makes a deal, Jennifer Hudson.Lemmons has been adapting the script from Langston Hughes’ 1961 gospel Broadway musical, which follows a black teenager from Baltimore dispatched by his single mum to stay with the grandparents he’s never met in Harlem. A troubled type, he learns the importance of faith, family, and quite possibly funk, thanks to his grandfather’s Christmas Eve sermon and stylized, dream-sequence re-tellings of the classic nativity story.Jackson is on to play Reverend Clarence Cobbs, »
Actress turned filmmaker Kasi Lemmons ("The Caveman's Valentine," "Eve's Bayou") will adapt and direct a film version of Zadie Smith's Booker Prize-nominated novel "On Beauty" for Carol Polakoff Productions, Ruby Films and Film4 reports Deadline.
Lemmons, whom many will remember playing Clarice Starling’s FBI classmate in "The Silence of the Lambs", is also developing a film version of Langston Hughes’s gospel song play "Black Nativity" at Fox Searchlight. »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Eve’s Bayou helmer Kasi Lemmons has been set to adapt and direct On Beauty, based on the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Zadie Smith. The film will be developed as a coproduction between Carol Polakoff Productions, Ruby Films and Film4. The book is an academic comedy of manners, focusing on the story of two families with different but increasingly intertwined lives, race and sexual politics. It’s been called a modern day Howards End, which was an inspiration for the author. Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits of Ruby Films are producing with Carol Polakoff. Lemmons, who started as an actress (she played Clarice Starling’s classmate at the FBI Academy in The Silence of the Lambs) and has also directed Talk To Me with Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejoifor, and The Caveman’s Valentine with Samuel L. Jackson. She’s developing at Fox Searchlight an adapatation of Langston Hughes »
- MIKE FLEMING
13 items from 2012
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