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Meagan Good has been working in the entertainment industry for well over twenty years. She first burst onto the scene as the troubled and secretive tween, Cicely Batiste in Kasi Lemmons’ 1960’s era “Eve’s Bayou” alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Lynn Whitfield. Since then, Good has been on numerous television shows, and starred in a plethora of films including “Think Like A Man” and “Anchorman 2.” Good’s career has certainly been taken to new heights in the past few years. In 2013, she snagged a starring role on the NBC drama “Deception”. And currently, she leads the new Fox sci-fi drama “Minority Report” as police detective Lara Vega, showing audiences just how badass she can be as an »
- Aramide A Tinubu
Will Packer is known for producing movies featuring African American characters, including the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises. Eva Longoria is producing two series with Latino protagonists, Devious Maids and NBC’s upcoming Hot & Bothered, in which she stars. Now Packer and Longoria have teamed for Bonita & Mechelle, a multi-camera comedy for NBC, which centers on two women, one Hispanic and one African American. The women find themselves living together… »
Just how does Taraji P. Henson feel about the opportunity to play "Empire's" unfiltered, no-nonsense, survive-at-all-costs and oh-so-quotable character Cookie Lyon? Her answer's as direct as the role: "I'm having the time of my life!"
Henson's "Empire" success is the current culmination of a much-admired 15-year career in Hollywood that's included a breakout turn in "Hustle & Flow," an Oscar nomination for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," top-grossing comedies like "Think Like a Man," and a TV hit with "Person of Interest."
But very little comes close to the chord she touched with her portrayal of Cookie, who launched the Lyon brood's hip-hop dynasty and paid a hefty price with nearly two decades in jail, only to return with a vengeance as the scheming and sublimely attired family matriarch, becoming 2015's most buzzed-about new TV character in the space of 12 episodes. "I would say that probably 80 percent is Cookie and maybe 20 percent is Taraji, »
- Scott Huver
September 21 is a date that has long been on the calendar for fans of Fox’s live-action Gotham series, but with little under a week to go until its premiere, the network is beginning to stoke the embers of excitement for Minority Report. Acting as a sequel show to Steven Spielberg’s original futuristic sci-fi, the series is penning a whole new chapter in the lore, and today’s new clip hints at the overarching, crime-ridden plot along with the crucial bond tying Dash (Stark Sands) and his twin brother Arthur (Nick Zano) together.
As two of the core trifecta, Minority Report will also feature another Precog from the Spielberg era in Agatha (Laura Regan), who appears to be dancing to a tune of her own in the footage above. Existing in a world where the government has dreamed up a new method to apprehend criminals, the Precogs are no »
- Michael Briers
The fall box office season wasn't supposed to kick into gear until next week. No one expected much from either "The Visit" or "The Perfect Guy," two low-budget films with little or no star power that opened this weekend. Maybe both films would open around $17 or $18 million, with a slight edge going to M. Night Shyamalan's horror movie "The Visit" because it was opening on 850 more screens than its rival.
Instead, both movies opened big -- about $10 million above expectations. And romance/thriller "The Perfect Guy" edged out "The Visit" by about $1 million, with estimates placing its debut at $26.7 million to "The Visit's" $25.7 million. After several weeks of dog-days doldrums at the box office, we finally have a real surge in sales at the multiplex.
What happened? How were the pundits all caught off guard? Here are some possible answers.
African-American Audiences Are Underserved
This should be obvious, »
- Gary Susman
"The Perfect Guy" is the end-of-summer, edge-of-your-seat thriller that had grown men in the theater screaming and cowering in their seats. Starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Morris Chesnut, the all-star cast didn't save the "drama for yo mama" -- they brought it to the screen!
We've all heard stories about bad break-ups, but damn. This movie takes it to the next two levels. Lathan, not new to the game, who's starred in "Love & Basketball" and "The Best Man," plays a nice, sweet, highly successful working woman who breaks up with her live-in boyfriend and starts dating a new guy, which turns out to be a big mistake. The new guy turns out to be a violent, psycho stalker who makes her life a living hell once she decides to dump him and get back with her ex.
- Wendell Escott
The Perfect Guy‘s marketing campaign doesn’t do the self-consciously campy stalker-thriller (a less over-the-top but still ideal double billing with last January’s The Boy Next Door) any favors – its tagline, “Trust One, Fear the Other,” promises a tastelessly regressive sort of love triangle in which two possessive men clash violently over the affections of a lady love. That’s not the kind of film, in a year that’s already delivered some of the decade’s most indelible female characters (in fare as diverse yet mainstream as Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spy and Inside Out), many critics are chomping at the bit to sample.
Luckily, this is one of those rare Hollywood productions with surprises in store, most notably lead actress Sanaa Lathan, who takes a simple harangued-heroine part and draws out of it enough charisma and complexity to elevate the entire movie above the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Despite getting to say Steven Spielberg a lot, Fox’s Minority Report has its work cut out for it as a concept. Though the film was something of a success, and met with critical approval, even it struggled to work the Philip K. Dick short story into an expanded narrative.
Such is Dick’s genius really. Though not all his stories are brilliant, he was at least smart enough to know that some concepts work best if you just get in and get out. Part of the sci-fi genre’s ability is to let the reader/audience chew on an idea on their own.
Now we have to translate that into something that’s going to keep coming back every week?
That’s only going to work if you can offer up a character audiences will love, and run through the series establishment so fast it almost doesn’t seem to be happening. »
- Marc Eastman
David M. Rosenthal directed the sexy psycho-thriller penned by Tyger Williams, the scribe behind “Menace II Society.” Although “The Perfect Guy” features three African American leads, Rosenthal said that he identified the cast as professionally-trained actors first.
“I don’t think any of us thought about race when we did this,” Rosenthal told Variety. “I think we were just making a movie and it was just about people in a place and relationships. It was refreshing to not put it in that context and not put a label on it. The studios wanted to do that and the actors wanted to do that, and ultimately, it sells.”
The film follows a woman (Lathan) who is stalked by an ex-boyfriend (Ealy), while »
- Mannie Holmes
15 years ago today, the Toros stepped out onto the football field and put some serious cheer back into the atmosphere. To steal a phrase from the film: Bring It On's the poo - so take a big whiff.
A Hollywood star from the age of 12 thanks to her breakthrough role in Interview with the Vampire, Dunst's star was burning brightly when she led the Toros as Torrance Shipman. Two years later, she went on to land her biggest role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's three Spider-man films.
In recent years, she's reinvented herself as a critical darling, winning Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Melancholia, »
Fox’s small screen slate is getting a dose of futuristic sci-fi this fall in the shape of its Minority Report reboot. The sequel series is set ten years after the events of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie when PreCrime is obsolete. It imagines a world where exhausted cops long for the days when three psychics in a water tank told them who to arrest. A decade later, those subaquatic Precogs no longer serve the police. Instead, law enforcement now relies on different technology to apprehend criminals.
Spielberg’s three Precogs are still involved in the series, however, living out their days in a witness protection-type deal. Dash (Stark Sands) continues to suffer from visions; his twin brother Arthur (Nick Zano) is elsewhere; and Agatha (Laura Regan) appears to have her own secretive agenda. Enter Meagan Good’s cop Lara Vega, who crosses paths with Dash and the pair team up to combat crime. »
- Gem Seddon
With the series premiere of Fox's Minority Report just over one month away, the network has released a new first look preview for this highly-anticipated sci-fi TV series. Stars Meagan Good (Det. Lara Vega), Stark Sands (Dash) and Wilmer Valderrama (Det. Will Blake) give us some insight into their characters. We also hear from executive producers Max Borenstein, Kevin Falls and Mark Mylod, with the producers explaining that the TV sequel takes place 10 years after Steven Spielberg's Minority Report movie.
Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals...before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, »
Ice Cube (22 Jump Street) and Kevin Hart (Get Hard) will be reteaming and reprising their roles as James Peyton and Ben Barber, respectively. The first official poster for the film was just released a few days ago as well.
The first Ride Along may not have impressed critics, but it raked in an extremely large amount of money at the box office. On a relatively small $25 million budget, the film made close to $154 million worldwide.
Ride Along 2 is set for release on January 15th in the States and January 22nd in the UK, with a cast that also includes Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong and Olivia Munn. Tim Story, who also worked with Hart on Ride Along, Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, is returning to direct. »
- Justin Cook
Exclusive: James F. Lopez is leaving his senior vice president post at Screen Gems to become Head of Motion Pictures for Will Packer Productions. He will steer development and oversee production on films Packer produces through his first look deal with Universal Pictures. At Screen Gems, Lopez worked on the Packer-produced films for Clint Culpepper’s Sony-based genre label that included Think Like A Man and its sequel, About Last Night, The Wedding Ringer and the upcoming… »
See Also: Watch the first trailer for the Minority Report TV series
Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen.
Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals…before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs – “precognitives” Dash, Arthur and Agatha – who were able to see the future. Now, in 2065, crime-solving is different, »
- Gary Collinson
Class clowns can have potential but giggles don’t get passing grades. This is certainly the case with NBC’s chuckle-worthy but rudderless new sitcom “Mr. Robinson,” which debuts Wednesday. Comedian Craig Robinson (“The Office” and “Hot Tub Time Machine”) stars as a night-club performer who teaches a music class at his alma mater by day for extra money. He also hopes to rekindle a romance with the school’s pretty English teacher Victoria (Meagan Good, “Think Like a Man”) — the one who got away. Laughs abound when Robinson, who as in real life is in a band called Nasty Delicious, »
- Mekeisha Madden Toby
Mr. Robinson isn’t a show for everyone, which is largely a function of the fact that Welcome Back, Kotter wasn’t for everyone, and owed a lot of the success it had to limited alternatives.
Don’t get me wrong, Welcome Back, Kotter was not only a great show, but it managed a surprising amount of influence on the landscape of television for decades… it just wasn’t for everyone.
Mr. Robinson stars Craig Robinson as a part-time substitute/part-time singer who runs into an old flame and hopes to rekindle things. When he learns that she now teaches at their old High School, he takes the first chance he gets to substitute there.
Mr. Robinson is laid-back almost to a fault… well, probably to a fault. He quickly hints that he wasn’t very serious about school, and hasn’t been very serious about anything since, but he »
- Marc Eastman
After landing his first two TV series — comedies People Are Talking on NBC and Uncle Buck on ABC — Ride Along and Think Like A Man producer Will Packer is jumping back into development. Looking to expand his brand into drama, the first TV sale for his Will Packer Prods. this season is hourlong project Buckhead, which has been set up at NBC through Universal TV where Packer recently re-upped his overall deal through 2017. Written and executive produced by David McMillan, Bu… »
La La Anthony has joined Spike Lee’s Amazon Studios film Chiraq. Anthony will play Hecuba, a very strong, fiesty, outspoken woman who is part of a female crew/gang. Set against the violence in inner city Chicago, Chiraq touts a top-billed cast that includes Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Anthony is a series regular on A&E’s Unforgettable and starred in the Think Like A Man franchise. She is repped by UTA and… »
Producer Will Packer has renewed his deal with Universal Television and will remain at the studio through 2017. Packer, known for producing films such as “Think Like a Man” and “The Wedding Ringer,” has produced through his Will Packer Production two broadcast comedies set for this Fall — NBC’s “People Are Talking” and ABC’s “Uncle Buck.” Packer is also producing A+E Networks’ upcoming revival of the miniseries “Roots.” “Will Packer is energetic, passionate, creative and wants to win,” said Universal Television president Bela Bajaria. “He is a collaborative partner, a hands-on producer and is absolutely the best dressed!” Also Read: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Sitcom 'People. »
- Daniel Holloway
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