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From her Broadway turn in Dreamgirls and starring roles in films like Waiting to Exhale and Jumping the Broom to TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Loretta Devine has the thespian trifecta when it comes to a diversified resumé. The delightfully humble Devine returns to TV in comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s new multicam sitcom The Carmichael Show (beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 9pm on NBC). The laugh-out-loud series is a modern-day All in the Family of sorts that follows the Carmichael family’s zany dynamics. Carmichael plays Jerrod, who’s hiding from his contrarian father (David Alan Grier) and Bible-obsessed mother (Devine) that his girlfriend Maxine … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
Im Global and producers Robert Teitel, Tika Sumpter and Richard Tanne announced that they have cast Parker Sawyers as the young Barack Obama in Southside with You. The romantic dramedy was inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date. Parker Sawyers joins Tika Sumpter who will play Michelle.
The film covers the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening, that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Parker Sawyers, an American actor based in the UK, recently completed Oliver Stone's Snowden with Joseph Gordon Levitt and is about to shoot a supporting role in the feature The Autopsy of Jane Doe, opposite Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. »
The Boys in the Choir: Polk’s Antiquated Rendition of the Rural Gay Narrative
The blatant underrepresentation of black gay characters in film, whatever letter they’re placed into on the inclusive Lgbt spectrum, is simply not reason enough to appreciate the elemental contrivances of Patrik-Ian Polk’s Blackbird, an independent film rife with cliché in its euphemistic depiction of the rural queer experience that does little to elevate the film’s archaic nature.
The title has been inadvertently thrown into a higher caliber pop culture zeitgeist thanks to its distinction as Mo’Nique’s first post-Oscar role since her 2009 win for Best Supporting Actress in Precious. The significant media coverage concerning potential fallout between herself and director Lee Daniels should enhance the film’s shelf-life beyond the trappings of a niche market. Produced by the actress and her agent/husband Sidney Hicks, the project feels very much like the »
- Nicholas Bell
Umc – Urban Movie Channel, an Rlj Entertainment brand, created by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (Bet), will open Patrik-Ian Polk's coming-of-age drama "Blackbird," in U.S. theaters, starting this Friday, April 24, 2015. The film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Larry Duplechan, stars Academy Award winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique, Isaiah Washington, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods, Gary L. Gray, Torrey Laamar, Kevin Allesee, Nikki Jane, and introduces breakthrough talent Julian Walker. With past films like "The Skinny" and "Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom," »
- Jai Tiggett
Glendon Palmer has joined Im Global as the leading producer/financier and international sales agency's senior vice-president of development and production. In his new position, the former development and production executive at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, as well as an executive at Robert Johnson’s and Tracey Edmonds’ Our Stories Films production company - who also produced 2011's "Jumping The Broom" - will immediately begin overseeing production of the previously-announced rom-com, "Southside With You," which is a fictional account of President Obama and the First Lady’s first date, during which the pair attended a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Veteran executive and producer Glendon Palmer has joined Im Global as senior vice president of development & production. Palmer will report to Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and president of production Matt Jackson. Prior to Im Global, Palmer produced the 2011 Sony Pictures pic Jumping the Broom ($37.7M domestic box office). The first project that Palmer is developing at Im Global is Southside With You, which was inspired by the first 1989 date of lawyer Michelle… »
The veteran executive and producer arrives as senior vice-president of development and production and will immediately shepherd a rom-com about President Obama and the First Lady’s first date.
Southside With You is inspired by the first date in 1989 between law associate Barack Obama and a lawyer called Michelle Robinson as they go from the Art Institute Of Chicago to a screening of Do The Right Thing to a first kiss outside an ice cream parlour over the course of one summer night.
Tika Sumpter will star as the future First Lady and casting is underway for the role of the future President. Richard Tanne is scheduled to make his directorial debut in Chicago in August based on his screenplay.
Palmer will report to Ford and Jackson. He is a former »
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8 items from 2015
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