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Jennifer Garner’s Action-Thriller ‘Peppermint’ Sets September Release

STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment have set a Sept. 7 domestic release date for the Jennifer Garner action-thriller “Peppermint.”

Directed by Pierre Morel (“Taken”) from a script by Chad St. John, Garner portrays a mother who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system shields the murderers from justice, Riley she sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla — eluding the underworld, the Lapd and the FBI — as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.

Peppermint” also stars John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, John Gallagher Jr., Annie Ilonzeh, Pell James and Richard Cabral. Producers are Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Eric Reid and Richard Wright, with Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin serving as executive producers.

STXfilms noted that “Peppermint” is the latest in a series of its female-led releases including the two “Bad Moms” movies, “The Edge of Seventeen,
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Tree-Hugging Gets a New Spin in ‘Staties’

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Staties”Laura Palmer isn’t around, but ABC still seems to be taking a page from the “Twin Peaks” book with its newest pilot order, “Staties.” The project will follow an ousted New York City police officer who becomes the unwilling victim of a transfer after a royal screwup in her home office. The officer finds herself stationed in a quirky, rural town in Oregon, where she’s partnered with an even quirkier state trooper who occasionally questions trees. The project has already started to assemble its cast with Andy Karl, Annie Ilonzeh, Jennifer Aspen, and David Zayas on board to star in the drama. La Padura/Hart/Patterson Casting is looking to add more names to the roster before cameras start rolling. Production on the project
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Pilot Season 2018: One of the Most Diverse Yet?

Inclusivity matters — and this year, the networks are finally stepping up. The current pilot season is shaping up to be one of the most diverse yet. With 54 of the season’s 75 pilots cast so far, people of color have been cast in lead roles in approximately 56% of new projects across all of the networks.

Of ABC’s 22 pilot orders, 16 have cast at least one role — and 8 feature people of color in lead roles. Those include Hannah Simone, who is the lead of the rebooted comedy “Greatest American Hero,” Kylie Bunbury in the network’s reboot of “Get Christie Love,” Roselyn Sanchez in the Eva Longoria-produced drama “Grand Hotel,” and Yvette Nicole Brown in the comedy “Most Likely To.” Romany Malco and Anne Son have been cast in the ensemble drama “A Million Little Things,” Afton Williamson is set to star in “The Rookie,” and Annie Ilonzeh will play one of the leads in “Staties.”

“Having individuals
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Pilot News: Paul Adelstein's NBC Gig, Walking Dead Stars Reunite and More

Pilot News: Paul Adelstein's NBC Gig, Walking Dead Stars Reunite and More
Paul Adelstein (Private Practice) and Sarayu Blue (No Tomorrow) are taking on married life in an untitled NBC comedy pilot produced by Amy Poehler, our sister site Deadline reports.

Inspired by Orli Auslander’s book I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything, the potential series presents a working mother’s (Blue) unfiltered take on the side effects of trying to have it all. Adelstein will play her husband, who was raised as a man’s man but is trying hard to be sensitive.

In other pilot casting news, per Deadline:

* Tyler James Williams (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders) will
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‘Staties’: Jennifer Aspen Cast In ABC Drama Pilot

Jennifer Aspen (Sharp Objects) is set as a series regular opposite Annie Ilonzeh and Andy Karl in ABC's drama pilot Staties, from Matt Partney & Corey Evett, Maniac Productions and ABC Studios. Written by Partney and Evett and directed by Rob Bowman, Staties centers on Eliza Cortez (Ilonzeh), a hard-charging NYPD detective who's banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King (Karl), whose investigative…
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Pilot News: Timothy Hutton to Justice, Reaper Vet's Hospital Drama and More

Pilot News: Timothy Hutton to Justice, Reaper Vet's Hospital Drama and More
Having experienced plenty of American Crime, Timothy Hutton is now turning his attention to the legal system.

The actor will co-star in the CBS drama pilot Main Justice, which is inspired by the life and work of Eric Holder, the first African-American Attorney General of the United States, our sister site Deadline reports.

Hutton will play Deputy Attorney General Thomas Yarrow, who was the interim Attorney General prior to the recently sworn-in Miles Blair (Fargo‘s Bokeem Woodbine). Yarrow — whose ego is only matched by the money he spends on his wardrobe — is immediately critical of Blair’s decisions.

In other pilot casting news,
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‘Staties’: Annie Ilonzeh Cast As Lead Of ABC Drama Pilot

Annie Ilonzeh (Empire) has been cast as the lead in ABC's drama pilot Staties, from Matt Partney & Corey Evett, Maniac Productions and ABC Studios. She joins previously cast male lead Andy Karl and co-star David Zayas. Written by Partney and Evett and directed by Rob Bowman, Staties centers on Eliza Cortez (Ilonzeh), a hard-charging NYPD detective who's banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King
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Jennifer Garner Thriller ‘Peppermint’ Adds Kyla Drew & Annie Ilonzeh

Jennifer Garner Thriller ‘Peppermint’ Adds Kyla Drew & Annie Ilonzeh
Kyla Drew (Prisoners) and Annie Ilonzeh (All Eyez on Me) have been cast in Lakeshore Entertainment/STXfilmsPeppermint, the Jennifer Garner-starring action thriller that recently commenced production. They join previously announced cast members John Ortiz, Richard Cabral, Juan Pablo Raba and John Gallagher Jr. in the Pierre Morel-directed film, written by Chad St. John. Garner stars as Riley North, a young mother who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are…
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Draya Michele on Breaking Into Acting, Reveals If She’ll Return to Reality TV (Exclusive)

Draya Michele on Breaking Into Acting, Reveals If She’ll Return to Reality TV (Exclusive)
Draya Michele is enjoying the “challenge” of building her acting career.

Fans first got to know her on Basketball Wives La, but after quitting the reality show in 2015, Michele has been building a name in the acting world, landing roles in recent releases like Til Death Do Us Part starring Taye Diggs, Annie Ilonzeh, and Being Mary Jane’s Steven Bishop, and True to the Game, whose cast included the late Nelsan Ellis.

“I’m always happy to work with seasoned actors. I need it,” Michele tells Et of sharing the screen with 39-year-old Ellis, who died from heart failure in July. “I’m learning and growing every day, and when you get to work with people that are that good, it's amazing.”

Sharing the screen with Ellis pushed Michele to work harder. “He brought some of my best acting out of me,” she says.

Related: Draya Michele on Leaving 'Basketball Wives': 'I'm Owed an Apology'

But working
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Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o circling Charlie’s Angels reboot

It’s been months since the last update on Elizabeth Banks’ silver screen reboot of Charlie’s Angels, but today Variety has broken the silence and revealed the first bit of potential casting information. According to the outlet, Sony is eyeing Twilight star Kristen Stewart to play a member of the titular crime-fighting private detective trio.

The studio is also interested in a number of other names, including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, whose involvement with the project sounds slightly less concrete than Stewart’s at the time.

Charlie’s Angels began as a series, which ran on ABC for five seasons from 1976 to 1981 and originally starred Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett (Fawcett and Jackson eventually left the cast and were replaced by Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts). Since then, the show has been rebooted a few times, most famously in the early 2000s in the
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Charlie's Angels Reboot Eyes Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong'o

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Charlie's Angels Reboot Eyes Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong'o
With Sony finally moving forward with their Charlie's Angels reboot, after languishing in development for a few years, a new report claims that stars Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong'o are being eyed to play two of the three Angels in this reboot. We reported in May that actress Janelle Monae was at the top of the studio's "wish list" to play one of the Angels, but the actress isn't mentioned in this latest report, so it's possible that she's not in contention for the role anymore. Regardless, with casting starting to heat up, production could begin sooner rather than later.

Variety broke this news today, revealing that the studio is interested in several other "big names" for the reboot, although no specific actors were mentioned. Director Elizabeth Banks came aboard just over two years ago, but our report from May revealed that the script was undergoing a rewrite from Narcos
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New poster and trailer for ‘Til Death Do Us Part

A new poster and trailer has debuted for director Christopher B. Stokes’ upcoming thriller ‘Til Death Do Us Part which stars Taye Diggs, Annie Ilonzeh, Stephen Bishop, Malik Yoba, and Robinne Lee; check them out here…

Michael & Madison Roland, had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, until one day Michael’s controlling ways turned their perfect marriage, into an abusive rollercoaster no woman could survive. With the help of her best friend, Madison decides to get away. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone and learns to love again. All is well, until Michael discovers Madison’s whereabouts, and recreates the nightmare she once lived all over again.

Til Death Do Us Part is set for release on September 29th.
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Review: All Eyez on Me

This is the Pure Movies review for All Eyez On Me, starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Annie Ilonzeh, Lauren Cohan and Jamal Woolard, and directed by Benny Boom. It’s difficult to overstate the cultural impact of Tupac Shakur. Whether it’s inspiring Kung-Fu Kenny to make his 2015 masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly, shedding a global light on the devastating social issues that perpetually haunted him (and are a blight on Western society to this day) or appearing alongside Snoop Dogg as a posthumous hologram at Coachella 2012, ‘Pac is the kind of hip-hop artist that even your gran could name. His legend looms large, lingering so fervently in the pop-cultural consciousness that even the greatest rap-sceptic is at least vaguely aware of his charisma, his social conscience and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. Any biopic is faced with an embarrassment of riches.
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New clips land for Lionsgate’s incoming ‘All Eyez On Me’

Lionsgate have released two new clips from their incoming release, the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me, which debuts in cinemas in the UK later this month.

All Eyez On Me tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.

The feature film is written by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Steve Bagatourian, and is directed by Benny Boom (Next Day Air). All Eyez On Me stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr as Tupac Shakur; Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as Jada Pinkett; Annie Ilonzeh (Empire) as Kidada Jones; Lauren Cohan (The Vampire Diaries) as Leila Steinberg and Jamal Woolard (Notorious) as Biggie Smalls. James G Robinson and David Robinson from Morgan Creek are producing along with Program Pictures’ Lt Hutton.

Check out the new clips below. All Eyez On Me opens across the UK on 30th June 2017.

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Movie Review – All Eyez on Me (2017)

All Eyez on Me, 2017.

Directed by Benny Boom.

Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr, Jamal Woolard, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Jamie Hector, Lauren Cohan, Dominic L. Santana, Grace Gibson, Hill Harper, Annie Ilonzeh, and Harold House Moore.


Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

Brace yourselves, there are going to be a lot of comparisons to the recently released N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, as Tupac Shakur study All Eyez on Me is basically how to not make a movie of this genre. It’s not just underwhelming, the movie is an unmitigated disaster. We’re talking so bad that the much talked about hologram of Tupac will probably gain self-awareness the next time it’s activated to denounce this film as straight garbage.

In the first 10 minutes (this is not a typo, I did not mean 100) All Eyez on Me (directed by music video helmer Benny Boom) the movie jumps through four different time periods including two decades. It’s as if the writers gave Benny a cliff notes version of the story mentioning all of the important details of the controversial ghetto poet’s life, and instead of fleshing anything out to get to the core of a very complicated mind, he constructed individual scenes that say nothing about the real life figure. As Tupac becomes a young adult the time jumps begin to slow down, but sadly the storytelling does not get any better.

Here is the most important and drastic difference between All Eyez on Me and Straight Outta Compton; one of them unflinchingly powers through dark material with raw force using the rappers and their accompanying lyrics to say something socially relevant about the time depicted that still rings true today, generating, even more, interest in the lives and music at hand. The other utterly fails at simply establishing a place or time, and goes through the motions of the highs and lows. Bafflingly, the movie that is over 150 minutes (and even loses no momentum whatsoever even with an extended director’s cut) never loses steam, whereas All Eyez on Me is 140 minutes but seemingly lasts the entire tragically short life of Tupac himself. I rarely, rarely ever do this, but at one point I did check the time; I was 84 minutes into the movie and completely flabbergasted that I wasn’t somewhere near the two-hour mark.

If you don’t know this you have been living under a rock for 20 years, but Tupac encounters quite a few near-death experiences (multiple gunshot wounds) and even dies at the end. Somehow, even the direction in these scenes also manage to carry no weight or emotion; they’re just moments in a vacuum without much context because the movie aimlessly hits each important beat. Friendships and falling outs with other celebrated major players in the rap game contain no substance. However, by far the most unforgettable aspect of the story is that Tupac (who is given a good performance by a freakishly striking resembling Demetrius Shipp Jr.) comes off as a bunch of compartmentalized personality traits. There is no real character here.

Equally ridiculous are a series of flashbacks to Tupac’s penitentiary days where he is interviewed by a character credited as ‘journalist’. The scenes are meant to be the bridge between Tupac’s change in attitude and music after almost being murdered and subsequently jailed on sexual assault charges, but the transformation never really pops off the screen. It’s evident what the script is attempting, but the movie mistakes throwing on music video reenactments and concert scenes as character development. Realistically speaking, it also sanitizes the life of Tupac, afraid to actually deep dive into anything negative regarding the controversial figure. He was very clearly not a saint, but again, the movie isn’t interested in painting the portrait of a complex character.

There is no way around it; All Eyez on Me is absolutely awful. It’s a collection of scenes showing us events without any tissue connecting the narrative. Nothing here is engaging, which is a shame because it’s very clear that Demetrius is giving it his all. Nevertheless, the movie is so bad that it Tupac really did fake his death (I would have actually preferred the movie acknowledging this theory just so I could get some damn entertainment from the 140 minutes), there is no doubt that he will be on MTV tomorrow trashing it. Straight Outta Compton greatly made me appreciate N.W.A. more, whereas this movie just ran through a laundry list of things I and everyone else already knew about Tupac, along with a few fun trivia facts. All of the actors involved give serviceable performance, but putting it bluntly, there is no saving this material.

Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ ★ / Movie: ★

Robert Kojder – Chief Film Critic of Flickering Myth. Check here for new reviews weekly, friend me on Facebook, follow my Twitter or Letterboxd, or email me at
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Second Opinion – All Eyez On Me (2017)

All Eyez On Me, 2017.

Directed by Benny Boom

Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Dominic L. Santana, Jamal Woolard and Annie Ilonzeh


A biopic on the life and career of the late American rapper and cultural icon Tupac Shakur.

It’s been nearly 21 years since Tupac Shakur died in hospital from injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. The speculation and conspiracy theories that continue to surround his death are indicative of his persona – daring, outspoken and divisive – and the impact he made on contemporary music.

Following in the footsteps of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, All Eyez On Me is an ambitious portrait of Tupac the man and 2Pac the artist. There’s certainly a lot to pack in – the Shakur family’s Black Panther activism, childhood moves from New York to Baltimore and then finally to California’s Bay Area, early record deal, friendship and subsequent rivalry with Biggie,
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Meet The Women In Tupac Shakur's Life As Represented in 'All Eyez On Me'

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Annie Ilonzeh and Kat Graham play two of the three most important women in Tupac Shakur's life in the biopic All Eyez On Me. Ilonzeh plays the rapper's fiance and Quincy Jones' daughter Kadida Jones while Kat Graham portrays Jada Pinkett, Shakur's close friend. The actress describe what went into researching the women in his life, and how his mother had the greatest influence over him artistically.

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Tupac Biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’ Premieres in Westwood

Tupac Biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’ Premieres in Westwood
It took an entire decade, filled with no shortage of controversy, but director Benny Boom’s Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” finally unspooled for a crowd that included cast, crew, and a number of Tupac contemporaries Wednesday night at Westwood Theaters in Los Angeles.

After a packed and chaotic red carpet scramble – attendees included former Shakur collaborators Shock G, DJ Quik and key mentor Leila Steinberg; hip-hop luminaries Kendrick Lamar, Russell Simmons, 2 Chainz, Big Boi, Big Boy, the Lady of Rage, E-40 and Mc Hammer; and sports figures like boxer Floyd Mayweather and NFL star-turned-actor Nnamdi Asomugha — the film began well over an hour late. But for producer L.T. Hutton, a former Death Row Records exec who has been with the project since the beginning, a little start delay wasn’t going to keep him from enjoying the moment. “This took ten years of my life to make this movie,
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Release Dates Set for Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” and Michelle MacLaren’s “The Nightingale”

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Two upcoming women-directed projects have received release dates. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle MacLaren’s “The Nightingale” will hit theaters in summer 2018 and the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot from Elizabeth Banks will open in summer 2019.

MacLaren’s feature directorial debut, “The Nightingale,” is based on the book by Kristin Hannah. The drama centers on two sisters growing up in German-occupied France in the years leading up to World War II. Written by MacLaren and John Sayles (“The Spiderwick Chronicles”), the film will hit screens August 10, 2018.

MacLaren has previously directed episodes of series like “The Leftovers,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Game of Thrones.” She has won two Emmys for her work on “Breaking Bad.” MacLaren was originally set to direct the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie starring Gal Godot before Patty Jenkins took over.

The Babadook” writer-director Jennifer Kent is also making a movie titled “The Nightingale.” That project is currently filming and centers on a convict seeking revenge against a soldier who wronged her family.

Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” is an update of the TV and film-mainstay about three private detectives hired by an enigmatic millionaire, Charlie, only ever heard through the telephone. The original, a 1976 TV show starring Jacklyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett, was previously remade into an early-aughts action film franchise (starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu) and a short-lived 2011 ABC series (starring Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor). The new “Charlie’s Angels” will be released June 7, 2019.

Banks made her directorial debut with 2015’s “Pitch Perfect 2,” in which she also starred. The comedy sequel about a misfit college a cappella team earned more than $287 million worldwide. Banks has a number of projects in the works including adapting Lindy West’s feminist memoir “Shrill” for TV, serving as producer on “White Girl Problems,” a book adaptation helmed by Lauren Palmigiano, and producing and starring in “Pitch Perfect 3.” The franchise’s next film hits theaters December 22.

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Janelle Monae to Lead Charlie's Angels Reboot in 2019?

Janelle Monae to Lead Charlie's Angels Reboot in 2019?
Nearly two years after Elizabeth Banks was first sought to direct Sony's Charlie's Angels remake, the project is finally moving forward with new writers. The studio has brought on Narcos creators Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro to rewrite the script, which was first worked on by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast). While no cast members are in place yet, this report claims that Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) is at the top of the studio's "wish list" for one of the Angels.

The Tracking Board reports that Sony wants at least one of the Angels to be black, and while Janelle Monae is at the top of the studio's list, casting hasn't even started yet since the script isn't finished. This report also claims that Sony will hand out a "prime 2019 release date" very soon for Charlie's Angels, although there is no indication as to what this date may be.
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