The Homesteader

The Homesteader

Details:
Year of Release:  1919
Genre:  Drama
Rating: N/A
Runtime:  Unknown
Silent
Black & White
Studio:  Micheaux Book and Film Company
Producer:  Oscar Micheaux
Director:  Oscar Micheaux; Jerry Mills

Cast:
Charles D. Lucas (Jean Baptiste)
Evelyn Preer (Orlean)
Iris Hall (Agnes Stewart)
Vernon S. Duncan (McCarthy)
Inez Smith (Ethel)
Trevy Woods (Glavis/Ethel’s husband)

Synopsis:    In South Dakota, Agnes Stewart, a Scottish girl takes refuge in an isolated house during a blizzard. Hearing cries outside, she rescues Jean Baptiste, a Black homesteader who was in danger of freezing to death. Baptiste falls in love with Agnes, who does not know that she is not White.  Baptiste despairs of overcoming the social barriers that prevent their union  He returns east and marries Orlean, the daughter of McCarthy, a vain and greedy minister.  Baptiste is persecuted by McCarthy and by Ethel (McCarthy’s other daughter), who, like her father, possesses “all the evil a woman is capable of.”  When Orlean goes insane and commits suicide, Baptiste returns to South Dakota, finds Agnes and discovers that she is really Black. The two are able to be together and find happiness at last.

Notes:

Oscar Micheaux’s first film.

Some information in the plot synopsis comes from a 1927 interview with Evelyn Preer.

Micheaux’s 1948 film The Betrayal is sometimes described as a loose remake of The Homesteader.

Source(s): TCM; Wikipedia; Photo:  By Micheaux Book & Film Company via Wikimedia Commons.

With This Ring

With This RingRelease Date: 1/24/15
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Lifetime
Director: Nzingha Stewart
Cast: Jill Scott (Viviane), Eve Jeffers Cooper (Amaya), Regina Hall (Trista), Brooklyn Sudano (Elise), Stephen Bishop (Nate), Jason George (Sean), Deon Sanders (Keith), Brian White (Damon).

Synopsis:  After attending their friend Elise’s (Sudano) wedding to Nate (Bishop) on New Year’s Eve, Trista (Hall), a career-­driven talent agent, Viviane (Scott), a successful gossip columnist, and Amaya (Cooper), a struggling actress, make a pact to get married within the year to either a new love or a man waiting in the wings. But the close friends face their own set of challenges – Trista has not gotten over her commitment-­phobic ex-­boyfriend Damon (White), Viviane is secretly in love with Sean (George), the father of her son, and Amaya is desperate to break up her boyfriend Keith’s (Sanders) unhappy marriage so they can live happily ever after. Each woman starts the year with high hopes and dreams of what will happen over the next 12 months…but will they all make it to the altar?  Source:  Lifetime.

View trailer:  http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/with-this-ring

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Update:  On 7/31/14 Deadline reported that Brooklyn Sudano has booked a lead role in Lifetime’s original movie With With This Ring slated to debut this year. Written and directed by Nzingha Stewart (The Game) the romantic comedy revolves around three single best friends, who after attending the lavish wedding of their best friend on New Year’s Eve, make the vow to be married within the year. Sudano, will play Elise, the bride-to-be getting married who relies on her best friends to get her down the aisle when she gets a little case of cold feet.

Deadline also revealed (7/28/14) that Stephen Bishop (Being Mary Jane) has also been tapped for a lead role in Lifetime’s original movie With This Ring, slated to debut this year. Bishop will play Dr. Sean Braswell, a handsome, successful plastic surgeon who is a good man and father to Viviane’s (Jill Scott) 8-year-old son, Cory.

Details:  Lifetime has tapped Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall to star in the original movie With This Ring, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter on 7/11/14. The romantic comedy centers on three single best friends who attend the lavish wedding of a fourth on New Year’s Eve, and desperation pushes them to make the vow to be married within the year. Each woman starts the year with hopes of what will happen over the next 12 months, but will they all make it to the altar?

The movie, produced by Sony Pictures Television, hails from executive producers Tracey Edmonds, Sheila Ducksworth (Soul Food) and Gabrielle Union. With This Ring will be written and directed by Nzingha Stewart (The Game) and will film in August in Cleveland for a debut later this year. It is based on Angela Burt-Murray’s novel The Vow, which Gabrielle Union optioned five years ago and sold to Sony for Lifetime. This is Union’s first project as a producer. Source: Deadline.

Race

Race PosterRelease Date:  2/19/16
Genre:  Biography/Drama
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Forecast Pictures, Solofilms, Trinity Race, Distributors Focus Features
Director:  Stephen Hopkins

Cast:  Stephan James (Jesse Owens), Jeremy Irons (Avery Brundage), Jason Sudeikis (Larry Snyder), Carice van Houten (Leni Riefenstahl), Amanda Crew (Peggy), William Hurt (Jeremiah Mahoney), Jonathan Aris (Arthur Lill), Eli Goree (Dave Albritton).

Story:  Track and field star Jesse Owens overcomes adversity to win four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.  Source:  IMDB.

Trailer:

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Details:  Reported by Deadline on 7/16/14:

Focus Features has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Race with Stephan James playing Olympian Jesse Owens. The film starts production this month and is one of several films about the sprinter who ruined Hitler’s plans to showcase the superiority of German athletes in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This film has the support of the Jesse Owens Foundation, the Jesse Owens Trust and the Luminary Group.

Jason Sudeikis will star as Owens’ obsessive coach and mentor Larry Snyder, who, after a prestigious track career himself, became a coach at Ohio State University. Snyder coached athletes who set 14 world records and won eight Olympic gold medals. Jeremy Irons will portray Avery Brundage, the head of the American Olympic committee who fought to have the 1936 Olympics take place in Berlin.

There are several other Jesse Owens film in the works. Disney is developing a movie based on the Jeremy Schaap book Triumph, with The King’s Speech scribe David Seidler scripting a full scale biopic. Another package has Anthony Mackie hoping to play the sprinter and Jamie Linden and Jason Spire producing a script by George Olson, and there is also another film with Greg Nava writing and directing, and Bill Gerber producing. That script centers on the incredible but largely unknown relationship between Owens and Lutz Long that began at the ’36 Olympics despite Hitler’s anger over the sportsmanship these two athletes showed each other.

Source(s): Moviepilot, Deadline, Movie Insider. Photo Source: Ohio State University (library.osu.edu).

First Impression

First ImpressionRelease Date:  6/20/14 (New York Premiere American Black Film Festival); 2013
Genre:  Comedy/Romance
Rating: Unknown
Running Time: 108 min.
Studio:  LifeAfter Films
Director:  Arthur Muhammad
Cast:  Lamman Rucker (Vernon Richardson), Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Imani Townsend), David Mann (Pastor Wayne Johnson), Elise Neal (Kym Pine), Tamela J. Mann (Renee Wells), Kendrick Cross (Julius), Kel Mitchell (James Mason), Brad James (Scorpion Kiss), Lisa Wu (Katrinah), Laila Odom (Tropical Storm), Tommy Ford (T), Carl Anthony Payne, II (C), Dawnisha Halfkenny (Tryanna).

Story:  When a man finds a woman, who seeks a man, he only gets one chance at a First Impression…or does he?

First Impression is a romantic comedy that takes you on an enchanting journey into the complex world of Internet dating.

Completely unaware of their secret fantasy relationship in cyberspace, a twist of fate brings the real Vernon and Imani together where the pair hit it off instantly.

But when the truth of who they really are is revealed in a bizarre trail of events, the game-changing question is: Can there ever really be a second chance at a “First Impression”? (Source(s): Facebook Page; firstimpressionmovie.com; IMDB).

Trailer:

Comeback Dad

Comeback DadRelease Date:  7/12/14; UP TV
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unrated
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio:  UpToParr Productions LLC; Distributors GMC
Director:  Russ Parr
Cast: Tatyana Ali (Nina), Charles S. Dutton (Othell), Loretta Devine (Malinda), Brad James (Spence).

Story:  Nima Babineaux looks like a woman who has it all – she is an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school and is engaged to Spence, a successful engineer who adores her. But, in truth, she has never recovered from her alcoholic father, Othell, walking out on their family and it has made it hard for her to truly trust anyone. When Othell decides it is time to make amends and tries to reenter her life, Nima begins an emotional and eye-opening journey she could have never expected.  (Source:  UPtv.com).

Trailer:

Where’s The Love?

Where's The LoveRelease Date:  8/2/14 UP TV
(originally aired 5/3/14)
Genre:  Comedy/Romance
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio:  Nina Holiday Entertainment, Swirl Films, Tri Destined Studios, GMC TV.
Director: Trey Haley
Cast:  Lamman Rucker (Sebastian), Denise Boutté (Ryan), Terri J. Vaughn (Kai), LeToya Luckett (Rose), Ahmed Lucan (Forrest), Angie Stone, Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan (Rod), David Banner (Sidney), Nicole Eggert (Paige), Tommy Ford, Karon Joseph Riley (Dale), Shirley Strawberry, Kandi Burruss, Trina Braxton.

Story:  It is the one-year anniversary of the talk show Where’s The Love? hosted by married relationship experts and doctors Sebastian (Lamman Rucker) and Ryan Reid (Denise Boutté). They are in their mid-30s, great looking and have a successful counseling practice complete with best-selling books and an Emmy®-nominated TV show.

Ryan and Sebastian seem to have it all, but secretly their relationship is falling apart. They’ve been keeping up appearances to Sebastian’s sister Kai (Terri J. Vaughn) and her husband Rod (Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan), Ryan’s best friend Sidney (David Banner), their producer Paige (Nicole Eggert), Ryan’s editor Dale (Karon Joseph Riley), their patients, their fans and the public to save their lucrative careers – until one day when it all comes out.

Now, Ryan and Sebastian have to decide whether their own marriage can be saved. (Sources: UP TV; IMDB).

Trailer:

Jump In

Jump In

Release Date:  09/22/2014; Direct-to-Video
Genre:  Drama
Rating: NR
Runtime: 82 mins.
Studio: Maverick Entertainment
Director: Kimberly D Conner
Cast:  Sheree Bynum, Karen Malina White, Michael Higgenbottom, Kevin Craig West, Dingani Beza.

Synopsis:  Troy Alexander returns to her roots, armed with a plan, to pass the bar and start her own practice. Although, her love of the law takes a back seat to her young son, Jordan, it provides an escape from realities. Troy is convinced she doesn’t need love. She’s content and love is a distraction, until her friends, Tarin and Camryn stumble upon Malik Bond, a middle school math teacher. Her friends plan a meeting and all doesn’t go according to plan. Troy realizes that what Malik lacks in his wallet, he makes up for it in other areas. Sparks fly and life seems perfect… Then circumstances bring her well-thought plans to a halt. Her life flashes before her eyes, just as love lands at her door. Astounding revelations affecting the family in different ways, when the unthinkable happens. (Source: Maverick Entertainment).