Falcon Rising

Falcoln Rising Release Date:  9/5/14 (theatrical release); 9/6/14 (VOD)
Genre:  Action
Rating:  R
Running Time: 100 mins.
Studio:  Strohberry Films, Freestyle Releasing, Moonstone Entertainment
Director:  Ernie Barbarash
 
Cast:  Michael Jai White (John ‘Falcon’ Chapman), Laila Ali (Cindy Chapman), Neal McDonough (Manny Ridley), Masashi Odate (Hirimoto).

Details:  Falcon Rising is the first installment of the Codename Falcon action franchise which will revolve around former marine John “Falcon” Chapman, a dark anti-hero driven by guilt, who will destroy himself unless given something else to destroy – a useful weapon-of-last-resort for the foreign ministry. The first movie sees Chapman traveling to Brazil to hunt down his sister’s brutal attackers, in the process discovering an underground world of drugs, prostitution, and police corruption ruled by the Japanese mafia.

The franchise will produce 1-2 movies a year following Chapman as he is sent to exotic locations to do the foreign ministry’s dirty work. Source(s): Moonstone films; Broadway World.

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Girlfriends’ Getaway

Girlfriends GetawayRelease Date:  8/30/14; TV One
Genre:  Drama/Comedy
Rating:  Not Available
Running Time:  Not Available
Studio(s):  Bobbcat Films, Nina Holiday Entertainment
Director:  Roger M. Bobb

Cast:  Garcelle Beauvais (Vicky Holmes), Terri J. Vaughn (Sophie), Malinda Williams, Essence Atkins.

Details:  Vicky Holmes, a successful business owner, is outwardly hitting a stride in love and life. However, just days before a romantic birthday trip, she is blindsided by her boyfriend’s decision to relocate and end their relationship. Vicky ultimately decides to bring her best girlfriends – who are all facing turning points in their lives as well – with her, for a grown-up girls’ getaway in Trinidad. After their first wild night, an innocent mistake sets off a chain of events that will forever change each of their lives. When the very pregnant Sophie is kidnapped and held for $10,000 ransom, the remaining girls have 24-hours to come together in order to get Sophie back safely or end up in jail.  Source(s): The Wrap; Shadow and Act.

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Chocolate City

Chocolate CityRelease Date:  5/22/15 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  R
Studio:  Nu-Lite Entertainment
Director:  Jean-Claude La Marre
Cast:  Robert Ri’chard (Michael), Michael Jai White (Princeton), Tyson Beckford (Rude Boy), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Magnus), Jean-Claude La Marre (Pastor Jones), Ginuwine (Pharaoh), Eurika Pratts (DeDe), Vivica Fox, Imani Hakim (Carmen), Carmen Electra (DJ), Deray Davis (Chris), Ernest Thomas (Restaurant Manager).

Story:  Michael (Robert Ri’chard) is an inner city college student, struggling to make ends meet. He is juggling a part time job as a cook, and a hectic school schedule, meanwhile trying to help his mother keep the lights on and the bills from overwhelming them. With mounting bills and the pressure of school, Michael is running out of time and options. His older brother, Chris (Deray Davis) is never far away with some advice and/or misguided adventure to help Michael find a solution. One night, during an off chance encounter with Princeton (Michael Jai White), a neighborhood club owner/hustler, Michael is offered a job opportunity. After following up, it’s revealed that the job is as a male exotic dancer at the Chocolate City nightclub. Because of his strong Christian background, and believing his mother (Vivica Fox) would not approve, Michael struggles with his decision to accept the job offer, but eventually does.

Surprisingly, Michael, who dances under the stage name “Sexy Chocolate”, becomes an instant attraction at the club, and gains a legion of female fans. Within weeks of his job, Michael’s financial struggles disappear. Meanwhile, Michael’s on and off girlfriend, Carmen (Imani Hakim), remains in the dark about this new “job” which is suddenly earning Michael so much extra money. Michael does everything to conceal what he is doing from his girlfriend. At the same time, Rude Boy (Tyson Beckford), the former star attraction at the Chocolate City nightclub feels threatened that he is losing his popularity at the club to Michael, and conspires to eliminate Michael or force him to leave. A fun, sexy dramatic dance movie that will have women drooling and cheering! Source: thechocolatecitymovie.com, official site.

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Details:  Independent filmmaker Jean-Claude LaMarre (Gang Of Roses, Color Of The Cross) is hoping to tap into the world of male strippers with Chocolate City, which aims to merge the Magic Mike phenomenon with the recent strength of African-American-themed films at the box office.

Black Phantom

Status:  Script (as of June 1, 2017)
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Not Available
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Tim Story
Cast:  Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Hart

Plot Summary:  According to Deadline on 8/6/14, the film is an outrageously inappropriate comedy where no topic is off limits in an odd partnership formed between a clever double-crossed mob hitman (Hart) and notorious hit man The Black Phantom, who has been hired to kill him. Source: Coming soon; Deadline.