Royal Family Christmas

Royal Family Christmas stillRelease Date:  12/5/15; TV One
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  90 mins.
Studio:  TV One
Director:  Lance Kawas
Cast:  Debbi Morgan (Alfreda Royal), Vivica A. Fox (Mona Levi), Richard Lawson (Leighton Royal), Tichina Arnold (Chivonne Price), Romeo Miller (Phillip “Flip” Royal), Ricky Harris (Nelson Royal), Eric Myrick, III (Austin Royal), Chelsea Tavaras (Kelsey Royal), Taquilla Whitfield (Pamela Royal).

Story:  Sequel to “Royal Family Holiday.” The children Phillip “Flip” Royal (Romeo Miller), a good-looking spiritual guru; Austin Royal (Eric Myrick III), a Washington, D.C. community activist; Kelsey Royal (Chelsea Tavares), a fashion designer’s gopher; and Pamela Royal (Taquilla Whitfield), a hair and nail salon owner; join forces to reunite their parents in time for Christmas. They try every trick in the book – including “playing nice” and setting aside old sibling rivalries – only to learn their mom and dad are enjoying “the single life.” Their plan also goes awry as getting their parents back together ends up taking a back seat to their own personal and professional drama. Sources: Shadow and Act; TV One.

Watch the trailer at TV One: http://tvone.tv/26132/a-royal-family-christmas-premieres-saturday-at-87c/

Royal Family Holiday

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Release Date: 11/21/15; TV One
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating: NR
Running Time:  90 mins.
Studio: TV One
Director:  Lance Kawas
Cast:  Debbi Morgan (Alfreda Royal), Vivica A. Fox (Mona Levi), Richard Lawson (Leighton Royal), Tichina Arnold (Chivonne Price), Romeo Miller (Phillip “Flip” Royal), Ricky Harris (Nelson Royal), Eric Myrick, III (Austin Royal), Chelsea Tavaras (Kelsey Royal), Taquilla Whitfield (Pamela Royal).

Story:  Royalty in name and mind only, the Royal family led by patriarch Leighton (Richard Lawson) and matriarch Alfreda (Debbi Morgan), kick-off Thanksgiving, with a fake break-up ruse to lure their overly-busy children home for Thanksgiving. Surprises and challenges ensue, including drama with Alfreda’s envious sister Mona Levi (Vivica A. Fox); the revelation of a deep, dark family secret involving Alfreda’s former acquaintance Chivonne Price (Tichina Arnold); and dealings with Leighton’s super-loud, outspoken cousin Nelson Royal (Ricky Harris). Unfortunately, Leighton and Alfreda both play their roles too well as old wounds are re-opened and their carefully planned reunion leads to chaos – and a potentially real break-up. Sources: Shadow and Act; TV One.

Teaser: Royal Family Holiday Premieres Saturday! | TV One

Stock Option

Stock OptionRelease Date:  11/7/15; TV One
Genre:  Romance
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  80 mins.
Studios:  Swirl Films, Georgia Productions, LLC
Director:  Mark Harris

Cast:  Amin Joseph (Marvelous), Antonique Smith (Alina), Tasha Smith (LaTonja),
Aaron D. Spears (William), Todd Anthony (Reggie).

Story:  A down-on-his-luck stock broker becomes homeless and takes refuge in front of an office building where a famous print model works. After he heroically rescues her from a robbery attempt one night, she takes him home as an act of gratitude. Upon cleaning him up, sparks fly and she questions her current relationship in this romantic comedy. Source: IMDB.

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Curveball

CurveballRelease Date 11/18/2015
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  109 mins.
Studio(s):  Supremacy Films
Director:  Brandon Thaxton

Cast:  Rockmond Dunbar (James), Lynn Whitfield (Dr. Layne), E. Roger Mitchell (Coach Patterson), Charmin Lee (Dehra), Neko Parham (Mr. Lodholdt).

Story:  Curve Ball is the coming of age story of a boy name Nolan as he faces several challenges in his life which he must learn to conquer without the help of his mother or counselor. Source: supremacyfilms.com; IMDB.

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Chi-Raq

Chi-RaqRelease Date:  12/4/15
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Amazon Studios
Director:  Spike Lee
Cast:  Nick Cannon (Chi-Raq), Teyonah Parris (Lysistrata), Anya Engel-Adams (Rasheeda), Wesley Snipes (Cyclops), Angela Bassett (Miss Helen), Michelle Mitchenor (Indigo), Ebony Joy (Marcy), Felicia Pearson (Dania), Samuel L. Jackson (Dolmedes), La La Anthony (Hecuba), Val Warner (Electra Johnson), Jennifer Hudson (Irene), John Cusack (Fr. Mike Corridan), D.B. Sweeney (Mayor McCloud), Steve Harris (Ole Duke).

Story:  According to Shadow and Act ,Teyonah Parris is playing the central character, in a story set against the backdrop of Chicago’s gun violence, and said to be a modern spin on the Greek comedy “Lysistrata” – the women of Greece refused to have sex with their husbands, all in an effort to bring an end to the Peloponnesian War, via the signing of a peace treaty. In Spike’s film, the story will center on a woman’s quest to end gang warfare in Chicago, likely via similar methods as used by Lysistra.  Possibly in consideration of an Awards season run (pre-screenings for the film have apparently impressed audiences so far) as an Oscar-qualifying run, Amazon Studios has set the release date for Spike Lee’s curious Chi-Raq, for December 4, in a theatrical release deal that involves both Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate.

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Details:  Deadline reported on 10/29/15, that the film is inspired by the Greek comedy Lysistrata but it has a hot-button subject, and that is one of the reasons it will be released five weeks out. The film is set in Chicago’s South Side, and covers the subjects of gang violence and clashes with police, a subject that most certainly has been in the news.

In April Shadow and Act wrote that the film has caused something of a firestorm in Chicago, with many people publicity speaking out in the media against the film – especially against the title, which they say further perpetrates the image of Chicago as Dodge City in 1885; Shootouts and drive-bys with people being killed left and right every day, everywhere. Source(s): Deadline, Shadow and Act, IMDB.