Brian Banks Story, The

Status:  Script as of 4/28/17
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Biography

Update 11/21/17 – Sherri Shepherd, actress and Emmy-Award winning former co-host of ABC’s The View, has joined Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear to co-star the biopic Brian Banks which is being directed by Tom Shadyac. The biopic tells the story of Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole.

With the help of the California Innocence Project, spearheaded by Justin Brooks (Kinnear), the criminal defense attorney and CIP co-founder, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012. He briefly played with the Atlanta Falcons in the 2013 preseason. Shepherd will portray Banks’ mother, Leomia, who was the strength that helped her son get through his traumatic trial.  Source:  Deadline.

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Drama recounting the true story of the wrongful imprisonment and exoneration of the one-time high school football prodigy.  Aldis Hodge stars as the titular football player in the Tom Shadyac film which will also feature Tiffany Dupont and Greg Kinnear.  The project was originally incubated through Amy Baer’s development fund Gidden Media, and Baer will produce alongside Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson. Banks, Justin Brooks and Neil Strum are executive producers.

Brian Banks centers on the titular high-school football player who was committed to USC by his junior year. His life was upended in 2002 when falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, he was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole. With the help of the California Innocence Project, his conviction was overturned in 2012 and he achieved his NFL dream with the Atlanta Falcons’ preseason squad in 2013.  Source:  The Hollywood Reporter.

 

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Love Beats Rhymes

Release Date:  12/1/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Musical
Rating:  NR
Director:  RZA
Studio:   Codeblack Films, Lionsgate, Spoken Productions

Cast:   Azealia Banks (Coco), Lorraine Toussaint (Nichelle), Common (Coltrane), Lucien Laviscount (Derek), Hana Mae Lee (Julie), Jill Scott (Professor Dixon).

Story:  When struggling rapper Coco enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon.  Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice and true love.  Source:  Flickering Myth.

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