Honey:  Rise Up and Dance

a/k/a Honey 4

Release Date:  4/3/18; DVD, Digital and On Demand
Genre:  Music
Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Bille Woodruff
Studio(s):   Universal 1440 Entertainment, Soundtrack New York, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE)
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Teyana Taylor (Skyler), Bryshere Y. Gray (Tyrell), Sierra Aylina McClain (Tosha), Charmin Lee (Jada).

Story:   An avid street dancer goes against the odds and pursues her dreams in Honey: Rise Up and Dance, the exciting all-new installment in the Honey film franchise.  An inspirational story about overcoming adversity, Honey: Rise Up and Dance is set to the beat of Atlanta’s underground dance scene and injects the series with a raw and edgy vibe, fueled with sexy hip-hop battles and dynamic routines like you’ve never seen before!

Aspiring street dancer, Skyler is at a major crossroads in her life.  She’s decided to try-out for the same dance crew as her formally trained sister Tosha in order to compete for a college scholarship, but is discouraged by her family and boyfriend who doubt that her raw, edgy talent is enough for her to win.  Determined to prove them all wrong, Skyler practices non-stop in Atlanta’s underground dance scene and catches the eye of Tyrell.  He helps her take her sexy dance and hip-hop battle skills to the next level in order to achieve her dreams.  Source:  PR Newswire.

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Uncle Drew

Release Date:   6/29/18
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Charles Stone III
Studio(s):   Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Tiffany Haddish (Jess), Kyrie Irving (Uncle Drew), Nick Kroll (Mookie), Shaquille O’Neal (Big Fella), LilRel Howery (Dax), Nate Robinson (Boots), Erica Ash (Maya), Lisa Leslie (Betty Lou), Chris Webber (Preacher), Reggie Miller (Lights).

Story:   Uncle Drew, played by basketball player Kyrie Irving, originally appeared in a Pepsi Max advertisement which saw Irving, disguised as an old man, showing up on random basketball courts, shocking the players with his skills.  After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.  Source:  Flickering Myth.

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Night School

Release Date:  9/28/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Studio(s):   Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Yvonne Orji, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Romany Malco, Bresha Webb, Al Madrigal and Ben Schwartz.

Story:   The film follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the long-shot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.  Source:  Blackfilm.

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Creed 2

a/k/a Creed II

Release Date:  11/21/18
Genre:   Drama/Sport
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Steven Caple, Jr.
Studio(s):   Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Johnson), Tessa Thompson (Bianca), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa), Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago), Florian Munteanu (Vitor Drago).

Details:   Creed 2 is set for release on November 21st 2018, and features the return of Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, while Dolph Lundgren reprises his Rocky IV role as Ivan Drago, and boxer Florian Munteanu takes on the role of Drago’s son.

Story:  Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned light-heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.  Source(s):  IMDB; Flickering Myth.

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Cleopatra Jones Reboot

Status:  Optioned
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  TBA
Studio(s):   Warner Brothers
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  TBA

Story:   Warner Bros is reviving Cleopatra Jones, the 1973 blaxploitation female empowerment film that starred Tamara Dobson as the undercover government agent who used the day job of supermodel as her cover and an excuse to travel to exotic places. The studio has set Misha Green to write the script and produce a film that will present the heroine very much as the female answer to James Bond. Those comparisons were made when the original hit film was released, partly because Jones was so adept at martial arts and drove a Corvette Stingray fully equipped with automatic weapons. In the original, she faced off against a drug kingpin named Mommy (Shelley Winter), with a mission to destroy the poppy plants that were fueling drugs devastating the inner city.  Source:  Deadline.  Photo Source:  The Hollywood Reporter.

Shaft

a/k/a Son of Shaft

Release Date:  6/14/2019; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:   Tim Story
Studio(s):  Davis Entertainment, Khalabo Ink Society, New Line Cinema, Netflix
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson (John Shaft), Jessie T. Usher, Alexandra Shipp, Avan Jogia, Regina Hall, Matt Lauria (Cutty), Method Man (Freddie P.), Isaach De Bankolé (Gordito), Method Man.

Details:   Avan Jogia has been cast in New Line’s reboot of Shaft. He joins previously announced cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Richard Roundtree.  Tim Story will direct a script from Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow which will follow a nerdy FBI agent who launches his own investigation after his friend dies under suspicious circumstances. Needing help with the case, he reluctantly enlists the help from his estranged father — the legendary, stuck-in-the-80s-but-still-cool-as-hell titular John Shaft.

New Line and Netflix are partnering on this film with Netflix financing more than half the film’s high $30M budget for international rights and will stream Shaft outside of the U.S. after New Line releases it theatrically domestically.  

Back in 1971, Gordon Parks helmed the now-classic blaxploitation film Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, the black private dick who’s a sex machine to all the chicks. The film spawned a few sequels, and then in 2000, John Singleton directed a remake starring Samuel L. Jackson in the title role. The Singleton/Jackson version went light on the lady killer aspects of the original, and instead focused on a murder mystery.  Source(s):  Slash Film; Deadline.  Photo Source:  Movieweb.

SuperFly

Release Date:  6/15/2018
Genre:  Drama/Crime
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Director X
Studio(s):  Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)

Details:   Remake of the 1972 film.  Allen Maldonado joins the cast led by Trevor Jackson as Youngblood Priest, Jason Mitchell as Eddie and Michael K. Williams as Scatter in Sony’s Super Fly remake.  Maldonado has been cast as Litty, a new role for the film, or at least a new name for a character in the original film. The remake’s supporting cast includes Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as Adalberto. Rapper 21 Savage is also in talks to join the film in some capacity.  Additionally, rapper Future has come on board as a producer. He’ll also curate the soundtrack.  Future will produce with Joel Silver and Steven R. Shore, the son of the original film’s producer Sig Shore, will be an executive producer.

The original film, which was directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. starred Ron O’Neal as Youngblood Priest, a cocaine dealer trying to get out of the business, and centers on him securing one last deal before getting out. It resulted in two sequels, Super Fly T.N.T. and The Return of Super Fly.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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