Black Panther

Release Date:  2/16/18
Genre: Action
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Director:  Ryan Coogler

Cast:  Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue/Klaw), Florence Kasumba (Ayo), John Kani (King T’Chaka), Winston Duke (M’Baku/Man-Ape), Sterling K. Brown (N’Jobu), Letitia Wright (Shuri).

Story:  Black Panther follows T’Challa, who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.  Source:  Black Film.

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Details: Black Film posted on 6/9/17 that Chadwick Boseman will star as the title hero while Michael B. Jordan will play Erik Killmonger. Lupita Nyong’o is Nakia (a former member of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje, now an agent of Killmonger), and Danai Gurira as Okoye (a member of the Dora Milaje, the all-female security for the King of Wakanda). Winston Duke has the role of the villain M’Baku, aka Man-Ape. Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Ulysses Claw from Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Whitaker will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Kasumba will reprise her “Captain America: Civil War” role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje. Kaluuya will play T’Challa confidant W’Kabi while Brown will play N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s past.

The Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and the character fought alongside Captain America, The Avengers and The Fantastic Four. The Black Panther is considered the first black hero in mainstream comics.

On 10/28/14, Variety reported, after breaking out as Jackie Robinson and James Brown in 42 and Get On Up, Chadwick Boseman has a new high-profile role to play: T’Challa, otherwise known as the superhero Black Panther.

The character is notable for being the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books. The king of the fictional nation of Wakanda, T’Challa joined the Avengers in 1968. He will be prominently featured in costume for the first time in Captain America: Civil War, to be released May 6, 2016, before being spun off into his own film on November 3, 2017.

The Civil War is a big storyline, based on all of the other Marvel films, particularly Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Wakanda has the world’s largest deposits of vibranium, a highly durable meteoric ore that is used to create the mesh in Black Panther’s costume and Captain America’s shield. The material will play a larger role in future Marvel movies. But so will Black Panther, a character that has long been in Marvel’s plans as a potential franchise.

After Black Panther, the character is also expected to join the rest of the Avengers in sequels to that franchise, which is being broken up into two films in 2018 and 2019. Boseman has inked a five-picture deal with Marvel, according to sources.  Source:  Variety.

The Crusaders

Status:  Development Status Unknown as of July 1, 2014
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Drama/Biography
Rating: Unknown
Studio: Landscape Entertainment
Director: TBA
Cast: Terrence Howard, Topher Grace
Story:  A dedicated young lawyer becomes the only white member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and fights side by side with Thurgood Marshall in the courts to destroy segregation. The landmark 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education helped to end segregation in schools.

Details:  Based on the Jack Greenberg’s “Crusaders in the Courts.” (Source: Movie Insider.com).

Sexual Healing

Jesse L. Martin as Marvin GayeStatus:  Development Status Unknown as of June 14, 2013
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Arclight Films
Director: Julien Temple
Cast:  Jesse L. Martin (Marvin Gaye),  Brendan Gleeson (Freddy Cousaert),  S. Epatha Merkerson (Alberta Gay), Clarke Peters (Harvey Fuqua), Dwight Henry (Marvin Gaye, Sr.)

Story: The movie chronicles late Motown legend Marvin Gaye’s self-imposed exile in Europe after years of battling drugs, domestic issues and label headaches. There, he was rescued by a promoter who helped Gaye record his biggest-selling album, “Midnight Love,” which yielded the monster comeback hit, “Sexual Healing.”  Gaye’s life was cut short the day before his 45th birthday in 1984, when his father killed him.

Details: The pic will center on the final years of Gaye’s life in London from 1981, when he was suffering from an addiction to alcohol and an allergy to the taxman, and how he was rescued by music promoter Freddy Cousaert and spirited away to his flat in Ostend, Belgium, to recover.

Various producers have spent years trying to make a movie about Gaye. Originally, the project was intended to cover a larger portion of his life but was refocused on his final years because of rights issues with his Motown-produced records.

As reported by Rolling Stone Magazine in March 2013, Lenny Kravitz dropped out of the long-anticipated biopic to be replaced by Law & Order alumnus Jesse L. Martin. Deadline Hollywood reports. Martin, was actually attached to star in a previous version of the film which was being produced by James Gandolfini back in 2008. No word was given for why Kravitz bowed out, though news that the rocker would be portraying Gaye reportedly led to objections from the singer’s son, Marvin Gaye III, who threatened legal action if Kravitz did not drop out. (Source(s): Black Actors; Movie Insider; Photo Credit:  ThisisRnB.com).

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale StationRelease Date: 1/14/14 (DVD); 7/12/13 (theatrical)
Genre: Drama/Biography
Rating: R
Running Time: 85 mins.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Michael B. Jordan (Oscar Grant)
Melonie Diaz (Sophina)
Octavia Spencer (Wanda)
Kevin Durand (Officer Caruso)
Chad Michael Murray (Officer Ingram)
Story: Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. True story of Oscar, a 22 year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year-old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station, that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant. (Synopsis taken from official Facebook site).

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Black Coffee

Black Coffeea/k/a Black Coffee, No Sugar, No Cream
Release Date: 1/10/14
Genre:
Romance
Rating:
PG
Studio: RLJ Entertainment
Director: Mark Harris
Cast: Tiffany Hines (Lia)
Darrin Dewitt Henson (Robert)
Christian Keyes (Julian)
Gabrielle Dennis (Morgan)
Erica Hubbard (Mita)
Brely Evans (Nicole)
Lamman Rucker (Hill)
Story: Robert picked the wrong time to meet his soul mate! After being fired from his own father’s company, he feels like his luck has run out – until Morgan enters into his life. Just as things start to heat up between them, trouble brews as Morgan’s ex-husband vows to get her back and Robert’s gold-digging ex-girlfriend returns with an agenda of her own. With the help of his cousin, Robert’s about to find out how much good can come out of a bad situation in this charming romantic comedy that’s good to the last drop. (Synopsis taken from Movie Insider).

About Last Night

About Last NightRelease Date: February 14, 2014
Title: About Last Night
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Director: Steve Pink
Cast: Michael Ealy
Kevin Hart
Regina Hall (Joan Derrickson)
Joy Bryant (Debbie Sullivan)
Adam Rodriguez
Story: A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. (Synopsis taken from sonypictures.com).
Additional Notes: Remake of the 1986 film, which was based on David Mamet’s 1974 play”Sexual Perversity in Chicago.”

A Haunted House 2

A Haunted House 2Release Date: April 18, 2014
Genre: Comedy/Horror
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Open Road Films
Director: Mike Tidde
Cast: Marlon Wayans ( Malcolm)
Jaime Pressly
Essence Atkins (Kisha)
Affion Crockett (Ray-Ray)
Dave Sheridan (Bob)
Gabriel Iglesias
Story: After exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. (Synopsis taken from comingsoon.net).