Almost Christmas

a/k/a A Meyers Christmas

Almost ChristmasRelease Date:  11/11/16; In Theaters
Genre:   Comedy
Rating:   PG-13
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:   David E. Talbert
Studio:   Universal Pictures

Cast:  Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover (Walter), Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps, Jessie Usher, Romany Malco, Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique (Aunt May), J.B. Smoove.

Story:  Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along.  If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.  Source:  Almost Christmas Movie, official site; IMDB.

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Destination:  Planet Negro!

Destination Planet Negro!Release Date:  6/10/16; VOD, Digital HD; (2015)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:   Kevin Willmott
Studio(s):   Candy Factory Films, Ninth Street Studios.
Cast:   Tosin Morohunfola (Captain Race Johnson), Danielle Cooper (Beneatha Avery), Kevin Willmott (Dr. Warrington Avery), Trai Byers (B-12), Walter Coppage (Dr. Horn / Howard Horn), Samra Teferra (Karen Wilborn).

Story:   Destination: Planet Negro! follows influential African American figures, W.E.B DuBois and George Washington Carver, as they time warp to the present to discover unbelievable developments. It all starts when a group of black leaders during the 1930s gather for a secret meeting to discuss the “Negro Problem” in America at the time, when they decide that the only real solution is for black people to, not only leave America, but the planet altogether.  They build a rocket ship that they plan to use to take an exploratory group to Mars, to research the possibility of such a bold undertaking.  Carrying a crew of three, the spacecraft vaults into a time warp, landing its brave scientists in present day America.  A smart satire that sports a wicked streak of goofball humor, Destination: Planet Negro! has the feel of low-budget 1950s sci-fi, and when the crew find themselves in a contemporary Midwestern metropolis, this comedy takes on the look of a reality show as the astonished adventurers discover unbelievable developments like young men with drooping pants and the election of a black president.  Source(s):  Official site – Planetnegro.com; Shadow and Act.

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Boo! A Madea Halloween

Boo!  A Madea Halloween posterRelease Date:  10/21/16 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Tyler Perry
Studio:  The Tyler Perry Company, Lionsgate.
Cast:  Tyler Perry (Madea/Joe/Brian), Bella Thorne (Rain), Jimmy Tatro (Sean), Diamond White (Tiffany), Yousef Yousef Erakat (Jonathan), Cassi Davis (Aunt Bam), Andre Hall (Quinton).

Story:  Tyler Perry will write, produce, direct and star in Boo! A Madea Halloween.  The film originated from Perry and Chris Rock including a fictitious Madea Halloween movie in Rock’s 2014 film Top Five.  Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they actually make the movie which will be the ninth Madea film since the release of the first – Diary of a Mad Black Woman – back in 2005.  This time Madea spends Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.  Source:  Variety.

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Keanu

KeanuRelease Date: 4/29/16; In theaters
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Warner Bros., New Line Cinema
Director: Peter Atencio
Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Luis Guzmán, Will Forte, Nia Long, Method Man
Story:  Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands. Source: JoBlo.

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Meet The Blacks

Meet The Blacks stillRelease Date:  4/29/16
Genre:  Comedy/Thriller
Rating:  R
Running Time: 90 mins.
Studio:(s)  Hidden Empire Film Group, Freestyle Releasing
Director:  Deon Taylor
Cast:  Mike Epps (Carl Black), Mike Tyson (James Clown), Andrew Bachelor (Freezee), Lavell Crawford (Parole Officer), Zulay Henao (Lorena), Charlie Murphy (Key Flo), DeRay Davis (Tyrone), Bresha Webb (Allie), George Lopez, Lil Duval.

Story:  Spoof of The Purge film franchise. The Black family is getting out of Detroit in hopes of a better life. After Carl Black (Mike Epps) comes into some unexpected funds, he takes his family and leaves the hustling lifestyle behind for something better. Carl, his wife Lorena (Zulay Henao), son Carl Jr., daughter Allie Black (Bresha Webb) and cousin Cronut (Lil Duval) pack up and move to Beverly Hills. Turns out, Carl couldn’t have picked a worse time to move. They arrive right around the time of the annual purge, when all crime is legal for twelve hours. Source: Flickeringmyth; IMDB.

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How To Tell You’re A Douchebag

How To Tell You're A Douchebag stilla/k/a Occasionally Dating Black Women

Release Date:  2016
Genre:  Comedy/Romance
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  75 mins.
Director: Tahir Jetter
Cast: Charles Brice (Ray Livingston), DeWanda Wise (Rochelle Marseilles), William Jackson Harper (Jake Brown), Alexander C. Mulzac (Paul Kettering), Tonye Patano (Miss Lady), Carra Patterson (Grace).

Story:  A controversial blogger in New York finds himself in hot water when he messes with the wrong woman.  Source(s): IMDB, Shadow and Act.

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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/