Roots

Release Date:  5/30/16 (Made-for-TV) Genre:  Drama/Historical Rating:  NR Running Time:  Unknown Studio:  History Channel Directors:  Bruce Beresford, Thomas Carter, Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles Cast:  Emayatzy Corinealdi (Belle), Laurence Fishburne (Alex Haley), Carlacia Grant (Irene), Malachi Kirby (Kunta Kinte), Rege-Jean Page (Chicken George), Mekhi Phifer (Jerusalem), Anika Noni Rose (Kizzy), T.I. (Cyrus), Forest Whitaker (Fiddler).…

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Dope

Release Date:  1/24/15 (Sundance Film Festival) Genre:  Comedy Rating:  NR Running Time: 115 mins. Studio(s): Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, IamOTHER Entertainment, Revolt Films, That’s Dope. Director: Rick Famuyiwa Cast:  Shameik Moore (Malcolm), Zoë Kravitz (Nakia), Forest Whitaker (Narrator), Blake Anderson (Will), Tony Revolori (Jib), Kiersey Clemons (Diggy), Keith Stanfield (Bug), Rick Fox (Councilman Blackmon), Kimberly Elise…

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Black Nativity

Release Date:  4/15/14, DVD; 11/27/13, Theatrical Release Genre:  Drama/Musical Rating:  PG Studio:  Maven Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures Director:  Kasi Lemmons Cast:  Angela Bassett (Aretha Cobbs) Jennifer Hudson (Naima) Forest Whitaker (Reverend Clarence Cobbs) Mary J. Blige (Angel) Jacob Latimore (Langston) Nasir Jones (Street Prophet /Isaiah) Tyrese Gibson (Loot /Tyson) Vondie Curtis Hall (Pawnbroker) Story:  In…

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Memphis (I)

Status: Development Status Unknown as of 7/3/14 Release Date: TBA Genre: Drama/Biography Rating: Not Available Studio: Scott Rudin Productions/Veritas Films Director: Paul Greengrass Cast: Forest Whitaker (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Story: The script depicts Dr. King’s final days as he struggled to organize a protest march on behalf of striking black municipal sanitation workers in…

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Release Date: 1/14/14 (DVD); 8/16/13 (theatrical) Genre: Drama/Biography Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 132 mins. Studio: The Weinstein Company Director: Lee Daniels Forest Whitaker (Cecil Gaines) Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines) Mariah Carey (Hattie Pearl) John Cusack (Richard Nixon) Jane Fonda (Nancy Reagan) Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Carter Wilson) Terrence Howard (Howard) Lenny Kravitz (James Holloway) John F.…

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