The Bobby Brown Story

Release Date:  9/4/18; BET
Genre:  Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:  Kiel Adrian Scott
Studio(s):   Jesse Collins Entertainment, Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Woody McClain (Bobby Brown), Gabrielle Dennis (Whitney Houston), Mekhi Phifer (Tommy Brown), Laz Alonso (Louil Silas, Jr.), T.K. Carter (Herbert Brown), Lance Gross (Steven Sealy), LilRel Howery (Brian Irvine), Sandi McCree (Carole Brown), Alyssa Goss (Alicia Etheridge), Tyler Marcel Williams (Young Bobby), Donshea Hopkins (Bobbi Kristina Brown).

Story:   Whitney and Bobby’s roller-coaster marriage played out on the covers of tabloids and even reality TV, and the film will showcase their successes and struggles during their turbulent relationship.  The New Edition Story broke BET ratings records when it aired in January 2017, and The Bobby Brown Story picks up where that pic left off, following Brown’s successful solo run.  McClain is reprising his role as Brown, one of the genre’s original “bad boys” whose life epitomizes the meaning of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.  His hits may have kept him at the top of the charts, but his antics kept him on the front page. 

Gabrielle Dennis will play iconic diva, Whitney Houston in the two-part miniseries while Bobbi Kristina will be portrayed by Donshea Hopkins.  Phifer plays Tommy Brown, Bobby’s brother. Howery is Brian Irvine, Bobby’s business manager. Carter plays Herbert “Pops” Brown, Bobby’s father. Alonso is Louil Silas, Jr., an MCA producer-executive who helps make Bobby a solo star. Gross is set as Steven Sealy, a childhood friend of Bobby’s who is killed in a gunfight after hanging with him at a hometown bar. Goss plays Bobby’s current wife, Alicia Etheridge, and McCree will reprise her New Edition Story role as Bobby’s mother Carole Brown.  Source:  Deadline; Photo Source:  Deadline (Rex/Shutterstock; Associated Press).

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When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story

a/k/a Hit A Lick

Release Date:   8/28/17 – TV One
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  84 mins.
Director:  Tasha Smith
Story Inspired by an episode of TV One’s original docu-series For My Man. Lil Mama and Lance Gross star in this tragic story of Falicia Blakely (Lil Mama), a teen mother growing up in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of local pimp and predator, Dino (Lance Gross). His empty promises of a life together turn Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games; and she’s forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives.

Tami Roman, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Big Freedia, and Lil Zane round out the cast of the original movie, which also marks the directing debut of actress Tasha Smith, who directed the film from a screenplay written by Cas Sigers-Beedles, who previously wrote and executive produced the TV One movies Welcome to the Family and Girlfriends Getaway 1 and 2.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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Deuces

Release Date:  April 2017; Netflix
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  TV-MA
Running Time:  87 mins.
Director:  Jamal Hill
Studio:   Flavor Unit Entertainment, Netflix.

Cast: Larenz Tate (Deuces), Meagan Good (Janet Foster), Rotimi (Face), Rick Gonzalez (Papers), La La Anthony (Detective Diaz), Lance Gross (Jason), Antonique Smith (Tanya).

Story:  Detective Jason Foster goes undercover to take down a crime ring that has been impenetrable by the police department for years. However, Foster finds himself drawn in by the unique persona of ringleader Stephen “Deuces” Brooks and the dual life that he leads. The mission is further complicated when Janet Foster also falls under Deuce’s spell.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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The Rich List

Bet on Lovea/k/a Bet On Love
a/k/a Humantics: The Rich List

Status:  Pre-Production (as of 2/17/17)
Release Date:  TBA
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rating: Not Available
Running Time: 110 mins.
Studio: 34th Street Films
Director: Jill Thrussell

Cast: Lance Gross (James) – rumored
Brandy Norwood (Lynette) – rumored
Starletta DuPois (Aunt May) – rumored

Story: Four female friends set a bet; each has a different method and approach on how to reach their goal. As they journey through the pathways of love, they share moments of pleasure and pain. As their friendship grows through the weathering of the many storms life throws their way. They meet for regular progress reports & hilarity ensues when a couple of male friends also participate in their quest.  (Synopsis taken from IMDB).