Playin’ For Love

Playin' for LoveRelease Date: 1/16/15
Genre:  Comedy/Romance
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio:  Townsend Entertainment
Director:  Robert Townsend
Cast:  Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Talisa McCoy), Robert Townsend (Coach Banks), Jenifer Lewis (Alize Gates), Daniel Yorel Cooper (Justice McCoy), Esai Morales (Principle Jose Marti), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Coach Preston Reid), Melyssa Ford (Bella), Steve White (Reesie).

Story:  Romantic comedy about a top high school player, Justice “The Judge” McCoy, has just joined the Miami Jackson High School Generals basketball team. The Generals are an extraordinary team of fast plays, powerhouse athleticism, deadly defense and cocky assuredness, all attributes that have led to them being the number one team in the country to beat. Their success would not be possible without their dynamic coach, the charming, but crafty Niven Banks, a man who’s secretly set his sights on coaching up the next rung in the NCAA and now with a player like Justice McCoy, he might finally get his wish.

But Coach Nivens hadn’t counted on the sassy, no nonsense Talisa McCoy, Justice’s gorgeous mother, a woman so fiercely protective of her son and her other four children, she’s scary. Even scarier is her encyclopedic knowledge of basketball, which she can’t help, but share without much provocation.

Needless to say, Talisa and Coach Nivens bump heads. He’s not used to being off his game and she’s not used to feeling anything for a man. But eventually their love of basketball unearths long buried passions in them both. Their romance develops as several team romances develop, too. But then ambition threatens to destroy it all as well as any potential for winning the state championship. In a nail-biter of a game, we are left to root for our team but even more for our couples, adult and teen, to finally win at love. Sources: Tdjakes.org-Megafest; IMDB; official Facebook page.

Nocturnal Agony

Nocturnal Agony

Release Date:  12/9/14 (DVD)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unrated
Running Time: 112 mins.
Studio:  Nubia Filmworks
Director:  Shuaib Mitchell
Cast:  Vernee Watson-Johnson (Lois), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Theodore),
Rae’Ven Larrymore Kelly (Bay Bay), Hezekiah Walker (Franklin), Deidra LaWan Starnes (Patricia Helms Carter), Malachi Malik (Nathaniel).

Story:  LOGLINE: A highly successful upper middle class woman with a loving family has her seemingly “perfect” world turned upside down when the hidden secrets from her past suddenly resurface, forcing her and her beloved mother into a painful examination of their lives, their relationship with one another, and their faith in God.

Inspired by a true story, Nocturnal Agony is the tale of two women, Lois a renowned evangelist who is excitedly preparing for her retirement and her highly successful, upper middle class daughter Patty. By all accounts, Patty has it all: a successful career, a loving husband, a beautiful young daughter, an active church life and a gorgeous home in the suburbs. But something is eerily wrong and it all comes to a head when Patty’s seemingly “perfect” world turns upside down. This traumatic event uncovers years of hidden family secrets including issues of addiction, Bi-Polar Disorder, and child abuse which forces Patty and Lois into a painful examination of their lives, their relationship with each other, and their faith in God. Source: nocturnalagonythemovie.com, official site.

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