Faith Under Fire

Release Date:   1/27/18; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  N/A
Director:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
Studio(s):  Topanga Productions Inc., Lifetime Television
Running time:  85 mins.
Cast:  Toni Braxton (Antoinette Tuff), Trevor Morgan (Michael Hill), Yaya DaCosta (Kendra), David Manzanares (Benito ‘Benny’ Medina), Jesse C. Boyd (Jim Sterling), Mell Bowser (Curtis Madison), Malik Yoba (Lt. Franklin), Kelvin Han Yee (Harlon Moline).

Story:   Seven time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton stars as Antoinette Tuff, a struggling single mom from Georgia who heroically averted a tragedy, saving hundreds of lives when she convinced a deranged gunman who stormed an elementary school to surrender. On August 20, 2013, shortly after arriving to work at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, Antoinette the school’s bookkeeper, was in the front office when Michael Hill (Trevor Morgan), a young man with a history of mental illness, snuck in, armed with an AK-47 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.  As the school went into lockdown, Antoinette was left alone with Michael, who repeatedly threatened to kill everyone.  Showing enormous courage and empathy, along with nerves of steel, Antoinette convinced Michael to surrender by using her own life struggles to connect with him. Antoinette’s faith in God guided her through the toughest moments of her life, ultimately preparing her for that fateful day.  Source:  Lifetime.

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The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Release Date:  2/3/18; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating: NR
Cast:  Jeante Godlock (Simone Biles); Julius Tennon (Ron Biles); Tisha Campbell-Martin (Nellie Biles), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Aimee Boorman), Kelsey Scott (Shanon), Marilyn Norry (Martha Karolyi), Nakai Takawira (Young Simone).
Story  Based on her book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar follows Simone Biles (Jeanté Godlock) through the sacrifices and hard work that led her to win 19 Olympic and World Championship medals and ultimately cemented her stake as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. After a field trip to a gymnastics training center when Simone was six years old, she caught the eye of a local coach who recognized that Simone had a remarkable gift for the sport. But pursuing her dream of becoming an elite gymnast also meant giving up high school football games, prom or starting college at UCLA. With her parents Ron (Julius Tennon) and Nellie Biles (Tisha Campbell) and younger sister Adria (Raven Bowens) supporting her every step of the way, Simone’s journey from foster care to the Olympic podium – with all of its triumphs and heartbreaks – can serve as an inspiration for every little girl with a dream.  Source:  Lifetime.

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Flint

Release Date:   10/28/17; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  TV-14
Director:  Bruce Beresford
Studio(s):  Sony Pictures Television; Lifetime Television

Cast:  Queen Latifah (Iza Banks), Jill Scott (Nayyirah Shariff), Betsy Brandt (LeeAnne Walters), Rob Morrow (Professor Edwards), Marin Ireland (Melissa Mays), Lyndie Greenwood (Adina Banks).

Story:  Inspired by the Time Magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn, Flint is the gripping retelling of a crisis that shook a nation and shines a light on the whistleblowers who exposed the biggest environmental scandal of our generation. LeeAnne Walters (Betsy Brandt), Melissa Mays (Marin Ireland) and Nayyirah Shariff (Jill Scott) join forces after discovering that the drinking water in Flint, Michigan is contaminated, resulting in a slew of devastating medical problems for their families. When their claims go unheeded, they band together to expose the wrongdoings committed by their reckless, bean-counting government officials whose carelessness caused irrevocable harm to the lives of its residents.  Source:  Lifetime.  Image:  Women and Hollywood.

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Michael Jackson:  Searching for Neverland

Release Date:  5/29/17; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:   Dianne Houston
Studio:   Lifetime, Silver Screen Pictures, Lifetime Television

Cast Navi (Michael Jackson), Chad L. Coleman (Bill Whitfield), Sam Adegoke (Javon Beard), Aidan Smith (Prince Jackson), Taegen Burns (Paris Jackson), Michael Mourra (Blanket Jackson).

Story:  Based on the best-selling book, Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, and told through the eyes of Jackson’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. The movie will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.  Source:  Lifetime.

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Love By The 10th Date

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Release Date:  1/28/17; Lifetime
Genre:  Comedy/Romance
Rating:  NR
Director:  Nzingha Stewart
Studio(s):  Silver Screen Pictures, Lifetime Television.

Cast:  Meagan Good (Gabrielle Fateful), Brandon T. Jackson (Dante), Kellee Stewart (Nell), Keri Hilson (Billie), Kelly Rowland (Margot Scotts), Andra Fuller (Chris Kellman), Cat Deeley (Maureen), Black Shakespeare (Big Stunna), Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Freddy Mitchell), Christian Keyes (Kevin).

Story:  Love By The 10th Date follows Gabby, Nell, Billie and Margot who balance their dating adventures alongside their career ambitions at an upscale digital magazine in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of their editor.  Inspired by the site’s relationship advice column to find the one, Gabby and Nell embark on their own journeys towards the elusive 10th date, the dating world’s Holy Grail when it comes to commitment. Meanwhile, Billie finds herself at a major crossroads in her marriage and Margot unsuccessfully tries to fight her growing attraction to a famously controversial reggae musician she is assigned to interview. As the ladies navigate the ups and downs of modern dating, romance, exes and friendships, they learn what they really want out of life and love.  Source:  Lifetime.  Photo Source:  That Grape Juice.

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Beaches

beachesRelease Date:   1/21/17; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:   Allison Anders
Studio(s):   A+E Studios, Lifetime Television.
Cast:   Nia Long (Hillary), Idina Menzel (CC Bloom), Colin Lawrence (Bryan), Grace Capeless (Young Hillary), Gabriella Pizzolo (Young CC), Sanai Victoria (Tory Whitney).

Story:  Friends are family that you choose to have for a lifetime.  In this contemporary remake, Beaches follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship.  CC (Idina Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives her her first big shot.  Hillary (Nia Long) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny.  Their friendship—even with its ups and downs—sustains them for decades.   Source:  Lifetime; IMDB.  Photo Source:  (TV Line).

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Surviving Compton:  Dre, Suge & Miche’le

michele-biopic-stillRelease Date:  10/15/16; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:  Janice Cooke
Studio(s):   Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media.
Cast Rhyon Nicole Brown (Michel’le), Curtis Hamilton (Dre), Jamie Kennedy (Jerry Heller), R. Marcos Taylor (Suge Knight).

surviving-compton-stillStory:  The blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton mesmerized music fans with its vivid look behind the scenes of the pioneering hip hop collective N.W.A.  Now get ready to hear a shocking new side of their story.  Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, tells the tale of Michel’le Toussaint, who rose to fame in the early days of rap as the so-called “First Lady of Ruthless Records.”  Surrounded by industry titans like Eazy-Z, Tupac Shakur, and obviously Suge Knight and Dr. Dre, she achieved major chart success – only to have it tarnished by betrayal and corrupt business dealings.  Her romantic relationship with Dre lasted for nearly a decade, during which time she veered further into a world ruled by substance abuse and crime. A blossoming affair with Knight, Dre’s friend and business partner, would offer temporary salvation, but ultimately complicate all of their lives.  Source(s):  People; Billboard.

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