Christmas Wedding Baby

Christmas Wedding BabyRelease Date:  2014; 12/22/15 BET
Genre:   Drama/Romance
Rating: NR
Running Time:  112 mins.
Studio(s):  Cultivated Films
Director:  Kiara Jones

Cast:  Kimberley Drummond (Andrea), Maba Ba (Brent), Sawandi Wilson (Gabriel), Maria Howell (Miranda), Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Lori), Frances Turner (Charlotte), Stephen Hill (Isaac), Jason Vendryes (Kendal).

Story:  The film focuses on three sisters. The baby of the trio, Andrea is in town for her wedding to the wealthy Brent, but it’s clear something is amiss, as he’s been too busy to come for the pre-wedding preparations. This small town in North Florida doesn’t have too many professional photographers and Andrea’s ex Gabriel was hired by the wedding planner to effectively capture her beauty on this momentous occasion. Sparks fly between the two, compounding Andrea’s confusion. Does she do what her overbearing mom Miranda says and marry the “right man” or go with her heart…and what does that mean exactly?

Lori, is the oldest sister, and pregnant by a one-night stand to the chagrin of bratty and needy Andrea, judgmental mom Miranda, and middle sister Charlotte. Successful and adventurous, her decision to have a baby on her own doesn’t sit well with the rest of the clan because she lives life on her terms, something they can’t relate to, or in Miranda’s case, waited too long to act on.

Charlotte and her hunky baby daddy Isaac are in a rut. He has given up working as an international DJ and music producer to be the best stay at home dad to their two children while Charlotte focuses on her work as a daytime news anchor. As Isaac prepares to take their relationship to the next level, Charlotte entertains ideas of tasting the swirl with her white co-anchor. Source: Shadow and Act.

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A Christmas Blessing

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Release Date:  2013
Genre:  Drama/Romance
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  90 mins.
Studio:  Uptoparr Productions; TV One
Director:  Russ Parr

Cast:  Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Pamela), Omari Hardwick (Earl James), David Banner (Charles), Jahnee Wallace (Kara).

Story:  This moving family drama chronicles the parallel hardships of Pamela Cleveland (Lisa Arrindell Anderson), a mother of four whose husband, Charles (David Banner), has been killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, and Earl James (Omari Hardwick), a fresh divorcee. While Pamela combats immeasurable grief and a flood of concerns as a new widow, Earl combats anxiety and struggles to maintain custody of and contact with his two sons. Pamela and Earl’s lives are forever transformed when their seemingly separate paths intersect and together, they learn the realities of dating and single-parenthood, the importance of family and the true meaning of Christmas. Source(s): Shadow and Act; Moviefone.  Photo Source:  TV One.

The Sin Seer

Release Date:  6/13/15; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time: 119 mins.
Studio:  Overflow Entertainment, Silver Lining Entertainment
Director:  Paul D. Hannah
Cast:  Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Rose Ricard), Isaiah Washington Grant Summit), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Nia), C. Thomas Howell, Michael Ironside (Alexander Rachet), Richard Brooks (Jake Ballard).

Story:  Rose Ricard has a gift, she can see into your soul. She can discern the truth from a lie and sometimes, she can perceive the very thoughts before they are formed in your mind. She uses these gifts to solve unsolved cases and bring closure where there is none. Her most recent case, unwittingly opens the doors to her own past and that of her new partner Grant Summit. Source: IMDB.

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First Impression

First ImpressionRelease Date:  6/20/14 (New York Premiere American Black Film Festival); 2013
Genre:  Comedy/Romance
Rating: Unknown
Running Time: 108 min.
Studio:  LifeAfter Films
Director:  Arthur Muhammad
Cast:  Lamman Rucker (Vernon Richardson), Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Imani Townsend), David Mann (Pastor Wayne Johnson), Elise Neal (Kym Pine), Tamela J. Mann (Renee Wells), Kendrick Cross (Julius), Kel Mitchell (James Mason), Brad James (Scorpion Kiss), Lisa Wu (Katrinah), Laila Odom (Tropical Storm), Tommy Ford (T), Carl Anthony Payne, II (C), Dawnisha Halfkenny (Tryanna).

Story:  When a man finds a woman, who seeks a man, he only gets one chance at a First Impression…or does he?

First Impression is a romantic comedy that takes you on an enchanting journey into the complex world of Internet dating.

Completely unaware of their secret fantasy relationship in cyberspace, a twist of fate brings the real Vernon and Imani together where the pair hit it off instantly.

But when the truth of who they really are is revealed in a bizarre trail of events, the game-changing question is: Can there ever really be a second chance at a “First Impression”? (Source(s): Facebook Page; firstimpressionmovie.com; IMDB).

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Drumline: A New Beat

DrumlineRelease Date:  10/27/14
Genre:  Comedy/Drama
Rating:  Not Available
Studio(s):  Fox Television Studios /VH1 Television
Director:  Billie Woodruff
Cast:  Nick Cannon (Devon Miles), Alexandra Shipp (Dani), Jordan Calloway (Jayven), Leonard Roberts (Sean Taylor), Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Lois Bolton), Letoya Luckett (Dr. Nia Phillips), Jasmine Burke (Tasha), Kamille Leai (Lori) Jackie Goldston (Dean Scott), Rome Flynn (Leon), Scott Shilstone (Josh), Jeff Pierre (Tyree)

Story:  Drumline: A New Beat will focus on a new set of characters at Atlanta A&T University — the setting of the original movie. The story follows Dani Bolton (Shipp), an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join — and revitalize — its once-prominent drumline.

Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen, including her cousin, Tyree (Jeff Pierre, Glee), head of the percussion section and her feelings for fellow bandmate Jayven (Jordan Calloway, Unfabulous), an extremely gifted, yet cocky freshman.

Leonard Roberts will reprise his role as Sean Taylor, now a determined band director looking to make his mark at his alma mater while navigating the ghosts of his past. Cannon will executive produce and reprise his role as Devon Miles in a cameo. Letoya Luckett (Single Ladies) will portray Dr. Nia Phillips, the intelligent and determined dean at Atlanta A&T with former romantic ties to Sean. Her support of Sean’s return to lead A&T’s band proves to be difficult as the Panthers take on a rival band led by Phillips’ ex-husband — and Sean’s brother — Kevin Taylor. Jasmine Burke (Ride Along) is set as Tasha Williams, one of Dani’s roommates who is wooed by Josh (Scott Shilstone, Now You See Me).  Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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Details:  The first Drumline featured a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a Southern university, was a success for Fox, grossing close to $60 million. The sequel may be a possible pilot to a potential Drumline series on VH-1. Source(s): Deadline; Shadow & Act.