Jingle Belle

Release Date:   11/25/18; Lifetime
Genre:  Romance/Holiday
Rating:  TV-G
Director:  Peter Sullivan
Studio(s):   Production Media Films, Hybrid
Running Time:  66 mins.

Cast:  Tatyana Ali (Belle Williams), Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Michael Hill), Loretta Devine (Emory Simons), Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tori), Tempestt Bledsoe (Jackie), Dee Wallace (Shelby), Valarie Pettiford (Faith Williams), Obba Babatundé (Charles Williams).

Story:   Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet?  Source(s):  Lifetime; IMDB.

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Behind The Movement

Release Date:  February 2018; TV One
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Aric Avelino
Studio(s):  Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Meta Golding as Rosa Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Loretta Devine as JoAnn Robinson, Isaiah Washington as E.D. Nixon, Shaun Clay as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Derek Roberts as Fred Gray, Keith Bolden as Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

Story:   Behind the Movement is a fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film reveals the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.   Source:  TV One.

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Naked

Release Date:  8/11/17; Netflix
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Michael Tiddes
Studio:  Wayans Alvarez Productions, Netflix

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Reginald Swope, Loretta Devine, Neil Brown, Jr., Dave Sheridan, Cory Hardrict, Jwaundace Candece.

Story:  Rob Anderson (Wayans) is all set to marry the girl of his dreams (Hall), but can’t quite get to the altar. Every time he comes close, he finds himself waking up naked in his hotel elevator, forced to relive the beginning of his wedding day over and over again.  Source:  Movie Insider Photo:  Teaser-Trailer.com

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Chapter & Verse

Release Date:  9/23/15 – 9/27/15 (Urbanworld Film Festival); 2014
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  62 mins.
Studio:  Harlem Film Company
Director: Jamal Joseph
Cast:  Daniel Beaty (Lance), Loretta Devine (Miss Maddy), Omari Hardwick (Jomo),
Selenis Leyva (Yolanda), Marc John Jefferies (B-Rock), Khadim Diop (Ty), Justin Martin
(G-Rod).

Story:  Upon his return from serving a ten-year sentence in prison, reformed gang leader, S. Lance Ingram, struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Unable to use the technological skills he acquired in jail, Lance is forced to accept a position delivering meals for a local food bank. It is here that he befriends Ms. Maddy, a past beauty with an irreverent and hardened shell to whom he delivers dinners. Through her, Lance finds hope, relearning the joys of life and living despite the outwardly bedeviled society in which they find themselves. Source: IMDB.

For The Love of Ruth

For The Love of Ruth

Release Date:  5/9/15 (TV One)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Studio(s):  Swirl Films
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Christine Swanson

Cast:  Denise Boutté (Ruth), Gary Dourdan (Braxton), Loretta Devine (Naomi Marachond), James Pickens, Jr. (Stephen).

Story:  Inspired by the biblical story, For The Love of Ruth follows the journey of Ruth Sommerling (Boutté), who, orphaned as a child and currently residing in a women’s shelter has lived a life filled with pain and disappointment. In rapid succession, Ruth marries Nicholas Marachond, but a dreadful accident leaves her widowed. Refusing to abandon the new family ties she’s formed, Ruth develops a close bond with Naomi Marachond (Devine). As the matriarch of the Marachond family, Naomi introduces Ruth to the fullness that a life filled with faith and loyalty presents. However, Naomi’s brother-in-law Stephen (Pickens, Jr.) discourages this connection and voices his suspicion of Ruth’s intentions. Ultimately, the love she desired all her life is found in Naomi’s reclusive cousin, Braxton (Dourdan) who despite objections from others showers Ruth with an outpouring of love and kindness. Source: TV One.

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Back to School Mom

Back to School Mom

Release Date 2/14/15 (Made-for-TV; Lifetime)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Intelligent Media Productions; 120dB Films
Director:  Christopher Erskin
Cast:  Kimberly Elise (Mary Thomas), Denzel Whitaker (Noah Riley), Loretta Devine (Meghan Graham), Harry Lennix (Lawrence Riley), Rick Fox (Matthew Kessler), Garcelle Beauvais (Dee Riley).

Story:  Mary Thomas, a free-spirited musician, has spent the past two decades traveling the world, but at age 41 she decides to go back to college and finish her degree so that, for once, she can finally finish something she started. Back at her old university, she becomes close friends with her popular and charming “peer tutor”—only to learn that he is actually the son she gave up 20 years earlier. Source(s): Lifetime, IMDB. Photo Source: Shadow and Act.

Comeback Dad

Comeback DadRelease Date:  7/12/14; UP TV
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unrated
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio:  UpToParr Productions LLC; Distributors GMC
Director:  Russ Parr
Cast: Tatyana Ali (Nina), Charles S. Dutton (Othell), Loretta Devine (Malinda), Brad James (Spence).

Story:  Nima Babineaux looks like a woman who has it all – she is an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school and is engaged to Spence, a successful engineer who adores her. But, in truth, she has never recovered from her alcoholic father, Othell, walking out on their family and it has made it hard for her to truly trust anyone. When Othell decides it is time to make amends and tries to reenter her life, Nima begins an emotional and eye-opening journey she could have never expected.  (Source:  UPtv.com).

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