Black or White

Black Or White

Release Date:  1/30/15 (Theatrical Release)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Relativity Media
Directors:  Mike Binder

Cast Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Mackie and Bill Burr.

Story:  Black or White tells the story of a grandfather (Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white. Source: Official Facebook page; Comingsoon.

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Tulsa (working title)

Octavia Spencer

Status:  Development Status Unknown
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  OWN
Director: TBA
Cast: Octavia Spencer (Mattie Clay)

Details:  According to Hitfix, OWN is developing Tulsa, a two-night miniseries set to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help). The miniseries will tell the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history, during which 300 people are believed to have been murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921, a story OWN says was covered up for decades.

Spencer will be playing the role of Mattie Clay, a journalist who moves back to Tulsa after a stint in Chicago where she must “face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies.”  The miniseries will be executive produced by Nancy Miller (Saving Grace), and co-executive producers are Valerie Woods (Soul Food) and Dayna North (Single Ladies). Source: hitfix.com.  Photo credit:  The Grio.

Get On Up

 

Get On Up 2Release Date:  August 1, 2014
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  Not Available
Running Time:  Not Available
Studio:  Universal Pictures
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast:  Chadwick Boseman (James Brown),  Viola Davis (Susie Brown), Octavia Spencer (Aunt Honey), Nelsan Ellis (Bobby Byrd), Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd (Ben Bart), Lennie James (Joseph James), Tika Sumpter (Yvonne Fair)

Story:  Based on the incredible life story of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. (Synopsis taken from comingsoon.net).

Details: The Godfather of Soul led a very turbulent life, which included drug abuse and four marriages. Producer Brian Grazer and longtime friend of James Brown, started working on Get On Up with the soul legend himself involved in the development of the project up to his death in 2006. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who also knew Brown, is also on board as a producer.  (Source:  Movie Pilot; Photo:  Universal Pictures).

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