Josephine/The Last Dance

On February 12, 2020, it was reported that the remarkable story of Josephine Baker, one of the most influential female entertainers of the 20th century, will be the subject of Josephine, a limited drama series in development at ABC Signature, with Ruth Negga attached to star as the legendary Jazz Age performer and civil rights activist.  The series will take a raw and unflinching look at the force of nature that was Josephine Baker. From international superstar and decorated WWII spy, to civil rights activist and flawed mother, Josephine delves into  the raw talent, sexual fluidity, struggles and bold life of an icon.  In addition to playing the leading role, Negga will also serve as an executive producer.  Written by Dee Harris-Lawrence (All Rise) the series will also be executive produced by Harris-Lawrence, and LeBron James’ The Springhill Company.  Millicent Shelton is directing.

Another biopic about the life of Josephine Baker was previously announced.  On December 16 2019, Deadline reported that Paula Patton had optioned film and television rights to Josephine Baker’s Last Dance, a novel by Sherry Jones, with the intention of starring in and producing an adaptation.  There have been no updates regarding the status of this project.

Born in Missouri in 1906 and started performing at the age of 15 appearing in vaudeville shows and chorus lines.  At 19, she moved to France and immediately found success as one of Europe’s most popular and highest-paid performers. Early on, she was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline the revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. She earned nicknames like “Black Venus” and “Black Pearl.”

Baker worked for the French Resistance during World War II, and during the 1950s and ’60s devoted herself to fighting segregation and racism in the United States.  She refused to perform in front of segregated audiences and had an active role in the civil rights movement. Just two years after making a comeback to the stage, Baker died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1975, and was buried with military honors.

 In 1991 Lynn Whitfield portrayed Baker in the HBO biopic, The Josephine Baker Story for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special, becoming the first Black actress to win the category.  Source(s):  MSN; mxdwn.com.  Photo Sources:  MSN; blackculturenews.com; IMDB; Wikipedia.

Sacrifice

Release Date:   12/19/19; BET+
Genre:   Thriller
Rating:   NR
Director:  Chris Stokes
Studio(s):   Footage Films
Running Time:   Unknown

Cast:  Paula Patton, Erica Ash, Juan Antonio, V. Bozeman, Altonio Jackson, Nelson Bonilla, Michael Toland, James Trevena Brown, Liliana Montenegro, Marques Houston.

Details:  On 9/28/20 BET announced that legal thriller Sacrifice starring Paula Patton has been picked up to series. The movie launched on BET+ in December 2019 and was the first original film on the streaming service. Sacrifice takes place in Los Angeles following Daniella Hernandez, a highly sought-after entertainment lawyer, as she navigates the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Patton will resume her role in the 10-episode series, accompanied by returning cast members Marques Houston, James Trevena Brown, Veronika Bozeman, Altonio Jackson, Liliana Montenegro, Michael Toland, and Nelson Bonilla.

The series will delve deeper into Daniella’s complicated personal life. She is a recovering alcoholic who compensates for her suppressed addiction with men and the adrenaline of defending the worst in the entertainment world against an over-zealous D.A. sworn to bring them all to justice.  Daniella’s unimpeachable clients need her help, wisdom and resourcefulness – as do all the corrupt ones.  She is the classic conundrum of doing good for bad reasons and doing bad for good reasons.  Maybe it’s luck, maybe it’s skill, maybe it’s because she’s beautiful, but Daniella gets away with it… so far.  Source:  BET.com.

Story:   Sacrifice is a legal thriller which stars Paula Patton as Daniella Hernandez, a highly sought after entertainment lawyer and tracks her as she navigates the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Daniella has a reputation that proves problematic to LA Law enforcement, forcing her to be at odds with her sorority sister turned nemesis District Attorney Beverly Rucker (Erica Ash). In an attempt to protect her often unscrupulous clients, Daniella enlists the services of her resourceful assistant and a young ex-hacker and tech genius.

The cast also includes Juan Antonio as hip hop artist and mogul Dominiq Mayfield aka Big Dom; V. Bozeman as Tamika Bland, Daniella’s loyal and resourceful assistant; Altonio Jackson as ex-hacker Steven Somwon; Nelson Bonilla as Miguel, Daniella’s trusted driver; Michael Toland as Arnold Lang, the founding partner of Daniella’s firm; James Trevena Brown as Joshua Lang, Arnold Lang’s son; Liliana Montenegro as Gabriella Hernandez, Daniella’s Spanish-speaking aunt; Marques Houston as Jason Pratt a young Assistant District Attorney; and Josué Ramon Gutierrez, a client of Daniella’s and Dom’s biggest hip hop rival.

Sacrifice will be a two-hour movie and double as a backdoor pilot.  Source(s):  Black Film; The Hollywood Reporter.

Trailer:

Traffik

a/k/a Stranded

Release Date:  4/27/18; In Theaters
Genre:   Thriller
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  92 mins.
Director:  Deon Taylor
Studio:   Hidden Empire Film Group

Cast:  Paula Patton (Brea), Omar Epps (John), Laz Alonso (Darren Cole), Luke Goss (Red), William Fichtner (Mr. Waynewright), Missi Pyle (Deputy Sally Marnes), Roselyn Sanchez (Malia), Dawn Olivieri (Cara).

Story:  Journalist Brea and her boyfriend John are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. On their way up the coast they stop in a small town and are accosted by a group of men on motorcycles. Barely avoiding a fight, Brea and John continue on their trip, unaware that they have inadvertently come into possession of a cell phone…a cell phone that the bikers are desperate to retrieve. Now, alone in the mountains in an isolated rental home, Brea and John must defend themselves against the bikers who will stop at nothing to get the phone, destroy the evidence it holds and kill anyone who would tell their story.  Source:  abff.com.

Trailer:

The Perfect Match

The Perfect MatchRelease Date:  3/11/16 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Studio(s):  Jorva Entertainment Productions, Lionsgate, Codeblack Films, Flavor Unit Entertainment
Director:  Bille Woodruff

Cast:  Terrence Jenkins (Charlie), Paula Patton (Sherry), Kali Hawk (Karen), Lauren London (Ginger), Brandy Norwood (Avatia), Cassie Ventura (Eva), Donald Faison (Rick), Robert Christopher Riley (Victor), Dascha Polanco (Pressie).

Story:  Charlie (Terrence Jenkins) is a playboy who’s convinced that relationships are dead even though his sister (Paula Patton), a therapist, tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he’s bound to fall in love. Charlie takes the bet because he believes that he’s immune to love… until he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Cassie Ventura). Turning on his irresistible charm, Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair but soon finds out that Eva has turned the tables on him. Now Charlie is questioning whether he may actually want more than just a one-night stand. Source(s): Flickeringmyth.

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Baggage Claim

Baggage ClaimRelease Date: 2/4/14 (DVD); 9/27/13 (theatrical)
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 96 mins.
Studio: Sneak Preview Productions/ Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: David Talbert
Cast: Paula Patton (Montana Moore)
Derek Luke (William Wright)
Taye Diggs (Langston)
Boris Kodjoe (Graham)
Trey Songz/Tremaine Neverson (Damon)
Jill Scott (Gail)
Adam Brody (Sam)
Jenifer Lewis (Catherine)
Djimon Hounsou (Quinton)
Lauren London (Sheree)
Christina Milian (Taylor)
Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Janine)
Story: Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding, flight attendant Montana Moore finds herself with only 30 days to find Mr. Right. Using her airline connections to “accidentally” meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour for potential candidates, she racks up more than 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters, all the while searching for the perfect guy. (Synopsis taken from foxsearchlight.com).

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