The Hate U Give

Release Date:  10/19/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  George Tillman, Jr.
Studio(s):   Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment,
Twentieth Century Fox.
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Amandla Stenberg (Starr Carter), Regina Hall (Lisa Carter), Russell Hornsby (Maverick Carter), Common (Uncle Carlos Carter), Lamar Johnson (Seven Carter), TJ Wright (Sekani Carter), Issa Rae (April Ofrah), KJ Apa (Chris), Sabrina Carpenter (Hailey), Anthony Mackie (King).

Story:   Based on Angie Thomas’ novel of same name, the film stars Amandla Stenberg as a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken area, but now attends a suburban prep school.  After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she’s torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.  Source:  Variety.  Photo Source:  Shadow & Act.

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Shaft

a/k/a Son of Shaft

Release Date:  6/14/2019; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:   Tim Story
Studio(s):  Davis Entertainment, Khalabo Ink Society, New Line Cinema, Netflix
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson (John Shaft), Jessie T. Usher, Alexandra Shipp, Avan Jogia, Regina Hall, Matt Lauria (Cutty), Method Man (Freddie P.), Isaach De Bankolé (Gordito), Method Man.

Details:   Avan Jogia has been cast in New Line’s reboot of Shaft. He joins previously announced cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Richard Roundtree.  Tim Story will direct a script from Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow which will follow a nerdy FBI agent who launches his own investigation after his friend dies under suspicious circumstances. Needing help with the case, he reluctantly enlists the help from his estranged father — the legendary, stuck-in-the-80s-but-still-cool-as-hell titular John Shaft.

New Line and Netflix are partnering on this film with Netflix financing more than half the film’s high $30M budget for international rights and will stream Shaft outside of the U.S. after New Line releases it theatrically domestically.  

Back in 1971, Gordon Parks helmed the now-classic blaxploitation film Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, the black private dick who’s a sex machine to all the chicks. The film spawned a few sequels, and then in 2000, John Singleton directed a remake starring Samuel L. Jackson in the title role. The Singleton/Jackson version went light on the lady killer aspects of the original, and instead focused on a murder mystery.  Source(s):  Slash Film; Deadline.  Photo Source:  Movieweb.

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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Girls Trip

Release Date:  7/21/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  R
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Studio(s):   Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions.
Cast:  Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Tiffany Haddish, Deborah Ayorinde, Kofi Siriboe.

Story:  When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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When the Bough Breaks

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Release Date:  9/16/16
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Screen Gems
Director:  Jon Cassar

Cast:  Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, Jaz Sinclair, Theo Rossi, Justin Lebrun

Story:  A professional couple unable to conceive their own child hire a woman to act as their surrogate. Unfortunately for the hopeful parents, she develops a violent fixation on the husband before the baby is even born.  Source(s): Variety, Deadline, IMDB.

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With This Ring

With This RingRelease Date: 1/24/15
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Lifetime
Director: Nzingha Stewart
Cast: Jill Scott (Viviane), Eve Jeffers Cooper (Amaya), Regina Hall (Trista), Brooklyn Sudano (Elise), Stephen Bishop (Nate), Jason George (Sean), Deon Sanders (Keith), Brian White (Damon).

Synopsis:  After attending their friend Elise’s (Sudano) wedding to Nate (Bishop) on New Year’s Eve, Trista (Hall), a career-­driven talent agent, Viviane (Scott), a successful gossip columnist, and Amaya (Cooper), a struggling actress, make a pact to get married within the year to either a new love or a man waiting in the wings. But the close friends face their own set of challenges – Trista has not gotten over her commitment-­phobic ex-­boyfriend Damon (White), Viviane is secretly in love with Sean (George), the father of her son, and Amaya is desperate to break up her boyfriend Keith’s (Sanders) unhappy marriage so they can live happily ever after. Each woman starts the year with high hopes and dreams of what will happen over the next 12 months…but will they all make it to the altar?  Source:  Lifetime.

View trailer:  http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/with-this-ring

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Update:  On 7/31/14 Deadline reported that Brooklyn Sudano has booked a lead role in Lifetime’s original movie With With This Ring slated to debut this year. Written and directed by Nzingha Stewart (The Game) the romantic comedy revolves around three single best friends, who after attending the lavish wedding of their best friend on New Year’s Eve, make the vow to be married within the year. Sudano, will play Elise, the bride-to-be getting married who relies on her best friends to get her down the aisle when she gets a little case of cold feet.

Deadline also revealed (7/28/14) that Stephen Bishop (Being Mary Jane) has also been tapped for a lead role in Lifetime’s original movie With This Ring, slated to debut this year. Bishop will play Dr. Sean Braswell, a handsome, successful plastic surgeon who is a good man and father to Viviane’s (Jill Scott) 8-year-old son, Cory.

Details:  Lifetime has tapped Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall to star in the original movie With This Ring, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter on 7/11/14. The romantic comedy centers on three single best friends who attend the lavish wedding of a fourth on New Year’s Eve, and desperation pushes them to make the vow to be married within the year. Each woman starts the year with hopes of what will happen over the next 12 months, but will they all make it to the altar?

The movie, produced by Sony Pictures Television, hails from executive producers Tracey Edmonds, Sheila Ducksworth (Soul Food) and Gabrielle Union. With This Ring will be written and directed by Nzingha Stewart (The Game) and will film in August in Cleveland for a debut later this year. It is based on Angela Burt-Murray’s novel The Vow, which Gabrielle Union optioned five years ago and sold to Sony for Lifetime. This is Union’s first project as a producer. Source: Deadline.

Barbershop: The Next Cut

a/k/a
Barbershop 3

Barbershop 3 The Next CutRelease Date:  4/15/16
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Cube Vision, New Line Cinema
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Cast:  Ice Cube (Calvin Palmer), Common (Jabari), Nicki Minaj (Draya), Anthony Anderson (J.D.), Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie), Regina Hall (Angie), Garcelle Beauvais (Loretta), Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Eve (Terri), Deon Cole (Dante), Tyga (Whack MC), J. B. Smoove.

Details:  On this date MovieWeb reported that Barbershop: The Next Cut is bringing the Beauty Shop inside their doors for a joint business to help both parties keep afloat, and with the girls and guys working side by side, you can bet that every day is going to be a party. That is, if the raining bullets don’t accidentally kill someone first. There’s a serious new problem in town. And it needs to be addressed by a community that can actually do something about it. Ice Cube’s Calvin Palmer has a young son growing up in a Chicago suburb where the presence of gang violence is growing by the day. And it is encroaching on his business. It’s a serious issue that Barbershop: The Next Cut seems to be cutting into with some humor, making for a slightly more serious affair than past sequels.

Joining the cast this time around is also Common, who is now married to the only woman working on the Barber side of the shop, Terri, a character being reprised by Eve. Their personal journey will be one of the many side stories on display in Barbershop 3, as each of the shop’s employees work through their own struggles in the face of a neighborhood that seems to be under constant attack. Source: MovieWeb.

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Update:  According to Shadow and Act, Barbershop 3 is set for a February 19, 2016 release, with a cast the seemingly continues to grow, including additions, Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Regina Hall, who have all booked roles in the New Line/MGM threequel, joining the previously cast Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Anthony Anderson and returning stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Eve.

Malcolm D. Lee is directing, from a script penned by “Black-Ish” creator, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Ice Cube’s Cube Vision shingle is producing, with Bob Teitel and George Tillman, Jr. of State Street Pictures as lead producers.

Collectively, the first 2 movies grossed $140 million domestically on comparatively low budgets, and were financial successes for the studio.

As of May 5, 2015, according to Movieweb, it isn’t clear at this point if other original franchise stars such as Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Troy Garity (Issac), Michael Ealy (Ricky) and Leonard Earl Howze (Dinka) will also come back for the follow-up. Source(s):  Shadow and Act, MovieWeb.

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On March 26, 2014 Deadline reported that MGM is reviving its Barbershop franchise. The film company is negotiating a mid-seven-figure deal with Ice Cube to reprise his role as the catalyst for Barbershop 3. They also hope to re-enlist Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah as well. The 2002 original cost $12 million and grossed $75 million domestic while the 2004 sequel cost $30 million and grossed $65 million. Source: Deadline.