The Harder They Fall

Release Date:
11/3/21; Netflix
Genre:  Drama/Western
Rating:  NR
Director:  Jeymes Samuel
Studio(s):  Netflix, Overbrook Entertainment


Cast:   Jonathan Majors as Nat Love; Idris Elba as Rufus Buck; Zazie Beetz as Stagecoach Mary; Lakeith Stanfield as Cherokee Bill; Delroy Lindo as Bass Reeves; Regina King as Trudy Smith; Danielle Deadwyler as Cuffee; Edi Gathegi as Bill Pickett; RJ Cyler as Jim Beckwourth; Deon Cole as Wiley Escoe.





Story:  Executive produced by Jay Z, The Harder They Fall begins when outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison. He rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right-and-left hand men – hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi), fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler) and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.  Sources:  movieweb. IMDB.



Status:  Announced
Genre:  Biography
Director:  John Ridley
Studio(s):  Participant, Royal Ties Productions
Cast:  Regina King (Shirley Chisholm)

Details:  Regina King is set to star in and produce Shirley, the feature film biopic about Shirley Chisholm, America’s first Black congresswoman.  The film, produced by Participant, will be written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker John Ridley, with production expected to begin later this year.  The film is being produced based on the life story rights through an exclusive agreement with the Chisholm Estate.

Story:  The story tracks Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign, a groundbreaking historical moment, giving what’s described as “an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the most ground-breaking political leaders of our time.”  Source:  Deadline.  Photo Source:

One Night In Miami

Release Date:  12/25/20; In Theaters, Limited; 1/15/21; Amazon Prime (Original Release – 9/7/20; Venice Film Festival)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  R
Director:  Regina King
Studio(s):  ABKCO Films, Snoot Entertainment, Amazon Studios
Running Time:  110 mins.

Cast:  Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X; Eli Goree as Muhammad Ali; Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown; Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke; Lance Reddick as Brother Kareem; Nicolette Robinson as Barbara Cooke; Michael Imperioli as Angelo Dundee; Beau Bridges as Mr. Carlton; Marisa Miller; Joaquina Kalukango as Betty Shabaz; Jerome A. Wilson as Elijah Muhammad; Amondre D. Jackson as L.C. Cooke; Aaron D. Alexander as Sonny Liston; Christian Magby as Jamaal; Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Drew Bundini Brown; Jeremy Pope as Jackie Wilson; Christopher Gorham as Johnny Carson.

Story:  Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the story follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) (played by Eli Goree) as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay – unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws – instead spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in one of Miami’s historically black neighborhoods celebrating with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X (played by Kingsley Ben-Adir), singer Sam Cooke (played by Leslie Odom Jr.) and football star Jim Brown (played by Aldis Hodge). The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people.  Source:  IMDB.


If Beale Street Could Talk

Release Date:  11/30/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Crime/Drama
Rating:  R
Director:  Barry Jenkins
Studio(s):   Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment.
Running Time:  117 mins.

Cast:  KiKi Layne (Tish Rivers), Stephan James (Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt), Regina King (Sharon Rivers), Colman Domingo (Joseph Rivers), Teyonah Parris (Ernestine Rivers), Michael Beach (Frank Hunt), Aunjanue Ellis (Mrs. Hunt), Ebony Obsidian (Adrienne Hunt).

Story:   If Beale Street Could Talk follows a pregnant woman from Harlem named Tish (Kiki Layne), whose lover (Stephan James) is falsely accused of rape. When Tish finds out she is pregnant while James’ character Fonny is in prison, she races against the clock with help from her family and her lawyer to find evidence to exonerate Fonny.  Based on the novel by James Baldwin  Source:  Variety.


The Gabby Douglas Story

The Gabby Douglas StoryRelease Date: February 1, 2014 Lifetime;
Genre: Biography
Rating: NR
Studio: Sony PicturesTelevision; Lifetime Television
Director: Gregg Champion
Cast: Regina King (Natalie Hawkins)
Imani Hakim (Gabby Douglas, at 14-16 years-old)
Sydney Mikayla (Gabby Douglas, at 7-12 years-old)
Brian Tee (Liang Chow)
David Haydn-Jones (Dirk)
S. Epatha Merkerson (Miss Caroline)
Gabrielle Douglas (Herself)

Story: The Gabby Douglas Story takes us back two years to the Summer Olympics in London. There, a 17-year-old Gabby Douglas won the gold medal for the individual all-around, and then another gold with her “Fierce Five” American teammates for the team all-around. The movie chronicles the young athlete’s meteoric rise thanks to her natural talent, good coaching and the sacrifices of her family. (Synopsis adapted from The Hollywood Reporter).