The Equalizer 2

Release Date:  12/11/18; DVD
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  R
Director:  Antoine Fuqua
Studio(s):  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Escape Artists, Fuqua Films, Lonetree Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), ZHIV Productions
Running Time:  121 mins.
Cast:  Denzel Washington (Robert McCall), Ashton Sanders (Miles Whittaker), Pedro Pascal (Dave York), Orson Bean (Sam Rubinstein), Bill Pullman (Brian Plummer), Melissa Leo (Susan Plummer).

Story:   Sequel to the 2014 film The Equalizer, which was based on the TV series of the same name.  If you have a problem and there is nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall’s past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer — his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who’ll stop at nothing to destroy him.  Source:  Google.

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Life-Size 2

Release Date:  12/2/18; Freeform
Genre:  Fantasy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Steven K. Tsuchida
Studio(s):   Walt Disney Television, Freeform
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Tyra Banks (Eve), Francia Raisa (Grace Manning), Alison Fernandez (Lex), Gavin Stenhouse (Calum), Shanica Knowles (Tahlia), Lindsey Lohan (Casey Stuart).

Story:  Grace Manning, the confident and funny CEO of Marathon Toys, a huge toy company started by her mother that is most famous for manufacturing the iconic Eve doll. Grace is also a hot mess in the middle of her quarter-life crisis and realizing that she is in over her head as CEO. To make matters worse, her wild-child ways are causing the company’s stock to plummet.

Details:  18 years in the making, Life-Size 2 is finally happening and it has Tyra Banks back in the lead as a life-size doll that comes to life. The model-turned-actress is promising that her original co-star Lindsay Lohan will be showing up too.  Tyra Banks is excited to be returning to the fictional town of Sunnyvale in Life-Size 2. She stars as Eve, a living doll who has already dabbled in a medical career, aerospace design and the fashion industry, really giving Barbie a run for her money.  The original premiered as a Disney Channel original movie in 2000. Lindsay Lohan was just getting started, starring as Casey Stuart, a girl who transformers her favorite doll into the perfect living, breathing, thinking woman. Banks was initially disappointed that Lohan couldn’t return for the sequel, but she says that Lohan will be in the movie in some kind of way.  Life-Size 2 will be part of Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas line-up, hinting at a Christmas themed story this time around.  Source(s):  Movieweb, IMDB.

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Tales From the Hood 2

Release Date:  10/2/18; DVD, VOD
Genre:  Horror
Rating:  R
Director(s):  Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott
Studio(s):   Universal 1440 Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE)
Running Time:  111 mins.
Cast:  Keith David (Portifoy Simms), Bryan Batt (John Lloyd), Kedrick Brown (Booze), Alicia Davis Johnson (PollyAnnas Hockenbull), Creighton Thomas (Cliff Bettis).
Story:   Keith David is Mr. Simms, who will present four horrific stories of lust, greed, pride and politics through tales of demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms’s haunting stories will make you laugh… while you scream. TALES FROM THE HOOD 2 is squarely in the tradition of outrageous, entertaining anthology horror, but it also addresses serious issues with a forceful point of view, just as folklore has done throughout history.  Source:  Dread Central.

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The First Purge

a/k/a Purge:  The Island

Release Date:10/2/18; DVD
Genre:  Horror, Action.
Rating:  R
Director:   Gerard McMurray
Studio(s):   Blumhouse Productions, Perfect World Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Universal Pictures.
Running Time:  98 mins.

Cast:  Y’lan Noel (Dimitri), Lex Scott Davis (Nya), Joivan Wade (Isaiah), Mugga (Dolores), Lauren Velez (Luisa), Marisa Tomei (The Architect-Dr. Update), Christian Robinson (Capital A), Kristen Solis (Selina), Patch Darragh (Chief of Staff-Arlo Sabian), Rotimi Paul (Skeletor), Mo McRae (7&7), Siya (Blaise).

Story:   During the country’s first purge, any level of crime (including murder) is legal for 12 hours. Because all emergency services are also suspended, the citizens must keep themselves connected and protected during a night of sheer terror and uncertainty. Isaiah and his sister work as activists who are trying to keep everything under control while promoting peace, but are finding it increasingly difficult to promote their agenda when not even the government agrees. As the night goes on the crimes become more intense, frequent, and leave the activist group more unsure about the future of their country.  Source:  DVD Release Dates.

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Honey:  Rise Up and Dance

a/k/a Honey 4

Release Date:  4/3/18; DVD, Digital and On Demand
Genre:  Music
Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Bille Woodruff
Studio(s):   Universal 1440 Entertainment, Soundtrack New York, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE)
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Teyana Taylor (Skyler), Bryshere Y. Gray (Tyrell), Sierra Aylina McClain (Tosha), Charmin Lee (Jada).

Story:   An avid street dancer goes against the odds and pursues her dreams in Honey: Rise Up and Dance, the exciting all-new installment in the Honey film franchise.  An inspirational story about overcoming adversity, Honey: Rise Up and Dance is set to the beat of Atlanta’s underground dance scene and injects the series with a raw and edgy vibe, fueled with sexy hip-hop battles and dynamic routines like you’ve never seen before!

Aspiring street dancer, Skyler is at a major crossroads in her life.  She’s decided to try-out for the same dance crew as her formally trained sister Tosha in order to compete for a college scholarship, but is discouraged by her family and boyfriend who doubt that her raw, edgy talent is enough for her to win.  Determined to prove them all wrong, Skyler practices non-stop in Atlanta’s underground dance scene and catches the eye of Tyrell.  He helps her take her sexy dance and hip-hop battle skills to the next level in order to achieve her dreams.  Source:  PR Newswire.

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Creed 2

a/k/a Creed II

Release Date:  11/21/18
Genre:   Drama/Sport
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Steven Caple, Jr.
Studio(s):   Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Johnson), Tessa Thompson (Bianca), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa), Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago), Florian Munteanu (Vitor Drago).

Details:   Creed 2 is set for release on November 21st 2018, and features the return of Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, while Dolph Lundgren reprises his Rocky IV role as Ivan Drago, and boxer Florian Munteanu takes on the role of Drago’s son.

Story:  Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned light-heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.  Source(s):  IMDB; Flickering Myth.

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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.