Release Date: 6/14/19; In Theaters
(Original Release – 1/26/19; Sundance Film Festival) Genre: Drama Rating: R Director:Joe Talbot Studio(s): A24, Longshot Features, Plan B Entertainment Running Time:120 mins. Cast:Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold, Danny Glover, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock.
Story: Jimmie Fails has one hope in life: to reclaim the majestic Victorian house his grandfather built. Every week, Jimmie and his only friend, Montgomery, make a pilgrimage across San Francisco to Jimmie’s dream home and imagine what life would be like if this neighborhood had never changed. When they realize the house’s current owners have moved out, Jimmie decides to recreate the home his family once had. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, Jimmie’s domestic aspirations blind him to reality. Source: Sundance.org.
Release Date: 12/5/15; TV One Genre: Comedy/Holiday Rating: NR Running Time:90 mins. Studio:TV One Director: Lance Kawas Cast:Debbi Morgan (Alfreda Royal), Vivica A. Fox (Mona Levi), Richard Lawson (Leighton Royal), Tichina Arnold (Chivonne Price), Romeo Miller (Phillip “Flip” Royal), Ricky Harris (Nelson Royal), Eric Myrick, III (Austin Royal), Chelsea Tavaras (Kelsey Royal), Taquilla Whitfield (Pamela Royal).
Story: Sequel to “Royal Family Holiday.” The children Phillip “Flip” Royal (Romeo Miller), a good-looking spiritual guru; Austin Royal (Eric Myrick III), a Washington, D.C. community activist; Kelsey Royal (Chelsea Tavares), a fashion designer’s gopher; and Pamela Royal (Taquilla Whitfield), a hair and nail salon owner; join forces to reunite their parents in time for Christmas. They try every trick in the book – including “playing nice” and setting aside old sibling rivalries – only to learn their mom and dad are enjoying “the single life.” Their plan also goes awry as getting their parents back together ends up taking a back seat to their own personal and professional drama. Sources: Shadow and Act; TV One.
Release Date: 11/21/15; TV One Genre:Comedy/Holiday Rating: NR Running Time: 90 mins. Studio: TV One Director: Lance Kawas Cast:Debbi Morgan (Alfreda Royal), Vivica A. Fox (Mona Levi), Richard Lawson (Leighton Royal), Tichina Arnold (Chivonne Price), Romeo Miller (Phillip “Flip” Royal), Ricky Harris (Nelson Royal), Eric Myrick, III (Austin Royal), Chelsea Tavaras (Kelsey Royal), Taquilla Whitfield (Pamela Royal).
Story: Royalty in name and mind only, the Royal family led by patriarch Leighton (Richard Lawson) and matriarch Alfreda (Debbi Morgan), kick-off Thanksgiving, with a fake break-up ruse to lure their overly-busy children home for Thanksgiving. Surprises and challenges ensue, including drama with Alfreda’s envious sister Mona Levi (Vivica A. Fox); the revelation of a deep, dark family secret involving Alfreda’s former acquaintance Chivonne Price (Tichina Arnold); and dealings with Leighton’s super-loud, outspoken cousin Nelson Royal (Ricky Harris). Unfortunately, Leighton and Alfreda both play their roles too well as old wounds are re-opened and their carefully planned reunion leads to chaos – and a potentially real break-up. Sources: Shadow and Act; TV One.
Release Date: April 19, 2014 (Lifetime) Genre: Drama Rating: N/R Studio: Lifetime Television Director: Stephen Tolkin
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg (Viola), Lyriq Bent (Randall), Ving Rhames (Cecil), Mekhi Phifer (Lewis), Anika Noni Rose Rose (Paris), Kimberly Elise (Janelle), Tichina Arnold (Charlotte).
Story:Based on The New York Times bestseller by Terry McMillan. When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world, from her relationship with her husband to the lives of her four children and grandchildren. Viola must contend with sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and drug addiction with one child while her jailbird son needs to learn how to be a better father, her granddaughter is in bigger trouble than her daughter is willing to admit and Viola’s estranged husband needs saving from his scheming younger girlfriend. Viola won’t have an easy time bending her loved ones to her will. Source: Shadow and Act. Photo: mylifetime.com