Sheila Atim marveled that the top four actors listed on the call sheet during filming of Gina Prince-Bythewood ’s hot epic The Woman King “are all dark-skinned Black women.” Counting on the fingers of one hand, Atim recited the names of her fellow stars: “ Viola Davis , Lashana Lynch , Thuso Mbedu and me!” Smiling, she said proudly, “That’s something!” Atim continued: “A movie of this scale with a studio, with this kind of platform. It does also mean something very significant when a big studio takes us on. That says something. “I’m so proud of everyone in this film, I’m so proud. I was there with them and saw how much everyone gave of themselves and how much we raised each other up to deliver this.” This weekend, the TriStar release topped the U.S. box office charts with a projected $19 million opening . ”In the making of this film we were all acutely aware of what it means to be a heavily female team, both in front and behind the camera, and to be … [Read more...] about ‘The Woman King’s Sheila Atim On The Triumph Of The Dark-Skinned Black Stars On The Call Sheet
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In September 2017, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor announced on Instagram that he will appear next in the biopic of Olympic Gold Medalist Abhinav Bindra. However, little did anyone know the hardships the film would face before going on floors! Over 6 years, the production of the movie was started and halted due to the pandemic, resumed, and later even rumoured to be shelved. Meanwhile, Harsh Varrdhan appeared in movies like Ray , AK vs AK , and Thar . Well, the wait is over as we finally have an update on the biopic; that too from Harshvardhan himself! In an interaction with ETimes, the actor spilled the beans on the same and shared, "We are definitely trying to make it and shoot the film at the beginning of next year." Talking about his preparation for the role, Kapoor stated that he needs to prepare thoroughly in sports before the film hits the shooting floors. "The story takes place in the time period of 15-20 years. So the attention to detail, the … [Read more...] about Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor’s Abhinav Bindra Biopic To Finally Go On Floors!
Besides the quintessential and quirky love stories, rib-tickling comedies, nail-biting thrillers and splendid magnum opuses, Hindi cinema has also been bringing true accounts of courage, valour and sacrifice on the celluloid. Over the years, the portrayal of patriotism might have changed on screen but the sentiment continues to remain the same. As India celebrates its 75th year of independence today (August 15), here's a curated list of Bollywood films based on real life heroes which will make your hearts swell with pride. Major Adivi Sesh's portrayal of NSG Commando Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan in the 2022 film Major makes for a touching watch. Based on the life of the 26/11 hero who died fighting terrorists at the Taj Hotel in 2008, the film is a perfect balance of thrills and emotions. Sardar Udham Vicky Kaushal stepped into the shoes of Indian revolutionary Udham Singh for this Shoojit Sarcar directorial. The biopic is a cinematic … [Read more...] about Independence Day 2022: Bollywood Films Based On Real-Life Heroes To Binge-Watch On August 15
Jesse Powell , the R&B singer whose hit 1996 ballad “You” rose to the upper reaches of the music charts upon its rerelease in 1999, has died at age 51. His death was announced last night by his sister, Grammy winner Tamara Powell, who said her brother passed away peacefully at his home in Hollywood. No cause of death was given, but unconfirmed reports suggest cardiac arrest. Hollywood & Media Deaths 2022: A Photo Gallery A native of Gary, Indiana, Powell was the brother of singing duo Trina & Tamara, and at age 23 had his own hit song in “You,” which reached No. 2 on the R&B Billboard chart and No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1999. He had dented the singles chart with “I Wasn’t With It” the year before. Although he continued releasing albums and singles until pulling away from the recording industry in the early 2000s, Powell is best remembered for his smooth, crooning, wide-ranging and pleading vocal delivery of his big hit “You.” The song … [Read more...] about Jesse Powell Dies: R&B Singer Of Hit ’90s Ballad “You” Was 51
The mix of musical genres in the title of this Toronto Film Festival Gala Presentation reflects the wildly uneven tone of this rare drama from Tyler Perry Studios, a lush romantic musical telling the story of a Southern lynching with echoes of the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi 1955. An imminent bow on Netflix is probably the best strategy for it; Perry may have his following, but it’s hard to imagine a crossover audience for A Jazzman’s Blues . The setting is the city of Hopewell in Georgia, 1987, and an old Black lady is listening to a TV interview with a local politician, who’s talking down competition from an African American candidate by invoking the now-familiar GOP taking point of inverse racism. “I’ve had just about enough of you, mister white man,” she tells the screen and sets off to his office. Once there, she refuses to leave, finally barging into his office with claims of a murder that occurred in 1947 and a stack of loosely bound letters that provide the … [Read more...] about Toronto Review: Tyler Perry’s ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’
Getty Popular '90s R&B crooner Jesse Powell has died at his home in L.A., this according to his family. His sister, Tamara , broke the sad news Tuesday night on IG, but did not reveal a cause of death. Getty She wrote ... "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, and uncle Jesse Powell. Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him." Tamara asked for privacy so her family could grieve and celebrate her brother's life. Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media. Born in Gary, Indiana, Jesse got his first break in his early '20s after a music producer saw him perform at a local talent show. He was signed to a record label and released his first album in 1996. Throughout the mid-to-late '90s, Jesse enjoyed some moderate success, but he really hit his stride with the release … [Read more...] about R&B Singer Jesse Powell Dead at 51
UPDATED, 2:15 PM: HBO will premiere documentary Mama’s Boy, a feature adaptation of the 2019 memoir by Oscar-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black , on Tuesday, October 18 at 9 PM ET/PT. Laurent Bouzereau directs the film, which hails from LD Entertainment, Ambin Television and Playtone, in association with Nedland Media. The film, which centers around Black’s upbringing, features interviews with Black, members of Black’s extended family; Black’s husband, Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley; filmmaker Paris Barclay; former president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin; and executive director of Equality Utah, Troy Williams. Mama’s Boy is produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Steven Shareshian, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey; executive produced by Gary Goetzman, Michael Glassman, Beau Ward, Mehrdod Heydari, Laurent Bouzereau and Markus Keith. The film will debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE : Amblin TV and … [Read more...] about ‘Mama’s Boy’ Documentary Adapted From Dustin Lance Black Memoir Gets HBO Premiere Date
EXCLUSIVE : Toronto’s Elevation Pictures has picked up North American rights to Warren Pereira ’s feature documentary Tiger 24 , executive produced by The Gotham Group . The film has begun a limited theatrical release which includes a week’s run at the Laemmle’s Monica Film Center (Los Angeles), starting September 30. It will subsequently release on all transactional VOD platforms in North America on November 15. In Tiger 24, a wild tiger kills men who enter his territory, then being declared a man-eater and locked up in a zoo. This galvanizes massive social uproar and activists to take their cause to the streets, online, on billboards and all the way to the Supreme Court. World premiering at this year’s Cleveland Film Festival, Tiger 24 is a finalist at the Jackson Wild Media Awards and has two nominations at Wildscreen Festival, where previous winners include My Octopus Teacher . Pic also claimed Best Documentary at last week’s Burbank Film Festival. … [Read more...] about Elevation Pictures Picks Up Warren Pereira’s Animal Rights Doc ‘Tiger 24’ Exec Produced By The Gotham Group
A coming-of-age comedy inspired by Andy Cohen ’s bestselling book Most Talkative is in the works at NBC . Titled Most Talkative, the project hails from Universal Television , with Blumhouse Television attached. Written by Gordon Greenberg and Michael Weiner and directed by Emmy winner Todd Holland , Most Talkative follows a fictionalized 13-year-old Andy Cohen coming of age in 1980s St Louis. He’s gay, loves the Cardinals, his bar mitzvah tutor is a stoner, and his soap opera-fueled imagination makes him both the life of the party and the source of endless drama. Most Talkative is a series about not fitting into any one box and figuring out how to build your own. Greenberg and Weiner will executive produce with Cohen. Holland will direct and executive produce. Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold and Chris Dickie will executive produce for Blumhouse Television. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, is the studio. “I’m tickled to use … [Read more...] about Andy Cohen Coming-Of-Age Comedy ‘Most Talkative’ In Works At NBC
The latest episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 14 commenced with Amitabh Bachchan welcoming roll-over contestant Jyotirmayee Mallick to the hot seat. The contestant said a few words that she had written in her letter to Big B. Her moving words resulted in the megastar getting emotional and thanking her with folded hands. The host then commenced the game by posing the ninth question for Jyotirmayee. The Rs 1.6 Lakh question was as follows: The former name of which city has been blanked out on the cover of this book? It came with the following options: A) Mumbai B) Kolkata C) Chennai and D) Pune. Jyotirmayee went with option A and won Rs 1.6 Lakh for the question. Bachchan then showed her the next question for Rs 3.2 Lakh and it was as follows: Which of these features is not located along the western coast of India? It came with the following options: A) Gulf of Khambat B) Pulicat Lake C) Anjuna Beach and D) Vasai Creek. Kaun Banega Crorepati 14: … [Read more...] about Kaun Banega Crorepati 14: Can You Answer The Rs 12.5 Lakh Question That Stumped Contestant Jyotirmayee?