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It looks like the long awaited James Brown biographical film is beginning to take shape. Over the past few months, we’ve learned about several major castings for Get On Up. As previously reported, 42 actor Chadwick Boseman has been cast to play the Founding Father of Funk. Shortly after Chadwick’s casting, we learned that Octavia Spencer will be playing James’ Aunt Tunney, while her The Help co-star, Viola Davis, will be playing the late singer’s mother, Susie Brown. Of course, a James Brown biopic wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t touch on the singer’s interesting love life, so Baggage Claim actress and songbird, Jill Scott, has been cast to play one of James’ wives. Dreamgirls actor Keith Brown has also joined the all-star lineup. He will be playing Sweet Baby Boy, an original member of James’ band.
Get On Up casting directors appear to be in the final stages of casting. It was just announced today that Sparkle actress Tika Sumpter has joined the cast of the Universal film as well. According to Deadline, Tika will be playing Yvonne Fair, a singer in the James Brown Revue. Yvonne recorded the song “I Found You,” which later became his hit, “I Got You (I Feel Good).”
Get On Up is slated to hit theaters October 17, 2014.
Hey, I guess as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And as much money as Tyler Perry is raking in for dressing up as Madea, there’s no need to put down the wig and fake breasts yet.
So whether you’re a Madea fan or not, you better get ready, because Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas is on its way. It will be Perry’s second film of the year after Temptations, and is set to be released on December 13. It stars Perry, of course, Tika Sumpter, former One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray, comedian Larry the Cable Guy, Anna Maria Horsford, and more.
As for the plot, Madea finds herself being coaxed into helping a friend make a surprise visit to see her daughter in the country for Christmas. When they get there, mischief and drama ensues when secrets are revealed. As the synopsis says, despite all that, “Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.”
As for the actual trailer, which you’ll find above, in it, Madea is dressed like Santa Claus, checking kids who want extravagant things under the tree for Christmas (“You know if you want a TV, you need a J-O-B”), and she/he provides the usual sass and wit. It definitely brings at least a light chuckle or two, but will the whole movie? You’ll have to wait and see when it comes out just in time for the holiday season. Perry fans are sure to love it, while the detractors will probably tell you how they really feel in 5, 4, 3, 2…
Will you check out A Madea Christmas when it comes out?
Prepare To LOL: Check Out The First Trailer For Ice Cube And Kevin Hart’s Hilarious New Film, “Ride Along”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve realized that 2013 is already Kevin Hart’s year. From working on the sequel to Think Like A Man to hosting Saturday Night Live, releasing another stand-up film Let Me Explain and working with Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming film Grudge Match, he’s become the big little man in Hollywood.
But that’s not all, as Hart has teamed up with Ice Cube for what looks to be a very funny new film called Ride Along. It looks so good that according to Shadow and Act, the folks at Universal are already preparing to do a sequel when the film drops, if it does well. Here’s the colorful premise. Hart plays a high school security guard who wants to get respect from the brother of his longtime girlfriend’s so that he can marry her. However, the brother, played by Ice Cube, is a tough cop who doesn’t want him near his baby sister. Hearing he has been allowed to train as a cop, Ice Cube offers to take Hart on a “ride along” so that he can inevitably scare him away.
Other big names in the upcoming film include Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live, and John Leguizamo, as well as Tika Sumpter who plays Hart’s girlfriend. The film was directed by Tim Story and is not actually set to come out until next January. Until then, check out the trailer and let us know what you think. I’m pretty excited honestly, and found myself busting a gut halfway through. Should be good!
What do you think about Ride Along so far?
The steamiest and most sensual novel of 2011 made every headline, book list and was lauded over on every talk show in, and by 2014 it will be back in another way to give clamoring fans more of what they loved in text form.
Producer, Dana Brunetti has announced that though it has not been cast as of yet, the steamy 50 Shades of Grey will be brought to life on the big screen on August 1, 2014.
A few names have been thrown around for potential roles in the film including Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Twilight star Kristen Stewart. But we’re wondering if any of these roles will be offered to any actresses/actors of color…? It never hurts to dream, right?
I struggle with whether or not I would want to see any actresses of color cast in such a movie given the overly-sexualized stigma that black women have unfairly been given in the past to begin with. But should they be chosen and choose to be a part of such a film, I think these emerging actresses have what it takes to give breakout performances:
The Yelling To The Sky actress has proven that she’s down to march to the beat of her own drum in her acting choices. Playing the good girl gone bad in Yelling To The Sky, a super hero in X-Men: First Class and then translating beautifully to television in “Californication” Kravitz demonstrates how fluidly and effortlessly she can navigate many different roles.
Sunday night’s airing of “Dark Girls” on OWN drew a lot of differing responses, from women who could completely identify with the individuals highlighted in the documentary, to others who were grateful they couldn’t relate at all. Yesterday we pointed out what we thought was missing from the film, which was the experience of darker skinned women who never had issues with their complexion and actress Tika Sumpter has filled that gap with an essay she wrote in the Daily Beast in response to the film.
Tika begins her piece highlighting her brown-skinned experience in childhood, saying:
One of my favorite childhood memories is of listening to my mother describe the look on my father’s face the day I was born. Whenever my mother shares this story, she somehow manages to re-create it with images so vivid, I can simply close my eyes and feel as if I were still there cuddled in her arms.
It’s important to understand that I was born into a family with seven children, each of us equipped with varying personalities, dispositions, and, yes, skin tones as well. My mom has the most beautiful café au lait complexion, which she shares with my two older sisters and older brother. My three younger siblings have skin tones that range from caramel to a golden bronze.
And then there’s me.
My mother says that when my father, a striking man with kind eyes, broad shoulders, and deep ebony-brown skin, first saw me in the hospital that day, his eyes lit up brightly as he promptly proclaimed, “She has my color. She looks like me!”
The actress then goes on to relate that upbringing to the women featured in “Dark Girls” and what her experience as a dark skinned woman in Hollywood has been.
I was recently reminded of my childhood as I watched the amazing documentary Dark Girls. My heart broke just listening to the stories of so many young girls with brown skin traumatized by the cruel and hurtful views of those around them. I experienced that same emotion when I began my role as Raina Thorpe on the popular CW show Gossip Girl a few years back. I was truly unprepared for the tremendous impact I’d have while on that show. Each week I’d get the tons of letters from mothers, grandmothers, and young girls literally thanking me for simply existing. They wrote me saying they’d never seen a woman that looked like me on television before. Which really meant they’d never seen anyone that looked like them before. And it got much deeper than that. Some fans even remarked that they’d never witnessed any woman with my skin color speak the way I spoke, have a successful career the way I had on that show, or carry themselves in such a ladylike manner. Translation: in the very make-believe land of television and movies, women with darker skin aren’t smart enough to speak proper English or capable enough to be employed with a six-figure salary. And we most certainly can’t be ladylike. What complete nonsense!
Of course I did experienced my share of hurtful reactions to my skin color, but thankfully only after I was an adult. Who hasn’t heard the obligatory, “You’re pretty for a dark-skin girl”? Or my personal favorite, “I usually don’t date dark-skin women, but you’re so beautiful.” That one really warms the heart. But in reality, the most disturbing aspect of all of this is that those comments were most often made by men with exactly the same skin tone as my own.
Still, I always knew there were far too many other people who saw my beauty and embraced every part of me with open arms to think twice about what was said. It hurts me to know that so many young girls today are growing up without that same realization and reassurance. I also regret that so many are forced to seek their self-worth between the pages of mainstream magazines or in the background of a rap music video. I’d like to think that seeing someone like me on their televisions every week gives them some hope that things are changing slowly but surely. Finally, every day I’m thankful that I didn’t have to endure the pain that I know so many women do on a regular basis as a result of the color of their skin. My heart goes out to them all. And every day I’m even more thankful for a mother who was always there for me and a father (now deceased) whose first reaction to me on the day I was born paved my path to real self-love.
Check out more of her of Tika’s essay on TheDailyBeast.com. What do you think?
The Family That Preys–The TV Version: See The Full Trailer For Tyler Perry’s OWN Series, “The Have And The Have Nots”
Sex. Lies. Deceit.
According to Tyler Perry’s serious Alex Cross-esque voice, that’s what we can expect from his new OWN show, The Have And The Have Nots. Last week we showed you a short trailer for the program, but the full one-minute trailer has been released, and yes, it’s messy. But that could be a good thing entertainment wise.
However, it’s hard to tell if the show is supposed to be a soap opera of sorts or if it’s just a very dramatic black version of a telenovela drama, but something about it reminds us of a mix of the Tyler Perry film, The Family That Preys, and the BET show, The Game. There’s the cheating white husband, messing around with the money-hungry young black woman (Tika Sumpter’s character), who just so happens to be the daughter of the man’s maid. And the show is shot very much like The Game–with cinematic aspirations. Either way, it all seems a bit familiar. Here’s the full synopsis so you can understand what you’re about to see:
From prolific writer, director, producer Tyler Perry, “The Haves and the Have Nots” is a new television drama which follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent mansion set in Savannah, Georgia. From the outside, the Cryer’s are the enviable face of success and wealth, but behind the veil, the family’s dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch Jim Cryer (John Schneider, “Dukes of Hazzard”) is a powerful judge whose double-life, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk. His wife, Katheryn Cryer (Renée Lawless, “Wicked”), is the ultimate matriarch portraying a loving and dutiful wife, but she is willing to do anything to protect her family’s status. Their son Wyatt (Aaron O’Connell) is a troubled angry jock who cares little for his own image and finds himself in and out of rehab. His sister Amanda (Jacyln Betham), a struggling law student, tries harder to live up to her parents’ expectations, but unknowingly has befriended a scurrilous young woman, Candace Young, with the power to ruin the entire family. Hanna Young (Crystal Fox) is the Cryer’s maid and the matriarch of her family. Despite having no money, she has found other types of wealth through religion and virtue. She prides herself on her dutiful son Benny (Tyler Lepley), the glue who helps keep the family together. Hanna does have one dark secret, however, her estranged daughter Candace (Tika Sumpter, “Gossip Girl”) — a manipulative opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. In a bizarre coincidence, Candace is shocked to find out that her newfound friend Amanda’s father is Jim Cryer, the very man who has been paying her for sex and who also employs Candace’s mother as his family’s maid. Armed with this knowledge, the dramatic stage is set for what will be, in Candace’s eyes, the opportunity of a lifetime.
Sounds ratch! Check out the full trailer below and let us know if you’re feeling it. If you are, you should know that The Have And The Have Nots premieres on OWN on May 2 at 9 p.m. And if you’re not, well, you can always catch up on episodes of Iyanla: Fix My Life…
A White Christmas For Real: Tyler Perry Preps “A Madea Christmas” With Larry The Cable Guy And Chad Michael Murray
It’s 2013, and just when you thought you were safe, news breaks that Madea will be back for another year of foolery. *sighs*
Tyler Perry has announced his new project, A Madea Christmas. The movie will hit theaters on December 13 of this year, and per the usual, Perry will continue to write, direct, and star as crazy Mabel “Madea” Simmons. This is not out of the ordinary. But it seems by the casting that Perry wants to continue to diversify the people in his projects as opposed to just continuing to cast black people and appealing solely to the black audience (particularly, black women). It all started changing with Madea’s Witness Protection, and it continues with A Madea Christmas. According to Shadow and Act, the cast will include everyone from the comical Larry The Cable Guy (“Git-R-Done!”), former One Tree Hill star, Chad Michael Murray, Kathy Najimy from throwback Hocus Pocus and Sister Act fame, and actor Eric Lively, who is the brother of former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively. If it helps, actress Tika Sumpter will also reportedly be part of the cast according to Shadow and Act…so that’s one if you were keeping count. This is a big contrast from the stage play cast, which featured Cheryl Pepsi Riley and a bevvy of other black stars. But hey, this movie is in the early stages, so things could change.
As for the plot of the movie, Madea helps a friend visit her daughter in the country for the holidays, but when they get there, the run into some very “interesting” people and scenarios that we’re sure Madea will cuss out and pull a gun on for sh**s and giggles. As the synopsis says, “As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.”
But of course. Would you check out the movie based on the story and the cast so far? While I’m all for Tyler trying to do what he can do to reach the mainstream audience and that mainstream money, it’s going to be hard with these same ‘ol, same ‘ol storylines. And the last thing he wants to do is start alienating the audience who has gone out of their way to spend their hard-earned money on his films. I’m all for mixing it up, but hopefully he can do so more evenly. Just saying…
Another week, but a lot more fashionistas with fly and forgettable fashions for you to see and pick apart. From Halle rocking velveteen in Berlin to Melanie Fiona looking retro in a lace minidress in Vegas, these ladies were very colorful and stylish this week. But whose look do you love and which do you loathe? Let’s go through and see…
The stunning 46-year-old showed up to the Berlin premiere of her movie, Cloud Atlas, looking half her age in this velveteen dress with a side split, intricate draping and two different arms (one capped, one strapless). To accessorize, Halle wore strappy gray heels with silver cuffs and bangles, a large cocktail ring, as well as drop earrings with a fish bone design. The hair was in her signature pixie and the eyes were darkened to make her look pop.
Halle does it again! This look is very alluring yet sophisticated, and with that body and that hair, she’s killing the game. Steal!
Hey fashionistas! Looking for some style inspiration? Or better yet, looking to skewer the style choices of some of the biggest names in Hollywood (or black Hollywood at least)? Why, you’ve come to the right place m’dears. Let’s take a look at who was killing it on the red carpet and for Fashion Week, and who could have done a lot better, and needed to be stopped.
Somebody loves leather! Actress Tika Sumpter arrived at the Urbanworld Film Festival for a screening of “Being Mary Jane” in NYC in an all black (and gray) ensemble and a bright red pout. She wore black leather (or pleather) bottoms with a sleeveless peplum leather top, and accessorized with pointed toe suede booties and a gray and brown newsboy cap. Don’t forget about that black bag with its chain link detail, and I’m digging the bone-straight hair. All in all, I would have mixed up the materials and probably not done leather on leather, and instead maybe tried some fly printed pants to get some extra color in there. She doesn’t look bad, but I was definitely looking for a bit more excitement (we couldn’t even get a bright bag?). I would pass on an ensemble like this.
We tweeted yesterday about Urbanworld Digital, but, even bigger, the 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival kicked off last night with the opening film Being Mary Jane. Starring Gabrielle Union (number 22 on The Root 100) and written by Mara Brock Akil (number 51, who also wrote Sparkle, Girlfriends and The Game), the BET Networks movie is about a single TV news anchor (Union) making a way in her personal and professional life.
Before the movie, however, there was the red carpet (we snapped a quick pic of Gabrielle Union for the cell phone, along with the dozens of photogs and reporters who showed up for opening night). In addition to Union, Akil, BET CEO Debra Lee, Tika Sumpter, and other stars and notable names turned out for the event.
Though Urbanworld has been around for more than a decade, it’s still hard work to finance and organize the event.
“It’s definitely a comprehensive labor of love,” said Gabrielle Glore, the festival’s executive producer and head of programming, who spoke with us over the phone just before opening night. “No one is getting rich off these festivals. Not even the big ones.”
Among the big ones are, of course, Sundance, the Toronto Film Festival, which got a lot of attention this year because Kristen Stewart made her first pre-scandal debut, and Cannes. For all of these festivals, publicity — for the films, for the event itself — is important. Last night’s media turnout no doubt drums up a good deal of attention for the festival.
But more than that, sponsors are important to Urbanworld. “It’s all about sponsors,” said Galore. HBO is Urbanworld’s founding sponsor; BET is its presenting sponsor. “It lets people know that there’s some credibility. The sponsor piece is critical.”
According to Glore, it’s the marketplace that determines the level of sponsorship. “The years that have been more difficult in terms of funding, it’s about what’s happening in the marketplace,” she told us. She says they’ve already started working on the slate of sponsors for next year. The sponsors help determine festival activities, like the digital events and labs.
In addition to that, the festival operates on a strict budget.
“We’re lean and mean and we have money to make it happen,” said Glore.
Historically, Urbanworld has showcased some big-name movies. Collateral, starring Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise debuted there. Night Catches Us with Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington opened there two years ago. And there were the showings of both Barbershop films and Secret Life of Bees, among others.
Though many of the movies that the festival screens aren’t necessarily blockbusters on the level of Twilight, they are successful (as that list shows). More than that, they give famous actors the chance to attach themselves to indie projects that they’re passionate about. And it gives filmmakers a chance to show their work in a theater, something that many of them might not otherwise be able to do.
“We definitely don’t characterize ourselves as a black film festival,” said Glore, while acknowledging that many of the films they include involve African American artists. “There’s a cross-cultural sensibility that reflects what America looks like.”
Which is very good for enlisting sponsors. ”Companies want to align with brands and with what’s the future,” Glore adds.
Among the other films showing this year are Won’t Back Down, about reform at an inner city school starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rosie Perez; The Girl is In Trouble a crime movie starring Columbus Short, boasting executive producer Spike Lee and directed by Julius Onah; and the closing night film, Middle of Nowhere, directed by another Root 100 honoree, Ava DuVerney, who was the first African American to win the director’s prize at Sundance for this movie.
For the complete Urbanworld schedule, click here.