Check out the hilarious trailer for Bad Trip starrring Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish.
From a producer of JACKASS and BAD GRANDPA, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem.
Bad Trip also stars Eric André and Michaela Conlin. The film is directed by Kitao Sakurai and produced by André, Jeff Tremaine, David Bernad, and Ruben Fleischer.
Last night, BET Networks celebrated the season two premiere of its Lena Waithe and Halle Berry executive produced show BOOMERANG, at Paramount Studios. Show cast members Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson, Lala Milan, Dime Davis, Leland B. Martin, Brittany Inge and RJ Walker were in attendance along with BET President Scott Mills.
Following the success of Waithe’s BOOMERANG first season, the half-hour subversive, smart, serialized comedy that is fielded by romance, friendship, gender politics and more returns for season two.
The original cast are back to deal with the ramifications of Simone and Bryson’s breakup and how it effects the group’s friendship. Throughout the season, each of our main characters: Simone (Tetona Jackson), Bryson (Tequan Richmond), Crystal (Brittany Inge), Ari (Leland Martin), Tia (Lala Milan) and David (RJ Walker) look inward to find out who they truly are while discovering that together, they’re growing apart.
Guest stars for season two will include Jaleel White, Joey Bada$$,Walter Emmanuel Jones and Kim Wayans.
Special guests in attendance included: Terrence J, Martin Lawrence, Terrence J, Lance Gross, Kellee Stewart, Lauren Lott, Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed and more.
BOOMERANGseason 2 premieres TONIGHT at 10PM EST on BET.
S&A is reporting that TV, film and stage actress—SHERYL LEE RALPH—will be starring in ABC’s upcoming series Harlem’s Kitchen.
The one-hour drama will focus on Ellis Rice (Delroy Lindo), the executive chef of a fine dining restaurant in Harlem whose business is upended when an unexpected death exposes long-buried family secrets. Ralph will reportedly star as the Rice family matriarch, CC.
Veteran actor Miguel Nunez will also star as Marco, an undocumented immigrant who works at the restaurant as a talented line cook and regards Ellis as a mentor and a surrogate father.
Ralph is best known for her role as Deena Jones in the iconic 80s Broadway musical Dreamgirls. She has also appeared in such films as The Mighty Quinn, The Flintstones and Sister Act 2 as well as such TV shows as Moesha, FAM and most recently Ray Donovan, Claws and MacGyver.
Atlanta’s own Actor’s Express presents Oscar winner Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed drama The Brothers Size beginning March 11-April 11.
In the sweltering heat of the Louisiana Bayou, Ogun Size (Aaron SedrickGoodson) tenuously reunites with his brother Oshoosi (Terrance White), who has recently been released from prison. When Oshoosi’s charismatic former cellmate Elegba (Ibraheem Farmer) arrives, the two brothers find themselves on a collision course with fate in this unflinching and tender exploration of the complex bonds of brotherhood.
This Atlanta production is directed by Eric J. Little.
The stars aligned last night in Memphis, TN for the Red Carpet Premiere of Apple TV +’s The Banker. The film’s stars Nia Long, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie were all in attendance along with Apple TV+ execs and more. The dazzling event took place at the National Civil Rights Museum.
As previously mentioned, The Banker centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.
The Banker opens in theaters on March 6 and the Apple TV+ platform on March 20.
Watch the trailer and see more premiere pics below:
Paramount Pictures and BBC FILMS in association with a DJ FILMS and JOI Productions Picture have released the new trailer for Blue Story. The drama was written and directed by Rapman and arrives in American theaters on March 20.
Best friends Timmy (Stephen Odubola) and Marco (Micheal Ward) go to the same high school in Peckham, but live in neighboring London boroughs. When Marco’s beaten up by one of Timmy’s primary school friends the two boys wind up on rival sides of a never-ending cycle of gang war in which there are no winners … only victims.
Blue Story also stars Rohan Nedd, Kadeem Ramsay, Khali Best and Junior Afolabi Salokun.
Check out the trailer for upcoming musical drama The High Note featuring Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross.
Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.
The High Note also stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman and Diplo.
It is directed by Nisha Ganatra and opens in theaters on May 8.
BET, Nina Holiday Entertainment and Class and Sass Promotions have released exclusive first look images from their upcoming romantic drama Open. It premieres on Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. on BET and BETHER.
Open, explores the complications of the open marriage of Cameron (Keith Robinson, “Saints & Sinners,” “Dreamgirls”) and Wren (Essence Atkins, “Ambitions,” “Marlon”), who have been married for eight years, although, the last two years of their matrimony have been open. They set rules as boundaries to assure a healthy open relationship, however they quickly learn that rules applied to the art of emotion will often be broken.
Open also stars iconic TV, film and stage actress Jasmine Guy (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Quad,” “A Different World”), Matt Cedeño (“Power,” “Ambitions”) and Marquita Goings (“American Soul,” “Tales”). It is written and directed by Cas Sigers-Beedles and produced by Nina Holiday Entertainment and Class and Sass Promotions.
“I’m so honored that my directorial feature has been a story about love, forgiveness and communication,” said Sigers-Beedles in a statement. “The gems about honesty within this story are much needed today, as marriage and love expectations climb higher than what we can often achieve. I was very blessed to work with amazing actors, Essence Atkins, Keith Robinson and Matt Cedeño whose performances made the joys and pains of love so truthful and relatable. It was produced by four women of color, and that in itself has really made this a special project.”
Open is Sigers-Beedles third television project with BET. She was the writer for the network’s recent romantic comedy Angrily Ever Afterstarring Jasmine Burke as well as the holiday comedy T’was the Chaos Before Christmas starring Sherri Shepherd. T’was is also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television).
Beedles is also one of the masterminds behind the Reel Divas Initiative along with Terri J. Vaughn and Ty Johnston-Chavis. It is a collective of African American female directors and producers who advocate for women of color in the television and film industry and was featured on deadline.com and blackenterprise.com
REVOLT TV announces an all-new season of Short & Fresh, a monthly anthology series featuring short films rooted in Hip Hop culture created by a diverse range of rising filmmakers. The network is celebrating its return with a jam-packed episode in partnership with the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), a renowned group of film critics spotlighting black excellence in film. REVOLT and AAFCA collaborated to curate the premiere, which features short films Office Sweats, Royal T-ype, Know Me So Well, and Drive Slow.
“The mission statement of Short & Fresh has always been to identify and spotlight the next generation of rising filmmakers, so there’s natural synergy with AAFCA, a long-established champion for the film community,” says Jonathyn Pankratz, Vice President of Programming at REVOLT. “We’re excited to partner with AAFCA to shine an even bigger spotlight as our network continues to serve as the platform for emerging talent in the Hip Hop community.”
“Film shorts function as an important ‘testing ground’ for emerging filmmakers, which is why the African American Film Critics Association was thrilled to take part in the discovery of the next-gen talent featured on REVOLT’s Short & Fresh,” says Gil Robertson, President of AAFCA. “It’s been a privilege to witness the start of so many promising careers.”
A young African-American man struggles with character duality issues at the workplace, juggling both being himself and fitting the mold of corporate white America norms without a place for “black” culture.
When a Brooklyn-dwelling British woman in her late twenties realizes her relationship has run its course, she decides to explore a new romance, sending her on a journey of self-love, regret, and heartbreaking consequences.
A teenager from the South Side of Chicago tries to finish his college essays. As he struggles to boil down his complex surroundings in 500 words, his friends’ disparate opinions, racist news narratives, and the threat of lingering danger only complicate the process.
The announcement ties into REVOLT’s Black History Month (#BHMX) campaign, featuring a large slate of network and digital premieres throughout February.
The new season of Short & Fresh debuts on Friday, February 21 at 10PM ET on REVOLT’s television network and REVOLT On Demand, with subsequent new episodes rolling out every month.
Uptown Ventures Group, the parent company of Uptown Magazine, kicked off Oscar week with their annual event, LexusUptown Honors Hollywood, at NeueHouse Hollywood Wednesday evening. Celebrity guests gathered to honor Power Player Women within the film industry. The evening honorees included writer, producer and creator of “Power (Starz),” Courtney A. Kemp, Executive Vice President of Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures Niija Kuykendall, writer, performer, producer and show runner Robin Thede, along with creative, young power player, award-winning actress and executive producer Marsai Martin. The night of excellence was hosted by Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer.
As a prelude to the Academy Awards® the star-studded event was lavishly decorated with beautiful white rose centerpieces, a 5-course dinner was served, followed by a private after-party. Highlights from the evening included the cast of “Power,” Naturi Naughton, Larenz Tate and Jospeh Sikora presenting writer, producer, and creator Courtney A. Kemp with her award. Honoree Robin Thede delivered a belly-aching hilarious speech as she accepted her award, Honoree Niija Kuykendall spoke about breaking barriers and being fearless in the industry and mini-mogul and Hollywood starlet Marsai Martin delivered an empowering speech and let the crowd know that being a teenager was much harder than being the youngest executive producer working in Hollywood.
“Tonight is about celebrating exceptional talent leading the way and contributing to the industry in front and behind the camera,” says Len Burnett co-CEO and chief revenue office, of UPTOWN Ventures Group.
Celebrity guests and VIP’s in attendance included Naturi Naughton, Larenz Tate, Joseph Sikora, Malinda Williams, Curtis Hamilton, Affion Crockett, Miss J. Alexander, Gabrielle Dennis, Tai Beauchamp, TJ Jackson,Kenny Lattimore, Terrence J, Bresha Webb, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mike Hill, Cynthia Bailey & more.
For almost a decade, LexusUptown Honors Hollywood is made possible by the generous support of Lexus as the returning title sponsor.
National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios will release a first-look, national teaser promo for GENIUS: ARETHA during this TONIGHT’s Oscars® telecast airing on ABC. Cynthia Erivo, a 2020 Academy Award® nominee, stars as Aretha Franklin in the third season of the critically acclaimed global anthology series.
Set to perform “Stand Up” live during Hollywood’s biggest night, Erivo is nominated in two categories: Actress in a Leading Role and Music (Original Song) for the film “Harriet.”
GENIUS: ARETHA will premiere over four consecutive nights, beginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at 9/8c.GENIUS: ARETHA will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of Aretha Franklin. The eight-part series will explore Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career – and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. GENIUS: ARETHA will broadcast in 172 countries and in 43 languages on National Geographic Channels.
The cast includes Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) as Aretha Franklin; Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) as C.L. Franklin; David Cross (“Goliath,” “Arrested Development”) as Jerry Wexler; Malcolm Barrett (“Timeless,” “Preacher”) as Ted White; Pauletta Washington (“She’s Gotta Have It”) as Grandmother Rachel; Patrice Covington (Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) as Erma Franklin; Rebecca Naomi Jones (“The Big Sick”) as Carolyn Franklin; Steven Norfleet(“Watchmen”) as Cecil Franklin; Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”) as Ruth Bowen; Omar J. Dorsey (“Queen Sugar”) as James Cleveland; Marque Richardson (“Dear White People”) as King Curtis; and introducing Shaian Jordan as Little Re.
All eyes were on the A-T-L Thursday night for OWN’s swanky launch party for its newest dramatic series, Cherish the Day. The highly anticipated two-night premiere begins on February 11.
The invite-only soiree took place at the Stave Room in the Midtown district of the city and was hosted by OWN president and CEO Tina Perry along with the show’s creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay.
Chapter One of the “anthology series” chronicles the stirring relationship of the two star-crossed lovers, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in their relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love.
Cherish the Day cast members in attendance included the show’s leads—Alano Miller and Xosha Roquemore as well as Kellee Stewart, Michael Beach and Anne-Marie Johnson. Not present but also included in the show are Dorien Wilson, Loren Lott, Bryan Terrell Clark and the queen mum—CICELY TYSON.
Other notables in attendance included the hosts of TV One’s Sister Circle—Rashan Ali, Syleena Johnson and Trina Braxton plus actresses DeWanda Wise, Jasmine Guy and Terri J. Vaughn. Other famous faces spotted in the crowd were actors Joel Rush, Karon Riley, André Holland, Omar Dorsey, celebrity makeup artist Derrick Rutledge and Exonerated Five member Raymond Santana and his fiancé Delicious.
The evening included a sneak peek of three different scenes along with commentary and a Q&A session featuring the cast and DuVernay. We also listened to some dope sounds from DJ Princess Cut and enjoyed some refreshing cocktails, food and much more.
See the picture gallery below including a few of my selfies:
CHERISH THE DAY premieres on February 11 and 12 on OWN.
Photo Credits: Paras Griffin Getty Images/ OWN + RayCornelius.com