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Watch Teaser for Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ with Don Cheadle & Regina Hall (VIDEO)

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Showtime has released a new teaser for its upcoming series Black Monday starring Don Cheadle and Regina King.

Black Monday is being described as follows: “The series takes audiences ‘back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history.’ To this day, no one knows who caused it — until now. It’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.”

In addition to Cheadle and Hall, Black Monday also features Andrew Rannels, Yassir Lester and Michael James Scott.

The series will debut sometime in 2019.

Photo Credit: Black Monday/YouTube.com

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Watch Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s ‘August 28: Day in The Life of a People’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

If you watched the season finale of Queen Sugar Wednesday night you may have noticed that star studded trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s August 28: A Day in the Life of a People. The short film will debut on Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. EST.

According to the press release, August 28 is a 22-minute scripted film that was written, produced and directed by DuVernay, and traverses a century of black progress, protest, passion and perseverance of African-American people. The project gives historical perspective within the creative framework of one date that has had a profound effect on America including: the passing of The Slavery Abolition Act on August 28, 1833, the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1956, the first radio airplay from Motown Records on August 28, 1961 with The Marvelettes “Please Mr Postman,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech during the massive March on Washington on August 28, 1965, Hurricane Katrina making its tragic landfall on August 28, 2005 and then-Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for the presidency on August 28, 2008.

August 28 features an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Regina King, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy and Glynn Turman.

The film was lensed by cinematographer Malik Sayeed and edited by Oscar nominee Spencer Averick. Ten-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello composed the score. Paul Garnes produced, with co-producers Tilane Jones and Tammy Garnes.

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ stars attend L.A. Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“All the stars were closer” on Monday night for the mystical L.A. premiere of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time. The lavish screening took place at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

The film’s stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Rowan Blanchard were joined by director Ava DuVernay for a walk down the blue carpet where they greeted enthusiastic fans and press. 

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Other special invited guests included Viola Davis, Rosario Dawson, Laura Dern, Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Kobe Bryant, America Ferrera, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janelle Monáe, Jay Hernandez, Don Cheadle, Eva Longoria, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, J.J. Abrams, Niki Caro, Ryan CooglerIssa Rae and many more. 

Ava DuVernay with Tracee Ellis Ross + Tessa Thompson

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic, which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Check out more photos below:

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Dewanda Wise + Alano Miller 

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Deric McCabe + Chris Pine + Storm Reid

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time arrives in

theaters on Friday, March 9.

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‘NAACP Image Awards’ adds more star power to live telecast!

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We’re about four days away from the live telecast of this year’s “NAACP Image Awards.” The TV One special will take place on Saturday, February 11 at 9 p.m. beginning with a red carpet at 7:30 p.m. that is hosted by ET’s Nischelle Turner and E!’s Terrence J with Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer as special correspondents.

The show is also adding more big names to its list of celebrity presenters including Tracee Ellis Ross, Mandy Moore, Adam Rodriguez, Rashida Jones, Bill Paxton, Brian White, Deon Cole, Jussie Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Justin Cornwell, Nick Kroll, Penny Johnson and Pooch Hall.

As previously announced, they will join presenters Taraji P. Henson, Sterling K. Brown, Octavia Spencer, Trevor Noah, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae, Mike Colter and Mykelti Williamson. Additional talent scheduled to attend includes: Denzel Washington, Dwayne Johnson, Kerry Washington, John Legend, Terrence Howard, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Keesha Sharp, Andra Day, Kofi Siriboe, Nate Parker, Niecy Nash, Omari Hardwick, Regina King, Rutina Wesley, Stephan James, Tika Sumpter and Uzo Aduba. Also expected are cast members from “Empire,” “This Is Us,” “Atlanta,” “The Carmichael Show,” “Power,” “black-ish,” “Queen Sugar” and more.

In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed. This special honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums – the nominees are Beyoncé, Viola Davis, Regina King, Dwayne Johnson and Chance the Rapper.

Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. will be honored with the NAACP “Chairman’s Award” and Lonnie G. Bunch, III will receive the NAACP “President’s Award.” LeBron James was already presented with the NAACP “Jackie Robinson Sports Award.”

The NAACP Image Awards is hosted by “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson.

Will you be watching?

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WATCH 2nd Trailer for Kevin Hart’s ‘What Now?’ Movie (VIDEO)

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Universal Pictures has released a second trailer for Kevin Hart‘s upcoming movie, “What Now?”  The two-minute clip features the pint-size comedian as a James Bond type of character along with celebrity appearances by Oscar winning-actress Halle Berry and Oscar nominated-actor Don Cheadle.

Take a look below:

In “What Now?,” Hart takes center stage in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. The groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance was the first time in history that a comedian has ever played to an at-capacity football stadium. “What Now?” opens in theaters October 14.

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Big Tigger and Marvel’s Nate Moore host special screening of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure last night of covering and attending an advanced screening of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.”  The special preview took place at Atlanta’s Regal Cinema at Atlantic Station and was hosted by reality star and V-103 personality Big Tigger and Marvel’s executive producer Nate Moore.

Hundreds of students were invited from Morehouse, Spelman and CAU to see the third installment of the “Captain American” franchise and the first film in phase 3 of the Marvel cinematic universe.

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Big Tigger getting his sueprhero pose on

In “Captain America: Civil War,” the Avengers are under scrutiny after another incident results in collateral damage. Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability that is headed by a governing body to oversee and direct their every more. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

The film stars Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America; Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man; Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow; Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier; Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon; Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye; Paul Bettany as Vision; and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch. It also includes Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

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Nate Moore, Marvel’s Executive Producer

“Captain America: Civil War” also introduces two new characters—Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine and Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther. For Marvel fans, this appearance by Black Panther is preparation for his own film franchise which debuts in 2018 and will be directed by Creed‘s Ryan Coogler.

“We had to give Black Panther a real story line. He couldn’t just be a cameo. He had to be somebody who was really involved because its a great character and because we also wanted to do a stand alone movie. When we were writing the film, we knew we needed a character who would stand between Iron Man and Captain American and hold his own. And I believe his character does that. Once we cast Chadwick Boseman, all of a sudden you have a star in the making,” said Moore during our interview on the red carpet.

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Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther

The Marvel executive went on to say that there is a lot planned for the Black Panther character and that he is very pleased with the ‘integrity’ Chadwick brings to the role.

“It was really Chadwick’s performance in ’42’ that got us excited. The intensity and integrity that he bought to Jackie Robinson is what we wanted T’Challa to inhabit.  We didn’t realize how good of an actor he was and I even think the other actors on set, once he got there were surprised by his intensity too. He brings a really interesting texture to the movie because he’s so different from the others,” explained Moore.

Look for Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War” when it opens in theaters on May 6. In the meantime, check out the trailer and more photos below:

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Big Tigger 

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Actress Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and her husband Keith Arthur Bolden

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WATCH the First Trailer for Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic ‘Miles Ahead’ (VIDEO)

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Don Cheadle and Emayatzy Corinealdi lead an all-star cast in “Miles Ahead,” the highly anticipated biopic about jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.  The first trailer for the film was released this week and it debuts nationwide during Jazz Appreciation Month on April 1.

“Miles Ahead” is not your typical “birth to death” story and focuses primarily on a time period in the late 70’s when Davis was making a musical comeback after a five-year hiatus. It also takes a closer look at his estranged marriage to Frances Taylor Davis.  The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Keith Stanfield, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

“I want to tell a hot story that’s full of his music that feels impressionistic in that it finds a way to incorporate all his musical styles and influences and ideas. It needs to feel like his approach: ‘I don’t care about what happened before. I’m about what’s happening now and about what’s happening next.’ That’s Miles’ marching orders to me,” said Cheadle to Entertainment Weekly.

Check out the trailer below:

Photo Credit: The Hollywood Reporter

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A Record Number of Black Actors receive Emmy Nominations…TAKE A LOOK!

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday and  African-American actors and actresses received a record number of nominations including Taraji P. HensonCicely Tyson, Viola Davis, Don Cheadle, Anthony Anderson and more.

Queen Latifah’s passion project, BESSIE earned 12 nods including “Outstanding TV Film” while Key & Peele racked up six and Fox’s Empire received three. Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run also picked up one for Outstanding Special Class Program.

Other nominees include David Oyelowo for his role in HBO’s Nightingale and Niecy Nash for work on HBO’s Getting On. The comedic actress was on the set of the show when she received the exciting news. She posted an emotional Instagram video with the following caption:

“Omg!!!!I’m so lucky I got this news on a tv show that I have to look ugly for because it will help me”! Lol Tears of Joy! Thank u for all the well wishes! I was filming Getting On when the show runners announced it on set and I wept. This is crazy!!!! God is so good. Congrats to all the nominees #GettingOn #HBO #BLESSED”

Regina King, Khandi Alexander, Mo’Nique, Andre Braugher, Titus Burgess, Dee Reese, Angela Bassett and Uzo Aduba round out the list of nominees.

Click here to see the full list and press release!

The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards will air on September 20 on FOX!

CONGRATS!

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Don Cheadle, David Oyelowo, Viola Davis and more up for ‘Golden Globe’ Awards

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All eyes will be on NBC tonight for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards broadcasting live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA at 8 p.m. The ceremony will be hosted for the third and final time by comedy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Nominees include “House of Lies” star Don Cheadle, who is up for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy, Selma’s  David Oyelowo for Best Actor in Motion Picture, Drama as well as Ava DuVernay for Best Director – Motion Picture. Pint-size star Quvenzhané Wallis is up for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of “Annie” while “How To Get Away with Murder” diva Viola Davis is vying for the Best Actress in TV Series, Drama.

Actors Kevin Hart, Lupita Nyong’o, Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Lopez will appear as presenters.

Click here for the full list of nominees!

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards air TONIGHT at 8 p.m. on NBC! #GoldenGlobes

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FIRST LOOK at Don Cheadle as Mile Davis in upcoming biopic ‘Miles Ahead’

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Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive photo of Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle as jazz legend Miles Davis. The picture shows Cheadle in true Miles fashion including his beloved trumpet, cigarette and classic Jheri Curl mullet. The film marks the actor’s directorial debut and has been supported by his crowdsourcing campaign at Indiegogo.

Miles Ahead  is not your typical “birth to death” biopic. Instead, the film will focus solely on the time period leading up to Davis’ 1969 jazz-rock-fusion recording, In a Silent Way.  Reportedly, this time marked his transition back into the music game after a five-year hiatus. The film will also take a closer look at his tumultuous marriage to his first wife Frances Taylor Davis.

“I want to tell a hot story that’s full of his music that feels impressionistic in that it finds a way to incorporate all his musical styles and influences and ideas. It needs to feel like his approach: ‘I don’t care about what happened before. I’m about what’s happening now and about what’s happening next.’ That’s Miles’ marching orders to me,”  says Cheadle to EW.

The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi and will begin shooting this month.

Check out the full photo below and click here to read the rest of the interview:

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T.I. & Tiny are NOT headed to Splitsville

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Despite of all of the internet rumors, Atlanta’s “hip-hop” Huxtables, T.I. and Tiny are NOT heading to divorce court.  According to a report from TMZ, rumors began surfacing after a series of Instagram messages popped up on both of their accounts leading fans to believe that something was going wrong in the Harris household.

untitledOn top of that, the two were seen partying separately during last weekend’s Grammy Awards. Reportedly, Tiny was hanging with her girlfriends Tamar Braxton and Sevyn Streeter while T.I. was a ‘no show’ at the awards.

However, T.I. cleared up all of the alleged drama and told TMZ that he and his wife of three years got into an argument over ‘something pretty stupid’ but are not calling it quits. Apparently the argument was over Tiny wanting to walk the Grammy red carpet and watch the show while T.I. didn’t. Instead, they challenged each other on who would have the most fun that night.

Even Tiny’s BFF Shekinah chimed in on Instagram, telling fans not to “believe the hype.”

“People stop with the BS @majorgirl and @troubleman31 are good!!!! (They are still together) Don’t believe everything you hear!!!! Don’t believe the hype!!!!

In other T.I. news…

S&A/Indie Wire is reporting that the “King of the South” will appear on the award-winning Showtime series, House of Lies, beginning this Sunday, February 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. He joins acting veteran, Mekhi Phifer as childhood friends-turned-moguls who hire Don Cheadle’s character, Marty to help expand their business empire. The episode marks Cheadle’s directorial debut.

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Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle, Alfre Woodard and Oprah Winfrey are up for Emmy’s tonight!

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are airing tonight at 8 p.m. EST on CBS and here is a quick rundown about the four African-American nominees.

Kerry Washington may very well make history tonight as the first African-American nominee to win in the category of “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.” Not since Cicely Tyson’s nomination in 1995 for Sweet Justice  has there been a Black female nominee. Washington’s role as Olivia Pope in the ABC political thriller Scandal  is without a doubt 2013’s most beloved TV character and most talked about as well. According to Indie WireScandal  was ABC’s most social program achieving over 4.3 million tweets during its second season, outperforming American Idol  by 56%. Washington will also present during tonight’s show with living legend Diahann Carroll.

Don Cheadle is up for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” for his role as Marty Kaan on Showtime’s House of Lies.  As previously reported, the show follows a group of management consultants who stop at nothing to get business deals done, even if it calls for extreme measures. Cheadle is also an Academy Award nominee for his role in 2004’s Hotel Rwanda  and is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Environment Program. Cheadle won a Golden Globe this year as “Best Actor in a Comedy Series” for House of Lies.  Let’s hope lightening will strike twice again tonight!

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 Kerry Washington (pictured above), Alfre Woodard, Don Cheadle and Oprah Winfrey

Alfre Woodard is no stranger to the Emmy Awards having been nominated 18 times and winning four throughout her career.  Her nomination tonight is for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie,” and for her role as the feisty Ouiser in the Lifetime adaptation of Steel Magnolias.  The film was directed by Kenny Leon and featured an all-star cast African-American cast including Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott, Tory Kittles and Adepero Oduye. Woodard is also an Academy Award and Grammy nominee and has won a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

 Oprah Winfrey is up for “Outstanding Informational Series or Special” for her series, Oprah’s Master Class.  The show, which is executive produced by Winfrey, featured a number of heavy hitters during its second season including Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Diahann Carroll and Berry Gordy. The Forbes  Most Influential Celebrity is a vet when it comes to the Emmy Awards. According to her website, “after accepting her seventh Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host and the 9th Emmy for The Oprah Winfrey Show,  Oprah decided to stop submitting herself and the show for Emmy consideration. To date, the show has won a total of 47 Emmy awards.”

Congratulations once again to the four nominees and good luck.

Click here to see the full list of tonight’s nominees!

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Casting News: Djimon Hounsou, Garcelle Beauvais, Justin Guarini and Don Cheadle

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Versatile actor Djimon Hounsou (pictured above) is getting ready to cast out devils in a upcoming horror/thriller entitled The Vatican Tapes.  According to Indie Wire, Hounsou will play a Vatican official called in to exorcise the demon. The film will begin shooting in July and also stars Michael Pena, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Anderson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori and Alex Sparrow.

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Former model turned actress Garcelle Beauvais is set to star in the  coming-of-age drama, Loose, produced by Meagan Good and Datari Turner. According to The Wrap, Beauvais will play single and not-so-good-mother to a young lady named Grace, who is trying to find her purpose in life. The role is described as an alcoholic, who repeatedly puts herself in abusive relationships, making them a priority over her own daughter. The indie film is also being produced by Dan Garcia.

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American Idol  alum Justin Guarini will play Paris in a new Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Indie Wire is reported that Guarini will try to win the affections of Condola Rashad, who is set to play Juliet alongside Orlando Bloom as Romeo. The production will have an interracial twist with the Capulets as a black family and the Montagues as a white family. The show will also be set in modern times and is being directed by David Leveaux.

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Last fall we reported that Golden Globe-winning actor Don Cheadle was in line to play legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in a new biopic entitled Kill the Trumpet Player.  However, Cheadle tweeted this week that he was “looking for young, black, talented trumpet players known and unknown” for the film which is said to be directed by Antoine Fuqua. While it’s not clear what role these trumpet players will have in the film, we do know that it will take some liberties with Davis’ story and will be more of a gangster movie versus a standard biopic. Thank you Indie Wire.

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Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle’s exclusive with ‘Variety’ + VIDEO

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Two of our favorite celebs Scandal’s  Kerry Washington and House of Lies’  Don Cheadle got together recently for a very intimate conversation with Variety  magazine. The two powerhouse actors talk candidly about staying employed in Hollywood, the issue of race and gender and the role of activism in this 30-minute video.

They also have an interesting discussion about network television programs versus cable television shows.  Both actors agree that the “most exciting writing and characters” are now found on the small screen and the hierarchy of film over television has definitely changed the acting game.

Check out the video below and tell us what you think in the comments section:

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