Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Weathers and Walker Celebrate #OneChicagoDay

(l-r) Carl Weathers (Chicago Justice) and Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire
celebrate #OneChicagoDay.  Walker stars as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, a fireman's fireman who is the leader of the firehouse and is in the midst of major personal changes on Chicago Fire. Weathers starts as State Attorney Mark Jefferies in Chicago Justice. 

About Chicago Fire:
An edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America's noblest professions. For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death.

Eamonn Walker plays Chief Wallace Boden, a stoic who leads Firehouse 51 and its men in uniform. Chief Wallace Boden is joined by Jesse Spencer (Lt. Matthew Casey), Monica Raymund (Gabriela Dawson), Yuri Sardarov (Brian Zvonecek), David Eigenberg (Christopher Hermann), Joe Minoso (Joe Cruz), and Taylor Kinney (Lt. Kelly Severide). NBC’s Chicago Fire is executed produced by series showrunner Michael Brandt (2 Fast 2 Furious), Derek Haas (Wanted), Lisa Wiegand (Necessary Roughness), Peter Jankowski (Law & Order), Steve Schill (The Flash), and Joe Chappelle (The Wire).

NBC’s Chicago Fire
Twitter: @NBCChicagoFire (https://twitter.com/NBCChicagoFire),

About Chicago Justice:Powerhouse creator Dick Wolf delivers a captivating new installment to the hit Chicago franchise. Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State's Attorney's dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city's high-stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system, and their unwavering passion for the law. And it all starts with a gut-wrenching case when one of Chicago's finest is shot in the line of duty.

NBC’s Chicago Justice
Twitter: @ChicagoJustice (https://twitter.com/chicagojustice)

Monday, October 24, 2016

AAFCA Announces Achievement Award Recipients

(Los Angeles) – The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) announced the honorees for its annual Special Achievement Awards, set to be handed out on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California.


Anthony Hemingway

AAFCA Horizon Award: Anthony Hemingway – Visionary Director/Producer, UNDERGROUND

Floyd Norman

AAFCA Legacy: Floyd Norman – Legendary Animator, Disney/Hanna-Barbera

Lee Daniels

AAFCA Cinema Vanguard: Lee Daniels – Oscar-Nominated Producer/Director, record-breaking TV show creator, Precious, Empire 

Mike Phillips

AAFCA Roger Ebert: Mike Phillips – Film Critic, Chicago Tribune

Vanessa Morrison

AAFCA Ashley Boone: Vanessa Morrison – President, Fox Animation

“All of our honorees are serious players who are helping to move the industry forward in terms of creating images that are diverse and inclusive,” says Gil Robertson, AAFCA president/co-founder. “They are all cultural visonaries who deserve to be recognized for their roles in advancing projects that have paid off critically and finacially and we look forward to celebrating their careers.” 

In the next month, AAFCA will host its signature event, The 8th AAFCA Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. Winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

Established in 2003, the African American Film Critics Association is the largest black film critics organization in the world, representing television, radio, print and online critics. 

'Hidden Figures' To Hit Theaters January 2017

Director: Theodore Melfi
Producer: Donna Gigliotti, Kevin Halloran, Mimi Valdes  
Writers: Allison Schroeder, Margot Lee Shetterly  
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae,  Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, Ariana Neal, Maria Howell, Jaiden Kaine, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Scott Michael Morgan, Lidya Jewett, Alkoya Brunson, Saniyaa Sidney.

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Synopsis: HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

'Loving' Tells True Story Of 1958 Interracial Love

By Darlene Donloe

In 1958, two people fell in love and got married. It happens all the time. No big deal, right?  Wrong! It was a very big deal.

You see, Richard was a white man. His bride, Mildred, was a Negro. Their interracial love and then marriage was taboo in Virginia at the time.

Ironically, the couple’s last name is, of all things, Loving.

The true story of the couple’s relationship and, ultimate groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling, is told in the Focus Feature film, Loving, out in select cities November 4.

The movie opens in 1958, when the couple is dating.  When Mildred gets pregnant, Richard takes her to Washington, D.C. where they are legally able to get married. The only problem is, Virginia doesn’t recognize the marriage and jails the couple upon their return.  

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton portray Mildred and Richard Loving

The local court rules that the couple can’t reside in the state of Virginia at the same time for the next 25 years.  If they do return, they will be jailed for one year. Theirs was a forbidden love.

The problems continue for years until the couple gets a call from a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who wants to take their case to the Supreme Court.

The result is the 1967 civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia. It that year the Supreme Court reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry, making the Loving’s love story an inspiration to couples everywhere.

(l-r) Alano Miller, Terri Abney, Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton star in Loving

The film celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown.

Director Jeff Nichols has created an impactful film that successfully creates a feel for the times.  He gets solid performances out of his entire cast led by Joel Edgerton (Richard Loving) and Ruth Negga (Mildred Loving).

Negga delivers a performance that reveals a quiet strength and headstrong resolve. It brings Mildred’s personality to life. All she wants is to love her man and raise their three children in her hometown of Central Point, Virginia. Edgerton’s portrayal of Richard, a low-key-don’t-want-to-make-waves construction worker, is emotional and understated.  The chemistry between Negga and Edgerton is palpable.

The real Mildred and Richard Loving

The movie is quietly powerful. Surprisingly, it doesn’t even come close to showing the fury and unrighteousness of the time. Very little anger is shown on the part of the Black people, or Negroes, during a time that considered them less than.  While it did show white law enforcement being rather indignant about the Loving’s relationship, it didn’t convey the outrage on the part of the rest of the white population. There was no real violence or name-calling.  Instead, Nichols’ period piece slowly unwraps an effective, sensitive story that came to literally change the face of America.

Loving stars Joel Edgerton (The Gift, The Great Gatsby, Kinky Boots) and Ruth Negga (AMC’s Preacher, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and is directed by Jeff Nichols (“Midnight Special”, “Mud”, “Take Shelter”). It also stars Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Michael Shannon, Nick Kroll, Sharon Blackwood and Marton Csokas.


MPAA Rating: PG-13; Running time: 123 min.

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (need work), L (likeable), O (oh, yeah) and E (excellent), Loving gets an O (oh, yeah).

Friday, October 21, 2016

NBC's 'Hairspray Live! Set For December 7

Airing live on Wednesday, December 7th at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT
Directed by: Kenny Leon, Alex Rudzinki
Produced by: Neil Meron, Craig Zadan
Writing Credits: Harvey Fierstein (teleplay by), Thomas Meehan (book), Mark O’Donnell (book), John Waters (original screenplay)
Cast: Maddie Bailie, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Rosie O’Donnell, Harvey Fierstein, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Ephraim Sykes and more.
Synopsis: NBC is assembling an all-star team of Broadway’s finest and most talented creatives for its upcoming production of “Hairspray Live!,” the network’s latest stage musical following the phenomenal success of “The Wiz Live!” Based on the 1988 musical film about a teenage girl living in Baltimore in the early 1960s dreams of appearing on a popular TV dance show.

Special Clip: https://youtu.be/wHKnF9aWE_0
Official Website:  http://www.nbc.com/hairspray-live
Like Hairspray Live! on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HairsprayLive
Follow Hairspray Live! on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hairspraylive
Follow Hairspray Live! on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nbchairspraylive

Prince 4Ever Arrives In Stores November 22

October 21, 2016 (Burbank, CA) - Today, NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records announced two new Prince releases that will celebrate the iconic artist's music and introduce fans to previously unreleased material from his legendary vault. This will mark the first Prince recordings released since his passing on April 21st of this year.

Released on November 22nin the U.S. and November 25th around the worldPrince 4Ever will bring together 40 of Prince's best-loved songs, including the blockbuster hits "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," "Kiss," "Little Red Corvette," "Purple Rain," "Raspberry Beret," "Sign O' The Times," "Alphabet Street," "Batdance," "Cream," and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World." 

Prince 4Ever includes "Moonbeam Levels" - a previously unreleased song originally recorded in 1982 during the 1999 sessions and later considered for the never released Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic album. Prince 4Ever will also arrive with a 12-page booklet of never-before-seen photos by acclaimed photographer Herb Ritts

In addition, early next year will see the release of the much-anticipated remastered, deluxe version of Purple Rain, plans for which were agreed with Prince before he passed away. The remaster of the classic Purple Rain will arrive with a second album of previously unreleased material. More details will be revealed closer to the release date.

The track-listing for Prince 4Ever is as follows:
1. 1999
2. Little Red Corvette
3. When Doves Cry
4. Let's Go Crazy
5. Raspberry Beret
6. I Wanna Be Your Lover
7. Soft and Wet
8. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
9. Uptown
10. When You Were Mine
11. Head
12. Gotta Stop (Messin' About)
13. Controversy
14. Let's Work
15. Delirious
16. I Would Die 4 U
17. Take Me With U
18. Paisley Park
19. Pop Life
20. Purple Rain
21. Kiss
22. Sign 'O' The Times
23. Alphabet Street
24. Batdance
25. Thieves In The Temple
26. Cream
27. Mountains
28. Girls & Boys
29. If I Was Your Girlfriend
30. U Got The Look
31. I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man
32. Glam Slam
33. Moonbeam Levels
34. Diamonds and Pearls
35. Gett Off
36. Sexy MF
37. My Name Is Prince
38. 7
39. Peach
40. Nothing Compares 2 U

Thursday, October 20, 2016

'Arrival' Arrives In Theaters November 11

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.