Saturday, January 19, 2019

Thelma Houston Receives New Grammy Award

Thelma Houston
Photo by: ScottMitchellphotography.smugmug.com

The GRAMMY Museum welcomed GRAMMY®-winning R&B artist Thelma Houston as she received a new Grammy Award that was destroyed in the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake. The GRAMMY Museum®'s Clive Davis Theater presented An Evening with Thelma Houston on the 25th anniversary of the earthquake, where Scott Goldman served as the moderator for an intimate conversation and performance by Houston.

Perhaps best known for her number one international hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Thelma Houston shared her inspirational journey that chronicles her illustrious career, by sharing intimate musical stories and behind-the-scenes adventures along with a very special acoustic performance, leading up to her iconic GRAMMY® Award-winning number one pop song "Don't Leave Me This Way."

After 50 years of performing, 23 albums, and winning a GRAMMY Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Houston continues to celebrate her long and outstanding career.

About Thelma Houston
After decades of chart-topping performances and 23 albums, GRAMMY® Award-winner Thelma Houston is still going strong.

This Motown Records’ artist, has claimed the top of the Pop, R&B and Dance charts with her high-powered rendition of "Don't Leave Me This Way." That Gold Record classic gave Thelma the distinction of being the first solo female artist at Motown to win the GRAMMY-Award for "Best R&B Female Vocal Performance."

Thelma was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City, honored as an "Apollo Legend" on the syndicated hit TV show, Showtime at the Apollo, and performed at The Vatican for The Pope

In January 2009, Thelma was asked to headline one of the main inauguration parties for President Barack Obama in Washington, DC. Thelma was honored to perform on the #1 rated television show in the USA, Fox's American Idol, shortly after and opened up the finale of the hit summer show, NBC's America's Got Talent.

With appearances from Tokyo to Las Vegas to London and beyond, Thelma continues to bring audiences to their feet with her dynamic, energetic show. This Diva logs over 200 performances annually and the singer/songwriter is enjoying every moment of her success.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

"Penguins" Opens In Theaters, Select IMAX April 17




As Disneynature celebrates 10 years since its first feature-film debut, its newest conservation intitiative—this one tied to the upcoming big-screen adventure “Penguins”—was revealed today.  For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2019), Disneynature will make a donation to the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) to help protect penguins across the southern hemisphere.

Founded in 2002, WCN invests in a select network of on-the-ground conservationists, including top experts in the field of penguins like the Global Penguin Society (GPS). The worldwide leader in science-based penguin conservation, GPS champions specific programs that align with Disneynature’s conservation mission. “For example, one of our aims is to track different species of penguins’ movements across four continents in the southern seas,” said GPS founder and president Dr. Pablo Borboroglu. “Penguins swim thousands of kilometers to migrate and look for food. What they encounter during their journeys determines their survival, affects the viability of their species and informs science and conservation action. We are also dedicated to cleaning plastics from the beaches, breeding areas and seas impacting penguin populations. Campaigns to clean up beaches around penguin colonies along selected coastal sectors will help secure a healthy and safe habitat for penguins.”

“Disneynature has an amazing platform,” said Charles Knowles, president, and co-founder of WCN. “They’re able to reach a global audience in a way that we can hardly fathom. They are uniquely positioned to tell the real story of penguins and the challenges they face. By teaming up with Disneynature—which is so strongly aligned with our own mission—we are able to uniquely communicate about the species we care so much about.”

“Antarctica is one of the few areas in the world that most people will never have an opportunity to see firsthand,” said Roy Conli, one of the producers of “Penguins.” “It’s one of the most remote and harshest environments on Earth—but its stark beauty is breathtaking. Cultivating an understanding and appreciation of the area, the surrounding oceans and the animals who live there is essential to the future of our planet. That’s one of the reasons I love sharing the story of Steve—a penguin who’s working so hard to thrive in this world, and doing his part for the next generation.”

To capture the stunning footage for “Penguins,” a team of the best polar experts in the world traveled to four different locations over the course of three years for a total of nearly 900 camera days. Temperatures dropped below -40 degrees on several occasions and winds twice topped 150 mph while filmmakers were on location. 

Their efforts resulted in the extraordinary story of Steve who promises to charm audiences worldwide. “It’s so fun to watch Steve compete with all the other penguins to set up his nest and win his mate,” said Conli. “It’s hard not to relate to this guy.”

“Penguins” will be the first-ever Disneynature film released in IMAX®. The film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of the IMAX EXPERIENCE® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technology.

ABOUT “PENGUINS”
Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide and select IMAX® theatres starting Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

ABOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION NETWORK
The Wildlife Conservation Network’s (WCN) mission is to protect endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people co-exist and thrive. WCN invests in a select network of on-the-ground conservationists, offering the financial resources, tools, and services they need to effectively protect wildlife. WCN also creates large-scale Crisis and Recovery Funds, investing in projects that can protect a threatened species across its entire habitat. As no one organization or person can save wildlife alone, WCN emphasizes collaboration, connecting conservationists and supporters and creating a community united in a passion for wildlife. Learn more about WCN's unique approach to saving wildlife and the work of our conservation partners at wildnet.org.

ABOUT GLOBAL PENGUIN SOCIETY
The Global Penguin Society (GPS) is dedicated to the survival and protection of the world´s penguin species, fostering integrated ocean conservation through science, management (policy making) and education. GPS is an internationally recognized leader in the conservation of penguins, and the coasts and oceans they inhabit. The Global Penguin Society endeavors to:
  • Develop sound science to use in the conservation of penguins and marine environments at local, regional, and global scales;
  • Educate communities and decision makers about the importance of penguins and their habitats, aiming at achieving lasting behavioral changes;
  • Identify priority areas for the conservation of penguins and their ecosystems, propose and implement guidelines for their protection; and
  • Influence the establishment, implementation and efficacy of public and private conservation policies.

GPS is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Learn about penguins and how GPS helps them globally at: globalpenguinsociety.org.

ABOUT DISNEYNATURE

Celebrating 10 years since its first U.S. theatrical feature, “Earth,” Disneynature brings the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. All seven of Disneynature’s theatrical film releases—”Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Chimpanzee,” “Bears,” “Monkey Kingdom” and “Born in China”—rank among the top 10 highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. “Penguins,” opening April 17, 2019, is the label’s 8th theatrical release. Disneynature’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance of its films, Disneynature has contributed to a host of conservation initiatives. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Opening March 8, Captain Marvel Posters Unveiled



Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.




Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher, and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet.




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fountain Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season

 

The Fountain Theatre has announced a 2019-20 season of vibrant, thought-provoking, fresh and funny new work by a diverse group of playwrights, each of whom explores important social and cultural issues from a wholly unique perspective.

Over the course of 16 months, the company will offer up a series of Los Angeles, California, Southern California, West Coast and world premieres that tackle questions of politics, racism, gun control, human rights, cultural identity and more.

“Our 2019-20 season is our most ambitious ever,” says Fountain co-artistic director Stephen Sachs. “It perfectly reflects who and what we are as a theater organization. It's a season of diversity, a rich mixture of new plays representing a wide variety of communities. Our goal is for Los Angeles to see itself on our stage, and this season certainly offers that.”

The season opens in February, taking us all the way to Spring 2020 with six exciting productions: the West Coast premiere of Hype Man by Idris Goodwin; the Southern California premiere of Daniel’s Husband by Michael McKeever; the California premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park; the Los Angeles premiere of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis; the world premiere of Jane Doe by Stephen Sachs; and the Los Angeles premiere of If I Forget by Steven Levenson. In addition, the Fountain will continue to offer its acclaimed Forever Flamenco dance series every month.

Details of the Fountain Theatre’s 2019-20 season are as follows:
 


Feb. 23 – April 14, 2019 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m. ):
West Coast premiere of Hype Man — In Idris Goodwin’s “breakbeat play,” a diverse hip-hop trio is on the verge of making it big on national TV when a police shooting of a Black teen shakes the band to its core, forcing them to confront questions of race, gender, privilege and when to use artistic expression as an act of social protest. Winner, 2018 Elliot Norton Award. Directed by Deena Selenow.  

May 4 – June 23, 2019 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Southern California premiere of Daniel’s Husband  — Michael McKeever’s witty, passionate, funny and, ultimately, heartrending play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not. Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. What isn't so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn’t believe in it. Then, a life-altering event forces both men to realize that, even in an enlightened society, the denial of fundamental rights leads to devastating results. Starring Bill BrochtrupTim Cummings and Jenny O’Hara; directed by Simon Levy.  

July 13 – Sept 1, 2019 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m. ):
California premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo — Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. Wildly theatrical, Jiehae Park’s startling new comedy twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between cultures. 

Sept. 21 – Nov. 10, 2019 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy   You can’t beat City Hall, but you can try. In this darkly comic, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Stephen Adly Guirgis, ex-cop and recent widower, Walter ‘Pops’ Washington has made a home for his newly paroled son in his sprawling, rent-controlled Riverside Drive apartment. But now the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed, and the church is on his back — leaving Pops somewhere between Riverside… and crazy. 

Jan. 18 – March 8, 2020 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Jane Doe — In this contemporary retelling of the 1941 Frank Capra classic film Meet John Doe adapted by Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs (Cyrano, Arrival & Departure, Citizen: An American Lyric), a newspaper writer fabricates a letter to his column from an imaginary homeless woman named “Jane Doe” who announces she will kill herself on the 4th of July because of greedy corporations, corrupt politicians and how hostile and heartless the world has become. When the writer hires a woman to stand-in as the fictitious “Jane”, a national movement is ignited by citizens aching for a savior. 

March 28 – May 17, 2020 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of If I Forget — Simon Levy directs this powerful tale of a Jewish family and a culture at odds with itself by Steven Levenson (book-writer of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen). Michael is a liberal Jewish studies professor reuniting with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. A political and deeply personal play about history, responsibility, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for a new beginning, told with vicious humor and unflinching honesty. If I Forget was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick,” while DC Metro calls it “one of the greatest Jewish plays of this century.”

The Fountain Theatre is one of the most successful intimate theaters in Los Angeles, providing a creative home for multi-ethnic theater and dance artists. The Fountain has won hundreds of awards, and Fountain projects have been seen across the U.S. and internationally. Recent highlights include being honored for its acclaimed 25th Anniversary Season in 2015 by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council; the inclusion of the Fountain’s Citizen: An American Lyric in Center Theatre Group’s Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and again, last year, as the centerpiece of Our L.A. Voices at Grand Park; and an all-star reading of All The President’s Men at Los Angeles City Hall. The Fountain’s 2018 productions of The Chosen andArrival & Departure each enjoyed months-long sold-out runs and were named Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choices.” The company’s most recent production, the West Coast premiere of Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living, was named to the Los Angeles Times’ “Best of 2018” list by theater critic Charles McNulty, who called the Fountain “on par with the Mark Taper Forum and Geffen Playhouse at their best. The Fountain Theatre’s production of Majok’s ‘Cost of Living’ confirmed just how indispensable 99-seat theaters still are to a healthy theater ecology.” 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Features To Watch At 34th Kingdom Day Parade

(l-r) Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dodger's Dave Roberts, Hon. Young-Jin Kim and Glynn Turman 

Los Angeles, CA — Dr. Adrian Dove, president, and CEO, 34th Kingdom Day Parade is proud to keep Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy alive as he announces Dave Roberts, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Official 2019 Grand Marshal.

ABC-7 will again broadcast the 34th Annual Kingdom Day Parade Live on Monday, January 21, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to a media audience of over 2.4 million viewers and listeners. The Parade is proud to welcome back its Presenting Sponsor; Blue Shield of California.

Features to Watch at the parade:
  • Blue Shield of California presenting sponsor float
  • 2019 Grand Marshal Dave Roberts, Manager, L.A. Dodgers
  • South Korea Delegation 60 plus members comprised of South Korea’s longtime Speaker of National Assembly, the Hon. Young-Jin Kim is this years’ International Grand Marshal. Pastor Seung Hee Lee will serve as a Celebrity Grand Marshal. The entry will include the Grandmaster Tong Suk Chun, Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company, Voice of Angels choir and Pastor Kang Suk So.
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters will join us as a Long-time Supporter in the parade.
  • An Entry comprised of an LA METRO Vintage Bus (circa 1955), representing Rosa Parks, followed by the Teamsters Union (Designer) 18 Wheeler Semi, & the LA City Sanitation/SEIU Local 721 Sanitation Workers’ model Sanitation Trucks. These (3) entries represent a Tribute to the (13 Years) that Dr. King fought for Civil Rights from 1955 to his death in 1968.
  • The Opening Mule Drawn Buck Wagon is to symbolize the mourning of Dr. King ’s passing; and the New Orleans 2nd Line Jazz Quartet is to symbolize the Celebration of his Life.
  • Tribute to Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s, (who recently married Prince Harry) alma mater Immaculate Heart High School. The entry will feature 30 female students, from the private Catholic girls’ school, marching in honor of Duchess Markle.
  • Chris “Animal” Hyche of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will be among the parade participants. He is one of the best dunkers on the team and is fluent in sign language as the child of deaf parents.
  • Emmy Award Winning Actor Glynn Turman, the Grand Marshall for the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo will ride his horse with Buffalo Soldiers 10th Calvary Mounted Unit, who are flying in from all over the country to participate in this parade entry.
  • Equestrian Units for this year’s parade along with the Bill Pickett Rodeo/Buffalo Soldiers will include; The Equine Advisory Council Riders, The California Park Rangers Mounted Unit, California Highway Patrol Mounted Unit and the LA County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit.
  • TMZ Raquel Harper and host of BET’s Raq Rants Late-Night Show
  • Big Boy and the REAL 92.3 team will ride in the parade
  • 10 High School bands including the Award-winning LAUSD All-City Band, Centennial, Inglewood, and Compton High School Bands.
  • Kingdom Day Queen and Royal Court
  • Our Local TV, Radio, Politicians, Community, and corporate and many more surprises!

The Kingdom Day Parade passionately honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has grown from its humble beginnings into the largest and longest-running Birthday Celebration of Dr. King, Jr. in the nation! This year, 2019 would have been Dr. King’s 90th birthday. Although he never reached the age of 40, his legacy will live forever. This years’ theme is “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Democracy”.

The three 3-Mile parade route begins at 10:15 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Western Avenue proceeds west to Crenshaw and then South to Vernon Ave, with a post-parade festival at Leimert Park.

Tens of thousands of spectators every year line the parade route which has remained true to its roots, still winding through the same inner-city streets in South Central Los Angeles. Some of the most enthusiastic spectators reserve sidewalk space with sleeping bags, as early as the night before in what has become a unique Kingdom Day Los Angeles tradition. The Parade features more than 150 units involving over 3,000 individuals including Special Community Service Honorees and other Heroes and Sheroes including the Kingdom Day Parade Queen, Her Royal Court, and the Scholarship Program. Also, featured are elaborate Floats, Marching Bands, High School and Middle School Drill Teams, Novelty Acts, Equestrian Units, and an exciting turn-out of Celebrities, Entertainment Legends, and Community Leaders.

 U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was the 2018 Grand Marshall. Among other past, Parade Grand Marshalls are Stevie Wonder, The Godfather of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday national holiday recognition, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Karen BassGovernor Jerry Brown, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Herb J. Wesson, III and Curren Price, TV Host Steve Harvey, LA Dodger’s star Matt KempLittle Richard, dance legend Debbie Allenformer Police Chief Bernard Parks, media mogul Danny Bakewell, Sr. and a host of other very special people.

The Kingdom Day Parade’s community and corporate/supporters include the current Presenting Sponsor, Blue Shield of California. Additional sponsors include the Los Angeles Dodgers and The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Farmers Insurance, Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Mall, Wells Fargo Bank, U.S. Bank, KNBC Channel 4, KTLA Channel 5, Radio Free 102.3 KJLH, The Real 92.3 Home of “Big Boy”: 94.7 The Wave, Power 106 (105.9) Hip Hop Live; KDAY 93.5- Back in the Day, Downtown LA Motors-Mercedes, AIDS HealthCare Foundation, Denny’s Crenshaw, LAUSD’s Beyond The Bell, McDonalds, and Wescom Credit Union. The Parade is also appreciative of the in-kind and moral support from the City and County of Los Angeles and their various departments, as well as the Los Angele Unified School District and METRO, along with the businesses and residents and the alignment.

About the Kingdom Day Parade
The Kingdom Day Parade is way more than just another parade. The unique purpose of this Parade is celebrated each year on the only Holiday whose sole purpose is to embrace all segments or identities in our democracy and the world. It is dedicated to the conscious aggressive non-violent pursuit of Dr. King’s noble goals.

In America’s current somewhat divided year, the mission of bringing people back together is needed now more than ever. Our Work Is Not Yet Done! More than just a one-day event, the Kingdom Day Parade and its Organizing Sponsor, CORE-CA, have a year-round focus of bringing everybody back together in harmony in the spirit of Dr. King. It  was conceived more than 37 years ago as a small neighborhood tribute to the life, work, dream, and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since its inception, Stevie Wonder, completed a successful nationwide effort that resulted in Dr. King’s birthday becoming a National Holiday, on the third Monday in January every year. It was the untimely death of the original founder Larry Grant seven years ago, that Dr. Adrian Dove, who had been (and still is) Chairman of the Parade’s Organizing Sponsor (CORE-CA), stepped forward and has continued management of the Parade with the help of a strong team of volunteers and professional staff. The Parade has continued to grow, evolving into the major iconic event it has become today while remaining on the same inner-city streets in the same spirit that it began with. With an emphasis on community, welcoming everybody as equals.

To become a participant, volunteer, sponsor or for more information, visit the website at: www.kingdomdayparade.org

What Men Want in Theatres February 8



SYNOPSIS
Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world... until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test. WHAT MEN WANT is the latest comedy from director Adam Shankman (HAIRSPRAY) and producers Will Packer and James Lopez (GIRLS TRIP), co-starring Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu.

TRAILER:  https://youtu.be/m0fXlriDIVw


DIRECTED BY
Adam Shankman

PRODUCED BY
Will Packer, p.g.a., James Lopez, p.g.a.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY
Taraji P. Henson, Amy Sayres, Adam Shankman,
Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve

STORY BY
Jas Waters and Tina Gordon

SCREENPLAY BY
 Tina Gordon and Peter Huyck & Alex Gregory

STARRING
Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Chris Witaske, Brian Bosworth, Kellan Lutz, and Tracy Morgan

Pitt Hosts Screenings Of If Beale Street Could Talk

(l-r) Stephan James, Brad Pitt, Barry Jenkins, and Kiki Layne

Brad Pitt hosted two special screenings of If Beale Street Could Talk over the weekend. The events took place at a private residence in the Hollywood Hills. Both screenings were hosted by Brad Pitt with a reception between screenings.

Attendees from the film included Writer and Director Barry Jenkins, Cast members KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Brian Tyree Henry, Colman Domingo, Finn Wittrock, Michael Beach, Producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Cinematographer James Laxton, Composer Nicholas Britell, Editor Joi McMillon, costume designer Caroline Eselin, Hair department head Kenneth Walker.

Notable guests included Timothée ChalametCatherine Hardwicke, John Ridley, Maria Conchita Alonso, Diane Warren, Shamier Anderson, Beth Grant, Sarunas J. Jackson.


About If Beale Street Could Talk
Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel — the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.
Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Barry Jenkins
Producers: Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, 
Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner
Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael BeachEd Skrein, Diego Luna, Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal
Now playing in theaters.