Fox 2000 has released the first trailer for The Hate U Give, this film adaptation from the popular novel of the same name comes to theaters October 19.
In a timely, powerful, and thought-provoking story Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, As You Are) witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
The movie is directed by George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men of Honor, Notorious) and screenplay written by Tina Mabry (Insecure, Queen Sugar, Mississippi Damned) and Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun).
The Hate U Give also stars Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby. The movie also features Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Anthony Mackie, K.J. Apa, and Common.
Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think about it in the comment section.
Nora Dark is back with a vengeance as actress Courtney Ford been promoted to a series regular on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for the upcoming fourth season on the CW Network. Last season she was a recurring character who was the evil daughter of the big bad villain Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).
This is the latest in a series of promotions to the show’s cast for next season. As both Matt Ryan and Jes Macallan have also been upped to series regulars as well. Ford’s has a solid background of credentials that also include Supernatural and True Blood.
What’s going to be more fun to watch next season is that she is the real-life wife of Legends co-star Brandon Routh who plays Ray Palmer aka The Atom on the show. This past season they both fought one another and were each other’s love interests. So it will be curious to see what they do with them in the overall story arc.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is based on DC Comic characters and is produced by Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Friday saw a huge opening for “Jurassic World 2” as it brought in an estimated $58.6 million domestically. Universal and Amblin must be excited as the movie is expected to rake in anywhere between $135 and $150 million. The movie itself has already made $466 million overseas. Even though the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score was a 50% and an audience score of 63%, at this rate, it will join the billion dollar movie club in no time.
In second place is everyone favorites superhero family in “Incredibles 2” with an estimated $24 million. The movie itself saw a 45.2% drop but overall worldwide the movie has made $368 million and since being a family movie, expect it to be in movie theaters for some time.
In third and fourth place was Ocean’s 8 with $3 million and Tag with $2.4 million. For more information check out www.boxofficemojo.com.
Netflix has released a new trailer for their latest film “How It Ends” starring Theo James and Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker. As a mysterious apocalypse causes the spread of misinformation and violence, a man and his estranged father-in-law race across a chaotic and fractured country to save his pregnant wife.
The movie starts streaming on July 13 only on Netflix. This movie looks like an amazing contribution to the “end-of-the-world” movie genre. I am always one for a good apocalypse movie. Movies like “2012” and “San Andreas” were fun and over the top, well worth watching. But “How It Ends” looks like it takes it to a serious level.
Movies like this seem to work well for actor Theo James as he is well remembered for movies like Underworld: Blood Wars, Underworld Awakening, and The Divergent series. While those movies didn’t perform well, his performance is always well remembered.
What’s even more impressive is that of actor and Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker showing up in this movie. Once again he proves that he is truly a man of his craft as an ex-military man that is only concerned for his daughter.
Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think in the comment section below.
Well, it looks like it’s time to make a trip to Southern California. The Disneyland Resort is kicking off summer with the opening of Pixar Pier opening at Disney California Adventure Park. Pixar stories and characters come to life in this newly reimagined land that features the thrilling Incredicoaster and Pixar Pal-A-Round attractions, imaginative neighborhoods, Pixar-inspired food, the Lamplight Lounge, plus exciting entertainment and more. Guests will experience the wonderful worlds of Pixar in incredible new ways on this seaside waterfront at the Disneyland Resort.
The year 2018 marks the “Year of Pixar” at Disney Parks, where guests are celebrating two decades of Pixar stories and characters. In addition to the opening of Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure park, Disneyland Resort is celebrating with the limited-time Pixar Fest, a celebration of friendship and beyond, through Sept. 3, 2018. Shanghai Disney Resort recently opened Disney•Pixar Toy Story Land, and Walt Disney World opens Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30, 2018.
Facebook is looking to test Facebook group subscriptions that charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to exclusive content. Only a few hand-picked groups in the parenting, cooking, and organizing industries are getting to try out this new feature.
Facebook said “We hear from group admins that they’re looking for ways to help them earn money to deepen engagement with their members and continue to support their communities. Many admins do this today by creating an additional subscribers-only group that sits alongside their existing group and rely on additional tools to track and collect payments.”
They go on to say “Subscription groups were created to make it easier for admins to provide these experiences with built-in tools, and to save them time so they can focus on offering members-only content. For members, they’re now able to sign-up and manage their subscription through the Facebook app for iOS and Android.”
As someone who is a digital marketing consultant for small businesses during the day, this feature, if done right, can be a huge game changer for small businesses that use Facebook on a daily basis. Really now it’s all about content creation and is it worth your customer’s time and money. But will see where Facebook will take this feature.
MTV announced the launch of MTV Studios, a new unit focused on developing new series and re-imaginations of its most iconic hits for partners across SVOD and Linear. MTV Studios will develop and produce a full slate with a focus on beloved series, franchises, and spin-offs that span MTV’s 35-year history.
MTV Studios’ initial slate includes a reimagined version of the feminist icon “Daria” with writer Grace Edwards from “Inside Amy Schumer”; cult sci-fi hit “Aeon Flux” from “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis; groundbreaking reality series “The Real World” and an update of the Emmy Award-winning coming of age unscripted series “Made.”
The slate will also include two new titles including “The Valley”, a coming of age docuseries in the spirit of “The Hills” and “Siesta Key” which follows a group of young friends growing up in the Valley town of Nogales, Arizona, a city split in half, with one side in the United States and the other in Mexico. Also included is “MTV’s Straight Up Ghosted,” which follows young people trying to reconnect with lost friends, lovers and family members and confront them about why they have been ghosted.
“MTV has the biggest collection of hit youth franchises that spans more than three decades of content and over 200 titles, part of which have fueled our resurgence,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV. “With MTV Studios, we are for the first time ever opening up this vault beyond our own platforms to reimagine the franchises with new partners.”
MTV Studios builds on MTV’s growth in the past year, as the brand has reclaimed its core of youth, music, and reality programming. MTV is currently the fastest growing network on TV, with viewership in prime time up 21% year-over-year. Additionally, MTV attracted 2.9 billion streams in 2018, up +83% YoY, and has amassed more than 350 million social followers around the globe. The brand’s rapid growth across platforms offers MTV Studios’ partners a vibrant marketing platform for new and reimagined co-productions alike.
Steven S. DeKnight is jumping back in bed with Netflix by a signing multi-year overall deal for series and possible feature films. Many people know his work as he was the creator of the TV show “Spartacus” on Starz and was the Showrunner for the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. His more recent work was writing and directing Pacific Rim: Uprising. Though many may not know that he wrote, directed, and produced on hit iconic shows such as Angel, Smallville, and Dollhouse and was also a writer on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
“Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer, and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, original content, Netflix. “From ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ which become a global cult sensation, to his historical gladiator epic Spartacus, and his unforgettable work on season one of ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ Steven’s bold, visceral storytelling has left its mark. We look forward to teaming with him on future original series and other projects for our members around the world.”
DeKnight also added, “Collaborating with Netflix on the first season of Daredevil was one of the most satisfying creative endeavors of my career. The level of trust they place in their creatives is matched only by their unflagging support and enthusiasm for storytelling. I couldn’t ask for a better home for myself or DeKnight Productions.”
As a huge fan of his work, I look forward to seeing what he brings to Netflix.
If you are like me and many other people who use Apple product, you were beyond excited to read about how Apple was coming out with a wireless charging station called AirPower. Basically, there will be no more countless cords to plug into the wall. The idea is to have the AirPower charge three devices simultaneously: an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods.
Bloomberg is reporting that “One challenge is making sure the charger doesn’t overheat. Another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device’s development”. Currently, Apple is looking to launch the AirPower sometime in September of this year.
But with the issues that Apple has had the past few years of products being delayed, I won’t believe it until I see it.