There’s just so much casting news that I’m going to do this really quick. Only one to two sentences for each item; you can read the rest at the links provided.
Black or White is a film that’s hoping to give people new things to think about when it comes to dealing with race relations, especially those involving multiracial families. Kevin Costner believes heavily in the film, and it’s a lot of his stories about the journey it took to bring Black or White to the screen that has put Black or White on the tongues of everyone who follows filmmaking.
Joining in the storytelling is Mpho Koaho, one of the actors in the film. I was happy to speak with Koaho about his role in the film, his take on Hollywood’s resistance towards certain films, and what fans can expect from his role in the upcoming season of Falling Skies.
Black or White is currently playing in theaters. Falling Skies comes back to TNT this summer.
Malia Dawkins is known for her acting work on shows like Jonas and Wizards of Waverly Place, but now she’s adding the titles of screenwriter and producer to her list of talents.
Dawkins’ first film, Rapunzel Jackson, created through her production company East to West Productions, is set to show at Los Angeles’ Pan African Film Festival, and I was excited to speak with Dawkins about the film, which focuses on a girl who gets her first perm. We also discussed black women’s complicated relationship with hair, the self-placed boundaries between natural and permed hair, and where the conversations about both hair types can meet in the middle.
Rapunzel Jackson is directed by Dabling Harward (who, as Dawkins said, was a “dream director,”) and stars Morgan Ashley in the title role. The rest of the cast includes Dawkins, Juanita Jennings, Haley Powell, Coley Speaks, Bruce Lemon, Demitris Dajoun and Marissa Herrera. Rapunzel Jackson will screen at the Pan African Film Festival this Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2:10pm and Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 1:40pm. You can learn more at the festival’s site.
What do I really need to say about Magic Mike XXL? I’ll just let the poster speak for itself:
David Oyelowo is proving why I made him an MOC Monday post. This guy not only knows when to help folks who’ve made mistakes (i.e. his buddy, Benedict Cumberbatch), but also when to hold people to task for racially-charged selective memories. Today, Oyelowo took the Academy to task for their penchant for only awarding black actors who take on “subservient” roles.
Terminator Genisys is coming to theaters July 1, and the film is taking over the Super Bowl with their upcoming Big Game TV spot. However, you don’t have to wait until Sunday to watch the spot: You can watch it below the post! Also below the post: The new Super Bowl poster!
Jupiter Ascending is a film that looks as perplexing as it is magical. If all of the elements come together, this could become a big of a cult hit as The Fifth Element.
The movie that everyone’s been talking about (and confused about) finally has a trailer! Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell has now given fans a first look and I have to say, I’m impressed.
Let’s all root for Alejandro González Iñárritu. His film Birdman is nominated for an Oscar, and now he’s getting the auteur treatment for his next film, The Revenant. The first stills from the film, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, have been released, and they look good. Check them out in the gallery below.