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‘Behind the Smile’: Raven Goodwin to play the legendary Hattie McDaniel

 Raven Goodwin (The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel) has been tapped to play legendary Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to ever win the award, in an indie biopic titled Behind the Smile.

The biopic will follow the inspiring story of McDaniel, who played Mammy in 1939’s Gone With the Wind. Although the role has earned her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, she was still not allowed to sit with her peers during the ceremony. The actress has encountered racism throughout her career. She also faced a backlash from the Black community for playing stereotypical roles of slaves and maids on the big screen.

Goodwin took it to social media to express her excitement. In a recent Instagram post, she said, “This is WILD! So happy to announce that I’ll be portraying THE Hattie McDaniel. This is so meaningful— in so many ways! Just know I’m ready to take on the responsibility! Much love!!!”

There is no director attached to the project at this time. Stay tuned for more details!

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‘Death Saved My Life’: real-life sisters Meagan and La’Myia Good are playing sisters in new Lifetime thriller

Meagan Good stars in Death Saved My Life, the next movie in Lifetime’s “Ripped From the Headlines” franchise.

Here’s the official description for the based-on-true-events movie, which will debut in on February 13:

On the surface it seems Jade (Good) has it all, a successful marketing career, a husband admired and respected in the community and a young daughter they both dote on. But behind closed doors, her life is far from idyllic. Her husband Ed (Chiké Okonkwo) is a controlling man who is physically and psychologically abusive. When Jade decides to leave Ed he tells her, “If I can’t have you, nobody will,” a threat which becomes very real when she discovers he has hired someone to kill her. Knowing no one will believe her, Jade realizes the only way to escape Ed is to make him believe the hitman completed the job and that she is dead.

Along with Good, the small-screen film also stars her sister La’Myia Good (Leigh).

Watch the trailer below.

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‘Tom and Jerry’ trailer: the beloved animated characters are coming to the big screen

The world’s favorite cat-mouse duo is taking over New York City!

Watch the first trailer for Warner Bros.’s upcoming Tom and Jerry movie, scheduled for a 2021 theatrical premiere.

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‘Coming 2 America’ Trailer: Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back to where it all began

Amazon has released the first official trailer of its upcoming Coming To America sequel!

The 1988 original story follows Akeem (Eddie Murphy) as he travels from Africa to New York, in hopes to find his queen. In this sequel, newly-crowned King Akeem and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

The star-studded cast also includes Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes, and Nomzamo Mbatha. Actors James Earl Jones, John Amos, Bella Murphy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Shari Headley, and Paul Bates will reprise their roles 30+ years later.

The screenplay is by Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield (The Nutty Professor).

Craig Brewer (Dolemite is My Name) directed the sequel.

Coming 2 America will be available to stream via Prime Video on March 5, 2021.

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