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Jeffrey Wright and Ilfenesh Hadera Join Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s ‘High and Low’

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In a highly anticipated collaboration, acclaimed actor Jeffrey Wright and Ilfenesh Hadera have joined the cast of Spike Lee’s upcoming film, ‘High and Low.’ The film, described as a reimagining of the classic Akira Kurosawa thriller, also stars Denzel Washington.

Known for his roles in films like ‘Basquiat,’ ‘The Hunger Games’ series, and ‘Westworld,’ Jeffrey Wright was most recently nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in American Fiction. His ability to embody complex characters and deliver powerful performances makes him a perfect fit for this new Spike Lee joint.

The upcoming film will mark a reunion for Hadera and Washington, who co-starred in ‘The Equalizer 2.’ The Godfather of Harlem star also previously collaborated with Lee on his acclaimed Netflix series ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ based on his classic 1986 film and his movies ‘Chi-Raq’ and ‘Oldboy’.

‘High and Low’ also marks the fifth collaboration between Lee and Washington, who previously worked together on ‘Mo’ Better Blues,’ ‘He Got Game,’ ‘Inside Man,’ and ‘Malcolm X.’ Washington’s performance in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ was also released by A24.

The film is being developed and produced by A24, a production company known for its slate of thought-provoking and award-worthy films. It is described as a thriller and an English-language reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 crime thriller, which told the story of a shoe executive who was in the middle of a complex corporate takeover when his plans were derailed by the accidental kidnapping and ransom of his chauffeur’s son instead of his son.

The film will begin production this month, with a theatrical release before its global launch on Apple TV+.

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Eddie Murphy’s daughter Bria Murphy Makes a Cameo in ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.’

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Eddie Murphy’s daughter Bria Murphy has made a memorable cameo in the latest installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.’ Bria, who is the oldest daughter of the iconic comedian and actor, plays a police officer who arrests her father’s character, Axel Foley, in the film.

‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’ marks the return of Murphy as the wisecracking Detroit detective Axel Foley, 30 years after the release of Beverly Hills Cop III. The film, directed by Mark Molloy, sees Foley back in Beverly Hills to help his estranged daughter, played by Taylour Paige, who is in trouble with some dangerous individuals.

Bria’s appearance in the film is a family affair, as her husband, Michael Xavier, also stars in the movie as a police officer.

Eddie Murphy, Bria Murphy, Michael Xavier, Nicole Murphy/ Photo: John Solano Photography

Eddie Murphy said his daughter’s role in the film was a surreal experience. In an interview, he shared that the scene where his son-in-law tases him in the neck was particularly memorable, especially since it happened shortly after his daughter’s wedding.

The movie, released on Netflix on July 3, 2024, has received mixed reviews. However, Eddie Murphy’s performance and his daughter’s cameo have been highlighted as some of the film’s most enjoyable moments.

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Donald Glover Unveils Trailer for New Movie ‘Bando Stone & the New World’

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Donald Glover has released the trailer for his feature film directorial debut, ‘Bando Stone & The New World.’

Glover stars as the titular character, Bando Stone, a former pop star who has lost everything in the apocalypse. He is joined by Jessica Allain, who plays a mysterious woman who crosses paths with Bando.

The new trailer offers a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world where Glover’s character, Bando Stone, a former pop star, tries to survive in a desolate landscape. The video features imagery of abandoned cities and eerie forests and hints at a story that blends science fiction, drama, and survival thriller elements.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the film is the soundtrack, composed by Glover himself under his musical alias, Childish Gambino. The trailer itself features a snippet of the song ‘Lithonia,’ which will be the lead single from the film’s soundtrack.

The soundtrack will be Glover’s final album under the Childish Gambino name.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘Picture This’: Simone Ashley Stars In New Rom-Com From Prime Video

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‘Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley is set to star in a brand new movie on Prime Video titled ‘Picture This.’

Directed by Prarthana Mohan (The Miseducation of Bindu) and written by Nikita Lalwani, Picture This is based on the Australian Original movie Five Blind Dates by Shaung Hu and Nathan Ramos-Park.

The film follows the story of Pia (Simone Ashley), a single photographer who runs a failing studio in London with her best friend, Jay (Luke Fetherston). As her sister Sonal (Anoushka Chadha) prepares for her wedding, Pia is told by a spiritual guru at the engagement party that she will meet the love of her life in the next five dates she goes on. This prediction is music to her family’s ears, and they begin setting her up on a series of increasingly desperate blind dates.

The film’s official synopsis reads, “Single and without a man on the horizon, Pia runs a failing photography studio in London with her best friend, Jay. As her sister Sonal prepares to get married and her mother Laxmi urges the resolutely independent Pia to partner up, a spiritual guru at Sonal’s engagement party predicts Pia will meet the love of her life among the next five dates she goes on.”

The cast also includes Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Phil Dunster (Ted Lasso), Nikesh Patel (London Has Fallen), Adil Ray (Citizen Khan), Sindhu Vee (Matilda: The Musical), Anoushka Chadha (You), Kulvinder Ghir (Bend It Like Beckham) and Luke Fetherston (Still Up).

Simone Ashley, who plays the lead role of Pia, is best known for her role as Kate Sharma in ‘Bridgerton‘ and Indira in the 2023 movie ‘The Little Mermaid.’ She has also starred in ‘Sex Education,’ ‘Broadchurch,’ and ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.’

Although there is no official release date, ‘Picture This’ is expected to arrive on Prime Video later this year.

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