Sprinter, from executive producers Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, was selected for this year's Pan African Film Festival. The screening is part of the annual event, which showcases various films and artwork by black creatives.
The indie drama follows the story of a Jamaican young man named Akeem, who wants to qualify for the national youth track team. Burdened by a troubled father and an unruly older brother, Akeem trains hard and hopes to get reunited with his mother, who has been living in the U.S. illegally for years.
Written and Directed by Storm Saulter (Morphine), the film’s cast includes Dale Elliott, Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, Orange Is The New Black), David Alan Grier (The Cool Kids, The Carmichael Show, In Living Color), Kadeem Wilson (Ghett’ A Life), Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire, The New Edition Story), Dennis Titus (The Mighty Quinn), Shantol Jackson (Yardie), and Usain Bolt.
Sprinter was shot over five weeks in Jamaica and Los Angeles.
Producers Robert Maylor and Jamal Watson attended the screening on Saturday.
“This is a love letter to Jamaica.” Maylor, who also co-wrote Sprinter, said, “We wanted to change the way people saw Jamaica cinematically. We wanted to tell a family story. You always see rastas, you see drugs, you see guns. And we wanted to tell a non-stereotypical story about a regular family.”
‘The Prom’: First Look at Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key and Ariana DeBose in Newly Released Trailer!
Netflix has released the official trailer for its upcoming musical The Prom starring Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key, James Corden, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Rannells, and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman. The cast is led by Hollywood’s heavyweights – Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.
Here is the official synopsis:
Dee Dee Allen (Streep) and Barry Glickman (Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Key), the head of the PTA (Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Kidman) and Trent (Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome finds their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
The Prom is a film adaptation of a 2018 award-winning, Tony-nominated Broadway musical. The film is directed by Ryan Murphy (Hollywood) with a screenplay by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin.
Watch the trailer below. Avaialble on Netflix December 11, 2020.
‘By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times Of Godfather Of Harlem’: Docuseries Inspired by Emmy Award-winning series To Premiere In November
The four-part music docuseries, inspired by Epix’s show Godfather of Harlem, is set to premiere on November 8, 2020 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Inspired by the music and subjects featured in the EPIX original series, the documentary will highlight the dramatic true story of Harlem and its music in the 1960’s and will feature interviews with the stars of Godfather of Harlem: Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, Giancarlo Esposito and Ilfenesh Hadera and musicians Gladys Knight, Martha Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Nile Rogers, A$AP Ferg, Chika, Joe Bataan and Freddie Stone. Other notables in the series include activist Al Sharpton, former U.S. Representative Charles Rangel and poet Sonia Sanchez.
The series will take audiences on a musical journey that brings to life the excitement of 1960’s Harlem, and introduces the artists who dared to use their voices, instruments and lyrics to take a stand against oppression.
By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem is executive produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker from Significant Productions, along with Keith McQuirter (Decoder Media).
The first season of Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed drama Godfather of Harlem is currently available for streaming. Season two will kick off production this fall.
‘Black Adam’: Aldis Hodge To Star as Hawkman
Aldis Hodge (Clemency, The Invisible Man) will join Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock who stars as the title antihero in the new DC Comics’ Black Adam movie.
Hodge will play Hawkman who, according to the comic books, is an alien police officer Katar Hol from the planet Thanagar and one of the founding members of the Justice Society.
“A pleasure to welcome Aldis Hodge to Black Adam,” the Rock posted on Instagram. “Hawkman is a critical leading role for our movie, as he is the fiery leader of the JSA (Justice Society of America) and one of the most beloved and legendary characters in the DC Universe.”
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, The film will
The film is scheduled to premiere in theaters on December 22, 2021.