We were honored to attend the celebration of young excellence that took place in Hollywood on Sunday, March 23. A beautiful group of people of various ethnic backgrounds was recognized for making a positive impact in their communities. All awardees were nominated by amazing organizations like Jack and Jill of America, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and Camp Fire, which all focus on nurturing young leaders across the country.
But just before the awards ceremony, the attendees were treated with a special, VIP screening of Warner Bros.' upcoming movie, Shazam!
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Directed by David Sandberg, Shazam! is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe about a streetwise 14-year-old boy Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam (Zach Levi) simply by shouting out his name. But with power comes responsibility – he has to learn to control his superhuman abilities. That's when his foster brother Freddy (played by Jack Dylan Grazer), a big superhero fan, steps in. Eventually, Shazam's newfound powers get put to the test when he encounters the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
There is a beautiful message, carried throughout the film, that perfectly represents the idea behind the event: no matter your age, race, gender – we all can be heroes, and these kids are proof of that!
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Few of the cast members, including Grace Fulton (Mary), Jovan Armand (Pedro), Ian Chen (Eugene), Faithe Herman (Darla) as well as their on-screen foster mom Marta Milans (Rosa), presented the awards after the screening. We were able to sit down with them after and spoke about the film and what it represents. You can watch the interviews below.
Shazam' will premiere in theaters this week, on April 5.
‘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.