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Vanessa Estelle Williams Talks Reprising Her Role in ‘Candyman’ Reboot

The horror tale has made its comeback nearly 30 years after it originally premiered. Helmed by a talented Black woman director Nia DaCosta, the new Candyman (now available on Blu-Ray, digital, and DVD) continues to explore the deep connections between the past and the present.

Based on a short story by Clive Barker, the original 1992 film centered around the tragic story of a Black man named Daniel Robitaille (played by Tony Todd), who was brutally murdered in the 1800s by a white mob. Then, his vengeful spirit returns to the world of the living and carries out gruesome killings.

The slasher film’s sequels Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999) were loosely connected to the first movie. The 2021 reboot, however, is pulling directly from it. Writers Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and DaCosta are not just continuing the 1992 storyline, they also brought back a key character.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony and Vanessa Estelle Williams as Anne-Marie
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Hollywood Melanin had the pleasure of chatting with Vanessa Estelle Williams, who had reprised her role of Anne-Marie McCoy, a resident of Cabrini Green and the protective mother of Anthony, who, as an infant, was kidnapped and nearly killed by Tony Todd’s sinister ghost.

The 2021 Candyman transports us into the present, gentrified Cabrini Green. Here, the now-adult Anthony (played by Yahya Abdul Mateen II), who is an artist, begins to explore the macabre history of Candyman, not knowing it would bring terror and chaos into his life and the lives of those around him.

Candyman (2021) is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. Check out our full interview with Vanessa Williams above!

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‘The Man From Toronto’ Trailer: Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson Star In Action-Packed Comedy

Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson star in Netflix’s upcoming action-packed comedy dropping on Netflix on June 24.

A case of mistaken identity arises after a screw-up sales consultant and the world’s deadliest assassin—known only as The Man from Toronto— run into each other at a holiday rental.

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A Lizzo Documentary Is In The Works at HBO

An untitled documentary about Lizzo is coming to HBO Max, the Grammy-winning artist recently announced at Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront in New York.

The doc will explore the artist’s journey from her humble beginnings to her astonishing music career. Viewers will follow the Detroit native as she navigates the challenges of stardom.

“Growing up, I never dreamed I’d get to experience all of the things I’ve accomplished in my life, and I’m just getting started,” Lizzo shared in a statement. “I’m so excited I get to share and relive my journey with my fans and HBO Max. From ‘Cuz I Love You’ to my dramatic world tour, losing and gaining love, and creating my new album’ Special,’ y’all get to see the amount of time, patience, blood, sweat, and tears that went into this process. It takes ten years to become an ‘overnight success,’ and hopefully, I can inspire other young creatives to keep going.”

Directed by Doug Pray (HBO’s The Defiant Ones) with Lizzo as the executive producer, the documentary will premiere following the release of the singer’s studio album Special this fall.

The 34-year-old’s creative portfolio has been expanding at a rapid pace. Just recently, she hosted SNL and launched an Amazon series titledWatch Out For The Big Grrrls.

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‘Master’: Regina Hall Stars in New Horror Movie

Amazon Studios debuted the official trailer for its upcoming thriller titled Master, starring Regina Hall. The film first premiered during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theaters and on Prime Video on Friday, March 18.

Written and directed by Mariama Diallo, Master tells the story of three women who strive to find their place at a prestigious New England university whose frosty elitism may disguise something more sinister. Professor Gail Bishop (Hall) has recently been promoted to “Master” of a residence hall, the first time at storied Ancaster College that a Black woman has held the post.

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Determined to breathe new life into a centuries-old tradition, Gail soon finds herself wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of Jasmine Moore (Zoe Renee), an energetic and optimistic Black freshman. Jasmine’s time at Ancaster hits a snag early on when she’s assigned a dorm room that is rumored to be haunted. Things get worse when Jasmine clashes in the classroom with Liv Beckman (Amber Gray), a professor in the middle of her own racially charged tenure review. As Gail tries to maintain order and fulfill the duties of a Master, the cracks begin to show in Ancaster’s once-immaculate facade. After a career spent fighting to make it into Ancaster’s inner circle, Gail is confronted with the horrifying prospect of what lies beneath, her question ultimately becoming not whether the school is haunted but by whom.

Watch the trailer below.

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