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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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“It’s Official!” Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Confirm ‘Bad Boys 4’

The Bad Boys are back like they never left! Will Smith and Martin Lawrence took it to Instagram earlier today to share – there will indeed be a fourth film.

“It’s official, y’all!” The longtime friends announced,  “It’s about that time! [….] This is Bad Boys 4. It’s official!”

The franchise kicked off in 1995 with the original Bad Boys movie and has released two sequels since then – Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys For Life (2020).

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‘You People’: New Trailer Features Eddie Murphy, Jonah Hill, and Nia Long

You People

Netflix has released the first teaser of its upcoming star-studded comedy titled You People, helmed by Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris.

The cast includes Eddie Murphy, Jonah Hill, and Nia Long, who are featured in the first look clip. Also starring are Lauren London, David Duchovny, Nia Long, Sam Jay, Elliott Gould, Travis Bennett, Molly Gordon, Rhea Perlman, Deon Cole, Andrea Savage, Mike Epps, Emily Arlook, Alani La La Anthony, Bryan Greenberg, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The official logline reads – A new couple (Hill and London) and their families find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations, and generational differences.

The comedy is set to launch on January 27. Check out the first-look images below.

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First Look Images of Idris Elba in ‘Luther’ Movie Released

Idris Elba is reprising his role as DCI John Luther in Netflix’s upcoming movie version of the series.

The film is described as a continuation of the popular show that aired for a total of five seasons on BBC One. The movie is directed by Jamie Payne and written by Neil Cross.

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Luther movie is scheduled to launch in March 2023.

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