On the list of next-to-impossible acting tasks, bringing James Brown back to life would have to be near the top.
If moral values and good intentions were the only criteria for evaluating films, director Anthony Fabian's Louder Than Words, the moving true story of a couple who single-handedly build a children's hospital after losing their young daughter, should be in line for a best-feature Oscar.
The opening shots of Code Black, Ryan McGarry's riveting, you-are-there documentary about life and death in the emergency room of Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, look like total chaos. Imagine a body on a gurney, blood oozing from the chest cavity, rolled into the middle of a rush-hour subway car, people jostling, yammering, trying to move to the exits, and the doors opening and more people squeezing in.
When she brought Philadelphia's BlackStar Film Festival into being two years ago, Maori Holmes, its producing artistic director, was carrying out an imperative. She thought it necessary, she says, "to address what felt then - and feels now - like an absence of representation of people of African descent in the mainstream festivals in town."
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - There's an "Argo" reunion brewing, as John Goodman is in early talks to join Bryan Cranston in Jay Roach's Dalton Trumbo movie "Trumbo," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Jul 31 (TheWrap.com) - Lionsgate is not only asking Lorde to provide a new single for the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” soundtrack, but also trusting her to pick out every other track on the album.
Jul 31 (TheWrap.com) - Paramount is keeping cash cow Michael Bay around for the long haul.
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Fifty Shades of Grey" starlet Dakota Johnson made a big splash this past week thanks to millions of views accrued by the film's steamy first trailer, and now she has signed on to co-star alongside Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in "A Bigger Splash," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Felon-turned filmmaker brings his story to BlackStar festival, while "The Killing" resurfaces on Netflix for a final season.