Movies / Film
Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o was unknown to American audiences before her scene-stealing role as slave Patsey in Best Picture Oscar winner “12 Years A Slave.” Now, after winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (the first African actress to do so) and giving an incredibly moving speech, Nyong’o is on her way to becoming a household name. But did you know that before being cast in “12 Years A Slave,” Nyong’o played the lead role on a ground-breaking Kenyan soap opera?
According to Deadline.com, Jordan is currently in talks to join the cast of Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” as Johnny Storm AKA The Human Torch. Also in talks for the principal characters are Kate Mara (“House of Cards”), Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”), and Jordan’s “That Awkward Moment” co-star Miles Teller.
James Franco’s name was brought back into soap opera news last week when reports surfaced that “General Hospital” headwriter Ron Carlivati wished to bring Franco back to the soap. However, it looks like the A-list actor already has quite a few projects on his plate. One of those projects is the film “Maladies,” featuring Franco as a former soap opera actor who has trouble dealing with his mental illness as well as the mental illnesses of his two housemates.
In perhaps his biggest directorial effort yet, James Franco adapts “Child of God,” a film based on a Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. A teaser trailer for the film was released last August, but today we get a first full-length look at the film.
Hot on the heels of her starring role in “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “One Life to Live” actress Tika Sumpter along with actors Kevin Hart and Ice Cube is set to take the weekend box office with their new film “Ride Along.”
According to TVLine, Luke Grimes is exiting HBO’s “True Blood” after reported creative differences with show producers over the future of his character, James. “He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his ‘Forever’ co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” said an insider to the website. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.” Grimes joined the cast of the series in season 6, which found James mostly sexing it up with Woll’s Jessica.
Former “All My Children” star Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Cooney) announced recently that her short film, “Flip Fantasia,” has been accepted into the 9th Annual Macon Film Festival, which will be held from February 27 – March 2, 2014 and will take place at the Cox Capitol Theatre, The Douglass Theatre and The 567 Center for Renewal in downtown Macon, GA. Describing the film she wrote, produced and directed on her website, McClain says, “I made this as a labor of love right out of my heart.” She adds, “It’s a love song to NYC, to my wild youth, to crazy people I have known that changed my life, to being raw, to innocence, to friendship, to true hearts, to broken hearts, and to the pain of having to deal with the hardest parts of life when you are very, very young… as I did.”
Now playing in a theater near you, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” follows Perry’s titular character, Mabel “Madea” Simmons, as she accompanies her niece, Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford), to pay a surprise visit to Eileen’s daughter, Lacey, who has mysteriously informed her she’s not coming home for the holidays. In reality, Lacey followed Connor (Eric Lively), the man she loves and secretly married, from the big city to a small Alabama town as he fights to save his family farm from bankruptcy.
Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired the feature film rights to “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” the New York Times bestselling biographical tale that questions the details about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Authored by Dr. Reza Aslan, “Zealot” was released to bookstores and online publishing retailers earlier this year.
“It started as a friendship, but one night became an obsession” is the message behind “Nurse 3D,” a new thriller that finds Paz de la Huerta (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Abby Russell, a nurse by day at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby hits up the hottest night clubs looking to lure unfaithful men into dangerous dalliances. A new arrival at the hospital, Danni Rogers (played by Katrina Bowden; “30 Rock,” “One Life to Live”) finds herself receiving unwelcoming attention from Abby, who at first appears to want friendship, but when Danni doesn’t seem interested in the type friendship offered, Abby becomes obsessed and begins to turn Danni’s world into a living hell. Corbin Bleu (ex-Jeffrey King, “OLTL”) also stars in the film as Danni’s boyfriend, Steve. The cast is rounded out by Judd Nelson as Dr. Robert Morris, Boris Kodjoe as Detective Rogan, Adam Herschman as Jared, Niecy Nash as Regina, and Martin Donovan as Larry Cook.
Halloween 2014 is looking super spooky already: Soap stars Brandon Beemer (ex-Owen Knight, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Felisha Terrell (ex-Arianna Hernandez) have joined the cast of “Fear Clinic,” a horror film based on the successful FearNet.com web series “The Fear Chamber.”
According to Deadline, actor Dylan Neal (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Dawson’s Creek”) is scheduled to begin filming this week in Vancouver for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film adaptation of EL James’ bestselling novel of the same name. Neal will portray Bob, Anastasia Steele’s (Dakota Johnson) stepfather and the husband of Carla Adams (Jennifer Ehle). Scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, February 13, 2015 as both a rated R film and rated NC-17 in theaters willing to offer it, “Fifty Shades” and its followup novels centers on the erotic relationship between Anastasia and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” hits theaters nationwide on Friday, November 8, and the franchise’s ABC drama, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.,” is set to feel the film’s repercussions in an all new episode, “The Well,” slated for Tuesday, November 19!
Since the passing of “The Young and the Restless’” Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) this past May, her son, Corbin Bernson, has done everything possible to properly honor his mother’s life. Not only did he personally take part in memorial episodes the sudser broadcast — and brought some of her real life ashes to be included in Kay’s funeral scenes — he kept fans apprised of his mother’s declining health before her death and the family’s status afterward. Now, he’s doing yet one more touching act in his mother’s honor: Dedicating his latest film to her.
The casting for ‘Fast & Furious 7’ is in high gear, and the latest name announced to join Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in the next installment of the popular film franchise is none other than “One Life to Live’s” John Brotherton (ex-Jared Banks)!
Not much can top seeing “All My Children’s” Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney) get an onscreen proposal by a guy in a chicken suit, but her latest venture just might come close. The actress, who has spent more than 30 years in front of the camera, has flipped to the other side of the camera to direct a short film called “Flip Fantasia.” And lucky for you, she’s made the entire film available for online viewing — for free!