Tag Archives: Michael Ealy

The Renowned Kush Film Boutique: Back Tue 2nd February 2016

We relaunch the Film Boutique on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 with the film The Perfect Guy starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy & Morris Chestnut.

We have the whole cinema to ourselves so join us for a drink & some music in the bar, beforehand and then thrills on the big screen!

See THE PERFECT GUY on Tuesday 2nd February @ 7.30pm for 8.30pm start at the plush Regent Street cinema.

Don’t miss this intense psychological sexual thriller!
You may well just be more careful whom you date after this!

Tues 2nd February 2016
7.30pm: arrive / 8.30pm: film start
Tickets: £15
Book tickets here:
http://bit.ly/23hIkjU
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW


What happens when you dump a psychopath? Find out in this nail-biting thriller. Stuck in an unhappy relationship, lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) decides to dump her boyfriend, David (Morris Chestnut). Soon after, she meets Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy). All seems to be going well, and Leah’s friends and family all take to the charming IT consultant. But when Carter gets into a fracas with a stranger at a gas station, she sees a different side to him and decides to break up. But it appears breaking up with him is only the start of her troubles with Carter Duncan… From director David M Rosenthal (A Single Shot) comes this tense thriller starring Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man Holiday), Michael Ealy (2 Fast 2 Furious) and Morris Chestnut (Boyz n the Hood).

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Release date: Nov 2015 / 100 mins / 15

+

Supported by short film PREY written by Edith Nwekenta and directed by Sunny King
PREY-FILM-POSTER-2015

A young woman after a night out, is stalked by a psychopath in a car park.
Prey is the first Alfred Hitchcock inspired suspense thriller of its kind in Nollywood Cinema.The film represents a new era for the next generation of Nigerian filmmakers called “New Nollywood”

 

Watch Trailer:

 


This will be followed in March, April and May by a season of new ‘Urban Brit Fliks‘, urban films made by British filmmakers including new films: Hard Time Bus, The Naked Poet and a film we will solely be distributing using a new innovative untried distribution strategy (we will lead the way in providing new opportunities for the distribution of urban/black films) – So we are here now pleased to introduce you to: Lapse of Honour starring extra hot UK grime artiste Lady Leshurr. This is a powerful family drama about love, desolation, aspirations, family break-up and the danger of turning to crime as a source of survival.

Lapse of Honour Final Trailer from Daniel Webb on Vimeo.

Hard Time Bus

 

The Kush Film Boutique 2015 (Overview of screenings)

23 December 2015

 

 KUSH_FB_LOGO_whiteonblack

 Audience@KFB_17.11.15

It’s the end of another year and it has been a satisfying one and we were able to accomplish one of our special goals in relaunching our film club the renowned Kush ‘Film Boutique’. The film club was ended in 2013 after 15 years of fantastic film screening events. It is the UK’s longest running urban film club which has created a platform for black filmmakers since 1998.

Originally known as The Kush Film Club, it was and still is the UK’s première exhibition platform where patrons were the first to enjoy première & exclusive film screenings for films like: The Players Club, Eye’s Bayor, Rush Hour, The Hurricane, Ghost Dog, Belly, The Best Man, The Brothers, Baby Boy, Romeo Must Die, Shaft, Me, Myself & Irene, Love & Basketball, Down To Earth, Roll Bounce, Bullet Boy, Ray, Coach Carter, Beauty Shop, Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow, Better Mus’ Come, Baggage Claim and too many others to mention right now (of course you can read the full list here biog here).

We would like to thank everyone that supported the September 2015 relaunch of the Kush ‘Film Boutique’. As stated in our publicity we wanted to place a special emphasis this time around on screening films that matter – films that focus on social injustice, community development along with other important global matters all with the aim of making a difference.

We screened two important films this year 3½ Half Minutes, 10 Bullets and Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution and the support was fantastic and really, really appreciated by the staff here at Kush. It made it all worthwhile and we most definitely realised (once again) how important the film club was; and how much it was needed and appreciated by you the public.

We would like to THANK all those that turned out for our last special Film Boutique “Revolution” themed event showcasing the acclaimed documentary film ‘Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution’ by master documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson. This event happened on the 17th November 2015 and all took hold of the revolutionary theme wholeheartedly and all came dressed to impress as revolutionaries for the night (berries, afro’s, leather jackets, gloves etc)

It truly was one of the best screenings Kush has organised for quite some time, the atmosphere was tremendous and powerful, it was a great turnout and the sense of comradeship was invigorating.

Watch the video highlights here:

Also if you attended and haven’t seen the pics yet here they are: https://www.dropbox.com/sc/4occp6yr43ckqdi/AACAeItUPKINBrRWl9oZ-HFTa

you can also get high resolution versions of yourself for quality printing from our photographer Sean ‘Love’ Jones at Photolab. Enquiries: Info@kushfilms.com

Also watch the video highlights from our powerful Film Boutique screening and panel debate on 28th September for the harrowing documentary film 3½ Half Minutes, 10 Bullets about the 2012 murder of young Jordan Davis and subsequent trial in Florida, USA.


Have a great Christmas, Kwaanza or just straight Happy Holidays – see you on the other side!
2016 here we come!!

Marlon Palmer
Director

One Love!

 

 

Movie News Round-Up August 2015

Written By Cheryl Rock
Kushfilms.com
21.08.15

 

 

Here is a round-up of film news we found circuling cyberspace that we thought you may wanna know about so do your thing and enjoy!

 

Fifty Shades of Black
Marlon_Wayans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starring Marlon Wayans, Mike Epps & Jane Seymour. It is of course a tribute to the popular Fifty Shades of Grey. But Marlon, doesn’t want it to be called spoof. He tells Entertainment Weekly; “I don’t look at these movies like spoofs, as much as comedic remixes. I just approach it as its own original movie, with its own plot and its own characters, and just take them through a similar journey. I just find the jokes where the dramas didn’t.”

He also states; “Like Fifty Shades of Grey if Christian Grey was black and he was rich, but we don’t know exactly how he got his money, he’s a little shady, and he’s a really bad lover….?”

Filming at the moment, the release date is set to hit our screens January 2016.

 


Let’s be Cops 2?
Lets_Be_Cops

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping it in the Wayans family, will Lets be Cops 2 be in production anytime soon? Well not according to Damon Wayans Jr. He states he won’t be involved, until real officers are held accountable. The first film grossed over $80 million in the box office. There has been talk of making a sequel. But Damon will have no part of it until something is done about police brutality in America.

In a radio interview with Sway in the Morning, a caller dialled in and asked if Damon was down for the sequel, he replied, “I don’t think we’ll make another ’til they stop smoking Black dudes. You know? Until they fix the police brutality. I personally don’t want to make another one because I feel like I would be betraying my people,”



The Hateful Eight
hatefuleight

Never one to disappoint his loyal fans, the man behind “Pulp Fiction”, Quentin Tarantino has now unleashed the first trailer for “The Hateful Eight.” It is about bounty hunters trying to find shelter in a blizzard, in post-civil war, Wyoming.

The film is produced by the Weinstein Company, and the cast includes Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Jennifer Jason Lee. The so called blood spattered Western due date is December this year and January 2016 in the UK

Watch the trailer here:


 

The Perfect Guy
the-perfect-guy

Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. Great career and loving long-time boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut). However Leah is now wanting to take it to the next level of marriage and family, and Dave isn’t so sure. He has concerns, and things lead to a painful break-up.

Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Their relationship quickly progresses, and while it seems she has met the perfect guy. A dark personality begins to surface, and what started out as something amazing, soon sadistically goes very, very wrong. In order to escape, she will have to dig deep and find a way out. UK release date 20th November 2015.

Watch the trailer here:


 

Jack Reacher 2:
jack-reacher-poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is rumoured that Paramount are eager to keep Tom Cruise busy, especially after the box-office success of the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise and want to start work on Jack Reacher 2. The original was a modest success at U.S box office. Possible female lead name is Cobie Smulders from Marvel’s The Avengers.

Based on the popular novels by Lee Child, its sequel is currently set for late 2016.


 

Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence-Day-1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due for release in June 2016, it stars Liam Hemsworth (Thor, Blackhat), Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Jurassic Park) and once again Vivica Fox (Kill Bill II) & Bill Pullman along with Maika Munroe. With a few of the originals returning, a few eyebrows were raised when Mae Whitman, who portrayed the president’s daughter Patricia Whitmore, aged 8, in 1996’s Independence Day, was announced as not coming back to reprise her role in the sequel, instead Maika will be playing the part, twenty years on. And of course, Will Smith.

While it looks like he won’t be feature. The director Roland Emmerich admitted that the studio was actually developing two distinct versions of the script, one being prepped in case the actor decided to return, the other written just in case he said no.


 

Ghostbusters
ghostbusters_team

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost fighting team are back, only this time it’s all women. Starring Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, directed by Paul Feig.

Emma Stone turned down a role as she felt it was too much of a big commitment. While she felt the script was very funny, she decided that being part of another franchise would be too much right now.

The film is due to be released July 2016.

Top 5 Highest Grossing Female led Comedy Movies

Will Ghostbusters be a hit and make its mark as one of the highest grossing female led comedy movies. Below is the top 5, and well it will have to go some to beat what is number 1. However Having Melissa McCarthy featuring may just help it along its way.

  1. – Sex & City: $415.2 million (Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon,  2008)
  2. – My Big Fat Greek Wedding: $368.7 million (Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, 2002)
  3. – Bridesmaids: $288.4 million (Kirsten Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, 2011)
  4. – Spy: $233.1 million (Melissa McCarthy & Jude Law, 2015)
  5. – The Heat: $229.9 million (Starring Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy, 2013)

(According to FemaleFirst.co.uk)

Film Review: About Last Night

Written by: Michael Dequina
12/04/14

AboutLastNight-PosterNearly 30 years removed from the baggage of being a considerably softened adaptation of a characteristically caustic David Mamet play (Sexual Perversity in Chicago) and a vehicle for two of the ’80s era’s young, media-hyped “Brat Pack” stars, a fresh viewing of 1986’s About Last Night… reveals Edward Zwick’s debut feature to be ripe and relevant for remaking. Dated duds and ‘dos aside, the film is still an often funny but, above all, a surprisingly smart and perceptive examination of the fine lines between good sex and true love, sexual attraction and genuine affection, and how – regardless of age – those lines can be all too easily, bewilderingly blurred. A contemporary take on the material could easily be done with minimal alteration, for the issues, attitudes, and conflicts it addresses are still very much of the moment.

Accordingly, for their 2014 version, director Steve Pink and screenwriter Leslye Headland are very faithful to their source material, lifting a number of memorable lines from Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue’s 1986 script verbatim and also duplicating many of the finer points of its main plot arc’s progression. How the one-night stand between restaurant supply firm rep Danny (Michael Ealy, filling Rob Lowe’s part) and ad exec Debbie (Joy Bryant, taking over from Demi Moore) that grows–or is it forced?–into a deeper commitment, much to the chagrin of their respective best friends Bernie (Kevin Hart, in for James Belushi) and Joan (Regina Hall, in for Elizabeth Perkins), progresses much as it did 28 years ago.

But that this film’s title is About Last Night, without the elipsis, is a subtle and sly tip-off to how Pink and Headland have their cake and eat it too, both remaining true to the earlier film and also giving their version its own distinctive identity–and the latter all boils down to one key deviation: romantically/sexually linking the constantly bickering Bernie and Joan. As such, with equal attention and weight now lent to what were initially mere wisecracking sounding boards for the leads, this film has a more pronounced comedic flavor as well as balance.

IF

Sober, thoughtful drama is still mined from how Danny and Debbie devolve the harder they try to play the part of a stable, cohabiting pair, but the on-again/off-again, love/hate, fuck-on/FUCK OFF! between this Bernie and Joan adds a clear counterpoint to address additional relationship issues in a contrasting context, with a lighter but still believable touch, and adding a backbone of real emotional fire to their frequent verbal tussles (and giving the character of Joan concrete motivation for her bitter cynicism).

Some smaller shifts made by Pink and Headland don’t work quite as well, namely touches that turn the far more theatrically-rooted original into something more conventionally “movie,” such as ex-lovers coming out of the proverbial woodwork to rock the boat, and obvious antics with a pet dog. But such bumps are easily smoothed over by the incredibly appealing actors and the effortless chemistry between them. Ealy (easily several steps up from Lowe’s lightweight weak link in the original) and Bryant make for a sincere and relatable pairing that one roots for even when their characters don’t even root for themselves.

If those two are consistently likable, then Hart and Hall are downright lovable, their individual live wire comic energies even further elevated in the face of a formidable foil–and that resulting charge also translates into an appropriately volatile and exciting erotic electricity that makes the wrongness of Bernie and Joan’s coupledom feel so right. Their mix of charm and bite, laughs and honest warmth sums up why the whole of About Last Night feels so right.

Michael Dequina
The Movie Report: http://themoviereport.com

 

 

 

 

Renaissance 2014 Black Movie Preview

 

By ReBecca Theodore-Vachon
Dec 27, 2013

black movies 2014

2013 was a win-win for Black cinema with both critically acclaimed movies (“12 Years A Slave,” “Fruitvale Station”) and in the box office (“Best Man Holiday,” “The Butler”).  Now that Hollywood has gotten the message that movies with casts of color are indeed profitable, 2014 promises more dramas, romantic comedies and action thrillers for Black moviegoers.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our most anticipated projects for 2014:

“Ride Along” Starring- Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter

UK Release Date: 07/03/2014

Fast-talking security guard Ben (Kevin Hart)  joins his cop brother-in-law James (Ice Cube)  on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela (Tika Sumpter), James’ sister.

 

“About Last Night”  Starring- Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart

UK Release Date: 21/03/14

New love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

 

“Repentance” Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps

US Release Date: 02/28/2014

An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, (Forest Whitaker) who delves into Thomas’ teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma – action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins.

 

“The Single Moms Club” Starring: Nia Long, Tyler Perry, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terry Crews, Cocoa Brown

US Release Date: 03/14/2014

Brought together by a vandalism incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life.

 

“A Haunted House 2″ Starring: Marlon Wayans, Liana Mendoza, Dave Sheridan, Iva La’Shawn

US Release Date: 03/28/2014

Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans)  is starting fresh with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

 

“Belle” Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Susan Brown, Tom Coulston

UK Release Date: 13/06/2014

An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

 

“Think Like A Man Too” Starring: Gabrielle Union, Megan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Kevin Hart

Release Date: 19/09/2014

All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Think-Like-A-Man-Too

 

“Get On Up” Starring:  Chad Boseman, Tika Sumpter, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Jill Scott

US Release Date: 08/01/2014

A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Get-On-Up-Movie

 

“Addicted” Starring: Sharon Leal, Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, William Levy, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford

US Release Date: 09/05/2014

Based on Zane’s bestseller, a woman’s sex addiction threatens to ruin her family life.

Addicted-Movie

 

“No Good Deed” Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson

US Release Date: 09/12/2014

A wife and mother of two (Taraji P. Henson), lives an ideal life that takes a turn when her family is threatened by a stranger who talks his way into her house, claiming car trouble. The unexpected invitation leaves her terrorized and fighting for survival.

 Idris-Taraji

 


“The Equalizer”
Starring – Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas

US Release Date: 09/26/2014

Denzel Washington and “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua reunite for their second feature. Washington plays a covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts a classified advertisement in the paper that reads simply: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer”

The-Equalizer-Denzel-Washington

 

“Annie” Starring: Quevanzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Dorian Missick, Cameron Diaz, Tracie Thoms, Rose Byrne

US Release Date: December 19, 2014

Annie-Movie

Source: http://theurbandaily.com/2013/12/27/2014-black-movie-preview/
© 2013