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Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair Star in Thriller ‘When the Bough Breaks’

Written by By Tambay A. Obenson
Courtesy of Shadow and Act




Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems has released the first trailer for the psychological thriller “When the Bough Breaks” (previously titled “The Surrogate”), directed by Jon Cassar (“24,” “The Kennedys”), from a screenplay penned by Jack Olsen and Karl Gajdusek.

Official synopsis reads: John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.

“When the Bough Breaks” is produced by former New Line toppers, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and executive produced by Screen Gems’ Glenn Gainor.

Valerie Bleth Sharp is co-producer and Brian Dukes is associate producer.

A September 2016 USA release is eyed, although no exact date has been announced yet.

*Kush is not aware of a UK release date yet, but we are sure Sony will do the usual and release this quietly in the UK (as they usually do)

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Film Review: About Last Night

Written by: Michael Dequina

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.


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.



“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.



“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.



“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.



“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”



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

US Release Date: December 19, 2014


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