Whoopi Goldberg And Danielle Deadwyler Set To Star In Upcoming Film About Emmett Till’s Mother

Whoopi Goldberg has been living her best life on ‘The View’ in recent years, but she wasn’t always a talk show host. Some of you might not remember, but Goldberg is a legit actress. She’s won an Oscar! She was the first black actress to be nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

So if you get her to sign on to your film, it’s a pretty big deal. It’s being reported this week that the 65-year-old actress is set to star alongside Danielle Deadwyler in the upcoming film, Till, which is about Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight for justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett.

Deadwyler will portray Mamie Till-Mobley, while Goldberg is set to play Till’s grandmother, Alma Carthan. Goldberg will also serve as a producer on the project, for MGM’s Orion Pictures, alongside Keith Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli, Thomas K. Levine, Michael JP Reilly and Frederick Zollo.

The movie was directed/co-written by Chinonye Chukwu.

Goldberg talked to the media about how much this project means to her…

We have waited a very long time to bring this historically necessary important film to people. And as we watch the repression of American History when it comes to people of color it makes it even that more important. I couldn’t be with better people: Fred, Barbara, Chinonye, Keith, Michael and Danielle.

‘Till’ chronicles Mamie’s decision to have an open casket at Emmett’s funeral and to allow Jet magazine to publish photos from the funeral, so that people all around the country could see the true horrors of her son’s murder.

The decision from the grieving mother was a galvanizing moment that led to the creation of the civil rights movement.

No word on when this project is expected to film, but we’ll keep you posted.

Whoopi Goldberg Confirms That She’s Trying To Develop A ‘Sister Act 3’ Film

Way back in 1992, Whoopi Goldberg delighted fans with the musical comedy film, Sister Act. In the film, Goldberg plays a lounge singer who is sent to a convent after being placed in a witness protection program.

Audiences around the world loved the movie, and just one year later, Whoopi came back for Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. The sequel (as to be expected) wasn’t as loved as the original film, but it still had a decent run at the box office.

Now nearly 30 years later, Whoopi is hoping for a third film. The 64-year-old star was on The Late Late Show this week, and she talked about the possibility of Sister Act 3.

For a long time, they kept saying no one wanted to see it. And then quite recently, it turns out, that that may not be true. People may want to see it. So we’re working diligently to try to figure out how to get the gang together and come back.

It’s fun and it feels good. And you know, nobody’s mad. It’s just, listen—bad singing, great singing, okay singing and then nuns. What’s better than that?

So there you go. If you’ve been holding out hope for a Sister Act 3, it looks like God might be answering your prayers soon.

The Trailer For Charlie Sheen’s ‘9/11’ Movie Is Terrible, But You Should Probably Watch It Anyway

Two weeks ago, we told you all that Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg teamed up to create a movie about 9/11. A real movie. Not a parody. A serious drama film, which is completely shocking because Sheen is a known 9/11 truther.

The movie, simply titled 9/11 is expected to hit theaters on Sept. 8, 2017. You read that right. It’s going to be released inside theaters across the country.

In the film, Sheen plays Jeffrey Cage, a man forced to fight for survival when he becomes trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Goldberg will be playing a security guard who is in control of monitoring CCTV in the building.

Sounds ridiculous, right? It is. We know this because the first trailer was released last week, and it has been described as “awful and manipulative.”

Check out the madness below…

I don’t know why anyone thought this movie would do well, and I don’t know why theaters are accepting it. It’ll probably make a decent amount of money, simply because people will want to see just how terrible it is.

But beyond that…

Wait, What The Hell Is Going On? Charlie Sheen And Whoopi Goldberg Are Starring In A Movie About The 9/11 Attacks

I’m so confused right now. Charlie Sheen, a known 9/11 truther who believes the entire incident was planned, is going to star in a drama feature about the attacks. And you know who is co-starring? Whoopi Goldberg.

Honestly. This is not a joke. I mean, it is…but you know what I mean. According to the reports, the film is titled 9/11 and it’s based on Patrick Carson’s stage play Elevator.

“Atlas Distribution announced Tuesday it has set 9/11 for a wide theatrical bow on Sept. 8, 2017 — just three days shy of the 16th anniversary of the attacks. Based on Patrick Carson’s stage play Elevator, the film recreates actual events adapted from voicemail messages left by victims. The story follows five people trapped in an elevator inside the World Trade Center’s North Tower. The group works together to find hope amid seemingly inescapable circumstances.”

That’s right, folks. This movie is going to be released inside theaters! You thought it was going straight to VOD, right? No way. I’ve never heard of Atlas Distribution, but they must be f**king magicians. How else could they get this dumpster fire a wide theatrical release?

This movie was directed by Martin Guigui. He is responsible for this movie…

WHAT IS GOING ON? THIS MAKES NO SENSE. CHARLIE SHEEN, WHOOPI, AND THE DIRECTOR OF CATTLE CALL MADE A SERIOUS MOVIE ABOUT 9/11, AND THEY WANT US TO SUPPORT IT?

No. No. No. No.

Movie Review: Top Five (2014) – An all star cast delivers the very definition of comedic drama

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Chris Rock has a gift for comic realism. In his third turn in the director’s chair, he releases the wonderful comedy/drama Top Five.

In this movie, we see a realistic portrayal of an ageing comic looking to move into more serious lines of work. Andre Allen (Chris Rock) is a comic who made his money from playing campy character Hammy the Bear. Tired of his comedy roots, he chooses to make a dramatization of the 1791 Haitian Revolution. Of course, the New York Times pans the movie. Then, on the opening day, Andre gets the opportunity to spend time with Times writer Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) thanks to pressure from his agent (Kevin Hart.)

This is an extremely well-cast, star studded movie. For once, when the casting agent blew their budget on big name stars, they knew what they were doing. No part is underplayed, from Gabriel Union’s reality show diva role, to Kevin Hart’s flustered manager, all the stars in this one, whether appearing as themselves on someone else, got a fair amount of funny screen time. It’s a veritable who’s who of iconic comedians.

While funny, the movie is also surprisingly realistic. In fact, many of the stars in this film have gone through the same issue that Andre is dealing with. They were previously joke or gag comics who want to be taken seriously by the world. For everyone who manages to make it, there are ten more who’s first efforts flop, much like Andre’s movie “Uprize!”

Of course, this movie isn’t 1000 percent perfect. In several instances, it becomes a bit disjointed and confusing. It’s a loud movie with a lot going on. But even in all that confusion, you want to see Andre succeed. And you want to know why Chelsea would bother to spend all day with a man who her newspaper had already thoroughly panned.

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The direction was impressive, with the main focus being New York City, and the wide panning style makes the city breathtaking, while at the same time unflinchingly showing the more humble parts as well. In a way, it reminds me of an old Woody Allen movie. It doesn’t seem deep at first, with two characters running around New York doing silly things. But the longer you watch, the more you realize this is a deep movie. It gives you a lot to think about.

Despite the fact that this is a drama, there are still a lot of breaks from it due to the right kind of comedic timing. Chris Rock never stops being funny, but that hilarity becomes more of a self defense mechanism than it is part of him. Andre is probably one of the best comic characters I’ve seen in a long time.

One thing I like is that they made it clear that Andre’s movie was joke worthy, just by showing the poster; Chris Rock looking violent and brandishing a machete. Despite the serious nature of the film, it’s easy to see why people would laugh at it.

All in all, Top 5 is worth the watch. It is the very definition of comedic drama and is worth seeing just for the excellent ensemble cast. If it had the right distributor, this easily would have been a box office hit.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!  Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below.

four and a half stars

 

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Watch ‘Top Five’ Trailer: See why this Chris Rock movie, Co-produced by Jay-Z and Kanye West is creating So much Buzz.

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Chris Rock, as talented of a comedian as he is, has not been able to translate that talent into box office success. I take that back. He has not found success as a leading actor. As a supporting actor, I personally think his best movie was Lethal Weapon 4, or maybe as the mail guy in Boomerang….but let’s not forget Poochie in New Jack City.

But when it comes to playing the lead, we have box office blunders like, ‘Head of State’, ‘I think I love My Wife’, and ‘Bad Company’.

With his newest effort, entitled “Top Five” we might have turned the corner. A more mature, industry savvy Chris Rock wrote and directed this movie. He also recruited some A-list comedians including Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg and J.B. Smooth to help with the heavy lifting. During the Toronto Film Festival this movie created a lot of buzz and sparked a bidding war.

Paramount pictures won the distribution deal with a bid for $12.5 million, which was the biggest deal of the entire festival. Did I mention this movie is also Co-Produced by Jay Z and Kanye West, and the Music Producer is Quest Love.   With that much talent and experience plugged into all the right places, we could have a winner here folks.

[toggle title=”Official Movie Synopsis”]Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove. Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s IACF financed the film.[/toggle]

Watch the Trailer below:

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