From playing James Bond's colleague Felix Leiter, to portraying real-life cultural icons (Jean Michel Basquiat, Muhammad Ali's biographer Howard Bingham, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., General Colin Powell, Muddy Waters), Jeffrey Wright's film roles always span a broad scope.
In his latest film, 'Source Code,' the Washington, DC, native gets to work on a project that involves time travel.
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the Source Code, a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of that man's life. With an additional, and much larger, target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter relives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombing, and figure out how to prevent the next attack.
Twenty years ago this week (March 29), 'The Five Heartbeats' was released in theaters.
Directed by Robert Townsend with a script written by Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans, the film starred Townsend, Michael Wright, Harry J. Lennix, Leon, Tico Wells, Diahann Carroll, John Canada Terrell, Harold Nicholas, Hawthorne James, Chuck Patterson, Troy Beyer, Roy Fegan, Carla Brothers, Paul Benjamin, Theresa Randle and Tressa Thomas.
Set in the '60s, when so many musical groups were thriving, the story centers around a quintet of hopeful young African-American men who form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improves, turns pro and rises to become a top-flight music sensation. Along the way, however, the guys learn many hard lessons about the reality of the music industry, with its casual racism and greed, while the personal weaknesses of the members threaten to destroy the integrity of the band.
From the guy who scored a hit with the remake of 'Dawn of the Dead' and '300,' but struck out with 'Watchmen' and last year's 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole,' director Zack Snyder brings us 'Sucker Punch.' A film filled with emptiness and a hodgepodge of other films, it's like watching an unofficial sequel to 'Showgirls' with some 'Kill Bill' and 'Battle L.A.' thrown into the mix. Avoid at all costs.
Featuring a cast of young starlets (Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung and Jena Malone), the film is nothing more than a long music video aimed at pleasing teenage boys who are tired of seeing these faces on Maxim magazine and needed some movements to go with the visuals.
Currently, the number-one film in America is 'Limitless,' which stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.
Among the supporting cast is Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel and Daniel Breaker.
For Breaker, who received a Tony Award nomination for his role in the critically acclaimed and Tony Award-winning musical 'Passing Strange' and last starred in the stage musical of 'Shrek,' making the transition to the film world and having the film be seen by many is certainly a joy, as he spoke exclusively to BlackVoices.com.
"You know, it's pretty thrilling. It's fairly new for me. The only other movie I've done was this movie called 'Passing Strange,' the Spike Lee film that was a musical he filmed on stage. So it wasn't necessarily a full-on movie event. Whereas this one is actually a good, old thriller. So it's very exciting to come to shape."
With Hollywood greenlighting many remakes and reboots of classics and cult favorites, here comes another film to the mix.
Long talked about but never going anywhere, Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment have brought on comedy screenwriter Tim Dowling to rewrite the remake of 'Uptown Saturday Night,' the 1974 buddy comedy that starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier.
Overbrook partners Will Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Jada Pinkett Smith will produce the remake, which has been in development since 2002 and was originally scripted by Mark and Robb Cullen ('Cop Out'). David Dobkin ('Wedding Crashers') is attached to direct and exec produce, stated Variety.
Out this week is 'Peep World,' starring Michael C. Hall, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Judy Greer, Ron Rifkin, Kate Mara, Ben Schwartz, Leslie Ann Warren and Alicia Witt.
What happens to a rich, neurotic family when one of their own writes a tell-all exposing their dirty secrets? The Meyerwitz family is about to find out. And the timing couldn't be more hilariously awful.
As the Meyerwitz clan prepares for the 70th birthday of nasty family patriarch Henry (played by Ron Rifkin), 'Peep World,' the expose written by youngest son Nathan (played by Ben Schwartz) has gone red hot, making a mess of all of their lives. Jack (played by Michael C. Hall), the oldest son, is failing in his career and now has to bend over backwards to convince his wife, Laura (played by Judy Greer), that certain, ahem, salacious events in Nathan's book weren't really committed by him. Sister Cheri (played by Sarah Silverman), a drama queen and struggling actress, can see the Peep World movie set from her window, and grows increasingly enraged watching a more successful actress play a horribly unflattering version of her. Her solution: sue her younger brother for libel.
Rashida Jones and 'Saturday Night Live''s Andy Samberg are set to star in the upcoming romantic dramedy 'Celeste and Jesse Forever,' which was written by Jones and actor-writer Will McCormack.
With Lee Toland Krieger directing the film, the story is about a couple that's getting divorced but wants to remain friends -- a kind of inversion, perhaps, of the just-hooking-up subgenre of 'Friends With Benefits' and 'No Strings Attached,' stated the L.A. Times.
"Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton but they don't know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go," Jones said. "It's very different from: 'I like having sex with this person because I'm so modern but then, ooh, maybe I like them.' I'm less interested in that story." She added, "It's the version of 'When Harry Met Sally' 20 years later, or 'Blue Valentine.' It's really about how you break up with someone."
The trailer to 'Set Up,' the heist film starring rapper/actor 50 Cent and Bruce Willis, is currently online.
Written and directed by Mike Gunther, a veteran stunt coordinator whose credits include 'Live Free and Die Hard,' 'Set Up' centers around a group of friends who get caught up in a diamond heist that turns deadly.
Ryan Phillippe, James Remar, Jenna Dewan, Will Yun Lee and Randy Couture also co-star in the film.
Rapper/actor Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges has been added to the cast of Garry Marshall's romantic comedy 'New Year's Eve.'
Hitting theaters on Dec. 9, the huge cast includes Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Abigail Breslin, Ice Cube, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.
The movie tells intertwining stories of a group of New Yorkers as they navigate their way through bittersweet drama and romance over the course of New Year's Eve.
Bridges joins Ice Cube as NYPD cops who are working with the director of the Times Square festivities (played by Swank).
After lampooning a couple of Oscar-nominated pics ( 'The Godfather,' 'Black Swan,' 'True Grit,' and 'The King's Speech'), Tyler Perry is taking on the reality world, as his latest poster for his upcoming film, 'Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family,' is a parody on 'Jersey Shore' cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.
As MTV points out, Snooki and Madea have more in common than one might think. Perry's titular character went to prison in 2009's 'Madea Goes to Jail' while Snooki has had her own, er, run-ins with the law.
From 'Jersey Shore' to 'Georgia Shore' and arriving in theaters on April 22, 'Big Happy Family' stars Shad 'Bow Wow' Moss, Loretta Devine, Cassi Davis, Lauren London, David Mann, Tamela Brown Mann, Isaiah Mustafa, Rodney Perry, Shannon Kane, Natalie Desselle Reid, Teyana Taylor and Perry (as Madea and her brother Joe)