Last seen hosting the 37th annual People's Choice Awards (her fourth time) and in the romantic drama, 'Just Wright' with Common, Queen Latifah is back on the big screen this week in Ron Howard's new film, 'The Dilemma.'

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Currently online is the trailer to 'S.W.A.T: Firefight,' starring Gabriel Macht, Carly Pope, Kevin Phillips, Shannon Kane, Robert Patrick, Giancarlo Esposito, Gino Pesi, Nicholas Gonzalez, Micah Hauptman and Matt Bushell.

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Columbia Pictures released a new trailer to director Jonathan Liebesman's 'Battle: Los Angeles,' starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Cory Hardrict and Michael Peña. For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (played by Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before. Ne-Yo plays a corporal in the platoon and will be joined by Taylor Handley and Cory Hardrict. 'Battle: Los Angeles' hits theaters March 11.

 

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After traveling the festival circuit and then released overseas in 2009, 'Desert Flower' is finally being released in the United States in early 2011 through National Geographic Cinema Ventures. 'Desert Flower' follows the true Cinderella-like journey of Waris Dirie, who escaped Somalia at the age of 13 and spent her adolescence as a maid in her country's London embassy. A regime change forces her onto the streets of London, but she is discovered by a famous fashion photographer, and this scared, homeless runaway evolves into a glamorous runway superstar. Her beauty and courage open doors to an exciting career, but her life is even more transformed by her tenacity to fight against the poverty and cultural traditions that earlier had forced her to run away from her home and family. Her work resulted in her being named United Nations special ambassador for women's rights in Africa in 1997. Directed by Sherry Horman, the film stars Ethiopian model Liya Kebede as Waris Diries, Anthony Mackie, Sally Hawkins, Juliet Stevenson and Timothy Spall. The Waris Diries book 'Desert Flower' has became a worldwide bestseller with more than 11 million sold copies. Dirie has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and V magazines and whose past film credits include 'Lord of War' and 'The Good Shepherd.' Mackie is currently on the big screen in Tanya Hamilton's debut film, 'Night Catches Us,' with Kerry Washington. Desert Flower (Wüstenblume) - Trailer English from MajesticFilm on Vimeo.

 

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Blackvoices.com has been provided with the trailer to Halle Berry's upcoming film, 'Frankie and Alice,' which also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad ('For Colored Girls') and Chandra Wilson of TV's 'Grey's Anatomy.' Directed by Geoffrey Sax, the film is a moving psychological drama based on the harrowing true story of Frankie Murdoch (played by Berry), a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles. 'Frankie and Alice' opens on December 10, 2010 at the Landmark Nuart Theater in Los Angeles, before its official release on February 4, 2011.
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Last night, BlackVoices.com attended a special screening of Oscar winner Halle Berry's latest film, 'Frankie and Alice.' Hosted by publicist Peggy Siegal at Cinema 2 in New York City, Berry, wearing a Pamella Roland dress with Christian Loubuotin sandals, was in attendance along with the film's director Geoffrey Sax, and her producer and manager Vince Cirrincione. Celebrity guests included former NFL and NY Giants player Harry Carson, 'Blue Valentine' director Derek Cianfrance, the legendary actress Ruby Dee, fashion designer Rachel Roy, actor Olivier Martinez, author Walter Mosley, 'For Colored Girls' Anika Noni Rose, actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson, singer Maxwell, fashion personality and model Roshumba, and former co-anchor of Dateline NBC Stone Phillips. Coming out Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, and with a nationwide release planned for February 2011, Berry plays a young multiracial American woman with dissociative identity disorder who struggles to retain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality. Co-starring in the film are Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, and Matt Frewer. At the afterparty held at Rouge Tomate, BlackVoices.com spoke with Berry and Sax about getting this film off the ground after delays and delays. What piqued your interest to do this project? Halle Berry: The minute I heard about this woman's story, I was intrigued by it, and I was determined to get it to the screen. I just wouldn't quit. How did you get involved with this film? Geoffrey Sax: Halle had seen something I did for the BBC television called 'Tipping the Velvet,' which was a lesbian Victorian musical drama and featured a woman who went through a tough experience. There was something she saw in it that made her think I was right for this. What inspired you to keep moving ahead with this project after 12 years? HB: Once I get my mindset on something, I'm pretty relentless. It's hard for me to get unstuck once I'm stuck. I just believed in the story. I believed in the triumph of this woman and I thought in some ways, it can help shed some light on the stigma people feel they have with this condition and hope people can have compassion for them. How long did it take for this film to get off the ground? GS: It didn't take that long. The biggest holdup, to be truthful, was that we started out doing early prep and working on the script, and then my agent called me and said that Halle's pregnant. Cut to a year later, things happen very suddenly. She had a window, and this was in August 2008, she said, "I'd like to make it." I said, "When?," and she said, "Now, but I have to be done by Christmas." Then it became a scramble. In other words, it went really fast. How much research did you do for the film? Did you speak to folks who are schizophrenic? HB: Well, she's not schizophrenic, she has multiple personalities. I read lots of books, and saw lots of tape. I talked to many doctors in the field. I did my homework. How was working with Halle? GS: It was quite easy because we worked on the final draft of the script together. We both had the same motives in mind for what we wanted to do. Then we gradually started researching material, looking at tapes of people with the disorder and adjusting the script. By the time we got to the set to shoot, we were ultra prepared. The actual shooting process was just realizing the work we had done to get to this point. As one of the producers on the film, can you talk about some of the casting, including Stellan Skarsgård and Phylicia Rashad? HB: Well, Stellan's role was really important because the doctor is pivotal in telling the whole story. He was the one that believed that she actually had a disorder. Back in that time, they thought that many of these people were just drug addicts, schizophrenics or wayward people that were making this up. The fact that she was black also spoke to the racism at the time. Many of them were looked down upon, especially black people who claimed to have this problem. Because he believed in her problems, he took her under his wing. That role was really important. With Phylicia, I had to have a mother that was just earth mother; someone that could walk in the room and you could believe that they love their child and would take a bullet. Most mothers would, but you have to feel it from her the minute she comes onscreen, and I thought she was perfect. Since the film is based on a true story, did you ever meet the person that Halle is portraying? GS: No, I didn't meet her. Halle met her, and in fact saw her again recently and I gather she's very excited by the film. She wants to keep a low profile, understandably, because a lot of people who know her don't know what happened to her. I saw people in hospitals with the disorder and no one unfortunately ever manifested themselves while I was there; but during my prep for the film, I spent some time in mental hospitals just soaking in the atmosphere. I didn't want to get it wrong with the film. Halle Berry and director Geoffrey Sax Halle Berry and Ruby Dee Maxwell 'The King's Speech' director Tom Hooper and Geoffrey Sax Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Walter Mosley NFL great Harry Carson and wife Halle Berry, Ruby Dee, and Roshumba Rube Dee and Roshumba

 

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Check Out New Trailer For ‘Tron: Legacy’

On November 16, 2010, in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: BlackVoices.com
Filed under: , With less than six weeks remaining, Walt Disney Pictures has released a new trailer for 'TRON: Legacy.' Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Yaya DaCosta and Michael Sheen. Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges), a man once known as the world's leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn's Arcade-a signal that could only come from his father-he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe-a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. 'Tron: Legacy' will open in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 17.

 

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Film Bridge International has released the trailer to 'Winnie,' starring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela.. Darrell James Roodt is directing the South African-Canadian co-production from a screenplay he wrote with Andre Pieterse based on Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's book 'Winnie Mandela: A Life.' Also cast in the film are Elias Koteas as De Vries, an overzealous officer in the apartheid police state who rises to power and becomes intent on stopping Winnie and anti-apartheid activists, and Wendy Crewson, who will play activist Mary Botha. The story of Winnie - as she is simply known throughout the world - is remarkable. From the 1960's to the 1980's, Winnie Mandela was widely admired as a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. She suffered harsh reprisals for the beliefs of her husband, Nelson with whom she lived for only five weeks before he was imprisoned for the first time. During the later years of her husband's lifetime prison sentence, Winnie emerged as a leading opponent of the white minority rule government. Unfortunately, her reputation as a leader of the people was damaged by accusations of misconduct and by what many considered her bloodthirsty rhetoric. She was convicted of kidnapping and accessory to assault in connection with the death of a fourteen year old boy. Though her sentence was eventually reduced to a fine, and her tireless struggles on behalf of equality continued, world opinion of her has been very harsh. This story of 'Winnie' focuses -not so much on the sometimes negative press she received -but on the very powerful love story that kept Winnie and Nelson Mandela together for years. Winnie was working at Baragwanath Hospital as a social worker when she met the charismatic young lawyer, Nelson Mandela. It was love at first sight. Their passionate courtship was romantic as well as chaotic. Often interrupted by his own ambitious political intentions, Nelson was relentless in his pursuit of Winnie. In the early years of their marriage, she had to learn to survive on her own, as Nelson toured the country urging an anti-apartheid message, while building his legacy and the loyalty of millions. After Nelson's notable arrest and imprisonment in 1962, Winnie also became a political prisoner and was held in solitary confinement for nearly two years. Very few people know about Winnie Mandela, her personal struggles and her tireless dedication to gain freedom from apartheid. She has been linked to murder and fraud, and portrayed as a serial adulterer. Her image often deliberately undermined by her enemies. What Nelson Mandela did was extraordinary, but there's no doubt South Africa would have been a vastly different place today without Winnie. There is no release date set as the film is still seeking theater distribution.

First Look At Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson In ‘The Help’

On November 8, 2010, in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: BlackVoices.com
Filed under: , Dreamworks Studios have released some images of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in the upcoming film, 'The Help,' which is based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, film stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives-and a small Mississippi town-upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Viola Davis stars as Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, who is the first to open up-to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories-and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly-and unwillingly-caught up in the changing times. Written and directed by Tate Taylor, the film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek, Aunjanue Ellis, Cicely Tyson, La Chanze, and David Oyelowo. 'The Help' will be released in theaters on August 12, 2011.

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Filed under: , 20th Century Fox has released the trailer to 'Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,' starring Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson. In this third entry into the "Big Momma's House" series, FBI agent Martin Lawrence's cross-dressing alter-ego, Big Momma, heads to an all-girls school with his stepson, Trent (Brandon T. Jackson), in order to hunt down a murderer. Released in 2000, 'Big Momma's House,' which also starred Nia Long, brought in a worldwide gross of $174 million. Its 2006 sequel, 'Big Momma's House 2,' tallied $138.3 million internationally. Directed by John Whitesell, the comedy also features Max Casella, Jessica Lucas, Mari Morrow, Faizon Love, Marc John Jeffries, and comedian and actress Sherri Shepherd. 'Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son' will hit theaters on February 18, 2011.

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