Filed under: , Out on home video is 'Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther,' which is the highly anticipated domestic premiere of Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr's groundbreaking take on the first Black super hero. 'Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther' features an all-star voice cast including Djimon Hounsou as Black Panther; music artist and actress Jill Scott as Storm; Kerry Washington as Princess Shuri; Alfre Woodard as both Dondi Reese and Queen Mother; Carl Lumbly as Uncle S'Yan; and the legendary Stan Lee as General Wallace. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the first and the greatest black Super Hero when they imagined The Black Panther in 1966. He is no ordinary Super Hero; he's the king of the scientifically advanced country of Wakanda. Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther takes viewers on a thrilling adventure which includes battle scenes, love stories and political intrigue while John Romita, Jr. pens panoramic vistas, brilliant visual design and intense action. Deep in the heart of Africa lies Wakanda, an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior-kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. The latest in this famed line is young King T'Challa, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther. Now, outsiders once again threaten to invade and plunder Wakanda. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, a deadly assassin with the blood of T'Challa's murdered father on his hands, who brings with him a strong army of super-powered mercenaries. Even with Wakanda's might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against this deadly invading force?
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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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Catch Trailer To ‘Burning Palms’ With Zoe Saldana

On January 13, 2011, in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: BlackVoices.com
New Films Cinema has released the trailer to Christopher B. Landon's 'Burning Palms,' which features an ensemble cast including Zoe Saldana, Dylan McDermott, Lake Bell, Jamie Chung, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega and Rosamund Pike.

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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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Just released online is the first trailer for 'Fast Five,' directed by Justin Lin and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Elsa Pataky, and Joaquim de Almeida. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in "Fast Five." In this installment, former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey... before someone else runs them down first. 'Fast Five' will be in theaters on April 29, 2011.
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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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