White House Down, exquisitely combines action thriller and comedy, arrives in theaters June 28

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Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum star in the Columbia Pictures presentation of White House Down.

*Once the action started there was no stopping it in Columbia Pictures’ White House Down starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. The action thriller directed by Roland Emmerich arrives in theaters June 28, 2013.

Jamie Foxx is the president of the United States, James Sawyer, on the brink of arranging peace in the Middle East when a group of paramilitary terrorists lead by Emil Stenz, played by Jason Clarke, takes over the White House. The audience will be surprised twice discovering who is pulling the strings.

John Cale (Tatum) just happens to be there on a job interview with White House secret service when the take-over happens. He is pulled into the fight when his daughter Emily Cale becomes a hostage.

Jamie Foxx successfully brings those presidential characteristics to the role while also delivering his signature comedy spin. Channing surprisingly had great comedic timing, but also delivered an award winning action hero performance.

Maggie Gyllendaal is Carol Finnerty a high level Secret Service head and Garcelle Beauvals is Allison Sawyer, the First Lady of the United States.

White House Down is written by James Vanderbilt, who is also a producer along with director Roland Emmerich, Breadley J. Discher, Larry Franco and Laeta Kalogridis.

Rated PG-13 White House Down reaches theaters June 28th and its movie trailer can be found at www.WhiteHouseDown.com.

Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan has three films at ABFF, Kevin Hart’s Let Me Explain is one

Jeff Clanagan is CEO of Codeblack Enterprises and president of Codeblack/Lionsgate Films.

Jeff Clanagan is CEO of Codeblack Enterprises and president of Codeblack/Lionsgate Films.

*“The theatrical release of Kevin Hart’s Let Me Explain is July 3rd,” said the CEO of Codeblack/Lionsgate Films Jeff Clanagan. “I picked up The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. I knew about the film but it was at Sundance when I decided to acquire it. I saw that it was a different movie. Part of our growth and expansion…it’s a coming of age. Different from the type we normally do.”

Clanagan screened three films at the American Black Film Festival – Hart’s Let Me Explain, the Alicia Keys co-executive produced The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (October release) and Charles Murray’s Things Never Said.

Jeff acquired Mister & Peter just three weeks ago and Things Never Said last year. His Codeblack Enterprises, located in Universal City, CA, is mostly known for its DVD and digital film distribution and for opening the first black owned film studio. Its films can also be found On-Demand.

Aside from Codeblack Films with Lionsgate, Clanagan has a partnership with Hulu to deliver Urban content for their CBTV channel. He has a deal with 20th Century Fox via Fox Faith to provide family focused projects. There are also distribution partnerships with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Vision Films. Last, but I am sure not least, he just finished a deal with Google for a Hip-Hop Digital Channel.

“We have a much broader slate,” Jeff said about the difference in his deal with Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox. “We might acquire Hispanic, comedy, thriller….”

With his deal with Lionsgate comes a position at the company as President of Codeblack Films, which makes him the first African-American at Lionsgate with a presidential title, and power to acquire and green-light projects. He has produced two Kevin Hart live comedy shows, and his theatrical release of projects Laugh at My Pain (2011) and the current “Let Me Explain (July 3, 2013).

If all that is not enough Jeff Clanagan runs Shaquille O’Neal’s entertainment company, Shaq Entertainment. You can learn more about this outstanding business mogul by logging onto www.Codeblack.com.

The Broadway musical ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ is skillfully entertaining, runs at the Ahmanson until June 30, 2013

TheScottsboroBoys*The seriousness of the story behind “The Scottsboro Boys” in the Broadway musical – that has come to Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater until June 30, 2013 – is masked by skillfully entertaining cast members delivering stellar performances and oh so sharp vocals.

The play takes the audience through the activities that resulted in nine young teens being falsely accused of raping a white girl. Pointing out how being at the wrong place at the wrong time can cost you your life. Though serious in content the productions’ comedic relief, music and vocals made it worthy of its garnered 12 Tony Award nominations.

In attendance on opening night was Angela Bassett, Kym Whitley (OWN ‘Raising Whitley) and Dawnn Lewis (Disney’s “Let It Shine”). “The Scottsboro Boys” was created by the creators of Broadway musicals “Chicago” and “Cabaret.” It was directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org for more information.

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