Who Will Win, Who Deserves to Win, Who Was Snubbed
*”12 Years a Slave” is benefiting from the most Best Picture buzz as we approach Oscar night, although this is shaping up as one of those rare years when the award for Best Director will probably go to a different film, “Gravity.” Look for “12 Years” to net only a trio of statuettes overall, with “Gravity” likely landing seven.
“12 Years a Slave” is the sort of elaborate historical drama the voters just love to recognize, as reflected in such past picks as “The King’s Speech,” “Gladiator,” “Shakespeare in Love,” Titanic,” “The English Patient,” “Schindler’s List,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Last Emperor,” “Amadeus” and “Out of Africa,” to name a few.
Psychological Thriller Traces Grief-Stricken Man’s Slow Descent into Insanity
In “Repentance,” therapist Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has just published a popular self-help book about the near death experience which helped him turn his life around.
He is proud of the fact that after almost perishing in a horrific, alcohol-related car crash in his teens, he eventually not only earned graduate degrees in World Religion and Clinical Psychology but went on to wed his soul mate, Maggie (Sanaa Lathan).
Kevin Hart Spearheads Raunchy Remake of Romantic Romp
*Released in 1986, the original “About Last Night” revolved around the yearlong effort of a couple of Chicago yuppies (played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) to forge a solid relationship on the shaky ground of a one-night stand.
The movie was adapted from “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” a dialogue-driven drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet (for Glengarry Glen Ross).
Loosely based on the original, this raunchy remake is a romantic comedy ostensibly serving as a vehicle for popular comic-turned-actor Kevin Hart.
Regina Hall began her acting career in the late 1990′s while simultaneously earning a master’s degree from New York University. With numerous film and television credits to her name, Regina has since emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after comedic actresses.
Last fall, she was seen reprising her role in the sequel The Best Man Holiday, alongside Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, and Sanaa Lathan, which opened #1 at the box office. In June, she will again star opposite Terrence J, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson and Michael Ealy in the sequel Think Like a Man Too.
Ex-Con Opens Chess Club for At-Risk Kids in Ghetto-Based Biopic
*In “Life of a King,” Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) was so worried about returning to his neighborhood in inner-city Washington, DC after serving 17 years for bank robbery that he shared his concern with his cellmate Searcy (Dennis Haysbert).
The wise, old elder responded by making an analogy between life and the game of chess amounting to the simple suggestion “Take care of the king.”
Taking Stock of the Status Flo
*Flo Anthony is a syndicated celebrity radio host, columnist.
The first African-American woman to work in the sports, entertainment and the renowned Page Six departments of the New York Post, as well as the first African-American to pen a column in the National Examiner, her work currently appears in the New York Daily News, Resident Magazine, the New York Amsterdam News and other newspapers.