Daniel Kaluuya shared an interesting take on Barney, and the motivation behind his up-coming live-action adaptation of the children’s series. The 31-year-old British actor is producing what will be a sobering interpretation of the lovable purple T-Rex, one that Kaluuya says is “really needed” at the moment.
“Barney taught us, ‘I love you, you love me. Won’t you say you love me too?’ That’s one of the first songs I remember, and what happens when that isn’t true? I thought that was really heartbreaking,” Kaluuya told Entertainment Weekly in an interview promoting his upcoming film Judas and the Black Messiah. “I have no idea why but it feels like that makes sense. It feels like there’s something unexpected that can be poignant but optimistic. Especially at this time now, I think that’s really, really needed.’’
Mattel Films is co-producing the live-action Barney film alongside Kaluuya’s production company, 59%, and Valparaiso Pictures.
Barney & Friends originally aired on PBS from 1992-2009. The purple dinosaur and his sidekick, B.J. and Baby Bop, taught legions of young viewers educational messages through songs and dance.
Aside from Barney, Kaluuya opened up to EW about portraying Black Pantry Party member Fred Hampton in Judas and The Black Messiah, co-starring Lakeith Stanfield.
“One of my aspirations was to show how brilliant these people were in every way, and what they were really doing, to show the full picture, away from the narrow narrative that has been portrayed. Show what they were really doing in this time, and how revolutionary their ideas were. It didn’t necessarily mean destruction. They were actually about healing and loving and taking care of your community. These activities do not feel like they’re associated with the Black Panther party but that’s the foundation of it, which is why it spread.”
Laycon Set To Return To Screens For ShowMax’s First Nigerian Original Series
Winner of Big brother Naija Season 5, Laycon will be back on screens for streaming service Shomax’s first original Nigerian production reality series ‘I Am Laycon’. Showmax in expanding its investment in Africa is employing the service of the rapper to thrill fans across the continent.
The reality show premiering in February 2021, will show Laycon’s life after emerging winner of the fan-favourite show. It will also give an exclusive insight into the rapper’s personal relationships and growing music career.
Coming from humble beginnings, the 26-year-old musician and philosophy graduate had to hustle his way through life before landing a spot in Biggie’s house, where he wormed his way into the hearts of fans across the continent with his wit and lyrical genius.
“I am excited to continue my new life journey and embrace the new responsibilities of evolving not just myself but everyone around me. I want you to come along for the ride as you get to see the growth that you have supported and loved.” Laycon said.
Laycon beat 19 other housemates on 27 September 2020 to emerge as the winner of BBNaija S5, winning 85 million Naira worth of cash prizes. Following his BBNaija triumph, Laycon already has 2.4m followers and growing. He is now working on his first album.
Tom & Jerry Take Their Cat-and-mouse Game To The Big Screen; Watch The Trailer For The New #TomAndJerryMovie
The film, rated PG for cartoon violence, rude humor and brief language, Tom and Jerry is set to be released on March 5, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will make it the first theatrically released film to feature the Tom and Jerry characters in 29 years since the release of Tom and Jerry: The Movie in 1992.
One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry, a mischievous mouse who has taken up residence in New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner, a young employee named Kayla, to hire an alley cat named Tom to get rid of him. However, the ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.
An eye-popping blend of classic animation and live action, Tom and Jerry’s new big-screen adventure stakes new ground for the iconic characters and forces them to do the unthinkable… work together to save the day.
“Tom & Jerry” stars Chloë Grace Moretz (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “The Addams Family”), Michael Peña (“Cesar Chavez,” “American Hustle,” “Ant-Man”), Rob Delaney (“Deadpool 2,” “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”), Colin Jost (“How to be Single,” “Saturday Night Live”), and Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Hangover,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”).
The film is directed by Tim Story (“Fantastic Four,” “Think Like a Man,” “Barbershop”) and produced by Chris DeFaria (“The LEGO Movie 2,” “Ready Player One,” “Gravity”).
It is written by Kevin Costello, based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Serving as executive producers are Tim Story, Adam Goodman, Steven Harding, Sam Register, Jesse Ehrman, and Allison Abbate. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer James Hambidge, editor Peter S. Elliot, and costume designer Alison McCosh. The music is composed by Christopher Lennertz.
A Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group presentation, a Tim Story Film, “Tom & Jerry” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Reddington And Elizabeth Keen’s Convoluted Story To Unspool As The Blacklist Returns Tomorrow
Raymond “Red” Reddington and Elizabeth Keen’s convoluted story will continue to unspool when the crime thriller The Blacklist returns for Season 8, Nov. 13 on NBC, with its complex storytelling and memorable performances, as Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) will be on a mission to take down Raymond Reddington (James Spader) once and for all — and EW has an exclusive first look at the new season.
After siding with her mother against Red in the season 7 finale, Agent Keen is only ramping up her efforts in this new trailer, in which we see her and Reddington both planning and making moves. Whoever ends up the victor, it will no doubt be a hard-fought battle.
Katarina Rostova (Laila Robbins) was a huge catalyst for Liz’s new trajectory. When The Blacklist executive producers said she would have a “deep impact” on everything Liz believes, they weren’t exaggerating. After building trust in season 7, the mother-daughter duo will have to see how well they work together. Katarina is still a dangerous and unpredictable spy, after all.
The other questions looming over the new season stem from Red and Katarina’s past. Red’s illness is still a question mark, and then there’s the mysterious blackmail file known as the Sikorsky Archive. As Jon Bokenkamp told EW at the end of season 7, the Sikorsky Archive “is incredibly important, and is part of the deep mythology that goes back to the beginning of the show.”
What makes this attempt to take Red down different is Liz embracing her darkness to get the job done. “Before she would look at the darkness in front of her and fear that if she went there, it would be a mistake,” John Eisendrath said previously. “Now she looks at it more as an opportunity than an obstacle.”
CITATION: Temi Otedola Casts In A Netflix Produced Film
Citation, from director Kunle Afolayan and produced by Golden Effects Pictures, will hit Netflix globally on Nov. 6. It is the coming-of-age story of Moremi, a bright university student who forms a bond with her charismatic and well-connected professor who ends up sexually harassing her. The film follows Moremi’s quest for justice and stars Jimmy Jean Louis, Gabriel Afolayan, Ini Edo, Joke Silva, Adjetey Anang and newcomer Temi Otedola.
The movie is part of Netflix’s deals for three Nigerian films from filmmakers Mo Abudu, Kunle Afolayan and Kemi Adetiba that will premiere on the streaming service. They are Òlòtūré, Citation and King of Boys II.
Kunle Afolayan has since 2005 been active in the Nigerian film industry. He has made several extremely popular titles. Among them are The Figurine: Araromire – in Yoruba and English languages; Phone Swap featuring Wale Ojo, Joke Silva, Nse Ikpe Etim and the legendary Chika Okpala. The Figurine won five major awards in the African Film Academy and experienced tremendous success in the Nigerian movie theaters.
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