Netflix have acquired the distribution rights to the film, Concrete Cowboy, a 2020 American Western drama film which stars English actor, Idris Elba, for a release in 2021. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2020, after it was set to have its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2020, prior to its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In August 2019, it was announced Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers and Method Man had joined the cast of the film, with Ricky Staub directing in his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by himself and Dan Wasler, based upon the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri. Elba and Lee Daniels served as a producers on the film. The role of Amahle was originally written to be a drug addict, and when Liz Priestley auditioned for the role she built up a few days of sleep deprivation to make her performance believable. The character was later rewritten to be a nurse instead.
Filming began in North Philadelphia in August 2019. Staub originally got the idea for the film when seeing a man riding a horse down a Philadelphia street, which led him to researching the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club and discovering Neri’s book.
“Concrete Cowboy” follows 15-year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), who discovers the world of urban horseback riding when his mother sends him to live with his estranged father, Harp (Elba) in North Philadelphia. Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers and Clifford “Method Man” Smith also star in the film, which is based on the real-life horsemen of the Pennsylvania area and the novel “Ghetto Cowboy” from G. Neri. Filmmaker Ricky Staub makes his feature-length debut with the project, written with Dan Walser. Elba and Philly native Lee Daniels are among the producers of the film.
“For a long time, there’s been a real sort of mistelling of history around Black people and horses and cowboys and whatnot,” Elba told Variety in an interview during the festival. “It feels really apt to be able to tell a part history that’s been definitely buried, and in the case of ‘Concrete Cowboy,’ that history is right now. Those stables — they face being taken away forever and, part of what Ricky said to me was that, ‘I’m hoping that we made this movie and they keep the stables, based on the fact that people fall in love with the story and history and heritage of the stables.’”
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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