Watch and enjoy the Official lyric video for STAND UP!

Stand Up, the original song written by Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo for Harriet, is now available on all digital platforms with the full soundtrack releasing on November 1st.

Focus Features will release Harriet in theaters on November 1, 2019

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

  • Director : Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”, “Talk to Me”)

  • Writers : Gregory Allen Howard (“Ali”, “Remember the Titans”) and Kasi Lemmons

  • Producers : Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Gregory Allen Howard

  • Cast : Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters

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  • Holiday-Themed Comedy Series Stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award Nominees Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins 

FOX invites you to survive the holidays with the all-new comedy event series THE MOODYS, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominees Denis Leary (“Rescue Me,” “Animal Kingdom”) and Elizabeth Perkins (“Sharp Objects,” “Weeds”), airing over three nights, with back-to-back episodes, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT and 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The series continues the following week with back-to-back episodes on Monday, Dec. 9 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT and 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday, Dec. 10 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT and 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).

THE MOODYS follows a tight-knit, but a slightly dysfunctional family of five, all of whom gather in their hometown of Chicago for the “perfect” holiday. From break-ups to arrests to sharing one bathroom, each family member is packing his/her own eccentricities and hiding secrets from the others – as if the holidays were all about carols and eggnog!

The family includes SEAN SR. (Leary), his wife, ANN (Perkins), and their three grown children – DAN (Francois Arnaud, “The Borgias”), the youngest of the siblings and the “creative one”; BRIDGET (Chelsea Frei, “Sideswiped”), the middle sister and the “overachiever”; and SEAN JR. (Jay Baruchel, “Man Seeking Woman,” the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise), the oldest sibling and “screw-up,” still living at home with his parents. 

The series also features Maria Gabriela de Faria (“Deadly Class”), Josh Segarra (“Arrow”), Kevin Bigley (“Sirens”), Gerry Dee (“Mr. D”), Ulka Simone Mohanty (“The Dinner Bash”) and Megan Park (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”).

From CBS Television Studios and FOX Entertainment, THE MOODYS is written and executive-produced by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg and Tad Quill, with Fisher and Greenberg directing. Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Trent O’Donnell, Phil Lloyd and Jason Burrows also serve as executive producers. THE MOODYS is based on Jungle Entertainment Pty Limited and Australian Broadcasting Corporation series “A Moody Christmas.”


  • Watch the final, exciting trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that debuted during halftime of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” NFL game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

  • Tickets to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are now available everywhere tickets are sold! Don’t forget to check out the brand-new poster and photos.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases in U.S. theaters on December 20.

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was written by J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio.



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Noted Lyricist Mike Greenly in Race for 2020 Grammy Nod & Has A Song Nominated for “A Hollywood in Media” Music Award

With Grammy season ramping up, campaigns for nominations are gearing up as well. Such is the case for seasoned lyricist Mike Greenly whose Dance Club hit, “Perfect Bitch” is up for consideration as Best Dance Recording. First-round voting ends October 12th, 2019, with nominees announced on November 20th, 2019. Final round voting ends January 3rd, 2020. The 62nd Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26th, 2020 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS starting at 8pm. In addition, Singer Natalie Jean and lyricist Greenly are excited to announce that their collaboration titled “Love Your Own Power” has received a nomination in the Hollywood in Media Music Awards in the category of Message Song/Social Impact. Just released on September 24, 2019, this female empowerment song turned into a powerful feminist celebration, thanks to the award-winning Haitian-American singer Jean’s performance. Greenly said he’s considered himself a feminist since the ’70s and expresses great pride in the song and in Jean’s rendition. Greenly has successfully been writing lyrics for years, achieving Billboard-charted Dance Club hits with such artists as Tony Moran, Jason Walker, Kimberly Davis and Shara Strand. He has also worked with Paul Guzzone, Michéal Castaldo, Piper Martini, Sophia Papoulis, Amber Collins, Ryan Shaw, Natalie Jean, Zhana Royia, Audrey Martells, Gil Polk, Sam Stevens, Deborah Cooper and Keith Fluitt. Now, thanks to Radikal Records’ release of “Perfect Bitch” by DJ/producer Tony Moran and singer Jason Walker, Greenly has become along with them a contender for a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. The song hit #2 on the Billboard Dance Club chart for Sept. 14, 2019 – topped that week only by Sting, a worthy competitor indeed. Named as the 92nd-most successful dance artist of all time by Billboard in December, 2016, Moran worked with Greenly in creating “Perfect Bitch”. The team has also collaborated on a dozen other songs, some yet to be released. Already they have accomplished two #1 Dance Club hits by Walker: “Say Yes” which hit that pinnacle on Dec. 17, 2016 and “I’m In Love With You” on Aug. 18, 2018. Besides this work, the prolific lyricist’s achievements with Kimberly Davis prompted four additional Billboard hits. These included a #1 for “My Fire”, written with Moran and Martells, featuring CHIC founder/music legend Nile Rodgers. “Life is a Dancefloor” –- written with Moran, Ryan Shaw and Martells and produced by the Shapeshifters, led by English house producer Simon Marlin — is Greenly’s latest creation for Davis. It became a #10 Dance Club hit at the same time (July 20, 2019) that Walker’s “Perfect Bitch” hit #29 and was still rising. As legendary Disco DJ Tony Smith (host of Sirius XM radio’s “Studio 54 Classic Beats & Rhythms” show) noted. “I love working with Mike’s lyrics. They feel authentic, based on real human truth. That’s got to be one of the reasons his words connect so well with artists.” Smith has produced remixes to several dance tracks with Greenly’s work. Now, the lyricist’s hopes are focused on “Perfect Bitch” as a candidate for the Grammy nom as Best Dance Recording. “Jason Walker is a phenomenal talent,” Greenly says. “People can tell that the moment they hear him sing. It was great to have two charted hits at once, and I’m honored by the support I’m receiving for ‘Perfect Bitch’ as a potential Grammy contender. And then to have Natalie Jean’s work getting such attention… It’s all beyond my expectation!”

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Check out the official trailer of Black and Blue | In theaters on October 25th

Black And Blue is a fast-paced action thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) rejected by her own community after joining the police force. When she witnesses the murder of a young drug dealer at the hands of corrupt cops, she narrowly escapes after capturing the crime on her body cam. Teaming up with the one person she can trust (Tyrese Gibson), they’re relentlessly hunted by police desperate to destroy the incriminating footage and drug dealers out for revenge.

'THE RESIDENT' brings one of the best HALLOWEEN episode this week in 'Belief System'

In a special Halloween-themed episode when Devon’s patient, who was pronounced dead, suddenly revives, Conrad is left doubting Devon’s judgement and wondering what happened. Meanwhile, on their way to a medical convention, The Raptor and Mina get stuck in a creepy town that is believed to be cursed, and when a well-known white supremacist falls under the care of Cain, he makes a move that could result is frightening consequences in the all-new “Belief System” of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Oct. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” New Trailer & Poster!

Disney and Pixar’s “Onward,” which hits theaters March 6, 2020, has unveiled a new trailer, poster and images. Set in a suburban fantasy world, “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Also featuring the voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barley’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.”

In Disney and Pixar’s “Onward,” brothers Ian and Barley seek an ancient map from the Manticore—once a fearless warrior whose tavern served as a waystation for travelers embarking on epic quests. Part lion, part bat, and part scorpion, the Manticore has adapted to changing times—but her adventurous spirit still lurks within. Featuring the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and Octavia Spencer as Ian, Barley, and the Manticore, respectively, “Onward” opens in U.S. theaters on March 6, 2020.

In Disney and Pixar’s “Onward,” brothers Ian and Barley use a spell gifted to them on Ian’s 16th birthday to magically conjure their dad—half of him, anyway—right down to his signature purple socks. Featuring the voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as Ian and Barley, “Onward” opens in U.S. theaters on March 6, 2020.

Apple TV+ First-Look Trailer for TRUTH BE TOLD starring Octavia Spencer!

APPLE  today released a first-look trailer for “TRUTH BE TOLD,” the upcoming Apple TV+ limited series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul and Emmy-nominated Lizzy Caplan

The series follows podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) as she is compelled to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation and comes face to face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Her investigation navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race. 

"Truth Be Told" is created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman and stars Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones.  Tramble Spellman and Spencerrserve as executive producers, alongside Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine and Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping for Chernin Entertainment, alongside executive producers Kristen Campo, Leonard Dick, Ben Watkins, Victor Hsu and Mikkel Norgaard.  Endeavor Content serves as the studio along with Chernin Entertainment.

The series will premiere globally on Apple TV+, a new home for the world’s most creative storytellers. Apple TV+ launches on November 1 in over 100 countries and regions, and will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at, for just $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.


Check out the new trailer and poster for “Spies in Disguise,” Blue Sky Studios’ animated spy comedy adventure starring Will Smith and Tom Holland.

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is…not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic…pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril. Blue Sky Studios’ “Spies in Disguise,” an animated spy comedy adventure, stars Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka and is directed by Troy Quane and Nick Bruno.

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Check out BLACK AND BLUE new film poster | In theaters Oct. 25th #BlackandBlueMovie

BLACK AND BLUE is a fast-paced action thriller about a rookie cop (Academy Award® nominee Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.

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TEASER: J.J. Abrams and Stephen King's "Castle Rock"

Check out the first teaser for the new season of Hulu Original Castle Rock. Season two stars Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, Elsie Fisher and Matthew Alan. Castle Rock premieres Wednesday, Oct. 23, only on Hulu.

Synopsis: A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) are set in there. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that unites King's themes and worlds, and brings together the author's most iconic and beloved characters. In season two, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan), Stephen King's nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.



Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly. LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair, and Karan Soni.



Directed by Miguel Arteta

Screenplay by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly    

Story by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel

Produced by Marc Evans, p.g.a. Peter Principato, p.g.a.  Joel Zadak  Itay Reiss

Executive Producers  Tiffany Haddish  Nicolas Stern

Starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek. LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair, and Karan Soni.

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In a record-breaking sale, said to be one of the biggest ever festival acquisitions, HBO has acquired the global rights to Cory Finley’s (Thoroughbreds) critically acclaimed sophomore feature Bad Education, starring Academy Award® Nominee Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables), Academy Award® Winner Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Golden Globe® Nominee Ray Romano (The Big Sick, The Irishman), Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers) and Alex Wolff (Hereditary).

  • Produced by Automatik and Sight Unseen. Fred Berger, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Oren Moverman, and Mike Makowsky produced. Executive Producers are Leonid Lebedev and Caroline Jaczko.

  • Bad Education made its World Premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto international Film Festival. The film earned rave reviews – noting career-best work by Jackman and Janney - and was listed on Variety’s, IndieWire’s, and Rolling Stone’s best films of fall festivals lists.

  • In a highly competitive situation, HBO beat out a number of theatrical distributors and is planning a 2020 release. The WarnerMedia-owned company will air the feature globally where it has networks and streaming services and is planning an award push in 2020.

  • Inspired by true events, Bad Education follows Frank Tassone (Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Janney) who reign over a popular Long Island school district on the verge of the nation’s top spot, spurring record college admissions and soaring property values. But when an embezzlement scheme surfaces that threatens to destroy all they’ve built, Frank is forced to maintain order and secrecy — by whatever means necessary. Jackman’s performance as the charismatic Tassone has been praised as a career-high by multiple critics.

  • Bad Education is written by Mike Makowsky (I Think We’re Alone Now), who grew up in Roslyn, Long Island during the scandal and drew from the New York Magazine long read article “The Bad Superintendent” by Robert Kolker.

  • CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content represented the filmmakers on the deal.




The Billie Holiday Theatre Artistic and Executive Director Dr. Indira Etwaroo announced the theatre’s world premiere of James Sheldon’s Reparations, a centerpiece of the inaugural New Windows Festival, a major highlight of The Billie’s 2019-2020 season. 

The world premiere of Reparations marks the sixth production of Sheldon’s plays, which include Shiverman, nominated as Best Play of 2012 by London’s Off-West End Awards.  Directed by Tony Award-nominee Michele Shay (August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and Raisin in the Sun on Broadway, The Old Settler at The Billie, 2018 AUDELCO-winning Best Revival of the Year) Reparations stars Lisa Arrindell (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, A Lesson Before Dying, Madea’s Family Reunion), Kamal Bolden (The Resident, Chicago Fire, Rosewood), Alexandra Neil (Madoff, and Rock 'n' Roll and Match on Broadway), and Gys de Villiers (Mandela Long Walk to Freedom, Vehicle 19, It Gets Better).

Previews begin October 25, 2019 with Opening Night on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 and running through November 24, 2019 at The Billie Holiday Theatre, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216.

Reparations tells the story of a recently widowed white book editor (Alexandra Neil) who invites a younger black writer (Kamal Bolden) to her apartment, only to find that a night of tenderness and passion turns into a tumultuous morning-after when he threatens to reveal a dark secret from her past. As family friends – played by Lisa Arrindell and Gys de Villiers - join them for an Upper East Side lunch, we discover whether the young writer will succeed in claiming his “reparations” for a life of racial injustice and personal betrayal.

“The Billie continues to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, which remains at the core of the African American experience during this 400 th commemorative year of the beginning of slavery in America. We enter this season with a profound understanding that the African American story is the very foundation of the American story,” stated Indira Etwaroo. “With New Windows and Reparations, the Black experience is the complex perspective through which we view the world and our relationship to it in order to inspire and generate deeply necessary and critical cross-cultural dialogues. These artists - James, Michele, Luba, Hollis, Maria - join us in Bed-Stuy, as we continue to peel back the layers of the status quo in the arts and to tackle issues of race, identity, equity, and equality through the creative process in ways that tear down walls, not build them.

“With Reparations, we have created a provocative examination of race in America and of the lenses through which we see each other, and I am excited to bring James’ story and The Billie’s vision for this piece to life,” stated director Michele Shay. “ I have always gravitated to stories that are unique, brave, honest, and that challenge and push the audience. I was drawn to Reparations because it is disruptive in the best way possible.

You have a white playwright, a black director, and a Black-led institution - dedicated to telling the stories of those across the African diaspora with the hope that Reparations will challenge age-old divisions and embrace our shared humanity.

The artistic team includes Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay as a set and prop designers, and David Moodey as a lighting designer with Sam Potochick as Production Stage Manager, Yohanna Florentine as Assistant Stage Manager, and Emma Pearl Nigut as Assistant Director. Casting by Anne Davison.

New Windows Festival goes beyond racial differences to explore the intersectionality and complexity of identity and to spotlight voices and perspectives that have not historically been presented at The Billie with bold and daring storytelling that centralizes themes of race, social justice, and equity within the human struggle for understanding and truth.

Michael Ealy & Cast of STUMPTOWN Celebrate During the Los Angeles Premiere on Monday, September 16

ABC's 'Stumptown' Cast and Executive Producers Celebrated the Upcoming Premiere at a Red Carpet Event Hosted by ABC and Entertainment Weekly, Monday, Sept. 16

The cast and executive producers of “Stumptown” celebrated the upcoming premiere of the highly anticipated fall series at an exclusive red carpet event tonight, Monday, Sept. 16.

The event was hosted by ABC and Entertainment Weekly at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Following a special screening of the premiere episode, Cobie Smulders, Michael Ealy, Camryn Manheim, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus and Adrian Martinez, joined by executive producers Jason Richman, David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer, participated in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Derek Lawrence.

ABC's “Stumptown” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10/9c on ABC.

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Based on the graphic novel series, “Stumptown” follows Dex Parios – a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.

The series stars Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios, Jake Johnson as Grey McConnell, Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird, Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Adrian Martinez as Tookie with Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Cosgrove and Michael Ealy as Detective Miles Hoffman.

Creator: Greg Rucka

Stars: Cobie Smulders, Michael Ealy, Jake Johnson

Wu-Tang: An American Saga Official Trailer

WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA , 10-Episode Series on HULU

Premiere Date: September 4th, 2019

Cast: Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Get Down), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Erika Alexander (Get Out, Black Lightning, Insecure), Julian Elijah Martinez (Elementary), Siddiq Sanderson (Messiah), Marcus Callender (Power), Zolee Griggs (Ballers), Vinnie Pastore (The Sopranos), Dave East (Beats), Joey Bada$$

Created and Written by: The RZA, Alex Tse (Superfly)

Executive Producers: The RZA, Method Man

Consulting Producers: Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, GZA and the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard

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#DISNEYXESSENCE ESSENCE Festival Welcomes Stars from “The Lion King”

JD McCrary (voice of Young Simba), Shahadi Wright Joseph (voice of Young Nala) from Disney’s “The Lion King” were on hand at ESSENCE Festival 2019 this weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. They celebrated the movie’s upcoming opening by singing “Can’t Wait to be King” on the ESSENCE Centerstage. Additionally, the Great Street Stephen Full Gospel Choir under the leadership of Pastor Debra Morton and GRAMMY®-nominated, Stellar Award-winning gospel legend Bishop Paul S. Morton performed “The Circle of Life” with Tshidi Manye (Rafiki in Broadway’s “The Lion King”). Tamron Hall helped facilitate the festivities.


The ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience, marked its 25th anniversary July 4-7, 2019, in New Orleans, La. The Festival, the only experience of its kind, is also the largest celebration of global Black culture and continues to reach new heights with a focus on economic inclusion, cultural ownership and community development. Now attracting more than 500,000 attendees each weekend, the ESSENCE Festival surpasses every national music, entertainment, and cultural festival based on average daily attendance and is planning its most extensive programming to date.


Disney’s “The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, Disney’s “The Lion King” roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.

She's Gotta Have It Premiere in New York


A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and topical portrait of rising talents, with free-spirited artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) at the center. Struggling with newfound success this season, against a backdrop of black art and culture, Nola must decide if she will remain true to her creative ideals or give in to the corporate world.  Her journey of self-discovery helps transform the lives of those around her, including friend and sometimes lover Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos), who sets out to pursue his true passion of music as well as her inner circle of Opal (Ilfenesh Hadera), Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), Clorinda Bradford (Margot Bingham), and Shemekka Epps (Chyna Layne). Their journey expands to new destinations this season beyond their home base of Fort Greene, the vibrant Brooklyn enclave, that continues to evolve and change as gentrification remakes the neighborhood.

Created by Spike Lee who also executive produces the series alongside Tonya Lewis Lee, all nine episodes of Season 2 will be released on Netflix on May 24, 2019.

Check Out “TOY STORY 4” Final Trailer & New Images!!

Check out the final trailer for Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” as well as two new images from the trailer featuring Woody, Bo Peep and Bonnie’s new friend Forky. Please share with your readers. “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.


Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So, when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”) and Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”), Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.





U.S. Release Date:  June 21, 2019

Voice Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Lila Sage, Don Rickles, Jeff Garlin, Maliah Bargas-Good, Jack McGraw, Juliana Hansen, Estelle Harris

Director:  Josh Cooley

Producers:  Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera


·       “Toy Story,” originally released on Nov. 22, 1995, was the first fully computer animated feature film and the highest grossing movie of the year. It was nominated for three Oscars® and two Golden Globes®.  

·       “Toy Story 2” is the first film ever to be entirely created, mastered and exhibited digitally. It was also the first animated sequel to gross more than its original, breaking opening weekend box office records in the U.S., UK and Japan, becoming the highest grossing animated release of 1999. It won the Golden Globe for best motion picture – comedy or musical. It won a Grammy® for best song written for a motion picture, television or other visual media (Randy Newman, “When She Loved Me”).

·       Released in 2010, “Toy Story 3” won Oscars® for best animated feature film and best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (Randy Newman/“We Belong Together”). The film also won a Golden Globe® and BAFTA for best animated film. It was the second Pixar film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar. It’s also Pixar’s second highest-grossing film of all time behind “Incredibles 2.” 

·       The 2015 short “Riley’s First Date?” was helmed by director Josh Cooley and produced by Mark Nielsen.           


CLOSE QUARTERS – In Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Bo Peep takes Woody to a secret hangout within the antique store—the inside of a vintage pinball machine—where a lot of toys go to socialize. Featuring Annie Potts and Tom Hanks as the voices of Bo and Woody, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

NEW FRIEND! – In Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Bonnie makes a new friend in kindergarten orientation—literally. When Forky—Bonnie’s craft-project-turned-toy—declares himself trash and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. Featuring the voices of Tony Hale and Tom Hanks as Forky and Woody, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.


Foresight Unlimited to Handle Foreign Sales and Introduce to Buyers in Cannes

Academy Award®-winning actor Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, The Quiet American) will star in Best Sellerswhich will mark Lina Roessler’s (Little Whispers: The Vow, Mustard Seed) directorial debut.  Based on Anthony Grieco’s original screenplay which won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award, Best Sellers will be an official Canada-UK co-production, produced by Arielle Elwes (Braid), Cassian Elwes (Mudbound, The Butler), Petr Jákl (xXx, Ghoul, Medieval) and Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, Wind River) on the UK side and Jonathan Vanger (Wishing Tree Productions: Miss Sloane) and Pierre Even (Item 7: War Witch, The Hummingbird Project) on the Canadian side.  Executive producers include Martin Barab, Jere Hausfater, and Mark Damon. Foresight Unlimited will handle International Sales beginning at Cannes, while Cassian Elwes will handle the domestic sale. Filming is set to commence on mid-July, 2019 in Canada.

In a last-ditch effort to save a boutique publishing house, Best Sellers follows an ambitious young editor who goes on a wild book tour with a miserable, sharp-witted, has-been author (Caine) who just wants to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar, and his orange Tabby cat. 

Best Sellers may become one of Michael Caine’s greatest and funniest triumphs. With ‘BULLSHITE’ as his rallying cry, Caine weaves a character that is hilarious in its rage, yet so touching in its vulnerability.  Best Sellers is just a wonderful script,” said Foresight’s Mark Damon.

Caine is a multi-award-winning actor, having starred in a multitude of feature films and television projects. He is best-known for The Dark Knight, The Quiet American, The Prestige, The Cider House Rules, Now You See Me and most recently Going in Style. Caine is currently in post-production on Medieval (directed by Petr Jákl and produced by Jákl and Elwes) and Come Away starring Angelina Jolie.

Roessler is a Canadian actor, writer and director. Her previous short films Little Whispers: The Vow and Winter have won several awards and screened at prestigious festivals around the globe. Her feature script, The Rescuer, recently placed in top selections across a number of Canadian competitions and is one of ten scripts selected to partake in the 2019 TIFF Writers’ Studio. 

Caine is represented by Toni Howard at ICM, Barry Tyerman at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer, and Kate Buckley at 42.


Foresight Unlimited is one of the industry’s leading independent film production, sales, and distribution companies.  With a pioneering entertainment career spanning over 50 years, CEO, Mark Damon is considered to be one of the leading authorities on international film financing, distribution and marketing strategies as well as being a successful independent producer. The company’s management group is helmed by President Tamara Birkemoe who oversees all aspects of the company’s slate.