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‘Chapter & Verse’ Exclusive Clip: A Reformed Gang Leader Re-Enters a Changed Harlem After a Lengthy Prison Sentence

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Jamal Joseph’s “Chapter & Verse” first premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival in 2015 and now the redemption drama finally hits New York theaters today.

Read More: LatinoBuzz: 20th Anniversary Urbanworld Film Festival – Call For Submissions Open!

The film follows reformed gang leader Lance Ingram (Daniel Beaty) who re-enters Harlem after serving a ten-year prison sentence. Unable to find employment that will allow him to use the technological skills he gained in prison, he’s forced to take a job delivering for a food pantry. There, Lance befriends Ms. Maddy (Loretta Devine), a spirited grandmother, and soon he assumes responsibility for her 15-year-old grandson Ty, a promising student pulled into a dangerous street gang. The film co-stars Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Marc John Jefferies (“Treme”), Justin Martin (“Flight”), Gary Perez (“Crooklyn”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip below.

This is Joseph’s second feature film following the 2006 basketball drama “30 Days.” He is
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‘Nerve’ DVD Review

Stars: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Juliette Lewis, Kimiko Glenn, Marc John Jefferies, Machine Gun Kelly, Brian ‘Sene’ Marc, Ed Squires, Rightor Doyle, Samira Wiley | Written by Jessica Sharzer | Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

What would you do to win enough movie to live the life of your dreams? If there was a game of dare that could give you this, would you take the risk? Welcome to the world of Nerve.

When Vee (Emma Roberts) decides to play Nerve, her first dare puts her on the same path as Ian (Dave Franco) a ‘stranger’ she was dared to kiss. As more people tune in online to see their adventure and what will they do next, little does she know that the stakes will get higher, and that Ian may know more about the game than he is letting on.

With the release of Watch Dogs
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Second Opinion – Nerve (2016)

Nerve. 2016.

Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

Starring Dave Franco, Emma Roberts, Machine Gun Kelly, Brian ‘Sene’ Marc, Emily Meade, Miles Helzer, Kimiko Glenn, Marc John Jeffries, and Juliette Lewis.

Synopsis:

A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

The sub-genre of movies where game shows go too far, becoming highly dangerous and careless to the life of the participants isn’t necessarily an original concept, but directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Paranormal Activity 3) are approaching the concept from a refreshing angle that definitely adds an intriguingly substantial layer of relevant social commentary to Nerve. The problem is that there isn’t enough focus given to the many different floating sub-plots that would give them the weight mandatory to actually make any of what is happening
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Emma Roberts Has Got Some "Nerve"

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Take another look @ the new thriller "Nerve", directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by author Jeanne Ryan, starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Kimiko Glenn, Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade and Marc John Jefferies, opening July 27, 2016:

"...college junior 'Vee' (Roberts) enters an online reality video game of truth or dare called 'Nerve'...

"...along with another player (Franco) that escalates to a series of dangerous levels...

"...with her every move being manipulated by an anonymous community of 'watchers'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Nerve"...
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Thriller Strikes A Raw "Nerve"

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Take a look @ the upcoming thriller "Nerve", directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by author Jeanne Ryan, starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Kimiko Glenn, Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade and Marc John Jefferies, opening July 27, 2016:

"...college junior 'Vee' (Roberts) enters an online reality video game of truth or dare called 'Nerve'...

"...along with another player (Franco) that escalates to a series of dangerous levels...

"...with her every move being manipulated by an anonymous community of 'watchers'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Nerve"...
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Nerve Gets Two New Movie Posters

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Nerve Gets Two New Movie Posters
Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger [Dave Franco], the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future. The new movie stars Dave Franco, Emma Roberts, Emily Meade, Kimiko Glenn, Juliette Lewis, and Marc John Jefferies. “Nerve” hits theaters [ Read More ]

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Nerve Gets A New Movie Trailer

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Nerve Gets A New Movie Trailer
Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger [Dave Franco], the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future. The new movie stars Dave Franco, Emma Roberts, Emily Meade, Kimiko Glenn, Juliette Lewis, and Marc John Jefferies. “Nerve” hits theaters [ Read More ]

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Pics From Producer Datari Turner's Latest, 'Supermodel' (Tyson Beckford, Roger Guenveur Smith, Tatyana Ali)

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New stills from producer Datari Turner's latest production effort, a drama titled "Supermodel," which stars Tyson Beckford, Sessilee Lopez, Roger Guenveur Smith, Fat Joe, Toccara Jones, Angela Simmons, Marc John Jefferies, Tatyana Ali, Nichole Galicia, Melissa De Sousa, Don Benjamin, Cassandra Freeman, Tobias Truvillion, Julito McCullum, and Beverly Bond, and Turner himself. It will also feature several celebrity cameos, in a film that's described as a modern day "Mahogany," the 1975 Berry Gordy-directed drama which starred a post-"Lady Sings The BluesDiana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, and told the story of an...
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Watch A Clip Of “Beware The Gonzo” Co-starring Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz is certainly on her way to becoming the new Hollywood “It” girl. Her film Yelling To The Sky, a film given much coverage here at S&A, is out on the festival circuit now and X-Men: First Class is slated to come out this summer.

Another film she’s adding to that growing resume is Beware The Gonzo, a teenage comedy.

The film, written and directed by Bryan Gobuloff (screenwriter for The Basketball Diaries), follows several high school misfits as they run an underground newspaper. It stars Jesse McCartney, Zoe Kravitz, Campbell Scott, Amy Sedaris, Ezra Miller, Juda Friedlander and Marc John Jefferies.

Tribeca Film Releasing recently acquired the film and it’s set for a theatrical/VOD release sometime this year.

Although an official trailer hasn’t been released, below is a clip from the film.
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2011 Sundance Predictions: Victoria Mahoney's Yelling to the Sky

#50. Yelling to the Sky - Victoria Mahoney And finally....I'd be truly disappointed if somehow this 50th prediction pick didn't materialize, as it as "Sundance" written all over it. I sort of jumped the gun with my predictions last year by naming Victoria Mahoney's Yelling to the Sky as a 2010 ready title. I was "off" by couple of seasons. The Sundance Lab supported filmmaker has spent 2010 deep in post-production and receive some extra support from the Ifp Filmmaker Labs and was a Cinereach Sundance Institute Grantee. All that to say: 2011 will definitely be the breakout year for her directorial debut. Set in a depraved New York neighborhood, the youngest of three mixed-race sisters named Sweetness (Zoë Kravitz's first major starring role) O’Hara, spends the better part of being seventeen navigating an identity between the known: a violent life of crime, and the unknown: a life of purpose and meaning.
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Spoilers – Treme Episodes for May

HBO has released the details on May's Treme offerings. The drama has been renewed already, so check it out if you haven't already.

Episode #4: “At the Foot of Canal Street”

Debut: Sunday, May 2 (10:05-11:05 p.m. Et/Pt)

Other HBO playdates: May 2 (12:10 a.m.), 4 (11:00 p.m.), 5 (3:15 a.m.), 6 (10:00 p.m.) and 20 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 3 (11:05 p.m.), 7 (10:00 p.m.), 8 (9:00 p.m.), 9 (3:30 p.m.) and 15 (8:00 p.m.)

While Antoine (Wendell Pierce) heads to Baton Rouge for a holiday visit with his sons, Ladonna (Khandi Alexander) and Toni (Melissa Leo) probe a case of mistaken identity in New Orleans; Sonny (Michael Huisman) takes a gig in Texas, leaving Annie (Lucia Micarelli) behind; Albert (Clarke Peters) accepts a dinner invitation from Darius’ (Marc John Jeffries) aunt Lula (Tarra M. Riggs); Delmond (Rob Brown) considers a tour offer; Davis (Steve Zahn
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"Notorious" teaser trailer embedded!

See and embed the trailer for Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Notorious" starring Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, Charles Malik Whitfield, Kevin Navayne and Marc John Jeffries. In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation. Mackie plays rival Tupac Shakur, Bassett plays B.I.G.'s mother Violetta Wallace and Luke is in as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
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"Notorious" teaser trailer embedded!

See and embed the trailer for Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Notorious" starring Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, Charles Malik Whitfield, Kevin Navayne and Marc John Jeffries. In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation. Mackie plays rival Tupac Shakur, Bassett plays B.I.G.'s mother Violetta Wallace and Luke is in as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
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Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Like the Eminem starrer "8 Mile", "Get Rich or Die Tryin'", starring rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, takes many elements from the rap star's real life and folds them into the contours of a quasi-fictional film that charts the entertainer's path through poverty and despair to stardom. Both stories are similar in that this path is littered with daunting obstacles, which its true-life hero did overcome. The difference here is that for all its biographical truth, "Get Rich"'s journey into a ghetto of hustlers, gangstas and mindless violence is all too familiar.

Stretching back to blaxploitation in the '70s to recent films by John Singleton, Ernest Dickerson and others, we've moved down these mean streets, watched drive-by shootings and witnessed drug deals and gang feuds ad infinitum. Fortunately for the film's boxoffice, it will draw from two distinct demographics. Director Jim Sheridan has a definite following in major urban markets, colleges and special venues thanks to such films as "In America" and "My Left Foot", while 50 Cent, of course, has a huge following among rap fans and blacks. So boxoffice looks strong.

Sheridan and writer Terence Winter, once a staff writer on "The Sopranos", do have several things going for them to partially offset the been-there, done-that feeling. One is a ruthlessly unsentimental and nonjudgmental approach to a life mired in poverty, where crime seems the only way out. The film offers no emotional pleas or social messages; rather, its makers deliver an unblinking distillation of the urban experience for far too many young black males.

Another positive is 50 Cents himself. There should be no surprise that rappers such as Eminem and 50 Cent prove talented actors. As performers onstage, performers who have renamed themselves, they have long played a character based on but not to be confused with their own personas. They are actors.

50 Cent's range is not as wide as Eminem's, but he creates plenty of empathy for the fatherless boy, here called Marcus, whose drug-dealer mom (Serena Reeder) dies when he is 12. Marcus' grandparents take him in, but the boy heads down the only path he sees open to him when he gets into crime just like his mom.

The film hits all the well-publicized highlights of the life of 50 Cent in his ascension in a gang of drug dealers, their war with Colombian dealers, a flirtation with rap that never takes hold since crime seems so much easier and finally the nine gunshot wounds that miraculously failed to take his life.

In cinematographic terms, Winter's screenplay is always in intense medium close-up, never pulling back for a wider angle of society or even New York. Does his character really have no other options than crime? Does society take any blame? Could his grandparents (Viola Davis and Sullivan Walker) have intervened? The film doesn't even ask. It just barrels ahead with a life heading for tragedy that, again miraculously, takes a detour into creativity. That it leads to musical success is merely gravy. For the portrait here is one of creativity winning the day and saving a life -- or maybe several -- when Marcus' girlfriend (Joy Bryant) gives birth to his son and he accepts responsibility for his family's well-being.

As with all Sheridan movies, this one contains fine acting. The suddenly hot Terrence Howard stands out as Bama, a fellow ex-con and friend who encourages Marcus' move into rap and winds up as his manager. London-born Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje brings an icy chill to his portrait of a gangsta whose friendship can turn lethal in a moment.

Veteran Bill Duke enters "Godfather" territory with his heavy-limbed, dignified portrait of a ruthless drug kingpin. Newcomer Reeder shows exceptional talent and beauty as Marcus' mother.

And, as with many Sheridan movies, the director demonstrates a fascination with how family units function and flourish under adverse conditions. It is especially attentive to the changing attitudes of its lead character, who is marvelously played as a child by Marc John Jefferies until 50 Cent can take over.

The soundtrack is not, fortunately, chockablock with music and rap. Music is used discreetly for dramatic impact, though there is more than enough to guarantee huge album sales. Declan Quinn and designer Mark Geraghty, both of whom worked with Sheridan on "In America", definitely capture the grit and seemingly omnipresent darkness of the South Bronx.

GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'

Paramount Pictures

An Interscope/Shady/Aftermath/MTV Films production

Credits:

Director: Jim Sheridan

Screenwriter: Terence Winter

Producers: Jimmy Iovine, Paul Rosenberg, Chris Lighty, Jim Sheridan

Executive producers: Gene Kirkwood, Stuart Parr, Van Toffler, David Gale, Arthur Lappin, Daniel Lupi

Director of photography: Declan Quinn

Production designer: Mark Geraghty

Music: Quincy Jones, Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer

Costumes: Francine Jamison-Tanchuck

Editors: Conrad Buff, Roger Barton

Cast:

Marcus: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

Bama: Terrence Howard

Charlene: Joy Bryant

Levar: Bill Duke

Majestic: Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje

Keryl: Omar Benson Miller

Justice: Tory Kittles

Grandma: Viola Davis

Young Marcus: Marc John Jefferies

Antwan: Ashley Walters

Katrina: Serena Reeder

Running time -- 112 minutes

MPAA rating: R

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion
Opened

Wednesday, Nov. 26


Like its source material -- a Disneyland attraction -- "The Haunted Mansion" is a pleasant and atmospheric family romp, offering enough mildly chilling thrills to keep everyone entertained during its brief running time. Boxoffice fave Eddie Murphy toplines as a go-getter real estate agent who sidelines a family trip in hopes of landing a wealthy client, finding instead a world of restless spirits, creepy zombies and other special effects. The film is sure to scare up strong results for Disney over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and should continue to be a family draw in ensuing weeks.

Jim Evers (Murphy) and his wife, Sara (Marsha Thomason), are partners in a New Orleans real estate company, and she's increasingly frustrated by his workaholic tendencies. To make amends for missing their anniversary dinner, Jim is taking Sara and their two kids Marc John Jefferies and Aree Davis) for a restful weekend at the lake. But when Sara is summoned by the owner of a manse in a tony part of town, Jim can't resist stopping by to make a sales pitch.

The real stars here are the production design by Oscar winner John Myhre ("Chicago") and the visual effects work from vast teams of artists, led by Jay Redd and makeup designer Rick Baker. From its creaking gate to its moss-shrouded trees and backyard cemetery, the titular mansion-with-a-secret is an amalgam of classic spooky-movie elements, with a Louisiana accent.

In a plot line intricate enough to keep parents engaged, the inevitable rainstorm makes overnight guests of the Evers family, who gradually uncover a web of unresolved, not to mention dysfunctional, love. The house's two pale inhabitants, owner Edward Gracey (Nathaniel Parker) and his humorless, raspy-voiced butler (the unexpected Terence Stamp), believe Sara is the reincarnated Elizabeth, the love of Gracey's life. Her untimely demise long ago cast the mansion's ghostly residents in a state of purgatory, and the plan is to lift the curse by uniting the two lovers at last.

With the help of a mouthy spirit in a crystal ball (Jennifer Tilly) and the house's constantly startled servants (Wallace Shawn, Dina Waters), Jim and the kids race around the premises to save Sara from a wedding made in hell. Their adventure's most effective set piece (which might be too frightening for very young children) involves a descent into the mansion's well-populated crypt. There's an especially winning touch of whimsy in a barbershop quartet of cemetery busts who consider every uttered word a song cue.

The story doesn't quite bear up to the scrutiny of logic, even its own spirit-world variety -- viewers might wonder, for example, why Elizabeth herself isn't a restless ghost haunting the mansion. But scripter David Berenbaum ("Elf") delivers the family-togetherness message with humor and a light hand, avoiding schmaltz and tossing in a few over-their-heads cracks for the grown-ups in the audience.

Director Rob Minkoff ("The Lion King", "Stuart Little") keeps the tale moving, orchestrating the multiple visual layers with seamless efficiency and energy, abetted by Mark Mancina's unobtrusive score and strong contributions from costumer Mona May. Remi Adefarasin's cinematography captures it all with an appropriate emphasis on ghoulish, autumnal tones.

A low-key, affable Murphy acquits himself well as the Realtor-on-a-roll, and young Jefferies displays keen comic timing as a boy reluctantly facing his fears. Supporting work is mostly bland, though, with Stamp and Tilly enjoyable but disappointingly one-note in their jokey roles.

THE HAUNTED MANSION

Buena Vista Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures

Credits:

Director: Rob Minkoff

Screenwriter: David Berenbaum

Producers: Don Hahn, Andrew Gunn

Executive producers: Barry Bernardi, Rob Minkoff

Director of photography: Remi Adefarasin

Production designer: John Myhre

Music: Mark Mancina

Costume designer: Mona May

Editor: Priscilla Nedd Friendly

Visual effects supervisor: Jay Redd

Special effects makeup designer: Rick Baker

Cast:

Jim Evers: Eddie Murphy

Ramsley: Terence Stamp

Master Gracey: Nathaniel Parker

Sara Evers: Marsha Thomason

Madame Leota: Jennifer Tilly

Ezra: Wallace Shawn

Emma: Dina Waters

Michael: Marc John Jefferies

Megan: Aree Davis

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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