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Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
In today’s film news roundup, Regina King will star in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Bold Films gets $50 million in financing, and rights are sold to Justin Chatwin thriller “Legacy” prior to Afm.

Castings

Regina King will star in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opposite Stephan James and KiKi Layne with filming underway in New York.

If Beale Street Could Talk” is adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name about a pregnant Harlem woman whose lover is falsely accused of rape. Production companies are Jenkins’ Pastel company, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is also financing the film.

“Beale Street” is the first movie for Jenkins since “Moonlight” won the best picture Academy Award. King has won two Emmys for John Ridley’s “American Crime” series for ABC and had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Leftovers.” Her feature
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24 Political Protest Songs to Put on Repeat Today

  • BuzzSugar
The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and Black Lives Matter: political protest goes hand in hand with powerful music. The American songbook is rife with political messages, from antiwar rock songs of the 1960s to hip-hop anthems calling for racial equality. In recent years, we've seen political-message songs touching on everything from marriage equality to abortion rights. This 24-song playlist spans causes and decades, and every track has a message and lyrics that we can learn from. If the outcome of the 2016 election is inspiring you to take action, allow this playlist to serve as your soundtrack. "Fight the Power," Public Enemy Relevant lyric: "Our freedom of speech is freedom or death / We got to fight the powers that be." "What's Going On," Marvin Gaye Relevant lyric: "You see, war is not the answer / For only love can conquer hate." "Fortunate Son," Creedence Clearwater Revival Relevant lyric: "Some folks are born,
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‘Homeland’ Casts Max Beesley to Work Under Claire Danes (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
‘Homeland’ Casts Max Beesley to Work Under Claire Danes (Exclusive)
Claire Danes has a new “Homeland” underling — and she’ll probably want to keep an eye on this one. The Showtime drama just locked recurring “Suits” actor Max Beesley for one episode. He’ll play Mike Brown, an ex-Royal Marine turned private military contractor. Brown is described as smart, but he is not entirely comfortable working under Carrie Mathison (Danes). Beesley is best known for a variety of roles on British TV including “Hotel Babylon,” “Mad Dogs,” “Ordinary Lies” and “Survivors.” Film-wise, he was a co-lead with Mariah Carey in “Glitter,” and could also be seen in “The Emperor’s Wife” and “Pawn.
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Idw Announces Development of Michael Chiklis’s Comic Series Pantheon for TV

  • ScifiMafia
We told you recently that comics publisher Idw had created a production company to develop projects based on their comics. Today they announced one of those projects, and it sounds like it could be pretty great. It’s a TV series based on actor Michael Chiklis‘s (No Ordinary Family, The Shield) comic series Pantheon, about Greek gods in the modern day:

Idw Entertainment To Develop And Produce Michael Chiklis’s Pantheon

The Story of Greek Gods Resurfacing In Present Day

San Diego, CA (November 21, 2013) – Michael Chiklis has joined forces with Idw Entertainment to develop and produce his comic series Pantheon as a new scripted live-action television series. Idw Entertainment will fund the development of the project and will be co-produced with Circle of Confusion.

While the story of Pantheon is under wraps, it involves Greek Gods returning to the present day.

Slated as direct to series, Pantheon will boast Chiklis,
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Common Joins Run All Night

  • MovieWeb
Common Joins Run All Night
Common is in negotiations to star in the Warner Bros. action-thriller Run All Night, joining a cast that already includes Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris.

The story follows an aging assassin, who takes on his former mafia boss (Ed Harris) to protect his estranged son (Joel Kinnaman), a limo driver who witnessed a murder. Common is playing the mob leader's most trusted hitman, an emotionless killer who lets nothing stand in his way of completing the task at hand.

Jaume Collet-Serra is directing from a screenplay by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace), with Roy Lee and Brooklyn Weaver producing. It isn't known when production may begin. The project marks the third collaboration between Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra, following Unknown and the upcoming Non-Stop.

Common most recently starred in Movie 43, Pawn and the surprise summer hit Now You See Me. He also stars on the
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Scoop: Dave Bautista's Next Film Project To Be...A Zombie Movie?

Here's an interesting one for Bautista fans. As the former pro-wrestler's profile begins to grow after roles in Riddick and, of course, Guardians Of The Galaxy; we're hearing that his next movie project might well be a zombie flick, written by Jon Lee Brody (Pawn, Star Trek Into Darkness) and mixed martial artist turned actor Cung le (The Man With The Iron Fists, Tekken) who also looks set to act in the movie. Word is that the script has being doing the rounds and has finally found a home, and that Dave Bautista may have committed to star..though we can't confirm this at the moment and have no info on the character he'd play. Unfortunately all we can reveal about the actual movie itself is that it'll be a new take on the zombie genre, incorporating martial arts into the undead carnage. So not too much to go on
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Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones Teaming Up for Reaper

Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones two of the most intimidating men in the industry will team up for a brand new horror flick titled Reaper. Good news for those who do follow the genre religiously Danny Trejo (Machete From Dusk Till Dawn) and Vinnie Jones (Midnight Meat Train Snatch) are starring in a brand new horror movie titled Reaper. Joining these two intimidating fellows on screen are Gabriel Jarret (Pawn) Jake Busey (Frighteners) William Shockley (Robocop) and Shayla Beesley (Perkins 14). Phillip Shih is the man taking to the directors chair.
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Danny Trejo, Vinnie Jones Starring In ‘Reaper’ (Exclusive)

Danny Trejo, Vinnie Jones Starring In ‘Reaper’ (Exclusive)
Indie film icons Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones are starring in horror movie “Reaper” along with Gabriel Jarret, Jake Busey, William Shockley and Shayla Beesley.

The film is produced by Alejandro Salomon, Frederick Cipoletti, and Andrew Hunt, with Phillip Shih directing. Shooting has started in the Los Angeles area.

Script, written by James Jurdi and Mark James, centers on a routine execution going wrong, unleashing an unholy being on the surrounding community.

Trejo will next be seen in Robert Rodriguez’ ”Machete Kills,” reprising his role from 2010′s “Machete” as the lead character. Open Road is launching “Machete Kills” on Oct. 4 in the U.S.

Jones will next be seen in “Escape Plan” opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvteser Stallone. Summit is opening the film on Oct. 18.

Jarret most recently appeared in indie crime thriller “Pawn” opposite Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker and Michael Chiklis.
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Exclusive Interview With Actor Max Beasely

  • CinemaRetro
By Arlene R. Weiss

British actor, musician, Maxton Gig “Max” Beesley, Jr’s destiny as an actor was firmly set when his mom was inspired by American, Academy Award® winning actor Gig Young, in choosing her son’s middle name. Beesley, born and raised in his beloved Manchester, England, was raised in a family steeped in the arts. His father, Max Beesley, Sr. is a venerable jazz drummer and impressionist, and his mother Chris Marlowe was a jazz singer. His step-brother Jason Milligan is also an actor and Jason’s wife Angela Griffin is an actress.

At first, American audiences may not easily recognize Max Beesley’s name, but in fact, many are far more familiar with his esteemed CV of work, which includes numerous acclaimed acting roles in many stellar films, TV series, and also a supreme music career, than they realize.

Beesley has garnered considerable praise and is
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Forest Whitaker To Play Martin Luther King?

Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker is being touted as the front-runner to play Martin Luther King in a new “docu-drama” movie from writer/director Paul Greengrass. Memphis, which will tell the story of the civil rights leaders last days, has been a much delayed project that was dropped by Universal in 2011 due to ‘scheduling and financial reasons’. With new backers (Abu Dhabi-based Veritas Films and French financier Wild Bunch have stepped in) it looks like the man at the helm of 2006′s acclaimed United 93 may have his next project moving into production.

Whitaker is no stranger to biopics having won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland and his credentials should give the project the boost it needs. Not content with staying in front of the camera, Whitaker has also been trying his hand at producing and was involved in one
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The Equalizer Finds Its Villain in Marton Csokas

  • MovieWeb
The Equalizer Finds Its Villain in Marton Csokas
Marton Csokas (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has signed on to play the main villain in Sony Pictures' The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington stars as Robert McCall, a former intelligence officer who now lives a solitary existence while holding down a job at Home Depot. He is forced to spring back into action when an act of kindness towards a teenage prostitute (Chloe Moretz) lands him in hot water with the Russian mafia. Marton Csokas will play a deadly fixer for the Russian mob.

Antoine Fuqua is directing from a screenplay by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2), which is based on the CBS TV series The Equalizer starring Edward Woodward that ran from 1985 to 1989. Production is scheduled to begin this summer in Boston.

Marton Csokas recently starred in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pawn, and the DirecTV series Rogue. He will next be seen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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Marton Csokas to take on Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer

  • JoBlo
The last time I saw Marton Csokas was 2011s The Debt. The last thing you might have seen him in was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter unless you saw Pawn. The only beef I have with him is 2005s Aeon Flux. To be fair, that was a hell of a thing to adapt to the big screen and while the animated series is one of my favorites it just was not destined for life beyond MTV's Liquid Television. But my beef lies in the fact that he was in no way, shape or form Trevor Goodchild. If anything, he should...
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Avatar's Stephen Lang Joins The Stephen King Adaptation A Good Marriage

With CBS airing Under the Dome this summer, and Kimberly Peirce.s Carrie remake coming in October, it will already be a good year for Stephen King fans. And that.s not even taking into account all of the other adaptations that have been announced over the last few weeks. One of the longer-gestating projects is Peter Askin.s take on King.s A Good Marriage, news on which was strangely absent after Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy) signed on to the cast last year. That is until last week, when Anthony Lapaglia (Without a Trace) was added as her devious husband. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Avatar.s Stephen Lang has joined the indie film, adding one more role to his already overloaded slate. The Terra Nova star was last seen in David A. Armstrong.s ensemble crime thriller Pawn, and will be seen all over the place
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Watch the Short Film "Police Guys"

My friend, actor/filmmaker, Jon Lee Brody ("Pawn," "Star Trek Into Darkness"), has created a short film called "Police Guys" that you guys should see! Brody wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 15-minute film alongside Stephen Kramer Glickman (Big Time Rush), Shawna Waldron (Little Giants), Lester Speight (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Lisa Catara (Charlie Valentine), Gonzalo Menendez (Act of Valor), Alex Heartman (Power Rangers Super Samurai) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step, Valentine.s Day).

Here's more info on the project:

A pair of cops (Jon Lee Brody and Stephen Kramer Glickman) on a stakeout get much more than they bargained for! Police Guys is a fifteen-minute short film/pilot that was written, produced and directed by Jon Lee Brody.

The film was shot in 2 days with little to no budget. Brody sites Robert Rodriguez as his inspiration. .The book .Rebel Without a Crew
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New On Blu-Ray/DVD: Pawn (2013)

So a cop walks into an all night diner…No, this isn’t the beginning of a tired joke, this is how the new direct-to-video crime thriller “Pawn” kicks off. Said cop, played by Forest Whitaker, walks smack into the middle of an armed robbery. From this simple set up spools out a twisted web of story threads, layered narrative, and constantly shifting points of view. Though the film starts off strong—not great, but solid—it comes off the rails not far down the line. “Pawn” is one of those movies where you’ve heard of almost everyone in the cast, but never even heard mention of the film. Beyond Whitaker, the credits include Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), Common (“Hell on Wheels”), and actors from “Twilight,” “Gossip Girl,” and many more. Still, despite all the familiar faces, it never adds up to much. One of the
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Ray Liotta Talks The Iceman, The Muppets…Again!, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Pawn, and The Identical

  • Collider.com
Ray Liotta plays real-life mobster Roy Demeo in Ariel Vromen’s crime drama, The Iceman, based on the story of notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) whose career prospects expand when Demeo offers him the opportunity to earn a living as a mob enforcer. The role marks the second time in 30 years that Liotta has played a real-life mobster since his acclaimed performance in Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic, Goodfellas. At the film’s recent press day, Liotta talked about getting back into that world again, why he likes playing pretend, how he researched his larger than life character, what it was like working opposite Michael Shannon, how he’s met real life mobsters, why he was reluctant to play Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack, and why he tries to avoid typecasting and chooses roles that are diverse and challenging. He also revealed his upcoming projects including playing himself in The Muppets…
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Max Beesley Joins USA’s ‘Suits’, Erika Alexander Boards AMC’s ‘Low Winter Sun’

  • Deadline TV
Max Beesley Joins USA’s ‘Suits’, Erika Alexander Boards AMC’s ‘Low Winter Sun’
British actor and musician Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon) has landed a major recurring role on the upcoming third season of USA Network’s Suits, which premieres July 16. He will play Stephen Huntley, Edward Darby’s (recurring guest star Conleth Hill) charismatic right-hand man and Harvey’s (Gabriel Macht) British counterpart, who arrives in the New York office following the merger. The existence of two Harveys will complicate the already precarious personal dynamics at Pearson/Darby. Beesley, repped by Apa, Untitled and UK’s Independent Talent, co-stars in indie Pawn and in the UK series Mad Dogs. Erika Alexander will recur on the new AMC series Low Winter Sun, about the aftermath of a cop murder by fellow Detroit detective Frank Agnew (Mark Strong). Alexander will play Louise “Lc” Cullen, a strong and intimidating cop who is matter-of-fact and straightforward in everything she does. When Internal Affairs conducts a corrupt investigation in her department,
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Max Beesley joins USA's Suits

Suits Gears up Max Beesley for Recurring Role Hotel Babylon's Max Beesley has joined the upcoming third season of USA Network's Suits which starts on July 16th. Sources report that he'll play Stephen Huntley who is Edward Darby's (Conleth Hill) right-hand man and counterpart Gabriel Macht's character. He arrives in the New York office after the merger. Beesley co-stars in Pawn with Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Forest Whitaker, Marton Csokas, Sean Faris, Michael Chiklis and Jessica Szohr. The Anchor Bay release is opened in 1 theater on the 19th of April, and is now available on DVD. Beesley's very experienced in TV, with credits including Mad Dogs, The Reckoning, Survivors, London Ink
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Interview With Sean Faris On Pawn

Sean Faris, the actor best known for his roles in Never Back Down and Yours, Mine and Ours, is part of the all-star cast of Pawn, a story about a robbery gone wrong in a small-town diner. Faris plays Nick, a young man just released from prison who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as the robbery unfolds.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Faris about the film. We talked about what drew him to the role, the experience of working with such a phenomenal cast, and much more.

Check out the full interview below.

We Got This Covered: For readers who aren’t familiar with Pawn, can you tell us a little about the film?

Sean Faris: Pawn is a thriller/hostage situation that takes place in an all-night diner… It’s an intense hostage situation that is happening in a
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Questions and Answers With Nikki Reed

  • NextMovie
"I can't move. I almost feel like I have the flu because of how much fun I had."

No, this isn't an aging star feeling the effects of the previous night's high-class Oscar shenanigans. It's Nikki Reed, the 24-year-old co-star of the "Twilight" franchise, recovering from a day spent, well, relaxing.

"I’m 24 years old and my idea of fun is going to my father’s house to play Yahtzee on a Friday night," she said.

Reed — who gave us a call while promoting her new film "Pawn," a hostage drama-turned-mob movie — isn't your typical young Hollywood starlet. On top of making movies, she also has an arts and crafts addiction, in addition to writing songs and movies — remember a little traumatic something called "Thirteen," 10 years ago? She co-wrote that just a few years after hitting puberty, based largely on her own wild youth. The now-married Reed claims to be
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