International film distribution and production company D Street Media will begin production on the big budget The Blue Mauritius early next year, and it’s set to bring some top Hollywood actors to Cape Town.
New to the cast is Anthony Mackie, of Avengers fame.
“Anthony Mackie, who I consider a real movie star, brings such a fresh perspective to the cast and the character, he’s an incredibly talented, versatile actor who truly takes the project to the next level,” D Street chief executive Dexter Davis said.
“I’m also so pleased to be working with Michael Benaroya and his prestigious company Benaroya Pictures on The Blue Mauritius, a project that’s been a labour of love. Michael is super smart and well connected in Hollywood and after four years of false starts I can finally feel secure we’re going to get this done,” Davis said.
Anthony Mackie and YouTuber Kian Lawley are set to co-star in the upcoming drama The Hate U Give, Fox 2000’s film adaptation based on Angela Thomas’ NYT bestselling young adult novel. Production has officially begun in Atlanta, after Georgia TV and film productions were halted yesterday due to Hurricane Irma. George Tillman Jr. (Men Of Honor) on board to direct from a script by Tina Mabry and Audrey Wells.
Amandla Stenberg stars as Starr Carter, who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Mackie will play the local drug dealer King and Kian will play Starr’s boyfriend, Chris. [Source]
Anthony Mackie was announced a few days ago as the headlining guest of the 6th edition of the Middle East Film & Comic Con taking place in Dubai, UAE next weekend (April 6 – 8). Tickets are available for sale on the event official website starting at 100 Dhs.
Anthony will be making a appearance on Day 02 & Day 03 according to the schedule posted on the website as following:
On Feb. 17, fans will be able to watch their favorite celebrities team up for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in New Orleans.
With NBA All-Star Weekend looming, ESPN will broadcast the star-studded game with SC6’s hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill serving as guest coaches. Smith will receive assistance from Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green and former 106 & Park host Rosci Diaz on the sideline. As for Hill, she’ll have Toronto Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry and Fat Joe serving as her assistant coaches. [Source]
Michael Smith’s West Team
Miles Brown (actor)
Tom Cavanagh (actor)
Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner)
Baron Davis (NBA legend)
Andy Grammer (recording artist)
Jiang Jinfu (actor, model)
Anthony Mackie (actor)
Romeo Miller (actor, recording artist)
Hasan Minhaj (actor, comedian)
Master P (actor, recording artist)
Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)
Aaron Sanchez (celebrity chef)
Jason Williams (NBA legend)
Kathryn Bigelow has been assembling a cast for her still untitled Detroit riots movie, and now it has a release date: The film will open later this year on Aug. 4, as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riots.
Annapurna Pictures announced the date in a press release for its new distribution and marketing branch, with Bigelow’s project serving as the production company’s inaugural release. Directed by Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, the film is described as “a crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s 1967 riots.” [Source]
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
All the Way – HBO
Confirmation – HBO
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Roots – History
The Night Manager – AMC
The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX