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Reel Talk April 4
By Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor
Published April 4, 2013


Sam Cooke Film

While we are in the season of biopics, it’s time to do a Sam Cooke film.

Actually the project was first announced in 2011, but like many things, it got put off.

So it’s now officially getting ready to start and the script has been written and Carl Franklin will direct, reports Tambay Obenson of Shadow and Act.

The news came 4 years after author Guralnick produced the award-winning documentary Sam Cooke: Legend, said to be “the only authorized documentary on Cooke.”

The film was to cover Cooke’s entire life (born in 1931, died in 1964), and, apparently, all rights (music and life rights) to Cooke’s story had been secured from the Cooke family estate, and the production team behind the project planned to independently finance it (no surprise there certainly), with the hunt for a star and director to attach to the project.

There hasn’t been an update on that biopic since that initial announcement – nothing that we’ve known about anyway – and it looks like the project is dead; one, which I recall, a lot of you were excited about.

But not to worry, because, earlier today, I learned that another Sam Cooke film is definitely in the works, and this one already has a writer and director attached to it, and has also begun casting!

The film will take viewers on a journey through Cooke’s life from birth to death and celebrate the highlights and even the low-points of his career.

Tambay also reports that director Franklin has begun casting for the flick. No word on potential stars.


Solomon Northup

Never mind that it took the star power of Brad Pitt to bring Solomon Northup’s gripping memoir about a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery before the Civil War to the big screen. Directed by Black Brit Steve McQueen, who wrote the script with John Ridley, the film promises to put the inconvenient history of American slavery back at the center of public discourse. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis, Alfre Woodard and, of course, Pitt.

Pitt stars as one of the most famous figures in Saratoga Springs NY history.?Solomon Northup, a free-born Black man, was lured from Saratoga Springs, sold into slavery and later rescued, an incredible story of human endurance, bravery and perseverance.??


Nina Simone

Will Zoe Saldana quiet her critics and wow audiences through her portrayal of legendary songstress Nina Simone? Given the shocking makeup job seen in earlier photos from the movie set, it’s easy to see why Saldana and director Cynthia Mort had fans upset. (Many accused her of being way too light to play the singer.) When the film Nina — which Mort claims is not a conventional biopic — is released, that pressing question will finally be answered.


Scary Movie 5

Another upcoming horror comedyparody film, and the fifth film in the Scary Movie franchise. It is being distributed by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by David Zucker. It is scheduled for theatrical release on April 12, 2013.

Scary Movie 5 is the first installment of the franchise not to feature protagonists Cindy Campbell (played by Anna Faris) or Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall), who appeared in the first four movies. Like both Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4, the film will eventually be rated PG-13. 

The film is directed by Lee and written by Zucker. Faris, who starred in the previous films in the franchise, confirmed that she would not return for the fifth film. Tisdale’s involvement in the film was confirmed in June 2012.

Lohan and Sheen joined the cast on August 2012. Terry Crews joined the cast on August 14, 2012. Filming began in September 2012. The first promotional image of the film, featuring Lohan and Sheen in the very first scene of the movie, was released on September 20, 2012.

The only actors from any of the previous installments that appear in this film are Sheen, Elliott, Rex, and Shannon. However, they do not portray their original characters, as Sheen stars as himself, Rex plays Dan, Shannon plays Heather, and Elliott’s character is unknown.

This is the only film in the entire Scary Movie franchise that does not feature any main characters from the previous films, Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) or Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall).


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