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Reel Talk June 20
By Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor
Published June 21, 2013


Alexandre Moors’ BLUE CAPRICE

(September 20, 2013)

Screenwriter: R. F. I. Porto & Alexandre Moors?

Starring: Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson

An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father ?figure in this film inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.


Directed and Written by:  Alexandre Moors

Starring:  Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams and Tim Blake Nelson

Studio: IFC Films

Release Date: September 20, 2013

Genre: Thriller

Festivals: Sundance 2013, New Directors/New Films

The striking feature film debut of writer-director Alexandre Moors, BLUE CAPRICE is a harrowing yet restrained psychological thriller about an abandoned boy lured to America into the shadows of a dangerous father figure.  Inspired by true events, BLUE CAPRICE investigates the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks from the point of view of the two shooters, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America.  Marked by captivating performances by Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond, lyrical camerawork, and a unique and bold structure, BLUE CAPRICE documents the mechanisms that lead its subjects to embrace physical violence.  BLUE CAPRICE paints a riveting portrait of 21st-century America and a haunting depiction of two cold-blooded killers that will endure long after the lights come up. ?2012, 93 minutes, color, U.S.A.

TRT: 95 minutes

Publicity Contact: Rob Scheer,

Release Date: September/October 2013

Genre: Suspense Thriller

Festivals: Sundance 2013, Cannes Film Festival 2013: Directors’ Fortnight 


Usher has moved away from mentoring singers on NBC’s “The Voice” to star in a new Samsung-produced short in which he fights a dual version of himself…with Samsung products prominently displayed in the background, of course.

The Rich Lee-directed clip, titled “Looking 4 Myself,” has a down-to-earth Ursh battling his celebrity-driven persona.

“This gave me an opportunity to put a face to a song that I love,” he told E. of the film. “The short is about basically the two sides of my personality: the dichotomy of who I am as an entertainer, a relationship gone bad because of who I am as an entertainer.

“Here I am, in front of the television, kind of maneuvering through it in my apartment, and my alter-ego shows up and we battle. We battle doing a series of uniquely created choreography that uses some of the movement that you use to operate the TV.”


Picture, if you will, Mariah Carey as a slave. A field slave named Hattie Pearl at that.

Actually you don’t have to wrap your brain around that thought at all ’cause the photo above is all you need to reference.

But really, what are we talking about? Once again, Carey is hooking up with Director Lee Daniels “The Butler,” for a part that, at first glance, makes one go, “huh?”

But then again if you’ve followed her film career, Carey, a high maintenance glamor queen in real life, seems to go for gritty, down to earth characters on film. And when you work for Daniels that’s pretty much what you’re going to play.

“The Butler” tells the story Eugene Allen, a longtime White House service worker starring Forest Whitaker.

In addition to Whitaker playing the lead role, the highly anticipated production’s cast also includes high profile names like Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alan Rickman and Terrence Howard, among others.

Daniels has cast music stars in his other films. If you recall, “Precious” featured both Lenny Kravitz and Carey in supporting roles, which were the complete opposite of their off-screen personas.

Carey is teaming up with Daniels again for The Butler, in a part that is against type to say the least. Carey plays what appears to be the role of a slave named Hattie Pearl in the film.

According to IMDB, “The Butler” is scheduled to be released on August 16, 2013.


Sandra Bullock is in early talks to join Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis in “Annie,” the update of the classic comic strip-turned-musical that Sony is making with producers Will Smith and Jay-Z.

Bullock would play Miss Hannigan, the mean lady who runs the orphanage inhabited by Annie (Wallis) and her friends. Carol Burnett memorably played the role in the 1982 movie.

But that is only if a contract is signed. Bullock and the studio were in talks in March but the actress ultimately passed at the time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Now the two sides are back at the table.

As previously reported, Foxx will play a modern incarnation of Daddy Warbucks, a billionaire named Benjamin Stacks.

Will Gluck is directing the project, which has a host of producers: Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment banner partner James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z. Also producing are Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.

Sony is eyeing a late fall production start for an anticipated December 2014 release.

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