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Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “The Avengers” films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” “Nocturnal Animals”) star in “12 Strong,” a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers, it is story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig directed the film, which is produced by legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Black Hawk Down”), together with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill (“La La Land,” “Sicario”) under their Black Label Media banner. Oscar winner Ted Tally (“The Silence of the Lambs”) and Peter Craig (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2”) wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by best-selling author Doug Stanton. The executive producers are Oscar nominees and Alcon principals Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”), together with Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Ellen H. Schwartz, Garrett Grant, Yale Badik and Val Hill.

The main cast also includes Michael PenÞa (“The Martian, “Ant-Man”) and Navid Negahban (“American Sniper,” TV’s “Homeland”). Joining Hemsworth, Shannon and PenÞa as the “12 Strong” U.S. Special Forces team are Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Geoff Stults (“Only the Brave”), Thad Luckinbill (“Only the Brave”), Austin Stowell (“Bridge of Spies”), Ben O’Toole (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Austin Hebert (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”), Kenneth Miller (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), Kenny Sheard (“13 Hours”) and Jack Kesy (TV’s “The Strain). Actors portraying soldiers of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance include Laith Nakli (“24: Legacy”), Fahim Fazli (“American Sniper”) and Yousuf Azami (“Lone Survivor”), and Said Taghmaoui (“Wonder Woman”) as a Taliban military leader. Also seen in the film are Elsa Pataky (the “Fast & Furious” films), as Nelson’s wife, and William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down,” “Armageddon”) and Rob Riggle (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Hangover”) as U.S. Army officers.

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“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Rasmus Videbaek (“A Royal Affair”), production designer Christopher Glass (“The Jungle Book”), editor Lisa Lassek (“The Avengers,” “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”), costume designer Daniel J. Lester (assistant costume designer on “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”) and Academy Award-winning stunt coordinator/second unit director Mic Rodgers (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Braveheart”).

Slated for release on January 19, 2018, “12 Strong” will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Lionsgate is handling international distribution.

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PACIFIC RIM UPRISING (@PacificRimMovie) | Watch the Explosive New Trailer Starring John Boyega (@JohnBoyega)!

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

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The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

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John Boyega as “John Pentecost” in “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.”  Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld.  But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war.  As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left.  Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.

We cannot wait to see this film! The Kaijus from the last film were gargantuan and we just know they are really going to up the ante in this film! John Boyega is an amazing actor–and pretty hot too–he is going to kill on the screen. He is definitely shaping up to be a top action star in Hollywood!

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Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) Goes Full On Pam Grier in “Proud Mary!”(@ProudMaryMovie)

We thought the age of Blaxploitation films was over, but thankfully there is some nostalgia in the air still. Sony seems intent on capitalizing on that in its latest film, starring Taraji P. Henson, in Proud Mary!

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We thought the age of Blaxploitation films was over, but thankfully there is some nostalgia in the air still. Sony seems intent on capitalizing on that in its latest film, starring Taraji P. Henson, in Proud Mary!

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The film centers on Mary (Taraji P. Henson), a guilt-ridden hitwoman/mob enforcer who takes in an orphan, Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) after killing his father. Mary is determined to make amends for what has transpired in Danny’s life after and goes after a drug lord from a rival mob family for it. The consequences are immense as she must soon find a way to cover her tracks, protect Danny, and finally leave the mob for good–something that is far easier said than done!

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We have to say this film was just “okay.” What we really liked, of course, was the action. It was good seeing Taraji branch out into an action role. She definitely did that! The fight and shooting scenes were superb. Jahi Winston really sells the role of the troubled street kid that you cannot help but love. He and Taraji have great chemistry in a “faux mother-son” kind of way. Surprisingly, we saw Danny Glover and Margaret Avery reunite! As you know they were “Mister/Albert” and “Shug Avery” from The Color Purple.

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Jahi Winston as “Danny”

What we did not like however, was that the film seemed rush. There definitely should have been more of a backstory for Mary. We did not get to see how she grew up, exactly what broke her and Tom (Billy Brown), or what really became of Danny’s mother. Furthermore, why didn’t Sony promote this film more? Taraji is a high profile actress you would think there would have been more advanced screenings and interviews with the cast. We definitely would not mind seeing a sequel (we aren’t sure how likely that will happen) where Danny, now a little older, has been trained by Mary and has to help her protect their new, peaceful life.

You all just be sure to catch Proud Mary in a theater near you, Happy viewing!

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[TRAILER] NETFLIX’s (@netflix) ‘STEP SISTERS’ Stomps It Like It’s Hot on 1/19!

The first trailer for the upcoming Netflix dance comedy Step Sisters is out now!
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The movie, which comes to the streaming service on January 19, is directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline) and written by Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) as well as Emmy Award® winner Lena Waithe (Master of None), Ben Cory Jones (Insecure) and stars Megalyn Echikunwoke, Naturi Naughton, Marque Richardson, and Matt McGorry. 

Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke) seems to excel at everything: She’s president of her sorority, captain of the step dance crew, liaison to the college dean and a star student who is on her way to Harvard Law School.

But when Jamilah is asked to teach a misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step, success seems impossible. Without telling her own sorority sisters, Jamilah begins training rivals Sigma Beta Beta (SBB) for the “Steptacular” competitive dance competition.

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The first trailer for the upcoming Netflix dance comedy Step Sisters is out now!

via Press Release

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The movie, which comes to the streaming service on January 19, is directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline) and written by Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) as well as Emmy Award® winner Lena Waithe (Master of None), Ben Cory Jones (Insecure) and stars Megalyn EchikunwokeNaturi Naughton, Marque Richardson, and Matt McGorry. 

Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke) seems to excel at everything: She’s president of her sorority, captain of the step dance crew, liaison to the college dean and a star student who is on her way to Harvard Law School.

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But when Jamilah is asked to teach a misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step, success seems impossible. Without telling her own sorority sisters, Jamilah begins training rivals Sigma Beta Beta (SBB) for the “Steptacular” competitive dance competition.

Directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline, Paid in Full) and written by Chuck Hayward (Dear White People), who also serves as an executive producer, Step Sisters is produced by Emmy Award® winner Lena Waithe (“Master of None”), Ben Cory Jones (“Insecure”) and Matt Alvarez (Straight Outta Compton). Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman also serve as producers, and Patrick Murray and Josh Reinhold are executive producers on the film.

 Netflix is really coming hard with its programming for 2018 out the gate! We have to say we will definitely be tuning into Step Sisters we are always down for a good step movie. It kind of reminds us of that movie, How She Move (2017), starring Queen Sugar’s Rutina Wesley. This film is definitely a far cry from anything Megalyn Echikunwoke has done before. We were hoping to see her in an Arrowverse spin-off (CW are you listening) You all just be sure to tune in on January 19th!

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