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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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YES! Zoe Kravitz (@ZoeKravitz) Cast as “Catwoman” in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman!”

“The Bat” has found its “Cat!” It is being reported that actress, Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Batman’s cat burgler/love interest/sometimes ally, Selina Kyle, better known as “Catwoman” in the upcoming Batman film by Matt Reeves. The film, starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, will showcase Bruce Wayne’s early years as The Caped Crusader.

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“The Bat” has found its “Cat!” It is being reported that actress, Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Batman’s cat burgler/love interest/sometimes ally, Selina Kyle, better known as “Catwoman” in the upcoming Batman film by Matt Reeves. The film, starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, will showcase Bruce Wayne’s early years as The Caped Crusader.

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Zoe’s casting does not come at a complete surprise. The producers of the film announced they were looking for a woman of color to portray Catwoman and she among others like Sanaa Lathan, Keke Palmer, and even former Star cast members, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady were on the shortlist for the highly sought after role. Zoe is a great choice as she exudes the mystique and sex appeal of the character, and she is no stranger to comic book roles or action movies. As you may recall she was Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class and Christina in the Divergent films.

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Catwoman is an important part of the Batman mythos, and is easily one of comic’s most layered characters. She may very well be the epitome of a woman who has her own, on her own, and is only on her own side. Being an Olympic level athlete armed with advanced thieving skills, martial arts, razor sharp claws, and a cat o’ nine tails whip she is a true “Feline Fatale!” Congrats Zoe we cannot wait to watch you kill this role!

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Disney & Pixar’s “Onward” (@PixarsOnward) Debuts New Trailer, Poster, & Images!

Disney and Pixar’s Onward, which hits theaters March 6, 2020, unveiled a new trailer, poster and images this morning. Set in a suburban fantasy world, “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Also featuring the voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barley’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.”

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Disney and Pixar’s Onward, which hits theaters March 6, 2020, unveiled a new trailer, poster and images this morning. Set in a suburban fantasy world, “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Also featuring the voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barley’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.”

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We cannot wait for Onward! It, like, any other Disney and Pixar film will be a certified hit! The movie looks so magical and heartwarming. Anything dealing with monsters, magic, and quests on an alien world definitely has our attention.

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What do you guys think of the trailer? Sound off in the comments section below! Happy viewing!

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“February’s Pain!” Filmmaker & Creative, Trayvon Williams (@1trayvonwilliam) Tackles Domestic Violence in Forthcoming Film!

Domestic violence is never a laughing matter. However, it is a harrowing problem in our society that affects millions of people across the world. Each case is different, and some are so violent and saddistic defies human logic. One filmmaker, Trayvon Williams, is shedding light on one such violent case that went viral changed the life of a young Black woman, Porsha Daniels, forever.

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Domestic violence is never a laughing matter. However, it is a harrowing problem in our society that affects millions of people across the world. Each case is different, and some are so violent and saddistic that it defies human logic. One filmmaker, Trayvon Williams, is shedding light on one such violent case that went viral forever changing the life of a young Black woman, Porsha Daniels.

porsha daniels Porsha Daniels, domestic violence survivor

The story takes place on February 4, 2015; when Porsha’s ex-boyfriend, Nathaniel Davis, brutally attacked and stabbed her and her current boyfriend, Searrier Smith, after breaking into her Houston, Texas apartment. Porsha sustained severe injuries from 22 stab wounds, which according to reports left her nearly decapitated. She underwent a number of surgeries, but was ultimately left paralyzed, missing a kidney, and most of her intestines gone. Searrier, however, did not survive.

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Trayvon decided to make this tragedy the source of his film due to his own experiences with domestic violence. “…I chose this case/ story about Porsha Daniels because I knew her personally. She went to high school with me. She reached out to ask me if I could tell her story for her. After seeing the pictures of her, and reading her story, I realized that like most women they don’t get out soon enough after seeing the signs. After being gone from Houston for almost 10 years; I realizes there’s a lot I didn’t know about the women in my family. Most of them have been abused by a man and never said anything to anyone. It’s almost like it’s a regular thing . Really the problem is stemming from an old mentality . Most older women in my family were abused, and most of them stayed. They passed that down generations and this was my way to bring it to light and hopefully I can spark conversation to women across the world through my art. Her story went viral in 2015. I was in LA when I first saw it. I couldn’t believe it because  it was so close to home. I saw my biological mom be abused as well…

February’s Pain is currently in development. It is set to be released as a full feature film in February 2020, with his production company “The Pioneers Collective LLC.” Stay tuned to HeyMikeyATL for more updates!

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