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Does this count?


First look at Gugu Mbatha-Raw in 'Beyond the Lights'



It was 2007 and Alicia Keys was singing “Diary” at the Hollywood Bowl when inspiration struck writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball) for her new movie Beyond the Lights, the tale of a perfectly packaged pop star, played by Belle‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver).


The movie spent years in development while Prince-Bythewood, who helmed 2008′s Secret Life of Bees, argued with Sony Pictures over her lead actress. “The studios wanted a big star, and I wanted the right person for the role,” says Prince-Bythewood, who hired her own casting agent to find Mbatha-Raw. “There is an innate vulnerability in Gugu. And you can sense her star power. That’s what we needed to believe–that she could be Rihanna or Beyonce.”

Once Sony put the project into turnaround, Prince-Bythewood produced her own eight-minute presentation of Mbatha-Raw as her lead and found her financiers in BET and Relativity Media.

“It was so nice to sit in a room and not hear that the lead is a black woman and she’s not going to sell,” she adds. “Rather they said, ‘We think she’s a star, who do you want for your male lead?’”

Prince-Bythewood chose Nate Parker (Non-Stop, Red Tails) for that role, and the cast and crew convened in Los Angeles and London last September to shoot.

For Mbatha-Raw, currently earning raves in the period piece Belle, it was a chance to explore the darker side of a glamorous industry. “When you are groomed into these shiny music-industry acts from a young age, there are a lot of identity issues,” she says. “It’s about the psychological expectations of fame.”


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KNOW HOW- that looks heart wrenching Ill watch! maybe it will be one of the movies that will help change the world!
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I took it as... It's nice that they're giving movies with Black female leads a chance before shooting it down and saying it's not going to sell

Originally posted by Fraiche2Death Fraiche2Death wrote:

Ummmm.....ConfusedLOL 

Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:



Once Sony put the project into turnaround, Prince-Bythewood produced her own eight-minute presentation of Mbatha-Raw as her lead and found her financiers in BET and Relativity Media.

“It was so nice to sit in a room and not hear that the lead is a black woman and she’s not going to sell,” she adds. “Rather they said, ‘We think she’s a star, who do you want for your male lead?’”


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I saw "Get On Up." It was aight. Kinda bounced around a lot. It lacked continuity, but Chadwick was great!
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Yea, I just saw it and it felt disjointed


However, I was pleasantly surprised by Mr Chadwick. He was very impressive
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Stripper Film "Chocolate City" Has A Cast Change

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*Romeo Miller is out, and Robert Ri’chard is in! Ri’chard is replacing Miller in the upcoming exotic dancer flick, “Chocolate City.”

Allegedly, Miller was kicked to the curb since he couldn’t quite get the required dance moves down. Basically, he doesn’t have that male stripper edge.

But Ri’chard — as his replacement — has the right stuff to play the male lead in what is already considered the black version of the popular film, “Magic Mike,” reports AlwaysAList.

Ri’chard previously starred on Nickelodeon show “Cousin Skeeter” and then, became hot stuff on “One on One” and “Meet the Browns.”

Now he’ll star as a young college student named Devin who is sucked into the world of exotic dancing in order to pay bills.



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But Ri’chard isn’t the only hot stuff that will be featured in the film. Tyson Beckford, Ginuwine and Darrin Dewitt Henson will put down the moves as well.

Other cast members include Michael Jai White, Vivica A. Fox, DeRay Davis, Carmen Electra and Imani Hakim.

The film is being shot independently and footage has already leaked online. Nu-Lite Entertainment is producing the film that is expected to be released sometime in 2015 with eOne Entertainment’s non-theatrical division.

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did anyone see pumzi?
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I'm definitely gonna watch chocolate city in the theater (matinee lol)

I wish they kept romeos ol fine ass but this cast will do
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote coconess Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep 16 2014 at 5:45am
interesting...
different.

the idea of a male stripper is ew to me but id go see it/support.
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