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Synopsis: Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie.

Written, directed , and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union,  Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart,  Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd,  Leslie Jones.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.  The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.

Written and Directed by: Chris Rock

Produced by: Scott Ruden, Eli Bush

Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer,  J.B. Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Anders Holm, Jay Pharoah, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd, Leslie Jones

Release date: December 12, 2014

 

 

 

 

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TransformersSynopsis: “MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN” follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose - some tragic, some hopeful - as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler

Release date: October 17, 2014

Official Website:http://www.menwomenchildrenmovie.com/

Screening Information: Wednesday, October 8th, Tower Theater, 7 PM.

 

 

 

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TransformersSynopsis: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine.

Directed by: Michael Cuesta

Writers: Paul Landesman, Gary Webb

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, Jeremy Renner

Release date: October 10, 2014

Official Website: http://www.focusfeatures.com/kill_the_messenger

 

 

 

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TransformersSynopsis: Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Directed by: Luke Greenfield

Writers: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas

Cast: Damon Wayans, Jr., Jack Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy and Andy Garcia.

Release date: August 13, 2014

Official Website: http://www.letsbecops.com/

 

 

 

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Synopsis: Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th.  Based on Radical Comics’ Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt.

Directed by: Brett Ratner

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann. Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews

Release date: July 25, 2014

Official Website: http://www.mightyhercules.com/

 

 

 

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Synopsis: In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up.  Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.  Boseman is joined in the drama by Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter and Jill Scott.

Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) produces for Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner.  Imagine’s Erica Huggins (Flightplan) also serves as a producer on Get on Up, while Taylor produces under his Wyolah Films label.  Peter Afterman, Trish Hofmann, Jez Butterworth, John Butterworth, John Norris and Anna Culp serve as executive producers. 

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Release date: Friday, June 20th

Official Website: http://www.getonupmovie.com/

 

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Synopsis: “Addicted” follows the life of a sex crazed African American business woman as she goes through the trials and tribulations of life.

Directed by: Billie Woodruff

Screenplay: Christina Walsh, Ernie Barbarash

Based on the novel by: Zane

Producer: Paul Hall

Cast: The film stars Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith, Boris Kodjoe, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tyson Beckford and William Levy

Release date: October 10, 2014

 

 

 

Exclusive Interview from HelloBeautiful.com

*Fans self* It just got really hot in here!

You may not remember exactly where you were when you first began reading Zane’s book “Addicted,” but we’re certain you can recall how it made every hair on the back of your neck stand at attention. And let’s not even talk about the famous car scene when main character “Zoe Reynard” couldn’t resist the urge to touch herself…

That was the effect Zane’s erotic fiction had on you. The lusty scenes and forbidden behavior…it was “50 Shades Of Grey” before Christian Grey was even thought of (And there’s no hate there. Zane tells us, “I’m very happy for her,” of “50 Shades” author E. L. James’ success).

“Addicted” became one of Zane’s most successful thrillers. The story centered around Zoe and her husband who had a good marriage, careers and were busy raising three children, however, this picturesque life is not enough to fulfill all of Zoe’s desires. She soon finds herself satisfying her addiction to sleeping with other men, which puts her on a dangerous path that may cost not only her relationship but her life as well.

Fast-forward a few years and the New York Times Best-Seller is still relevant. “Addicted” is coming to theaters this fall! That’s right, Zoe and her desire for indiscretion will come to life in the “Addicted” movie.

Sharon Leal (“Why Did I get Married,” “Dream Girls”) nabbed the lead role of Zoe with the smoldering Boris Kodjoe playing her husband (we know what you’re thinking, who the hell would cheat on him?) But the steam doesn’t stop there. The hunky Tyson Beckford, William Levy and Tasha Smith round out the cast of seasoned actors.

With “Addicted” rekindling old raunchy emotions, we reached out to Zane for an exclusive image from the film (and as you can see Boris and Sharon are committed to their roles).

Zane also answered all of our questions about the forthcoming film. Get the tea on “Addicted” below:

HelloBeautiful: What can you tell us about the shower scene in the exclusive image?

Zane: It shows intimacy between a married couple, which I think is important. Just because you’re married with children doesn’t mean you can’t have an intimate relationship.

HB: What inspired “Addicted?”

Zane: “Addicted” started out as a short story. At the time, I was writing a lot of short stories, I don’t know what got into me, but then I really started thinking about the main character and the whole situation and I never actually finished the whole story. I sat it aside. A few months later, I went back and wrote it as my first novel. The funny thing is I never intended it to be published, so it’s great that it has turned into what it’s turned into.

HB: What took so long for it to actually become a movie?

Zane: There were a lot of different reasons. But, everything will happen when it’s supposed to happen. It was supposed to be a movie several years ago, but it never came to fruition. The situation came back around and we decided to go for it and this time it happened fairly quickly, so I’m very excited that it has come to pass now and I’m very proud of the movie.

HB: Tell us a little bit about choosing the cast.

Zane: I think Sharon Leal is perfect for the role and she embodies the role and she does an excellent job bringing Zoe to life. She has the range of an actress, the vulnerability, the sexiness. She’s the total package. Boris is the obvious choice. He’s the perfect husband and it may have people wonder why she wants to leave her marriage. He’s very loving. William Levy is…what can I say? [Laughs]. The cast work very well together.

HB: Will a lot of those stand out scenes be in the movie?

Zane: There will be a lot of stand out scenes. The film is more visual and a lot of the scenes she did in the book, quite frankly may not translate on film. Lust definitely comes across in the movie like it did in the book.

HB: Have you seen the final cut of the movie?

Zane: Yes, I have. I actually was able to see it at a screening and see how people thought about the movie. They didn’t announce that I was there until the very end. It allowed me to see reaction to the movie and it’s wonderful.

HB: How much sex is in the movie?

Zane: We cut out a lot because we wanted to audience to be comfortable, so a lot of it was left on the cutting room floor. But, at the same time, no one will be disappointed (laughs). It’s definitely sexy and erotic. But, who knows we may put it in the uncut DVD.

HB: You were writing ’50 Shades Of Grey’ type stories decades before that book went viral. What are thoughts on that book’s success?

Zane: I will be honest and say that I have not read the book. I publish at least a book a week, so I have a weird reading schedule anyway. But, I am happy for the author and wish her continued success.

HB: Do you think you’ve paved the way for books like that?

Zane: I did have erotic books that were mainstream way back in the early 2000s. I think that, yes, I probably opened some doors to make people more comfortable with it.

Um, where can we get that uncut DVD? “Addicted” will be released by Lionsgate on October 10.

 

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Synopsis: All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Directed by: Tim Story

Screenplay: Keith Marryman, David A. Newman

Based on a work by: Steve Harvey

Executive Producer: Steve Harvey, Rob Hardy, Glenn S.Gainor, Rushion McDonald

Producer: Will Packer

Cast: Jenifer Lewis, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Romany Malco, Regina Hall, Jerry Ferrara, Gary Owens, Terrence J.

Release date: Friday, June 20th

Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thinklikeaman/

 

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Synopsis: A flamboyant English teacher (Clive Owen) and a new, stoic art teacher (Juliette Binoche) collide at an upscale prep school. A high-spirited courtship begins and she finds herself enjoying the battle. Another battle they begin has the students trying to prove which is more powerful, the word or the picture. But the true war is against their own demons, as two troubled souls struggle for connection.

Directed and Produced by: Fred Schepisi

Cast: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Daviscon, Navid Negahban

Release date: Friday, June 6th

Official Website: http://wordsandpicturesthemovie.com/

 

 

 

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Synopsis: TRANSFORMERS 4 begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs.

With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

Directed by: Michael Bay

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, and Kelsey Grammer

Release date: Friday, June 27

Official Website: http://www.TransformersMovie.com

 

 

 

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