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Today, Epic Records and Sony Pictures Animation release Mariah Carey’s “The Star” as the lead single from The Star: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack—arriving in stores and online October 27, 2017.

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Now, the digital pre-order unlocks an instant grat download of “The Star” in addition to the previously released “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World. Meanwhile, The Star opens in theaters worldwide on Friday November 17, 2017.

Co-written by Marc Shaiman, the title track glows as an empowering, engaging, and emboldening anthem for dreamers everywhere. Carey’s voice soars to heavenly heights as she delivers the bright refrain “Follow that star.” With a dash of timeless Christmas spirit, it’s right at home in her catalog of holiday classics.

Be on the lookout for the music video’s debut very soon.

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Oprah Winfrey and Kristin Chenoweth in The Star (2017)

The soundtrack assembles new music from a bevy of powerhouse superstars befitting of the cast’s blockbuster pedigree. Kirk Franklin, Kelsea Ballerini, Zara Larsson, and more serve up new tracks recorded specifically for The Star. Each artist got into the spirit with show-stopping and standout performances. A look inside the The Star soundtrack can be seen HERE.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

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Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Gina Rodriguez, Steven Yeun, and Aidy Bryant in The Star (2017)

Tracklisting:
Mariah Carey – “The Star”
Kelsea Ballerini – “Children Go Where I Send You”
Kirk Franklin – “We Three Kings”
Fifth Harmony – “Can You See”
A Great Big World – “Life Is Good”
Zara Larsson – “Mary, Did You Know”
Yolanda Adams – “O Holy Night”
Saving Forever – “What Christmas Means to Me”
Jessie James Decker – “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)”
Casting Crowns – “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”
Jake Owen – “What Child Is This?”
Pentatonix – “Carol of the Bells”*

*digital-only bonus track

In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. The film stars the voices of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Aidy Bryant, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Plummer, and Tracy Morgan and Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Directed by Timothy Reckart, the screenplay is by Carlos Kotkin, with a story by Simon Moore and Carlos Kotkin. The film is executive produced by DeVon Franklin, Brian Henson, and Lisa Henson, and produced by Jennifer Magee-Cook.

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#BlackGirlMagic! “Candyman” Director, Nia DaCosta, Tapped to Direct “Captain Marvel” Sequel!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) may be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, however that is not stopping Marvel Studios from moving forward with plans for its multibillion dollar franchise. 

In fact the Captain Marvel sequel is moving forward with Candyman reboot director, Nia DaCosta, as its director!

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) may be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, however that is not stopping Marvel Studios from moving forward with plans for its multibillion dollar franchise.

In fact the Captain Marvel sequel is moving forward with Candyman reboot director, Nia DaCosta, as its director!

Nia has already proven herself to be a capable and talented director, and her hiring shows Marvel Studios’ promise to diversity in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

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We are not sure what the budget of the film will be, but it stands to become the largest tentpole for a Black female director, perhaps surpassing Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time. 

As you recall in the first film, set in the nineties, Captain Marvel liberated the remaining Skrulls from the Kree Empire, and left Earth to help them find a  new and safe homeworld. However, she left behind her best friend and her goddaughter, Monica Rambeau, who in the comics, actually becomes “another” Captain Marvel, with the power to convert her body into any form of energy on the electromagnetic spectrum (cosmic rays, gamma rays, neutrinos, etc.)

Teyonah Paris cast as Monica Rambeau

Teyonah Paris cast as Monica Rambeau

Monica is a longtime Avenger, and for awhile served as the team’s leader. Teyonah Paris is set to begin portraying her in the upcoming Disney+ series, WandaVision. Brie Larson will return as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.

Seeing Black women powerfully in front of and behind the cameras will indeed be a treat. However, we are just glad to see the MCU moving forward. What is the universe like now with Thanos gone, but The Avengers currently down Iron Man, Black Widow, and Captain America. There are still other threats and villains out there. There’s so much left to take down, protect, and “avenge!”

Congrats Nia!

What do you think of Marvel Studios’ decision to hire Nia DaCosta? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

 

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Janelle Monae Approached Ryan Coogle About Playing “Storm” in “Black Panther” Sequel!

“Black Panther 2” may be nearly two years away, but that is not stopping fans from dream casting their favorite stars as the X-Men’s resident weather controlling mutant, Storm. In the past Halle Berry and Alexandra Shipp have (controversially) portrayed the iconic superhero on the Big Screen.

However, now it seems, singer and actress, Janelle Monae is putting in her bid to play Storm in the upcoming “Black Panther” sequel. In fact, she even approached the film’s writer and director, Ryan Coogler, about the opportunity! 

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“Black Panther 2” may be nearly two years away, but that is not stopping fans from dream casting their favorite stars as the X-Men’s resident weather controlling mutant, Storm. In the past Halle Berry and Alexandra Shipp have (controversially) portrayed the iconic superhero on the Big Screen.

However, now it seems, singer and actress, Janelle Monae is putting in her bid to play Storm in the upcoming “Black Panther” sequel. In fact, she even approached the film’s writer and director, Ryan Coogler, about the opportunity!

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She reportedly nominated herself for the role to Ryan, who stopped by her Atlanta-based recording studio when he was in town, working on the first movie.

“I definitely have thrown it out there,” Monae told Empire. “One of my dreams has always been to play Storm. I don’t know if she comes in Black Panther, but it would be a dream to have her in it. I don’t know where they are with that. A lot of women have played Storm and they’ve done an exceptional job, and I would love to be in that line of artists and get to do Storm justice.”

We are here for Janelle’s desire to be Storm and we hope she will make an appearance in the “Black Panther” sequel, introducing her to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As you may already know, Storm is one of Black Panther’s love interest. The two eventually married and for a time she was Queen of Wakanda. However, the marriage was short lived after a war between the X-Men and Avengers forced them to take sides against one another.

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Janelle would indeed do the role of Storm justice, however, we would prefer to see a darker-skinned Black woman portray her. Storm is a native of Kenya, and grew up in Cairo, Egypt. She’s traditionally been portrayed as dark-skinned in the comics and we can stand to see a woman of her complexion empowered and all mighty in these movies. Positive reinforcement is real!

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RZA’s “Cut Throat City” Opens in Theaters Nationwide July 17, 2020!

Texas-based distributor Well Go USA and Patriot Pictures announced today that they have set a July 17, 2020 theatrical release date for RZA’s anticipated crime thriller Cut Throat City. 

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Texas-based distributor Well Go USA and Patriot Pictures announced today that they have set a July 17, 2020 theatrical release date for RZA’s anticipated crime thriller Cut Throat City. 

Originally slated to make its world premiere as an official selection at SXSW 2020, the feature will be one of the first films to open wide theatrically as theaters begin to reopen nationwide. Well Go USA plans to release the film on 300 screens across the U.S. Directed by RZA and written by P.G. Cuschieri, Cut Throat City stars Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, Isaiah Washington, Kat Graham, Keean Johnson, Shameik Moore, and Tip T.I. Harris, with Eiza González, Ethan Hawke, Terrence Howard, and Wesley Snipes.

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Cut Throat City is the story of four boyhood friends in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to find their homes decimated, with no jobs and no help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Out of options, they reluctantly turn to a local gangster, who offers them one shot at turning their situations around – by pulling off a dangerous heist in the heart of the city. When the job goes bad, the friends find themselves on the run, hunted by two relentless detectives and a neighborhood warlord who thinks they stole the heist money.

“What happens in the black community when men are dreaming of getting out, whether they’re using their music, their artistic expression, or academics, and yet, based on the system and based on natural disasters, those dreams and those aspirations turn into desperation? Well this takes place in Cut Throat City. I’m proud to see this film come to fruition and to tell a story about black men living in a poor community trying to figure it out,” said RZA.

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“Coming up on the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it’s more important than ever to amplify and celebrate black voices. We are proud to be working with RZA on this powerful film,” said Doris Pfardrescher, CEO of Well Go USA.

“RZA’s Zen and martial arts of the mind philosophy is inspiring. This story has attracted a cast that will show our audiences the aftermath of Katrina and its effects on the community of the lower ninth in New Orleans. We are proud to share the voices of the community and bring light to the problems they are still dealing with, even 15 years later,” said Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures.

Well Go USA and Patriot Pictures will be donating a portion of the film’s proceeds to lowernine.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term recovery of New Orleans’ historic Lower Ninth Ward.

Cut Throat City is produced by Michael Mendelsohn, Sean Lydiard, Elliott Michael Smith, Will Clevinger and Kyle Tekiela. The film is financed by Michael Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Management II, and produced by Patriot Pictures and Rumble Riot. XYZ Films serves as executive producers and worldwide sales.

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