[VIDEO] An Emotional Roller Coaster! “Secrets” (@thesecretsmovie) is Salacious, Scandalous, & AMAZING!

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Sometimes films get repetitive. There are moments when you feel as though you have seen every story line any drama has to offer, and then you are hit with a film that makes you rethink all of that. You walk away feeling heated, flushed, and overall ready to see what the director’s next film will be. All those sensations describe the emotional roller coaster of the movie, Secrets!

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The film centers on Tarron Jenkins (Harold House Moore) a successful businessman who seems to have it all, but feels his marriage has become dull and boring. He often opts to cheat on his wife, Secret (Denyce Lawton) rather than address their marital problems. Secret is often left insecure, wondering how they should fix their problems and who he is seeing. Tarron, however, seems to have everything under control until he meets his beautiful co-worker, Victoria Campbell (Denise Boutte). Victoria is vivacious, confident, and most of all seductive; pulling him into an affair just may tear his entire world apart!

This film had it all; love, drama, sex, power, and most of all secrets! We all have secrets and this film addresses that. All too often it is so easy to point the finger at someone else’s life and tell them what they are doing wrong. Interestingly, and in actuality, they too have their own secrets that could be just as devastating or worst! This film is truly relatable. If you have ever been unhappy in any relationship, been someone who has cheated or been cheated on, or even has family issues you will find yourself right in line with the characters of this film.

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Last night celebrities and influencers such as Kandi Burrus, Todd Tucker, Traci Steele,  Best Selling Author Miasha, Married To Medicine’s Genise Shelton, BET’s Ink Paper Scissors cast member Danni  and more attended the red carpet premiere of Secrets the Movie at Midtown Art Cinema.  Attendees were privy to the full length feature film starring Denise Boutte, Harold “House” Moore, Dennis “LA” White,  Denyce Lawton. and Kiya Roberts.  Executive producer Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood and Director Juwan Lee participated in a Q & A after the premiere, along with Kiya Roberts and Dennis White.
 You can really appreciate the time, work, and energy that went into making Secrets such a success. The cast was nothing short of amazing. The chemistry and acting were on point! Let’s not forget to mention we loved seeing our celebrity friend to the site, Tobias Truvillion, as Tarron’s voice of reason! We attended the Atlanta premiere of the film and were amazed by the love, support, and gathering of celebrities and the press. This may be an independent film, but it was nothing less than an A-List work of art!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[VIDEO] Denzel Washington (@DenzelWN) & Viola Davis (@violadavis) Become Instant Oscar Frontrunners w/ ‘Fences’

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Denzel Washington is delivering another hit movie for Christmas!

Denzel Washington’s big screen adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences” has arrived, and it’s a definite Oscar winner!  That’s hardly a surprise for a project based on Pulitzer Prize-winning source material that has landed major Tony Awards in two separate Broadway productions.

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Denzel Washington & Viola Davis in ‘Fences’

The film featured for industry audiences Saturday, screening in Westwood before a crowd that included Screen Actors Guild nominating committee members, Academy voters and press. Washington was on hand for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Variety‘s Jenelle Riley, along with co-stars Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney.

 

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Denzel Washington & Viola Davis

Via Variety:

When asked what drew him to the role of Troy Maxson, Washington let loose a chuckle and quipped, “The role of Troy Maxson.” Indeed, when producer Scott Rudin first sent him the script for the film, which Wilson had penned himself, Washington wasn’t interested in diving into it as a movie immediately. He wanted to work through the material on the stage first, which led to Rudin raising the money for the 2010 Broadway revival.

“August Wilson wrote a masterpiece,” Washington said. “It’s one of the great plays of all time. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and as we found out, it works as a film as well.”

Washington had directed Davis previously, in the 2002 film “Antwone Fisher.” The actress said she considers herself “a friend and a fan,” and spoke about how easy Washington made things for her and the other actors.

“The two things he said to us before we started was, ‘Remember the love,’ and the second thing he said, which is a frightening statement for actors, was, ‘Trust me” — and we did,” Davis said. “A lot of people don’t know what to say to actors to unlock it. A lot of times they know what to do to keep it in there, and make you afraid, but not Denzel. He’s a great leader. And he’s an extraordinary man. He’s a man of God and a man of great integrity, and I think it shows in his work.”

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This is going to be another amazing hit for Denzel Washington who has managed to bring together a magnificent group of actors and we all are looking forward to this performance.

Catch it in theaters this Christmas! The movie is scheduled to release December 25!

22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominees Are In!

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Yes, folks it’s true – it’s that time of year again for the 22nd Critics’ Choice Award. In case you’ve never heard of this massive Hollywood event, don’t worry HeyMikeyATL has got you covered and will get you up to speed. The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (formerly known as the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award) is an awards show presented annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association or BFCA for short, to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Written ballots are submitted during a week-long nominating period, and the resulting nominees are announced in December. The winners chosen by subsequent voting are revealed at the annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony in January.

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The U.S. box office reached an impressive $10 billion this year in record time and with a lineup as critically acclaimed and competitive as the Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Picture, it’s not difficult to see why 2016 was such a great year for movies. The film “La La Land which stars Oscar Award Winner John Legend as well as Hollywood heart throb Ryan Gosling and darling Emma Stone, is up for 12 awards in various categories.

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[VIDEO] Check Out The First Full Teaser Trailer for Marvel’s “Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2!”

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2017 is going to be one helluva year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Not only are Spider-Man and Thor returning to the Big Screen, but so are our favorite interstellar superheroes, The Guardians of The Galaxy!

Dubbed, The Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, our merry band of mostly alien misfits are still being the good guys and protecting the galaxy from some pretty notorious threats.

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This time around the team’s roster has expanded a little with the appearance of Mantis, and downsized (sort of) with Baby Groot! Check out the trailer below!

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A Pause On “#OscarsSoWhite?” The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Calls 2016 the Best Year for Blacks in Cinema!

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It is almost time for Award Season time again! That means our favorite films of 2016 are vying for accolades in 2017’s Academy Awards. As you may recall, however, earlier this year the glitz and glamour of the prestigious event was marred by racial epithets when the Academy Awards were accused of being whitewashed and not recognizing any of the actors or films starring or centering on people of color for a second year in a row. The hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, was used to voice this distaste, spurring some major conversation in the entertainment industry about the need for diversity and recognition for minorities.

Well, happily and thankfully,  The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is saying we can “put a pause” on #OscarSoWhite, predicting 2016 as “the Best Year for Blacks in Cinema!” See what they had to say on the next page!

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In anticipation of its annual Best Of list, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has already proclaimed 2016 the best EVER for Blacks in cinema. AAFCA not only applauds the increased volume of films representing the Black experience released in 2016, but also the range of diverse storylines. “The studios and major film distributors really gave it to us this year,” says Gil Robertson, AAFCA co-founder/president. “By any measurement, it’s been an exceptional year for Blacks in film. From comedies to high-quality dramas and documentaries, 2016 will forever represent a bonanza year for Black cinema and all cinema really.” 

Anchored by the successful box office comedies, “Ride Along 2,” (January), “Barbershop 3,” (April) and “Central Intelligence” (June); 2016 will also end on a high note with the December release of the dramas “Fences” and “Hidden Figures,” two films AAFCA feels as an organization representing African American film critics nationwide are sure bets to reap Oscar nominations. And then there is “Moonlight,” a critically acclaimed indie that has already been widely acknowledged as one of the best of the year and is highly favored for a Best Picture nomination and possible win. The quiet film “Loving” also has Oscar buzz and so does the documentary “The 13th.” “The amount of quality feature films, documentaries and TV shows released in 2016 about the black experience easily make it the best year ever. It has truly been an unapologetically black year in the industry as filmmakers brought to life some of the cultures most fascinating stories and subjects with bold storytelling perspective,” says AAFCA co-founder, Shawn Edwards. 

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To underscore everything, the surprising and amazing success of Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” further points to why 2016 has been so extraordinary. In 2016, Black films of all spectrums have performed particularly well, financially with some and both financially and/or critically with others. On the awards front, the AAFCA co-founders are particularly bold. “I am going to go out on a limb and predict that we will see a black actor nominated in every acting category and that at least four black-themed films will be nominated for Best Picture,” says Edwards. “Regardless of the final tally,” Robertson says more cautiously, “we are both confident that we’ll see a record number of black nominees when Awards Season kicks into high gear.”

“The coming award nominations are going to definitely put a pause on #OscarsSoWhite this year,” says Robertson. “But what we wonder is for how long? It’s undeniable that the studios have responded admirably to the tremendous outcry from the African American community through its delivery of the films that we’ve seen this year. But what about next year and the year after that? Unfortunately the question that we must ask with every watershed year is ‘how long will it last?’ Were the past 12 months an anomaly or does it signal the beginning of Hollywood being more committed to supporting a diverse lineup of Black films? And what about films about the Asian, Hispanic, Native American and LGBT communities? “Moonlight” has been a bright spot in representing both the Black and LGBT communities but we need more. So we at AAFCA are extremely hopeful that these 2016 Black films will have a domino effect in providing platform opportunities for films that represent other communities as well.”

We are glad the next Academy Awards will be more diverse! Actors and actresses of color deserve the same recognition as their White counterparts! We will definitely be tuning in!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[VIDEO] A Girl Saves The World! Disney’s “Moana” (@DisneyMoana) is AMAZING!

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Who saves the world? In this case it is a girl; and not just any girl, Disney’s latest movie, Moana! Steeped in Hawaiian mythology, this amazing film tells the tale of Moana (Auli’i Cravalho), the daughter of a chief, who longs to explore the ocean. Her father, however, has a different path in mind for her as the leader of their people. Moana tries to make peace with the life she has been given and her role on her island home, but when darkness threatens all that she loves she soon realizes she must make an impossible journey. This means finding the demigod, Maui (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), defeating the lava demon, Te Ka, and returning the Heart of Te Fiti to its rightful place!

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New Movie Alert: Laurence Fishburne To Star In New Crime Thriller ‘Ruby In Murdertown’

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Blackish” star Laurence Fishburne has been keeping himself quite busy these days. Not only is the actor starring in a hit TV sitcom on ABC but he also has several projects in the works. Fishburne’s long list of upcoming projects will keep his fans standing in line at the box office. It appears that Laurence will star in several film projects in the upcoming year; one of which will be starring opposite of Jennifer Lawrence in “Passengers”. Laurence will also star opposite Keanu Reeves in “John Wick 2” and is in post-production of “Madiba” a film where he portrays Nelson Mandela.

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Fishburne’s Latest Project

Fishburne’s latest project is a crime thriller called “Ruby In Murdertown”. In this project, Fishburne plays a father who is framed for murder in a Midwest town that is full of crime. His daughter decides to hop in her 1977 Chevy Caprice and  take matters into her own hands. She quickly  realizes that she will have to clear her father’s name because the police have very little interest in finding the real murderer.

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