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“La Llorona is a cultural phenomenon and beloved by some of the biggest horror fans in the world,” says James Wan

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

For producer and master of the horror genre, James Wan, the road to making “The Curse of La Llorona” has been a long one.

“When I first came to America, one of the first stories that...

Danai Gurira talks Avengers: Endgame: "Okoye loves her life, her country and her people"

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Marvel Studios

“Black Panther” introduced Okoye to the world. The best fighter in Wakanda and head of the Dora Milaje, the all-female Wakandan Special Forces, Okoye’s fearless strength was admired by many and for actress...

Lashana Lynch: “I was really excited that Marvel was focusing on their first female Super Hero franchise.”

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Marvel Studios

She makes her American feature film debut playing a former test fighter pilot in MCU’s latest movie and for Lynch who stars in FX’s drama “Y,” it’s a role she was excited to play.

“I play Carol...

Talking Miss Bala: “This is a big movie with a new kind of hero,” says Gina Rodriguez

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures & Royalty Images

She plays a makeup artist, who becomes embroiled with a Mexican drug cartel after a visit to Tijuana, and for Gina Rodriguez who starred for several years as the title character in the...

“It’s a blessing to open the festival this year with Amazing Grace,” says PAFF co-founder Danny Glover

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

A concert documentary on the Queen on Soul has been tapped as the opening film for the Pan African Film Festival.

Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” concert documentary will kick start the annual festival, which is now in its 27th...

"Films Unbreakable, Split and Glass" honor each other as brothers and sisters,” says director M. Night Shyamalan

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photo Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Universal Pictures

Director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") is known for his supernatural plots and signature surprise endings and in his latest offering, he brilliantly weaves together 2000’s "...

"This is not your typical Kevin Hart movie," says 'The Upside" producer Jason Blumenthal

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos by David Lee

Inspired by the 2011 film, Les Intouchables, about a handicap millionaire and his ex-con caretaker who become best buddies, this Hollywood version stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston and puts a comical, but still...

“Escape Room will make you look at rooms differently,” says actor Jay Ellis

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos by David Bloomer

Place six strangers in a confirmed space, add a series of dire circumstances, up the financial stakes
and sprinkle in a little humor and what you get is a rollercoaster, psychological thriller which brings a...

"I cannot lead with lying about what the road is out there," says Viola Davis

Sherry Lansing presented Academy Award-winner Davis with the award that carries her name, which recognizes female pioneers and leaders in her industry. While introducing her, Lansing said of Davis, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of an award that bears my name.”...

"Selecting 'Black Panther' as the year’s best film was a no-brainer,” says AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named Disney's "Black Panther" the best film of the year with Ryan Coogler picking up the award for Best Director for his skillful direction of one of the most memorable Marvel...