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Malcolm almost passed up the chance to direct Night School, says producer Will Packer

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos by Photos by Eli Joshua Adé

Malcolm D Lee had just wrapped up a hectic schedule directing the hugely successful film “Girls Trip” when producer Will Packer came knocking with another project.  The duo had previously worked together...

"I read the first chapter and was pulled in right away," says 'The Hate U Give' director George Tillman Jr.

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox

It's a tough book to read and an even tougher film to watch. George Tillman Jr.’s screen adaptation of Angie Thomas’ book “The Hate U Give” is one of the most extraordinary films to be released this year...

“What hooked me was the father and son interactions,” says ‘White Boy Rick’ director Yann Demange

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos by Scott Garfield

It’s a true story of the youngest FBI informant in history and for British director Yann Demange, who earned global accolades for his debut film “’71,” what attracted him to the script was the multi-generational...

Lisa Leslie: “Uncle Drew is a light hearted comedy with a really good message behind it”

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos Courtesy of Lionsgate
“To have the opportunity to play someone who is in their 80s, I thought was pretty cool especially with all of the prosthetics,” says Lisa Leslie of her role in the warm-hearted comedy “Uncle Drew,” a film...

‘I wanted to see Mike Epps in an Agbada,’ says ‘Love Jacked’ director Alfons Adetuyi

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Inner City Films & Royalty Image

His latest film casts comedian Mike Epps as a self proclaimed African aficionada who knows nothing about his African traditions. For director Alfons Adetuyi (“High Chicago”), Epps, a...

Talking Megalodon: “Jaws is nothing like what she is,” says Page Kennedy

Even though the movie’s real star is a prehistoric 75-foot long shark known as Megalodon, it’s Page Kennedy’s performance that steals the show in this high adventure shark drama, which brilliantly mixes horror and humor.

As DJ, a wisecracking member of a water...

Florence Kasumba: “I would love to play the sweet girl from next door”

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Florence Kasumba can still remember when she got a call from her agent telling her that she had gotten th at
clandestine role, which she had auditioned for.

“At that time, I didn’t know what movie it was for,” she recalls, “...

Jason Mitchell: “Having a style with the camera is what Director X is really known for”

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Some call them remakes, others call them reboots, but for Director X, his latest spin on “Superfly,” the 70s Blaxploitation film is simply called a remix.

This millennial version of a...

Catching up with ‘Support the Girls’ star Regina Hall

By Samantha Ofole Prince

She’s had roles in several memorable movies that include “The Best Man Holiday,”  “Girl’s Trip,” “Naked,” “When the Bough Break,” and “Barbershop 3,” and is one of Hollywood’s most sought after comedic actresses. With upcoming films that...

Forest Whitaker endows Desmond Tutu in ‘The Forgiven’

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Saban Films.

If ever there was a film that lives and dies with its lead actor, it’s this one.

In “The Forgiven,” a post-apartheid story, written and directed by Roland Joffé, Forest Whitaker plays South Africa’...