Tag: Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx to Star in Bank Robber Drama “Blink”

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According to Variety.com, Atlas Entertainment has hired Jamie Foxx to star in Noam Murro’s drama “Blink” with production starting this fall.  Murro will direct from a Black List script written by Hernany Perla.  Atlas Entertainment’s William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Atlas’ Jake Kurily in place as an executive producer.  Highland Film Group is negotiating international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

Foxx will play a hospital worker tasked with caring for a mysterious victim of a bank robber. As the two become closer, it’s revealed Foxx’s character has ulterior motives of his own.

Murro recently directed Warner Bros.’ “300: Rise of an Empire,” starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey.  Academy Award winner Foxx recently starred as villain Electro in “Amazing Spider-Man 2” and updated Daddy Warbucks character Will Stacks in the 2014 “Annie” remake.

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“SNL” Writer and Cast Member Leslie Jones On Tap for All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Leslie Jones is in final negotiations to sign on for the all-female version of the classic 1980s film “Ghostbusters.”

Joining Jones for the reboot will be her fellow SNL’ers Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, in addition to “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” star Melissa McCarthy. Although negotiations are still ongoing, the film’s director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) tweeted a picture of the ladies, which suggests they’re in it for the long run.

Jones’ involvement in the “Ghostbusters” reboot could mark a major milestone for the funny lady, who has been making people laugh for more than 30 years. Jones’ achievements, as noted by Vulture.com, include opening for Jamie Foxx and Katt Williams as well as starring in her own Showtime stand-up comedy special in 2011. Last January, Jones joined the cast of SNL, becoming one of two Black female cast members currently on the show’s roster. Jones also recently appeared in Chris Rock’s film “Top Five.”

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Jamie Foxx to Star in Ensemble Gangster Drama “The Trap”

Jamie Foxx

According to Variety.com, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx has agreed to star in ensemble gangster drama “The Trap,” the latest project from “Spring Breakers” director Harmony Korine.  Korine will write and direct the feature, which the controversial filmmaker behind “Kids” and “Trash Humpers” has described as “his most ambitious film to date.”

Plot details on “The Trap” are being kept under wraps. The revenge film is expected to shoot early next year in Miami.  Following the success of of his last project, “Spring Breakers,” which earned Korine and star James Franco critical acclaim, more A-list talent is expected to come aboard the gangster drama, especially after Foxx’s commitment.

Foxx, who last appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” has two holiday films opening this year: “Horrible Bosses 2″ at Thanksgiving and Sony’s “Annie” reboot, opening December 19.

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Jamie Foxx to Play Mike Tyson in New Film

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Having already played the corner man to one of the greatest boxers of all-time in “Ali” starring Will Smith, Jamie Foxx looks ready to get back in the ring and take on the lead role to portray one of the most recognizable boxers and sports figures of this generation.

Foxx is attached to play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic that Terence Winter (“Wolf of Wall Street”, “Sopranos”, “Boardwalk Empire”) is set to script. Rick Yorn, who is Foxx’s manager, will produce the movie.

As one of the most polarizing figures in sports, producers are eager to tackle Tyson’s life story. Known for the power and ferocity he displayed in the ring, Tyson became not just the top boxer at the end of the ’80s but one of the most popular sports figures, with a rough around-the-edges personality he displayed both in and out of the ring.

After losing his heavyweight title in 1990 following the upset loss to Buster Douglas, Tyson’s life began to spin out of control, including a six-year stint in prison after being found guilty of rape. Tyson returned to boxing but never quite returned to form, and became more known for his losses to Evander Holyfied (a match which made headlines when Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear) and Lennox Lewis.

After leaving boxing in 2005, Tyson still had hurdles to overcome, such as his 2003 bankruptcy and the death of his young daughter. In recent years, he has kept out of trouble.

He premiered a one-man show in Vegas in 2012 that he later took to Broadway with the help of Spike Lee and released a memoir “Undisputed Truth” that made the New York Times bestseller list.

Though it’s unknown exactly which parts of Tyson’s life Winter will focus on, he has plenty of material to cover over the past 30 years. HBO tackled the story before with the 1995 pic “Tyson” starring Michael Jai White, but no one has tried to adapt his story as a feature film, though boxing is a popular sport for films.

Foxx played Dwight “Bundini” Brown in “Ali” and also cocky quarterback Willie Beamen in Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday.” Winter, on the other hand, is no stranger to taking on controversial figures after receiving an Oscar nom for adaptation on Wall Street bad boy Jordan Belfort’s life in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Foxx can be seen next in Sony’s reboot of “Annie.” He is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment. Winter is repped by CAA and is currently working on the final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

article by Justin Kroll via Variety.com

Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart and Tim Story Team Up for “Black Phantom”

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Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in Screen Gems’ Black Phantom, with Ride Along helmer Tim Story in discussions to direct.  If a deal makes, the film would re-team Hart and Story with their Ride Along producer Will Packer, who is producing the pic along with Will Gluck. Packer has long wanted to do the film and, after the success of Ride Along and Foxx’s interest to work with Hart, the project seemed like the perfect match for all four men.

Story follows a double-crossed mob hitman who enlists the help of the Black Phantom, the same African-American hitman who had been sent to kill him.  Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the original screenplay. Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper will oversee the project for the studio.

Foxx has been a favorite of Sony’s for some time, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the Annie reboot bowing this year. Given Hart’s recent box office winning streak, the pairing could be a huge win for Screen Gems.  Hart currently can be seen in Screen Gems’ About Last Night.

article by Justin Kroll via Deadline.com

Jamie Foxx Throws a Celebrity Fundraiser in Honor of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin stand alongside actor Jamie Foxx and a slew of other celebrities at the actor's fundraising event he held this past weekend. (Photo courtesy of Instagram)
Trayvon Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin stand alongside actor Jamie Foxx and a slew of other celebrities at the actor’s fundraising event he held this past weekend. (Photo courtesy of Instagram)

Jamie Foxx opened up his home last weekend and held a special fundraising event in honor of Trayvon Martin. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance and they were joined by several celebrity guests including Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Tyrese, among others.  According to Extra, Belafonte delivered a speech at the event and Simmons presented Martin’s parents with a six-figure check addressed to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

The foundation was launched in honor of the late teen, who was shot to death by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012. The event later led to a racially-charged case in which Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Martin.  According to the foundation’s website, the purpose of the non-profit organization is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Foxx, who has an 18-year-old daughter, has been vocal in expressing his support for Martin’s family in the past and has vowed to keep Martin’s memory alive.  “When I first saw this story, I couldn’t get over it,” Foxx said at a community event earlier this year.  “I’m absolutely committed to all you out there who have young kids. I hope you never have to go through anything like this.”

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Jamie Foxx and Oliver Stone in Talks to Star and Direct Martin Luther King Film

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After hitting a home run with Lincoln, DreamWorks looks ready to take on another prominent historical figure. DreamWorks and Warner Bros. are in early talks with Oliver Stone to direct and Jamie Foxx to star as Martin Luther King Jr. in an untitled biopic.  Both studios have been trying to get the picture up and running for some time, after putting the project into development in 2009 when it was supposed to team with Warner Bros. for a co-production.

The MLK drama is still far away from a greenlight but getting both Stone and Foxx to sign would speed up the process.  Pic would follow the famous civil rights activist from his rise all the way to his assassination in 1968.  Kario Salem wrote the original script with Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Samuel Nappi producing.

Both Foxx and Stone are no strangers to tackling projects dealing with historical events and iconic individuals — Stone with JFK, World Trade Center and W and Foxx with Ray Charles in Ray, for which he won an Academy Award.

article by Justin Kroll via Variety.com

FILM REVIEW: Thumbs Up for “White House Down”

Download-White-House-Down-Wallpaper-Movies-745x558WHITE HOUSE DOWN  Cast: Channing Tatum (John Cale), Jamie Foxx (President Sawyer), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Finnerty), Jason Clarke (Stenz), James Woods (Walker), Richard Jenkins (Raphelson), Joey King (Emily Cale) Directed by: Roland Emmerich  Rated: PG-13    Sony Pictures

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Review by Lesa Lakin

 I figured out pretty quickly how great this movie experience was going to be and it started the second I decided to question the price of my ticket (it seemed a few bucks higher than usual).  I confidently uttered to the guy behind the counter as I looked at the digital price board, then at my ticket, and finally at my phone for the correct time:  “Hey… isn’t this supposed to be the matinee price?”  I was ripe with evidence for a 10 a.m. AMC price battle.  But Counter Guy was ready for me – he had that gleam those movie nerds get when they are super excited to share some precious movie nerd information with a movie-going civilian.  He told me I was lucky, for I would be seeing the film in… ETX!  “Okay… E…T… what?  Do I really need that?  Is it worth the extra few bucks?”  He calmly leaned in and said, “Trust me, if you don’t see White House Down in ETX…you’ll regret it.”  (I gave a quick “I doubt that” glance he wisely chose to ignore.) “It’s the enhanced theater experience and totally worth it,” he proclaimed.

The situation made me chuckle and I wasn’t in the mood to haggle anymore.  Besides, I was about to miss the previews, not to mention I’d have to wait another 30 minutes to see the non-ETX version.  So I was in, and Counter Guy seemed pleased I backed off so quickly.  White House Down in ETX… recommended by Brian… and after all that, I’ve got to say, I enjoyed every bit of my enhanced theater experience.

White House Down may be down (ranked #6 this week)… but don’t count it out.  This film is downright fun and exactly what I expected it to be – loud, funny and non-sensically entertaining, but in a good way.  It’s a summer formula blast-and-laugh movie.  Even though it didn’t blow the competition out of the water, if you are willing to go with it and have fun, it certainly delivers.  I readily admit that the premise is sort of nuts.  Divorced, ex-soldier, capital cop, John Cale (Channing Tatum), scores a Washington favor and gets his politically-obsessed daughter, Emily Cale (Joey King), a trip to accompany him to the White House while he interviews for his dream job of working Secret Service detail for the President (Jamie Foxx).  Okay… so maybe that makes sense.  

But then he randomly discovers that an old friend (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is doing the interviewing.  Okay, I’ll drink the Kool-Aid and buy that coincidence… but where it gets just straight-up preposterous is when Emily decides (after her Dad has lied to her about his chances of really getting the job) to take the White House tour and they run into the President who does a quick “shout out” to Emily’s blog followers and oh, guess what, today is the day that bad guys out-smart everyone and take over the White House.  The bad guys’ paramilitary is ridiculously armed and seems to outwit everyone on the White House staff.  They take out most of the in-house Secret Service and cops so it’s up to John Kale to save POTUS, his daughter and the world.  And oh, did I mention World War III might happen and the bad guys also have missiles?  And regardless of ALL THAT… I bit.  It’s Popcorn Flick 101 and it’s awesome.  The whole cast of White House Down gives some surprisingly memorable performances.  In fact, the casting for this film is so spot-on, the actors help you forget that what they are saying really shouldn’t make any sense… but they sell it and it works.

This film doesn’t try to be anything that it isn’t, and you know it the minute the leads hit the screen.  Tatum is the “Every Guy” every guy thinks he could be and the guy girls want to believe they can get.  He’s got that quiet hunk thing going for him.  Foxx is meeker than we are used to seeing on screen, but it works… he’s supposed to be POTUS after all (and despite having to play “Presidential,” he still manages to bring some funny).  There is something very clever about teaming seasoned Jamie Foxx with the younger Channing Tatum, and the film offers several throwbacks to Gen-X times.  There are pagers, Air Jordans and heck, just blowing up the White House (Independence Day anyone?  Which, btw, was also directed by Emmerich) fondly recalls the 90s.  But even the blockbuster/comic book film generation can appreciate this one… if they give it a shot.

Although I’m grateful to Brian at AMC, I know the non-ETX version would have captured my fancy just fine, because White House Down is surefire summertime fun.

Kerry Washington Marries Pro Football Player Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha, Kerry Washington

Not exactly a Scandal, but this is certainly a surprise!  Kerry Washington married San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on June 24 in Blaine County, Idaho, E! News exclusively confirms.  According to sports gossip site TerezOwens.com, which was first to get wind of the happy news, Asomugha has been dating Vanity Fair‘s August 2013 cover girl since last summer. 

The 31-year-old three-time Pro Bowl star played with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him following his graduation from UC Berkeley in 2003, for eight seasons and the Philadelphia Eagles for two before signing with the 49ers in April. The bookish athlete is no stranger to showbiz, either, having scored acting gigs on The GameFriday Night Lights and Leverage in recent years.

Like his bride, Asomugha is also a dedicated activist and philanthropist and  he has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative every year since 2009. This is the first marriage for Washington, 36, who went from generally lovely actress to mega-star over the past year thanks to her breakout roles playing not-to-be-messed-with political fixer Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal and Jamie Foxx‘s enslaved wife Broomhilda von Shaft in Django Unchained.

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Jamie Foxx To Write, Direct & Produce Syfy Horror Anthology Series For October Debut

Jamie Foxx Syfy SeriesSyfy unveiled a high-profile new scripted series from Jamie Foxx and his Foxxhole Prods. The Oscar winner will executive produce, write and direct the five-episode horror anthology series, which will debut during Syfy’s annual 31 Days Of Halloween programming marathon this October. Foxx might also appear on the yet-untitled series, which is produced by Universal Cable Prods.

In the vein of horror classics like Tales From The Crypt and The Twilight Zone, the contemporary series tells creepy morality tales with themes such as envy, jealousy and superficiality. “This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life,” Foxx said. “Get ready to lose it when some special friends and I bring the scares this October, and who knows… maybe I’ll make a guest appearance or two along the way!” Added Syfy/UCP’s Mark Stern, “Jamie Foxx’s passion and unique perspective will transform these universal insights on the human condition into emotionally potent and truly scary cautionary tales.”

Troy Miller (Flight Of The Conchords) will executive produce the series through his production company Dakota Pictures, along with Foxx, writer Jeff Stilson, Jaime King and Julie Yorn. Writers on the project also include Mike Ferris (Terminator: Salvation) and John Pogue (Army Wives, Everwood).

article by Nellie Andreeva via Deadline.com