‘Cherry’: Tom Holland Tackles His Most Mature Role Yet for an Oscars Play







SOURCE: Variety | Clayton Davis
January 8, 2021

Tom Holland takes on his most serious role so far in Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Cherry,” the filmmakers’ first outing following the box office smash “Avengers: Endgame.” Before a virtual crowd of journalists and industry voters, the film was screened with a live conversation with the cast and filmmakers moderated by Oscar nominee and “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr.



Exclusive First Look At ‘Cherry’ Plus Interview With Joe And Anthony Russo On Their Timely New Film, The Future Of Movie Exhibition, And More – Behind The Lens







SOURCE:  Deadline.com | Pete Hammond
January 8, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Russo and Anthony Russo helped me launch the new season of my Deadline video series, Behind The Lens, as we give you the first-ever look at their new epic movie, Cherry and cover the waterfront on a number of different topics including the very future of movies themselves.



Moment of Truth: Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield stun in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’








SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly | Andrew Lawrence
January 5, 2021

EXCLUSIVE – When it comes to emotional scene work, LaKeith Stanfield’s method is to retreat into silence. Something about it sends his mind racing to call up every dark moment, difficult loss, and deep-seated sadness. But on Dec. 4, 2019, things got a little too quiet for the Atlanta star on the Cleveland set of Judas and the Black Messiah, the bravura first studio film from director Shaka King that rehashes the state-sanctioned killing of 21-year-old Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton. On the docket was a scene that called for Stanfield, who plays a college-age FBI informant named William O’Neal, to betray an unwitting Hampton during a Last Supper-type party at the chairman’s home, hours before Chicago police would storm in (on O’Neal’s intel) and pockmark the place — and Hampton — in a hail of bullets. The hush that came over the set that day was palpable.



Daniel Kaluuya Submitted as Supporting Actor, Lakeith Stanfield in Lead for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

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SOURCE: Variety | Clayton Davis
December 30, 2020

One of the final shoes to drop on the awards season is Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, the official category submissions for the upcoming Oscars have been named. Kaluuya, who portrays Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton, will campaign for best supporting actor while Stanfield, as FBI informant Bill O’Neal, will seek consideration in best actor. The film will also feature an original song titled “Fight for You,” written by Grammy winner H.E.R., Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas.



Tom Holland’s Cherry Character Labeled A Junkie In New Poster






SOURCE: Screenrant | Rachel Labonte
December 29, 2020

Tom Holland’s Cherry is labeled as a junkie and more in these new and improved character posters. Holland’s latest collaboration with his Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo will take a noted step away from the comic book universe that brought them together. In Cherry, an adaptation of Nico Walker’s novel of the same name, Holland plays a PTSD-riddled army vet who turns to bank robbing to support his opioid addiction upon returning home. Described as multiple movies in one, Cherry looks to catapult Holland, who is best known for playing Spider-Man in the MCU, into brand new territory.



For venues including Playhouse Square, money in the COVID relief bill is critical to making it to the next stage








SOURCE: Crain’s Cleveland Business | Scott Suttell
December 23, 2020

Playhouse Square CEO Gina Vernaci is quoted in this Bloomberg article about the impact of Congress approving about $15 billion in grants to the arts and entertainment industry.

The bipartisan provision, dubbed SOS for “Save Our Stages,” was written by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, and John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, and it’s included in the stimulus package that Congress passed on Monday, Dec. 21, that President Donald Trump now says he wants to rework to get larger checks to Americans. (The SOS provision is likely to stay in any revision, but who knows these days.)



‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Sets Release For 2021 Awards Season

Warner Bros







SOURCE: Deadline.com | Anthony D’Alessandro
December 22, 2020

Warner Bros. drama Judas and the Black Messiah about Fred Hampton, the Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman who was betrayed by FBI informant William O’Neal, will open on Feb. 12, 2021 in both theaters and on HBO Max.

The studio is planning to push the Shaka King directed feature for the current 2020-21 awards season. The pic stars  Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as William O’Neal. A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands?



House And Senate Pass Massive Covid-19 And Government Spending Package: What’s In It For Showbiz

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SOURCE: Deadline.com | Ted Johnson
December 21, 2020

The Senate passed a $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief package and government spending bill, with a host of provisions sought by different sectors of the entertainment industry including aid to movie theaters and live venues including Broadway.

The Senate passed the massive package, 91-7.

The bill next will go to President Donald Trump for his signature.

John Fithian, the president of the National Association of Theaters Owners, said that the legislation “means that the vast majority of small and mid-size U.S. movie theaters and their employees will have the resources to make it through to the end of that tunnel. We urge its immediate implementation.”



‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: Inside the Long Struggle to Bring Fred Hampton’s Story to the Screen








SOURCE: Variety | Clayton Davis

Studios didn’t exactly jump at the chance to make a movie about the late Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton.

“It knocked me on my ass,” admits Shaka King, the co-writer and director of “Judas and the Black Messiah,” the blistering new look at Hampton’s short life and enduring impact. “I was under the impression that if you make a movie about a Black Panther, produced by the director of ‘Black Panther,’ which made a billion dollars, starring two of the best actors of our generation, and you have a producer and co-financer in Charles King, who is willing to put up half the budget, it’s going to be a bidding war. That was not the case.”



Macro’s Charles D. King on the ‘Significant Progress’ of Increasing Diversity in Hollywood

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SOURCE: Variety | Charles D. King
December 16, 2020

Former WME partner Charles D. King launched Macro in 2015 as a production banner to focus on amplifying stories and creative talent from underrepresented backgrounds. Macro brings deep resources to the development and production process thanks to private equity supporters including Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective. In its short life, Macro has produced or co-financed such films as “Mudbound,” “Fences,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” “Sorry to Bother You” and the upcoming “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The company also has expanded into management with its M88 banner, which now has more than half a dozen managers representing actors, writers and directors.

As Macro approaches its sixth anniversary next month, King speaks with Variety about leading a young business at a time of unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the kind of content King has vowed to champion.