Daniel  Kaluuya on Portraying Black Panther Chairman for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: “This Is a Man Who Lived and Spoke the Truth’

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter | Maya Tribbitt
January 22, 2021

In Warner Bros.’ Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Kaluuya plays Fred Hampton, the former chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party and a co-founder of the Rainbow Coalition, whose killing in a 1969 raid was the result of an FBI counterintelligence operation. That government plot placed a petty thief named William O’Neal (played in the film by LaKeith Stanfield) undercover to infiltrate the party’s dealings and undermine its community organizing. Speaking with THR, Kaluuya reveals the extensive research he did to prepare for the role, working with rising-star director Shaka King and how Hampton’s philosophy can be applied in our current political moment.



How ‘Cherry’ Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel Crafted Six Different Cinema Styles for One Film







SOURCE: IndieWire | Chris Lindahl
January 22, 2021

From falling in love and fighting a war to plunging into the depths of addiction and robbing a bank, the Apple TV+ drama “Cherry” puts Tom Holland’s titular character through an emotional wringer. The film is split into six different chapters, and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel says it was his task to create six unique looks for each section — the challenge was making sure they all worked together to form a cohesive whole.



Where Was The Marksman Filmed?





SOURCE: The Cinemaholic | Deepra Sarkar
January 21, 2021

‘The Marksman’ is a 2021 action thriller film directed by Robert Lorenz. The film boasts of a diverse cast with Liam Neeson in the lead playing the character of Jim Hanson. The plot of the film revolves around a rancher and former Marine residing in an Arizona border town. He is burdened with the unusual responsibility of delivering a young boy (Jacob Perez) safely to his family while escaping the clutches of a Mexican drug cartel. It takes the audience on a ride through deserts and country roads dotted with several action-packed scenes. We were intrigued by the places the film was shot in, and here’s what we could find out about the locations.



Tom Holland and Daniel Kaluuya on ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Black Panther’ and the Magic of Marvel









SOURCE: Variety | Ramin Setoodeh
January 20, 2021

Tom Holland (“Cherry”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) sat down for a virtual chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios. For more, click here

In “Cherry,” Tom Holland transforms into a war veteran-turned-bank robber, broken by PTSD and drug addiction. The role is intentional counter-programming from Holland’s heroic Peter Parker, although it comes from the same team that brought you several Marvel movies, including “Avengers: Endgame.” The Russo brothers — directors Anthony and Joe — recruited Holland for this Apple TV Plus indie, which unspools in vignettes.

It was a Marvel connection, too, that brought Daniel Kaluuya his next great role. While shooting “Black Panther” — in which Kaluuya plays warrior W’Kabi — director Ryan Coogler approached him about a movie he was producing. The project became “Judas and the Black Messiah” (soon to launch in theaters and on HBO Max), a film about Fred Hampton, a leader of the Black Panther movement during the civil rights era. Two days before Christmas, both in lockdown in London, Holland and Kaluuya spoke to each other about their past superhero adventures and the gritty departures they recently took.



With trailer: ‘Marksman’ writer screened film in Lake Geneva last weekend

Liam Neeson stars in “The Marksman.” Ryan Sweeney, courtesy the studios









SOURCE: Lake Geneva Regional News | Steve Targo
January 19, 2021

As new film “The Marksman” was taking over the box office last weekend, one of its writers screened it privately with some friends at a Lake Geneva theater.

On Saturday night, Jan. 16, Danny Kravitz held a private screening for the new Liam Neeson film at the Geneva Theater, 244 Broad St.

Last weekend, “The Marksman” became the highest-grossing film in the country. Kravitz wrote the film with Chris Charles.

It was directed by Robert Lorenz, a three-time Oscar nominee as a producer of “Mystic River,” “Letters from Iwo Jima” and “American Sniper.” Lorenz also has a co-writing credit on “The Marksman.”

Open Road’s Liam Neeson Pic ‘The Marksman’ Takes $3.7M At MLK Weekend Box Office

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SOURCE: Deadline.com | Anthony D’Alessandro
January 17, 2021

Sunday Final AM: In a continuing pandemic marketplace such as this, with 57% of all movie theaters still closed, whether you’re a distributor or an exhibitor, you have to be thankful for any amount of money you can get your hands on. Open Road has released the second Liam Neeson movie during the pandemic, The Marksmanover the MLK 4-day holiday, and it’s opening to $3.7M. It’s the third Neeson movie to hit No. 1 for Open Road after October’s Honest Thief and their first wide entry ever, The Grey.




The Russo Brothers on How Tom Holland ‘Opened Up’ Dark Opioid Drama ‘Cherry’

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SOURCE: Variety | Clayton Davis
January 15, 2021

For Anthony and Joe Russo, choosing their next project after making the all-time highest-grossing film “Avengers: Endgame,” was not easy. But after reading the novel “Cherry” by Nico Walker, the filmmaking duo saw a personal connection to the opioid epidemic that they witnessed first-hand within their community and their own family.

From a script by their younger sister Angela Russo-Otstot, which she co-wrote with Jessica Goldberg, it’s a dramatic departure from their other work. The same goes for Tom Holland’s performance, after his portrayal of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In an interview with Variety, the brothers discuss their origins and the personal connection to the story of “Cherry.” They also open up about some of their cinematic influences, such as Steven Soderbergh and the Coen brothers, and if solo projects could be in their future.



Pepper Pike native’s screenplay becomes Hollywood film

Liam Neeson as Jim Hanson and Jacob Perez as Miguel act out a scene from “The Marksman.”








SOURCE: Cleveland Jewish News | McKenna Corson
January 15, 2021

About a decade ago, Chris Charles went to writing partner Danny Kravitz with a bare bones idea for a movie.

Charles, who’d always been interested in the U.S./Mexico border area, told Pepper Pike native Kravitz that the border area was rich with interesting stories and people waiting to be depicted on the big screen.

Dreaming of seeing a screenplay of his turned into a film, Kravitz told the CJN he immediately agreed, and the two set about crafting the screenplay and script.



EW Exclusive: Tom Holland unravels in first Cherry trailer








SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly | Devan Coggan
January 14, 2021

EXCLUSIVE – For Tom Holland, playing the title character in Cherry is more like tackling four different roles in one.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the sprawling film follows Holland’s protagonist from college student to soldier to drug addict to bank robber, as his mental and physical health unravels along the way. It’s based on Nico Walker’s partially autobiographical novel of the same name, which he wrote while in prison and published in 2018. Like its source material, the Russos’ film adaptation is a wild, circuitous tale that can be grimly funny in one moment and devastating the next.

EW can exclusively debut the trailer for Cherry, which introduces Holland as the film’s haunted antihero.




Filmed-in-Cleveland ‘The Marksman’ isn’t your typical Liam Neeson action movie

Liam Neeson stars as “Jim” and Jacob Perez as “Miguel” in director Robert Lorenz’s THE MARKSMAN, an Open Road Films / Briarcliff Entertainment release. (Credit: Ryan Sweeney / Open Road Films / Briarcliff Entertainment)










SOURCE: Cleveland.com | Joey Morona
January 13, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio –Now in his late 60s, Liam Neeson has enjoyed a second act as an unlikely action star. The once Oscar-nominated actor has appeared in so many action movies in the 13 years since “Taken” was released, he has become the face of the so-called “geri-action” sub-genre.

You’ve no doubt seen this type of movie before. Neeson usually plays a damaged (i.e. drunk, absentee father, his wife is dead, etc.,) yet honorable man with a particular set of skills (i.e. ex-CIA, former military, etc.,) minding his own business when he is unwittingly thrown into the middle of a sinister, yet fairly generic plot. He spends the next two hours exacting revenge on the bad guys (i.e. Mafia, human traffickers, trade federation, etc.,) who kidnapped his daughter, murdered innocent people or pissed him off in some other way. When somebody later asks you if you’ve seen this movie, you’ll pause for a beat and reply, “I think so?”