Halle Berry to Star In and Direct MMA Drama ‘Bruised’

Bruised

Halle Berry has spent the past few years putting in appearances in high-profile sequels like Kingsman: The Golden Circle and X-Men: Days of Future Past and low-budget thrillers like The Call and Kidnap. But now the Oscar winner is set to make her directorial debut with a new movie called Bruised, an mixed martial arts drama in which she’ll also play the lead role of a disgraced former fighter who’s forced to get back in the game once again.
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High Flying Bird

Steven Soderbergh has been busier than ever since coming out of his short-lived “retirement.” In the past two years, he’s released two feature films (Logan Lucky and Unsane) and seven episodes of the experimental HBO series Mosaic, and thankfully he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

In fact, he’s taking another unprecedented step in his career by working with Netflix for the first time. The streaming service has just purchased global distribution rights for Soderbergh’s next movie, a sports drama called High Flying Bird, which stars actors like Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, and Kyle MacLachlan. Learn more about the new project below. Read More »

American Gladiators Reboot

Longtime collaborators Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg have worn a lot of hats over the years. They’ve worked together as co-writers and co-produers on projects like Superbad, Pineapple Express, and Sausage Party, and they both wrote, produced and directed the stellar apocalyptic comedy This Is The End. Lately, the two have been dabbling on television with adaptations of Preacher and The Boys, but now they’re doing something much different on the small screen.

MGM is shopping around a reboot of the physical competition series American Gladiators, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are said to be on board as executive producers. Read More »

creed ii images

The first official Creed II images are here, and they deliver a one-two punch of hype for this highly-anticipated sequel. Where Ryan Coogler’s 2015 Creed saw Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) wrestling with his father’s legacy as one of the greatest boxing champions of all time, Creed II sees him reckoning with the opponent who took his father’s life.

The new Creed II images show Adonis and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) preparing for this fight of a lifetime against Ivan Drago’s (Dolph Lundgren) son, Viktor (Florian Munteanu). And yes, of course the iconic American flag trunks are back.

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The Sandlot Prequel

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beloved 1993 favorite The Sandlot. To celebrate, 20th Century Fox is giving a big middle finger to all fans of the movie by developing a The Sandlot prequel that will take place before the events of the 1962-set coming-of-age sports comedy. Read More »

Uncle Drew Lil Rey Howery Interview

Comedian/actor Lil Rel Howery is two things to the core: a Chicagoan and a basketball fan. So when he was asked if he wanted to star in a feature film adaptation of the popular Uncle Drew commercial shorts (all made by Pepsi), with NBA legend Kyrie Irving returning as the titular character, he was quick to say yes without even looking at a script. The film also stars such basketball luminaries as Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, and the WNBA’s Lisa Leslie, all playing elderly former players, recruited by Howery’s Dax to play in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem against much younger players. Uncle Drew also stars Tiffany Haddish as Dax’s ex-girlfriend, who breaks things off with him and immediately begins dating his lifelong arch nemesis on the court, Mookie (Nick Kroll).

Already a prominent comedian throughout Chicago and a rising star nationally since the beginning of the 2000s, Howery beginning getting smaller film roles and starring roles on such series as “The Carmichael Show” and “Insecure.” But it was his role as life-saving TSA agent/best friend Rod Williams in writer/director Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) that served as his calling card performance to the world. In addition to Uncle Drew, Howery has a very funny cameo in the current release Tag, and audiences will see him at the end of the year in director Susanne Bier’s ensemble sci-fi thriller Bird Box, co-starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, Trevante Rhodes, David Dastmalchian, and fellow Chicagoan John Malkovich.

/Film spoke with the 38-year-old Howery in Chicago recently about his love and connection to the game of basketball (including the film Space Jam, starring his all-time hero, Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan); how his long-time friendship with Kroll translated into playing bitter enemies in Uncle Drew; and his experience on the Bird Box set. Read More »

cobra kai season 2

Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) may have the one who swept Daniel LaRusso’s (Ralph Macchio) leg in The Karate Kid, but John Kreese was the one who told him to do it.

The original Cobra Kai sensei played by Martin Kove was the cruel karate master who preached “no mercy” to the bullies in the Karate Kid series, but perhaps mercy is what we’ll feel toward John Kreese when Cobra Kai season 2 is over.

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Kenan and Kel on Double Dare

If the return of the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare wasn’t enough of a trip down nostalgia lane for you children of the 1990s, we’ve got some exciting news.

The revival of Double Dare started airing on Nickelodeon last night, bringing back all the trivia, physical challenges and family fun you remember. But later this summer, a special episode will bring back some of Nickelodeon’s most beloved stars, and they’ll be getting down and dirty in the game show just like all the other contestants. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell will return to Nickelodeon to compete against each other on the show. Read More »

JC Richard Rocky Print

Last week we got a peek at the next installment in the Rocky franchise in the form of the trailer for the sequel spin-off Creed II. Sylvester Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa, but he’s still outside of the ring, mentoring Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of the late Apollo Creed. But let’s not forget what brought us here, starting all the way back in 1976.

Rocky is the Best Picture winning sports drama that helped defined what made a movie like this great. Artist JC Richard has created a magnificent print paying tribute to Rocky showing the iconic Philadelphia boxer out on one of his training runs. The wide shot of the docks makes for a beautiful background as Rocky runs towards victory. Read More »

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creed ii trailer

Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa are back in Creed II, the sequel to Ryan Coogler‘s fantastic 2015 Rocky spin-off Creed. Also back: Rocky IV‘s Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) – the man who killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed in the ring many years ago. Watch the Creed II trailer below.

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