King Tut film

Matthew A. Cherry won the Academy Award for Best Original Short for his 2019 short film Hair Love (which he wrote, produced, and directed) and soon he’ll be expanding on that story in a 2D animated series on HBO. But that isn’t the only animated project Cherry will be working on. The NFL player-turned-filmmaker has now lined up a King Tut movie to direct at Sony Pictures Animation, which will mark the first animated feature film of his career. Read More »

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Matthew A. Cherry is expanding the Hair Love cinematic universe with a new HBO series.

The premium cable channel has ordered Young Love, a 12-episode animated series which will follow the characters introduced in Cherry’s 2019 short film Hair Love, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Cherry will serve as the co-showrunner of this new series along with Carl Jones, whose previous credits include shows like The Boondocks and Black Dynamite. Check out the original short film and get details about the new show below. Read More »

The Come Up

Matthew A. Cherry won an Oscar for his 2019 short film Hair Love, which he wrote, produced, and directed, and now he’s lined up his first feature film since taking home his Academy Award. He’ll direct The Come Up, a heist comedy starring Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), the Lucas Brothers (22 Jump Street), and Jermaine Fowler (Sorry to Bother You). Read More »

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Matthew A. Cherry, the writer and director of the Oscar-winning animated short Hair Love, just signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. TV. Under the deal, Cherry will create, develop, and produce new material for multiple platforms. In the past, Cherry has directed episodes of CBS’ The Red Line and ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier (remember that show?).

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Isaiah Washington

The National Football League is never without some controversy but lately the topic that is really important is the issue of player safety. Specifically with respect to the lasting effects of concussions. In recent years, rules have been changed to take even the smallest head injury into major consideration, but that’s only recent years. What about the decades before where players would smash against each other, leaving their heads all messed up? Past actions lead to a massive class-action lawsuit against the NFL and eventually an almost $800 million settlement from the league.

So this is a very big issue. Director Ridley Scott is developing a film about the topic and now a second film is in the mix. Isaiah Washington plans to star and produce Game Time Decision, an independent film by Matthew A. Cherry, himself a former NFL player. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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