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Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville To Star In Netflix Holiday Family Musical

Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville To Star In Netflix Holiday Family Musical
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has joined the cast of Netflix’s first live-action original musical Jingle Jangle.

Bonneville will star alongside Forest Whitaker in the holiday film about a toymaker and a magical invention. The cast also includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change), and newcomer Madalen Mills.

The event holiday musical tale, which is being produced by John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co, is set in a cobblestone world come to life, with an embattled toymaker (Whitaker), his precocious granddaughter (Mills), and a magical invention, that if they can get it working in time for the holidays, could change their lives forever.

Bonneville is starring in the forthcoming Downton Abbey feature film and was recently in Paddington 2.

In addition to Get Lifted’s Mike Jackson and Legend, producers are 260 Degrees Entertainment’s David E. Talbert,
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‘The Purge’: Derek Luke, Max Martini, Paola Nuñez & Joel Allen Set As Series Regulars For Season 2

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‘The Purge’: Derek Luke, Max Martini, Paola Nuñez & Joel Allen Set As Series Regulars For Season 2
Derek Luke (13 Reasons Why), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Paola Nuñez (The Son) and Joel Allen (Never Goin’ Back) are set as series regulars for Season 2 of USA Network series The Purge, from Blumhouse Television and Ucp.

Based on the movie franchise, the series revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Set in an altered America ruled by a totalitarian political party, Season 1 followed several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, they are forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.

Luke will play Marcus Moore, an accomplished professional with a loving wife and a beautiful house whose seemingly perfect life is shattered when an assassin breaks into his house on Purge night.

Martini will portray Ryan Grant. Unassuming yet laser-focused, Ryan spends his entire year precisely preparing for
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‘P-Valley’: Dan J. Johnson & Tyler Lepley Cast In Starz’s Strip Club Drama Series

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‘P-Valley’: Dan J. Johnson & Tyler Lepley Cast In Starz’s Strip Club Drama Series
Exclusive: Dan J. Johnson (Chicago Fire) and Tyler Lepley (The Haves and the Have Nots) are set as series regulars in Starz’s upcoming drama P-Valley, Katori Hall’s strip club drama based on her play Pussy Valley. Chernin Entertainment executive produces.

Created by Hall, who also showruns, the drama is set down deep in the Mississippi Delta, where lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. The Southern-fried hourlong drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors: the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawn shop.

Johnson will play Corbin Kyle,
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Blood Brother Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital January 29th

Sometimes friends will take you straight to hell when Blood Brother arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital on January 29 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Starring music artist Trey Songz, Jack Kesy, China Anne McClain, WWE superstar Ron “R-Truth” Killings, and top-selling music artist Fetty Wap (iHeartRadio’s Best New Artist 2016), the film is an action-packed crime thriller about an ex-con hell-bent on revenge and his former friend who’s out to stop him. From the writer-director of The Quiet Ones, Blood Brother is a pulse-pounding crime film that will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat. TheBlood Brother Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

This trailer looks so exciting:

When an ex-con takes murderous revenge against childhood friends whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they collectively committed, one of the friends,
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Watch an exclusive clip from gritty thriller Blood Brother

Coinciding with the film’s release today, we’ve got an exclusive clip from Blood Brother, a gritty thriller from director John Pogue. Check out the clip here, courtesy of Lionsgate

When an ex-con takes murderous revenge against childhood friends whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they committed together, one of the friends, now a cop, risks his life to stop him in this gritty thriller starring music artist Trey Songz, Jack Kesy, China Anne McClain, Hassan Johnson, Tanee McCall (Burlesque), and introducing top-selling music artist Fetty Wap. (iHeartRadio’s Best New Artist 2016), with a cameo by WWE Superstar R-Truth.

Blood Brother is out now in select theaters and on demand.

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Forest Whitaker To Star In David E. Talbert’s Netflix Holiday Family Musical ‘Jingle Jangle’

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Forest Whitaker To Star In David E. Talbert’s Netflix Holiday Family Musical ‘Jingle Jangle’
Exclusive: Forest Whitaker has been set by Netflix to star in Jingle Jangle, the David E. Talbert-directed holiday musical about a cobblestone world that comes to life. Whitaker will play Jeronicus Jangle, a once-great inventor and toy maker who has lost his belief in himself and his inventions, but stumbles upon a second chance and a magical invention, when his granddaughter comes to town for the holidays. If he can get the thing to work in time for the holidays, it will change their lives forever.

The Oscar-winning actor is coming off Black Panther, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Arrival. He previously starred opposite Theo James in Netflix’s How It Ends, and this fall he plays crime boss Bumpy Johnson in the Epix series Godfather Of Harlem. He also recently made his Broadway debut in the Michael Grandage-directed Hughie.

Talbert set Jingle Jangle at Netflix
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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’s John Legend & Mike Jackson To Produce David E. Talbert Netflix Holiday Film ‘Jingle Jangle’

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’s John Legend & Mike Jackson To Produce David E. Talbert Netflix Holiday Film ‘Jingle Jangle’
Exclusive: Get Lifted’s John Legend and Mike Jackson, the Emmy-winning executive producers of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, have signed on to produce the family holiday musical Jingle Jangle for Netflix. The film is directed by David E. Talbert, who has written the script and will produce with Lyn Sisson-Talbert and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Get Lifted partner Ty Stiklorius will also be exec producer. Legend, Jackson and Stiklorius also executive produced La La Land and the Wgn series Underground.

Talbert directed El Camino Christmas, First Sunday, Baggage Claim and Almost Christmas, films that just about always open atop the weekend box office. In Jingle Jangle, a cobblestone world comes to life in the event holiday musical tale of an embattled toymaker, his precocious granddaughter and a magical invention that, if they can get it to work in time for the holidays, could change their lives forever.

Talbert is
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TV News Roundup: ‘Narcos’ Sets Season 4 Premiere Date on Netflix

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TV News Roundup: ‘Narcos’ Sets Season 4 Premiere Date on Netflix
In today’s roundup, “Narcos: Mexico” will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 16, and “Poldark” Season 4 comes to PBS’ “Masterpiece.”

Dates

Narcos: Mexico” will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 16. The fourth installment of the series explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers. The 1980s see Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) in his rise to unify traffickers and helm the Guadalajara Cartel, as well as the DEA agent (Michael Peña) tasked to infiltrate his world. The previous seasons of the “Narcos” series explored the rise and fall of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and the DEA’s fight against the infamous Cali Cartel. Watch the teaser below:

Season 4 of “Poldark” premieres on PBS’ “Masterpiece” on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. The BBC historical period drama takes place in the 18th century
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‘First Wives Club’: Jill Scott & Michelle Buteau To Star In Paramount Network’s Series Reboot

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‘First Wives Club’: Jill Scott & Michelle Buteau To Star In Paramount Network’s Series Reboot
Exclusive: Grammy winner and actress Jill Scott and comedian Michelle Buteau, are set as two of the three leads in First Wives Club, Paramount Network’s dramedy based on the popular 1996 film from Paramount Pictures. The 10-episode series hails from Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver and Paramount Television.

The First Wives Club series, like the film which starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, will be based in New York City. It follows three women, Ari, Bree (Buteau) and Hazel (Scott) who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood- and of course a little revenge.

Scott’s Hazel is a gorgeous music superstar who has faded from the limelight and lost the confidence she once had. She has a raw talent and a killer voice that’s been silenced by her husband/manager Sean for years.
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Poised for Second Weekend Domination as 'Overboard',' Tully' & 'Bad Samaritan' Debut

'Avengers: Infinity War' Poised for Second Weekend Domination as 'Overboard',' Tully' & 'Bad Samaritan' Debut
Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War will dominate yet again this weekend, and while it's unlikely it will have much of a shot at the largest second weekend ever, a shot at the second largest is well within reach as it pushes toward $450 million domestic and over $1 billion worldwide. In terms of new releases, there isn't anything hitting theaters that should cause the superhero film to lose audience, though look for Pantelion's Overboard remake to score a solid debut while Tully and Bad Samaritan should deliver openings in the low-to-mid single digits. Following Infinity War's $257.7 million debut, looking at the five previous $200+ million openers, the second weekend drops range from 39.8% for The Force Awakens to 67.5% for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In between, Black Panther dipped 44.7%, Jurassic World dropped 49% and The Avengers fell 50.3% in their sophomore sessions. To compare all six films side-by-side is difficult given the two
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‘Traffik’ Film Review: Paula Patton Overdoes It in Overwrought Thriller

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‘Traffik’ Film Review: Paula Patton Overdoes It in Overwrought Thriller
Not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh’s award-winning film or the acclaimed miniseries upon which it was based, “Traffik” is a thriller about human trafficking that mistakes an overwrought story for an important one.

Writer-director Deon Taylor (“Meet the Blacks”) touches upon some interesting and even occasionally relevant ideas in his film about an investigative reporter and the biker gang that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets, but even the fierce dedication of Paula Patton and Omar Epps doesn’t make those ideas coalesce into more than window dressing for the tawdry thriller they’re hung upon.

Patton plays Brea, an investigative reporter who learns on her birthday that the story she’s been working on for months was scooped by a fellow reporter at the behest of her editor, and subsequently she may soon lose her job. “Nothing takes months,” argues Mr. Waynewright (William Fichtner).

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John (Epps), her mechanic boyfriend, attempts to divert her attention by planning a weekend getaway at a palatial chateau in the mountains for the two of them, where he plans to propose. En route they stop at a gas station where Brea encounters a mysterious young woman named Cara (Dawn Olivieri, “Bright”) in the bathroom, while John has a violent encounter with some bikers that’s thankfully interrupted by the arrival of the local sheriff (Missi Pyle).

Shaken by their experiences but thrilled at the prospect of some alone time, Brea and John arrive at the house, and John plots the right moment to pop the question. But not long after christening the infinity pool, they’re joined by The Worst Friends In The World, Malia (Roselyn Sanchez, “Devious Maids”) and Darren (Laz Alonso), who crash their romantic getaway, and thanks to their own relationship problems, instigate a rift between the two lovers.

Before peace can be restored, however, Brea discovers a satellite phone in her bag containing dozens of photos of young women. Recognizing the images as evidence of human trafficking, Brea insists they call the authorities; but when Cara turns up at the front door of their house, backed by some of the bikers and asking for the phone, the vacationers are forced to work together to escape the clutches of their invaders before becoming the next victims in what they soon discover is a multifaceted network of criminal activities.

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It’s kind of hard to know where to begin with what’s wrong in “Traffik,” a movie where every scene takes about twice as long as it feels like it should, and the characters far too often make an escalating series of implausible and/or stupid decisions. Brea certainly wins audience (or at least reporters’) sympathies early by clashing with her editor over journalistic integrity at the possible cost of her job, but how then can she be so naïve, not to mention inert, when a very clearly drug-addled woman looks plaintively at her during a fleeting moment of privacy between them that gets interrupted by a menacing biker? “I didn’t want to butt in” is her later rationale, but the scene goes on far too long for it not to be abundantly clear what this poor woman needs, much less for her not to even ask, “Are you Ok?”

Meanwhile, even if John feels like a perfectly understated partner for her, why in the hell are they friends — like, “go out together for Brea’s birthday dinner” friends — with Malia and especially Darren? In less than two minutes, he denigrates John’s job, almost spoils his surprise proposal, and defends openly ogling the waitress to John in front of his own wife.

And that’s before he shows up at their vacation house a day early, accuses Brea of wanting to report the phone to the authorities “to get a scoop,” and then inexplicably dredges up some old romantic business that occurred before she ever met John. Alonso is a charismatic actor, but there’s rakish and there’s just being an asshole, and as the unfortunate catalyst for a lot of superfluous drama, Darren is unmoored from anything remotely believable, or likable.

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Patton serves double duty as a producer on the film and it’s clear she believed in this story, or at least what telling it could do for her credibility as an actor. But evidenced both by her successes (“Déjà Vu,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) and failures (“Baggage Claim”), she needs a strong director who will shape her deep feelings into something compelling and coherent, and Taylor seems either preoccupied by the importance of his story, or so wowed by the volume of what she is doing on screen that he never bothers to do more than sort of watch, astonished.

It isn’t that Patton doesn’t deliver something interesting, it’s that it’s assembled so clumsily that all of her shivering and hesitation dominates the moments of decisiveness and strength that should have made an impression.

Any good reporter knows not to come up with a thesis and then look for evidence to support it, but rather to follow a story and see where it leads you. Like Brea’s, Taylor’s heart is in the right place, but they both need to learn how to focus, and both could probably also use a better editor. But then again, who can blame Taylor for luxuriating in the dynamic, nightmarish images he captures with the help of the great cinematographer Dante Spinotti? The two of them work effectively together to create a sense of ominousness and vulnerability that lifts the film more than it deserves.

That said, those imaginative flourishes don’t always match with the performances, or the musical choices — including a gobsmacking use of Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit” during a scene of human trafficking — but Taylor definitely has an eye for intriguing juxtapositions. It’s just a shame that too many of them in “Traffik” are bad ones.



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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Almost Christmas Blu-ray

Bring home the joy of family in the hilarious and heartwarming Almost Christmas which arrived on Digital HD on January 24th and arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 7th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series), this is a year-round comedy everyone can enjoy!

Now, you can own the Almost Christmas Blu-ray. Wamg has three copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie starring Danny Glover? (mine is Saw). It’s so easy!

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An extended family reunites for the
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Almost Christmas Arrives on Digital HD on January 24th and on Blu-ray , DVD and On Demand February 7th

Bring home the joy of family in the hilarious and heartwarming Almost Christmas arriving on Digital HD on January 24th and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 7th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series), this is a year-round comedy everyone can enjoy!

n extended family reunites for the holidays and must survive their time at home in the hilarious Almost Christmas, arriving on Digital HD January 24, 2017 and on Blu-ray , DVD and On Demand on February 7, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch (Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon Series, Shooter) who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along.
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Doctor Strange Wins Box Office Weekend #2 Against Arrival

Doctor Strange Wins Box Office Weekend #2 Against Arrival
After easily taking the box office crown last weekend, Marvel's Doctor Strange went up against three newcomers, Paramount's Arrival, Universal's Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp's Shut In. While our original projections had the race much closer, Doctor Strange had no trouble repeating at the top, taking in an estimated $43 million. Trolls also remained in second place with $35 million, dropping just 24.8% in its second weekend, while Doctor Strange dropped just 49.8%, both of which are impressive in their own right.

Doctor Strange remained in 3,882 theaters this weekend, the same as its opening frame, earning a respectable $11,085 per-screen average, down from its $21,911 per-screen average on opening weekend. This superhero adventure will likely be playing in roughly more than 1,600 theaters than its new competitors this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Arrival debuted in 2,317 theaters, while Almost Christmas arrived in 2,376 theaters and Shut In arrived in 2,058 theaters.

As of now, Arrival was the only movie
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Review: ‘Almost Christmas’ is a Nice Distraction, With Too Many Characters

Pleasant, if not completely convoluted with too many characters and not enough development with any, the family ensemble comedy Almost Christmas is well-meaning and not without its moments, as recycled as they are. Written and directed by David E. Talbert, the film is slightly more insightful than his 2013 feature Baggage Claim, even if it’s equally as trite.

Set in a Birmingham, Alabama that looks a lot like that Mecca of generous production tax incentives, Atlanta, the film leisurely strolls through the years in the life of the Meyers family and its patriarch Walter (Danny Glover). A few months after the death of his wife he finds himself alone in a large house, preparing for the holidays.

His kids include Rachel (Gabrielle Union), a divorced law student, her sister Cheryl (Kimberly Elise), who is married to a former (international) basketball star Lonnie (Jb Smoove), Christian (Romany Malco) and current college
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'Doctor Strange' to Repeat at #1 as 'Arrival', 'Almost Christmas' & 'Shut In' Hit Theaters

'Doctor Strange' to Repeat at #1 as 'Arrival', 'Almost Christmas' & 'Shut In' Hit Theaters
Last weekend saw the top twelve outperform the previous year by a whopping +134.6%, a dramatic improvement after a sluggish October and Fall movie season. Fortunately, this weekend is looking like it too will show an improvement over the same weekend last year with a pair of holdovers leading the charge as Doctor Strange and Fox's Trolls are looking at another one-two finish. Among the week's new releases, Paramount's Arrival is looking at an opening that could even surpass the most optimistic predictions followed by Universal's holiday comedy Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp's thriller Shut In. Meanwhile, Sony will debut Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk in just two theaters before going nationwide this weekend and A24 is expanding Moonlight into 176 theaters (+93) as it continues its impressive run in limited release. After an $85 million opening last weekend, Disney and Marvel's Doctor Strange should be looking at a second weekend drop right around 53% or so.
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Can Arrival Beat Doctor Strange at the Box Office?

Can Arrival Beat Doctor Strange at the Box Office?
Much to no one's surprise, Marvel debuted yet another box office hit with their new Phase 3 adventure Doctor Strange, which took in just over $85 million last weekend, slightly ahead of the $84.9 million estimates on Sunday. This weekend, three new releases try to knock the Sorcerer Supreme off the top spot, with Paramount's Arrival, Universal's Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp's Shut In arriving in wide release. Despite this trio of new competitors, we're predicting that Doctor Strange should have no problem hanging on to the top spot with $43.4 million.

Doctor Strange debuted in 3,882 theaters last weekend, pulling in an impressive $21,911 per-screen average. While it remains to be seen if that theater count will be altered this weekend, as it stands now, this superhero adventure will likely be playing in roughly more than 1,600 theaters than its new competitors this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Almost Christmas and Arrival will both debut in roughly 2,200 theaters,
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Almost Christmas In St. Louis

A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.

The all-star cast of Almost Christmas is led by Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Jessie Usher and DC Young Fly.

Almost Christmas opens in theaters November 11.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Almost Christmas on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

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Paula Patton & Mike Epps Sign With Primary Wave Entertainment

Paula Patton and actor-comedian Mike Epps have inked with Primary Wave Entertainment, the company formed from the amalgam of Evolution Entertainment Partners, Intellectual Artists Group and Primary Wave Music. Patton most recently appeared in Universal’s Warcraft and Adam Sandler’s Netflix comedy The Do-Over. Credits also include Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol alongside Tom Cruise, Baggage Claim and Jumping the Broom. Epps stars as Richard Pryor in the…
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Paula Patton & Mike Epps Sign With Primary Wave Entertainment

Paula Patton & Mike Epps Sign With Primary Wave Entertainment
Paula Patton and actor-comedian Mike Epps have inked with Primary Wave Entertainment, the company formed from the amalgam of Evolution Entertainment Partners, Intellectual Artists Group and Primary Wave Music. Patton most recently appeared in Universal’s Warcraft and Adam Sandler’s Netflix comedy The Do-Over. Credits also include Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol alongside Tom Cruise, Baggage Claim and Jumping the Broom. Epps stars as Richard Pryor in the…
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