Drugs and a Piano in ‘Why Stop Now’ Trailer; Also: Which Stars Will Bring ‘Black Nativity’ to Life?

Drugs and a Piano in ‘Why Stop Now’ Trailer; Also: Which Stars Will Bring ‘Black Nativity’ to Life?

Jul 04, 2012

The Caveman's Valentine

First Christmas: A trio of stars could propel Black Nativity into an awards contender. Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett are in negotiations to star, and Jennifer Hudson is in talks to join them. Based on a 1961 play by Langston Hughes, the gospel musical depicts the Nativity story in an extended dream sequence, as recounted to a young teen in modern-day Harlem; Kasi Lemmons, who directed Jackson in Eve’s Bayou and The Caveman’s Valentine (above), is set to write the screenplay and direct. [Showblitz]

Bayou Killer: In a similar, if more genre-oriented vein, the cast for indie drama Motel, now in production, certainly sounds intriguing, led by John Cusack as a hit man and Robert De Niro as a crime boss who hires him. Now the always unpredictable Crispin Glover has been added to play an unspecified role; the plot follows the hit man as he tries to survive “a night of murderous havoc” in the Delta bayous. Described as an action thriller, we’re hoping this is an off-kilter treat. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Suspect Actor: An Australian man accused of decapitating his neighbor auditioned for a role as a policeman in a movie two days afer the murder -- and won the part. A day later, he told the filmmakers he couldn’t accept the role, and later, after a six-day manhunt, he was arrested by police. The movie, Mystery Road, stars Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten in the tale of a detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl. [ABC News]

Drugs and a Piano: Set for release on August 17, the comedy/drama Why Stop Now stars Jesse Eisenberg as a piano prodigy who tries to get his mother (Melissa Leo) into drug rehab and ends up getting mixed up with her friendly neighborhood drug dealer Tracy Morgan. The new trailer does its best to set a wacky tone. [Yahoo! Movies]
 

 

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