Jamie Foxx to direct When We Pray

Jamie Foxx has signed up to direct the drama When We Pray. The Oscar-winning actor made his feature film directorial debut with the upcoming sports comedy-drama All-Star Weekend and has already lined up his next directing gig with When We Pray, which h…

Jamie Foxx has signed up to direct the drama When We Pray.

The Oscar-winning actor made his feature film directorial debut with the upcoming sports comedy-drama All-Star Weekend and has already lined up his next directing gig with When We Pray, which he also co-wrote with Donald Ray ‘Speedy’ Caldwell.

According to Deadline, the film follows two brothers who become pastors at different churches in the same community. One brother develops his church into a modern, high-tech congregation that uses digital devices and cash machines, while the other takes a humbler path but soon finds his church in decline and in need of financial help.

The deal was negotiated by Philippe Diaz, founder and chairman of Cinema Libre Studio, as well as president of the Hong Kong-based Fight to Fame Films committee, which are both producing the project.

“It’s a great honour to work with such a talented and passionate man as Jamie Foxx and I’m pleased to have our new, Fight to Fame partners onboard which will give Jamie the total freedom to make this film which is close to his heart, thus launching this new unique collaboration,” said Diaz in a statement.

“Jamie Foxx is a Hollywood superstar – but audiences around the world love him as well. Our strong relationships in China and other Asian countries will ensure that When We Pray will be enthusiastically received by Asian moviegoers,” added Carrie Wang, chairman of Fight to Fame.

Production will begin on the project sometime before the end of the year.

Foxx was recently seen playing wrongly convicted Death Row inmate Walter McMillian opposite Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy, for which he earned a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He will next be heard voicing the lead character in Disney/Pixar’s upcoming animation Soul.

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Leonardo DiCaprio surprises Jamie Foxx at American Black Film Festival Honors

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Su…

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.

The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Sunday, as Foxx received the Excellence in the Arts award.

DiCaprio reflected on their time spent filming Quentin Tarantino’s 2013 epic Western and told the star-studded audience that the Oscar-winning actor was a force to be reckoned with.

“Jamie brings out the very best in other people,” the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star shared. “He lifts up everyone around. You can see any social setting he’s in. He’s like a magnetic force in any room that he inhabits, and there is no one in this industry who pays positivity and encouragement forward the way Jamie Foxx does.”

As Foxx made his way to the stage to collect the honour from his fellow Academy Award winner, the 52-year-old gave an impromptu performance of his 2008 hit single, Blame It.

And in his acceptance speech, the Ray star praised DiCaprio’s work ethic, as well as his knowledge of hip-hop.

“I love you, man. You are my friend. You are my colleague, and this means the world,” Foxx gushed.

Other honourees included Lena Waithe, Cynthia Erivo, and Louis Gossett Jr., who received Hollywood Legacy Award.

Just Mercy was named Movie of the Year at the ceremony, while The Wire received the Classic Television Award.

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Margot Robbie joins Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under …

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.

It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it will reportedly follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Robbie will join Bale on the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam. Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie are reportedly being eyed for roles.

It was previously reported that the Australian actress, who was up for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars on Sunday, was being touted as one of the leading ladies on the movie, alongside Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with 20th Century Studios.

The filmmaker likes to reunite with actors he has already worked with on past movies. For example, Russell and Bale previously collaborated on The Fighter and American Hustle to great success.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

This marks part of Russell’s comeback after he took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood following the release of his movie Joy in 2015. He is also working on an adaptation of 2013 novel The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

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Christian Bale set to reunite with David O. Russell for new drama

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to ed…

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.

The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to editors at Deadline.

It is understood that the project will follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Bale, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for his role in The Fighter, will reportedly be joined by fellow Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie for the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam.

Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence is also being touted as a potential female lead in the drama, alongside Margot Robbie.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with Fox/Disney.

Production is expected to begin in April, and while Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, Thor: Love and Thunder, that won’t begin filming until later this summer.

Russell hasn’t made a movie since Joy back in 2015, but has been working on a new project based on the book The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

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Jamie Foxx: ‘Just Mercy struck a personal chord’

Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him. In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row fo…

Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him.

In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row for six years, until lawyer Bryan Stevenson, played by Michael B. Jordan, took on his case and appealed the conviction.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Foxx explained that he was honoured to shine a light on McMillian’s story and all those who have been unjustly incarcerated, such as his own father.

“When Michael called me, I was humbled and honoured to be part of the project, but it is personal because they put my father in jail for seven years for having $25 of illegal substances,” he shared. “He was an educator of kids in the inner city and he taught me everything I know. I couldn’t visit him in jail because I saw him as a king, but I wrote to him to say, ‘Things have gotten good for me and when you get out I will save your life,’ and he has been living with me for 20 years now.

“Here’s the good part – when he saw the movie, he said, ‘You tell that Michael B Jordan to keep doing what he is doing because it is so important.'”

Jordan helped produce the movie after reading Stevenson’s memoir about his work getting wrongly convicted people off death row, and Foxx heaped praise on his co-star for helping make Just Mercy, as well as starring in other films which are led by African-Americans.

“I commend Michael for making this movie. If you look at what he did with Fruitvale Station and then Black Panther to bring the narrative out for black people, I think this film completes his artistic sentence. When people watch this film, they weep and cheer because it moves your soul,” the 52-year-old gushed.

Just Mercy is in cinemas now.

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Ansel Elgort confirms there is a script for Baby Driver 2

Ansel Elgort has confirmed Edgar Wright is working on a script for a Baby Driver sequel.Written and directed by the British filmmaker, the 2017 action film followed Elgort as a young getaway driver who is coerced into working for a crime boss and finds…

Ansel Elgort has confirmed Edgar Wright is working on a script for a Baby Driver sequel.

Written and directed by the British filmmaker, the 2017 action film followed Elgort as a young getaway driver who is coerced into working for a crime boss and finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

The movie also had appearances from Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey, and while Wright has yet to officially confirm a follow-up, Elgort divulged in a new interview that he has read the script already.

“He has shared it with me… Yes, I think it’s going to happen. I think there will be a Baby Driver 2,” the 25-year-old told MTV News. “It has a different title, actually. You’re gonna have to have to ask Edgar that, though.”

Baby Driver was well received by audiences and critics, leading it to earn $226 million (£186 million) at the box office worldwide, making it director Wright’s highest-earning movie at the box office.

And while the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World filmmaker has never directed a traditional sequel before, he previously noted that he was open to making one for Baby Driver.

“It is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to because I think there is somewhere more to go with it in terms of the characters, especially (Elgort’s getaway driver character) Baby,” he shared in an interview with Empire magazine’s film podcast. “I sort of have an idea that if you did another one you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he’s not kind of the apprentice anymore.”

Wright is currently in the post-production phases of animated project Shadows and is also filming Last Night in Soho with Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith.

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Ashley Benson creates collection of affordable sunglasses

Ashley Benson has teamed with eyewear brand Prive Revaux once again to design a line of sunglasses. The Pretty Little Liars actress, who is a partner in the affordable eyewear brand along with Jamie Foxx and Hailee Steinfeld, first released her own d…

Ashley Benson has teamed with eyewear brand Prive Revaux once again to design a line of sunglasses.

The Pretty Little Liars actress, who is a partner in the affordable eyewear brand along with Jamie Foxx and Hailee Steinfeld, first released her own designs with the company in 2017, and has now designed the Prive Revaux x Benzo collection, which refers to her nickname.

The collection features three frame styles – a narrow version of a cat-eye named Olive, after her dog, a futuristic design with side shields labelled Planco, after her best friend, and a classic rectangular style named Victoria, after her middle name. Each design has acetate frames, polarised lenses and anti-blue light optical technology and will retail for $39.95 (£32).

“Everyone calls me Benzo and it adds more of a personal touch to it,” she said to WWD. “The Plancos are different and not everyone can wear them, but that’s my personality, I’m very different and I wanted some of the pairs to be really unique. And the others I would wear every day.”

The 29-year-old wanted the line to be affordable because she’s aware her fanbase is largely quite young.

“I have fans of all ages, but PLL girls are young and no one wants to spend money on sunglasses,” the star continued. “You lose them all the time – I’ve lost every one I’ve ever bought and then you just buy them again and you wind up spending so much money. So, the fact that I was able to have something that my fans would love and afford was really important to me and it was fun to be in a collaboration with Jamie Foxx and Hailee Steinfeld.”

Ashley, who will do a countdown ahead of the sunglasses launch on 22 July, is already planning her next collaboration with the brand.

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Robert Downey Jr. ready to move on from Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. is looking forward to exploring new opportunities now he’s finished playing Iron Man. The 54-year-old first portrayed billionaire Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man and reprised the role a number of times over the next 11 years, with him …

Robert Downey Jr. is looking forward to exploring new opportunities now he’s finished playing Iron Man.

The 54-year-old first portrayed billionaire Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man and reprised the role a number of times over the next 11 years, with him playing no other character between 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and this year’s Avengers: Endgame, during which Tony Stark sacrifices himself to defeat the evil Thanos and his army.

In an interview with Off Camera with Sam Jones, Downey Jr. reflected on the next phase of his career and said he was looking forward to doing something different.

“I had an incredible 10-year run that was creatively satisfying. It was very, very, very hard work and I dug very deep, but I have not been forced to explore the new frontier of what is my creative and personal life after this,” he said. “By creating and associating and synergising with Tony Stark and the Marvel Universe… and being a good company man but also being a little off-kilter and being creative and then getting into all these other partnerships, it was a time when it’s like… owners start looking like their pets… occasionally you would pull back from it and go, ‘Let me stop, let me get off the teat of this archetype and let me see where I stand.’ And you can feel really buffeted, you can get really spun out by it.”

The actor explained that he prepared for this transition and made sure his career didn’t “fall apart” post-Endgame, and confessed that having such a long-running relationship with the Marvel is “the closest I will ever come to being a trust fund kid,” because “there’s always a dependency on something that feels like a sure thing.”

Downey Jr. then expressed the importance of maintaining an “aesthetic distance” between himself from his work.

“I’m not my work. I’m not what I did with that studio. I’m not that period of time that I spent playing this character,” the star insisted. “And it sucks because the kid in all of us wants to be like, ‘No! It’s always gonna be summer camp and we’re all holding hands and singing Kumbaya. Isn’t it?’ It’s like, ‘No! Snap out of it.'”

Downey Jr. has already filmed The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle and Jamie Foxx’s comedy All-Star Weekend and is set to reprise his role of detective Sherlock Holmes for a third instalment in the franchise.

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Corinne Foxx and Sistine Stallone to make film debuts in 47 Meters Down sequel

Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone’s model daughters are set to make their big screen debuts in the sequel to underwater thriller 47 Meters Down. Corinne Foxx and Sistine Stallone will join Nia Long, John Corbett, and The Book Thief’s Sophie Nelisse in…

Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone’s model daughters are set to make their big screen debuts in the sequel to underwater thriller 47 Meters Down.

Corinne Foxx and Sistine Stallone will join Nia Long, John Corbett, and The Book Thief’s Sophie Nelisse in 47 Meters Down – Uncaged, the follow-up to the 2017 breakout hit.

The movie will follow four teens whose diving excursion in a ruined underwater city turns into a living nightmare as they encounter a group of deadly sharks.

Teen Wolf’s Khylin Rhambo, actor Davi Santos, and Scream TV star Brianne Tju will also feature in the project, which is already in early production in the Dominican Republic, reports Deadline.com.

British filmmaker Johannes Roberts will return to direct 47 Meters Down – Uncaged, which he co-wrote with his partner Ernest Riera.

The original movie, about two sisters (played by Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) whose Mexican vacation is ruined after a diving trip in shark-infested waters goes awry, became a cult box office hit upon its release last year (17), banking just under $60 million (£48 million) worldwide from a budget of just $5.5 million (£4.4 million). Plans for a second installement were initially announced a few months after the thriller debuted.

In addition to being cast in the new film, Corinne and Sistine also have another accomplishment in common – they have both previously served as Miss Golden Globe. Jamie’s 24-year-old daughter scored the honour in 2016, while Sistine, 20, and her sisters, Scarlet and Sophia, jointly held the position, now known as the Golden Globe Ambassador, in 2017.

47 Meters Down – Uncaged is set to hit theatres next summer (18).

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Jamie Foxx: ‘Reworking Robin Hood tale was a daunting challenge’

Jamie Foxx was a little daunted by the idea of revamping the classic Robin Hood tale for a new generation of fans. The Oscar winner stars as Little John, the leader of outlaws group Merry Men, in the upcoming action-adventure, and Jamie claims making …

Jamie Foxx was a little daunted by the idea of revamping the classic Robin Hood tale for a new generation of fans.

The Oscar winner stars as Little John, the leader of outlaws group Merry Men, in the upcoming action-adventure, and Jamie claims making a grittier and darker version of the English folk tale proved to be of his most challenging jobs to date.

“Every role has its difficulties…,” he told breakfast show Good Morning America. “This was challenging in the fact that we were taking an old story… (and) we wanted to do it completely different (sic).”

“We’re doing a whole different take on it, and so sometimes, that’s a little daunting ’cause people are expecting the old English (language), the tights,” he continued. “My homies (friends) were like, ‘Yo man, you wearing tights?’ I’m like, ‘Nah, ain’t got no tights (sic)…!’ So with that, sometimes it’s the challenge because all eyes are on you, but I think we did a great job with it.”

Director Otto Bathurst also gave his Robin Hood adaptation an edge by having his titular character, played by Kingsman: The Golden Circle star Taron Egerton, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Discussing the more serious aspects of the film, Jamie explained, “It has a little undercurrent to it, it touches on some real things, just enough, and it’s highly entertaining.”

Jamie is the latest in a long line of actors to tackle the role of Little John, following top performances by the likes of David Morrissey, Kevin Durand, and Nick Brimble, who took on the task for 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, but the Ray star confesses he had no idea of Hollywood’s long folk history.

“I wasn’t aware of the fact that there were a lot of other Robin Hoods done,” he confessed. “I didn’t know that. Maybe I was in the ‘hood or something!”

Robin Hood, also starring Eve Hewson and Jamie Dornan, is due to hit cinemas next week (21Nov18).

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