‘Precious’ Oscar Winner Mo’Nique Returns To Screen In Indie ‘Blackbird’

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 1:25pm PST
Mike Fleming

Mo'Nique 2009 OscarsEXCLUSIVE: In her first screen starring turn since the ferocious portrayal as an abusive mother in 2009′s Precious won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Mo’Nique has joined Isaiah Washington in the Patrik Ian Polk-directed Blackbird, an adaptation of the novel by Larry Duplechan. Deadline revealed last fall that Washington took the lead in this indie off his turn as the DC sniper in Blue Caprice got him a Gotham Award nom. The pic just shot in Hattiesburg, MS.

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is__130909161142Mo’Nique is also exec producer with her husband, Sidney Hicks, through Hicks Media. Newcomer Julian Walker plays the star singer in the church choir who feels like a misfit in his high school and struggles with his sexual awakening and the realization he is gay, something that doesn’t land well in a religiously conservative small Mississippi town. This coincides with his younger sister going missing and his parents splitting up. Mo’Nique plays another character who’s not going to win mother of the year awards: the youth’s heartbroken mom, who blames her son’s lifestyle revelation for his sister going missing. Washington plays his supportive father trying his best to help his son’s transition to manhood. Read More »

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James Badge Dale Joins Cate Blanchett In David Mamet’s ‘Blackbird’

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 3:01pm PST
Mike Fleming

James Badge Dale Blackbird David MametEXCLUSIVE: James Badge Dale will be joining Cate Blanchett in writer-director David Mamet‘s thriller Blackbird. Dale plays a military major who is trying to discover the truth about the political secrets … Read More »

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Isaiah Washington Turns It Around With ‘Blackbird’

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT
Mike Fleming

Isaiah Washington, whose run on Grey’s Anatomy ended when he got caught up in a scandal in which cast mates said had used homophobic slurs, has just finished Blackbird, a film by writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk. Washington plays … Read More »

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Relativity Acquires ‘Blackbird,’ Next Film By Helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 3:28pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity is acquiring worldwide rights to Blackbird, which The Secret Life Of Bees helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct from her script. Relativity will finance the film and distribute. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is producing with Stephanie … Read More »

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