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Forest Whitaker Thriller ‘Repentance’ Coming To U.S. In February

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

Forest WhitakerLionsgate’s CodeBlack Films will release the psychological thriller on February 28 in the U.S. Repentance, from Forest Whitaker‘s Significant Productions and JuntoBox, stars Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) as a single father coping with the recent mysterious death of his mother. Suspecting that a CodeBlack FIlmswell-known psychiatrist (Anthony Mackie) might have been involved in her death, he kidnaps the man and his family — relentlessly torturing them in hopes of uncovering the truth. Mike Epps also stars. Philippe Caland directed from the screenplay he wrote with Shintaro Shimosawa. Caland also produced with Whitaker and his producing partner, Nina Yang Bongiovi. Repentance will make its market debut at the European Film Market in Berlin, with Film Bridge International handling international distribution.

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Codeblack Acquires Halle Berry-Starrer ‘Frankie & Alice’

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 10:37am PDT

Lionsgate label Codeblack Films has picked up North American rights to Frankie & Alice and has set an April 4, 2014 release date. The deal ends a long-in-coming domestic deal for the Halle Berry drama thriller about a woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to cope with her disease. The pic debuted in the Cannes market in 2010 and played that’s year’s AFI Fest but stalled after that. Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson co-star and Geoffrey Sax directed. The pic seems a good fit at Codeblack, which focuses on features for the African American market. It teamed in July with Summit Entertainment and Hartbeat Productions to release the concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which has grossed $32.4 million to date. Codeblack also just made a deal for rights to the Flyy Girl book trilogy written by New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree, and has pics in the works including suspense thriller Repentance starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan; romantic drama Things Never Said starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton; and The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete starring Jennifer Hudson. Codeblack Films GM Quincy Newell negotiated the Frankie & Alice acquisition with David B. Strapko of 37 Star Media Fund Corp and Stephanie Denton of New Cadence Entertainment.

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films Acquires Rights To Omar Tyree’s ‘Flyy Girl’ Trilogy

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 10:07am PDT

Lionsgate‘s Codeblack Films has snagged the rights to the Flyy Girl book trilogy written by New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree. The coming-of-age story explores the journey of a young woman motivated by the material life who plunges into a fast-paced world of gratuitous sex, violence and heartbreak in an attempt to find herself and to assess her goals in life during the modern Hip-Hop era. “Omar Tyree has created a franchise with an incredible story that connects with audiences worldwide,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “Codeblack is excited to have the film rights for these books which have been a staple in the African-American community for more than 20 years. We’re thrilled to have the chance to finally bring these stories to screen.” Read More »

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films Picks Up Romantic Drama ‘Things Never Said’

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 5:00am PDT

Two weeks before its stand-up pic Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain opens in theaters, the distributor founded by Jeff Clanahan has acquired U.S. rights to the romantic drama Things Never Said. The pic is written and directed by Charles Murray, who is making his feature debut after a decade in television. Shanola Hampton stars as an aspiring poet in a dangerous marriage who dreams of taking her work to New York. A surprise new love (Omari Hardwick) helps her find her artistic voice. Brian “Skinny B” Lewis produced the film, which is executive produced by Nicole Elliot, Steven LaBroi and Geofrey Hildrew. Codeblack Films, the Lionsgate unit that recently acquired Sundance drama The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, will release Things Never Said this year.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’

Days after landing a buddy comedy alongside Josh Gad — to go along with a recent renewal for Real Husbands Of Hollywood, the semi-scripted BET comedy he co-created and stars in — Kevin Hart has a stand-up movie hitting theaters just in time for Independence Day. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain follows the comic on tour, onstage and on a rant. (And it’s anyone’s guess what’s going on with the “deerbra” — half-deer and half-zebra.) Codeblack Films acquired the pic in January, and Summit will release it wide July 3. Check out the decidedly red-band trailer:

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films Acquires Sundance Pic ‘The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete’

EXCLUSIVE: A film about two abandoned and scared boys trying to survive in New York City has found a new home. Codeblack Films has picked up US distribution for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. The George Tillman Jr-directed film made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25. With 13-year-old Skylan Brooks as Mister and Ethan Dizon as 9-year-old Pete, Inevitable Defeat also stars Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie. Michael Starrbury wrote the movie. Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, and Bob Teitel produced with Alicia Keys, Susan Lewis, Clay Floren, Aimee Shieh, Julio Depietro, Keith Kjarval, Mary Vernieu, and Amy Nauiokas executive producing. Inevitable Defeat was the debut of multiplatinum songstress Keys as a producer. Codeblack Films was launched by Lionsgate in May 2012 to develop and distribute films and other media for the urban market. The deal with the Lionsgate division was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers with Marc Danon, Lionsgate’s VP Acquisitions & Business Development, and Jean Chi, SVP Business & Legal Affairs.

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films Picks Up Angela Davis Documentary

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 5:18am PST

Codeblack Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Written and directed by Shola Lynch, the film about Angela Davis premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Free Angela chronicles how the young college professor became one of America’s most renowned revolutionaries and ended up on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. Presented by BET Networks, the film will be released exclusively in select AMC theatres in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Oakland, Philadelphia and Atlanta on April 5, 2013. “We knew that this film was important and would not only shed a spotlight on history, but provide a flashlight for our future. Angela Davis is a staple in history and continues to cross generational and cultural lines in her plight to fight for the freedom of all people,” said Jeff Clanagan, CEO of Codeblack Enterprises in a statement Wednesday. Codeblack Films was launched by Lionsgate in May 2012 to develop and distribute films and other media for the urban market.

This is Lynch’s second film about activism and upheaval in the early Seventies. In 2004 the filmmaker debuted with Chisholm ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed about the African-American Congresswomen’s unsuccessful run for the Democratic Party’s 1972 Presidential nomination. Lynch, Carole Lambert, Carine Ruszniewski, and Sidra Smith produce Read More »

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‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’ Concert Pic Set For July 4 Weekend

By | Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 12:40pm PST

Santa Monica, CA January 3, 2013 – Kicking off Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) new partnership with Codeblack Films to produce and distribute feature films and other projects for the urban market, Codeblack has acquired stand-up comedy mega-star Kevin Hart’s concert film KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN, the Company announced today. The film is financed and executive produced by Hart and his Hartbeat Productions banner, and produced by Jeff Clanagan via the Codeblack Films banner. KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart’s 2012 “Let Me Explain” concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label is targeting a broad summer theatrical release over the July 4, 2013 holiday weekend.

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