Original Grey’s Anatomy cast member Isaiah Washington will be making a return to the veteran ABC medical drama seven years after his controversial exit. Washington will appear in a May episode that will mark …
EXCLUSIVE: 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.
Mo’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.
Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’, ‘Blue Caprice’, ‘Informant’, ‘Herb & Dorothy 50X50′, ‘GMO OMG’, ‘Sample This’
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Billy Bob Thornton marks his return to the director’s chair for general audiences with Jayne Mansfield’s Car, starring Tippi Hedren, Kevin Bacon and Robert Duvall. Isaiah Washington, meanwhile, was lured out of semi-retirement for Alexandre Moors’ Blue Caprice, which recalls a rash of shootings that terrorized the U.S. capital. Politics, genetically modified food, music and art are at the center of three documentaries that are among this weekend’s new Specialty offerings. Music Box will open Informant which looks at FBI informant Brandon Darby. Herb & Dorothy 50X50 is a follow-up to a 2008 doc that profiled a seemingly ordinary middle class couple who amassed an important collection of minimalist and conceptual art while Sample This looks at how a forgotten record helped cement hip hop on the streets of the Bronx.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
Director-writer: Billy Bob Thornton
Cast: Tippi Hedren, Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, Hohn Hurt, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
The first narrative feature Billy Bob Thornton has directed since Daddy And Them (2001), the provocatively titled Jayne Mansfield’s Car had its debut in competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. Distributor came on board the film set in 1969 Alabama soon after its premiere there. “We loved it – it has a phenomenal cast, a unique storyline and it’s Billy Bob Thornton’s return to directing,” said Anchor Bay president Bill Clark. “We knew that audiences could identify with one or more of the diverse characters in the film – everyone has an uncle, father, grandfather that embodies the aspects of each generation.” The film centers on the death of a clan’s estranged wife and mother which brings together two very different families.
Isaiah Washington stars in the Beltway sniper drama from first-time director Alexandre Moors, which also co-stars Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, and Leo Fitzpatrick. Pic features breakout work by youngster Tequan Richmond as Lee Boyd Malvo AKA John Lee Malvo, the teenager whose relationship with father figure …
Hot off Blue Caprice being picked up by Sundance Selects this week, lead actor Isaiah Washington has new management. Two new managers actually. Instead of having an agency, Washington and his Coalhouse Productions have signed with both Caliber Media and Inqlusion Entertainment for representation in all areas. The former Grey’s Anatomy actor was previously with APA. In the Beltway sniper saga Blue Caprice, Washington plays John Allen Muhammad, the older of the two shooters who terrorized the DC and Baltimore area in October 2002. Acting as a father figure, Muhammad instructed Lee Boyd Malvo, played by Tequan Richmond in the film, in the ways of murder. Their rampage left 10 dead and three critically wounded. Washington also served as Executive Producer on the Alexandre Moors-directed film.