By G. Brown
Whoopi Goldberg to co-star in “Nine Eleven” Goldberg will co-star in the indie drama that follows five people who were trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center on that fateful day of September 11, 2001. Goldberg will be joined by co-stars Charlie Sheen and Wood Harris in a movie director Martin Guigui describes as “a highly emotional journey.” Guigui also says he has assembled “a dynamic bunch” to make this film happen and “we are fortunate to have such a gifted cast on board. Both Charlie and Whoopi are native New Yorkers who strongly identify with this story.” Filming for “Nine Eleven” begins this week.
Singer Janelle Monae joins “Hidden Figures” Monae joins the cast of this highly anticipated film that tells the true story of the African-American women whose math skills launched the astronauts into outer space. The movie is based on the soon to be published book of the same name that tells how the real-life mathematicians worked at NASA during one of the toughest times for Black Americans—during the Civil Rights era. Monae joins Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner in this story of the four women also known as the “colored computers”. Monae’s casting completes the third of four lead roles featuring African American actresses…no word on who is on the short list for the final lead slot.
From YouTube sensation to superstardom If you’ve ever wondered how or why some YouTube videos go viral, you’re not alone—so did the director of this documentary titled “Presenting Princess Shaw”. The film looks at how one woman uses YouTube to get closer to her dreams of becoming a star. In the story, New Orleans amateur singer Princess Shaw uploaded videos of her singing and performing to YouTube. An Israeli director wanted to follow the formula that leads to some videos going viral and became so enthralled by Princess Shaw’s video showcasing her talent that he helped catapult her towards her dreams becoming reality. A video released of Shaw’s “Give It Up” did go viral back in 2014 reaching almost 2.5 million views. The documentary screens at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival later this month. Here’s your first reel look at a clip of “Presenting Princess Shaw”