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Friday, May 23, 2008

Charles Burnett's New Project...


Saw this on Tambay's blog--tho Sergio sent me an email about it too:



With his Namibia epic behind him - a film that still is without an American distributor, and which I've heard mixed reviews about - Killer of Sheep director, Charles Burnett, has signed on to direct a film for the Hallmark cable TV channel, titled Relative Stranger.

The film stars former ER star Eriq La Salle, the timeless Cicely Tyson, and the usually dependable, Michael Beach.

In the Hallmark Channel original movie, La Salle plays an angry man who abandoned his wife, children and extended family six years ago. When his father dies, he returns to get what his dad left to him and reunites with his family in the process.

Tyson plays La Salle's mom, and Beach plays his brother.

Charles Burnett is directing from a script by Eric Haywood. Principal photography began this week and is targeted to premiere around the Christmas holidays.


From IW: I love Charles Burnett, but I hope this plays less depressing than it sounds...

4 comments:

Bygbaby said...

I love Cicely but I always see Ms Jane Pittman.

Bygbaby

clnmike said...

This movie does sound like a drag.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi there!

Eriq will just always be in my mind as that guy who had the jheri curl in "Coming To America"...

Michael Beach is always playing a character where he gets to be a sensitive brotha...he needs to get into another type of role to show his comedic talents...

This sounds like another black-man-redeemed sort of movie... but okay... I'm interested....

I like to see the bad guy become a good guy who does the right thing by the end of the film and makes amends to all he has wronged...

Since Cicely Tyson is in it...I'll fork over my 10 and see it on opening weekend...

I am VERY glad that filmmakers are using Cicely in their films because she disappeared for DECADES...and no one can carry a scene like Miss Cicely ...not even Angie Bassett...

Thanks for the news!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Invisible Woman said...

@bygbaby: dang, get over it--Jane Pittman was like 30 years ago! lol :-)

@clnmike: I hate to say it, but I think so.

@lisa: I agree about Cicely, but I've seen Michael Beach play an a-hole plenty of times...