Footage Films Sets ‘Power’ Star Cynthia Addai-Robinson To Star In Thriller ‘Always And Forever’

By Justin Kroll

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Footage Films has tapped Power star Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Lauren London to star in the Always and Forever.

The psychological thriller follows the lives of four childhood friends who experienced trauma long ago at a summer camp. Determined to get past it, the group moves on with their lives, barely talking about what happened. Though it seems like the past is buried, it comes back to haunt them when an unidentified stalker comes for all of them, one by one.

The film also stars Robbie Jones, Loretta Devine, Rocsi Diaz, Wood Harris and Deborah Ayorinde. The film is written and produced by Christopher B. Stokes, who also executive produced alongside Rob Johnson and Patrick Johnson. Serving as producers are Marques Houston, Jerome Jones, Jarell Houston, Shondrella Avery, Patrick Johnson and Alana Brown.

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Footage Films & Director Christopher B. Stokes Continue To Illuminate The Screen With Strong African American Leading Ladies In The Thriller “Always And Forever”

The Film Always And Forever Sees The Return of Lauren London Back To The Big Screen And Stars Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Footage Films continues to spotlight black excellence and black women in leading roles in Hollywood with their new motion picture, Always And Forever. The film co-stars Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Power) and marks the return of Lauren London back to the big screen. The psychological thriller follows the lives of four childhood friends who experienced trauma long ago at a summer camp. Determined to get past it, the group moves on with their lives, barely talking about what happened. Though it seems like the past is buried, it comes back to haunt them when an unidentified stalker comes for all of them, one by one. The film also stars Robbie Jones in the upcoming movie. Loretta Devine (P-ValleyFor Colored Girls), Rocsi Diaz, Wood Harris (EmpireCreed), and Deborah Ayorinde (Fatherhood, Girls Trip) will also appear. The film is written and produced by Christopher B. Stokes, who also executive produced alongside Rob Johnson and Patrick Johnson. Serving as producers, Marques Houston, Jerome Jones, Jarell Houston, Shondrella Avery, Patrick Johnson, and Alana Brown. The film will premiere in select theaters and video-on-demand platforms on November 20th, 2020. It will also be available for streaming on UMC, the first and largest streaming service created for Black TV and films, which will exclusively host the thriller Always And Forever. RLJ Distribution Company will release the film domestically.

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I was thrilled to be able to work with the one and only Miss Loretta Devine, someone who I truly respect and admire. Also, Lauren London who’s a great friend of mine. I am just overwhelmed and fortunate to be in a position where I can work with such Veterans like Wood Harris. Being able to have a vision and see it carried out is why I love being a director. I get to do what I always dreamed of as a kid growing up watching Steven Spielberg. Working with true talent, doing what I love. Creating thrillers is my passion and I’m happy I can send people on a good rollercoaster ride with this one. Footage Films has so many great things to come, stay tuned.

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Alex Trebek, long-running ‘Jeopardy!’ host, dies at 80

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“Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family,” said Tony Vinciquerra, chairman- CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of ‘Jeopardy!’ and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives.”

The jovial emcee won five Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host. In 2011, Trebek received a Peabody Award for “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge”; “Jeopardy!” is the only post-1960 game show to be so honored.

The gameshow created by Merv Griffin first ran on NBC from 1964-75, was once the province of host Art Fleming, who died in 1995. But it is now hard to think of the show as something separate from Trebek.

Trebek held the Guinness World Record for the most gameshow episodes hosted by the same presenter (same program) since June 13, 2014. Trebek hosted more than 8,200 episodes of “Jeopardy!” over the course of 37 seasons. The show, which airs in tandem in most markets with “Wheel of Fortune,” has delivered amazingly durable ratings, much of which is attributed to Trebek’s popularity and longevity as host.

Bob Iger, executive chairman of Disney, paid tribute to Trebek as “a friend, a colleague and an icon.” “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” have for decades aired on ABC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other markets.

“He graced us with his kindness, warmth, wit and pure elegance, which is why we welcomed him into our homes night after night, year after year,” Iger said. “He also showed us what courage looks like as he battled cancer with dignity and determination.”

The “Jeopardy!” website has included a quote from Trebek — “I think what makes ‘Jeopardy!’ special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to reward and encourage learning” — and from his delivery of the “answers” to his interactions with the contestants on the show, Trebek showed himself to be a man interested in intellectual pursuits of all kinds — not an empty suit like so many other game show hosts.

Trebek was married to Elaine Callei (now known as Elaine Trebek Kares) from 1974 until their divorce in 1981.

He is survived by his second wife, Jean, and three children, Matthew, Emily and Nicky.

New Movie Alert – Always & Forever In Theaters In November

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So excited and proud to announce that my movie Always & Forever will be in theaters this November. It was such an honor and a pleasure to work with so many talented actors. I’m also so glad for you all to see my girl Lauren London’s return to the big screen. She was awesome in this movie!!! I can’t wait for you all to see it!

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Donald Trump Tests Positive For Covid-19

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the president tweeted early Friday morning. Coming just a month before Election Day, the announcement sent shockwaves across the country, and the world

Mr. Trump said he and the first lady would begin quarantining immediately. 

The first lady tweeted after the positive tests, saying she and the president were “feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements.” 

Other world leaders, such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have contracted the virus and returned to service, but the president is older than his counterparts who tested positive. Mr. Trump is 74 years old and has at least one underlying condition, placing him at a higher risk for complications, according to Centers for Disease Control guidance, but he was said to be feeling well.

The White House physician issued a memo confirming the positive tests, and saying the president and first lady were doing well and planned to remain at home.

“Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” wrote Sean Conley, physician to the president. 

A senior White House official told CBS News that Mr. Trump was “in good spirits,” and noted that catching a COVID-19 infection “early helps to mitigate the situation.” 

The official said it was “beneficial” that there have not been many people around the president, for contract tracing purposes. 

However, Mr. Trump met supporters in person earlier on Thursday at a fundraising event, and held a rally with supporters in Minnesota on Wednesday night. On Tuesday he was in Cleveland, Ohio, for the first presidential debate.

When asked if there were others quarantining at the White House after the president and first lady’s positive tests, a senior White House official told CBS News that “contact tracing has been done and the appropriate notifications and recommendations have been made.” 

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Lose Baby After Pregnancy Complications

“Driving home from the hospital with no baby,” Ms. Teigen wrote on Twitter. “How can this be real.” She said she and her husband had decided to call the infant Jack.

The model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen said late Wednesday that she and her husband, the singer John Legend, had lost their third child, a son, days after she posted on social media about suffering pregnancy complications.

“Driving home from the hospital with no baby,” Ms. Teigen wrote on Twitter. “How can this be real.”

Ms. Teigen also posted a black-and-white photograph on Twitter and Instagram that showed her sitting on a hospital bed with her hands clasped in a prayer-like position, seemingly in tears. Another Instagram photo shows her holding her baby as Mr. Legend kisses her shoulder.

Ms. Teigen, 34, joined a long list of celebrities who have broken a social taboo in recent years to speak out about pregnancy loss. 

Our prayers are with the Legend family.

Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dies At 43 From Colon Cancer

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Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday after a four year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”).

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement read. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Boseman also appeared in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” and played Thurgood Marshall in 2017’s “Marshall.”

Marques Houston Marries His Fiance Miyana Dickey

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Marques Houston officially is a married man! He tied the knot with his new wife Miyana Dickey on August 24, 2020. The two exchanged vows at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, California. Their small guest list amid the COVID-19 pandemic included Houston’s Immature bandmates, Jerome Jones and Kelton Kessee, and recording artist MAJOR., who made a surprise appearance to sing Dickey’s favorite song, “Why I Love You.”

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The couple got engaged in March 2019 after five months of dating. “She said ‘YES,’” the producer captioned a photo of the couple’s fingers intertwined at the time — showing off Dickey’s engagement ring.

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As you know Marques Houston is a friend of our blog and we are very excited to see him make this next step in his life. It’s awesome to see two beautiful black people share a bond of love that is so pure.

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Congratulations Marques & Miyana Houston!!!

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Beloved Talk Show Host Regis Philbin Dies At The Age Of 88

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“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about,” the Philbin family shares with PEOPLE in an exclusive statement Regis Philbin has died. The beloved star was 88.

The longtime television host died on July 24, PEOPLE confirms. “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,” his family shares with PEOPLE in an exclusive statement on Saturday.

“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” the Philbin family says.

In 1988, Philbin began his run as host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Leealongside Kathie Lee Gifford. After 15 years, Gifford left the ABC show but the pair remained close after her departure.

In 2001, the franchise became Live! with Regis and Kelly, co-starring Kelly Ripa before he left in 2011 after 23 years on-air. (He was replaced by former football player Michael Strahan, who later departed for Good Morning America and was replaced by Ryan Seacrest in 2017.)

Philbin also served as the original host of the widely popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002. In addition, the New York City native’s hosting credits include Million Dollar Password, the first season of America’s Got Talent, as well as a reoccurring co-host seat on Rachael Ray.

Born on August 25, 1931, Philbin was raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1949 before attending the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a sociology degree in 1953.

After serving in the Navy, Philbin began his career in show business as a writer and made his way in front of the camera in 1961 with a local talk show in San Diego called The Regis Philbin Show. Then in 1967, he became widely known as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show.

After a string of local talk shows, including A.M. Los Angeles and Regis Philbin’s Saturday Night in St. Louis, he moved to New York in 1983 to host The Morning Show, which was renamed three years later as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.

Philbin’s accolades include Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as outstanding game show host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.

Throughout his career, Philbin had various health issues. He underwent an angioplasty in 1993, followed by triple bypass surgery due to plaque in his arteries in March 2007. In December 2009, the television personality had his hip replaced.

Philbin, who was married twice, is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who died in 2014.