The Film Strip: Cuba Gooding, Jr. on ‘Life of a King,’ Oscars and Foreign Stigma

January 19, 2014 Cuba Gooding Jr. & Dennis Haysbert in ‘Life of a King’ *Cuba Gooding, Jr. is Eugene Brown in the remarkable film, “The Life of a King,” based on the real life of the Big Chair Chess Club founder. In prison 18 years for bank robbery, Brown learned how to play chess. After his release Brown’s motto […]

Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Life Of A King’, ‘Generation War’, ‘Back In The Day’, ‘Big Bad Wolves’, ‘G.B.F.’

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 9:33am PSTTags: Back In The Day, Generation War, Life Of A King, Specialty Box Office COMMENTS (0) Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor. As Sundance kicks into high gear with much of the spectrum of the indie world high up in Utah, Millennium will debut Life Of A King with Cuba Gooding, Jr. The project has been […]

First Lady, Alicia Keys Team up for Education

WASHINGTON January 16, 2014 (AP) First lady Michelle Obama and singer Alicia Keys are teaming up to turn the message of a movie about two inner-city boys battling long odds into a call for the nation to do more to help young people get the support they need to make it to — and through […]

The first lady picks 2013 Sundance favorite “Mister & Pete” for a screening

Brooklyn Park screenwriter gets a White House invitation The first lady picks 2013 Sundance favorite “Mister & Pete” for a screening Blog post by: Colin Covert Updated: January 10, 2014 – 3:44 PM Michael Starrbury Brooklyn Park screenwriter Michael Starrbury has had some nice accolades. His scripts have won multiple awards and his first film to […]

AFM: 13 Films Launching With Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning’s ‘Very Good Girls’

Newly minted sales-production banner 13 Films is launching at AFM with Naomi Foner’s directorial debut “Very Good Girls,” starring Elizabeth Olsenand Dakota Fanning. The drama, which debuted at Sundance, will have its debut market screening at AFM. Story centers on two girls who pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school and […]

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s ‘Life of a King’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Millennium Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to “Life of a King,” a drama that stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as a chess-playing ex-con. The film premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Jake Goldberger directed from a script he co-wrote with David Scott and Dan Wetzel. Gooding portrays Eugene Brown, an ex-con who founded the Big […]