By Bill Vaughan
A documentary chronicling the event which launched the “Black Lives Matter” movement is coming to television July 30 as “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” premieres on the Paramount network.
Described as the definitive look at one of the most talked-about and controversial cases in the last decade, the six-part series delves deep into the heart of the story, which is more than a tragic narrative about a young man’s life cut short. It is also a story about race, politics, power, money and the criminal justice system.
Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old high school student who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member, George Zimmerman, in the Florida community where they both lived. Zimmerman was acquitted on a second-degree murder charge after claiming he shot Martin in self-defense, sparking protests and outrage worldwide.
The source material for the film is the book “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” by his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who also serve as executive producers along with Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z.
MOVIE WATCH: “Widows,” director Steve McQueen’s follow-up to “12 Years a Slave” top lined by Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya; and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel by “Moonlight” helmer Barry Jenkins, will have their world premieres at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. “Widows” stars Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya, while “Beale Street” features Stephan James, Regina King and Teyonah Parris.
Among the other gala films announced by festival artistic director Cameron Bailey are George Tillman, Jr.’s “The Hate U Give,” with Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Anthony Mackie; Claire Denis’ sci-fi drama “High Life” with Robert Pattinson and André Benjamin; Emilio Estevez’s true-life activism tale “The Public,” with Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union and Michael Kenneth Williams; and Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star is Born” with Lady Gaga and Dave Chappelle.
Special screenings will include Reinaldo Marcus Green’s police killing drama “Monsters and Men,” with Chanté Adams, Nicole Beharie and Cassandra Freeman; David Lowery’s “The Old Man & the Gun,” starring Robert Redford, Elisabeth Moss, Danny Glover, John David Washington and Tika Sumpter; Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” chronicling a 1970s middle-class family in Mexico City; Stella Meghie’s “The Weekend” with Kym Whitley and Sasheer Zamata; and “Belle” director Amma Asante’s “Where Hands Touch,” a rites of passage story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.
For a complete listing of films and activities for the festival being held Sept. 6 –16, visit: www.tiff.net.
CLIPPETTES: Plenty of offerings on July 27 including Frankie Beverly and Maze at the Greek Theatre; Wu-Tang Clan performing “36 Chambers” at the Shrine Expo Hall; Sammy Sam with special guest Chuck D of Public Enemy at the free KX Festival in MacArthur Park; and Budweiser’s basketball tournament and dunk contest with host Shaquille O’Neal and entertainment by Ty Dolla $ign and Big Boi at Row DTLA. Over 21s may RSVP at https://budweiserlivela.com/ …
An adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” and a documentary on Debbie Allen’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” were among the eight upcoming Shonda Rhimes projects announced for Netflix …
Veteran actor Robert Hooks (“Trouble Man” “Passenger 57”) will make his autograph-signing debut at the Hollywood Show on July 27 at the Westin L.A. Airport Hotel. Joining him for the two-day event are the casts of “Police Academy” (Steve Guttenburg, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, etc.); Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow from “Leave It To Beaver;” Stan Shaw from “Harlem Nights” and more …
In martial arts movie news, “Ip Man 4” chronicling the further adventures of Bruce Lee’s sensei, is reportedly going to pit star Donnie Yen vs. the legendary Jackie Chan! Meanwhile, one of Lee’s classic films, “Enter The Dragon,” is about to be remade by “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch …
Reggae artist Maxi Priest sings his hits at the Rose in Pasadena on July 28 …
Lauren Ridloff, the Tony-nominated deaf actress who was discovered by director Kenny Leon for his Broadway revival of “Children of a Lesser God,” will become a regular cast member on the upcoming season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” …
Prior to taking the popular live game show on a national tour, Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black at the Roxy Theatre on July 30 …
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the cult favorite series that ran for seven seasons, is getting the reboot treatment with producers looking to cast an African-American lead …
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, Melissa Etheridge and Deva Mahal co-headline the bill Aug. 1 at the Hollywood Bowl.
TC ON TV: July 27 – “Extinction” (Netflix): Michael Peña stars in this alien invasion thriller. “The Bleeding Edge” (Netflix): This ground-breaking documentary explores how America’s profit-driven multibillion-dollar medical device industry puts patients at risk daily. “Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix): The complete sixth season is here. “Welcome To The Family” (Netflix): This new Latina comedy series forces a broke single mom to team up with her estranged deceased father’s girlfriend to cover up his death after learning they’ve been written out of his will.
July 28 – “We Belong Together” (BET): Draya Michele, Elise Neal, Valarie Pettiford and Brian J. White star in this domestic drama. “The Wrong Cruise” (Lifetime): Vivica A. Fox portrays a mother taking her teenage daughter on a cruise where they unexpectedly find themselves in a web of deceit.
July 29 – “$100,000 Pyramid” (ABC): Leslie Jones vs. Taye Diggs “Autopsy: The Last Hours of …” (Reelz): Florence Ballard followed by “Breaking The Band” about the group that made her famous – The Supremes. “Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis” (Comedy): Where Dennis Rodman jokes: “You keep making these bomb movies. But guess what? So does Kim Jong Un. But at least Kim is smart enough not to release his.”
July 30 – “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” (FM): iHeartRadio’s Real 92.3 nationally syndicated hip-hop radio show can now be seen on TV.
July 31 – “No Passport Required” (PBS): Queens, N.Y. “Frontline” (PBS): “Separated: Children At The Border”
Aug 1 – “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (MTV): The Emmy-nominated series returns for season two in back-to-back episodes making burgers with RuPaul and Faith Evans; and greens with Michelle Rodriquez and Cedric The Entertainer.
TASTY QUIP: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate” – OPRAH WINFREY
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