JAKOB'S WIFE
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 04/16/2021
Running Time: 98
Rated: R
Cast: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden: Bonnie Aarons, Nyisha Bell, Sarah Lind, Mark Kelly, Armani Desirae, Robert Rusler, Jay DeVon Johnson and C.M. Punk.
Crew: Director: Travis Stevens. Producers: Travis Stevens, Kim Barnard, Morgan Peter Brown, Barabara Crampton, Bob Portal, Inderpal Singh and Joe Wicker. Executive Producers: Nina Kolokouri, Rick Moore and James Norrie. Screenwriters: Travis Stevens, Kathy Charles and Mark Steensland. Cinematographer: David Matthews.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Horror film legend Barbara Crampton (TV’s “Creepshow”) is a sight to behold in “Jakob’s Wife,” the latest blood-thirsty horror flick from director Travis Stevens (“Girl on the Third Floor”).

Vampires, evil spirits, religion, infidelity, and sheer madness is all on display in this sure to be instant cult classic.

Crampton plays Anne Fedder, the dutiful wife of Pastor Jakob Fedder (Larry Fessenden, “The Spine of Night”). They live in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business.

Except in this case, no one sensed that Anne was getting tired of her sanctimonious husband and their dull lifestyle. It seems Jakob has taken the old “King of the Castle” expression to heart. In the process he often ignores Anne. Consequently, Anne has emotionally checked out of their marriage and clearly isn’t happy.

Granted, some of the pastor’s time is taken by lots of churchgoers looking to him for spiritual guidance like Amelia (Nyeisha Bell, TV’s “Pride & Prejudice Atlanta”). She tells the pastor that her mother is drinking heavily again. He offers to pay her a visit.

Later that night while Amelia is walking home, she’s suddenly attacked by something bizarre. Her disappearance has the town on edge.

Meanwhile, Anne is as giddy as a schoolgirl when she learns that her old, college flame, now architect, Tom Low (Robert Rusler, “Wildfire”) is in town to look at renovating the local mill.

Sparks fly when they meet there. Tom asks Anne why she even married Pastor Jakob. He tells Anne that her husband only wants her to be submissive to him and that he’s kept her from being the vibrant and fun person that he remembers.

Lurking within the mill and town is a blood-thirsty being known as The Master (Bonnie Aarons, “The Nun” and “Annabelle Creation”). It takes a bite out of Anne but devours poor Tom. So much for that late night hook up.

But, just like that, Anne is a changed woman. She has an insatiable sexual desire and a thirst to drink bags of butcher’s blood. What big eyes and teeth she has. Anne’s transformation is too much for Tom and he nearly goes crazy trying to figure out what has happened to his faithful wife.

There are lots of moving pieces in “Jakob’s Wife” and most of them gel nicely. In addition, the film’s cast which includes: Angelie Simone (“TV’s “Two Sides”), Jay DeVon Johnson (TV’s “Greenleaf”) bring some humor to this gushy, blood fest. Yet, for me the biggest laugh comes courtesy of little Armani Desirae when she confronts Anne and Jakob as they are trying to put a dead body in the trunk of their car.

“Jakob’s Wife” isn’t scary in the traditional sense, but it’s a taut and effective horror film, nonetheless.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my N2Entertainment.net movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:20 p.m. on radio station KFBK 93.1 FM and 1530 AM.

Watch This Trailer For "JAKOB'S WIFE"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.
 

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<b>THE KID WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS</b> Title: THE KID WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 94
Production Company: Paramount
Director: Arthur A. Seidelman
Director of Photography: Hanania Baer
Screenwriter: Mark McClafferty, Clint Smith, Mark E. Corry, Lin Marlin and Sam Egan
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: There are a handful of Christmas movies that I absolutely must watch the week before Christmas.

They include: "The Preacher's Wife," with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. It's a remake of the 1947 film, "The Bishop's Wife" starring Cary Grant and Loretta Young.

Then there's of course, "It's a Wonderful Life," followed by "Frosty the Snowman," Rudolph...
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The More You Ignore Me <b>(Oct. 13)</b> Title: The More You Ignore Me (Oct. 13)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 98
Production Company: Vega Baby Releasing
Director: Keith English
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

?THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME"

Mental Illness is finally getting a lot of attention, particularly on the big screen. The latest movie to showcase the illness is the dark British dramedy, ?The More You Ignore Me? which has been adapted from comedian Jo Brand?s 2009 best-selling novel of the same name.

Directed by Keith English (Disney Channel, ?Bus Life?), ?The More You Ignore Me? is a coming-of-age drama set in 1980s England and finds pre-teen Alice (Ella Hunt, TV?s ?Dickinson?) preoccupied with her favorite music group, The Smiths.

It?s about the only thing that keeps her going in dead end small town she lives in with her schizophrenic mother Gina (Sheridan Smith, TV?s ?Isolation Stories?) and her bumbling father Keith Mark Addy (TV?s ?Downton Abby? and ?The Salisbury Poisonings?).

Her mother?s outbursts are scary, and Alice doesn?t know how long her father will be able to deal with each violent and strange episode which often includes an infatuation over the local weatherman. They ultimately decide mum is better off at a psychiatric hospital.

Although ?The More You Ignore Me? is rather scattershot, the film?s eclectic characters along with Hunt and Smith?s impassioned performances keep it lively and on track.
(Recommended).

Editor's Note: "The More You Ignore Me" is available now on VOD.
Due to the number of Indie movies being released, N2Entertainment.net will begin to feature reviews of some of them in this section as well as the movie review section as necessary.

One Story Up/Cherish: A Visual Poem  <b>(Oct. 15)</b> Title: One Story Up/Cherish: A Visual Poem (Oct. 15)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 22
Production Company: First Look Media
Director: Terrance Daye
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

EPISODE ONE: "CHERISH: A VISUAL POEM"

Oscar winning director Roger Ross Williams (Documentary/?Music By Prudence?) is hosting a new, monthly series for upstart filmmakers called ?One Story Up? which premiered Oct. 15 and is available on the new streaming service Topic from First Look Media.

Topic features some of the most talented emerging directors and underrepresented voices in film. The series will feature one short film per month that?s chosen by Williams, who introduces each episode and then returns for a discussion with the filmmaker.

The films in the series cover a wide range of important topics, from coming-of-age stories on race and class, to chronicles of growing up Black in the South, all from exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

The first short on Episode 1 is ?Cherish: A Visual Poem? from filmmaker Terrance Daye who is a 2018 Spike Lee Film Production grant recipient and a Sundance Ignite Fellow.

?Cherish: A Visual Poem? follows a young boy watching a spirited display of church worshippers at his home. His imagination takes flight and as he breaks away from his reality, he begins to experience a sense of renewed freedom and wonder.
(Recommended).

?Editor?s Note: Launched last year, Topic features North American premieres and exclusive programming from around the world, complemented by a diverse slate of originals. Recent programming includes: the weekly comedic variety series: ?Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth;? ?Down from London? from executive producer Sharon Horgan; horror anthology series ?Soul City? from filmmakers Coodie and Chike; BAFTA TV Award nominee ?The Virtues? from filmmaker Shane Meadows starring Stephen Graham; Maria Bamford?s discussion show on mental health, ?What?s Your Ailment?!; and critically acclaimed documentary and narrative films such as ?Behemoth? and ?We Need to Talk About Kevin.?

Topic is available to US and Canadian audiences on Topic.com, Apple iOS, and AppleTV, Android, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, in addition to Amazon Prime Video Channels. Check it out.

Sno Babies <b>(Sept. 29)</b> Title: Sno Babies (Sept. 29)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 109
Production Company: Better Noise Entertainment
Director: Bridget Smith
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"SNO BABIES"

?Sno Babies,? from director Bridget Smith (?The Retaliators?) and screenwriter Michael Walsh (?Right Before Your Eyes?) is a dark and gritty cautionary tale about teen drug abuse. The film is available On Demand Sept. 29.

The film stars newcomer Katie Kelly (TV?s ?Game of Silence?) as Kristen McKusker. At first blush it seems as if Kristen has the world on a string. Her parents are extremely wealthy, and Kristen is the apple of their eye. She?s a good, Catholic girl headed to Princeton.

However, looks are deceiving and it?s a shame that her father Bill (Ken Arnold, ?The Night Watchmen?) and her real-estate mother Clare (Shannon Wilson, ?Halston?) are so caught up in with their busy lives they don?t notice how much Kristen is slipping away from them.

It all starts when Kristen is hanging out with her boyfriend and he wants her to pop a couple of OxyContin so she can experience the high of ?having all her worries and problems disappear.?

It?s not long before Kristen wants a new drug and her heroin addicted best friend Hannah (Paola Andino, TV?s ?Queen of the South?) knows what she should try. Hannah is a bubbly teen too and would rather spend her days shooting up than attending school.
Hannah soon convinces Kristen to upgrade to heroin. She even shows Kristen where to inject the needle on her tongue, between her toes and a few other scenic spots.

While much of ?Sno Babies? centers around Kristen and Hannah, there is also a subplot involving a couple played by Jane Stiles, (TV?s ?F.B.I.?) and Michael Lombardi (?Central Park?). They want to get married, but a family inherited nature preserve is causing them all sorts of financial problems and forcing them to put their plans on hold.

?Sno Babies? may be a jumbled film, but it still packs a powerful and important message for teens or anyone struggling with drug addiction.
(Recommended).

Editor?s Note: The official ?Sno Babies? soundtrack features some of the biggest names in rock music today. The soundtrack will include two tracks from SIXX:A.M. and will include the Top 10 hits from Country/Rock star Cory Marks (?Outlaws & Outsiders?) and from chart toppers Bad Wolves (?Sober? - the #1 hit) as well as new music from Eva Under Fire, From Ashes to New and Escape The Fate.

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story <b>(Sept. 22)</b> Title: Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (Sept. 22)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 84
Production Company: Shout! Studios
Director: April Wright
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY"

?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story? is an exciting, up-close and personal look at some of the most amazing Hollywood stuntwomen who drive the action and thrills of today?s biggest blockbuster movies. It also acknowledges the unsung heroines of the silent age of cinema.

Narrated by Michelle Rodriguez (?Widows,? ?The Fast and the Furious?) ?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story?-- from Shout! Studios-- debuts Sept. 22 on the digital platforms AppleTV, Amazon, VUDU, GooglePlay, hoopla, Fandango Now, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, and Charter.

Directed by April Wright (?Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace?) and produced by Stephanie Austin, Michael Gruskoff, and Marion Rosenberg, ?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story? spotlights pioneering women such as Jadie David who served as the stunt double for the legendary Pam Grier in the classic, blaxploitation 1970?s movies ?Coffy? (1973), ?Friday Foster? (1975) and ?Sheba, Baby? (1975), Julie Ann Johnson (?Women in Chains?) who was the first woman to work as a stunt coordinator on a major TV show (?Charlie Angels?) and Jeannie Epper who doubled for Lyndia Carter in the hit TV series, ?Wonder Woman.?

These women reveal their passion for the profession and share some of their humorous stunt work moments. They also discuss how they overcame many obstacles; notably their struggle to be treated equally and how they help pave the way for today?s Hollywood stuntwomen like Cheryl Lewis (?Wonder Woman 1984,? ?Luke Cage? and ?I Am Legend?), Alyma Dorsey (?Joker,? ?Captain Marvel? and Jumanji: The Next Level?) and Amy Johnston (?Captain America: Winter Soldier? and ?Suicide Squad?).

"Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story" is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Mollie Gregory.

The film features the original song, ?Without A Net? written by Academy Award nominee Diane Warren performed by Mickey Guyton.

Directors Paul Verhoeven, Paul Feig and Anne Fletcher and producer Al Ruddy also talk about the importance of stunt performers in their films and reveal some tricks of the trade.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor?s Note: Some information used in this review obtained from Shout! Studios/Publicity.
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Prior to his TV and film career, Michael Warren was a standout basketball player for which of the following colleges?
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University California, Los Angeles--Bruins
Cal State University San Bernardino--Coyotes
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93RD OSCARS KICK OFF By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

93RD OSCARS PERFORMERS KICK OFF OSCAR SUNDAY

Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren will perform the five nominated original songs in their entirety for “Oscars: Into the Spotlight,” the lead-in to the 93rd Oscars, producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh announced. One performance will be recorded in Húsavík, Iceland and four at the Dolby Family Terrace of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

Hosted by actors Ariana DeBose (“Hamilton”) and Lil Rel Howery (“Bad Trip”), the 90-minute “Oscars: Into the Spotlight” will highlight the nominees’ journey to Hollywood’s biggest night, give fans around the world the ultimate insiders’ sneak peek into the party and for the first time bring Oscar music to the festivities. The show will feature a special appearance by DJ Tara. “Oscars: Into the Spotlight” will air on Oscar Sunday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

“We’ve come up with some serious pre-game and post-game action to enhance our main event,” said Collins, Sher and Soderbergh. “Our suggestion is just tune in for the whole shebang, otherwise you’ll miss something really unexpected and fun.”

At the conclusion of the 93rd Oscars, the celebration continues live on ABC with “Oscars: After Dark,” hosted by actors Colman Domingo (“Zola”) and Andrew Rannells (“The Prom”) and featuring interviews by film critic Elvis Mitchell. The special recaps the evening’s must-see moments and showcases Oscar winners as they have their statuettes personalized.

Both specials are executive-produced by Michael Antinoro and David Chamberlin, alongside producers Collins, Sher and Soderbergh.

The 93rd Oscars will be held on April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite.

“Oscars: Into the Spotlight” will air live on Oscar Sunday, April 25, on ABC at 6:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The Oscars will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. “Oscars: After Dark” will immediately follow the Oscars show.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Editor's Note: Information used in this report obtained from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


OSCARS PRESENTERS REVEALED By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

93RD OSCARS ALL-STAR CAST REVEALED

Show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh announced on April 12 the ensemble cast to present at the 93rd Oscars, which airs live on ABC on, April 25, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Starring, in alphabetical order, are: Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

“In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” said Collins, Sher and Soderbergh. “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”

Additional talent joining the show to be announced soon.

The 93rd Oscars will be held on April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

N2Entertainment.net was credentialled again this year--abeit it Virtually--to attend the Oscars and we will provide more info about Hollywood's biggest night as it beomes available.

Be sure to check out N2Entertainment.net on April 19 (TV Close-Up) for our preview story and our picks of who we'd like to see win the coveted Golden Oscar.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

FOLLOW THE ACADEMY: www.oscars.org www.facebook.com/TheAcademy www.youtube.com/Oscars www.twitter.com/TheAcademy www.instagram.com/TheAcademy

Editor's Note: Information used in this report provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

LEE DANIELS’ "THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY" WILL LAUNCH ON HULU FEB 26

The streaming platform Hulu announced that it has acquired the rights to Lee Daniels’ "The United States vs. Billie Holiday",which will debut on Hulu on Feb. 26.

The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time,Patek Philippe Replica Watches spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.”

Led by Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, "The United State vs. Billie Holiday" unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated, irrepressible life. Screenplay writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement.

NAACP Image Award Nominee Trevante Rhodes and EmmyNominee Natasha Lyonne co-star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, and Erik LaRay Harvey.

“Whether you are new to the story and legacy of Billie Holiday or know every note she ever sang, I do hope our celebration of this complex woman does justice to a great musical legend and civil rights activist whose artistry resonates as well today, as it did 80 years ago. Hulu releasing this film and giving it a platform to be seen nationwide is a blessing, because as recent events reveal, our country has much work to do in fulfilling its promise of a more perfect union,” said Lee Daniels.

Additionally, the first trailer was released showcasing the first footage of Andra Day as Billie Holiday. Link to the trailer: "THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY"

New Slate Ventures, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Roth Kirschenbaum Films are producing with Jordan Fudge, Lee Daniels, Pamela Oas Williams, Tucker Tooley, Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum. Executive producers include Hilary Shor, Jeremy Allen, Patty Long, Johann Hari, Cassian Elwes, Mark Bomback and Dennis Stratton.

ABOUT HULU:

Hulu is the leading premium streaming service offering live and on-demand TV and movies, with and without commercials, both in and outside the home. Launched in 2008, Hulu is the only service that gives viewers instant access to current shows from every major U.S. broadcast network; libraries of hit TV series and films; and acclaimed Hulu Originals like Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series "The Handmaid’s Tale" and "The Act;" Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award nominated and Peabody-winning series Ramy; and EmmyAward nominated series including Wu-Tang: An American Saga, and Pen15 alongside hit series Little Fires Everywhere, Normal People, Hillary, Shrill, Solar Opposites and Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary film "Minding the Gap" and critically acclaimed Hulu Original films "Palm Springs" "Run" and "Happiest Season."

The service also streams live news, entertainment and sports from 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation, The CW, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Discovery Networks – available all in one place. Recent hit Hulu Originals include Little Fires Everywhere from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, the TV adaptation of best-selling novel Normal People, comedy series The Great and the romantic comedy "Happiest Season." Upcoming Original releases include: "The Dropout" based on the ABC News investigative podcast and starring Kate McKinnon and the book to screen adaptation of "Nine Perfect Strangers" starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.

Editor's Note: Information used in this report obtained from Hulu.