Sunday, June 7, 2020

Featured TV Series: 'Extant' Season 1 (June, July & August 2020)

Every single month we look at one of Halle Berry's movies and some of the highlights of that particular period in her life. This summer, in honor of her joining the 'Moonfall' cast, I have decided to briefly switch it up and cover her first foray into space with 'Extant'.

Each week over the next three months, new clips will be posted from a new episode of the series’ 13-episode first season starting with the dramatic pilot and culminating with the explosive season finale. Take a look at the schedule for each episode beneath:

June 01: Episode 01 - “Re-Entry”
June 08: Episode 02 - “Extinct”
June 15: Episode 03 - “Wish You Were Here”
June 22: Episode 04 - “Shelter”
June 29: Episode 05 - “What on Earth is Wrong”

July 06: Episode 06 - “Nightmares”
July 13: Episode 07 - “More in Heaven and Earth”
July 20: Episode 08 - “Incursion”
July 27: Episode 09 - “Care and Feeding”

August 03: Episode 10 - “A Pack of Cards”
August 10: Episode 11 - “A New World”
August 17: Episode 12 - “Before the Blood”
August 24: Episode 13 - “Ascension”

Visit our official Instagram page (@UltimateHalleBerry) for highlights throughout the summer.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Halle Berry Heads To Space In Roland Emmerich’s 'Moonfall'

Halle Berry has signed on as the female lead in 'Moonfall', the Roland Emmerich-helmed sci-fi epic, which already counts Josh Gad (pictured with Berry above) amongst its cast and has been acquired by Lionsgate for release in 2021. Read more details below:

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Halle Berry will star in Moonfall, the latest sci-fi disaster picture from Roland Emmerich.

Berry joins Josh Gad, who was first to sign up, in the thriller that Emmerich, who made destroying Earthly landmarks his signature with movies such as Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, co-wrote and is directing.

Production is eying a fall start with Lionsgate, which released Emmerich’s last movie, World War II pic Midway, distributing in North America.

Penned by Emmerich and 2012 co-writer Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen, Moonfall sees its plot go into action when the moon is knocked from its orbit by a mysterious force and is on a collision course with Earth. Life as we know it hangs in the balance and with just weeks to go before impact, a ragtag team is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to land on the lunar surface and save humanity.

Gad is playing an eccentric genius that deduces that the moon has fallen out of its orbit. Berry will play an astronaut-turned-NASA administrator whose previous mission holds a clue to the catastrophe.

Emmerich is producing Moonfall under his Centropolis banner with Kloser producing through his company, Street Entertainment.

As he did with Midway, Emmerich and Centropolis are independently producing and financing Moonfall, overseeing all aspects of production, financing and delivery. They are also collaborating with Lionsgate and AGC International, which sold out the film worldwide in Cannes 2019, as well as with international distributors on marketing and distribution.

Lionsgate is eyeing a North American release in 2021.

Getting Berry for an outing is a big deal as the Oscar-winning actress has made few big-screen appearances in recent years. Her last outing saw her team up with Keanu Reeves to shoot, stab and maim in 2019’s John Wick 3: Parabellum. Before that, she appeared in 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle. She also recently wrapped her directorial debut, Bruised, in which she also stars as a female MMA fighter. Berry is repped by WME and Management 360.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Featured Film: 'Frankie & Alice' (May 2020)

Each month we will take a closer look at one of Halle Berry's films and some of the highlights of that period in her life. This month's film is 'Frankie & Alice', which was a passion project that took over a decade to get made and features a virtuoso performance from the actress.

Beautifully directed by Geoffrey Sax and co-starring Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson, the film is based on a true story about a popular go-go dancer/stripper in the 1970s who has dissociative identity disorder.

Visit our official Instagram page (@UltimateHalleBerry) for highlights throughout the month.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Halle Berry Among Black Actresses Featured In 'T' Magazine

Extraordinary African-American actresses, including Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Taraji P. Henson and more, remember their first roles and discuss the solidarity they feel with one another in the latest issue of 'T: The New York Times Style Magazine'.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Halle Berry Launches 'Re-Spin' Digital Health & Wellness App

Halle Berry extended her 'Re-Spin' brand by launching a digital health and wellness community app, which is now available for download in the Apple App Store. Not only does it allow fans to interact with each other, but the app also allows you to buy 'Re-Spin' products and get tips directly from the actress. See her message and watch the intro video below:

Announcing @respin, a digital health and wellness community from me to you. At 22 years old, I was diagnosed with diabetes… It was the moment I knew my health journey needed to change. Nutrition, fitness and wellness has since transformed my life - reconnecting my mind, body and soul - teaching me how truly valuable my body is. I know that we’re all at home right now, and that this time in the world is challenging for each of us in different ways. As we collectively re-align, I invite you to join the @respin community - this is an early release and a work in progress, but feel free to use it as a wellness resource, a place to connect, to learn something new or maybe just as a distraction from our surreal circumstances. Either way I am thrilled to have you here with us, and look forward to our journey together. Download the app now via #linkinbio - 🎥 Mark C. Roe - Special thanks to my creative partner @iamlindsayflores and my business partner @kendrabrackenferguson ♥️♥️

Friday, April 10, 2020

Halle Berry Defends Letting Her Son Wear Heels

Halle Berry's lighthearted moment of letting her son Maceo wear her heels was met with harsh criticism from fans on social media, but for the actress, the moment was about laughter and making the most of a bad situation (quarantine). See her response to critics below:

Halle Berry To Reveal Secret Project Tomorrow

Halle Berry is gearing up for a big announcement! The actress revealed to her 6 million followers on Instagram that she will share a early version of a new project that she has been hard at work on tomorrow (April 11th). Watch her tantalizing preview below:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Featured Film: 'B.A.P.S' (April 2020)

Each month we will take a closer look at one of Halle Berry's films and some of the highlights of that period in her life. This month's film is 'B.A.P.S', which has become a black cult classic.

Directed by Robert Townsend, the film stars Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle as waitresses, who decide to fly to Los Angeles for a music-video audition in order to raise money for their dream project -- a business that combines soul-food dining with a hair salon. Circumstances eventually find the Southern ladies on the estate of Mr. Blakemore (Martin Landau), an elderly millionaire. Despite their vast cultural differences, Nisi and Mickey form close bonds with Blakemore and his butler (Ian Richardson).

Visit our official Instagram page (@UltimateHalleBerry) for highlights throughout the month.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

'Boomerang': Halle Berry & Lena Waithe-Produced Series Sets Women of Color As Directors For Season 2 & Reveals Trailer

Season 2 of 'Boomerang' is coming to BET on March 11th and the series, which is executive produced by Halle Berry and Lena Waithe, is upping the ante by bringing a roster of women of color directors to helm the show's sophomore season. Read more details beneath:

‘Boomerang’ Season 2 To Be Directed Entirely By Women Of Color

BET’s Boomerang is coming back for season 2 on March 11 and it’s bringing a talented roster of women of color to direct all eight episodes. The network also released a new trailer that gives an extended look at the comedy which puts Bryson (Tequan Richmond), Simone (Tetona Jackson) and the entire Boomerang gang in a whole new — and hyperrealistic — series of life lessons.

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions have set Angeli Millan (The Cleveland Show, Us and Them, The Muppets) and Dime Davis (A Black Lady Sketch Show, The Chi) as co-showrunners. Davis, who also worked on the show’s freshman season, directed four of the eight episodes while Tiffany Johnson (Dear White People, Black Monday, Twenties) and Katrelle N. Kindred will direct two episodes each. Kindred was brought on by Davis and is also a member of ViacomCBS’s ViewFinder Emerging TV Directors Program. Boomerang marks her TV directorial debut.

The decision for an all-female directors slate for the second was supported by Hillman Grad Productions, 606 Films, BET, Paramount and Viacom.“This season, we really wanted to go bigger and bolder,” said Davis. “Keeping everything we loved from the first season and dumping the rest, we were able to find a unique approach to the storytelling in season 2. We were given the freedom to make Boomerang our own, and Angeli and I ran with that.”

She continued, “We’ve truly made this season of Boom an ensemble show, delivering dynamic character arcs that ask a lot of our cast — and it’s all been worth it — the performances, this season, are truly magical…as is the show.”

For those of you who need a refresher, Boomerang is based on the iconic ’90s romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Berry. The BET series takes place about 25 years after the events of Marcus Graham’s (played by Murphy in the original) feature. It centers on Marcus and Angela Lewis’s (played by Berry in the film) daughter Simone and Bryson (son of Jaqueline Broyer, who was played by Robin Givens in the movie). The two are making moves as marketing professionals — like their parents. While they attempt to step out of their parents’ shadows, they try to navigate the terrain of relationships with their friends. The series also stars Leland Martin as Ari, RJ Walker as David, Brittany Inge as Crystal and Lala Milan as Tia.

Boomerang is produced through Hillman Grad Productions and Halle Berry’s 606 Films, in conjunction with Paramount Television.

Featured Film: 'The Call' (March 2020)

Each month we will take a closer look at one of Halle Berry's films and some of the highlights of that period in her life. This month's film is the suspense thriller 'The Call'.

Directed by Brad Anderson, the film stars Abigail Breslin as Casey Welson, a teenage girl kidnapped by a serial killer and Berry as Jordan Turner, a 9-1-1 operator, still suffering emotionally from a prior botched 9-1-1 call, who receives Casey's call, while Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, Michael Imperioli and David Otunga also star.

Visit our official Instagram page (@UltimateHalleBerry) for highlights throughout the month.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Report: Halle Berry To Star In 'John Wick' Spinoff About Sofia

Since she commanded the screen in 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum', fans have been calling for a spinoff starring Halle Berry's Sofia and it looks like we may be finally getting our wish. According to We Got This Covered, who has correctly predicted a lot of castings, Lionsgate has put a project revolving about the character in development. Details below:

John Wick Spinoff Starring Halle Berry’s Sofia Reportedly In The Works

Halle Berry’s Sofia made quite the impression in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Though she only appeared in three extended scenes, those may have been the best bits of the film.

For those who haven’t seen it, Berry’s Sofia is a veteran assassin and manager at the Moroccan Continental who owes Keanu Reeves’ John a favor. The pair bond over their love of dogs as they head out with Sofia’s two Belgian Malinois hounds in tow to meet Jerome Flynn’s villainous Barracuda. Barracuda then does the one thing you definitely don’t want to do in a John Wick movie: he shoots one of the dogs.

Fortunately, this dog’s wearing a bulletproof vest. Even so, it leads into a brutal and amazing extended action sequence where the two assassins (and the dogs) kick some serious ass. And now it seems that we might get to see more of Sofia and her faithful hounds, as our sources – the same ones who told us a Green Lantern show is coming to HBO Max and John Cena is playing Vin Diesel’s brother in Fast & Furious 9, both of which turned out to be true – say that a John Wick spinoff is in development and will focus on Sofia on the hunt for her daughter.

This project may be the second female-led John Wick spinoff we get, too, as Ballerina is also in production. That pic will star Unity Phelan’s ballerina assassin character from the third film as she gets revenge on the men who killed her family. John Wick: Chapter 3 screenwriter Shay Hatten is on script duties with veteran action director Len Wiseman helming the project.

But Phelan will have to put some serious effort in to match Berry’s dedication. During the making of John Wick 3, director Chad Stahelski revealed to EW how much work the actress put into training to play Sofia, as he explained:

“She would have to do three hours of martial arts, two hours of guns, and then, because the dogs are so sensitive, Halle had to become a trainer for the animals. So, she [spent] another three, four hours a day just hanging out with the dogs, and giving them commands, and telling them what to do. That is a massive time commitment for an actress of her caliber that could be making millions of dollars elsewhere on other jobs. She just wanted to blow up everything to make a statement, saying, ‘Look at me, look what I can do,’ you know, pretty much, ‘Fuck y’all.’ [Laughs]”

Hell yeah. Fingers crossed this can match the action intensity of the main franchise. There’s no word yet on when it’s going to be out, but John Wick 4 is currently scheduled for release on May 21st, 2021.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Halle Berry Launches Fitness Line, 'Re-Spin By Halle Berry'

For two years now, Halle Berry and her spirit animal Peter Lee Thomas has taken us on a fitness journey with their Fitness Friday posts, and now the award-winning actress is launching her own fitness line 'Re-Spin by Halle Berry'.

The line, which will expand to include more products in coming months, can be found at Ross Dress For Less, Marshall's, TJ Mxx or Burlington. Watch the exciting announcement below:

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Featured Film: 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' (February 2020)

Each month we will take a closer look at one of Halle Berry's films and some of the highlights of that period in her life. This month's film is 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'.

Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston, this selection not only gives me a chance to highlight one of Berry's best screen performance, it also serves as a fitting Black History Month choice to celebrate the underappreciated legacy of one of our finest storytellers, as well as, one of the most poignant black love stories.

Visit our official Instagram page (@UltimateHalleBerry) for highlights throughout the month.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Featured Film: 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love' (January 2020)

Last month, Ultimate Halle Berry launched an Instagram account (@ultimatehalleberry) and each month, we share highlights of a featured movie.

The featured movie for January 2020 is 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love', the Frankie Lymon biopic that starred Larenz Tate as the rock crooner and Berry, Vivica A. Fox and Lela Rochon as the three wives fighting for his estate. Watch the film's theatrical trailer beneath: