March 12, 2008 -- Comedian-actor Cedric the Entertainer is set to make his directorial debut with the indie comedy "Chicago Pulaski Jones," reports Variety.
The film, which stars Kel Mitchell, Cedric, Tommy Davidson and Gary Sturgis, centers around a young championship dancer, Jones, who heads to the big city for his shot at superstardom. On the day he arrives, his uncle is murdered, leaving Jones to avenge his uncle's death vigilante style and alone.
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Cedric's manager and producing partner Eric C. Rhone is producing with Mitchell, Woody and Mathew Gray through Rhone and Cedric's A Bird and A Bear Entertainment. Cedric is exec producing. The film began production Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Cedric, whose recent acting credits include "Madagascar," "Talk to Me" and "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins," will appear in the upcoming "Street Kings" and "Cadillac Records."
Actor Shops Obama Doc
Edward Norton ("The Score," "Fight Club") and his Class 5 Films are prepping to shop a feature documentary about the historic presidential campaign mounted by Sen. Barack Obama.
Amy Rice and Alicia Sams are directing the as-yet-untitled pic. They began shooting footage before Obama’s declaration of candidacy to become the Democratic Party’s 2008 presidential nominee. Norton has also been a supporter, reportedly donating to Obama’s campaigns.
"We were all so struck by Barack’s speech and talked about how exciting it was to see someone from our generation, not our parents’, make his presence felt in such an inspiring way," Norton told Daily Variety. "It was akin to the way I remembered my dad describing how he felt when Kennedy gave his inauguration speech.
Production got under way before Obama began his presidential run in spring 2006. Norton and the directors approached Obama and he sparked to the film, first permitting Rice and Sams access on his 2006 trip to Africa. They’ve had cameras rolling since.