SMOKIN’ ACES

Release Date: January 26, 2007 (USA)
Director: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Joe Carnahan
Genres: Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Alicia Keys as: Georgia Sykes
Co-Stars: Ben Affleck, Andy García, Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds
Budget: $17,000,000
Box office: $57,103,895 (worldwide)

The Story
Mob boss Primo Sparazza (Joseph Ruskin) has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy “Aces” Israel(Jeremy Piven)–a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state’s evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody-under the supervision of two agents dispatched to Aces’ Lake Tahoe hideout. When word of the price on Aces’ head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, deadly vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues’ gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot and rub out Aces.

Alicia Keys’ character
Alicia plays Georgia Sykes, a killer for hire working with her partner Sharice Watters. Sykes and Watters gained notoriety after a hit on a triad. Their plan was for Sykes to sneak in as a prostitute for Buddy Israel. During a gun battle with FBI agents she is shot by the wounded Pasqual Acosta and accidentally kills a prostitute but escapes. She later encounters and saves Sir Ivy from Darwin Tremor. She and Ivy then, after making a truce with Messner, leave the hotel. Their fate is left in question.

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THE NANNY DIARIES

Release Date: August 24, 2007 (USA)
Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Writers (Screenplay): Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Writers (Novel): Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
Genres: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Alicia Keys as: Lynette
Co-Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Laura Linney
Budget: $20,000,000
Box office:  $44,638,886 (worldwide)

The Story
Strapped for cash after her recent graduation from college, Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson) has an encounter in which she is believed to be a nanny. This quickly leads to potential employment with Mr. X (Paul Giamatti) and Mrs. X (Laura Linney), a wealthy Upper East Side couple looking for someone to care for their 5-year-old son, Grayer (Nicholas Art). He doesn’t always listen though. Annie is a product of a working-class New Jersey family, where her mother (Donna Murphy) has dreams of her daughter becoming a respectable businesswoman. Meanwhile, Annie has her sights set on a career in anthropology. Suddenly, the prospect of working for some of the city’s social elite seems like a nice alternative. Annie has done some babysitting in the past, but she has no idea what she is getting herself into when she accepts the position. Mrs. X turns out to be the employer from hell – a pampered wife, whose increasingly outrageous demands take a considerable toll on Annie. Even worse, Mr. X is never around and even seems neglectful of Grayer at times and Annie is basically caught right in the middle of the couple’s crumbling marriage. For the next nine frenzied months, Annie is forced to juggle between the pair, their dysfunctions, their son, and a new love interest (Chris Evans).

Alicia Keys’ character
Alicia plays Lynette, Annie’s friend. The character was created for the movie and is not mentioned in the novel “The Nanny Diaries”.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

Release Date: October 17, 2008 (USA)
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writer (Screenplay): Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writer (Novel): Sue Monk Kidd
Genre: Drama
Alicia Keys as: June Boatwright
Co-Stars: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson
Budget: $11,000,000
Box office:  $39,947,322 (worldwide)

The Story
Set in South Carolina in 1964, the tale of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a 14-year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping, honey and the Black Madonna.

Alicia Keys’ character
Alicia plays June Boatwright, the sister of May Boatwright and August Boatwright. She is a school teacher and talented musician who is bitter about life and refuses to marry after being left at the altar many years before. She isn’t happy to have Lily staying in their house. June is rude to Lily until the day that Lily wets her with the sprinkler that she, May, August and Rosaleen are playing in. June finally accepts Lily, even though she is white.

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FIVE (Segment “Lili”) TV movie

Release Date: October 10, 2011
Director: Alicia Keys
Writer: Jill Gordon
Genre:  Drama
Stars: Rosario Dawson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jenifer Lewis

The Story
Five is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives.
Segment Lili, directed by Alicia Keys and written by Jill Gordon, follows Lili, a fiercely independent, career-minded woman (Rosario Dawson), who recruits her sister (Tracee Ellis Ross) to help tell their hard-nosed mother (Jenifer Lewis) that she has breast cancer. As they work through their past issues, Lili’s mother and sister ultimately become her strongest allies when she needs her family the most. Lili also stars Jeffrey Tambor as a male patient diagnosed with breast cancer.

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