Actors on Actors: Chadwick Boseman & Viggo Mortenson

Actors on Actors: Chadwick Boseman & Viggo Mortenson

 Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”) and Chadwick Boseman (“Black Panther”) believe their films have more in common than meets the eye. Mortensen plays a racist driver in a drama set in the segregated South, while Boseman dons a vibranium suit in the Marvel tentpole as...
How Akin Omotoso Brings Empathy & Authenticity To Filmmaking

How Akin Omotoso Brings Empathy & Authenticity To Filmmaking

by Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood Filmmaker Akin Omotoso’s latest film Vaya first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 to critical praise and continued to make its rounds around the festival circuit and earned him the Africa Movie Academy...
Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons (1931-2019)

Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons (1931-2019)

Jordan Simon | Shadow and Act In an interview with Bevy Smith on her SiriusXM show Bevelations, Tyler Perry confirmed that his character of Madea would be making her final appearance very soon. Perry says the character will make her final appearance in Tyler Perry’s A...
13 Horror Films For A Spooky Halloween

13 Horror Films For A Spooky Halloween

by Monique Jones | Shadow and Act If you’re tired of Halloween celebrations that are all pumpkins, candy and costumes over the truly spooky, these 13 Black horror films will put the fear back into your holiday. 1. Blacula Every Black horror film binge should...
Ntozake Shange (1948–2018)

Ntozake Shange (1948–2018)

By Laura Collins-Hughes | The New York Times Ntozake Shange, a spoken-word artist who morphed into a playwright with her canonical play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died on Saturday in Bowie, Md. She was 70. Her death was...
A Crash Course on Blackface

A Crash Course on Blackface

by Jordan Simon | Shadow and Act With Halloween approaching, now is a great time to remind what kinds of costumes are inappropriate and downright unacceptable. In the words of Dear White People‘s Sam Logan, a list of acceptable costumes includes “pirates,...
That Mourning Feeling…

That Mourning Feeling…

The Cosby Prison Sentence: Working While Black by Yasmin Shiraz | Black TV Film Crew Today I heard a colleague rejoice, celebrate, pump her fists, give a high five, do everything but dance in the end zone when she heard that Bill Cosby had been sentenced to three to...
Tiffany Haddish on…

Tiffany Haddish on…

…Pay Parity, Licking Arsenio, and Why Emmys and Oscars Are Overrated By Debra Birnbaum | Variety “More work! More work, and more sleep.”’ That’s what on Tiffany Haddish’s agenda for the rest of 2018, which has already been a tear for the comedian. She’s been on...
Will Packer Tops the Charts

Will Packer Tops the Charts

By Cynthia Littleton | Variety Prolific producer Will Packer has set up a TV, digital and branded content production venture with Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures. As part of the deal, Will Packer Media will have a first-look programming pact with OWN,...
Roger Robinson (1940-2018)

Roger Robinson (1940-2018)

Mike Barnes | The Hollywood Reporter Roger Robinson, the veteran character actor who won a Tony Award, starred in such films as Brother to Brother and had recurring roles on Kojak and How to Get Away With Murder, has died. He was 78. Robinson died Wednesday in...
Al Matthews (1942–2018)

Al Matthews (1942–2018)

Rafa Burgos | El País Al Matthews, a US actor, singer and former Marine who served in the Vietnam War, was found dead on Sunday in his house in Orihuela Costa, in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante. He was 75 years old. A neighbor called the emergency...
Cynthia Erivo Hopes to Quell Your Fears

Cynthia Erivo Hopes to Quell Your Fears

by Monique Jones | Shadow and Act Set production on the Kasi Lemmons-directed Harriet has started, prompting new criticisms of Cynthia Erivo, who has been cast as Harriet Tubman. According to Deadline, the film will focus on Tubman’s life, including her time as...
Variety Names 10 Actors to Watch for 2018

Variety Names 10 Actors to Watch for 2018

from Variety Variety is pleased to announce its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has bestowed since 1998. Past honorees include many future Oscar winners and nominees, such as Mahershala Ali, Timothée Chalamet, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer,...
Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

By Chris Morris | Variety “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the eruptive singer who reigned atop the pop and R&B charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a succession of albums and singles of unparalleled power and emotional depth, has died, according to the...
What’s Next for Jordan Peele…

What’s Next for Jordan Peele…

By Daniel Holloway | Variety Atop the coffee table inside the house where Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Prods. lives sit some very on-brand periodicals — titles like Heavy Metal, Fangoria and Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone Magazine. The Twilight Zone issue is a gem. It not...
Sterling K. Brown Goes Back and Forth…

Sterling K. Brown Goes Back and Forth…

By Erin Nyren and Christi Carras | Variety “Black Panther” actor Sterling K. Brown is torn about the Academy Awards’ new popular film category. At an FYC event for “This Is Us” at Paramount Studios, Brown, who played N’Jobu in the Marvel blockbuster, told Variety his...
11 Films That Could Have Won “Most Popular” Oscar

11 Films That Could Have Won “Most Popular” Oscar

By Kristopher Tapley | Variety Nearly a decade ago, the controversial best-picture snub of superhero hit “The Dark Knight” sparked the motion picture Academy to action. In an attempt to stoke the Oscar odds for populist cinema and to be more inclusive, the...
Despite Diversity Push…

Despite Diversity Push…

…Women and Minorities Aren’t Getting Better Movie Roles (Study) By Brent Lang | Variety Time’s Up and #MeToo is dominating the talk in Hollywood, and not an awards show nor a red carpet interview seems to take place these days without filmmakers and actors being...
Netflix Won’t Stream Farrakhan Doc

Netflix Won’t Stream Farrakhan Doc

By Daniel Holloway | Variety Netflix will not be streaming a controversial documentary about Louis Farrakhan. A company spokesperson on Tuesday said that reports that the streaming service would add the documentary “My Life’s Journey Through Music” next month were the...
The 75th Venice Film Festival Lineup

The 75th Venice Film Festival Lineup

Venezia 75 Competition An international competition comprising a maximum of 20 feature-length films, presented as world premieres. (There are 21 this year) The Mountain, dir: Rick Alverson Doubles Vies, dir: Olivier Assayas The Sisters Brothers, dir: Jacques Audiard...
Academy Invites Record 928 New Members

Academy Invites Record 928 New Members

By Maane Khatchatourian | Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record number of new members, extending invites to 928 people. The Academy topped last year’s record of 774 new members. It invited 683 members in 2016 and 322 in 2015,...
Number Of Minority Film Directors Hit 5-Year Low

Number Of Minority Film Directors Hit 5-Year Low

by David Robb | Deadline Hollywood Saying that discrimination is “still rampant” in the film industry, the DGA today released its second report on Feature Film Diversity, which found that only 9.7% of live-action American films with box office takes of at least...
Actors on Actors: Tiffany Haddish & John Legend

Actors on Actors: Tiffany Haddish & John Legend

John Legend knew Tiffany Haddish was destined for stardom the minute he saw her act at a comedy club. “I told [my wife] Chrissy [Teigen], ‘I feel like she’s gonna be famous,’” Legend said. Legend and Haddish were among the stars who sat down to chat for Variety...
Jack Johnson Pardoned

Jack Johnson Pardoned

ESPN News Services Jack Johnson, the first black man to become world heavyweight champion, was posthumously pardoned Thursday by President Donald Trump for a 1913 conviction for violating the Mann Act. Trump had said in April that he was considering the pardon after...
Coogler at Cannes

Coogler at Cannes

Cannes Day 2: Coogler, Black Cinema And Cannes I shared a moment yesterday on my Instagram story feed. It showed me in shock as filmmaker Ryan Coogler, his wife and the Cannes Film Festival Assistant assigned to them, casually walk right by me inside the world famous...
Life Lessons from the Coolest Man in Hollywood

Life Lessons from the Coolest Man in Hollywood

Exclusive: Samuel L Jackson Interview At 69, Samuel L Jackson is looking good. He’s softly spoken for the most part, with a voice that’s instantly recognizable. He’s also, of course, one of the biggest movie stars on earth. But it’s been a long...
Erika Alexander Talks About Her New Production Company

Erika Alexander Talks About Her New Production Company

Erika Alexander Talks About Her New Production Company And How It’s Expanding The Definition Of Diversity Inclusion It was thirty years in the making. “I always felt since I started in the business that there weren’t enough roles for black people,...
Lena Waithe On ‘Ready Player One and more…

Lena Waithe On ‘Ready Player One and more…

Lena Waithe On ‘Ready Player One’ And Getting To Talk About ‘The Color Purple’ With Steven Spielberg Lena Waithe is like your laid-back homie. That’s why portraying Aech in : So, : Oooh, which one did I like… I liked the samurai who...
Every Single Word…

Every Single Word…

from Shadow and Act Black Panther is a game-changer for the film industry. In a recent viral thread on Twitter, actor and playwright, Dylan Marron reintroduced a video series he produced a few years ago called Every Little Word. The series runs through major films and...
SXSW: The Privilege Of Failure In Film

SXSW: The Privilege Of Failure In Film

by Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood Talking about race, comedy, and storytelling first thing in the morning is quite a way to kick things off. On day 2 of SXSW, socio-political comedian & United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell, activist &...
Black Panther’s Grassroots Marketing Movement…

Black Panther’s Grassroots Marketing Movement…

…Is Unlike Any Other Marvel Movie By Brent Lang and Ricardo Lopez | Variety When SuCh Charles, a 32-year-old singer and songwriter from Denver, saw a trailer for “Black Panther,” she was moved to organize an event to bring together Denver’s black community. She...
Idris Elba Makes Directorial Debut with Yardie

Idris Elba Makes Directorial Debut with Yardie

by Mike Fleming Jr | Deadline Hollywood To make his directorial debut on an adaptation of Yardie, the 1992 Victor Headley novel about the collision of Jamaican culture in London, Idris Elba put into it many of the pieces of his life and career. The career spans his...
Diverse Stories are Just Stories

Diverse Stories are Just Stories

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya finds his face on billboards on Sunset Boulevard, but his focus is set on telling stories with meaning and truth Patrick Shanley | Hollywood Reporter Since the release of Jordan Peele’s racial satire Get Out, the face of Daniel Kaluuya —...
Who Got Next?

Who Got Next?

Bert Ashe | Shadow and Act It’s not a position anyone can apply for. The appointment comes by black cultural acclimation, and the holder—Mr. Denzel Washington—will be in that position until someone somehow becomes more beloved than he is. The spot is valuable, no...
Byron Allen, On Growing A Movie Company

Byron Allen, On Growing A Movie Company

by Mike Fleming Jr | Deadline Hollywood Today, Entertainment Studios has broadened its awards season release of Hostiles, the Scott Cooper-directed Western that stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi. It is the biggest prestige film play so far for...
Luther Movie Still Planned

Luther Movie Still Planned

Tambay Obenson | Shadow and Act When asked about the future of his hit BBC series Luther 2 years ago, at what was supposed to be its end, star of the popular crime drama Idris Elba said the following during a press conference: “I’m far from done....
Actors on Actors: Daniel Kaluuya & Timothee Chalamet

Actors on Actors: Daniel Kaluuya & Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” where they talked about their movies’ pivotal scenes, on-screen chemistry, and...
Actors on Actors: Mary J. Blige & Salma Hayek

Actors on Actors: Mary J. Blige & Salma Hayek

Variety and PBS SoCal KOCE’s Emmy Award-winning show “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” presented by Google Home, is approaching its seventh season, bringing together some of the biggest stars for conversations about their perspectives on their latest works....
‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Talks

‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Talks

Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood During the Q&A portion of the closing keynote conversation with Dee Rees at the Film Independent Forum, an aspiring filmmaker stepped up to the microphone and, through tears, expressed gratitude to the acclaimed director for...
Jordan Peele On Divisiveness, Black Identity & The “White Savior”

Jordan Peele On Divisiveness, Black Identity & The “White Savior”

Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood When the teaser trailers for Jordan Peele’s Get Out first came out, question marks hovered over its mysterious plot points. Fortunately, keeping the narrative about the stylized take on the victimization of black people and “the...
Robinne Lee talks Syfy’s Superstition and more…

Robinne Lee talks Syfy’s Superstition and more…

Aramide A. Tinubu | Shadow & Act Robinne Lee won’t wait for someone to hand her an opportunity. Instead, she’s created a space for herself. The veteran actress, writer, and producer is demanding to be heard. It’s early morning in Los Angeles, and Lee is...
Laurence Fishburne Lightens Up

Laurence Fishburne Lightens Up

AARP The Magazine | Oct/Nov 2017 At 14, he played a sailor in Apocalypse Now. At 37, he was Zen-spouting Morpheus in The Matrix. Now Laurence Fishburne, 56, is showing his funny side. A hit as the granddad on TV’s Black-ish, he joins Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston in...
Tracy Oliver talks about writing for Black women and being committed

Tracy Oliver talks about writing for Black women and being committed

Aramide A Tinubu | Shadow and Act Tracy Oliver knew that she had something special when she and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris finished the script for Girls Trip. “I’m not shocked,” she explained to me referring to the massive success of the film. “I knew what...
S&A Chats with Filmmaker Deon Taylor

S&A Chats with Filmmaker Deon Taylor

Nadine Matthews | Shadow and Act Deon Taylor wrote his first feature film on the team bus going back and forth from his basketball games in Germany. He hadn’t been going to school for film or screenwriting when he did…at least not formally. It was the nineties...
7 Breakout Performers From Summer Movies in 2017

7 Breakout Performers From Summer Movies in 2017

Jenelle Riley | Variety Every summer movie season has its share of big-name vehicles and star turns from recognizable faces. But this year, several actors delivered outstanding performances that hint at exciting futures. Probably no one more than Gal Gadot, who became...
Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Dave McNary | Variety Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 at the...
Dick Gregory  (1932–2017)

Dick Gregory (1932–2017)

by Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood Celebrated stand-up comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died today in Washington at the age of 84. The trailblazing figure was hospitalized earlier this month from a yet-to-be-announced medical condition. His official...
SJ Harris Dies During Deadpool 2 Shoot

SJ Harris Dies During Deadpool 2 Shoot

Ryan Parker | The Hollywood Reporter The stuntwoman who died Monday on the set of Deadpool 2 has been identified as SJ Harris, the Coroner’s Service of British Columbia told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 40. Harris was killed during a motorcycle stunt gone...
Interview: Idris Elba on ‘The Dark Tower’…

Interview: Idris Elba on ‘The Dark Tower’…

…and what he’s calling an incredible time in cinema by Trey Mangum| Shadow and Act After a series of delays, the film adaption of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, hits theaters this weekend. Elba stars as...
Should White Filmmakers Be Telling the Story of ‘Detroit’?

Should White Filmmakers Be Telling the Story of ‘Detroit’?

by Owen Gleiberman | Variety Do white filmmakers have the right to make a movie like “Detroit”? The moral right, that is? Set during the Detroit riots of 1967, the movie tells an essential true story about the brutalization of African-Americans. The fact that the...
The Black Guy Dies First…

The Black Guy Dies First…

by Blavity | Shadow and Act I used to hate horror films. Maybe because I get a little nauseous around blood or maybe because I don’t like raising my already high blood pressure, but it wasn’t until recently that I understood why I was so terrified.  I hated them...
The Rise of Black Superheroes on Screen

The Rise of Black Superheroes on Screen

by Daniel Holloway | Variety This story first appeared in the July 19, 2017 issue of Variety. When “Luke Cage” exec producer Cheo Hodari Coker declared at his show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” the crowd...
2017 Capital City Black Film Festival

2017 Capital City Black Film Festival

from Shadow and Act Event: 2017 Capital City Black Film Festival Date: August 17-20, 2017 Location: Austin, TX The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) – celebrating its 5th anniversary showing the best in indie black cinema – today announced that...
Actors on Actors: Issa Rae & Brit Marling

Actors on Actors: Issa Rae & Brit Marling

Brit Marling (“The OA”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”) discuss auditioning, being typecast, and choosing their own paths, during Variety’s “Actors on Actors...
Actors on Actors: Sterling K. Brown & Pamela Adlon

Actors on Actors: Sterling K. Brown & Pamela Adlon

 Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) brought Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) to tears during their “Actors on Actors” conversation, in which they also discussed their best...
Eric Monte – The Unseen Interview

Eric Monte – The Unseen Interview

Cooley High and Good Times Creator Eric Monte interviewewed by Philadelphia Inquirer’s Annette John-Hall at the 2006 Black Film and Media Conference. Support Mr. Monte by purchasing his latest book, A PROPHET RANAWAY at...
Am I Typecast?

Am I Typecast?

from Shadow and Act In the video below, actor Michael Kenneth Williams headlines the new “Question Your Answers” brand campaign from The Atlantic, in which he plays different versions of himself, interrogating himself about whether, as a black actor, he’s being...
A Two-Hour Conversation Kathleen Collins

A Two-Hour Conversation Kathleen Collins

Shadow and Act | Sergio Mims Watch the 1984 Kathleen Collins interview from Milestone Film & Video below: There’s no need to tell you that there have always been independent black filmmakers, long before Spike Lee burst upon the scene in the mid-1980’s; too many...
Voicing Groot is a Challenge for Vin Diesel

Voicing Groot is a Challenge for Vin Diesel

from ScreenRant | by Emily Donn If there is one thing Guardians of the Galaxy did not lack for, it was lovable and funny characters. From the opening moments, where Star-Lord danced to Redbones’ Come and Get Your Love it was clear that this movie would not have...
Making Films Cheap & Appreciating Them: Possible or Taboo?

Making Films Cheap & Appreciating Them: Possible or Taboo?

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Watch the 40-minute interview with Jason Blum, which actually happened just before “Get Out” opened in USA theaters I watched the below awesome interview with Jason Blum (head of Blumhouse Productions, the company behind the...
2017 Tribeca Film Festival

2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Event: 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Date: April 19 – 30, 2017 Location: New York, NY TFF announced the feature films that will screen within the following programs: Competition, including US Narrative, Documentary, and International Narrative categories;...
Jordan Peele Plans to Make ‘Social Thrillers’

Jordan Peele Plans to Make ‘Social Thrillers’

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson When it comes to pure horror filmmaking, “black stories” are still woefully under-represented unfortunately, even though it’s a genre whose supernatural or uncanny aspects and narrative structure, lends itself extremely well to...
Interview: Getting Personal with Mariette Monpierre

Interview: Getting Personal with Mariette Monpierre

Shadow and Act | Sergio Mims Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre’s touching and beautiful feature film debut, “Elza,” screens at the Pan African Film Festival tomorrow night, Saturday, February 11 at 7:00p, and again on Monday February 13 at 6:10p. Read Vanessa Martinez’s...
60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Updating this list as I do once a year (I forgot to do it last year; so there was a lot to research and catch up on) to keep you all up-to-date on where each project stands going into the new year, including 18 new additions… There...
Billy Dee Speaks on Star Wars and Batman

Billy Dee Speaks on Star Wars and Batman

by Patrick Shanley | The Hollywood Reporter In 1989, Billy Dee Williams starred as Gotham City district attorney Harvey Dent in director Tim Burton’s seminal Batman. The plan, as legend goes, was for Williams to return in subsequent Caped Crusader sequels as the...
Conversations: David Oyelowo – A Career Retrospective

Conversations: David Oyelowo – A Career Retrospective

Q&A with David Oyelowo. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. A UNITED KINGDOM is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international...
Conversations: Octavia Spencer

Conversations: Octavia Spencer

Career retrospective with current SAG Award Nominee Octavia Spencer. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. Octavia Spencer currently stars in Hidden Figures. Additional film credits include: Fruitvale Station, Paradise, Smashed, Seven Pounds, Coach Carter, Bad Santa,...
Conversations: Edwina Findley Dickerson

Conversations: Edwina Findley Dickerson

Q&A with Independent Spirit Award nominee Edwina Findley Dickerson of FREE IN DEED. Moderated by John Alan Simon. Nominated for 4 Film Independent Spirit Awards: John Cassavetes Award, Best Cinematography, Best Male Lead (David Harewood), Best Supporting Female...
THR’s Directors Roundtable (2017)

THR’s Directors Roundtable (2017)

In 1991, director Mira Nair made Mississippi Masala, a romantic drama with an international twist starring a young Denzel Washington, hot off his first acting Oscar win for Glory. Twenty-five years later, the Indian-born Nair (Queen of Katwe), 59, sat next to...
The Contenders: Don Cheadle

The Contenders: Don Cheadle

from Deadline Hollywood It may have taken 10 years to do it, but Don Cheadle is actually grateful for the extra time he had to hone his unique vision for Miles Ahead, the film about Miles Davis he wrote, produced, directed and stars in. Sony Pictures Classics brought...
Conversations: Mahershala Ali

Conversations: Mahershala Ali

Conversations career retrospective with Mahershala Ali. Moderated by Jenelle Riley of Variety. Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film,...
Black Geniuses Forum: Spike Lee

Black Geniuses Forum: Spike Lee

by Tambay Obenson | Shadow and Act Launched at New York University (NYU) in 1996, the Black Genius series was conceived by author Walter Mosley, Manthia Diawara (Director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs at NYU) and writer, film scholar and emeritus NYU...
BFI’s Love Letter to Black Female Actors

BFI’s Love Letter to Black Female Actors

from Shadow & Act The above 2-minute homage to black actresses was produced as part of British Film Institute’s (BFI) ongoing Black Star project – an exhaustive program and the UK’s largest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range,...
Danny Glover in Conversation

Danny Glover in Conversation

Actor Danny Glover talks to broadcaster Samira Ahmed about his career, growing up in San Francisco and working with Mel Gibson. Glover also discusses the influence of his mother and grandmother on his life and how his acting developed in films such as The Colour...
Interview: Author Margot Lee Shetterly Talks Hidden Figures

Interview: Author Margot Lee Shetterly Talks Hidden Figures

Shadow & Act | Aramide A. Tinubu Though her father was a research scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly knew very little of the Black female engineers, scientists, and mathematicians that helped...
THR Roundtables – A Conversation on Creativity

THR Roundtables – A Conversation on Creativity

Four creative talents , Lin-Manuel Miranda, Donald Glover, Issa Rae, and Damien Chazelle, flaunting the conventions of formula, go back and forth with director Jon Favreau (a onetime wunderkind himself) on success, struggling and staying sane: “The bullshit...
The Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928

The Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928

Shadow & Act | Sergio Mims A past item worth revisiting in light of this morning’s news (see previous post) that his collection of very early 20th century films are among the 25 titles selection by the Library of Congress for the 2016 National Film Registry of...
Why Will Smith Chose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2

Why Will Smith Chose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2

ScreenRant |Matthew Erao Though sequels and adaptations of existing forms of media are nothing new for Hollywood, they seem to have reached a fever pitch in recent years. Aside from the ever-expanding worlds of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic...
Shemar Moore Talks ‘The Bounce Back’

Shemar Moore Talks ‘The Bounce Back’

Shadow & Act | Aramide A. Tinubu After saying goodbye to “Criminal Minds” earlier this year, actor Shemar Moore is stepping into a new role, funding and producing his first feature film, “The Bounce Back.” Moore stars alongside Nadine Velazquez and Bill Bellamy in...
Actors on Actors: Mahershala Ali & Greta Gerwig

Actors on Actors: Mahershala Ali & Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig and Mahershala Ali chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a range of topics, including their love for New York City. For more, tune in when the fifth season premieres on PBS SoCal, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, on Jan....
Actors on Actors: Dev Patel & Octavia Spencer

Actors on Actors: Dev Patel & Octavia Spencer

Dev Patel and Octavia Spencer chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a wide range of topics. For more, tune in when the fifth season of the series, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, debuts on PBS SoCal on January 3,...
Actors on Actors: Tom Hanks & Viola Davis

Actors on Actors: Tom Hanks & Viola Davis

Tom Hanks and Viola Davis chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a range of topics, including sex scenes and diversity on TV vs film. For more, tune in when the fifth season of the series, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, debuts on PBS SoCal on...