Michael Jai White is Back at the UASE!

Michael Jai White is Back at the UASE!

The Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE) is the premier all-action experiential entertainment platform celebrating diversity and honoring the past, present and future multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy,...
WB Courting Jordan Peele to Direct ‘Akira’

WB Courting Jordan Peele to Direct ‘Akira’

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson A project that’s long been in the works, it was in 2010 when it was first revealed that the Hughes brothers (Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes) of “Menace to Society,” “Dead Presidents,” “The Book of Eli” and more, had been tapped by...
3 Reasons Why Rebooting The Matrix is a Bad Idea!

3 Reasons Why Rebooting The Matrix is a Bad Idea!

John Orquiola | ScreenRant When news broke that Warner Bros. is planning to reboot The Matrix, millions of movie fans went “Whoa!” According to reports, the studio is in the early, exploratory phase of development in relaunching the once-groundbreaking sci-fi...
Eddie Murphy Writing Coming to America 2 Script

Eddie Murphy Writing Coming to America 2 Script

Mike Jones | ScreenRant Of all the highly regarded comedic actors working today, very few can boast of a career equal to that of Eddie Murphy. The one time Saturday Night Live alum exploded on to the scene in the early 1980s, making a name for himself with several...
Panther Baby: An Interview with Jamal Joseph

Panther Baby: An Interview with Jamal Joseph

by Ashley Clark | Shadow and Act Jamal Joseph’s latest feature film “Chapter &Verse” is currently touring the USA after a film festival run, and opening in New York City and LA last month. Check your local listings. He also appeared in director Stanley Nelson’s...
From #OscarsSoWhite to Oscars 2017

From #OscarsSoWhite to Oscars 2017

By Lena Wilson | ScreenRant Last night saw an Oscars ceremony that will go down in history as one of the most contentious and chaotic in the awards’ near 90-year history — and not just because of that insane Best Picture flub. The 89th Academy Awards, which aim to...
89th Annual Oscar Nominations Announced *Update*

89th Annual Oscar Nominations Announced *Update*

from Variety.com Event: 89th Annual Oscar Awards Date: February 26, 2017 Location: Hollywood, California Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard,...
Traci Otey Blunt Named President of UMC

Traci Otey Blunt Named President of UMC

from Shadow and Act Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment today announced the appointment of Traci Otey Blunt as President of Urban Movie Channel (UMC). UMC is the first premium subscription-based streaming service created for African American and urban...
Ice Cube Partners with Hong-Kong Based AID

Ice Cube Partners with Hong-Kong Based AID

from Shadow and Act Ice Cube’s film production company, Cube Vision, has inked a partnership with Kelvin Wu’s Hong Kong-based media investment company AID Partners, the latter announced today, making AID a significant shareholder and strategic adviser to Cube Vision....
Adaptations of 3 Tavis Smiley Books in Development

Adaptations of 3 Tavis Smiley Books in Development

from Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson Tavis Smiley continues to make a push into scripted content (film and TV), teaming up with J.J. Abrams (a second time) to produce an event series on the final months of Michael Jackson’s life. It will be an adaptation of Smiley’s...
La La Anthony’s ‘The Power Playbook’ Is Heading to Lifetime

La La Anthony’s ‘The Power Playbook’ Is Heading to Lifetime

from Shadow & Act La La Anthony, Meryl Poster (“Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce”) and Queen Latifah (via her Flavor Unit production shingle with business partner Shakim Compere) have teamed up to adapt Anthony’s New York Times bestseller “The Power Playbook,” as a...
Sony Pictures TV Names 2016 Diverse Directors Program Fellows

Sony Pictures TV Names 2016 Diverse Directors Program Fellows

from Shadow & Act The Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Diverse Directors program provides access for highly qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to potential episodic directing opportunities on scripted one-hour and half-hour SPT series. This Los...
Dave Chappelle and Netflix Partner for Stand-Up Specials

Dave Chappelle and Netflix Partner for Stand-Up Specials

By Michael Kennedy | ScreenRant In the mid-2000s, Dave Chappelle was truly on top of the pop culture world. The first two seasons of his Comedy Central sketch series Chappelle’s Show had captured America’s imagination, with characters and catchphrases from the show...
Legendary R&B Singer Sharon Jones Dies

Legendary R&B Singer Sharon Jones Dies

by Ross A. Lincoln | Deadline Hollywood Funk, soul and R&B singer Sharon Jones, lead singer of the revivalist funk band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60.  Nominated for a Grammy in 2014 , the next...
Bounce TV Launches Brown Sugar

Bounce TV Launches Brown Sugar

from Shadow and Act Bounce TV, the upstart African-American broadcast television network, is expanding its business to now include a subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming service called Brown Sugar, which launches today. Brown Sugar features an extensive...
TV One Inks Multi-Year Production Pact with Swirl Films

TV One Inks Multi-Year Production Pact with Swirl Films

from Shadow and Act Bolstering its robust content pipeline of compelling, high-quality original programming, TV One has signed a multi-year deal with Atlanta-based production company Swirl Films. The agreement was announced today by TV One Senior Vice President of...
PBS NewsHour Co-anchor Gwen Ifill Dies at 61

PBS NewsHour Co-anchor Gwen Ifill Dies at 61

from PBS Newshour | Thirteen It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away this afternoon following several months of cancer treatment. She was surrounded by loving family and many friends whom...
Trevante Rhodes Joins Cast of Horse Soldiers

Trevante Rhodes Joins Cast of Horse Soldiers

from Shadow & Act “Moonlight” star Trevante Rhodes has booked his next gig; the actor has joined the cast of super producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s Afghanistan War drama, “Horse Soldiers,” which Bruckheimer Films and Black Label Media will produce. The film is based...
Tyler Perry & Lionsgate Gate Team for Two More Movies

Tyler Perry & Lionsgate Gate Team for Two More Movies

from Shadow & Act Over two years after they ended their relationship with Tyler Perry, Lionsgate is back in the Tyler Perry business – at least for another 2 films, in addition to the most recent, “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which has been in theaters for almost 3...
Naomie Harris to Receive Variety Award at BIFA

Naomie Harris to Receive Variety Award at BIFA

by Leo Barraclough | Variety Actress Naomie Harris, best known around the world for her role in the recent James Bond movies, will receive this year’s Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony Dec. 4. The award recognizes a director, actor, writer...
Donald Glover Will Be Young Lando

Donald Glover Will Be Young Lando

Deadline | by Ross A. Lincoln Confirming months of speculation and recent rumors, Donald Glover has officially joined the cast of Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars Han Solo stand-alone spinoff film in the role of Lando Calrissian. The news was announced...
Average Movie Ticket Price Drops…

Average Movie Ticket Price Drops…

…unless you live in NYC Deadline | by Anthony D’Alessandro This just out of exhib-distrib confab ShowEast down in Orlando: the National Association of Theater Owners is reporting that the average ticket price for third-quarter 2016 is $8.51, which is down...
R.I.P. Tommy Ford

R.I.P. Tommy Ford

Variety | Variety Staff Actor Tommy Ford, a regular on the Fox comedy “Martin” and UPN sitcom “The Parkers,” was taken off life support an Atlanta hospital Wednesday afternoon. Ford was on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. He was 52. Ford’s rep...
Queen Latifah to Receive Prestigious Prince Rainier III Award

Queen Latifah to Receive Prestigious Prince Rainier III Award

from Shadow and Act The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) today announces that actress, singer, songwriter and producer Queen Latifah will accept the prestigious Prince Rainier III Award for her outstanding contribution to the Arts and her exemplary give-back....
Vivica A. Fox Becomes POTUS in Crossbreed

Vivica A. Fox Becomes POTUS in Crossbreed

from Shadow & Act Vivica A. Fox has been cast to play the President of the United States in the sci-fi film “Crossbreed,” which is being directed by Brandon Slagle. In the upcoming movie, Ms. Fox plays a USA president who sends war veterans on a mission to...
Jay Z Inks Exclusive First-Look Deal with Weinstein

Jay Z Inks Exclusive First-Look Deal with Weinstein

from Shadow & Act Expanding his media empire, Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay Z, has inked a two-year production deal with The Weinstein Company (TWC) that will give TWC an exclusive first-look at any film or television projects produced by Carter. The release adds that...
Bill Nunn – A Peek Into the Life of the Artist and Activist

Bill Nunn – A Peek Into the Life of the Artist and Activist

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson “‘School Daze’ was one of the highlights of my life because it was the first chance I had to act on screen. I would have been happy if that had been it, because I proved that I could do it.” – Bill Nunn. And thankfully, that wasn’t it,...
The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Talks Black Panther & Tupac Biopic

The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Talks Black Panther & Tupac Biopic

ScreenRant | By Lena Wilson TV fans recognize Danai Gurira as katana-wielding hero Michonne in AMC’s The Walking Dead. Gurira has garnered much praise for her four-seasons-long portrayal of Michonne, whose complex backstory is laden with trauma. We last saw Michonne...
IndiePix to Release“Vintage Afrika” Collection of 48+ Films

IndiePix to Release“Vintage Afrika” Collection of 48+ Films

from Shadow and Act IndiePix Films has announced a partnership with Retro Afrika Bioscope, an independent label of Gravel Road Distribution Group dedicated to locating, acquiring, restoring and re-releasing forgotten and discarded classics of African cinema. The...
Ryan Coogler Reportedly Turns Down Academy Invitation

Ryan Coogler Reportedly Turns Down Academy Invitation

Shadow & Act | Sergio Mims Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, better known as “The Oscar people”, has made it her mission to diversify the Academy so that it reflects the real world as it is today. And she...
Terrence Howard goes ‘Rogue’

Terrence Howard goes ‘Rogue’

from Shadow & Act It was 1 of 10 projects selected for the 14th annual Film Independent Fast Track film finance market earlier this year, where producer-director teams meet with top industry executives – financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting...
Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree to Be Honored By CBCF

Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree to Be Honored By CBCF

from Shadow & Act The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) announced that legendary actors Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree, and music icon Dionne Warwick will accept awards for their lifetime achievements in the arts during the 20th Annual...
Jason Mitchell Will Be Honored at the SDFF

Jason Mitchell Will Be Honored at the SDFF

from Shadow & Act “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell will be honored with the Rising Star Award at next month’s San Diego Film Festival, the festival announced today. The 2016 edition of the annual event takes place from September 28 to October 2,...
Mahershala Ali Makes Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch for 2016 List

Mahershala Ali Makes Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch for 2016 List

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 Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Brie Larson,...
Let’s Talk About Movie Franchises Built Around Black Characters

Let’s Talk About Movie Franchises Built Around Black Characters

Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson In light of very recent news that a 3rd “Bad Boys” movie – which has long been rumored to be in the works – is now definitely moving forward at Sony Pictures under the official title “Bad Boys for Life,” I thought I’d open up a...
Reel Sisters Announces New Centric Partnership

Reel Sisters Announces New Centric Partnership

from African Voices Communications Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is proud to announce two new awards that will be presented by Centric and offer opportunities for women filmmakers to have their work aired on Centric, a BET Network....
Regina Hall Interview: When The Bough Breaks

Regina Hall Interview: When The Bough Breaks

By Screen Rant Back in March 2015, Screen Rant visited the set of the upcoming film When the Bough Breaks, which tells the story of a married couple who hire a surrogate mother to have their baby. Things take a turn for the worse when the surrogate, Anna (Jaz...
The Highest Paid Actors Of 2016

The Highest Paid Actors Of 2016

By Kevin Wilson | ScreenRant Just over a month ago, Forbes released its list of the highest paid celebrities in the world between June 2015 and June 2016. There were musicians, athletes, comedians, actors and actresses, as well as some multimedia threats. We’ve sifted...
Vin Diesel Says Current Cut of xXx 3 is ‘Amazing’ But Too Short

Vin Diesel Says Current Cut of xXx 3 is ‘Amazing’ But Too Short

By Jasmin Mohamed | ScreenRant xXx, released in 2002, was the third film (just after The Fast & The Furious and Pitch Black) that helped launch Vin Diesel into super-stardom. Even though he had major roles in The Iron Giant, Boiler Room, and Knockaround Guys,...
Michael Jai White Wants to Play Black Manta

Michael Jai White Wants to Play Black Manta

By Jared Jones | ScreenRant The ball is now rolling on the DC Extended Universe’s Aquaman thanks to Arthur Curry’s appearances in both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the first Justice League teaser trailer. Jason Momoa will be headlining the upcoming James...
Suicide Squad Is the Best Opening of Will Smith’s Career

Suicide Squad Is the Best Opening of Will Smith’s Career

Shadow & Act> | Sergio Mims Well we’re swiftly approaching the end of the summer film season and getting ready for fall film releases, starting next month, but the consensus is in already: This has been one rotten summer season for movies. Sure there were some...
Academy Poised To Re-Elect Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Academy Poised To Re-Elect Cheryl Boone Isaacs

by Michael Cieply | Deadline Hollywood If ever there was a reluctant revolutionary, it is Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Asked lately what she expected from a fourth year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — if she is indeed re-elected by the...
Stanley Nelson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Emmy

Stanley Nelson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Emmy

from Shadow & Act The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 2016 News & Documentary Emmy Award honoree for Lifetime Achievement is documentarian and founder of Firelight Media, Stanley Nelson. Mr. Nelson is to be honored...
Lennie James  Joins Cast of ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

Lennie James Joins Cast of ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

Patrick Hipes | Deadline Hollywood Lennie James is joining the cast of the Blade Runner sequel, which ss set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford returning to play Rick Deckard. The cast also includes Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas,...
Marvin Gaye in Development again…

Marvin Gaye in Development again…

Feature-Length Defining Portrait of Marvin Gaye in Development with Full Support From Family Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson Still no updates on Jesse L. Martin’s Marvin Gaye film, which stalled production in 2013. And no word on whether what was rumored to be a...
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun  to direct ‘A Season in France’

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun to direct ‘A Season in France’

Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad’s foremost filmmaker, whose latest film – the documentary “Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy” – premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year, and, before that, the feature drama “Grigris”...
Nate Parker to Receive Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award

Nate Parker to Receive Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award

Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson Sundance Institute today announced it will present its Vanguard Award to filmmaker and actor Nate Parker at Night Before Next, a summer celebration benefiting the Institute and its artists on the eve of Sundance Next Fest at the...
Samuel L. Jackson To Be Honored By BAFTA LA

Samuel L. Jackson To Be Honored By BAFTA LA

Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announce that it will honor Samuel L. Jackson with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at this year’s...
Hannah John-Kamen Joins Spielberg’s Ready Player One

Hannah John-Kamen Joins Spielberg’s Ready Player One

Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson “Ready Player One” is a 2011 multiple award-winning science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline. A film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg is in the works, and is slated to begin production this summer (2016), for a...
Forest Whitaker’s Star Wars Character Revealed

Forest Whitaker’s Star Wars Character Revealed

Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson Revealed yesterday, after much anticipation and speculation, audiences now know the identities of the characters in the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The character Forest Whitaker is playing is one that fans know from the...
Eddie Murphy Eyeing Netflix Mocumentary

Eddie Murphy Eyeing Netflix Mocumentary

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson It feels like it’s been a long time since we last saw Eddie Murphy on the big screen. I’m sure he’s comfortable financially, and isn’t exactly pressed to make new money by taking on almost every project that’s offered to him. So when...
SAG-AFTRA Foundation to Honor Kerry Washington

SAG-AFTRA Foundation to Honor Kerry Washington

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today that SAG, Emmy, Golden Globe nominated Actress Kerry Washington will receive the Actors Inspiration Award, to be presented at its 7th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic on Monday, June 13th at a...
Rick Famuyiwa Is Warner Bros’ Choice to Direct ‘The Flash’

Rick Famuyiwa Is Warner Bros’ Choice to Direct ‘The Flash’

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson With HBO’s “Confirmation” behind him (his last directorial effort), Rick Famuyiwa (who also directed last year’s “Dope”) is Warner Bros’s choice to direct its “Flash” superhero movie. The WB has set a March 16, 2018 release date for the...
Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith Reunite for a ‘Girl Trip’

Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith Reunite for a ‘Girl Trip’

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith are eyeing roles in Universal Pictures’ “Girl Trip” which will be directed by Malcolm D. Lee, and produced by Will Packer. Previously set for an August 11, 2017 release, the studio has moved that...
37th Durban International Film Festival Sets Hefty Lineup

37th Durban International Film Festival Sets Hefty Lineup

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson The 37th Durban International Film Festival has announced its program, offering another diverse slate, showcasing independent African and international film. It will take place at 15 venues across the city and its outlying areas from...
HBCU! FOX Film Fellowship Wants You!

HBCU! FOX Film Fellowship Wants You!

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson The FOX | HBCU Media Alliance (“FHMA”), which nurtures and promotes a growing and dynamic pipeline of talent from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for executive and creative professional opportunities across the 21st...
Tessa Thompson Will Bring Valkyrie to Life on the Big Screen

Tessa Thompson Will Bring Valkyrie to Life on the Big Screen

Tambay Obenson | Shadow and Act Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” has beefed up its cast with an impressive group of actors including Cate Blanchett (playing the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela), Jeff Goldblum (as the eccentric Grandmaster), Karl Urban as...
New Line to Bring Misty Copeland’s Life Story To Big Screen

New Line to Bring Misty Copeland’s Life Story To Big Screen

by Mike Fleming Jr | Deadline EXCLUSIVE: New Line has acquired Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, and has set Remember the Titans scribe Gregory Allen Howard to adapt the biography of Misty Copeland. She made history by becoming the first African American woman to...
Elba to star in Molly’s Game

Elba to star in Molly’s Game

by Patrick Hipes | Deadline Hollywood Idris Elba will star alongside Jessica Chastain in Molly’s Game, written and to be directed by Aaron Sorkin in his helming debut. This is the adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir that Sorkin signed on to write when Steve Jobs...
The Firm Acquires Unauthorized Angela Davis Biopic

The Firm Acquires Unauthorized Angela Davis Biopic

by Mike Fleming Jr | Deadline Hollywood EXCLUSIVE: Suspected 60s radical Angela Davis is getting biopic treatment. Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm has acquired an untitled script by Shameless scribe LaToya Morgan that Firm film division president Robbie Brenner will produce...
Two Down…

Two Down…

by Ross A. Lincoln | Deadline Hollywood DreamWorks is now searching for a new person to helm its upcoming sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life, as Selma director Ava DuVernay has opted to move on due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline has confirmed. She originally became...
Sterling K. Brown Back In Court For ‘Marshall’

Sterling K. Brown Back In Court For ‘Marshall’

by Erik Pedersen | Deadline Hollywood EXCLUSIVE: The actor who played prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v O.J. Simpson now is going to play a high-profile defendant. Sterling K. Brown has been cast in Marshall, director Reginald Hudlin’s biopic starring...
Nicole Beharie Joins cast in  ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake

Nicole Beharie Joins cast in ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Ten days after she said an official “good bye” to Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” series, Nicole Beharie has joined Michael Ealy in the previously-announced remake of “Jacob’s Ladder,” the 1990...
Nate Parker Partners With HBCU To Launch New Film And Drama School

Nate Parker Partners With HBCU To Launch New Film And Drama School

From “The Birth of a Nation” to the birth of a new school for aspiring filmmakers. KLTV.com – Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News Brennan Williams | Pop Culture Editor, The Huffington Post After serving as the backdrop for the 2007 film, “The Great...
Reel Sisters Welcomes Lisa Durden to Our Team As Curator!

Reel Sisters Welcomes Lisa Durden to Our Team As Curator!

Reel Sisters is pleased to announce that veteran producer and NBPC Broadcast Manager will serve as our 2016 curator! She will lead our curatorial team in selecting exclusive films for Reel Sisters! LISA DURDEN, Award Winning Producer Content Creator + Pop-Culture...
Will Smith to Re-team With Suicide Squad Director

Will Smith to Re-team With Suicide Squad Director

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Will Smith will reteam with his “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer, to tackle a new project titled “Bright,” which Joel Edgerton is also attached to co-star in, with Max Landis penning the script. Full details on...
HBO Greenlights Brothers in Atlanta [update]

HBO Greenlights Brothers in Atlanta [update]

***Update*** By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act In January, eight months after the network ordered a half-hour comedy from Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin to series, they pulled the plug on the project, which was to be titled “Brothers in Atlanta.”...
Idris Elba to Play Roland Deschain in ‘The Dark Tower’

Idris Elba to Play Roland Deschain in ‘The Dark Tower’

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. #DarkTowerMovie @McConaughey @IdrisElba — Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 1, 2016 A much-welcomed unexpected turn of events, as author...
Beasts of No Nation Wins Big at Spirit Awards

Beasts of No Nation Wins Big at Spirit Awards

Dave McNary | Variety “Spotlight” took home top honors at the 2016 Spirit Awards, winning best feature, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best ensemble. Earlier in the afternoon, Brie Larson took home the prize for best lead female for her performance...
Baywatch Movie Officially Begins Production

Baywatch Movie Officially Begins Production

By Rob Keyes | ScreenRant Despite being canceled after its first season originally and suffering saw a location, title, and major cast changes near the end, Baywatch was one of the longest-running and most successful TV series ever. It helped further popularize David...
Alien: Covenant Crews Up!

Alien: Covenant Crews Up!

by Patrick Hipes | Deadline Hollywood EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is in the process of rounding out it main cast ahead of production, which is now being eyed to start next month. Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez have signed...
Queen Latifah to Produce Films By & About Women

Queen Latifah to Produce Films By & About Women

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Queen Latifah has teamed up with actresses Jessica Chastain and Juliette Binoche, and director Catherine Hardwicke to launch a production company called We Do It Together (WDIT), which will focus on producing films and TV...
The Birth of a Nation Lands Awards Season Release

The Birth of a Nation Lands Awards Season Release

Gordon Cox | Variety “The Birth of a Nation,” the Nate Parker film that was a buzz-magnet sensation at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, has been positioned for an awards-season release this fall from Fox Searchlight. Written, directed by and starring...
Michael B. Jordan to Headline The Thomas Crown Affair Remake

Michael B. Jordan to Headline The Thomas Crown Affair Remake

By James Roberts | Screenrant The current Hollywood obsession with remaking the hits of yesterday poses many questions about the state of the industry today. While some questions are more practical (“Has Hollywood run out of ideas?”) others tend towards the...
Disney Locks in Ava DuVernay for ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

Disney Locks in Ava DuVernay for ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Following the February 8th announcement that Ava DuVernay was offered (that we know of, at least) 2 high profile studio projects (one from Disney and the other from DreamWorks), comes news that the filmmaker has officially inked...
Spencer to Play Opposite Henson in ‘Hidden Figures’

Spencer to Play Opposite Henson in ‘Hidden Figures’

Justin Kroll | Variety Octavia Spencer is on board to co-star opposite Taraji P. Henson in Fox 2000’s “Hidden Figures.” The studio has been developing the adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win...
Lego Batman Casts Rosario Dawson as Batgirl

Lego Batman Casts Rosario Dawson as Batgirl

by Dave McNary | Variety Rosario Dawson will voice Batgirl in the animated “Lego Batman” opposite Will Arnett, Michael Cera and Zach Galifianakis in the Warner Bros.’ spin-off of “The Lego Movie.” Chris McKay, who supervised animation on “The Lego Movie,” is directing...
Rick Famuyiwa Working on Hacker Film

Rick Famuyiwa Working on Hacker Film

by Patrick Hipes | Deadline Hollywood Dope director Rick Famuyiwa is attached to write, direct and produce an as-yet-untitled hacker movie for Macro, the new finance and production company founded by former WME partner Charles D. King. The thriller centers on an...
Star Wars: Episode VIII Casts Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Star Wars: Episode VIII Casts Gugu Mbatha-Raw

by Matt Goldberg | Collider Star Wars: The Force Awakens will soon be upon us, and Star Wars: Episode VIII will be here before you know it. We don’t know how many of the Force Awakens cast will make it to the next installment of the sequel trilogy, but we now have the...
F. Gary Gray Set To Direct Furious 8

F. Gary Gray Set To Direct Furious 8

by Anita Busch | Deadline Hollywood UPDATE, 11:18 AM: F. Gary Gray made it official today, confirming via Twitter that he will direct Universal’s Furious 8. The studio and the Straight Outta Compton helmer have been working to close a deal over the past three days...
Marlon Wayans Inks Overall Pact With Universal TV

Marlon Wayans Inks Overall Pact With Universal TV

by Nellie Andreeva | Deadline Hollywood Marlon Wayans has launched a production company with his longtime business partner Rick Alvarez. The yet-unnamed banner will be based at Universal TV, where Wayans has signed an overall deal. Under the pact, Wayans is set to...
Denzel Washington to Bring August Wilson’s Plays to HBO

Denzel Washington to Bring August Wilson’s Plays to HBO

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Via a live stream of a conversation between Denzel Washington and Dr. Todd Boyd happening at USC School of Cinematic Arts as I type this, Washington just revealed that, in addition to the below previously-announced film adaptation...
The Legends to Produce Put Pilot for ABC

The Legends to Produce Put Pilot for ABC

by Nellie Andreeva and Dominic Patten | Deadline Hollywood Ordinary People, a single-camera romantic comedy with music elements executive produced by John Legend and his wife, model/TV personality Chrissy Teigen, has been set up at ABC with a put pilot commitment. It...
Studio Mulls Def Jam Biopic Following Success Of ‘Compton’

Studio Mulls Def Jam Biopic Following Success Of ‘Compton’

by Ross A. Lincoln | Deadline Hollywood Following the huge critical and financial success of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, we’re hearing that Universal is considering another high profile deep dive into hip hop history, this time the story of Def Jam...
Toni Braxton Movie ‘Un-Break My Heart’ Gets Greenlight

Toni Braxton Movie ‘Un-Break My Heart’ Gets Greenlight

Laura Prudom | Variety Lifetime has given the greenlight to “Un-Break My Heart,” an original movie based on singer Toni Braxton’s memoir. The authorized film will follow Braxton’s ups and downs through severe chronic illness, financial troubles and divorce while...
Eddie Murphy To Receive Kennedy Honor

Eddie Murphy To Receive Kennedy Honor

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act The Kennedy Center has announced that it will award the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Eddie Murphy, in a star-studded show featuring tributes by Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Arsenio Hall, Trevor Noah, Jay...
Redman Becomes In-House Director for Benetone Films

Redman Becomes In-House Director for Benetone Films

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Rapper Redman is expanding his repertoire and adding “director” to his set of skills, by being tapped for the in-house music video and commercials director job with Benetone Films – a production company based in...
Omar Sy to Star in New French Dramedy

Omar Sy to Star in New French Dramedy

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Après LA FAMILLE BÉLIER voilà notre 2e production DEMAIN, TOUT COMMENCE (co produit avec Vendôme). Un film d Hugo Gelin avec O.Sy & C.Poesy — Stephane Celerier (@stephanecel) September 11, 2015 Above, French producer Stéphane...
I Kill Giants Books Zoe Saldana

I Kill Giants Books Zoe Saldana

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act A day after news that the Nina Simone film she stars was picked up by RLJ Entertainment for release in December, Zoe Saldana has picked up a new project; she will star in an adaptation of the graphic novel, “I Kill...
Will Smith To Join Cast Of Collateral Beauty

Will Smith To Join Cast Of Collateral Beauty

by Ali Jaafar | Deadline Hollywood Will Smith has replaced Hugh Jackman in Collateral Beauty, the feature about a New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and the subsequent unconventional plan from his colleagues to break him out of his...
Aunt Viv Is Coming After Cookie in Season 2 of Empire

Aunt Viv Is Coming After Cookie in Season 2 of Empire

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act As Martin Lawrence’s character in “Bad Boys 2” said, “shit just got real!” Vivica A. Fox has signed on to play Taraji P. Henson’s (Cookie Lyon’s) older sister on Season 2 of...
Idris Elba to Exec Produce The Crusaders

Idris Elba to Exec Produce The Crusaders

Elizabeth Wagmeister | Variety Fox is developing drama series “The Crusaders” with Idris Elba attached to exec produce, Variety has learned. Thomas Ikimi will pen the project, in addition to also serving as an exec producer with the “Luther” star. The script order...
Watch New Promo for AHS: Hotel

Watch New Promo for AHS: Hotel

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Maybe the most salacious bit of news revealed at FX’s Television Critics Assn. (TCA) press tour last month, was that star Lady Gaga will “romance” Angela Bassett’s character in “American Horror Story:...
Marvel Chooses Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth

Marvel Chooses Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth

By Robert Yaniz Jr. | ScreenRant Now that the Netflix debut of Jessica Jones is just a few months away, more eyes are starting to turn towards Luke Cage, the third show in Marvel Studios’ precedent-setting deal with the streaming service (and the third addition to the...
Showtime Casts RJ Cyler in I’m Dying Up Here

Showtime Casts RJ Cyler in I’m Dying Up Here

by Nellie Andreeva | Deadline Hollywood Rising young actor RJ Cyler, who played Earl in indie darling Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, is the first regular cast in the hourlong Showtime dark comedy pilot I’m Dying Up Here. This marks the first series regular role for...
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