Directors on Directors: Michael B. Jordan & Ben Affleck

In their “Directors on Directors” conversation, Ben Affleck and Michael B. Jordan shower each other with praise for pulling double duty as directors and actors in “Air” and “Creed III.”

What Now? with Trevor Noah: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

In the series premiere episode, Trevor is joined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — “The People’s Champion” in the wrestling world, one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, and a bonafide Girl Dad.

Actors on Actors: Taraji P. Henson & Jeffrey Wright

In their Actors on Actors conversation Taraji P. Henson (‘The Color Purple’) and Jeffrey Wright (‘American Fiction’) bond over their common D.C. history as well as what it’s like making films about the Black experience in America.

Sterling K. Brown Discusses ‘American Fiction’

On this episode of the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast, Brown discusses his role as a gay surgeon in Cord Jefferson’s satirical film “American Fiction,” as well as working with veteran actor Jeffrey Wright and paying his respects to “This Is Us” co-star Ron Cephas Jones.

Jeffrey Wright – No Plan B

Despite being sent a list of Hollywood actors for his feature directorial debut, Cord Jefferson said he “just knew” Wright was the only one for the role

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor on Playing ‘Literary Indiana Jones’

Marking one of the first times Ellis-Taylor has been the lead of a movie, she says it was “a joy” to portray the famed author, who she cleverly describes as “a literary and journalistic Indiana Jones, who goes on a quest all around the world in search of a truth about who we are.”

Byron Allen Resubmits Bid For BET & VH1

Deadline has confirmed that Byron Allen is taking another run at BET Media Group in a $3.5 billion bid sent to Paramount Global for BET and VH1. The offer followed a report that Paramount is in talks to sell BET to a management-led investor group.

Charles D. King To Receive 2024 PGA Milestone Award

The Producers Guild of America announced that Charles D. King will be honored with the 2024 Milestone Award, citing “his immeasurable contribution to the film industry.” King will accept the award at the 35th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 25, 2024.

Tyler Perry Sets Film Deal With Netflix

Tyler Perry has formalized a new creative partnership with Netflix to write, direct and produce feature films under a multi-year, first-look deal. The pact spans eight pictures over four years.

Issa Rae Named Creative Director for 2024 American Black Film Festival

“We couldn’t think of a better partner to help us continue to embody the ABFF mission of showcasing Black talent — and discovering and amplifying new voices,” said ABFF co-founders and producers Nicole and Jeff Friday, in a statement announcing Rae’s appointment

For His Birthday Variety Lists Will Smith’s 13 Best Film Performances

If Tom Hanks is America’s Dad, then Will Smith is the cool big brother. Smith has been a favorite of audiences and awards voters during his impressive three-decade career.

Pearl Bowser (1931-2023)

"Alfred's Cinema". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2023-09-19. I’m deeply saddened to inform you on Ms. Pearl Bowser’s return to the earth… Pearl Bowser became an ancestor on Sunday, September 17th, 2023. She is remembered by her daughter, Gillian Bowser. Asè (1931-2023)...

Justin Simien | The Film That Lit My Fuse

The Houston-born Simien opened his first big budget studio film in Haunted Mansion, the Disney narrative adaptation of its venerable theme park ride.

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  • R.I.P.

Les McCann (1935-2023)

Les McCann, the legendary jazz pianist, who fused jazz and R&B, best known for the protest song “Compared to What,” and who has been sampled countless times by the likes of Notorious B.I.G. and Snoop Dogg, died Friday, December 29, 2023, at the age of 88 in a Los Angeles area hospital.