Robin Thede Signs HBO Overall Deal

by Joe Otterson | Variety Robin Thede has signed a three-year overall deal with HBO. Under the deal, Thede will develop content exclusively for HBO, HBO Max, and Warner Bros. Television. The deal expands upon Thede’s previous overall deal with Warner Bros. TV alone,...

Nicole Byer on Breaking Boundaries

Emily Longeretta | Variety Nicole Byer never set out to be a host. For years, she was best known for being one of the hilarious comics on MTV’s “Girl Code” and later the star of “Loosely Exactly Nicole.” Fast forward to 2020, and she became the first Black woman...

Euzhan Palcy and others to Receive Honorary Oscars

Clayton Davis | Variety Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir will receive honorary Oscars at this year’s Governors Awards ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday. In addition, actor Michael J. Fox will receive the Jean...

Billy Porter Enters First Look Deal at FX with Incognegro

  by Selome Hailu | Variety Billy Porter has signed a first look deal with FX Productions to develop new content through his production company Incognegro with his producing partner D.J. Gugenheim. The deal is a continuation of Porter’s with FX, as he starred as...

Nickelodeon Recreates Iconic ‘Great Day in Harlem’ Photograph

Selome Hailu | Variety In 1958, Esquire published “A Great Day in Harlem,” a photo taken by Art Kane of 57 jazz musicians ranging from Thelonious Monk to Coleman Hawkins gathered together on a New York City stoop. In an homage to that historic picture, on June 5,...

Viola Davis Says Escapist Movies and Social Media ‘Destroys Our Art Form’

Matt Donelly | Variety Oscar winner Viola Davis says social media has undermined her art form, especially as it relates to modern theatrical movies. The “Fences” and “The First Lady” actor delivered a blunt and juicy indictment of what it takes to market films...

Actors on Actors: Zendaya + Andrew Garfield

Everyone loved the second season of “Euphoria” — even Spider-Man. (Well, at least one of the Spider-Men.) When Andrew Garfield sees Zendaya, he can’t stop raving about her tour de force as Rue in the critically acclaimed HBO series. Garfield is both a fan and a...

The Feminist Evolution of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

Bryce Dallas Howard and DeWanda Wise Became Summer’s Breakout Action Stars ByAngelique Jackson Photographs by Art Streiber “Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.” That quip from Laura Dern’s Dr. Ellie Sattler in 1993’s “Jurassic Park” has been immortalized on...

Regina Hall to Be Honored With Voice of Inspiration Award

By Wilson Chapman| Variety The 2022 Sundance Film Festival featured a Regina Hall double bill: “Master,” a thriller following three Black women at a predominantly white college; and “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” a mockumentary exploring the inner workings of a...

Letitia Wright Teases ‘Black Panther 2’ as an ‘Incredible Honor to Chadwick Boseman’

Elizabeth Wagmeister | Variety Little has been confirmed about “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” but much has been discussed in the rumor mill regarding the sequel to Marvel’s enormous hit, “Black Panther.” Following the tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman, who...

Viola Davis to Be Honored With Cannes Women In Motion Award

Nick Vivarelli | Variety Actor and producer Viola Davis will be honored with the 2022 Women In Motion Award bestowed by Kering Group and the Cannes Film Festival. Davis currently appears on screen in the Showtime series “The First Lady,” where she plays Michelle...

Forest Whitaker To Receive Honorary Palme D’Or In Cannes

By Jesse Whittock | Deadline More than three decades after he first attended the Cannes Film Festival, Forest Whitaker will receive the honorary Palme d’Or at the event’s 75th opening ceremony this month. Academy Award winner Whitaker follows Jodie Foster in receiving...

Jon Batiste to Make Feature Acting Debut in The Color Purple

  Angelique Jackson | Variety After dominating the Grammy Awards with five wins, including album of the year, Jon Batiste is set to conquer a new medium — acting. The musician has joined the cast of “The Color Purple,” directed by Blitz Bazawule, for his feature...

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