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Sorry, no trailer yet, but here’s your first look at Queen Latifah as blues legend Bessie Smith in the upcoming HBO movie, "Bessie." Directed by "Pariah" director Dee Rees, the film stars along with Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. The film will chronicle Smith’s life from her early beginnings, to her heyday as "The Empress of the Blues." Expect HBO to broadcast it sometime during the first quarter of 2015. »
The Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (Faaaf) announced its nominees for the 15th Annual Black Reel Awards Wednesday morning. Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" led the way with 10 nominations each. They were joined by "Belle," "Beyond the Lights" and "Top Five" in the organization's best picture category. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 22, 2015. And learn more about what's going on this season at The Circuit. Motion Picture Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" "Beyond the Lights" "Dear White People" "Selma" "Top Five" Outstanding Actor Chadwick Boseman, "Get on Up" David Oyelowo, "Selma" Nate Parker, "Beyond the Lights" Chris Rock, "Top Five" Denzel Washington, "The Equalizer" Outstanding Actress Rosario Dawson, "Top Five" Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Belle" Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Beyond the Lights" Tessa Thompson, "Dear White People" Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie" Outstanding Supporting Actor Nelsan Ellis, "Get On Up" David Oyelowo, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Nominations for the 46th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed and "Belle," "Beyond the Lights," "Dear White People," "Get On Up," and "Selma" are duking it out for the Outstanding Motion Picture Award.
Winners will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015 in a two-hour televised event on TV One.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Here's the complete list of nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards:
Outstanding Comedy Series
. "black-ish" (ABC)
. "House of Lies" (Showtime)
. "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)
. "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
. Anthony Anderson - "'black-ish" (ABC)
. Kevin Hart »
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights »
- Kristopher Tapley
Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
- The Deadline Team
The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” are among the actors who were cited.
Boseman, Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw are all portraying real-life people.
In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees. ABC did well, earning three of the five drama-series nominations. Also notable was Lifetime’s scoring seven of the 10 nominations in the two lead acting categories for telefilm/miniseries/dramatic special.
(Pictured: “Dear White People »
- Variety Staff
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
(Pictured: “Dear White People”)
Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:
Outstanding Motion Picture “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media) “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures) “Selma” (Paramount Pictures »
- Variety Staff
The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday, lauding the year's best films and television shows -- among other artforms -- featuring people of color.
"Selma" led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (David Oyelowo), three supporting actor nods (André Holland, Common, and Wendell Pierce), and two supporting actress nods (Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey). Director Ava DuVernay was also nominated for her work behind the camera.
A partial list of nominees in television and movies is below. For the full list -- including nominees in the music and literature categories -- click here.
The NAACP Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, »
- Katie Roberts
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
While HBO Films have yet to date the TV movie (according to a recent interview they’d be aiming for early ’15) they’d definitely use some of the Sundance swagger in a pre-television premiere launchpad. The Sundance Institute and the festival are the lieus where Dee Rees first explored and then successfully launched her career with the critically acclaimed Pariah back in 2011. Production began this summer in Atlanta on Bessie, which was formerly known as “Blue Goose Hollow”. A dream role/project reality for Queen Latifah, a part she has been gunning for years; the supporting cast is made up of Michael K. Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. Worth noting, is the detail that Rees put into the project – a color palette that transforms and informs the given timeline.
Gist: The story of legendary blues performer, »
- Eric Lavallee
Feeling down? Lackluster? Uninspired? You need a pick-me-up from some of Hollywood’s most talented movie stars. Here are 12 stirring speeches from films that double as both examples of superbly committed acting and rip-roaring energizers! Charlie Chaplin, “The Great Dictator”Charlie Chaplin’s first true talking picture, “The Great Dictator,” ended up taking Hollywood by storm in 1940 for its spot-on satire and parody of Adolf Hitler in the midst of WWII. Chaplin, who wrote, directed, and starred as both the film’s protagonist and antagonist, here gives one of the most rousing speeches in cinematic history, decrying greed and false promise, emboldening his audience—within the movie and around the world—to “fight to free the world!” Viggo Mortensen, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”If you were faced by a sea of approaching orcs, you might back away, too. But if you were inspired by your king, »
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
The Monkey’s Paw (2013)
Directed by: Brett Simmons
Cast: C.J. Thomason (Jake), Stephen Lang (Tony Cobb), Daniel Hugh Kelly (Gillespie), Michelle Pierce (Olivia), Corbin Bleu (Catfish), Charles S. Dutton (Detective Margolis), James Minor III (Cory Cobb), Andy Favreau (Kevin)
Anyone that is familiar with the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” knows where the premise of this flick from Chiller Films is headed. It’s a pretty respectable premise though. Horror has always had a cautionary tale basis at its deepest foundations, and this is a timeless morality story that has been given a contemporary spin. Not the first time it’s been done for sure, but if it’s done well, I can definitely roll with it. This version takes place in New Orleans, which happens to be one of my favorite locales for a horror film anyway, »
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Secrets and Lies" (ABC - Midseason) The Pitch: "Yet another murder investigation into the death of a dead kid." "Well, I think TV has several of these. What makes this one distinctive?" "The dynamic star power of Ryan Phillippe." "Oh." Quick Response: Although "American Crime" is technically about parents dealing with the death of an older child, it's still the last part of a trio with "Secrets and Lies" and "Gracepoint." Of the three, "Secrets and Lies," based on an Aussie series I haven't seen, is the most sensationalistic and the most hollow, the one trying to say the least as both a commentary on family and grieving or American society or whatever. It's also the least involving as a mystery, because after 44 minutes, I don't especially care whether or not Ryan Phillippe's character did or didn't kill the young boy he finds in the woods and since »
- Daniel Fienberg
A first look (above) via press photo, at a project that was once set up at FX, and is now going to be a Sony Playstation Network series... That's right - Sony is developing original programming for its Playstation (Microsoft is doing the same with the XBox. These things aren't simply gaming consoles anymore. They are content delivery portals into your living rooms, as the competition for eyeballs becomes even more intense). As recently as 2011, when FX was interested in the property, Charles S. Dutton had been cast in what was to be a pilot based on the comic book series "Powers," created by Brian Michael Bendis, whose credits include Marvel's »
- Tambay A. Obenson
In what might be considered a strange move on the part of TV network A&E, the crime drama Longmire has been cancelled at the end of its third season. It’s strangeness is rooted in the fact that this decision leaves the channel with very little in the way of scripted drama – something it had made a very conscious step toward, some time ago. Having now disposed of Glades and Those Who Kill, however, the ending of Longmire will leave A&E with only Bates Motel and the upcoming remake of The Returned.
Longmire had been a very popular part of A&E’s lineup, being based on Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire Mysteries series of novels. The show saw Wyoming county sheriff Walt Longmire return to work following the death of his wife, and investigate major crimes while running for re-election. It starred Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, »
- Sarah Myles
More than 100 Emmy nominees became Emmy winners Saturday night at the Creative Arts Emmys where losing streaks ended, and upsets were aplenty. Here's how we size up results. The Good Emmy agreed with Gold Derby Editors by picking all of our predictions for guest acting and reality host categories. Two of our predicted winners -- Joe Morton ("Scandal") and Uzo Aduba ("Orange is the New Black") -- etched themselves in the history books by being only the second pair of African American stars to win guest acting trophies in the same year. The first were Charles Dutton ("Without a Trace") and Alfre Woodard ("The Practice") – they nabbed the same drama categories back in 2003. Aduba also goes into Emmy history as the first acting winner for Netflix and for any digital series, for that matter. -Break- Perception. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards have been known as the "red-headed step-child" of...' »
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
Principal photography has started today on Screen Gems. new thriller The Perfect Guy, starring Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man Holiday), Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man,About Last Night) and Morris Chestnut (Think Like A Man, The Best Man Holiday). The film, directed by David M. Rosenthal (A Single Shot, Janie Jones) also stars Charles S. Dutton (.Longmire.), Rutina Wesley (.True Blood.) and Kathryn Morris (.Cold Case.). »
Charles S. Dutton has joined Vivica A. Fox, David Banner and Pooch Hall in the feature drama "Carter High," which centers on the 1988 Carter High Cowboys, a formidable high school football team in Texas that overcame adversity to win the Texas State Championship. However, it is what happened after their championship season that rocked the world of sport. 9 of the 18 Division 1 scholarship players went on to commit a string of robberies, and all were apprehended before the start of their freshman college seasons, leading to national headlines, courtroom drama and eventual prison sentences. Their state title was stripped in January 1991, the trophy returned, the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Avan Jogia (TV's "Victorious") is set to play Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun in Spike TV and Muse Entertainment's original miniseries "Tut". The project will be filmed entirely on location in Morocco and Canada this Fall ahead of a 2015 debut.
Jogia joins Ben Kingsley, who was cast last month as Tutankhamun's grand vizier who wields tremendous power and influence as the top adviser to the young Egyptian ruler. The project marks Spike's first scripted event series in eight years. [Source: The Live Feed]
"Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Fall" star Jamie Dornan has scored the lead role of Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan in Richie Smyth's geo-political thriller "The Siege Of Jadotville" for Parallel Films. Kevin Brodbin ("Constantine") penned the script and filming begins in Ireland and South Africa in the spring.
The story is based on a 1961 siege in the Congo following Moise Tshombe taking control of the Katanga region. 150 Un Irish troops, »
- Garth Franklin
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