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It's been nearly two months since Amazon debuted the first season of "Transparent," and more than a month since Amazon ordered a second season of the Jill Soloway-created drama. I've been meaning ever since to write a spoiler-filled book-end to my original review, looking over the entire 10-episode first season, but other things kept getting in the way. Better late than never, here are many thoughts on this show's great first season coming up just as soon as you let me know if you see any mustard... It's been so long since I watched the season that my thoughts are more fragmented than they might've been had I written this right after the renewal announcement, though my overall feeling remains the same as in that first review: this was gorgeous, intimate storytelling, among the very best things I watched all year. But let's go straight to the bullet points and bounce around different characters, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Paul Robeson would've been 116 years old this year, if he were still alive (April 9, 1898, is his birthday). With all the talk of an N.W.A, Tupac, Aaliyah, and other biopics of black public figures, I'd say that a Paul Robeson biopic is long overdue, given the man and his accomplishments - frankly, far more-so than any of the previously mentioned. And one just might be coming to a theater near you soon, starring co-star of Showtime's hit drama series "Homeland," British actor David Harewood, as Robeson, and Sydney Tamiia Poitier (daughter of Sidney Poitier) as Paul Robeson’s wife, Eslanda ("Essie") Goode »
- Tambay A. Obenson
By Anjelica Oswald
Originally planned to screen as a 30-minute preview at AFI Fest, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, centered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, premiered in its entirety and stirred up more Oscar buzz ahead of its Christmas Day release.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber says the film is “intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited and sharply acted,” and that it “represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.” Meanwhile, Paul Webb’s screenplay and David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. King have been praised. The Wrap’s James Rocchi says, “Oyelowo’s performance would be impressive enough if it merely recreated the icon we now revere as perfectly as he does through a variety of methods… But Oyelowo, and Webb’s screenplay, also give us a rich, rewarding portrait of King as a man, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Hollywood doesn't limit opportunities for actors of color, Morgan Freeman said Tuesday at a Screen Actors Guild Foundation event at Britain's Oxford University. "Hollywood is color blind, it only sees green," he told the audience. "If it makes money the walls come tumbling down. I don’t believe in black history month. Do we also need a Jewish history month and a white history month? If you try to cover black history in a month you will fail.” Freeman said he admired actors like Sidney Poitier, but didn't see himself as an African-American performer. “I don’t want to be called African-American. Why not? Because I’m not African," he said, according to a release. Freeman also dismissed the criticism that the entertainment industry was sexist. “Streep, Blanchett, Roberts, Thurman, Kidman—no I don’t think there’s an unfair portrayal of women in Hollywood," he said. The Oscar winner »
The moment when Sidney Poitier joined him on the stage was magical and moving. I watch and I think about the years of life experiences between the 2, and the countless stories they could tell the rest of us that would probably trump any work of fiction. Maybe it's just the filmmaker in me, but I also immediately imagined both of them on screen, together again. It's been a very long time - "Uptown Saturday Night" I believe was the last film Harry Belafonte and Poitier both appeared in. That was 40 long years ago. And before that, there was "Buck and the Preacher," a favorite of mine, released in 1972. Granted, both have, we could say, moved on to perform »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The 6th Annual Governors Awards took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte, Honorary Award recipient Hayao Miyazaki, Honorary Award recipient Jean-Claude Carrière and Honorary Award recipient Maureen O’Hara were honored by their peers during the evening.
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”
Pictured (left to right): Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte, Honorary Award recipient Hayao Miyazaki, Honorary Award recipient Jean-Claude Carrière and Honorary Award recipient Maureen O’Hara
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs introduces the 2014 Governors Awards
- Michelle McCue
At last night's Governors Awards, singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Born in 1927, Belafonte reflected on the power of cinema to foment racial tensions and embed deep insecurities within the black community, from D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation to Tarzan, "this white liberator."The performing arts, he said, "was an early stimulus to the beginning of my rebellion." Belafonte, who was a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr., also invited his friend and fellow legend Sidney Poitier to the stage and commended him for helping to "redirect the ship of racial hatred in American culture." At 87 years old, Belafonte has lived a full life. "I really wish I could be around for the rest of this century, to see what Hollywood does with the rest of the century," he said. "Maybe, just maybe, it could be civilization's game changer." Chris Rock »
- E. Alex Jung
Maureen O’Hara, now 94, took time to fondly remember the Hollywood greats from her past such as John Wayne and John Ford. Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he was just happy to be in the same room as Maureen O’Hara. Masterful screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere gave a moving tribute to Hollywood’s “forgotten” writers. And Harry Belafonte, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, galvanized the industry crowd by asking them to aim higher.
Yes, it was quite a night for the four honorees of the Sixth Annual Governors Awards of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Quite a night. And the Academy got this awards season off to a roaring start with this blessedly non-televised celebration of the greats in this business who may not have always been given their due. It has also become a night for major schmoozing and networking among Academy voters and the huge numbers of Oscar hopefuls. »
- Pete Hammond
Hollywood — At the 6th annual Governors Awards Saturday night, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte brought things to a sober, classy close with a lengthy speech detailing some of Hollywood's history with social rights issues. It was a pretty powerful send-off (Michael Keaton seemed particularly knocked out from my vantage point). I've included the full text of the speech (the bulk of his remarks, that is) below, as it seemed like something worth sharing. For more on the evening, be sure to read our coverage from the event. *** America has come a long way since Hollywood in 1915 gave the world the film "Birth of a Nation." By all measure, this cinematic work was considered the greatest film ever made. The power of moving pictures to impact on human behavior was never more powerfully evidenced than when after the release of this film, American citizens went on a murderous rampage. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Harry Belafonte gave one of the all-time great acceptance speeches at Saturday night’s Governors Awards, citing Hollywood’s often-shameful power to influence attitudes, and challenging the heavy-hitters in the room to instead create works that allow global audiences “to see the better side of who we are as a species.”
The performer, receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, pulled no punches, and his words were all the more effective because of the soft, even tone in his voice and the cautious optimism that concluded his speech.
The occasion was the sixth annual Governors Awards, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, an annual gathering that always mixes a celebration of Hollywood’s past, some words of encouragement to the room’s artists, and a heavy dose of awards-schmoozing.
- Tim Gray
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Los Angeles - "We were just a couple of dinguses." That's J.K. Simmons, on his "Whiplash" co-star Miles Teller, who he calls "cocky little smartass." In our interview this week, Simmons also called the forthcoming "Fantastic Four" star "a gifted and hard working and dedicated young actor." It's a good thing that the pair held down a light-hearted relationship and mutual appreciation outside of their scenes in the music school-centered drama. Simmons' bandleader character Fletcher in "Whiplash" is a hard, emotionally traumatizing and (at times) physically violent counterpart to Teller's drum-playing Andrew, who aspires to be one of the greatest musicians of all time. "I think it's over the line, I think it's too much," Simmons said of his character's teaching and leading approach. "I don't respond to authority figures who abuse their authority. I do respond well to a director, a teacher, someone who doesn't accept mediocrity." "Whiplash" certainly »
- Katie Hasty
At some point, it’s probably going to become easier to name the classic movies that haven’t been turned into TV shows than the ones that have. The latest big-screen property to transition to the small-screen is In the Heat of the Night, the 1967 drama starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Well… at least it’s […]
- Angie Han
MGM Television’s rebooted version of movie classic, In The Heat Of The Night, has found a home at Showtime, as the network will work with the studio to develop the TV series with The Help’s Tate Taylor at the helm.
The original 1967 movie arrived on the big screen during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Based on the 1965 novel, it starred Sidney Poitier, Warren Oates and Rod Steiger, and snagged five Academy Awards for its depiction of a divided Southern town. Poitier led the pic as a police detective sent to the fictional Mississippi town of Sparta to investigate a murder. He meets great hostility from the local sheriff, played by Steiger.
It’s a phenomenal film that sparked two sequels, but doesn’t exactly lend itself to the TV format. However, this approach has been tried before. In the late 80s NBC broadcasted a small screen »
- Gem Seddon
Showtime is looking to add a little heat to its nighttime lineup. The premium network and MGM Television have begun developing a new TV project based on the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night, EW has confirmed. Written and directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, the series will be "an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi." Taylor, a Mississippi native, will also executive produce alongside Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and John Norris (Get on Up). The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. The movie starred Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier as two men working together against »
- Jake Perlman
The pay cabler has commissioned multiple scripts with an eye toward a straight-to-series order if the scripts are well-received. The project based on the 1967 Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger pic is described as an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi. Taylor is a native son of the Magnolia state, and he’s known for his touch with material set in the South as the filmmaker behind “The Help” and this year’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up.”
Taylor is writing at least two scripts for Showtime and will direct should the project go before the cameras. Taylor and Littlefield are exec producing with John Norris. Littlefield Co.’s Ann Johnson is on board as a producer.
- Cynthia Littleton
The premise of a young teacher who inspires a group of undisciplined, uncouth young people headed for dismal futures, is an ages old story. You can trace it back to the old Bette Davis 1945 Warner Bros chestnut "The Corn is Green," and it goes back even farther than that. There have been many variations of the same story, from MGM’s 1955 "The Backboard Jungle" co-staring a young Sidney Poitier as a manipulative juvenile delinquent, to "Up the Down Staircase," "Stand and Deliver," "Lean on Me," "Dangerous Minds" and similar others. But for my money, one of the best is the British made 1967 Columbia Pictures movie, »
Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015.
The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
“Steve Martin is an American original,” said Stringer. “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us »
- Melissa Thompson
Steve Martin has been named recipient of the highly prestigious AFI Life Achievement Award to be presented June 4th and aired on TNT and later on sister network TCM. After generally reserving this coveted prize to actors and directors who made their mark in dramatic films this is second time in the past three years that the American Film Institute has decided to lighten things up by giving their award to a person who made their mark in comedy. And it has paid off. Mel Brooks got the honor in 2013 and it resulted not only in a hilarious and memorable evening, it got higher ratings and brought the AFI special its first Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special in August. But Martin is the first recipient who actually started and made their reputation as a stand up comic. And his films beginning with The Jerk and continuing with such modern comedy »
- Pete Hammond
Denzel Washington receives his lifetime achievement Donostia Award in San Sebastián Photo: San Sebastián Film Festival/Montse Castillo It was a case of lights, red carpet and action last night as the 62nd San Sebastián Film Festival got under way with the European premiere of Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer. It's star Denzel Washington was in town for the gala screening and to pick up his lifetime achievement Donostia Award.
Earlier in the day, he attended a packed press conference to talk about the film - which opens in the UK next Friday (September 26) - and his career. When asked if he was the "heir to Sidney Poitier", he replied "There's only one Sidney Poitier. I'm glad to say he's a friend of mine but I could never be Sidney Poitier. »
- Amber Wilkinson
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