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How will today’s casting roundup end? Hopefully with you getting a great role in one of these exciting gigs! “How It Ends,” an upcoming Netflix apocalyptic feature film starring Theo James and Forest Whitaker, needs background actors for a shoot in Chicago next week. Plus, a production centered around Navy vets needs principals and day players, a novelty sunglasses company is casting for a photo shoot, and the upcoming feature film “The Manuscript,” starring Morgan Freeman, has plenty of background roles! “How It Ends” Casting is currently underway for “How It Ends,” a Netflix feature film centered on “a mysterious apocalyptic event that turns the roads into mayhem and a young father who will stop at nothing to get home to his pregnant wife on the other side of the country.” Male and female talent, aged 18–65, are sought to portray businesspeople, tourists, construction workers, and more in background roles. »
On Wednesday, the Santa Barbara International Film Fest announced that Dame Judi Dench will receive the 12th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award will be presented on Nov. 30 at a black-tie gala dinner at the Bacara Resort and Spa.
The Kirk Douglas Award was first given in 2006 and has been used to honor an individual who is considered to be a “lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both.” Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta have all previously received the award.
“I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name. She »
- Matt Fernandez
On the banks of the Red Sea, in a man-made Egyptian oasis better suited to snorkeling than cinema, a new Middle Eastern festival is hedging its bets on the future of Arab film.
The inaugural El Gouna Film Festival will kick off Sept. 22, bringing with it a polished lineup of both Middle Eastern and global cinema and a slew of roundtables, meet-and-greets and networking opportunities between emerging young filmmakers and industry heavyweights.
At El Gouna’s core, says co-founder Intishal Al Tamini, is a commitment to humanitarian content, and the use of film as a bridge for dialogue and creative intellect.
Those are lofty goals for a freshman festival in a region mired by conflict and marked by decades of censorship, but the odds that lay stacked against the fest, Al Tamini says, have actually helped draw a wellspring of international support and cooperation.
“When you take the Middle East and North Africa, you »
- Debra Kamin
With Inhumans screening in select IMAX theaters, Marvel’s Royal Family is currently stealing headlines left, right, and center – for all the wrong reasons, it appears – but come 2018, the prolific studio will be shedding light on another regal dynasty via Black Panther.
Headed up by writer-director Ryan Coogler, not only is Black Panther a historic addition to the McU in its own right – Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creation began life as the first black superhero in mainstream comics – but coming out of his appearance in Civil War, fans are curious to know more about the fictional nation of Wakanda.
Built on a vast reserve of vibranium, the super-powered metal responsible for Cap’s shield (and T’Challa’s skin-tight suit!), Wakanda is situated in a radically advanced corner of Africa. Still licking his wounds after the events of Civil War, T’Challa then returns home to find his »
- Michael Briers
Rome – Oscar-winning actor-director Forest Whitaker will be feted with a lifetime achievement award by Egypt’s new El Gouna Film Festival, which will open its first edition later this month with the Middle Eastern premiere of Egyptian director Amr Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson.” The closing film will be Chinese artist-filmmaker Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow,” about the global refugee crisis.
Whitaker, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland,” was praised by the El Gouna’s artistic director, Intishal Al Timimi, for playing roles with “significant social and human dimensions.” Whitaker is expected to attend the Sept. 22-29 festival to receive the award during its closing ceremony. The slogan of the fest’s inaugural edition is “Cinema for Humanity.”
Located in the high-end El Gouna Red Sea resort and backed by Egyptian telecom billionaire Naguib Sawiris, the ambitious fest is likely to shake up the volatile »
- Nick Vivarelli
Yahoo! Movies has revealed Hasbro’s new line of Black Panther action figures from the upcoming superhero blockbuster which includes Black Panther, Vibranium Black Panther, Shuri and Erik Killmonger in his Golden Jaguar suit; take a look at the promotional images here…
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
- Amie Cranswick
Hollywood is full of surprises; you’ll find twists and turns in random scenes that might just catch you completely off guard. Hollywood is also full of amazing talent; you always hear about people crossing over industries. So naturally, when we hear about famous actors directing, we aren’t always surprised. But when it came to these films, we were taken by surprise when the names appeared on the “Directed by” bylines. We’ve compiled the list for your reading pleasure. See if you’re surprised as much as we were. 1. Hope Floats – Forest Whitaker Typically known for starring in action-suspense films,
5 Big Movies Directed by People You Didn’t Expect »
- Jennifer Borama
“Louder Together: A Global Citizen Documentary; New York to Mumbai” is set to premiere Wednesday, Sept. 13 on the free streaming service Go90. The documentary follows the 2016 Global Citizen Festivals in New York and India and highlights the work Global Citizen has done to alleviate extreme poverty.
Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Metallica, Jay-z, Demi Lovato, Ellie Goulding, Usher, Coldplay, Eddie Vedder, and Major Lazer all perform in the documentary, in addition to Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Ranveer Singh, Ar Rahman, and more. Forest Whitaker, Bridget Moynahan, Olivia Wilde, Kweku Mandela, Ashok Amritraj, and Indian Member of Parliament Poonam Mahajan also make special appearances.
“It’s an inspiring feeling you get when you’re at a Global Citizen Festival »
- Erin Nyren
Watch a preview, below, for the fourth and final season of the Star Wars Rebels TV show. Star Wars Rebels, season four, premieres on Disney Xd on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 12:30am, 3:00am, 7:30am, 5:30am, and 9:00pm Edt. The Star Wars Rebels voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Kallus, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, and Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn. Warwick Davis is joining the Disney Xd series in its last installment, as Rukh, Admiral Thrawn’s assassin. Read More… »
The highly anticipated fourth and final season of Disney’s Xd’s Star Wars Rebels has now received an explosive new trailer, and you’ve gotta check it out.
As you can see above, the promo promises that the show will end on its most ambitious season yet, as various plot threads look set to build to a climax. The planet Mandalore is occupied by Imperial forces, Grand Admiral Thrawn is intensifying his hunt for the crew of The Ghost alongside his assassin Rukh (voiced by Star Wars movie regular Warwick Davis), and we also have that beloved staple of the franchise to look forward to: massive space battles between the Alliance and the Empire.
On a more character-based level, much of the trailer is also devoted to Ezra’s journey with the Loth-Wolves (a new concept to be introduced this season), which will lead him to question whether he »
- Christian Bone
“War is raging” in the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels.
Disney Xd on Saturday announced that the animated series will return for its farewell run on Monday, Oct. 16, beginning with a one-hour season premiere.
In Season 4, the Ghost crew aligns itself with the ever-growing Rebel Alliance in a battle against the Galactic Empire. Eventually, Ezra leads the crew back to Lothal when a new Imperial threat emerges.
As previously reported, the final 15 episodes will feature the returns of Mon Mothma (voiced by Genevieve O’Reilly) and Saw Gerrera »
Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three delivers all 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ third season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material on Blu-ray™ and DVD! The story threads begin to tighten in this thrilling season of Star Wars Rebels, drawing connections to The Clone Wars, Rogue One and the original Star Wars trilogy into the series’ epic storyline. Available August 29, Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three delivers some of the most critically-acclaimed Star Wars storytelling to date, with engaging characters, harrowing conflicts, and spectacular space battles on par with those seen in the films.
Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the Rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the Rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, »
- Michael Connally
Titled “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?,” the two-hour special will explore the details surrounding the cases of the rap rivals and former friends who were gunned down within months of each other in the late 1990s. Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996. Smalls, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. It has been 20 years since their murders, and no one has been held accountable.
The special, produced by “The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey” producers Critical Content, will lead viewers through an investigation re-examining the homicides by uncovering new details and revealing never-before-heard accounts. The special will feature interviews with former private investigators, police »
- Joe Otterson
Recently, the folks over at TV Guide got to chat up some of the cast and crew of Fox's hit drama "Empire" when they attended the recent 2017 Television Critics Association Summer press tour earlier this month. Executive producer Lee Daniels along with main stars Jussie Smollett aka Jamal Lyon, Terrence Howard aka Lucious Lyon and Taraji P. Henson aka Cookie Lyon were all on hand to deliver some good season 4 teaser scoops. It turns out that the crazy killing will continue. We'll also see more big time guest stars show up in a couple of episodes. Cookie and Jamal might expand the comedic side of their relationship and more. To start things off, they revealed that we're going to see more guest star appearances from legendary performers like Phylicia Rashad, Forest Whitaker and Leslie Uggams. Next, they revealed that we'll see even more drama from Lucious and Cookie. Taraji spoke on this saying, »
- Andre Braddox
Global Citizen today announced Global Citizen Week, a series of events that will culminate with the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park.
The public, advocacy-driven events and digital activations will take place across New York City and reflect the non-profit organization’s continued effort to engage people in the movement to end extreme poverty. Global Citizen Week will run from September 17th through the 23rd and convene and activate a global network of individuals, companies, NGOs, artists, and government agencies who are committed to joining this movement and taking action.
The events are timed to coincide with the Un General Assembly, shining a light on those pressing issues to be debated by the world’s top diplomats.
Global Citizen Week will feature a wide array of events, speakers, panels, performances, activations and powerful moments, including:
Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream
The Reverend Al Sharpton, »
Having made his debut in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman will soon reprise the role of T’Challa for February’s Black Panther movie, and Marvel legend Stan Lee has taken to Twitter to give his seal of approval to the actor.
“In 1966 we brought Black Panther to the pages of Marvel,” wrote Lee, sharing the below image. “Now this talented young man brings him to the silver screen! You have my respect!”
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel Comics' "Black Panther" and The Crew" #5, in support of Marvel Studios' upcoming feature "Black Panther", is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by Butch Guice, with a cover by John Cassaday, available August 16, 2017:
"...the teleporting hero known as 'Manifold' joins 'The Crew' in their search for answers about the mysterious death of 'Harlem' community pillar 'Ezra Keith'...
"...and what they learn is not only shocking but devastating. It seems an old evil has infiltrated the very heart of Harlem, and if it's not rooted out, the community will be brought to its knees..."
"'T’Challa' after the events of 'Captain America: Civil War' returns home to the isolated...
"...technologically advanced African nation of 'Wakanda' to take his place as 'King'.
- Michael Stevens
Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled its K-2So Premium Format Figure from the blockbuster anthology movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The limited edition piece is available to pre-order now, priced at $650 and is expected to ship September-November 2018; take a look at the official promotional images here…
See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles
K-2So measures 22” tall, standing atop a Citadel Tower themed base. His black external armor is visibly weathered and detailed to recreate the battle damage this droid has received during his service to both the Empire and the Rebellion. K-2So is also painted with red and yellow details on his shoulders and technical panels and has the logo of the Empire emblazoned on his shoulder.
This Premium Format Figure is mixed media, featuring metal in K-2So’s legs, which steadily support his unique gait. He is also outfitted with intricate pistons and gears in »
- Amie Cranswick
The seminal teen flick “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is celebrating its 35th anniversary on Sunday.
Not only did the coming-of-age tale set in Southern California launch the careers of director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe, the comedy catapulted Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, and Judge Reinhold into stardom.
And in 2005, “Fast Times,” which was based on Crowe’s 1981 book chronicling his adventures going undercover at a San Diego high school, was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Ironically, “Fast Times” had to overcome many obstacles during production and almost failed to get released.
Among the early difficulties the production encountered was finding a director for the comedy, which also featured future best actor Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage — billed as Nicolas Coppola — as well as Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards.
- Susan King
Empire is doubling down on the Lyon family and focusing less on stunt casting for its guest stars in the upcoming fourth season.
The Fox family drama wrapped its third season with Lyon patriarch, Lucious (Terrence Howard), losing his memory after being caught in an explosion that his own family had set him up for. When he woke up in the hospital, Lucious found himself at the care of his nurse, played by guest star Demi Moore, and without his memory.
Related: Find Out Who Demi Moore Is Playing on 'Empire'
Though the new season will see the return of Moore, along with recurring players Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad, and Forest Whitaker’s entrance, co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels revealed that they’re avoiding casting A-listers for the sake of luring them in for a cameo or one-episode stint. In the past three seasons, special guest stars included Mariah Carey, Eva Longoria, [link »
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