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BBC Acquires John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall,’ Commissions New ‘League of Gentlemen’

19 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has acquired John Singleton’s “Snowfall” for BBC Two and commissioned five new productions for the channel, including the return of cult comedy “The League of Gentlemen,” it was announced Wednesday by the controller of BBC Two, Patrick Holland. Holland said BBC Two had “a mission to question and innovate” and was evolving to become “ever more timely, challenging and mischievous.”

“These new commissions demonstrate my ambition for BBC Two – to bring the increasingly complex and changing world to the audience through challenging perspectives, human engagement and great storytelling,” said Holland, speaking at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival.

Snowfall” (pictured) marks Singleton’s first TV drama and is set to air on BBC Two in the fall. The 10-part drama, set in Los Angeles in 1983, follows an ensemble cast of characters set on an intense collision course, exploring the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and the major impact it had on American society and »

- Robert Mitchell

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BBC2 Acquires John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall’; Sets ‘League Of Gentlemen’ Return – Edinburgh

22 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

BBC Two is striving to be "ever more timely, challenging and mischievous," said Controller Patrick Holland this morning here at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. With that, he set out upcoming projects, including the acquisition of John Singleton's La-set period drama Snowfall, and confirmed the return of The League Of Gentlemen. Iconic black comedy The League Of Gentlemen has been slated for a special three-episode run later this year to commemorate the… »

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Jesse T. Usher Is Son of Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson Will Return

18 August 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Eight months after director Tim Story signed on to take the helm of New Line Cinema's Shaft reboot, the project has its new lead, plus two returning stars. Jesse T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) has been chosen to play the son of Samuel L. Jackson's John Shaft in Son of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson will return as John Shaft from the 2000 New Line reboot, while the original John Shaft, Richard Roundtree, who was established as the uncle of Samuel L. Jackson's character in the reboot, will also return to reprise his role. New Line has yet to set a release date for Son of Shaft, but with this cast coming together, that announcement may be coming soon.

Deadline reports that Jesse T. Usher will be playing the "estranged son" of John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) in this Shaft reboot, but he finds himself having to team up with his old man. »

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Samuel L. Jackson Returning For ‘Shaft’ Sequel

18 August 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After we all survived the potential peril of Y2K, moviegoers arrived at the cinemas way back in 2000 for a serving of “Shaft.” The remake of the Blaxploitation classic, directed by John Singleton and starring Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, did relatively well, earning $107 million worldwide off a $47 million budget. But after that, things went quiet. If there were any plans to make a followup, they didn’t really materialize.

Continue reading Samuel L. Jackson Returning For ‘Shaft’ Sequel at The Playlist. »

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Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel

18 August 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.

Sources tell Variety that Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to reprise his role of the titular character with “Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie T. Usher in talks to play Jackson’s son in the film.

Tim Story is directing a script from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role, and »

- Justin Kroll

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Jessie T. Usher Tapped As Son Of Shaft; Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree Reprise

18 August 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: New Line and director Tim Story have chosen Jessie T. Usher to play the progeny of detective John Shaft in Son of Shaft, which is gearing up to begin production later this fall. Samuel L. Jackson is negotiating a deal to return to reprise the role he played in the John Singleton-directed reboot of the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 action classic. Also returning, per sources, will be Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original film and returned in the 2000 film… »

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FX’s ‘Snowfall’ Crack Cocaine Epidemic Drama Renewed For Season 2

9 August 2017 2:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Winter came to FX last month. In the age of daring TV projects, the network that’s home to everything from “Atlanta” to “American Horror Story” continues its quality programming with “Snowfall,” the crime drama from John Singleton, director of “Boyz N The Hood,” plus Eric Amadio and Dave Andron.

Continue reading FX’s ‘Snowfall’ Crack Cocaine Epidemic Drama Renewed For Season 2 at The Playlist. »

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Snowfall Renewed for Season 2 at FX

9 August 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

FX is going back for another hit: The network has renewed the ’80s L.A. drug saga Snowfall for a second season, TVLine has learned.

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Set at the dawn of the crack-cocaine epidemic, Snowfall follows a myriad of characters, including young dealer Franklin (Damson Idris), Mexican wrestler Gustavo (Sergio Peris-Manchata) and CIA operative Teddy (Carter Hudson) as they navigate a world in search of the latest high. Film director John Singleton is a co-creator and executive producer, with The West Wing alum Thomas Schlamme serving as an Ep as well.

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'Snowfall' Renewed for Season 2 at FX

9 August 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

FX is going back to the '80s.

John Singleton's cocaine drama Snowfall has been renewed for a second season, the cable network announced Wednesday ahead of its time before reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.

Set in 1983, Snowfall chronicles the rise of the crack cocaine epidemic and its impact on the culture. Damson Idris, Peris Mencheta, Carter Hudson and Emily Rios star.

The show, which airs its sixth episode Wednesday night, has been averaging 5 million total viewers across linear and VOD platforms. The series premiere ranks in the top five of most key demos »

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‘Snowfall’ Renewed for Season 2 at FX

9 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX has renewed John Singleton’s drama series “Snowfall” for Season 2 midway through the show’s first season, the network announced Wednesday at the TCA summer press tour.

The series explores the beginnings of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles from the perspectives of multiple people who are impacted by it in different ways, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

The second season is expected to air in 2018. The series was created by Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron. Singleton, Amadio, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Michael London and Trevor Engelson executive produce. Andron »

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‘Snowfall’ Renewed for Season 2 by FX

9 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

FX is hooked on “Snowfall,” which has landed a renewal for Season 2. The drama series that launched its currently airing first season last month will return with the follow-up run in 2018. The network announced the news at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday. “Snowfall,” centering on the start of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s, was created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio and Dave Andron. Also Read: 'Snowfall' Actor Amin Joseph on Show's Importance: 'We Can't Whitewash' Parts of History The cast includes Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, »

- Ryan Gajewski

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The 15 greatest John Williams scores you've forgotten about

1 August 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Aug 4, 2017

Yes, Star Wars. But what about all the great John Williams scores from less famous movies? Here are 15 of them...

Cinema's most esteemed and popular film composer, John Williams, turned 85 this year (you might have seen the recent spectacular BBC Proms concert in his honour). Careers don't come more astonishing than that of Williams, nominated for 50 Academy Awards which puts him second only to Walt Disney for the most ever.

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However it's all too tempting to boil Williams' career down to the more obvious highlights: Star Wars, the Indy trilogy, Superman, E.T., Jurassic Park and the like. In truth, he's a far more versatile composer than many like to give him credit for, and he's much more than just a big themes guy. »

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'Snowfall': FX's Crack-Era Drama Falls Between a Rock and a Hard Place

25 July 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In the new FX drama Snowfall, it's the summer of 1983 in South Central L.A.: palm trees, fire hydrants, boomboxes and the friendly neighborhood weed dealer. There's a kid named Franklin Saint – he went to a preppie boarding school in the Valley, but instead of moving on to college, he's drifted back to his old mean streets, working nights at a convenience store. By day, he sells pot to the local kids who dance while their radios blast "Jam on It." Across the country, a rap crew from Queens »

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John Singleton Defends R. Kelly, Says Don't Treat Him Like Cosby

24 July 2017 12:20 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_0bg6g2nk"]] John Singleton doesn't see anything wrong, or illegal, about how R. Kelly's leading his personal life, because the women living with him are adults making adult decisions. We got the famed director out in NYC and he made it clear ... he just doesn't see what all the controversy is about, and told us he thinks the Bill Cosby comparisons are totally unfair to Kelly. We can always count on John to drop some knowledge »

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Faith and Family Films Gain Prominence as Td Jakes’ Megafest Matures

19 July 2017 9:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

MegaFest, a convention that focuses on the intersection of family and general entertainment, is increasingly carving out a festival home for faith-based and intergenerational Hollywood movies. For the third year running, the International Faith and Family Film Festival has attracted sleeper hit films that revolve around religion, and the actors and directors that develop and star in them. For the 2017 edition, hosted in Dallas, Texas earlier this month, the festival recruited the likes of John Singleton — the first African American to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar, for 1991’s “Boyz in the Hood,” and a prolific producer and »

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'Boyz n the Hood': THR's 1991 Review

12 July 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On July 12, 1991, Columbia brought John Singleton's R-rated drama Boyz n the Hood to theaters, featuring Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding Jr. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

One in 21 black American males will be murdered at the hands of fellow black American males: That's the grim social frame of this turf-tough depiction of young black male survival in South Central Los Angeles. Written and directed by 23-year-old, first-time filmmaker John Singleton, Boyz n the Hood is a booming, heart slam of a film. 

Receiving its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Boyz n the Hood is a knockdown assault on »

- THR Staff

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Snowfall: Season One Ratings

7 July 2017 8:34 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

FX has a thing for gritty programming, so at first blush its new Snowfall TV show -- from creators John Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron -- looks like it will fit right in. While it is yet to be renewed for a second season, the California Film Commission has already awarded the production a tax credit for season two, so Snowfall is well-positioned. Still, it remains to be seen how it will do in the ratings. Will Snowfall be cancelled or renewed for second season? Stay tuned. A period crime drama, Snowfall stars Damson Idris, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios, Michael Hyatt, Amin Joseph, Angela Lewis, Isaiah John, Juan Javier Cárdenas, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Malcolm Mays, and Filipe Valle Costa. The FX TV series kicks off in 1983 Los Angeles, at the dawn of the crack cocaine epidemic. The story centers on diverse characters, from »


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Damson Idris

7 July 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

John Singleton has established himself as one of the leading filmmakers in Hollywood, and one of the qualities that have made him successful is his willingness to attack controversial issues that most people simply don’t want to deal with. Singleton’s new FX original series, Snowfall definitely falls under the category of controversial, as it examines the role of the United States in the launch of the crack epidemic of the 1980s. As more and more information has surfaced concerning this undertaking, many have had their curiosity peaked, and Singleton is looking to satiate that desire to know. One of the

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‘Snowfall’ Review Roundup: FX Drug Drama Feels Fresh Despite Tired Premise

6 July 2017 1:14 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

FX’s Snowfall follows a group of black teenagers as they navigate the drug scene in 1980s Los Angeles. The 10-episode series sets up its tone from the very beginning, so despite telling the story of the rise of crack cocaine, which has been done, Snowfall gives a fresh perspective. Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton acts as co-creator, […]

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The post ‘Snowfall’ Review Roundup: FX Drug Drama Feels Fresh Despite Tired Premise appeared first on uInterview. »

- Hillary Luehring-Jones

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The 15 Best TV Performances of 2017 (So Far)

6 July 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While storytelling is something we value deeply in the shows we watch, we often look to the key actors of these narratives as one of their ultimate signs of success. Some of our favorite shows thus far this year have owed so much to some staggering acting work. With two inevitable exceptions, we limited this overview to one performance per show, one role per actor. But there was some incredible range to be found in that work, which makes us excited for what the rest of 2017 has in store.

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Gillian Anderson, “American Gods

The way that Gillian Anderson, a pop culture icon in her own right, managed to embody famous figures like David Bowie and Marilyn Monroe went well beyond imitation. Each vision we got of Media left us chilled and unsettled thanks to Anderson’s mastery over her gift, building »

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