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FX drama 'Snowfall' signs Belgian directors of 'Black'

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Hard-hitting TV drama will recount the crack cocaine epidemic of 1980s La.

Their last movie caused riots in Belgian cinemas. Now, hip young Belgian auteurs Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are to direct a new, hard-hitting TV drama about the crack cocaine epidemic in La in the early 1980s. The new drama, Snowfall, has been co-written by John Singleton (Boyz n The Hood).

It has been confirmed in Cannes that El Arbi and Fallah (directors of gang movie Black, which was partially set in the notorious Molenbeek area of Brussels) are to work together on the pilot of Snowfall for the FX network.

Set in Los Angeles in 1981, the Snowfall pilot will show how the crack cocaine epidemic first took hold.

The drama follows Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and CIA agent Teddy McDonald.  

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- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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John Singleton Drama ‘Rebel,’ Gary Owen Reality Series Set at Bet

20 April 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bet has unveiled its 2016-2017 slate and announced new series pickups, including the John Singleton drama “Rebel” and “Gary Owen Family,” a half-hour reality series following the comedian and his interracial family. “Rebel” is described as a take on the seminal police drama that examines the unique and conflicted relationship officers of color have with their jobs — at a time when police forces are under intense scrutiny for brutality and misconduct. It follows Oakland police officer Rebel Cole as she navigates her job and life after her brother is slain by police. Singleton executive produces with Dallas Jackson. The network. »

- Linda Ge

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Bet Orders John Singleton’s ‘Rebel,’ Dramedy ‘Benched,’ Music Drama ‘Tales’ in Scripted Push

20 April 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bet Networks is loading up its 2016-17 slate with series and telepics that reflect an earthy view of African-American life, including a detective drama from John Singleton, a soap set in the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a dramedy revolving around a criminal courts judge.

Bet is stepping up its production of original scripted series for its mothership Bet channel at a time when competition for its target audience has become fierce. “Rebel” revolves around a female police officer in Oakland, Calif., who becomes a private investigator after her brother is killed by police. “Benched,” created by Scott Brown, is a dramedy about a young judge who struggles to give up his bachelor lifestyle as he confronts the “underbelly” of the criminal justice system on a daily basis.

” ‘Benched’ and ‘Rebel’ will allow us to address issues that are very relevant and germane to our audience,” said Stephen Hill, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Snowfall’: John Singleton FX Pilot Undergoes Rewrites, Cast Changes & Reshoots

18 April 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Snowfall, John Singleton's 1980s cocaine-epidemic drama pilot, is getting a revamp. Co-created and executive produced by the Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio, the original pilot was written by Singleton and Amadio and directed by Singleton. The script has now undergone a rewrite by executive producer/showrunner Dave Andron, with Singleton and Amadio involved in the process. There will be casting changes and reshoots done by a new director, with a search… »

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Actor Burt Reynolds Added To 2016 TCM Film Festival Lineup

30 March 2016 12:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

2013 TCM Classic Film Festival at Tcl Chinese Theatre on Apr 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced today that renowned actor Burt Reynolds is set to attend the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 – May 1, to participate in a sit-down interview about his life and career. In addition to the interview, Reynolds will be on-hand to introduce a screening of The Longest Yard (1974), for which he received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor. The interview will be taped Saturday, April 30 in front of a live audience of festival pass holders at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

“For more than five decades, Burt Reynolds has been both a superstar and a force to be reckoned with on screens around the globe, having ranked among the top ten box office attractions in the world on 13 different occasions,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “He is one of the »

- Melissa Thompson

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2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Opens With 40th Anniversary Screening Of All The President’S Men

14 March 2016 1:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 28thwith a 40th Anniversary screening of the Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman political thriller All The President’s Men (1976).

The festival, set to take place April 28 – May 1 in Hollywood, will also include tributes to the following screen legends:

· Director-writer Carl Reiner featuring a screening of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and an extended conversation

· Actor Elliott Gould featuring screenings of his Golden Globe nominated performance in M*A*S*H (1970), The Long Goodbye (1973) and a conversation in Club TCM

This year’s festival will include appearances by:

· Eva Marie Saint – on hand to introduce a screening of the political comedy The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966)

· Director John Singleton – presenting a 25th anniversary screening of his coming-of-age classic Boyz N The Hood (1991)

· Actor Stacy Keach – discussing John Huston’s gritty look at »

- Melissa Thompson

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'All the President's Men' Set to Open 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

14 March 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As is their tradition, Hollywood's own TCM Classic Film Festival has lined up an impressive slate of screenings and special events for its annual event. This year, the festival will open with a special 40th anniversary screening of the classic political thriller "All the President's Men." Other events include a special screening of "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," followed by an extended conversation with writer-director Carl Reiner and a tribute to actor Elliott Gould, featuring screenings of his films "The Long Goodbye" and "M*A*S*H." Further appearances are scheduled for stars like Eva Marie Saint, Anna Karina and director John Singleton, who will present his "Boyz N The Hood" for a special screening.  Check out the current lineup for the TCM Classic Film Festival below, with all synopses provided by the fest. "All the President’s Men" (1976) Producer and star Robert Redford helped change the face of newspaper. »

- Kate Erbland

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: Shuffling the Race Card (Spoilers)

1 March 2016 8:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode five of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” titled “The Race Card.”

Any doubt — and there really isn’t — about why this series has such resonance today can be laid to rest with this riveting hour, so expertly directed by John Singleton (“Boyz ‘N the Hood”), who is reunited with his star, Cuba Gooding Jr.

The theme is the infamous race card, and while many of our characters struggle with it, fumble it, and otherwise do their best to avoid it, Johnnie Cochran (a bravura Courtney B. Vance) knows exactly how to play it.

He’s learned the hard way: A flashback to his days as L.A.’s first black assistant district attorney shows him getting pulled over for a Dwb: driving while black. He handles the situation calmly — clearly it’s happened before — until the »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Director John Singleton Reveals Scene That Made Him Cry

1 March 2016 8:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the fifth episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson, "The Race Card."] When FX announced The People v. O.J. Simpson, director John Singleton knew he wanted in. As a self-professed “quintessential L.A. filmmaker,” who uses the city as his muse and remembers living through the original trial, he immediately reached out to executive producer Ryan Murphy and co., who welcomed him aboard. Tuesday's episode is the end result of that journey. (Singleton was originally supposed to direct two episodes, but the timing conflicted with his other FX project,

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- Amber Dowling

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Review: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' plays 'The Race Card' between Cochran & Darden

1 March 2016 8:15 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story coming up just as soon as I show you my autographed photo of Arsenio Hall... One of the smarter things the The People v. O.J. did was to recognize that with this sprawling cast of characters with conflicting interests and agendas, they had to find some way to keep the narrative feeling focused. A few weeks ago, we got an hour that was just about the day of the white Bronco chase. With "The Race Card" (written by Joe Robert Cole and directed by John Singleton), it's an episode primarily about Johnnie Cochran and Christopher Darden's former friendship and the ways each man relates to the La law-enforcement apparatus. The series had already reminded us that Cochran used to work in the Da's office, but that flashback to a younger Johnnie being cuffed in front »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Watch: Kaley Cuoco is Emotionally Unstable in Exclusive 'Burning Bodhi' Trailer

9 February 2016 10:41 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read: Annette Bening Drama 'Face of Love' Opens the Sun Valley Film Festival; Check Out the Full Lineup Nothing brings friends together like the untimely death of a friend, or at least that's what the protagonists of "Burning Bodhi" seem to feel. Starring Kaley Cuoco, the Matthew McDuffie-directed and written film is a heartwarming and existential tale of lasting friendships, budding relationships and the inevitable mortality we all face. In an awkward, last-minute effort to honor their most beloved and popular buddy, Bodhi, a group of lifelong friends trek their way back to their hometown to give their pal an appropriate farewell. As plans are made, hearts are broken and forgiveness pours out, the usual suspects begin to climb out of the woodwork in the unconventional reunion. The Monterey Media film is set to debut in theaters on March 11, before finding its way onto VOD on April 26. Catch Indiewire's exclusive trailer above. »

- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Film Review: ‘Maya Angelou and Still I Rise’

3 February 2016 11:21 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the foremost 20th-century shapers of an African-American literature and identity, the subject of “Maya Angelou and Still I Rise” wore many hats in a long, complicated life that has been given valedictory treatment in Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack’s documentary. Made over a four-year period (which enabled them to interview Angelou several times before her 2014 death at age 86), this solid if conventional PBS-style overview of her work and times should have a long shelf life among broadcasters and educators.

Taking a straightforward chronological approach, the pic commences with the celebrated author’s tumultuous early years, which were the focus of so much of her writing — most famously her poetical 1969 memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” her first and still most popular and influential book. (It also remains one of the books most frequently banned from U.S. schools for its frank depiction of child sexual abuse and racism. »

- Dennis Harvey

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Where are They Now? The Cast of Boyz N the Hood

3 February 2016 7:17 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It blows my mind that John Singleton was only 23 when he was nominated for Best Director for his work on one of the best movies of the 1990s, Boyz N The Hood. It’s not like I was growing up in gated communities with butlers and tennis courts, but it was nevertheless startling and, to a degree, educational to see for the first time, life in the ghettos of South Central Los Angeles. The cast of Boyz N The Hood all went on to have some pretty interesting and impressive careers, so let’s see what they’ve been up to since

Where are They Now? The Cast of Boyz N the Hood »

- Madison

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Weighs In on Diversity at ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ Premiere

28 January 2016 2:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” — which takes a hard look at race in America circa 1994 — premiered Wednesday at Los Angeles’ Westwood Village Theater. While the 10-hour series executive-produced by Ryan Murphy is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the show is a drama, not a documentary, about the legal teams that battled to convict or acquit the USC football legend of a double homicide.

Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays O.J. Simpson, doesn’t think the U.S. has made enough progress towards racial equality in the twenty years since.

“Race and diversity, we’ve made strides,” Gooding Jr. told Variety. “Have we made enough strides? No,” he decreed. “I think — in terms of America today, and the climate with the shootings and what not — I think we have to continue to question. We have to continue to probe, »

- Margaret Lenker

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American Sniper’s Cory Hardrict Tapped For Tupac Biopic All Eyez On Me

28 January 2016 12:13 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Morgan Creek’s Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me is beginning to pick up the pace – finally! – now that Variety reports American Sniper star Cory Hardrict has landed the coveted role of Haitian Jack.

Joining a cast that already boasts Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Jamie Hector and Demetrius Shipp Jr., Hardrict’s role is about the closest thing to a bona fide villain for a rap biopic. Considered to be one of the most formidable presences in the hip-hop community at the time, Haitian Jack proved a constant adversary for Tupac Shakur all throughout his decorated and tragically short career.

Barring brief cameos in 2009’s Notorious and this year’s excellent Straight Outta Compton, a standalone feature film focusing on Tupac’s celebrated career proved to be a difficulty butterfly to pin. While languishing in development amidst threats of multi-million dollar lawsuits, Antoine Fuqua, John Singleton and later Carl Franklin »

- Michael Briers

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Diversity in Hollywood: Failure of Inclusion Plagues the Entire Industry

26 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 2015, America’s age-old struggle over civil rights centered on police violence. Gunshots too often killed unarmed black citizens — and the African-American population exploded with indignation, no longer willing to abide the status quo.

This year, the nation’s battle over identity and inclusion has found a new focus: Hollywood. The tipping point arrived with the Jan. 14 unveiling of Oscar nominees, a list as white as the Social Register, circa 1950. The announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences — revealing that every one of the 20 acting nominees was white, incredibly, for the second consecutive year — has filled the Twitterverse and cable talk shows with outrage, plunging the Academy into crisis. The lack of diversity has dominated the conversation, from the executive suites at Disney to the hallways of CAA.

The 89-year-old motion picture academy is absorbing the brunt of the public disdain. But the fault lies not just in the star-making Oscars, »

- James Rainey and Tim Gray

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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant

22 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This year, controversy over the repeated snubbing of African-American actors from the Oscars has once again dominated headlines.Twenty years ago, a special report in People examined diversity in the movie industry and labeled Hollywood's "continued exclusion of African-Americans" as "a national disgrace".The report was reexamined five years later in a follow up exposé, and while People uncovered encouraging signs of improvement, the African-American actors interviewed made it clear they felt the industry still had a long way to go.Now, another fifteen years later, and with calls to boycott the award show gaining traction, the original article appears »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant

22 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This year, controversy over the repeated snubbing of African-American actors from the Oscars has once again dominated headlines.Twenty years ago, a special report in People examined diversity in the movie industry and labeled Hollywood's "continued exclusion of African-Americans" as "a national disgrace".The report was reexamined five years later in a follow up exposé, and while People uncovered encouraging signs of improvement, the African-American actors interviewed made it clear they felt the industry still had a long way to go.Now, another fifteen years later, and with calls to boycott the award show gaining traction, the original article appears »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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#OscarsSoWhite isn't dying down any time soon

19 January 2016 9:18 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you thought that whole "wait what happened to people of color being nominated for acting Oscars?" thing was over with Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith's calls to boycott the ceremony, think again.  David Oyelowo spoke out at the King Legacy Awards and Benefit Gala last night, where Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs was one of four people picked to receive the Legacy Award. Oyelowo presented her award, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, went off-script to offer some criticism. "This institution doesn’t reflect its president and it doesn’t reflect this room," said Oyelowo. "I am an Academy member and it doesn’t reflect me, and it doesn’t reflect this nation." Oyelowo was snubbed last year for his work in "Selma," and all 20 acting nominees that year were white. He said Isaacs met with him to talk about "what went wrong" then, and he hoped »

- Sara Morrison

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David Oyelowo Sounds Off on Oscar Diversity Controversy: The Academy 'Doesn't Reflect This Nation'

19 January 2016 7:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

David Oyelowo is calling for a "radical and timely change" within the Academy Awards to tackle the lack of diversity among nominees. Oyelowo, who was famously overlooked for his depiction of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma at last year's Oscar ceremony, sounded off on his thoughts about the race controversy at a gala honoring Academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs on Monday night, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The Academy has a problem," said Oyelowo, 39, at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles. "It's a problem that needs to be solved." Calling this year's all-white nominee list "unforgivable," the British »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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