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Netflix Acquires Global Rights to Alfre Woodard Drama ‘Juanita’

25 April 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In 2013, just before “12 Years a Slave” opened in USA theaters, we interviewed members of its key cast (as well as director Steve McQueen), including Alfre Woodard, who told us at the time that she was raising money “to do this… Continue Reading → »

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Netflix Picks Up Alfre Woodard-Starring Drama ‘Juanita’

25 April 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Netflix has acquired global rights to the Clark Johnson-directed drama Juanita, in what is said to be a continuation of the streaming giant’s global film strategy of working directly with independent filmmakers. The pic, which is currently filming in Virginia, stars Alfre Woodard, Adam Beach, Blair Underwood, Marcus Henderson and Latanya Richardson. It centers on Juanita (Woodard), a woman who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence… »

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Bravo Developing Drama Series About African-American Female Mayor

24 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Amanda Warren plays Mayor Lucy Warburton in “The Leftovers”: HBO

Bravo has elected a female mayor. According to Deadline, the network is developing “Candy,” a drama about the youngest — and first African-American female — mayor in an unnamed city’s history. The series comes from “Insecure” writer Ben Cory Jones and Universal Cable Productions.

The show will follow the mayor, Candy, “as she navigates the treacherous political terrains of one of America’s most violent and poorest cities while balancing her marriage and an illicit affair,” the source summarizes. “The city, the school system, a group of disenfranchised high schoolers, and Candy are all in varying degrees of crisis, putting her and the city’s future in jeopardy. She will either become a player on the big stage, or die trying.”

We love narratives about women in politics. A study from Dr. Martha Lauzen and the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that male characters on TV are “almost twice as likely as females to be portrayed as leaders.” Only five percent of female characters in the 2015–2016 television season were portrayed as leaders, and that number is even smaller for women of color.

There have been few depictions of black women in politics or public office in pop culture. In 2014 Alfre Woodard portrayed the first prominent black female president in film and TV history as President Constance Payton on NBC’s “State of Affairs.” Other notable portrayals of women of color in politics include “The Leftovers’” Mayor Lucy Warburton (Amanda Warren) and “Veep’s” President Laura Montez (Andrea Savage).

Bravo Developing Drama Series About African-American Female Mayor was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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‘Danny and the Dinosaur’ Movie in Development at Branded Pictures (Exclusive)

20 April 2017 8:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran producer J. Todd Harris and Marc Marcum are launching a live-action/animated movie version of the 1958 children’s book “Danny and the Dinosaur” through their Branded Pictures Entertainment.

The light-hearted Syd Hoff story starts with a boy named Danny befriending a good-natured dinosaur at a museum with Danny riding out of the museum on the dinosaur’s neck. The two then spend the day together playing, going to the zoo, having ice cream and letting other children use the dinosaur as a slide.

The company has optioned all non-publishing rights to “Danny and the Dinosaur,” which has sold more than 10 million copies. The script has been adapted by David Bowers and writing team Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen.

“The writers have transformed this wonderful book series into a vehicle for a top comedy talent,” said Harris, who has the title of president. “We see the feature version of ‘Danny »

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‘Get Out’ Actor Marcus Henderson Cast In ‘Juanita’

12 April 2017 2:13 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Marcus Henderson, who appeared in Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy blockbuster Get Out from Blumhouse/Universal, has joined Alfre Woodard in Juanita, with The Wire director Clark Johnson attached to helm. Adam Beach, Ashlie Atkinson, Tsulan Cooper and Kat Smith also have been cast in the film adaptation of Sheila Williams’ novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof. The drama follows Juanita (Woodard) who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban… »

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Alfre Woodard to Star in “Juanita”

12 April 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Alfre Woodard has signed on to star in “Juanita,” an indie drama based on Sheila Williams’ 2002 novel “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof,” Variety reports. The “Luke Cage” actress is also among the project’s executive producers.

Scheduled to begin production next week in Virginia, “Juanita” sees the four-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee playing “a hard-working nursemaid, living in Columbus, Ohio, whose grown kids still depend on her for everything,” the source summarizes. “[Blair] Underwood appears as himself as a fantasy in her dreams — and when he asks for a loan, she hops on a Greyhound Bus and heads into the mountains of Montana, where she reinvents herself with a new job, a new circle of friends, and an unexpected new love.”

The film is directed by Clark Johnson (“S.W.A.T.”) and written by Roderick Spencer. Mel Jones and Homegrown PicturesStephanie Allain are among the project’s executive producers.

Woodard’s recent credits include “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “State of Affairs,” the latter of which saw the actress playing the first prominent black female president in film and TV history.

Alfre Woodard to Star in “Juanita” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell Shares Adorable Pic of Son Hunter: 'So in Love'

7 April 2017 8:36 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jurnee Smollett-Bell is "so in love" with her family!

The Underground star took to Instagram on Friday to share the first full photo of her baby boy.

Related: Jurnee Smollett-Bell Welcomes Baby Boy -- See the Sweet Pic!

"✨✨My fellas. So in love...they make my heart explode »

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Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood to Star in Drama ‘Juanita’

7 April 2017 3:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood are starring in the independent drama “Juanita.”

The film, which begins production next week in Virginia, is based on Sheila Williams’ book “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof.” The film will be directed by Clark Johnson (“S.W.A.T.”) from a screenplay by Roderick Spencer.

The producers are Homegrown Pictures’ Stephanie Allain (“Dear White People”), Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman (“The Birth of a Nation”), and Mel Jones (“Dear White People”). The trio worked with Woodard on the hazing drama “Burning Sands,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Woodard, Spencer, Johnson, and Caroline Connor are executive producers.

Woodard will play a hard-working nursemaid, living in Columbus, Ohio, whose grown kids still depend on her for everything. Underwood appears as himself as a fantasy in her dreams — and when he asks for a loan, she hops on a Greyhound Bus and heads into the mountains of Montana, »

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Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood Set for Film Adaptation of ‘Dancing on the Edge of the Roof’

6 April 2017 5:52 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In 2013, just before “12 Years a Slave” opened in USA theaters, we interviewed members of its key cast (as well as director Steve McQueen), including Alfre Woodard, who told us at the time that she was raising money “to do this… Continue Reading → »

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Exclusive: Jurnee Smollett-Bell on Pressure to Lose Baby Weight: It 'Began Well Before I Even Got Pregnant'

5 April 2017 12:11 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jurnee Smollett-Bell is getting real about Hollywood's pressure to lose the baby weight.

Et's Courtney Tezeno caught up with the Underground star in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where the 30-year-old actress revealed that she was compared to certain standards even before she was with child. 

Exclusive: How Jurnee Smollett-Bell Got Through the Toughest Scenes of ‘Underground

"Those pressures began well before I even got pregnant. It's kind of unfortunate," Smollett-Bell shared. "I do have a lot of friends who are like, 'How did you do that?' And I think the unspoken word is that it's kind of somewhat what you don't do in your career until later on."

Smollett-Bell didn't miss a beat throughout her pregnancy, and was even filming stunts on Underground while seven months pregnant with her son, Hunter Zion Bell, who was born in November. 

"I admire so many women who say, 'You know what? You don't have to choose. You can live »

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season Three Renewal from Netflix

4 April 2017 8:01 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

A Series of Unfortunate Events isn't going away anytime soon. Deadline reports the streaming service has renewed the show for a third season.The news comes only a few weeks after Netflix announced a season two renewal for the show, which is based on the popular book series by Lemony Snicket. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Catherine O’Hara, Aasif Mandvi, Alfre Woodard, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman, and Louis Hynes. Season one debuted on January 13th.Read More… »

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Netflix orders season 3

4 April 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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One month after ordering season 2, Netflix has ordered A Series of Unfortunate Events season 3...

Count Olaf will have custody of Klaus, Violet and Sunny Baudelaire for another two seasons.

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THR has revealed that Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events has beeen renewed for its third season by Netflix. The Paramount Television project, which stars Neil Patrick Harris, was renewed for season 2 just a month ago.

Written by Daniel Handler, Mr. Snicket's real-life alias, who also executive produces with Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, The Addams Family), A Series of Unfortunate Events season 3 will cover the final four books in the novel series: The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, and The End.

A Series of Unfortunate Events launched with an eight-episode first season on Jan. 13, covering the first four books: The Bad Beginning, »

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‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix

4 April 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has picked up “A Series of Unfortunate Events” for a third season less than a month after the streaming service announced it was ordering Season 2, Variety has confirmed.

Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, the series follows the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf (Harris) will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. In addition to Harris,  the series stars Patrick Warburton as narrator Lemony Snicket, Malina Weissman as Violet Baudelaire, and Louis Hynes as Klaus Baudelaire. Alfre Woodard, Joan Cusack and Aasif Mandvi also star.

A spokesperson for Netflix declined to comment.

Paramount TV and Netflix began the adaptation process in 2014, a full decade after a movie franchise starring Jim Carrey as Olaf sputtered in 2004. The first season of Netflix’s show covers »

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director’s Karl Marx Film Lands at The Orchard

28 March 2017 3:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Orchard has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Raoul Peck’s historical drama “The Young Karl Marx” for a theatrical release in the fall.

Peck was nominated this year for an Academy Award for the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”

“The Young Karl Marx” premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Directed, produced, and co-written by Peck (with Pascal Bonitzer), the film stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, and Vicky Krieps. The producers are Nicolas Blanc, Remi Grellety, Robert Guediguian, and Peck.

“The Young Karl Marx” explores the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League, and its founding document, the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Peck said, “A few years back, while the world was going through yet another financial crisis, I felt the need to go back to the basics: The analysis of the violent capitalist society we are still embedded in, »

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Dakota Johnson’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake Gets Backing From ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Production Company (Exclusive)

24 March 2017 6:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

K Period Media, the production company that financed “Manchester by the Sea,” is co-financing the upcoming remake of the horror thriller “Suspiria” with Amazon Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

The remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Italian cult classic stars Dakota Johnson as a young ballerina who travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover, following a series of increasingly grisly murders, that it’s a front for something far more sinister and supernatural. Jessica Harper toplined the original movie.

Suspiria” is directed by Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) and also stars Tilda Swinton, Chloe Moretz, and Mia Goth.

Frenesy Film Company, Mythology Entertainment, First Sun Films, and Memo Films are producing. Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights.

K Period Media is headed by Kimberly Steward, who was one of the five producers nominated for a best picture Academy Award for “Manchester by the Sea,” along with Matt Damon, »

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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Netflix-Marvel Show?

21 March 2017 7:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Now that you’ve had an entire weekend to binge (or decide against) Netflix and Marvel’s latest superhero TV show, “Iron Fist,” it’s time to weigh in.

Daredevil” hit the streaming service with a bang in 2015, garnering critical acclaim and drumming up excitement for fans. A second season even debuted in 2016, and a spinoff, “The Punisher,” based on the character played by Jon Bernthal in Season 2 of “Daredevil,” is also being planned.

Next came “Jessica Jones,” which was widely praised for star Krysten Ritter, as well as its unique take on consent. In fact, Variety named “Jessica Jones” the best comic-book series currently on TV.

Not to be outdone, “Luke Cage” jumped into action, taking viewers to Harlem with its bulletproof hero. With its charismatic star, played by Mike Colter, taking on bad guys played by Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard, its second season renewal was hardly a surprise. “Iron »

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season Two Renewal Confirmed for Netflix Series

13 March 2017 6:49 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Some fortunate news for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Today, Netflix announced they've renewed the original series for a second season, The Wrap reports.Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket, the show follows the three Baudelaire orphans, who are sent to live with their eccentric relative Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) after their parents die. The cast also includes Patrick Warburton, Catherine O’Hara, Aasif Mandvi, Alfre Woodard, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman, and Louis Hynes. Season one debuted on January 13th.Read More… »

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Common to Star in Revenge Action-Thriller ‘Quick Draw’

13 March 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Common will star in the revenge action-thriller “Quick Draw” from “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Harris Goldberg wrote the screenplay and will direct the film, which will start shooting this summer and be set on “the mean streets of Los Angeles.” It will feature intense shootouts, choreographed car chases, and fast hand-to-hand combat.

Di Bonaventura is producing the film with Content Media’s Tom Butterfield and David Greenblatt, through his Greenlit Creative company. Content Media is handling worldwide sales, while CAA will handle U.S. rights.

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Harris has such an incredible vision for this film that this collaboration is particularly exciting for us,” Di Bonaventura said. “The narrative he creates is incredibly rich and while intense action defines this movie, the story is also very much character driven. I’m very excited to work with Common, as well as our partners from Content Media, »

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The Weekend Warrior 3/10/17: Kong: Skull Island, Brimstone, Canners

8 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies. 

This Past Weekend:

It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.

The bigger surprise was how well Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out held up in its second weekend, not only because it was going up against Logan, but also because high-profile horror films tend »

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‘Burning Sands’ Star on Bringing Black Fraternity Hazing to the Screen, Potential Backlash

2 March 2017 4:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix’s newest film “Burning Sands” has yet to debut, but already generated controversy. After a debut at Sundance, the movie will be released to subscribers on March 10.

Starring Trevor Jackson, the drama also taps Trevante Rhodes, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Imani Hakim, and more for an unforgiving look at the secret life of fraternities and the violent hazing rituals that surround them.

Jackson recently spoke to Variety and addressed the strong reaction to the film on social media among predominately African-American Greek fraternities and sororities.

“There definitely will be backlash,” Jackson explained. “I feel like people are so closed-minded at times. Especially a story like this. It’s so intense and so raw. People will think that it’s being told from a certain perspective, but it’s not.” He adds, “It’s not pro fraternity or against fraternities. It’s just a story that’s being told and »

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