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Steven Spielberg, James L. Brooks, Laura Dern, indie producers Stephanie Allain and Cassian Elwes, Disney-Pixar president Ed Catmull, Imagine Entertainment co-chair Michael Rosenberg and awards consultants Tony Angellotti, Melody Korenbrot and Michele Robertson are among a diverse group of hundreds of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who have thrown their hat in the ring as candidates for the organization's first truly open board of governors elections. The board is comprised of three representatives from each of the Academy's 17 branches — one rep from each branch comes up for election each year —
- Scott Feinberg
Netflix has given the project a straight-to-series order with the action following a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug.
The series is a send up of 'post-racial' America that also weaves a universal story about forging one's own unique path. Simien will write the series and direct the first episode, with production kicking off later this year for a 2017 debut.
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- Garth Franklin
Another movie-to-tv adaptation is in the works — but this time, it’s coming from the indie world.
Netflix announced Thursday that it’s ordered 10 episodes of Dear White People, a half-hour comedy series based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien’s Sundance award-winning satire. (The full trailer for the movie is embedded below.)
The logline for the series — which Simien will write (and also serve as director on the pilot episode) — is as follows: “Set among a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly »
Netflix has given a straight-to-series order to “Dear White People,” based on the 2014 movie from writer/director Justin Simien. Set amidst a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug, the 10-episode, half-hour series is described as a sendup of “post-racial” America. Simien will write the series produced by Lionsgate TV, and will direct the first episode. Devon Shepard will executive produce with Stephanie Allain Bray and Julia Lebedev, who also produced the film. Also Read: Netflix Now Lets Customers Control Phone's Data Instead of Capping It “During the. »
- Reid Nakamura
Netflix has given a series order to “Dear White People,” an adaptation of writer and director Justin Simien’s 2014 feature film of the same name. Simien will write all 10 half-hour episodes and direct the premiere. The series will begin production later this year and debut worldwide on Netflix in 2017.
“Dear White People” tells the story of a diverse group of students of color experiencing campus life at a fictional Ivy League university dominated by white students. Devon Shepard will serve as executive producer alongside Stephanie Allain Bray and Julia Lebedev, who exec produced the film.
- Daniel Holloway
Top brass announced on Tuesday the 42 world premieres selected for the Us Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, La Muse, and Nightfall Competitions to screen at the festival, set to run from June 1-9 in Los Angeles.
Derrick Borte’s London Town (UK), Maria Govan’s Play The Devil (pictured, Trinidad-Bahamas-usa) are among the World Fiction Competition entries, while Amber Tamblyn’s Paint It Black (USA) plays in the Us Fiction Competition.
The Documentary Competition includes Out Of Iraq (Canada-Iraq-Lebanon-usa) by Eva Orner and Chris McKim, and Darren Lynn Bousman’s Abattoir (USA) plays in genre section Nightfall, and Actors Of Sound (Argentina-Finland-Germany-India-Ireland-usa) screens in the La Muse programme.
Across the five feature competition categories, 43% of the films are directed by women and 38% by people of colour.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The La Film Festival has unveiled the official U.S. Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, Nightfall and La Muse sections. The festival runs June 1-9 at the ArcLight Cinemas. “Our Programming team, led by Roya Rastegar and Jennifer Cochis, killed it,” said festival director Stephanie Allain. “The competition lineup of 42 world premieres echoes Film Independent’s mission to celebrate diversity and showcases a multitude of innovative, fresh voices. We can’t wait to share these films with audiences and industry alike, and, following years which saw films like ‘Meet the Patels,’ ‘Code Black,’ ‘Nightingale,’ ‘The Drew,’ ‘Out of My Hand’ and »
- Jeff Sneider
The LA Film Festival has announced its competition lineup of 42 world premieres with 43% of the films directed by women and 38% of the films by people of color.
“Curating films for La audiences is so special because Angelenos have a uniquely homegrown love of cinema,” said Creative Director Jennifer Cochis. “It’s with true film lovers in mind that we program: from political theater to musical theater, we’re highlighting storytelling in all its forms.”
Festival director Stephanie Allain said the diversity numbers have risen from the 2015 festival. “It’s very much our mission to discover new voices and support diversity,” she added.
Director of programming Roya Rastegar told Variety, “We were looking above all for stories with a sense of urgency to them. »
- Dave McNary
The six non-competitive Buzz entries of films culled from other festivals include:
Don’t Think Twice from Mike Birbiglia; Equity by Meera Menon; Jean Of The Joneses by Stella Meghie; Kicks (pictured) from Justin Tipping; Life by Roger Ross Williams; and The Music Of Strangers from Morgan Neville.
All are Us films except Jean Of The Joneses, which hails from Canada.
The six non-competitive Limelight films “of fiction and documentary films featuring noteworthy talent” are all world premiere and include:
Free CeCe! by Jacqueline Gares; A Hundred Streets (UK) from Jim O’Hanlon; Lights Out David F. Sandberg; Opening Night (USA-Mexico) by Isaac Rentz; So B. It from Stephen Gyllenhaal; and The Sweet Life by Rob Spera.
All are Us films except those indicated otherwise.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Lionsgate is near a deal to set production of Hulu pilot “Crushed” in Vancouver after dismissing North Carolina as a possible location for the comedy. An agreement for the Canadian location depends in part on the British Columbia government granting the project tax incentives, which North Carolina denied the production.
The Vancouver deal would come as North Carolina faces pressure from the entertainment industry over a law passed last month that bars local Lgbt anti-discrimination ordinances. The state law renders null a local Charlotte law intended to protect Lgbt people from discrimination.
Lionsgate is one of several entertainment-industry companies to take a public stand in opposition to the state law, joining Turner Broadcasting, 21st Century Fox, A+E Networks and others in threatening to keep future productions out of the state. “We will be hard pressed to continue our relationship with North Carolina if this regressive law remains on the books, »
- Daniel Holloway
The Hulu comedy pilot “Crushed” will move production out of North Carolina over the state’s anti-gay law, TheWrap has confirmed. The comedy from Lionsgate Television and Homegrown Productions will instead shoot in Canada. A Lionsgate spokesperson declined to comment. “Crushed” stars Bashir Salahuddin and Regina Hall as the owners of an African-American winery in the Napa Valley. Writer Tina Gordon Chism and Stephanie Allain serve as executive producers. More to come… »
- Reid Nakamura
With the Spirit Awards behind them, Film Independent is ramping up for this summer's the 2016 La Film Festival (June 1-9). And they've chosen their opening nighter: Ricardo de Montreuil’s coming-of-age East L.A. drama "Lowriders" will play June 1 at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome. Produced by Brian Grazer and Jason Blum, "Lowriders" stars Gabriel Chavarria as a street artist with an old-school lowrider father (Demián Bichir). Eva Longoria and Melissa Benoist also star. “Made by filmmakers of color," said festival director Stephanie Allain, 'Lowriders' embodies our mission.” Ryan Coogler ("Creed") will be the 2016 Festival’s Guest Director and attend Film Independent’s annual Filmmaker Retreat, which brings the festival's filmmakers together with mentors before the official start of the festival. Coogler’s "Fruitvale Station" debuted at Sundance, played at Laff 2013 and won Best First Feature at »
- Anne Thompson
Produced by Brian Grazer and Jason Blum, the film also stars Melissa Benoist, Theo Rossi, Tony Revolori and Gabriel Chavarria in a story set amidst the car culture and street art scene of East Los Angeles.
The festival also announced that “Creed” director Ryan Coogler is the 2016 guest director and that Ava DuVernay and Array Releasing will receive the festival’s annual Spirit of Independence Award, which honors those who advance the cause of independent film and champion creative freedom. The award has previously gone to Don Cheadle, George Clooney, David O. Russell, Tom Bernard and Michael Barker and Charlize Theron.
The 22nd edition of the La Film Festival will take place June 1-9 at ArcLight Cinemas. The La Film Festival announced several months ago that it »
- Dave McNary
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new additions to its leadership on Tuesday in the wake of this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs appointed Reginald Hudlin (directors branch), Gregory Nava (writers branch), and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (short films and feature animation branch) to join the Academy’s 51-seat Board of Governors for three-year terms. The Board of Governors also selected seven members of the Academy to join six existing Board committees. Actor Gael García Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”) joins the awards and events committee; cinematographer Amy Vincent (“Wayward Pines”) joins the preservation and history committee; producer Effie Brown (“Dear White People”) joins the museum committee; executive Marcus Hu (“Bad Actress”) and animator Floyd Norman (“Monsters, Inc.”) join the education and outreach committee; executive of 20th Century Fox’s animation division Vanessa Morrison joins the finance committee; and producer Stephanie Allain (“Beyond the Lights »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences furthered its efforts at diversity by adding three members to the board of governors, and six members to various board committees.
The board Ok’d president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’s choices of Reginald Hudlin (directors branch), Gregory Nava (writers branch) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (short films and feature animation). They will serve three-year terms, effective immediately.
“I’m proud of the steps we have taken to increase diversity,” said Boone Isaacs. “However, we know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.”
The board also appointed additional Academy members to each of the six board committees that provide oversight to specific Academy areas.
Actor Gael García Bernal joins the awards and events committee, chaired by first VP Jeffrey Kurland. Cinematographer Amy Vincent joins the preservation and history committee, chaired by VP John Bailey. Producer Effie Brown joins the museum committee, »
- Tim Gray
On a day when the Academy unveiled new governors to reflect a more diverse representation, the body was forced to apologise on Tuesday for racially insensitive elements in its recent Oscar broadcast.
In one, host Chris Rock introduced three Asian children on stage wearing suits and carrying briefcases and described them as auditors from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy firm that validates the Academy’s voting ballots.
In another, Sacha Baron Cohen mocked the size of Asian people’s genetalia during a stint as a presenter.
“The Academy appreciates the concerns stated, and regrets that any aspect of the Oscar telecast was offensive,” an Academy spokesperson said on Tuesday after Academy CEO Dawn Hudson sent a letter of apology to each of the 24 members.
“We are committed to doing our best to ensure »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
After HBO decided not to move forward with the series he and Diallo Riddle had set up at the network ("Brothers in Atlanta"), Bashir Salahuddin has found his next project. Hulu (the streaming platform that's been pushing heavily recently into original scripted programming, seemingly trying to keep up with Netflix and Amazon) has cast Salahuddin as the male lead in its comedy pilot, "Crushed," joining the previously-cast Regina Hall. Produced by Lionsgate Television and Homegrown Pictures, "Crushed," which hails from Tina Gordon Chism (writer and executive producer) and Stephanie Allain (executive producer), follows siblings Will (Salahuddin) and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Salahuddin will co-star alongside Regina Hall in the comedy, which centers on an African-American family who stumbles into a successful wine business in the Napa Valley. The project is described as a fish-out-of-water story following the family’s unorthodox approach to wine-making and their unique lifestyle.
The duo will play siblings, with Salahuddin in the role of Will, a chemist and Harvard med school dropout who goes off the grid squatting at his parents’ abandoned Napa property, until his sister Celia (Hall) persuades him to use his knowledge to help build a legit winery.
“Crushed” hails from “Peeples” scribe Tina Gordon Chism who wrote the pilot script, and will serve as an exec producer with Stephanie Allain. Lionsgate Television and Homegrown Pictures are producing. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Read More: Diversity Crisis Forcing Academy to Deliberate Huge Changes Next Week The recent whitewashed Oscar nominations have started a wildfire of diversity talk in Hollywood, and they have maybe even sparked some real changes given the recent shakeup within the Academy. This week, The Hollywood Reporter brought in three of the industry's biggest talents -- "Master of None" showrunner Alan Yang, "Dear White People" writer-director Justin Simien and veteran Hollywood producer Stephanie Allain -- to discusses the diversity issue and explain how it is endemic of more than just Hollywood. The meaty interview digs into how race is perceived through both Hollywood in the past and in the contemporary space. Watch the full interview above and read the entire transcript at The Hollywood Reporter. Three of the roundtable's best insights can be found below. Why Television Has Been Able to Correct Itself"The TV business is a little more. »
- Bryn Gelbart
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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