16 items from 2016
Michael Phelps channeled Eminem for his performance of "Lose Yourself" on Lip Sync Battle's first live show on Sunday night, but - sorry, Mike - that was nothing compared to John Legend's time on stage. As his wife, Chrissy Teigen, watched from her DJ booth, the singer perfectly mouthed the words to Outkast's hit "Hey Ya." Not only did John show off his flawless lip-syncing skills while Stevie Wonder handled the keyboard, but he also re-created the song's iconic music video, complete with a green shirt, plaid pants, and André 3000's long hair. We hope John and Chrissy's daughter, Luna, was watching every amazing moment from backstage. Related Stories:Stevie Wonder Brings James Corden to Tears in an Epic Carpool Karaoke Session »
- Caitlin Hacker
XLrator Media announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to The Windmill, an homage to ’80s horror movies. Directed by Nick Jongerius, The Windmill is set to have its world premiere at FrightFest this August and will be released by XLrator Media in October.
Press Release: Los Angeles (July 28, 2016) – XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the suspense thriller The Windmill and will release the film this October on its acclaimed “MacAbre” genre label. The film has its world premiere at FrightFest next month.
The Windmill marks the directorial debut of Nick Jongerius (producer of Frankenstein’s Army and Dead End), based on his original idea with screenplay by Suzy Quid and Chris W. Mitchell. The film stars Noah Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Peaky Blinders”), Charlotte Beaumont, Patrick Baladi, Tanroh Ishida and Ben Batt. It was produced by Daniel Koefoed (Frankenstein’s Army), Nick Jongerius, Guirec Van Slingelandt »
- Tamika Jones
The amount of talent gathered around the table was impressive indeed. Each of the actors at the Variety Studio — Miranda Otto (“Homeland”), Anthony Mackie (“All the Way”), Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”), Regina King (a double threat for “American Crime” and “The Leftovers”), Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), and Maggie Siff (“Billions”) — all delivered killer performances this season (yes, Miranda, we’re looking at you). But once the joking stopped (Mr. Banks, for the record, never really did), the thespians got down to serious talk about their experiences in the business.
What drew you to your current roles?
Miranda Otto: I went into an audition. I met with [showrunner] Alex Gansa, and he told me a bit about the character and it sounded really juicy. He told me I was going to be having an affair with Saul Berenson and that I was actually a double agent, and I just trusted it and went with it. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Kanye West paid tribute to Phife Dawg at a memorial service for the A Tribe Called Quest rapper. Hundreds gathered at New York City's Apollo Theater Tuesday to pay their respects to the musician (born Malik Taylor), who died from diabetes-related complications last month at age 45. Stars including Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J and L.A. Reid were seen in the crowd. In addition to West, André 3000, Chuck D, Michael Rapaport and Busta Rhymes addressed the audience, while D'Angelo, Grandmaster Flash, The Roots and others performed. A Tribe Called Quest's Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Q-Tip eulogized Taylor at the end of the four-hour service. West spoke for eight minutes, saying he owed his career to »
Colbert's segment on Trump laid in on the childish behavior of the candidate. The host took aim at how "notoriously unpredictable" the real estate mogul can be to everyone except his butler, as the Trump employee revealed in an interview with The New York Times. Colbert cited the article where the butler alleges that Trump's mood can be based on the color of the baseball cap »
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Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar, and broke Twitter, for his role as explorer Hugh Glass in "The Revenant," which makes its debut on Digital HD on March 22, with the DVD and Blu-ray to follow on April 19. As you probably know, the movie picked up three Oscars, including Best Actor for Leo, Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and Best Cinematography. It led this year's Academy Award nominations with 12 nods, including one for Tom Hardy as Best Supporting Actor.
- Gina Carbone
Tonight’s season finale of “American Crime” caps an outstanding season that touched on race, class, education and social injustice.
Executive producer John Ridley says he was overwhelmed by the response to the season. “We told the story we really wanted to tell,” he says. “There were moments we felt the story on the surface would not be as easy a point of entry. And what we were surprised by was the audience came back more probably engaged, more appreciative, more ready to be observant of the stories we were telling. That was special.”
While last season drew critical raves, earning the show 11 Emmy nominations, this season has resonated more with audiences. Ridley attributes it to the universal theme of family, which he says everyone can relate to.
“Last year there was so much that was about the dissolution of family, and families falling apart from the jump,” he says. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Making its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival next month is director Quincy 'QD3' Jones' feature documentary "The Art of Organized Noize," which follows pioneers of the Dirty South music movement, Organized Noize, who are responsible for Outkast, CeeLo, the Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family. Their production shaped the landscape of hip-hop with their own distinctive sound, created in the confines of a dungeon. Telling the story of the rise and fall of music's most prolific unsung heroes, the film features interviews with Andre 3000, Big Boi, Puff Daddy, Future, Ludacris, La Reid, 2 Chainz, CeeLo and more. It is executive produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Two weeks ago, American Crime viewers looked on as Regina King‘s Terri Lacroix — who had just narrowly missed being involved in a car accident — used her clout at the local police department to exact revenge on the at-fault driver.
The well-connected matriarch may soon need a bigger favor from her pals at the Pd: In tonight’s episode (ABC, 10/9c), she learns that Leland High’s sexual assault scandal that has ensnared her son is now being classified as a rape.
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“So much of who [Terri] is is identity. It’s »
Press Release: Los Angeles (January 19, 2016) – XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the thriller Sun Choke and will release the film this Summer on its acclaimed “MacAbre” genre label. The film has played over a dozen festivals including FrightFest and the Stanley Film Festival.
Written and directed by Ben Cresciman (Negative Space), Sun Choke stars iconic horror film actress Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Re-Animator, Lords of Salem), Sarah Hagan (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Sara Malakul Lane (17 & Life: Jailbait, the upcoming Kickboxer: Vengeance) along with Evan Jones, Joe Nieves and Jim Boeven. The film features a haunting score by noted musician/producer Boom Bip (aka Bryan Hollon).
“Sun Choke is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of »
- Derek Anderson
Connor Jessup plays an alleged rape victim on Season 2 of ABC’s “American Crime.” The new season of John Ridley‘s crime drama is certainly timely, coming on the heels of Netflix’s true-crime docu-series sensation “Making a Murderer.” During a new episode of StudioWrap, Jessup admitted that he’s only watched one episode of “Making a Murderer,” but he can already see the similarities between the two series. Also Read: 'American Crime's' Andre Benjamin Talks Modern Definition of Manhood, Being Rich “It is about how the system, whether it’s the legal system, the school system, or the health system, »
- Linda Ge
“American Crime’s” Andre Benjamin tackled a couple of controversial topics when given the opportunity on Saturday. First, the rapper-actor spoke about the changing concept of manhood — something Season 2 of the ABC anthology series tackles head-on. “The world is opening up a little bit more,” Benjamin said of modern masculinity. “It’s more than just … ‘Play baseball and football.'” This season surrounds the alleged rape of a male high school student. The accused are other males from his basketball team, a hazing incident of sorts that many of the show’s more traditional characters cannot wrap their heads around. »
- Tony Maglio
Andre 3000 has been busy working on his new role for ABC's anthology series American Crime's second season, but that hasn't kept him from making music. In an interview with Billboard, the rapper discussed his first major TV recurring role, where he plays Michael Lacroix, the architect husband of Regina King, along with working on new tracks and his "Hello" collaboration with Erykah Badu, with whom he shares a son.
The Outkast member said that he's "always recording," even while performing on the small and big screen. "I still get time to think about music. »
When "American Crime" debuted a year ago, I was as impressed by creator John Ridley's ambition in what he was trying to accomplish with the anthology miniseries' first season as I was skeptical about his ability to execute certain aspects of his vision. Still, there was enough there to admire — committed performances (by Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King, W. Earl Brown, and more), gorgeous direction and cinematography, a willingness to incorporate difficult social issues into a network drama — that I expected to see it through to the end. But admiring something and enjoying it are two different things, and after watching one episode past the initial batch that ABC had made available to critics before the season, I kept letting "American Crime" slide further and further down my to-do list, even during (relatively) slower periods later in the year. The thought of returning to it felt like homework, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ahead of its premiere tomorrow, ABC has released five promos for the second season of American Crime, which sees season one regulars Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Lili Taylor, Elvis Nolasco, Regina King and Richard Cabral returning alongside newcomers Connor Jessup, Joey Pollari, Trevor Jackson, Angelique Rivera, Andre Benjamin and Hope Davis. Check them out below after the official synopsis…
Issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy, Taylor Blaine (Falling Skies‘ Connor Jessup), are posted on social media following a school party. Circumstances become more complicated when Taylor accuses two players on an elite private high school’s championship basketball team, Kevin Lacroix (Eureka‘s Trevor Jackson) and Eric Tanner (The Inbetweeners’ Joey Pollari), of drugging, assaulting and then posting the pictures of him online. The team’s Head Coach, Dan Sullivan (Hutton), tries to unite the players, while »
- Amie Cranswick
“American Crime,” in hindsight, was a less-than-ideal title — and something of a misnomer — for John Ridley’s bracing ABC franchise, making it sound too much like FX’s upcoming “American Crime Story” and established “American Horror Story.” Granted, the show has largely adopted the latter’s anthological template, featuring several recurring players in new roles while telling a self-contained story. The main difference is that Ridley’s series is thoughtful, sobering and spare — this time, shifting its focus from race to class distinctions — as opposed to the florid “Horror Story,” which by comparison winds up looking like a dim-witted kid brother.
Although the “American” part clearly works, albeit with a slightly ironic quality, “Crime” poorly applies to this second season, which considers matters of economic disparity, public vs. private schools and a fluid view of sexuality, all of which complicate a flurry of events that begin with a high-school party. »
- Brian Lowry
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