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Exclusive: Chiké Okonkwo (Banshee, BBC's Paradox) has been cast in Nate Parker’s The Birth of A Nation. He joins an ensemble that includes Jackie Earle Haley, Armie Hammer, Colman Domingo, Penelope Ann Miller and Mark Boone Junior in the historical drama based on the true story of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. Okonkwo plays a brutalized slave who becomes a freedom fighter and ally to Turner (Parker) during the rebellion. Prompted by religious visions, Turner… »
In case you didn't know, Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) has been starring in an Emmy-nominated AOL (!) web series where he interviews other celebrities on a park bench, called (yep) Park Bench. Like Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Buscemi talks to his friends about New York, along with everything else. And speaking of comedians and New York, this first clip from a bonus episode of the show below feels very reminiscent of Louie, as it's shot like a silent film (where Buscemi is getting casually robbed by Mark Boone Junior), but with a twist at the end: [complextv contentid="d0cnB5dTo4vyk1hNaV5WQFuz0R3wz9_Q" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] - In this second clip from this week's other new episode, Buscemi talks about his time with Boone, David Johansen talks about New York Dolls, and the Main Squeeze Orchestra mixes it up with Buster Poindexter. You can check out the full clip here: [complextv contentid="lrb3B5dTrT9RKopRw7kb1RboTtkZlpg1" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] - Here's a little more about the show, »
- Allison Keene
Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
First announced last year with Nate Parker and Armie Hammer heading the cast, Birth Of A Nation has added two more to its roster. Jackie Earle Haley and Sons Of Anarchy's Mark Boone Jr. have both signed up for the film, which Parker has also written and is directing.Birth Of A Nation is, for obvious reasons, not a remake of the notorious D.W. Griffith film - although that title is clearly no accident. Rather, it's the story of Nat Turner's slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831 and the events that made him one of the most controversial figures in America in the years leading up to the Civil War."It isn’t a story about a black guy that killed white people," says Parker. "This is a story about an American hero that fought for ideals that America was supposed to be built on: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, »
The film was first announced in November with Armie Hammer and Parker starring, with Parker also producing and directing from his own script. Shooting will begin soon in Savannah, Ga.
Prompted by religious visions, Turner and a band of about 70 rebel slaves killed between 55 and 65 people in Virginia — the most ever killed in a slave uprising. The rebellion was stopped after two days, but Turner survived in hiding for more than two months.
Haley will portray a slave patrol captain who takes pride in controlling the movements of the county’s slaves. Boone Jr. will play a crafty preacher.
- Dave McNary
Marilyn Manson's acting career have so far seen the shock rocker appear as a roller rink attendee (Eastbound & Down), a porn star (Lost Highway) and a white supremacist (Sons of Anarchy). Next up for The Pale Emperor singer: A hitman. Manson has been cast as a calculating contract killer named "Pope" in Let Me Make You a Martyr, an indie crime drama currently filming in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
According to Tulsa World, Let Me Make You a Martyr is about a pair of adopted siblings who fall in love and »
6 items from 2015
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