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Last season, it looked like ABC could have a hit with Quantico but the live + same day ratings in the later part of the season were less than half of the premiere's. It looks like writers are shaking things up in season two. Will this cause the numbers to rebound or, will they continue to fall? Will this thriller drama be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.On Quantico, Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) has cleared her name, saved millions of people, and was fired by the FBI. Now she's been given a second chance to serve her country as part of the clandestine ranks of the CIA. This season's cast includes Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Russell Tovey, Blair Underwood, Pearl Thusi, and Aarón Díaz. In addition, Tracy Ifeachor, David Lim, and Henry Czerny are set to recur.Read »
If Quantico‘s León Velez ever gets a tattoo to commemorate his time in CIA training — y’know, to complement the ink he received during his stint in a Mexican prison — may we humbly suggest “Always be assessing”?
At the very least, the tattoo would be a reminder of the lesson Owen and Lydia spend this week’s episode trying to teach the CIA trainees: how to notice, or assess, all of the important details in any situation. Too bad Alex & Co. spend the hour ignoring what they’ve »
Three newcomers kicked off the month of October vying for the box office win, with Universal's harrowing thriller The Girl On the Train squaring off against Fox Searchlight's indie sensation Birth of a Nation and Lionsgate's family comedy Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life. We predicted earlier this week that The Girl On the Train would win with $24.5 million, which turned out to be quite the accurate prediction. The Girl On the Train ended up winning with an estimated take of $24.6 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Girl On the Train pulled in an impressive $7,844 per-screen average from 3,144 theaters, easily overtaking last weekend's winner, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which dropped to second place with $15 million, followed by Deepwater Horizon with $11.7 million, The Magnificent Seven with $9.1 million and Storks rounding out the top 5 with $8.4 million. The week's other two new releases didn't fare nearly as well as predicted, »
Chicago – “The Birth of a Nation” has been making news since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival early this year. Taking place before the American Civil War, this incendiary look at a real slave rebellion in the deep South does pack a punch, but its approach isn’t completely successful.
The major theme of religion is the most interesting part of the narrative, as it motivates the main character of Nat Turner and eventually incites the rebellion. The workings of religion, and how it can be used to justify sins, is as purposeful in the film as how a faith is suppose to forgive. But the pacing in the story is off, and some of the scenes are a bit too precious, questioning the expression of how history should be enhanced, and exactly what is authentic. But there are two nations of birth within the United States history, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Birth of a Nation, 2016.
Written and Directed by Nate Parker.
Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
Addressing the elephant in the room right off the bat, yes Nate Parker (producer, writer and director of The Birth of a Nation) did sexually take advantage of an inebriated college woman roughly over a decade ago who would go on to commit suicide in 2012. It is a horrible story (especially considering Nate Parker got off clean while only his friend that was also present received some punishment) and his actions should be condemned. I am not here to judge Nate Parker as a human being or state what should have been done, or even unfairly criticize his »
- Robert Kojder
The Birth of a Nation is so heart-wrenchingly moving. A biography of the emancipation movement that began with Nate Turner, slave and preacher, a character played brilliantly by writer/director Nate Parker. The story begins in the antebellum South in 1809. Nate as a very young man is thought to be a leader that will do great things, having some unique marks that was felt only a leader would have. Shortly into the story the despicable conditions a slave community would have to endure was deplorable. Nat’s father Isaac (Dwight Henry) set out one night to try and salvage some food for his family. He was caught by a group of runaway slave patrolmen without a pass. The very evil ring leader of the posse Raymond Cobb (Jackie Earle Haley) was horrifically confrontational, and the scene turned into a bloodbath, with Isaac narrowly escaping, returning to his family and quickly saying goodbye. »
- Betsy Johnson
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.
This Past Weekend:
Another bad weekend where nothing really popped, which is bad news for a month at the box office where only Clint Eastwood’s Sully exceeded any expectations. Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out just below my predictions with $29 million, but the Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg disaster flick Deepwater Horizon was right around where I predicted with $20.2 million. The comedy Masterminds tanked with just $6.5 million for the weekend to end up in sixth place while Disney’s The Queen of Katwe did slightly better than predicted with $2.5 million.
The first full weekend in October has a good deal of competition from the release of the video game Mafia III to the »
- Edward Douglas
Last weekend's winner Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children helped bring the box office out of the September doldrums with an opening weekend victory of $28.8 million, besting another high-profile new release, the true story adaptation Deepwater Horizon, which opened in second place with $20.2 million. The first weekend in October brings three new releases to challenge Miss Peregrine, Universal's The Girl On the Train, Fox Searchlight's The Birth Of a Nation and Lionsgate's Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life. We're predicting that, despite some middling reviews, The Girl On the Train will take the top spot with $24.3 million.
The Girl On the Train is based on the wildly popular debut novel by Paula Hawkins, which became a publishing sensation when it debuted in January 2015. While some movie adaptations can take years to get production started, Tate Taylor signed on to direct in May 2015, with the cast coming together »
Here's a tough question: Do you judge Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation as a film, or put the man behind it on trial as a former student at Penn State in 1999 who was accused of raping an 18-year-old woman – a crime for which he was acquitted. I'll leave the playing God stuff to social media, where it thrives, and stick to what's onscreen which, by any standard, is a monumental achievement.
The Birth of a Nation is a passion project for Parker, who labored for seven years »
The Birth Of A Nation Fox Searchlight Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, CompuServe Film d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director: Nate Parker Written by: Nate Parker, story by Nate Parker & Jean McGianni Celestin Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aia Naomi King, Esther Scott Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 9/27/16 Opens: October 7, 2016 If you’re wondering how a filmmaker has the nerve to do a sequel to D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation,” also known as “The Clansman,” you need not fear. Nate Parker’s film is anything but an apologia for slavery. This “Birth” finds Parker as a [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Today is National Voter Registration Day and Fox Searchlight has partnered with movie theaters to show the following PSA from The Birth of a Nation cast including Nate Parker, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King and Gabrielle Union. Partnering movie theaters in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, and Kansas will have voter registration in the lobby during promotional screenings of this film and during its opening weekend October 7th-9th.
The objective for the initiative is to encourage everyone to be a part of U.S. history by highlighting everyone's right to vote, encouraging registration and underscoring that their voices and opinions matter. Currently 20% of all people who can legally vote in this country are stopped by technical roadblocks when they try to register. This presidential election will be especially challenging, as many current laws lack the protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act was passed »
- NATHANIEL R
Fox Searchlight has teamed with several chains and independent theaters to launch a voter registration drive during screenings of their upcoming drama “The Birth of a Nation.”
The initiative supports Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day and will continue through the opening weekend of “The Birth of a Nation,” ending on Oct. 9.
Participating theaters, including Bow Tie Cinemas; Emagine Entertainment; Malco Theatres; Marcus Theatres; Wehrenberg Theatres; Amstar Cinemas; Movie Taverns; The Grand Theatres; Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, Pa; Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, Ks; Little Theatre, Rochester, NY; Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, Pa; Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland, Oh; Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland Heights, Oh; Cinema Arts Theatre, Fairfax, Va; Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Mi; The Neon, Dayton, Oh, will hold voter enrollment in their lobbies.
The specialty film company has also partnered with voting organizations The League of Women Voters; Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Fox Searchlight Pictures and “The Birth of a Nation” are supporting National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27 by launching a nationwide voter registration initiative to encourage Americans to register to vote.
Fox Searchlight is partnering with theater chains and other partners that will host voter enrollment in theater lobbies on National Voter Registration Day immediately before special promotional screenings of “The Birth of a Nation.” Fox Searchlight will continue the initiative during the film’s opening weekend, October 7 through October 9.
“No one has the right to prevent you from participating in what makes America’s democracy so great: the right to vote,” writer-director and star of “The Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker said in a short video recorded to go along with the initiative.
In the film, Parker plays the lead role of Nat Turner, »
- Graham Winfrey
What's Blair Underwood up to in Quantico? Recently, the actor spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his role in season two of the ABC series.In the new season, Underwood will play Owen Hall, a lead instructor at the CIA's training facility. He joins fellow castmembers Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Masri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington, Graham Rogers, Anabelle Acosta, and Josh Hopkins.Read More… »
Quantico Season 2 is all set to air in India. And while fans cannot wait to see what thrills Alex Parrish played by Priyanka Chopra gets upto in her new career with the CIA, the cast for season 2 is impressive! With regulars such as Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt resuming their roles, this season will also see newcomers Blair Underwood, Pearl Thusi, Russell Tovi and Aarón Díaz join the Quantico gang.
And now if sources are to be believed, Tom Hiddleston, who presented the Emmy Awards with Priyanka Chopra on Sunday, may just be guest starring in Season 2 of Quantico where he will have a potential love story crossover in the show!
Priyanka has shared a special message for fans to watch Quantico Season 2 on her Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/p/BKlCGe »
- Press Releases
Quantico is one of those efforts that may suffer from its various connections to other shows – read: writers/producers whose previous work doesn’t necessarily see the value in avoiding melodrama at any point at all.
The premise is an interesting one, and there’s nothing wrong with the highs and lows of throwing young-ish people into close quarters with each other, and you have to love feints-within-feints, but much of Quantico is constructed with a, “Well, if some is good…” theory in mind.
Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) is one of a group of recruits hoping to become FBI agents, and her own version of not being absolutely honest about why she’s there might have been enough, but before long Alex has been framed for a terrorist attack, and she’s got to figure out how to get out from under a thoroughly-planned setup… unless she did it. So spins the show… »
- Marc Eastman
With Quantico Season 2 all set to air on Star World and Star World HD every Monday, 9 Pm from 26th September 2016 onwards, the intrigue around Alex Parrish played by Priyanka Chopra and her new journey at the CIA is raising excitement levels!
While we will have to wait for another whole week to see what new world saving assignments Alex gets up to, here’s what Priyanka’s costars have to say about the talented and sexy Pee Cee and the show!
“Priyanka, when she auditioned, she walked in the door and it was like okay, who is this person. This is clearly a movie star, like every hair at the back of your neck stands up. When I went home, I couldn’t think of anyone else – it wasn’t even that I was just thinking about Priyanka has to play this, she had re-envisioned the character in front of my eyes” says Joshua Safran, »
- Press Releases
The most powerful voices on stage at The Birth Of A Nation press conference Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival—an event that made headlines simply for the fact that it was taking place—were the women. The likes of Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue Ellis, and Penelope Ann Miller were the strongest advocates for the importance of the film—even after the past rape allegation against its writer, director, and star Nate Parker was brought up.
That didn’t come, however, until about 23 minutes into the talk, which lasted over an hour. For the first part of the event the cast on stage mused on the impact of telling the story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, their characters, and the process of making the film. Jackie Earl Haley effusively praised Parker’s directorial abilities.
When the sexual assault case—in which Parker was acquitted—was finally mentioned, the ...
- Esther Zuckerman
At a heated press conference on Sunday morning, Nate Parker tried to keep the spotlight solely on his passion project “The Birth of a Nation.” But he could not escape a grilling by the media about his role in a college rape trial from 1999.
When asked if he planned to apologize to the victim or her family, he dodged the question. “It’s not mine,” he said about the platform of the Toronto Film Festival press conference. “I definitely don’t want to hijack it with my personal life.”
Parker arrived in Toronto on Friday, where he’s been carefully managed for the last two days by an army of publicists for Fox Searchlight, the boutique studio that spent $17.5 million for the indie about the life of slave revolt leader Nat Turner. Parker attended a no-press-allowed party on Friday night, before appearing at two screenings for his film. On Saturday, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
There was a large elephant in the room throughout the press conference for “The Birth of a Nation” on Sunday during the Toronto International Film Festival, and while many members of the cast made impassioned and moving speeches, some of which acknowledged the rape charges and trial writer-director-star Nate Parker faced as a student at Penn State, Parker didn’t directly address several questions put to him about his personal history.
“I would just say I’ve addressed it, and I’m sure in future forums I will address it more,” Parker said. “There were more than 400 people involved in this project. I would just encourage everyone to remember that, personal life aside, I’m just one person.” Reporters in the room continued to press Parker, including by asking if he regretted »
- Graham Winfrey
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