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When Pauline Kael wrote “movies are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go,” she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with varying degrees of success, these ten titles make up for in verve, goofiness and style what they lack in depth.
Despite its tepid love story, this tale of a doomed civilization perched on the edge of a CGI volcano was the most unabashedly enjoyable sword-and-sandal movie of the year. Weightier than both Hercules adventures, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” took itself far less seriously than the Biblical epics “Noah” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” And while the 3D eruption of Mount Vesuvius was indeed stunning, it’s Kiefer Sutherland’s wonderfully hammy turn as a villainous Roman Senator that stole the show. »
- Matthew Chernov
Still uncertain of what to expect from this upcoming new drama, and not entirely sold on it via the trailers we've seen thus far, I found this series quite enlightening (and maybe you will as well), as it takes audiences behind the lens, in a no-holds-barred conversation with the show's key cast and creators (Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brian Grazer, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Ilene Chaiken), moderated by the always probing and insightful Elvis Mitchell, as they discuss family, power, glamour, music, and much more, as depicted in the series. "Empire" premieres on Wednesday, January 7 on Fox. Watch the 22-minute roundtable, split up into 4 parts, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Here's another look at Fox's new drama "Empire," the "epic family battle," as the press release states, that debuts, with limited commercial interruption, on Wednesday, January 7, from 9-10 Pm Et/Pt, following "American Idol Xiv." From Lee Daniels, Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and producer Brian Grazer, comes a drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power. Featuring music by prolific producer Timbaland, the series stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Jussie Smollett, Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka rapper Yazz The Greatest), Trai Byers, Gabourey »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Nominations for the 46th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed and "Belle," "Beyond the Lights," "Dear White People," "Get On Up," and "Selma" are duking it out for the Outstanding Motion Picture Award.
Winners will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015 in a two-hour televised event on TV One.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Here's the complete list of nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards:
Outstanding Comedy Series
. "black-ish" (ABC)
. "House of Lies" (Showtime)
. "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)
. "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
. Anthony Anderson - "'black-ish" (ABC)
. Kevin Hart »
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights »
- Kristopher Tapley
Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
- The Deadline Team
The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” are among the actors who were cited.
Boseman, Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw are all portraying real-life people.
In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees. ABC did well, earning three of the five drama-series nominations. Also notable was Lifetime’s scoring seven of the 10 nominations in the two lead acting categories for telefilm/miniseries/dramatic special.
(Pictured: “Dear White People »
- Variety Staff
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
(Pictured: “Dear White People”)
Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:
Outstanding Motion Picture “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media) “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures) “Selma” (Paramount Pictures »
- Variety Staff
The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday, lauding the year's best films and television shows -- among other artforms -- featuring people of color.
"Selma" led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (David Oyelowo), three supporting actor nods (André Holland, Common, and Wendell Pierce), and two supporting actress nods (Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey). Director Ava DuVernay was also nominated for her work behind the camera.
A partial list of nominees in television and movies is below. For the full list -- including nominees in the music and literature categories -- click here.
The NAACP Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, »
- Katie Roberts
Courtney Love and Lana Del Rey: a match made in heaven? The '90s grunge queen and somber alt-pop sensation will hit the road together beginning in May as part of Del Rey's "Endless Summer Tour," the singers announced Monday. Love will appear during the first half of the North American run, which kicks off May 7 in The Woodlands, Texas. Love previously teased a collaboration between the two on Twitter, stating: "See you in London in ten hours @LanaDelRey we are going to own that town xxc #excitingnews2come." It's an interesting collaboration, not least because Del Rey raised the ire of Frances Bean Cobain - Love's daughter with late grunge superstar Kurt Cobain - over comments she made in a recent Guardian interview that seemed to glorify early death. The rock progeny responded by tweeting (among other things): “@Lana Del Rey the death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize… »
- Chris Eggertsen
Award winning actor and producer Idris Elba is to push his body, mind and engineering know-how to the limit by racing on land, water and in the air for a new 4×60 TV series for Discovery, announced today.Idris was most recently seen starring as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company biopic Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom. His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award nomination. In September 2014, he starred in and executive produced No Good Deed, a thriller also starring Taraji Henson. In 2013, Elba made his directorial debut with Sky TV’s Pavement […] »
- April Neale
For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the pilot episode of Empire at the Emagine Royal Oak Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page.
But hurry, because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
As an added bonus, all those in attendence will receive free pop and pocorn compliments of Empire!
About The Show
Empire: From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious) and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Game Change), comes Empire, a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music »
On Monday, it was announced that the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo. would not be indicting police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which occurred on Aug. 19.
Reaction to the grand jury's decision was immediate and divisive, with strongly worded opinions being posted across the Internet by those slamming the decision and those supporting it.
News: Jon Hamm on His Hometown of Ferguson: 'It's Rough to Watch'
Michael Brown's parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., released a statement expressing their disappointment toward the decision, but asked that people not resort to violence in their protests.
"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions," the statement reads. "While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed »
This weekend, Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen and the symbol of revolution in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," Eddie Redmayne stars as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking opposite Felicity Jones in "The Theory of Everything," the mob series "Lilyhammer" starring Steven Van Zandt returns for a third season on Netflix this Friday, and Pitbull hosts the 42nd Annual American Music Awards with performances by Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks Sunday night on ABC.
Also in theaters this weekend: "V/H/S: Viral" follows fame-obsessed teens who, after trying to film salacious police footage, unknowingly face their own deaths as stars of the next video sensation. In "The Sleepwalker," Kaia and Andrew are renovating Kaia's secluded family estate when their lives are violently disrupted upon the unexpected arrival of Kaia's sister and her fiancé. The documentary "Happy Valley" observes the year following Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach »
- Jonny Black
Fox has announced a winter premiere date for it new drama "Empire." The "epic family battle," as the press release states, begins, with limited commercial interruption, on Wednesday, January 7, from 9-10 Pm Et/Pt, following "American Idol Xiv." From Lee Daniels, Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and producer Brian Grazer, comes a drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power. Featuring music by prolific producer Timbaland, the series stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Jussie Smollett, Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka rapper Yazz The Greatest), »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After a somewhat rough fall, Fox is slowly making announcements for the spring of 2015, revealing a two-night premiere for "American Idol" and a launch for the already-heavily-promoted musical drama "Empire." Season 14 of "American Idol," also know as "AI, Ad" ("American Idol, After Dawg"), will begin with a two-night three-hour premiere on Wednesday, January 7 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 8 from 8 to 10 p.m. There are still plenty of questions remaining. "Idol" typically has one airing schedule for the auditions through Hollywood Week, followed by a different schedule for live performance shows and results. So will "Idol" be airing twice a week in that initial phase, followed by the previously announced once-per-week plan? Or has everything changed? It's a mystery. For now, we know that "Empire," starring Oscar nominees Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will premiere on Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. after "Idol." The premiere will air with limited commercial interruption. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Fox will kick off the reality singing competition’s Season 14 premiere that night with a one-hour episode at 8/7c, then wrap it up with a two-hour installment on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 8 pm.
During the opening eps, Idol‘s three returning judges — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. — will hit auditions in Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. [The New York episodes will feature guest judge Adam Lambert, subbing for an absent Urban.]
Keeping with a theme, the network also will premiere its new music-industry drama Empire on Jan. 7 at 9/8c. The series, »
Fox is letting the music play this January, with the return of “American Idol” and the debut of drama “Empire” slated for Wednesday, Jan. 7.
“Idol” is kicking off its 14th season a week earlier than usual, and “Empire,” a family drama set in the music industry starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will follow with a premiere that Fox says will include limited commercial interruption.
“Empire” will air regularly on Wednesday following “American Idol.” And by bowing on Jan. 7, “Empire” won’t have to face the timeslot’s biggest drama, as CBS’ “Criminal Minds” will be pre-empted for the People’s Choice Awards.
Fox is expected to reveal additional schedule details soon. It’s unclear what Wednesday’s schedule announcement for “Empire” means for current Wednesday 9 p.m. occupant “Red Band Society,” a first-year drama that has struggled in the ratings but remains a favorite of the network. Fox »
- Rick Kissell
Fox is giving midseason drama Empire as good of a launch pad as it has to offer. The network announced Wednesday that the high-profile collaboration from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong will bow after a one-hour American Idol premiere. Both series launch a new Fox Wednesday on Jan. 7, with Idol kicking off its 14th cycle at 8 p.m. and musical drama Empire starting at 9 p.m. Empire, which stars Academy Award nominees Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, is one of the buzzier midseason entries across the Big Four. Daniels has described the passion project
- Michael O'Connell
Manuel here bringing you news about Steve McQueen's next film project.
Surely one of the joys of this past Oscar season was McQueen's ebullience, no?
While we know McQueen has been busy casting his lead for his HBO pilot, Codes of Conduct, it was less clear what his follow-up to his Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave would be. Well, now we have an answer: a Paul Robeson biopic. He’s quoted by The Guardian, noting that,
“His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger. But I didn’t have the power, I didn’t have the juice.”
Robeson’s life will surely offer McQueen quite a bit to play with, though I’d love for him to focus on Robeson’s impact and role in the Harlem Renaissance; might I be selfish in wanting him to craft an entire movie out »
- Manuel Betancourt
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