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10 items from 2016


Film Review: The Birth Of A Nation: Sanitized Portrait of a Real Hero [Sundance 2016]

6 February 2016 11:55 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Birth of a Nation (2016) Film Review from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Nate Parker, starring Nate ParkerArmie HammerAja Naomi KingJackie Earle HaleyPenelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union. Director, screenwriter, and star Nate Parker‘s passion project, The Birth of a Nation, opens with the final sentence of a denunciation of slavery by Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect […] »

- Drew Stelter

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Stacey Dash on Joseph Fiennes Being Cast as Michael Jackson: 'I Say, Bravo'

3 February 2016 10:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One week after Joseph Fiennes was unexpectedly cast as Michael Jackson, Stacey Dash is weighing in on the casting choice. "I say, 'Bravo!'" Dash wrote on her Patheos blog. "I'm sick and tired of being told, 'Sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role.' Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood - which looks like a diss to blacks - is actually what we've been saying all along: roles should Not be based on color." The always-controversial actress goes on to compare Fiennes casting to the Broadway play Hamilton, which casts actors of color to portray historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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HBO Redeveloping ‘Lewis & Clark’ Miniseries with Michelle Ashford Rewriting

3 February 2016 5:49 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s “Lewis & Clark” miniseries is starting anew, entering a stage of major redevelopment with Michelle Ashford rewriting the six-part script, Variety has confirmed.

The troubled miniseries has already hit many bumps along the road, including production being shut down last summer after director and co-writer John Curran exited the high-profile project, which hails from producers Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and National Geographic Studios. Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts star as the titular 19th century explorers who went on a remarkable three-year journey to map the western United States.

“We have decided to redevelop this project with Michelle Ashford writing,” HBO said in a statement to Variety.

Ashford — who is creator and showrunner of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” — was one of the three original scribes on the mini, along with Norton and the now-departed Curran. “Lewis & Clark” was greenlit last year at this time.

Affleck revealed the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Sundance Review: The Brilliance of 'Birth of a Nation' Is Bigger Than the Movie

26 January 2016 3:34 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible Nate Parker's crowdpleasing "The Birth of a Nation" establishes its cultural heft before a single image is shown. The actor-turned-director opens his portrait of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt with a quote from Thomas Jefferson that concludes God's "justice cannot sleep forever." While directly addressing the way the spiritually empowered Turner's oratorical powers fueled his uprising, the line also reflects the project itself. Repurposing the title of D.W. Griffith's infamously racist silent epic, Parker's "Birth of a Nation" is a sturdy, halfway decent piece of filmmaking, but it's also a galvanizing statement. With Parker as its lead, "Birth of a Nation" tracks Turner from his frantic childhood experiences — when his father escaped slave hunters and a kindly white owner taught the boy to read — to his young adult years, which found him preaching the Bible and steadily developing a radical stance »

- Eric Kohn

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[Sundance Review] The Birth of a Nation

26 January 2016 11:21 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Directed, written, produced by, and starring Nate Parker, the Nat Turner biopic The Birth of a Nation is an unflinching and hopeful call to action where the helmer’s passion can be felt in every frame. By nodding to D. W. Griffith’s controversial, formally groundbreaking 1915 film, Parker is forging a new cinematic history for one of America’s most shameful eras. What’s lacking in aesthetic cohesion, pacing, and subtlety is made up for in a powerful lead performance and an essential story with compelling religious undercurrents.

“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep for ever” is the Thomas Jefferson quote that opens the film, immediately lighting the fuse for the rebellion against history’s gravest injustices. Fitting comfortably into the classical Hollywood biopic format, the story begins with Nathaniel “Nat” Turner as a young slave boy in 1809 in Southampton County, »

- Jordan Raup

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Representation Matters: 10 Celebs of Color Open Up About Not Seeing Themselves Onscreen

22 January 2016 2:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tensions in Hollywood - and beyond - have been mounting since the Academy released its 2016 Oscar nominations, which included an all-white acting bracket for the second consecutive year. As a number of stars have publicly condemned the lack of diversity in the nominees, it's become increasingly clear that both members of the entertainment industry and fans are concerned about more than just who gets to take home a little gold man. Viola Davis, a two-time Oscar nominee who in September became the first black woman to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series, pointed out that the »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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Representation Matters: 10 Celebs of Color Open Up About Not Seeing Themselves Onscreen

22 January 2016 2:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Tensions in Hollywood - and beyond - have been mounting since the Academy released its 2016 Oscar nominations, which included an all-white acting bracket for the second consecutive year. As a number of stars have publicly condemned the lack of diversity in the nominees, it's become increasingly clear that both members of the entertainment industry and fans are concerned about more than just who gets to take home a little gold man. Viola Davis, a two-time Oscar nominee who in September became the first black woman to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series, pointed out that the »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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Thinkfactory Media Options Bestseller ‘Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates’ for TV Adaptation (Exclusive)

19 January 2016 1:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Thinkfactory Media has acquired the rights to the bestselling book “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History” with an eye to adapt the nonfiction story into a television event, Variety has learned exclusively.

Thinkfactory CEO Leslie Greif will serve as executive producer on the project. The book was penned by Fox News host Brian Kilmeade and bestselling author Don Yaeger.

“Brian and Don’s book is a riveting page-turner — a hugely significant yet little-known story in American history — that makes it ideal for an epic television event,” said Greif in a statement. “Their book illuminates the roots of America’s challenging relationship with the Muslim world that is still playing out in today’s war on terror. Its adaptation will not only be compelling, but relevant for modern audiences.”

Kilmeade added, “From the first day we began researching Thomas Jefferson’s War with Tripoli, »

- Laura Prudom

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Has Already Cemented His Place in Broadway History

11 January 2016 11:01 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When Hamilton opened Off Broadway at the Public Theater last February, and then transferred to Broadway in August, many of the reviews, including mine, used words like historic, groundbreaking, and unprecedented to describe Lin-Manuel Miranda’s achievement. There’s plenty to debate in those descriptions; what, after all, was so new? Hip-hop had been appropriated by musicals before, not least in Miranda’s own previous Broadway outing, In the Heights. American history was not virgin territory for musicals either: 1776 covers some of the same period and, in Thomas Jefferson, even shares a character. Nor, thankfully, was Hamilton’s almost entirely nonwhite casting a novelty, though it is certainly employed to greater textual effect than in, say, the all-black Hello, Dolly! of 1967. That production taught us that Pearl Bailey could play an Irishwoman for the purposes of sentimental comedy; Hamilton demonstrates that any all-white history of our country is missing half its heart. »

- Jesse Green

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A Long Conversation With the Scene-Stealers of Hamilton

11 January 2016 10:20 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Two. Two-two two thousand. Two-two two thousand — 2016. A cast of wildly talented singers/rappers/actors, seemingly born to play the Founding Fathers and Mothers, in an unlikely Broadway hip-hop hit about the man who created the national bank. Lin-Manuel Miranda might be the genius composer, lyricist, and star of Hamilton, but the reason the show feels like one showstopper after the next is thanks to Leslie Odom Jr.'s layered portrayal of Aaron Burr, Renée Elise Goldsberry's acrobatic take on Angelica Schuyler, Christopher Jackson's powerful George Washington, and many more instant-classic performances. To find out what it's like to be part of a once-in-a-generation hit, Vulture sat down with Odom Jr., Goldsberry, and Jackson, as well as the equally brilliant two-part actors Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), as they ate dinner between shows at the classic Broadway staple Sardi's. »

- Jesse David Fox

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