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13 items from 2016


The Nate Parker Interview: What’s Next for ‘The Birth of a Nation’

23 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two weeks ago, Nate Parker was a different man — on the verge of making it on Hollywood’s A-list with his American period drama “The Birth of a Nation.” He strolled into a restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Calif., with his 6-year-old daughter in tow. “My wife just had a baby, so I’m taking the burden off her,” he told a Variety reporter about his fatherly duties. He talked about how his oldest of five daughters is gearing up for her freshman year in college, and how he recently surprised her with a visit to New York to see “Hamilton.” And he seemed most proud of the legacy he was leaving for his children as the director, star, producer, and writer of “The Birth of a Nation,” the Sundance Film Festival darling about the slave revolt of 1831 led by Nat Turner, which sold for a record-shattering $17.5 million to Fox Searchlight. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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The 20 Best Screen Acting Debuts of the Last 20 Years

11 August 2016 11:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To paraphrase “Ratatouille,” not everyone can act, but a great actor can come from anywhere. The beautiful thing about the movies is that they so often do.

Screen debuts can have such an impact precisely because audiences don’t know these people. We haven’t read about them in the tabloids or seen them in other roles. The best inaugural performances bristle with the rush of witnessing raw potential, of being introduced to something incredible before the world has decided what it is yet. A great debut can make you feel like you’re witness to a happening, or getting in on the ground floor of an investment — watching John Boyega defy an alien invasion in “Attack the Block,” it was immediately clear that learning his name was going to pay off.

Sometimes, as with Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave,” that excitement instantly translates into a sensation. Other times, »

- David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Liz Shannon Miller, Steve Greene, Kate Erbland, Hanh Nguyen and Zack Sharf

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13 Reasons Why: Amy Hargreaves Signed as Regular for New Netflix Series

27 June 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_51542" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Amy Hargreaves joins the cast of the 13 Reasons Why TV show at Netflix (Sam Aronov/ Shutterstock.com).[/caption]

Amy Hargreaves has been cast as Mrs. Jensen in the 13 Reasons Why TV show at Netflix. A series regular role, Mrs. Jensen is the mother of Clay, played by  Lost's Dylan Minnette. In the story, Clay receives a box of tapes from his crush, Hannah (Katherine Langford), after she kills herself.

Brian d'Arcy James plays Hannah's father opposite Kate Walsh. Derek Luke was previously cast as Hannah’s guidance counselor, Mr. Porter.  Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, the 13 Reasons Why TV adaptation comes from Selena Gomez and Diana Son, writer Brian Yorkey, director Tom McCarthy, Anonymous Content, and Paramount TV.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Kate Walsh to Star in Selena Gomez Netflix Drama 13 Reasons Why

10 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Kate Walsh will make her TV return with 13 Reasons Why, Netflix’s upcoming young adult drama from Selena Gomez.

Walsh will play the mother of Hannah, a teen who — before committing suicide — send a box of audiotapes to her classmates, telling them the roles they played in her death, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Based on the 2007 young-adult novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows Clay (played by Dylan Minnette, Scandal) as he receives the box of tapes and instructions to pass them along to 12 other students. The project got a straight-to-series, »

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’13 Reasons Why’: Kate Walsh To Co-Star In Netflix Series, Derek Luke Also Cast

10 June 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Kate Walsh is set to co-star opposite Dylan Minnette and  Katherine Langford on Netflix's 13-episode series 13 Reasons Why, from producer Selena Gomez, writer Brian Yorkey, director Tom McCarthy, Anonymous Content and Paramount TV. The casting comes on the heels of Walsh signing with Gersh and Luber Roklin. Also cast in 13 Reasons Why is Derek Luke (Empire). Yorkey created and wrote the TV series adaptation of the 2007 New York Times bestselling Ya book by Jay Asher… »

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Remaking 'Roots' should have been an awful idea. But the new one's great.

26 May 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"This is how I heard about the boy, Kunta Kinte," Alex Haley (Laurence Fishburne) tells us in the opening moments of History's new miniseries Roots. "And this is how I'll tell you the story." The importance of stories, and the way that we tell them, form the heart of the new Roots, which debuts Monday night at 9 (the eight-hour project will air over four straight nights, simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime). From the time we meet Kunta (Malachi Kirby) as a young man abducted from his home in Juffure, Gambia by slavers, until we leave his descendants over 100 years later in the post-Civil War American South, Roots prizes the power of stories and tradition, from how Kunta's Uncle Silla (Derek Luke) teaches him the ways of the Mandinka warrior, to how Kunta's grandson Chicken George (Rege-Jean Page) will tell his own offspring stories about the grandfather he never met, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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TV Review: ‘Roots’

24 May 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In this age of niche networks and splintered audiences, there’s no controversy in noting that the updated version of the iconic “Roots” miniseries, simulcast May 30 on History, A&E, and Lifetime, is unlikely get the huge audience garnered by the original that aired on ABC nearly 40 years ago. Yet this new take on the saga should be viewed by as wide an audience as possible, from families to school kids to viewers interested in important chapters of the American saga. The lessons the new “Roots” teaches over the course of its eight hours, which air on four consecutive nights, are worth revisiting, and a number of outstanding performances enliven this retelling of the story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants.

The word “lessons” in the previous sentence is used advisedly. This miniseries shares the same impulse to instruct and enlighten that was a hallmark of the original, which was »

- Maureen Ryan

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Examining Hollywood Remakes--Captain America: The First Avenger

2 May 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Our series on remakes continues and this time we’ve got one that you may not even realize was filmed in live-action before. In honor of the release of Captain America: Civil War on Friday, we’re talking about the star spangled man with the plan. This week, Cinelinx looks at Captain America: The First Avenger.

 It’s not too often that a remake is much, much, much better than the original but we have one of those rare instances in the case of Captain America. Years before Captain America: The First Avenger, the first movie version of the star-spangled hero of WW2 was filmed in 1990 and directed by Albert Pyun.

This movie…was awful! It has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and went directly to a video release, wisely bypassing theaters to prevent millions of people demanding their money back. Captain America is played in this mess by Matt Salinger, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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"Toby, Toby, Toby" - Watch First Clip from 'Roots' Reboot Featuring Forest Whitaker & Malachi Kirby

19 April 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The cast of the planned four-night, eight-hour scripted event miniseries already includes Forest Whitaker as “Fiddler,” a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Anika Noni Rose as “Kizzy,” the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman as “Mingo,” a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel as “Matilda,” a preacher’s daughter and love interest to “Chicken George”; Derek Luke as “Silla Ba Dibba,” the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka WarriorsAnna Paquin as “Nancy Holt,” the wife of a Confederate officer who has her own agenda when it comes to the handling of slaves; and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as “Tom Lea,” an uneducated slave owner desperate to claw his way into the elite company of Southern gentility. Rounding out the cast, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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"Toby, Toby, Toby" - Watch First Clip from 'Roots' Reboot Featuring Forest Whitaker & Malachi Kirby

19 April 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The cast of the planned four-night, eight-hour scripted event miniseries already includes Forest Whitaker as “Fiddler,” a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Anika Noni Rose as “Kizzy,” the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman as “Mingo,” a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel as “Matilda,” a preacher’s daughter and love interest to “Chicken George”; Derek Luke as “Silla Ba Dibba,” the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka WarriorsAnna Paquin as »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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"Know" and "Protect" His Name - Watch 2 New Spots for 'Roots' Reboot

7 March 2016 10:04 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The cast of the planned four-night, eight-hour scripted event miniseries already includes Forest Whitaker as “Fiddler,” a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Anika Noni Rose as “Kizzy,” the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman as “Mingo,” a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel as “Matilda,” a preacher’s daughter and love interest to “Chicken George”; Derek Luke as “Silla Ba Dibba,” the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka WarriorsAnna Paquin as »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch First Trailer for 'Roots' Reboot

11 February 2016 1:06 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The cast of the planned four-night, eight-hour scripted event miniseries already includes Forest Whitaker as “Fiddler,” a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Anika Noni Rose as “Kizzy,” the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman as “Mingo,” a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel as “Matilda,” a preacher’s daughter and love interest to “Chicken George”; Derek Luke as “Silla Ba Dibba,” the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka WarriorsAnna Paquin as “Nancy Holt,” the wife of a Confederate officer who has her own agenda when it comes to the handling of slaves; and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as “Tom Lea,” an uneducated slave owner desperate to claw his way into the elite company of Southern gentility. Rounding out the cast, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch First Trailer for 'Roots' Reboot

11 February 2016 1:06 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The cast of the planned four-night, eight-hour scripted event miniseries already includes Forest Whitaker as “Fiddler,” a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Anika Noni Rose as “Kizzy,” the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman as “Mingo,” a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel as “Matilda,” a preacher’s daughter and love interest to “Chicken George”; Derek Luke as “Silla Ba Dibba,” the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka WarriorsAnna Paquin as »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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