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Shonda Rhimes: Rhimes’ Twitter account
We all know Shonda Rhimes as a top showrunner and the writer/producer/director extraordinaire behind “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” And now we’ll know Rhimes by yet another role: patron of the arts. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Shondaland multi-hyphenate has announced her plans to support the La theater community.
Rhimes recently contributed an undisclosed sum to the Iama Theatre Company in order “to strengthen La’s profile as a theater town.” Her contribution — via the Rhimes Family Foundation — will fund programs like the “Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission,” “whose aim is to help budding playwrights develop new stagings that have a special emphasis on culturally-inclusive storytelling.”
“I had been missing the world of theater here in L.A.,” Rhimes told the La Times. “There’s a couple of very nice large theaters, but there’s not a lot of interesting small theater, like you can find in New York. And I was sort of craving it.”
“I think it’s hard for any playwright to find opportunities,” she continued. “If people aren’t being included, then I’m going to find a way to make sure they’re included. I’m going to find a way to make sure they have opportunities.”
Rhimes’ interest in supporting theater isn’t a surprise: She has a history of inclusivity in her casting and in her behind-the-scenes staff. “Scandal” star Darby Stanchfield recently made her directing debut with the web series “Scandal: Gladiator Wanted” and in February Ellen Pompeo took the helm for the first time on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Shondaland regulars Chandra Wilson and Debbie Allen have also directed multiple episodes of “Grey’s.”
Iama Theatre Company is dedicated “to producing young adult-oriented works that often speak to social problems through the lens of Angelenos,” the Times details. The nonprofit was founded by graduates from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, including Katie Lowes, aka “Scandal’s” Quinn Perkins.
After attending Iama’s annual 23 Hour Play Festival, Rhimes asked Lowes how she could help the company. “[Rhimes] asked, ‘What do you need? How do I help this grow? What will make it last?’” Lowes recalled. “It’s probably the most game-changing thing that’s happened for this company.”
Fellow founding Iama member Stefanie Black added, “This new commission is devoted to the goal of getting voices heard. There are so many voices out there that aren’t being shepherded or nurtured. So many people do their dream stuff or their passion projects for free, and that’s not sustainable.”
“I went to every play that came around our town, from the time I was little,” Rhimes told the Times. “It’s always been a part of my life, and it’s never felt inaccessible. And if I can help so that it’s not inaccessible here, great.”
Recently, Shondaland obtained the rights to writer Luvvie Ajayi’s first book, “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual.” Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ company plans to adapt the book into a comedy series for cable TV. You can catch the current Shondland lineup — “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “The Catch” — Thursdays on ABC. “How to Get Away with Murder” ended its third season in February and will most likely return this fall.
Shonda Rhimes Branches Out Into Theatre was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The ratings saw a significant drop last season but the Scandal TV show remained one of ABC's top-rated shows. How will it perform this time around? Will starting mid-season help or hurt the ratings? Will Scandal be cancelled or renewed for a seventh season? Stay tuned.Scandal revolves around former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Upon exiting her job at the White House, Olivia opened a premier crisis management firm. Now, Olivia Pope & Associates, White House staff members, and other politicos work to handle erupting political scandals. While adept at managing the crises of others, they struggle to contain those problems of their own making. The Scandal cast on also includes Scott Foley, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Portia de Rossi, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Tony Goldwyn.Read More… »
The stars were shining at the 89th Academy Awards as nominees, presenters and performers arrived on the red carpet, ready for the big show.
With Hollywood glamour, style and elegance, see every stunning dress from last night’s Oscars.
- Movie Geeks
Ruth Negga, Lucas Hedges and Auli’i Cravalho are just a few stars who have walked the red carpet at the 2017 Oscars “Loving” actress Ruth Negga “Hacksaw Ridge” actor Luke Bracey “Manchester by the Sea” actor Lucas Hedges “Moana” actress Auli’i Cravalho “Hidden Figures” actor Glen Powell Olivia Culpo “Hidden Figures” star Aldis Hodge “Under the Skin” composer Mica Levi “A Monster Calls” actress Felicity Jones “Elle” actress Isabelle Huppert Viggo Mortensen “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig Michael Strahan “Railroad Tigers” star Jackie Chan Robin Roberts “Edge of Seventeen” star Hailee Steinfeld “Scandal” star Darby Stanchfield “Hacksaw Ridge” star Teresa Palmer »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Linda Ge
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the episode of “Scandal” that aired on Thursday, Feb. 16.
“It’s been actor heaven,” Jeff Perry tells Variety about his grueling two episodes over the past couple of weeks, which have put his character, Cyrus, through a whirlwind of turmoil.
At the top of the episode, Cyrus has been arrested for assassinating the president, Frankie Vargas, along with Tom. Both are in prison, but they’re being held in different wings of the complex. “He’s the reason I’m in here,” Cyrus tells the guard. “Him and his lies.”
Though Cyrus maintains his innocence, the rest of the White House — except for Abby (Darby Stanchfield) — truly believes him and Tom are responsible for Frankie’s »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Beltway drama is not slowing down, y’all.
In an exclusive sneak peek at Thursday night’s Scandal, White House Chief of Staff Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) is once again at odds with her ex David Rosen (Joshua Malina), the sitting Attorney General who is nearly literally going after the head of the presumptive Peotus, Cyrus Been (Jeff Perry).
Rosen wants to try Beene, who is technically the Vice President-elect, for the election night assassination of President-elect Frankie Vargas (Ricardo Chavira) — whose death came as a horrific shock just moments after Vargas’ victory and eventually elevated Cyrus to Commander-in-Chief. »
- Lanford Beard
Shondaland's success continues. Although it's not yet up on the press site, ABC has renewed its Scandal TV show for a seventh season.A long-running Shonda Rhimes political drama, Scandal stars Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Portia de Rossi, and Cornelius Smith, Jr.Read More… »
The following contains spoilers from the opening minutes of the Scandal Season 6 premiere.
Scandal‘s Season 6 premiere was filmed six months ago, prior to series lead Kerry Washington’s maternity leave. That makes the outcome of the ABC drama’s fictional presidential election — in which the female candidate lost by a narrow margin, leading to a (briefly) contested vote — all the more eerie.
RelatedScandal‘s Killer Peotus Twist: ABC Boss Stresses, ‘It’s a Fictional Story’
In the delayed, long-awaited (and then delayed again) Season 6 launch, titled “Survival of the Fittest,” First Lady-turned-Senator Mellie Grant lost the presidential election by a narrow margin, »
After 259 days of impatiently waiting (Umm... hell yes we've been counting!) Scandal is finally back!
D.C.'s most notorious fixer, Olivia Pope, returns to ABC's beloved Tgit line-up tonight in the highly anticipated season six premiere, and we can promise that you're in for one hell of a ride.
But before you Gladiators pop a straw in that bottle of pinot noir, we at Et want to help you remember the most shocking twists and gut-wrenching turns from season five. Read on to find out where we last left Olivia, Fitz, Mellie and all the rest of your favorite scandalous characters!
Olivia (Kerry Washington)
Where We Left Her: Sheesh, what didn't Olivia do last season? She went from being the president's mistress, to a (briefly) engaged woman, the White House's newest resident, and then D »
Sometimes I’m sure people think I’m just being contrary in my reviews – there are films I like that Many don’t (if you remember the first Frightfest I covered in 2009 you’ll know what I’m talking about); and there are films that are critically acclaimed, be it by other movie blogs, big name film critics, whomever, that just don’t resonate with me. One such film was Mickey Keating’s previous film Pod. However, not to be put off by one bad experience, and thanks to good word of mouth I decided to give his latest film, Carnage Park, a go…
Carnage Park sees two criminals rob a bank and go on the run. However things don’t go to plan »
- Phil Wheat
This week ABC dropped a nice surprise for Scandal fans in the form of a new web series that bridges season five and the twice-delayed (first by star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, then by Trump’s inauguration) season six, which finally begins on January 26. Currently streaming on ABC’s website and app, Gladiator Wanted is the exceptionally entertaining brainchild of Scandal costar Darby Stanchfield, who created the web series and occupies the director’s chair for all six episodes. Scandal has long been one of the most dynamically directed shows on network television, boasting exceptional work by Ava DuVernay, Tom Verica, Jessica Yu, […] »
- Jim Hemphill
Scandal is going digital. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is launching a new spinoff digital series today titled Scandal: Gladiator Wanted.From star Darby Stanchfield, the six-part web series follows "Gladiators Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.) as they are tasked with finding an intern for Olivia Pope & Associates." Scandal regular George Newbern also stars.Read More… »
A week before the season 6 premiere of Scandal, ABC has launched a six-part digital series spinoff Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, produced by Shondaland and ABC Studios. Scandal series regular Darby Stanchfield makes her directorial debut with the series, which stars Scandal cast members Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern. In the series, written by Juan Carlos Fernandez, Huck (Diaz), Quinn (Lowes) and Marcus (Smith) are tasked with finding an… »
Scandal fans are in for a treat. The series' anticipated return, you know, the one that would reveal the results of the presidential election—Will it be Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) or Francisco Vargas (Ricardo Chavira)?—was pushed back a week to Thursday, Jan. 26 by ABC for an inauguration special ahead of Donald Trump taking the White House. But you don't have to wait a week for new Scandal thanks to Darby Stanchfield's Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, E! News has confirmed. Stanchfield, Abby Whelan on the series, created and directed the new web series that will debut all of its two or three minute episodes on Thursday, Jan. 19, the show's original premiere date. Scandal: Gladiator Wanted follows Huck »
Giving new meaning to class warfare, ABC is set to launch Gladiator: Wanted, a spinoff of the long-running thriller Scandal that will run exclusively online, TVLine has learned.
The offshoot — which focuses on Team Opa giving potential new interns a crash course in Gladiating 101 — debuted Thursday on ABC.com (watch it here). It arrives just days ahead of Scandal‘s twice-delayed Season 6 premiere (first as a result of Kerry Washington’s real-life pregnancy, and then again due to an ABC News special about Donald Trump’s imminent inauguration).
Regarding that second postponement, which pushed the return of ABC’s entire »
ABC's Scandal is giving its Gladiators a promotion — and a holdover until its Jan. 26 return.
The Disney-owned network has set a six-episode web series, Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, created and directed by star Darby Stanchfield (Abby) that features promotions for all involved behind the scenes. All six of the two- to three-minute webisodes will debut later today (Jan. 19), as a surprise to diehard Gladiators. (Watch the first episode, below, exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter.)
The web-only offering comes a week before the delayed season-six premiere. It features Gladiators Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie »
- Lesley Goldberg
Season 6 of “Scandal” kicks off with the results of the presidential election — the show’s presidential election, that is.
The first five episodes of “Scandal’s” new season, which premieres on Jan. 26, were filmed before the real-life 2016 election. And so Shonda Rhimes and the cast say that the political drama will draw no parallels to President-elect Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Speaking Tuesday morning at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Rhimes was quick to deflect the first question from a reporter that specifically prodded about Trump.
“I don’t really equate the two,” Rhimes said about “Scandal” and the election. “That’s not really the goal. If that were the goal, we would have waited until after the election to write about the election.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
17 items from 2017
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