8 items from 2016
Next year, Laverne Cox will play an Ivy League-educated lawyer in the CBS series “Doubt,” making her the first transgender actor to play a transgender series regular character on broadcast television. It’s a looming historic moment for television, and one in a series of recent turning points that indicates change and acceptance for the transgender community.
In 2015, Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover launched with viral force followed up by her reality series “I Am Cait.” In 2014, Amazon found a juggernaut in “Transparent.” The year prior, Cox was starting to become a household name for her performance in “Orange Is the New Black” and her transgender activism.
Yet, almost one year after Jenner’s announcement, transgender representation on television is still leaping over hurdles. “We still have a long way to go,” says Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of programs and transgender media.
In its report on the 2015-16 television season, »
- Seth Kelley
Change is afoot behind the scenes of Netflix's Sense8 season 2.
Jamie Clayton, an actor in the trippy sci-fi show, has announced that Lilly Wachowski has departed season two. Clayton told Buzzfeed that Lilly, who who co-created the series with sister Lana and J. Michael Straczynski, "needed to take some time off".
That means Lana Wachowski will be taking on showrunning duties solo, a role Clayton stressed she was more than equipped to do, calling her "a superwoman" and "an absolute force."
The news comes following the departure of season one's Aml Ameen, who played Nairobi bus driver Capheus, after a difference in creative opinion. The role of Capheus has not been written out of season two, and Toby Onwumere will be picking up Ameen's reins.
Read more on Sense8 season one, here. »
For the first time in 20 years, filmmakers Lilly and Lana Wachowski won't be working together. According to Buzzfeed News, Lilly, who co-created "Sense8" with her sister, will take a break as showrunner for the upcoming second season. "Lilly needed to take some time off," said actress Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi. Lilly is using this time "to focus on her well-being, but she could return should Netflix order a third season," according to the report. A Netflix rep said that she will stay active as a co-creator on the show. Read More: Must Watch: Lana Wachowski Speaks About What It Means to Be Transgendered In March of this year, Lilly came out as transgender after a reporter threatened to out her. Her sister, Lana, came out as transgender in 2012. Together they have been a creative unit directing, writing and producing films such as "The Matrix," "Speed Racer" and "Jupiter Ascending, »
- Liz Calvario
“Lilly needed to take some time off,” series star Jamie Clayton told BuzzFeed News, confirming that Lana Wachowski, Lilly’s producing partner and sister, will helm Sense8‘s Season 2 episodes alone. “Lana is absolutely a superwoman. The way she channels her energy and her creativity … it keeps me in absolute awe whenever I’m in her presence. She’s an absolute force.”
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The first twist of Sense8‘s second season is happening off screen.
When the Netflix thriller returns for its second season, Jean-Claude Van Damme enthusiast Capheus — portrayed in Season 1 by British actor Aml Ameen — will now be played by newcomer Toby Onwumere, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Per the report, Ameen’s exit is the result of issues between the actor and Sense8 co-creator Lana Wachowski during the initial table read in Berlin and the actual filming in India. Several episodes have already been filmed; it’s »
Nicolas Winding Refn’s next feature sparked our curiosity right from its first announcement. Can you blame us? Described by the helmer as “a horror movie about vicious beauty”, there was no way The Neon Demon wasn’t going to remain on our radar. Over the years we’ve learned bits and pieces about Refn’s plans, right up until the recent news that Amazon had snatched up the rights for a theatrical and streaming release after its Cannes debut. And what better way to really make an announcement than by – finally – giving us a trailer!
In the movie, Elle Fanning stars as a young woman named Jane, who dreams of stardom as a professional model so relocates to Hollywood to kickstart her career. It’s only when she arrives in the City of Angels that the demons come out, as she’s immediately targeted by a group of savage »
- Gem Seddon
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I’m a big Nicolas Winding Refn fan – that is to say, I adore every frame of Drive, respect the artistic genius of many scenes in Only God Forgives, and have spent multiple evenings reveling in the nasty nihilism of the Pusher trilogy, start to finish. That’s also to say, The Neon Demon is my single most anticipated movie of 2016, and I’ll greedily lap up any shred of intel or promotion for it, no matter how slight. Case in point: today brings three new images from the set of the film, including two behind-the-scenes snaps and one of lead Elle Fanning looking, well, a little concerned.
- Isaac Feldberg
Lilly Wachowski has come out as transgender. The director, 48, confirmed that she has transitioned in a statement given to the Windy City Media Group, in which she said she has been out to her friends, family and some coworkers. "Without the love and support of my wife and friends and family I would not be where I am today," she said. Since her announcement, fans of The Matrix filmmaker, whose sibling and co-director Lana is also transgender, have taken to Twitter to support Lilly and praise her for living life as her authentic self. lilly wachowski !! amazing !! fantastic !! idk i »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
8 items from 2016
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