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Amandla Stenberg to Star in Stella Meghie’s “Everything Everything” Adaptation

21 July 2016 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in “The Hunger Games,” has signed on to star in the film adaptation the Ya book by “Everything Everything

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- Casey Cipriani

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Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson Star in ‘Everything Everything’

20 July 2016 5:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Hunger Games” star Amandla Stenberg and “Jurassic World” star Nick Robinson are toplining MGM’s teen romance “Everything Everything.”

Stella Meghie is directing from J. Mills Goodloe’s script, adapted from Nicola Yoon’s young adult novel of the same name. Les Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton of Alloy Entertainment are producing.

Stenberg will portray a teen with severe combined immunodeficiency, also known as “bubble baby disease,” which causes her to be allergic to practically everything. Due to her condition, she’s unable to leave her house in Los Angeles but she begins to fall in love with a boy  who moves in next door.

The book was published in September by Random House’s Delacorte and debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Ya best-seller list. It was sold in 34 territories and 32 languages.

Stenberg played the character Rue in “The Hunger Games” and her credits include “As You Are, »

- Dave McNary

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Jesse Williams’ Bet Speech Sparks Petition To Get Him Fired From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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

Actor Jesse Williams was praised during the Bet Awards when the “Grey’s Anatomy” star received the Humanitarian Award and used his time on stage to speak out about racial inequalities and police brutality. But now, a Change.com petition is calling for the actor to be fired from the Shonda Rhimes’ series.

According to the petition created by a user named Erin Smith, “Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the Bet awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ actions. There’s been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude.”

Read More: Jesse Williams’s Fierce Bet Awards Speech is Life-Changing

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- Liz Calvario

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2016 Bet Awards: Complete Winners List

26 June 2016 7:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The finest in entertainment, sports and culture were honored at the 2016 Bet Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night. Beyonce was the big winner of the night, winning Best R&B/Pop Artist. Her “Formation” also won two awards — The Centric Award, Coca Cola Viewer’s Choice Award and Video of the Year. Drake is the night’s other big winner, taking home trophies for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration and Best Group (with Future). Newcomer Bryson Tiller also took home two awards. Best Actress Taraji P. Henson Best Actor Michael B. Jordan Youngstars Award Amandla Stenberg Best Movie »

- Lawrence Yee

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Bet Awards 2016: Full Bet Awards Winners List

26 June 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2016 Bet Awards are officially underway at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, honoring the best in music, television, movies and sports from the past year. Hosted for the second year in a row by “Black-ish” co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the show is giving some of our favorite films, from “Creed” to “Beasts of No Nation,” “Dope” and more, a chance to add some final hardware to their awards cabinets.

In addition to those three movies, the Best Movie category is rounded out by “Concussion” and “Straight Outta Compton.” The acting races pit Kerry Washington against Viola Davis, Michael B. Jordan against Idris Elba, and more. Samuel L. Jackson and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams will both receive special honors, the former with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the latter with the Humanitarian Award. There’s also planned tributes to the late Muhammad Ali and Prince. »

- Zack Sharf

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Bet Awards Winners: Complete List

26 June 2016 4:53 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 2016 Bet Awards took place on Sunday night, honoring big names in music, film and television.

Beyonce, who kicked off the show with a fiery performance with Kendrick Lamar, was a big winner, winning video of the year for “Formation” as well as the Coca-Cola viewers’ choice award. Her album “Lemonade” was released in April, too late to be eligible for the awards — “Formation,” however, was released earlier in the year.

Bryson Tiller took home some big prizes as well: best male R&B/pop artist and best new artist. He was up for several other awards as well, including video of the year.

The ceremony aired live on Bet from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. See the list of winners below.

(Note — there were several awards that were not announced during the broadcast. This post will be updated when they’re announced.)

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BET Awards Winners: Complete List

26 June 2016 4:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2016 BET Awards took place on Sunday night, honoring big names in music, film and television.

Beyonce, who kicked off the show with a fiery performance with Kendrick Lamar, was a big winner, winning video of the year for “Formation” as well as the Coca-Cola viewers’ choice award. Her album “Lemonade” was released in April, too late to be eligible for the awards — “Formation,” however, was released earlier in the year.

Bryson Tiller took home some big prizes as well: best male R&B/pop artist and best new artist. He was up for several other awards as well, including video of the year.

The ceremony aired live on Bet from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. See the list of winners below.

(Note — there were several awards that were not announced during the broadcast. This post will be updated when they’re announced. »

- Variety Staff

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As Vimeo CEO Exits, The Question Remains: Can the Popular Platform Become a Profitable Indie Market?

15 June 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week, Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor announced he was stepping down as the leader of the streaming service. The move comes at a time when the company has grown tremendously — going from 40 to 200 employees and increasing their revenue five-fold during Trainor’s four years at the helm — but has yet to find a concrete way to transition their platform to being a place where customers come to buy content.

In many ways, Vimeo’s situation reflects the same predicaments faced by indie filmmakers:  It’s never been easier to generate and share high quality content that will find an audience online, but without advertising, how can independent content creators monetize their work?

Read More: Is There a Market for Shorts That Debut at Film Festivals?

Founded in 2004, Vimeo developed a core following of filmmakers by being ad-free and the first high quality HD streaming player on the internet. With the rise of Dslr cameras, independent filmmakers needed a home for their new HD content and the streaming service was the logical choice.

The brand loyalty filmmakers have for Vimeo has only grown over the years, with yearly plus and pro subscriptions ($60 and $200) — which allow the uploading and sharing of large sized HD files — being an essential tool for virtually all independent content creators.  In fact, the large percentage of the revenue growth that has come during Trainor’s tenure came from adding close to 500,000 new creators willing to pay these fees.

Not surprisingly, Vimeo also became the preferred destination for filmmakers to share their short films and an audience for their unique content quickly developed.  In response to increased traffic and a dearth of content, Vimeo added curation in the form of “Staff Picks,” which highlights the best of Vimeo and regularly brings 50,000 to 200,000 viewers to the type of quality short film found at a film festival.

It’s easy to see why Vimeo’s parent company Iac saw so much potential in Vimeo and invested money in their growth under Trainor — paying subscribers were generating a distinct “Staff Pick” brand of content and there was a huge audience looking to watch it. The next step was for Trainor’s team to take this very healthy ecosystem and find a path for their content creators to sell films to their dedicated audience, which would generate a new source of revenue for creatives and Vimeo.

The first big step would be the creation of Vimeo On Demand, a self-distribution VOD platform that offered an extremely attractive 90/10 split (industry standard is closer to the 70/30 split offered by iTunes, where Apple take 30% of the VOD profits and returns 70% to the content owners).  The platform seemed like a perfect fit with so many Vimeo filmmakers graduating to features and with the perceived benefits of self-distribution in the age of social media, crowdfunding and dwindling theatrical distribution,  filmmakers could sell their features directly to their fans.

Read More:  Watch – Vimeo’s 10,000th Staff Pick Introduces a Mind-Blowing Hologram Experience

The next step was to develop original content to feed the on Demand channel and eventually build a library that could become a stand alone subscription service, similar to Hulu or Netflix. Smartly, the company looked toward their own community for the first high profile project and backed “High Maintenance,” a web series about a Brooklyn pot dealer who makes home deliveries, which had already developed critical acclaim and an audience while on the Vimeo platform.

The experiment was clear: Could Vimeo, by putting money toward production and marketing of “High Maintenance,” get their viewers to pay for a show they previously watched on Vimeo for free. Then once they developed enough original programming like “High Maintenance,” could they transition their users into paying a monthly subscription fee to watch a whole slate of originals?

Although numbers were never released, by all accounts the “High Maintenance” experiment worked — the show developed a passionate following — and appeared to be a strong first step toward organically building off their brand. What Trainor and his team could not anticipate was the seeds they were planting would be quickly washed away by a tsunami of original streamable content coming from other Svod services. Netflix and Amazon were suddenly willing to spend billions on a slate of original programming, while HBO and Showtime spun off stand alone streaming services. With much of this content targeting a younger cord cutting audience and featuring edgy series, festival indies and documentary films; Vimeo’s little web series was just a blip on the radar. And then, its potential on the platform was short-lived. HBO snapped up the program, which will air on its network this fall, leaving Vimeo without its most promising new show.

None of this to say that Vimeo is in trouble. Trainor leaves a company having built upon their already strong fundamentals: 280 million monthly users, 710,000 paying subscribers, and over 36,000 titles in the Vimeo On Demand library (a number that will grow to 50,000 with the acquisition of Vhx). But with a company that believes strongly that their brand was built on being ad-free, the challenge remains: Can it create a path for independents to sell the cool shit they make?

Iac CEO Joey Levin, who will be temporarily taking the reigns at Vimeo while they search for Trainor’s successor, has indicated unequivocally that the answer to that question is yes. “On programming, we don’t intend to get into the multibillion dollar war on content,” he wrote in his letter to shareholders in May. “Instead, we’re giving our creators the tools to circumvent a legacy ecosystem that’s been built to award too much power and profit to the distribution, and not enough to the creation. The marketplace we’ve created is small today, but growing.”

Of course, this is music to the independent content creators’ ears. Vimeo will continue to invest in them and the potential for them to make money on the platform. In the age of Svod giants and multi-billion dollar battle for content, the question becomes this: How is Levin going to organically transition Vimeo from a service creators rely upon to a market they can use to reliably generate revenue? Many filmmakers will be waiting for the answer.

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- Chris O'Falt

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Cannes: Protagonist Boards Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’ (Exclusive)

15 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sales agent Protagonist Pictures has boarded “Where Hands Touch,” the latest movie project from director Amma Asante, who won a BAFTA for most promising newcomer for “A Way of Life,” impressed with her second film “Belle,” and has just finished editing “A United Kingdom,” which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Actress, musician and activist Amandla Stenberg, who appeared in action-thriller “Colombiana” and “The Hunger Games,” has been confirmed as the female lead in “Where Hands Touch.”

The film, which has been developed through the BFI and is produced by Asante’s Tantrum Films and Pinewood Pictures, is set in Germany during World War II and is about the relationship between a 16-17 year-old German mixed-race girl and a 19-year-old German soldier. “It’s really about two teenagers who are coming of age against a back-drop of utter madness… teenagers who are witnessing horrible, sad, devastating elements of our humanity, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Amandla Stenberg Wrote, Directed, Shot & Edited a New Short Film titled 'Blue Girls Burn Fast' - Watch it Now

14 April 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

At just 17 years old, Amandla Stenberg has probably accomplished more than many of us had at that age, given the dynamic life that she's lived thus far, from her acting to her activism, and everything else between. It's hard not to be impressed with the young lady, and I can only imagine what lies ahead for her, with hopefully many years left to exist, create, influence, inspire, and more.  Two years ago, at 15 years old, she wrote, directed, shot and edited (yup, she did it all) a 13-minute short film titled, "The Yellow Wallpaper," based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, that documents the experiences of a woman who's suffering from a mental illness, when she »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Amandla Stenberg In Talks For Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’

11 April 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: A passion project, Where Hands Touch is the next feature on Belle helmer Amma Asante’s dance card. I’ve learned that The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg is in talks to star in the period romantic drama that will begin shooting this summer. The 1940s-set story focuses on the relationship between a mixed-race German girl and an SS officer in Berlin. Stenberg is best known for her portrayal of Rue in the first Hunger Games and also was in Colombiana, playing the… »

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Oprah Winfrey Reveals Why Weight Watchers ''Felt Like an Intervention''

11 April 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Oprah Winfrey may have one of the most successful career tracks in history, but even she admits she found herself continuously searching for something else...to be thin. The television host and media proprietor opened up during the Super Soul Sessions on Saturday—which saw the likes of Kerry Washington, Amandla Stenberg, Eckhart Tolle and more—and discussed her constant struggle to exercise and eat right. "I wanted to be thin," she explained. "I wasted so much energy, energy and time wanting my thighs to be thin, for my arms not to flap. I had the success and the money, but I was still wanting something different than I had." Oprah admitted that the stress of the Oprah Winfrey »

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Oprah Winfrey Says Weight Watchers Opportunity 'Felt Like an Intervention from On High'

10 April 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Oprah Winfrey has opened up once again about her weight loss journey, sharing intimate details about her complicated relationship with diet and exercise at the star-studded Super Soul Sessions Saturday in Los Angeles. "I wanted to be thin," she said of her past weight loss struggles. "I wasted so much energy, energy and time wanting my thighs to be thin, for my arms not to flap. I had the success and the money but I was still wanting something different than I had." Winfrey, 62, who welcomed notables including Kerry Washington, Amandla Stenberg, Eckhart Tolle and India.Arie this weekend, admitted »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg Talks Diversity, Sexuality - and the Presidential Election

30 March 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The storm surrounding this year's Oscars has calmed, but Hollywood's diversity problems are far from over, according to The Hunger Games star and youth activist Amandla Stenberg. Speaking out in Interview magazine's "The New Progressives" April issue, the 17-year-old said she'll use her platform to push for change. "There are some really valid things in what Jada Pinkett Smith said," Stenberg said of the actress' decision to skip the Academy Awards. "I'm really passionate about representation in film. I feel like the world is dominated by such a small group of human beings. There are so many different kinds of people that aren't represented, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg Talks Diversity, Sexuality - and the Presidential Election

30 March 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The storm surrounding this year's Oscars has calmed, but Hollywood's diversity problems are far from over, according to The Hunger Games star and youth activist Amandla Stenberg. Speaking out in Interview magazine's "The New Progressives" April issue, the 17-year-old said she'll use her platform to push for change. "There are some really valid things in what Jada Pinkett Smith said," Stenberg said of the actress' decision to skip the Academy Awards. "I'm really passionate about representation in film. I feel like the world is dominated by such a small group of human beings. There are so many different kinds of people that aren't represented, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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‘Hunger Games’ Actress Amandla Stenberg to Star in ‘The Hate U Give’

23 March 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg will star in Fox 2000’s “The Hate U Give,” based on the upcoming debut novel from Angela Thomas.

Wyck Godfrey and Mary Bowen’s Temple Hill and State Street are producing “The Hate U Give.” George Tillman Jr. will direct from a script by Audrey Wells.

Thomas’ story follows a 16-year-old who attends a suburban prep school and must deal with the aftermath of witnessing a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend. When she is called to testify in court, she has to face the consequences of what she does or doesn’t say.

Thomas began working on the book as a short story while a senior at Belhaven University. She was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2009 fatal shooting of Oscar Grant, an unarmed 22-year-old black man in Oakland, Calif. — which was recounted in the 2013 movie “Fruitvale Station.”

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- Dave McNary

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Amandla Stenberg, George Tillman Jr. Team Up for #BlackLivesMatter-Inspired Novel 'The Hate U Give'

23 March 2016 10:58 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

20th Century Fox is certainly loading up on "black film" projects, as maybe its various film subsidiaries are attempting to catch up to Fox TV's lineup in terms of stories centered around the lives of black characters. Following yesterday's announcement that Fox Searchlight has set Gina Prince-Bythewood and Gugu Mbatha-Raw for an adaptation of Roxane Gay's 2014 novel, "An Untamed State," another 20th Century Fox subsidiary, Fox 2000, has won what was reportedly a bidding war for Angela Thomas' debut novel 'The Hate U Give,' and has signed up George Tillman Jr. to direct, and Amandla Stenberg to star. The novel is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Hunger Games' Actress to Star in Black Lives Matter Ya Novel Adaptation (Exclusive)

16 March 2016 3:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Film rights for The Hate U Give, a Ya novel inspired by Black Lives Matter, have sold to Fox 2000,Temple Hill and State Street in a competitive situation. Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg will star and George Tillman Jr. will direct the film adaptation from a script by Audrey Wells. A bidding war erupted after the book began making the rounds last week. There was interest from multiple studios and producers in the timely upcoming book, which is the debut novel from Angela Thomas. The film rights deal comes on the heels of the splashy 13-house auction in

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- Rebecca Ford

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Shonda Rhimes, Gladys Knight, Danai Gurira, Amandla Stenberg & Black Lives Matter Founders Are 2016 Black Girls Rock! Honorees

11 March 2016 10:41 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Bet Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO, founder and Creator of “Black Girls Rock!”, have announced the return of Tracee Ellis Ross as the host of “Black Girls Rock!” 2016 and the star studded line up of celebrants which include Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), actress and playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), actress Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award). "Black Girls Rock!" acknowledges the achievements of African American women who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Shonda Rhimes, Gladys Knight, Danai Gurira, Amandla Stenberg & Black Lives Matter Founders Are 2016 Black Girls Rock! Honorees

11 March 2016 10:41 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Bet Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO, founder and Creator of “Black Girls Rock!”, have announced the return of Tracee Ellis Ross as the host of “Black Girls Rock!” 2016 and the star studded line up of celebrants which include Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), actress and playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), actress Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award). "Black Girls Rock!" acknowledges the achievements of African American women who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service. This year's event will tape on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the broadcast will premiere on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. Et/Pt. “I am so proud to once again host 'Black Girls Rock!' What »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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