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Have People Lost Patience With Terrence Malick? — IndieWire Critics Survey

20 March 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Terrence Malick is back in action and badder than ever, as “Song to Song” is now in theaters, where it’s playing to small crowds and predictably polarized results. Now, as the idiosyncratic auteur appears to be closing the book on one chapter of his career and moving on to another (the producers of “Radegund,” his next film, swear they have a script!), we asked our panel of critics if they’ve lost patience with the legendary filmmaker, and also where they’re hoping to see him go from here.

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

Terrence Malick wasn’t always polarizing. »

- David Ehrlich

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Marvel’s Iron Fist: cultural appropriation that belongs in the past

18 March 2017 2:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Daredevil and Luke Cage stood out for their real-world takes on superheroics but this new series is an awkward rehash of the ‘mighty whitey’ trope

Marvel’s Netflix superhero shows have always stood out for their eccentricities. Daredevil lays its chips on a crimefighter who kicks ass despite being blind. Jessica Jones is a depressed private eye who uses her powers to defend herself against male aggression. And Luke Cage is about a black man whose hard-times heroism embodies the African-American experience, and who still – occasionally – utters his Blaxploitation-era catchphrase “Sweet Christmas!”. So you might think Iron Fist, about a hero who can charge his yellow glowing fist with chi drawn from the molten heart of a dead dragon, would offer up similarly outlandish thrills. Unfortunately, the comic book’s sense of fun hasn’t quite translated to the small screen, while those familiar with Hollywood’s history of »

- Ben Child

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Exclusive Clip from PBS’ 6-Hour Documentary ‘The Great War’ Focuses on The Harlem Hellfighters

6 March 2017 11:01 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The Great War” is an upcoming three-part, six-hour American Experience documentary that will premiere on Monday, April 10, through Wednesday, April 12, 9:00-11:00 p.m. Et (check local listings) on PBS. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak and Rob… Continue Reading → »

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Jordan Peele Talks The Darker Alternate Ending To ‘Get Out’

3 March 2017 1:37 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

**Spoilers ahead**

One of the true pleasures of Jordan Peele‘s “Get Out” is seeing just how far he’ll take his racially charged themes in the film’s third act. The entire movie rides on the African-American experience of being an “other” or outsider, in a white constructed culture which demands some measure of assimilation, with dire consequences for those who don’t submit. It’s a provocative message and Peele could’ve taken his protagonist, played by Daniel Kaluuya, in a few different directions.

Continue reading Jordan Peele Talks The Darker Alternate Ending To ‘Get Out’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Africa’s Great Civilizations’: Henry Louis Gates on Why Understanding Africa’s History Is More Vital Than Ever

27 February 2017 2:31 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For someone who is one of the world’s foremost scholars on African peoples, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is very easy to talk to. The “Finding Your Roots” host is one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, through his television programming, copious writing, and professorship at Harvard University — he’s comfortable both at the White House and in front of a classroom. Now Gates is bringing a six-part documentary series, “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” to PBS starting Monday. As writer and executive producer of the miniseries, his mission is to redefine Africa in our public consciousness so that audiences come to recognize the unique and profound accomplishments of the civilizations and kingdoms on the African continent, going all the way back to 200,000 years ago and ending in 1896.

Gates is almost impossibly full of information about the topic, and his enthusiasm for history makes him an ever-watchable host. Variety spoke to the distinguished professor in January about what »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Oscars 2017: ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub Strikes Again

26 February 2017 6:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sunday’s Academy Awards marked the end of awards season, and the show suffered from the “Hidden Fences” flub that plagued previous awards shows.

During ABC’s Oscars pre-telecast, contributor Jess Cagle talked about the diversity in nominees this year.

“You’ve got a record number of black actors nominated this year. And you’ve also got three incredible documentaries about the African-American experience. Part of that is because of a change in rules in the Academy membership — a change in the membership,” Cagle explained.

“But also you just happen to have these extraordinary movies like ‘Hidden Fences’ and ‘Moonlight’ Sorry, ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Fences’ and ‘Moonlight’ all coming out this year,” he corrected himself.

Cagle should know better — he’s the editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly.

He was discussing three distinct films, but amalgamated two of them: “Hidden Figures” and “Fences.” Watch the gaffe below:

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- Lawrence Yee

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Watch ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub Resurface at Oscars 2017 Red Carpet (Video)

26 February 2017 4:36 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It didn’t take long for fictional Best Picture contender “Hidden Fences” to pop up at the Oscars 2017 red carpet. During a discussion about diversity at this year’s awards ceremony, People Magazine editor and host of ABC’s red carpet pre-show Jess Cagle said, “You’ve got a record number of black actors nominated this year and you’ve also got three incredible documentaries about the African-American experience. Part of that is because of a change in rules in the Academy membership. A change in the membership.” “But also you just happen to have these extraordinary movies like »

- Joe Otterson

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Richard Wright’s Classic Novel ‘Native Son’ to Be Adapted Into Movie

21 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bow and Arrow Entertainment has acquired Richard Wright’s classic novel “Native Son,” which will be adapted into a movie by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Suzan-Lori Parks and helmed by acclaimed artist and photographer Rashid Johnson in his feature directorial debut.

Native Son” was first published in 1940 to much success, making Wright one of the most prominent African-American voices of the era. The novel follows Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old African-American man growing up in poverty on the South Side of Chicago.

Bow and Arrow partners Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman will produce the film, with Malcolm Wright and Julia Wright serving as consultants on behalf of Wright’s estate.

Parks was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer for drama, nabbing  the prize for her award-winning play “Topdog/Underdog.” Parks also received the MacArthur Foundation genius grant and wrote the screenplays for Spike Lee’s “Girl 6” and the adaptation »

- Justin Kroll

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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Feb. 20, 2017

20 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, Jimmy Kimmel hosts the Academy Awards.

Bates Motel,” A&E, Monday, 10 p.m.

Bates Motel”: How much longer can Norman keep Mother’s death a secret? It’s the final season of A&E’s hit drama, and the stakes couldn’t be higher — especially with Rihanna set to guest star as Marion Crane, the ill-fated visitor to “Bates Motel.” It’s not going to end well — her visit, we mean. We have far higher hopes for the series finale.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” PBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. (Critics Pick)

What this lively, two-hour American Experience documentary does best is give a sense of the wide »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Writers Guild Awards 2017: Complete Winners List!

20 February 2017 9:05 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Let's hear it for the writers!

The Writer's Guild of America held their annual awards show on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Donald Glover's breakout series, Atlanta were among those recognized for their achievement of the written word.

Read on below to see the full list of winners.

More: John Legend, Justin Timberlake and Lin-Manuel Miranda Among 2017 Oscars Performers

Film Winners

Original Screenplay

Moonlight, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; A24

Adapted Screenplay

Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures

Documentary Screenplay

Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films

Television And New Media Winners

Drama Series

The Americans, Written »

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WGA winners include “Arrival” and “Moonlight”

20 February 2017 8:33 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday evening, the Writers Guild of America handed out their awards, marking one of the season’s final precursor stops and last guild ceremony. As with many of the guilds this year, a slight curveball was tossed our way, namely in that one potential frontrunner is nominated in a different category at Oscar. You’ll see what I mean shortly, along with a few other precursors that went down over the weekend. Ballots for the Academy Awards are due by tomorrow, so voters are making their final decisions literally as you read this. It’s very much the moment of truth, with the results of it all less than a week away now… Below you will see not just the WGA winners, but also the Cinema Audio Society, which basically predict Best Sound Mixing at the Oscars, as well as the victors from the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists guild. »

- Joey Magidson

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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

19 February 2017 4:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. This year’s big winners included some of the season’s most lauded productions — including “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Atlanta” and “The Americans.”

While “Moonlight” and “Arrival” will compete against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, they were entered in the WGA Awards in different categories, allowing both to make off with an award. “The Americans” pulled out a win for Drama Series, while “Atlanta” snapped up both Comedy Series and New Series. Other winners included “Command and Control,” “Saturday Night Live,” “BoJack Horseman” and “This Is Us.”

Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — all updated live as the awards were announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening. »

- Kate Erbland

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Oscar Best Picture Nominees Are Ageist, Study Claims

16 February 2017 6:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Oscars has been hailed as more inclusive than previous awards shows. After two straight years of only recognizing white actors, seven of the 20 acting nominees this year are performers of color, tying a record. There are also a number of films, such as “Fences” and “Hidden Figures,” that deal with the African-American experience in this country, as well as pictures such as “Moonlight” that feature gay protagonists.

There’s one demographic that Oscar films have largely ignored, according to a new report by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Researchers looked at the 25 best picture nominees from 2014, 2015, and 2016 and discovered that less than 12 percent of the 1,256 speaking or named characters were 60 years of age or older. That’s not reflective of the wider country where seniors make up 18.5 percent of the U.S.population, nor does it account for the fact that they make up 14 percent of film ticket buyers. »

- Brent Lang

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’: How to Watch ‘American Masters’ Special Live Event, Featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton

16 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As February comes to a close, PBS intends to conclude their month-long programming of Black History celebrating African-American experience with various documentaries and specials, with the nationwide premiere of “American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise” directed and produced by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, on Tuesday, February 21 on PBS. The film will also be available on DVD through PBS Distribution.

The film discusses Dr. Maya Angelou’s working relationships with Malcolm X and James Baldwin along with new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and many others.

Read More: ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Review: Comprehensive Documentary Lacks the Spark of Its Subject

Preceding next week’s airing of the documentary, tonight at approximately 6:05 p.m. E.T., “American Masters” in affiliation with Facebook and Instagram, will live stream a special preview event »

- Kerry Levielle

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’: How to Watch ‘American Masters’ Special Live Event, Featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton

16 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As February comes to a close, PBS intends to conclude their month-long programming of Black History celebrating African-American experience with various documentaries and specials, with the nationwide premiere of “American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise” directed and produced by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, on Tuesday, February 21 on PBS. The film will also be available on DVD through PBS Distribution.

The film discusses Dr. Maya Angelou’s working relationships with Malcolm X and James Baldwin along with new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and many others.

Read More: ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Review: Comprehensive Documentary Lacks the Spark of Its Subject

Preceding next week’s airing of the documentary, tonight at approximately 6:05 p.m. E.T., “American Masters” in affiliation with Facebook and Instagram, will live stream a special preview event »

- Kerry Levielle

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Movie Review – Fences (2016)

9 February 2017 3:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fences, 2016.

Directed by Denzel Washington.

Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, and Russell Hornsby.

Synopsis:

Set in 1950’s Pittsburgh ‘Fences’ follows Troy Maxson (Washington) and his wife Rose (Davis) over the course of a decade. Adapted from the August Wilson play it is one of ten which sought to verbalise and explore the African American experience specifically. A body of work which is now referred to as the ‘August Wilson Century Cycle’.

To fully appreciate this film ignorance of any back history is essential. However if that is unavoidable and you arrive knowing that Washington and Davis performed Fences on stage, with it will come a certain amount of expectation. And thankfully on this occasion the acclaim is not without merit, as both bring chemistry, knowledge and depth to their portrayals of Troy and Rose Maxson. Other players to make the leap include Stephen McKinley Henderson’s Jim Bono, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Lionsgate Sets Up Vietnam War Series ‘The Suck’ at Discovery

8 February 2017 2:38 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Thirtysomething” creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Vietnam war drama “The Suck” is coming to Discovery Channel. The project from Lionsgate has received a 10-episode series commitment from Discovery, to air in 2018.

Based on an unpublished memoir by Vietnam veteran and former Greenpeace International executive Stephen McCallister, the series presents a unique and unexpected view of the American experience in the Vietnam War, blending humor, tragedy, and terror.  At the same time, it dramatizes the story of the Vietnamese in a way not previously explored in television. Zwick will direct the first episode.

“We are so lucky that Ed and Marshall, who have created so many indelible characters and unforgettable stories, are now taking Discovery viewers on a new journey. It’s great that we get to partner with the Lionsgate team to bring it all to life,” said Rich Ross, group president of Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity.

“This »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Discovery Orders 'The Suck' Vietnam War Series From Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick

8 February 2017 2:23 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Discovery Channel has ordered a series, The Suck, from thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, to air in 2018.

Based on an unpublished memoir by Vietnam veteran and former Greenpeace International executive Stephen McCallister, the 10-episode series recalls the American experience in the Vietnam War. The Suck is produced by Lionsgate for Discovery Channel, and will be helmed by Zwick and Herskovitz.

The duo are also showrunners on Nashville and have an overall deal with Lionsgate Television. Under the pact, the duo — whose TV credits include My So-Called Life and Once and Again — will create and produce »

- Etan Vlessing

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Oklahoma City PBS Documentary Explores America’s Tradition of Anti-Government Terrorism

7 February 2017 12:21 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The latest presidential election was awash in anti-government sentiment that often turned virulent. A new documentary airing Tuesday night on PBS shows that this brand of American outrage is nothing new.

Oklahoma City, which airs Tuesday on the PBS series American Experience, casts the infamous bombing that killed 168 people and injured 675 others as part of a dark American tradition.

“These sorts of movements have deep roots, very deep roots, in American history,” says Barak Goodman, the award-winning director whose film revisits the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing when a former American soldier and Gulf War veteran, Timothy McVeigh, parked a rented truck »

- Jeff Truesdell

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Moonlight becomes him: Barry Jenkins's journey from a Miami housing project to the Oscars

7 February 2017 10:06 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He had a hand-to-mouth childhood in a rough neighbourhood, then went to a football college. So how did the 37-year-old end up making the film of the year?

It is August 2013 and, in a packed auditorium at the Telluride film festival, the first screening of 12 Years a Slave has just taken place. It’s one of the most important films about the African-American experience ever and the team are now taking questions from the emotional crowd. There’s the director Steve McQueen and with him Brad Pitt, but who is that hosting the Q+A? A festival employee called Barry Jenkins, one of those peripheral film-industry types who’s been working at Telluride for a decade, working his way up from toilet-cleaner to gofer to usher to compere.

This gentle rise has since taken an extraordinary turn. Last year, Jenkins was at Telluride for the world premiere of his own film, »

- Andrew Pulver

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