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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Luke Cage,’ and the Rise of Black Superheroes on Screen

19 July 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Diversity is on the uptick in comics-inspired TV and film.

When “Luke Cage” exec producer Cheo Hodari Coker declared at his show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” the crowd erupted in cheers. So did the internet.

“Right before I said it, I knew what I was feeling,” Coker later told Variety. “I had said variations of it during the day. It was coming from an emotional place, but I didn’t think it was going to reverberate the way that it did. But I’m glad that it did.”

The “Luke Cage” panel came in July on the heels of widespread protests sparked by the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Louisiana and

Minnesota. When the show premiered in September, it became the first live-action series about a black superhero since 1994’s “Mantis.”

Now it’s getting some company. Next »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Luke Cage,’ and the Rise of Black Superheroes on Screen

19 July 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Diversity is on the uptick in comics-inspired TV and film.

When “Luke Cage” exec producer Cheo Hodari Coker declared at his show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” the crowd erupted in cheers. So did the internet.

“Right before I said it, I knew what I was feeling,” Coker later told Variety. “I had said variations of it during the day. It was coming from an emotional place, but I didn’t think it was going to reverberate the way that it did. But I’m glad that it did.”

The “Luke Cage” panel came in July on the heels of widespread protests sparked by the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Louisiana and

Minnesota. When the show premiered in September, it became the first live-action series about a black superhero since 1994’s “Mantis.”

Now it’s getting some company. Next »

- Daniel Holloway

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'No Maps on My Taps': Film Review

7 July 2017 2:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Three aging but still-limber tap dancers show youngsters where it's at in George T. Nierenberg's loving documentary No Maps on My Taps. Released in 1979, when interest in the art form was at a low ebb (Gregory Hines' Tap and Tap Dance in America were still a decade away, though his career was already maturing), the film is the latest restored under the imprimatur of Milestone Films, the stalwart boutique distributor that has been especially attentive of late to films about the African-American experience. Taps will play especially well at dance-centric events, of course (its NYC debut coincides with the Tap »

- John DeFore

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Recommended Films in Times of Madness: Singing Kidnappers and Dancing Puerto Ricans Will Make You Forget Ballistic Missiles

4 July 2017 11:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Fourth of July movies: A few recommended titles that should help you temporarily escape current global madness Two thousand and seventeen has been a weirder-than-usual year on the already pretty weird Planet Earth. Unsurprisingly, this Fourth of July, the day the United States celebrates its Declaration of Independence from the British Empire, has been an unusual one as well. Instead of fireworks, (at least some) people's attention has been turned to missiles – more specifically, a carefully timed North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test indicating that Kim Jong-un could theoretically gain (or could already have?) the capacity to strike North America with nuclear weapons. Then there were right-wing trolls & history-deficient Twitter users berating National Public Radio for tweeting the Declaration of Independence, 140 characters at a time. Besides, a few days ago the current U.S. president retweeted a video of himself body-slamming and choking a representation of CNN – courtesy of a gif originally created by a far-right Internet »

- Andre Soares

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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect, Wounded Grandeur: 18 Double Features About America

2 July 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Chingo Bling: Rapper Turned Stand-Up Tackling Immigration in Trump Era

30 June 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Chingo Bling's debut Netflix comedy special They Can't Deport Us All, which premiered in June, has been a fixture in the streaming service's "Trending Now" section. The title rings with the truth and fears of Mexicans living in Trump's America, but the Houston-based performer born Pedro Herrera III coined the slogan years ago, using it as the title of his 2007 rap album and its lead single. Throughout the Aughts, Bling was a colorful and well-established outlier on his city's hip-hop scene, best known for skewering Mexican stereotypes and Tejano »

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Five Current Television Shows that Have Excellent Educational Value

16 June 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Watching television isn’t just for entertainment purposes. Some of the shows currently on the air are actually educational. It’s a double bonus to enjoy a series that presents new facts that increase viewers’ knowledge base. There are quite a few out there that are of some educational value but not all of them present the facts accurately. While most people think that educational programming is just for kids, the truth of the matter is that we can all learn something new. here are the five most educational television shows out right now. 1. American Experience This series began in 1991

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- Nat Berman

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

14 June 2017 11:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Year’s Winner: “Making a Murderer

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: “American Masters” has been nominated 10 years in a row and won five times.

Fun Fact: Outside of “American Masters,” only one other program has been nominated more than once: “American Experience.”

It’s been 11 years since the TV Academy honored “Planet Earth” with its top nonfiction honor (plus three more awards), but we doubt they’ve cooled on the gorgeous, addictive BBC series. So we’re expected the sequel, “Planet Earth II,” to do well come nomination day. But it’s not the only contender with big ambitions at the Emmys. “American Masters” is the most dominant series in the history of this category, and Netflix has a number of offerings that could make a run.

“The Keepers” is the would-be successor to “Making a Murderer,” which won last year. The docu-series has been building comparatively moderate buzz, »

- Ben Travers

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Emmys: 5 Pressing Questions With Voting Underway

12 June 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ballots make their way to the 21,000-plus voting members of the TV Academy on Monday. Two weeks of voting will follow, with the nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards set to be revealed on July 13. Here are a few pressing questions as another “for your consideration” season enters the home stretch.

Something has to give with all these sterling debut series, right?

It’s unsurprising that in an era of peak TV, the list of Emmy submissions has reached record levels this year. More than 9,000, in fact, according to newly elected TV Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. As a result, voters will be inundated with more content than ever before. How and where will they embrace the slew of new programs, though? For example, you could easily whip up a best drama series category full of debuts. Conversely, how great will the instinct be to cling to standbys in the face of this glut? There »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Fences; Loving; The Founder; The Student and more – review

11 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s the films about the African American experience that provide this week’s dramatic highlights

Two very different kinds of awards-approved acting, both penetrating in their own way, are on display in Fences (Paramount, 12) and Loving (Universal, 12), a pair of stern, stately but intimate portraits of the black experience in mid-20th-century America. In the former, Viola Davis and Denzel Washington hurl the furiously worded speeches of playwright August Wilson at each other with blazing, bruising intensity – the thespian equivalent of bare-knuckle fighting. The latter, though, gives Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton about as many words in total as Davis and Washington burn through in a couple of minutes. As interracial spouses feeling the blunt force of the deep south’s disapproval, they communicate in the kind of expressive shorthand that develops when entire lives must be lived on the quiet; Negga, in particular, emotes with the exquisite pain »

- Guy Lodge

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Two Films by Madeline Anderson to Screen at American Black Film Festival

9 June 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Madeline Anderson’s 1970 doc, “I Am Somebody”: Black Film Center/Archive

Two short documentaries from the history-making director, producer, reporter, and writer Madeline Anderson will be shown at this year’s American Black Film Festival (Abff). According to Shadow and Act, Anderson’s “I Am Somebody” and “Integration Report 1” will be presented at the fest by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Anderson and the museum’s curator of photography and film, Rhea Combs.

Anderson blazed several trails throughout her career. She was the first black employee hired at Wnet, a television station in New York. She was also “the first black woman to produce and direct a televised documentary film, the first black woman to produce and direct a syndicated television series, and one of the first black women to join the film editor’s union,” Shadow and Act summarizes. After proving herself as a reporter and filmmaker, she served as the in-house producer/director at “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company.” In addition, she helped establish Whmm-tv, now called Whut-tv, at the historically black college Howard University during the 1970s.

In 1960's “Integration Report 1” Anderson follows the build-up to the “first attempt” at a march for civil rights on Washington, D.C. “I Am Somebody,” made in 1970, is about the 400 African American women in Charleston, S.C. who — with the goals of fair pay and unionization — went on strike from their jobs as hospital workers. The strikers eventually drew the support of Coretta Scott King and activists Ralph Abernathy and Andrew Young.

As Shadow and Act details, Anderson “worked entirely outside the Hollywood system, which she was critical of — notably of films that depicted the African American experience but weren’t made by African Americans.” However, her refusal to play Hollywood’s game did not slow her down or deter her from making work. Anderson’s other documentary directing credits are 1967’s “Malcolm X: Nationalist or Humanist?” and 1975’s “The Walls Came Tumbling Down.” She produced the series “The Infinity Factory” and “Al Manahil.” Anderson also served as editor on several of her projects.

“I really didn’t let gender and race issues bother me,” Anderson said of the obstacles she faced during her career in the 1997 book “Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers.” “I knew I would have trouble with both. I was determined to do what I was going to do at any cost. I kept plugging away. Whatever I had to do, I did it.”

The Abff will run June 14–18 at Miami Beach, Florida. Find out more and purchase passes at the fest website.

Two Films by Madeline Anderson to Screen at American Black Film Festival was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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40 Things We Learned from Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Commentary

17 May 2017 7:50 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“In many ways, the African American experience is this country’s Frankenstein monster.” Jordan Peele‘s feature directorial debut is both one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films and one of the most profitable. It’s been the subject of numerous think pieces regarding its text, subtext, and possible interpretations, but at its core, the film is […]

The article 40 Things We Learned from Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Commentary appeared first on Film School Rejects. »

- Rob Hunter

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Peak TV Treasure: Insecure

3 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

Insecure

Network | HBO

Created By | Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore

Number Of Episodes | 8

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Premise | Based on Rae’s Awkward Black Girl web series, Insecure stars Rae as Issa, a young black woman working at a L.A. non-profit and struggling to find her place in the world. »

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Emily S. Whitten: Believe! American Gods is the One You Want!

1 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

 

The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel American Gods is finally here, and having seen the first four episodes, I can tell you that, like Mad Sweeney in a bar fight, I am all in.

For those who haven’t read Gaiman’s novel, first published in 2001, it and the Starz adaptation featured are centered around an impending battle between two types of American gods – the “old gods” who crossed the seas from other countries with the immigrants who believed in them, and the “new gods” of technology, celebrity, drugs, and mass media that have gained in followers as belief in the old ways of life waned. The conflict is seen through the eyes of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a recently released convict who finds himself at loose ends after his old life falls apart, and becomes the personal assistant of the mysterious and charming Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane »

- Emily S. Whitten

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TV News Roundup: Nasim Pedrad Joins TBS Comedy ‘People of Earth’ as Series Regular

27 April 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, “Saturday Night Live” alum Nasim Pedrad joins TBS’ “People of Earth,” PBS greenlights new docu-series “Chasing the Moon” that follows the space race from the lunar landing to the present day, and more. 

Casting 

Saturday Night Live” alum Nasim Pedrad has joined TBS’s comedy “People of Earth” as a series regular, beginning this summer with the show’s second season. Executive produced by Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels, the series follows a group of alien abductees, also known as “experiencers,” living in the small town of Beacon, N.Y.

MTV has tapped Asia Kate Dillon as the presenter of the first award of the night — Best Actor in a Movie — at the 2017 MTV Music Awards, which airs Sunday, May 7 at 8 P.M. Et. MTV has done away with gender-specific categories for the upcoming ceremony, and the “Billions” actress is also the first gender non-binary identifying actor to be cast »

- Sarah Ahern

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In May 2017, Including ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘War Machine’

19 April 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has announced the list of films that will be available to stream next month. The list includes new never-before-seen original films and documentaries, as well as acclaimed animated films, some comedies and more classic titles.

1. “Don’t Think Twice” (available May 1)

2. “Inglourious Basterds” (available May 22)

3. “The Place Beyond the Pines” (available May 16)

4. “Southpaw” (available May 24)

5. “Lovesong” (available May 15)

6. “Hunter Gatherer” (available May 8)

 

7. “War Machine” (available May 26)

David Michôd’s adaptation of the book “The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” by the late journalist Michael Hastings, stars Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley. The part reality, part parody film follows a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall.

Here’s the rest of the incoming films:

“In the Shadow of Iris” (available May 1)

American Experience: The Big Burn” (available May 1)

American Experience: The Boys of ’36” (available May 1)

“Anvil! »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In May 2017, Including ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘War Machine’

19 April 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has announced the list of films that will be available to stream next month. The list includes new never-before-seen original films and documentaries, as well as acclaimed animated films, some comedies and more classic titles.

1. “Don’t Think Twice” (available May 1)

2. “Inglourious Basterds” (available May 22)

3. “The Place Beyond the Pines” (available May 16)

4. “Southpaw” (available May 24)

5. “Lovesong” (available May 15)

6. “Hunter Gatherer” (available May 8)

 

7. “War Machine” (available May 26)

David Michôd’s adaptation of the book “The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” by the late journalist Michael Hastings, stars Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley. The part reality, part parody film follows a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall.

Here’s the rest of the incoming films:

“In the Shadow of Iris” (available May 1)

American Experience: The Big Burn” (available May 1)

American Experience: The Boys of ’36” (available May 1)

“Anvil! »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Chamber Of Horrors / A Game Of Death

17 April 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Chamber of Horrors 

Blu-ray

Kino Lorber

1940 / B&W / 1:33 / Street Date March 21, 2017

Starring: Lilli Palmer, Leslie Banks.

Cinematography: Alex Bryce, Ernest Palmer

Film Editor: Ted Richards

Written by Gilbert Gunn, Norman Lee

Produced by John Argyle

Directed by Norman Lee

 

Near the turn of the century a struggling war correspondent named Edgar Wallace began churning out detective stories for British monthlies like Detective Story Magazine to help make the rent. Creative to a fault, his preposterously prolific output (exacerbated by ongoing gambling debts) soon earned him a legion of fans along with a pointedly ambiguous sobriquet, “The Man Who Wrote Too Much.”

A reader new to Wallace’s work could be excused for thinking the busy writer was making it up as he went along… because that’s pretty much what he did. He dictated his narratives, unedited, into a dictaphone for transcription by his secretary where they would then »

- Charlie Largent

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Watch All 3 Parts of PBS’ Epic 6-Hour ‘The Great War’ Documentary (Learn of the Experiences & Contributions of Black Soldiers)

13 April 2017 7:50 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The Great War” is a new three-part, six-hour American Experience documentary that premiered on Monday night, April 10, on PBS, and wrapped up last night, Wednesday, April 12, airing from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Et on each night. Drawing on the latest scholarship,… Continue Reading → »

- shadowandact

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Dear White People Review: Netflix's College Comedy Earns Mixed Marks

13 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Netflix’s new comedy Dear White People (arriving Friday, April 28) is like a promising college student who tails off midway through the semester: lots of potential at the beginning, followed by a disappointing lack of focus.

Like Justin Simien’s 2014 movie of the same name, the pilot (also written and directed by Simien) takes us to the fictional campus of Winchester University, a mostly white Ivy League school where students of different races only mingle in brochure photos. Media student Samantha White (Hit the Floor‘s Logan Browning) points out the casual racism she experiences every day on campus in »

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