10 items from 2015
Rosie Perez fans can rest easy now that actress is officially returning to The View. "We look forward to welcoming the multitalented Rosie Perez back to her seat as co-host on the panel on Feb. 3 after completing rehearsals" for a Broadway play, a rep for ABC confirmed to People. Perez had taken a break from the show while preparing for her role in Larry David's upcoming Fish in the Dark. When her return date wasn't immediately announced, rumors arose that she would no longer have a seat at the panel. But ABC said Perez, 50, "brings her rich life experience and passion to the table, »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
Rosie Perez fans can rest easy now that actress is officially returning to The View. "We look forward to welcoming the multitalented Rosie Perez back to her seat as co-host on the panel on Feb. 3 after completing rehearsals" for a Broadway play, a rep for ABC confirmed to the New York Post. Perez had taken a break from the show while preparing for her role in Larry David's upcoming Fish in the Dark. When her return date wasn't immediately announced, rumors arose that she would no longer have a seat at the panel. But ABC said Perez, 50, "brings her »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
Well, with last Thursday's announcement of the Oscar nominations, the sometimes ratings-challenged Academy Awards got all the traditional media and online attention they could have wished for. Too bad almost all of the attention was negative.
Usually, Oscar controversies are about taste -- whether "Crash" was really better than "Brokeback Mountain," or whether "Shakespeare in Love" was really better than "Saving Private Ryan." This year's controversy over "Selma," however, is shining an unflattering light on Hollywood's racial politics.
The snubbing of "Selma" in every category except Best Song and, curiously, Best Picture -- that's only part of what has professional and amateur critics up in arms. As many have noted, this year is the first since 1998 that no actors of color have been nominated. The nominations list has drawn predictable condemnation from the likes of Spike Lee and Rev. Al Sharpton, who has threatened to go to Hollywood and take »
- Gary Susman
Winfrey, film’s castmembers join local residents at gathering to remember slain civil rights icon
Local television station Wsfa tweeted a photo as the gathering got underway that showed Winfrey, city officials and musicians John Legend and Common, who wrote and performed the film’s Oscar-nominated song “Glory. »
- Anita Bennett
Spike Lee has criticised the lack of Academy Award nominations for Selma.
The director said that movies featuring African Americans are regularly snubbed, and that the lack of nominations for Selma is not a reflection on the film.
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"That doesn't diminish the film," he told The Daily Beast. "Nobody's talking about motherf**kin' Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is.
"Nobody's discussing Driving Miss Motherf**kin' Daisy. So if I saw Ava [DuVernay, Selma's director] today, I'd say, 'You know what? F**k 'em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one."
Lee also believes that African American actors and films are not Oscar-nominated on »
Spike Lee is just as annoyed as anyone, if not more so, about the Oscars' snub of Selma. But as someone who has been overlooked himself -- namely in the Best Picture category for 1989's Do the Right Thing -- he knows there's more to a film's legacy than its trophy case. In an interview with The Daily Beast for an upcoming profile of the Malcolm X filmmaker, Lee addressed the Academy's snub of Selma actor David Oyelowo, who played civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. [...] »
Lee advised DuVernay to shake it off.
“That doesn’t diminish the film,” Lee told The Daily Beast. “Nobody’s talking about motherfuckin’ Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is. Nobody’s discussing Driving Miss Motherfuckin’ Daisy. So if I saw Ava today I’d say, ‘You know what? Fuck ’em. You made a very good film, »
- Jordan Chariton
Of the many interesting (or disquieting) statistics to arrive in the wake of yesterday's Oscar nominations (and their snubs) is that the Academy's voting body is 93% white, 76% male with a median age of 63. Those aren't encouraging figures, seeming especially telling in light of Ava DuVernay's acclaimed "Selma" missing nominations for both Best Director and Best Actor for David Oyelowo's complex, deeply moving performance. If you were anywhere near social media yesterday, you likely saw much frustration towards those snubs, but leave it to Spike Lee to give the saltiest take. The situation is not unfamiliar to Lee, who in 1989 saw his groundbreaking "Do The Right Thing" nominated for just two Oscars: Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Lee's film ended up winning none, and the big prize went to film on the other end of ideological spectrum that year. "[The 'Selma' snubs] doesn’t diminish the film," Lee tells The Daily Beast. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Do The Right Thing director Spike Lee isn.t necessarily known for following the status quo. However, his choice to release his latest film Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus via Vimeo's Video On Demand (VOD) still definitely struck us as a bit odd. Lee and Vimeo made the joint distribution announcement earlier this week, revealing that Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus would be available for purchase and rental starting immediately on the video-sharing site. With the growing popularity of movies hitting home release and VOD these days, the news wasn.t all that shocking. aside from the Vimeo part. Vimeo.s General Manager of Audience Networks Greg Clayman appears to be thrilled with the deal, releasing a statement to voice the company.s support of the project. "Spike Lee is one of the most iconic filmmakers of our time and we couldn.t be more thrilled to work with him »
Espn has revealed three new film series collaborations on which they will combine forces with a comic book giant, a New York filmmaker and a Hollywood actress.
In conjunction with Wednesday’s Winter Television Critics Association panel, the sports network announced a partnership between Espn Films and Marvel Entertainment to air two all-new projects, the feature-length documentary “1 of 1 – Genesis” and short film series “1 of 1 – Origins.”
“Both the documentary and the short film series will provide viewers a unique look at some of the world’s most successful athletes by mixing the award-winning non-fiction style of Espn Films with classic Marvel comic book art, »
- Debbie Emery
10 items from 2015
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