8 items from 2015
Oprah Winfrey wants to make one thing clear: She is not retired.
Ever since her eponymous talk show ended in 2011, she’s found what she calls “real freedom.”
“I love the way my life has opened up,” she tells Variety, in her sun-drenched, spacious office at Own, her self-named cable network, in West Hollywood. “My definition of real freedom comes from the movie ‘Beloved,’ where the character Sethe that I played says, ‘Freedom is waking up in the morning and deciding for yourself what to do with the day.’ Imagine that.”
That’s what the 61-year-old media mogul thrives on now: getting to choose how she wants to spend the hours that lay in front of her.
Pamela Littky for Variety
The same can be said for her approach to the business of entertainment: Deciding what projects she wants to make, in front of or behind the camera, whether for Harpo Films or for Own. »
- Debra Birnbaum
The Theater is a magical place. It’s even more magical when Lupita Nyong’o is in it. Last night, I saw a production of "Eclipsed" at The Public Theater in New York City. Not only was the play written by Danai Gurira ("The Walking Dead"). This ensemble cast included: Zainab Jah (the Black woman who played Hamlet at the Wilma Theater), Akosua Busia (Nettie from "The Color Purple," writing credit on the screenplay "Beloved"), Pascale Armand (she is a force of nature, http://www.pascalearmand.com) and Saycon Sengbloh (played Rita Marley in "Marley," was also in "Hair," "Motown" and "Fela"). In other words, this play »
- Tanya Steele
'Yesterday' movie: Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 10 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the planet's 30-35 million AIDS cases. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that more than 20 million Sub-Saharan Africans have died from complications of the disease.* Even today, drug cocktails that are relatively accessible in other parts of the globe are still beyond the means of the vast majority of Africans. Writer-director Darrell Roodt's South African drama Yesterday is set in this catastrophic scenario. The film depicts the effects of AIDS in the life of a young Zulu woman who contracts HIV from her husband. Although Roodt's narrative maintains its focus on the plight of one particular individual, the (for non-Zulus) quirkily named Yesterday represents millions of other women, »
- Andre Soares
Betty White's illustrious career will be honored by the Daytime Emmy Awards on April 26, when she'll be granted the lifetime achievement award, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced in a press release. White, 93, is in good company: she joins previous honorees including Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin and Regis Philbin. "Betty White is an American institution," said Bob Mauro, president of the NATAS, in a statement. "Betty's career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, winning again in »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Betty White's illustrious career will be honored by the Daytime Emmy Awards on April 26, where she'll be granted the lifetime achievement award, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced in a press release. White, 93, is in good company; she joins previous honorees including Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin and Regis Philbin. "Betty White is an American institution," said Bob Mauro, president of the NATAS, in a statement. "Betty's career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, winning again in »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
The Slap, an 8-episode recreation of an Australian miniseries, which is based on a popular novel, is NBC‘s latest attempt at “Event Television,” but it is a tricky, sloppy effort that purports to be an examination of, to varying degrees, “reality,” but in the sense that demands the quotation marks.
As the promos, and name, give away, the show revolves around what happens to a family when one moment, a slap, throws everything into turmoil. This leads us to, as we get toward the end of the show, a great many secrets being revealed.
There could hardly be more of a misrepresentation of what this show is about.
After watching the show’s trailer, and perhaps hearing a very basic outline, you might get the idea that the show is about trying to get past a horrible mistake. A child is shown to be rather unruly, and his parents »
- Marc Eastman
The premiere party for NBC’s miniseries “The Slap” on Monday night in New York City could have been dubbed a Parenting 101 class in child discipline.
The cast, which includes Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Melissa George, Thomas Sadoski and Brian Cox, all gathered at the New Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the premiere of their eight-episode limited series. There, the stars proudly spoke about their critically lauded new show and offered their views on whether it’s ethically right or wrong to hit a child as a form of punishment.
“When I heard that ‘The Slap’ was being made into an American series, I was gagging to do it,” Newton told Variety, about the show which is based on Christos Tsiolkas’ 2008 novel of the same name, and was first adapted into an Australian series in 2011.
“It’s such a provocative story, and as a mother, »
- Paul Chi
The final installment of the vengeance series that turned the 62-year-old Neeson into an action hero six years ago opened at No. 1 Friday with an estimated $14.7 million. That projects to a muscular three-day total north of $35 million for 20th Century Fox’s “Taken 3,” which was produced and financed by EuropaCorp,, and it will knock “The Hobbit” out of the top spot after three weeks and easily outpace the weekend’s other wide opener, »
- Todd Cunningham
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