4 items from 2014
Let no one accuse Oprah Winfrey of letting her Own channel become the unofficial Tyler Perry network. Now comes word that Own is developing "Tulsa" (working title), a two-night miniseries set to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help"). The miniseries will tell the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history, during which 300 people are believed to have been murdered. With Spencer's name above the title, we can't help but think this is sure to be Emmy Awards bait. Describing this as "a story that was largely covered up for decades," Own says that Spencer will be playing the role of Mattie Clay, a journalist who moves back to Tulsa after a stint in Chicago where she must "face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies." The miniseries will be executive produced by Nancy Miller ("Saving Grace"), and co-executive producers are Valerie Woods »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Tommy Oliver's directorial debut 1982 will screen this weekend at the New Voices In Black Cinema Festival in New York, starting at 6:45pm at Bam Rose Cinemas, as part of the BAMcinématek series. A Q&A with director Oliver and actors Hill Harper and Troi Zeeting will follow the screening. To preorder tickets, click Here.The biggest takeaway from 1982, writer-director Tommy Oliver’s debut feature film, is that Hill Harper should simply be getting more roles. With a decades-spanning career that includes recurring television parts on the now defunct CSI: NY and Soul Food, the 47-year-old actor and writer has had the fate of »
- Zeba Blay
Light romance clashes with heavy-handed messages in “Black Coffee,” a modest step up for Chicago-based Diy indie filmmaker Mark Harris. Working with established actors and filming in Los Angeles for the first time, Harris also received his first limited theatrical release with this third feature, thanks to specialty distrib One Village Entertainment. Still, this weakly brewed offering is better suited to the smallscreen and will feel more at home in inevitable cable TV and streaming-service play.
Talented house painter Robert (Darrin Dewitt Henson) loses his job and his girlfriend in the same day (and no, it’s not a coincidence). While saying goodbye to his ex — self-centered and demanding spendthrift Mita (Erica Hubbard) — turns out to be something of a relief, getting fired from the company his late father founded isn’t as easy to take. After making the humbling decision to deliver coffee for his fast-talking entrepreneur cousin Julian »
- Geoff Berkshire
Avery’s publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told the Associated Press that Avery died Tuesday. The Associated Press reported that he was 65, while TMZ, which said he died in a Glendale, Calif. hospital after heart surgery, said he was 68.
Alfonso Ribeiro who played his son on “Fresh Prince,” remembered him on Twitter.
I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. http://t.co/UrW0EeBFbO—
Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 01, 2014
Avery played Will Smith’s uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included “Fletch” and “8 Million Ways to Die.” He appeared on dozens of TV shows including “Hill St. Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “The Division,” “Soul Food,” “That ’70s Show” and “The Closer. »
- Associated Press
4 items from 2014
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