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Great Job, Internet!: Black actors share their disheartening audition stories

24 August 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

As Aziz Ansari recently explored in Master Of None, being an Indian actor means frequently getting called in for the most stereotypical roles imaginable. And now a new YouTube series is exploring that reality from the black perspective as well. Asked to share their craziest audition stories, Temesgen Tocruray and Lynnese Page reveal how frustrating it is to constantly be asked to audition for “thugs” and “mammies” without getting the opportunity to be seriously considered for other roles.

The YouTube series doubles as promotion for a New York City play called Room 4, a comedy centered on four black actors who wind up caught in a time loop as they audition for the same Drug Dealer #2 role. Authors Marina Tempelsman and Niccolo Aeed describe the play as, “Waiting For Godot meets A Chorus Line meets Groundhog’s Day meets the real-life experience of virtually every black actor in America ...

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- Caroline Siede

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Protagonist takes on Toronto title 'Lady Macbeth'

11 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British drama to world premiere at Tiff.

Protagonist Pictures has taken on worldwide sales rights to Lady Macbeth, the debut feature from theatre director William Oldroyd, which will receive its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) in the competitive Platform programme.

The film has also been selected to screen in competition at San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24).

An adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 Russian novella Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk District, the film stars British newcomer Florence Pugh (The Falling).

Pugh plays Katherine, a young woman stifled by her marriage of convenience to an industrialist twice her age. Bored, alone and unable to fulfill her duties as a wife, she longs to be free. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a farmhand on her husband’s estate, her passion is awoken and she will stop at nothing to keep hold of him.

Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Cosmo Jarvis (Spooks: The Greater Good) plays »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Samuel Beckett’s Film and Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman This Weekend at Webster University

24 July 2016 5:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Samuel Beckett’s Film and Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman  screen together this Friday through Sunday (July 29th-31st) at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo 63119). The program begins each evening at 8:00. 

Samuel Beckett, the celebrated author of Waiting for Godot, made one film, and it was called Film and made in 1965. It’s in essence a chase film; the craziest ever committed to celluloid. It’s a chase between camera and pursued image that finds existential dread embedded in the very apparatus of the movies itself. The chased object is the silent film legend, Buster Keaton.

Keaton’s The Cameraman runs 70 minutes and is considered to be one of his very finest. The first picture he made after his newly inked contract with MGM, The Cameraman is generally considered to be his last masterpiece. It is reminiscent of some of his early slapstick works: »

- Tom Stockman

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Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Premiere, ‘Unm4Sk.tc,’  Finds New Ways to fsociety

13 July 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Spoiler-free Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Stays True to Its Weird Self

Last year, the debut season of “Mr. Robot” dominated the television conversation, but serialized television is still a “what have you done for me lately?” enterprise, and a great beginning only leads to heightened expectations for season two. The two-hour premiere does a brisk job of re-setting the pieces on the board and introducing new ones. Eliot, still missing three days of memory during which the Five/Nine hack shook the world’s financial stability, has gone home to live with his mother; he stays away from all computers and lives a strictly regimented life that is designed to keep Mr. Robot from causing any more trouble. Darlene is running fsociety actions, although she despairs that they’re only making things worse. Angela is ensconced in her new Evil Corp PR job, although it seems to be killing her soul. »

- Jay Bushman

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Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Premiere, ‘Unm4Sk.tc,’  Finds New Ways to fsociety

13 July 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Spoiler-free Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Stays True to Its Weird Self

Last year, the debut season of “Mr. Robot” dominated the television conversation, but serialized television is still a “what have you done for me lately?” enterprise, and a great beginning only leads to heightened expectations for season two. The two-hour premiere does a brisk job of re-setting the pieces on the board and introducing new ones. Eliot, still missing three days of memory during which the Five/Nine hack shook the world’s financial stability, has gone home to live with his mother; he stays away from all computers and lives a strictly regimented life that is designed to keep Mr. Robot from causing any more trouble. Darlene is running fsociety actions, although she despairs that they’re only making things worse. Angela is ensconced in her new Evil Corp PR job, although it seems to be killing her soul. »

- Jay Bushman

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The Nanny Star Ann Morgan Guilbert Dies at 87

15 June 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert died on Tuesday in Los Angeles her daughter confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 87. The Dick Van Dyke Show star - who played Millie, the friend and neighbor of Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) - reportedly lost her life to cancer. Guilbert also had a reoccurring role in nineties sitcom The Nanny, and recently appeared on the CBS comedy Life in Pieces. Over her 40 years in Hollywood, Guilbert starred in a number of television shows and films, including Grey's Anatomy, Getting On and Nicole Holofcener's 2010 Sundance selection Please Give. Guilbert also had credits on Broadway, »

- Naja Rayne, @najarane

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The Nanny Star Ann Morgan Guilbert Dies at 87

15 June 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert died on Tuesday in Los Angeles her daughter confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 87. The Dick Van Dyke Show star reportedly lost her life to cancer. Guilbert also had a reoccurring role in nineties sitcom The Nanny, and recently appeared on the CBS comedy Life in Pieces. Over her 40 years in Hollywood, Guilbert starred in a number of television shows and films, including Grey's Anatomy, Getting on and Nicole Holofcener's 2010 Sundance selection Please Give. Guilbert also had credits on Broadway, acting in A Naked Girl, Waiting for Godot and To Kill a Mockingbird. She »

- Naja Rayne, @najarane

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Cannes 2016. Cristi Puiu's "Sieranevada"

12 May 2016 3:46 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Cannes Film Festival has opened with another Woody Allen film—his 1930s Hollywood comedy, Café Society—but the first film officially in competition in front of our eyes was something far more audacious. Two directors whose names are synonymous with the mid-2000s re-emergence of their country’s cinema, now generally called the Romanian New Wave, are competing this year. Yet to screen is the latest from Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), but it is unlikely to be as forceful as Sieranevada, from his compatriot Cristi Puiu.Best known for his grueling plunge into the labyrinthine nightmare that is the Romanian health care system in The Death of Mr. Lazarescu—a tragic, fatal pilgrimage through offices, hospital hallways, ambulances and clinics told with an absurd, pitch black humor—Sieranevada’s subject is much simpler: an extended, inter-generational apartment gathering at the 40-day memorial of a family member. »

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Tribeca Film Review: Tom Hanks in ‘A Hologram for the King’

19 April 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “A Hologram for the King,” Dave Eggers’ seriocomic lament for the American Dream, a sad-sack businessman loses himself amid the shimmering sands and empty skyscrapers of a Saudi Arabian metropolis-in-the-making — an appropriately surreal, mirage-like backdrop for a journey where failure and frustration are very much the point. But a different kind of frustration gradually takes hold in writer-director Tom Tykwer’s intriguingly offbeat film adaptation, which broadens the story’s humorous and romantic elements at the expense of its deeper, more existential qualities: Not unlike the holographic display referenced in the title, the result plays like a striking but somewhat faltering visual projection of its source material. Still, the movie does make the most of another sly, persona-tweaking performance from Tom Hanks, which should do its part to boost commercial interest when Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions releases it April 22, following its Tribeca Film Festival premiere.

You at least know you »

- Justin Chang

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Film News: Week Two Highlights of 2016 Chicago Latino Film Festival

15 April 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s Week Two of the 32nd Edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, and the films, programs and filmmakers are creating a big buzz over at the AMC River East 21 Theatre, where all the festival films are being shown. The huge variety of movies from Latino countries all over the world has brought in the film buffs and fans, making Chicago again the place to be for film.

The week culminates with the Closing Night film and festivities at the Chicago History Museum. For specific details regarding that night and to purchase tickets click here.

No Kids’ (Argentina) is the Closing Night Film at the 32ndst Chicago Latino Film Festival

Photo credit: Chicago Latino Film Festival

The highlights of Week Two films are as follows…

Landfill Harmonic

Hundreds were inspired and amazed by their performance last year at the Closing Night concert of the 10th Annual Chicago Latino Music Festival. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Nickelodeon’s ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ Reboot Casts Young Lead

8 March 2016 11:37 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nickelodeon’s “Legends of the Hidden Temple” cast is filling out, as Colin Critchley has joined the TV movie reboot, Variety has learned.

The young actor will play Noah, one of three siblings that breaks away from a boring temple tour in the jungle and find themselves involved in a real life mission comprised of obstacles they must complete to escape alive. The TV movie is based on the popular ’90s Nickelodeon game show.

Critchley joins the previously announced co-lead Jet Jurgensmeyer, who will play the youngest brother Dudley.

Critchley starred in Broadway’s revival of “Waiting for Godot” alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. He recently wrapped Paul Becker’s “Breaking Brooklyn,” opposite Lou Gossett, Jr., which is slated to debut sometime this year. He is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Mara Entertainment.

News of the “Legends of the Hidden Temple” TV movie was first reported by Variety. »

- Jacob Bryant

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Grammy Awards 2016: Great performances (Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Bonnie Raitt) more exciting than the winners

15 February 2016 10:47 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Every year watching the Grammys telecast I have the same thought: I enjoy more kinds of music than I realize. Rap, R&B, pop, soul, rock, folk, funk, classical, Broadway – and whatever Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper were doing, I actually liked that too. I should listen to more kinds of music throughout the year. Maybe this will be the year I follow through on that resolution. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions But I'm not sure I want to listen to it for as long as the Grammys went on for. As usual, the event was three and a half hours, but these 210 minutes felt even longer than usual. That's probably due in part to the interminable wait for actual awards, especially the last two of the night. Before every commercial break we were promised "Album of the Year coming up" for what felt like days, »

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Figures in a Landscape

16 January 2016 11:19 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Where was Leonard Pinth Garnell when we needed him?  Joseph Losey is often accused of pretension but in this case he may be guilty. Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell are escapees scrambling across a rocky terrain, pursued by a helicopter that seems satisfied to just harass them. Keeping the audience in the dark doesn't reap any dramatic or thematic benefit that I can see. Figures in a Landscape Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date January 12, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell, Roger Lloyd Pack, Pamela Brown. Cinematography Henri Alekan, Peter Suschitzky, Guy Tabary Film Editor Reginald Beck Art Direction Ted Tester Original Music Richard Rodney Bennett Written by Robert Shaw from the novel by Barry England Produced by John Kohn Directed by Joseph Losey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Joseph Losey is a gold mine for film criticism but a real problem for simple film reviewing. »

- Glenn Erickson

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We terrify Film Nerd 2.0 with 'Alien,' 'Aliens,' and the 'Star Wars Holiday Special'

13 January 2016 4:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tears running down his face, the seven-year-old said, "Stop, Daddy! Stop! I can't take it anymore!" Considering the strange holiday line-up that I shared with Toshi and Allen, ages ten and seven, it is little wonder it almost ended in tears. But what kind of tears and why is a little less cut and dry than I might have supposed when this recent run of programming first came together. I've been seeing someone for a little while now, and it's been nice. She's met the boys and they like her tremendously, and vice-versa. The Monday after the film opened, the four of us went to see The Force Awakens together, the second time for the kids, the first time for her, and it was a great evening. They were excited about the film, about the evening out, about Star Wars in general. She was the one who brought up The Star Wars Holiday Special »

- Drew McWeeny

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