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Inside Nate Parker's Troubled Childhood and Rise to Hollywood After College Rape Case

18 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nate Parker became an overnight sensation in Hollywood after his film The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, starred in, directed and produced, earned universal praise, scoring an unprecedented $17 million deal at the Sundance Film Festival and earning him glowing comparisons to Orson Welles. But the acclaim has been overshadowed by his involvement in a 1999 rape case after recent reports surfaced that the woman had committed suicide in 2012, shining a harsh spotlight on a man who endured a troubled childhood before charting his path to stardom. Birth of a Nation, a historical drama that tells the story of Nat Turner's famous 1831 slave revolt, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Inside Nate Parker's Troubled Childhood and Rise to Hollywood After College Rape Case

18 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nate Parker became an overnight sensation in Hollywood after his film The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, starred in, directed and produced, earned universal praise, scoring an unprecedented $17 million deal at the Sundance Film Festival and earning him glowing comparisons to Orson Welles. But the acclaim has been overshadowed by his involvement in a 1999 rape case after recent reports surfaced that the woman had committed suicide in 2012, shining a harsh spotlight on a man who endured a troubled childhood before charting his path to stardom. Birth of a Nation, a historical drama that tells the story of Nat Turner's famous 1831 slave revolt, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. may join Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express remake

18 August 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now that Leslie Odom Jr. has finished his run as Aaron Burr in 2016’s much-talked about Broadway show Hamilton, the actor seems to be setting his sights on the film industry once again. Variety reports that Odom Jr. is in negotiations to join the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express remake.

Murder on the Orient Express is, of course, a classic Agatha Christie mystery novel, which revolves around Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective, who must solve a murder aboard a stopped passenger train.

While Odom Jr.’s role wasn’t revealed in the write-up, the outlet confirmed that Branagh will be playing Poirot; as of now, these are the only two actors attached to the project,

Adapting the book for the screen certainly allows for having a wide variety of characters with different backgrounds and idiosyncrasies, so with Odom Jr.’s casting, Branagh seems to be »

- Justin Cook

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Leslie Odom Jr. in Talks to Join ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)

17 August 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leslie Odom Jr. is in talks to join the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” at Fox, Variety has learned exclusively

Branagh will star as detective Hercule Poirot in addition to directing. Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

The film is based on one of Christie’s best known books, which was first published in 1934 and revolves around a murder of an American businessman on board the famous train — with multiple suspects.

Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version starred Albert Finney as Poirot and the cast included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and earned Bergman an Oscar.

Branagh will produce the film with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. »

- Dave McNary

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Inside Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker's 1999 Rape Trial

17 August 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker's involvement in a college rape trial has come back into the spotlight with the success of his new film and recent comments from his accuser's family. Parker, who wrote, directed and starred in the early Oscar contender, was acquitted in a 2001 trial after an 18-year-old female classmate at Penn State University accused the director and his Birth of Nation collaborator and friend, Jean Celestin, of sexual assault in 1999. The director issued a lengthy statement about the case, expressing the "profound sorrow" he felt after learning that his rape accuser committed suicide four years ago. »

- Mike Miller

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Inside Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker's 1999 Rape Trial

17 August 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker's involvement in a college rape trial has come back into the spotlight with the success of his new film and recent comments from his accuser's family. Parker, who wrote, directed and starred in the early Oscar contender, was acquitted in a 2001 trial after an 18-year-old female classmate at Penn State University accused the director and his Birth of Nation collaborator and friend, Jean Celestin, of sexual assault in 1999. The director issued a lengthy statement about the case, expressing the "profound sorrow" he felt after learning that his rape accuser committed suicide four years ago. »

- Mike Miller

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Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker Addresses College Rape Case

17 August 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nate Parker has spoken out about his involvement in a college rape trail. The director of Birth of a Nation and actor known for movies including Beyond the Lights and Red Tails was acquitted in a 2001 trial after an 18-year-old female classmate at Penn State University accused the director and his Birth of Nation collaborator and friend, Jean Celestin, of sexual assault in 1999. Celestin was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to six months in prison, according to court documents obtained by Variety. He later appealed the ruling and a judge ordered a second trial, which was tossed out in »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Emmy-Nominated Actors and Their Directors on Collaboration

12 August 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony Hemingway, who directed half the episodes of FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” recalls being on set with Cuba Gooding Jr., who played Simpson. They were filming a scene during episode four that showed O.J. behind bars, mentally unraveling.

“I literally just said, ‘Cry.’ And he, like a baby, started,” Hemingway says. “After we cut he started to curse me out: ‘Mother f—r. Only you can make me do this s—t.’”

An unusually close bond between actor and director is a bit of a throughline among those nominated for Emmys this year for lead performance in a limited series or TV movie. Idris Elba, nominated for “Luther,” has worked with director Sam Miller on eight previous episodes as well as the feature “No Good Deed.” Susanne Bier directed Tom Hiddleston in all six episodes of AMC’s “The Night Manager,” and could see a lot more of the »

- Seth Kelley

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7 Actors Who Would Kill It As Lando in Young Han Solo Movie (Photos)

11 August 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Of course the young Han Solo spinoff movie would have to include Lando Calrissian. What we don’t know, however, is who’s going to take on the role alongside Alden Ehrenreich‘s Han. Billy Dee Williams‘ left some big shoes to fill, but we think these  actors could pull it off. Nate Parker After impressing in “Red Tails,” “Non-Stop” and “Beyond the Lights,” Nate Parker is about to rack up a pile of Oscar nominations for “The Birth of a Nation” — which he wrote, directed and starred in. Corey Hawkins The “Straight Outta Compton” star is also about to »

- Phil Owen

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Casting Update for Spike TV’s The Mist Series

13 July 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Joining the previously announced Alyssa Sutherland and Frances Conroy, eight additional actors have signed on to face the otherworldly horrors of The Mist, Spike TV’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novella:

Press Release: New York, NY, July 13, 2016 – Further casting has been announced for Spike’s new original scripted series “The Mist,” based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name. From TWC-Dimension Television (TV), “The Mist” goes into production later this summer and premieres on Spike in 2017.

The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear? The additional casting includes (in alphabetical order):

Gus Birney as “Alex Cunningham,” the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. She’s always been the ‘good daughter, »

- Derek Anderson

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Check out Powerful 'Birth Of A Nation' Teaser!

15 April 2016 11:47 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Writer/director/actor Nate Parker, who some of you may recognize from films like Non-stop and Red Tails, made quite the splash at this year's Sundance Film Festival. With him, he brought the ironically-titled Birth Of A Nation, a film about slavery in the antebellum south in the U.S. 

The film went on to get acquired by Fox Searchlight for a whopping $17.5 million, which is the largest deal the festival has had to date. In addition, the reviews for the film have largely been overwhelmingly positive. Given the weight of the source material, it's a film that many have been looking forward to seeing for some time. Now, with a release date of October 7 set, Fox Searchlight has released a teaser trailer for the film.

Check it out below!

"Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, »

- Joseph Medina

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Watch: Much Anticipated ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Trailer

15 April 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Nate Parker leads a slave uprising as Nat Turner in the first trailer for “The Birth of a Nation.” Few words are spoken as evocative images from the film are edited together to Nina Simone’s haunting cover of Billie Holiday’s classic “Strange Fruit.” Parker not only stars, but directed and wrote the feature, based on a story by Jean McGianni Celestin, about the most successful slave rebellion in American history. “Submit yourselves to your masters with all respect,” Parker’s Turner tells a group of fellow slaves in the trailer. “The Birth of a Nation” premiered to raves back in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight picked up distribution rights for a reported record-breaking $17.5 million at the fest. The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. Parker accepted both awards on the film’s behalf. The multi-hyphenate Parker additionally accepted the Breakthrough »

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The Birth Of Nation Trailer Debuts – Directed By And Stars Nate Parker

15 April 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for director Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation.

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

In his Sundance Film Festival review, The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy says the film, “offers up more than enough in terms of intelligence, insight, historical research and religious nuance to not at all be considered a missed opportunity. Far more of the essentials made it into the film than not; its makers’ dedication and minute attention are constantly felt, and the subject matter is still rare enough onscreen as to be welcome and needed, »

- Michelle McCue

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Keanu In St. Louis

13 April 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele, star in New Line Cinema’s action comedy Keanu.  The two play Clarence and Rell, cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Peter Atencio (“Key and Peele,” “The Last Man on Earth”) directed the film from a script written by Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens (“Key and Peele,” “Community”). Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Peter Principato, Paul Young, and Joel Zadak produced the film, with Ben Ormand serving as executive producer.

Peele’s character, »

- Movie Geeks

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Director Anthony Hemingway Talks Dream Team Behind the Scenes

17 February 2016 3:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony Hemingway had already directed two of Ryan Murphy’s shows — “Glee” and “American Horror Story” — when Murphy and his producing partner Brad Falchuk approached Hemingway about joining the creative team behind “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” about 18 months ago. According to Hemingway, who also directed the film “Red Tails” in addition to dozens of TV shows, before they even approached him on the set of “Glee,” Murphy’s mind was already made up.

“Basically, he didn’t allow me to say no. He told me I was doing the [O.J.] show,” Hemingway recalled with a laugh. 

Below, Hemingway talks about shooting the Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 episodes of the show — crucial installments in which O.J. Simpson’s Dream Team is assembled. Hemingway, who is also a co-executive producer on the project, also directed the seventh, eighth and ninth installments of the drama — and for the last of those, »

- Maureen Ryan

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Oscars 2017? Star-Turned-Director Nate Parker on How His Bold Movie About Slavery Birth of a Nation Became a 'Miracle' Success

3 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Maybe he thrilled you as the brilliant Henry Lowe in 2007's The Great Debaters, or commanded your attention as Jimmy Grant, the emotional center of 2012's Arbitrage. Or, you might've lusted after him as Kaz, the police officer steaming up the screen with Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beyond the Lights. Chances are, you know Nate Parker for his incredible onscreen presence. Wait till you hear what he's been doing behind the scenes. Parker, 36, just added a few ambitious new skills to his résumé as the star, writer and director of The Birth of a Nation, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's audience and jury top prizes. »

- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat

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Francis Ford Coppola says it’s ‘a pity’ George Lucas made all those ‘Star Wars’ movies

3 February 2016 12:07 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What’s happening in an alternate universe out there where George Lucas followed up Thx 1138 and American Graffiti not with Star Wars but with something else? If there were no Star Wars (or fewer Star Wars), what cinematic gifts would Lucas have given to the world instead? Would there be anything greater than Red Tails and Strange Magic left in him? That’s the perennial question Francis Ford Coppola has us thinking about again. In a Vanity Fair story published on Wednesday, the Godfather filmmaker said this of his American Zoetrope co-founder: “George [Lucas] is kind of a genius, but I think it’s a pity he got so [absorbed in that one franchise]. I hope George isn’t offended, but the truth of the matter is that Star Wars cost us 10 new George Lucas films that would have been wonderful.” What original work would we see if Hollywood weren’t so focused on sequels and remakes? »

- Emily Rome

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Sundance: 19 Biggest Breakthrough Performances

30 January 2016 12:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance has always served as a springboard to launch the careers of under-the-radar actors — just ask Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Ryan Gosling (“The Believer”) — and the 2016 edition of the festival was no exception. Variety’s critics Justin Chang, Guy Lodge and Geoff Berkshire and film reporters Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang weighed in on their favorite breakthrough performances at this year’s Sundance.

(1) Narges Rashidi, “Under the Shadow”

Babak Anvari’s wartime creeptacular has already drawn well-deserved comparisons to another Sundance-premiered horror hit, “The Babadook,” and along similar lines, Rashidi’s intense yet fine-grained work here deserves to be spoken of in the same lofty tones as Essie Davis’. As a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution, Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of »

- Variety Staff

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Daily | Sundance 2016 | Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation

26 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"When Nate Parker appeared before Monday’s world premiere of The Birth of a Nation," reports Flavorwire's Jason Bailey, "he introduced it as 'a film I’ve been carrying for seven years.' The gifted actor, familiar from Beyond the Lights, Red Tails, and Arbitrage, put everything on the line to make this dramatization of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner; he not only plays Turner, but wrote, directed, and produced the film as well. You can feel his blood pulsing through every frame." Now the film has set off the fiercest bidding war in Sundance history. And we're collecting reviews as they come in. » - David Hudson »

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Movie Review: The Luft Gangster: Memoirs of a Second Class Hero

26 January 2016 8:04 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

We give all this praise to war veterans and current members of the military, as we rightfully should, but we seem to forget about other parts of our military. We don’t seem to talk about African Americans or women in the service, or even a little thing like all the medical workers taking care of all of our service members oversees. The new documentary, The Luft Gangster: Memoirs of Second Class Hero attempts to address these oversights.

Following around ninety-three-year-old Alex Jefferson, Luft Gangster is the story of Jefferson’s experience in World War II, dealing with racism while growing up in Detroit, and basic life in the 1940s and 1950s. It is a simple story, especially the war elements that could probably be found in many other documentaries but Luft Gangster has a lot more going for it.

The film succeeds because of Alex Jefferson. He’s so likable, »

- Alexander Wolff

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