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John Ridley to Write, Direct Time-Travel Film ‘Needle in a Timestack’

John Ridley to Write, Direct Time-Travel Film ‘Needle in a Timestack’
Miramax has tapped John Ridley to write and direct the time-travel film “A Needle in a Timestack.”

Based on a short story by Robert Silverberg, “Needle in a Timestack” centers on a devoted husband who will stop at nothing to save his marriage when it’s destroyed by a time-traveling rival.

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How John Ridley Juggles Three Prestigious Shows — Without Sacrificing Quality

Vince Gerardis (“Game of Thrones”) and Matt Kennedy will executive produce. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee the project for Miramax.

Ridley’s current projects include “Guerilla,” debuting on Showtime this Sunday; the ABC News documentary “Let It Fall” about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, also in theaters later this month; and the third season of ABC’s “American Crime,” on which he serves as showrunner and creator.

Ridley won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.” His other film credits include “Ben Hur,
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How John Ridley Juggles Three Prestigious Shows — Without Sacrificing Quality

How John Ridley Juggles Three Prestigious Shows — Without Sacrificing Quality
“Welcome to ‘American Crime.’”

That’s how showrunner John Ridley greeted actor Babou Ceesay on his first day on set. Which would have been fine — except that they were filming “Guerrilla,” the new six-episode limited series Ridley created, wrote, and directed for Showtime (premiering April 16).

Guerrilla” star Freida Pinto laughs at the memory, which became a running joke for her and her co-star, dismissing it as a rare slip for an otherwise intensely focused filmmaker. “He’s one of the few male multi-­taskers who can give everything its due attention,” she says.

In fact, it had been quite a busy year for Ridley: While “Guerrilla” was under way in London, the third season of ABC’s “American Crime” was in production in Los Angeles. He was also juggling “Let It Fall,” a two-hour documentary about the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots for ABC News (April 28), and a pilot, “Presence
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‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots
ABC has released a new trailer for its upcoming documentary “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” The film is written and directed by John Ridley and will air on ABC April 28, following its theatrical release a week before, on Friday, April 21. The documentary marks ABC News’ first theatrical production and release.

Read More: One-Person Crew: The Pros and Cons of Making a Documentary By Yourself

The release of “Let It Fall” coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, which began in April 29, 1992 following the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the Rodney King case. The film takes viewers back 10 years before the riots to explore the events that led to the uprising, which left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

The documentary features archival footage as well as exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people from different neighborhoods across Los Angeles who were directly involved in the events.
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‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots
ABC has released a new trailer for its upcoming documentary “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” The film is written and directed by John Ridley and will air on ABC April 28, following its theatrical release a week before, on Friday, April 21. The documentary marks ABC News’ first theatrical production and release.

Read More: One-Person Crew: The Pros and Cons of Making a Documentary By Yourself

The release of “Let It Fall” coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, which began in April 29, 1992 following the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the Rodney King case. The film takes viewers back 10 years before the riots to explore the events that led to the uprising, which left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

The documentary features archival footage as well as exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people from different neighborhoods across Los Angeles who were directly involved in the events.
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Shots Fired Review

The first six episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Broadcast television is divided between conformity and progression. Stations like CBS and NBC, for instance, largely refuse to move from comfortable original programming, without relevance or (for the most part) originality, while ABC and Fox go out of their way to challenge themselves by developing a social conscious. Shots Fired, Fox’s latest, most timely drama, is not comfortable TV. Instead, it’s urgent, thoughtful, political, poignant, intelligent and filled with relevancy and bleeding sincerity. If only it didn’t digress so readily into melodramatics and convoluted narratives. If there’s a show that desperately needs to ground itself squarely in reality, it’s most definitely this one.

Desperately hoping to discuss topical, serious-minded issues while still heavily catering to the juicy bombast of, say, Empire, Shots Fired is an interesting combination of pointed, pertinent television and sensationalized serialization. The result is,
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Interview: Actor David Oyelowo Presides Over ‘A United Kingdom’

Chicago – Actor David Oyelowo is very familiar with portraying a man of consequence put into a difficult leadership role. In 2014, he took on the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.” Currently, he is in theaters with “A United Kingdom,” which tells the story of an African prince who led his country to a new mindset in the 1950s.

Oyelowo portrays Seretse Khama, the first democratically elected president of the African country of Botswana. To get to that point, he first had to abdicate his right to ascend as king of the country, mostly because he had met and married a white British commoner (Rosamund Pike) while studying in England. Angering both his fellow countryman and the British government (who was the “protectorate” of Botswana), Khama used the exile as a strategy, and inspired his people through his call for acceptance of his situation and autonomy from colonization.
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Ex-Giants Lineman Sues 'Red Tails' Star ... You Stole My Tiki Barber Watch!

  • TMZ
Did you know ... when Tiki Barber retired in 2006, he gifted several of his offensive linemen with special Audemars Piguet watches worth about $25,000 each?! Did you also know ... ex-ny Giants lineman Kareem McKenzie doesn't have his watch anymore because he claims one of the stars of the movie "Red Tails" straight Jacked his timepiece?! It's all part of a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports in which the now-retired McKenzie says he loaned the watch to Kevin Phillips
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TV pilot based on the Biggie & Tupac murders gets an order

A TV pilot based on the 1990s murders of Biggie Smalls (aka the Notorious Big) and Tupac Shakur has got an order from USA Network Stateside.

Anthony Hemingway, known for his work on CSI:ny, Treme, True Blood and Shameless, as well as the George Lucas movie Red Tails, and the underrated Changing Lanes, is behind the planned show. Hemingway also directed five episodes of the recent The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, who’s success, according to Deadline who broke the news, inspired the Biggie/ Tupac project.

The pilot, titled Unsolved, will be based on the experiences of former Lapd Detective Greg Kading, author of the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations, and will be written by Suits scribe Kyle Long.

Biggie Smalls, also known as Christopher George Latore Wallace, was gunned down in 1997, just six months after Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas.
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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten White People Doing The Right Thing

I think everyone in this country should be aware by now that our race relations are at an all time low. It seems every time we hear the news another black citizen has been shot by the police or police have been shot by someone angry about these shootings. It cannot continue. We as a nation cannot keep going down this road.

I have always sympathized with Black Americans. In fact as a Scot and Irish American I have always sympathized with anyone who ever got pushed around, starting with Native Americans, Asians, Jewish immigrants, women of any ethnic group, Hispanics from any country.

I also sympathize with the people who are tasked with law enforcement. It’s a tough job. I had some training in that area. A couple of years ago I was hired by a Security company and was trained in unarmed, and armed, uniformed security. I
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Inside Nate Parker's Troubled Childhood and Rise to Hollywood After College Rape Case

  • PEOPLE.com
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,
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Inside Nate Parker's Troubled Childhood and Rise to Hollywood After College Rape Case

  • PEOPLE.com
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,
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

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

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

Leslie Odom Jr. in Talks to Join ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)
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.
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Inside Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker's 1999 Rape Trial

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

Inside Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker's 1999 Rape Trial
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.
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker Addresses College Rape Case

  • PEOPLE.com
Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker Addresses College Rape Case
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
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Emmy-Nominated Actors and Their Directors on Collaboration

Emmy-Nominated Actors and Their Directors on Collaboration
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
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7 Actors Who Would Kill It As Lando in Young Han Solo Movie (Photos)

7 Actors Who Would Kill It As Lando in Young Han Solo Movie (Photos)
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
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Casting Update for Spike TV’s The Mist Series

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,
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Check out Powerful 'Birth Of A Nation' Teaser!

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,
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