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Tom McCarthy’s solid newsroom drama gets behind the headlines of the child abuse scandal that rocked Boston’s Catholic community in 2002
Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom McCarthy has always been a low-key champion of the outsider. His first film as writer/director, 2003’s The Station Agent, starred Peter Dinklage as a Hoboken exile who moves into an abandoned train depot seeking solitude and becomes an unexpected catalyst for change. In 2007’s The Visitor, Richard Jenkins’s widowed college professor strikes up a life-changing bond with the family of a Syrian immigrant who has unexpectedly moved into his Manhattan apartment. Now, in the Oscar-nominated Spotlight, McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer give us the true story of how the Boston Globe, under its first Jewish editor, out-of-towner Marty Baron, took on the entrenched abusive institutions of the church in a city where Catholicism is a way of life and police and priests are thick as thieves. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
After several years of delays, the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me finally started production last month, with newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. starring as the late rapper. The supporting cast is now starting to come together, with Deadline reporting that The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira has come aboard to play Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur. Variety also reports that Katerina Graham has joined the cast to play Jada Pinkett Smith.
We reported last month that Benny Boom (Next Day Air) had signed on to direct, and that the production needed to get started by the end of 2015, or else production company Morgan Creek would lose Tupac Shakur's music rights, which will revert back to his mother, Afeni Shakur. Principal photography got started at the end of December, with Afeni Shakur herself on board as executive producer. Afeni Shakur is a political activist and an active member of the Black Panther party, »
The upcoming Tupac biopic "All Eyez on Me" has been beefing up its cast in recent days, adding a "Walking Dead" fan favorite in a key role.
Danai Gurira, who plays sword-wielding survivor Michonne on the AMC zombie drama, will play Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother, in the flick. According to Deadline, Gurira will be stepping into the shoes of a "complex woman" who was a central figure in the rapper's life. "A political activist and member of the Black Panthers, Afeni raised her son to be a voracious reader with a political awareness that informed his development as a street poet," Deadline writes.
The real-life Afeni Shakur is serving as an executive producer on "All Eyez On Me," and has also been charged with managing her son's estate since his death in 1996. The biopic has been in the works for some time, but has finally begun production, and is currently shooting in Atlanta. »
- Katie Roberts
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