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The New 'Lion King' Wants Beyoncé Knowles To Be Its Queen

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Beyoncé Knowles is such a potent and popular musical artist that it's easy to forget her past performances as an actress in a variety of movies. While still a member of singing group Destiny's Child, she made her film debut opposite Mike Myers in the comedy sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). After the group broke up in 2006 and her emergence as a solo artist, Knowles continued acting in movies such as The Pink Panther … … Dreamgirls … … Obsessed … … and Cadillac Records. Now she may be tackling another high-profile project. She is director Jon Favreau's top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming new version of Disney's The Lion King, according to Variety. Whether she takes on the role...

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TV Review: ‘Sun Records’ on Cmt

TV Review: ‘Sun Records’ on Cmt
Sun Records” is based, loosely, on the musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” which tells the story of the real-life, mostly impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins at a Memphis joint named Sun Records. That little record label was owned by a small-time producer named Sam Phillips, who despite marginal financial success went on to be immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — for discovering Presley, working with artists like Cash, Lewis, and Roy Orbison, and for producing the Delta Cats’ “Rocket 88,” an Ike Turner song that is considered to be the first rock and roll record.

Rock and roll history is dense, fertile territory for mythmaking and nostalgia, and Sun Records, the historic institution, is as good a peg as any. But “Sun Records,” the show, doesn’t quite tap into the raw power of rock and roll — or blues, or rockabilly, or
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Cedric the Entertainer Joins Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ (Exclusive)

Cedric the Entertainer Joins Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ (Exclusive)
Cedric the Entertainer has been cast in Paul Schrader’s upcoming religious drama “First Reformed” opposite Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.

Cedric will portray a pastor at a mega-church and a rival to Hawke’s character, an ex-military chaplain wracked by grief over the death of his son. Seyfried plays a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide and sets the plot in motion.

Killer Films is the production company. Producers are Gary Hamilton, David Hinojosa, Victoria Hill, Frank Murray and Christine Vachon.

Schrader is directing “First Reformed” from his own script. His writing credits include the Martin Scorsese films “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Raging Bull.” His directing credits include “Hardcore,” “American Gigolo,” “Affliction,” “Cat People,” “Auto Focus,” “The Canyons,” “Patty Hearst,” and most recently “Dog Eat Dog.”

The project was unveiled with the Hawke and Seyfried castings in September
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'The Walking Dead' Recap: Queens of the Hill

'The Walking Dead' Recap: Queens of the Hill
The Walking Dead isn't exactly television's most subtle drama – but the show does have its moments. At the end of tonight's episode – "Go Getters" – Enid arrives at the Hilltop Colony, and kneels in front of the freshly dug graves for Glenn and Abraham, near which she places a stick with three green balloons. Last week, she endured the creepy sexual advances of one of the Saviors to hold onto those orbs, for reasons that at the time went unexplained. And now, without over-stressing the point, this series lets a festive
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Following Up The Writers Lab for Female Screenwriters Over 40

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The first ever Writers Lab, a program targeting female screenwriters over 40, took place at Wiawaka on Lake George, New York from September 18-20, 2015.

The group of mentors included Caroline Kaplan ("Boyhood," "Time Out of Mind," "Personal Velocity"), Kirsten Smith ("Legally Blonde," "Ten Things I Hate About You"), Jessica Bendinger ("Bring It On," "Aquamarine"), Mary Jane Skalski ("Win Win," "The Station Agent"),Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Secret Life of Bees," "Beyond the Lights"),Lydia Dean-Pilcher ("The Lunchbox," The Reluctant Fundamentalist"), Meg LeFauve ("Inside Out," "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"), and Darnell Martin (“Cadillac Records” and “I Like It Like That”).

Launched by New York Women in Film and Television (Nywift) and Iris, a collective of women filmmakers dedicated to championing the female voice in narrative film, was funded in part by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, and with the collaboration of the Writers Guild of America East.

Motivated by its screenwriting members who were frustrated with the paucity of development opportunities, Iris founders Elizabeth Kaiden, Kyle Ann Stoke, and Nitza Wilson approached Nywift to support a screenwriting Lab exclusively for this demographic and The Writers Lab came into being.

I spoke with Iris cofounder Elizabeth Kaiden to follow up about the first Writers Lab.

Kouguell: How many screenplays were submitted for consideration?

Kaiden: There were approximately 3,500 screenplays submitted. The selected participants were Sarah Bird ("Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen), Vanessa Carmichael ("The American"). Tracy Charlton ("Raised Up"), Kellen Hertz ("Ashburn"), Anna Hozian ("Anchor Baby"), Lyralen Kaye ("St John the Divine in Iowa"), Jan Kimbrough ("The Glastonbury Cow Party"), Billie Jo Mason ("The Cargo"), Peres Owino ("Basketweaver"), Gretchen Somerfeld ("Face Value"), Janet Stilson ("Jaguar Trail"), and Kim Turner ("It Goes Like This").

Kouguell: What were some highlights from the three-day Lab?

Kaiden: Highlights included the chemistry, warmth and enthusiasm of the group, the bucolic setting in which serious and thoughtful individual meetings between writers and mentors took place, the outstanding, locally sourced, group meals presented by Wiawaka chef Meg, and evening conversations around a bonfire. Oh, and the weather was fabulous.

Kouguell: What is the next step for these writers selected for the Lab?

Kaiden: Writers are all revising their work and communicating with each other. They will use the feedback, resources, references, and friendships they took away from the Lab to further develop their scripts and their opportunities.

Kouguell: In addition to the one-on-one meetings, what other events took place?

Kaiden: There were three panel discussions in which the mentors addressed specific craft issues and general industry insight, informal conversations, group meals, as well as small, directed group conversations led by Nywift Board President Alexis Alexanian to address the challenges writers face in navigating the film world.

Kouguell: What do you feel were some of the most positive outcomes from the weekend in Lake George?

Kaiden: The most exciting outcome of this venture, for me, is uncovering and bringing to public attention the field of women screenwriters, particularly its enormous breadth and depth. The most positive outcomes of the weekend Lab, for me, include the sense of empowerment I believe the Lab gave the writers to continue their work and develop their projects, and the supportive community of writers we all discovered, which can only further our goals of ensuring that more of their stories will reach audiences.

Kouguell: Will the Writers Lab take place again next year?

Kaiden: Yes.

Kouguell: Anything else you’d like to add?

Kaiden: We were excited and delighted by the energy and enthusiasm at the Lab. It felt like an important event. It Was an important event. We discussed and debated issues of theme, tone, craft, structure, character, as well as production, representation, and target markets. The mentors were unbelievably focused, supportive and encouraging. Serious work was done. The writers left feeling, I think, that their voices had been heard, and that they should all continue to tell their stories. I think you will be hearing more from these writers and about these projects. And, although that would have been enough, everyone had a blast.

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College Suny, and presents international seminars on screenwriting and film. Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide. www.su-city-pictures.com, http://su-city-pictures.com/wpblog
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Nywift and Iris Announce Inaugural Participants for The Writers Lab, Funded by Meryl Streep

Back in April, I interviewed the directors of Nywift and Iris about their noted launch of The Writers Lab, a retreat for women screenwriters over 40, that received a substantial amount of funding from Meryl Streep. The 12 inaugural participants, listed below, were selected from a pool of over 3,500 applicants. The eight mentors for the weekend long September lab are Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records), Lydia Dean Pilcher (Darjeeling Limited, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights, Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent) and […]
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Meryl Streep’s Screenwriters Program Selects Inaugural Participants

Meryl Streep’s Screenwriters Program Selects Inaugural Participants
New York Women in Film & Television and the Iris film collective have selected 12 screenwriters for the inaugural year of Meryl Streep’s Writers Lab.

The program, which is fully funded by Streep, provides script development for female writers over the age of 40. The Writers Lab, presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America East, received over 3,500 submissions.

Here are the participants and their scripts: Sarah Bird, “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen”; Vanessa Carmichael, “The American”; Tracy Charlton, “Raised Up”; Kellen Hertz, “Ashburn”; Anna Hozian, “Anchor Baby”; Lyralen Kaye, “St. John the Divine in Iowa”; Jan Kimbrough, “The Glastonbury Cow Party”; Billie Mason, “The Cargo”; Peres Owino, “Basketweaver”; Gretchen Somerfeld, “Face Value”; Janet Stilson, “Jaguar Trail”; and Kim Turner, “It Goes Like This.”

The event will take place September 18 to 20 in upstate New York at the Wiawaka Center. Iris is a collective of women filmmakers founded by Kyle Ann Stokes,
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Crowdfund This: ‘B Love’ - a Film That Considers the Unapologetically Voluptuous Woman as Love Interest

The filmmakers of the upcoming new short film “B Love,” make it clear that they wanted to make the film because “there are so many confident, beautiful, unapologetically voluptuous women [who] are a reality in our world, yet we do not see them reflected on film as central characters who are sought after. 'B Love' changes that…” Starring Eamonn Walker ("Chicago Fire," "Cadillac Records," HBO's "Oz"), Brely Evans ("Being Mary Jane," "Sparkle," "Just Wright") and Corey Hendrix ("Empire," "Chicago Pd" and "Sirens"), the film deals with a most unusual love triangle which goes counter to this...
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Jeffrey Wright Bio: In His Own Words

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Jeffrey Wright (born December 17, 1965) is an American actor and producer. He is known for his roles in movies, television shows, and plays such as Shaft, Boycott, Angels in America (both on television and on stage), Cadillac Records and Boardwalk Empire. He’s also well known for his roles as Felix Leiter in the James Bond films […]

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Bradley Cooper in talks to star and direct ‘A Star is Born’ with Beyonce

Could the Queen B be teaming up with the current king of the box office? Deadline reported Tuesday that Bradley Cooper is in talks to make his directorial debut with a remake of the classic showbiz drama and romance A Star is Born, and that Beyonce will be approached to star alongside Cooper in the film.

Nothing is confirmed yet, but Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. hopes he can jump into the project, along with producing and taking a stab at the script by Will Fetters (The Lucky One, Remember Me) once he is finished starring in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.

The bigger complication however may not be securing Cooper, but Beyonce. Clint Eastwood has long been attached to this project, but he recently revealed in an interview with THR’s Stephen Galloway that Beyonce is obviously very busy being a super-megastar, and that Warner Bros.
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"Holy Rollers" Makes Free Video-on-demand Debut January 20 Exclusively Through Snagfilms.Com

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

On The Eve Of This Year’S Sundance Film Festival, Past Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Holy Rollers, Starring Nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Makes Its Free VOD Debut Exclusively On Snagfilms Available Beginning January 20th, this Ripped-from-the-Headlines Crime Drama, Directed by Award-Winning Filmmaker Kevin Asch (Affluenza), Co-Stars Justin Bartha (The Hangover), Ari Graynor (TV’s “Bad Teacher”), Danny A. Abeckaser (The Wolf of Wall Street), Q-Tip and Hallie Kate Eisenberg (Paulie); it Will Be Available to View Online at SnagFilms.com, and All Supported Devices, Including Their Multi-Platform App

New York, NY (January Xx, 2015) – Inspired by actual events in the late ‘90s in which Hasidic Jews were recruited as drug mules, Holy Rollers was a Gotham Award winner and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee in 2010. On the eve of Sundance 2015, the crime drama, starring Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me
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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of Think Like A Man Too In St. Louis

In the highly anticipated sequel, Think Like A Man Too, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

All the original comedy’s stars return––La La Anthony (“La La’s Full Court Life,” Baggage Claim), Michael Ealy (“Almost Human,” About Last Night), Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”), Meagan Good (Anchorman 2, “Deception,”), Regina Hall (Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie), Kevin Hart (Ride Along, Let Me Explain), Taraji P. Henson (“Person of Interest,” No Good Deed), Terrence J (“E! News,” Baggage Claim), Jenifer Lewis (Baggage Claim), Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Gary Owen (Ride Along, Little Man) and Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane,” Cadillac Records). Adam Brody (Lovelace,
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Five golden rules of making a rap biopic

Why is no one making new rap movies? Come on, budding directors, now's your time to revive this flagging genre. I've even come up with a few tips to help you along

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Earlier this month, the trailer for a new TLC biopic appeared online, inspiring a swath of girls to dust off their Tommy Hilfiger boiler suits and bandanas in preparation for its October release. Although the video seems to have limited archive footage and more than a few clunky catchphrases crowbarred in, the fact that fans are so excited by such a low-budget VH1 flick proves how scarce good rap films have become. Biopics in general are notoriously difficult to make – thanks to the acquisition of life and music rights – but it's about time there were more films documenting the careers of the greatest rap artists, giving the I'm Not Theres
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The Weekend Plan: 'Lovelace,' 'Clear History', And Beyonce's New 'Do

The Weekend Plan: 'Lovelace,' 'Clear History', And Beyonce's New 'Do
Don't get stuck watching YouTube videos of cats riding Roombas all weekend. Check out these weekend movie picks.

On the Big Screen: "Lovelace"

Sure, Jennifer Aniston may be a drug-smuggling stripper in "We're the Millers" this weekend, but Amanda Seyfried turns it up to 11 as porn star Linda Lovelace. She's been all over town talking about how liberating the nudie scenes were and how much fun she had filming with a Popsicle prop. This will no doubt have guys zipping over to their local movie theater quicker than Leo DiCaprio with his jetpack.

On the Boob Tube: "Clear History"

It's hard to say what's sexier: Seyfried as a porn star, or Larry David with long hippie hair and a beard? In Clear History, which premieres this Saturday night on HBO, the famously balding funnyman appears as a bizarre mix between Jesus and Jeff Bridges. He plays Nathan Flomm, a Silicon
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Beyonce Debuts Blond Pixie Cut

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Beyonce Debuts Blond Pixie Cut
Bey has a new 'do!

The 31-year-old debuted a new short blond pixie cut late Wednesday night on Instagram.

Beyonce showed off her new look in three photos, just days after wrapping her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Brooklyn, New York.

Photos: Celebrity Hair Transformations

With the exception of sporting a short blond wig in "Cadillac Records" while playing singing legend Etta James, the singer is known for her long hair (extensions and wigs included!) with styles ranging from waves to braids, in both blond to brunette.

No word on whether her short 'do ...

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Exclusive Portrait: Life is But a Dream For Recording Mega Star Beyoncé

Chicago – It seems that 2013 so far has belonged to the Beyoncé, known now just by her first name. She began the year at President Obama’s second inauguration, admitting to lip-syncing her performance of the National Anthem. She followed that up with her triumphant Super Bowl halftime show, which also featured her former girl group, Destiny’s Child. Beyoncé then debuted her HBO special “Life is But a Dream,” which she also produced and directed.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, and made her debut in national media on “Star Search” when she was still a child. The band for that performance, “Girl Tyme,” eventually morphed into Destiny’s Child, when Beyoncé was only twelve years old. After scoring a single on the 1997 “Men in Black” soundtrack and releasing their self titled debut album, the group went on to multi-platinum success with “The Writing’s on the Wall
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'Breaking Dawn's Mackenzie Foy cast in 'Wish You Well'

'Breaking Dawn's Mackenzie Foy cast in 'Wish You Well'
Mackenzie Foy, the young actress who plays Renesmee — the daughter of Bella and Edward — in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and 2, has been cast in Wish You Well, a drama co-starring Ellen Burstyn and Josh Lucas, EW has confirmed.

As first reported by Variety, the 11-year-old actress (who we know enjoys swimming and popsicles) will play a girl who moves from New York to a Virginia farm to live in with her great -grandmother in the 1940s. Darnell Martin (who penned Cadillac Records) will direct, with the script will be adapted from David Baldacci’s best selling novel.

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'Breaking Dawn's Mackenzie Foy cast in 'Wish You Were Here'

'Breaking Dawn's Mackenzie Foy cast in 'Wish You Were Here'
Mackenzie Foy, the young actress who plays Renesmee — the daughter of Bella and Edward — in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and 2, has been cast in Wish You Well, a dramaco-starring Ellen Burstyn and Josh Lucas, EW has confirmed.

As first reported by Variety, the 11-year-old actress (who we know enjoys swimming and popsicles) will play a girl who moves from New York to a Virginia farm to live in with her great -grandmother in the 1940s. Darnell Martin (who penned Cadillac Records) will direct, with the script will be adapted from David Baldacci’s best selling novel.

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Twilight's "Renesmee" Will Wish You Well

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Mackenzie Foy, who plays Bella and Edward Cullen's daughter Renesmee in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, will star in Wish You Well with Josh Lucas ("The Firm," Life As We Know It) and Ellen Burstyn ("Political Animals"). The story follows a brother and sister in the 1940s who move from New York to a Virginia farm to live with their great-grandmother following a family tragedy. Farm life helps the girl to understand her father, herself and appreciate the love of family. Ned Bellamy ("WordGirl"), 14-year old Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Moonrise Kingdom), Laura Fraser ("Breaking Bad"), Alano Miller ("Vegas") and Jp Vanderloo also star in the indie drama written, produced and being directed by Darnell Martin ("Gossip Girl," Cadillac Records).

Source: Variety
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Jeffrey Wright Tapped to Join The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Beetee

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Jeffrey Wright has enlisted to co-star in Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence as District 3 tribute Beetee. He will likely appear in both installments of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay as well.

In author Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire book as well as the series finale Mockingjay, Beetee becomes an integral part of the plot due to his expertise with electronics and wiring, and earns the nickname "Volts" as a result. In Catching Fire, he is a former winner from District 3 who participates in the 75th annual Hunger Games, a deadly all-star game of sorts which proves pivotal to the future of Panem and President Snow's reign.

Wright is a well-traveled actor whom has appeared in television, film and on the stage. In 1994, Wright won a Tony Award for his work in Angels in America. More recently you may have spotted him in the past two James Bond films,
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