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Why RZA Says Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan Series Was Like ‘Making Sweet Potato Pie’

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Why RZA Says Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan Series Was Like ‘Making Sweet Potato Pie’
Bobby Diggs, aka RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan, used a curious analogy when speaking with TheWrap about Hulu’s upcoming scripted series tracking the rise of the legendary rap group: He said it was like “making sweet potato pie.”

RZA was describing both his and co-creator Alex Tse’s feelings towards seeking involvement from members from the real Wu-Tang Clan. We’ll let him explain it from here.

“We know that we’re making sweet potato pie, and we know that it takes ingredients. And we know that this guy does got some good nutmeg, and this guy got some good butter. But we know where to get nutmeg and butter from too. And we’re making this pie. Some members will be in town and they’ll say ‘Oh we’re going to come by the writers’ room.’ And maybe they don’t come in time. Some members, they’re right there.
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TV Review: ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’

  • Variety
TV Review: ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’
Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” a new series on Hulu assaying the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan as recollected by one of its members, joins a recent wave of art in which the subjects tell high-gloss versions of their own stories.

Last year, “Bohemian Rhapsody” — a hagiographic look at the rise of the band Queen, made with the enthusiastic assent and guidance of that group’s surviving members, became an Oscar-winning smash hit. It was followed this summer by “Rocketman,” a big-budget retelling of Elton John’s life story in which John, too, participated. Both versions were told redemptively, with a certain glowing admiration for both the musicianship of their subjects and other, loftier qualities. In 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” about the rap group N.W.A., the involvement was yet more literal: Not merely did the rappers in question produce the film, but Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
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Hip hop biopic Wu-Tang: An American Saga gets a first trailer

Hulu has released a trailer and images for its biographical drama Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The series stars Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Dave East, Siddiq Saunderson, Marcus Callender, Julian Elijah Martinez, Zolee Griggs, Erika Alexander, Tj Atoms, Johnell Young and tells the story for the formation of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990’s; take a look here…

Wu-Tang: An American Saga is inspired by “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu”, and based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who unites the men torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga is set to premiere on September 4th on Hulu.

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Hulu’s ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ Will Show Things The Band Were “Too Shy To Say In Front Of Camera” – TCA

Hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan recently was the subject of a four-part documentary series on Showtime, but founding member RZA says that Hulu’s forthcoming Wu drama will give viewers even more of a glimpse into the band as there were things the members were “too shy to say in front of a camera”.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga, which launches September 4 on the streaming platform, tells the story of the band starting in early 1990s. It looks at the group’s members, who grew up during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, and tracks the Clan’s formation — a vision of Bobby Diggs aka RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young black men who are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

“Wu Tang has always entertained and inspired, and this show is inspirational,” RZA said. “The documentary touches on one thing,
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Hulu at TCA: The Handmaid's Tale Renewed, Marvel's Runaways Return Date, and More!

Hulu is the latest network to take arrive at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, and there is a lot of news to unpack.

The biggest news of all is that The Handmaid's Tale will be back for a fourth season.

There was never a question about the future of the Elisabeth Moss-fronted drama series.

Despite a divisive third season, the streamer knows the show remains a big hit and is bringing it back for Season 4.

The Handmaid's Tale has garnered 11 Emmy wins throughout its run.

It is currently airing Wednesdays on the streamer.

Related: Kat Dennings Comedy Ordered at Hulu

Premiere dates have also been set for new and returning Hulu original series.

Marvel's Runaways will be back on the air December 13, and all 10 episodes will be released at once, meaning fans will be able to binge the heck out of it.

"In an action-packed Season
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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ Trailer: Meet the Young Members of Hip-Hop’s Original Dynasty

Based on one of the most influential and consequential groups in hip-hop history, Hulu’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” is inspired by “The Wu-Tang Manual,” The RZA’s first written introduction to the philosophy and history of hip-hop’s original dynasty; the “Tao of Wu,” the second philosophical book, and the true story of formation of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Set in early 1990s New York City, at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who works to bring together a dozen young, black men that are torn between careers in music and lives of crime, but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Hulu has released a new trailer for “An American Saga” which introduces viewers to the young members of Wu-Tang: The RZA, Raekwon, Gza, Ghostface Killah, Ol’ Dirty Bastard,
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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ Trailer Brings Together RZA, Method Man and Rest of the Clan (Video)

  • The Wrap
The first full-length trailer for Hulu’s upcoming scripted series about the Wu-Tang Clan shows how Bobby Diggs a.k.a. RZA formed what would become one of the most influential rap groups in music history.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” tracks the rise of the Wu-Tang clan, inspired by RZA’s books “The Wu-Tang Manuel” and “Tao of Wu.” Wu-Tang members RZA and Method Man are behind the series, which is written by RZA and Alex Tse, who serves as showrunner.

Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Diggs, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men who are torn between music and crime, but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Also Read: 'Into the Spider-Verse' Star Shameik Moore Among 6 Cast in Hulu's Wu-Tang Clan Drama

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Shameik Moore stars in teaser trailer for biopic series ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’

Hulu has launched a teaser trailer for their upcoming biopic series ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ on the legendary hip hop group ‘Wu-Tang Clan’.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga is inspired by “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu”, and based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who unites the men torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Spanning over 10 episodes the biopic series will explore the genesis of the famed hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan.

The Wu-Tang Clan has released five gold and platinum albums, selling 40 million albums worldwide. The group is often hailed as one of the most influential groups in the history of hip-hop with a unique sound and distinct image.
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TV News Roundup: Hulu Drops ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ Trailer (Watch)

  • Variety
TV News Roundup: Hulu Drops ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ Trailer (Watch)
In today’s roundup, Hulu drops the teaser trailer for “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” and Own: Oprah Winfrey Network announces the premiere date for season four of “Greenleaf.”

Dates

TLC‘s longest-running wedding show “Say Yes to the Dress” will return with a new season on Saturday, July 20 at 9 p.m. The premiere episode will feature Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing with the Stars” fame. Randy Fenoli and Kleinfeld consultants work to deliver the bride her perfect wedding dress before the big day.

Own announced that the fourth season of the megachurch drama series “Greenleaf” will premiere Tuesday, September 3 at 10 p.m. In season four, the Greenleaf family struggles to keep their church alive. Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Beau Bridges and Merle Dandridge star. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright, Clement Virgo, and Kriss Turner Towner.

First Looks

Hulu dropped a teaser trailer for the upcoming drama series “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
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Hulu’s Scripted Wu-Tang Clan Series Releases Its First Trailer (Video)

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Hulu’s Scripted Wu-Tang Clan Series Releases Its First Trailer (Video)
Hulu has released the first trailer for its upcoming scripted series “Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga,” introducing the actors who will be playing the members of the famed hip-hop group.

Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation. The group’s mastermind Bobby Diggs — aka The RZA — strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Inspired by The RZA’s books “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu,” the series is co-created and written by The RZA and “Watchman” writer Alex Tse. It will debut on the streaming service on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Also Read: 'Into the Spider-Verse' Star Shameik Moore Among 6 Cast in Hulu's Wu-Tang Clan Drama

The series stars Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Dave East, Siddiq Saunderson, Marcus Callender,
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After ‘Rbg,’ CNN Films Will Make Some ‘Good Trouble’ With Congressman John Lewis

CNN Films announced Wednesday that it has partnered with director Dawn Porter’s Trilogy Films and actress Erika Alexander’s Color Farm Media to develop a documentary feature that will chronicle the remarkable and expansive life of civil rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Robert Lewis. Porter is directing the currently untitled vérité film which will illustrate how the 79-year-old Lewis’ 60+ years of legendary social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare reform, and immigration, prepped him for the battles he fights today.

The film will incorporate interviews with Lewis, his family, other political leaders, colleagues, as well as a wealth of archival footage, rare and recently-discovered writings from Lewis and people in his intimate circle, to illuminate his past and continued influence on American culture and Congress.

Audiences will learn from Lewis’ extraordinary American story, beginning with his childhood experiences, to his fateful 1957 meeting with Martin Luther King,
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CNN Films Making Documentary on Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

  • Variety
John Lewis, the civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia, will be the subject of an upcoming documentary from CNN Films.

Director Dawn Porter (“Gideon’s Army”) has already started shooting the project, following the Democratic congressman as he worked to flip the house in the 2018 mid-term elections. She also followed Lewis as he worked behind-the-scenes during the recent government shutdown and as the Democrats took control of the House. In addition to interviews with Lewis, Porter plans to rely on archival footage to chart Lewis’ social activism, as well as his career in Washington, where he has advocated for voting rights, gun control, and healthcare reform.

CNN Films will retain North American broadcast rights for the film. Other U.S. rights for the film, including theatrical distribution, are for sale. Agc Studios is co-financing and controls international rights that will be sold via its worldwide sales subsidiary, Agc International.
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John Lewis Documentary From CNN Films in the Works

CNN Films announced on Wednesday that it is developing a documentary about the life and times of Georgia Congressman John Lewis.

The film, for which CNN is partnering with Trilogy Films and Color Farm Media, will use interviews and archival footage to “illustrate how Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare reform, and immigration has prepared him for today,” CNN said.

“John Lewis is a national treasure whose leadership paved the way for a generation. In much the same way as his life and work has been shaped by great civil rights leaders, Congressman Lewis continues to serve the country, introducing legislation to protect our most fundamental rights,” Dawn Porter, the film’s director and founder of Trilogy Films, said in a statement. “There has never been a more urgent need for the type of moral and compassionate leadership that he embodies.
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CNN Films And Trilogy Films Partner On Doc About Congressman John Lewis

CNN Films announced today it’s partnering with Trilogy Films and Color Farm Media to develop a documentary about Congressman John Robert Lewis and his civil rights efforts.

Lewis was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. Nicknamed “the Boy from Troy,” in recognition of his oratory skills and commitment to social justice, he became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s trusted allies.

Directed by Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army), the film will explore the Georgia representative’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare reform, and immigration.

Porter began principal photography on the film in September 2018, in advance of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, and continued through the first year of the 116th Congress.

“John Lewis is a national treasure whose leadership paved the way for a generation. In much the same way as his life and work
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CNN Films developing doc about Civil Rights icon John Robert Lewis

Agc International co-financing.

CNN Films has partnered with Trilogy Films and Color Farm Media to develop a documentary about Civil Rights icon John Robert Lewis.

Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army) will direct the film that delves into the life of Georgia Congressman. Agc Studios is co-financing and subsidiary Agc International will launch sales in Cannes.

CNN Films retains North American broadcast rights. Other Us rights for the film, including theatrical distribution, remain available.

Porter and Laura Michalchyshyn produce for Trilogy Films, with Erika Alexander and Ben Arnon of Color Farm Media. The executive producers are Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton for CNN Films,
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50th NAACP Image Awards: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘black-ish’ Dominate

The winners of the 50th NAACP Image Awards were announced last night during the live broadcast on TV One from The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson, who also doubled as a nominee.

The big winner of the night was “Black Panther” which took home eight trophies, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

In the television categories, “black-ish” topped all winners with five awards, including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé was honored as the NAACP Entertainer of the Year, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters was presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

Additional winners included radio host and personality Tom Joyner who was presented with the Vanguard Award, which recognizes an individual whose groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.
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NAACP Image Awards 2019: black-ish, Empire, Grey's Anatomy Among Winners

The 50th NAACP Image Awards ceremony was held Saturday night, and it was a night of many repeat victories.

ABC's hit comedy series, black-ish scored its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Series stars (and hosts of the event), Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson also dominated the lead actor categories.

Empire's Taraji P. Henson was another repeat victory, snagging her third consecutive award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series.

Empire has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, so this win is great.

Have a look at the full list of winners below.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta (FX)

black-ish (ABC) — Winner

Dear White People (Netflix)

grown-ish (Freeform)

Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish — Winner

Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Dwayne Johnson, Ballers

Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Danielle Brooks,
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NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Grey's, Empire Among 2019 Winners

The 50th NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Saturday night and featured a number of repeat victors: ABC’s black-ish took home its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series, as did stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (who also hosted the ceremony) in the lead actor categories. Taraji P. Henson triumphed for the third year in a row, winning Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Empire.

This year’s winners list also included several first-timers, including Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams, who triumphed over embattled Empire star Jussie Smollett in the race for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
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NAACP Image Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List
The 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Saturday night, with “Black Panther,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” the Starz drama “Power” and Beyonce going home as the night’s big winners.

Beyonce took home the night’s big prize for Entertainer of the Year, matching her husband, Jay-z, who was the previously announced recipient of this year’s President’s Award.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters received the NAACP Chairman’s Award, bestowed “in recognition of individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change,” and radio host Tom Joyner took home the NAACP Vanguard Award.

Also Read: Jussie Smollett Already Lost at the NAACP Image Awards

Held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the night also saw appearances by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, a monologue by host Anthony Anderson and a roast of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett by comedian Chris Rock.
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Barbara Fiorentino Joins Hulu as Head of Talent and Casting

  • The Wrap
Hulu has hired Emmy-winning casting director Barbara Fiorentino to serve as head of talent and casting, marking the first time that the streamer has hired an in-house head of casting.

In this role, Fiorentino will oversee the casting of all Hulu Originals projects and work closely with external creative partners on key talent searches for upcoming and current original series. She will also lead Hulu in growing its business with the industry’s top actors, identifying new and emerging talent, and expanding the diversity and inclusivity of its casting.

She will report to Beatrice Springborn, Hulu’s VP of originals.

Also Read: If 'Daredevil' and 'Jessica Jones' Get Revived, Here's Why It Would Likely Be on Hulu and Not Disney+

Fiorentino, having owned her own casting company since 1999, brings to Hulu extensive knowledge of the talent marketplace. She is credited with working on a number of
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