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‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett on How Directing Will Help Him Become The ‘Black, Male Barbra Streisand’

‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett on How Directing Will Help Him Become The ‘Black, Male Barbra Streisand’
Jussie Smollett has wanted to direct an episode of “Empire” since he started working on the Fox family musical drama as middle son Jamal. He began observing the episodic directors as they came in week to week and later spent time shadowing a few, which gave him the confidence to step behind the camera for music videos including “F.U.W.,” “Catch Your Eye” and “Hurt People.” And it was because of one such video that he finally got the chance to helm an episode of “Empire” in the fourth season.

“I sent it to everybody — Dana Walden, Gary Newman,
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‘Snowfall’ Season 2 Gets an Official Premiere Date and New Promo

It seems like the summer forecast is calling for Snowfall. The sophomore season will premiere on Thursday, July 19 at 10 Pm Et/Pt on FX. Season 2 continues its story about the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. Snowfall follows the ensemble of characters as they intersect and overlap within the mosaic of Los Angeles as we enter 1984, all of them working toward their ultimate goals of money, power and influence. Check out the new promo right here.

The cast includes Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a young street entrepreneur beginning to experience the perils of success; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative who finds that his off-book drug-funded operation may be vulnerable from unexpected sources, both personal and professional; and Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the drug running couple who discover the potency
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‘Snowfall’ Season 2 Premiere Date & Promo: FX’s 1980s-Set Crack Drama From John Singleton

The summer forecast calls for Season 2 of Snowfall. FX has set 10 Pm Thursday, July 19, for the return of its drama series that focuses on the 1980s crack outbreak, from creators John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron. Watch a new promo above. The sophomore-season plot: Snowfall continues its story about the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. Season 2 follows the ensemble of characters as they…
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Fox Strikes FX Programming Deals with Canal+, and HBO in Europe

Fox’s TV distribution arm has struck output deals for FX drama series with a raft of pay-tv players. Canal+ in France and HBO in Spain and the Nordics are among the buyers of the U.S. series, in deals that hand them exclusive first-run rights to upcoming FX programming.

Foxtel in Australia and Sky in New Zealand have also signed up with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.

The pay-tv platforms will get upcoming shows including Ryan Murphy’s musical “Pose,” Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy spin-off “Mayans Mc,” and “Trust,” which will be executive produced by Danny Boyle,
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Oscar Winner Jordan Peele Says We're in the Midst of a Black Cinema "Renaissance"

Oscar Winner Jordan Peele Says We're in the Midst of a Black Cinema
Jordan Peele made history at the 2018 Oscars on Sunday when he became the first African-American screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay. After his win, the Get Out director took to the pressroom to discuss what the award meant to him and how the moment was so much bigger than himself. "It's a Renaissance," he said. "I almost never became a director [sic] because there's such a shortage of role models. We had Spike [Lee]. We had John Singleton. We had the Peebleses. We had the Hughes brothers. But they felt like the exception to the rule." He then added, "I'm so proud to be a part of a time—the beginning of a...
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Oscar Winners 2018: ‘Shape of Water’ Was Warmly Received, But ‘Dunkirk’ Was Too Cool For the Room

Oscar Winners 2018: ‘Shape of Water’ Was Warmly Received, But ‘Dunkirk’ Was Too Cool For the Room
The Best Picture winner usually comes down to how the Academy wants to see itself and the message it wants to send. This year, with the membership diverging between the older (read: whiter) contingent and a younger, more international and diverse membership who have joined in the past three years, the likely winner was far from clear.

Finally, Guillermo Del Toro’s hopeful fairy tale about two outsiders in love was both beautiful and inspiring, with impeccable performances and craftsmanship. It ticked the boxes of inclusion; Mexican Del Toro is the fifth Latin American director winner in Oscar history, joining his chums A.G. Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron, as well as offering scale and scope. Actually, what he did on a $20 million budget — developing the aquaman design on his own dime and putting his salary into the movie — was remarkable. “Shape” also marks the first fantasy to win the Best
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Oscar Winners 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ Was Warmly Received, But ‘Dunkirk’ Was Too Cool For the Room

Oscar Winners 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ Was Warmly Received, But ‘Dunkirk’ Was Too Cool For the Room
The Best Picture winner usually comes down to how the Academy wants to see itself and the message it wants to send. This year, with the membership diverging between the older (read: whiter) contingent and a younger, more international and diverse membership who have joined in the past three years, the likely winner was far from clear.

Finally, Guillermo Del Toro’s hopeful fairy tale about two outsiders in love was both beautiful and inspiring, with impeccable performances and craftsmanship. It ticked the boxes of inclusion; Mexican Del Toro is the fifth Latin American director winner in Oscar history, joining his chums A.G. Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron. Actually, what he did on a $20 million budget — developing the aquaman design on his own dime and putting his salary into the movie — was remarkable. “Shape” also marks the first fantasy to win the Best Picture Oscar since “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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Jordan Peele Just Became the First Black Writer to Win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar

.@JordanPeele wins Best Original Screenplay and thanks fans of #GetOut: "I love you for shouting out at the theater, for shouting out at the screen. Let's keep going" https://t.co/ZF8wllV3ux #Oscars pic.twitter.com/RIbAqdFqA4 - Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 5, 2018 Jordan Peele had already made history just for being the first black nominee in all three of the Oscars' biggest categories in the same year - best picture, best director, and best original screenplay. Now, he can say he's made history for winning. The Get Out director took home the latter award on Sunday night, making him the first black writer to win in the category. "I thought it was impossible, that it would never work, that I could never make this movie," he said during his elated speech. "This is to all the people who let me raise my voice and let me make this movie . . . My wife,
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Oscars: Jordan Peele Becomes First African-American Winner for Best Original Screenplay

Oscars: Jordan Peele Becomes First African-American Winner for Best Original Screenplay
Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his film “Get Out,” making him the first black screenwriter to ever win the award. Peele is just the fourth black screenwriter nominated for Best Original Screenplay, following Suzanne de Passe for “Lady Sings the Blues,” Spike Lee for “Do the Right Thing” and John Singleton for “Boyz n the Hood.” “I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie,” Peele said upon accepting his Oscar. Also Read: 'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele on Why He Changed That Ending To clarify, Peele is...
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Jordan Peele Wears Bloody Antler Pin as a Tribute to Get Out Symbolism at Academy Awards

Jordan Peele Wears Bloody Antler Pin as a Tribute to Get Out Symbolism at Academy Awards
Jordan Peele added a special accessory to his suit jacket as an ode to his Academy Award-nominated film Get Out, up for four nominations at tonight’s award show.

The star, who is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for his work on Get Out, hit the red carpet with a custom Jason of Beverly Hills golden deer antler pin (featuring blood spatters) placed on the left lapel of his white suit jacket, which was a nod to the deer symbolism shown throughout the dramatic film starring Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya.

The deer symbolism began early on
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Oscars 2018: Sam Rockwell wins best supporting actor

Oscars 2018: Sam Rockwell wins best supporting actor
Will Guillermo del Toro win best director on Sunday? Will DoP Roger Deakins finally lay his hands on the prize? Follow Sunday’s 90th annual Academy Awards live here.

The first award of the night at the 90th annual Academy Awards has gone to Sam Rockwell for best actor in a supporting role for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Show host Jimmy Kimmel, in his second consecutive year in the role, kicked off the evening with a reference to last year’s best picture mix-up, before referencing the Hollywood sex scandal and speaking in favour of change.

“This year when you hear your name called,
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Oscars 2018: Winners – follow live

Will Guillermo del Toro win best director on Sunday? Will DoP Roger Deakins finally lay his hands on the prize? Follow Sunday’s 90th annual Academy Awards live here.

Fox Searchlight’s The Shape Of Water heads into the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday (March 4) with 13 nominations and is the clear front-runner. However there could well be triumphs along the way for Focus Features, Universal and Neon with the likes of Darkest Hour, Get Out and I, Tonya all in play, as well as Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Another tumultuous year for Hollywood has brought the
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Rushes. Stan Lee & Alain Resnais, Transgender Cinema, Quay Brothers Imaginary Posters

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSThe Weinstein Company has continued its descent after the many sexual assault accusations fired at Harvey Weinstein. According to Variety, the company is now filing for bankruptcy after a sale fell through.Recommended VIEWINGJust a few weeks ago we shared the trailer for Hong Sang-soo's latest film, Grass. Now, in the event of its U.S. distribution (provided by Cinema Guild), there's a new trailer for one of Hong's 2017 ventures: Claire's Camera. You can read our review for the lovingly quaint film in our Cannes 2017 coverage.Marvel mastermind Stan Lee recounts his surreal near-collaboration with the great late French director Alain Resnais for Criterion. February 16th, 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the creation of the state of Lithuania. Thus the nation's avant-garde maestro, Jonas Mekas, has kindly shared his 2008 epic Lithuania and the Collapse of the Ussr on Vimeo.
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Final Oscar 2018 Predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ Will Win Four of its 13 Nominations

Final Oscar 2018 Predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ Will Win Four of its 13 Nominations
The Oscars this Sunday are driven by several competing narratives; the question is which one will dominate the night. And the preferential ballot — each voter ranks the nine nominees — all comes down to the movies Academy members actually saw and loved the most, and which film aligns with the zeitgeist to deliver the message that voters want to send.

That’s why politics are bound to intrude. Is the old (white male) guard still in control? Or is the younger, more diverse and international membership, brought on in the last two years since #Oscarssowhite — about 20 percent of the Academy’s 7,258 members — steering a more inclusionary course? In other words, many wonder if the “Moonlight” narrative continues. (We are not talking about that crazy Pricewaterhousecoopers snafu — steps have been taken to prevent those mistakes. Onward.)

The Academy actors’ branch nominated four actors of color this year (down from seven in 2017):
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Final Oscar 2018 Predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ Will Win Four of its 13 Nominations

Final Oscar 2018 Predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ Will Win Four of its 13 Nominations
The Oscars this Sunday are driven by several competing narratives; the question is which one will dominate the night. And the preferential ballot — each voter ranks the nine nominees — all comes down to the movies Academy members actually saw and loved the most, and which film aligns with the zeitgeist to deliver the message that voters want to send.

That’s why politics are bound to intrude. Is the old (white male) guard still in control? Or is the younger, more diverse and international membership, brought on in the last two years since #Oscarssowhite — about 20 percent of the Academy’s 7,258 members — steering a more inclusionary course? In other words, many wonder if the “Moonlight” narrative continues. (We are not talking about that crazy Pricewaterhousecoopers snafu — steps have been taken to prevent those mistakes. Onward.)

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'I was terrified I was going to be a flash in the pan': the people who made Oscars history

What’s it like to be a barrier-breaking nominee? Two 2018 hopefuls consider their achievements, while John Singleton, the first African American to be nominated best director, recalls his Oscar night

If Rachel Morrison had her way, she would be in hiding until after the Oscars on Sunday. Morrison is a cinematographer – part of a tribe that generally prefers to keep a low profile. “We specialise in being behind the camera. It’s strange to suddenly be in front of it.”
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True Crime’s TV Takeover: Critics Pick the Genre’s Most Killer Moments

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday or Wednesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is your favorite moment from a true crime series? This is the whole true crime genre that includes docuseries, scripted reenactments (a la “American Crime Story”), and even spoofs (“American Vandal,” “Trial & Error”).

Soraya Nadia McDonald (@SorayaMcDonald), The Undefeated

I’m not sure if I can pinpoint one particular favorite moment from “American Vandal,” but I do so appreciate its dedication to sending up contemporary conventions of true crime, especially the way it pokes at the method of storytelling that “Serial” and “This American Life” rely on so heavily. I’m especially tickled by the voiceover narration, the spot-on rhythm of the delivery.
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The Black Panther movie that never was

Rob Leane Feb 26, 2018

Before he was Blade, Wesley Snipes pushed hard to get a Black Panther movie made in the 1990s...

Black Panther, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie with a black title character, has launched – at long last - in spectacular style. The film earned rave reviews, before doing gangbusters at the global box office. Sequel talk has already begun, and Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa has cemented his place in the McU, just in time for Wakanda to become a battleground in this summer’s humungous crossover event, Avengers: Infinity War.

However, this article isn’t about the Black Panther movie that you’ve recently seen and probably loved. Rather, this article is about the Black Panther movie you never got to see: the one that Wesley Snipes was trying to make back in the 1990s. To find out everything there is to know about this doomed project
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Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) or Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be 21st under-40 Best Director Oscar winner

Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) or Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be 21st under-40 Best Director Oscar winner
Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) celebrated his 39th birthday on Feb. 21 and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) is 34 years old. Neither will beat Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”) as the youngest Best Director Oscar winner (32 years, 38 days), though Gerwig would be the fourth youngest. But if either Peele or Gerwig upsets frontrunner Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), he or she would be the 21st winner under the age of 40.

While Gerwig, who would be 34 years and 212 days old at the ceremony, would slide into the fourth youngest slot, Peele would be the 18th youngest, edging out “The Awful Truth” (1937) director Leo McCarey (39 years, 158 days), “The Lost Weekend” (1945) helmer Billy Wilder (39 years, 258 days) and “Mr. Deed Goes to Town” (1936) champ Frank Capra (39 years, 290 days). All 20 under-40 champs were in their 30s at the time of their victories.

See 2018 Oscars: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) could fly into the record books as fourth
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Raphael Saadiq on His Oscar-Nominated ‘Mudbound’ Song, Working With Mary J. Blige and Declining Prince’s Record Deal

Raphael Saadiq on His Oscar-Nominated ‘Mudbound’ Song, Working With Mary J. Blige and Declining Prince’s Record Deal
Without overstating the case, singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq has had an almost Zelig-like career over the past 30 years. Yet at 51, the peak of that career may have arrived: An Academy Award nomination for Best Song for “Mighty River,” the song he wrote with Mary J. Blige and frequent collaborator Taura Stinson for “Mudbound,” the harrowing Netflix film about a black family in the Jim Crow-era South for which Blige received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her acting as well as her singing.

It’s a long way from the Oakland native’s first big break, which came as Sheila E’s bassist during tours as an opening act for Prince and Lionel Richie. After that band split, he returned to Oakland and formed the R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!, which had a string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s (remember “Feels Good” and “If I Had No Loot”?). By
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