Anna Deavere Smith - News Poster

News

Director Tom Verica (‘For the People’) was inspired by Sidney Lumet for story of attorneys ‘thrust into the federal justice system’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Director Tom Verica (‘For the People’) was inspired by Sidney Lumet for story of attorneys ‘thrust into the federal justice system’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
In the new Shonda Rhimes-produced legal drama “For the People,” executive producer and director Tom Verica uses art direction and cinematography to “take the viewer on a journey of what these first-year attorneys are up against.” Created by Paul William Davies, this freshman ABC series starring Hope Davis, Ben Shenkman, Anna Deavere Smith and Vondie Curtis-Hall centers on a group of young lawyers who arrive in New York’s Southern District Federal Court, more ominously known as “The Mother Court.” Verica, who serves as the producing director, wanted to “create these anthem-like frames and spaces” to “bring forth what one’s experience might be when they’re suddenly thrust into the federal justice system.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Verica above.

Sign Up for Gold Derby’s free newsletter with latest predictions

Verica’s direction of the pilot episode was influenced by legendary film and television director Sidney Lumet,
See full article at Gold Derby »

For the People: Is the ABC TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch Has there been a ruling? Is the For the People TV show cancelled or renewed for a second season on ABC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of For the People, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? An ABC legal drama, For the People stars Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Anna Deavere Smith. The Shondaland TV series unfolds at “The Mother Court,” i.e. the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The story centers on six accomplished attorneys, who work on both sides
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

For The People Season 1 Episode 4 Review: The Library Fountain

Who knew Seth would blossom into one of the best characters on the show?

On For The People Season 1 Episode 4, Seth went to extreme measures to bring a CEO to justice for knowing about contaminating the water supply in his hometown. 

It was an eye-opening case that gave Ben Rapaport a lot of time to shine. It was exciting to see Seth being so passionate about bringing Jack to justice. 

Todd was horrid. He did not give a damn that Jack was a criminal. He only contacted Seth in the first place to try and get him on his side to let Jack off with a slap on the wrist. 

Every scene with Todd was awkward because the character was too one-note to care about. Discrediting the witnesses in the courtroom was deplorable. They were being discredited for things that meant absolutely nothing to the case. 

Related: For The People
See full article at TVfanatic »

For the People: Season One Viewer Votes

What's your verdict on the first season of the For the People TV show on ABC? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show For the People is cancelled or renewed for season two. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the For the People season one episodes below. An ABC legal drama, For the People stars Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Anna Deavere Smith. The Shondaland TV series unfolds at “The Mother Court,” i.e. the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The story
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Trailer: Marielle Heller Returns with Melissa McCarthy-Led Biopic

One of the best debuts of the past few years was Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl and this fall, the director will make her return with the Melissa McCarthy-led biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me?. The film follows the true s tory of a once-famous entertainment writer who starts to forge letters from deceased celebrities. Ahead of an October release, the first trailer has now arrived courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

“There are pitfalls to biopics that are hard to get away from. There’s an expectation that you’re doing a certain amount of journalistic storytelling that’s going to give an exact play-by-play showing someone’s entire life from cradle to grave. This does none of that,” Heller tells EW. “I like telling stories about women who would otherwise be [ignored],” says Heller. “[Lee] wishes…. that she could have been a part of this great intellectual
See full article at The Film Stage »

Melissa McCarthy in Superb First Trailer for 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

"What seems to be the problem?" Fox Searchlight has debuted an excellent first trailer for the new film Can You Ever Forgive Me?, about author Lee Israel, played by Melissa McCarthy, who made her living in the 1970's & 80's plagiarizing from other famous authors. This is the new feature film made by filmmaker Marielle Heller, who made the outstanding indie debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Heller is one of my favorite filmmakers on the rise, and I'm so happy to get a glimpse at her latest. This looks delightfully droll, and entertaining in weird ways, but I'm still into it. The cast includes Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin, Dolly Wells, Michael Cyril Creighton, Jennifer Westfeldt, and Anna Deavere Smith. This is a seriously great trailer for a film that looks exceptionally good. McCarthy giving a helluva performance, too. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Marielle Heller's Can You Ever Forgive Me?
See full article at FirstShowing.net »

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Trailer: ‘Diary of Teenage Girl’ Director Marielle Heller Returns With Another Wild True Story

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Trailer: ‘Diary of Teenage Girl’ Director Marielle Heller Returns With Another Wild True Story
The Diary of a Teenage Girl” helmer Marielle Heller snagged a slew of potential projects after her 2015 breakout starring Bel Powley, but she’s finally back in theaters this fall thanks to a long-gestasting film that speaks to her fascinating with wild true stories and asks one big question: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” And what a movie to remind people how talented Heller is, thanks to a notoriously nutty story and the canny casting of Melissa McCarthy in a role that demands drama.

Based on Lee Israel’s autobiography of the same name — and with a Nicole Holofcener script to boot — the film unspools the crazy story of Israel (McCarthy), once a lauded celeb biographer who turned to fraud and plagiarism when her coffers dried up. And it wasn’t just stories or books she faked, but letters from famous people, which she then sold to unsuspecting buyers (and
See full article at Indiewire »

For the People: Season One Ratings

Like police and medical procedurals, legal dramas do quite well on network television. The have a low barrier to entry and can tap into the zeitgeist, particularly when they feature the kind of cases that are hitting headlines in the real world. With the ratings for How to Get Away with Murder on the downswing, ABC has introduced its new For the People TV show. Can it attract the kind of audience Dick Wolf's Law & Order franchise has long brought to NBC? Will For the People be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. From creator Paul William Davies, For the People stars Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Anna Deavere Smith. The Shondaland legal drama unfolds at “The Mother Court,” i.e. the United States District Court
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

For the People

Network: ABC. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: March 13, 2018 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Anna Deavere Smith. TV show description: From creator Paul William Davies, the For the People TV show is a Shondaland legal drama. The story unfolds at "The Mother Court," i.e. the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The series centers on six accomplished attorneys, who work on both sides of the law. Whether they represent the defense or the people, these young lawyers ply their trade trying some
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

TV Review: ‘For the People’ on ABC

TV Review: ‘For the People’ on ABC
“For the People” is so gratingly self-conscious that at times, especially in the pilot, it’s as if every character is frantically waving their hands and shouting, “I’m on TV! We’re in a TV show!”

When friends and roommates Sandra (Britt Robertson) and Ali (Jasmin Savoy Brown) interact in the stilted premiere episode, the subtext is — you know we have to establish being best friends onscreen as quickly as possible because this is a show, right? With emotional maneuvering that is so transparent it’s almost cynical, “For the People” presents us the Shondaland gold standard of six-odd young overachievers,
See full article at Variety - TV News »

‘For The People’ Cast on Their Characters’ ‘Coming of Age’ Stories

Paul William Davies’ new legal drama “For The People” may feature elements of traditional “case of week” procedurals, including taking on topical issues, but the cast says the heart of the show comes from the relationships between the up-and-coming public defenders and assistant Us attorneys.

“It’s as much a coming-of-age story for these people — it just happens they’re coming of age professionally because they have this huge sense of mission to do this professionally,” star Ben Shenkman (who plays Roger Gunn, chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s office) tells Variety. “It’s an
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Why You Should Watch HBO’s “Notes from the Field”

“Notes from the Field” is a play that was made into a film by HBO that explores the problem of poverty and education in the poorest schools in the country. If you aware of the social justice program, “The Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project” then you have a very good idea of what to expect from the film. If you aren’t, this film will give you the background and reality to one of the country’s biggest but least covered problems by the media. The film is a continuation of the program whose goal is to raise awareness about the problem

Why You Should Watch HBO’s “Notes from the Field
See full article at TVovermind.com »

Anna Deavere Smith Depicts the ‘Disturbing’ Injustice of the School-to-Prison Pipeline in ‘Notes From the Field’

Anna Deavere Smith Depicts the ‘Disturbing’ Injustice of the School-to-Prison Pipeline in ‘Notes From the Field’
Shock and alarm may have been the emotions that first started Anna Deavere Smith’s path to create “Notes From the Field,” but it was love that fueled the one-woman play through the process.

“It was very alarming to realize that poor kids are pathologized and sent to jail for things that middle class and rich kids could do and have it called mischief,” Smith tells Variety. But then her work took her to the Yurok Reservation, where she says she “fell in love” with the Yurok people. “And then love was carrying me from there on.”

“Notes from the Field” explores the lives of people who were incarcerated as youths, as well as those who are fighting for justice in a number of ways, including Bree Newsome, who was arrested for civil disobedience in 2015 after she climbed the South Carolina State House flagpole and removed the Confederate flag and Niya Kenny, who went to
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Anna Deavere Smith on Balancing Art and Advocacy in 'Notes From the Field'

Notes From the Field isn't typical Saturday Night Movie fare. On Feb. 24, the HBO time slot traditionally reserved for second-run blockbusters or flashy original telepics goes to Anna Deavere Smith’s latest stage piece — a simmering one-woman indictment of America's school-to-prison pipeline.

The 2016 work, the results of years of research, finds Smith again channeling the voices of others — as she did in celebrated works Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 — only these time each of the 18 real-life personas she attaches to herself shows the various ways in which public...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - TV News »

Vicente Fox, Salman Rushdie, Anna Deavere Smith on Real Time with Bill Maher

Tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher may be his best yet this season — with a guest line-up including Vicente Fox, Salman Rushdie and Anna Deavere Smith. Outspoken actress, playwright, and activist Smith is the top-of-show interview guest. Her latest project is her one-woman off-broadway show titled Notes from the Field, coming to HBO on February 24. The film version sees Smith play 19 of the 250 people she interviewed in the one-woman show on the failed justice system. Her acting is staged before a live audience and is blended with video footage to recreate each person’s “speech patterns, movements and emotions”, according to...read more
See full article at Monsters and Critics »

‘For the People’ Cast on Tackling Cases From ‘Terrorism to Wine Fraud’

‘For the People’ Cast on Tackling Cases From ‘Terrorism to Wine Fraud’
The latest new series under the Shondaland banner, “For The People,” is a legal drama set in New York City, and while its cases won’t be ripped from the headlines “Law & Order”-style, the show is designed to depict a large scope of issues affecting the nation today.

“It’s the highest profile trial court in America, and [sometimes] these cases tend to be high profile,” series star Vondie Curtis-Hall says about the real-life United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, which is fictionalized in the show. “Bernie Madoff was tried there, Tom Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ was tried there, the Rosenbergs, the Pentagon Papers, Thurgood Marshall served there before going to the Supreme Court. That’s the weight of these cases and the weight of the court. I think we do honor that in many ways.”

The series, created by Paul William Davies, follows a fictional group of public defenders, prosecuting attorneys
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Video: Watch Anna Deavere Smith Get Political in HBO's New Trailer for Notes From The Field

A full production of Anna Deavere Smith's 'Notes from the Field' opened in late 2016 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., and immediately transferred to off-Broadway, opening at Second Stage Theater in New York. In this unique one-woman show, Smith dramatized the accounts of students, parents,TEACHERSand administrators affected by American's school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes underprivileged, minority youth out of the classroom and into incarceration.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

TV News Roundup: ‘Sneaky Pete’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date at Amazon

In today’s roundup, Amazon announced the return of “Sneaky Pete,” and HBO released the premiere date for “Notes from the Field.”

Dates

The second season of Amazon’s original series “Sneaky Pete” premieres on March 9. The drama stars Emmy winner Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Giovanni Ribisi, and Marin Ireland. Sony Pictures Television Studio co-produces, and Emmy winners Graham Yost and Bryan Cranston are executive producers. The show focuses on a con man who assumes the identity of his former cellmate and is hunted by a gangster. The series was co-created by Cranston and David Shore from “The Good Doctor.”

HBO will premiere its adaptation of the play “Notes from the Field” on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. The HBO Films presentation is conceived, written, and performed by Anna Deavere Smith who starred in the one-woman off-Broadway show the movie is based on. The adaption addresses young people’s lack of access to opportunities and resources
See full article at Variety - TV News »

HBO’s ’Game of Thrones’ and Anti-Netflix Strategy Ruled 2017; Here’s What’s Ahead for 2018

HBO is pondering a post-“Game of Thrones” universe, but it’s been here before. Of course, the TV landscape is a lot more competitive than it was when “The Sopranos” ended a decade ago and left the network hunting for a new hit. But HBO is also much bigger than it was in 2007, with a deeper bench of content and a thriving digital service. That’s why HBO still at the top of its game, despite being beset on all sides by an ever-increasing TV landscape that includes some serious competition from streaming platforms.

In 2017, HBO continued to dominate in ratings and awards, putting its faith in delivering quality shows that have household name recognition as well as critical appeal. In 2018, “Game of Thrones” will likely be on hiatus, but the pay cabler has plenty of fare to fill the void until the final season of George R.R. Martin
See full article at Indiewire »

18 HBO Original Programs To Be Excited About in 2018 — ‘Sharp Objects,’ ‘Paterno,’ and More

HBO enters 2018 without its signature series, “Game of Thrones,” which isn’t expected to return for its last hurrah until 2019. But that’s fine — the premium cable network has plenty of other new and returning shows to look forward to. Here’s a roundup of the 18 most anticipated series that HBO subscribers have to look forward to in the coming months.

Divorce” Season 2

Release Date: January 14, 2018

Creator: Sharon Horgan

Showrunner: Jenny Bicks

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Tracy Letts

After a mixed reception for Season 1, “Divorce” is getting a creative shake-up in Season 2. Jenny Bicks, who wrote on “Sex and the City” and “The Big C,” has stepped in as the new showrunner, and — if you can believe it — Thomas Haden Church shaved his mustache. It’s unclear which will have a bigger impact on series’ eight new episodes, but Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to
See full article at Indiewire »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites