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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Melissa Miller Costanzo — “All These Small Moments”

“All These Small Moments”

Filmmaker Melissa Miller Costanzo’s films have been featured in Ifp Film Week and the American Black Film Festival. She previously directed the short film “The Busker,” produced projects such as “Those People” and “Zarra’s Law,” and worked in the art department on award-winning films including “The Fighter” and “Precious.” Miller Costanzo recently wrapped work in the art department on Barry Jenkins’ next film, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

All These Small Moments” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 24.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Mmc: A teenage boy’s infatuation with a woman he meets on the bus offers him temporary solace from his crumbling home life.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Mmc: I wrote this script because I had many personal feelings I wanted to explore that stemmed from different facets
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Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)

Lee Daniels Boards Lesbian Love Story 'Pimp' as Producer (Exclusive)
Lee Daniels has signed on to executive produce the indie urban drama film Pimp.

Written and directed by Christine Crokos, the love story stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Haley Ramm (The Originals), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Mike E. Winfield (Conversations in L.A.), Edi Cathegi (Twilight) and Dmx.

Pimp marks the first film that Daniels — the writer-director-producer behind such hits as Empire, Star, Precious and The Butler — has executive produced. The impetus for his involvement stemmed from wanting to support a new generation of filmmakers with authentic voices and a unique approach to storytelling.

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Tiffany Haddish to Produce Comedy Series ‘Unsubscribed’ in Development at HBO (Exclusive)

Tiffany Haddish to Produce Comedy Series ‘Unsubscribed’ in Development at HBO (Exclusive)
Tiffany Haddish is set to executive produce a comedy series in development at HBO, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project is titled “Unsubscribed.” It is described as an examination of female blackness, beauty, and identity through a behind-the-scenes look at the Instagram hustle.

The series hails from writers and executive producers Xosha Roquemore and Danielle Henderson. This marks Roquemore’s first outing as a writer, as she is known primarily for her acting work. She previously played the series regular role of Tamra Webb in “The Mindy Project” and will recur in the second season of the Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here.
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From Philadelphia to 120 Bpm: the changing face of Aids in film

Rampant homophobia in the 80s meant that film-makers were reluctant to vent their anger at indifference to the HIV/Aids crisis. Not any more. But should directors of the past have been braver?

From the first films made about the crisis in the mid-80s to recent historical dramas charting the epidemic, cinema has given us many noble dramas about Aids, the vast majority of which focus on gay men. Precious (2009) is a notable exception. But too many lack the vital ingredient that makes Robin Campillo’s 120 Bpm a modern classic: anger.

The first feature film to depict Aids was Buddies (1985), a low-budget chamber piece by Arthur J Bressan Jr, a former gay porn film-maker, who died of an Aids-related illness in 1987. The film, about a dying man and his “buddy” – someone who provides companionship and care to people with HIV and Aids – sensitively merges the political and the personal.
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Yes, You Already Know the Hilarious Actress Playing DJ's Wife in the Roseanne Reboot

Say hello to DJ Conner's wife, Geena Williams! On Saturday, co-showrunner Whitney Cummings confirmed the news that Xosha Roquemore will be stepping in to play the character in the Roseanne reboot, writing, "One of my favorite episodes of the show was when DJ wouldn't kiss the girl at the school play, so imagine my delight when we decided that once they became adults, DJ married her."

If you're having a slight case of déjà vu, it's because you've already seen Roquemore on your screen before. The 33-year-old Los Angeles native starred in 2009's critically acclaimed film Precious and is also known for her work as the hilarious Tamra on Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project. Additionally, Roquemore had a small stint in 2017's critically acclaimed film The Disaster Artist alongside James Franco. We can't wait to see her slay as Geena when Roseanne returns to ABC on March 27!

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A Blazing Field of Colours Running Amok: Bill Gunn's "Personal Problems"

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Personal Problems. Image courtesy of Kino Lorber, Inc.In films, there are “Black people problems,” wherein one person’s moral flaws are taken to stand in for a moral flaw with the whole race. These are usually related to drug abuse, extreme violence and a general degeneration of the values that make up the social codes. In his editorial for The New York Times on the Oscar-nominated film Precious (2009) and its theme of incest, the poet Ishmael Reed writes, “This use of movies and books to cast collective shame upon an entire community doesn’t happen with works about white dysfunctional families. It wasn’t done, for instance, with Requiem for a Dream, or with The Kiss.” When scripting Bill Gunn’s Personal Problems (1980), Reed wrote about the daily life of the nurse aide, Johnnie Mae Brown, who is not a drug dealer or a coke-snorting bad mother or even
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Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ Win Marks Awards Season Capstone for Venice Film Festival

Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ Win Marks Awards Season Capstone for Venice Film Festival
Here’s a thought to chew on: It’s been 11 years since the best picture Oscar went to a film — Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” — that hadn’t premiered at a film festival (though it did screen as a work in progress at the 2006 Toronto fest to select eyeballs). Prior to that, festival indies were the exception rather than the norm in the best picture race, which was ruled by the kind of big-studio prestige pics that didn’t need the momentum-building progression of a festival rollout.

Needless to say, a lot has changed at the Oscars (and, indeed, in Hollywood) this century, as the kind of tony, adult-oriented drama that tends to rule awards season has become largely the preserve of the independent realm. Film festivals, meanwhile, have been drawn ever more integrally into the Oscar dance: the imagined “official” kickoff of awards season may come with the early-fall trifecta of Venice,
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’ join list of 24 Lgbt Oscar winners as representation continues to improve

‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’ join list of 24 Lgbt Oscar winners as representation continues to improve
Lgbt-themed films were seldom honored by the motion picture academy in the 20th century. But the first two decades of the 21st century have seen the Oscars change their tune, with more and more films with Lgbt stories winning awards. At least one Lgbt-themed film has won an Oscar every year since 2013, including last year’s historic Best Picture win by “Moonlight,” the first film with a gay protagonist to win in the top category. Two more acclaimed films joined the list of Oscar-winning Lgbt films in 2018: “Call Me by Your Name” and “A Fantastic Woman.” Click through our gallery to see the complete list.

Call Me by Your Name” went into Oscars with four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet), and it took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. With that victory the film’s writer, James Ivory, made history by becoming the oldest Oscar-winner in any category.
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‘The Voice’ leaked audition: Which coach convinces Johnny Bliss to join their team after his four-chair turn for ‘Preciosa’? [Watch]

‘The Voice’ leaked audition: Which coach convinces Johnny Bliss to join their team after his four-chair turn for ‘Preciosa’? [Watch]
On the March 5 episode of “The Voice,” Johnny Bliss performs “Preciosa” and inspires all four coaches to hit their buttons. One is so eager to get this talent for their team that they use a block. Watch the drama play out in this video sneak peek of his audition.

The Spanish language “Preciosa” (English translation “Precious”) dates back to 1937 when Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández Marín composed it as a paean to his homeland. In the intervening eight plus decades, it has been recorded by a slew of talent, including Mark Anthony.

With his heartfelt rendition, Bliss soon has all four coaches turned to face him. Adam Levine is so determined that new coach Kelly Clarkson not net this talent for her team that he uses his block for the first and only time. The one-time “American Idol” champ is not pleased to find out that she will miss a chance for Bliss.
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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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The Independent Spirit Awards have increasingly chosen Oscar acting favorites

The Independent Spirit Awards have increasingly chosen Oscar acting favorites
Three of the Oscar acting frontrunners, Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), are up for Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, and all but Janney are predicted to win in our combined odds. But those who are looking for an upset by Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) in Best Supporting Actress might want to reconsider, because the Independent Spirit Awards have progressively become less independent in choosing their acting winners.

Needless to say, there isn’t a perfect overlap in nominees between the Spirit Awards and the Oscars, and only 23 Spirit winners across all four categories have gone on to win the Oscar the next day. But a majority of those winners have occurred since 2000. Here they are by category:

See 2018 Indie Spirit Awards predictions: Laurie Metcalf (‘Lady Bird’) will hand Allison Janney (‘I, Tonya’) her first televised loss

Best Actor

2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman,
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Whoopi Goldberg Says She Could've 'Schooled' Mo'Nique on What to Expect from Movie Deal Contracts

Whoopi Goldberg Says She Could've 'Schooled' Mo'Nique on What to Expect from Movie Deal Contracts
Whoopi Goldberg wants Mo’Nique to take some notes.

During an appearance on The View on Thursday, Mo’Nique discussed her boycott of Netflix over equal pay. In January, the comedian and actress asked fans to stand with her against “gender bias and color bias” after the streaming service allegedly offered her $500,000 for her comedy special — a fraction of what they offered Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.

“When it comes to Netflix, and with Amy and Dave and Chris, let me say this — what they got, they were supposed to,” she said. “I don’t have an issue
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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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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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Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar's Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years

Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar's Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years
In late January, Jordan Peele became just the fourth African-American filmmaker in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for best director. The 39-year-old behind Get Out follows John Singleton, who in 1992 was the category's youngest-ever nominee at 24 when he was recognized for directing Boyz N the Hood, along with Lee Daniels, now 58 (Precious, 2009), and Barry Jenkins, 38 (Moonlight, 2016). If this elite group were expanded to include all black directors, it would add only Britain's Steve McQueen, who earned his nomination in 2014 for helming 12 Years a Slave. None of these prior...
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name’ would only be second pair of Oscar screenplay winners without Globe nominations

‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name’ would only be second pair of Oscar screenplay winners without Globe nominations
Get Out” and “Call Me by Your Name” each has a Writers Guild Award to its name, with respective Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay victories Sunday, but that’s not the only thing the films have in common. Neither script was nominated at the Golden Globes, which only has one screenplay category. If they both go on to win their corresponding screenplay Oscars, they’d only be the second pair of script winners that were snubbed by the Globes.

The only pair to accomplish this was 2002’s “Talk to Her,” which won original, and “The Pianist,” which won adapted.” The Globes awarded “About Schmidt” over “Adaptation,” “Chicago,” “Far From Heaven” and “The Hours.” If that’s not enough, “Talk to Her” and “The Pianist” also claimed their Oscars without WGA mentions — the former was ineligible and the latter was not nominated.

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Oscars 2018: Do mean moms like Allison Janney usually beat loving moms like Laurie Metcalf and Mary J. Blige?

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Oscars 2018: Do mean moms like Allison Janney usually beat loving moms like Laurie Metcalf and Mary J. Blige?
The “Long-Suffering Wife” has been a reoccurring Oscars trope: women winning for playing loyal, put-upon spouses, usually to tormented leading men (e.g. Jennifer Connelly in “A Beautiful Mind,” Viola Davis in “Fences”). In recent years we’ve also seen the “Long Suffering Mother” rise to prominence, but while some moms are the ones who suffer, others cause the suffering. This year we’ve got a few to choose from in the race for Best Supporting Actress: the loving Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird“) and Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound“) and that mean mama Allison Janney (“I, Tonya“). So who will win?

After winning at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and SAG Awards Janney has taken the lead in our Oscar predictions with 1/3 odds based on the combined picks of more than 3,400 Gold Derby users. Janney plays Lavona, the abusive mother who ruthlessly pushed her daughter Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) to be a figure skating champion.
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‘Call Me By Your Name’ And ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Are 2018 USC Scripter Winners

The 30th Annual Scripter Awards were handed out in Los Angeles Saturday night and 89-year-old “Call Me By Your Name” screenwriter James Ivory may be one step closer to winning an Oscar. Ivory and original novel author André Aciman won the film Scripter and nine of the last 10 Scripter winners have also won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The last upset was “Precious” over “Up in the Air,” the Scripter winner, in 2010.
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How Oscar Nominees Defied Expectations in #MeToo Era

How Oscar Nominees Defied Expectations in #MeToo Era
Old voting patterns fell by the wayside this Oscar season, making for a more diverse nominee class than usual.

Nominees defied expectations in numerous categories, from best picture to cinematography and director. These choices challenge established notions of what nominees look like – and the type of films that make it onto the Academy Awards ballot – at a moment when #TimesUp for diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.

Is this a sign that Hollywood is broadening its approach toward prestige movie making? Has the Academy’s diversity push started to affect voting patterns? It’s too soon to say, but that doesn’t lessen the accomplishment of these nominees. Rather, it is all the more reason to savor them.

This year’s boundary breakers range from “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison, the first woman ever nominated in the category, to Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey in “All the Money in the World” at the 11th hour and became a supporting
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