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Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (‘The Chi’) on how Ronnie ends up ‘in a deeper hole of trouble’ despite good intentions [Exclusive Video Interview]

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (‘The Chi’) on how Ronnie ends up ‘in a deeper hole of trouble’ despite good intentions [Exclusive Video Interview]
Since season one of “The Chi” ended with Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) confessing to murder, Mwine worried “that might be the end of me. You might not see this character again.” Luckily for the actor, the writers “gave me so much to do this year. It’s really been a blessing.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mwine above.

In the first season of this Lena Waithe-created series for Showtime about life on the South Side of Chicago, Ronnie desperately tried to prove his love to Tracy (Tai Davis). When Tracy’s son was murdered he killed Coogie (Jahking Guillory), the young man he suspected committed the crime. But it turned out he went after the wrong guy, and Coogie’s older brother, Brandon (Jason Mitchell), vowed to bring his murderer to justice.

See Showtime has never won the Best Limited Series Emmy, but ‘Escape at Dannemora’ can
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David Oyelowo to Make Feature Directorial Debut With ‘The Water Man’

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David Oyelowo to Make Feature Directorial Debut With ‘The Water Man’
David Oyelowo will make his feature directorial debut with “The Water Man” for ShivHans Pictures, and Oprah Winfrey will executive produce.

Emma Needell wrote the script, and Oyelowo will also produce and star in the film alongside Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina and Maria Bello.

Shivani Rawat of ShivHans is financing the project and is also producing alongside Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon and Winfrey’s Harpo Films. Carla Gardini and Monica Levinson are also producing.

The Water Man” follows a young boy named Gunner who runs away from home with a local misfit to save his ill mother. They set out to find a legendary figure called the Water Man who is said to have the power to cure death.

“We are thrilled to support David on his directorial debut,” Rawat,
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David Oyelowo Sets ‘The Water Man’ As Feature Directorial Debut With Oprah Winfrey As Ep

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David Oyelowo Sets ‘The Water Man’ As Feature Directorial Debut With Oprah Winfrey As Ep
Exclusive: Golden Globe-nominated Selma star David Oyelowo has set his first feature directorial outing with The Water Man, a drama written by Emma Needell (featured on the Black List). Oprah Winfrey, who appeared alongside Oyelowo in the Ava DuVernay-directed Oscar-nominated film, is attached as an executive producer. Oyelowo is pulling triple duty, directing, producing, and starring in the film along with Rosario Dawson, This Is Us star Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes ), Alfred Molina (Vice), and Maria Bello (History of Violence).

Originally set up at Disney, The Water Man is Needell’s first spec script. Shivani Rawat of ShivHans Pictures is financing the project as well as producing with Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films.

“We are thrilled to support David on his directorial debut,” said Rawat, CEO of ShivHans. “We can’t wait to start our adventure together in Oregon this Spring.
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Mira Nair to Teach Online Class on Independent Filmmaking

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Mira Nair to Teach Online Class on Independent Filmmaking
Celebrated filmmaker Mira Nair — whose films include “Monsoon Wedding” and “The Namesake” — is launching her first online class, in which she’ll share insights for aspiring auteurs.

Her class on independent filmmaking is being offered exclusively through internet education platform MasterClass. In the course, Nair shares her directing methods, pointers on maximizing budgets, and how to bring authentic stories to the screen.

Nair’s class is available now on MasterClass’s website (at masterclass.com/mn), priced at $90 for lifetime access to the series of video tutorials and other materials. MasterClass also offers a $180 annual plan, which grants unlimited access to all new and existing classes from its full lineup of celebrity instructors.

“I wanted to teach this MasterClass to demystify the process of what it takes to make an idea come alive on screen,” Nair said. “The fact is that there is great power in telling our stories. It
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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in October 2018

A new month is almost here, which means while Netflix is adding plenty of new stuff (especially content it owns and won’t have to worry about losing the licensing rights to), the streaming service is also saying goodbye to a handful of titles. Notable titles leaving Netflix in October include Adventureland, Akira, Bad Boys, Boogie Nights, Eyes Wide Shut, Freaks and Geeks, Inside Man, Let Me In, Trading Places, The Bfg, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Babadook, Big Eyes, and Queen of Katwe. The good news is that you still have until Monday to catch up on the …
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Disney Production Exec Tendo Nagenda Will Exit for Netflix

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Netflix is looking to bolster its film division by hiring highly regarded production executive Tendo Nagenda away from Disney.

It’s not a done deal, but Nagenda would work under Scott Stuber, who was brought on to lead the company’s flush with cash film division last March. Nagenda would serve as Netflix’s head of production.

After serving as a senior creative executive since 2010, Nagenda was promoted to executive VP of production two years ago, where he oversaw such films as “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Queen of Katwe,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Cinderella,” “Dumbo,” and the upcoming” Mulan.”

Also Read: Netflix CFO David Wells to Step Down

He would be responsible for helping to build a similar slate for Netflix. Some of Netflix’s upcoming and most-anticipated films include Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Amy Poehler’s “Wine Country,” and “6 Underground,
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Netflix Set to Name Tendo Nagenda, Top Disney Exec, To Oversee Film Production

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Netflix is continuing to raid the Disney cupboard, and is close to stealing away top film executive Tendo Nagenda, exec. V.P. of production at Walt Disney Studios, sources said.

The digital streaming giant in recent months has been bulking up its original content programming and dealt blows to Disney in the last year by signing Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris to lucrative production deals. Netflix is now doubling down on its film offerings, building out a slate under Scott Stuber, the former vice chairman of worldwide production at Universal who helped oversee projects that included the “Fast and the Furious” franchise.

Nagenda first started at Disney in 2010, and was promoted to his most recent post in 2016. He has been responsible for such Disney titles such as “Queen of Katwe,” starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. He also had a hand in the revival of live-action remakes of Disney
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Netflix Lands Top Disney Production Exec Tendo Nagenda

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Exclusive: Sources tell Deadline that Netflix is about to score a coup by hiring well-regarded Disney production exec Tendo Nagenda to become head of production for Scott Stuber and his big-budget film division.

From what I understand, Stuber and his team are doing some serious celebrating, having Nagenda join Netflix and its burgeoning film production slate. Nagenda spent the past 8 1/2 years at Disney, where he has had a strong hand in the resurgence of its live-action brand under Alan Horn and Sean Bailey. While there, Nagenda shepherded such films as Saving Mr. Banks, Beauty and the Beast, Queen of Katwe, A Wrinkle in Time, Cinderella, Dumbo and the upcoming Mulan.

Now he will come to Netflix and work under Stuber to build the slate. Over the next 12 months, the streaming service has Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Paul Greengrass’s 22 July, Susanne Bier’s Bird Box, Jc Chandor’s Triple Frontier,
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Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (‘The Chi’): Why he was ‘terrified’ of playing a man from the South Side of Chicago [Exclusive Video Interview]

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (‘The Chi’): Why he was ‘terrified’ of playing a man from the South Side of Chicago [Exclusive Video Interview]
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine was initially “terrified” of “The Chi” because “it wasn’t a world I was familiar with, so I wasn’t sure that I could actually portray it.” The son of immigrants, Mwine knew nothing about the South Side of Chicago in which the Lena Waithe-created series is set. “We have issues of authenticity,” he explains, “which has been a big debate about who has the right to tell what story.” So when he auditioned for the Showtime ensemble drama, he “was actually scared.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mwine above.

See Yolonda Ross (‘The Chi’) on the Lena Waithe series and the reputation of her hometown: ‘Chicago has gotten a bad rap’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Mwine plays Ronnie, an unemployed man living with his grandmother (Ladonna Tittle) and desperately in love with Tracy (Tai Davis), who doesn’t share his feelings. When Tracy’s son is murdered
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Peter Rabbit 2 Casts David Oyelowo

Joseph Baxter Feb 22, 2019

A sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit is happening, with James Corden and the rest of the main cast set to return for more garden pilfering.

Peter Rabbit hit theaters in February 2018 as a hybrid live-action/CGI franchise reboot that injected the classic stories of Beatrix Potter with contemporary energy. The result was a film that – akin to the stealthy precision of Peter in Farmer McGregor’s garden – quietly banked $115 million domestically, totaling $351.2 million globally, and was even the U.K.’s top family film of 2018, out-grossing Pixar’s Coco.

Consequently, it didn’t take Sony Pictures long to consider Peter Rabbit 2, giving it the official greenlight a month after the original’s release. Indeed, main cast members such as the voice of the larcenous lepus himself, James Corden, as well as Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne, are set to return, as will director Will Gluck, who,
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A Diy Spirit Triumphs in Africa’s Film Training Programs

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Samuel Ishimwe was reared on a diet of 1980s action thrillers and Hollywood B-movies. Growing up in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, a bucolic city of jacaranda trees and terraced hills, he dreamed of becoming a filmmaker and working with the larger-than-life stars he saw on TV: action heroes including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude van Damme who swaggered across the screen, guns blazing.

The 9,000-mile flight from Rwanda to Hollywood is a day’s journey, but in an impoverished African country with no formal film schools, it could seem no less daunting than a flight to the moon. Yet Ishimwe was determined. Orphaned by the 1994 genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives, he’d watched his country rebuild from the rubble.

Despite the physical devastation and emotional trauma wrought by the genocide, “I had hope in my heart,” he says.

After finishing high school and getting his first job as a journalist,
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Mira Nair Set To Direct ‘A Suitable Boy’ For BBC, Lookout Point

Monsoon Wedding and Queen Of Katwe filmmaker Mira Nair is on the verge of completing a deal to direct the BBC and Lookout Point TV adaptation of Vikram Seth's bestselling novel A Suitable Boy, I can confirm. The series is being adapted by Emmy-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies, known for his work on the Bridget Jones franchise and TV hits such as the BBC’s War And Peace — also made with Lookout — and House Of Cards. Charlotte Moore and Piers Wenger commissioned the series…
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Girl Rising, David Oyelowo, Andra Day And Others Join Forces To End Global Gender Inequality

This International Women’s Day, Girl Rising, the global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment, debuts the film Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition.

This special edition commemorates nine incredible girls whose lives have been changed by the power of education. Acclaimed actor David Oyelowo narrates this edition, which features voice performances from a host of actresses including Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek and Kerry Washington.

“If we are going to create a more just and equal world, men and boys must be part of the solution,” Oyelowo explains. “That’s why I stand with Girl Rising – to hopefully serve as an example and role model for other men. We must be vigilant in our support and continue to stand up and speak out until we see change happen.”

Oyelowo will be honored as a newly-named Girl Rising Ambassador at the film’s March 8 premiere. Known for his roles in films such as Selma,
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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Adaptation of Trevor Noah’s Memoir

Nyong’o in “Black Panther”

Lupita Nyong’o is teaming-up with “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the Oscar-winning actress has signed on to topline a film adaptation of the comedian’s memoir, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.” Released in 2016, the best-seller is described as “an account of growing up under apartheid rule in South Africa but also a love letter to his mother,” whom the “12 Years a Slave” star will play.

“Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison,” the book’s description details. “Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could,
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Get the Backstage Beauty Secrets from the Black Panther Fashion Show

Get the Backstage Beauty Secrets from the Black Panther Fashion Show
Just days before Black Panther takes over theaters everywhere, the blockbuster-bound movie made its mark on fashion’s biggest stage.

In the midst of New York Fashion Week, the Marvel Studios movie hosted an event, “Welcome to Wakanda”, at which designers presented a myriad of pieces inspired by its characters. In addition to bespoke looks (which will be auctioned off for Save the Children) by Cushnie et Oche, Tome and Sophie Theallet, among others, the event also featured capsule collections by a handful of brands. And taking a break from Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o’s whirlwind worldwide tour,
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Watch Lena Waithe, Common's New Trailer for 'The Chi'

Watch Lena Waithe, Common's New Trailer for 'The Chi'
Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe returns to her hometown for new series The Chi, which she created and executive produced. Co-executive produced by fellow Chicago native and rapper Common along with Elwood Reid, the show's first season was entirely shot in its namesake city and its new trailer features vivid street scenes and introduces its ensemble cast.

In addition to serving as an executive producer, Common is also a costar. The cast includes Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Treme,
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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe’s Showtime Series Finds the Beating Heart of Chicago’s South Side — Watch

‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe’s Showtime Series Finds the Beating Heart of Chicago’s South Side — Watch
Lena Waithe is following up her historic Emmy win with an ambitious new venture: After winning a trophy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Waithe is tackling a drama series set in her sweet home, Chicago.

The Chi,” created and produced by Waithe, “explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago.” The first season was shot entirely in the Windy City and will track the lives of children growing up in the city, teens looking for love, and adults dealing with very adult issues, including police corruption, excessive force, and gang violence.

Read More:‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch

As indicated in the first full trailer below, the series isn’t all doom and gloom. Despite the prominent stories coming out of Chicago, like the much-publicized homicide level, characters inhabited by the likes of Jason Mitchell,
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Rachel Weisz and Mira Nair Award “Suicide by Sunlight” at Through Her Lens Program

From left: Paula Weinstein, R. Shanea Williams, Nikyatu Jusu, Nair, and Weisz. Credit: Through Her Lens

Nikyatu Jusu’s “Suicide by Sunlight” took home the top prize at this year’s Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program. Jury members Rachel Weisz (the upcoming “Disobedience”), director Mira Nair (“Queen of Katwe”), and producer Paula Weinstein awarded “Suicide by Sunlight” full production funding as well as support from Tribeca Studios at a cocktail reception last Thursday. Jusu co-wrote the short with R. Shanea Williams.

“Suicide by Sunlight” follows Valentina, a black vampire who is able to go out during the day due to her melanin.

“We are so thankful that Tribeca and Chanel are supporting urgent and much needed voices,” Jusu and Williams stated. “We are excited to explore the intersectionality of social issues and genre through the lens of black vampires daywalking in NYC.”

Thursday’s reception concluded the intensive, three-day Through Her Lens workshop, which offered project support, one-on-one mentorship, peer-to-peer sessions, and master classes to its participants. “A United Kingdom” director Amma Asante and “Twilight” actor Dakota Fanning were among the master class advisors. Mentors included writer-executive producer Ilene Chaiken (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and producer Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People”).

“At Tribeca we are always looking for ways to empower and support women in our industry. It’s not enough to talk about what needs to be done. We need to actually do it,” said jury member Weinstein, Evp of Tribeca Enterprises. “We have had an inspiring three days with these remarkable women working to hone their projects and pitches. We congratulate director/writer Nikyatu Jusu and her co-writer R. Shanea Williams and thank all the filmmakers and women in the industry who came together.”

The other films selected for the program — Marianne Amelinckx’s “Vuela,” Nicole Emanuele’s “Wingmen,” Myna Joseph’s “No Fault,” and Anna Zlokovic’s “Girl Wants Magic” — each received a development grant at the reception. Overall, $100,000 in grants was awarded amongst the five Through Her Lens films.

“The caliber of all five scripts was hugely impressive as was each presentation. We feel certain that each will be made as the confidence and vision of the filmmakers was apparent and inspiring. We look forward to this full female creative assault to come on the industry,” commented Nair and Weisz. “We selected a project that turned a familiar genre on its head in a unique way, filling it with emotion, drama, and mystery.”

Check out Jusu and Williams’ bios below, courtesy of Through Her Lens.

Nikyatu Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film, Flowers, won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.

Filmmaker R. Shanea Williams attended Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program and earned her Mfa in 2008. Upon graduation, she was honored with the Venable Herndon Graduate Screenwriting Award for Excellence. Partnering with producer Anthony Davis, she wrote and directed two award-winning short films, Contamination (2013) and Paralysis (2015).

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The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program Announces This Year’s Participants

Marianna Amelinckx is among this year’s emerging filmmakers: Through Her Lens

The five participants of this year’s Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program have been announced. Launched to provide industry support, funding, and other resources to new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films, the three-day mentorship initiative is now in its third year. This year’s crop of filmmakers includes Marianna Amelinckx, whose short film “Salta” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and 2016 Independent Spirit Award nominee Myna Joseph (“The Mend”).

The emerging filmmakers will “take part in master classes, one-on-one mentorship, and peer-to-peer sessions,” a press release details. “At the end of the program, each of the five filmmakers will pitch her project to a jury of industry experts. One filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film, along with support of Tribeca Studios to make the project, and the four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films.”

The five talents will gather in New York City from October 17–19 for an intense, intimate program focusing primarily on “script-to-screen development, casting, finding collaborators, and working with music composers, costume designers, and producers.” They’ll be improving their pitching skills and meeting with prominent women in the industry. Each filmmaker will get the chance to work with writing mentors during the summer.

Master class advisors include “A United Kingdom” director Amma Asante, “Twilight” actor Dakota Fanning, and “Hidden Figures” producer Donna Gigliotti. “Queen of Katwe” helmer Mira Nair and Oscar-winning actor Rachel Weisz are among the jurors. Mentors include writer-executive producer Ilene Chaiken (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), writer Leslie Dixon (“Hairspray”), and producer Celine Rattray (“American Honey”), with writing mentors such as writer-director Robin Swicord (“The Jane Austen Book Club”) and producer Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People”).

“We’re thrilled to give such a talented new class of filmmakers the opportunity to participate in Through Her Lens,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute. “The program, and advancing the careers of female filmmakers in general, is an important part of our year-round work elevating diverse storytellers in order to advance racial, gender, and economic equity.”

Check out all of the filmmakers selected to participate, their projects, and their bios below.

Vuela — Marianne Amelinckx (Writer/Director). Venezuela could have been one of the richest countries in the modern world, but ineffective government policies and corruption have made the country one of the most dangerous places to live. Vuela (Fly) tells the story of a chance encounter between Luisa and Monica just before they take off to different countries and leave everything behind them, including the opportunity to get to know each other.

Marianne Amelinckx is a Venezuelan writer/director whose passion for storytelling led her to write and direct Salta, a very personal short film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Vuela is the second short film of the trilogy: Salta, Vuela, Corre. She is also currently working on 39 bedrooms, a personal blog that might turn into her first feature film.

Wingmen — Nicole Emanuele (Writer/Director). Sarah’s bachelorette party is all cigarettes and penis shots, until she and her best friend Marie get the call to report for active duty the next day. They’ve been training for years to be deployed by the U.S. Navy, so they’ve got this, right?

Nicole Emanuele’s short film Love, Gina (2017) played at Cinequest and Rooftop Film Festival and was featured on The Playlist. She produced Not Waving But Drowning (2012) with Adam Driver, Lilli Reinhart, Megan Guinan, and Vanessa Ray and is currently a development executive at YouTube Red overseeing series and films including Step Up: High Water and Doug Liman’s Impulse.

No Fault — Myna Joseph (Writer/Director). Following a near-fatal car accident, Lu wrestles with creeping invisibility as she approaches the second half of her life. On this long winter day, she finds her physical identity fractured, ignored, misunderstood, and judged — but with wry humor and stubborn resilience, she’s determined to be seen.

Myna Joseph’s short film Man screened at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight, Sundance, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films Festival. She was nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for The Mend, which was also nominated for a Gotham Award. Myna attended the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs with her feature Charlotte XVI and is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s M.F.A film program.

Suicide By Sunlight — Nikyatu Jusu (Writer/Director). Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters.

Nikyatu Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film, Flowers, won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.

Girl Wants Magic — written by Anna Zlokovic (Writer/Director). Manny, an outcast and bullied high schooler, finds her only friend in music. When her teacher, Mr. Hornby, is possessed by a violent, alien insect, Manny is forced to fight her biggest demon yet and discover her magic within.

Anna is an award-winning writer/director based in Los Angeles and an alumna of the USC Film & TV Production program. Her films and music videos have screened internationally at festivals including SXSW, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Fantasia Int’l Film Festival, and Oberhausen Int’l Film Festival. She is a founding member of the Aporkalypse filmmaking collective.

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Kristen Stewart & Lupita Nyong’o Being Eyed for Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” Reboot

Stewart in “Personal Shopper

Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o may be stepping in front of the camera for Elizabeth Banks. The actresses are being eyed to star in Banks’ upcoming reboot of “Charlie’s Angels,” Variety reports. Casting is currently underway, and Sony is reportedly interested in several big names for the film, including Stewart and Nyong’o, but nothing is confirmed yet.

Scheduled for a 2019 release, the potential franchise would see Stewart and Nyong’o playing members of a private detective agency hired by an enigmatic millionaire. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Farrah Fawcett are among the actresses who have previously portrayed Angels in film and TV iterations of the story.

After reaching international stardom for her role as Bella Swan in the “Twilight” franchise, Stewart has mostly acted in indies, including “Still Alice” and “The Clouds of Sils Maria,” the latter of which won her a César, France’s equivalent to an Oscar. As the source notes, she hasn’t toplined a major studio tentpole film since 2010’s “Snow White and the Hunstman.” She has, however, signed on to headline “Underwater,” an upcoming blockbuster adventure thriller from Twentieth Century Fox.

Nyong’o won an Oscar in 2014 for “12 Years a Slave.” Her credits include “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” and Marvel’s upcoming “Black Panther.”

Banks made her directorial debut with 2015’s “Pitch Perfect 2,” in which she also starred. The comedy about a misfit college a cappella team earned more than $287 million worldwide.

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