NBC will air their anticipated holiday production of The Wiz Live! on Thursday, December 3 at 8/9c.
The production will star Shanice Williams, an 18-year-old newcomer from New Jersey, as Dorothy while David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion. Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, who was once a flesh-and-blood woodsman but a spell put on him by the Wicked Witch causes him to lose his limbs and heart. He learns that he’s never lost the ability to feel. Elijah Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy and who has always dreamed of having brains, but never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all.
Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz, Mary J. Blige as Evilene, a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West, Uzo Aduba as Glinda (the Good Witch of the South), Amber Riley as Addaperle (the Good Witch of the North), and Common as the Bouncer, and Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz”) as Auntie Em.
The musical, according to NBC, is described as such: “Dorothy, a young woman from Kansas, is swept up in a tornado and relocated to a fantasy world that is inhabited by munchkins, good and bad witches, and, of course, flying monkeys. She eventually takes a path down a yellow brick road to find a wizard who can help her go home and along the way meets a scarecrow, tin man and cowardly lion, who all learn to help one another.”
“The Wiz Live!” is adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The production opened on Broadway in 1975 at the Majestic Theatre and won seven Tonys, including Best Musical.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“The Sound of Music Live!,” “Peter Pan Live!,” Oscar-winning “Chicago”) will executive produce. Kenny Leon (Tony winner, “A Raisin in the Sun”) is stage director and Matthew Diamond is TV director, with Harvey Fierstein (three-time Tony winner, “Torch Song Trilogy,” “Hairspray” and “La Cage aux Folles”) providing new written material.
Esteemed choreographer Fatima Robinson (“Dreamgirls,” “Ali”) is also on board, along with music producer Harvey Mason Jr. (“Dreamgirls, “Pitch Perfect 2”) and Stephen Oremus (“The Book of Mormon,” “Kinky Boots”) as music director, orchestrator and co-producer of the music.
The Wiz Live! – Shanice Williams: The Road to Dorothy in The Wiz Live!
The Cast Sings ‘Ease On Down The Road’
Mary J. Blige’s Evillene Sing “No Bad News”
The Wiz Live! Behind The Scenes
November 25, 2015
Here’s photos of Regina King, Andre Benjamin and Trevor Jackson from John Ridley’s American Crime.
“American Crime,” ABC’s Emmy-nominated series, will make its second- season premiere WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET). The second season is set in the U.S. Midwest, representative of the canvas that is America, at two high schools, one public and one private.
Issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy, Taylor Blaine, are posted on social media following a school party.
Circumstances become more complicated when Taylor accuses two players on an elite private high school’s championship basketball team, Kevin LaCroix and Eric Tanner, of drugging, assaulting and then posting the pictures of him online. The team’s head coach, Dan Sullivan, tries to unite the players, while overlooking the dysfunction of his own family. Headmistress Leslie Graham struggles to maintain the school’s reputation in the face of accusations of privilege and cover up.
Taylor’s mother, Anne, remains a steadfast supporter of her son, despite being publicly assailed by the school’s wealthy families, principle among them the LaCroixs. Taylor’s girlfriend, Evy, deals with racial tension at her own school, led by Principal Chris Dixon. While the two schools at the center of the story are worlds apart in status, the lives of the students and teachers at both become inextricably linked.
Ultimately, support for Taylor comes from an unlikely place – a person who Taylor and his mother have never previously met, and who inhabits the fringes of the online community.
“American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman as Leslie Graham, Timothy Hutton as Dan Sullivan, Lili Taylor as Anne Blaine, Elvis Nolasco as Chris Dixon, Connor Jessup as Taylor Blaine, Joey Pollari as Eric Tanner, Angelique Rivera as Evy Dominguez.
Andre Benjamin and Regina King play Michael and Terri LaCroix, the parents of Kevin LaCroix (played by Trevor Jackson), one of the accused boys. “They’re an educated, wealthy family — I don’t think we’ve seen that portrayed on television in the way we’re going to do it,” says McDonald. “We’re not going to ignore that they’re black, either.”
Recurring guest stars this season include Hope Davis as Steph Sullivan and Richard Cabral as Sebastian De La Torre.
“American Crime” is created and executive-produced by Oscar®-winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”). Michael J. McDonald also serves as executive producer. “American Crime” is produced by ABC Studios.
November 25, 2015
MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE: PHASE TWO
The Collector’s Edition Available December 8th Exclusively on Amazon
This Marvel fan’s dream features Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital Copy of each Phase 2 film, specially designed disc holders, and exclusive Marvel memorabilia!
The limited edition, 13-Disc Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection invites you to hold the greatest power in the cosmos in your grasp – an orb containing one of the legendary Infinity Stones! Plus Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and Digital Copies of all Phase 2 films, in collectible packaging designed by artist Matt Ferguson. This set overflows with stunning Marvel memorabilia, including a gold-foiled page from the book of Dark Elves, an ancient drawing from the Morag vault, Avengers and S.T.R.I.K.E. uniform patches, a replica of the Tony Stark Tattoo from Marvel’s Iron Man 3, and much more!
CONTENT: Marvel’s Iron Man 3 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Marvel’s Ant-Man (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
1:1 Prop Replica of the Orb
PLUS an Exclusive Bonus Content Disc with 166 minutes of bonus material and more!
BONUS FEATURES: From Here To Infinity: Phases 2 & 3 Of The M.C.U.
Journey back through Marvel’s Phase 2 films, from its launch in Iron Man 3 through its fulfillment in Ant-Man, to see how individual characters grow and change, how their relationships with each other evolve over time, and how the universe itself expands with each story. Listen to filmmakers discuss the first set of Phase 3 films– Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – and discover there are no limits to the adventure!
Phase 2 Tag Scenes: A Making-Of
Learn the story behind the post-credit sequence in Marvel’s Phase 1 and 2 movies, and explore how the scenes connect and unify the far-flung characters and worlds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant w/Audio Commentary By Clark Gregg
Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer With Audio Commentary By Clark Gregg
Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 With Audio Commentary By Louis D’Esposito, Max Hernandez, Titus Welliver And Jesse Bradford
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter With Audio Commentary By Louis D’Esposito And Hayley Atwell
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King With Audio Commentary By Drew Pearce And Ben Kingsley
Iron Man 3: Deleted Scenes
Iron Man 3: Preproduction Creative
Thor: The Dark World: Deleted Scenes
Thor: The Dark World Preproduction Creative
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Deleted Scene With Audio Commentary By Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Preproduction Creative
Guardians of The Galaxy: Deleted Scenes
Guardians of The Galaxy: Preproduction Creative
Avengers: Age Of Ultron: Deleted Scenes
Avengers: Age Of Ultron: Preproduction Creative: Hulk vs. Hulkbuster
Ant-Man: Deleted Scenes
Ant-Man: Preproduction Creative
November 25, 2015
For many, Christmas is a time when we wish for that very special gift that we’ve pined for all year long; a new flat screen television, fitness watch, sheepskin boots, or the latest blue tooth speakers. For straight-A college student Jackie Turner, however, all she wanted was “to rent a mom and dad for Christmas.” And, instead of asking Santa, she posted her request in an ad on Craigslist.
Singer/writer/actress Amber Riley (The Wiz Live!, “Glee”) stars – and sings – in the UP Original Movie My One Christmas Wish, the emotional – real-life story of Jackie Turner, whose loneliness during the holidays drives her to post a heartbreaking want ad for a family. My One Christmas Wish premieres Sunday, November 29 at 7 p.m. EST with an encore at 9 p.m. EST and is a highlight of UP’s “Everything You Love About Christmas” programming running through December 31 and featuring 50 fun-filled days of uplifting holiday movies, specials and marathons.
The ensemble cast includes Matreya Fedor, Priscilla Faia, Ali Skovbye, Ken Tremblett and Jarod Joseph.
“Despite a horrific childhood filled with abuse and abandonment, Jackie Turner persevered and created a life of achievement and dedication to community service,” said Barbara Fisher, SVP, original programming, UP. “While the holidays still remind her of her struggles, they also remind her of how far she has come. My One Christmas Wish is the ultimate uplifting Christmas story, showing the true meaning of the holidays, the importance of family and the joys of giving back.”
Jackie Turner (Riley) is a straight-A college student who was abused, abandoned and starved as a child. Although she has resolutely turned her life around, the holidays are still very painful for her. Facing another lonely holiday break on campus, Jackie decides to put an ad on craigslist – “Wanted – A family for Christmas” – and even offers to pay $8 an hour. To her surprise, responses flood in. Among the numerous heartfelt invitations and letters of support, she also hears from struggling individuals who empathize with the overwhelming emptiness that comes with spending the holidays without loved ones. Moved and inspired, Jackie decides to throw a big Christmas party – with the last-minute help of her advisor, friends and support group – to find families for all those troubled folks who emailed her and finds one for herself as well.
Riley will star in the upcoming The Wiz Live! in December. She is best known for her role of “Mercedes Jones” on FOX’s Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning musical comedy “Glee,” and she won season 17 of ABC’s hit competition series “Dancing with the Stars” alongside her partner Derek Hough.
In December 2013, the real-life Jackie Turner, a straight-A William Jessup University student in Rocklin, CA, could not bear spending one more Christmas alone, so she turned to the Internet to find some support. “I am looking to rent a mom and dad who can give me attention and make me feel like the light of their life just for a couple of days because I really need it,” the then 26-year-old wrote in her craigslist ad. Turner got an overwhelming number of responses from people eager to invite her in. The emails from others spending the holidays without loved ones particularly touched her.
So, she invited each person who emailed her about yearning for a family to a meeting at William Jessup. There, she paired up the lonely individuals with people who were willing to lend some support. Her story got local and national attention, starting with “CBS Sunday Morning.” In May 2015, Turner graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Jessup University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. She was also the recipient of the Faculty Choice Award for Most Outstanding Student. In addition, she was a Presidential Scholar and was named in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities.
Craigslist (www.craigslist.org) is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, resumes, and discussion forums Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 50 countries.
UP presents My One Christmas Wish, an Entertainment One Television production. Starring Amber Riley, Matreya Fedor, Priscilla Faia, Ali Skovbye, Ken Tremblett and Jarod Joseph. Executive produced by Ira Pincus, John Morayniss, John Ritchie, Ronnie Clemmer and Michele Samit. Produced by Jonathan Schwartz and Robert Lee. Directed by James Head. Casting by Candice Elzinga. Director of Photography is Ronald Richard. Edited by Mark Shearer. Screenplay by Spyder Dobrofsky.
Featurette – On The Set
November 25, 2015
The Weinstein Co. has released a new featurette for Academy Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film The Hateful Eight, which hits theaters on December 25th exclusively in 70mm and then will get a nationwide release on January 8th.
The Hateful Eight marks a continuation of the long-standing relationship between the celebrated filmmaker and the Weinsteins, who have collaborated on all of Tarantino’s films from Reservoir Dogs through Django Unchained.
The lead cast for the film will include: Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained), Kurt Russell (Escape From New York), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher). Written and directed by Tarantino, The Hateful Eight is produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Georgia Kacandes are executive producing, and Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producing.
Among the supporting cast members are Django Unchained’s Dana Gourrier, Belinda Owino, Keith Jefferson, Craig Stark, Lee Horsley, Zoë Bell, James Parks and Gene Jones.
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff.
Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
November 25, 2015
During tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans introduced the official posters and first teaser to Captain America: Civil War.
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
It is set to feature the return of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, this time joined in his “solo” film by fellow Avengers Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
Sebastian Stan will also be back as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier alongside Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. The film is also supposed to debut Marvel’s new Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
November 24, 2015
Amazon Studios has release a new poster, a new trailer, and a new clip from Spike Lee’s next film, Chi-Raq, which will hit theaters on December 4 as the first-ever Amazon Original Movie produced. Following its Oscar qualifying run in December, the movie, in conjunction with Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, would officially open after the new year.
The film stars Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
Written by Lee and writer/director Kevin Willmott, and directed by Lee, Chi-Raq will shed light on the serious, but often overlooked issue of violence in inner city Chicago.
Beautiful LYSISTRATA (Teyonah Parris) is in love with aspiring Rapper DEMTRIUS “CHI-RAQ” DUPREE (Nick Cannon), but she is disturbed by the bloody warbetween his Spartan gang and the rival Trojans, led by CYCLOPS (Wesley Snipes). After Trojans set fire to her apartment while she’s in bed with Chi-Raq(pronounced Shy-RACK), Lysistrata moves in with her neighbor MISS HELEN (Angela Bassett), a book-loving Peace activist who lost her daughter years beforeto a stray bullet.
When Patti, an 11-year-old neighborhood girl, is accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting, her grieving mother IRENE (Jennifer Hudson) pleads with anyonewho witnessed the crime to come forward. But even after a reward is offered by a local Church congregation led by fiery anti-gun-violence activist FR. MIKECORRIDAN (John Cusack), no one is willing to identify the killer.
Shaken by Patti’s death and desperate to do something to stop the escalating bloodshed, Lysistrata persuades Spartan and Trojan women to swear off sex withtheir men until the fighting stops. To draw more attention to their cause, she leads the women in a bold occupation of a local armory, inspiring womenacross the city-and eventually the world-to join the boycott. As the ultimate battle of the sexes rages on, the city’s fate hangs in the balance in thissearing satire of gun violence in America.
Clip – All Hold Out
November 24, 2015
Coming out this week (Nov. 25) is the Rocky spinoff film Creed, directed by Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.
With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
For director Ryan Coogler, who first gained attention when his first feature, Fruitvale Station, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this is a major step in his early career. Not only is his working on his second feature, but first for a Hollywood studio, but he’s get to continue a franchise that has spanned over 40 years and started by a living legend – Slyvester Stallone.
Coogler also gets to work with his team from his previous film including star Michael B. Jordan and composer Ludgwig Ludwig Göransson.
Blackfilm.com spoke exclusively with Coogler on the making of Creed and collaborating with Stallone and Jordan.
Having read that you started writing this when you were in film school, did you based Creed on all of the last Rocky film or all of them?
Ryan Coogler: Yeah. I kept all of the movie in mind because I’m a fan of the movies and a fan of the character. It was inspired by my relationship with my dad. Specifically, my dad had got sick and that’s what gave me the idea to this approach. It’s based on all of the Rocky films and what happened in those films as far as Rocky Balboa’s character is concerned and Apollo Creed and taking all that into consideration. It’s also based on a new character to that universe. As a result the relationship that that character has with Rocky Balboa and other folks in his life.
Why adapt the Rocky films?
RC: My father was a big time Rocky fan. He used that movie as motivation for me and my brother when we had football games and basketball games. Any kind of event that we had coming up, we would sit down and watch Rocky II together because that was his favorite one. We would get fired up when the boxset would come out or DVDs. It became symbolic of my relationship with him. I didn’t know at the time, but it was a tradition that he would watch Rocky II with his mom when she was bedridden and dying of breast cancer. She passed away when he was 18 years old, so when he would watch the film with me, his emotional reaction would be him remembering his mom. When my father got sick when I was in graduate school, I came up with this idea to tell this story. That’s how I came to this project.
Was Michael B. Jordan always your first choice?
RC: I came up with the idea when I was in college and when I started to put pen and paper, it was right around the time I was doing ‘Fruitvale’ and then afterwards. I wrote the treatment after making Fruitvale, and I started writing the script with my buddy Aaron Covington. By the time I was putting words to the page, I had finished Fruitvale and I knew that Michael was right for the part. Even before I pitched it, I had Mike in mind.
How do you think you have grown as a director after this film?
RC: I’ve grown tremendously. I’m getting older and had the opportunity to learn more things about myself as an artist and just having more time. This movie came with a larger budget and with that larger budget, more days to shoot and more tools at our disposal; and having the chance to work with Michael again and work with Sly. He’s so experienced and have me the chance to work with a studio. That’s a big deal. Fruitvale was an independent film. It went the indie route from Sundance to being acquired. Then working with The Weinstein Co. on picking a release date. This film had a different process. It had a release date from the moment it was greenlit. It was a different ballgame so I learned a lot.
Everyone remembers Bill Conti’s score from the Rocky films. What did you want to do to have your own flavor?
RC: Well, Ludwig Goranson is the composer I have been working with since film school and he’s an incredible musician and composer and artist. What we did on this is the same way I approached Fruitvale. Ludwig is one of the first people to get the script before I share it with a lot of people. He starts developing the music within the first waves of email exchanges. We were talking about the music before I filmed anything or cast actors. We were talking about how to approach the music and that process has paid off for us. This film allowed us to give Adonis a theme and adapting Bill Conti’s theme and how it applies to us. I think he hit the nail in the head with the approach.
Can you talk working on the song you co-wrote with Ludwig and Donald Glover?
RC: Music is a big part of the franchise and a big part of the story. With Tessa Thompson’s character being a main part of the film, she and Ludwig and a few other artists worked on original songs for her. She performed them herself. Ludwig has a long standing relationship with Donald Glover. Ludwig produces music for Childish Gambino, Donald’s moniker, and they have a close relationship. Ludwig, Donald and Jhenl is a vocalist on that song. We wrote that theme “Waiting for my moment” together and that has Vince Staples on it as well. That’s the song that plays over the end credits. It’s a really cool song. It captures the mentality of the film.
Had you met Carl Weathers before?
RC: I have. When Michael and I were promoting Fruitvale, we met him at a DGA screening. We didn’t talk about the project but talked about other stuff. Then we talked and emailed quite a bit as I was developing the script.
Of all the Rocky movies, which one is your favorite?
RC: I would have to say Rocky I. Rocky II was my dad’s favorite so that has a special place in my heart. It was the first one Sly directed. It was the first one to adopt Sly’s fight choreography, which is really cool. It’s got Sly’s directorial style all over it and it’s also part of that 70’s genre.
What was left out the film?
RC: The initial script was completely different but the soul of the movie is the same. There was a lot of backstory that we cut out and trimmed. My first draft are genuinely long. A lot of Los Angeles was left out. Adonis had more fights. He had a longer way to go. The characters from Los Angeles came back in the mix. We streamlined it.
How was shooting in Philadelphia?
RC: I’m in love with this city. The first time I came out here was a recruiting visit to the University of Pennsylvania. I was being recruited by their football team when I was in high school. I came out here when I was 16 years old and spent time in the city and immediately fell in love. I thought I was going to go to school but that ended up not working out but it was really cool to come back and work as a professional and get a feel for the industry and the environment. I found it to be a beautiful city and it’s rich in history and culture. Everyone out here is very humble and very tough and I tried to capture that in the characters like in Bianca and some of the fighters that Adonis meets.
Could there be a sequel in the works should the film do well at the box office?
RC: My game was always to make the best film possible. It came from a singular moment in my life when my dad got sick. I had such in this city and with these actors in building these characters that if we had the opportunity to work again, I would obviously be thrilled. We put out hearts and souls into this project and I think it works.]]>
November 24, 2015
Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation nabbed five nominations for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. Leading the nominations is Carol with six, while the other Best Pic nods went to “Anomalisa,” “Spotlight,” and “Tangerine.”
Both singer/ actress Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez of Tangerine were nominated Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.
The nominations were announced by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The winners will be announced Feb. 27, the day before the Oscars, in ceremonies at the usual location in a white tent on Santa Monica Beach.
201 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS
Beasts of No Nation
Sean Baker, Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes, Carol
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
David Robert Mitchell, It Follows
Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight
S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk
Best First Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Best First Screenplay
Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Joseph Carpignano, Mediterranea
Emma Donoghue, Room
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, The Mend
Best Male Lead
Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea
Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriquez, Tangerine
Best Supporting Male
Kevin Corrigan, Results
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Best Supporting Female
Robin Bartlett, H.
Marin Ireland, Glass Chin
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa
Cynthia Nixon, James White
Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Best of Enemies
Heart of Dog
The Look of Silence
The Russian Woodpecker
Best International Film
Embrace the Serpent
Son of Saul
Clip – Girls dancing to Rihanna’s “Diamonds”
Beasts of No Nation
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Beasts of No Nation
Heaven Knows What
John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)
Heaven Knows What
Out of My Hand
Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)
Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award
Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
November 24, 2015
Actor Taye Diggs will reunite with his “The Best Man” and “The Best Man Holiday” co-star Morris Chestnut as he guest-stars in a recurring role on the new drama ROSEWOOD, appearing in a multi-episode arc of the series.
In the all-new “Fashionistas and Fasciitis” episode of Rosewood airing Wednesday, Nov. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, there’s a plot to kill Gigi Gaston (guest star Emayatzy Corinealdi), one of the city’s hottest new designers, amidst the glitz and glamour of Miami Fashion Week, and she turns to Rosewood for help.
As the case takes Rosewood and Detective Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) from the catwalk to the perp walk, Rosewood learns of his shared past with the victim. When he enlists the aid of his best friend, Dr. Mike Boyce (guest star Taye Diggs), Rosewood unintentionally gives Villa the jolt she needs to get back into the dating pool. Potential love also is in the air for Donna, who tries her hand at online dating. Meanwhile, Pippy and TMI find their romance on the skids when Pippy discovers TMI has kept an important secret from her.
Diggs recently concluded his run in the title role of Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” He appeared this summer in the cable drama “Murder in the First,” and has wrapped production on the upcoming feature film “One Shot,” opposite Topher Grace.
Set against the vibrant backdrop of one of the world’s hottest cities – Miami – new medical procedural ROSEWOOD stars Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., the city’s top private pathologist. Brilliant, cool with tons of charisma, Rosewood teams up with the tough-as-nails Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), to uncover clues no one else sees and help the Miami PD solve the city’s most challenging cases. The series comes from executive producer Todd Harthan (“Psych,” “Dominion”) and also stars Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange is the New Black”) and Gabrielle Dennis.
Fun Fact: Toussaint and Corinealdi starred together in Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere.