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Interviews,Film

Will Packer Explains How Being ‘Just A Mother’ Is Enough To Be Badass In ‘Breaking In’

We’ve all seen the “home invasion” thriller flicks. Panic Room, The Purge -- there’s literally a film called, Home Invasion. It’s definitely quite the recycled concept. What producer Will Packer calls it, “a well-worn genre.” But, with Breaking In, starring Gabrielle Union, the trope is turned on its head via the film’s mighty maternal unit. Directed by James McTeigue, “Breaking In”...

Interviews,Film

Ava DuVernay On The Inspiration She Drew From Her Mom And The 'Labor Of Love' It Took To Create ‘A Wrinkle In Time,' Ahead Of Its Mother’s Day Theater Re-Release

As February 2018 wrapped up, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time burst into our theaters and hearts alike, securing the power of being a warrior. Shadow And Act previously spoke with the film’s talented star Storm Reid on being an inspiration for young girls and director Ava DuVernay on her “love letter to kids.” Now, just in time for A Wrinkle in Time’s re-release in celebration of Mother’s...

Film,Opinion

What A Black Girl Pixar Character Would Mean To The Little Black Girl In Me

I’ll never forget what I felt when I saw A Wrinkle In Time. As I sat in the theater watching Ava DuVernay’s colorful images flicker across the mammoth movie screen, I would -- every so often -- glance over at the children near me. My eyes were drawn to the black girls. I watched as their wide eyes remained glued to the screen in wonder and awe; they were entranced with the black girl...

Film,Reviews

'Avengers: Infinity War' May Not Be As Much Wakanda As You Want, But It's One Of The Best Villain Narratives Of The MCU (Review)

Let's be real: we're still on a Black Panther high. Avengers: Infinity War is the next major film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it's a big one. Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo (known by fans as The Russo Brothers), Avengers: Infinity War follows the Avengers two years after their significant conflict in Captain America: Civil War. When Thanos comes to Earth to...

Television

Melvin Gregg Talks Transitioning From Vine To Traditional Acting And Portraying An Influencer On 'UnREAL'

In the age of social media, influencers, celebrities and artists (as a whole) have kicked the term, “traditional” to the wayside with the force of Leonidas I from “300.” Melvin Gregg is one such example, having begun the traditional route into acting, swerved into the social media sensation of Vine, then returned to the traditional acting industry with a refreshed aplomb. Gregg...