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Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' Is The 2nd Most Expensive Film Directed By A Black Filmmaker — Here Are The Others

Those who were around at the time will remember when, in 1991, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (T2) made headlines across the USA, inspiring much chatter among industry and non-industry people alike, for becoming the first movie in Hollywood history to break the $100 million budget ceiling, making it the most expensive film ever produced by a wide margin - at least, at the time. That was 27...

Film,Television,Trending

At Least 38 Film And TV Remakes/Reboots Featuring Black Talent Are In Development

You've likely heard or read this popular lament made before, whenever a new project is announced that happens to be a remake or a reboot of some oldie: "Hollywood is running out of ideas!" I wouldn't necessarily say it's true as much as it is that, as the media landscape rapidly changes, the need for box office sure-things has become even more crucial for the companies navigating...

Television

New Documentary Celebrates Legacy Of Reginald F. Lewis, The First Black, Billion-Dollar Dealmaker

This seems timely, as we continue to celebrate several recent Hollywood "firsts" when it comes to recognizing the contributions made by people of African descent. Roughly 7 years ago, a biopic of the late African American lawyer, entrepreneur, Wall Street wizard and philanthropist, Reginald Lewis - once the wealthiest black man in this country - was put into development with Jamie...

News,Film

Films By First Unionized Black Woman To Direct A Documentary Are Available For The First Time

Indie distributor Icarus Films has announced that I Am Somebody: Three Films by Madeline Anderson will be available, for the first time, on home video DVD as well as Amazon Video on February 20, 2018. Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1992, trailblazer Madeline Anderson was the first American born black woman, in a film industry union, to produce a documentary...

Television

Overwhelmed? 487 original scripted TV series helped 2017 set records, in possible late stage bubble

It was almost 3 years ago when, speaking at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour in 2015, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf discussed the then proliferation of scripted series on television, coining the phrase “peak TV,” predicting that the number of scripted series would surpass the 400 mark, while also speculating that the number of scripted series...