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Film

Universal Dates Jordan Peele's Next "Original and Provocative Thriller" for 2019

Three weeks after Universal Pictures announced that the studio entered into a first-look production agreement with writer, director, performer and Emmy Award-winning producer Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions banner, the studio has dated what we assume will be the first feature film under this new agreement. No actual details on the project are given, except the...

Film

It's Happening: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o in a Film Scripted by Issa Rae & Directed By Ava DuVernay

So it's actually happening! Yes indeed folks... what a time to be alive, right? In brief, it's an idea that began as a Twitter suggestion when the above 2014 photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o went viral, thanks to the below tweet. Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj —...

Film,Festivals

Cannes: Scheherazade-Style Drama Based on Story of Child Soldier's Rise to Notorious Gang Leader

First, some very brief context... For the 2016 Oscars, Ivory Coast selected Philippe Lacôte’s debut feature “Run” to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards - a very rare occurrence for the West African nation, although it didn't make the final list of 5 nominees. In 1976, Ivory Coast, became the first Sub-Saharan African...

Film,Television

Cannes: BBC Films Commissions Carlos Acosta Biopic (World–Renowned Cuban Ballet Dancer)

Born in Havana in 1973, Carlos Yunior Acosta Quesada CBE is an internationally renowned Cuban ballet dancer who trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba with many of its most influential teachers, and has performed throughout the world with many of the greatest companies including the Paris Opera, the Bolshoi, English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, American Ballet...

Television

Sasheer Zamata Has Also Left 'Saturday Night Live'

Last summer, Jay Pharoah, a 6-season cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) announced that he would not be sticking around for a 7th, and has obviously since left the long-running NBC late-night sketch comedy series. He did so to "pursue other opportunities," as he said at the time, and almost immediately after booked the starring role in Showtime's Jamie Foxx-produced "White...