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Yvonne Orji Set To Play A Special Agent In Upcoming Film ‘Spontaneous’

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Yes, honey! Our favorite TV bestie, Yvonne Orji from the hit HBO series Insecure is entering into the film world with her next role. Orji has been cast to play a special agent, “who is investigating the combustions taking place.” in the upcoming film,  Spontaneous.

Awesomeness Films also cast Piper Perabo, Rob Rob Huebel, Riverdale actress Haley Law, Charlie Plummer and Katherine Langford.

The film follows Mara Carlye (Langford) whose life is forever changed when students in her senior class literally explode for no discernible reason. As students continue to pop like blood-filled balloons and the town descends into both chaos and apathy, Mara and her friends stay close together as they await possible combustion – wondering what part of life is worth living if it might end suddenly

 

Octavia Spencer To Star In Horror Film ‘Ma’

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Octavia Spencer, a true icon in hollywood, has landed a new role.  Her more popular roles have been in films such as The Help and Hidden Figures, and Spencer believes it is time for her to step out of historically based films.  Her latest announced film does just that.

Ma, a thriller film from Blumhouse will star Octavia Spencer as the lead character. Spencer’s character will be “a lonely woman who befriends a group of teenagers with tortuous consequences”. Although the movie has a dark and suspenseful theme, director Tate Taylor says Spencer’s character is not villanous.

“It’s dark material, but it’s also really fun.” says Taylor to Variety.

“I wouldn’t call her a villainm it’s definitely the most complex character she’s ever played if i may be so bold as to say that.”

Taylor who also directed Spencer in the film The Help is no stranger to the depth of her talent.  There are currently no details on the films release date.

 

Yara Shahidi Will Be Making Her Directional Debut Soon

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Yara Shahidi continues to make us proud, with the recent success of Grown-ish and now our girl can add director to her resume!

Shahidi will be directing a short film through Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology. The series is full of shorts directed by women in order to provide a platform to tell better stories.

The series began in 2016 with Gabourey Sidibe’s directional debut, The Tale of Four which starred Jussie Smollet, Ledisi, and Aisha Hinds. Kristen Stewart and Chloe Savigny were also apart of this greatness with short films that screened at Sundance and Cannes.

Shahids’s film and others will screen across TNT social, digital and television channels. Shahidi wrote the script with Grown-ish writer Jordan Reddout. The film is inspired by her own experiences and the 1956 French film The Red Balloon, the podcast “99% Invisible.”

This film is super special for a multiple of reasons but our favorite reason is the fact that Shaidi’s mother, Keri Shahidi is the executive producer and her father, Afshin Shahidi was the director of photography! A family affair.

“The story centers around one character who we have aptly titled ‘X,’ and it’s X’s journey through L.A. — a day in the life — but also a larger commentary on what it’s like to maneuver through a space that you don’t own or have ownership of,” Shahidi told The Los Angeles Times.

She continued, “Being somebody who’d been in California for most of her life, I’ve benefited from how diverse it is, how open it is, how liberal it is,” she continued. “This really stemmed from us wanting to dive further into that … and still discuss the universality of what it’s like to be an unprotected class of any kind, whether you’re a person of color, whether you’re an immigrant, whether you’re a woman, whether you’re differently abled — whatever it is. Directing really makes you stick to your voice and have the ability to back it up, saying, ‘This is how I want to do it.’ Of course, you have to make compromises here and there, but it really did remind me to not be so willing to (make compromises), and to feel empowered to execute my vision.”

The short film is expected to be released later this year. We can not wait to see this beautiful piece of art! Go YARA!

Lupita Nyong’o Set To Star In Zombie Comedy ‘Little Monsters’

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Lupita Nyong’o’s next move post-Black Panther is already in the works. The actress may be apart of the Charlie’s Angels reboot, and she’s set to star Little Monsters. Lupita will play alongside Josh Gad in the new zombie comedy. The movie will also star Alexander England who plays a musician named Dave who crushes on the MissCaroline (Nyong’o) on his nephew’s school trip.

In the film, Dave will have a hard time acting on his feelings for Miss Caroline because of Teddy McWiggle (Gad) who also likes Miss Caroline. In the middle of all of the crushing and drama, a zombie outbreak is happening and Dace and Miss Caroline have to protect the kids. The film will be taped in Sydney!

Slay those zombies Lupita!

Gabourey Sidibe Draws Inspiration From Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women’ For Powerful Film

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Gabourey Sidibe emerged into the Hollywood with her Oscar nominated role in Precious, where she played the title character. Now, a certified starlet with a recurring role on Fox’s ‘Empire’ and a top selling memoir “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare” Sidibe continues to use her talents to tell important stories.  Her new film The Tale Of Four. 

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Recognizing the importance of portraying narratives that typically do not get the spotlight they deserve, Sidibe amplifies voices of margianlized people. The Tale Of Four shares the complex stories of four black women resisting America’s brutal realities, fighting against colorism, domestic violence,  police brutality, mass incarceration and more. The film debuted at the Nantucket Film Festival and hosts the talent of r&b singer Ledisi, Aisha Hinds and Empire co-star Jussie Smollet and more.

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“Four Women” a prolific song written by the legendary Nina Simone tells the story of four black women archetypes represantative of stereotypes placed on black women. Though decades old, the harsh realities vocalized in “Four Women” still echo today. The stories of Saffronia, Sarah, Peaches and Sweet Thing remain relevant in the current social and political climate.

As black women continue to battle sexual assualt, objectification, mistreatment and more,  we remain on the frontlines in the war for justice and equality while bearing the scars of centuries of racism, sexism and misogyny.

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“It’s so important for people like me to get behind the camera…I know that we’re called minorities but there’s no f*ng way there are less of us than there are of them. We’re called minorities because we matter minorly. The way we matter is minor to the way they matter… Atlanta and Insecure, those are my favorite shows. We out here winning all the Emmys. Don’t say we don’t exist. We’re not a fad. We’re not going anywhere and we are snatching the gold right out of your hand.” says Sidibe in an interview with Refinery29.

Produced by Shatterbox Anthology powered by Refinery29, The Tale Of Four makes up a small segment of a larger goal. In total, 12 short films were created by various directors, writers and creatives who are all women.

Watch The Tale Of Four below:

 

 

“Hooded”, A Film By Myles Loftin Intended To Reverse Negative Depictions Of Black Boys

Have you ever google searched “four black teens” and then compared it to the images that come up when you google “four white teens”? The results are alarming. Google “four black teens” and you’ll see mugshots. Google “four white teens” and you’ll see “normal” teenagers having fun while looking bright (no pun intended) and joyous.

Since the beginning of time, the media has depicted black men in a negative light. Black men are seen as thugs, murderers, cheaters, drug dealers, or basically anything that is a threat to society. Images of black men doing regular positive things like smiling and hugging are hard to find and rarely what we see in the media.

The 19-year-old photographer, Myles Loftin wanted to change this depiction and he did more than that with his film project entitled “HOODED”. In “HOODED”, Loftin photographs black teens and shows a side of them that may be unseen to some people. Loftin uses vibrant colors, soft textures, and lots of beautiful black smiles to show that black men are human too. He also incorporates hoods as a tribute to Trayvon Martin.

We salute Myles Loftin for his artistic honesty and for creating a piece that will contribute to change in the way that the media depicts minorities. The visual speaks for itself, check it out below and visit Loftin’s website to see more of his amazing work!

Disney Highlights Diversity With New Film Featuring An Indian-American Family (VIDEO)

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Disney-Pixar is certainly making strides in the right direction in terms of diversity with their new short film Sanjay’s Super Team which features an Indian-American family.

The seven minuet film tells the story of a young boy that battles between his father’s traditional routines and watching Saturday morning cartoons of western superheros.

The film is a direct reflection of the director, Sanjay Patel’s upbringings and his battle with colliding cultures.

While many believe this should be a full-length movie, this is certainly a accomplishment for representation in mainstream media.

The film is set to hit theaters November 25. In the mean time, check out the clip above.

 

Ava DuVernay Delivers Empowering Keynote Address at SXSW Film

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Each year, creatives and innovators gather at SXSW Film to discuss the visions that will help propel and change the film industry.

This year, Ava DuVernay had the privilege of delivering the keynote address for the annual conference. DuVernay’s keynote has been described as an empowering and heartfelt message for filmmakers around the world.

“There are dreams out there bigger than you even know how to dream, so don’t limit the dream with the small stuff,” she expressed. “Open up and make your attention be beyond yourself, because if your dream is only about you, it’s too small.”

She also shared her journey of taking Selma from being just a thought to becoming a box office hit. “I couldn’t believe any of it. I just couldn’t believe it because it just wasn’t my intention.”

Roc-Nation Partnership To Launch Film and Television Management Firm

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Though he may not say it often, Jay-Z’s actions certainly remind us that he’s not a businessman, he’s a business, man.

Jay-Z’s popular entertainment firm, Roc Nation will partner with Three Six Group (which handles artists Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Frank Ocean, among others) and form Three Six Zero Entertainment which will be a new full-service management company representing actors, directors, and writers in the film, television, and digital industries.

With the ever growing success of Roc Nation and Roc Nation sports, there is no doubt that this business move will be just as successful.

This career move comes weeks after the hip hop mogul announced that he would be purchasing the music-streaming service Aspiro for $56 million.

Pharrell Interviews Film Icon Spike Lee for Reserve Channel’s Artst Tlk Series

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It’s rare that two greats such as Pharrell Williams and Spike Lee come together for a meeting of the minds. Recently, production and musical maverick Pharrell Williams sat down to interview the iconic filmmaker Spike Lee for Reserve Channels ARTST TLK series. In the interview Spike discusses how it is that he was “chosen” to be a filmmaker, the inspiration and stories behind some of his greatest films and just how important filmmaking is to his life. Check out the full interview below and let us know what you think!