Tag: Film

Nia DaCosta: Everything To Know About First Black Woman Directing Marvel Movie

Source: Rachel Murray / Getty Filmmaker Nia DaCosta will make history by becoming the first Black woman to direct a major Marvel movie. According to Variety, DaCosta has been confirmed as the director for “Captain Marvel 2” for Marvel Studios. She will replace Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed the original 2019 “Captain Marvel” […]

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Zoe Saldana Breaks Down in Tears of Regret About Nina Simone Biopic: ‘She Deserves Better’

Photo: Tibrina Hobson (Getty Images) After years of criticism regarding her decision to play Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic about her life, Zoe Saldana is opening up about her regrets playing the iconic musician and activist. Advertisement In a new Instagram Live interview for Saldana’s Latino empowerment platform Bese, the actress (who identifies as […]

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The Root Jams Weekly (7/31/2020): ‘Soundtrack Jams’

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) We all have movies that resonate with us. And in those movies, there are usually songs that help flesh out the story that become part of our lives. Today’s list is full of our favorite soundtrack jams. Advertisement “Soundtrack Jams” (7/31/2020) Maiysha Kai Al Jarreau “Moonlighting” Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams “Without […]

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Charlie Kaufman’s Defense of Film

Charlie Kaufman is best known as the writer of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, co-author of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (for which he won an Oscar), writer-director of Synecdoche, New York, and co-director of the animated feature film, Anomalisa (for which he won a second Oscar). Kaufman’s films are not populated by slick, polished […]

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If I Can’t Touch Another Human, at Least I Can Watch It on TV

Last month, my colleague Meredith Balkus asked the hard, but necessary, question all single people attempting to survive and actually date during this pandemic need answered: When can we kiss????? This question has plagued me since the prospect of dating in the age of COVID became real following my pandemic-era breakup. All I want is […]

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What the Americans With Disabilities Act Has to Teach Today’s Protesters

In response to the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities’ call for protests against Nixon’s refusal to enforce Section 504, activists across America occupied federal buildings. The most intense action came out of San Francisco, where Judy Heumann—by then the founder of Disabled in Action, advocating for the independent living movement—managed to keep 150 people, […]

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Idris Elba to Receive BAFTA’s Special Award for His ‘Creative Contributions’ to Television

Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images) Idris Elba is one of Britain’s best-known actors, and he has made a name for himself both onscreen and off with his work in the director’s chair and as a writer and producer. His contributions will be recognized at the upcoming BAFTA TV Awards, where he will receive the organization’s […]

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John Boyega Confirms to Star Wars Fans That He’s ‘Moved On’ From the Franchise

Photo: Tristan Fewings (Getty Images) The Star Wars franchise continues to expand, with a new Taika Waititi-directed film reportedly in development. Nevertheless, don’t expect John Boyega to take part in it. The actor confirmed his departure from the series in an Instagram comment, responding to a fan who wrote about what he’d like to see […]

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Beyoncé Drops Stunning Full Trailer for Black Is King Visual Album

Photo: Gareth Cattermole (Getty Images) During her acceptance speech for BET’s Humanitarian Award at the network’s annual awards show in June, Beyoncé announced the release of her forthcoming “visual album” Black Is King on Disney+. On Instagram, the musician wrote that the visual is a “companion piece” to her 2019 compilation LP, The Lion King: […]

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Idris Elba Doesn’t Think Racist TV Shows, Films Should be Censored or Pulled, Should Come With Warning Instead

Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images) Actor Idris Elba spoke with Radio Times about his thoughts regarding media censorship. In the interview with the magazine (released Tuesday), he says he believes television programs and films that are censored or flagged for jokes deemed inappropriate or offensive should come with a warning label, not be removed from […]

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Colin Kaepernick Lands Partnership With Disney

Activist and athlete Colin Kaepernick has evolved into a leading voice for the empowerment of disenfranchised communities and he’s on a mission to ensure that stories of those who have been marginalized are brought to the forefront. After being appointed to join Medium’s board to amplify the stories of Black and Brown communities, he recently […]

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What Woodrow Wilson Did to Robert Smalls

Smalls’s house in Beaufort, South Carolina, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Library of Congress Smalls founded the South Carolina Republican Party in 1867 and, in 1868, joined 71 Black delegates to the state convention that ratified the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In that same convention, Smalls and his fellow Black […]

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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Ingenious Families

The Truth’s lower narrative stakes may make it feel slighter than Kore-eda’s most acclaimed works. Shoplifters focused on city dwellers forming a makeshift family, barely getting by in an inhospitable environment that pits them against their neighbors. In the first few minutes of the movie, a man and boy run through their regular routine of […]

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