Tag: HBO

The Obama Cinematic Universe Continues With New HBO Docuseries and Book

President Barack Obama as he returns to the White House following a trip to the Arctic Circle on September 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) I’m pretty sure if you looked up the phrase “booked and busy” in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama. Advertisement Okay, so […]

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Afro-Latina Actress Leslie Grace Has Been Cast as Batgirl, White Fanboys Are Comically Mad

Leslie Grace attends the “In The Heights” Opening Night After Party during the 2021 Tribeca Festival on June 09, 2021.Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) I am projecting the Black-ass bat signal into the sky with the following news: Batgirl is Afro-Latina. Advertisement According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Grace (In The Heights) has been cast […]

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Original Space Jam Director: Everybody Get It Up It’s Time to Slam LeBron James, Who ‘Ain’t Michael’ Jordan

LeBron James in Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021); Michael Jordan in Space Jam (1996)Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube Michael “Air” Jordan may have gotten his nickname because of his leaping ability on the basketball court, but he’s also still up there in the air casting a shadow over LeBron James…metaphorically speaking, of course. Advertisement Due […]

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When Girls Come Home to Roost: What Can We Learn From Jeremy O. Harris’ Defense of Lena Dunham?

Jeremy O. Harris on June 19, 2021 in New York City; Lena Dunham on October 26, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.Photo: Mike Coppola (Getty Images), Jon Kopaloff (Getty Images) Sometimes, you should just sit there and enjoy your show. That’s the main takeaway from the Twitter melée that ensued on Tuesday afternoon after Tony-nominated playwright […]

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Video Soul Was My Entry Into the Wide World of Blackness

Graphic: Rachelle Baker I gathered my things as quickly as I could. I left school in a rush and ran to my bus. Advertisement I had things I needed to do. I needed to eat dinner—Pizza Hut’s deep dish with pepperoni and hamburger; I had to do my homework because my mom was a teacher […]

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Space Jam: A New Legacy Is a Peek Into the Bleak, Cynical Future of Film

The film’s villain doesn’t care about the opinions of studio executives, stars, or the public; his only goal is to maximize profits and power. Given the ongoing battle royale for streaming control between Netflix, Amazon, Disney, and the WarnerMedia-owned HBO Max—and the related scramble to control as many bits of attractive IP as possible—this could, […]

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Everyone, and Quite Literally Their Mother, Has Read The Coldest Winter Ever

Illustration: Rachelle Baker I wanted to tell you a great story about the first time I read The Coldest Winter Ever. I wanted to tell you who told me about it and which parts they raved about and the exact words that were said to convince me to read it. It could have been my […]

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John Oliver Took A Good-Natured Swing At Hugh Grant In The Most Bizarrely Profane Context Possible

Last Week Tonight‘s on hiatus (he’s presumably resting up, spending time with his mega-wife, and all that good stuff), but John Oliver couldn’t resist dropping another web exclusive to tide over the HBO audience. “I just can’t seem to stop posting sh*t on the internet,” he declared, and thank goodness. This week, Oliver raves about […]

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Discussing Sopranos 502, ‘Rat Pack,’ With Alison Rosen On Pod Yourself A Gun

https://media.blubrry.com/podyourselfagun/s/content.blubrry.com/podyourselfagun/502_Rat_Pack_w_Alison_Rosen.mp3 Click to download here. Snitches and Rat Packs Please, pull up a chair, take off your hat with the tiny microphone hidden inside, and listen to the latest episode of Pod Yourself A Gun. Alison Rosen of the Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend and Childish podcasts joins Matt and Vince to talk […]

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Misha Green Shares What Could’ve Been for Multi-Emmy-Nominated Lovecraft Country, Which Was Canceled

Misha Green arrives at the 48th annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017; Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett and Michael K. Williams in Lovecraft Country (2020). Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision (AP), HBO (AP) Lovecraft Country may have been canceled after one season—much to the dismay of many fans—but its creator Misha Green is keeping the […]

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The Funk Boutique: Great Style Knows No Boundaries

“I look at [Willow] and I go, maybe there is such a thing as galactic creatures that are from outer space, just in human skin,” Jada Pinkett Smith tells Nylon. “I don’t know. But if it is, she’s one of them. She is freaking otherworldly, man.” Not only does her mother—and the rest of us—think […]

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“Lovecraft Country’ Will Not Be Coming Back To HBO For A Second Season, Though Its Creator Teased What Could Have Been

It was one of the most talked-about shows of last year — a blend of horror and history and satire and racial commentary, and all based around the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Alas, it was too good to be true: As Deadline reported, HBO has made the surprising decision to not bring back Lovecraft Country […]

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HBO Casts ‘Dumbo’ Star Nico Parker Alongside Pedro Pascal In ‘The Last Of Us’ Video Game Adaptation

While we’ve had our Joel, Ellie, and Tommy for quite some time now, we now know who will be playing another one of the The Last Of Us series’ most important roles: Joel’s daughter, Sarah. According to Deadline, Dumbo star Nico Parker is joining HBO’s The Last of Us as Sarah Miller, the daughter of […]

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‘Say His Name, Say His Name’: A New Teaser for Nia DaCosta’s Candyman Is Here—and Wow, I’m Traumatized All Over Again

Image: Universal/YouTube I wasn’t allowed to watch scary movies growing up. Any film having to do with ghosts, ghouls, witches, demons or the like was met with swift repercussions if I ever got caught watching. Advertisement So imagine my fear as a pre-teen, when my mother arrived to pick me up from a friend’s house […]

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Is Student Loan Debt Hurting Black Homeownership? HUD Secretary Says Yep!

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) One reason it’s important to study Critical Race Theory in America is that Black people always appear to be statistically disadvantaged when it comes to, well, everything—from employment to income to criminal justice to education to mortgage acceptance and homeownership—and CRT explores why that might be instead of boiling it […]

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I May Destroy You Earns a 2021 Peabody Award, Raises Emmy Expectations

Screenshot: HBO The multi-day celebration that is the 81st annual Peabody Awards continued on Wednesday with some well-deserved flowers for HBO’s I May Destroy You, the much beloved limited series created by and starring Michaela Coel, which won in the Entertainment category. Advertisement Per a press release provided to The Root: One of the year’s […]

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Bill Maher Is Just Another White Man Whitesplaining Racism to Black People

Photo: Vivien Killilea (Getty Images) At this point, I’m ashamed to say that I used to really like Bill Maher. Maybe I was drawn to him because I went through a militant atheist phase in my 20s. Maybe it’s because I just really love panel discussions that, for years, I always tuned into HBO’s Real […]

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Black Creativity Abounds in These Latest Project Announcements From Issa Rae, Kenya Barris, John Legend and Sanaa Lathan

(L-R) Issa Rae, Kenya Barris, John Legend, Sanaa Lathan.Photo: Jamie McCarthy for Michael Kors/Jon Kopaloff/Arturo Holmes for Tribeca Festival/ Emma McIntyre (Getty Images) Look, whoever said I have the same 24 hours as Issa Rae lied. I don’t. And chances are, you probably don’t either. You wanna know how I know? It’s because despite the […]

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Let’s Talk About In the Heights and the Erasure of Dark-Skinned Afro-Latinx Folks

In The Heights, the highly anticipated TV adaptation of the hit Broadway musical from Lin Manuel Miranda, directed by Jon M. Chu, dropped its trailer over a year ago and folks had questions. In sum: Where are all of the leading dark-skinned Afro-Latinx folks? Granted, the trailer (and film) showcased Black dancers and there were […]

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Mod Squad Actor Clarence Williams III Dies at 81

Clarence Williams III attends the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ on August 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Jason Kempin for FIJI (Getty Images) Clarence Williams III, the versatile actor widely known for his role of Linc Hayes on ABC’s The Mod Squad, has died of colon cancer at age 81, The […]

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‘It’s Never Too Late’: Meet Attorney-turned-actor Medina Senghore Who Is Kicking Butt on Screen

Attorney-turned-actor, Medina Senghore grew up in a house where professionally, she had very few choices. “Doctor, lawyer, teacher, engineer, like those are the options. And that was just my reality. That’s what I understood.” Senghore told The Root. Advertisement The Long Island, NY-native chatted with The Root via Zoom and shared a bit about her […]

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Justin Theroux Feels Like ‘A Bit Of A Jerk’ For Sharing His Theory About ‘The Leftovers’ Series Finale

It’s been four years since HBO’s magnificent The Leftovers wrapped up, and fans of the show are still debating exactly what happened in the series finale. I will not give my theory because a) I don’t want to spoil the episode for anyone who hasn’t watched (it’s one of the best series finales of all-time), […]

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Blue Ivy, Who’s Never Seen a Ceiling in Her Whole Life, Wasn’t Really Impressed With Jay-Z’s Hall of Fame Induction

Jay-Z, right, sits with his daughter Blue Ivy during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, March 8, 2020.Photo: Mark J. Terrill (AP) Blue Ivy, Grammy-winner, athleisure model and ceiling-avoider, is the daughter of arguably the biggest couple in modern music (Beyoncé and Jay-Z)—and […]

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Sean Bean Didn’t Even Watch The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finale, But He’s Kind-Of Happy To Hear About Winterfell

Despite helping launch the powerhouse franchise for HBO that’s currently developing a horde of spinoffs, Sean Bean still hasn’t seen the Game of Thrones finale, and he apparently doesn’t have any plans to because the actor couldn’t care less about hearing details of the final event. In fact, he pretty much stopped following the show […]

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Is Returning To HBO To Appear In The Network’s Dramatic Adaptation Of ‘The Staircase’

The Staircase was one of the first big true crime documentary series. Premiering all the way back in 2004, it did what the genre rarely did before, which was space out one murder mystery over an entire season. You can thank it for shows like The Jinx, Making a Murderer, Tiger King, even ones you […]

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The Funk Boutique: Let the Fashionable Black Pride Collaborations Begin

Image: Savage x Fenty On the first day of Pride Month, Rihanna gave to me…a Pride-themed drop from Savage x Fenty! This month, Savage x Fenty has launched its first-ever Pride collection—Savage x Pride—which includes a wide range of very savage items that are bright, brilliant and bound to have you opening your wallet. One […]

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Mare of Easttown Finale: The Plight of the Woman Detective

What Mare and her contemporaries share with these predecessors is the unacknowledged insiderhood of their gender, which has changed over time but never disappeared. Where the classic masculine detective of popular entertainment is a social outsider and expert in the art of disguise, like Sherlock Holmes, his female counterpart is genuinely part of the furniture—especially […]

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Don’t Freeze! Black Panther’s Okoye Is Reportedly Getting Her Own Original Series

Danai Gurira as Okoye in Black Panther (2018) Photo: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Remember when Okoye (Danai Gurira) gave T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) the best macking advice when he was too nervous to approach Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) in Black Panther? She told him, “Don’t freeze.” Granted, he did anyway (which Okoye subsequently roasted him […]

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Don’t Freeze! Danai Gurira’s Okoye Is Reportedly Starring In Black Panther Origin Series [Corrected]

Danai Gurira as Okoye in Black Panther (2018) Photo: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Correction: 5/29/2021, 2:21 p.m. ET: An earlier version of this blog noted that Okoye will be getting her own original series, but upon clarification of the below blurb, it appears an Okoye-led series has not yet been confirmed. What has […]

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