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The Best of Enemies to be Adapted with Taraji P Henson

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I am not staunchly against remakes, I fancy myself an adaption advocate. One adaption that I look forward to is the upcoming film, The Best of Enemies. The film stars Taraji P Henson as civil rights activist Ann Atwater. Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis (played by Sam Rockwell), a Ku Klux Klan leader over the issue of school integration, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina. The film will be distributed domestically by STXfilms.


This film is based on real events that have been written about in a book Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson and adapted to a play of the same name by Mark St. Germain. Henson has proved that she can bring real people to life in period films with her amazing turn as Katherine Johnson in the period film classic, Hidden Figures (2016). I am looking forward to this project as I want to see how the film compares to the book and play.
I enjoyed looking at images of the play from different productions and thought you would to.

2012 Production at the George Stree…

Short Film: Forever by Joyce Sherrí

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Another period short film by Joyce Sherrí to add to your viewing list. As a quick reminder Joyce Sherrí is also the writer and director behind the amazing short film, Beauty. Beauty left many people desiring a series based on the film.

Synopsis
A fantasy romance set in VA during the 1940's, "Forever" tells the story of an interracial couple who have the limits of their love tested when they fall victim to a hate crime.

Sherri is a master at creating a tone and look for her films that instantly transports you to another time. As with her previous film the music, costumes, and language is consistent and accurate to the chosen period. Her short films have fantasy elements but never feel as if they aren't authentically period. 


Cast & Crew Tashiana Washington as Monica Flatts  Jordan M. Cox as Beau Hayes  Olivia Gilliatt as Sarah Johnston

Biopic, ANGELO to be shown at Toronto International Film Festival 2018

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Interesting news about the Austrian film Angelo.
Our #TIFF18 Platform lineup includes: Markus Schleinzer’s long-awaited second feature and true-story drama, ANGELO, about an African boy who was abducted, sold, and forced into 18th-century Viennese court life. pic.twitter.com/kYAn83WQqb — TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 8, 2018
Markus Schleinzer’s long-awaited second feature and true-story drama, ANGELO, about an African boy who was abducted, sold, and forced into 18th-century Viennese court life. It is inspired by the few surviving records of the life of the Viennese court moor Angelo Soliman. 

The IMDb page has 5 actors listed for the role of Angelo. Based on released pictures from the film, I can assume that the actors are playing Angelo at different stages in his life.  There is also an actress listed as Angelo's daughter.

Ange Samuel Koffi D'Auila - Angelo 1

Kenny Nzogang - Angelo 2

Ryan Nzogang - Angelo 3

Makita Samba - Angelo 4

Jean-Baptiste Tiémélé - Angelo 5

Nancy Mensah-Offei -…

Film News: Zendaya as Ellen Craft

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In more Zendaya film news!


Deadline recently mentioned in an article that Zendaya has signed on to play Ellen Craft in the adaptation of the book, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: Or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery. As of 2016 the project was in development at Alloy Entertainment and Alloy Features, with Suzanne Allain attached to script.


The History: In 1848, William and Ellen Craft made an amazingly clever escape from slavery in Macon, Georgia. Ellen, the daughter of a biracial slave and her master used her light skin and features to disguise herself as a white male planter. With her husband William posing as her servant the Crafts traveled to freedom in plain sight.
This will be the third period production thatZendaya will be taking part of. She was first in the 2017 musical, The Greatest Showman. In the musical the actress played one of P. T. Barnum's circus acts; a trapeze artist. News also broke of her casting as Anita Hemmings in a thriller adapted…