Showing posts from 2019

Jeremy Pope and Laura Harrier casted in Ryan Murphy's Netflix series 'Hollywood' | Casting

It was recently announced that Jeremy Pope and Laura Harrier will be in Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netflix series 'Hollywood'. Along with Pope and Harrier, actors Samara Weaving, David Corenswet, Patti LuPone, Holland Taylor, and Darren Criss have also joined the cast.

Jeremy Pope is playing a character named Archie, while Laura Harrier's character is named Camille.

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“Hollywood” — my new Netflix show co-created with Ian Brennan — begins principal photography this summer. A love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown, this straight-to-series production will be my third show for Netflix and I couldn’t be more excited or proud about the work we are doing together. More to come… A post shared by Ryan Murphy (@mrrpmurphy) on Feb 22, 2019 at 9:02am PST
With the series being described as "A love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown", it is very likely that the series will take place in the 1940's. 

Letitia Wright and Sophie Okonedo casted in Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile Adaption | Casting

Production has begun on Kenneth Branagh's adaption of Agatha Christie's 1937 crime fiction novel, Death on the Nile. 

The star-studded novel was announced today via a 20th Century Fox tweet

Actresses Letitia Wright and Sophie Okonedo have been casted in the production. According to the film's imdB page, Wright will be playing Rosalie Otterbourne a role originated by Olivia Hussey.
This will be director Kenneth Branagh's second Agatha Christie adaption, after his 2017 adaption of Murder on the Orient Express.  
Death on the Nile will be released on October 9, 2020!

Casting News | Will Smith To Play Crime Boss Nicky Barnes In Netflix's 'The Council'

Will Smith will be taking on the role of Harlem crime boss Nicky Barnes in the upcoming Netflix film, The Council.

Nicky Barnes was an American crime boss. Barnes was active during the 1970s in New York. Barnes worked along with the Italian-American Mafia to lead a drug trafficking ring. Barnes was arrested in 1978, given a life imprisonment sentence, and eventually became a federal informant.

Official Project Description: “The Council is the never-before-told story of a crime syndicate consisting of seven African-American men who ruled Harlem in the 1970s and early 80s. No ordinary crime syndicate--the men dreamed of a self-sufficient and self-policing African American city-state, funded by revolutionizing the drug game. The movie centers on the Shakespearean court intrigue between The Council’s king, Nicky Barnes, dubbed ‘Mr. Untouchable’ by the New York Times, and all the different members as one unlikely rising protégé emerges.”

Barnes has been portrayed previously on screen. First …

Dolemite Is My Name in Theaters October 4th! | Trailer + Character Posters

Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.
Look at these awesome character posters!

Dolemite Is My Name in Theaters October 4th! Dolemite Is My Name Netflix Release Date is October 25th:

Behind the Scenes Photos | Madam C.J. Walker Mini Series

One of the great things about Blair Underwood (besides his good looks and talent) is how engaging he is. Because of how active he is on his social media platforms, period film fans have been gifted with a behind the scenes look at the Madam C.J. Walker mini series. Blair Underwood is playing Charles Joseph Walker, Madam C. J. Walker husband.  #OnSet#Netflix Havin' nothin' but fun playing CJ Walker, husband to #MadamCJWalker played by the incomparable — Blair Underwood (@BlairUnderwood) August 6, 2019

We get a nice shoot of the script and Blair in his costume. His demeanor and poise is perfect for stories taken place in the past.  Becasue of how he holds himself the costume looks natural on him; as if he is from the era.
It takes a real! Just another day @ the office. Lol! #CJWalker husband of #MadamCJWalker@octaviaspencer#Netflix#AmazingCast&Director #KasiLemmons @kzvchick #Honored#Gratefulpic…

'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 3 Trailer feat. Sterling K. Brown & Leroy McClain

At the 35 second mark we get a quick glance of the incredible Sterling K. Brown. His character can be heard wishing Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) and Susie (Alex Bornstein) a happy flight. Brown's role in the Amazon series is under wraps and as of today his IMDb page hasn't even be updated to include the credit.

We have known about Sterling K. Brown's involvement in the series since April of this year when we were teased with a twitter video.
I’m beyond excited to share some pretty marvelous news... #MrsMaisel, I’m coming for you!🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿 — Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) April 15, 2019
Along with Brown, actor Leroy McClain will be joining 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' cast as soul singer Shy Baldwin. According to the official series description: "Midge and Susie discover that life on tour with Shy is glamorous but humbling, and they learn a lesson about show business they’ll never forget."

I am eager to see…

Casting| Daveed Diggs casted as Frederick Douglass in Showtime's Upcoming Limited Series 'The Good Lord Bird'

Daveed Diggs will take on the role of legendary abolitionist, Frederick Douglass in Showtime's upcoming limited series. The Blumhouse Television series is based on the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. 
Character Description:  "Diggs will play Frederick Douglass, the well-known orator and leader of the abolitionist movement and Union Civil War effort. Douglass works with Brown and encourages the raid on Harpers Ferry, but finds Brown's planning and leadership style questionable and his approach dangerous, bordering on suicidal."
The series will be told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Johnson-Lionel), "a fictional enslaved boy, who is part of Brown’s motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil …

Trailer + Images | Crystal Clarke as Miss Georgiana Lambe in MASTERPIECE’s Sanditon

Sanditon (1817) is an unfinished novel by the English writer Jane Austen. In January 1817, Austen began work on a new novel  but only completed eleven chapters before stopping work in mid-March 1817. Her illness most likely prevented her from continuing.

In the unfinished novel, Georgiana Lambe is described as “a young West Indian of large fortune, in delicate health,” who is “about seventeen, half mulatto, chilly and tender.” In the series, Georgiana is far wealthier than many of the white English people she interacts with, and her relationship to polite society is a big part of the plot.
Miss Georgiana is not a "race-bent" character or a modern insert. The Jane Austen wrote her as a woman of African ancestry. A wealthy West-Indian character included in a novel from the early 1800s.  Austen's works are considered the pinnacle, so Miss Lambe's inclusion is noteworthy. 
I fully agree with actress Crystal Clarke's sentiments:  "What's great is Georgiana …

Harriet | Trailer + Images

Focus Features has released the poster and trailer for the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic, titled Harriet. Tony award winning actress Cynthia Erivo leads the film as Harriet Tubman. The legendary Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou) is the director.

Alongside Erivo, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr., Vanessa Bell Calloway, Zackary Momoh, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Deborah Ayorinde round out the cast.

Check out the thrilling trailer below!!

Shonda Rhimes First Netflix Series to be a "Bridgerton" Adaption

Shondaland’s first Netflix project is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling Bridgerton novels. 

Shot in the London the historical drama is set in the lavish and highly competitive world of Regency London high society. 
The Official Description: "From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love."  The CastThe Julie Andrews voices Lady Whistledown, the unseen gossip writer.
Rege-Jean Page (Roots 2016) as Simon Bassett A Duke who finds himself the target of the town's single ladies.
Phoebe Dynevor (Dickensian) as Daphne Bridgerton, the young debutante wa…

Production Begins on Mary Seacole Biopic starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Producer Billy Peterson has chosen “Seacole,” as his first feature film for his new production company, Racing Green Pictures. Racing Green Pictures says that one of its goals is to back prestige films with strong social messages. Seacole fits the bill as it will center on Mary Seacole, a pioneering Jamaican nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War and found herself at odds with Florence Nightingale.

Period film mainstay Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”, "Free State of Jones") will be playing the British-Jamaican business woman and nurse who worked behind the lines during the Crimean War. Mbatha-Raw will be joined by Sam Worthington (“Avatar”).

“Seacole” will shoot over the next two months in Malta, Romania and London. The goal is to be ready for a festival circuit debut in 2020.

Happy Juneteenth!!

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America.

Trailer | Year of the Rabbit featuring Susie Wokoma | Starts Monday 10th June

Check out the lovely Susie Wokoma as Mabel in the new British comedy series Year of the Rabbit. 

The series airs Monday 10th June.  The show will be broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and IFC in the US.

Video | Jennifer Hudson Sings “The Jeffersons” Theme Song for Live In Front Of A Studio Audience

"Movin' on Up" the original theme song for "The Jefferson's" was written by Ja'Net DuBois (Willona from Good Times) and Jeff Barry. The theme song was sung by Ja'Net DuBois along with a gospel choir. In 1978 Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded a cover version of the song.

Twitter Loves the ABC 'Live in Front of a Studio Audience' 'All in the Family' & 'The Jeffersons' Remakes

ABC's The Jeffersons and All in The Family event was aired on Wednesday night with ABC's late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and television icon Norman Lear as hosts. The 90 minute live reenactment of the two legendary series was meet with positive reviews by viewers.

The live shows tonight were fire. #TheJeffersons and — Vanessa Riley (@VanessaRiley) May 23, 2019 Even through his flub (and clever recovery) Jamie Foxx was a crowd pleaser as George Jefferson.
Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson, the slight over exaggeration on the body movement. Perfect!
...and our first blooper. 😂 — A.C. Junior (@OfficialMisterC) May 23, 2019 We even got a surprise apperance by The Marla Gibbs reprising her role as Florence!!
Stop. Y'all, just stop! Marla Gibbs? MARLA GIBBS!!! Be still my heart. #TheJeffersons#LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience — T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes…

Trailer | Mixed-ish + Photos

Our last post and videodiscussed this project. The episode that was made as a backdoor pilot was approved by ABC and picked up as a series!! 
Here is the trailer!
In “mixed-ish,” Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.

I love Tika Sumpter and am excited to see her in this 1980s set series. I look forward to falling in love with the little actors in Mixed-ish. They have already done a wonderful job of carrying the roles that w…

Black-ish Prequel Episode 5.22 | Becoming Bow | Press Release & First Look Photos

Erica of Blacks in Period Films discusses the first look images of the upcoming Black-ish prequel episode titled, Becoming Bow.

Press Release: “BLACK-ISH - "Becoming Bow" - After Dre and the kids question Bow's unusual upbringing, we flashback to a young, 12-year old Rainbow living in a commune with her family. When the commune is unexpectedly raided, they are upended and must move to the suburbs. The mixed-race family has difficulty acclimating to this new, mainstream life and the kids struggle with their biracial identity as they try to fit in at their new school. This special, all-new episode of "black-ish," is airing on TUESDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.”

Casting| Jamie Foxx And Wanda Sykes As George And Louise Jefferson In ABC Live Event

The Jeffersons was an American cultural classic that ran on television from 1975 to 1985. The spinoff of "All in the Family" chronicled the upward mobility of George and Louise Jefferson and cemented itself a place in television history. 

The series going to be honored in front of a live studio audience. The project is called Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons and is being created by ABC and Jimmy Kimmel with Norman Lear as producer. The event will be a live 90-minute recreation of original episodes from All in the Family and The Jeffersons and will take place on May 22 at 8 p.m. ET. Will and Grace director James Burrows will direct the event. 

The cast is an amazing one. Leading The Jeffersons will be Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson (originally played by Sherman Hemsley) and Wanda Sykes as George's wife, Louise Jefferson (originally played by Isabel Sanford). Other cast members include Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunke…

Casting | Three Main Cast Members Casted for Barry Jenkins’ ‘Underground Railroad’ Series at Amazon

Variety has reported the casting for the upcoming Barry Jenkins’ Amazon series. The series will be lead by South African actress Thuso Mbedu as Cora, Caesar is to be played by Brit Aaron Pierre, and little Homer will be played by Chase W. Dillon.

The series is based on the Colson Whitehead book “The Underground Railroad”. The novel is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, in addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller.

The Underground Railroad Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.


Historical Reenactment | The Story of Dido Belle by English Heritage

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites all while running an amazingly entertaining and educational Youtube channel. The channel has a series titled, 'What Was Life Like?'. Previous episodes have discussed people that lived during Medieval and Tudor historical eras. Episode 9 of the series focuses on Dido Elizabeth Belle.

Thanks to the incredible 2013 film Belle, most period film fans have a general idea of what life was like for Dido Elizabeth Belle. This entertaining short video shows a historical reenactor portraying Dido Elizabeth Belle's typical day at Kenwood.

According to Kenwood
It was not unheard of for a powerful aristocrat to be the legal guardian to such a relation. But it was extremely unusual at this time for a mixed-race woman – who had perhaps been born to an enslaved mother – to be raised as part of an aristocratic British family. Dido’s exact position within Lord Mansfield’s household is unclear, but the evidence suggests…