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CHEVALIER Official Trailer + Joseph Bologne in Other Works

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The newest Chevalier trailer from Searchlight Pictures introduces us to 18th century superstar composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.  The trailer shows a quick overview of his arrival in France as a young boy, the nurturing of his talent, his rise to fame, and what happens as a result of that fame.  Because of his talent, Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges is often called the "Black Mozart". Which I hate because Mozart would not be called the White Bologne. So, if  Mozart isn't the White Bologne then the comparison doesn't work and Bologne isn't the Black Mozart. It also belittles Joseph Bologne's lived experiences as well as his legacy as a talented composer.  Bologne is a historical figure whose life many have wanted to see on screen. This will be the first narrative film about Joseph Bologne, there however have been documentaries and stage productions about his life.  The 2003 Raymond St-Jean directed performance documentary, Le Mozar

Gloria Obianyo Added to the Season 7 Outlander - (Includes Speculation and Mild Book Spoilers)

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Gloria Obianyo has been added to the season 7 of the Outlander series, based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon.  Obianyo will be playing a character named Mercy Woodcock. Mercy Woodcock is a free woman of color in colonial era South Carolina. She is connected to the storyline because of her relationship with Henry Grey, who is the nephew of the beloved character Lord John Grey. She appears in An Echo in the Bone and Written in My Own Heart's Blood. Book Mercy is a self assured woman, whose husband may or may not have died on the battlefield. As she nurses Henry Grey back to health, they fall in love with each other. I'm eager to see how much of Mercy makes it to the series.  Honestly speaking I'm not at all optimistic about how much we'll see of her (for various reasons). Chiefly because she is already a minor character. Secondly, because the character Phaedre was erased from the tv series after a brief appearance, even though her role in the books is bigger than Mer

FX's Adaption of Octavia E. Butler's Kindred Has a Premiere Date!

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Based on the best-selling novel by Octavia Butler, FX’s Kindred premieres December 13.  A young aspiring writer discovers secrets about her family's past when she finds herself mysteriously being pulled back and forth in time to a 19th century plantation. All eight episodes will premiere December 13 on Hulu.

Interview with the Vampire Renewed for Season 2 Ahead of Oct. 2 Premiere at AMC.

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The Interview with the Vampire series has been renewed for Season 2 at AMC.  The series renewal comes before the series premiere on Oct. 2. This is great news for Anne Rice fans who were hoping to see the entirety of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles novel series brought to life on screen. It seems the fandom is one step closer to getting their wish. The early renewal and the amazing reviews bode well for fans.  The 8-episode second season will be set in Europe. Based on the Anne Rice novel of the same name, the series stars Jacob Anderson as Louis de Pointe du Lac, Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt, Bailey Bass as Claudia, and Eric Bogosian as Daniel Molloy.

Lashana Lynch Casted as Rita Marley In Bob Marley Biopic from Paramount

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Lashana Lynch has been casted to play Bob Marley’s wife, Rita , in the untitled Bob Marley pic for Paramount.  Kingsley Ben-Adir will be portraying the legendary Reggae singer with King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green helming the project. Lynch was casted during a lengthy casting search, her c asting process was similar to the casting for Bob Marley.  The production put a lot into finding the right person to play Rita. One of the requirements was that the actress be someone of Jamaican descent. Lynch was born in London, England but to a family from Jamaica. After several tests and chemistry reads with Ben-Adir,  Lynch won over execs, Rita, and the Marley family.  I personally love when time and effort like this is put into casting black historical figures. So often biopic castings can feel like the execs closed their eyes and picked the nearest popular actor to take on the role. Knowing that the Marley family all gave their blessing to the casting makes me happy.  (Source:  Dead

TILL | Official Trailer + Poster

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     Most of us know who Emmett Till is. But far less know who his mother Mamie Till-Mobley is. Till takes us behind the powerful story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s quest for justice for her son, Emmett.      The cast includes Danielle Deadwyler (The Harder They Fall), Whoopi Goldberg, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison, Jayme Lawson, Tosin Cole, Kevin Carroll, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Douglas Thompson, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Haley Bennett.      Director Chinonye Chukwu has previously wrote and directed Clemency. Till was written by Michael Reilly (producer/director The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till), Keith Beauchamp, and Chinonye Chukwu.       There was some online discourse around the film. Some believe that at this point in time, this particular story has been covered enough. There have been two major projects featuring the Till story in recent times: the Women of the Movement series that premiered in January of this year and the 2020 Lovecraft Country episode "Jig-a-Bobo". Othe

Amsterdam | Official Trailer

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Set in the 1930s, it follows three friends who witness a murder, become suspects themselves, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.  This exciting trailer is chalk full of one star appearance after another. The cast includes John David Washington, Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, as the leads along side Chris Rock, Zoe Saldaña, Anya Taylor-Joy, Taylor Swift, Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, and so many more.  It hits theaters November 2022.