Ava DuVernay Developing Lauren Ridloff, Joshua Jackson Romantic Drama at Starz

I will watch anything that Joshua Jackson is in! ~ V The network has given the untitled project a three-season script-to-series commitment. Joshua Jackson and Eternals‘ Lauren Ridloff will star in a romantic drama series from Ava DuVernay in development at Starz. The network has given the untitled project a three-season script-to-series commitment, meaning that if greenlit, all 18 half-hour episodes (six per season) would … Continue reading Ava DuVernay Developing Lauren Ridloff, Joshua Jackson Romantic Drama at Starz

‘Queen Sugar’ to End With S7 on OWN

Queen Sugar was the first show created and exec produced by DuVernay to land a series order. To everything, there is a season. And my producing partner Paul Garnes and I have had seven gorgeous seasons making Queen Sugar with a remarkable cast and crew, alongside our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. Television. To write and produce seven seasons of a modern drama centered … Continue reading ‘Queen Sugar’ to End With S7 on OWN

Colin Kaepernick on the Impact of His Netflix Biopic Series, Acting and Whether He’d Return to the NFL

The athlete and activist, who is on the cover of ‘Ebony’ next month, also opened up about being adopted by a white family in the rare interview. Colin Kaepernick discussed his upcoming Netflix scripted series and its appeal to different audiences, and if he still wants to play for an NFL team in an interview with Ebony released Wednesday. As the cover star of the magazine’s … Continue reading Colin Kaepernick on the Impact of His Netflix Biopic Series, Acting and Whether He’d Return to the NFL

Colin in Black and White | Official Trailer

I definitely plan to watch this! ~ V What you know isn’t the entire story. Synopsis: From co-creators Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick comes Colin in Black and White, a bold new limited series that chronicles Kaepernick’s story, tackling the obstacles of race, class and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family. Colin in Black and White stars Jaden Michael as Young … Continue reading Colin in Black and White | Official Trailer

Michael K. Williams, ‘The Wire’ Actor, Dies at 54

This is so very,very sad!! ~V Man, I just want people to remember me as one cool-ass dude, you know? Someone who cared. And I would never want anyone to say, ‘Oh, he forget where he came from.’ That would hurt me the most. ~ Michael K. Williams The ‘Lovecraft Country’ star and five-time Emmy nominee was found dead in his Brooklyn home on Monday, … Continue reading Michael K. Williams, ‘The Wire’ Actor, Dies at 54

ARRAY Releasing Presents: COUSINS

Definitely watching this over the weekend! ~ V Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing is proud to announce the release of COUSINS, directed by Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith. Synopsis: COUSINS follows three Māori cousins—Mata, Missy and Makareta—who lead separate lives, yet are bound together forever. Orphaned Mata believes she has no whānau (family) and lives out her lonely childhood in fear and bewilderment. Back home on … Continue reading ARRAY Releasing Presents: COUSINS

“Just Go In and Do Your Thing”: Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women Talk Megadeals, Bullying and Perseverance

Jen was saying how grateful and fortunate she feels and I always like to point out that men never feel grateful or fortunate to be in the positions they are in. Men feel like they earned the right to be in the room. So, I like to say I don’t feel grateful or fortunate to be here. I earned my right to be here. I … Continue reading “Just Go In and Do Your Thing”: Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women Talk Megadeals, Bullying and Perseverance

Ava DuVernay Selected to Receive the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

With the honor, DuVernay becomes the fourth filmmaker and first female director to receive the Gish honor, which comes with a $250,000 cash prize. Ava DuVernay has been selected to receive the 27th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in honor of her ongoing efforts to amplify the voices of women and people of color through her film and TV work. DuVernay becomes the fourth … Continue reading Ava DuVernay Selected to Receive the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Ta-Nehisi Coates Guest Edits ‘Vanity Fair’ September Issue

WOW. Fantastic!! ~ V New York (CNN Business) – Award-winning author and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will guest edit the September issue of Vanity Fair, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Radhika Jones told CNN Business in an exclusive interview. The issue will focus on art, activism and power in 21st century America. Jones said she and Coates had been talking about the opportunity for a while. Vanity Fair … Continue reading Ta-Nehisi Coates Guest Edits ‘Vanity Fair’ September Issue

Ava DuVernay Among Six Elected to Film Academy Board for First Time

This election cycle propelled the 54-person board to new records for women (26) and people of color (12). Ava DuVernay has been elected to represent the directors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its board of governors, part of a historic wave that establishes new records for women (26) and people of color (12) on the 54-person board (up from … Continue reading Ava DuVernay Among Six Elected to Film Academy Board for First Time

How Ava DuVernay Made When They See Us, the Year’s Best Miniseries

Ava DuVernay’s miniseries When They See Us, about the wrongful imprisonment of five teenagers accused of assaulting a jogger in Central Park, is up for multiple Emmy awards this Sunday, including miniseries, direction, writing, actor, and (twice!) best actress. After choosing it as the best miniseries on TV earlier this year, we asked DuVernay to talk to us about the direction, writing, and overall conception … Continue reading How Ava DuVernay Made When They See Us, the Year’s Best Miniseries

Netflix Says ‘When They See Us’ Has Been Most-Watched Show in U.S. Since Premiere

Congrats to her and the crew! This is fabulous. ~ Vida “When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black teenagers in New York City after the rape of a Central Park jogger 20 years ago, has been the most-viewed series on Netflix for the past 13 days. “‘When They See Us’ has been the most-watched series on … Continue reading Netflix Says ‘When They See Us’ Has Been Most-Watched Show in U.S. Since Premiere

The Mogul for This Moment: Ava DuVernay Takes on the Central Park Five, Trump and Her Own Ambition

With her Netflix miniseries ‘When They See Us’ and a newly built downtown L.A. studio, the director is creating a modern Hollywood empire while tackling such complex issues as race, justice and that “rich, bloated, flamboyant guy” in the Oval Office: I’m not going to knock on any closed doors. I’m going to make my own door. Ava DuVernay is speed-walking through her offices at … Continue reading The Mogul for This Moment: Ava DuVernay Takes on the Central Park Five, Trump and Her Own Ambition

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favorite classic films

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel’s “The Essentials” series, she knew she had to make it work. Usually “The Essentials” is filmed across two or three days. But the only way it would fit in with DuVernay’s schedule — which included editing … Continue reading Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favorite classic films

Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series ‘Cherish the Day’ at OWN (EXCLUSIVE)

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given out a straight-to-series order for a drama that hails from Ava DuVernay, Variety has learned exclusively. The series is titled “Cherish the Day.” Each season, the anthology series chronicles the romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel people to hold … Continue reading Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series ‘Cherish the Day’ at OWN (EXCLUSIVE)