‘Da 5 Bloods’ Composer on Spike Lee’s Vision, Marvin Gaye’s Message and Hollywood’s POC Blindspot

Composer Terence Blanchard has collaborated with Spike Lee for over 30 years, going back to 1991 when the director tapped him to score “Jungle Fever.” Since then, Blanchard’s credits include over 15 Lee films including “BlacKkKlansman,” “Malcolm X” and his latest, “Da 5 Bloods,” now streaming on Netflix. The story of four Vietnam War veterans, played by Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters and … Continue reading ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Composer on Spike Lee’s Vision, Marvin Gaye’s Message and Hollywood’s POC Blindspot

Spike Lee on the Challenge of Bringing Netflix’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ to the Screen

On May 31, as protests over police violence roiled nationwide, Spike Lee released a 94-second movie called 3 Brothers on his social media feeds. The short film intercuts disturbing footage of three Black men who died after being choked by police — George Floyd, Eric Garner and Radio Raheem, the fictional, boombox-toting Brooklynite played by Bill Nunn in Lee’s Oscar-nominated 1989 film, Do the Right Thing. … Continue reading Spike Lee on the Challenge of Bringing Netflix’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ to the Screen

‘Last Kingdom’ Star Alexander Dreymon on Uhtred in S4: ‘He Goes Through So Much S—‘ (SPOILERS)

SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not watched “The Last Kingdom” Season 4, which dropped April 26 on Netflix. Alexander Dreymon once again suits up as Uhtred of Bebbanburg in Season 4 of “The Last Kingdom.” This time out though, Uhtred goes through some things that fans of the show haven’t seen before. Dreymon spoke with Variety ahead of the premiere about how … Continue reading ‘Last Kingdom’ Star Alexander Dreymon on Uhtred in S4: ‘He Goes Through So Much S—‘ (SPOILERS)

How Sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad Built on Their Family’s Artistic Dynasty

On a Sunday afternoon, Debbie Allen mills around the spacious kitchen of her Santa Monica home, holding her first grandchild, six-month-old Shiloh, in her arms. Framed posters of the Broadway shows in which she has starred line a wall, reminders that the Tony- and Emmy-winning choreographer, actress, dancer, and director is no ordinary mother but part of a groundbreaking artistic dynasty that includes her sister, … Continue reading How Sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad Built on Their Family’s Artistic Dynasty

Kerry Washington | American Son | Official Trailer | Netflix

Another one to watch! ~ Vida Synopsis ~ via Netflix It’s 3am on a rainy night in South Florida, and mother Kendra Ellis-Connor (Kerry Washington) paces anxiously in a police station waiting room as she tries to piece together what may have happened to her missing son. Faced with a series of infuriating unanswered questions, she navigates a system of unconscious bias, interweaving perspectives, and … Continue reading Kerry Washington | American Son | Official Trailer | Netflix

Billy Porter in Talks to Join Sony’s ‘Cinderella’ (Exclusive)

The Emmy winner and ‘Pose’ star will join Camila Cabello, who is tackling the titular princess role. Billy Porter is ready to grant some wishes.Porter, who recently earned an Emmy for outstanding lead actor for his role on the FX series Pose, is in talks to join Sony’s Cinderella. Sources say that Porter will be playing the movie musical’s resident fairy godmother. Sony had no comment on … Continue reading Billy Porter in Talks to Join Sony’s ‘Cinderella’ (Exclusive)

How Will Smith Cracked the Code on Making Real Money in Hollywood

Once in decline, the ‘Gemini Man’ star has quietly become one of the most diversified (and wealthy) talents thanks to everything from working with Netflix to maintain his quote, investing in eco-friendly water and growing his digital footprint: “He’s unbelievably methodical.” In March 2016, Will Smith was at a crossroads. After three decades in show business, he was coming off the coldest streak of an … Continue reading How Will Smith Cracked the Code on Making Real Money in Hollywood

‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series

Wow, I can’t wait to see this! ~ V Scandal alum Cornelius Smith Jr, Keeya King (Van Helsing) and J. Alphonse Nicholson (P-Valley) are set for recurring roles opposite Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish in Madam C.J. Walker, an eight-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Spencer and executive produced by LeBron James. Written by Nicole Asher based on the book On … Continue reading ‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series

Shonda Rhimes Sets Ninth Netflix Show: Anthology ‘Notes on Love’

The episodic series will feature such writers as Norman Lear, Steve Martin and Diane Warren, among others. Amazon may have Modern Love, but Netflix has Notes on Love. The streamer on Tuesday announced the ninth show from prolific showrunner Shonda Rhimes: the individual episodic series Notes on Love. Picked up straight to series, the project explores the unexpected-life-changing, euphoric, hilarious, surreal and all-consuming places where … Continue reading Shonda Rhimes Sets Ninth Netflix Show: Anthology ‘Notes on Love’