New movies to stream this week: ‘The Social Dilemma,’ ‘Surge’ and more

A record number of women ran for office in 2018 – a fact evidenced by the proliferation of documentaries that have sprung up, like mushrooms, about the phenomenon, including “Knock Down the House,” “Represent” and now, most recently, “Surge.” Like those earlier films, this one follows a group of female candidates (but without the hindsight […]

KweliTV is a streaming service that puts Black stories first

“I feel like black stories can sometimes be an afterthought, even now when people are definitely more focused on representing the Black community. And I hear people say, ‘Well, it’s for your community.’ And yeah, that’s true but it’s for other people too. And there’s a missed opportunity there. There are services, like Criterion or […]

Why Netflix built its first global brand campaign around one of the most controversial parts of its UX

In terms of marketing, that’s translated into campaigns and social engagement that pointed the spotlight on individual pieces of content, particularly tentpole originals such as Stranger Things, or large fan bases it hopes to woo, such as African Americans via Strong Black Lead, as opposed to itself.

Jamie Foxx Inks Production Deal With Sony Pictures Entertainment

Turner produced the Netflix film Uncorked, earlier this year starring Courtney B. Vance and Niecy Nash, directed by first-time filmmaker Prentice Penny (showrunner of HBO’s Insecure). Uncorked was the No. 1 movie stateside in its first weekend on the platform. He also produced the Sundance Award-Winning film Nine Days starring Winston Duke and Zazie Beetz, […]

Governors Awards Ignore Scandals, Hand Out Year’s First Oscars

I saw Oscar winners Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence sending each other non-verbal signs of encouragement for the performances that have put them back in the race this year. At the cocktail hour mother! director Darren Aronofsky told me he hoped his words about the controversial film haven’t hurt Lawrence’s Best Actress chances as he thinks she […]

‘Coastal Elites’ vents about Trump, while raising the bar on quarantine TV

Creating best-seat-in-the-house intimacy, Roach has let his extraordinary cast do the heavy lifting, employing modest edits and spare backgrounds to showcase their performances, adding to their rawness and power. Rudnick also shrewdly bookends the piece in a way that heightens its emotional impact, identifying the month when each monologue takes place to chart the course […]

USC Annenberg Comprehensive Study Shines Glaring Spotlight On Slow Progress Toward Inclusion In Hollywood

Related Story Inside Out LGBT Film Festival To Feature ‘The Boys In The Band’, ‘The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson’, ‘Cowboys’ And More For Virtual Edition The country is in the middle of a civic uprising and a reckoning when it comes to the treatment of marginalized communities — especially the Black community. That said, the […]

Paris Hilton reckons with her legacy — and so should we

There is already plenty of debate happening about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcement this week that movies have to meet certain representation criteria in order to be eligible for the Academy Award for Best Picture beginning in 2024.

Hollywood’s inclusion problems still run deep, study finds

Female speaking characters have only marginally increased over the last 13 years, reaching 34% in 2019. For every woman talking on screen, there’s nearly two men. People of color speaking characters also still lag behind the U.S. population with 34.3% in 2019. There were three films with speaking transgender characters, adding up to about two […]

Diana Rigg worried I’d get hit by lightning

Actor Ian Holm died June 19 at the age of 88, according to a statement from his agent. Holm had a long and varied acting career that saw him cast as a slew of characters, including Bilbo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, Ash in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” and athletics coach Sam […]