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“This was three years ago, that I had a note from an executive on a script that I wrote that I needed to make a character ‘Blacker’,” director Cord Jefferson said at Deadline’s Contenders Film L.A. panel for American Fiction. “A lot of this is taken directly from my personal experience having worked in entertainment.”
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Jeffrey Wright, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, Tracee Ellis Ross and Skyler Wright star in this scathing satire on the publishing industry and its treatment of serious works by Black writers. One of those writers is Thelonious “Monk” Ellison (Wright). He travels back to his hometown of Boston to attend a book festival, but the turnout is low in favor of another book seminar with author Sinatra Golden’s (Rae) bestseller We Lives In Da Ghetto.
After finding Percival Everett’s Erasure in 2020, Jefferson quickly knew he needed to write and direct the film and he found that casting the lead came easy to him. “This is not a lie, Jeffrey, I started reading the novel in his voice,” he says. “I’ve been a fan of Jeffrey since I first saw him in Angels in America… then I saw him in Basquiat, and I was just obsessed with him.”
“They’re not a lot of roles that are written for me,” says Wright. “I’m not that kind of archetype for many stories within our culture, which is one of the reasons that I think my flexibility serves me… But with this role, the rhythms were mine. This is probably the most personal character that I’ve played, the character that’s kind of most in line, not entirely, but with many of my sensibilities, observations and circumstances. The only other film that approaches this in terms of that alignment was probably Basquiat, which I
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Deadline’s Read the Screenplay series spotlighting the year’s most talked-about scripts continues with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the follow-up to Sony, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Marvel’s groundbreaking Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which won the Animated Feature Oscar in 2019.
Game Of Thrones is the most hated TV character of all time, according to fans.The character, played by Jack Gleeson in the HBO series, topped a poll on Ranker of the most disliked characters on TV. At the time of writing (November 28), the list has amassed over 273.4k votes in total.While the ranking does fluctuate, as shown by a recent list which went viral on social media, Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) is currently ranked second, followed by Fullmetal Alchemist’s Shou Tucker and The Governor (David Morrissey) from The Walking Dead.More surprising additions include Glee’s Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and children’s TV character Caillou.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director Edgar Wright appeared on the latest episode of the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast and went on a reflective rant about the current state of Hollywood and IP (via IndieWire). Without calling out any franchises in particular, the “Scott Pilgrim” and “Baby Driver” director expressed frustration over the lack of breathing room when it comes to Hollywood’s current IP output.
be any more in our feelings?After Matthew Perry’s tragic death on Oct. 28 at 54, fans have been seeking solace in the magic he created alongside Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow in NBC’s “Friends,” which ran for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004.In 1997, Rosie O’Donnell asked Perry, “Are you friends with the ‘Friends’?”His answer? “Yes, we are.
Ringo Starr has responded to “terrible rumours” that John Lennon‘s real voice doesn’t feature on The Beatles’ new single ‘Now and Then’.Earlier this month, Starr and Paul McCartney shared ‘Now And Then’ – the last track from The Beatles to feature all four original members.The track stems from a demo tape recorded by the late Lennon and was completed with the help of AI – which lifted the songwriter’s vocals off the initial recording and allowed the surviving members to work with them, rather than recreating the artist’s voice altogether.Starr previously said that he thought the project was “beautiful” and admitted that working on the single was “like having John Lennon back”.In a recent interview with AARP, Starr took a moment to dispel rumours about the song’s creation. “There were terrible rumours that it’s not John, it’s AI, whatever bullshi t people said,” he said.
stopped by “The View” on Tuesday, where she only had loving things to say about the late “Friends” cast member — her co-star in the NBC series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”“I just remember him as one of the most generous people on the planet,” Paulson, 48, said of Perry, who died Oct. 28 at age 54.
Eric Clapton‘s iconic guitars – named “The Fool” – has become one of the most expensive guitars ever at auction.On Thursday, November 16, the musician’s 1964 custom-painted psychedelic Gibson SG was sold for $1.27 million (£1.03 million) at Julien’s Auctions. The six-string instrument was sold as part of the three-day music auction event “Played, Worn and Torn: Rock N’ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia” at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville.Per Guitar World, the guitar is the same ’64 SG that Clapton played when he and his Cream bandmates were creating their second LP, ‘Disraeli Gears’.
Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Veteran actor Ciaran Hinds and Odessa Young have joined Euphoria star Jacob Elordi in the cast of premium Australian miniseries “The Narrow Road to the Deep North.” Production is now under way. An adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel by Richard Flanaghan, the five-part series is love story set against the backdrop of World War II. Production is by Curio Pictures with Prime Video releasing the title in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director Welcome back to Panem! “The Hunger Games” franchise is officially revived with the release of “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” a prequel film set many years before the rise of Katniss Everdeen. Based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name, the prequel centers on a young Coriolanus Snow as his experience mentoring District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games shapes him into the villain fans of the franchise know well.
Friends star Lisa Kudrow has thanked Matthew Perry for the 'best 10 years a person gets to have' in a heartbreaking tribute to her co-star. Lisa played Phoebe Buffay in the hit US comedy, which starred Matthew as Chandler Bing, for 10 series from 1994 to 2004.
Perry before his death.“Shot the pilot, ‘Friends Like Us,’ got picked up then immediately, we were at the NBC Upfronts. Then …You suggested we play poker AND made it so much fun while we initially bonded. Thank you for that,” Kudrow, 60, captioned a photo of the two together Wednesday on Instagram.
Jennifer Aniston has released a lengthy statement mourning the loss of her Friends co-star Matthew Perry, who passed away at the age of 54 on October 28 in an apparent drowning.
It’s that time of the year when Manchester city centre transforms into a Christmas wonderland. The Christmas Markets are finally up and running, welcoming hordes of shoppers to buy food, drink and presents from the picture perfect wooden huts.
When you’re composing music for a character named Thelonious “Monk” Ellison in the movie American Fiction, it should be pretty obvious where a composer like Laura Karpman might find her inspiration.
The Beatles have topped the charts with their “final” track ‘Now And Then’ – six decades after they secured their first Number One.Released earlier this month, the track was billed as the last song from the Fab Four and stemmed from an old John Lennon demo tape – completed by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr with the help of AI.It also came alongside both a short video documenting their time completing the project and a Peter Jackson-directed music video that included previously unearthed footage of the band.Now it has been confirmed that the long-awaited track has gone on to top the charts – 60 years since the band claimed their first Number One track.This feat means that McCartney and co. now boast the longest period between an artist’s first and last Number One single – with their first being ‘From Me to You’ in May 1963 (60 years and six months ago).
2023 has been full of unexpected celebrity splits. Among the long list of separations and divorces, Reese Witherspoon and Kevin Costner gave some important updates on their respective relationships, which have resulted in a series of speculations about new possible romances.CELEBRITY SPLITS 2023: THE MOST UNEXPECTED DIVORCES AND BREAKUPSWHY MERYL STREEP AND DON GUMMER DECIDED TO SEPARATE AFTER 45 YEARS OF MARRIAGEThe 47-year-old actress and the 68-year-old actor are the latest pair to be rumored to be linked together.
Rangers could turn to the young guns for some minutes against Sparta Prague as a combination of injuries and squad registration issues cutting Philippe Clement down to the bare bones tonight.
Crystal Kung Minkoff of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had an eventful weekend attending BravoCon in Las Vegas and an upcoming episode of the Bravo reality series will see her celebrate her 40th birthday in Sin City.
Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever topping the list.The list compiles the worst movies based on their critics score on the website, with only films that have at least 20 reviews being eligible.Ballistic Ecks Vs. Sever starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu finished in the number one spot.