Boseman, Hudlin team up to portray a young Thurgood Marshall
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Boseman, Hudlin team up to portray a young Thurgood Marshall

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Chadwick Boseman knows a little about portraying icons: his acting resume includes Jackie Robinson, James Brown and comic book’s first black superhero, the Black Panther. But even Boseman was wary after director Reginald Hudlin approached him about portraying the younger days of the future Supreme Court justice in “Marshall.” There were … Continue reading

Review: In ‘Marshall,’ a young Thurgood in Connecticut
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Review: In ‘Marshall,’ a young Thurgood in Connecticut

Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood’s notice. Despite its title, “Marshall,” too, is wary of taking on the Supreme Court justice in full, sticking to a minor case from Marshall’s early career as counsel for the NAACP. That makes, for better and worse, … Continue reading

Hollywood condemnation of Weinstein grows louder
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Hollywood condemnation of Weinstein grows louder

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hollywood establishment, slow to react to the initial sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, began speaking out against him more forcefully Monday after the powerful studio boss was fired by own company. Among the A-listers weighing in were his longtime allies and beneficiaries Meryl Streep, Judi Dench and director Kevin … Continue reading

Study: More women, minorities being hired as TV directors
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Study: More women, minorities being hired as TV directors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hiring of ethnic minorities and women as first-time TV series directors is up sharply, according to a Directors Guild of America study released Wednesday. They’re part of record growth and diversity in the “pipeline” of incoming directors, the study of the 2016-17 TV season found. The percentage of minority first-time … Continue reading

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ dethrones ‘It’ with $39M debut
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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ dethrones ‘It’ with $39M debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The R-rated spy comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” displaced the horror sensation “It” as the No. 1 film in North America, while the second “Lego Movie” spinoff of the year didn’t assemble the expected audience. The 20th Century Fox release opened with a weekend-leading $39 million debut, according to studio estimates … Continue reading

Review: ‘Kingsman’ sequel lacks punch and vibe of first film
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Review: ‘Kingsman’ sequel lacks punch and vibe of first film

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer In the first film about a secret spy group known as Kingsman, we learned they are well-dressed, courtly and perfectly groomed. But by the second film, there’s a decidedly ungentlemanly whiff about them — of desperation. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” comes three years after the first leg in the Matthew … Continue reading

President Trump omnipresent over Emmy Awards ceremony
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President Trump omnipresent over Emmy Awards ceremony

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump never won an Emmy, it’s true. But his presence was felt at this year’s television awards ceremony more than any actor, writer or producer. “Saturday Night Live,” for which Trump was an endless fount of comedy during his campaign and early presidency, had … Continue reading

White House aide unamused by political Emmy Awards
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White House aide unamused by political Emmy Awards

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide is offering a lackluster review for the politically-charged Emmy Awards. Speaking Monday on “Fox & Friends,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway says “America is responding by tuning out.” Conway added people have a right to speak freely, but said “you’re showing the world you’re so easy with … Continue reading

MCJR Week, Sept. 25-29, examines the Fourth Estate
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MCJR Week, Sept. 25-29, examines the Fourth Estate

  MCJR Week 2017 The Fourth Estate: Protecting Truth, Preserving Democracy, Serving the People http://www.nsumcjr.com   Monday, September 25, 2017 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Conference Registration Location: SC138C 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration Continued Location: SC138C 6:30 p.m. MCJR Mixer/Kickoff Location: SC138C Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals 7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: L. Joy Williams https://ljoywilliams.com/services/speaker/ Location: … Continue reading

Rebel Wilson awarded millions in Australia defamation case
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Rebel Wilson awarded millions in Australia defamation case

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A judge awarded Rebel Wilson record damages of 4.56 million Australian dollars ($3.66 million) on Wednesday over magazine articles the actress said cost her roles in Hollywood films. A Supreme Court jury in Australia’s Victoria state had decided in June the articles claiming she lied about her age, origins of her … Continue reading

‘It’ floats away with record-breaking $117.2 million weekend
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‘It’ floats away with record-breaking $117.2 million weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ‘It’ is a hit. The Stephen King adaptation from New Line and Warner Bros. shattered records over the weekend earning $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates on Sunday. Not only is “It” now the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all … Continue reading

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Amazon launches African-American video-on-demand service

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is launching Brown Sugar, a subscription video-on-demand service that features what it calls the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all time. Brown Sugar offers films such as “Shaft,” ”Cotton Comes to Harlem,” ”In the Heat of the Night,” ”Cleopatra Jones,” ”Crash,” ”Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset … Continue reading

Disney streaming service to get ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel
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Disney streaming service to get ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Wars” and the Marvel comic-book movies will join Disney’s upcoming streaming service , potentially giving it broader appeal beyond families with young children. The Disney service will be the only place to stream those movies on demand in the U.S. as part of a monthly subscription. (So, not on Netflix.) A price … Continue reading

How ‘American Assassin’ took a long, twisting path to film
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How ‘American Assassin’ took a long, twisting path to film

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After twists and turns worthy of the very spy series it sprung from, a movie featuring the indomitable fictional terrorism fighter Mitch Rapp is about to hit movie screens nationwide — four years after his creator, author Vince Flynn, died from prostate cancer. “American Assassin ,” the first movie based on a Flynn … Continue reading

Shelley Berman, comedian-bard of everyday life, has died
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Shelley Berman, comedian-bard of everyday life, has died

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Shelley Berman, who won gold records and appeared on top television shows in the 1950s and 1960s delivering wry monologues about the annoyances of everyday life, has died. He was 92. Berman died Friday at his home in Bell Canyon, California, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to spokesman Glenn … Continue reading

Prince’s other sister: Purple was his color, not orange
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Prince’s other sister: Purple was his color, not orange

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince didn’t have an orange crush — purple was his favorite color, according to his half-sister Sharon Nelson. Sharon Nelson says in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that “contrary to what has been said, purple was and is Prince’s color.” Tyka Nelson, Prince’s only full sibling, told the … Continue reading

Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film
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Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard gives the reeling production a veteran hand in the … Continue reading