Samuel Goldwyn acquires Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson film

Samuel Goldwyn Films has closed a deal with Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment (“ILBE”) to acquire U.S. distribution rights to the star-studded female-powered Tell it Like a Woman featuring an esteemed group of female filmmakers and actors that includes Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Pauletta Washington, Cara Delevingne, Catherine Hardwicke, Margherita Buy, Marcia Gay Harden, … Continue reading “Samuel Goldwyn acquires Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson film”

Jennifer Hudson, H.E.R, Wonder Years earn NAACP Image noms

The full list of nominees for the “53rd NAACP Image Awards” were announced earlier this week in a special virtual event on NAACP’s Instagram channel hosted by actress and musician Kyla Pratt, Black-ish actor Marcus Scribner and singer-songwriter Tinashe (@naacpimageawards).  The winners will be revealed during the two-hour LIVE TV special, which will be hosted by seven-time NAACP Image Awards Winner Anthony … Continue reading “Jennifer Hudson, H.E.R, Wonder Years earn NAACP Image noms”

PHOTOS: Jennifer Hudson commands Respect at L.A. premiere

Aretha Franklin created a road map through her own life experience from being a child music prodigy who grew up with great privilege in a household in Detroit that understood the importance of social protest, racial justice, and community organizing which was centered squarely in the foundation of the Black church — faith, service, and … Continue reading “PHOTOS: Jennifer Hudson commands Respect at L.A. premiere”

Respect: Watch Jennifer Hudson kill it in first clip from Aretha Franklin biopic

The original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Hudson, had a dream. “I had a dream for myself after Dreamgirls – coming off something as big as that? And I said the only thing that could top that would be to play Aretha Franklin, and I don’t know if she heard me or if she had that same thing … Continue reading “Respect: Watch Jennifer Hudson kill it in first clip from Aretha Franklin biopic”

Jennifer Fox returns to produce Governors Awards for Academy

Oscar-nominated producer Jennifer Fox will return to produce the 12th Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President David Rubin announced today. Honorary Awards will be presented to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Danny Glover on Saturday, January 15, 2022, … Continue reading “Jennifer Fox returns to produce Governors Awards for Academy”

Mastercard, Hudson support Black Businesswomen

Black women-owned businesses are vital to our economy and are amongst the hardest hit by the impacts of the pandemic. Today, Mastercard and Jennifer Hudson are announcing the Strivers Initiative, a consumer-facing platform, elevating the visibility of Black female business owners overcoming obstacles to maintain and grow their business, as role models for the community and future generations. The … Continue reading “Mastercard, Hudson support Black Businesswomen”

Black Panther, Abbott lead NAACP Image noms

The NAACP unveiled the full list of “54th NAACP Image Awards” nominees with ABC and Netflix leading the pack with 28 and 15 nominations respectively. The winners will be revealed during the two-hour LIVE TV special, airing Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET on BET and 8:00 PM PT on delay. The show will be in … Continue reading “Black Panther, Abbott lead NAACP Image noms”

Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren to get honorary Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that its Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Oscars to Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Fox.  The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 13th Governors Awards on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. “The Academy’s … Continue reading “Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren to get honorary Oscars”

Full list of NAACP Image Award Winners

The 2022 NAACP Image Awards were presented on BET tonight. Chicago’s Jennifer Hudson emerged as a top winner, taking home both Entertainer of the Year and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture awards for Respect. Will Smith also emerged as Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Richard Williams, Venus and Serena’s driven father in King Richard. AndThe … Continue reading “Full list of NAACP Image Award Winners”

Reel 360’s Oscar nomination predictions

So, it comes down to this. Two hundred seventy-six feature films are eligible for a 2021 Oscar nomination, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. Tomorrow at 5:18 AM PST, 7: 18 AM CST and 8:18 AM EST, Emmy-winning actor-comedian Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace, The Help) and Emmy-nominated actor-CEO-producer Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish, The High Note) will host the announcement … Continue reading “Reel 360’s Oscar nomination predictions”

Dune, Candyman, Raya, Lost in Space, Apple nominated for ADG Awards

Dune, Nightmare Alley, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Licorice Pizza, West Side Story, and Raya and the Last Dragon were nominated Monday for the 26th annual Art Directors Guild ( IATSE Local 800) ADG Awards. Apple took three nominations in the Commercial category for Introducing iPhone 13 Pro” Saving Simon” and “Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever.” Gucci’s “Aria, Neom’s “Made … Continue reading “Dune, Candyman, Raya, Lost in Space, Apple nominated for ADG Awards”

The Power of the Dog’ and ‘House of Gucci’ Lead SAG Awards film nominations

Nominees for the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year were announced this morning by Rosario Dawson (Dopesick, Go-Big Show) and Vanessa Hudgens (tick, tick…BOOM!, The Princess Switch) via Instagram Live. The nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced by SAG Awards Committee Members Jason … Continue reading “The Power of the Dog’ and ‘House of Gucci’ Lead SAG Awards film nominations”

Power of the Dog, Succession win at cloaked Golden Globe Awards

It was like the HFPA wore Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. After a year of controversy and scandals, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the winners of the 79th annual Golden Globe Awards via Twitter on Sunday night. No media or celebrities were in attendance. There was no red carpet. WandaVision was shut out. And there was no … Continue reading “Power of the Dog, Succession win at cloaked Golden Globe Awards”

Nia DaCosta first Black woman to own Box Office as Candyman takes in $22.3 m

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman earned an estimated $22,370,000 in its opening domestic weekend, beating the lowball projection of $15 million by nearly 50% showing the world that there is an audience for Black filmmakers telling Black stories and earning DaCosta the title of the first Black woman director to take the top spot. Some have come … Continue reading “Nia DaCosta first Black woman to own Box Office as Candyman takes in $22.3 m”

Showing Respect for Aretha Franklin’s music and voice

Aretha Franklin’s music is indeed a piece of American history and resonates with everyone in an emotional, intimate, and powerful way. When asked about Franklin’s enormous gift of her voice, star and Executive Producer, Jennifer Hudson, said, “Her singing, her knowing her calling, her anointing is what we would call. It was her saving grace. … Continue reading “Showing Respect for Aretha Franklin’s music and voice”

Bachelorette: Katie Thurston says Yes to Blake Moynes and Neil Lane ring

In the dramatic season finale of The Bachelorette, Katie Thurston’s unexpected journey to love came to an end when she accepted a proposal from Blake Moynes; with a gorgeous diamond and platinum engagement ring, from the official jewelry designer of The Bachelor franchise, Neil Lane. Katie’s ring centers an oval-shaped diamond that is centrally set within a crown motif and a hidden … Continue reading “Bachelorette: Katie Thurston says Yes to Blake Moynes and Neil Lane ring”

RBL Spotlight: Composer, Matthew Head

Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Matthew Head with … Continue reading “RBL Spotlight: Composer, Matthew Head”

Remembering actress Cindy Williams

Laverne & Shirley and American Graffiti star Cindy Williams passed away this week at age 75. Williams played the title role of Shirley Feeney opposite Penny Marshall who played Laverne DeFazio on the hit show Laverne & Shirley, which was a spin-off of Happy Days. The two also appeared on Happy Days. Williams passed away … Continue reading “Remembering actress Cindy Williams”

Avatar, Pinocchio, Rings of Power lead VES noms

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, announced the nominees for the 21st Annual VES Awards. The prestigious yearly celebration recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in features, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX Supervisors, VFX Producers and hands-on Artists who bring this work to life. Avatar: … Continue reading “Avatar, Pinocchio, Rings of Power lead VES noms”