Vanessa Williams to host July 4 celebration on PBS

Capital Concerts announced today the 41st annual A Capitol Fourth, America’s Independence Day celebration on PBS, will be hosted by multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film, and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives).  Planning has been underway for many months for A Capitol Fourth to be a pre-recorded show due to the pandemic with a live fireworks … Continue reading “Vanessa Williams to host July 4 celebration on PBS”

Williams exposes White fragility with Black anthem

Vanessa Williams, the first Black woman crowned Miss America in 1984, award-winning actress, and singer, is no stranger to controversy. Almost on brand, she inadvertently created another storm of conflict by simply singing a song for our nation’s Independence Day.   According to The Hill, the talented actress and vocalist will perform Lift Every Voice and … Continue reading “Williams exposes White fragility with Black anthem”

Syn: Unites with Black Theatre to Stand for Change

International music agency Syn has joined forces with New York-based non-profit organization, Black Theater United (BTU) for select placement of their inspirational song Stand for Change. The aim of the placement is to secure licensing proceeds to support BTU’s mission to Unify, Advocate and Educate for racial equity and social justice.  Stand For Change was … Continue reading “Syn: Unites with Black Theatre to Stand for Change”

The world mourns the loss of iconic actress Cicely Tyson

Honorary Oscar winner Cicely Tyson passed away today at the age of 96. She was well known for her starring role in Sounder, which earned her an Academy Award nomination as well as her role in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and her recurring role on How to Get Away with Murder which earned … Continue reading “The world mourns the loss of iconic actress Cicely Tyson”

‘Bad Hair’ to screen at HollyShorts drive-in

The organizers of the 16th edition of the Oscar®-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival announced today the festival will host a special Drive-In Celebration on Monday, November 16, 2020. The evening, which will follow the competition screenings of the festival (which runs November 9-15 virtually on Bitpix), will feature a lineup of spooky shorts and a special … Continue reading “‘Bad Hair’ to screen at HollyShorts drive-in”

D-Nice’s #couchparty on IG Live creates social dancing

Epic and sweaty. That’s the only way to describe Bronx native DJ D-Nice (real name Derrick Jones) is doing his part to keep social distancers entertained and positive during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. What began as a “Homeschool social distancing Party” last Wednesday March 18 (with only 200 followers), has quickly become a social media … Continue reading “D-Nice’s #couchparty on IG Live creates social dancing”

Peele takes ‘Candyman’ to its origins – Cabrini Green

The Geek still won’t say it in a mirror after all this time. Not once. Not twice. And definitely not five times. That is how much the original 1992 horror film Candyman, starring Tony Todd, affected me. Now, Jordan Peele has taken on the IP and is producing a new version which takes place in … Continue reading “Peele takes ‘Candyman’ to its origins – Cabrini Green”

JEAN, Pam Thomas make satirical ‘Commercials’

Director Pam Thomas has shot a lot of commercials. Like, a lot. The director may have helmed episodes of Sex and The City, Desperate Housewives and Atypical and music videos by Melissa Etheridge, Vanessa Williams and Gin Blossoms, but she is best known for her stylish and memorable :30- and :60-seconds body of work. Along … Continue reading “JEAN, Pam Thomas make satirical ‘Commercials’”

Original Wednesday Addams, Lisa Loring passes at 64

Lisa Loring, the actress who played the original Wednesday Addams on the classic 1960’s TV adaptation of The Addams Family, has passed away at age 64. According to her daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, Loring died Saturday night at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications from a stroke caused by high blood pressure. “She … Continue reading “Original Wednesday Addams, Lisa Loring passes at 64”

Everything, All Quiet, Banshees lead Oscar noms

And let the Oscar race begin. Oscar-winning actor-producer Riz Ahmed and actor Allison Williams (M3gan, Get Out, Girls) announced the 95th Oscars nominations today (January 24), live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media. Ahmed and Williams announced the … Continue reading “Everything, All Quiet, Banshees lead Oscar noms”

AFI FEST announces full festival lineup

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the full lineup for this year’s AFI FEST Film Festival including Bones and all, directed by Academy Award-nominee Luca Guadagnino, Le Pupille, directed by Alice Rohrwacher, Nanny, directed by Nikyatu Jusu, SR., directed by Chris Smith, and Women Talking by Academy Award-nominated writer and director Sarah Polley, which … Continue reading “AFI FEST announces full festival lineup”

AFI FEST 2022 announces red carpet galas

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today six Red Carpet Premiere films that will screen at AFI FEST 2022, November 2-6. “Now is the time to open our hearts and minds to stories on the big screen,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “AFI is honored to gather audiences and artists in the heart … Continue reading “AFI FEST 2022 announces red carpet galas”

Travelers uses Children’s POV in new work

The new Travelers’ campaign, from TBWA\Chiat\Day, takes the unique perspective of children, who see the world as a more wonderous place than adults. The three films — Ellison, Birthday and Ocean — showcase how well-handled disasters can feel like magic, and also act as a metaphor to how we’re slowly returning to normalcy after a chaotic last two years. Watch below: … Continue reading “Travelers uses Children’s POV in new work”

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”

AFI Fest 2021 announces full festival lineup

Our friends at The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the full lineup for AFI FEST 2021 including Sony Pictures Classics’ Parallel Mothers, written and directed by Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar, which will screen as a Red Carpet Premiere at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, November 13. The complete AFI FEST program … Continue reading “AFI Fest 2021 announces full festival lineup”

Burger King teams with Nelly, Anitta and LilHuddy to celebrate real food

According to Burger King, guests want tasty, juicy, hand-breaded, flame-grilled food on the daily, and the brand is committed to delivering on the promise of real food – which is why the QSR has announced the permanent ban of 120 artificial ingredients and counting from our food menu nationwide. “We firmly believe that real food … Continue reading “Burger King teams with Nelly, Anitta and LilHuddy to celebrate real food”

Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to join the organization to 395 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.  The 2021 class is 46% … Continue reading “Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites”

Cannes Lions announces 2021 Shortlist Jury

Cannes Lions has announced its jury line-up of global experts selected to shortlist world-class creative work and benchmark excellence this June.  The Lion-winning work will be announced, awarded and celebrated during Cannes Lions Live, a fully digital experience, running from 21-25 June 2021, which all LIONS members will receive complimentary access to.   The Cannes Lions … Continue reading “Cannes Lions announces 2021 Shortlist Jury”

Nomadland wins Best Picture, Chloé Zhao Director

Last night, Nomadland won three of its six Academy Award nominations. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences presented the 93rd Oscars. Due to the pandemic, the show did not take place at its usual home, The Dolby Theater. This year, the hostless event took place in downtown Los Angeles at Union Station with … Continue reading “Nomadland wins Best Picture, Chloé Zhao Director”