ArtPride New Jersey’s Black History Month Celebration

This February, in celebration of Black History Month, Discover Jersey Arts honors the work and impact of African American voices in the arts. The contributions of African American artists have been vast — from The Harlem Renaissance, to the Black Arts Movement through today. Discover Jersey Arts, an ArtPride New Jersey Foundation program, celebrates the contributions of both artists … Continue reading “ArtPride New Jersey’s Black History Month Celebration”

Black Adam electrifies Hall H with trailer

Let’s call it a case of quality over quantity. While Marvel… marveled audiences in Hall H with a slew of announcements and trailers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Warner Bros, New Line Cinemas and DC were much more subdued. But what they did show was amazing! As the lights dimmed, … Continue reading “Black Adam electrifies Hall H with trailer”

Godfather of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, passes away at age 89

Daytime Emmy Award Winner, actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, composer, and Godfather of Black cinema, Melvin Van Peebles has passed away at age 89 at his home in Manhattan.  His death was confirmed by his son, Mario Van Peebles, who said in a statement: “Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth a … Continue reading “Godfather of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, passes away at age 89”

Space Jam blocks Black Widow from #1 spot

Both of the top two box-office winners this week were also released for home viewing. Space Jam: A New Legacy opened this weekend and knocked Black Widow right out of the top spot and it was also released to subscribers of HBOMax for no additional cost. This week’s #2, Black Widow was also released on … Continue reading “Space Jam blocks Black Widow from #1 spot”

Doritos: New initiative will give $50K to 7 Black Creators

Black voices and stories are too often unheard. In its 2020 #AmplifyBlackVoices work, Doritos recognized this and is now launching Solid Black, a new multi-platform initiative backed by action and funding designed to bolster the voices of Black innovators and creators and provide them with resources to continue driving change. In total, Doritos will invest … Continue reading “Doritos: New initiative will give $50K to 7 Black Creators”

Will the next Superman be Black?

Well, why not? Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit is reporting that Warner Bros. is developing a new Superman movie with J.J. Abrams on board as producer via his Bad Robot label.  Black Panther comic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is penning the script. “There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more … Continue reading “Will the next Superman be Black?”

American Black Film Fest announces HBO Finalists

HBO announced their selection of finalists who will compete in ABFF’s (The American Black Film Festival) 23rd annual HBO Short Film Competition. The festival will be hosted on from August 21-30, with more than 100,000 virtual attendees from around the globe anticipated to attend. Continuing with the festival’s tradition, the ABFF Online Edition will include the … Continue reading “American Black Film Fest announces HBO Finalists”

Disney pushes ‘Mulan’ to July 24, ‘Black Widow’ to Nov. 6

Following the announcement in March that several titles would be delayed due to the global health crisis, The Walt Disney Studios today announced updates to its upcoming release schedule. Disney’s Mulan is now slated to open on July 24, 2020, with Disney’s Jungle Cruise moving to July 30, 2021; while Marvel Studios’ Black Widow will arrive in theaters on November 6, … Continue reading “Disney pushes ‘Mulan’ to July 24, ‘Black Widow’ to Nov. 6”

Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long

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. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these wonderful personalities with us. Think of Creative Director … Continue reading “Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long”

The Reel Black List: Hilliard Guess, Writer/Producer/Director

(Editor’s Note: Last year on Reel Chicago, we launched a celebration of Black Chicago talent in advertising, film, TV and music called “The Reel Black List.” This year, we have decided to expand the popular feature nationwide in Reel 360.) LA-based Hilliard Guess is a talented writer, producer, director and podcaster. He currently writes on … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Hilliard Guess, Writer/Producer/Director”

Producer Victoria Alonso leaves Marvel Studios

Veteran Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso has exited the studio. According to the Hollywood Reporter, multiple sources confirmed that she parted ways with the studio on Friday.  Alonso had been with the company for 17 years, since the first Iron Man and has Executive Producer credit on over 40 Marvel projects including movies such as … Continue reading “Producer Victoria Alonso leaves Marvel Studios”

Everything is Everywhere at 2023 Academy Awards

When I met writer/director Daniel Kwan at the 2023 Writers Guild Awards, I told him while he was clutching his trophy for Everywhere, Everything All at Once, that he was going to win an Oscar the following Sunday. Daniel, humbled by all of the Awards Season’s accolades, smiled back and said, “Don’t jinx it.” Apparently, … Continue reading “Everything is Everywhere at 2023 Academy Awards”

Reel 360’s final 2023 Oscar predictions

As SXSW begins today, I realized it’s actually been one year since awards season behemoth Everything, Everywhere All at Once made its debut in Austin, Texas. The science fiction film was hardly mentioned in conversations then and now it may be the first of its genre to win Best Picture at the 95th Oscars. Most … Continue reading “Reel 360’s final 2023 Oscar predictions”

The Batman leads 3rd Critics Choice Super noms

The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the nominees for the 3rd Annual Critics Choice Super Awards, honoring the most popular, fan-obsessed genres across both television and movies, including Superhero, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, and Action. The Batman leads this year’s film nominees, earning six nominations including Best Superhero Movie.  Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano, and Colin Farrell each … Continue reading “The Batman leads 3rd Critics Choice Super noms”

Complete list of Producers Guild Award winners

The stage is now set for A24’s Everything, Everywhere All at Once to win big at this year’s Academy Awards. The biggest prognosticator of winners, the Producers Guild of America, held their awards last night in Beverly Hills, where the fantasy sci-fi comedy won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion … Continue reading “Complete list of Producers Guild Award winners”

Angela Bassett is big winner at NAACP Image Awards

Angela Bassett did “that Angela Bassett thing” last night at the 54th annual NAACP Image Awards. Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Viola Davis and Abbott Elementary were among the top winners last night at the Queen Latifah-hosted ceremony. The Queen honored the other Queen with the top prize of Entertainer of the Year. When Bassett … Continue reading “Angela Bassett is big winner at NAACP Image Awards”

Nope wins at Society of Composers & Lyricists

Michael Abels, who scored the haunting score for Jordan Peele’s Nope was the big winner at the 4th Annual Society of Composers and Lyricists Awards (SCL) for score and songs in visual media last night at the Skirball Cultural Center. Abels won Best Score for a Studio Motion Picture. He also won the Jury Award for … Continue reading “Nope wins at Society of Composers & Lyricists”

Everything, Top Gun, Menu nominated for WGA Screenplay Awards

Coming on the heels of yesterday’s Oscar nominations, the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2022. Everything Everywhere All at Once, Top Gun: Maverick, Women Talking and The Fabelmans are among the films nominated in the film categories for … Continue reading “Everything, Top Gun, Menu nominated for WGA Screenplay Awards”

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, 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”

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”