Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ava DuVernay to direct “A Wrinkle in Time” for Disney

Well we now know what Ava will be doing after shooting on her TV show Queen Sugar wraps. She’s gotten the nod to direct the classic YA novel A Wrinkle in Time for Disney studios!

Ava apparently had been the front runner for the position from day 1, and today it looks like Disney finally sealed the deal. Ava remains in talks to direct Intelligent Life, starring Lupita Nyong’o.

You may remember A Wrinkle in Time from your school days, it’s been a staple of school reading list for decades. The book by Madeline L’Engle tells the story of young girl whose father disappears while doing research on a tesseract (note to Marvel fans, it’s not same thing as the one in the Marvel-verse). The girl is forced to travel to the fifth dimension in order to find her father and she has interesting adventures along the way. It’s very beloved book and the comments I am reading on the internet are very positive on Ava helming the project.

Congratulations to Ava, I’m sure she will slay!

#Richonne

***Spoilers ahead***

Y’all.  Y’all.  Did you watch The Walking Dead last night?  Did you?  Because if you didn’t, you missed something momentous taking place.  You missed a glorious culmination three long, frustrating seasons in the making.  You missed the coming together of what is inarguably the most badass couple on television.

If you were unfortunate enough to miss the show last night, you also missed the wonder that was Michonne and Rick finally taking their relationship to the next level.  And it was as amazing as I’ve always imaged it would be.  It was…perfect.  And I don’t use that term lightly.  There’s no other way to describe it.  It was tender and playful and sexy and sensuous.  As usual, Danai Gurira’s and Andrew Lincoln’s natural chemistry was palpable, and they made what could have been an awkward first coupling both sweet and hot at the same time.

Continue reading #Richonne

#BlackComicsMonth

Did you know that this was #BlackComicsMonth? Neither did I until I stumbled cross this interview on the The Mary Sue with MizCaramelVixen, the founder of #BlackComicsMonth.

MizCaramelVixen, who also founded VixenVarsity.com, started #BlackComicsMonth when she saw people people on Twitter asking if there were any black super heroes. It occurred to her that if they didn’t know about any black super heroes, they knew nothing about any black comic creators. Thus BlackComicsMonth was created.

Here is the official BlackComicsMonth website if you want to check it out. There are lots of links to black comic creators and their work. It will keep you busy for quite some time! I also recommend the interview with MizCaramelVixen, she’s an interesting person.

Shonda Rhimes did a TED Talk!

A few days ago Shonda Rhimes, producer of just about every show on ABC, participated in the recent round of TED talks in Vancouver BC. TED stand for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the talks cover just about every conceivable topic, my personal favorite is about how being an introvert is perfectly OK even when everyone is telling you isn’t.

Shonda’s talk was about her year of saying Yes to everything; as the TED website described it:

Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. “When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling,” she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God’s whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her “year of yes” and find out how she got her hum back.

Unfortunately the TED site would not let me share the video here, but here is the link to the talk on the TED website. Enjoy!

“24:Legacy” has found it’s Mrs. BadAss

The reboot of 24 Hours has cast it’s female lead. Anna Diop of The Messengers will play Nicole, the wife of Corey Hawkins’ Eric Carter.

Anna Diop credit:TVGuide.com

24:Legacy will focus in the character of Carter, a former Army Ranger who turns to the CTU to help stop a massive terror attack on US soil.

Yeah the plot sounds familiar, but hey, it’s the 24 Hours universe what did you expect?

We now have a POC leading a major broadcast network

Channing Dungey has been named to replace Paul Lee as president of ABC. She becomes the first black person to head a major broadcast network. She was formerly the executive VP of Drama for the network, a position that allowed her to develop many of ABC’s successful dramas, including Scandal, Quantico, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, How to Get Away With Murder and American Crime.

No surprise, many of the most successful dramas on her list have POC in key roles. I’m looking forward to seeing more original programming from ABC that includes juicy roles for POC. Hey Matt Damon, see what happens when you have POC behind the camera? You get POC in front of the camera! Shocking!

Channing responded to the news with this statement:

“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity. And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.”

Octavia Spencer joins “Hidden Figures” movie

A few days ago we reported that current Hollywood It Girl Taraji P Henson will star in Hidden Figures, a film adaption of the book by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American women mathematicians who were instrumental in getting NASA missions off the ground. Now Variety is reporting that Octavia Spenser will join the cast as one of the women.

OCTAVIA SPENCER Credit:ERIK PENDZICH/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Oprah Winfrey and Viola Davis are reportedly being pursued for the project as well. Apparently they want to start production fairly soon, so we should know who the rest of the cast is in the next few weeks.

I’m excited about this movie, I’m a space nerd who has watched Apollo 13 an embarrassing number of times and owns the complete DVD set of From Earth to the Moon. Yeah, I’m hard core. Aside from the all-star cast we already know, there is an all-start cast behind the camera. Ted Melfi (St Vincent) is set to direct. Donna Gigliotti (Shakespeare In Love, Silver Linings Playbook) will produce and Allison Schroeder (Pineapple Express, Shipping Julia) penned the screenplay.

This movie is gonna rule!

More casting news for “Queen Sugar”

Several more characters have been cast in Ava DuVernay’s new TV show Queen Sugar, based on Natalie Baszile’s novel of the name that follow the trials and tribulations of a group of sublings trying to save teh fmaily sugar cane farm. So far we already have Bordelon siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) cast. Here’s the scoop on the newly announced cast members:

  • Tina Lifford (Minority Report, Scandal) will portray Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, described as a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with a younger man, played by Omar Dorsey (Django Unchained)

    Tina Lifford
  • Dondré Whitfield (Mistresses)will play Remy Newell, a trusted friend working on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist
  • Timon Kyle Durrett (72 Hours) Davis West, a professional basketball player married to Bordelion sibling Charley
  • Nicholas L. Ashe (Are We There Yet?) will play Micha, Davis and Charley’s 15-year-old son who, despite a privileged life, is grounded and has a great relationship with his parents.

Wanna see the opening number for Hamilton?

EDITED: Sorry, the original video I had linked to was taken down between the time I typed up this post and the time it was published. I have replaced the faulty link with the official Grammys video. I have also been able to add Lin-Manuel’s acceptance speech. Please let us know if you have any trouble with either video.

The Hamilton cast opened the Grammy Awards via satellite from their home base, the Richard Rodgers Theater in NYC. This was the first time in five years that a Broadway number was performed at the Grammys. To top it all off, Hamilton won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped his acceptance speech!

Watch the opening number and enjoy.

BONUS: Here’s Lin-Manuel’s acceptance speech: