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Reading ‘Us’ Through Its T-shirts | The New York Times

With its star, Lupita Nyong’o, in awards contention this season, a look at the clothes that helped tell the story. You could watch Jordan Peele’s “Us” a dozen times and still not catch all of the symbolism, references and ideas tucked in it. Yes, scissors are clearly a thing, but what’s with that tuxedo T-shirt? The movie, ostensibly about a family, the Wilsons, hunted by its doppelgängers, is something of an awards contender. Its star, Lupita Nyong’o, is up for a Screen Actors Guild Award on Jan. 19 for her haunting portrayal of a mother with a painful past and […]

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7 Films With Black Talent To Look Out For This November | Shadow and Act

As November approaches, we at Shadow And Act have put together a list of all the movies with Black talent in key roles that you need to check out! From a horror film like Doctor Sleep to family dramas like Waves, there is something on this list for everyone! Check them out below (in order of release date): Queen & Slim (November 27) Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith star in Queen & Slim, a Bonnie and Clyde-esque story of a couple on the run after the killing of a cop. Bokeem Woodbine, Jahi Winston and Indya Moore also star in […]

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Waves Trailer #2: An Epic Emotional Journey Through the Darkest of Times | Movie Web

In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Grammy-winning musician John Legend announced the second cohort of participants in Unlocked Futures, a 14-month accelerator program for social entrepreneurs who have been incarcerated and urged business leaders to be more inclusive of job applicants with criminal backgrounds. Unlocked Futures launched in 2017 as a partnership between the philanthropic venture fund New Profit and Legend’s criminal justice reform initiative FreeAmerica, with financial support from Bank of America. “We started this as a collaboration, saying, ‘Let’s not just tell folks to hire formerly incarcerated individuals, but to invest in their ideas,’” says Legend. “All of the […]

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Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira’s ‘Americanah’ Adaptation Ordered to Series at HBO Max | Variety

Joe Otterson, Variety upita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira’s planned adaptation of the novel “Americanah” has received a straight-to-series order at HBO Max, Variety has learned. HBO Max has given the limited series a 10-episode order. Nyong’o will star in the series, with Gurira writing the pilot and serving as showrunner. Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel, “Americanah” tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, […]

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‘Brian Banks’: Football Star Who Was Wrongfully Imprisoned Shares His Story For “People Who Are Currently Voiceless” | Deadline

Amanda N’Duka, Deadline Aldis Hodge (left, with Sherri Shepherd) stars as a high school football star whose NFL dreams are waylaid when he’s wrongfully convicted of a crime in the inspirational drama “Brian Banks.” (Aug. 9) (Photo: BLEECKER STREET). Featured Image story told in Brian Banks is unfortunately all too familiar. The eponymous biopic, directed by Tom Shadyac, chronicles the true story of the All-American football player who had committed to USC by his junior year, then had his life upended when he was falsely accused and convicted of rape, to being exonerated, and finally reaching his goal of playing […]

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Rapper Common, developers planning massive movie studio campus as part of South Works redevelopment | Chicago Tribune

John Byrne & Ryan Ori, Chicago Tribune Common. ©AARON ROGOSIN/RED BULL CONTENT POOL. Featured Image rapper Common and a group of real estate developers are drawing up plans to convert the massive former U.S. Steel plant on the city’s south lakefront into a massive movie production campus alongside live entertainment venues, sports facilities, hotels, homes and shops. The audacious 415-acre plan is potentially transformational for the jobs-starved area around the site on Chicago’s southeast side, but it’s still a long way from becoming reality. New plans for the South Works site, a property that has vexed previous developers, are emerging […]

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