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NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Inclusive Global Content Company, Creative 7 (Exclusive)

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NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Inclusive Global Content Company, Creative 7 (Exclusive)
Growing up, movies and television were one of Carmelo Anthony’s favorite escapes. The NBA superstar was inspired by the strong characters on TV shows such as “Martin,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and Spike Lee’s classic movie “Do the Right Thing.”

While the 36-year-old has found immense success on the basketball court, currently as the star power forward for the Portland Trail Blazers, he’s always had a passion to create content. Now he’s putting himself in a position to, quite literally, call the shots, by launching a production company that aims to champion inclusive narratives and voices that have gone unheard for too long.

“Storytelling brings people together, and it can serve as a vehicle for propelling larger societal conversations and understanding,” Anthony says. “We are interested in all types of stories that have the power to serve as catalysts for the change we wish to see in the world.
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Tisha Campbell, Essence Atkins, Tahj Mowry Among Five Cast in ABC Pilot ‘Black Don’t Crack’

Tisha Campbell, Essence Atkins, Tahj Mowry Among Five Cast in ABC Pilot ‘Black Don’t Crack’
Tisha Campbell, Essence Atkins, Tahj Mowry, Isaiah Mustafa, and Beth Grant have all been cast in ABC’s multi-cam comedy pilot “Black Don’t Crack,” Variety has learned.

The group joins previously announced series star Sherri Shepherd. The show follows three former sorority sisters who lost touch after college and reunite during a pivotal point in their lives. The show marks a reunion for Mowry and Atkins, who previously starred together in the Disney series “Smart Guy.”

Campbell will play Tasha Marks, described as a hip and fabulous Atlanta restaurateur who starts trends instead of following them. She holds nothing back and is brutally honest (sometimes to a fault) with her friends, but has been avoiding a truth in her own life. She’s achieved the perfect professional life and insists that she needs no man in her life to interfere with the career she’s worked so hard to create.
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Essence Atkins, Tisha Campbell To Star In ‘Black Don’t Crack’ ABC Comedy Pilot; Tahj Mowry, Beth Grant & Isaiah Mustafa Also Cast

Essence Atkins, Tisha Campbell To Star In ‘Black Don’t Crack’ ABC Comedy Pilot; Tahj Mowry, Beth Grant & Isaiah Mustafa Also Cast
ABC is rounding out cast for multi-camera comedy pilot Black Don’t Crack (fka Untitled Regina Hicks). Essence Atkins (Marlon) and Tisha Campbell (My Wife and Kids) are set as the two remaining leads opposite Sherri Shepherd, and Tahj Mowry (Baby Daddy), Beth Grant (Words on Bathroom Walls) and Isaiah Mustafa (It: Chapter Two) join as series regulars in the pilot from writer/executive producer Regina Hicks and exec producers Viola Davis & Julius Tennon and Larry Wilmore.

Black Don’t Crack (fka Untitled Regina Hicks) follows three former sorority sisters, played by Shepherd, Atkins and Campbell, who lost touch after college and reunite during a pivotal point in their lives. They realize sometimes it’s okay to crack and when you do, no one will be there for you like your friends.

Atkins will play Nia Hillis Davis. A bougie, conservative politician’s wife who has lost touch with her more fun-loving college self.
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Revenge of the Nerd: Ayo Edebiri Breaks Out on ‘Big Mouth’

Revenge of the Nerd: Ayo Edebiri Breaks Out on ‘Big Mouth’
Ayo Edebiri still remembers the first joke she ever told. She was in eighth grade and had just joined the improv team at her school in Boston. She was an anxious, nerdy teen, fond of writing fan fiction about Jacob Black from Twilight eating hot dogs. Improv was not necessarily an obvious fit. Then she made a crack about why Christians’ favorite cheese was Swiss: “Because it’s holy,” she says, rolling her eyes. “For some reason, people thought that was really funny.” (For the record, this reporter laughed.)

The
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‘The Jamie Foxx Show’ and ‘Martin’ Producer Updates the Black Sitcom with ‘Millennials’

‘The Jamie Foxx Show’ and ‘Martin’ Producer Updates the Black Sitcom with ‘Millennials’
AMC Networks is in the midst of rebranding Umc, or Urban Movie Network, the SVOD service founded by BET founder Robert L. Johnson in February of 2015. Now titled Allblk, the streaming platform features “urban-themed” series and movies, including the channel’s library of live stand-up performances by Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx and Charlie Murphy, as well documentary films, reality series and stage plays. A direct competitor to the more recognizable BET+, chief content officer Brett Dismuke is hoping a new slate of original programming will help position Allblk as the “premiere streaming destination for black creators and storytellers.”

Speaking to the virtual Ctam Winter 2021 Press Tour on Thursday, Dismuke said he hoped a renewed industry support for Black creatives and stories would usher in renewed excitement for Allblk. “While we’ve updated our brand, what remains unwavering is our commitment to representation and identifying new and emerging talent both in
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Mubi Announces February Lineup

Mubi Announces February Lineup
Mubi the premier streaming service for curated independent films, has revealed its lineup for February. Among the eclectic selection of films coming exclusively to Mubi are “Dead Pigs”, the bold directorial debut by Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan and Pietro Marcello’s “Martin Eden”, a compelling adaptation of Jack London’s novel, starring Luca Marinelli. Mubi will also exclusively present Beginning, the striking feature debut by Georgian filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili, which has been selected as Georgia’s official selection for the 93rd Academy Awards, and Werner Herzog’s deeply personal documentary “Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin” featuring his late friend and travel writer Bruce Chatwin.

In February, Mubi is proud to partner with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program to spotlight a collection of films made by Sundance Institute Fellows. Reflecting the support given to independent storytelling by artists of Indigenous descent, this special selection includes films such
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What’s New on DVD in January: ‘The Swimmer,’ ‘Martin Eden,’ ‘Welcome to Chechnya,’ and More

What’s New on DVD in January: ‘The Swimmer,’ ‘Martin Eden,’ ‘Welcome to Chechnya,’ and More
New Indie

Slated to open in theaters right when the pandemic lockdowns started, and subsequently lost in the 2020 shuffle, Cannes award-winner “The Climb” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) is a smart comedy you might have missed. Co-writers Michael Angelo Covino (who also directed) and Kyle Marvin star as lifelong friends Mike and Kyle who may, as it turns out, be dragging each other down. A playful and occasionally ouch-y spin on the buddy comedy, this film may well be a calling card for two up-and-coming comic talents.

Also available: Mel Gibson makes a very non-traditional Santa Claus in the dark holiday comedy “Fatman” (Saban/Paramount), but Walton Goggins steals the show as the hitman hired to dispatch St. Nick; Adam Brody stars as “The Kid Detective” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), whose boozy grown-up existence doesn’t quite reflect his youthful potential; “Synchronic” (Well Go USA Entertainment) stars Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan
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2021 Gotham Awards winners list: Full list of winners in all categories

2021 Gotham Awards winners list: Full list of winners in all categories
The Gotham Awards for the best in independent film kicked off this unusual awards season on Monday night, January 11. Presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project, these kudos are usually handed out in early December but were pushed back (as were many awards events) due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So who won? Scroll down for the complete list of winners, updated live as they were announced.

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These awards are limited to American films (apart from Best International Feature ) made with an economy of means, which means no budgets higher than $35 million. Nominees and winners were decided by juries of film experts and insiders. And for the first time in the awards’ history, all five of the nominees for Best Feature were directed by women: “The Assistant” by Kitty Green, “First Cow” by Kelly Reichardt, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” by Eliza Hittman,
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Jordan Raup’s Top 10 Films of 2020

Jordan Raup’s Top 10 Films of 2020
A crippling year for theatrical exhibition, the pandemic-forced shutdowns meant most films weren’t available for viewing in their ideal presentation. However, through the invention and proliferation of Virtual Cinemas as well as festivals going online, it meant more people could get access to films they otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do so for some time. And with nearly all blockbusters delayed to 2021 or beyond, it meant the more nimble ecosystem of independent and foreign film got the spotlight. Which is to say, there were a few bright points in an otherwise bleak cinematic landscape. So, as we look to hopefully a more promising year, it’s my hope exhibition can survive alongside this more accessible virtual world.

Looking back at the 2020 new releases, there’s a number of films that narrowly missed my top 15, including Dick Johnson Is Dead, The Assistant, Bacurau, Boys State, Minari, Mangrove,
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The Film Stage’s Most-Read Posts of 2020

The Film Stage’s Most-Read Posts of 2020
As we continue to explore the best in 2020, today we’re taking a look at the articles that you, our dear readers, enjoyed the most throughout the past twelve months. Spanning reviews, interviews, features, podcasts, news, and trailers, check out the highlights below and return for more year-end coverage as well as a glimpse into 2021 in the coming weeks.

Most-Read Reviews

10. The Book of Vision

9. King of the Cruise

8. Audrey

7. Mank

6. My Dinner with Alan: A Sopranos Session

5. A Rainy Day in New York

4. American Utopia

3. 69: The Saga of Daniel Hernandez

2. The Empty Man

1. We Summon the Darkness

Most-Read Interviews

10. Josh Hartnett on Becoming the Character Actor He Always Tried to Be

9. Emerald Fennell on Subverting the Revenge Thriller with Promising Young Woman and the Horrors of the Patriarchal System

8. Angela Schanelec on I Was at Home, But…, the Kindness of Ozu, and Her Filmmaking Philosophies

7. Abel Ferrara on
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Love Is Blind's Lauren and Cameron: 'Watching the show back is intense'

Love Is Blind's Lauren and Cameron: 'Watching the show back is intense'
The reality contestants on their TV of 2020, and what it was really like to date 15 people at a time on the Netflix hit

What series kept you guys going during lockdown?

Cameron: We watch The Umbrella Academy, of course. We watched Emily in Paris, too.

Lauren: I made him watch that.

Cameron: I got into it! I liked how you could predict what was about to happen next. The best discovery we made in lockdown was Raising Dion, which was a really good superhero show with a complex narrative. It wasn’t your standard superhero show or movie.

Lauren: We’ve been watching a lot of superhero shows and movies.

What series are you not allowed to watch without waiting for each other?

Lauren: Anything that we watch together. Once we start watching a series together, it’s like: “You continued that without me? How dare you!” That’s almost like cheating,
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Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ Series Named Best Picture of 2020 by LA Film Critics

Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ Series Named Best Picture of 2020 by LA Film Critics
Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe,” an anthology of five films set in Black areas of London over a period of decades, has been named the best film of 2020 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which announced its annual winners on Sunday.

It is the first time that the Lafca has honored a group of films rather than a single film with its best picture award. McQueen’s anthology, which includes “Lovers Rock,” “Mangrove” and “Red, White and Blue,” is currently playing on Amazon Prime, and neither the individual films nor the series are qualifying for the Oscars or guild awards as motion pictures.

Small Axe” will be in the running for Emmys and guild awards in the television categories as a limited series. Strangely, Lafca voters treated the anthology as individual movies in the music category, where they singled out “Lovers Rock” for a runner-up citation, but then lumped
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LA Film Critics Awards: Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ Wins Best Picture, ‘Nomadland’ Is Runner-Up

LA Film Critics Awards: Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ Wins Best Picture, ‘Nomadland’ Is Runner-Up
The voting for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s (Lafca) best films and best performances of 2020 took place virtually on Sunday. The awards were announced via the group’s Twitter account. The top prizes went to Steve McQueen’s Amazon Prime Video anthology film series “Small Axe” for Best Picture, plus Best Director Chloé Zhao, Best Actor Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), and Best Actress Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”). See the full list below.

The Lafca vote arrives on the heels of Friday’s New York Film Critics Circle announcements, which crowned Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow” as the best film of the year, and Chloé Zhao as the best director of the year for “Nomadland.”

These awards are a chance for voters to shine a light on under-appreciated gems, or throw support behind films already gaining steam in a long awards season ahead. With the Oscars
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Barack Obama Shares His Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2020

Barack Obama Shares His Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2020
President Barack Obama, like the rest of us, appears to have spent a good portion of his year binging TV shows and watching movies to pass time during the coronavirus pandemic.

In keeping with his annual tradition, on Friday he shared his favorite films and television series of 2020. Obama’s movie list includes “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” David Fincher’s “Mank,” Pixar’s animated adventure “Soul” and the acclaimed documentary “Time.” He also settled the argument that yes, Steve McQueen’s five-part anthology series “Small Axe” are indeed films — Obama’s No. 1 being “Lovers Rock.”

While in 2019, the former commander-in-chief only named three television shows, this year he expanded his top picks of the small screen.

“With streaming further blurring the lines between theatrical movies and television features, I’ve expanded the list to include visual storytelling that I’ve enjoyed this year, regardless of format,” he wrote on Twitter.
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‘Feel Good’ Renewed for Second and Final Season at Netflix

‘Feel Good’ Renewed for Second and Final Season at Netflix
Mae Martin must be feelin’ good about this piece of news.

The comedian’s Netflix series “Feel Good” has been renewed for a second and final season at the streamer. Season 2, currently in production in London, is slated to premiere in 2021.

Whereas the first season was a co-production between Netflix and Channel 4 in the U.K., season 2 will be exclusively on the streamer. Netflix is also developing another series Martin and Objective Fiction, won in a competitive bidding situation.

As for the plot of season 2, it will see Mae & George’s (Charlotte Richie) complicated love story continue as Mae struggles to come to terms with the ghosts from her past and George tries to reinvent her present. Can they grow together or will they grow apart?

“I’m beyond excited to be able to return to the world of ‘Feel Good,’ and to see Mae and George’s love
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[Daily Dead’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide]: A Bonanza of Horror and Sci-Fi Books!

[Daily Dead’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide]: A Bonanza of Horror and Sci-Fi Books!
Happy December, everyone! Now that we’re officially in the thick of the holiday season, today’s installment of the Daily Dead Holiday Gift Guide is focused on books for horror and sci-fi fans of all ages. Call me old fashioned, but I love finding a book or two under the tree every year, and in 2020, we had a ton of great books hit the shelves that would make for a great gift to give (or maybe you’re looking to spoil yourself a little bit).

Non-fiction:

Taking Shape II: The Lost Halloween Sequels

Authors Dustin McNeill and Travis Mullins are back to bring you an inside look at Twenty-four lost Halloween sequels you never saw on the big screen! Learn about these fascinating unmade visions direct from their creators, many of whom have never spoken publicly on the subject before. At 600 pages, Taking Shape II is brimming with untold franchise history.
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Justin Kurzel directing film on Martin Bryant

Justin Kurzel directing film on Martin Bryant
Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis and Anthony Lapaglia will star in Justin Kurzel’s Nitram, a feature film for Stan about Martin Bryant, the Port Arthur gunman who murdered 35 people and injured 23 others.

The film sees Kurzel once again working with writer Shaun Grant, with whom he collaborated on True History of the Kelly Gang and debut feature Snowtown, which depicted Adelaide’s Snowtown murders between 1992 and 1999.

Good Thing Productions’ Nick Batzias and Virginia Whitwell are producing, with Madman Entertainment handling theatrical.

Now shooting in Geelong, Stan’s press release announcing Nitram did not reveal what the film was about, mentioning neither Bryant or the 1996 massacre in Tasmania – only stating the project would “study one of the darkest chapters in Australian history.”

However, The Age broke yesterday that Landry Jones will play Bryant, Judy Davis and Lapaglia his parents, and Essie Davis a woman who befriends him. The
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2020 BET Soul Train Awards: The Complete Winners List

2020 BET Soul Train Awards: The Complete Winners List
The 2020 BET Soul Train Awards have arrived! This year’s show featured performances with some of music’s most talented stars, and some heartfelt acceptance speeches from the night’s big winners. Going into Sunday’s show — hosted by “Martin” stars Tisha Campbell and Tichina ArnoldH.E.R. was this year’s top nominee, receiving eight nods in total. The singer was followed by Chris
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Comic Book Preview – George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #9

Comic Book Preview – George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #9
Dynamite Entertainment’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings continues this week with the release of issue #9; check out the official preview here… The threat of war looms high at King’s Landing, leaving Tyrion little time to deal with the enemies without…not to mention those planning treacheries within. Sansa is questioned by […]

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