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Thomas Jefferson Byrd Murdered in Atlanta, Actor & Spike Lee Collaborator Was 70

Thomas Jefferson Byrd Murdered in Atlanta, Actor & Spike Lee Collaborator Was 70
Veteran actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for appearing in several Spike Lee movies, was reportedly shot dead in Atlanta over the weekend. According to police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant, police responded to an emergency call at around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday morning where they found the Tony-nominated actor unresponsive with several gunshots wounds in his back. He was then pronounced dead by responding paramedics, and homicide detectives are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Byrd was 70 years old.

Saddened by the news, Spike Lee took to Instagram to comment on Byrd's passing. Including a photo of Byrd in Clockers, Lee writes, "I'm So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd Last Night In Atlanta,Georgia. Tom Is My Guy, Here Below You See Him As The Frightening Character Errol Barnes In Clockers."

Lee added, "Brother Byrd Also Did His Thang In My Joints- Chi-raq,
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Video: On This Day, October 2- Remembering August Wilson

Video: On This Day, October 2- Remembering August Wilson
August Wilsonauthored Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans brought to North America, decade-by-decade over the course of the twentieth century, and together, they form a compilation entitled The American Century Cycle.
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‘Piano Lesson’: Denzel Washington Wants Barry Jenkins To Direct Samuel L. Jackson And John David Washington In A New Film

‘Piano Lesson’: Denzel Washington Wants Barry Jenkins To Direct Samuel L. Jackson And John David Washington In A New Film
Earlier today, we shared first pictures from the upcoming “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, in the actor’s final performance before his untimely passing. The film marks the second major production based on the plays of August Wilson, after the Oscar-winning “Fences.” And Denzel Washington is the man that is leading the charge at making sure more of Wilson’s works get filmed, as he’s already attempting to put together an all-star cast and crew for yet another, “The Piano Lesson.”

Read More: ‘Ma Rainey’s’ First Look: Viola Davis Joins Chadwick Boseman In The Late Actor’s Final Film

According to a New York Times piece, it is revealed that Denzel Washington is already planning his next August Wilson-inspired film project, an adaptation of the 1987 play, “The Piano Lesson.” Not only is Washington already developing the idea, but he already has a
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5 Guilty Pleasure UK Daytime TV Shows

5 Guilty Pleasure UK Daytime TV Shows
Daytime TV gets a lot of bad press, but the often laughably absurd and wonderfully bizarre programmes are a secret indulgence of many. These mid-afternoon shows were normally reserved as a rare treat for a dubious sick day off work, school or uni and remained a staple pastime of the elderly and unemployed. However, with […]

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Oscars 1994: 2 Best Pictures Nominees That Didn't Deserve It (& 8 Replacements)

Oscars 1994: 2 Best Pictures Nominees That Didn't Deserve It (& 8 Replacements)
At the 1994 Academy Awards, films from the previous year were honored for their excellence. 1993 brought movie-goers some wonderful films that have become classics over the years. Films like, Hocus Pocus, Dazed and Confused, and Tombstone, were released that year, though none of those films were honored at the award ceremony.

Related: Oscars 1991: 2 Best Picture Nominees That Didn't Deserve It. (& 8 That Did)

The Best Picture category at the 66th Academy Awards included: Schindler's List, In the Name of the Father, The Fugitive, The Piano, and The Remain of the Day. Looking back at this year of films, there are a handful of movies the Academy may have overlooked and could have easily replaced some of the films that were nominated.
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Ammonite review – Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan find love among the fossils

Ammonite review – Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan find love among the fossils
Francis Lee’s sensational biopic of palaeontology pioneer Mary Anning reimagines her erotic encounter with a woman trapped in a stifling marriage

The open secret of Victorian sexuality is rediscovered by film-maker Francis Lee in this fine, intimate, intelligently acted movie about forbidden love in 1840s Lyme Regis. But it isn’t exactly a tale of two French Lieutenant’s Women, despite the inevitably tense walk up the fabled Cobb, filmed in thoughtful longshot. The complicated power balance between the principals makes the comparison incorrect. Actually, the film that swam into my head afterwards was Jane Campion’s The Piano.

Ammonite is an absorbing drama that sensationally brings together two superlative performers: Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet. Combining these alpha players doubles or actually quadruples the screen voltage, and their passion co-exists with the cool, calm subtlety with which Lee inspects the domestic circumstances in which their paths crossed. It
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Oscars 2021: Could there be (gasp!) Two women of color nominated for Best Director?

Oscars 2021: Could there be (gasp!) Two women of color nominated for Best Director?
Let me preface this by saying that it’s only September and we’ve got a long, long, long way to go before the Covid-19 delayed Oscars next April. But even at this early, speculative stage of the awards conversation, this is pretty remarkable: there could be two or more women nominated for Best Director for the first time in history. What’s more jaw-dropping is that we could also see the first two women of color ever nominated for directing.

Seetiff flashback: Oscars have looked to Toronto International Film Festival for decades

We recently opened Oscar predictions, and as of this writing about 1,000 users have already made their initial picks, and two women number among our top five. Chloe Zhao ranks second with 5/1 odds for “Nomadland,” and Regina King is right behind her in third place with 10/1 odds for “One Night in Miami,” which recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival to strong reviews.
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Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Anna Paquin & Adriana Barraza To Star In Drama ‘Monica’; The Exchange Launches Sales — Toronto

Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Anna Paquin & Adriana Barraza To Star In Drama ‘Monica’; The Exchange Launches Sales — Toronto
Exclusive: Trace Lysette (Hustlers), Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects), Oscar winner Anna Paquin (The Piano) and Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel) are attached to star in the feature film Monica, from Italian filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro.

The Exchange is launching world sales during the Toronto Film Festival on the drama, which will chart the story of a transgender woman (Lysette) who returns home to the Midwest to care for her dying mother (Clarkson). The tale of a fractured family is said to explore themes of abandonment, ageing, acceptance and redemption.

Pallaoro’s 2017 sophomore feature Hannah played at Toronto and Venice, where it won Charlotte Rampling the festival’s best actress prize. His first film, Medeas, also premiered in competition on the Lido.

From an original screenplay by the director and Orlando Tirado (Hannah), the film will be produced by Christina Dow (Hannah), Eleonora Granata (Medeas), Marina Marzotto (5 Is The Perfect Number
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Netflix Delays ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Preview After Chadwick Boseman Death

Netflix Delays ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Preview After Chadwick Boseman Death
Netflix has delayed a virtual preview event that had been scheduled for Monday for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” following the tragic death on Friday of Chadwick Boseman, who co-stars in the movie alongside Viola Davis and Colman Domingo.

Boseman died Friday of colon cancer, a diagnosis that he kept entirely private, which magnified the shock of his passing at the age of 43. Boseman was a major rising star who broke screen barriers for Black actors in 2018 with his lead role in the Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther.”

The acclaimed August Wilson play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” set in the late 1920s around the pioneering “queen of the blues” (played by Davis) and her band members, is destined to be one of Boseman’s last screen performances.

He plays Levee, a talented but troubled trumpet player who has an eye for Rainey’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry.
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Simon Kinberg & David Weil’s Apple Series ‘Invasion’ Resumes Production With Cast Led By Sam Neill & Shamier Anderson

Simon Kinberg & David Weil’s Apple Series ‘Invasion’ Resumes Production With Cast Led By Sam Neill & Shamier Anderson
Exclusive: Simon Kinberg/David Weil’s sweeping Apple TV+ alien invasion series returned to production in Manchester, England a week ago.

Sam Neill, Shamier Anderson, Golshifteh Farahani, Firas Nassar (Fauda) and Shioli Kutsuna star in Invasion (fka Untitled Kinberg/Weil), a character-driven sci-fi drama series from Kinberg, Weil and Platform One Media.

Written and executive produced by Kinberg and Weil, Invasion is set across multiple continents and follows an alien invasion through multiple perspectives around the world.

One of Apple’s most ambitious original series to date, Invasion is designed to film in four locations on four continents: New York in the U.S. as well as UK (Manchester), Morocco and Japan. Portions of the series had been shot in New York and Morocco, and producers were prepping for the UK shoot when the coronavirus-related industry shutdown started in mid-March.
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Marco Pontecorvo’s Fatima Releasing in Theaters and VOD Beginning August 28th

Marco Pontecorvo’s Fatima Releasing in Theaters and VOD Beginning August 28th
Director Marco Pontecorvo’s Fatima will be released in theaters and at home on-demand beginning Friday, August 28th.

Check out the trailer:

In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. As secularist government officials and Church leaders try to force the children to recant their story, word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle. What they experience will transform their quiet lives and bring the attention of a world yearning for peace. Based on real-life events and starring Joaquim de Almeida (“Queen of the South”), Goran Višnjić (Beginners), Stephanie Gil (Terminator: Dark Fate) and Lúcia Moniz, with Sônia Braga (Aquarius) and Harvey Keitel, Fatima is an
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Shannon Murphy explores both joy and sorrow in feature debut ‘Babyteeth’

Shannon Murphy explores both joy and sorrow in feature debut ‘Babyteeth’
Babyteeth’. (Photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

Alex White and Jan Chapman went to see Rita Kalnejais’ hit play Babyteeth at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre on the same night back in 2012. By interval, the two had made a beeline to each other: they knew it had to be adapted for screen.

At that stage, White had already been working for Chapman for several years. For some time, The Piano producer had been trying to help her find her first feature – White having produced successful shorts such as Trespass and Florence Has Left the Building.

“Jan was going ‘This is it, this is it’,” White tells If.

Both were drawn to the play’s “raw, visceral, irreverent and heartbreaking” tone and dialogue. The play was set on a revolve, with distinctive scenes and sound design, allowing White to clearly sense how it would feel on screen.

“It was just a very vivid experience
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Sam Neill: 'Twitter has become toxic. We don't need someone else shouting'

Sam Neill: 'Twitter has become toxic. We don't need someone else shouting'
The veteran film star has been cheering people up online during lockdown. He talks about the mini-films he has been posting, the joy of wine – and why he is returning to Jurassic Park

Unusually in this year of shuttered cinemas, Sam Neill is the star of a No 1 box-office smash. The film in question, Jurassic Park, was first released in 1993, and has played exclusively at drive-in cinemas this year, but a chart-topper is a chart-topper. “Isn’t that funny?” says the 72-year-old, stroking his impressive white beard and speaking via Zoom from Sydney, where he has been holed up throughout lockdown with his girlfriend, the political TV journalist Laura Tingle, far from his own home in New Zealand. “And here’s the other thing I discovered,” he continues. “Which Australian film of mine do you think is the most successful in terms of box office?”

Perhaps it was My Brilliant Career,
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Louisa Dent, Teresa Moneo, Faye Ward among UK names invited to join AMPAS

Louisa Dent, Teresa Moneo, Faye Ward among UK names invited to join AMPAS
Talent invited to join membership includes British producers, directors and writers as well as a casting director and cinematographer.

The filmmakers behind Oscar-winner 1917 are among a raft of UK talent invited to join the Us’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Producer Pippa Harris, writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns and star George MacKay are among 819 artists and executives who have been invited to join the Academy as part of its 2020 intake. Further invitees who worked on the World War One drama include set decorator Lee Sandales, sound editor Rachael Tate and VFX supervisor Richard Little.

UK executives and behind-the-scenes talent
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Louisa Dent, Teresa Moneo and Faye Ward among the UK names invited to join AMPAS

Louisa Dent, Teresa Moneo and Faye Ward among the UK names invited to join AMPAS
Talent invited to join membership includes British producers, directors and writers as well as a casting director and cinematographer.

The filmmakers behind Oscar-winner 1917 are among a raft of UK talent invited to join the membership of AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).

Producer Pippa Harris, writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns and star George MacKay are among 819 artists and executives who have been invited to join the Academy as part of its 2020 intake. Further invitees who worked on the World War One drama include set decorator Lee Sandales, sound editor Rachael Tate and VFX supervisor Richard Little.

UK executives and behind-the-scenes
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The Academy Invites 819 New Members, Including Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Ari Aster, and More

The Academy Invites 819 New Members, Including Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Ari Aster, and More
It’s been a year of change for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has responded not only to the pandemic, pushing back the global ABC Oscars telecast from February 28 to April 25, 2021 — setting a new award season calendar as other award shows have followed suit — but the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In its continuing push to swell the Academy membership ranks, 819 artists and executives from 68 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call. People from underrepresented ethnic/racial communities (36 percent) and women (45 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members (49 percent) also come from overseas.

In 2019, the Academy invited 842 new members,
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The Academy Invites 819 New Members, Including Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Ari Aster, and More

The Academy Invites 819 New Members, Including Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Ari Aster, and More
It’s been a year of change for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has responded not only to the pandemic, pushing back the global ABC Oscars telecast from February 28 to April 25, 2021 — setting a new award season calendar as other award shows have followed suit — but the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In its continuing push to swell the Academy membership ranks, 819 artists and executives from 68 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call. People from underrepresented ethnic/racial communities (36 percent) and women (45 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members (49 percent) also come from overseas.

In 2019, the Academy invited 842 new members,
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The Luminaries Review: Mystical New Zealand Gold Rush Romance

The Luminaries Review: Mystical New Zealand Gold Rush Romance
As a novel, The Luminaries is structurally ornate. The Booker Prize-winner is 832 pages long and divided into 12 parts – one for each sign of the zodiac, each systematically decreasing in length according to the pattern of a waning moon. There are celestial charts, and at the head of each chapter is a 19th century-style precis of events to come.

The book’s slippery story about fortune-hunters, opium, con tricks, shipwrecks and a murder trial is told from multiple perspectives, leaving readers unsure of who or what to trust. By the end, the plot – about a dead man on New Zealand’s South Island during the West Coast Gold Rush of 1866 – comes deliberately unravelled in your hands.

All of which makes the idea of a TV adaptation total madness. A story told on such shifting sands would be incomprehensible on screen. Translated literally, Eleanor Catton’s formal devices would give us 12 episodes,
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August Wilson Monologue Competition Doc ‘Giving Voice’ Nabbed by Netflix

August Wilson Monologue Competition Doc ‘Giving Voice’ Nabbed by Netflix
Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to “Giving Voice,” a documentary about the August Wilson Monologue Competition that won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Giving Voice” is directed by James D. Stern and Fernando Villena and follows six students as they advance through the monologue competition, which highlights the work of the playwright behind “Fences” and “The Piano Lesson” and allows winners the chance to perform at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway.

The documentary specifically looks at students from public schools pursuing careers in performance arts, and it uses Wilson’s words to focus on the black experience in America and how words and voices can be ignited to inspire change. Netflix plans to release “Giving Voice” later this year.

Also Read: Watch Dave Chappelle Respond to George Floyd's Death in Surprise Netflix Special '8:46' (Video)

“This is my fifth project
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‘Flack’ Lands at Amazon Following Pop TV Cancelation

‘Flack’ Lands at Amazon Following Pop TV Cancelation
Flack,” the comedy-drama starring Anna Paquin, has found a new home.

Around fourth months after Pop TV abruptly canceled the show, Amazon has swooped in to pick it up. Seasons 1 and 2 will now move to the streamer, with the option to renew for a third not out of the question. A premiere date will be announced later.

Flack” is set in the world of high-stakes celebrity public relations. Paquin stars as Robyn, whose work and home lives collided at the end of season one, when she could no longer resist the temptations of her addictions. Season 2 stars Sophie Okonedo as Caroline, Lydia Wilson as Eve, and Rebecca Benson as Melody. Genevieve Angelson, Rufus Jones and Arinze Kene also star.

Daniel Dae Kim and Sam Neill are joining the show for its second outing. Neill, who is reuniting with his “The Piano” co-star, will have a multi-episode arc as Duncan, who
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