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Oscars Producer Defends Divisive Changes: ‘You Have to Think About This as an Entertainment Property’

Will Packer is still a month away from making his Oscar-producing debut, but his tenure has already attracted plenty of controversy. The show will omit eight categories from the live broadcast, opting instead to tape them awards earlier and edit them into the live show.The decision immediately prompted outrage from cinephiles and Hollywood insiders who […]

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Oscar Producer Will Packer Defends Ceremony Revamp: ‘Nobody Is Going to Be Shortchanged’ (Exclusive)

Will Packer, the producer of this year’s Oscars telecast, has responded to the artisans community’s outcry about the decision to pre-record eight craft categories.During an interview with Variety, the Hollywood producer behind box office hits like “Girls Trip” says he is setting out to make a fun and engaging telecast for all viewers, while sharing […]

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‘Harlem’ Review: Tracy Oliver’s Vibrant Amazon Prime Series Pulses with Heart and Vigor

In Harlem, under the weight of a deep history, courses a destiny of magnetic laughter and the pulses of proud people, both built by Black women. The historic neighborhood and its inhabitants have always been under threat, whether it’s the extralegal justice system, dirty policing, or racism. Now its gravest hazard, afflicting other predominantly African-American […]

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Robin Thede Sets Zombie Comedy Movie ‘Killing It’ at Amazon Studios (Exclusive)

Robin Thede, the multi-hyphenate behind HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” is developing a zombie action-comedy feature “Killing It” with Jax Media and Amazon Studios.Thede wrote the screenplay and will produce. The story revolves around a group of underachieving friends who live in Atlanta, which becomes overrun by zombies while the friends are taking part […]

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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Trailer: LeBron James Makes His Slam-Dunk Looney Tunes Debut

Warner Bros. and HBO Max have released the first trailer for “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” the sequel to the blockbuster 1996 comedy that featured NBA superstars alongside Looney Tunes characters. Stepping into Michael Jordan’s kicks this time around is LeBron James, who spearheaded the title’s return under his production company SpringHill Entertainment. Though he […]

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‘Space Jam’ Sequel Director Says New Lola Bunny Won’t Be Sexualized: ‘This Is a Kids’ Movie’

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” promises to bring a contemporary twist to the beloved Warner Bros. live-action/animated hybrid original — and it’s not just because it centers on basketball star LeBron James in place of Michael Jordan this time around. One element that’s getting what the filmmakers see as a necessary refresh is the design […]

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‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’: Tiffany Haddish to Star in Sci-Fi Film with ‘Truman Show’ Similarities

Tiffany Haddish has been incredibly busy since her big breakout role in Girls Trip from 2017. Since becoming an instant star in that film, she’s been in more than a dozen movies and appeared in dozens of episodes of television, but now the bombastic comedian is poised to appear in a genre in which she […]

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Film News in Brief: AFI Teams With Universal on Free ‘Black Stories Matter’ Series

Monday, Aug. 24‘Black Stories Matter’ Series LaunchesThe American Film Institute and Universal Pictures have launched a week-long “Black Stories Matter” series with “BlacKkKlansman,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Loving” and “Straight Outta Compton” available for free through Aug. 30.AFI Movie Club content will feature new interviews with composer Terence Blanchard, director Malcolm D. Lee, cinematographer and […]

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Desperados review – hit-and-miss Netflix comedy offers throwaway summer fun

A trio of friends head to Mexico to delete a drunken email in a mostly entertaining if a little scattershot comedyWhile Netflix has been trying to resurrect the romantic comedy, it has also been quietly attempting to reinvigorate a subgenre that studios have spent even less time and money on. When Bridesmaids became Judd Apatow’s […]

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Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel Howery Speak Out at Black Lives Matter Protest (Watch)

Actors Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery joined a Black Women Lead protest on Friday outside of the iconic L.A. comedy club Laugh Factory, both giving powerful speeches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.Haddish, best known for her roles on TV show “The Last O.G.” and movies like “Girls Trip” and “Night School,” […]

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