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Nicole Ari Parker to Star in Music Drama in Development at Fox

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Nicole Ari Parker to Star in Music Drama in Development at Fox
Empire” star Nicole Ari Parker could be making the move to a new music drama at Fox.

Variety has learned that Parker is attached to star in and executive produce the one-hour drama “Opus,” which has received a script commitment with a penalty attached at the broadcaster. Parker would play Willie Mae Gray, Europe’s most celebrated and only African American conductor, who suddenly returns to Baltimore to reinvent her hometown’s crumbling symphony orchestra, while attempting to rebuild the relationship with her teenage son, an underground Mc on the rise.

“Empire” writer and consulting producer Felicia D. Henderson is writing and executive producing “Opus,” with Darryl Taja, Stephen Endelman, and Kara Feifer also executive producing. 20th Century Fox Television will co-produce with Fox Entertainment. Henderson is currently under an overall deal at 20th TV.

Parker first joined “Empire” in the show’s fourth season. Her other recent TV credits include shows like “Younger,
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‘Harriet’ Film Review: Kasi Lemmons’ Standard-Issue Harriet Tubman Biopic Wastes Big-Screen Opportunity

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‘Harriet’ Film Review: Kasi Lemmons’ Standard-Issue Harriet Tubman Biopic Wastes Big-Screen Opportunity
In life as in art, there are people you root for to do good, to win that prize and get their due recognition. Kasi Lemmons is one of those people. After making the switch from actor to director, she burst onto the screen nearly two decades ago with a wildly unique vision, “Eve’s Bayou.”

Although critics raved and audiences attended, it did not ensure a flourishing filmmaking career the way it might have for a young white male director. Projects stalled or money never came through. She found work, but it’s the gap years on her IMDb profile that neither she nor her audiences will ever get back.

Lemmons’ “Harriet” should have been a heroic return to the world stage. Instead, it’s a disappointingly standard biopic, one whose technical flaws and paint-by-numbers clichés threaten to overshadow its subject’s compelling story.

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‘Harriet’ Review: Cynthia Erivo Elevates Formulaic Harriet Tubman Biopic

The legacy of Harriet Tubman has persisted for generations, but not counting an NBC miniseries starring Cicely Tyson that aired over 40 years ago, her story hasn’t received the movie treatment it deserves. That changes with “Harriet,” director Kasi Lemmons’ reverential look at the first stages of Tubman’s dramatic life, when she escaped a plantation and became a key organizer of the Underground Railroad.

“Harriet” doesn’t attempt to reinvent the biopic, relying instead on a poignant turn by rising screen talent Cynthia Erivo (“Widows”) as its soulful centerpiece, against the gorgeous backdrop of John Toll’s cinematography and Terence Blanchard’s euphoric score. that makes up for missed time.

Harriet” is essentially an origin story: The script, credited to Lemmons and Gregory Allan Howard (“Remember the Titans”), follows erstwhile Araminta “Minty” Ross through her daring escape from a Maryland plantation in the early 1840s, after her possessive owner
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Official Trailer for Harriet Released!

The trailer for Kasi Lemmons’ new film Harriet has been released by Focus Features. (You can check it out above!) The film stars Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. and is scheduled to be in theaters on November 1, 2019.

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

The film was written by Gregory Allen Howard and Lemmons.

Genre: Biography, Drama, History Director: Kasi Lemmons Writers: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons Producers: Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Gregory Allen Howard Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters

Focus Features will release Harriet in theaters November 1, 2019!

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Cynthia Erivo Frees Slaves as Heroic Abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Moving Trailer for Biopic

Cynthia Erivo Frees Slaves as Heroic Abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Moving Trailer for Biopic
Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo is taking on her biggest role yet: abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who freed slaves along the Underground Railroad.

In the upcoming biopic Harriet, Erivo, 32, stars as Tubman in the story of her early years of abolitionist work. The trailer, released Tuesday, shows her initial escape from slavery, and her decision to help members of her family to freedom, which started her involvement with the Underground Railroad. Tubman eventually freed 70 slaves over 11 years.

“I don’t think she set out to be a superhero,” Broadway star Erivo told People of Tubman in February. “I think she just
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Cynthia Erivo Is Harriet Tubman In First Trailer For Harriet From Focus Features

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

The film stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons and written by Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons, watch the powerful first trailer now.

Focus Features will release Harriet in theaters November 1, 2019

Visit the official site:

https://www.focusfeatures.com/harriet

Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features

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‘Harriet’ Trailer: Kasi Lemmons’ Biopic On The Life of Harriet Tubman

Based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, “Harriet” showcases the heroism of the freedom fighter as she helped save slaves via the Underground Railway.

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The film, which is directed by Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou” and “Talk To Me”) and co-written with Gregory Allen Howard (“Remember the Titans”), showcases the life of Tubman as she not only escaped slavery, but also help end it.

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‘Harriet’ Trailer: Cynthia Erivo Fights For Freedom as Harriet Tubman in Oscar Hopeful

‘Harriet’ Trailer: Cynthia Erivo Fights For Freedom as Harriet Tubman in Oscar Hopeful
It wouldn’t be awards season without an Oscar hopeful from Focus Features, and this year the specialty arm of Universal looks to have a big one with “Harriet.” From “Eve’s Bayou” director Kasi Lemmons, “Harriet” is a biographical drama that tells the story of the abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman. Born into slavery, Tubman breaks free and embarks on a mission to help slaves escape North using the Underground Railroad.

“Harriet” stars rising Hollywood star Cynthia Erivo in the title role. Erivo is best known to theater-goers for her breakout work on Broadway, including winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2016 for her acclaimed run as Celie in the revival of “The Color Purple.” Last fall, the actress broke big at the movies with supporting turns in Drew Goddard’s “Bad Times at the El Royale” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” “Harriet” marks Erivo’s debut as a leading star.
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Remember the Titans' Kip Pardue Fined $6,000 After SAG-aftra Finds He Engaged in Sexual Misconduct

Remember the Titans' Kip Pardue Fined $6,000 After SAG-aftra Finds He Engaged in Sexual Misconduct
Kip Pardue has been fined $6,000 after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Pardue, 43, was accused by actress Sarah Scott of masturbating in front of her in May 2018 during the filming of a pilot called Mogulettes.

The actor, who has starred in Remember the Titans and Marvel’s Runaways, was found “guilty of a serious misconduct in violation” of the SAG-AFTRA constitution, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

According to the Times, Pardue has the opportunity to lower the fine to $3,000 if he chooses to take an online workplace sexual harassment training module within 90 days of receiving notice by the guild.
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‘Runaways’ Actor Kip Pardue Fined by SAG-aftra Following Sexual Harassment Accusation

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‘Runaways’ Actor Kip Pardue Fined by SAG-aftra Following Sexual Harassment Accusation
A SAG-AFTRA disciplinary committee has censured and fined actor Kip Pardue after finding him guilty of “serious misconduct” stemming from sexual harassment accusations from a fellow actor on the set of the indie TV show “Mogulettes.”

According to a report in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, in a complaint sent to the actors’ guild in June 2018, Scott accused Pardue of placing her hand on his crotch while they waited to film a bedroom scene for the show. After filming the scene, she said that Pardue masturbated in front of her.

Scott told The Times that she heard nothing for two months after filing the complaint and was only told that Pardue would receive a hearing in October after directly reaching out to SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris. That hearing would then be delayed another five months.

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Aw! Denzel Washington Was Happily Surrounded by Family While Being Honored at the AFI Gala

Denzel Washington, 64, was honored at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute gala on Thursday by a handful of stars, such as Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Julia Roberts. During the Los Angeles event, Denzel - who was joined by wife Pauletta and his kids Katia, 31, and Malcolm, 28 - listened as his peers took the stage to sing his praises and revere his illustrious career, which includes starring in classics like Training Day and Remember the Titans.

Julia - who starred alongside Denzel in 1993's The Pelican Brief - read a heartfelt letter of recommendation written by Denzel's university acting teacher, Robert Stone. "I say without hesitation that Mr. Washington is the finest young actor I have ever known," the letter read. "If there is such a thing as genius, then I assure you Mr. Washington is one. I honestly believe that even now he is the best actor
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Denzel Washington Draws Big Guns for AFI Achievement Award Kudos

Denzel Washington Draws Big Guns for AFI Achievement Award Kudos
It was a night of surprises, as the AFI tribute to Denzel Washington started out with Beyoncé, who had not been announced, bounding out onto the stage — gasp — to present the night’s other prize, the Franklin J. Schaffner Award, to her video director Melina Matsoukas, who went on to direct Issa Rae’s “Insecure” and the upcoming movie “Queen & Slim,” collaborating with Lena Waithe. “Beyoncé taught me how to work, how to dream, and how to achieve,” she said. “And how to take control of your own narrative.”

Jennifer Hudson delivered a soaring rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come,” rousing the black-tie crowd to one of the night’s many standing ovations.

Kathleen Kennedy was revealed as the new chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, replacing Sir Howard Stringer after 19 years, who sent a farewell video. Robert A. Daly remains Chair of the AFI Board of Directors,
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Denzel Washington Draws Big Guns for AFI Achievement Award Kudos

It was a night of surprises, as the AFI tribute to Denzel Washington started out with Beyoncé, who had not been announced, bounding out onto the stage — gasp — to present the night’s other prize, the Franklin J. Schaffner Award, to her video director Melina Matsoukas, who went on to direct Issa Rae’s “Insecure” and the upcoming movie “Queen & Slim,” collaborating with Lena Waithe. “Beyoncé taught me how to work, how to dream, and how to achieve,” she said. “And how to take control of your own narrative.”

Jennifer Hudson delivered a soaring rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come,” rousing the black-tie crowd to one of the night’s many standing ovations.

Kathleen Kennedy was revealed as the new chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, replacing Sir Howard Stringer after 19 years, who sent a farewell video. Robert A. Daly remains Chair of the AFI Board of Directors,
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Daniel Wright, Former ‘Biggest Loser’ Contestant, Dies at 30

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Daniel Wright, Former ‘Biggest Loser’ Contestant, Dies at 30
Daniel Wright, a Season 7 contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” died Sunday almost two years after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 30.

Several of his fellow castmates from NBC’s weight loss show confirmed the sad news on social media, including Courtney Crozier Respess.

“I am so so heartbroken to hear about Daniel Wright this morning. He has fought So Hard during his battle with cancer & more,” Respess wrote on Facebook. “This man is one of the kindest people I have ever met & is a true difference maker in this world!”

According to a GoFundMe page, Wright was first diagnosed with cancer in October 2017 and was on the road to getting his life back to normal when he relapsed with a more severe case of leukemia in December 2018.

Also Read: Bill Yoast, Football Coach Played by Will Patton in 'Remember the Titans,' Dies at 94

The page goes on to say that within a day,
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Bill Yoast, High School Football Coach Whose Team Inspired Remember the Titans, Dies at 94

Bill Yoast, High School Football Coach Whose Team Inspired Remember the Titans, Dies at 94
Bill Yoast, the high school football coach whose undefeated 1971 team served as inspiration for the classic film Remember the Titans, died Friday at an assisted living home in Virginia. He was 94.

Yoast’s death was announced in a news release by the Alexandria City Public School district, where he coached and taught at T.C. Williams High School for nearly 25 years.

Yoast, who was portrayed in the Disney film by Will Patton, came on at T.C. in 1971 as defensive coordinator and assistant coach to head coach Herman Boone, played in the film by Denzel Washington.

The men’s partnership was noteworthy,
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Bill Yoast, Football Coach Played by Will Patton in ‘Remember the Titans,’ Dies at 94

Bill Yoast, Football Coach Played by Will Patton in ‘Remember the Titans,’ Dies at 94
Bill Yoast, one of the coaches who inspired the Disney film “Remember the Titans,” died Thursday in Springfield, Virginia, according to Alexandria City Public Schools. He was 94.

Yoast initially served as a head coach for the football team at the all-white Francis C. Hammond High School, leading them to a regional championship in 1969. But his claim to fame was as defensive coordinator and assistant coach at T.C. Williams High School, which was formed from the merger of three high schools in Alexandria, Virginia.

In 1971, the T.C. Williams’ racially integrated football team, the Titans, became one of the most dominant high school teams in state history, going on an undefeated 13-0 run with nine shutouts. The team, along with Yoast and black head coach Herman Boone, served as the loose inspiration for “Remember the Titans,” which starred Will Patton as Yoast and Denzel Washington as Boone. Released in 2000, the film is
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Bill Yoast Dies: Inspiration For Coach Portrayal In ‘Remember The Titans’ Was 94

Bill Yoast Dies: Inspiration For Coach Portrayal In ‘Remember The Titans’ Was 94
Bill Yoast, the football coach whose personality was portrayed by Will Patton in the film Remember The Titans, has died. He was 94 and passed at an assisted living facility in Springfield, Virginia, according to a news release from the Alexandria City Public Schools.

Yoast coached at Francis C. Hammond High School, an all-white school, before integration in the city high schools of Alexandria in 1971. He became defensive coach and assistant to head coach Herman Boone, who is black.

The relationship between the two men, who were portrayed by Will Patton and Denzel Washington, was the focus of the 2000 film.

“I didn’t know Yoast. Yoast didn’t know me,” Boone told The Washington Post. “I knew that Hammond had no black athletes, and I didn’t know if Coach Yoast had anything to do with that. But we got to (training camp) and became roommates and found a way to talk to one another.
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Kate Bosworth Shares Throwback Photo of a 12-Year-Old Scarlett Johansson from Their First Film

Kate Bosworth Shares Throwback Photo of a 12-Year-Old Scarlett Johansson from Their First Film
Actresses Kate Bosworth and Scarlett Johansson go way back as friends, long before the two became famous movie stars.

Bosworth, 36, posted a picture of the two of them as pre-teens alongside two horses from the set of the 1997 film The Horse Whisperer, which was the first movie Bosworth ever acted in.

The film was one of Johansson’s early films, having appeared in Manny & Lo, Fall, and Home Alone 3 beforehand.

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14 year old me w/ a 12 yr old #ScarlettJohansson on set of “The Horse Whisperer” (This was my first movie ever, I was so nervous ????) #tbt
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Donald Faison Cast in NBC Pilot ‘Emergence’

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Donald Faison Cast in NBC Pilot ‘Emergence’
Donald Faison has joined the NBC drama pilot “Emergence,â€. Variety has learned.

The project is described as a character-driven genre thriller that centers around a sheriff, Jo (Allison Tolman), who takes in a young child (Alexa Skye Swinton) that she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.

Faison will play Alex, Jo’s recently divorced husband and father of their daughter, Bree (Ashley Aufderheide). The cast also includes Clancy Brown, Robert Bailey Jr., and Owain Yeoman.

Faison is best known for co-starring in the medical comedy “Scrubs,â€. which originally aired on NBC before switching over to ABC for its final two seasons. He recently guest starred on the Showtime drama “Ray Donovanâ€. and currently lends his voice
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Here Are The Details (& Bonus Features) For The ‘Creed II’ Home Release

Ahead of its debut on the home formats in a few weeks, we have details on the DVD/Blu-ray release of Creed II. The film, a sequel to the superb boxing movie Creed, lands on disc/download on 25th March. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester are amongst the cast.

Here is the official release.

From Warner. Bros Home Entertainment, “Creed II” stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, reprising their roles as Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa. Also returning are Tessa Thompson (“Thor: Ragnarok”), Phylicia Rashad (“Steel Magnolias”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans”), Andre Ward, Florian Munteanu (“Bogat”), Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”) and Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables”), returning to the franchise as Ivan Drago.

Steven Caple Jr. directed “Creed II” from an original screenplay co-written by Juel Taylor and Stallone, story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker, based on characters created by Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler,
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