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Last winter, we told you that Viola Davis had been cast to star in Shonda Rhimes’ new ABC thriller, “How To Get Away With Murder.” In case you missed it, the “sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller” centers around ruthless law professor Annalise DeWitt and her flock of legal students. As the storyline unfolds, Annalise and her students will find themselves wrapped up in a murder plot that could drastically alter their lives and rock the university. To make things even more interesting, Annalise is involved in a steamy extramarital affair that no one can find out about.
The supporting cast of the series includes Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza, Jack Falahee and Charlie Weber. ABC recently debuted a trailer for the series and it looks like it’s going to be a great show.
“How To Get Away With Murder” is slated to debut on ABC this fall on Thursday nights, following popular Shonda Rhimes thriller, “Scandal.” If this new show is as good as the trailer presents it to be, then Thursday nights will never be the same again!
Watch the teaser below. Does this look like something you’d be interested in checking out?
In an interview with People magazine, Academy Award nominated actress Viola Davis opened up about her journey, which included a very harrowing childhood. While she is decked in designer threads and one of Hollywood’s brightest stars now, Davis revealed that while growing up in Central Falls, R.I., her family was very poor and she rarely knew where her next meal was going to come from.
“I was one of those kids who grew up hungry. I’m 48 years old now, and it’s only been recently that I can admit that I would jump in trash bins looking for food and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry. I would fall asleep in school on a daily basis because we had nothing.”
Davis also said that she never hung out with her friends at her family’s home because they lived in a condemned building: “It was boarded up and infested with rats.”
Davis is sharing her remarkable story because of her new partnership with the Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. They are collectively working on a campaign called Hunger Is to help put the spotlight on childhood hunger.
“We have an image of hunger that comes from Africa, but this is America. And unless your belly is distended we don’t have an image of what hunger looks like here.”
According to her interview with People, food programs in Central Falls helped Davis (and her five siblings) with her situation, and without them, she wouldn’t be where she is now.
“I am the first generation of my family to go to college. Those programs made all the difference for me. It’s been cathartic for me because I always had a lot of shame with going in the garbage dumps that had maggots in it, too. It has brought healing in my life to be able to talk about it.”
There was a time when A-list movie stars wouldn’t have been caught dead doing television shows but times have surely changed. Instead of catching them on the silver screen, you can now find these actors on the small screen.
Matthew McConaughey’s first words ever uttered on the big screen were “Alright, alright, alright” in 1993’s Dazed and Confused. Since that breakout performance he’s gone on to star in over 30 movies. This month the Texas native won the Academy award for Best Actor as ladies man turned AIDS activist Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club. Starring in HBO’s acclaimed series True Detective, McConaughey is an early favorite to win an Emmy for his role. If he does, he will become the first to win an Oscar for Best Actor and an Emmy in the same year.
It appears that Shonda Rhimes has been busy in the lab whipping up another hit for ABC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis has been cast to take the leading role in Shonda’s newest drama pilot for the network, “How to Get Away with Murder.”
The show is described as a “sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller” that will center around a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor, who find themselves wrapped up in a murder plot that could drastically alter their lives and rock their university. Viola’s character, Annalise DeWitt, the professor who leads the flock of eager students, is pegged as “ruthless” in the courtroom and classroom. She is also described as a mega manipulator. Annalise, who is married to a psychology professor, is also carrying on a steamy affair that no one can learn about.
The script will be penned and executive produced by “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Peter Norwalk along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Michael Offer will direct the pilot, which is scheduled to film in Philadelphia. Joining Viola in the pilot’s cast will be Matt McGorry, Aja Naomi King, Alfie Enoch, Karla Souza, Jack Falahee and Charlie Weber.
Sounds like a bunch of scandalous goodness waiting to unfold!
Hollywood just loves to have a white person donning a cape come in and save some poor, Black soul. While some of these White Savior movies were based on true stories, others were just made up and a little too over the top.
Sandra Bullock is known as America’s sweetheart but she won even more hearts over in the 2009 film The Blind Side. Based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, the film follows Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher’s life from impoverished beginnings to the NFL. Oher had nothing in his life going for him but football until a white couple, played by Bulllock and Tim McGraw, came along to adopt him. The film grossed over $300 million and Bullock earned critical acclaim and accolades for her performance. She also won a Golden Globe and the coveted Oscar gold for Best Actress.
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I will say, this is a lot better than that first image of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone with that prosthetic nose and fake teeth that we saw in 2012…
Entertainment Weekly showed off the first image from the set of the new James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Chadwick Boseman, star of last year’s hit Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, plays Brown and can be seen above with Brown’s signature pompadour as his band (is that comedian Craig Robinson in the back on sax?) goes to town. According to EW, a blend of Boseman’s own singing voice and an overlay of Brown’s voice are used to make the musical performances come to life.
The movie is being directed by Tate Taylor (who directed The Help) and also features Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (who will play Brown’s mother and aunt), and Jill Scott, who will play Brown’s wife, Edie. When speaking on why he was so intrigued with Brown that he wanted to do a picture on his life, Taylor had this to say to EW:
“I love that he would stop at nothing to keep reinventing himself so he could stay current, and as a result he changed music.”
Ain’t that the truth? The film is currently being shot in Mississippi and will hit theaters this summer on August 1.
What do you think? Does Boseman make a convincing Godfather of Soul?
Is it an accessory or a necessity? These 15 celebs prove that although they may wear weaves out in public, they actually have a head of beautiful hair underneath it all.
Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp
Earlier this year, Degrassi’s Andrea Lewis announced 2013 will be the year where not only will you know her name (again) but most importantly the work she produces. Thus her new web series, Black Actress, was born. The series takes the bull by the horns, revealing how black actresses try to perfect their craft in an industry that suffocates them. Produced by Lewis, Issa Rae and Tatyana Ali, Black Actress addresses black women walking the thin line of supporting their fellow “sistas” while remaining competitive.
Prior to the web series premiere, veteran actress Viola Davis shared with Oprah during OWN’s Next Chapter:
“We’re in crisis mode as black actresses. Not in the sheer number of roles that are offered, but in the quality of roles. When you only have two or three categories for black actresses, it’s a natural instinct. If you throw a piece of cheese into a room full of rats, they’re going to claw at each other.”
The first episode of Black Actress opens up with our childhood friend (in our head) Ali. Famously known for her role on The Fresh Prince as Ashley Banks, Ali shares how acting brought her out of a rut while attending Harvard University. As Ali unfolds her personal story, viewers are introduced to Kori Bailey, played by Lewis – a black actress trying to navigate her way back into an industry where she used to be the “it” girl. Viewers follow Bailey throughout her numerous auditions and even catch her during a bathroom pep talk running down a laundry list of why she will and can book every audition. Though some may not relate to her need to constantly repeat mantras of positive affirmations, the scenes from Black Actress left me feeling nostalgic.
I reminisced on weekends during my last year of junior high school, filled with auditions for performing arts high schools in New York City. My prospective concentration in high school would have been and eventually became vocal music. I spent endless hours rehearsing the song Edelweiss from The Sound Of Music only for my 13-year-old self to feel mildly insecure. Masses of pre-teen black vocalists usually showed up and out at auditions with “His Eyes Are On The Sparrow” or their Grand Concourse rendition of Alicia Keys “Fallin.” Just like Kori in Black Actress, I understand it is hard to comprehend if you will be chosen for a role when the time slot of your audition is saturated with sameness . The arts world will trip you up as you create your niche. The messages you receive from directors, whether it be drama, music or fine arts, often become blurred and you often wonder if the difference or the norm will set you a part.
Lewis’ webseries offers viewers an uncomfortable piece of honesty by shedding light on how uninterested people are about you during auditions. Or if they are interested, they too, become actors to throw you off your A-game. Like life, the demos you showcase for, will teach how to hone every moment as though you represent the final product you desire. Black Actress prepares its viewers for roles of a lifetime.
Watch the premiere of Black Actress below!
Things really seem to be coming together for the long-awaited James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Just last week we told you that singer-turned-actress Jill Scott has been cast to play The Godfather Of Soul’s wife. We’ve just learned that Dreamgirls actor Keith Robinson has also been added to the all-star cast.
According to Shadow and Act, the 38-year-old actor will be playing the role of Baby Roy, an original member of James Brown’s band. Keith will be in the company of some of Hollywood’s most talented actors and actresses. If you recall, 42 actor Chadwick Boseman has been cast to play the role of Brown. The Help actresses Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis have also been cast to play the late singer’s aunt and mother, respectively.
Keith has already taken to Twitter to thank everyone for their support and express his excitement regarding his new role.
@essencesays thanks tv girlfriend lol :):)
— Keith Robinson (@keithsings) November 4, 2013
We’re pretty excited to see who else will be added to the all-star lineup.
Reason 1,000,001 why we love Jill Scott: she acts just as well as she sings.
Not many artists successfully make the music-to-movies transition, but Jill Scott certainly has. Just one month after her latest theater film, Baggage Claim, hit theaters, the über talented Philadelphia native has snatched up yet another movie role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Scott has been cast to play one of James Brown’s wives, in the highly anticipated biopic, Get On Up!
Though Jill seems to have mastered both acting and singing, a few months back she confessed to Shadow and Act that it’s pretty difficult to balance the two.
“Balancing is hard. I’ve lost roles that I really wanted because I had set up a tour. I cancelled tours to do roles before. But I have to find the time to make that up to my audience. I made a commitment to them. Singing and acting suit me. I made a vow to myself, to do everything that I can do with this life that I have, and I have to find the time to do this. Sometimes I need to be an actress. Sometimes I don’t need to be Jill. However, everyone is always looking for the Jill in everything. People say that they like the characters that they believe that I am. But, I don’t as much. I like the characters that I believe that I am not. Like my role on Law and Order. That character unnerved people. And I loved every second of it. I want to continue growing as an actress. There are ways that I can reach quicker, or deeper, with acting,” she said.
Back in August we told you that 42 actor Chadwick Boseman has been cast to play the role of James. And just last month we delivered the wonderful news that The Help actresses Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis will also be reuniting on the set to create some more of that on-screen magic. In case you missed it, Viola will be playing James’ mother, Susie Brown. Octavia will be playing the late singer’s aunt, Anne Tunney aka Aunt Honey.
As previously reported, Get On Up is scheduled to hit theaters October 17, 2014. This sounds like such an amazing line-up. We will continue to keep you posted as more celebrities are added to this all-star cast.