Master chef Wolfgang Puck literally smacked right into me as he was taking his place behind a feast of delicious delights at the invite-only preview of this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscar celebration, which will immediately follow the 87th Oscars ceremony Sunday, Feb. 22.
This year, the Oscar team went out all, inviting the Amsterdam News to all of the VIP opportunities associated with the “biggest award night” for the film industry, which is lovingly coined “the Oscars.”
Hearing is great, but listening is needed in crafting interesting stories, and Prince-Bythewood devoted herself to delivering 55 drafts of the screenplay for “Beyond the Lights,” and if you know anything about screenplay structure, her work is sublime.
Next Thursday, and continuing through Black History Month, do expect much, much more from the creative community of color
Filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako’s bold film, “Timbuktu,” is masterful storytelling from the first frame to the last, leaving a lingering impression of deeply felt human emotion that is presented in richly shaded tones.
Brace yourselves, New York, there is a new Black man poised to make you think and laugh, but mostly laugh—while you’re thinking!
The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. (ET) /5 p.m. (PT). Kathy Connell is executive producer.
Hollywood will be celebrating it’s fabulous Blackness with the the 46th NAACP Image Awards, a two-hour star-studded (live) event Friday, Feb. 6, on TV One at 9p.m.
Romantic New Yorkers, of every persuasion, it’s time to really get 2015 started right!
Sometimes, when you meet someone very special, you get that jolt that is associated with electricity or, as the hippies would say, you experience a “very good vibe.”
If there is an Ava DuVernay fan club, I would like to pledge my membership.
27 African-American leaders in partnership with Paramount Pictures created a fund for students to see the film free of charge.
In “Selma,” directed by the very skilled Ava DuVernay, there is a touching, late-night scene when a deeply troubled Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) leaves the warmth of his bed to call a sleeping woman.
According to most reports, there are approximately 6,900 languages spoken in the world.
Chris Rock has created a hit with “Top Five,” which wrote, directed and stars in. He has probably added this new film into many future “Top Five Films That We Love” categories—it certainly made my top 10 list for 2014.
Chris Rock has created a hit with “Top Five,” which he wrote, directed and stars in.
Ben Vereen discusses his exciting new role in the upcoming film "Top Five"
Comedian Chris Rock discusses his new film "Top Five"
New York, you are welcome, and you can thank me later. This is a major holiday tip. On Sunday, you can enjoy the Studio Museum in Harlem for free, and that includes Family Day, which is designed for kids.
I was first introduced to Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood press conference while covering the Oscars in Los Angeles in March.
DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, starts this week, running Nov. 13 to 20.
“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”—William Shakespeare, “King Lear”
Here come the holidays and all the joys and tribulations associated with the “festive” part of city life.
Good is good and talent is talent. That realization in Hollywood continues to bring gifted people of color to the forefront and into the spotlight.
The studios’ marketing machines usually position their important films in carefully calibrated rollouts in the fall for consideration for a variety of awards, ending with the coveted Oscar as a hopeful win.
On a Google search to learn about the wonders of 3-D printing, which is poised to revolutionize the way business and consumers interact, I discovered 3-D Heights.
Curator Souleo has faith in other artists. If there is a charity benefit, you can count on his support, plus Souleo shares the love.
Roselyn Coleman Williams developed the app “Acting in the Digital Age: An Actor’s Guide to Finding Work in New Media” to help actors maneuver and succeed in the digital age. Right now, it’s free.
This past weekend, those faith power players broke “spiritual, creative and financial bread” at the Merge Summit, one of the largest events for people of faith, held in Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Steve McQueen shares his thoughts on Harlem after recent casting call.
Thomas Allen Harris’ documentary “Through a Lens Darkly,” which begins a two-week engagement in New York City, is inspired by the book “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present,” shared the film’s producer, Deborah Willis.
The very first words that I heard from Broadway star, theatrical producer and stage director Luis Salgado were aimed at a group of sweaty kids, stuffed like happy sardines inside a smelly rehearsal studio. “Can you achieve your life’s goals?” Salgado shouted, bouncing around the Broadway space like a live firecracker. “Can you make your dreams come true? Yes or yes!”
“Let’s Be Cops” is being positioned as the “ultimate buddy cop movie”—except that the leads, Justin Miller (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Ryan O’Malley (Jake Johnson), aren’t cops!
Seun Kuti, 31, is the youngest son of musician/activist and founder of the Afrobeat rhythm, Fela Kuti. The new film about his father’s life and the making of the successful and Tony Award-winning musical, “Fela!,” is directed by Alex Gibney and executive produced by Stephen Hendel and Ruth Hendel (the producers of the Broadway stage production). The film opens Aug. 1.
The biopic “Get on Up,” based on the life of the legendary James Brown, marks director Tate Taylor’s first project since the four-time Oscar-nominated film “The Help.” It stars Chadwick Boseman (“42”) in the title role.
“Get on Up” is an excellent peek inside the fascinating life of the undeniably brilliant funk-soul legend, James Brown, a complex man who displayed as many quirky personalities and personas as he did colorful nicknames and honorary titles.
“Finding Fela,” a look inside the mesmerizing life of steadfast activist/musician Fela Kuti under award-winning director Alex Gibney’s keen cinematic eye, is a joyful adventure that’s creatively supported by hypnotic music and skillfully coupled with heart-wrenching politics and personal insight into the life of a man who has become a legend—Fela.
"I strongly suggest that all interested New Yorkers, especially artists of color, make a beeline to see the art, which is housed inside studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. A selection of the apartments are set aside for modest- to low-income families and struggling artists."
Petri Hawkins Byrd has an urgent message for our nation’s African-American community. Television audiences know him affectionately as Byrd on the Emmy Award winning television show “Judge Judy.”
It was the boxing rematch that pitted U.S. pride against Nazi Aryan aggression. The world was at war, and the African-American community was still struggling under fierce enforced institutional racism. And then young boxer Joe Louis Barrow, aka Joe Louis, stepped into the ring with German native Max Schmeling, Adolph Hitler’s champion.
The programming of HBO’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) concluded with the screening of Spike Lee’s “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” along with Art Shirian and I meeting the leading lady of the film, the “next star in Hollywood.”
In 2012, Screen Gems released “Think Like a Man” (based on Steve Harvey’s successful book) with low expectations. It opened along with “The Hunger Games,” so most Hollywood analysts predicted low domestic receipts—Hollywood was wrong. It captured the No. 1 spot and earned a domestic total gross of $91,547,205.
If you’re a young filmmaker and you haven’t been introduced to Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life and the creative life force behind the 2014 American Black Film Festival, don’t fret. Your chance to understand this man’s mission manifests with the screening of 52 films (June 19-22 ).
On June 13, Columbia Pictures releases one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer, “22 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
On June 8 the award show for excellence on Broadway, the Tony Awards, will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS
The 68th annual Tony Awards has gone ultra modern with its first theme-related pop-up shop at the Paramount Bar and Grill
“After Midnight” is a celebration of Duke Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and 30s.
On June 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, the new series “Power” premieres on Starz, and it’s going to be a Twitter favorite once the first episode breaks; good news the network will have seven more ready to follow it.
Strolling down Amsterdam Avenue, searching for new bargains and the prices that only Harlem can create, the store window of the Studio Museum of Harlem (on the ground floor, which houses the studio store) made me stop and, like a child, press my nose against the glass window and wish!
It’s official: Jerrod Carmichael is a comic on the rise, and the fact that he’s one of the stars of an official summer hit, the R-rated “Neighbors,” is just one indicator.