The Mauritanian – R – Drama
Captured by the U.S. Government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy.
Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, Kevin Macdonald, Sohrab Noshirvani, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Levi, Rory Haines, M.B. Traven
Nomadland – R – Drama
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
Chloé Zhao, Mollye Asher, Charlene Swankie, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Dan Janvey, David Strathairn, Linda May
I Care A Lot – NR – Thriller
Follows Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a highly successful legal guardian with a knack for exploiting the law to her financial benefit. After discovering her seemingly innocent new client (Dianne Wiest) harbors dangerous secrets, Marla and her partner (Eiza González) come to find they have unknowingly triggered a battle with a ruthless adversary (Peter Dinklage).
Rosamund Pike, Eiza González, Ben Stillman, Peter Dinklage, Isiah Whitlock, J Blakeson, Michael Heimler, Chris Messina
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Tiffany Haddish Stars in New Campaign for the Future
Posted on February 18, 2021, 10:00 am
Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled its Spring campaign, Here for the Future, starring comedian, actress and producer, Tiffany Haddish. The 360-degree campaign celebrates forward-looking, innovative designers, artists and activists that are shaping the future of their industries and who Saks believes are creating the future. Here for the Future underscores the luxury retailer’s focus on evolving for the future to continue delivering the best in fashion and beauty through a personalized and seamless experience.
“Saks is committed to using our voice to engage with our customers in meaningful and authentic ways,” noted Emily Essner, Chief Marketing Officer, Saks Fifth Avenue. “As an arbiter of fashion, culture and lifestyle, Saks strives to elevate timely and relevant topics that are of interest to our customers. Here for the Future reflects the important issues impacting our world today and our focus on championing voices who are using their creativity and passion to help secure a bright future for us all.”
Tiffany Haddish spoke with Saks about the She Ready Foundation, which provides resources and ensures normalcy for foster children through sponsorship, mentoring, and counseling. The campaign launch comes on the heels of the debut of the second season of Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready on Netflix. Haddish can also be seen styled in fashion from Akris, Christopher John Rogers and Monse.
When asked about her hopes for the future, Haddish said: “My hopes are drastic. I’m a visionary and I’ve got a big imagination. My hope is that I’m able to build an amazing company that creates content that inspires and uplifts others, and provides at least one million opportunities for people to have generational wealth.”
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Ryan Murphy Set to Receive Cinematic Imagery Award at the 25th ADG Awards
Posted on February 17, 2021, 10:00 am
Ryan Murphy, one of television’s busiest and most successful writers-directors-producers, whose shows have consistently reflected the highest quality of production design, will receive the esteemed Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild at the 25th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. Murphy has created a profusion of award-winning shows, garnering him six Primetime Emmys®, 26 additional award wins, and an unprecedented 72 nominations. He is the originator of the popular American television programs American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Pose, Hollywood, Feud, Glee, and The New Normal, among many others. The ADG Awards ceremony, set for Saturday, April 10, 2021, will honor the extraordinary scope of Murphy’s prestigious, award-winning work. The announcement was made by ADG President Nelson Coates, ADG, and Awards Producer Scott Moses, ADG.
“Ryan Murphy is a visionary whose impact spans a wide spectrum of film, television, and streaming projects, all the while creating memorable, visual story telling experiences as one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful writers-directors-producers. His imagination and consistent emphasis on high production values have fostered the creation of worlds that will have lasting impact on the visual lexicon of entertainment for years to come. He personifies the very concept of cinematic imagery. The ADG is thrilled to recognize Murphy’s tremendous contributions to the art of narrative design,” said Coates.
Ryan Murphy is an Emmy, Golden Globe®, Tony®, and Peabody® Award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director. He created the cult-favorite series Popular; Golden Globe-winning television drama Nip/Tuck; and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series Glee, Scream Queens, and 9-1-1. His additional highly successful series include The New Normal and the Emmy-winning film The Normal Heart, chronicling the story of the onset of the AIDS crisis in New York, which received Emmy and Golden Globe awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie.
The ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film and television industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the viewer’s experience. Previous recipients have been Chuck Lorre, Rob Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Brad Bird, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, the production designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, Bill Taylor, Syd Dutton, Warren Beatty, Allen Daviau, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Norman Jewison, Robert S. Wise, and Zhang Yimou.
Producer of this year’s ADG Awards is Production Designer Scott Moses, ADG. Nomination balloting will be held February 1-24, 2021, and nominations will be announced Thursday, February 25, 2021. Final online voting will be held March 11-April 7, 2021, and winners will be announced at the digital gala ceremony on Saturday, April 10, 2021. ADG Awards are open only to productions when made within the U.S. by producers signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.
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The Green Hornet Turns 85
Posted on February 16, 2021, 10:00 am
The last day in January 2021 marks the 85th anniversary of the first appearance of The Green Hornet. A year-long virtual celebration to one of America’s earliest superheroes, his most powerful sidekick Kato, and the world’s first supercar, the Black Beauty.
George W. Trendle wanted a timely, relevant, hero character on the radio at WXYZ-Detroit to appeal to voting age Americans, as opposed to his earlier creation, The Lone Ranger, created for children.
In an era without television or internet, news traveled slowly, primarily printed in a newspaper. Britt Reid, the alter ego of The Green Hornet, published such a newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, where he receives inside information about corruption and organized crime from his reporters’ sources. With his sidekick Kato, The Green Hornet uses his non-lethal weapons to subdue the criminals and leave them for law enforcement to arrest and prosecute. Because police see The Green Hornet as a vigilante, therefore a criminal, both sides of the law are after him, which forces him to wear a mask, so no one discovers his true identity.
Whether it is an original radio broadcast, one of the serials, a tv episode, an issue of a comic book or a movie; the plot usually consists of corrupt government officials or organized crime leaders who seem innocent and above reproach.
George W. Trendle’s creation of The Green Hornet introduced many firsts to the American audience. The masked avenger in a modern city, Bruce Lee as a martial arts sidekick, and a black stealth supercar to keep Americans safe.
The Wake Of Light – NR – Drama, Romance
Mary has spent her entire life caring for her widowed father after he suffered a stroke when she was a little girl. One day Mary meets Cole, a young man passing through her small town on a cross-country road trip, who falls for Mary and asks her to join him on his journey. Now Mary must choose between her deep-felt responsibility to her father or a chance at love.
Rome Brooks, Matt Bush, Renji Philip, William Morton, Tyler Steelman, Sandra Seeling, Paula Rhodes
Flora and Ulysses – Family, Adventure
10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, rescues a squirrel with unique superhero powers.
Lena Khan, Janeane Garofolo, Alyson Hannigan, Anna Deavere Smith, Matilda Lawler, Ben Schwartz, Danny Pudi, Benjamin Evans Ainsworth
Body Brokers – R – Thriller, Crime
Utah and Opal are junkies living on the streets of rural Ohio until a seemingly chance encounter with the enigmatic Wood (Michael Kenneth Williams) brings them to Los Angeles for treatment. While Utah finds sobriety with the help of the treatment center shrink (Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo), he soon learns that rehab is not about helping people—it’s merely a cover scheme for a multibillion dollar fraud operation, enlisting addicts to recruit other addicts. Seduced by the money, but troubled by the hypocrisy, Utah must decide between what will make him rich, and what will save Opal.
John Swab, Melissa Leo, Jack Kilmer, Alice Englert, Sam Quartin, Frank Grillo, Peter Greene, Owen Campbell