Saturday, June 6, 2020

TV and Film

Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart star in ‘The Upside’

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic On paper, a story about a low-income black health-care aid who’s befriended by a rich white male quadriplegic sounds suspect. Patronizing films like Driving Miss Daisy come to mind, and potential filmgoers...

Cardi B Leads iHeartRadio Awards With 13 Nods, Drake Has 8

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By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B has 13 reasons to celebrate: She's nominated for 13 honors at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. IHeartMedia announced Wednesday that the rapper is the most nominated act, competing for honors such...

Executive Producer Dream Hampton Talks “Surviving R. Kelly”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia For Dream Hampton, who served as executive producer of the much-talked about “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, the explosive revelations in the film were just the tip of the iceberg. Hampton said there were many...

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Premiere as Opening Film at SXSW

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By JAKE COYLE , AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele's "Us," his anticipated follow-up to "Get Out," will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. SXSW announced Tuesday that "Us" will open the 26th...

Fox’s ‘Masked Singer’ Draws a Strong Audience for Debut

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By DAVID BAUDER ,  AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fox hoped to use a week when there wasn't much else on broadcast television besides football to draw attention to its new competition "The Masked Singer." The strategy proved sound. The...

Ali, Jordan, Coogler, AFI Awards Brought out the Stars

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By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wine was flowing and the atmosphere relaxed Friday at the American Film Institute Awards, which brought out some of Hollywood's brightest stars of the moment, from Emily Blunt to...

‘StarTalk’ Season on Hold Amid Claims Against Host Tyson

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By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The current season of Neil deGrasse Tyson's "StarTalk" series is on hold amid sexual misconduct claims against the prominent astrophysicist. The National Geographic channel said Thursday new episodes of the science-based talk show...

NAACP Image Awards to Televise Live From Dolby Theatre

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By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NAACP Image Awards will be televised live for the first time from the Dolby Theatre. NAACP and TV One officials announced Thursday that the 50th awards ceremony will be televised on the...

Kevin Hart Says He’s Considering Oscar Hosting Gig Again

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By DAVID BAUDER , AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Prodded by Ellen DeGeneres, comic Kevin Hart says he'll reconsider his decision to step down as host of the Academy Awards. Hart had backed away two days after being named...

‘Black Panther,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Snag PGA Nominations

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The producers behind hits "Black Panther," ''Crazy Rich Asians," ''A Star Is Born" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" are among the 10 nominees for the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards. The Producers Guild of America announced...

Keith Hamilton Cobb Brings American Moor Back To D.C.

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer What is the old saying? History has a way of repeating itself? If that is true actor Keith Hamilton Cobb hopes to add something new to the conversation of race, theater, art and love,...

Jamie Foxx Makes Video Decrying Violence in Mississippi City

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By The Associated Press NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — An Academy Award-winning actor is among those calling for an end to violence in a southwest Mississippi city. Larry Hooper, principal of the ninth grade school in the Natchez-Adams school district, says Jamie...

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