WHEN WE RISE: Actress Ivory Aquino – exclusive interview

Ivory Aquino as Cecilia Chung in WHEN WE RISE | © 2017 ABC/Image Group LA

In ABC’s LGBTQ civil rights miniseries WHEN WE RISE, concluding Friday March 3, Ivory Aquino plays real-life San Francisco activist and commissioner Cecilia Chung. Both women are transgender, meaning they were born in male bodies and have transitioned into living as women. This is Aquino’s first role as a transgender woman; previously, she explains, she had played only cis-gender (meaning someone who identifies as they gender they are born as) female characters. ASSIGNMENT X: When you heard about WHEN WE RISE as a project, did you think, “I really need to be a part of this,” or, “I wonder how […]Read On »

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WHEN WE RISE: Actor Michael Kenneth Williams – exclusive interview

Michael Kenneth Williams as Ken Jones in WHEN WE RISE | © 2017 ABC/Image Group LA

Michael Kenneth Williams has a wide-ranging career that encompasses everything from his Jazz Age gangster Chalky White in BOARDWALK EMPIRE to a heroic resistance fighter in THE PURGE: ANARCHY to the husband of Queen Latifah’s Bessie Smith in BESSIE, a performance that earned Williams an Emmy nomination. However, right now Williams is in the unusual position of being on television almost simultaneously as two very different gay black Viet Nam veterans. In ABC’s LGBTQ civil rights miniseries WHEN WE RISE, running February 7 through March 3, the actor from Brooklyn plays real-life gay rights activist Ken Jones. In Season 2 […]Read On »

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WHEN WE RISE: Dustin Lance Black talks the civil rights miniseries – interview

Guy Pierce as Cleve Jones in WHEN WE RISE | © 2017 ABC/Image Group LA

WHEN WE RISE is a four-part miniseries, written by Dustin Lance Black, about the gay, lesbian and transgender civil rights movement from 1971 through the present. The ABC presentation, which also examines feminism and racial civil rights, begins Monday, February 27, skips a night and then continues Wednesday-Friday, March 1-3. Black earned an Oscar for his original screenplay for MILK, the 2008 feature film about the late San Francisco city supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk. WHEN WE RISE similarly dramatizes the lives of real people. We see some of them in both their youth and as older adults. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the J. EDGAR World Premiere Opening Night Gala of the AFI FEST 2011

Leonardo DiCaprio at the World Premiere of Clint Eastwood's J. EDGAR, the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures J. EDGAR was the Opening Night Gala of the AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. Clint Eastwood directed J. EDGAR from a screenplay by Dustin Lance Black and stars Leonardo DiCaprio in title role. The film explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth. For almost 50 years J. EDGAR was the face of law enforcement in America, but he was often swayed by the dark side of power that could of destroyed his image, his career and his life. AFI is celebrating its 25th year as a program […]Read On »

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Movie Review: J. EDGAR

J. EDGAR movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench Writer: Dustin Lance Black Director: Clint Eastwood Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 9, 2011 special engagements; November 11, 2011 wider release Trying to cram the story J. Edgar Hoover (Leon ardo DiCaprio), the origins and permutations of the FBI, the effect of federal law enforcement on civil rights and vice-versa, Hoover’s relationship with his mother (Judi Dench), longtime secretary Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts), perpetual right-hand man and best friend Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer), Hoover’s monumental ego, penchant for exaggeration, paranoia, possible sexual hang-ups and more into a running […]Read On »

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