Movie Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

IF BEALE STREET COLD TALK | © 2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parrish, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Ebony Obsidian, Dominique Thorne, Brian Tyree Henry, Finn Wittrock Writer: Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin Director: Barry Jenkins Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: December 14, 2018 IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK opens with an onscreen quote from the late James Baldwin, who wrote the novel on which the film is based. The actual Beale Street, he tells us, is located in New Orleans. His father, and Louis Armstrong, and jazz, all came from there. Metaphorically, Baldwin continues, all black […]Read On »

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AMERICAN CRIME: Executive Producer Michael J. McDonald on Season 3 – Interview

Timothy Hutton in AMERICAN CRIME - Season 3 | ©2017 ABC/Eric McCandless

ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME is now in its third season on Sunday nights. Created by John Ridley, each season of AMERICAN CRIME tells an entirely different story with a repertory cast of actors (including Richard Cabral, Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King, Benito Martinez and Lili Taylor) who play new characters each year. The season explores the plight of migrant farm workers and sexually abused teens in North Carolina. Michael J. McDonald has been Ridley’s producing partner for a number of years now. Currently, the pair also has the Showtime miniseries GUERRILLA, also created by Ridley, running Sunday nights. The drama, […]Read On »

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AMERICAN CRIME: Michael J. McDonald gives a behind-the-scenes look at the show – exclusive interview

Lynn Blackburn as Cammy Ross on AMERICAN CRIME | © 2016 ABC/Ryan Green

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Michael J. McDonald, executive producer of ABC’s award-winning AMERICAN CRIME (Wednesdays at 10 PM), he discusses the plot of the current season, which deals with an accusation of male-on-male rape among students at a prestigious high school, working with the cast, and more. AX: The character of Kevin LaCroix, the high school basketball player portrayed by Trevor Jackson, is not suspected of being part of the rape, but he’s still in a lot of trouble. Is he being penalized for being “black while in proximity” to the crime? MICHAEL J. McDONALD: He’s […]Read On »

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AMERICAN CRIME: Michael J. McDonald chats about Season 2 – exclusive interview – Pt. 1

Timothy Hutton as Russ Skokie in AMERICAN CRIME | © 2016 ABC/Ryan Green

Season 1 of ABC Network’s AMERICAN CRIME was nominated for a Best Limited Series Emmy, and took home the gold for Regina King’s Supporting Actress performance. King is back in AMERICAN CRIME Season 2, which airs Wednesdays at 10 PM, but she – like returning cast mates Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Richard Cabral, Lili Taylor and Elvis Nolasco – is playing an entirely different character this year. Unlike the first season, which dealt with a racially-charged murder investigation, AMERICAN CRIME’s second year concerns the fallout after male high school student Taylor (Connor Jessup) is apparently raped by at least one […]Read On »

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AMERICAN CRIME: Emmy-winning actress Regina King discusses the anthology drama – exclusive interview

Regina King in AMERICAN CRIME | ©2015 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Regina King has just won an Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Miniseries or Movie for her work in ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME. In the show created by John Ridley (12 YEARS A SLAVE), concerning a murder investigation tainted by racism and human fallibility, King played Aliyah Shadeed, a convert to Islam whose brother went on trial for murder in Modesto, California. King will be back on AMERICAN CRIME next season, but as an entirely different character, Terri Lacroix, in a whole new story. Ridley and ABC decided that the drama should be an anthology that uses the […]Read On »

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Interview: John Wells travels deep into SOUTHLAND – Part 2

Ben McKenzie and Michael Cudlitz in SOUTHLAND - Season 3| ©2011 TNT/Doug Hyun

SOUTHLAND concludes its third season on TNT tonight and executive producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING, THIRD WATCH and CHINA BEACH) chats about the gritty police drama that was unceremoniously dumped by NBC before its second season aired, only to find a home with TNT. Here’s what Wells had to say, in part 2 of our interview. ASSIGNMENT X: You’re also one of the executive producers on SOUTHLAND, which ran six episodes on NBC, then got renewed, then got canceled after you’d shot six episodes of Season Two without any of those episodes airing – and then you got […]Read On »

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