The timing of a new commercial featuring 47 black Netflix content creators and talent, all of whom represent the streaming giant’s Strong Black Lead initiative, couldn’t be more ironic given the fact that it aired during Sunday night’s BET Awards just two days after the company fired PR chief Jonathan Friedland for using the N-word and displaying “unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity.”
The spot, narrated by Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, is inspired by the legendary 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem” and was directed by Lacey Duke and features Ava DuVernay, Derek Luke, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, Mike Colter, Rev Run, Spike Lee, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Logan Browning, Ajiona Alexus, and Priah Ferguson, among many others. Kwaku Alston photographed the moment.
According to one source inside the company with knowledge of the situation, Netflix execs debated whether or not they should run the spot during the BET Awards this past weekend, fearing potential backlash, before ultimately making the decision to move forward with their original plans.
“This is a new day built from the ground broken by legends, a day for our generation to see untold experiences of our blackness representing a limitless range of Identity, playing kings and queens of our neighborhoods, defeating larger than life forces trying to flip our world upside down,” says McLaughlin in the video.
“We’re not a genre because there’s no one way to be black. We’re writing while black — nuanced and complex, resilient and strong. This is not a moment. This is a movement. We are strong black leads. Today is a great day in Hollywood,” he adds.
Jordan Peele’s revival of ‘The Twilight Zone’ will premiere on CBS All Access this April
Jordan Peele‘s eagerly awaited revival of The Twilight Zone will premiere on CBS All Access on Monday, April 1 with new episodes of the series debuting weekly on Thursdays beginning April 11, the streaming service announced Wednesday.
The Twilight Zone, which is being produced, hosted, and narrated by Peele, will feature an all-star cast that includes the likes of Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise, and Steven Yeun.
CBS Television Studios is producing the series in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg‘s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg are also serving as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Glen Morgan, Carol Serling, Rick Berg, and Greg Yaitanes.
The original Twilight Zone series was created by Rod Serling and ran for five seasons until 1964, ending with a total of 156 episodes that starred actors like Dennis Hopper, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Redford, and William Shatner. The show was known for using socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times.
“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele said in a statement last year. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”
The series will be available exclusively only to CBS All Access subscribers.
2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards winners revealed: See who won big at last night’s ceremony
The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Megan Mullally, were well underway at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium Expo Hall on Sunday evening with Black Panther picking up the night’s biggest honor for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Individual awards went to Mahershala Ali, Emily Blunt, Rami Malek and Glenn Close for performances in film, while Patricia Arquette, Jason Bateman, Rachel Brosnahan, Darren Criss, Sandra Oh, and Tony Shalhoub picked up awards for performances in television.
The complete list of 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards winners is below.
The Theatrical Motion Picture Recipients are:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury – “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” (20th Century Fox)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
GLENN CLOSE / Joan Castleman – “THE WIFE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MAHERSHALA ALI / Dr. Donald Shirley – “GREEN BOOK” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
EMILY BLUNT / Evelyn Abbott – “A QUIET PLACE” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
ANGELA BASSETT / Ramonda
CHADWICK BOSEMAN / T’Challa/Black Panther
STERLING K. BROWN / N’Jobu
WINSTON DUKE / M’Baku
MARTIN FREEMAN / Everett K. Ross
DANAI GURIRA / Okoye
MICHAEL B. JORDAN / Erik Killmonger
DANIEL KALUUYA / W’Kabi
LUPITA NYONG’O / Nakia
ANDY SERKIS / Ulysses Klaue
FOREST WHITAKER / Zuri
LETITIA WRIGHT / Shuri
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
The Television Recipients are:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
DARREN CRISS / Andrew Cunanan – “THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE:
AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Tilly Mitchell – “ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA” (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” (BBC America)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THIS IS US(NBC)
ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson
NILES FITCH / Teenage Randall
MACKENZIE HANCSICSAK / Young Kate
JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson
FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson
JON HUERTAS / Miguel Rivas
MELANIE LIBURD / Zoe
CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson
MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson
LYRIC ROSS / Déjà
CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon
MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson
SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson
HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
CAROLINE AARON / Shirley Maisel
ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel
MARIN HINKLE / Rose Weissman
ZACHARY LEVI / Benjamin
KEVIN POLLAK / Moishe Maisel
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman
BRIAN TARANTINA / Jackie
MICHAEL ZEGEN / Joel Maisel
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
The 55th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award
‘Game of Thrones’ will return for its eighth and final season on April 14, new teaser reveals
Ahead of the premiere of the third season of True Detective on Sunday, HBO aired a new Game of Thrones teaser which reveals April 14 as the debut date for the show’s upcoming six-episode eighth season.
The teaser, which was directed by David Nutter, who won an Emmy in 2015 for the season five finale of Game of Thrones, features an original score by Ramin Djawadi, who also picked up an Emmy for his work on the show in 2018 for the season seven finale.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who wrote the scripts for season eight with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill, also directed several episodes of the forthcoming season along with Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik.
While the eighth season of Game of Thrones will ultimately also be its last, HBO isn’t done with the property altogether, as the network has an assortment of different plans for the show tucked up their sleeves.
One of those plans is a spinoff series, which will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and will chronicle the world’s descent from the so-called “Golden Age of Heroes” into its darkest period in history.
“We’re just starting the search for director [and] casting director,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in November, adding that he hopes the spinoff which is based on a story created by Jane Goldman and Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, will begin shooting this year.
Season eight of Game of Thrones will air at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.