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20th Century Fox Sets Dates For Untitled James Mangold Ferrari Project, Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Death On The Nile’

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox’s untitled project from director James Mangold has been set for a June 28, 2019 bow. The film, which stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers on a car quest. Led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, the team is dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new race car, one with the potential to finally defeat the… Read


Tracee Ellis Ross On The Changing Landscape Of Inclusivity, Solving Pay Disparity & Directing ‘Black-ish’

Tracee Ellis Ross

About to enter its fifth season, Black-ish has so far earned Tracee Ellis Ross two Emmy noms and a Globe win for the role of Rainbow 'Bow' Johnson. In Season 4, Ross took the helm to direct an episode that marked the beginning of a separation for the sitcom's beloved couple Bow and Dre (Anthony Anderson). Amid protests from fans, the couple were fortunately reunited by the season finale, but not before making audiences both laugh and cry through the story arc. A longtime… Read


DGA Says Number Of Minority Film Directors Hit 5-Year Low Last Year, Down 46% Since 2013; Women Making Gains

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Saying that discrimination is "still rampant" in the film industry, the DGA today released its second report on Feature Film Diversity, which found that only 9.7% of live-action American films with box office takes of at least $250,000 were directed by minorities last year — a five-year low and a precipitous drop of 46% since 2013. Female directors fared considerably better than in recent years — up in numbers by 100% compared with 2013. According to the report, 22 women… Read


Morgan Neville On Mr. Rogers, Anthony Bourdain & Ingredients For Emmy-Contending Doc Series ‘Ugly Delicious’

Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville has been keeping one eye on the box office of late, and another eye on the Emmy race. The director's latest documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, expanded to 96 screens over the past weekend, collecting over $1 million, according to audience measurement firm comScore. The film focuses on the late children's television pioneer Fred Rogers and his message of inclusion, decency and mutual respect. "I wanted to make a film about why we… Read


John Ridley To Direct First Episode Of ‘Godfather Of Harlem’ Epix Crime Drama

Oscar-winning writer-director John Ridley (American Crime) has been tapped to direct the first episode of Godfather of Harlem, Epix’s straight-to-series crime drama, starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker. The series hails from Narcos creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, and ABC Signature Studios. Written and executive produced by Brancato and Eckstein, Godfather of Harlem tells the true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the… Read


Sony TV’s 2018 Diverse Directors Program Comes Into Focus

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Television has begun accepting applications for its fifth annual Diverse Directors Program, aimed at providing opportunities to talented artists of diverse backgrounds. Fifteen semi-finalists will participate in the Diverse Directors Program's episodic directing workshop consisting of six evenings of discussion and instruction from working directors, production personnel and entertainment professionals. About five finalists will then be chosen… Read


‘The Rest Of Us,’ Female Driven Babe Nation Creations Feature, Starts Shoot

Principal photography has begun in Toronto on Aisling Chin-Yee’s directorial debut, The Rest of Us, the first feature film from female-driven production company Babe Nation Creations. Aisling Chin-Yee (Synesthesia, Sound Asleep) will direct the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist screenplay of the same name written by first-time screenwriter Alanna Francis. The dramedy stars Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, The Hangover), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief, The Grea… Read


‘Red Machete’ Producers Add To ‘The Walking Dead’ Lore, Examining Inanimate Protagonist

After directing one Season 6 episode of The Walking Dead—and editing 12 episodes of the series—Avi Youabian was as hungry as a walker on a rampage to return to the director’s chair. Teaming with writer Nick Bernardone on AMC short-form seriesThe Walking Dead: Red Machete, Youabian found his opportunity. Consulting with executive producer Scott M. Gimple, the pair were tasked with creating a project that could add to the fabric of The Walking Dead universe, while… Read


Hiro Murai Throws Out Rulebook With ‘Atlanta’, Delivers Visceral Action With ‘Barry’ & Wows With “This Is America”

One of the most disruptive directors working today, Atlanta helmer Hiro Murai has brought specificity of vision to the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series, resulting in an experience unlike any other on television. Working with Donald Glover prior to Atlanta—on memorable music videos for the actor's alter ego, Childish Gambino—Murai found a methodology and a shared sensibility that would factor significantly into the FX series. Set within the context of Atlanta's music… Read


Lucy Liu, Thomas Sadoski To Star In ‘The Last Weekend In May’ For Director Matthew Lillard

Lucy Liu Thomas Sadoski

EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Liu and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces) have signed on to lead the cast for director Matthew Lillard's upcoming romance/drama, The Last Weekend in MayThe project mark’s the helmer’s feature directorial follow-up to Fat Kid Rules the World which took home the SXSW Audience Award in 2012. Producing the feature film is Gabriela Revilla Lugo (The Tribes of Palos Verdes) of Revek Entertainment and Andrew Carlberg (Sun Dogs). Ellen Wander of Film Bridge… Read


David Lynch Refuses To Explain ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’: “Ideas Came, And This Is What They Presented”

“And last night, I had another Monica Bellucci dream…" In Episode 14 of Twin Peaks: The Return, FBI man Gordon Cole—played by series creator David Lynch himself—describes a dream he's just had. He was in a café in Paris. Agent Cooper was there, but Cole couldn't see his face, and then Monica Bellucci appeared, wearing a fitted leather maxi coat, flanked by two friends, one male, one female. The dream was not inspired by one of Lynch's own, he says, although the location… Read


‘S-Town’ Podcast In Participant Movie Deal With ‘Spotlight’s Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy S-Town Podcast

EXCLUSIVE: Participant Media has acquired feature rights to S-Town, the This American Life podcast. Spotlight‘s Tom McCarthy is in negotiations to direct the film and playwright Samuel Hunter is in talks to write the script. This American Life will also produce. S-Town began as a podcast from Serial and This American Life. Hosted by Brian Reed, the podcast told the story of a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian… Read