Dear White People has been renewed for Season 2 at Netflix. Based on Justin Simien’s critically-acclaimed film of the same name, the series is set at a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface. A group of students of color must navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness, and activism in the millennial age. The series stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson. The film version began life in 2012 as a concept trailer, which Simien paid for with his tax refund. The crowd-funded movie went on to win the U .S. dramatic special jury award for breakthrough talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Production on the ten-episode second season is slated to begin later this year.
The actress who leads an ensemble of 14 women talks about how wrestling gave her character a voice as well as the potential for additional seasons for the series. In an interview with THR, Brie tracks her character’s physical and emotional journey, and reveals why her freeing role on GLOW is representative of the change Hollywood has experienced since the days of 1985 auditions. We really enjoyed working with the post production team and wish this Netflix series great success! Read more about some of Alison Brie’s views on women in Hollywood, training for the show, and more, here.
The Originals wrapped up its fourth season with a finale that could’ve served as a series ender, despite a heartbreaking twist that saw four of the Mikaelson torn apart forever, they each got a solo happy, or at least bittersweet, ending — and the potential crossover set up in the Vampire Diaries series finale came to fruition. When the show returns for season five on The CW, the focus will shift to follow a teenage Hope at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted, but the rest of the characters will still be in the mix despite the fact that most of them can’t be in the same room together without setting off devastating supernatural consequences. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to outgoing showrunner Michael Narducci, who is exiting for an overall deal at ABC Studios, about writing an episode with plenty of closure, Vampire Diaries crossovers and where the story will go in season five. Read more about what Narducci reveals about season 5 here!
STXfilms has released the first trailer for The Foreigner, the action thriller being directed by Casino Royale‘s Martin Campbell and starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. It certainly feels like a departure for Chan, who has made a fine career of playing good guys with smiles on their faces even when jumping out windows and hanging off ledges. This time Chan plays a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when his teenage daughter is killed in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. He is relentless in the search for the terrorists, and he is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan) whose own past may hold clues to the killers’ identities. David Marconi wrote the script based on Stephen Leather’s novel The Chinaman. The film is set to be released October 13, 2017.
Check out the trailer below.
Noah Hawley weighs in on the justice at the end of the season, Gloria Burgle’s emotional moment, Varga’s “elemental” evil and a few details viewers probably didn’t even notice this season. The third season ended Wednesday with a ticking clock, an increasingly dark interrogation room and an enigmatic smile from Gloria. The finale also saw several key Fargo characters meet unpleasant ends, some through vengeance and some through tragic happenstance. That’s just the Fargo way. Read more about what Hawley had to say about this season’s finale here!
Tupac Shakur’s biopic All Eyez on Me has opened impressively with $3.1 million on Thursday night at 2,000 sites in North America, topping Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3,” which raced to $2.8 million. Lionsgate’s All Eyez on Me, starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., has been tracking in the $17 million to $22 million range at 2,471 sites for this weekend. It’s opening on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday. Music video director Benny Boom helmed “All Eyez on Me,” titled after Shakur’s fourth studio album. Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996. We are so glad this movie is doing so well and it was a honor working with the post production team!
Executive produced by Jenji Kohan, Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch, Netflix’s GLOW has superficial similarities to Orange Is the New Black in its excellent, multicultural female-driven ensemble. Alison Brie plays Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress in Los Angeles circa 1985. Desperate, but not quite desperate enough, Ruth answers an open call that turns out to be for a ladies’ wrestling league. It takes a few episodes to settle into what Brie is doing, because Ruth is so convincingly a not-very-good actress, but the moment she locks into her identity comes mid-season in the one episode written by Kohan, and with those factors in play, it’s no surprise that that’s when the show seems to settle into itself. The cast apparently did their own stunts but driven by the outlandish characters and their natural ring rivals, the fights we see are often hilarious enough to make up for minor deficits in action credibility. It’s a show about finding your voice and not letting yourself be put in a box. We loved working with the post production team! Don’t forget to check out the series premiere June 23 on Netflix!