The way the criminal justice system treated the Central Park Five – five boys who were arrested and incarcerated in 1989 for a rape they didn’t commit – is so far beyond terrible, so blatantly unjust, that it’s difficult to wrap my head around. But director Ava DuVernay (Selma, Middle of Nowhere) is shining a light on the horrors of the young men’s case and their eventual exoneration in When They See Us, a Netflix limited series which has just released a new featurette that includes interviews with DuVernay, the actual survivors, and the actors who portray them.
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It’s been a while since we heard anything regarding The New Gods, the Warner Bros. DC film being directed by Ava DuVernay. But now, we have an update: Tom King, a comics writer whose credits include The Vision for Marvel and DC’s Batman, will pen the New Gods movie script with DuVernay. The New Gods movie will be based on the comic characters created by legendary writer and artist Jack Kirby.
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Ava DuVernay‘s highly anticipated limited series on the Central Park Five now has a trailer. Now titled When They See Us, Duvernay chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were accused of a rape they did not commit. Netflix has released a When They See Us trailer for the four-part limited series, which you can watch below. Read More »
Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti are teaming up for a special event series following the lives of three Chicago families in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed black man. CBS has released an extended The Red Line trailer for this eight-episode series, which stars Noah Wyle and more.
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After the critical and awards circuit success of her searing documentary 13th, Ava Duvernay is re-teaming with Netflix to produce a documentary about the legendary, recently passed musician, Prince.
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A Wrinkle in Time and Selma director Ava DuVernay briefly considered directing Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, but Marvel’s loss is DC’s gain: DuVernay is heading to Warner Bros. and DC Films to direct an adaptation of The New Gods, based on the comic created by Jack Kirby.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, count down some of the best animated shows that were based on movies that came before them. Plus, watch as director Ava DuVernay narrates a scene from the fantasy adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, and listen to the story Bill Hader has about getting kicked out of Kate McKinnon‘s audition for Saturday Night Live. Read More »
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why it’s a good thing that director Ava DuVernay says she’s not making a Star Wars movie.)
Star Wars fans are ready for change.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe boldly enters its latest stage, handing its major franchise staples to black auteurs and New Zealand comedians, it’s become somewhat apparent that Lucasfilm is holding back. Their latest slate of behind-the-scenes announcements and rumors – that the Game of Thrones guys are writing a new series, that Stephen Daldry might direct an Obi Wan standalone – feel as by-the-numbers as you can get. After the production kerfuffles with Rogue One and the upcoming Solo, maybe it’s just insurance; a “let’s hire the industry guys with safe track records so we can stay on schedule” ideology. But that safety net approach has the fans concerned. By avoiding potential risks, are we in danger of a roster of bland lookalikes that keep the series chugging along but never grow it in new directions? This is a galaxy far, far away, let’s not forget. Isn’t it time to get weird?
For a lot of us, potential relief came in the form of director Ava DuVernay, who’s been long-rumored to be next in line for a Star Wars project. But DuVernay crushed hearts on Twitter today when she announced that she isn’t, in fact, doing a Star Wars film, telling fans that the series “is not for me.”
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A Wrinkle in Time has a lot of expectations riding on it. It is Ava Duvernay‘s ambitious passion project, the first non-documentary feature film that the director has tackled since Selma won acclaim and awards love four years ago. It’s an adaptation of a beloved children’s fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It has a black lead actress (Storm Reid) in a piece of colorblind casting that differs from the novel. And it’s starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.
So, does A Wrinkle in Time live up to those expectations? Not quite.
The social media embargo for Duvernay’s Disney film has lifted, and reactions are mixed at best and pessimistic at worst. Formal reviews don’t drop until March 7 — two days before the film’s release — but a few people who attended the premiere shared their opinions on the science-fiction movie.
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Ava DuVernay‘s upcoming movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time has the potential to have a huge influence on a whole generation of young viewers. An organization called Color of Change wants to make sure the film has the opportunity to inspire every child who wants to see it, not just the ones whose parents can afford the price of a movie ticket. So they’re teaming up with AMC theaters to make sure that underprivileged kids get to see the new movie for free.
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