the talent show

Cynthia Erivo is set to star in The Talent Show, a musical drama written by Lena Waithe. The film follows a failed singer who returns to her hometown and ends up leading a group of at-risk youth in their annual talent show. So think of it as The Way Back, but with singing instead of basketball. And less beer (probably). Gandja Monteiro (The Chi) is set to direct.

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Aretha delayed

Two years after Aretha Franklin‘s death, Hollywood is looking to immortalize the Queen of Soul in two separate projects. And after one of them, MGM’s feature film called Respect, was pushed into an awards season-friendly date last week, National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha has been postponed until later in the year. Read More »

With the airing of last night’s action-packed finale, HBO has delivered a gripping climax to its ten-episode Stephen King adaptation, The Outsider. Focusing on a community rocked by a gruesome child murder, the show, like the book, was something of a genre-buster, tipping from police procedural in its first half into full-blown supernatural horror in its second half. Given its steady ratings climb and the finale’s post-credits scene, it’s possible that HBO will go The Leftovers route with The Outsider and continue the series with new stories beyond the scope of King’s novel. The mythology at play in the narrative might even allow the network to anthologize it, adopting a new cast and setting in its second season, as AMC did last year with its Dan Simmons adaptation, The Terror.

For now, however, the dust is left to settle around a stellar first season with a top-of-the-line ensemble cast led by Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo. Developed by Richard Price — the author/co-screenwriter of Clockers and co-creator of The Night Of miniseries, among other things — the show adhered to many aspects of the book while also deviating from the source material in some notable ways. Price penned the majority of episodes, with executive producer Jessie Nickson-Lopez and novelist Dennis Lehane also picking up writing credits. Here, we’ll look back on the season as a whole and examine some of the changes they made in order to bring King’s vision to television.

Major spoilers lie ahead, of course.

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carrier movie cast

Fresh off her Oscar nods for HarrietCynthia Erivo is heading to the sci-fi genre. The Oscar-nominated actress, who has lent her voice to Carrier, a hit sci-fi thriller podcast created by audio studio QCode and Dan Blank, will now be starring in a feature film adaptation of that podcast for Amblin Partners.

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genius aretha trailer

The new season of Genius shines the spotlight on Aretha Franklin, with Cynthia Erivo playing the legendary singer. The series is the first of two different dramatized portraits of Franklin’s life, the second being the upcoming movie Respect starring Jennifer Hudson. Genius: Aretha will explore Franklin’s life and career, and has the distinction of being the first-ever authorized story based on Franklin’s life. Watch the Genius: Aretha trailer below.

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harriet review

Cynthia Erivo was a star the moment she opened her mouth and released a honeyed run of notes in Bad Times at the El Royale. Stealing 2018 in two back-to-back performances of El Royale and the critically acclaimed Widows, it was clear that the Tony-winning British actress was going to conquer the silver screen as well. And she’s got a role worthy of her star power in the rousing biopic Harriet, which follows the life of the slave-turned-abolitionist. Erivo is magnificent in the Kasi Lemmons-directed film, channeling a fiery rage and raw vulnerability in a performance that soars above the generic biopic formula that Harriet unfortunately cannot escape.

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the outsider trailer new

The Stephen King adaptation craze keeps on keepin’ on with The Outsider, a new HBO series base on one of the Master of Horror’s recent novels. The story concerns what appears to be an impossible murder: after a child in a small town is killed, a mountain of evidence points towards one man. The only problem is this suspect’s alibi is airtight, placing him miles away from the scene of the crime. Watch The Outsider trailer below.

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‘Harriet’ Trailer: Cynthia Erivo Becomes a Legend

harriet trailer

Ever since Cynthia Erivo belted a few heavenly notes in Bad Times at the El Royale, she has been a star on the rise. And in Harriet, she is elevated to historical icon status as the abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, and Civil War hero Harriet Tubman. Watch the official Harriet trailer below.

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harriet trailer

The extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman gets the biopic treatment in Harriet, a new drama starring Cynthia Erivo as the legendary freedom fighter. Kasi Lemmons, director of Eve’s Bayou, helms the feature, which also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters. From the look of the film, it’s the type of emotional drama that garners plenty of attention during awards season. Watch the Harriet trailer below.

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Rip Van Winkle movie

Hollywood has been sleeping on a Rip Van Winkle movie, but it looks like they’re about to get a wake up call.

Cynthia Erivo, who broke out last year in a big way with roles in Steve McQueen’s heist film Widows and Drew Goddard’s period thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, is attached to star in a musical film adaptation of the classic Washington Irving short story. Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) hatched the idea, and the writer of the upcoming Plastic Man movie is on board to write the screenplay. What a combo!
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