Lena Waithe has a new television drama project under Amazon. The award-winning writer-producer is developing an Amazon TV series about open relationships, tentatively called Open. Waithe has already finished a draft for a pilot script, and under her deal with the streamer, is further developing the pilot for a series.
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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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Disney and Pixar are finally giving us our first openly queer animated character — so we hope. In recent years, Disney has made tiny little baby steps toward greater LGBTQ representation, with an “exclusively gay moment” in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, a minor gay character in Avengers: Endgame, and the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it same-sex kiss of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But those moments ended up feeling like insubstantial excuses for the House of Mouse to pat itself on the back for being so progressive, while toeing the line for overseas markets. Hopefully Pixar’s first official openly queer character, a cyclops officer voiced by Lena Waithe in the upcoming Onward, will change all that. Read More »
Netflix is all in on David Chang.
The acclaimed chef behind restaurants like Momofuku and Majordomo already hosts one food/travel show for the streaming service, Ugly Delicious, but now he’s back with a separate series that’s only slightly different. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner sees Chang eating his way across the world, visiting a country with a “fun-loving celebrity guest” in tow. The first season involves him hanging with Seth Rogen, Kate McKinnon, Chrissy Teigen, and Lena Waithe. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Since Lena Waithe won an Emmy for writing the touching, years-spanning “Thanksgiving” episode of Netflix’s Master of None, her career has been on fire: she created the Showtime series The Chi, had a supporting role in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, and is about to appear in the third season of Westworld.
As if that weren’t enough, she also wrote Queen and Slim, her first feature film which hits theaters this November and looks like it could be an incendiary, vital piece of American cinema. Check out the latest Queen and Slim trailer below.
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Ready Player One co-star Lena Waithe made a splash a couple years ago as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None. Now she’s making her feature writing debut with Queen and Slim, a new drama that turns Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith (Nightflyers) into the black Bonnie & Clyde. But there’s much more to this movie than two criminals on the run. Watch the Queen and Slim trailer below to see what we’re talking about. Read More »
HBO is currently basking in the glory of their final season of Game of Thrones, but the day is soon approaching when they no longer have the same stranglehold on the pop culture conversation as they do now. They’ve invested some serious money into Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s sci-fi western series Westworld as an heir apparent, but the audience has dropped significantly from the first to the second season.
But after a frustrating second season, the show is making all the right moves to hook me all over again. Multi-hyphenate Lena Waithe (Ready Player One) has joined the cast for Westworld season 3, which will air on the premium cable channel sometime in 2020. Read More »
During her executive session for the Television Critics Association, Head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, addressed the fifth season of Transparent. But Amazon also took the time to talk about some of their new shows, such as a horror anthology series from Master of None co-star and writer Lena Waite, another anthology series from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, a new comedy series from The Office creator Greg Daniels and more. Read More »
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Daniel Kaluuya and Lena Waithe are ride or die for a new Bonnie and Clyde-inspired project, Queen and Slim. The feature film has been picked up by Universal after a heated bidding war over the script by Emmy winner Waithe and based on a treatment from best-selling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces).
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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.)
Steven Spielberg has spent nearly his entire career proving his critics wrong. When the filmmaker rose to prominence as a blockbuster wunderkind, there was a prevailing sense among critics that Spielberg was little more than a purveyor of harmless, artless pop – not a serious filmmaker. “If there is such a thing as a movie sense — and I think there is, Spielberg really has it,” critic Pauline Kael said. “But he may be so full of it that he doesn’t have much else.” Yet Spielberg did have much else, and he proved it time after time, crafting a lifetime worth of fantastic, heartfelt, downright magical films.
It’s taken nearly 44 years, but with Ready Player One, Spielberg has finally proven his critics right. Here, on the heels of The Post – a wonderful, important film that had the 71-year-old filmmaker still firing on all cylinders – Spielberg offers up a muddled, downright hideous catastrophe. It’s official – Ready Player One is Steven Spielberg’s worst film.
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