Josephine Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga will play actress, singer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist Josephine Baker in Josephine, a limited series in development at ABC Signature. The series comes from writer Dee Harris-Lawrence, director Millicent Shelton, and LeBron James and Maverick Carter‘s The Springhill Company and will follow Baker’s experience of being an “international superstar and decorated WW2 spy,” and that sounds like the type of show that’s going to be a must-see.

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passing netflix

Netflix has purchased Passing, the Sundance movie from director Rebecca Hall that stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga. Based on the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen, the film follows two Black women living in 1920s New York. One of the women, played by Negga, passes for white and even has a white husband who doesn’t know she’s Black – a decision that her friend, played by Thompson, grapples with. It’s a film that deals with race, gender, identity, and sexuality, and it’s received positive reviews following its recent Sundance premiere.

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passing review

Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga) meet in the restaurant of a posh New York hotel, spotting each other from across the room. Irene mistakes Clare for a stranger at first, but as it turns out, the women grew up together. But as Irene looks Clare over during this reunion, she can hardly believe her eyes. Clare is sporting platinum blonde hair, and for a moment – just a moment – Irene thought she was white. But both women are Black – although they can hide it. Both are light-skinned enough that they can, if they want to, pass for white. It’s something we see Irene do briefly at the start – and she doesn’t seem very comfortable doing it, constantly hiding behind her own hat and avoiding eye contact whenever possible. But for Clare, passing has become a way of life. She even has a white husband (Alexander Skarsgard). “Does he…?” Irene asks, before Clare cuts in: “Know?” He doesn’t.

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preacher season 4

Preacher, the AMC series based on the comic series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, has just been blessed with a fourth season. Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun will all return for yet another romp across America to find God, with biblical forces in tow. While Preacher is a story about America, production will move to Australia for the next season. More on Preacher season 4 below.

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Passing movie

Actress Rebecca Hall broke out in 2006 in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, and she’s quickly developed a strong career collaborating with talented filmmakers, learning the ropes from the inside. Now she’s ready to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of a 1920s novel called Passing, which deals with the idea of racial passing – posing as a member of one racial group when you’re actually part of another. That’s a topic that’s still as relevant now as it was in the ’20s, and Hall has locked down two excellent actresses to star in the project: Tessa Thompson (Sorry to Bother You) and Ruth Negga (Preacher).

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preacher season 3 teaser

The first teaser trailer for Preacher‘s third season promises an even stranger, even crazier outing for the AMC comic book show.

The Preacher season 3 teaser brings us back to the beginning — or at least, to Jesse Custer’s beginning. That’s right, Preacher is taking us off the road and into Angelville.

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ad astra cast

Ruth Negga will be reuniting with her World War Z co-star Brad Pitt in James Gray‘s upcoming sci-fi epic, Ad Astra.

The Lost City of Z (which if you haven’t seen it, is entirely unrelated from the aforementioned World War Z unless you really stretch it) director has been building anticipation for his next movie, which will be the first genre film he tackles after working mostly on historical and contemporary dramas.

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Preacher Season 2 Promo

Preacher is coming back in just a few months to remind you just how weird and dynamic a show it is, and the first preview for the second season of the AMC series features our main trio embarking on a wild and violent road trip.

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preacher season 2 premiere date

Yesterday, a trio of new actors joined the cast of Preacher and we took a stab at who they could be playing. Today, we learned when the second season of AMC’s comic book adaptation will premiere. The date arrives alongside a batch of new images from the set, which seem to depict one of the comic’s most famous sequences. You can take a look for yourself below.

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Loving review

Note: With Loving in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the TIFF.

Jeff Nichols has never been one for outsized drama. It’s not that dramatic things don’t happen in his movies — on the contrary, his films are full of superpowered kids and apocalyptic dreams and the like. But he often seems less interested in big events than in all the moments in between, the everyday bonds and minute details that make up the textures of everyday life.

In Loving, Nichols applies that same approach to the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country. Aided by awards-worthy performances from Joel Edgerton and especially Ruth Negga, Nichols delivers an intimate drama that feels all the bigger for keeping its scope so resolutely small.  Read More »