One Night in Miami, which Amazon has not yet dated but which is definitely in the race this year, provides Regina King some juicy material for her directorial debut, and this three-time Emmy-winning and Oscar-winning star proves really adept in giving her actors room to deliver powerful turns in the dialogue-heavy story of a meeting of four Black icons in 1964 the night of Cassius Clay’s defeat over Sonny Liston to become Heavyweight Champion of the World. Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, and Clay all meet in a hotel room and discuss many topics related to their responsibility in standing up for their race in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement. It is based on Kemp Powers inventive stage play and the playwright also got to adapt it, a drama that imagines the conversation between the four icons who really did meet that night in Miami. The next day Clay joined the Islamic religion so this was obviously a momentous gathering, and kudos to Kemp for discovering it and its rich … [Read more...] about Oscars: Fall Film Fest Circuit Aims To Promote Early Contenders McDormand, Winslet, Hopkins, King, And More – But Is It Just Too Damn Early?
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But there was damage to some of those 8,000 rejected wannabes. According to the Times, True had tried to tell them: “If I don’t call your number later, it doesn’t mean we don’t think you’re talented. It doesn’t mean I don’t like ya.” Years later, however, a generation of red-haired lounge performers still was stewing about the audition, and wistfully singing “Tomorrow” in aging fern bars. … [Read more...] about For ‘Annie’ Or The Vice Presidency, Auditions Try The Nerves
At the height of her popularity, Rigg was voted "sexiest-ever TV star" by TV Guide, though she never embraced that. "I have to be honest, it discomfited me because I never saw myself as sexy," she told the BBC in 2011. "I didn't see it as a feminist issue, I saw it as, if you like, perhaps I fell short in that aspect because I couldn't deliver. I did the sexy photographs because it was asked of me, but I never did the 'sexy' in person." … [Read more...] about Diana Rigg, Star of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 82