‘Vice Principals’ Star Rebuffs Racism Criticism: “This Is What Casting Equality Looks Like” – TCA

The cast and creatives of HBO’s Vice Principals rebuffed criticism at today’s TCA for the series’ depiction of two white men pitted against an African American female character. Kimberly Hebert Gregory, who plays principal Dr. Belinda Brow quickly rebuffed the negative notion stating, “This is what casting equality looks like. There is an inherent question about her ability to be strong enough to stand with these people,” She continued. “I just feel really strongly that…

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‘Insecure’ Creator & Star Issa Rae: No “Universal Way To Be Black” – TCA

The characters on Insecure, the new HBO comedy from The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae, might seem to have little in common with such strong TV African-American female characters as Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating. After all, the show is called Insecure.
There is a “notion that there’s a universal way to be black,” Rae said at today’s TCA show panel. “It’s been portrayed throughout media and has been accepted by mainstream media, [but] what does…

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Magic On The Streets Of London: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Gala Opening Review

After a preview period of nearly two months, London’s new two-part stage extravaganza, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, finally took its opening gala bow today at the Palace Theatre, announcing the start of a run that will soon book through December 2017, and seems certain to extend even further. Since Deadline reported on the first preview nights of Part One and Part Two, there haven’t been any seismic changes. But the final play is tighter and the emotional beats more…

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Songfreedom Offers Rescue Plan for Affected Music Dealers Artists

On Friday, Chicago-based synch placement firm Music Dealers abruptly closed its doors, leaving an unknown number of songwriters and artists holding the bag.  Immediately, reports of unpaid invoices and cancelled projects emerged, though it’s difficult to tell how many were affected. The shutdown was rumored to be caused by a failure to renew mega-client Coca-Cola, […]

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Nat Geo Acquires Climate Change Pic from Leonardo DiCaprio, Partners with Katie Couric on Gender Doc

National Geographic Channel has acquired the worldwide rights the to an untitled climate change feature documentary produced by Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio, the cable network announced at their Television Critics Association summer press tour panel Saturday. NatGeo plans to release the film theatrically in New York and Los Angeles in October, followed by a… Read more »

Katie Couric Next Documentary Looks At Gender Revolution, For NatGeo

National Geographic Channel announced this afternoon that Katie Couric Media, along with National Geographic Studios, are joining forces on a two-hour documentary, Gender Revolution (working title), billed as an “unflinching look at the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture” on “gender fluidity.”  The docu will premiere on the National Geographic Channel globally in 171 countries and 45 languages, timed to the January 2017 Gender issue of National…

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Nat Geo Acquires Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Documentary – TCA

National Geographic Channel has acquired worldwide rights to the untitled climate change feature documentary produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Oscar-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Martin Scorsese is executive producer.
The film looks at how society can prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe. It presents visual evidence of a worsening environmental crisis that is…

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Kathryn Bigelow’s VR Documentary Short On Ivory Poaching Set At Nat Geo Channel – TCA

National Geographic Channel announced production of its first virtual reality documentary short film, The Protectors, co-created by Oscar-winning director Kathyrn Bigelow (Last Days, The Hurt Locker) and VR creator Imraan Esmail (The Displaced, Valen’s Reef). The project, according to Nat Geo, will expose the dangerous and grueling reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers. The 12-minute VR film will made in partnership with Here Be Dragons…

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