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Paula Kelly Dies: ‘Night Court’ & ‘Women Of Brewster Place’ Emmy Nominee Was 77

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Paula Kelly Dies: ‘Night Court’ & ‘Women Of Brewster Place’ Emmy Nominee Was 77
Paula Kelly, an actress who earned Emmy nominations for roles on NBC’s 1980s sitcom Night Court and 1989 ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place, died February 8 in Whittier, CA, from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 77.

Her death was announced by her family and Los Angeles’ Ebony Repertory Theatre.

Kelly, who was also a dancer, choreographer and singer, had her breakthrough role of Helene in Bob Fosse’s 1969 film Sweet Charity, sharing the screen with star Shirley MacLaine and Chita Rivera in such musical numbers as “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This” and the showstopper “Hey, Big Spender.” She’d already played the role in a West End stage production.

Other film credits include The Andromeda Strain (1971), Uptown Saturday Night (1974) and Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored (1995).

Kelly appeared in numerous TV series from the 1970s through the ’90s, including Sanford & Son, Medical Center, The Streets of San Francisco,
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The Princess Grace Foundation-usa To Host 007's No Time To Die Red Carpet Premiere In Monaco

The Princess Grace Foundation-usa To Host 007's No Time To Die Red Carpet Premiere In Monaco
On April 7, 2020, Under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, and for the benefit of the Princess Grace Foundation-usa the Principality will roll out the red carpet for the Monaco premiere of James Bond’s No Time To Die, directed by Princess Grace Award winner Cary Joji Fukunaga.

For the first time ever, the iconic “Casino Royale” itself, the Casino de Monte-Carlo will host a red carpet premiere and a black-tie post-premiere after party. All proceeds from the event will be directed toward a new Princess Grace Award named in honor of long-time Monaco resident, and a founding member of Princess Grace Foundation-usa, the late Sir Roger Moore. The Sir Roger Moore Film Scholarship will be endowed in perpetuity and the first recipient will be announced at the 38th Annual Princess Grace Awards Gala in Monaco in October 2020.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco said,
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‘Greenwood’ Dance Review: Alvin Ailey Uses Dance To Recall Massacre’s Victims

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, one of the country’s top modern dance troupes, premiered the new work, Greenwood, at Manhattan’s City Center on Friday night. The piece, choreographed by Donald Byrd, recalls the slaughter of African Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921. Known as the Tulsa Race Massacre, 36 people were killed and thousands […]

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Fox Searchlight Hires Former Netflix Exec Chan Phung to Lead Acquisitions Division

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Fox Searchlight Pictures has tapped Chan Phung to lead its acquisitions department, as senior vice president of acquisitions and production, the studio announced on Monday. The appointment, which will take effect Nov. 4, was made by Fox Searchlight co-chairmen Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley.

Phung moves to the studio from Netflix, where she served as director of original independent film. At Searchlight, she will report to Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, the presidents of production for film and TV, respectively.

She will be responsible for the acquisition of finished films, as well as working closely with the entire production team to identify and evaluate potential acquisitions of films at the package stage.

Also Read: Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic for Fox Searchlight

“I am excited about taking on this new opportunity and joining the amazing Searchlight team is a privilege second to none,” Phung said in a statement. “I
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Participant Taps Anikah McLaren, Robert Kessel to Head Film Department

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Participant Media has named industry veterans Anikah McLaren and Robert Kessel as co-heads of the company’s film department with the titles of executive vice president.

Both executives will report together to Participant CEO David Linde, who made the announcement Thursday.

McLaren joins Participant having most recently served as a production executive for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Kessel, who has been with Participant since 2013, is being promoted from his current post of senior VP.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Anikah and Robert running our narrative department during this exciting time for Participant,” Linde said. “Robert has proven himself time and again to be an invaluable part of the company, and Anikah brings with her experience and passion we’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Together, they are the perfect team to lead this dynamic team in creating entertaining, socially impactful content for audiences to enjoy around the world.
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Participant Media Hires Fox Searchight’s Anikah McLaren, Will Co-Head Narrative Film With Robert Kessel

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Participant Media said Thursday that it has hired Fox Searchlight executive Anikah McLaren, and she will team with current Participant exec Robert Kessel to be co-heads of the company’s narrative film division. Both will sport the titles Evp Narrative Film at the company, whose pics in this space include Oscar Best Picture winners Green Book and Spotlight.

Kessel has been with Participant since 2013, and is being promoted from his current post as Svp Narrative Film.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Anikah and Robert running our narrative department during this exciting time for Participant,” said Participant CEO David Linde, to whom both will report. “Robert has proven himself time and again to be an invaluable part of the company, and Anikah brings with her experience and passion we’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Together, they are the perfect team to lead this dynamic team in creating entertaining,
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‘Moonlight’ Writer-Director Barry Jenkins Reflects on Making the Decade’s Best Movie

‘Moonlight’ Writer-Director Barry Jenkins Reflects on Making the Decade’s Best Movie
When “Moonlight” — which IndieWire just crowned as the best film of this decade — went from breakout festival success to cultural phenomenon in 2016, Barry Jenkins catapulted to major filmmaker and when one of the most revered black storytellers to emerge this century. That rapid ascension made up for a lot of lost time: Anyone who caught Jenkins’ insightful 2008 debut “Medicine for Melancholy,” an absorbing two-hander about gentrification and the modern African American experience, saw the potential for a singular new voice in current cinema. It took nearly 10 years for Jenkins’ followup to come together, but “Moonlight” became the ultimate catalyst for broader discussions about representations of the black experience in popular culture.

But the conversation wasn’t relegated to that sphere alone. Jenkins’ adaptation of playwright Tarell Alvin McCarney’s “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” taps into the solitary experiences of Chiron, as he struggles with his sexuality and troubled
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Rachel Morrison to Make Directorial Debut on Barry Jenkins-Penned True-Life Boxing Drama

Rachel Morrison to Make Directorial Debut on Barry Jenkins-Penned True-Life Boxing Drama
Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison is making another big move behind the camera, as Variety reports that the “Black Panther” and “Mudbound” talent is in negotiations to make her feature directorial debut. The project in question would make a strong fit for Morrison: it’s a true-life boxing drama that was penned by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins and follows the story of 17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields.

Shields’ life was already put on the screen thanks to the 2015 boxing documentary “T-rex” directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper. The new project will further follow the “Flint, Mich., native whose dreams of becoming the first woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing were realized at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Shields won a second gold medal in women’s middleweight boxing.”

The project is now going by the title “Flint Strong,” and will be
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Rushes: "Ad Astra" Trailer, Coming-of-Age Outfits, First Reformed: Godzilla

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSBarry Jenkins by Liz Seabrook for Little White LiesBarry Jenkins is set to direct a film about the life of the late Alvin Ailey, the choreographer considered one of the most important of the twentieth century. Recommended Viewinga wonderfully lush and eerie trailer for the 4K restoration of Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, which opens in theaters on July 5. The BFI and the Royal Astronomical Society have uncovered the very first film of a solar eclipse, captured by British magician Nevil Maskelyne in 1900. One century after the solar eclipse was first captured on film, arrives the first trailer for James Gray's Ad Astra, which stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut searching for his missing father—who was involved in a government project on extraterrestrial life—in space. The official trailer for Carlos Reygadas's Our Time,
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Barry Jenkins to direct a biopic

"Moonlight" writer-director Barry Jenkins will direct a biopic about late African-American iconic choreographer, Alvin Ailey.?Julian Breece is writing the script.

Film studio Fox Searchlight first announced the project in March 2018, saying it had the support of the Ailey Organisation. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is producing with Susan Lewis through her Ak Worldwide production company, along with Judy Kinberg, Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners, as per reports.

Ailey, who was raised in rural Texas by a single mother, founded the interracial Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York in 1958 and helped popularise modern dance. His "Revelations" became one of the most-performed modern dance pieces in history.

Ailey received the Kennedy Centre Honours in 1988, a year before he died at the age of 58 from AIDS-related complications. In 2014, former Us President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The project includes
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Season 16 of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ has landed! Time to judge the show’s spanking new judges, Dominic and Laurieann [Poll]

Season 16 of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ has landed!  Time to judge the show’s spanking new judges, Dominic and Laurieann [Poll]
Kick up your heels. The 16th season of “So You Think You Can Dance” has arrived on Fox with a few fresh twists up its leg warmers. There is a cool new set in Hollywood and no more traveling from town to town for auditions. There is a flashy 360-degree camera that freeze-frames dancers in mid-flight. But, most notably, there are two new judges on board.

One is a familiar face to old-school “Sytycd” — third-season contestant Dominic Sandoval aka D-Trix. The 33-year-old B-Boy, who was also an All-Star on Season Seven, was known for his infectious sense of humor, his crush on host Cat Deeley and for regularly dropping his partner, Sabra Johnson, including at least once on her head. He earned judging cred on the seventh season of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” after his Quest Crew won the third season of the show.

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Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic for Fox Searchlight

Following last year’s stellar James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk, Oscar winner Barry Jenkins is deep into prepping his forthcoming series The Underground Railroad and now he’s announced another project that will see him once again returning to a vital part of African-American history.

Deadline reports he will be directing a film based on Alvin Ailey’s life, set up at Fox Searchlight. Teaming with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the film will draw from Jennifer Dunning’s biography of the immensely influential choreographer. Ailey, who was at the forefront of modern dance, was also know for his extensive world tours, with his company earning the nickname “Cultural Ambassador to the World.” Ailey passed away at the age of 58 in 1989 due to HIV, but told his doctor to name the cause of death terminal blood dyscrasia in order to spare his family from social stigma.

With
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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins to helm Alvin Ailey biopic

Fox Searchlight has just tapped Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins to direct a biopic on Alvin Ailey, one of the most influential dance choreographers in the industry, per Deadline.

The untitled biopic will be made in conjunction with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which has the full rights to Ailey’s choreography, and will be based on Jennifer Dunning’s biography Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance. The theater’s artistic directors Robert Battle and Judith Jamison will work closely with Fox and Jenkins to accurately portray both Ailey’s life and his extensive choreography.

Ailey is considered to be one of the best and most significant dancers and choreographers in modern times. He helped popularize modern dance and worked to raise African-American participation in concert dance. During his career, he founded the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre, later renamed the Ailey School.
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Alvin Ailey Biopic Coming From ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins

Alvin Ailey Biopic Coming From ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins is ready for his If Beale Street Could Talk follow-up. The acclaimed filmmaker will helm a biopic of Alvin Ailey, the African-American choreographer and activist who helped popularize modern dance. Fox Searchlight will distribute, so I hope that means they’ll use their sweet Disney money to properly promote the film and get bigger audiences to […]

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Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins Working on Film About Legendary Dancer Alvin Ailey

Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins Working on Film About Legendary Dancer Alvin Ailey
Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins has his next project lined up.

Jenkins, who directed Moonlight, is working on a feature film about the life and career of choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, which is untitled, will also have the assistance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which controls the rights to Ailey’s choreography, THR reported.

Jenkins, 39, is set to direct the film with a script by Julian Breece who has worked on Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, now on Netflix. Alicia Keys is set to produce, according to IMDb.

The
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Barry Jenkins Sets Up Next Movie at Disney-Owned Fox Searchlight

Though it doesn't yet have a title, Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins' new directorial feature effort does have a new home: Disney's newly acquired subsidiary Fox Searchlight. He'll next direct the currently untitled film about one of the 20th century's most influential choreographers, the late Alvin Ailey. The studio made a deal with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater last year, getting the full cooperation of the organization that oversees the rights to both Ailey's choreography and Jennifer Dunning's biography, "Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance." Though Disney's acquisition of all things Fox has …
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Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic

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Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic
Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins will direct a biopic about iconic choreographer Alvin Ailey.

Fox Searchlight first announced the project in March 2018, saying it had the support of the Ailey Organization. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is producing with Susan Lewis through her Ak Worldwide production company, along with Judy Kinberg, Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners. The untitled project is a co-production between Ak Worldwide, iDeal Partners and Jenkins’ Pastel. Jenkins will be an executive producer alongside Jana Edelbaum and Susan Lewis.

Julian Breece is writing the script. Ailey, who was raised in rural Texas by a single mother, founded the interracial Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City in 1958 and helped popularize modern dance. His “Revelations” became one of the most-performed modern dance pieces in history.

Ailey received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, a year before he died at the age of 58 from AIDS-related complications. In 2014, President
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Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic for Fox Searchlight

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Barry Jenkins to Direct Alvin Ailey Biopic for Fox Searchlight
Barry Jenkins will direct the untitled Fox Searchlight biopic based on the life of one of dance’s most influential choreographers and a seminal figure in the African American culture, Alvin Ailey.

Jenkins most recently garnered a best adapted screenplay Oscar nomination last year for his work translating James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” to the screen. The film, produced and distributed by Annapurna, also earned Regina King her first Academy Award for best supporting actress.

The director of course won best picture at the Oscars two years for his breakout film “Moonlight,” which also took home awards for best adapted screenplay — written by Jenkins, based on the play by Tarell Alvin McCraney — and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.

Also Read: Barry Jenkins Amazon Drama 'Underground Railroad' Casts 3 Leads

Fox Searchlight, now under the Walt Disney umbrella, inked its deal last year with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
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Barry Jenkins Set to Direct Fox Searchlight’s Alvin Ailey Biopic

Barry Jenkins Set to Direct Fox Searchlight’s Alvin Ailey Biopic
Oscar winner Barry Jenkins is preparing his return to the big screen after last year’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Deadline reports that the “Moonlight” and “Medicine for Melancholy” filmmaker has been set to direct Fox Searchlight’s currently untitled film based on the life of celebrated choreographer Alvin Ailey.

The outlet reports that the speciality hub of Fox struck a deal with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater just last year, “which granted full cooperation from the organization that controls the rights to Ailey’s choreography.” The package also includes the rights to Jennifer Dunning’s biography “Alvin Ailey: A Life In Dance.” Searchlight and the film’s producers will reportedly work closely with Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita, Judith Jamison, “to bring Ailey’s story and choreography to the screen.”

Rising screenwriter Julian Breece will write the script for the film. The “Buppies” creator
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Barry Jenkins To Direct A Biopic About Famous Choreographer Alvin Ailey

Whenever there’s news of a new project directed by Barry Jenkins, it’s always worth celebrating. In such a short amount of time, Jenkins has gone from being an unknown director to one of the best filmmakers working today. It’s hard to argue that fact, as his most recent films “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” are easily among the very best films released in the last several years, with the former earning a Best Picture trophy at the Oscars.

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