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A Diversity Record: Almost Half of Sundance 2020 Competition Films Have Black Leads

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A Diversity Record: Almost Half of Sundance 2020 Competition Films Have Black Leads
The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has broken a record weeks before it begins: Of the 16 films in Dramatic Competition, seven tell stories primarily about the lives of black characters: “The 40-Year-Old Version,” “Charm City Kings,” “Farewell Amor,” “Miss Juneteenth,” “Nine Days,” “Sylvie’s Love” and “Zola.”

Surveying the last 30 years of Sundance, there’s usually been at least one in-competition film with black leads. In 1992 and 1989, there was one black film in competition, while 1993 had two. But prior to 2020, there had never been more than five.

Black filmmakers saw a renaissance in the late ’80s and early ’90s, a period that introduced Spike Lee, Wendell B. Harris Jr, Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Julie Dash, Matty Rich, the Hudlin Brothers, Leslie Harris, and others. Some of their films premiered and competed at Sundance, but even then they never composed a significant presence.

Between 1989 and 1993, a total of 10 films with black leads
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‘WWE Survivor Series 2019′ Pay Per View Review

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Welcome to this review of Survivor Series 2019, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is the first Raw vs. SmackDown vs. Nxt show, so this needs to go well. That’s all there is to it. It’s time to dive into this sucker.

Match #1: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode def. The Good Brothers, The Revival, The Forgotten Sons, The Street Profits, Ryder & Hawkins, Breezango, Metalik & Dorado, Aichner & Barthel and Heavy Machinery – Tag Team Battle Royal The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

As Dolph Ziggler handily reminded the WWE Universe on Twitter, five years ago he went an hour in the ring, came through in the clutch and ended the night as the sole survivor. He didn’t have to go that long during Survivor Series Kickoff 2019 to achieve something similar, as he and Robert Roode survived an unannounced, cross-brand Tag Team Battle Royal that handed
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Goodbye Pops: John Witherspoon Remembered by Hollywood & the Hip-Hop Community

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Goodbye Pops: John Witherspoon Remembered by Hollywood & the Hip-Hop Community
John Witherspoon passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 77. His death has sparked an outpouring of tributes from Hollywood and the world of hip hop. Witherspoon is arguably best known for his role as Ice Cube's grumpy father in the Friday comedy franchise, although he had done a lot more than just that role, including I'm Gonna Get You Sucka and House Party, along with many others. He also had roles on the small screen in The Richard Pryor Show, The Wayans Bros., and The Tracy Morgan Show. Now, the world is grieving his loss.

Actor/rapper Ice Cube says, "I'm devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon. Life won't be as funny without him," which seems to sum up just about what everybody else is saying about Witherspoon. Regina King, who also starred alongside Witherspoon and Ice Cube in Friday took a different approach. She was able
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John Witherspoon Dies, Dad in Friday, Beloved Comedian Was 77

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John Witherspoon Dies, Dad in Friday, Beloved Comedian Was 77
We've got some terrible news to pass along today, as beloved comic actor John Witherspoon has passed away at the age of 77. At this time, no exact cause of death has been revealed. The sad news comes directly from Witherspoon's official Twitter account, with the actor's family confirming his passing with an official statement. "It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away," the statement reads. "He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you 'Pops' always & forever."

Born in 1942 as John Weatherspoon, the future actor would later change the spelling of his surname to the one we recognize. Early in life, Witherspoon had done some modeling work, but noticed he had a penchant for comedy. By the 60s and 70s, he had begun performing stand-up comedy,
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John Witherspoon, ‘Friday’ Actor and Comedian, Dies at 77

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John Witherspoon, ‘Friday’ Actor and Comedian, Dies at 77
John Witherspoon, the veteran actor and comedian best known for his roles in “Friday,” “House Party” and “Boomerang,” died on Tuesday. He was 77.

“It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away,” his family announced on Twitter. “He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you “Pops” always & forever.”

Witherspoon appeared in several films and TV shows throughout his hilarious career, often playing over-the-top characters such as Willie Jones, the father of Ice Cube’s Craig in “Friday.” He reprised his role in the next two films, “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.”

Born in Detroit, Witherspoon was a frequent collaborator of the Wayans Brothers (“Little Man”) and Eddie Murphy, co-starring in several ’90s films opposite Murphy such as “Boomerang,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” and “Dr. Doolittle
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Kids Say the Darndest Things on ABC: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

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Can this remake outlast the original? Has the Kids Say the Darndest Things TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on ABC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Kids Say the Darndest Things, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  

What's This TV Show About?

Airing on the ABC television network, Kids Say the Darndest Things is based on the CBS program that was hosted by comic Bill Cosby (1998-2000). That series was based on a feature of Art Linkletter's House Party radio show (1945-67) and the television program that followed, Art Linkletter's House Party (1952-69). In the reimagined format, in-studio segments and taped pieces from across
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Kids Say the Darndest Things: Season One Ratings

The basis of Kids Say the Darndest Things has been around for more than 70 years. How will this new version of the series perform in the ratings on ABC? Does it still work? Will Kids Say the Darndest Things be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.

An improv/sketch comedy series, Kids Say the Darndest Things is based on the CBS program that was hosted by comic Bill Cosby (1998-2000). That series was based on a feature of Art Linkletter's House Party radio show (1945-67) and the television program that followed, Art Linkletter's House Party (1952-69). In the reimagined format, in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country are played out in front of a live studio audience. Host Tiffany Haddish interacts with real kids who often have their own innocently entertaining points of view.
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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Network: ABC

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: October 6, 2019 -- present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Tiffany Haddish (host).

TV show description:      

An improv/sketch comedy series, Kids Say the Darndest Things is based on the CBS program that was hosted by comic Bill Cosby (1998-2000). That series was based on a feature of Art Linkletter's House Party radio show (1945-67) and the television program that followed, Art Linkletter's House Party (1952-69). In this latest version, comedian Tiffany Haddish hosts and executive produces the series.

In the reimagined format, in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country are played out in front of a live studio audience. Haddish interacts with real kids who often have their own innocently entertaining points
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Kids Say the Darndest Things: Season One Viewer Votes

Can these kids keep you laughing in the first season of the Kids Say the Darndest Things TV show on ABC? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Kids Say the Darndest Things is cancelled or renewed for season two. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we invite you to rate all of the first season episodes of Kids Say the Darndest Things here.

An ABC improv/sketch comedy series, Kids Say the Darndest Things is based on the CBS program that was hosted by comic Bill Cosby (1998-2000). That series was based on a feature of Art Linkletter's House Party radio show (1945-67) and the television program that followed, Art Linkletter's House Party (1952-69).
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Tiffany Haddish Swears She Would’ve Been Good on ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ as a Child

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Tiffany Haddish Swears She Would’ve Been Good on ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ as a Child
For those who only know Tiffany Haddish from her breakout role in the 2017 comedy “Girls Trip,” she may not seem like the obvious choice to host ABC’s squeaky-clean revival of “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

After all, her most memorable scenes in that movie — unleashing a full bladder on an unsuspecting crowd from a zip line, articulating gruesome and explicit plans to torture a man with a Q-tip, demonstrating how to use breakfast fruit to pleasure a sexual partner, etc. — are hardly what you’d call family-friendly. But spend some time talking to the comedian and you’ll find she may be more naturally suited to this new role than any other.

“It gives kids a voice,” Haddish said of her new gig in an interview with TheWrap. “You hear how children are thinking, and that’s one of my favorite things in the world. I feel like they
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TV Review: ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’

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In its first hour, ABC’s new revival of

Haddish, a thrilling arrival on the comedy scene in 2017 with her breakout supporting role in “Girls Trip,” is a performer who lives within her choice not to modulate; her character, in that film and others, is a provocateur by nature, one whom a project can cut away from but never otherwise constrain. That’s an easier fit with a flamboyant, and scripted, movie comedy than with a series that places Haddish in conversation with real kids. The children of “Kids Say” are supporting players to Haddish’s brash lead, and they either attempt to meet her energy in a manner that never seems uncoached or tap out, seeming vaguely unmoored by the situation and its chaos.

All of which works against what was supposed to be the idea of the show. We get a flashback to the show’s beginning in the “Kids Say” pilot,
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House Party remake finds its director

Deadline is reporting that Calmatic, the MTV Video Music Award-winning director of ‘Old Town Road’, is set to make his feature directorial debut with a remake of the cult 1990 comedy House Party from New Line Cinema.

The original film was directed by Reginald Hudlin and starred Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin of the hip hop duo Kid ‘N Play. A critical and commercial success, the film spawned two theatrical sequels in 1991 and 1994, along with straight-to-video follow-ups in 2001 and 2013.

The remake was originally announced back in February of last year, with NBA superstar LeBron James producing through his SpringHill Entertainment company and the Emmy-nominated Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori (Atlanta) penning the script.

The post House Party remake finds its director appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Primetime Emmys 2019: Tim Allen, Ken Jeong, Regina King, Kerry Washington Among Final Group Of Presenters

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The Television Academy has announced the third and final group of presenters for the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday. They are Tim Allen, Nick Cannon, James Corden, Jon Hamm, Timothy Hutton, Jharell Jerone, Ken Jeong, Cherry Jones, Regina King, Luke Kirby, Hugh Laurie, Jane Lynch, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Catherine O’Hara, Randall Park, Jimmy Smits, Brittany Snow, Marisa Tomei, Kerry Washington and Bradley Whitford.

Additionally, pop star Halsey will perform a rendition of a classic song for the In Memoriam tribute, Adam Devine will present a musical tribute to Variety programming, and Thomas Lennon has been tapped as an Emmy Awards commentator, according to the Academy.

The 71st Emmys, produced by Don Mischer Productions and Done+Dusted, will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22 from 8-11 Pm Et/5-8 Pm Pt on Fox.

It will
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Emmys: Halsey to Sing In Memoriam Tribute at Sunday’s Ceremony

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Emmys: Halsey to Sing In Memoriam Tribute at Sunday’s Ceremony
Pop star Halsey has been tapped to perform during the Emmy Awards on Sunday, while comedians Adam Devine and Thomas Lennon will also contribute to the telecast.

With no Emmy host this year, producers Don Mischer Prods. and Done+Dusted are relying more on presenters and other contributors to keep the show moving, Halsey, whose hits include “Now or Never,” “Bad At Love” and “Without Me,” will “perform a rendition of a classic song for the In Memoriam tribute.”

DeVine, whose credits include “Workaholics” and “Adam DeVine’s House Party,” will “perform a musical tribute to variety programming,” while Lennon will serve in a new role as “Emmy Awards commentator.”

Meanwhile, the Television Academy has also announced a third round of presenters, including most of the performers who won the guest actor and actress Emmys at the Creative Arts awards last weekend: Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Luke Kirby
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The ‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director is Taking Over the ‘House Party’ Remake

The ‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director is Taking Over the ‘House Party’ Remake
Calmatic is the latest music video director to make the move to feature film directing. Fresh off his nomination for video of the year at the MTV Vma’s for Lil Nas X’s wildly popular “Old Town Road,” Calmatic has been tapped to direct New Line’s remake of House Party, the 1990 teen comedy starring Kid and Play […]

The post The ‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director is Taking Over the ‘House Party’ Remake appeared first on /Film.
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‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director To Helm ‘House Party’ Remake At New Line

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‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director To Helm ‘House Party’ Remake At New Line
Exclusive: After winning an MTV Video Music Award for bringing his vision and humor to the video for Lil Nas X’s remix of “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, director Calmatic is looking to celebrate with a party…a House Party to be specific. The music video director will make his feature directorial debut with the forthcoming reimagining of the comedy classic House Party at New Line Cinema.

The remake from SpringHill Entertainment will be cut from the same cloth as the original 1990 comedy directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin of the rap duo Kid ‘N Play (it was also a dance shown in the pic). The movie, which told the story of a house party to end all house parties, was drenched in ’90s hip hop flair and featured Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell-Martin before they went on to star
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"Old Town Road" Music Video Director Tackling 'House Party' Remake for New Line

Calmatic, the director behind the music video for "Old Town Road (Remix)," is making the jump to the big screen.

He has been tapped by New Line to helm the company’s remake of its 1990 cult comedy House Party, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

LeBron James is producing with his SpringHill Entertainment partner Maverick Carter.

Written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, House Party starred the hip-hop duo Kid ‘n Play and told of their hijinks as they attempted to throw the party of the year.

Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori from FX’s Atlanta wrote the new ...
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‘Bless This Mess’: Langston Kerman Joins As New Series Regular; Lennon Parham & David Koechner Promoted

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‘Bless This Mess’: Langston Kerman Joins As New Series Regular; Lennon Parham & David Koechner Promoted
Exclusive: Langston Kerman (South Side) is set as a new series regular opposite Dax Shepard, Lake Bell and Pam Grier on the upcoming second season of ABC comedy Bless This Mess. Additionally, Lennon Parham and David Koechner, who recurred on the first season, have been promoted to series regulars for season 2.

Created/executive produced by Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether, Bless This Mess stars Bell and Shepard as a newlywed couple whose plan to ditch big-city living for a simpler life in Nebraska doesn’t go as expected. The cast includes Ed Begley Jr., Jt Neal and Christina Offley.

Kerman will play Brandon, Constance’s (Grier) son who returns from the military where he was a bomb diffuser. Mike (Shepard) and Rio (Bell) assume he is going to be an intimidating high-octane man, only to discover that he’s a very kind-spirited, somewhat nerdy guy who happens
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How Can Fox Searchlight Succeed Under Disney? Look No Further Than New Line Cinema

How Can Fox Searchlight Succeed Under Disney? Look No Further Than New Line Cinema
At 25 years old and after nearly 200 films, four Best Picture Oscars, and serving as the creative home for auteurs like Wes Anderson, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Steve McQueen, Fox Searchlight is in an unusual position. As the fall festivals begin with the awards season in hot pursuit, new corporate parent the Walt Disney Co. will be judging its performance to determine exactly how the deeply respected specialty division will serve its new world order.

Searchlight will be absorbed in the care and feeding of three titles this fall with Noah Hawley’s “Lucy In the Sky,” Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” and Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.” All have hopes for awards, if not box office. But on Disney’s most recent earnings call, CEO Bob Iger delivered what was interpreted as a verbal hand-slap: He noted that, going forward, Fox divisions would be going in a “new direction … applying
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How Can Fox Searchlight Succeed Under Disney? Look No Further Than New Line Cinema

How Can Fox Searchlight Succeed Under Disney? Look No Further Than New Line Cinema
At 25 years old and after nearly 200 films, four Best Picture Oscars, and serving as the creative home for auteurs like Wes Anderson, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Steve McQueen, Fox Searchlight is in an unusual position. As the fall festivals begin with the awards season in hot pursuit, new corporate parent the Walt Disney Co. will be judging its performance to determine exactly how the deeply respected specialty division will serve its new world order.

Searchlight will be absorbed in the care and feeding of three titles this fall with Noah Hawley’s “Lucy In the Sky,” Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” and Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.” All have hopes for awards, if not box office. But on Disney’s most recent earnings call, CEO Bob Iger delivered what was interpreted as a verbal hand-slap: He noted that, going forward, Fox divisions would be going in a “new direction … applying
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