‘The Boondocks’ is being rebooted with original creator Aaron McGruder on board

(CNN)The foul-mouthed Freemans are making a return to TV. McGruder revived the comic strip earlier this year on Instagram. #BoondocksBack The following message is from Aaron Mcgruder. “Did these for fun (and to see if I still could). More to come… exactly how much more is tough to say. These strips were only possible due to the enormous talent of my good friend Seung Kim, who did the animation for the old show – and he’s a busy guy. Thanks to him and thanks to Charlamagne for putting these out for me while I get my instagram act together.” AM A post shared by LENARD (@cthagod) on Feb 5, 2019 at 8:15am PST Variety reports that the reboot “chronicles the …

J.J. Abrams reveals how Carrie Fisher is incorporated in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

(CNN)Disney knew it wouldn’t recast Princess Leia in the new movie “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” And a digital version of the late Carrie Fisher wouldn’t do her or the character justice. But the director found another option. Abrams began writing scenes around the old footage, so Leia’s dialogue could fit into the movie in different ways. “It was a bizarre kind of left side/right side of the brain sort of Venn diagram thing, of figuring out how to create the puzzle based on the pieces we had,” he said. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, also appears in the movies playing Lt. Kaydel Ko Connix, a Resistance officer. Abrams originally tried to write Lourd out of the scenes that included …

Kristen Wiig’s comedy pulls out of Georgia after anti-abortion bill signing

(CNN)The creative team behind “Bridesmaids” has joined a growing movement to boycott Georgia in the wake of the signing of an anti-abortion bill. There has been a major backlash from Hollywood and calls for a boycott of the many TV and film productions in the state. Most recently, executive producers for “The Power,” an Amazon show by Sister Pictures, said creators of the series decided not to scout for filming locations in Georgia because of the controversial bill. TV show producers cancel plans to scout for filming locations in Georgia because of abortion law Executive producers Jane Featherstone and Naomi De Pear said that decision was “a direct response to the signing.” “We feel we have to stand up for …

Halle Berry knew this movie would be a flop while she was filming it

(CNN)Halle Berry knew that her movie “The Rich Man’s Wife” would be a flop while she was filming it. Berry played Josie Potenza in the 1996 film directed and written by Amy Holden Jones. “You go into these movies always with the best intention,” Berry said. “But then sometimes you get on the set and then you realize ‘What was I high when I agreed to do this?’” Corden joked it must have been a similar feeling to agreeing to play the game at all. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

3 production companies say they won’t film in Georgia after abortion law signed

(CNN)Hollywood has been outspoken against a controversial Georgia abortion law, and now the heads of three production companies are saying they will not film in the state. Georgia has been the location for the filming of multiple television shows and blockbuster films, including one of Marvel’s biggest hits, “Black Panther.” Such films and the production of wildly popular TV series including “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things” have resulted in an estimated $2.7 billion pouring into the Southern state from direct spending via 455 productions, the governor’s office announced last year. Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele released a joint statement Friday stating they’d stand “shoulder to shoulder with the women of Georgia” as their new show “Lovecraft Country” begins …

Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike to protest strict abortion laws. Women were not having it.

(CNN)Actress Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike in response to restrictive abortion laws, and many women were quick to call her out. “A shame because again, you are using sex as a weapon, as a way to get what you want,” said Tammy Lawson on Twitter. “I guess your brain wasn’t good enough.” Milano’s call for a sex strike did attract some supporters, though likely not ones she intended. Abortion opponents commended the actress on the idea, although their reasons for supporting it were entirely different. “I’m totally with you, @Alyssa_Milano, on not having sex. But the issue isn’t ‘reproductive rights.’ The issue is reproductive responsibilities & fidelity. No one should have sex until they’re ready to embrace the …

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars,’ dies at 74

(CNN)Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, has died, according to his agent. “He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock-kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth,” his family said. “But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film.” Mayhew started the Peter Mayhew Foundation to support people in crisis situations, including providing food and supplies for the children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom. “His kindness, generosity and care will live on in the Peter Mayhew Foundation with Angie …

There’s another superhero movie playing this weekend. And it celebrates the inner power of women

(CNN)There are superheroes who destroy. And then there are superheroes who create. Here’s what you should know about the movie. It’s about heredity, not race “Fast Color” is an indie film about a Midwestern woman named Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who possesses supernatural abilities and must flee when her powers are discovered. Some viewers have praised the film for portraying a black woman as a superhero. But that wasn’t the filmmakers’ intention. Director Julia Hart and her husband Jordan Horowitz, who co-wrote the script, wanted to highlight the superpower of motherhood through the representation of three generations of women. Having a black woman superhero was just a casting coincidence, they told The Daily Beast. Ruth has the ability to move tectonic …

Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond will include Rami Malek as the bad guy

(CNN)There’s no title yet for Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond, but fans did learn who’ll be joining him for his last ride as the British super spy. Putting Bond back in Jamaica gets the character back on familiar ground. The very first Bond film, 1962’s “Dr. No,” was filmed on the island, as well as 1973’s “Live and Let Die.” Little was revealed about the movie’s plot, other than producer Barbara Broccoli saying that Bond won’t be on active service at the film’s beginning and that he’ll be “enjoying himself” in Jamaica. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Basically everyone in Hollywood was at the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ premiere

(CNN)The Avengers assembled for their last red carpet as a superhero collective on Monday night in Hollywood, and the list of attendees was as impressive as they come. …Thandie Newton; Josh Brolin; Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam; Don Cheadle; Sebastian Stan; Paul Rudd; Tessa Thompson; Jeremy Renner; Benedict Cumberbatch; Letitia Wright; Vin Diesel; Pom Klementieff; Karen Gillan; Laurence Fishburne; Linda Cardellini; Elizabeth Olsen; and Anthony Mackie. The film’s directors are hoping the details of the conclusion stay sealed until opening day — and even a little later than that. Last week, Anthony and Joseph Russo wrote an open letter to Marvel fans, asking them to keep the film’s secrets until more people get a chance to see the movie.

A singer who died decades ago is at the center of a controversy about racism. Here’s what to know about her.

(CNN)It’s been more than 30 years since Kate Smith died, but the singer is at the center of a recent controversy about racist lyrics. She was star in the ’30s and ’40s Smith started out her career in Broadway musicals, but she’s better known as the “first lady of radio.” Smith made her radio debut in 1931 after she met Ted Collins, an executive at Columbia Records. She soon became a fixture on radios across the country, both because of her singing and because of her popular weekday show where she offered advice on various topics. In 1933, Smith starred in the film “Hello, Everybody!” in which she sang the song “Pickaninny Heaven.” The song asks “colored children” living in …

ACM Awards 2019: The winners list

(CNN)The 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were presented Sunday in Las Vegas. McEntire also joked about some of the more unique duets out there, teasing that she and Cardi B would be doing a song titled, “There’s No ‘U’ in Oklahoma and That’s Okuurrrtt with Me,” using the rapper’s now-famous catch phrase. Florida Georgia Line opened the show with Jason Aldean, performing their song “Can’t Hide Red.” Aldean was presented the ACM Dick Clark artist of the decade award. “This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz made her live performance singing debut on the show with a song from her new film, “Breakthrough.” The actress perfomed the movie’s anthem, “I’m Standing With You,” joined by singers Carrie Underwood, Lauren …

Laura Dern explains how ‘Big Little Lies’ has empowered her fight for pay equity

(CNN)After more than 30 years in film and television, Laura Dern believes she still isn’t paid equally to her male co-stars. “It’s every movie, until recently, when groups of people have stood together and when my fellow cast members are female and we all say, ‘Hey, we would like to effect change and have parity and have a crew that represents parity and diversity,’” Dern explained, adding that her efforts to advocate for equal pay on past projects were typically dismissed. “I have to admit that as fierce as I want to be in my voice, I can remember my voice shaking and my palms sweating and me wanting backup and me turning to male superiors or male representatives,” she …

Charlize Theron says she’s single and ready for love

(CNN)Charlize Theron is open to a relationship but she needs a man to “step up.” “I’ve made it very clear,” Theron joked. Her last serious relationship was with Sean Penn. The two were engaged but split in 2015. “We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it,” Theron said about the break up with Penn in a 2016 interview with the Wall Street Journal. Prior to Penn, she dated actor Stuart Townsend after meeting on the set of “Trapped.” They split in 2010. “Long Shot” hits theaters May 3. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Nature documentaries carry message to save ‘Our Planet’

(CNN)The burgeoning wave of nature documentaries increasingly contains a concerted environmental message: If you enjoy watching these remarkable animals in their native habitats, start thinking seriously about the planet and what humanity is doing to it. It is, by any measure, a golden age for nature documentaries, as “Hostile Planet” executive producer Tom Hugh-Jones acknowledged, thanks to the appetite from relatively new outlets, Netflix among them. Still, Hugh-Jones noted that while “Hostile Planet” wants to convey how the planet is changing, the goal was to weave information into a narrative that stressed a more immersive experience. “We didn’t want it to be a preachy film,” the producer, a veteran of the “Planet Earth” series, told CNN, adding that while nature …

Ted Turner’s love of classic movies brought us 25 years of TCM

(CNN)It’s been 25 years since Ted Turner founded Turner Classic Movies (TCM), something the media titan considers one of his greatest accomplishments. “At the time, I had an extensive film collection at my disposal from my prior purchase of MGM; and I wanted to make sure they were properly showcased,” Turner said. “I always loved classic films and knew that if I loved them, chances were that other people did too.” Turner’s favorite film? “‘Gone with the Wind,’ and one of its most famous quotes lends itself very well to the spirit of land conservation, which has been a chief focus of mine for decades now: ‘Why, land’s the only thing in the world worth working for, worth dying for, …