Category Archives: Film & TV

6th Annual Web Television Awards (IAWTV) Event Announced Today: May 31st Submission Deadline

(l-r) Sandy Payne, Board Member IAWTV, The Caucus Co-chairs Robert Papazian and Tanya Hart and Tina Cesa Ward, Chairman, IAWTV. Photo Credit: Steve Cohn Photography

*Hollywood, California – The International Academy of Web Television will host its 6th Annual IAWTV Awards at a gala celebration honoring the best in streaming series starting at 8 p.m. on August 24, 2018, in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Red Carpet will start at 6 p.m.

The IAWTV (www.iawtv.org), a division of The Caucus of Producers, Writers & Directors (www.caucus.org), will recognize the finest creators, cast and crew of web series from around the world. The IAWTV Awards 2018 returns the ceremony to its second year at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Open to IAWTV members and non-members through the festival submission site FilmFreeway (www.filmfreeway.com), the show itself will recognize the contributions of creative professionals in 29 separate categories that run the gamut of genres and crew positions. The entire ceremony will be streamed live online. Former hosts for the show include Emmy-winners Kim Estes, Chris Hardwick and Carrie Preston; and Tony-winner and SAG Award-winner Roger Bart. The IAWTV will announce its 2018 host soon.

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Marginalized: Black Media & Marketing In Hollywood Industry Panel to Explore Disparities in Entertainment Media

Top Row l-r: James Ward, Jasmine Simpkins, Lisa Collins, Lee Bailey. Bottom Row l-r: Tanya Hart, K.W. Tulloss, Karamo Brown

Los Angeles, CA — While movements like #OscarsSoWhite and #TimesUp have shed light on Hollywood’s issues with race and gender, no one is talking about its issue with the media … black media specifically.

For years Black media has been marginalized and/ or taken for granted by studios, publicists and even talent. Be it being placed on the end of red carpets, not being invited to cover film and TV press days, or simply being told no because their audience is predominately African American. Over the years, it has become a rampant problem.

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, will host six veteran media professionals—including Netflix “Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown, Hip Hollywood senior producer Jasmine Simpkins, syndicated air personality Tanya Hart, Electronic Urban Report (EURweb) founder Lee Bailey, L.A. Focus Newspaper publisher Lisa Collins and James Ward, Manager of Communications for the Oprah Winfrey Network—in a panel addressing the challenging issue as part of its Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase. The panel will take place at Raleigh Studios on Saturday from 1-2:30pm. Continue reading

BADWEST Presents the 12th Annual “Day of Black Docs”

 

(HOLLYWOOD, CA – April 17, 2018) – The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWEST) presents its exciting and always anticipated 12th annual “DAY OF BLACK DOCS” on Saturday, May 5, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the American Film Institute (AFI) Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available in the AFI parking lot. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis and tickets for the all-day event are $20.00.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended at www.dayofblackdocs.org

Two award winning feature-length documentaries and two shorts will be screened: 2018 Pan African Film Festival Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner, “SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME,” and “MAYNARD” both directed by Sam Pollard (editor of many Spike Lee films) and the film shorts “EVIDENCE OF THE EVIDENCE” by Alex Johnston and “BIG CITY BLUES” by St Clair Bourne. Continue reading

Spielberg’s and Carl’s Jr. Enter into Fake Feud for ‘Ready Player One’ (And Nobody’s Buying It!)

*I recently interviewed actor and director Tim Robbins. You remember him don’t you…Maybe from a little film called Shawshank Redemption? 

Anyway, one of the questions I asked him was if he thinks being an actor first made him a better director. Of course his answer was “yes.”

Maybe he’ll send a memo to Steven Spielberg. The legendary director of films including E.T. (1982), Schindler’s List (1993), and Jaws (1975) has a film coming out called ‘Ready Player One’ and it doesn’t take a theater major to realize a fake fight when we see one.

Here’s the deal.

As some sort of wacky campaign strategy — where the film and Spielberg are apparently in a partnership with Carl’s Jr. — the fast-food chain wants us to know that Steven Spielberg is refusing to let them serve “Spielburgers.”

Nope. There’s no special secret recipe, its the same burger you’ve always eaten at Carl’s Jr., and tell you the truth, I don’t think that really matters. It’s the public display they went through with the director that’s really getting the attention.

According to digg.com, the fake fight of the fast food vs. filmmaker feud was busted wide open after the back-and-forth tweeting was limited to just Carl’s Jr. and Warner Brothers. Carl’s Jr. then sent someone out to Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment headquarters to hand deliver some burgers. In a video tweet  Spielberg says the burgers are “pretty good” but won’t let Carl’s Jr. use his name! Continue reading

Online Contest: Students’ School Spirit Might Bring ‘Life of the Party’ to Their City (Watch)

*Students who participate in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s LIFE OF THE PARTY Premiere Promotion can help bring the party-and the movie premiere-to their city simply by showing they have more school spirit than their peers at other colleges across the country.
 
Starting today, the Premiere Promotion will launch online at www.LifeofthePartyPremiere.com and via all WB social arenas. Just by posting a photo on a social media account depicting their school spirit and uploading it to the site, students will be eligible to make their school’s town the site of the LIFE OF THE PARTY World Premiere.  Participants will also need to follow either the official “Life of the Party” Twitter or Instagram accounts (see links below) during the entirety of the Promotion to remain apprised of Promotion developments.

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AMC Gives Free Admission to Underprivileged Kids to See ‘A Wrinkle in Time (Watch)

Oprah Winfrey and Storm Reid star in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

*Yippee! If you are one of the hordes of folks who can’t wait to take your kids see the new Disney Film, A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay, standing in line may be more than worth it. Especially if the ticket is FREE.

Thanks to an initiative called, The Color of Change, it just may be.

Executive director Rashad Robinson says, “Color of Change believes in the power of images and supports those working to change the rules in Hollywood so that inclusive, empathetic and human portrayals of black people and people of color are prominent on the screen.”

The film is an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel, and the colorful cast stars  Mindy KalingOprah Winfrey, and Storm Reid, a black teenager from South Central L.A., as the heroine. Important to note that in the book, Meg is white and lives in Connecticut.

This revision struck an important chord with DuVernay, who told The Washington Post

“She’s just a black girl who has no superpowers but ends up doing extraordinary things that she didn’t even know she could, and I relate to that.”

Amen!    

Rashid Robinson states, “From Selma to now A Wrinkle in TimeAva DuVernay has set out to change the rules in Hollywood for people of color and women. By casting a black teenage actress, Storm Reid, as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers, and the studio, send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world. We are pleased to partner with AMC to ensure that as many young people as possible, regardless of economic and financial hardships, can see this groundbreaking film.”

Winfrey has compared DuVernay’s movie to a “new Wizard of Oz.”

Learn more about the screenings in the video clip below.

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‘Black Panther’ Fans Get FREE Popcorn or Candy at El Capitan in LA Opening Weekend!

Hollywood, California – Tickets officially now on sale at www.elcapitantickets.com, by calling 1-800-DISNEY6 and at The El Capitan Theatre box office for the presentation of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther February 15 to 25, shown in brilliant Dolby VisionTM Laser Projection & Dolby Atmos® Audio Technology.
 
During opening weekend – Friday, February 16 to Sunday, February 18 — the public is offered a complimentary concession offer – Reserved ticket holders receive popcorn by showing the flyer (mobile device or printed); VIP ticket holders receive a complementary candy by showing the flyer.  (Note: there is a limit of one complimentary item per ticket holder).
 
Be the first to see the movie — on Thursday, February 15. The El Capitan Theatre will host a Special Opening Night Fan Event for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther at 6:00 PM.  Admission is $35 per person, which includes: reserved seating, popcorn in a souvenir bucket, 20 oz. bottled drink and a souvenir poster. That evening will include prizes and more surprises!

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Black History Month Events…Lots of ‘Em!

*Black History Month is almost here, and instead of dwelling on the fact that our peeps get recognized only on the shortest month of the year (Yes, I just had to go there), let’s celebrate each of the days by showing up to some awesome events right here in Los Angeles. You’ll have to do a bit more research if you don’t reside in southern Cali. Sorry.

Thanks to the team at Black Cultural Events,  we have quite a few exciting happenings to share.  Continue reading