The African American Film Critics Assn. announced Monday its honors for the best in film and television of the year. The critics recognized Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” as its top picture (and best independent film) and Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” as its top show. Also receiving honors were Beyonce’s self-titled film-album “Lemonade” and DuVernay’s Netflix documentary on mass incarceration, “13th.”
“Our members had a plethora of outstanding movies, documentaries and TV shows to choose from this year," said Shawn Edwards, AAFCA’s co-founder. "It was an exceptional year in terms of the quantity and quality of films about the black experience. And while this by no means solves the diversity issue in the film industry it was definitely refreshing to have such a wide range of exceptional work to choose from to honor and celebrate with our approval."
The national organization of black entertainment critics, in operation since 2003, will hold its eighth AAFCA Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 9 to formally honor those recognized. The event is expected to be a landmark one, especially considering the group dubbed 2016 the best year ever for blacks in film.
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day... but the sexiest? That’s new.
At least, that’s what Oprah Winfrey said during her Tuesday appearance on “The Late Show” with host Stephen Colbert. The mighty O was promoting her first cookbook, “Food, Health and Happiness,” and went step by step through her “sexy breakfast” recipe.
“What makes breakfast sexy?” Colbert asked. For this particular recipe, jalapeños added a kick.
Michelle Obama will make her final talk show appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Jan. 11, arriving on the heels of President Obama's farewell address in Chicago.
FLOTUS first appeared on "The Tonight Show" in 2014, as a guest on the recurring "Ew!" sketch with Fallon and Will Ferrell. A year later, she returned to bust out her best dance moves for an "Evolution of Mom Dancing" sketch, in honor of her "Let's Move" campaign.
Obama has been making the television rounds as her time in the White House comes to a close. She recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a special interview in which she reflected on the topic of hope.
Reynolds, of course, was known for her breakout role opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor in the 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain," as well as her Academy Award-nominated performance in 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."
For fans hoping to catch Reynolds on the silver screen, TCM Big Screen Classics and Fathom Events will be hosting nationwide showings of "Singin' in the Rain" on Jan. 15 and 18 (ticket are available online).
Theater loves metaphor, so let’s call John Perrin Flynn, the artistic director of the Rogue Machine theater company in L.A., our Ghost of Christmas Future as we face the big question for 2017: As controversial new wage rules kick in for the city’s small theaters, will the local scene thrive or decline?
It’s a question that has hovered since April 2015, when Actors’ Equity Assn. passed the 99-Seat Agreement for local companies performing in Los Angeles County theaters with fewer than 100 seats. The change prompts small companies to increase actor pay from a tiered stipend system (often $7 to $25 per performance) to a minimum hourly wage for all work, including rehearsals as well as time spent on set for performances.
"Since 'the announcement,' I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony," wrote Chamberlin. "I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul."
HBO describes the film, which had showings at several film festivals including Cannes and Telluride, as “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity.” It chronicles the complex relationship between the dynamic duo, who lived next door to each other in the same Beverly Hills compound.
Friends and fans alike took to social media to mourn Carrie Fisher’s death on Tuesday, including Steve Martin, who shared a message over Twitter. But Martin deleted his tweet soon after accusations that it was sexist.
“When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well,” Martin wrote.