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Television

Overwhelmed? 487 original scripted TV series helped 2017 set records, in possible late stage bubble

It was almost 3 years ago when, speaking at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour in 2015, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf discussed the then proliferation of scripted series on television, coining the phrase “peak TV,” predicting that the number of scripted series would surpass the 400 mark, while also speculating that the number of scripted series...

Film

Mati Diop, the niece of Djibril Diop Mambéty, to make feature debut with 'Fire Next Time'

Mati Diop, niece of the late great Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty (director of African cinema classics like Touki Bouki and Hyènes), will make her feature film directorial debut with a project currently titled Fire Next Time, although it's not at all based on James Baldwin's famous book of essays (I should note that the author himself got his title from a Bible prophecy...

Film,Interviews

C.J. Obasi on adapting Nnedi Okorafor's Afrofuturistic 'Hello, Moto' & telling alternative African stories

Award-winning Nigerian filmmaker C.J. Obasi's follow-up to his critically-acclaimed guerrilla debut feature, Ojuju, and sophomore effort O-Town (both covered on Shadow and Act), is an Afrofuturistic short film based on award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor‘s 2011 short story Hello, Moto. Titled Hello, Rain, the Fiery Film presentation, in association with Igodo Films and Matanya Films,...

Awards,Film

2018 British Academy Film Awards nominations announced

Earlier this week, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2018 - essentially, the UK equivalent of the Academy Awards). Of note, given this blog's specific interests are: -- Octavia Spencer  is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in The Shape of Water. -- Daniel Kaluuya is nominated...

Film

Every theater-bound Hollywood studio film directed by black filmmakers set for release in 2018

Film directors are still overwhelmingly white and male, according to a University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative report published Thursday, January 5, 2018. Titled Inclusion in the Director’s Chair, the new year study analyzed 1,100 top-grossing movies released between 2007 and 2017 and found that across the 100 top movies of 2017, a total of 6 (or 5.5%) of...