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Facebook’s Watch Nabs Kerry Washington-Produced Drama Series ‘Five Points’

Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company is teaming with Indigenous Media to launch a scripted drama on Facebook’s fledgling video platform, Watch.

Five Points, created and written by Adam Giaudrone (Being Mary Jane) and directed by Thomas Carter (Save The Last Dance), is about five students at a South Side, Chicago high school who experience a life-changing event from different point of view, with each perspective being necessary to help understand the truth. The series’ executive producers include Giaudrone, Carter, Jon Avnet (Black Swan), Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment), Jake Avnet (60 Second Docs), Washington (Confirmation), and top Simpson Street exec Pilar Savone.

The ten-episode series begins production this week. Sage Scroope and Ben Fast will produce for Indigenous.

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Kerry Washington High School Drama Series Goes to Facebook’s Watch

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Kerry Washington High School Drama Series Goes to Facebook’s Watch
Kerry Washington’s “Five Points” is heading to Watch, Facebook’s new show platform. The 10-episode drama series from creator Adam Giaudrone (“Being Mary Jane”) centers on five students at a South Side Chicago high school who each share a different perspective on a life-changing incident. Indigenous Media and Washington’s Simpson Street are behind the project. Executive producers include Washington, Jon Avnet (“Black Swan”), Rodrigo Garcia (“In Treatment”), Jake Avnet and Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone. Thomas Carter (“Save the Last Dance”) directs and executive produces the series that starts production this week. Giaudrone writes and executive produces, while
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Millie Bobby Brown Insists She's Just Like "Any Other 13-Year-Old"

Millie Bobby Brown Insists She's Just Like
Oh, the places Millie Bobby Brown will go. The breakout star of Stranger Things (returning Oct. 27) graces the subscriber cover of InStyle's November issue and reflects on her rapid rise to fame—all before she was even a teen. "You know, I'm just a 13-year-old like any other 13-year-old, so I just plan on living my life and take it step-by-step," Brown says matter-of-factly. "Hopefully, in five years' time I will be in college. No, let's say eight years...unless I get a really good movie. Then it's, 'See ya, college!'" Ha. But unlike some child stars, Brown is in no rush to grow up. For example, the young Brit currently works with stylist Thomas Carter Phillips (whose...
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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The Strain Episode 4.07 Preview Video Explores an Explosive Endgame

"We're here, and now we're coming for you." With only four episodes remaining in FX's The Strain, a new preview video for next week's episode, "Ouroboros," teases the forthcoming explosive endgame in Manhattan.

Directed by Thomas Carter from a script by Andy Iser, "Ouroboros" airs on Sunday, August 27th on FX:

"His health failing, Setrakian ignores Eph's warnings, pushing himself to the limit in his quest for victory and revenge. Fet and Quinlan race back to Manhattan, while the Master seals off the city and prepares to eliminate them all.

The Strain is FX’s high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, former head of the Center for Disease Control, Canary Team in New York City. After he and his team were called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism, Eph and an assembly of everyday
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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules
Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing
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Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules

Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors, Elected Under New Rules
Thanks to new rules, this year’s Academy Board of Governors race was more intense than usual. The Academy’s 17 branches each has three governors on the board; they can serve three consecutive three-year terms. One seat is up for reelection every year. The Board of Governors actually runs the show at the Academy, determining the strategy and mission, and keeping tabs on its financial health.

(The full list of Governors is here.)

This year, the race was opened up to allow any of the 6200-plus Academy members to run for the board. Before, the membership voted for 50% of a nominating committee that selected candidates to present to the Board. This yielded the same favorites over and over again.

Now, members of each branch can pick their own contenders. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson clearly sees the benefit of a more diverse board of Governors. In an email to members announcing
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Remaking 'Roots' should have been an awful idea. But the new one's great.

  • Hitfix
Remaking 'Roots' should have been an awful idea. But the new one's great.
"This is how I heard about the boy, Kunta Kinte," Alex Haley (Laurence Fishburne) tells us in the opening moments of History's new miniseries Roots. "And this is how I'll tell you the story." The importance of stories, and the way that we tell them, form the heart of the new Roots, which debuts Monday night at 9 (the eight-hour project will air over four straight nights, simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime). From the time we meet Kunta (Malachi Kirby) as a young man abducted from his home in Juffure, Gambia by slavers, until we leave his descendants over 100 years later in the post-Civil War American South, Roots prizes the power of stories and tradition, from how Kunta's Uncle Silla (Derek Luke) teaches him the ways of the Mandinka warrior, to how Kunta's grandson Chicken George (Rege-Jean Page) will tell his own offspring stories about the grandfather he never met,
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'Gifted Hands': Revisiting the Made-for-tv Ben Carson Biopic

'Gifted Hands': Revisiting the Made-for-tv Ben Carson Biopic
At the end of last night's Republican presidential debate, Dr. Ben Carson was granted one last opportunity to appeal to voters before the Super Tuesday primaries inevitably force him to suspend his undead campaign. The retired neurosurgeon, whose personal charisma could generously be likened to that of a hung-over Dmv agent, was determined not to throw away his shot. He raised both of his arms in front of him, turned his palms to the country, and unleashed his signature drawl:

"Several years ago, a movie was made about these hands.
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'Roots' Trailer Brings Intense Look at AandE's Miniseries Remake

'Roots' Trailer Brings Intense Look at AandE's Miniseries Remake
The History Channel will premiere Roots on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and History. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by History, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. Roots will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to History.

The stellar cast includes Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award winning and Emmy Award nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy E. Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller
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T.I., James Purefoy, Mekhi Phifer, More Cast in A&E Networks ‘Roots’ Revival

T.I., James Purefoy, Mekhi Phifer, More Cast in A&E Networks ‘Roots’ Revival
A+E Networks’ “Roots” remake is filling out its cast with the addition of seven more players, including rapper Tip Harris, better known as T.I., Variety has learned.

The Following” alum James Purefoy and longtime “E.R.” star Mekhi Phifer have also been cast, along with Matthew Goode (“The Imitation Game,” “The Good Wife”), Lane Garrison (“Prison Break”), Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Hand of God”) and G. Hannelius (“Dog With a Blog”).

T.I. will appear in the final part of the four installments of the revival miniseries, playing Cyrus, a headstrong slave who fights for his freedom for the Union Army against Confederate Forces. His character will be featured prominently in the finale episode. Phifer will play Jerusalem, a mute slave who works on the Murray plantation, but who is not quite what he appears to be; Purefoy has been cast as John Waller, the wealthy owner of a Virginia planation who
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Simona Brown joins 'Roots' cast

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Simona Brown joins 'Roots' cast
Exclusive: The Casual Vacancy actress joins A+E miniseries as as would-be girlfriend.

Up-and-coming British actress Simona Brown has joined the cast of A+E Networks miniseries reboot Roots. In the first episode, Brown will play the would-be girlfriend of lead character Kunta Kinte before he is taken from her.

Production is underway on the anticipated series, which will be directed by Mario Van Peebles, Bruce Beresford, Phillip Noyce and Thomas Carter.

Last month, Screen broke the news that former Screen Star of Tomorrow Malachi Kirby would play the lead in the historical portrait of American slavery, which will air over four nights as an eight-hour event miniseries.

Brown joins a cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Laurence Fishburne.

The actress was recently cast in ABC pilot Guilt and prior to that had roles in AMC series The Night Manager and HBO/BBC Film drama The Casual Vacancy, written by J K
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TV News: Scream, Roots, Bob, Law, Crime

Scream Queens

"Agent Carter" star Chad Michael Murray is set to guest star on Fox's freshman horror-comedy "Scream Queens". The new series premieres September 22nd.

Murray will play Brad Radwell, the Hollywood talent agent older brother of Dollar Scholars frat brat Chad Radwell (Glen Powell). [Source: TV Line]

Roots

Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Derek Luke and Chad L. Coleman have all joined the cast of the remake of the "Roots" four-night, eight-hour miniseries on A+E.

Mario Van Peebles, Phillip Noyce, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford will direct episodes of the project which also stars Laurence Fishburne, Malachi Kirby and Rege-Jean Page. Filming is now underway in New Orleans and South Africa. [Source: The Live Feed]

w. Bob and David

Netflix has announced a November 13th premiere date for Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' sketch comedy show "W. Bob and David" on the streaming service.

Odenkirk and Cross reunite for four new 30-minute episodes,
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‘Roots’ TV Movie Adds Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, More to Cast

‘Roots’ TV Movie Adds Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, More to Cast
A+E Networks has announced additional casting for “Roots,” its epic miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel as well as other researched material.

The four-night, eight-hour scripted miniseries has tapped newcomer Malachi Kirby to play lead Kunta Kinte, the Mandinka warrior captured in his homeland of the Gambia and forced into slavery in colonial America. Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Anika Noni Rose have also been added to the cast. Casting descriptions are below. They join Laurence Fishburne, who had already been cast as Haley.

The production, which hails from A+E Studios in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, also announced that Mario Van Peebles and Bruce Beresford will be directing the episodes set to air on nights two and four. Phillip Noyce and Thomas Carter had already signed on to direct the episodes for nights one and three and Grammy winner Questlove
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Roots Remake Casts Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Derek Luke — Plus Walking Dead, Good Wife Faves

Roots Remake Casts Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Derek Luke — Plus Walking Dead, Good Wife Faves
And the Oscar winners go to… A&E’s Roots revival.

Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood) are among the A-listers who’ve boarded the four-night, eight-hour scripted miniseries about one family’s struggle to survive the American slavery system, the network announced today.

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Whitaker will play Fiddler, a slave who risks his life trying to mentor and aid in the escape of protagonist Kunta Kinte, while Paquin has been cast as Nancy Holt, “the wife of a Confederate officer who has
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Exclusive: Octavia Butler's 'Dawn' Being Developed for TV, Producer Talks Adaptation and Diversity Behind the Scenes

In Octavia Butler's 1987 novel Dawn, a human race in danger of extinction is given a final chance to survive by mating with an alien species to create a new hybrid race. The first book in Butler's Lilith's Brood series (formerly Xenogenesis), adaptation rights were recently acquired by producer Allen Bain ("Revenge of the Green Dragons"). "Dawn" is the first television series to be developed under his new Bainframe sci-fi banner. Gary Pearl, Thomas Carter and Teddy Smith are set to executive produce along with Bain. As the project is in development and putting together its production team, Bain made time to talk with S&A about his plans for the...
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Exclusive: Octavia Butler's 'Dawn' Being Developed for TV, Producer Talks Adaptation and Diversity Behind the Scenes

Exclusive: Octavia Butler's 'Dawn' Being Developed for TV, Producer Talks Adaptation and Diversity Behind the Scenes
In Octavia Butler's 1987 novel Dawn, a human race in danger of extinction is given a final chance to survive by mating with an alien species to create a new hybrid race. The first book in Butler's Lilith's Brood series (formerly Xenogenesis), adaptation rights were recently acquired by producer Allen Bain ("Revenge of the Green Dragons"). "Dawn" is the first television series to be developed under his new Bainframe sci-fi banner. Gary Pearl, Thomas Carter and Teddy Smith are set to executive produce along with Bain. As the project is in development and putting together its production team, Bain made time to talk with S&A about his plans for the series. Jai Tiggett: Can you talk about your background and what led you this project? Allen Bain: My career started with a very small movie called "Manito." It was a story about two Latino brothers in Washington
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Aussies to put their stamp on Roots remake

The remake of a quintessentially American miniseries which traced slavery through multiple generations including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will have three Australians in key creative roles.

Phillip Noyce and Bruce Beresford will each direct an episode and DoP Peter Menzies Jr. will shoot all four episodes of Roots for A&E Networks. The original Roots based on the Alex Haley novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was the third most watched series in Us history when it screened on the ABC network in 1977.

Laurence Fishburne will play the narrator, Kunte Kinte, portrayed in the original by LeVar Burton, who is among the producers of the remake with Mark Wolper. Mark.s father David produced the first series and the 1979 sequel, Roots: The Next Generations.

Beresford tells If, .One of the things I like about working in the Us is that producers, studios and networks are perfectly
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TV News: Arrow, Roots, Top, Sleepy, Empire

Arrow

British actor Jimmy Akingbola ("Holby City") has scored the recurring role of DC Comics villain Baron Reiter (aka. Baron Blitzkrieg) in the fourth season of The CW's "Arrow". The character will be an adversary for Oliver and appear in the flashback scenes.

In the comics, the character is the leader of the nefarious group Shadowspire. He joins three other already cast villains this season including Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin/Anarky and Echo Kellum as DC superhero Mister Terrific. [Source: THR]

Roots

Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games") and Thomas Carter ("Coach Carter") have been hired to direct nights one and three of the four-night, eight-hour scripted event series remake of the mini-series classic "Roots". Directors for nights two and four are yet to be announced.

Grammy-winning Questlove has also come onboard the project as executive music producer and will create the authentic African sound and themes for
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