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Slideshow, Audio: Black Perspectives Red Carpet at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

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Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextAlfre Woodard at her tribute at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.

Chicago – It was an evening to celebrate the Black Perspective in filmmaking at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, and also to celebrate one of the great African American actors with a tribute to Alfre Woodard. Woodard walked the Red Carpet on October 21st, 2017, with fellow actors Regina Taylor (“I’ll Fly Away”) and Jussie Smollett (“Empire”).

Alfre Woodard was born in Oklahoma, and studied drama at Boston University. Her breakthrough stage role was in 1977, with “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” and her film debut came a year later with “Remember My Name.” After winning an Emmy for a three episode run on TV’s “Hill Street Blues,’ she was hired by the same production team to portray Dr. Roxanne Turner on “St. Elsewhere” from 1985-88. Her film
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Film News: Reeling, Chicago’s Lgbtq+ Film Fest, Closes With ‘Saturday Church’ on Sep. 28, 2017

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Chicago – Reeling (Reeling17), Chicago’s Lgbtq+ International Film Festival in America, closes its 35th edition in Chicago at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema on Thursday, September 28th (details below). Closing Night will feature an unique film called “Sunday Church,” featuring Luka Kain, Margot Bingham and Regina Taylor and written/directed by Damon Cardasis – his debut film.

Closing Night Film ‘Sunday Church’ at Reeling2017 on September 28th

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This film is an intimate, lyrical melodrama that breaks into moments of powerful ballads that comment on the action, and are sung by the film’s lead characters… making this audacious film part drama, part cheeky comedy and part musical. After the recent death of his father, Ulysses’ (Luka Kain) mother Amara (Margot Bingham) is always at work, and she enlists conservative Aunt Rose (Regina Taylor) to keep an eye on Ulysses and his little brother. Meanwhile, Ulysses has begun experimenting
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Film News Roundup: Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman, Clive Owen Thriller ‘Three Seconds’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Film News Roundup: Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman, Clive Owen Thriller ‘Three Seconds’ Gets U.S. Distribution
In today’s film news roundup, thriller “Three Seconds” gets distribution through Aviron, Samuel Goldwyn buys “Saturday Church,” Gravitas picks up frat thriller “Haze,” and the fourth “Insidious” movie gets a new title.

Acquisitions

Aviron Pictures has bought North American distribution rights to Andrea Di Stefano’s thriller “Three Seconds,” starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common, and Ana de Armas.

The script, based on the Swedish novel by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, was written by Matt Cook with revisions by Rowan Joffé and Alex Garland, and current edits by Di Stefano.

Kinnaman plays a reformed criminal and former special ops soldier who, in order to free himself from jail, has been working undercover for crooked FBI handlers (played by Pike, Common, and Owen) to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York.

Thunder Road PicturesBasil Iwanyk and Erica Lee are producing alongside The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones
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Queer Coming-Of-Age Musical ‘Saturday Church’ Is Like If ‘Moonlight’ and ‘La La Land’ Had A Gayby — Tribeca Review

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Queer Coming-Of-Age Musical ‘Saturday Church’ Is Like If ‘Moonlight’ and ‘La La Land’ Had A Gayby — Tribeca Review
In its most profound moments, “Saturday Church” follows its searching young protagonist, Ulysses (Luka Kain) at the slightest remove, mirroring the distance he puts between himself and the world. It’s a place that’s been unkind to this soft-hearted teen who sneaks away from his father’s wake to try on a pair of strappy red heels, cracking the faintest smile as he holds them up to his grey Sunday best. Stepping into the shoes ever so gingerly, Ulysses wobbles briefly before admiring his reflection in the mirror. It’s a quiet moment, almost sacred, and one anyone who has ever furtively raided a parent’s closet will recognize.

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Director Damon Cardasis delivers a gorgeous rendering of an oft-heard but rarely seen story of a Bronx-born teen who finds his
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’
Were you Team “Moonlight” or Team “La La Land”? Now you don’t have to choose. As vibrant as it is vital, Manhattan-made indie “Saturday Church” tells the all-too-common coming-out story of a young black gay man … as a musical, blending elements of those rival best picture nominees into a winning new combination. While hardly as accomplished as either, writer-director Damon Cardasis’ colorful, you-are-not-alone debut should delight Lgbt audiences — especially young ones — thanks to a handful of dynamically choreographed identity-empowerment ballads that would be right at home on either next year’s Oscar ballot or a NYC vogue ball playlist.

In recent years, the challenges facing trans youth have garnered so much public attention, you’ve surely heard a story like Ulysses’ before — although you’ve never heard it quite like this, as Cardasis’ goosebump-inducing songs (composed and co-written by Nathan Larson) elevate this otherwise familiar tale to a higher realm.
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Tribeca 2017: 5 Must-See Lgbtq Titles At This Year’s Festival

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Tribeca 2017: 5 Must-See Lgbtq Titles At This Year’s Festival
New York is a mecca for queer culture of all stripes. Set in the heart of downtown Manhattan, just a short walk from the cruising piers of Christopher street and the cocktail lounges of Chelsea, the Tribeca Film Festival is a natural home for Lgbtq creators and projects. From lesser known indie films to highly anticipated studio television shows, experimental Vr and new online work from queer up and comers pushing the conversation into new territory, the festival’s 16th edition offers plenty for the queer-minded.

Read More: Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

Here is a guide to the five best Lgbtq projects playing the festival this year.

Tom of Finland

Now, here is a biopic we can get behind (or underneath, whatever your preference).

The cult icon Tom of Finland is renowned for his homoerotic drawings of beefcakes in
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Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

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Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival
Now in its sixteenth year, New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival kicks off every spring with a wide variety of programming on offer, from an ever-expanding Vr installation to an enviable television lineup, but the bread and butter of the annual festival is still in its film slate. This year’s festival offers up plenty of returning favorites with new projects, alongside fresh faces itching to break out. From insightful documentaries to fanciful features, with a heavy dose of Gotham-centric films (hey, it is Tribeca after all), there’s plenty to dive into here, so we’ve culled the schedule for a few surefire hits.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 20 – 30. Check out some of our must-see picks below.

Read More: Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

“A Gray State”

It might be the craziest story
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Interviews: 53rd Chicago International Television Awards on Mar. 23, 2017

Chicago –The 53rd Chicago International Television Awards, a companion celebration to the Chicago International Television Festival – and presented by Cinema/Chicago, the organization who presents the Chicago International Film Festival – will take place Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, and will honor entertainment reporter Dean Richards, advertising guru Joe Sedelmeier and the newly-formed-but-already-influential Amazon Studios. The entire television festival will take place from March 21st to the 23rd at the AMC River East 21, and screenings are free and open to the public. Click here for a complete schedule and details.

The 2016 Awards, given in April of last year, were conferred through Michael Kutza, Artistic Director and Founder of the Chicago International Film Festival, and were “The Commitment to Excellence in Television Productions,” which was given to HBO; the “Career Achievement Award,” that went to actress Regina Taylor; the “Chicago Legend Award,” given to local ABC 7 Chicago broadcaster Janet Davies; and the “Chicago Award
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ABC's Time After Time: How Hard Is It Being TV's Sixth Time Travel Show?

ABC's Time After Time: How Hard Is It Being TV's Sixth Time Travel Show?
The producers of Time After Time are Wells aware that when the ABC drama makes its debut, it will be (conservatively speaking) TV’s sixth current series with a time travel element.

That, however, makes things a bit easier, says executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Following), seeing as viewers are just a bit more likely to be familiar with “time ripples,” the Butterfly Effect and such.

RelatedABC Sets Midseason Premieres for Once Upon a Time, American Crime, The Catch and Others

“Every time travel show sets their own rules and loopholes, their little Wiggums,” Williamson says. “But I feel like
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Afm: WestEnd picks up musical 'Saturday Church'

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Afm: WestEnd picks up musical 'Saturday Church'
Exclusive: Sales deal for feature produced by Maggie’s Plan producer Rebecca Miller; first-look image.

WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to Saturday Church, the musical produced by Damon Cardasis and Rebecca Miller from Round Films (Maggie’s Plan) and Mandy Tagger Brockey and Adi Ezroni from Spring Pictures (A Late Quartet).

Cardasis (Vicky & Lysander) has directed the movie, of which Screen can reveal the first look.

The score is composed by Nathan Larson (Boys Don’t Cry).

The movie follows Ulysses, a teenager from the Bronx struggling with gender identity and religion, who uses fantasy and music to escape his real life and figure out who he truly is.

The film stars newcomer Luka Kain alongside Margot Bingham (The Family) and Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away).

Currently in post-production, WestEnd will introduce the film to buyers at the Afm. CAA is representing the North American rights.
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Once Upon a Time Casting Sinbad, Scheherezade for Season 6

Once Upon a Time Casting Sinbad, Scheherezade for Season 6
TVLine has sneaked a peek inside "Once Upon a Time"'s book of Untold Stories and recognizes at least two familiar names due to make their debut during Season 6.

As revealed in last month’s finale, Mr. Hyde (played by Sam Witwer) — as part of his backroom deal with Rumplestiltskin — has transported to Storybrooke a throng of denizens from the Land of Untold Stories.

Among the new arrivals will be Sinbad, and to that end the ABC drama is seeking a 30something Middle Eastern/Arabic or Northern African male to
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Nashville Shakeup: Two Series Regulars Exit Ahead of Move to Cmt

Nashville Shakeup: Two Series Regulars Exit Ahead of Move to Cmt
To use a phrase popular with one of Nashville‘s main characters, it’s wheels up for Luke and Layla when the country-music drama returns for a fifth season. Series regulars Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples will not be with the show when it makes its Cmt debut, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Chase’s Luke had little to do after his engagement with Rayna fizzled in Season 3; most of his Season 4 storyline involved sticking up for Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records artist Will Lexington when he was attacked by a homophobic talk-show host.

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ABC's Time After Time Drama Recast: Nicole Ari Parker In, Regina Taylor Out

ABC's Time After Time Drama Recast: Nicole Ari Parker In, Regina Taylor Out
ABC is virtually traveling back in time, about six weeks, to tinker with the cast of its new Time After Time series.

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Based on the Karl Alexander novel and 1979 movie, Time After Time stars Freddie Stroma (UnREAL) as a young H.G. Wells, who travels in his time machine to modern-day New York to chase after Jack the Ripper (Revenge‘s Josh Bowman).

In the original pilot, Regina Taylor (The Unit) costarred as Vanessa Anders, an art museum bigwig who harbors a special connection to Wells (as revealed in the trailer below). Per our sister site Deadline,
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‘Time After Time’ Adds Nicole Ari Parker in Recasting

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‘Time After Time’ Adds Nicole Ari Parker in Recasting
Time After Time” has recast the role of Vanessa Anders ahead of the ABC time-travel drama’s premiere next season. Nicole Ari Parker will replace Regina Taylor as the billionaire philanthropist, avid art collector and current owner of the time machine H.G. Wells uses in the pilot to travel to 2016. The character also reveals in the series’ trailer that she is H.G. Wells’ great-granddaughter. The recasting comes as the character is being re-conceived ahead of the show’s premiere, currently slated for midseason. Also Read: 8 New TV Shows We're Dying to See Based on First-Look Trailers (Videos) Parker’s previous
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Nicole Ari Parker To Co-Star On New ABC Series ‘Time After Time’ In Recasting

Nicole Ari Parker is set for a key co-starring role opposite Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman and Genesis Rodriguez in Kevin Williamson's new ABC time-travel drama series Time After Time. Parker will replace Regina Taylor who played the role in the pilot as the character is being re-conceived. Using the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie as a starting point, Time After Time chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells (Stroma). Parker will play the intelligent and…
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Grey's Anatomy's Martin Henderson on Nathan and Meredith's 'Powerful' Bond

Grey's Anatomy's Martin Henderson on Nathan and Meredith's 'Powerful' Bond
Thus far, Grey’s Anatomy’s secret lovers Nathan and Meredith have shared harsh words, flirtatious banter, numerous operating rooms and one wild night in the sack back seat. But what may bode best for their potential romance in Season 13, Martin Henderson tells TVLine, is their “shared loss… and just the fact that maybe [he can be] someone in her life that she can relate to on that level.

RelatedKevin McKidd, Justin Chambers and Two Others Ink New Grey’s Deals

“I think that’s always really powerful between a couple,” he continues. And it “may be fertile ground for them to
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ABC Orders Time After Time to Series, Pitting H.G. Wells vs. Jack the Ripper

ABC Orders Time After Time to Series, Pitting H.G. Wells vs. Jack the Ripper
ABC is hopping aboard TV’s time-travel bandwagon, ordering to series a small-screen adaptation of the Karl Alexander novel and 1979 movie Time After Time.

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From executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), the drama promises a fantastical cat-and-mouse adventure through time when famed science-fiction writer H.G. Wells (UnREAL‘s Freddie Stroma) is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper (Revenge‘s Josh Bowman). Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible… and a young woman who captivates him.
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ABC Orders Dramas ‘Time After Time,’ ‘Notorious’ to Series

ABC Orders Dramas ‘Time After Time,’ ‘Notorious’ to Series
ABC has given series orders to dramas “Time After Time” and “Notorious” for the 2016-17 season.

Executive produced by Kevin Williamson, “Time After Time” tells the story of famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells, who is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Once Wells arrives in New York, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.

Freddie Stroma (“Harry Potter”) stars as H.G. Wells and Josh Bowman (“Revenge”) as Jack the Ripper. Genesis Rodriguez and Regina Taylor also star.

Time After Time” is produced by Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television. Williamson and Marcos Siega (“Blindspot,” “The Following”) serve as executive producers. Siega directed the pilot, with Williamson writing the teleplay. The show is based on the novel written by Karl Alexander.

The novel was previously adapted into a 1979 feature film of the same name directed by Nicholas Meyer.
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5 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

Netflix wants to meet you on the dusty road at sundown for a little duel. “Godless,” a new limited series by Scott Frank and Steven Soderbergh, recently started casting Native American roles for the New Mexico–based project. The predicted six-episode mini will focus on an outlaw who finds himself stranded in a mining town after trying to escape a gang that’s out for his blood. Rene Haynes Casting is currently filling roles for the production that looks to start shooting this summer. Get ready to draw, cowboy! If you’re lost, you can look and you will find that ABC wants you, “Time After Time.” The network has started production on the non–Cyndi Lauper inspired pilot by “Scream” boss (of both the MTV property and beloved slasher films) Kevin Williamson. The project follows a young H.G. Wells and his time machine as they traverse different eras, going on adventures.
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Time After Time: Regina Taylor to Co-Star in Kevin Williamson's ABC Pilot

Regina Taylor has been cast to co-star in Kevin Williamson's Time After Time TV series pilot at ABC. Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman, and Genesis Rodriguez were previously cast. Taylor played Molly Blane on The Unit, a military drama cancelled by CBS after four seasons.

Per Deadline, Taylor plays billionaire businesswoman Vanessa Anders. Anders is the owner and keeper of the time machine. The character is described, thusly: "Confident and strong, she has a warm welcoming smile, but make no mistake, she’s also a respected, sometimes feared CEO."

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