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Fantasy Casting: Three Women Who Could Play Lena Horne

There are so many biopics that have yet to be made. But with the amount of biopics that have been created, one has to wonder why others are left out.

One biopic that I’m surprised no one has snapped up yet is the story of Lena Horne. Who wouldn’t want to see a period piece with Horne singing it up and fighting racial injustice, with the ultimate high point being seeing her play Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz?

Who could play Horne, though? I have three suggestions.

Eddie Redmayne Cast as Transgender Artist Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl"

Eddie Redmayne’s post-Oscars career glow is continuing with the announcement of his role as 1930s Danish artist  Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. In true Oscars fashion, he’s playing a role that will require a complete transformation of himself. We’ve already seen he can inhabit the life of Stephen Hawking, but now we’ll see him inhabit the life of Elbe (formerly named Einar Wegener), one of the first people to have sex-reassignment surgery.  The above picture is the first look at Redmayne in character.

The Three Times Leonard Nimoy's Spock Helped Reduce the Race Relations Gap

Leonard Nimoy is dead. WHY!? I feel like the stereotypical woman who throws herself over the casket asking, “WHY, GOD! WHY!” But, as much as I feel like that woman who’s still holding on, this article isn’t going to be a eulogy (or at least, it won’t be a traditional one). I don’t particularly like writing eulogies, so I actually debated a while as to whether I would write something about Nimoy even though I wanted to honor his life in some way. Then it dawned on me to do just that—honor the good he did in life instead of the finality of death. So that’s what I’m doing.

Exclusive Interview: Adi Shankar (Producer, "The Voices")

Adi Shankar is the man behind Sundance’s favorite serial killer film, The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. The dark comedy focuses on a seemingly well-meaning guy who, unfortunately, hears the psychopathic voices of his pets in his head, who “convince” him to kill the women he likes. There’s a girl he’s trying to pursue romantically (Kendrick), but when she turns him down for a date, things begin to go south.

I was happy to speak with Shankar about his work on the film, how he got into production, and advice he has for others who are growing into their respective fields. I also asked him what it was like to be honored by GQ India.

The Voices is currently available On Demand and is in theaters now. You can also see more of Adi’s work on his YouTube page, where he uploads animated Judge Dredd cartoons to his “Bootleg Universe” miniseries.

Exclusive Interview: Mpho Koaho ("Black or White")

Black or White is a film that’s hoping to give people new things to think about when it comes to dealing with race relations, especially those involving multiracial families. Kevin Costner believes heavily in the film, and it’s a lot of his stories about the journey it took to bring Black or White to the screen that has put Black or White on the tongues of everyone who follows filmmaking.

Joining in the storytelling is Mpho Koaho, one of the actors in the film. I was happy to speak with Koaho about his role in the film, his take on Hollywood’s resistance towards certain films, and what fans can expect from his role in the upcoming season of Falling Skies.

Black or White is currently playing in theaters. Falling Skies comes back to TNT this summer.

Exclusive Interview: Malia Dawkins (Writer, "Rapunzel Jackson")

Malia Dawkins is known for her acting work on shows like Jonas and Wizards of Waverly Place, but now she’s adding the titles of screenwriter and producer to her list of talents.

Dawkins’ first film, Rapunzel Jackson, created through her production company East to West Productions, is set to show at Los Angeles’ Pan African Film Festival, and I was excited to speak with Dawkins about the film, which focuses on a girl who gets her first perm. We also discussed black women’s complicated relationship with hair, the self-placed boundaries between natural and permed hair, and where the conversations about both hair types can meet in the middle.

Rapunzel Jackson is directed by Dabling Harward (who, as Dawkins said, was a “dream director,”) and stars Morgan Ashley in the title role. The rest of the cast includes Dawkins, Juanita Jennings, Haley Powell, Coley Speaks, Bruce Lemon, Demitris Dajoun and Marissa Herrera. Rapunzel Jackson will screen at the Pan African Film Festival this Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2:10pm and Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 1:40pm. You can learn more at the festival’s site.