One of the coolest events is happening in Los Angeles tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 29) called the Blackout Music & Film Festival. The event, which will take place primarily at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, will feature tons of entertainment, but also a socially conscious message of awareness and activism.
I’ve had a ton of movie casting news that flooded my inbox and Twitter feed last week, and I am only just now able to get to everything. So let’s get into everything.
Okay, casting and acquisition news! Let’s get to it.
TONS OF NEWS to discuss since I was absent last week. Mainly, we’ve got tons of TV trailers from AMC, NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS to take a look at. So before I get to any posters and whathaveyou, let’s get these trailers out of the way. (Note, all except the AMC trailer are in playlist form.)
David Oyelowo is proving why I made him an MOC Monday post. This guy not only knows when to help folks who’ve made mistakes (i.e. his buddy, Benedict Cumberbatch), but also when to hold people to task for racially-charged selective memories. Today, Oyelowo took the Academy to task for their penchant for only awarding black actors who take on “subservient” roles.
I’m so excited to share official Paramount photos from today’s Martin Luther King Day event, led by crew and castmembers of Selma. I wish I could have been there in person, but these photos really give the sense of energy, fun, and remembrance that the day had.
I think it’s only fitting that David Oyelowo get the coveted MOC Monday spot, since he did such a fantastic job as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. If you haven’t seen that film, then I suggest you rectify that and go see it pronto.
Synopsis (Paramount): SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
There’s a lot of Selma news to discuss, so let’s just dive right into it.
If you watched How to Get Away with Murder Thursday, you were treated to the first trailer for Selma, the Oprah Winfrey-produced film starring David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr. and, of course Winfrey herself.