Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Ridley will write and direct the biopic “Shirley” with Regina King set to star as the U.S.’s first Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Participant announced on Wednesday. Regina King and Reina King of Royal Ties Productions will produce. Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren will executive produce. Production is expected to begin later this year. “Shirley” centers on the dynamic presidential campaign launched in 1972 by America’s first Black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm, who was recently featured in FX’s “Mrs. America” — earning Uzo Aduba an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series. Based on her life story rights through an exclusive agreement with the Chisholm estate, the film offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the most ground-breaking political leaders of our time during a seminal period in modern American history. Also Read: Danai Gurira to Star in Film of Pioneering Presidential Candidate Shirley Chisholm “Shirley Chisholm’s fearless determination has been an inspiration to so many of us, and with this film we hope to inspire many generations to come,” Regina King said in a statement to TheWrap. “To collaborate once again with my friend and mentor, John Ridley, and the team at Participant, makes this decade-long journey even sweeter.” Ridley added: “Regina’s passion for bringing a complete and very human portrait of Shirley to life has been evident since literally the day we first met. I’m very thankful to both Regina and Reina trusting me to partner in telling the story of this truly remarkable individual.” “Shirley Chisholm’s life as a politician and her groundbreaking career in Washington is a critical part of American history that is far too often overlooked,” Participant CEO David Linde said. “We are thrilled to partner with John, Regina, Reina and a tremendously talented creative team to share the story of this remarkable woman with audiences everywhere.” King, who earned an Oscar two years ago for her supporting role in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” most recently directed and executive produced “One Night in Miami” and starred in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning series “Watchmen.” King is represented by ICM Partners, John Carrabino Management and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman. Ridley currently is writing, producing and directing the new limited series “Five Days At Memorial” for Apple TV+ and was the creator and showrunner of the Emmy Award-winning television series “American Crime.” Ridley is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Rohner & Walerstein. Read original story Regina King to Star in Shirley Chisholm Biopic for Writer-Director John Ridley At TheWrap
Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell and Regina King made history in the Best Director category during the Golden Globe nominations Wednesday morning — their nods are the first time three women have ever been nominated for directing in the same year. In fact, there have never been even two female directors nominated in the same year. Also, it’s the 8th, 9th time and 10th women have been nominated in the category (Barbra Streisand and Kathryn Bigelow were nominated twice, each, plus Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Ava DuVernay also received nominations.) Wednesday’s announcement also marks the 6th time the category has a Black nominee (Spike Lee was nominated twice, while Steve McQueen, Ava DuVernay and Barry Jenkins also previously received nominations.) It’s also the 7th time the category has had an Asian nominee (previous nominees include Bong Joon Ho, Shekhar Kapur and Ang Lee, four times). Also Read: Golden Globes 2021: The List of Nominees (Updating Live) Zhao was nominated for her film “Nomadland,” while King received a nomination for “One Night in Miami” and Fennell got a nod for “Promising Young Woman.” “Nomadland” also received a nod for Best Motion Picture Drama and for lead Frances McDormand, while “One Night in Miami” was nominated in the categories Best Supporting Actor (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Best Original Song. “Promising Young Woman” also was nominated in Best Screenplay, Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Actress (Carey Mulligan). Hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson, the nominations ceremony were held bright and early on Wednesday at 5:35 a.m. PT/8:35 am ET. Also Read: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Co-Host Golden Globes From Both Coasts Simultaneously The winners won’t be revealed until the Feb. 28 telecast, which will see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts. In addition to the competitive categories, this year’s ceremony will also see Jane Fonda and Norman Lear receive lifetime achievement awards for their work in film and television, respectively. Read original story Golden Globes Make History Nominating 3 Female Directors in the Same Year for the First Time At TheWrap
Director Regina King, screenwriter Kemp Powers and stars Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Eli Goree talk acclaimed new drama "One Night in Miami."
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The feature directorial debuts of Halle Berry and Regina King will be part of the lineup at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers announced on Thursday.Berry’s film, “Bruised,” features the actor and director as a mixed martial arts star fighting for custody of her young daughter. King’s “One Night in Miami” is based on a play that fictionalizes a night in 1964 in which boxer Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali), singer Sam Cooke, football player Jim Brown and activist Malcolm X met in a Florida hotel room.Nearly half of the 50 selected features, 23, have a female director or co-director.Other films among the 50 titles announced by TIFF include Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a drama from “The Rider” director that stars Frances McDormand; Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” a female romance set in 1840s England and starring Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet and Fiona Shaw; Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Good Joe Bell,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton and written by “Brokeback Mountain” screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; Ricky Staub’s “Concrete Cowboy,” with Idris Elba and Jharrel Jerome; Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman; Glendyn Ivin’s “Penguin Bloom,” with Naomi Watts and Jackie Weaver; Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo,” about a Syrian musician waiting in Scotland for a decision on his asylum request; Sonia Kennebeck’s “Enemies of the State,” about a family whose hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government.Nonfiction films on the list include Werner Herzog’s “Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds,” a documentary about comets and asteroids; Sam Pollack’s “MLK/FBI,” about the FBI’s investigation and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.; Oscar nominee Gianfranco Rosi’s “Notturno”; and documentary legend Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall.”Also Read: 'The French Dispatch,' 'Soul' Make the Cannes 2020 Lineup As Festival Reveals the Movies It Would Have ShownAs previously announced, Spike Lee’s film “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” a document of Byrne’s Broadway show, will be the opening-night film on Sept. 10. Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy,” taken from a decades-spanning TV miniseries, will close the festival 10 days later.Viggo Mortensen’s “Falling,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was also chosen for the canceled Cannes Film Festival, will be part of the Toronto Film Festival lineup as well.The lineup is long on films from around the world, with offerings from such international auteurs as Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”), Michel Franco (“New Order”), Kornél Mundruczó (“Pieces of a Woman”), Naomi Kawase (“True Mothers”) and François Ozon (Summer of ’85”).In a pandemic-affected year that has seen most awards shows postponed until deep into next year, the Toronto lineup is noticeably lacking in many studio awards films that typically use the fall festival circuit to launch their biggest contenders. While additional programming will be announced in upcoming weeks, TIFF has said that its feature lineup will consist of 50 films, the number that was announced on Thursday.Also Read: Venice Film Festival Lineup Includes Record 8 Features With Female Directors in CompetitionThe Toronto Film Festival will be significantly scaled-down from its usual size, which typically includes more than 200 features over 10 days. The industry presence will be reduced, with many events and all press screenings taking place on the festival’s private viewing platform rather than in Toronto. Socially-distanced screenings will take place for local audiences, with the festival organizers saying in a statement that TIFF continues to work with public health officials, “with its number-one priority being the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community.”The Toronto Film Festival 2020 lineup:“180 Degree Rule,” Farnoosh Samadi | Iran “76 Days,” Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen | USA “Ammonite,” Francis Lee | United Kingdom “Another Round” (“Druk”), Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark “Bandar Band,” Manijeh Hekmat | Iran/Germany “Beans,” Tracey Deer | Canada “Beginning” (“Dasatskisi”), Dea Kulumbegashvili | Georgia/France “The Best is Yet to Come” (“Bu Zhi Bu Xiu”), Wang Jing | China “Bruised,” Halle Berry | USA “City Hall,” Frederick Wiseman | USA “Concrete Cowboy,” Ricky Staub | USA “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” Spike Lee | USA (Opening Night) “The Disciple,” Chaitanya Tamhane | India “Enemies of the State,” Sonia Kennebeck | USA “Falling,” Viggo Mortensen | Canada/United Kingdom “The Father,” Florian Zeller | United Kingdom/France “Fauna,” Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds,” Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | United Kingdom/USA “Gaza mon amour,” Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser | France/ Germany/Portugal/Palestine/Qatar “Get the Hell Out” (“Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan”), I-Fan Wang | Taiwan “Good Joe Bell,” Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA “I Care A Lot,” J Blakeson | United Kingdom “Inconvenient Indian,” Michelle Latimer | Canada “The Inheritance,” Ephraim Asili | USA “Lift Like a Girl” (“Ash Ya Captain”), Mayye Zayed | Egypt/Germany/Denmark “Limbo,” Ben Sharrock | United Kingdom “Memory House” (“Casa de Antiguidades”), João Paulo Miranda Maria | Brazil/France “MLK/FBI,” Sam Pollard | USA “The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel,” Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott | Canada “New Order” (“Nuevo orden”), Michel Franco | Mexico “Night of the Kings” (“La Nuit des Rois”), Philippe Lacôte | Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal “Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao | USA “No Ordinary Man,” Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Canada “Notturno,” Gianfranco Rosi | Italy/France/Germany “One Night in Miami,” Regina King | USA “Penguin Bloom,” Glendyn Ivin | Australia/USA “Pieces of a Woman,” Kornél Mundruczó | USA/Canada/Hungary “Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time” (“Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre”), Lili Horvát | Hungary “Quo Vadis, Aïda?” Jasmila Žbanić | Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey “Shadow In The Cloud,” Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand “Shiva Baby,” Emma Seligman | USA/Canada “Spring Blossom,” Suzanne Lindon | Francesing Night Presentation “A Suitable Boy,” Mira Nair | United Kingdom/India (Closing night) “Summer of 85” (“Été 85”), François Ozon | France “The Third Day,” Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly | United Kingdom “Trickster,” Michelle Latimer | Canada “True Mothers” (“Asa Ga Kuru”), Naomi Kawase | Japan “Under the Open Sky” (“Subarashiki Sekai”), Miwa Nishikawa | Japan “Violation,” Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli | Canada “Wildfire,” Cathy Brady | United Kingdom/IrelandRead original story Toronto Film Festival Lineup to Include Films Directed by Regina King, Halle Berry At TheWrap
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HBO’s “Watchmen,” Regina King plays Angela Abar, also known as the masked police detective Sister Night. A drama about the legacy of racial trauma, “Watchmen” shows us the way we live now through the lens of the eponymous 1986 graphic novel — a world in which costumed vigilantes are very much a real thing. Reese […]
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EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning actress Regina King is set to direct One Night in Miami, based on the debut play from Kemp Powers, who has adapted it for the screen. Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the story follows a young Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World […]
Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson, Gabrielle Union and more paid tribute to director John Singleton with heartfelt statements following his death.
Actress Regina Hall, who's starred in the Scary Movie franchise, 2014's About Last Night and many other movies over the last 20-plus years, is having a moment.