The movie idea starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o—a pitch that appears to have originated on Tumblr and migrated to Twitter, where it transformed into a fully formed film—is now miraculously being made into a real movie. Hello, I’m your captain and this is 2017.
Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Van Jones talked about the prison system and, tangentially, Donald Trump, in a discussion hosted by Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at his large home in Los Angeles.
One of the most powerful images in Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th involves a juxtaposition of Donald Trump’s campaign speech about “the good old days” in America with jarring footage from the Civil Rights era. In a recent interview, DuVernay talked about the significance of this type of imagery and how Americans will…
Though we were all planning to go see A Wrinkle In Time from the moment it was announced that Ava DuVernay would be directing, she keeps stacking the deck with more and more people you’ll want to pay to see on a big screen.
Pre-production on Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time has already begun, and Ava DuVernay has been tweeting out wonderful updates on its progress, including the addition of Gugu Mbatha-Raw to the cast.
What it means to be a woman is on many American women’s minds right now, since our current presidential election is playing out like a gender studies course simulation. Even Chelsea Handler is not immune, and she used an episode of her show Chelsea to explore some of the issues women think about.
In telling the highly complex story of how a loophole in the 13th Amendment is weaponized to keep black Americans enslaved, the quiet, riveting power in 13th lies with director Ava DuVernay’s impulses towards simplicity and concision. Through archival footage and interviews with academics, activists and other experts,…
The Netflix streaming documentary 13th will have its opening night at the 54th New York Film Festival, then begin a limited theatrical run on October 7. Considering what gets covered in these two minutes, the film is not to be missed.
Wow, are we excited about this movie or what.
Queen Sugar, adapted from Natalie Baszile’s novel by Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, debuted last night on OWN. A second episode airs tonight, as part of a two-part premiere, and I’m so impatient I can barely stand it.
In The Hollywood Reporter’s latest cover story, queens and close buds Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay discussed their upcoming work collaborations and I bet you’ll never guess what else they talked about. Guess.
Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and the forthcoming television series Queen Sugar is now the first woman of color to direct a $100 million movie with the upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time.
The faces of the Black Lives Matter moment have inevitably been to some extent the faces of black men and women who have died at the hands of police. In a series of videos, activist organization Blackout For Human Rights shows the faces of people who are alive and flourishing, as a reminder of all that could have…
The Oprah Winfrey Network has released the trailer for it’s new television series Queen Sugar. The show is executive produced by Oprah, Melissa Carter and Ava DuVernay, who also directed the first two episodes of the season.
After what feels like a lifetime of delays, Frank Ocean has cryptically indicated that his second studio album, Boys Don’t Cry, will finally come out this month. On Saturday, Ocean posted an image of a library due date card featuring a stamp for July 2016, though of course that pileup of other deadlines blew right by…
MSNBC is undergoing a very public and extremely ungraceful makeover, cutting ties with Melissa Harris-Perry, who accused the network of sidelining her. Now MSNBC is also canceling a planned weekend show for Alex Wagner, who is Burmese-American, and jiggling around the schedules of a number of other non-white hosts and…
Meg and Cal! Meg and Cal! Meg and Cal!
The Bechdel test, as you know, asks whether female characters in a film speak to each other about things other than men; the DuVernay test, newly minted by the New York Times, asks how many times minorities speak about things other than white people. You know, like people of color actually do!
Creed director and noted man Ryan Coogler thinks women are better filmmakers than men, which is a nice thing to say.
Remember when, last year, white actors earned all 20 of the Oscar nominations in both leading and supporting categories, and we all said “Yo academy, this is ludicrously shitty and white-washed, even for you”? Before long, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was trending on Twitter — a means of calling out the Academy of…