Regina King kicks off production on One Night in Miami

Regina King has officially begun production on her directorial debut in New Orleans, Louisiana.The Oscar-winning actress announced last July that she would be stepping behind the camera for One Night in Miami, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’s 2013 play o…

Regina King has officially begun production on her directorial debut in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Oscar-winning actress announced last July that she would be stepping behind the camera for One Night in Miami, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’s 2013 play of the same name.

King’s film will be set in February 1964, on the night boxer Cassius Clay became world heavyweight champion following a shock victory over Sonny Liston.

The fictional narrative will be focused on the aftermath of the fight, with Clay, civil rights activist Malcolm X, soul singer Sam Cooke, and American football player Jim Brown meeting for hours at a Miami motel.

Kingsley Ben-Adir will portray Malcolm X, Riverdale star Eli Goree will play boxing great Clay before he became known as Muhammad Ali, Leslie Odom, Jr. will feature as Sam Cooke, while Aldis Hodge will take on the part of Jim Brown.

“One Night in Miami is a love letter to black manhood that powerfully explores themes of race, identity and friendship,” King told Deadline. “We’re so excited to have Kingsley, Eli, Aldis, and Leslie in the lead roles showing a different side of these iconic men.”

Powers penned the screenplay for the project. His original play explored the possibility of what the successful men of colour may have discussed as they fought for equality in the face of racism and white supremacy during the 1960s civil rights movement.

In the past, If Beale Street Could Talk star King has directed episodes of TV shows such as Scandal, Shameless, The Good Doctor, and This Is Us, but One Night in Miami marks her first time helming a feature film.

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Anna Wintour praises 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday ni…

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday night, with the likes of Ashley Graham, Ben Platt, and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid in attendance.

During the dinner, Christopher John Rogers was crowned the winner of the sixteenth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, with Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel and Reese Cooper named as runners-up.

“With this year’s Fashion Fund finalists, we’ve seen not only great design and talent, but a wonderful commitment to progressive and inclusive values,” said Wintour, editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue. “Fashion should never be divorced from the values of the world and this year’s designers have taken that to heart.”

Rogers will receive $400,000 (£310,000), while the two runners-up walk home with $150,000 (£116,000) each. The three designers will also regularly meet with an assigned business mentor.

Winning the top prize in the prestigious competition marks a major moment in the career of Brooklyn-based Rogers. Born in Baton Rouge, the designer is quickly building up a reputation for his bold use of colour and playful silhouettes, with celebrities including Lizzo, Rihanna, Regina King, and Tracee Ellis Ross having worn his creations to events.

He follows in the footsteps of past winners such as Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Brock Collection, Telfar, and Pyer Moss.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to foster not only creative design talent but also an entrepreneurial spirit required in today’s changing fashion landscape,” added CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb. “This year’s finalists represent the best of American fashion’s future.”

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Regina King feared she would always be cast as a ‘wife’ in movies

Regina King instigated a change in her career after she kept being offered the role of someone’s wife in movies.The actress fell victim to typecasting following her stellar turn as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character’s wife Marcee Tidwell in the 1996 hit Jerr…

Regina King instigated a change in her career after she kept being offered the role of someone’s wife in movies.

The actress fell victim to typecasting following her stellar turn as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character’s wife Marcee Tidwell in the 1996 hit Jerry Maguire.

She went on to play Will Smith’s wife in 1998’s Enemy of the State, Eddie Murphy’s significant other in Daddy Day Care in 2003, and Margie Hendrix, partner of Jamie Foxx’s Ray Charles, in the 2004 biopic Ray.

But during an interview on The Graham Norton Show which airs in the U.K. on Friday night, Regina explained that she grew tired of playing the same parts and knew she wanted to start taking on much more complex roles.

“When you get a call asking you to play Samuel L. Jackson’s wife you think, ‘Surely you meant daughter or mistress?’ I love Sam, but that told me it was time to shift,” she explained, refusing to name the movie or character she was offered and turned down.

Regina, who scooped an Oscar earlier this year for her stunning portrayal of a woman seeking justice in If Beale Street Could Talk, also opened up about the sense of relief she felt after her win for Best Supporting Actress.

“It still feels surreal, but I felt so much love in that room. Once you’ve won the pressure is off, and they do have a bar!” the 48-year-old laughed.

Regina is currently appearing as Angela Abar – and her alter-ego Sister Knight – in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Watchmen, which is an adaptation of the bleak, ultra-violent comic.

And while the star is happy doing her own stunts on the show, she’s keen for a double to take over her racy scenes.

“I’ll do some of them, but I have a stunt double to do all the hard stuff because I am not landing on the ground! I do sometimes wish that the double could come in to do some of the sex scenes – that would be awesome!” Regina joked.

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Regina King to make feature directorial debut with One Night in Miami

Regina King will make her feature directorial debut with a movie adaptation of theatre play One Night in Miami.The Oscar winner has previously directed episodes of TV shows Scandal, Shameless, The Good Doctor and This Is Us, but this marks her first ti…

Regina King will make her feature directorial debut with a movie adaptation of theatre play One Night in Miami.

The Oscar winner has previously directed episodes of TV shows Scandal, Shameless, The Good Doctor and This Is Us, but this marks her first time directing a feature film.

The upcoming project is an adaptation of Kemp Powers’ play of the same name, which is set on the night that Cassius Clay – aka Muhammad Ali

– activist Malcolm X, soul singer Sam Cooke and American football player Jim Brown meet for hours at a Miami motel.

On 25 February 1964, Clay celebrated his shock heavyweight world title victory against Sonny Liston at the Hampton House Motel with his three close friends, and Powers’ play explored the possibility of what the successful men of colour may have discussed as they fought for equality in the face of racism and white supremacy during the 1960s civil rights movement.

According to Deadline, the play is set to Cooke’s iconic music, including his ’60s anthem, A Change Is Gonna Come.

King, who won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her role in last year’s If Beale Street Could Talk, will next be seen on screen in Damon Lindelof‘s new HBO series Watchmen, which is based on the DC comic book series.

The 48-year-old is a huge fan of the theatre, and recently admitted she feels “intimated” about treading the boards, but wants to step on the stage at some point in the future.

“Absolutely! I just (became) a little intimidated at some point and then it eventually became that I just didn’t know (if) I was able to dedicate the amount of time. If you’re going to do it, then you better be dedicated. Committed! Why do it if you’re not? So, I think I’m there. Put it out there!” she told Entertainment Tonight.

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Tyler Perry delivers powerful speech at 2019 BET Awards

Director Tyler Perry received a standing ovation after delivering an inspirational speech as he accepted an honour at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday. The filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for creating and performing as the character Madea, took to …

Director Tyler Perry received a standing ovation after delivering an inspirational speech as he accepted an honour at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday.

The filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for creating and performing as the character Madea, took to the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to accept the Ultimate Icon Award, and during his speech, he spoke about how he’s always sharing opportunities and trying to help the likes of Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba get a break by casting them in his movies.

“When I started hiring people like Taraji, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, they couldn’t get jobs in this town, but God blessed me to be in a position to be able to hire them. I was trying to help somebody cross,” said Perry, who continued to explain that he helped his mother cross by making films which “let black women know they are worthy, special, powerful, amazing.”

The Gone Girl actor went on to detail why he chose the location of his film studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

“When I built my studio, I built it in a neighbourhood that is one of the poorest black neighbourhoods in Atlanta, so that young black kids could see that a black man did that and they could do it, too,” he continued. “That studio was once a Confederate Army base – and I want you to hear this – which meant that there were Confederate soldiers on that base plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved. Now that land is owned by one Negro.”

After receiving applause and a standing ovation for his comment, the 49-year-old concluded, “While everybody was fighting for a seat at the table, talking about #OscarsSoWhite, I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that, but while you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own’… Rather than being an icon, I want to be an inspiration.”

Other winners on the night included Regina King and Michael B. Jordan, who won Best Actress and Best Actor, while BlacKkKlansman was named Best Movie.

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Lupita Nyong’o inspired by Regina King’s push for equality on screen

Regina King’s awards show pledge to push for inclusivity on film and TV sets forced Lupita Nyong’o to make a few career changes. During her Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress award acceptance speech in January (19), King announced plans to ensure 5…

Regina King’s awards show pledge to push for inclusivity on film and TV sets forced Lupita Nyong’o to make a few career changes.

During her Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress award acceptance speech in January (19), King announced plans to ensure 50 per cent of the creative teams hired for projects she works on is made up of women.

“I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years everything that I produce I am making a vow – and it’s going to be tough – to make sure that everything that I produce is 50 per cent women,” The If Beale Street Could Talk star said. “And I just challenge anyone out there… to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”

The bold statement left a big impact on Nyong’o, who took a moment to look at her own contributions to making changes in the entertainment industry.

“When you have people like Regina King stand up and say, ‘Hey, my next project is going to be 50 per cent women’, it wakes people up to realise that everyone has a role to play in creating or influencing the inclusive world we all so badly want to see,” Nyong’o tells Vogue. “It forces you to think, ‘OK, what can I do in my little sphere of influence?’ It’s the consciousness of every individual to make that change.”

The Black Panther star is currently promoting her new horror film Us, directed by Get Out filmmaker Jordan Peele, and admits her admiration for him almost deterred her from taking the role.

“I had a reverence for him, and I realised that reverence kills creativity,” she shares. “I had to work my way out of that to a place of respect, so that I could respect myself enough to offer my talent and trust myself enough to contribute to his vision, rather than being dwarfed by it.”

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Amy Poehler was Regina King’s good Oscars’ omen

Regina King was convinced she had received a positive sign from God about her Best Supporting Actress Oscar odds after Amy Poehler stepped out onstage as a co-presenter. The If Beale Street Could Talk star reveals she receives a daily newsletter featu…

Regina King was convinced she had received a positive sign from God about her Best Supporting Actress Oscar odds after Amy Poehler stepped out onstage as a co-presenter.

The If Beale Street Could Talk star reveals she receives a daily newsletter featuring inspirational quotes, and the email which dropped into her inbox on Sunday morning (24Feb19) promoted a message from Poehler.

The line resonated with Regina, and she started to get a good feeling about her chances of victory that night as Amy joined fellow funnywomen Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph to make a surprise appearance and open the show, presenting the award for her category.

Regina was already a big fan of the comediennes’ work, so having them honour her as Best Supporting Actress at the Los Angeles ceremony meant the world to her.

“To have these three women (present the prize), oh my God, that was a huge deal!” the new Oscar winner gushed backstage in an interview for U.S. morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan.

“I am vibrating right now,” she confessed.

Regina then explained the significance of Poehler’s presence at the Academy Awards at that particular moment: “What was even more amazing is this morning, I get these emails of quotes, and I got a quote from Amy Poehler this morning…,” King recalled, “and so when she walked out (to co-present), I was like, ‘God, is this a sign?’ And the quote was, ‘Surround yourself with people that challenge you and that inspire you,’ and I feel like I subscribe to that.”

The win for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk marked Regina’s first Oscar, from her very first nomination.

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Green Book crowned Best Picture at 2019 Oscars

Green Book beat Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma to be named Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19). Cuaron had widely been tipped as the favourite for the top award of the night, but it was Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-li…

Green Book beat Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma to be named Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).

Cuaron had widely been tipped as the favourite for the top award of the night, but it was Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-life tour of the Deep South in 1960s segregated America, which was crowned Best Picture, adding to Mahershala Ali’s Best Supporting Actor win and Best Original Screenplay for director Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Hayes Currie.

Cuaron was also triple winner, earning Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Language Film, giving Mexico its first ever win in that category.

Period comedy/drama The Favourite, which tied Roma with 10 nominations heading into the show, was shut out in all but one category – an emotional Olivia Colman took home the Best Actress prize over her “idol” Glenn Close.

It was a night full of first-time Oscar winners – Rami Malek won Best Actor for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury for Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King picked up the Best Supporting Actress statuette, and Spike Lee claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for BlackKklansman.

Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter landed the title for Costume Design, making her the first black woman to win the accolade, while the superhero movie also made history with Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart’s triumph in Production Design, as Beachler is the first black person to lift the gold statuette.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga scooped Best Original Song for her A Star Is Born hit Shallow, sharing the prize with her fellow songwriters Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. She missed out on Best Actress to Colman.

The Los Angeles ceremony, which was without a host following Kevin Hart’s withdrawal over old homophobic tweets, was opened by British music legends Queen, with singer Adam Lambert as frontman. They got Hollywood’s biggest stars at the Dolby Theatre rocking from the very start with renditions of their classics We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, which are both featured in four-time Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody.

The full list of winners at the 91st Academy Awards is:

Best Picture:

Green Book

Best Actor:

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress:

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actress:

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best Director:

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Best Original Screenplay:

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – BlackKklansman

Original Score:

Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson

Original Song:

Shallow, A Star is Born – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt

Foreign Language Film:

Roma (Mexico)

Cinematography:

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

Visual Effects:

First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm

Costume Design:

Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Production Design:

Black Panther – Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart

Make-up and Hairstyling:

Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney

Film Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman

Sound Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst, and Nina Hartstone

Sound Mixing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali

Animated Feature:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated Short Film:

Bao

Documentary Feature:

Free Solo

Live-action Short Film:

Skin

Documentary Short Subject:

Period. End of Sentence.

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Green Book crowned Best Picture at 2019 Oscars

Green Book beat Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma to be named Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19). Cuaron had widely been tipped as the favourite for the top award of the night, but it was Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-li…

Green Book beat Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma to be named Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).

Cuaron had widely been tipped as the favourite for the top award of the night, but it was Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-life tour of the Deep South in 1960s segregated America, which was crowned Best Picture, adding to Mahershala Ali’s Best Supporting Actor win and Best Original Screenplay for director Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Hayes Currie.

Cuaron was also triple winner, earning Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Language Film, giving Mexico its first ever win in that category.

Period comedy/drama The Favourite, which tied Roma with 10 nominations heading into the show, was shut out in all but one category – an emotional Olivia Colman took home the Best Actress prize over her “idol” Glenn Close.

It was a night full of first-time Oscar winners – Rami Malek won Best Actor for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury for Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King picked up the Best Supporting Actress statuette, and Spike Lee claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for BlackKklansman.

Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter landed the title for Costume Design, making her the first black woman to win the accolade, while the superhero movie also made history with Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart’s triumph in Production Design, as Beachler is the first black person to lift the gold statuette.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga scooped Best Original Song for her A Star Is Born hit Shallow, sharing the prize with her fellow songwriters Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. She missed out on Best Actress to Colman.

The Los Angeles ceremony, which was without a host following Kevin Hart’s withdrawal over old homophobic tweets, was opened by British music legends Queen, with singer Adam Lambert as frontman. They got Hollywood’s biggest stars at the Dolby Theatre rocking from the very start with renditions of their classics We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, which are both featured in four-time Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody.

The full list of winners at the 91st Academy Awards is:

Best Picture:

Green Book

Best Actor:

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress:

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actress:

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best Director:

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Best Original Screenplay:

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – BlackKklansman

Original Score:

Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson

Original Song:

Shallow, A Star is Born – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt

Foreign Language Film:

Roma (Mexico)

Cinematography:

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

Visual Effects:

First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm

Costume Design:

Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Production Design:

Black Panther – Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart

Make-up and Hairstyling:

Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney

Film Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman

Sound Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst, and Nina Hartstone

Sound Mixing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali

Animated Feature:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated Short Film:

Bao

Documentary Feature:

Free Solo

Live-action Short Film:

Skin

Documentary Short Subject:

Period. End of Sentence.

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Tyler Perry ‘immediately’ answered Regina King’s equality call

Tyler Perry was among the first stars to reach out to actress Regina King and show his support for her Golden Globes call to employ an equal split of men and women onset. The If Beale Street Could Talk star revealed she would only be producing project…

Tyler Perry was among the first stars to reach out to actress Regina King and show his support for her Golden Globes call to employ an equal split of men and women onset.

The If Beale Street Could Talk star revealed she would only be producing projects which really champion equal rights for the next two years as she accepted her Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture on Sunday (06Jan19), when she challenged fellow power players in “all industries” to do the same.

“I am making a vow, and it’s going to be tough, to make sure that everything that I produce that is 50 per cent women,” she said.

Regina’s big declaration earned her a loud round of applause from her Hollywood peers at the ceremony, and as soon as she stepped off stage, she began receiving similar pledges from stars like filmmaker Perry and True Blue writer/producer Bert Salke.

“Bert Salke has (reached out), Tyler Perry, immediately, and those are men,” Regina told U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight.

“Those are just a couple of the men. I haven’t even finished going through all my congratulations emails, so I’m sure there’s a couple of others.”

But Regina reveals some people actually tried to talk her out of delivering such a bold speech at the awards: “(People have told me) that to take the risk of saying something like that and putting something on myself (like) that was too big,” she explained.

“I don’t feel like it is. I feel like it’s possible, and the reality is all I had to do was say it.”

The actress admits she received similar unsolicited advice when she decided she wanted to expand her career and try directing.

“All I had to do was start saying it out loud, and the amount of support I got and people that helped find workshops and programmes for me to go through to hone those directing skills, it happened as soon as I said it,” Regina shared.

She made her directorial debut back in 2013 on the set of her crime drama series Southland, and went on to shoot episodes of Scandal, Being Mary Jane, and The Good Doctor, among others.

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