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New York Women in Film & Television Unveils Screenwriters and Mentors For Fifth Annual Writers Lab

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New York Women in Film & Television and The Writers Lab co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon have revealed the 12 screenwriters to participate in The Writers Lab, which celebrates its fifth year. The program has also unveiled their roster of mentors.

The Writers Lab launched in 2015 and is the only lab in the world devoted exclusively to script development for women writers over the age of 40. It creates a springboard to the next stage of production and expands the boundaries of today’s commercial narrative film. Many past participants have seen their scripts optioned and/or are actively working in writers’ rooms.

The program, which is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, is supported by Oscar-winning actresses and Big Little Lies stars Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.

“I am so proud The Writers Lab has thrived and grown in these five years, and has functioned as a
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Julie Dash to Direct Biopic of Rosa Parks

Parks: Usia / National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency Record Group/ Ebony Magazine/ Wikimedia Commons

Writer-director Julie Dash made history with 1991’s “Daughters of the Dust,” the first feature directed by an African-American woman to be distributed theatrically in the U.S. Now she’s turning her camera on another trailblazing woman of color. Deadline reports that Dash has inked a deal to direct an upcoming biopic about civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who died in 2005. Production is expected to kick off in 2018.

Hailing from Invisible Pictures and Audrey Rosenberg (“I Am Not Your Negro”), the project takes place during the decade before her famous moment refusing to move on a Montgomery bus, when she “sought justice for 24-year-old wife and mother Recy Taylor, who was brutally gang-raped by six white men in Alabama in 1944,” the source summarizes. (Nancy Buirski’s new doc about the case and its legacy, “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” is making its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 1.)

The Parks film is based on Danielle McGuire’s award-winning 2010 nonfiction book “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.” Lisa Jones (“Disappearing Acts”) penned the screenplay.

Dash previously helmed a 2002 CBS TV movie about Parks starring Angela Bassett, “The Rosa Parks Story.”

“I jumped at the opportunity to dive head first back into the Rosa Parks story,” Dash told Deadline. “Doing the CBS movie, I realized that there was so much more to her life, legacy, and her activism that we didn’t have time in one [movie]. It was fascinating and just as dramatic as the Montgomery bus boycott, which is what she’s known for, but there is so much more.”

“Per Dash, the film will not only center on Parks’ efforts, but also the many other female activists who banded together to defend Taylor and demand justice for the crime (the perpetrators were never arrested, and Taylor’s case was dismissed),” the source writes.

“This is a great opportunity to revisit Jo Anne Robinson, Claudette Colvin, Recy Taylor, all the people who never really make it into ‘The Rosa Parks Story,’” Dash observed. “It’s an ensemble cast of feisty activists who changed the course of history” and laid the foundation for future civil rights demonstrations.

Dash also emphasized the significance of perspective in telling stories — that it matters who steps behind the camera to depict these events. “It’s important that black women, who know these stories and have intimate knowledge, that we tell these stories in the manner that they were meant to be told… It’s time to see theses stories in a new light and through a female lens.”

The “Queen Sugar” director added, “One of the reasons this story is being told is so that people can connect the dots and see that there’s a continuum. Maybe it’s not the back of the bus, but the hypocrisy is the same, the racism is the same, the systemic oppression is the same, and the rape cases are absolutely the same.” She hopes that audiences will be inspired “with what has been accomplished in the past” and inspired to “understand the bigger picture.” “There so many things that are happening today that run parallel,” she observed.

Dash was honored at last year’s Mill Valley Film Festival. She was the recipient of a Tribute program, which featured an onstage conversation with Dash, a clip reel of her work, and a screening of a restored version of “Daughters of the Dust.”

Julie Dash to Direct Biopic of Rosa Parks was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Sanaa Lathan to Star in Haifaa Al-Mansour Netflix Film “Nappily Ever After”

Sanaa Lathan in “Shots Fired

Sanaa Lathan is the latest Hollywood player to get into the Netflix business. Deadline confirms that the “Love & Basketball” actress will topline “Nappily Ever After,” a Netflix film from “Wadjda” director Haifaa Al-Mansour. Lathan will play Violet, a woman who begins to re-examine her life after an unsuccessful trip to the salon.

Violet Jones has a “seemingly flawless life until an accident at the hair dresser causes things in her life to unravel,” Deadline summarizes. “She starts to put the pieces back together with a little help from a soulful barber and his young daughter. Violet finds the courage to cast off some of the things that she didn’t really need, starting with the perfectly straightened hair, and find a life that has real meaning.”

Nappily Ever After” is based on Trisha R. Thomas’ book of the same name. Tina Chism (“Drumline”) adapted the novel and Gina Prince-Bythewood, Lisa Loomer (“Girl, Interrupted”), and Adam Brooks (“Mozart in the Jungle”) provided rewrites. Lathan is serving as one of the project’s producers.

The film, which will co-star Ernie Hudson (“Grace and Frankie”) as Lathan’s father, will begin filming in Atlanta later this month.

Nappily Ever After” marks Lathan and Prince-Bythewood’s fourth major collaboration. Lathan starred in Prince-Bythewood’s romantic dramas “Love & Basketball” and “Disappearing Acts.” She also toplined “Shots Fired,” a limited drama series about racially-motivated police violence from Prince-Bythewood and her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood.

You can catch Lathan next as a counterterrorism agent in the action thriller “American Assassin,” in theaters September 15.

“Silver & Black,” Prince-Bythewood’s Marvel film about superheroes Silver Sable and Black Cat, will hit theaters February 8, 2019.

Al-Mansour made her feature directorial debut with “Wadjda,” which follows a young woman who tries to raise enough money to buy and bicycle and participate in a Koran recitation competition. “Wadjda” was nominated for best foreign language film at the 2014 BAFTAs. The director’s next film, “Mary Shelley,” is a portrait of the love affair between the titular “Frankenstein” writer (Elle Fanning) and poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). “Mary Shelley” will make its world premiere next month at Tiff.

Sanaa Lathan to Star in Haifaa Al-Mansour Netflix Film “Nappily Ever After” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Watch: How Gina Prince-Bythewood Made 'Beyond the Lights' Her Way, See it on Netflix (Exclusive Video)

Watch: How Gina Prince-Bythewood Made 'Beyond the Lights' Her Way, See it on Netflix (Exclusive Video)
There are many talented women directors working--if not often enough--in Hollywood today. Top of the pack is writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who broke out of UCLA winning prizes, writing and directing shorts and television (HBO's "Disappearing Acts"), and delivering a well-reviewed Sundance hit for New Line Cinema, "Love & Basketball" (2000), starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, which scored Prince-Bythewood an Indie Spirit award and a Humanitas prize and grossed $27.4 million domestic. After producing 2003's "Biker Boyz," Prince-Bythewood followed up with Fox Searchlight's 2008 literary crowdpleaser "The Secret Life of Bees," starring Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah, which played better for audiences ($37.7 million domestic) than critics.  It's been another long stretch until "Beyond the Lights" (November 14, 2014), which played to raves in Toronto and Urbanworld, and earned a...
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SXSW: Gina Prince-Bythewood's 6 Inspirational Tips for Filmmakers

SXSW: Gina Prince-Bythewood's 6 Inspirational Tips for Filmmakers
As a graduate of the UCLA Film School, award-winning writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood might seem to have taken a traditional path in her filmmaking career, but it wasn't always so straightforward. Her first film "Love and Basketball" premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and also won Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Prince-Bythewood also directed HBO Films "Disappearing Acts" and "The Secret Life of Bees" which was adapted from Sue Monk Kidd’s best-selling novel and released by Fox Searchlight. Her latest feature film "Beyond the Lights," now out on VOD, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker and Minnie Driver. In a conversation hosted by social media celebrity and writer Kimberly "Dr. Goddess" Ellis at the SXSW Film Festival this week, filmmaker Prince-Bythewood revealed the personal and professional experiences that shaped her career in the hope of inspiring others to overcome their own...
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SXSW: Gina Prince-Blythewood's 6 Inspirational Tips for Filmmakers

SXSW: Gina Prince-Blythewood's 6 Inspirational Tips for Filmmakers
As a graduate of the UCLA Film School, award-winning writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood might seem to have taken a traditional path in her filmmaking career, but it wasn't always so straightforward. Her first film "Love and Basketball" premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and also won Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Prince-Bythewood also directed HBO Films "Disappearing Acts" and "The Secret Life of Bees" which was adapted from Sue Monk Kidd’s best-selling novel and released by Fox Searchlight. Her latest feature film "Beyond the Lights," now out on VOD, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker and Minnie Driver. In a conversation hosted by social media celebrity and writer Kimberly "Dr. Goddess" Ellis at the SXSW Film Festival this week, filmmaker Prince-Bythewood revealed the personal and professional experiences that shaped her career in the hope of inspiring others to overcome their own...
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Gina Prince-Bythewood Wants to Eliminate the Term "Black Film"

When you think of director Gina Prince-Bythewood, you probably immediately think of the "black films" she's made. But, if she had her way, she would get rid the term “black film” altogether. In an interview yesterday on NPR, Ms. Prince-Bythewood said that the term “marginalizes” a film, in effect giving it, we could say, second class status. She wishes, instead, for all films, regardless of genre, to have people of color in them. But what we have here, is what is called a slippery slope. It begs the question, what does she consider her previous films, such as "Love and Basketball," "The Secret Life of Bees," and "Disappearing Acts"...
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Interview: Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Directed ‘Beyond the Lights’

Chicago – The show business life is ripe for drama, and the new film “Beyond the Lights” explores the difficulties of the the superstar reaches of the music business, through a Beyoncé-type singer. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Noni, and the film’s director is Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”).

Minnie Driver and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘Beyond the Lights

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is making a name for herself, with two major releases this year, “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights.” The English actress is probably best remembered as the quirky student friend of Tom Hanks in “Larry Crowne.” Director Gina Prince-Bythewood is back in the spotlight after the well-received “Love & Basketball” in 2000. Since that time, she has directed HBO’s “Disappearing Acts” (2000) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008).

HollywoodChicago.com sat down to speak with both women during the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, where “Beyond the Lights” was the highlighted
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Interview: Think Like A Man Too’s Regina Hall & Terrence J

Director Tim Story’s Think Like A Man Too opens in theaters next Friday on June 20. The film is the follow-up to the hit ensemble comedy Think Like A Man, which Story also directed and earned over $96 million at the worldwide box office.

In the sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Screen GemsThink Like A Man Too reunites the original cast, including Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Terrence J and Taraji P. Henson.

As part of a lively roundtable discussion, Wamg sat down with two of the film’s stars, Regina Hall and Terrence J to talk about the sequel.
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20 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Cast of 'The Best Man Holiday'

Since 1999, the cast of Malcolm D. Lee's "The Best Man" has been around the world and back again.

Now, fourteen years later, the cast has reunited for its sequel in "The Best Man Holiday" -- and why not? Written and directed by Lee, "Holiday" doesn't miss a beat, picking up 15 years after its predecessor, and the rivalries, romance, and all-around camaraderie have not been lost among the longtime friends.

"The Best Man Holiday," starring Nia Long (Jordan), Regina Hall (Candace), Morris Chestnut (Lance), Terrence Howard (Quentin), Monica Calhoun (Mia), Harold Perrineau (Julian), Taye Diggs (Harper), Melissa De Sousa (Shelby), and Sanaa Lathan (Robyn), hits theaters today, and we've assembled 20 things you probably don't know about its cast to celebrate the long-awaited sequel.

1. Nia Long played Will Smith's girlfriend and fiancée on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" from 1994 through 1995. Interestingly enough, Jada Pinkett-Smith -- Smith's current wife -- was
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Today’s Birthday 3/24/11

Actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson welcomes 42 today. The Bronx native is probably best known for her role in Madea’s Family Reunion.

She’s also appeared in The Cosby Show, Clockers, In The House, The Practice, The Steve Harvey Show, Big Momma’s House 2, Disappearing Acts, K-Ville, Drop Dead Diva, House of Payne, Law & Order and Meet The Browns. Pheww! The girl has been working.

The next film project we can expect to see her in is the movie Bolden!, about the first Cornet King of New Orleans, alongside Anthony Mackie, Omari Hardwick, Wendell Pierce, Omar Gooding and Jackie Earle Haley.
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Terry McMillan Talks Writing, Living, Loving & Learning

As previously mentioned here, Terry McMillan’s recently published novel, Getting To Happy, has already been adapted into a screenplay by the author and her sccreenwriting partner, Ron Bass.

This week, as Getting To Happy hits the shops, McMillan has been talking to Donya Blaze in a three part inteview for Media Beat (posted blow). With two previous novels already adapted for to the big screen – Waiting to Exhale (1995) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) – and one for TV Disappearing Acts (2000), McMillan reveals how she was never particularly fond of her female characters in Waiting to Exhale because she thought ere they were a little desperate, how she’s put the ugliness of divorce behind her (and the fact that Stella was not completely autobiogaphical), and advises young writers to concentrate on stories and characters rather than setting money and fame as a main goal. She also gives her
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The Red Chord – Fed Through The Teeth Machine (Musick Review)

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Massachusetts’ masters of mayhem, The Red Chord, have just released their latest (and by far their greatest) CD entitled Fed Through The Teeth Machine, a ravenous rampage of raw hatred directed at the trendy bands that litter the music scene. Their fourth full-length release showcases their uncompromising song writing style which sets them miles above the rest with their highly technical guitar riffs, insane drumming, and ferocious layered vocals. But not everything is played on Fed Through The Teeth Machine is at 800 beats per minute, the brutal break-downs and sublime solos add a decorous divergence from the in-your-face intensity felt throughout.

The Red Chord has been together for over 9 years now, and in that time they’ve harnessed their powerful audial-attack into a mind-blowing assault of Death-core domination. From the first note heard to the last scream shouted, Fed Through The Teeth Machine is a non-stop barrage of blistering blast beats,
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