Actor Forest Whitaker will serve as an Executive Producer on Angela Davis’ upcoming biopic, Varietyreports. The movie rights were acquired to the book Angela Davis: An Autobiography last year by Codeblack Films, which was created as a division of Lionsgate in 2012 to provide better film representation to the worldwide black community.
73-year-old Davis is one of the most important activists in history, having risen to prominence as a central figure in the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s. She made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1970 after being linked to the death of a Supreme Court judge in California, a crime for which she was acquitted two years later.
She will serve as an Executive Producer herself on the film, as will her niece Eisa, whose play “Bulrusher” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Fruitvale Station’s Nina Yang Bongiovi, Codeblack CEO Jeff Clanagan, and Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ Sidra Smith are also attached.
Whitaker was last seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Arrival, and will next appear in Finding Steve McQueen, Labyrinth, and Black Panther.
Although Netflix frequently kills it with their original content, their latest movie is sure to be a hit among hits. Based on the Japanese manga series, Death Note has already garnered a large online following.
When a young man finds a notebook that holds supernatural powers, he is bestowed the ability to kill anyone with the stroke of a pen. With this new power, he begins a crusade against evil in attempt to become a human god. When a detective hunts him down, it becomes a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
Death Note premieres August 25 on Netflix. Watch the trailer below:
Perry’s hit, which has reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the lead single off her forthcoming fifth studio album. Lil Yachty, meanwhile, plans to release his first record, Teenage Emotions, later this year.
“I will swallow my pride/ What will be will be/ When you roll over at night/ Tell me what you see/ That empty pillow by your side/ That could have been me/ That could have been me,” our favorite Swedish songstress croons on her second new song this week, “That Could Have Been Me,” produced by the legendary Todd Rundgren.
If our prayers are being answered, two new Robyn tracks in one week is indicative of a forthcoming larger album, though there’s been no confirmation of such dreams.
The sorrowful new heartbreak anthem is currently streaming exclusively on Pitchfork, and is well worth the listen.
“That Could Have Been Me” is featured on Rundgren’s new LP, White Knight. It follows in the wake of Robyn’s “Honey,” which debuted on “Girls” Sunday night.
LPX has just released her first music video as a solo artist – for the alt-pop anthem “Tightrope,” an angsty, ferocious track described by Billboardas “a left field pop gem that blasts with fuzzed-out energy and emotion, recalling the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Klaxons, and The Strokes.”
The video sees Lizzy Plapinger, previously known as the frontwoman of MS MR, thrashing about in red couture in a strange, dark, interdimensional space filled with strobe lights and twitching.
“This song is about wrestling with the dizzying highs and lows of throwing oneself wholly with heart, body and mind, towards a risk,” Plapinger said in a statement. “For the video I wanted to explore translating that internal battle into a physical one while highlighting the intensity and frenetic energy of the song. The video draws inspiration from artists Hito Steyerl and Norman McLaren as well as the 1948 film The Red Shoes and the ‘Imagination’ routine in Flashdance.”
The video is directed by Mafalda Millies and choreographed by Karole Armitage, who’s previously worked with the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna. Check it out below:
Nicki Minaj beat out Aretha Franklin to take over the title of most Hot 100-charting songs for a female artist in Billboardhistory. Franklin previously held the record with 73 Hot 100 songs, and has had the title since 1977. But after dropping her trio of new tracks, “No Frauds,” “Regret In Your Tears,” and “Changed It,” Minaj sits atop the throne with a whopping 76.
Of all acts in music history, the one with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits is the cast of Glee, with 205. Minaj now sits 9th overall, behind her frequent collaborators Lil Wayne, with 135, and Drake, with 133.
Nicki took to Instagram after learning of the new to offer some truly iconic content:
The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true story of a Polish couple who housed Jews in the Warsaw Zoo during the Holocaust, and were able to save the lives of more than 300 from the Warsaw Ghetto. The heartbreaking movie stars Jessica Chastain in the unforgettable role of Antonina Żabińska, and is directed by Niki Caro.
The movie is unique in it’s feminine perspective on a grueling war saga, and thanks to it’s inclusion of many wild animal actors: Chastain’s roster of scene partners include real tigers, elephants, camels, polar bears, skunks, and lions. Interestingly enough, the film, set in the early to mid twentieth century, feels alarmingly modern.
“Well, the world’s changed,” said Caro when asked about the film’s relevancy. “Seven years ago, when I became involved in this movie, I thought I was developing a historical drama. As it happens, we have made a contemporary film.”
Take a look at our exclusive BlackBook interview with the film’s star and director below.
Last night’s episode of “Girls” delivered us more than reactions to Hannah’s pregnancy and clips from Adam and Jessa’s god-awful movie: we also got to hear the dulcet and much-needed tones of a new Robyn song. “Honey” (the song’s title, according to Shazam) plays as the episode, titled “Full Disclosure,” comes to an end, and has already been ripped from HBO Go and posted to SoundCloud, with minimal dialogue from the episode still present.
“Honey” marks the first new piece of Robyn music since last year’s RMX/RBN, a remix album reworking some of the artist’s biggest hits. Here’s to praying the single is part of a larger new record!
The Swedish songstress had teased that something fun might be coming on last night’s “Girls” in a Facebook post and corresponding fun little photo shoot:
HBO’s quasi-spiritual drama, The Leftovers has continuously left us on the edge of our seats, always wanting more. The show follows a family as they move on in the wake of a strange occurrence that appears to be the rapture. Mom joins a creepy cult, led by none other than Liv Tyler. Dad begins experiencing the afterlife. Meanwhile, teenagers are teenagers and that will never change.
HBO has recently released the trailer for the third season. Split into seven parts and posted on different locations of social media, it shows that the new season picks up seven years after the first departure. If you’re slightly familiar with Christian beliefs, you know that’s not a good thing. The Garvey family is apparently facing a pretty big flood and subsequently, the end of days. But apparently dad might be the second coming of Christ?
The third and final season of The Leftovers premieres April 16 on HBO. In case you don’t feel like scouring the internet for seven pieces to this puzzle, the full trailer and poster is available below: