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Tupac, Afeni Shakur Docuseries Headed to FX

FX announced a new slate of docuseries including a five-part project on Tupac and Afeni Shakur, as well as a six-episode investigation into a dying breed of old school hip-hop power brokers. The network announced five new docuseries in total, plus one feature documentary, though they have yet to share premiere dates for any of the programs.

Per a press release, Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur will tell the story of “the most inspiring and dangerous mother-son duo in American history, whose unified message of freedom, equality,
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FX Expands Docuseries Slate with Five New Projects, One Feature Documentary

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FX is continuing its push into the documentary business with the announcement of six new projects.

The cabler announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that they have ordered five new docuseries and one documentary feature. The move comes after FX launched the New York Times docuseries “The Weekly” back in June.

“FX has long sought to give artists a platform to showcase their individual, uncompromising vision and its new docuseries and features are an opportunity to extend that ambition in our collaboration with non-fiction talent,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Entertainment. “It’s been tremendously rewarding to partner with The New York Times and Hulu on ‘The Weekly,’ which has excelled creatively and is hitting series-high ratings. Under the guidance of FX’s Jonathan Frank and J.J. Klein, we are now honored to partner with these new teams to create docuseries and features
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FX Ramps Up Non-Fiction Slate With Docuseries On Tupac Shakur, Lgbtq Rights & Zodiac Killer – TCA

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FX Ramps Up Non-Fiction Slate With Docuseries On Tupac Shakur, Lgbtq Rights & Zodiac Killer – TCA
Docuseries about Tupac Shakur and his mother, the fight for Lgbtq civil rights in America and the man who possibly was the Zodiac killer lead FX’s latest documentary slate.

FX is ramping up its non-fiction slate with five new docuseries and one feature documentary, building on its latest series The Weekly, with The New York Times.

The news was revealed by Nick Grad and Gina Balian, Presidents, Original Programming, FX Entertainment at the TCA summer press tour.

Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, from The Defiant Ones director Allen Hughes is a five-part series looking at the mother and son. Told through the eyes of the people who knew them best, the series explores their message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice.

Pride is a six-part docuseries chronicling the fight for Lgbtq civil rights in America through the lens of history, pop culture and politics. Produced by
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FX Unveils Robust First Docuseries Slate

Six months after CEO John Landgraf revealed plans for FX to make a greater push into the unscripted space, the basic cable network is delivering on that promise.

On Tuesday, ahead of Landgraf's time at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, FX revealed its first-ever documentary slate, consisting of five shows and a feature doc, all of which are set to join The Weekly at the cabler.

Picked up to series are: a project exploring Tupac Shakur and his mother and activist Afeni Shakur from The Defiant Ones director Allen Hughes; a Blumhouse TV-produced six-party entry based ...
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A Patch of Blue

Sidney Poitier’s films of the 1950s and ’60s almost always put a statement about race in the forefront, and even when the message was obvious, his work as ambassador across the race divide made a big difference. This sweet tale of a possible romance across social barriers came at a time when interracial pairing was still illegal in some states. Poitier is his sweet self, but the film was stolen by young Elizabeth Hartman, a major talent with a tragic life story.

A Patch of Blue

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1965 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date June, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon, Elisabeth Fraser, John Qualen.

Cinematography: Robert Burks

Film Editor: Rita Roland

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

From the novel Be Ready With Bells and Drums by Elizabeth Kata

Produced by Pandro S. Berman

Written and Directed by
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Tony Curtis movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Sweet Smell of Success,’ ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘Spartacus’

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Tony Curtis movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Sweet Smell of Success,’ ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘Spartacus’
Tony Curtis would’ve celebrated his 94th birthday on June 3, 2019. The Oscar-nominated performer starred in dozens of movies throughout his career, becoming famous as the charismatic leading man of romantic comedies, action films, and prestige dramas. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1925 in The Bronx, New York, Curtis got his start in movies thanks mainly to his good looks. He first gained attention as a serious actor thanks to Alexander Mackendrick‘s searing drama “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957), in which he played an unscrupulous publicist who agrees to do the bidding of an amoral Broadway critic (Burt Lancaster). The film brought him a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor.

SEEBurt Lancaster movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

He earned his one and only Oscar bid the
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Tony Curtis movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Tony Curtis movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Tony Curtis would’ve celebrated his 94th birthday on June 3, 2019. The Oscar-nominated performer starred in dozens of movies throughout his career, becoming famous as the charismatic leading man of romantic comedies, action films, and prestige dramas. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1925 in The Bronx, New York, Curtis got his start in movies thanks mainly to his good looks. He first gained attention as a serious actor thanks to Alexander Mackendrick‘s searing drama “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957), in which he played an unscrupulous publicist who agrees to do the bidding of an amoral Broadway critic (Burt Lancaster). The film brought him a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor.

He earned his one and only Oscar bid the following year as Best Actor for Stanley Kramer‘s
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Albert Hughes Makes Splashy TV Entry With Ethan Hawke-Led John Brown Series

Albert Hughes Makes Splashy TV Entry With Ethan Hawke-Led John Brown Series
Since Albert and Allen Hughes — known professionally as the Hughes brothers — split up around 2004 to direct solo projects, individual output has been uneven in terms of volume, acclaim and box office. Allen’s highlight was the 2017 HBO documentary series “The Defiant Ones,” about music producers Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. While Albert directed his first solo feature film in 2018, the historical adventure “Alpha.” While the former’s follow-up remains a mystery, the latter will make his first major foray into television, signing up to direct and executive produce Showtime’s limited series based on author James McBride’s 2013 book, “The Good Lord Bird,” replacing Anthony Hemingway.

A winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, the first person narrative follows Henry Shackleford, a mid-19th century slave in Kansas who accidentally encounters abolitionist John Brown and joins his movement. Ethan Hawke, who is also co-writing and executive producing the series,
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A docu-series on Tupac Shakur

Director Allen Hughes, who helmed the award-winning documentary "The Defiant Ones," has closed a deal with Tupac Shakur's estate for a five-part docu-series for which he will have full access to all of the late rappers released and unreleased recordings, writings, and poetry, according to an announcement from his representative.

The announcement says the series will be "the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate," reports variety.com.

A representative for the estate confirmed the deal.

Hughes will direct and is an executive producer with Lasse J?rvi and Charles D. King. A representative for Hughes declined to provide further information.

Hughes himself worked with Shakur in the early 1990s, directing a video for the rapper's early hit "Brenda's Got a Baby". However, the two got into a fistfight in 1993 that resulted in the rapper being sent to jail for 15 days.

The dispute
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‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993

‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993
Director Allen Hughes, who helmed the award-winning HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” has closed a deal with Tupac Shakur’s estate for a five-part docuseries for which he will have full access to all of the late rapper’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry, according to an announcement from his rep. The announcement says the series will be “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.” A rep for the estate confirmed the deal.

Hughes will direct and is an executive producer with Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini is a producer and the production companies are Interscope Films and MacRo. A rep for Hughes declined to provide further information.

Hughes himself worked with Tupac in the early 1990s, directing a video for the rapper’s early hit “Brenda’s Got a Baby.” However, the two got into a fistfight
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Allen Hughes Makes Deal With Shakur Estate For 5-Part Tupac Documentary Series

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Allen Hughes Makes Deal With Shakur Estate For 5-Part Tupac Documentary Series
Director Allen Hughes has closed a deal with the Shakur Estate that grants him full access to all of Tupac Shakur’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry. He will use all that to direct and exec produce a five-part documentary series on the late hip hop icon.

Hughes will make it his follow-up project to the superb HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones, on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. The Tupac documentary aims to be the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.

There is much terrain to cover even though he was only 25 when he was assassinated in 1996. Shakur blazed a trail in hip hop, social activism and movies before he was gunned down in Las Vegas.

Hughes will be exec producer alongside Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini will be producer in a co-production between Interscope Films & MacRo.

Hughes
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'Defiant Ones' Director Sets Tupac Shakur Docuseries as Follow-Up

'Defiant Ones' Director Sets Tupac Shakur Docuseries as Follow-Up
Allen Hughes has reached a deal with the estate of Tupac Shakur that will grant him full access to all of the late rap icon's recordings and writings — part of his plan to direct and executive produce a five-part docuseries on Shakur.

While there's not yet an outlet set for the project, this is the first time the Shakur Estate has offered its full cooperation on such an endeavor. Hughes, a prolific writer, director and producer, last helmed HBO's much-lauded docuseries The Defiant Ones, which chronicled the careers of and partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre....
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Berlin Flashback: In 1958, Eleanor Roosevelt Gave Sidney Poitier His Silver Bear

Berlin Flashback: In 1958, Eleanor Roosevelt Gave Sidney Poitier His Silver Bear
When Sidney Poitier starred opposite Tony Curtis in Stanley Kramer’s 1958 crime drama The Defiant Ones — about two shackled prisoners in the American South who escape from a transport truck and, despite their mutual racial animus, learn to respect and even like each other — he could have had no idea that the precursor to Green Book would resonate so wildly with European audiences.

The movie had its world premiere at the 1958 Berlin International Film Festival, where European critics were utterly entranced by the film. Poitier was awarded the Silver Bear award, given to the festival’s best actor,...
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‘Green Book’s Nick Vallelonga To Next Direct His Script ‘That’s Amore!’; Producing With Gene Kirkwood

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‘Green Book’s Nick Vallelonga To Next Direct His Script ‘That’s Amore!’; Producing With Gene Kirkwood
Exclusive: Nick Vallelonga, who co-wrote Green Book with Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly, has set his next film. Vallelonga will direct his script That’s Amore!, and he will produce it with Gene Kirkwood.

There is symmetry in the project. Vallelonga based Green Book on testimony he drew from his father, Tony Lip Vallelonga, and Dr. Don Shirley about their 1962 road trip through the Deep South, and then he honored the wish of the latter that no attempt be made to turn it into a film until both men were dead. Tony Lip, who is played by Viggo Mortensen in the film, got to know Kirkwood when he played a small role in The Pope of Greenwich Village, which Kirkwood produced. It was one of many great New York-based films where Lip logged screen time, with The Godfather and Goodfellas ranking among the others, along with a recurring role
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Jane Fonda Selected for Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award

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Jane Fonda Selected for Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award
Jane Fonda has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Producers Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer Award for her activism and philanthropic work.

The award was established in 2002 and honors a production, producer or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Fonda will be presented the honor at the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Fonda, who won Academy Awards for “Klute” and “Coming Home,” was cited in the announcement for her “prolific” work in support of many political and social causes. Recent efforts include her nonprofit, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, for which she celebrated her 80th birthday a year ago by raising $1.3 million to lower the teen pregnancy rate and improve the health and well-being of young people in Georgia.

Fonda raised nearly $1 million last year for the Women’s Media Center,
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Benny Blanco Helped Make Stars — Now He’s Ready to Become One

Benny Blanco Helped Make Stars — Now He’s Ready to Become One
Benny Blanco is an absurdly successful writer-producer for pop stars: Britney Spears’ “Circus,” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger,” Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” … the list goes on. When it comes to anticipating the whims of pop radio in the last decade, perhaps only Max Martin has a better track record.

Blanco’s stream of hits for other musicians has earned him plenty of famous friends but also allowed him to maintain a degree of anonymity. That may change with Friends Keep Secrets,
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Annaleigh Ashford To Play Oscar Winner Judy Holliday In Biopic ‘Smart Blonde’

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Annaleigh Ashford To Play Oscar Winner Judy Holliday In Biopic ‘Smart Blonde’
Exclusive: Annaleigh Ashford, who won the Tony in 2015 for You Can’t Take It With You and appeared in American Crime Story: Versace, has scored the lead role in Smart Blonde, a timely movie about about Oscar-winning actress Judy Holliday.

Gene Kirkwood, a producer on the original Rocky who more recenlty produced HBO’s four-

part Dr. Dre-Jimmy Iovine docu The Defiant Ones, is producing.

The film will focus on Holliday, a nightclub singer who in her early acting career in the 1940s fought back against the overt sexual advances of studio mogul Darryl F. Zanuck during her time as a day player at Fox. She later went on to star on Broadway in Born Yesterday, then won the Best Actress Oscar for George Cukor’s big-screen adaptation starring alongside William Holden and Broderick Crawford.

Holliday paid the price for being outspoken, eventually blacklisted in Hollywood as a communist. She
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Showtime's Trailer for 'American Dream / American Knightmare' Doc

"If you come from that ghetto, all you got is a dream." Showtime has unveiled a trailer for a documentary film titled American Dream / American Knightmare, which will be premiering on the streaming TV service later this month. The film delves deep into the life and storied exploits of iconic Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight Jr., as well as the volatile and highly influential era in gangsta rap he presided over. It's said to be an inside look, with actual stories from Suge himself, about the rise and fall of Death Row Records, and what's next for the future of rap and hip hip. There have been a great number of docs recently on the rap music scene, and its history, mostly found on Netflix or other TV channels in addition to festivals. This looks comprehensive and honest. Trailer (+ poster) for Antoine Fuqua's doc American Dream / American Knightmare,
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Doc Series Grow in Popularity, More Filmmakers Are Drawn to the Storytelling Format

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Once upon a time, a feature-length documentary that did well theatrically was the holy grail of nonfiction film. But in 2015, the nonfiction world began to change. That year, HBO’s six-part series “The Jinx,” about murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, aired to great acclaim and became a pop-cultural phenomenon.

Just months after the widespread success of “The Jinx,” Netflix’s true-crime 10-part series “Making a Murderer” was released and that also became a pop-cultural phenomenon. Both series officially reinvigorated the long-form, true crime docuseries format and primed audiences for ESPN’s “O.J.: Made in America.” That multi-parter premiered as a “special event” at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and drew instant acclaim. The seven-hour, 47- minute opus screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, and had a theatrical run that qualified it for an Academy Award, before airing on ABC and ESPN as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.
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“I Had It Killed For Two Or Three Years”: Jimmy Iovine Explains What Changed His Mind About Making ‘The Defiant Ones’

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“I Had It Killed For Two Or Three Years”: Jimmy Iovine Explains What Changed His Mind About Making ‘The Defiant Ones’
Many lessons can be drawn from the experience of Jimmy Iovine, the Italian-American son of a New York longshoreman who became a record industry mogul and co-founder of Beats Electronics.

One of them is how to deal with fear.

“When I was a kid, I was a guy in right field saying, ‘Don’t hit the ball to me,’” he tells Deadline. “And when I got in the [recording] studio, all of a sudden something happened, and fear became a tailwind. And I said, ‘Hit the ball to me. Give me the ball.’ I had fear my entire life. I still have fear, but it became an engine.”

Iovine’s rise represents half the story of HBO’s Emmy-contending documentary series The Defiant Ones—the other half being the equally astonishing ascent of Dr. Dre, the rap artist, producer and fellow founder of Beats. Allen Hughes directed the two-hander about men
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