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Danai Gurira Signs 2-Year Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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Danai Gurira Signs 2-Year Overall Deal With ABC Studios
ABC Studios has signed “Black Panther” star Danai Gurira to a two-year overall deal.

Gurira, who is also wrapping up her run on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” this year, will develop, write and produce projects for the studio.

“From Zimbabwe to Wakanda to Broadway, there is no one like Danai Gurira,” said Jonnie Davis, president, ABC Studios. “The scope of her talents and the breadth of her abilities are simply astonishing. We are over the moon that she has chosen to make ABC Studios her exclusive home.”

Also Read: Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira Limited Series 'Americanah' Ordered by HBO Max

Gurira is currently serving as showrunner and executive producer on “Americanah,” a miniseries for HBO Max which she adapted from the bestselling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She is re-teaming with her “Black Panther” co-star Lupita Nyong’o, who will star in the series alongside Corey Hawkins,
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Danai Gurira Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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Danai Gurira Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Danai Gurira has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios.

Under the deal, the celebrated actress and Tony-nominated playwright will develop, write and produce projects for the studio across all platforms. She is currently serving as showrunner and executive producer on “Americanah,” a miniseries for HBO Max which she adapted from the bestselling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Lupita Nyong’o is attached to star.

“From Zimbabwe to Wakanda to Broadway, there is no one like Danai Gurira,” said Jonnie Davis, president of ABC Studios. “The scope of her talents and the breadth of her abilities are simply astonishing. We are over the moon that she has chosen to make ABC Studios her exclusive home.”

Gurira currently stars on the hit AMC zombie apocalypse series “The Walking Dead,” with the show set to debut the second half of its tenth season this Sunday. It was reported last year that Gurira
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'Queen of Katwe' star Nikita Pearl Waligwa no more

'Queen of Katwe' star Nikita Pearl Waligwa no more
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who appeared in Disneys biographical drama "Queen of Katwe", has died. She was 15.

According to a Ugandan media report, Pearl Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, reports bbc.com.

The 2016 film was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess aged nine despite not being in school and went on to compete in international tournaments. "Queen of Katwe" starred Lupita Nyong'o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.

Waligwa played the role of Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her.

She was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 and "Queen of Katwe" director Mira Nair reportedly mobilised people to help fund her treatment in India, with Ugandan doctors quoted as saying they did not have the necessary equipment. She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year was found to have another tumour.
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Queen of Katwe Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa, 15, Dies After Brain Tumor Diagnosis: Reports

Queen of Katwe Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa, 15, Dies After Brain Tumor Diagnosis: Reports
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the young star of the 2016 Disney film Queen of Katwe, has died, according to multiple outlets. She was 15.

Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumor prior to her death, according to Deadline. The BBC reported that she was first diagnosed with the tumor in 2016, when Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly helped raise funds for her treatment in India, as Ugandan doctors said they did not have the necessary equipment.

Waligwa recovered in 2017 after the treatment, according to BBC, but another tumor was found last year.

Waligwa starred alongside Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo in the film,
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Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ Actress, Dies at 15

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ Actress, Dies at 15
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the young actress seen in the 2016 Disney film, “Queen of Katwe,” has died, according to the Ugandan newspaper The Daily Monitor. Waligwa, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, was 15.

Queen of Katwe,” about a chess prodigy from a Uganda slum, was based on the true story of 9-year-old Phiona Mutesi, who went on to compete in international tournaments. Waligwa played the best friend of fellow screen newcomer Madina Malwanga’s Phiona. Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo also starred.

When Waligwa was diagnosed, the film’s director, Mira Nair, rallied supporters for the girl to help find her treatment in India as local doctors said they didn’t have the tools that were necessary to fight the tumor.

Also Read: 'Queen of Katwe' Toronto Review: David Oyelowo Mentors a Chess Champ in Uplifting Tale

Although treatment resulted in an “all clear” from doctors in
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Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Actor in Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe,’ Dies at 15

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Actor in Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe,’ Dies at 15
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, an actor who appeared in Disney’s biographical drama “Queen of Katwe,” has died, according to BBC and the Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor. She was 15.

Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and seemed to recover a year later. However, in 2019, another tumor was found. “Queen of Katwe” director Mira Nair helped organize efforts to fund Waligwa’s treatment during filming, according to BBC.

The young actor played a girl named Gloria in “Queen of Katwe.” She was a close friend of main character Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), and taught her how to play chess. The film told the real-life story of Mutesi who is one of Uganda’s most successful chess players. She won three Ugandan Women’s Junior Championship and has represented the country at four international chess olympiads.

Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo also starred in the film. They played Mutesi’s mother and chess teacher.
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Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies: Star Of Disney’s ‘Queen Of Katwe’ Was 15

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies: Star Of Disney’s ‘Queen Of Katwe’ Was 15
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, an actress who starred in the 2016 Walt Disney film Queen of Katwe, has died. She had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to Ugandan media.

The film was about a chess prodigy rising from a Ugandan slum and was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi. She began playing chess at age nine and went on to compete in international tournaments.

Queen of Katwe starred Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher. Waligwa portrayed Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her.

Waligwa was initially diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, and her film family mobilized to get her treatment in India. She made a recovery in 2017, but the tumor returned last year.

In the 2016 biographical film, Phiona Mutesi learns chess through charity worker Robert Katende, played by British actor David Oyelowo. He encourages the
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Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Star of Disney’s 'Queen of Katwe,' Dies at 15

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Star of Disney’s 'Queen of Katwe,' Dies at 15
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the young actress who starred in the 2016 film Queen of Katwe, has died at the age of 15. She had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, according to Ugandan newspaper The Daily Monitor.

Waligwa was best known for her role in the Disney pic about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum. Queen of Katwe was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a 9-year-old chess player who famously competed in international tournaments.

Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo starred in the film, in which Waligwa played the role of Phiona's friend Gloria, who ...
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Want a Best Supporting Actress Oscar? Win an Emmy first

Want a Best Supporting Actress Oscar? Win an Emmy first
Laura Dern not only closed out the 2010s as the decade’s final Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner, for “Marriage Story,” but she continued a trend in the category: She’s the fourth consecutive champ who had also recently won an Emmy.

The star took home the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress Emmy in 2017 for “Big Little Lies,” one of the show’s eight victories that year. Who did she beat to win that? Her Oscar category predecessor Regina King (2018’s “If Beale Street Could Talk”), who was up for “American Crime” for the third straight year. Don’t feel too bad for King, though, since she had already nabbed two consecutive Emmys in that category for the belated ABC anthology series. King then returned the favor in September 2018 — five months before her Oscar win — beating Dern (“The Tale”) for the lead limited series/TV actress Emmy with “Seven Seconds.
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Ophelia, Call The Police: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Us

Ophelia, Call The Police: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Us
After quickly establishing himself as one of the freshest voices in horror cinema with his Oscar-winning directorial debut Get Out, Jordan Peele returned with a sophomore effort that proved he wasn’t a one-trick pony. Like Get Out, Us is a social thriller with strong political themes; whereas Peele’s first film addressed issues of race, his second addressed issues of class and institutionalized inequality as a whole.

Related: 5 Things Us Did Better Than Get Out (And 5 Things Get Out Did Better)

With a fiercely original script and a stellar cast including Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, Peele created one of the best horror movies of the decade. Here are 10 behind-the-scenes facts about Us.
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How ‘The Stepford Wives’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Influenced the Films of Jordan Peele

How ‘The Stepford Wives’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Influenced the Films of Jordan Peele
The 92nd Academy Awards have come and gone and while Jordan Peele’s sophomore film Us went unrecognized — even in the Best Actress category, where Lupita Nyong’o’s versatile dual role surely deserved a nomination — horror aficionados know the real score regarding the best films of last year. So does Janelle Monae, whose opening musical number featured back-up […]

The post How ‘The Stepford Wives’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Influenced the Films of Jordan Peele appeared first on /Film.
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Charlize Theron Comes Through With This Year's Epic Oscars Selfie

Charlize Theron Comes Through With This Year's Epic Oscars Selfie
Remember that epic selfie from the Oscars in 2014?  It pictured Bradley CooperJennifer Lawrence, Jared LetoMeryl StreepJulia Roberts, Brad PittAngelina JolieLupita Nyong'o and the host of the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the time, Ellen DeGeneres.  Well, now there's a runner-up for most epic selfies taken during the Oscars. At Sunday's 92nd Annual Academy Awards, Charlize Theron snapped a selfie of her own with her mother, Gerda Jacob Aletta Martiz, Tom Hanks, his wife Rita WilsonSalma HayekRegina King and Rami Malek. While Keanu Reeves wasn't necessarily within the...
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Top 7 winners of Oscar season that Didn’T win Best Picture: ‘Little Women,’ ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Us’ …

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Top 7 winners of Oscar season that Didn’T win Best Picture: ‘Little Women,’ ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Us’ …
Parasite” is the Oscars success story of the year, winning Best Picture in a first for a non-English-language film and also becoming one of the highest-grossing foreign films of all time at the domestic box office (and it’ll gross even more after its Oscars windfall). But it’s not the only success story of the season. Here are other films whose accomplishments should be celebrated even though they didn’t get the top Oscar.

SEE2020 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 92nd Academy Awards

Little Women

No, Greta Gerwig wasn’t nominated for Best Director, and she didn’t win Best Adapted Screenplay, but here’s what she did do: she turned a well-worn, much-adapted literary classic about young women in the 19th century into one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year and a major box office hit. The weekend it lost Best Picture,
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Jennifer Lopez Goes Super-Glam in Sexy Sequin Gown as She Attends an Oscars Bash

Jennifer Lopez Goes Super-Glam in Sexy Sequin Gown as She Attends an Oscars Bash
If you missed Jennifer Lopez on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night — we feel you. But luckily, we still got a standout style moment from the megastar.

Lopez — who earned a best supporting actress nod for Hustlers at the SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes but was snubbed by the Academy, much to the disappointment of fans and critics alike — still managed to make a fashion statement on Sunday night despite not walking the 2020 Oscars red carpet.

One week after her ground-breaking Super Bowl performance, the 50-year-old singer and actress shared a mirror pic wearing a strappy sequin
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DVD Review – Little Monsters (2019)

Little Monsters, 2019. Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, Josh Gad, Kat Stewart, Diesel La Torraca, and Nadia Townsend. Synopsis: An unemployed slacker goes on a school trip with his 5-year-old nephew’s class in the hopes of impressing the teacher, only to get caught up in a zombie outbreak from the nearby […]

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Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt complete second acting sweep with Oscar wins

Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt complete second acting sweep with Oscar wins
Break out the brooms because Renee Zellweger (“Judy”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) just completed the second acting sweep ever. The four claimed Oscars on Sunday — lead for Zellweger and Phoenix, supporting for Dern and Pitt — to go with their statuettes from the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards this season.

The first quartet to go 20/20 at all the televised awards was Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) two years ago. Until then, no foursome had done a full sweep since BAFTA became an Oscar precursor in the 2000-01 season, with the previous closest being the class of 2014: Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) went 19/20, thanks to Michael Keaton
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Oscars 2020: There Is No Best Actress Race without Lupita Nyong’o

Granted, the Oscars have always had a pretty spotty track-record when it comes to nominating, to say nothing of actually awarding, the “Best” movies of the year in its various categories. Against all reasoning, they overlooked David Oyelowo for Best Actor, in 2014, Spike Lee for Best Director in 1989 and gave Best Picture to John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley instead of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane in 1941. Frances McDormand won over Saoirse Ronan, Julianne Moore won over Rosamund Pike and Meryl Streep won over Rooney Mara. And, for the 2019 season, I’m sad to say that absolutely

Oscars 2020: There Is No Best Actress Race without Lupita Nyong’o
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The 40th annual Razzie nominations: ‘Cats’ scratches up 8 hisses including 4 acting bids and Worst Picture

The 40th annual Razzie nominations: ‘Cats’ scratches up 8 hisses including 4 acting bids and Worst Picture
You knew this was coming. The 40th annual Golden Raspberry Awards dishonored the cinematic feline felony known as”Cats” with eight nominations, including one for no less than Dame Judi Dench herself. In fact, the organization even felt the need to describe her Old Deuteronomy as looking suspiciously similar to the Cowardly Lion from “The Wizard of Oz.” Somewhere, Bert Lahr is crying.

But incredibly, there were two other 2019 releases that proved egregious enough to also be pelted with eight nominations: Sylvester Stallone‘s “Rambo: Last Blood” and Tyler Perry‘s 12th and purportedly last appearance in a wig and dress, “A Medea Family Funeral.”

As per usual, the competitors for disgraced excellence were announced on the eve of the Academy Awards, which airs live on ABC on Sunday. The cheeky Razzies also had the nerve to slap around two other Oscars winners besides Dame Judi: Anne Hathaway, up for both “The Hustle” and “Serenity,
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How Directors Upped Their Fashion Game This Awards Season

How Directors Upped Their Fashion Game This Awards Season
All eyes are on the movie stars at the annual Oscars red carpet, the biggest night for fashion in Hollywood. From Jennifer Lawrence's red Calvin Klein dress in 2011 to Lupita Nyong'o's blue Prada gown in 2014, Oscars looks can go down in history and land stars on coveted best dressed lists each year. 

Well, it's 2020, and who says filmmakers behind the screen can't be just as fashionable?

This awards season has marked an increasing style presence on the red carpet not just by stars but directors, too. Even though women were shut out of the ...
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Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Pain and Glory’ Triumphs at International Cinephile Society Awards

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Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Pain and Glory’ Triumphs at International Cinephile Society Awards
The International Cinephile Society is known for going its own way with its annual awards, and its latest edition is no exception. Leading the field for its 17th awards was Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical “Pain and Glory,” which won best picture, and best actor for Antonio Banderas.

The Ics is made up of more than 100 accredited journalists, film scholars, historians and other industry professionals. Led by Ics president Cédric Succivalli, each year the Ics honors the finest in American and international cinema.

Best director went to Céline Sciamma for her 18th-century story of obsession “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” while the film’s Adèle Haenel earned the supporting actress prize.

Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” – which is up for six Oscars this weekend – was another hot Ics favorite, winning original screenplay, ensemble and production design awards.

Vitalina Varela won the lead actress prize for her role as a Cape
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