One Night in Miami… is a 2020 American drama film about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a Miami hotel room in February 1964, celebrating Ali’s surprise title win over Sonny Liston. It is the first feature directed by Regina King, from a screenplay by Kemp Powers based on his stage play of the same name. It stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. in the lead roles, with Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson, Beau Bridges and Lance Reddick in supporting roles.
The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 7, 2020, a first for an African-American woman director. It was released in limited theaters by Amazon Studios, starting on December 25, 2020, before being released digitally on Prime Video on January 15, 2021. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, with critics praising King’s direction, the performances, and the screenplay.
Oprah Announces ‘SuperSoul’ to Stream on discovery+
Posted on January 7, 2021, 10:00 am
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has recently announced an all-new slate of “SuperSoul,” hosted by Oprah Winfrey and produced by OWN, to stream exclusively on discovery+ starting later this month. discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription service from Discovery, Inc. and “SuperSoul” joins more than 50 exclusive original titles available on the service during its launch month. Audio versions of these interviews will be available in podcast form the week after each stream wherever podcasts are available, with OWN airing the interviews later this year.
The new line-up of thought-provoking discussions with currently scheduled guests, feature Oprah speaking with entertainment industry legends and wave makers to discuss their new memoirs including Cicely Tyson (“Just As I Am”), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (“Unfinished”), Sharon Stone (“The Beauty of Living Twice”) and Julianna Margulies (“Sunshine Girl”) about their career touch points and how they overcame their unique challenges and societal bias to persevere and use their voice to inspire others. Oprah will also connect with New York Times best-selling author Martha Beck (“The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self), American historian Jon Meacham (“The Soul of America”), and home and lifestyle brand leaders Chip & Joanna Gaines (Founders, Magnolia) for intimate conversations about the pivotal moments in their lives.
“As OWN celebrates our 10th anniversary on-air, I continue to find personal inspiration from these in-depth conversations. My hope is that these interviews allow space for intriguing self-reflection as viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them,” said Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN.
“There has never been a more important time to inspire the world with Oprah’s singular voice than right now, through this thought-provoking exploration of perseverance, exclusively on discovery+” said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery, Inc. “‘SuperSoul’ from Oprah exemplifies our deep commitment to empowering discovery+ customers to stream what they love through our ambitious and growing slate of originals.”
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2021 Grammy Awards Postponed to March 14th
Posted on January 6, 2021, 10:00 am
It has been previously announced that the 2021 Grammy Awards have been postponed. And just a few hours ago, the Grammy Foundation released an official statement regarding the new date.
The following is a joint statement from Harvey Mason Jr., Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy; Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming, CBS; and Ben Winston, Grammy Awards Executive Producer, Fulwell 73 Productions.
“After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021. The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.
We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year’s nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times.”
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Movies Coming Out This Week – January 5th
Posted on January 5, 2021, 10:00 am
Pieces of a Woman – NR – Drama
Martha and Sean are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy. Thus begins a yearlong odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with Sean and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court.
One Night In Miami… – R – Drama
On February 25th, 1964, Cassius Clay becomes the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he’s defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the world of boxing. Because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws, spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood celebrating with three of his friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football star Jim Brown.
Aldis Hodge, Beau Bridges, Regina King, Kemp Powers, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Leslie Odom Jr., Lance Reddick
Herself – R – Drama
When Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, finding a home to call their own seems impossible. After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home. She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. Aido (Conleth Hill), a building contractor, appears willing to help, too. But as her past rears its head in the form of Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), her possessive ex, and as bureaucrats fight back against her independent spirit, will Sandra be able to rebuild her life from the ground up?
Phyllida Lloyd, Harriet Walter, Clare Dunne, Conleth Hill, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Malcolm Campbell, Ruby Rose O’Hara, Molly McCann
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Iconic Journalist Larry King Hospitalized with COVID-19
Posted on January 4, 2021, 10:00 am
It has been reported that broadcast journalist Larry King has been in the hospital for the last 10 days, seeking treatment for the Covid-19. According to an unnamed source close to King, the 87 year old was moved from the ICU at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, where he continues to be treated.
Also per this close source, King believes he contracted the virus from a health care worker who traveled to his home. One of his sons also contracted Covid-19.
Despite suffering a stroke in March 2019, Larry King has worked relentlessly in radio and television.
Having faced world leaders, Hollywood royalty and sports stars in his career. The Brooklyn-born journalist got his start as a radio DJ in the 1950s before moving on to syndicated talk radio in the 1970s.
King has become such a television icon that he’s been impersonated on “Saturday Night Live” several times, including by Kevin Nealon in the 1990s and Fred Armisen in the 2010s.
When being interviewed in 2019, King proclaimed “My head doctor said I have an incomparable spirit”.