Viola Davis –long the darling of Black magazines– is finally being recognized for her achievements and talent as an actress!
As an Oscar® contender for her role in “The Help,” she and another contender –namely, George Clooney– are gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
As few actresses of her caliber dare to speak up about the dearth of roles for Black actresses, let alone why Hollywood seems transfixed by hiring Black entertainers, rappers and singers for acting roles, but don’t do that for white actors.
According to Ms. Davis:
“Only one black actress in history has been back [at the Oscars] more than once, and that’s Whoopi Goldberg,” Davis told Entertainment Weekly. “But that’s only because there aren’t a lot of roles out there that are going to bring you back. Say if you have two great roles for an African-American actress in a year — one actress can cover it. So if there’s five really good black actresses out there, and that one actress gets it all, then the other four can sit for the next three years.”
The New York Times reported that Justin Timberlake –who’s from Memphis, Tennessee– wants to make a film version of the Tony Award® nominated Broadway musical “Memphis,” starring singer/actress Montego Glover. Legendary director Oliver Stone has also shown interest in turning the musical into a film.
For those who aren’t into musicals, you’ll be surprised to know that Broadway is getting “souled” up lately, with such successes as “Fela!” and a revival of August Wilson’s “Fences,” starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
Timberlake is said to be interested in the lead role, but a leading lady hasn’t yet been discussed.In true Stage/Book/Television-to-Film style, they may just go the usual route and cast someone who isn’t necessarily an actress or a stage singer. (It won’t be the first time.)
Or, Oliver Stone may decide to “keep it real” and cast someone with a stage background to bring the miscegenation storyline to life.
April has been a busy month for film premieres, events and glam gatherings! From the opening of the late-August Wilson’s drama “Fences,” starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, to Whitney’s shaky comeback, we have the latest photos of the latest glam gatherings!
Oscar nominee Viola Davis has joined psychological thriller “Law Abiding Citizen” alongside Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. F. Gary Gray is directing the pic, which began shooting Jan. 21 in Philadelphia, for the Film Department.
Story focuses on a man who, 10 years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, returns to exact justice from the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case against their killers. Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney and Regina Hall have also joined the cast. Film Department co-topper Mark Gill and Butler are producing with Lucas Foster, Alan Siegel and Kurt Wimmer. The Film Department’s Neil Sacker, Robert Katz and Michael Goguen exec produce, with Jeff Waxman co-producing.