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Octavia Spencer Inks Production Deal With ID, Discovery+, October Films

Oscar-winning actress and producer Octavia Spencer has signed a development and production deal with ID, discovery+ and October Films to create premium unscripted true crime TV content. Spencer and her production company, Orit Entertainment, will work with October Films to produce a slate of series and specials that Spencer, discovery+ and true crime and justice network […]

‘Encounter’ Director on Changing His “Default White Anti-Hero” Lead After Meeting Riz Ahmed

On Thursday evening, the team behind Amazon’s Encounter gathered at the Directors Guild of America Theater in West Hollywood for the film’s premiere. The story follows Malik Khan (played by Riz Ahmed), a decorated Marine Corps veteran on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from a mysterious threat of alien parasites. Malik […]

Octavia Spencer Signs With CAA

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has signed with CAA for representation in all areas. The repping includes ORIT Entertainment, the production banner the actress launched in 2019 with partner and producer Brian Clisham and head of production and development Stephanie Kluft. The company, which is in the middle of a three-year deal with ABC, is currently […]

Riz Ahmed in ‘Encounter’: Film Review | Telluride 2021

The 'Sound of Metal' star plays an ex-Marine trying to save his two young sons from alien parasitic microbes in this drama from British director Michael Pearce ('Beast'), also featuring Octavia Spencer.

Elliot Page Credits ‘But I’m A Cheerleader’ For Transforming His Life During Outfest Acceptance Speech

Elliot Page was honored with Outfest’s Achievement Award during the LGBTQ film festival’s closing night gala on Sunday, appearing via video message while in production in Toronto. Page, who has not yet made a major in-person appearance since coming out as transgender in December, praised the festival for creating, “an incalculable amount of positive change […]

‘Truth Be Told’ Stars Octavia Spencer and Kate Hudson on How Second Season Explores a “More Personal” Story

Kate Hudson joins Octavia Spencer in season two of Truth Be Told on Apple TV+ as Micah, the oldest friend of Spencer’s character Poppy Parnell. The case that Poppy, a journalist turned true-crime podcaster, asked her listeners to “reconsider” in season one of the drama series was incredibly personal to her, as it was the […]

Octavia Spencer to Receive Ally Award at Outfest

Octavia Spencer will soon have another award to add to her collection. The Oscar-winning actress and producer has been selected to receive the James Schamus Ally Award during this year’s Outfest. The LGBTQ festival will honor Spencer during its closing night event at L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre on Aug. 22. News of the award comes on […]

GLSEN’s Outgoing Executive Director Eliza Byard to Be Honored at Respect Awards

GLSEN’s outgoing executive director Eliza Byard will take a turn in the spotlight when she is honored at the organization’s Respect Awards, a virtual production set for Oct. 14. Launched in 2004, the Respect Awards have been held each year in L.A. and New York as a way to honor students, educators, leaders, stars and […]

‘Thunder Force’: Film Review

Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer don superhero suits to fight evil mutants in a comedy from writer-director Ben Falcone.

‘The Witches’: Film Review

Anne Hathaway rules the coven and Octavia Spencer plays the doting Southerner defending her orphaned grandson in Robert Zemeckis' update of the classic Roald Dahl children's novel, 'The Witches.'

Emmys 2020: 9 Acting Nominees and the Real People They Portrayed

Among the Emmy nominees this year are many actors playing real people. Read on to learn more.

Octavia Spencer on How C.J. Walker Was “Able to Achieve So Much When the World Told Her She Had No Value”

Octavia Spencer reflects on the lessons learned from her Netflix limited series 'Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker' and navigating Hollywood as a Black woman.