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Why Tina Turner Passed on Starring in Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Color Purple’ — but Loved George Miller’s ‘Mad Max’ Sequel

Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll and eight-time Grammy winner, spent much of her career on the music stage. But the industry legend — who died Wednesday at 83 — had serious acting aspirations she says were limited by not just how few roles there were for Black women in Hollywood at the time, […]

‘The Color Purple’ Trailer: Fantasia Barrino Stars in First Look of Movie Musical

From Pulitzer Prize-winning book to Oscar-nominated film to Tony Award-winning musical, the beloved story of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple has been translated until multiple mediums. Now, the musical comes to life on the big screen, directed by Blitz Bazawule. On Monday, Warner Bros. dropped the upcoming film’s first trailer, ahead of a Christmas Day […]

Oprah Introduces ‘The Color Purple’ at CinemaCon

Producer Oprah Winfrey introduced the first trailer for Warner Bros.’ The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker’s book and the musical adaptation of the novel. Presenting this “celebration of sisterhood” billed as “not your mama’s Color Purple,” she asserted Tuesday at CinemaCon that The Color Purple “can only be experienced on the big screen” and […]

Halle Bailey Opens Up About ‘The Little Mermaid’ Racist Backlash: “As a Black Person, You Just Expect It”

It seems that every time news breaks about Halle Bailey playing Ariel in Disney’s remake of The Little Mermaid — whether it was the initial casting news or the teaser debut — it goes viral. That hasn’t always been a good thing as some of the churn was fueled by racist backlash, something Bailey says is not […]

Most Anticipated Movie Releases of 2023

From a cocaine bear to a Willy Wonka origin story and the latest in the John Wick, Aquaman and Mission: Impossible franchises, there is a lot to look forward to in 2023. Next year, we will see new movies from Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson and Nia DaCosta and long-awaited titles like the live-action Barbie movie […]

Jon Batiste to Make Feature Acting Debut in ‘The Color Purple’

After winning the top prize at this year’s Grammys, Jon Batiste is set to make his feature acting debut in The Color Purple. Warner Bros. is behind the feature adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, itself an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker, and on which the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg-directed 1985 movie […]

Colman Domingo on Waking Up to Phone Call From Oprah Winfrey

Good news sounds even better coming from Oprah Winfrey. In February, the icon made surprise video calls to several actors to let them know they’d been cast in the musical version of The Color Purple — including Danielle Brooks, who broke down in tears. Winfrey, who appeared in the 1985 film and is producing the […]

Fantasia Barrino to Star in ‘The Color Purple’ Movie Musical

Singer-songwriter Fantasia Barrino will make her feature film debut in The Color Purple movie musical. Barrino, who rose to fame on the third season of American Idol, is in final negotiations to play Celie, a role that she played on Broadway in 2007 and for which she earned rave reviews. Whoopi Goldberg played the role […]

Taraji P. Henson Joins Corey Hawkins, H.E.R. in ‘The Color Purple’ Movie Musical

Taraji P. Henson has joined Corey Hawkins and H.E.R. in The Color Purple, Warner Bros.’ film adaptation of the musical. Blitz Bazawule, the filmmaker behind the Beyoncé-fronted Black Is King, is directing the fresh take on the Broadway musical, which was an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker, and on which the […]