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Viola Davis to Star in Action Thriller ‘G20’ From Amazon Studios, MRC Film (Exclusive)

Viola Davis, currently on screens in The Woman King, has come aboard to star and produce G20, an action-thriller from Amazon Studios and MRC Film. Patricia Riggen, who directed The 33 and Miracles From Heaven, is set to helm the feature, with Davis and Julius Tennon, her husband and partner at JuVee Productions, joining Andrew […]

Southern and East Africa’s Best City and Wine Country Destinations

“It’s quite the stereotype, that all of Africa is one big safari,” says actress and The Woman King producer and writer Maria Bello, who lives part-time each year in Kenya. Indeed, the continent offers so much more beyond wildlife — though the fauna of the continent is naturally one of the biggest draws for an […]

Quinta Brunson, Olivia Wilde, Gina Prince-Bythewood Among Those Celebrated at WIF Honors

Women in Film, Los Angeles honored a starry group of women in Beverly Hills on Thursday night, with honorees including Quinta Brunson, The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood, Don’t Worry Darling star-director Olivia Wilde and writer Katie Silberman and the She Said team. Michaela Coel was also recognized with the Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award and […]

Box Office Endures Worst September in 26 Years (Excluding 2020)

The worry wasn’t for naught. After a summer boom, domestic box office revenue for September 2022 plummeted to a projected $328.7 million, the worst showing for the month in a quarter of century, according to Comscore. The last time it was that low — excluding 2020, during the heart of the COVID-19 crisis — was […]

‘Woman King’ Box Office: The Secret Behind Its Success (and Why You Shouldn’t Rule Out a Sequel)

The competition between Hollywood studios is fierce and sharp as a spear. On the opening weekend of most films, rival executives are quick to judge (and snipe). That wasn’t so in the case of The Woman King, a Black female-led epic action-adventure that opened to a better-than-expected $19.1 million over the Sept. 16-18 weekend at […]

‘The Woman King’ Star Thuso Mbedu Breaks Down the Film’s Emotional Reveal Scene

[The following story contains spoilers for The Woman King.] Few actors can say that they went toe to toe with Oscar winner Viola Davis, but Thuso Mbedu has done just that in her major studio debut, The Woman King. In Gina Prince-Bythewood’s historical epic about the West African kingdom of Dahomey, Mbedu plays Nawi, a […]

Box Office: ‘Woman King’ Wows With $19M Opening, A+ CinemaScore

The Woman King, starring Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, conquered the domestic box with an opening of $19 million or more after earning a coveted A+ CinemaScore from audiences. Woman King came in ahead of expectations (tracking had suggested it would open with $15 million to $18 million, although Sony had said only $12 million). The […]

Viola Davis Talks Awards Recognition at TIFF: “You Gotta Go Back to Work”

Viola Davis and Gina Prince-Bythewood were in conversation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox the afternoon after the world premiere of their movie The Woman King. Before talking about the historical epic, which took seven years to get made, Prince-Bythewood discussed how difficult it was to get another project greenlit: her first feature Love and Basketball. […]

‘The Woman King’ Review: Viola Davis Transforms in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Rousing Action Epic

The Academy Award-winning actress stars alongside Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim and John Boyega in a feature inspired by an all-women warrior unit in pre-colonial Benin.

TIFF: Love and Thank-You’s for Viola Davis at Emotional ‘The Woman King’ Premiere

At the Sept. 9 premiere of The Woman King at the Toronto International Film Festival, “We love you, Viola!” and “Thank you, Viola” could be heard multiple times in Roy Thomson Hall. “I want to do for young Black girls what Miss [Cecily] Tyson did for me when I was 7 years old,” said Davis […]

Viola Davis and Gina Prince-Bythewood on the Battle to Get ‘The Woman King’ Made

The first time Gina Prince-Bythewood and Viola Davis met about The Woman King, in the offices of Davis’ production company in the spring of 2020, the filmmaker broke one of the rules of her trade. “As I started talking about my connection to the material, I lost it,” Prince-Bythewood says. “There’s no crying in directing. […]

The Most Beautiful, Hollywood-Loved Safari Camps in Africa

Across Africa there’s constantly something new to discover and uncover, with many places still feeling off the beaten path. While filming The Woman King in South Africa, Viola Davis’ makeup artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera felt “what everybody talks about when it comes to Africa — there’s a connection to the planet that, as a 55-year-old man […]