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Viola Davis’ Ashé Audio Ventures Inks Multi-Project Deal With Audible (Exclusive)

Ashé Audio Ventures, the newly created podcast label from Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions and Maurício and Katie Mota’s Wise Entertainment, has reached an exclusive multi-project deal with Audible. Scripted and unscripted original audio programming from Ashé will begin releasing its first titles in 2024. The projects are expected to include genres like […]

Amazon Reveals Streaming Release Date for Ben Affleck’s ‘Air’

Ben Affleck’s critically acclaimed Air will become available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on May 12 after an exclusive run in theaters across the world. The star-packed period sports drama, which has sparked early Oscar buzz, marks a new era for Amazon Studios in terms of how it releases certain original titles. Instead of […]

Viola Davis Reveals Directing Ambitions at Chaplin Awards Gala

Viola Davis has already won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and two Tonys, and Monday night she became only the third person to have an EGOT and Film at Lincoln Center’s prestigious Chaplin Award, a feat only achieved by Mike Nichols and Audrey Hepburn. At Monday’s Chaplin Award gala in New York, which Film […]

‘Air’: Nine of the Film’s Stars and Their Real-Life Inspirations

Ben Affleck’s Air tells the true story of how Nike ran a tense campaign to sign Michael Jordan to his first sneaker deal in 1984 when he was just a rookie in the NBA. The contract eventually improved how Nike was viewed by the public and changed how athletes negotiated brand deals. Matt Damon stars in […]

Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington to Star in ‘The Piano Lesson’ Film Adaptation

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play The Piano Lesson is set for a film adaptation for Netflix, with Samuel L. Jackson and John David Washington starring after they wrapped a successful Broadway revival co-starring Danielle Brooks. The film will also follow Netflix’s adaptation of another August Wilson play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which starred Viola Davis, […]

Box Office: ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Heading for Record $195M U.S. Opening, $368M Globally

Illumination and Universal’s Nintendo video game adaptation The Super Mario Bros. Movie grossed $55 million at the Friday box office for a five-day domestic debut of $195 million or more, well ahead of expectations. The mega-opening includes a projected $137 million for the three-day weekend, which would pass up Finding Dory ($135.1 million) to rank […]

Ariana DeBose Revives, Capitalizes on Infamous BAFTA Rap for ‘Authenticity’ Concerts

When Ariana DeBose hosted February’s BAFTA Awards, she opened with a meme-generating performance that conquered the internet, with reactions ranging from cringe to double cringe. DeBose — who co-wrote the lyrics “Angela Bassett did the thing, Viola Davis my Woman King, Blanchett Cate you’re a genius, Jamie Lee you are all of us” — seems […]

Box Office: ‘Super Mario Bros.’ to Find Oodles of Easter Eggs, Ben Affleck’s ‘Air’ Joins Hunt

Expect the box office to be in full bloom this weekend. Illumination and Universal’s Nintendo video game adaptation The Super Mario Bros. Movie has every chance of becoming the first blockbuster of 2023, if tracking is any indication. Not only is the PG pic whipping up interest among families, it is appealing to the generations […]

‘Air’ Review: Ben Affleck’s Ode to Michael Jordan Is Affectionate and Involving, Even When It Fails to Convince

The 'Argo' actor/director stars alongside Matt Damon and Viola Davis in this feature about the creation of Nike's Air Jordan shoe.

Viola Davis on Playing Michael Jordan’s Mom in ‘Air’: “I Wanted to Know More About This Woman”

When Ben Affleck met with Michael Jordan about Air, the director’s new movie that highlights a key moment in the basketball icon’s story, Jordan had one request. “Viola Davis. That’s my mom,” the filmmaker recalled to The Hollywood Reporter of what Jordan told him.  Air, the story of how Michael Jordan’s family and a group […]

Ben Affleck on ‘Air,’ New CEO Gig and Those Memes: “I Am Who I Am”

It’s been 25 years since Ben Affleck became the youngest person to win the Oscar for best original screenplay at age 25 for Good Will Hunting, which he wrote with Matt Damon; 16 years since he directed his critically acclaimed first feature, Gone Baby Gone; and a decade since he won best picture for Argo, […]

From Timothée Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya to Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto, a Field Guide to Awards Season BFFs

Jean Dujardin and George Clooney The two best actor nominees — Clooney for The Descendants and Dujardin (who went on to win) for The Artist — became fast friends on the awards circuit, which included cozying up at the 2012 Oscar Nominees Luncheon. They would go on to work together on 2014’s The Monuments Men, […]