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[PHOTOS] First Look at Viola Davis & Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom!”

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis).

Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

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Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis).

ma rainey chadwick boseman netflix ma rainey's black bottom

Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

ma rainey chadwick boseman netflix ma rainey's black bottom

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.

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We are really excited to see this biopic on Ma Rainey. She is such a legendary woman! Besides that the cast is stellar. Viola Davis is perhaps the greatest actress of our times and the late and great Chadwick Boseman graces us with his presence in one of his last roles.

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SYFY Greenlights Bobby Moynihan, Jillian Bell-Led Animated Series, “The Pole,” for Late Night Adult Animation Block, “TZGZ!”

Christmas is coming early for SYFY’s late-night adult animation block, TZGZ. The network made a list, checked it twice… and today announced that the irreverent and edgy animated comedy THE POLE, starring Bobby Moynihan and Jillian Bell, has been added to the “nice list” with a 6-episode series pickup. 

THE POLE also added series regular Nicole Byer, and recurring cast members SungWon Cho, Colin Jost, Tim Simons and Sasheer Zamata. 

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Christmas is coming early for SYFY’s late-night adult animation block, TZGZ. The network made a list, checked it twice… and today announced that the irreverent and edgy animated comedy THE POLE, starring Bobby Moynihan and Jillian Bell, has been added to the “nice list” with a 6-episode series pickup.

THE POLE also added series regular Nicole Byer, and recurring cast members SungWon Cho, Colin Jost, Tim Simons and Sasheer Zamata.

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In THE POLE, after a scandal involving “Saint” Nick (Moynihan) rocks the holly jolly foundations of the North Pole, all hell breaks loose as the future of Christmas turns into a twisted power struggle for the Red Suit. As Nick, the 20th to wear the Suit, struggles with the age-old question of naughty vs. nice, his wife Mrs. Claus, aka Gretchen (Bell), works to keep the political machine that is toy production afloat. It isn’t easy as they juggle the factory elves, including Nick’s head elf Matilda (Byer) and the political activist Helenor (Zamata), as well as parenting two sons – Nick’s mini-me Harry (Cho) and the crown prince, Jack (Simons), who’s not only next in line for the Suit, but also looking to rebrand it. Reporting on all the drama in THE POLE? Cocoa (Jost), host of the North Pole News Network Program, “Morning Cocoa.”

Expected to debut in TZGZ in 2021, THE POLE is from Yeti Farm Creative (“Hotel Transylvania” Season 2, “Pete the Cat” Season 2). The quarter-hour series is created and executive produced by Matthew Bass (Writer, “Future Man”) and Theodore Bressman (Writer, “Future Man,” Writer/EP, “Jungleland”), who also serve as showrunners. Mark Gordon (Producer, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ray Donovan”) also executive produces, as well as Frank Saperstein (EP, “Counterfeit Cat”, Producer, “Ren & Stimpy”) and Jay Surridge from Yeti Farm Creative.

ABOUT ‘TZGZ’:

TZGZ is SYFY’s growing late-night adult animation block (TZGZ comes after SYFY, duh). It’s on Saturdays at midnight and it’s perfect for when you’re feeling chill, funny and maybe even have the munchies. We’ve got animated comedy with a genre twist and of course, a High Wizard to keep you company. What else do you need? Oh, a list of programming. Sure, HERE ya go.

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ICYMI! Yara Shahidi & Jude Law Cast as “Tinkerbell” & “Captain Hook” In Disney’s Live Action “Peter Pan” Movie!

Disney has another live action remake in the works! This time we are headed to Neverland, as it is being announced that Yara Shahidi and Jude Law have been cast as “Tinkerbell” and “Captain Hook!”

As you may already know, Tinkerbell is not only Peter Pan’s friend, but she also loves him very much and becomes jealous whenever any girl–namely Wendy Darling–shows him any attention. She is also integral to the children’s ability to fly while in Neverland has her magical fairy dust –and a few happy thoughts–allows them to become airborne!

Captain Hook, however, is Peter’s archenemy; terrorizing him and The Lost Boys (Peter’s band of misfit orphans he forms a fraternal bond with) alongside his pirates.

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Disney has another live action remake in the works! This time we are headed to Neverland, as it is being announced that Yara Shahidi and Jude Law have been cast as “Tinkerbell” and “Captain Hook!”

As you may already know, Tinkerbell is not only Peter Pan’s friend, but she also loves him very much and becomes jealous whenever any girl–namely Wendy Darling–shows him any attention. She is also integral to the children’s ability to fly while in Neverland has her magical fairy dust –and a few happy thoughts–allows them to become airborne!

Captain Hook, however, is Peter’s archenemy; terrorizing him and The Lost Boys (Peter’s band of misfit orphans he forms a fraternal bond with) alongside his pirates.

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Disney continues to make strides in diversifying its classic characters and is doing it again as sources tell Deadline that Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi is set to play Tinker Bell in David Lowery’s Peter Pan and Wendy. This would mark the first time a person of color has filled the role that traditionally has featured a white actress and follows in the footsteps after Disney set Halle Bailey to play Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

Shahidi joins Jude Law, who will play Captain Hook, as well as Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson, who will play the title characters. Lowery is on board to direct the project and also co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks. Jim Whitaker is producing.

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We are very happy for Yara, she will make an excellent Tinkerbell! Jude as Captain Hook, is a pretty ingenious move on Disney’s behalf. He is one helluva actor with an impeccable resume. We are sure he will bring the ruthlessness needed for this iconic villain. We can really tell the company is making moves with diversity.

“Peter Pan” is definitely overdue for a live action remake by Disney. As you may recall, it originally premiered back in 1953!

What do you all think of Disney’s casting for “Peter Pan?” Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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