‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: Inside the Long Struggle to Bring Fred Hampton’s Story to the Screen








SOURCE: Variety | Clayton Davis

Studios didn’t exactly jump at the chance to make a movie about the late Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton.

“It knocked me on my ass,” admits Shaka King, the co-writer and director of “Judas and the Black Messiah,” the blistering new look at Hampton’s short life and enduring impact. “I was under the impression that if you make a movie about a Black Panther, produced by the director of ‘Black Panther,’ which made a billion dollars, starring two of the best actors of our generation, and you have a producer and co-financer in Charles King, who is willing to put up half the budget, it’s going to be a bidding war. That was not the case.”



Macro’s Charles D. King on the ‘Significant Progress’ of Increasing Diversity in Hollywood

Michael Buckner/Variety







SOURCE: Variety | Charles D. King
December 16, 2020

Former WME partner Charles D. King launched Macro in 2015 as a production banner to focus on amplifying stories and creative talent from underrepresented backgrounds. Macro brings deep resources to the development and production process thanks to private equity supporters including Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective. In its short life, Macro has produced or co-financed such films as “Mudbound,” “Fences,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” “Sorry to Bother You” and the upcoming “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The company also has expanded into management with its M88 banner, which now has more than half a dozen managers representing actors, writers and directors.

As Macro approaches its sixth anniversary next month, King speaks with Variety about leading a young business at a time of unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the kind of content King has vowed to champion.



Watch: Russo Brothers Go In-Depth on ‘Cherry’, Netflix’s ‘Extraction’ Sequel, Chadwick Boseman & More in 45-Minute Panel






SOURCE: Collider.com | Steve Weintraub
December 15, 2020

Last week, at CCXP Worlds, I moderated an exclusive conversation with Anthony and Joe Russo during which they talked about all the exciting projects at their production company AGBO. During the forty-five-minute panel, the brothers discussed Cherry with Tom Holland, their big-budget Netflix spy movie The Gray Man with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling, the Extraction sequel with Chris Hemsworth, Matthew Michael Carnahan’s Mosul, the Hercules remake, Saigon Bodyguards with Chris Pratt, Exit West, Citadel, Relic, their untitled Cambridge Analytica movie, and so much more. In addition, they also shared their memories of working with Chadwick Boseman on 21 Bridges and on their Marvel movies like Captain America: Civil Warand Avengers: Endgame.



The Land, Creed II Director Steven Caple Jr. to Appear in Film Commission Event Thursday

Steven Caple, Jr., directing in Cleveland








SOURCE: Cleveland Scene | Sam Allard
December 15, 2020

Hollywood film director and Cleveland native Steven Caple Jr. will field questions about his distinguished young career and offer advice to filmmakers in a conversation with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s Mike Wendt Thursday evening.

The digital “Between the Screens” event, hosted by GCFC, will touch on many of Caple’s biggest projects, including The Land, Creed II and HBO’s forthcoming Emmett Till miniseries. It will also include an audience Q&A.



Jon Sherman’s ‘They/Them/Us’ among first features to complete production during COVID-19 pandemic

Amy Hargreaves and Joey Slotnick play parents to a blended family of teenagers in They/Them/Us







SOURCE: Midwest Movie Maker | Tom Tennant
December 11, 2020

For filmmakers large and small, summer 2020 was a season fraught with worry. How would creators and crew get back behind – and in front – of the camera? And when would they be able to? 

The answer came in mid-June, as the film industry adopted strict COVID guidelines built to protect both above- and below-the-line creatives. Closed sets with no visitors, limited shoot hours, specific production office setup, tiered zones or bubbles for cast and crew, regular testing, and more. They even included a new position – health supervisor – whose decisions could not be overruled.

 They/Them/Us was one of the first feature films to embrace the guidelines and go into production. The film, directed by Jon Sherman, associate professor of film, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and co-written with Melissa Vogley Woods, was shot in and around Columbus in August 2020.



The Marksman Trailer: Rancher Liam Neeson Vs. Cartel Assassins

Liam Neeson guns down cartel assassins in the name of justice in new trailer for action thriller The Marksman.








SOURCE: MovieWeb.com | Jon Fuge
December 8, 2020

Aged action superstar Liam Neeson is back, and this time, it’s still personal. Despite claiming several times over the years that he has retired from the genre of revenge-style action movies, The Marksman is the newest piece of evidence that proves the actor just cannot walk away. The Marksman finds Neeson in familiar territory as an ex-Marine rancher who is forced to once again rely on his particular set of skills in order to thwart a gang of cartel assassins.


The Sound & The Flurry: How Podcasts Are Becoming A Hollywood Gold Mine








SOURCE: Deadline.com | Peter White
December 7, 2020

The number of podcasts being adapted for television is set to explode over the course of the next few years, with audio IP rivaling books as Hollywood’s go-to source for inspiration.

The podcasting business has been a growing source of intellectual property for the small screen for the last couple of years with the likes of Amazon’s Homecoming, USA Network’s Dirty John and ABC’s Alex, Inc. But Deadline understands that the number of podcasts in various stages of development to be adapted is now well into three figures. These includes the likes of Wondery’s crime drama Over My Dead Body and cult drama Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment, paranormal series Welcome to Night Vale, Neil Strauss’ investigative series To Live and Die In LA, basketball cheat scandal Whistleblower, Australian crime series The Teacher’s Pet, ESPN’s 30 for 30 on Clippers owner Donald Sterling The Sterling Affairs, and sci-fi drama Girl In Space.

‘Cherry’: Russo Brothers Tease Ambitious Visual Approach, Tom Holland’s “Exceptional” Performance

SOURCE: Collider.com | Gregory Lawrence
December 5, 2020

If you only know Joe and Anthony Russo from their Marvel films like Avengers: Infinity War, and only know Tom Holland from his Marvel role as Spider-Man in Marvel films like, um, Avengers: Infinity War, then their upcoming film Cherry might leave you not feeling so good. Coming to Apple TV+ on March 12, 2021, the film stars Holland as a PTSD-suffering veteran who returns home to deal with opioid addiction, financial destitution, and the eventual descent into bank robbery madness. Peter Parker would blush!



2 Cleveland bakers win Netflix baking competition ‘Sugar Rush Christmas’


Two local bakers brought home a big prize after winning a competition on Netflix’s “Sugar Rush Christmas.”

SOURCE: News 5 Cleveland | Camryn Justice
December 5, 2020

CLEVELAND — Two local bakers brought home a big prize after winning a competition on Netflix’s “Sugar Rush Christmas.”

Katie Gayner and Anthony Radencic from Cleveland took down three other teams in the competition to win it all.

Radencic said a casting agent for the show reached out and encouraged him to apply for the show after he posted about baking on the online forum Reddit.



‘The Marksman’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Takes On A Mexican Cartel In His Latest Action-Thriller

SOURCE: The Playlist | Charles Barfield
December 5, 2020

Another month, another Liam Neeson film where he’s a man with a particular set of skills and up against seemingly unfavorable odds. This time, no one in his family was, uh, taken. Instead, he gains a kid that he has to protect in the upcoming film, “The Marksman.”

As seen in the trailer for “The Marksman,” Neeson plays a former Marine sharpshooter that lives in a border town in Arizona. While out and about, he comes across a woman and her son trying to enter the U.S. illegally. When the mother is suddenly killed, she entrusts Neeson with her young son and a mission to take him to some family in Chicago, while one of the most ruthless Mexican drug cartels is hot on their tracks. Will Neeson survive? Of course, he will; we know how this movie is going to play out! But it’s always fun to watch!