WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King to Portray Shirley Chisholm – Brandy McDonnell reports

Even as she’s building Oscar buzz for her directorial debut One Night in Miami, Regina King is lining up another big starring role in front of the camera. The Academy Award-winning performer (If Beale Street Could Talk) will portray trailblazing politician Shirley Chisholm — America’s first Black congresswoman — in the upcoming biopic Shirley. The film will be produced by Participant and is expected to begin production later this year.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 15 – August 19: BEN-HUR

Opening Aug. 19, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Ben-Hur,
One’s first thought on the remake of Ben-Hur might be “Why, exactly?” The era of sword and sandals epics may have reached a fever pitch in 1959, with Chuck Heston traipsing about in a metal skirt and breastplates Even in the early days of the genre, the camp factor was high, with Tony Curtis and his liquid eyes getting Laurence Olivier into hot water in <emSpartacus (1960). The genre seems to be periodically rediscovered every few years. Read On…

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