Ava DuVernay proves again why she’s a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. After 101 days in theaters, the renowned director’s “A Wrinkle in Time” film grossed a whopping $100M domestically at the box office since its opening weekend at $33.1M, which makes her the first Black Female and the 13th African American to land on the list.
According to Black Films, Here’s the complete list of African American directors whose films grossed $100M domestically and the duration of time.
Ryan Coogler’s 2018 Black Panther (2 Days, $699.6M and counting)
F. Gary Gray’s 2017 The Fate of the Furious (4 Days, $225M total domestic cume)
F. Gary Gray’s 2015 Straight Outta Compton (9 Days, $161M)
Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four (10 days, $154M)
Tim Story’s 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (12 days, $131M)
Keenan Ivory Wayans’s 2000 Scary Movie (14 days, $157M )
Jordan Peele’s 2017 Get Out (16 days, $175M)
Malcolm D. Lee’s 2017 Girl Trip (28 days, $140M)
John Singleton’s 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious (17 days, $127M)
Tim Story’s 2014 Ride Along (23 days, $134M)
Clark Johnson’s 2003 S.W.A.T (24 days, ($116M)
Ryan Coogler’s 2015 Creed (38 Days, $109M)
Lee Daniels with 2013 Lee Daniels’ The Butler (46 days, $116M)
Antoine Fuqua’s 2014 The Equalizer (66 days, $101M)
Peter Ramsey’s 2012 Rise of the Guardians (67 days, $103M)
F. Gary Gray’s 2003 The Italian Job (95 days, $106.1M)
Showtime picks up Drake-Produced ‘Ready for War’ Docuseries
Mr. Graham has proved he can’t be stopped in the music business time and time again. Now the 32-year-old rap star is taking on Hollywood.
Following the premiere of his HBO series Euphoria, it’s been announced that Drake is producing yet another small-screen production. Showtime has ordered Ready for War, a four-part feature documentary helmed by Drake and his manager Adel “Future” Nur.
Ready for War centers U.S. military veterans and their forced recruitment into Mexican drug cartels. Exploring post-military issues such as PTSD, drug abuse, criminal convictions for combat veterans and bigger consequences for immigrant soldiers.
The docuseries also takes a look at the differences native-born U.S. and immigrant soldiers face when convicted of a crime.
The series examines the lives three green card holding soldiers who are experiencing the cycle in different phases. One soldier is situated in Tijuana attempting to reunite with his family back in America, another one is in ICE detention fighting deportation, and the other is heavily involved with a drug cartel in Ciudad Juarez.
A trailer and premiere date have not yet been released.
Veteran Producer kickstarts $15 Million Campaign To Combat Abortion Bans
It’s no secret Hollywood is outraged over anti-abortion laws being passed on the state level, especially when the industry’s new film capital Georgia followed suit.
Veteran producer Peter Chernin is turning the boycott up several notches. Chernin has reportedly launched a multi-million dollar campaign to combat the new legislation and is calling for major backing.
Chernin is partnering with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero on the fundraising effort. The email seeks $15 million by July 1, according to Deadline.
“I am launching a campaign to contribute to the $15 million that is needed to fund the ACLU’s legal efforts to battle the national anti-abortion effort,” he wrote, according to The New York Times, which first reported the story. “We have a moral responsibility to act immediately.”
“We were conflicted about contributing to the health of an economy and a state that had declared war on the rights and freedom of its women. On one hand, if we chose the boycott route, thousands of jobs would be lost ultimately damaging workers who rely on production for livelihood, including many women. We also know that the only way to fight the massive, now national incursion on women’s rights is through a legal battle, a battle that needs funding and on the ground support via organizations like the ACLU who are powering up to overturn the law. So our choice became pretty clear we will stay in Georgia, stand shoulder to shoulder with the women of that state and the states under attack, and fight to win.”
Alabama, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Utah have implemented the new bill in recent weeks.
Chance the Rapper’s modernized ‘All That’ theme song is incredible
Popular Nickelodeon sketch comedy show, All That is making a comeback this month. Although the release date hasn’t been officially announced of who is performing the new theme, hip-hop star Chance the Rapper just dished out one hell of a hint.
Recently, The Chicago emcee previewed his version of the theme on Instagram. Chance is shown jamming in the clip to the new gospel/hip hop infused theme. It not only features a choir but also a few bars from Chance, suggesting it will be used for the show. Check it out below.
The All That revival will premiere June 15th on Nickelodeon. Original cast members Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, and Josh Server will make appearances alongside a new cast of young comedians.
Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is currently working on his full-length debut album titled OwBum, which is slated for a July release.
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