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Two DC Comics Movies Have Been Canceled By the Studio

DC Films, the studio that is behind the DC Comics movies, has announced that two previously planned movies will not be moving forward.

The news comes just one week after the CEO of WarnerMedia confirmed that the “Snyder-verse” has officially ended after the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, closing the door for the beloved filmmaker to continue his franchise.

Now, two more beloved filmmakers who were scheduled to work on DC movies are no longer making those films.

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Ava DuVernay & Shonda Rhimes Speak Out About HFPA Rejecting Black Projects Until They Become Hits

Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes are pulling back more of the curtain about the HFPA and claiming that the organization will not promote Black projects until they become hits.

The Wrap put out a story this week that highlighted how the organization, which has been under scrutiny for their lack of Black voting members, insulted Black-led projects by not recognizing them until they were hits.

The article also claims that the HFPA rejected press conferences and other promotional events for Black projects such as Bridgerton, Girls Trip, and Queen & Slim.

Shonda, who is a producer on Bridgerton, says this is true.

“HFPA rejected our press conference,” she tweeted. “Until it was a ‘surprise hit’ (Grey’s, Scandal, Murder -SURPRISE!) And yet they STILL asked me to show up in person to present at the Globes.”

The series was shut out of the Globes this year. However, it did earn two SAG Award nominations, including one for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Bridgerton wasn’t the only show. Ava‘s When They See Us limited series was also not a project that was sought after.

“For the WHEN THEY SEE US/ HFPA press conference, less than 20 of them showed up,” she wrote. “Based on the quality of their questions, I jokingly asked, ‘Have any of you seen the series?’ Crickets. More came in the room when the pix were to be taken, at which time two peddled their scripts.”

When They See Us earned 16 Emmy nominations, and won two, but was ignored by the Golden Globes.

Just recently, Hollywood firms have banned together and are withholding their celebrity clients from attending Globes events. Read the letter here…

'Queen Sugar' Renewed for Season 6!

Queen Sugar is coming back for more.

The series has been renewed for Season 6 at OWN, creator Ava DuVernay confirmed on Thursday (January 14).

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The news comes just ahead of the Season 5 premiere, which will debut on February 16 at 8 p.m. ET. Season 4 started airing last summer.

“What a joy and an honor to continue the stories of Queen Sugar with our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. On behalf of every producer, editor, costumer, grip, writer, cast member and all departments involved in making this series, we’re delighted to delve into a sixth season and to bring our beautiful audience more of the Bordelon family,” Ava said in a statement.

The next season’s storyline was adjusted to reflect the times amid the pandemic shutdown.

“When Ava came to us with the idea to revamp the storyline for the new season after production was halted due to the pandemic, we knew it was the right decision to give our viewers Ava’s unique perspective on the very real issues impacting their daily lives and the affect the demand for racial equality has had on the Black community and our society as a whole,” said Tina Perry, president of OWN.

“We are proud to announce today the pickup of the show’s sixth season which will air later this year enabling us to further explore the compelling story of the Bordelon family. We are grateful to Ava, her creative team, the incredible cast and tireless crew for all the hard work they have put into the show.”

The cast includes Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe, as well as Nicholas Ashe, Greg Vaughn, Bianca Lawson, Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Henry G. Sanders and Timon Kyle Durrett.

Find out which Netflix shows just got cancelled.

Ava DuVernay Teams Up With 'Arrow' Writer for CW Series Based on DC Character Naomi!

There’s a new DC Comics series coming, and Ava Duvernay is helping to pen the production!

The 48-year-old Selma filmmaker is set to team up with former Arrow writer and executive producer Jill Blankenship on a show for The CW based on Naomi, Variety reported Friday (December 4).

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The series, called Naomi, follows “a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes.”

The character first debuted in her own standalone comic book series in 2019. In the comics, Naomi had energy-based powers, plus the ability to transform into a superpowered form that granted her incredible strength and other abilities.

The CW recently revealed the shows on their network heading for renewal and cancellation…

Colin Kaepernick Netflix Series Casts Its Young Colin - Find Out Who Is Playing the Role!

Colin Kaepernick‘s Netflix series has found its young Colin!

The 32-year-old football player’s teenage self will be played by 17-year-old The Get Down actor Jaden Michael, the project announced Tuesday (October 27).

The upcoming Netflix series is based on the quarterback’s early upbringing, and is co-created by Ava DuVernay. The 6-episode limited series will be called Colin In Black & White.

Jaden, who also appeared in Wonderstruck and Vampires Vs. the Bronx, will play the role of Kap in his high school days in Turlock, Calif. and will focus on the story of the athlete growing up as a black man in an adopted white family, and how “his life shaped him to become one of the most important activists of our time, as well as an NFL quarterback,” via TMZ.

“I never thought I would be casting a young me in a show about my life. I can’t wait for the world to see @ItsJadenMichael be an all-star on @netflix,” Colin tweeted.

Here’s where Colin was last spotted after the NFL kicked off a new season…

Ava DuVernay Is Turning Colin Kaepernick’s Life Into a Netflix Series!

Colin Kaepernick’s life is being turned into a scripted series for Netflix and Ava DuVernay is executive producing the project!

Colin in Black & White will be a six-episode series focusing on the football player’s “early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family and his journey to become a great quarterback while defining his identity,” according to Variety.

In a statement, Colin said, “Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens. We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

The series has already been written and Colin is set to provide narration for the project.

Ava said, “With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally. Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”

This is Ava’s fourth project at Netflix, following When They See Us, 13th, and her upcoming documentary about the late Nipsey Hussle.

See which celeb recently donated $3 million to the legal defense fund started by Colin.

Ava DuVernay Reveals Why She Was So Shocked By Seeing George Floyd's Murder

Ava DuVernay is getting real about the realization of police invisibility on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week.

The acclaimed director opened up with the host about her reaction in watching the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin and just why she was so shocked by it.

“It was because we actually watched both parties’ faces perfectly framed…It was both men, right in your face, right to the lens — one begging for his life, and one taking his life,” Ava explained.

She went on, “It made me realize that we have let police officers who abuse off the hook by allowing them to recede into society and kind of disappear…”

Ava has also just launched a new project called LEAP – the Law Enforcement Accountability Project. This initiative will aim to change the narrative around police abuse, misconduct, and murder of Black people across all genres of art and will hold them accountable for their actions.

If you didn’t see, you can now stream Ava‘s directorial debut film, Selma, on all platforms now.

You can watch her full interview below: