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Viola recently attended the premiere of her film Troop Zero.

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The Hollywood Reporter shares this exciting casting news!

Tiffany Haddish, ‘When They See Us’ stars Asante Blackk and Jharrel Jerome and ‘SNL’ alum Jay Pharoah will also be part of the network’s second ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ special.

ABC has lined up a pair of Emmy winners to star in its re-creation of Good Times for the second Live in Front of a Studio Audience special.

How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andre Braugher will head the cast for the Good Times episode. Tiffany Haddish, When They See Us stars Asante Blackk and Jharrel Jerome, Saturday Night Live alum Jay Pharoah and Corinne Foxx round out the ensemble.

Additionally, Black-ish star Anthony Anderson and R&B legend Patti LaBelle will perform the show’s theme song during the special.

Live in Front of a Studio Audience, set to air Dec. 18 on ABC, will re-create episodes of Norman Lear’s All in the Family and Good Times. It follows a successful May staging of episodes of All in the Family and The Jeffersons, which drew better than 10 million viewers for its first airing and grew to more than 12 million with delayed viewing.

Davis and Braugher will play Florida and James Evans, parents of the working-class Chicago family at the center of Good Times (Esther Rolle and John Amos played the parts in the series, which ran from 1974 to 1979). Pharoah will play eldest son J.J. (Jimmie Walker in the original), known for his “Dy-no-mite!” catchphrase. Foxx and Blackk will play kids Thelma and Michael Evans (Bernnadette Stanis and Ralph Carter in the series), and Haddish will play neighbor Wilona Woods, originally played by Ja’net Dubois. Jerome’s role is being kept under wraps.

Foxx’s dad, Jamie Foxx, played George Jefferson in The Jeffersons episode in May.

For All in the Family, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Ellie Kemper and Ike Barinholtz will reprise their roles from the May special as, respectively, Archie and Edith Bunker, their daughter Gloria and her husband, Mike “Meathead” Stivic. Kevin Bacon, Jesse Eisenberg and Justina Machado will also star.

Live in Front of a Studio Audience comes from Kimmelot, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions, D’Arconville, Simpson Street and Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear, Jimmy Kimmel, Brent Miller, Kerry Washington, Will Ferrell, Justin Theroux and Jim Burrows will executive produce, with Pam Fryman and Andy Fisher set to direct.

Oct 30, 2019 Ali 0
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The Hollywood Reporter shared some of the comments that Viola shared in relation to Martin Scorsese said about superhero films.

The actress spoke on topics ranging from storytelling to inclusion at a celebratory event, during she received the Rome Film Fest’s lifetime achievement award.

Viola Davis closed out the Rome Film Festival on Saturday night at a special event where she was honored with the fest’s lifetime achievement award.

The actress, who discussed her work at a Close Encounter talk with festival head Antonio Monda, covered a wide range of topics, from her groundbreaking role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder to her tough audition for the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences opposite Denzel Washington. Davis not only won the role, but later received an Academy Award for the 2016 film adaptation.

Earlier in the week, Martin Scorsese was in Rome to promote The Irishman and repeated his widely publicized comments that superhero films are not real cinema. Davis, who starred in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad and will reprise her role as intelligence officer Amanda Waller in the upcoming sequel, was asked her opinion on the debate. “I do like a good Marvel movie. I do like a good DC Comics movie,” she said.

Davis went on to explain that what she loves about superhero films is their ability to capture and expand the imagination. “Albert Einstein said that imagination is more valuable than knowledge. If I did not have my imagination, I would still be poor Viola living in Central Falls, Rhode Island, who is not considered attractive or whatever,” said the actress. “My imagination defined me. I could escape into a world that’s infinite, a world that I could create on my own, a world where I could redefine myself. That’s where art lives.”

She continued: “Art lives in that world of imagination. It’s a playground there. It’s God’s playground. It’s not up to anyone to say what deserves to be there and what doesn’t deserve to be there. It’s anything that you want to be in that place can live there. And that is why we have some of the greatest painters, some of the greatest actors, some of the greatest writers, and that’s why we live. So I do believe that there’s a place for all of it.”

Davis did qualify that she loves all of Scorsese’s films. “I think he was voicing his opinion. I think it’s valid,” she said. “Everyone had a place, an opinion. But I like a good Marvel movie.”

Monda also asked Davis if she thought the Film Academy was doing enough for women and diversity by adding more members to its ranks. “It’s a reduction to answer the #MeToo or diversity inclusion issue by relegating it to just the Academy. Everything is white … except for the NBA and the NFL,” she responded, to much audience applause.

“Everything is white — studio heads, executives, films,” continued Davis. “How many films do we have this year with people of color being a part of the conversation? Everything. As many television shows as we have on the air, once me, Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, once we leave TV — how many black women do we have even leading television shows?”

“Critics are white, usually male,” she added. “If you’re just looking at the Academy, you’re not looking far enough.”

Davis said that the answer starts with the filmmaking process, looking at what types of stories are greenlit and what types of actors are cast.

“Even if 93 percent of Academy members are people of color, but only one film has been made that year with people of color, then what good is it? We want to work and we want to do great films that reflect who we are. We want to have an expansiveness of storytelling,” said the actress. “We want to get paid the same way that white actors get paid, because we don’t. Things are changing, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

Related Davis, “I tell my daughter all the time, just because we are 12.5 percent of the population, doesn’t mean we just want 12.5 percent of the pie. When I started out as an actor, I wanted it all. I want the world. I don’t want to just stay in my lane.”

Oct 30, 2019 Ali 0
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Viola received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rome Film Festival this past weekend. She attended with Julius and wore an elegant white sleeveless gown with an X-shaped panel adorned with crystals across her waist that was designed by Michael Kors.

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Viola Davis Online > 2019 > October 26 | Rome Film Festival – Lifetime Achievement Award
Viola Davis Online > 2019 > October 26 | Rome Film Festival – Lifetime Achievement Award – Master Class & Ceremony

Oct 30, 2019 Ali 0
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This past weekend Viola was honored at the Rome Film Festival. Here is an interview that she did while walking the red carpet with Mediatime Network.

Oct 07, 2019 Ali 0
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Stills from the first three episodes of How To Get Away With Murder Season Six.

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Oct 07, 2019 Ali 0
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A few fun new pics of Viola filming the most recent episodes of How to Get Away With Murder.

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Viola Davis Online > How To Get Away With Murder {2014-Present} > Season Six > On the Set

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This weekend Viola and Julius attended the grand opening gala of Tyler Perry studios. I found a few images from the event.

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Viola Davis Online > 2019 > October 5 | Grand Opening Gala Of Tyler Perry Studios

Oct 07, 2019 Ali 0
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The Rome Film Fest is set to honor Oscar, Emmy, and Tony-winning actress Viola Davis with its second lifetime achievement award this year. Davis will also participate in one of the event’s “Close Encounter” talks, discussing her work with festival head Antonio Monda.

“Viola Davis is an extraordinary actress, who has transformed sincerity and dignity into sublime thespian art,” Monda said Tuesday in a statement. “It is a great honor for me, and for the Rome Film Fest, to celebrate her formidable talent and deep humanity.”

Davis is a three-time Oscar nominee, taking home the prize for best supporting actress in 2017 for Fences. She also has won Tony Awards for her work in Fences and King Hedley II, and won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in 2015 for her role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder.

Davis will next appear as “Queen of the Blues” Ma Rainey in the screen adaptation of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.

Bill Murray has been previously announced as the other recipient of Rome’s lifetime achievement award.

The festival has also announced that its closing night film will be Tornare (Return) from Roman filmmaker Cristina Comencini. The pic explores grief through the eyes of its main character Alice, a 40-year old woman who returns from America to her home in Naples after her father’s death.

The 14th Rome Film Fest is set to run Oct. 17-27. The full lineup will be announced Friday.


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