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78% #OutOf100: “Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 1-9 First Chapter Catch Up Ahead of Jan 8th Return to Netflix.

Whilst Star Trek: Discovery takes its mid-season break, we can take a breath and revel in the announcement that it has been renewed for a second season! The signs have been good since May 2017 when, during the filming of episode 6, we reported that the first Star Trek TV series in over a decade was to be extended from the originally commissioned 13 episodes to 15. Followed by After Trek, a post-broadcast discussion/behind the scenes show. The episode expansion signalled high confidence in this second attempt at a Star Trek prequel set 10 years before the original series (the first attempt was Star...

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The British Blacklist 2017 Legend Honour Goes to Honorary Brit Clarke Peters

We feel that we really must start with honorary Brit and TBB Legend Clarke Peters, who has generously divided his time between his native USA and Britain since the 1970s. In 2017, he showed how much he cherishes the cultural heritage of the African Diaspora, doing us all a great transatlantic service! In January 2016, we spoke to Peters about owning the African narrative as we anticipated his role in the ITV series, Jericho. Described as the UK’s first western, Jericho is set in 1870s Yorkshire and focuses on the lives of a community living in a shantytown under...

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70%: #OutOf100 – Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi – Epic Battle Scenes As Finn and Rey Battle For Light Over Dark

Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi follows on from the events of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015), which left Rey (Daisy Ridley) taking Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and the Millennium Falcon to come face to face at last with the uber-reclusive Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Finn (John Boyega) was unconscious in the rebel med facility and General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher, RIP) was grieving, but regrouping with Commander Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), BB8 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. We are still in mourning for the loss of a major character (Han Solo – Harrison Ford),...

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African American Sci Fi Family Drama “Raising Dion” Ordered Straight-to-Series By Netflix!

Two weeks ago, Netflix revealed that they had ordered a 10-episode, straight-to-series science fiction family drama from commercial and music video director Dennis Liu, forthcoming Black Panther villain Michael B. Jordan, veteran show-runner Carol Barbee (UnReal, Judging Amy), writer-producer Michael Green (American Gods, Logan) and Charles D. King’s MACRO (Fences). It is slated for release as an original Netflix production! Based on Liu’s 2015 short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities, Raising Dion will play out in hour-long episodes! Liu ‘s comic book of the same name is illustrated...

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CONGRATULATIONS! Sharon Duncan-Brewster Wins Best Supporting Performance @ 2017’s UK Theatre Awards!

Celebrating creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the UK Theatre (UKT) Awards have been recognising achievement in regional theatre since 1991. Of the 15 award categories this year, six showed what black British creative talents have been saying for years – leave London, and there are opportunities and the wholehearted embrace of good work produced by good people, regardless of the artist’s demographic or superficial characteristics. The UK Theatre Award ceremony took place in London’s Guildhall, on Sunday October 15th 2017, hosted by TBB Treasure and Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D....

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88% #OutOf100: Small Town Crime A Hugely Enjoyable Darkly Comic Neo-Noir Thriller.

Co-written and co-directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, Small Town Crime is an engaging neo-noir melodrama which demonstrates respectful nods to Peter Yates’ Bullitt (1968) and Elmore Leonard. (Get Shorty, 1995, Jackie Brown, 1997, Out of Sight, 1998, Justified, 2010-15). Mike Kendall (John Hawkes – American Gangster, 2007, Lincoln, 2012, Deadwood, 2004-06) is in an unrepentant self-destructive downward spiral. His self-loathing only lets up around adopted sister Kelly Banks (Octavia Spencer, who also executive produces) or at any hint of getting his old job back, despite the active discouragement of his former colleagues (Michael Vartan, Alias, 2001-06, and Daniel...

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