Feature ‘Shirley’ Headed to Netflix

The feature film Shirley, about politician Shirley Chisholm, is heading to Netflix.

From Participant and Regina King’s Royal Ties Productions, Shirley portrays the story of the first Black Congresswoman and the first Black woman to run for president of the United States. The film will tell the story of Chisholm’s boundary-breaking and historic presidential campaign, based on exclusive and extensive conversations with family, friends and those who knew her best.

King will star as Chisholm in the film.

In addition to King (The Harder They Fall), the film stars Lance Reddick (“John Wick” series), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Christina Jackson (“Swagger”), Michael Cherrie (Home Again), Dorian Missick (“For Life”), Amirah Vann (“Underground”), W. Earl Brown (“Deadwood”), with André Holland (Passing) and Terrence Howard (“Empire”).

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(L-R): Shirley stars Christina Jackson, Lance Reddick and Amirah Vann

HBO Tops Netflix for 2020 Emmy Award Wins With 30, Led by ‘Watchmen’

Netflix entered the virtual 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 20 with 160 nominations compared to 107 noms for HBO. In the end, the pay-TV/SVOD brand emerged victorious in the annual two-race contest, scoring 30 Emmys, led by dystopian thriller “Watchmen” with 11 trophies, including best limited series and best actress in a limited series (Regina King). HBO’s haul included 19 wins in the Creative Emmys held through Sept. 19 — a tally rivaled by Netflix, which ended Sunday evening with 21 total Emmys.

Julia Gardner picked up an Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama for Netflix’s “Ozark,” while Maria Shrader won best director for a limited series for “Unorthodox.” Meanwhile actress Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) made Emmy history as the youngest-ever winner (best actress in a drama) for HBO’s “Euphoria” — which won three awards total.

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HBO’s “Succession” won best drama series award and best actor in a drama with Jeremy Strong, among other seven total Emmy wins. Apple TV+ scored its first Primetime Emmy with Billy Crudup winning best supporting actor in a drama for “The Morning Show.”

Amazon Prime Video was shut out of the Primetime Emmys, while winning four Creative Emmys for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The streamer won 15 Emmys in 2019 led by “Maisel” and “Fleabag.”

Finally, Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” won nine Emmys, while Disney+’s breakout hit, “The Mandalorian,” won seven awards. Other multiple winners included HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with four Emmys, including best variety talk series; NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with six wins, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with six Emmys, including best competition series.

Netflix Inks Production Deal With Regina King

Netflix has entered into a multiyear first look deal with director, producer, and award-winning actress Regina King and her production company Royal Ties to produce films and series for the service.

Her sister, Reina King, will serve as head of production of the shingle.

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Named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2019, Regina King most recently won an Academy Award for her role as Sharon Rivers in feature film If Beale Street Could Talk as well as an Emmy Award for her role as Latrice Butler in “Seven Seconds.” King has also taken on many roles behind the camera directing episodes of “This Is Us,” “The Good Doctor” and the season three finale of “Insecure,” among other projects. She is next set to star in Damon Lindeloff’s upcoming series “Watchmen.”

“Regina King is a multi-faceted talent both behind and in front of the camera,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “She’s been a trailblazer for years, with boundless creativity and impeccable taste in projects, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she will bring her formidable talents to Netflix.”

“I am beyond thrilled to join the Netflix family,” said King in a statement. “They are at the top of their game and as an artist I am so excited to come play in this wonderful sandbox they have created for storytellers.”

In addition to the Academy Award, King also won a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award and the National Board of Review award for her supporting role as Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk. King has also won three Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her work in the Netflix racial crime drama “Seven Seconds” and ond for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her role in the ABC anthology series “American Crime,” which also garnered her first Golden Globe Award nomination.

King is also known for feature film roles in the Jerry Maguire, How Stella Got Her Groove Back with Angela Bassett, Enemy of the State opposite Will Smith, Mighty Joe Young with Charlize Theron, Boys N the HoodMiss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous alongside Sandra Bullock, Cinderella Story opposite Hilary Duff, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde with Reese Witherspoon, and Daddy Day Care opposite Eddie Murphy.

Oscar Nominated ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Due on Digital March 12, Disc March 26 From Fox

If Beale Street Could Talk, which has earned Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Regina King) and Best Original Score, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) March 12 and Blu-ray and DVD March 26 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Adapted from James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, the film is a love story set in early 1970s Harlem. Newly engaged 19-year-old Tish (KiKi Layne) and her fiancé Fonny (Stephan James) have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice.

Special features include deleted scenes, the featurette “If Beale Street Could Talk: Poetry in Motion” and audio commentary by Jenkins.

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