The ‘#BlackTwilight Saga: Midnight’, Reimagining The Vampire Series With Melanin And Soul

Shadow And Act Presents: The #BlackTwilight Saga: Midnight| Lovie Simone, Trevor Jackson, Ashton Sanders

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke recently shared with the Daily Beast that she wanted to cast diverse actors in the first installment of the Stephenie Meyer’s book-to-film adaptation. Meyer wasn’t having it though, and the mega-hit series of five blockbuster movies… Continue Reading

How ‘Green Book’ And The Hollywood Machine Swallowed Donald Shirley Whole

Split screen image of Mahershala Ali as Dr. Shirley and Viggo Mortensen as Tony Vallelonga in 'Green Book' on the left. The real Dr. Donald Shirley playing the organ in Black and White photo on the right.

In August 2018, Edwin Shirley III sat in disbelief as he watched a screening of Peter Farrelly’s new movie Green Book, a simplistic racial harmony story set in the Jim Crow south. Viggo Mortenson stars as Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, a racist… Continue Reading

‘Joy’: The Academy Just Disqualified Another International Oscar Entry For Its English Dialogue

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On the heels of Nigeria’s first-ever Oscar entry, Lionheart, being disqualified, The Academy has just disqualified another country’s entry. The Austrian film, Joy, written and directed by Sudabeh Mortezai, will not compete due to Academy rules. The film chronicles Nigerian sex workers in Vienna,… Continue Reading

#ShortFilmShoutout: Lucas Sinclair’s ‘Stranger Things’ Backstory Gets Some Depth With This Short

Uncle Jack-Stranger Things-Fan Film

This is installment #21 of Shadow And Act’s #ShortFilmShoutout series. Writer and actor Tarik Davis is giving Stranger Things fans a fun 17 minutes with his fan film, Lucas Sinclair’s A.V. Interview: My Crazy Uncle Jack. The film features Davis playing… Continue Reading

Sisters Kelly And Crystal McCreary Reveal How Filming ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Death Scene Was ‘Overwhelming’


Grey’s Anatomy star Kelly McCreary and fellow actress and sister Crystal McCreary divulged what it was like to act together on Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The episode featured Kelly’s character Maggie Pierce, attempting to help Sabrina (Crystal), the niece… Continue Reading

Netflix CEO On Censoring ‘Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj’: ‘We’re Not Trying To Do Truth To Power’


Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings confused and angered Netflix viewers when he revealed the reason why the streaming service pulled Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act episode criticizing the Saudi royal family. When addressing the episode, Hastings told the audience at Wednesday’s New York Times… Continue Reading

‘David Makes Man’ Writer Breaks Down Season 1’s Final Scene And Much More


Almost a month after the finale of its first season, we are still reeling from OWN’s critically-acclaimed drama series, David Makes Man. The series, executive produced by Michael B. Jordan, is from Oscar-winning Moonlight scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney. Shadow And Act recently spoke with… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Vanessa Williams, Rick Fox Star In OWN’s ‘One Fine Christmas’

The cast of OWN's Black Holiday drama 'One Fine Christmas'

Last month, OWN announced three new original holiday movies coming to the channel in November. The first one to air will be One Fine Christmas, starring Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox. Fox’s daughter Sasha Fox also stars, and One Fine Christmas marks their… Continue Reading

Netflix’s ‘Astronomy Club’ Hilariously Confronts Hollywood’s ‘Magical Negro’ Trope In First Clip


Ahead of its debut next month, Netflix has released a clip from the upcoming series, Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show.  The show is produced by Kenya Barris, under his overall deal at the streaming giant. Earlier this summer, Netflix ordered the… Continue Reading