2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings – Great Blog By Nellie Andreeva

11:14PM, EST, March 24, 2015

According to Nellie Andreeva (@DeadlineNellie)

There was a noticeable shift toward minority castings last season, with more parts opening up to ethnic actors, a casting term used for non-Caucasian thesps. It was a concerted effort, with more than one instance where a family member role was rewritten as adopted to make them ethnic. Then, following the success of freshman series How To Get Away With Murder, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat, Jane the Virgin and especially Empire, which launched to huge ratings at the kickoff of pilot casting season, ethnic castings exploded this season.

Who are your Neighbors...?
Who are your Neighbors…?

While not a superfan of Empire, we are crazy fans of Black-ish, Jane The Virgin and Fresh Off The Boat. From 2012-2014 we were devout fans of the truly inspired “The Neighbors” which was unceremoniously pulled off the air after much lobbying of fan support.

We actually think credit should be given to “The Neighbors” for letting casting directors and TV execs know that ethnic casting is something to embrace and the results whether for dramatic or comedy, are that much more real experience for all viewers.

Who was this uptight British alien guy (Simon Templeman) with the fascinating, smart and sexy, black wife (Toks Olagundoye) and his sensitive, guitar playing fish-out-0f-water Chinese son (Tim Jo) with their genius red-headed younger son (Ian Patrick) who was maybe the most out of place. Why did race just mix and no one talked about it; but rather embraced it even when  Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters) and Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) came to visit their daughter “Jackie Joyner-Kersee” on Thanks giving.

So thanks to casting directors Susan Vash and Melissa Ventura for getting Hollywood to look deeper into the casting pool and seeing a reflection of all of us…

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Actress Angelina Jolie : “Minimizes the Risk of Breast Cancer”

by Shannonn Kelly
01:48AM, EST, May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie - Actress, Director, Mother, Warrior...
Angelina Jolie – Actress, Director, Mother, Daughter, Warrior…

For my blog, International Womens Day – Its Not About Vaginas, I listed Academy Award winning actress, Angelina Jolie as one of my “Top Women That Have Made a Difference“.

I had to ‘sell’ why I thought Jolie was just as important as say Hilary Clinton. Which is a shame when you consider Jolie gives almost one-third of her earnings to charity. And that’s the least of her admirable actions as a global activist.

Now I count her as Brave and a Warrior. Continue reading “Actress Angelina Jolie : “Minimizes the Risk of Breast Cancer””

Latest Screenplay News for Shannonn Kelly

One of our favorite “indie” screenwriters Shannonn Kelly is trying to finish 3 feature scripts before the end of 2012. That’s a big challenge she’s given herself, but we want to cheer her on. Here’s some latest feedback on “He Wore Blue” a modern suspenseful crime drama.

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Writers Tears Irish Whiskey – Shannonn’s Reward

We asked Shannonn a question.

Q: What was your inspiration for this latest feature script “He Wore Blue”?

A: “I have some pretty awesomely talented FaceBook friends. Among them, two in particular are well known actors. I wanted to see them both in a film together, so I wrote a script for them.

Often, I’m inspired by an actor or an acting performance which compels me to write a script specifically for them. Those scripts generally get written quicker because the inspiration of their talent pushes me to completion faster than a script I have to do a lot of research on.”

Here’s what BlueCat Reviewer #1 Has to Say:

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Featured Screenwriter :: Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black - Say NO to Prop 8

On February 22, 2009, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Milk” at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

He wore a White Knot to the ceremony as a symbol of solidarity with the marriage equality movement. In his acceptance speech at the Oscar ceremony, he said:

“ … When I was thirteen years old my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California and I heard the story of Harvey Milk and it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life, it gave me the hope to one day I could live my life openly as who I am, and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married.

I want to thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. Continue reading “Featured Screenwriter :: Dustin Lance Black”