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.
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…
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.
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.
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.”
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.