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‘SNL’: Beck Bennett’s Vin Diesel Invites Audiences Back To The Movies
In the final sketch of SNL‘s season finale, Vin Diesel (Beck Bennett) appears as part of “a message from AMC,” waxing poetic about his favorite aspects of moviegoing, in hopes of drawing fans back to theaters. “It’s been a while,” the actor says dramatically in voiceover, over an image that looks to be cut straight out of F9. “For the past year, the roads have been a little empty, but we’re starting to see the promise of a new day.
On the day that America officially recognizesfor the first time as a federal holiday, ’s made it very clear that she has no time for whiners, and that Hollywood shouldn’t be so quick to pat itself on the back while there is still a very long way to go when it comes to race and representation in this country and the media industries.
“Don’t tell me that there is no room for white men in this industry, when you can’t even treat the people who are now just getting a sliver of more opportunities like they’re not an other, the creator, showrunner and star of the HBO comedy series said today at the annualFestival. “We aren’t still being seen as full human yet …we’re still being seen as other and less than, and even by, and here’s the controversial part, even by people who are the ones giving us the opportunities sometimes,” Thede added.
Legally Blonde Sets All-LGBTQ+ Cast for 20th Anniversary Live Read
Leading the cast in the Legally Blonde 20th anniversary live read as Elle Woods is Alexandra Grey, while Fawzia Mirza will read as Elle's love interest Emmett Richmond (Luke Wilson) is Signature Move star Fawzia Mirza. Also on board are Razor Tongue's Rain Valdez as Vivian, Lingua Franca star Ivory Aquino as Paulette, former child actress Mara Wilson as both Enid and Professor Callahan, actor and podcaster Symphony Sanders as Brooke and Mrs. Fletcher star Jen Richards as Warner.
Pulling back the veil on the resentment and entitlement many still have underneath good intentions and progressive platitudes, Thede didn’t quite name names, but the barrier breaker went sharp on the big picture.
“No one is sitting here saying please just give us a show because now you have to look like you care about Black people or Gay people or older people, or whatever,” the ex-Rundown host bluntly said of Tinseltown box checking. “We’re saying our stories have the same amount of value and we’re literally telling the industry that you have to begin to value our stories, even if they’re not your own. And you have to get out of the way and let us make them. Let us tell those stories and let us make those stories so that the audience can begin to see themselves reflected in film and TV, and so that they can see a clear path if they do want to get in this industry.”
Friends Creators Open Up About the Show's Lack of Diversity: 'We Didn't Intend to Have an All-White Cast'
"If we did Friends today, no, I don't imagine they would probably end up being an all-white cast," director and executive producer Kevin Bright said in a recent interviewIn a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, series creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane — and director and executive producer Kevin Bright —acknowledged that if the series were made today, the racial makeup of its six main stars would be different.
“Everyone from assistants to executives need to have opportunity where it is not about equality it’s not about diversity or inclusion, even though those are not bad words, they can be misused, it’s about equity,” Thede made clear on Friday’s Showrunners State of the Union panel.
“I think that whenever we have conversations in this industry, whether we are talking about writers or directors, producers, etc, that we tend to get really micro, instead of pulling back and getting more macro and then zooming in,” noted fellow panelist. “We need more gatekeepers who look like us,” the showrunner and co-creator said. “The reality is I am still typically in rooms that are mostly male, mostly white, mostly straight, mostly cis,” Canal added. “Collectively, we could write a million scripts, if they are not being greenlighted, it doesn’t really matter.”
'Hacks' Showrunners on 'Broad City' Influence and What's Next for Deborah Vance
Season 1 of HBO Max's "Hacks" comes to a close this week, but rest assured, this is far from the last we've seen of Las Vegas legend Deborah Vance. HBO recently renewed "Hacks" for a second season, a decision that co-showrunner and executive producer Lucia Aniello said the creators kind of "forced" onto HBO. By the end of Season 1's final episode, Deborah (Jean Smart) is gearing up for a nationwide tour of a new hourlong stand-up routine, and she's bringing her begrudging assistant Ava (Hannah Einbinder) along with her.
Along with self-declared “huge fan of television” Thede and Canals, today’s very much live and virtual panel also featured’s , head writer and EP and ’s .
The Avengers-like gathering of series leaders comes as TWD prepares to launch its 11th and final season later this summer, the Emmy-winning Pose has just concluded its third and final cycle earlier this month, and the ABC airing Kenya Barris-created sitcom is heading towards its eighth and last season premiering later this year. The Tom Hiddleston-led Loki debuted on Disney+ to big streaming numbers last week and ABLSS started its second season on HBO on April 23.
With FX’s LGBTQ and non-conforming drag ball culture-set series now done, Canals revealed Friday the stereotyping and narrowcasting he is experiencing right now as he looks at future projects. “I feel like once you’ve done one type of story, that everyone thinks you can only do that,’ the EP stated. Right now, I’m in a place where we just wrapped Pose and the only thing coming across my desk are like queer musicals or musicals period. I can do other things, I can tell other stories.”
The Age of Each Friends Cast Member During Filming Will Leave You Feeling Nostalgic
Looking back, one of the things that arguably made Friends so successful was how perfect of a job the producers did with casting.
“My biggest concern about these kinds of conversations is that we are still otherizing folks from historically marginalized communities,’ Canals said earlier in the equally broad and specific panel. “When you look at all the diversity programs, you end up being seen as just a diversity hire. And, it’s like ‘No, it doesn’t matter what my race or ethnicity, or my class or my orientation or my gender is, I’m also a quality writer just like everybody else, just like my other contemporaries in the room, but those folks aren’t being treated that way.”
The frequently forthright Thede is actually a vet of ATX’s Showrunners State of the Union shindig. The former The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore head writer participated in last year’s showrunners panel. That 2020 panel saw Grace & Frankie & Friends’ Marta Kauffman, Legacies’ Julie Plec and Dead to Me’s Liz Feldman with Thede in what was a virtual panel during some of the worst months of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, ATX runs until June 20.
San Diego Comic-Con@Home’s Heavy On TV, Slim On Film Schedule: ‘Snake Eyes’, ‘Dexter’, ‘Army Of Thieves’, ‘Stargate Atlantis’ Reunion & Jean-Claude Van Damme .
Nothing beats a live Comic-Con with the scream of the audience, the thunder of Hall H, and the social media wattage that shines out of San Diego. I’ll never forget the first time that Marvel walked the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy from the Hilton over to the Convention Center: The fans went so crazy, you’d think some of The Beatles came back from the dead and there was an immediate reunion. Instead, no thanks to the impact of Covid, we have the second year of a virtual San Diego Comic-Con. Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I.