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Shonda Rhimes Slams ‘Deadline’ For “Ignorant” Article

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When it comes to speaking her mind, Shonda Rhimes does not hold back.

The creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy took to Twitter on Tuesday night to slam an article written by Deadline called, “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings–About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?”

“1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse,” she wrote. “2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can’t even be bothered.”

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In the article, columnist Nellie Andreeva suggested that not only were this year’s roles were off-limits for Caucasian actors because they were designated for minority actors, but that the “pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction.”

“Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal,” she wrote. “Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered.”

Andreeva also suggested that because “African-Americans still represent only 13% of the U.S. population” the “growth in that fraction of the TV audience might have reached its peak” after the success of shows like Empire, Black-ish, Scandal and HTGAWM. 

The article concluded with this thought: “Since broadcast TV is a historically reactive business, that will determine whether the trend of ethnic casting will come back with a vengeance next season.”

Read the full article here.

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CodeBlack Could Redeem Itself With New Omar Epps, Paula Patton Flick

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No shade to CodeBlack Films, but it’s last flick, All Eyes On Me, was kind of a disaster. From the poor ratings and reviews, to stars like Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent slamming the film, folks just weren’t feeling it.

But that may all change with their new movie Traffik. The action-packed thriller slated for theaters April 27, 2018 stars Omar Epps, Paula Patton and Laz Alonso, and it looks pretty darn good.

Peep the trailer below.

In the film, Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote estate, the couple are surprised by the arrival of two friends, another couple, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez). Just when the weekend starts to get back on track, a violent biker gang turns up and begins to torment them. The foursome are forced to fight for their lives against a gang who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor. Patton is also a producer.

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