This film is made for kids, is about kids and will excite them very much as they take the helm and save the universe. As an adult watching I didn’t have the connection I wanted until the kids ‘took charge’. Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) is the all knowing celestial being with two sidekicks Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) who were the ‘adult interpreters’ that were the glue to explain the ‘why’ of ‘It’ aka the evil force called “the Black Thing” out to steal the positive life force of the universe and a little kidnapping.
Happily the film’s teen hero Meg Murry (Storm Reid) grew as the film progressed as she worked through her issues with the help of her little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and Calvin (Levi Miller) are the trio stepping stones that allows Meg to finally accept herself and truly travel using the tesseract. They kept the action moving as they searched for Meg & Charles’ father (Chris Pine) while her long suffering mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is at home in the dark (classic teen hero movies rule).
I enjoyed the film because (unlike some) I am not comparing it to Black Panther but instead it comes to mind a classic Disney film that has a deliberate pace as if it’s a tree with numerous branches welcoming the viewer to climb. It had little moments that sparks imagination from the sentient flowers, to Meg standing out by wearing her hair in natural curls, my heart broke when she was in the principals office and soared when she became the warrior the trio of mysterious women kept telling her was within. Really all the kids learned about themselves and their strengths/weaknesses in every world and it wasn’t shouted instead it was whispered in your ear.
I enjoyed the film and hope every parent who brings a child uses it as a jumping point to talk about respecting people who are different, to not be a bully and take your anger/misery out on others, that being smart is cool and really to embrace whatever you are good at.
It’s a film of empathy, imagination and the magic of science …. Ava made a film that makes you feel immersed in another world of magic and what makes a family. BTW it’s love ….
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wrinkle in Time Review, André Holland, Ava DuVernay, Blerd, Cherry the Geek, Chris Pine, Deric McCabe, Fantasy, film review, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Levi Miller, Madeleine L’Engle, Michael Peña, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Rowan Blanchard, Storm Reed, Zach Galifianakis
Ava DuVernay, Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and more to take part in the newly added September 10th event at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills
|11th ANNUAL PALEYFEST FALL TV PREVIEWS
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK’S “QUEEN SUGAR” TO FESTIVAL LINEUP
This year’s PaleyFest Fall TV Preview welcomes OWN Network for it’s debut with the critically acclaimed series “Queen Sugar” with Creator and Executive Producer Ava DuVernay and cast members Rutina Wesley, “Nova Bordelon”; Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Charley Bordelon West”; Omar Dorsey, “Hollywood Desonier”; Dondre Whitfield, “Remy Newell”; Timon Kyle Durrett, “David West”; and Kofi Siriboe, “Ralph Angel Bordelon.” The panel and mid-season premier will take place on Sunday, September 10th at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
Individual tickets are sold out but you can still purchase a Fan Pass to attend the screening and Q&A.
Citi cardmembers can purchase presale tickets and redeem complimentary tickets at www.citiprivatepass.com. Fans can save 20% off the ticket price by purchasing a “Festival Pass” to attend all of the events throughout PaleyFest Previews. To purchase individual tickets and festival passes, please visit paley.me/previews.
PaleyFest Fall TV Previews will kick off September 6 with the cast and creative team of SHOWTIME’s Shameless, followed by screenings and discussions with the cast and creatives of Univision’s El Chapo; Hulu’s Future Man and The Mindy Project; ABC’s The Mayor; The CW’s Valor and Dynasty; NBC’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders; CBS’ Me, Myself & I; Fox’s The Orville and Ghosted; Netflix’s Big Mouth andFuller House; BET’s Tales; and will conclude with EPIX’s Berlin Station.
Additionally, the Paley Center’s New York location will host free PaleyFest Fall TV Preview screenings September 10-11 and September 17. For more information on the schedule and to reserve seats, please visit paley.me/previews
Queen Sugar Tickets on Sale NOW to Paley Supporting & Patron Members
and Citi cardmembers
* Paley Individual Members and Citi cardmembers: Thursday, 8/17 at 9:00 am PT
* General Public: Friday, 8/18 at 9:00 am PT
OWN: Queen Sugar
Ava DuVernay, Creator/Executive Producer
Rutina Wesley, “Nova Bordelon”
Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Charley Bordelon West”
Dondre Whitfield, “Remy Newell”
Omar Dorsey, “Hollywood Desonier”
Timon Kyle Durrett, “David West”
Kofi Siriboe, “Ralph Angel Bordelon”
Additional panelists to be announced.
Festival Fan Pass: Attend all preview events and save 20% off your ticket price! This pass gets you a prime theater seat for every PaleyFest Previews event, including the sold-out Shameless 9/6 and The Mindy Project/Future Man 9/8.
Don’t Miss These Other Previews Events!
9/7: El Chapo
9/9: The Mayor
9/9: Valor and Dynasty
9/11: Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
9/12: Me, Myself & I
9/13: The Orville and Ghosted
9/14: Big Mouth and Fuller House
9/16: Berlin Station
About The Paley Center for Media:
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org
Posted in geek tv, Los Angeles, TV Tagged with: Ava DuVernay, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Dondre Whitfield, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, Paley Center, PaleyFest, Queen Sugar, Rutina Wesley, Timon Kyle Durrett
ESSENCE AND THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENT:
“THE POWER OF OUR PRESENCE – AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS”
“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Paley Center to present the Power of Our Presence exhibit—as Essence prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Experience the magic of the red carpet as it comes to life and shines a spotlight on the most influential and pioneering women in Hollywood.”
I’m so excited and happy to celebrate Black History Month with Essence Black Women in Hollywood Award Exhibition at the Paley Center for Media (Los Angeles). It’s been ten years since Essence Magazine began to recognize accomplished and creative Black Women with their yearly Oscar Week Luncheon.
This magical exhibition will include costumes from lead female characters from their hit TV series. In the collection will be the iconic white coats worn by Kerry Washington in Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from Black-ish and a costume from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire. As well as memorabilia, photos and footage form past luncheons will be on display, re-receations of the tables capes, images of past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches and much more.
“We are so honored to partner with Essence in presenting this powerful exhibit in support of its special milestone anniversary,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “The Paley Center is proud of its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating African American achievements in television. This Essence exhibit is a signature part of our Black History Month celebration, which also includes screenings, educational activities and an onsite showcase of our own recent tribute.”
Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards has celebrated black women in front of the camera and behind the scenes since 2008. Over the years they ave honored Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and many more. This year’s event will shift from a daytime luncheon to an evening gala for the first time and will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
The Power of Our Presence exhibit will be open at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) from Wednesday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
For more information about this exhibit, please visit Essence.com or paley.me/bwih, and follow Essence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @essence, as well as the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter @PaleyCenter for more updates.
The Essence Power of our Presence exhibit is presented by AT&T and the Minority Business Development Agency.
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ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.
ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay, Black History Month, Black Women in Hollywood Award, Black-ish, Cookie Lion, Empire, Essence, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, Lynn Whitfield, Octavia Spencer, Oprah Winfrey, Paley Center for Media, Power of our Presence Exhibit, SCANDAL, Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis