Michael K. Williams and Vera Farmiga join Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five series

Last year, we reported that Ava DuVernay was developing a Netflix miniseries about the “Central Park Five,” a group of five teenagers who were wrongfully accused—and even more wrongfully convicted—of raping a woman in New York’s Central Park in the late-’80s. As it turned out, people were more eager to be racist than…

Ava DuVernay cheerfully dares male directors to sue her if they don't like her all-women hiring policy

Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar is just a few weeks away from launching its third season on OWN, continuing to chronicle the lives and dramas of the Bordelon family and their 800-acre sugarcance farm. DuVernay created and executive produces the series, and is directly responsible for its hiring policy for directors, which…

Victoria Mahoney named second unit director on Star Wars: Episode IX

We don’t usually spill a lot of ink on the status of second unit directors—i.e., the leaders of the teams tasked with filming stuff like action scenes and other less-central shots on the set of a blockbuster film—but we’re happy to make an exception for Star Wars, and, specifically, the news that Disney has hired…

Ava DuVernay is heading to Apokolips to direct a New Gods movie for Warner Bros.

Fresh off of A Wrinkle In Time, Ava DuVernay is heading back to space for another wild sci-fi adventure—and this one is also sort of a superhero movie. According to Deadline, she’s going to direct a movie for Warner Bros. based on DC Comics’ New Gods, a line of weird space deities created for comic book icon Jack…

Good intentions can’t save A Wrinkle In Time from its universe of missteps

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club, this time discussing A Wrinkle In Time, the latest adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved YA novel. Directed by Selma and 13th’s Ava DuVernay, A Wrinkle In Time is ambitious and well-intentioned, but…

A Wrinkle In Time alternates clumsiness with moments of honesty and grace

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In Matt Groening’s old Life In Hell comic strip, he refers to high school as “the second-deepest pit in hell.” The deepest pit, he clarifies, is junior high school. This feels true; the confusion and awkwardness of the transition from tween to teen is at least as potent as the transition from teen to adult. Yet there…

Sade returns from hiatus to write new song for A Wrinkle In Time

Eight years after the release of her last album, 2010's Soldier Of Love, Sade has stepped out of her latest hiatus to write a song for the soundtrack of Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time adaptation. DuVernay announced the news on Twitter, saying the song is called “Flower Of The Universe” and that working with Sade—who…

Oprah needs warriors in the brazenly bright first trailer for A Wrinkle In Time

Disney released the first trailer for Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time today, as a treat for fans at its D23 expo (and everywhere else, too). Now, we’ve finally got our first look at DuVernay’s much-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s YA sci-fi classic, which stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy…

Meme becomes reality as Netflix orders Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna’s con artist movie

Here’s some surprising news for 2017: It turns out that good things actually can happen, but only if everybody involved is really cool and talented. Today’s good thing is that Netflix has actually picked up some kind of con artist movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o, with Selma’s Ava DuVernay directing and …

Michael Peña joins A Wrinkle In Time, along with everyone else in the universe

Michael Peña, who stole scenes during his turn as Scott Lang’s fellow thief pal Luis in the first Ant-Man movie, will have another chance to run away with the plot in Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. According to the official Wrinkle In Time Twitter account, Peña has been cast as Red, and it’s pretty…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw to play a brilliant scientist mom in A Wrinkle In Time

Starting today, you can watch Gugu Mbatha-Raw break your heart in the surprisingly lovely Black Mirror episode “San Junipero.” And soon, she’ll help bring your childhood to life in Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. DuVernay announced on Twitter yesterday that Mbatha-Raw would be playing Dr. Murry, the…