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…

Michael K. Williams shares his Anthony Bourdain story and his Omar psych-up music on The Late Show

Introduced via a typically badass cool guy clip from the upcoming Superfly remake (where he plays lead Trevor Jackson’s mentor/martial arts sensei), Michael K. Williams charmed the hell out of fellow South Carolinian Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s Late Show. Sharing his love of cooking fine Caribbean dishes (plus…

Michael K. Williams says Tupac helped him land his first film role

Although he’s now known for playing nuanced tough guy roles like The Wire’s iconic Omar—or Leonard Pine, his hard-hitting amateur detective from SundanceTV’s Hap And Leonard—Michael K. Williams got his acting start in a very different world: serving as a dancer and actor in New York’s music video scene. That,…

Superfly takes Atlanta in the first teaser for Director X's remake

Starring Ron O’Neal as ultra-smooth cocaine dealer Youngblood Priest, Gordon Parks Jr.’s 1972 film Super Fly is one of the cornerstones of the blaxploitation boom of the 1970s—and a contender for the title of cinema’s all-time coolest soundtrack, to boot. Whether you think that Future, who composed all-new music for…

Michael K. Williams shares details on his excised Solo: A Star Wars Story character

In August, shortly after Ron Howard stepped in to take over Solo: A Star Wars Story from fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, a part originally played by Michael K. Williams had to be cut out when he couldn’t make room for Howard’s reshoots in his schedule. Paul Bettany was then brought in to play the same…

The new season of Hap And Leonard is a stand-alone mystery with humor, charm—and the KKK

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Even more so than past years, the new season of Hap And Leonard is deceptively breezy and charming—odd when you consider the first episode ends with the protagonists walking outside to discover an American flag with its pole slammed through their windshield and a racial slur spray-painted on the side of their car.

Michael K. Williams was cut from the Han Solo movie

The sudden departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Disney’s standalone Han Solo film created a lot of anxiety—a disturbance that the studio has tried to quell by bringing in the sure, steady hand of Ron Howard, who’s also done his part to assure that everything’s fine. “[It’s] coming along great,” Howard told The…

Michael K. Williams asks himself: Is Michael K. Williams typecast?

Although he’s been acting since 1996, Michael K. Williams’ career is largely synonymous with a single character: The Wire’s Omar Little. Nearly every role Williams has taken on since he started playing Omar in 2002—from criminal roles on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and The Night Of, to comedy turns in shows like Community …

Michael K. Williams wants to play Black Manta, because Aquaman’s gotta have a code

Yesterday, we reported the wholly unsurprising news that Black Manta will be the main villain in the Aquaman movie, possibly because most of the other villains are stupid, and now the internet has done its duty by stepping in to nominate the perfect actor for that role. The guy they’ve chosen is Michael K. Williams,…

Win IFC’s The Spoils Before Dying on DVD

If you appreciate the finer (read: funnier) things in life, then you likely spent part of last summer watching IFC’s miniseries, The Spoils Before Dying. The six-episode comedy was “adapted” from reclusive “author” Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) “acclaimed novel” about a 1950s musician who gets caught up in a dangerous…

Sam Waterston and Kristen Stewart are sad in the trailer for Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia

A new official trailer has been released for Anesthesia, the Tim Blake Nelson-written/directed/produced drama that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The movie stars Sam Waterston as Walter Zarrow, a popular philosophy professor at Columbia University who is seemingly randomly mugged on the…

The Spoils Before Dying: “The Trip Trap”/“The Biscuit Eaters”

Like a string instrument, The Spoils Before Dying relies on tension to make its music. (Is this a bad time to talk about the strings album? It’s a goldmine, Rock, everyone does one.) The joke lives in the tension between our preconceptions of a streetwise mystery and the absurdity unfolding onscreen. It lives in the…