THE POST
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 01/12/2017
Running Time: 115
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood and Matthew Rhys.
Crew: Director: Steven Spielberg. Producers: Steven Spielberg, Liz Hannah, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Rachel O'Connor and Amy Pascal. Executive Producers: Tom Karnowski, Adam Somner, Tim White and Trevor White. Screenwriters: Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Director Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” is a journalistic thriller with a message about freedom of the press that is as timely in 2018 as it was in 1971, the year which the movie is set.

Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and Meryl Streep (“Mama Mia: Here We Go Again”) --who have never starred together onscreen until now—are a formidable pair in “The Post.”

Hanks plays Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Streep stars as the newspaper’s first female publisher, Kay Graham.

Cash strapped and always in the shadow of The New York Times, the newspaper is eager to make more money and increase circulation, but that’s easier said than done.

Then Graham (Streep) learns that the Times is running an explosive feature story--thanks to whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, (Matthew Rhys, TV’s “The Americans” and “Girls”)—regarding classified government documents (The Pentagon Papers).

These documents detail a chain of lies and cover-ups surrounding the Vietnam war and how the presidential administrations of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon lied to the American public about it.

Now Graham is in a precarious position.

She must decide whether to expose Defense Secretary, Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”) for his role in this mess as well as pursue the story with her staff of reporters led by Ben Bagdikian (Bob Odenkirk, “The Disaster Artist”).

Doing so is risky and will likely result in pushback from the paper’s Board of Directors. They have questioned her decision-making authority mainly because she’s a woman and she obtained control of the paper after her husband died.

Most of all, Graham’s decision to publish the story would defy the federal court who admonished the Post along with other papers not to run any additional articles.

The heart of “The Post” centers on the tug of war between Bradlee’s eagerness to publish the story without fear or favor and Graham’s personal convictions.

With “The Post,” screenwriters Josh Singer (“Spotlight” and TV’s “The West Wing” and Liz Hannah (“Reign Over Me”) have crafted a companion piece of sorts to the 1976 political drama, “All the President’s Men” which starred the late Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee, the character Hanks plays here.

Streep and Hanks deliver stellar performances as does Odenkirk as the determined, old school journalist sniffing out the story of a lifetime.

And speaking of old school journalists, it’s movies like “The Post,” and “Spotlight” which really resonate with newspaper journalists particularly since the industry seems to be slowly dying. It’s also a fond reminder of just how important a free press is.

Be sure to catch my N2Entertainment.net movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:40 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Take A Peek At This Trailer For "THE POST"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.
 

Rated: PG-13
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Rated: PG
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Rated: PG-13
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Rated: R
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Rated: R
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OLD SCHOOL VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

Halls Of Anger Title: Halls Of Anger
Year Released: 1970
Running Time: 96
Production Company: Mirisch Corporation
Director: Paul Bogart
Director of Photography: Burnett Guffey
Screenwriter: John Herman Shaner and Al Ramus
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: Editor's Note: While this "Old School Video Pick" of "Halls of Anger" has run before, I couldn't help but update a few things in it after recently watching it again along with a few other Calvin Lockhart movies, like "Melinda" and "Rain." Lockhart was an enormously talented actor who left us way too soon.

Audiences may best remember Calvin Lockhart, as the tall, dark and handsome actor who...
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Marshall <b> (Jan. 9) </b> Title: Marshall (Jan. 9)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 118
Production Company: Open Road Films
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"MARSHALL"

After his superb performance as James Brown in “Get on Up” and Jackie Robinson in “42,” Chadwick Boseman lights up the screen once again in the legal drama, “Marshall.”

Directed by Reginald Hudlin (“Django Unchained”), “Marshall” tells the story of Thurgood Marshall, the young N.A.A.C.P. attorney who rose through the ranks to become the first black man named to the United States Supreme Court.

Marshall served from October 1967 until October 1991. He died on January 24, 1993, but left an indelible mark on American lawmaking.

Marshall’s most famous case as a lawyer was “Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka,”(1954), in which the Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" public education, as established by Plessy v. Ferguson, was not applicable to public education because it could never be truly equal.

“Marshall” doesn’t focus on that landmark decision. Instead, father-and-son screenwriters Michael and Jacob Koskoff (2015’s “MacBeth”) dive headfirst into the salacious case, The State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell.

Marshall, a cocky and charismatic thirty-three-year-old New York N.A.A.C.P. attorney is sent to Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1940 to represent Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown, TV’s “This Is Us”). He's a black man accused of rape and attempted murder of a rich, white, married woman named Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson, “Deepwater Horizon”) whom he worked for as a chauffeur.

Marshall is really the only attorney that the N.A.A.C.P. has that will fight for the rights of innocent African-Americans accused of crimes.

But there’s a major problem. Marshall can’t officially be Spell’s attorney because he doesn’t have a license to practice in Connecticut. That’s where young, Jewish lawyer Sam Friedman (a terrific Josh Gad, “A Dog’s Purpose”) comes in, albeit reluctantly.

Friedman is roped in by Marshall to help him represent Spell. Never mind that Friedman is an insurance attorney and has never tried a criminal case.

Marshall pours on his power of persuasion and Friedman soon hits the ground running. What complicates the process leading up to the court case is the crusty, racist Judge Foster (an excellent James Cromwell, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and TV’s “The Detour”). He’s stipulated that Marshall can’t speak at any time in court.

Consequently, during the trial Marshall must prod along an already frightened and nervous Friedman with written notes, and by facial and hand motions.

While this is an interesting approach of “Marshall, it’s also somewhat of a detriment to the film. We don’t get to see the legal theatrics of Marshall at work during the trial. Friedman gets that spotlight. However, outside the courtroom Marshall is the brains who can piece together the case for Friedman.

“Marshall” presents several flashbacks of Spell’s account of what happened. This allows viewers to try and tie everything together and see if it all adds up. Is Spell guilty or innocent? Is he telling the truth to Marshall and Friedman?

Hudlin, along with screenwriter and real-life attorney Michael Koskoff certainly bring a sense of authenticity and authority to the film’s courtroom scenes. Yet, the real strength of the movie centers around Marshall serving as this powerful crusader of justice in the face of systemic oppression and racism. So much is at stake for both attorneys. The odds are stacked against them, yet they must put their own differences aside for the greater good.

Prior to the trial, Friedman and Marshall are forced to defend themselves from being beaten by violent racists. Marshall must also overcome a family tragedy involving his wife Buster (Keesha Sharp, TV’s “Lethal Weapon”) and keep Friedman focused and on point as the multi-layered case slowly begins to unravel in a Perry Mason like style.

The State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell case was a turning point in Marshall's budding, legal career. It did wonders for Friedman’s too. He came to respect Marshall on many levels, most notably for his brilliant, legal mind and for giving him the courage to open his. Friedman later became a prominent civil rights attorney.

“Marshall” also benefits from a solid supporting cast. Kate Hudson is terrific as the snooty, aristocrat harboring a “dark” secret and recent Golden Globes winner Sterling K. Brown (TV’s “This is Us”) is pure gold. Even Rozanda “Chili” Thomas (TLC) has a brief, but memorable scene channeling Zora Neale Hurston as does Jessie Smollett (TV’s “Empire”) as Langston Hughes.
(Highly Recommended).

The Foreigner <b>( Jan. 9)</b> Title: The Foreigner ( Jan. 9)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 114
Production Company: STX Films
Director: Martin Campbell
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE FOREIGNER”

At 63-years-old, Jackie Chan is still very much the action hero and a force to be reckoned with in his latest movie, “The Foreigner ” from director Martin Campbell (“Green Lantern” and “Casino Royale”).

In this dramatic thriller, Chan does the majority of his stunts and the guy is an absolute blast to watch.

“The Foreigner” is based on the 1992 novel “The Chinaman” by Stephen Leather,” and adapted by David Marconi (“Live Free or Die Hard”). “

This is the perfect vehicle for Chan to not only flex his muscles, but show off his acting chops too.

In “The Foreigner” Chan plays Quan Ngoc Minh, a London restaurant owner whose world comes to a screeching halt when his beautiful, teen daughter Fan (Katie Leung, “T2 Trainspotting”) is killed in a terrorist bombing by an underground organization known as “The Authentic IRA.”

Naturally Quan is devastated. Somebody has to pay, but he has no clue who to track down. Quan, is so torn up that he alienates himself from his restaurant employees and spends time in the private room upstairs staring at his daughter’s pictures.

Quan starts with politely calling and reaching out to Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan, TV’s “The Son”), a former Irish Republican Army (IRA) member who currently works for the British Government. But when Quan talks by phone with Liam, he’s told he can’t do anything for him and that he’s sorry for his loss.

Quan doesn’t accept his hollow apology and believes Liam knows the names of the people responsible. Quan even tries to get the info by bribing the chief investigator, Commander Richard Bromley, (Ray Fearon, TV’s “Snatch” and “Beauty And The Beast”) . When that doesn’t work, Quan demands to meet with Liam. When he’s ignored by his secretary, he decides to visit Liam. Quan insists he’s not leaving until he gets the information.

Surely, Liam isn’t the least bit threatened by this little dude who looks like he’d be scared of his own shadow. But looks can be deceiving. And when Quan tells Liam he will change his mind soon about giving him the names, it sure sounds like a threat to me.

Quan hooks up some MacGyver, like explosive devices in Liam’s office bathroom. As soon as he leaves the building, it blows up and scares the hell out of Liam and his staff.

Minutes later, Quan is on the phone asking Liam if he’s ready to give up the names.

Quan’s special set of skills—he’s a retired Navy SEAL-- are put to good use when Liam brings out his top guns to hunt Quan down. It’s a futile effort as Quan outthinks, outmaneuvers and flat out embarrasses Liam’s best men at every turn. A car in their security detail gets blown to smithereens as does part of Liam’s farmhouse and his Jaguar.

As good as Jackie Chan is in “The Foreigner,” Brosnan, with his thick Irish accent, more than holds his own and nearly steals the show.

There are some juicy, double crossing, plot twists involving Liam’s (Brosnan) wife Orla (TV’s “Into The Badlands”), his longtime friend, Hugh McGrath (Dermot Crowley, “The Death of Stalin”) and right hand man Jim Kavanagh, (Michael McElhatton (TV’s “Genius”).

Rumor has it that Chan may return as Mr. Han in “The Karate Kid 2” and with Chris Tucker in “Rush Hour 4.” Can’t wait for those, but in the meantime, “The Foreigner” is an exciting, wild ride.
(Recommended).

IT <b> (Jan. 9)</b> Title: IT (Jan. 9)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 97
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Andy Muschietti
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“IT”

Much like Tim Curry owned the role of Pennywise in “It,” the 1990 television miniseries, Bill Skarsgard (“Atomic Blonde” and “Allegiant”) plays the immortal shape-shifting Pennywise with terrifying panache in this big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 best-seller novel of the same name.

Director Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), from a script by Cary Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation”), Gary Dauberman (“Annabelle: Creation”) and Chase Palmer aren’t clowning around here.

They deliver a loud, lengthy movie which clocks in at a little over two hours. It's part “Stand by Me” meets the “The Goonies” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

The coming-of-age story takes place during the 1980s in the fictional town of Derry, Maine. On the surface, Derry seems like any other small suburb, but there’s a lot of history here. Some crazy, scary history.

It’s here we meet Bill Denbrough (another outstanding showing from Jaeden Lieberher, “The Book of Henry” and “St. Vincent”), a stuttering, lanky teen and his adorable 6-year-old brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott, “Skin” and upcoming, “Troy”).

Bill has just finished making a toy boat for Georgie and the kid wants to test it outside since it’s raining up a storm.

So, Georgie heads out in front of his house in his yellow rain coat and is soon having a blast trying to keep up with the fast-moving boat as it floats along the curb. However, the heavy rain and a gust of wind carries it into a sewer.

Georgie is surprised when he reaches in to retrieve it and sees this freakish looking clown’s face. Pennywise (Skarsgard) tries to befriend Georgie and tells him it’s OK to trust him. He even offers him his boat.

When Georgie reaches for it, Pennywise chomps off his arm with his protruding razor teeth and sucks the boy into the sewer with him.

That pretty much sets the tone for the nightmare that’s in store for the kiddies in Deere. Months later, Bill (Lieberher) is still feeling guilty for letting Georgie play outside alone. He believes his brother is still alive somewhere, despite the number of children who have mysteriously disappeared.

He’s determined to find out what’s going on and more importantly make sure he and his friends don’t suffer a similar fate since Pennywise turns up in Derry every 27 years and scares kids by tapping into their worst fears.

Now that school is out for summer, Bill calls on his crew, a.k.a. The Losers Club to help him. This geeky bunch includes: the foul-mouth and talkative, Richie (Finn Wolfhard, TV’s “Stranger Things”), Eddie, (Jack Dylan Grazer, TV’s “Me, Myself and I”), an asthmatic mama’s boy, the timid Stanley (Wyatt Oleff, “Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2”), Mike, (Chosen Jacobs, TV’s “Hawaii Five-O” and TV’s upcoming “American Woman”), the lone black teen in Deere and Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor, “Ant-Man” and “42”), a chubby kid who reads a lot of history books and likes New Kids on the Block on the downlow.

The boys are happy to let Beverly (Sophia Lillis, TV’s “Sharp Objects”) a smart, outgoing attractive redhead join the clique—especially Bill and Ben--who compete for her affection. Beverly welcomes the opportunity to get away from home and her sexually abusive father (Stephen Bogaert, “X-Men: Apocalypse”).

Normally all these guys would only have to worry about Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton, “The Dark Tower” and “Captain Fantastic”), the town bully. And while Henry and his punk friends still harass the guys, they have their sights on something much bigger and sinister.

Pennywise puts up one hellacious fight and sends each of these kids through the wringer. They are chased by a few zombies, ghosts and haunted by some sort of personal evil every step they take.

Everything about “It” screams creepy.
(Highly Recommended).

American Made <b> (Jan. 2) </b> Title: American Made (Jan. 2)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 115
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Doug Liman
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Tom Cruise is cocky, unhinged and at his very best in “American Made” from director Doug Liman (TV’s “Suits”).

This gritty drama chronicles the unbelievable, yet true story of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler during the 1970s and 1980s.

But just as the cocaine is about to hit the fan and Barry is about to get busted, he turns to American officials and becomes an informant for the DEA.
What led to Barry’s rise and fall is what makes “American Made” so riveting along with Cruise being so convincing in the role.

Why Barry left his cushy job as a top gun pilot with TWA and subjected his wife Lucy (Sarah Wright, TV’s “Marry Me”) and young family to a frightening life of crime is surprising.

But then again, not really since Barry was getting tired of his same old grind. Plus, as the late Glenn Frey emphasized in the fabulous song “Smuggler’s Blues.” “It’s the lure of easy money, it's got a very strong appeal. It’s the ultimate enticement.”

And the illegal Cuban cigar scam Barry got hooked up with wasn’t bringing in enough dough. However, his actions did catch the attention of authorities, notably; a sleazy CIA Agent named Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson, “Mother!”).

Barry knows he has to pay the piper for his infraction. Surprisingly, Monty looks the other way at that misstep and makes Barry a deal he simply can’t refuse. Although in hindsight Barry probably wishes he had.

Monty sets up Barry with a “legal” business airport operation called Independent Aviation Consultants and has him flying to Latin America to gather Intel on Panama dictator, General Manuel Noriega (Alberto Ospino).

Before long Barry is running cocaine missions to Louisiana for the Medellin Cartel led by Pablo Escobar (TV’s “Narco” and “El Chapo”).

Soon, Barry is raking in millions of dollars for his services. There's so much paper that he runs out of places to stash and bury the numerous duffle bags.

Finally, he has to tell his wife Lucy what’s up and she’s stunned, but when she realizes just how much her life is about to change, she goes along for the ride.

Then the wheels fall off and it all comes crashing down in spectacular fashion.

Screenwriter Gary Spinelli (TV’s upcoming, “Impulse”) crams a lot into this two-hour, dark morality tale.

“American Made” doesn’t always move briskly, but Cruise’s mega-watt star power sure sells every entertaining minute of it.
Recommended).

Editor’s Note: The “American Made” DVD Blu-ray bonus features include:

American Storytellers – The “American Made” filmmakers share their thoughts on the appeal of their film as another important American story to be told.
Cruise and Liman: A Conversation – Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman discuss the making of “American Made.”

In the Wings-- Sarah Wright Olsen, Caleb Landry Jones, and Domhnall Gleeson discuss their characters.

Shooting “American Made”-- A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

Flying High-- Tom Cruise and Doug Liman discuss the aerial stunts in the movie.

The Real Barry Seal--Aaron Seal reflects on his father's life.
  MOVIE TRIVIA
 
What racially/controversial Broadway play did Calvin Lockhart star in with Angela Lansbury?
"HAIR"
"A TASTE OF HONEY"
"PIPPIN'"
"A RAISIN IN THE SUN"
 
  "REEL" MOVIE NEWS
THE TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2017 By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2017

Midway through 2017 I was worried if I’d have 20 movies to make my end of year list, but there were a flood of excellent films toward the end of the year that took me by surprise.

My Top 20 list includes some movies that will be front and center during Awards Season and others won’t even make the cut. Still, N2Entertainment.net believes they are entertaining and important movies that shouldn’t be ignored.

So, here’s a look at N2Entertainment.net’s Top 20 Movies of 2017.

1. “Dunkirk”

2. “Detroit”

3. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”

4. “The Shape Of Water”

5. “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

6. “Get Out"

7. “The Post”

8. “The Greatest Showman”

9. “Darkest Hour”

10. “Molly’s Game”

11. “Marshall"

12. “The Disaster Artist”

13. “Split”

14. “I, Tonya”

15. “Mudbound”

16. “Lady Bird”

17. “Girls Trip”

18. “Kong: Skull Island”

19.“Goodbye Christopher Robin”

20. “Coco”

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to watch the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on the CW Network.

N2Entertainment.net is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and a part of the Critics’ Choice Awards 2017 nominating process.


OLIVIA MUNN By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

OLIVIA MUNN TO HOST THE 23RD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS JAN. 11 ON THE CW NETWORK

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced Jan. 3 that actor, author, and activist Olivia Munn will host the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

The winners will be revealed live at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala on Jan 11, which will be broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on The CW Network at 8 PM (ET/PT).

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Olivia hosting this year’s ceremony, and know that she will deliver an entertaining and sharp-witted evening to everyone in the room, and the viewers at home,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “Beyond her skills as an actress, Olivia’s work as an activist within the industry gives her a powerful voice, making her the perfect candidate to lead this night honoring the best and brightest in film and television.”

T.J. Miller served as host of the Critics’ Choice Awards for the last two years and has recently been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when he was in college. Munn, is one of the women alleging that Brett Ratner sexual harassed her and she has been vocal about igniting change surrounding sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

ABOUT OLIVIA MUNN-- Olivia Munn is an actor, author and activist and will next be seen on film, as the lead in the action-thriller “Hummingbird” and starring in Shane Black’s “The Predator” opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown. She will also appear in “Buddy Games,” Josh Duhamel’s directing debut. Munn also recently finished shooting the second season of the History Channel’s “SIX.”

Among her most recent movies are “The LEGO Ninjago Movie,” “Office Christmas Party” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Munn’s television credits include Aaron Sorkin’s HBO political drama “The Newsroom,”and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

As previously announced, The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and The CW Network will partner at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards to honor “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot with the #SeeHer Award, which will be presented by director Patty Jenkins.

The #SeeHer Award recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement — to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape. Gadot broke through this year as a powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman, but in life as well, using her platform to encourage those in the entertainment industry and beyond to strive for fairness and parity across genders. Viola Davis received last year’s inaugural #SeeHer Award.

The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio, and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today's film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners, and online audiences. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most- accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations.

The “23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards” show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The BFCA and BTJA are represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig and WME.

For a full list of this year’s nominees, visit www.CriticsChoice.com. And be sure to log on to www.N2Entertainment.net on Jan. 8 to check out our picks for the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

ABOUT BFCA/BTJA: The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio, and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio, and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

ABOUT THE CW: The CW television network launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, broadcasts a five-night, ten-hour primetime lineup, Monday through Friday. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported cwtv.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network CW Seed launched in 2013 and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.

Editor’s Note: Follow the “23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards.

Editor's Note: Some info used in this report obtained from the BFCA. Photo: IMDB.


GAL GADOT CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

GAL GADOT TO RECEIVE #SEEHER AWARD AT 23RD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and The CW Network will partner at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards to honor “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot with the #SeeHer Award.

“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins will present Gadot with the award at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala on January 11, 2018, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on The CW Network 8-10 p.m. ET (delayed PT).

Earlier this year, “Wonder Woman” became the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman (Jenkins), helping Warner Bros. Pictures cross the $5 billion mark at the global box office in 2017.

With Jenkins at the helm and Gadot leading the cast, “Wonder Woman” was more than a financial success, it was also a worldwide phenomenon. Audiences of all ages and genders embraced the character and her fight for justice and humanity in the war to end all wars.

The #SeeHer Award recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement — to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape. Gadot broke through this year as a powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman, but in life as well, using her platform to encourage those in the entertainment industry and beyond to strive for fairness and parity across genders.

Viola Davis received last year’s inaugural #SeeHer Award.

The #SeeHer movement is spearheaded by the ANA, the largest marketing and advertising association in the United States. The initiative was launched in early 2016 by the ANA’s Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE).

#SeeHer’s mission is to lead a movement to accurately portray all women and girls in media so that by 2020 they see themselves reflected as they truly are. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

“We’re honored to recognize Gal this year with the second annual #SeeHer Award,” said ANA CEO Bob Liodice. “Not only was she able to challenge stereotypes in film and find success by starring in one of the biggest blockbusters this year, she also used that success to shine a light on her own industry, and push the boundaries on gender equality in real life.”

“Having critics once again recognize the importance of #SeeHer and including the award in the broadcast is another key milestone for the movement,” added ANA AFE #SeeHer Chair Stephen Quinn. “Entertainment plays such a large part in influencing culture. There has never been a more important time to lean in and support our #SeeHer mission of increasing accurate portrayal of girls and women in media. Gal and Patty are role models for our #SeeHer mission, and we are delighted to have them recognized by the critics and the industry.”

Gadot and Jenkins recently received the National Board of Review’s Spotlight Award. Gadot will also be honored in early 2018 with the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She debuted the character of Wonder Woman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and reprised the role in this fall’s “Justice League.”

Born in Israel, Gadot made her film debut in “Fast & Furious,” as well as its sequels “Fast Five” and “Fast & Furious 6.” She appeared in the 2010 action comedy films “Date Night” and “Knight and Day,” the 2014 Israeli film “Kicking Out Shoshana,” and the 2016 films “Triple 9,” “Criminal” and “Keeping Up with the Joneses.”

Jenkins became the most successful female director in history with her blockbuster film “Wonder Woman,” which lead the Summer 2017 box office, taking in more than $820 million worldwide, and was one of the most successful films of the year. Jenkins’ bold take on the superhero garnered both commercial and critical acclaim, most recently highlighted when she and star Gal Gadot received the Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review.

Jenkins, an alumna of the American Film Institute Conservatory Directing Workshop, received their Franklin J. Schaffner Award, as well as the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards’ Best First Feature, for her film “Monster,” which she wrote and directed. The film also made AFI’s list of the Ten Best Films of the Year. She also received the Directors Guild of America’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for her work on the pilot episode of the acclaimed AMC series “The Killing.” She was also co-nominated for a DGA Award for “Five,” a series of short films about breast cancer for Lifetime. Jenkins began her career as a painter at New York City’s The Cooper Union before transitioning to filmmaking.

The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement.

The “23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards” show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The BFCA and BTJA are represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig and WME.

For a full list of this year’s nominees, visit www.CriticsChoice.com.

ABOUT BFCA/BTJA: The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio, and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio, and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

ABOUT THE CW: The CW Television Network launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, broadcasts a five-night, ten-hour primetime lineup, Monday through Friday. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported cwtv.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network CW Seed launched in 2013 and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com. Follow the “23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards.

ABOUT THE #SEEHER MOVEMENT: Despite the strides made to accurately portray women and girls in media, an unconscious bias persists against women and girls in advertising, media, and programming. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) launched the #SeeHer initiative in June 2016 in a partnership with The Female Quotient, after the Obama administration announced the elimination of gender bias in media as critical to the nation’s future. #SeeHer’s mission is to accurately portray all women and girls in media by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the U.S. For more information, visit www.SeeHer.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL ADVERTISERS (ANA): The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) makes a difference for individuals, brands, and the industry by driving growth, advancing the interests of marketers, and promoting and protecting the well-being of the marketing community. Founded in 1910, the ANA provides leadership that advances marketing excellence and shapes the future of the industry. The ANA’s membership includes more than 1,000 companies with 15,000 brands that collectively spend or support more than $400 billion in marketing and advertising annually. The membership is comprised of more than 750 client-side marketers and 300 associate members, which includes leading agencies, law firms, suppliers, consultants, and vendors. Further enriching the ecosystem is the work of the nonprofit ANA Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF), which has the mission of enhancing the understanding of advertising and marketing within the academic and marketing communities. For more information, visit www.ana.net, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

Editor’s Note: Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards which will be televised live on the CW Network January 11, 2018 from 8-10 p.m. ET (delayed PT). Information for this feature, obtained from the BFCA.