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  • Spider-Man Joins The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Spidey-senses are tingling everywhere: In some of the biggest news in comic-book movie history, Marvel announced this week that their signature character, Spider-Man, will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe currently inhabited by the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd. The film rights to Spider-Man are owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, famously disallowing a crossover between the web-slinger and the Avengers, whose film rights are still owned by Disney and Marvel.

    Sony will allow Spider-Man to appear in Marvel (i.e. Disney’s) films for a cut of the profits, though the rest of the deal is still up in speculation. Most assume Peter Parker will first appear in the second Captain America sequel, Civil War, out next summer, where he will join Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and new-to-screens superhero Black Panther.

    In league with Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel producer Kevin Feige, Sony will also produce a new Spider-Man stand-alone film, probably as soon as 2017, pushing back most Marvel films set to release after that six months each. What this means for Sony’s current Amazing Spider-Man series is unclear, though there is a good chance Andrew Garfield will not continue the role in the new series, and that the character will be facing its second reboot in five years.

    While there are rumors 20th Century Fox properties the X-Men and Fantastic Four will cross-over, there hasn’t been any talk about bringing those under the MCU umbrella as of yet. And, of course, there’s still no word on a new Hulk film.

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    February 10, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5243

  • PBS to Air Historic Drama Set in the Civil War

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    Expanding its slate of original programming, PBS has announced an upcoming Civil War historic drama that will be executive produced by Ridley Scott. This will be the network’s first scripted show in well over a decade.

    As is always the case with PBS, the goal will be to educate as much as entertain.

    The series is based on three years of extensive historical research. After rummaging through memoirs and letter of doctors and nurses from the time, and consulting with historians and medical experts, the production team now feels that they can provide a historically accurate account of the Civil War era through the story.

    The storyline itself is focused on two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict, as one’s family’s luxury hotel is taken over and transformed into a hospital for the other side.

    Through all of the family and medical drama that is sure to ensue, viewers should also get a realistic glimpse into the issues facing those individuals involved in the war that weren’t on the frontlines.

    Joining Scott in executive production roles are David Zucker (The Good Wife) and Lisa Wolfinger (Desperate Crossing). The series is written by David Zabel (ER).

    The drama is yet to be named. The initial 6 episodes are set to premiere in 2016 and will air on Sundays.

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    January 21, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3850

  • NYFA Grad Releases New Book: ‘Notes From a Colored Girl’

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    Notes From Colored GirlNew York Film Academy graduate, Karsonya Wise Whitehead has recently released a book entitled, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis. In the book, Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Emilie’s world-views and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia’s free black community in the nineteenth century, are all explored. The diaries of Emilie Frances Davis is one of only a handful of resources written by a free black woman from the nineteenth century.

    Whitehead’s book was resoundingly endorsed by Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “’To day has bin a memorable day. I thank God I have bin here to see it.’ So begins the pocket diaries of free black woman Emilie Davis of Philadelphia on the day of Emancipation at the midpoint of the Civil War. Her words also capture my feelings in seeing Davis’s diaries published under the expert eye of Karsonya Wise Whitehead, whose scholarly annotations not only set the scene but reveal how this ‘everyday’ domestic-dressmaker’s decision to record her thoughts at the critical hours of the African American journey was itself an emancipatory act.”

    Since graduating from NYFA, Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead is now an assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland; a Master Teacher in African American History for intermediate, secondary and college teachers; the 2007 Gilder Lehrman Preserve America Maryland History Teacher of the Year; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.

    In addition, she has been a featured speaker at the 2013 and 2014 White House Black History Month panels co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

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    May 28, 2014 • Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5625