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Screenwriter John Ridley Sued for Gender and Racial Discrimination

John Ridley

*The woman who previously filed a lawsuit against Vin Diesel in December 2023 for sexual battery is now suing screenwriter John Ridley for discrimination. According to Deadline, Asta Jonasson claims that after complaining about being overlooked for promotions at ABC, she was terminated in 2022 after more than a decade with the company, allegedly in […]

‘Needle in A Timestack’ Director & Star on Making A Sci-Fi Love Story | Watch

*“Needle in a Timestack” is a time-bending sci-fi love story, directed by Oscar-winner John Ridley and starring Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton,” “One Night in Miami”) and Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”). The film’s tag line asks, “if love is in the form of a circle, what lines would you cross to be with your soulmate?” Nick (Odom) and Janine […]

John Ridley’s Nō Studios Launches Artist Grant Program

*Today, Nō Studios founder John Ridley announced that the organization has established the Nō Studios Artist Grant Program. The program, entirely self-funded by the Nō Studios collaborative, has pledged to give up to $100,000 annually to support Wisconsin artists, especially those in historically underserved populations, to help them realize the completion of their artistic endeavors. […]

THE REAL: Oscar-Winner John Ridley Stops by + Queen Naija Visits the Ladies! / WATCH

*On Tuesday, Nov. 24, as co-host Adrienne Houghton says, “today’s the day!” The Real welcomes back co-host Jeannie Mai! She has a lot to say about what she’s been doing while recuperating from throat surgery and how she realized she’d been prioritizing work over her health. Then Academy Award-winning director John Ridley visits to talk […]

John Ridley to Write New Batman as ‘Person of Color’ for DC Comic Series


*Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley will write the new Batman comic series with plans to turn the icon superhero into a person of color. During a DC FanDome virtual panel on Saturday, DC publisher Jim Lee confirmed that Ridley is writing the miniseries. An illustration of the character was also released– see Twitter embed below.  The […]

John Ridley Bringing His Comic Book Series ‘The American Way’ to the Big Screen

[videowaywire video_id=”7F36F719D5A0B0C9″] *John Ridley and Jason Blum are partnering on a movie adaptation of Ridley’s recent comic book series “The American Way: Those Above and Those Below,” reports Deadline. Ridley will also direct the film, based on his six-issue monthly miniseries published in 2017 by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo label. Ridley penned the story with illustrator […]

John Ridley Writing Series that Explores DC Comics Through Eyes of its Minority Characters

[videowaywire video_id=”SK7MSK0MGVW432FK”] *“12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley will examine superhero mythology in the DC Universe through the eyes of its minority characters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ridley’s series, The Other History of the DC Universe, will see the writer exploring issues often ignored by superhero comics, looking at the experiences of a […]

Regina King to Produce ‘No Place Safe’ Drama About Atlanta Child Murders

*Emmy-winning “American Crime” co-star Regina King has re-teamed with series creator John Ridley – (yes, that John Ridley, the one who doesn’t feel black women had or have a voice in the civil rights movement or the modern day black struggle, for that matter) – on a new project titled, “No Place Safe.” For a […]

New Trailer: Idris Elba in John Ridley’s Limited Showtime Series ‘Guerrilla’

*Showtime has revealed a release date and first trailer for “Guerrilla,” a six-part limited event series from creator John Ridley (“American Crime,” “12 Years a Slave”), with Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures executive producing. The series, about U.K.’s black radicals in the 1970s, will premiere on Sunday, April 16 at 9 PM ET/PT. Elba also […]

ABC’s Channing Dungey Talks Diversifying ‘The Bachelor’; Patience With ‘American Crime’ Ratings

*After making history as the first African American woman to become head of entertainment at a network, ABC’s new entertainment president Channing Dungey made her first Television Critics Association Press Tour address this week to discuss the network’s outlook for the coming months. Among the topics of discussion were plans to make the “Bachelor” dating franchise less white […]

Idris Elba, Freida Pinto Set for John Ridley’s Showtime Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’

*Idris Elba will be joined by “Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto in the Showtime-Sky miniseries “Guerrilla,” reports Variety. John Ridley, who won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” will write, direct and executive produce. The six-part drama follows a couple, Jas and Marcus, whose “passion propels them into making the leap from political activism […]

Regina King Returning to ABC’s ‘American Crime’; Season 3 Plot Revealed

*In the first two seasons of ABC’s anthology series “American Crime,” Regina King has played the Muslim sister of a man accused of murder, and the wealthy mother of a teen son accused of a hate crime. The network confirms that the actress will return to John Ridley’s critically-acclaimed drama for Season 3, which will see […]