Starring Regina King
September 17, 2020   No Comment   News & Articles, Photoshoots

The Oscar-winning actress just directed her first feature film One Night in Miami

She’s won three Emmys and an Oscar but actress Regina King, 49, says it feels like people in Hollywood are only now really starting to take notice.

King, who won an Oscar last year for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk and is receiving rave reviews for her film directorial debut, One Night in Miami, is at the top of her game. As she puts it, she’s always given 100% to everything she does.

“Maybe now that I’m in my 40s, people in positions of power are recognizing it,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “But everything I’ve ever approached, I’ve approached powerfully.”

King is up for her fourth Emmy at this Sunday’s awards for her role as Sister Night, a tough-as-nails superhero on the hit HBO series Watchmen. She also has a starring role in the upcoming all-Black Western The Harder They Fall with Idris Elba.

Her new film, One Night in Miami, is a fictionalized account of a true event that occurred on Feb. 25, 1964, when Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) beat boxing world champ Sonny Liston at the Miami Beach Convention Center and spent the evening celebrating with football star Jim Brown, singer Sam Cooke and activist Malcolm X. In the film, based on Kemp Powers’s 2013 stage play of the same name, the four icons discuss their experience as Black men in America and what roles they were playing in the civil rights movement.

Although she’s busier than ever, King is loving every minute of it and is grateful for all the opportunities coming her way.

“For me, life has been a series of breakthrough moments,” she says. “I pray that never ends.”

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September 14, 2020   No Comment   News & Articles

Academy Award-winning actress Regina King just made history at the 77th annual Venice Film Festival in Los Angeles by becoming the first Black female director to have a film screened at the conference, according to Variety.

King is the director of One Night in Miami, her directorial debut.

“Unfortunately, across the world, that’s how things seem to work. One woman gets a shot and if she does not succeed, it shuts thing down for years until someone else gets a shot,” said King, via Zoom at a One Night in Miami press conference earlier this week at the Venice Film Festival.

“I am so grateful for our film to be a part of the festival but I really, really want it to perform well. There’s so much talent out there—so many talented directors—so if One Night in Miami gets it done here, you’ll get to see a lot more of us.”

King said that the movie, which Amazon bought the rights to in July, was supposed to debut earlier this year, but the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd added a new level of urgency to the film’s release.

“We thought we’d push it back because we didn’t know what the climate of going to theaters would be like,” said King. “And then a couple of months after the pandemic hit, [George Floyd died in police custody], and for all the producers and everyone involved, we were like, ‘This needs to come out now.’ I feel like fate always had it planned out this way, but maybe we’re lucky and we’re going to have the opportunity to be a piece of art out there that moves the needle in a conversation about transformative change.”

One Night in Miami, which made its world premiere this past Monday, is based on former journalist Kemp Powers’ fictional account of a real meeting in 1964 between a U.S. minister and political figure Malcolm X; Cassius Clay before his conversion and name change to Muhammad Ali; soul singer Sam Cooke; and NFL player Jim Brown.

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September 14, 2020   No Comment   News & Articles

Regina King has said the response to her feature directorial debut can either “open doors or close doors for more Black female directors,” throwing into sharp relief the double standards in place for creators of color.

“Unfortunately, across the world, that’s how things seem to work. One woman gets a shot and if she does not succeed, it shuts thing down for years until someone else gets a shot,” said King, speaking from the U.S. at a “One Night in Miami” press conference via Zoom at the Venice Film Festival on Monday.

“I am so grateful for our film to be a part of the festival but I really, really want it to perform well. There’s so much talent out there — so many talented directors — so if ‘One Night in Miami’ gets it done here, you’ll get to see a lot more of us.”

“One Night in Miami,” which world premieres on Monday, is based on former journalist Kemp Powers’ fictional account of a real meeting in 1964 between U.S. minister and political figure Malcolm X; 22-year-old Muhammad Ali when he was still Cassius Clay; “A Change is Gonna Come” singer Sam Cooke; and NFL player Jim Brown. Powers, who was part of the Zoom-based press conference in Venice, said his discovery of the meeting, in Mike Marqusee’s book “Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties,” was like finding “the Black Avengers.”

The film, which began shooting in November 2019, was snapped up by Amazon in late July, with the streamer taking world rights, much to the chagrin of Venice buyers. King said she had intended for the film to come out earlier this year, but the pandemic and subsequent Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd added a new level of urgency to the film’s release.

“We thought we’d push it back because we didn’t know what the climate of going to theaters would be like,” said King. “And then a couple of months after the pandemic hit, [George Floyd died in police custody], and for all the producers and everyone involved, we were like, ‘This needs to come out now.’ I feel like fate always had it planned out this way, but maybe we’re lucky and we’re going to have the opportunity to be a piece of art out there that moves the needle in a conversation about transformative change.”

September 14, 2020   No Comment   News & Articles

Zazie Beetz (JokerAtlanta), Lakeith Stanfield (Knives OutSorry to Bother You), Delroy Lindo (Da 5 BloodsThe Good Fight) as well as Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress Regina King (If Beale Street Could TalkWatchmen) have signed on for The Harder They Fall, the all-Black western feature set at Netflix.

Danielle Deadwyler (Watchmen, Atlanta), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First ClassStartUp), and RJ Cyler (White Boy RickPower Rangers) will also co-star.

The new additions are joining previously announced stars Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors in the film, which is being directed by first-time feature helmer Jeymes Samuel a.k.a The Bullitts.

Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender, and Samuel are producing.

Written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin, the plot follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors) who discovers that the man (Elba) who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison, he reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.

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I found a few photo stills of Regina King in three different movies: A Cinderella Story, Down to Earth and Poetic Justice. Take a look and enjoy!



Because of the pandemic, Variety Studio presented its Actors on Actors @ Home, conversations between actors from their own homes.

A note from the editor clears that this conversation between Reese Witherspoon and Regina King happened before the protests in the US, so through it probably a few facts will be different than the current situation.

Note: This conversation for Variety‘s Actors on Actors took place before the protests over police brutality swept through the United States — which is too bad, because “Watchmen,” which aired in the fall, was prescient about such things.

You can watch the whole interview here:

HBO’s “Watchmen,” Regina King plays Angela Abar, also known as the masked police detective Sister Night. A drama about the legacy of racial trauma, “Watchmen” shows us the way we live now through the lens of the eponymous 1986 graphic novel — a world in which costumed vigilantes are very much a real thing. Reese Witherspoon — who worked with King in “Legally Blonde 2” in 2003 — was in three shows recently: “Big Little Lies,” “The Morning Show” and “Little Fires Everywhere.” In the last one, set in upper-middle-class Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the ’90s, she plays Elena Richardson, an uptight white woman we would now call a Karen. Angela would arrest Elena for her white privilege.

Note: This conversation for Variety‘s Actors on Actors took place before the protests over police brutality swept through the United States — which is too bad, because “Watchmen,” which aired in the fall, was prescient about such things.

Reese Witherspoon: I feel like I met you when I was 23 years old.

Regina King: I know — we have grown children. We met each other on “Legally Blonde.” Remember when you got Sally Field to play that part? We were just fanning out. And you got to do that again on “Big Little Lies” with Meryl Streep. How do you do it, girl? Putting on your producer cap and your acting cap — are you wearing them simultaneously?

Witherspoon: Well, I try and make them an offer they can’t refuse. I knew I wanted to work with you too. I remember seeing you in “Jerry
Maguire,” and I was like, “I’m going to work with her.” You had a spirit inside of you. You have won so many Emmys at this point. Do you have a favorite moment, or a moment that just sits in your heart, that you can never forget? Or the Oscar!

Read the full article in our press library.