Can a Comic Book Contain the Drama and Heat of Activism?

Walker dramatizes key scenes, such as an early dust-up between an Oakland police officer and a car packed with four gun-toting Panthers. When the officer asks for Newton’s phone number, he tersely answers, “Five,” referring to the Fifth Amendment. When firearms are discovered in the car, the tension ratchets up. A stickler for gun laws, Newton cites his constitutional right to bear arms, explaining that his piece is unloaded “because it is illegal to carry a loaded rifle in a car”; stepping out of the vehicle, he loads it. “Not a single shot was fired, and no one was injured,” Walker writes. “But war had been declared.”

When the text boxes start piling up, though, the tone can dry out: “Having made a name for themselves in Oakland, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was asked by Eldridge Cleaver and the RAM-affiliated Black Panther Party of Northern California to help

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‘Quiz,’ ‘Brexit’ Writer James Graham Sets BBC Drama ‘Sherwood’

James Graham, creator of hit ITV, AMC and Sony show “Quiz,” and writer of Emmy nominated “Brexit: The Uncivil War,” has created crime drama “Sherwood” for U.K. broadcaster BBC.

Inspired in part by real events, the six-part series is set in the Nottinghamshire mining village where Graham grew up. The contemporary series sees two murders shatter an already fractured community leading to one of the largest manhunts in British history. Suspicion is rife and the tragic murders threaten to inflame historic divisions sparked during the miners’ strike that tore families apart three decades before.

Graham reunites with House Productions, the company behind “Brexit,” for the series. He will serve as an executive producer on the series. Lewis Arnold (“Time”) is lead director and an executive producer, and the producer is Rebecca Hodgson (“The Irregulars”). Juliette Howell, Tessa Ross and Harriet Spencer are executive producers for House Productions and Ben Irving

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Kevin Costner’s ‘National Parks’ Drama Back in Business at ABC

ABC is committed to exploring national parks with Kevin Costner.

The Disney-backed broadcast network has handed out a pilot order to National Parks, the drama written by the Yellowstone star.

The pickup marks the second pilot order in two years for the project from A+E Studios and Disney’s 20th Television. ABC last year was unable to film the pilot amid the pandemic and extended options on the drama from showrunner Aaron Helbing (The Flash).

Gallery: 35 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Coming in 2021, Including ‘Loki,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Bel-Air’ (Variety)

a woman standing in front of a refrigerator: The new calendar year is stacked to the brim with some of the biggest names in film, but this time they'll be tackling their roles on television instead.  Many of Marvel's upcoming projects are aimed at streaming, with some of the heroes from their blockbuster movies being expounded upon in spinoff series. "WandaVision" premieres Friday, Jan. 15 as the first in the long lineup of that studio's small-screen projects, including "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "Loki."  But other widely anticipated shows are inbound too. "Dexter" will see the revival of everyone's favorite serial killer in a Showtime limited series this year, while "Friends" will have a special reunion event. Other shows to expect include "The Nevers," "The Underground Railroad" and a series based on the "Halo" gaming franchise.  Check out a list of this 2021's most anticipated series below. View the full Article

National Parks revolves around the small group of elite NPS agents as they solve these crimes while protecting these national treasures. Costner, Helbing and Jon Baird will co-write the script. The trio exec produce alongside A+E Studios president Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson. Rod Lake, Ivan Cohen and Ken Halsband will oversee for Costner’s Territory Pictures Entertainment. Anthony

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Clifton Collins Jr. Runs for the Roses in Powerful Drama

Clifton Collins Jr. looking at the camera: Jockey

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For the better part of the last 30 years, actor Clifton Collins Jr. has vigorously treated the entertainment industry to mostly supporting parts, but in “Jockey,” a drama about a man losing the ability to do what he loves most, he finally gets a lead role to match his aptitude for existential contemplation. You’ve certainly seen him before, but never quite like this.

Channeling his personal impressions as the son of a jockey, writer-director Clint Bentley makes his debut with a resplendent and touching character piece. Among movies dealing with men involved in physically demanding activities who are forced to change course, “Jockey” falls somewhere in between Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” and Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” with notes of the more recent “Sound of Metal.”

Bentley and his co-writer and producer Greg Kwedar first worked with Collins Jr. on the latter’s first feature as a director, “Transpecos,”

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