Janelle Monae

The Biggest Cinematic Breakthroughs of 2016

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by ScreenCrush Staff December 21, 2016 @ 8:51 AM
It’s always exciting to see the latest work from a beloved director, or to watch a great actor return to a classic role. But one of the most underrated pleasures of going to the movies is discovery; watching an actor you’d never heard of before surprise you with their incredible range or charisma, or realizing, in real time, that you’re witnessing the work of a major new artist. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

‘Hidden Figures’ Has a New Trailer, Can We Get This Movie Now, Please?

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by Erin Whitney November 16, 2016 @ 8:59 AM
20th Century Fox
There are few things I’m more excited about right now than the start of Janelle Monae’s acting career. The R&B funk singer made her big screen debut earlier this year in Barry Jenkins Moonlight, which she is wonderful in, and next up she’ll crack some quips in Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures. That film, which also stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, is the next thing I’m most excited about.

‘Hidden Figures’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae Win the Space Race

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by Emma Stefansky September 21, 2016 @ 4:15 PM
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It’s still not easy for women in the STEM industry, and it was even harder in the 1960s. It’s rare to get a glimpse behind the scenes of auspicious historical events like the success of Project Mercury, and even rarer for the movie to look like so much fun. The new trailer for Hidden Figures gives us just that, with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe portraying the real-life women who helped NASA get ahead in the Space Race that seems as honest to history as it is entertaining.