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Film News in Brief: AFI Teams With Universal on Free ‘Black Stories Matter’ Series

Monday, Aug. 24‘Black Stories Matter’ Series LaunchesThe American Film Institute and Universal Pictures have launched a week-long “Black Stories Matter” series with “BlacKkKlansman,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Loving” and “Straight Outta Compton” available for free through Aug. 30.AFI Movie Club content will feature new interviews with composer Terence Blanchard, director Malcolm D. Lee, cinematographer and […]

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Oscars 2021: Early Best Actor Predictions

Pandemic or no pandemic, the show must go on, and so the Oscars will be held two months late, on April 25, 2021. Back in January 2020, Sundance launched a few movies, including “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics), starring Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs”), who gives a tour-de-force performance opposite Olivia Colman […]

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Spike Lee: ‘Confederate Statues Need to Come the F— Down’

In an interview on a new episode of Luminary’s Black List Podcast, hosted by Black List co-founder Franklin Leonard and Black List community director Kate Hagen, Spike Lee voices his agreement with growing calls to remove statues and iconography commemorating the Confederate States of America.“F— that flag,” Lee said. “That flag, to me, [makes me […]

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Arthur Ashe Biopic in Development From ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Writer Kevin Willmott

A biopic on the life of tennis great Arthur Ashe is in the works from Warner Music Group and Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment that will be penned by Kevin Willmott, an Oscar winner for “BlacKkKlansman” and the writer of Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” it was announced Tuesday.Amritraj will produce for Hyde Park Entertainment […]

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Da 5 Bloods review – Spike Lee goes all out in Vietnam

Four Vietnam vets reunite in a search for their fallen comrade – and some gold bullion – in Lee’s inventive, action-packed but disjointed all-star adventureLast year, Spike Lee won his first competitive Academy Award as co-writer of BlacKkKlansman, a stranger-than-fiction tale of an African-American cop infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the early 70s. That […]

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Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ on Netflix: Film Review

With “Da 5 Bloods,” Spike Lee follows his long overdue Oscar win for “BlacKkKlansman” by revealing a side of the Vietnam story that’s seldom told. Through the Trojan horse of a treasure-hunt adventure movie, the director explores the mindset of Black soldiers who fought for their country at a time when African Americans were being […]

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Spike Lee To Head Cannes Film Festival Jury

Two years after BlacKkKlansman debuted on the Croisette, Spike Lee is heading back to Cannes to serve as jury president.The 62 year-old U.S. filmmaker will award the Palme dO’r at the close of the 73rd edition, which will take place from 12-23 May, 2020. Jury members will be announced in mid-April.BlacKkKlansman, which won Cannes’ Grand […]

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Spike Lee to Lead Cannes Film Festival Jury

Director and activist Spike Lee will serve as jury president of the 73rd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Lee succeeds Alejandro G. Iñárritu, whose 2019 jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” which won a Golden Globe and was just nominated for six Oscars.The Brooklyn-based director has had a strong […]

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Directors Guild Nominees Include Bong Joon Ho, Sam Mendes, Taika Waititi

The Directors Guild of America has nominated Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite,” Sam Mendes for “1917,” Martin Scorsese for “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and Taika Waititi for “Jojo Rabbit.”The DGAs are seen as a stepping stone to the Oscars, where the last six best director winners also went […]

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Jordan Peele Inks 5-Year Exclusive Production Deal With Universal Pictures

Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions have signed a five-year exclusive production deal with Universal Pictures, Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, announced Tuesday.Peele and Universal have collaborated on his 2017 film “Get Out” and his 2019 film “Us,” both of which he produced, directed and wrote. “Get Out” still holds the record […]

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