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‘Bad Hair’ Director Justin Simien on Queer Acceptance: ‘We Still Have a Ways to Go’

Justin Simien, writer and director of television’s “Dear White People” and the recent horror feature “Bad Hair,” spoke about the difficulties experienced by queer students during the Virtual Point Honors Los Angeles Gala on Saturday.“I’m not that far out from my college years at Chapman University, but I have been around long enough to know […]

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‘The Empty Man’ Opens at Empty Theaters as Weekend Box Office Grosses Less Than $10 Million

This week has been one of the year’s strongest for new film releases. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon) is the most talked-about movie in months. “On the Rocks” (Apple) reunites the director and star of “Lost in Translation.” The director of “Cast Away” and the “Back To the Future” franchise adapted Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” (HBO […]

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‘Dear White People’ Creator Has Mixed Feelings About Show’s Newfound Popularity

Netflix’s “Dear White People” has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last month amid the ongoing nationwide protests that began in late May, but series creator Justin Simien has decidedly mixed feelings about his show’s renewed popularity.Simien spoke to The Playlist about the reported increase in viewership of his Netflix show and a handful […]

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‘Dear White People,’ ‘When They See Us’ Seeing Large Viewership Increases

“Dear White People” and “When They See Us” are enjoying large viewership spikes as Americans seek out socially-relevant television content amidst the ongoing nationwide protests.A new report from data firm Parrot Analytics noted that U.S. demand for “Dear White People” grew 329 percent over the last week, while “When They See Us” was up 147 […]

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‘Bad Hair’ Review: ‘Dear White People’ Director Delivers a Horror Thriller for the Ages [Sundance 2020]

Writer/director Justin Simien premiered his feature film debut Dear White People at Sundance in 2014, and later went on to adapt that movie into a Netflix streaming series. Now he’s back at the festival with something completely new: an ‘80s-set horror thriller about a killer weave. It’s 1989, and Anna (Elle Lorraine) is a down-on-her-luck […]

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‘Bad Hair’ Review: A Killer Weave Just Won’t Quit in Justin Simien’s Demented Horror-Satire

The plight of black women and their hair has birthed enough cinematic investigations to yield its own subgenre, from Chris Rock’s astute 2009 documentary “Good Hair” to the 2020 Oscar-nominated animated short “Hair Love.” These endearing cultural explorations are mere preludes to the exuberance of “Bad Hair,” a rambunctious, overindulgent comedy-horror excursion from “Dear White […]

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Variety’s Creative Impact Honoree Justin Simien Returns to Sundance With ‘Bad Hair’

Justin Simien understands the value of a compelling story.Before he broke out with his award-winning indie satire “Dear White People” in 2014, the 36-year-old American filmmaker worked in publicity, doing gigs at studios like Paramount and Focus Features. It was this experience, working on massively successful hits such as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Paranormal Activity,” that […]

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‘Parasite’ as an HBO Miniseries? This Is Not Your Father’s Foreign-Film Crossover (Column)

There’s a time-honored tradition of turning celebrated movies into television series. A lot of them have ended up as sitcoms: “The Odd Couple,” “M*A*S*H,” “Alice” (spun out of Martin Scorsese’s 1974 landmark “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”). But not all of them. Did you know that “Casablanca” was turned into two different TV series, one […]

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NAACP Image Award Nominations Honor ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Us,’ and More

The 51st Annual NAACP Image Award nominations were announced today, honoring the “outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.” The ceremony will air February 22 on Bet, hosted by Anthony Anderson, a nominee himself for black-ish. […]

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