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‘Native Son’ Star Ashton Sanders Was the Most Unpredictable Actor of Matthew Libatique’s Career

Matthew Libatique’s camera has captured kinetic performances ranging from Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” to Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born.” He’s even followed the unpredictable movements of Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson. However, he said he’s never encountered a performer quite as unique and raw as Ashton Sanders, the star of HBO’s “Native […]

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‘Never Look Away’ Box Office Gets Oscar Bump; Godard’s ‘The Image Book’ Finds Its Fans

“Never Look Away,”, the three-hour post-World War II drama from the director of “The Lives of Others,” opened an exclusive New York run after its Oscar Foreign Language nomination. It had a very respectable start as the last of the five nominees to open. If it portends further interest, it is a welcome sign in […]

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‘Native Son’ Sadly Proves Its Still Relevant 80 Years After Publication [Sundance Review]

Park City – There is a moment in Rashid Johnson’s “Native Son” where unbeknownst to him, a woman admires Big (Ashton Sanders) and says when they made him, “they broke the mold.” It’s a pointed moment, but also odd considering how it feels completely disingenuous to the character Sanders, Johnson and screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks have […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Native Son’

Big (Ashton Sanders), the central character of Rashid Johnson’s “Native Son,” is a twitchy existential brooder in his early 20s who styles himself like a thrift-shop literary gangsta. Tall and glowering, with a rail-thin frame, he wears high-water pants and white socks, black nail polish and an array of skull rings, a shiny leather jacket […]

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A24 Developing ‘Native Son’ Film With ‘Moonlight’ Actor

A24 is on a roll, recently. The film company had an impressive Awards Season last year with “Lady Bird,” “The Florida Project,” and “The Disaster Artist” all factoring heavily in awards discussions. “Lady Bird” actually landed multiple Oscar noms, including Best Picture. It looks like A24 isn’t slowing down anytime soon.The company just announced that […]

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‘Moonlight’ Star Ashton Sanders in Talks for ‘Native Son’ Movie

“Moonlight” star Ashton Sanders in final negotiations to take on the lead role of Bigger Thomas in a movie version of Richard Wright’s novel “Native Son.”Nick Robinson, the lead actor in gay teen romance-drama “Love, Simon,” is also in talks to join the cast along with Margaret Qualley, KiKi Layne and Bill Camp.A24, which released […]

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