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Boots Riley Explains Why ‘Joker’ Isn’t a Radical Comic Book Movie at All

Hip-hop artist-turned-director Boots Riley broke out onto the film scene last year with “Sorry to Bother You,” a politically charged Sundance sensation that proved a summer box-office sleeper in 2018. While Riley has yet to set a follow-up film project, he has remained a continually outspoken cinephile, as evidenced by his remarks about Quentin Tarantino’s […]

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Boots Riley Strongly Objects to James Bond Being Played by Black Actor: ‘Fuck That’

A lot of moviegoers are hoping Idris Elba will replace Daniel Craig as James Bond after the April 2020 release of Bond 25, but one person who definitely opposes that casting idea is “Sorry To Bother You” filmmaker Boots Riley. The outspoken writer-director is stirring up a debate on social media after posting that James […]

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‘Dead to Me’ Review: Christina Applegate’s Netflix Series Is No Comedy, But It Is a Mess

Nowhere is it written that half-hour series have to be comedies, and yet “Dead To Me” seems adversely intent on sticking with tradition. Labeled a “black comedy” by Netflix, the upcoming 10-episode first season is light on jokes and heavy on drama; even the darker elements in the twisty, flashback-driven mystery are treated as serious […]

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Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in ‘Slyvie’

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in the feature film “Slyvie.”Eugene Ashe has written the screenplay and will direct with production currently underway.The film is described as a love story set in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s. Sylvie (played by Thompson) meets aspiring saxophonist […]

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Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Film About Black Panther Party Leader

Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are in negotiations to star in the historical drama “Jesus Was My Homeboy” about Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton.The project is set up at Warner Bros. with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler producing along with Charles King through his Marco production company. Executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, […]

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Watching Armie Hammer Watch ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Is As Perfect As It Sounds

“Call Me By Your Name” may have been the talk of Oscar season 2017-18, but its popularity continues to endure through 2019. Case in point: Armie Hammer is the cover star of British GQ’s March 2019 issue, and much of the interview is devoted to his role in Luca Guadagnino’s beloved gay romance, and not […]

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‘Little Woods’ Trailer: Tessa Thompson Is A Drug Runner Trying To Help Her Family In This Tribeca Standout

Tessa Thompson is a joy to watch on screen in just about every film she’s in. Whether she’s a drunk female warrior/superhero in “Thor: Ragnarok” or an offbeat artist in the underrated “Sorry to Bother You,” the actress brings something special to each role she takes. And her hot streak of quality performances continues in […]

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‘Eighth Grade’ Might Head the Class of First Features

From the stripped-down authenticity of Jonah Hill’s “Mid90s,” to the fed-up outcry of Carlos López Estrada’s “Blindspotting,” to the prestige Oscar-bait trappings of Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” 2018’s class of debut filmmaking talent built impressively on the promise of cinema’s future. Directors such as Ari Aster (“Hereditary”), Aneesh Chaganty (“Searching”), Josie Rourke (“Mary […]

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