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Lucy Hale, Lucas Till to Star in Spike Lee’s Civil Rights Drama ‘Son of the South’ (Exclusive)

Lucy Hale and Lucas Till are starring in Spike Lee’s civil rights drama “Son of the South,” Variety has learned exclusively.“Son of the South” is based on the Bob Zellner autobiography, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” Zellner, an Alabama native and grandson of a Ku Klux Klan […]

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‘Superfly’ Review: A Great Cast Deserves Better Than This Entertaining But Extremely Flawed Remake

When Sony announced it was making a modern, Atlanta-set version of Super Fly (re-styling it as Superfly), it didn’t come as a surprise. We’re in the midst of a blaxploitation craze. Tons of film and television projects are in development based upon 1970s black action movies – films that were often criticized for their stereotypical […]

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‘Incredibles 2’ Delivers Record-Shattering $180 Million Opening Weekend

Disney and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 delivered a massive opening weekend debut, not only shattering the previous opening weekend record for an animated film, but finishing with one of the top ten openings of all-time for a film of any genre. Additionally, Warner Bros.’s R-rated comedy Tag debuted in third position while Sony’s Superfly fell short […]

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‘Superfly’ Set to Open American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach

The 2018 American Black Film Festival will open with the premiere screening of “Superfly” on June 13 at the Fillmore Theater in Miami Beach, Fla., Variety has learned exclusively.Sony Pictures is opening the title nationwide on the same date to get a two-day jump on Disney and Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”“Superfly” is directed by Director X […]

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Film News Roundup: Sony Opening Crime Thriller ‘Superfly’ Two Days Earlier

In today’s film news roundup, “Superfly” moves up two days, Mick Fleetwood’s grandson gets cast and George Takei receives a film festival honor.Release DateSony Pictures has moved up the opening of its crime thriller “Superfly” by two days to June 13, a Wednesday — giving the title a two-day head start on Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”Sony […]

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Quentin Tarantino and Tom Hardy Excite at CinemaCon, But Sony’s 2018 Slate Feels Oddly Familiar

Sony would like you to know it’s committed to originality. That was the message reiterated by its executives at the studio’s CinemaCon presentation Monday night — and no one was more passionate than chairman Tom Rothman, who spoke of the studio’s “increasing dedication” and “commitment” to the concept.However, Rothman presided over a show-and-tell that included […]

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‘Superfly’ Trailer Revamps the Action Classic in Atlanta

Attention, exploitation enthusiasts, Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first trailer was for Superfly, a reimagining of the 1972 blaxploitation action classic, Super Fly. The teaser shows off a completely re-imagined take on the material, updating the action to present day and moving the setting from Harlem to Atlanta. “In 1971, Harlem was the epicenter […]

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‘Superfly’ Trailer: Blaxsploitation Film Get’s A 2018 Makeover In A Brand New City

Many of today’s most singular auteurs (like David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, Antoine Fuqua, and Michel Gondry) fine-tuned their style by starting in the music video world before making a switch over to the film world. Now, prolific music video director Director X is joining the ranks with the remake of the 1972 blaxploitation […]

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