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‘BlacKkKlansman’ interviews: Adam Driver and many more exclusive chats [Watch]

‘BlacKkKlansman’ interviews: Adam Driver and many more exclusive chats [Watch]
After snagging nominations at the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and more, Spike Lee‘s “BlacKkKlansman” has emerged as one of the leading contenders in the Oscar race for Best Picture. It tells the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a black police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s with the help of a Jewish officer (Adam Driver). Gold Derby recently spoke with Driver, screenwriters Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, cinematographer Chayse Irvin, production designer Curt Beech, film editor Barry Alexander Brown, composer Terence Blanchard and hair stylist Lawanda M. Pierre about their work.

See Will ‘BlacKkKlansman’ win Spike Lee his long overdue Oscar?

“There’s obviously an importance to the story overall that you want to get right,” says Driver. Though it’s set in the late 1970s, Lee makes direct references to both our past and present, from D.W. Griffith
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Lawanda M. Pierre (‘BlacKkKlansman’ hairstylist) on creating the ‘perfect’ afro for John David Washington [Exclusive Video Interview]

Lawanda M. Pierre reveals that Spike Lee “is very secretive sometimes when it comes to projects.” When he first called her about serving as hair department head on “BlacKkKlansman,” the only thing he wanted to know was whether or not she could “do an afro wig for a male lead? When I asked him, ‘Well, what is this for?’ he laughs and just hangs up.” But it didn’t matter that Lee was intentionally vague. “When he calls I pretty much do it.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Pierre above.

This Focus Features release tells the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African-American police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s with the help of a white detective (Adam Driver) acting as his proxy.

See Adam Driver: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ shows how racism ‘has been part of the conversation in this country for so
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ICM Partners Signs Producer Andre Gaines

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Andre Gaines, the producer behind animated sci-fi pic Rio 2096 starring Rodrigo Santoro, has signed with ICM Partners.

Gaines’ film credits include Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus along with Brazilian Western and Ladder to Damascus. He also worked on the documentaries Bill Nye: Science Guy, Bricks in Motion and the upcoming I Am Dick Gregory, which Gaines also wrote and directed.

His TV work includes the upcoming Black Samurai for Starz, starring Common and exec produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Gaines continues to be repped by Del Shaw and managed by Curated by Media.
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8 Lessons We Learned from the 2018 Summer Movie Season, From Women Hitting Big to Documentaries Taking Charge

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8 Lessons We Learned from the 2018 Summer Movie Season, From Women Hitting Big to Documentaries Taking Charge
Another summer movie season has come and gone, and the film industry is a much different place at the end of August than it was at the start of May. As always, it’s been an enlightening time, full of huge surprises and game-changing takeaways. Three months ago, no one would have guessed that a Supreme Court Justice would — pound for pound — prove to be a greater box office draw than Dwayne Johnson, or that a movie about Jason Statham fighting a giant shark would be on pace to outgross Han Solo’s origin story. Three months ago, no one knew that Tom Cruise was about to make us forget that “The Mummy” ever happened, or that rom-coms were on the verge of a huge comeback (both in theaters and at home).

It’s a brave new world, and mostly for the better. Here are nine lessons we learned from the 2018 summer movie season.
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‘We’re still fighting that same fight’: how Spike Lee got his groove back with BlacKkKlansman

The celebrated director’s latest film fuses past and present, updating the true tale of a black detective who infiltrated the Kkk with the racial tensions of 2018 to searing effect

Spike Lee had mellowed somewhat. Not that the motormouth director with a socially provocative back catalogue had traded his sneakers for slippers, but in February 2015, having just released vampire romance Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, he was making a documentary about Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall and, he told the Atlantic, time and fatherhood might have softened him. “If you get angry about everything you’re going to give yourself cancer,” he said. “You can’t let anger rule your life. It’s just not productive.” The truth, though, is that anger has been extremely productive for Spike Lee. And a lot has changed since 2015.

In February 2017, a month after Donald Trump’s inauguration, Get Out director Jordan Peele
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Blackkklansman Review

It's been awhile since director Spike Lee has done the right thing. His latest films--notably, or rather unnotably "Chi-Raq" and "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus"-- have lacked his textbook political vangaurd sensibilities and energized spark that brought his early work to the fore. So it was about time for Spike to spark a joint that would resonate instead of residue. His latest, "Blackkklansman", may not be like writing history with lightning, but it may just be the rebirth the director needed.    Following one of the most daring undercover(sometimes under covers) missions this nation has ever seen. We dive headfirst into the life of Ron Stallworth(John David Washington). A black cop working for the Colorado Springs Police Department with hopes to infiltrate the Kkk in the early 70's,...

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Spike Lee To Direct ‘Black Klansman’ With Jordan Peele Producing

It’s been a rough few years to be a Spike Lee fan. He’s one of our best living filmmakers, but his output in the last decade has been underwhelming in one way or another, whether being a bit dull (“Miracle At St. Anna”), quite good but underseen (“Red Hook Summer,” “Chi-Raq”), quite bad and also underseen (“Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus”), or career-nadir-bad and also totally unseen (the “Oldboy” remake).

Continue reading Spike Lee To Direct ‘Black Klansman’ With Jordan Peele Producing at The Playlist.
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Coppola Narrates ‘The Godfather’ Notebook, Cate Blanchett Goes ‘Red,’ ‘Spirited Away’ Returns to Theaters, and More

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Listen to an excerpt from the Francis Ford Coppola-narrated audiobook version of The Godfather Notebook (via Deadline)

On the heels of the announcement that Hayao Miyazaki will return to features, Gkids have announced that Spirited Away will return to U.S. theaters nationwide for its 15th anniversary. Screenings will be on Sunday, December 4th at 12:00p.m. (dubbed in English) and Monday, December 5th at 7:00p.m. (English language subtitles). See more information here.

See Cate Blanchett in the teaser for the short film Red:

David Bordwell has announced a collaboration with FilmStruck:

Coming up are Kristin on Kiarostami, and me on L’Avventura and Sanshiro Sugata.
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Papillon remake to star Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek

Tony Sokol Aug 4, 2016

Mr Robot star Rami Malek is the new addition to the cast for the remake of Papillon...

Mr Robot star Rami Malek is in talks to star with Charlie Hunnam for the upcoming Papillon remake.

The 1973 classic film Papillon starred Steve McQueen in the title role of Henri Charrière, a self-proclaimed innocent man who is sentenced to Devil’s Island in French Guiana for murder but cannot stay caged. He was joined by Dustin Hoffman as the quirky counterfeiter Louis Degas, the man who finances Papillon’s escape attempts. Here's the trailer for the original film...

Malek will take on the role of Degas, a very intelligent man who seems to be known in all the wrong places. There's no word yet on whether Malek will wear the signature prescription glasses that Hoffman fastened around his ears.

Malek is currently filming USA's hacker series Mr. Robot season
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‘Mr. Robot’ Emmy Nominee Rami Malek Will Tackle Dustin Hoffman Role In ‘Papillon’ Remake

‘Mr. Robot’ Emmy Nominee Rami Malek Will Tackle Dustin Hoffman Role In ‘Papillon’ Remake
Fresh off his Emmy nominee and another round of rave reviews for “Mr. Robot” Season 2, Rami Malek is getting ready to return to the big screen in a very classic way. Deadline reports the actor is in final negotiations to star opposite Charlie Hunnam in the contemporary remake of “Papillon,” the 1973 classic starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Malik would take on Hoffman’s famous role of Louis Dega in the remake directed by Michael Noer (“Northwest”) and written by Aaron Guzikowski (“Prisoners”).

Read More: ‘Mr. Robot’ Star Rami Malek on Making an ‘Indie Film’ on USA Network and Its ‘Iconic’ Potential

The film will follow the original’s story but is being described as a modern retelling of the events. The plot is based on on the memoirs of convicted felon Henri Charriere, who escaped from a prison in French Guiana, South America after he was unjustly convicted of murder.
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Watch: 10-Minute Video Essay Explores The Importance Of Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

Spike Lee is undoubtedly a provocateur of the highest caliber. That his most recent efforts have missed the mark — “Oldboy,” “Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus” — will never tarnish the legacy of the best joints in his biting and bruising oeuvre. Unfortunately, his most recent outing, the politicized musical satire about gun violence in Chicago, “Chi-Raq,” which sounded promising on paper, did nothing to break the slump, largely striking out with critics and audiences alike. Read More: Review: Spike Lee’s 'Chi-Raq’ Starring Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes & Angela Bassett But while “Chi-Raq” didn’t quite connect, Lee is clearly still boldly swinging toward something profound and salient the the flick. To help run down the importance of “Chi-Raq” is chicago native Nelson Carvajal and his new video essay “Wake Up: Spike Lee’s Vital ‘Chi-Raq.’” The 10-minute video essay, which comes courtesy of Free Cinema Now, highlights the
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Spike Lee Talks ‘Chi-Raq’ Kismet, Amazon Deal, Obama & Why Film Is Like Sports – AwardsLine

Spike Lee Talks ‘Chi-Raq’ Kismet, Amazon Deal, Obama & Why Film Is Like Sports – AwardsLine
After taking to Kickstarter in 2013 to raise funds for his pic Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus, Spike Lee ventured into new territory again in 2015 with the Amazon Studios release of Chi-Raq. Based on Aristophanes' Lysistrata, the passionately anti-gun-violence film was the inaugural feature to be fully financed and put in the theaters by the Jeff Bezos company along with Roadside Attractions. Reuniting the two-time Oscar-nominated and Peabody Award-winning director with Samuel…
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Everything Steven Soderbergh Watched and Read in 2015

Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.

He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a
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The Best Double Features of 2015

As a cinephile, few things are more sublime than finding back-to-back features that hit some specific thematic sweet spot. Drive-in theaters may not be the popular viewing spot they once were, but with the overwhelming accessibility we now have, one can program their own personal double bill. Today we’ve run through the gamut of 2015 films to select the ten finest pairings.

As a note, there are a few recommended double features from the same director (Spike Lee‘s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus and Chi-Raq, Noah Baumbach‘s Mistress America and While We We’re Young, and Xavier Dolan‘s Mommy and Tom at the Farm), but we’ve elected to stick to a more thematic playing field. Check out list the below, and we’d love to hear your own picks, which can be left in the comments.

The Big Short and 99 Homes

Telling American’s modern horror story from two distinctly different,
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Spike Lee Films, Ranked From Worst to Best

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Spike Lee Films, Ranked From Worst to Best
This list originally ran in August 2012, tied to the release of Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. In the three years since, Lee has released a 2013 remake of Oldboy, last year's Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, and, as of this week, the powerful mess of a film Chi-Raq. We've updated this list to include those recent offerings from this true Hollywood original. Spike Lee has been making films for a little more than a quarter century, and while he's had both misfires and masterpieces, the one thing you can say about his movies is that they are never, ever boring. We went through the Lee canon and ruthlessly ranked his films, from worst to best. We included only his theatrical releases — Lee has made several television documentaries and even a TV pilot — with one notable exception (his Katrina doc for HBO, When the Levees Broke), because it's one of
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Chi-raq | Review

Sexual Healing: Spike Lee’s New Joint Aims to Anoint

Provocateur Spike Lee continues to fling his ambition into surprising experimental formats and narratives. Following the box office failure of his 2008 war drama Miracle at St. Anna, Lee has branched out inventively, though his feature narrative products have not often received the same level of critical acclaim elicited by his early titles from the late 80s and early 90s when he was a lone representative of black independent cinema at the art house. After funding 2012’s Red Hook Summer out of pocket and controversially trawling Kickstarter for 2014’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (a remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 classic Ganja & Hess), he’s back with his grandest platform in quite some time with Chi-raq, so named for the controversial moniker Chicago has earned due to the astronomical urban violence plaguing the metropolis’ South Side. Assembling an impressive cast, including
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Review: Spike Lee’s 'Chi-Raq’ Starring Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes & Angela Bassett

It’s been difficult to be a Spike Lee apologist in the last few years. While some of the director’s dramas like “25th Hour” have found their rightful due as contemporary masterpieces, the subsequent dearth of Lee’s worthwhile narrative efforts, and the flop of many, have hastened some critics to declare the filmmaker's best days are behind him (one could argue a premature honorary Oscar doesn’t help that notion). In some cases, beyond conveniently forgetting “Inside Man,” this assertion is hard to argue, as his narratives of any class or budget had stem-to-stern problems, whether its glossy Hollywood remakes (“Oldboy”), or Kickstarter-funded micro-indies (“Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus”). A focused control of tone seemed to have escaped the filmmaker in egregiously fundamental ways and even medium works have jumped the shark at their points of intended provocation (“Red Hook Summer”). There were lifeboats to point to — while
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Chi-Raq review: Spike Lee's urgent, angry – and very sexy – midlife masterpiece

The film-maker is back at the top of his game with this incendiary look at life in a gang-ravaged Chicago, featuring a break-out performance from Teyonah Parris – and giving Amazon Studios a terrific debut

Related: Do the right thing: Spike Lee's Chicago film must avoid the city's crime clichés

Don’t come to Chi-Raq looking for a carefully articulated, plot-driven exposé into America’s gang and gun cultures. Oh, a message gets out, but this a Spike Lee joint and, as his mid-career has shown, he’s shrugged off the cloak of the “prestige film-maker” and fully embraced the more risky title of Artist. Recent projects Red Hook Summer and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus have been near-misses; “stylish” and “interesting”. With Chi-Raq, his big, go-for-broke swing finally fully connects with the ball and knocks it out of the park. While formally quite different from his more universally-respected early work,
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‘Chi-Raq’ Trailer: Spike Lee Puts a Contemporary Spin On an Ancient Story

‘Chi-Raq’ Trailer: Spike Lee Puts a Contemporary Spin On an Ancient Story
Spike Lee has been very, very busy. It was only about six months ago (a few months after he released his last film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) that we learned he was working on Chi-Raq, a retelling of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata set in a modern-day Chicago torn apart by gang violence, and today the first […]

The post ‘Chi-Raq’ Trailer: Spike Lee Puts a Contemporary Spin On an Ancient Story appeared first on /Film.
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First Trailer For Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ With Samuel L. Jackson, Dave Chappelle, Nick Cannon & More

Spike Lee‘s Chi-Raq came together before we could hardly take notice. Less than six months after casting announcements were made, we’re looking at a December theatrical and, courtesy of Amazon Studios, VOD release, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a rushed, compromised, or small-scale project. If the first trailer serves as a proper indication, this is the sort of loose, crazy Lee we recently saw return in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, this time with a clear-as-day political satire on his mind. What results could be electrifying.

Depending on how much you want your social commentary to be steeped in Greek myth (specifically Lysistrata) and (if I’m not being misled) some sort of Brechtian fantasy, that is. Well, I like it, and the list of assembled players — Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, and
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