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'Hunger Games' Repeats at the Box Office with $51.6M

20 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend's winner, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 dominated during its opening weekend at the box office with $101 million, although that tally was the lowest debut of all four movies in the blockbuster franchise. Several analysts wondered if it will be dethroned already in its second weekend in theaters, facing three new releases over the holiday weekend, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Warner Bros.' Creed and 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein, all of which opened on November 25, in lieu of the Thanksgiving holiday. As expected, Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 dropped almost exactly 50% in its second weekend, taking in $51.6 million, which was surprisingly enough to overtake The Good Dinosaur.

Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which opened in 3,749 theaters, was expected to take in $60 million in its opening weekend, but it only earned $39.1 million, debuting in second place behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2's $51.6 million. »

- MovieWeb

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Black films matter: why Chi-Raq and Beasts of No Nation are game-changers

26 November 2015 10:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Spike Lee’s gang satire and the Idris Elba war drama couldn’t get made in the traditional Hollywood system. Why did it take streaming sites to make two of the year’s best films?

This time last year, the curtain was raised on the whitest awards season in recent memory. This was despite the presence of a black woman as the president of the Academy, and a well-reviewed biopic of Martin Luther King from an African-American director. So overwhelmingly Caucasian were the bulk of the nominees that #OscarsSoWhite started trending on Twitter.

Spike Lee recently commented that it is easier to become a black president of the Us than a black studio head, correctly assessing a business still defined by decisions made by white people. “The industry at large remains painfully homogeneous in its ethnicity and social background,” says Screen International’s Andreas Wiseman. “However, film and TV audiences continue to diversify. »

- Benjamin Lee

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Barbie: Origins and Spike Lee's sex strike solution - The Dailies film podcast

26 November 2015 3:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Now showing: Reese Witherspoon to tell the story of Barbie, Spike Lee sparks controversy (again) and the film that women cannot cope with

Your daily update of the latest news and reviews from the Guardian film team. Now showing: the story of Barbie is heading to the big screen with help from Reese Witherspoon; a veteran film blogger has claimed The Revenant is too tough for women to watch; and Spike Lee suggests a sex strike could solve the problem of campus rape.

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- Presented by Catherine Shoard with Benjamin Lee Produced by Rowan Slaney

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‘Chi-Raq’ Star Angela Bassett on Chicago Gun Violence: ‘It’s Shameful’ (Video)

25 November 2015 5:05 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spike Lee‘s controversial film “Chi-Raq” is set to arrive in theaters just as Chicago makes headlines for another horrifying shooting. “Chi-Raq,” a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, is set against the backdrop of soaring gang violence in Chicago. The Amazon Studios release debuts on Dec. 4 in select theaters, and will then be available on Amazon Instant Video shortly thereafter. Lee’s satirical take on gun violence stars John Cusack, Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett. Also Read: 'Chi-Raq' Review: Spike Lee Spins Sexual »

- Anita Bennett

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Spike Lee Thinks Chi-Raq Will Inspire Sex Strikes on College Campuses to Stop Sexual Harassment and Date Rape

25 November 2015 12:16 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Spike Lee stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss his upcoming film Chi-Raq. The film, a modern adaptation of Aristophones' Lysistrata, depicts women from Chicago denying men in their city sex to stop gang violence. Lee, confident his film will be shown on every college campus in America, shared with Colbert that he thinks there will be sex strikes on campuses following Christmas. Lee said that much like the protests at the University of Missouri, "a sex strike could really work on college campuses where there’s an abundance of sexual harassment and date rapes." Keeping in mind that by definition, rape doesn't need permission, that's some bold soothsaying. »

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Watch: Spike Lee is Calling For A State of Emergency in 'Chi-Raq' Trailer

25 November 2015 6:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: First Reviews of 'Chi-Raq' Say It's Spike Lee's Most Exciting Movie in Years Spike Lee's politically-charged "Chi-Raq" is earning the director some of his best reviews in over a decade, and now Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions have released a new 90-second trailer, in addition to two clips that tease the powerhouse screen presence of lead Teyonah Parris and the film's rap-infused screenplay.  Co-written with Kevin Willmont, the new Spike Lee joint is a modern day adaptation of Aristophanes' ancient Greek play "Lysistrata." Parris stars as the eponymous character, who reacts to the murder of a child by a stray bullet by organizing a group of women against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside. In order to make the gangs put down their guns, Lysistrata begins a boycott that finds the women remaining abstinent.    Featuring a star-studded supporting cast — Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, »

- Zack Sharf

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Trailer for Spike Lee's Chi-raq

25 November 2015 6:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

I'm a huge fan of Greek tragedy, and I remain a fan of Spike Lee, despite some recent missteps in a few films. His latest, Chi-Raq, will be released in the Us on December 4th, and it looks pretty awesome, reminiscent of Do the Right Thing and Mo Better Blues in combining politics with music, though perhaps on a grander scale (and with a bigger budget).An adaptation of the Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, Chi-Raq is set in contemporary Chicago, where the murder of a child by a stray bullet serves as a rallying cry to the black women of the city. To battle the ongoing violence of the city's south side and make the men put down their guns, the women withhold sex. This...

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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ira Sachs’ Little Men

25 November 2015 6:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Steve Karmen’s 70s radio jingle certainly comes to mind when considering the body of work from the likes of Scorsese, Spike Lee, Woody Allen. We can certainly add the name of Ira Sachs to this aural signifier/list. After Keep the Lights On (’12) and Love is Strange (’14) the future third volume in Sachs’ proposed trilogy of films also takes place in New York City and once again includes the notions of family and a certain displacement. Recently reading just how attached Sachs is to Sundance as both a patron and filmmaker, we’d think the natural route is for another Park City premiere but don’t be surprised if we receive the “silent treatment”. One of the most anticipated American indie films of ’16, Little Men (formerly known as Thank You for Being Honest) is a children’s family drama starring newcomers Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz alongside Greg Kinnear, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Watch: Visit The War Zone Of Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' With New Trailer And Clips

25 November 2015 6:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Spike Lee has certainly set up an interesting challenge for himself with "Chi-Raq." The director's latest film tackles the wave of gun violence that has swept through Chicago, claiming too many innocent lives. But instead of a straight drama, Lee has opted for a picture that also includes comedy, music, and satire. Does the concoction work? Well, this latest trailer gives a look inside his ambitious film. Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson are the major players in the ensemble crew, in the “Lysistrata”-inspired tale about women who withhold sex from their partners until they change their ways, which in this case means putting their guns down. "Chi-Raq" opens on December 4th. Check out the new trailer and clips below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Best of Late Night TV: Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans Talk 'Civil War,' Gina Rodriguez Punches James Corden

25 November 2015 4:12 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" had a mini meeting of The Handsome Men's Club Tuesday night to talk about "Captain America: Civil War" and show off that brand spankin' new trailer. (Watch it again. It's epic.) Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. also talked about their real-life friendship and how Rdj had all of his furniture moved to Atlanta for filming so his cats could sit in the chair they like. (Real men love cats. #fact) Rdj was also inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Every state should invent a Hall of Fame and induct Rdj, just so he'll show up and be charming.

Krysten Ritter continued Jkl's Marvel theme, »

- Gina Carbone

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Chi-Raq review: Spike Lee's urgent, angry – and very sexy – midlife masterpiece

25 November 2015 3:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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, »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' Gets a Second Trailer and Poster - Check Them Out!

24 November 2015 5:50 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A second trailer for Spike Lee's much-discussed next joint, "Chi-Raq," has been released, along with a new poster as well. Both are embedded below. Amazon Studios has set the release date for the film for December 4, 2015 in a theatrical release deal that involves both Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate (noteworthy as both have previously teamed up on prestige film fare). The film's solid cast includes rising star Teyonah Parris and multihyphenate and Nick Cannon, as well as lauded veterans like Angela BassettSamuel L. JacksonJohn CusackHarry Lennix, Steve Harris, Wesley Snipes, and D.B. Sweeney. Singer/actress Jennifer »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Here's the List of Films & TV Shows Coming to and Leaving Netflix in December

24 November 2015 12:05 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

We're a week away from the beginning of another month - a time when Netflix reveals its usual monthly streaming library edits; so if any of the below listed movies and/or TV series coming to, or leaving the streaming platform, are of interest to you, add them to your watch-lists!  First, on the list of titles that will be added, starting December 1, of note, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominee and much talked about "Tangerine," and director Kiara Jones' family dramedy "Christmas Wedding Baby."  Underneath that list, you'll find those films that Netflix will be saying goodbye to, like Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer." Movies and TV shows that will be added »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Will Pixar's 'Good Dinosaur' Overtake the Thanksgiving Box Office?

24 November 2015 8:53 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just like its predecessors, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 dominated during its opening weekend at the box office. However, it debuted with a franchise-low $101 million, and many are wondering if it will be dethroned already in its second weekend in theaters, going up against three new releases, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Warner Bros.' Creed and 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein, all of which open tomorrow, November 25, in lieu of the Thanksgiving holiday. If The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 suffers a decrease of more than 50%, and the projections at are accurate, than The Good Dinosaur will reign supreme this weekend.

Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which opens in roughly 3,600 theaters, is projected to take in $60 million, which should be more than enough to take down The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, as it will likely drop to second place with an estimated $50.4 million. The Good Dinosaur »

- MovieWeb

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

24 November 2015 4:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

Previous recipients have included John Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson.

Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”

In 1996, Ejiofor caught the attention of Steven Spielberg who cast him in “Amistad,” opposite Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins. In 2002, he was nominated for his first major awards: the Bifa for »

- Leo Barraclough

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to receive honorary Bifa

24 November 2015 2:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.

The Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) had announced that Chiwetel Ejiofor is to be honoured with The Richard Harris Award at this year’s ceremony on Dec 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.  Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.

A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.

Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris, said: “I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel. Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the »

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'Chi-Raq' Co-Screenwriter, Kevin Willmott, Talks the Use of Verse in the Film

23 November 2015 3:59 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I assume you're all aware that, in Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq," all the characters speak in verse (watch the clip below for a sample). I've seen the film, and I wasn't expecting that (I initially thought that it was going to be something like a musical, and there would be musical interludes during which characters would sing or rap/rhyme). So, at first, it took a little adjusting to, although it didn't take very long. After all, it's in keeping with the original work that the film is inspired by. Also, as co-writer Kevin Willmott notes in the press conference video below, speaking in verse is essentially something that black people have been doing for a very long time - in rap music »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tarantino Says He'll Never Work w/ Spike Lee, Calls Him Contemptible + Says He Has 2 More Films Before Retirement

23 November 2015 2:12 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Thanks to a couple of our readers in Brazil (specifically Salvador) for alerting me to this... In short, courtesy of Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Quentin Tarantino and some of his "Hateful Eight" cast were in Sao Paulo promoting the upcoming film earlier today (it opens in Brazil on January 7, 2016). During the press conference, Tarantino was asked whether he would ever work with Spike Lee again (Spike directed Tarantino in "Girl 6"). The reasons why the journalist asked him that question aren't given, nor is any context provided. I'm just going based on the translation from Portuguese to English that was provided for me, based on O Globo's »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Interview: Teyonah Parris Talks ‘Chi-Raq’, Female Driven Stories & the Storm Surrounding the Spike Lee Joint + Watch New Clip From the Film

23 November 2015 12:14 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The year I graduated from a Chicago Public high school, 27 of my fellow Cps peers were gunned down. Last year, there were a total of 2,587 shooting victims in the city. I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, and in the 18 years that I lived there full time, things changed drastically, And yet, it’s still home to me. When Spike Lee announced his new film “Chi-Raq”, I was immediately disturbed as were many of my family and friends who still called Chicago their home. When the initial trailer for the film was released, further fuel was added to an already smoldering flame.  However, knowing Spike Lee’s history of pushing back against systematic oppression, and exploring the »

- Aramide A Tinubu

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‘Chi-Raq’ Review: Spike Lee Spins Sexual Satire Into Searing Commentary

23 November 2015 4:41 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spike Lee‘s “Chi-Raq” opens with a stark statistic: there have been more murders in Chicago over the last decade than U.S. soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Most of these killings occur in the South Side among African American neighborhoods overrun by gang violence, and for Lee, this black-on-black violence masks a more pervasive and insidious war on the black community. “Chi-raq” is Lee’s counter-strike, deploying a vast arsenal of ideas in his most audacious and lyrical film in years. The film’s central concept is its most ambitious: adapting the 2400-year-old Greek comedy “Lysistrata,’ in which the title character. »

- Kevin B. Lee

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