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Post-Charlottesville, Dee Rees Counts Down America’s Pathologically Violent History — Watch

Post-Charlottesville, Dee Rees Counts Down America’s Pathologically Violent History — Watch
On Saturday, August 12, writer-director Dee Rees, whose film “Mudbound” (November 17) scored Sundance’s biggest sale to Netflix ($12.5 million), watched television coverage of the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia with growing horror. That night, she stayed up late to write her Sundance Next Fest Vanguard Award acceptance speech for the next day, googling, emailing and calling relatives to collect the numbers she needed.

Read More:Why ‘Mudbound’ Filmmaker Dee Rees Said No to Studio Films and Kept Her Creative Independence

And on Sunday evening, Rees’ Sundance Next Fest speech roused tears and cheers. She counted down the 90 years since the United Artists theatre opened next door, the 47 years since United Artists opened Ossie Davis’s first film, the 204 days since a demagog took office, the 34 hours since white supremacists terrorists openly brawled in the streets with virtual impunity in Charlottesville, continuing our “selectively omitted, pathologically violent history,” 13 years since Rees came out,
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Post-Charlottesville, Dee Rees Counts Down America’s Pathologically Violent History — Watch

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Post-Charlottesville, Dee Rees Counts Down America’s Pathologically Violent History — Watch
On Saturday, August 12, writer-director Dee Rees, whose film “Mudbound” (November 17) scored Sundance’s biggest sale to Netflix ($12.5 million), watched television coverage of the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia with growing horror. That night, she stayed up late to write her Sundance Next Fest Vanguard Award acceptance speech for the next day, googling, emailing and calling relatives to collect the numbers she needed.

Read More:Why ‘Mudbound’ Filmmaker Dee Rees Said No to Studio Films and Kept Her Creative Independence

And on Sunday evening, Rees’ Sundance Next Fest speech roused tears and cheers. She counted down the 90 years since the United Artists theatre opened next door, the 47 years since United Artists opened Ossie Davis’s first film, the 204 days since a demagog took office, the 34 hours since white supremacists terrorists openly brawled in the streets with virtual impunity in Charlottesville, continuing our “selectively omitted, pathologically violent history,” 13 years since Rees came out,
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Suspicious Fire Burns Down ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ Set

Suspicious Fire Burns Down ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ Set
Four people have been detained after a suspicious fire burned two vacant structures in Downey Monday morning, Ktla reported. Unfortunately, the blaze destroyed a horror landmark as the structures were used in Don Coscarelli‘s Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), which starred Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley and Ossie Davis as a man claiming to be President John […]
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Joe versus the Volcano

“May you live to be a thousand years old, sir.” Still the most widely unheralded great movie on the books, John Patrick Shanley’s lightweight/profound fable is an unmitigated delight. See Tom Hanks at the end of the first phase of his career plus Meg Ryan in an unacknowledged career highlight. How can a movie be so purposely insubstantial, and yet be ‘heavier’ than a dozen pictures with ‘big things to say?’

Joe Versus the Volcano

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1990 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 20, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Abe Vigoda,

Dan Hedaya, Barry McGovern, Amanda Plummer, Ossie Davis

Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt

Production Designer Bo Welch

Film Editors Richard Halsey, Kenneth Wannberg

Original Music Georges Delerue

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg and Teri Schwartz

Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley

I think I found
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Sheffield Doc/Fest to Open With World Premiere of ‘Queerama’

Sheffield Doc/Fest to Open With World Premiere of ‘Queerama’
The 24th Sheffield Doc/Fest will open with the world premiere of Daisy Asquith’s “Queerama,” in keeping with the festival’s themes this year of resistance and change.

“This year at Doc/Fest we have our most urgent and loudest call to action to join the groundswell movements of resistance and change, where we celebrate those who disobey and resist to shape the future global narrative,” said Liz McIntyre, the festival’s CEO and director. “We’re stepping into the early scenes of a tragicomic new world story.”

Britain’s leading documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest runs from June 9-14. Its official program launch will be on May 3,

Marking the 50th anniversary of Britain’s landmark Sexual Offenses Act, which decriminalized private homosexual acts in England and Wales, “Queerama” will be followed by a live performance by U.S. singer-songwriter John Grant, whose music features in the film. The documentary,
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Blu-ray Review: Bubba Ho-tep Collector’s Edition

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Horror is often considered a young person’s genre. From about the 1950s onward, the target audience for most theatrical horror releases has been young people—teenagers on dates at the drive-in gave way to gorehounds in the ’80s, to the kids who flocked to any and every PG-13 horror movie to receive a wide release in the 2000s. It’s not just the audience that’s primarily made of young people, either; teenagers became the most common protagonists in horror movies, particularly with the rise of the slasher film. So inextricably linked were the two that Roger Ebert began referring to the genre as the “Dead Teenager Movie,” because audiences were more or less paying to see people their own age screw around, have a good time, and get hacked up by a guy in a mask. These were movies as much for teenagers as they were about teenagers.
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Contest: Win Bubba Ho-tep Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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On Tuesday, November 8th, Scream Factory will hail to the king with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Bubba Ho-Tep.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Bubba Ho-Tep Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 11th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Bubba Ho-Tep Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness) "gives his greatest and most entertaining performance to date" (Premiere) as an aging and cantankerous
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St. Louis Library Presents – Directors Cut: The Films Of Charles Burnett Beginning October 18th

The St. Louis Central Library downtown (1301 Olive Blvd) is teaming up with Cinema St. Louis and the St. Louis International Film Festival to present Directors Cut: The Films Of Charles Burnett.

Charles Burnett is a writer-director whose work has received extensive honors. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, his family soon moved to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Burnett studied creative writing at UCLA before entering the University’s graduate film program. His thesis project, Killer of Sheep (1977), won accolades at film festivals and a critical devotion; in 1990, it was among the first titles named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. European financing allowed Burnett to shoot his second feature, My Brother’s Wedding (1983), but a rushed debut prevented the filmmaker from completing his final cut until 2007. In 1988, Burnett was awarded the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur (“genius grant”) Fellowship. His first widely released film, To Sleep with Anger
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Lumière Festival: Eight Things Quentin Tarantino Said About 1970 in the Movies

Lumière Festival: Eight Things Quentin Tarantino Said About 1970 in the Movies
Quentin Tarantino for the past four years has been delving deep into the year 1970 in the movies, as he’s been telling audiences at the Lumière Festival in Lyon, run by Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux. At the fest Tarantino is presenting a 15-feature retrospective titled “1970,” that includes “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Love Story,” Russ Meyer’s “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and “Zabriskie Point.”

Here are eight things Tarantino said about that year to Fremaux when they took the stage in front of some 2,000 cheering French fans.

– How his passion for 1970 started

It started because I read the book Mark Harris wrote “Pictures at a Revolution” that takes place in 1967. That’s the year that chronicles the real emergence of New Hollywood. The point that he makes in the book is that by the end of 1967 New Hollywood had won, only they didn’t know it yet.
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Full Release Details for Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-tep Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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Scream Factory hails to the king, baby, with their upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep. Ahead of the Blu-ray's November 8th release, its full list of special features have been revealed, including new interviews with Bruce Campbell, Robert Kurtzman, and Coscarelli, as well as a new audio commentary with legendary author Joe R. Lansdale (whose 2002 novella is the source material for the Bubba Ho-Tep film).

Press Release: The Shady Rest retirement home is about to get all shook up with a new resident: a broken-down and eccentric old geezer claiming to be the King of Rock’N’Roll himself! Loyal fans of horror master Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, The Beastmaster, John Dies At The End!) know well the uproarious horror comedy from his 2002 cult classic Bubba Ho-tep. Written and directed by Don Coscarelli and based on the Bram Stoker Award-nominated short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale,
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Audra McDonald, Mel Brooks, Philip Glass Amongst National Medal of Arts Recipients

In his last few months as Commander-in-Chief and, more pertinently here, commander of the National Medal of Arts selecting committee, President Barack Obama has once again demonstrated discerning taste in awarding the annual honors for excellence in the American arts. With the inimitable (and once again Emmy-nominated) Audra McDonald leading the list, you won’t hear any veto threats coming from this side of the aisle. Comedy legend Mel Brooks, actor/voiceover artist Morgan Freeman, and brilliant composer Philip Glass make up the other predominant names from the world of film and television, but mentions for Motown founder Berry Gordon and The Laramie Project playwright Moises Kaufman deserve a tip of the hat in their own rights.

It’s always fun to parse the recipients of the National Medal of Arts against the sitting president that awarded them; you can drive yourself crazy wondering how the Academy votes but this
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Gene Wilder: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About His Early Career

Gene Wilder: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About His Early Career
Before he achieved movie superstardom in the 1970s, Gene Wilder did Brecht on Broadway, Shaw in Louisville, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with Kirk Douglas on the Great White Way.

Wilder, who died Aug. 28 at the age of 83, also once pocketed $7,000 in an arbitration case waged by the Writers Guild of America West because of four little words: “A Mel Brooks Film.” Here are 12 intriguing facts from Wilder’s early career, as documented in the pages of Variety.

Wilder’s first mention in Variety came in the March 7, 1961, edition, in a review of an Off Broadway play directed by Mark Rydell. “Roots” was described as a “seamy” English family drama with not much going for it, per our critic. But Wilder was “well-cast as the thick-skinned son.” 1963 was a busy year for Wilder. In March he co-starred with Anne Bancroft in a Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht
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Nyff Sets World Premiere of Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

The already-incredible line-up for the 2016 New York Film Festival just got even more promising. Ang Lee‘s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will hold its world premiere at the festival on October 14th, the NY Times confirmed today. The adaptation of Ben Fountain‘s Iraq War novel, with a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), follows a teenage soldier who survives a battle in Iraq and then is brought home for a victory lap before returning.

Lee has shot the film at 120 frames per second in 4K and native 3D, giving it unprecedented clarity for a feature film, which also means the screening will be held in a relatively small 300-seat theater at AMC Lincoln Square, one of the few with the technology to present it that way. While it’s expected that this Lincoln Square theater will play the film when it arrives in theaters, it may be
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Pioneers of African-American Cinema

It's arrived -- thanks in part to a successful Kickstarter campaign, this nearly comprehensive compendium of American 'Race Films' is here in a deluxe Blu-ray presentation. Pioneers of African-American Cinema Blu-ray Kino Classics 1915-1946 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 952 min. / Street Date July 26, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 99.95 Directed by Richard Norman, Richard Maurice, Spencer Williams and Oscar Micheaux

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Black Cinema History? We didn't hear a peep about any such thing back in film school. Sometime in the 1980s PBS would broadcast a barely watchable (see sample just below) copy of a creaky silent 'race movie' about a 'backsliding' black man in trouble with the law, the Lord and his wife in that order. The cultural segregation has been almost complete. It wasn't until even later that I read articles about a long-extinct nationwide circuit of movie theaters catering to black audiences, wherever the populations were big enough to support the trade.
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Blu-ray Review: The Wild World of Dolemite!

Classic Blaxploitation romp Dolemite comes to Blu-ray. Though there are a few pre-cursors (including two parts of the ‘Tibbs trilogy,’ as well as Ossie Davis’ fantastic Cotten Comes to Harlem), Blaxploitation was largely launched by the release of two iconic films in 1971, Sweet Sweetback’S Baadasssss Song and Shaft. The release and popularity of these…

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Premiering on Centric Today: Ruby Dee Documentary 'Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee'

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Good news for a documentary feature this blog has been following since its Kickstarter campaign in 2012, when we first profiled it. Directed by their grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad, and titled "Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee," the "documentary style film about Love, art and activism" tells the life and love story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, for the first time, incorporating candid and revealing conversations and much more. It's a film that's been touring the film festival circuit for about a year now, and, announced this afternoon, many more will get to see it, as Centric TV picked up the documentary and slotted it for a Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3pm...
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Premiering on Centric Today: Ruby Dee Documentary 'Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee'

Premiering on Centric Today: Ruby Dee Documentary 'Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee'
Good news for a documentary feature this blog has been following since its Kickstarter campaign in 2012, when we first profiled it. Directed by their grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad, and titled "Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee," the "documentary style film about Love, art and activism" tells the life and love story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, for the first time, incorporating candid and revealing conversations and much more. It's a film that's been touring the film festival circuit for about a year now, and, announced this afternoon, many more will get to see it, as Centric TV picked up the documentary and slotted it for a Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3pm premiere (that's this afternoon). It's a really odd time of the day to premiere a film on any network. Typically, this would a Sunday primetime event, not in the middle of the afternoon. But I suppose you could DVR it if
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Ruby Dee Documentary Set for January 17th Premiere on Centric (Trailer)

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Good news for a documentary feature this blog has been following since its Kickstarter campaign in 2012, when we first profiled it. Directed by their grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad, and titled "Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee," the "documentary style film about Love, art and activism" tells the life and love story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, for the first time, incorporating candid and revealing conversations and much more. It's a film that's been touring the film festival circuit for about a year now, and, announced this afternoon, many more will get to see it, as Centric TV has picked up the documentary and slotted it for a Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3pm...
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Ruby Dee Documentary Set for January 17th Premiere on Centric (Trailer)

Ruby Dee Documentary Set for January 17th Premiere on Centric (Trailer)
Good news for a documentary feature this blog has been following since its Kickstarter campaign in 2012, when we first profiled it. Directed by their grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad, and titled "Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee," the "documentary style film about Love, art and activism" tells the life and love story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, for the first time, incorporating candid and revealing conversations and much more. It's a film that's been touring the film festival circuit for about a year now, and, announced this afternoon, many more will get to see it, as Centric TV has picked up the documentary and slotted it for a Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3pm premiere. So mark your calendars; set your DVRs, etc. The film will also be released on DVD and VOD platforms like iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, on February 1, making it even more widely accessible for those without Centric, the cable
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Experimenter | Review

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Experiment This: Almereyda Revisits Classic Social Psych Progenitor

American filmmaker Michael Almereyda brings to the screen a pseudo-biopic on one of the more famous social psychologists, Stanley Milgram, whose name should, at the very least, rumble through the memory bank of anyone who has ever taken a Psychology course. But Experimenter, much like academia, is concerned mostly with Milgram’s famed early 1960s obedience experiments, which yielded disturbing results about easily conditioned human beings that society at large was not quite ready to accept, leading to Milgram being treated as something of a pariah within his own academic community. Filmed with a desaturated palette and utilizing props and set backdrops to inflect rather than convey period, Almereyda’s created a cold, clinical portrait of a man whose own familial background informed his timely social experiment, one that’s been referenced and recreated as a tenet of understanding unnerving truths as concerns human behavior.
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