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10 Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

11 December 2012 1:00 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

There comes a time in every young film-maker’s career to stop making those little shorts, walk away from episodic TV or give up on all those music videos and make that one great directorial debut of a feature length film. While first impressions always seem like a good way to start off, some of our greatest film-makers living today and from history past, had somewhat uninspiring directorial debuts, while others hit the ground running on their first cinematic venture.

This list celebrates not only 10 film-makers who brought a great freshman cinematic contribution, but also at times, began a trend of other great work to follow. You have your whole life to make your first film, so why not make one as good as these 10.

 

10. John Singleton, Boyz N The Hood

John Singleton, fresh out of film school at the age of 23, made an auspicious directorial debut with Boyz N The Hood »

- Kyle Hytonen

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Tonight On 'Don't Sleep!' - Victoria Mahoney, Armond White, John Singleton Talk Black Hollywood

5 December 2012 2:31 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

So... this should be interesting, and definitely worth watching, even if you've never watched an episode of Bet's Don't Sleep! with T.J. Holmes: a panel that includes John Singleton, Victoria Mahoney and our favorite film critic Armond White. And with those 3 names, I'm sure you can guess what tonight's topic of conversation on the show will be. On this episode of Don't Sleep!, T.J. Holmes will talk about how African-Americans influence Hollywood and how Hollywood influences African-Americans. Are African-Americans under or misrepresented in Hollywood? Do we need more Black writers and directors? Do Black people in movies help contribute to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tonight On 'Don't Sleep!' - Victoria Mahoney, Armond White, John Singleton Talk Black Hollywood

5 December 2012 2:31 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

So... this should be interesting, and definitely worth watching, even if you've never watched an episode of Bet's Don't Sleep! with T.J. Holmes: a panel that includes John Singleton, Victoria Mahoney and our favorite film critic Armond White. And with those 3 names, I'm sure you can guess what tonight's topic of conversation on the show will be. On this episode of Don't Sleep!, T.J. Holmes will talk about how African-Americans influence Hollywood and how Hollywood influences African-Americans. Are African-Americans under or misrepresented in Hollywood? Do we need more Black writers and directors? Do Black people in movies help contribute to stereotypes? See what Don't Sleep! has to say about Black Hollywood tonight Wednesday, December 5th, at 11P/10C. All topics (and more) that we've discussed/dissected/chewed on/spat out/ingested again/chewed on and digested some more/etc, etc, etc. on this site; you get the picture :) But. »

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Boyz N the Hood

16 November 2012 1:24 AM, PST | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city La takes the form of three friends growing up together in the "hood". Athlete Ricky hopes to win a football scholarship, Dough succumbs to violence and alcohol while Tre is kept on the straight and narrow by his father. This gritty portrayal of poor America is leavened with a strong sense of humour from the trio. »

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Interview: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Taylor Lautner

15 November 2012 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It is the end of an era for millions of Twilighters around the world as the final film in the series enters our cinemas. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, to give the film its full title, offers up more of the same feuds and fighting, CG werewolves and a few surprises along the way.

Dave’s review is up on the site here and as someone thoroughly unbitten by the Twilight bug his take on the final bow of the series is very positive. There’s little doubt that the leading actors in the series are a considerable draw for the fans and looking at last night’s European premiere the attachment fans have to the cast and the characters is a very strong one indeed.

As part of our coverage our good friend James Kleinmann sat down with the three actors in eye of this particular storm and »

- Jon Lyus

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John Singleton Settles 'Hustle & Flow' Lawsuit Against Paramount, MTV Films

5 November 2012 3:20 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Singleton has made peace with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films. The "Hustle & Flow" producer has reached a legal settlement in his suit over the 2005 film, an individual familiar with the agreement told TheWrap. Aside from the fact that the settlement was "amicable," no other detail was available. Also read: John Singleton Hits Snag in "Hustle & Flow" Lawsuit Singleton filed suit against Paramount and MTV Films last October, claiming that he reached a deal with Paramount at the Sundance Film Festival, allowing Paramount to distribute the film for a modest $9 »

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John Singleton, Paramount Settle Suit + The Dead Spike Lee-Directed Tracy Morgan Concert Film

5 November 2012 9:34 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A follow-up to post on the John Singleton/Paramount Studios/MTV Films $20 million lawsuit. Singleton alleged the studio reneged on their promise to greenlight and distribute two of his films after he gave them the right to distribute the 2005 hit, Hustle and Flow. Singleton stated that at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, he accepted a deal for $9 million dollars from Paramount and MTV Films for Hustle & Flow, and in doing so, passed up on a  $10 million dollar deal from New Line, because Paramount and MTV promised to produce two additional features with for Singleton, as long as the budgets did not exceed $3.5 million and his »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Paramount, John Singleton Settle 'Hustle & Flow' Litigation (Exclusive)

5 November 2012 5:08 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On the verge of going to trial, Paramount Pictures and director John Singleton have reached a settlement to end litigation emanating from a 2005 deal for the breakout hit Hustle and Flow. Singleton sued Paramount and MTV Films in October 2011, originally claiming he was owed at least $20 million for alleged breaches of contract and fraud. According to the lawsuit, Singleton and his Crunk Pictures took Hustle and Flow to the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where it became a breakout hit. Several offers were made on the film but Singleton said he chose Paramount because of a promise to

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John Singleton's Film Independent Forum Keynote: 'I came to you guys to be straightforward.'

22 October 2012 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Speaking without notes or a filter, John Singleton opened the 2012 Film Independent Forum October 20 in Los Angeles with a keynote that offered his own brand of anecdotes and advice from more than two decades in the business.  He began by describing how he'd watch movies without sound through his bedroom window from his home in South Central La. "Film and cinema saved me from delinquency," Singleton said, "and when times get rough for me in the business, I go back to that." Singleton said "Blue Velvet," "Sid and Nancy," "Platoon," and "My Own Private Idaho" were seminal checkpoints on the road to his feature film debut. "I knew in the back of my mind I wanted to be an independent filmmaker," he said. "I had to think in terms of writing films and making them myself." (As a student on the USC campus, Singleton added, "I'm from the neighborhood, so »

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'Silver Linings Playbook' and John Singleton to Headline 2012 Film Independent Forum

9 October 2012 10:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” will kick off the 8th annual Film Independent Forum Friday, Oct. 19, and “Boyz N the Hood” writer-director John Singleton will deliver the event’s keynote speech the following day. The Find Forum, which focuses on independent filmmaking and producing, runs Oct. 19-21 at the DGA in L.A. “There's no better way to start the Forum than with the advice of such a seminal filmmaker as John Singleton,” said Film Independent director of education Maria Bozzi. “Since his breakthrough with the very personal and highly acclaimed ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ Singleton has established a path that many filmmakers have strived to emulate — his advice will be sure to inspire those attending the Forum.” Presented by Indiewire, the 2012 Film Independent Forum also will present its annual Sloan Producers Grant award, which provides $25,000 in »

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John Singleton Hits Snag in 'Hustle & Flow' Case

4 October 2012 6:39 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Singleton's lawsuit against Paramount Pictures and MTV Films hit a bump in the road Thursday, as a judge denied two of the counts in Singleton's complaint. In a summary adjudication, Judge Amy D. Hogue of the Los Angeles Superior Court agreed with Paramount and MTV that the rescission and unjust enrichment claims filed by Singleton and his Crunk Pictures in the suit should not go forward. Also read: John Singleton's Lawyer Calls Paramount "Desperate" in "Hustle & Flow" Suit Claim Hogue cited a paragraph in the parties' contract which states, "No breach »

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John Singleton Finally Heading To Court Against Paramount

4 October 2012 8:29 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

John Singleton.s finally getting his day in court. The director who burst on the scene with Boyz n the Hood back in 1991 has a beef with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films over a deal struck during the Sundance Film Festival in 2005. THR now says that Singleton will be in court on Oct. 15 to argue that the studios reneged on a deal that would have bankrolled two projects Singleton agreed to make in light of signing Hustle & Flow over to the studios. (Singleton served as a producer on Craig Brewer.s gritty music drama.) One was going to be a Tracy Morgan concert film Spike Lee planned to direct. The other was going to be a DeRay Davis film. Though the studios made a .promise. deal during Sundance . according to Singleton . the debate seems to swirl around a set date as to when Singleton needed to deliver those two films, »

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John Singleton 'Hustle and Flow' Lawsuit Set For Trial

4 October 2012 6:48 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

John Singleton's lawsuit against Paramount Pictures and MTV Films will go to trial.  Singleton alleges that the studio reneged on their contract for Hustle and Flow, which stipulated that two additional films would be produced.  The additional two films; an unspecified film by Dee Ray Davis and a Tracy Morgan concert film directed by Spike Lee.  Singleton states that back at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival he accepted a deal for $9 million dollars from Paramount and MTV Films for Hustle & Flow starring Terrence Howard.  In doing so he passed on a  $10 million dollar deal from New Line, because Paramount and MTV promised  to produce two additional »

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Paramount, John Singleton Set for 'Hustle and Flow' Trial

3 October 2012 9:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Trial alert! John Singleton is set to square off Oct. 15 against Paramount Pictures and MTV Films in a lawsuit that will explore the nuances of contract negotiation at the Sundance Film Festival. Story: John Singleton Sues Paramount for $20 Million Over 'Hustle and Flow' Deal  In his lawsuit, Singleton alleges that Paramount reneged on a promise made at the 2005 festival to back two additional films as part of Paramount's deal to acquire the festival's breakout hit Hustle and Flow, which Singleton produced. The coming trial could feature testimony from Singleton, many lawyers and agents, as well as top industry

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The Top 50 Music Videos Featuring Movie Stars (20-11)

5 September 2012 5:27 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

20. Robin Williams in Bobby McFerrin's "Don’t Worry, Be Happy"

The video's fine, but we really just wanted to get this earworm stuck in your head again. You're welcome.

 

19. Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone in Aerosmith's "Crazy"

With "Amazing" and "Livin' on the Edge," Alicia Silverstone was already Aerosmith's go-to actress for wild child, "Screw you, Dad" roles. When she was partnered with frontman Steven Tyler's daughter Liv (in her on-screen debut), MTV couldn't play this video enough. The video features what teenage girls normally do for fun middle-aged men assume teenage girls do for fun e.g., engaging in pillow fights, participating in amateur stripper nights and seducing farmboys.

 

18. Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell in Gnarls Barkley's "Smiley Faces"

Playing off the "Who is Gnarls Barkley?" marketing campaign, Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell play a music historian and A&R man, respectively, delving mockumentary-style into the »

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Christian Bale – His Five Best, Most Under-Appreciated Films

28 August 2012 5:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Charlie Dunlap

John Connor….Bruce Wayne…..Every film lover worth his or her own salt is aware of the iconic characters which have made Christian Bale a household celebrity name, but what about the other past roles that have gotten him to where he is today? According to IMDb, Bale has appeared in roughly 45 roles (including a few television stints) since 1987′s powerful Empire Of The Sun, in which he filled the shoes of the unrecognizably young, Jamie Graham. With Bale once again splashing across the headlines – most recently regarding his visits to the Aurora hospitals housing victims of the recent Colorado theater shootings, this writer has decided that it’s the perfect time to present five of Bale’s best, more obscure and under-appreciated films, all presented in ascending chronological order:

1) Velvet Goldmine  – 1998

Still a relative unknown at this time, Bale tackles the role of British newspaper reporter, »

- Movie Geeks

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Exclusive: Stephanie Allain Joins 'Dear White People' as Executive Producer

21 August 2012 7:12 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

If the success of the project's fundraising campaign wasn't enough, this piece of news definitely indicates that Dear White People should be coming to the big screen soon. According to writer/director Justin Simien, veteran producer Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow, Something New, Black Snake Moan, We The Peeples) has come onto the project as Executive Producer. Allain has two decades of experience as an advocate for visionary filmmakers, and is credited with helping to launch the careers of several filmmakers including Craig Brewer, John Singleton, Robert Rodriguez, and Darnell Martin, as a producer and as a studio executive. To recap, Dear White People is an »

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Justin Lin Might ‘Riot’ For Rodney King Story

8 August 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

After the success of Fast Five, Justin Lin might be looking to tackle a difficult and divisive moment in our modern history. According to Vulture, Lin is in talks with Universal to direct L.A. Riots – a film version of the violence and destruction that took place in April 1992 after the four police officers charged with beating Rodney King were acquitted to widespread shock and dismay. It goes without saying that capturing the scope and nuance of the story would be challenging for anyone. If it’s not still an open wound, it’s one that can still have salt poured into it, so something of a delicate hammer is needed to ensure that it’s compelling without being alienating or, even worse, purposelessly offensive. Oddly enough, the most interesting connection here might actually be the Fast and Furious franchise that Lin made a name in. John Singleton, the famed director of Boyz n the Hood directed the »

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Christopher McQuarrie to Rewrite Without Remorse

7 August 2012 2:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jack Reacher writer-director Christopher McQuarrie is finalizing a deal to rewrite the Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse for Paramount Pictures. The filmmaker may possibly direct as well, although that has not been set in stone yet.

The project has been in development at the studio for years, with John Singleton attached to direct way back in October 2006. We also reported in October 2010 that The Shield creator Shawn Ryan took a crack at the script.

The novel, first published in 1993, is a spin-off of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series that introduces John Kelly (a.k.a. John Clark). The story takes place six months after his pregnant wife died in a car accident. He picks up Pam, a prostitute seeking refuge from her dangerous employers, who used her as a drug mule. They join forced to take down the drug lords. At the same time, the Pentagon goes looking for »

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Black Dynamite Is Going To Get You, Sucker

29 July 2012 10:31 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Remakes, sequels, reboots: these are common parlance in the film industry today and have been since its birth, really.  There is no film property immune to this, especially a successful one.  And though the blaxploitation genre, which reached its height of popularity in the 1970s, still enjoys a rabid cult following, few of the attempts to re-energize this vital branch of American film have been very successful.

Until now.

Black Dynamite, the 2009 film starring Michael Jai White, is now also an animated series now airing Sundays on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.  And while the character and his world may still effectively be a cult happening, it is clear that Black Dynamite is the most successful blaxploitation property to hit the streets since platform shoes went out of fashion.  Loaded with sex, violence, and sex and violence, Black Dynamite is the true sequel to Shaft that fans have been waiting for. »

- Jimmy Callaway

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