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12 items from 2011


Top 10 Movie Riots

10 August 2011 2:30 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Over the past few days news coverage has been dominated by the widespread rioting which has plunged London and now other British cities such as Manchester last night into fear and despair. So to complete the saturation of riot-based media coverage, with something light-hearted and hopefully diverting in these scary times – here are my Top 10 Screen Riots that have ever graced the big screen… which is firmly where they should remain.

Before we begin, we need to lay out some ground rules for what constitutes a riot. A riot is distinct from a battle because it is not planned or co-ordinated by or around a certain individual. It is not the same as a mutiny because that also involves pre-meditation. And it cannot be confined to a single place, otherwise it becomes just another fight or bar room brawl. There are exceptions to these rules, as will become clear, but they are good guidelines nonetheless. »

- Daniel Mumby

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Trailer Watch: George Lucas's World War II Aerial Ballet Red Tails Debuts January 20

30 July 2011 1:29 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

We've been waiting a while for producer George Lucas's take on the World War II Tuskegee airmen, now set for release by Twentieth Century Fox on January 20, 2012. Anthony Hemingway (Treme, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica) directs a script by John Ridley (Three Kings) and a sprawling ensemble led by Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Andre Royo (The Wire). Produced by Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson, the film boasts a score by frequent Spike Lee composer Terence Blanchard. Lucas promises extraordinary aerial flying effects from his own Ilm, quotes Immersed in Movies: "The Tuskegee Airmen were such superb pilots that it was essential for us to »

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Hot Rods & Droids: A George Lucas Profile (Part 6)

17 July 2011 11:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the sxith of a six part feature... read parts one, two, three, four and five.

“When I was working on Young Indy [ABC, 1992 to 1993] with Harrison [Ford], the obvious occurred to me,” recalled George Lucas who had a breakthrough idea for a fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, “If I did it when Indy was older, I could have it be in the 1950s.” In order to tailor the action adventure to the period shift, the California filmmaker asked himself a particular question. “‘What is the equivalent of a 1930s Saturday matinee serial in the 1950s?’ Science fiction B-movies. I thought, ‘That’s the MacGuffin: aliens.’” Harrison Ford (Regarding Henry) was less enthralled with the concept. “I didn’t like it at all,” said Ford. “There’d always been a mystical element in the stories about an archeologist who wrestles with the mysterious of past cultures. »

- flickeringmyth

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Motion Picture Academy invites 178 new members, including Russell Brand, Jesse Eisenberg, and Beyonce Knowles

17 June 2011 1:08 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its annual list of invited new members, and it’s clear they’re continuing to try to make their membership younger. On the list alongside veterans like John Hawkes and David Duchovny are a slew of twentysomethings, including Mia Wasikowska, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rooney Mara. The Board of Governors also decided to extend an invitation to Restrepo codirector Tim Hetherington, the first time Academy membership has been bestowed posthumously. As a side note, it’s also a hoot to now say the phrase Oscar voter Russell Brand. »

- Dave Karger

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Academy Invites 178 To Membership

17 June 2011 12:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Beverly Hills, CA . The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy.s roster of members.

.These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks..

The Academy.s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April. »

- Michelle McCue

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Academy Invites 178 Artists & Execs to Membership

17 June 2011 12:26 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April. »

- Josh Abraham

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Bill Cosby Returns as Host of 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival

9 June 2011 1:07 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

The 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival is set to present a diverse mix of jazz artists June 11-12 at the Hollywood Bowl, hosted by Bill Cosby

Among the headliners for the two-day concert are Buddy Guy, Dianne Reeves, The Roots with special guest Terence Blanchard, Fourplay, Harmony 3 and Naturally 7.

Jazz aficionado Cosby will return as Master of Ceremonies for his 30th year and will feature his Cos of Good Music artists, such as pianist Geri Allen, »

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George Lucas’ ‘Red Tails’ Gets Release Window

2 June 2011 6:12 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Despite hearing about it for years and years, news on the George Lucas-produced Red Tails has been pretty still for a while. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black pilots in the history of America’s military, it’s a true passion project for the Star Wars creator. He’s been developing it for around 20 years, with it being mired in various stages of development before shooting began in 2009. There were reports last year that he himself was doing some reshoots in place of director Anthony Hemingway, who was busy working on the HBO series Treme. A few set photos even emerged that featured, among other things, the actors in character, but that’s not what most would consider to be revealing.

But it seems like the movie does in fact live. News came out a few days ago that musician and frequent Spike Lee collaborator Terence Blanchard »

- Nick Newman

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‘Red Tails’ Gets An Unofficial Release Window

2 June 2011 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Fans have been waiting to find out when we'd get to see Lucasfilm's first non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones film in two decades and today we might have our answer. Anthony Hemingway, the director of The Tuskegee Airmen film Red Tails, produced by George Lucas, just tweeted that the film will be released in January 2012. With the recent news [1] that Terence Blanchard will be scoring the film this month in Prague, that sounds just about right. Not that there's a rush, Lucas has been developing the film for 20 years and it began shooting several years ago. Thanks to Indiewire [2] for the heads up on this tweet [3]. Red Tails stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, David Oyelowo, Method Man, Tristan Wilds, Michael B. Jordan, Andre Royo and many more. [1] http://www.slashfilm.com/terence-blanchard-score-red-tails-lucasfilm-movie-coming/ [2] http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/archives/2011/06/02/red_tails_director_anthony_hemingway_announces_films_release_date [3] http://twitter. »

- Germain Lussier

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Terence Blanchard To Score ‘Red Tails,’ The New Lucasfilm Movie That Is Still Coming Out

27 May 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

One year has passed since we heard anything about [1] Red Tails, the first Lucasfilm movie in almost two decades without the words "Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones" in the title. The World War II film about the legendary African-American pilots named The Tuskegee Airmen stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, David Oyelowo, Method Man, Tristan Wilds, Michael B. Jordan, Andre Royo and many more. George Lucas is a producer, as he's been wanting to make the movie for 20 years, but it's directed by Anthony Hemingway (The Wire). Last May, we got a brief glimpse of the movie [2] but, since then, a full calendar year has passed with no updates. In the meantime, Hemingway has directed several episodes of Treme, Community, but now, finally, there's some actual news on the film. They've just signed Jazz legend Terence Blanchard to record the score in Prague this June. The news of »

- Germain Lussier

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DVD Review: Spike Lee’s ‘If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise’

27 April 2011 10:10 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Perhaps no American artist has chronicled a modern disaster with as much passion and meticulous attention to detail as Spike Lee. His 2006 documentary about the struggles of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” was television at its most vital, provocative, wrenchingly powerful and resoundingly humanistic.

The same could easily be said of Lee’s 2010 follow-up effort, “If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise.” It premiered the same year as HBO’s New Orleans-set series, “Treme,” and includes many of the same characters. Of course, in this case, no actors are involved, with the exception of New Orleans residents such as Make it Right project creator Brad Pitt and Phyllis Morton LeBlanc, who sets the tone with a stirring poem (as she did in “Levees”). Lee catches up with several subjects from his previous film, and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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An Evening With Spike Lee In Toronto…

11 January 2011 12:35 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Spike Lee’s getting around a bit currently, it seems. Well, he’s got a book to sell, so…

In addition to 2 upcoming dates in Chicago, as Sergio already noted, Spike will be heading north, to eastern Canada (Toronto, Ontario specifically) on January 25th.

In celebration of Black History Month, Jamaican-born Canadian filmmaker Clement Virgo and the Canadian Film Centre (Cfc) will host a special evening in conversation with Spike Lee to discuss the role of music in his films. The event will combine conversation and film clips to examine the use of music in Spike’s films – from his musical collaborations with his father, Bill Lee, a jazz bassist, to Prince, Stevie Wonder and composer Terence Blanchard.

That should be very interesting, enlightening 2 hours and a worthwhile listen. I hope the video or audio will be made available some time afterward, so that we can share here.

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- Tambay

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