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Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from "The Vampire Diaries" episode "Haunted", written by Andrew Kreisberg, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec and directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, that aired October 29, 2009:
"...as the behavior of 'Vicki' becomes more infuriating, 'Stefan' tries to help her. 'Elena' tries to convince 'Jeremy' to stay away from Vicki. 'Caroline' gives 'Bonnie' a necklace she took from 'Damon' to wear with her 'Halloween' costume, and when Damon tries to take it back, he is surprised by Bonnie's abilities.
"Bonnie discusses the incident with her grandmother and learns more about her family's past.
"Then trying to cheer Vicki up, 'Matt' takes her to the high school's haunted house, but the evening soon takes a terrifying turn on everybody..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Vampire Diaries: Haunted"...
- Michael Stevens
The late 80s and 90s heralded a breakthrough led by Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood. At first, Hollywood embraced this wave of talent, then it ignored it. Now, in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, black film is rising again
‘Black film properties may be to the 90s what the carphone was to the 80s; every studio executive has to have one,” wrote the New York Times magazine in the summer of 1991. It’s a comment that speaks volumes about both a cultural moment and its transience. The piece was titled They’ve Gotta Have Us, referring to Spike Lee’s 1986 breakthrough movie She’s Gotta Have It. The group portrait on the cover brought together an impressive collection of young, black film-makers – what has been labelled “the class of 91”. Lee was head boy, of course. By that time he was well »
- Steve Rose
Netflix has ordered Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It (The 1st Spike Lee Joint Feature Film) to series. The 10-episode series is a contemporary update of Spike Lee's revolutionary debut independent film. She's Gotta Have It centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers. Her three lovers are The Cultured Model, Greer Childs, The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.
Spike Lee is directing the entire series and serves as creator and executive producer along with his producer wife Tonya Lewis Lee, who will also executive produce. She's Gotta Have It is produced by Netflix. Here's what Spike Lee had to say in his statement, which features its own unique punctuation.
"She's Gotta Have It Has A Very Special Place In My Heart. »
At a prestigious, all-girls, prep school, things go terribly awry in the underground horror flick Vampires, resurrecting on DVD May 10 from Film Chest Media Group.
Utterly generic, conceptually cynical and instantly forgettable, the two-word pitch for “Hunters” was pretty clearly “Alien terrorists!,” coupled with auspices that include “The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd and showrunner Natalie Chaidez (“12 Monkeys”). The resulting series, though, feels completely disposable, having likely found its way to Syfy because this shot-in-Australia drama was a relative bargain. Let’s hope so, anyway, because there’s nothing in the first couple of hours that warrants seeking it out.
Yes, “Hunters” (the name given the terrorists) involves another secret government agency, the Exo-Terrorism Unit, armed with special weapons to terminate the aliens walking among us, including a ruthless cell leader played by “Nip/Tuck’s” Julian McMahon. Yet the series, inspired by Whitney Streiber’s novel “Alien Hunter,” with Ernest Dickerson directing the premiere, traffics in no shortage of clichés: An emotionally scarred FBI agent, Flynn (Nathan Phillips), is paired with an inordinately »
- Brian Lowry
When Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki won the cinematography Oscar for his work on “The Revenant” on Sunday night — his third consecutive in the category — he was tempted to make a joke in his speech. “I wanted to say, ‘To my family and friends: Lower your expectations.’ ”
He’s only somewhat kidding. It’s the morning after his historic win for “The Revenant,” which also took home honors for director Alejandro G. Inarritu and star Leonardo DiCaprio, and Lubezki is aware he’s unlikely to ever top this year: No director of photography before him has won three consecutive Academy Awards. “I am the luckiest cinematographer in the world,” notes the 51-year-old, Mexico City-born Lubezki. “My daughters think that going to the Oscars is a normal thing that happens every year, and it’s not. I might never come back to the Oscars. I might never get another nomination again.”
Guido Vitti »
- Jenelle Riley
History is often told through the perspective of those who are in power. So much of what is written erases the experiences of those who are marginalized in society. With his arresting and groundbreaking novel, “Double Play”; Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion gave the world a unique view into the island of Curaçao and its culture. Nearly 45 years after the novel was first published, acclaimed Director Ernest Dickerson (“Juice”, “The Wire”, “The Walking Dead”) and Executive Producer Lisa Cortes (“Precious”) are bringing this story to the big screen. Using Curaçao not only as a backdrop for the story, but also weaving its traditions throughout this exquisite tale, »
- Aramide A Tinubu
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