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Dateline Episode Featuring People's Elaine Aradillas Explores: How Did Charles Manson Become a Serial Killer?

3 August 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The two-day killing spree in 1969 perpetrated by Charles Manson and his murderous “family” that left seven people dead in Los Angeles continues to horrify the American public.

In a rare, in-depth interview featured in a new Dateline special on Friday, Manson’s former parole officer Roger Smith tells NBC’s Keith Morrison that Manson’s failed music career drove him to find new ways to control his cult followers, dubbed The Manson Family. (The special airs Aug. 4, airing at  at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, 9 p.m. Ct.)

“Charlie was in serious danger of losing ‘The Family,’ ” says Smith. “He did something that, »

- People Staff

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Queen Sugar: Season Three Renewal Announced for Own TV Series

26 July 2017 5:57 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

In good news for the Bordelon family, the Queen Sugar TV show has been renewed for a third season on Own. Season two just premiered on June 20th. In addition to the renewal, Own has announced a new first-look deal with Queen Sugar creator, Ava DuVernay. The cabler also announced that Michael Michele, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Beverly Todd will recur later on in season two. An Own drama series,  Queen Sugar stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford, Ethan Hutchison, Nicholas L. Ashe, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Greg Vaughan, and Marycarmen Lopez. The story chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings. Following a family tragedy, they reunite in order to save the family sugarcane farm. Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Queen Sugar’ Renewed for Season 3, Ava DuVernay Inks First-Look TV Deal With Harpo Films

26 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Queen Sugar” has been renewed for Season 3 at the Oprah Winfrey Network (Own), while series showrunner Ava DuVernay has signed a first-look television and digital media deal with Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Variety has learned.

“I’m so proud of Ava and her ability as a filmmaker to challenge the status quo and push for inclusiveness on screen and behind the camera. I love, love, love the work we have been able to create so far. I am looking forward to developing many more meaningful projects together,” Winfrey said.

Queen Sugar” follows the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. Season 2 of the series debuted on June 20 with its highest-rated episode ever in key adult and female demos. It is currently averaging 2.4 million viewers per episode in delayed viewing. In addition, Michael Michele, Roger Guenveur Smith and Beverly Todd will join the series in recurring roles later in Season 2. Michele and Smith will play Darla’s (Bianca Lawson) estranged parents »

- Joe Otterson

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‘Queen Sugar’ Renewed for Season 3, Ava DuVernay Inks First-Look Deal With Oprah’s Harpo

26 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Own has renewed Ava DuVernary’s “Queen Sugar” for a third season, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films said on Wednesday. Additionally, the production company has signed DuVernay to a first-look deal for television and digital media. The first collaboration from the agreement will be DuVernay’s “Central Park Five” limited series on Netflix. That project is a collaboration between Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films. “Queen Sugar” hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The Wednesday 10 p.m. show, which chronicles the lives and loves of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana, is adding Michael Michele, Roger Guenveur Smith and Beverly Todd to its ongoing Season. »

- Tony Maglio

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She’s Gotta Have It Teaser: Spike Lee’s First Netflix Original Series

27 June 2017 8:43 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Although Amazon made a big splash by landing Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq as their first original movie, that certainly hasn’t kept Lee in any sort of exclusive deal with them. His next couple of projects find him jumping over to Netflix instead, starting with his film of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show Rodney King (which premiered […] »

- Sean

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Spike Lee honoured in Cannes

25 May 2017 2:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director honoured alongside collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith.

Spike Lee, along with his long time collaborator actor, writer and director Roger Guenveur Smith, were honoured at a black tie gala in Cannes on May 22.

The event, which is benefitting Planned Parenthood, was held at the American Pavilion.

Lee delivered a special keynote conversation with Smith during the event. 

Lee and Smith’s most recent collaboration is the Netflix original film Rodney King, a history-infused one-man show film that is currently streaming worldwide.

Rodney King producers, and Smith’s partners at his production company Luna Ray Media, Steven Adams and Bob L Johnson were also in attendance along with Spike’s wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, among others.

Smith and Lee previously adapted Smith’s Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning made for TV film, directed by Lee.

The pair collaborated on Lee’s School Daze, Do The Right Thing, [link »

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Spike Lee on His Trump Fears: ‘I Wake Up Every Day Thinking He Has the Nuclear Football’

24 May 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s been 31 years since Spike Lee first came to the Cannes Film Festival with “She’s Gotta Have It,” but the rebel yell that that film represented still rumbles at the back of his throat. He is here this year with a subject no less unsettling: “Rodney King,” a filmed version of a performance piece by the amazing Roger Guenveur Smith, who also wrote it. The film amounts to an hour-long tone poem, a kind of trancelike recitation of the life and death of the man who was videotaped being beaten near to death by Los Angeles police officers and. »

- Sharon Waxman

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Cannes American Pavilion 2017 Lineup: Spike Lee, Wim Wenders, Screen Talk Live and More

15 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Known among with-it insiders as the Ampav, the American Pavilion has become a vital part of the Cannes Film Festival over the last 30-odd years. This year’s lineup was announced today, with such special guests as Spike Lee, Wim Wenders, John Cameron Mitchell, Christine Vachon and IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson.

Read More: Cannes: ‘Dogtooth’ Made Yorgos Lanthimos One of the Most Exciting Filmmakers in the World, and He’s Just Getting Started

Such anticipated films as “Brigsby Bear,” “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” “Rodney King,” “Wonderstruck” and “Patticake$” will be discussed; Kohn and Thompson are set to record a live edition of the Screen Talk podcast. Avail yourself of the full lineup below and let the Ampav Fomo wash over you in waves.

Read More: IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 148) – Here’s What We Know (And What We Don’t Know »

- Michael Nordine

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American Pavillion unveils ‘Industry In Focus’, ‘In Conversation’ programmes

15 May 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes programming features actors, film-makers, executives.

American Pavilion (AmPav) has unveiled its annual roster of events throughot Cannes.

The schedule includes In Conversation slots with producer Christine Vachon of competition entry Wonderstruck, as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and Dana O’Keefe in a separate session. Sloss also produced Wonderstruck.

Additional conversations include Spike Lee and Roger Guenveur Smith, who will jet into town to talk up their Netflix special Rodney King.

Topics in the series include: The Hollywood Bubble, The Anatomy Of A Successful Movie Marketing Campaign, Hollywood & China and The Future of International Film Production.

Also under the spotlight are talks titled Making Movies That Matter, The Profession of Casting, and Taking the Smallscreen to the Bigscreen: Why TV Shows Have Started Premiering at Film Festivals. 

AmPav will feature an Lgbtq showcase and awards ceremony and reception, and the Queer Night Party on May 23.

For the full programming schedule, click here. »

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Spike Lee in Cannes keynote conversation, gala honour

5 May 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Veteran filmmaker to receive honour on May 22.

Spike Lee and long-time collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith will discuss their Netflix Original documentary Rodney King during a Cannes keynote followed by a gala event at The American Pavilion on May 22.

Luxury concierge service WanderLuxxe will host the charity benefit black tie gala later in the day in honour of Lee and Smith at The American Pavilion.

Screen International is media partner on the event, which will feature performances and tributes to the filmmakers.

Lee directed Rodney King, which stars Smith in his one-man show that is currently streaming worldwide on Netflix.

King was beaten by four police officers following a high-speed car chase in March 1991. The ensuing acquittal of the officers sparked the La Riots 25 years ago.

Smith’s producing partners Luna Ray Media, Steven Adams and Bob L. Johnson will attend the gala.

Buffalo 8 also served as producers and Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, and Patrick DePeters »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Spike Lee to participate in Cannes keynote conversation

5 May 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Veteran filmmaker to receive honour on May 22.

Spike Lee and long-time collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith will discuss their Netflix Original documentary Rodney King during a Cannes keynote at The American Pavilion on May 22.

Luxury concierge service WanderLuxxe will host a charity benefit black tie gala that night in honour of Lee and Smith at The American Pavilion.

Screen International is media partner on the event, which will feature performances and tributes to the filmmakers.

Lee directed Rodney King, which stars Smith in his one-man show that is currently streaming worldwide on Netflix.

King was beaten by four police officers following a high-speed car chase in March 1991. The ensuing acquittal of the officers sparked the La Riots 25 years ago.

Smith’s producing partners Luna Ray Media, Steven Adams and Bob L. Johnson will attend the gala.

“We are so thrilled to be able to partner with such respected filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Smith along with Luna »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Rodney King’: TV Review

28 April 2017 3:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Deeply moved by the June 2012 news of Rodney Glen King’s drowning at age 47, writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith got busy researching the famous Angeleno’s life and death. Within weeks he’d written and mounted a one-man play that he’s since performed many times, in many venues. Now a riveting filmed version, directed by Spike Lee and streaming on Netflix, joins the documentaries that have hit the small screen in recent days, all of them commemorating and exploring the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising that was sparked by the verdict in King’s suit against the Lapd.

Smith’s interpretive angle »

- Sheri Linden

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Rodney King review – Spike Lee's Netflix special is a bleakly poetic howl of rage

27 April 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The acclaimed director brings a stark quality to this recording of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man stage show about the incident that sparked the La riots

Spike Lee is marking the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots with an hour-long Netflix special about Rodney King, whose vicious police beating triggered the chaos after the Lapd officers involved were acquitted despite their savage attack having been captured on video, filmed by a local man from his apartment balcony and seen by TV viewers around the world. That video became the most famous witness footage since the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; Lee used it as the prologue to his 1992 movie Malcolm X.

Related: Spike Lee: ‘Black men are still viewed as predators’

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Rodney King review – Spike Lee's Netflix special is a bleakly poetic howl of rage

27 April 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The acclaimed director brings a stark quality to this recording of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man stage show about the incident that sparked the La riots

Spike Lee is marking the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots with an hour-long Netflix special about Rodney King, whose vicious police beating triggered the chaos after the Lapd officers involved were acquitted despite their savage attack having been captured on video, filmed by a local man from his apartment balcony and seen by TV viewers around the world. That video became the most famous witness footage since the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; Lee used it as the prologue to his 1992 movie Malcolm X.

Related: Spike Lee: ‘Black men are still viewed as predators’

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- Peter Bradshaw

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How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

21 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.

“Black directors have different viewpoints,” said Lee, who directed writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King” for Netflix. “We don’t see the world all the same.”

Read More: L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now

Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.

Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has »

- Anne Thompson

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How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

21 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.

“Black directors have different viewpoints,” said Lee, who directed writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King” for Netflix. “We don’t see the world all the same.”

Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.

Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has performed “Rodney King” for four years in small venues and when “Rodney King” hits Netflix on April 28 in 190 countries, »

- Anne Thompson

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How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

21 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.

“Black directors have different viewpoints,” said Lee, who directed writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King” for Netflix. “We don’t see the world all the same.”

Read More: L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now

Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.

Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has »

- Anne Thompson

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We Have Always Been At War With Drugs: ‘Deep Cover’ A Quarter-Century Later

18 April 2017 10:21 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Looking back at Jeff Goldblum and Laurence Fishburne wearily fighting the war on drugs 25 years ago.

This Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Deep Cover, itself an endpoint of the preceding quarter-century. It bears a deep weariness, beset by crime, racism, and, increasingly, the American government itself. Every frame of the film is soaked in that weariness, and its script explicitly addresses it, as the entire business of its story turns out to be that of the American government’s profit from the illegal drug trade, with then-president George H.W. Bush and the former president of Panama, the notorious CIA operative Manuel Noriega addressed by name.

That it’s ostensibly a crime thriller, a genre picture, makes Deep Cover all the more effective a messenger. In his last film billed as “Larry” — while we’re talking about culmination — Laurence Fishburne stars as a young police officer who, as »

- Danny Bowes

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Review: Five L.A. Riots Documentaries Chronicle History, Impact and Effects 25 Years Later

13 April 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On March 3, 1991, in an incident that became national news, white bystander George Holliday filmed several Los Angeles police officers savagely beating a unarmed black man named Rodney King. Despite the brutality caught on tape, King’s assailants were all acquitted, 25 years ago, on April 29, 1992 — sparking upheaval and violence in South Central L.A. that caused 54 deaths and $1 billion in property damage.

The anniversary has compelled several filmmakers to look back on those transformative, pivotal events. Like other events in recent history — such as the well-rendered treatments of the O.J. Simpson trial — the problem with telling the history of the 1992 unrest is not a lack of information but instead a total deluge of it. The much-reproduced and still-horrifying grainy footage King’s beating is the foundational footage for each of these films, from the hourlong installment of Smithsonian’s “The Lost Tapes” (which has also covered other major events) to the clear masterpiece of the bunch, »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Watch The Trailer For Spike Lee’s Unique Look At Rodney King Coming To Netflix

6 April 2017 1:06 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Spike Lee tackles Rodney King in his new movie for Netflix, but it’s not your typical biopic. In “Rodney King”, veteran director Lee takes a look at King through the eyes of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man stage show which relives his 1991 beating at the hands of police and the subsequent 1992 Los Angeles riots. […] »

- Rachel West

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