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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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‘Rodney King’ Trailer: First Look at the Spike Lee–Directed One-Man Show — Watch

6 April 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming one-man show “Rodney King,” directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. The show is written and performed by long-time Lee collaborator, stage and film actor Roger Guenveur Smith.

Read More: ‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

Rodney King” will be available to stream on Netflix April 28, one day before the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the King case. The verdict led to the Los Angeles riots, which became the most famous case of police brutality in the Us, and left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

Read More: ‘Louis C.K. 2017’ Review: This Bold Netflix Special Proves Being Free From ‘Louie’ Can Be Better For TV

Lee and Smith had previously collaborated in the 2001 film adaptation of Smith’s solo performance “A Huey P. Newton Story, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Rodney King’ Trailer: First Look at the Spike Lee–Directed One-Man Show — Watch

6 April 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming one-man show “Rodney King,” directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. The show is written and performed by long-time Lee collaborator, stage and film actor Roger Guenveur Smith.

Read More: ‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

Rodney King” will be available to stream on Netflix April 28, one day before the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the King case. The verdict led to the Los Angeles riots, which became the most famous case of police brutality in the Us, and left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

Read More: ‘Louis C.K. 2017’ Review: This Bold Netflix Special Proves Being Free From ‘Louie’ Can Be Better For TV

Lee and Smith had previously collaborated in the 2001 film adaptation of Smith’s solo performance “A Huey P. Newton Story, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Rodney King’: Netflix Releases First Trailer for Spike Lee Movie (Exclusive)

6 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first trailer for Netflix’s “Rodney King” takes viewers back a quarter of a century to the 1991 beating of King and the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Before you know it, you’re the first reality TV star,” intones Roger Guenveur Smith, filmed last year by Spike Lee in a one-man show. The streaming service has scheduled the project to premiere on April 28.

In the trailer, Smith can also be seen citing Lapd officer Stacey Koon as quoting Marvin Gaye with the phrase, “Let’s get it,” prior to beating King.

The date for airing “Rodney King” has been chosen to coincide with the upcoming 25th anniversary of the state court acquittals of Koon and three other Lapd officers who were videotaped beating King in 1991. The acquittals, which took place in Simi Valley, California, sparked three days of rioting that left 53 dead.

The trailer also explores that role King played in ending the rioting, »

- Dave McNary

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Movie News: Eva Green Touted for Tim Burton's 'Dumbo'; Ryan Gosling's Neil Armstrong Bio-pic Gets Dated

8 March 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Dumbo: Eva Green, who recently starred in Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (above), is in talks to star in Dumbo, Burton's live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic. If things work out, she would likely play one of three main adult roles. Green and Burton previously teamed in Dark Shadows. [Deadline]   First Man: Recently we heard that Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle, who teamed quite successfully on La La Land (above), would reunite to make First Man, a biographical drama about astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon. Now the movie has a release date: October 12, 2018. [THR]   Rodney King: For the past four years, Roger Guenveur Smith has been performing a one-man show based on the...

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- Peter Martin

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Netflix’s ‘Okja’ to Get Dual Theatrical Releases

8 March 2017 5:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Okja,” Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi, fantasy movie by Bong Joon-ho, the Korean director of “Snowpiercer,” is set to receive theatrical releases in South Korea and the U.S.

In Korea, the film’s theatrical outing will be handled by Next Entertainment World, the company said today. Netflix last year acquired New’s Korean disaster drama “Pandora,” and sci fi thriller “Lucid Dream.”

Netflix said that the film will also get a limited day-and-date release in the U.S., but it did not disclose further details.

An international production with an investment of $50 million from Netflix, “Okja” will premiere on Netflix in June in over 190 countries. Brad Pitt’s Plan B is involved as a co-producer. With Korea’s Ahn Seo-hyun in the lead, the picture also stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Paul Dano.

The film sees a Korean girl risk everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, »

- Sonia Kil

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