20 items from 2015
Full disclosure: Until last weekend, we actually didn’t know that HBO hadn’t already renewed Looking for a third season. Girls and Togetherness both got picked up, and it seemed like such a no-brainer that Looking would too. It’s so good, why would it not be?
But this Sunday is the season finale and we’ve yet to hear of its fate beyond that. This morning, creator Michael Lannan captioned a Bts photo, “Shooting the S3 finale back in November.” He quickly caught his mistake and tweeted:
Wait I meant @LookingHBO S2 finale! Getting ahead of myself ;)
— Michael Lannan (@MichaelLannan) March 20, 2015
Does that winky face emoticon mean he knows something we don’t? Or are we reading too much into this, because the thought of a world without Looking is a cruel place we don’t want to live?
News: Looking cast teases upcoming relationship shake-ups and new love
Here are 11 reasons HBO absolutely »
Human beings and their affectionate vibes are something special. After all, we as individuals are going to love who we feel are worth loving. However, society demands that the protocol of loving should be straight-forward and “natural”. The rule of thumb: stick to your own kind! Whether it is being loyal to your own kind racially or culturally or either with your own age range the expectation of romance is defined…do not make waves and keep things safe and mainstream!
Well, human beings can be also unpredictable and live for going against the grain especially certain characters and personalities in the movies. Love and romance make for great film fodder but when the notion of such on-screen amorous activities takes its theme to a whole new challenging level then the gloves are off!
In Stop in the Name of Love: Top Ten Forbidden Romances in the Movies we will »
- Frank Ochieng
Let’s swiftly pass over the opening obsession with naughty bits and get down to the real business of the day – men with impressive moustaches
The Viceroy is returned! To be honest, we hadn’t realised he was missing, because we’ve never met him. But anyway, welcome home mister!
This episode actually opened with Ralph pissing in a bucket. Fitting, because Eugene, brother to a diddled Madeleine, wants him to pull his pants up. Do the right thing, he demands of Ralph, who has been noisily having it off in every room of Eugene’s house.
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- Rhik Samadder
Exactly a year ago I did a revealing and very informative interview with the pioneering African American graphic designer Art Sims (read Here) whose advertising and marketing agency 1124 has been responsible for cutting edge ad campaigns for many of the most important black and urban themed films and TV productions, such as HBO’s When The Levees Broke, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, Love and Basketball, Clockers, and The Color Purple among so many other films. And last month at the Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan , which is where the Detroit native graduated from, in its museum opened an exhibition of his most famous movie »
[Press Release] Los Angeles -- Universal Music Enterprises has announced a rollout of 26 individual soundtrack albums on vinyl – including John Williams’ scores to E.T. and Jaws; Blaxploitation classics like Willie Hutch’s The Mack, J.J. Johnson’s Willie Dynamite, Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man and the hip-hop-flavored Juice; Oscar® winners such as The Godfather, Silence of the Lambs, Rocky and Good Will Hunting; and cult movies like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Knights, John Landis’ Animal House, Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Amy Heckerling’s Clueless and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. The rollout got underway on January 20, with the release of Willie Hutch’s classic, much-sampled soundtrack to the 1973 movie The Mack, starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor, which was originally released on »
- Pietro Filipponi
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andre Braugher filmed a personal message to introduce “Glory,” which airs on the cable channel on Saturday as the next pick in USA Network’s Characters Unite Film Series. The 1989 film also commemorates Black History Month. Also read: Rosie Perez to Introduce USA’s Next Characters Unite Film ‘Do the Right Thing' “It was an incredible honor to be involved in ‘Glory’ and work amongst a tremendous cast to highlight some of our nation’s first black military heroes,” said Braugher, who noted the film was his first acting role. “The film pays tribute to the »
- Alicia Banks
America is awakening from the fantasy of living in a post-racial society despite the leadership of a black president. This current racial landscape is crucial to understanding the attitudes and addictions in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Many African Americans are angry, thirsty for blood, or have coped with hardships through destructive habits. The pastor’s message in a black Baptist church is timely and resonates emotionally. “Put down that 22, put down the 38, put down your 45! Oh, glory to God lift up your Bible and put down that oozie! You don’t need no Ak 47, you need Romans 8:21,” he howls.
It feels cold: an exhausting insatiable desire; like a vampire’s thirst for blood, addiction is unsatisfying. No amount of sex, drugs or violence can kill the inner beast and satisfy the need for redemption. For all the gruesome blood on display in the blaxploitation vampire flick, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, »
- Josh Cabrita
Spike Lee and I go back a long way, to "She's Gotta Gave It." I've interviewed him many times, from Cannes for "Do the Right Thing (he was robbed!) and on the set of "Malcolm X" to talking on a Sunset hotel roof about "The 25th Hour," based on the novel by David Benioff. We've had our dust-ups over the years too, which may be why we settle right in for this interview at the studio of photographer Daniel Bergeron, who shot a fabulous portrait of Lee for Indiewire. We cover a lot of ground, from what being an independent meant when he started and what it means now, his changing relationship with the studios, his comments to Ava DuVernay on "Selma"'s Oscar nominations, to his love of documentaries and some projects he did not get to make. He thanks his children for clueing him into social media, which »
- Anne Thompson
Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Such Moving Pictures Clayton picks his top 11 of the year
The Film Doctor and his wife discuss Birdman and crisis of identity
The Backlot does a readers poll of the greatest gay movies but Yikes some of the titles and their rankings. It's also very very American movie centric. No Happy Together on a list of 100 greatest gay movies? That's A Deal Breaker, Ladies.
20 Weeks to Oscar - David Poland wonders if it's wide open due to preferential balloting which he hates (and explains why)
NY Times Colleen McCullough author of the Thorn Birds dies at 77. My mom was obsessed with that miniseries when I was a little kid so I vaguely remember it.
Variety reviews Lila & Eve starring Viola Davis & Jennifer Lopez. Yes, I realize they're billed the other way round but let's be real, okay? I really wanted to see this one but it did not screen during »
- NATHANIEL R
Rosie Perez fans can rest easy now that actress is officially returning to The View. "We look forward to welcoming the multitalented Rosie Perez back to her seat as co-host on the panel on Feb. 3 after completing rehearsals" for a Broadway play, a rep for ABC confirmed to People. Perez had taken a break from the show while preparing for her role in Larry David's upcoming Fish in the Dark. When her return date wasn't immediately announced, rumors arose that she would no longer have a seat at the panel. But ABC said Perez, 50, "brings her rich life experience and passion to the table, »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
Rosie Perez fans can rest easy now that actress is officially returning to The View. "We look forward to welcoming the multitalented Rosie Perez back to her seat as co-host on the panel on Feb. 3 after completing rehearsals" for a Broadway play, a rep for ABC confirmed to the New York Post. Perez had taken a break from the show while preparing for her role in Larry David's upcoming Fish in the Dark. When her return date wasn't immediately announced, rumors arose that she would no longer have a seat at the panel. But ABC said Perez, 50, "brings her »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
Well, with last Thursday's announcement of the Oscar nominations, the sometimes ratings-challenged Academy Awards got all the traditional media and online attention they could have wished for. Too bad almost all of the attention was negative.
Usually, Oscar controversies are about taste -- whether "Crash" was really better than "Brokeback Mountain," or whether "Shakespeare in Love" was really better than "Saving Private Ryan." This year's controversy over "Selma," however, is shining an unflattering light on Hollywood's racial politics.
The snubbing of "Selma" in every category except Best Song and, curiously, Best Picture -- that's only part of what has professional and amateur critics up in arms. As many have noted, this year is the first since 1998 that no actors of color have been nominated. The nominations list has drawn predictable condemnation from the likes of Spike Lee and Rev. Al Sharpton, who has threatened to go to Hollywood and take »
- Gary Susman
Winfrey, film’s castmembers join local residents at gathering to remember slain civil rights icon
Local television station Wsfa tweeted a photo as the gathering got underway that showed Winfrey, city officials and musicians John Legend and Common, who wrote and performed the film’s Oscar-nominated song “Glory. »
- Anita Bennett
Spike Lee has criticised the lack of Academy Award nominations for Selma.
The director said that movies featuring African Americans are regularly snubbed, and that the lack of nominations for Selma is not a reflection on the film.
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"That doesn't diminish the film," he told The Daily Beast. "Nobody's talking about motherf**kin' Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is.
"Nobody's discussing Driving Miss Motherf**kin' Daisy. So if I saw Ava [DuVernay, Selma's director] today, I'd say, 'You know what? F**k 'em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one."
Lee also believes that African American actors and films are not Oscar-nominated on »
Spike Lee is just as annoyed as anyone, if not more so, about the Oscars' snub of Selma. But as someone who has been overlooked himself -- namely in the Best Picture category for 1989's Do the Right Thing -- he knows there's more to a film's legacy than its trophy case. In an interview with The Daily Beast for an upcoming profile of the Malcolm X filmmaker, Lee addressed the Academy's snub of Selma actor David Oyelowo, who played civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. [...] »
Lee advised DuVernay to shake it off.
“That doesn’t diminish the film,” Lee told The Daily Beast. “Nobody’s talking about motherfuckin’ Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is. Nobody’s discussing Driving Miss Motherfuckin’ Daisy. So if I saw Ava today I’d say, ‘You know what? Fuck ’em. You made a very good film, »
- Jordan Chariton
Of the many interesting (or disquieting) statistics to arrive in the wake of yesterday's Oscar nominations (and their snubs) is that the Academy's voting body is 93% white, 76% male with a median age of 63. Those aren't encouraging figures, seeming especially telling in light of Ava DuVernay's acclaimed "Selma" missing nominations for both Best Director and Best Actor for David Oyelowo's complex, deeply moving performance. If you were anywhere near social media yesterday, you likely saw much frustration towards those snubs, but leave it to Spike Lee to give the saltiest take. The situation is not unfamiliar to Lee, who in 1989 saw his groundbreaking "Do The Right Thing" nominated for just two Oscars: Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Lee's film ended up winning none, and the big prize went to film on the other end of ideological spectrum that year. "[The 'Selma' snubs] doesn’t diminish the film," Lee tells The Daily Beast. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Do The Right Thing director Spike Lee isn.t necessarily known for following the status quo. However, his choice to release his latest film Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus via Vimeo's Video On Demand (VOD) still definitely struck us as a bit odd. Lee and Vimeo made the joint distribution announcement earlier this week, revealing that Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus would be available for purchase and rental starting immediately on the video-sharing site. With the growing popularity of movies hitting home release and VOD these days, the news wasn.t all that shocking. aside from the Vimeo part. Vimeo.s General Manager of Audience Networks Greg Clayman appears to be thrilled with the deal, releasing a statement to voice the company.s support of the project. "Spike Lee is one of the most iconic filmmakers of our time and we couldn.t be more thrilled to work with him »
Espn has revealed three new film series collaborations on which they will combine forces with a comic book giant, a New York filmmaker and a Hollywood actress.
In conjunction with Wednesday’s Winter Television Critics Association panel, the sports network announced a partnership between Espn Films and Marvel Entertainment to air two all-new projects, the feature-length documentary “1 of 1 – Genesis” and short film series “1 of 1 – Origins.”
“Both the documentary and the short film series will provide viewers a unique look at some of the world’s most successful athletes by mixing the award-winning non-fiction style of Espn Films with classic Marvel comic book art, »
- Debbie Emery
20 items from 2015
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