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There's been a lot of talk recently, relating to sony's spider-man films, and most of it has been negative. The main thing being discussed is Andrew Garfield reportedly being fired as the infamous web-slinger. This site unfortunately has neglected to report the humongous wave of support Andrew Garfield has been getting. Take one look at Twitter and you won't go 5 minutes without seeing the hashtags "#supportAndrew", "#saveTASM3", or even "#mockingjayAndrew". That's not all, there is also a petition on change.org to keep Andrew as spider-man that has already reached 8,000 signatures. Obviously that isn't many, but if we keep pushing, we can get up to 1,000,000 signatures. Weather the people of this site like it or not, we won't let Andrew go down without a fight. Signing is easy, if you go to sevenwebheads' Twitter page, you can find a link to the petition. Do the right thing, and »
Specifically, when it comes to the models.
Over the weekend, the 40-year-old Wolf of Wall Street actor was spotted leaving a South Beach, Miami nightclub with no less than 20 models, the New York Daily News reports.
"That f*cking guy," Chris laughs, talking to Howard Stern. "I love the guy. He's enjoyed himself. The mother f*cker -- if he's not doing a movie, he's 40 pounds more, with a fine mother f*cker, with a beard, and a f*cking model. 'F*ck y'all.'"
Clearly, Chris admires Leo's enviable personal life.
The story of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date is to be turned into a film called Southside By You.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be set on the first date the Obamas shared together with a trip around Chicago.
Worst Friends director Richard Tanne developed the idea alongside Sumpter, and is going to direct from a script that he has also written. The pair will both serve as executive producers on the project.
Filming is expected to start in July 2015 in Chicago itself.
The Obamas had revealed details of their first date whilst on the campaign trail in 2012. The pair visited the Art Institute of Chicago, walked around the city and saw Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. »
Deadline reports that a biopic chronicling the Obama’s early days is on the way from Homegrown Pictures. Taking its influence from indie romances as opposed to stern, political thinkpieces, Southside With You will follow the couple during their first date. Aw.
According to this initial report, the film is slated to be “a drama in the vein of Before Sunrise, chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.”
Apparently, the future president took quite a liking to his new boss at the Chicago law firm he’d recently joined. After several attempts, he finally plucked up the courage to ask her out on a date. And so began their courtship, with a glorious afternoon trotting around Chicago, rounded up with a screening of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. »
- Gem Seddon
The role of the young Barack Obama, who was a first-year law student at the time, has not been cast yet.
Filming will take place next summer in Chicago, where the date took place when Obama was working as an associate at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin and asked out attorney Michelle Robinson. The couple went to the Art Institute and saw Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” and they were subsequently married in 1992.
Richard Tanne (“Worst Friends”) is directing from his own screenplay. Producers are Tracey Bing and Stephanie Allain (an exec producer on “Dear White People”) through Allain’s Homegrown Pictures. Allain is also director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Tanne and Sumpter »
- Dave McNary
The story of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's first date is being turned into a movie entitled Southside With You, with actress Tika Sumpter signing on to play the First Lady. The story is being compared to Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise, chronicling a 1989 summer afternoon where the future Potus took his future First Lady on a whirlwind first date throughout the South Side of Chicago. Richard Tanne (Worst Friends) is directing from his original screenplay, with the filmmaker currently searching for the right actor to play Barack Obama.
In the summer of 1989, Barack Obama was a first-year Harvard law student, who took a summer job as an associate at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, where he fell for his younger boss, attorney Michelle Robinson. Southside With You is set during the day where Michelle agreed to go out with him, as they visited the Art Institute »
Filmmaker Oliver Stone managed to make and release a narrative feature film about a sitting U.S. President with W., and it appears that the same might occur with President Barack Obama. An independent film called Southside With You is in the works, though this is not a scathing indictment of presidential policy nor is it a story of Obama’s rise to office—it’s a date movie! Written by Richard Tanne (Worst Friends), the film will revolve around the first date between a young Barack Obama and lawyer Michelle Robinson, who would later become his wife. Set during one summer afternoon in 1989, the picture is said to be in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset. More after the jump. Per Deadline, Tanne is set to direct and produce Southside With You for Homegrown Pictures, with production poised to begin in July on location in Chicago. Get on Up »
- Adam Chitwood
First dates are usually the stuff of nightmares, not to mention memoirs, columns, and blog posts, but sometimes they result in spectacular romances that go all the way to the White House.
"Southside With You" is an upcoming indie that will follow the first date of the First Couple, Barack and Michelle Obama, back in 1989. Once Obama successfully convinced his boss Michelle (née Robinson) to go out with him on a date, he took her to the Art Institute, where they had lunch, and then they went on a long walk. The two capped off their date with a trip to the cinema, where they caught a little movie called "Do The Right Thing."
Tika Sumpter ("Get On Up," "Ride Along") will star as Michelle, but there isn't anyone attached to co-star as Barack - yet. Michelle described her impression of Barack after their first date as "hip, cutting edge, »
- Jenni Miller
25 years ago, I was really beginning to understand both the beauty and the overwhelming burden that my black male body represented. Native Son, Invisible Man, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, To Kill a Mockingbird, Roots, the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, etc., were all marinating inside of my 16 year old consciousness. Add to that, Yusef Hawkins, Yusef Salaam and Michael Griffith, all looked like me. I was angry and confused. That summer in ’89, I went to see Do The Right Thing. I saw it three times at a dingy, little theater called The Castle in Irvington, NJ. I cheered. I laughed. I cried. I cried, because I knew then, that at any given moment, it could be »
- Phill Branch
The video of Eric Garner, a New York man who died this summer after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a choke-hold, has gone viral and people are showing their frustration and anger that the cop was not indicted. While protests were quickly organized in New York City and around the country, people took to the Internet to voice their opinions, including numerous celebrities. In a short clip that uses footage of Garner's last moments alive, Spike Lee noted the similarity between Garner's death and fictional killing by police of the character Radio Raheem in his 1988 film Do the Right Thing. »
- Caitlin Keating, @CaitKeating
The video of Eric Garner, a New York man who died this summer after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a choke hold, has gone viral, and people are showing their frustration and anger that the cop was not indicted. While protests were quickly organized in New York City and around the country, people took to the Internet to voice their opinions, including numerous celebrities. In a short clip that uses footage of Garner's last moments alive, Spike Lee noted the similarity between Garner's death and the fictional killing by police of the character Radio Raheem in his 1988 film Do the Right Thing. »
- Caitlin Keating, @CaitKeating
If you haven't seen Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing in a while, you might not remember that the boom-box-toting Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) got killed the same way Eric Garner did — by a New York City police chokehold. That a real man in 2014, Garner, could be killed the same way as a fictional character in 1989 (and other real men, Michael Stewart in 1983 and Anthony Baez in 1994, with Baez's death coming a year after the NYPD banned strangulation as a way to subdue suspects) became the inspiration for a cold reading of Lee's original script this Black Friday. The idea began with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. He's part of a network called Blackout for Human Rights that formed in the wake of Garner's death as a way to, he says, "put an end to human-rights violations being committed by public servants, men and women being »
- Jada Yuan
Fruitvale Station‘s Ryan Coogler & Newlyweeds‘ Shaka King helmers are encouraging film fans to Do The Right Thing. As part of a day of action and national retail boycott, Black Friday (November 28, 2014) is a nationwide, grassroots event for people “to come out and show their solidarity in the fight for equal human rights.” Coogler and King are having a Spike Lee Script Read at the NYC Lincoln Center. For more info on the event and Black Out for Human Rights, take a look at the event press release below and the fist to face, billy club to skull police brutality bliss video collage below.
- Eric Lavallee
Turn on the news this past week and you’ll see people from around the country amassing in protest of the recent decision that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The inaction provoked conversation of race and authority in present day America, with politicians, human rights groups, and driven individuals rallying for reconsideration on the case and justice for all who’ve suffered in similar situations. This includes many in the entertainment industry, who will join forces with the Blackout for Human Rights network this Friday, Nov. 28, to keep the conversation going. In New York, a group of leading indie directors and actors will stage a special screenplay reading of Spike Lee’s "Do The Right Thing," which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2014. Blackout for Human Rights presents the event, organized by filmmakers Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station") and Shaka King ("Newlyweeds"). John Turturro, »
- Matt Patches
By Anjelica Oswald
Originally planned to screen as a 30-minute preview at AFI Fest, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, centered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, premiered in its entirety and stirred up more Oscar buzz ahead of its Christmas Day release.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber says the film is “intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited and sharply acted,” and that it “represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.” Meanwhile, Paul Webb’s screenplay and David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. King have been praised. The Wrap’s James Rocchi says, “Oyelowo’s performance would be impressive enough if it merely recreated the icon we now revere as perfectly as he does through a variety of methods… But Oyelowo, and Webb’s screenplay, also give us a rich, rewarding portrait of King as a man, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Justin Simien’s Sundance-awarded campus comedy “Dear White People” has made a real buzz at Stockholm, with screening sold out and additional screenings added during festival’s last weekend. Since its U.S. release last month through Roadside Attractions, the film has earned more than $3 million. Pic is also about to be sold to Scandinavian territory.
Variety’s Jon Asp chatted with the director during the fest in the Swedish capital.
Variety: How has a year with the film been like, from Sundance till now?
Simien: It’s been enlightening and profound to say the least watching this film with so many different audiences. I’m so happy and grateful the response has been both
enthusiastic and thoughtful on the whole.
Variety: Could you foresee all this attention?
Simien: Since American filmmakers, particular ones dealing with racial subject matter, are oftentimes told by industry “experts” their films won’t travel »
- Jon Asp
Nothing like the return of The Real Housewives of Atlanta to have us pondering some real important life issues, people! The seventh season kicked off tonight on Bravo and we have...questions. Like, seriously burning questions and we need to settle in order for the universe to make sense once more. Help, wontcha? Here are the great mysteries of the Rhoa premiere... Did Phaedra Do the Right Thing? Holy drama when it comes to Apollo and Phaedra, right? Whether you are a mother, a father, ever had a mother or father, or are just a human being with a beating heart, the whole process of Phaedra leaving her house to move into a hotel with the boys, and Not appearing even for Apollo's sentencing »
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer today announced the latest addition to the "Characters Unite Film Series," which is designed to, as the press release states, increase awareness of social injustice and encourage greater progress." Tomorrow, Saturday, November 1 at 7/6c, USA Network will air Spike Lee's incendiary "Do The Right Thing," with limited commercial interruptions, to commemorate the film's 25-year anniversary. The broadcast will also feature a "new, personal" introduction by the film's lead actress, Rosie Perez. "'Do the Right Thing' is one of those rare films that's as provocative »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Actress and ABC's “The View” co-host Rosie Perez will introduce USA Network's next Characters Unite film series pick, “Do the Right Thing,” when it airs on the cable channel on Saturday, TheWrap has learned. Commemorating the Spike Lee film's 25th anniversary, Perez has shot a personal and unique introduction for USA's limited commercial airing. “Do the Right Thing,” which centers on a Brooklyn neighborhood at a time in which its residents’ volatile race relations are about to become violent, starred Perez in her first acting role as Tina, girlfriend to Mookie (Lee), in 1989. See photos: 28 Classic Movies That Never Won. »
- Jethro Nededog
Beautifully restored and available for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber’s distribution deal with Carlotta Us, the Cannes premiered 1989 directorial debut of American director Charles Lane, Sidewalk Stories, arrives for recapitulation into the cinematic zeitgeist. A black and white silent film that’s an homage, and somewhat mutated modernization of Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid (though it’s sound design would be more akin to Chaplin’s Modern Times), Lane’s heartfelt and endearing film plays like a time capsule love letter to the eternal city. At the same time, it represents a chapter in the enduring evolution of the representation of the homeless, a changing landscape often unnoticed, a detail written off as an unavoidable constant.
A homeless street artist (Charles Lane) lives off the meager sum he receives while drawing portraits, though he faces stiff competition from neighboring peers. One evening, he witness »
- Nicholas Bell
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