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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
After four months of dating, Jennifer Lawrence will take a break from singing along to Coldplay songs in public. People reports that J.Law and Chris Martin are getting back to their own “insane” schedules and putting an end to their relationship. Although a source says “they really like each other,” their busy lifestyles just didn’t permit time for romance. If we recall correctly, J. Law and Nicholas Hoult broke up in late June for similar reasons. Is this becoming the same old song and dance for the Hunger Games star?
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Just one month ago, people were saying Martin had moved on from ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow and had “fallen in love” with Lawrence. Are you surprised the two ended their romance so quickly? Do you think they’ll get back together? Did Martin and Paltrow’s recent dinner and tender goodbye set things off? Hop into »
- Taylor Ferber
Racial tension in the Obama era is given a sharp analysis in the satire Dear White People, a microcosm of modern America that takes place on a college campus, following the lives of four different students. Elements of identity and power vividly come into play, as black students confront racism at its most ridiculous and grotesque. For example: Troy (Brandon P Bell) is looking to fit in with the leaders of a satire magazine, but has to conform his ideals to do so; Coco (Teyonha Parris) wants to use what she considers to be her black identity to get a reality show contract. Writer/director Justin Simien’s film is a hilarious reflection of a society that still needs to get itself together, regardless of a black president living in the White House.
This film marks the feature debut of Simien, who has previous experience with an online series called “Inst Msgs, »
- Nick Allen
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If youre in Manchester, go and see Death From Above 1979 at the Gorilla. I caught them in London last night and they were a whole filthy heap of fun.
Todays arty pop videos assessed. First, yet more spooky forest-based goings-on I told you it was a thing! in the new effort from the Phantasy-signed artist known only as U. This Ray Mears character really ought to know better than tearing pages from mysterious old books to stoke his campfire inevitably, he ends up summoning all manner of demons (some of whom arrive in a blue Volvo estate).
You may occasionally find yourself wondering what former »
- Sam Richards
Roger & Me
Directed by: Roger Moore
Running Time: 1 hr 31 mins
Due Out: October 7, 2014
Who’S It For? Well, let me tell you a story. I was home sick in middle school. My dad recorded some movies after a free HBO weekend. “Roger & Me” was rated R, and I thought I was about to get away with something. I was wrong. What I’m saying is, it’s not for middle schoolers. It’s for everyone who has ever considered liking documentary films. It’s that simple.
This is the chance to see Moore before he became the Moore you have a definitive love Or hate relationship with.
Before we get to the film, if you subscribe to Moore’s e-newsletter, this is old hate, if not, here’s a message from Michael Moore about his film.
- Jeff Bayer
Ages And Ages' album "Divisionary" came out all the way back in March, but in the past two weeks, that set's come back into the spotlight. The indie rock group's "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)" worked its way into the season premiere of "The Blacklist" on NBC during the last week of September. So while new fans are turned on, check out "Light Goes Out," a HitFix exclusive music video premiere, below. Keep your cat close, you may learn something about yourself: From bandleader Tim Perry on the video's creation: For "Light Goes Out," we wanted a video that encompassed the various components of this band, the song, and it's message. Lgo takes a pretty firm stance on living a life of meaning over distraction but it also explores some of the tension within that belief. We wanted to portray this tension, the separate elements that make up a cohesive outlook. »
- Katie Hasty
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
Gotham is only one of the many additions to the booming rise of comic book television series and it’s looking as if there will be more to come following the news of latest acquisitions of comic book properties Lucifer by Fox, Titans by TNT and Supergirl by CBS. Amidst the many comic properties that are returning or arriving on television this season are CW’s Arrow, The Flash and later to air iZombie, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and mid season arrival Marvel’s Agent Carter, Fox’s Gotham, NBC’s Constantine and AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Based on one of the most iconic comic book properties of the past 75 years Fox’s Gotham is possibly the most anticipated Television series of the upcoming Fall season. With a great starting line up of Ben Mckenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett-Smith in the ensemble cast, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
The post-Barbara Walters version of The View made its premiere Monday on ABC, using Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" to greet the new panel: "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate… I shake it off, shake it off." This seems like a rather defensive posture for a show starting its 18th season. But then again. Other than new host Rosie Perez talking about how she learned kung fu "just in case I had to kick some ass," the hour didn't go too well. It was stiff, polite and airless, like one of those Taiwanese parody cartoons that "dramatize" news scandals. »
- Tom Gliatto
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
The good news is that Kevin Costner does some of the finest, most deeply felt work of his career as a widower lawyer fighting for custody of his biracial granddaughter in Mike Binder’s “Black and White.” The bad news is that that’s as if “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” had been made only five minutes ago. The even worse news is that, in the moment of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and the Birther movement, a movie like this might be just what America needs right about now. Unlikely to match the $28 million worldwide take of Costner and Binder’s 2005 teaming “The Upside of Anger,” “Black” should connect with select older and urban auds, but lacks the broader crossover potential of a “Crash” or “The Help.”
Maybe because Costner became a star playing golden-boy athletes, military men and noble crusaders, it’s particularly affecting to see him at »
- Scott Foundas
They're already doing group hugs on The View. The talk show released the first official photo of its new hosting panel to People in anticipation of its Sept. 15 return to ABC. Veteran panelist Whoopi Goldberg will be joined by three personalities - the returning Rosie O'Donnell, actress Rosie Perez and former MSNBC analyst Nicolle Wallace - for the show's 18th season debut. Expect lots of getting-to-know-you talk among the newest fearsome foursome as they prepare for life without Barbara Walters, one of the show's founders in 1997. Walters left the show in May. Perez, best known for her work in Do the Right Thing »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
The Latina actress-dancer-director-choreographer (say that five times fast) is perfect for ABC’s daytime talk show. Here are seven reasons why.
1. She’s not a stereotypical or “cookie-cutter” Latina.
The native New Yorker defies common Latin stereotypes— the sort of which is commonly perpetuated on television. (You know: young and sexy with big boobs and bigger hair, with little talent to speak of.) Now, it’s no secret that The View »
- Nina Terrero
Move over Rosie and Whoopi — there are two new girls in town! Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace have both released statements on joining the upcoming season of The View one day after ABC officially confirmed the news on Thursday, Sept. 4. "I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I've been asked to join The View," Do the Right Thing star Perez said in a statement. "Knowing that I'll be in the company of Whoopi [Goldberg], Rosie [O'Donnell] and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging [...] »
It looks like there will be two Rosies sitting on the panel on The View this season.
Actress Rosie Perez and political analyst Nicolle Wallace will be rounding out the panel of hosts on The View, joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell. A performer on stage and screen, Perez is best known for her roles in Do The Right Thing, The Counselor, and Fearless, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.
“I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join The View,” Perez said in a statement. “Knowing that I »
- Teresa Jue
"I said to my creative team that this movie is [like] Do the Right Thing and The Royal Tenenbaums had an interracial love-child that went to college," says 31-year-old Justin Simien of his debut film, Dear White People. Centered on a blackface party at a fictional Ivy League school, the thematically ambitious, visually and musically eclectic, clever and cathartic satire is a film nerd's interpretation of the fundamental aspects of the black experience—ones Simien didn't see represented anywhere in the medium dearest to his heart.
Which is not to say that there is a black experienc »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Before Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, before Oscar Grant and Amadou Diallo, there was Frederic Otomo, an immigrant from Cameroon who was killed by police in the German city of Stuttgart twenty-five years ago this month. The year 1989 was a tense one for race relations: A Miami policeman’s fatal shooting of a black motorcyclist ignited three days of rioting; a white female runner was raped in New York by a black man, which lead to the wrongful arrest of “the Central Park Five;" and a sixteen-year-old boy named Yusef Hawkins was killed in Bensonhurst by gang of white youths. Against this backdrop of real-life horrors, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing was released in theaters, further spreading a wave of racial paranoia. Like the recent spate of police killings of young black men, the case of Otomo, recounted and made visceral in a 1999 film starring actor Isaach de Bankole »
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