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Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]
In the late 1980s after six successful years on “St. Elsewhere,” Denzel Washington was making a successful segue into the movies. Just as that show was about to end for NBC, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a South African activist in the 1987 film “Cry Freedom.” He lost the award that evening to Sean Connery (“The Untouchables”), but it would be just two years later that he would take home the gold for his performance as Private Silas Tripp in “Glory.”

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Watch his acceptance speech above from the 1990 Academy Awards ceremony as the 36-year-old actor beams in front of his mother and wife after presenter Geena Davis announces his name. He also thanks the men of the 54th from the American Civil War. In the film, Washington played an emancipated former slave
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Ryan Coogler is the New Steven Spielberg: ‘Black Panther’ Cements the Rise of Hollywood’s Commercial Auteur

Ryan Coogler is the New Steven Spielberg: ‘Black Panther’ Cements the Rise of Hollywood’s Commercial Auteur
Five years before he made the world’s most culturally significant blockbuster with “Black Panther,” Ryan Coogler was at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab, workshopping his first feature “Fruitvale Station.” The five-day gathering overlapped with Martin Luther King Jr. Day; on that morning, lab coordinator Michelle Satter invited fellows to share thoughts about its significance over breakfast. Until that point, Coogler struck many other participants as a quiet, soft-spoken young man. Then he stood up.

“He gave this beautiful, deeply felt, and completely extemporaneous speech about how Dr. King’s legacy inspired him as a storyteller,” recalled David Lowery, who was then developing “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” at the lab. (Like “Fruitvale,” it would premiere at Sundance a year later.) “It was an incredibly moving testament, both personal and all-encompassing in its scope, and we all heard the voice that has since been resonating so powerfully in Ryan’s work.
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Ryan Coogler Shares Five Films That ‘Had a Profound Impact’ on His Life, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘Fish Tank’

Ryan Coogler Shares Five Films That ‘Had a Profound Impact’ on His Life, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘Fish Tank’
It’s hard to believe “Black Panther” is only the third film Ryan Coogler has ever directed. The 31-year-old wunderkind is on the brink of becoming a bona fide A-lister, as “Black Panther” is poised to break box office records the world over. It wasn’t too long ago, however that Coogler was in film school at USC, making his first shorts and watching Andrea Arnold films.

After an early screening of “Black Panther” this week, Coogler took to the stage at Bam’s Harvey Theater in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. As Coogler answered audience questions, he admitted he was slightly distracted by the sight of his “hero” Spike Lee, who was sitting in the front row. (Lee has lived and worked in Fort Greene for decades.)

When the question of his favorite films came up, Coogler was able to gush further about his hero. Unable to pick just one,
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13 Indie Romance Movies to Stream This Valentine’s Day on Netflix and Beyond

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Romance isn’t dead — in fact, it may be more readily available than ever before. Of course, we’re talking about movie romances, which round out the slates of so many current streaming platforms, from Netflix to Amazon Prime and FilmStruck. From romantic comedies to classic dramas and every twist on the genre imaginable, love is still supreme in the cinematic sense, and this Valentine’s Day holds a bevy of options for lovey-dovey movie watching.

We’ve picked thirteen (very different, all assuredly quite romantic) indie romances available to stream right now. In short, we’ve got your Valentine’s Day plans (and your post-Valentine’s Day plans, too) right here. Check them out.

Beyond the Lights

Chemistry is the name of the game in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s freight-train fast music industry romance, which pairs up rising starlet Gugu Mbatha-Raw (pure charm) alongside pre-“Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker.
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‘Black Panther’ Cast, Oscar Nominees Share the Influential Black Films That Inspired Them (Watch)

In honor of Black History month, Variety asked actors, directors and composers of Hollywood what seminal black films inspired them as artists.

Black Panther” star Lupita Nyong’o chose Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg’s “The Color Purple.”

“It was one of the first films I watched where a woman had my complexion and my hair texture,” says Nyong’o. “That was deeply, deeply moving and influential.” Not only was Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” empowering for Nyong’o but it also helped encourage her to follow her dreams into acting, “Possibilities are born when you see yourself reflected.”

Oscar-nominated director and writer for “Get OutJordan Peele named the 1989 film “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. “All the performances were great it in,” says Peele. “But that was one where it felt like the black performers—even though they were the supporting characters in that movie and [were] looked at as supporting characters in the
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Chadwick Boseman Explains What Sets Black Panther Apart From Other McU Films

Let it be known that Black Panther is not your average superhero movie.

Sure, there are elements of an origin story sprinkled throughout Ryan Coogler’s McU spinoff, while its titular king runs about in a “bulletproof catsuit,” but beneath the surface is an inspired, nuanced and, crucially, Afrocentric tale of heroism and family, as Chadwick Boseman’s grieving T’Challa takes his seat on the throne.

What follows is a sweeping, operatic family drama, one critics are calling the most accomplished addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. As for what sets Black Panther apart from its superhero peers, Boseman believes the McU owes a great debt to Ryan Coogler, the director behind the lens.

I feel like it’s definitely a Ryan Coogler film. There are certain choices that are made that are distinctly his stamp on it… If we start talking about sequels — if we do four of them,
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Daveed Diggs’ ‘Blindspotting’ Gets Release Date From Lionsgate

Lionsgate has dated “Blindspotting” for a limited release on July 27, followed by a wide release on Aug. 10.

The movie — which opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival — stars “Hamilton” breakout Daveed Diggs as a man on the last days of his parole. He moves boxes out of houses with his friend, played by Rafael Casal, as they navigate a series of tense situations in their neighborhood involving race and violence amid a rapidly gentrifying city.

Diggs and Casal co-wrote the script, which was directed by first-time feature director Carlos Lopez Estrada. Lionsgate bought the worldwide rights to the film less than a week after its premiere.

Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge gave a rave review, writing, “‘Blindspotting’ [is] the most exciting cinematic take on contemporary race relations since ‘Do the Right Thing’ nearly 30 years ago. This explosive big-screen collaboration marks a rousing and incredibly timely choice to kick off Sundance 2018, with great potential to serve as a cultural
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Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler: Why ‘Black Panther’ is Elevated by A Black Filmmaker

Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler: Why ‘Black Panther’ is Elevated by A Black Filmmaker
Black Panther” is set to dominate the box office when it opens President’s Day weekend, but it’s already made history when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The tentpole is the first McU property to be led by a black superhero and to feature a predominately black cast. With “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed” director Ryan Coogler behind the camera, “Black Panther” is also the first McU title to be directed by a black filmmaker. As Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman tell Variety, it was essential for “Black Panther” to have a director of color.

Read More:‘Black Panther’ First Reactions Praise Ryan Coogler’s ‘Iconic’ and ‘Incredible’ Marvel Movie: ‘It Will Save Blockbusters’

“Well, is it possible for [a white director] to make it? It could be, yes. Would they have [Coogler’s] perspective? Probably not,” Boseman said. “It wouldn’t be nuanced in the same way because they wouldn’t have the same conflict.
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Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would make history as first black writer to win Best Original Screenplay

Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would make history as first black writer to win Best Original Screenplay
A year ago Jordan Peele was best known for the sketch comedy series “Key and Peele,” but after the show ended he stepped behind the camera, writing, directing and producing the horror comedy “Get Out.” Now Peele has the chance to make history as the first black writer to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Suzanne de Passe and Lonne Elder made history as the first black writers ever nominated for Oscars. De Passe was up for Best Original Screenplay for “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972), shared with Chris Clark and Terence McCloy. That same year Elder was nominated in Best Adapted Screenplay for “Sounder.” But neither won.

Seventeen years later Spike Lee was the second black writer up for Original Screenplay, for his classic “Do the Right Thing” (1989). Two years after that John Singleton reaped a bid for “Boyz n the Hood” (1991).

Black writers would go 18 years without receiving
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Sundance: Lionsgate Buys ‘Blindspotting’ (Exclusive)

Sundance: Lionsgate Buys ‘Blindspotting’ (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has bought North American distribution rights to “Blindspotting,” the drama about race relations in Oakland, Calif, that opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The critically acclaimed film will receive a wide release from Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films and Summit Entertainment label later this year.

The movie stars “Hamilton’s” Daveed Diggs as a man on the last days of his parole. He moves boxes out of houses with his friend (Rafael Casal), as they navigate a series of tense situations in their neighborhood involving race and violence.

Diggs and Casal co-wrote the script, which they’d worked on for a decade. First-time feature director Carlos Lopez Estrada made the film, which premiered at the Eccles Theatre on Jan. 18.

Blindspotting’ [is] the most exciting cinematic take on contemporary race relations since ‘Do the Right Thing’ nearly 30 years ago,” wrote Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge in a rave review. “This explosive
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Every Black Director Nominated for an Oscar, From John Singleton to Jordan Peele (Photos)

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Every Black Director Nominated for an Oscar, From John Singleton to Jordan Peele (Photos)
Get Out” filmmaker Jordan Peele became only the fifth black director to receive an Oscar nomination for his work in the Academy’s history. John Singleton, “Boyz N the Hood” (1991) • Two years after Spike Lee was passed over for a nomination for “Do the Right Thing,” John Singleton became the first African American to earn a Best Director nomination for his star-studded drama set in South Central L.A. That year, Jonathan Demme won the award for “The Silence of the Lambs.” Lee Daniels, “Precious” (2009) • Eighteen years passed before a second African American filmmaker was recognized: Lee Daniels, for...
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Sundance Review: Blindspotting is a Funny Yet Powerful Emotionally Charged Film

One of the big ongoing discussions in society right now is how police officers single out African Americans, which has led to many false arrests, injuries, and senseless deaths. This film Blindspotting, which I recently watched at Sundance, touches on this issue in a very interesting and strong way. This might just be one of the best contemporary films on race relations since Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

The thrilling story is set in modern-day Oakland and follows a character named Collin (Daveed Diggs) who is trying to get through the final days of his probation after being arrested for a crime that he would love nothing more than to put behind him.

These final days of probation end up being incredibly intense for Collin. As he is trying to move forward with his life and better himself, he happens to end up witnessing a police officer gun
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Blindspotting’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Blindspotting’
In psychology, a black-and-white drawing known as Rubin’s vase poses a visual puzzle in which the brain perceives one of two images — either the outline of a vase or two faces posed in profile — but can’t see both at the same time. Take that phenomenon one step further and you get “Blindspotting,” not just a handy term for humans’ inability to look past stereotypes and appreciate the full complexity of others, but the most exciting cinematic take on contemporary race relations since “Do the Right Thing” nearly 30 years ago. The brainchild of Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, two hip-hop artists turned outsider-voice dramaturges, this explosive big-screen collaboration marks a rousing and incredibly timely choice to kick off Sundance 2018, with great potential to serve as a cultural touchstone in months to come.

Diggs is already something of a known commodity, having earned a Tony award for his spitfire double-duty as both Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette
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Paramount names David Sameth head of worldwide marketing

Former Disney and Universal executive served as second unit director on Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken.

Source: Paramount Pictures

David Sameth is leaving Disney to join Paramount Pictures as president of worldwide marketing effective February 1.

Sameth currently serves as executive vice-president and head of theatrical marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar where his credits since 2009 included Coco, Zootopia, Frozen, Toy Story 3, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Finding Dory.

He will report to chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos and will oversee the design, development and implementation of all marketing and advertising strategies for the studio’s global theatrical releases.

“David is an incredibly talented, visionary marketer who has created some of the most iconic and successful campaigns in our industry’s recent history,” Gianopulos said.

“He has experience launching an array of films from big franchises to small, specialized endeavors, and everything in between. His insights, experience and reputation make him a very welcome addition to our
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How Ossie Davis’ Children Are Celebrating What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday (Exclusive)

How Ossie Davis’ Children Are Celebrating What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday (Exclusive)
Ossie Davis’ children are inspiring a new wave of activists through their father’s legacy.

The film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright and civil rights activist who died in 2005 at the age of 87, would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday (Dec. 18). In honor of the centennial milestone, Nora Davis Day, Guy Davis and Dr. Hasna Muhammad Davis (the three children of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee) are highlighting their father’s “contributions to the struggle.”

“We know that if Dad and Mom were around now, they would want to be a part of this discourse around civil rights. This renewed activism, the challenging of the status quo, and augmenting the voices that are truly marginalized,” Hasna told Et during a phone interview on Friday. “Since he’s not here, we do have this opportunity to include his and Mom's voices, so that we can help attribute and provide historical context, and encourage the vehicle
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Matt Lauer Accuser's Lawyer Says His Client Lives in "Constant Fear" of Having Her Identity Revealed

Matt Lauer Accuser's Lawyer Says His Client Lives in
Ari Wilkenfeld, the attorney of the accuser whose allegations led to Matt Lauer's firing, sat down with NBC News on Friday and said his client was "terrified" of having her identity revealed. According to Wilkenfeld, the accuser had two requests after reporting Lauer to NBC: "Do the right thing" and maintain her anonymity. However, he said his client lives in "constant fear" that people will find her. "My client is terrified, and she does live in constant fear that people are going to track her down and figure out who she is," he said. "She feels badly for the many other women who are suspected of being her—who are also being hounded and harassed." Wilkenfeld...
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Chris Janson's Song 'Drunk Girl' Isn't About What You Think: 'We Wrote This from a Dad's Perspective'

Chris Janson's Song 'Drunk Girl' Isn't About What You Think: 'We Wrote This from a Dad's Perspective'
Chris Janson’s latest single “Drunk Girl” relays a message that means a lot to him — respect.

“From a guy’s perspective, I think it’s a good message for any age man to treat women with respect,” Janson tells People exclusively of his new song.

“If it’s a situation where there is a drunk girl — maybe you’re dating her or maybe you’re not or maybe you just met her — take care of her,” says the country singer-songwriter.

Do the right thing,” he adds. “Doing the right thing always ends up with a perfect outcome, and I
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General Hospital Spoilers: Franco Didn’t Do The Right Thing

General Hospital fans were not entirely surprised when Franco was handed all the information he needed to fix the problem of the Jason’s. He knows which is the real Jason and which is not, and he decided not to bother telling anyone. He’s a liar, and he’s not making his case any better. He and the Jason’s are not friends, so he’s not feeling anything short of anger toward them. Even though he loves Liz and Jason is her best friend and her baby’s daddy, he’s lying. And that’s not good. Especially since Liz is asking him to marry her.

General Hospital Spoilers: Franco Didn’t Do The Right Thing
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Canon Of Film: ’25th Hour’

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at one of Spike Lee‘s underrated masterpiece, ‘25th Hour‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

’25th Hour‘ (2002)

Director: Spike Lee

Screenplay: David Benioff, based on his novel “The 25th Hour

When Spike Lee’s ‘25th Hour,’ came out in 2002, it was ignored by most every award show, and made only a handful of top 10 lists. It was on my top ten list of that year, and I thought it was one of Lee’s absolute best; I’ve often called it his most underrated film. It’s a funny thing about movies, sometimes a film needs a certain amount of time to pass before people truly recognize its greatness, and time for those who were ahead of the curve to gloat a bit. Suddenly, at the end of the decade,
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Et Obsessions: ‘Godless,’ Disney’s ‘Coco’ and More This Holiday Weekend!

Et Obsessions: ‘Godless,’ Disney’s ‘Coco’ and More This Holiday Weekend!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and this is what we’re most excited about the week of Thanksgiving:

Why We’re Obsessed With ‘Godless

From Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank (Logan screenwriter) comes a western saga that is both familiar and fresh in its telling of ruthless outlaws terrorizing a town populated only by women when a bandit turns to them for cover. “This story is an authentic western in many ways, but it's a story that hasn't been told. It flips the western genre on its head by having the narrative, at the heart of it, [told through] this town of women,” says Michelle Dockery, who, in the midst of a great post-Downton Abbey run as Letty on TNT’s Good Behavior, plays Alice, one of the town’s widows who takes in Roy (Jack O’Connell). “It's something that people won't have seen before.” Newcomer Audrey Moore, who plays
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