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Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed writer/director/producer John Singleton. It comes as he prepares to direct the long gestating Tupac Shakur biopic Tupac. It’s hard to believe that it was 23 years ago that Singleton came right out of USC and changed the business with his breakout Sony hit Boyz N The Hood. The hot button picture established the urban film as a viable genre with an under served audience waiting for good films. It also made Singleton the youngest director and first African American to get an Oscar nom. He flies under the radar, but has helmed hits that include Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers; he produced and financed Hustle & Flow, the breakout indie as well as Baby Boy and Black Snake Moan. Singleton was repped by Wme. He continues with Underground manager Trevor Engelson and attorney Stephen Barnes.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Check out this week's best and most provocative options for streaming on the web. How many times have you seen "Fletch"? Add another hundred to it this month. Netflix "Arrow", season 2 Catch up on the second season before the third premieres tonight. We can never do enough to tell Katie Cassidy we're sorry about that "Melrose Place" revamp. "Jay Mohr: Funny for a Girl" One of the bright spots in the dreaded '94-'95 season of "SNL" was the appearance of Jay Mohr, whose salty, smirky humor is somehow more impish than Norm MacDonald's. Fun fact I often forget: He is married to Nikki Cox. "Raising Hope", season 4 Shhh, secret: We're running a list of the "50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years" feature next week. You better believe Cloris Leachman made the list. Go watch the series that garnered Phyllis Lindstrom her twenty-second Emmy nomination. (Leachman has the most »
- Louis Virtel
Q. What do Lincoln, E.T., The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, 12 Years a Slave, Eat Pray Love, A Mighty Heart, World War Z, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, Proof, Elizabeth, The Master, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Inception, Hustle & Flow, The Hunger Games, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 3 have in common? A. They were all produced by women. Look around. Female producers are everywhere: Shepherding the new Star Wars trilogy. Bringing the latest Hunger Games to theaters. And in February, when Oscar night rolls around, 11 women »
- Nicole Sperling
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014; Digital Release Date: Oct. 18, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The boys and their guns are back in 22 Jump Street.
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshman to real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. »
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Big Hero 6, The Sinister Six, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman Lives, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, Powers and more….
Marvel Studios kicked off production on the Phase Three launching Ant-Man this week in San Francisco, with director Peyton Reed taking to Twitter to officially announce the start of filming, which was followed by the first official shot of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a couple of behind-the-scenes images of Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, and a few FM exclusive set photos and a scene description of the first day’s shoot [see here]. And to coincide with the start of production, Marvel released an updated cast list – which also includes Michael Douglas »
- Gary Collinson
The television branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already underway with Daredevil starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock. Joining the fray sometime soon will also be Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. In an exclusive interview with IGN, Jamie Foxx – who recently starred as super fan-turned-super villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – admits that he was once in talks to play Luke Cage.
“I was actually approached for Luke Cage, back in the day, but you know… it didn’t work out,” states Foxx.
Foxx is of course referring to the long abandoned Colombia Pictures version of Cage that was due to be directed by John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Abduction) The deal fell through when all parties couldn’t agree which direction to take the character. Back in 2007 Singleton said:
“We have a great script. We have a couple of great scripts. It’s just »
- Gavin Logan
"To Sleep With Anger" was released with a small bit of fanfare in 1990. Charles Burnett had already acquired a reputation as one of our most important homegrown auteurs even if most of the audience, black and white alike, were unfamiliar with his work. The film was released at something of an apex for Black American Cinema (and Black American Pop Culture in general). "Do The Right Thing" had only been released a year before, "Boyz N The Hood" was less than a year away; new black auteurs were appearing every year with a mandate to be successful and say something authentic about our experience in this country. Heady times. Danny Glover had »
- Brandon Wilson
Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund and Andre '3000' Benjamin play four adopted brothers who reunite for their foster mother's funeral after she is gunned down in a grocery store hold-up. Things take a violent turn when they learn she was the victim of a hit and turn vigilante to hunt down her killer. Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton delivers a gritty urban thriller with a constant stream of bullets and brotherly banter. »
This weekend, you should either go see Boyhood or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available to stream (at least until the next screening of Boyhood is available). Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of heartily recommended options. This week, grow up all over again in Compton, Tokyo, Athens, Georgia, and small-town New Zealand.Boyz n the Hood (Stream on Netflix)Don't let the recent Taylor Lautner vehicle Abduction fool you: When 24-year-old John Singleton picked up a Best Director nomination in 1992, making him the youngest filmmaker in Oscar history to do so, he earned it. Early on, Boyz n the Hood could be confused for a South Central–set Stand by Me, 10-year-old Tre Styles drifting through a childhood of ball-busting friendships and bullies. Tree and his buddies even find a dead body. But unlike Stand by Me, there's no »
- Matt Patches
With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.
There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.
There are also »
- Drew Taylor
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
"Don't be afraid to be black," writer/director John Singleton told a largely-black, standing-room only audience at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday. The filmmaker -- who received two Oscar nominations for Boyz N the Hood and who is currently developing a Tupac Shakur biopic -- spoke on diversity at a session moderated by Elvis Mitchell that was held at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. "Don't try to be something else," Singleton urged. "Everyone's gonna copy our shit anyway. I made the blackest Fast and Furious, I made Paul Walker say 'Cuz' in the movie. I elevated
- Tim Appelo
Showtime is developing a drama about the 1980s crack cocaine trade in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, called Snowfall, comes from John Singleton and writer Eric Amadio, and will be told through the eyes of three main characters: a black child from Compton, a Mexican wrestler, and a CIA agent embroiled in Iran-Contra. Singleton and Amadio will co-write the pilot together, and Singleton will direct. The show is apparently "in the vein of Boyz n the Hood meets The Wire," so the first person to call it "gritty" owes everyone else a Coke. »
- Margaret Lyons
Showtime is poised to explore the dark side of the 1980s. The premium cable network is teaming with John Singleton and writer Eric Amadio to develop Snowfall, a drama poised to explore the "Greed is good, cocaine is God" era of the '80s, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Described tonally as in the vein of Boyz n the Hood meets The Wire, Showtime bought the pitch for the drama that will explore the stranger-than-fiction true story of how cracked changed Los Angeles. The drama is told through the eyes of a young man who would become the world's
- Lesley Goldberg
The Terminator came out in 1984. Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrived seven years later. In the interim, Arnold Schwarzenegger became a new kind of action megastar, headlining a string of era-defining beefcake blockbusters. Commando, Predator, The Running Man, and Total Recall: The very titles echo down through history, dripping with gunsmoke and bicep sweat. But that era was coming to an end. The ’80s were over. Always a savvy operator, Schwarzenegger was already planning his pivot: Twins and Kindergarten Cop offered a kinder, gentler Arnold. (He loves kids! He loves De Vito!)
And so the essential twist that led to »
- Darren Franich
Actor, poet, artist and musician Saul Williams will star in a new Broadway musical based on the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, Holler If Ya Hear Me, which begins preview performances on May 29th and opens on June 19th at the Palace Theatre.
Find Out Where Tupac Shakur Lands on Our List of the 100 Greatest Artists
The show will use Tupac's music and words as a way to tell a non-biographical story about two friends living in a poverty-stricken industrial city in the Midwest, struggling to realize their dreams. The show »
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