13 items from 2016
American actor Bill Nunn – best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and as Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy – has passed away aged 62 in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Nunn made his acting debut in 1988’s School Daze, and would reunit with director Spike Lee for Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and He Got Game. His other screen credits included New Jack City, Regarding Henry, Sister Act, Kiss the Girls, Runaway Jury and Firehouse Dog.
Spike Lee has led the tributes to Nunn with the following posts on Instagram…
- Gary Collinson
Spike Lee, Nunn's friend from Morehouse College who cast the actor in 1988's School Daze, Nunn's first role, first announced that Nunn had died Saturday morning. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reported that sources close to the city's theater community and Nunn's family confirmed the actor's death. Nunn's wife told The Associated Press that the actor had been battling cancer. »
Lee, who worked with Nunn on “He Got Game,” “School Daze” and “Mo’ Better Blues” in addition to “Do The Right Thing,” posted on Instagram Saturday to confirm the actor’s death. Lee wrote that Nunn passed away earlier that morning in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa.
“Radio Raheem is now resting in power,” the director wrote. “Radio Raheem will always be fighting da powers dat be. May God watch over Bill Nunn.”
The director followed up soon after with a second tribute:
“Radio Raheem. Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate! It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love! These five fingers, »
- Seth Kelley
Mark Harrison Published Date Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 05:39
The first movie from the team behind Comedy Central's Key & Peele sets itself apart from most action comedies in its prologue, in which an adorable grey kitten scampers through the slo-mo crossfire of a bloody warehouse massacre like he's the hero of a John Woo movie. Unlike so many genre parodies of its kind, Keanu actually captures the style of its subject. It only gets more impressive when it mixes in some authentic-looking Michael Mann too.
The cat then runs all the way to Rell (Jordan Peele), a heartbroken layabout who's recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Keanu the kitten brightens up Rell's life considerably, much to the relief of his strait-laced cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key). Their happiness is short-lived when Rell's home is targeted by burglars looking for his drug-dealing neighbour (Will Forte) and they've catnapped the only one who was at home. »
"For some people, it might be a job but for us it was history," Mario Van Peebles said of directing a portion of the new Roots. The New Jack City helmer was speaking to a full DGA Theater during the A+E Networks' panel at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys all-day event on April 10. "If you don't make film that says something or starts a conversation or provokes a conversation, then you are kind of wasting space," he added. Based on Alex Haley's 1976 best selling novel, and… »
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“A limousine joyride goes berserk in this breathless, pulse-pounding thriller. Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and »
- Derek Anderson
“A limousine joyride goes berserk in this breathless, pulse-pounding thriller. Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and into the water by a gang of ruthless kidnappers — who then dive in to finish the job. Suddenly it’s sink or swim, as the bodyguard must fight to keep the vehicle from becoming a watery grave.
This edge-of-your-seat thriller, directed by Steven C. Miller (Silent Night, Under the Bed), also stars Cody Christian (TV’s Teen Wolf), Talulah Riley (Thor: The Dark World), Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The »
- Tamika Jones
Last week on Charlie’s Angels, Hakeem and Camilla took control of Empire with the help of their offscreen white mentor. Meanwhile, Rhonda lost her baby, Andre lost his faith and his prescription pills, and Lucious has been watching way too much New Jack City. 1. Shakespeare (last week: not ranked) Did you know this show... Empire Power Rankings: ‘A Rose By Any Other Name’">Read more » »
- Ira Madison III
Now a bodyguard, Matt (Jonathan Bennett) must save Jessie (Talulah Riley) and her friends when their limo is forced into a body of water by a group of kidnappers. Scream Factory announced that IFC Midnight’s Submerged will debut on Blu-ray and DVD this May:
Press Release: A limousine joyride goes berserk in the breathless, pulse-pounding thriller Submerged. This anxiety-inducing film makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut May 3rd, 2016, from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Fans can pre-order their copies now from ShoutFactory.com.
In Submerged, Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and into the water by a gang of ruthless kidnappers — who then dive in to finish the job. Suddenly it’s sink or swim, as the bodyguard must »
- Tamika Jones
A two-hour online cat-video binge would yield as many “awws” and probably far more laughs than “Keanu,” an initially amusing but fatally overstretched action-comedy that marks a lamer-than-expected big-screen outing for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele following the conclusion last year of their frequently brilliant cable series. Enjoyable for a good 15 minutes or so, mostly due to the scene-stealing powers of the adorable, much-coveted kitty whose name gives the movie its title, this is otherwise a stale, repetitive effort whose one-joke premise — two suburban buddies forced to pass themselves off as gangsters in a grimy underworld where they clearly don’t belong — never achieves comic liftoff, much less the richly subversive dimensions typical of Key and Peele’s best work.
The Warner Bros./New Line release debuted as a “work-in-progress” at SXSW ahead of its planned April 29 release, though it would take more than a few technical tweaks to significantly improve what feels, »
- Justin Chang
Everyone is eagerly anticipating Chris Rock hosting of the 2016 Academy Awards. Given all the racial attention it’s getting, Rock is 100% sure to set the stage on fire and make some seriously controversial jokes. Remember, not one African American was nominated in any of the major categories this year. That has prompted some prominent celebrities to boycott and refuse to attend the country’s biggest movie award ceremony. But that’s not what this article is about. This is about remembering Chris Rock for his greatest acting performance in the history of his entire career. Before Rock blew up the world
- Nat Berman
Scream Factory announced the Blu-ray releases of IFC Midnight's Submerged and Dementia. Details and cover art for both films are available below. Also in this round-up: a new poster for Hardcore Henry, Ballet of Blood distribution news and The Haunted World of CW Season 6 premiere details.
Submerged (2015) A limousine joyride goes berserk in this breathless, pulse-pounding thriller. Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and into the water by a gang of ruthless kidnappers — who then dive in to finish the job. Suddenly it's sink or swim, as the bodyguard must fight »
- Tamika Jones
Blaxploitation films burst onto the scene in 1971 with the huge success of Gordon Park’s Shaft. By 1972, audiences were clamoring for more, and filmmakers and studios were keen to jump on the bandwagon. While most of the majors were focusing on the Shaft formula of hot chicks and cool Dicks, American International Pictures saw a void that no one had filled yet: the black horror film. And so, with as little money as they usually invested, they sent forth into the world Blacula (1972), and wouldn’t you know it? Audiences loved it.
Just don’t call it Blaxploitation—because it isn’t. Blacula, surprisingly, showcases little of the developing tropes already established by Shaft. There is no "jive" talk, no gratuitous nudity or overwhelming violence. And I say "surprisingly", because it would have been so easy (not to mention profitable) to follow the formula set in motion by Shaft, Superfly, »
- Scott Drebit
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