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The late 80s and 90s heralded a breakthrough led by Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood. At first, Hollywood embraced this wave of talent, then it ignored it. Now, in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, black film is rising again
‘Black film properties may be to the 90s what the carphone was to the 80s; every studio executive has to have one,” wrote the New York Times magazine in the summer of 1991. It’s a comment that speaks volumes about both a cultural moment and its transience. The piece was titled They’ve Gotta Have Us, referring to Spike Lee’s 1986 breakthrough movie She’s Gotta Have It. The group portrait on the cover brought together an impressive collection of young, black film-makers – what has been labelled “the class of 91”. Lee was head boy, of course. By that time he was well »
- Steve Rose
Netflix has ordered Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It (The 1st Spike Lee Joint Feature Film) to series. The 10-episode series is a contemporary update of Spike Lee's revolutionary debut independent film. She's Gotta Have It centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers. Her three lovers are The Cultured Model, Greer Childs, The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.
Spike Lee is directing the entire series and serves as creator and executive producer along with his producer wife Tonya Lewis Lee, who will also executive produce. She's Gotta Have It is produced by Netflix. Here's what Spike Lee had to say in his statement, which features its own unique punctuation.
"She's Gotta Have It Has A Very Special Place In My Heart. »
These days there’s often more excitement and chatter around casting rumours and announcements than the actual movies that result from them. As soon as a new title is announced, fans are quick to start discussion the ideal actors for the roles, and more often than not the real casting announcements cause a lot of disquiet.
Quite often, unexpected casting decisions work well: no one would have picked former Aussie soap heartthrob Heath Ledger as the perfect Joker, for example, but that’s precisely what he turned out to be. Those offbeat casting choices appear to have increasing currency, so studios seek more and more of them in an effort to look better (it doesn’t always pay off quite so well as Ledger did).
For every surprise decision that works, there are plenty more that fall flat. And then there’s a the shiningthird category: the surprising, »
- David Fox
History is often told through the perspective of those who are in power. So much of what is written erases the experiences of those who are marginalized in society. With his arresting and groundbreaking novel, “Double Play”; Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion gave the world a unique view into the island of Curaçao and its culture. Nearly 45 years after the novel was first published, acclaimed Director Ernest Dickerson (“Juice”, “The Wire”, “The Walking Dead”) and Executive Producer Lisa Cortes (“Precious”) are bringing this story to the big screen. Using Curaçao not only as a backdrop for the story, but also weaving its traditions throughout this exquisite tale, »
- Aramide A Tinubu
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