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You'll probably find a number of stories floating around the next few days about David Fincher's Se7en, and with good reason. It was 20 years ago this week that the haunting thriller found its way into theaters. In the years since then, the movie has garnered cult status, and as a result we've gotten to hear numerous fun behind-the-scenes stories about the film. For example, did you know that there was a developing version of the feature that had Denzel Washington in mind for one of the leads? Yahoo! has published a list of interesting bits of trivia about Se7en, and included among them is the tidbit that the star of Malcolm X, Philadelphia, and Glory was originally eyed for the part of Detective Mills in the movie - the role that would eventually go on to belong to Brad Pitt. That version of the film was much different »
Formed in 1966, the group remains misunderstood and poorly represented – especially on film. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution tries to sort the fact from fiction
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded in Oakland, California, in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton, two activists with southern roots who had both been involved with the civil rights movement. The pair’s political leanings allied more with the militancy of Malcolm X than the nonviolent methods of Martin Luther King, and a central pillar of their ideology, outlined in an ambitious 10-point program, was the necessity for their community to defend itself, bearing arms, against harassment and brutality by the city’s predominantly white police force.
Though the Panthers launched as a local concern, chapters soon sprang up nationwide against the backdrop of the era’s burgeoning countercultural politics (Vietnam, the student movement); a global confluence of anti-colonial movements »
- Ashley Clark
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.
All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”
Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won »
- Michelle McCue
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.” Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in »
When it comes to the Oscar race, there.s always going to be debate. Should Dances With Wolves really have beat out Goodfellas? Should Al Pacino really have won for Scent of a Woman over both Denzel Washington in Malcolm X and Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven? One of the most questionable choices was Crash, which walked away with Best Picture at the 78th Annual Academy Awards. Almost no one, including the director, thinks it should have won. Talking to HitFix about the upcoming HBO drama, Show Me a Hero, which he directed, Crash helmer Paul Haggis talked about the controversy surrounding the choice. He said: Was it the best film of the year? I don.t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. Ang Lee.s Brokeback Mountain, great film. And Spielberg.s Munich. I mean please, what a »
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Don’t be fooled by the stereotypes you may have heard about retirement: For ex-nfl players, it isn’t all about golf courses, Bingo Nights and vacation homes in Miami.
Well, actually, the Miami part is true.
But for retired Miami Dolphins linebacker Spencer Strasmore — the protagonist of HBO’s sports comedy Ballers, played by San Andreas‘ Dwayne Johnson — his post-pro football life isn’t quite what he imagined. Despite living in a beautiful Florida home, with a gorgeous woman on his arm, Spencer’s new career as a financial consultant to the current NFL stars isn’t fulfilling him. »
Further details of Spike Lee’s involvement in the upcoming NBA 2K16 game have been released, and he looks set to have a hand in one of the most unique career modes ever seen in any sports-gaming franchise.
The New York Knicks’ most famous (and outspoken) fan – and director of such lauded films as He Got Game, Malcolm X and Jungle Fever – has been recruited to write the narrative of 2K’s pioneering MyCareer mode, potentially revolutionising the way such game modes work.
Last year’s instalment saw the inclusion of a rival, as well as interactive backstage conversations with teammates, coaches, general managers and agents, but the actual storyline was fairly thin on the ground. If Lee’s track record is anything to go by, 2K16 should see a darker, grittier narrative, one potentially concerning the pitfalls of fame, money, and all the trappings that come »
- Jack G King
With the possible exception of the Black Panther, no other black franchise has garnered as much “it’s going to be a major movie or TV show” hype within the fan rumor mill than Static Shock. Finally the Black Panther is going to happen. As for Static Shock … kinda.
In 2018 the Black Panther movie will be released from what is now the best superhero moviemaker bar none, Marvel Studios. Static will make his way to the Internet as part of Warner Bros’ Digital arm later this year.
I find that rather disappointing.
More than any other black property, Static pretty much already owns the Internet. The massive amount of love Static has on the net is nothing short of extraordinary. In the 22 years since Static burst on the scene the admiration for the character has only grown and at no point shows signs of waiving.
That’s simply remarkable and »
- Michael Davis
Famed filmmaker Spike Lee spoke pointedly about the Black Lives Matter movement at Canadian Music Week in Toronto on Saturday, May 9, where he was the keynote interview. Following a fun and informational chat during which Lee recounted Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan stories, gave advice to filmmakers and shared his disappointment in knowing that young people might watch Malcolm X for the first time on a tiny cellphone screen, came a Q&A portion and one poignant query from an audience member named Tyrone. “I wanted to know your views on the growing violence in America from police and what
- Karen Bliss
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, has become one of the fastest growing and buzzworthy Chicago film festivals in recent years. Combining film, tribute events and live performances – and centered in and around the neighborhood of Wicker Park from April 16th through the 19th, 2015, – CIMMfest is not so much a festival as a organic happening.
The 2015 edition of CIMMfest is bigger, bolder and lights up with star power. Besides some of the highlights listed below, there is a jam-packed variety of films, music and events from April 16th through the 19th. For more information, including purchasing passes, click here.
CIMMfest Highlights: The Movies…
Photo credit: CIMMfest
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock ‘n’ Roll
Thursday, April 16th, 7pm, The Logan Theater, 2546 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
During the Vietnam War, Cambodian musicians crafted a sound from the various rock music styles sweeping America, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It's been awhile since writer and director Spike Lee had a film that wowed me. Though I'd call myself a fan of Lee's previous efforts such as Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, School Daze and The 25th Hour, his recent efforts just haven't measured up to his potential. In fact, I would say that the last great film Lee made was Inside Man back in 2006. But his next project sounds promising as The Wrap reports Amazon Studios has picked up Lee's next drama called Chiraq. And right now Lee is hoping to land Samuel L. Jackson, Common, Jeremy Piven and rapper Kanye West for the ensemble cast. So what's the new film about? Well, the title refers to a nickname that his been given to the city of Chicago due to the level of corruption and gun violence that continues to rise in the Windy City. If that's still too subtle for you, »
- Ethan Anderton
I have a terrible confession to make. It’s really bad — the kind of thing that will forever tarnish me in your eyes. Are you ready? Oh God, oh God, here I go … I love biopics. Love them. I love the way they marry escapist gloss with Hollywoodized history, combining atmosphere with ennoblement. I love the sanitized, simplified, often fictionalized life lessons. I love the star turns — Leonardo DiCaprio Is Howard Hughes! Denzel Washington Is Malcolm X! Helen Mirren Is Queen Elizabeth! Daniel Day-Lewis Is Abraham Lincoln! Robert Downey Jr. Is Charlie Chaplin! Meryl Streep Is Margaret Thatcher! Morgan Freeman Is Nelson Mandela! Anthony Hopkins Is Richard Nixon! Gary Oldman Is Ludwig Van Beethoven! Will Smith Is Muhammad Ali! I love the gorgeous cinematography and rousing scores. (Biopics almost always have gorgeous cinematography and rousing scores.) I love the fluff pieces on how this or that actor or »
- Bilge Ebiri
Beginning Friday, Spike Lee's crowd-funded love story about immortal blood addicts, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, unspools in select theaters. Lee, who wrote, produced, and directed the film, spoke with Vulture about the movies, books, and people that have influenced his latest joint, as well as his career as a whole.The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley Every year, I go back and reread The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley. I was in seventh or eighth grade in Rothschild Junior High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York — we had to read that, and that book changed my life. At that time, I had no idea what I wanted to do, let alone be a filmmaker. But I was blessed to get to do [Malcolm X] with the great, great Denzel Washington, who gave one of the greatest performances of all time. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
America is awakening from the fantasy of living in a post-racial society despite the leadership of a black president. This current racial landscape is crucial to understanding the attitudes and addictions in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Many African Americans are angry, thirsty for blood, or have coped with hardships through destructive habits. The pastor’s message in a black Baptist church is timely and resonates emotionally. “Put down that 22, put down the 38, put down your 45! Oh, glory to God lift up your Bible and put down that oozie! You don’t need no Ak 47, you need Romans 8:21,” he howls.
It feels cold: an exhausting insatiable desire; like a vampire’s thirst for blood, addiction is unsatisfying. No amount of sex, drugs or violence can kill the inner beast and satisfy the need for redemption. For all the gruesome blood on display in the blaxploitation vampire flick, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, »
- Josh Cabrita
Ilyasah Shabazz -- daughter of civil rights leader Malcolm X -- believes people of all races can freely drop n-bombs in public ... as long as black artists keep using it. Shabazz was outside Spago when she made the comment -- which many will find surprising considering her father's history. Watch, she also takes hip-hop to task for how frequently the n-word is used. It's a far cry from "by any means necessary" ... but extremely thought provoking. »
- TMZ Staff
Spike Lee and I go back a long way, to "She's Gotta Gave It." I've interviewed him many times, from Cannes for "Do the Right Thing (he was robbed!) and on the set of "Malcolm X" to talking on a Sunset hotel roof about "The 25th Hour," based on the novel by David Benioff. We've had our dust-ups over the years too, which may be why we settle right in for this interview at the studio of photographer Daniel Bergeron, who shot a fabulous portrait of Lee for Indiewire. We cover a lot of ground, from what being an independent meant when he started and what it means now, his changing relationship with the studios, his comments to Ava DuVernay on "Selma"'s Oscar nominations, to his love of documentaries and some projects he did not get to make. He thanks his children for clueing him into social media, which »
- Anne Thompson
Book and author spotlight: X, A Novel Author Ilyasah Shabazz Book Signing, Feb. 6 in Los Angeles. Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of famed civil rights activist Malcolm X, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination with an appearance at Loyola Law School where she will discuss her father’s life and sign copies of her new book entitled X, A Novel, Friday, February 6, 2015 at 12 pm. The event will be attended by Loyola students, faculty and community leaders. BackgroundMalcolm X was assassinated at the age of 39 by three gunmen at point blank range on the evening of February […] »
- April Neale
When the Oscars snubbed David Oyelowo for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, critics were up in arms. But Oyelowo says it's just part of Hollywood's long legacy of ignoring black actors in strong roles, pointing to Denzel Washington not winning for Malcolm X back in 1992. "We've just got to come to the point whereby there isn't a self-fulfilling prophecy, a notion of who black people are that feeds into what we are celebrated as. Not just in the Academy - just in life generally," he told the crowd at the Virtuoso Awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Sunday. »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
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