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Madrid – Denzel Washington will receive a career achievement 2014 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at September’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.
Sony Pictures’ big-screen redo of the ‘80s hit TV show, with Washington playing McCall, a hero who helps the hopelessly helpless, “The Equalizer” is already being talked up as a potential awards contender, though it will not be seen until it world premieres at the Toronto Festival where, on paper at least it weighs in as on of the festival’s highlights and commercial heavyweights.
Oscar talk is a reflection, however, of the kudos trawl for “Training Day,” the first teaming of Fuqua and Washington which earned the U.S. actor his second Academy Award after a supporting actor nod for »
- John Hopewell
It would be difficult to determine in which domain Nat Hentoff, premiere jazz critic and highly controversial First Amendment rights champion, contributed more to the public consciousness. Documentarian David L. Lewis makes no attempt to do so in “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” cavalierly swinging back and forth between Hentoff’s musical and political activism, much as Hentoff himself did. Stooped at almost 90 but feisty and humor-filled as ever, Hentoff presides over a film rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins.
Controversy-seeking yet affably mild-mannered, Hentoff thoroughly sticks to his beliefs with an iconoclasm that has nothing to do with political correctness. The fact that he started writing out of a passionate commitment to jazz artists gave his writing an immediacy and engagement that, when coupled with his intellectual acuity, gifted jazz »
- Ronnie Scheib
Cities with active repertory theaters offer options for constructing cross-town do-it-yourself double-features, and a chance this Sunday to follow Malcolm X at BAMcinématek’s Spike Lee retro with Dinesh D’Souza’s America: Imagine the World Without Her seemed too dialectically productive to pass up. The connecting common component turned out to be a compact Malcolm soundbite (“We don’t see any American Dream. We’ve experienced only the American Nightmare!”), recited by Denzel Washington at the end of a longer peroration in Lee’s opening credits and presented as a stand-alone snippet from the real Malcolm in D’Souza’s film. It’s no surprise America ditches the […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Yes, another day, another anniversary. But this one is quite noteworthy. Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" turns 25 on Monday. It is a film I first saw when I was young, but I wasn't at all ready for it. I saw it again in film school and noticed I had grown with it, but it still whipped up complex feelings (as only the best films can). I've revisited it a number of times over the years and come to cherish it as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever conjured, but the Academy frankly seemed like it was holding its nose just to give it the two nominations it received a quarter century ago. Kim Basinger had the right idea when the night of the Oscars came. "The best film of the year is not even nominated [for Best Picture] and it's 'Do the Right Thing,'" the "Batman" star said, »
- Kristopher Tapley
This life came so close to never happening.
Spike Lee, as prolific as he is, has relatively few of his films on blu-ray. Films older than the medium that aren't bona fide hits/classics like Malcolm X (1992) or Do the Right Thing (1989), are only now being released in two-film sets. The first and ludicrously better-received pair is 25th Hour (2002) and He Got Game (1998). Both films depict characters on the cusp of major, life-altering events struggling to find trust and safety. For those viewers who know Lee from the bombast and socio-political persona would do well to refresh their impressions of the man with these two films. They are deeply thoughtful, socially aware, and emotional stories presented in a fresh manner with a great visual style.
- Jason Ratigan
Could you imagine if this had actually happened in multiple categories including Best Picture, instead of Oscar embracing Driving Miss Daisy's retrograde race relations?
Imagine the 1989 Oscars with 'Spike Lee Joint' fever instead of a just two nominations (Supporting Actor and Screenplay) because they had to give it up somewhere for the critical darling.
Imagine Rosie Perez dancing furiously to all the Best Original Song nominees !!! Fight the power, Rosie.
Think of the after-effects with Hollywood's most coveted prize going to a black film twenty-four years before 12 Years a Slave (2013).
See Malcolm X ride high in 1992 due to Spike Lee momentum and Denzel Washington clearing Oscar #2 long before Training Day and blocking Al Pacino's "hoo-ah"! (Pfeiffer would also have an Oscar, come to think of it)
Kim Basinger wouldn't have had any snub to get all righteously indignant about as she introduced one of the Best Picture nominees. Or »
- NATHANIEL R
Although Spike Lee has made it clear from the start that his Kickstarter-funded “blood addiction” drama “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” isn’t a remake of 1972’s blaxploitation “Blacula,” it turns out that the closely guarded project is in fact a remake — at times scene for scene and shot for shot — of “Ganja and Hess,” playwright and filmmaker Bill Gunn’s landmark 1973 indie that used vampirism as an ingenious metaphor for black assimilation, white cultural imperialism and the hypocrisies of organized religion. Four decades on, “Ganja” still packs a primal punch, whereas Lee’s version serves as a gory yet oddly bloodless affair that’s been made with a lot of craft and energy but ultimately little sense of purpose. Lee’s name assures a certain amount of exposure for this hybrid arthouse/grindhouse attraction, but not that much more than his recent, far superior “Red Hook Summer.”
Coming on »
- Scott Foundas
Bracey portrays an FBI agent who goes undercover with a ruthless criminal gang in order to bring down their organisation from the inside.
Lindo will be playing Johnny Utah's FBI instructor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gerard Butler had been attached to the project, but negotiations broke down in May.
Watch a trailer for the original Point Break below: »
With a filmography that includes roles in movies such as Cry Freedom, Malcolm X, and Philadelphia, few were surprised when Denzel Washington picked up an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 2001′s Training Day. Many, however, were excited to hear that the next project of Washington would see him team up once again with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. Titled The Equalizer, Fuqua directs from a screenplay by Richard Wenk, and Washington stars alongside Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, and Haley Bennett. A new trailer for the film, which is based on the 80s tv show, has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Iconic actress Ruby Dee died yesterday at age 91 in her home at New Rochelle, New York. For a comprehensive overview of her life and work, start with Sarah Halzack’s obituary in the Washington Post. Her achievements on stage, TV and movie screens were inseparable from her political work alongside late husband Ossie Davis. The couple were famously friends with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., and politics were a non-negotiable constant in their lives. “We believe in honesty,” Davis explained in 1988. “We believe in simplicity. We believe in a good breakfast when we can get it. We […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Award-winning star of stage and screen and noted civil rights activist Ruby Dee died at her home in New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday. She was 91. She died of natural causes, according to her representative Michael Livingston, as reported by CNN and other news outlets. Born in Cleveland in October 27, 1922 and raised in Harlem, Dee appeared in several Broadway plays in the '40s before her big screen breakthrough in 1950's "The Jackie Robinson Story," and she continued to appear in films, on TV and on stage in a career which lasted nearly 70 years. Often appearing alongside her husband Ossie Davis, Dee drew acclaim in films such as 1957's "Edge of the City" and 1961's "A Raisin in the Sun" (both opposite Sidney Poitier) and played a small but pivotal role in Spike Lee's quintessential 1989 film "Do the Right Thing." She also co-starred in ABC's 1994 adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand. »
- Dave Lewis
Ruby Dee has died at the age of 91.
Dee - an actress, writer and poet and civil rights activist - passed away on Wednesday (June 11) at her home in New Rochelle, New York, with family members at her side.
Ruby Dee dies aged 91 - tributes to the actress and campaigner
Born in Ohio and raised in New York, Dee's acting career began on Broadway.
Dee won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, SAG and Drama Desk awards during a career which spanned eight decades, and was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild in the year 2000 along with her second husband Ossie Davis. »
Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio, television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told the Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home in New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night. Dee, who frequently acted alongside her husband of 56 years, Ossie Davis, was surrounded by family and friends, she added. Dee's long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film American Gangster. She also won an Emmy and was nominated for several others. »
- Associated Press
Ruby Dee -- one of the legendary actresses in Hollywood and on Broadway -- died Wednesday night ... TMZ has learned.Ruby was at home in New Rochelle, NY ... surrounded by family when she passed away ... according to sources connected to the family. A rep confirmed the death.Ruby was a pioneer for African-American women in Hollywood ... and is perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1960s film "A Raisin in the Sun »
- TMZ Staff
Oscar-nominated actress and longtime activist Ruby Dee has died. She was 91.
Dee was a fixture of stage and screen throughout her decades-long career, including her iconic work as Ruth Younger in the 1959 Broadway play "A Raisin in the Sun," in which she starred opposite Sidney Poitier. She later reprised her role for the 1961 film adaptation, which earned her a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Her one and only Oscar nomination came late in her career, when she received a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her work in 2007's "American Gangster" at age 83. Dee was nominated for multiple Emmy awards, taking home a statuette in 1991; shared a Grammy with her late husband and fellow actor, Ossie Davis; and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000.
But her offscreen work in the civil rights movement also earned her attention and admiration. A friend »
- Katie Roberts
Actress and pioneer of the civil rights movement Ruby Dee died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.
Ruby Dee Dies
Dee began her lengthy career on the stage, working steadily on Broadway during the 40s. She appeared in 12 shows during the decade, including South Pacific (1943), Walk Hard (1944), Arsenic and Old Lace (1946) and John Loves Mary (1946).
The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950 was Dee’s breakout film, in which she played Rae Robinson. She went on to play Ruth Younger in the A Raisin in the Sun movie, and appear in a number of other films, including Edge of the City, Gone Are the Days , The Incident and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. She received an Oscar nomination for her work in 2007’s American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington.
Dee was also a constant presence on the small screen, making appearances on a number of TV series. »
The civil rights drama Selma is already shooting down in Georgia, and Oprah Winfrey is producing the film that follows the historic 1965 voting rights campaign sparked by Martin Luther King Jr. The cast was just expanded with Tim Roth taking the role of Governor George Wallace, and now The Wrap reports Winfrey herself also has a role in the film. The television giant and Oscar nominee will be playing Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by Sheriff Jim Clark (played by Stan Houston). Cooper became one of the more prominent leaders amongst the civil rights protesters. The rest of the cast includes David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Carem Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon B. Johnson, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Fred Gray, Common as James Bevel, Wendell Pierce as Reverend Hosea Williams, Stephen James as John Lewis, »
- Ethan Anderton
Family, friends and famous admirers including first lady Michelle Obama, former president Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey gathered Saturday in North Carolina and paid tribute to poet, orator and sage Maya Angelou. Angelou was honored as a renaissance figure and one of the 20th century's most famous black writers at the private memorial service at Winston-Salem's Wake Forest University, where she taught since 1982. Angelou died on May 28 at the age of 86 after a remarkable life with important roles in civil rights and the arts. The funeral program includes tributes from Clinton and Winfrey and a eulogy to be given by the first lady. »
- Associated Press
He may have only had a few brief encounters with her, including the time she visited him in prison -- but Mike Tyson says Maya Angelou had a profound impact on his life ... and he'll always be grateful. After learning of Angelou's death, Tyson told TMZ Sports ... "We lost one of the greatest constellations to the human universe.""I had the pleasure to meet Ms. Angelou on a few occasions and each time was very enlightening. »
- TMZ Staff
Hillel Italie, Associated Press
New York (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.
"I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out."
Her story awed millions. The young single mother who worked at strip clubs to earn a living later danced and sang on stages around the world. A black woman born poor wrote and recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history. A childhood victim of rape, shamed into silence, eventually told her story through one of the most widely read memoirs of the past few decades.
Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of »
- The Associated Press
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