12 items from 2012
It's great to see that Mantan Moreland's spirit is alive and well, and living in Hollywood. I thought bug-eyed black dudes terrified by ghosts was a racial stereotype and cliché that was buried long ago, but we can thank Marlon Wayans for making it acceptable to laugh at this spook-a-ninny imagery once again! Damon Wayans gave us Bamboozled! Now, his brother gives us A Haunted House! Which goes to prove that African-Americans running away from haints with a goofy look on their face is timelessly hilarious. And just in time for Halloween, too. Our buddies over at Black Film have debuted a hi-res photo gallery for this spoof of found footage movies, mostly pulling from the Paranormal Activity franchise. Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson, and David Koechner round out the top shelf cast. Check it out as the gang conjures the Ghostbusters back from the spirit realm. »
An event I'd definitely attend if I lived in San Francisco. Join editor Sam Pollard—Jungle Fever (1991), Juice (1992), 4 Little Girls (1997), Bamboozled (2000), 25th Hour (2002), When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)—for an in-depth discussion on the art of editing. This class is part of the Film Society’s Behind the Scenes series presented in partnership with Bam/Pfa with major support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Masterclass takes place on Friday, November 2, from 1pm - 3pm (a whole 2 hours), at FilmHouse, 1426 Fillmore Street, Suite 300; tickets are $25 for Sffs members, and $30 general public. For tickets click »
- Tambay A. Obenson
My Twitter feed informed me today that my current obsession, the music video to “Gangnam Style” by Korean pop singer Psy, has passed 100 million hits on YouTube. The cool kids love it. The masses love it.
Even Batman loves it.
So I was taken aback when a friend of mine went on a Facebook rant complaining about it. He’s Korean-American, and he not only hated the video, but everyone who liked it. If I’m understanding him correctly, he thought it was over-produced, hook-heavy, and reflected badly on the Korean music scene.
I felt as if I was being inadvertently racist. The things he slammed were the things I loved. Too many cuts? Impossible. Ridiculous imagery? That’s my favorite part. I have no idea what they’re saying, but I love the way they’re saying it.
Also, I love the guy in the yellow suit.
Is my »
- Martha Thomases
Music is just as important as other cinematic elements in a Spike Lee Joint, and Bruce Hornsby (famous for the 1986 hit "The Way It Is") is the man behind much of the music. He's scored several of Lee's movies, including "Clockers," "Bamboozled" and the director's latest, "Red Hook Summer."
If you've ever wondered how a Lee film gets that unique sound, Hornsby breaks it down for you in an exclusive interview with MTV Hive. While the creative process for each film is different, Hornsby scored "Red Hook Summer" on the road, before he saw any of the movie.
"I was on the road for a month-and-a-half. [Laughs.] But he kept calling me and saying 'Hey, can you send me something? You got any ideas?'" Hornsby told MTV Hive. "Spike told me he likes melodic music, so I had some vague marching orders there. At least I knew where I should go. »
- Laura Rosenfeld
Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, 25th Hour) returns next month with Red Hook Summer, his first feature since 2008’s Miracle at St. Anna. The first trailer landed last month, and now Variance Films have released ten new images from the film.
Written and directed by Lee, the film stars newcomer Jules Brown as Flik Royale, alongside Clarke Peters (The Wire), Nate Parker (Red Tails), Toni Lysaith, James Ransone (How to Make it in America), and Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Bamboozled).
“The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn anthology–which also includes “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), “Do The Right Thing” (1989), “Crooklyn” (1994), “Clockers” (1995), and “He Got Game” (1998)–Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook. »
- Kenji Lloyd
On a weekend where record temperatures were being recorded in New York City, and elsewhere in the U.S., it's appropriate that two of the best films in theaters, "Magic Mike" and "Take This Waltz," both revolve around long, hot summers. And it's doubly appropriate that Saturday also marked the anniversary of perhaps the definitive heatwave movie: Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing." Of course, Lee's masterpiece isn't just a look at Brooklyn over a boiling hot summer day, it's also one of the greatest American films in the history of the medium, one whose critical reputation has only grown since Kim Basinger's protestation on stage at the Oscars the following year that it was the best film of 1989, and yet hadn't been nominated (although Danny Aiello got a nod, as did Lee's screenplay).
Set on the hottest day of the summer, the film stars Lee himself as Mookie, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Bust out the rust pants suit, because Black Dynamite is about to explode on the scene in 1970s Los Angeles. Black Dynamite, the new 30-minute animated series, will premiere on Sunday, July 15th, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. (Et/Pt) on Adult Swim. From Adult Swim Based on 2009.s critically-acclaimed feature film, the Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of the central character, Black Dynamite, and his crew. Under the direction of Carl Jones (The Boondocks), the series features the voice talent of Michael Jai White (For Better or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Married?), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color, Bamboozled), Kym Whitley (The Cleveland Show, Brian McKnight Show), and Byron Minns (Mongo »
- April MacIntyre
Yes even Adult Swim joined the upfronts fray last week, and has now announced its forthcoming programming for 2012-2013. Back for more of what they do best are favorites Robot Chicken, Ntsf:sd:suv, and Children’s Hospital, along with newcomer Newsreaders, an animated Harold and Kumar, and the return of Toonami.
Adult Swim Announces Largest Programming Schedule Ever for 2012-13 Basic Cable’s #1 Network In Total Day With Adults 18-34 and 18-49 Offers Up 9 New Series/Specials, 8 Pilots and 10 Returning Series. Childrens Hospital Spin-off Newsreaders and Animated Harold & Kumar Make The List, Fan Favorite Toonami Returns to Saturday Nights
Adult Swim, basic cable’s #1 network with young adults for seven consecutive years, sets out to “control” the night by announcing a slate of new and returning programming at its annual Upfront presentation in New York City. Hours before their annual event featuring a scheduled performance by Grammy Award-winning rap artist T.I., »
- Erin Willard
Controversy magnet – and two-time Oscar-nominated pioneer filmmaker – Spike Lee’s latest “joint,” Red Hook Summer, is yet another Brooklyn-based tale to join the ranks of classic Lee works like She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing and Crooklyn, among others. Not so shockingly, studios have been apprehensive about picking up the movie since its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Variance Films have now worked out a deal with Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks to distribute Red Hook Summer in theaters around the U.S., beginning this August. Read on for a summary of the film, which marks the first occasion that Lee has directed from his own, solely-produced original script since Bamboozled in 2000.
According to Deadline:
‘Red Hook Summer’ focuses on a sullen young boy, Flik Royale. He hails ...
- Sandy Schaefer
I’m not excited whatsoever for Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. Not because I dislike Madonna or think that she’ll do a bad job; on the contrary, I’m sure she’ll play the hits and bring out A-list special guests galore and make a giant entertaining spectacle and it’ll all be completely polished and well-done. The only problem is, there’s nothing memorable or transcendent about ‘good’ Super Bowl Halftime Shows. Prince and Bruce Springsteen each did about as well as a Super Bowl performer could possibly aim for, and both performances still boiled down to just 12 pretty good minutes from musicians whose fans have assuredly seen them do far better 2-3 hour concerts on other occasions. The biggest standout moment was still Springsteen sliding into the camera. The only time we remember a Super Bowl Halftime Show is when it is memorably bad. That is to say, »
- Dan Hopper
Even when I don't love a Spike Lee movie, I'm always happy to go see a new Spike Lee movie, and hope springs eternal. I didn't make it to the premiere of "Red Hook Summer" at the Eccles, and when I saw some truly venomous reactions to the film appear on Twitter afterwards, I got worried. There are Lee films that I adore without reservation, like "Do The Right Thing" or "The 25th Hour" or "He Got Game," and there are Lee films where I enjoy them but recognize they're uneven like "Clockers" or "Bamboozled" or "Mo Better Blues." But there »
Spike Lee's best movies are always polarizing. Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Bamboozled; Lee has built his reputation on provocative, controversial cinema. In that regard at least, Lee's new film, Red Hook Summer, finds the director in fine form. It divided the Park City crowd, and then Lee himself took the stage for a Q&A that got them really riled up. »
- Matt Singer
12 items from 2012
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