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‘Superfly’ Set to Open American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach

‘Superfly’ Set to Open American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach
The 2018 American Black Film Festival will open with the premiere screening of “Superfly” on June 13 at the Fillmore Theater in Miami Beach, Fla., Variety has learned exclusively.

Sony Pictures is opening the title nationwide on the same date to get a two-day jump on Disney and Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”

Superfly” is directed by Director X in his feature film debut from Alex Tse’s script. It stars Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Jennifer Morrison.
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Film News Roundup: Sony Opening Crime Thriller ‘Superfly’ Two Days Earlier

Film News Roundup: Sony Opening Crime Thriller ‘Superfly’ Two Days Earlier
In today’s film news roundup, “Superfly” moves up two days, Mick Fleetwood’s grandson gets cast and George Takei receives a film festival honor.

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Sony Pictures has moved up the opening of its crime thriller “Superfly” by two days to June 13, a Wednesday — giving the title a two-day head start on Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”

Sony made the move Friday, a day after early tracking on “Incredibles 2” indicated an opening weekend of at least $140 million in North America. Early tracking for “Superfly” indicated an opening in the $10 million range.

Superfly” is directed by Director X in his feature film debut and stars Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Jennifer Morrison. Unaided awareness on “Superfly” is at 4% with total awareness at 42% and “definite interest” at 33%.

The original 1972 “Super Fly” starred Ron O’Neal as a cocaine dealer who is trying
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‘Mudbound’s’ Morrison Uses Still Photography Skills

‘Mudbound’s’ Morrison Uses Still Photography Skills
Dp Rachel Morrison’s rich, naturalistic imagery lends “Mudbound” a palpable sense of time and place: post-war Mississippi. Her peers in the Academy and at the American Society of Cinematographers recognized her work with nominations. For Morrison, in many ways it was the closing of a circle: The iconic 1930s and ’40s imagery of Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks and Arthur Rothstein and other Farm Security Administration photographers first piqued her interest in childhood, and those same images served as an important reference and inspiration on “Mudbound.”

“It’s incredibly fitting,” she says. “I have the Fsa photographers to thank for getting me into photography, and now I have them to thank for helping me land in this historic position. What was achieved through documentary photography is a real testament to the power of imagery. Those photographs changed the landscape of the government moving forward. They taught me that photography can distill the human spirit, capture human emotion
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3 Generations of Shaft Unite as Son of Shaft Begins Production

Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher marked the beginning of production on the Shaft movie series reboot with an on-set photo. Roundtree, of course, originated the role of Detective John Shaft with Shaft in 1971 with legendary director Gordon Parks at the helm. The success of the film led Roundtree to reprise the character in two feature films – Shaft’s Big Score! in 1972 and Shaft in Africa in 1974 – and in-between he transitioned to a Shaft TV series that ran for seven episodes in 1973 and 1974 on CBS.
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Oscars 2018: 6 Craft Snubs We Don’t Want to See on Nominations Morning

Oscars 2018: 6 Craft Snubs We Don’t Want to See on Nominations Morning
With “The Shape of Water,” Blade Runner 2049,” and “Dunkirk” likely to dominate the Oscar craft nominations next week, that could be bad news for such below-the-line contenders as “Darkest Hour,” “Mudbound,” “Phantom Thread,” and “The Post,” let alone “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

That means plenty of surprises and snubs (not even frontrunners are immune), so here’s a look at six potential snubs that we definitely don’t want to see on January 23:

Rachel Morrison, Cinematography (“Mudbound”)

After earning the first Asc feature nomination for a woman, Rachel Morrison could make Oscar history as well with the cinematography branch. That would be a long overdue gender breakthrough, and the timing couldn’t be better, with the Academy striving for greater diversity and the emergence of the #metoo and #timesup movements. However, her nomination is not a lock with Oscar-winner Janusz Kaminski (“The Post
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‘Mudbound’: Rachel Morrison’s Cinematography Could Change Oscar History

‘Mudbound’: Rachel Morrison’s Cinematography Could Change Oscar History
With “Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison became the first female cinematographer to earn an Asc feature nomination. Her unique period look could also make her the first woman to receive an Oscar cinematography nomination. That would be special, given the subject matter of Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” which explores the black and white the struggle for the American Dream on the Mississippi Delta of the 1940s.

And in visualizing the contrasts between the black and white family living and working on the same farm, the co-mingling of love and hate, Morrison achieved a poetic beauty that unites them. And for that, she truly deserves the Oscar nomination.

Visualizing the Racial Divide

“The power dynamic is real and that doesn’t ever quite change,” said Morrison, whose next movie is Marvel’s “Black Panther.” “It’s about the layers of different power: men over women, white over black, but, above all else, there’s
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Regina Hall to Co-Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel With Samuel L. Jackson (Exclusive)

Regina Hall to Co-Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel With Samuel L. Jackson (Exclusive)
Regina Hall has joined the cast of New Line’s latest installment in the “Shaft” franchise opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher, sources tell Variety.

Hall will play a former love interest of John Shaft and the younger Shaft’s mother. Alexandra Shipp and the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, are also on board.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Barris and John Davis are producing. Marc Fischer and Ira Napoliello are exec producing.

The movie follows Usher, a nerdy FBI agent who, after his friend dies under suspicious circumstances, launches his own investigation, reluctantly enlisting help from his estranged father — the legendary, stuck-in-the-’80s-but-still-cool John Shaft.

MGM’s 1971 blaxploitation film was based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel and directed by Gordon Parks. John Shaft was portrayed by Roundtree, who navigates mob neighborhoods in New York City to find a mobster’s missing daughter.

The film was
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Spread Some Holiday Cheer: Make a Film Foundation

Spread Some Holiday Cheer: Make a Film Foundation
Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions, helping them to create short film legacies by teaming them with noted actors, directors, and writers. The art of filmmaking is not only healing and therapeutic but also offers hope and builds self-esteem.

Young people facing illness and long-term hospitalization naturally feel marginalized from the world. Many spend vast amounts of time watching television, experiencing realities they may never share.

The Make a Film Foundation provides an opportunity for young people to use the media as a powerful tool for self-expression and communication by creating five-minute film legacies. Pairing participants with noted directors, writers, actors and producer mentors, we provide them with the tools, resources, and guidance to reclaim the media and give them a voice.

Founded by Tamika Lamison, a Virginia native who graduated from The American University with a BA in Performing Arts
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Super Fly remake in development at Sony

Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures is developing a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic Super Fly, tapping Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse to pen the script.

Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. (the son of Gordon Parks, director of Shaft), Super Fly saw Ron O’Neal as Priest Youngblood, a cocaine dealer looking for one final major score before retiring. O’Neal was joined in the cast by Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris and Charles McGregor, while the film is also notable for its score by Curtis Mayfield, with the soundtrack outgrossing the film’s box office earnings.

Joel Silver is set to produce the remake, which Sony is hoping will lead to a series of films. The studio is already in the process of identifying possible actors for the title role.

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Sony Brings On Watchmen Writer For Superfly Remake

Sony continues to look for the next big hit and has now closed a development deal for the rights to the classic blaxploitation pic Superfly. Variety reports, that Sony has pegged Watchmen writer Alex Tse to write the script for the film that will be inspired by the 1972 classic that starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, a cocaine dealer looking to score one more super deal and retire.

The original film was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. who also happened to be the son of Gordon Parks, the man who directed one of the most iconic blaxploitation films of all time, the classic Shaft.

Fun fact about Superfly, even though the film was a cult hit, it's soundtrack is considered to be one of the best of all time. Composed by R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, it is the Only soundtrack to make more money than its film earned at the box office.
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Super Fly Remake Is Happening with Watchmen Writer

Super Fly Remake Is Happening with Watchmen Writer
Things are about to get a lot more fly over at Sony. The studio has secured the rights to the 1972 classic blaxploitation film Super Fly and they're currently in the early stages of getting a remake off the ground. The studio has hired Alex Tse, best known for writing the big screen adaptation of Watchmen for Zack Snyder, to pen the screenplay for the remake. It sounds like Sony is pretty aggressively trying to get this movie made, as they're reportedly already putting together a list of actors for the lead role.

In case you aren't familiar, the original Super Fly centers on a character named Priest (Ron O'Neal). A suave top-rung New York City drug dealer decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie (Carl Lee), Priest devises a scheme that will allow him to make a big deal and then retire.
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Super Fly remake in the works

Tony Sokol Dec 1, 2017

Warner Bros is pursuing a new take on the 1970s hit, Super Fly...

Super Fly is the latest movie to get a remake, it's been revealed. And it's got a bit of a bar to live up to.

Curtis Mayfield’s soundtrack for the 1972 classic street hustler film Super Fly was as cinematic as the movie it was recorded for, for example. The title track and the song “Freddy’s Dead” bounced off the sidewalks of America and soared on the charts. Songs like “Pusherman” and “Little Child” were heartbreaking snippets of the dual realities of uptown street life.

The screenplay for Super Fly will be written by Alex Tse, who wrote Watchmen and Spike Lee’s under-appreciated Sucker Free City. The director and star hasn’t been named yet. But the big question, for this writer, is who will score?

Video of Pusherman Scene - Super Fly
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‘Super Fly’ Remake in Works at Sony With ‘Watchmen’ Scribe (Exclusive)

‘Super Fly’ Remake in Works at Sony With ‘Watchmen’ Scribe (Exclusive)
In an effort to continue to fill their slate with fresh IP, Sony has closed a development deal for the rights to the classic blaxploitation pic “Superfly,” with “Watchmen” scribe Alex Tse penning the script.

The film is inspired by the 1972 classic, which starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, a cocaine dealer looking to score one more super deal and retire. The movie was directed by Gordon Parks Jr., the son of Gordon Parks, who directed another blaxploitation classic “Shaft” — one of the staples in the early years of the genre that took the ’70s by storm.

While the film is a cult hit, its soundtrack may be even more popular. Composed by R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, the soundtrack would go on to become the only to outgross its film’s box office earnings.

The movie eventually got a sequel, “Super Fly T.N.T.” Sony hopes the latest version will lead to a series of films
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‘Mudbound’ Cinematographer Captures Look of ’40s South With Digital Cameras

‘Mudbound’ Cinematographer Captures Look of ’40s South With Digital Cameras
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison — known for her collaborations with director Ryan Coogler on “Fruitvale Station” and the upcoming “Black Panther” — had planned to shoot on celluloid for Dee Rees’ period film “Mudbound.” But, as often happens, budget constraints forced her to rethink that approach.

“They were nice enough not to rule film out completely,” she says. “They put it in our court and told us we could cut two days from an already barely makeable schedule — or we could shoot digital.”

So Morrison went the digital route, choosing the Arri Alexa Mini camera in combination with 50-year-old anamorphic and spherical lenses.

For the anamorphics, she picked the Panavision C and D series, which are soft around the edges, giving her lots of natural vignetting. The spherical lenses had little to no coating on the front element, which minimized contrast, and they tended to flare when exposed to bright sources like windows, reminiscent of an older
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Toronto: Director Laura Mora Discusses Debut Feature ‘Killing Jesus’

Toronto: Director Laura Mora Discusses Debut Feature ‘Killing Jesus’
Colombia’s “Killing Jesus,” a participant in 2015’s Berlinale International Co-production Market, will world premiere Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival. The Colombia-Argentina co-production was co-written by Laura Mora, (“Escobar, El Patron del Mal”) and prominent Colombian screenwriter Alonso Torres (“Dog Eat Dog”).

Colombia’s 64-a Films and Argentina’s Az Films co-produced the semi-autobiographical revenge-drama. Latido Films, one of Spain’s powerhouse sales agents, has acquired international sales rights. Cine Colombia will release in Colombia on March 8.

Loosely based on actual events in the director’s own life, the film turns on the assassination of a university professor as witnessed by his daughter Lita, who catches a quick glimpse of the drive-by assassin speeding away on the back of a motorbike. Frustrated with the lack of attention and progress made by the local police, Lita and her family have all but give up on ever finding out what happened until one night out at a club
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Jesse T. Usher Is Son of Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson Will Return

Jesse T. Usher Is Son of Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson Will Return
Eight months after director Tim Story signed on to take the helm of New Line Cinema's Shaft reboot, the project has its new lead, plus two returning stars. Jesse T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) has been chosen to play the son of Samuel L. Jackson's John Shaft in Son of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson will return as John Shaft from the 2000 New Line reboot, while the original John Shaft, Richard Roundtree, who was established as the uncle of Samuel L. Jackson's character in the reboot, will also return to reprise his role. New Line has yet to set a release date for Son of Shaft, but with this cast coming together, that announcement may be coming soon.

Deadline reports that Jesse T. Usher will be playing the "estranged son" of John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) in this Shaft reboot, but he finds himself having to team up with his old man.
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Jessie T. Usher Tapped As Son Of Shaft; Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree Reprise

Jessie T. Usher Tapped As Son Of Shaft; Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree Reprise
Exclusive: New Line and director Tim Story have chosen Jessie T. Usher to play the progeny of detective John Shaft in Son of Shaft, which is gearing up to begin production later this fall. Samuel L. Jackson is negotiating a deal to return to reprise the role he played in the John Singleton-directed reboot of the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 action classic. Also returning, per sources, will be Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original film and returned in the 2000 film…
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Renee Zellweger, Common Join Sarah Jessica Parker Romantic Drama ‘Best Day of My Life’

Renee Zellweger, Common Join Sarah Jessica Parker Romantic Drama ‘Best Day of My Life’
Renee Zellweger, Common, Isabella Rossellini, Simon Baker, Taylor Kinney, and Gus Birney have joined the cast of Sarah Jessica Parker’s romantic drama “Best Day of My Life.”

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is producing. Parker portrays a jazz vocalist in New York City after she receives a diagnosis that shatters her world and jolts her to her core as she prepare for an upcoming world tour.

Fabien Constant is directing the film from a screenplay written by Laura Eason. Parker will also serve as producer alongside Alison Benson, Iervolino and Bacardi. The movie is being executive produced by Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films, who are co-financing the film.

Principal photography will begin this week in New York City. Ambi Distribution is handles worldwide sales. CAA is co-repping the film’s domestic sale.

“Best Day of My Life” is the second collaboration between Ambi and Parker, following
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Karlovy Vary: Luxbox Rolls Out Robust Intl. Sales on Jonas Carpignano’s Martin Scorsese Exec-Produced ‘A Ciambra’ (Exclusive)

Karlovy Vary: Luxbox Rolls Out Robust Intl. Sales on Jonas Carpignano’s Martin Scorsese Exec-Produced ‘A Ciambra’ (Exclusive)
Paris-based Luxbox has rolled out robust early international sales on New York-born Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra,” a 2017 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winner which also marks the first fruit of the Emerging Film Fund, a joint initiative between Martin Scorsese and Sikelia producer partner Emma Koskoff and Rodrigo Teixeira’s Brazil-based Rt Features.

Picked up at the Cannes Festival by IFC’s Sundance Selects for North America, in a deal negotiated by Wme on behalf of the filmmakers, “A Ciambra” will now play Horizons at the Karlovy Vary Festival, which kicks off June 29. It won the prestigious Europa Cinemas Label Award for best European film at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight.

The international sales on “A Ciambra,” put through by Luxbox, will only enhance Carpignano’s reputation as a young filmmaker with a voice – as a kind of modern-day Italian neo-realist – and a burgeoning industry audience, which includes high-caliber backers along the whole industry value chain from development
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Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation Sends Restored Classics to Colombia’s IndieBo Film Festival (Exclusive)

Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation Sends Restored Classics to Colombia’s IndieBo Film Festival (Exclusive)
Colombia’s fledgling Bogota indie film festival, IndieBo, has scored a coup with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation in a pact that will have the festival screening a selection of 10 restored classics from the foundation’s library starting this year.

Among the titles in the selection are Marlon Brando’s 1961 Western “One-Eyed Jacks,” Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve,” Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront,” Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night,” Nicholas Ray’s “Rebel Without a Cause” and Billy Wilder’s “Witness for the Prosecution.”

“This will be an annual event; some of these titles have never screened in Colombia,” said IndieBo artistic director/programmer Juan Carvajal, who cobbled the agreement with the foundation in New York.

He added: “After seeing ‘One Eyed Jacks’ and [Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 sci-fi epic] “Stalker” in New York, I felt that Colombia had to live this marvelous and unique experience, too, and that’s what drove me to pursue this agreement.” The
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