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Movie Review – Juanita (2019)

Juanita, 2019.

Directed by Clark Johnson.

Starring Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Marcus Henderson, Adam Beach, Ashlie Atkinson, Tsulan Cooper, Latanya Richardson Jackson and Kat Smith.

Synopsis:

Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence, Juanita takes a Greyhound bus to Paper Moon, Montana where she reinvents herself and finds her mojo.

Coming-of-middle-age movies are a dime-a-dozen these days, yet Netflix feels like a perfect avenue for films like Juanita – that is, thoroughly middle-brow jaunts which wouldn’t post much business at the box office yet still deliver the moderately entertaining goods.

Adapted from Sheila Williams’ novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, this drama doesn’t have high-minded ambitions or really any ambition at all beyond telling a grounded, gently heartfelt and entertaining story about a woman seeking change later in her life. But thanks to Alfre Woodard’s amusingly prickly performance, it just about lands on the right side of worthwhile.
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Alfre Woodard is Juanita in Trailer for Reinvention Dramedy 'Juanita'

"Did you get a makeover... or something?" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Juanita, from actor / director Clark Johnson. This hasn't shown at any film festival, but they're releasing it straight to Netflix early next month. Fed up with her life, Juanita leaves her grown kids behind and hits the road headed towards Montana in search of a fresh start. Alfre Woodard stars as Juanita, with a full cast including Adam Beach, Gil Birmingham, Ashlie Atkinson, Marcus Henderson, & Blair Underwood. Doesn't look that great, but it does look like a fairly amusing reinvention film mixing things up. Might be worth a watch? Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Clark Johnson's Juanita, direct from Netflix's YouTube: Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence, Juanita (Alfre Woodard) takes a Greyhound bus up to Paper Moon, Montana where she ...
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Alfre Woodard Gets Seduced by Blair Underwood in Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Juanita’ (Video)

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Alfre Woodard Gets Seduced by Blair Underwood in Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Juanita’ (Video)
Alfre Woodard needs some love. The veteran, Oscar-nominated actress hasn’t always gotten the respect she deserves, and in her new film “Juanita,” she’s off to find some much-needed me time and maybe do a little fantasizing about Blair Underwood in the process.

In the first trailer dropped Monday by Netflix, we see Woodard lounging luxuriously on a red couch as a shirtless Underwood, who she refers to by his full name, starts to caress her body. Alas, it’s just a dream, interrupted by her daughter and baby granddaughter.

In “Juanita,” Woodard plays a woman fed up with her life who leaves her grown kids behind and hits the road in search of a fresh start. And she’s willing to go literally anywhere.

Also Read: Alfre Woodard to Star Opposite Jason Momoa in Apple Drama Series 'See'

“I’d like a ticket to Butt,” she says to
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Sundance 2019: The Ultimate Party Guide

  • Variety
Sundance 2019: The Ultimate Party Guide
The Sundance Film Festival is all about independent film — but is it really?

In between screenings and late into the night, Park City is actually Party City. From intimate cocktail soirées to musical performances, this year’s film festival has something for everyone.

Here is Variety’s ultimate party guide for Sundance 2019…

Thursday, Jan. 24

Lyft & Neon Kick Off Party

Celebrating “The Biggest Little Farm” and “Apollo 11”

Lyft Lounge, 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, Jan. 25

30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominations Announcement

Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos

At&T Hello Lounge, 8 a.m.

Danny Clinch Pop-Up Gallery Opening Party

Salesforce Music Lodge, 4-6 p.m.

GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Cocktail Party

At&T Lounge, 4:30-6 p.m.

SundanceTV’s Sundance Film Festival Kickoff Party

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jenna Elfman, Rhea Seehorn, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Sarah Wayne Callies

SundanceTV HQ, 5-8 p.m.

Honey Boy” Party

Shia Labeouf, Fka Twigs, Maika Monroe,
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“BlacKkKlansman” – Adam Driver, Spike Lee, and John David Washington: Hollywood Film Tribute

Today we are recognizing BlacKkKlansman, as well as co-writer/director Spike Lee, plus co-stars Adam Driver and John David Washington. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking. One of the awards season’s most consistent players, BlacKkKlansman is a timely film that deserves to be recognized for the masterwork from Spike Lee that it is. Lee arguably has made one of his best movies ever here, while Driver and Washington are nomination worthy. It’s one of 2018’s best, plain and simple… From our rave review back in the summer: Spike Lee is not a subtle filmmaker. Sometimes, the stick of dynamite works better than the scalpel. Other times? Not so much. That’s sort of been the hallmark of his career, and in particular, the last handful of years. Well, this week, Lee is back with a vengeance, as he
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'Crazy Rich Asians' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

  • Movies.com
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers, such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee-directed biographical comedy-drama; John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Jasper Pääkkönen, Corey Hawkins, Ryan Eggold, Michael Buscemi, Paul Walter Hauser, Ashlie Atkinson, Harry Belafonte; rated R) Christopher Robin Incredibles 2 (Pixar animated sequel; voices: Craig...
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‘One Dollar’: 98 Days of Shooting Made For a Show That Got Working-Class America Right

‘One Dollar’: 98 Days of Shooting Made For a Show That Got Working-Class America Right
One Dollar” is not a show that has an easy, recent analogue to anything in the film and TV world. For the director behind the CBS All Access drama, that was both an exciting prospect and a bit of an indictment of the kinds of stories that have made it to screens in recent decades.

“When we started referencing other movies that are telling a story like this, they’re all like ‘Norma Rae,’ ‘Blue Collar.’ They’re all ’70s stories. People haven’t been making very many stories in that culture in a while actually,” director Craig Zobel told IndieWire.

What came from the process was a 10-episode season set in the western Pennsylvania town of Braden. Set against the backdrop of a mysterious death at a steel mill, the resulting story winds its way through a factory town kaleidoscope of individuals, all via the path of a single dollar bill.
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Back to One Podcast: Ashlie Atkinson Talks Using the “Substitution Tool” to Play Evil and Treating Auditions as Work Sessions

Ashlie Atkinson is getting kudos for playing Connie Kendrickson, the motherly yet evil Kkk wife, in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. We talk about the unique prep work that went into inhabiting her and the tools she used to stay present inside such a sick character. We also chat about her approach to comedy, particularly in the Ingrid Jungermann web series F to 7th, and working with Craig Zobel in both Compliance and now the brand new CBS All Access show One Dollar. Back To One can be found wherever you get your podcasts, […]
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Back to One Podcast: Ashlie Atkinson Talks Using the “Substitution Tool” to Play Evil and Treating Auditions as Work Sessions

Ashlie Atkinson is getting kudos for playing Connie Kendrickson, the motherly yet evil Kkk wife, in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. We talk about the unique prep work that went into inhabiting her and the tools she used to stay present inside such a sick character. We also chat about her approach to comedy, particularly in the Ingrid Jungermann web series F to 7th, and working with Craig Zobel in both Compliance and now the brand new CBS All Access show One Dollar. Back To One can be found wherever you get your podcasts, […]
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Movie Review – BlacKkKlansman (2018)

BlacKkKlansman, 2018.

Directed by Spike Lee.

Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Ryan Eggold, Paul Walter Hauser, Corey Hawkins, Robert John Burke, Michael Buscemi, Jasper Pääkkönen, Harry Belafonte, Ashlie Atkinson, Craig muMs Grant, and Alec Baldwin. .

Synopsis:

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate.

BlacKkKlansman tells the story of real-life police officer Ron Stallworth’s (John David Washington) undercover mission to infiltrate the Kkk. However, Spike Lee is less interested in telling the story as it happened and more interested in using it as an allegory for the current political struggles occurring in Trump’s USA. And for the best.

The central focus of BlacKkKlansman is of course Ron’s infiltration of the Kkk, which sees him pose as a white man over the phone while his white partner Flip
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Film Review: ‘BlackKkKlansman’ is a Spike Lee Joint That Burns

Chicago – Director Spike Lee has hit the motherlode in good timing of the kind that says “Everything Old is New Again.” His overview in the true story of a black man that went undercover within the Klu Klux Klan in the 1970s nicely mirrors our current president’s divisiveness in the incendiary “BlacKkKlansman.”

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Going back to the days of natural afros and Motown funk, Lee steers a strong cast – including John David Washington (son of Denzel) as the title character – into a crazy ride of subterfuge and exposure of a hate group that was still incredibly influential during that era. The story, according to Lee, is (asterisks theirs) “crazy, outrageous fo’ real, fo’ sh*t” truth, as a black rookie cop makes a call to the Kkk, and sends a white colleague to represent the false character he had convinced them wants to be a new member. The film has humor,
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Second Opinion – BlacKkKlansman (2018)

BlacKkKlansman, 2018.

Directed by Spike Lee

Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Ryan Eggold, Paul Walter Hauser, Corey Hawkins, Robert John Burke, Michael Buscemi, Jasper Pääkkönen, Harry Belafonte, Ashlie Atkinson, Craig muMs Grant, and Alec Baldwin.

Synopsis:

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.

There is a rather on-the-nose joke early in BlacKkKlansman as Colorado Springs’ first recruited African-American officer Ron Stallworth is prepping to go further undercover into the Ku Klux Klan. Ron is initially convinced that the hate group is all arrogant talk and unlikely to resort to physical violence, to which a co-worker replies that he is very naïve for a black man (especially at this point in time and place during the 70s). The conversation uses that humorous retort to then crack jokes regarding how
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“BlacKkKlansman” is utterly amazing and one of Spike Lee’s best films ever

Spike Lee is not a subtle filmmaker. Sometimes, the stick of dynamite works better than the scalpel. Other times? Not so much. That’s sort of been the hallmark of his career, and in particular, the last handful of years. Well, this week, Lee is back with a vengeance, as he’s got one of his best movies to date coming out. The film in question is BlacKkKlansman, a piece of vital cinema that stands tall among anything else the auteur has done. Not only is it one of Lee’s best, it’s one of the year’s best as well, in addition to being a major Oscar player. This is something special folks. Based on an incredible true story, the movie centers on Colorado Springs Police Officer Ron Stallworth (John David Washington). Teamed with partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), they would go undercover and take down the local
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BlacKkKlansman Review – Cannes 2018

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29 years after he blasted onto the Croisette red carpet with Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee returns to Cannes with BlacKkKlansman, an entertaining romp based on the incredible true-life story of Ron Stallworth, the black undercover detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

Set in Colorado Springs in the early 70s, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is set to become the local force’s first black policeman. With his nappy hair and groovy gear, he is very much the outsider, coming across the unit’s unthinking racism as black suspects are referred to as ‘toads’. After a period spent sorting files, he nominates himself for undercover work (and is obviously given the option of narcotics by his boss Chief Bridges – Robert John Burke – in another act of racial profiling), but instead he has to attend a talk organized by the black student union. They’ve invited Kwame Ture to talk,
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$1: Casting Announced for CBS All Access Mystery Series

$1 has some new company. Deadline reports Nike Kadris, Joshua Bitton, Hamilton Clancy, and Ashlie Atkinson have joined the upcoming CBS All Access TV show.From Jason Mosberg, the mystery drama "is set in a small Rust Belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder." The cast also includes John Carroll Lynch, Nathaniel Martello-White, Philip Ettinger, and Chris Denham.Read More…
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TVLine Items: Arrow Return Teased, Shooter Adds Justified Dad and More

TVLine Items: Arrow Return Teased, Shooter Adds Justified Dad and More
A familiar face will make another encore during Season 6 of Arrow.

Series lead Stephen Amell teased via Twitter that Colin Donnell is back on set at the CW superhero drama, though one can only speculate how the late Tommy Merlyn will “return” this time. (Amell’s tweet ruled out the notion of a flashback.) The news comes on the heels of reports that Caity Lotz will bring Sara Lance back to Arrow for its season finale.

Earlier this season, Donnell appeared in the “Crisis on Earth-x” crossover event, as that alternate world’s Nazi version of Tommy. The actor can
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‘$1’: CBS All Access Mystery Thriller Series Rounds Out Cast As Production Begins

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CBS All Access has rounded out the cast and begu production on its new mystery thriller drama series $1. Nike Kadri (Seven Seconds, Divorce), Joshua Bitton (The Night Of, The Pacific) and Hamilton Clancy (Orange Is the New Black, Bridge of Spies) are set as series regulars and Ashlie Atkinson (Bull, Blue Bloods) will recur. They join previously announced series regulars John Carroll Lynch, Nathaniel Martello-White, Philip Ettinger, Chris Denham, Kirrilee Berger and Gracie Lawrence, along with recurring cast Leslie Odom Jr., Jeff Perry and Sturgill Simpson. Production began Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Created by Jason Mosberg, $1 is set in a small Rust Belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. The path of the dollar bill, and point of view in each episode, paints a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides
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Blood Stripe Movie Review

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Blood Stripe Movie Review
Blood Stripe Tandem Pictures Director: Remy Auberjonois Written by: Kate Nowlin, Remy Auberjonois Cast: Kate Nowlin, Tom Lipinski, Chris Sullivan, Rusty Schwimmer, Ashlie Atkinson, Ken Marks, Rene Auberjonois Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 9/8/17 Opens: Sept. 29, 2017 The movie industry should pay homage to women in the forefront of defending our country against its […]

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Exclusive ‘Blood Stripe’ Trailer: War Comes Home In L.A. Film Festival Winner

While there have been plenty of movies about soldiers returning home from war and adjusting to civilian life, few have been told from a female perspective. However, “Blood Stripe” offers an intriguing break from the usual, and today we have the exclusive trailer for the film.

Co-written and directed by Remy Auberjonois, and starring Kate Nowlin (who also co-wrote the film), Tom Lipinski, Chris Sullivan, Rusty Schwimmer, Ashlie Atkinson, Ken Marks, and Rene Auberjonois, the story follows a woman who returns from three tours in Afghanistan.

Continue reading Exclusive ‘Blood Stripe’ Trailer: War Comes Home In L.A. Film Festival Winner at The Playlist.
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‘Get Out’ Actor Marcus Henderson Cast In ‘Juanita’

‘Get Out’ Actor Marcus Henderson Cast In ‘Juanita’
Exclusive: Marcus Henderson, who appeared in Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy blockbuster Get Out from Blumhouse/Universal, has joined Alfre Woodard in Juanita, with The Wire director Clark Johnson attached to helm. Adam Beach, Ashlie Atkinson, Tsulan Cooper and Kat Smith also have been cast in the film adaptation of Sheila Williams’ novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof. The drama follows Juanita (Woodard) who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban…
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