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New to Streaming: Crimes of the Future, Flux Gourmet, Happening, Watcher & More

New to Streaming: Crimes of the Future, Flux Gourmet, Happening, Watcher & More
Each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit streaming platforms in the United States. Check out this week’s selections below and past round-ups here.

Bitterbrush (Emelie Mahdavian)

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While they don’t know it yet, this is, for friends Colie Moline and Hollyn Patterson, the end of five years range riding together in the American Pacific Northwest. It’s also their most comfortable after trading the usual camper for an old cabin this summer. With only themselves and a crew of herd dogs for assistance, they take to the Idahoan plains in search of the beef cattle and calves they’ve been contracted to reclaim. The work is tiring and tenuous in consistency, but also spiritually and physically rewarding—if not financially. Colie and Hollyn have grown close: an easy rapport and trust that allows director Emelie Mahdavian (and us) a glimpse into their personal lives,
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‘Civil’ Film Review: Portrait of Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Leaves Us Wanting More

‘Civil’ Film Review: Portrait of Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Leaves Us Wanting More
A simple list of Ben Crump’s clients tells us how important his work as a civil rights attorney is: Between 2020-2021 alone, he represented the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Daunte Wright.

“Civil” began as a collaboration between Crump and Kenya Barris (“black-ish”), who considered working on a scripted series together. But as Crump puts it, Barris felt people would want to see “this real life superhero,” so they asked director Nadia Hallgren (“Becoming”) to make a documentary about Crump himself.

The result leaves us with the feeling that a combination of approaches might have worked best: a non-scripted series could have given Hallgren valuable opportunities to broaden the story, while still introducing viewers to her primary subject.

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As a straightforward portrait, “Civil” can feel a
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Juneteenth Viewing Guide 2022: What to Watch This Weekend

Juneteenth Viewing Guide 2022: What to Watch This Weekend
Father’s Day and Juneteenth overlap this year, and there is no shortage of programming on television for the latter holiday, which celebrates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, and delivered the news that all enslaved people were free. The Emancipation Proclamation arrived two years later on Jan. 1, 1863.

Juneteenth has gained more awareness in recent years, finally becoming recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

Programming celebrating Black music, culture and more will run all weekend, culminating in the holiday itself on Sunday, June 19.

Below, check out our Juneteenth viewing guide to watch to watch on TV and streaming this weekend.

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Country singer Jimmie Allen will host an hourlong segment recognizing the influence of Black artists in music. The special will run on ABC on Friday, June 18 starting at 8pm Eastern and Pacific time. The “Sound of Freedom:
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Mubi Go Expands To LA Arthouses With ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ As Pick Of The Week – Specialty Preview

Mubi Go Expands To LA Arthouses With ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ As Pick Of The Week – Specialty Preview
Mubi Go, which has helped buoy NYC’s arthouse market by offering members a free movie ticket a week at participating theaters, expands to LA today where the biz could really use a boost. The films are curated and the first is Apple’s Cha Cha Real Smooth.

Mubi, a global streaming service, production company and film distributor, launched Mubi Go in New York last fall and will continue expanding to major markets through 2022 with Chicago next. “We’re being very careful and methodical about the rollout,” said distribution chief Chris Wells.

Mubi members get Mubi Go as a perk. The company doesn’t release subscriber numbers but Wells said its NYC base jumped by 30 after it added Mubi Go.

Movie picks include its own releases, like Lingui, The Sacred Bonds, but mostly from other distributors from Drive My Car, The Power of the Dog and Passing to We’re
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Why Attorney Ben Crump Allowed ‘Civil’ Filmmakers to Follow His Work on High-Profile Civil Rights Cases

Why Attorney Ben Crump Allowed ‘Civil’ Filmmakers to Follow His Work on High-Profile Civil Rights Cases
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump commanded the attention of the audience inside the New World Center Performance Hall in Miami Beach for the kickoff to the 2022 American Black Film Festival on Wed. June 15, where he took the stage to introduce “Civil,” the upcoming Netflix documentary about his life and work.

“I keep getting asked, ‘Why did I do this?’ Crump recounted. “I said, I understand, we always have to fight in two courts when we’re fighting for the lives and the dignity and the humanity of Black people: the court of law and the court of public opinion.”

Speaking before crowd of filmmakers, film fans and some personal friends, Crump declared how the documentary wouldn’t be possible without Kenya Barris, who knows how to portray the Black experience on film.

Kenya created ‘Black-ish’ and wrote ‘Girls Trip’ and [created] ‘America’s Next Top Model’ … We present those experiences in Black America,
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‘Civil: Ben Crump’ Review: Documentary Chronicles Life Of Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump

‘Civil: Ben Crump’ Review: Documentary Chronicles Life Of Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump
The Netflix documentary Civil: Ben Crump follows civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who often represents marginalized clients in wrongful death, injury, police brutality and discrimination lawsuits. Director Nadia Hallgren follows Crump and his various cases, including his most high-profile one against the city of Minneapolis for the death of George Floyd. The documentary is filmed against the backdrop of this historical case while showing how Crump handles these tragic events that captured the full attention of Americans and the international community.

The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Festival and opened the American Black Film Festival on Wednesday, begins with Crump in the shadows. He’s on a call from one of Floyd’s family members, who is begging for his help. This is the lawyer’s life daily, on the phone, traveling, organizing and talking to families while maintaining his personal life. From his hero Thurgood Marshall, Crump learned
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‘Civil’ Review: A Vivid, Scattered Portrait of Attorney Benjamin Crump

‘Civil’ Review: A Vivid, Scattered Portrait of Attorney Benjamin Crump
“Civil” takes a mythic approach when introducing Benjamin Crump — the lawyer widely known for representing Black families touched by police killings — presenting him to us in silhouette as he accepts a call from the family of George Floyd, before the movie slowly and skillfully creates a portraiture of his interior life, backed by wistful music. It’s a counter-narrative of sorts, to the many Fox News segments branding him “the most dangerous man in America” (footage that features throughout the documentary), but it’s also an excavation of the ways Crump himself is tirelessly dedicated to writing the counter-narratives of Black people slain by police.

Following Crump across twelve volatile months during 2020-2021, the film may end up on the wrong side of scattered — it takes a number of open-ended detours the longer it goes on — but its approach to the attorney himself is in step with his attempts to
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Issa Rae, Kenya Barris and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Among Top Talent for 2022 American Black Film Festival (Exclusive)

Issa Rae, Kenya Barris and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Among Top Talent for 2022 American Black Film Festival (Exclusive)
In its 26th year, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is more star-studded than ever, with a robust lineup of Black film and television stars and creators.

After two years of Covid-related pivots, the festival returns to South Beach in Miami for a five-day engagement full of special screenings, panel discussions and events celebrating the Black film and television community. Among the talent joining ABFF festival ambassador Issa Rae, who will debut her new HBO Max series “Rap Sh!t” at the festival, are Chanté Adams, Yahya Abdul- Mateen II, Kenya Barris, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Ben Crump, Michael Ealy, DeVon Franklin, Kasi Lemmons, Judge Greg Mathis, LisaRaye McCoy, Kyla Pratt, Trevante Rhodes, Kendrick Sampson, Robin Thede, Judge Lynn Toler, Susan Kelechi Watson and Salli Richardson Whitfield, among many others.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the industry with so much content targeted towards Black audiences,” said Nicole Friday, ABFF
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Official Trailer for Documentary 'Civil' About Attorney Ben Crump

Official Trailer for Documentary 'Civil' About Attorney Ben Crump
"You gotta try to not just be a spectator on the sidelines - get into the arena, and do something." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for a documentary film titled Civil, a remarkably inspiring look at the work of civil rights attorney Ben Crump. The film is premiering at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival soon before it's streaming on Netflix, along with a theatrical debut for anyone who wants to watch. From Emmy-nominated Director Nadia Hallgren and producers Kenya Barris & Roger Ross Williams. Crump's mission is to raise the value of Black life. He has worked as the civil lawyer for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Black farmers, and "Banking while Black" victims, in doing so challenging America to come to terms with what it owes his clients. "Hallgren gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at his upbringing and his balance of work and family life." I'm always looking
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‘Civil’ Trailer: Nadia Hallgren’s Empowering Documentary “Speaks To What Justice Can Be”

‘Civil’ Trailer: Nadia Hallgren’s Empowering Documentary “Speaks To What Justice Can Be”
In 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement was sparked to life, and since then, we’ve seen a lot of positive protests advocating necessary change. The cause is crucial, and the fight for people still rages on in 2022. The movement has only gained more and more traction over the years with the tragic deaths of many innocent people.

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From Emmy nominated director Nadia Hallgren, “Civil” tells the story of Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney whose mission is to raise the value of Black life in America.

Continue reading ‘Civil’ Trailer: Nadia Hallgren’s Empowering Documentary “Speaks To What Justice Can Be” at The Playlist.
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Gracie Awards: Elle Fanning, Melanie Lynskey, Melissa McCarthy, ‘Maid’ & ‘Pose’ Among Honorees; Host Set

Gracie Awards: Elle Fanning, Melanie Lynskey, Melissa McCarthy, ‘Maid’ & ‘Pose’ Among Honorees; Host Set
Updated with host, performer set: Holly Robinson Peete was tapped to host the 47th annual Gracie Awards at its in-person ceremony May 24 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Singer-songwriter Christina Perri will perform during the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s ceremony, which honors exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, TV, cable and interactive media.

Elle Fanning (The Great), Kaitlyn Dever (Dopesick), Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets), Melissa McCarthy (Nine Perfect Strangers) and Tamron Hall (Tamron Hall) are this year’s honores, with shows including Maid (Warner Bros. Television) and Pose (FX) also being recognized.

Previously, April 22: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation today announced the winners of the 47th Annual Gracie Awards, honoring exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media.

Elle Fanning (The Great), Kaitlyn Dever (Dopesick), Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets), Melissa McCarthy (Nine Perfect Strangers) and Tamron
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Netflix Announces Summer Slate Including Dates For Jamie Foxx’s ‘Day Shift’ And Kevin Hart’s ‘Me Time’

Netflix Announces Summer Slate Including Dates For Jamie Foxx’s ‘Day Shift’ And Kevin Hart’s ‘Me Time’
As studios meet in Las Vegas to present footage of their upcoming slates to exhibitors, Netflix is showcasing their own slate of future feature films as it has unveiled its upcoming summer slate of original movies. Some of the films receiving new release dates include the Vampire thriller Day Shift starring Jamie Foxx, which is set to bow on August 12, the Kevin Hart-Mark Wahlberg comedy Me Time, bowing on Aug. 26 and the Dakota Johnson drama Persuasion, bowing July 15. The streamer also confirmed dates of some highly-anticipated films that had previously been announced like the Adam Sandler sports pic Hustle, which bows on June 8, the Chris Hemsworth-Miles Teller Thriller Spiderhead, which bows on June 17 and most recently the The Russo Brothers next film The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, which will premiere on July 22.

You can find the remaining schedule for the entire summer
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The Obamas’ Higher Ground Boards Sam Esmail’s Netflix Pic ‘Leave The World Behind’

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Boards Sam Esmail’s Netflix Pic ‘Leave The World Behind’
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground has come aboard Sam Esmail’s upcoming film Leave the World Behind for Netflix.

The film starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke and Myha’la Herrold adapts Rumaan Alam’s acclaimed third novel about a family vacation on Long Island that is interrupted by two strangers bearing news of a mysterious blackout. As the threat grows more imminent, both families must decide how best to survive the potential crisis, all while grappling with their own place in this collapsing world.

Upon its publication in October 2020, Leave the World Behind was listed as one of Barack Obama’s Summer Favorites, also being named a Read with Jenna Today Show Pick; a finalist for the 2020 National Book Awards; and Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, Time, Esquire and Elle, among other outlets. Esmail handled the screenplay adaptation
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Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall to Be Honored at 2022 Gracie Awards

Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall to Be Honored at 2022 Gracie Awards
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced the winners of the 47th annual Gracie Awards, which will honor some of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media. This year’s winners include Melissa McCarthy, Tamron Hall, Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Lynskey, Elle Fanning, Kaitlyn Dever, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

The ceremony will return in-person on May 24 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, and will also honor the best of entertainment and news programming highlighting women, including “60 Minutes,” “NBC Nightly News” and “Pose.” Local and student winners will be honored at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 22 in New York City.

“Throughout this past year we have seen a number of remarkable projects by and about inspirational women,” said Awmf president Becky Brooks. “We are honored to shine a spotlight on these women, whose stories have driven cultural awareness, offered entertainment that has made us laugh,
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Netflix And Adobe Debut Short Films From Winners Of ‘The Great Untold’ Contest – Update

Netflix And Adobe Debut Short Films From Winners Of ‘The Great Untold’ Contest – Update
Updated Exclusive: The winning projects from Netflix and Adobe’s short-film contest The Great Untold were made public Wednesday, with the three films now available on Netflix’s YouTube channel (here).

The shorts, from winners Jonathan Morales-Moreno, Keara Anderson and Samba Diop, were shot in their hometown settings after the filmmakers worked with mentors over three weeks to learn everything from video production to script writing, storytelling and editing. Adobe and Netflix also provided equipment, tools and crew.

The trio were selected in August among more than 16,000 submissions to TikTok, securing a $10,000 grant to make their films.

Previous Exclusive, August 12: Netflix and Adobe have named the winners of their first-ever short film contest, The Great Untold, who will get to bring their pitched shorts to life and receive grants of $10,000, along with access to Adobe experts and tools, and continued mentorship on their projects.

Wilmington, Nc’s Jonathan Morales-Moreno will be producing The Refugee,
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Matthew Carnahan, Nadia Hallgren & Ben Crump Developing Legal Series Based On Crump’s Life

Matthew Carnahan, Nadia Hallgren & Ben Crump Developing Legal Series Based On Crump’s Life
Exclusive: Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), Emmy nominee Nadia Hallgren (Becoming), and Ben Crump are developing the legal series Stokes, based on Crump’s life and work as a civil rights attorney. The series will also follow Crump and his team as they travel the country fighting to change the problems within the justice system.

Carnahan, creator and showrunner of Stokes, developed the script with Hallgren. Crump and Carnahan’s producing partner, Joel Ehninger, will executive produce.

“Working with Ben Crump is a stark rebuttal of the old saying about never meeting your heroes. Three years in, through a documentary and this wonderful scripted series, Stokes, Ben is more my hero than ever, and his work has undoubtedly changed the culture,” said Carnahan in a statement to Deadline.

Added Hallgren, “Ben Crump is one of the most nuanced, complex, and interesting characters I’ve ever met. The last two years
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Comedian Aida Rodriguez Signs With Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment

Comedian Aida Rodriguez Signs With Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment
Exclusive: Comedian Aida Rodriguez has signed with Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment.

Rodriguez most recently executive produced and starred in the HBO Max comedy special Fighting Words, directed by Emmy-nominated cinematographer Nadia Hallgren (Becoming) and Kristian Mercado (Pa’Lante). The project was a hybrid stand-up performance and travel diary, injected with her no-holds-barred commentary on topics of the day while also tackling her deeply personal family history.

She made her TV debut in NBC’s No Comic Standing in 2014 where she departed among the top 10 finalists for Season 8.

Rodriguez was a featured comic in Netflix’s Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready—a comedy anthology series from longtime friend Haddish—HBO Max’s Entre Nos: Part 1, and Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All-Star Comedy Jam, among other specials.

On the feature side, she was handpicked to appear in the 2016 film The Comedy starring Robert DeNiro by director Taylor Hackford.

Rodriguez is also represented by Buchwald,
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Jennifer Hudson Named Entertainer of the Year at NAACP Image Awards (Complete Winners List)

Jennifer Hudson Named Entertainer of the Year at NAACP Image Awards (Complete Winners List)
Jennifer Hudson was the big winner Saturday night at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. The “Respect” star took home trophies for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and Entertainer of the Year.

Will Smith won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his portrayal of Richard Williams, father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard.” The Netflix Western “The Harder They Fall” was named Outstanding Motion Picture.

Black-ish” star — and winner for this year’s Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series — Anthony Anderson hosted Saturday night’s mostly virtual show from Los Angeles.

HBO’s “Insecure” was named Outstanding Comedy Series, with its star Issa Rae winning for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown and “9-1-1” star Angela Bassett won for outstanding actor and actress in a drama, respectively.

Samuel L. Jackson was honored with the Chairman Award, recognizing
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NAACP Image Awards: Issa Rae, Barry Jenkins, Trevor Noah Join Winners List on Night 2

NAACP Image Awards: Issa Rae, Barry Jenkins, Trevor Noah Join Winners List on Night 2
The NAACP Image Awards honored Issa Rae, Barry Jenkins and others in the writing, directing and short-form categories on the second night of the ceremonies.

Rae picked up the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series prize for the series finale of “Insecure” titled “Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?,” which she also starred in and executive produced.

Jenkins won Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for “The Underground Railroad,” the miniseries adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer-winning novel.

Among other winners Tuesday night, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” won Outstanding Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama for the series “Between the Scenes.”

Oscar-winning drama “Judas and the Black Messiah” picked up twin nods for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing (King) in a Motion Picture.

The non-televised honors known as the NAACP Image Awards Virtual Experience are hosted by actor and comedian Affion Crockett this year, and announced over five nights,
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Aida Rodriguez's HBO Max Fighting Words Special Aims to Humanize Latinx Stories in Comedy

Aida Rodriguez's HBO Max Fighting Words Special Aims to Humanize Latinx Stories in Comedy
"Latinos like to flex on other Latinos. Nobody holds us down like how we hold each other down," Puerto Rican and Dominican comedian Aida Rodriguez says in her new one-hour HBO Max comedy special Fighting Words, that premieres on Nov. 4. Ain't that the truth! While there is something beautiful about the way Latinx communities unite and take pride in our cultures, there's no denying the discrimination and the harm that also tends to stem from Latinidad. Aida keeps it 100 when it comes to that reality. In her new show, she breaks down some of the hardships she's experienced from homelessness, growing up without her Dominican father present as a result of deportation, sexual abuse, and the issues that very much plague Latinx communities from colorism to misogyny and the divisions that exist within various Latinx communities – like the long-lived beef between Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. She highlights the shame that
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