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Michael Ealy, Mike Colter Join Hilary Swank’s ‘Fatale’ (Exclusive)

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Michael Ealy, Mike Colter Join Hilary Swank’s ‘Fatale’ (Exclusive)
Michael Ealy (“The Perfect Guy”) and Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) will star opposite Hilary Swank in Deon Taylor’s noir thriller “Fatale,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Ealy will portray a married man who is tricked into a murder scheme by a seductive female police detective, played by Swank. Colter plays Ealy’s best friend and business partner. Tyrin Turner (“Menace II Society”) has also been cast in a supporting role.

Taylor is directing “Fatale” from a script by David Loughery (“Lakeview Terrace”). He is also producing the film with his Hidden Empire Film Group partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith. Two-time Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti will be the director of photography.

The film begins shooting Monday in Los Angeles. Endeavor Content will handle worldwide sales of the film, and Avent is overseeing the production for Hidden Empire Film Group, which is fully financing the movie.

Fatale” marks the second collaboration between Ealy and Taylor.
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Review: Alpha, Bold and Vital Big-Screen Adventure

Nowadays, it's rare to watch a movie that feels like it was expressly designed for the big screen. Oh, sure, some filmmakers know how to fill up the space with a constant blur of motion and movement and people and things and explosions. Far fewer, however, are sufficiently bold to compose images that take full advantage of the wide-screen experience. Albert Hughes is known for his work with his brother Allen Hughes. Together they made Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, crime films that were bursting with energy, as well as From Hell, an unusual period horror mystery that stands out in my memory more for its florid atmosphere than anything else. The Book of Eli is the clearest antecedent here; it followed Denzel Washington...

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Alpha Review: A Captivating and Beautifully Shot Adventure

Alpha Review: A Captivating and Beautifully Shot Adventure
Many films have depicted the relationship between a boy and his dog, but none from the perspective of Alpha. Director Albert Hughes takes us back to the beginning of mankind's most trusted companion. Set at the end of the last Ice Age, Alpha tells the story of how dogs became domesticated. It is a captivating, beautifully shot adventure for all ages.

Alpha opens twenty-thousand years ago in Europe. A small tribe, led by Tau (J&#243hannes Haukur J&#243hannesson), is organizing a crucial bison hunt. His teenage son, Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee), has finally crafted a spear sturdy and sharp enough to kill. The bison hunt is tremendously dangerous. Keda's mother (Natassia Malthe) does not think he is strong enough for the journey. He has too much heart for the savage quest. Tau loves his son, but will not allow anyone in the tribe to shirk their duty. Without the bison,
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‘Alpha’ Review: Prehistoric Boy-Meets-Wolf Epic Is Genuinely Awe-Inspiring

Part wilderness survival tale, part prehistoric boy-meets-wolf love story and part American Museum of Natural History exhibit come to life, Albert Hughes’ rugged, rich epic feels just as out-of-time as its narrative of primitive hunters and their Canis lupus pals. It’s a movie devoted to overwhelming viewers with vast, lush vistas of craggy cliffs, lightning-split skylines, endless snowy tundras, impossibly green forests and eye-popping auroras. (Sweeping does not begin to describe the visuals here; it not only deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible, it demands it.
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Film Review: ‘Alpha’

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“Alpha,” a spectacular prehistoric eye-candy survival yarn, is enthralling in a square and slightly stolid way. It’s the tale of a young hunter stranded in the wilderness, who proves his manhood and becomes best friends with a wolf, and it’s like a Disney adventure fueled by a higher octane of visual dazzle, with a gnarly texture wrought from elements like blood, excrement, and maggots. The director, Albert Hughes, made his name along with his brother Allen co-directing such landmark films as “Menace II Society” (1993) and the supremely underrated Jack the Ripper thriller “From Hell” (2001), and on his own he proves to be a seductive if highly traditional craftsman who knows how to sculpt a drama of the primal human spirit out of sweeping images: a herd of mastodons, a billowing volcano, a racing warthog, sun and wind and ice and plunging cliffs.

Hughes is artful enough not to
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How HBO’s ‘Insecure’ Teamed Up With RCA Records and ‘Afropunk’ for Music Discovery

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When it comes to the HBO series “Insecure,” the music inside Issa Rae’s head is as crucial as the comedy. Rae is the creator, star, writer and producer of the show, which enters its third season this Sunday (August 12). Since its debut in 2016, she’s also served as musical curator (with music supervisor Kier Lehman), as it were, and the resulting soundtrack has allowed the series to operate as a tastemaker for open-ended nu-r&B and supple hip-hop. “Our music mission has always been female heavy, L.A.-centric and independent,” Rae tells Variety. “This season feels like a transitional season, and so I wanted everything to feel fresh and new and current.”

When she was preparing to film, the multi-hyphenate Rae had an idea for a contest that revolved around finding new, independent and unheard artists. The concept resonated with Carolyn Williams, Svp of Marketing at RCA, the
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Finding Lots Of Overlap In ‘Blindspotting’ & ‘Menace II Society’ [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast]

We love it when two movies from different eras speak to each other…

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I compare and contrast the new indie “Blindspotting,” an Oakland-set gentrification melodrama in the vein of 90s era socially conscious crime dramas like “Boyz n the Hood” and “Menace II Society” but also Spike Lee pictures, not least of which his 1989 masterpiece “Do The Right Thing.” All those films, and even a few more that overlap with “Blindspotting,” come up in our talk about the film’s box office grosses so far (and hopeful VOD prospects), how it subverts the aforementioned urban dramas from the past, and how the film (mostly) avoids didactic speechifying by leaning into cinematic stylings and an often funny, shit-talking vibe that makes for a blazing entertainment more than anything else.

Continue reading Finding Lots Of Overlap In ‘Blindspotting’ & ‘Menace II Society’ [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast] at The Playlist.
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‘Tales From the Hood’ Director Rusty Cundieff: Why It Took 20 Years to Make a Sequel to His Black Horror Anthology

‘Tales From the Hood’ Director Rusty Cundieff: Why It Took 20 Years to Make a Sequel to His Black Horror Anthology
More than 20 years before “Get Out” transformed widespread anxieties about racism into a riveting horror-comedy, Rusty Cundieff’s “Tales From the Hood” got the ball rolling. Taking a tip from “Tales From the Crypt,” the 1995 horror anthology tackled the issues that terrorized black communities in America, from racist police officers to gang violence and the Kkk. With those themes still very much a part of the national conversation, “Tales From the Hood” is finally receiving a long-overdue sequel. With Spike Lee again attached as a producer, “Tales From the Hood 2” premieres this month at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal ahead of its direct-to-dvd release later this year.

For those who missed out on the original: Cundieff, whose 1993 hip-hop mockumentary “Fear of a Black Hat” was a breakout Sundance hit, used a framing device that stretches back to the E.C. Comics days. Creepy funeral home director Mr. Simms
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Tales from the Hood 2 Trailer Gets Spooky with the Return of Mr. Simms

Tales from the Hood 2 Trailer Gets Spooky with the Return of Mr. Simms
Horror is back in the hood as the first trailer for Tales from the Hood 2 has arrived. The original Tales From the Hood was released in 1995 and not only succeeds as a great horror anthology, but as a horror movie with a lot of effective political commentary. In the wake of Jordan Peele's Get Out, now seems like the perfect time for a sequel and we're getting exactly that in just a few months, as Tales From the Hood 2 is set to arrive on home video this October, as revealed in the teaser.

Tales from the Hood 2 arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on October 2, 2018, from Universal 1440 Entertainment, in partnership with 40 Acres and a Mule. Starring Keith David (The Nice Guys), the sequel introduces the audience to four new dreadful short tales, that follow the original film's cult classic roots. As teased in the trailer, we'll be treated to tales of lust,
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‘Sorry to Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Was Hip-Hop Royalty for 25 Years, But Had to Hack the System to Make his First Film

‘Sorry to Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Was Hip-Hop Royalty for 25 Years, But Had to Hack the System to Make his First Film
Boots Riley was on his way to MTV’s “Total Request Live” when he said, “I don’t care if people know about the music.” It was a stunning admission after spending more than 25 years as frontman for socially conscious hip-hop band The Coup, but its last album, “Sorry To Bother You,” is also the name of Riley’s filmmaking debut. And now, it’s the only thing that matters.

Wearing a shiny black robe (he’d favored a tie-dye variation at the New York premiere the night before), Riley’s bushy afro consumed about a quarter of the backseat. He waved his hands in steady half circles, as if composing his words in real time. “I’ve never been on a nostalgia trip about what I used to do,” he said, peering out at the midtown Manhattan crowds. “It’s always been about right now. Is this working?”

Riley
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime in July 2018

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What better way to ring in the country’s 242nd birthday than by streaming “Madam Secretary,” “American Psycho,” or “Election”? Those patriotic titles are among some of the earliest coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in July 2018.

A healthy mix of classics and new originals are on their way to Netflix in the coming month, including films such as the original “Jurassic Park” saga and “The Princess Diaries,” as well as TV shows like “The Sinner” and “Sofia the First.” Among the original series returning to the streaming giant are “Orange Is the New Black” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” along with some new premieres.

Amazon and Hulu will acquire overlapping titles including the sequel to the hit documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Sahara.” Exclusive inbound content to Amazon includes the “Twilight” and “Jaws” franchises, as well as the final season of “The Americans.” Hulu
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What’s Coming to Netflix in July 2018

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With July around the corner, Netflix subscribers will see a number of beloved shows and movies as well as some new comedy specials returning for their viewing pleasure.

Most notably, fan-favorite Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black” is returning on July 27 for Season 6 and “Shameless” will be uploading its eight season the day after. On July 1, the entire “Jurassic Park” trilogy will be available for fans to stream, along with “The Boondock Saints,” “The Princess Diaries,” and “Happy Gilmore.”

Netflix’s July lineup also promises plenty of opportunities for laughs, with “Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now” and “The Comedy Lineup” becoming available for streaming. Stand-up fans will be thrilled with the second season of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which features Dave Chappelle.

Check out every title coming to Netflix next month below:

July 1

Blue Bloods: Season 8

Bo Burnham: what.

The Boondock Saints
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July 2018

Netflix has confirmed that a slew of new original series will be debuting on the streaming service in July, including the sixth season of the Emmy contender “Orange is the New Black” and more installments of Jerry Seinfeld‘s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

And there will also be new to Netflix seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including season 4 of “Madam Secretary” and season 8 of both “Blue Bloods” and “Shameless.” Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Netflix appearances including the first three films in the “Jurassic” franchise and the Oscar-winning “Her.”

Available July 1

Blue Bloods: Season 8

Bo Burnham: what.

Chocolat

Deceived

Finding Neverland

Get Smart

Happy Gilmore

Hawaii Five-o: Season 8

Interview with the Vampire

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park III

Madam Secretary: Season 4

Menace II Society

NCIS: Season 15

Pandorum

Penelope

Queens of Comedy: Season 2

Rica,
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Kendrick Lamar, Jk Rowling, Jonathan Nolan and 20 Other Surprising New Academy Members

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday a record-breaking number of new member invitees that puts the organization on track to reach its 2016 goals of doubling the number of non-white and female members.

Some of the 928 invitees were quite curious, either because it was surprising they weren’t already members — or that the Academy would even think to induct them.

Consider French-born filmmaker Michel Gondry, who won an Oscar for co-writing his 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but somehow never snagged an invite from the Academy until now.

Also Read: Oscars Academy Has Doubled Non-White Members Since 2016, on Track to Double Women Too

Or Jonathan Nolan, who earned a nomination with his brother Christopher for 2000’s “Memento,” but has been passed over all these years despite his acclaimed scripts for “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.”

Then there’s “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling.
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The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room

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The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room
This Wednesday, the famed Magno Screening Rooms in New York, at 729 7th Ave. (near the corner of W. 49th St.), will close their doors for the very last time. They’ve been there for 68 years, and for those of us who are lucky enough to include watching a movie in the middle of the day as part of our jobs, and who have spent more of our daily lives watching movies in those two rooms — especially the main one, Magno 1 — than we have anywhere else, it feels like the curtain is coming down on something. Apart from the boilerplate end-of-an-era nostalgia that always accompanies a moment like this, I wonder, in a way, if it is the end of an era. I wonder if it’s one more telling, creeping example of the metaphysic of movies transitioning from a shared experience to a solitary-viewer-fixed-on-the-small-screen transaction.

I suspect I speak for
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New to Netflix in July: ‘Her,’ ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ and More Worth Streaming

Another month, another batch of good (and not so good) movies coming to Netflix. Ever timely, the streaming service is adding the first three “Jurassic Park” movies to coincide with the release of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” not to mention several movies that aren’t about dinosaurs run amok: “Her,” “Happy Gilmore,” “We Own the Night,” “Blue Valentine,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Menace II Society,” “Chocolat,” “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter,” “The Princess Diaries,” and more.

Avail yourself of the full list below:

July 1

Chocolat

Deceived

Finding Neverland

Get Smart

Happy Gilmore

Interview with the Vampire

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park III

Menace II Society

Pandorum

Penelope

Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Spanglish

Stealth

Swordfish

The Boondock Saints

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Princess Diaries

The Voices

Traitor

Troy

Van Helsing

We Own the Night

We the Marines

What We Started

July
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in July

Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in July
If “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” left you craving more Jeff Goldblum, fear not — the original films in the franchise will be coming to Netflix at the start of July.

Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic Park III” will fill out the streamer’s movie lineup, along with other action-packed epics “Troy” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” On the other end of the spectrum, indie romances “Blue Valentine” and “Her” will come July 5 and July 29, respectively.

In the realm of television, the sixth season of “Orange is the New Black” drops July 27 and the eighth season of “Shameless” arrives July 28.

Also Read: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Post-Credits Scene Explained

See below for the complete list of titles coming to Netflix in July.

Arriving in July (Date Not Announced)

El Chapo: Season 3

Avail. July 1

Blue Bloods: Season 8

Bo Burnham: what.

Chocolat

Deceived

Finding
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Check Out all of the Movies and TV Shows Coming Netflix in July

Netflix has revealed all of the movie and TV show titles that will be released in the month of July 2018. They also released a promo video along with a list of titles leaving the streaming service in July.

There are some good titles being released including Happy Gilmore, Jurassic Park, Menace II Society, Interview with the Vampire, The Boondock Saints, Scream 4, Gone Baby Gone, Her and more.

Which of the new upcoming titles coming to Netflix are you looking forward to seeing?

Available July 1

Blue Bloods: Season 8

Bo Burnham: what.

Chocolat

Deceived

Finding Neverland

Get Smart

Happy Gilmore

Hawaii Five-o: Season 8

Interview with the Vampire

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park III

Madam Secretary: Season 4

Menace II Society

NCIS: Season 15

Pandorum

Penelope

Queens of Comedy: Season 2

Rica, Famosa, Latina: Seasons 1-4

Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Spanglish

Stealth

Swordfish

The Boondock Saints
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New Trailer For The Ice Age Adventure Film Alpha From Director Albert Hughes

Sony Pictures has released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming Ice Age adventure film Alpha. The film comes from director Albert Hughes, the co-director of films such as Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell and The Book of Eli, which was a solo directing gig.

I'm not sure about this movie. The trailers that have been released haven't done a very good job selling me on it. My kids want to see it, so maybe that's the film's market. Maybe it will end up being a decent watchable adventure movie, but I'm not expecting much.

The story is set in Europe 20,000 years ago during the Ice Age. "While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness.
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Seith Mann To Adapt ‘Black’ Comic In What Studio 8 Hopes To Be First In A Franchise

Exclusive: Marvel/Disney paved the way with Black Panther and Studio 8 is taking it further in a move created to inspire conversation and deconstruct the superhero genre. Seith Mann has been hired by Studio 8 to adapt the comic series Black which explores the idea if what only black people had superpowers? The company plans to franchise the IP and also develop the follow up comic Black [Af]: America’s Sweetheart which has a female lead.

The series comes from co-creator/writer Kwanza Osajyefo, co-creator/designer Tim Smith 3, artist Jamal Igle and cover artist Khary Randolph. Mann, who co-created The Breaks and directed the pilot for Vh-1, has also directed episodes of The Wire, Homeland, Friday Night Lights and The Walking Dead.

Black looks at an increasingly polarized world where — after inexplicably surviving being gunned down by police due to racial profiling — young Kareem Jenkins joins a secret underground group
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