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Netflix’s ‘Amateur’ and 5 Other Sports Movies Reveal the Dark Side of Pursuing Your Dreams

In a bit of pointed counterprogramming, Netflix released its latest original film “Amateur” — about a 14-year old basketball prodigy who gets recruited by a shady prep-school athletics program — in the middle of March Madness. The Ncaa has taken a lot of heat for its systemic exploitation of young college players, offering them academic scholarships but then forcing them to sideline their education in order to play ball full time, making the school millions in the process.

Based on his short film of the same name, Ryan Koo’s “Amateur” explores not only the corrupt business of athletic recruitment, but how those recruiters are targeting younger and younger players, forcing them to make difficult life-defining decisions before they’re even in high school — decisions that are often offered in bad faith. Given that the film is executive produced by current NBA superstar Tony Parker and former NBA All Star Michael Finley,
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Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman Gets a Late Summer 2018 Release Date

Focus Features has announced that Academy Award winning director Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman will open in theaters later this summer on August 10, 2018 starring previously announced John David Washington, Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Inside Llewyn Davis), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Topher Grace (Traffic, Spider-Man 3).

From visionary director Spike Lee comes the provocative story based on Ron Stallworth's real life as Colorado Springs's first African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Unbelievably, Detective Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) penetrate the Kkk at its highest levels to thwart its attempt to take over the city. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award&#174 winning Get Out, Spike Lee uses his trademark take-no-prisoner style and humor to tell this story often missing from the history books.

BlacKkKlansman is being produced by Sean McKittrick and Raymond Mansfield for QC Entertainment,
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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct
Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than
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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct
Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than
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New to Hulu in May: ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Big Fish,’ the Return of ‘Casual’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in May: ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Big Fish,’ the Return of ‘Casual’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform in May. Next month will see the streaming release of Oscar-nominated films such as Debra Granik’s 2010 drama “Winter’s Bone,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Tim Burton’s 2003 fantasy drama “Big Fish.”

Read More: Hulu and Annapurna Announce Streaming Partnership, With Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Project First in Line

Hulu’s origial series “Casual” returns for a third season on May 23. The original documentary “Becoming Bond,” about the life of George Lazenby, who played James Bond in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” will debut on May 20. Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in May below.

May 1

Line of Duty: Complete Season 4 (BBC One)

South Park en Español: Complete Season 20 (Comedy Central)

48 Hrs. (1982)

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

Arrowhead (1952)

A View to a Kill (1985)

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Bad Influence (1990)

Bait Shop
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‘Rodney King’ Trailer: First Look at the Spike Lee–Directed One-Man Show — Watch

‘Rodney King’ Trailer: First Look at the Spike Lee–Directed One-Man Show — Watch
Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming one-man show “Rodney King,” directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. The show is written and performed by long-time Lee collaborator, stage and film actor Roger Guenveur Smith.

Read More: ‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

Rodney King” will be available to stream on Netflix April 28, one day before the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the King case. The verdict led to the Los Angeles riots, which became the most famous case of police brutality in the Us, and left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

Read More: ‘Louis C.K. 2017’ Review: This Bold Netflix Special Proves Being Free From ‘Louie’ Can Be Better For TV

Lee and Smith had previously collaborated in the 2001 film adaptation of Smith’s solo performance “A Huey P. Newton Story,
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Spike Lee’s ‘Rodney King’ Starring Roger Guenveur Smith Acquired by Netflix (Exclusive)

Spike Lee’s ‘Rodney King’ Starring Roger Guenveur Smith Acquired by Netflix (Exclusive)
Netflix has bought the rights to “Rodney King,” directed by Spike Lee and performed as a one-man show by Roger Guenveur Smith. The streaming service has scheduled the project to premiere on April 28.

In addition to starring in “Rodney King,” Smith also serves as an executive produces. Steven Adams and Bob L. Johnson are producing for Luna Ray Media and Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, and Patrick DePeters are executive producing for Buffalo 8 Productions.

The date for airing “Rodney King” has been chosen to coincide with the upcoming 25th anniversary of the state court acquittals of the four Lapd officers who were videotaped beating King in 1991. The acquittals, which took place in Simi Valley, sparked three days of rioting that left 53 dead.

King was credited with having played a key role in ending the rioting,
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New to Streaming: ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ ‘Green Room,’ ‘Burn After Reading,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)

An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical examination of a new era of freedom,
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Great Job, Internet!: Sneakers get shoehorned into movies all the time

Whether one is playing a little basketball (against humans or cartoons), traveling through time, or exacting sweet revenge against one’s enemies, there is no shoe quite as versatile as the sneaker. Now, Parisian filmmaker Candice Drouet, who operates under the rather misleading banner Really Dim, has assembled an eye-popping supercut entitled “Sneakers In Movies” to pay tribute to the greatest gym shoes in cinema. While sneakers have been appearing in movies since their early days, Drouet’s minute-long montage confines itself to films made in the 1980s and later. Still in all, this allows for excerpts from movies as varied as Dope, Blade Runner, Forrest Gump, and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Thanks to his Nike endorsements, Spike Lee is perhaps the director most closely associated with sneakers. Appropriately, two of his films, Do The Right Thing and He Got Game, are included here. The
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Bill Nunn obituary

Actor best remembered as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing

The actor Bill Nunn, who has died aged 63 of leukaemia, was a gentle giant who appeared frequently as a supporting player in mainstream American movies. He was most closely associated with the writer-director Spike Lee, who cast him in four films. The most widely admired of these was the incendiary Do the Right Thing (1989), set over the course of one hot day in Brooklyn during which racial tensions boil over into violence. Nunn played Radio Raheem, who blasts out Public Enemy’s Fight the Power from a boom-box bigger than most home stereo systems. With the exception of one memorable speech on the nature of love and hate, he is a brooding and taciturn figure. His death while being held in a chokehold by police shifts the picture’s climactic riot to another level.

Nunn claimed
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R.I.P. Bill Nunn (1953 – 2016)

American actor Bill Nunn – best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and as Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy – has passed away aged 62 in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Nunn made his acting debut in 1988’s School Daze, and would reunit with director Spike Lee for Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and He Got Game. His other screen credits included New Jack City, Regarding Henry, Sister Act, Kiss the Girls, Runaway Jury and Firehouse Dog.

Spike Lee has led the tributes to Nunn with the following posts on Instagram…
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Newswire: R.I.P. Do The Right Thing and Spider-Man’s Bill Nunn

Variety is reporting that Bill Nunn—who played Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s pivotal 1989 drama Do The Right Thing, and editor Robbie Robertson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies—has died. A celebrated actor of television, stage, and screen, with more than 70 credits to his name, Nunn was 62.

Nunn got his start as an actor in 1988, when he played country boy Grady in Lee’s second feature, School Daze. The two would ultimately work together on four films, with Lee casting the large-framed Nunn in Mo’ Better Blues, He Got Game, and, most prominently, Do The Right Thing.

As the boombox-toting Radio Raheem, Nunn served as one of the engines of that film’s slowly building wave of tension, blasting Public Enemy and giving an impassioned speech about the war between Love and Hate. When conflict erupts over the “Wall Of Fame” in a local ...
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Bill Nunn, Do The Right Thing's Radio Raheem, Has Died

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Bill Nunn, Do The Right Thing's Radio Raheem, Has Died
Bill Nunn, best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing has died. He was 62. Lee took to Instagram several times on Saturday to share his condolences and love for his friend. "My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh," he captioned an old photo of Nunn. "Long Live Bill Nunn. Radio Raheem Is Now Resting In Power. Radio Raheem Will Always Be Fighting Da Powers Dat Be. May God Watch Over Bill Nunn.
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Bill Nunn, Do The Right Thing's Radio Raheem, Has Died

  • PEOPLE.com
Bill Nunn, Do The Right Thing's Radio Raheem, Has Died
Bill Nunn, best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing has died. He was 62. Lee took to Instagram several times on Saturday to share his condolences and love for his friend. "My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh," he captioned an old photo of Nunn. "Long Live Bill Nunn. Radio Raheem Is Now Resting In Power. Radio Raheem Will Always Be Fighting Da Powers Dat Be. May God Watch Over Bill Nunn.
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Bill Nunn, 'Do the Right Thing' Actor, Dead at 62

Bill Nunn, 'Do the Right Thing' Actor, Dead at 62
Bill Nunn, the actor best known for his roles as Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing and the Duh Duh Duh Man in New Jack City, died Saturday in his native Pittsburgh. He was 62.

Spike Lee, Nunn's friend from Morehouse College who cast the actor in 1988's School Daze, Nunn's first role, first announced that Nunn had died Saturday morning. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reported that sources close to the city's theater community and Nunn's family confirmed the actor's death. Nunn's wife told The Associated Press that the actor had been battling cancer.
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Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 62

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Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 62
Bill Nunn, the actor known for portraying Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do The Right Thing” has died. The actor passed away on Saturday morning in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He was 62.

His death was confirmed by Lee, who shared the unfortunate news on his social media accounts. No additional information is known about his cause of death.

“Radio Raheem is now resting in power. Radio Raheem will always be fighting da powers dat be,” the filmmaker wrote on Instagram. “May God watch over Bill Nunn.” Lee also paid tribute to his friend by quoting Radio Raheem’s monologue in a separate post, “Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil.”

Read More: ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series Based On Spike Lee Film Coming To Netflix

Nunn made his feature film debut in Lee’s “School Daze.
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Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 62

Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 62
Bill Nunn, the actor known for playing Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s film “Do The Right Thing” and Robbie Robertson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, has died. He was 62.

Lee, who worked with Nunn on “He Got Game,” “School Daze” and “Mo’ Better Blues” in addition to “Do The Right Thing,” posted on Instagram Saturday to confirm the actor’s death. Lee wrote that Nunn passed away earlier that morning in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa.

“Radio Raheem is now resting in power,” the director wrote. “Radio Raheem will always be fighting da powers dat be. May God watch over Bill Nunn.”

The director followed up soon after with a second tribute:

“Radio Raheem. Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate! It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love! These five fingers,
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Netflix Orders Series From Spike Lee Based On His Film She’S Gotta Have It

Today’s modern television culture has opened the floodgates for all sorts of creatives. In the past, TV was a medium that was oftentimes creatively constricting, and as such, many auteurs stuck to film, where their visions could flourish. The past decade has seen a definite shift away from episodic storytelling to more serialized content — content that could exist in an ongoing format or as a limited series.

This has attracted a good number of filmmakers and actors to the medium, who see unique opportunities. The latest filmmaker to make the jump from film to TV is Spike Lee, the director of such films as Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, Bamboozled, and He Got Game. Now, according to Deadline, Netflix has just ordered a series from Spike Lee. The project: 10-episode re-imagining of Lee’s 1986 breakout film She’s Gotta Have It.

Here's what the outlet said
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Ten of the Best Portrayals of Athletes by Actors

There’s lots of sports movies and lots of actors trying to pass as athletes, but very few can actually pull it off. I mean, have you seen Michael J. Fox playing basketball in Teen Wolf? And no, I’m not gonna make a Parkinson’s joke, so get bent. Anyway, becoming an athlete on screen isn’t easy, but here are ten portrayals where the actor or actress was convincing. The rule for this rundown, though, is that the actor didn’t play professionally in the sport that his character plays in the movie -so no Ray Allen in He Got Game. Got it?

Ten of the Best Portrayals of Athletes by Actors
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Golden Globes 2016: DiCaprio, Lawrence, The Martian and The Revenant win top awards – as it happened

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Ricky Gervais was as sharp-tongued a host as ever and the guests included the cream of the world’s film and TV for the first awards show of the season. We followed every moment live

Full list of winnersThe Revenant wins top prize as Ricky Gervais skewers the starsStars arrive on the red carpetOpening monologue pulls no punches

4.15am GMT

It was a night that started with a load of crass jokes, which then delivered its fair share of shocks before finishing with the familiar sight of Alejandro Inarritu holding a golden object over his head.

Branded as “the biggest party of the year” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globe Awards are traditionally viewed as the fun, slightly tipsy cousin of Hollywood’s awards show circuit.

That didn’t lessen the delight of the team behind the night’s big biggest winner, The Revenant, which won a fleet of top prizes:,
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