Red Hook Summer (2012) - News Poster

News

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,
See full article at MovieWeb »

Spike Lee To Direct ‘Black Klansman’ With Jordan Peele Producing

It’s been a rough few years to be a Spike Lee fan. He’s one of our best living filmmakers, but his output in the last decade has been underwhelming in one way or another, whether being a bit dull (“Miracle At St. Anna”), quite good but underseen (“Red Hook Summer,” “Chi-Raq”), quite bad and also underseen (“Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus”), or career-nadir-bad and also totally unseen (the “Oldboy” remake).

Continue reading Spike Lee To Direct ‘Black Klansman’ With Jordan Peele Producing at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Isiah Whitlock Jr. is an American actor who is best known for his role as Clay Davis in the HBO TV series “The Wire.” He portrays a corrupt state senator whom some fans love and others despise. He’s also made appearances in “Red Hook Summer,” “She Hate Me” and “Chi-Raq.” He has a unique sense of humor and this is part of his appeal to fans. He can be funny when he wants to be but when he’s not funny, he can be flat out scary. Whitlock has the ability to portray serious characters or funny ones and his talent

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Isiah Whitlock Jr.
See full article at TVovermind.com »

Inside Nate Parker's Troubled Childhood and Rise to Hollywood After College Rape Case

  • PEOPLE.com
Nate Parker became an overnight sensation in Hollywood after his film The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, starred in, directed and produced, earned universal praise, scoring an unprecedented $17 million deal at the Sundance Film Festival and earning him glowing comparisons to Orson Welles. But the acclaim has been overshadowed by his involvement in a 1999 rape case after recent reports surfaced that the woman had committed suicide in 2012, shining a harsh spotlight on a man who endured a troubled childhood before charting his path to stardom. Birth of a Nation, a historical drama that tells the story of Nat Turner's famous 1831 slave revolt,
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Inside Nate Parker's Troubled Childhood and Rise to Hollywood After College Rape Case

  • PEOPLE.com
Nate Parker became an overnight sensation in Hollywood after his film The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, starred in, directed and produced, earned universal praise, scoring an unprecedented $17 million deal at the Sundance Film Festival and earning him glowing comparisons to Orson Welles. But the acclaim has been overshadowed by his involvement in a 1999 rape case after recent reports surfaced that the woman had committed suicide in 2012, shining a harsh spotlight on a man who endured a troubled childhood before charting his path to stardom. Birth of a Nation, a historical drama that tells the story of Nat Turner's famous 1831 slave revolt,
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Rape Charge Haunts 'Birth of a Nation' Star

Rape Charge Haunts 'Birth of a Nation' Star
A dark chapter in the past of actor and filmmaker Nate Parker has come back to haunt him ahead of the release of The Birth of a Nation, a movie about a Virginia slave rebellion in 1831 that many heralded as an Oscar frontrunner when it screened at Sundance in January. In recent weeks, details surrounding a rape accusation he faced while in college have come to light and, despite his acquittal of the charges, he has had to confront them in the press and on his social media.

In 1999, an
See full article at Rolling Stone »

2016 Fall Movie Preview: 12 Breakout Talents to Look Forward to This Season

  • Indiewire
2016 Fall Movie Preview: 12 Breakout Talents to Look Forward to This Season
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

White Girl,” September 2 – Elizabeth Wood, Writer and Director

Elizabeth Wood’s feature film debut was almost immediately deemed “shocking!” and “racy!” and “wild!” as soon as it debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but underneath a film about throwing caution to the wind in the pursuit of both terrible decisions and the capricious joys of youth beats a big, honest heart. Wood’s
See full article at Indiewire »

Nate Parker to Receive Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award

Nate Parker to Receive Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award
Sundance Institute announced that Nate Parker is this year’s Vanguard Award recipient. The award will be presented to the director and actor at the Night Before Next celebration on August 11 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The summer festivity will benefit the Institute and its artists on the eve of Sundance Next Fest.

“Night Before Next will bring our community together to celebrate and support independent artists who create bold, original work,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “In this spirit, we are excited to honor Nate Parker as he prepares to release the extraordinary film ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ which we supported during development and premiered at our Festival.”

Read More: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Trailer: Nate Parker Is a Child of God in New Look at His Sundance Prizewinner

Parker, who is making his directorial debut with “The Birth of a Nation,
See full article at Indiewire »

The Birth Of Nation Trailer Debuts – Directed By And Stars Nate Parker

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for director Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation.

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

In his Sundance Film Festival review, The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy says the film, “offers up more than enough in terms of intelligence, insight, historical research and religious nuance to not at all be considered a missed opportunity. Far more of the essentials made it into the film than not; its makers’ dedication and minute attention are constantly felt, and the subject matter is still rare enough onscreen as to be welcome and needed,
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

‘Birth Of A Nation’ sets Sundance record after being bought for $17.5 million

Birth Of A Nation Sundance debut draws bid of up to $20 million. Birth Of A Nation Sundance debut attracts huge bids.

The Birth Of A Nation Sundance debut is quite something as Oscar is already being whispers for a year’s time.

Nate Parker‘s slavery drama The Birth of a Nation has been acquired at the Sundance Film Festival for a record $17.5 million. Fox Searchlight paid the huge amount for the film, which easily beats the previous record which was set by Little Miss Sunshine, which sold for $10.5 million ten years ago.

Comparisons to 12 Years A Slave are being made for the film which The Verge are reporting that Netflix apparently made an offer of $20 million for. The budget of the film is a reported $10 million – so effectively investors are already into profit.

Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union star in the film,
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Five Questions with The Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker

For his debut as a feature film writer and director, Nate Parker has told the story of a personal hero: Nat Turner. The Birth of a Nation is also the first major fiction film about Turner, the leader of an infamous 1831 slave rebellion. Parker himself stars as Turner, having appeared in more than 20 films to date, including Red Hook Summer, The Great Debaters and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Below, Parker speaks with Filmmaker about his film’s eye-catching title, Turner’s legacy and what he hopes modern audiences take away from this story. The Birth of a Nation premieres in the U.S Dramatic Competition at […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine »

Five Questions with The Birth of a Nation Director Nate Parker

For his debut as a feature film writer and director, Nate Parker has told the story of a personal hero: Nat Turner. The Birth of a Nation is also the first major fiction film about Turner, the leader of an infamous 1831 slave rebellion. Parker himself stars as Turner, having appeared in more than 20 films to date, including Red Hook Summer, The Great Debaters and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Below, Parker speaks with Filmmaker about his film’s eye-catching title, Turner’s legacy and what he hopes modern audiences take away from this story. The Birth of a Nation premieres in the U.S Dramatic Competition at […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine_Director Interviews »

Finding Absurdity and Excellence in Spike Lee's 'Chi-raq'

There were a few reasons I fully expected to be disappointed by “Chi-raq.” For one, I’d seen the trailer. For another, “Red Hook Summer.” And for a third reason, this horrifying quote from Spike Lee about how a sex strike could effect on-campus rapes, as if 1.) women are the ones who should be tasked with stopping on-campus rapes and 2.) rape is more connected to acts of sex, than acts of power, dominance or violence. Equally disturbing was this song that was allegedly going to be featured in the film. Luckily, that song does not appear in its entirety—specifically, those troubling lyrics that seem to speak out against Black Lives Matter activists, nor does Spike Lee’s quote about the...
See full article at ShadowAndAct »

Spike Lee Films, Ranked From Worst to Best

  • Vulture
Spike Lee Films, Ranked From Worst to Best
This list originally ran in August 2012, tied to the release of Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. In the three years since, Lee has released a 2013 remake of Oldboy, last year's Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, and, as of this week, the powerful mess of a film Chi-Raq. We've updated this list to include those recent offerings from this true Hollywood original. Spike Lee has been making films for a little more than a quarter century, and while he's had both misfires and masterpieces, the one thing you can say about his movies is that they are never, ever boring. We went through the Lee canon and ruthlessly ranked his films, from worst to best. We included only his theatrical releases — Lee has made several television documentaries and even a TV pilot — with one notable exception (his Katrina doc for HBO, When the Levees Broke), because it's one of
See full article at Vulture »

Chi-raq | Review

Sexual Healing: Spike Lee’s New Joint Aims to Anoint

Provocateur Spike Lee continues to fling his ambition into surprising experimental formats and narratives. Following the box office failure of his 2008 war drama Miracle at St. Anna, Lee has branched out inventively, though his feature narrative products have not often received the same level of critical acclaim elicited by his early titles from the late 80s and early 90s when he was a lone representative of black independent cinema at the art house. After funding 2012’s Red Hook Summer out of pocket and controversially trawling Kickstarter for 2014’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (a remake of Bill Gunn’s 1973 classic Ganja & Hess), he’s back with his grandest platform in quite some time with Chi-raq, so named for the controversial moniker Chicago has earned due to the astronomical urban violence plaguing the metropolis’ South Side. Assembling an impressive cast, including
See full article at IONCINEMA.com »

Review: Spike Lee’s 'Chi-Raq’ Starring Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes & Angela Bassett

It’s been difficult to be a Spike Lee apologist in the last few years. While some of the director’s dramas like “25th Hour” have found their rightful due as contemporary masterpieces, the subsequent dearth of Lee’s worthwhile narrative efforts, and the flop of many, have hastened some critics to declare the filmmaker's best days are behind him (one could argue a premature honorary Oscar doesn’t help that notion). In some cases, beyond conveniently forgetting “Inside Man,” this assertion is hard to argue, as his narratives of any class or budget had stem-to-stern problems, whether its glossy Hollywood remakes (“Oldboy”), or Kickstarter-funded micro-indies (“Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus”). A focused control of tone seemed to have escaped the filmmaker in egregiously fundamental ways and even medium works have jumped the shark at their points of intended provocation (“Red Hook Summer”). There were lifeboats to point to — while
See full article at The Playlist »

These Movies Are About to Expire on Netflix!

  • BuzzSugar
It's that time of the month! You know, the time when we find out which movies and TV shows are about to disappear from Netflix. While a ton of new titles are coming in December, there's also a lengthy list of things that are about to go bye-bye. Take a look at all the movies below, and make sure you catch them before they're gone! Expiring Dec. 1 All About Eve Batman Begins Beverly Hills Cop III Brian's Song The Brothers Grimm The 'Burbs Cop Land The Dark Crystal Employee of the Month Forces of Nature Get Low The Great Escape The High and Mighty The Hustler Insomnia Juice K-19: The Widowmaker Labyrinth Last Night Modern Problems My Best Friend's Wedding Necessary Roughness The Omen The Pink Panther 2 Shrink Soapdish Trek Nation Two Can Play That Game Expiring Dec. 12 Rescue Me, seasons 1-7 Expiring Dec. 15 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Expiring Dec.
See full article at BuzzSugar »

Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in December

The holiday season is here and like a lot of you, I plan on staying inside as much as I can and watching some great TV and movies. Thankfully Netflix is here to help with a new batch of offerings for December. They are also removing some titles you may want to watch while you can! Of course we are all waiting to see this Bill Murray Christmas special which arrives December 4th. Have a safe and happy viewing month everyone! Check out the full listings below:

All Title Dates are Subject to Change

Netflix U.S. Release Dates Only

Available 12/1

#DeathToSelfie (2014)

30 for 30: Chasing Tyson (2015)

50 Shades of They: Season 1

A Christmas Star (2015)

A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z (2014)

Amnesiac (2015)

Broadchurch: Season 2

Cbgb (2013)

Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

Darkman (1990)

Detectorists: Season 1

I’m Brent Morin — Netflix Original
See full article at City of Films »

Chi-Raq review: Spike Lee's urgent, angry – and very sexy – midlife masterpiece

The film-maker is back at the top of his game with this incendiary look at life in a gang-ravaged Chicago, featuring a break-out performance from Teyonah Parris – and giving Amazon Studios a terrific debut

Related: Do the right thing: Spike Lee's Chicago film must avoid the city's crime clichés

Don’t come to Chi-Raq looking for a carefully articulated, plot-driven exposé into America’s gang and gun cultures. Oh, a message gets out, but this a Spike Lee joint and, as his mid-career has shown, he’s shrugged off the cloak of the “prestige film-maker” and fully embraced the more risky title of Artist. Recent projects Red Hook Summer and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus have been near-misses; “stylish” and “interesting”. With Chi-Raq, his big, go-for-broke swing finally fully connects with the ball and knocks it out of the park. While formally quite different from his more universally-respected early work,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

What's Leaving Netflix in December 2015

  • Moviefone
It's last call for several horror films, including "The Silence of the Lambs" and the "The Omen" trilogy, which are leaving Netflix in December.

Also going bye-bye: Both versions of manly tearjerker "Brian's Song" and classics including "All About Eve" (1950), "The Great Escape" (1963) and "The Hustler" (1961). And if you want to stream '80s favorites "The Dark Crystal" (1982) or "Labyrinth" (1986), better get on that before December 1.

Here's what's leaving Netflix in December 2015.

Leaving December 1

"All About Eve" (1950)

"The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes": Season 1 (2012)

"Batman Begins" (2005)

"Beverly Hills Cop III" (1994)

"Brian's Song" (1971)

"Brian's Song" (2001)

"The Brothers Grimm" (2005)

"The Burbs" (1989)

"Cop Land" (1997)

"Damien: Omen II" (1978)

"The Dark Crystal" (1982)

"Employee of the Month" (2006)

"Forces of Nature" (1999)

"Get Low" (2009)

"The Great Escape" (1963)

"The Guardian": Season 1-3

"The High and the Mighty" (1954)

"The Hustler" (1961)

"Insomnia" (2002)

"Juice" (1992)

"K-19: The Widowmaker" (2002)

"Labyrinth" (1986)

"Last Night" (2010)

"Left Behind: The Movie" (2000)

"Left Behind II: Tribulation Force
See full article at Moviefone »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Showtimes | External Sites