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Spike Lee Set for Film at Lincoln Center Chaplin Award and Retrospective of Key Works

Spike Lee Set for Film at Lincoln Center Chaplin Award and Retrospective of Key Works
Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee might not be in the awards season mix this year — after finally winning his first Oscar last year for scripting “BlacKkKlansman,” he’s deserving of a break — but the indelible New Yorker will be on hand to accept at least one huge honor in 2020. Film at Lincoln Center has announced that Lee will be honored at the 46th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 27, 2020. “We are delighted to honor Spike Lee, an original and iconic New York filmmaker,” said Ann Tenenbaum, Film at Lincoln Center’s Board Chairwoman, in an official statement. “It is thrilling to welcome his bold voice into the pantheon of artists who have received the Chaplin Award.”

The Chaplin Award Gala is the organization’s most important fundraising event of the year and all proceeds benefit the organization in its mission to support the art and craft of cinema. The annual gala
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Amazon Studios, Once an Indie Haven, Concludes That Films Are Products

Amazon Studios went bold when it chose the first film to bear its name in 2015 — Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” the gun-violence musical satire based on an Aristophanes play, with a portmanteau title that combined “Chicago” and “Iraq.” It was a tough sell, even for Lee, who said “everybody said no except Amazon.”

It was also that year Amazon assembled an indie dream team to run its film operation — festival-favorite producer Ted Hope, “Pan’s Labyrinth” marketer Bob Berney, and former critic Scott Foundas. For independent filmmakers and audiences who loved them, the e-commerce giant’s foray into movies looked like a much-needed boost.

But just a few years later, that era is over. Although Hope and Foundas are still in place, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke has spent 18 months heading the operation and, as she told the New York Times, she is steering the film division in a new direction:
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All the McU Details From D23: Loki, ‘WandaVision,’ ‘She Hulk,’ ‘Ms. Marvel,’ and More

The Infinity Saga may be over, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe will barrel forward with the November launch of Disney+. At D23 Expo in Anaheim on Friday, Marvel head Kevin Feige confirmed that the upcoming slate of series scheduled to premiere on the Disney streaming platform will be integrated into the films just as the current McU movies are and always have been.

“These episodes will intersect with the movies in a very big way,” Feige said. “It’s a totally new form of storytelling that we get to play with and explore.”

Although Marvel fans already knew a handful of titles to expect, ranging from “WandaVision” and the Untitled Loki Series, Feige also announced three new titles. Details, below.

Untitled Loki Series

McU regular Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki for the Disney+ series. Daniel Brühl will return as Zemo, joined by Emily VanCamp, who played Sharon Carter in the “Captain America” films.
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Bryan Cranston Showtime Series ‘Your Honor’ Casts Carmen Ejogo, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

  • Variety
The upcoming Showtime drama series “Your Honor” has added Carmen Ejogo and Isiah Whitlock Jr. to its cast as series regulars.

The pair join previously announced series lead Bryan Cranston. Cranston stars as a respected New Orleans judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. The series also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Sofia Black-d’Elia, and Hunter Doohan.

Ejogo will play Lee Delamere, a smart lawyer at a moneyed law firm whose passionate pursuit of justice pulls her back into the New Orleans criminal justice system. Ejogo is known for her appearances in films such as “Selma,” the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, and “The Purge: Anarchy.” On the television side, she recently starred in the third season of “True Detective” at HBO as well as Starz’ “The Girlfriend Experience,” and will appear in the upcoming “Madam C.J. Walker” series for Netflix.
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‘Candyman’: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo Join Jordan Peele’s Spiritual Sequel To Classic Horror

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‘Candyman’: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo Join Jordan Peele’s Spiritual Sequel To Classic Horror
Exclusive: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) are ready to say his name five times in the mirror. The two actors have joined Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us) and Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk) in MGM and Jordan Peele’s forthcoming reboot of the classic horror film Candyman, which has begun principal photography this week in Chicago. Universal Pictures will distribute Candyman globally with the U.S. release date set for June 12, 2020.

The film from MGM and Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions will be directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) and will be a spiritual sequel to Benard Rose’s 1992 gothic horror movie which was originally based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden. The film will be shot entirely in Chicago and feature various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
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Dave Chappelle To Receive Mark Twain Prize; Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart & Jon Stewart Among Guests – Update

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Dave Chappelle To Receive Mark Twain Prize; Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart & Jon Stewart Among Guests – Update
Updated, 8:22 Am: The Kennedy Center has set the talent lineup for its Mark Twain Prize for American Humor gala celebrating Dave Chappelle. Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish. Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen for the October 27 event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. Other guests will be announced for the show that PBS will air in January.

Previously, May 7: Dave Chappelle will be the recipient of this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The honor, in its 22nd year being handed out by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will be bestowed at an gala performance event October 27 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, best known as Mark Twain.
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The Most Overlooked Movies of the Decade — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week, IndieWire published our list of the 100 Best Movies of the 2010s.

Of course, any list of 100 movies barely scratches the surface of a decade that saw the release of thousands (and thousands), and a ton of special films — especially of the contested or obscure varieties — didn’t make the cut. And, so with that in mind, we asked our panel of film critics to pick the one overlooked film of the past 10 years that they most hope people will find, rediscover, or reconsider in the future.

Advantageous” (Jennifer Phang)

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There’s always been an abundance of beautifully insightful films that miss the general audience conversation but few have been as audaciously assured as director Jennifer Phang’s 2015 feature “Advantageous.
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Alyssa Milano Calls for a Sex Strike ‘Until We Get Bodily Autonomy Back’

Alyssa Milano Calls for a Sex Strike ‘Until We Get Bodily Autonomy Back’
Days after calling for the film industry to boycott Georgia due to the state’s anti-abortion Heartbeat Bill, Alyssa Milano has taken her fight for women’s reproductive rights a step further by announcing a sex strike.

“Our reproductive rights are being erased,” the actress tweeted. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. Join Me by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”

Sex strikes date back to at least Aristophanes’ 411 BC comedy “Lysistrata,” in which the title character attempts to end the Peloponnesian War by calling on women from the warring city states to withhold sex until peace is negotiated. Spike Lee’s film “Chi-Raq” brought the concept to present-day Chicago as a means of drawing attention to the city’s gang violence.

“I will do everything in my power to
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Alyssa Milano Calls for 'Sex Strike' Over Georgia Anti-Abortion Law

  • TMZ
Alyssa Milano Calls for 'Sex Strike' Over Georgia Anti-Abortion Law
Alyssa Milano has declared all-out war on Georgia ... urging women to stop having sex until Georgia repeals its law severely limiting abortion. In case you haven't heard, Georgia is the latest state -- there are 5 others -- that prohibits abortion after doctors can detect a heartbeat in the fetus. Heartbeats are usually detected after 6 weeks, and many women don't even know they're pregnant until later. Alyssa says, "Our reproductive rights are being erased.  Until women
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Amazon Announces All Voices Film Festival for Filmmakers From Underrepresented Communities

Amazon Prime Video has announced the All Voices Film Festival, which will showcase short films from American filmmakers hailing from underrepresented and marginalized communities. The grand prize for the contest is $25,000 and a tour of Amazon Studios, with four finalists receiving $10,000; all five of them will be featured on Prime Video.

Submissions “must be created by or feature people from marginalized communities, such as people of color and ethnic, gender and religious minorities, Lgbtq people, veterans and people with disabilities,” according to Variety. Submissions open on April 8 and are capped at 40 minutes.

“At Amazon Studios, we are looking for passionate storytellers who reflect and represent all backgrounds, specifically so that we can share their experiences and stories. We created this opportunity because we wanted a way for underrepresented voices to be heard,” said Latasha Gillespie, Amazon Studios’ head of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Founded in 2010, Amazon Studios began distributing films
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"Wu-Tang: An American Saga": Anthony Chisholm, Armen Garo & Caleb Castille To Recur in Hulu Series

  • Deadline
Anthony Chisholm (Random Acts of Flyness), Armen Garo (The Sopranos) and Caleb Castille (Run The Race) are set to recur in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television.

Created and written by The RZA and Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history, and will explore and expand the band’s world. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs (Ashton Sanders) aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Chisholm will play Old Chess Player, an older man with a sense of humor, he
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Nick Cannon, Whoopi Goldberg to Star in Animated Feature ‘Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk’

  • The Wrap
Nick Cannon, Whoopi Goldberg to Star in Animated Feature ‘Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk’
Nick Cannon and Whoopi Goldberg will star in the animated feature film “Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk,” which will be directed by Exodus Film Group’s John D. Eraklis.

Exodus and Nick Cannon’s Ncredible Entertainment banner are teaming up to produce the full-length animated feature. Cannon will voice the lead character while also overseeing the music and producing alongside executive producer Michael Goldman.

Jennifer Coolidge and Kenan Thompson will also star.

Also Read: Whoopi Goldberg Details Serious Pneumonia Bout: 'I Came Very, Very Close to Leaving the Earth' (Video)

The film is being produced and financed by Ciaran Crampton and Chase Muratore of New York City-based Sugar Water Entertainment.

“Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk” is set in New York City and follows Pierre, who is a product of love between a hawk and a pigeon, so he’s rejected by both communities. He sets out on a mission to find where he belongs,
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Beale Street Star Teyonah Parris Is Set to Take on Candyman

Beale Street Star Teyonah Parris Is Set to Take on Candyman
Casting is really heating up for producer Jordan Peele's upcoming "spiritual sequel" to Bernard Rose's original 1992 adaptation of Clive Barker's Candyman. Last week we learned that Aquaman villain Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in talks for the starring role, and today we have word that the studio and the filmmakers are courting If Beale Street Could Talk actress Teyonah Parris for a supporting role.

Teyonah Parris is perhaps best known for her recent role in If Beale Street Could Talk, but the actress has snagged roles in films such as Dear White People and Spike Lee's Chi-Raq. Not to mention roles in TV shows such as Mad Men, where she played Don Draper's secretary Dawn Chambers, Starz sitcom Survivor's Remorse, and Fox's mega-hit series Empire.

Parris potentially joing the cast is all well and good, but one of the biggest bits of new info in
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Samuel L. Jackson Hopes Spike Lee Wins an Oscar, but Thinks His Legacy Is Bigger Than an Award

Samuel L. Jackson Hopes Spike Lee Wins an Oscar, but Thinks His Legacy Is Bigger Than an Award
Hollywood history is made every Oscar night, but this year, the annual awards show could play home to a number of groundbreaking wins in major categories. One of the biggest potential upsets is a Best Director win for Spike Lee, only the sixth black filmmaker nominated in the category. If he wins on Sunday night for “BlackKklansman,” he’ll be the first.

One person who remains inspired by Lee’s body of work over his Oscar nods: his “Do the Right Thing” star and frequent collaborator Samuel L. Jackson. In a recent interview with IndieWire, Jackson — who next appears in “Captain Marvel,” reprising his role of Nick Fury — spoke about the possibility that Lee might make history on Sunday night.

“Oh, it would be great,” Jackson said. “I don’t think not having an Oscar would diminish his career at all. He is who he is, and there are a lot of people,
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Spike Lee Teams with Netflix, Chadwick Boseman for Next Film Project

Spike Lee Teams with Netflix, Chadwick Boseman for Next Film Project
Spike Lee is celebrating his recent award success by heading to Netflix. Variety is reporting that the director’s next project will be a Vietnam-set story called “Da 5 Bloods.”

For his first foray into making a film for the streaming service, Lee has brought on Chadwick Boseman to star. “Da 5 Bloods” will follow the lives of veterans of the Vietnam War who, per Variety’s report, return to the jungle to find their lost innocence.” Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also in talks to join the cast.

Lee is nominated for Best Director (for the first time in his long career) for his film “BlacKkKlansman.” Meanwhile, Boseman had a breakout 2018 playing T’Challa, the lead character in the Best Picture-nominated “Black Panther” and a major part of the mammoth team-up film “Avengers: Infinity War.” This new film “Da 5 Bloods” is expected to go into production following the end of
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‘Games People Play’: Sarunas J. Jackson & Jackie Long To Star In Bet Drama Series; Barry Brewer, Kendall Kyndall To Recur

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‘Games People Play’: Sarunas J. Jackson & Jackie Long To Star In Bet Drama Series; Barry Brewer, Kendall Kyndall To Recur
Exclusive: Sarunas J. Jackson (Insecure) and Jackie Long (Real Husbands Of Hollywood) are set as male leads opposite Lauren London, Parker McKenna Posey and Karen Obilom in the newly titled Games People Play (formerly known as Games Divas Play), Bet’s hour-long scripted drama series from executive producer Tracey Edmonds, slated for premiere in 2019. In addition, comedian Barry Brewer (truTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks) and Kendall Kyndall (Bet’s The Mane Event) have been cast in recurring roles.

Based on the book Games Divas Play by Angela Burt-Murray, Games People Play is a sexy, stylized drama about the L.A. high life, where everyone plays to win. A desperate basketball wife (London) trying to protect her family, a tenacious journalist (Obilom) struggling to rebuild a tarnished career, and a scandalous groupie (Posey) looking to become a star, find it’s murder trying to stay on top.

Jackson will play Marques King,
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Spike Lee Set For Career Honor From Palm Springs Film Festival

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Spike Lee Set For Career Honor From Palm Springs Film Festival
Spike Lee, who’s in this year’s awards race with BlackKklansman, is set to receive the the Career Achievement Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival during its Awards Gala on January 3.

The outspoken filmmaker’s long career ranges from such 1980s fare as She’s Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing through Malcom X, Get on the Bus and Summer of Sam to the more recent OldBoy, Inside Man and Chi-Raq. BlackKklansman stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

“Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights while creating an iconic body of film and television work over his 30-year career,” Psiff Chairman Harold Matzner said. “In BlacKkKlansman, Lee
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Spike Lee to Receive Palm Springs Festival Career Achievement Award

  • Variety
Spike Lee to Receive Palm Springs Festival Career Achievement Award
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has selected Spike Lee as the recipient of its career achievement award.

Lee will be presented with the honor at the festival’s awards gala on Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs from Jan. 3 to Jan 14.

“Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights while creating an iconic body of film and television work over his 30-year career,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “In BlacKkKlansman,’ Lee directs one of his best and most provocative films about an African-American detective and a white detective who are determined to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs. It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Spike Lee.”

Past recipients of the festival’s career achievement award include Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Spike Lee to receive Palm Springs fest career honour

Spike Lee to receive Palm Springs fest career honour
Regina King to collect Psiff Chairman’s Award.

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (Psiff) film awards gala on January 3.

Lee’s honour follows the announcement earlier this week that If Beale Street Could Talk star Regina King will receive the Chairman’s Award at the show.

Lee joins previously announced honourees Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, King, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and the film Green Book.

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood,
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Oscar voters receive DVDs of ‘Beautiful Boy,’ ‘Cold War,’ ‘Suspiria’ and 2 Joaquin Phoenix films

Amazon Studios is a fairly new player in feature films having released its first title, “Chi-Raq,”in 2015. This year it is touting five films to Academy Awards voters, including the heartbreaking family drama “Beautiful Boy” starring Oscar nominees Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet; the red-hot love story “Cold War” by Oscar winner Paweł Pawlikowski (“Ida”); and Luca Guadagnino‘s remake of the horror classic “Suspiria.” All three of these Oscar contenders have been sent to academy members in time to watch over Thanksgiving.

And voters will get a chance to see Joaquin Phoenix in two very different films. In Gus Van Sant‘s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” he portrays John Callahan, a recently paralyzed alcoholic who finds fame drawing newspaper cartoons. And in Lynne Ramsay‘s psychological thriller “You Were Never Really Here,” he plays a traumatized hired gun who rescues trafficked girls. Phoenix
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