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'Gook' Director Justin Chon Reflects on L.A. Riots: "In ’92, Everybody Was Angry"

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Gook, the second directorial feature from Justin Chon, tells the story of the 1992 Los Angeles riots from a perspective seldom covered in mainstream media: that of Korean Americans, whose own simmering tensions with their African-American neighbors came to a violent head in the aftermath of the Rodney King trial verdict.

Chon, whose acting credits include the Twilight saga, 21 & Over and Seoul Searching, sets his film on April 29, 1992, and bases it in part on the experience of his father, whose shoe store in Paramount, Calif., was looted during the riots. In the story, Eli (played »


- Rebecca Sun

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'No Man's Land': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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You literally feel the bullets fly in David Byars’ documentary about the 2016 41-day occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge by right-wingers opposed to the federal government. The filmmaker embedded with the militants, gained their trust, and took full advantage of this access to make No Man’s Land a vivid depiction of events that have become emblematic of the current political divide. The film, whose producers include Morgan Spurlock, recently received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Byars, long fascinated by the anti-government activities of the Bundy family, headed to Oregon when he heard they were spearheading a »


- Frank Scheck

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Luc Besson Calls French Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen a "Scammer"

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Outspoken director Luc Besson penned a lengthy screed titled “The Grand Illusion” hitting out at far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Le Pen has made it to the second round of voting and will face off against independent centrist Emmanuel Macron on May 7.

The election has been closely followed by the world’s media because of Le Pen’s isolationist rhetoric which calls for France to leave the EU, ditch the euro currency and close the French borders while kicking out immigrants. The first round of voting completely knocked out the traditional Republican and Socialist parties, creating not only a »


- Rhonda Richford

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Seth Rogen, The Lonely Island Hint at Movie About Musical Festival That Goes "Horribly Wrong"

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Amidst news of the debacle that was the Fyre Festival, a meant-to-be lavish music festival on a secluded Bahamian island catering to the ultra-rich that ended in a Lord of the Flies-esque disaster of unpreparedness and harsh tropical conditions, funnymen Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer) announced on Twitter that they have been working on a film project with a very similar plot.

"This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes Horribly Wrong," Rogen tweeted. 

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- Patrick Shanley

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Tribeca: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks Salute 'Philadelphia' Director Jonathan Demme

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Tom Hanks spoke with Bruce Springsteen at a Tribeca Film Festival panel on Friday night. The two worked together on the 1993 film Philadelphia, directed by Jonathan Demme. Hanks won the Academy Award for best actor in a leading role and Springsteen also won best original song (for the movie-opening "Streets of Philadelphia"). Their reunion happened to take place just two days after Demme's sudden passing, which Hanks acknowledged right away.

"I think the strongest union of our two names is probably Philadelphia — God bless Jonathan Demme," Hanks said before beginning the hour-long conversation. Springsteen added, "We just lost him. He was »


- Taylor Weatherby, Billboard

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