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Judging from his Twitter feed, no one is more giddy about ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ than Paul Revere & the Raiders’ singer Mark Lindsay

Judging from his Twitter feed, no one is more giddy about ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ than Paul Revere & the Raiders’ singer Mark Lindsay
Anyone who has followed Quentin Tarantino‘s film career as a writer-director know that he is as much about music selection as he is about searing profanity-laced monologues. Can anyone hear “Stuck in the Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel without thinking of Michael Madsen‘s Mr. Blonde as he cuts the ear off of a cop who’s tied up in a chair in “Resevoir Dogs”? Or who among us can’t help but to flashback to the sight of John Travolta‘s Vincent Vega and Uma Thurman‘s Mia Wallace dancing if they hear Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.”

As usual, Tarantino’s latest opus, the just-opened “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” has several memorable music-related scenes. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, together for the first time ever on the big screen while acting as a kind of middle-age male dynamite, is an event to celebrate in and of itself.
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‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Film Review: Jesse Eisenberg Yearns for Confidence in Brilliant Dark Comedy

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‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Film Review: Jesse Eisenberg Yearns for Confidence in Brilliant Dark Comedy
It’s been 20 years since David Fincher’s ultra-stylized “Fight Club” invited audiences to join its cult of shallow, stifled, macho insecurity, but times have changed. “Fight Club” was a warning shot, offering a vision of the near future in which toxic masculinity eventually formed a cult of personality and become indistinguishable from a terrorist organization. And it’s that world in which Riley Stearns’ similar but fiercely satisfying “The Art of Self-Defense” resides.

The Art of Self-Defense” abandons the superficial artifice of pop brainwashing and instead portrays the world as it too often feels: lonely, muted, and completely devoid of purpose. Jesse Eisenberg’s protagonist, Casey, isn’t lured into a cult of psychological and physical violence because it has a sexy, MTV allure. He’s attracted to dangerous, disturbing people because they’re just ever so slightly more confident than he is. Or rather, they’re better at
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Michael Angelo Covino & Kyle Marvin Assure Viewers Of ‘The Climb’ That They’re Better Friends In Real Life – Cannes Q&A

Michael Angelo Covino & Kyle Marvin Assure Viewers Of ‘The Climb’ That They’re Better Friends In Real Life – Cannes Q&A
American Un Certain Regard entry The Climb has fast become one of the hits of this year’s Cannes, generating a raft of reviews so good it’s like they’d been written by the filmmakers themselves. No need for that, though, because Michael Angelo Covino’s directorial debut feature, which he co-wrote with his co-lead Kyle Marvin, lives up to the praise. A hilarious and—surprisingly—heartwarming comedy about the toxic friendship between two men over the course of several years, The Climb assembles a patchwork of one-take vignettes as a pair of old friends butt heads but can never seem to bring themselves to quit one another.

Covino and Marvin, who first worked on commercials together and have produced features including Kicks and Hunter Gatherer, developed the script off the back of their short of the same name, which premiered at Sundance in 2018. There, the title referred to a bike ride,
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‘The Climb’: First Clip For Cannes Un Certain Regard Buzz Comedy Sold By Memento & Endeavor

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‘The Climb’: First Clip For Cannes Un Certain Regard Buzz Comedy Sold By Memento & Endeavor
Exclusive: Here’s a fun first clip for Cannes buddy comedy The Climb, which has been among the best-reviewed movies in the Un Certain Regard strand so far.

U.S. writer-director Michael Angelo Covino’s feature debut, sold by Memento and Endeavor Content on the Croisette, takes a look at the turbulent friendship between two guys over many years. The film’s debut here was greeted with sustained applause and interest is understood to be strong from U.S. and international suitors.

Covino stars alongside his co-writer and co-producer Kyle Marvin. It’s adapted from their Sundance short inspired by their real-life friendship. Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt and Judith Godréche also star. The Topic Studios production is also produced by Noah Lang.

Covino previously produced Hunter Gather, which won a Special Jury Prize at SXSW and was nominated for the Cassavetes Award in 2017. He also produced Kicks, which
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Latrelle Is an Important Part of On My Block Season 2 - Meet the Actor Who Plays Him

Warning: minor spoilers for On My Block below!

If you've seen the devastating season one finale of On My Block, then you know that Latrelle is an important part of how season two begins. After mistakenly shooting Ruby and Olivia at the latter's quinceañera when he shows up to kill Cesar in the cliffhanger episode, Latrelle's actions set off a domino effect of violence throughout their South Central neighborhood. Given the fact he's a member of the Prophets, who rival Cesar and his brother's gang, the Santos, the neighborhood is divided. The truce that's eventually called between them only lasts so long, leaving Cesar homeless and Latrelle determined to find him and finish the job he started at Olivia's party.

Since we don't want to spoil how their beef evolves throughout the season or who's left standing when the credits for season two's last episode roll, why don't we discuss
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‘Dear White People’: Justin Simien Reveals Season 3 Directors, Including Cheryl Dunye and Kimberly Peirce

‘Dear White People’: Justin Simien Reveals Season 3 Directors, Including Cheryl Dunye and Kimberly Peirce
“Dear White People” is returning for its third season later this year with a slate of directors that pays homage to its indie film roots. Ranging from the returning Kimberly Peirce to relative TV newcomers like Justin Tipping, the show continues to give gifted filmmakers a platform to shine.

“I’m so proud of how many female directors we have this season. It’s amazing,” said cast member Ashley Blaine Featherson during a Television Critics Association set visit. Series creator Justin Simien added, “I don’t need the mandate. It’s in the way I live my life. It’s a given to me that black women need to be telling these stories because black women make up the majority of our audience. “

Simien was excited to swoop in on two directors that some people may not have heard of. “Tiffany Johnson, who is amazing — you will be very aware of her.
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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe’s Showtime Series Finds the Beating Heart of Chicago’s South Side — Watch

‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe’s Showtime Series Finds the Beating Heart of Chicago’s South Side — Watch
Lena Waithe is following up her historic Emmy win with an ambitious new venture: After winning a trophy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Waithe is tackling a drama series set in her sweet home, Chicago.

The Chi,” created and produced by Waithe, “explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago.” The first season was shot entirely in the Windy City and will track the lives of children growing up in the city, teens looking for love, and adults dealing with very adult issues, including police corruption, excessive force, and gang violence.

Read More:‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch

As indicated in the first full trailer below, the series isn’t all doom and gloom. Despite the prominent stories coming out of Chicago, like the much-publicized homicide level, characters inhabited by the likes of Jason Mitchell,
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Mahershala Ali all set to join True Detective Season 3

Author: Zehra Phelan

Mahershala Ali’s career is going from strength to strength it would seem as news is trickling through that the Moonlight and Luke Cage actor is well on the way to closing a deal to star in the third series of True Detective.

Related: Mahershala Ali Interview on Moonlight.

Although the popular HBO show hasn’t been given the go ahead for season from executives, casting movement is well under way in preparation in order to get started as soon as the expected green light is given. As of right now, the character of which Ali would be playing is yet to be confirmed along with any plot details.

Season 1 of True Detective had a rapturous response from audiences, mostly due to the thrilling story and the casting of the brilliant Matthew McConaughey as Rustin Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart as Louisana State Police homicide
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Exclusive: Justin Tipping & Christopher Jordan Wallace talk raw & gritty Kicks + working with Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali

Author: Scott Davis

In amongst all of the big summer blockbusters being released in the next few weeks (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Baywatch, Wonder Woman, The Mummy), there are a few hidden gems that deserve your attention outside of the whizz-bang of the summer season and one such film is Kicks.

Co-written and directed by Justin Tipping, Kicks tells the story of Brandon (Jahking Guillory), a teenager who dreams of owning a new pair of Air Jordans trainers. However, whilst walking through a rough neighbourhood, he is mugged for his trainers leading to him and his two friends (Christopher Jordan Wallace and Christopher Meyer) on a dangerous mission through the streets of Oakland to reclaim them.

The genesis of the idea came from a very sad but powerful moment in Tipping’s own adolescence when he was mugged. but Tipping says it’s an event he wanted
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Notorious B.I.G. Gets a Heartfelt Tribute From His Handsome Son, C.J. Wallace

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Notorious B.I.G. Gets a Heartfelt Tribute From His Handsome Son, C.J. Wallace
The Billboard Music Awards took over Las Vegas on Sunday night, which also marked what would have been Notorious B.I.G.'s 45th birthday. The iconic rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was gunned down in a still-unsolved murder in March 1997. He was 24 years old when he died, leaving behind his wife, R&B singer Faith Evans; his son, Christopher "C.J." Wallace Jr.; and his daughter, T'yanna, from a previous relationship. At the time of Biggie's passing, C.J. was just 4 months old. RelatedFaith Evans on Being Part of Hip-Hop's Most Notorious Couple Now a 20-year-old actor and rapper, C.J. took the stage at Sunday night's show along with Sean "Diddy" Combs to pay tribute to his late father, saying, "I bet my father's looking down on all of us tonight," and, "My sister and I will continue to carry on his name with tremendous pride and live my life by his words.
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Review: Kicks (2016)

The “Jumpman” might not mean much to you if you aren’t a fan of Michael Jordan. The greatest to ever do it on a basketball court, G.O.A.T. for short. He played for the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, picking up six NBA championship rings, and has a phone book-like list of other sporting achievements, including two olympic gold medals. But perhaps, maybe his most iconic sporting moment came when he laced up in the early eighties in a pair of Nike basketball shoes; created especially for him, branded with his surname in a red and black colourway: The Air Jordan 1. They heralded in the era of the sneakerhead, which still continues to this day, spanning generations young and old.

So, we meet Jordan-obsessed teen, Brandon (Jahking Guillory) and his knockabout buddies, Albert (Christopher Jordan Wallace), and Rico (Christopher Meyer), kicking it in the East Bay, Richmond,
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Watch an exclusive clip from acclaimed coming of age drama Kicks

Director Justin Tipping’s acclaimed coming of age drama Kicks is set for a UK release a week from today on Monday, May 22nd, and we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film thanks to Universal Pictures. Watch it below or over on our YouTube channel…

In director Justin Tipping’s feature debut Kicks, inspired by a real-life incident, nothing is as simple as it seems. 15-year-old Brandon (Jahking Guillory), longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy; assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone — even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood, Flaco (Kofi Siriboe). Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors
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New trailer for coming-of-age drama Kicks starring Jahking Guillory

With a little less than three weeks to go until its VOD release, a new trailer has arrived online for the hip-hop driven coming of age tale Kicks. The film marks the directorial feature debut for Justin Tipping and stars Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Kofi Siriboe, Christopher Meyer, and Mahershala Ali; watch it below after the official synopsis…

In director Justin Tipping’s feature debut Kicks, inspired by a real-life incident, nothing is as simple as it seems. 15-year-old Brandon (Jahking Guillory), longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy; assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone — even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood,
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Gritty trailer for Kicks starring Mahershala Ali is surprisingly different

Author: Zehra Phelan

The Tribeca Film Festival Official selection Kicks, which stars Moonlight’s very own Mahershala Ali, has a trailer ahead of its digital-only release on May 22, it’s unique that’s for sure.

Related: Mahersala Ali Moonlight Interview

The production which is inspired by a real-life incident is fused with hip-hop influences on the streets of an angry United States. A coming of age story with a gritty edge, the trailer quite surprisingly features absolutely no dialogue accept the lone lyrics of a track towards the end. Accompanied by a gentle yet menacing musical tone throughout as the events of the young Brandon’s troubled life unfold and his fight back begins despite the danger it places himself and his friends in.

Kicks is the feature debut of director Justin Tipping and Featuring stellar performances from breakout and rising stars including Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace (Notorious) and
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Mahershala Ali Opens Up About Fatherhood: ‘It’s a Different Kind of Crazy’

Mahershala Ali Opens Up About Fatherhood: ‘It’s a Different Kind of Crazy’
Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali is adjusting to life as a father.

“We have a baby, so it’s a different kind of crazy,” he told People while at The Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood Dinner Hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo on Tuesday night. “All in all, fortunately, she sleeps pretty well through the night. It’s just during the day she’s hands on.”

Ali, 43, and his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim welcomed their first child, daughter Bari Najma, in February.

The Moonlight actor shared his favorite moment of parenting with People, describing his 3-week-old daughter’s peaceful moments during sleep.
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What Barry Jenkins, Casey Affleck, Viola Davis and More Are Working on After Their Oscar Victories

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What Barry Jenkins, Casey Affleck, Viola Davis and More Are Working on After Their Oscar Victories
Though many won’t be done obsessing over exactly what happened last night for quite some time, life must go on after the Academy Awards. That applies to the winners as much as anyone else, of course, and all of the big prizewinners have high-profile projects in the works. See below for a look at what they’re up to.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

Adele Romanski (Best Picture, “Moonlight”): Romanski, whose previous credits as producer include last year’s “Morris from America” and “Kicks,” will collaborate with “The Myth of the American Sleepover” writer/director David Robert Mitchell once again on “Under the Silver Lake,” his follow-up to “It Follows.”

Dede Gardner (Best Picture, “Moonlight”): Last night marked Gardner’s second big win at the Academy Awards, following “12 Years a Slave” likewise winning Best Picture three years ago. She also produced James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,
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2017 Oscars: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of the Night

2017 Oscars: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of the Night
The 89th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday, with Jimmy Kimmel at the helm, and the star-studded show was filled with some incredibly close races and a few genuinely surprising upsets -- not to mention a slew of emotionally charged acceptance speeches.

Oh, and it was also the year that they made the most embarrassing mistake in the history of the Oscars when they announced the wrong Best Picture winner!

In honor of Hollywood's biggest night, here are a look at some of the best, worst and absolutely weirdest moments from this year's Oscars.

Photos: Oscars 2017: See the Stars at All the Parties!

The Best

Justin Timberlake Kicks Things Off on a Happy Note

Instead of starting the show with a traditional pre-taped comedy montage, the Oscars decided to let the endlessly charismatic Timberlake open the ceremony with a live, energetic performance of his Oscar-nominated song, "Can't Stop the Feeling," and it set
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In Troubled Times, the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards Finally Found a Purpose

In Troubled Times, the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards Finally Found a Purpose
The Independent Spirit Awards are largely known as the ceremony that takes place the day before the Oscars, and sometimes it looks a little too similar. At their worst, the Spirits play like a series of rehearsal speeches for Sunday. The 2017 edition was mercifully different — with the budget of “La La Land” exceeding the $20 million cap for Spirits nominees, it was mostly an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments “Moonlight” over and over again. More than a socially relevant portrait of alienation, the movie also permeated the cultural landscape. Judging by the conversations swirling around the tent in Santa Monica, it also represented a tipping point for a community of artists on the verge of fresh inspiration.

No matter who won or how quickly the show moves along, the Spirits serve as an opportunity for a meeting of the minds. For the first time in the months following the election, hundreds of filmmakers,
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The Craft of ‘Moonlight’: How a $1.5 Million Indie Landed Eight Oscar Nominations

The Craft of ‘Moonlight’: How a $1.5 Million Indie Landed Eight Oscar Nominations
As the A24 logo appears on screen the sound of ocean waves and Boris Gardiner’s soulful 1973 “Every N***r is a Star” comes on the soundtrack. The film then cuts to Juan (Mahershala Ali) pulling onto a quiet, brightly colored residential street in the hot mid-day sun. In a continuous shot, Juan gets out of his car to survey the drug corner he controls. As he converses with one of his dealers and an addict looking to score, the camera swirls around the three men, who fall in and out of frame.

From a narrative standpoint, we are grounded in Juan’s power and control over this patch of Miami, while seeing glimpses of his compassion that will make him the father figure to the film’s protagonist, Chiron. However, that use of sound, movement, light, and color also introduces us to the world of “Moonlight.” Sound and character ground us in the familiar,
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Steve Bannon Warned of ‘Islamic States of America’ in 2007 Film Treatment

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Steve Bannon Warned of ‘Islamic States of America’ in 2007 Film Treatment
Steve Bannon’s role in the White House has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, with Nancy Pelosi referring to Donald Trump’s chief strategist as a “white supremacist” and “Saturday Night Live” featuring him on last night’s episode (dressed as the Grim Reaper, no less). Bannon has produced a number of independent films in the past, and now the Washington Post reports that, in 2007, he pitched one in which Muslims turn America into the “Islamic States of America.”

Read More: Stephen K. Bannon’s Indie Film Career Contradicts His Alt-Right Vision

WaPo describes the proposal as “a three-part movie that would trace ‘the culture of intolerance’ behind sharia law, examine the ‘‘Fifth Column’ made up of ‘Islamic front groups’ and identify the American enablers paving ‘the road to this unique hell on earth.'” Along with Stephen Miller, Bannon is credited with coming up with last week
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