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John Singleton: Boyz N the Hood director dies

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Boyz N the Hood sent audiences reeling and marked the start of an uneven career for a writer-director whose films were rooted in lived experience

“Hollywood wasnt ready for John Singleton when he exploded on to the movie scene at the age of 23 and maybe its been unready ever since. When Singleton was nominated for the best director Oscar for his sensational 1991 debut Boyz N the Hood (for which he also wrote the original screenplay), he was the first African American film-maker to have been entered for the category and the youngest person ever.

He didnt win. But as Singleton sent audiences reeling out of theatres with Ice Cubes How to Survive in South Central over the closing credits, it seemed to many that here was a young master, with a compelling film about young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles, something to be compared to Scorseses Mean Streets or Fellinis I Vitelloni. Yet despite the respect and affection for him, despite a strong professional work rate, despite continued creativity and focus resulting most recently in a new TV crime series Snowfall Singleton arguably did not have the fully realized directorial career that others had.

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Imperious debut Ice Cube in Boyz n the Hood. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia

But most other directors couldnt boast of anything approaching the ferocity of his Boyz N the Hood, a masterpiece that seems to thump, judder and pulse with police helicopter rotor blades, or semiautomatic gunfire, or music in the streets. Cuba Gooding Jr plays Tre; Ice Cube is his troubled friend Doughboy and Morris Chestnut is Doughboys brother Ricky. Tyra Ferrell is superb in the role of their mother and Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne play Tres estranged parents…………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/29/john-singleton-maverick-director-with-a-radical-edge

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Spice Girls to become superheroes in animated movie

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All five original band members are set to lend their voices to a film that will feature original singles and new songs

“An animated Spice Girls movie is in the works at Paramount. The film will feature the voices of all five members of the original band and a plot in which the quintet become superheroes.

It will be produced by 90s music mogul Simon Fuller, and written by Karen McCullah and Kiwi Smith, whose credits include The House Bunny and Legally Blonde. A director is not yet attached.”

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You’ll only be able to watch Steven Spielberg’s horror streaming series after midnight

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“Steve Spielberg is writing a horror series for the mobile-friendly streaming platform Quibi—but the caveat is, you’ll only be able to view it after the sun goes down.

The nighttime-confined series is aptly titled, Spielberg’s After Dark. According to Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, Spielberg “has already written five or six episodes” of a 10-or 12-part story. Quibi, short for “quick bites,” refers to episodes as chapters.

“Steven Spielberg came in, and said, ‘I have a super scary story I want to do,’” Katzenberg said at a film festival event. “He’s writing it himself. He hasn’t (written anything in a while) so getting him to write something is fantastic.”

Spielberg wanted to add an extra layer of horror to After Dark by making it so that viewers could watch an episode only after midnight. Quibi engineers came up with a way to make this happen.

The service will feature a countdown clock that will track both sunset and sunrise in the user’s respective timezone. When the sun rises, the episode will disappear from the Quibi app until the following night……………………………………..”

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/steven-spielberg-horror-series-night-quibi/

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Harvey Weinstein and accusers reach tentative $44m compensation deal

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The agreement would resolve lawsuits and compensate the Hollywood producers alleged victims

“Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44m deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate his alleged victims of sexual misconduct, according to reports.

The deal, which has been reached with his accusers, his former film studios board members and the New York attorney generals office, was reported by the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press.

More than 15 lawsuits have been filed accusing Weinstein or his company Weinstein & Co of misconduct. The settlement would cover many of them, including a class action by alleged victims and a suit by the New York attorney general.

Harvey Weinstein still faces criminal charges of rape and performing a forcible sex act. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge in New York on Thursday that an economic agreement in principal had been reached, AP said. The amount of the settlement was not provided.

A representative for Harvey Weinstein and Weinstein Co did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Weinstein, who won plaudits and awards through his company and another studio, Miramax, for movies including Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction and The Kings Speech, fell from grace after more than 70 women, mostly young actresses and others in the movie business, accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.

As the accusations against Weinstein mounted, his company Weinstein Co fired him and filed for bankruptcy, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His case helped launch the #MeToo movement, which has led to dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields being accused of sexual misconduct.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/23/harvey-weinstein-accusers-reach-tentative-44m-deal

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