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Spike Lee debuts BlacKkKlansman at Cannes and had a lot to say

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The crowd stood up and roared with appreciation for six straight minutes as the credits rolled on Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, which premiered at Cannes on Monday. Meanwhile, this trailer gives us all a first look at the prolific filmmaker’s latest work.

BlacKkKlansman recounts the true-life story of Ron Stallworth, a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1979. He was working at the Colorado Springs Police Department when he came across a classified ad for the hate group and decided to call the number.

“I eventually spoke with a gentleman over the phone responding to that ad, and the gentleman explained to me that he was starting a Klan chapter in Colorado Springs and was looking for new people,” the real-life Stallworth explained in a 2006 interview with NPR.

With help from a white undercover officer working at the department’s narcotics desk — he posed as the man behind the call for in-person meetings — Stallworth joined the KKK. His certificate of membership was even signed by David Duke, the hate group’s former Grand Wizard.

The trailer strikes a humorous tone, but the movie comes with a serious message. It ends, in a much-buzzed-about coda, with a montage of scenes from the summer 2017 white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va. that turned deadly.

The sequence wraps up with a dedication to Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when one of the white supremacist marchers, James Fields, Jr., plowed his car into a crowd. BlacKkKlansman happens to open on Aug. 10, just a couple days before the one-year anniversary of Heyer’s death.

At the film’s Cannes press conference, Lee described

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‘Logan’ director James Mangold said to take on Boba Fett spinoff

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Fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett may finally be getting his own movie, if a new report is to be believed.

James Mangold has just been set to write and direct a spinoff about the Star Wars bounty hunter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mangold’s recent credits include Logan and The Wolverine.

The news comes just as another character-centric Star Wars spinoff, Solo: A Star Wars Story, hits theaters. 

Han Solo and Boba Fett aren’t the only Star Wars characters embarking on standalone adventures. Lucasfilm allegedly has a number of unofficial spinoff projects in development, including a movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi that reportedly has Stephen Daldry in talks to direct. 

The possibility of a Boba Fett movie has been swirling for some time now. A number of reports have said the bounty hunter was the subject of the film that director Josh Trank was working on — until Lucasfilm fired him after his antics on the set of Fantastic Four

More recently, Simon Kinberg was rumored to be producing a Boba Fett project. It’s unclear if he’s involved with Mangold’s film. 

No official confirmation or release date has been announced for the Boba Fett film, and no plot details were revealed in the report.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/24/boba-fett-spinoff-star-wars/

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Jake Gyllenhaal Set To Star As Villain In ‘Spider-Man’ Sequel

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Despite not being named Chris, actor Jake Gyllenhaal is a famous white guy with a jawline, so it was only a matter of time before he ended up in a superhero movie.

While he’s resisted the allure of tights and a cape for years, reports are now circulating that the Oscar nominee is in talks to star as the villain in the already announced sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” according to Variety.

Gyllenhaal will reportedly play Mysterio, a big bad who’s been a pain in Spidey’s side throughout comic book history. His most well-known alter-ego is Quentin Beck, a special effects expert turned supervillain who manipulates reality to disarm his foes.

While the fate of everybody’s favorite web slinger was left up in the air after the events of “Avengers: Infinity War,” we know he’ll live another day in the next film in the franchise alongside Zendaya, Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton as Vulture.

Jon Watts will also return as director with Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley writing the script.

Gyllenhaal has flirted with the superhero universe once before, as he was close to replacing the original Spider-Man, aka Toby Maguire, after the actor’s injury on the set of “Seabiscuit.” Alas, it was not meant to be and Maguire returned for two more sequels and Gyllenhaal went on star in “Brokeback Mountain.”

But don’t let his serious dramatic pedigree fool you. Gyllenhaal has always been a fan of the genre, even as his tastes have skewed further away from blockbuster fare.

“Superhero movies have inspired me. I remember when I saw ’Thor” I was really inspired,” he said at SXSW in 2016. “There’s a reason for myth. They are so moving and so important.”

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‘American Animals’ is a based-on-a-true-story crime drama with a documentary twist

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American Animals stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson as four college kids who plot to steal a priceless book.

It also features Warren Lipka, Spencer Reinhard, Chas Allen, and Eric Borsuk – the lead characters’ real-life counterparts, and the people who actually perpetrated that heist.

That documentary element sets American Animals apart from your typical Hollywood crime drama, reminding us that, as director Bart Layton puts it, “these are real people, these are real decisions, there are real consequences.”

The real guys add new context to everything we’re seeing, questioning and commenting on the proceedings with the hard-won benefit of hindsight.

Whether these talking heads actually do make for a “more interesting film,” as Layton promises, is up to us to decide.

But they’ve definitely got us eager to find out. Count that as a win.

American Animals is in theaters starting June 1.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/17/american-animals-exclusive-trailer/

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