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
‘Jurassic Park’ roars back into theaters this September
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom blew up the box office just two months ago—and yet Universal is already inviting moviegoers back into its prehistoric pandemonium.
“This September, in honor of its 25th anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park will retake big screens across the country. With over 500 participating theaters, ticket availability should be high. Jurassic fanatics will have a much better shot at getting seats here than at one of August’s super in demand Dark Knight IMAX showings.
In addition to watching the original on the big screen, audience members will be treated to a 17-minute fan remake of classic Jurassic Park scenes, like this iconic Jeff Goldbum clip.
Various showings will be scheduled for September 16th, 18th, and 19th. You can grab your tickets in advance through Fathom Events or directly from your theater’s box office. (No word yet on whether the teetering-on-extinction MoviePass will support the event.)
These screenings will be a pleasant blast from the past—in more ways than one. Plus, it’ll help to at least slightly close the gap between now and Jurassic World 3‘s release date. 2021 feels so, so far away.”
Academy Adds ‘Popular Film’ Category to Oscars
(CNN)Could this be “Black Panther’s” big chance?
Last year’s best picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” earned $63 million domestically and topped out at No. 10 in box office rankings during its time in theaters, according to figures from Box Office Mojo.
The Academy’s motivation for extending honors to so-called popular films is a hope that the new award will help attract viewers. The most-watched telecast in Oscars history was in 1998 when “Titanic” won.
Last year’s telecast hit an all-time low in ratings with just 26.5 million viewers, a drop of 20% from the previous year.
Robert Redford Confirms Retirement from Acting
The Old Man & the Gun will feature the stars final big-screen role after a 60-year career but he may carry on directing
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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Redford, 81, said: Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [Ill] move towards retirement after this cause Ive been doing it since I was 21. I thought, Well, thats enough. And why not go out with something thats very upbeat and positive?
In 2016 Redford had suggested he had two more acting roles in the works, after which he would quit. Our Souls at Night, a romance in which he starred opposite Jane Fonda, was released on Netflix in September 2017, while The Old Man & the Gun, a crime comedy directed by A Ghost Storys David Lowery, in which Redford plays career criminal and veteran escape artist Forrest Tucker, is due for release in September after a premiere at the Toronto film festival.
Redford has been acting since 1960, when he appeared in a string of TV shows and gained a small role in basketball drama Tall Story. His profile steadily increased through the decade in films such as The Chase and Barefoot in the Park, before scoring a huge hit opposite Paul Newman in 1969s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His second collaboration with Newman, 1973s The Sting, remains his biggest box-office success, and brought his only Oscar nomination for acting to date. (He lost to Jack Lemmon for Save the Tiger.) He was given an honorary Oscar in 2001.
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