While I grew up a huge fan of movies and television, it was rare that I felt I could actually make either. Coming from Trenton, New Jersey, the closest I saw my town get to the mainstream was the video for Poor Righteous Teachers’ “Rock Dis Funky Joint.” Being black in America, especially as ’80s babies, we seldom witnessed realistic on-screen depictions of the areas we were from. But in 1991, John Singleton released his debut feature film, Boyz n the Hood. At the time, many outside of South Central Los Angeles had only heard about that area through N.W.A lyrics; being able to see Tre, Ricky, and Doughboy navigate those streets and come to grips with their realities? It was breathtaking. Having that film be nominated for two Academy Awards—including Best Director, making Singleton the youngest and first African-American to receive that nomination—was beautiful.
The next sentence may be hard to believe. Spike Lee won his first ever Oscar in a competitive category tonight. The much-lauded filmmaker took home the statue for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on BlacKkKlannsman and took the stage in a Prince homage of a get-up with Oscar gold Jordans. Continue reading Spike Lee Won His First Non-Honorary Oscar for ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Movie fans, rejoice: Jordan Peele has just laced the world with the greatest Christmas gift of 2018. Today, bright and early, as everyone opened up their gifts, Peele dropped off the first trailer for Us, the long-awaited follow-up to his 2016 standout (and Oscar-winning) film Get Out. Continue reading Jordan Peele Creates a New Monster in First ‘Us’ Trailer
Nearly 70 years after his first unsuccessful pursuit of the Road Runner back in 1949, Wile E. Coyote is heading to the big screen. Continue reading Warner Bros. Is Developing a Wile E. Coyote Movie
Netflix is changing up their preview format so you can get the mobile-optimized view of the show or movie you may want to watch next, Variety reports. The streaming service recently updated their mobile app to allow users to see previews in vertical-video mode, a lot like stories on Instagram or Snapchat. Continue reading Netflix Introduces Vertical Video Previews on Mobile Devices
Black Panther just keeps on breaking records. After another successful week at the box office, the Marvel epic is now the top earning superhero film ever in North America, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ Is Officially the Highest-Grossing Superhero Film Ever in the U.S.
In a shockingly appropriate turn of events, it turns out The Wolf of Wall Street was financed by stolen money. But fear not: Leonardo DiCaprio (probably) had nothing to do with it. Continue reading ‘THE WOLF OF WALL STREET’ WAS FINANCED WITH STOLEN MONEY, PRODUCERS FORCED TO PAY FEDS $60 MILLION