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Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Snap Selfies in Cool Sunnies While Sitting Front Row at NBA All-Star Game

Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Snap Selfies in Cool Sunnies While Sitting Front Row at NBA All-Star Game
After stealing the show at the Grammy Awards, it’s no surprise that all eyes were on Blue Ivy Carter while she sat courtside with mom Beyoncé at the NBA All-Star Game.

Despite the action on the court, Sunday — Team LeBron James bested Team Stephen Curry with a score of 148-145 — the star-studded front row was quite the distraction. The mother-daughter duo was joined by Beyoncé’s own mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, who sat next to her husband, Richard Lawson.

Both the 36-year-old singer and her 6-year-old daughter sported sunglasses, with Blue rocking round sunnies while Beyoncé went for a
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Flashback: 1994 New York Underground Film Festival

In 1993, after not being accepted into any major film festival of the time, such as Sundance, filmmaker Todd Phillips personally toured the U.S. and Europe with his first documentary film, Hated: Gg Allin & The Murder Junkies. Following this experience, Phillips partnered up with fellow filmmaker Andrew Gurland to launch several initiatives to help small, challenging and often controversial films connect with audiences.

One of those initiatives was the first ever New York Underground Film and Video Festival, which was held at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on March 18-20, 1994.

The term “underground film” was first used to describe the experimental film scene in 1961 by filmmaker and film theorist Stan Vanderbeek. Using “underground film” to describe the avant-garde cinema remained popular throughout the ’60s, then lost popularity in the ’70s as terms like “structural film” came into existence. “Underground film” ultimately regained some of its mojo
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‘Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1’ Trailer: It’s Gotta Be the Shoes in This Documentary About Michael Jordan’s Sneakers — Watch

If you’ve watched basketball at any point in the last 30 years, you know that sneakers are serious business. We largely have Michael Jordan and the Air Jordans to thank for that, though the development hasn’t always been a positive one. The new film “Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1” looks set to explore that dynamic, and its first trailer dropped last night during All-Star Weekend. Watch below.

The film explores “the dynamic journey of the Air Jordan 1 shoe and its role in disrupting the NBA, changing the game of basketball, birthing sneaker culture and influencing a social and cultural revolution in sports, music, fashion, art, social behavior and, of course, sneakers.”

“The AJ1 is more than a shoe. It’s a symbol of a much greater meaning across genders, race, geography and time,” said writer/director Dexton Deboree in a statement. “Now more than ever, what this shoe represents,
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‘Unbanned: The Legend Of AJ1’ Trailer Looks At Sneaker Culture

The story of a shoe that became a cultural phenomenon is being released during the National Basketball Association’s all-star game weekend. The feature documentary Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1, explores the journey of the Air Jordan 1 shoe and its role in disrupting the NBA, birthing sneaker culture and influencing social and cultural factors in sports, music, fashion, art, and social behavior. . Featuring commentary from director and Knicks superfan Spike Lee, actor Mi…
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Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]
In the late 1980s after six successful years on “St. Elsewhere,” Denzel Washington was making a successful segue into the movies. Just as that show was about to end for NBC, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a South African activist in the 1987 film “Cry Freedom.” He lost the award that evening to Sean Connery (“The Untouchables”), but it would be just two years later that he would take home the gold for his performance as Private Silas Tripp in “Glory.”

See Oscar Best Supporting Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

Watch his acceptance speech above from the 1990 Academy Awards ceremony as the 36-year-old actor beams in front of his mother and wife after presenter Geena Davis announces his name. He also thanks the men of the 54th from the American Civil War. In the film, Washington played an emancipated former slave
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After ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’ It’s Time for the Myth of the Fanboy to Fade

After ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’ It’s Time for the Myth of the Fanboy to Fade
Black Panther,” as pop-culture pundits everywhere have been declaring, is more than just another comic-book blockbuster. It’s a movie that symbolizes a shift in possibility. It’s one more sign — like last year’s “Wonder Woman” — that Hollywood can change, that it can welcome new voices to the top level of its image-making machinery. Yet we’ve witnessed these kinds of shifts before, only to see things shift back.

This year, however, the perception of change is bolstered, to an unprecedented degree, by the cultural revolution of the #MeToo movement, which wasted no time in reaching beyond the entrenched pathology of sexual harassment to address one of the key issues at its core: equality in hiring — that is, power-sharing. A zero-tolerance policy toward harassment may be the new law of the land, but the entertainment industry, it was (rightly) said, couldn’t change the way it needed to until it ceased being a boys’ club.

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Ryan Coogler Shares Five Films That ‘Had a Profound Impact’ on His Life, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘Fish Tank’

Ryan Coogler Shares Five Films That ‘Had a Profound Impact’ on His Life, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘Fish Tank’
It’s hard to believe “Black Panther” is only the third film Ryan Coogler has ever directed. The 31-year-old wunderkind is on the brink of becoming a bona fide A-lister, as “Black Panther” is poised to break box office records the world over. It wasn’t too long ago, however that Coogler was in film school at USC, making his first shorts and watching Andrea Arnold films.

After an early screening of “Black Panther” this week, Coogler took to the stage at Bam’s Harvey Theater in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. As Coogler answered audience questions, he admitted he was slightly distracted by the sight of his “hero” Spike Lee, who was sitting in the front row. (Lee has lived and worked in Fort Greene for decades.)

When the question of his favorite films came up, Coogler was able to gush further about his hero. Unable to pick just one,
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Wim Wenders Takes on Pope Francis in ‘A Man of His Word’ for Focus Features

Wim Wenders Takes on Pope Francis in ‘A Man of His Word’ for Focus Features
Focus Features is jumping into documentaries in a big way. First they scooped up Morgan Neville’s Sundance breakout profile of Fred Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” for June release. Now they’re opening Wim Wenders’ latest documentary, “Pope Francis — A Man of His Word,” for May 18. (This date suggests a likely global debut at Cannes.)

Producer Alessandro Lo Monaco worked closely with the Vatican on Gianfranco Pannone’s documentary about the Vatican’s Swiss Guard. The Vatican approached him about co-producing a documentary about the outspoken Pope Francis, who seeks to communicate directly with the people. Lo Monaco turned to three-time Oscar nominee Wim Wenders (“Buena Vista Social Club,” “Pina,” and “Salt of the Earth”).

When world sales agent Cinetic Media brought together “A Man of His Word” and Focus Features, chairman Peter Kujawski jumped on board. The documentary delves into the Pope’s relationship to his namesake,
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Wim Wenders Takes on Pope Francis in ‘A Man of His Word’ for Focus Features

Wim Wenders Takes on Pope Francis in ‘A Man of His Word’ for Focus Features
Focus Features is jumping into documentaries in a big way. First they scooped up Morgan Neville’s Sundance breakout profile of Fred Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” for June release. Now they’re opening Wim Wenders’ latest documentary, “Pope Francis — A Man of His Word,” for May 18. (This date suggests a likely global debut at Cannes.)

Producer Alessandro Lo Monaco worked closely with the Vatican on Gianfranco Pannone’s documentary about the Vatican’s Swiss Guard. The Vatican approached him about co-producing a documentary about the outspoken Pope Francis, who seeks to communicate directly with the people. Lo Monaco turned to three-time Oscar nominee Wim Wenders (“Buena Vista Social Club,” “Pina,” and “Salt of the Earth”).

When world sales agent Cinetic Media brought together “A Man of His Word” and Focus Features, chairman Peter Kujawski jumped on board. The documentary delves into the Pope’s relationship to his namesake,
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13 Indie Romance Movies to Stream This Valentine’s Day on Netflix and Beyond

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Romance isn’t dead — in fact, it may be more readily available than ever before. Of course, we’re talking about movie romances, which round out the slates of so many current streaming platforms, from Netflix to Amazon Prime and FilmStruck. From romantic comedies to classic dramas and every twist on the genre imaginable, love is still supreme in the cinematic sense, and this Valentine’s Day holds a bevy of options for lovey-dovey movie watching.

We’ve picked thirteen (very different, all assuredly quite romantic) indie romances available to stream right now. In short, we’ve got your Valentine’s Day plans (and your post-Valentine’s Day plans, too) right here. Check them out.

Beyond the Lights

Chemistry is the name of the game in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s freight-train fast music industry romance, which pairs up rising starlet Gugu Mbatha-Raw (pure charm) alongside pre-“Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker.
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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Presenters: Spike Lee, Kumail Nanjiani, Ethan Hawke, and More (Exclusive)

2018 Independent Spirit Awards Presenters: Spike Lee, Kumail Nanjiani, Ethan Hawke, and More (Exclusive)
This year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards will return to the Santa Monica beachside location that has long played home to indie film’s biggest event of the year, where it will again be hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, back for their second year as emcees. (Remember last year? They were pretty good.) This year, the hosting pair will also be joined by a slew of starry presenters, including a brand-new batch of names that IndieWire can exclusively announce.

Presenters at this year’s Indie Spirits include: Spike Lee, Ethan Hawke, Kumail Nanjiani, Jason Clarke, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Amanda Seyfried, all of whom will be tasked with handing out some of the show’s biggest awards, from Best Feature to Best Screenplay. This year’s nominees are dominated by such heavy hitters as “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” and “Call Me by Your Name.”

“This year’s
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Bai Ling To Star In First Chinese Feature In Over 20 Years – Berlin

Bai Ling To Star In First Chinese Feature In Over 20 Years – Berlin
Exclusive: Entourage and Lost star Bai Ling is back and set to star in Chinese murder mystery The Fatal Contract – her first Chinese feature since she was banned from the country for openly criticizing government officials. Ling, who has also starred in The Crow, Oliver Stone's Nixon and Spike Lee's She Hates Me, is teaming up with director Tan Bing, who recently directed China Salesman, which starred Mike Tyson and Steven Seagal for the thriller. The film begins with the…
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Denzel Washington movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Training Day,’ ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’

Denzel Washington movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Training Day,’ ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’
From civil rights activist Malcolm X to wrongly imprisoned boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Denzel Washington has given a number of memorable performances over his 30-plus year career. He added another to his resume in 2017 as a legal savant in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” The film brought him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, the ninth bid of his career and his eighth for acting. How does this latest entry compare to the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of Washington’s 20 greatest movies ranked from worst to best.

See Denzel Washington (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) will attempt to be sixth Best Actor champ as his film’s sole nomination

Washington snagged his first Oscar nomination exactly 30 years ago: Best Supporting Actor for “Cry Freedom” (1987). It was a mere two years later when Washington won that category for “Glory” (1989). And he made history 12 years after that when
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The Limitless Promise of Ryan Coogler

Tom Jolliffe looks at Ryan Coogler’s career as a writer/director and the possibilities (and importance) of what comes next…

When you breakout in a big way as an independent film-maker, in a small film that manages to hook in a fairly large audience, the expectation for what comes next, begins. Everyone is always billed as the ‘next…(insert legendary director’s name for comparison)’ I suppose for Coogler he’s been mentioned in the same breath as Spike Lee, but that’s almost a bit blasé because Coogler happens to be black. That’s not to gloss over the point though. He is, and with that, when a director (See also Steve McQueen for example) who isn’t white, breaks through into a predominantly white male position (and this point could apply to female directors too) and garners a lot of hype and praise, there’s a weight
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‘Black Panther’ Cast, Oscar Nominees Share the Influential Black Films That Inspired Them (Watch)

In honor of Black History month, Variety asked actors, directors and composers of Hollywood what seminal black films inspired them as artists.

Black Panther” star Lupita Nyong’o chose Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg’s “The Color Purple.”

“It was one of the first films I watched where a woman had my complexion and my hair texture,” says Nyong’o. “That was deeply, deeply moving and influential.” Not only was Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” empowering for Nyong’o but it also helped encourage her to follow her dreams into acting, “Possibilities are born when you see yourself reflected.”

Oscar-nominated director and writer for “Get OutJordan Peele named the 1989 film “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. “All the performances were great it in,” says Peele. “But that was one where it felt like the black performers—even though they were the supporting characters in that movie and [were] looked at as supporting characters in the
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The 2018 True/False Film Fest Lineup

Around every corner is a new and revealing story. In the case of True/False, you never know if it will come in the form of a film, music performance, art installation, or discussion with a filmmaker or attendee about the truths and untruths around us.

The four-day festival in Columbia, Mo is one of the premier documentary film festivals in the United States. The festival has attracted new and returning talent over the years – even high-profile names like Spike Lee, who attended simply to see a short film made by three Missouri School of Journalism students in 2016. You can watch the short film here. One of the most intriguing elements of the festival is that the festival encourages films that walk the line between nonfiction and fiction (hence, the title of the festival). Previous lineups included fictional films like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and the 2012 horror smash V/H
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Amazon Studios’ Bold New Leader Faces a Film Division With an Identity Crisis

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Amazon Studios’ hire of NBC Entertainment veteran Jennifer Salke as its new president should bode well for its TV production, which needs a seasoned hand to develop its own must-see TV. However, while she has no background in film development or production, Amazon’s film division will also need her leadership to focus its own strategy.

Read More:Amazon Officially Names NBC’s Jennifer Salke To Head Up Its Studio, Overseeing Both TV and Film

Amazon Studios’ chief operating officer Albert Cheng, who served as its interim head following Roy Price’s resignation last fall, will report to Salke, as will Jason Ropell, VP and worldwide head of motion pictures for Amazon Studios and Prime Video. This resolves one matter up front: After Price’s exit, Ropell refused to report to Cheng and reported directly to Seattle-based Amazon senior VP Jeff Blackburn. With new leadership in place, however, the deep-pocked production
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Long Reach of Oscar Shorts Nominees

The 90th Oscars’ live action shorts category is truly international, with nominees presenting stories from Africa, North America, Australia and the U.K. A record 165 films originally qualified in the category that includes two gold medal Student Academy Award winners.

DeKalb Elementary

UCLA Master of Fine Arts’ film directing grad Reed Van Dyk’s “DeKalb Elementary” won the top prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Intl. Short Film Festival, qualifying his drama for Oscar contention. Based on a true story, the film tensely recounts events recorded during a 911 call; the searing 12 minutes tells the story of what transpired between an Atlanta school’s receptionist and a gunman intent on harm. Although the film was shot in Burbank, Calif., Van Dyk contends it accurately portrays the infamous incident. He credits his leads, Tarra Riggs and Bo Mitchell, for their extraordinary work.

The Eleven O’Clock

Sydney-based director Derin Seale, who works with commercial production firm Finch, says he and
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Teyonah Parris to Star in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’

Teyonah Parris to Star in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’
Teyonah Parris has been cast in one of the lead roles in the CBS drama pilot “Murder.”

The series explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.

Parris will star as Det. Ayana Lake, a rising star in the NYPD whose keen intellect and quick, analytic mind are the keys to her success. But when she’s partnered with instinctive, intuitive Det. Jack Garrity, styles and personalities sometimes clash.

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Parris is known for her roles in films like Spike Lee’s “Chiraq” and Justin Simien’s “Dear White People. She has also appeared in hit TV shows like AMC’s “Mad Men,” Fox’s “[link
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Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler: Why ‘Black Panther’ is Elevated by A Black Filmmaker

Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler: Why ‘Black Panther’ is Elevated by A Black Filmmaker
Black Panther” is set to dominate the box office when it opens President’s Day weekend, but it’s already made history when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The tentpole is the first McU property to be led by a black superhero and to feature a predominately black cast. With “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed” director Ryan Coogler behind the camera, “Black Panther” is also the first McU title to be directed by a black filmmaker. As Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman tell Variety, it was essential for “Black Panther” to have a director of color.

Read More:‘Black Panther’ First Reactions Praise Ryan Coogler’s ‘Iconic’ and ‘Incredible’ Marvel Movie: ‘It Will Save Blockbusters’

“Well, is it possible for [a white director] to make it? It could be, yes. Would they have [Coogler’s] perspective? Probably not,” Boseman said. “It wouldn’t be nuanced in the same way because they wouldn’t have the same conflict.
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