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Watch John Singleton Talk ‘Snowfall,’ Oj Simpson on Facebook Live (Video)

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Watch John Singleton Talk ‘Snowfall,’ Oj Simpson on Facebook Live (Video)
Academy Award nominee and acclaimed director John Singleton is The Grill 2017’s spotlight conversation. The “Boyz n the Hood” filmmaker will sit with TheWrap’s Executive Editor Tim Molloy for a wide ranging conversation about his iconic films, foray into television on series like the Emmy winning “American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson,” his acclaimed new FX series “Snowfall” and the state of the content business. Watch the livestream above. Singleton became the first African American filmmaker ever to receive the Oscar nomination for Best Director, for the aforementioned 1992 movie “Boyz.” His credits include “Four Brothers” and
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Toronto: Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin Join Claire Denis’ ‘High Life’ (Exclusive)

Toronto: Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin Join Claire Denis’ ‘High Life’ (Exclusive)
Juliette Binoche and André Benjamin have joined the cast of Claire Denis’ “High Life,” Variety has learned.

The film revolves around convicts who reduce their time behind bars in exchange for embarking on a dangerous mission to a black hole. Robert Pattinson and Mia Goth were already announced as star rig in the film. In addition, Variety has learned that the cast has added Lars Eidinger (“Clouds of Sils Maria”), Agata Buzek (“Redemption”), Ewan Mitchell (“The Last Kingdom”), Jessie Ross (“The Frankenstein Chronicles”) and Claire Tran (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”).

The picture is Denis’ English-language feature film debut. A favorite of cinephiles, she is best known for her films “White Material” and “35 Shots of Rum.”

Binoche, an Oscar-winner for “The English Patient” and a nominee for “Chocolat.” Along with Tran, she appeared in Denis’ “Let the Sun Shine,” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. Benjamin is best known for his music work
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George A. Romero Is Planning a Nascar Zombie Movie

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George A. Romero Is Planning a Nascar Zombie Movie
Horror legend George A. Romero is teaming up with a frequent collaborator for his next zombie movie, which will be seeking buyers at the Fantasia International Film Festival market this summer. The new project is entitled Road of the Dead, which George A. Romero co-wrote with Matt Birman, who is slated to direct this project. It isn't clear when production may begin, but this project will be just the director's second feature film, although he has spent decades in other areas of production.

IndieWire reports that this project originated from a Matt Birman pitch from roughly 10 years ago. The story is set on a remote island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum, all for the entertainment of affluent humans. The director describes the project as a hybrid of Road Warrior and Rollerball, set at a Nascar race, and that there is "significant inspiration" from the iconic 1959 classic Ben-Hur.
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The 12 Mark Wahlberg films where he holds a gun on the poster

Jake Wilson Feb 28, 2017

From The Big Hit to Patriots Day, we explore Mark Wahlberg's dozen films where he holds a gun on the promo poster....

Mark Wahlberg is a man of many talents. His rhymes are fresh, his frown is legendary, and it turns out he’s pretty decent in a bout of fisticuffs.

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And then there's his acting. He has been in a wealth of films, usually fighting for, or alongside, the American flag. He's a gun-toting ass-kicker, and the world seems to dig it.

This is his game, his brand. Wahlberg moves between moral, no-nonsense cop and powerful, maverick law breaker and whilst he doesn’t always play armed characters, it is through these films that we can see the strands that
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Garrett Hedlund on Taking Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk | Exclusive

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Garrett Hedlund on Taking Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk | Exclusive
Garrett Hedlund delivers one of the year's best supporting performances as Sergeant Dime in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Ben Fountain, the film is adapted for the screen by the three time Oscar winner Ang Lee. A satirical drama juxtaposing the reality of war against public perception, Billy Lynn is the first film to be shot using 4K 3D cameras at 120 frames per second. The standard frame rate is 28 fps, so Billy Lynn has a hyper-realistic, ultra-detailed look. It is another technological leap from one of Hollywood's all time great filmmakers.

British actor Joe Alwyn, in his screen debut, stars as decorated war hero and soft-spoken Texan, Private Billy Lynn. Set in the early days of the Iraq War, Billy Lynn and his platoon are flown back to the U.S. to be honored during the halftime show at a Dallas football game.
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FX Orders Snowfall To Series For 2017

FX has announced a new series, Snowfall, ordered to series, and it sounds at first glance like something right in the network’s wheelhouse.

Snowfall — Pictured: Damson Idris as Franklin Saint. Cr: Michael Yarish/FX. Copyright 2016, FX Networks. All rights reserved.

A show that focuses on the infancy of the cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the early ’80s is probably enough to raise interest, but this telling mixes in some very interesting characters as our entry into this world. From a young street entrepreneur looking for power (Damson Idris), to a Mexican wrestler who finds himself at odds with a crime family (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), to a CIA operative with a lot of problems bearing down on him (Carter Hudson), this isn’t going to be your normal take on looking at a new drug problem.

The show is executive produced by an eclectic group with some big wins behind them (Justified,
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25 years ago today: ‘Boyz n the Hood’ opened in theaters

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25 years ago today: ‘Boyz n the Hood’ opened in theaters
Boyz n the Hood was a history-maker. It made John Singleton the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar and the first African-American honored in the category. If those celebrating that landmark had gotten a peek into America 25 years after Boyz n the Hood’s release, they’d probably be rather disappointed — probably some mix of horrified and furious too. As Black Lives Matter protests make headlines following the deaths of Philander Castile and Alton Sterling, and as the Academy recovers from a season marked by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite (though, on the other hand, Broadway got #TonysSoBlack trending), today marks a quarter century since Boyz n the Hood opened in theaters. Though the 1992 Oscar nominations announcement came with the notable milestone for Singleton, the release of the movie in July 1991 was marked by tragedy: Despite the film’s concluding words, “Increase the Peace,” the movie’s opening weekend
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Why Surprise SAG Nominee 'Straight Outta Compton' Could Land an Editing Oscar Nod

Why Surprise SAG Nominee 'Straight Outta Compton' Could Land an Editing Oscar Nod
With its dense, real-life narrative, "Straight Outta Compton" posed a unique challenge for editors Billy Fox and Michael Tronick. Their dilemma? How to streamline F. Gary Gray's biopic of hip-hop group N.W.A to make it accessible to a wide audience, while remaining true to subjects Ice Cube and Dr. Dre—both producers on the film. The result is a portrait of N.W.A's "reality rap" as a cultural document of gang life, drug dealing, and police harassment in '80s and '90s L.A. that's rooted in the fascinating stories of its three central figures: Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), and Eazy-e (Jason Mitchell). Read More: "Screen Actors Guild Awards: Surprises and Snubs (Analysis)" Not surprisingly, focus and pace were crucial to the narrative effectiveness. Fox ("Four Brothers," "Law & Order") was actually considered a year before production started when asked to cut some screen tests.
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Competition: Win a ‘Pay The Ghost’ digital download code

To celebrate the release of Pay The Ghost, available now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download, we have an iTunes digital download code available to giveaway courtesy of Arrow Films.

Almost a year after his young son disappeared from his side on Halloween night in New York City, Mike (Nicolas Cage) is alone and haunted by terrifying visions of his son. Desperate but determined not to let go, he researches all the cases of missing children in the city and comes to a horrifying conclusion. After bombarding the detective in charge of the case with his shocking theory, he finally reunites with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies), and shares the supernatural mystery surrounding their son’s disappearance.

As Halloween night draws closer, Mike must follow a series of terrifying clues as he is led deeper into the ancient curse that could destroy him and all he loves.

Pay The Ghost
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Austin Film Fest Announces 2015 Lineup

The Austin Film Festival (Aff) has announced its lineup for 2015, which features standout awards contenders like “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson; “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and “Legend” as particular draws. The latter Tom Hardy vehicle is slated as the festival’s Oct. 29 opening feature. Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper and writer-director John Singleton will also be presented with the festival’s Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards, Oct. 31. Cooper has over 50 film and television credits to his name, among them “August: Osage County,” “American Beauty,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “Adaptation,” for which he won the 2002 Oscar for best supporting actor. He will be in attendance for the festival’s “Heart of Film” screening of “Coming Through the Rye,” in which he portrays author J.D. Salinger. As a veteran filmmaker, Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood” and “Shaft,” among others.
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Austin Film Festival to Honor John Singleton, Chris Cooper

Austin Film Festival to Honor John Singleton, Chris Cooper
The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has tapped John Singleton and Chris Cooper for its Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards.

The awards will be presented on Oct. 31 at the Austin Club.

Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “Baby Boy” and directing “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers” and “Abduction.” He’s directed an episode of “Empire” and developed “Snowfall,” an original series for FX.

Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film.

Cooper’s award will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” creator Bill Wittliff. His credits include “August, Osage County,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Capote,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Town,” “American Beauty” and “Adapation,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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New Images And Clip From F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton; “Compton: A Soundtrack” Available August 7th

(Clockwise from top left) DJ Yella, Ice Cube, Mc Ren, Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella on the set of Straight Outta Compton.

Universal Pictures has released a new featurette, clip and photos for F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton.

Taking us back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels – armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent – stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.

(IMDb)

Come back later this week for my look at Sunday’s Hollywood press conference and hear what O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Ice Cube and F. Gary Gray had to say about the film.
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Andre 3000 Cast in 'American Crime' Second Season

Andre 3000 Cast in 'American Crime' Second Season
Andre 3000 has been cast in the upcoming second season of the ABC drama American Crime. On the anthology series, the Outkast rapper will play Michael Lacroix, a prominent Midwest architect whose son gets embroiled in a scandal at an elite private school, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The drama's second season will also tackle gender issues and sexual identity.

A veteran of films like Be Cool, Four Brothers, Idlewild and most recently Jimi: All Is by My Side, American Crime turn will mark Andre 3000's first reoccurring, non-voiceover TV role. American Crime
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Mark Wahlberg versus Mark Wahlberg: A tale of two actors

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Mark Wahlberg versus Mark Wahlberg: A tale of two actors
How many Mark Wahlbergs are there? I ask because I like the guy who showed up in this week's "Ted 2." I like goofball Mark Wahlberg. I like belligerent Boston Mark Wahlberg. I like dancing silly Mark Wahlberg. I like dim bulb but well-meaning Mark Wahlberg. I do not, however, care for "I'm smarter than I look" Mark Wahlberg. I do not like humorless Mark Wahlberg. I do not particularly care for serious action mode Mark Wahlberg. And when I look at the ones I don't like side-by-side with the ones I like, I find it hard to reconcile that this is all one person. So again… I ask… how many Mark Wahlbergs are there? When Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" was released, it was a breakthrough for the young actor, part of a banner year in his nascent acting career. He had made a few films before that, including
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David Schurmann Advances on ‘Little Secret’ Shoot

David Schurmann Advances on ‘Little Secret’ Shoot
Madrid – Brazilian film director David Schurmann is shooting “Little Secret,” inspired by the life of his adopted sister Kat Schurmann, written by Marcos Bernstein, scribe of Walter Salles’ Oscar-nominated “Central Station,” and one of the most ambitious and unusual fiction films to have moved this year into production in Brazil.

Brazilians Julia Lemmertz (“My Name Ain’t Johnny,” “From Beginning To End”), Marcello Antony (“As Brasileiras”) and Maria Flor (“Xingu”) co-star with Erroll Shand (“The Z-Nail Gang”) and Fionnula Flanagan (“Yes,” “Four Brothers”).

Produced by Joao Roni at Brazil’s Ocean Films, in a sign of its production ambitions, “Little Secret” has signed up German art director Brigitte Broch, a production designer on “Amores perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Moulin Rouge!” – for which she won an Academy Award.

Peru’s Inti Briones, a Variety Cinematographer to Watch who lensed Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner “To Kill a Man” and won an Intl.
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ICM Partners Signs ‘Tupac’ Helmer John Singleton

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Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed writer/director/producer John Singleton. It comes as he prepares to direct the long gestating Tupac Shakur biopic Tupac. It’s hard to believe that it was 23 years ago that Singleton came right out of USC and changed the business with his breakout Sony hit Boyz N The Hood. The hot button picture established the urban film as a viable genre with an under served audience waiting for good films. It also made Singleton the youngest director and first African American to get an Oscar nom. He flies under the radar, but has helmed hits that include Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers; he produced and financed Hustle & Flow, the breakout indie as well as Baby Boy and Black Snake Moan. Singleton was repped by Wme. He continues with Underground manager Trevor Engelson and attorney Stephen Barnes.
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Weekend Report (cont.): 'Hundred-Foot Journey,' 'Step Up' and Around-the-World Roundup

Weekend Report (cont.): 'Hundred-Foot Journey,' 'Step Up' and Around-the-World Roundup
<< Continued from "Weekend Report"The Hundred-Foot Journey opened in fourth place with $11 million. That's a bit higher than May's Million Dollar Arm; unfortunately, it paled in comparison to similar August releases like Eat Pray Love ($23.1 million) and Julie & Julia ($20 million). With strong word-of-mouth and an audience that skews much older (69 percent over the age of 35), this should hold up well: a total close to $40 million is possible.Rounding out the Top Five, Lucy fell 48 percent to $9.5 million. To date, the Scarlett Johansson/Luc Besson thriller has grossed $97.5 million, and will pass $100 million sometime this week.Step Up All In tanked with $6.5 million this weekend. That's down 45 percent from the previous installment, which was already the lowest-grossing outing in the franchise. Even with solid international returns, it would be surprising if a sixth Step Up got a theatrical release here in the U.S.Lionsgate/Summit has released six movies at over 2,000 locations this year.
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Andre 3000 is Legend Jimi Hendrix in 'Jimi: All is By My Side' Trailer

Though you might know André Benjamin better as his chart-topping alter ego Andre 3000, one-half of the hip-hop duo OutKast, he's also ventured onto the big screen with roles in films like Four Brothers, Idlewild, Semi-Pro and Be Cool. Now he's taking a big step with a lead role in Jimi: All is By My Side, a biopic about rock legend Jimi Hendrix, one of the best guitarists the world has ever seen. The film follows a very specific time in Hendrix's life from 1966-1967, where his early work helped turn him into the rock icon he would come to be, influencing musicians for decades to come. And now we have a trailer showing off Benjamin's impressive transformation into Hendrix. But could it be good enough for Oscar? Watch below! Here's the first trailer for John Ridley's Jimi: All is By My Side from XLrator Media: Jimi: All is By My Side
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Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyes Villain Role in 'Bond 24', Is He Blofeld?

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyes Villain Role in 'Bond 24', Is He Blofeld?
12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly the top choice to play the villain in Sony and MGM's Bond 24, according to a new report from Variety.

The studios haven't offered the role to Chiwetel Ejiofor yet, and scheduling issues will still need to be worked out if he signs on, but insiders claim that the Oscar-nominated actor is the front runner.

No details were given regarding the villain, although we reported in November that MGM won back the rights to the Blofeld character and his villainous organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E., which lead to speculation that he will be a part of this sequel. Screenwriter John Logan also teased last month that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. might come into play. Will Chiwetel Ejiofor be Ernst Stavro Blofeld? That's a possibility.

We reported in March that production is scheduled to begin in October,
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Six of the Best: Mark Wahlberg Performances

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Mark Wahlberg arrived on our screens back in the mid 90’s with roles in movies like Basketball Diaries and The Substitute. Since then he has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest and best known leading men.

His career has been one of the most eclectic in Hollywood, having worked in Academy Award winning films like The Departed and The Fighter, to critical duds like the Planet of the Apes and Max Payne. He has also had the privilege of working with some of the best directors in the business including Martin Scorsese, David O Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson, though he has also worked with Michael Bay.

Mark’s latest movie Lone Survivor, the story of a group of solider trapped at the top of the mountain having to fight out terrorists hits cinemas this Friday.

With that in mind we’ve decided to take a look
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