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‘The Good Lord Bird’: Albert Hughes To Direct & EP Showtime Limited Series Starring Ethan Hawke

‘The Good Lord Bird’: Albert Hughes To Direct & EP Showtime Limited Series Starring Ethan Hawke
In his first major foray into television, filmmaker Albert Hughes has signed on to executive produce and direct multiple episodes of Showtime limited series The Good Lord Bird, starring Ethan Hawke.

The Good Lord Bird, based on James McBride’s 2013 novel, is told from the point of view of Onion, an enslaved teenager who becomes a member in Brown’s motley family during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil War.

Hawke stars as 19th-century abolitionist John Brown and is co-writing and executive producing with Mark Richard.

“Albert Hughes is an incredible addition to The Good Lord Bird,” said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment,
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Albert Hughes to Direct Ethan Hawke Series ‘Good Lord Bird’ at Showtime (Exclusive)

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Albert Hughes to Direct Ethan Hawke Series ‘Good Lord Bird’ at Showtime (Exclusive)
Albert Hughes is stepping into the director’s chair of the upcoming Showtime limited series “The Good Lord Bird,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Hughes takes over directing multiple episodes of the series from Anthony Hemingway, who departed the project due to scheduling conflicts. Hughes, who will also executive produce the series, will make his television directing debut on “The Good Lord Bird.”

“Albert Hughes is an incredible addition to ‘The Good Lord Bird,’” said Gary Levine, president of entertainment for Showtime. “We are so pleased to meld Albert’s intelligence, talent and perspective with the remarkable creative team that is adapting James McBride’s wildly imaginative and profound novel into a singular Showtime limited series.”

The series is based on the novel of the same name by James McBride, and will star Ethan Hawke as 19th-century abolitionist John Brown. Hawke is also slated to co-write and executive produce the project
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Dee Rees Blasts ‘Discriminatory Theatrical Practices’ in Lincoln Center Gala Speech

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced it changed its name to Film at Lincoln Center ahead of its 50th anniversary celebration, a move that indicated the desire to emphasize the inclusivity of its programming. The annual Chaplin Gala — which this year honored the institution’s history rather than a specific talent — included many warm and entertaining speeches from movie buffs across multiple generations, from Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan to John Waters, Tilda Swinton, and Martin Scorsese. But one presenter struck a sobering note.

Mudbound” director Dee Rees delivered a searing indictment of the discrimination faced by African American moviegoers around the country, exploring the history of such experiences in her own family. In doing so, she provided an eye-opening explanation of the way the industry has suppressed black audiences and filmmakers alike.

“This is a vision test,” she said, repeating the line several times throughout her speech. “We
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How John Singleton Made History as the Oscars’ First Black Best Director Nominee

How John Singleton Made History as the Oscars’ First Black Best Director Nominee
Twenty-eight years ago, John Singleton’s feature debut “Boyz n the Hood” (1991) opened a cinematic window into the bleak realities of life in South Central Los Angeles. It also created something entirely new: While Spike Lee paved the way, “Boyz n the Hood” arguably made Singleton the first studio filmmaker to find mainstream commercial success while representing a little-represented part of society. By tackling a very thorny subject in a way that had rarely been seen in a film of its caliber, it humanized its characters as victims of larger systemic issues rather than stereotypes.

“When we first did the movie, we felt like we was teaching America about a part of itself that they don’t see,” co-star of the film Ice Cube told MTV in 2011. “We was teaching you about people like Doughboy and why he is the way he is.”

In the late 1980s and early 1990s,
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CAA Signs Albert Hughes (Exclusive)

CAA has signed filmmaker Albert Hughes, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Writer-director Hughes and his brother Allen emerged as major talents with their 1993 debut Menace II Society and 1995 follow-up Dead Presidents. They later directed the 1999 documentary American Pimp; 2001's adaptation of Alan Moore's Jack the Ripper graphic novel From Hell, starring Johnny Depp; and 2010's post-apocalyptic Denzel Washington starrer The Book of Eli.

Last summer, Hughes directed his first solo feature, the prehistoric human-wolf friendship drama Alpha, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee. "Enjoyably old-fashioned in its narrative but crisply modern in technique, it is engaging enough even for those of us ...
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Review: Meek Mill’s ‘Championships’ Places Him Up There With the Greats

Review: Meek Mill’s ‘Championships’ Places Him Up There With the Greats
“Nigga like the new Jay-z” raps firebrand Meek Mill on “Tic Tac Toe.” “Poppin’ like Bad Boy in ’94, Big Poppa and Diddy,” he insists on “What’s Free.” Indeed, the shadow of the Biggie/Jay-z/Nas era of critical and commercial dominance – circa 1996 to 2003 – looms large on Mill’s fourth studio album, Championships. He raps over the Lonnie Linston Smith sample from Jay’s “Dead Presidents” (“Respect the Game”), tries the same Phil Collins sample as Nas’ “One Mic” (“Intro”) and even rewrites B.I.G.’s “What’s Beef
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Tops as Asian-Americans Flock to Box Office

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Tops as Asian-Americans Flock to Box Office
Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros.) scored an impressive #1 box office position, topping $25 million for the three-day weekend and a five-day total of $34 million. Strong word of mouth and huge Asian-American audience interest fueled the box office.

Its appeal to an underserved niche audience was key, but more than 60 percent of its initial audience wasn’t Asian-American. It also pulled broad female interest (about two thirds of attendees) in a romantic comedy after a recent void in the marketplace; “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” opened a month ago.

Timing helped “Crazy.” Theaters were due for a comedy geared to the strong majority female audience in domestic theaters. But overdue doesn’t begin to describe how underserved the large and burgeoning domestic Asian-American audience is for films. They mark eight percent of frequent moviegoers. In the past quarter century, American studios have released only two wide pictures with Asian casts (1993 contemporary U.
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Review: Alpha, Bold and Vital Big-Screen Adventure

Nowadays, it's rare to watch a movie that feels like it was expressly designed for the big screen. Oh, sure, some filmmakers know how to fill up the space with a constant blur of motion and movement and people and things and explosions. Far fewer, however, are sufficiently bold to compose images that take full advantage of the wide-screen experience. Albert Hughes is known for his work with his brother Allen Hughes. Together they made Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, crime films that were bursting with energy, as well as From Hell, an unusual period horror mystery that stands out in my memory more for its florid atmosphere than anything else. The Book of Eli is the clearest antecedent here; it followed Denzel Washington...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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New Trailer For The Ice Age Adventure Film Alpha From Director Albert Hughes

Sony Pictures has released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming Ice Age adventure film Alpha. The film comes from director Albert Hughes, the co-director of films such as Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell and The Book of Eli, which was a solo directing gig.

I'm not sure about this movie. The trailers that have been released haven't done a very good job selling me on it. My kids want to see it, so maybe that's the film's market. Maybe it will end up being a decent watchable adventure movie, but I'm not expecting much.

The story is set in Europe 20,000 years ago during the Ice Age. "While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness.
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‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Reveals Which Music Mogul Nearly Bailed On Acclaimed Docuseries

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‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Reveals Which Music Mogul Nearly Bailed On Acclaimed Docuseries
HBO’s docuseries The Defiant Ones heads into Emmy nomination voting season with considerable momentum. The four-parter about music industry impresarios Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine has already captured a major documentary award over some prestigious competitors.

In December it won Best Limited Series at the Ida Awards, defeating—among others—another likely Emmy nominee, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War. The victory came as a major surprise to director Allen Hughes.

“I was just shocked. I had told my publicist, ‘There’s no way. This is not going to happen,” Hughes recalls. “I was up against a hero of mine, Ken Burns, and other heavies in that competition.”

The Defiant Ones clocks in at almost four and a half hours, less than a third the marathon running time of The Vietnam War, but that doesn’t mean it lacks impressive scope. Hughes was challenged with telling
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Seith Mann To Adapt ‘Black’ Comic In What Studio 8 Hopes To Be First In A Franchise

Exclusive: Marvel/Disney paved the way with Black Panther and Studio 8 is taking it further in a move created to inspire conversation and deconstruct the superhero genre. Seith Mann has been hired by Studio 8 to adapt the comic series Black which explores the idea if what only black people had superpowers? The company plans to franchise the IP and also develop the follow up comic Black [Af]: America’s Sweetheart which has a female lead.

The series comes from co-creator/writer Kwanza Osajyefo, co-creator/designer Tim Smith 3, artist Jamal Igle and cover artist Khary Randolph. Mann, who co-created The Breaks and directed the pilot for Vh-1, has also directed episodes of The Wire, Homeland, Friday Night Lights and The Walking Dead.

Black looks at an increasingly polarized world where — after inexplicably surviving being gunned down by police due to racial profiling — young Kareem Jenkins joins a secret underground group
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7 Great Modern Heist Scenes, From ‘The Dark Knight’ to ‘Point Break’

7 Great Modern Heist Scenes, From ‘The Dark Knight’ to ‘Point Break’
No one quite puts together a heist scene like Steven Soderbergh, but he has plenty of company. Soderbergh is back to his heist roots this week with the release of “Logan Lucky,” which injects some “Ocean’s Eleven” style into a homegrown robbery cooked up by the Logan brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver), who set out to drain a local speedway during one of its biggest race days of the entire year. Aided by a predictably motley crew, including the wild-eyed Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) and their talented driver sister (Riley Keough), the Logans’ plan is ambitious and fun, but it also seems like the kind of thing that only Soderbergh could cook up (it involves digging, vacuuming, cake and prosthetic arms, of all things).

Read More:‘Logan Lucky’ Review: Steven Soderbergh Returns From Retirement with a Silly Heist Movie That Has Real Soul

It’s a terrific entry
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The First Trailer For Albert Hughes' Adventure Film Alpha, Which is Set in The Ice Age

Albert Hughes, the co-director of films such as Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell and The Book of Eli, which was a solo directing gig, has released the first trailer for his new film adventure Alpha, and it looks... interesting. The story is set in Europe 20,000 years ago during the Ice Age.

While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.

The young man's name is Zeta, and he's played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, X-Men: Apocalypse). It's
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Frank Albanese, The Sopranos Actor Who Played 'Uncle Pat,' Dies at 84

Frank Albanese, The Sopranos Actor Who Played 'Uncle Pat,' Dies at 84
Frank Albanese, the actor who played Tony Soprano's uncle Patrizio Blundetto on The Sopranos, died on Monday at the age of 84.

The boxer–turned-actor died in Staten Island, New York, after battling metastatic prostate cancer, a friend of Albanese told The New York Times.

A local mortuary confirmed the death to Deadline, which reports that Albanese died while in hospice care.

Although the actor was best known for his role on the highly acclaimed HBO series, he also appeared in gangster movies like Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas as well as Dead Presidents in 1995, among several screen credits.

Albanese appeared
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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement.
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25 underrated 1990s movie soundtracks

From Muppet Treasure Island to Speed, we take a look at the 90s soundtracks that deserve another listen...

Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.

It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.

But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.

Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.

1. Chaplin - John Barry

Okay, let's start with a big one. Richard Attenborough. Robert Downey Jr. John Barry.
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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s
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Roots miniseries with director Allen Hughes in the works at History

On the success of History’s 2012 miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, and amidst the rising popularity of African American history in film, the cable network is looking to revive one of the most acclaimed depictions of slavery ever committed to the screen. According to Deadline, the 1977 ABC miniseries Roots is rumored to be on its way to getting the green light very soon.

History acquired the rights to the series in late 2013 from the original Roots executive producer’s son Mark Wolper and the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family from the Alex Haley estate. Allen Hughes (of The Hughes Brothers) has also reportedly joined to direct the series, which will be written by Mark Rosenthal and Larry Konner. He will join Wolper and Marc Toberoff as an executive producer the miniseries.

Hughes broke out back in 1993 with his debut film Menace II Society, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother Albert.
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History's Roots reboot nearing green light with director Allen Hughes

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Back in 1977, Alex Haley's book Roots became the biggest and most talked about mini-series of all time. A little over a year ago, the news broke that cable network History planned to remake the series for a new generation. As we get closer and closer to that becoming a reality, the network has found their director. Allen Hughes, best known as a part of the Hughes Brothers, has directed the films Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell, The Book Of Eli, and most recently Broken City...
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