The feature directorial debuts of Halle Berry and Regina King will be part of the lineup at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers announced on Thursday.Berry’s film, “Bruised,” features the actor and director as a mixed martial arts star fighting for custody of her young daughter. King’s “One Night in Miami” is based on a play that fictionalizes a night in 1964 in which boxer Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali), singer Sam Cooke, football player Jim Brown and activist Malcolm X met in a Florida hotel room.Nearly half of the 50 selected features, 23, have a female director or co-director.Other films among the 50 titles announced by TIFF include Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a drama from “The Rider” director that stars Frances McDormand; Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” a female romance set in 1840s England and starring Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet and Fiona Shaw; Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Good Joe Bell,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton and written by “Brokeback Mountain” screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; Ricky Staub’s “Concrete Cowboy,” with Idris Elba and Jharrel Jerome; Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman; Glendyn Ivin’s “Penguin Bloom,” with Naomi Watts and Jackie Weaver; Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo,” about a Syrian musician waiting in Scotland for a decision on his asylum request; Sonia Kennebeck’s “Enemies of the State,” about a family whose hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government.Nonfiction films on the list include Werner Herzog’s “Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds,” a documentary about comets and asteroids; Sam Pollack’s “MLK/FBI,” about the FBI’s investigation and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.; Oscar nominee Gianfranco Rosi’s “Notturno”; and documentary legend Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall.”Also Read: 'The French Dispatch,' 'Soul' Make the Cannes 2020 Lineup As Festival Reveals the Movies It Would Have ShownAs previously announced, Spike Lee’s film “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” a document of Byrne’s Broadway show, will be the opening-night film on Sept. 10. Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy,” taken from a decades-spanning TV miniseries, will close the festival 10 days later.Viggo Mortensen’s “Falling,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was also chosen for the canceled Cannes Film Festival, will be part of the Toronto Film Festival lineup as well.The lineup is long on films from around the world, with offerings from such international auteurs as Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”), Michel Franco (“New Order”), Kornél Mundruczó (“Pieces of a Woman”), Naomi Kawase (“True Mothers”) and François Ozon (Summer of ’85”).In a pandemic-affected year that has seen most awards shows postponed until deep into next year, the Toronto lineup is noticeably lacking in many studio awards films that typically use the fall festival circuit to launch their biggest contenders. While additional programming will be announced in upcoming weeks, TIFF has said that its feature lineup will consist of 50 films, the number that was announced on Thursday.Also Read: Venice Film Festival Lineup Includes Record 8 Features With Female Directors in CompetitionThe Toronto Film Festival will be significantly scaled-down from its usual size, which typically includes more than 200 features over 10 days. The industry presence will be reduced, with many events and all press screenings taking place on the festival’s private viewing platform rather than in Toronto. Socially-distanced screenings will take place for local audiences, with the festival organizers saying in a statement that TIFF continues to work with public health officials, “with its number-one priority being the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community.”The Toronto Film Festival 2020 lineup:“180 Degree Rule,” Farnoosh Samadi | Iran “76 Days,” Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen | USA “Ammonite,” Francis Lee | United Kingdom “Another Round” (“Druk”), Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark “Bandar Band,” Manijeh Hekmat | Iran/Germany “Beans,” Tracey Deer | Canada “Beginning” (“Dasatskisi”), Dea Kulumbegashvili | Georgia/France “The Best is Yet to Come” (“Bu Zhi Bu Xiu”), Wang Jing | China “Bruised,” Halle Berry | USA “City Hall,” Frederick Wiseman | USA “Concrete Cowboy,” Ricky Staub | USA “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” Spike Lee | USA (Opening Night) “The Disciple,” Chaitanya Tamhane | India “Enemies of the State,” Sonia Kennebeck | USA “Falling,” Viggo Mortensen | Canada/United Kingdom “The Father,” Florian Zeller | United Kingdom/France “Fauna,” Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds,” Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | United Kingdom/USA “Gaza mon amour,” Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser | France/ Germany/Portugal/Palestine/Qatar “Get the Hell Out” (“Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan”), I-Fan Wang | Taiwan “Good Joe Bell,” Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA “I Care A Lot,” J Blakeson | United Kingdom “Inconvenient Indian,” Michelle Latimer | Canada “The Inheritance,” Ephraim Asili | USA “Lift Like a Girl” (“Ash Ya Captain”), Mayye Zayed | Egypt/Germany/Denmark “Limbo,” Ben Sharrock | United Kingdom “Memory House” (“Casa de Antiguidades”), João Paulo Miranda Maria | Brazil/France “MLK/FBI,” Sam Pollard | USA “The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel,” Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott | Canada “New Order” (“Nuevo orden”), Michel Franco | Mexico “Night of the Kings” (“La Nuit des Rois”), Philippe Lacôte | Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal “Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao | USA “No Ordinary Man,” Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Canada “Notturno,” Gianfranco Rosi | Italy/France/Germany “One Night in Miami,” Regina King | USA “Penguin Bloom,” Glendyn Ivin | Australia/USA “Pieces of a Woman,” Kornél Mundruczó | USA/Canada/Hungary “Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time” (“Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre”), Lili Horvát | Hungary “Quo Vadis, Aïda?” Jasmila Žbanić | Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey “Shadow In The Cloud,” Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand “Shiva Baby,” Emma Seligman | USA/Canada “Spring Blossom,” Suzanne Lindon | Francesing Night Presentation “A Suitable Boy,” Mira Nair | United Kingdom/India (Closing night) “Summer of 85” (“Été 85”), François Ozon | France “The Third Day,” Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly | United Kingdom “Trickster,” Michelle Latimer | Canada “True Mothers” (“Asa Ga Kuru”), Naomi Kawase | Japan “Under the Open Sky” (“Subarashiki Sekai”), Miwa Nishikawa | Japan “Violation,” Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli | Canada “Wildfire,” Cathy Brady | United Kingdom/IrelandRead original story Toronto Film Festival Lineup to Include Films Directed by Regina King, Halle Berry At TheWrap
Spike Lee on Saturday apologized for comments he made in a radio interview on Friday defending his “friend” Woody Allen and suggested that “cancel” culture may be going too far for filmmakers accused of serious wrongdoing.“I Deeply Apologize. My Words Were WRONG,” the director tweeted. “I Do Not And Will Not Tolerate Sexual Harassment, Assault Or Violence. Such Treatment Causes Real Damage That Can’t Be Minimized.”The director responded after a Friday interview with Len Berman and Michael Riedel, co-hosts of New York City radio station WOR’s “In the Morning” show. “I’d just like to say Woody Allen is a great, great filmmaker and this cancel thing is not just Woody,” Lee said. “When we look back on it we are going to see that — short of killing somebody — I don’t know you just erase someone like they never existed.”Lee, who appeared on the show to promote his new Netflix movie “Da 5 Bloods,” added, “Woody is a friend of mine, a fellow Knick fan, and I know he’s going through it right now.”I Deeply Apologize. My Words Were WRONG. I Do Not And Will Not Tolerate Sexual Harassment, Assault Or Violence. Such Treatment Causes Real Damage That Can't Be Minimized.-Truly, Spike Lee.— Spike Lee (@SpikeLeeJoint) June 13, 2020Also Read: 'Da 5 Bloods' Film Review: Spike Lee's Vietnam Epic Finds an Apocalypse Then and NowAllen has struggled to continue as a filmmaker in recent years since his daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced accusations that he molested her in the early 1990s when she was 7. Amazon Studios dropped plans for the 2018 release of the Timothée Chalamet-Elle Fanning romance “A Rainy Day in New York” and returned U.S. rights to Allen last year.Allen, who was never charged with a crime after two separate police investigations in the 1990s, has repeatedly called the accusations a “total fabrication.” In his memoir “Apropos of Nothing” published earlier this year, he also suggested the claims surfaced because of ex-partner Mia Farrow’s “Ahab-like quest” for revenge after she learned he had begun dating then 21-year-old Soon-Yi Previn, whom Farrow and previous husband André Previn had adopted in 1978.The memoir was denounced by Allen’s son, Ronan Farrow, and Dylan Farrow called the book’s publication “deeply unsettling.”Listen to the full interview below.Read original story Spike Lee Apologizes After Interview Defending Woody Allen Amid ‘Cancel’ Culture: ‘My Words Were Wrong’ At TheWrap
UPDATED: Spike Lee has issued an apology for his comments defending Woody Allen against cancel culture in Hollywood. "I deeply apologize. My words were wrong. I do not and will not tolerate sexual harassment, assault or violence. Such treatment causes real damage that can't be minimized," he posted on Twitter on Saturday. I Deeply Apologize. […]
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The Academy Museum on Saturday detailed what will be some of its inaugural exhibitions when it opens in December, with directors Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar, composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and sound designer Ben Burtt to curate galleries in the museum.The four collaborators will contribute to the Stories of Cinema galleries located on the second and third floors of the Saban Building. The galleries will explore all aspects of the art and science of moviemaking and over time will rotate out and change with new movies, artists, eras and genres being highlighted.Some of the initial films and artists who will be spotlighted in the galleries exploring the history of cinema will include Bruce Lee, cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, and the films “Citizen Kane” and “Real Women Have Curves.” The galleries will dives deeply into the worlds of casting and performance, costume, hair and makeup design, the components of sound design, the work of cinematographers and the creation of a story, as well as a variety of other genres and filmmaking styles.Also Read: Academy Museum to Issue Additional $100 Million Bond OfferingThe Academy Museum also unveiled new immersive experiences. The Hurd Gallery will feature the original multi-camera rig from “The Matrix” and tells how the Wachowskis used the rig to create the film’s iconic “Bullet Time” effect that you can experience on the original green screen set.And in the East West Bank Gallery, attendees can see the Oscars Experience, which will simulate the feeling of walking onto the Dolby Theatre stage to accept an Oscar.Finally, the space will also open with an exhibition of pre-cinema objects, such as magic lanterns, zoetropes, camera obscuras a Cinématographe Lumière and more.These galleries all come in addition to the previously announced history of “The Wizard of Oz,” a history of the Academy Awards, and an exhibition of the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, the first time the studio has collaborated with an institution for such a gallery outside of Japan.Also Read: Look Inside the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: How Finished Is It? (Photos)That exhibition will be temporary and will be replaced in Fall 2021 with Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971, which explores the history, artists and visual culture of Black cinema in America and its manifold expressions from its early days to the Civil Rights movement and just beyond.“We will open the Academy Museum with exhibitions and programs that will illuminate the complex and fascinating world of cinema–its art, technology, artists, history, and social impact–through a variety of diverse and engaging voices. We will tell complete stories of moviemaking–celebratory, educational, and sometimes critical and uncomfortable. Global in outlook and grounded in the unparalleled collections and expertise of the Academy, these first exhibitions will establish this museum as incomparable in the world of cinema,” Academy Museum director Bill Kramer said in a statement.Kramer continued: “We are keenly aware that we’re working towards the opening of the Academy Museum during a time of great challenge. Over the past century, motion pictures have reflected and impacted major historical issues and events. The stories we tell in the Academy Museum are part of those bigger stories, and we are committed to highlighting the social impact of motion pictures. We look forward to brighter days for everyone, everywhere.”Also Read: Laura Dern and 6 Others Added as Academy Museum TrusteesKramer also announced that studio wHY Architecture has been retained to finalize the design of the galleries in the museum’s Saban Building. The project is led by the Director of wHY’s Museums Workshop Brian Butterfield and lead exhibition designer Jarrod Beck with creative direction from the studio’s founder Kulapat Yantrasast.“The Board of Trustees is extremely enthusiastic about how the exhibition, design, and programming plans for the Museum have developed. We very much look forward to movie lovers around the world experiencing the thoughtful and unprecedented content the Academy Museum has to offer when its doors open,” Ron Meyer, chair of the Academy Museum Board of Trustees and vice chairman of NBCUniversal, said in a statement.“When our long-held dream comes true, and we open our doors to the world, the Academy’s vast collection will be on display to the general public for the first time. The Academy Museum will be an ongoing showcase for the creativity and ingenuity of today’s greatest moviemakers. We are thrilled to have Academy members and Oscar® winners Spike Lee, Pedro Almodóvar, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and Ben Burtt participating in our opening exhibitions,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.Despite the shutdowns from the coronavirus, Kramer has said in interviews that the Academy Museum is still on track to open on Dec. 14, 2020 after many years of delays.Read original story Spike Lee, Pedro Almodóvar to Curate Inaugural Academy Museum Exhibitions At TheWrap
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Spike Lee's had a pretty good couple of weeks -- Green Book winning the Best Picture Oscar notwithstanding -- and today Netflix has revealed the Season 2 premiere date for its series based on his first movie. The streamer said today that the updated take on She's Gotta Have It, which the BlacKkKlansman filmmaker created and exec produces, will return on May 24. Watch an announcement video above. Billed as "a seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female…
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Prince and Spike Lee are together again … as defendants in a lawsuit that claims the title song to the movie "Girl 6" was a ripoff of another artist's work. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a guy named James Brandon claims he was part of a group named GOMAB. He claims in […]The post The Prince Estate and Spike Lee Sued Over 'Girl 6' appeared first on The Blast.
"These are tumultuous times, and we are in a pool that we say controversial things all the time. It’s not so bad, life does go on, and it’s OK for people to speak their truth when they get an award," McCain said.
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Spike Lee is accustomed to being ahead of the curve. Lee remained “on it” over the subsequent three decades, using his status as Hollywood’s pre-eminent black director to address interracial romance in Jungle Fever, black activism in Get on the Bus and black representation in movies and television in Bamboozled. Having helped pave the way for that diversity of new voices (think directors like Allen Hughes, Ava DuVernay and Dee Rees) Lee’s own career ebbed and flowed.