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Horror Actressing: Kasi Lemmons in "Candyman"

by Jason Adams

We don't talk enough about Kasi Lemmons, the actress. Maybe it's because she proved herself an absolutely terrific director in 1997 with the wildly underrated Eve's Bayou -- and she's got the Harriet bio-pic with Cynthia Erivo coming out in November -- and maybe it's because Hollywood, per their usual routine when it comes to too many black actresses, never gave her a truly great role to play with. But she's got a two-fer in the early 90s as "the best friend" in seminal horror films that she really managed to inject a lot of life into.

The most prominent one is obviously The Silence of the Lambs, where Kasi played Jodie Foster's fellow FBI recruit and friend Cordelia -- the film doesn't have much time for her but she proves a capable ally to Clarice, and as with any actress Jodie ever co-starred with the two
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November's Must See Movies

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November's Must See Movies
Oscar bait biopics and prestige dramas aren't the only things on the menu in November. Terminator: Dark Fate and Charlie's Angels bring the action sequel bombast, with Midway giving the Roland Emmerich big-budget spectacle treatment to World War II.

The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep arrives hot on the heels of It: Chapter 2 with horror indie The Lodge also on tap for those who like a little post-Halloween darkness.

You may be wondering how exactly you're supposed to see all of these highly anticipated movies while saving up for Thanksgiving groceries and Christmas gifts. Well we've got your solution: the fantastic new program at Cinemark called Movie Club.

Stuff your November full of must-see movies for ten bucks or less (depending on where you live) with a Movie Club at Cinemark membership that gets you a movie ticket, 20 percent off concessions, and the chance to grab two tickets per transaction at
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Rushes: Wong Kar-wai in 4K, Black 90s, Bruce Labruce on Camp

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSTo commemorate the 20th anniversary of In The Mood For Love, Wong Kar-wai has confirmed plans to release 4K restorations of all of his films—including the currently out-of-print Chungking Express!—for a theatrical tour in 2020. Recommended VIEWINGWe adored Bruno Dumont's Jeannette, the musical vision of Joan of Arc's childhood. Naturally we're delighted by this first trailer for the Cannes-bound sequel, Joan of Arc.A24 has released the official trailer for Lulu Wang's highly anticipated family drama The Farewell, starring rapper Awkwafina as a woman who returns to China after her grandmother is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.Recommended READINGLaura Dern in David Lynch's Wild at Heart.In a new interview with the New York Times, Laura Dern discusses the multiplicity and elasticity of her most memorable performances, as well as
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Ethel Ayler, Actress in 'Eve's Bayou' and 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 88

Ethel Ayler, Actress in 'Eve's Bayou' and 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 88
Ethel Ayler, the standout stage actress who appeared in Eve's Bayou and To Sleep With Anger and portrayed the mother of Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has died. She was 88.

Ayler died Nov. 18 in Loma Linda, California, her family announced.

Ayler appeared in the original 1987-88 Broadway production of August Wilson's Fences, and then played Addie in a 1997 revival of The Little Foxes.

A longtime member of the Negro Ensemble Company, she starred in the 1960s in Jean Genet's long-running off-Broadway play The Blacks: A Clown Show in a cast that included Maya Angelou, James Earl Jones,...
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Harriet Tubman Movie Begins Shooting This October

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Focus Features has announced the production start on upcoming historical documentary Harriet. This feature length biopic follows the life of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The movie is directed by Kasi Lemmons with a cast led by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn.

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus has set production on Harriet. Tubman will be played by Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo (Widows), and the cast includes fellow Tony Award-winner and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, multiple Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters.

Awarding winning director Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou) will direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard. Debra Martin Chase with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg with Stay Gold Features and Gregory Allen Howard will produce. They're joined by cinematographer John Toll and costume designer Paul Tazewell. Josh McLaughlin, Focus Features president of production, will oversee the production. The
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Lovecraft Country: HBO Series Adds Tony Goldwyn

Tony Sokol Joseph Baxter Jul 10, 2019

HBO TV series Lovecraft Country will take shape from names like Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams and Misha Green.

Lovecraft Country is an intriguing TV project from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, which will team with J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot and Misha Green, the creator of Underground, to adapt Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name for HBO. The project, which was just ordered to series, is also produced being by Warner Bros TV. The pilot will be written by Green, who serves as showrunner.

Lovecraft Country Cast

Deadline reports that Tony Goldwyn is set to guest star in Lovecraft Country. Goldwyn (who portrayed President Fitzgerald Grant on Scandal) will play Samuel Braithwhite, patriarch of his family, who views people as assets and objects. Sounds like a charmer!

Wunmi Mosaku has joined the Lovecraft Country cast as a lead. She will play Rudy Dandridge,
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Posterized: Movies About Young Black Girls

Not every movie has a white straight male protagonist. It just seems like that since that's Hollywood's default and also the preferred proxy of most (white straight male) auteurs.

But the times are finally a-changing. This weekend features the platform release of a mesmerizing new indie called The Fits -- please see it as soon as it opens near you. I was so proud to push for honoring it on my jury at the Nashville Film Festival. Fresh perspectives on the screen can be so exhilarating. That's especially true when the execution is this confident. Remember the debut director's name, Anna Rose Holmer, since we're hoping for more great movies to come.

In the meantime, let's take a trip back through other features with young black girls as the lead character. I haven't seen the first or the last movie on this list of nine below but the rest all
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The 50 Greatest Films by Black Directors

Slate magazine has drawn up an interesting list of great black films, the twist being that they have to have been directed by a black person rather than about the black experience so out go Old Hollywood musicals like Carmen Jones or Cabin in the Sky or Oscar favorites like Sounder.  In the wake of recent conversations about Hollywood's power structures and overwhelming whiteness, Slate assembled a field of critics and filmmakers and scholars to produce the list.

Eve's Bayou

I need to get cracking on my gaps in knowledge from this list, especially because of the titles I've seen from this list several were great and the ones I didn't personally connect to were still interesting (Night Catches Us) or memorable (Eve's Bayou - I've been meaning to give that another shot now that I'm older). Unsurprisingly Spike Lee has the most titles with six. Curiously, though I've seen
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Daily | Ebertfest 2016

Ebertfest opens today, and we've got a quick overview of the featured films: Paul Weitz's Grandma, Michael Polish's Northfork, Carol Reed's The Third Man, Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young's Disturbing the Peace, Marcel L’Herbier's L'Inhumane with live accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra, Kasi Lemmons's Eve's Bayou, Paul Cox's Force of Destiny, Rebecca Parrish's Radical Grace, Bill Pohlad’s Love and Mercy, Brian De Palma's Blow Out and Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul, featuring Paul Robeson's onscreen debut. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Ebertfest 2016

Ebertfest opens today, and we've got a quick overview of the featured films: Paul Weitz's Grandma, Michael Polish's Northfork, Carol Reed's The Third Man, Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young's Disturbing the Peace, Marcel L’Herbier's L'Inhumane with live accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra, Kasi Lemmons's Eve's Bayou, Paul Cox's Force of Destiny, Rebecca Parrish's Radical Grace, Bill Pohlad’s Love and Mercy, Brian De Palma's Blow Out and Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul, featuring Paul Robeson's onscreen debut. » - David Hudson
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Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater Co-Host 2014 Obie Awards Tonight; Harvey Fierstein and More to Present!

The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, will hold the 59th Annual Obie Awards tonight, Monday, May 19, 2014, at Webster Hall in the East Village, 125 East 11th Street. The Obies will be co-hosted by the distinguished actress Tamara Tunie, whose many memorable stage performances include the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida, while her film and television credits include Devil's Advocate, Flight, City Hall, Snake Eyes, Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine, The Red Road, 'Law and Order Svu', '24', 'Sex and The City', 'NYPD Blue'.
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'Black Nativity' Director Kasi Lemmons to be Honored at 2014 Athena Film Festival

Kasi Lemmons, actress, writer and director of Langston HughesBlack Nativity as well as Talk to MeEve's Bayou and The Caveman's Valentine will receive a 2014 Athena Film Festival Award in a festival ceremony this February.  Other award honorees include philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, who will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, and Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise, and creator of the series Nashville. "The women we are...
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Athena Film Festival to Honor Sherry Lansing, Keri Putnam, Callie Khouri and Kasi Lemmons

Athena Film Festival to Honor Sherry Lansing, Keri Putnam, Callie Khouri and Kasi Lemmons
Sherry Lansing will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Athena Film Festival, the festival announced today, along with the names of the other recipients of The Athena Film Festival Awards. The awards honor extraordinary female actors, directors, and producers for their leadership and creative accomplishments within the film industry.The other award recipients include Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute; Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter and creator of the series "Nashville;" and Kasi Lemmons, actress, director and writer of "Black Nativity," as well as "Talk to Me," "Eve's Bayou" and "The Caveman's Valentine." As former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, Lansing has been involved with the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films.The Festival has also announced the newly created Athena List which will highlight between 3-5...
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Black Nativity – review | Mark Kermode

This reframing of Langston Hughes's gospel play is perfect, heartwarming festive fare

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You'd have to be pretty full of seasonal humbug to resist this spirited screen homage to Langston Hughes's "gospel song play" which was first performed off-Broadway in 1961, and has since become a seasonal staple. Jacob Latimore plays Baltimore teen Langston, sent to stay with his estranged grandparents in New York when his mother receives an eviction notice. Uncomfortably ensconced with the proud Reverend Cornell Cobbs (Forest Whitaker) and his glowing wife Aretha (Angela Bassett), Langston scorns the open doors of the church in favour of the mean streets of Harlem, wherein he hopes to solve his mother's financial woes and discover the truth about his absent father. Kasi Lemmons, who did such a great job directing Eve's Bayou in the 1990s, brings warmth and passion to the unashamedly schmaltzy and contrived proceedings,
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How Kasi Lemmons' Return to the Holiday Musical 'Black Nativity' Saved Her Life

How Kasi Lemmons' Return to the Holiday Musical 'Black Nativity' Saved Her Life
Women filmmakers of color don't get that many times at bat in our myopic movie world. Which makes the four-feature output of Kasi Lemmons since her breakout with 1997 "Eve's Bayou" even more remarkable. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Lemmons moved to Boston with her mother when her academic parents divorced. She studied drama and film at Nyu, UCLA and the New School of Social Research, where she met her husband of 18 years in a dance class, fellow actor Vondie Curtis-Hall. Many of Lemmons' films have dealt with artists, teachers and musicians. "I am drawn to music," she says. "It was always important to me, like poetry and art are important to me."Producer Celine Rattray first suggested the project to her. "Look no further," Lemmons told her. "Please let it be me." Lemmons has enjoyed a long relationship with Fox Searchlight, where she developed a mystery about a black woman
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Review: Black Nativity

Kasi Lemmons, director of Eve's Bayou and Talk to Me, chose a play by poet Langston Hughes as the basis for her new movie. Black Nativity is first and foremost a musical, featuring original pieces of music as well as new arrangements of familiar hymns and carols. Lemmons even co-wrote some of the songs, with Raphael Saadiq producing the music (he shares the "Music by" credit with composer Laura Karpman).

The music is the best thing about Black Nativity. Without the songs it would likely be a far more disappointing movie, as you can see plot lines coming from a mile away. There are a couple times when a character says something that punches you in the gut with its earnestness, but otherwise the story is as ridiculous as it is predictable.

Langston, a fatherless kid from Baltimore played by young Jacob Latimore, is sent to live with grandparents he's never met.
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Watch: Behind-the-scenes with the cast of Black Nativity

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Get an inside look at Black Nativity as stars Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson and Nas take us behind-the-scenes of the film.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou), the story follows young Langston (Jacob Latimore) who is sent to stay with his estranged grandparents, Aretha and Reverend Cornell (Bassett and Whitaker) over the holidays where he discovers why his single mother (Hudson) has broken contact with the family. A musical treat featuring performances from Hudson, Nas and the rest of the cast, Black Nativity is largely set around Reverend Cornell’s nativity sermon and performance.

Hear what the cast has to say about the holiday story and working with one another in this new holiday musical after the jump!
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Listen: CulturePop No. 31 - Kasi Lemmons, 'Black Nativity'

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Listen: CulturePop No. 31 - Kasi Lemmons, 'Black Nativity'
Well, we finally found a guest whose work so moved Melinda that she started tearing up in the interview. If you haven't seen Kasi Lemmons' "Eve's Bayou," it's one of Melinda's favorite movies of all time. We discussed the 1997 film, but also Lemmons' new movie, "Black Nativity," which is based on Langston Hughes' musical of the same name. We had a great time talking to Kasi, who walked us through her creative process, the challenges of bringing together a "dream cast," and why it's been so great to work with major talents including Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Don...
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'Black Nativity' Trailer: Jennifer Hudson Belts It Out in Holiday Musical

It may be the dog days of summer, but that doesn't mean the studios aren't already teasing their upcoming winter offerings.

The first trailer for "Black Nativity" dropped today, advertising the film as the "musical event" of the holiday season. Starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Nas, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson, it could very well make good on that hyperbolic promise.

The film is a contemporary retelling of the Langston Hughes play, with Latimore playing Langston, a kid whose mother (Hudson) sends him to live with his estranged relatives after their house is foreclosed on. From there he goes on a remarkable Christmastime journey of discovery -- all set to song.

The film marks the long-awaited return of writer/director Kasi Lemmons, responsible for the critically praised features "Eve's Bayou," "The Caveman's Valentine," and "Talk to Me." (She was also an actor early on in her career,
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The Collision: Episode 43 – Television, Race, Diversity, and Auteur Showrunners

This week on The Collision, we are joined by Allison Keene and Charles Judson. Our conversation is sparked by a Mad Men spec script from actress Erika Anderson, which brings African-American characters into Matthew Weiner's critically acclaimed show. From there, our conversation expands to explore diversity in popular TV series, if showrunners should feel obligated to diversify their casts, the difficulty in writing minority characters, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Violence and Evil Dead"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Allison's
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