The violence and chaos of the Detroit riots in the summer of 1967 began early on Sunday, July 23 when the police raided a local bar. It incited five long days of police brutality that ended in 43 deaths. But there was one infamous and tragic episode during those five days that left three black teenagers dead.
There’s something to be said about an outsider telling a true story about another culture. More often it’s a problem when a filmmaker swoops in to depict another culture’s history – it’s no news Hollywood has a major whitewashing problem and a need to diversify storytelling on and off screen. But if an international filmmaker takes on a piece of American history, especially history that’s particularly iconic or traumatic, that outsider quality can lend to something surprising and deeply moving. That’s what happened with Jackie, when Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain approached the story of the former First Lady from the outside in. It allowed the director to re-examine a famous piece of history, to strip away sentimentality and nostalgia and get at something a little deeper.
Movie fans have long been enamored with Annapurna Pictures, the production company of billionaire heiress and noted cinephile Megan Ellison. Under her careful guidance, Annapurna has become a home for visionary filmmakers, producing films by writer-directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, Spike Jonze, and Harmony Korine. And with a growing stable of respected filmmakers and award-winning movies, it was only a matter of time before Ellison and company expanded into the distribution world as well.
2016 is almost over! Hallelujah! With everything that’s happened in the last 12 months, we can’t wait to rip the last page of our 2016 Spider-Man wall calendar and hang up our 2017 Spider-Man wall calendar.
Kathryn Bigelow’s currently untitled drama about the 1967 Detroit riots has just added John Krasinski to its considerably talented cast. The 13 Hours star joins John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Jack Reynor, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, Algee Smith, Ben O’Toole, and Hannah Murray.
We didn’t think we could get much more excited about Kathryn Bigelow’s new project, but then the Oscar-winning director began assembling her cast, and it’s already pretty impressive. Joining John Boyega in the untitled Detroit riots drama are The Revenant’s Will Poulter, Sing Street’s Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole and Anthony Mackie — the latter of whom previously worked with Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal on The Hurt Locker.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of two very special Keanu Reeves films: Point Break and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. But what makes this particular anniversary so significant is that these movies weren’t released within a few months of each other — they were released just seven days apart. It may very well have been the weirdest and most wonderful week in new movie release history, and one that hasn’t really been replicated since.
The Hollywood Reporter has a whole post about it, but John Boyega summed this whole situation up in 140 characters:
We’re likely going to see HBO on a tear of new original pilots, given new management and some notable recent flops, and the first new drama orders are certainly promising. One new series ordered to pilot from Anchorman team Adam McKay and Will Ferrell sounds like Arrested Development as high drama, while another from Kathryn Bigelow will take us to Mogadishu, Minnesota.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Marvel’s Kevin Feige said that the studio will probably reveal who’s directing and starring in the Captain Marvel solo film sometime this summer, or by fall at the latest. What followed was a particularly interesting scoop suggesting that the director and lead actor being eyed for the project both share the same first name, which kicked off a bunch of hopeful speculation among fans. Today brings a small but interesting piece of info to add some fuel that particular rumor mill.