Film & TV

'Birth of a Nation' Confronts America's Racial Past and Present

Piya Sinha-Roy

The stakes are high for studio Fox Searchlight, which bought the movie in the midst of the controversy over lack of diversity in Hollywood that prompted the resurgence earlier this year of #OscarsSoWhite. But Parker, 36, said he knew right from the start that he wanted to make a film that "changes the conversation around race in this country." "I feel like this country is more segregated now than it's been in moments in the past."

A Diverse Emmys Lineup Sends Clear Message to Oscars

Jill Serjeant

Six months after #Oscarssowhite upset the biggest movie awards in the world, television's Emmy lineup is telling a different, far more colorful, story. Some 21 actors across the ethnic spectrum have been nominated for Emmys this year. For the first time in the 68-year history of the biggest honors in television, men of color were nominated in all six lead actor categories.

Post-War Film ‘Frantz’ Debuts at Venice Film Fest

Agnieszka Flak

The movie tells the story of Anna, a young German played by Paula Beer, who mourns the death of Frantz, her fiance killed in battle, and meets Frenchman Adrien, starring Pierre Niney, who lays flowers on her fiance's grave. "In Hollywood, there is this convention that everyone speaks English but the audience doesn't want to have that any longer because they want to see truth," Ozon told a news conference ahead of the film's premier.

Cast of 'Suicide Squad' Defends Film After Unfavorable Reviews

Melissa Fares

The cast of new anti-hero movie "Suicide Squad" defended the film on Wednesday from scathing reviews, saying it was for the fans to decide if it does justice to the DC Comics characters it is based on. "The critics have been absolutely horrific, they're really, really horrible. You know, I just don't think they like superhero movies," Cara Delevingne, who plays the Enchantress, told Reuters at the film's London premiere. Delevingne added that while "this movie isn't perfect," it was made for the fans.

The Original ‘Roots’ Was Superb – Why Is There a Remake?

Martin Johnson

To tell this story was revolutionary in 1977. It presented African Americans through African-American eyes in a dramatic and historically significant context. At that time, black people on television were typically seen in the context of white society or setting up gag lines like Jimmy Walker’s “Dyn-o-mite” exclamations. The presentations of  slavery’s inhumane brutality flew in the face of my high school teachers in Dallas, who contended that slavery helped blacks and that more whites than Africans died during the slave trade. 

Lewis Carroll's Fantasy World Returns in New ‘Alice’ Film

Marie-Louise Gumuchian

Lewis Carroll's much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in "Alice Through the Looking Glass," going through a mirror and then traveling back in time to help her friend, the flamboyant Mad Hatter. The colorful movie with plenty of special effects follows the 2010 box-office hit "Alice in Wonderland," with Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter returning as the Mad Hatter, Alice and the Red Queen, respectively.

Exploring Cambodia’s Trauma of Silence

Andrew Lam

For "Daze of Justice," his first film, Siv says he was drawn to the idea that people of his mother’s generation, who had long kept silent, were now seeking justice. What they find, and what the audience discovers over the course of the film, is that for victims of war, justice is often illusive, like an exotic animal one hears of but rarely sees. In another scene from the film, Siv’s group of survivors sit under a veranda alongside Pheng and a crowd of others - presumably victims or their descendants - as they watch a screen depicting the court proceedings happening just inside. 

Director Ken Loach Offers Another Pessimistic View of England in New Film

Julient Pretot

Fifty years after TV play "Cathy Come Home" shocked viewers with its grim depiction of the slide into homelessness, director Ken Loach is still angry about the precarious reality of life on the breadline in Britain, and tries not to be too pessimistic. In his latest film "I, Daniel Blake", at the Cannes Film Festival, Loach, 79, shows how Britain's social security system conspires to drive a downtrodden carpenter and a single mother of two into poverty in the northeastern city of Newcastle.

Lost and Found: The Life of Artist Edith Lake Wilkinson

Sandra Bertrand

Anderson and Tess busy themselves with painting the walls green at the Larkin Gallery for Edith’s first show in over 90 years and the reception is obviously a successful one.   Along with the exhibit preparations, Anderson finds out through a letter that one of the town’s history buffs shares, that before Edith’s incarceration, she was planning a trip to Paris. She had big plans for her future. Another rather humorous event is a visit Anderson pays to a local psychic who supposedly “channels” Edith, relating how the woman “loved to party and made a lethal rum punch.”

‘Miles Ahead’ Features Jazz Legend Miles Davis’ Mute Years

Lisa Baertlein

Miles Davis, one of America's most iconic and prolific musicians, went musically mute for several years in the 1970s, and actor Don Cheadle plumbed that silence in his visually jazzy directorial film debut "Miles Ahead." "We wanted to find a way to tell the story that would give us the latitude and the license to show a creative person trying to figure out how to be creative again," said Cheadle, who also stars in and co-wrote the independent film.


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