“The Tip Test” Clip From Justin Simien’s Acclaimed ‘Dear White People’ – Featuring Tessa Thompson & Tyler James Williams
Following yesterday’s first clip, this second clip has landed online for Justin Simien’s ‘Dear White People,’ which premiered at earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to stellar reviews and a special jury award for breakthrough talent. Starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Justin Dobies, Marque Richardson, Dennis Haysbert and Peter Syversten, ‘Dear White People’ follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. ‘Dear White People’ opens on October 17th in the US. I got to see the film yesterday and I thought it was FANTASTIC, so fingers crossed there’s word on a UK release date shortly (it is showing at the London Film Festival on the 9th and 10th of October).
First Poster For Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’; Bradley Cooper Talks About Playing Navy SEAL Chris Kyle
Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed this poster for Clint Eastwood’s Bradley Cooper-led ‘American Sniper.’ In the film, Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. The book that the film is based on, ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at #1.
The British Film Institute (BFI) is teaming with Aardman Animations, the four-time Oscar-winning studio behind ‘Wallace & Gromit’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep,’ in launching a new scheme today backed by £1 million of Lottery funding to help support the development and production of new animated feature films and the creative talent making them.
The BFI will provide funding for up to two years, to three filmmakers or filmmaker teams (writers, directors, producers) to develop their projects with dedicated development support through the “BFI Aardman Animation Development Lab”. The process for developing animated feature films is lengthy and expensive limiting the opportunities for British filmmakers. Aardman will work with the filmmakers – animators, writers, directors, producers – to shape their ideas with the aim of emerging with a set of ‘greenlight’ materials for their films, ready to advance to production. The closing time and date for applications is at 5pm on November 28th.
Reuniting ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, ‘Serena’ is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) and boasts a top-notch supporting cast in Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones and Sean Harris. Opening on October 24th in the UK and February 26th in the US, the film is based Ron Rash’s Shakespearean tragedy-style historical novel of the same name. ‘Serena’ is playing at the London Film Festival on the 13th and 17th of October.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
The good people over at Film4 have unveiled this first clip from ‘Second Coming,’ the feature film debut of BAFTA Award-winning television director and playwright Debbie Tucker Green. The London-set psychodrama follows a tight-knit family (played by Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba and Kai Francis-Lewis) as they navigate their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy. Jackie (Marshall) is expecting her second child but the math doesn’t quite add up. It’s been months since she last slept with her husband Mark (Elba), so she knows it can’t be his. But, perplexingly, she also knows she hasn’t been with anyone else.
While we’re still awaiting confirmed US and UK release dates, ‘Second Coming’ is showing at the BFI London Film Festival on the 17th, 18th and 19th of October – you can purchase tickets here. I’m certainly checking this one out at the London Film Festival, as I’ve heard great things (not to mention the talent involved!).