One of HBO’s splashiest acquisitions at the Sundance Film Festival this year was Native Son, a modern retelling of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel of the same name. Starring Moonlight star Ashton Sanders, the film was initially set be distributed theatrically by A24, but after a buzzy premiere at the film festival in January, HBO swooped in. The cable network has released a new Native Son trailer revealing the premiere date of the captivating drama.
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When Oprah Winfrey was still hosting her daytime talk show, she had the respect and admiration of millions of viewers. That’s because she always shined a light on controversial and sensitive subjects and came away with powerful revelations, moving stories, and challenging perspectives. And she’ll be doing the same with a new TV special that will follow the premiere of the Michael Jackson sexual abuse documentary Leaving Neverland.
Following the premiere of the two-part documentary Leaving Neverland on March 3 and March 4, HBO and OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) will air Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland, a conversation with documentary subjects Wade Robson and James Safechuck, as well as director Dan Reed. Making this conversation even more harrowing is that it was recorded with an audience of sexual abuse survivors and those who have been impacted by it. Read More »
Fans have been waiting a long time to see a Deadwood movie bring David Milch‘s western world back to HBO. The series ended in 2006, but chatter about a movie kept emerging on and off over the past few years. Amazingly, production actually began last fall, and fans won’t have to wait very long before they get to see what’s happening 10 years following the events of the series finale in Deadwood, South Dakota. Read More »
Twenty years ago, a Baltimore high school student named Hae Min Lee was murdered. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, claimed he was innocent of the crime, but he was arrested and given a life sentence. This story came to the world’s attention back in 2014 as the subject of the first season of NPR’s mega-popular podcast Serial, and though it has somewhat faded from the pop culture consciousness five years later, documentarian Amy Berg is putting the spotlight on it again with a four-episode series that provides “new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state’s case” against Syed. Check out the first trailer for the upcoming docuseries below.
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Native Son is an adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, and while I haven’t read that book, first-time director Rashid Johnson arrives on the scene with a smart, impressive debut full of strong work from a young cast.
Ashton Sanders, who played the teenaged version of Chiron in the Oscar-winning Moonlight, transforms into Bigger “Big” Thomas, a young man from Chicago with a love of punk music and a look to match, wearing a shock of green hair and a long black leather jacket with writing scribbled all over it. Big is a rarity for movie characters: someone who completely defies conventional stereotypes (and acknowledges that fact several times in the film) while also feeling like a well-rounded, genuine human with a life that continues when he’s off-camera. Read More »
On February 14, 2018, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and killed seventeen people and injured another seventeen. A drama class was in the middle of rehearsal for a musical when they heard shots being fired, so it’d be totally reasonable if everyone wanted to abandon the show once they returned to school.
But that’s not what happened. Instead, in one of the most inspiring instances of “the show must go on” you’ll ever hear, the drama class decided to go through with the musical after all – and a new documentary called Song of Parkland will tell that story. Check out the trailer below.
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Jeffrey Wright stars in O.G., a new film from HBO debuting next month. Wright plays a man in the final weeks of a 24-year prison sentence. The nature of Wright’s release becomes challenged when he decides to take a new inmate under his wing. Director Madeleine Sackler filmed O.G. in a real prison, with some of the men incarcerated there appearing in the film. Watch the O.G. trailer below.
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Brexit is a highly complicated and ongoing national issue for the citizens of the United Kingdom, so you know what that means: it’s time to dive in and make a movie about it! HBO Films has done just that, casting Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) as the man who spearheaded the Vote Leave campaign and Rory Kinnear as the head of the Remain campaign. Watch the two of them butt heads in the trailer below.
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Gillian Flynn‘s debut novel gets the HBO treatment with Sharp Objects, a new miniseries adaptation starring Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. Watch the unsettling new Sharp Objects trailer below ahead of the July premiere.
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