LaKeith Stanfield has had a breakout year, following up his scene-stealing role in FX’s Atlanta with another standout performance as the lead in Boots Riley‘s indie hit Sorry to Bother You. But while Sorry to Bother You set Stanfield on an upward trajectory in Hollywood, that almost wasn’t the case. Riley revealed that Jordan Peele and Donald Glover almost landed the role of the telemarketer with an uncanny “white voice.” But in the end, it turned out fine for all three of them — Peele and Glover had pretty great years, too.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, meet actor Javier Botet, a man you’ve undoubtedly see on screen, but in a much scarier form than he appears. Plus, watch an Academy conversation with director Boots Riley and the cast of his indie Sorry to Bother You, and see what a scene from Back to the Future is light with terrible sound effects. Read More »
(This article was written by Rosie Knight and Jazmine Joyner.)
Rosie: On a very hot summer afternoon in July, Jazmine invited me to join her at a listening party for the original soundtrack for Sorry To Bother You. We both adored the film and were incredibly excited to get a chance to hear the soundtrack. Plus, it would be a chance to listen to director Boots Riley talk about creating the radical, unexpected, hilarious, and vital film that we’d fallen head over heels in love with. Jaz, you saw Sorry To Bother You months ago at an early screening and have gotten to see the way the film’s been received in its wider release. What were you most excited about seeing Boots cover when we headed to the event?
Jazmine: I was really excited to hear him talk about how his music career influenced his work with Sorry To Bother You, and possibly listen to him expand on the socio-political themes within the film. But overall I was just really into the idea of getting to hear about his process in detail and all that comes with it.
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One of the first things you notice about Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley‘s new social satire that is sparking conversations about black identity, is how stacked its cast is. And a new featurette highlights the character actor-studded cast.
Atlanta breakout LaKeith Stanfield leads a cast filled with everyone’s favorite rising stars, including Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, and Steven Yeun. Each of these actors alone would be enough to bring you into the theater, but combined, they’ll make you want to stay.
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Though the summer blockbuster season is chock full of big studio tentpoles full of explosions, jokes, superheroes, car chases and more, it’s also full of some lower key indie releases that you should be going out of your way to see. One of those movies is a wild, insane comedy that we already caught on the film festival circuit, and it’s time for you to meet the director responsible for it.
Sorry to Bother You played at the Sundance Film Festival back in January where our own Ben Pearson called it “fanciful, disturbing, and wildly original,” adding that the movie “announces the arrival of a fresh, bold voice in American cinema.” That voice belongs to hip hop artist turned filmmaker Boots Riley, and a new featurette shows us who this man is and explores his wild brand of social satire. Read More »
If you weren’t already hyped for Sorry To Bother You, this red band trailer should do the trick. Boots Riley‘s Sundance hit looks like one of the year’s best films. Watch the Sorry To Bother You red band trailer below.
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You may think you’re ready to see Boots Riley‘s sensational Sorry to Bother You. But I assure you, you are not ready for some of the bizarre ideas and off-the-wall imagery this film has in store for you. Annapurna Pictures wisely scooped up Riley’s much-discussed debut movie after it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and now they’ve released the first Sorry to Bother You trailer. Strap in, because things are about to get weird. Read More »
Writer/director Boots Riley has dropped a bomb on Sundance with Sorry To Bother You, a searing social satire and the most eccentric directorial debut in years. Mark it down now: no other movie in 2018 will come close to this one in terms of balancing far-out weirdness with a compelling, meaningful story. Riley has plenty to say (maybe a little too much, in fact), and his outstanding cast of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, and more ground this startling, mind-bending story that’s overflowing with WTF moments. Read More »
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You probably didn’t notice back in 2014, but Tessa Thompson and LaKeith Stanfield both starred in Selma. And in the years since, both of their careers have taken off (though arguably, Thompson has been killing it since her Veronica Mars years) with Thompson making waves in Dear White People, Creed, and now the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, and Stanfield stealing the show in Atlanta.
Now, the two of them will be reuniting and joined by The Walking Dead and Okja‘s Steven Yeun — another actor who deserves to get his due — to star in the drama Sorry to Bother You.
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