On the heels his breakout turn in One Night in Miami, Kingsley Ben-Adir has been cast in Marvel’s upcoming Secret Invasion series on Disney+. He’ll be joining Samuel L. Jackson, reprising his role as Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn, who brings back his Skrull character Talos from Captain Marvel. Read More »
Regina King’s One Night In Miami has a fascinating approach to iconography. It anachronistically re-stages Muhammad Ali’s famous underwater photo by Flip Schulke three years after it actually happened, in order to move the photography session to the day of his historic fight with Sonny Liston. This is the day the film takes place, unfolding largely in real time in and around a single hotel room after the bout. The film, by creating a proximity between the photo and Ali’s poolside strategizing about the optics of Malcom X accompanying him to the fight, invites us on an imaginary journey through moments that unfolded in between historic photographs, conjuring questions about the lived realities behind the curtain of recorded history. It even places a camera in Malcolm’s hands throughout much of the film.
King and screenwriter Kemp Powers — upon whose play the film is based — fictionalize a real-life meeting between civil rights leader Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), soul singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), NFL player-turned actor Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and boxing champion Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), who was still going by Cassius Clay at the time. The filmmaking is precise, shifting narrative point-of-view subtly and deftly between its four leads, but its biggest strength is the way it enhances each performance — especially that of Ben-Adir, who explores Malcolm X through body language and a series of gestures. Read More »
One Night in Miami will undoubtedly be a key player in the upcoming awards season. Regina King was recently nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes, and the adapted screenplay by Kemp Powers earned a nomination from the Writers Guild of America. While we wait to see how the film fares when the Academy Awards nominations are announced next month, the film’s cast members reunited virtually to break down one of the pivotal scenes for the American Film Institute. Watch below. Read More »
Even though One Night in Miami missed out on making our collective list of the Top 15 Films of 2020, it’s still one of the best films from last year. The directorial debut of Watchmen star Regina King follows Kingsley Ben-Adir, Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, and Aldis Hodge as activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, boxer Muhammad Ali and football player Jim Brown as they spend one night together after one of Ali’s victorious boxing matches in 1964. As the awards race heats up with One Night in Miami being a hopeful key player, King provides a breakdown of one of the best scenes in the film. Read More »
What if champion boxer Muhammad Ali, historic activist Malcolm X, renowned singer Sam Cooke, and pro footballer Jim Brown all got together for one night back in 1964? That’s exactly what the new film One Night in Miami imagines.
An adaptation of the award-winning play of the same name, One Night in Miami marks the feature directorial debut of Oscar and Emmy-winning actress Regina King, and it has all four of these Black icons gathering in Miami after Muhammad Ali defeated heavy weight champion Sonny Liston, sparking powerful conversations about racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke all check into a motel room. It’s almost hard to imagine such legends sharing the same space, but of course, they did. And on the night of February 25, 1964, after Ali – who was then still known as Cassius Clay – became the Heavyweight Champion of the World after defeating Sonny Liston, the four men gathered together to celebrate. This real event was the impetus for Kemp Powers‘ play, and now Regina King‘s film One Night in Miami, a fictionalized retelling of that night that feels very real.
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Regina King‘s feature directorial debut One Night in Miami had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, with many ready to toss King’s hat into the awards season ring. The film, based on Kemp Powers‘ play, is a “fictionalized account of a 1964 meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown,” and will also be playing at TIFF this week. Ahead of that, the first official One Night in Miami clip has been released, and you can check it out below.
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