Taking this approach has also made Prince-Bythewood a serial launcher of Hollywood careers. In 2006, for instance, she hired a graduate fresh out of Chicago’s Columbia College as her postproduction assistant on The Secret Life of Bees. That graduate was Lena Waithe, who went on to become the first black woman to win a comedy writing Emmy. Earlier this year, Oscar-nominated Ava DuVernay tweeted to mark Love & Basketball’s 20th anniversary (“a film that captured the hearts of black folks and we’ve never let go”), and also paid tribute to Prince-Bythewood as “an early role model for me”. … [Read more...] about Gina Prince-Bythewood: ‘Films about black women are the hardest to get made’
And one more screenwriting trick: the most satisfying endings to movies are often the ones that come full circle, yet still manage to surprise. Here, then, is our full circle and our surprise. Earlier this year, the Guardian published an article about the use of AI in movie-making entitled It’s a War Between Technology and a Donkey. As a dues-paid donkey, I could not bring myself to read it. I finally did so this morning, and turned pale at the line that said: “Within five years we’ll have scripts written by AI that you would think are better than human writing.” … [Read more...] about Empathy machines: what will happen when robots learn to write film scripts?
It was the latter tactic that got me to see my first 18-rated film in full, thanks to a new DVD player, bought by a mate’s dad, that had come with a stack of recently released films. Two of them carried the desired certificate: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – a British gangster flick starring Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones – and Crash, a slow-burn psychosexual drama about people who get erotic thrills from car accidents. We went for the gangster film. … [Read more...] about My favourite film aged 12: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The controversy pushed director David Ayer into issuing a statement in response to a user’s request for clarification on LaBeouf’s character: “Really important answer – Shia is playing a whiteboy who grew up in the hood. This is a Jewish dude playing a white character. Also the only white dude in the movie.” … [Read more...] about Shia LaBeouf called out over ‘brownface’ in upcoming film ‘The Tax Collector’
But with Artemis, trouble is never far away - can he find his father with the help of his new friends and trusted bodyguard Butler? … [Read more...] about Is Artemis Fowl out on Disney+ and who is in the cast? Release date for upcoming Kenneth Brannagh film