Spike Lee to direct hip-hop love story Prince of Cats

Spike Lee is to direct a version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in the 1980s New York hip-hop scene.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the BlacKkKlansman filmmaker has closed a deal to direct Prince of Cats, an adaptation of Ron Wimber…

Spike Lee is to direct a version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in the 1980s New York hip-hop scene.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the BlacKkKlansman filmmaker has closed a deal to direct Prince of Cats, an adaptation of Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel.

The 2012 book tells Romeo and Juliet’s story through the eyes of her hot-headed cousin Tybalt and transports the story to a fictionalised version of 1980s Brooklyn.

The project has been in development since 2018, when it was to star Lakeith Stanfield, but the Knives Out actor has since dropped out of the movie. Lee will rewrite the script with Wimberly and former The Source editor Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, who wrote the original adapted screenplay. Casting details are yet to be announced.

In Prince of Cats, Tybalt and his Capulet brothers battle with their rival Montagues for control of Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn, where underground sword duelling has become a method of settling disputes, among youngsters obsessed with hip-hop, DJing and graffiti.

Lee’s last film, BlacKkKlansman, was nominated for six Academy Awards, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay, the 62-year-old’s first non-honorary Oscar. His follow-up project is Da 5 Bloods, a Vietnam War thriller starring Chadwick Boseman.

Prince of Cats returns Lee to his beloved Brooklyn, the setting of many of his movies, including She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Crooklyn, and Clockers.

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Knives Out to have Europe premiere at London Film Festival

Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out will have its Europe premiere at the 2019 London Film Festival. The Star Wars: The Last Jedi director will be bringing his modern twist on the whodunnit to London’s Leicester Square on 8 October, just weeks aft…

Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out will have its Europe premiere at the 2019 London Film Festival.

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi director will be bringing his modern twist on the whodunnit to London’s Leicester Square on 8 October, just weeks after it has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Johnson is expected to attend the red carpet alongside some of his all-star ensemble cast, which includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Katherine Langford, Lakeith Stanfield, and Christopher Plummer.

“I’m thrilled to be screening Knives Out at the BFI London Film Festival. This film was an attempt to capture the twisty fun of an Agatha Christie whodunnit, it’s a great pleasure to be showing it in the country responsible for the genre’s golden age,” Johnson said in a statement.

“With Knives Out, Rian Johnson has crafted a devilishly clever and wickedly entertaining new crime caper,” Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director, added. “This is impeccably designed, with writing that keeps you guessing to the final moments and his extraordinary cast are at their arch and compelling best. Knives Out is a whodunit, as sharp as the blade that killed the patriarch at the heart of the film.”

Paying tribute to Agatha Christie’s classic murder mysteries, Johnson’s movie follows Detective Benoit Blanc, played by Craig, as he is enlisted to investigate the murder of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey, portrayed by Plummer, who is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday.

The 2019 London Film Festival opens with The Personal History of David Copperfield on 2 October and concludes with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman on 13 October. The full programme will be announced at the end of August.

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Lakeith Stanfield won’t push sartorial boundaries ‘for the sake of it’

Lakeith Stanfield doesn’t push fashion boundaries just for the sake of it.The Atlanta actor is helping to change the face of male fashion, and has wowed on the red carpet in outfits like a patterned suit with matching shirt, a designer cummerbund, and …

Lakeith Stanfield doesn’t push fashion boundaries just for the sake of it.

The Atlanta actor is helping to change the face of male fashion, and has wowed on the red carpet in outfits like a patterned suit with matching shirt, a designer cummerbund, and a velvet bomber jacket, in recent months.

And his stylist is adamant Lakeith never goes for the shock value with his clothes, rather just dresses in garments he genuinely likes.

“Lakeith has a strong, unique, very personal sense of style and honestly those people are the most fun to work with because they have a point of view,” stylist Adam Ballheim told Vogue. “In Lakeith’s case, he wants to push boundaries, and not just for the sake of pushing boundaries, but because he just wants to dress like himself. He’s not the kind of guy that’s just going to wear a black tuxedo to every event.”

As well as acting, the stylish 27-year-old, who often accessories his wardrobe with a hat, has also become a Fashion Week front row regular.

But Adam went on to explain that the pair are acutely aware of going too far with fashion when it comes to picking Lakeith’s unique outfits.

“You run the risk of people trying too hard,” Adam mused. “You have to look comfortable and the outfit has to be something they’d actually wear and not just a costume. I would be very sad if my entire life was just putting people in black tuxedos all day.”

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Letitia Wright and Lakeith Stanfield land BAFTA Rising Star nominations

Letitia Wright, Lakeith Stanfield and Cynthia Erivo have been shortlisted for the EE Rising Star prize at the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards. The British actress, who made her breakthrough playing fan favourite Shuri in Marvel movie Black Panther, was reveale…

Letitia Wright, Lakeith Stanfield and Cynthia Erivo have been shortlisted for the EE Rising Star prize at the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards.

The British actress, who made her breakthrough playing fan favourite Shuri in Marvel movie Black Panther, was revealed as a contender for the only public-voted prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Thursday morning (03Jan19).

“It’s an incredible feeling to be chosen by BAFTA and the jury as a candidate for the EE Rising Star Award,” Letitia said in a statement. “It means a lot that my work has been recognised, especially in the country I’ve grown up in, and that I get to share this recognition with so many talented actors.”

She will compete against Lakeith, who is best known for his work on TV series Atlanta and films such as Get Out and Sorry to Bother You.

“I can’t begin to express my gratitude to BAFTA and the jury for this nomination,” he gushed. “The calibre of previous EE Rising Star Award winners and nominees is incredible, and I feel honoured to be counted among them. It’s a very proud moment indeed.”

British actress Cynthia, who has already achieved Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards for her role in the stage revival of musical The Color Purple, lands on the shortlist after making her feature film debut in 2018 in both Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale.

The five-person category also features Irish actor Barry Keoghan, who is best known for his work in Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and American Animals, and Irish actress Jessie Buckley, who received acclaim for her performance in 2018 independent film Beast.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of 2018 winner Daniel Kaluuya as well the likes of previous winners James McAvoy, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart and John Boyega.

The 2019 BAFTA Film Awards take place on 10 February at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The main nominees will be announced on 9 January.

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Emma Roberts joins host of actors in Rag & Bone’s new campaign

Emma Roberts is one of the many film stars tapped to feature in Rag & Bone’s latest campaign.The actress stars in the brand’s autumn/winter 2018 campaign film alongside Kate Mara, Jon Hamm, Boyd Holbrook, Lakeith Stanfield, Lake Bell and Pom Klementief…

Emma Roberts is one of the many film stars tapped to feature in Rag & Bone’s latest campaign.

The actress stars in the brand’s autumn/winter 2018 campaign film alongside Kate Mara, Jon Hamm, Boyd Holbrook, Lakeith Stanfield, Lake Bell and Pom Klementieff, as well as director Reed Morano.

Footage was shot in Los Angeles and New York over the course of six weeks by The Killing of a Sacred Deer cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis, and features music from Radiohead singer/songwriter Thom Yorke.

The Time of Day series aims to tap into the notion that people are more connected to one another than they may think, and consists of eight short films woven together to explore the homogeneous situations strangers can find themselves in. All of the features are subtly interconnected by recurring props and locations.

Many photos from the campaign have been shot in black-and-white, but an image shared through Rag & Bone’s social media accounts show Scream Queens star Emma posing in a colourful image wearing a loose green leopard print dress. The pink and blue background is blurred behind her, and she poses with one hand on top of her head and sticks her tongue out as she cheekily winks at the camera.

Another snap, obtained by Dazed, shows Emma poking her tongue out once again, but this time wearing a pair of checked trousers, with only a blazer covering her top half.

The fashion brand has a history of recruiting showbiz’s hottest stars to feature in its campaigns, with Wiz Khalifa and Ashley Graham previously tapped.

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Armie Hammer feels bad for telemarketers after filming Sorry to Bother You

Actor Armie Hammer sympathises with telemarketers after portraying a “lunatic” boss in his new movie Sorry to Bother You. Get Out star Lakeith Stanfield leads the cast of the Boots Riley fantasy satire, about a laid back African-American telemarketing…

Actor Armie Hammer sympathises with telemarketers after portraying a “lunatic” boss in his new movie Sorry to Bother You.

Get Out star Lakeith Stanfield leads the cast of the Boots Riley fantasy satire, about a laid back African-American telemarketing employee, who discovers his inner “white voice”, which sets him on a path to career success and catapults him into an alternate reality.

Hammer plays Stanfield’s out-of-control boss, Steve Lift, and he enjoyed letting himself go crazy for the role.

“He’s a bit of a nutjob,” Hammer smiled as he talked about his cocaine-snorting character.

“He’s the fun, psychopathic CEO that you never want to work for and hope that doesn’t actually exist in real life. He’s just this megalomaniacal lunatic who runs this ginormous… telemarketing firm, and it just goes bonkers.”

Armie can’t remember the last time he was on the receiving end of a telemarketing call in real life, but the cheeky Call Me by Your Name star found the perfect way to annoy anonymous sales callers when he was younger.

“When I used to get telemarketing calls, I had a great plan,” he told breakfast show Good Morning America. “What you do is, you talk really slowly, and you keep them on the phone as long as you can, because if you hang up on them, they don’t care…

“I turn the tables on the torturer, so I start to torture them. I say, ‘Hold on, hold on, hold on… let me get a pen and paper,’ and then I wait about 30 seconds, and then I come back and say, ‘OK, where did you say you were calling from?’ and they say the name, I go, ‘I’m sorry, slow down, slow down. Will you spell that really slowly…?'”

Some telemarketers used to simply hang up on him: “And then you’re like, I got you!” he laughed. “Now who’s wasting whose time?”

However, Armie admits working on Sorry to Bother You has made him think twice about being so devious in future.

“Now after doing this (movie), it really kinda humanises it (telemarketing),” he said. “Now I feel so badly for messing with these people. Now it’s like, they were just trying to eat; they were just doing their job.”

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Lakeith Stanfield wants to play a villain

Lakeith Stanfield’s ideal role would be playing a “crazy, creepy character” like the Joker.The 26-year-old is fast becoming hot Hollywood property, with roles in critically acclaimed projects like Get Out and Atlanta already under his belt.His next fil…

Lakeith Stanfield’s ideal role would be playing a “crazy, creepy character” like the Joker.

The 26-year-old is fast becoming hot Hollywood property, with roles in critically acclaimed projects like Get Out and Atlanta already under his belt.

His next film is the latest Lisbeth Salander instalment, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. He’s also recently wrapped on comedy-drama Someone Great, but what he’d most like to play is a baddie.

“I mean, in my perfect world I would just be the Joker and that would be all I be… maybe Edward Scissorhands. Some crazy, creepy character that gets to wear a mask, or paint, or something like that,” Lakeith divulged to Vogue. “Maybe if I could play, like, a Kanye West type of being, that just makes people feel things and think things and (makes them) mad and happy and sad. I feel like that’s truly in my spirit to be a character like that.”

In Netflix film Someone Great, he stars opposite Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, and Rosario Dawson.

The film, produced by Jane the Virgin star Gina and Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig, among others, follows a woman on the rebound from a nasty break-up, who travels with her two best friends to New York City.

“I needed to do this film, because relationships have been interesting for me,” Lakeith said. “So this is a way to explore some things I may not have mentioned and talked about in the flesh with the people that I have been in relationships with… an opportunity to sort of dive in in a sort of cathartic way.”

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