Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman gets 10-minute standing ovation at Cannes

Spike Lee has another big hit on his hands after his new film BlacKkKlansman landed the biggest standing ovation from critics at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday (14May18).The movie, starring Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington as the first…

Spike Lee has another big hit on his hands after his new film BlacKkKlansman landed the biggest standing ovation from critics at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday (14May18).

The movie, starring Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington as the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, centres around the cop’s efforts to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in his first assignment.

BlacKkKlansman, produced by the team behind Get Out, was given a 10-minute standing ovation at Cannes on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition, it was reported that viewers broke out in applause at several moments throughout the screening, and at the conclusion of the movie, Lee was seen being given a hug by Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan.

Washington and his co-stars Topher Grace and Adam Driver were also at the premiere, with Driver also appearing in the festival’s closing night film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Earlier reviews of BlacKkKlansman have also been positive, with a writer from The Guardian describing the film as an “entertaining spectacle” and “clanging rebuke to the New Trump Order”, while a Vulture critic dubbing the movie “one of his most flat-out entertaining films in years”.

Speaking about the film with The Hollywood Reporter recently, Lee explained that the project was first brought to him by Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele, and he was immediately intrigued by the narrative due to the social and political climate in the U.S. at the time, especially with the Unite the Right rally occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017.

“I mean, No. 1, there was a murder. Susan Bro lost her daughter. And then No. 2, Agent Orange (U.S. President Donald Trump) refused to repudiate the Klan, the alt-right and the Nazis. ‘There’s good people on both sides.’ That’s gonna be on his gravestone. He’s on the wrong side of history,” he said of the protests.

The provocative project is vying for the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or prize, and is up against films such as Everybody Knows, which stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, as well as Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book.

BlacKkKlansman, which also features Harry Belafonte and Laura Harrier, is due to hit cinemas from early August.

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Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield movies to compete at Cannes Film Festival

Movies starring Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield will compete for the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The selection of films for the 2018 festival was unveiled in Paris on Thursday morning (12Apr18), with highlights including Adam …

Movies starring Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield will compete for the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The selection of films for the 2018 festival was unveiled in Paris on Thursday morning (12Apr18), with highlights including Adam Driver’s latest role in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, a crime drama about an African-American detective who infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, David Robert Mitchell’s comedy-drama Under the Silver Lake, which stars Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough, and Godard’s Le Livre d’Image (The Image Book).

Other competition titles include Three Faces by Jafar Panahi, Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski, Eva Husson’s war epic Girls of the Sun, which stars Julie Delpy, Lazzaro Felice by Alice Rohrwacher, Sorry Angel by Christophe Honore, and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, which stars The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, among others.

Everybody Knows, a psychological thriller starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, opens the festival on 8 May (18) and will play out of competition, alongside the likes of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

There are no Netflix titles at the festival this year, following controversy about their appearance in competition with Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories in 2017. The streaming service’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has decided to pull out of Cannes altogether after director Thierry Fremaux introduced a new rule in March (18) which bans any films without a theatrical distribution in France from competing for the Palme d’Or.

“We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” Sarandos told Variety. “There’s a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival. They’ve set the tone. I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.

“I don’t think there would be any reason to go out of competition. The rule was implicitly about Netflix, and Thierry made it explicitly about Netflix when he announced the rule.”

Sarandos confirmed that he would not personally be attending the French film extravaganza this year, but some Netflix executives would be there to try and acquire some films which are currently without distribution.

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DeWanda Wise departs Captain Marvel

Actress DeWanda Wise has quit upcoming comic flick Captain Marvel.It was announced in January (18) that the 33-year-old would be joining Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Jude Law in the new Marvel Studios film, but scheduling conflict…

Actress DeWanda Wise has quit upcoming comic flick Captain Marvel.

It was announced in January (18) that the 33-year-old would be joining Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Jude Law in the new Marvel Studios film, but scheduling conflicts have forced her to step down.

Deadline reports Wise is needed for the second season of her Netflix show She’s Gotta Have It. The comedy is based on Spike Lee’s 1986 movie of the same name, with Wise playing lead character Nola Darling. It was renewed for another series in January.

Larson, who was cast as Captain Marvel and her alter-ego Carol Danvers in 2016, had excitedly tweeted Wise earlier this year: “CONGRATULATIONS #DEWANDAWISE IM (sic) SO EXCITED!!!!!”

It’s not known who Wise was slated to play or who’s taking over the role. The plot is being kept largely under wraps, though it will take place in the ‘90s, before other Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

It’s due for release next year and will follow Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident – leading to her developing superpowers.

English actress Gemma Chan was the latest casting addition to the film, boarding the movie in February.

The Humans star confirmed the news on social media, tweeting: “Very excited to be joining the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) #CaptainMarvel.”

Chan can next be seen opposite Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots, while Oscar winner Larson doesn’t have any upcoming projects other than her Marvel commitments, including the untitled 2019 Avengers movie.

Law, Jackson and Mendelsohn have numerous projects currently in production, including Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which will see Law plays a young Albus Dumbledore. As for Jackson, he’s busy with a sequel to 2000 movie Shaft, and Mendelsohn will be playing the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in a new star-studded Robin Hood retelling.

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