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Nat Turner Drama The Birth of a Nation Sells For $17.5M, the 'Richest Deal In Sundance History'

In a deal Variety is reporting as the “richest” in the history of the Sundance Film Festival, The Birth of a Nation has been purchased by Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million. The film, written and directed by Nate Parker (star of 2014's underseen but excellent Beyond the Lights), tells the story of Nat Turner’s 1831…

The Complete History of Quentin Tarantino Saying "Nigger"

No contemporary white public figure has a more involved relationship to the word “nigger” than Quentin Tarantino. He’s used it in screenplays since the beginning of his directing career, he’s been criticized (and defended) by black peers for it, and he’s explained his rationale for it several times in a variety of…

Effie Brown Schools Project Greenlight in Episode Inexplicably Titled ‘Hot Ghetto Mess'

This season of Project Greenlight has been troubled from the beginning. Its racial subtext has weighted heavily in the corner of clueless white people, with producer Effie Brown having to bear the brunt of said cluelessness. On Sunday night’s episode, actually entitled “Hot Ghetto Mess,” Brown yet again bumps up into…

Designer Kate Hawley Talks The Menacing Beauty of Crimson Peak's Victorian Costumes

Guillermo del Toro is known primarily as an auteur of highly stylized horror and science fiction, but with Crimson Peak, the director has made a film that has captured the imagination of the fashion world. On Tuesday evening, Bergdorf Goodman unveiled a new series of windows inspired by the film, interpreting its…

Quentin Tarantino Feels Oppressed by 'Black Critics,' Should Sit the Hell Down

In the same issue of T that spawned Miranda July’s Rihanna profile and this smoking hot Lagerfeld quote, Quentin Tarantino is interviewed by Bret Easton Ellis for a wild romp into his “Gonzo Vision.” As the two sip wine and opine on cinema in his Hollywood Hills abode (so gonzo!), the author sneers at “the policing of…

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Were You...Born to Dance, Like This Multimillion-Dollar Dance Movie?

There is a formula to every contemporary dance movie, cribbed from Romeo and Juliet, jacked from West Side Story, and interpreted in various mix-n-match forms from Dirty Dancing to Step Up (all versions) to Save the Last Dance to Stomp the Yard to Lambada: the Forbidden Dance to Honey to Footloose (both versions), ad…

Which Horror Trailer About Witchy Women Is the Scariest?

Here is a trailer for 2016’s The Witch, which is enthused by Mashable as “genuinely chill-inducing.” I watched this little guy and while I would very much like to see this movie, which is out in 2017, I must dispute that the trailer is all that scary. Especially because yesterday, I viewed another film trailer that…