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Crime + Punishment is a documentary that chronicles twelve black and Latino NYC whistleblower cops who filed a class action lawsuit against continued use of policing quotas by the city in 2015. The film follows the group of policemen and the people of color they are pressured to arrest as the policemen risk their careers and safety to expose injustices about illegal quotas. Directed by Stephen Maing and thewinner of this year's U.S Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival,...
  Mae West was arrested for—what else–sex. BUT not the sex you’re thinking about…Sex, the play. You see, long before Mae West was lighting up Hollywood with her trademark heavy innuendo, she was in New York, trapped in a brutal battle with the law, fighting to promote equality, freedom of speech and, of course, sex. So let’s jump into the arrest, incarceration, and surprising rebirth of Mae West: 1959 article on Mae West’s arrest By the 1920s, Mae West was a theatrical veteran. Now in her thirties, she’d trod boards across New York,...
The Miseducation of Cameron Post takes us back to the early ‘90s, when the Breeders were making music, cool kids wore overalls, and conversion therapy was on the rise. The movie is based on a young adult novel by Emily M. Danforth and is co-written and directed by Desiree Akhavan, who told another queer coming-of-age story in the semi-autobiographical Appropriate Behavior. Here, Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Cameron, a teen who gets caught having sex with her female best friend Coley (Quinn Shepherd) at prom...
Nico, 1988Directed By Susanna NicchiarelliOut August 1 Nico (born Christa Päffgen) was a beautiful German model/actress/singer/songwriter with a deep, hypnotic voice. By the mid-1960s, she was one of Andy Warhol’s superstars and a vocalist for the Velvet Underground. Later, she released several solo albums, struggled with heroin, and got clean in 1986 before a stroke ended her life in 1988 at age 49.The biopic Nico,1988 focuses on the last year of Nico’s life. It was a time she spent promoting a new album, touring, and...
Today, Constance Wu posted a powerful message on Twitter talking about why her new movie, Crazy Rich Asians, means “so much to to so many people.” The movie—out August 15th—is the first Hollywood studio film in 25 years to spotlight an Asian American story. Wu says she never expected to play any role in a studio film, much less star in one, because she had never seen that happen for someone who looked like her. Check out her statement below. Screenshot from Twitter. It reads:    When I moved...
 Great news: Octavia Spencer is going to star in an amazing-sounding Netflix miniseries based on the life of Madam C. J. Walker. Spencer will star as Walker as well as executive produce the series. Madam C. J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was the first black woman to become a self-made millionaire in the United States. Born to former slaves, she began working as a child and married for the first time at age 14 (she would go on to marry twice more, the third time to...
A long-awaited sequel to the hit 1980 comedy 9 to 5 is in the works. At the Television Critics Association panel for her new HBO documentary, Jane Fonda confirmed that she, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton will be returning to the big screen to reprise their original roles, reports Entertainment Weekly. The classic movie followed the three overworked and underpaid women in a madcap plot for revenge on their sexist boss, and it's the 20th highest-grossing comedy movie of all time. The story was conceptualized by Jane...
  Drake Doremus’ latest film, Zoe (pronounced Zoh), feels as if it were meant to be stumbled upon and streamed on a lazy, rainy afternoon; you have it on in the background, giving it about half of your attention, while doing something absentmindedly on your phone. That’s how most people will probably watch it (it’s on Amazon Prime), but Zoe’s tendency to inspire that nebulous not-watching associated with the throes of a television binge almost feels as if it’s by design and not by accident, since...
Eighth GradeWritten and directed by Bo BurnhamOut July 13 It’s the last week of eighth grade, and things haven’t quite turned out like Kayla thought they would. Instead of having a boyfriend and a bevy of popular best friends, she’s quiet and awkward and her every attempt to be cool fails spectacularly. Kayla pantomimes effortlessness on her YouTube channel, where she gives self-help advice, but her tips fall flat IRL. When she’s home with her dad, an equally befuddled divorcé, she snaps at him and...

Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block’s 1989 cult classic, will be adapted into a movie, reported Deadline yesterday. The movie, which centers around a whimsical dream of a young girl finding friends, family, and love in 1980s Los Angeles, will star Thoroughbreds actor Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular character alongside Nick Robinson, Sasha Lane, Theodore Pellerin, and Keiynan Lonsdale. Thor Bradwell, Justin Kelly, and Joshua Thurston will produce the film. Block, who has since written over 25 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including five stories about Weetzie and her friends, also...