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Jeffrey Wright Interview: American Fiction Review

“This is important. This is cool. This is funny. And I want to be there.”

39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Montecito Award - Honoree Jeffrey Wright

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It feels like Jeffrey Wright is in everything these days. His versatility has taken him from character acting in the likes of The French Dispatch and Westworld to his recent Oscar-nominated turn in the dark comedy American Fiction.

What’s American Fiction about? Summary of this Best Picture-nominated feature:

In American Fiction, Jeffrey Wright plays a jaded writer who finally finds success by jokingly writing a “Black” book — aka a book that caters to the white liberal imagintion. Wright’s character, Thelonious Ellison — or “Monk” — wrestles with the professional consequences of his newfound success while grappling with grief and shifting personal dynamics.

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Why Kristen Stewart Is Reviving an Actress Who Supported the Black Panthers

In Seberg, Kristen Stewart portrays film legend Jean Seberg, whose support of the BPP led to a horrific FBI harassment

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Actress Jean Seberg began her acting career at the age of 18 with a starring role as Joan of Arc in 1957's Saint Joan.

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Robert Pattinson Can't Be "The Most Handsome Man in the World"

That concept is nonsense—and also, it's Jason Momoa.

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"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

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5 Holocaust Movies to Watch on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

"Never forget" isn't just about remembering. It's about taking action to prevent it from happening again.


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January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to commemorate and reflect upon the horrors of the Holocaust.

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Aren't you tired of stories about cisgender white men? Don't you want to see movies made by and about people with unique perspectives?

Representation in art is one of the most powerful ways to normalize the vast number of identities human beings inhabit, and supporting this kind of art can be a powerful act of resistance. An important work that tells one of these vital stories is Award-Winning US-based Brazilian Refugee Filmmaker Flavio Alves' new feature film debut, The Garden Left Behind.

This touching film, "traces the relationship between Tina, a young, Latina, trans woman and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina's transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City. This film is incredibly important and relevant to today's society, because it provides us with an intimate and realistic portrayal of the trans experience living in America, from activism and advocacy, to personal relationships with family, lovers and friends." It's garnered official support from GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ organization.

Not only does The Garden Left Behind tell the story of a transgender individual, its production team included 50 transgender film makers, indicating the genuine commitment the whole team had to creating opportunities and representation for trans individuals on and off camera. To add even more to the special nature of this film, The Garden Left Behind is the first movie in history to be partially funded by selling donated items on EBAY, receiving over $100,000 from donated item sales.

Popdust's own Brent Butler sat down with Paul Castro Jr., one of the actors in the film, to discuss the The Garden Left Behind and his role as Manny, as well as his upcoming movie Madonna and the Breakfast Club which is currently available for preorder on iTunes and Amazon.

The Garden Left Behind will be making its world premiere at SXSW in March 2019.

Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.

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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN | What's coming to theaters this weekend?

FEBRUARY 2ND-4TH | Many horrors and thrills infiltrate the cinema starting this Friday!

WINCHESTER - Official Trailer - HD (Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke)

If you're caught up with all of the Oscar-nominated flicks by now, it might be time to try out something a little more terrifying but a little less show-stopping.

In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about have your pants scared off? Maybe just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have it.

Take a peek at our top picks for this week...

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