Spike Lee and Jordan Peele will tell the story of how an African American man infiltrated the KKK in 'Black Klansman'
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Spike Lee and Jordan Peele will team-up for the crime-thriller ‘Black Klansman’

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Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up for an adaptation of Ron Stallworth’s memoir Black Klansman, which tells the true story of how an undercover African American detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in 1978. The duo has been working on the project for the past two years and are looking to begin shooting the film this fall.

As per the original report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lee is directing and producing Black Klansman, while Peele will produce under his Monkeypaw Productions banner alongside Jason Blum, Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, and Raymond Mansfield. Stallworth’s memoir was adapted for the screen by Charlie Wachtel, Davin Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmont, and Lee.

Denzel Washington’s son, John David Washington, perhaps best known for his role as Rickey Jerret on HBO’s hit series Ballers, is in active negotiations to star as Stallworth, who rose through the ranks of the KKK to ultimately become the head of the local chapter and gather all sorts of intelligence during his investigation, as well as managing “to sabotage several cross-burnings and other activities of the notorious hate group.”

Given the events that have unfolded in recent weeks, including a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virgina, which not only left one innocent person dead and dozens of other counter-protesters injured, but also garnered an absurd statement from the president who pinned the blame for the bloodshed “on many sides,” Lee and Peele’s latest project will be a timely, much-needed look at how Stallworth worked to take down these bed sheet-wearing, ignorant racists from the inside.

Focus Features is expected to release Black Klansman sometime in 2018.

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Matt Damon and Christian Bale attempt to pull off the impossible in this new ‘Ford v Ferrari’ trailer

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Fresh off its stops at festivals like Telluride and Toronto, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari and it looks like this thing is shaping up to be one of hell a contender this awards season.

Ford v Ferrari tells “the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale),” who, believe it or not, does not seem to have undergone any drastic transformations for his role here.

Together, the duo “battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”

At press time, Ford v Ferrari boasts an impressive 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, and something tells me that percentage isn’t going to change too much over the next couple of months. I mean, even the “negative” reviews aren’t even that negative!

Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star in Ford v Ferrari, which hits theaters on November 15.

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Phoenix: Put on a happy face and come see Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ early and for free

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Warner Bros. will release Joker, Todd Phillips’ take on the iconic DC villain’s origin starring Joaquin Phoenix, on September 6 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link to enter to win passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Joker happening Tuesday, October 1 at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX at 7:00 p.m.

Winners of this contest will be selected and notified on Saturday, September 29 after 12:00 p.m. PT via email, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Joker as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz

Opens: Friday, October 4

Rating: R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material

Synopsis: Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

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An eerie new trailer for ‘The Lighthouse’ is here to send you into a world of nautical madness

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One simple question arises in the latest trailer for Robert Eggers’ new film The Lighthouse, the “hypnotic and hallucinatory tale” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers driving each other mad, and, quite frankly, it’s a pretty good one: “what?”

That one simple question pretty much sums up my feelings about The Lighthouse, which seems to be appealing to my very particular brand of weird with all these peculiar trailers where Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go at each other’s throats and talk about spilling beans and shit.

Needless to say, all of the raves The Lighthouse has received over the past few months following its debuts at festivals like Cannes and, most recently, TIFF have also piqued my interest — right now the film boasts an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 70 reviews.

I suppose we’ll find out what all the buzz is about when The Lighthouse hits theaters October 18.

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