‘Star Wars’ Made ‘Detroit’s’ John Boyega A Force To Be Reckoned With

DETROITStar Wars: The Force Awakens definitely raised John Boyega’s profile in Hollywood, and it helped him land the lead role in what could become a very prestigious — and possibly Oscar-winning — project. Boyega stars in Detroit, Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the 1967 Detroit race riots. The film is getting fantastic reviews, and Boyega is grateful that Star Wars has given him the chance to do a movie like this.

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Questlove Explores “Motown Sound” With ‘Detroit’ Soundtrack

detroit5This month Motown Records will release the official soundtrack to Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest collaboration with writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker).

Along with featuring songs that are infused with the “Motown Sound,” the picture will also feature “It Ain’t Fair,” a new song that features The Roots drummer Questlove and Bilal.

“‘It Ain’t Fair’ was designed to emphasize the importance of social justice through the prism of late-sixties Detroit, which means many things culturally and politically, and also certain things musically,” said Questlove, a Grammy wining artist who, along with serving as a producer on Hamilton, created the music site Okayplayer.

With Bigelow’s last two films drawing its share of critical acclaim and Oscar attention, it’s a safe bet that Detroit will reach similar heights.


Starring John Boyega and Anthony Mackie, Detroit opens nationwide August 4.

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John Boyega Is Front And Center In Riveting ‘Detroit’ Trailer

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One of this year’s most anticipated movies is Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest collaboration with screenwriter Mark Boal. Bigelow’s last film was 2012’s acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty, and now she chronicles the five days of civil unrest that occurred over five days in the Michigan city.

The latest trailer features John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as a police officer who’s questioned about an incident which killed three youths. Although the officer is attempting to bring the truth to the forefront, the investigators may be concocting their own version of what really happened. This possible frame job is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the violence and tensions that erupt in Detroit, with Bigelow infusing her trademark documentary feel in to the proceedings.

Detroit, co-starring Will Poulter, John Krasinski, and Anthony Mackie opens August 4. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Targets A March Blu-Ray & DVD Release

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The acclaimed feature Zero Dark Thirty, directed by The Hurt Locker filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow (and penned by Locker scribe Mark Boal) hits Blu-ray & DVD March 19th.  Jessica Chastain, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress, is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar and the picture is also nominated for Best Film.

Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD contain four featurettes.  Here’s the rundown:

No Small FeatBigelow talks about why retelling this historical event was an integral process.

The Compound – Cast and crew talk about the creation of Osama bin Laden’s compound.  A walking tour of the area is featured.

Geared Up – An in-depth look at the shooting of the raid on the compound.  Includes cast and crew commentary.

* Targeting Jessica Chastain – The cast and crew, as well as Chastain, discuss the role of Maya, the central character in Zero Dark Thirty.

In the following audio clip, Kathryn Bigelow talks about the challenges of shooting the marketplace sequence in Zero Dark Thirty (the scene which featured Edgar Ramirez).

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Critics Choice Winner Jessica Chastain Reflects On Zero Dark Thirty’s Climax

Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures/Jonathan Olley)Jessica Chastain, who’s currently performing The Heiress on Broadway, was in Los Angeles last night to receive her Best Actress trophy at the Critics Choice Awards, where she gave an emotional acceptance speech and profusely thanked Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow.

At the press conference for Zero Dark Thirty, Chastain talked about why playing determined CIA agent Maya was a unique experience. “The wonderful thing about working on this film is historically in movies lead characters are played by women defined by men whether it’s a love interest or they’re a victim of a man,” says Chastain.  “And Maya is not like that, and I don’t think Kathryn Bigelow will make a movie like that because she stands on her own. She is capable and intelligent and I think she represents this generation of women.”

Click on the media bar below and listen to Jessica Chastain talk about why the final moments of Zero Dark Thirty is her favorite sequence in the film.

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Zero Dark Thirty, co-starring Kyle Chandler and James Gandolfini, is now playing nationwide.

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