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Sundance Film Festival 2018 Kicks Off In Wake Of #MeToo Movement and Hollywood Purge

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The 2018 Sundance Film Festival kicked off yesterday in Park City, Utah, at the Sundance Mountain Resort. Every year the festival plays host to an impressive array of independent films, both foreign and domestic, and has featured such successful films as Blood Simple, Hoosiers, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Memento, 28 Days Later, SuperSize Me, Boyhood, and more recent notables like Dope, Mudbound, and Wind River (just to name a few!). Sundance not only presents feature-length films but also shorts and documentaries, and presents awards in such categories as acting, cinematography, screenwriting, directing, and short-filmmaking. The 2018 celebration will showcase 110 feature-length films from 29 countries; 47 of those films come from first-time filmmakers, out of a pool of 13,468 total submissions, including features, shorts, and documentaries. Some of this years more anticipated entries include Juliet Naked, Wildlife, Heart Beats Loud, The Catcher Was a Spy, and documentaries like Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock, and Our New President. The 2018 celebration, however, comes at the helm of the whirlwind that was 2017. Continue reading

Soundset 2016 Wrap Up


Soundset 2016 was a fuckin blast. The move to the State Fair Grounds proved a genius decision, everything about the experience was heightened to another level save for the bathrooms. Notable performances included Finding Novyon, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Common, Prof, and Anderson .Paak among a host of others. Check out the wrap up video above and keep an eye out for more.

Soundset 2016 Lineup Announced

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Location: 1265 Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul
When: Sunday, May 29th // 11AM-9:30PM

The good people over at Rhymesayers finally announced the lineup for this year’s Soundset Music Festival and it’s fucking insane. This year’s event will be headlined by A$AP Rocky, Future and Atmosphere, with other performances including Common, The Roots, Danny Brown, Post Malone, Machine Gun Kelly, Lizzo, Raury, DJ Marley Marl, Mick Jenkins and Pharoahe Monch among others. With the 2016 festival taking place at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, everyone can expect much easier access to the event. Arguably the strongest lineup in the festival’s storied history, tickets are set to go on sale at 11AM on March 4th. The early bird rate started at $53 and the level 2 general admissions prices are set at $79, if you happen to snooze you might end up paying $88 for the level 3 tickets. Those interested in buying early should stop by Fifth Element in person on March 4th, that’s literally your best bet to grab tickets at the cheapest price. Click the link below for more information regarding the festival.

Soundset 2016 Info

New Spike Lee Drama ‘Chiraq’ Begins Filming In Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood

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Chicago Police investigate a shooting on Chicago’s southside.

Chicagoans may have noticed all the crazy traffic that surrounded the Wicker Park neighborhood today (June 2nd). The cause? Controversial film director Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Inside Man) is in town at the intersection of North and Milwaukee Avenue beginning principle photography for his new drama Chiraq. The film has already been the subject of much scrutiny owing to the implications of its title, and the graphic nature of the violence in Chicago that is expected to be the film’s main focus. Making up the cast are actors Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained), John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Raven), Jeremy Piven (Old School, Entourage), Common (Now You See Me, Selma), and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Empire), with rapper Kanye West rumored to also be in the cast. Details on the plot are still pretty vague, but the film has been in production for sometime now, and this is likely only one location that will be used for film locations. The film is due out in theaters in 2016. Stay tuned.

Director David Ayer Tweets Actor Jared Leto’s ‘Joker’ Photo For Upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016)

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Actor Jared Leto in his Oscar-winning role as Rayon (Left) in Dallas Buyers Club, featured opposite the iconic DC character.

This week Academy Award-winning musician-turned-actor Jared Leto (Requiem For A Dream, Dallas Buyers Club) was seen in a new photo from director David Ayer’s Twitter account. The photo displays Leto’s Joker make-up for the upcoming Suicide Squad, due out in theaters in August 2016, while simultaneously celebrating the 75th anniversary of the character’s first appearance. Writer/director David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) will be working from his own script adaptation of Ross Andru, Robert Kanigher, and John Ostrander’s DC Comics series. Joining Leto in the cast line-up are actors Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus), Jai Courtney (The Water Diviner, Terminator Genisys), Will Smith (Independence Day, Men in Black), Joel Kinneman (Safe House, RoboCop), and Viola Davis (The Help, Prisoners). Actor/rapper Common (Now You See Me, Selma), Scott Eastwood (Invictus, The Longest Ride), Jessie Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), and Adam Beach (Joe Dirt, Flags of our Fathers) are also expected to make appearances in the film. The plot details are minute but the general outline from the comics is that the Suicide Squad is a group of super-villains put together by a government agency tasked with carrying out dangerous missions in exchange for shorter prison sentences. Principle photography is currently underway, so we should see a teaser trailer coming out pretty soon. Follow the link below to see the tweeted photo from director Ayer.

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Civil Rights Biographical Drama ‘Selma’ Opens In Theaters This Friday


Like Interstellar, we’ve been following the upcoming Civil Rights drama Selma for some time now, and this week we’ll finally see it open in theaters. Starring David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Interstellar) as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the film comes from producer Oprah Winfrey and director Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, Scandal) about King’s epic march between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama at the height of the Civil Rights movement in 1965. Making up the supporting cast are actors Cuba Gooding Jr. (Pearl Harbor, American Gangster), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Carmen Ejogo (Away We Go, The Purge: Anarchy), Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, Bobby), and Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Rush Hour) as President Lyndon B. Johnson. While the film chronicles the events of the march historically, writer Paul Webb also delves into the character of King as a person, showing him not only as the leader of a powerful movement but also as a man with his own trials and tribulations. Selma has already been nominated for four Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (David Oyelowo) and also Best Original Song for Common and John Legend‘s Glory (Common will also be seen in the movie!). You can see the trailer above, then definitely add this to your Must-See list. Also opening this week is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen‘s Taken 3, so you have plenty of options for this weekend…choose wisely!

Lil Herb – Fight or Flight Ft. Common & Chance The Rapper (Remix)


A couple of days ago, Lil Herb dropped the visual for the remix of his track “Fight of Flight”. Filmed on the Eastside, Herbo receives a hell of a feature from Common along with Chance The Rapper. Although 2014’s murders have been down compared to 2012 per-say, Chicago’s Southside continues to be plagued by gang/drug violence and something needs to give. Check out the video for “Fight or Flight” above and stay tuned for more.

AAHH! Fest

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Location: Union Park (1501 W Randolph Street), Chicago
When: Sunday, September 21st

Some of Chicago’s music heavy weights have joined forces to bring together AAHH! Fest. Common, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest & Kanye West present what’s looking like one of the city’s stand out events of the year. Hosted by Dave Chappelle (block party 2!?), the event is broken up into 2 segments, the early portion will focus on local artists and brands while promoting safety and gun violence awareness. The late segment will feature performances from Lil Herb, MC Lyte, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, Lupe Fiasco, Common and a very special surprise guest. Needless to say, this is a must attend event for everyone in the CHI. General admission tickets are on sale now for $60 and you can cop reserved seating tickets for $125. This just might be a historic moment in Chicago hip hop, if you can make it out DO IT; click the link below for tickets.

AAHH! Fest Tickets