Kanye West Premieres 'Cruel Summer' at Cannes

Kanye West Premieres 'Cruel Summer' at Cannes

An impressive seven-screen art display of Kanye West’s short film “Cruel Summer” lit up the Cannes Film Festival this past Wednesday (May 24) night.

Inspired by the G.O.O.D. Music compilation due this season, West squeezed about 200 viewers into an exclusive tent-like venue attended by the likes of his co-Throne holder, Jay-Z and main squeeze Kim Kardashian.

The film stars rapper/actor Kid Cudi as a car thief who falls for a blind woman. According to MTV News, the seven screens alternated in showing different views of the main scene. West introduced his latest masterpiece by saying, “It related to a post-Steve Jobs, post-Windows era, where we're always on our BlackBerry in a ball game or at the movies," West's quoted as saying. "I was very particular about having the screens separate, where your mind puts the screens back together, the way you put memories together.”

Cudi also told MTV News that seeing himself on seven different screens was dope. “It was weird! But it was dope,” the "Day 'N Night" rapper said. “I’m nervous, just like with anything I do, with people watching, but I’m really proud of it. I’m happy that Kanye had me as part of it. It’s so humbling. He’s a genius, he’s the best, the illest … you can quote me on that!”

As expected, the movie’s score was impressive. GQ Senior Editor Logan Hill said the music was “the best part — big complex production, huge beats.” Members of the G.O.O.D. Music clan provide the soundtrack.

In the same fashion as his 2010 “Runaway” music video, Yeezy’s half-hour movie read like an extended music video with little dialogue and musical concentration. The script was based on a screenplay by Elot Rutberg, who was responsible for the “N*ggas in Paris” visuals.

Don’t hold your breath for the film to come to a theater or computer screen near you, though. The film is reported to screen on Nov. 19 in Doha, the largest city in Qatar, at the Doha Film Institute, who collaborated with West for the project.

Check out Yeezy stepping on the red carpet with Kim from the London Telegraph below.

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A Wendy Williams Biopic Is Coming To Lifetime

Wendy Williams is getting the film treatment. The 55-year-old talk show host has signed on to executive produce a forthcoming biopic detailing the “highs and lows” of her life and career, the cable network announced in a news release Tuesday (July 23).

The film, from Will Packer Media, begins production this fall and is scheduled to debut in 2020. The biopic will be coupled alongside a documentary on Williams’ life, produced by Entertainment One and Creature Films.

Williams has a long-standing relationship with Lifetime having produced a 2014 Aaliyah biopic that was widely panned by viewers and fans of the late singer, but became a ratings hit for the network.

Besides the Williams biopic, Lifetime announced a slate of new productions including Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath a follow-up documentary featuring interviews with “new survivors, psychologists and experts on the case, and more insights into the ever-growing saga of the R&B singer.”

The network is also set to release Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, a documentary centered around the billionaire New York financier, who is currently locked up on accusations of child sex-trafficking and other sex crimes, and his ability to “hide in plain site while enablers protected him for over two decades.” Epstein was arrested last month, and recently denied bail.

In addition, Lifetime greenlit the two-hour film, College Admissions Scandal, based off the bombshell story that involved actresses Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, and multiple other wealthy families accused of using illegal tactics to get their children into top schools.

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Cynthia Erivo Follows The North Star To Freedom In The Trailer For 'Harriet'

Former slave turned abolitionist and hero, Harriet Tubman is getting her cinematic just do in the forthcoming Focus Features film appropriately titled Harriet.

Cynthia Ervio weathered a few storms when it was announced she was cast to play Tubman. The 32-year-old Tony award-winning actress is from the United Kingdom and some naysayers felt that a black American actress should've been cast in the role.

The backlash surrounding Ervio fell to the waist side and has since been silenced after the trailer for Harriet was released Tuesday (July 23).

Alongside Janelle Monae and Leslie Odom Jr, the two-minute clip opens with Ervio running just before sunset, through the night and using the north star as her guide.

"I don't know if you know how extraordinary this is, but you have made it 100 miles to freedom all by yourself."

Once she gets north, she changes her name and decides to go back to save more. "If I'm free my family should be too," Harriet says. "I made up my mind. I'm going back."

Determined and strong-willed, Harriet Tubman journeys back to save as many men and women as she can often coming close to danger and death. "I will give every last drop of blood in my veins until this monster called slavery is dead."

Watch the trailer for Harriet below.

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Tiffany Haddish To Host Stand-Up Comedy Series On Netflix

Tiffany Haddish and Netflix will present a series of stand up specials titled Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready, premiering Aug. 13. The streaming service categorizes the content as "raunchy, witty, and irreverent."

The actress and comedian posted the news on her Instagram account and introduced her close friends and comics who will be featured for her executive-produced program. "I'm here with my full-on squad... they're my people," Haddish said. "Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready coming only on Netflix August 13th. You better check it out because they ready!"

Chaunté Wayans (Wild n' Out), April Macie (Last Comic Standing), Tracey Ashley (The Last O.G.), Aida Rodriguez (Comedy Central's This Week at the Comedy Cellar), Flame Monroe (Def Comedy Jam), and Marlo Williams (BET's Comicview) are a few of the up-and-coming acts and industry veterans to be featured in the series.

Rolling Stone reports that Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz will also serve as executive producers. The title comes as a spin-off of Haddish's 2017 Showtime special Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From Hood to Hollywood.

Netflix announced in March that the Girls Trip breakout actress would stamp her mark on the streaming service with what they call "a bold collection of hilarious half-hour stand-up specials" according to Forbes. 

 

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