The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Interstellar, Spike Lee, NY African Film Festival, Natalie Merchant, Emma Stone

* Christopher Nolan’s intriguing new movie Interstellar is scheduled to open November 7, but anticipation to see it has been heightened by news on Tuesday that the Air and Space Museum in DC has been playing a new trailer for the film, which everyone else will only be able to see before Godzilla screenings next week. The new poster is pretty snazzy too. 

* It looks like Spike Lee will have an outlet, other than newspaper opinion pages, to channel his views and outspoken opinions about the world today. The director is believed to be in talks to develop his first movie, She’s Gotta Have It, into a half-hour TV show. Also, word has come that Lee’s Kickstarter-funded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus will be closing the American Black Film Festival in June.

* The New York African Film Festival kicks off today – with a movie that being screened to “celebrate Nigeria’s unification.” Given what’s happening in that country now and the global outcry over #bringbackourgirls, perhaps the celebrating is ill-timed. But the festival offers a smattering of movies from the continent worth seeing.

* Oh, this is great news for fans of Natalie Merchant: the singer has released a new album, her first in 13 years, this week, and will be going on tour with it from July. Sweden’s Lykke Li has also just put an album – her third – titled I Never Learn. In more music news, Blondie is releasing Blondie 4(0) Ever into the world, which is a bit of a mish-mash of an album, but it does feature a fun track with Beth Ditto from Gossip.

* While she’s been running around promoting Spider-Man, Emma Stone is also set to be in another Woody Allen movie, after Magic in the Moonlight. She’ll be starring alongside Joaquin Phoenix – which I find an intriguing combination as it’ll be the first time the Oscar-winning actor works with Allen.




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