Jordan Peele is traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. CBS announced Thursday that Peele will serve as host and narrator of “The Twilight Zone,” the revival of the classic science-fiction anthology that he is producing with CBS Television Studios and Simon Kinberg for CBS All […]
By Stan Bush DENVER (CBS4) — In 1978, Ron Stallworth was a 25-year-old cop, Colorado Springs’ first black officer, when he decided he’d try to infiltrate a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by responding to a newspaper ad. “I couldn’t believe they were so blatant and that they would be so dumb and their stupidity would lead to this investigation,” says Stallworth. He would go on to write about his experience in his book ‘Black Klansman’, which is now a critically acclaimed movie directed and produced by Academy Award winners by Spike Lee and Jordan Peele, respectively. The film is hailed as one of Lee’s finest in his illustrative career and after winning the Grand Prix award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars may be next. On Monday, Stallworth returned to Colorado for a screening of the film at Denver’s Alamo Draft House. He sat down with CBS 4’s Stan Bush to discuss the movie, its message, and how its themes are more relevant today. “I’m happy with everything in the film. I knew they would Hollywood-ize it,” says Stallworth. Denzel Washington’s son, John David Washington, plays Stallworth. Lee took some liberty with the film; adding a love interest for Stallworth and changing the names and backgrounds of some of the supporting characters, including Stallworth’s partner Flip, portrayed by Star Wars actor Adam Driver. But, despite the changes Stallworth says the film is true to his experience. “It is authentic. The basic issues are there. They spiced it up for plot.” BlacKkKlansman is an overtly political film. In the film, Lee draws a straight line from the rise of the KKK to the Unite the Right protests in Charlottesville and President Trump’s response noting there were “good people on both sides.” Stallworth says he’s been given a powerful platform through the film and wants to use it for political activism. He wants Democrats to regain control of Congress in the mid-term elections and hopes the film encourages people to vote. “My very existence has had political implications,” says Stallworth. “When I was brought on (to CSPD) I was asked ‘Can you be the Jackie Robinson here?’” Stallworth calls the film Spike Lee’s finest. The retired officer is now on a national press tour for the movie and his book that inspired the film. If the Academy of Motion Pictures does recognize BlacKkKlansman, Stallworth hopes to be on hand for the ceremony. “This is way above and beyond anything I could have imagined. I’m just a retired cop with a unique story.” Stan Bush is a general assignment reporter at CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 10. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @StanBushTV.
(CBS) — Spike Lee’s latest movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and duped its Grand Wizard David Duke. He was also asked to lead one of the KKK’s local chapters. Stallworth joined “CBS This Morning” on Friday along with Lee to discuss the film. He brought along his official 1979 KKK membership card, which he still carries as a “memento” of his career. The idea for the movie began when Jordan Peele called director Spike Lee and pitched him the story in a just a few words: “Black man infiltrates KKK.” Stallworth wrote a book about his experience in 2014, but Lee had never heard of it. The real story started when Stallworth, the first black officer in Colorado Springs, was scanning the newspaper and came across an ad for the Ku Klux Klan along with a P.O. Box number. “We scanned the newspapers every day to see what might impact our city and what if anything we can do to respond to it. … I pinned this note identifying myself, basically as a white supremacist who wanted to affect the white cause. Then I made a mistake and signed my real name. …I put it in the mail, forgot about it,” Stallworth said. About a week or two later he got a phone call. At that point, Stallworth said he didn’t have a plan in mind but on that call began to describe a white officer about the same build as him. Stallworth went on to forge a relationship by phone with the KKK chapter and even attended events where he could hide his race under the white supremacist organization’s signature hood. Whenever face-to-face meetings were unavoidable, that white officer he described would stand in. Lee has written, directed and produced dozens of acclaimed moves over his more than 30-year career, but critics are calling “BlacKkKlansman” his best in decades. The issues addressed in the film aren’t new territory for Lee, who has been challenging views on race relations in America since his iconic 1989 film “Do The Right Thing.” Though based on true events, it was important to Lee to diverge from the real story at times in order to make an impact. “We felt that if this film was going to connect, we would have to put stuff in it that will make affect you and everybody else. … This does not want to be a PBS documentary and that led to the coda of the movie,” he said. Stallworth couldn’t go public with his story until much later, but believes if he had, KKK Grand Wizard David Duke might not have become as powerful as he did. “Simply because he would have had to answer to the people he was trying to appeal to, why he got conned by a black man. I feel like had I been allowed to go public with this, we might have been able to impact that, we’ll never know. But I like to think that we might have,” Stallworth said.
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CHICAGO (CBS)–The Pilsen neighborhood entered a time machine this week and landed in the 1950’s. A corner store was selling meat for 39 cents a pound and boiled ham was only 69 cents. Laundry hung from lines strung in back alleyways and peeling vintage beer billboards popped up throughout the neighborhood. Chicago resident Angel Grajeda captured the scenes in Pilsen this week on Instagram. It turns out Pilsen did not actually get lost in a past decade. The community was chosen as the set for a new HBO horror drama series called “Lovecraft Country.” The upcoming show from Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Misha Green is based on the novel by the same name by author Matt Ruff. The filming schedule closed 18th Street from Ashland Avenue to Blue Island Avenue throughout the week, with the final closing slated for tonight from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday. The Sun-Times reports the thriller will tell the story of Atticus Black’s journey across 1950’s Jim Crow America with his childhood friend Letitia and his Uncle George to find his missing father.
Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions banner have signed a first-look television deal at Amazon. The news comes after Peele and Monkeypaw have already set up two projects at the streaming giant: “The Hunt,” the recently greenlit drama series about a team of Nazi hunters, and the upcoming documentary series “Lorena,” which will detail the case […]
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Amazon has greenlit a documentary series on Lorena Bobbitt with Jordan Peele attached as an executive producer. The four-part series, titled “Lorena,” will delve into the notorious case of husband and wife John and Lorena Bobbitt. In 1993, Lorena made headlines around the world when she cut off her husband’s penis. She later claimed that […]
As the 2018 Oscars played out Sunday night on social, the most buzzworthy moments included Jordan Peele’s reaction to winning best screenplay for “Get Out” and the Walt Disney Studios’ congratulating the “Coco” team for their best animated feature win. On Facebook, Disney’s felicitaciones to team “Coco” was the most-loved Oscars-related post on Facebook throughout […]
SANTA MONICA (AP) — Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” won best film and best director on Saturday at the 33rd Independent Film Spirit Awards, a day before the horror sensation will vie for top honors at the Academy Awards. The wins for Peele’s directorial debut gave the Spirits, a celebration of indie filmmaking, something unusual: a box-office behemoth. Made for just $4.5 million, “Get Out” grossed $255 million worldwide. “We are in the beginning of a renaissance right now, where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honored and recognized and celebrated,” Peele said. Peele was presented the award for best director by Spike Lee, whom Peele said paved his way. “Let’s make no mistake,” he said. “I wouldn’t be standing here if wasn’t for this man.” “Get Out” is only the second horror film to win best picture at the Spirits. The other was 2010’s “Black Swan.” “This project didn’t start as a statement,” said Peele. “It began as me wanting to make a film in my favorite genre. I sat down and would smoke a little weed and try to write a mind-bending horror film, my favorite genre and at some point I followed the truth and I realized there are people locked up for smoking less weed than I smoked writing the movie.” Held in a beachside tent on a floor soaked through from rain earlier in the day, the Spirit Awards are the dressed-down, boozy prelude to Sunday’s Academy Awards. But as the Oscars have gravitated toward honoring indie films, the two have come closer to mirroring each other. The last four Spirit winners for best film (“Moonlight,” ”Spotlight,” ”Birdman,” ”12 Years a Slave”) have won best picture at the Oscars. “It’s Saturday,” Peele said backstage of his Oscar expectations. “Tomorrow’s tomorrow. That’s what’s up.” The Spirits are also a party to mark the (almost) end of a long and sometimes repetitive awards season. “I continue to be amazed that you let me get to the microphone. What are you crazy?” said Frances McDormand, who again won best actress for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” ”Do you know how hard it’s been not to swear over the last couple of months? Because this awards convention goes on for (expletive) forever.” Allison Janney likewise continued her sweep of the best supporting actress awards for “I, Tonya.” The supporting actor Oscar favorite Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) added to his string of awards. Timothee Chalamet, the “Call Me By Your Name” breakthrough star, took best actor, a category that at the Spirits didn’t include the Oscar favorite Gary Oldman. The 22-year-old said he was trying to savor the moment. “I don’t know if this kind of thing is ever going to happen again,” said Chalamet. Returning hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll opened with a lively monologue that managed to touch on everything from Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner to the pronunciation of Saoirse Ronan’s name (“Sour Shoes Ronan,” Mulaney said) and Mulaney’s wife’s infatuation with “Call Me By Your Name’s” Timothee Chalamet. Mulaney said he once had a meeting with Weinstein where the fallen mogul proclaimed that his legacy, and what would be written on his tombstone, wouldn’t be for the films he’s done, that it’d be for “Project Runway.” “Your tombstone isn’t going to say ‘Project Runway.’ It’s going to say double XL unmarked grave,” Mulaney said. Kroll and Mulaney joked about separating the artist from the art for some of the men accused of misconduct. “Like with Kevin Spacey: Can we still love ‘K-PAX?” Kroll pondered. Added Mulaney: “Or Woody Allen and his last 21 unwatchable films? Can we still not watch them?” “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig won best screenplay for her partly autobiographical family drama. “Thank you to my parents for watching the plays that I put on in the living room and thank you to my brother and sister for acting in them,” said Gerwig. Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” received the Robert Altman Award, an ensemble honor given to one film’s director, casting director and cast. In an impassioned speech, Rees celebrated each element of the film, a Netflix release, and concluded by pronouncing: “‘Mudbound’ is cinema.” Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon won best first screenplay for “The Big Sick,” which they based on the real-life drama of the beginning of their own relationship. They are also up for the original screenplay award at the Oscars. They both thanked their parents, who provided some of the inspiration for the parents in the film, with some artistic license. “My dad never cheated on my mom,” said Gordon. “That was something we made up for the movie.” “That we know of,” quipped Nanjiani. The social-media satire “Ingrid Goes West,” starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, won best first feature. Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” from Chile, won best international film. The film, about a transgender woman whose partner has died, is up for best foreign picture at the Academy Awards. “I thought the film was going to encounter, to say the least division, and that hasn’t been the case,” Lelio said backstage. “What surprises me most is that the film has been understood.” “The Rider” director Chloe Zhao was given the inaugural Bonnie Award, for a mid-career female director, which includes a $50,000 grant. Agnes Varda, the 89-year-old French filmmaking legend, won best documentary with her co-director JR for their “Faces Places,” also a nominee at Sunday’s Oscars. Winners are chosen by Film Independent, which includes critics, filmmakers, actors, festival programmers, past winners and nominees, and members of its board. The Spirit Awards cap nominees at a budget of $20 million or less, which eliminates some bigger-budget awards contenders like “Dunkirk.” But the film many consider the Oscar front-runner — Guillermo del Toro’s modestly budgeted “The Shape of Water,” up for a leading 13 nominations Sunday — was completely overlooked by the Spirits. © Copyright 2018 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
Win on Saturday, lose on Sunday? That was the industry maxim that evolved over much of the three decades the independent cinema celebration the Spirit Awards and the annual Academy Awards stood as season-ending foils to one another. But six short years ago, that went out the window as one Spirit winner after another began […]