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Criterion’s August Releases Include Early Safdie Brothers Outing ‘Daddy Longlegs,’ ‘Buck And The Preacher,’ And More

For those of us who hold our breath in between announcements from the Criterion Collection regarding DVD releases, anticipating just how much more expansive and exciting their releases can get, their announcement for August’s slate will be anything but disappointing. Later this summer, the Criterion Collection invites us to explore places as disparate as the gritty underbelly of New York City, the 19 Century American West, and rural Ethiopia, amongst other nightmarish and magical locales.
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Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes to host the Oscars -reports
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Will Smith marks major career moment with ecstatic fans post-Super Bowl
Will Smith, like many others right now, is riding on the high of an incredible Super Bowl, but took to social media to celebrate a major career milestone that came with it.MORE: Will Smith celebrates his mother's birthday - and his own wins as wellThe actor shared on Instagram a snippet from the newly released reboot and dramatization of his hit sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air.WATCH: Will Smith releases Fresh Prince Of Bel Air reboot trailer - but fans have same complaintRevealing that the show, Bel Air, was officially now out on Peacock, the actor penned a heartfelt tribute to the series and urged fans to watch it.He wrote: "So proud of this cast, this crew, and Morgan cooper— you are a genius!! #BelAir is finally out and streaming now on @PeacockTV!"MORE: Will Smith releases Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot trailer - but fans have same complaintFans immediately took to the comments to react with excitement upon the release of this completely different take on the light-hearted 90s classic, with one commenting: "I am watching it right now."Another wrote: "It was sooooo goooood," with a third adding: "We're ready for this," and one even enthusiastically saying: "Gonna watch it noowww!!!"A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith)Will shared a snippet from Bel Air to celebrate its releaseThe star also appeared in a commercial promoting the new series that aired during the Super Bowl, and is one of the show's executive producers.The King Richard actor also shared a clip of himself with family attending the premiere of the show, and by the looks of it, they were all quite happy.MORE: Will Smith shares poignant tribute to Sidney Poitier who dies age 94MORE: Will Smith's daughter Willow shares distressing details of mom Jada
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The Criterion Channel: February Highlights
Bright Road (1953), Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), and 1974’s comedy Uptown Saturday Night, which the actor and singer directed. That film, in particular, is notable for its cast, which includes Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Calvin Lockhart, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Bill Cosby.Also on the bill, Robert Altman’s 1996 jazz-noir Kansas City, in which Belafonte plays a gangster named “Seldom Seen.” The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, and Steve Buscemi.The channel is also highlighting the innovative independent works of Melvin Van Peebles, a one-man creative force who often starred in, wrote, directed, and composed his films.Of the four entries, the most notable are Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), in which a Black man outruns white police authorities (the score, by Van Peebles, was performed by Earth, Wind & Fire) and Watermelon Man (1970), a renowned social comedy starring Godfrey Cambridge and Estelle Parsons, in which a white bigot wakes up to find his skin has turned Black.Also on tap: The Harder They Come (1972), featuring reggae artist Jimmy Cliff as a singer who faces down corruption in Jamaica’s music industry.
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