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9781604731163

John Singleton: Interviews

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  • ISBN13:

    9781604731163

  • ISBN10:

    1604731168

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
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John Singleton (b. 1968) rocketed from obscurity to the top ranks of Hollywood directors in 1991, when he released his debut filmBoyz N the Hood. The poignant coming-of-age story, set in the streets of south central Los Angeles, where Singleton grew up amid gang violence and hip-hop music, earned him Oscar nominations for best original screenplay and best directing. Only twenty-three at the time, he was hailed as a wunderkind and compared to the young Orson Welles. Some have credited him with the mainstreaming of hip-hop music and style in cinema.John Singleton: Interviewsspans his transformation from USC film school sensation to seasoned director and producer. The collection includes lengthy interviews, in-depth profiles, and up-close glimpses of Singleton filming on location.Since his auspicious debut, Singleton has continued to make gritty, character-driven "hood movies" that still speak to a mainstream audience. He has made films in a variety of genres, including romance (Poetic Justice), satire (Baby Boy), action (Shaft,2 Fast 2 Furious), revenge drama (Four Brothers), and historical drama (Rosewood).Craigh Barboza of Washington, D.C., is a senior editor atUSA Weekend Magazine. He attended film school at New York University, and his work has been published inVibe,Entertainment Weekly,Premiere,The Source, and theNew York Times.

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