The man who attacked Dave Chappelle is charged, and comedians weigh in; film festival news out of Provincetown and Milwaukee; an inside report on why Justin Lin exited Fast 10. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.
But First: Learn more about the single-named Icelander behind two of the most unique films of the past year: The Northman and Lamb. Sjón grew up in Reykjavík, which he and his friends (including Björk) considered possibly “the most boring city on Earth.” But they made it more interesting.
Provincetown Announcement: The Provincetown International Film Festival announced that its 2022 “Filmmaker on the Edge” is Luca Guadagnino, who will accept the award and talk with resident artist John Waters on June 19. Other award recipients include Jenny Slate (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On) and Bowen Yang (SNL, Fire Island) who will both receive the festival’s “Next Wave” awards. Read the full announcement here.
Festival Winners: The 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival just announced that Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman won the Luminaries Jury Award, while Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes took home the Emerging Fiction Jury Award and North By Current won the Emerging Documentary Jury Award. Here’s MovieMaker‘s Tim Molloy on the infinite joys of Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, which he describes as a single-shot, time-bending masterpiece of indie filmmaking.
Misdemeanor Charges: Dave Chappelle’s attacker, Isaiah Lee, has been charged with four misdemeanors: battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to a stage area during a performance, and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. You can read the full complaint here. (Also: TMZ reports that Lee once wrote a song called “Dave Chappelle.”)
Joe Rogan Responds to Lack of Felony Charges: If you’re wondering why the attacker is not being charged with a felony or two, so is Chappelle friend Joe Rogan. He wrote on Instagram: “When you see that a person commits a clear crime, and does it to one of the most loved performers alive, and does it in a very high profile public setting, and it gets captured on video, and you don’t charge that person for what they obviously did, it’s the kind of thing that makes people lose faith in law enforcement. That’s never good.”
Kevin Hart Weighs In: Fellow comedian Kevin Hart said last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live that Lee being beaten after the attack “sends a message out to other people that was like, ‘You know, I was thinking about doing that. But after seeing that, I don’t really want to do that.’”
Behind Justin Lin’s Fast and Furious Exit: Fast 10 director Justin Lin unexpectedly exited the 10th film in the action franchise last week. And this week, The Hollywood Reporter has some inside details on what happened. Spoiler: It sounds like a big mess. French director Louis Leterrier who previously helmed the Transporter series with Jason Statham is expected to be announced as Lin’s replacement soon. Meanwhile, THR reports that the massive production burns about a million dollars a day to keep crew and locations on standby without a director. Ouch.
SAG Indie’s ‘Working Through Pt. 5’: SAG Indie has a terrific conversation between celebrated moviemakers Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep), Alex Cox (Repo Man), and Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone). They’re an intriguing trio, and you can check out their conversation below:
Main image: Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and comedian Dave Chappelle at a 2018 Netflix event. Courtesy of Shutterstock