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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: New Spike Lee joint, Patti LaBelle top week’s hot streams

With California movie theaters officially getting state approval to open by following COVID-19 guidelines, many are going to wait a bit longer to begin showing films.

That will continue to serve home viewers who find themselves with the best seats in the house for a new joint from an Oscar winner; a big screen fantasy caper and a couple of festivals taking the streaming route.

Up first June 12 is Spike Lee’s Netflix follow-up to his Academy Award-winning 2018 biopic “BlackKkKlansman.”

“Da 5 Bloods” tells the story of four African-American veterans (portrayed by esteemed actors Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Norm Lewis) who return to Vietnam to search for the remains of their fallen squad leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure.

Jonathan Majors (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”), Jean Reno, Paul Walter Hauser and Mélanie Thierry round out the cast of the timely drama with a running time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Disney is utilizing its new streaming service, Disney +, that same day to unveil what was hoped to be one of the summer’s big hits.

“Artemis Fowl,” a movie adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s book, follows the fantastic adventures of a 12-year-old genius (played by newcomer Ferdia Shaw). 

Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) directs with co-starring turns from Colin Farrell, Josh Gad and Nonso Anozie

Also, this weekend is a special virtual edition of The Nova Frontier Film Festival 2020, presented by the Billie Holiday Theatre Inc. and LaurelChannel, with free streaming from June 11-14.   

The selected films, panels and presentations from the African Diaspora, the Middle East and Latin America, raise questions that force viewers to re-examine notions of home and family, state, nationalism, borders, and communities.

The concepts and constructs of social distancing and self-quarantining are also echoed throughout the schedule on display at novafrontierfilmfestival.com/program.

The American Film Institute announced that its 18th annual AFI DOCS festival will be presented online with a full slate including feature films (including ones featuring Jimmy Carter and Big Freedia as subjects), shorts and special presentations running June 17-21 available to view on DOCS.AFI.com.

The lineup features 59 films from 11 countries and 11 virtual world premieres, with 61% of the films directed by women, 25% by people of color and 14% by LGBTQ directors.

TASTY QUIP: “It’s been a hell of a 2020. There’s been so much madness this week that I forgot about the pandemic. I was watching Al Sharpton preach and I saw some spit flying and I said “Oh, wait we’re in a pandemic.” – ARSENIO HALL to Deadline

HOT STREAMS: Oscar-winning actresses Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney will join Groundlings alums and comedy power couple Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy in hosting a special Zoom-streamed benefit class for only 250 attendees on “Creating Characters” followed by a Q&A, June 11, 6 – 8 p.m. Enroll at www.groundlings.com/school/creatingcharacters.

Get ready for a special hour of cooking with Grammy Award winner, author and food product mogul Patti LaBelle on June 18 at 3 p.m. as she shares one of her favorite dinner recipes — Maryland crab cakes. Visit nycwff.org/nycwff-at-home-patti-labelle for details on the event raising support for COVID-19 affected restaurant workers.

TASTY QUIP: “We can’t do it alone. We’re out there marching and asking for change. You know, we need white people to do it. We need white people to tell white people to stop being racist because when we do it, obviously it’s not working. It’s like the person that’s kicking your butt, you can’t ask us, ‘Hey, why can’t you make them stop kicking your butt?’ It doesn’t work like that.” – WANDA SYKES on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

CLIPPETTES: The truly legendary Cicely Tyson was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award For Career Achievement. The 95-year-old star of classic films “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” “Roots,” and “Sounder” was last seen on the series finale of ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” …  

Premiering this week among the notable DVD releases is the comedy movie “2 Minutes of Fame” boasting an all-star cast of Jay Pharoah, Keke Palmer, Deon Cole, RonReaco Lee, Kimrie Lewis and Katt Williams. Also hitting the streets is season 6 of “Power”  

Emmy-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson (“Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool,” “The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution”) will next tackle the 1971 New York prison rebellion at “Attica” for Showtime.

TASTY QUIP: “I’ve heard that ‘The Help’ is the most viewed film on Netflix right now.  I’m so grateful for the exquisite friendships that came from that film — our bond is something I treasure deeply and will last a lifetime. This being said, ‘The Help’ is a fictional story told through the perspective of a white character and was created by predominantly white storytellers. We can all go further.” – The film’s co-star BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD on Instagram

TC ON TV: June 12 – “Tamron Hall” (Syn): This special episode titled “Hear Us Now” features video diaries from the frontlines of the George Floyd-inspired protests and dialogue with two generations of activists – CNN Political Analyst Bakari Sellers and his dad Cleveland Sellers Jr. “Prideland” (OULO): Queer actor and singer Dyllon Burnside (FX’s “Pose”) embarks on a journey of LGBTQ discovery across the South.

June 13 – “Home Made Simple” (OWN): Host Laila Ali brings the gang to work on her own household. “Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant” (OWN): The finale explores moving into a “new normal,” and what that may mean for our future. The following day at 4, Iyanla will be joined by co-host Tina Lifford of “Queen Sugar,” guests PJ Morton of Maroon 5, Phylicia Fant of Columbia Records, KJ Rose and you as part of the virtual studio audience at www.lovefromadistance.live. “Girlfriends Check In” (OWN): Tika Sumpter

June 14 – “Rock Legends” (AXS): “New York Hip Hop” is discussed. “30 For 30” (ESPN): “Long Gone Summer” examines the 1998 baseball home run chase between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire.  “Live From Daryl’s House” (AXS): Aloe Blacc  “Match Game” (ABC): Raven-Symone, Ne-Yo  “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” (NGC): During his journey to South Africa, the chef meets with food stylist and TV personality Zola Nene to prep a dinner for a chief of the Zulu tribe. “Insecure” (HBO): We learned last week that Donald Trump watches which caused star Issa Rae to tweet “What the f— is this.”

June 15 – “America In Black And Blue 2020” (PBS): Alison Stewart anchors this one-hour special with updates from Minneapolis, Georgia, New York City and other cities. “At Home And Social” (AXS): Norah Jones  “Independent Lens” (PBS): “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project” tells the bizarre story of the woman who was secretly recording television 24 hours a day for 30 years, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that tell us who we were, and show how the medium shaped the world of today. “Songland” (NBC): Usher visits to listen to some original material in the season finale. 

June 16 – “Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out” (VH1): Tommy Davidson, DDGMarina Franklin: Single Black Female” (CW): The comic returns to her hometown Chicago for this stand-up special on being “woke” and dating. “One Day At A Time” (POP): After having its season halted due to COVID-19, an animated episode titled “The Politics Episode” was executed remotely to wrap up things with voice work from Melissa Fumero, Gloria Estefan and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

June 17 – “Mr. Iglesias” (Netflix): School is back in session for a second season of the sitcom starring Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias as a teacher along with Sherri Shepherd and Richard Gant. “Game On!” (CBS): Host Keegan-Michael Key and team captains Venus Williams and Rob Gronkowski are joined this round by guests Nicole Byer and David “Big Papi” Ortiz. “Final 24” (AXS): Tupac Shakur 

June 18 – “To Tell The Truth” (ABC): Craig Robinson, Meagan Good, Jeannie Mai  “SyFy Wire’s The Great Debate” (SYFY): Actor and comedian Baron Vaughn (“Grace and Frankie”) hosts this discussion between a rotating group of geeks and nostalgia loving celebs for answers to questions such as: Who’d be a worse boss, Darth Vader or the Joker? And what is the best movie snack?

TASTY QUIP: “Please, continue to be a voice for the voiceless. Never forget: we can disagree in a way that is productive to arrive at decisions that foster real change. And if you make a mistake, that’s OK, too, but we all have a responsibility to hold ourselves accountable and change. Whatever the world looks like in 10 years and 20 years, part of that is up to you. I urge you to let this current moment push you to improve yourself in all areas of your life.” – BEYONCE virtually to the Class of 2020

As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment columns in the nation, serving nearly one million weekly readers. Bill Vaughan may be reached at tastyclips@yahoo.com, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.