F. Gary Gray
American film director
F. Gary Gray
Felix Gary Gray is an American music video and film director. Gray directed Friday, Set It Off and The Negotiator as well as the remake of The Italian Job.
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The First 'Fate Of The Furious' Trailer Features Explosions And A Villainous Charlize Theron
Huffington Post - 2 months
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What’s on TV Saturday
NYTimes - 7 months
“Straight Outta Compton,” F. Gary Gray’s gangster-rapper chronicle, moves to cable. And Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu in “Concussion.”
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: #OscarsNotWhite - Hypothetical Nominations That Should've Happened Since 2000
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Will and Jada aren't going. Spike Lee will be courtside at the Knicks. Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent want Chris Rock to step down as host of this year's Academy Awards. I get it. I really do. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a nomination to anyone of color in major categories. Ditto for this year, and years before this and last year. Having said all of this, each nominee these past two years in top categories have been deserving. It's not as if Will Smith was snubbed for Concussion in place of David Spade for Joe Dirt 2. Snubs happen. But to flip it back to the start, something clearly needs to be done. Below, I've compiled a list of nominees of color over the last 15 years that should've received nominations and even won the statue. Before you read my choices (and feel free to put yours down in the comments section below), I'll say this: anyone who is asking Rock to step down is wrong. If ever you want your voice ...
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The Cinema Year That Was: Zaki's Flick Picks 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's been a great year for movies, with a diverse assortment of high-profile and smaller scale films, true stories and big surprises, all emerging as some of my favorites for this year. Here's a countdown of my top ten for 2015: (Click the links to read my full-length reviews/features) 10 - Ant-Man After feeling a little bit of "superhero burnout" from Avengers: Age of Ultron last May, I really wasn't sure what to expect from this one. Quirky director Edgar Wright had departed the Marvel Studios pic about the microscopic superhero, and Peyton Reed stepped in at the eleventh hour so the project could keep its release date. Hardly an auspicious place to start. And so I was as shocked as anyone at how Reed and star Paul Rudd were able to subvert the usual Marvel tropes in service of a film that's feels so warm, fresh, and fun, and one that only grows in my estimation upon subsequent viewings. 9 - Trumbo Star Bryan Cranston delivers a tour de force performance as Dalton Trumb ...
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Why 2015 was One of the Most Outstanding Years of Anticipated, Appreciated and Awarded African-American Artistic Achievement in the History of the United States
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kendrick Lamar drops number #1 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Considered a genre bending, crown achievement for hip-hop music, Kendrick's 2015 album opened the doors for the possibility of the rebirth of classic hip hop albums filled with conceptually intricate songs, knocking beats, voracious rhymes and virtuosic performances by incredible musicians. With a formula 1/3 G- Funk and Funkadelic , 1/3 Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron and 1/3 NWA and Nas, Kendrick's dynamic presence in the marketplace thrilled Grammy voters to the tune of 11 Grammy nominations including Best Album. His album not only titillated and inspired his fans while challenging also them to love themselves on the song "I", the words for another also became an anthem for youthful protest in America as the chant "We Gon' Be Alright" was used often as the battle cry for civil and human rights. Kendrick's "Alright" was the first protest chant or song to be used nationwide since 'We Shall Overcome', essentially celebrating ...
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The Most Important Writing From People Of Color In 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
  In the social media-obsessed age of journalism, before we have time to meditate on one story, we're already on to the next. For the first year, in celebration of slowing down and looking back, we've curated a list of essays and articles that defined conversations about race, pop culture, and identity in 2015. The pieces chosen for this list cover a wide array of topics, from the merits of Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen," to the injustices of mass incarceration, to Hollywood's representation problem. All pieces featured on this list were written by a person of color and published within the last year. While all end-of-year lists aspire to be definitive and comprehensive, there's obviously no way to include all of the stellar and thought-provoking writing by people of color that came out in 2015. See something missing? Share your picks in the comments. In the meantime, check out some of the brilliant, enlightening, and stimulating conversations we had this year:  Blackface Refuses ...
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My 2015 Film Awards Ballot
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 has been a solid year for the Hollywood studio system. Blockbusters and franchise films like Creed and Mad Max Fury Road turned out to be exciting and surprisingly textured additions to their respective series. Universal Pictures, in particular, broke box office records without needing to go to the now-tired superhero well. In fact, there were bright lights everywhere for the future of film. Room and Beasts of No Nation provided mirror perspectives on the nature of violence and survival as seen through the eyes of a child. The western saw a welcomed mini-resurgence as well, with The Hateful Eight (in 70mm!), Slow West, Bone Tomahawk and The Revenant making their own distinct statements. And, not to be overlooked, documentaries and animated films had good showings. History will smile on Anomalisa and Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep made its own wonderful addition to the fray. Documentaries like Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution brought recent history alive with unfortun ...
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Hollywood's Diversity Problem Doesn't Get More Obvious Than This
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Hollywood's Diversity Problem Doesn't Get More Obvious Than This
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of F. Gary Gray
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 40
    He also received the Pioneer Director award from the Pan-African Film and Arts Festival in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He also directed the critically acclaimed drama Straight Outta Compton, which is a biographical film about the rap group, N.W.A. The film made $200 million worldwide. Gray himself announced this film as his best work ever. Gray was recently selected as the director of the 8th installment of the Fast and Furious series.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 34
    He was honored by the African American Film Critics Association with their 2004 Special Achievement Award and was recognized by the Artist Empowerment Coalition with the Artist Empowerment Award that same year.
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    Gray also directed The Italian Job, an action-thriller starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron and Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg. Gray garnered the Best Director award at the 2004 Black American Film Festival for his work on the film, which surpassed the $100 million mark in the domestic box office.
    More Details Hide Details His next film was A Man Apart, a violent action thriller starring Vin Diesel. He would later direct Be Cool, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. The John Travolta vehicle was a critical flop, but made $95.2 million worldwide. His next film was the thriller Law Abiding Citizen, starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Scripted by Kurt Wimmer, it grossed over $100 million worldwide. Gray is also responsible for directing many music videos. He has worked with TLC, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, and Jay-Z, among others. Gray received The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement from the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center and was named one of the “50 Best and Brightest African Americans Under 40” by Black Enterprise magazine.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 28
    He then directed The Negotiator, which starred Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and earned Gray both Best Film and Best Director awards at the 1998 Acapulco Film Festival.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 19
    Gray was born in New York. He began his career in 1989 when he appeared uncredited in the satire comedy film Major League.
    More Details Hide Details Three years later, he directed the music video for Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day". The video is a literal adaptation of the lyrics. He would go on to direct subsequent videos for Ice Cube, as well as artists such as Cypress Hill, Outkast, Dr. Dre, and Queen Latifah. At age 24, Gray directed his first film, the urban comedy Friday with rapper-producer Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. Next, he directed the film Set It Off, with Jada Pinkett and Queen Latifah.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on July 17, 1969.
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