High school can be a battlefield, but rarely has that battlefield seemed so dangerous as it does in Amazon’s stylish Sundance drama Selah and The Spades. The feature film debut of writer/director Tayarisha Poe, Selah and The Spades follows a young girl who is chosen to be the protégé of the Queen Bee of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, and discovers that she wasn’t the first to be given this dubious honor. Watch the Selah and The Spades trailer below.Selah and The Spades Trailer
Amazon Studios has released the official trailer for Tayarisha Poe’s feature film debut, Selah and The Spades, a stylish high school drama set in the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school. In this exclusive world, the student body is run by five factions: The Spades, The Sea, The Skins, The Bobbies, and The Prefects. Commanding the top faction is the titular Selah Summers Love Simone, who decides to choose a young protégé to take her place upon graduation. But as that sophomore upstart Paloma Celeste O’Connor soon finds, it’s a treacherous path to the top.
Selah and The Spades seems like a teen drama in the tradition of Brick or Thoroughbreds — stylish, razor-sharp, and populated by very good-looking teens who all act like characters in a noir film. The cast of fresh faces playing those characters include Jharrel Jerome, Jesse Williams, Gina Torres, and Ana Mulvoy Ten.
Here is the synopsis for Selah and The Spades:
In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers Lovie Simone runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie MOONLIGHT’s Jharrel Jerome becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma Celeste O’Connor, to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.
In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a ened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.
Selah and The Spades premieres on Amazon Prime Video April 17, 2020....
It may be a while before we see Jason Voorhees back on the big screen, but the iconic slasher will be taking over SyFy for a full day on a most appropriate day. The cable network has announced that it will be hosting a 24-hour Friday the 13th marathon this Friday, which just so happens to be the 13th of March. So mark your calendars and clear your schedules, horror fans, as a Jason-filled day of bloodshed is upon us.
Starting at the stroke of midnight, SyFy will begin airing a series of movies from the iconic Friday the 13th horror franchise one after the other. The marathon will include Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part III, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan. Notably absent from the lineup are Jason Goes to Hell, Freddy vs. Jason and 2009's Friday the 13th remake, as well as 2001's Jason X, which brought the iconic killer to space.
The marathon is being held in honor of the franchise celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, as the original Friday the 13th first hit theaters in 1980. Starting at 6 p.m., SyFy will be turned into the 'Camp Crystal Lake's Public Access Channel.' This period of the marathon will feature commercials themed around the movies, camp counselor recruitment videos and much more. SyFy's Whitney Moore, Juan Cadavid and Matt Romano will be hosting this segment of the marathon, breaking down the movies and sharing some of their favorite moments from the history of Friday the 13th.
We haven't seen Jason Voorhees grace the silver screen since the aforementioned 2009 remake. It's not for a lack of desire, as horror fans would surely love to see the franchise return. Unfortunately, there is an ongoing rights battle between screenwriter Victor Miller and original director Sean S. Cunningham. The situation is complicated, but it comes down to who owns what. While Miller wrote Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees as we know him didn't appear until later, as Jason's mom was the killer in the first movie. Jason became the killer in Part 2, but didn't get the iconic hockey mask look until midway through the third entry.
Last we heard, NBA star turned producer LeBron James was looking to possibly get behind a new Friday the 13th movie, but that is contingent upon the rights situation getting worked out. Given how much money is at stake, especially with how much money 2018's Halloween made, it seems more like a matter of when Jason will return, as opposed to if. In the meantime, we've got this marathon to look forward to. Feel free to check out the teaser the network released previewing the event below. For the full schedule, head on over to SyFy.com.