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Dear White People (2014)

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Tessa Thompson in Dear White People

Details Limited Release: Oct 17, 2014; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Kyle Gallner, Dennis Haysbert and Tyler James Williams; Distributor: Roadside Attractions

When she read the script for first-time feature director Justin Simien's campus satire Dear White People, Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls) was convinced that only she could play Sam White, the fiery DJ of a radio station at a fictional Ivy League college. Submitting her audition tape for the film, a breakout at last winter's Sundance Film Festival, she included not only the requested scenes but all of Sam's barbed on-air segments, which tweak the supposedly PC, mostly white student body. The actress was particularly drawn to Simien's one-liners, some of which he'd tested out on Twitter. Her favorite: ''Dear White People Using Instagram, you have an iPhone and you go on hikes, I get it.''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
Weekend of Sep 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$24.5 1 $24.5 C
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$16.5 1 $16.5 C+
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$8.0 7 $305.9 A-
4. $4.8 6 $181.0 C+
5. $4.3 5 $73.0 F
The Drop
Fox Searchlight
$4.2 1 $4.2 B
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$4.0 4 $44.9 C-
The November Man
$2.7 3 $22.5 C
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$2.6 5 $41.3 C-
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$2.5 6 $49.4 B
* in millions

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