[Editor’s note: The following post includes an extremely inconsequential spoiler for “Avengers: Endgame”]
“Avengers: Endgame” is set to make history at the box office this weekend with a worldwide launch above $800 million, but it’s also making history for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. An extremely brief moment in the Marvel tentpole features co-director Joe Russo playing a character who attends a grief counseling meeting to talk about losing his male partner in Thanos’ snap. The moment is quick, but it’s a milestone nonetheless as it represents the first openly gay moment in the McU.
“Representation is really important,” Joe Russo told Deadline about the moment. “It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them. We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that. It is a perfect time,
This is the latest installment of “Breaking Black,” a weekly column focused on emerging black talent.
Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu is determined to combat long-standing depictions of the African continent in defeat. With her second feature film, the lesbian love story “Rafiki,” Kahiu is spearheading a burgeoning artistic movement she co-founded called “Afrobubblegum,” with the intention of promoting “a fun, fierce, and fantastical representation” of Africa. The ethos reflects a growing frustration with the way Africa is perceived around the world, and it has taken her on a journey from festival breakout to rising Hollywood talent.
The Cannes-acclaimed “Rafiki” came from a place of personal frustration, as Kahiu has experienced misperceptions about Africa up close. In a recent interview, the filmmaker recalled traveling to foreign countries to showcase her award-winning 2009 short film “Pumzi,” and being questioned by custom agents at airports about the nature of her visits. “From experience, I
“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” finally has a release date. The documentary will premiere on Netflix on June 12 and will also receive a theatrical release beginning in Los Angeles and New York in order to qualify for awards. In addition, the streaming service has booked one-night-only “road show” screenings in 20 different cities on June 11.
Those cities are London, Paris, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Portland, Tulsa, Tempe, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Bologna, Sydney, L.A., and New York.
Per its log line, the film “captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year” and is “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream.”
Back in January, it was announced that filmmaking icon Martin Scorsese was going to get back in the documentary game for a new Bob Dylan film that would be released by Netflix. At the time, we knew the film would be coming later this year, but outside of that, and a few other bits of info, the project was a mystery. Now, thanks to a report from Variety, we have some more info, a poster, and finally, a release date.
Coming this fall, Disney will be after a large chunk of the global viewing audience with the release of its new mammoth streaming platform. But in addition to Disney+, the company reportedly has its eye on taking even more control over one of its competitors.
CNBC details new developments in the ongoing question of Hulu control, citing a source that says Comcast is considering selling its 30 percent stake in the streaming platform to Disney. Following its recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s holdings, Disney already has a 60 percent share in ownership. The 9.5 percent of the company that Hulu recently reacquired from At&T would be split among Disney and Comcast as it stands now; Disney would get that amount in is entirety as part of a broader purchase from Comcast.
A number of factors go into determining Comcast’s ultimate decision, including the communications giant’s current standing as owner of NBC.
We still don’t have a title for “Bond 25,” but we’ve got a baddie (“Bohemian Rhapsody” Oscar winner Rami Malek), a Bond lady (Ana de Armas from “Blade Runner 2049”), and a premise for Cary Joji Fukunaga to direct. Obviously, it was less than what we were hoping for, as producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced the full cast during a live stream event Thursday from author Ian Fleming’s GoldenEye retreat in Jamaica (the spiritual home of the franchise where “Dr. No” and “Live and Let Die” were filmed).
Eschewing the usual Bond launch press conference, they were joined by James Bond star Daniel Craig and Fukunaga, who answered a few fan questions from Twitter. Meanwhile, Malek provided a quip via a video feed from New York about “making sure that Bond doesn’t have an easy ride.”
A word about #BOND25 from Rami Malek pic.
Jon Favreau, the director of the upcoming remake of the classic Disney film, “The Lion King,” is probably the first to tell you that his new version of the animated film is not “live-action.” In fact, as revealed in a new “set visit” from EW, there’s no real live action at all in the film. 100% of “The Lion King” is done through technology that meant that real animals, real sets, and real humans weren’t required to “film” the movie.
Continue reading Jon Favreau Explains The “Freedom” Of Using Vr (And No Sets) To “Film” His ‘Lion King’ Remake at The Playlist.
Attention Netflix subscribers that are obsessed with Quentin Tarantino! We are here to tell you about your new plans for the evening. Sure, you’ve probably all seen “The Hateful Eight” by now. The Tarantino film, that was nominated for three Oscars (winning for Best Score), was released almost four years ago and has been on home video/VOD for almost as long. However, unless you’re one of the lucky ones that saw the 70mm limited edition print back in 2015, Netflix has finally released a treat for you — “The Hateful Eight: Extended Edition.” And not only that, the streaming service has gone ahead and broken it up into chapters for you.
Continue reading Netflix Released ‘The Hateful Eight: Extended Edition’ On Its Streaming Service As A 4-Episode Series at The Playlist.
Think the secretive nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t extend to its biggest stars? Let “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” star Brie Larson set you straight. During a Wednesday night appearance on “The Tonight Show,” the McU actress told host Jimmy Fallon about some of her earliest memories joining the franchise fray, including a first scene that would have tested any actor. Larson notably had to film her “Endgame” scenes before “Captain Marvel” even shot, so her first experience in any McU film involved so much secrecy that she only knew one thing: her own single line.
“I flew to Atlanta to start shooting [‘Endgame’], had no idea what I was doing,” Larson said. “And I arrived and they gave me a piece of paper that was a full page of dialogue and action but all of it was redacted except for my one line. I even went
Sinemia may shutter its movie-subscription services and focus its resources on its SubGen business, which helps theater owners, such as Studio Movie Grill, operate their own subscription services. The news, reported yesterday by Bloomberg, comes as the company faces a growing base of frustrated customers complaining they are unable to use the subscription service to purchase movie tickets. Sinemia is also facing two lawsuits: a class action case accusing the company of pulling a “bait-and-switch” over transaction fees, and a patent infringement claim by competitor MoviePass.
Sinemia did not reply to IndieWire’s request for comment about the Bloomberg report, nor did it respond to other questions about recent changes to its services and fees.
If indeed Sinemia is considering shuttering its subscription services, the decision comes as it makes an aggressive push to lure new customers into yearly subscriptions that require the entire membership cost be paid upfront. At the end of March,
Netflix excited Quentin Tarantino fans when it announced in March that an extended version of the director’s “The Hateful Eight” would be available to stream this month. The extended edition landed April 25 on Netflix as planned, albeit with one massive surprise: The movie has been uploaded as a miniseries with four episodes each running approximately 50 minutes. The film’s theatrical edition continues to stream on Netflix as a feature film, as well.
The four episodes of “The Hateful Eight: Extended Edition” are titled “Last Stage to Red Rock” (50 minutes), “Minnie’s Haberdashery” (51 minutes), “Domergue’s Got A Secret” (53 minutes), and “The Last Chapter” (56 minutes). The first three episodes match up to corresponding chapter titles in Tarantino’s theatrical cut. The film’s second chapter, “Son of a Gun,” has been absorbed into the extended cut’s first episode. The “Last Chapter” episode encompasses the final two film chapters: “The Four Passengers” and “Black Man,
On the surface, nothing was amiss at “An Evening With Deadwood,” a Film Independent Presents event held April 23, hosted by curator Elvis Mitchell and featuring series stars Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, John Hawkes and Gerald McRaney, as well as director Dan Minahan and executive producer Carolyn Strauss. Series creator David Milch wasn’t present, but his name and vision were forever on the lips of cast and collaborators alike.
To watch the attendees swap stories and reminisce about the show was a bittersweet endeavor, given the news of the day. Just hours before the event, Vulture film and TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz published an interview with Milch, which publicly revealed the “Deadwood” visionary’s recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis and reduced role during the filming of the upcoming 2-hour TV movie, some 13 years in the making. In the piece, Milch is described as observing the filming of the movie, but not interfering,
**Okay, we have to warn you that spoilers for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are below. No, not the kind that will greatly affect your feelings about the movie. No, we aren’t giving away the plot or any twists. But there is one thing in the film that we discuss, so proceed at your own risk**
**For those wanting something spoiler-free to read about ‘Endgame,’ might we recommend our review?**
**Okay, we warned you…**
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have noticed that the faces that have headlined the most recent films in the franchise have finally broken the mold from the typical white male lead.
Don’t worry, “Deadwood” fans. The new film, written by the series’ creator David Milch, is not going to file down the rough edges of the critically-acclaimed show. No, sir. As seen in the new trailer for the upcoming “Deadwood: The Movie,” the gang’s all here, with just as much conniving, killing, and cussing as you expect.
Despite the assurance that “Deadwood: The Movie” is just as raw and unfiltered as before, the trailer also does a great job of showing the returning cast while also presenting the driving force behind the plot of the film — the future.
James Cagney in Blonde CrazyBefore sound came into film, no one had ever moved like James Cagney, and no one has since. Like the face of Jerry Lewis, Cagney’s puppet limbs, his slashes of feet and gorilla-woodpecker hoots, are “where the height of artifice blends at times with the nobility of true documentary.”1 The arms move centrifugally away from the torso in a kind of dance for the rebel spirit, yet the body remains intact; take any of his body’s continuous moments and you could frame them in the Fraenkel Gallery for photographic prosperity, a tribute to an urban dandy. Cagney’s performances in his earliest and best pictures are of a piece with the contemporaneous film landscape, spiked (as we now know) with a surfeit of mutt landmarks. The Marx Brothers’s jabber, Mae West’s pimp-walk, her sass, Raoul Walsh’s Me and My Gal (1932), the
Daniel Craig is returning as 007 in the still-untitled Bond 25. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli teased the film and announced the full cast during a live event from Jamaica, which is now confirmed to be a setting in the film. Craig has starred as Bond since the 2006 entry “Casino Royale,” reprising the character in sequels “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” and “Spectre.” Craig will walk away from the role following the upcoming film.
Broccoli said of the film’s plot, “Bond is not on active service when the film starts. He is enjoying himself in Jamaica. We consider Jamaica Bond’s spiritual home. He starts his journey here.” Fukunaga said he has already shot parts of the film in Norway and will resume shooting in Jamaica in the weeks ahead before returning to London’s famous Pinewood studios. Jamaica is significant as it’s where Ian Fleming wrote his
While he’s enjoying this middle period between the momentous “Black Panther” release and the production of its inevitable sequel, Chadwick Boseman is keeping himself busy with projects outside of the Marvel Universe. The first of which is this new action film, “21 Bridges,” whose trailer dropped today, showing potential to be one of the most gripping action films of the year.
Boseman will also be busy as one of the film’s producers, along with fellow McU alumni the Russo brothers.
Chadwick Boseman is taking a break from superhero life to star in this summer’s suspense thriller “21 Bridges.” The actor is also attached to the film as a producer alongside “Avengers: Endgame” directors Anthony and Joe Russo. The film, which is directed by Brian Kirk, looks like strong counter-programming to this year’s summer blockbusters. Starring opposite Boseman is Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, Taylor Kitsch, and J.K. Simmons
The official synopsis from Stx Entertainment reads: “’21 Bridges’ follows an NYPD detective (Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.
When “The Lord of the Rings” first became a blockbuster franchise with Peter Jackson’s filmed adaptation, it was seen as a monumental achievement in both storytelling and craft. Jackson’s combination of cutting-edge CGI and a flair for classical fantasy transformed J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels into an epic trilogy that ultimately grossed $2.92 billion worldwide off a combined budget of roughly $281 million.
But that scale sounds like peanuts compared to the current project underway at Amazon Studios, where a new television series based on the novels is underway for a reported $1 billion. Elijah Wood, who catapulted to fame as beloved Hobbit Frodo Baggins, can’t quite process that figure.
“That’s crazy to me,” the actor said in a recent interview, pointing out that the success of the original films likely set the stage for Amazon’s costly endeavor, which includes the $250 million it spent to acquire the rights. “That
Cinematographer Matt Mitchell lensed Little Woods, which world premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival where writer/director Nia DaCosta won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Nora Ephron Award. Shortly thereafter, the film was acquired by Neon and is currently in theaters. Little Woods is a modern Western about two women in rural America. Shot in Texas, but set in North Dakota, the film is a carefully composed drama, while also very much feeling like an emotionally-charged thriller. I sat down with Mitchell before last year’s festival premiere to talk about how he went about creating the look and feel of the […]
Macario. Courtesy Filmoteca de la UNAMThe celebrated Mexican filmmaker Roberto Gavaldón was born in Juárez and worked as a film extra in California before returning to his native country, where he worked for ten years as assistant director, perfecting the technical aspects of his trade. He then launched his career and during the next four decades made over fifty features, a number of which are celebrated as Mexico’s finest. Gavaldón’s time in America makes some of these films—particularly the noirs—resonate deeply with the darkness and the cynicism that pervade American crime noirs of the 1940s and 50s. The current retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art sheds light not only on Galvadón’s supreme craft and visceral storytelling but also his profoundly pessimistic vision. Gavaldón’s early sentimental melodramas—such as his renowned debut feature, La barraca (1945), and also one of his later great epics, Macario
It’s a movie-going experience that’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t previously seen one of nonfiction filmmaker Sam Green’s live documentaries. In his latest piece, a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet entitled “A Thousand Thoughts,” the big screen plays home to interviews and archival images that audiences would expect to see in a traditional documentary. On stage, the Kronos Quartet appear live to perform the film’s score, while Green himself narrates the film.
Green has made traditional documentaries before, like “Weather Underground,” but his live projects have been entirely conceived of and executed as purely as live events. Not only will “A Thousand Thoughts” never be available on Netflix (or anywhere else), it’s the nonfiction streaming boom that inspired Green to create these unique theatrical events.
“I’m thrilled that these days you can see so many documentaries and so many great documentaries,
Tonight’s opening night is Roger Ross Williams’s HBO doc, The Apollo, the centerpiece is a “final cut” screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (in glistening new visual and audio tech) and the closing night is a new Beatles-themed, alternate universe pic by Danny Boyle — the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival is here. As evidenced by the above selections, Tribeca brings a lot of firepower to its annual event, programming prowess that includes not just the big names but support for a range of work and creators, from immersive theater pioneers to emerging […]
When it comes to theatrically released films that successfully pair politics and romantic comedies, you can probably count the number of successes on one hand. However, that is what exactly what director Jonathon Levine is attempting in “Long Shot,” the upcoming political rom-com starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron.
Though Rogen and Theron may seem like an unlikely pairing for a romantic comedy, initial reviews from the SXSW premiere indicate that they may have a surprising amount of chemistry on-screen.
Continue reading ‘Long Shot’ Trailer: Seth Rogen Hurts Himself A Lot In The Latest Look At His New Comedy at The Playlist.
**We will be discussing the “Avengers: Endgame” leak, but absolutely will not include any spoilers for the film. You are free to read without fear.**
The security at Marvel Studios seems to be the standard-bearer in Hollywood, and has been for the better part of a decade. Sure, there have been leaked info and casting news, but those things are inevitable and impossible to stop. But as for plot points, surprises, twists, and all that, the superhero film studio has everything locked down in a way that seems impossible to break.
“Most people probably wouldn’t care if a vampire went for a swim in the ocean, but they’re officially not allowed to — they’re not allowed to go in seawater, according to vampire law,” Waititi said during a December set visit. “Some of the rules are so weird if you told someone to explain it in the [show], people would think you’re just being over-the-top.”
“One was, if you want to get rid of a vampire in your village, steal his socks, fill them with garlic, tie them up, and throw them in the river. He’ll be compelled to chase them, [but] then he’ll get the socks and they’ll be full of garlic,
If your first reaction to the idea of an entire TV series devoted to Batman’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, is that of utter confusion, then you wouldn’t be crazy. For years, Alfred has been portrayed as an older gentleman that takes care of Bruce Wayne, who is often out galavanting as an oversized bat. However, in the new Epix series, “Pennyworth,” we go decades into the past to find out that Alfred isn’t just a butler, he’s a bit of a badass, as well.
“The Jinx” was well on its way to becoming one of HBO’s most noteworthy programs even before its shocking finale. The six-episode documentary series, profiling eccentric real estate magnate Robert Durst, ended with an apparent off-camera admission of guilt, leading many viewers to assume that he’d admitted to the murders that he’s been accused of over the course of several decades.
Now, as Durst prepares to face a criminal trial on first-degree murder charges in a California court, his lawyers are attempting to cast doubt on the way the show presented its interviews. A transcript submitted by the defense team shows that Durst’s infamous quote — “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” — was actually pieced together, separated by six sentences of additional context.
The New York Times has an excerpt from that portion of the fateful interview, with the first part of
Last week, it was news that Alex Ross Perry is set to write and direct an adaptation of “Rest Stop.” Now, we have yet more Stephen King news with horror film master James Wan teaming with frequent collaborator Gary Dauberman for a new take on the classic novel “Salem’s Lot.”
THR is reporting that Dauberman has been hired to write the script for a new adaptation of King’s famous novel, “Salem’s Lot,” with Wan attached to produce.
Continue reading ‘Salem’s Lot’: James Wan Teams With ‘It’ Writer For A New Film Based On Stephen King Novel at The Playlist.
We’re still waiting to find out if Daenerys’ dragons and Westeros’ armies can save the day on “Game of Thrones,” but one thing they may not be able to save is At&T’s stock price. The new parent company of HBO announced its quarterly earnings report Wednesday, and investors learned that the company failed to reach analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue.
The report on the company’s first-quarter results included the news that WarnerMedia’s operating revenues for Q1 2019 came in at $8.38 billion, with $1.3 billion of that coming in from HBO subscriptions, touted by At&T as an indicator of growth for its digital subscription service. However, the overall revenue number was still below the $8.45 billion Wall Street expected, leading to an almost 5% drop in At&T stock by mid-day.
One factor in At&T’s inability to win over investors might be the fact that there are indications
The Marvel Cinematic Universe may have become the biggest franchise in film history, but it can be hard to shake the feeling that the series’ most visionary action took place in boardrooms, rather than on the big screen. Despite the massive scale of this 22-movie saga, and the dozens of easily distinguishable characters it contains, many of the Avengers’ planet-saving fights have been kind of pedestrian — in part because most of the major set pieces were pre-visualized on a corporate level before a director was even hired to handle the rest of their respective chapter.
And yet, between nearly two dozen superhero movies and several billion dollars’ worth of production budgets, the McU yielded a handful of spectacular fights. For every dull and unimaginative melee, there’s been an inspired bit of comic mayhem; for every abominable Hulk fight outside the Apollo, there was a thunderous smackdown on Sakaar. For
Sometime’s it difficult to separate a film or TV project from the headlines that follow it. And with the upcoming streaming series “Swamp Thing,” it’s almost impossible to watch the new trailer and not immediately think about what would cause DC Universe to cut the production short and limit the first season from 13 episodes to 10 for creative reasons.
Well, even though you might not be able to forget that as you watch the new trailer, the footage of “Swamp Thing” actually looks interesting, if only because it looks very different than the other superhero TV series that DC Universe has released.
Netflix hosted a raucous Emmys Fyc screening and panel for critically-beloved animated series “BoJack Horseman” on April 22 and while the panel itself was as colorful and irreverent as the show, with stars Aaron Paul and Paul F. Tompkins, as well as supervising director Mike Hollingsworth, production designer Lisa Hanawalt, and creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, it wasn’t until after the event that the mood grew more contemplative.
Currently in production on its sixth season, “BoJack Horseman,” about a depressive, alcoholic horseman struggling to make his way in a lightly-fictionalized version of Hollywood inhabited by humans and humanoid animals alike, is beginning to draw attention within the industry itself, with Will Arnett’s win for voicing BoJack and the show’s win for Best General Audience Animated Television at the 46th Annual Annie Awards in February.
“I didn’t think we would ever crack through at the Annies,” Bob-Waksberg said in a