Eight actors were honored for their breakout roles in film with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (Sbiff) Virtuosos Award event held at the historic Arlington Theatre on Saturday night. The annual award is presented to “up-and-coming” actors with noteworthy performances in film.
This year’s award recipients were Awkwafina for her first dramatic leading role in the dramedy “The Farewell”; Taron Egerton as Elton John in the biopic “Rocketman”; Cynthia Erivo, also in a biopic, playing Harriet Tubman in “Harriet”; Beanie Feldstein as the valedictorian of her high school class in the comedy “Booksmart”; Aldis Hodge for his role as a death row inmate in the drama “Clemency”; George MacKay for his performance in the World War I drama “1917”; Florence Pugh for her work in both the coming-of-age period drama “Little Women” as well as the folk horror film “Midsommar”; and Taylor Russell as a shy teenager in
Academy snubs be damned, 2019 was a spectacular end to a decade of outstanding films directed by women. Joanna Hogg reinvented visual memoir with “The Souvenir,” Lulu Wang challenged American conceptions of family and death in “The Farewell,” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” adaptation upended one of the most iconic American novels by and about a woman.
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“Central Park” also features characters outside the main family — notably, Daveed Diggs and Stanley Tucci both voice female characters, similar to the way that John Roberts and Dan Mintz do on “Central Park” creator Loren Bouchard’s long-running series “Bob’s Burgers.”
At the Television Critics Association 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA on Sunday morning, Bouchard addressed the new show’s casting decisions.
“Animation just makes you want to take this voice and have it come out of this face. It’s so delicious that I just can’t stop myself,” Bouchard said. “Daveed playing Helen, we knew it early on it was gonna be so fun to do it. So we couldn’t look away once we imagined that.
Ever since “The Mandalorian” premiered on Disney+ in November, the adorable “Baby Yoda” character has melted hearts and minds around the world. However, despite fervent requests for Baby Yoda dolls, Disney has been rather slow to respond to product demands, reportedly in order to keep Baby Yoda’s reveal in “The Mandalorian” pilot a secret per Jon Favreau’s request.
But the cat was out of the bag after the show’s premiere, and “The Child” quickly became a social media sensation. It shouldn’t then be a surprise that impatient fans have already taken matters into their own hands, with Etsy crafters and sellers creating their own unofficial Baby Yoda toys to capitalize on the demand. And for a while, the bootleg Baby Yoda market seemed to flourish.
Of course, it didn’t take long before Disney discovered this, and began issuing takedown notices, reminding Etsy that it owns
While we know that “The Matrix 4” is set to go into production soon and hit theaters in May 2021, we still don’t have much of a clue about what the story is about. By the end of the third film, ‘Revolutions,’ the story seemed to be pretty well wrapped up. But Lana Wachowski definitely has a story in mind, as she is writing and directing the film.
The soundtrack for director Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die” is shaping up to be quite the mind meld. Earlier this week, it was announced that vocal-fried pop queen of doom du jour Billie Eilish has written and will perform the film’s theme song — and, at 18, she’s the youngest artist ever to do so. Now, Johnny Marr will be joining composer Hans Zimmer to write the score, as revealed today by NME.
The lead guitarist behind The Smiths, everybody’s favorite gloomy English rock band of the 1980s, will, like Academy Award-winning composer Zimmer, be making his James Bond debut here. It’s the 25th film in the franchise, and will be the last one to star Daniel Craig in the role of 007. The last Bond score, for “Spectre,” was penned by Thomas Newman, an Academy Award nominee this year for “1917,” and
Odds are, if you’ve browsed the paperback section of your local bookstore, then you probably have come across the novel, “Normal People.” It’s a massive bestseller and, as you might expect, it’s now set to become a limited series that will air on BBC and Hulu.
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As seen in the new trailer for “Normal People,” the series tells the story of the on-again/off-again romance between Marianne and Connell that spans their high school years and through college.
Perhaps the best part about The Criterion Collection is the way that the library can house such unique and eclectic films, while still keeping the reputation of releasing the very best that cinema has to offer. And for the month of April, that continues, as the recent Criterion announcement contains a perfect cross-section of titles that shows just how much variety exists in the catalog.
Leading the class of April 2020 is the most recent live-action film from acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” One of the best films of the last decade is finally coming to Criterion and the special edition release is chock full of brand-new extras.
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Despite strong critical reviews, it appears the Facebook Watch is not moving forward with the third season of “Sorry for Your Loss.” The news comes as speculation centers on the future of the streaming platform in regards to scripted programming.
On the film side, SAG nominations are often seen as a bellwether for the Oscar race since the Academy acting branch dominates the votes. As usual, this year’s SAG nominations don’t entirely overlap with the Oscar race; SAG voting closes Friday. Last year’s upsets included winner Emily Blunt for her non-Oscar-nominated role in “A Quiet Place” and musical Globe winner Rami Malek prevailing over Drama Globe and Critics Choice winner Christian Bale. Could snubbed Oscar hopefuls Lupita Nyong’o, Taron Egerton, or Jennifer Lopez pull sympathy upsets? Tune in Sunday to find out.
While “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Jojo Rabbit,” and “Parasite” could build some momentum for their Oscar bids by winning SAG Ensemble, “Bombshell” didn’t score a Best Picture nomination, but could pull a surprise win for Charlize Theron or Margot Robbie. And while “Marriage Story” and “Joker” didn’t make Ensemble,
Hulu’s next animated series is “Solar Opposites,” an adult-oriented comedy from “Rick and Morty” alums Justin Roiland and Mike McMahn. Craig Erwich, senior vice president of Hulu originals, announced the series amid offered a host of other updates during his executive session at the Television Critics Association 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena Friday morning.
“Solar Opposites” will focus on a family of aliens from an advanced planet who are forced to live in middle America. The extraterrestrial protagonists must determine whether this is “awful or awesome.” The jury’s still out on that one, but the answer will become clearer on May 8, when all eight “Solar Opposite” episodes hit Hulu.
Erwich also announced that “Dollface” and “Wu Tang: An American Saga” had each been renewed for second seasons. He noted that the former series, a Kat Dennings-led comedy about a young woman who rekindles her friendships with women
For decades, Hillary Clinton has found herself morph into one of the most polarizing figures in American political history.
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Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” is based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestselling novel, and a teaser released Friday hints at the questions of class privilege, gender, and race explored by the story — all framed by the arson that gives the book its title. At the TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA, stars and executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington delved into the process of bringing the acclaimed story to screen.
“We’ve been looking for a project to do with Kerry for a long time,” Witherspoon said. “When I read the book it had so many themes in it that were very complex. … My first instinct is ‘Who is going to show up and do the work?’ Because it’s a lot of work. Everything [Kerry] does she brings a grace to it. She deepens the conversation.”
For her part, Washington appreciated how the tale deals with perception created
Fresh off his time in the “Star Wars” universe, it appears that Oscar Isaac might be stepping into another possible franchise, this time as the lead in the upcoming film “The Great Machine.”
According to THR, Isaac is set to play the role of Mitchell Hundred in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the comic book series “Ex Machina,” titled “The Great Machine.” If that last sentence confused you, here’s likely why: Yes, Isaac previously starred in a film called “Ex Machina.” No, this isn’t a sequel.
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“On one level, she’s Catherine the Great, who marries [the son of] Peter the Great, and that’s a big story,” McNamara said during the series’ Television Critics Association panel. “On another level that’s quite contemporary, it’s about a woman who marries the wrong person and then has to go, ‘What do I do? Do I kill him?’”
The joke scored plenty of laughs at the TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena Friday morning, but also serves as an apt descriptor of the Hulu series, which premieres May 15. McNamara was joined by series Executive Producer Marian MacGowan and series stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult to discuss the show, which will offer a comedic take on Catherine the Great’s (Fanning) rise to power in the late 1700s and detail her relationship with her husband Peter (Hoult), the emperor of Russia.
When the upcoming “High Fidelity” TV show was nearing the start of production, there was no one in place to head up the costume department. Luckily, series star Zoe Kravitz knew exactly who to call.
“Colleen Atwood is a legend. I had worked with her on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and we were having a really hard time finding someone to do the costumes and that’s a really important element to the story. I called Colleen asking her if she knew someone who could do it…and she said ‘I love ‘High Fidelity!’ I love you. I’ll do it.’ And we were all shocked,” Kravitz said.
Atwood has had a prolific and acclaimed career working on period pieces and contemporary stories, collaborating with Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Jonathan Demme, and Michael Mann, among others. The demands of “High Fidelity,” which stars Kravitz as Rob, a record store owner dealing with
The filmmaking community was rocked last week when Oprah Winfrey pulled her name as executive producer from a Sundance Film Festival documentary alleging sexual assault against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. Directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, the film now titled “On the Record” was set to be distributed by Apple TV+ following its Park City bow next week, but in a swift chain of events, Oprah’s split from the project by way of a statement shared with media last Friday effectively killed Apple’s commitment to stream the documentary.
A report from The New York Times on January 17 details what went on behind the scenes of Oprah’s departure from the movie centered on former music executive Drew Dixon’s accusations, including that Simmons raped her after luring her to his apartment (a testimony first revealed in a December 2017 Nyt story). “What preceded Ms. Winfrey’s announcement was
After reading Greta Gerwig’s radical, non-linear adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” composer Alexandre Desplat asked the director what she musically had in mind: “Mozart meets David Bowie,” was her unexpected reply. He was taken aback, but had no intention of creating some sort of retro/modern fusion. Yet after digging deeper, he began contemplating the youthful energy of Mozart and the restless energy of Bowie.
“I thought of it as ambivalence,” said Desplat, the two-time Oscar winner. “The music should always have gravitas and be joyful and have a lot of rhythm, like Mozart had, and like David Bowie had. Some melody line that you can follow.”
But the best musical strategy was capturing the creative thought process of Saoirse Ronan’s Jo as she’s writing her autobiographical novel about her family. That was inherent in Gerwig’s storytelling in the way she championed Jo as a literary,
It was a rested and relaxed Hillary Clinton that graced the stage at the Television Critics Association Winter 2020 press tour, ready and willing to delve into her own backstory in promotion of the Hulu four-part documentary series exploring her life.
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Joining Clinton on-stage was “Hillary” director Nanette Burstein, who explained why what began as a campaign documentary ended up as so much more.
“It was so remarkably emblematic of our history over the last 40 years, particularly when it comes to women’s rights,” Burstein said. “The way that [Clinton] has been the tip of the spear in various ways and how it overlapped with these various, huge historical moments.”
“More than anything, I wanted people to understand that this is a historical figure
Sally Rooney sees herself in both characters within her novel, “Normal People,” but don’t make her break it down further than that.
That’s what the writing is for, after all.
“I felt, writing the book, that both characters were a projection of my point of view,” she said. “They both embody aspects of my own psychology. […] The challenge of adapting this for the screen is that they both have introspective qualities.”
To help with that challenge, Rooney turned to Oscar-nominated “Room” director Lenny Abrahamson, who helmed each episode of the 12-episode TV adaptation. Joining Rooney on the panel, along with executive producer Ed Guiney and actors Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, Abrahamson
It’s rare that a film announcement that doesn’t include a title or any hint at the plot would still be enough to provide some real excitement for cinephiles. Yet, just the mention of Christian Bale and David O. Russell is enough to get us hyped for whatever is coming.
According to Deadline, Christian Bale is set to star in a new film from writer-director David O. Russell. Again, there’s no mention of a title and no plot specifics were given, but considering the history the two men share, the idea of them teaming up for another project is enough to have us ready to buy a ticket.
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Coming to Film Forum in New York City is “Black Women,” a 70-film screening series that spotlights 81 years – 1920 to 2001 – of trailblazing African American actresses in American movies.
Scheduled to run from January 17 to February 13, the series is curated by film historian and professor Donald Bogle, author of six books concerning blacks in film and television, including the groundbreaking “Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films” (1973).
“Last year, Bruce Goldstein, the repertory programmer at Film Forum, asked me if there was something I was interested in doing, and this was a topic that I had been thinking about, because I recently updated my book on the subject, ‘Brown Sugar,’ which dealt with African American women in entertainment from the early years of the late 19th century to the present,” said Bogle. “That’s really the way it came about, and it just developed from there.
There have certainly been surprises at the end of the annual Oscar telecast’s the past decade. “Green Book” wasn’t necessarily a given to win versus “Roma.” “Moonlight” was a joyful surprise over what was believed was an ineveitable winner In “La La Land.” And some believed “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” could absolutely overtake “The Shape of Water.” In terms of competitive races for weeks on end, however, there were really only two true races after the nominations were announced during that span: “12 Years A Slave” vs.
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Remember “The Golden Suicides,” the tragic and mysterious “double suicide” story about Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake, two artists deeply in love, who both committed killed themselves one after the other? The story about beautiful, talented, up-and-coming artists who suddenly committed suicides under mysterious conditions consumed media (especially New York media where they were from for weeks)?
Meryl Streep will lead a cast lending their voices to an animated short film that will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 17 in celebration of Earth Day. “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” based on the 2017 Time magazine Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers, will be narrated by Streep and feature the voices of Jacob Tremblay, Chris O’Dowd, and Ruth Negga.
The short follows a precocious 7-year-old who, over the course of Earth Day, learns from his parents — and from a mysterious exhibit called the Museum of Everything — about the wonders of the planet.
The 36-minute short is from independent animation production company Studio Aka, whose educational preschool series “Hey Duggee” has won three BAFTAs and two Emmys. Its short “A Morning Stroll,” directed by Grant Orchard, was nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA in 2012.
“Here We Are” is written by Philip Hunt, who won
Can’t make it to Sundance? In a first-of-its-kind program, the festival is coming to you: In a collaboration with Trafalgar Releasing and Sony Pictures Classics, the Sundance premiere of “The Climb” and the post-screening Q&a will be simulcast to 10 theaters across the country on January 26. The film is about two best friends whose close bond is threatened after one sleeps with the other’s fiancee.
“The Climb” is a feature-length expansion of Michael Angelo Covino’s short film of the same name, which premieired at Sundance in 2018. The feature, written by Covino and Kyle Marvin, won the Coup de Coeur Prize after its premiere in the Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section last year and later screened at Telluride and Toronto.
The theatrical simulcast will come from Trafalgar Releasing, the London-based company known for bringing events such as Coldplay, Khalid, and Depeche Mode concerts, opera performances, and plays into cinemas.
If you’re a person that is part of my generation, you might remember the good ol’ days where the year’s biggest blockbusters used to be accompanied by soundtracks that you absolutely must own. Who else remembers buying the “Spawn” soundtrack in the late-‘90s? Just me? Okay, probably not the best example. But nevertheless, over the years, the blockbuster soundtrack hasn’t really stuck around, except with certain comic book films.
It’s been hinted at for a year or so, but now it’s confirmed — “Better Call Saul” is coming to an end.
According to AMC, just a little over a month before Season 5 arrives for viewers, “Better Call Saul” has been renewed for a sixth season, which will also serve as its last. The 13-episode final season will cap off an Emmy-winning run for the “Breaking Bad” prequel that started with skepticism from fans but quickly became must-see programming for those that enjoy what was started in the first series.
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The shortest Oscar race in history became much narrower on Monday morning with the announcement of the 2020 nominations. At the same time, many of the biggest categories are suddenly harder to call than ever. The Best Picture race might seem like it comes down to “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (above) versus “Parasite” — but Quentin Tarantino’s nostalgic romp lacked a much-needed editing nomination, and “Parasite” has to overcome voters’ decision to relegate it to the Best International Feature category alone. But does all of this really add momentum to “1917”? In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss these questions and more, while debating the most frustrating outcome of this year’s nominations — the absence of female filmmakers in the Best Director category.
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Even though it would appear that many guilds aren’t going to recognize Robert De Niro’s performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” there are plenty of film fans that understand just how much skill and effort was turned in over the course of the extended run-time. While perhaps overshadowed by Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, De Niro once again proved that he’s still one of the best actors on the planet.
It would appear that the relationship between Adam McKay and HBO is as strong as ever. Not only is HBO the home to the filmmaker’s “Succession,” as well as the upcoming ‘80s Los Angeles Lakers drama series, but he’s also working on the just-announced Bong Joon-ho collaboration, “Parasite” TV series. And now, according to a recent TCA panel (via Collider), McKay’s got yet another project with the network on tap.
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For months, we’ve known that the next time we’ll see Jason Momoa’s King of Atlantis, Aquaman, on the big screen will be in 2022, with the release of “Aquaman 2.” However, little did we know that director James Wan had something sneaky planned with the DC superhero, namely an animated limited series.
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According to Deadline, HBOMax has given the greenlight to James Wan to produce a new limited series titled “Aquaman: King of Atlantis.” Other than the very big difference between animation and live-action, the new series will differ from the billion-dollar film by focusing on more ecological and ethical themes, as ‘King of Atlantis’ aims to be a program for kids and families.
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If you’re someone that follows film festival news quite a bit, but you’re not able to actually attend the big events, then you’ve probably been waiting a while to see the upcoming film “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.” The film was chosen last year as the Opening Night Film of the Toronto International Film Festival, and ever since then, it’s been one of our most anticipated films of 2020.