Twenty years ago, the general audience wouldn’t really hear or care about box office numbers. But the age of the Internet has turned movie production and box office results into a game of narratives and how opening weekend numbers or re-shoots definitely make or break a movie.
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One film that for its box office results blown out of proportion was the female-led “Birds of Prey” which didn’t exactly break records, but was labeled as a commercial disappointment despite a successful run (before theaters shut down due to a pandemic and all that).
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Kedi Where You Can Stream It: YouTube Premium and Kanopy and (all you need is a library card) The Pitch: Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul […]
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Perhaps, in these times of self-isolation and social distancing,and a non-stop, 24 hour news stream straight from hell, we’re not all in the mood to enlighten ourselves or enrich our lives. In my mind, if we get through all of this kinder than we were before then we’ve done the best we can.
That being said, we need some distractions if possible and while new releases on the film side are relative slim pickings, there’s plenty of television coming out in the next month – both returning and new, that is well worth checking out.
Created and executive produced by showrunners Dana Fox and Dara Resnik, the Apple TV+ original series Home Before Dark (which already received a second season pick-up) is a dramatic mystery inspired by the reporting of the real-life young investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak. After moving from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father (Jim Sturgess) grew up in, Hilde (Brooklynn Prince) starts to dig around and unearths a cold case that everyone in town would rather stay buried. During this interview with Collider, Fox, a co-creator on the series, and director/executive producer Jon M. Chu talked …
In this edition of TV Bits: Watch a teaser for Money Heist: Part 4. Netflix just announced new unscripted shows, including a new Marie Kondo series. Giancarlo Esposito broke a bunch of darksabers while filming The Mandalorian. Danai Gurira says goodbye to The Walking Dead. Family Guy characters have their own podcast now. Scott Z. Burns is making a […]
Hard to believe just a few weeks back I was eagerly preparing for my annual pilgrimage to Copenhagen to begin the spring doc fest season. Well, we all know how that turned out. Or not. As a deadly virus forced festivals the world over to cancel, Cph:dox, long a champion of outside-the-box filmmaking, counterintuitively decided the show must go on. Rather than cut losses and hunker down in social isolation, festival director Tine Fischer and her scrappy team did the exact opposite, reaching out online to actually expand the Cph:dox audience on a global scale. Picking up and relocating to […]
Bill Kramer, director of the Academy Museum, announced the details of the new collaborations on Saturday. The museum will open to the public on Dec. 14, eight years after the project was first announced.
“We will open the Academy Museum with exhibitions and programs that will illuminate the complex and fascinating world of cinema — its art, technology, artists, history, and social impact — through a variety of diverse and engaging voices. We will tell complete stories of moviemaking — celebratory, educational, and sometimes critical and uncomfortable. Global in outlook and grounded in the unparalleled collections and expertise of the Academy,
It seems like the world is falling into chaos while we are stuck at home, but at the very least we can take comfort in knowing we are definitely not NPCs in a video game world. That is not the case in the first clip for “Free Guy,” in which Ryan Reynolds’ non-playable-character sits inside his apartment as the outside world goes insane, and a whole lot of stuff blows up.
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In an unexpected move on Saturday, ostracized and controversy-courting comedian Louis C.K. dropped a surprise new comedy special on his website. It’s his first produced special since his 2017 Netflix standup entry, though the comedian has quietly been making the rounds at comedy clubs, followed by a comeback tour in 2019. Hollywood all but severed ties with him when sexual-misconduct allegations began surfacing in the fall of 2017.
Titled “Sincerely C.K.,” the special, which is streaming and available for purchase on the comedian’s website for $7.99, is intended in C.K.’s words for “those who need to laugh.” In a newsletter update, the comedian did not address the elephant in the room, although he has brought up his blackened reputation in subsequent stand-up gigs. He did, however, express that the special is intended to bring joy into people’s lives during a time of global crisis, when everyone’s on quarantine.
Director Jon M. Chu promises “In the Heights” will make its theatrical debut. Exactly when, of course, is another question as the coronavirus pandemic prompted Warner Bros. to hit the “pause” button on the film’s scheduled June 26 release indefinitely. Screenings of early cuts of the film had already begun when the pandemic broke.
“I hate the word ‘indefinitely’ because it’s sort of open-ended. We’re gonna have a date. It’s just about if we choose a date now, we’d probably have to shift it later. So, we’re not going to commit to one now,” Chu said on the “Variety After-Show.”
The film — starring Anthony Ramos — centers on the largely Hispanic neighborhood of Washington Heights in Manhattan and is based on a hit musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.
“What we are committed to is, it’s going to be in a theater.
To put it lightly, it is a very strange time in the world right now. With many of us working from home and (hopefully) implementing social distancing, it’s left us antsy without a lot of our usual stress relief balms at the ready – things such as going to the movies. With so many of the upcoming theatrical releases moving their release dates and theaters shuttered for the foreseeable future, it’s a good time (if you’re given the time to do so) to explore options you may not have previously explored.
Continue reading 8 Movies to See in April: ‘The Other Lamb,’ ‘Sergio’ & More at The Playlist.
Take that, Game of Thrones Starbucks cup. Little Women just one-upped the famous background prop error of the HBO fantasy series with not one, but two modern water bottles sitting in the background of Greta Gerwig‘s Oscar-nominated period piece, just waiting to steal the scene from Timothée Chalamet. Sorry, Timmy. One of the defining elements of […]
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With the Academy Museum finally, finally set to open to the public on December 14, eight years since the project was first announced, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has lined up a new group of world-class talent to contribute to the museum’s programming. Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar are among recently announced filmmakers who will curate exhibits for the Academy Museum, with more directors to come, AMPAS said on Saturday. Specific details on the exhibits have yet to be announced.
“Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, the first woman ever to win the Best Original Score Academy Award, will also collaborate on new exhibits. So will veteran sound-effects whiz Ben Burtt, an editor and Oscar winner on the original “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
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How Netflix decides to renew their shows is nearly as mysterious as their viewership numbers. While it used to be a running joke that Netflix would buy any kind of idea and give it 10 seasons no matter how ridiculous the premise, nowadays they seem to cancel and renew random shows at will without a clear reason. Though they recently renewed “Locke & Key” despite lukewarm reviews, the third season of crime drama “Ozark” has received the best reviews of the series run, but there’s no word of the show being reviewed yet.
Boo!!!!! Now that I have your attention, would you like to watch a trailer for The Haunted? If not, too bad, we’re doing it anyway. This horror movie has a woman working a nightshift at a spooky house, which is a surefire recipe for what I like to call the spookies. Things go bump in the night, […]
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The list of unmade Quentin Tarantino projects is a fascinating rabbit hole to explore, as the Academy Award-winning director appears to have a bottomless well of ideas from every genre imaginable. From his R-rated and possibly still-developing take on “Star Trek” to “Kill Bill Volume Three” and even a James Bond movie, Tarantino’s got enthusiasm and inspiration to burn. One of those often bandied-about projects is his would’ve-been entrée into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Luke Cage: Hero for Hire.”
A longtime obsessive of the Blaxploitation genre, Tarantino would seem a natural fit to take on the comic book world’s first black superhero from the early 1970s. He actually first considered adapting “Luke Cage” after the release of “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992, and as revealed on a recent episode of Amy Schumer’s podcast “3 Girls, 1 Keith” (via The Guardian), he even dreamed of casting Laurence Fishburne in the title role.
In times of crisis, like a global pandemic that has the entire film industry (and many other industries) in complete lockdown, many find comfort in movies and TV to get them through this mess. Sure, we still love seeing indie dramas, but there’s nothing like the comfort of a comedy, an animated film, a franchise you have known and love for years to remind you that things can hopefully go back to how they were before.
Continue reading Amidst Global Pandemic, Pedro Almodóvar Finds Solace In The “Pure Entertainment” Of James Bond Movies at The Playlist.
True-crime has become the genre du jour for many streaming platforms and networks. However, spectacles such as “Making a Murderer,” “The Jinx,” “The Staircase,” and, most recently, “Tiger King” have painted the disturbing genre as an opportunity for armchair detectives and meme-generators to watch for all the wrong reasons. Often, the crimes are reduced to puzzles for viewers to solve, and the victims and/or criminals as fodder for funny social media posts.
Continue reading ‘Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered’ Is A Brutal, Heartbreaking Return To True-Crime Basics [Review] at The Playlist.
Director David F. Sandberg, who helmed last year’s well-liked DC film “Shazam!,” is making the most of his time hunkered down at home. He’s released, via Twitter, a spooky, three-minute horror short titled “Shadowed,” starring his wife Lotta Losten, an actress and frequent collaborator. Like her husband, she’s no stranger to the horror genre either, as she starred in his horror hits “Lights Out” and “Annabelle: Creation,” as well as “Shazam!” The director calls “Shadowed” a “companion piece” to “Lights Out,” and urges you to “watch loud in the dark.” Watch it below.
This nifty, no-budget exercise in terror is all natural light, dark corners, and silence interrupted by unexpected bursts of sound. In the film, Losten’s character is terrorized by shadows both real and spectral, as she realizes she’s definitely not alone. It’s impressive what Sandberg is able to achieve with limited means and in a single location.
On the heels of Disney's Friday announcement of a whole new slate of release dates for 2020 and beyond, Jungle Cruise star Dwayne Johnson hopped on Instagram to share insights on why his action adventure pic co-starring Emily Blunt has been delayed — again. [caption id="attachment_885927" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Walt Disney Studios/caption] This isn't the first time Jungle Cruise has faced a delay, either. But, up until the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic (which has affected every aspect of our daily lives as well as the production on new projects and release dates …
I am happy to sound like a broken record by repeating this; the world needs more Rebecca Hall! My current urgency to shout that out as much as possible likely has something to do with the fact that I’m still quite obsessed with her under-seen 2017 release, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and I was also recently flat-out floored by her performance in the Sundance 2020 selection, The Night House. When the opportunity to cover Hall’s next project, Tales from the Loop, came up, there was absolutely no way I was missing out. We recently …
These days, while stuck at home under Covid-19 quarantine, we spend our time scrolling through streaming services looking for something to keep us motivated. So it’s a good thing that Tayarisha Poe‘s directorial debut, “Selah and the Spades” hits Amazon Prime April 17th, and has motivational scenes in spades. Selah (Lovie Simone) is the heroine of this rite-of-passage movie, and thanks to Poe’s astonishing grasp of contemporary high school politics, a reminder that students aren’t cogs in their school’s machine.
Continue reading ‘Selah And The Spades’ Is An Accurate Representation Of Teenage Problems In An Age Of Smart Phones [Review] at The Playlist.
Imagine delivering a career-defining performance in a language you don’t even speak. That was the challenge presented to Shira Haas, the Israeli actress whose galvanizing turn propels “Unorthodox,” a four-part Netflix limited series about a young woman who leaves her Hasidic community behind.
As the courageous lead character Esty, who abandons everything she knows in her search for self-actualization, Haas cycles through many different phases of her character’s journey, from childhood to marriage to her new life in Berlin. She embodies these transformations in Yiddish and English — neither one is her native Hebrew tongue — with poise, nuance, and specificity, delivering a tour de force that makes “Unorthodox” entirely gripping from start to finish.
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Based on the eponymous memoir by Deborah Feldman,
The children’s author talks about her latest, perhaps bravest, novel in which she tackles gay love for the first time – and shines a light on her own private life
“I can’t think of a book where there’s a woman born into a working-class background, who in her 70s is living a very comfortable, upper-middle-class sort of life; a woman who married at 19, had a baby at 21, was a policeman’s wife for years, but whose marriage broke up in late middle age and who became very well known for a time. She then met a woman and became very happy with her. There isn’t one!”
Former children’s laureate Jacqueline Wilson is rattling through the outline of her own autobiography – which she has no plans to write, although she did publish a “simplified” memoir for children, Jacky Daydream, in 2007. While her story – her rise from “perfectly
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on film release schedules around the globe, displacing many titles from their natural theatrical environment, a few have instead found their spiritual home on the small screen. “Four Kids and It,” a lightweight British kids’ fantasy, falls firmly in the latter column. Always intended as a multiplatform release in the U.K. through the Sky Cinema network, it has instead taken the VOD-only route on the eve of what would have been the Easter school vacation — making it a welcome diversion for families going stir-crazy under national lockdown. But it also flatters the limitations of Andy De Emmony’s blandly chipper film, which feels, both tonally and aesthetically, more suited to afternoon children’s TV schedules than any venue larger than a living room.
That’s a somewhat disappointing outcome for a family film with a sparky literary pedigree. “Four Kids and It” is
Season 3 of Disney’s DuckTales arrives today(!) with two new episodes on Disney Xd and DisneyNOW, and we're here to tell you that they kick off the new season in a fantastic way. The first two seasons so far established the reboot of the beloved animated series and introduced the modern take on Scrooge McDuck and the Duck Family while folding in other elements of the classic Disney Afternoon block. (We've got a recap of those two seasons here if you need a refresher.) But Season 3 is really where the new vision of the fan-favorite …
Despite its current slate of films being forced to change release dates due to current world events, Marvel Studios is still moving ahead with new comic-book movies. “Black Widow” may not get released next month, but we just got our first news about another of the film series in the McU: “Ant-Man.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Marvel Studios enlisted Jeff Loveness, a veteran writer and co-producer on Adult Swim’s sci-fi comedy series “Rick and Morty” to draft the screenplay of the third chapter in the “Ant-Man” saga.
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Madrid — Having placed Hari Sama’s “This is Not Berlin” at 2019’s Sundance Festival, Mexico’s Catatonia Cine has scored at France’s Toulouse Latin America Film Festival, taking two of the biggest prizes in this year’s online Films in Progress section.
An industry fixture, Toulouse’s Film in Progress grants post-production and distribution awards to up to six pix-in-post from Latin America. A notable number segue from Toulouse to selection at Cannes.
The latest production from Catatonia Cine, ruToulousen by Sama, Veronica Valadez and Laura Berrón, “50,” the feature film debut of former commercials director Jorge Cuchi, turns, like “This is Not Berlin,” on the world of adolescence, here two 16-year-olds, Félix and Elisa. They meet playing the Blue Whale Game, fall in love and decide to take on together the game’s final challenge: Suicide.
Written and directed by Cuchi, “50” won the most probably biggest prize on offer
Disney+ is an oddity in the streaming landscape. While it took over pop culture last fall with Baby Yoda and “The Mandalorian,” that blockbuster series was very much the exception for its content model thus far: this is a platform that relies almost entirely on its studio’s back catalogue of classic films. There won’t be another original live-action series of the stature of “The Mandalorian” until, well, “The Mandalorian” Season 2 later this year (assuming its post-production still continues as planned).
As for its classic film titles, Disney+ maintains a family-friendly focus, so many of the company’s more mature titles produced under its Touchstone banner, let alone its 20th Century Fox archive, don’t appear on the service. Even still, Disney+ touted the depth of its content offerings in the leadup to its November 12 launch with an epic Twitter thread of hundreds of beloved (or at least on-brand
While we’re all inside marathon-watching television until our eyeballs bleed and the bedsores take hold, it’s fun to imagine what certain shows might look like in the time of the coronavirus. This week, Vulture did just that, polling 37 TV writers on what their characters in series new and old might do in a pandemic.
The lineup includes Tina Fay and Mike Schur, writers from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Riverdale,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Frasier,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “One Day at Time,” “You,” and many more of your at-home comfort favorites. The standout, however, and the one that feels most inherent to the series’ established DNA, is executive producer and showrunner David Mandel’s spec take on what the world of “Veep” might look like today, and how perennially incompetent V.P. turned Potus Selina Meyer would actually… pull it off and save the day?.
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Six additional elderly residents at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s skilled nursing facility in suburban Los Angeles have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to seven.
The Mptf reported the first case on Tuesday. About 250 entertainment industry retirees live on the Mptf’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, Calif. All seven are residents of either the Mary Pickford House long-term care facility or Harry’s Haven, its Alzheimer’s unit.
A spokesperson for the Mptf said Friday that all seven are in stable condition. The first resident who tested positive was taken to West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles last week, according to Bob Beitcher, Mptf president and chief executive officer.
Beithcer told Variety that the other six residents are in an isolation wing at the Mptf that was set up specifically for this purpose.
None of the facility’s staff and caregivers have tested positive for the coronavirus.
China’s National Film Bureau issued its first public statement in months on Friday in which it emphasized ensuring a strong supply of online streaming content, rather than getting cinemas back to work.
The notice comes just two days after Chinese President Xi Jinping took the unusual step of personally commenting on how the film industry should proceed at a time when other businesses are getting back on their feet. He told cinemas to stay shut for the time being.
The short statement said that the bureau was working in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Finance, the top taxation body and other departments to “research and launch… preferential fiscal and taxation exemption policies… so as to actively respond to the epidemic’s impact.”
“At the same time, we will increase our support for the creation and distribution of key films, and guide local governments to introduce policies and measures
Brian Cox rages robustly and arrestingly against the dying of the light in “The Etruscan Smile,” an unabashedly formulaic yet undeniably affecting coming-to-terms drama that may cause as much discomfort as delight for those who recognize bits and pieces of their own fathers (or themselves) in the cantankerous character Cox portrays so persuasively.
Based on the novel “La Sonrisa Etrusca” by José Luis Sampedro, with the original narrative transported from Milan to Scotland and San Francisco by co-writers Michael McGowan, Michael Lali Kagan and Sarah Bellwood, the film focuses primarily on Rory MacNeil (Cox), an irascible septuagenarian who initially seems content to spend his twilight years on the remote Hebrides Island where his family has lived for generations. Trouble is, he fears that, given his noticeably declining health, he may not have many years left. And he’ll be damned if he’s going to die before Campbell (Clive Russell