There’s an old school charm to Sergio, documentarian Greg Barker’s narrative portrait of Un diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello, a dramatic retelling of a life he already brought to the screen in a 2009 documentary of the same name. Barker’s knowledge of Sérgio’s life and accomplishments is backgrounded by a clear respect for who he was and so while the film is factually detailed, as one would expect, it’s also rooted in a desire to showcase his humanity, both in and out of work, with Barker deciding to lean into full-tilt romantic tragedy, perhaps also as a way of differentiating his two Sergios.
In “Stardust,” a movie that dramatizes David Bowie’s road trip across America in 1971, David (Johnny Flynn), several years into his career but still, in terms of image, a bit of a leftover hippie rocker, finds himself performing at a convention of vacuum-cleaner salesmen. It seems his manager back in England had failed to secure him a U.S. work visa. So even though he’s supposed to be touring the States, he can’t give concerts, can’t perform on television or radio. But his publicist from Mercury Records, Ron Oberman (Marc Maron), has lined up press interviews and figured out how to sneak in some third-rate gigs.
“Stardust” opens with a title that says “What follows is (mostly) fiction,” and if you want to know how that rather inauspicious promise translates, it’s there in the moment when Bowie gets up in front of the vacuum salesmen and says,
More than 5,000 Chinese film and TV companies have cancelled or revoked their business registrations so far this year, nearly twice the tally for the entirety of 2019, a state-run media outlet said Wednesday. That is a signal of the devastating impact of the coronavirus outbreak on China’s film industry.
Shut since January with high expenses and no revenue streams, cinemas have been the sector hardest hit. They have now starting to lay off staff in droves, with Cgv recently laying off as much as 30% of its workforce, according to the financial magazine Economic Weekly.
China’s Economic Daily, a paper backed by the country’s top administrative body, the State Council, said that 5,328 film and TV companies have disbanded so far in 2020, 1.78 times the number who did so in all of last year. Furthermore, there were less than 8,000 registrations of new movie theater industry-related companies in the first two months of the year,
Tayarisha Poe, like her partial namesake, has a gift for the uncanny. She is the photographer and film-maker behind this feature debut, which began as an online multimedia project and was developed as a conventional movie through the Sundance screenwriters and directors labs. What has emerged is an intriguing, opaque, tonally elusive story that seems weirdly unfinished. It is set in a privileged high school – a world of ivy-covered stone buildings and shady quadrangles where rich kids are separated into malign and mutually hostile cliques. It has a touch of Donna Tartt and Bret Easton Ellis, a hint of Heathers and a bit of the elegant, disdainful satire of Dear White People.
Somehow, though, it is odder, more stylised and contrived,
Legendary Entertainment has hired Sirena Liu as the CEO of its China subsidiary, Legendary East. Legendary is the studio behind the “Pacific Rim,” “Jurassic World” and the “Godzilla” movie franchises.
After a stumbling start in 2011, Legendary East was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary based in China. Its mission was to produce large-scale local films using Hollywood expertise and globally-targeted co-productions that would avoid China’s film import restrictions in their home market.
In 2016, Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda spent the eye-watering sum of $3.5 billion to acquire the Burbank-based parent company, in one of the largest cross-border deals of its kind in the cultural sector. The mega deal caught the attention of Chinese authorities, which moved in mid-2017 to
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to continue our partnership with arthouse theaters and institutions around the country during this difficult time,” said Cinema Guild President Peter Kelly. “We’re also very happy that U.S. audiences won’t have to wait any longer to experience the audacity and artistry of Albert Serra’s singular vision.” “Liberté” will launch May 1 in partnership with Film at Lincoln Center, and a national rollout will follow on May 8. The film premiered last year at Cannes, where it won a Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section. Set just before the French Revolution,
Is The Infinity Gauntlet in the McU more powerful than the one in Marvel Comics? Ready to play as X-Force characters in Fortnite? Would you like to see Bruce Campbell in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? What would it take for Nick Offerman to star in a Marvel movie? Is San Diego Comic-Con […]
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Low-budget filmmaking legend Roger Corman has found a way to keep burgeoning directors busy during self-isolation. The director took to Instagram to announce the first “and hopefully last” Corman Quarantine Film Festival, and he’s asking for submissions from anyone with a smartphone and spare time (which is pretty much all of us). https://www.instagram.com/tv/B_Ad1ZUlOLU/?utm_source=ig_embed Corman laid out the rules for the Festival, which are fairly simple. One, you have to film your submission either in your own home or backyard. Second, you have …
There’s nothing that British children love more than Tom Hardy, apparently. The Venom actor is about to become a staple of British children’s television, with an upcoming stint on the BBC pre-school channel CBeebies’ Bedtime Stories program, where celebrities read bedtime stories to kids. Hardy had appeared on the program back in 2016 and quickly became the most popular […]
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With the pandemic and the unraveling of the global economy, the warped weather patterns spurring snowstorms in the Midwest and vicious tornados in the south, and the complete lack of sports goofs to fuel the internet’s viral video market, it’s no wonder that many Americans are streaming entertainment like it’s their day jobs.
And that’s no exaggeration. According to a new study from market research company OnePoll, while much of the country is waylaid by safer-at-home edicts, Americans are watching an average of eight hours of content per day after obtaining access to an average of four different streaming services.
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The limited series Mrs. America, available to stream at FX on Hulu, follows conservative Phyllis Schlafly, who led the backlash against the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (Era) during the culture wars of the 1970s, forever shifting the political landscape. As she went up against the second wave of feminists, including Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman), Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba), Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale) and Jill Ruckelshaus (Elizabeth Banks), she helped give rise and a voice to the Moral Majority. During this conference call, …
On the April 15, 2020 Episode of /Film Daily, Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. At The Water Cooler: What we’ve been Doing: […]
Jeffrey Eugenides, the author of The Virgin Suicides, is about to have one of his other bestselling novels receive an adaptation — this time on the small screen. Eugenides’ coming-of-age novel meets immigrant drama Middlesex is being adapted into a TV series by Paramount Television Studios, with Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson set to helm. Variety broke […]
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A television series based on the popular video game Myst is in the works at Village Roadshow, which has tapped Thor and X-Men: First Class scribe Ashley Edward Miller to write the pilot and serve as showrunner, reports Deadline. First released in 1993, Myst is a first-person graphic adventure game with a rich narrative history, though it focuses on a woman named Anna and her brilliant grandson Atrus. When Anna discovers the D'ni civilization in a cavern deep below the New Mexico desert, she triggers a world-shaping set of events, as the D'ni have the …
Even though the reception to Tron Legacy was mixed, there’s still a vocal contingent of fans who want to return to the grid with yet another sequel in the Disney sci-fi franchise. Even though development on a third movie has been stagnant, we recently learned there was a Tron series in development for Disney+, but it […]
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman bet big on Quibi, locking down a billion dollars in funding, the support of every major Hollywood studio, and hiring some of the biggest names in entertainment to make content for the mobile-only streaming service. But what they couldn’t have foreseen was a global pandemic coinciding with the launch of […]
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Martin Scorsese‘s next movie – maybe – is Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. And if you’d like to win yourself a walk-on role in the pic – and honestly, who wouldn’t – De Niro and DiCaprio have some news for you. The actors have launched Americas Food Fund to help […]
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I don't know about you, but I am most excited for Bill & Ted Face the Music, the upcoming third chapter in the deliciously daffy rock-and-roll sci-fi pictures starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as the title roles/#friendshipgoals. But right now, we're all kinda facing a different tune. And it goes a little like, "I'm stuck in quarantine because of a scary pandemic." Thankfully, Bill and Ted 3 is here make things feel a little less scary and remind us to stay excellent, courtesy of the time-honored joys of a coloring book. …
Director Josh Trank released the trailer and the first footage on his Twitter account Wednesday with a May 12 release date. In a second tweet, he disclosed that the movie will be released on streaming services: “Will be on streaming! Planned as theatrical, but hopefully will be on the big screen later this year!”
The film — which was developed under the title “Fonzo” — is being released via Vertical Entertainment, which specializes in on-demand and home entertainment releases. The official synopsis reads: “The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia, and comes to be haunted by his violent past.”
Capone headed the Chicago mob during the 1920s and was prosecuted for tax evasion and imprisoned in 1932. The trailer contains sequences of a
Batman: The Animated Series has served as an inspiration for artists like Mondo regular Phantom City Creative for years, and it’s easy to see why: the show is widely, and correctly, acknowledged as one of the best animated series of all time, and it’s full of incredible characters and imagery which are just asking to be […]
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Anime. It's a word that can sometimes confound those who aren't familiar with the animation style. What makes anime anime, exactly? Isn't it just cartoons about a bunch of high school kids in supernatural situations? Why are they yelling all the time, or being perverts, or turning into weird, pint-sized, cutesy versions of themselves? And I've heard a lot about tentacles ... is it safe for my kids? These are all valid questions and criticisms of anime's many and varied tropes, but you'd be missing out on decades worth of quality characters, stories, and …
Fact-based “The Wolf of Wall Street” won criticism from some quarters for seeming to revel in its protagonist’s sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, while barely chiding him for the predatory, large-scale financial fraud that funded it. Cuneyt Kaya’s new “Riding High” offers a similar disconnect in its fictive tale of bold chicanery in the realm of high-end real estate, treating its heroes’ climb to ill-gotten wealth as a vicarious thrill ride, with scant attention paid to the victims they presumably bankrupt.
This new Netflix offering from Germany is slick and energetic. But even as a mostly less-than-serious (let alone credible) criminal caper, it has a distinctly second-hand feel. We’ve partied with more-or-less these same plucky, covetous nobodies before, watched lookalike scenes of wenching, snorting and bling-flaunting. Their familiarity breeds a certain contempt. This is a competently crafted movie too shallow to come up with much
Everything is going to be Ok, you guys - Tom Hardy will be reading bedtime stories from his garden for the BBC. The actor filmed a series of episodes for Bedtime Stories, the long-running children’s show that airs on BBC Children’s CBeebies and on the BBC iPlayer. Hardy appeared on the series back in 2016, and, according to a BBC press release, he’s been the most-requested guest to come back and read more stories, which is a feeling I 100% understand and support. Beginning Monday, April 27th and continuing all that week until May 1st, Hardy …
Merely a couple of hours ago, we reported that Josh Trank's (Chronicle) long-in-the-works Al Capone biopic starring Tom Hardy recently changed titles (from Fonzo to Capone), found a distributor, and had digital release plans ready to go. Now, we can do you one better. Trank took to Twitter to straight up post the Capone trailer and reveal its digital release date through Vertical Entertainment. How's that for a Tax Day surprise? The trailer looks gritty, dark, occasionally (and loudly) violent, and promising to interrogate a part of Capone's life we're not as familiar …
You might’ve forgotten this, but Josh Trank, director of The Fantastic Four, teamed-up with Tom Hardy to make a movie about Al Capone. The film was previously titled Fonzo, and it sort of fell off the radar for a while. Now it’s back, and it has a trailer, and a new title – Capone. Rather than just a […]
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Sports betting giant DraftKings has been cleared to become a public company following approval of a merger with SBTech and Diamond Eagle Acquisition, the public acquisition vehicle headed by industry veterans Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky.
Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp., led by Sloan, announced Wednesday that it had received the approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission and is now moving to the final step in the process. An April 23 meeting has been scheduled for Deac shareholders to vote on the business combination with DraftKings and SBTech.
The deal is valued at $2.7 billion. Diamond Eagle will combine with DraftKings and SBTech to create what’s described as the only vertically integrated U.S. sports betting and online gaming company. Upon conclusion of the deal, the new DraftKings will become a publicly traded company under the new symbol of “Dkng” and become incorporated in Nevada. The new company will have more
Tom Hardy’s Al Capone drama “Fonzo” has been retitled “Capone” and is now set for a streaming debut this May. Filmmaker Josh Trank debuted the first official trailer for “Capone” on social media. The biographical drama takes place 10 years into Capone’s prison sentence. The 47-year-old gangster begins suffering from dementia and becomes haunted by his violent past. Joining Hardy on screen is Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, and “Dunkirk” favorite Jack Lowden.
“Capone” is notable for being Trank’s first directorial effort since the notorious “Fantastic Four” box office bomb. The director feuded with studio 20th Century Fox over final cut privileges and reshoots and bashed the film’s theatrical release on Twitter, claiming he had a better version of the film before Fox meddled with it behind his back. Trank’s experience with “Fantastic Four” sent him to director’s jail, and now “Capone” aims to be a comeback.
If you’re a horror fan, you really should subscribe to the Shudder streaming service. But you don’t need to be a subscriber to check out their latest headlining original show. Creepshow, the series revival of the classic George Romero and Stephen King horror anthology film from 1982, will soon air on the AMC network. And […]
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Nadiya Hussain, one of the more memorable winners of The Great British Baking Show (Aka The Great British Bake-Off), now has her own show – Nadiya’s Time to Eat. The series originally aired in the UK on BBC Two, but now comes to the United States courtesy of Netflix. You can check out a trailer for Nadiya’s Time to Eat below. […]
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Glory to the holy wi-fi that is fueling the people streaming Parasite on Hulu. It’s thanks to those subscribers that watched Bong Joon-ho‘s Oscar-winning thriller that the movie set the all-time streaming records for most-watched independent or foreign language film on Hulu. It’s just the latest accolade collected by Parasite – it won the Palme D’Or at Cannes last […]
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Fans can enter the contest by donating funds through the “All in Challenge,” which supports DiCaprio’s “America’s Food Fund,” “Meals on Wheels” and “No Kid Hungry.” Donations will help provide meals to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
DiCaprio and De Niro announced the challenge in a video posted on DiCaprio’s Instagram account.
“Our most vulnerable communities need our support now more than ever,” De Niro said.
In addition to the walk-on role and a day on set, the winner will also be able to attend the film premiere with the trio.
“If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be able to work with the great @martinscorsese_, Robert De Niro and myself, this is your chance,
For years now, “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane has been doing his best to get his comic book creation back on the big screen. Initially adapted for film in 1997, the first “Spawn” movie was less than stellar and seemed destined to doom the franchise for years to come. But in the decades since, the character has remained popular, and McFarlane has been persistently trying to get his version of a reboot film made.
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IndieWire’s Instagram Live interview series will continue this week with Barry Jenkins, the Oscar winner behind “Medicine for Melancholy,” “Moonlight,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Jenkins will discuss his career, his quarantine, and more with IndieWire executive editor and chief critic Eric Kohn on IndieWire’s official Instagram page beginning at 3pm Et on Thursday, April 16. Previous IndieWire Instagram Live sessions have featured interviews with Diego Luna, Ethan Hawke, Mark Duplass, and Rose McGowan.
Barry Jenkins broke onto the indie film scene in 2008 with his directorial debut “Medicine for Melancholy,” which world premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was picked up for release by IFC Films. Jenkins’ follow-up “Moonlight’ arrived eight years later and became one of the most acclaimed indies of the decade. “Moonlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture, while Jenkins shared the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. IndieWire named