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John Corbett, Lana Condor Join 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' Film (Exclusive)
Awesomeness Films has found the cast for its newest teen flick.
X-Men: Apocalypse actress Lana Condor has signed on to star in To All the Boys I've Loved Before alongside John Corbett. The film, based on the novel by Jenny Han, is being directed by Susan Johnson and was written by Sofia Alvarez. Production on the film, which is also being produced by Awesomeness and Overbrook Entertainment, has begun in Vancouver.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of Lara Jean Covey (Condor), a high school junior who spends her lunch reading and imagining her life as »
- Natalie Jarvey
'Walking Dead' Actress Laurie Holden Joins 'Dragged Across Concrete' (Exclusive)
In the Lionsgate/Summit film, Gibson and Vaughn will play two police detectives who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. With little money and no options, the embittered policemen descend into the criminal underworld and find more than they wanted waiting in the shadows.
Holden will play a former officer on the »
- Rebecca Ford
“We Don’t Want Them to Be Brilliant, We Want Them to Be as They Are”: Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel on Mister Universo
You wouldn’t typically catch me recommending a movie on the basis of its crowd-pleasingness or heart-warmingness, dead or alive. But we’re living in warped times, and it’s a travesty that Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s crowd-pleasing, heart-warming not-quite-documentary feature Mister Universo — which I caught by happenstance at last year’s Festival International du Film de Marrakech — didn’t have the good fortune of securing a Us distribution deal after playing festivals around the world last year. The movie stars Tairo Caroli, a 19-year-old lion tamer from a real-life traveling circus in Italy, as himself. Among his few prized possessions is an […] »
- Steve Macfarlane
Why ‘Master of None’ Leads New Music Supervisor Emmy Race
The new Music Supervisor category this Emmy season finally honors the supervisor’s creative contribution to narrative storytelling and music aesthetic: Licensing songs that are appropriately iconic and emotionally resonant, while touting some of the hottest new talent.
Here are the nominees: Thomas Golubic (“Better Call Saul” — “Sunk Costs”), Susan Jacobs (“Big Little Lies” — “You Get What You Need”), Manish Raval, Jonathan Leahy, Tom Wolfe (“Girls”— “Goodbye Tour”), Zach Cowie, Kerri Drootin (“Master of None” — “Amarsi Un Po”), and Nora Felder (“Stranger Things” — “Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street”).
The results included three female supervisors (Jacobs, Drootin, and Felder) and demonstrated the brand power of HBO (“Big Little Lies,” “Girls”) and Netflix (“Master of None,” “Stranger Things”). But in the end, it came down to a battle of dueling playlists.
“Better Call Saul” — “Sunk Costs”
- Bill Desowitz
Ben Affleck’s Batman Leaving DC Films Extended Universe
The rumors had always been in the air that Ben Affleck had one foot out the door the DC Films Extended Universe, but they never quite stuck. The studio insisted the actor was still the one they wanted in the Batsuit, and perhaps they made overtures to try and keep him in the franchise. However, it looks like he’s going fade into the dark.
Continue reading Ben Affleck’s Batman Leaving DC Films Extended Universe at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Psych: The Movie’: Shawn and Gus Get Back Into Fist-Bumping Shape For What Could Be the First Of Many Films — Watch
Shawn and Gus are coming back to TV, so of course they brought pineapples. And they won’t be alone, as “Psych” creator Steve Franks explained at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday. Not only will the central cast of the original series be returning for December’s “Psych: The Movie,” Jimmi Simpson will also be joining to reprise his character, Mary Lightly.
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Corbin Bernson, Maggie Lawson and Kirsten Nelson joined Franks on Friday’s panel to discuss other details of the upcoming TV movie, and also preview the first eight minutes of the film for the crowd, which featured Shawn investigating a new case on the streets of San Francisco.
The most exciting thing? The fact that Franks started working on the movie almost immediately after they finished shooting the series finale, because “I knew it had to be good, because I don’t »
- Steve Greene and Liz Shannon Miller
‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Teaser: Season 7’s First Look at a Horrifying Clown Hivemind
“American Horror Story” characters have been jailed, shunned, abducted, murdered and attacked with a very specific drill bit apparatus. Looks like Season 7 is out to prove it’s just as scary to get stung.
After Thursday night’s unconventional dramatic reveal that the theme of this year’s season of the FX anthology series would be “Cult,” FX unveiled the first official teaser for the season. This is the frightening, clown-heavy look that folks in San Diego saw projected over the water outside Hilton Bayfront Park.
Read More ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title Is a Frightening Explanation of the 2016 Election
Production is currently underway on “Cult,” which probably explains Thursday’s mysterious water-based activation in lieu of a full Comic-Con panel. Even from afar, “Ahs” creator Ryan Murphy has still been busy breaking news on social media, posting cryptic “Cult” teasers and casting announcements.
- Steve Greene
Christopher Nolan Is A Huge ‘Baby Driver’ Fan and Picks Edgar Wright’s Brain — Listen
Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright have two of the best movies of the summer in theaters right now, and the only thing better than “Baby Driver” and “Dunkirk” is the bromance shared by the two filmmakers.
Read More: Christopher Nolan: I Won’t Work With Netflix Because Their Film Strategy is ‘Pointless’
Last month, Edgar Wright tweeted out his affection for Nolan’s WWII epic after an advanced screening. “‘Dunkirk’ is a powerful, immersive, intense masterpiece that demands to be seen on the big screen,” he wrote. Now Christopher Nolan is returning the love by sitting down with Wright for the Director’s Guild of America podcast “The Director’s Cut.”
Over the half hour discussion, Nolan makes it very clear how much he adores Wright’s car chase heist movie. Nolan picks Wright’s brain on everything from incorporating the music into the car chases to what it »
- Zack Sharf
John Boyega Slams ‘Game of Thrones’ For Lack of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People’
“There are no black people on ‘Game of Thrones.’ You don’t see one black person in ‘Lord of the Rings,'” Boyega said in a recent interview with GQ. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”
- Jude Dry
‘Confederate’ Team Defend Their Controversial HBO Show
HBO is no stranger to controversy, but it’s not often that a press release for a show that hasn’t even been written, sparks the kind of outrage “Confederate” generated. The new series from “Game Of Thrones” duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss takes place in an alternate timeline, in which the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.
Continue reading ‘Confederate’ Team Defend Their Controversial HBO Show at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Channing Tatum Eyed To Join Dark Universe In ‘Van Helsing’
Cinematic universes don’t get off to a rougher start than “The Mummy.” The first film in Universal‘s Dark Universe was critically panned and earned just $390 million worldwide. Those are good numbers, but not great, and certainly, there doesn’t seem to be any clamoring for more monster movies that are connected. Nonetheless, Universal are pressing forward, and their roster of A-list anchors which include Javier Bardem (Frankenstein), Russell Crowe (Dr.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Arrested Development’ Season Five Will Be a Very Bluth Murder Mystery
“The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character, and a bit of whodunit,” Bateman told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “That’s sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do.”
Read More‘Arrested Development’ Will Officially Return To Netflix For Season 5
Fans will recall that the fourth season ended with Lucille’s death, which appeared to be a murder. The show’s first season on Netflix after a long hiatus, the fourth season took a turn by telling each episode from a different character’s perspective, which received mixed reviews. Bateman opened up about the fourth season’s structural issues: »
- Jude Dry
Listen: Christopher Nolan Sits Down With Edgar Wright To Discuss ‘Baby Driver’
Anthony Bourdain may disagree, but Edgar Wright’s action/musical/ car chase movie “Baby Driver” is pretty bad-ass. Whatever your taste may be, it’s hard to deny it’s a technical masterwork featuring some of the best car chase and foot chase scenes in recent memory, not to mention dizzying sequences choreographed beat for beat to entire songs.
Don’t believe us? Listen to “Dunkirk” filmmaker Christopher Nolan chat with Wright about the film, and share his enthusiasm and admiration for the filmmaking behind the hit movie (“the film is so spectacularly directed” he says).
- Rodrigo Perez
Tony Jaa & Iko Uwais Fight In First Trailer For ‘Triple Threat’
At one point, “Triple Threat” — which brings together the fighting talents of Tony Jaa (“Ong-Bak,” “The Protector“) and Iko Uwais (“The Raid“) into one film — was promisingly going to be directed by “John Wick” co-helmer Chad Stahelski. Sadly, that didn’t happen, and instead, some guy named Jesse V.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Death Note’: Controversial Netflix Adaptation Gets Mixed Reaction at Comic-Con
As soon as the “Death Note” movie was announced, controversy came with it.
The Netflix original film drew early ire for relocating the Japan-set story to the United States and casting a largely white group of actors in the main roles. Whitewashing claims have dogged the picture ever since, so it’s no surprise that director Adam Wingard was eager to show the film to fans.
“This has been a long time coming,” Wingard said, speaking before a secret screening of “Death Note” at Comic-Con Thursday night. “I’ve been on this film for a better part of two years. This is a film that’s had a lot of assumptions and expectations built on it, and the best thing we can do at this point is just show you the goddamn movie. I think we’re very proud of the film.”
- Ben Travers
Stream Hans Zimmer’s Intense ‘Dunkirk’ Score
By now, the one thing you’ve likely heard about Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” is that it needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. That’s certainly true, but the one element that makes the film a gloriously nerve-wracking experience is Hans Zimmer‘s coiling, unrelenting score. “Dunkirk” features minimal dialogue, which means the score carries a greater weight for transmitting the emotions of the film, and Zimmer does that, and much more.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators on Slavery Backlash in New Series: ‘We Might F*ck It Up, But We Haven’t Yet’
HBO and “Game Of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss quickly came under fire on Wednesday, July 19 after the announcement of their new television drama series, “Confederate.” The series will imagine an alternate American timeline in which a third Civil War has changed the fabric and landscape of the United States. Per the official announcement, the alternate timeline will include southern states that have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.
Read More: ‘Confederate’: Why The ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Next HBO Series Is Already Causing Controversy
The idea that Benioff and Weiss, two white men, would be tackling a series in which “slavery remains legal” caused instant backlash across the internet. High profile writers such as journalist Pilot Viruet and author Roxane Gay sounded off, criticizing HBO for letting “two white men envision modern day slavery. »
- Zack Sharf
Fox Reassessing Ridley Scott’s Planned ‘Alien’ Movies
It’s been a summer of franchises that might have made okay money (largely thanks to international ticket sales) but left audiences disappointed. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Mummy,” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” all fall into that category, but “Alien: Covenant” is its own special thing. Not only was the sequel to “Prometheus“/prequel to “Alien” a box office disappointment (it earned nearly $200 million less than its predecessor worldwide), but it arguably severely damaged the brand.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 25 Best Documentaries of the 21st Century, from ‘Amy’ to ‘The Act of Killing’
Non-fiction cinema never stops evolving. From the Actualités of the Lumière brothers to the heavily manipulated ethnographic films of the 1920, from the vérité Americans of the Maysles brothers to the man-on-the-street approach popularized by Michael Moore, documentaries have naturally always been more responsive to their times than any other mode of filmmaking.
Not only do they reveal our world to us, but they shape how we view it, and the early years of the 21st century have proven that to be more true than ever before. On one hand, digital technology has infinitely expanded our range of vision, and some of the modern era’s most essential docs have been shot on consumer-grade equipment like iPhones and GoPro cameras. On the other hand, these tools haven’t just granted us new ways of seeing, they’ve also galvanized our desire to look, which in turn has stoked an unprecedented degree »
- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf
BBC Hits Back at Wage Gap Critics, Saying New ‘Doctor Who’ Will Earn Equal Pay
The BBC has been accused of sexism after releasing its top stars’ earnings, which revealed a major disparity between the salaries of women and men.
According to the pay data, which the broadcaster released for the first time in its history, only one third of top-paid stars are women, and a small fraction are non-white. The numbers revealed that the highest-paid male celebrity, BBC Radio host Chris Evans, earned at least four times as much as the highest-paid woman, “Strictly Come Dancing” host Claudia Winkleman.
It was a stark contrast from the week’s earlier news that “Broadchurch” star Jodie Whittaker would follow Peter Capaldi as the next “Doctor Who,” the first time a woman had landed the beloved role. Many were wondering if Whittaker would suffer the same fate as the network’s other female stars. »
- Jude Dry
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