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Hannah Marks, Dylan Sprouse, Liana Liberato To Star In Comedy ‘Banana Split’ For American High

Hannah Marks, Dylan Sprouse, Liana Liberato To Star In Comedy ‘Banana Split’ For American High
Exclusive: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency star Hannah Marks wrote and will star in the indie high comedy Banana Split, along with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alum Dylan Sprouse and Liana Liberato (If I Stay, 1 Mile to You). Mickey Liddell and Jeremy Garelick's newly formed company, American High, is fully financing the movie, which is currently shooting in Syracuse, New York. Cinematographer Ben Kasulke is marking his feature directorial debut with this film…
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History Is Made As Disney Takes 20th Century Fox And Hollywood Will Never Be The Same

When the news leaked that the remaining vestiges of 21st Century (apparently now temporarily known as “New Fox”) would keep the Fox lot in Century City it was a bad sign. The historic studio lot has been the home for the 20th Century Fox movie studio since 1926. When Disney revealed they had no interest in keeping that land, that basically told everyone the studio itself, its history, the company meant little to them in the acquisition that was formally announced today.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Unpacking The Mythos & More [Podcast]

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth to discuss the film that will be on most people’s mind throughout the holiday season: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

We start the conversation with some initial, non-specific thoughts on the eighth chapter in the longstanding franchise, this time directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “Looper“).

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets Following Confession That a Woman He Slept With ‘Believed She’d Been Raped’

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets Following Confession That a Woman He Slept With ‘Believed She’d Been Raped’
Morgan Spurlock is stepping down from Warrior Poets, the New York–based production company he co-founded in 2004. The news follows a confessional post he wrote last night in which he revealed that a woman he slept with in college “believed she’d been raped” and that he now sees he’s “part of the problem.”

Read More:Morgan Spurlock Reveals Indiscretions in Confessional Post: ‘She Believed She’d Been Raped’

The company just released the following statement:

“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.

“We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.

“Respectfully, Co-Founder & Partner Jeremy Chilnick and Partner Matthew Galkin

Read More:‘Super-Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ Review: Morgan Spurlock’s Fast Food Sequel Is Both Horrifying and Hilarious
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‘Black Mirror’ Is Coming True at a Chinese Company That Rates People’s ‘Social Credit’

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‘Black Mirror’ Is Coming True at a Chinese Company That Rates People’s ‘Social Credit’
In yet another case of life imitating art, a Chinese “super app” called Alipay is now assigning users a three-digit score that works as “credit for everything in your life.” Known as Zhima Credit, it ranges between 350 and 950 and is meant to assess people’s worth on a wide-ranging scale — not unlike what we saw in “Nosedive,” the first episode of “Black Mirror” season three. Wired has a lengthy writeup on Zhima Credit, a project of the company Ant Financial meant to serve as a “credit system that covers the whole society.”

“Zhima Credit is the embodiment of personal credit,” reads the signup text. “It uses big data to conduct an objective assessment. The higher the score, the better your credit.”

Read More:‘Black Mirror’ Trailer Is Gloriously Bleak and Twisted, Finally Reveals Season 4 Premiere Date – Watch

Ant Financial CEO Lucy Peng has said that Zhima Credit “will ensure that
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‘Crashing’ Season 2 Trailer: Pete Holmes Is Looking For Star Quality

Crashing” is back! Hooray? I don’t know many people who are particularly enthused by the HBO comedy, which doesn’t have the water cooler flavor of some of their premiere titles. But maybe that’s the low key, secret sauce that has helped it stick around. However, “Togetherness” was similarly under the radar and the network yanked it, despite very good notices.

Anyway, Pete Holmes leads the show, playing a newly single comedian, trying to find love and keep his career going, all in the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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‘The Last Jedi’ Spoilers: A New Short Film Shows How Difficult They Are to Avoid — Watch

‘The Last Jedi’ Spoilers: A New Short Film Shows How Difficult They Are to Avoid — Watch
“The Last Jedi” had its world premiere last Saturday, but public screenings don’t begin until this evening. As always, this poses a potential problem for devotees hoping to see the latest “Star Wars” movie without having anything ruined: spoilers. Two of them even went so far as to make a short film about the effort it takes to avoid having plot details come out before the movie does.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Here’s the Most Satisfying Star Wars Movie in Decades

With an opening crawl meant to evoke those that open each “Star Wars” film, the short informs us that, “In Los Angeles, the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi has ended. The first reactions have hit the Internet.” We’re then introduced to the hero of “Avoiding The Last Jedi Spoilers,” who goes all-out in order to see the movie unspoiled: deleting all of his social-media apps,
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First 3 Minutes Of ‘Justice League’ Have Arrived With Henry Cavill’s CGI Face

There are many ways that “Justice League” could’ve started, but we honestly never thought it would be a scene with kids making a podcast. How very #ontrend. The sequence, one of Joss Whedon‘s additions to the overcooked superhero movie, gave the world their first glance at Henry Cavill‘s digitally altered face, and nobody was the same again.

Korea is gearing up for the home video release of “Justice League” next week, and the promotional wheels have turned up the first three minutes of the movie.

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Josh and Benny Safdie to Remake ’48 Hours’ With Jerrod Carmichael

Josh and Benny Safdie to Remake ’48 Hours’ With Jerrod Carmichael
Good Time” filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie have chosen their next project, and it’s a bit of a doozy. The Queens-bred filmmaking duo will helm a remake of “48 Hours,” the 1982 crime comedy starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, Josh Safdie confirmed to IndieWire. “The Carmichael Show” co-creator and star Jerrod Carmichael will co-write the script.

“48 Hours” was an early addition to the buddy cop genre, and an early big screen success for Murphy. The odd couple comedy tells the story of a cop (Nolte) and a convict (Murphy) who team up to catch a pair of cop-killers. The title refers to the fact that Murphy’s character, a former cop serving time for armed robbery, is released from prison for 48 hours in order to help solve the murders. The movie was originally directed by the illustrious Walter Hill (“The Warriors”), produced by Joel Silver, and starred James Remar and Annette O’Toole.
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‘Lady Bird’: Read Greta Gerwig’s Award-Winning Original Screenplay Online For Free

‘Lady Bird’: Read Greta Gerwig’s Award-Winning Original Screenplay Online For Free
After breaking out at the box office and earning awards from numerous critic groups, Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” has emerged as one of the biggest Oscar contenders of the season. Gerwig’s original screenplay, in particular, has earned critical acclaim across the board.

Lady Bird’s” script recently won top honors from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association, plus it’s been nominated for a Golden Globe, a Gotham Award, and a Satellite Award, among others. An Oscar nomination seems like a safe bet at this point, and now you can read Gerwig’s words for yourself by downloading the “Lady Bird” screenplay for free online.

Read More:‘Lady Bird’ No Longer Has a Perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (and Nobody is Happy About It)

Lady Bird” follows its titular character, played by Saoirse Ronan, over the course of her senior year
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Sofia Coppola on the Dangerous Femininity of ‘The Beguiled’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Sofia Coppola on the Dangerous Femininity of ‘The Beguiled’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
In Sofia Coppola’s lush Southern folktale-turned-thriller “The Beguiled,” danger lurks beneath everything pretty. The grandiose manor house, the romantic porch front, and the lace-lined pillows all hold their own pristine mystery. When a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is taken in by the girls of Miss Martha’s (Nicole Kidman) boarding school, he puts their Southern gentility to the test by ensnaring each in her own special way. Jealousy and possessiveness take hold, and the Corporal’s presence becomes as menacing as it once was enlivening. The film competed for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Coppola became only the third woman to ever win best director. Hearing her discuss her aesthetic vision in this IndieWire Awards Spotlight interview, it’s not hard to see why.

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“The male-female
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WGA West Slams Disney/Fox Merger As “Relentless Drive To Eliminate Competition”

What initially started as conversations about how cool it would be if Wolverine could punch Thanos, has turned into a very real concern about corporate overreach. Disney‘s deal to buy Fox has opened plenty of questions about its significant impact on the media landscape. Creators are gravely concerned about the elimination of an entire film and television studio as it gets absorbed into the mouse house, and it hasn’t taken long for guilds to start speaking out.

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The Best TV Shows Of 2017

It’s always difficult to tell ahead of time which of our year-end lists will prove the most divisive among the usually harmonious Playlist team. But perhaps reflecting the inarguable explosion of quality TV over the past decade, and therefore the fact that not any one of us has seen everything, and every one of us has their favorites among stuff that no one else saw, this year that dubious title may just fall to the feature you are about to read.

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‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Can’t Stop The Train

It’s the time of year when we’re all eating up prestige pictures, and getting healthy on the best that cinema has to offer. But sometimes you just want to dive face first into a movie that’s high on calories and low on nutrition, so thank god for “The Commuter.”

Liam Neeson is coming to punch people — again — this time on a train, in a movie where he gruffly demands, “Stop this train now!” My ticket is fucking sold.

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‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake

‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake
The success of “Good Time” has kicked open some doors for filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, who have spent years solidifying their indie cred. As they shared last month, some very big projects have started to cross their desk, though the duo are being selective about what they choose to do.

“….we’re talking about doing a remake of a movie. It’s weird, a studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing.

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Net Neutrality Killed, But The Fight To Save Netflix, Twitter and Facebook Isn’t Over Yet

Net Neutrality Killed, But The Fight To Save Netflix, Twitter and Facebook Isn’t Over Yet
The FCC just voted 3-2 along party lines to dismantle the set of protections that go by the shorthand “net neutrality,” and it’s bad news for consumers, media-lovers, and small internet businesses alike.

Completely reversing all of net neutrality is a huge departure from what consumers are used to, and in the long run the consequences could be absolutely disastrous. But there’s a lot of confusion and a lack of clarity about how the demise of net neutrality will happen and hurt individuals.

Although the Commission just voted to kill the rules, the internet won’t immediately be split into tiered bundles today or even this year. If it net neutrality does end up doomed, the reality of “how” is slower, more complicated, and more insidious than that. But the good news is, it still may not be doomed at all. Here’s the reality of whether we’ll get there,
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Werner Herzog Is Returning to the Amazon, and He’s Bringing 48 Students With Him for a Filmmaking Workshop

Werner Herzog Is Returning to the Amazon, and He’s Bringing 48 Students With Him for a Filmmaking Workshop
35 years after “Fitzcarraldo,” Werner Herzog is returning to the Amazon. He isn’t going alone: 48 filmmakers will follow the one-of-a-kind auteur into the jungle for “Filming in Peru with Werner Herzog,” a 10-day workshop put together by Black Factory Cinema. One hopes their ordeal isn’t as arduous as those faced both on and offscreen in “Fitzcarraldo” and “Aguirre, the Wrath of God.”

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The workshop begins on May 1, 2018 and lasts until the 11th, with each participant developing a short film under Herzog’s tutelage; upon completion, Herzog will select the best work for potential inclusion at international festivals. He’s taught similar courses before, often under less conventional circumstances than most workshops, but never in the same location as his two masterworks from 1972 and 1982.

It isn’t for first-timers, however. The workshop’s
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International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018. Lineup

My Own Private HellThe titles for the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam are being announced in anticipation of the event running January 24 - February 4, 2018. We will update the program as new films are revealed.Bright FUTUREThe Flower Shop (Ruben Desiere)Look Up (Fulvio Risoleo)My Friend the Polish Girl (Ewa Banaszkiewicz)Rabot (Christina Vandekerckhove)Respeto (Alberto Monteras II)The Return (Malene Choi Jensen)Windspiel (Peyman Ghalambor)All You Can Eat Buddha (Ian Lagarde)Azougue Nazareth (Tiago Melo)My Own Private Hell (Guto Parente)Ordinary Time (Susana Nobre)3/4 (Ilian Metev)Cocote (Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias)Drift (Helena Wittmann)The Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico)Gutland (Govinda Van Maele)The Watchman (Alejandro Andújar)Life and Nothing More (Antonio Méndez Esparza)Meteors (Gürcan Keltek)Mama (Jin Xingzheng)The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho)Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Ivana Mladenovic)Sweating the Small Stuff (Ninomiya Ryutaro)VOICESFátima (João Canijo)Anna's War (Alexey Fedorchecnko)Western
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Golden Globes 2018: Actresses Will Wear Black to Protest Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Golden Globes 2018: Actresses Will Wear Black to Protest Sexual Harassment in Hollywood
Actresses attending the 2018 Golden Globes are expected to join forces by wearing all black to protest sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood, People confirms. Nominees such as Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, and Emma Stone are expected to join the protest. While the plan is for actresses to wear black to the Globes, the protest could extend to other awards shows such as the SAG Awards and the Oscars.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Responds to Salma Hayek: ‘All of the Sexual Allegations Are Not Accurate’

“All female actresses attending the Globes are protesting by just wearing black gowns,” a source told People.

The #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement was recently named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Men and women have been speaking out against industry harassment more vocally in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and more. Weinstein has been accused of
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Henry Cavill Says Don’t Sweat About How Clark Kent’s Return Will Be Explained

Superman is back, having been resurrected by motherbox power, and helping to slay the villainous Steppenwolf. So what’s next for the man who wears hope on his chest? Well, according to “Justice League,” he’ll go back to farm life, and presumably commute to work every day to The Daily Planet along with Lois Lane. But wait a minute….as far as his colleagues know, Clark just vanished one day (around the same time as Superman, but hey, no coincidence there, right?).

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