11 items from 2017
Six years have passed since director Dee Rees’ taut Brooklyn coming-of-age drama “Pariah,” and she’s been long overdue for tackling more ambitious material. As if making up for lost time, Rees returns with a sweeping period epic that operates on a far grander level.
With “Mudbound,” a dynamic post-wwii tale of racial tension and squandered opportunities in the deep south, Rees juggles a complex ensemble and heavy material with the confidence of a veteran storyteller. While not every aspect of this massive tapestry justifies its place in the 132-minute running time, Rees nevertheless delivers a complex look at social boundaries and the fragile efforts to correct the prejudices that define them.
Based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel (which draws from her own troubled family history), “Mudbound” explores its setting with an epic sweep. It’s a somber portrait of two families, one black and the other white, both struggling »
- Eric Kohn
Apparently, somewhere between rocking everyone's worlds with Guardians of The Galaxy for Marvel Studios, and getting Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 ready for its upcoming May premiere, James Gunn managed to get another one of his scripts produced. This one flew totally under my radar.
And it looks fantastic!!
The Belko Experiment has an impressive cast that includes John Gallagher Jr. ("The Newsroom," 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn ("Scandal"), John C. McGinley ("Stan Against Evil," "Scrubs"), Adria Arjona ("True Detective"), Josh Brener ("Silicon Valley") Melonie Diaz (Nothing Like The Holidays, Fruitvale Station), and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).
The Belko Experiment is a terrifying, provocative and at times hilarious thrill-ride that literally provokes the question; what does it take to survive at work?
I think I need to see this, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.
Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.
Most of the films I’ve selected »
- Edward Douglas
Fox’s “Shots Fired” opens with a police shooting. But unlike many of the widely publicized police shootings of unarmed black men, creators Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood begin their 10-part series with a young black police officer shooting a young, unarmed white man in a small town in North Carolina.
That may seem a counterintuitive plot point for the creators, whose aim, as Bythewood told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Wednesday, was to perform “an autopsy of a town like Ferguson,” where teenager Mike Brown was shot and killed in 2015. Brown’s killing, and the lack of prosecution for the officer who shot him, inspired months of protests in the Missouri town outside St. Louis.
But Prince-Bythewood and Bythewood, who are African-American, defended the choice to swap the races of the officer and victim. “You see this in the news all the time. It’s easy for people to watch the news »
- Oriana Schwindt
Brown will play the role of N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s past.
Coogler’s film boasts an impressive supporting cast, that consists of Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Killmonger (a villain from the comics), Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Florence Kasumba, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and Angela Bassett as Ramonda, mother of T’Challa.
Shooting kicks off this month in Atlanta, Georgia, with the film arriving in cinemas on February 16, 2018.
- Paul Heath
Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' Black Panther in the role of N'Jobu, a figure from T'Challa's past. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role alongside Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and Florence Kasumba. The film arrives in theaters on February 16, 2018, going up against 20th Century Fox's Larrikins. This superhero adventure is also positioned between Fifty Shades Freed (February 9, 2018) and Pacific Rim 2 (February 23, 2018).
The brief Marvel Entertainment press release doesn't mention that this character N'Jobu is not a character found in the Black Panther comic books. It's possible that this name is actually some sort of a code for a different character who is already established, that Marvel wants to keep under wraps at this time. Regardless of who he's playing, the actor joins »
Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther solo film has added another actor to its expansive supporting cast, this time in the form of Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, “a figure from T’Challa aka Black Panther’s past.”
Marvel Studios itself announced the news via its website. Brown is best known for his award-winning role as Christopher Darden in FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and in his leading role on the acclaimed NBC drama This Is Us. Brown himself took to Twitter after the announcement to express his excitement for the new role:
Beyond thrilled to be joining this immensely talented group of actors & storytellers! Thank you for a seat at the table! #blackpanther https://t.co/IEbRyhkXOE
— Sterling K Brown (@sterlingkb1) January 5, 2017
- James Garcia
In an expansion move, sales-financing company Bloom has hired veteran Weinstein Company executive Dan Guando to the newly created post of president of production.
Guando will report to company co-founder Alex Walton and will oversee and grow Bloom’s film slate, along with broaden its business in content creation and ownership. Guando will relocate from New York City to Los Angeles.
Guando worked at the Weinstein Co. for 12 years, most recently serving as the U.S. head of acquisitions, production, and development. During his tenure, he oversaw the acquisition and release of “The Imitation Game,” “The Artist,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Philomena,” “Snowpiercer,” “Blue Valentine,” and “The Founder.”
Bloom was founded by Walton and producer/financier Ken Kao in 2014 and has specialized in backing adult dramas. It announced in September at the Toronto Film Festival that it was launching international sales on the South American drama “Bel Canto,” starring Julianne Moore and »
- Dave McNary
Dan Guando, former head of acquisitions, production and development at The Weinstein Company, has joined Bloom as president of production.
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A 12-year veteran of TWC who began his career as Harvey Weinstein’s assistant at Miramax, Guando will relocate from New York to Los Angeles for the job. He will report to Bloom president Alex Walton, and will be tasked with growing and overseeing Bloom’s film slate. Guando left TWC last August.
The hire signals an expansion into content creation and ownership for Bloom, which has operated as an international sales agent since its founding in 2014. Walton co-founded the company with producer-financier Ken Kao.
- Graham Winfrey
4 January 2017 11:42 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Former Weinstein Co. exec Dan Guando is joining Bloom as president of production. He will oversee and grow Bloom's film slate and will report to Alex Walton. The new hire will allow Bloom to grow into content creation and ownership on top of working as an international licensing company.
Guando, who will relocate from New York City to Los Angeles, worked at The Weinstein Co. for 12 years, most recently serving as the U.S. head of acquisitions, production and development. He worked on a vast collection of films, including The Imitation Game, The Artist, Fruitvale Station, Philomena, The Grandmaster, Snowpiercer, »
- Rebecca Ford
Dan Guando, who worked at The Weinstein Company for 12 years, most recently serving as the U.S. head of acquisitions, production and development, is joining Bloom as President of Production. He will report to Bloom co-founder Alex Walton to oversee and grow the company’s film slate. While at TWC, Guando oversaw the acquisition and release of dozens of films including The Imitation Game, The Artist, Fruitvale Station, Philomena, The Grandmaster, Snowpiercer, Blue… »
11 items from 2017
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