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Market for Package Deals and Original Ideas Heats Up Ahead of Platform Launches

  • Variety
Practically every studio in town wanted it, but in the end it was Apple that swept in to nab the reinterpretation of “A Christmas Carol” with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. To buy the highly coveted package, the tech giant was willing to shell out more than $60 million to the stars and the film’s writers and co-directors, Sean Anders and John Morris. It’s a massive payday, one that brings to mind a bygone era when a hot script and A-list talent were enough to incite a bidding war. But it was also one that Apple deemed necessary if it was going to outmaneuver Netflix, Warner Bros. and Paramount, all of whom were trying to land the project.

In recent years, the market for these “packages,” industry-speak for projects that frequently come with key filmmaking talent and actors attached, had cooled off. Studios were spending more money on comic book adaptations and established franchises.
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Robert De Niro Slams Marvel’s De-Aging Effects For Being Cartoony

It seems that you can’t turn around these days without a Hollywood legend bashing Marvel Studios. After Martin Scorsese repeatedly criticized the studio’s output for not really being cinema at all, his frequent collaborator and acting icon Robert De Niro has also weighed in with his thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

De Niro’s comments came as part of a discussion on the extensive de-aging effects used on his and Scorsese’s upcoming The Irishman, which expensively and not entirely convincingly depicts the Raging Bull star, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci as much younger men. Marvel Studios have been at the forefront of using this kind of CGI in their more recent output, and have managed to make it a damn sight better than the likes of Tron: Legacy’s terrifying depiction of a young Jeff Bridges, but De Niro doesn’t seem convinced.

“The technological stuff can only go so far.
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From ‘Enslaved’ to ‘My Grandparents’ War,’ Big Name Talent Increase Interest in Factual Formats

  • Variety
From ‘Enslaved’ to ‘My Grandparents’ War,’ Big Name Talent Increase Interest in Factual Formats
The film world more often than not relies on the auspices of a project to drive audience members into the theaters for a strong opening weekend, but on the television side, where week after week performance is pivotal, things shake out a bit differently. This is especially true of the unscripted space, where a mix of talent, timely themes and repeat-viewing-friendly formats are essential.

“Clearly, having a superstar like Samuel L. Jackson helps draw attention to our series, but he’s not in the series playing the role of a superstar,” Simcha Jacobovici, executive producer and director of “Enslaved,” says of the six-episode hour-long documentary series from Associated Producers. “[He] cares about the subject matter and he’s made the story his own.”

Besides Jackson — who executive produces and hosts — and Jacobovici, “Enslaved” boasts the star power of author Afua Hirsch.

The series is a “boots on the ground” look at
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J.J. Nugent named vp sales and distribution at Millennium Media (exclusive)

Executive’s Mipcom slate includes The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Jolt.

Millennium Media has named J.J. Nugent vice-president, sales and distribution as the executive prepares to represent the company’s slate at Mipcom this week.

Nugent will launch talks with buyers on Millennium’s upcoming comedy action thriller The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which is in post and stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Morgan Freeman, and Antonio Banderas.

The slate includes action thriller Jolt starring Kate Beckinsale, Jai Courtney Stanley Tucci, and Bobby Cannavale, and the drama Tesla starring Ethan Hawke, which chronicles inventor Nikola Tesla
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Mipcom: J.J. Nugent named vp sales and distribution at Millennium Media (exclusive)

Executive’s Mipcom slate includes The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Jolt.

Millennium Media has named J.J. Nugent vice-president, sales and distribution as the executive prepares to represent the company’s slate at Mipcom this week.

Nugent will launch talks with buyers on Millennium’s upcoming comedy action thriller The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which is in post and stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Morgan Freeman, and Antonio Banderas.

The slate includes action thriller Jolt starring Kate Beckinsale, Jai Courtney Stanley Tucci, and Bobby Cannavale, and the drama Tesla starring Ethan Hawke, which chronicles inventor Nikola Tesla
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QT8: The First Eight Review

At one point during Tara Wood’s chiefly tributary film, QT8: The First Eight, Quentin Tarantino is described, simply, as a romantic. Rampaging through the ears and bucketing past the brain, it’s a trivial duality, pitting the instant and universal characteristics of his work – bloody and foul – against their red-soaked and maniacally-written storylines. You remember that after Django (Jamie Foxx) decimates what’s left of Candy Land, he doesn’t just ride off into the night’s sky, he stares back at the lovely woman he’s liberated, his now-quenched purpose for gunfighting. The shockwaves rage on until you finally realize, “oh wait, that’s actually true.”

As was the case here, this documentary sometimes flourishes as an archive of analytical footage, validating claims with perfectly plucked pieces from his catalogue – mere sentences are occasionally enhanced by a minute moment from a movie. But QT8 is also a frustratingly
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Spider-Man 3 Will Feature Another Major Avenger

Marvel’s Spider-Man solo movies have always made the most of taking place in the McU. Obviously, Robert Downey Jr’.s Iron Man played a key mentor role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury (or at least his Skrull double) replacing him in Spider-Man: Far From Home. So, it’s been theorized for a while now that another familiar face from the franchise will turn up in Spider-Man 3 as well.

Speaking to our sources recently – the same ones who told us that the Endgame re-release post credits-scene featured the Hulk, Black Mask will be portrayed as gay in Birds of Prey and that the real Mandarin would be the villain in Shang-Chi, all of which we now know to be true – we’ve learned that “another major Avenger” will feature in Spider-Man 3. It’s not yet decided who it’ll be, but we’ve
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25 Shocking Secrets About Pulp Fiction Revealed

"You know what they call a, uh, a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?" Chances are you know exactly what the Parisians call the McDonald's burger, thanks to Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece came out 25 years ago, hitting theaters on Oct. 14, 1994, with the independent movie made for just $8 million going on to gross over $200 million, a record at the time. Not only did the bold and bloody film solidify the Reservoir Dog auteur's place as one of Hollywood's most daring and celebrated directors, but it completely revitalized the career of John Travolta and made stars out of Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. But all three almost didn't even end up taking on their...
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Kevin Smith Responds To Martin Scorsese: “Who Is Jesus If Not A Superhero?”

If there’s any entertainment to be wrought from the quote-unquote “fallout” of Martin Scorsese‘s comments on comic book movies, it’s in watching people be very, very careful in how they respond. While Marvel stalwarts like Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and James Gunn have all weighed in on Scorsese’s interview – offering their personal variations on, “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man” – the latest person to share their thoughts is noted comic book lover Kevin Smith.

Continue reading Kevin Smith Responds To Martin Scorsese: “Who Is Jesus If Not A Superhero?” at The Playlist.
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Robert Forster Remembered in Hollywood as ‘Uncommonly Kind’ and ‘a True Gentleman’

  • The Wrap
Robert Forster Remembered in Hollywood as ‘Uncommonly Kind’ and ‘a True Gentleman’
Celebrity fans and friends of Robert Forster came out in droves to pay tribute to the “Jackie Brown” and “Twin Peaks” actor, who died Friday from brain cancer.

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who directed Forster in his Academy Award-nominated role as bail bondsman Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown,” released a statement, saying casting him in that film “was one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life.”

“Today the world is left with one less gentlemen,” Tarantino’s statement reads. “One less square shooter. One less good man. One less wonderful father. One less marvelous actor. I remember all the breakfasts we had at silver spoons. All the stories. All the kind words. All the support. Casting Robert Forster in Jackie Brown was one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I will miss you dearly my old friend. Bye bye Max. Bye bye Miles.
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Robert Forster Remembered by Breaking Bad & El Camino Co-Stars

  • MovieWeb
Robert Forster Remembered by Breaking Bad & El Camino Co-Stars
Robert Forster sadly passed away and his friends and colleagues are paying tribute. He was 78-years old. The Jackie Brown and, most recently, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, star died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. Forster suffered through a brief battle with brain cancer. The actor has two more projects on the way, including Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories and Werewolf. Forster gained a cult status over the years and Quentin Tarantino helped bring him back to the public consciousness with 1997's Jackie Brown.

After working with Quentin Tarantino on Jackie Brown, Robert Forster's career started to take hold again. The actor soon found himself in high demand and landed a gig in Vince Gilligan's hit AMC series Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston took some time out of his day to celebrate the life of Forster. He had this to say.

"A lovely man and a consummate actor.
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Robert Forster Dies, Oscar-Nominated Jackie Brown Actor Was 78

  • MovieWeb
Robert Forster Dies, Oscar-Nominated Jackie Brown Actor Was 78
It's a sad time in Hollywood as veteran actor and Oscar nominee Robert Forster has died. According to his publicist, Forster died from brain cancer in his Los Angeles home on Friday - the very same day his final movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premiered. He is survived by his longtime partner Denise Grayson; children Elizabeth, Bobby, Kate, and Maeghen; and grandchildren Tess, Liam, Jack, and Olivia. Forster was 78 years old.

Forster's work as a professional movie actor dates all the way back to 1967, debuting on the big screen as Private Williams in Reflections in a Golden Eye. He snagged his first leading role two years later when he starred as TV news cameraman John Cassellis in director Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool, which Roger Ebert dubbed the second best movie of 1969. He was later starring on TV shows like Banyon and Nakia and appearing in a variety
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Hollywood Reacts to Robert Forster’s Death

  • Indiewire
Hollywood Reacts to Robert Forster’s Death
78-year-old Robert Forster died this past Friday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with brain cancer. The calmly charismatic actor left behind a wealth of credits, including his latest, “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which was just released on Netflix. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1998 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown.” His other credits include “Medium Cool,” “The Descendants,” “Mulholland Drive,” the latest season of “Twin Peaks,” the TV series “Nakia” and “Banyon,” and many more.

Below, IndieWire has rounded up testimonies from members of the entertainment community who’ve spoken out in tribute to the actor via Twitter.

Tarantino also chimed in, via Deadline, to say: “Today the world is left with one less gentlemen. One less square shooter. One less good man. One less wonderful father. One less marvelous actor. I remember all the breakfasts we had at silver spoons.
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Robert Forster, Oscar-Nominated ‘Jackie Brown’ Actor, Dead at 78

Robert Forster, Oscar-Nominated ‘Jackie Brown’ Actor, Dead at 78
Robert Forster, the longtime character actor who experienced a career resurgence after his Oscar-nominated performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, has died at the age of 78.

The actor’s publicist confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that Forster died Friday at his Los Angeles home following a battle with brain cancer.

Forster’s death came the same day his final role was released on Netflix: A reprisal of his Breaking Bad role of Ed “the Disappearer” in the spinoff film El Camino.

“With more than 100 film credits spanning six decades,
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Robert Forster Saluted For His Acting Skill And Personal Warmth In Online Tributes

  • Deadline
Robert Forster Saluted For His Acting Skill And Personal Warmth In Online Tributes
Hollywood mourned the death of actor Robert Forster today, remembering him as a consummate professional who brought magic to his screen portrayals while retaining a warm, human touch in his everyday interactions.

“Our hearts go out to Robert and his family,” Breaking Bad and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie producer Sony Pictures TV, said in a statement. “He was a true professional and an integral part of our Breaking Bad family. He will be missed.”

Producer Gale Ann Hurd called him a “Brilliant actor, wonderful man. #Rip #RobertForster” in her Twitter tribute. Her words were echoed in other online tributes, including from Forster’s Jackie Brown co-star Samuel L. Jackson and from Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston:

Rip Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 12, 2019

I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Explains Why She Forgets Which Marvel Movies She’s In

You’d think that being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be something worth remembering. Well, as we all know, it isn’t that big of a deal to Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s been a part of the revolutionary franchise from the ground floor. And now, she’s finally explained why that is.

Earlier this summer, the 47-year-old actress made headlines when she revealed to Jon Favreau on his food series, The Chef Show, that she didn’t remember being in Spider-Man: Homecoming. And ever since, her astonishing amount of disinterest in the McU has continued to snowball.

Remember when Sebastian Stan – the Winter Soldier – said that he had to introduce himself to her (twice!)? Or when she forgot that Samuel L. Jackson was even a part of the cinematic universe? Yeah, it’s all pretty crazy.

But now, the Academy-Award winning actress has finally provided some explanation to her lack of memory.
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Kevin Smith Stands Up For McU Movies After Martin Scorsese Bashes Them

Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese may as well have kicked the hornet’s nest when he revealed his lowly opinions of Marvel Studios productions to Empire Magazine.

In a nutshell, Scorsese dismissed the McU’s output as “theme park” movies – movies that are a far cry from the emotional nuance of cinema. His words, not ours.

Sure enough, it didn’t take long for the Internet to rebuke Scorsese’s comments, while some of Marvel’s cast and crew – namely Karen Gillan and James Gunn – also voiced their support of all things Marvel. You can go ahead and add Kevin Smith’s name to that growing list, too, given the writer-producer-director sat down with Yahoo! recently to promote this month’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

Asked straight-up about his own thoughts on the Scorsese criticism, Smith replied as so:

Martin Scorsese has made such wonderful movies. He’s been doing
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Gwyneth Paltrow Explains Why She Forgets Which Marvel Movies She's In

  • MovieWeb
Gwyneth Paltrow Explains Why She Forgets Which Marvel Movies She's In
Gwyneth Paltrow is sorry she doesn't know too much about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress says she hasn't seen many of the movies because she's a "47-year old mother." Paltrow started making headlines over the summer amongst comic book fans when she revealed to Jon Favreau that she had no idea they were in Spider-Man: Homecoming together. She has since revealed she hasn't seen Avengers: Endgame, she didn't know who Sebastian Stan is, and she didn't know Samuel L. Jackson was in the McU, even though they've been in the same movie more than once.

Gwyneth Paltrow has been involved in the McU since the beginning. She has appeared in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, though she forgets sometimes. As for being aware of the jokes online about her limited McU knowledge, she says, "I never read stuff,
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Apple TV+ awards categories for ‘The Morning Show,’ ‘See,’ ‘Truth Be Told’ and more [Exclusive]

Apple TV+ awards categories for ‘The Morning Show,’ ‘See,’ ‘Truth Be Told’ and more [Exclusive]
Apple TV+ launches on November 1 and has tapped top talent to make its first push into the awards world. Megawatt stars include Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Jason Momoa, Octavia Spencer, Hailee Steinfeld, Reese Witherspoon and more. Gold Derby has the exclusive news below of the drama, comedy and limited series categories for Golden Globes consideration. They will also be eligible for the SAG Awards in January, so genre listings below are accurate but that group has no supporting categories.

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Comedy Series

Comedy Actress: Hailee Steinfeld

Supporting Actor: Toby Hess

Supporting Actress: Jane Krakowski

For All Mankind

Drama Series

Drama Actor: Joel Kinnaman

The Morning Show

Drama Series

Drama Actor: Steve Carell

Drama Actress: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon

Supporting Actor: Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass

Supporting Actress: Marcia Gay Harden, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
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Clint Eastwood's new film 'Richard Jewell' to premiere at AFI Fest

Hollywood maestro Clint Eastwood's new crime drama "Richard Jewell" premieres at AFI Fest on November 20.

The 89-year-old actor-filmmaker Eastwood is associated with his current project only in the capacity of a director-producer. Incidentally, the film lists Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill as co-producers.

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"Clint Eastwood is an American icon," said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO, adding: "It is an honour for AFI to premiere this next chapter in his storied career -- one that continues to enrich the nation's cultural legacy with undeniable impact."

The Fest will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre here, reports variety.com.

In the film, Paul Walter Hauser stars as the real-life security guard Richard Jewell whose life turned chaotic after he was listed as a possible suspect in the Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, when he discovered a suspicious abandoned backpack.
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