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Why ‘My Dinner With Hervé’ Is an Important Step for Representation (Guest Column)

  • Variety
Why ‘My Dinner With Hervé’ Is an Important Step for Representation (Guest Column)
Awards season is upon us once again and as has appropriately been the case for the past few years, it will be dominated by talk of diversity. We have made great strides in this arena, and yet I feel one group seems to have been conspicuously left behind — the disability community. Although 20% of our population identifies as disabled, with over a billion dollars in spending power, we are noticeably under-represented on screen. Perhaps this invisibility is why a film like “My Dinner With Hervé” has resonated so deeply within my community.

Since the film’s release, as president of Little People of America, the largest support organization for people with dwarfism in the world, I have been overwhelmed by the positive reactions to the film. It has been satisfying to hear from so many that one of our stories is finally being told with a real voice.

Believe me, as a community,
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More Rumors Point To Carl Weathers Starring In The Mandalorian

Despite the wobble of Solo, the future currently looks bright for Star Wars. First and foremost is the release of Episode IX, then we’ve got the return of The Clone Wars, the opening of the Galaxy’s Edge theme park, the Aaa game Star Wars: Fallen Jedi and what’s looking like it could be the franchise’s equivalent of Game of Thrones in the form of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian.

Ever since the show started shooting, we’ve had a steady trickle of information and set leaks about what it’ll consist of, but now, we’ve got some very interesting casting news to report on. According to Making Star Wars, they’ve received “pretty solid confirmation” that Predator and Rocky star Carl Weathers will be appearing in the series and has already filmed his scenes. This isn’t the first time the actor’s been rumored for the project,
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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #60. Michael Cristofer – The Night Clerk

While we commonly associate Sundance with youngling breakout talents, young-at-heart Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter (Bonfire of the Vanities) and actor Michael Cristofer hadn’t made a feature since 2001’s Original Sin. Production on The Night Clerk took place in Utah this past February with a cast comprised of Tye Sheridan, Helen Hunt, Ana de Armas, John Leguizamo and Johnathon Schaech.

Gist: This is about a hotel night clerk, Bart Bromley (Tye Sheridan), a highly intelligent young man on the autism spectrum. When a woman is murdered during his shift, Bart becomes the prime suspect.…
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John Leguizamo, ‘Bumblebee’s Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Michael K. Williams To Star In ‘Critical Thinking’; Leguizamo Directing

  • Deadline
John Leguizamo, ‘Bumblebee’s Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Michael K. Williams To Star In ‘Critical Thinking’; Leguizamo Directing
John Leguizamo, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., who next appears opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Paramount’s standalone Bumblebee film, and The Wire alum Michael K. Williams will star in the indie film Critical Thinking, with Leguizamo also directing.

It’s a true story, set in 1998, of how a group of disparate kids from a working-class barrio west of downtown Miami are brought together by their inspirational chess coach, Mario Martinez (Leguizamo), at Miami Jackson High School to become the first inner city school to win the U.S. National Chess Championship.

Angel Curiel (Pose), William Hochman (Paterno), Jeffry Battista (Mi Familia Perfecta), Corwin Tuggles (Detachment), and Rachel Bay Jones (Ben Is Back) also co-star in the film, which will begin shooting this month in Miami.

Scott Rosenfelt is producing the project with Carla Berkowitz and Harvey Chaplin serving as executive producers.
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PBS to Premiere John Leguizamo's Road To Broadway This Friday

John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway follows the always provocative Leguizamo as he prepares for his most challenging theatrical quest yet - cramming 3,000 years of Latino history into 90 minutes of stage time for his one man show. With extraordinary access to his creative process, the film traces the evolution of his latest success, Tony-nominated play Latin History for Morons, from its challenging premise through its triumphant debut. A special co-presentation of Great Performances and Latino Public Broadcasting's Voces, John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway, directed by Ben DeJesus, premieres nationwide Friday, November 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS check local listings. The film will be available for streaming on November 17 at pbs.orggperf and on PBS apps.
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Illumination Entertainment’s Super Mario Bros. movie is moving ahead

Back in February of this year it was announced that Nintendo was looking to get back into the movie business by teaming with Illumination Entertainment to develop an animated adaptation of the iconic video game series Super Mario Bros., and now comes word that the project is officially moving ahead.

“I like that this was not done well the first time,” said Illumination’s Chris Meledandri, referring to the 1993 live-action abomination starring Bob Hoslins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi. “I think that’s more exciting or more worthy than simply making another version of a film that was done incredible well to begin with.”

“It’s an ambitious task,” he continued. “The challenge is taking things that are so thin in their original form and finding depth that doesn’t compromise what generations of fans love about Mario, but also feels organic to the iconography and can support a three-act structure.
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Watch at Home: Latin History, Ernest & Celestine, Christopher Robin, BlacKkKlansman

Heads up on what's newly available to you this week. Links go to previous coverage / reviews here at Tfe.

DVD/Blu-Ray

• Bel Canto -Julianne Moore as an opera singer. It was barely released

• BlacKkKlansman - Spike Lee's best in ages. We think it might be competitive for Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, and Editing nominations. Do you?

• Christopher Robin - Ewan McGregor stars as the boy all grown up revisited by Pooh, Tigger, and the Hundred Acre Woods gang.

• Incredibles 2 - The year's fourth biggest hit globally with 1.2 billion in the bank

• Loving Pablo - Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem star in this drama about a journalist and a drug lord.

• Papillon - Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam remake the Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen prison drama

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood - a salacious documentary about a man who allegedly secured same-sex sex for the movie stars of Old Hollywood.
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Chris Meledandri on working with Shigeru Miyamoto for Super Mario Bros. film

  • JoBlo
After decades of dominating the video-game world, Mario will be making the leap to the big-screen for the first time ever in an upcoming animated film from Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri. That's right, the first time ever. We're just going to forget about the live-action 1993 film starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, but following in the footsteps of…

Chris Meledandri on working with Shigeru Miyamoto for Super Mario Bros. film

  • JoBlo
After decades of dominating the video-game world, Mario will be making the leap to the big-screen for the first time ever in an upcoming animated film from Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri. That's right, the first time ever. We're just going to forget about the live-action 1993 film starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, but following in the footsteps of…
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Inside Illumination’s Plans for Animated ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie

  • Variety
Illumination founder Chris Meledandri wants to make an animated version of “Super Mario Bros.” and Variety has the inside scoop on his plans for bringing the Mushroom Kingdom to the multiplexes.

It’s a daunting challenge. The classic Nintendo game about a pair of Italian plumbers who must rescue Princess Peach from the villainous Bowser has already inspired a critically reviled 1993 movie — it’s a film so bad that John Leguizamo said he and co-star Bob Hoskins drank whiskey between takes to dull the pain. Hoskins was slightly more judicious, saying it was one of the worst movies he ever made.

Meledandri, who is the producer behind “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets,” relishes the challenge of adapting a property that previously suffered a bumpy transition from game console to the big screen.

“I like that this was not done well the first time,” he said. “I think
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TV Shows to Watch the Week of Nov. 5, 2018: ‘Mayans M.C.,’ ‘The Last Ship’

  • Variety
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “The Last Ship” comes to an end on TNT and “Mayans Mc” ends its first season.

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons,” Netflix, Monday

Colombian-American actor John Leguizamo comes to Netflix with his one-man Broadway show. Examining 3,000 years of Latino history, Leguizamo charts everything from a satirical recap of Aztec and Incan history to stories of Latin patriots in the American Civil War, revealing how whitewashed history truly is. The show earned a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Play on Broadway.

“Mayans Mc” FX, Tuesday, 10 p.m.

In the Season 1 finale, the club has reason to celebrate, but big changes leave the future uncertain.
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This Week in TV: Election Night, John Leguizamo and More

The first full week of November is a fairly quiet one for premieres. Nothing is new on the broadcast networks, and the volume on cable and streaming is lower than usual, too.

Likely the most-watched event of the week will be election night, which will take over cable news and several broadcast networks on Tuesday.

Below is The Hollywood Reporter's rundown of some of the coming week's highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but THR can point the way to some worthy options. All times are Et/Pt unless noted.

On broadcast …

Specials: ABC, CBS ...
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in November 2018

Netflix has confirmed that 57 new original series, movies and specials will be debuting on the streaming service in November, including the first season of “The Kominsky Method” and the sixth and final season of “House of Cards.” Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Netflix appearances including the red-hot Oscar contenders “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and “Outlaw King.”

Available November 1

Angela’s Christmas (Netflix Original)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Bring It On: In It to Win It

Cape Fear

Children of Men

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Cloverfield

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

Doctor Strange

Fair Game – Director’s Cut

Follow This: Part 3 (Netflix Original)

From Dusk Till Dawn

Good Will Hunting

Jet Li’s Fearless

Julie & Julia

Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1

National Lampoon’s Animal House

Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

Planet Hulk

Scary Movie 2

Scary Movie 3

Sex and the
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What’s Coming to Netflix in November 2018

  • Variety
Christmas is coming early to Netflix, with the streaming platform adding a host of new holiday movies to its November lineup.

Kicking off the month is “Angela’s Christmas” — an animated feature about a young Irish girl — followed by another heartwarming holiday tale, “The Holiday Calendar,” about a young photographer who discovers a magical advent calendar that can predict the future. Later on, Netflix is releasing the much anticipated follow-up to “A Christmas Prince,” revisiting the characters of Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) and Amber (Rose McIver), as she begins to question her upcoming wedding and the ascension to royalty that comes with it.

Viewers who aren’t in the mood for Christmas cheer will also be able to watch the final season of “House of Cards” on Nov. 2 — this time sans Kevin Spacey and with Claire Underwood serving as president. A number of popular films are also coming to the streaming platform,
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Let’s Go Crazy: Ava DuVernay “Honored” To Be Making Prince Docu At Netflix

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Let’s Go Crazy: Ava DuVernay “Honored” To Be Making Prince Docu At Netflix
Exclusive: Ava DuVernay directed the film that opened the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC back in 2016 and now the 13th and Selma helmer is aiming for another type of history with a documentary about Prince for Netflix.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” the Oscar nominated filmmaker told Deadline tonight of the Purple Rain star who died on April 21, 2016. “He was like no other,” DuVernay added of the Oscar winner and eight-time Grammy recipient. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

It wasn’t just Prince’s estate that saw DuVernay as a collaborator
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2018

  • Variety
Christmas may be more than a month away, but that isn’t stopping streaming platforms from adding some holiday cheer to their November lineups.

Beginning with the animated film “Angela’s Christmas” on Nov. 1, Netflix is adding several holiday movies to its streaming slate, including “The Holiday Calendar,” “The Princess Switch,” and “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.” Hulu and Amazon Prime are also following suit with “A Cinderella Christmas” on Nov. 15 and “Christmas With the Kranks” on Nov. 1, respectively.

November is also seeing the premiere of several platform originals, including the final season of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Julia Roberts’ Amazon Prime debut, “Homecoming.” The documentary “McQueen” is also joining Amazon’s slate while Netflix will launch “Doctor Strange,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” Hulu will see a similarly large influx of new films, including “Goldeneye,” “Amelie,” and “Kick-Ass.”

See the
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John Leguizamo Recounts ‘Latin History for Morons’ in Trailer for New Netflix Special

John Leguizamo Recounts ‘Latin History for Morons’ in Trailer for New Netflix Special
John Leguizamo might best be known for starring in the ill-fated Super Mario Bros. Movie, or maybe voicing Sid the Sloth in the Ice Age franchise. But he’s also quite the accomplished character actor, appearing in movies such as Moulin Rouge, the John Wick franchise, Romeo + Juliet, The Lincoln Lawyer, and, of course, Spawn. […]

The post John Leguizamo Recounts ‘Latin History for Morons’ in Trailer for New Netflix Special appeared first on /Film.
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in November

  • The Wrap
A ton of new Netflix originals are arriving on the streaming platform next month, as well as some beloved movies, including “Sex and the City: The Movie” and “Sixteen Candles” (both of which are available on Nov. 1).

The anticipated final season of “House of Cards” will drop on Nov. 2, and fans of the show will see how Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood has been written out of the series. “Narcos: Mexico” will debut on Nov. 16 and Trevor Noah’s latest stand-up special will be available on Nov. 20.

With the holidays in sight, Netflix is bringing a few Christmas offerings next month, including a new movie called “The Christmas Chronicles,” available Nov. 22, and “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding,” available on Nov. 30.

Also Read: Watch the Opening Credits of 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' (Video)

See the complete list below.

Avail. 11/1/18

Angela’s Christmas– Netflix Original

A trip to
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Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar and Dude, Where's My Car? Director, Dies at 57

Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar and Dude, Where's My Car? Director, Dies at 57
Danny Leiner, director of Dude, Where's My Car? and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, has passed away. He was 57-years old. Producer Ross Putman, who worked with Leiner on 2014's The Young Kieslowski, announced the director's passing on social media, noting that he died after a "long illness." The exact cause of death is not clear at this time.

Leiner shot into public eye after the release of 2000's stoner comedy Dude, Where's My Car, which starred Seann William Scott and Ashton Kutcher. Putman had this to say.

"Danny was one of the producers with me on the first real film I ever made; he was not only gracious in sharing the job with some newbies just getting their sea legs, but taught us a great deal in the process. And we collaborated a few times after that, including on the film I just finished-which he helped champion for years.
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Tony Awards Set 2019 Broadcast Date on CBS

  • Variety
The 73rd Annual Tony Awards ceremony has an official air date.

The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 9, 2019 from 8-11 Pm Et. The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards will be announced on April 30.

The Tony Awards, which honor theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978.

Next year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.

At the 2018 awards ceremony, musical “The Band’s Visit” swept the awards show,
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