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Hollywood Flashback: Sylvester Stallone First Killed as Rambo in 1982

Hollywood Flashback: Sylvester Stallone First Killed as Rambo in 1982
At one point, Paul Newman considered playing the role of John Rambo. So did Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, James Garner, Ryan O'Neal, Steve McQueen (with Sydney Pollack directing) and Dustin Hoffman (with Mike Nichols).

But, of course, the knife-wielding, touchy-about-authority former Green Beret at the center of 1982's First Blood (and its four sequels, including Rambo: Last Blood, opening Sept. 20) ended up being played by Sylvester Stallone.

"John Rambo had to be part of society that the audience could identify with," Stallone, now 73, tells THR, explaining the secret of the character's durability. "...
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“Certainly Show Business Has Made Me Very Angry At Times”: Kasi Lemmons Talks Directing Harriet At Ifp Week 2019

When Kasi Lemmons got the job of directing Harriet, a biopic about the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, she didn’t get to choose her star: That was already done for her. Cynthia Erivo, the Tony- and Grammy-winning performer and scene-stealer of Steve McQueen’s Widows, had been cast a year before the acclaimed director and actress had come on. But it didn’t take long for her to agree with the casting. “As I was doing my research, I got this picture of his woman, who is tiny, and strong, and fast, and who uses her voice to communicate, and who is a formidable […]
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“Certainly Show Business Has Made Me Very Angry At Times”: Kasi Lemmons Talks Directing Harriet At Ifp Week 2019

When Kasi Lemmons got the job of directing Harriet, a biopic about the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, she didn’t get to choose her star: That was already done for her. Cynthia Erivo, the Tony- and Grammy-winning performer and scene-stealer of Steve McQueen’s Widows, had been cast a year before the acclaimed director and actress had come on. But it didn’t take long for her to agree with the casting. “As I was doing my research, I got this picture of his woman, who is tiny, and strong, and fast, and who uses her voice to communicate, and who is a formidable […]
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Rushes: Art House Theater Day, Women Film Editors, Best Movies of the Century

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSOleg Sentsov.Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose film Gamer was previously shown on Mubi in December of 2018, has been released from imprisonment in Russia following a prisoner exchange. Today, September 18, 2019, is Art House Theater Day, "an annual celebration of art house and indie theaters." The official Art House Theater Day website has provided a service that helps art-house movie enthusiasts find nearby locations to celebrate and support their local theaters. New details have emerged regarding Angela Schanelec's upcoming feature, Music, an adaptation of the Oedipus myth that follows a young boy from Greece to London. Recommended Viewing. Todd Haynes's latest, Dark Waters, delves into a legal battle between an attorney and a chemical company that connects a series of mysterious deaths to forty years of poisoned water. The international trailer for Pietro Marcello's Martin Eden,
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Blade Reboot Reportedly Set For Release In 2023

Despite how excited everyone is for Marvel’s upcoming reboot of Blade, it looks like fans are going to have to wait at least a few more years for the movie to actually hit theaters. According to a new leak over on Reddit, the Mahershala Ali-led flick won’t be released until 2023. Though the exact date has yet to be confirmed, an opening around this time would make sense given all of the work that still has to be done for the movie.

We already know that Blade won’t be a part of Phase 4 of the McU and now, it sounds more than likely that the titular vampire slayer will appear in Phase 5 and potentially even team up with the Avengers. There’s a lot of hype headed into this highly-anticipated remake, too, so the studio should take all the time it needs to make sure that it’s perfect.
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More "Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood"

Thanks to the critical and box office success of writer/director Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood", actor Brad Pitt aka movie stunt double, bodyguard 'Cliff Booth' in the new film, is open to reprising his character for an extended episode, 'streaming mini-series', featuring new content and character backstories as a complement to the film:

"...I look at a mini-series where you can spend much more time on characters and story and explore angles you don't always get to do in films", said Pitt. 

"So much of these films end up on the cutting room floor because they just don't fit in that box. 

"That's why I think it's interesting that Tarantino previously took 'Hateful Eight' and ostensibly repurposed it as a three-part series. It's almost the best of both worlds. 

"You have the cinema experience that exists, but you can actually put more content into the series format.
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Barry Jenkins, Richard Linklater, Steve McQueen, and More Pick the Best Film of the 21st Century

IndieWire recently named Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” the best movie of the decade, but what film would the writer-director name as the standout of the 21st Century? The answer can be found in a filmmaker survey published by The Guardian in which several of the world’s best working directors make their pick for the best movie of the 21st Century. For Jenkins, it’s Carlos Reygadas’ 2007 Cannes-winner “Silent Light.”

“The purest cinema,” Jenkins said of the film. “Thinking of it gives me the same feeling I had when the credits rolled on my first viewing of it over a decade ago. I wonder how many other films on this list were in competition at the 2007 Cannes? What an astounding year for cinema.”

Reygadas’ drama won the Jury Prize at Cannes and is indeed far from the only Cannes winner on the list. Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winner “The Tree of Life
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Toronto: Broadway Star Cynthia Erivo Arrives as Screen Actress, Oscar Contender in 'Harriet'

Toronto: Broadway Star Cynthia Erivo Arrives as Screen Actress, Oscar Contender in 'Harriet'
Anyone who saw Cynthia Erivo in her towering Broadway debut as Celie in the The Color Purple, for which she won the best actress in a musical Tony in 2016, instantly knew that she had big things in her future. It turns out that not all of them center on singing.

A year after attending the Toronto International Film Festival as part of the ensemble of Steve McQueen's thriller Widows, the 32-year-old Brit returned to the fest Tuesday for the world premiere of Eve's Bayou helmer Kasi Lemmons' biopic Harriet, the first-ever film about American hero Harriet Tubman, in which Erivo stars as the ...
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Hans Zimmer movies: 12 greatest film scores, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘The Dark Knight’

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Hans Zimmer movies: 12 greatest film scores, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘The Dark Knight’
Happy 62nd birthday on September 12, 2019, to one of our great film composers, the Oscar-winning Hans Zimmer! The West German native moved to London as a teenager and soon became involved in the world of movie composing, a dream that would eventually take him to the United States. Starting off by scoring small films, Zimmer caught a break when he was asked by director Barry Levinson to provide music for his 1988 film “Rain Man.” He followed that up with a score for his second consecutive Best Picture winner, “Driving Miss Daisy,” and five years later Zimmer wrote his best-known and most honored piece of work to date, the score to the 1994 animated classic “The Lion King.”

SEEHans Zimmer Interview: ‘Widows’ and ‘Believer’ composer

Since then Zimmer has become a magnet for honors and awards, winning the Academy Award for “The Lion King,” one of his 11 Oscar nominations to date. He has
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Hans Zimmer movies: 12 greatest film scores ranked from worst to best

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Hans Zimmer movies: 12 greatest film scores ranked from worst to best
Happy 62nd birthday on September 12, 2019, to one of our great film composers, the Oscar-winning Hans Zimmer! The West German native moved to London as a teenager and soon became involved in the world of movie composing, a dream that would eventually take him to the United States. Starting off by scoring small films, Zimmer caught a break when he was asked by director Barry Levinson to provide music for his 1988 film “Rain Man.” He followed that up with a score for his second consecutive Best Picture winner, “Driving Miss Daisy,” and five years later Zimmer wrote his best-known and most honored piece of work to date, the score to the 1994 animated classic “The Lion King.”

Since then Zimmer has become a magnet for honors and awards, winning the Academy Award for “The Lion King,” one of his 11 Oscar nominations to date. He has been nominated for 14 Golden Globe Awards, winning two,
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As Jordan Peele Is Named Best Director at Britannia Awards, Can ‘Us’ Reemerge as Oscar Contender?

As Jordan Peele Is Named Best Director at Britannia Awards, Can ‘Us’ Reemerge as Oscar Contender?
One of the big questions this Oscar season is whether or not Jordan Peele’s horror thriller “Us” will reemerge as a major contender. “Us” opened way back in March and the conversation around the film has not endured as strongly as Peele’s breakthrough directorial debut, “Get Out,” which opened in February 2017 but stayed in the cultural conversation well into 2018. “Get Out” had the kind of cultural longevity (and rave reviews) that made it impossible to ignore during Oscar season. “Us” is a slightly different story.

Universal opened “Us” in theaters in late March to strong reviews and great box office. The movie ended up matching the domestic ($175 million) and worldwide grosses ($255 million) of “Get Out” while being referenced on many mid-year reports of the best movies of 2019 so far (including IndieWire’s list). While “Us” is not short on social and political commentary, it’s a more ambitious
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Jordan Peele to Receive BAFTA’s Britannia Award for Directing

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Jordan Peele to Receive BAFTA’s Britannia Award for Directing
Jordan Peele has been selected by BAFTA La to receive the John Schlessinger Britannia Award for excellence in directing. The filmmaker behind “Us” and “Get Out” is being recognized for his socially relevant work in the horror genre. He will be honored at the Brittania Awards on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

As previously announced, Jane Fonda is receiving the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film, and Jackie Chan will be feted with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for worldwide contribution to entertainment. Steve Coogan will be honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for excellence in comedy.

“Jordan Peele has earned record-breaking success and critical acclaim through work that pushes boundaries and shines a light on stories of important social relevance,” said BAFTA Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards. “His imaginative storylines, inclusive casting, and bold style evokes John Schlesinger’s spirit of independence, integrity and commitment to excellence.
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Jordan Peele to Receive John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing

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Jordan Peele to Receive John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing
Jordan Peele is set to receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, BAFTA Los Angeles announced Wednesday.

The “Us” director will join Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan as fellow honorees at the British Academy Britannia Awards, which take place on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills as presented by American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover.

“Jordan Peele has earned record-breaking success and critical acclaim through work that pushes boundaries and shines a light on stories of important social relevance,” BAFTA Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards said in a statement. “His imaginative storylines, inclusive casting, and bold style evokes John Schlesinger’s spirit of independence, integrity and commitment to excellence. We are honored to celebrate Jordan’s talents at this year’s ceremony.”

Also Read: Innovators List 2019: 12 Hollywood Disrupters, From Jordan Peele to CBS News Boss Susan Zirinsky

Previous recipients of the award have included Steve McQueen,
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Jordan Peele To Receive BAFTA La Britannia Award For Excellence In Directing

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Jordan Peele To Receive BAFTA La Britannia Award For Excellence In Directing
Jordan Peele is to receive The John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at the BAFTA La Britannia Awards.

The Get Out and Us director is being feted for his work in the socially-conscious horror genre at the awards, which take place on October 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

He joins the likes of Jane Fonda, who is receiving the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Jackie Chan, who is receiving the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment and Steve Coogan, who will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, at the event.

Past recipients include Steve McQueen, Ava DuVernay, Ang Lee, Sam Mendes, Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.

The event, which is BAFTA’s biggest outside of the UK, will be streamed live via streaming service BritBox and produced by Done + Dusted.
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‘Small Axe’: BBC Unveils First-Look At Steve McQueen Period Drama

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The BBC has unveiled the first images of Small Axe, its period drama from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. Amazon has U.S. rights.

The series, which is set in London’s West Indian community between the 1960s-’80s, stars Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and Star Wars‘ John Boyega

Malachi Kirby (Roots), Shaun Parkes (Lost In Space), Rochenda Sandall (Line Of Duty), Alex Jennings (Victoria) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen Of Scots) also star.

The show is a six-part anthology series that tells five stories set within London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early ’80s. The Oscar-winning writer and director has said that the series will tell the story of a West Indian community in the heart of London across three decades, beginning at the moment of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968.

It starts in 1968, when a small restaurant called
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Film News Roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Boards ‘The Spoils’

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Film News Roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Boards ‘The Spoils’
In today’s film news roundup, Malcolm D. Lee is developing an action comedy, a Steve McQueen biopic is in the works and the Meet the Press Film Festival is set for Oct. 7.

Project Launches

Girls Trip” director-producer Malcolm D. Lee is developing the action comedy “The Spoils” for Lionsgate to produce through his Blackmaled Productions.

The studio has hired Roshan Sethi and Hayley Schore to write the script, which centers on a group of immigrants who decide to recover stolen artifacts from a museum in London. Sethi and Schore wrote “The Resident” for Fox and “Code Black” for TBS.

Lee’s directing credits include “Night School,” “Barbershop: The Next Cut” and “The Best Man Holiday,” which he also produced. He’s currently shooting “Space Jam 2.”

Lee is repped by Paradigm and Del, Shaw, Moonves; Sethi and Schore are repped by Lit Entertainment and The Nord Group. The news was first reported by Deadline.
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Toronto: Download THR's Day 3 Daily

The Hollywood Reporter has released its third and final 2019 Toronto International Film Festival daily issue, which includes a look at the fest trifecta building awards season buzz; Wonderfilm Media picking up rights to a Steve McQueen biopic; and a chat with Edward Norton about his 20-year long journey of bringing a novel to the big screen.

Major Awards Buzz

It’s been 13 award seasons since a film — Martin Scorsese’s The Departed — made it all the way to the best picture Oscar without passing through Venice, Telluride or Toronto, so it’s only reasonable that ...
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Toronto: Steve McQueen Biopic in the Works (Exclusive)

Wonderfilm Media has acquired Marshall Terrill’s 2010 biography Steve McQueen: The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon, which it is adapting as a feature film.

Terrill spent 10 years doing research for the book, which follows the actor’s life from humble beginnings in the Midwest to the pinnacle of Hollywood and ultimately to his untimely death at the age of 50 in Mexico.

McQueen was known as cinema’s "King of Cool" and was a box office champ of the 1960s and '70s, starring in such classics as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Sand ...
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‘Burning Cane’: Ava DuVernay’s Array Acquires 19-Year-Old Phillip Youmans’ Feature Debut

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‘Burning Cane’: Ava DuVernay’s Array Acquires 19-Year-Old Phillip Youmans’ Feature Debut
Nineteen-year-old New Orleans-based filmmaker Phillip Youmans’ multiple award-winning feature debut, “Burning Cane,” has been acquired by grassroots distribution company Array Releasing. The deal, which includes worldwide rights, was announced by Array founder Ava DuVernay.

Set among the cane fields of rural Louisiana, “Burning Cane” stars Wendell Pierce and Karen Kaia Livers in a story about an aging mother who struggles between her religious convictions and the love of her son.

Written, directed, photographed, and co-edited by Youmans when he was still in high school, the intimate drama is inspired by his childhood experiences in the Southern Baptist church — an institution from which he would later distance himself. It’s a meditation on the church’s immense influence over its community, as Youmans works through his own complicated feelings about the differences he has with the God-fearing people who raised him.

The lyrical, sensitive story registers as one of the more
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'Don't Let Go' Star Storm Reid on Watching 'Euphoria' and Shooting 'Invisible Man'

'Don't Let Go' Star Storm Reid on Watching 'Euphoria' and Shooting 'Invisible Man'
So far, there’s been very little calm in Storm Reid’s young career. The 16-year-old actor hasn’t looked back since her feature film debut in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which won three Oscars including Best Picture in 2014. Reid worked steadily until her career-altering break in 2016 — a starring role in Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time— which put her in the same company as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Ava DuVernay.

Reid continues to build an impressive resume that includes HBO’s breakout hit of the summer, Euphoria, DuVernay’s Emmy-nominated ...
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