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Demetrius Shipp Jr. Joins Mystery Drama 'Same Difference'

Demetrius Shipp Jr. Joins Mystery Drama 'Same Difference'
Demetrius Shipp Jr., who played Tupac Shakur in the biopic All Eyez on Me, and Essence Atkins (Marlon) are starring in the mystery drama Same Difference, from writer and director Derege Harding and Datari Turner Productions.

Produced by Datari Turner, Same Difference, shooting in Los Angeles, follows a young woman (Atkins) who is told that her death is imminent by a mysterious group of people who all start dying one by one. The woman must let go of the past and reconcile with her estranged twin sister, also played by Atkins, who is suffering from alcohol...
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Rakuten’s Movie Plans Take Off with ‘Hurricane’ Starring Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson (Exclusive)

Rakuten’s Movie Plans Take Off with ‘Hurricane’ Starring Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson (Exclusive)
Rakuten TV is making a major movie play in Europe, and will invest millions of Euros into production this year and next. The streamer is on a mission to crunch release windows and the first project it has invested in is “Hurricane.” The World War II action thriller has “Game of Thrones” star Iwan Rheon, and Milo Gibson, who starred in “Hacksaw Ridge.” It will launch on Rakuten TV and in movie theaters in the U.K. on the same date in September.

Rakuten TV, which launched as Wuaki.tv and rebranded after being acquired by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, has partnered with Kaleidoscope Entertainment on “Hurricane.” The streaming and download service will also release a yet-to-be-announced Spanish movie this year, and is working up a slate of up to five films from different European territories for 2019.

The plan, company founder and CEO Jacinto Roca told Variety, is to coproduce,
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First Full ‘Venom’ Trailer Arrives: You Should Be Extremely Afraid Of Tom Hardy

Fresh off the heels of a trailer leak at Cinema Con in Las Vegas (that one big trade site was bold enough to post), Sony Pictures has revealed the first official trailer for “Venom.” Personally, I don’t know what to make of this film. It stars an excellent cast of Tom Hardy (“Mad Max Fury Road“) in the lead role as Venom and Eddie Brock and Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze and Reid Scott co-star.
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‘The Terror’: Inside the Making of That Staggering, Series-Altering Carnival Sequence

‘The Terror’: Inside the Making of That Staggering, Series-Altering Carnival Sequence
[Editor’s note: The following interviews contain spoilers for “The Terror” Episode 6, “A Mercy.”]

Life on “The Terror” has not been a simple one for the members of the title vessel. The polar freeze, dwindling rations, and a looming four-legged menace have all conspired to make this a growing, drawn-out nightmare for everyone on screen.

But this week’s episode, “A Mercy,” brought the equally frightening idea that these men’s biggest enemy may very well be themselves.

Organized in part by the newly in-command Fitzjames (Tobias Menzies) to lighten the spirits of the crew, a night of frivolity is one big good intention paving the way for the hellish 800-mile trek to potential safety. After finding out that the men very well may be doomed before they even take a single step, Dr. Stanley (Alistair Petrie) takes it upon himself to end an ill-fated trip before it even begins. A night of merry-making and reverie quickly becomes a
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Bruce Campbell Officially Retires as Ash of ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead,’ Following ‘Evil Dead’ Spin-off’s Cancellation

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Bruce Campbell Officially Retires as Ash of ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead,’ Following ‘Evil Dead’ Spin-off’s Cancellation
Bruce Campbell’s boomstick shall boom no more. Following last Friday’s announcement that Sunday’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season 3 finale would actually be the series finale of the Starz horror-comedy, the actor who played the survivor/hero at the center of the “Evil Dead” franchise since 1981 has announced that he’s officially retired from playing the character.

Campbell originally responded to the cancellation by tweeting his appreciation for everyone involved, calling Ash Williams “the role of a lifetime”:

Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime.

I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/oNmTopS1Ab

— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) April 20, 2018

But Monday afternoon, when horror site Bloody Disgusting encouraged fans of the show
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Jamie Foxx Was an ‘Embarrassment’ During ‘Ray’ Oscar Season, Until Oprah and Sidney Poitier Intervened — Tribeca

Jamie Foxx Was an ‘Embarrassment’ During ‘Ray’ Oscar Season, Until Oprah and Sidney Poitier Intervened — Tribeca
Jamie Foxx got brutally honest during a sit-down at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival about the awards season he spent campaigning for “Ray.” The hourlong conversation, moderated by “Genius” news anchor Jacques Morel, found the Oscar winner looking back at his career in film, music, and television, but the most surprising tidbit came when Foxx admitted to being an embarrassment for part of the 2004-2005 awards season, in which he eventually won the Academy Award Best Actor.

“When I was up for the Oscar I didn’t take it seriously at all,” Foxx said. “I thought there was no way to win that. I took [Oscar season] as an excuse to party. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m nominated? Break out the champagne and let’s party.’ I remember having paparazzi on me for the first time. I remember going absolutely nuts. I went to the Golden Globes and there was champagne involved
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Alia Shawkat Supports Jeffrey Tambor’s Alleged Victims: ‘What They Said Needs to Be Heard’ — Exclusive

Alia Shawkat Supports Jeffrey Tambor’s Alleged Victims: ‘What They Said Needs to Be Heard’ — Exclusive
Alia Shawkat supports the women who say Jeffrey Tambor sexually harassed them on the set of “Transparent.” “I was surprised, obviously. I’ve known him since I was very young,” Shawkat told IndieWire in New York on April 23 while promoting her new movie, “Duck Butter.” “I support the voices of the victims though, whatever they said.”

Shawkat has known Tambor since she was 14 years old, when she played Maeby Fünke on “Arrested Development” opposite Tambor’s George Bluth Sr. Last year, she appeared on “Transparent” Season 4. Tambor has been accused of sexual harassment by two women, and was subsequently fired from “Transparent” Season 5 by Amazon.

On November 8, Deadline reported that Amazon was conducting an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Tambor by his former assistant, Van Barnes. One week later, “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette wrote on Twitter that Tambor had cornered her up against a wall on set and thrust his pelvis against her.
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Wild-Card Emmy Predictions: 12 Crazy (and Early) Snubs and Surprises That Could Happen This Year

Wild-Card Emmy Predictions: 12 Crazy (and Early) Snubs and Surprises That Could Happen This Year
Across the country, countless Americans have been long-awaiting the ouster of an elected entity that’s overstayed its welcome. Some suspected it would be gone last year, while other, more pessimistic people have accepted its seemingly permanent place in power.

But no more. The tea leaves have been read, and a future without this fading former favorite feels inevitable. That’s right. In 2018, “Modern Family” will not be nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys.

Ok, to be fair, comparing a four-time winner in the category (and a still solid) ABC family comedy — and a somewhat progressive one, at that — to our all-but-officially corrupt Cheeto-in-Chief is out of line. Steven Levitan, we apologize. But even you would probably admit it’s time for TV Academy voters to shine their light on lesser known series in need of a boost.

Will they? Probably not. But could they? That’s what
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Academy Sets 2019 Oscar Dates And Avoids Nominations During Sundance

There is a sound of relief around Los Angeles this afternoon and it’s not because everyone is finally seeing “Avengers: Infinity War” tonight. No, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced key dates for the 2019 Oscar season and for the first time in two years have avoided announcing the Oscar nominations during the heart of the Sundance Film Festival, an event that delivered two Best Picture nominees last year.
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2019 Oscars: Best Director Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Director Predictions
It’s the battle of the returning Oscar contenders this year, as Barry Jenkins, Damien Chazelle, Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Adam McKay, Alfonso Cuaron, and Ang Lee are all in the mix. Where they wind up will depend on how well their films balance artful gravitas and mainstream genre elements — that’s also the question for Ryan Coogler. Will he land a nod for historic Marvel entry “Black Panther”?

At this early stage, things are looking promising indeed. Cannes will tell how well Spike Lee’s return after 27 years plays there: he will unveil 1979 drama “BlacKkKlansman,” about a man who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. And David Robert Mitchell is in Competition with film noir “Under the Silver Lake.”

Frontrunners

Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”)

Steven Spielberg (“Ready Player One”)

Contenders

Damien Chazelle (“First Man”)

Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)

Mimi Leder (“On the Basis of Sex
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2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress Predictions
Oscar perennial Meryl Streep may be out of the Best Actress contention this year, but she’s got two Supporting Actress possibilities with sequels “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Other Oscar favorites will turn up in supporting roles this year, from Lupita Nyong’o (“Black Panther”) and Kathy Bates as activist attorney Dorothy Kenyon in “On the Basis of Sex” to Saoirse Ronan as the daughter of Annette Bening in a new film take on Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Also going period is British actress Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in “The Favourite.” Amy Adams and Vera Farmiga play political wives Lynne Cheney (“Backseat”) and Lee Hart (“The Front Runner”) respectively, while Amy Ryan and Nicole Kidman are the mothers of troubled sons in “Beautiful Boy” and “Boy Erased.”

Remember, no film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.

Frontrunner

Lupita Nyong
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: We’ve Been Sent Good Weather With The Brilliant, Challenging Season 2 [Review]

This spoiler-free review is based on the first 6 episodes of Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which were made available to reviewers in advance.

Seldom has any TV show found its moment the way Hulu‘s “The Handmaid’s Tale” did last year. Ending mid-June 2017, it occupied the precise mid-period between the Women’s March, which took place after the comparatively poorly attended January inauguration of a proudly pussy-grabbing President, and the October revelations against Harvey Weinstein.
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Sofia Coppola: Paramount Classics Feared ‘Virgin Suicides’ Release Would Encourage Girls to Commit Suicide

Sofia Coppola: Paramount Classics Feared ‘Virgin Suicides’ Release Would Encourage Girls to Commit Suicide
The Virgin Suicides” is often listed among the greatest coming-of-age films ever made, and this month finds the drama making history as the first Sofia Coppola film to become a member of The Criterion Collection. The filmmaker marked the occasion by sitting down for a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. Coppola remembered not being entirely pleased with the movie’s 2000 theatrical release, noting that distributor Paramount Classics was unsure how to handle the film’s release 18 years ago.

“It didn’t have much of a release,” Coppola said. “Paramount Classics didn’t really know what to do with it. They were afraid that girls were going to commit suicide if they saw it! It had a really small release. We made it for very little, so they didn’t have to do much to make it.”

The film was hardly a box office hit at the time of release, grossing
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Lars von Trier Avoids New Films For Fear Of Getting “Excited” And Discusses Ongoing Struggle With Alcohol

The Sonning Prize is a Danish award given to someone who has made outstanding contributions to European culture. Previous winners include Winston Churchill and Bertrand Russell, as well as directors Ingmar Bergman and Michael Haneke. Well, this year, they’re adding another name to the list – Lars von Trier.

And before von Trier can accept the prestigious award, he sat down with Peter Schepelern, an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen to give one of the most interesting interviews you’ll watch all year.
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The Best Films About Filmmaking — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: In honor of “Godard Mon Amour,” Michel Hazanavicius’ movie about Jean-Luc Godard, what is the best film about filmmaking (or filmmakers)?

Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz), RogerEbert.com

I always thought the best movie about filmmaking, and filmmakers, and about artistry in the commercial system generally, is “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” A lot of people have similar visions based on real life incidents, and pursue it in various creative ways, but only one makes it to the landing site, and he only succeeds because he’s devoted himself to it so singlemindedly that he throws his own family aside. He has the mind of a child and ends the film surrounded by childlike beings. All the scenes of Roy Neary trying to realize the shape through sculpture
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‘Infinity War’ Screenwriters Markus & McFeely Talk Villains, Hawkeye, R-Rated Movies & More [Interview]

Screenwriting partners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely work in what they describe as the “best place in town.” They mean, Marvel Studios in Los Angeles, and they have a rare seat at the table of one of Hollywood’s biggest empires. The writers have become go-to Marvel writers, practically the in-house crew. Starting with “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011, they’ve written every Cap movie, “Thor: The Dark World,” wrote on ABC’s “Agent Carter,” were reportedly behind some “Ant-Man” rewrites (uncredited) and were given one of the most prestigious tasks on the planet: writing one of the biggest movies of all time “Avengers Infinity War” and the ‘Untitled Avengers 4‘ movie that will arrive in 2019.
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Chloé Zhao Dives Into How She Brought Her Moving Masterpiece ‘The Rider’ To Life [Podcast]

There is a movie slowly expanding across the country by the next great auteur you may not have heafd about yet. Actually, calling her “the next” insinuates she isn’t there yet. Based on “The Rider” it’s pretty clear Chloé Zhao has arrived and an auteur filmmaker that demands your attention.

Chloé Zhao’s deeply moving, entrancing western “The Rider” [Cannes Review]

Zhao’s second directorial effort debuted at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and impressively screened afterward at Telluride, Toronto, New York and Sundance (a rare film to hit all four major fests).
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‘Better Things’ Season 3: Pamela Adlon Announces New Writers’ Room After Louis Ck’s Departure

‘Better Things’ Season 3: Pamela Adlon Announces New Writers’ Room After Louis Ck’s Departure
Pamela Adlon cannot turn off her mothering instinct, nor the need to make others feel at home around her. This was in evidence last week in North Hollywood when the Fyc panel for “Better Things” took place on a stage dressed to look like an everyday living room. The setting also felt like a safe space for women since every person on the stage was female, from Adlon and moderator Debra Birnbaum of Variety, to the cast playing Adlon’s on-screen family: Celia Imrie, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, and Olivia Edward.

The pro-woman message wasn’t overt, but it was nevertheless important in the wake of the sexual harassment revelations from last year involving Adlon’s mentor, writing partner and good friend Louis C.K. His name wasn’t mentioned during the panel at all, and instead the mood was one of loving support and celebration for what the cast and
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Netflix Teaming Up With Dreamworks Animation For A ‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series

Admittedly, watching the last few ‘Fast and Furious‘ films feels like you’re watching a cartoon. So, today’s news, while seemingly crazy and strange, should have made perfect sense. The mantra surrounding all the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies is that they’re “all about family.” And for the upcoming Netflix animated series based on the popular franchise, apparently, they’re taking that to heart.

According to Netflix, the streaming service has teamed up with Dreamworks Animation to begin work on a kids series based on the mega-franchise.
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Netflix Announces ‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series, Introduces New Member of Toretto Family

Netflix is getting into business with Vin Diesel and the “Fast & Furious” franchise. The streaming company and DreamWorks Animation Television have announced a “Fast & Furious” animated series that will serve as a spinoff to the hugely successful live-action film franchise. The show will be the latest collaboration between the two studios after “Trollhunters,” “Spirit Riding Free,” and “All Hail King Julien,” among other titles.

The “Fast & Furious” animated series will center around Tony Toretto, the younger cousin of Vin Diesel’s Dom. Tony and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league that involves a crime organization bent on world domination. The series will be executive produced by Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, who all serve as producers on the live-action “Fast & Furious” franchise.

“We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next
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