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‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ Have Pushed ‘The Right Stuff’ Back Into the Spotlight

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‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ Have Pushed ‘The Right Stuff’ Back Into the Spotlight
Over the past three weeks, moviegoers have flocked to see “Captain Marvel,” and this past weekend, many of them came back to theaters to see Jordan Peele’s acclaimed horror film “Us.” By sheer coincidence, both of these very different films make reference to the same classic 1980s film: “The Right Stuff.”

In “Captain Marvel,” the nod to the Best Picture Oscar nominee comes when Vers — a.k.a. Carol Danvers — crash lands on Earth and finds herself in a Blockbuster Video. As she looks around, she picks up a VHS copy of “The Right Stuff,” which was one of the inspirations behind the film.

The Right Stuff” tells the true story of the seven military pilots who were selected for the Nasa project to launch the first ever manned spaceflight. In a similar way,
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Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (Exclusive)

Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (Exclusive)
The Crown” star Vanessa Kirby is swapping British royalty for outer space after signing on for “StarDream,” the upcoming sci-fi movie from “The Wife” helmer Bjorn Runge.

Kirby takes the lead role of Andreya in the Silver Reel and Bigscope Films-produced picture, which follows the story of a spaceship hastily constructed to transport hundreds of thousands of cryogenically frozen humans from a failing planet Earth. When the on-board computer malfunctions, coder Andreya develops an artificial intelligence-based solution that she calls Stephen. But Stephen develops a profound attachment to Andreya, compromising the mission and the future of the human race.

Kirby landed a BAFTA for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in “The Crown.” She left the Netflix show after it welcomed a new cast for its latest seasons, appeared in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and has since signed on for Adam Leon’s untitled New York-set feature and Mona Fastvold’s “The World to Come.
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New Contest Will Pay You $1,000 to Binge Watch 20 Marvel Movies

You may not be able to fly or punch a planet, but you could prove to have the endurance of a superhero with a Marvel movie marathon that could earn you $1,000. In anticipation of the release of Avengers: Endgame, Cable.TV.com is offering people the chance to earn $1,000 and a ton of Marvel swag — […]

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Methuselah’ Movie

Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Methuselah’ Movie
Michael B. Jordan will produce and star in a “Methuselah” movie for Warner Bros., based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old.

Jordan will produce through his Outlier Society production company along with Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford.

Warner Bros. has been developing the project for many years with Will Smith and Tom Cruise interested in the project. Zach Dean wrote an early script after coming on to the project in 2014. The most recent draft was written by Tony Gilroy.

Methuselah is referenced in the Book of Genesis as the son of Enoch, who lived to be 365 years old. The scripts have focused on Methuselah’s survival skills.

Jordan is working with New Regency as a producer on an untitled monster movie from “Kong: Skull Island” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Outlier Society was founded by Jordan in 2016 and was one of the first
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‘Special’ Trailer: Netflix Series Shows the Highs and Lows of Being Gay and Disabled

Netflix has unveiled the trailer for “Special,” its upcoming series based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.” O’Connell also serves as creator, producer, and star of the show, which follows his journey as a gay man living with cerebral palsy — but not being entirely open about that disability. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Per its synopsis, the series is based on “many of O’Connell’s real-life ups and downs growing up gay and disabled with cerebral palsy. When the rude curveball known as ‘his twenties’ happened, he was determined to take his life from bleak to chic and embrace everything that makes him exactly who he is. Why be normal when you can be…Special?”

In the show, Ryan leads his co-workers to believe that his disability is the result of being hit by a car and not something he was born with.
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‘Candyman’ Director Nia DaCosta Says Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Not Replacing Original Candyman Tony Todd

‘Candyman’ Director Nia DaCosta Says Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Not Replacing Original Candyman Tony Todd
Director Nia DaCosta has confirmed something we theorized about earlier this month: reports of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II taking over Tony Todd‘s role of Candyman in the Candyman reboot were not entirely accurate. The news of Abdul-Mateen II joining the film came with the claim that the Aquaman actor was the new Candyman, but according to DaCosta, that’s not correct. […]

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Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping Italy’s Top Film Awards

Piera Detassis recently became the first woman to head the David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars. Since then she’s been busy overhauling the inner workings of the prizes that will be awarded on Wednesday. Detassis, also the editor of Italian film publication Ciak, spoke exclusively to Variety about the challenges she’s faced in getting “rid of some cobwebs” and improving the gender balance among voters. (The following are excerpts from the conversation.)

Rethinking the Davids radically after decades must have been a big task on several fronts. Can you talk to me about the main changes?

Change was necessary; it was inevitable. The call for it came from the entire Italian film industry. People forget that [just like the Oscars] behind the Davids there is the Italian Film Academy, comprising all industry organizations, from actors and directors to sound men. They all had demands that we tried to accommodate,
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Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’ Leads Davids Awards Race

Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’ Leads Davids Awards Race
With 15 nominations Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” leads the pack of contenders for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards in a watershed year for the country’s top film nods that sees highbrow auteur titles reaping most of the David love just as local box-office grosses hit an all-time low.

Garrone’s gritty revenge drama is followed closely with 13 noms by Mario Martone’s “Capri Revolution,” about early 20th-century proto-hippies, and by Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” (released late in Italy), and Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi biopic “Loro,” both with 12 noms. Sorrentino however, unlike his colleagues, is not in the running for best picture or director.

Then comes Alice Rohrwacher’s pastoral fable on the ills of modernity “Happy as Lazzaro” and also police brutality drama “On My Skin” by newcomer Alessio Cremonini, both with nine noms and running in the main categories. Valeria Golino’s sibling bonding drama “Euphoria,
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‘Hellboy’ Featurette: Creator Mike Mignola Hypes Up Loyalty to the Original Comics

The celebration of Hellboy Day took place over the weekend, and with it came a new featurette taking us behind the scenes of Lionsgate’s reboot of the Dark Horse Comics property created by Mike Mignola. The new Hellboy featurette puts the focus on the comic material, touting more loyalty to the comics than Guillermo del […]

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Keanu Reeves Talks the Science Behind Science Fiction in Exclusive ‘Replicas’ Clip

Just in time for the home video release, we've got an exclusive look at the upcoming Replicas Blu-ray. Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Replicas stars Keanu Reeves as a neuroscientist on the verge of transferring human consciousness into a computer when his family is killed in a car crash. Desperate to resurrect them, he clones his wife and kids, but soon discovers he can only bring back three of the four family members.. Replicas also stars Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, Emily Alyn Lind, Emjay Anthony, and John Ortiz. The film arrives on Digital April 2 and on Blu-ray&#…
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‘Methuselah’: Michael B. Jordan Replaces Tom Cruise in Film About a Man Who Lives For Hundreds of Years

‘Methuselah’: Michael B. Jordan Replaces Tom Cruise in Film About a Man Who Lives For Hundreds of Years
It’s been ten years since we first wrote about Hollywood’s attempt to make a Methuselah movie. There have been a few peaks and valleys over the ensuing decade, but today comes perhaps the most interesting news yet: the project is now being totally overhauled with a new leading man. Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed) will […]

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Apple TV+ Cedes Emmy Field to ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Veep’ But Could Be a Globes Player

As a tech product launch, Apple’s introduction of Apple TV+ was solid — sleek and beautiful, with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from the world’s largest corporation.

As the launch for a TV streaming service, though, it was a glossy, live-action press release that added Apple to the long list of content providers that would rather not compete with the final seasons of “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” at the 2019 Emmys.

Toward the close of their presentation, Apple TV leaders Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht promised shows will become available in “Fall 2019,” missing the May 31 eligibility date for the Emmys by a country mile. However, that doesn’t erase all hope for accolades. The Golden Globes eligibility window, for instance, runs concurrent with the calendar year, as do many of the specific guild awards.

That said, it’s impossible to say which shows will premiere when.
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Exclusive ‘Holmes and Waston’ Clip Presents Bloopers From the Golden Razzie Award-Winning Film

Remember Holmes and Watson? There’s a good chance you don’t – the film didn’t screen for critics last year, and the critics who went and saw it on their own weren’t kind. The movie came and went, eventually going on to “win” several Golden Raspberry Awards. And now it’s coming to Blu-ray and digital! I’ve heard […]

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‘The Twilight Zone’ Premiere Trailer: Kumail Nanjiani Cracks Jokes, and Adam Scott Channels Shatner – Watch

‘The Twilight Zone’ Premiere Trailer: Kumail Nanjiani Cracks Jokes, and Adam Scott Channels Shatner – Watch
What price fame? Kumail Nanjiani is about to find out when he steps onto the stage of “The Twilight Zone.” CBS All Access revealed the trailer for the first two episodes of its anthology series reboot on Monday.

In the trailer below, Nanjiani plays the titular standup comedian Samir Wassan who frequents a little comedy club called Eddies (as in eddies of water perhaps). He’s struggling to find his voice when a mysterious man played by Tracy Morgan appears and seems to offer him the answer to his dreams. Sounds too good to be true? Of course! When one fan says that Samir “totally killed it,” it’s a foreboding sign of what’s in store for Samir and his ambitions. This is “The Twilight Zone” after all where twists are commonplace and human frailty is spotlighted and found wanting.

The episode, written by Alex Rubens, will be one
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New ‘Twilight Zone’ Trailers See Adam Scott & Kumail Nanjiani Trapped in Jordan Peele’s Latest Horrorshow

With Us breaking not only the box office but audiences' collective minds, Jordan Peele's name has never been buzzier in the horror community; phrases like "the next Hitchcock" are being bandied about, but really we're just seeing the rise of an extremely original voice in the genre, one who can expertly provide both chills and thrills while still having something to say. So it goes without question that we're unreasonably hyped for CBS All Access' revival of The Twilight Zone, which Peele is executive-producing through his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Marco Ramirez (Daredevil) and Simon Kinberg (Dark …
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‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot Trailers Take You to Another Dimension

‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot Trailers Take You to Another Dimension
Jordan Peele‘s star-studded Twilight Zone reboot is arriving on CBS All Access soon, and to celebrate, two new episode trailers have been released. One focuses on the episode starring Kumail Nanjiani as a desperate stand-up comedian, while the other has Adam Scott experiencing a “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” Watch the Twilight Zone reboot trailers below. The Comedian How […]

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Spyglass Media Group names Lauren Whitney head of television

New arrival worked at Miramax, Legendary Entertainment, Wme.

Gary Barber’s freshly minted Spyglass Media Group has hired former Miramax television chief Lauren Whitney to serve as president of television, effective April 1.

Whitney will oversee development and production, for broadcast, cable and Ott services and will source IP and leverage library titles.

“Lauren has discerning taste, stellar industry relationships, and has overseen production on a variety of compelling series across all platforms,” said Spyglass chairman and CEO Barber, to whom Whitney will report. “We are fortunate to have Lauren’s talents and creative leadership as we build on our television business.
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Jim Carrey Says Awards Season Is A ‘Gigantic Clusterf*ck’ He’s Not Interested In

Jim Carrey Says Awards Season Is A ‘Gigantic Clusterf*ck’ He’s Not Interested In
Jim Carrey is expected to pick up his first acting Emmy nomination later this year for his work on the Showtime comedy series “Kidding,” but don’t expect the actor to drop everything so he can vigorously hit the awards season campaign trail. Carrey, who has rarely been an awards darling despite turning in beloved comedic and dramatic performances for decades, recently spoke to Vanity Fair about his annoyance with Oscar season and how campaigning is a game he just has no interest in playing.

“There’s a lot of monkey business that goes on around awards,” Carrey said when a reporter brought up he has yet to earn an Oscar nomination. “[It’s a] gigantic clusterfuck…if you don’t show up to a certain dinner, you screw your chances and all those things. I’ve never been real good at playing that game.”

“The only time I’ve ever felt a
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The Evils of ‘Elevated Horror’ — IndieWire Critics Survey

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

Even before “Us” enjoyed a record-shattering opening weekend, Jordan Peele’s latest horror movie had already reignited a familiar debate among critics and cinephiles: Is “elevated horror” a real thing, or is it just a reductive way of forcing a high/low hierarchy onto a genre that has always struggled to be taken seriously? Below, 17 film critics weigh in on one of the more contentious questions of contemporary cinema.



Ken Bakely (@kbake_99), Freelance for Film Pulse

In my experience, the term “elevated horror” usually confuses far more than it clarifies. There’s no single definition of what it means, thus causing obfuscation from the start, and it automatically adds an asterisk to an entire genre of movies; that is, implying that there needs to be a qualifying term for a horror movie
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Shooting the Shit With ‘Hellboy’: David Harbour on Reinventing the Franchise, Half-Demon Anatomy & More

One thing is clear about the new Hellboy reboot from director Neil Marshall: its star David Harbour really fucking loves playing Hellboy. It’s been a long day for the actor, who typically suits up as “Big Red” in the make-up chair first thing in the morning, a process that takes under two hours, and that’s where he remains for most of the day, under heavy prosthetics. Late one Monday, back in November 2017, filming had wrapped for the day, the last few stragglers were closing down the Bulgarian fort for the night, and Harbour went back in …
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