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Exclusive Photo: Marc Maron, Podcaster and Actor Featured in New Film ‘Sword of Trust’

Chicago – One of the most prominent podcasters of this particular era is Marc Maron, who famously broadcasts his “Wtf with Marc Maron” show from his garage. His mix of comedians, politicians and celebrities has brought him notoriety in the crowded field. He is dipping his toe into acting, with a lead in a new film “Sword of Trust.”

Mel (Marc Maron) is a cantankerous pawnshop owner in Alabama who spends most of his time swindling customers while trying and failing to get his man-child employee Nathaniel (Jon Bass) to do any work. When Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and her wife Mary (Michaela Watkins) try to hawk a Civil War-era sword inherited from Cynthia’s recently deceased grandfather, he tries to get the better of them. The sword, however, comes with a convoluted report from Cynthia’s grandfather claiming the relic to be proof the South actually won the war. This begins
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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Truth,’ Starring Ethan Hawke and Juliette Binoche, to Open Venice 2019

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Truth,’ Starring Ethan Hawke and Juliette Binoche, to Open Venice 2019
The 2019 Venice Film Festival will open August 28 with the world premiere of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s highly-anticipated new drama “The Truth,” starring Ethan Hawke opposite French legends Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. The drama is Kore-eda’s first film set outside his home country of Japan. The director’s last effort, “Shoplifters,” won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Truth” stars Deneuve as legendary French actress Fabienne and Binoche as her daughter, Lumir. Fabienne publishes a memoir about her life just as Lumir and her husband (Hawke) arrive in Paris to visit her, setting off a tense reunion between the mother and daughter that turns confrontational.

“The cast is prestigious, but the film itself recounts a small family story that takes place primarily inside a house,” Korea-eda said in a statement to Venice, while also noting he
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With ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Joker’ Likely, Venice Set for Strong Showing by U.S., Bolstered by Streamers

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With ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Joker’ Likely, Venice Set for Strong Showing by U.S., Bolstered by Streamers
Brad Pitt space odyssey “Ad Astra,” Noah Baumbach’s untitled new project, “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts,” Fernando Meirelles’ “The Pope,” the new “Rambo” installment, and heist thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” starring Mick Jagger as a reclusive art dealer, all look bound for the Venice Film Festival, sources tell Variety.

The fest is scheduled to unveil its initial lineup July 25. With just six weeks before the festival kicks off, director Alberto Barbera is scrambling to firm up his official selection, a process more down to the wire than usual.

At the moment, this year’s U.S. studio presence on the Lido does not look as if it will be as dominant as in recent editions, possibly because the Disney-Fox merger has slowed down the Hollywood pipeline a bit. But where the majors might be pulling back, the streamers are stepping in.

Netflix looks set
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‘Sword of Trust’ Film Review: Marc Maron’s Masterful Turn Exposes the Deep Roots of Lynn Shelton’s Comedy

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‘Sword of Trust’ Film Review: Marc Maron’s Masterful Turn Exposes the Deep Roots of Lynn Shelton’s Comedy
If ever there were a movie for our era, it is surely Lynn Shelton’s deceptively low-fi comedy “Sword of Trust,” which cheerfully skewers its targets even as it sweetly wears its heart on its sleeve.

The movie premiered at SXSW, and it’s safe to say Shelton is preaching to a pretty well-defined choir. If you connect to her liberal heroes, you’ll probably love the movie. If you favor her Maga-fied villains, you’re more likely to write nasty comments about her on Twitter. Given that she’s thought out every other aspect of the project with acerbic intelligence, one suspects she’s prepared for this schism, too.

The divide that cleaves America is, after all, the film’s foundation. And its locus is a grungy corner of Birmingham, Alabama, where Mel (comedian/podcaster Marc Maron) — a wisecracking Jewish blues musician from New Mexico — runs a sleepy pawnshop
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Robert De Niro Got Sent Pipe Bomb on His First Day of Filming ‘Joker’

Robert De Niro Got Sent Pipe Bomb on His First Day of Filming ‘Joker’
Robert De Niro was in the news last fall after a suspicious package containing a pipe bomb was sent to his Tribeca production office in New York City on October 25. The incident made national headlines, but one thing not known until now was that the explosive device arrived on the same day De Niro was set to begin filming his supporting role in the Warner Bros. tentpole “Joker.” The film’s director Todd Phillips revealed the detail to Empire magazine and said that the pipe bomb did not stop De Niro from fulfilling his commitment to the comic book movie.

“We had FBI guys showing up to search the set,” Phillips said. “And I thought, ‘Oh god, what’s he gonna be like?’ And he comes in like it’s nothing, just ready to rock, knew his shit. He’s amazing.”

Phillips has been vocal about using De Niro’s
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‘Joker’: Todd Phillips Says A Real Bomb Scare Didn’t Faze Robert De Niro On The First Day Of Shooting

‘Joker’: Todd Phillips Says A Real Bomb Scare Didn’t Faze Robert De Niro On The First Day Of Shooting
Warner Bros’ upcoming “Joker” is full of surprises. Hell, the fact that WB is even making a solo film about one of its most popular villains that apparently shares very little-to-no DNA with the comic books is a miracle in itself. Add to the fact that the film secured actors like Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro, you’re left with a film that would be super intriguing even if the main character wasn’t a homicidal clown.

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Todd Phillips Expects ‘Joker’ Backlash Because Film ‘Doesn’t Follow Anything From Comics’

Todd Phillips Expects ‘Joker’ Backlash Because Film ‘Doesn’t Follow Anything From Comics’
Now that “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has opened in theaters to big box office numbers, only one major superhero tentpole remains in 2019: “Joker.” The Warner Bros. fall tentpole from “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips stars Joaquin Phoenix as the infamous Batman villain. The movie might use the Joker character and the setting of Gotham City from the comic books, but it’s hardly an adaptation, During a recent chat with Empire magazine, Phillips says he’s fully preparing for comic book fans to be angry over just how unfaithful “Joker” is to the comics.

“We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about,” Phillips said. “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.
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‘Joker’: Director Todd Phillips Says He “Didn’t Follow Anything” From The Comic Books For His Batman Spin-Off

‘Joker’: Director Todd Phillips Says He “Didn’t Follow Anything” From The Comic Books For His Batman Spin-Off
If there is anything that is readily apparent after watching the first teaser for the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Films project “Joker,” it’s that director Todd Phillips is most definitely interested in telling his own story and isn’t beholden to any comic book lore. While the comic books have tried a few times to tell an origin story for Batman’s greatest villain, for the most part, Joker is a blank slate, ready for interpretation.

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Venice: Sylvester Stallone & ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Poised To Light Up The Lido?

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Venice: Sylvester Stallone & ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Poised To Light Up The Lido?
Exclusive: Things are heating up in regards to the Venice Film Festival after we exclusively reported yesterday that Warner BrosJoker is eyeing the awards season launchpad. Now comes word that Sylvester Stallone could light up the Lido with Rambo: Last Blood, which is due to get a September 20 release stateside via Lionsgate and an Italian release soon after. Nothing has been set, but buzz is building about a potential special screening. Sly has previous history with the festival having received its Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award in 2009 and also being on hand for the official screening of Cop Land back in 1997. Stallone was feted at Cannes this year where he showed a rapt audience first footage of the fourth installment in the money-spinning Rambo franchise. This go-around Sly’s John Rambo pits his wits against a Mexican Cartel. Adrian Grunberg (Get The Gringo) directs the well-sold Millennium movie
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‘Joker’ & The New Roman Polanski Film Could Be Heading To Venice Later This Year

‘Joker’ & The New Roman Polanski Film Could Be Heading To Venice Later This Year
Recently, it was announced that Warner Bros. is sitting out this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. This is especially interesting because the studio has multiple comic book properties on the slate, with the highly-anticipated “Joker” coming in October. However, according to a new report, it appears that WB might have bigger aspirations for the villainous film.

Deadline is reporting that there’s “chatter” that says Todd Phillips’ upcoming “Joker,” which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, and Robert De Niro, might actually be primed for a Venice Film Festival appearance.

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Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Eyes Potential Awards Season Launch at Venice Film Festival — Report

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Eyes Potential Awards Season Launch at Venice Film Festival — Report
Superhero films aren’t the kind of movies one necessarily associates with major international film festivals, but that could soon change thanks to Warner Bros.’ upcoming fall tentpole “Joker.” A new report from Deadline says the Joaquin Phoenix-starring comic book drama could be heading to the Venice Film Festival, the event most associated with the kickoff to the fall awards season. Sources tell Deadline “Joker” is sitting out Comic-Con (reports have already hit that Warner Bros. is skipping this year) in “favor of a fall springboard which might just be Venice.”

Warner Bros. has often used the Venice Film Festival to launch its Oscar contenders. Last year, the studio brought Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to the Lido for the headline-making world premiere of “A Star Is Born.” The music drama was a big hit at the festival and went on to earn eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture,
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‘Myst’ Film and TV Rights Sold to Village Roadshow

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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) has acquired the film and TV rights to best-selling video game franchise “Myst,” the company announced on Wednesday. The company will rely on and expand upon the game’s existing mythology to develop a multi-platform universe including film, scripted and unscripted television content.

Created in 1993 by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller through their company, Cyan, “Myst” is a series of first-person graphic adventure-puzzle video games. Village Roadshow will develop and produce alongside the original co-creator Rand Miller and his youngest brother Ryan Miller, as well as Isaac Testerman and Yale Rice at Delve Media.

Vreg will take a full-scale approach to developing “Myst” into content across all divisions with the Company’s entire creative team working together to adapt these projects across film and television. Under the direction of its controlling shareholder, Vine Alternative Investments, Vreg recently set a new mandate with the appointment of
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‘Joker': Joaquin Phoenix Isn’t Clowning Around in Creepy New Image From DC Comics Film

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‘Joker': Joaquin Phoenix Isn’t Clowning Around in Creepy New Image From DC Comics Film
Supervillains! They’re just like us! They brush their teeth, put their pants on one leg at a time, and meticulously apply their creepy makeup by hand. Or so it would seem in a new image from Warner Bros.’ upcoming supervillain origin story “Joker.

Posted by director Todd Phillips, the black and white pic shows “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix sitting in front of a vanity mirror applying the white face paint Batman’s arch nemesis is known for. Looks like this version of the clown prince of crime definitely won’t have his skin permanently dyed white.

“Finishing touches,” Phillips wrote as the photo’s caption.

Meanwhile, in case any of you out there were still unsure, Phillips says “Joker” is definitely gonna be rated R. “It will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot.
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Brian Tyree Henry joins horror sequel A Quiet Place 2

After pushing up its release date by two months last week, we now have a new piece of casting news for John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place 2, with The Wrap revealing that Emmy nominee Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) has been cast in the horror sequel in an undisclosed role.

The film will continue the story of the hit 2018 movie, with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe all reprising their roles and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) also joining the cast. Plot details are being kept tightly under wraps at present.

Henry has a host of projects incoming, including Child’s Play, Joker, The Woman in the Window, Super Intelligence and Godzilla vs. Kong. He also recently signed on to star alongside Jennifer Lawrence in an as-yet-untitled drama from acclaimed theater director Lila Neugebauer.

A Quiet Place 2 is set for release on March 20th 2020.

The post Brian Tyree Henry
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Warner Bros’ Strategy Against Disney: ‘It’s Like Baseball – Hit It Where They Ain’t’

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The 2019 Produced By Conference kicked off Saturday with Warner Bros.’ film and TV heads Toby Emmerich and Peter Roth discussing the future of the studio in an industry where the shadows of Disney and streaming are getting bigger and bigger.

Emmerich admitted to the Producers Guild of America members in attendance that he’s “jealous” of Disney and the army of Fox, Marvel and Lucasfilm titles they have assembled, but also said he was confident that there are still opportunities for Warner Bros. to thrive.

“Disney is going to be No. 1 for the foreseeable future,” the studio chairman said. “But I do think there’s a chance for us and other studios like Universal because Disney and Fox have a very specific type of focus. That gives us a chance to take specific risks with theatrical releases that they wouldn’t take. It’s like baseball: hit it where they ain’t.
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Bron Creative, MGM Make $100 Million, Multi-Pic Co-Financing Deal

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MGM has made a multi-picture $100 million co-financing deal with Bron Creative, the joint venture between Aaron L. Gilbert’s Bron Studios, and Jason Cloth’s Creative Wealth Media. The venture will start out with co-fi’s on films that include MGM’s The Addams Family, Legally Blonde 3, Candyman, Respect, The Thomas Crown Affair and Robocop, as well as the Orion offerings Child’s Play, Bad Trip and Gretel and Hansel. This is the first such deal between MGM and Gilbert and Cloth, who will be credited as executive producers on the films.

Said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s Motion Picture Group President, “This multi-picture deal builds upon the growing strength of our film business with a strategic investment for the future. Building on our incredibly robust library of titles is the cornerstone of the studio’s ongoing effort to be the leading independent producer of content in our industry. We
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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Debuts Gal Gadot’s New Gold Armor, Teasing New Sequel Powers

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Debuts Gal Gadot’s New Gold Armor, Teasing New Sequel Powers
Did Patty Jenkins just spoil something big about the upcoming Warner Bros. tentpole “Wonder Woman 1984”? The director announced on social media “1984” will not be coming to San Diego Comic-Con later this summer, but the bad news was made a bit easier with the debut of a visually eye-popping new poster for the blockbuster. The one-sheet includes the image of Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince wearing the iconic Gold Armor from the comic books, which means Wonder Woman could be taking flight on the big screen in 2020.

Wonder Woman 1984” is set to follow Diana during the Cold War as she comes into conflict with the Soviet Union and a new foe called Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). Jenkins and Gadot have kept additional plot details under wraps, which is why the debut of Gadot wearing the Gold Armor should prove exciting for comic book fans. In the comics, Diana’s Gold
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Joker Will Reportedly Have A Hard R-Rating When It Hits Theaters

Little is known about the upcoming DC film Joker, other than the fact that it looks completely twisted. It should then surprise no one that the movie is expected to receive a hard R-rating when it hits theaters.

The origin story of Batman’s most infamous villain is sure to be filled with plenty of depravity and darkness. Factors such as nudity, drug usage, language and violence all play a hand in what rating a feature gets, and given the moral bankruptcy of the titular character, it’s highly possible that the audience will witness all of that and more onscreen.

While comic book adaptations typically try to aim for a PG-13 rating in order to draw in the widest audience possible, it isn’t completely abnormal for these films to lean into an R grade. This strategy worked for blockbusters like Logan and Deadpool, as well as DC’s
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Matthew Vaughn Reveals Rejected Plans for Unorthodox ‘Man of Steel’ Reboot

Matthew Vaughn Reveals Rejected Plans for Unorthodox ‘Man of Steel’ Reboot
The box office success of “Man of Steel” in 2013 inspired Warner Bros.’ plans for a cinematic universe featuring other DC Comics characters. Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, it was followed by “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” in 2016, “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” in 2017, “Aquaman” in 2018, and “Shazam!” in 2019. But after the relative box-office failure of “Justice League,” the studio seems to have abandoned an McU-style shared universe in favor of more director-led and character-driven installments — and both Ben Affleck, who played Batman, and Cavill himself have walked away from their roles.

What’s remarkable is that there never was a “Man of Steel 2” but in a new interview “X-Men: First Class” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” director Matthew Vaughn reminds fans that he was being eyed by Warner Bros. to direct that sequel around 2017.

Speaking to Polygon, Vaughn shares his vision for a
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum’ Leads Winners at Golden Trailer Awards

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum’ Leads Winners at Golden Trailer Awards
After reaching franchise highs at the box office and helping to kick off the summer movie season in style, “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” picked up some early hardware to go with it, taking home Best of Show at this year’s Golden Trailer Awards.

On Wednesday night in downtown La, 20 years after the awards were first given out, a number of teasers, TV spots, and video game previews were singled out as worthy of praise from among the year’s trailers. Past overall Best of Show winners include “Wonder Woman,” “Spotlight,” and the award’s inaugural winner, “The Matrix.”

“John Wick” also beat out fellow curiously punctuated competitors “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” and “Shazam!” in the Best Action trailer category for the official look below:

Naturally, after its first trailer set the internet ablaze last fall, “A Star is Born” was named the winner in Best Drama, Best Romance, and Best TV Spot.
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