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Emmys Shocker: Donald Glover's 'Guava Island' Out of Race (Exclusive)

Emmys Shocker: Donald Glover's 'Guava Island' Out of Race (Exclusive)
TV Academy favorite Donald Glover will not be a 2019 Emmys contender, after all.

Glover's acclaimed FX show Atlanta, for which he won best directing for a comedy series and best actor in a comedy series Emmys in 2017, was not on the air over the past year, but a side project of his, Guava Island, was — specifically, on Amazon Prime — and was widely expected to be a top contender in a host of Emmy categories. However, contrary to reports previously published by other outlets, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Guava Island will not even be submitted for voter consideration.

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Royalty Helped Make Donald Glover a Superstar. Their Next Plans Are Bigger.

Royalty Helped Make Donald Glover a Superstar. Their Next Plans Are Bigger.
Childish Gambino is about to die.

It’s still unclear what, exactly, that means. The next Childish Gambino album, which has been repeatedly teased as the project’s last gasp, could simply be the death of a moniker; it could mean the end of Donald Glover’s music career entirely. Fam Udeorji, Gambino’s longtime manager, is absurdly calm about this, and won’t let on what any of it means.

“I don’t know if you want to hype a death up,” he says. “It’s more so this chapter is over.
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Mike Mills, Alicia Vikander, and The National Made the Most Beautiful Visual Album of All Time

Mike Mills, Alicia Vikander, and The National Made the Most Beautiful Visual Album of All Time
The National were supposed to take a break. They sure as hell deserved one. After 20 years of tirelessly burnishing their reputation as the country’s most consistent rock band — after selling almost 1 million records, becoming President Obama’s de facto campaign soundtrack, and laying down the definitive rendition of “The Rains of Castamere” along the way — a little time off sounded like a good idea. The National had just released “Sleep Well Beast,” their emotionally fraught seventh album, and this traveling circus of middle-aged dads was just one quick massive world tour away from the breather they’d been chasing for so long. “Let’s just survive this” is how lead singer Matt Berninger sums up the group’s shared attitude at the time.

And then, on September 3, 2017, filmmaker Mike Mills sent Berninger the email that changed everything.

“I’d just finished the press stuff for ‘20th Century Women,’ and
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“We Are Happy to Welcome Broken Things Into Our Film”: Dp Christian Sprenger on Using the Alexa Lf As a 16mm Doppelgänger for Guava Island

In Guava Island, a musician (Donald Glover) incurs the wrath of a tropical despot when his plans for a celebratory music festival threaten to shutter the fictional isle’s silk factory for a day. The film, which runs 55 minutes with musical interludes from Glover’s alter ego Childish Gambino, features many of the talents behind the FX show Atlanta. That includes Emmy winning cinematographer Christian Sprenger, who spoke to Filmmaker about working on location in Cuba and his magic formula for making the Alexa Lf look like 16mm film. Guava Island is currently streaming on […]
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“We Are Happy to Welcome Broken Things Into Our Film”: Dp Christian Sprenger on Using the Alexa Lf As a 16mm Doppelgänger for Guava Island

In Guava Island, a musician (Donald Glover) incurs the wrath of a tropical despot when his plans for a celebratory music festival threaten to shutter the fictional isle’s silk factory for a day. The film, which runs 55 minutes with musical interludes from Glover’s alter ego Childish Gambino, features many of the talents behind the FX show Atlanta. That includes Emmy winning cinematographer Christian Sprenger, who spoke to Filmmaker about working on location in Cuba and his magic formula for making the Alexa Lf look like 16mm film. Guava Island is currently streaming on […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine »

Animating Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ Like a ‘Pink Panther’-Inspired Tropical Folk Tale

Animating Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ Like a ‘Pink Panther’-Inspired Tropical Folk Tale
With “Guava Island,” producer Donald Glover and his “Atlanta” director Hiro Murai expanded on Glover’s Childish Gambino music persona. The hour-long short film/music video hybrid stars Glover and Rihanna in an adventure about a music festival with unexpected complications. Shot secretly in Cuba for four weeks, Glover and Murai chose to animate the opening titles and prologue to underscore “Guava Island”‘s unique cultural and historical backstory. Los Angeles animation studio Six Point Harness (Adult Swim’s “Apollo Gauntlet”) landed the gig by making an elaborate design pitch.

But with precious little information about the secretive project, Six Point Harness had to be boldly imaginative in hooking Glover and Murai. “We soaked up inspiration from numerous sources,” said Harness creative director, Greg Franklin, “from calypso-styled wall art of the 1960s and ’70s; to ephemeral, exotic travel posters by Pan Am; to diverse painters of fine and pop art,
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‘Avengers: Endgame': Our Hopes, Predictions and Greatest Fears

‘Avengers: Endgame': Our Hopes, Predictions and Greatest Fears
What happens in “Avengers: Endgame”? We have no idea. But in the latest “Low Key” podcast, we talk about our hopes, predictions and fears for the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe stories we’ve followed for more than a decade. You can listen on Apple or right here:

To be 100 percent clear: podcast co-hosts Keith Dennie, Aaron Lanton and I have not, as of this writing, seen “Endgame,” or heard any spoilers. We’ve carefully avoided leaked scenes, and covered our ears whenever friends tried to drop hints.

So this episode of “Low Key” is based only on our opinions — and our fandom of the 21 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. We don’t claim to know everything — anyone else have trouble keeping track of all the Infinity Stones? — but we do love the movies and the comics that inspired them.

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Why Ramy Youssef Doesn’t Intend ‘Ramy’ to Represent Every Muslim Experience

  • The Wrap
Why Ramy Youssef Doesn’t Intend ‘Ramy’ to Represent Every Muslim Experience
Ramy Youssef says that the first time his mom watched his new Hulu show “Ramy,” she was shocked: Was this show supposed to represent a typical Muslim home?

He told his mother the show was called “Ramy” because it was strictly about his experience.

“I didn’t want to claim at any point that I was speaking for anyone other than myself,” the New Jersey comedian told TheWrap. “This is just one type of Arab Muslim family. We have different food and different experiences from other Arabs.”

“Ramy” follows an Egyptian-American millennial named Ramy Hassan and played by Youssef. He lives at home with his religious parents while also trying to go on dates at hookah bars and hang out with his friends. Each episode focuses on moments when Hassan’s two worlds collide.

Also Read: Let's Discuss 'Guava Island,' Where Donald Glover Meets Bob Marley

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Water Cooler: Game of Thrones, Barry, Star Wars, Guava Island, Veep, Dark Side of the Ring, Detour, Little, Twilight Zone, Tokyo Story

Water Cooler: Game of Thrones, Barry, Star Wars, Guava Island, Veep, Dark Side of the Ring, Detour, Little, Twilight Zone, Tokyo Story
On the April 17 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about what we’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. You can subscribe to /Film Daily […]

The post Water Cooler: Game of Thrones, Barry, Star Wars, Guava Island, Veep, Dark Side of the Ring, Detour, Little, Twilight Zone, Tokyo Story appeared first on /Film.
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The Beyonce Album Drop Is a Perfect Portrait of the Future of Music

The Beyonce Album Drop Is a Perfect Portrait of the Future of Music
Homecoming, the Beyoncé concert film documentary that dropped on Netflix Wednesday, arrived with a little (or not little) surprise in tow: a two-hour, 40-track live album, available for immediate listening on all major music-streaming services.

The hefty new record, titled Homecoming: the Live Album and featuring recordings from Beyoncé’s headline performance at Coachella in 2018, as well as a handful of re-recordings and fresh tracks, came out shortly after midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday morning, with streaming services like Apple Music promoting the cover art just as Netflix was promoting
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‘Guava Island’ Explained: Understanding Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Surprise Film

  • Variety
‘Guava Island’ Explained: Understanding Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Surprise Film
Donald Glover continues to grow and impress as an artist, adding the short film “Guava Island” to his already impressive resume of Grammy-winning music as Childish Gambino and his Emmy-winning show “Atlanta.”

The 55-minute movie seemingly came out of nowhere. In early April, Spotify began running ads for “Guava Island” and created a hidden playlist inspired by the film. Amazon Prime Video released a short teaser last week showing Glover and Rihanna dancing in radiant beach outfits to drum beats. Then, Glover exclusively showed the film to Coachella-goers on Saturday as a part of his headlining set. For 18 hours, anyone could watch the movie for free on Amazon Prime Video, but now only subscribers can view it.

Somewhere between an extended TV episode and a feature-length film, “Guava Island” tackles a lot of themes in its tight runtime. With FX’s “Atlanta” on hiatus, the movie could be the key
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Warner Bros., Amazon and Paramount Tease Upcoming Films at Coachella

Though Coachella is Southern California's most popular music festival, the film industry got in on the Weekend 1 action by teasing forthcoming films. Annapurna, Warner Bros., MoviePass, Amazon Studios and Paramount Pictures were some of the Hollywood companies and studios to host activations and A-list parties in the desert from Thursday to Saturday.

See how Guava Island, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, Booksmart and Rocketman were feted at Coachella 2019.

Paramount Pictures

Paramount got crafty at designer Rachel Zoe’s annual Zoeasis party at the Parker Palm Springs hotel on Friday afternoon. The studio hosted an Elton John activation with an arts-and-crafts table ahead ...
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Guava Island review — Donald Glover's film has more style than substance

A short film from the minds behind Atlanta and This is America, is caught between a musical and a morality tale, and gravely misuses Rihanna

Shot in a postcard-like 4x3 aspect ratio and with an earthy, desaturated grain that lends the sights and sounds of island life a certain timeless and elemental character, Guava Island, a 55-minute film dropped by Donald Glover and his close collaborator Hiro Murai over Coachella weekend, is a reliable feast for both the eyes and ears. That, unfortunately, is about all it is: there’s more parable than plot, more symbolism than story, and the Island Girl herself, Rihanna, is criminally underused as Kofi, the twinkly-eyed girlfriend of Glover’s Deni, a local radio singer whose attempts to throw an all-night music festival are thwarted by the island’s iron-fisted despot Red Cargo.

Related: Coachella day three review: Ariana Grande on fire and Pusha T on an iceberg

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‘Shazam!’ Leads a Weak Weekend as the Box-Office Addiction to Superheroes Grows

‘Shazam!’ Leads a Weak Weekend as the Box-Office Addiction to Superheroes Grows
Events are considered box-office salvation. Case in point: This week brought the trailer debut of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and next week is the debut of “Avengers: Endgame.” Both are, to put it mildly, highly anticipated.

However, this week also saw the detailed, appetite-whetting announcement of the Disney+ streaming service as well as “Guava Island,” a just-under one-hour musical starring Donald Glover and Rihanna that premiered at the Coachella Music Festival before showing on Amazon Prime for a brief period Saturday. The social media attention these events received dwarfed interest in any standard theatrical release this weekend. And then add the “Game of Thrones” final season opener to the mix.

Four new wide movies debuted, with the lower-budget “Little” showing the best total with $15.5 million. It placed second to “Shazam!”, despite the D.C. Comics film’s 53% second-week drop.

For individual films, the news is more downbeat than positive.
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How Donald Glover and His Team of Collaborators Wrote, Then Made, ‘Guava Island’

How Donald Glover and His Team of Collaborators Wrote, Then Made, ‘Guava Island’
The creative process that would eventually lead to the critically acclaimed Atlanta began, inadvertently, with a former child actor, porn star and viral rapper. In 2013, Abella Anderson was the center of adult entertainment, Danielle Fishel was years removed from playing Topanga on Boy Meets World, and Trinidad James was still running off “All Gold Everything” fumes. They all starred in Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, the visual prelude to Childish Gambino’s 2013 album Because The Internet.

The short film was the brainchild of a pre-Grammys, pre-Emmys, pre-Golden Globes Donald Glover
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Everything We Know About Donald Glover and Rihanna's New Amazon Film, Guava Island

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Everything We Know About Donald Glover and Rihanna's New Amazon Film, Guava Island
When Donald Glover and Rihanna posted a photo of them together months ago, the internet was instantly buzzing with rumors that they were working on a project. Turns out, the rumors were right: the duo have filmed a new movie, Guava Island, and the trailer first debuted at the Pharos Festival in New Zealand. Details about the secret movie are still scant, but here's what we know so far.

The trailer - interestingly billed as "a Childish Gambino film" - shows Glover at the center of a music-filled series of shots. He appears to play a musician who's tired of the constant pressures of the business. We know that Rihanna plays his character's girlfriend, based on the beginning of the trailer where the two flirt while he plays guitar. Other than that, most of the trailer follows Glover running through the streets of what looks like a town in some
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Donald Glover’s Film, ‘Guava Island,’ Set To Premiere At Coachella Then Stream On Amazon

Donald Glover‘s long-awaited film, Guava Island, is set to premiere at Coachella on Thursday, and then it’ll stream on Amazon until 6 p.m. Pst on Saturday. The film directed by Glover’s frequent collaborator, Hiro Murai, is about a local musician who throws a music festival for his island community. It features Rihanna, Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie in supporting roles. Amazon Studios […]
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‘Guava Island’ Review: Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Film Probably Played Better at Coachella

‘Guava Island’ Review: Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Film Probably Played Better at Coachella
Donald Glover described “Guava Island” as “one of my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on,” and it shows: Every minute of this hour-long short film/music video hybrid exudes the passion of the team behind it. Directed by Hiro Murai, who also helmed the beloved “This Is America” video and has earned acclaim for his work on “Atlanta,” “Barry,” and “Legion,” it’s nevertheless billed as a Childish Gambino film — and that may be its Achilles heel. For all of the film’s vibrant energy, “Guava Island” isn’t a standalone work so much as a tie-in to its creator and star’s ever-ascending career that offers limited rewards to anyone who isn’t already on board.

It’s made with care and precision — cinematographer Christian Sprenger, who also works on “Atlanta” and shot on grainy 16mm, is the absolute Mvp — but there isn’t much content behind the
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Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Movie Guava Island Premieres After Childish Gambino’s Coachella Set

Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Movie Guava Island Premieres After Childish Gambino’s Coachella Set
What can’t Donald Glover do?

Right after his musical alter-ego Childish Gambino finished performing at Coachella on Friday night, Glover, 35, dropped his new movie Guava Island on Amazon Prime.

The 54-minute film — which also stars Rihanna — has been kept mysteriously under wraps for months and was filmed in Cuba. The movie follows the story of Deni Maroon, played by Glover, a musician who wants to set up a music festival. Rihanna stars as Maroon’s girlfriend, Kofi Novia.

“I’m really humbled having the opportunity to present something this timely and timeless. Between Rihanna and the people of Cuba,
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Watch ‘Guava Island’ Childish Gambino Movie Online Free

Early Saturday the Childish Gambino i.e. Donald Glover and Hiro Murai film project Guava Island featuring Rihanna, Glover, Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie premiered at Coachella. The project's details were secretive until recently and now everyone has a chance to watch it.

If you weren't at Coachella 2019 or watching the live Coachella stream online then don't worry about missing out. Amazon stepped up and grabbed the streaming rights to Guava Island and immediately made it available online exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member then simply signup for a free 30-day trial of Prime and you'll be able to watch Guava Island online free. Afterward you can ditch the Prime free trial right before it expires, or signup for a year and enjoy all the Prime benefits.

Amazon Prime video, where Guava Island currently resides, can be found on the Amazon app via Fire Stick or Fire TV,
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