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Seth Rogen Teams With ‘Shazam’ Director & ‘The Batman’ Writer For Amazon Series ‘Fear Agent’

On a cold January day (such as the one I’m experiencing now…), there’s nothing better than a good ol’ stew to warm you up inside. And over at Amazon, it appears the studio has put together all the ingredients for one tasty, sci-fi stew that people will want to gobble up, titled “Fear Agent.”

According to THR, the “Fear Agent” stew includes names such as Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, David F.

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A24 & The Russo Brothers Team With ‘Swiss Army Man’ Filmmakers On New Sci-Fi Comedy Film

The filmmaking duo known as Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) has been quiet since the 2016 debut of their film “Swiss Army Man.” That film, simply dubbed the “farting corpse movie” by film fans, exploded on the film festival circuit and introduced the world to Daniels’ distinct style and flavor. However, since then, the duo hasn’t collaborated on a film and the world anxiously awaits whatever they have in store.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 12 Returns With Even More Competition

The two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality-Competition Series is back. VH1 announced today that the 12th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will debut on Friday, February 28th at 8 Pm Et/Pt. It comes on the heels of three-time Emmy winning host RuPaul Charles gracing the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, launching what appears to be a hit narrative Netflix show (“Aj and the Queen”) and set to host “Saturday Night Live” on February 8.

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Ethan Hawke Likes The Idea Of An Epilogue Film To Follow The ‘Before’ Trilogy

Held in high regard by many film fans, Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ trilogy of films is known not just for its intimate story between a man and a woman, with a relationship that spans almost two decades, but also for its timeliness. Like clockwork, every nine years, a new ‘Before’ film was released, beginning in 1995. However, though it doesn’t appear that a fourth film will be released in 2022 (nine years after 2013’s “Before Midnight”), one of the film’s stars is actually interested in pursuing a new entry in the relationship saga.

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‘The Turning’ Review: Mackenzie Davis Burns Up Feminist Twist on ‘The Innocents’

‘The Turning’ Review: Mackenzie Davis Burns Up Feminist Twist on ‘The Innocents’
Ever since #MeToo opened the world’s eyes to the horrors of toxic masculinity, horror filmmakers — particularly female ones — have been finding increasingly creative ways to imbue their work with fears unique to women. This past year alone, both Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale” and Sophia Takal’s “Black Christmas” used rape-revenge tropes as plot points, though to vastly different degrees of success.

In her stylish if not entirely bone-chilling new movie “The Turning,” director Floria Sigismondi shrewdly updates Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” to haunt her young protagonist with unwanted male attention and obsession. Updating the story that inspired Jack Clayton’s 1961 classic “The Innocents,” which followed the text more closely,

The film’s opening hews closely enough to the original novella, as the fresh-faced Kate (Mackenzie Davis) accepts an unusual position as governess for absurdly wealthy orphan Flora (Brooklynn Prince), who lives in an extravagant manor home.
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‘The Evening Hour’ Teaser: Braden King Returns to Sundance With an Elegiac Appalachian Drama

‘The Evening Hour’ Teaser: Braden King Returns to Sundance With an Elegiac Appalachian Drama
Nearly a decade after premiering his feature directorial debut, the Ben Foster-starring “Here,” at the Sundance Film Festival, Braden King returns with another new look at the unexpected bonds that rule in a quiet pocket of the world. King’s latest, “The Evening Hour,” stars up-and-comers Philip Ettinger and Cosmo Jarvis (“Lady Macbeth”) in an elegiac look at present-day Appalachia.

Cast as old pals who are forced to grapple with very adult concerns that have repercussions for their entire community, Ettinger and Jarvis lead a rich supporting cast to back them up. The film also stars Stacy Martin, Michael Trotter, Kerry Bishé, Lili Taylor, Marc Menchaca, Ross Partridge, Frank Hoyt Taylor, and Tess Harper. First-time screenwriter Elizabeth Palmore adapted Carter Sickels’ 2012 debut novel of the same name.

Per the film’s official Sundance synopsis: “Cole, a popular, young health aide at a nursing home living in rural Appalachia, makes
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‘Wake Up’ Trailer: Olivia Wilde Directs Margaret Qualley in A Brand-New Short

Ever since Olivia Wilde made her directorial debut on “Booksmart” last year, film fans have been anxiously awaiting her next project behind the camera. We just assumed we’d have to wait a while for her next feature before we see Wilde step into the director’s chair. However, thanks to a new short film, “Wake Up,” Wilde is giving fans a chance to see what else she can do as a helmer.

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Neon To Screen Bong Joon-Ho’s Black & White ‘Parasite’ In Theaters

While many are already making their predictions for which films will score the trophies at next month’s Oscars ceremony, there’s still time for studios to make efforts to promote their nominated works. And in the case of Neon, that means presenting the six-time nominee “Parasite” in black and white.

Read More: Bong Joon-ho Says ‘ParasiteHBO Series Will Be ‘High-Quality, Expanded Film’

According to the studio, not only is filmmaker Bong Joon-ho working on a black and white version of his 2019 masterpiece, but it’s going to get a small theatrical run in New York City and Los Angeles before the Academy Awards.

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Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, and More Challenge DGA Over ‘Parenthood Penalty’

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Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, and More Challenge DGA Over ‘Parenthood Penalty’
When filmmaker Jessica Dimmock, a Directors Guild of America member, needed time off work to bond with her new baby and recover from the birth in 2017, she encountered a little-known challenge: DGA policy demands members meet a minimum earnings requirement, and taking that time off meant losing her health insurance at a time when she needed it most. Now Dimmock, and some of Hollywood’s biggest names, want to change that rule.

Dimmock has penned an open letter to the DGA, published Wednesday on a newly created DGA Parenthood Penalty website, seeking an extension of the qualifying period for DGA health insurance coverage from 12 months to 18 months for new mothers, so that they can meet the annual earnings minimum.

The letter’s main request of the DGA is as follows: “New mothers should be afforded additional time to make their yearly minimum in the year that they give birth. This
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Bradley Cooper Proved Instrumental in ‘Joker’ Editing Room: ‘He Was a Huge Help’

Bradley Cooper Proved Instrumental in ‘Joker’ Editing Room: ‘He Was a Huge Help’
A Star Is Born” was Warner Bros.’ big Oscar contender at the 2019 Academy Awards, and this year the studio landed the most Oscar nominations for a single film with comic book movie “Joker,” which is set to compete in 11 categories when the ceremony takes place next month. What do these two Warner Bros. Oscar power players have in common? The answer is Bradley Cooper. The “A Star Is Born” filmmaker served as a producer on “Joker,” but it turns out his role was much greater and more hands on than some fans might expect. “Joker” editor Jeff Groth recently told Collider that Cooper was an instrumental figure in the “Joker” editing room.

“We kept this one pretty close to us,” Groth said when asked about test screening the film. “We screened it more personally for people and filmmakers. Bradley Cooper definitely came in a couple of times. He was a producer on the movie,
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George R.R. Martin Explains Why HBO Turned Down The Three-Movie Ending For ‘Game Of Thrones’

Way back in 2018, before the world was disappointed by David Benioff and Db Weiss’ final season of “Game of Thrones,” the series’ creators talked about the idea that they originally wanted to end the show with three theatrically-released films. The idea being that HBO could pay for six hours’ worth of films and gain some cash back in box office earnings. But then the idea was scrapped and the premium network basically wrote a blank check for Benioff and Weiss to finish the series on TV.

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“Since My Background was from Journalism I Had to Learn Film Language, and Relearn What I Thought About Storytelling”: Benjamin Ree on His Sundance Doc The Painter and the Thief

Spectacularly cinematic and employing a risk-taking structure that keeps the viewer as off-balance as the film’s emotionally fragile protagonists, The Painter and the Thief is the second feature-length doc from Norwegian director Benjamin Ree. The film follows the stranger-tha- fiction story of Barbora Kysilkova and Karl-Bertil Nordland, the former a Czech naturalist painter living in Oslo, the latter a Norwegian ex-con struggling with drug addiction. Their worlds collide when Nordland and an accomplice steal two of Kysilkova’s artworks from a local gallery, […]
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“Since My Background was from Journalism I Had to Learn Film Language, and Relearn What I Thought About Storytelling”: Benjamin Ree on His Sundance Doc The Painter and the Thief

Spectacularly cinematic and employing a risk-taking structure that keeps the viewer as off-balance as the film’s emotionally fragile protagonists, The Painter and the Thief is the second feature-length doc from Norwegian director Benjamin Ree. The film follows the stranger-tha- fiction story of Barbora Kysilkova and Karl-Bertil Nordland, the former a Czech naturalist painter living in Oslo, the latter a Norwegian ex-con struggling with drug addiction. Their worlds collide when Nordland and an accomplice steal two of Kysilkova’s artworks from a local gallery, […]
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Sundance 2020: The Most Diverse Lineup in History Shows Effort to Reach Underrepresented Communities

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Sundance 2020: The Most Diverse Lineup in History Shows Effort to Reach Underrepresented Communities
The diversity in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival lineup supports the organization’s mission to become increasingly inclusive. In the U.S. Dramatic Competition, 56% of the directors are people of color, a record. By comparison, during the 2017 and 2018 festivals, just 24% of U.S. Dramatic features had a director of color. Among the 66 films and 90 directors in all the competition categories this year, 44% of projects were directed by / 40% of directors are people of color, also an all-time high for the festival.

The outcome reflects the festival’s ongoing efforts to expand its reach as part of its programming process.

“Diversity has been a core component of Sundance’s mission since our inception,” said Kim Yutani, the festival’s Director of Programming. “We’re continually expanding our alliances and partnerships to ensure that we’re engaging communities where they are, and offering support that makes sense, and we’re continually evolving the Institute’s work.
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Channing Tatum To Star In Upcoming Disney Film ‘Bob The Musical’

Believe it or not, we haven’t had a real live-action Channing Tatum appearance in a film since 2017. That year, the actor was seen in films such as “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and “Logan Lucky.” Since then, he’s had a couple of voice roles, but that actor has been relatively quiet. Well, that’s about to change in a big, big way, as Tatum is now signed on to star in a musical, aptly titled “Bob The Musical.”

Read More: Channing Tatum To Co-Write, Co-Direct & Star In New Road Trip Comedy ‘Dog’

According to Variety, Tatum will star as the title character, a regular guy that wakes up to find that he’s living his worst nightmare trapped in a real-live musical.

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“We Have Around 10 Unplanned Appearances of People Riding Scooters in the Movie”: Carlos López Estrada | Summertime

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? Electric scooters. The movie is a love letter to contemporary Los Angeles as told by its youth, and these ended up becoming instrumental pieces in understanding Los Angeles culture today. In addition to being extremely helpful for our cast/crew to quickly move around our many urban locations, we have around 10 […]
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“We Have Around 10 Unplanned Appearances of People Riding Scooters in the Movie”: Carlos López Estrada | Summertime

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? Electric scooters. The movie is a love letter to contemporary Los Angeles as told by its youth, and these ended up becoming instrumental pieces in understanding Los Angeles culture today. In addition to being extremely helpful for our cast/crew to quickly move around our many urban locations, we have around 10 […]
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‘Duel Of The Fates’: Leaked Concept Art Gives A Better Look At Colin Trevorrow’s Aborted ‘Star Wars’ Film

Much like the stories they present, the world of films is filled with some incredible legend and lore. There are stories of actors turning down roles that could have been huge. Studios passing on projects that could have been amazing. Directors trying to push up their passion project up a mountain. And so on. Normally, these stories take years to surface, they become mythic over time, and they paint an intriguing picture of what could have been.

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“Wheelchairs, Crutches and Canes Take on New Shape and Meaning”: Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht | Crip Camp

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? The props—or tools—of the everyday lives of people with disabilities are part of the fabric of Crip Camp, present in every scene of the band of campers-turned-friends that our film traces through the 1970’s. In Crip Camp, wheelchairs, crutches and canes take on new shape and meaning: campers aren’t “wheelchair bound” […]
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“Wheelchairs, Crutches and Canes Take on New Shape and Meaning”: Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht | Crip Camp

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? The props—or tools—of the everyday lives of people with disabilities are part of the fabric of Crip Camp, present in every scene of the band of campers-turned-friends that our film traces through the 1970’s. In Crip Camp, wheelchairs, crutches and canes take on new shape and meaning: campers aren’t “wheelchair bound” […]
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