Melanie Lynskey’s ‘Little Boxes’ Finds Home at Gunpowder & Sky
Gunpowder & Sky has picked up the rights to Rob Meyer’s “Little Boxes” starring Melanie Lynskey and Nelsan Ellis, the studio announced on Monday. Written by Annie J. Howell, “Little Boxes” will hit theaters on April 14. The film also stars Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence and Janeane Garofalo. “Little Boxes” follows Clark (Jackson) who is the new biracial kid in a very white town. He discovers that to be cool, he needs to act “more black.” Meanwhile, his parents try to adjust to small-town living after having lived in New York. See Video: Tribeca: Cary Fukunaga's 'Little Boxes' Finds Melanie Lynskey, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Brie Larson Refused to Clap for Casey Affleck After Presenting Him with the Oscar for Best Actor
Casey Affleck took home his very first Academy Award Sunday night, after winning Best Actor for his role of Lee Chandler in “Manchester by the Sea.” The actor had been a front-runner for the Oscar since the drama was screened at Sundance. However, Casey’s nomination aroused much controversy following the renewed focus on two lawsuits against him alleging sexual harassment, both of which had been settled out of court.
And, on Sunday night, there wasn’t much enthusiasm from the crowd when Affleck was announced as the winner. Brie Larson, who presented the award to Affleck, did not seem happy at all and even refused to clap for the actor. After handing him the statuette, the actress —who has been a vocal advocate for sexual assault survivors— stepped back and stood with her arms down. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
‘Barbecue’ Exclusive Teaser Trailer and Poster: SXSW Documentary Premiere Is Cooking Up Something Tasty and Informative — Watch
This one is smoking — literally.
There’s probably no better festival on earth more deliciously equipped to debut a film all about the art and craft of barbecuing than Austin, Texas’ own SXSW, and fortunately for fans of both movies and meat, that’s exactly where Matthew Salleh’s appropriately titled “Barbecue” is making its bow.
The documentary promises to serve up a film that’s about way more than “grilling a piece of meat. It’s a ritual performed religiously across the world. For some it’s a path to salvation. It is the pride of nations. And the stories told around the fires become a way to bring the world together.” In short — it’s much, much more than food.
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The new documentary explores barbecue as far more than a tasty way to cook up some grub, »
- Kate Erbland
James Corden Spoofs ‘La La Land’ Audition Song to Mock That Oscars Best Picture Flub
Wearing a red wig and lavender sweater, Corden was the spitting image of Emma Stone’s character Mia in “La La Land” — as long as you looked at him from behind — as he spoofed Mia’s crucial audition for a role that could make or break her career as an actress.
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Mia was encouraged to tell a story in lieu of the usual audition, and that became the Oscar-nominated song that we know today. Corden sang a similar song that instead addressed the Oscar gaffe that had accidentally named “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner before the mistake was discovered and the real winner, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Watch ‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins’ Student Short Film ‘My Josephine’
Filmmaking can be a battle, and sometimes it pays to have your friends by your side. And Oscar winner Barry Jenkins, whose “Moonlight” took home Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and of course, Best Picture at the Oscars, has kept his colleagues close. His short student film “My Josephine” featured cinematography by James Laxton and production design by Joi McMillon, both of whom would go on to work with him on “Moonlight” (Laxton stayed behind the camera and also worked on Jenkins’ debut feature “Medicine For Melancholy,” while McMillon stepped into the editing bay with Nat Sanders, who also worked on ‘Medicine’).
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jon Stewart Gives Media Some Donald Trump Advice: ’Kick Him to the Curb’ — Watch
Jon Stewart just couldn’t stay away.
Although it’s been two years since Jon Stewart presided over “The Daily Show,” he joined his former Comedy Central host on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to send an important message. In the wake of the President’s press secretary Sean Spicer banning specific news outlets from the informal press briefing last week, Stewart decided to address the media directly.
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Framed as a friend giving advice to someone who’s just been dumped, Stewart first pointed out that anyone who says “Believe me” repeatedly is lying. Who wants to date a liar?
Then Stewart launched into the tough love: “Hey guys, hey media. So I heard Donald Trump broke up with you. Stings a little, doesn’t it? Finally thought you’d met your »
- Hanh Nguyen
Exclusive: A Horrible Discovery Is Made In Clip From Netflix Docu-Series ‘Shadow Of Truth’
Real life intrigue and mystery can make for captivating entertainment, and if you’ve been needing something to feed your need for “Making A Murderer” or “Serial” style storytelling, then it’s time to fire up Netflix. “Shadow of Truth” will more than satisfy that craving.
Put together by filmmakers Yotam Guendelman, Ari Pines and Mika Timor, this massive Israeli hit dives into the mysterious death of 13 year-old Tair Rada, and investigation which turns up more questions than answers.
Continue reading Exclusive: A Horrible Discovery Is Made In Clip From Netflix Docu-Series ‘Shadow Of Truth’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Okja’ Teaser Trailer: Tilda Swinton Battles a Beast in Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix Monster Movie
Co-written by Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”), “Okja” tells the story of Mija (played by South Korean actress Ahn Seo-hyun), a young girl who lives in the deep woods of the Gangwon Province of South Korea. Mija will do everything in her power to prevent a powerful company from taking her best friend, a massive beast named Okja. “It’s a very shy and introverted animal. It’s a unique animal that we’ve not seen before,” the director told Entertainment Weekly.
This trailer offers a first glimpse of Okja, a large creature with big brown eyes, while Swinton’s character »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Academy Apologizes For Oscars “Envelope Gate”
Nobody knew the Oscars could be so complicated. One of the biggest flubs in the show’s history — “La La Land” being mistakenly awarded Best Picture — is still being felt, and while the moment does have some silver linings, and shouldn’t overshadow the monumental achievement of “Moonlight,” there’s still the sense that there’s some explaining to do, and repercussions to follow. And the The Academy is promising just that.
Continue reading Academy Apologizes For Oscars “Envelope Gate” at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Benedict Cumberbatch to Executive Produce and Star in ‘Melrose’ for Showtime
The TV adaptation is based on the Patrick Melrose novels created by Edward St. Aubyn. David Nicholls (“Far from the Madding Crowd”) is writing all five episodes; the search is on for an auteur director to helm the five episodes.
Production begins in August on the limited series, which will be filmed in New York, London and France. The international co-production will be produced by Sky Atlantic along with Showtime.
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According to Showtime, “Cumberbatch will play Melrose, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior. Asked in 2013 if he could play any literary character ever, Cumberbatch shared in »
- Michael Schneider
Discover ‘Okja’ With The First Trailer For Bong Joon-Ho’s New Film With Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, More
While Netflix has proven a boon to creatives who want to tell original stories, there is one drawback that gets lost in the conversation: sometimes, you want to see those Netflix original productions on the big screen. And while the streaming service has done cursory theatrical bows for their pictures, the fact is that most people wind up watching it on their laptop, mobile device or television. Which is all to say that I hope Bong Joon-Ho‘s upcoming “Okja” does have a shot at hitting the multiplex.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Oscars 2017: Jimmy Kimmel Explains What Happened During Best Picture Mix-Up
The 2017 Oscars was easily one of the most insane in recent memory, with major upsets all night long before the final category really went nuclear. What happened, exactly? In the clip below from “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” show host Jimmy Kimmel gives the full play-by-play on the chaotic moments surrounding the mix-up that led Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to announce “La La Land” as the winner of Best Picture, instead of rightful winner “Moonlight.”
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In case you were wondering, Kimmel promised that there was no hint of a prank involved, because “If I had pulled a prank in that situation, I wouldn’t have just had the wrong winner’s name in the envelope – when they opened it, there would have been a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon inside. It was not a prank. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Taken’ Review: Everything Wrong With the NBC Adaptation of Liam Neeson’s Movies — No One Even Gets Taken!
Disastrous film adaptations on broadcast television are nothing new. They’ve been popping up for decades, and — despite the many flops — network executives continue to apply cross promotional deal mechanics to generate revenue streams for synergy jargon. They love extending a brand’s lifespan via TV, and hey, sometimes it works. “Lethal Weapon,” one of the better examples of late, was just renewed for a second season and remains a treat for franchise fans and “Rectify” die-hards. (Clayne Crawford, keep up the good work.) It works, among other reasons, because the movies were made to fit the procedural formula. The show compliments what inspired it in spirit, character, and execution.
“Taken,” however, represents what happens when everything goes wrong. What made the movie special is ignored again and again in the new series. Though the films arguably proved why the original premise wasn’t sustainable — after two movies, filmmakers stopped »
- Ben Travers
Jimmy Kimmel Producers Reveal Oscars Secrets – What You Didn’t Know Happened Behind the Scenes
As confusion enveloped the Oscars stage on Sunday night, and it became apparent that a mistake had been made in announcing the Best Picture winner, host Jimmy Kimmel’s writers felt another tinge of panic.
“My immediate reaction, when Warren came out and said ‘I read the wrong card,’ was ‘oh my God, Jimmy is going to be blamed for this,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” head writer Molly McNearney said. “Everyone right now thinks Jimmy Kimmel is playing a prank on the Oscars. And this is not good.”
Added her fellow head writer Danny Ricker: “I had to convince my mom that it wasn’t fake!”
As they prepped for Monday’s all-new edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (no rest for the Oscar weary!), McNearney and Ricker took a moment to share with IndieWire some of the evening’s most memorable moments. And there were a bunch – starting with that »
- Michael Schneider
10 Legendary Live Flubs, From Steve Harvey to ‘Saturday Night Live’
Live TV comes with certain risks, and Sunday’s Oscars snafu – in which “La La Land,” not “Moonlight,” was mistakenly named Best Picture at first – is a reminder of that. The occasional slip of the tongue or even pranks can lead a few buzzy, unpredictable moments, which may explain why live TV is experiencing a resurgence in popularity among TV programmers.
But there are times though when major snafus take over a live broadcast, causing embarrassment or controversy. It’s in those moments when the networks probably wished there was time for a do-over or edit.
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Here’s a look at some of TV’s biggest recent mistakes, listed in chronological order, made during live TV:
The Drunk “Cheers” “Tonight Show” finale
There’s no one moment that stands out from when the “Cheers »
- Hanh Nguyen and Liz Shannon Miller
What Barry Jenkins, Casey Affleck, Viola Davis and More Are Working on After Their Oscar Victories
Though many won’t be done obsessing over exactly what happened last night for quite some time, life must go on after the Academy Awards. That applies to the winners as much as anyone else, of course, and all of the big prizewinners have high-profile projects in the works. See below for a look at what they’re up to.
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Adele Romanski (Best Picture, “Moonlight”): Romanski, whose previous credits as producer include last year’s “Morris from America” and “Kicks,” will collaborate with “The Myth of the American Sleepover” writer/director David Robert Mitchell once again on “Under the Silver Lake,” his follow-up to “It Follows.”
Dede Gardner (Best Picture, “Moonlight”): Last night marked Gardner’s second big win at the Academy Awards, following “12 Years a Slave” likewise winning Best Picture three years ago. She also produced James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z, »
- Michael Nordine
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