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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.
Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz. »
- Rebecca Rubin
Weinstein Co. Moves ‘Mary Magdalene’ Back to Easter — and Now Has Just One Oscar Contender
The Weinstein Co. is moving one of its would-be Oscar hopefuls, Bible epic “Mary Magdalene” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, out of the expensive awards season to focus on a less competitive spring release on March 30 timed to the Easter holiday.
TWC has always been willing to make opportunistic changes, but taking Garth Davis’ follow-up to “Lion” out of the fall is a dramatic. It follows the company’s serial pushback of Alicia Vikander vehicle “Tulip Fever,” including many canceled press screenings, as well as a March 9, 2018 release slot for “The Untouchables” remake “The Upside,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.
- Anne Thompson
‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Trailer Welcomes You To Trump’s America
As has been the case with all of the previous seasons of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series “American Horror Story,” little has been released in terms of actual information regarding what’s to come. There have been plenty of cryptic teasers, hints at character romances, and frankly one of the most off putting television posters I’ve seen in a long while.
What we do know is that “American Horror Story: Cult” will be set in Michigan and that the Trump-Clinton election will be used as a jumping off point for some of the horror that takes place, giving a voice to those who don’t have one “in our culture” as Murphy noted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
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- Ally Johnson
Common Suits Up for Starz’s ‘Black Samurai’ Reboot with Music from the Wu-Tang Clan
Starz is getting into the samurai game. The premium network announced today that it's developing an action-drama series under the working title of Black Samurai with Oscar-winner Common starring in the title role; he'll also executive produce under his Freedom Road Productions banner. Based on the "Black Samurai" novels written by Marc Olden, the series follows Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. When his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand … »
- Dave Trumbore
Michael K. Williams’ Role Cut from ‘Han Solo’ Movie During Reshoots
Michael K. Williams has been cut from the Han Solo movie amid reshoots with new director Ron Howard. The Emmy nominee for The Night Of and The Wire alum was a last-minute addition to the Star Wars standalone movie, with his casting announcement only being revealed in March of this year. However, Williams could not accommodate the reshoots schedule currently […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
Michael K. Williams Cut From Han Solo Spinoff
You come at the king, you best not miss. Michael K. Williams is goddamn presence in whatever role he’s in, but it would seem that the upcoming Han Solo spinoff, will not have the man and his immense talent.
Deadline reports that the “Star Wars” spinoff film, which is currently undergoing extensive reshoots following the exit of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, has seen Williams’ role cut from the movie.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
‘The Night Of’ Emmy Nominee Michael Kenneth Williams On Nephew’s Experience Of “Heavy World” Behind Bars
When Michael Kenneth Williams calls from the South African set of his latest movie, The Red Sea Diving Resort, he's about to head out to dinner with co-stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans for what is presumably a much-needed night off in Williams' extremely busy schedule. Currently Emmy nominated for his turn as long-term prisoner Freddy in HBO's The Night Of, a role partly inspired by his nephew's experiences in prison, Williams is also now in the process of putting… »
‘Some Like It Hot’ Tops BBC’s List of the 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time
Last year, the BBC polled nearly 200 critics in an attempt to determine the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century. This year, they’ve assembled another cinema poll, one that is bound to spark just as many debates, as they tried to pin down the 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time. Billy Wilder’s classic Some […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Trailer Watch: Yance Ford’s Strong Island
Yance Ford, a 2011 Filmmaker 25 New Face, premiered his feature documentary debut Strong Island at Sundance this year, and the film’s new trailer has just dropped from Netflix. One of this year’s essential docs, Strong Island is a formally assured, highly thoughtful examination of racial injustice, family tragedy and the complexities of memory and grief. Filmmaker Contributing Editor Brandon Harris wrote about the film earlier this year at The New Yorker: In the annals of cinematic memoir, there are very few films like Yance Ford’s Strong Island, a stylish and wrenching rumination on familial grief that had its première […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Norman Lear Has Been Pitching ‘Guess Who Died’ For Years, and the Comedy Finally Has a Network Home
The Peacock network has given a pilot production commitment to the single-camera comedy, which Lear recently re-developed with Peter Tolan.
Set in a retirement village, “Guess Who Died” has been in the works for at least seven years. Lear had pitched the show around town several times, and expressed dismay that the show wouldn’t get made because of its focus on older characters.
But “Guess Who Died” gained momentum after Lear, at age 95, earned raves for the recent successful remake of his 1970s comedy “One Day at a Time,” executive produced by Gloria Calderon Kellett and and Mike Royce. That show comes from Sony Pictures TV, as does “Guess Who Died. »
- Michael Schneider
Another Avengers: Infinity War Actor Has Been Confirmed
’Heartstone,’ ‘Sami Blood ’ among 2017 Nordic Council Film Prize Contenders
Haugesund, Norway — Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson first feature ”Heartstone” (”Hjartasteinn,” pictured) and Swedish director Amanda Kernell’s ”Sámi Blood” (”Sameblod”) are among the nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize, the prestigious Dkk 350,000 ($55,000) Nordic film award which will find its owner on Nov. 1 during the Council’s session in Helsinki, Finland.
Their competitors are Danish director Christian Tafdrup’s ”Parents” (”Forældre”), Finnish director Selma Vilhunen’s ”Little Wing” (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu”) and Norwegian director Izer Aliu’s ”Hunting Flies” (”Fluefangeren”), the Nordisk Film & TV Fond announced Tuesday night at the opening of the New Nordic Films market at the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival at Haugesund.
Scripted by Guðmundsson, and produced by Anton Máni Svansson, Lise Orheim Stender, Jesper Morthorst and Guðmundsson, “Heartstone” is set in a small, remote Icelandic fishing village and follows two teenage boys, Þór and Kristján, who are close friends – one is trying to win the heart of a girl, while »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Michael Kenneth Williams’ Role Cut From ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Amid Reshoots
Exclusive: Michael Kenneth Williams, an Emmy nominee for his supporting role in HBO’s The Night Of, will not be in the new Star Wars stand-alone Han Solo movie after all. His part has been cut amid the reshoots now underway with new director Ron Howard. Williams said the revamped production schedule conflicted with his commitment to spy drama The Red Sea Diving Resort, his new movie now shooting in South Africa with Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans. "I felt great about what I… »
Watch: Super Nes Classic Edition Ad Goes 90s, Reveals Rewind Feature
We’re a little over a month away from the release of the Super Nes Classic Edition, and while most pre-orders are already gone (Amazon and Best Buy put theirs up in the middle of the night), Nintendo is still promising that they’ll produce significantly more of the Snes Mini than they did of last year’s ridiculously popular Nes Classic Edition, so even if you weren’t able to land a pre-order today, hopefully you’ll still have a chance to get one during this holiday season. To further whet your appetite, Nintendo has released a … »
- Matt Goldberg
Cinematographers’ Asc Awards Focuses On 2018 Date
The American Society of Cinematographers’ 2018 Asc Awards are set for February 17 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, the organization said today. Nominations in feature film TV and Spotlight categories will be announced January 10. The Asc has opened submissions in the TV categories Episode of a Television Series – Commercial; Episode of a Television Series – Non-Commercial; and Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for TV. The deadline to enter is… »
Industry Leaders, New York Legislators Urge Governor to Sign Diversity Tax Credit Bill
Leaders of New York’s film and TV production community and local legislators called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the TV diversity tax credit bill that would earmark $5 million in state incentives in an effort to open doors for more women and people of color as writers and directors.
Robin Thede, creator and host of Bet’s upcoming “The Rundown with Robin Thede” and “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon were on hand for the news conference in Manhattan. Thede, Willimon and others made the case for implementing the tax credit to help spur more diverse hiring practices throughout the industry.
New York Legislators Approve Groundbreaking TV Diversity Tax Credit
“I am this bill,” Thede said. “I am living proof that something like this would be beneficial for many people.”
Thede ranks as the first and only woman of color to head the writers room of a late-night TV series, from »
- Cynthia Littleton
What ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Gets So Right – and What ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Gets So Wrong
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is so great…and how it exposes problems in other superhero movies.) Here we are, celebrating today’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’s Blu-ray release, and I’m still asking myself the […]
- Matt Donato
‘Riverdale’ Season 2 Trailer: Archie & The Gang Face Desperate Times
When you weren’t looking, “Riverdale” became the pop culture obsession you didn’t know you needed. Based on the Archie comics, the CW series takes place in the present and offers a subversive look at Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their circle of friends, exploring the darkness that lurks beneath the small town’s wholesome image. A worthy successor to shows like “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl,” “Riverdale” swooped in and filled a void in the teen soap opera genre, quickly becoming a guilty pleasure you didn’t really have to feel bad about watching.
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- Anthony Casella
Roland Møller Cast In Rawson Marshall Thurber’s ‘Skyscraper’
Exclusive: Actor Roland Møller has landed one of the main roles in the Legendary/Universal film Skyscraper, written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell and Chin Han, the pic centers former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader (Johnson) on assignment in Hong Kong where he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. The action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn via his FlynnPictureCo… »
George and Amal Clooney donate $1m to combat Us rightwing extremism
The Clooney Foundation for Justice partners with the Southern Poverty Law Center to fight “bigotry and hate” in the wake of the events in Charlottesville
George and Amal Clooney have announced a partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat “bigotry and hate” in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice says that it will bestow a grant of $1m to the Splc in order to assist the civil rights organization in its attempts to combat violent extremism in the Us, following the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer at a white supremacist rally in the campus city earlier this month.
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- Gwilym Mumford
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