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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland)

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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland)
Humphrey Bogart never said, “Play it again, Sam” in the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca.” In fact, no one says it in the movie.

And the mysterious voice in the adored 1989 fantasy film “Field of Dreams” does not tell Kevin Costner: “If you build it, they will come.”

Released 30 years ago on April 21, 1989, “Field of Dreams” stars Kevin Costner and Amy Madigan as Ray and Annie Kinsella, a couple raising corn on a bucolic Iowa farm with a young daughter, played by Gaby Hoffman, who went on to star in “Transparent.”

At dusk one evening, Ray hears a voice saying “If you build it, he will come.”

But according to the film’s writer/director Phil Alden Robinson, there is a whole group of people who insist it’s “they.”

“It’s called the Mandela effect — people who swear they’ve seen something that really didn’t happen,” noted Robinson.

Or in this case,
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‘Fast Color’ Film Review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Got the Power in Feminist Superhero Indie

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‘Fast Color’ Film Review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Got the Power in Feminist Superhero Indie
Fast Color” is a movie told in visual clues and whispers. A mysterious voiceover that sets the stage for this dystopian near future, followed by an unexplained flashback here, another seemingly random image there. When all the puzzle-like pieces come together, the movie’s characters, story, score and emotions soar. The pace of that progress may feel slow, but things never get too quiet. It’s a movie with a racing pulse, and you can feel its heart in every frame.

Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a woman on the run from a shadowy group hunting her for her extraordinary powers. As the pieces of Ruth’s life begin fit into place, the stakes become higher and more emotionally involving for the audience. I hesitate to say much more, because part of this movie’s appeal is watching the unexplained flashes of Ruth’s past make sense.

Her powers, over which
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TVLine Items: Krypton Season 2 Return, Joel Edgerton's Amazon Gig and More

The adventures of Superman’s grandfather Seg-El will continue this summer: Season 2 of Syfy’s Krypton will premiere on Wednesday, June 12, as revealed in a new trailer.

The upcoming episodes feature “a changed Kandor, locked in a battle over its freedom and its future,” per the official description. “General Dru-Zod is now in control. He’s on a ruthless mission to rebuild Krypton according to his ideals and to secure its future by conquering the universe. Faced with a bleak outlook, our hero, Seg-El, attempts to unite a dispersed group of resisters in an effort to defeat Zod and restore hope to their beloved planet.
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Joel Edgerton Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘Underground Railroad’ Amazon Series (Exclusive)

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Joel Edgerton Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘Underground Railroad’ Amazon Series (Exclusive)
Joel Edgerton has signed on for a role in the Barry JenkinsAmazon series “The Underground Railroad,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Edgerton will play the part of Ridgeway, a slavecatcher. He joins previously announced cast members Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, and Aaron Pierre.

The role will mark Edgerton’s first regular TV role in some time. He previously starred in the series “The Secret Life of Us” in his native Australia early in his career in addition to a handful of other TV roles. Nowadays, Edgerton is known for his film work. He most recently starred in, wrote, and directed the film “Boy Erased,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. He made his feature directorial debut in 2015 with the Stx thriller “The Gift,” in which he also starred and wrote. His other film roles include “Loving,” “Red Sparrow,” “Bright,” “Jane Got a Gun,” and “Midnight Special.
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Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ Series Adds Three Main Cast Members

Almost a year after Amazon confirmed the series would indeed be happening, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of “The Underground Railroad” has its first official cast members. Variety reported on Tuesday that Thuso Mbedu, Aaron Pierre, and Chase W. Dillon would be joining the cast of the Amazon Prime Video limited series, currently being prepped for an ambitious season.

The series is at this point planned to span 11 episodes, all directed by Jenkins. It’s based on the Colson Whitehead novel of the same name, which was published to great acclaim in 2016, winning the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in the process.

The book details the experiences of Cora (Mbedu), who after escaping a plantation, goes in search for the Georgia section of the Underground Railroad. Through her journey, she discovers that the system for helping freed and escaped slaves north is a literal railroad underneath the ground.

Mbedu has garnered
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Barry Jenkins Amazon Drama ‘Underground Railroad’ Casts 3 Leads

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Amazon has cast three of its leads for Barry Jenkins’ upcoming adaption of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.”

Jenkins is directing all 11 episodes Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling novel. Thuso Mbedu will star as Cora, with Chase W. Dillon as Homer, and Aaron Pierre as Caesar.

Whitehead’s novel centers on a young slave named Cora (Mbedu) and her journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.

Also Read: 'Hanna' Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon

Mbedu has been working consistently in South African television. In both 2018 and 2019 she received an International Emmy Award nomination for her role of Winnie in the South African drama series “Is’thunzi.
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Barry Jenkins’ "Underground Railroad" Series at Amazon Sets Three Main Cast Members

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Barry Jenkins’ Amazon series based on the Colson Whitehead book “The Underground Railroad” is beginning to take shape.

Variety has learned that the cast will be led by Thuso Mbedu as Cora, with Chase W. Dillon as Homer, and Aaron Pierre as Caesar. The project was first set up more than two years ago on the heels of Jenkins’ Oscar wins for the film “Moonlight,” with Amazon officially ordering it to series last June.

Mbedu is an established star in her native South Africa. She is known for roles in shows such as “Is’thunzi,” “Liberty,” and “Shuga.” In both 2018 and 2019 she received an International Emmy Award nomination for her role in “Is’thunzi.” Also in 2018, Mbedu was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa’s annual “Under 30” issue highlighting young African stars and leaders.

Dillon currently has a recurring role in the upcoming BET series “First Wives Club” from Tracy Oliver.
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‘Beach Rats’ Director Eliza Hittman Wraps Third Feature ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

After crafting two of the most vivid, intimate coming-of-age dramas this decade with 2013’s It Felt Like Love and 2017’s Beach Rats, director Eliza Hittman is following it up with another teen-focused film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, with the welcome news that it has already wrapped production.

Described as an “intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania,” the story follows Autumn and her cousin Skylar who “embark on a brave, fraught journey across state lines to New York City” when “faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support.”

Led by newcomers Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder (Matilda The Musical), the ensemble also features Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold (BlacKkKlansman), and Sharon Van Etten. Hittman has also reteamed with cinematographer Hélène Louvart.

Produced by Pastel’s Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy, the film will be distributed by Focus Features. There’s no word if we might see
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The Republican Who Wants to Defeat ‘Malignant Narcissist’ Trump

Sometimes, in politics, truth is stranger than fiction.

As a cub reporter at Mother Jones in the late Nineties, I wrote an article about novels by American politicians called “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” reviewing a noir thriller by former Republican Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts. Called Mackerel by Moonlight, the page-turner features hard-boiled prose that still make my ribs hurt from laughing: “They turned around like deer in the headlights. Deer who had also been shot.”

Today, Weld himself is the protagonist in a plot that 20 years ago
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Focus Teams With ‘Beale Street’ Producer, BBC Films on Eliza Hittman Pic

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Focus Features has teamed with Pastel, the producer of “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and BBC Films on “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” Pic is written and directed by Eliza Hittman, who won best director at Sundance for “Beach Rats.”

Focus will distribute worldwide with Universal Pictures International, excluding free U.K. TV rights, which are retained by BBC Films.

The film centers on two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark on a fraught journey across state lines to New York City.

The leads are played by Sidney Flanigan (Autumn) and Talia Ryder (Skylar). The cast also includes Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold, and Sharon Van Etten (“The Oa”).

The film is produced by Pastel’s Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy. It was developed by BBC Films, which also co-financed production alongside Tango Entertainment and Mutressa Movies.
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Focus Features, ‘Moonlight’ Outfit Pastel & BBC Films Team For Eliza Hittman Drama ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

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Focus Features, ‘Moonlight’ Outfit Pastel & BBC Films Team For Eliza Hittman Drama ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’
Exclusive: Focus Features, Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk outfit Pastel and BBC Films have teamed up on Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats) feature Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

Written and directed by Hittman, the film is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark on a fraught journey across state lines to New York City.

Starring are Sidney Flanigan as Autumn and Talia Ryder as Skylar. Cast also includes Théodore Pellerin (Boy Erased), Ryan Eggold (BlacKkKlansman), and Sharon Van Etten (The Oa).

Production was co-financed by Tango Entertainment, BBC Films and Mutressa Movies and the under-the-radar movie recently wrapped in New York. Pic is produced by Pastel’s Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy, the production outfit behind Barry JenkinsMoonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk.

Focus Features will distribute worldwide with Universal Pictures International,
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Topher Grace Joins Jon Stewart’s Political Pic ‘Irresistible’

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Topher Grace Joins Jon Stewart’s Political Pic ‘Irresistible’
Exclusive: Topher Grace will join previously announced Oscar nominee Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Oscar winner Chris Cooper, and Mackenzie Davis in Jon Stewart’s next directing gig Irresistible.

The film follows the story of a Democrat political consultant (Carell) who helps a retired ex-Marine colonel (Cooper) run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town.

Grace was most recently seen in Spike Lee’s Oscar winning BlacKkKlansman, Under the Silver Lake opposite Andrew Garfield, and with Brad Pitt in War Machine for director David Michod, Truth opposite Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, and in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. He will next appear as ‘Dr. Peter Jahrling’ in National Geographic’s upcoming Memorial Day mini-series, The Hot Zone, opposite Julianna Margulies. Grace is repped by ICM Partners and Lighthouse Management + Media. Grace has a SAG ensemble award for Traffic, and recently earned an ensemble nom for BlacKkKlansman.

Stewart, who is directing and wrote the screenplay of Irresistible,
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Mackenzie Davis Joins Jon Stewart-Directed Comedy ‘Irresistible’

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Mackenzie Davis Joins Jon Stewart-Directed Comedy ‘Irresistible’
Exclusive: Blade Runner 2049 actress Mackenzie Davis has been added to the cast of Irresistible, the sophomore directorial feature from Jon Stewart. Davis joins Steve Carell, Chris Cooper and Rose Byrne in the political comedy which is set at Focus Features.

Written by Stewart, the pic will follow a Democrat political consultant (Carell) who helps a retired ex-Marine colonel (Cooper) run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town. Byrne will play Carell’s Republican counterpart campaigning on behalf of the incumbent mayor.

Stewart is producing with Moonlight producer Plan B, whole Focus president of production Josh McLaughlin, overseeing the project for the studio. Focus and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.

Up next, Davis can be seen starring in the Tim Miller-directed and James Cameron-produced Terminator: Dark Fate, which hits theaters in November via Paramount and Skydance. Other credits include AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire series,
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Home Release Details Revealed For ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

One of my favourite movies of 2018 comes to the home formats in June. If Beale Street Could Talk is filmmaker Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Oscar-winning Moonlight and it lands on digital from 3rd June and then on DVD and Blu-ray from 17th June.

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A timeless love story featuring stand-out performances from the young cast and an Academy Award winning performance by Regina King(Best Supporting Actress), the critically-acclaimed If Beale Street Could Talk, starring Kiki Layne and Stephan James is an absolute must-see.

In early 1970’s Harlem, nineteen-year old Tish is in love with young sculptor and father of her unborn child Fonny. When Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned Tish and their families set out to clear his name before the baby is born. As they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions – affection, despair, and hope – in a
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14 Movies That Defied Expectations — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This past weekend saw the release of “Shazam!,” a movie that proved to be a pleasant surprise for some critics who hadn’t been expecting much from D.C.’s latest superhero extravaganza.

This week’s question: What film has most defied your expectations, either for better or for worse?

Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker

The severity of Robert Bresson without the originality, a similar obsession with evil but veering toward the showmanship of grotesquerie: Bruno Dumont had long struck me as a director of great ambition with an artistic vanity to match, and when the New York Film Festival announced a nearly four-hour film of his, I went to see it with a sense of obligation falling short of the curiosity I’d like to bring to all movies but,
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‘Cold War’ Star Joanna Kulig Joins Andre Holland In Damien Chazelle’s Netflix Series ‘The Eddy’

The casting for Damien Chazelle’s first TV venture, “The Eddy,” seems to be moving right along. After last week’s news that “Moonlight” and “High Flying Bird” actor Andre Holland would be the lead in the new Netflix series, we are now learning who will star opposite the actor. And as you might expect, Chazelle is bringing on someone with some musical talent to star in his jazz-based series.

Continue reading ‘Cold War’ Star Joanna Kulig Joins Andre Holland In Damien Chazelle’s Netflix Series ‘The Eddy’ at The Playlist.
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Ashton Sanders Calls Out A24 for Ignoring ‘Native Son’: ‘Where’s the Love?’

Ashton Sanders Calls Out A24 for Ignoring ‘Native Son’: ‘Where’s the Love?’
Native Son” premiered on HBO last night, and it would appear that Ashton Sanders wishes A24 had promoted it more. The studio produced Rashid Johnson’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s revered novel but sold it to the premium-cable network prior to Sundance this year rather than distribute it on its own, as was originally intended. Ahead of the film’s airing last night, Sanders took to his Instagram story with two pointed posts: “@a24 where’s the native son love? Asking for a friend” and “@a24 what’s good?”

The actor previously worked with A24 on “Moonlight,” his breakthrough role, and more recently appeared in this year’s “Captive State.” Later last night, the studio posted an Instagram story of its own promoting HBO’s debut of “Native Son.”

In his Sundance review of the film, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn described it as “less than the sum of its parts,
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HeyUGuys Interview: HBO’s ‘Native Son’ Director Rashid Johnson and Stars Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Sanaa Lathan and Nick Robinson

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Ahead of Native Son premiering in the Us on HBO tonight 6th April at 10pm Et James Kleinmann spoke to the film’s director Rashid Johnson and its stars Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Sanaa Lathan and Nick Robinson for HeyUGuys. Based on the bestselling novel by Richard Wright set in 1930s Chicago, this new film version with a script penned by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks brings the compelling story of Bigger Thomas to a 2019 setting.

Ashton Sanders (Bigger Thomas)

Native Son debuts Saturday 6th April 10pm on HBO.

James Kleinmann: How much of a draw was the fact that the screenplay had been written by Suzan-Lori Parks?

Ashton Sanders: “I come from a theatre background, so I’d been in school studying her work. She has a play called Topdog/Underdog that I was scene studying a couple of years ago while I was at school at DePaul University in Chicago.
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Ashton Sanders and KiKi Layne (‘Native Son’): HBO film reflects ‘what it really is to be black in America’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Ashton Sanders and KiKi Layne (‘Native Son’): HBO film reflects ‘what it really is to be black in America’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I think this is controversial subject matter, and it’s definitely going to open up the conversation to what it really is to be black in America,” says Ashton Sanders about the new HBO telefilm “Native Son,” based on the landmark 1940 novel by Richard Wright. The story explores “why we’re faced with these anxieties, these pressures, and this fear to be black, almost this shame to be black in America in 2019.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Sanders and his co-star KiKi Layne above.

The novel told the story of a young black man, Bigger Thomas, growing up in Chicago and facing tragedy after he takes a job with a wealthy white family. The film updates the story to the 21st century with Sanders playing Bigger and Layne playing his girlfriend Bessie, but it’s surprising how much of the story still applies 80 years later. Layne feels “Native Son
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Andre Holland Set to Star in Damien Chazelle's Netflix Series The Eddy

Andre Holland has taken on the lead role in Oscar Winner Damien Chazelle’s Netflix series The Eddy. Deadline gives us the following synopsis:

The Eddy is a musical drama set in contemporary multicultural Paris revolving around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The eight-episode series will be shot in France and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic for premiere exclusively to Netflix members worldwide.

Holland will play Elliot Udo, who was a celebrated jazz pianist in New York, but now is in Paris, part-owner of a failing jazz club, hiding from everyone. He has an on-again off-again relationship with his lead singer, but is emotionally stunted. When his fifteen-year-old daughter shows up suddenly, he has to face his weakness and learn to grow up.

I like the idea of a musical series. I enjoyed Glee, which is the only other
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