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Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Joel McHale Join Thriller ‘Assassination Nation’
“Assassination Nation” follows four teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted, worldwide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker.
Producers are Foxtail Entertainment’s Matthew Malek and Anita Gou, Phantom Four’s David Goyer (“Batman v Superman”) and Kevin Turen, and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert (“Fences”). Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack are executive producers.
Malek and Gou launched Foxtail Entertainment last year with a pledge to explore edgy material and champion projects that highlight diversity. »
- Dave McNary
Iranian Immigrant Comedy ‘Radio Dreams’ Gets Spring Release (Exclusive)
“Radio Dreams” won the Tiger Award at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival — the festival’s top competition prize. The film centers on the bizarre yet very real world of Pars-fm — a Farsi-language radio station broadcasting from the heart of San Francisco — and explores the realities of Iranians in the U.S.
The story unfolds over a single day as the station’s program manager, played by Mohsen Namjoo, prepares for a live performance pairing Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan’s first rock band. He also must juggle a dysfunctional mix of on-air talent, station managers, and performers while fending off the owner’s plans to wrest control of the station.
Catherine Bray wrote in her review for Variety: “Rarely leaving the claustrophobic offices »
- Dave McNary
IFC Films Buys J. D. Salinger Drama ‘Rebel in the Rye’ Starring Nicholas Hoult (Exclusive)
The movie, starring Nicholas Hoult as the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. It will receive a theatrical release in the fall of 2017.
Danny Strong wrote and directed the movie, which focuses on the early years of Salinger’s writing career as he struggles to find his voice. The cast includes Kevin Spacey as a Columbia University professor, Sarah Paulson as Salinger’s first literary agent, and Zoey Deutch as the starlet Oona O’Neill, who dated Salinger before marrying Charlie Chaplin in 1943.
- Ramin Setoodeh
YouTube Aiming To Capture Cord Cutters With Web-tv Streaming Service
Drop the cable bill, YouTube has officially announced a new live-tv service. After years of negotiating with major networks, the video-sharing website detailed a new subscription service that allows users to stream up to 40 networks. Optimized for desktop or mobile, the service allows users to watch on any device.
At $35 a month, users will have access to a mix of premium broadcast and channels. This includes major networks like CBS, Espn, ABC, NBC and Fox.
Continue reading YouTube Aiming To Capture Cord Cutters With Web-tv Streaming Service at The Playlist. »
- Tess Bonn
London Theater Pranks Audience by Playing ‘La La Land’ in a Screening of ‘Moonlight’
Following Sunday’s epic Academy Award gaffe that caused Warren Beatty to announce “La La Land” as the winner for Best Picture instead of “Moonlight,” London’s Rio Cinema pulled a very funny prank on moviegoers who went to see Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama. The staff played 20 seconds of Damien Chazelle’s musical comedy-drama immediately before playing the Oscar-winning film. The sold-out audience got the joke right away and burst into applause, as reported by Time Out London.
“It wasn’t the actual feature film, but a few seconds from a teaser trailer,’ the Rio’s duty manager told Time Out London. “Then we shut it down, and did a bit of fumbling to make it look like we made a mistake.”
- Yoselin Acevedo
Michael Shannon Sings ‘Russians’ by Sting on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’
Michael Shannon, two-time Academy Award nominee and occasional internet meme, has given us yet another reminder of the singular quality that makes him Michael Shannon. The “Nocturnal Animals” actor (who received an Oscar nomination for his role) was on “The Tonight Show” last night, treating host Jimmy Fallon and everyone in attendance with a rendition of Sting’s “Russians.” Watch below.
Perhaps coincidentally, Sting was also in attendance at the Oscars a few nights ago, where he was nominated for his song “The Empty Chair.” Shannon’s impromptu performance was preceded by some of Shannon’s trademark humor — asked about his hobbies, the two-time Oscar nominee professes an affinity for taxidermy and skeeball. “I like a challenge,” Shannon said before belting the tune. Some relevant lyrics:
- Michael Nordine
‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece
Decades ago, the samurai warrior created a template for the modern action hero, inspiring silent western heroes and gunslinging detectives alike. So it follows that any modern take on the samurai really needs to prove its worth. Quentin Tarantino’s two-part “Kill Bill” charts the history of stylized action from the East to the West, but Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Samurai Jack” fuses them into a spectacular whole. The animated series originally aired on Cartoon Network between 2001 and 2004, but returns as a miniseries this March to conclude the story — and so far, it remains some of the best action-based storytelling out there. Exploiting the pliability of animation to its greatest potential, Tartakovsky transforms his influences into a hugely satisfying formula of his own making, delivering an action-packed masterpiece on par with the best of the genre.
For the uninitiated, the premise of “Samurai Jack” is relatively straightforward: In feudal Japan, a »
- Eric Kohn
‘Logan’ Black & Chrome Edition Might Be Coming
If you’ve been following the marketing campaign for “Logan,” you might’ve noticed that director James Mangold has shown a particular affinity for black-and-white photography. Many of the film’s first look photos were monochrome, and a promo clip for the movie released last month also played out in black-and-white. So, could we be getting the whole movie in grayscale?
Granted, it’s not much to go on, but a fan recently tweeted Mangold to ask if a black-and-white cut of “Logan” would ever see the light of day, to which the filmmaker replied simply, “Workin’ on it.”
@AdamMcDee Workin' on it.
Continue reading ‘Logan’ Black & Chrome Edition Might Be Coming at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Clip From David Gordon Green, Jody Hill & Danny McBride Produced ‘Donald Cried’
The “man-child” construct in contemporary cinema is perhaps exemplified by popular characters played by Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler, but director/writer/star Kris Avedisian turns that archetype on its head in his new film, “Donald Cried.”
Read More: The 20 Best Movies Of 2017 That We’ve Already Seen
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Glow’ Teaser Trailer: First Look at Alison Brie’s Female Wrestling Series from Jenji Kohan
Netflix has released a bold teaser trailer to announce the premiere date for its upcoming series “Glow,” starring Alison Brie (“Community,” “Get Hard”) in the lead role. The female wrestling comedy from executive producer Jenji Kohan (“Orange Is the New Black”) will be available for streaming on June 23.
Read More: ‘Dark’ Trailer: Netflix’s First German Original Series is a Drama/Thriller with a Supernatural Twist
Inspired by the 80s show “Glow: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” the series follows an out-of-work actress named Ruth Wilder (Brie) as she struggles trying to make it in the film industry in 1985 Los Angeles. Eventually, her last chance for stardom is making the first-ever women wrestling TV show.
“Glow” was created by Liz Flahive (“Homeland,” “Nurse Jackie”) and Carly Mensch (“Nurse Jackie,” “Orange Is The New Black”). Kohan executive produced the show with Tara Herrmann. The cast also includes Betty Gilpin (“True Story,” “Nurse Jackie »
- Yoselin Acevedo
‘Moonlight’ Postmortem: How To Win Best Picture in 5 (Not So) Easy Steps
Let’s talk about the biggest news of an unforgettable Oscar night — and it’s got nothing to do with the Twitter-happy accountant who apparently gave Warren Beatty the wrong envelope. Here’s the real story: A $1.5 million gay, African-American, coming-of-age movie won Best Picture.
It’s the first gay movie to grab the big prize, one that was denied “Brokeback Mountain” a decade ago. It’s the first Best Picture winner with an all-black cast. It also showed that when a small-scale indie is involved, guild wins (“La La Land” won the PGA,”Hidden Figures” took SAG Ensemble) are no longer reliable Oscar predictors.
And never underestimate the potential of the underdog to come from behind (See: “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight,” “Argo”). This year’s passion vote was split among three movies: “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Manchester By the Sea.”
Here’s how everything went right for “Moonlight. »
- Anne Thompson
Premature Oscar Predictions: 2018 Best Picture & Best Director Nominees
Well, the 2016-2017 Oscar season is finally done after a remarkable twist ending led to a genuinely groundbreaking and thoroughly deserved Best Picture winner in “Moonlight.” But before we put the awards season to rest completely, we wanted to take a look, as we always do at this time of year, to next year’s prospects with our annual Premature Predictions.
Yes, we know, the last thing that some of you want to think of right now is next year’s awards season.
Continue reading Premature Oscar Predictions: 2018 Best Picture & Best Director Nominees at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
New Trailer For ‘Mean Dreams,’ One Of Bill Paxton’s Final Films
The pain of Bill Paxton‘s sudden death over the weekend is still being felt, and what has emerged in the days since are countless stories of his kindness and generosity to colleagues and fans. There has also been a new appreciation for Paxton’s incredible talents, and if there is any silver lining to be taken from his passing, it’s that there are a couple more movies left from the actor to share.
- Kevin Jagernauth
LeFou Embraces Le Fey: Disney Goes Gay In ‘Beauty And The Beast’
Fill in the blank: “No one’s ___ is incredibly thick like Gaston’s.”
The word you’re looking for is “neck.” The line occurs in a song called “Gaston,” the second big number in Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast,” the beloved animated musical from 1991, with music by Alan Menken. The highly anticipated live action remake will star Emma Watson (of “Harry Potter” fame) as book-toting princess Belle, and Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) as The Beast.
The song belongs to character of LeFou, played here by Josh Gad (“Frozen”), who acts as Gaston’s sidekick and personal hype man. LeFou continues: “You can ask any Tom, Dick or Stanley/ And they’ll tell you whose team they prefer to be on.” As LeFou continues to sing Gaston’s praises, he fawns over »
- Jude Dry
2017 San Francisco International Film Festival Picks Sundance Hit ‘Patti Cake$’ as Centerpiece Film — Exclusive
The San Francisco Film Society has announced today that the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival’s anticipated Centerpiece event will be “Patti Cake$,” from first-time feature director Geremy Jasper. The film bowed at Sundance in January, featuring a star-making turn from Danielle Macdonald as the eponymous rapper Patricia “Patti Cake$” Dombrowski.
The film was purchased at the festival by Fox Searchlight, who paid a healthy $9.5 million for the feature. “Patti Cake$” was a Spring 2014 Sf Film Society / Krf Filmmaking Grant winner.
“We are thrilled that Patti Cake$,’ a film we supported in partnership with Kenneth Rainin Foundation, will be the Festival’s Centerpiece,” said Noah Cowan, Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society. “The film is not only hugely entertaining, with great music and spectacular performances, but also deftly addresses issues of great importance in our current political climate, from the harsh social conditions faced by working-class families »
- Kate Erbland
Warren Beatty Wants Answers From The Academy About The Oscars Best Picture Fiasco
Playing out with all the intrigue of a political scandal, the fallout from the Best Picture fiasco at the Oscars on Sunday night continues. PricewaterhouseCoopers Managing Partner Brian Cullinan is getting most of the heat for allowing the wrong envelope to wind up in the hands of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Just prior to the Best Picture winner being announced, Cullinan was backstage tweeting a picture of Emma Stone, who had just won Best Actress — but as the USA Today reports, that might’ve been a major breach of protocol.
Continue reading Warren Beatty Wants Answers From The Academy About The Oscars Best Picture Fiasco at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Mindhunter’ Teaser: Netflix Spatters Blood for David Fincher’s Killer Rorschach Test — Watch
Netflix’s new drama “Mindhunter” will delve into the mind of serial killers.
In the teaser trailer released below, we see Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as special agents in the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit attempt to solve ongoing cases. In order to do this, they’re interviewing imprisoned serial killers in order to understand the mindset. It’s a slippery slope.
“You like truffles? You’ve got to get in the dirt with the pigs,” says one voice.
Read More: The Films of David Fincher, Ranked From Worst to Best
The series was directed by “Fight Club” and “The Social Network’s” David Fincher and is based on the book “Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.” Anna Torv and Cotter Smith also star. Watch:
“Mindhunter” will be released on Netflix in October.
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- Hanh Nguyen
‘Dark’ Trailer: Netflix’s First German Original Series is a Drama/Thriller with a Supernatural Twist
Netflix has released the first trailer for its original series “Dark.” The German drama/thriller was just announced Wednesday morning during a multi-show slate event in Berlin. The 10-episode series marks the first time the streaming giant has produced original content in Germany, as part of an aggressive initiative to expand production into Europe.
Read More: ‘The Get Down’: Netflix Releases New Music Video and Soundtrack Details Ahead of The Show’s Return — Watch
Directed by acclaimed Swiss filmmaker Baran bo Odar (“The Silence,” “Who Am I,” “Sleepless”) and written by Jantje Friese, “Dark” is a drama/thriller with a supernatural twist. The story is set in the small German town of Winden, where the disappearance of yet another child sets four families on a desperate search for answers. But the search unravels the small town’s past sins and secrets.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, bo Odar »
- Yoselin Acevedo
‘Animals’ Trailer: Season 2 Throws Down With Emilia Clarke, Judy Greer, Rupaul and Dan Harmon
“Animals” is back, baby!
When HBO’s subversive animated comedy returns March 17, rats Phil and Mike (series creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano) are back for more adventures that appear to include… well, using a human baby with wrestler Sting’s signature face painting, which of course he had lifted from “The Crow.”
Read More: The Most Significant TV Animals of 2016
The series will also delve into the worlds of squirrels, gorillas, earthworms and what looks like green algae. As usual, a huge cast of guest stars will voice the critters, including “Game of Thrones” khaleesi Emilia Clarke, Fred Armisen, Ice-t, Dan Harmon, RuPaul, Kim Gordon, Mark Duplass, Judy Greer and strangely, cook Rachael Ray. Take a look at the official trailer for Season 2
Produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, “Animals” premiered at the 2015 Sundance film festival before HBO picked up the comedy for two full seasons. Season 1 debuted February 5 on HBO, »
- Hanh Nguyen
’13 Reasons Why’ Trailer: ‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy Unwraps Dark Teen Suicide Mystery — Watch
The suicide of a teenager is a tragedy, but “13 Reasons Why” hints that something more sinister may have been afoot.
In the new official trailer below for Netflix’s adaptation of the young adult novel by Jay Asher, high school student Clay (Dylan Minnette) receives a box full of cassette tapes recorded by his friend Hannah (Katherine Langford) who has just committed suicide. On the tapes, she lists 13 reasons why she killed herself, and she claims Clay is one of them.
Read More: ’13 Reasons Why’ First Look Photos
The slow unspooling of each reason reveals a major problem at Clay’s high school, and Hannah’s death now seems less straightforward and more like a mystery. The trailer even contains that often used, suspense-inducing sound effect.
The series’ first two episodes were directed by Tom McCarthy, who directed the Oscar-winning crime drama “Spotlight.” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Brian Yorkey adapted the novel for the small screen. »
- Hanh Nguyen
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