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Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival

Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival
Spinal Tap, the loudest band in England, is reuniting for a 35th anniversary screening of their film This Is Spinal Tap at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will also perform following the screening.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will turn it up to 11 again in a one-night-only concert in which they’ll perform as themselves in tribute to the fictional band Spinal Tap. So they won’t specifically be in character as Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls. But they’ll further be joined by This is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.

“Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” director, co-writer and star Reiner said in a statement Monday.
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‘Birds Of Passage’ Trailer: Ciro Guerra’s Cannes Masterpiece Arrives Early Next Year

Embrace of the Serpent” helmsman Ciro Guerra continues with the animal imagery and the ruminations on Colombian history with “Birds of Passage,” a rise-and-fall cartel drama set in the early days of the nation’s illegal drug trade. Though the esteemed director is now at feature film number four, this will be the first that sees him team up with a co-director – one Cristina Gallego, who worked as executive producer on ‘Embrace’ – and adapt a script that he himself didn’t write.

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‘Aquaman’: Jason Momoa Invites Amazon Prime Fans To See “The Most Badass Movie Of The Year” A Week Early

Dceu fans, and fans of wet Jason Momoa in general, we have a treat for you! “Aquaman” is going to screen a full week early for members of Amazon Prime. It was recently announced that the superhero film starring the aforementioned Jason “My Man!” Momoa is coming to theaters on December 15, for an exclusive short run for Amazon Prime members. With your account, you can buy tickets to see the highly-anticipated superhero film earlier than all your friends.

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‘Percy Jackson’ Author Warned Producers About Terrible Script in Scathing Emails

20th Century Fox released “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” in theaters February 2010 with hopes of starting a new “Harry Potter”-sized film franchise. The family epic was even directed by Christopher Columbus, who launched the “Potter” franchise with “Sorcerer’s Stone” and “The Chamber of Secrets.” Unfortunately for Fox, the “Percy Jackson” franchise only lasted two films, neither of which made it to the $250 million mark worldwide.

“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” was based on the teen novel “The Lightning Thief,” written by Rick Riordin. The author recently posted on his official website a lengthy blog post in which he detailed the struggles he faced in pleading with the film’s producers to make the first movie as faithful to his book as possible. Riordin said that his contract for the film left him with little creative control or final say about the movie adaptation,
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Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ Has Been Remade as a South African Political Thriller

In “Number 37,” South African writer-director Nosipho Dumisa takes the basic set-up of one of her favorite films, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” and gives the scenario a fresh setting: the poverty-stricken, crime-ridden region of a Cape Town enclave, far removed from the original movie’s upscale Greenwich Village locale. The result is the impressive debut feature “Number 37″ — a grittier spin on the voyeuristic thriller, anchored by a strong performance by star Irshaad Ally, as well as a socially relevant message.

A devourer of cinema from childhood, Dumisa grew up in a small town not unlike the setting of her film, and never imagined a career as a filmmaker. “We’ve had universities that offered media courses and so forth, but actual film schools are still a relatively new concept in South Africa, maybe 20 years old,” Dumisa said. “So I never really conceived of an idea of an industry behind the making of films.
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Robert Downey Jr. To Produce New Comic Book Adaptation For Hulu Titled ‘Sweet Tooth’

Robert Downey Jr. To Produce New Comic Book Adaptation For Hulu Titled ‘Sweet Tooth’
Many assume that Robert Downey, Jr’s superhero days are soon to be over, once the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” star turns in his latest McU film “Avengers 4” next spring. However, it appears that even if Rdj leaves the McU, he has at least one more comic book property he’d like to take a stab at.

Read More: Top Paid Streaming Services For 2018 Include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO &…Starz?

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“I Wanted to Do for Adam What Demme Did for David Byrne [in Stop Making Sense]”: Steven Brill Talks About Directing Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

Adam Sandler may have chosen to title his Netflix stand-up special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh as an impudent jab at the critics who consistently trash his comedies, but it’s garnering the actor some of the best reviews of his career. That’s deservedly so, given that the special contains Sandler’s funniest and most wide-ranging material in years. The act, written by Sandler with an assist from Paul Sado and Dan Bulla, veers back and forth between razor-sharp observational material, unapologetically juvenile (and hilarious) obscenity, […]
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“I Wanted to Do for Adam What Demme Did for David Byrne [in Stop Making Sense]”: Steven Brill Talks About Directing Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

Adam Sandler may have chosen to title his Netflix stand-up special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh as an impudent jab at the critics who consistently trash his comedies, but it’s garnering the actor some of the best reviews of his career. That’s deservedly so, given that the special contains Sandler’s funniest and most wide-ranging material in years. The act, written by Sandler with an assist from Paul Sado and Dan Bulla, veers back and forth between razor-sharp observational material, unapologetically juvenile (and hilarious) obscenity, […]
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Alexandra Billings Won’t Be Silent on Jeffrey Tambor Allegations: ‘He Is Lying’

Alexandra Billings Won’t Be Silent on Jeffrey Tambor Allegations: ‘He Is Lying’
As the first openly transgender woman to play a transgender character on TV, Alexandra Billings has earned the right to speak to her mind. Best known for her role as Davina on Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning series “Transparent,” the actress stopped by Wnyc’s Nancy Podcast last week to discuss her recent Broadway debut in comedy “The Nap.” Not one to mince words, she also spoke candidly about Jeffrey Tambor’s unceremonious exit from the groundbreaking Amazon series, which came following multiple allegations of sexual harassment from the set. (Tambor denies the allegations.)

“When this happened…it was very easy for me to say, ‘yes they’re absolutely right.’ Because people were going, ‘well, it’s opinion.’ … No, it’s not opinion. They’re absolutely correct. I believe them,” Billings said, emphasizing each word. “Even if I didn’t see absolutely everything, I can tell you without equivocation, they are not lying.
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John Williams To Compose New ‘Star Wars’ Music For Upcoming Disney Theme Park Attractions

Sure, John Williams has already announced that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be the last film to feature a score from the iconic composer, but it appears that Disney isn’t ready to let him go just yet. According to a new report from Variety, Disney has enlisted Williams to create new music for the “Star Wars” universe. However, you’re not going to be able to hear it in an upcoming film or TV series.

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‘The Bisexual’: Desiree Akhavan on Making a ‘Chasing Amy’ Show From Amy’s Pov

‘The Bisexual’: Desiree Akhavan on Making a ‘Chasing Amy’ Show From Amy’s Pov
An easy way to describe “The Bisexual” is “What if ‘Chasing Amy’ was not directed by Kevin Smith, but a bisexual woman?” — and it’s a description that creator Desiree Akhavan appreciates. “I’ll take it,” she said to IndieWire in a recent interview. “I 100 percent agree with that synopsis.”

Akhavan, who also directed this year’s Sundance favorite “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” didn’t have anything against “Chasing Amy.” But, she felt, “what if it was written from the perspective of Amy? Which is what I care about more. That’s why I like that film — I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a story I can relate to.’ That’s comedy, that’s something really intriguing to me. But, I didn’t want to know it from Ben Affleck’s point of view.”

The Hulu series mirrors the 1997 Miramax film when it comes to its central premise: A
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Albert Brooks Once Pranked Oscar Isaac by Screwing With His ‘Star Wars’ Offer

Albert Brooks Once Pranked Oscar Isaac by Screwing With His ‘Star Wars’ Offer
The day Oscar Isaac learned J.J. Abrams wanted to meet him in Paris about a secretive role in his upcoming blockbuster, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the actor was hard at work filming “A Most Violent Year.” Directed by J.C. Chandor, the crime drama cast Isaac opposite Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks. When Brooks found out about the pending offer, the industry veteran decided to pull Isaac’s leg with a phone prank.

“I actually still have the voice message saved,” Isaac recently told GQ. “I remember in between shooting I got a message from an unknown caller, and it was a voice. It was like, ‘Hey Oscar, it’s J.J. Ya know, you don’t have to come all the way out to Paris. What’re you gonna do, play a droid? You don’t need to be doing that…actually, this is Albert Brooks.'”

Even with the footer,
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Report: Character Breakdowns Reveal Thanos’ Brother Could Appear In Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Marvel’s Phase Four, which is slated to kick off after next year’s “Avengers 4,” is still shrouded in mystery. Through interviews with Kevin Feige (and a healthy dose of common sense), we can deduce quite a few of the films that should factor in, but by and large, we honestly don’t have much of a clue about what happens post-2019. However, one thing that seems like a lock is “The Eternals.” And now, thanks to a new report, we have an idea of what Eternals Marvel hopes will be your new favorite characters.

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The Best Movie Families to Visit for Thanksgiving — IndieWire Critics Survey

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

Thanksgiving is upon us! For this week’s question, we asked our panel of film critics which movie families they would most want to hang out with for the holiday.

Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film) The Wrap, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla



Spending time with selkies (magical beings from Celtic mythology that shift between human and seal form) could be a fun twist on any holiday in need of rebranding. But since underwater festivities are probably complicated and wet, it helps when the hosts are a mixed group of selkies and humans. It’ll definitely be more manageable if one can stay dry.

With “Song of the Sea,” his sophomore animated feature based on Irish folklore, director Tomm Moore gave us the perfect family for such an unconventional celebration – granted it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving
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Jude Law Says It’s A “Terrible Shame” Woody Allen’s ‘Rainy Day’ Is Shelved Amid Controversy

Despite being a serious acting force for decades now, the next year could be the biggest in the illustrious career of Jude Law. With his latest film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” just hitting theaters with a massive opening, and his first foray into superhero filmmaking with the upcoming “Captain Marvel,” the actor seems to be at the top of his game. But in a new interview, he talks about one film that he finished that probably won’t be released — Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York.”

For those not aware, Law stars opposite Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, Diego Luna, Elle Fanning, Liev Schreiber, Rebecca Hall, and many more in Allen’s latest film.

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Somber Governors Awards Honor Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall

Somber Governors Awards Honor Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall
Sam Elliott sat quietly in his elegant tux at the Warner Bros. table, where Clint Eastwood was making “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh laugh. But the “A Star Is Born” Oscar contender was not in a jovial mood. “The fire came over the Malibu ridge,” he said. He and wife Katharine Ross stayed to save their house by pouring water on it. “But we have no power. This all seems very surreal.” He knows many others who did lose their homes.

The ongoing fires cast a pall over the 10th annual Governors Awards, which is a night for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to congratulate its own without worrying about winning or losing. The Governors Awards celebrated five icons on Sunday night at Hollywood & Highland, but cut back the red carpet to photos only due to the California wildfires. Academy president John Bailey opened the event
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‘Wayne’: YouTube Series Looks Like ‘End of the F**ing World’ Meets ‘Kick-Ass’

Two teenagers on the run, looking for answers, trying to evade adult authority figures, dealing with their own repressed rage, in a series that premieres in January. It’s a template that worked for “The End of the F**ing World” this year, and the new YouTube Premium series “Wayne” looks like it’s aiming to follow in its footsteps.

“Wayne” follows the journey of its title character as he tracks down the TransAm his dying father bequeathed to him. As he navigates a criminal underworld with people willing to tie 16-year-old kids up and torture them for information, he takes on an adventure partner in Del (Ciara Bravo), who, judging by the trailer YouTube Premium unveiled, looks like she can handle herself beyond her years.

“Episodes” vet Iain B. MacDonald directed the “Wayne” pilot, while creator Shawn Simmons is a writer on the 10-episode series, set to premiere on YouTube Premium early next year.
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Piercing Trailer: Mia Wasikowska Is A Prostitute Who Turns The Tables On A Psycho Christoper Abbott

Filmmaker Nicolas Pesce burst onto the scene in a big way at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with his debut feature, the startlingly reassured “The Eyes Of My Mother,” a twisted horror movie rooted in a kind of disturbed empathy about a woman who consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life. Pesce’s encore movie “Piercing,” marks another visceral chapter in his fascinating filmmaking career.

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YouTube Now Offers Free, Ad-Supported Viewings Of Major Films Like ‘The Terminator’ & ‘Rocky’

Google has been trying to make a play as a serious streaming competitor along the lines of Netflix and Amazon for a while now. Though its YouTube platform is built on user-created content, with YouTube Premium, the company hopes that more typical films and TV series can help make the service one of the biggest streaming companies out there. And its latest initiative is something we’ve yet to see with other major platforms — free, ad-supported feature films.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Goes to Washington: Instagram Stories Become a Populist Tool

In her first week in Washington D.C. as Congresswoman–elect, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the 29-year old waitress who shocked the Democratic Party by upsetting popular Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in the primary for New York’s 14th congressional district — fired up her social media presence. As she explored her new turf, she shared her orientation experience with 780,000 followers followers via Instagram Stories. Whereas the default of most elected officials is to position themselves as experts on the levers of power, Ocasio-Cortez invited her supporters along for the ride as she got her bearings.

Ocasio-Cortez documented her first week in Washington in a way that was relatable on every level: from mundane everyday matters – like figuring out how to get around D.C. to financially balancing the big career change before her congressional salary kicked in – to immediate decisions she learned she would need to make in the coming weeks.

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