Critic Dave Kehr is now a curator in the film department of the Museum of Modern Art, but in 2011 he published a reviews collection, “When Movies Mattered.” It covered movies of mostly the ’70s and ’80s, years that saw film and criticism elevated to more serious consideration. I have been thinking of that title with A24’s release of Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.” Now in its third weekend, it’s passed the $1 million mark in just 91 theaters.
That’s promising, but it’s not the gross that interests me most. What’s compelling is the combination of critical attention and theatrical response, which represents a victory for the increasingly endangered world of specialized film.
Here’s are are some reasons why even the film could mean so much more than a modest box-office success.
It doesn’t fit the mold of what gets made, or gets audience attention.
Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh paid himself $2.6 million after the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2016, even as the company failed to pay bankruptcy fees or file tax returns, according to the U.S. trustee’s office.
The trustee has raised objections to Relativity’s latest bankruptcy filing, which came last month. In court papers, the trustee’s office expressed concern that the bankruptcy is designed to benefit Kavanaugh and lender UltraV Holdings at the expense of other creditors.
“This is a case that cries out for a robust investigation of potential avoidance actions,” wrote Greg Zipes, an attorney for the trustee’s office in New York, arguing that some creditors may wish to nullify transfers to preferred parties.
UltraV is set to acquire the company through a bankruptcy sale, and has agreed to retain Kavanaugh as a consultant on a $10,000-a-month contract, which includes an equity incentive in the reorganized company.
Lionsgate has announced that they will be launching a Now You See Me Live magic show tour, based on its magic heist film franchise. The show won’t feature Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco, but instead stand-ins from the international world of magic. Below, watch a trailer and find out […]
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This week brings Hotel Artemis to theaters, marking the directorial debut of Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce. Set in a world reiminiscent of John Wick, our story unfolds in and around a hotel for criminals ran by Jodie Foster. She’s surrounded by an ensemble that includes the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, […]
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Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, is far more involved with the upcoming Lionsgate reboot than he was in Guillermo del Toro’s previous Hellboy movies. Mignola is co-writing this script with Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden, and in a new interview, he doubles down on the idea of the movie leaning more into the horror genre […]
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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 2 of “13 Reasons Why,” including the finale.]
Netflix has decided to triple down on “13 Reasons Why.” The streaming service announced Wednesday that it’s ordered a third season of the teen drama that was initially based on the novel of the same name by Jay Asher. Dealing with teenage suicide, the series has come under fire for its controversial treatment of the subject in addition to other issues high school students face today that include bullying, sexual assault, and school shootings. Season 2, in particular, was criticized for the depiction of rape and a foiled school shooting in its finale.
But before diving into where the show can go from there, a note about Netflix’s disturbing timing for this Season 3 announcement. Just the day before, fashion designer and philanthropist Kate Spade had taken her own life, and this was a high-profile suicide that was covered extensively by the media. “13 Reasons Why” is still identified as a show about suicide,
In paying tribute to the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking HBO comedy “Sex and the City,” it seemed like a natural fit to examine the boyfriends, husbands, and other partners on the show. While the series stands out as a tribute to female friendship, the love stories scattered across six seasons often offered a great deal of insight into Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte as well.
For the record, we’re not considering the two films in this ranking, because…. well, they’re bad. More importantly, what they add to the narrative doesn’t really have the same impact as watching these characters develop over the course of seasons; the films made an effort to cram a season’s worth of story into two hours.
12. Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler)
Harry was always unapologetically himself, and the way he tore down Charlotte’s defenses made their love story one of the
Opening this weekend in limited release is the Mister Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Directed by Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom), the documentary attempts to take a holistic look at the ideas and philosophy of Fred Rogers and why his show and life were so impactful. It will almost definitely make you cry, but in a good way. Click here to read my review from Sundance. Last week, I got to talk on the phone with Neville and during our conversation we talked about why he wanted to make a movie about Mister Rogers, the editing …
Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War has beed granted a rare 30-day extended run in China, Deadline has learned. The Anthony and Joe Russo-directed juggernaut is currently sitting on about $360M in the Middle Kingdom, and with the extra play should handily take that to $370M or more. This is the 3rd recent extension of a Disney title in the market after Coco and Zootopia. Aiw was already headed towards $2B globally, and its staying power in China should help it get…
Universal has optioned the rights to Tamer Elnoury and Kevin Maurer’s book American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent which Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will direct and produce and his Emmy-winning star Rami Malek will headline. The project is in development and a search for a writer underway. Mr. Robot is produced by Uni’s sister cable network USA Networks. Elnoury is a longtime undercover agent and active Muslim who joined the elite…
New Zealand native Yoson An has joined Disney’s live-action Mulan film as the titular character’s (played by Liu Yifei) love interest, Chen Honghui, a military recruit. Niki Caro is at the helm of this pic, which will feature a predominantly Chinese cast with Jet Li, Gong Li, Ron Yuan, and Donnie Yen already attached. Based on the studio's 1998 animated feature, which was based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the pic follows the rise of Mulan during the Han Dynasty…
The Paramount Pictures film is in the early stages of development with no director, writers, or producers attached.
Bob Marley, a native of Jamaica, began performing in 1963 with The Wailers then went solo in 1974. He died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36. With songs that contained a strong sense of spirituality, he sold more than 75 million records worldwide. His notable hits included “Stir It Up,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Buffalo Soldier,” and “Redemption Song.”
Ziggy Marley was born in 1968 to Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He headed the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers with his siblings Sharon Marley, Cedella Marley, and Stephen Marley when he was 11 years old. Ziggy Marley won best reggae album at the Grammy Awards last year and has earned seven other Grammys, including one for best children
Updated with HFPA statement, 1, 52 Pm: The Hollywood Foreign Press Associated has issued an official statement about to today’s GQ story in which Brendan Fraser said the group considered his 2003 groping by its then-president Philip Berk to be “a joke” and that it refused to show him its report on an internal investigation on the incident. “The HFPA continues to stand firmly against sexual harassment. As such, we have always taken Brendan Fraser's allegations very…
Producers announced Wednesday that production has wrapped in Oklahoma for “To The Stars,” with “Land Ho!” director Martha Stephens helming from a script by Shannon Bradley-Colleary. The story, set in the 1960s, centers on the powerful friendship forged between a shy farmer’s daughter (played by Hayward) and Liberato’s reckless new girl.
As Miles Morales himself says in the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer, "In your universe, there's only one Spider-Man. But there is another universe. It looks and sounds like yours, but it's not." Welcome to Marvel Comics' Ultimate Universe, friends. Also known as Earth-1610, the Ultimate run of comics served in part to introduce Miles Morales as Spider-Man back in 2011 after the death of Peter Parker in a completely separate continuity from Marvel's Earth-616 main story line. Though many of the characters in the Ultimate universe merged into the …
Fans have been divided since rumors surfaced that director Peter Jackson was being courted by Amazon to be involved in their Lord of the Rings series, deciding between that and helming a DC film, it was said. Some weren't so sure they wanted Jackson involved in Amazon's billion-dollar adaptation, wanting to see a new vision, while others were desperate to keep him involved with all modern iterations of Tolkien's work. As for DC, well, a Peter Jackson-lensed superhero movie would probably be really fun but ... sorry nerds! Neither one is happening. As spotted by The …
Exclusive: Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz has spoken out for the first time about the on set argument between Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter, which caused controversy as the fifth season of the show launched on Netflix. In an interview with Deadline, Hurwitz detailed the incident from his perspective for the first time and expressed his regret for not realizing its severity when it occurred. "I'm guilty of not realizing how deeply upsetting that was for…
Last March, we wrote about how Moonlight director Barry Jenkins was teaming up with Amazon to adapt Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel The Underground Railroad for television. But a new press release confirms that Jenkins will direct every episode of the upcoming limited series. That’s great news for all the Jenkinsians out there – that’s what […]
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Damien Chazelle directed Ryan Gosling to an Oscar nomination for best actor in “La La Land,” and he could do the same in the upcoming “First Man.” The Neil Armstrong space drama is one of Universal Pictures’ major Oscar contenders set for release this fall and it’s Chazelle’s first movie since “La La Land” made him the youngest best director Oscar winner in history.
“First Man” stars Gosling as Armstrong and recounts the astronaut’s obsession with landing on the moon and the years it took to achieve the goal. Claire Foy, who also has “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” opening in the fall, plays Janet Shearon, Armstrong’s first wife. The supporting cast includes Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin, Kyle Chander as Deke Slayton, and Jason Clarke as Ed White.
“Ryan and I described the movie to each other as it’s about the moon and the kitchen,
Through three films, Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg have created one of today’s most distinct actor-director pairings, melding the action-adventure genre within true-to-life stories. It’s hard to think of films that blend blow-em-up spectacle with emotional gravitas as effortlessly as Lone Survivor, Patriot’s Day and Deepwater Horizon. Their latest (fourth) collaboration, Mile 22, however, eschews this format, doing away with the true-life side and going all in on the action spectacle. As Wahlberg himself says, the duo just wanted to “have some fun.” Being on set—I can attest to …
Peter Jackson will always be associated with Middle Earth as the director behind “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movie trilogies, but the filmmaker isn’t booking a return trip to the world for Amazon’s television series. Rumors circulated in April that Jackson was going to be involved in some capacity on “The Lord of the Rings” show, with some reports claiming he would be a producer after his lawyer, Peter Nelson, mentioned that he “recently helped start a dialogue” between Amazon and Jackson. The rumors were just rumors, however, as Jackson confirmed he’s not involved in the series.
“I’m not involved at all in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series,” Jackson said during an interview with French outlet Allocine. “I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project.”
Jackson also shot down the other 2018 rumor
Mira Sorvino is not celebrating the end of Harvey Weinstein just yet. Appearing on “Today” this morning for her first televised interview since coming forward with her own allegations against Harvey Weinstein last year, and the Oscar-winning actress offered a hopeful, if pragmatic answer as to how she felt seeing the former producer arrested and arraigned late last month.
“He has raped many people that I love, so it’s not really a happy occasion,” she said. “I think maybe there will be some celebration when he gets convicted and goes to jail. That is when the process will be complete and we will see justice really being served. But until then, this is a great first step.” Sorvino added, “It feels like a really good first step, it’s him finally facing real, real criminal consequences for his criminal behavior. And so for that I feel gratified but, honestly,
Universal has debuted the first images from Damien Chazelle’s First Man. Although the brief logline is that it’s a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), writer Josh Singer billed it as a “mission movie” about the terror of space flight: “This is 100 percent a mission movie. It’s about going to the moon as seen through the eyes of the guy who got there,” Singer said. “We have at least five major set pieces that are action, and if your heart rate doesn’t go through the roof, if you’re not gripping the edge of …
Just yesterday, we talked about Amazon signing Jordan Peele’s production company, Monkeypaw, to an overall TV deal. We mentioned how another attempt by Amazon to become a major player in the war between streaming services, currently dominated by Netflix. Well, today is further proof that Amazon is really trying their best to become the premier place for TV.
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According to reports, Amazon has just given the green light to a new series titled “The Underground Railroad,” which will be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Barry Jenkins.
Never afraid of controversy, the French actor talks about her love affair with Rupert Everett and all things English, her passion for punk – and why Jesus is sexy
Can it really be true, I ask Béatrice Dalle, that you seduced the English actor Rupert Everett? “Bah ouais,” she replies as we chat in a cafe near her apartment in Paris’s third arrondissement. “Rupert is gay, but I am ...” she pauses for effect… “Béatrice Dalle. I’ve never thought I’m beautiful, but I have a power of attraction.”
Gap-toothed, black-clad, red-lipped, brown-eyed, a tattoo of a cross on her left wrist and crucifixes dangling above her cleavage, she has something, all right. The woman whom Everett described once as “Joan of Arc – the suicide-bomber version” throws back her head and unleashes the first of the interview’s many beguilingly dirty laughs. If cackling were an Olympic sport, she would win gold for France.
Primitive humans, caressing a consummate altar, worshipping, perhaps for the first time. We worship with them. Manmade celestial bodies, waltzing to Johann Strauss II, a flawless union of past and future. We waltz with them. A chilling cyclops, made of ones and zeroes, who ought not to feel human. He does. His victims, flesh and […]
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According to TMZ, Maren died last week and a funeral was held over the weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood.
Maren was 18 when he was cast in the movie as a bouquet-wielding member of the Lollipop Guild that welcomed Judy Garland’s Dorothy Gale to Oz.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Maren was the final surviving Munchkin actor from the 124 little people who starred in the 1939 musical.
Remember how The Flash introduced Wally West / Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) as a speedster in Season 3, and how he was faster than Barry almost immediately? And then they gave him a cute speedster girlfriend, which seemed like it could be the makings of a great crime-fighting super-speed duo? And then The Flash realized that Barry should probably be the fastest speedster, so ret-conned that whole plot and broke Wally and Jesse up and then banished Wally to a meditation retreat because it had no idea what to do with him? So that when he landed on …
If awards were handed out for acceptance speeches, Noma Dumezweni would probably have another trophy on her shelf. When she won Britain’s Olivier Award last year for her performance as Hermione Granger in the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, her powerful speech eloquently linked the shelter of theater with the sanctuary that she, her sister and her mother found in in England when they arrived from Swaziland in 1977. “I am a refugee…
As Paolo Sorrentino’s two-part Silvio Berlusconi-themed film nears the end of its run in Italian theaters, Universal Pictures and Indigo Film say they are satisfied with the results of a distribution experiment that saw “Loro 1” and “Loro 2” released within about two weeks of each other.
The two installments, which depict Berlusconi’s raunchy antics while he was prime minister, have between them grossed €6.5 million ($7.6 million) and clocked about 1 million admissions. Universal Italy chief Richard Borg said the result was “in line with Sorrentino’s batting average in Italy,” though for single feature-length films. The combined receipts from both parts come in slightly below Sorrentino’s Oscar winner, “The Great Beauty,” and a bit above his most recent movie, “Youth.”
“Loro” posed a much bigger marketing challenge because of its two installments and its thorny political subject. It also comes at time when the Italian box office is in the doldrums,
We’re about to enter a cinematic universe where more than one person can wear the Spider-Man mask. After a long wait, half-black/half-Latino character Miles Morales takes center stage for the first time in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a stylish new animated film that casts Peter Parker as a supporting player in another Spidey’s story. Check […]
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There are two types of filmmakers: those who will stand on a street corner wearing a sandwich board to promote their movies, and those who will not. Dan Mirvish is fearlessly in the former category, as evidenced by this video, which finds the Bernard and Huey writer, director and Slamdance co-founder outside the Laemmle Monica hustling passersby to come and see his movie this weekend (and also be passersby in a video about promoting via a sandwich board). Writes Mirvish in an email about promoting via sandwich board: It has some historical context: 22 years ago, I wore a similar […]
New trailer showcases the myriad characters who now fall under Disney’s umbrella – and smartly skewers the studio’s dubious past
Like a real-life equivalent of Wall-e’s corporate monolith, Buy n Large, Disney has hoovered up various rival studios to stand now as the proud owner of Lucasfilm, Pixar and Marvel. It is tempting to wonder if there may come a day when every movie in the multiplex comes stamped with the Mouse House’s logo, each instalment tenuously linked in some outward-spiralling cinematic universe.
Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the trailer for the latest Wreck-It Ralph movie, Ralph Breaks the Internet, in which our ham-fisted hero (John C Reilly) and his gutsy pal Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) are sent on a mission into cyberspace. This brave new internet world rather resembles the one seen recently in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One: it is more like a well-lit,