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Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Ernie Hudson Join Cast of First Vudu Original Film (Exclusive)

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Ernie Hudson Join Cast of First Vudu Original Film (Exclusive)
Walmart's online VOD service, Vudu, has revealed the cast and release date for its first original film, Adventure Force 5.

The film, directed by Michael Younesi, stars Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Ernie Hudson, Dylan Arnold, Tate Birchmore, Donald Bowen, Lexee Davis, Marleik “Mar Mar” Walker and Kartik Ash.

Adventure Force 5 follows video game- and comics-obsessed brothers Joey and Jack Zapata (Bowen and Birchmore, respectively) as they and their friends embark on an adventure when a mysterious swarm of flying creatures, Terra Borgs, invade their quiet beach town. Arnold (Halloween, Mudbound) plays the egomaniacal young genius who invented the creatures ...
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Trailer: Armando Iannucci’s Reimagining Of Classic Dickens Novel

One of the greatest writers in history, Charles Dickens will now have another one of his books turned into a film in the form of “The Personal History of David Copperfield.” The director, Armando Iannucci, best known for his film “The Death Of Stalin” as well as directing the British TV series “I’m Alan Partridge,” is now bringing the vision of Dickens to life with what was probably one of his best books, “David Copperfield.”

Read More: ‘Personal History Of David Copperfield’ Will Open 2019 London Film Festival

Iannucci spoke to Deadline about why he wanted to do a film based on a Dickens novel, particularly David Copperfield.

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‘Insatiable’ Season 2 Trailer: Netflix’s Panned Dramedy Promises to Be ‘Messy’

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A little over a year after it first dropped on Netflix, the Debby Ryan-led satirical dark dramedy “Insatiable” is returning for a second season. The series’ 10-episode order drops on Fri., October 11, and based on the trailer, it looks like it’s not going to let its critically-panned past hold it back.

“Don’t let the past drag you down,” beauty pageant coach Bob (Dallas Robert) tells his protege, Patty (Ryan). “We’re leaving all the drama behind.”

Of course, this line refers to the fact that Season 1 ended with Patty killing her boyfriend and Patty and Bob working to dispose of the evidence and body. (And now Patty’s rightfully a murder suspect.) But there’s a loaded meta context that naturally comes with that line, especially when it comes to the critical reception of this show.

“Insatiable’s” first season has a Certified Rotten score of 13% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes,
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Ava DuVernay and Winston Duke Sign Up for New Projects as Peak TV’s Deal-a-Day Pace Continues

HBO Max is continuing to build out its television slate and has tapped Ava DuVernay to direct a pilot based on the “Dmz” comic series.

The original “Dmz” comic, which ran from 2005 to 2012, is set in a near-future Manhattan that has become a dangerous demilitarized zone during a second American civil war. The series touches on a handful of timely themes, including government corruption, foreign interventionism, and political divisiveness.

The Warner Bros. Television pilot will begin filming in early 2020. Robert Patino who has an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, will serve as showrunner and executive producer. DuVernay signed a multi-year deal with the production company last year.

DuVernay is one of several renowned Hollywood creatives who is working on projects for HBO Max. Other television powerhouses, including Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”), Greg Berlanti (“Riverdale”), and Melissa Rosenberg (“Jessica Jones”) recently signed overall deals with Warner, and their
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‘Claws’ to End After Fourth Season

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‘Claws’ to End After Fourth Season
It’s only Tuesday, but longtime producing partners Rashida Jones and partner Will McCormack are already having quite the eventful week. This morning, it was announced that the TNT series “Claws” — executive produced by the duo’s Le Train Train production company — was renewed for its fourth and final season. But apparently where one show ends, another begins, as Variety reported that AMC has just picked up a new pilot executive-produced by the pair — the quite pointedly titled “Kevin Can Go F— Himself” — to series.

Created by Eliot Lawrence (“Welcome to Me”) with Sharon Lee Watson (“Chicago P.D.”) and Emily Silver (“Bones”) functioning as showrunners, the flamboyant and sometimes surreal “Claws” originally premiered in June 2017 and stars Emmy nominee Niecy Nash as Desna Simms, an entrepreneur and leader of a crew of strip mall nail technicians-turned-mobsters in the trashy coastal Florida town of Palmetto (aka “Palmghetto”). Rounding out the ensemble
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Jordan Peele and the 9-Figure Deal: How the Oscar Winner Became Universal’s New Superhero

With a five-year, nine-figure exclusive production deal, Universal Pictures is banking on Jordan Peele’s proven ability to excite critics and bring audiences to theaters. Like everyone else, the studio recognizes that brand names — whether they’re superheroes or cutting-edge filmmakers — are crucial investments in the franchise era.

The arms race among streamers has weaponized megadeals, turning names like Ryan Murphy (Netflix), Oprah (Apple), and J.J. Abrams (Warner Media) into arrows for their respective quivers. For traditional studios, however, it’s a model that’s largely fallen out of favor. Studios have decades of hard-won experience when it comes to overpaying producers with lavish offices and guaranteed release slots.

However, the market does make one exception, and it’s the same model demonstrated by streaming: Work with talent, and pay for the brand. The new five-year contract with Monkeypaw is an upgrade of the first-look deal he made in 2017 following
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Rushes: Scorsese and Tarantino, "Sátántangó" Restored, TikTok as Film Criticism

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSProlific title designer Wayne Fitzgerald, who created the titles for films like The Godfather, Touch of Evil, and even Beverly Hills Ninja, has died. You can find the many infamous title cards designed by Fitzgerald on Annyas. Recommended VIEWINGThe official trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, as introduced by Robert De Niro on Jimmy Fallon. Read our review of the film from the New York Film Festival here. The 4K restoration of Béla Tarr's slow cinema masterpiece, Sátántangó (1994), about a collective of Hungarian villagers seeking refuge during the fall of communism. Kazuo Hara's latest, Reiwa Uprising, follows "Ayumi Yasutomi, a cross-dressing candidate, who is also a Tokyo University professor, as she embarks on a national campaign for a seat in Japan's Upper House." For Sight & Sound, critic Charlie Lyne delves into
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Advanced De-Aging VFX Are Crucial to ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Gemini Man,’ and ‘Captain Marvel’

Advanced De-Aging VFX Are Crucial to ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Gemini Man,’ and ‘Captain Marvel’
It’s the year of digital de-aging as technology caught up with need for Martin Scorsese’s mobster epic, “The Irishman,” and Ang Lee’s sci-fi/thriller, “Gemini Man.” Industrial Light & Magic devised an unobtrusive facial capture breakthrough to make Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci look decades younger as hitman Frank Sheeran, Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, and Philly crime boss Russell Bufalino, respectively. And Weta Digital has constructed the most fully realized digital human yet as 50-year-old Will Smith fights 23-year-old Will Smith in a face off between a hitman and his clone.

Meanwhile, Lola VFX, which has become Marvel’s go-to de-aging specialist, has made great strides this year with its vaunted 2D Photoshopping-like procedure of skin smoothing and shape warping on “Captain Marvel,” making Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury look decades younger without the use of a young double for the first time.

When
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‘Everybody’s Everything’ Trailer: Terrence Malick-Produced Doc on Tragic Life of Rapper Lil Peep

‘Everybody’s Everything’ Trailer: Terrence Malick-Produced Doc on Tragic Life of Rapper Lil Peep
When musician, producer, and rapper Lil Peep died at the tragically young age of 21 of an accidental drug overdose, many listeners heard his genre-defying music for the first time. Now, even greater audiences will be introduced to the late wunderkind via an intimate new documentary, which happens to have been executive produced by none other than “Tree of Life” filmmaker Terrence Malick. “Everybody’s Everything,” which recently released its first official trailer, relies on Malickian voiceover, candid testimony, and candid video to tell the story of the creative life cut all too short.

Here’s the official synopsis: “Creating a unique mix of punk, emo and trap, Lil Peep was set to bring a new musical genre to the mainstream when he died of a drug overdose at just 21 years old. From the streets of Los Angeles to studios in London and sold out tours in Russia, the artist born
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‘Search Party’ Creators Launch Podcast About Bad Hollywood Managers With Abby Elliott

Shortly after announcing it would revive the legendary “National Lampoon Radio Hour,” alternative comedy podcaster Forever Dog is unveiling an eclectic slate of new launches, including a scripted show from Charles Rogers and Sarah Violet-Bliss, creators of TBS’ critical hit “Search Party.” Billed as an “irreverent send-up of the entertainment industry,” “Conference Call” follows a group of inept Hollywood talent managers through a series of chaotic company-wide conference calls.

Rogers and Violet-Bliss lend their vocal talents to a cast that includes dynamic sister duo Abby Elliott and Bridey Elliott (daughters of “Schitt’s Creek” star Chris Elliott), as well as “Search Party” writer Jordan Firstman. IndieWire is debuting an exclusive clip of “Conference Call” below.

That’s not all, however, as “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” performer Mitra Jouhari is also getting her own show, a narrative series titled “F**k Hut Music School for Teens.” Described as if “Riverdale” were on Adult Swim,
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Martin Scorsese Talks ‘Hereditary,’ Joanna Hogg’s ‘Archipelago’ & More In 40-Minute Nyff Talk

Every year, at the New York Film Festival, the event’s director Kent Jones sits down with a filmmaker, for the On Cinema conversation, to discuss the important movies that influence them. And this year, Jones had legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese join him to feature four films that stand out as important works to the director.

Scorsese, of course, is attending Nyff this year to help debut his new film “The Irishman,” but you would be hard-pressed to find a mafia drama among the projects that the filmmaker wanted to discuss.

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‘Trick’ Trailer: Omar Epps Shouldn’t Expect Any Treats In The Upcoming Slasher Film

Halloween is a month away, and it’s time for everybody to get their seasonal fix of horror movies. And for many, that means they’ll have a heaping helping of slasher films. What’s better than taking in a movie that leaves you scared silly one minute and laughing out loud the next? The bloody subgenre conjures up last names like Myers, Krueger, and Voorhees, as villains that are always on the hunt for new prey, specifically those of the young variety.

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Todd Phillips Left Comedy to Make ‘Joker’ Because ‘Woke Culture’ Ruined the Genre

Todd Phillips Left Comedy to Make ‘Joker’ Because ‘Woke Culture’ Ruined the Genre
Todd Phillips is hardly the first name most audiences would associate with the current run of dark, gritty comic book movies. Best known for comedy hits (and a few misses) like the “Hangover” trilogy, “Road Trip,” “Old School,” and the 2004 remake of “Starsky & Hutch,” Phillips has long trafficked in laughs with just the right amount of edgy appeal. He’s hardly the kind of guy to take on the violent origin story of one of contemporary entertainment’s most notorious villains. And yet, with his Joaquin Phoenix-starring “Joker,” he’s done just that. Why?

In a new interview with Vanity Fair (ostensibly centered around star Phoenix), the filmmaker opined about why he chose to move from broad comedies to something as dark as “Joker.” Turns out, he just couldn’t hang with the current culture. “Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” Phillips told Vf.
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‘Free Time’ Paints A Beautiful Portrait Of Youth, Decay, And Solitude In New York City [Nyff Review]

If Manfred Kirchheimer’s latest documentary “Free Time” could summarize itself into a single statement, it would be that there is power in silence. Not a single word of dialogue is spoken in “Free Time,” and yet, this 60-minute exploration of New York City speaks louder than most films, documentary or otherwise, released in 2019 so far.

For those unfamiliar with the director and his work, Kirchheimer’s 60-year career fundamentally consists of nonfictional, documentarian love letters to the sprawling urban landscape of New York City; his prior works include “We Were So Beloved,” which captures the experiences of European immigrants who crossed the Atlantic in response to Nazi occupation, and the political-art-inspired “Art Is…The Permanent Revolution.”

Created from collections of black-and-white 16mm footage shot my Kirchheimer and Walter Hess from 1958 to 1960, “Free Time” is a plotless examination of urbanites living day-to-day in a bygone era of New York City.
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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Trailer: Actress Natalia Reyes Takes Center Stage In The Fight For The Future Of Humanity

Despite the fact that “Terminator: Dark Fate” features the return of actress Linda Hamilton and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film really is centered on the story of Natalia Reyes’ character, Dani Ramos. And in the new trailer for the film, that character takes center stage.

The new footage for the sci-fi/action film gives us our best look yet at the character of Dani and how she finds herself in the middle of yet another fight for the future of humanity as a Terminator from the future comes to hunt her down.

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Joaquin Phoenix Explains Why It’s Important To Present A Sympathetic Villain In ‘Joker’

Should you make a film that shows a psychopathic murderer as a sympathetic figure? That seems to be the crux of the debate surrounding Todd Phillips’ upcoming film, “Joker.” The psychopath in question, in the new comic book film, is Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix. And in a new interview with Vanity Fair, the actor explained that even though it might be uncomfortable for the audience, it’s important to show stories from the point of view of all sorts of characters, even terrible ones.

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Aaron Paul Struggled to Land Movies After ‘Breaking Bad,’ but Netflix’s Sequel Helped Him ‘Let Go’

Aaron Paul Struggled to Land Movies After ‘Breaking Bad,’ but Netflix’s Sequel Helped Him ‘Let Go’
Sometimes an actor lands a role or project that becomes so successful that they can seemingly never do anything else. To the hordes of actors toiling in obscurity, this may sound like a good problem to have. Almost six years to the day after the last episode of “Breaking Bad” aired, and after struggling to make the transition from TV icon to movie star, Aaron Paul is starting to see it that way, too. The actor, who became synonymous with his character Jesse Pinkman in Vince Gilligan’s Emmy-winning AMC series, will return to his star-making role this fall in Netflix’s hotly-anticipated “Breaking Bad” movie, “El Camino.”

After a string of failed movie roles, Paul is looking forward to revisiting Jesse. “I was so spoiled at the height of ‘Breaking Bad,’ I was being offered everything.” Paul told Vulture during a recent interview. His first plum movie roles after “Breaking Bad,
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Kevin Smith Once Again Announces ‘Clerks 3’: “It’ll Be A Movie That Concludes A Saga”

Kevin Smith is back at it again. More than six years ago, the filmmaker teased the idea of a “Clerks 3.” Then it died. Last year, Smith teased fans once again, making it seem like “Clerks 3” was inevitable. Again, the project died. And now, 25 years after the original film hit theaters, the director is once again promising fans that “Clerks 3” will happen. For real this time.

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Guillermo del Toro Goes Nuts Over ‘The Irishman’: It ‘Transmogrified All the Gangster Myths into Regret’

Guillermo del Toro Goes Nuts Over ‘The Irishman’: It ‘Transmogrified All the Gangster Myths into Regret’
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has taken to Twitter to offer the latest installment in his unofficial tweet-thread series, which offer thoughtful cinematic musings in exactly 13 tweets. This one is on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which premiered at the New York Film Festival last week, and del Toro’s thread is filled with comparisons to other films, poetic metaphors about death and myth, and biblical references. In short, the filmmaker absolutely loved the 209-minute crime epic, calling it the “fastest three hours in a cinema.”

Based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” the decades-spanning film stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran who allegedly became a mob hitman and played a role in union boss Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. Al Pacino stars as the notorious mob-connected Teamsters president. Joe Pesci also stars as mob boss Russell Bufalino.

Some were skeptical
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Timothée Chalamet Raves About The Safdies’ Film ‘Uncut Gems’ & Says Adam Sandler Is “Truly Spectacular”

At this point, the Safdie Brothers are filmmakers that are no longer “under the radar” and are fully in the discussion about some of the best in the business, particularly if you like your films to have a layer of grime. When “Good Time” hit theaters in 2017, the Safdies had a couple of notable films under their belt, but the crime thriller featuring Robert Pattinson firmly established them as must-watch filmmakers.

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