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Whitney Houston Biopic in the Works With Director Stella Meghie

Whitney Houston Biopic in the Works With Director Stella Meghie
A Whitney Houston biopic, titled “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” is in development from “The Photograph” director Stella Meghie.

The Whitney Houston Estate, Primary Wave, music producer Clive Davis and Anthony McCarten are producing the film about the iconic musician, who died in 2012 at the age of 48. McCarten, whose credits include “The Two Popes,” “Darkest Hour,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Theory of Everything,” is writing the script for “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

Pat Houston will produce on behalf of the Houston Estate, and Larry Mestel will produce on behalf of Primary Wave Music along with Denis O’Sullivan. McCarten will produce through his Muse of Fire Productions banner.

Houston broke out with her self-titled 1985 debut album, which was released by Davis and Arista Records, and featured the ballads “Greatest Love of All” and “Saving All My Love for You.” Her other hits included “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,
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‘Midsommar,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ and More A24 Props Auctioned Off for Charity

‘Midsommar,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ and More A24 Props Auctioned Off for Charity
Wear the real-life May Queen dress donned by Florence Pugh in Ari Aster’s “Midsommar,” speed in the racecar bed from the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems” and wear Rue’s hoodie from “Euphoria” — all for a good cause! A24 is auctioning off a plethora of props from their indie offerings, and all the proceeds are going to charities directly benefiting coronavirus relief.

These one-of-a-kind objects were put up for auction by A24 with the intent of offering help to those most in need. “As a company founded and based in New York City, we want to give back to the
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Joe Russo on Working with Obamas, Riz Ahmed on Netflix Movie ‘Exit West’

Joe Russo on Working with Obamas, Riz Ahmed on Netflix Movie ‘Exit West’
Last month, Collider broke the news that Joe and Anthony Russo were teaming with Barack and Michelle Obama to produce Exit West for Netflix with Riz Ahmed poised to star. Though production has halted around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Russo gave Collider's editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub an update on the project, which sounds like it may be further along than we previously thought. [connatix-video video="1109223"] - "We have a project we're really excited about with the Obamas called Exit West, which is based on a tremendous book, a beautifully written novel, heart-…
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Tom Hardy Gets Fans All Bent Out Of Shape With Venom/Spider-Man Crossover Tease

Tom Hardy Gets Fans All Bent Out Of Shape With Venom/Spider-Man Crossover Tease
Normally, if you’re following Tom Hardy on Instagram, you’re doing so because he’s always bound to surprise you with whatever he might post next. Sometimes it’s a behind-the-scenes picture from a film he’s working on (those “Fonzo” posts are iconic). Other times, you have him showing off photoshopped pictures of dogs in human clothes. Honestly, his Instagram is one of the more interesting celebrity follows around. And the other day, the actor posted a “Venom” tease that hinted at a crossover with a certain Webhead that got fans all worked up, just in time for him to delete it.

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‘Snowpiercer’ Trailer: The TNT Sci-Fi Series Chugs Along to Its Much-Delayed May Premiere Date

‘Snowpiercer’ Trailer: The TNT Sci-Fi Series Chugs Along to Its Much-Delayed May Premiere Date
It’s possible no other TV production has had as many troubles and delays on the road to the small screen than Snowpiercer, TNT’s upcoming adaptation of the acclaimed Bong Joon-ho 2013 film and Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s graphic novel Le Transperceneige. Snowpiercer has weathered showrunner departures, network changes, and director exits. But finally, after many years of […]

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‘We Are Little Zombies’ Trailer Is Full of Wildly Psychedelic Energy

‘We Are Little Zombies’ Trailer Is Full of Wildly Psychedelic Energy
If its new trailer is any indication, “We Are Little Zombies” will almost certainly be remembered as one of 2020’s most wildly energetic and eclectic films. It’s a psychedelic romp about adolescent nihilism and coping with the loss of family members infused with colorful retro video game aesthetics and a gleeful tone of punky anarchism. Also, those titular zombies are metaphorical.

Per the Japanese-language film’s synopsis: “When four young orphans — Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura — first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred
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Do we really need a Hunger Games prequel movie?

Do we really need a Hunger Games prequel movie?
Don’t look now, but Suzanne Collins’ novel about the early years of Donald Sutherland’s character Coriolanus Snow is heading for the big screen

The Hunger Games movies represented a perfect storm for studio Lionsgate in the early part of the last decade. Jennifer Lawrence’s star status, combined with the remarkable popularity of young adult science fiction, meant those annual trips to the dystopian future nation of Panem stacked up more box-office gold than you might have found in the gilded Capitol’s brimming bank vaults. Lawrence carried the four movies in the bloodthirsty yet weirdly splatter-free saga virtually singlehanded: it’s impossible not to flash back to Katniss Everdeen’s anguished features when recalling the actor’s rise to Hollywood fame and fortune.

In the wake of the final (somewhat disappointing) brace of films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, there were reports that prequels were being considered.
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‘Jacinta’: A Profound Look At The Brutal Reality Of Addiction & Recovery [Tribeca Review]

Focusing on the intergenerational traumas that grow out of drug addiction, Jessica Earnshaw’s profound new documentary “Jacinta” explores the relationships between three women in Maine, hamstrung by addiction and the cyclical process of relapse, rehab, and recovery. Earnshaw’s unfiltered approach, in which the camera lays bare the messy process of substance dependence, is often a harrowing watch, one that centralizes the toll of addiction on family life with stark clarity.

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‘Jackass 4’ Release Date Pushed Back to July 2021

‘Jackass 4’ Release Date Pushed Back to July 2021
We’re going to have to wait more than a year to see Johnny Knoxville and company’s new antics. Paramount Pictures has pushed back the Jackass 4 release date to July 2021, four months after its slated March 2021 release date. The delay comes as Paramount reshuffles its release date schedule amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Variety […]

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‘Final Fantasy VII: Remake’: Let’s Talk about That Brilliant Ending

Major spoilers ahead for Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII: Remake. The fan idea behind Final Fantasy VII: Remake was pretty simple: just give us the game we already love but with better graphics. That was easier said than done since the technical limitations at the time of the original's release back in 1997 didn't lend themselves to such an easy polish. There was no way to get those blocky figures looking human, and as gaming and graphics accelerated in the decades since, it wouldn't be enough to just update the base elements and call it …
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Joe Biden Presidential Campaign Rejects Louis C.K.’s $2,800 Donation

Joe Biden Presidential Campaign Rejects Louis C.K.’s $2,800 Donation
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has announced it is returning a $2,800 donation made by comedian and actor Louis C.K., who openly admitted to sexual misconduct in November 2017. According to Time magazine, C.K. made a donation to the Biden campaign on March 4 after the candidate won more than a dozen Super Tuesday ballots. A Biden campaign spokesman confirmed with Time that C.K.’s donation has since been refunded.

C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a report published by The New York Times in November 2017. The women, many of them fellow comedians, said C.K. openly masturbated in front of them or requested to do. The comedian said in a statement the allegations made against him were true and that he was “remorseful” over his actions. C.K. quickly lost his development deal with FX Networks and the distribution deal for his feature film “I Love You, Daddy
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Spike Lee Doesn’t Think Cinemas Are Ready To Reopen: “Hell To Da Naw”

Spike Lee Doesn’t Think Cinemas Are Ready To Reopen: “Hell To Da Naw”
A lot of discussion and debate has surrounded the Georgia Governor’s decision to reopen certain non-essential businesses (including movie theaters) next week, albeit with “strict social distancing” regulations. While idiotic protests are happening all across the Us, with people asking for haircuts and whatnot, many people think that it’s entirely too soon to think about cinemas, and other businesses, reopening their doors. One of those folks is Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee.

Read More: ‘Bamboozled’ Is Spike Lee’s Regrettably Timeless Masterpiece

In an email sent to Vanity Fair, the “BlacKkKlansman” director pulled no punches with his thoughts on the idea that some theaters might begin to reopen in certain states in the next week.

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Shea Whigham on ‘The Quarry’ and His Friendship with Michael Shannon

Shea Whigham on ‘The Quarry’ and His Friendship with Michael Shannon
From director Scott Teems, the dramatic thriller The Quarry follows a drifter (Shea Whigham) who, after killing a traveling preacher, decides to take his place at the local church, where he catches the attention of the small town police chief (Michael Shannon). Unsure what to make of The Man, Chief Moore is equal parts curious and suspicious, suspecting foul play that leads him to dig deeper. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Shea Whigham talked about his ongoing career history working with co-star Michael Shannon, having chemistry that just clicks, what it was like to …
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The Clock Tower: Superman’s Birthday, a ‘Supernatural’ Crossover, and More

(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.) Listen. I know I said I’d see […]

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Need zing in your Zoom? Let Warhol and the avant-garde vamp up your video conferences

Need zing in your Zoom? Let Warhol and the avant-garde vamp up your video conferences
It’s hard to make much of a mark in the strange, static world of video-conferencing. But we could all learn a trick or two from famous arthouse film-makers, from Jim Jarmusch to Andy Warhol

Of all the many weirdnesses of the age of lockdown, video-conferencing must be one of the weirdest. This is the first time many of us have used Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Houseparty. And, invaluable as they are, few would disagree that they are a strange way to communicate. From the stilted family group chat to the strained business meeting, it all feels messy and unnatural. Video-conferencing is nothing like real-life conversation, nor is it like cinema or TV, even though it is essentially watching people on a screen.

However, for a certain strain of film-makers and artists, the unblinking, unmoving gaze of the webcam is familiar territory. Could the art end of cinema help ease our pain and anxiety?
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‘Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story’: Film Review

‘Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story’: Film Review
Toward the end of “Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story,” former state prosecutor Preston Shipp considers his shifting thoughts on the notion of justice. It’s shouldn’t be about alleging rule violations, he says, but about trying to achieve the right outcome in each case. In other words, for all the rigors of law and order, true justice isn’t procedural: it’s as changeable and untidy as human behavior itself. Tracing the contours and reversals of an ugly legal affair that initially saw underage sex worker Cyntoia Brown sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of an adult predator, Daniel H. Birman’s documentary is likewise most rewarding when it focuses on messy human complexities over chilly courtroom process. What begins as seemingly another lurid Netflix true-crime excavation emerges as a considerably more affecting testament to the damage wrought by generation upon generation of sexual abuse.

Many
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WarnerMedia Execs Reassure Cinemas That The Studio Still Supports The Theatrical Experience

WarnerMedia Execs Reassure Cinemas That The Studio Still Supports The Theatrical Experience
It was only yesterday that John Stankey, COO of AT&T (parent company of WarnerMedia), was saying on a conference call that his film studio was going to “rethink” its theatrical release model in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was on the heels of the studio announcing that its animated film “Scoob!” would forego the big screen and instead release straight to VOD.

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‘Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian’ Trailer Reveals the 8-Episode Docuseries on Disney+

‘Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian’ Trailer Reveals the 8-Episode Docuseries on Disney+
It will be a little while yet before we see Season 2 of Disney+'s The Mandalorian--and no, the fake Season 2 trailer doesn't count--but the Star Wars' series streaming service has a little surprise in store for fans. This coming Star Wars Day, May 4th, Disney+ will roll out Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, a new docu-series hosted by Jon Favreau that goes behind the scenes of the hit show. The first trailer for the new series shows off the creative cast and crew who came together to pull off the feat of delivering the first …
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‘Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian’ Trailer Dives Into the Making of the ‘Star Wars’ Series

‘Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian’ Trailer Dives Into the Making of the ‘Star Wars’ Series
While we wait for the second season of The Mandalorian to arrive this fall, Disney is giving us an extensive look behind the scenes at the production of the Star Wars project with a new documentary series. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian rounds up executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, the directors of every episode […]

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’23 Hours to Kill’ Trailer Reveals Jerry Seinfeld’s First Comedy Special in 22 Years

’23 Hours to Kill’ Trailer Reveals Jerry Seinfeld’s First Comedy Special in 22 Years
Netflix has released the first trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s upcoming comedy special, 23 Hours to Kill, which marks his first new comedy special since 1998. Indeed, the Seinfeld star has spent his time basically doing whatever the hell he wants, given that Seinfeld made him rich beyond belief. He made an animated movie and then returned to regular content with the 2012 launch of his web talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and while he’s continued to tour over the years, he hasn’t released a recorded comedy special in two …
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