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Aubrey Plaza just might be the final defender of theatrical cinema. The “Emily the Criminal” star and producer quipped that she is among the likes of Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg in prioritizing the moviegoing experience. “I’m one of the last people that’s kind of waving that theatrical flag,” Plaza told Deadline. “Me, Martin Scorsese, and Spielberg, just the three of us. I’m romantic about it. I just believe with all my heart that if you make a movie that’s undeniably great, people will hear about it and want to see it.” Plaza led “Emily the Criminal,” “Spin Me Round,” and “The White Lotus” Season 2 this year, with MCU Disney+ series “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” Guy Ritchie’s “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre,” and Francis...
Guillermo del Toro spent decades dreaming up his stop-motion version of “Pinocchio.” Now that he’s finally made his animated debut, he has no plans to slow down. Unlike many auteur passion projects given the greenlight by Netflix, this one could open the floodgates for a director keen on making up for lost time. Over 30 years ago, del Toro was a young makeup and special effects artist in Guadalajara, Mexico, preparing to direct his first feature. The project was a wild, stop-motion animated sci-fi story called “Omnivore,” and the premise read like a rough audition for the revisionist genre epics he would make years later. He was inspired by Mexican stop-motion sculptor Marcel Delgado, whose credits include “King Kong,” to make a very...
Much has changed in the nearly three years between “Little America” seasons. Back in January 2020, when the half-hour episodic anthology first debuted, Apple TV+ was only in its third month of existence. Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Lee Eisenberg’s adaptation of true stories featured in Epic Magazine was just the streamer’s eighth series. Sian Heder, an executive producer and co-showrunner, was best known for her years writing on “Orange Is the New Black.” An orange-haired cretin still controlled the White House, and American immigration policy was summed up by the enraging phrase “kids in cages.” Today, Apple TV+ has expanded from drama, comedy, and family programming into unscripted, animation, and live sports (including...
Theo James is diverging from typecasted heartthrob roles. The “Divergent” alum reflected on being “beholden” to the young adult film franchise that debuted in 2014. James starred as the main love interest opposite Shailene Woodley in the novel adaptations. The box-office flop of the third film in 2016 eventually led to a scrapped fourth film and spin-off series. “You do a certain type of film and you sign contracts where you are beholden to those roles for a certain period of time and people see you in a certain light that you have to wrestle your way out of,” James told Vanity Fair. “That is a hundred percent the case with actors — and it was definitely the case with me.” James added that he was resistant to starring in “those types...
In the wake of MGM television head Mark Burnett exiting the studio and Amazon on Monday, Amazon is re-organizing MGM’s TV division: folding its Orion Television label into the larger scripted side of MGM and axing the label just two years after it relaunched. Amazon’s TV chief Vernon Sanders announced the news to staff on Tuesday in a memo obtained by IndieWire, adding that Orion TV head Bradley Gardner is exiting. Gardner is negotiating a producing deal at MGM TV. The re-launched Orion Television was behind the rebooted “Teen Wolf: The Movie,” which is expected to stream on Paramount+ next year. Gardner came over to lead the division from Paramount Network and focused on comedy and drama series for the label. As part of the...
There may be two “Pinocchio” films on the horizon, but Nicolas Cage just threw in an unexpected twisted take on the beloved classic. Cage is set to star in and produce the upcoming horror film “Longlegs,” written and directed by Osgood Perkins (“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”). Filming is set to begin in 2023, and the feature will be in the vein of classic Hollywood psychological thrillers. While the plot details were formerly under wraps, Cage teased a few spoilers while in conversation with horror icon John Carpenter for Document Journal. “I’m working with Oz [Perkins], who you probably know,” Cage told Carpenter. “He’s pretty strong in the horror genre at the moment. But he’s actually Anthony [Perkins’] son. He’s done some really good...
Not everything is just peachy in the world of “Super Mario Bros.” The Nintendo movie adaptation, from Universal and Illumination, stars Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as plumber brothers Mario and Luigi. The duo set out to save Princess Peach, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, as Bowser (Jack Black) and Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen) stand in their way. Keegan-Michael Key voices Toad. “Super Mario Bros.” is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, both “Teen Titans Go!” alums. The screenplay is written by Matthew Fogel, who penned “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” and “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” The film first garnered controversy over the lack of Italian voice acting casting, namely with Pratt as Mario. Producer and Illumination Studios...
Patricia Arquette wanted to sever herself during the COVID-19 production lockdowns. The Emmy-nominated “Severance” star revealed that she was forced into quarantine five times while filming the AppleTV+ series, helmed by Ben Stiller. “I got put in lockdown like five times so I spent like two and a half months alone on top of normal lockdown,” Arquette exclusively told IndieWire during the 2022 Gotham Awards. “We were shooting during COVID before you could get shots and there’s one scene where I’m yelling at Natalie [Sydney Cole Alexander], I’m very, very close to her, and I’m like, ‘Ehh.’ I know we’re testing, I know I’m not going anywhere at night, but I’m like, ‘What if I got this girl sick? What if she got really sick?’ That was a...
With the 2022 Gotham Awards in the books, this year’s award season is officially underway. While the independent film awards don’t always align with the Academy Awards (films costing more than $35 million are ineligible, which inevitably shuts some major Oscar contenders out of the competition), they’re an essential showcase for small films hoping to remain on the minds of key Academy members. The Gotham Awards recognized 23 feature films, 15 series, and 35 performances in a total of twelve award categories, and the awards were spread between some of the year’s biggest Oscar contenders. The Daniels’ A24 blockbuster “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was one of the night’s big winners, taking home both Best Feature and Best Supporting...
One week before Thanksgiving, Paul Mescal was in the eye of the storm: He flew into Los Angeles for one day to attend the Governors Awards in the midst of rehearsing a new production of “A Street Car Named Desire” in London; the next day, he was flying back. Sitting down for an interview in the lobby of the Fairmont Century Plaza one hour before the gala event, the “Aftersun” star took a second to reflect on the overwhelmingly glamorous event that was to come. “I have no idea what to expect,” Mescal told IndieWire. “I only know that Brendan Fraser and ‘The Whale’ gang are at the table that I’m sitting at.” This has been a whirlwind year for the actor, who took some time to cool down after his Emmy-nominated breakout in the Hulu...
With the fall festivals behind us and Oscar nominations just around the corner, award season is officially in full swing. But for many, the official kickoff to the season will always be the Gotham Awards. One of the biggest early showcases for the year’s top independent films, the Gotham Awards are set to take place tonight at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. While only films with a budget under $35 million are eligible, the event is a key battleground for smaller films hoping to separate themselves from the field in their quest for Oscar gold. If you’re interested in following the action from home, the event will be streamed live on YouTube beginning with red carpet coverage at 6 p.m. E.T. and the awards ceremony beginning at...
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is still number one and “Strange World” tanked, but here’s what’s important: The three-day Thanksgiving box office weekend came to $95 million. In 2o19, this weekend’s total was $181 million; in 2018, $216 million. For all of 2019, only four weekends fell short of $100 million. The last time a Thanksgiving weekend grossed under $100 million was… never? Nearly 30 years ago, Thanksgiving 1994 saw a three-day weekend of $94.5 million… when ticket prices averaged $4.08. James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” (Disney) opens December 16 and (as we’ve said too often) it can’t come soon enough. But if we’ve learned one thing this year, an occasional massive hit will not salvage what continues to be a...
Three years have passed since Terrence Malick released his most recent film, the Germany-set World War II period piece “A Hidden Life.” And while the director has been hard at work on his upcoming Biblical epic “The Way of the Wind,” a reimagining of key scenes from the life of Jesus that notably stars Mark Rylance as Satan, the scope of that project has caused it to be delayed several times. But while Malick’s fans wait for that passion project to see the light of day, the director has completed a new project featuring his unique visual style. Malick has directed a new Louis Vuitton commercial that weaves together dreamlike shots of various locations throughout the United States. The official synopsis for the collaboration between...
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