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The 2023 Golden Globes winners are in the can. And “The Fabelmans,” winner of Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director for Steven Spielberg, and “The Banshees of Inisherin,” winner of Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, have emerged with some major momentum heading into the last two months of Oscar season. The night got off to a rousing beginning with Ke Huy Quan winning Best Supporting Actor for “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” and Angela Bassett won Best Supporting Actress for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Tyler James Williams won the TV award for Best Supporting Actor for “Abbott Elementary,” and the music categories brought down the house: “Babylon” for Original Score and “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” as Best Original...
Paramount+ is hoping its latest series will be the one that you want. Like greased lightnin’ (go greased lightnin’), the “Grease” prequel series “Rise of the Pink Ladies” is racing to the streamer on April 6, in time for you to binge it over those summer nights eventually. Paramount+ announced the news from their January 9 presentation for the Television Critic’s Association Winter press tour and, because there are worse things they could do, released a short teaser for the teen musical series to accompany it. The series is a prequel to “Grease,” the 1978 film itself adapted from the 1971 stage musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Directed by Randal Kleiser, the movie was led by John Travolta and the late Olivia Newton-John as...
It won’t hurt that the 2023 Sundance Film Festival will be back in-person in Park City for the first time since 2020, but this year’s fest is swimming with potential sales titles. Starry, English-language movies and those with either big financial backing or big-name executive producers can be found not just on the competition or premieres slates, but also across the World Cinema, NEXT, and Midnight sections. What’s more, the size of the lineup still isn’t quite at pre-pandemic levels, but just about 20 percent of the 99 films premiering at this year’s Sundance have already been pre-sold. While the theatrical landscape is dicey for any film, not just the indie ones that thrive on being crowd pleasers inside the Eccles, buyers are...
Imagine if someone made an entire movie out of the last shot of “The Blair Witch Project.” Or a creepypasta remake of “Home Alone” steeped in the ineffable fear a young child would feel if the rest of their family abandoned them in the middle of the night. Or a slow cinema version of “Paranormal Activity” that ditched jump-scares for pervasive dread, maintaining the disembodied camerawork of a found footage film while inverting the formula to show a domestic possession from the house’s POV. A micro-budget phenomenon that leveraged a fortuitous leak into the kind of buzz that an indie film can’t buy, Kyle Edward Ball’s deeply unnerving “Skinamarink” might be too indebted to YouTube horror trends to feel like a sui generis genre-changer...
Football fans who tuned into ESPN’s College Football Playoff National Championship broadcast on Monday night were treated to a lot more than just a new John Williams composition. Marvel Studios debuted a new trailer for “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” and the footage gave fans their best look yet at Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror. The three-quel sees Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gregg Turkington, and Michael Douglas returning to the superhero franchise, with Kathryn Newton playing Rudd’s daughter and Bill Murray taking on an unspecified role. The story will be pivotal to setting up the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the studio has made it clear that Kang will be the next major foe for...
Tom Brady left Jane Fonda starstruck. The legendary quarterback produces and stars in upcoming film “80 for Brady,” based on the true story of a group of senior women who take a road trip to the 2017 Super Bowl to meet Brady. Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field, and Rita Moreno star as the core friend group, with Brady’s former teammates Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and Danny Amendola appearing. “My knees actually got weak when he walked into my trailer,” Fonda told The Hollywood Reporter at the world premiere of the film during the Palm Springs International Film Festival. “I’m in awe of that kind of skill. When somebody is the best in the world at what they do, you have to honor that and respect it. I was just awestruck.” Fonda...
Since 2020, television programming at Netflix has primarily been led by Bela Bajaria, who joined the streamer in 2016 and rose quickly through the company from her initial post as head of unscripted and international content. In the time she’s been at the helm, the company has had its stumbles but has also produced immensely successful series like “Squid Game” and “Wednesday.” So what’s her method to success? According to a profile in The New Yorker, it’s making shows like “gourmet cheeseburgers.” The profile, written by staff writer Rachel Syme, chronicled a year in Bajaria’s life as the executive traveled the world, meeting with Netflix’s development teams across multiple countries. In the profile, Bajaria explained that her ideal...
James Wan and Jason Blum have already hinted that more “M3GAN” sequels are in the works, but the wait to see more of the dancing, murderous AI doll might be even shorter than fans expect. In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, screenwriter Akela Cooper (who wrote the film with her “Malignant” collaborator James Wan), teased that an unrated cut of the film with an even higher body count could be coming soon. “There should be an unrated version at some point,” Cooper said. “I heard it is on the books. But yes, it was way gorier. Her body count in the script was higher than in the movie. It wasn’t a Gabriel [in ‘Malignant’]-scale massacre, but she did kill a bunch more people, including a couple of characters whom James was like...
A lead role in a new Steven Spielberg movie is always going to be a coveted job in Hollywood. But the casting process for his latest work, “The Fabelmans,” was a particularly high stakes affair, given that the legendary director was looking for actors to embody his own family in the most personal film of his career. A new story in the New York Times sheds light on the events that led Spielberg to cast Michelle Williams as Mitzi Fabelman, a thinly-veiled version of his mother. The three-time Oscar winner, who previously praised Williams’ work in “Blue Valentine,” said that he was initially inspired to give her the part after watching her in the FX miniseries “Fosse/Verdon.” “She has a secret energy that poured from her when she played...
Owen Roizman, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer who helped shape the aesthetic of 1970s American cinema through his collaborations with William Friedkin and Sidney Lumet, has died at the age of 86. The news was announced by the American Society of Cinematographers on its official social media channels. Born in Brooklyn in 1936, Roizman was drawn to cameras from a young age. His father was a camera operator for news broadcasts, and Roizman began working in a camera rental store as a teenager before making his feature film debut as a cinematographer on Bill Gunn’s “Stop!” in 1970. His 1970s filmography included some of the most influential works in multiple genres. William Friedkin’s “The French Connection,” Roizman’s second feature...
When last we left Darrowby, there was cause for celebration. With longtime crushes James (Nicholas Ralph) and Helen (Rachel Shenton) newly engaged and a deepening sense of trust between brothers Siegfried (Samuel West) and Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), it seemed like “All Creatures Great and Small” was settling into a new chapter of evolving happiness for all involved. But at the tail end of a heartwarming Christmas special, the final moments signaled something else that lay ahead: a warplane flying overhead as Mrs. Hall (Anna Madeley), the beating heart of Skeldale House, looks on with a knowing, concerned stare. Season 3 of the series, premiering stateside on PBS this week after airing on Channel 5 in the UK, follows through on that...
Though 16 years had passed since Todd Field’s last film, “Little Children,” the emergence of “TÁR” on the fall festival circuit was an immediate reminder of the auteur’s filmmaking talent. The film, which stars Cate Blanchett as a prominent orchestral conductor who finds her career collapsing before her eyes after a scandal, has earned overwhelmingly positive reviews and is widely viewed as a strong Academy Award contender. The film has the potential to bring Field his first Oscar and Blanchett, for whom he specifically wrote the role, her third. Now that he is on the frontlines of Oscar season, Field is able to look back at the humble beginnings that launched his directing career. In a recent appearance on The Hollywood Reporter...
Eugenio Caballero can conceive an enchanted forest and a disaster zone with equal levels of meticulous ingenuity. He can just as deftly recreate the space where an intimate memory occurred many decades ago, or a surrealist dream where reality and fantasy meet. The Oscar-winning Mexican production designer learned his profession the way old trades are passed on: as an apprentice absorbing knowledge from more seasoned artisans on the job. Today, his inhabitable fabrications enrich the frames of larger-than-life epics around the globe, as well as unassuming independent dramas in his home country. “The decisions that I make now are not based on my personal taste, but based on what the story requires,” Caballero told IndieWire during an...
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