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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release

Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release
David Glasser’s 101 Studios is positioning the long-shelved and revamped “The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, for an awards-season release in October.

101 Studios announced Tuesday that the film would open in limited release on Oct. 4, then go wide on the following weekend. The film presents the story of the “war of the currents” between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over which electrical system would power the modern world. Cumberbatch stars as Edison while Shannon portrays Westinghouse. Nicholas Hoult stars as Nikola Tesla.

The film, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, was to be distributed later that year by the Weinstein Company but was shelved following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. 101 Studios bought the North American rights several months ago from Lantern Entertainment, which handled the TWC assets.

The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland and Matthew Macfadyen. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has added
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Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Wows Cannes En Route to the Oscars

Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Wows Cannes En Route to the Oscars
After some anxiety about finishing on time, Quentin Tarantino delivered to Cannes a spanking wet 35mm print of his gorgeous $95-million “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” unveiled Tuesday at its Cannes world premiere. “You’re the first audience to see it,” Tarantino told the crowd after the requisite six-minute ovation. “See you on the Croisette!”

The movie landed a strong initial response at Cannes that should propel it into Sony July 26 release around the world. Whether its twists and turns will stay under wraps, as Tarantino and Cannes director Thierry Fremaux have asked, remains to be seen. However, a number of awards season possibilities are already clear from the first screening.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” lovingly recreates a showbiz period that is long past, of cowboys, manly men and crazy hippies. It celebrates the power of movie stars, as Tarantino staples Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained”) and Brad Pitt (“Inglourious Basterds”) are funny,
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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Actor Jason Mitchell Reportedly Fired From ‘The Chi’ After On-Set Sexual Harassment Accusations

After a star-making turn as Eazy-e in the 2015 box office hit, “Straight Outta Compton,” actor Jason Mitchell appeared to be on the fast-track for superstardom. He followed that film with a starring role on the critically-acclaimed Showtime series “The Chi,” and appeared in projects like “Mudbound,” “Kong: Skull Island,” and recently, “The Mustang.” But it appears that rough waters are ahead for Mitchell, as he’s reportedly been fired from his series work and an upcoming film due to some unsettling accusations.

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Review: Quentin Tarantino’s Weirdest Movie Gets Lost in History — Cannes

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Review: Quentin Tarantino’s Weirdest Movie Gets Lost in History — Cannes
Quentin Tarantino has built a career out of celebrating movies by referencing his favorites, but with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” he salutes the process of making them. America’s master of zippy dialogue and high-minded pastiche consolidates those skills into a sprawling vision of the film industry in 1969, but Tarantino’s infectious love letter doesn’t have much of a plot. Instead, the filmmaker’s weirdest movie merges pre-Manson Hollywood with the looming specter of hippiedom. The result is a lopsided cultural mashup as viewed through Tarantino’s exuberant cinematic filter.

It’s also content to hang out with history, take liberties with the details, and allow co-stars Leonard DiCaprio and Brad Pitt to unleash a pair of endearing performances. Tarantino’s desire to salute the creative thrill of storytelling is an inviting and welcome presence in American cinema; his ninth feature suggests he really ought to work more often.
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‘Ghostbusters High’: Dan Aykroyd Reveals Plans For A ’60s-Era, High School-Set Prequel To Finish The Franchise

Ghostbusters” is a franchise with one of the most devoted fanbases in the world. 35 years after the original hit theaters, people still consider it one of the greatest comedies of all time and dress up, going to conventions to show their love of the film and universe. Actor-writer-producer Dan Aykroyd knows this, and he’s very much leading the way, publicly at least, with the ideas of expanding the “Ghostbusters” franchise.

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Quentin Tarantino Says ‘Once Upon A Time’ Was Originally Going To Be A Novel & Is Now His Version Of ‘Roma’

Just from watching the two trailers for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” it’s obvious that there’s a lot of stuff going on in the film. There’s the main plot that involves Leonardo Dicaprio’s Rick Dalton and his stuntman/Bff played by Brad Pitt. There’s the changing landscape of Hollywood in 1969. And on top of all of this, there’s the subplot involving Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate falling victim to Charles Manson and his “Family.”

So, it makes sense that when you get filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Pitt, and DiCaprio together to talk about the film, there’s a lot to say.

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Terry Crews Kicks Off IndieWire’s Inaugural Consider This Brunch

Terry Crews Kicks Off IndieWire’s Inaugural Consider This Brunch
Terry Crews is a man of many talents. IndieWire’s inaugural Consider This brunch gave him the chance to indulge his latest passion: hosting.

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star and host of “America’s Got Talent” took to the stage at the Liaison Restaurant + Lounge in Hollywood, sliding through the day’s assembled guests to the sound of Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke.”

Taking the mic from IndieWire Editor in Chief Dana Harris, Crews kicked off the Consider This brunch with a tribute to TV artisans across the board. The day will feature Above the Line, Top of the Line, and Spotlight conversations with talent from Comedy Central, Hulu, Paramount Network, Showtime, Starz, and TV Land.

Crews emphasized the contributions from people across the TV landscape, whether they are in front of or behind the camera. “The work that goes into this thing? It’s a family thing, it’s a team thing.
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‘Game Of Thrones’: Breaking Down The Good, Bad & Ugly Of The Final Season [Podcast]

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film, television, and any other pop culture items worthy of discussion. This week truly marks the end of an era for television as the worldwide cultural phenomenon that is “Game of Thrones” aired its final episode Sunday night.

Read More: The 50 Most Anticipated TV Shows & Mini-Series Of 2019

Between the petitions and heated discourse, this final season of the fantasy epic has garnered something of a ‘Last Jedi’ reaction online.

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‘Freaks’ Trailer: Emile Hirsh & Bruce Dern Star In Tiff Standout Thriller With Shades Of Horror And Sci-Fi

There’s a long history of horror-thrillers with the basic premise that parents are trying to protect their children from the horrors that lurk outside their front door. On the surface, that what “Freaks” appears to be. But as you see in the new trailer, there’s way more going on in this thriller than the simple premise indicates.

The new trailer for “Freaks” begins as many horror trailers do — a man tries to save his little kid from the aforementioned evil that is outside.

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‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Reactions: Tarantino’s Latest Is A Brilliant, Baggy & Self-Indulgent Ode To Hollywood

Happy Quentin Tarantino/”Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” Day. The filmmaker’s latest has premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and on the eve of its debut a new trailer arrived, Tarantino doing some press and the collective worry that Tarantino was going to fuck with history and have Bruce Lee save Sharon Tate from the Manson clan or something.

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Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Rocks Cannes in First Reactions: ‘Brilliant,’ ‘Dazzling,’ and One ‘Holy Fuck’ Ending

Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Rocks Cannes in First Reactions: ‘Brilliant,’ ‘Dazzling,’ and One ‘Holy Fuck’ Ending
The first screenings of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” have touched down at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and the reactions coming in from film critics and the press are mostly ecstatic. Considerable praise is being directed towards Brad Pitt, whose last leading role was the 2017 Netflix movie “War Machine.”

“Hollywood” reunites Tarantino with his “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds” actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, respectively. The two star as a popular television actor and his stuntman trying to break big in the Hollywood movie business during the changing era of 1969. DiCaprio and Pitt’s characters live next door to Sharon Tate (played by DiCaprio’s “Wolf of Wall Street” co-star Margot Robbie), who is also trying to make a name for herself in Hollywood. Everyone’s fates get mixed up with Charles Manson and his cult. The supporting cast includes Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Lena Dunham,
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Zack Snyder Says “Badly Misunderstood” ‘Sucker Punch’ Is “A Big F*ck You To A Lot Of People”

Sucker Punch” is a bit of a polarizing film. Then again, many of the films from director Zack Snyder fall into the category of “polarizing.” However, among even the most divisive of Snyder films, “Sucker Punch” can be argued as the one that has split film fans down the middle. And according to Snyder, the reaction that his film received is shocking to him.

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Lionsgate Has Announced A Release Date For ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ After Massive Box Office Debut For ‘Parabellum’

He’s fought ninjas, Russian mobsters, motorcycle gangs, and even staged a fight scene utilizing horses. It’s hard to imagine where director Chad Stahelski will be able to take Mr. John Wick in another film. But according to Lionsgate, he’s going to give it a shot.

After the massive box office debut of “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” the studio was quick to announce that Keanu Reeves’ badass assassin was going to make a return to cinemas in two years time.

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Jessica Hausner’s ‘Little Joe’: A Chilling Take On Happiness In The Bioengineering Age [Cannes Review]

A strange pinkish glow emanates from the greenhouse of Planthouse Biotechnologies, the laboratory where Alice Woodward (Emily Beecham), a dedicated geneticist, works. With the help of her partner Chris (Ben Whishaw), Alice cultivates a unique plant that allows its carer — so long as they water it regularly, keep it out of the cold, touch, and talk to it — to feel happy. But when Alice brings the plant home to show her son Joe (Kit Connor), for whom the plant is named, she begins to observe strange behavior from everyone who comes into contact with the plant, which seems to infect those in proximity by releasing an inhalable, dusty cloud of pollen with neurological consequences.

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How ‘Booksmart’ Writer Katie Silberman Turned a Beloved Years-Old Script Into the Movie of the Moment

When Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins’ “Booksmart” landed on the Black List of best-liked unproduced scripts back in 2009, it promised a tantalizing twist on the high school comedy: “Two overachieving high school seniors realize the only thing they haven’t accomplished is having boyfriends, and each resolves to find one by prom.” Despite the heat of a Black List endorsement, the screenplay languished, eventually getting a 2014 rewrite from filmmaker Susanna Fogel (best known for her appropriately female friendship-powered films “Life Partners” and “The Spy Who Dumped Me”). And then… nada, not for whole years.

But you can’t keep a good idea down.

Hot off the production of what would become a smash hit for Netflix, the charming rom-com “Set It Up,” rising screenwriter Katie Silberman was tapped to draft her own version of the “Booksmart” script in the spring of 2018. No, really, she was very hot off the production:
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George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sort Of Got Book Ending Right, But Not Everything

George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sort Of Got Book Ending Right, But Not Everything
“It is hard to believe it is over, if truth be told,” George R.R. Martin wrote in a new blog post reacting to the series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The series signed off May 19 with a divisive finale that nonetheless broke HBO ratings records. Now that the HBO series has ended, are the final two “Thrones” books Martin is writing spoiled? Kind of, but not exactly, as the author stressed once again how different the show became once it passed his published novels.

“There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books,” Martin wrote. “So if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other
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George R.R. Martin Says His ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ending Will Be Released & Will Be Different…But Also Not

Winter came. It’s done. It’s over. Now, all that’s left is the destruction. That’s basically the best way to describe the aftermath of Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” series finale. Watched by a record number of folks on HBO, the episode instantly polarized fans and left many wondering how much of series’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took from author George R.R. Martin and how much they ignored.

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‘The Fountainhead’: Zack Snyder Still Wants To Make His “Super Fun And Crazy” Film About “Architecture And Sex”

Recently, it was announced that filmmaker Zack Snyder was going to take a break from superhero films, after leaving the Dceu in the rearview mirror, and venture back into the genre that really put him on the map — zombies. However, before his “Army of the Dead” was announced, the filmmaker publicly said that he wanted to adapt Ayn Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead” for the big screen.

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“My Work Has Always Inhabited That Liminal Space Between Desire and Compulsion”: Five Questions for Michelle Handelman On Her New Installation at signs and symbols

In its final week at Manhattan gallery signs is symbols is artist and filmmaker Michelle Handelman’s installation, Lover Hater Cunty Intellectual, a kind of remix of last year’s large-scale Sfmoma installation Hustlers & Empire for the smaller and more intimate studio space. The previous exhibition was centered around three archetypal characters — “real and imagined hustlers” drawn from three seminal works: Iceberg Slim’s Pimp (1967), Marguerite Duras’s The Lover (1984) and Federico Fellini’s Toby Dammit (1968). This new exhibition focuses solely on a character inspired by Duras and the semi-autobiographical protagonist of her novel and performed by queer Latinx artist […]
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“My Work Has Always Inhabited That Liminal Space Between Desire and Compulsion”: Five Questions for Michelle Handelman On Her New Installation at signs and symbols

In its final week at Manhattan gallery signs is symbols is artist and filmmaker Michelle Handelman’s installation, Lover Hater Cunty Intellectual, a kind of remix of last year’s large-scale Sfmoma installation Hustlers & Empire for the smaller and more intimate studio space. The previous exhibition was centered around three archetypal characters — “real and imagined hustlers” drawn from three seminal works: Iceberg Slim’s Pimp (1967), Marguerite Duras’s The Lover (1984) and Federico Fellini’s Toby Dammit (1968). This new exhibition focuses solely on a character inspired by Duras and the semi-autobiographical protagonist of her novel and performed by queer Latinx artist […]
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