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New York Film Critics Circle sets 2019 awards vote date

New York Film Critics Circle sets 2019 awards vote date
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, Regina Hall among last year’s winners.

The New York Film Critics Circle (Nyfcc) will vote for the 2019 awards on December 4, and hold its annual Gala Awards dinner on January 7, 2020.

Last year the group awarded its best film prize to Roma and best director to that film’s Alfonso Cuarón. It is known for occasional eccentric choices and while Ethan Hawke’s best actor win for First Reformed was not entirely unexpected, Regina Hall’s best actress win for Support The Girls came from left-field.

In the previous year, Lady Bird was named best film, and Girls Trip
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Disney Releases First Official Trailer for Live-Action Lady and the Tramp

Puppy love is in the air!

Disney released the first official trailer of the live-action remake Lady and the Tramp on Friday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, and gave a glimpse into the romantic adventures of Lady, the American Cocker Spaniel, and Tramp, a mongrel pup.

The trailer showcases some of the animated 1955 classic’s most memorable scenes, including the famous moment the dogs share a bowl of spaghetti.

“I’ve got no leashes, or fences, with me, every day could be an adventure,” Tramp tells Lady in the trailer, trying to convince her to join the street-dog life.
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‘Lady and the Tramp’ Trailer: Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux’s Live-Action Puppy Love Leads Disney+

‘Lady and the Tramp’ Trailer: Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux’s Live-Action Puppy Love Leads Disney+
Lady and the Tramp” is Disney’s latest live-action reimagining, only a) this one is actually live-action, unlike certain remakes using fancy shmancy CGI animation, and b) the new film is headed for Disney+, not theaters. See for yourself in the first trailer below.

Per previous synopses, “Lady and the Tramp” is set to tell the story of an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) who meets a street-smart, stray mongrel called the Tramp (Justin Theroux), and the two embark on many romantic adventures together — which will of course include the iconic spaghetti smooch scene from the original film.

With a script by Andrew Bujalski (“Support the Girls”), the new film could find fresh footing in the class disparities these two adorable puppers represent. Bujalski balanced similar inequality issues with a great deal of exuberant fun in his critically hailed 2018 film (starring Regina Hall), so perhaps
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‘Lady and the Tramp’ Trailer Reveals the First Look at Disney’s Live-Action Love Story

Disney has released the first trailer for Lady and the Tramp, the live-action adaptation of the 1955 animated classic about two star-crossed dogs falling in love. Separating itself a bit from the all-digital-all-the-time strategy of Jon Favreau's The Lion King, the Lady and the Tramp update is using actual dogs in the lead roles, voiced by Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me). Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) directs from a script by Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls). Originally conceived as a film with a traditional theater …
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Lady and the Tramp Trailer: Disney+ Brings the Animated Classic to Life

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Disney's D23 Expo is here, and with the launch of Disney Plus just around the corner, we're expecting big things from the studio behind Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and Fox. So far, they have delivered. Disney released the first trailer for the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, and it's definitely pulling those nostalgia strings.

As we learned at D23, the new Lady and the Tramp is written by Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls) and brought to life by director Charlie Bean. It follows the relationship between an American cocker spaniel from a wealthy family and a streetsmart stray mutt. Disney released an image of the two sweet dogs via twitter earlier this month. They were also featured on the cover of Disney's Twenty-Three magazine. But an image doesn't quite encapsulate the feel of the film like the trailer does.

The new canine-centric movie will features voices from
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‘Lady and the Tramp’: First Look at Disney’s Andrew Bujalski-Scripted Live-Action Streaming Film

Disney’s adoration for live-action adaptations is now extending to its other big bet: upcoming streaming service Disney+. When the service rolls out later this fall on November 12, it will include a robust slate of programming from the Mouse House. Disney+ originals will include new television series based on the enormously popular “Star Wars” and Marvel Cinematic Universe brands and the platform will also be home to many of the company’s most popular legacy films and shows. Most Pixar films, the first two “Star Wars” trilogies, and all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” will be available on the service.

And it will also offer yet another live-action remake to join recent hits like “The Lion King” and “Aladdin”: “Lady and the Tramp,” now with actual dogs. Directed by Charlie Bean and written by Andrew Bujalski, the film features the voices of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the eponymous dogs.
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Disney Gives Sneak Peek of Live-Action Lady and the Tramp with New Adorable Photo

Start perfecting your spaghetti slurp because Disney’s live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp is on its way!

Disney released a new photo Tuesday of the animal couple in puppy love on the fall issue of Disney Twenty-Three magazine. Lady, the American Cocker Spaniel, and Tramp, a mongrel pup, are seen side by side before they embark on their romantic journey.

Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) is set to direct the live-action film, with a script by Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls). The film will additionally feature a star-studded cast of voices including Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Janelle Monáe,
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‘Crawl’ Writers to Pen Horror Film ‘The Unheard’ With Chris von Hoffmann Directing (Exclusive)

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‘Crawl’ Writers to Pen Horror Film ‘The Unheard’ With Chris von Hoffmann Directing (Exclusive)
Monster Party” director Chris von Hoffmann will direct the horror film “The Unheard,” which “Crawl” scribes Michael and Shawn Rasmussen will write, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Burn Later Productions, which produced films like the Sundance entries “Hearts Beat Loud” and “A Kid Like Jake,” as well as Regina Halls’ “Support the Girls,” is producing the film. David Bernon, Sam Slater, and Paul Bernon of Burn Later Productions are producing with Andrew Corkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene).

Von Hoffmann’s other credits include “Drifter” as well as the shorts “The Kidnap,” “White Trash” and “Fuel Junkie.” He is represented by CAA and Grandview Management.

Also Read: 'Crawl' Film Review: Kaya Scodelario Contends With Killer Gators and a Toothless Screenplay

Michael and Shawn Rasmussen wrote “Long Distance” and “The Ward,” and served as directors, producers and writers on both “Dark Feed” and “The Inhabitants.”

Their most recent project,
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Long Awkward Pause: Andrew Bujalski Talks "Mutual Appreciation"

Andrew Bujalski's Mutual Appreciation (2005) is showing June 14 - July 13, 2019 on Mubi in the United States in a new restoration.Andrew Bujalski premiered his second film Mutual Appreciation at SXSW in 2005. Around the same time, his first—Funny Ha Ha—had its official theatrical release, a few years after it had premiered. The two films made their impression on rising independent filmmakers, bringing a focus on naturalistic conversation and self-reflecting portrayals of twenty-somethings that differed from the voicings of Generation X prior. Bujalski also appeared in Joe Swanberg’s seminal Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), alongside a then-unknown Greta Gerwig, and despite the under-recognition of those early films in the mid-2000s, it’s easy to see how they laid the foundations for the wider success and cultural impact of Swanberg’s Easy (2016–2019) and the Gerwig-penned Frances Ha (2012) and Lady Bird (2017). Bujalski’s most recent—Support the Girls (2018)—earned him and
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Support the Girls review

Support the Girls takes place over one rather manic, emotional and frustrating day as sports bar manager Lisa (Regina Hall) has the limits of her mother hen feelings towards her staff severely tested, as she tries to deal with one crisis after another.

The bar Lisa manages is a family-friendly sports bar where the waitresses wear very little clothing and the clientele get to look but not touch. As the manager of this group, Lisa sets the limits from the outset. Be friendly. Smile. But no inappropriate touching and if they’re rude or inappropriate with you then they’re out. Of course, just because the rules are in place, doesn’t mean they’ll be followed. And it isn’t long before Lisa starts to just question why she’s bothering at all.

For much of the film, Support the Girls has such a realistic style, it almost veers
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Exclusive: ‘Support The Girls’ UK trailer and poster

On behalf of Bulldog Film Distribution, we are delighted to exclusively launch the first UK trailer for comedy-drama ‘Support The Girls’.

The film comes from award-winning writer/director Andrew Bujalski and stars Regina Hall (Girls Trip, The Hate U Give) with Haley Lu Richardson (Split, Columbus), Dylan Gelula (‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’), Brooklyn Decker (‘Grace & Frankie’), James Le Gros (Certain Women), Lea DeLaria (‘Orange Is the New Black’) and actress/rap artist Shayne McHayle.

On its Us release the film received rave reviews from critics across the board and huge praise for Regina Hall’s compelling performance which won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, making her the first African-American to win the award. At the top of many critics Best Films of the Year lists, it was also named by former President Barack Obama as one of his favourite films of 2018.

Also in trailers – He’s back…
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‘Shazam!’ Leads a Weak Weekend as the Box-Office Addiction to Superheroes Grows

‘Shazam!’ Leads a Weak Weekend as the Box-Office Addiction to Superheroes Grows
Events are considered box-office salvation. Case in point: This week brought the trailer debut of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and next week is the debut of “Avengers: Endgame.” Both are, to put it mildly, highly anticipated.

However, this week also saw the detailed, appetite-whetting announcement of the Disney+ streaming service as well as “Guava Island,” a just-under one-hour musical starring Donald Glover and Rihanna that premiered at the Coachella Music Festival before showing on Amazon Prime for a brief period Saturday. The social media attention these events received dwarfed interest in any standard theatrical release this weekend. And then add the “Game of Thrones” final season opener to the mix.

Four new wide movies debuted, with the lower-budget “Little” showing the best total with $15.5 million. It placed second to “Shazam!”, despite the D.C. Comics film’s 53% second-week drop.

For individual films, the news is more downbeat than positive.
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Film Review: ‘Little’ Squanders Its Comedic and Social Potential in an Attempt to Play It Safe

Chicago – After a typical late night, deep dive of the internet, I found something terrifying. Around the 60’s, creating dinners in Jello were popular for some reason. Although I liked every individual ingredient, seeing the way they fit together was a less than appetizing. Watching “Little” reminds me of this experience except after the film, I was left with a bland, spiceless taste in my mouth.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

With a strong cast of black, female actresses, I had certain expectations when going into this film. Obviously, I had hoped that there would be a message of female empowerment at the forefront, especially since the three main actresses have recently been part of productions that have emphasized that, most notably Regina Hall in last year’s indie hit “Support the Girls”. I’m ecstatic to report that this aspect was more than well-represented, which made the baffling part about why the black perspective was so underplayed/underutilized.
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Posterized: Regina Hall, finally a star

by Nathaniel R

With the new comedy Little opening today in theaters and last year's beloved indie Support the Girls still fresh in the memory, let's talk Regina Hall.

The talented 48 year-old actress has been kicking around in the movies and (occasionally) on television for 20 years now, but it's only very recently that she's come into full stardom. Or, to put it another way, it's only very recently that Hollywood has realized that she's a star. Usually with slow-burn stardom, the charisma and talent were there all along but it takes a big hit movie, or a breakthrough signature part, or the cumulation of multiple moderate hits for that too happen. 

It's a little of all of those with Regina Hall who spent the first decade of her career mostly well-down the hiearchical cast lists of ensemble comedies and then finally began to crack leading roles. 

How many of her films have you seen?
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Haley Lu Richardson Discusses ‘The Chaperone,’ Working With First-Time Filmmakers, Her Love Of Dance & More [Interview]

While her last film “Five Feet Apart” didn’t do much to thrill us, there’s no denying that in the brief moments the film worked, it worked because of the performance Haley Lu Richardson turned in. Not new to the screen, Richardson first stole focus in the phenomenal coming of age flick “Edge of Seventeen” and managed to make an afterthought of a character be presented with agency in the surprisingly decent “Split.” However, it was with her role in “Columbus,” and then, a scene-stealing role in last year’s underseen “Support the Girls” that allowed her to fully come into her own and declare herself one of the most versatile new talents on the scene.

Continue reading Haley Lu Richardson Discusses ‘The Chaperone,’ Working With First-Time Filmmakers, Her Love Of Dance & More [Interview] at The Playlist.
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Movie Review – Five Feet Apart (2019)

Five Feet Apart, 2019.

Directed by Justin Baldoni.

Starring Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moisés Arias, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, Emily Baldoni, Gary Weeks, and Claire Forlani.

Synopsis:

Two teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.

Technically not a cinematic universe, the latest edition of diseased and doomed star-crossed teenagers, Five Feet Apart, focuses on a hospital wing dedicated to treating patients with cystic fibrosis. It’s also important to note that these patients are instructed to remain six feet apart from one another at all times to negate the risk of mixing up their individual bacteria, subsequently intensifying their sickness. The first question on anyone’s mind is likely “then why the hell is the movie called Five Feet Apart“, which is a fair enough inquiry.

Haley Lu Richardson (the tremendously talented young actress that can be seen in far better films such as
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Film Review: ‘Five Feet Apart’

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Film Review: ‘Five Feet Apart’
A tearjerking romance centered around two teenagers living with cystic fibrosis, first-time feature director Justin Baldoni’s “Five Feet Apart” is ultimately little more than a cover band treatment of “The Fault in Our Stars.” But as far as cover bands go, at least it has a hell of a frontwoman in Haley Lu Richardson. Fresh off of memorable supporting parts in “The Edge of Seventeen” and “Support the Girls,” Richardson gives a star turn every bit as charismatic and assured as the film is formulaic and forgettable, bringing soul, style and nuance to a character that could have easily been a condescending caricature.

An exceptional talent in a sea of well-meaning adequacy, Richardson plays Stella, a bright, wryly optimistic high schooler who has been dealing with cystic fibrosis since childhood. When we meet her, she’s just landed in the hospital for yet another extended stay, and wastes no
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‘Five Feet Apart’ Film Review: Terminal-Teen Tale Brings No New Ideas to Heartbreak Hospital

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‘Five Feet Apart’ Film Review: Terminal-Teen Tale Brings No New Ideas to Heartbreak Hospital
The latest entry in the terminal-illness teen romance canon — shockingly, not based on a Ya novel, although the screenplay became the basis for a novelization — “Five Feet Apart” is like a new strand of the same formulaic disease, only this time featuring a set of specific symptoms that make physical contact between the sick lovers literally fatal. (Call it “The Fault in Our Lungs.”)

Within this sub-genre of doomed adolescent relationships, “Five Feet Apart” is more John Green-generic than “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”-clever. What “Five Feet Apart” — the directorial debut of “Jane the Virgin” actor Justin Baldoni, from a screenplay by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis — has going for it is how it uses the mechanics of the condition at its center as the basis for the plot, which saves it from being a copy-paste refurbishing of other, similar entries.

Hospital-bound Stella (Haley Lu Richardson
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‘Five Feet Apart’ Review: Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse Breathe Life Into Teen Tearjerker

‘Five Feet Apart’ Review: Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse Breathe Life Into Teen Tearjerker
It’s almost irrelevant that Justin Baldoni’s “Five Feet Apart” is atypically urgent for a Ya-flavored romantic drama about the impossible love between two star-crossed teenagers. Or that Haley Lu Richardson manages to pump some blood into even the most contrived moments of Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis’ script, reaffirming the “Columbus” and “Support the Girls” actress as a generational talent on the rise. It doesn’t really matter that the movie uses emotionally pornographic M83 songs and The Postal Service covers to pave over its bumpy stretches, or even that its climactic swing for the fences is an exhausting whiff at the end of a film that just needed to get the ball in play.

What’s important about “Five Feet Apart” is that it’s the first widely accessible Hollywood movie ever made about cystic fibrosis, and that it’s good enough to guarantee at least small
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‘Sword of Trust’ Review: Marc Maron Is Better Than Ever in Lynn Shelton’s Endearing Misadventure — SXSW

‘Sword of Trust’ Review: Marc Maron Is Better Than Ever in Lynn Shelton’s Endearing Misadventure — SXSW
One hour into a madcap attempt to sell a Civil War-era sword to deranged conspiracy theorists in “Sword of Trust,” Marc Maron sits down and delivers one of the best monologues of his career. As the nasally inquisitor on his “Wtf” podcast, Maron excels at unleashing amusing and neurotic bursts of self-deprecation and commentary, while his supporting role on “Glow” and now-defunct IFC show provide a visual extension of that talent. But director Lynn Shelton’s rambling comedy forces Maron, in one pivotal scene, to elevate that persona into a full-fledged character defined as much by his tragic past as his comic asides.

A decade after solidifying her improv-heavy approach with “Humpday,” Shelton has delivered another endearing misadventure about bored, wistful people compelled to gamble on a reckless proposition. The movie’s lightweight plot yields a disposable comedy with a lot on its mind, but its modest ambition is just
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