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Jordan Peele And Universal Celebrate Art of ‘Get Out’ As Oscar Awaits

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Awards Season is in second gear and there doesn’t seem to be a night or afternoon that goes by without some event or special screening.  This past week alone Warner Bros.’ brought out the kids from “It” for a deserved “don’t forget to give us some love” Q&A; Fox Searchlight had their annual holiday party with Guilermo del Toro and Martin McDonaugh on hand; Searchlight also hosted the La premiere of “The Shape of Water” at the Academy;  Stx saved AFI Fest’s collective you know what by replacing “All The Money In The World” as the closing night film with a “tribute” to “Molly’s Game” director and scribe Aaron Sorkin; and Showtime had their own holiday fete with notable names such as Kevin Bacon and recent Emmy winner Lena Waithe (whose new show “The Chi” drops on the network in Jan.). 

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘The Incredibles 2’ Trailer: Pixar’s Superhero Family Returns

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There’s quite a push and pull when it comes to the hesitant hopefulness regarding the sequel to the largely adored “The Incredibles.”

Both one of the best animated films and best superhero films of the 21st century, with a voice cast of immense talents who made these characters pop off the screen (Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson being obvious standouts), the affection for the Pixar film has only grown with the passage of time.

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- Ally Johnson

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Scarlett Johansson & Adam Driver To Star In Noah Baumbach’s Next Movie

17 November 2017 1:49 PM, PST

While cinephile purists might gripe about Netflix and their streaming ways, it can’t be denied that the streaming platform is giving financing to auteurs that traditional distributors can’t or won’t. Following “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” writer/director Noah Baumbach is going back to Netflix for his next project, and bringing along a helluva cast.

Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Merritt Wever and Azhy Robinson will star in Baumbach’s new film, which is currently untitled, and about which no details have been revealed.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exploring How Women Are Portrayed In Action Movies

17 November 2017 12:56 PM, PST

At their best, action films are money-making, high-octane entertainment, and we could spend all day breaking down the subgenres and making lists of our favorite movies. However, there is one element that is often overlooked but gaining more recognition.

In a video essay by Confessions of a Film Buff, they deconstruct and digest the roles female characters are given in action films, and the fact that much more can be done for better parts.

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- Julia Teti

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Former ‘Mad Men’ Producer Marti Noxon Calls Matthew Weiner An “Emotional Terrorist”

17 November 2017 12:40 PM, PST

Last week, Kater Gordon, an Emmy winning former writer on “Mad Men,” alleged that the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner,  “said she owed it to him to let him see her naked” while they were working together one night. Gordon was fired a year later, and she said the experience left her feeling “threatened and devalued.” Weiner denied the allegations, and touted the fact the series had “a predominantly female driven writers room.” However, now another voice has called out Weiner for the toxic work environment he created on the show.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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37% Of Netflix Users Are Binge-Watching At Work

17 November 2017 12:09 PM, PST

As if the internet wasn’t enough of a distraction for workers, now bosses and It departments have something else to worry about: Netflix. The streaming service can pretty much be watched anywhere on any device at any time, and with the ability to be offline and still load up your favorite show, idling away the hours has never been easier. And it would appear that people are using time at the office to catch up on their peak TV viewing.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Robert Pattinson Reveals Original Buddy Comedy Idea For ‘Good Time’

17 November 2017 11:08 AM, PST

Good Time” is a film that probably flew under the radar of many movie fans. For those that didn’t get a chance to see the film, you missed out on what is probably actor Robert Pattinson’s greatest role yet. Yes, even better than the “Twilight” films. All joking aside, the movie is a grim and gritty look into the lives of two brothers, who get caught in a whirlwind of trouble when a bank robbery goes sideways.

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- Charles Dean

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie Needs Huge Box Office To Break Even

17 November 2017 10:49 AM, PST

After getting romanced by everyone in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino has signed up with Sony for his new movie, which currently has the working title “#9” (because it’s his ninth film). The movie, which is set in 1969, and will spin a story involving the murder of Sharon Tate by Charles Manson’s followers, is bringing plenty to the table, including Margot Robbie in the lead role as Sharon Tate, with Brad PittJennifer Lawrence, Samuel L.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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George Clooney Returns To TV With ‘Catch-22’

17 November 2017 10:07 AM, PST

It was just last week that George Clooney was saying that, following some lucrative business deals, he could afford to be choosy about his work. “Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore,” he told The Sunday Times. “Well, yeah, I shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl. But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in ‘The Verdict,’ I’d jump.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rian Johnson Confirms ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Runtime, Will Be Longest ‘Star Wars’ Movie Ever

17 November 2017 10:04 AM, PST

We’re less than thirty days away from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and as per usual, the story details are being kept under lock and key. All we know is that, for all his brooding, Mark Hamill won’t be Evil Luke Skywalker. However, it looks like the upcoming film will be the most epic “Star Wars” adventure yet.

It’s been rumored for a while now, but director Rian Johnson has confirmed that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” runs 2 hours and 30 minutes (including credits).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Gunpowder’ Trailer: Kit Harington & Liv Tyler Bring The Revolution

17 November 2017 9:12 AM, PST

Game Of Thrones” fans may be waiting until 2019 to see where the story of Jon Snow winds up. However, Kit Harington will return to HBO in some different clothes and facial hair for the miniseries “Gunpowder.”

Also starring Liv Tyler, Mark Gatiss, and Peter Mullan, and directed by J Blakeson (“The Disappearance of Alice Creed”), “Gunpowder” will the tell the story of Gunpowder Plot, in which a group of provincial English Catholics planned to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Same City, New Positions

17 November 2017 8:45 AM, PST

One of today’s foremost purveyors of “mumblecore” cinema – a derisive pigeonholing label for low budget indies which often involve the Duplass Brothers and sonorous dialogue – Joe Swanberg has managed to carve out a special niche for himself with his low-key hangout films, usually made in collaboration with “New Girl” actor Jake Johnson, such as the charming “Drinking Buddies” and “Digging for Fire.” Swanberg and Johnson scored their biggest mainstream success to date with this year’s Netflix original feature “Win It All” starring Johnson as a raffish gambling addict, and Swanberg is carrying on the momentum of his newfound recognition with a second season of his Netflix anthology series “Easy.”

Set in Swanberg’s beloved native Chicago, the first season of “Easy” adhered to a loose template following the sex lives of a disparate collection of couples and singles, with the episodes usually depicting a self-contained misadventure, such as »

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Does ‘Justice League’ Live Up To Its Mighty Gallery Of Heroes? [Podcast]

17 November 2017 8:09 AM, PST

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined as usual by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss the big movie this weekend, and one of the most anticipated films of the fall movie season: “Justice League.”

Given that this podcast is usually dedicated to “state of the industry” talks, we have spoken ad nauseam about “Justice League” — and the Dceu as a whole — all year.

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- Ryan Oliver

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Luca Guadagnino Wants To Make Five ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Movies

17 November 2017 7:55 AM, PST

Oliver and Elio might be the two characters you fall for hardest at the cinema this year. Played by Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, they lead Luca Guadagnino‘s wonderfully warm romance “Call Me By Your Name.” The film has been riding a steady wave of buzz since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s well in the mix for Oscar consideration, but the filmmaker is far from done with these characters.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Clearing ‘The Fog’ & Getting Lost in ‘The Mist’ [Over/Under Movies Podcast]

17 November 2017 7:30 AM, PST

Welcome to another edition of Over/Under Movies, the podcast in which we choose one overrated film and one underrated film — similar in tone, genre, style, or however we may see fit — and we discuss them.

Every year during Autumn, each of us go through a round of horror-themed or horror-inspired picks. We usually do them throughout the month of October, but as usual, life gets in the way.

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- Ryan Oliver

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Rumor: DC Considering Pivot To Wonder Woman Universe Of Movies

17 November 2017 6:56 AM, PST

DC Films diehards don’t want to hear it, but the franchise is not in good shape. Since the Rotten Tomatoes score for “Justice League” was revealed yesterday, the Tomatometer tally has fallen from 43% to 37%. The box office will undoubtedly be big for the film this weekend, and maybe the international numbers will be strong as well, but the brand is damaged. DC is a far way not just from the consistent critical and commercial success of Marvel, but the goodwill that brand has amassed.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sony Wins Quentin Tarantino’s New Film, Compared To ‘Pulp Fiction’ & ‘Inglourious Basterds’

17 November 2017 6:13 AM, PST

What does it take to woo Quentin Tarantino and his new Charles Manson-era movie? Pretty much every studio in town rolled out the red carpet for the filmmaker, with the major studios going the distance. Warner Bros. filled out their parking lot with cars from the late 1960s, and placed their logo circa 1969 was on the marquee outside the studio. Sony took a different tack, presenting a more business oriented approach, touting their international box office strength.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ben Mendelsohn On Fire Talking ‘Darkest Hour’ And Hollywood’s ‘Line In The Sand’ Moment [Podcast]

16 November 2017 3:22 PM, PST

If you’ve been a struggling actor, director, writer or creative in Hollywood it’s easy to give up. It’s easy to say, “Well, I tried for a couple of years, but it’s time to try something else even though I really don’t want to.” Take a deep breathe because as he discussed in the latest episode of the 4 Quadrant podcast, Ben Mendelsohn‘s career should be a major inspiration for you.

Read More: ‘Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Is Simply A Force Of Nature As Winston Churchill [Review]

The 48-year-old Aussie actor began coming to the U.S.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Rumor: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Matt Reeves’ Choice For Batman

16 November 2017 2:10 PM, PST

Well, that didn’t take long. The rumors had just surfaced that Matt Reeves wasn’t eyeballing Ben Affleck for his “The Batman” (or its possible trilogy), and that he had somebody else in mind. Well, now that name has surfaced.

According to John Campea, who is the source of all this stuff, Jake Gyllenhall is the actor that Reeves wants wearing the cape and cowl. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Unfractured’: An Underwhelming Portrait Of Protest & Sandra Steingraber [Doc NYC Review]

16 November 2017 1:50 PM, PST

Advocacy documentaries are a huge risk — such blatantly opinionated content risks alienating viewers, playing to an already established audience, and, in the end, failing to educate anyone. Still, some manage to make a big splash, for better or worse (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Super Size Me”), but others can truly be sickeningly partisan garbage (anything by Dinesh D’Souza and his manipulative ilk). It’s quite a wide spectrum, but how could it not be?

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- Gary Garrison

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