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SXSW Comedy Thriller ‘Villains’ Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, MoviePass for U.S. Release

SXSW Comedy Thriller ‘Villains’ Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, MoviePass for U.S. Release
Dark comedy thriller “Villains,” which premiered last month at the SXSW Film Festival, has been acquired for U.S. release by Gunpowder & Sky in association with MoviePass’ film division.

G&S and MoviePass Films plans to give “Villains” a theatrical release this summer, after buying the rights from The Realm, Bron Studios genre arm.

The film stars Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe as a pair of amateur criminals who break into a suburban home. There they stumble on a dark secret that the two sadistic homeowners — played by Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) and Kyra Sedgwick (TNT’s “The Closer”) — will do anything to keep from getting out.

The film “has a good cast to spark a scenario that’s intriguing enough to hold attention, if not quite clever enough to be a knockout,” critic Dennis Harvey wrote in his review for Variety. He said “Villains” should be a marketable title as an “accessible,
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Sundance Award Winner ‘Midnight Family’ Sells Domestic Rights to 1091 (Exclusive)

Sundance Award Winner ‘Midnight Family’ Sells Domestic Rights to 1091 (Exclusive)
Midnight Family,” an award winning documentary about the struggles of a family in Mexico City, has sold its North American distribution rights to 1091. The indie studio was previously known as the Orchard, but received a new moniker after it was sold by Sony Music Entertainment to a new investment group in January. 1091 plans to release the film theatrically in late summer.

Directed by Luke Lorentzen, the film won the special jury award for cinematography at its premiere in Sundance. It unspools in one of Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods and follows the Ochoa family as they run a private ambulance and compete with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. The family works to maintain the quality of their care while dealing with a bleak financial picture.

The film is a Hedgehog Film production in co-production with No Ficción and was produced by Kellen Quinn and Luke
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Season 2’s Game-Changing Twist Sets Up a Crazy Fresh Plan for Season 3

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Season 2’s Game-Changing Twist Sets Up a Crazy Fresh Plan for Season 3
[Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 2 Episode 14, “Such Sweet Sorry, Part 2.”]

Many words could be used to describe the Season 2 finale of “Star Trek: Discovery.” One of them is not “quiet.” Picking up after last week’s cliffhanger ending, writers Michelle Paradise, Jenny Lumet, and Alex Kurtzman, along with director Olatunde Osunsanmi, pack the episode with intense action, as the crews of the Enterprise and Discovery work together (with the help of some surprise friends) to keep a massive stockpile of data away from the evil artificial intelligence known as Control (personified by Alan van Sprang).

From the frantic assembly of Burnham’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) time suit, to the epic space battle between the Enterprise, Discovery, and Control’s ships, to the impressive hand-to-hand, gravity-challenged fight between Control, Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), and security officer Commander Nhan (Rachael Ancheril), there’s plenty of excitement packed into the episode, all topped off by “Discovery
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Boots Riley’s State of Cinema Address Is as Radical as You’d Expect — Watch

Boots Riley’s State of Cinema Address Is as Radical as You’d Expect — Watch
The San Francisco International Film Festival is ongoing, and Boots Riley has marked its halfway point by giving an hour-long State of Cinema Address. After beginning in rhymed verse — “I got love for the underdog,” he repeated several times throughout the five-minute portion of his speech — the “Sorry to Bother You” writer-director used the medium’s beginnings to talk about its future.

“When film started to be created, Thomas Edison didn’t think it was a thing,” Riley said. “He didn’t think it would be very popular at all, because to him what was more important was sound recording. That was so much different from anything else: People had seen pictures, they’d seen paintings, they’d seen themselves in the mirror. It wasn’t as amazing to him as sound because people hadn’t heard themselves before; hearing yourself was like hearing your soul captured.”

It did catch on and become a thing,
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‘Barry,’ ‘The Americans,’ and ‘The Good Place’ Among 78th Peabody Winners

The 78th Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced its latest batch of winners on April 18, including nine Peabody 30 honorees in the Entertainment category.

Fictional murderers had a big year in 2018, with Peabody Awards going to HBO’s darkly comedic hitman-turned-actor series “Barry,” in addition to wins for BBC America’s slinky, serial killer drama “Killing Eve” and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.”

That marks the second Peabody Award win for “The Americans,” which originally scored the honor in 2014, elevating the show to an exclusive echelon of drama series that have been honored by the organization more than once. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” accomplished the achievement most recently, for seasons in 2008 and 2013, respectively, with both “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” earning back-to-back honors for 1999 and 2000. “Northern Exposure” also won twice, while “Homicide: Life on the Streets” is a three-time winner.

Other winners in the Entertainment category include FX’s “Pose.
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15-Year-Old ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Will Miss Shaming ‘A Load of Grown Men’

15-Year-Old ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Will Miss Shaming ‘A Load of Grown Men’
It’s been two seasons since Bella Ramsey first appeared on “Game of Thrones” as Lyanna Mormont and instantly established herself as one of the show’s best characters. Now 15, the actress has seen her role expand as the epic HBO series nears its end. The Cut asked Ramsey what she’ll miss most about playing the Lady of Bear Island, and she gave a very in-character answer: “the opportunity to stand up in front of a load of grown men and shame them.”

“I think playing confident characters also helps with your own confidence,” she added. “Say you’re in a situation where you’re feeling anxious or nervous — you can become a character and work through it that way. I’ll miss that about her.”

Mormont has become a fan favorite for, frankly, being a badass who delivers lines like “I don’t plan on knitting by the
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‘Killing Eve’ Exclusive First Look: Eve Meets the Romantic Competition – Watch

‘Killing Eve’ Exclusive First Look: Eve Meets the Romantic Competition – Watch
Killing Eve” is about many things: murder, style, ego, control, but most of all, desire. The series is powered off of the mutual fascination between dedicated MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and the flamboyant, attention-seeking international assassin who calls herself Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Their intense chemistry came to a head in the finale last season when Eve stabbed Villanelle, which led to them being parted this year.

That reset and separation in Season 2 has prompted Eve to reevaluate her current, government-recognized romantic relationship, her marriage to her husband Niko (Owen McDonnell). Last season, Eve shut him out and pulled away from their relationship in her blind pursuit of Villanelle and revenge for her co-worker’s murder. Although Niko showed forbearance, taking care of Eve and even cooking her meals daily, he eventually lost his patience as a result of her drive.

In last week’s episode, the Polastris are
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Cannes 2019. Lineup

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FrankieThe Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 72nd edition of the festival:COMPETITIONPain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar): Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the
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Alex Ross Perry Will Write and Direct Stephen King Short Story Adaptation ‘Rest Stop’

Legendary Pictures has tapped Alex Ross Perry to write and direct a new film adaptation of the Stephen King short story “Rest Stop,” Variety is reporting. The short story follows an author who flees the scene after overhearing and breaking up a domestic spat at a rest stop. Initially published in a 2003 issue of Esquire, “Rest Stop” won the National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2004. It also appears in King’s 2008 story collection “Just After Sunset.”

According to Variety, the film will be a cat-and-mouse thriller following the twisted journey of two women after an encounter at a rest stop. If that is the case, Perry’s script will evidently diverge from the source material in some ways, including swapping the genders of the main character and focusing on two characters instead of one.

Perry is coming off of a critical highlight of his career with “Her Smell,” a dizzying
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Alamo Drafthouse Will Screen ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Free

Three days after Notre Dame was nearly lost forever, Alamo Drafthouse has announced its plan to honor the damaged-but-not-destroyed cathedral by screening “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in it least three cities across the country. Charles Laughton stars as Quasimodo in William Dieterle’s adaptation of the novel by Victor Hugo, which is credited by some with literally saving the architectural marvel for which it’s named; the centuries-old church was regarded by some Parisians as an eyesore prior to the book’s publication. Drafthouse CEO Tim League announced the news with a heartfelt post:

“In times of loss, I want to spend time and reminisce and reflect. When Prince passed away, I spent nearly the whole day listening to his music and watching countless epic live performances. He was my favorite musician when I was in high school and warm memories from those days came flooding back. In the
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Tessa Thompson Says ‘Thor 4’ Pitch Is to Have Taika Waititi Return to Direct

Tessa Thompson Says ‘Thor 4’ Pitch Is to Have Taika Waititi Return to Direct
The upcoming “Avengers: Endgame” is set to say goodbye to longtime Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), but the future looks bright for original Avengers such as Black Widow, Thor, and more. Scarlett Johansson is set to star in a standalone Black Widow movie, and now word comes from Tessa Thompson that a fourth “Thor” movie appears on track to happen.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times to promote the upcoming indie film “Little Woods,” Thompson said that last she heard the gears had been already set in motion for the next “Thor” movie. Thompson said from what little she’s heard so far the plan is to have “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi return being the camera for the next standalone “Thor” film.

“I heard that a pitch has happened for [another “Thor” film],” Thompson said. “I don’t
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Nielsen’s First Lgbtq Ratings Report Is Here, and Gay Viewers Love ‘Game of Thrones’

Nielsen has released its first ever ratings report for same gender households, ushering in a landmark shift in the way the industry views Lgbtq audiences. Nielsen announced the updates to its viewership tracking practices last fall, but today marks the first ratings report resulting from the change. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was the most popular cable series with same sex households, with “The Rachel Maddow Show” coming in a distant second.

In November of 2018, Nielsen announced it was working closely with GLAAD in order to identify same-sex partner households as part of a “mission to reflect important demographic characteristics.” “As the media marketplace continues to evolve, our clients are increasingly looking to better understand consumers of all types to effectively reach new and unique audiences,” said Nielsen VP Brian Fuhrer at the time, indicating that networks were asking for more detailed information.

“We will continue to invest in ways
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"Underground Railroad": Joel Edgerton Cast As A Slave Catcher In Barry Jenkins’ Amazon Series

Sure, there’s just an overabundance of incredible TV series for you to watch nowadays. Just when we think we’ve reached the peak of Peak TV, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, or one of the other million studios announces yet another project that gets us hyped. But even with the overwhelming number of quality series available that clog your queue, you can’t help but be thankful that the era of Peak TV brings us something like “Underground Railroad.”

Amazon’s upcoming series from the mind of Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins is gaining speed as it approaches production.
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‘The Lion King’ Is Not A Shot-for-Shot Remake, Jon Favreau Promises Fans

‘The Lion King’ Is Not A Shot-for-Shot Remake, Jon Favreau Promises Fans
After underwhelming critics and the box office with Tim Burton’s “Dumbo,” Disney has two more chances to impress audiences with live-action remakes this summer with the upcoming releases of Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin” and Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King.” The latter is expected to be one of the biggest earners of the summer movie season. Not only did the first “Lion King” set a viewing record for Disney, but the footage the studio has shown so far has earned rave reviews.

If any criticism has been lobbied at “The Lion King” thus far, it’s that the movie’s trailers have made it appear the movie is a shot-for-shot remake of Disney’s 1994 animated classic. For the 2019 remake, Favreau relied on the same VFX technology he used on Oscar winner “The Jungle Book” to create photorealistic animals that are not necessarily live-action, but come pretty close to the real thing.
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New Report Shows MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% Of Its Subscribers In Less Than A Year

For a while now, we’ve known that things over at MoviePass were bad. We just didn’t know how bad. Well, thanks to a new report from Business Insider, the truth of how things are at MoviePass is now common knowledge, and even we didn’t think it was this bad.

According to leaked internal numbers, MoviePass has lost more than 90% of its user base since June 2018. Last summer, MoviePass started to experience its problems that have led to this catastrophic fall from grace, but at the time, the service could tout that it had 3,000,000 subscribers.

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How Nia DaCosta Went From Wide-Eyed NYU Film Grad to Hollywood Director on the Rise

How Nia DaCosta Went From Wide-Eyed NYU Film Grad to Hollywood Director on the Rise
This is the latest installment of “Breaking Black,” a weekly column focused on emerging black talent.

When New Yorker Nia DaCosta first visited Williston, North Dakota, the real-life setting on which her auspicious feature debut “Little Woods” is based, she found what she called the modern Wild West. The filmmaker was shocked by the stark inequalities she discovered in the fracking boomtown, especially when it came to healthcare and the reproductive rights for women. She found a place that felt lawless. She also found inspiration.

“Something we are taught in film school is to write what you know, and I used to take that literally,” DaCosta said. “But I soon realized that what it meant to me was to write what I knew emotionally, because that’s how you connect with people who are completely unlike you and have different lived experiences.”

And so she set her sight on a
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HBO Asks Donald Trump To Stop Using ‘Game Of Thrones’ Imagery For Self-Promotion…Again

You can say a multitude of things about President Donald Trump. If you’re on one side of the aisle, there are plenty of nice adjectives being thrown around. And if you’re on the other side, profanities and frustration seem to be the name of the game. Either way, you can’t say that Donald Trump doesn’t enjoy the spotlight. But HBO just wishes he’d stop using the network’s intellectual property to promote himself.

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Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2019 Include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and Isabelle Huppert

Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2019 Include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and Isabelle Huppert
As usual, the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection is a mix of brainy competition auteurs, star power, and the lucky handful of players who might — if everything plays out as hoped — return to North America as Oscar contenders. You know that while “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is conspicuously missing in action from Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux’s official selection announcement, he wants nothing more (especially with a lineup short on red-carpet players) than to have Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and the festival’s favorite filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, walk upstairs to the Grand Palais.

But for studio executives, whose priority is covering their bottom-line bets, the risks of going to Cannes often outweigh the gains. Last year, A24 indulged Cannes discovery David Robert Mitchell’s desire to be included in the prestigious Cannes Competition and wound up with “Under the Silver Lake” not only
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Disney+: All the Films and TV Shows Coming to Disney’s Streaming Platform

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When Disney+ launches in the United States in November, it will do so with the full weight of Disney’s brands, including some of its most beloved stories. Not all of these titles will be available on launch day, but they represent Disney’s commitment to making its new streaming platform the “permanent home” for all of its iconic films and TV shows, going all the way back to the “Steamboat Willie” days. From the beloved “Star Wars” trilogies to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Pixar’s greatest achievements, the following represents only the beginning of the archival content that will eventually be available to subscribers for $6.99 a month.
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‘Warrior’ Star Andrew Koji Discusses Shooting Fight Scenes For A TV Series & His Multi-Ethnic Connection To Bruce Lee [Interview]

When Andrew Koji walked in to audition for “Warrior” he almost expected to be dismissed without much thought. Being a British actor of mixed-Japanese heritage, he believed the chances of landing the lead role of Ah Sahm – a Chinese immigrant fresh off the boat in 19th century Chinatown – were slim. Producers of the show saw something different.

Executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (“Banshee”) and Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious 6”), “Warrior” is set during the rising tide of San Francisco’s infamous Tong Wars, before the Chinese Exclusion Act, and is based on the writings of martial arts legend, Bruce Lee.

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