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Jon M. Chu Says ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is A Resurgence, Not The “End All Be All” Of Asian American Studio Films

Jon M. Chu Says ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is A Resurgence, Not The “End All Be All” Of Asian American Studio Films
In the months, weeks, and days leading up to the wide release of Crazy Rich Asians, there has been a surge of excitement surrounding the movie, with a flood of tweets praising the romantic comedy, as well conversation marking it as a watershed moment for Asians in cinema. The film is constantly being touted as “The first major studio film with an all-Asian cast focusing on an Asian-American narrative since Joy Luck Club,” and, ultimately, it all rests on the shoulders of one man: the movie’s director, Jon M. Chu. No pressure.

On the industry side of things, there are tons of factors that will dictate the success of this film — mainly box office numbers. But for Chu, whose resume includes Step Up 2, Now You See Me 2, and the upcoming film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In The Heights, it’s less about getting those numbers…although
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New ‘Popular Film’ Oscar Draws Wisecracks: ‘Here’s an Inane New Category Nobody Asked For’

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans on Wednesday to shorten the Oscars telecast and create a new category devoted to popular films, eliciting immediate reaction from Twitter skeptics who derided the upcoming changes.

The changes are likely an attempt to boost sagging ratings for the Oscars, which hit a new low this past March after years of steady decline. The rules were adopted by the Academy’s Board of Governors at a meeting on Tuesday night and detailed in an email sent to Academy members on Wednesday morning.

The Academy announced that it would create a category designed to salute “outstanding achievement in popular film.” It has also pledged to keep the show to three hours, and will also hand out “select categories” during commercial breaks, and then edit those presentations to be shown later in the telecast.

Also Read: Academy Adds 'Popular Film' Award, Vows
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Rebecca Ferguson joins the Men in Black spinoff

Fresh from signing on as the villain in the Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Fallout star Rebecca Ferguson has now added another big project to her upcoming slate.

Deadline is reporting that the actress has signed on to star in Sony’s Men in Black spinoff, where she’ll star alongside the Thor: Ragnarok pairing of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Details on her role are being kept under wraps.

The new Men in Black is being directed by F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) and also sees Emma Thompson reprising her Men in Black 3 role as Agent O, while the rest of the cast includes Liam Neeson (Taken), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom).

Filming on Men in Black is currently underway ahead of a release on June 14th, 2019.

The post Rebecca Ferguson joins the
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The Deuce to Return to HBO in September

HBO is sharing all kinds of news today from the TCAs.

Now we're hearing from The Deuce and getting our first word that, yes, James Franco is still a part of the series after being accused of less than savory behavior shortly after he won his Globe Award for his performance in The Disaster Artist.

Chronicling the rise of pornography and the multibillion-dollar industry’s transformation of American culture, the critically acclaimed drama series The Deuce, created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, returns for its nine-episode second season Sunday, Sept. 9 (10/9c), exclusively on HBO.

Resuming five years after the culmination of the first season, The Deuce returns to the world of 1977, capturing the Times Square area of midtown New York at its most garish and volatile.

The series is also available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

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Emma Thompson Returns as Agent O in New Men in Black Movie

Emma Thompson Returns as Agent O in New Men in Black Movie
Emma Thompson has boarded the cast of the upcoming Men in Black 4 spin-off. The two-time Oscar-winning actress will reprise her role as Agent O, which she previously played in 2012's Men in Black 3. Emma Thompson joins a mostly new cast that is headlined by Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who reunite as the new agents we'll track on this adventure following their team-up in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok.

This is a particularly important bit of casting when it comes to this Men in Black spin-off. Though Sony has been pretty clear that this isn't an outright reboot, without the presence of Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, it was difficult to know for sure if this new movie was going to have any actual ties to the previous three movies. Indeed, having Emma Thompson back as Agent O will provide the glue that connects Men in Black 4 to its predecessors. This

Emma Thompson Returns as Agent O in New Men in Black Movie

Emma Thompson Returns as Agent O in New Men in Black Movie
Emma Thompson has boarded the cast of the upcoming Men in Black 4 spin-off. The two-time Oscar-winning actress will reprise her role as Agent O, which she previously played in 2012's Men in Black 3. Emma Thompson joins a mostly new cast that is headlined by Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who reunite as the new agents we'll track on this adventure following their team-up in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok.

This is a particularly important bit of casting when it comes to this Men in Black spin-off. Though Sony has been pretty clear that this isn't an outright reboot, without the presence of Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, it was difficult to know for sure if this new movie was going to have any actual ties to the previous three movies. Indeed, having Emma Thompson back as Agent O will provide the glue that connects Men in Black 4 to its predecessors. This
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Emma Thompson reprising Agent O role in Men in Black spin-off

It looks like we’ll see at least one familiar face from the Men in Black franchise in the series’ spin-off starring Thor: Ragnarok‘s Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Academy Award winner Emma Thompson will reprise her Men in Black 3 role as Agent O, the leader of the secret organization.

Thompson’s Agent O assumed the leadership role after the death of Z, reflecting the real life passing of Z actor Rip Torn. She was also played by Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) as a younger version of the character in the 60s timeline.

Joining Hemsworth and the two Thompsons is Liam Neeson (Taken), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as well as Laurent Nicolas Bourgeois and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, a street dancing duo known as the Les Twins. Filming on Men in Black will begin later this month in London.
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Jason Ropell Out as Amazon’s Film Division Head

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Jason Ropell Out as Amazon’s Film Division Head
Jason Ropell has stepped down as head of Amazon film division, an individual familiar with the decision told TheWrap.

While abrupt, the insider said the move was amicable as new Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke continues to put her stamp on the streaming giant.

Production chief Ted Hope and international distribution and strategic initiatives head Matt Newman will serve as interim leaders until Ropell is replaced. Salke is looking to change direction in the group, the individual said, which has focused primarily on prestige dramas that enjoy full theatrical releases and awards campaigns.

Also Read: First Episode of 'Jack Ryan' Looks Like a Much-Needed Subversion of Its Source Material

Their slate is also packed for fall, with the hotly anticipated Luca Gudagnino film “Suspiria,” and Timothee Chalamet addiction drama “Beautiful Boy.”

Ropell is the second major Amazon Studios exec to leave in the past year. Studio head Roy Price stepped
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Jason Ropell Exiting Amazon Studios

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Jason Ropell Exiting Amazon Studios
Breaking: Jason Ropell has stepped down from the leadership of Amazon Studios, where he has been vice president Ww head of motion pictures for three of the six years he has spent there. The exit is amicable, and Ropell took the action basically after Amazon chief Jennifer Salke told him that she wanted to take the movie division in a different direction, one with bigger budgets and commercial risks. That seems to presage a move away from the tastemaker fare that has distinguished Amazon since it got into the movie business, first as a financier/producer, and now as the distributor of films it makes and acquires at festivals.

Sources said that Ropell stepped down because he could see the changes in store. He is staying on for the near future as a consultant as the division is reconstituted. For now, Ted Hope will be in charge along with Matt Newman,
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Jason Ropell Out as Amazon Film Chief

Jason Ropell Out as Amazon Film Chief
Jason Ropell is out as the head of Amazon Studio’s film division, Variety has confirmed.

Ted Hope and Matt Newman will serve as interim leaders of the unit, but neither man is expected to take on the job full time, according to an insider. Ropell has been with Amazon for six years, two and a half of which have been spent in the movie end of the business. He will serve as a consultant for the company. Hope is currently head of film production and Newman is in charge of international film strategy.

Amazon will conduct a search for Ropell’s replacement. His ouster comes as newly minted Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke is shaking things up. Although nothing has been set in stone, Salke is moving the company in a different direction and is believed to be looking to back projects on both the film and television front
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Jason Ropell Out as Amazon Film Chief

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Jason Ropell Out as Amazon Film Chief
Jason Ropell is out as the head of Amazon Studio’s film division, Variety has confirmed.

Ted Hope and Matt Newman will serve as interim leaders of the unit, but neither man is expected to take on the job full time, according to an insider. Ropell has been with Amazon for six years, two and a half of which have been spent in the movie end of the business. He will serve as a consultant for the company. Hope is currently head of film production and Newman is in charge of international film strategy.

Amazon will conduct a search for Ropell’s replacement. His ouster comes as newly minted Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke is shaking things up. Although nothing has been set in stone, Salke is moving the company in a different direction and is believed to be looking to back projects on both the film and television front
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Oscars 2019: Amazon Studios stakes claim with Timothee Chalamet in ‘Beautiful Boy’

Two years ago, Amazon Studios established itself as a significant Oscar player, winning two of six bids for the domestic drama “Manchester by the Sea” as well as Best Foreign Language Feature for “The Salesman.” Last year, the streaming service found success with “The Big Sick,” which reaped a bid for its original screenplay. This year, it has partnered with various distributors to release three films with great Oscar potential.

Timothee Chalamet is following up his Oscar nominated performance in the gay romance “Call Me by Your Name” with the real-life family drama “Beautiful Boy” in which he portrays a meth addict who struggles to overcome his addiction with the support of his father (Steve Carell). The film is the first in English from Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”). Luke Davies (“Lion”) adapted the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff.
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Amazon Studios Head of Film Production Ted Hope to be Honored by Locarno Festival

Amazon Studios Head of Film Production Ted Hope to be Honored by Locarno Festival
Amazon Studios Head of Motion Picture Production Ted Hope will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with its Raimondo Rezzonico price for producers who best epitomize the indie ethos.

Hope (pictured left) whose career spans over 35 years, has been selected to receive the prize given by prominent the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema in recognition of his ability to “bring new and unexpected voices into the spotlight.”

The prize is named after former Locarno fest president Raimondo Rezzonico.

Previous recipients of the Rezzonico award include Mike Medavoy, Jeremy Thomas, Christine Vachon, and David Linde.

After studying film at NYU Hope in 1990 founded production company Good Machine in New York, with James Schamus and produced the first Ang Lee films including “The Wedding Banquet” (1993) and “Eat Drink Man Woman” (1994), which both earned Oscar nominations.

Lee’s “The Ice Storm” (1997) followed and screened that year on Locarno 8,000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande.
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Amazon Studios Head of Film Production Ted Hope to be Honored by Locarno Festival

  • Variety
Amazon Studios Head of Motion Picture Production Ted Hope will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with its Raimondo Rezzonico price for producers who best epitomize the indie ethos.

Hope (pictured left) whose career spans over 35 years, has been selected to receive the prize given by prominent the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema in recognition of his ability to “bring new and unexpected voices into the spotlight.”

The prize is named after former Locarno fest president Raimondo Rezzonico.

Previous recipients of the Rezzonico award include Mike Medavoy, Jeremy Thomas, Christine Vachon, and David Linde.

After studying film at NYU Hope in 1990 founded production company Good Machine in New York, with James Schamus and produced the first Ang Lee films including “The Wedding Banquet” (1993) and “Eat Drink Man Woman” (1994), which both earned Oscar nominations.

Lee’s “The Ice Storm” (1997) followed and screened that year on Locarno 8,000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande.
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‘Eighth Grade’ Director on Why ‘Uncomfortable’ Car Scene Reflects ‘Culture’s Failure of These Kids’

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‘Eighth Grade’ Director on Why ‘Uncomfortable’ Car Scene Reflects ‘Culture’s Failure of These Kids’
It’s not exactly a sex scene — it doesn’t go that far — but at one point during Bo Burnham’s directorial debut “Eighth Grade,” the film’s lead, Kayla (played by Elsie Fisher), finds herself alone with an older high school boy in the backseat of his car.

Kayla, an eighth grader, has never been in a situation like this, nor has she been prepared for how to deal with it, despite an earlier sex ed scene. The moment in the car is tense, uncomfortable and, as Fisher said when we sat with her and Burnham at the Sundance film festival, weird.

“It’s a really interesting environment already. Aside from the actual scene itself, just being in a car mostly alone with an older guy, that’s weird. And the actual content of the scene is weird, but it’s important we had it,” Fisher told TheWrap. “No
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24 Stand-Up Comedians Turned Auteurs, From Donald Glover to Bo Burnham (Photos)

24 Stand-Up Comedians Turned Auteurs, From Donald Glover to Bo Burnham (Photos)
Unless you’re Jerry Seinfeld, the number of stand-up comedians today who thrive and achieve stardom solely fro their on-stage comedy is dwindling. There’s a long history of people who got their start in stand-up comedy only to find another gear and level of artistry once they turned to filmmaking, including Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, Albert Brooks, Elaine May and more. But today, in the post “Louie” era of TV, many comics have tried to brand themselves as more, developing highly personal TV shows, films and pet projects that they often write, direct, produce and star in themselves. The latest such is example is Bo Burnham, whose debut film “Eighth Grade” opens this weekend after winning acclaim at Sundance. Here are some other comedians who have followed his same path.

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” isn’t entirely autobiographical, but it’s wholly an expression of his love of food,
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‘Eighth Grade’: Bo Burnham On This Generation’s More Affectionate Version Of ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’ [Interview]

With his raw, tender and heartfelt “Eighth Grade,” comedian-turned-filmmaker Bo Burnham has made one of the very best films of the year. Burnham‘s miracle of a movie is made all the more impressive by the fact this is the feature-length debut for the 27 year-old YouTube comedian known for small parts in movies from Judd Apatow and most recently, “The Big Sick.”

The film follows Kayla (Elsie Fisher), whose constant self-reflectiveness is familiar enough to make you cringe at every stutter.

Continue reading ‘Eighth Grade’: Bo Burnham On This Generation’s More Affectionate Version Of ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’ [Interview] at The Playlist.
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‘Eighth Grade’ reviews: Critically hailed Sundance hit could turn out to be a middle-school ‘Lady Bird’

‘Eighth Grade’ reviews: Critically hailed Sundance hit could turn out to be a middle-school ‘Lady Bird’
Eighth Grade” opened on July 13 — Friday the 13th, though that doesn’t appear to be bad luck for the film, which has received some of the year’s best reviews. The film boasts a score of 90 on MetaCritic and a 98% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s early yet to declare surefire Oscar contenders, but given its acclaim and “poignant,” “empathetic” point-of-view, it looks like it has the potential to be a middle-school “Lady Bird.”

This is the feature writing and directing debut of 27-year-old comedian Bo Burnham, who has previously appeared as an actor in “The Big Sick” and as a guest star on shows like “Parks and Recreation” and “Key and Peele,” in addition to his stand-up comedy. He has directed two of his own TV comedy specials as well as additional specials for Jerrod Carmichael and Chris Rock.

Now he has gone behind the camera for this
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Will ‘Silicon Valley’ be the only Emmy nominee for Best Series that doesn’t get any acting noms?

Will ‘Silicon Valley’ be the only Emmy nominee for Best Series that doesn’t get any acting noms?
There are a total of 19 programs being predicted for Emmy nominations in the races for Best Comedy Series, Best Drama Series and Best Limited Series. Every single one of them is also predicted to earn acting nominations, except one: “Silicon Valley.” Over the course of the show’s past four seasons it has picked up 33 nominations, but only one of them was for a performer. Why is the show beloved by so many members of the TV academy, but not the actors branch?

Silicon Valley” has steadily increased its nominations total almost every year for four years: it earned 5 in 2014, 7 in 2015, 11 in 2016, and 10 in 2017. It was nominated four years in a row for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Directing. But none of its stars made the cut until Thomas Middleditch earned a bid for Best Comedy Actor in 2016, and Middleditch lost his spot in that race the very next year.
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Here come the Men in Black spinoff set photos featuring Chris Hemsworth

With filming now underway on Sony’s as-yet-untitled Men in Black spinoff, the first set photos have arrived online which give us our first look at Chris Hemsworth’s Agent H; check them out here…

See Also: Rumoured plot details for the Men in Black reboot starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson

The first set photos from the upcoming ‘Men In Black’ Reboot have been released with the photos featuring Chris Hemsworth’s Agent H. (Source: @JustJared) pic.twitter.com/oZOw6qW8Kx

— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 8, 2018

The new Men in Black takes place in the same universe as the previous movies, but focuses on the UK branch of the agency.

F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) is directing from a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man) while the cast includes Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson alongside Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Liam Neeson
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