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Paramount’s Live-Action ‘Your Name’ Movie Lands ‘Minari’ Director Lee Isaac Chung

Paramount’s Live-Action ‘Your Name’ Movie Lands ‘Minari’ Director Lee Isaac Chung
While his Sundance sensation “Minari” is still on the hook for release from A24 Films, director Lee Isaac Chung has just landed a major new project with the live-action reimagining of the beloved 2016 Japanese animated fantasy, “Your Name.” Chung will write and direct the film, which will be produced by Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Genki Kawamura, producer on the original film, with Toho handling distribution in Japan and Paramount Pictures releasing in other territories. The news was first reported by Deadline.

The original “Your Name” was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and while it didn’t land among the final five nominees, the film was a huge success in Japan and worldwide, grossing more than $350 million in total. The animated film tells the story of a high school boy living in Tokyo, and a high school girl living in a rural town, who become
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Sony Animation’s ‘Connected’ from Phil Lord & Chris Miller Pushed Back from October Release

Sony Animation’s ‘Connected’ from Phil Lord & Chris Miller Pushed Back from October Release
Another one bites the dust. Following in the footsteps of the recently delayed Wonder Woman 1984 and Candyman, Sony Animation has decided to move Phil Lord & Chris Miller‘s family sci-fi adventure Connected back from the previously set October 23 release date. That will leave October pretty bare when it comes to new releases to […]

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Selena Gomez to co-lead and produce Hotel Transylvania 4

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Selena Gomez to co-lead and produce Hotel Transylvania 4
Selena Gomez is getting ready to sink her fangs into a new role when Sony Pictures Animation presents the fourth chapter of its Hotel Transylvania film series. In addition to reprising her role as Dracula's practical and effervescent daughter, Mavis, Gomez will also serve as an executive producer for the forthcoming sequel. Hotel Transylvania 4 will be directed by Jennifer…
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‘Nomadland’ to Open Montclair Film Festival, ‘One Night in Miami’ to Close

‘Nomadland’ to Open Montclair Film Festival, ‘One Night in Miami’ to Close
Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” has been selected at the opener for the ninth edition of the Montclair Film Festival on Oct. 16, with Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” as the Oct. 24 closing title.

Nomadland” premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 11, and won the Golden Lion. The film is set after the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, with Frances McDormand’s character Fern exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

One Night in Miami” is King’s feature directorial debut in a fictionalized story of Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke celebrating Ali’s surprise title win over Sonny Liston in Miami. It had its world premiere at Venice on Sept. 7, 2020, the first film directed by an African-American woman to be selected in the festival’s history.

Both films will screen at the Carpool Theater drive-in, as
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‘The Comey Rule’ Trailer: Brendan Gleeson Plays the Clown Con Man Known As Donald Trump

‘The Comey Rule’ Trailer: Brendan Gleeson Plays the Clown Con Man Known As Donald Trump
The 2020 election is heating up, and Showtime has the perfect piece of programming to accompany all the madness. The Comey Rule is a two-part limited series adaptation and dramatization of events discussed in former FBI Director James Comey’s best-selling book A Higher Loyalty, specifically dealing with President Donald Trump (portrayed by Brendan Gleeson) and […]

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The 75 Best Netflix Shows and Original Series to Watch Right Now

The 75 Best Netflix Shows and Original Series to Watch Right Now
Last Updated: September 18, 2020 It’s the weekend, or a sick day, or just a regular Tuesday night, and you need to binge-watch something. You don’t just want it, you need it. Where to begin? Fear not — we’re here to help. Below you’ll find an ever-expanding recommended list of TV shows available on Netflix, curated by us TV-obsessives. The mix covers a myriad of genres, lengths, countries of origins, and much more, but the one thing they have in common is that they are all excellent. If it's movies you're looking …
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Water Cooler: Fargo, The Social Dilemma, Beetlejuice, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Unpregnant, Death Becomes Her, The Princess Bride, Top Golf,

Water Cooler: Fargo, The Social Dilemma, Beetlejuice, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Unpregnant, Death Becomes Her, The Princess Bride, Top Golf,
On the September 18, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. Opening Banter: Jacob is out sick. At The Water Cooler: What we’ve […]

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Jimmy O. Yang Bombs Onstage in ‘The Opening Act’ Trailer from Producer Vince Vaughn

Jimmy O. Yang Bombs Onstage in ‘The Opening Act’ Trailer from Producer Vince Vaughn
I caught Jimmy O. Yang's standup special Good Deal on Amazon earlier this summer and even though I think I'm a tough judge when it comes to comedy, I thought it was pretty damn funny. But that's real life, and in the trailer for the new indie The Opening Act, the Silicon Valley alum plays a struggling comedian who's having a tough time connecting with audiences. Written and directed by comedian Steve Byrne, and produced by Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley, The Opening Act finds Yang playing Will, a guy with a great job, a beautiful …
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‘Jurassic World Aftermath’ Trailer: Now You Can Run From Dinosaurs in Virtual Reality

‘Jurassic World Aftermath’ Trailer: Now You Can Run From Dinosaurs in Virtual Reality
You would think that the lesson of all the Jurassic Park movies, and by extension the Jurassic World movies, is that it’s a terrible idea to visit the real, living dinosaurs of Isla Nublar. But Jurassic World Aftermath gives you the opportunity to do exactly that — in virtual reality. A new VR game coming soon to the Oculus […]

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Every Film Festival and Market Still Happening in 2020, in Person and Online

Every Film Festival and Market Still Happening in 2020, in Person and Online
For film festivals and markets, all is chaos. Some say the show will go on, or at least some of the show; others are pivoting to a virtual experience, or postponing, or wait-and-seeing, or canceling altogether. Some are open only to industry members, while others offer free and paid programming for the general public. Some are restricted only to residents of specific countries. And all is subject to change.

It’s a lot to track, and we’ll keep doing just that in the weeks and months ahead. Here’s a list of film festivals and markets that have offered some indication about their plans; those not on the list are not necessarily canceled. Many continue to accept submissions, but are mum on how they plan to move forward. The list will be updated as event organizers release information on their plans.

September

Sheffield Doc/Fest and Marketplace

Sheffield, UK
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‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Review: Netflix’s Animated Dino Adventure Is a Rawr-ing Good Time

‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Review: Netflix’s Animated Dino Adventure Is a Rawr-ing Good Time
The magic of the Jurassic Park franchise has always been its sense of awe. From Michael Chrichton's more science-minded approach with the novels' larger-than-life Frankenstein riff to Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking film adaptation, the sequels, and Colin Trevorrow’s updated reimagining with Jurassic World; it’s all about the highs and lows of awe. It’s wondering at the audacity of daring to play god. It’s Sam Neill and Laura Dern’s wide-eyed, slack-jawed expressions of joy the first time they see a Brachiosaurus towering over them. It’s the way you can'…
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‘Hotel Transylvania 4’ Directors Announced, Selena Gomez Executive Producing

‘Hotel Transylvania 4’ Directors Announced, Selena Gomez Executive Producing
When we spoke to Genndy Tartakovsky, the genius director behind the first three Hotel Transylvania films, earlier this summer, he told us that he would be returning to Hotel Transylvania 4, this time as an executive producer. More details on the animated sequel have emerged, including an additional role for Tartakovsky, who is actually directing, and an upgraded position for Selena Gomez. Variety is reporting that the new film will be directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, from a script by Tartakovsky. And Gomez will now be an executive producer, alongside her other duties voicing the franchise’s main …
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Why ‘Euphoria’ Star Barbie Ferreira Wanted to Make ‘Unpregnant’

Why ‘Euphoria’ Star Barbie Ferreira Wanted to Make ‘Unpregnant’
Barbie Ferreira can’t use Instagram as freely as she used to. The actress, whose credits include the HBO Max movie “Unpregnant” and HBO’s TV series “Euphoria,” now has more than 2 million followers and is trying to reestablish her relationship with the internet at large. “The internet right now is a little hectic for me,” she tells Variety in a recent Zoom call. “I don’t know who I am outside of being on the internet. My friends were my internet friends. A lot of my friends who are my friends now were my followers at one point. I treated everyone like they were my friend and that is no longer the story on my specific Instagram.”

She is also cognizant of the fact that her fanbase now includes 14-year-olds, and some of her posts go over their heads. “I saw a T-shirt that was like, ‘Vote or Die.
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Filmmaker Returns to Print, Announces 2020 Subscription Sale

Filmmaker Returns to Print, Announces 2020 Subscription Sale
I’m very happy to announce that Filmmaker will return to print for our Fall issue, which will reach subscribers — new and continued — in late October. Filmmaker‘s Winter, 2020 issue will be published in January to coincide with IFP’s Gotham Awards. Facing the uncertainty of the coronavirus shutdowns in the Spring, and with bookstores closing throughout the country, Filmmaker published its Summer issue in a special, redesigned Pdf format. But now we’re thrilled that, with the support of our publisher, IFP, and our advertisers, we’ll be back with a printed edition next month. The Fall, 2020 issue Filmmaker will also be […]
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Chris Jai Alex on Passion Project ‘Get the Girl’ & Making the Jump from “Stuntman to Celebrity”

Chris Jai Alex on Passion Project ‘Get the Girl’ & Making the Jump from “Stuntman to Celebrity”
Chad Stahelski counts 25 years of stunts to his name, a quarter-century of movie-making experience that prepared him to make his directorial feature debut in the original John Wick, which kickstarted the action-packed franchise that continues to be a worldwide hit. His counterpart David Leitch, an uncredited co-director on that Wick flick, banked nearly 20 years of stunt experience before helming such action-focused films as Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Sam Hargrave, a 15-year veteran of the stunt world who just made his feature directorial debut with …
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The Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now

The Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
Last Updated: September 18, 2020 Any time is the right time to watch a horror movie. Waiting for October to indulge in frightening films is the old way to get your tricks and treats, like renting from Blockbuster or not using Treatster to map out which houses give out the best candy. No, in the modern world you can sit back and enjoy your scares from the comfort of your own couch thanks to screaming streaming content from Netflix. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the Best Horror Movies on Netflix right now, an evolving …
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Cartoon Forum: High Concept Kids Series ‘The Upside Down River’ is ‘Cinema for Television’

Cartoon Forum: High Concept Kids Series ‘The Upside Down River’ is ‘Cinema for Television’
A quarter of this year’s Cartoon Forum pitches are derived from existing IP and “The Upside Down River” – a high concept mini-series – is a fine example.

Based on the book “La rivière à l’envers” by award-winning French children’s author Jean-Claude Mourlevat, the 10-part fantasy adventure comes from the 10-year-old Paris-based producer-distributor Dandelooo, whose animation credits include the International Emmy-winning “The Treehouse Stories” and France 3 special “Houdini”.

Comprising 26-minute episodes and aimed at an audience of eight-to-12 year olds, “The Upside Down River” follows the adventures of Hannah, a spoiled girl mourning the death of her father who needs a drop of water from a fabled river to give her beloved pet bird eternal life.

She’s joined in her quest by a shy boy called Tomek, in an epic fantasy adventure that Dandelooo’s joint founders, Jean-Baptiste Wéry and Emmanuèle Petry describe as having “life and death
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‘City Hall’ Review: America Would Be a Better Place If Everyone Watched Wiseman’s 4.5-Hour Epic

‘City Hall’ Review: America Would Be a Better Place If Everyone Watched Wiseman’s 4.5-Hour Epic
Every Frederick Wiseman movie starts like a dare. Though the 90-year-old documentary legend has been chronicling social institutions ever since 1967’s “Titicut Follies,” many of his projects casually drift through three or four hours of dense, layered portraits following the people behind vast organizational forces. Ironically, this has actually made his work even more valuable with time, and “City Hall,” which clocks in at four hours and 32 minutes, is no exception. As attention spans dwindle and the complex mess of American governance grows murkier than ever, Wiseman’s immersive dive into Boston’s city services ignores the pressure to dumb things down and marvels at the complexity of a system designed to make the world run right.

Subtext: Take that, Trump! Just as Wiseman’s 2018 portrait “Ex Libris — The New York Public Library” served as a de facto repudiation of leaders who reject intellectual discernment, “City Hall” assails the corruption
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Beyond Fest 2020 Schedule: ‘Freaky’, ‘Possessor’, ‘Saint Maud’, a David Lynch Triple Feature, and More

Beyond Fest 2020 Schedule: ‘Freaky’, ‘Possessor’, ‘Saint Maud’, a David Lynch Triple Feature, and More
Beyond Fest, the annual L.A.-based genre film festival, has announced its full line-up for this year’s event. Comprised of double and triple features and taking place at the Mission Tiki Drive-In theater in Los Angeles, the festival will feature the world premieres of Christopher Landon‘s body-swapping Blumhouse horror film Freaky as well as the Robert […]

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Andrew Lincoln and Naomi Watts on ‘Penguin Bloom’, ‘Walking Dead’, and the Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff

Andrew Lincoln and Naomi Watts on ‘Penguin Bloom’, ‘Walking Dead’, and the Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff
One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Glendyn Ivin’s Penguin Bloom. Based on the book Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive, the film tells the true story of what happened to an Australian family while vacationing in Thailand in 2013. While there, Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts) fell off a roof due to faulty railing, which left the lower two-thirds of her body paralyzed. As a lifelong surfer, traveler, outdoors-woman, and active mother to three young …
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