Ryan Gosling - Saturday Night Live Season 43

Last season of Saturday Night Live enjoyed record numbers for the late night sketch comedy series, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 1990s. That’s largely thanks to the complete shitshow in the White House making for ripe political satire, not to mention impeccable lampooning of the Orange-in-Chief himself by Alec Baldwin.

If the Saturday Night Live spin-off Weekend Update: Summer Edition this month is any indicator, the 43rd season of the staple NBC series should be back with a vengeance, and now we know who will be hosting the season premiere. Surprisingly, it’s not a former SNL cast member or one of their knockout, repeat hosts. Instead, it’s Blade Runner 2049 star Ryan Gosling and I couldn’t be happier about that. Read More »

Jay-Z Friends Remake - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a clever video provides beat-by-beat instructions for how to make a proper blockbuster movie trailer, and a video essay explores the prominence of punching in movies and how to make it feel significant. Plus, Jay-Z‘s latest music video for his track “Moonlight” is actually a remake of the sitcom Friends but with black actors in all of the roles. Read More »

Richard Pryor Biopic

Director Lee Daniels has come back to the Richard Pryor biopic, and he’s brought producer Jay Z with him. Pryor was set to star Mike Epps as the iconic comedian, in addition to Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy, Kate Hudson, and Tracy Morgan, but this summer, Daniels dropped out of the biopic due to his crowded schedule. The Butler director is now back with a new early 2017 start date.

Below, learn more about the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic.

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will smith after earth

The former Fresh Prince of Bel Air is getting back into the TV biz — albeit as a producer, not a star. Will Smith and Jay Z are teaming up to executive produce an untitled HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the young black victim of one of the most notorious hate crimes in American history. Get all the details about the Will Smith Emmett Till project after the jump.  Read More »

Made in America trailer

Ron Howard looks to Jay-Z and other performers to find the power of music in Made in America. The documentary (no relation to the Ted Danson/Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name) finds Howard looking at the creation and execution of Jay-Z’s Made in America festival, which took place last year in Philadelphia. Not only does Howard spend time pointing a camera at the people organizing the fest, he shoots most of the performers, which included Jay Z (of course), Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Skrillex, Kanye West, D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, and The Hives.

And so we get moments such as the bit when the organizers talk about how Skrillex has to perform from inside his spaceship, and then we see Skrillex in his spaceship. That’s cinema, folks. The film premiered at TIFF last year and aired on Showtime not long afterwards, but has been picked up for theatrical distribution in the US this year. Watch the Made in America trailer below.  Read More »

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Made In America Howard Jay Z

Last summer two of the most powerful men in show business teamed up to make a movie. That unlikely duo was Shawn Carter, better known to most as rap mogul Jay-Z, and Opie, better known to most as legendary director Ron Howard. The result is called Made in America, and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month before airing on Showtime October 11. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Quvenzhané Wallis Confirmed for ‘Annie’

Quvenzhané Wallis went home empty-handed from last night’s Oscars, but here’s some good news for her. The Beasts of the Southern Wild star has just been confirmed for the title role in Annie, weeks after we learned that she was in the mix.

Though Wallis is the first confirmed actor, Sony’s remake of the classic musical already has some notable talent behind the scenes. Will Gluck (Easy A) is directing from a script written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna, with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z producing. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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David Fincher hasn’t quite settled on his next film yet, but in the meantime he’s keeping busy with other types of projects. He directed the first two episodes of Netflix’s original series House of Cards, and produced the Halo 4 commercial we saw last fall. His latest non-cinematic effort is the music video for “Suit & Tie,” the latest pop single by his The Social Network star Justin Timberlake. Watch it after the jump.

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At 9 years old, Quvenzhané Wallis already has the kind of career many actresses would kill for. Her very first starring turn, in Beasts of the Southern Wild, netted her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, making her the youngest-ever contender in the category. Her next film, Twelve Years a Slave, puts her among a star-studded cast under renowned director Steve McQueen. Now she’s in the mix for the iconic title role in Annie, Sony’s remake of the beloved Broadway musical. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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After making three movies in three years (2009’s Fired Up!, 2010’s Easy A, and 2011’s Friends With Benefits), filmmaker Will Gluck has spent the past couple of years weighing his options for his next project. At various points, he’s circled the heist flick Sex on the Moon, the action comedy Secretaries Day, the true crime caper Skyjack, and a reunion with his Easy A star Emma Stone. Now he’s in talks for yet another new directing gig, the Will Smith and Jay-Z-produced modern-day remake of Annie.

As Gluck comes aboard, however, one of the project’s longest attached talents has decided to depart. Smith’s daughter Willow Smith, for whom the film was being developed as a starring vehicle, will no longer be playing the lead. More details after the jump.

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