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stimulus package for movie theaters

Movie theaters in the United States are in trouble right now. Many remain closed due to the coronavirus, and the theaters that are able to remain open don’t have much to offer. On top of that, the recent decision by Warner Bros. to drop all of their 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day as theaters is bound to cause more problems for exhibitors. But there could be a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Negotiations on a stimulus bill started up in Congress again this week, and part of that stimulus includes proposals for $15 billion for movie theaters.

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Female-Led ‘Plastic Man’ Movie in the Works at DC

plastic man movie

As Warner Bros. continues to take interesting risks and push the envelope with its DC Comics-based movies, the company is now developing a film which puts a very interesting spin on a comics character. A new report says the studio has hired a writer for a Plastic Man movie, but the twist is that the film will feature a female lead.

Will this work? Or is it too much of a – *puts on sunglasses* – stretch? Please, hold your applause for that amazing joke and read on to learn what we know about the project so far. Read More »

Cassian Andor show

Will Diego Luna finally get to touch Jabba the Hutt?

Perhaps one day soon we’ll actually learn the answer to that pressing question, because Luna has confirmed that the Rogue One prequel series which centers on his Cassian Andor character in the Star Wars galaxy has officially begun filming in London. Read More »

Naomi TV series

Ava DuVernay is set to direct the DC movie New Gods, and now she’s developing another DC property – Naomi, the story of a teenage superhero from an alternate Earth that uses energy-based power. DuVernay is developing a Naomi TV series for the CW with Arrow writer and co-executive producer Jill Blankenship. The comic hails from writers Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and illustrator Jamal Campbell.

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Mandalorian The Tragedy Review

On the December 4, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film Editor-in-Chief Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman and special guest Bryan Young (from Star Wars Insider, StarWars.com and Full of Sith podcast) for a spoiler-filled conversation about the fifth episode of Disney+’s The Mandalorian season two, entitled “The Tragedy”.

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hulu and Disney+

A new report suggests that Disney is planning to merge Hulu and Disney+ into one unified streaming service under the Disney umbrella, with Hulu being subsumed into the already-more-popular Disney+. Read on as we break down what this might look like. Read More »

Ammonite trailer 2

Maybe it’s because many of our traditional activities are still verboten due to the pandemic, but there’s a bit of a heightened thrill in seeing two movie characters engage in a forbidden romance right now. God’s Own Country director Francis Lee was able to entice two of the film industry’s best working actresses – Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan – to explore a sweepingly romantic love story in Ammonite, his lesbian romance drama set in the 1840s. The film is now available to watch both at home and in theaters, and to mark the occasion, distributor Neon has released a brand new trailer that you can check out below.
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Sound of Metal Director Interview

Sound of Metal is a movie pulsating with life. It’s such a gut-churning drama, the kind you feel instinctually in every passing moment. It’s a pure debut film from director Darius Marder. Prior to his Toronto Film Festival hit (now available on Amazon Prime), Marder co-wrote The Place Beyond the Pines, made his directorial debut with Loot (2008), and edited a variety of documentaries.

Marder’s experience in documentaries shows in Sound of Metal, which is about a two-person punk band drummer named Ruben (Riz Ahmed) losing his hearing. It’s also a story about addiction, community, love and time, and the search for stillness. Sound of Metal is an emotionally stirring debut that Marder recently told us about crafting.

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mank soundtrack

Hey, do you need 1 hour and 33 minutes of music to fill your day? Well, you’re in luck, because here comes the Mank soundtrack! The score, composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, runs for 52 tracks, which is pretty damn long, even for a soundtrack. Mank, David Fincher‘s film about the writing of Citizen Kane, hits Netflix today, and with it comes the release of the soundtrack, which you can stream below.

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Code Geass

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)

Because of its incredibly long and daunting history, it can be really hard to know what mecha shows to watch. On this column, we have already covered an Evangelion-like mecha show, a throwback to Saturday morning cartoons, and the best introduction to the massive Gundam franchise. This week, let’s do something a bit different and explore an anime that’s like one giant political chess game and also a fun teenage drama show. It’s time to declare war on Britannia and join Zero in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

In an alternate version of our world, the French Revolution spread across Europe, and all European nobles fled to the American colonies (which never gained independence) and founded the Holy Britannian Empire. The Empire controls most of the entire world since it invaded Japan, now known as Area 11, and rules with the highly xenophobic, racist ideology of “all men are not created equal” that puts the strongest at the top and everyone else is treated like crap. No matter how many rebellions begin, they’re brutally smashed by the Empire.

That is, until we meet Lelouch Lamperouge, secretly the 11th prince of the Britannian Empire who was exiled by the Emperor to live in Japan with his sister, who is now obsessed with getting revenge and discovering who murdered his mother. The show evolves into a combination of the mecha and war themes of Gundam, the psychological and moral games of Death Note, and all the teenage drama of a CW show. And it begins the moment Lelouch gains literal superpower, a “Geass” that allows him to mind control anyone and give them one command they can’t refuse. 

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