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Roundtable Live Read

In the summer of 2008, Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic writer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, Y: The Last Man) sold a high-concept screenplay to DreamWorks called Roundtable. The movie never went into production, the script sat on a shelf collecting dust, and Vaughan went on to become the showrunner of the CBS TV series Under the Dome and continue his career in comics by writing things like the sci-fi/fantasy epic Saga. But now, eleven years later, Vaughan’s Roundtable script will finally see the light of day.

Sort of.

The Black List, the organization that publishes an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in the industry, is sponsoring a live reading of the script for one night only in Los Angeles, and this sounds like a cool opportunity to experience a story that may otherwise languish in obscurity forever. Read on for the synopsis of Roundtable, and to find out how to get tickets to the show. Read More »

studio ghibli streaming

When Disney+ announced the mountain of titles it would make available upon the streaming service’s launch, fans were quick to notice that the works from Studio Ghibli, the most prolific animation studio outside of Disney and Pixar, were missing. And Disney+ is not the only service to not feature any of the masterworks from the Japanese animation studio: you won’t find any Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata films on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any forthcoming service.

But that’s not an oversight: GKIDS, the indie animation distributor that took over the distribution rights to Ghibli films from Disney in 2017, says it doesn’t have any plans to bring Ghibli films to any streaming service in the foreseeable future. And there’s a very specific reason for that.

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martin scorsese director's cut

Martin Scorsese‘s movies are typically long – his latest, The Irishman, clocks in at 209 minutes. But some people (like me!) wouldn’t mind seeing even longer cuts of Scorsese’s films. Director’s cuts, if you will. But according to the man himself, you’re never going to see a Martin Scorsese director’s cut – at least not in the traditional sense. As Scorsese tells it, every theatrical cut he’s ever released counts as his “director’s cut,” and it’s the same for movies from other directors as well – unless there was some sort of studio interference.

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Movie Theaters Are Destroying Movies

As the 21st-century barrels on, filmmakers and film fans alike are in a constant debate about what modern institution is “ruining movies.” For many people – like Steven Spielberg – it’s the world of streaming sites, like Netflix, that are destroying the sanctity of the so-called “theatrical experience.” But Edward Norton has a different take on this whole matter. According to the director and star of Motherless Brooklyn, it’s not Netflix that’s ruining movies – it’s movie theaters themselves. Norton cites poorly run theaters projecting films dimly and playing sound poorly as the real culprit behind the decline of cinema. And honestly, he has a point.

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matrix 4 cast jessica henwick

Another day, another bit of Matrix 4 casting news. The latest: Iron Fist actress Jessica Henwick is set to join the sequel in – you guessed it – an undisclosed role. Every new cast member to the franchise announced thus far is playing a mysterious part we know absolutely nothing about, joining returning franchise actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

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Movie Theater Ticket Pricing

On the October 16, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest film and TV news, including Tony Gilroy’s return to Star Wars, Korg’s return to the MCU, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jessica Henwick joining The Matrix 4, a Grease spin-off musical TV series, why Studio Ghibli movies won’t be available on any streaming service, and how movie theaters are destroying movies. Read More »

the northman

The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers is already gearing up for his next project. Eggers will helm The Northman, a Viking drama that will star Alexander Skarsgard, with Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Skarsgard, and Willem Dafoe all in talks to join the cast. The movie is described as a “grounded” revenge story, which means it probably won’t have the supernatural elements prevalent in Eggers’ first two films – but will still end up being disturbing, since that seems to be what Eggers gravitates towards.

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Disney Plus costs

Disney is about to launch Disney+, it’s high-profile streaming service loaded with tons of movies from their past as well as several original titles. It’s all part of the House of Mouse’s plan to finally embrace the world of streaming while also taking on Netflix. Is the gamble going to pay off? All signs point to yes. There’s enough nostalgia built-in for Disney titles of the past, and interest in new original Star Wars and Marvel shows to draw a crowd. But a new profile details that putting all of this together ended up costing Disney and arm and a leg.

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Bone TV Series

After a decade of false starts, I’ll believe that a film or television adaptation of Jeff Smith‘s Bone actually exists when I sit down to watch it. And yet, I can’t help but feel pretty good about it this time. Netflix has revealed that the lauded comic book series, a wry blend of fantasy and comedy, is coming to the streaming platform as an animated show. Honestly, this already feels like a perfect fit for the material.

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Lord of the Rings show

Amazon Prime Video’s uber-expensive and highly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings show has found another cast member.

English actor Maxim Baldry, best known for his role on the HBO series Years and Years, is the latest to board the series, and he’ll be joining Will Poulter (Midsommar, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Australian actress Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock). Read more about the new show below.
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