On the July 1, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and TV news, including The Simpsons’ new voice actor policy, Sundance’s plans for 2021, The Mandalorian books, Jason Momoa’s Frosty the Snowman, a new TMNT film, and that D.A.R.Y.L. sequel we’ve all been waiting thirty-five years to see. Read More »
I hope you’re ready to celebrate Christmas in July, because we’ve all just received one of the best movie news gifts of the year: none other than Jason Momoa (Aquaman) will be lending his voice to the character of Frosty the Snowman in a brand new movie. And this won’t be an animated movie, like the 1969 Rankin & Bass classic. No, no. This is going to be a live-action Frosty the Snowman film, which has us desperately hoping this CG snowman looks exactly like the real Momoa. Please, Warner Bros., make this happen. Read More »
Star Trek: Lower Decks isn’t the first animated Star Trek series, but it’s the first that was designed as an outright comedy – and now we know exactly when the sci-fi-tinged laughs will begin. CBS All Access has announced the show’s release date, and the streaming service has unveiled some new teaser art to boot. Read More »
The much-hyped film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s acclaimed Broadway hit Hamilton is arriving on Disney+ in just a few days, but the streaming service knows the musical’s rabid fan base will never be satisfied by just the movie itself. So as an added bonus, Disney+ will also release a new Hamilton documentary which features the original cast reunited to talk about the origins and legacy of the musical. Get more details below.
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Even though the hit ABC mystery drama Lost came to an end ten years ago, we’re still slightly obsessed with the show here at /Film. Showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse became superstars during the show’s run, and behind the scenes stories were devoured by fans almost as rabidly as new episodes of the show itself. But in a new interview, Lindelof revealed some details about the making of Lost that I’d never heard before: namely, that the show was originally pitched as a three-season series, and that he and Cuse almost stepped aside as showrunners after the third season.
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Larry David isn’t done playing Larry David on TV just yet.
HBO has officially renewed David’s long-running comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm for an eleventh season, and you can read the creator/star’s response to the news below.
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Boys State, the new documentary from directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss (The Overnighters), was one of the most talked-about films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary filmmaking, and ended up being acquired by A24 and AppleTV+ for $12 million – the biggest acquisition for any documentary in the festival’s entire history.
Now the first trailer has arrived, and you can see what all the hype is about. Read More »
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: Two middle-aged Icelanders who have spent their entire lives determined to win the annual Eurovision Song Contest finally get their chance to compete on the world stage.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Confession: I watched the trailer for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and thought the movie would be unwatchable. The reviews have been mixed to negative overall, and I was very close to writing this off forever as something I’d never bother to see.
But after encountering a wave of praise from several people whose film opinions I respect, I decided to put my disdain for the trailer aside and give it a shot – and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Eurovision is one of the best mainstream comedies I’ve seen in a long while. Read More »
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Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s hip-hop musical Hamilton is an unqualified masterpiece: a once-in-a-generation combination of brilliant writing, indelible performances, and spectacular music that became a genuine pop culture phenomenon and crossed over into the mainstream.
So it feels strange to say that director Thomas Kail‘s filmed version of Hamilton, which was shot with the original cast at the height of the show’s fame in 2016 and which debuts on Disney+ this Friday, left me slightly underwhelmed. As a big fan of the musical who has listened to the cast recording of the album tons of times through, it’s legitimately amazing for a high-definition version of this show people paid hundreds of dollars to see in person to simply pop up on a streaming service, accessible for the low price of $6.99 a month. But as the credits rolled, I couldn’t shake a nagging feeling of being just a little bit disappointed. Read More »
Thanks to a new vote from the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, agents – or “artists representatives” – are now eligible to cast votes for Academy Awards. Welcome to a new era of the Oscars. Read More »