Eighth Grade Trailer - Elsie Fisher

I didn’t discover Bo Burnham when his YouTube videos went viral and he began performing at age 16. I saw him sing “Art is Dead” on The Green Room with Paul Provenza and loved the music and statement so much that I bought his stand-up album, Words Words Words, to hear more. I thought his wordplay was the second coming of George Carlin, so I’ve followed him ever since and went back and caught up his pre-Words releases, too.

So when Bo Burnham became a filmmaker, I couldn’t wait to see what he had to say in this medium. Eighth Grade deals with the same sort of youth issues as Burnham’s early work – Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is graduating eighth grade and trying to get accepted by high school kids.

Burnham spoke with /Film in Los Angeles about his feature film and stand-up work. He’s actually played short sets since directing to begin working new material. Previous stand-up, including his latest full show Make Happy, are streaming on Netflix. Eighth Grade is in theaters Friday, July 13, 2018.

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skyscraper trailer

/Film happened to interview Rawson Marshall Thurber at TCA last summer as he was getting ready to film Skyscraper. Based on the premise, we asked him if it was “Die Hard in a building” and he jokingly agreed it was.

Dwayne Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a security analyst helping to launch The Pearl, the world’s tallest building, in Hong Kong. When terrorists set fire to The Pearl with Will’s wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and children (McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell) inside, Will has to get back into the building and rescue them while the Hong Kong police think he is involved in starting the blaze. It’s The Rock’s most heroic role yet, full of hold-your-breath action sequences. It’s the perfect summer movie.

Thurber spoke with /Film by phone out of New York for a full interview on Skyscraper to talk about how he made a big movie worthy of a big screen. Skyscraper is in theaters this Friday.

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Bobcat Goldthwait makes edgy indie movies that tackle taboo subjects. They find good homes at film festivals and arthouse theaters, but now he’s got a weekly TV show to unleash his sensibility on the masses. Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters tells a new story every week, with some outrageous twist.

For example, the premiere episode, “Bubba the Bear.” Seth Green plays an actor whose finds it even harder to get taken seriously when his famous animated character comes to life. Goldthwait may have faced the same battle metaphorically when he transitioned from an ‘80s comic to become a serious director.

Goldthwait sat down with /Film during the Television Critics Association press tour to discus Misfits & Monsters. He told us what some of the other episodes will be about and what they may have in common with his movies, and other movies he admires. Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters premieres Wednesday, July 11 at 10 p.m. on TruTv.

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The First Purge Director Interview

As America celebrates its best history over July 4th, the Purge movies propose its worst future. In the first three movies, The Purge is already an annual tradition, the one night a year where all crime is legal. This year’s The First Purge shows how it all began.

The First Purge took place on Staten Island as an experiment to see if this would satiate the public for the rest of the year. Caught up in the experiment are neighborhood drug dealer Dmitri (Y’Lan Noel), protestor Nya (Lex Scott Davis), her brother Isaiah (Joivan Wade) and the psychotic Skeletor (Rotimi Paul), some participants wearing camera lenses so the New Founding Fathers can record the purging.

The Purge creator James DeMonaco still scripted The First Purge but Gerard McMurray directed. The First Purge is his followup to the Sundance entry Burning Sands, about college hazing. McMurray spoke with /Film by phone this week. The First Purge is now in theaters.

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BoJack Horseman Showrunner Interview

Fans of Bojack Horseman don’t have to be sold on Emmy consideration anymore. For four seasons, they’ve watched the Netflix animated series deliver a scathing commentary on Hollywood and the world at large through the lens of anthropomorphic animal celebrities and interspecies romance.

We’d previously covered Bojack Horseman’s fourth season, the one that is currently eligible for 2018 Emmy nominations, when it premiered in September. At the time of the launch, we didn’t want to spoil too much of the details of Bojack’s mother’s dementia flashback episode “Time’s Arrow” or the scathing reaction to mass shootings with Courtney Portnoy’s kickass action heroine movie delayed every time there was another shooting. But now, all spoilers are on the table.

Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg spoke to /Film before the Netflix #FYSEE panel for Bojack Horseman, which hopefully got the show on the minds of Emmy voters. Season 5 will arrive on September 14 and we got to go deep into exactly how the show is paving a new way for television animation.

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GLOW became a Netflix sensation last summer as both fans of the ‘80s era women’s wrestling league and fans of Netflix drama converged on the show. The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back for a second season, continuing the fictionalized account of the league with Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron and all the series regulars returning.

In season two, Ruth (Brie) and Debbie (Gilpin) still have not reconciled, but have to work together to make G.L.O.W. a success. Ruth continues helping Sam (Maron) with business ideas, including shooting opening titles. All the wrestlers have to come up with new ways to stand out in the ring and on camera, and for Ruth, that includes breakdancing. We also get to spend more time with some of the other wrestlers like Tamme (Kia Stevens).

GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch spoke with /Film by phone before the premiere of season 2 on Netflix. They also contributed to the screenplay for Captain Marvel. GLOW season 2 is streaming now.

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Sicario 2 Director Interview

Sicario: Day of the Soldado began its life as a spin-off of the acclaimed hit Sicario. With only Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin returning from the first movie, it didn’t seem like a sequel without Emily Blunt. But the Sicario name is strong enough that the film is being positioned as a proper sequel.

Alejandro (del Toro) gets called back into action to help Graver (Brolin) go after the Mexican drug cartels. They kidnap Isabel Reyes (Isabela Moner), the daughter of a kingpin, but things don’t go exactly as planned south of the border.

Italian director Stefano Sollima makes his Hollywood debut with Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Sollima is also attached to the feature film adaptation of the Call of Duty video game series. He spoke with /Film in Los Angeles about the Sicario sequel and his upcoming projects. Sicario: Day of the Soldado opens today.

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If you’re looking for some professionals to ask for filmmaking advise, you could do worse than the Zellner Brothers. They’ve been making indie features for a decade now and shorts for even longer. They know a thing or two about getting films made.

Their latest is Damsel, a western that asks a lot of questions about its genre and society as a whole. Samuel (Robert Pattinson) is on a mission to rescue his fiancé Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). All is not what it seems with Samuel and Penelope and the old west in which they live, and Damsel gets further and further away from a traditional cowboy movie. (Read our review here.)

David and Nathan Zellner spoke with /Film about Damsel and how to make indie movies in Los Angeles. Some mild spoilers might make this a better read after you see Damsel but nothing too specific for anyone who hasn’t yet. Damsel is now playing in theaters.

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Luke Cage Showrunner Interview

When Luke Cage (Mike Colter) made his first appearance in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, he was the long awaited personification of one of Marvel’s seminal black superheroes. His own show was up next. Now that season 2 is here, Luke Cage is joined by Black Panther in theaters and Black Lightning on network TV – black superheroes are finally coming into their own on the big and small screens.

Season 2 of Luke Cage picks up with Luke trying to keep a low profile in Harlem but it’s even harder now that people have seen his heroics. They even came out with an app to track Luke’s movements. Bad guys try to find a way to hurt him, but even the Judas Bullets don’t pack the punch they used to. That is, until John McIver, AKA Bushmaster, comes to town.

Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker spoke with /Film by phone about season 2, which he hopes “breaks Netflix.” We’ll find out when season two drops Friday, June 22.

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Call of Duty Movie Details

Sicario: Day of the Soldado director Stefano Sollima spoke with /Film this week about the Sicario sequel. We’ll bring you the full interview at the end of June, but Sollima is attached to a movie based on the Call of Duty video game franchise. During the interview, Sollima explained how Call of Duty will differentiate itself from other video game movies and other war movies.

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