City of Lies

I’m not a statistician, but I’m guessing there are at least a few of you who were excited to see City of Lies, a film that stars Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker as they try to crack the case of who murdered iconic rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) in a 1997 drive-by shooting. But you’ll have to temper that excitement, because even though the movie was slated to come out exactly one month from today, it has now been yanked from release altogether. Read More »

moviepass dying

MoviePass had a near-death experience when they ran out of money last week. But after getting a quick $5 million loan to stay up and running, things somehow seem to have gotten far worse. Are we watching the death of the company play out before us in real time? Find out about the company’s latest problems below, including the fact that major upcoming releases won’t be appearing on its app.
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guardians of the galaxy in infinity war

10 days ago, writer/director James Gunn was abruptly fired by The Walt Disney Company after an alt-right political group created a bad faith “controversy” about a bunch of Gunn’s old tweets from nearly a decade ago, many of which contained bad jokes about pedophilia.

Gunn is no longer at the helm of the Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise, but his high-profile cast members – many of whom have already issued individual statements supporting Gunn over the past few days – have now joined forces to publish an open letter supporting their director and friend. Read the full Guardians of the Galaxy letter below. Read More »

Snowpiercer TV series

The director of TNT’s Snowpiercer TV series pilot has stepped off the train.

Doctor Strange and Sinister director Scott Derrickson was hired over a year ago to helm the cable adaptation of the French graphic novel that was famously brought to the big screen by Bong Joon-ho back in 2013. A new showrunner has since come aboard and wants “extreme reshoots” on the pilot, but Derrickson recently took to Twitter to explain that he won’t be the one to oversee them.
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Happytime Murders lawsuit update

When The Happytime Murders, a comedy about foul-mouthed and sex-crazed puppets who look an awful lot like the ones created by Jim Henson, used the tagline “All Sesame. No Street.” in its marketing campaign, the creators of Sesame Street weren’t thrilled. They planned to sue the film for unauthorized use of the Sesame Street brand, and now distributor STX Entertainment has filed a response – through a puppet lawyer named Fred, Esq. Read More »

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The Hate U Give cast

If you’ve paid any attention to the young adult book market over the past couple of years, you’re probably familiar with The Hate U Give, author Angie Thomas‘s wildly popular best-seller about a young black woman who becomes an activist after seeing the police gun down her unarmed friend. It’s been a hit since it debuted in January of 2017, and Fox 2000 is adapting it into a movie.

After wrapping production last November, the movie has hit a slight bump in the road, and The Hate U Give cast is now being shaken up: a new report says the film’s male lead is being replaced after a controversial video of him surfaced online. Read More »

Spielberg Leonard Bernstein

With Ready Player One slated for release this month, what’s next for director Steven Spielberg? We know he’s planning to direct Indiana Jones 5 for a 2020 release, and he’s already in the casting process for his remake of West Side Story. But a new report indicates that an entirely new project might jump in front of Spielberg’s first musical – a biopic about iconic composer Leonard Bernstein. Read more about the possible Spielberg Leonard Bernstein biopic below.
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Casey Affleck Oscar

Almost a year ago, Casey Affleck won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama Manchester By The Sea. But years before that, he was sued for sexual harassment by two female crew members of I’m Still Here, the Joaquin Phoenix-starring fake documentary he made back in 2010.

At the Oscars, the tradition is that previous year’s Best Actor award winner presents that year’s Best Actress winner with her trophy. That means Affleck would have been involved in a pivotal moment of the female winner’s life…which, considering his past, is not exactly a great situation. So, breaking a long-standing tradition, Affleck has stepped down from his presenter position at the upcoming Academy Awards. Read more about the Casey Affleck Oscar controversy below.
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Annihilation director

Annihilation, the upcoming film from Ex Machina director Alex Garland, is one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 – but audiences came close to not seeing it in its intended form. We recently learned about some behind the scenes disagreements that nearly resulted in the movie being recut and reshaped in post-production in order to appeal to a broader audience, but it sounds like Garland’s vision has remained largely intact in the final product.

Now, the Annihilation director has commented on those creative clashes, explaining his intentions were clear from the start and expressing disappointment that these clashes would happen at all so late in the process.
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Jeffrey Tambor May Not Quit ‘Transparent’ After All

Jeffrey Tambor Transparent

Early last month, actor Jeffrey Tambor, the star of Arrested Development and Amazon’s Transparent, was accused of repeatedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with his former assistant Van Barnes, as well as Transparent co-star Trace Lysette – both of whom happen to be trans women. By the end of the month, Tambor had released a statement loosely apologizing for his actions, and that statement also included what many took to be a resignation from the series: “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set,” he said, “I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”

But apparently, that statement was premature because now The New York Times reports that Tambor has not quit the series.
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