On the Count of Three, the feature directorial debut of stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael, could count on being picked up for distribution soon after its buzzy premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A potent drama that premiered to raves in the Dramatic Competition section and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for its writers, Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, On the Count of Three has been acquired by Annapurna Pictures in a hefty deal worth millions.
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Tiffany Haddish has been incredibly busy since her big breakout role in Girls Trip from 2017. Since becoming an instant star in that film, she’s been in more than a dozen movies and appeared in dozens of episodes of television, but now the bombastic comedian is poised to appear in a genre in which she hasn’t done much work yet: science fiction.
Haddish is in talks to star in Landscape with Invisible Hand, a movie adaptation of a sci-fi novel about an alien invasion on Earth with a strange twist. Cory Finley, who recently directed the Hugh Jackman-starring corruption film Bad Education, is on board to write and direct. Read More »
Annapurna has scooped up the rights to The Final Girl Support Group, an upcoming novel from Grady Hendrix, and plan to turn it into a series. The book is an homage to slasher movies, following a group of “final girls” clearly inspired by the surviving female characters from titles like Friday the 13th, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain are handling the script.
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Now that Jake Gyllenhaal has shed his leading-man persona and embraced the unhinged character actor he was always destined to be, the Velvet Buzzsaw actor will play the ultimate in unhinged roles: a slowly unraveling writer. Gyllenhaal is teaming up with Janicza Bravo, the writer and director behind the Sundance hit Zola, to develop a series adaptation of Ian Parker’s New Yorker article A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions, which explores the “complex life” of The Woman in the Window writer Dan Mallory.
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In what sounds like a joke from 30 Rock, Oscar nominee Amy Adams is set to star in a new movie called Nightbitch at Annapurna Pictures where a new mother is becoming increasingly concerned that she’s transforming into a dog. Yes, this is a totally real movie, and Tracy Jordan is somehow not involved despite his previous work on the dog transformation movie Fat Bitch. Read More »
Boots Riley – the director of 2018’s sharp, funny, indie hit Sorry to Bother You – also serves as the frontman for a radical band called The Coup, a simmering blend of musical styles and revolutionary politics. That group has been releasing albums since the early 1990s, and they also provided the soundtrack for Riley’s movie. (Well, technically, they provided two soundtracks, but we’ll get to that in a minute.) Now the film’s soundtrack has been released on vinyl thanks to Mondo and Interscope Records, and you can learn more details below.
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We’re less than two months from the release of No Time to Die, the 25th movie in the long-running James Bond film franchise, and it looks like Daniel Craig‘s 007 is going out in style.
Today, a new featurette has arrived that’s narrated by co-writer/director Cary Joji Fukunaga, in which he showcases lots of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film and talks about his approach to this milestone moment in the Bond saga. Read More »
Despite its premise, and the jigsaw puzzle of a novel by Maria Semple upon which it’s based, there isn’t much mystery to Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Based on the 2012 comedy novel of the same name, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? follows a picture-perfect family left reeling when the titular mother, an agoraphobic architect, suddenly goes missing. Semple’s novel is a character mystery, driven by Bernadette’s daughter Bee as she investigate’s her mother’s disappearance.
But as directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? lays it all on the table immediately, embodied by Cate Blanchett‘s zippy, mile-a-minute performance that rips through the film like a tsunami. Subtlety and enigma aren’t in the vocabulary of this film, which sees Linklater shedding his more naturalistic directing style in favor of the broad comedy that characterized his major studio films like School of Rock. But the absurd comedy stylings of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? end up clashing majorly with the film’s more understated themes about the power of artistic expression, resulting in a film that loses itself in the weeds.
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Annapurna Pictures, the indie production company-turned-film-distributor run by Megan Ellison, has reportedly been reeling a bit since the company lost money on all but one of its 2018 movies. A report last year claimed Annapurna was “reevaluating” its film division (a claim the company denied at the time), but now The Hollywood Reporter says Annapurna Pictures “has retained a law firm to explore bankruptcy protection”.
But there’s a chance things may not be quite as dire as they seem: Ellison herself sent out an email to her company’s staff addressing the company’s financial situation, and it doesn’t seem like she’s walking away with her tail between her legs. “I believe in what we make and have no intention of stopping any time soon,” she wrote. Read the highlights from the THR report and Ellison’s full letter to the company below. Read More »
Oscar winner Rami Malek is parlaying his Bohemian Rhapsody success into franchise movie stardom, taking the role of a shady villain in the still-untitled James Bond 25. All we knew about the bad guy so far came from the official press release, which referred to him as “a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology,” but now Malek is giving us a few more details about his character. Read on to learn the major condition the actor had about the villain before accepting the role. Read More »