gucci movie

MGM was the first studio to announce a major theatrical release delay due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns and, even as the entire industry grinds to a halt amid the ongoing pandemic, continues to be one of the few Hollywood studios still making major deals. As MGM’s new film chairman Michael De Luca hires executives and reshapes the company, the studio has picked up Ridley Scott‘s true crime drama Gucci, based on the real-life murder of fashion house head Maurizio Gucci, and is in talks with Lady Gaga to star.

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Home Before Dark interview

Director Jon M. Chu has built his career making mostly bright, poppy entertainment like Step Up 3D, Jem and the Holograms, Crazy Rich Asians, and the upcoming In the Heights. But he’s dipping into darker territory in Home Before Dark, a new AppleTV+ drama which hails from creators/showrunners Dana Fox (New Girl) and Dara Resnik (Daredevil).

It’s a mystery series centering on 9-year-old journalist named Hilde Lisko, played by The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince, and inspired by a real-life kid journalist. In the show, Hilde’s dad (Jim Sturgess from 21 and Across the Universe) gets fired from his job as a reporter in New York City and moves his family back to his hometown, where something horrible happened when he was a kid. Naturally, Hilde goes looking for the truth – and the small town doesn’t like the fact that she’s digging through their old buried secrets.

I spoke with Jon M. Chu and Dana Fox over the phone about the importance of truth, working with Apple, creating the visual style of the series, and more. Read More »

When the Streetlights Go On trailer

We’re just a few days away from the launch of Quibi, the new mobile-only streaming platform. One of the service’s “movies in chapters” that will be available on day one is called When The Streetlights Go On, a murder mystery set in a small town in 1995. Chosen Jacobs (It, Castle Rock) plays a 15-year-old who discovers a pair of murder victims in the woods, and the ramifications of the crime quickly begin to ripple through his community.

Oddly enough, a different version of this show played at the Sundance Film Festival a few years ago. Learn more about that and check out the trailer for the new Quibi version below. Read More »

knives out script

If you need a break from sitting around watching endless hours of TV during quarantine and want to do some reading, Rian Johnson is here to help. The filmmaker has made the shooting draft of Knives Out available for all to read. Since it’s a shooting draft it’s pretty similar to the final film, although there are a few interesting differences here and there. Mostly, though, it’s another reminder of how damn fine a script this is.

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bombshell giveaway

In honor of Women’s History Month, Lionsgate has given us digital download codes for movies featuring some of the studio’s favorite leading ladies, and we’re passing them along to you. You could always use more things to watch during this time of self-isolation, right? Read on to find out how to win copies of Bombshell, JudyThe Hunger Games, A Simple Favor, and The Spy Who Dumped Me. Read More »

The Invisible Man live tweet

Earlier this week, NBCUniversal became the first major Hollywood studio to shatter the traditional theatrical window by announcing that some of its films which recently debuted in theaters would be heading to VOD on an accelerated timeline. Each of those films – Focus Features’ Emma., and Universal Pictures’ The Hunt and The Invisible Man – are available to rent today due to the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus, and the filmmakers behind all three movies are participating in live tweets of their respective projects to help celebrate this odd occasion.
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the third day teaser

A secluded island paradise can sound pretty tempting, but not the one that Jude Law gets trapped on in the upcoming HBO limited series The Third Day. While visiting a mysterious island off the British coast, Law’s character encounters a group of inhabitants who are hell-bent on preserving the island’s traditions — at any cost. It all sounds very spooky and thrilling, and the eerie teaser makes it seem even more so. Watch The Third Day teaser below.

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iphones in movies

Rian Johnson just gave the game away. If you’re watching a mystery movie set in modern times, and you’re trying to find out who the villain is, there’s a sure-fire way to solve the case: pay attention to the phones people are using. According to the Knives Out director, Apple has a rule that forbids filmmakers from letting the bad guys in movies use an iPhone. So, uh, spoiler alert for every single modern-day mystery going forward.

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the postcard killings trailer

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is trading his blood-stained bat for blood-drained murder victims in The Postcard Killings, which adapts James Patterson and Liza Marklund‘s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller about a New York detective who joins an international manhunt for a serial killer who had brutally murdered his daughter and son-in-law on their honeymoon in London. And like many a nefarious serial killer, this killer has a calling card — a postcard, in fact. Watch The Postcard Killings trailer below.

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benoit blanc's backstory

If you were mesmerized by Daniel Craig‘s Southern detective Benoit Blanc in Knives Out and thought to yourself, “I really hope a possible sequel sheds more light on where that character came from,” I have some bad news. Writer/director Rian Johnson, who is hard at work on a follow-up that will reunite him with Craig, says he’s not interested in exploring Benoit Blanc’s backstory in future movies. Read More »