spirited away play

Hayao Miyazaki‘s unparalleled 2001 anime classic Spirited Away is getting the stage play treatment. Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning film (titled Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi in Japan) is being adapted into stage production by Toho, which aims to premiere the play in 2022.

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Derek DelGaudio’s In and Of Itself

(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: Derek DelGaudio’s In and Of Itself

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu:

The Pitch: Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself is a new kind of lyric poem. It tells the story of a man fighting to see through the illusion of his own identity, only to discover that identity itself is an illusion. An intimate and powerful exploration of what it means to be and be seen, the film chronicles Derek DelGaudio’s attempt to answer one deceptively simple question, “Who am I?” His personal journey expands to a collective experience that forces us to confront the boundaries of our own identities.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: The simplest way to describe Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself is to call it a one-man show that acts as both a performative mini-biography of the titular artist and magician and an impressive magic show. But believe me when I tell you that this isn’t merely an entertaining spectacle full of trickery that you’ve seen from the likes of David Blaine, David Copperfield, or Penn & Teller. Instead, Derek DelGaudio delivers an intimate, emotional experience that will have your mind blown and eyes watering. In and Of Itself is so much more than a magic show, and it’s easily one of the most soul-stirring experiences I’ve had in a long time. Read More »

spamalot movie

Spamalot is not dead yet! In fact, it’s getting better now that it’s moved studios after two years of development over at 20th Century Fox. The feature film adaptation of the Monty Python musical has been acquired by Paramount Pictures, which has put the Spamalot movie back on track after the project was sidelined at Fox following the Disney acquisition.

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ma rainey's back bottom featurette

August Wilson‘s words are revered as poetry, his plays taught in classrooms. So it’s no wonder that director George C. Wolfe and producer Denzel Washington wanted to put special care in bringing Wilson’s stage play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, to the screen. In a new featurette, Wolfe, Washington, and the rest of the cast of Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom delve into Wilson’s “crackling” dialogue and lyrical writing, and how they set about adapting it for the screen. Check out the video below.

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ma rainey's black bottom featurettes

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is on Netflix today, and the streamer is wasting no time hyping up the lead performances by Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. In two Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featurettes, Davis and Boseman are given the spotlight, with footage of the two of them behind-the-scenes shared alongside interviews with their co-stars praising them to high heaven. Watch the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featurettes below.

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A Christmas Carol trailer

There have been dozens of movie adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol (with even more to come), but here’s one that puts a new spin on things.

Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), and more are featured in a new reimagining which tells the familiar story through “the magical fusion of modern dance and the spoken word.” And it’s coming to U.S. theaters this holiday season. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

giving voice trailer

“August was that one writer who saw me. And when I say ‘me,’ I do mean me, but I also mean people like me,” Viola Davis says in the trailer for Giving Voice, an upcoming documentary that honors the legacy of iconic Black playwright August Wilson, whose plays like Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom left an indelible mark on Black history. And Davis, who won an Oscar for her performance in the feature adaptation of Fences and is earning buzz for her turn in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is now using her platform to make sure that Wilson’s legacy lives on in young Black students across the country, who are at the center of this documentary. Watch the Giving Voice trailer below.

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom trailer

The Oscar buzz is coming in hot for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, George C. Wolfe‘s adaptation of the classic August Wilson play which stars Viola Davis and, most notably, Chadwick Boseman in his final film role. And what a swan song for Boseman the movie is, according to early buzz for the highly anticipated Netflix film.

Critics are calling Boseman’s turn in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as “magical” and “the best he’s ever been on-screen.” The raves come after weeks of growing awards buzz for both Boseman and Davis, both of whom Netflix are preparing big Oscar campaigns around. It sounds like it’s well-deserved for both acting titans, who will appear in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix in December.

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a christmas carol livestream

Andrew Lincoln is trading zombies for ghosts. In Lincoln’s his first role since he left his 10-year gig on The Walking Dead, the actor is set to star as Ebenezer Scrooge in the stage production of A Christmas Carol at the famed Old Vic Theatre in London, which is set to be live-streamed to audiences worldwide.  Read More »

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Wicked is having a tough time taking off. Universal’s long-awaited feature film adaptation of the hit musical just lost another director with Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), who has exited the project after being attached to the film for a year.

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