Fantasia Film Festival 2020 First Wave

The Fantasia Film Festival is going virtual this year, and the first wave of programming has just been revealed. As is usually the case with Fantasia, it’s wild and eclectic, offering plenty of surprises, genre offerings, and more. Neil Marshall‘s The Reckoning is set to open the fest, which will take place online from August 20 through September 2, 2020.

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new evil dead movie

A new Evil Dead movie is on the way, with a director handpicked by Sam Raimi. Lee Cronin, who helmed the very creepy Irish horror film The Hole in the Ground, is set to direct the flick, which is titled Evil Dead Now. The film won’t bring back Bruce Campbell‘s Ash, nor will it be connected to Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead reboot, but will instead tell a brand new story in the Evil Dead world.

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canes 2020 lineup revealed

Cannes is still canceled, but the prestigious festival still decided to announce the films they planned to screen this year. Now, many of the films that played will now be able to use their Cannes selection to their advantage even if they won’t get to screen at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The Cannes 2020 lineup includes Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, the Pixar film Soul, the Train to Busan sequel Penninsula, and more.

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Kimmy vs. the Reverend

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may have concluded its normal series run, but the show has found new life – as an interactive special. Similar to Black Mirror: BandersnatchUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend lets the viewer decide the actions of the characters on screen. In addition to returning cast members Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane, the interactive special also features Daniel RadcliffeJack McBrayer, and more.

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Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we evade the authorities, tell some jokes, get short, see the only thing redeeming about a cruise at the moment, and learn how to be a proper lady.

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MacGruber trio

On the January 16, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and TV news, including Mindhunter season 3, The Dark Tower TV show, a Green Lantern series update, why HBO chose one Game of Thrones prequel over another, Watchmen season 2, and Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars script. Read More »

Pamela Adlon in Better Things

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Watch trailers for Ragnarok and Better Things.
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar has joined the cast of the Saved by the Bell revival.
  • Justin Chambers is leaving Grey’s Anatomy.

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On the January 10, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson to discuss the latest film and tv news, including Doctor Strange 2 losing its director, Warner Bros using AI to decide movies to greenlight and a Parasite HBO series.

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danny aiello obit

Danny Aiello, a character actor with prominent roles in MoonstruckDo the Right Thing, and more, has died at the age of 89. Aiello’s career began in the 1970s, and he worked steadily for the next several decades. His turn as Sal in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and his acting roles included extensive work on both small and big screen.

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Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we whistle while we work, develop a habit with Josh Hartnett, say hi to the Gorillaz, and hunt down a kitten killer.

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