hawkeye series writer

Marvel is carefully eyeing its targets for the Hawkeye series creative team. While little is known about the upcoming Disney+ TV series starring Jeremy Renner as the Earth’s mightiest archer, a new revelation from writer and producer Amy Berg suggests that Marvel is narrowing down its shortlist for the Hawkeye series writer. Which means that a showrunner and cast announcement could soon be on its way.

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The Case Against Adnan Syed Trailer new

In 1999, high school student Hae Min Lee was murdered. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was convicted of the crime, and the case faded into relative obscurity to the outside world. That all changed in 2014, when the podcast “Serial” brought the story to public attention, with hosts Sarah Koenig and her team asking: was Adnan Syed innocent? Now, the story is being looked at with fresh eyes – those of documentary filmmaker Amy Berg. Berg’s new 4-part documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed delves into the same questions as “Serial”…but may not come up with the same answers. Watch The Case Against Adnan Syed trailer below.

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The Case Against Adnan Syed

Twenty years ago, a Baltimore high school student named Hae Min Lee was murdered. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, claimed he was innocent of the crime, but he was arrested and given a life sentence. This story came to the world’s attention back in 2014 as the subject of the first season of NPR’s mega-popular podcast Serial, and though it has somewhat faded from the pop culture consciousness five years later, documentarian Amy Berg is putting the spotlight on it again with a four-episode series that provides “new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state’s case” against Syed. Check out the first trailer for the upcoming docuseries below.

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The Case Against Adnan Syed

Serial, the podcast that became a cultural phenomenon, has slightly faded from view since its 2014 debut. But the subject of the first season of the podcast, Adnan Syed, is still awaiting a new trail. Syed’s story will now get the HBO treatment courtesy of a new documentary series – The Case Against Adnan Syed.

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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 get to know Janis Joplin, check in on that He-Man documentary we’ve been hearing about for years, try not to step on a landmine, get to know an almost forgotten Canadian heavy metal band, and wonder at what Guy Maddin is up to now.

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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 look at some porn without incognito mode on, wonder aloud if there’s a chomo cabal within Hollywood preying on young children, feel our palms sweat at the thought of a four hour look at Walt Disney’s life, look at ways some people are redefining their place in society, and we try not to say anything that will prompt drug dealers to hang us off the side of a bridge. 

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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 spend time learning about Paul Newman’s obsession with racing, spend some time with corrupt cops, Kickstart some sci-fi, snatch some kids for funsies, and see if any of us can figure out what in the hell prêt-à-porter means beyond just being a really terrible movie from two decades ago.

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hollywood sex abuse documentary

This week, a civil suit named director Bryan Singer as one of several defendants in allegations of sexual abuse that took place in 1999. Now details have emerged that the producers of a film about sex abuse in Hollywood have reached out to the plaintiff in that suit about participating in the film. Amy Berg, director of Catholic church sex abuse doc Deliver Us From Evil and the West Memphis Three movie West of Memphis, has been working on the Hollywood sex abuse film for two years, but details on the project are scarce.

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With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark ThirtyMoonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including LooperPerks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.

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Peter Jackson has not one, but two films coming out in late December. We all know about his little hobbit movie, but he’s also a producer of West of Memphis, the important and emotional documentary telling the story of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, three young men who, in 1993, were accused and convicted of murder. When the case became the subject of a documentary called Paradise Lost, it became a worldwide sensation, spawning several other films and tons of support for the boys who spent 17 years in prison before finally being released last year.

West of Memphis, directed by Amy Berg, is most likely the definitive work on the story and it’ll be released on a limited basis on December 25. After the jump, watch the brand new trailer. Read More »