Cinematic murder mysteries are back in style, and Searchlight Pictures has a new one coming up that we’re very excited about.
Sam Rockwell (Jojo Rabbit, Seven Psychopaths), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird, Little Women), and David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar) have signed on to star in an untitled murder mystery set in the 1950s, with Rockwell and Ronan playing partners trying to solve the crime. Read More »
Brenda Chapman, the filmmaker behind Prince of Egypt and Pixar’s Brave, makes her live-action directing debut with Come Away, a delightful film which chronicles the adventures of Peter and Alice growing up as brother and sister, before they go off to experience the fairy tale worlds of Neverland and Wonderland. Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, Michael Caine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Clarke Peters, Derek Jacobi, and more pop up as adults in this family-friendly saga, but the story really belongs to young actors Jordan A. Nash and Keira Chansa as Peter and Alice, respectively.
Dust off your imagination and watch the first Come Away trailer below. Read More »
A barren Earth, a man in isolation facing the end of mankind: sounds a little less like an apocalyptic sci-fi drama and more like reality. But hey, back when George Clooney shot The Midnight Sky, the world hadn’t yet fallen to pieces. The Oscar winner wrapped his sci-fi space drama , which follows a space crew returning to Earth only to find one living survivor (Clooney), back in February — just before the pandemic hit.
“There wasn’t the pandemic, and we hadn’t set the whole West Coast on fire,” Clooney told Vanity Fair, which debuted the first images from The Midnight Sky, coming this winter to Netflix. “I mean, the picture we show of Earth [in the movie] doesn’t look that much different than the satellite pictures of the West Coast right now.”
See The Midnight Sky first look images below.
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“Anything that basically is overtly celebrating darkness and to be perfectly honest, sanctioning it,” David Oyelowo told NPR in 2015, “that’s something I can’t personally do […] I know that films affect and shape culture, and I want to put stuff in the world that I feel is edifying as opposed to stuff that is detrimental.”
As Oyelowo steps behind the camera for his feature directorial debut, it’s helpful to keep the star’s words in mind. The Water Man is nothing if not a brand extension for his humane, compassionate touch. Even if it’s not a particularly distinguished charge out of the gate for him as a director, the film’s gentle and caring embrace of the audience still feels warm all the same.
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As protests continue, more and more people in the entertainment business are taking notice. Today, Paramount has decided to make Ava DuVernay‘s Selma available for free rental on digital platforms through the end of the month. The Best Picture-nominated film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and his involvement with the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. This is good news – but it comes with a slightly sour bit of info, as both DuVernay and star David Oyelowo have revealed that Academy members refused to vote for the film after the cast and crew wore “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts in remembrance of Eric Garner.
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The history of Hollywood has been chronicled endlessly in various kinds of feature and television documentaries. But Ava DuVernay‘s film collective ARRAY is getting a little more specific with a new documentary series called They’ve Gotta Have Us, focusing on art, activism and race as it pertains to black cinema in Hollywood. The series features an assembly of some of the most influential black actors, actresses, writers and directors over the years, all talking about the evolution of black cinema and its major milestones. See some of them in the They’ve Gotta Have Us trailer below. Read More »
When animation directors make the jump to directing live-action, the transition can be fraught. Just ask Andrew Stanton, whose live-action debut, John Carter, was a huge bomb for Disney several years ago. Thankfully though, Brenda Chapman, the director of Prince of Egypt and Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave, successfully makes the leap with Come Away, a delightful fairytale that imagines what might have happened if Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland were siblings before they became the characters we know and love. Read More »
The latest film starring actor David Oyelowo, Don’t Let Go, is a difficult one to categorize. And the odds are good that if you don’t try to, you might really end up finding it one of the more intriguing concepts of any film out there right now. In it, Oyelowo plays a police detective, whose brother (Brian Tyree Henry) and his family are murdered mysteriously, and shortly after this horrible crime, he receives a phone call from niece Ashley (Storm Reid, from A Wrinkle In Time), who was among those killed. Through circumstances that are thankfully never explained, Ashley is somehow calling from two weeks in the past and is therefore hopefully able to manipulate things with the help of her uncle to avoid being murdered.
Writer/director Jacob Estes leaves open the possibility that Oyelowo’s character has gone crazy from grief or maybe Ashley is nothing more than a ghost, but it genuinely seems like he has willed this situation out of extraordinary grief. The film began life at the Sundance Film Festival under the title Relive, and has since been reworked considerably, according to Oyelowo, to de-emphasize questions about the time travel elements of the story and focus more on family and the emotional weight of the proceedings.
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Don’t Let Go premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival under the somewhat clunky title Relive. It didn’t make much of an impression at the fest, but now Blumhouse hopes audiences will be interested enough based on its much better title, and its pretty engaging trailer. The film stars David Oyelowo as a cop who suffers a terrible blow when members of his family, including his beloved niece (Storm Reid), are murdered. Then things get even weirder when the dead niece calls Oyelowo’s character on the phone…from the past. Watch the Don’t Let Go trailer below.
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Last fall, we got word that James Lipton would be leaving Inside the Actors Studio, the series featuring intimate interviews with actors, filmmakers and musicians about their craft, origins in entertainment, and much more. The longtime host and dean emeritus at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York City was said to be replaced with a rotating chair of guest hosts filling in, and now the first two hosts and guests for the Inside the Actors Studio reboot have been revealed. Read More »