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At this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton took the stage in Hall H to introduce Simu Liu, the star of his upcoming superhero movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Marvel Studios film with an Asian protagonist. The presence of the organization in the film’s title – the Ten Rings, the terrorist group that captured Iron Man in the very first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie – is essentially all we know about the movie up to this point. But in a new interview, Cretton has revealed that the film will be tonally similar to The Matrix, Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s game-changing 1999 sci-fi action masterpiece.

And to ensure that the film feels appropriately Matrix-y, Cretton and Marvel have hired The Matrix cinematographer Bill Pope to shoot Shang-Chi. Read Cretton’s recent comments below.
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Marvel Studios’ first Asian feature film protagonist will be making his debut in the highly anticipated Shang-Chi, which is set to be directed by Short Term 12‘s Destin Daniel Cretton. While little is known yet about what Shang-Chi will be about, Marvel teased some more details at its all-encompassing San Diego Comic-Con panel. Find out what we learned at about Shang-Chi at Comic-Con.

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Shang-Chi director

Marvel Studios has often reached into the independent film world to pluck talented filmmakers for their superhero movies, and they’ve done it again with their Shang-Chi director. The studio is reportedly hiring Destin Daniel Cretton to direct their first superhero movie with an Asian protagonist. Cretton previously directed Short Term 12, the 2013 indie that starred Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Lakeith Stanfield, and more.
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the sculptor movie

Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton has lined up his next project. After wowing critics with his second feature film, Cretton’s next move has been highly anticipated and his newest project could be a project worthy of his talents.

Cretton is set to helm the feature adaptation of Scott McCloud‘s acclaimed graphic novel, The Sculptor. The project has been picked up by Warner Bros., and will soon head to the big screen.

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The Glass Castle trailer

The 2013 indie film Short Term 12 launched Brie Larson’s career in a big way, and in the relatively quick time since then, she’s starred in a major studio comedy (Trainwreck), a massive Hollywood monster movie (Kong: Skull Island), and snagged the lead role in an upcoming Marvel superhero film. And don’t forget about that Best Actress Oscar she won for her work in Room.

Things have been a lot quieter for Short Term 12’s director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who hasn’t directed a movie since. But he’s reunited with his old collaborator for a new movie, and the first trailer has just arrived. Check out the first trailer for The Glass Castle below.
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Woody Harrelson in The Hunger Games

Woody Harrelson‘s four-film run as Haymitch comes to an end with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 this month, but his days of hanging around with resourceful young women in hardscrabble situations are not over. Harrelson is reportedly looking to join Brie Larson in The Glass Castle, the next feature from Short Term 12 helmer Destin Daniel Cretton.

Having read the memoir by Jeannette Walls on which the film is based, I’ve gotta say — if he’s playing the character I think he is, this is note-perfect casting. More about the Woody Harrelson Glass Castle casting after the jump.  Read More »

Brie Larson in Short Term 12

Long before Room put Brie Larson in the conversation about this year’s Oscar race, she delivered one of 2013’s best performances in Short Term 12. Now she’s looking to reunite with the director of that film, Destin Daniel Cretton. Larson may replace Jennifer Lawrence in The Glass Castle, an adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Jeannette Walls.

Read about the Brie Larson Glass Castle casting after the jump.

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Michael B. Jordan is about to get pyrokinetic for Fantastic Four, but his next project will tackle a more grounded kind of hero. He’s teaming up with Short Term 12 director Destin Cretton for Just Mercy, about Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson. Get all the details on the Just Mercy movie after the jump.  Read More »

Jennifer Lawrence Daniel Cretton

Jennifer Lawrence is currently rivaling Guillermo del Toro in the “projects in development” department. Seemingly every month, the most recent Best Actress Oscar-winner lines up a few new books or scripts she’ll hopefully make in the future. Now, one of the many just jumped ahead of the pack with a new director.

That director is Destin Daniel Cretton, the writer and director of this year’s masterpiece Short Term 12. The film is The Glass House, based on a memoir by columnist Jeannette Walls. It’s a Lionsgate property to which Lawrence attached herself last year. Read More »

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Editor’s Note: Short Term 12 opened in New York and Los Angeles last weekend and expands this week. Below we’re republishing Germain’s review from South by Southwest 2013 and click here for an interview with the director.

Sometimes you watch a movie and, at the end, can’t think of anything in the film that could have been done better. The whole thing just feels perfect or magical, a shining example of what cinema is all about. Short Term 12 is one of those movies.

Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton based on his award-winning 2009 short film of the same name, Short Term 12 stars Brie Larson as Grace. She’s young woman who spends her days overseeing a huge group of foster kids in a group home, many of whom are mentally ill. They suffer from depression, have suicidal tendencies and OCDs. It is Grace’s job — and that of her boyfriend Mason (The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr.) and a new guy (Rami Malek) — to try and keep the kids content while they go about their lives. This is easier said than done when Grace is probably more messed up than everyone else in the building.

Funny, moving, surprising and emotional, Short Term 12 is an awards contender from top to bottom. The performances are mindblowing, the writing sharp, and the direction beautiful. It’s a very special movie, and worthy winner of the 2013 South by Southwest Grand Jury and Audience Awards. Read More »