You might know Natalie Morales for her work as an actress on shows like Parks and Recreation, The Little Things, Happily, Stuber, or Bojack Horseman. But after directing several short films and multiple episodes of television, she’s making her feature debut in 2021. Her first film is a pandemic-era drama called Language Lessons, but it seems she quickly leapt to the next level with her second feature, Plan B. This one is a road trip comedy about a straight-laced high school student who attends a party, has sex for the first time, and then goes on a quest with her best friend to find the morning after pill. Think Booksmart or the Netflix show Never Have I Ever, but crossed with the HBO Max comedy Unpregnant. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »
Lee Isaac Chung has found himself with several exciting projects lined up following his acclaimed 2020 film Minari. First he was tapped to direct Paramount, Bad Robot, and Toho’s live-action remake of Your Name, and now — as updates on the Your Name remake have dried up — he’s set to reteam with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment to direct a Hong Kong-New York love story for MGM.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we go toe to toe and foot to face with some of the best fight-filled action movies you’ve never seen.)
Action movies come in all shapes and sizes, but while big stunts can be truly thrilling when done right few sequences are more impressive than a beautifully choreographed, filmed, and edited fight scene. We’ve been gifted with truly stellar fight films in recent years from The Raid 2 to The Villainess to last year’s The Night Comes for Us, but for every one that breaks through to find an audience and some pop culture recognition, another disappears into the ether.
I’m here to correct some of those slights – six of them to be precise – and while most of them come from the expected countries of origin including South Korea, Thailand, and Japan, one of them is actually German. Yes, a German martial arts film, and like the rest of the movies here it kicks some serious butt.
Keep reading for a look at some of the best fight-oriented action movies you’ve probably never seen.
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Female-led heist films are officially a trend. With Ocean’s 8 and Widows coming up later this year, a third heist movie is now in the works from indie filmmaker Miranda July. The project is still untitled, but she’s managed to secure Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) as two of her lead actors, and the idea of those two co-starring in a movie is almost enough to convince me to see it sight unseen. What’s that? Acclaimed character actor Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water, Bone Tomahawk) is in this, too? Well, then count me in.
Read more about the Miranda July heist movie below. Read More »
The long-gestating Black Hole adaptation may finally see the light.
Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has signed on to write and direct Black Hole, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Charles Burns. The adaptation is being revived nearly 10 years after David Fincher, who was initially attached to direct a script by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery, dropped out of the project.
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As you might expect from the creator of this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been keeping busy. He hopped over into the TV world to direct the fifth episode of Justin Simien‘s excellent Netflix series Dear White People, and Jenkins is staying in that medium to write and direct a small screen adaptation of Colson Whitehead‘s best-selling novel The Underground Railroad for Amazon.
But fear not, movie lovers, because Jenkins won’t be in the TV realm for long. He’s just set up his next movie: an adaptation of James Baldwin‘s acclaimed book If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are two of the most exciting collaborators working in Hollywood today because they’re telling stories from a perspective that doesn’t align with what the industry unfortunately considers the default (ie. stories from a white male POV). Creed, their entry into the Rocky franchise, was one of the best blockbusters of 2015, but go back and watch 2013’s Fruitvale Station for the best sense of how they approach storytelling from a unique angle. And the pair is also working together on next year’s Black Panther, which could be one of the biggest films of 2018.
Now, word has come out that the director and actor are reuniting for another smaller scale, non-franchise movie called Wrong Answer, based on the real life story from a few years ago of middle school teachers caught in an epic cheating scandal.
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For years, Brad Pitt and filmmaker James Gray (The Immigrant) have talked about working together. Pitt almost appeared in We Own the Night, as well as a scrapped project of Gray’s, The Grey Man. At one point, the actor was even going to star in the director’s new epic, The Lost City of Z, but he decided to remain behind-the-scenes as a producer with his production company, Plan B.
His banner is also behind Gray’s next film, Ad Astra (translation: “Through hardships to the stars”), which Pitt is now confirmed to star in. Below, learn more about the James Gray sci-fi film.
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It’s been almost a decade since we’ve seen Mike White direct a feature film. Of course, the screenwriter behind The Good Girl and School of Rock has been busy since Year of the Dog. Most notably, he created and wrote HBO’s Enlightened, a beautiful, often heartbreaking show that didn’t last long enough. He directed six episodes of the series, but now he has another feature in the works. Ben Stiller is in final negotiations to star in White’s Brad Status as a man confronting his failures.
Below, learn more about the Mike White project.
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It’s a good day for those who like to see films based on some of the more serious and/or challenging comics out there. We got word that a film adaptation of the first arc in Ed Brubaker’s great Criminal series is still in the works, now with Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil) directing. And now the once-dead adaptation of Charles Burns‘ wild and very unsettling graphic novel Black Hole is back on, with David Fincher again set to direct.
This Black Hole has nothing to do with space, or with a Disney sci-fi film. It is sourced from a serialized graphic novel in which Charles Burns visualized a set of Seattle high school kids who are all touched by “the bug,” a sexually-transmitted mutagen that has some pretty shocking effects on those that carry it. Picture a hybrid of Dazed & Confused and Less Than Zero filtered through early Cronenberg and you’ll kinda get the idea. Read More »