Musician biopics are nothing new, but we seem to be experiencing an explosion of them lately – primarily because they tend to be Oscar bait. The Academy just can’t resist going gaga over watching an actor slap on a wig and pretend to be a famous rock star. So it goes! There are a few different musician biopics and documentaries headed our way, and with them comes the following updates.
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What were you doing with your life at 19 years old? Were you winning the top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival and being hailed as a bright rising filmmaker who directed one of the best black films of the year? Very few people can pull off those accomplishments, but 19-year-old NOCCA graduate Phillip Youmans pulled that off with his debut feature Burning Cane, a mesmerizing Malick-ian drama that grapples with toxic masculinity in the deep South. The film won the Best Narrative Feature award at Tribeca and will now be making its way to select theaters before it hits Netflix this November. Watch the Burning Cane trailer below.
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Burning Cane is a movie that flows over you: It’s less a structured narrative than a series of arcane images, each more beguiling and haunting than the last. The film, which deservedly won the Founders Award for best narrative feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, is an incredible debut for a 19-year-old filmmaker just out of high school — Burning Cane feels like the product of decades lived, of tragedies untold. But Phillip Youmans, who made this film at the age of 17 with Benh Zeitlin of Beasts of the Southern Wild as executive producer, proves to be an assured director who beautifully delivers a sprawling, hypnotic Southern Gothic drama about the last gasp of a disappearing world.
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Amazon hopes to strike streaming gold with Jack Ryan, their new espionage thriller based on the work of Tom Clancy. Does this Jack Ryan succeed where recent attempts like The Sum of All Fears and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit failed?
Let’s put it this way: Jack Ryan the character is the least interesting part about Jack Ryan the show, and that’s a problem.
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John Krasinski‘s ongoing quest to become an action hero continues with the new Amazon series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Adapted from the numerous Tom Clancy books your grandfather reads, Jack Ryan stars Krasinski as a CIA analyst who always ends up in gunfights. A new Jack Ryan Super Bowl trailer shows off the action-packed new series.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
As President Obama looks to fill the spot left behind by Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court — and as the nation braces itself for the drama and controversy that’s sure to follow — HBO is looking back at a very contentious Supreme Court appointment from the not-too-distant past. In 1991, then-president George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to replace the retired Thurgood Marshall. During Thomas’ confirmation hearings, a former colleague of his, Anita Hill, testified that he’d sexually harassed her years earlier.
Hill’s accusations sparked a firestorm of controversy, inspiring loud conversations about gender equality and women in the workplace — conversations that are still going on today. Now, 25 years later, HBO is revisiting that watershed moment with Confirmation, a new movie directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and starring Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce. Read More »
There’s absolutely no need to touch Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. Built around an Academy Award winning screenplay, the film is pretty much perfect from beginning to end. It teems with exquisite detail as performances and dialogue tell interweaving stories of crime and craziness. A reinforcement of that absolute brilliance was the main thing I took out of the latest Film Independent at LACMA Live Read, which took place February 20 in Los Angeles. Director Evan Goldberg (This is the End) subbed for Jason Reitman and assembled an eclectic, star-studded cast to read Tarantino’s masterwork. It was a two and a half hour celebration of Pulp Fiction‘s perfection.
While no one could ever replace the iconic cast of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and so many others, stars like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Lizzie Caplan laughed, imitated and sometimes stumbled through the script with excitement and reverence. Along the way, a few Easter Eggs were uncovered, alternate interpretations attempted and much fun was had. Read about the live read below. Read More »
Here’s one of several casting breaks to come your way in the next few hours, and this one is pretty damned good. Why? Because after the break you’ll find info on the following:
- Nick Nolte takes a role in hard-boiled crime thriller Parker.
- Jesse Eisenberg plays dopplegangers in The Double.
- And Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried join the increasingly promising FBI vs magicians thriller Now You See Me. Read More »
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Briefly: Casting has been coming together quickly for Parker, which Taylor Hackford is directing with Jason Statham starring as the classic Richard Stark anti-hero. (As previously played on screen by Lee Marvin, Mel Gibson and others.) Jennifer Lopez is in talks for a key role, and Clifton Collins Jr. and Wendell Pierce signed to play other small roles. Now Deadline says that Michael Chiklis will play “Jason Statham’s nemesis” in the film. Word is that the John J. McLaughlin script jumps off from a number of Stark’s novels to create a new story. The debut novel The Hunter (’62)and later novel Flashfire (’00) are said to be part of the ingredient list.
Parker shoots in August.
After the long Fourth of July weekend we don’t have a lot of news on the casting front, but there are a few good stories to share, and they’re all in a similar vein. Today, the theme is crime pictures. After the break you’ll find info on the following:
- John Malkovich is taking the lead in Siberian Education, which chronicles the culture of crime in a small community near the Ukraine.
- Parker, the new screen version of Richard Stark’s classic crime character, gets two supporting players.
- And French film The Lookout casts Daniel Auteuil as a cop out to catch a sharpshooter who ruined a well-laid police plan. Read More »