Looks like Dwayne Johnson needs to update his personal information and write down a new name as his emergency contact: Watchmen and Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Johnson and his frequent collaborator Beau Flynn have teamed up to produce a high-octane action movie called Emergency Contact, which has Abdul-Mateen II on board as an executive producer and the film’s star. Details are being kept under wraps for now, but the film is described as “a high-concept, high-octane action film set in the underground music scene of Austin, Texas.” Read More »
The Trial of the Chicago 7 has garnered up plenty of buzz this awards season. It remains to be seen if the movie has what it takes to land Oscar nominations next month, but he Golden Globes already nominated the movie for Best Motion Picture – Drama, not to mention nominations for Aaron Sorkin as a writer and director. Now Netflix is making sure everyone sees all the hard work that went into the true story of one of the most notorious trials in history with a nearly 30-minute featurette. Read More »
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is catching a ride on Michael Bay‘s Ambulance. The actor, who recently appeared in The Trial of the Chicago 7 and will next be seen in Candyman, is joining Jake Gyllenhaal in the action-thriller about thieves who steal an ambulance as their getaway vehicle, only to then realize there’s a sick patient still in the back.
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Fans have been hoping for a follow-up to Mad Max: Fury Road ever since George Miller‘s 2015 flick left all our jaws on the floor. Finally, it’s happening.
Furiosa, a prequel film focusing on the character made so iconic by Charlize Theron in Fury Road, will star Anya Taylor-Joy as the young Furiosa, leading a cast that also includes Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Miller will direct, co-write, and produce.
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 is nothing if not a showcase for great performances. Writer-director Aaron Sorkin has his flaws – some of which are on display here – but one thing he does very well is creating the kind of punchy, snappy, rat-a-tat dialogue that good actors love to sink their teeth into. Some of that dialogue may not always sound natural – indeed, it often borders on speechifying. But Sorkin’s way with words, and a good actor’s talent for delivering those words, usually makes all the difference.
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If the new The Trial of the Chicago 7 is any indicator, the movie will undoubtedly be a key player in the upcoming awards season. The timely and relevant story focuses on the peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turned into a violent clash with police and the court case that followed when seven protesters were charged by the federal government with conspiracy. What followed was a case full of biased politics, unabashed corruption, and absolute prejudice. Sound familiar? Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch early previsualization animation from Sonic the Hedgehog before the character was given a drastic makeover. Plus, watch as stuntmen react to action sequences from Kill Bill Vol. 1, Taken 3, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and more. Finally, watch a roundtable discussion with this year’s buzzed about dramatic TV actors like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Patrick Stewart, Bob Odenkirk and others. Read More »
Aaron Sorkin‘s next movie as both a writer and director is The Trial of the Chicago 7. The true story follows the infamous 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy following the counter-cultural anti-Vietnam protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. What started as peaceful protests turned to a violent clash with police and the National Guard. It’s a story that feels more relevant than ever in our current political and social climate, and the first look photos that have just surfaced showcase the all-star cast bringing this pivotal moment in history to life. Read More »
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Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 was meant to be released in theaters this fall by Paramount Pictures. The studio had slated the movie for a limited release on September 25 followed by a wide release on October 16. However, Netflix is now negotiating to acquire the global rights to the movie from Cross Creek Pictures, which would give the streaming service another awards contender.
UPDATE: Deadline reports Netflix has officially picked up global distribution rights for the movie with a $56 million deal. Our original story from June 22, 2020 follows below. Read More »
Nearly a year ago, pre-production on Aaron Sorkin’s long-gestating true story of The Trial of the Chicago 7 was suddenly shut down in order to allow the acclaimed writer some time to work on his Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. But a few months later, the movie was getting back together with a stacked cast assembling. Now the movie has added Michael Keaton, and Paramount Pictures has set The Trial of the Chicago 7 release date right at the start of awards season. Find out more below. Read More »