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Boba Fett: James Mangold to Write and Direct Standalone ‘Star Wars’ Film About Everyone’s Favorite Bounty Hunter

The universe continues to expand. Just a day before “Solo” hits theaters, IndieWire has learned that Boba Fett will be the next character to receive a standalone movie of his own. “Logan” helmer James Mangold is writing and directing the spinoff, which follows “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” “The Last Jedi,” “Solo,” and an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi project in the current generation of “Star Wars” movies. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

First introduced in “The Empire Strikes Back,” Fett quickly became a fan favorite despite doing very little and promptly dying a slow, agonizing death in “Return of the Jedi.” We learned more about the character in “Attack of the Clones,” which revealed the contract killer to be a clone of Jango Fett — whose decapitation in front of his clone/son apparently inspires young Boba to turn to a life of crime.

As for why such a cult following has developed around Boba,
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Jim Jefferies Reveals the Secret Behind Brad Pitt’s Weatherman Appearances — Turn It On Podcast

Jim Jefferies Reveals the Secret Behind Brad Pitt’s Weatherman Appearances — Turn It On Podcast
Jim Jefferies has a secret to tell about Brad Pitt. The movie actor has shown up several times on Comedy Central’s “The Jim Jefferies Show” as its unofficial weatherman, casually sharing the horrors of climate change. But here’s the truth: Pitt hasn’t dropped by in a year.

“This is the one that went viral, even though it was recorded a year ago,” Jefferies said of a recent Brad Pitt segment. The show had leftover footage of Brad doing a LeBron James joke, which felt timely because of the NBA playoffs. Slayer guitarist Kerry King happened to be on set, so they put him in front of a green screen, and it looked like the musician was a fan trying to talk to him.

“And then Gayle King is on the news going, ‘Wow, Brad Pitt must really love Jim Jefferies, he’s back on the show!’ I
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David Cross Apologizes to Jessica Walter, Calls Jeffrey Tambor’s Actions ‘Egregious,’ and Says Walter Blew Up at Someone, Too

During a heated New York Times interview with the cast of “Arrested Development” published yesterday, Jessica Walter was brought to tears as she recalled being verbally harassed by Jeffrey Tambor on the set of the acclaimed comedy. Tambor — who was fired from his leading role on “Transparent” after being accused of sexual harassment by two different people — received more support from his male castmates in the moments that followed than Walter did, leading to instant backlash online.

David Cross was part of the exchange, and in a discussion with Gothamist today revealed that his perspective was altered when two people he “deeply respects” told him it made them uncomfortable: Alia Shawkat and his wife. That led him to “unequivocally” apologize to Walter, refer to Tambor’s actions as “egregious,” and recall a time when Walter herself yelled at someone on set.

“I will unequivocally apologize to Jessica. I’m sorry
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‘Boba Fett: Star Wars’ Movie Back In The Works With Logan Director James Mangold

As rumors of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie take hold, a new “Star Wars” movie is moving forward. After years in development with an aborted version falling apart with director Josh Trank (“Chronicle”) at the helm and Simon Kinberg as the writer/producer, the “Star Wars” movie starring bounty hunter Boba Fett is back on this time with “Logan” filmmaker James Mangold behind the camera.
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‘Lost in Space’: How They Made the Scene-Stealing Robot the Highlight of the Reboot

You can never go wrong bonding a boy with his ‘bot, and Netflix’s “Lost in Space” reboot definitely got the scene-stealing Robot right. The series comes alive whenever he’s on screen, much like the beloved protector from “The Iron Giant.”

In fact, this Robot also has a similar backstory in which he overcomes his attack mode programming to become more sensitive and empathetic. He’s cool and complex, with a lot of untapped potential for Season 2.

Read More:‘‘Lost in Space’: Why the Mysterious and Magnificent Robot Should Be the Lead of Season 2

A New Transformer Twist

The original design of the Robot was done by VFX house Rhythm & Hues, and then the bulk of the animation was done by Image Engine (“District 9”) in Vancouver. He comes in two forms: an alien version (sporting multi limbs) and a bi-pedal humanoid. However, when Will (Maxwell Jenkins) first encounters
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Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capharnaüm’ Restlessly Moves Like An Uber-Realist ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ [Cannes Review]

Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capharnaüm’ Restlessly Moves Like An Uber-Realist ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ [Cannes Review]
Stories that trade in narratives about child exploitation, abuse and neglect often run the risk of manipulation through phony sentimentality or affected misery porn. Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s Cannes effort “Capharnaüm,” a politically-charged fable about a young boy who launches a lawsuit against his parents, falls into traps of both miserablist tendencies and calculation. Regardless, in tackling the current social and economic distress of modern-day Lebanon, Labaki’s docu-like, uber-realist filmmaking creates something undeniably striking.
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Win Tickets to See Bruce Labruce’s The Misandrists in NYC and La

A force to be reckoned with since his first short in 1987, queercore filmmaker Bruce Labruce (who we interviewed last year regarding his latest short porn film) has worked consistently since then. His latest feature, The Misandrists, is right in keeping with his established interests. From the official synopsis: When an injured male leftist on the run discovers the remote stronghold of the Female Liberation Army — a radical feminist terrorist group whose mission is to usher in a female world order — one of the members takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. However, the man in […]
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Win Tickets to See Bruce Labruce’s The Misandrists in NYC and La

A force to be reckoned with since his first short in 1987, queercore filmmaker Bruce Labruce (who we interviewed last year regarding his latest short porn film) has worked consistently since then. His latest feature, The Misandrists, is right in keeping with his established interests. From the official synopsis: When an injured male leftist on the run discovers the remote stronghold of the Female Liberation Army — a radical feminist terrorist group whose mission is to usher in a female world order — one of the members takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. However, the man in […]
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Harvey Weinstein Expected To Surrender Himself To Authorities In Connection With Sexual Misconduct Case

Today has been quite a day for alleged abusers and harassers in Hollywood. From the fallout of yesterday’s interview with the cast of “Arrested Development” to today’s news of multiple victims speaking out against Morgan Freeman (via CNN), the day’s news has been dominated by decidedly non-movie stories.

As a slight digression, for those that don’t know, Freeman has been accused of inappropriate touching and harassment of assistants on multiple film sets.
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What It Takes to Survive Hours In the Make-Up Chair, According to Doug Jones

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What It Takes to Survive Hours In the Make-Up Chair, According to Doug Jones
Imagine this: You go to work at 4 a.m., and your day starts with your butt in an upright chair, for an hour and a half to two hours — and the whole time, someone is gluing stuff to your face.

This is what life is like for Doug Jones, Mary Chieffo, and the other actors playing aliens on “Star Trek: Discovery.” The stars begin their workday by spending hours sitting in makeup, getting transformed into Klingons and Vulcans and Kelpians. It’s a process that viewers tend to take for granted, but is a physically and mentally grueling process for both the actors as well as the artists, who work equally hard on making the unreal possible.

Star Trek: Discovery,” which is now in production on Season 2, shoots in Toronto. But the detailed special effects makeup and specialty armor that transforms the cast into the diverse denizens of the future
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‘Explained’ Review: Netflix’s Intriguing Docuseries Tackles Every Topic in the World, From K-Pop to DNA, in 20 Minute Chunks

One of the biggest double-edged swords of TV is “the show that can be whatever it wants to be.” Having a series without a clear anchor can be a daunting task, especially on the documentary side. Attaching the appeal of a show to a single, magnetic subject might seem like a far easier bet than building a show’s reputation on its approach to subjects.

So for “Explained,” a new co-venture between Netflix and Vox, the prospect of a new weekly documentary installment just shy of 20 minutes in length is exciting and tricky in equal measure. Without sticking to a single subject area, there’s always the difficulty in assuming the knowledge an audience is bringing to each individual episode. Factor in the impossibly vast Netflix subscriber base and that problem increases exponentially. Still, it’s a testament to “Explained” that this series stays engaging and compact as it does.
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Oscar Contenders From Cannes 2018, From Spike Lee to Hirokazu Kore-eda — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Oscar Contenders From Cannes 2018, From Spike Lee to Hirokazu Kore-eda — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
This year’s Cannes Film Festival is over and receding into the history books, but many of its movies are poised to remain in the conversation for months to come. While pundits predicted that the 2018 edition of the festival wouldn’t produce many big Oscar contenders, there were a number of highlights with serious awards potential, from Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” to Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters,” directed by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda. Still, it’s hard to say how any of these movies will compete for attention as the dense fall season comes together.

…But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a stab at some predictions. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, co-hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson unpack the festival lineup to assess which movies got the biggest boost. They also discuss their reservations with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and evaluate the new
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Quentin Tarantino Says Warren Beatty Version Of ‘Kill Bill’ Would Have Been “James Bond As Blofeld”

Hey, it’s #ThrowbackThursday and each week we look to the past and highlight something in cinema history that’s fascinating, amusing, perhaps something you never knew or have seen, you name it.

Quentin Tarantino is about to begin production on his newest film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Sadly, that means we still have over a year to wait before audiences will be able to see the film in theaters.
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Harvey Weinstein Expected to Surrender to New York City Police on Sexual Misconduct Charges

Harvey Weinstein Expected to Surrender to New York City Police on Sexual Misconduct Charges
Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself into authorities in New York City on Friday, May 25. The disgraced former studio executive is reportedly going to surrender himself to police in connection to a sexual misconduct investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and NYPD, the New York Daily News confirms.

Weinstein is expected to face charges in connection to allegations made by at least one accuser, Lucia Evans. A former actress, Evans accused Weinstein of sexual assault in a story published by The New Yorker on October 10, 2017. Evans alleges Weinstein forced her to perform an oral sex act on him in 2004. She told The New Yorker that Weinstein showed her his penis and pulled her head down onto it.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough,” Evans told The New Yorker.
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‘Upgrade’ Trailer: People Are Still Trying To Make Logan Marshall-Green A Thing

Shouldn’t it be called “Downgrade?” It’s fairly juvenile and mean, but it’s hard to mention Logan Marshall-Green without describing him as the poor man’s Tom Hardy, a dig we’re pretty sure we’re not the only ones to use. But hey, give the “Prometheus” actor a chance, right? Blumhouse, the producers of “Get Out” and “The Purge,“is giving the actor that chance in “Upgrade,” which is basically Blumhouse’s take on the hyper-violent genre film, in a film not called “The Purge.”

The movie’s not out til June 1, but reviews are already out there.
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Spoilers, Easter Eggs, Box Office, And More! [Podcast]

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

I’m joined as always by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to hop aboard the Millennium Falcon and discuss Ron Howard‘s (in association with Phil Lord and Chris Miller) “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

In all fairness, for all the unprecedented production turmoils that the film underwent, the one thing that can be said in the film’s favor is that if you didn’t know it, you wouldn’t be able to tell that 70% of the film was reshot.
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From Audience to Utopia: Considering the Spectator in Pre-Production of the Queer/Trans Film So Pretty

I’m a director with one feature film to my name, and I also work as an editor and colorist. About a year ago, I was doing some editing consultation on an early draft of a documentary. Before I gave the director notes, I asked, “What festivals are you looking to have this play in?” He was taken aback. For him, a film—at least this sort, conceptualized as an art film—should be a pure object of creation, and industry concerns should be taken into account only after post-production is completed. I’ve come to disagree. Considering the potential audience and distribution channels […]
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From Audience to Utopia: Considering the Spectator in Pre-Production of the Queer/Trans Film So Pretty

I’m a director with one feature film to my name, and I also work as an editor and colorist. About a year ago, I was doing some editing consultation on an early draft of a documentary. Before I gave the director notes, I asked, “What festivals are you looking to have this play in?” He was taken aback. For him, a film—at least this sort, conceptualized as an art film—should be a pure object of creation, and industry concerns should be taken into account only after post-production is completed. I’ve come to disagree. Considering the potential audience and distribution channels […]
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Ronan Farrow Calls Brother Moses Farrow’s Blog Post Defending Woody Allen a ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Their Sister

Ronan Farrow Calls Brother Moses Farrow’s Blog Post Defending Woody Allen a ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Their Sister
Ronan Farrow has responded to his brother Moses Farrow’s essay defending their father Woody Allen, calling the blog post published yesterday a “smear campaign” meant to discredit their sister Dylan Farrow’s accusations of sexual molestation against the Oscar-winning filmmaker. The journalist and reporter seems loath to even do that much in a Twitter post, as he says he “didn’t want to draw attention” to the latest attack on his sister.

“Not worth saying much to dignify the repeated campaign to discredit my sister, often by attacking our mother,” Farrow writes. “This happens every time Dylan speaks, so this is all I’ll offer: My mother did an extraordinary job raising us, and none of my siblings with whom I’ve spoken ever witnessed anything but love and care from a single mom who went through hell to keep her kids safe.”

Farrow then notes that his brother
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Netflix Has Become The Most Valuable Media Company In The World, Passing Disney

We are definitely in the middle of the big Streaming Wars. The entertainment industry has been taken over by networks, studios, and tech companies doing their best to develop their own streaming service to capture viewer eyeballs. Leading the way are Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, with Disney and Apple and about a million other companies on the fringe, trying to take a piece of the pie.
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