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Scorsese Wrote Bong Joon Ho a Heartfelt Letter After Oscars: ‘You’ve Done Well, Now Rest’

Scorsese Wrote Bong Joon Ho a Heartfelt Letter After Oscars: ‘You’ve Done Well, Now Rest’
Bong Joon Ho made history over and over again at the Academy Awards this year with “Parasite,” the first South Korean feature film to compete and win Oscars and the first foreign-language film to win the top honor for Best Picture. Bong also collected prizes for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best International Feature Film. But the one thing that might have topped the Oscar wins for Bong was receiving a personal letter from Martin Scorsese after the Academy Awards. The “Parasite” director revealed at a recent press conference in South Korea that Scorsese sent him a note congratulating on him on his Oscar victories.

“This morning I got a letter from Martin Scorsese,” Bong told journalists. “I can’t tell you what the letter said because it’s something personal. But towards the end he wrote, ‘You’ve done well. Now rest. But don’t rest for too long.
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‘Emma’ Is A Clever, Frothy Take On A Jane Austen Classic [Review]

‘Emma’ Is A Clever, Frothy Take On A Jane Austen Classic [Review]
Emma,” the first straightforward film adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic text since Douglas McGrath’s 1995 take, is arduously faithful to the text in all respects but one: The most romantic scene is interrupted by a nosebleed. This is the perfect distillment of Autumn de Wilde’s prim and winking “Emma,” a film as technicolor-lush as Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and as subversively fanatic about its source material as Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” With winsome performances, eye-popping art direction, and witty repartee, de Wilde’s adaptation is, like its protagonist, “handsome, clever, and rich.”

Twenty-five years after Gwenyth Paltrow played Emma Woodhouse, Anya Taylor-Joy has taken on the famous meddler’s bonnet.

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‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Trailer: Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington Lead Intertwined Families With Dark Secrets

‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Trailer: Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington Lead Intertwined Families With Dark Secrets
Reese Witherspoon may have found her niche on prestige cable drama. After teaming with Nicole Kidman, to unite their production companies to bring “Big Little Lies” to life on HBO—and subsequently become a massive hit in—the actor/producer is back with “Little Fires Everywhere” based on the novel by Celeste Ng. But she’s got a new partner this time in co-producers, co-star Kerry Washington.

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‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’: New Cast Member Might Portray The “Original” Captain America

‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’: New Cast Member Might Portray The “Original” Captain America
We are just months away from Marvel Studios debuting the first Kevin Feige-produced McU TV series, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” With a teaser already in the wild and production months’ deep, we assumed that we had a general idea of what we could expect from the upcoming streaming series. However, with a new casting announcement, fans are going wild with speculation about a specific story that we might see in ‘Falcon.’

Read More: Marvel’s Disney+ Super Bowl Teaser: First Look At ‘Falcon & Winter Soldier,’ ‘WandaVision’ & ‘Loki’

According to Deadline, ‘Falcon’ has added actor Carl Lumbly to the cast of the show.

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‘Wendy’: Listen to the First Track from Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin’s Sweeping Score — Exclusive

‘Wendy’: Listen to the First Track from Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin’s Sweeping Score — Exclusive
After hitting indie gold with their beloved 2012 drama “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” filmmaker and composer Benh Zeitlin and composer Dan Romer have reunited to craft another sweeping score for Zeitlin’s much-anticipated followup film. More than seven years in the making, “Wendy” finally premiered at Sundance in January and is gearing up for a theatrical release at the end of the month.

Per the film’s official synopsis, it’s “the classic story of Peter Pan wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic … Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.” Zeitlin has again utilized a cast of youngsters and newbies to sell his vision of a Peter Pan story of a different stripe.

For film fans who loved “Beasts,” the film promises more
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Tom Holland Says ‘Uncharted’ Starts Filming In A Month But There’s Still No Director Announced

Despite its half a dozen directors that have come and gone, Sony keeps pushing forward with a film adaptation of the “Uncharted” video game series. And yes, Tom Holland is still attached, even though it does seem like Holland might age out of the role by the time production actually begins on the role. Wait a second…”Uncharted” is going to start shooting in a month?

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Production Halted On Justin Kurzel & Charlie Hunnam’s Apple TV+ Series ‘Shantaram’ As Scripts Fall Behind

Normally when a TV show gets a series order, that’s when everyone is off to the races and production begins. That’s apparently what happened with the upcoming Apple TV+ series, “Shantaram,” which stars Charlie Hunnam. One problem—the scripts weren’t done. Oops.

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According to Variety, production has been halted on “Shantaram” as writer-showrunner Eric Warren Singer hasn’t been able to keep the scripts coming in time, leading to a backlog.

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Logan Lerman’s Unexpected Comeback Begins With ‘Hunters’ & ‘Shirley’ [Interview]

Logan Lerman’s Unexpected Comeback Begins With ‘Hunters’ & ‘Shirley’ [Interview]
Did you know that Logan Lerman starred in two of the bigger hits of 2014? Do you even remember? The two films were Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and David Ayer’s “Fury.” And don’t be discouraged if you don’t recall, in the six years since Lerman took a chance on a couple of indies that simply didn’t leave an impression. Bluntly put, it’s been a while since he’s popped on a screen.

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‘The American Sector’ Exclusive Trailer: Doc Showcases Pieces Of The Berlin Wall Scattered In The Us

For many Americans, especially those under the age of 30, the Berlin Wall is a chapter in history that they may or may not learn much about in their schooling. Sure, you’ve heard of the Berlin Wall. You may have even seen some of the famous speeches about the structure, specifically delivered by President Ronald Reagan. But the story behind the structure, the violence it caused, and the hatred it inspired are lost on many Americans.

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Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Event Series ‘Hollywood’ Set for May, Making It an Emmy Contender

Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Event Series ‘Hollywood’ Set for May, Making It an Emmy Contender
Ryan Murphy and Netflix have announced the release date for “Hollywood,” the creator’s next big project under the streaming giant. A May 1 release will introduce “Hollywood” right in time for Emmy season, and Murphy is clearly hoping to keep it fresh on the mind of voters. The post-wwii-set limited series follows a fictional group of aspiring actors and producers as they navigate the murky waters of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Official synopsis below.

A new limited series from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, ‘Hollywood’ follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter the cost. Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day. Provocative and incisive, ‘Hollywood’ exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics,
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‘Run’ Trailer: Sarah Paulson Is The Clingy, Homeschooling Mom From Hell

‘Run’ Trailer: Sarah Paulson Is The Clingy, Homeschooling Mom From Hell
As the darling of “American Horror Story,” Sarah Paulson is no stranger to the horror genre. Since Jessica Lange’s departure, she’s essentially taken over the mantle as its star. But as she sat out the last season of ‘Ahs,’ she was clearly missing some scares in her life. Horror fans can now check her out in “Run.”

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The film focuses on the story of Diane (Paulson) and her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen).

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Jeremy Irons Kicks Off Berlinale by Confronting Past Anti-Abortion, Gay Marriage Comments

Jeremy Irons Kicks Off Berlinale by Confronting Past Anti-Abortion, Gay Marriage Comments
The 2020 Berlin International Film Festival got underway this morning with competition jury president Jeremy Irons confronting some of the more controversial comments he’s made in the past in regards to abortion, gay marriage, and sexual harassment. Irons is leading this year’s jury alongside such names as actress Bérénice Bejo and filmmakers Kenneth Lonergan and Kleber Mendonça Filho. Irons started the jury press conference by bringing up the comments from his past, many of which resurfaced in the lead up to Berlinale. German press criticized the festival for naming Irons the president of the jury. The actor told press, “I wish I didn’t have to take up time with this, but I don’t want it to continue as a distraction to the Berlinale.”

In a 2011 interview with Radio Times, Irons was commenting on sexual harassment and was quoted as saying, “If a man puts his hand on a woman’s bottom,
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‘Run’ Trailer: ‘Searching’ Director Returns With Sarah Paulson Psychological Thriller

‘Run’ Trailer: ‘Searching’ Director Returns With Sarah Paulson Psychological Thriller
Filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty was one of the major breakouts of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival thanks to “Searching,” which starred John Cho in a mystery thriller told entirely using computer and cell phone screens. Chaganty’s digital twist on the mystery genre made him a new filmmaking voice to watch, and he’s returning this summer in the psychological thriller “Run.” The director’s latest is a two-hander set almost entirely in one house. Sarah Paulson plays a mother caring for her 17-year-old daughter (newcomer Kiera Allen) by keeping her isolated inside. The plot takes a turn when the daughter discovers her mother’s dark secret.

For theater actress Allen, “Run” not only marks her first starring role in a major feature film but also an opportunity for a disabled actress to play a disabled character. Both Allen in real life and her fictional character Chloe use wheelchairs. The actress told
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‘Endings, Beginnings’ Trailer: Shailene Woodley Is Caught in a Love Triangle in Drake Doremus’ Drama

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‘Endings, Beginnings’ Trailer: Shailene Woodley Is Caught in a Love Triangle in Drake Doremus’ Drama
Director Drake Doremus returns to a familiar milieu — the romantic drama — for his newest feature, “Endings, Beginnings,” which stars Shailene Woodley as a woman attempting to get her life on track, who gets caught in a love triangle with a bad boy (Sebastian Stan) and his more erudite best friend (Jamie Dornan).

Co-scripted with novelist Jardine Libaire, the semi-improvised film is produced by Cj Entertainment, the Korean entertainment powerhouse behind Bong Joon Ho’s multiple Oscar-winning “Parasite.”

Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films after its 2019 Toronto premiere, it will be released it on May 1, 2020. The distributor has released a first official trailer for the film.

The official synopsis for “Endings, Beginnings” reads: “In present day Los Angeles, Daphne (Woodley), a thirty-something woman, navigates love and heartbreak over the course of one year. Daphne becomes intertwined with friends Jack (Dornan) and Frank (Stan) after meeting them at a party. During that time,
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‘The Call of the Wild’: How a CG Dog Named Buck Held His Own with Harrison Ford

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‘The Call of the Wild’: How a CG Dog Named Buck Held His Own with Harrison Ford
With Buck, the famed St. Bernard/Farm Collie, serving as the protagonist in Fox’s latest adaptation of Jack London’s wilderness adventure, “The Call of the Wild,” there was never any question that he had to be CG, especially if he was going to hold his own on screen with Harrison Ford.

“Here’s the thing: No one is fooled by a CG animal,” said Chris Sanders, who made the transition from animation to a live-action/hybrid after directing “The Croods” and co-directing “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Lilo and Stitch.” “So the question that I confronted early on was: Do we try and make this look like a 100% real dog? Meaning, do we actually have him behaving as though he’s a trained dog on set, but doesn’t hit his marks quite right, and have some takes look as though it was good enough? Or do
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‘Year of the Rabbit’ Review: Matt Berry Was Born to Star in IFC’s Victorian Riff on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

‘Year of the Rabbit’ Review: Matt Berry Was Born to Star in IFC’s Victorian Riff on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
There are few people alive with Matt Berry’s line delivery skills. When he’s not leaning into the lofty, roller-coaster cadence that’s led to scene-stealing parts on “The It Crowd,” “Toast of London,” and most recently the TV version of “What We Do in the Shadows,” he’s an actor with a gift for raised eyebrows and comedic directness that can turn both short proclamations and impossibly syllable-d word chunks into the most dependable punchlines.

So it’s always a treat to see him take on a role that affords those talents a front-and-center spot. The latest TV project to do so is “Year of the Rabbit,” a period detective comedy that aired last summer on Channel 4 and makes its stateside debut this week on IFC. Berry stars as Di Eli Rabbit, a street-savvy detective dispensing with his own brand of pre-forensics sleuthing in 1880s London.

Rabbit’s methods are unconventional,
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Sundance 2020 Final Dispatch: Softie, Farewell Amor, A Machine for Viewing, Infinitely Yours

Previously, when attending a premiere heavy festival like Sundance, I was usually lucky enough to be present as part of a team of programmers. We divided the screenings between all of us to cover as many of the films as possible. (There are spreadsheets and rating systems involved.) Watching films as a freelancer, I realized over the first few days at Sundance that I was playing it safe by watching films by filmmakers I was already familiar with for the guarantee that at least the film would appear finished at the screening. For programmers working at festivals like Sundance, what […]
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Sundance 2020 Final Dispatch: Softie, Farewell Amor, A Machine for Viewing, Infinitely Yours

Previously, when attending a premiere heavy festival like Sundance, I was usually lucky enough to be present as part of a team of programmers. We divided the screenings between all of us to cover as many of the films as possible. (There are spreadsheets and rating systems involved.) Watching films as a freelancer, I realized over the first few days at Sundance that I was playing it safe by watching films by filmmakers I was already familiar with for the guarantee that at least the film would appear finished at the screening. For programmers working at festivals like Sundance, what […]
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Nicolas Cage Opens Up About Playing Two Nicolas Cages, Reenacting Old Scenes for New Film

Nicolas Cage Opens Up About Playing Two Nicolas Cages, Reenacting Old Scenes for New Film
Nicolas Cage turned in some of the best work of his career playing a double role in Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation,” and he’s set to try something similar in his upcoming project “The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent.” The meta drama from writer-director Tom Gormican casts Nicolas Cage as two fictionalized versions of himself. The first is a downtrodden actor struggling to return to his glory days. The second is a younger doppelgänger of the actor from when he was a big star who haunts his older self for throwing his career away. The two get in way over their heads after the strapped-for-cash older actor accepts a $1 million gig to attend the birthday of a Mexican billionaire super-fan.

“It’s a stylised version of me, and the fact I even have to refer to myself in the third person makes me extremely uncomfortable,” Cage recently told Empire magazine
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Apple TV+ Announces Mahershala Ali-Led Original Film ‘Swan Song’

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Apple TV+ Announces Mahershala Ali-Led Original Film ‘Swan Song’
Despite the streaming service’s name, Apple TV+ isn’t just television — it’s also in the original film game. (That would be the “+.”) Apple has just announced that the latest original film to join its upcoming slate is “Swan Song,” starring two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali and written and directed by Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary (“Stutterer”).

“Benjamin’s script for ‘Swan Song’ immediately connected with us,” said Matt Dentler, Apple’s head of feature development and acquisitions. “We cannot wait to bring Benjamin’s vision together with Mahershala’s undeniable talent to deliver this powerfully layered story to audiences around the world.”

Details about the film are sparse right now, but Apple describes “Swan Song” as “a genre-bending drama” set in the near future and focused on how far someone will go and how much they will sacrifice to make a happier life for the people they love.
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