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‘The Glorias: A Life On The Road’: Lulu Wilson To Play Young Gloria Steinem

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‘The Glorias: A Life On The Road’: Lulu Wilson To Play Young Gloria Steinem
Exclusive: Lulu Wilson, who was recently seen in Netflix’s "The Haunting of Hill House" and HBO’s "Sharp Objects," has been tapped to play a young Gloria Steinem in the Julie Taymor-directed biopic, The Glorias: A Life On The Road. Based on Steinem’s memoir of the same title, the pic has Julianne Moore playing Steinem as well as Alicia Vikander is in negotiations to play the feminist and social-political activist from age 20-40.

The pic, which was presented to buyers at the recent AFM conference, will follow Steinem’s journey to become a crusader for equal rights and her groundbreaking work as a journalist and campaigner.

Bette Midler is also in talks to join the film in a supporting role.

Page Fifty-Four PicturesAlex Saks is producing with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are exec producers as filming is slated to begin next year in Savannah.
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Paramount Players Acquires ‘Unboxing’ From ‘Ice Age’ Scribe Jim Hecht

Paramount Players Acquires ‘Unboxing’ From ‘Ice Age’ Scribe Jim Hecht
Exclusive: Paramount Players has acquired Unboxing, a script from Ice Age: The Meltdown writer Jim Hecht that indie studio Pocket.watch has been set to produce as a feature film. Albie Hecht, the former Nickelodeon and Hln boss and now Pocket.watch’s chief creative officer, is the producer.

The plot centers on a mischievous 11-year-old YouTube star who unboxes her father’s secret safe as a stunt for her channel and unleashes the treacherous Puck and his band of evil tricksters on a small town.

Jim Hecht, who is also Albie Hecht’s nephew, reunites with Paramount after he recently re-wrote for the studio one of John Hughes’ final scripts, The Gribsbys Go Broke. He also is penning the movie Out of Stock for Netflix, and adapting for Warner Bros TV The Big Cigar, from a Playboy article about Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton.

Pocket.watch CEO Chris M. Williams is executive producing Unboxed.
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Kennedy Center Honors: Cher, Phillip Glass, Other Honorees Get to Enjoy President-Free Night for a Change

Kennedy Center Honors: Cher, Phillip Glass, Other Honorees Get to Enjoy President-Free Night for a Change
Here are the people who are planning on attending the annual Kennedy Center Honors on the evening of December 2:

Cher, an Academy Award-winning actress and legendary singer, most recently seen combining both talents in “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.” Phillip Glass, an iconic composer whose original work has been used in countless films and TV series, including in “Koyaanisqatsi,” “The Hours,” “Notes on a Scandal,” and “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.” Reba McEntire, a modern country music megastar, who has gone on to have an acting career of her own, including a six-season run on a broadcast sitcom named for her. Wayne Shorter, an 11-time Grammy-winning jazz musician, whose many collaborations include playing alongside musical greats across multiple genres. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire, the creators of “Hamilton,” a musical that you might be familiar with.

Here are two people who will not be in attendance that night,
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The ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Was Inevitable, Even When a Sequel Wasn’t

The ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Was Inevitable, Even When a Sequel Wasn’t
Death is not final. Not on TV, anyway. Despite ending “Breaking Bad” on a note of finality for its high school science teacher turned Michelin-star meth chef Walter White (Bryan Cranston), creator Vince Gilligan is preparing to reenter the drug-ridden world of Albuquerque. The New Mexico Film Office broke the story of a “Breaking Bad” feature and it was soon confirmed by Cranston, though there’s no further details.

But yes, it’s happening. This week’s Very Good TV Podcast sets aside the already-fervent debate over whether the unseen, uncast, and quite possibly unfinished script is a great idea or a terrible one. People made the same arguments when AMC announced plans for “Better Call Saul,” which turned out just fine. Instead, let’s focus on why the film’s announcement felt inevitable, instead of shocking.

On paper, a sequel seems highly improbable, and it should. Walt is dead.
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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Preview: How Weta Escaped from the Uncanny Valley

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Preview: How Weta Escaped from the Uncanny Valley
The wizards of Weta have taken facial capture to the next level with “Alita: Battle Angel,” the manga-inspired sci-fi adventure directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau. Check out the new Fox trailer below for the movie which opens February 14, 2019.

IndieWire got a sneak peek of exclusive footage at Weta in Wellington, New Zealand. Like moviegoers who finally embraced the blue Na’vi once they saw them in Cameron’s “Avatar,” there’s nothing creepy about Alita, the doll-like cyborg with big eyes (performance-captured by Rosa Salazar). In fact, when she wakes up in a morning bathed in sunlight without any memory of her former existence as a badass warrior, it’s hard to believe that she’s totally CG.

Read More: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Team Promises Manga Adaptation Is ‘Not Whitewashing’ Like ‘Ghost In the Shell

“I feel more like an audience member on this than any other movie,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Phil Lord & Chris Miller Introduce Game-Changer Miles Morales

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Phil Lord & Chris Miller Introduce Game-Changer Miles Morales
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (December 14) is the wild card in the animated Oscar race. It not only introduces Miles Morales as the alternative Spidey, the Afro-Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn, but also boldly breaks the rules of animation as a moving comic book splattered with graffiti. Yet, given what Phil Lord and Chris Miller already accomplished with “The Lego Movie,” this was the logical next step.

“Miles is one of the most popular characters, if not the most popular character, to be introduced in the last 10 years or so,” said Lord, who shares script credit with Rodney Rothman (“22 Jump Street”). “The thing that [‘Miles Morales’ co-creator] Brian Bendis did was to help us imagine that it could be a completely different kind of person under that mask. And yet a person that embodied the heart of what Steve Ditko and Stan Lee started with: an unexpected hero who feels too young and too unqualified,
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Simon Pegg Explains His Thoughts After Watching ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: “I Miss George Lucas”

Simon Pegg is never one to mince words about the “Star Wars” franchise. Whether he’s criticizing the Prequel Trilogy or talking about the current state of fandom, Pegg has lived his life as a fan and now is someone that has met with George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, and Lucasfilm, which leads him to draw different conclusions about the galaxy far, far away.

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Outside the Box: Jamie Stuart on His Move to La.

Filmmaker Jamie Stuart has contributed to this publication since the mid-aughts. When he told me he that after completing his NY-set one-man independent feature A Motion Selfie that he’d be moving to L.A., I asked if he’d want to contribute a final Gotham piece in the “Goodbye to All That” genre. Below, he writes about not just his move but the changing independent film culture in New York over the past decade-plus. — Sm The day before the move was literally the worst day of my entire life. Popping half tabs of Valium every five hours, I spent 7:00 Am […]
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Outside the Box: Jamie Stuart on His Move to La.

Filmmaker Jamie Stuart has contributed to this publication since the mid-aughts. When he told me he that after completing his NY-set one-man independent feature A Motion Selfie that he’d be moving to L.A., I asked if he’d want to contribute a final Gotham piece in the “Goodbye to All That” genre. Below, he writes about not just his move but the changing independent film culture in New York over the past decade-plus. — Sm The day before the move was literally the worst day of my entire life. Popping half tabs of Valium every five hours, I spent 7:00 Am […]
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Yes, A Museum Exhibit Curated By Wes Anderson Is As Quirky And Whimsical As You’d Expect

Wes Anderson is a filmmaker that is truly one of a kind. There’s really no other way to describe his films other than Wes Anderson-ian. Well, a more superficial description would be to call his various projects “quirky.” So, that being said, when you hear that Anderson, along with his wife Juman Malouf, curated a special exhibit in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, you’d have to imagine that it’s very Wes Anderson-ian.

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Spike Lee Responds to Being Mistaken for Stan Lee and Pronounced Dead in New Zealand Obituary

Spike Lee Responds to Being Mistaken for Stan Lee and Pronounced Dead in New Zealand Obituary
As publications across the world paid tribute to Stan Lee following the news of his passing, one newspaper found itself in hot water after confusing the late comic book icon with director Spike Lee. New Zealand’s Gisborne Herald is going viral for all the wrong reasons after printing Spike Lee’s name on its front page obituary intended for Stan Lee. The newspaper pronounced the “Malcolm X” and “Do The Right Thing” filmmaker dead at 95.

Spike Lee reacted to the mistake on his Instagram account by channeling one of the more famous lines from “Do the Right the Thing.” “God Bless Stan Lee,” the director wrote. “Me? Not Yet. And Dat’s Da ‘I’m Still A Live, And Strivin’ Truth, Ruth. Ya-dig? Sho-nuff.”

Stan Lee passed away November 12 at age 95 after battling complications from pneumonia. Lee is famous for his work with Jack Kirby at Marvel Comics, where he formerly served as editor-in-chief.
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Paul Giamatti Deserves an Oscar for Watching Porn in Tamara Jenkins’ ‘Private Life’

Paul Giamatti Deserves an Oscar for Watching Porn in Tamara Jenkins’ ‘Private Life’
Paul Giamatti watching porn is one of the most wrenchingly human things you’ll see on screen this year. This heart-rending spectacle happens just a few minutes into Tamara Jenkins’ “Private Life,” as Giamatti — playing 47-year-old theater director Richard Grimes — sits alone in a small white room in the Manhattan fertility clinic where he and his wife (Kathryn Hahn) have come in a desperate bid to conceive. His job is to produce a sperm sample. On the TV screen mounted against the far wall, an adult actor can be seen pile-driving his co-star, causing her to moan loud enough for everyone in the crowded waiting area outside to know what Richard is supposed to be doing in there. Jenkins holds on a close-up; exasperation, futility, and shame are written across Giamatti’s face like subtitles. Has it really come to this?

As the scene continues, it’s like a vintage Charlie Chaplin bit in slow-motion.
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Looks Like Beck Is Cooking Up A Performance Of Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ Score

Grammy Award-winning musical artist Beck appears to be teaming up with Alfonso Cuarón to do…something for the upcoming Netflix film “Roma.”

Read More: ‘Roma’ Trailer: Alfonso Cuarón Returns With His Most Personal Film To Date & Clear Oscar Contender

In a recent tweet, Beck said, “Working off of the paper. Recording orchestrations for the film @ROMACuaron by @alfonsocuaron which will be released soon.” What this exactly means is anyone’s guess, but it seems as if Beck is contributing music for “Roma” in some capacity.

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‘Searching’: John Cho-Starring Sundance Hit Included a Wild Alien Invasion Subplot

‘Searching’: John Cho-Starring Sundance Hit Included a Wild Alien Invasion Subplot
There’s so much going on in Aneesh Chaganty’s Sundance hit “Searching,” it stands to reason that even eagle-eyed viewers might miss some story elements of a movie occurring entirely on a computer screen. Like other “screen-based movies” (think “Unfriended” or “Profile”), “Searching” is packed with information that zooms past at a breakneck speed, and it’s up to the filmmakers to subtly push viewers to focus on the most essential items.

For the John Cho-starring film, those essential items follow the film’s central story, which sees Cho’s character David furiously attempting to locate his missing teenage daughter, aided by emails, social media channels, and live news reports. There’s plenty to unpack, but Chaganty’s film works extremely well, telling a compelling story in an inventive framework. But it seems that said framework is even more clever than initially believed, because inside all of the key information,
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‘The Mandalorian’: Pedro Pascal to Play Lead in New ‘Star Wars’ TV Series

‘The Mandalorian’: Pedro Pascal to Play Lead in New ‘Star Wars’ TV Series
The biggest “Star Wars” story in the TV universe might have found its face.

Variety is reporting that “Game of Thrones” and “Narcos” alum Pedro Pascal will be the lead of the upcoming “The Mandalorian” series, which will follow the exploits of a bounty hunter (not named Boba or Jango).

Details surrounding Pascal’s character are not yet known, but series shepherd Jon Favreau has indicated that the show will take place in between the “Star Wars” installments “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.”

Perhaps one of the first lessons Pascal’s character will learn is “Never celebrate a victory until you’ve confirmed that your opponent no longer has the capacity to lunge at you and turn your skull into a cantaloupe.”

The Mandalorian” is expected to be the marquee programming jewel in the library of the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, the company’s long-gestating answer to
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Pedro Pascal To Star In Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Live-Action Series ‘The Mandalorian’

It appears we now know who’s going to be under the mask in the “Star Wars” live-action series “The Mandalorian.”

Variety is reporting that “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Disney+ streaming series. It’s assumed that Pascal will play the “lone gunfighter” character that was teased in the released synopsis.

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Alicia Vikander & Bette Midler To Join Julianne Moore In Gloria Steinem Biopic Directed By Julie Taymor

A year ago, we learned that actress Julianne Moore had signed on to play the famous feminist and writer Gloria Steinem in a biopic directed by Julie Taymor. At the time, we didn’t know much about the production, but now, Deadline is reporting that more actresses have signed up to star in the film, which will chronicle the entire life of Steinem, and how her family’s nomadic ways influenced her life as an activist.

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‘Amazing Grace’ Review: The Long-Lost Aretha Franklin Documentary Delivers

‘Amazing Grace’ Review: The  Long-Lost Aretha Franklin Documentary Delivers
Aretha Franklin hardly says a word in “Amazing Grace,” but she sings with an energy and conviction that has powerful resonance nearly 50 years later. As a record of the church music from Franklin’s youth, cascading off the walls of the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, “Amazing Grace” is soulful ear candy. But Franklin’s sweaty, impassioned delivery, which galvanizes her audiences with an electric charge, extends her awe-inspiring musical convictions beyond religious euphoria. It’s a rousing portrait of creativity as a unifying force.

Left unfinished for decades due to technical glitches, the lively concert documentary on Franklin’s landmark 1972 gospel recording provides the full picture of her largest commercial hit in real time. The project was left unfinished for decades; in recent years, it was completed and restored, but Franklin’s estate blocked multiple attempts to screen it on the festival circuit. It’s ironic
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Penske Media Acquires Leading Art Publications ARTnews and Art in America

Penske Media Corporation (Pmc) today announced its acquisition of ARTnews and Art in America as part of the overall acquisition of Art Media Holdings, LLC, the largest independent art publishing group that also includes The Magazine Antiques and Modern Magazine.

ARTnews, founded in 1902 and winner of over 40 major journalism awards, is the most highly circulated contemporary art magazine in the world. ARTnews is a daily resource for leaders of the international art world, with digitally led news coverage from its global correspondents, investigative reports, reviews of exhibitions, and profiles of artists and collectors. Art in America, since its founding in 1913 has been the compelling voice of criticism and dialogue in the art community, indispensable for artists, curators, and collectors in the Us and around the world seeking informed analysis of the world’s most important art movements.

In the art world, where a significantly fragmented audience spans many websites and publishers,
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From ‘Sabrina’ to ‘Steven Universe,’ Family-Friendly TV Has Grown a Social Conscience

From ‘Sabrina’ to ‘Steven Universe,’ Family-Friendly TV Has Grown a Social Conscience
When did family-friendly TV grow a social conscience? Whether it’s the more youth-skewing “Steven Universe” and “Andi Mack,” or edgier teen offerings like “Big Mouth” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” shows aimed at adolescents are taking up the mantle to account for social wrongs ranging from sexism and racism to body-shaming and school safety.

Television has a long, if spotty, history of addressing social issues on primetime; Norman Lear was a master of this on “Good Times,” “All in the Family,” and “Maude.” However, this wasn’t the stuff of TV for kids unless they were watching Very Special Episodes, ABC Afterschool Specials, or PBS programs like “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” or “Sesame Street.”

Today, it’s become the norm for mainstream children’s programming to tackle representation, body positivity, and gun violence — touchy topics that once would never have made it out of development. “One Day at a Time
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