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David Ayer Keeps Door Open For ‘Bright’ Sequel

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Netflix doesn’t fail very often, but “Bright” sure looks like it’s going to be an expensive mistake for the streaming service. The company’s first original blockbuster, with the budget to match, has been viewed mostly as a curiosity thus far. Certainly, the trailers haven’t made the kind of impression Netflix has been hoping for, with its ridiculous high-concept involve humans, orcs, fairies all co-existing, failing to land. Not to mention its string of clunky, buddy movie one-liners.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein “Smear Campaign” Blacklisted Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

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When the first wave of allegations emerged against Harvey Weinstein, Ashley Judd was bravely among those sharing their stories about incidents and experiences at the hands of the disgraced producer. The actress revealed that Weinstein pressured her with requests for massages, and asking her to watch him shower, during a meeting in his hotel room. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she told The New York Times.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Paul Thomas Anderson Talks ‘Phantom Thread,’ Daniel Day-Lewis & Borrowing Your Netflix Account

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s career keeps evolving, changing and maturing. The days of high speed, Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman-indebted movies are long gone and what has emerged is something more true to himself, more akin to the director’s personality — unhurried, laconic and chilled out. His latest picture, the ravishing “Phantom Thread,” is another one of his latter day pictures examining the inscrutable mysteries of human behavior and in particular, the crazy, strange designs behind love.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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With ‘The Last Jedi,’ The ‘Star Wars’ Universe Keeps Feeding On Its Own Mythology

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Back when George Lucas was that oddball car enthusiast and confederate of Francis Ford Coppola’s with two of the greatest and weirdest movies of the 1970s under his belt — “Thx 1138” and “American Graffiti” — he really wanted to make a movie out of “Flash Gordon.” But that didn’t work out, so he moved on to cranking out his own rollicking space opera.

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- Chris Barsanti

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‘The Polka King’ Trailer: Jack Black’s Schemes Comes True

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Parsing the schedule at any film festival is never easy, because you don’t want to overlook a movie that could be a breakout hit. However, last year at the Sundance Film Festival, we felt “The Polka King” told us everything we need to know just from the movie title. True to form, the movie left Park City with zero buzz and middling reviews, however, the folks at Netflix crunched their data and determined this will find an audience on their platform.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Stream John Williams’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Score

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The Force is with the world today, as everyone flocks to multiplexes for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Rian Johnson brings everyone back to a galaxy far, far away and the results are pretty game-changing for the franchise. But some ingredients don’t need to be remixed, and that includes John Williams‘ scores for the series, and once again, he’s returned to tune up the latest chapter, and he’s still in top form.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Trailer: Bring The Movie Home For The Holidays [Exclusive]

3 hours ago

We’ve been spending the month looking back on the tremendous year at the movies, and “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer” is a picture we can’t stop thinking about. It’s one of our favorites from the past twelve months and has landed on multiple features including Best Movie Posters Of 2017, Best Movie Trailers Of 2017, Best Horror Films Of 2017, Best Films Of 2017, and Best Scores & Soundtracks Of 2017.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Angelina Jolie And ‘Bpm” Snubbed As Oscar Reveals Its 2018 Foreign Language Film Shortlist

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Los Angeles members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have screened all 93 foreign language submissions. The foreign language committee has met, reviewed the tabulations and added three “saves” to the six highest scoring films. There are now nine finalists for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Ruben Ostlund talks “The Square” [Interview]

Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director

Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director

Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director

Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director

Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director

South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director

Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director

The biggest snub this year was Robert Campillo’s “Bpm.” The French drama chronicling the work of Act Up Paris won the Grand Prize at Cannes as well as Best Foreign Language Film from Lafca, the Nyfcc and the Sffcc, among others. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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History Is Made As Disney Takes 20th Century Fox And Hollywood Will Never Be The Same

19 hours ago

When the news leaked that the remaining vestiges of 21st Century (apparently now temporarily known as “New Fox”) would keep the Fox lot in Century City it was a bad sign. The historic studio lot has been the home for the 20th Century Fox movie studio since 1926. When Disney revealed they had no interest in keeping that land, that basically told everyone the studio itself, its history and the company meant little to them in the acquisition that was formally announced today.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Unpacking The Mythos & More [Podcast]

19 hours ago

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

On this episode, I’m joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth to discuss the film that will be on most people’s mind throughout the holiday season: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

We start the conversation with some initial, non-specific thoughts on the eighth chapter in the longstanding franchise, this time directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “Looper“).

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- Ryan Oliver

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‘Crashing’ Season 2 Trailer: Pete Holmes Is Looking For Star Quality

19 hours ago

Crashing” is back! Hooray? I don’t know many people who are particularly enthused by the HBO comedy, which doesn’t have the water cooler flavor of some of their premiere titles. But maybe that’s the low key, secret sauce that has helped it stick around. However, “Togetherness” was similarly under the radar and the network yanked it, despite very good notices.

Anyway, Pete Holmes leads the show, playing a newly single comedian, trying to find love and keep his career going, all in the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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First 3 Minutes Of ‘Justice League’ Have Arrived With Henry Cavill’s CGI Face

20 hours ago

There are many ways that “Justice League” could’ve started, but we honestly never thought it would be a scene with kids making a podcast. How very #ontrend. The sequence, one of Joss Whedon‘s additions to the overcooked superhero movie, gave the world their first glance at Henry Cavill‘s digitally altered face, and nobody was the same again.

Korea is gearing up for the home video release of “Justice League” next week, and the promotional wheels have turned up the first three minutes of the movie.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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WGA West Slams Disney/Fox Merger As “Relentless Drive To Eliminate Competition”

20 hours ago

What initially started as conversations about how cool it would be if Wolverine could punch Thanos, has turned into a very real concern about corporate overreach. Disney‘s deal to buy Fox has opened plenty of questions about its significant impact on the media landscape. Creators are gravely concerned about the elimination of an entire film and television studio as it gets absorbed into the mouse house, and it hasn’t taken long for guilds to start speaking out.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Best TV Shows Of 2017

21 hours ago

It’s always difficult to tell ahead of time which of our year-end lists will prove the most divisive among the usually harmonious Playlist team. But perhaps reflecting the inarguable explosion of quality TV over the past decade, and therefore the fact that not any one of us has seen everything, and every one of us has their favorites among stuff that no one else saw, this year that dubious title may just fall to the feature you are about to read.

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- Jessica Kiang

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‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Can’t Stop The Train

21 hours ago

It’s the time of year when we’re all eating up prestige pictures, and getting healthy on the best that cinema has to offer. But sometimes you just want to dive face first into a movie that’s high on calories and low on nutrition, so thank god for “The Commuter.”

Liam Neeson is coming to punch people — again — this time on a train, in a movie where he gruffly demands, “Stop this train now!” My ticket is fucking sold.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake

22 hours ago

The success of “Good Time” has kicked open some doors for filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, who have spent years solidifying their indie cred. As they shared last month, some very big projects have started to cross their desk, though the duo are being selective about what they choose to do.

“….we’re talking about doing a remake of a movie. It’s weird, a studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Henry Cavill Says Don’t Sweat About How Clark Kent’s Return Will Be Explained

22 hours ago

Superman is back, having been resurrected by motherbox power, and helping to slay the villainous Steppenwolf. So what’s next for the man who wears hope on his chest? Well, according to “Justice League,” he’ll go back to farm life, and presumably commute to work every day to The Daily Planet along with Lois Lane. But wait a minute….as far as his colleagues know, Clark just vanished one day (around the same time as Superman, but hey, no coincidence there, right?).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rian Johnson Interviews Paul Thomas Anderson About ‘Phantom Thread’

23 hours ago

If you’re looking for some distraction from the Disney/Fox chatter (that will be going for some time yet), and eager to keep away from any “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” spoilers, there’s 32 minutes you can’t miss it.

Rian Johnson sat down with Paul Thomas Anderson in Los Angeles on December 2nd to discuss “Phantom Thread.” Johnson has already gone on record about his admiration of Daniel Day-Lewis‘ final movie, here he gets to go deep.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mark Millar Concerned About Disney/Fox Deal, Says It Could Be Good For X-Men

23 hours ago

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrives everywhere tomorrow, and while Disney thought it was probably savvy to officially announce their Fox deal today, perhaps they didn’t anticipate that the conversation would pretty much overwhelm the press cycle. Everyone is weighing in on what this might mean for the future of movies and, at least for the purposes of this article, Marvel.

Bob Iger has already said that Disney won’t try and mess with the R-rated success of “Deadpool,” but the larger question is whether or not a behemoth-sized mouse house would even dare to make something like that movie to start with.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Wan Shoots Down ‘Aquaman’ Villain Rumors

14 December 2017 9:29 AM, PST

To be honest, the last thing I care about are rumors about “Aquaman.” If I never see another DC Films production, at least in its current incarnation, it won’t be too soon. But there are those invested in the watery standalone, enough that whispers and speculations are flying around, to the extent that director James Wan has had to comment on them.

Apparently, certain corners of the internet have been tossing around the idea that “Aquaman” will feature three villains: Aquaman’s half-brother Orm, Black Manta, and King Nereus.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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